Release date: 8 August 2019
HOUSTON, August 8, 2019 - BP Midstream Partners LP (“BPMP” or the “Partnership”) today reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2019.
“BPMP delivered another quarter of solid operating and financial results, again demonstrating the underlying strength and robustness of our high quality asset portfolio,” said Rip Zinsmeister, Chief Executive Officer. “We continue to deliver on what we said we were going to do. And, considering our performance during the first six months of the year, and the continued growth in Cash available for distribution we see through the second half of the year, we have increased our full year Cash available for distribution guidance to $165-175 million. The resilience of our asset portfolio’s performance underpins the confidence we have in our financial frame and guidance. We believe we are on track to deliver our full-year target of mid-teens distribution growth in 2019 to unitholders.”
During the second quarter, total pipeline gross throughput was 1.7 million barrels a day of oil equivalent, setting a new record for the highest throughput achieved since the initial public offering of BPMP. This was 8% higher than the first quarter of 2019 and 18% higher than the same period in 2018.
Compared with the first quarter of 2019, volumes on Proteus and Endymion offshore pipelines were significantly higher, with the BP-operated Thunder Horse facility returning to normal operations following maintenance activity during the first quarter of 2019. Additionally, new volumes flowed from the Mattox pipeline (which connects into Proteus and Endymion pipelines) following the start-up of the Shell-operated Appomattox facility in May 2019. These higher volumes were partially offset by lower throughput on the BP2 and Diamondback onshore pipelines, as expected.
Net income attributable to the Partnership for the second quarter was $37.3 million. This was broadly flat compared with the first quarter of 2019, and 22% higher than the same period in 2018. Compared with the first quarter of 2019, the result reflects higher income from equity method investments, driven by higher throughput on the Proteus and Endymion offshore pipelines. This was largely offset by lower revenues relating to the BP2 and Diamondback onshore pipelines, as volumes on these pipelines declined during the second quarter as expected. Higher operating expenses during the second quarter related to an insurance deductible associated with the building fire at the Griffith Station on BP2.
Adjusted EBITDA for the second quarter was $45.6 million, 2% higher compared with the first quarter of 2019 and 36% higher than the same period in 2018. Cash available for distribution for the second quarter was $42.9 million, 8% higher compared with the first quarter of 2019 and 32% higher than the same period in 2018. The portfolio continued to grow Adjusted EBITDA and Cash available for distribution during the second quarter, while comfortably absorbing the impacts of maintenance at BP’s Whiting refinery. We believe this strong performance demonstrates the resilience of BPMP’s asset portfolio.
2019 full year Cash available for distribution guidance is increased to $165-175 million. There are no other changes to BPMP’s financial frame.
A webcast and conference call will be held at 9:00 a.m. CST on August 8, 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 second quarter 2019. Interested parties may listen to the presentation at www.bpmidstreampartners.com, by clicking on the “2019 Second Quarter Results Webcast” link, found in the "Events & Presentations" section under the Investor Relations menu option. 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.
BPMP plans to participate at the Citi Midstream & Energy Infrastructure Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada on August 14, 2019.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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