Release date: 12 November 2019
HOUSTON, November 12, 2019 - BP Midstream Partners LP (“BPMP” or the “Partnership”) today reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2019.
Commenting on the third quarter results, CEO Rip Zinsmeister said: “The strong operational and financial performance of our asset portfolio during the quarter, notwithstanding the headwinds of apportionment on the Enbridge mainline and weather in the Gulf of Mexico, continues to demonstrate the resilience and the stability of cash generation, of our portfolio. We achieved the highest throughput on our BP2 pipeline since the initial public offering (“IPO”) of BPMP, as a result of record quarterly performance at BP’s Whiting refinery. Based on the continued momentum we see in underlying asset performance, and our confidence in the outlook through the end of the year, we now expect to be at the top end of our full year Cash available for distribution guidance for 2019. We have now delivered seven consecutive quarters of distribution increases, and with our next quarterly distribution, we expect to deliver mid-teens distribution growth for 2019.”
During the third quarter, total pipeline gross throughput was more than 1.6 million barrels of oil equivalent per day, slightly lower than the second quarter of 2019. Portfolio throughput during the quarter remained strong, set against record throughput during the previous quarter in which throughput was the highest since BPMP’s IPO.
Throughput on BP2 pipeline during the quarter was 316 thousand barrels per day – the highest throughput level achieved on this pipeline since IPO.
Throughput on Proteus and Endymion increased during the third quarter due to the ramp up of Appomattox, notwithstanding the impact of Hurricane Barry. Caesar, Cleopatra and Ursa all reported lower throughput during the quarter due to Hurricane Barry and maintenance activity by offshore producers. The gross throughput impact of Hurricane Barry on the offshore portfolio was approximately 100 thousand barrels of oil equivalent per day. There was no material damage to any of our assets as a result of the hurricane.
Net income attributable to the Partnership for the third quarter was $45.8 million. This was 23% higher compared with the second quarter of 2019, and 30% higher than the same period in 2018.
Compared with the second quarter of 2019, the result reflected higher revenue from onshore pipelines due to higher throughput on BP2 and Diamondback as well as mid-year annual tariff increases across all three onshore pipelines. Additionally, $2.4 million of deficiency revenue under the throughput and deficiency agreement relating to Diamondback was recognized during the quarter. Income from equity method investments was also higher during the quarter. This was due to favorable non-cash adjustments relating to the offshore pipelines which more than offset any negative impacts from weather and producer maintenance in the Gulf of Mexico.
Adjusted EBITDA attributable to the Partnership for the third quarter was $51.9 million, 14% higher compared with the second quarter of 2019 and 38% higher than the same period in 2018. Cash available for distribution for the third quarter was $45.0 million, 5% higher compared with the second quarter of 2019 and 32% higher than the same period in 2018. Since the first quarter of 2018, Adjusted EBITDA has grown by 47% and Cash available for distribution by 23%, continuing the track record of consistent, solid performance delivery since IPO.
A webcast and conference call will be held at 9:00 a.m. CST on November 12, 2019, hosted by Craig Coburn, BPMP Chief Financial Officer; and Brian Sullivan, Vice President Investor Relations, to discuss BPMP’s performance in the third quarter 2019. Interested parties may listen to the presentation at www.bpmidstreampartners.com, by clicking on the “2019 Third 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 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 2019 because it cannot do so without unreasonable effort and any attempt to do so would be inherently imprecise.
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