Magellan Midstream Delivers Record Quarterly and Annual Financial Results

Targets Annual Distribution Growth of 10% for 2013 and at Least 10% for 2014 


TULSA, Okla. – Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P. (NYSE: MMP) today reported record quarterly operating profit of $182.7 million for fourth quarter 2012, an increase of $42.9 million, or 31%, compared to $139.8 million for fourth quarter 2011. 

Net income grew 39% to a quarterly record of $153.8 million for fourth quarter 2012 compared to $110.3 million for fourth quarter 2011, and diluted net income per limited partner unit increased to a record 68 cents in fourth quarter 2012 versus 49 cents in the corresponding 2011 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, was 69 cents for fourth quarter 2012, slightly higher than the 68-cent guidance provided by management in Oct. 2012. All net income per unit amounts reflect the partnership’s Oct. 2012 two-for-one split of its units. 

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, increased to a quarterly record of $179.4 million for fourth quarter 2012 compared to $131.3 million during fourth quarter 2011.  

“Magellan produced exceptional returns during 2012, generating record operating and financial results from our current assets, launching new crude oil opportunities that solidify our position as a key storage and logistics provider in the crude oil space and increasing cash distributions to our investors by 18% for the year,” said Michael Mears, chief executive officer. “We enter 2013 poised for an exciting year, with our solid business model, strong balance sheet and attractive fee-based growth projects expected to provide significant benefit for our investors and customers for years to come.” 

An analysis by segment comparing fourth quarter 2012 to fourth quarter 2011 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: 

Petroleum pipeline system. Pipeline operating margin was $193.4 million, an increase of $43.2 million and a quarterly record for this segment. Transportation and terminals revenues increased between periods primarily due to a 10% increase in transportation volumes, driven by significantly increased crude oil and gasoline shipments, and the partnership’s mid-2012 tariff increase. Crude volumes increased 54% resulting from deliveries to additional locations that are now connected to the partnership’s pipeline system and increased deliveries to existing customers. Gasoline shipments increased 7% primarily attributable to higher volumes on the partnership’s South Texas pipeline segments. The average tariff rate increased only slightly between periods as the benefit from the 8.6% rate increase implemented on July 1, 2012 was mostly offset by more crude oil and South Texas gasoline movements, which ship at a lower rate than the partnership’s other pipeline shipments. 

Operating expenses increased between periods primarily due to less favorable product overages (which reduce operating expenses) in fourth quarter 2012, partially offset by lower environmental accruals and less integrity spending in the current period based on the timing of maintenance projects.  

Product margin (defined as product sales revenues less product purchases) increased $35.3 million between periods, including a $21.3 million increase 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, increased between periods primarily due to higher petroleum products blending profits as a result of selling more product at higher margins.  

Petroleum terminals. Terminals operating margin was $50.1 million, an increase of $5.3 million and a quarterly record for this segment. The current period primarily benefited from new refined products tanks and higher rates at the partnership’s marine terminals. Operating expenses decreased due to accruals in fourth quarter 2011 for potential historical air emission fees and increased integrity spending, partially offset by favorable adjustments in 2011 for property taxes and an insurance settlement to replace historical hurricane-damaged assets, with no such items benefitting fourth-quarter 2012 results. Product margin increased due to the sale of additional product overages in the current period. 

Ammonia pipeline system. Ammonia operating margin was $4.3 million, an increase of $1 million. Revenues increased due to a higher average rate resulting from the partnership’s mid-2012 tariff increase and more volumes transported under a higher-rate movement in 2012. Expenses decreased slightly because of lower asset integrity costs resulting from hydrostatic testing conducted on the pipeline during 2011.  

Other items. Depreciation and amortization increased due to recent expansion capital expenditures, and G&A expenses increased primarily due to higher personnel costs resulting from increased benefit costs and enhanced payout expectations for equity-based incentive compensation programs due to the partnership’s better-than-expected current and projected financial results. Net interest expense also increased in the current quarter as a result of additional borrowings due to the partnership’s Nov. 2012 debt offering to fund capital spending. As of Dec. 31, 2012, the partnership had $2.4 billion of debt outstanding and $328.3 million of cash on hand.  

Annual resultsThe partnership also produced record annual financial results in 2012. For the year ended Dec. 31, 2012, operating profit was $552.1 million compared to $522.9 million in the corresponding 2011 timeframe. Annual net income was $435.7 million in 2012 compared to $413.6 million in 2011, and full-year diluted net income per limited partner unit was $1.92 in 2012 and $1.83 in 2011. Annual DCF was a record $539.8 million in 2012, or 1.3 times the amount needed to pay distributions related to 2012, compared to $460.5 million in 2011. 

Expansion capital spending expectationsManagement remains focused on expansion opportunities, making significant progress on its current slate of projects with a record $365 million spent during 2012 on organic growth construction projects. Based on the progress of expansion projects already underway, the partnership plans to spend approximately $700 million during 2013 with an additional $290 million of spending in 2014 to complete these projects. 

Magellan’s Crane-to-Houston pipeline project (also known as the Longhorn pipeline) remains on schedule, with the partnership expecting to begin filling the reversed pipeline with crude oil in mid-March 2013 and beginning partial operations at an estimated 75,000 barrels per day (bpd) in mid-April, increasing to its full 225,000-bpd capacity in the third quarter of 2013. The Double Eagle joint venture is also proceeding and expected to be partially operational in March 2013, with full operation expected in the third quarter of 2013. 

The recently-launched BridgeTex pipeline joint venture is underway, with right-of-way and permitting work in process. This pipeline is still expected to be operational in mid-2014.   

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 2013Management currently expects to generate record DCF in 2013 of $570 million and is targeting annual distribution growth of 10% for 2013. Net income per limited partner unit is estimated to be $2.20 for 2013, with first-quarter guidance of 45 cents. Guidance excludes future NYMEX MTM adjustments on the partnership’s commodity-related activities.  

Based on the progress of Magellan’s active growth projects, management currently believes it will be able to achieve annual distribution growth of at least 10% for 2014.   

Management continues to believe the large majority of the partnership’s operating margin will be generated by fee-based transportation and terminals services, with commodity-related activities contributing 15% or less of the partnership’s operating margin. 

Earnings call detailsAn analyst call with management regarding fourth-quarter results and 2013 guidance is scheduled today at 1:30 p.m. Eastern. To participate, dial (888) 389-5988 and provide code 1041722. 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 Feb. 11. To access the replay, dial (888) 203-1112 and provide code 1041722. 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, 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. 

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 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. 

The partnership’s supporting schedules also include the non-GAAP financial measure of Adjusted EBITDA, which is an important financial measure utilized by the investment community to assess the financial results of an entity. A reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to net income accompanies this news release. 

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 petroleum products. 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 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 imposed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the United States Surface Transportation Board or state regulatory agencies; (4) shut-downs or cutbacks at major refineries, petrochemical plants, ammonia production facilities or other businesses that use or supply the partnership’s services; (5) changes in the throughput or interruption in service on petroleum 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, 2011 and subsequent reports on Forms 8-K and 10-Q. The partnership undertakes no obligation to revise its forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances occurring after today's date. 

Contact Information:

Paula Farrell Investor Relations 918-574-7650 paula.farrell@magellanlp.com