The Westwood MLP and Strategic Energy Strategy:

  • Typically invests in 25-40 securities including Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs), MLP-like securities, and energy-related companies.
  • Utilizes proprietary fundamental research to identify the highest quality opportunities within the entire energy universe and invests in the best ideas produced by the research process, resulting in bottom-up portfolio construction.
  • Seeks companies that can produce strong distribution/income growth, maintain lower-than-peer debt levels, hold little or no direct commodity price exposure, and those with stable to growing cash flow.
  • Is a well-diversified portfolio across securities with exposure to industries affiliated with the energy sector, such as midstream infrastructure (e.g. pipelines), distribution, and production.
    • Holistic investment process employing expertise of analysts covering related industries.
  • Imbeds independent risk management in the process.


(As of 9/30/2017)

Inception date QTR YTD 1 yr 3 yr 5 yr Since Inception
MLP and Strategic Energy Gross of Fees  1/1/2015  2.41% -2.52% -0.16% n/a n/a -7.60%
MLP and Strategic Energy Net of Fees 2.17% -3.22% -1.10% n/a n/a -8.48%
Alerian MLP Index -3.05% -5.62% -3.70% n/a n/a -9.82%

Investment Team

Westwood believes that team management creates a sense of ownership, accountability and consistency in the investment process. Our MLP and Strategic Energy team is supported by a fundamental research team that has cross capitalization responsibilities in specific sectors.

Within our process, Research Analysts generate investment ideas, while the Portfolio Team is responsible for portfolio construction. Each of our Research Analysts is also on a Portfolio Team, which leads to a very collaborative environment where we fully utilize the expertise of all investment team members.

Portfolio Team

Todd L. Williams, CFA

Portfolio Manager/Research Analyst

Hollis P. Ghobrial, CFA

Portfolio Manager/Research Analyst

Matthew Na, CFA

Portfolio Manager/Research Analyst


Error correction: There were technical errors that prevented the updated numbers from correctly feeding through to the public website when Westwood updated product performance numbers in April. These issues were addressed on June 13, 2016, and the performance information through March 31, 2016 is now correct.


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The MLP and Strategic Energy Composite includes all taxable and tax-exempt, fee-paying fully discretionary accounts whose main objective is to invest in securities of Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs) and securities primarily involving energy-related activities. The MLP and Strategic Energy portfolio typically consists of 25-35 securities across market capitalizations of any size and managed to outperform the Alerian MLP Index. Portfolio returns reflect the reinvestment of dividend and interest income. The MLP and Strategic Energy Composite is compared to the Alerian MLP Index. The Alerian MLP Index is a composite of the 50 most prominent energy MLPs calculated by Standard & Poor’s using a float-adjusted market capitalization methodology. The index described above is an unmanaged market index. The comparative index returns include reinvestment of income but do not include transaction costs or management fees.