Wells Fargo Downgrades LRR Energy, L.P. (LRE) to Market Perform on Valuation

January 28, 2013 8:25 AM EST Send to a Friend
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Wells Fargo downgraded LRR Energy, L.P. (NYSE: LRE) from Outperform to Market Perform with an $18-$20 valuation range.

The firm comments, "We are downgrading our rating on LRE to Market Perform from Outperform primarily due to valuation. Year-to-date, LRE units are up 10% versus 9% for the Wells Fargo Securities MLP Index and 5% for the S&P 500. With LRE now trading within our valuation range, we believe the stock is fairly discounting our expectation for distribution growth over the next 5 years of 1-2%. While we continue to view LRE’s yield of 10% as attractive and secure, we would highlight MCEP and LGCY as upstream MLPs with similar yields (i.e. 9%) but higher growth potential (average est. 5-year CAGRs of 4-5%). Finally, we would note that LRE’s recently completed $21MM drop down increases the partnership’s leverage ratio to 3.3x (absent an equity offering), which compares to the long-term target for upstream MLPs of 2.5x. We are lowering our 2012 and 2013 DCF per unit estimates for LRE to $1.95 and $2.12, respectively, from $1.98 and $2.15 primarily to reflect our revised commodity price deck."

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Shares of LRR Energy, L.P. closed at $18.92 yesterday.


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