Magellan Midstream Reports 18% Higher Second-Quarter 2019 Financial Results

Increases Annual Distributable Cash Flow Guidance to $1.22 Billion

TULSA, Okla. – Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P. (NYSE: MMP) today reported net income of $253.7 million for second quarter 2019 compared to $214.4 million for second quarter 2018.

Diluted net income per limited partner unit was $1.11 in second quarter 2019 and 94 cents in second quarter 2018. Diluted net income per unit excluding mark-to-market (MTM) commodity-related pricing adjustments, a non-generally accepted accounting principles (non-GAAP) financial measure, of $1.20 for second quarter 2019 was higher than the $1.13 guidance provided by management in early May primarily due to incremental revenue from its Texas crude oil pipelines as well as the favorable benefit of an improved commodity pricing environment. 

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 $314.8 million for second quarter 2019 compared to $266.6 million for second quarter 2018.  

“Magellan continues to produce strong results, with each of our business segments generating higher operating margin than the year-ago period driven by increased average refined products pipeline tariff rates, favorable market conditions for our crude oil pipelines and the improved commodity pricing environment overall,” said Michael Mears, chief executive officer. “Magellan’s solid fundamentals and disciplined approach have proven to be an effective combination to produce consistent and stable results over time while managing our business for the long term.”

An analysis by segment comparing second quarter 2019 to second 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 $224.1 million, an increase of $32.7 million. Transportation and terminals revenue increased $15.2 million due to higher average transportation rates. The current period benefited from the 2018 mid-year tariff adjustment of 4.4% as well as longer haul shipments on the Mid-Continent pipelines, which move at a higher rate. Less short-haul movements on the South Texas pipelines resulted in approximately 1% overall lower shipments, with these supply-driven barrels causing the fluctuations in product mix transported as well. Excluding the South Texas portion of the system, refined products demand was relatively unchanged between periods, with gasoline demand 1% lower and distillate demand 1% higher than the second quarter of 2018.

Operating expenses increased slightly due to higher spending for asset integrity as a result of maintenance work timing and less favorable product overages (which reduce operating expenses).

Product margin (a non-GAAP measure defined as product sales revenue less cost of product sales) increased $23.3 million between periods primarily due to higher sales prices and lower butane costs for the partnership’s butane blending activities.

Earnings (losses) of non-controlled entities was unfavorable due to losses on open futures contracts in 2019 for Powder Springs Logistics, LLC.

Crude oil. Crude oil operating margin was $160.3 million, an increase of $8.3 million and a quarterly record for this segment. Transportation and terminals revenue increased $17.6 million due to fees earned from new storage and dock services in conjunction with capacity that Magellan leases from the Seabrook Logistics, LLC export facility and higher transportation volumes on the partnership’s Houston distribution system primarily due to the increased activity at Seabrook. Overall, the average crude oil tariff decreased between periods due to significantly more volume on the Houston distribution system, which moves at a much lower rate, and lower average committed rates on the Longhorn pipeline that became effective in the fourth quarter of 2018.

Operating expenses increased $6.0 million due to fees paid to Seabrook for storage and dock services that Magellan utilized to provide services to its customers and higher maintenance costs for the condensate splitter during the current period. Other operating expense was $6.1 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 increased slightly between periods. The 2019 quarter benefited from higher results from Seabrook due to the initiation of export capabilities at the facility beginning in Aug. 2018 and more earnings from Saddlehorn Pipeline Company, LLC due to recent incentive tariff arrangements that attract incremental volume to Saddlehorn and increased volume from a contractual step-up in committed volumes in Sept. 2018. These favorable items were mostly offset by a lower contribution from BridgeTex Pipeline Company, LLC, which was owned 50% by Magellan through Sept. 2018 and 30% thereafter following Magellan’s sale of a portion of its interest in BridgeTex.

Marine storage. Marine storage operating margin was $30.0 million, an increase of $1.7 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 second quarter of 2019. Operating expenses increased slightly due to higher property taxes.

Other items. Depreciation, amortization and impairment expense increased primarily due to recent expansion capital expenditures and asset impairments recognized in the current period. Gain on disposition of assets in 2019 was related to the sale of an inactive terminal along the partnership’s refined products pipeline system. Other expense was unfavorable due to higher pension settlement costs in the second quarter of 2019.

Net interest expense decreased due to lower outstanding borrowings resulting from the early extinguishment of notes earlier this year that were due July 2019 and a slightly lower average interest rate. As of June 30, 2019, the partnership had $4.4 billion of debt outstanding, including $197 million outstanding on its commercial paper program, with $3 million of cash on hand.

Expansion capital projects

Magellan is nearing completion on a number of its significant construction projects to enhance its service offering and benefit its future growth.

The partnership’s expanded dock capabilities at its Galena Park, Texas marine terminal are now operational, with 5 docks for a combined capacity of approximately 750,000 barrels per day (bpd) now available at this location. Construction activities are in the final stages of completion and testing for the partnership’s East Houston-to-Hearne refined products pipeline in Texas. Magellan remains on-target to begin operations at the end of August for this new pipeline segment.

The second phase of the partnership’s Pasadena, Texas joint venture marine terminal is nearing completion as well, with an additional 4 million barrels of storage and supporting dock and pipeline infrastructure still expected to be in-service by the end of 2019.

Additional storage and export capabilities at Seabrook are progressing and expected to be operational in early 2020, and construction is now underway for Magellan’s west Texas refined products pipeline expansion and new Midland terminal that are expected to begin service in mid-2020.

Based on the progress of expansion projects underway, the partnership expects to spend approximately $1.1 billion in 2019 and $150 million in 2020 to complete its current slate of construction projects. These spending estimates include Magellan’s estimated share to expand the Saddlehorn pipeline by an additional 60,000 bpd to be operational by late 2020. The Saddlehorn pipeline could be further expanded up to a total 100,000 bpd of new capacity if warranted by optional increased volume commitments by shippers that may be exercised in the near future.  

Magellan remains focused on identifying additional investment opportunities for future growth, with well in excess of $500 million of potential organic growth projects under consideration, and also continues to evaluate acquisition opportunities, all of which have been excluded from the partnership’s spending estimates at this time. These potential projects include expansion opportunities in each of Magellan’s business segments, including the proposed Voyager crude oil pipeline for which an open season continues through the end of August.

Financial guidance for 2019

As a result of strong financial performance so far this year and a more favorable overall commodity margin and differential environment, management is increasing its annual DCF guidance by $40 million to $1.22 billion for 2019, or approximately 1.3 times the amount needed to pay projected cash distributions for 2019. Guidance now assumes that the current favorable pricing differential between the Permian Basin and Houston will continue during the third quarter, resulting in spot shipments on the Longhorn and BridgeTex pipelines through Sept. 30.

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.

Including actual results so far this year, net income per limited partner unit is now estimated to be $4.20 for 2019, with third-quarter guidance of $1.03. Guidance excludes future MTM adjustments on the partnership’s commodity-related activities.

Earnings call details

An analyst call with management to discuss second-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) 745-9830 and provide code 21925916. 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 Aug. 7. To access the replay, dial (800) 633-8284 and provide code 21925916. 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