NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) assigns a rating of AAA to Tortoise Midstream Energy Fund, Inc.’s (NTG or the “Fund”) outstanding Senior Notes and an A+ rating to NTG’s outstanding Mandatory Redeemable Preferred Shares.
The Fund is registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (the “40 Act”) and is a closed-end investment fund that is sponsored by Tortoise Capital Advisors, L.L.C. (the “Fund Adviser”). The Fund had its Initial Public Offering in July 2010 and its shares are listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NTG. The primary objective of NTG is to invest in midstream energy entities that own and operate a network of pipeline and energy-related infrastructure that gather, transport, process, and store natural gas liquids (NGLs) & natural gas.
The ratings are driven primarily by NTG’s strong asset coverage, liquidity, and management experience. Furthermore, NTG has demonstrated its willingness and ability to remain in compliance with 40 Act leverage thresholds with a goal to consistently exceed these levels and maintain downside cushion. This was most notable recently as NTG navigated through extremely challenging market conditions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the precipitous decline in the price of crude oil. The Fund Adviser successfully took steps to remain in compliance with 40 Act guidelines and insulate creditors and preferred shareholders. In KBRA’s view, NTG’s ability to withstand such a significant market dislocation demonstrates the strength of the Fund Adviser and the resiliency of its capital structure.
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