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Crosstex Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ: XTXI) has been a public company since early 2004. The Corporation is a holding company and the general partner of Crosstex Energy, L.P. (NASDAQ: XTEX), a publicly traded master limited partnership, or MLP.
Crosstex Energy, Inc.’s assets consist almost exclusively of partnership interests in Crosstex Energy, L.P. Crosstex Energy, Inc. is the general partner of Crosstex Energy, L.P. and, as such, indirectly owns combined general and limited partner interests of approximately 19% and the incentive distribution rights of Crosstex Energy, L.P. (escalating rights to share in the MLP’s cash distributions to the extent quarterly distributions exceed $0.25 per common unit).
Crosstex Energy, Inc. is structured as a typical “C” corporation. This business model provides institutions that are restricted from direct MLP investments with a means of participating in the Partnership’s growth through common share ownership. Many traditional institutions have difficulty dealing with certain tax issues related to MLP ownership, including tax reporting.
The Corporation’s cash flow consists of cash distributions from the Partnership on the partnership interest owned from which cash dividends are paid to common shareholders. The Partnership is required to distribute its cash on hand at the end of each quarter, less reserves established by the general partner to provide for the proper conduct of the Partnership’s business or provide for future distributions.