Miller/Howard MLP Fundamental Index®*


About This Index

The Miller/Howard MLP Fundamental Index is a composite of 25 energy master limited partnerships (MLPs) that uses modified equal weighting based on certain quantitative fundamental factors of publicly traded MLPs. The index seeks to go beyond cap-weighted MLP exposure, focusing on fundamental factors that we’ve identified as potential key drivers of total return performance.

Selection Criteria:

  • Distribution Growth
  • Distribution Coverage
  • Estimated Fiscal Year Capital Expenditure

Key Ranking Factors

The index utilizes three main factors in its selection process: distribution growth, distribution coverage, and estimated capital expenditures. In addition, a portion of the index is allocated to mid- and small-cap MLPs.


Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be listed on the New York Stock Exchange (including NYSE Arca and NYSE Amex) or NASDAQ.
  • Must have existed for at least 12 months.
  • Must be an energy MLP or general partner.
  • No distribution cut in previous year.
  • Market capitalization of at least $500 million.
  • Above certain three-month-average daily trading volume thresholds.
Note: The July 3, 2017 rebalance post the acquisition of OKS (ONEOK Partners LP) by OKE (ONEOK Inc) where TCP (TC Pipelines LP) became a new constituent was posted to have occurred on June 30, 2017. This has been corrected to reflect the July 3, 2017 rebalance date.

Sector Weights

As of selection date 5/19/2017

Index Information

Price Return MLPMP
Total Return MLPMH
Inception Date August 23, 2013
Calculated by Chicago Board Options Exchange
Rebalancing Quarterly

Index Portfolio Characteristics

Number of Companies 25
15 MLPs from Large Group equal weighted at 5%
10 MLPs from Mid-Small Group equal weighted at 2.5%

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Growth of $100 (7 years as of 3/31/2017)*
Performance Source: Morningstar Direct.
Annualized Performance
(as of 3/31/2017)*
1 Year 3 Years 5 Years 7 Years
MHI MLP Fundamental Index 29.70 (7.54) 2.54 8.75
Alerian MLP Index 28.32 (5.17) 2.64 7.51
S&P 500 Index 17.17 10.37 13.30 12.94
Source: Morningstar Direct. Parentheses represent negative performance data.
 MHI MLP Fundamental Index
 Alerian MLP Index
 S&P 500 Index

*Miller/Howard Investments, LLC conducted a back test for the MLP Fundamental Index going back to the selection date of November 21, 2008 (Invest Date: November 28, 2008). For the back test, the threshold for the three-month average daily value was waived for all selection dates, excluding the selection date conducted on August 16, 2013. For the historical date November 21, 2008, the Market Capitalization requirement of $500 million was reduced to $400 million to ensure an eligible universe of at least 25 companies. The Market Capitalization requirement was used on all following selection dates. Annualized Performance and Growth of $100 noted above are based on the back test for the period November 28, 2008 to August 22, 2013.

Past performance does not guarantee future results.


Miller/Howard Fundamental Index® Holdings as of Special Rebalance Date July 3, 2017
Large Cap Group / Company Ticker
AmeriGas Partners APU
Antero Midstream Partners AM
Buckeye Partners BPL
Energy Transfer Equity ETE
Energy Transfer Partners ETP
Enterprise Products Partners EPD
EQT Midstream Partners EQM
Magellan Midstream Partners MMP
Phillips 66 Partners PSXP
Spectra Energy Partners SEP
TC Pipelines LP TCP
Tesoro Logistics TLLP
Western Gas Equity Partners WGP
Western Gas Partners WES

Mid-Small Cap Group / Company Ticker
Cone Midstream Partners LP CNNX
Dominion Energy Midstream Partners LP DM
Genesis Energy LP GEL
GasLog Partners LP GLOP
Holly Energy Partners LP HEP
Rice Midstream Partners LP RMP
Tallgrass Energy Partners LP TEP
Valero Energy Partners LP VLP
VTTI Energy Partners LP VTTI
Western Refining Logistics LP WNRL
Total Members 25
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*Fundamental Index® is a registered trademark of Research Affiliates, LLC, which is used under license by Miller/Howard Investments, Inc.

The securities identified and described above do not represent all of the securities purchased, sold or recommended for client accounts, or all securities considered as a candidate for inclusion in the Index. The reader should not assume that an investment in the securities identified was or will be profitable.

Past performance does not guarantee future results.