ENERGY TRANSFER PARTNERS 8-K 2012
ENERGY TRANSFER PARTNERS
REPORTS FOURTH QUARTER AND ANNUAL RESULTS
Propane Results Impacted by Warm Weather
Dallas - February 15, 2012 - Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. (NYSE:ETP) today reported its financial results for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2011.
Adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended December 31, 2011 totaled $479.0 million, an increase of $67.9 million over the three months ended December 31, 2010. Distributable Cash Flow for the three months ended December 31, 2011 totaled $310.4 million, an increase of $26.0 million over the three months ended December 31, 2010. Net income for the three months ended December 31, 2011 totaled $217.3 million, a decrease of $9.6 million from the three months ended December 31, 2010.
Adjusted EBITDA for the year ended December 31, 2011 totaled $1.74 billion, an increase of $201.7 million over the year ended December 31, 2010. Distributable Cash Flow for the year ended December 31, 2011 totaled $1.14 billion, an increase of $107.4 million over the year ended December 31, 2010. Net income for the year ended December 31, 2011 totaled $697.2 million, an increase of $79.9 million over the year ended December 31, 2010.
ETP's results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2011 were unfavorably impacted by results from its retail propane operations, which experienced a decrease in Segment Adjusted EBITDA of $23.2 million for the fourth quarter and $47.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2011 principally due to a decline in sales volumes resulting from above average winter temperatures across areas in which its operations are located. As previously announced, ETP contributed its retail propane operations to AmeriGas Partners, L.P. (“AmeriGas”) on January 12, 2012, in exchange for approximately $1.46 billion in cash and 29.6 million AmeriGas common units.
An analysis of the Partnership's segment results and other supplementary data is provided after the financial tables shown below. The Partnership has scheduled a conference call for 8:30 a.m. Central Time, Thursday February 16, 2012 to discuss the 2011 results. The conference call will be broadcast live via an internet web cast which can be accessed through www.energytransfer.com and will also be available for replay on the Partnership's website for a limited time.
Adjusted EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow are non-GAAP financial measures used by industry analysts, investors, lenders, and rating agencies to assess the financial performance and the operating results of the Partnership's fundamental business activities and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for net income, income from operations, cash flows from operating activities, or other GAAP measures. A table reconciling Adjusted EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow to appropriate GAAP financial measures is
included in the summarized financial information included in this release.
Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. (NYSE:ETP) is a publicly traded partnership owning and operating a diversified portfolio of energy assets. ETP has pipeline operations in Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, New Mexico, Utah and West Virginia and owns the largest intrastate pipeline system in Texas. ETP currently has natural gas operations that include approximately 18,000 miles of gathering and transportation pipelines, treating and processing assets, and three storage facilities located in Texas. ETP also holds a 70 percent interest in Lone Star NGL LLC, a joint venture that owns and operates NGL storage, fractionation and transportation assets in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi. For more information, visit the Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. website at www.energytransfer.com.
Energy Transfer Equity, L.P. (NYSE:ETE) is a publicly traded partnership, which owns the general partner and 100 percent of the incentive distribution rights (IDRs) of ETP and approximately 50.2 million ETP limited partner units; and owns the general partner and 100 percent of the IDRs of Regency Energy Partners LP (NYSE:RGP) and approximately 26.3 million RGP limited partner units. For more information, visit the Energy Transfer Equity, L.P. website at www.energytransfer.com.
The information contained in this press release is available on our website at www.energytransfer.com.
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(a) The Partnership has disclosed in this press release Adjusted EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow, which are non-GAAP financial measures. Management believes Adjusted EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow provide useful information to investors as measures of comparison with peer companies, including companies that may have different financing and capital structures.
The presentation of Adjusted EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow also allows investors to view our performance in a manner similar to the methods used by management and provides additional insight into our operating results.
There are material limitations to using measures such as Adjusted EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow, including the difficulty associated with using either as the sole measure to compare the results of one company to another, and the inability to analyze certain significant items that directly affect a company's net income or loss or cash flows. In addition, our calculations of Adjusted EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow may not be consistent with similarly titled measures of other companies and should be viewed in conjunction with measurements that are computed in accordance with GAAP, such as gross margin, operating income, net income, and cash flow from operating activities.
Definition of Adjusted EBITDA
The Partnership defines Adjusted EBITDA as total partnership earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization and other non-cash items, such as non-cash compensation expense, gains and losses on disposals of assets, the allowance for equity funds used during construction, unrealized gains and losses on commodity risk management activities, non-cash impairment charges, and other non-operating income or expense items. Unrealized gains and losses on commodity risk management activities include unrealized gains and losses on commodity derivatives and inventory fair value adjustments (excluding lower of cost or market adjustments). Adjusted EBITDA reflects amounts for less than wholly owned subsidiaries and unconsolidated affiliates based on the Partnership's proportionate ownership.
Adjusted EBITDA is used by management to determine our operating performance and, along with other financial and volumetric data, as internal measures for setting annual operating budgets, assessing financial performance of our numerous business locations, as a measure for evaluating targeted businesses for acquisition and as a measurement component of incentive compensation.
Definition of Distributable Cash Flow
The Partnership defines Distributable Cash Flow as net income, adjusted for certain non-cash items, less maintenance capital expenditures. Non-cash items include depreciation and amortization, deferred income taxes, non-cash compensation expense, gains and losses on disposals of assets, the allowance for equity funds used during construction, unrealized gains and losses on commodity risk management activities, and non-cash impairment charges. Unrealized gains and losses on commodity risk management activities include unrealized gains and losses on commodity derivatives and inventory fair value adjustments (excluding lower of cost or market adjustments). Distributable Cash Flow reflects amounts for less than wholly owned subsidiaries based on the Partnership's proportionate ownership and also reflects earnings from unconsolidated affiliates on a cash basis.
Distributable Cash Flow is used by management to evaluate our overall performance. Our partnership agreement requires us to distribute all available cash, and Distributable Cash Flow is calculated to evaluate our ability to fund distributions through cash generated by our operations.
Summary Analysis of Results by Segment
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Following is a summary of ETP's results by segment
Our segment results are presented based on the measure of Segment Adjusted EBITDA. We previously reported segment operating income as a measure of segment performance. We have revised certain reports provided to our chief operating decision maker to assess the performance of our business to reflect Segment Adjusted EBITDA. Segment Adjusted EBITDA reflects amounts for less than wholly owned subsidiaries and unconsolidated affiliates based on our proportionate ownership. We have recast the presentation of our segment results for the prior years to be consistent with the current year presentation. The tables below identify the components of Segment Adjusted EBITDA, which is calculated as follows:
Intrastate Transportation and Storage
Volumes. Transported volumes decreased due to a less favorable natural gas price environment and lower basis differentials primarily between the West and East Texas market hubs offset by increased volumes from rich natural gas shale formations principally in the Eagle Ford and certain areas of the Barnett Shale.
Segment Adjusted EBITDA. Segment Adjusted EBITDA for the intrastate transportation and storage segment decreased for both the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2011 compared to the same periods in 2010 due to unfavorable gross margin impacts from trading and system optimization activities and lower realized margin on natural gas inventory transactions due to less storage withdrawals resulting from a warmer than normal winter season and the impacts of declining forward prices. The components of our intrastate transportation and storage segment gross margin were as follows:
The increase in transportation fees for the three- and twelve-month periods was attributable to incremental fees from demand-based contracts which more than offset the impacts of lower transported volumes that resulted from a less favorable natural gas price environment and lower basis differentials. For the three months ended December 31, 2011 margin from natural gas sales and other reflects $22.6 million of unrealized losses and $7.2 million of realized losses related to trading activities which the Partnership commenced on October 1, 2011.
Storage margin was comprised of the following:
The increase in our storage margin for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2011 was principally driven by unrealized gains on derivatives, which were partially offset by a decline in the realized margin on physical sale due to a decrease in withdrawals of natural gas from our Bammel storage facility as a result of warmer than normal weather patterns.
Volumes. The increases in transported volumes for our interstate transportation segment resulted from the Tiger pipeline which was placed in service in December 2010 and the Tiger pipeline expansion which was placed in service on August 1, 2011. The incremental transported volumes related to the Tiger pipeline were offset by lower volumes on the Transwestern pipeline.
Segment Adjusted EBITDA. We experienced increases in our interstate transportation segment's revenues, operating expenses and selling, general and administrative expenses primarily due to activities on the Tiger pipeline, which was placed in service in December 2010 with an additional expansion placed in service on August 1, 2011. Revenues from Tiger pipeline were $56.1 million and $188.2 million for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2011. The incremental revenues from Tiger pipeline were offset by decreases in transportation fees and operational gas sales on the Transwestern pipeline due to lower margins and volumes.
Adjusted EBITDA related to unconsolidated affiliates for 2011 primarily represents our proportionate share of such amounts recorded by Fayetteville Express Pipeline LLC ("FEP"). Amounts reflected for 2010 primarily represent our proportionate share of such amounts recorded by MEP. We transferred substantially all of our interests in Midcontinent Express Pipeline LLC ("MEP") to ETE on May 26, 2010, prior to which we held a 50% interest in MEP.
Volumes. NGL production increased primarily due to increased inlet volumes at our La Grange plant as a result of more favorable processing conditions and more production by our customers primarily in the Eagle Ford area in south Texas. The decrease in equity NGL production was primarily due to a higher concentration of volumes billed under fee-based contracts during 2011 as compared to 2010.
Segment Adjusted EBITDA. Segment Adjusted EBITDA for the midstream segment increased for both the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2011 compared to the same periods in 2010 due to increases in gross margin, as follows:
Our fee-based revenues increased due to additional volumes from production in the Eagle Ford Shale and growth in our Louisiana and North Texas systems. Our non-fee-based contracts and processing margin increased primarily due to favorable NGL prices. We anticipate an increase in NGL volumes processed in 2012 which, combined with the favorable pricing environment, should increase our midstream gross margin.
The increases in midstream gross margin were offset by higher operating expenses in both the three- and twelve-month periods due to increases in maintenance and operating expenses, ad valorem taxes, employee expenses and professional fees.
NGL Transportation and Services
We own a 70% controlling interest in Lone Star NGL LLC ("Lone Star"), which acquired all of the membership interests in LDH Energy Asset Holdings LLC ("LDH") on May 2, 2011 and is primarily engaged in NGL transportation, storage and fractionation. Volumes and results reflected above represent 100% of Lone Star beginning May 2, 2011. The components of our NGL transportation and services segment gross margin were as follows:
Retail Propane and Other Retail Propane Related
Volumes. The combination of weather patterns along with continued customer conservation negatively impacted our retail propane sales volumes. The combined average temperatures in our operating areas were consistent with normal average temperatures for 2011 but were approximately 3.3% warmer than in 2010.
Segment Adjusted EBITDA. Retail propane and other retail propane related Segment Adjusted EBITDA decreased primarily due to a decline in the average gross margin per gallon sold and a decrease in sales volumes resulting from warmer than normal weather patterns. In addition operating expenses increased primarily due to increases in net business insurance reserves and claims, vehicle fuel and repair expenses and general business taxes. In addition, we also recorded a reversal of non-cash compensation expense during the three months ended December 31, 2011 due to the forfeiture of long-term incentive plan awards in connection with the contribution of our retail propane operations to AmeriGas, which closed in January 2012.