Magellan Midstream Partners to Purchase Longhorn Pipeline

TULSA, Okla. – Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P. (NYSE: MMP) announced today that its purchase of substantially all of the assets of Longhorn Partners Pipeline, L.P. has been approved by the bankruptcy court. Closing is set for July 29, with no additional approvals required.

The 700-mile common carrier pipeline system transports refined petroleum products from Houston to El Paso, Texas. A terminal in El Paso, comprised of a 5-bay truck loading rack and over 900,000 barrels of storage, is included in the purchase. This terminal serves local petroleum products demand and distributes product to connecting third-party pipelines for ultimate delivery to markets in Arizona, New Mexico and, in the future, Northern Mexico.

The purchase price for the pipeline system is $250 million plus the fair market value of line fill, which is currently estimated at approximately $100 million. Management intends to finance the acquisition with debt.

“The Longhorn system is an excellent fit with our existing asset portfolio and our stated intent to grow our presence in the Texas market,” said Don Wellendorf, chief executive officer. “Magellan is quite knowledgeable of this system because we have served as its operator for the past several years. We feel confident that our business model as an independent pipeline company will attract customers interested in transporting petroleum products to the Southwestern area of the country and are already in discussions with a number of potential customers.”

Following closing of the acquisition, Magellan intends to connect this pipeline system to the partnership’s existing terminal at East Houston to provide additional supply options for current and potential customers to transport petroleum products to Southwestern markets. Further, Magellan will complete construction of an additional 400,000 barrels of storage that is currently underway at the El Paso terminal. Both projects should be complete by mid-2010 at an estimated cost of $25 million.

Because this asset had minimal commercial activity following the former owner’s bankruptcy filing last year, Magellan anticipates a ramp-up of operations during the first one to two years of ownership as a customer base is built for this pipeline system. Following this ramp-up period, the partnership expects this acquisition to generate financial results in line with its typical targeted return for expansion capital projects of 6 to 8 times EBITDA, or earnings before interest, taxes and depreciation.

The partnership plans to discuss more specifics about the acquisition, including its expected financial impact to 2009 results, as part of its second-quarter earnings release on Mon., Aug. 3 and related call at 1:30 p.m. Eastern that day. To participate in the conference call, dial (800) 289-0726 and provide code 4352508. Investors also may listen to the call via the partnership’s website at http://www.magellanlp.com/webcasts.aspx.


About Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P.

Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P. (NYSE: MMP) is a publicly traded partnership formed to own, operate and acquire a diversified portfolio of energy assets. The partnership primarily transports, stores and distributes refined petroleum products. More information is available at http://www.magellanlp.com. MMP’s general partner interest and related incentive distribution rights are owned by Magellan Midstream Holdings, L.P. (NYSE: MGG).



Portions of this document may 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. 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. 

Contact Information:

Paula Farrell Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P. Investor Relations 918-574-7650 paula.farrell@magellanlp.com  
Bruce Heine Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P. Media Relations 918-574-7010 bruce.heine@magellanlp.com  

Contact Information:

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