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The 5 Best Stocks to Invest in Propane

When we think about the energy market we tend to think about oil and natural gas. However, thanks to the shale boom other hydrocarbon commodities that are byproducts of oil and gas drilling offer compelling profit potential for investors. One of those commodities is propane, which is a natural gas liquid, or NGL. Propane isn't just the fuel of summer BBQs as it is growing increasingly important on the global export market, which provides investors with several compelling profit opportunities.

Fire up the BBQ

More than 47 million American's own a propane grill, however, the fuel is much more versatile than just for grilling. About 5% of Americans use it as a home heating fuel while many others use it to fuel major appliances like a clothes dryer, water heater or stove while others use it to keep their swimming pools warm. It is also used by the commercial, industrial and agricultural sectors with uses ranging from a vehicle fuel to a key fuel for drying crops. Overall, the propane is used to meet about 2% of the country's energy needs.

Source: Enterprise Products Partners Investor Presentation

As that chart points out the U.S. has become the world's propane export king due to strong production growth and increased export capacity. That export capacity will continue to increase as Enterprise Products Partners is already in the process of more than doubling its leading export capacity. By the end of this year its capacity will have grown from 7.5 million barrels per month to 16 million barrels per month. Meanwhile, Targa Resources Partners has the second largest LPG export presence on the Gulf Coast, which can be further expanded in the future. While neither is a pure play on propane exports these are the two leading propane exporters in the country and offer investors the most upside to this growing market.

Investor takeaway

Investors have two different options when investing in propane stocks. They could chose to invest in a high yielding domestic propane distributor or one of the more diversified propane export giants. The choice is really between a high current yield with limited growth or a smaller current yield that has the potential to grow in the years ahead.

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