Magellan Midstream Announces Higher Third-Quarter Financial Results

Raises Annual Distributable Cash Flow and Earnings Guidance 


TULSA, Okla. – Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P. (NYSE: MMP) today reported quarterly operating profit of $82.3 million for third quarter 2010, an increase of $7.5 million, or 10%, compared to $74.8 million for third quarter 2009. 

Net income grew to $56.6 million for third quarter 2010 compared to $54.2 million for third quarter 2009, and net income per limited partner unit increased to 51 cents in third quarter 2010 versus 43 cents in the corresponding 2009 period. Excluding mark-to-market (MTM) commodity-related pricing adjustments, net income per unit for the current quarter was 54 cents, exceeding the 48-cent guidance provided by management in early Aug. 

Distributable cash flow (DCF), a non-generally accepted accounting principles (non-GAAP) financial measure that represents the amount of cash generated during the period that is available to pay distributions, increased to $85.8 million for third quarter 2010 compared to $69.6 million during third quarter 2009. 

“Recent acquisitions and strengthening of refined petroleum products demand in the markets we serve produced record throughput on our petroleum pipeline system during the quarter,” said Don Wellendorf, chief executive officer. “Customer interest in the Texas pipeline system and crude oil storage assets we acquired from BP in Sept. 2010 is strong. Cash flow growth we expect as a result of acquisitions, organic growth projects and solid base business fundamentals should support attractive distribution growth for Magellan in 2011 and beyond.” 

An analysis by segment comparing third quarter 2010 to third quarter 2009 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 $110.7 million, an increase of $15.9 million. Transportation and terminals revenues increased between periods primarily due to record transportation volumes, which increased 29%, driven by improved demand for gasoline and diesel fuel and by contributions from recent acquisitions. Excluding the Texas pipelines acquired from BP in Sept. 2010 and the partnership’s Houston-to-El Paso pipeline acquired in July 2009, transportation volumes on the partnership’s pipeline system reached a near-record level, increasing 12% from the third quarter 2009 primarily due to 25% higher diesel fuel volumes and 7% higher gasoline volumes compared to the year-ago period. Third-quarter 2010 revenues also improved due to higher storage and pipeline capacity leases and incremental fees for terminal throughput, ethanol blending and additive injection. Transportation revenue per barrel shipped declined between periods because the tariffs related to the Texas pipelines acquired from BP in Sept. 2010 are significantly lower than the partnership’s remaining pipeline system due to the short distance of the pipeline movements between Houston and Texas City, Texas. 

Operating expenses increased between periods primarily due to higher power costs resulting from increased shipments, higher property taxes due to a favorable 2009 adjustment and higher personnel costs. 

Product margin (defined as product sales revenues less product purchases) declined between periods primarily due to timing of MTM adjustments for New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) positions used to economically hedge the partnership’s commodity-related activities. In third quarter 2010, the partnership recognized $8.3 million for unrealized losses on open NYMEX positions due to the increasing petroleum products pricing environment in the current period compared to unrealized gains of $5.4 million in third quarter 2009. Lower-of-cost-or-market inventory adjustments associated with the partnership’s Houston-to-El Paso linefill resulted in a favorable variance of $8.1 million for third quarter 2010. The partnership’s actual cash product margin reflecting only transactions that settled by the end of the quarter increased between periods primarily due to higher petroleum products blending sales volumes and improved results from the partnership’s Houston-to-El Paso commodity sales activities. 

Petroleum terminals. Terminals operating margin was $29.5 million, an increase of $2.5 million. The current period benefited from higher rates and from recently-acquired tankage at the partnership’s storage facilities, including the recent acquisition of a crude oil terminal in Cushing, Oklahoma from BP. Higher ethanol and additive fees and increased throughput volumes at the partnership’s inland terminals also contributed to the improvement over last year’s third quarter. Operating expenses increased primarily due to additional maintenance projects, remediation costs and expenses related to recent acquisitions. 

Ammonia pipeline system. Ammonia operating margin was a loss of $7.6 million compared to a loss of $3.4 million in third quarter 2009. Both revenues and expenses were negatively impacted by integrity testing performed on the pipeline during third quarter 2010, which reduced volumes significantly during the current period. The majority of the planned testing for 2010 has been completed and volumes and expenses are expected to return to more historical levels in fourth quarter. Additional testing is planned for next year but to a much lesser extent that is not expected to substantially impact transportation volumes. 

Other items. Depreciation and amortization increased due to recent expansion capital expenditures, and G&A increased primarily due to higher equity-based compensation expenses. Net interest expense also increased in the current quarter as a result of additional borrowings to fund capital spending, including acquisitions. 

Expansion capital expectations 

Based on the progress of expansion projects already underway, the partnership continues to expect expansion spending of approximately $565 million during 2010 (of which about $452 million was spent through Sept. 30,  2010), with incremental spending of $125 million primarily in 2011 to complete these projects. 

Further, the partnership continues to analyze more than $500 million of potential growth projects in earlier stages of development, which have been excluded from these spending estimates. 

Guidance for 2010 

Management continues to expect record annual DCF during 2010 and is raising its DCF guidance to $370 million for the year. Further, management maintains its annual distribution growth target of 4% for 2010. Net income per limited partner unit is now estimated to be approximately $2.83 for full year 2010, resulting in fourth-quarter guidance of 77 cents. Guidance assumes no future NYMEX MTM adjustments. 

Earnings call details 

An analyst call with management regarding third-quarter earnings and outlook for the remainder of 2010 is scheduled today at 1:30 p.m. Eastern. To participate, dial (888) 811-5456 and provide code 2487866. Investors also may listen to the call via the partnership’s website at http://www.magellanlp.com/webcasts.aspx. 

Audio replays of the conference call will be available from 4:30 p.m. Eastern today through midnight on Nov. 8. To access the replay, dial (888) 203-1112 and provide code 2487866. The replay also will be available at http://www.magellanlp.com. 

Business segment presentation 

At the beginning of 2010, the partnership transferred its East Houston, Texas terminal to the petroleum pipeline segment due to its increasing usage as a pipeline terminal. Financial results for this location are now reported in the petroleum pipeline system business segment instead of the petroleum terminals segment, with historical results adjusted accordingly. 

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 and DCF, 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. 

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 formed to own, operate and acquire a diversified portfolio of energy assets. The partnership primarily transports, stores and distributes refined petroleum products, such as gasoline and diesel fuel, and crude oil. More information is available at http://www.magellanlp.com. 




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 for natural gas liquids and refined petroleum products; (3) overall demand for natural gas liquids, refined petroleum products, natural gas, oil and ammonia in the United States; (4) changes in the partnership’s tariff rates implemented by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the United States Surface Transportation Board and state regulatory agencies; (5) shut-downs or cutbacks at major refineries, petrochemical plants, ammonia production facilities or other businesses that use or supply the partnership’s services; (6) changes in the throughput or interruption in service on petroleum pipelines owned and operated by third parties and connected to the partnership’s petroleum terminals or petroleum pipeline system; (7) the occurrence of an operational hazard or unforeseen interruption for which the partnership is not adequately insured; (8) 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; (9) an increase in the competition the partnership’s operations encounter; (10) disruption in the debt and equity markets that negatively impacts the partnership’s ability to finance its capital spending and (11) 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. 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