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Magellan Midstream Reports First-Quarter Financial Results, Increases Distributable Cash Flow Guidance for 2013

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TULSA, Okla., May 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P. (NYSE: MMP) today reported operating profit of $142.5 million for first quarter 2013 compared to $122.8 million for first quarter 2012. Net income was $113.0 million for first quarter 2013 compared to $93.5 million for first quarter 2012.

Diluted net income per limited partner unit was 50 cents in first quarter 2013 versus 41 cents in the corresponding 2012 period. Diluted net income per unit excluding mark-to-market (MTM) commodity-related pricing adjustments, a non-generally accepted accounting principles (non-GAAP) financial measure, of 51 cents for first quarter 2013 was higher than the 45-cent guidance provided by management in early Feb. due to stronger refined products transportation volumes and additional product overages.

Distributable cash flow (DCF), a non-GAAP financial measure that represents the amount of cash generated during the period that is available to pay distributions, was $123.9 million for first quarter 2013 compared to $125.7 million during first quarter 2012.

"Magellan started the year 2013 with solid results, exceeding our initial expectations for the first quarter and generating positive momentum for the remainder of the year," said Michael Mears, chief executive officer. "Further, we continue to make significant strides to develop Magellan's growing crude oil transportation and storage profile. So far this year, we have announced plans to add crude oil capabilities to our Galena Park, Texas marine terminal and during mid-April, reached our milestone to begin crude oil deliveries into Houston via our Longhorn pipeline, currently at partial capacity but with full capabilities still expected later this year. Each of these strategic steps builds upon the growth platform we have created for Magellan's future.

"If these favorable trends continue and the timing of our growth projects proceeds as projected, we will consider increasing our 2013 distributions beyond the 10% annual guidance provided earlier this year."

Beginning in 2013, the partnership reorganized its reporting segments to reflect strategic changes in its business, particularly its increasing crude oil activities. Historical financial results have been restated to conform to the new segment presentation. An analysis comparing first quarter 2013 to first quarter 2012 for each of these new segments is provided below based on operating margin, a non-GAAP financial measure that reflects operating profit before general and administrative (G&A) expense and depreciation and amortization:

Refined products. Refined operating margin was $160.2 million, an increase of $34.7 million. Transportation and terminals revenues increased between periods primarily due to a 13% increase in transportation volumes and the partnership's mid-2012 tariff increase. Significantly higher gasoline and distillate shipments resulted from stronger demand in the markets served by the partnership, in part due to the seasonal reversal of a portion of the partnership's Oklahoma system in 2013, which allowed deliveries south into Texas markets historically served from the Gulf Coast, and an incentive tariff implemented for the partnership's South Texas pipeline. The average tariff rate declined between periods as the benefit from the 8.6% tariff increase implemented on July 1, 2012 was more than offset by additional short-haul movements in part due to higher South Texas volumes, which ship at a lower rate than the partnership's other pipeline shipments.

Operating expenses decreased between periods primarily due to more favorable product overages (which reduce operating expenses) as well as lower environmental accruals in first quarter 2013.

Product margin (a non-GAAP measure defined as product sales revenues less product purchases) increased $16.1 million between periods primarily resulting from a $21.3 million favorable variance associated with the timing of MTM adjustments for New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) positions used to economically hedge the partnership's commodity-related activities and other inventory adjustments. Details of these items can be found on the Distributable Cash Flow Reconciliation to Net Income schedule that accompanies this news release. The partnership's actual cash product margin, which reflects only transactions that settled during the quarter, decreased between periods primarily due to timing of sales for the partnership's butane blending activities and a lower average sales margin.

Crude oil. Crude operating margin was $22.7 million, a decline of $1.3 million. Revenues increased due to joint venture management fees and increased crude oil transportation volumes and rates on the partnership's Houston-area distribution system. Operating expenses increased due to higher integrity spending and less favorable product overages, which reduce expenses.

Marine storage. Marine operating margin was $25.3 million, a decrease of $2.6 million. Revenues were essentially flat between periods as storage fees from newly-constructed tanks at the partnership's Galena Park, Texas terminal offset lower overall utilization due in part to timing of tank maintenance work. Expenses increased due to additional integrity costs and an insurance reimbursement received in first quarter 2012 for historical hurricane-related damage, with no such item benefitting first-quarter 2013 results. Product margin declined due to the sale of additional overages in the 2012 period.

Other items. Depreciation and amortization increased primarily due to recent expansion capital expenditures and the one-time amortization of an intangible asset, and G&A expenses increased primarily due to additional personnel and higher expenses resulting from the partnership's increasing unit price that impacts equity-based incentive compensation and deferred board of director expense. Net interest expense was substantially unchanged as additional borrowings from the partnership's Nov. 2012 debt offering to fund capital spending was offset by higher capitalized interest for the related construction projects. As of March 31, 2013, the partnership had $2.4 billion of debt outstanding and $221 million of cash on hand.

Expansion projects

Magellan continues to make significant progress on its current slate of expansion projects. The Longhorn pipeline successfully began deliveries of crude oil to the Houston market beginning mid-April. Management expects the delivery rate to average approximately 90,000 barrels per day (bpd) from mid-April through the second quarter, ramping to its full 225,000-bpd capacity in the third quarter of 2013.

The Double Eagle joint venture is in the process of filling the condensate pipeline for initial deliveries from Three Rivers to Corpus Christi, Texas this month, with full operation expected in the third quarter of 2013. Further, the BridgeTex pipeline joint venture continues to target an operational date of mid-2014, with right-of-way, permitting and tank construction activities underway.

During Feb. 2013, the partnership announced plans to acquire approximately 800 miles of refined products pipeline for $190 million and is currently awaiting regulatory approval to complete this transaction.

The partnership currently plans to spend approximately $900 million during 2013 with an additional $320 million of spending in 2014 to complete its current slate of growth projects and pending pipeline acquisition.

The partnership also continues to evaluate more than $500 million of potential growth projects in earlier stages of development as well as possible acquisitions, both of which have been excluded from these spending estimates.

Financial guidance for 2013

Management is raising its 2013 DCF guidance by $10 million to $580 million. Management remains committed to its goal of increasing annual cash distributions by at least 10% for 2013 with the potential for even higher distribution growth this year if favorable business trends continue and growth projects are placed into service as currently projected. Further, management still projects at least 10% annual distribution growth for 2014.

Including actual results for first quarter, net income per limited partner unit is estimated to be $2.25 for 2013, with second-quarter guidance of 52 cents. Guidance excludes future NYMEX MTM adjustments on the partnership's commodity-related activities and expected financial results from the pending pipeline acquisition.

Earnings call details

An analyst call with management regarding first-quarter results and outlook for the remainder of 2013 is scheduled today at 1:30 p.m. Eastern. To participate, dial (888) 427-9411 and provide code 1399345. Investors also may listen to the call via the partnership's website at www.magellanlp.com/webcasts.aspx.

Audio replays of the conference call will be available from 4:30 p.m. Eastern today through midnight on May 8. To access the replay, dial (888) 203-1112 and provide code 1399345. The replay also will be available at www.magellanlp.com.

Non-GAAP financial measures

Management believes that investors benefit from having access to the same financial measures utilized by the partnership. As a result, this news release and supporting schedules include the non-GAAP financial measures of operating margin, product margin, adjusted EBITDA, DCF and net income per unit excluding MTM commodity-related pricing adjustments, which are important performance measures used by management.

Operating margin reflects operating profit before G&A expense and depreciation and amortization. This measure forms the basis of the partnership's internal financial reporting and is used by management to evaluate the economic performance of the partnership's operations.

Product margin, which is calculated as product sales revenues less product purchases, is used by management to evaluate the profitability of the partnership's commodity-related activities.

Adjusted EBITDA is an important measure utilized by the investment community to assess the financial results of an entity.

DCF is important in determining the amount of cash generated from the partnership's operations that is available for distribution to its unitholders. Management uses this measure as a basis for recommending to the board of directors the amount of cash distributions to be paid each period.

Reconciliations of operating margin to operating profit and adjusted EBITDA and DCF to net income accompany this news release.

The partnership uses NYMEX futures contracts to hedge against price changes of petroleum products associated with its commodity-related activities. Most of these NYMEX contracts do not qualify for hedge accounting treatment. However, because these NYMEX contracts are generally effective at hedging price changes, management believes the partnership's profitability should be evaluated excluding the unrealized NYMEX gains and losses associated with petroleum products that will be sold in future periods. Further, because the financial guidance provided by management generally excludes future MTM commodity-related pricing adjustments, a reconciliation of actual results to those excluding these adjustments is provided for comparability to previous financial guidance.

Because the non-GAAP measures presented in this news release include adjustments specific to the partnership, they may not be comparable to similarly-titled measures of other companies.

About Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P.

Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P. (NYSE: MMP) is a publicly traded partnership that primarily transports, stores and distributes refined petroleum products and crude oil. The partnership owns the longest refined petroleum products pipeline system in the country, with access to more than 40% of the nation's refining capacity, and can store over 80 million barrels of petroleum products such as gasoline, diesel fuel and crude oil. More information is available at www.magellanlp.com.

Forward-Looking Statement Disclaimer

Portions of this document constitute forward-looking statements as defined by federal law. Although management believes any such statements are based on reasonable assumptions, there is no assurance that actual outcomes will not be materially different. Among the key risk factors that may have a direct impact on the partnership's results of operations and financial condition are: (1) its ability to identify growth projects or to complete identified projects on time and at expected costs; (2) price fluctuations and changes in demand for refined petroleum products, crude oil and natural gas liquids, or changes in demand for transportation or storage of those commodities through its existing or planned facilities; (3) changes in the partnership's tariff rates or other terms imposed by state or federal regulatory agencies; (4) shut-downs or cutbacks at major refineries or other businesses that use or supply the partnership's services; (5) changes in the throughput or interruption in service on pipelines owned and operated by third parties and connected to the partnership's terminals or pipelines; (6) the occurrence of an operational hazard or unforeseen interruption for which the partnership is not adequately insured; (7) the treatment of the partnership as a corporation for federal or state income tax purposes or if the partnership becomes subject to significant forms of other taxation; (8) an increase in the competition the partnership's operations encounter; (9) disruption in the debt and equity markets that negatively impacts the partnership's ability to finance its capital spending; and (10) failure of customers to meet or continue contractual obligations to the partnership. Additional information about issues that could lead to material changes in performance is contained in the partnership's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the partnership's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended Dec. 31, 2012 and subsequent reports on Forms 8-K. The partnership undertakes no obligation to revise its forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances occurring after today's date.

 

MAGELLAN MIDSTREAM PARTNERS, L.P

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

(In thousands, except per unit amounts)

(Unaudited)




Three Months Ended


March 31,


2012


2013

Transportation and terminals revenues

$

217,554



$

227,271


Product sales revenues

275,730



201,711


Affiliate management fee revenue

199



3,439


Total revenues

493,483



432,421


Costs and expenses:




Operating

68,452



65,181


Product purchases

248,612



160,398


Depreciation and amortization

31,510



36,332


General and administrative

23,744



30,056


Total costs and expenses

372,318



291,967


Earnings of non-controlled entities

1,648



2,051


Operating profit

122,813



142,505


Interest expense

29,123



31,723


Interest income

(35)



(22)


Interest capitalized

(864)



(3,451)


Debt placement fee amortization expense

519



540


Income before provision for income taxes

94,070



113,715


Provision for income taxes

546



748


Net income

$

93,524



$

112,967






Basic and diluted net income per limited partner unit

$

0.41



$

0.50






Weighted average number of limited partner units outstanding used for basic and diluted net income per unit calculation

226,182



226,705






   

MAGELLAN MIDSTREAM PARTNERS, L.P

OPERATING STATISTICS




Three Months Ended


March 31,


2012


2013

Refined products:




Transportation revenue per barrel shipped

$

1.197



$

1.136






Volume shipped (million barrels):




Refined products:




Gasoline

45.9



53.6


Distillates

29.8



33.8


Aviation fuel

5.6



4.5


Liquefied petroleum gases

1.0



1.1


Total volume shipped

82.3



93.0






Crude oil:




Transportation revenue per barrel shipped

$

0.276



$

0.313


Volume shipped (million barrels)

14.9



15.9


Crude oil terminal average utilization (million barrels per month)

12.6



12.8






Marine storage:




Marine terminal average utilization (million barrels per month)

24.1



22.7






   

MAGELLAN MIDSTREAM PARTNERS, L.P.

OPERATING MARGIN RECONCILIATION TO OPERATING PROFIT

(Unaudited, in thousands)




Three Months Ended


March 31,


2012


2013

Refined products:




Transportation and terminals revenues

$

157,670



$

165,359


Less: Operating expenses

57,206



46,281


Transportation and terminals margin

100,464



119,078






Product sales revenues

272,818



199,415


Less: Product purchases

247,836



158,298


Product margin

24,982



41,117


Operating margin

$

125,446



$

160,195






Crude oil:




Transportation and terminals revenues

$

21,213



$

23,228


Less: Operating expenses (credit)

(897)



5,107


Transportation and terminals margin

22,110



18,121


Affiliate management fee revenue

199



3,159


Earnings of non-controlled entities

1,668



1,375


Operating margin

$

23,977



$

22,655






Marine storage:




Transportation and terminals revenues

$

38,671



$

38,684


Less: Operating expenses

12,877



14,553


Transportation and terminals margin

25,794



24,131






Product sales revenues

2,912



2,296


Less:  Product purchases

776



2,100


Product margin

2,136



196


Affiliate management fee revenue



280


Earnings (loss) of non-controlled entities

(20)



676


Operating margin

$

27,910



$

25,283






Segment operating margin

$

177,333



$

208,133


Add: Allocated corporate depreciation costs

734



760


Total operating margin

178,067



208,893


Less:




Depreciation and amortization expense

31,510



36,332


General and administrative expense

23,744



30,056


Total operating profit

$

122,813



$

142,505






 

Note: Amounts may not sum to figures shown on the consolidated statement of income due to intersegment eliminations and allocated corporate depreciation costs.

 

MAGELLAN MIDSTREAM PARTNERS, L.P

RECONCILIATION OF NET INCOME AND NET INCOME PER LIMITED PARTNER UNIT

EXCLUDING MARK-TO-MARKET COMMODITY-RELATED PRICING ADJUSTMENTS

TO GAAP MEASURES

(Unaudited, in thousands except per unit amounts)






Three Months Ended



March 31, 2013








Net Income


Basic and Diluted Net Income Per Limited Partner Unit

As reported


$

112,967



$

0.50


Add:  Unrealized derivative losses associated with future physical product transactions


2,261



0.01


Excluding commodity-related adjustments


$

115,228



$

0.51







Weighted average number of limited partner units outstanding used for basic and diluted net income per unit calculation


226,705









 

*Please see Distributable Cash Flow Reconciliation to Net Income for further descriptions of the commodity-related adjustments.

 

MAGELLAN MIDSTREAM PARTNERS, L.P

DISTRIBUTABLE CASH FLOW RECONCILIATION TO NET INCOME

(Unaudited, in thousands)






Three Months Ended




March 31,


2013


2012


2013


Guidance







Net income

$

93,524



$

112,967



$

510,000


Interest expense, net

28,224



28,250



120,000


Depreciation and amortization(1)

32,029



36,872



150,000


Equity-based incentive compensation(2)

(10,156)



(7,403)



7,000


Asset retirements and impairments

5,407



1,791



7,000


Commodity-related adjustments:






Derivative losses/(gains) recognized in the period associated with future product transactions(3)

13,162



2,261




Derivative gains (losses) recognized in previous periods associated with product sales completed in the     period (4)

3,163



(5,195)




Lower-of-cost-or-market adjustments

(1,017)



(2,000)




Houston-to-El Paso cost of sales adjustments(5)

1,039






Total commodity-related adjustments

16,347



(4,934)



(10,000)


Other

520



(1,279)



(9,000)


Adjusted EBITDA

165,895



166,264



775,000








Interest expense, net

(28,224)



(28,250)



(120,000)


Maintenance capital

(11,958)



(14,108)



(75,000)


Distributable cash flow

$

125,713



$

123,906



$

580,000








Distributable cash flow per limited partner unit

$

0.56



$

0.55



$

2.56








Weighted average number of limited partner units paid distributions

226,200



226,679



226,679








 

(1)  Depreciation and amortization includes debt placement fee amortization.

(2)  Because the partnership intends to satisfy vesting of units under its equity-based incentive compensation program with the issuance of limited partner units, expenses related to this program generally are deemed non-cash and added back for distributable cash flow purposes.  Total equity-based incentive compensation expense for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2013 was $2.8 million and $4.9 million, respectively.  However, the figures above include an adjustment for minimum statutory tax withholdings paid by the partnership in 2012 and 2013 of $13.0 million and $12.3 million, respectively, for equity-based incentive compensation units that vested on the previous year end, which reduce distributable cash flow.

(3)  Certain derivatives the partnership uses as economic hedges have not been designated as hedges for accounting purposes and the mark-to-market changes of these derivatives are recognized currently in earnings. These amounts represent the gains or losses from economic hedges in the partnership's earnings for the period associated with products that had not yet been physically sold as of the period end date.

(4)  When the partnership physically sells products that it has economically hedged (but were not designated as hedges for accounting purposes), it includes in its distributable cash flow calculations the full amount of the change in fair value of the associated derivative agreement.

(5)  Cost of goods sold adjustment related to commodity activities for the partnership's Houston-to-El Paso pipeline to more closely resemble current market prices for distributable cash flow purposes rather than average inventory costing as used to determine the partnership's results of operations. We discontinued these commodity activities during 2012 in conjunction with the Longhorn crude pipeline project.

Contact:

Paula Farrell


(918) 574-7650


paula.farrell@magellanlp.com  

SOURCE Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P.



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