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Investing Topics: Mergers & Acquisitions

Utilities Sell Equity at the Right Time and for the Right Reasons

By Roger S. Conrad on Aug. 26, 2016
The recent spate of equity issuance is yet another sign of frothy valuations in the utility sector, but these moves set the stage for future growth. Investors should bide their time and wait for a pullback to buy our favorite utility stocks.

Deals, Deals, Deals (and Earnings)

By Roger S. Conrad on Jul. 25, 2016
We share our take on the latest deal flow involving companies in our Utility Report Card, the first earnings of the season and hedging against potential downside in utility stocks.

SolarCity and Tesla Motors: Steer Clear of These Kissing Cousins

By Roger S. Conrad on Jul. 21, 2016
The proposed combination of SolarCity and Tesla Motors amounts to little more than a bailout of the fatally flawed renewable-energy company.

Oncor on the Auction Block and Other M&A Tidbits

By Roger S. Conrad on Jul. 6, 2016
We review the recent mergers and acquisitions news in our coverage universe, including a flurry of deal closures and the sale of the former TXU Corp, now called Oncor.

Momentum, MLPs and Mergers

By Roger S. Conrad on Jun. 12, 2016
Momentum has carried utility stocks to historically high valuations, limiting the number of attractive buying opportunities. Master limited partnerships have also rallied hard from their nadir in February, but stock selection will become increasingly important going forward.

M&A Analysis: Great Plains Energy and Westar Energy

By Roger S. Conrad on Jun. 8, 2016
The minimal premium involved in Great Plains Energy's proposed takeover offer for Westar Energy underscores how stretched valuations have become in the utility sector.

Stay Focused

By Roger S. Conrad on May. 8, 2016
The recent rally in utility stocks has pushed valuations to elevated levels and lowered dividend yields. We explain our strategy for navigating this environment.

A Simple Plan

By Roger S. Conrad on May. 7, 2016
This master limited partnership follows a simple business plan that continues to drive cash flow and distribution growth.

Let’s Make a Deal: Utilities Take Advantage of Pipeline Companies’ Pain

By Roger S. Conrad on May. 2, 2016
Consolidated Edison's recently announced joint venture with Crestwood Equity Partners LP is the latest example of a utility leveraging its position as a demand-side customer and its low cost of capital to pursue ambitions in the midstream segment. Expect this trend to gain momentum in coming quarters.

More Deals on the Horizon for Exelon?

By Roger S. Conrad on Apr. 19, 2016
Exelon Corp finally closed its acquisition of Pepco Holdings. Could another deal be in the utility's future?

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