Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, LP, (NYSE:BWP) announced today that it has declared a quarterly cash distribution per common unit of $0.5325 ($2.13 annualized) payable on May 17, 2012, to unitholders of record as of May 10, 2012.
The Partnership also announced its results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2012. The Partnership’s results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2012 included the following items:
- Operating revenues of $312.9 million, a 1% increase from $311.0 million in the comparable 2011 period;
- Net income of $92.6 million, a 12% increase from $83.0 million in the comparable 2011 period;
- Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) of $197.4 million, a 5% increase from $187.2 million in the comparable 2011 period; and
- Distributable cash flow of $127.2 million, a 9% increase from $116.9 million in the comparable 2011 period.
For the first quarter 2012, Boardwalk HP Storage Company, LLC (HP Storage) contributed $12.1 million to operating revenues and $1.5 million to net income. Excluding the effects of HP Storage, operating revenues were negatively impacted by the effects of lower natural gas prices on fuel revenues and lower throughput primarily from mild winter weather. Excluding operating expenses from HP Storage of $9.2 million, operating expenses for the quarter were favorable as compared with the 2011 period mainly due to lower fuel expense from lower natural gas prices. The 2011 period included a $5.0 million charge related to a fire at a compressor station near Carthage, Texas, and a $7.4 million loss on early extinguishment of debt.
Effective February 1, 2012, the Partnership acquired the remaining 80% equity ownership interests in HP Storage from an affiliate of the Partnership’s general partner. The acquisition was accounted for as a transaction between entities under common control. As a result, the Partnership is required to recognize the transaction as if it occurred at the beginning of the reporting period. The Partnership’s results of operations are presented as if the acquisition of HP Storage occurred January 1, 2012.
Growth capital expenditures were $6.3 million and maintenance capital expenditures were $19.7 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2012.
The Partnership has scheduled a conference call for April 30, 2012, at 9:00 a.m. Eastern time to review the first quarter results. The earnings call may be accessed via the Boardwalk website at www.bwpmlp.com. Please go to the website at least 10 minutes before the event begins to register and download and install any necessary audio software. Those interested in participating in the question and answer session of the conference call should dial (866) 202-0886 for callers in the U.S. or (617) 213-8841 for callers outside the U.S. The PIN number to access the call is 79965643.
An online replay will also be available on the Boardwalk website immediately following the call.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures - EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow
The Partnership uses non-GAAP measures to evaluate its business and performance, including EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow. EBITDA is used as a supplemental financial measure by management and by external users of the Partnership's financial statements, such as investors, commercial banks, research analysts and rating agencies, to assess the Partnership's operating and financial performance, ability to generate cash and return on invested capital as compared to those of other companies in the natural gas transportation, gathering and storage business. Distributable Cash Flow is used as a supplemental financial measure by management and by external users of the Partnership’s financial statements to assess the Partnership’s ability to make cash distributions to its unitholders and general partner.
EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow should not be considered alternatives to net income, operating income, cash flow from operating activities or any other measure of financial performance or liquidity presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow are not necessarily comparable to similarly titled measures of another company.
The following table presents a reconciliation of the Partnership's EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow to its net income, the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure, for each of the periods presented (in millions):
|Depreciation and amortization||63.7||56.4|
|Loss on early retirement of debt||-||7.4|
|Cash paid for interest, net of capitalized interest (1)||55.0||59.1|
|Maintenance capital expenditures||19.7||15.4|
|Cash received for settlements||0.4||-|
|Loss on disposal of assets||-||4.4|
|Distributable Cash Flow||$||127.2||$||116.9|
(1) The three months ended March 31, 2011, includes $11.8
million of premiums paid for the early extinguishment of debt.
(2) Includes non-cash items such as the equity component of allowance for funds used during construction.
Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, LP (NYSE:BWP) is a limited partnership engaged, through its subsidiaries, in the transportation, storage and gathering of natural gas. Boardwalk operates approximately 14,300 miles of pipeline and underground storage fields with aggregate working gas capacity of approximately 186 Bcf. Boardwalk is a 61%-owned subsidiary of Loews Corporation (NYSE:L). Additional information about the partnership can be found on its website at www.bwpmlp.com.
BOARDWALK PIPELINE PARTNERS, LP
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(Millions, except per unit amounts)
|Parking and lending||4||.0||3||.2|
|Total operating revenues||312||.9||311||.0|
|Operating Costs and Expenses:|
|Fuel and gas transportation||18||.7||23||.8|
|Operation and maintenance||37||.2||35||.1|
|Administrative and general||34||.2||37||.1|
|Depreciation and amortization||63||.7||56||.4|
|Net (gain) loss on disposal of operating assets||(3||.2)||4||.4|
|Taxes other than income taxes||24||.5||23||.7|
|Total operating costs and expenses||179||.3||180||.5|
|Other Deductions (Income):|
|Interest expense – affiliates||2||.0||2||.0|
|Loss on early retirement of debt||-||7||.4|
|Miscellaneous other income, net||(0||.1)||(0||.3)|
|Total other deductions||40||.8||47||.3|
|Income before income taxes||92||.8||83||.2|
|Net Income per Unit:|
|Basic and diluted net income per unit:|
|Class B units||$||0||.19||$||0||.20|
|Cash distribution declared and paid to common units||$||0||.53||$||0||.52|
|Cash distribution declared and paid to class B units||$||0||.30||$||0||.30|
|Weighted-average number of units outstanding:|
|Class B units||22||.9||22||.9|
BOARDWALK PIPELINE PARTNERS, LP
NET INCOME PER UNIT RECONCILIATION
The following table provides a reconciliation of net income and the assumed allocation of net income to the common and class B units for purposes of computing net income per unit for the three months ended March 31, 2012, (in millions, except per unit data):
|Less: Net income attributable to predecessor equity||(0||.2)|
Net income attributable to limited partner unitholders and general partner
|Assumed allocation of undistributed net loss||(22||.5)||(19||.6)||(2||.4)||(0||.5)|
Assumed allocation of net income attributable to limited partner unitholders and general partner
|Weighted-average units outstanding||182||.7||22||.9|
|Net income per unit||$||0||.43||$||0||.19|
The following table provides a reconciliation of net income and the assumed allocation of net income to the common and class B units for purposes of computing net income per unit for the three months ended March 31, 2011, (in millions, except per unit data):
|Assumed allocation of undistributed net loss||(19||.9)||(17||.2)||(2||.3)||(0||.4)|
|Assumed allocation of net income||$||83||.0||$||71||.4||$||4||.6||$||7||.0|
|Weighted average units outstanding||169||.7||22||.9|
|Net income per unit||$||0||.42||$||0||.20|