Energy Transfer
Investor FAQs
What is a Master Limited Partnership (MLP)?
 A Master Limited Partnership (MLP) is a publicly traded partnership. The nature of the partnership provides for the “pass through” of income to its partners. This essentially avoids double corporate taxation on profits. Ownership interests in MLPs are referred to as “units.” Investors who own MLP units are considered limited partners of the partnership.

For more information on Master Limited Partnerships, please visit: naptp.org
How do I purchase Energy Transfer Partners or Energy Transfer Equity units?
 ETP & ETE units are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: ETP; NYSE:ETE), and can be purchased through your banker, broker or other financial institution or brokerage house. Energy Transfer does not have a direct purchase plan.
Who is Energy Transfers’ Agent?
 

Energy Transfers’ transfer agent is American Stock Transfer & Trust. Requests regarding transfer of units, lost certificates or changes of address should be directed to them. You may download forms from their website or send an email to the address below:

American Stock Transfer & Trust Visit website: amstock.com
Attn: Shareholder Services
6201 15th Avenue Send Email to: info@amstock.com
Brooklyn, NY 11219
(888) 257-7340

Energy Transfer is not able to make address or name changes, confirm holdings or transactions, or perform other administrative tasks affecting the accounts of either registered or non-registered owners. To make these changes or other inquiries, please contact your broker and make sure the K-1 Tax Support Center has these changes.

Do MLPs pay a dividend?
 

MLPs are required to pay out all earnings not needed for current operations and maintenance of capital assets to their unitholders in the form of a cash distribution. Typically, MLPs – including ETP & ETE – make distributions to their limited partners on a quarterly basis. For Distribution History information, please visit our webpage: Distribution History page.

  • Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. (ETP) - Distributions are typically paid approximately 45 days after the end of each quarter. Quarterly distributions are estimated to be on or about February 14, May 14, August 15, and November 15.               
  • Energy Transfer Equity, L.P. (ETE) - Distributions are typically paid approximately 50 days after the end of each quarter.  Quarterly distributions are estimated to be on or about February 19, May 19, August 19, and November 19.
When do I have to purchase units to receive the distribution?
 

The distribution is paid to unitholders of record on the specified record date.  To be a unitholder of record on the record date you must purchase units prior to the Ex-Dividend date.  Following is the New York Stock Exchange’s definition of the Ex-Dividend.

Ex-Dividend:  A synonym for "without dividend." The buyer of an ex-dividend stock is not entitled to the next dividend payment. Dividends are paid on a set date to all those shareholders recorded on the books of the company as of a previous date of record.

What is the difference between a distribution and a dividend?
 

Both ETP and ETE are publicly traded master limited partnerships.  Unitholders are limited partners in the Partnership and receive cash distributions.  A partnership generally is not subject to federal or state income tax.  The annual income, gains, losses, deductions, and credits of the Partnership flow through to the Unitholders, who are required to report their allocated share of these amounts on their individual tax returns as though the Unitholder had received these items directly.  You will receive a K-1 tax package summarizing your allocated share of the Partnership’s reportable tax items for the tax year.  We estimate that Schedule K-1 tax packages will be distributed to Unitholders of record in March for the proceeding calendar year. 
If you should have questions regarding the Schedule K-1, contact our K-1 Tax Support Center at:

    • ETP K-1 Tax Support Center: 800-792-7904                 Monday-Friday 8am–5pm (CST)
    • ETE K-1 Tax Support Center: 800-617-7736                 Monday-Friday 8am–5pm (CST)
Does Energy Transfer offer a Distribution Re-Investment Plan (DRIP)?
 

ETP initiated a Distribution Re-Investment Plan (DRIP) in April 2011.  Please refer to the Prospectus for the DRIP that is part of the registration statement on Form S-3, which we filed with the SEC on April 20, 2011, for more information see ETP DRIP Program information page.  American Stock Transfer & Trust Company LLC is the Administrator of the DRIP.  For more information, contact AST at (888) 257-7340 or www.amstock.com.

What are the tax implications of the distribution?
 

ETP and ETE will not pay any federal income tax. This allows for a higher potential cash flow payout to unitholders. Instead, each unitholder will be required to report on his or her income tax return his or her share of our income, gains, losses, and deductions without regard to whether corresponding cash distributions are received. As a result, a unitholder’s share of taxable income, and possibly the income tax payable by the untihholder with respect to that income, may exceed the cash actually distributed to the unitholder. Since MLPS generally pay more cash distributions than the amount of taxable income allocated, the tax basis of the unitholder is decreased by the difference between total cash received and taxable income reported. Cash distributions will become taxable if the unitholders’s cost basis is reduced to zero. It is the responsibility of each unitholder to investigate the legal and tax consequences under the law of pertinent states and localities of his or her investment in Energy Transfer.

Important Events for ETP:
 
  • On October 5, 2012, ETP completed its merger with Sunoco, Inc. (SUN). If you received ETP units as a result of this transaction please refer to the Sunoco Form 8937 and the SUN supplemental information at the link below to obtain more information on the merger and the effect on the tax basis of the ETP units you received from the merger. As part of the transaction, ETP acquired the Incentive Distribution Rights (IDRs), GP interest, and an approximately 32% limited partner ownership interest in Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. (SXL), a publicly traded partnership. As a result, ETP unitholders will receive as a part of their K-1 tax packages a Supplemental K-1 Information Statement that separately states the activity flowing from SXL to ETP. Your transfer agent is American Stock Transfer & Trust Company LLC.
  • On January 12, 2012, ETP contributed its propane business to Amerigas Partners, L.P. (APU), a publicly traded partnership, in exchange for an approximately 34 percent limited partner ownership interest in APU. As a result, ETP unitholders will receive as part of their tax packages a Supplemental K-1 Information Statement that separately states the activity flowing from APU to ETP. 
  • In March 2005, ETP completed a two-for-one unit split. The Partnership distributed one additional Partnership unit for each Partnership unit held as of February 28, 2005. These additional units distributed will be shown on your 2005 K-1.
  • Prior to March 2004, the Partnership traded under the name Heritage Propane Partners, L.P. and was listed on the NYSE under the ticker symbol HPP. Consequently, K-1's provided prior to 2004 would have been issued under the name of Heritage Propane Partners, L.P.
Important Events for ETE:
 
  • On March 26, 2012, ETE acquired all of the outstanding shares of Southern Union Company (SUG). If you received ETE units as a result of this transaction, please refer to the SUG Form 8937 and the SUG Section 6045B Supplemental Disclosure at the link below for more information on the merger and the effect on the tax basis of the ETE units you received from the merger.
  • On May 26, 2010, ETE acquired the Incentive Distribution Rights (IDRs), GP interest, and 26,266,791 limited partner common units of Regency Energy Partners LP (RGP), a publicly traded partnership. As a result, ETE unitholders will receive as a part of their K-1 tax packages a Supplemental K-1 Information Statement that separately states the activity flowing from RGP to ETE.
  • In February 2006, ETE completed its initial public offering.
How do I obtain a copy of Energy Transfer Partners and/or Energy Transfer Equity annual report?
 

To request an annual report, please visit the Information Request page on our website or you may also request a copy by phone at 214.981.0795.