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Analyzing Enbridge Energy Partners’ 3Q15 Segmental Performance

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Enbridge Energy Partners’ segments

Enbridge Energy Partners (EEP) carries out its operations through two reportable segments: Liquids and Natural Gas. Its Liquids segment generates revenues through transportation and other services. On the other hand, commodity sales and transportation and other services contributed to the Gas segment’s revenues. In 3Q15, Enbridge Energy Partners’ Liquids segment contributed ~89% to its total EBITDA.

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EEP’s Liquids segment’s 3Q15 EBITDA

The above graph shows the segmental contribution to Enbridge Energy Partners’ EBITDA since the beginning of 2014. An increase in transportation rates and higher deliveries on the segment’s liquids pipeline systems contributed to its EBITDA growth compared to 3Q14.

The total liquids system deliveries increased 6.5% in 3Q15 over 3Q14. Increased contributions from growth projects placed into service in 2014 and 2015, including the Eastern Access Program and a phase of the US Mainline Expansion project, also contributed to the segment’s year-over-year EBITDA growth.

EEP’s Natural Gas segment’s 3Q15 EBITDA

As the above graph shows, the contribution of the Natural Gas segment to the company’s EBITDA is relatively lower. Enbridge Energy Partners’ Natural Gas segment contributed only 11% of its 3Q15 EBITDA. The Natural Gas segment’s negative EBITDA in 2Q15 is attributed to a goodwill impairment charge recognized by the segment in the quarter.

The segment’s EBITDA declined year-over-year in 3Q15. The decline was contributed by a decrease in natural gas system volumes. The decrease in volumes is primarily attributable to the continued low commodity price environment, which has resulted in reductions in drilling activity from producers in Enbridge Energy Partners’ areas of operations. Enbridge Energy Partners forms ~1% of the Guggenheim Multi-Asset Income ETF (CVY).

Other MLPs with natural gas gathering and processing assets include Tallgrass Energy Partners (TEP), MarkWest Energy Partners (MWE), and Summit Midstream Partners (SMLP).

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