N-Q 1 d878392dnq.htm GOLDMAN SACHS MLP INCOME OPPORTUNITIES FUND Goldman Sachs MLP Income Opportunities Fund

 

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, DC 20549

FORM N-Q

QUARTERLY SCHEDULE OF PORTFOLIO HOLDINGS OF REGISTERED

MANAGEMENT INVESTMENT COMPANY

Investment Company Act file number 811-22856

Goldman Sachs MLP Income Opportunities Fund

Goldman Sachs MLP and Energy Renaissance Fund

(Exact name of registrant as specified in charter)

 

  71 South Wacker Drive, Chicago, Illinois   60606
  (Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip code)

 

Caroline Kraus, Esq.

Goldman, Sachs & Co.

200 West Street

New York, New York 10282

 

Copies to:

Geoffrey R.T. Kenyon, Esq.

Dechert LLP

One International Place, 40th Floor

100 Oliver Street

Boston, MA 02110-2605

(Name and address of agent for service)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (312) 655-4400

Date of fiscal year end: November 30

Date of reporting period: February 28, 2015

 

 

 

 

Item 1. Schedule of Investments.


GOLDMAN SACHS MLP AND ENERGY RENAISSANCE FUND

 

Schedule of Investments

February 28, 2015 (Unaudited)

 

Shares      Description   Value
  Common Stocks – 136.1%

 

Coal – 0.7%

  501,000       Foresight Energy LP   $       8,441,850

 

 

 

Diversified Midstream – 29.2%

  3,250,000       Energy Transfer Partners LP   193,310,000
  1,674,700       Targa Resources Partners LP   73,385,354
  1,284,745       Williams Partners LP   65,701,859
    

 

  332,397,213

 

 

 

Exploration and Production – 7.3%

  3,156,700       Crescent Point Energy Corp.   77,901,124
  720,000       New Source Energy Partners LP   5,738,400
    

 

  83,639,524

 

 

 

General Partner – 0.7%

  150,200       Alliance Holdings GP, LP   7,893,010

 

 

 

Liquids, Pipelines & Terminalling – 32.0%

  421,031       Arc Logistics Partners LP (PIPE)(b)   7,069,110
  1,145,700       Buckeye Partners LP   89,066,718
  470,517       CrossAmerica Partners LP   16,119,912
  609,314       Global Partners LP   24,220,232
  1,950,000       JP Energy Partners LP(a)   28,333,500
  2,115,869       NuStar Energy LP   133,384,382
  590,132       PBF Logistics LP   14,422,826
  627,907       Rose Rock Midstream LP   29,122,327
  527,520       Sprague Resources LP(a)   12,850,387
  269,893       TransMontaigne Partners LP   9,605,492
    

 

  364,194,886

 

 

 

Marine Transportation and Services – 9.7%

  1,690,022       Capital Product Partners LP   15,717,205
  188,950       Golar LNG Partners LP   4,933,484
  1,000,000       Navios Maritime Midstream Partners
LP(a)
  14,340,000
  3,448,563       Teekay Offshore Partners LP   75,661,472
    

 

  110,652,161

 

 

 

Natural Gas and NGL Infrastructure – 30.5%

  1,471,501       Antero Midstream Partners LP   38,259,026
  1,340,279       Atlas Pipeline Partners LP   35,691,630
  758,239       Crestwood Midstream Partners LP   11,358,420
  1,286,300       DCP Midstream Partners LP   51,194,740
  950,000       EnLink Midstream Partners LP   25,517,000
  30,897       MarkWest Energy Partners LP   2,006,760
  1,408,221       ONEOK Partners LP   58,849,556
  1,453,812       QEP Midstream Partners LP(a)   23,697,136
  4,022,555       Regency Energy Partners LP   98,110,116
  135,000       USA Compression Partners LP   2,635,200
    

 

  347,319,584

 

 

Shares      Description   Value
  Common Stocks – (continued)

 

Offshore Oilfield Services – 5.3%

  3,341,000       Seadrill Partners LLC   $     51,150,710
  645,300       Transocean Partners LLC   8,834,157
    

 

  59,984,867

 

 

 

Other – 17.1%

  796,984       Compressco Partners LP   13,684,215
  1,113,436       CVR Refining LP   21,667,465
  1,574,000       Emerge Energy Services LP(a)   84,996,000
  227,340       Hi-Crush Partners LP   8,272,903
  2,569,641       Northern Tier Energy LP   63,084,686
  182,049       OCI Partners LP   3,276,882
    

 

  194,982,151

 

 

 

Retail Propane – 3.6%

  824,628       AmeriGas Partners LP   40,596,437

 

 

  TOTAL COMMON STOCKS   $1,550,101,683

 

 

    
  Investment Company(a) – 2.2%
  25,289,635       Goldman Sachs Financial Square Government Fund - Institutional Shares   $     25,289,635

 

 

  TOTAL INVESTMENTS – 138.3%   $1,575,391,318

 

 

  BORROWINGS – (38.2)%   $(435,000,000)

 

 

 

 

LIABILITIES IN EXCESS OF

    OTHER ASSETS – (0.01)%

  $    (1,152,661)

 

 

  NET ASSETS – 100.0%   $1,139,238,657

 

 

The percentage shown for each investment category reflects the value of investments in that category as a percentage of net assets.
(a)   Represents an Affiliated Issuer/Fund.
(b)   Restricted securities are not registered under the Securities Act of 1933 and are subject to legal restrictions on resale. These securities generally may be resold in transactions exempt from registration or to the public if the securities are subsequently registered. Disposal of these securities may involve time consuming negotiations and prompt sale at an acceptable price may be difficult. See additional details below:

 

    Acquisition      
Restricted Security   Date   Cost  

 

 
Arc Logistics Partners LP (PIPE)   02/19/15   $ 7,157,527   

 

 

 

 

Investment Abbreviations:
GP  

— General Partnership

LLC  

— Limited Liability Company

LP  

— Limited Partnership

PIPE  

— Private Investment in Public Equity

 

For information on the mutual funds, please call our toll free Shareholder Services Line at 1-800-526-7384 or visit us on the web at www.GSAMFUNDS.com.
 


GOLDMAN SACHS MLP AND ENERGY RENAISSANCE FUND

 

Schedule of Investments (continued)

February 28, 2015 (Unaudited)

 

 

ADDITIONAL INVESTMENT INFORMATION

 

 

TAX INFORMATION — At February 28, 2015, the Fund’s aggregate security unrealized gains and losses based on cost for U.S. federal income tax purposes were as follows:

    

 

 

Tax Cost

     $ 1,766,597,854   

 

 

Gross unrealized gain

       85,944,617   

Gross unrealized loss

       (277,151,153

 

 

Net unrealized security loss

     $ (191,206,536

 

 

Additional information regarding the Fund is available in the Fund’s most recent Annual and Semi-Annual Reports to Shareholders. This information is available on the Securities and Exchange Commission’s website (www.sec.gov).


GOLDMAN SACHS MLP INCOME OPPORTUNITIES FUND

 

Schedule of Investments

February 28, 2015 (Unaudited)

 

Shares      Description   Value
  Common Stocks – 131.7%

 

Coal – 3.0%

  280,490       Alliance Resource Partners LP   $     11,093,380
  756,380       Foresight Energy LP   12,745,003
    

 

  23,838,383

 

 

 

Diversified Midstream – 23.9%

  2,739,281       CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust, Inc.   18,407,968
  734,950       Energy Transfer Partners LP   43,714,826
  1,070,850       NGL Energy Partners LP   32,682,342
  909,673       Targa Resources Partners LP   39,861,871
  1,067,673       Williams Partners LP   54,600,797
    

 

  189,267,804

 

 

 

Exploration and Production – 0.7%

  730,118       New Source Energy Partners LP   5,819,040

 

 

 

General Partner – 7.5%

  586,115       Alliance Holdings GP LP   30,800,343
  284,950       Targa Resources Corp.   28,375,321
    

 

  59,175,664

 

 

 

Liquids, Pipelines & Terminalling – 29.0%

  284,851       Arc Logistics Partners LP (PIPE)(a)   4,782,648
  342,250       Buckeye Partners LP   26,606,515
  1,025,948       CrossAmerica Partners LP(b)   35,148,979
  210,000       Genesis Energy LP   9,660,000
  231,535       Magellan Midstream Partners LP   19,032,177
  595,480       NuStar Energy LP   37,539,059
  847,450       Plains All American Pipeline LP   42,279,281
  818,614       Sprague Resources LP(b)   19,941,437
  153,500       Sunoco LP   7,917,530
  453,550       Tesoro Logistics LP   26,042,841
    

 

  228,950,467

 

 

 

Marine Transportation and Services – 19.5%

  1,084,000       Capital Product Partners LP   10,081,200
  895,079       Dynagas LNG Partners LP   17,883,678
  807,450       Golar LNG Partners LP   21,082,520
  2,395,485       Hoegh LNG Partners LP(b)   53,778,638
  535,000       KNOT Offshore Partners LP   12,010,750
  1,777,950       Teekay Offshore Partners LP   39,008,223
    

 

  153,845,009

 

 

 

Natural Gas and NGL Infrastructure – 28.2%

  1,185,999       American Midstream Partners LP
(PIPE)(a)(b)
  21,739,362
  926,300       Atlas Pipeline Partners LP   24,667,369
  1,201,572       Crestwood Midstream Partners LP   17,999,548
  766,400       DCP Midstream Partners LP   30,502,720
  787,283       ONEOK Partners LP   32,900,557
  1,248,992       Regency Energy Partners LP   30,462,915

 

 

Shares      Description   Value
  Common Stocks – (continued)

 

Natural Gas and NGL Infrastructure – (continued)

  403,139       Rice Midstream Partners LP   $       5,966,457
  642,390       Summit Midstream Partners LP   23,171,007
  824,600       USA Compression Partners LP   16,096,192
  279,850       Western Gas Partners LP   19,471,963
    

 

  222,978,090

 

 

 

Offshore Oilfield Services – 1.6%

  800,000       Seadrill Partners LLC   12,248,000

 

 

 

Other – 14.8%

  2,398,350       Compressco Partners LP(b)   41,179,670
  419,917       CVR Refining LP   8,171,585
  471,250       Emerge Energy Services LP   25,447,500
  77,678       Hi-Crush Partners LP   2,826,702
  1,089,636       Northern Tier Energy LP   26,750,564
  695,704       OCI Partners LP   12,522,672
    

 

  116,898,693

 

 

 

Retail Propane – 3.5%

  560,566       AmeriGas Partners LP   27,596,664

 

 

  TOTAL COMMON STOCKS   $1,040,617,814

 

 

  BORROWINGS – (34.9)%   $(276,000,000)

 

 

 
 
OTHER ASSETS AND OTHER
    LIABILITIES – 3.2%
  25,736,449

 

 

  NET ASSETS – 100.0%   $   790,354,263

 

 

The percentage shown for each investment category reflects the value of investments in that category as a percentage of net assets.
(a)   Restricted securities are not registered under the Securities Act of 1933 and are subject to legal restrictions on resale. These securities generally may be resold in transactions exempt from registration or to the public if the securities are subsequently registered. Disposal of these securities may involve time consuming negotiations and prompt sale at an acceptable price may be difficult. See additional details below:

 

Restricted Security  

Acquisition

Date

  Cost  

 

 
Arc Logistics Partners LP (PIPE)   02/19/15   $ 4,842,467   

 

 
(b)   Represents an Affiliated Issuer.

 

 

Investment Abbreviations:
GP   — General Partnership
LP   — Limited Partnership
PIPE   — Private Investment in Public Equity

 

For information on the mutual funds, please call our toll free Shareholder Services Line at 1-800-526-7384 or visit us on the web at www.GSAMFUNDS.com.
 


GOLDMAN SACHS MLP INCOME OPPORTUNITIES FUND

 

Schedule of Investments (continued)

February 28, 2015 (Unaudited)

 

 

ADDITIONAL INVESTMENT INFORMATION

 

 

TAX INFORMATION — At February 28, 2015, the Fund’s aggregate security unrealized gains and losses based on cost for U.S. federal income tax purposes were as follows:

 

 

 

Tax Cost

     $ 991,996,993   

 

 

Gross unrealized gain

       172,819,129   

Gross unrealized loss

       (124,198,308

 

 

Net unrealized security gain

     $ 48,620,821   

 

 

Additional information regarding the Fund is available in the Fund’s most recent Annual and Semi-Annual Reports to Shareholders. This information is available on the Securities and Exchange Commission’s website (www.sec.gov).


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Schedule of Investments (continued)

February 28, 2015 (Unaudited)

 

 

NOTES TO THE SCHEDULE OF INVESTMENTS

 

 

Investment Valuation The Funds’ valuation policy is to value investments at fair value.

Investments and Fair Value Measurements — The fair value of a financial instrument is the amount that would be received to sell an asset or paid to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date (i.e., the exit price). Accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”) establishes a fair value hierarchy that prioritizes the inputs to valuation techniques used to measure fair value. The hierarchy gives the highest priority to unadjusted quoted prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities (Level 1 measurements) and the lowest priority to unobservable inputs (Level 3 measurements). The levels used for classifying investments are not necessarily an indication of the risk associated with investing in these investments. The three levels of the fair value hierarchy are described below:

Level 1 — Unadjusted quoted prices in active markets that are accessible at the measurement date for identical, unrestricted assets or liabilities;

Level 2 — Quoted prices in markets that are not active or financial instruments for which significant inputs are observable (including, but not limited to, quoted prices for similar investments, interest rates, foreign exchange rates, volatility and credit spreads), either directly or indirectly;

Level 3 — Prices or valuations that require significant unobservable inputs (including Goldman Sachs Asset Management, L.P. (“GSAM”) assumptions in determining fair value measurement).

The Trustees have adopted Valuation Procedures that govern the valuation of the portfolio investments held by the Funds, including investments for which market quotations are not readily available. The Trustees have delegated to GSAM day-to-day responsibility for implementing and maintaining internal controls and procedures related to the valuation of the Funds’ portfolio investments. To assess the continuing appropriateness of pricing sources and methodologies, GSAM regularly performs price verification procedures and issues challenges as necessary to third party pricing vendors or brokers, and any differences are reviewed in accordance with the Valuation Procedures.

Level 1 and Level 2 Fair Value Investments — The valuation techniques and significant inputs used in determining the fair values for investments classified as Level 1 and Level 2 are as follows:

Equity Securities — Equity securities and investment companies traded on a United States (“U.S.”) securities exchange or the NASDAQ system, or those located on certain foreign exchanges, including but not limited to the Americas, are valued daily at their last sale price or official closing price on the principal exchange or system on which they are traded. If there is no sale or official closing price or it is believed by the investment adviser to not represent fair value, equity securities and exchange traded investment companies are valued at the last bid price for long positions and at the last ask price for short positions. Investments in investment companies (other than those that are exchange traded) are valued at the net asset value (“NAV”) on the valuation date. To the extent these investments are actively traded, they are classified as Level 1 of the fair value hierarchy, otherwise they are generally classified as Level 2.

Unlisted equity securities for which market quotations are available are valued at the last sale price on the valuation date, or if no sale occurs, at the last bid price. Securities traded on certain foreign securities exchanges are valued daily at fair value determined by an independent fair value service (if available) under Valuation Procedures approved by the Trustees and consistent with applicable regulatory guidance. The independent fair value service takes into account multiple factors including, but not limited to, movements in the securities markets, certain depositary receipts, futures contracts and foreign currency exchange rates that have occurred subsequent to the close of the foreign securities exchange. These investments are generally classified as Level 2 of the fair value hierarchy.

Subordinated Units and Private Investments Subordinated units and private investments in public equities (“PIPEs”) are valued the same as other equity securities as noted above. A Liquidity Value Adjustment (LVA) may be applied to securities which are subject to transfer restrictions or which convert publicly traded securities in the future when certain conditions are met. Subordinated units and PIPEs are classified as Level 2 until such time as the transfer restriction is removed.

Investments in Money Market Funds Investments in the Goldman Sachs Financial Square Government Fund are valued at the NAV of the Institutional Share class on the day of valuation. These investments are generally classified as Level 1 of the fair value hierarchy.

The Goldman Sachs Financial Square Government Fund may invest in debt securities which are valued daily on the basis of quotations supplied by dealers, if market quotations are readily available, or an independent pricing service approved by the Trustees. The pricing services may use valuation models or matrix pricing, which consider: (i) yield or price with respect to bonds that are considered comparable in characteristics such as rating, interest rate and maturity date or (ii) quotations from securities dealers to determine current value. Short-term debt obligations that mature in sixty days or less and that do not exhibit signs of credit deterioration are valued at amortized cost, which approximates fair value. With the exception of treasury securities, which are generally classified as Level 1, these investments are generally classified as Level 2 of the fair value hierarchy.

Level 3 Fair Value Investments — To the extent that the aforementioned significant inputs are unobservable, or if quotations are not readily available, or if GSAM believes that such quotations do not accurately reflect fair value, the fair value of the Funds’ investments may be determined under Valuation Procedures approved by the Trustees. GSAM, consistent with its procedures and applicable regulatory guidance, may make an adjustment to the most recent valuation prices of either domestic or foreign securities in light of significant events to reflect what it believes to be the fair value of the securities at the time of determining a Fund’s NAV. Significant events which could affect a large number of securities in a particular


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Schedule of Investments (continued)

February 28, 2015 (Unaudited)

 

 

NOTES TO THE SCHEDULE OF INVESTMENTS (continued)

 

 

market may include, but are not limited to: significant fluctuations in U.S. or foreign markets; market dislocations; market disruptions; or unscheduled market closings. Significant events which could also affect a single issuer may include, but are not limited to: corporate actions such as reorganizations, mergers and buy-outs; ratings downgrades; and bankruptcies.

Fair Value Hierarchy — The following is a summary of the Funds’ investments classified in the fair value hierarchy as of February 28, 2015:

 

                                                                    
GOLDMAN SACHS MLP AND ENERGY RENAISSANCE FUND   
Investment Type      Level 1        Level 2        Level 3  

Assets

              

Common Stocks(a)

              

MLP’s

                   

Europe

     $ 81,207,915         $         $   

North America

       1,375,089,377           7,069,110             

Corporations

                   

Europe

       8,834,157                       

North America

       77,901,124                       

Investment Company

       25,289,635                       
Total      $ 1,568,322,208         $ 7,069,110         $   
GOLDMAN SACHS MLP INCOME OPPORTUNITIES FUND   
Investment Type      Level 1        Level 2        Level 3  

Assets

              

Common Stocks(a)

              

MLP’s

              

Europe

     $ 52,223,628         $         $   

North America

       965,203,570           4,782,648             

Corporations

              

Europe

                             

North America

       18,407,968                       
Total      $ 1,035,835,166         $ 4,782,648         $   

 

(a)   Amounts disclosed by continent to highlight the impact of time zone differences between local market close and the calculation of net asset value. Security valuations are based on the principal exchange or system on which they are traded, which may differ from country of domicile.

For further information regarding security characteristics, see the Schedules of Investments.

The Funds’ risks include, but are not limited to, the following:

Foreign Custody Risk — A Fund that invests in foreign securities may hold such securities and foreign currency with foreign banks, agents, and securities depositories appointed by the Fund’s custodian (each a “Foreign Custodian”). Some foreign custodians may be recently organized or new to the foreign custody business. In some countries, Foreign Custodians may be subject to little or no regulatory oversight or independent evaluation of their operations. Further, the laws of certain countries may place limitations on a Fund’s ability to recover its assets if a Foreign Custodian enters into bankruptcy.

Investments in Other Investment Companies — As a shareholder of another investment company, including an exchange traded fund (“ETF”), a Fund will directly bear its proportionate share of any net management fees and other expenses paid by such other investment companies, in addition to the fees and expenses regularly borne by the Fund. ETFs are subject to risks that do not apply to conventional mutual funds, including but not limited to the following: (i) the market price of the ETF’s shares may trade at a premium or a discount to their NAV; and (ii) an active trading market for an ETF’s shares may not develop or be maintained.

Leverage Risk The use of leverage creates an opportunity for increased net investment income dividends, but also creates risks for the investors. There is no assurance that each Fund’s intended leveraging strategy will be successful. Leverage involves risks and special considerations, including the likelihood of greater volatility of NAV, market price and dividend rate than a comparable portfolio without leverage; the risk that fluctuations in interest rates on borrowings and short-term debt or in the interest or dividend rates on any leverage that a Fund must pay will reduce the Fund’s return; the effect of leverage in a declining market, which is likely to cause a greater decline in the NAV than if the Fund was not leveraged, which may result in a greater decline in the market price; the investment advisory fees payable to the Investment Adviser will be higher than if the Fund did not use financial leverage; and that leverage may increase operating costs, which may reduce total return.

Liquidity Risk The Funds may make investments, including MLPs, that are illiquid or that may become less liquid in response to market developments or adverse investor perceptions. Illiquid investments may be more difficult to value.

Market and Credit Risks — An investment in a Fund represents an indirect investment in the securities owned by the Fund, a significant portion of which are traded on a national securities exchange. The value of these securities, like other investments, may move up or down, sometimes rapidly and unpredictably. Each Fund will utilize leverage, which magnifies the market risk. Additionally, a Fund may also be exposed to credit risk in the event that an issuer or guarantor fails to perform or that an institution or entity with which the Fund has unsettled or open transactions defaults.


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Schedule of Investments (continued)

February 28, 2015 (Unaudited)

 

 

NOTES TO THE SCHEDULE OF INVESTMENTS (continued)

 

 

Market Discount Risk — Shares of closed-end investment companies frequently trade at a discount from their NAV. This characteristic is a risk separate and distinct from the risk that a Fund’s NAV could decrease as a result of its investment activities and may be greater for investors expecting to sell their shares in a relatively short period of time following completion of the Fund’s initial offering. Although the value of a Fund’s net assets is generally considered by market participants in determining whether to purchase or sell shares, whether investors will realize gains or losses upon the sale of their shares will depend entirely upon whether the market price of the shares at the time of sale is above or below the investor’s adjusted tax cost basis for the shares. Because the market price of the shares will be determined by factors such as (i) NAV, (ii) dividend and distribution levels and their stability (which will in turn be affected by levels of dividend and interest payments by a Fund’s portfolio holdings, the timing and success of the Fund’s investment strategies, regulations affecting the timing and character of Fund distributions, Fund expenses and other factors), (iii) supply of and demand for the shares, (iv) trading volume of the shares, (v) general market, interest rate and economic conditions and (vi) other factors that may be beyond the control of the Fund. A Fund cannot predict whether the shares will trade at, below or above NAV or at, below or above the initial public offering price.

Master Limited Partnership Risk Investments in securities of MLPs involve risks that differ from investments in common stock, including risks related to limited control and limited rights to vote on matters affecting the MLP, risks related to potential conflicts of interest between the MLP and the MLP’s general partner, cash flow risks, dilution risks, limited liquidity and risks related to the general partner’s right to require unit-holders to sell their common units at an undesirable time or price.

Non-Diversification Risk Each Fund is non-diversified, meaning that each is permitted to invest a larger percentage of its assets in fewer issuers than diversified mutual funds. Thus, a Fund may be more susceptible to adverse developments affecting any single issuer held in its portfolio, and may be more susceptible to greater losses because of these developments.

Private Investment Risk The Funds may invest in PIPE securities. PIPE transactions typically involve the purchase of securities directly from a publicly traded company or its affiliates in a private placement transaction, typically at a discount to the market price of the company’s common stock. In a PIPE transaction, the Funds may bear the price risk from the time of pricing until the time of closing. Equity issued in this manner is often subject to transfer restrictions and is therefore less liquid than equity issued through a registered public offering. The Funds may be subject to lock-up agreements that prohibit transfers for a fixed period of time. In addition, because the sale of the securities in a PIPE transaction is not registered under the Securities Act, the securities are “restricted” and cannot be immediately resold into the public markets. The ability of the Funds to freely transfer restricted shares is conditioned upon, among other things, the SEC’s preparedness to declare the resale registration statement effective and the issuer’s right to suspend the Fund’s use of the resale registration statement if the issuer is pursuing a transaction or some other material non-public event is occurring. Accordingly, PIPE securities may be subject to risks associated with illiquid securities.

Portfolio Concentration Risk — Each Fund concentrates its investments in the energy sector, and will therefore be susceptible to adverse economic, environmental, business, regulatory or other occurrences affecting that sector. The energy sector has historically experienced substantial price volatility. MLPs and other companies operating in the energy sector are subject to specific risks, including, among others, fluctuations in commodity prices; reduced consumer demand for commodities such as oil, natural gas or petroleum products; reduced availability of natural gas or other commodities for transporting, processing, storing or delivering; slowdowns in new construction; extreme weather or other natural disasters; and threats of attack by terrorists on energy assets. Additionally, changes in the regulatory environment for energy companies may adversely impact their profitability. Over time, depletion of natural gas reserves and other energy reserves may also affect the profitability of energy companies.

Strategy Risk Each Fund’s strategy of investing primarily in MLPs, resulting in its being taxed as a corporation, or “C” corporation, rather than as a regulated investment company for U.S. federal income tax purposes, is a relatively new investment strategy for funds. This strategy involves complicated accounting, tax and valuation issues. Volatility in the NAV may be experienced because of the use of estimates at various times during a given year that may result in unexpected and potentially significant consequences for the Funds and their shareholders.

Tax Risks — Tax risks associated with investments in a Fund include, but are not limited to the following:

Fund Structure Risk. Unlike traditional mutual funds that are structured as regulated investment companies for U.S. federal income tax purposes, the Funds will be taxable as a regular corporation, or “C” corporation, for U.S. federal income tax purposes. This means the Funds generally will be subject to U.S. federal income tax on their taxable income at the rates applicable to corporations (currently a maximum rate of 35%), and will also be subject to state and local income taxes.

MLP Tax Risk. MLPs are generally treated as partnerships for U.S. federal income tax purposes. Partnerships do not pay U.S. federal income tax at the partnership level. Rather, each partner is allocated a share of the partnership’s income, gains, losses, deductions and expenses. A change in current tax law or a change in the underlying business mix of a given MLP could result in an MLP being treated as a corporation for U.S. federal income tax purposes, which would result in the MLP being required to pay U.S. federal income tax (as well as state and local income taxes) on its taxable income. This would have the effect of reducing the amount of cash available for distribution by the MLP and could result in a reduction in the value of the Funds’ investment in the MLP and lower income to each Fund.

To the extent a distribution received by a Fund from an MLP is treated as a return of capital, the Fund’s adjusted tax basis in the interests of the MLP will be reduced, which may increase the Fund’s tax liability upon the sale of the interests in the MLP or upon subsequent distributions in respect of such interests.


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Schedule of Investments (continued)

February 28, 2015 (Unaudited)

 

 

NOTES TO THE SCHEDULE OF INVESTMENTS (continued)

 

 

Tax Estimation/NAV Risk. In calculating a Fund’s NAV, the Fund will, among other things, include its current taxes and deferred tax liability and/or asset balances and related valuation balances, if any. A Fund may accrue a deferred income tax liability balance, at the currently effective statutory U.S. federal income tax rate (currently 35%) plus an estimated state and local income tax rate, for its future tax liability associated with the capital appreciation of its investments and the distributions received by the Funds on interests of MLPs considered to be return of capital and for any net operating gains. Any deferred tax liability balance will reduce a Fund’s NAV which could have an effect on the market price of the shares. The Funds may also record a deferred tax asset balance, which reflects an estimate of a Fund’s future tax benefit associated with net operating losses and/or unrealized losses. Any deferred tax asset balance will increase a Fund’s NAV to the extent it exceeds any valuation allowance, which could have an effect on the market price of the shares. Each Fund will rely to some extent on information provided by MLPs, which may not be provided to the Funds on a timely basis, to estimate current and deferred tax liability and/or asset balances for purposes of financial statement reporting and determining its NAV. The daily estimate of a Fund’s current and deferred tax liability and/or asset balances used to calculate each Fund’s NAV could vary significantly from the Fund’s actual tax liability or benefit, and, as a result, the determination of the Fund’s actual tax liability or benefit may have a material impact on the Fund’s NAV. From time to time, a Fund may modify its estimates or assumptions regarding its current and deferred tax liability and/or asset balances as new information becomes available, which modifications in estimates or assumptions may have a material impact on the Fund’s NAV.


Item 2. Controls and Procedures.

(a) The Registrant’s President/Principal Executive Officer and Principal Financial Officer concluded that the Registrant’s disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Rule 30a-3(c) under the Investment Company Act of 1940) were effective as of a date within 90 days prior to the filing date of this report (the “Evaluation Date”), based on their evaluation of the effectiveness of the Registrant’s disclosure controls and procedures as of the Evaluation Date.

(b) There were no changes in the Registrant’s internal control over financial reporting (as defined in Rule 30a-3(d) under the Act) that occurred during the Registrant’s last fiscal quarter that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, the Registrant’s internal control over financial reporting.

 

Item 3. Exhibits.

(a) Separate certifications for the President/Principal Executive Officer and the Principal Financial Officer of the Registrant as required by Rule 30a-2(a) under the Act (17 CFR 270.30a-2(a)) are filed herewith.


SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the Investment Company Act of 1940, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

 

(Registrant) Goldman Sachs MLP Income Opportunities Fund

and Goldman Sachs MLP and Energy Renaissance Fund

By (Signature and Title)*      /s/ James A. McNamara
  

James A. McNamara,

President/Principal Executive Officer

Date April 28, 2015

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the Investment Company Act of 1940, this report has been signed below by the following persons on behalf of the registrant and in the capacities and on the dates indicated.

 

By (Signature and Title)*      /s/ James A. McNamara
  

James A. McNamara,

President/Principal Executive Officer

Date April 28, 2015

 

By (Signature and Title)*     /s/ Scott McHugh
 

Scott McHugh

Principal Financial Officer                  

Date April 28, 2015

 

*   Print the name and title of each signing officer under his or her signature.