Magellan Midstream Reports Record Quarterly and Annual Distributable Cash Flow, Targets Annual Distribution Growth of 10% for 2016 and at least 8% for 2017

TULSA, Okla. – Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P. (NYSE: MMP) today reported net income of $207.1 million for fourth quarter 2015 compared to $252.1 million for fourth quarter 2014. The decrease in current year net income was driven by reduced profits from the partnership’s commodity-related activities, due to lower realized commodity prices on these activities and mark-to-market (MTM) pricing adjustments for the related hedging positions, partially offset by higher contributions from Magellan’s core fee-based transportation and terminal activities.

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, was a record $256.9 million for fourth quarter 2015 compared to $248.1 million for fourth quarter 2014.

Diluted net income per limited partner unit was 91 cents in fourth quarter 2015 and $1.10 in fourth quarter 2014. Diluted net income per unit excluding MTM commodity-related pricing adjustments, a non-GAAP financial measure, of 86 cents for fourth quarter 2015 was slightly higher than the 84-cent guidance provided by management in early Nov. 2015.

“Despite the downturn in energy markets, Magellan generated record distributable cash flow for both the fourth quarter and the full-year 2015, driven by the benefit of recently-completed expansion capital projects and continued strong demand for our fee-based refined products and crude oil pipeline and terminal services,” said Michael Mears, chief executive officer. “Magellan’s business fundamentals remain sound, with our stable business model, investment-grade balance sheet and attractive slate of growth projects positioning us well to remain strong in the current energy environment with a stated goal to increase annual cash distributions to our investors by 10% for 2016 and at least 8% for 2017.”

Beginning with the fourth quarter of 2015, the partnership adjusted the presentation of tender deductions received from customers on its refined products and crude oil pipelines from operating expense to revenue. Historical financial results have been adjusted to conform to this new presentation. Net income and DCF were not impacted by this change.

An analysis by segment comparing fourth quarter 2015 to fourth quarter 2014 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:

Refined products. Refined products operating margin was $203.8 million, a decrease of $48.1 million primarily related to the impact of lower commodity prices on the partnership’s commodity-related activities, including MTM adjustments for New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) positions. Transportation and terminals revenue increased $5.4 million between periods primarily due to higher average tariffs from the partnership’s 4.6% tariff increase on July 1, 2015, higher terminalling revenue (in part due to the recently-acquired Atlanta terminal) and higher revenue from additional leased storage along the pipeline system, partially offset by lower transportation volumes. Overall refined pipeline volumes declined 4% due to continued lower distillate demand, in part due to reduced drilling activities in areas served by the partnership’s assets, and regional refinery issues that resulted in less volume moving on Magellan’s system during the quarter. On an annual basis, refined pipeline volumes were relatively flat between periods as higher gasoline volumes offset lower distillate demand.

Operating expenses increased $3.1 million due to higher asset integrity spending based on timing of maintenance work and less favorable product overages (which reduce operating expenses) resulting from lower commodity prices.

Product margin (a non-GAAP measure defined as product sales revenue less cost of product sales) decreased $50.4 million between periods primarily due to a $32.7 million unfavorable variance associated with MTM adjustments for 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 cash product margin, which reflects only transactions that settled during the quarter, also decreased between periods primarily due to lower commodity prices.

Crude oil. Crude oil operating margin was $95.2 million, an increase of $6.4 million. Transportation and terminals revenue increased $10.0 million primarily due to contributions from the 40-mile Houston crude oil pipeline that Magellan acquired in Nov. 2014, more shipments on the partnership’s Longhorn pipeline system and new leased storage contracts. Affiliate management fee revenue declined $3.3 million due to lower construction management fees now that the BridgeTex pipeline is operational. Earnings of non-controlled entities increased $1.5 million primarily due to higher shipments on the Double Eagle condensate pipeline system, which is owned 50% by Magellan. Operating expenses increased $2.1 million between periods due to higher asset integrity spending based on timing of maintenance work and accruals for remediation costs.

Marine storage. Marine storage operating margin was $29.2 million, a decrease of $2.1 million. Revenue declined $1.8 million primarily due to a one-time customer contract buy-out that benefited fourth-quarter 2014, partially offset by higher average storage rates in the 2015 period.

Other items. Depreciation and amortization increased primarily due to recent expansion capital expenditures, and G&A expense was higher primarily due to an increase in Magellan’s unit price during the fourth quarter of 2015, which impacts deferred board of director fees. Other expense decreased $5.0 million related to a lower non-cash MTM adjustment for hedged crude oil tank bottom inventory owned by the partnership.

Net interest expense increased due to additional borrowings to finance expansion capital spending, partially offset by more interest capitalized for construction projects in the current period. As of Dec. 31, 2015, the partnership had $3.4 billion of debt outstanding, including $280.0 million outstanding under its commercial paper program, and $28.7 million of cash on hand.

Annual results

For the year ended Dec. 31, 2015, net income was $819.1 million compared to $839.5 million in 2014 primarily related to MTM adjustments and overall lower prices for the partnership’s commodity-related activities. Otherwise, Magellan’s fee-based activities increased significantly between years primarily due to higher refined products pipeline tariffs, increased shipments on the Longhorn and BridgeTex crude oil pipeline systems and the full-year benefit from the 40-mile Houston crude oil pipeline that Magellan acquired in late 2014. Full-year diluted net income per limited partner unit was $3.59 in 2015 and $3.69 in 2014. Annual DCF was a record $942.9 million in 2015, or 1.4 times the amount needed to pay distributions related to 2015, compared to $880.5 million in 2014.

Expansion capital projects

Magellan remains focused on expansion opportunities, making significant progress on its current slate of projects with $666 million spent during 2015 on organic growth construction projects and $81 million spent to acquire an additional Atlanta terminal and a 100-acre tract of land in Corpus Christi, Texas for future development. Based on the progress of expansion projects already underway, the partnership expects to spend $800 million in 2016 and $100 million thereafter to complete its current slate of construction projects. The new estimates include spending for Magellan’s share of the recently-announced HoustonLink pipeline connection and new origin for the BridgeTex pipeline as well as the addition of jet fuel service for the Little Rock pipeline.

Significant progress continues for Magellan’s largest construction projects. Construction of the Little Rock pipeline is nearing completion, with start-up expected in mid-2016. Pipeline installation is 75% complete for the Platteville-to-Cushing segment of the Saddlehorn pipeline, with this segment expected to be fully operational during third quarter. Right-of-way acquisition continues for the Carr-to-Platteville segment of the Saddlehorn pipeline, which is still expected to be operational by the end of 2016. Further, construction continues for Magellan’s condensate splitter and related infrastructure in Corpus Christi, which are expected to be operational during the second half of 2016.

Magellan continues to evaluate well in excess of $500 million of potential growth projects in earlier stages of development as well as additional acquisition opportunities, all of which have been excluded from the partnership’s spending estimates. For instance, Magellan continues to evaluate multiple options to increase its Gulf Coast marine capabilities, including additional storage at its Galena Park, Texas marine terminal and further development of its Seabrook Logistics joint venture and its recently-acquired land in Corpus Christi.

Financial guidance for 2016

Management remains committed to its goal of increasing annual cash distributions by 10% for 2016 and currently expects to generate annual DCF of $900 million in 2016, resulting in 1.2 times the amount needed to pay cash distributions for 2016. Current DCF guidance assumes an average crude oil price of approximately $35 per barrel for 2016, with each $1 change in the price of crude oil estimated to impact Magellan’s 2016 financial results by approximately $3 million, primarily related to the partnership’s butane blending activities and the value of its pipeline tender deductions and product overages.

Management is targeting annual distribution growth of at least 8% for 2017 while maintaining distribution coverage of at least 1.2 times the amount needed to pay cash distributions for 2017. Distribution growth guidance specific to 2017 has not been provided previously.

“With the current challenges facing the energy industry, we have heard very clearly from our long-term investors that distribution coverage has become exceedingly important at this time,” said Michael Mears, chief executive officer. “Magellan’s goal of increasing annual distributions by 10% for 2016 and at least 8% for 2017 while maintaining distribution coverage of at least 1.2 provides a healthy mix of distribution growth and coverage for our investors.”

Net income per limited partner unit is estimated to be $3.20 for 2016, with first-quarter guidance of 70 cents. Guidance excludes future NYMEX MTM adjustments on the partnership’s commodity-related activities.

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 less than 15% of the partnership’s operating margin.

Earnings call details

An analyst call with management to discuss fourth-quarter results and 2016 guidance is scheduled today at 1:30 p.m. Eastern. To join the conference call, dial (888) 378-0320 and provide code 5364236. 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. 10. To access the replay, dial (888) 203-1112 and provide code 5364236. 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 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 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 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 NYMEX futures contracts to hedge against price changes of petroleum products associated with its commodity-related activities and its crude oil tank bottom inventory. 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 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 95 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. Forward-looking statements can be identified by words such as: plan, goal, believe, estimate, expect, future, may, will and similar references to future periods. Although management of Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P. believes any such statements are based on reasonable assumptions, actual outcomes may 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 and 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 or other terms imposed by state or federal regulatory agencies; (4) shut-downs or cutbacks at refineries or other businesses that use or supply the partnership’s services; (5) changes in the throughput or interruption in service on pipelines owned and operated by third parties and connected to the partnership’s terminals or pipelines; (6) the occurrence of operational hazards or unforeseen interruptions; (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, 2014 and subsequent reports on Forms 8-K and 10-Q. Forward-looking statements made by the partnership in this release are based only on information currently known, and the partnership undertakes no obligation to revise its forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances learned of or occurring after today's date.

Contact Information:

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