Ferrellgas Partners L.P. Common Units Reports Operating Results (10-K)
FERRELLGAS PARTNERS L.P. is engaged in the sale distribution marketing and trading of propane and other natural gas liquids. Ferrellgas Partners L.p. Common Units has a market cap of $1.34 billion; its shares were traded at around $19.68 with a P/E ratio of 30.29 and P/S ratio of 0.59. The dividend yield of Ferrellgas Partners L.p. Common Units stocks is 10.16%.
Highlight of Business Operations: Ferrellgas Partners is a holding entity that conducts no operations and has two direct subsidiaries, Ferrellgas Partners Finance Corp. and the operating partnership. Ferrellgas Partners only significant assets are its approximate 99% limited partnership interest in the operating partnership and its 100% equity interest in Ferrellgas Partners Finance Corp.
Our general partner performs all management functions for us and our subsidiaries and holds a 1% general partner interest in Ferrellgas Partners and an approximate 1% general partner interest in the operating partnership. The parent company of our general partner, Ferrell Companies, beneficially owns approximately 30% of our outstanding common units. Ferrell Companies is owned 100% by an employee stock ownership trust.
Through our supply procurement activities, we purchase propane primarily from major domestic energy companies. Supplies of propane from these sources have traditionally been readily available, although no assurance can be given that they will be readily available in the future. We may purchase and store inventories of propane to avoid delivery interruptions during the periods of increased demand and to take advantage of favorable commodity prices. As a result of our ability to buy large volumes of propane and utilize our national distribution system, we believe we are in a position to achieve product cost savings and avoid shortages during periods of tight supply to an extent not generally available to other propane distributors. During fiscal 2009, British Petroleum (22%) and Enterprise Products, L.P. (14%) accounted for approximately 36% of our total propane purchases. Because there are numerous alternative suppliers available, we do not believe it is reasonably possible that this supplier concentration could cause a near-term severe impact on our ability to procure propane. No other single supplier accounted for more than 10% of our total propane purchases during fiscal 2009. If supplies were interrupted or difficulties in obtaining alternative transportation were to arise, the cost of procuring replacement supplies may materially increase. These transactions are accounted for at cost in Cost of product sold propane and other gas liquids sales in our consolidated statement of earnings.
Based upon industry publications, propane accounts for approximately 3% to 4% of energy consumption in the United States, a level which has remained relatively constant for the past two decades. Propane competes primarily with natural gas, e
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