Dallas, Texas (June 23, 2017) Swank Capital, LLC and Cushing® Asset Management, LP announce a potential interim change to the constituents of The Cushing® 30 MLP Index (the “Index”). On February 1, 2017, Index constituents ONEOK, Inc. (NYSE: OKE) and ONEOK Partners, L.P. (NYSE: OKS) announced an Agreement and Plan of Merger wherein OKS would be acquired by OKE, subject to the approval of both OKE shareholders and OKS unitholders. Under the terms of the proposed transaction, OKE would terminate the master limited partnership (“MLP”) structure of OKS and absorb it as a wholly-owned subsidiary within a C-corporation structure; consequently, OKE would cease to have an interest as a holder of general partner or limited partner units in an MLP and would, per the Methodology Guide for the Index, no longer be eligible for inclusion in the Index.
Special meetings of the OKE shareholders and OKS unitholders are scheduled for June 30, 2017, commencing at 9:00 AM Central Daylight Time for OKE shareholders and 10:00 AM Central Daylight Time for OKS unitholders for the purpose of considering and voting on the proposed transaction.
If the transaction is approved, the following changes to the Index will take place after the market closes on June 30, 2017, and be effective on July 3, 2017:
Potential Cushing® 30 MLP Index changes, effective July 3, 2017:
|Constituent Removed||Replacement Constituent|
|ONEOK, Inc.||OKE||Summit Midstream Partners, LP||SMLP|
|ONEOK Partners, L.P.||OKS||Western Refining Logistics, LP||WNRL|
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 transaction is not approved, there will be no change to the constituents of the Index.
ABOUT THE CUSHING® MLP INDEX
The Cushing® 30 MLP Index tracks the performance of 30 publicly traded MLP securities that hold midstream energy infrastructure assets in North America, chosen according to a formula-based proprietary valuation model developed by Cushing® Asset Management, LP to rank MLPs for potential inclusion in the Index. The Index price level is calculated by S&P Dow Jones Indices and reported on a real-time basis under the Bloomberg ticker “MLPX”.
ABOUT SWANK CAPITAL AND CUSHING® ASSET MANAGEMENT
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® MLP Market Cap Index (Bloomberg Ticker: CMCI) and The Cushing® MLP High Income Index (Bloomberg Ticker: MLPY). For more information, please visit https://www.cushingasset.com/indices.
Source: Cushing® Asset Management, LP and Swank Capital, LLC
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