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Sunday, October 20, 2019

USA Compression Partners (USAC) : 6-year performance

USA Compression's business involves compressing natural gas to move it in pipelines, and since NG production continues to increase, so is demand for USAC's services.
USAC has never cut its super-high distribution, even in a challenging macro environment (in 2015/16), and continually improving metrics give great comfort that the 12% distribution is safe.


The Energy Information Administration (EIA) - the source of the above graph and of extensive data on energy in the US and abroad - states that domestic NG production averaged 83 BCF (billion cubic feet) per day in 2018, and EIA projects that NG production will average 90 BCF/day in 2019 and 92 BCF/day in 2020 (an 11% increase in US NG production between 2018 and 2020).

Note that the 2 BCF/day growth in NG production expected between 2019 and 2020 is a marked deceleration from the torrid (and unsustainable) growth rate of the past two years.

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