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BP Midstream Partners LP (NYSE: BPMP) Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2018 Results

Release date: 28 February 2019

Highly successful first full year of operation; Exceeded IPO forecasts, demonstrating attractiveness of BPMP’s differentiated investment proposition; Continuing to target mid-teens per unit annual distribution growth through 2020

Highlights 

  • Built a track record of strong, reliable and predictable operations and financial performance.
  • Grew gross pipeline throughput volumes by 6% compared to a year ago.**
  • Successfully completed first dropdown in October 2018 - transaction was immediately accretive to unitholders, enhanced portfolio diversification and balanced offshore and onshore cash flows.
  • 2018 full year cash available for distribution of $143.9 million was consistent with top-end of guidance range.
  • Declared increased quarterly distribution of 30.15 cents per unit for the fourth quarter of 2018, delivering unitholders mid-teens distribution growth in 2018.
  • 2019 guidance re-affirmed; targeting cash available for distribution in the range of $160-170 million.

 

GAAP Measures:

  • Net income attributable to the Partnership in the fourth quarter was $36.8 million (or $0.35 per unit). Full year results were $133.1 million (or $1.27 per unit).
  • Cash from operating activities was $40.3 million for the fourth quarter and $173.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2018.
  • Cash on hand was $57.0 million at December 31, 2018.
  • Outstanding borrowings were $468.0 million under our $600.0 million unsecured revolving credit facility with an affiliate of BP, at December 31, 2018.

 

Non-GAAP Measures:

  • Adjusted EBITDA* attributable to the Partnership in the fourth quarter was $43.0 million.
  • Cash available for distribution* attributable to the Partnership generated in the fourth quarter was $40.7 million. Full year cash available for distribution was $143.9 million.
  • Quarterly cash distribution: On January 17, 2019, the board of directors of the general partner of BPMP declared an increased quarterly cash distribution of $0.3015 per unit for the fourth quarter of 2018; an increase of $0.0390 over the Partnership’s minimum quarterly distribution.
  • Distribution coverage ratio was 1.29 times for the fourth quarter and 1.21 for full year.

 

* Adjusted EBITDA and cash available for distribution are Non-GAAP supplemental financial measures. See reconciliation tables later in this press release.

** 4Q18 quarterly gross throughput compared to 4Q17 quarterly gross throughput on a proforma asset basis, adjusting for the impact of the Ursa pipeline.

 

Fourth Quarter

Webcast and Conference Call

 

A webcast and conference call will be held at 9:00 a.m. CST on February 28, 2019, hosted by Robert Zinsmeister, Chief Executive Officer, Craig Coburn, Chief Financial Officer, and Brian Sullivan, Vice President Investor Relations, to discuss BPMP’s performance in the fourth quarter and the full year 2018. Interested parties may listen to the presentation at www.bpmidstreampartners.com, by clicking on the “2018 Fourth Quarter Financial Results Webcast” link, found under the "Events & presentations" section. A replay of the webcast will be available following the live event. The Partnership has also posted an investor presentation to its website. Information on the Partnership's website does not constitute a portion of this press release.

 

 

2018 was a highly successful year for us. We built a strong track record of operational and financial performance, we delivered mid-teens distribution growth and we successfully completed our first dropdown. We delivered on all elements of our investment proposition – we did what we said we were going to do, and arguably, we did even better than we initially envisaged. We have real momentum in our business and plan to carry that forward into 2019.
Robert ZinsmeisterChief Executive Officer

 

About BP Midstream Partners

 

BPMP is a fee-based, growth-oriented master limited partnership formed by BP Pipelines (North America), Inc. (“BP Pipelines”) to own, operate, develop and acquire pipelines and other midstream assets. BPMP’s assets consist of interests in entities that own crude oil, natural gas, refined products and diluent pipelines, and refined product terminals, serving as key infrastructure for BP and other customers to transport onshore crude oil production to BP’s Whiting Refinery and offshore crude oil and natural gas production to key refining markets and trading and distribution hubs. Certain of BPMP’s assets deliver refined products and diluent from the Whiting Refinery and other U.S. supply hubs to major demand centers.

 

For more information on BPMP and the assets owned by BPMP, please visit www.bpmidstreampartners.com.

 

Factors Affecting Comparability

 

Factors affecting comparability are detailed further in the “Factors Affecting the Comparability of Our Financial Results” in our annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on February 28, 2019.

 

Cautionary Statement

 

Certain statements contained in this news release constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of  Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These forward-looking statements represent BPMP’s expectations or beliefs concerning future events, and it is possible that the results described in this news release will not be achieved. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside of BPMP’s control, which could cause actual results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements. Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which it is made, and, except as required by law, BPMP does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. New factors emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for BPMP to predict all such factors. When considering these forward-looking statements, you should keep in mind the risk factors and other cautionary statements found in BPMP’s filings with the SEC, including the annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018 filed with SEC on February 28, 2019. The risk factors and other factors noted in BPMP’s SEC filings could cause its actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement.

 

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

 

This press release includes the terms Adjusted EBITDA and cash available for distribution. Adjusted EBITDA and cash available for distribution are non-GAAP supplemental financial measures that management and external users of our consolidated financial statements, such as industry analysts, investors, lenders and rating agencies, may use to assess:

  • our operating performance as compared to other publicly traded partnerships in the midstream energy industry, without regard to historical cost basis or, in the case of Adjusted EBITDA, financing methods;
  • the ability of our business to generate sufficient cash to support our decision to make distributions to our unitholders;
  • our ability to incur and service debt and fund capital expenditures; and
  • the viability of acquisitions and other capital expenditure projects and the returns on investment of various investment opportunities.

We believe that the presentation of Adjusted EBITDA and cash available for distribution provides useful information to investors in assessing our financial condition and results of operations. The GAAP measures most directly comparable to Adjusted EBITDA and cash available for distribution are net income and net cash provided by operating activities, respectively. Adjusted EBITDA and cash available for distribution should not be considered as an alternative to GAAP net income or net cash provided by operating activities.

 

Adjusted EBITDA and cash available for distribution have important limitations as analytical tools because they exclude some but not all items that affect net income and net cash provided by operating activities. You should not consider Adjusted EBITDA or cash available for distribution in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP. Additionally, because Adjusted EBITDA and cash available for distribution may be defined differently by other companies in our industry, our definitions of Adjusted EBITDA and cash available for distribution may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies, thereby diminishing their utility.

 

References to Adjusted EBITDA in this press release refer to net income before net interest expense, income taxes, gain or loss from disposition of property, plant and equipment and depreciation and amortization, plus cash distributed to the Partnership from equity method investments for the applicable period, less income from equity method investments. We define Adjusted EBITDA attributable to the Partnership as Adjusted EBITDA less Adjusted EBITDA attributable to non-controlling interests. We define cash available for distribution as Adjusted EBITDA attributable to the Partnership plus net adjustments from volume deficiency agreements, less maintenance capital expenditures, net interest paid/received, cash reserves, and income taxes paid. Cash available for distribution does not reflect changes in working capital balances.

 

The Partnership is unable to provide financial guidance for projected net income or net cash provided by operating activities without unreasonable effort, and, therefore, is unable to provide a reconciliation of its Adjusted EBITDA and cash available for distributions projections to net income or net cash provided by operating activities, the most comparable financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP.

 

The Partnership has not included a reconciliation of projected cash available for distribution to the nearest GAAP financial measure for 2018 because it cannot do so without unreasonable effort and any attempt to do so would be inherently imprecise.

 

Further Information

 

BP Press Office, US: +1 281-366-4463, uspress@bp.com

BPMP Investor Relations, US: +1 832-664-6996, bpmpir@bp.com