Swank Capital and Cushing® Asset Management Announce a Potential Constituent Change to The Cushing® MLP Market Cap Index

Feb 05, 2016, 09:02 ET from Cushing® Asset Management, LP and Swank Capital, LLC

DALLAS, Feb. 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Swank Capital, LLC and Cushing® Asset Management, LP announce a potential interim change to the constituents of The Cushing® MLP Market Cap Index (the "Index"). Index constituents Targa Resources Corp. (NYSE: TRGP) and Targa Resources Partners LP (NYSE:  NGLS) previously entered into an Agreement and Plan of Merger wherein NGLS would be acquired by TRGP, subject to the approval of both TRGP shareholders and NGLS unitholders. Under the terms of the proposed acquisition, TRGP would terminate the master limited partnership ("MLP") structure of NGLS and absorb it as a wholly-owned subsidiary within a C-corporation structure; consequently, TRGP would cease to have an interest as a holder of general partner or limited partner units in an MLP and, per the Methodology Guide for the Index, would no longer be eligible for inclusion in the Index.

Special meetings of the TRGP shareholders and NGLS unitholders are scheduled for February 12, 2016, commencing at 8:00 AM Central Standard Time for TRGP shareholders and 9:00 AM Central Standard Time for NGLS unitholders for the purpose of considering and voting on the proposed acquisition.

If the acquisition is approved, the following changes to the Index will take place after the market closes on February 12, 2016, and be effective on February 16, 2016:

Cushing® MLP High Income Index changes, effective February 16, 2016:

Constituent Removed

Replacement Constituent

Targa Resources Corp.


Sunoco LP


Targa Resources Partners LP


Phillips 66 Partners LP


Each replacement constituent will be added at the then-current weight of the removed constituent. There will be no change to the remaining constituents of the Index.

If the acquisition is not approved, there will be no change to the constituents of the Index.


The Cushing® MLP Market Cap Index provides a benchmark that is designed to track the performance of widely held master limited partnerships (MLPs). The Index is weighted on a float-adjusted market capitalization basis, with the weight of each constituent capped at 7.5% at rebalance. The Index price level is calculated by S&P Dow Jones Indices while the constituents are selected from the entire universe of publicly traded MLPs.  The Cushing® MLP Market Cap Index is calculated by S&P Dow Jones Indices and reported on a real-time basis under the Bloomberg ticker "CMCI".


Cushing® Asset Management, LP ("Cushing"), a subsidiary of Swank Capital, LLC, is an SEC-registered investment adviser headquartered in Dallas, Texas. Cushing serves as investment adviser to affiliated funds and managed accounts which invest primarily in securities of MLPs and other natural resource companies. 

Cushing is also dedicated to serving the needs of MLP and energy income investors by sponsoring a variety of industry benchmarks, including The Cushing® 30 MLP Index (Bloomberg Ticker:  MLPX), The Cushing® MLP High Income Index (Bloomberg Ticker:  MLPY) and The Cushing® Upstream Energy Income Index (Bloomberg Ticker:  CRTY). For more information, please visit www.swankcapital.com/the-cushing-indices

The Cushing® MLP Market Cap Index (the "Index") is the exclusive property of Cushing Asset Management, LP, which has contracted with S&P Opco, LLC (a subsidiary of S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC) ("S&P Dow Jones Indices") to calculate and maintain the Index. S&P® is a registered trademark of Standard & Poor's Financial Services LLC ("SPFS"); Dow Jones® is a registered trademark of Dow Jones Trademark Holdings LLC ("Dow Jones"); and, these trademarks have been licensed to S&P Dow Jones Indices. "Calculated by S&P Dow Jones Indices" and its related stylized mark(s) have been licensed for use by Cushing Asset Management, LP. Neither S&P Dow Jones Indices, SPFS, Dow Jones nor any of their affiliates sponsor and promote the Index and none shall be liable for any errors or omissions in calculating the Index.



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