Magellan Midstream Reports Third-Quarter 2019 Financial Results

Increases Annual Distributable Cash Flow Guidance to $1.26 Billion

TULSA, Okla. – Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P. (NYSE: MMP) today reported net income of $273.0 million for third quarter 2019 compared to $594.5 million for third quarter 2018, or $240.7 million excluding the $353.8 million gain related to the sale of a portion of the partnership’s ownership interest in BridgeTex Pipeline Company, LLC in the year-ago period. 

Diluted net income per limited partner unit was $1.19 in third quarter 2019 and $2.60 in third quarter 2018, or $1.05 excluding the $1.55 favorable impact of the BridgeTex gain. 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 also $1.19 for third quarter 2019 and higher than the $1.03 guidance provided by management in early August primarily due to more favorable product overages, the timing of operating expenses and demand for the partnership’s crude oil services. 

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 $306.8 million for third quarter 2019 compared to $281.8 million for third quarter 2018.  

“Magellan continued its positive trend in 2019, generating stronger financial results than expected during the third quarter and keeping us on track for another record year,” said Michael Mears, chief executive officer. “Further, we are pleased with the significant progress of our large-scale construction projects, including commercial start-up of our new East Houston-to-Hearne refined products pipeline during mid-September. Magellan remains focused on delivering stable, fee-based transportation and terminals services and ensuring capital discipline for future investments to support Magellan’s long-term success.”

An analysis by segment comparing third quarter 2019 to third quarter 2018 is provided below based on operating margin, a non-GAAP financial measure that reflects operating profit before depreciation, amortization and impairment expense and general and administrative (G&A) expense:

Refined products. Refined products operating margin was $240.1 million, an increase of $25.4 million. Transportation and terminals revenue increased $10.4 million due to 4% higher transportation volumes, representing record refined products shipments, and a slightly higher average transportation rate. Volumes increased due to continued solid demand for refined products coupled with incremental shipments associated with a recent connection near El Paso, Texas and the newly-constructed East Houston-to-Hearne pipeline segment. The average rate per barrel in the current period benefited from the 2019 mid-year tariff adjustment of 4.3%, partially offset by more short-haul movements that ship at a lower rate.

Operating expenses decreased slightly due to lower spending for asset integrity as a result of maintenance work timing, partially offset by higher property taxes in part due to a favorable adjustment in the 2018 period.

Product margin (a non-GAAP measure defined as product sales revenue less cost of product sales) increased $13.4 million between periods primarily due to higher gains on futures contracts used to economically hedge the partnership’s commodity-related activities. The partnership’s cash product margin, which reflects only transactions that physically settled during the quarter, increased between periods mainly due to lower costs for its butane blending activities.

Crude oil. Crude oil operating margin was $154.4 million, a slight increase of $0.5 million. Transportation and terminals revenue increased $5.8 million primarily due to fees earned from recently-constructed storage tanks at Cushing, Oklahoma and Corpus Christi, Texas as well as storage capacity Magellan leases at the export facility owned by its Seabrook Logistics, LLC joint venture. Higher transportation volumes on the partnership’s Houston distribution system primarily due to the increased activity at Seabrook were more than offset by reduced transportation revenue on the Longhorn pipeline as a result of lower average rates following long-term contract renewals in late 2018. Overall, the average crude oil rate per barrel decreased between periods due to significantly more volumes on the Houston distribution system, which move at a lower rate, and the lower average Longhorn tariff. 

Operating expenses decreased $2.7 million primarily due to lower environmental accruals and more favorable product overages (which reduce operating expenses), partially offset by additional fees paid to Seabrook for storage and dock services that Magellan utilized to provide services to its customers. Other operating expense was $3.6 million in 2019 primarily resulting from MTM adjustments associated with a new basis derivative agreement with a joint venture co-owner’s affiliate that committed intrastate transportation volume to the joint venture pipeline.

Earnings of non-controlled entities decreased $3.4 million between periods. Following Magellan’s sale of a 20% interest in BridgeTex during Sept. 2018, contributions from BridgeTex were lower in the current period, partially offset by higher earnings from Saddlehorn Pipeline Company, LLC due to new commitments received in connection with the recently-announced expansion of the Saddlehorn pipeline as well as additional volume from recent incentive tariff arrangements. 

Marine storage. Marine storage operating margin was $32.4 million, an increase of $3.4 million. Transportation and terminals revenue increased due to higher storage utilization resulting from the timing of maintenance work, with more tanks available for contract storage in the current period, and additional fees from new dock capacity at the partnership’s Galena Park, Texas facility. Operating expenses increased slightly due to additional asset integrity spending and higher property taxes, and other operating income included the remaining insurance proceeds related to Hurricane Harvey that were recognized in the third quarter of 2019. 

Other items. G&A expense increased primarily due to higher compensation costs resulting from an increase in employee headcount to support Magellan’s growth. Gain on disposition of assets was lower due to the 2018 benefit from the $353.8 million gain on the sale of a 20% interest in BridgeTex. 

Net interest expense decreased due to lower average outstanding borrowings and a slightly lower average interest rate due to recent debt refinancings. As of Sept. 30, 2019, the partnership had $4.8 billion of debt outstanding and $135 million of cash on hand with no borrowings outstanding on its commercial paper program. 

Expansion capital projects

Magellan continues to make progress on its significant construction projects, with commercial operations commencing for the partnership’s East Houston-to-Hearne refined products pipeline in Texas during mid-September. 

The second phase of the partnership’s Pasadena, Texas joint venture marine terminal is in the final stages of completion and testing, with an additional 4 million barrels of storage and supporting dock and pipeline infrastructure expected to be in-service during December.

Storage and export capabilities at Seabrook are progressing as well and expected to be operational in early 2020, with another 750,000 barrels of storage now approved for construction and expected to be operational in early 2021. Construction continues for Magellan’s west Texas refined products pipeline expansion and new Midland terminal with both projects expected to begin operations in mid-2020.

Based on the progress of expansion projects underway, the partnership expects to spend approximately $1.0 billion in 2019 and $400 million in 2020 to complete its current slate of construction projects. As previously announced, these spending estimates now include Magellan’s estimated share to expand the Saddlehorn pipeline by 100,000 barrels per day to be operational by late 2020. In addition, these estimates include a number of new projects supported by customer commitments and expected to generate returns meeting or exceeding the partnership’s targeted return multiple of 6 to 8 times EBITDA, including pipeline enhancements to transport incremental refined products in West Texas and additional crude oil storage in the Permian Basin.

Magellan remains focused on identifying additional opportunities for future growth, with well in excess of $500 million of potential organic growth projects still under review for future investment. Capital discipline remains a priority for Magellan’s management.

Financial guidance for 2019

As a result of continued strong financial performance so far this year, management is increasing its annual DCF guidance by $40 million to $1.26 billion for 2019, or 1.35 times the amount needed to pay projected cash distributions for 2019. As previously indicated and as evidenced by the current pricing environment, guidance continues to assume the pricing differential between the Permian Basin and Houston will not be sufficient to encourage spot shipments on the Longhorn and BridgeTex pipelines during the fourth quarter. However, guidance does assume that shipments above committed levels will move on these systems due to recently-implemented incentive tariff rates and as needed, Magellan’s own crude oil marketing activities to facilitate intrastate shipments within the state of Texas. 

Including actual results so far this year, net income per limited partner unit is now estimated to be $4.34 for 2019, which results in fourth-quarter guidance of $1.13. Guidance excludes future MTM adjustments on the partnership’s commodity-related activities.

Management remains committed to its stated goal of increasing annual cash distributions by 5% for 2019 and targeting distribution coverage of at least 1.2 times for the foreseeable future. Consistent with its historical approach, management plans to provide guidance specific to 2020 early next year in conjunction with reporting year-end 2019 financial results.

Earnings call details

An analyst call with management to discuss third-quarter financial results and outlook for the remainder of 2019 is scheduled today at 1:30 p.m. Eastern. To join the conference call, dial (800) 909-4795 and provide code 21930394. Investors also may listen to the call via the partnership’s website at www.magellanlp.com/investors/webcasts.aspx.

Audio replays of the conference call will be available from 3:30 p.m. Eastern today through midnight on Nov. 6. To access the replay, dial (800) 633-8284 and provide code 21930394. 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 depreciation, amortization and impairment expense and G&A expense. 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 revenue less cost of product sales, is used by management to evaluate the profitability of the partnership’s commodity-related activities.

Adjusted EBITDA is an important measure utilized by management and 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 performance measure as a basis for recommending to the board of directors the amount of cash distributions to be paid each period and for determining the payouts for the performance-based awards issued under the partnership’s equity-based incentive plan.

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

The partnership uses exchange-traded futures contracts to hedge against price changes of petroleum products associated with its commodity-related activities. Most of these futures contracts do not qualify for hedge accounting treatment. However, because these futures contracts are generally effective at hedging price changes, management believes the partnership’s profitability should be evaluated excluding the unrealized gains and losses associated with petroleum products that will be sold in future periods. Further, because the financial guidance provided by management 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 nearly 50% of the nation’s refining capacity, and can store more than 100 million barrels of petroleum products such as gasoline, diesel fuel and crude oil. More information is available at www.magellanlp.com.


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Contact Information:

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