Boardwalk Announces First Quarter 2014 Results And Quarterly Distribution Of $0.10 Per Unit

HOUSTON, April 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, LP, (NYSE: BWP) announced today that it has declared a quarterly cash distribution per common unit of $0.10 ($0.40 annualized) payable on May 15, 2014, to unitholders of record as of May 8, 2014.

The Partnership also announced its results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2014, which included the following items:

  • Operating revenues of $356.9 million, a 9% increase from $328.5 million in the comparable 2013 period;
  • Net income attributable to controlling interests of $110.2 million, a 9% increase from $101.4 million in the comparable 2013 period;
  • Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (Adjusted EBITDA) of $220.4 million, a 6% increase from $208.7 million in the comparable 2013 period; and
  • Distributable cash flow of $161.8 million, a 4% increase from $154.9 million in the comparable 2013 period.

Compared with the first quarter 2013, the Partnership's results were positively impacted by favorable revenues associated with the cold winter conditions and the recent completion of growth projects. The favorable impacts were partially offset by lower firm transportation revenues due to contract expirations and renewals at lower rates and a charge recognized in the first quarter 2014 related to the Bluegrass Project further discussed below.

The Partnership has been engaged with The Williams Companies, Inc. in the development process for the Bluegrass Project. The open season for capacity on the pipeline ended in the first quarter 2014 and although discussions with potential customers continued throughout the first quarter, the Partnership has not obtained sufficient firm customer commitments. As a result, in the first quarter 2014, the previously capitalized costs incurred for the project were expensed, resulting in a decrease to net income attributable to controlling interests of $10.0 million.

Capital Program

Growth capital expenditures were $50.1 million and maintenance capital expenditures were $16.0 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2014. 

Conference Call

The Partnership has scheduled a conference call for April 28, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. Eastern time to review the quarterly results, current market conditions and distribution amount. The earnings call may be accessed via the Boardwalk website at www.bwpmlp.com. Please access the website at least 10 minutes before the event begins to register and download and install any necessary audio software. Those interested in participating in the question and answer session of the conference call should dial (866) 515-2915 for callers in the U.S. or (617) 399-5129 for callers outside the U.S. The PIN number to access the call is 79707622. 

Replay

An online replay will be available on the Boardwalk website immediately following the call.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures - Adjusted EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow

The Partnership uses non-GAAP measures to evaluate its business and performance, including Adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow. Adjusted EBITDA is used as a supplemental financial measure by management and by external users of the Partnership's financial statements, such as investors, commercial banks, research analysts and rating agencies, to assess the Partnership's operating and financial performance, ability to generate cash and return on invested capital as compared to those of other companies in the midstream portion of the natural gas and natural gas liquids industry. Distributable cash flow is used as a supplemental financial measure by management and by external users of the Partnership's financial statements to assess the Partnership's ability to make cash distributions to its unitholders and general partner.

Adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow should not be considered alternatives to net income, operating income, cash flow from operating activities or any other measure of financial performance or liquidity presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). Adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow are not necessarily comparable to similarly titled measures of another company.

About Boardwalk

Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, LP (NYSE: BWP) is a midstream master limited partnership that provides transportation, storage, gathering and processing of natural gas and liquids for its customers. Boardwalk and its subsidiaries own and operate approximately 14,450 miles of natural gas and liquids pipelines and underground storage caverns with an aggregate working gas capacity of approximately 207 billion cubic feet and liquids capacity of approximately 18 million barrels. Boardwalk is a subsidiary of Loews Corporation (NYSE: L), which holds 53% of Boardwalk's equity, excluding incentive distribution rights. Additional information about the Partnership can be found on its website at www.bwpmlp.com.

 

 

BOARDWALK PIPELINE PARTNERS, LP

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

(Millions, except per unit amounts)

(Unaudited)







For the

Three Months Ended

March 31,




2014



2013


Operating Revenues:







Transportation


$

304.3



$

284.1


Parking and lending



9.2




7.9


Storage



28.8




28.1


Other



14.6




8.4


Total operating revenues



356.9




328.5









Operating Costs and Expenses:







Fuel and transportation



33.0




22.7


Operation and maintenance



42.7




40.2


Administrative and general



26.8




31.4


Depreciation and amortization



69.2




66.8


Asset impairment



7.2




0.1


Net gain on disposal of operating assets



(0.4)





Taxes other than income taxes



25.8




25.6


Total operating costs and expenses



204.3




186.8









Operating income



152.6




141.7









Other Deductions (Income):







Interest expense



40.9




40.5


Interest income



(0.1)




(0.2)


Equity losses in unconsolidated affiliates



86.1





Miscellaneous other income, net



(0.1)




(0.2)


Total other deductions



126.8




40.1









Income before income taxes



25.8




101.6









Income taxes



0.2




0.2









Net Income



25.6




101.4


Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interests



(84.6)





Net income attributable to controlling interests


$

110.2



$

101.4









Net Income per Unit:







Net income per unit:







Common units


$

0.44



$

0.42


Class B units


$



$

0.19


Weighted-average number of units outstanding:







Common units



243.3




207.7


Class B units






22.9


Cash distribution declared and paid to common units


$

0.10



$

0.5325


Cash distribution declared and paid to class B units


$



$

0.30


 

The following table presents a reconciliation of the Partnership's Adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow to its net income, the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure, for each of the periods presented (in millions):



For the

Three Months Ended

March 31,



2014


2013

Net income attributable to controlling interests


$

110.2



$

101.4


Income taxes


0.2



0.2


Depreciation and amortization


69.2



66.8


Interest expense


40.9



40.5


Interest income


(0.1)



(0.2)


          Adjusted EBITDA


220.4



208.7


Less:





Cash paid for interest, net of capitalized interest


52.6



47.3


Maintenance capital expenditures


16.0



7.5


Add:





Bluegrass/Moss Lake project impairment,

   net of noncontrolling interest


10.0




Other




1.0


          Distributable Cash Flow


$

161.8



$

154.9


 

BOARDWALK PIPELINE PARTNERS, LP
NET INCOME PER UNIT RECONCILIATION
(Unaudited)

The following table provides a reconciliation of net income and the assumed allocation of net income to the common units for purposes of computing net income per unit for the three months ended March 31, 2014, (in millions, except per unit data):   


Total



Common Units



General Partner

and IDRs


Net income

$

25.6








Less: Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interests


(84.6)








Net income attributable to controlling interests


110.2








Declared distribution


24.8



$

24.3



$

0.5


Assumed allocation of undistributed net income


85.4




83.7




1.7


Assumed allocation of net income attributable to limited
    partner unitholders and general partner

$

110.2



$

108.0



$

2.2


Weighted-average units outstanding





243.3





Net income per unit




$

0.44





 

The following table provides a reconciliation of net income and the assumed allocation of net income to the common and class B units for purposes of computing net income per unit for the three months ended March 31, 2013, (in millions, except per unit data):

 


Total



Common

Units



Class B Units



General Partner

and IDRs


Net income


101.4











Declared distribution


128.2



$

110.6



$

6.9



$

10.7


Assumed allocation of undistributed net loss


(26.8)




(23.7)




(2.6)




(0.5)


Assumed allocation of net income attributable to limited
     partner unitholders and general partner

$

101.4



$

86.9



$

4.3



$

10.2


Weighted-average units outstanding





207.7




22.9





Net income per unit




$

0.42



$

0.19





 

INVESTOR CONTACTS:
Molly Ladd Whitaker, 866-913-2122
Director of Investor Relations and Corporate Communications
ir@bwpmlp.com

or

Jamie Buskill, 713-479-8082
Senior VP, Chief Financial and Administrative Officer and Treasurer

MEDIA CONTACT:
Joe Hollier, 713-479-8670
Manager of Corporate Communications
joe.hollier@bwpmlp.com   

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SOURCE Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, LP



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