Tomahawk, WI 02/12/2014 (BasicsMedia) – Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, LP (NYSE:BWP) have not enjoyed the recent years and months in the way they would have wanted to. Some analysts have advised these shareholders that they are set for much tougher times than what they have experienced up to this point. One of the factors responsible for the latest storm regarding this stock is it’s Q4 of 2013 financial results, which were recently published, but does not offer much hope. Many shareholders were left disappointed by the results that the company published and they are worried that not much will change in 2014. The question that needs to be answered is whether these investors are justified to worry or not.

It is not long ago that Wall Street analysts had rated Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, LP (NYSE:BWP) as a neutral. However, after the latest financial results were published the same analysts now believe that the stock has underperformed. BWP has been contending with a number of negative trends, which have not done its finances any good. From the latest information coming out of Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, it seems that the negative trends are not about to end any time soon. If you feel that you should invest in BWP, it would be a good idea to wait for sometime first, until these negative trends fizzle out before you throw your money into this stock.

One of the worst negative trends to have come out of Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, LP (NYSE:BWP) is its announcement that it will cut down its distribution by as much as 80 percent. Shareholders do not love to hear this sort of news when going into a new year. At this time, shareholders would be more interested in finding out about the possibilities that BWP has planned for 2014. The recently released financial results proved that BWP failed to meet Wall Street expectations. Whenever this happens, the stock in question often suffers bad publicity, and in the worst cases, shareholders may opt to bolt and take their investments where they are assured of better returns on investment.

Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, LP (NYSE:BWP) is a Houston-based dealer in natural gas, which it produces, transports, stores, processes and sells. Its revenue for the Q4 of 2013 was $312.9 million, which compares negatively to the $322.7 million that analysts predicted. Shareholders should look forward to receiving the latest distribution from BWP on February 27, 2014. The company’s decision to lower distribution was informed by the belief that by doing this, it will free up some cash that it can then reinvest in other areas that are equally important.  The cash it saves in this manner will help BWP to fund growth, and solidify its balance sheet in 2014.

In summary, Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, LP (NYSE:BWP) has not performed anywhere near what investors and the Wall Street analysts predicted. This has brought a lot of suffering to shareholders, but there is hope that it could still turn things around. All is not lost with BWP yet, but it has to work harder to convince shareholders not to walk away with their investments, and communicating its intentions and the reasons behind certain actions that it takes, will go a long way towards helping with the retention of investor confidence.

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