Drill Bit to Burner Tip®

Portfolio Highlights
  • Broad Exposure to US Energy Production and Consumption
    Holdings include not only traditional participants, such as energy producers and transporters, but also less obvious manufacturing and services sector beneficiaries that are experiencing growing demand, and improving cost structures, as a result of growing supply and demand for home-grown energy resources.
  • A North American-Focused Strategy
    Shale development leverages technologies, resources, financial and human capital that come together in North America, where a global first mover advantage continues to grow in conjunction with improved efficiency of energy production, transportation and consumption. Deflationary shale technology supports objective of a volume, not price oriented energy strategy.
  • Natural Gas: A Long-Term Demand Growth Story
    Natural gas is the cleanest burning fossil fuel, with a carbon footprint half that of coal. The abundance of natural gas accessible in North American shale formations, coupled with robust transportation and export Infrastructure are compelling greater adoption of natural gas across the economy. Natural gas will likely serve as a critical tool to reduce coal-fired power emissions in coming years.
  • Drill Bit to Burner Tip® (No K-1s)
    Miller/Howard Investments also offers a version of Drill Bit to Burner Tip® which excludes K-1s.
Portfolio Overview

Drill Bit to Burner Tip® is an equity portfolio that leverages more than two decades of our experience investing in the energy commercial value chain. Portfolio companies are exposed to different stages of the North American energy value chain such as producers, transporters, processors, distributors, enablers, as well as energy-intensive industrial companies poised to benefit from newly abundant supplies. Portfolio holdings include those companies that seek to improve environmental health, safety and efficiency of US shale oil & gas drilling, as well as those seeking economic and environmental benefits by shifting consumption to cleaner burning natural gas. The result is a single-themed, multi-faceted strategy designed to capture the potential benefits of the American economy’s ongoing return to energy self-sufficiency.

Investment Philosophy

We agree with former Exelon CEO John Rowe, who referred to the nation’s shale gas boom as “the biggest transformation to the US energy marketplace” and “the single most disruptive technology” seen in the past five decades. It’s an exciting time to be involved in America’s natural gas renaissance, and our aim is to stay at the leading edge of this fast-moving energy trend so we can take advantage of new discoveries, technologies, and developments as they unfold. In keeping with Miller/Howard’s golden rule of investing, we emphasize high-quality stocks with high yield and strong dividend growth.

Portfolio Objective

Our investment objective is to create a balanced portfolio in the North American energy value chain of producers, processors, transporters, and users, providing multi-industry exposure to this newly abundant fuel and its rapidly increasing use. Many companies in our universe provide steady and rising income, which we hope to combine with the numerous opportunities for capital appreciation.

Portfolio Strategy

The portfolio is team managed. Our strategy is designed to participate in all stages of the North American energy value chain: Exploration and production, pipelines, processing, storage, infrastructure builders/drilling services, chemical companies, transportation, and electric utilities.

We select businesses that feature special expertise, new discoveries, and/or a unique geological or geographical location. We look for those that have the ability to raise capital for asset creation and demonstrate reasonable certainty of cash flow. We like companies that are monopolistic—for example, they own rights of way that are difficult to reproduce, or their gas ownership is protected by federal, state, or local laws. We seek stability and growth in a single package.

All along the chain of commerce, from producer to end user, we invest in companies that benefit from increased volumes or increased demand, and current low prices that further boost demand. Other positive attributes for an investment include insider buying, potential M&A activity, and diversification success. We sell when a company’s fundamentals have weakened; the stock is overvalued; there are problematic regulatory issues; or we favor a more attractive investment with a better risk/reward profile.

Strategy Inception Date: June 2011
Portfolio Manager: MHI Investment Team

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