Energy Transfer Reports Solid Fourth Quarter 2019 Results

  • Net income attributable to partners of $1.01 billion, reflecting an increase over the prior period primarily due to higher operating income.
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $2.81 billion, up 5 percent from the fourth quarter of 2018.
  • Distributable Cash Flow attributable to partners of $1.55 billion, up 2 percent from the fourth quarter of 2018.
  • Distribution coverage ratio of 1.88x, yielding excess coverage of $725 million of Distributable Cash Flow attributable to partners in excess of distributions.
  • Provides 2020 outlook for Adjusted EBITDA of $11.0 billion to $11.4 billion.
  • 2020 growth capital expenditures outlook, updated to include $300 million of capital expenditures related to the acquisition of SemGroup Corporation (“SemGroup”), expected to range from $3.9 billion to $4.1 billion.
  • Reduces expected annual run-rate growth capital expenditures for 2021 and beyond to $2 billion to $2.5 billion based on increased project returns threshold.

DALLAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Energy Transfer LP (NYSE:ET) (“ET” or the “Partnership”) today reported financial results for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2019.

ET reported net income attributable to partners for the three months ended December 31, 2019 of $1.01 billion, an increase of $395 million compared to the three months ended December 31, 2018. For the three months ended December 31, 2019, net income per limited partner unit (basic and diluted) was $0.38 per unit.

Adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended December 31, 2019 was $2.81 billion, an increase of $138 million compared to the three months ended December 31, 2018. Results were supported by continued strong performance among several of the Partnership’s core segments, with additional record operating performance in our NGL and refined products transportation and services segment.

Distributable Cash Flow attributable to partners, as adjusted, for the three months ended December 31, 2019 was $1.55 billion, an increase of $30 million compared to the three months ended December 31, 2018. The increase was primarily due to the increase in Adjusted EBITDA.

Key accomplishments and recent developments:

Operational

  • In October 2019, the Permian Express 4 pipeline expansion went into full service.
  • In December 2019, ET and Shell US LNG, LLC (“Shell”) announced that a comprehensive commercial tender package has been issued to engineering, procurement and construction contractors to submit final commercial bids for the proposed Lake Charles LNG liquefaction project being jointly developed by ET and Shell on a 50/50 basis. The project would modify ET’s existing LNG import facility in Lake Charles, Louisiana to add LNG liquefaction capacity of 16.45 million tonnes per annum for export to global markets.
  • In February 2020, Frac VII was placed in service, bringing the total fractionation capacity at Mont Belvieu to over 900,000 barrels per day.

Strategic

  • On December 5, 2019, ET successfully acquired SemGroup and as a result of the merger, ET issued approximately 57.6 million of its common units to SemGroup stockholders. The combined operations of the two companies are expected to generate annual run-rate efficiencies of more than $170 million, consisting of commercial and operational synergies of $80 million, financial savings of $50 million and cost savings of $40 million.

Financial

  • In January 2020, Energy Transfer Operating, LP (“ETO”) completed a registered offering of $4.5 billion of its senior notes, consisting of $1.0 billion aggregate principal amount of 2.90% senior notes due 2025, $1.5 billion aggregate principal amount of 3.75% senior notes due 2030 and $2.0 billion aggregate principal amount of 5.0% senior notes due 2050. ETO also completed a public offering of 500,000 of its 6.75% Series F Fixed-Rate Reset Cumulative Redeemable Perpetual Preferred Units at a price of $1,000 per unit and 1,100,000 of its 7.125% Series G Fixed-Rate Reset Cumulative Redeemable Perpetual Preferred Units at a price of $1,000 per unit. ETO used the aggregate net proceeds of approximately $6.04 billion from both offerings to repay certain of its outstanding indebtedness, including prepayment of certain senior indebtedness, and for general partnership purposes.
  • In January 2020, ET announced a quarterly distribution of $0.305 per unit ($1.220 annualized) on ET common units for the quarter ended December 31, 2019.
  • As of December 31, 2019, ETO’s $6.00 billion revolving credit facilities had an aggregate $1.71 billion of available capacity, and ETO’s leverage ratio, as defined by its credit agreement, was 3.96x.

Energy Transfer benefits from a portfolio of assets with exceptional product and geographic diversity. The Partnership’s multiple segments generate high-quality, balanced earnings with no single segment contributing more than 30% of the Partnership’s consolidated Adjusted EBITDA in 2019. The vast majority of the Partnership’s segment margins are fee-based and therefore have limited commodity price sensitivity.

Conference call information:

The Partnership has scheduled a conference call for 4:00 p.m. Central Time/5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 to discuss its fourth quarter 2019 results. The conference call will be broadcast live via an internet webcast, which can be accessed through www.energytransfer.com or ir.energytransfer.com and will also be available for replay on the Partnership’s website for a limited time.

Energy Transfer LP (NYSE: ET) owns and operates one of the largest and most diversified portfolios of energy assets in the United States, with a strategic footprint in all of the major domestic production basins. ET is a publicly traded limited partnership with core operations that include complementary natural gas midstream, intrastate and interstate transportation and storage assets; crude oil, NGL and refined product transportation and terminalling assets; NGL fractionation; and various acquisition and marketing assets. ET, through its ownership of Energy Transfer Operating, L.P., also owns Lake Charles LNG Company, as well as the general partner interests, the incentive distribution rights and 28.5 million common units of Sunoco LP (NYSE: SUN), and the general partner interests and 46.1 million common units of USA Compression Partners, LP (NYSE: USAC). For more information, visit the Energy Transfer LP website at www.energytransfer.com.

Sunoco LP (NYSE: SUN) is a master limited partnership with core operations that include the distribution of motor fuel to approximately 10,000 convenience stores, independent dealers, commercial customers and distributors located in more than 30 states, as well as refined product transportation and terminalling assets. SUN’s general partner is owned by Energy Transfer Operating, L.P., a subsidiary of Energy Transfer LP (NYSE: ET). For more information, visit the Sunoco LP website at www.sunocolp.com.

USA Compression Partners, LP (NYSE: USAC) is a growth-oriented Delaware limited partnership that is one of the nation’s largest independent providers of natural gas compression services in terms of total compression fleet horsepower. USAC partners with a broad customer base composed of producers, processors, gatherers and transporters of natural gas and crude oil. USAC focuses on providing natural gas compression services to infrastructure applications primarily in high-volume gathering systems, processing facilities and transportation applications. For more information, visit the USAC website at www.usacompression.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release may include certain statements concerning expectations for the future that are forward-looking statements as defined by federal law. Such forward-looking statements are subject to a variety of known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond management’s control. An extensive list of factors that can affect future results are discussed in the Partnership’s Annual Report on Form 10-K and other documents filed from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Partnership undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement to reflect new information or events.

The information contained in this press release is available on our website at www.energytransfer.com.

 

ENERGY TRANSFER LP AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In millions)

(unaudited)

 

 

December 31,

2019

 

December 31,

2018

ASSETS

 

 

 

Current assets

$

7,867

 

 

$

6,750

 

 

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment, net

74,193

 

 

66,963

 

 

 

 

 

Advances to and investments in unconsolidated affiliates

3,460

 

 

2,642

 

Lease right-of-use assets, net (a)

964

 

 

 

Other non-current assets, net

1,075

 

 

1,006

 

Intangible assets, net

6,154

 

 

6,000

 

Goodwill

5,167

 

 

4,885

 

Total assets

$

98,880

 

 

$

88,246

 

LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

 

 

 

Current liabilities

$

7,724

 

 

$

9,310

 

 

 

 

 

Long-term debt, less current maturities

51,028

 

 

43,373

 

Non-current derivative liabilities

273

 

 

104

 

Non-current operating lease liabilities (a)

901

 

 

 

Deferred income taxes

3,208

 

 

2,926

 

Other non-current liabilities

1,162

 

 

1,184

 

 

 

 

 

Commitments and contingencies

 

 

 

Redeemable noncontrolling interests

739

 

 

499

 

 

 

 

 

Equity:

 

 

 

Total partners’ capital

21,827

 

 

20,559

 

Noncontrolling interest

12,018

 

 

10,291

 

Total equity

33,845

 

 

30,850

 

Total liabilities and equity

$

98,880

 

 

$

88,246

 

(a)

Lease-related balances as of December 31, 2019 were recorded in connection with the required adoption of the new lease accounting principles (referred to as ASC 842) on January 1, 2019.

 

ENERGY TRANSFER LP AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(In millions, except per unit data)

(unaudited)

 

 

Three Months Ended

December 31,

 

Year Ended

December 31,

 

2019

 

2018

 

2019

 

2018

REVENUES

$

13,720

 

 

$

13,573

 

 

$

54,213

 

 

$

54,087

 

COSTS AND EXPENSES:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost of products sold

10,120

 

 

9,977

 

 

39,727

 

 

41,658

 

Operating expenses

888

 

 

809

 

 

3,294

 

 

3,089

 

Depreciation, depletion and amortization

804

 

 

750

 

 

3,147

 

 

2,859

 

Selling, general and administrative

195

 

 

187

 

 

694

 

 

702

 

Impairment losses

12

 

 

431

 

 

74

 

 

431

 

Total costs and expenses

12,019

 

 

12,154

 

 

46,936

 

 

48,739

 

OPERATING INCOME

1,701

 

 

1,419

 

 

7,277

 

 

5,348

 

OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest expense, net of interest capitalized

(584

)

 

(544

)

 

(2,331

)

 

(2,055

)

Equity in earnings of unconsolidated affiliates

78

 

 

86

 

 

302

 

 

344

 

Losses on extinguishments of debt

 

 

(6

)

 

(18

)

 

(112

)

Gains (losses) on interest rate derivatives

130

 

 

(70

)

 

(241

)

 

47

 

Other, net

6

 

 

(35

)

 

105

 

 

62

 

INCOME FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS BEFORE INCOME TAX EXPENSE (BENEFIT)

1,331

 

 

850

 

 

5,094

 

 

3,634

 

Income tax expense (benefit) from continuing operations

(19

)

 

(2

)

 

195

 

 

4

 

INCOME FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS

1,350

 

 

852

 

 

4,899

 

 

3,630

 

Loss from discontinued operations, net of income taxes

 

 

 

 

 

 

(265

)

NET INCOME

1,350

 

 

852

 

 

4,899

 

 

3,365

 

Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest

325

 

 

220

 

 

1,256

 

 

1,632

 

Less: Net income attributable to redeemable noncontrolling interests

13

 

 

15

 

 

51

 

 

39

 

NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO PARTNERS

1,012

 

 

617

 

 

3,592

 

 

1,694

 

Convertible Unitholders’ interest in income

 

 

 

 

 

 

33

 

General Partner’s interest in net income

1

 

 

 

 

4

 

 

3

 

Limited Partners’ interest in net income

$

1,011

 

 

$

617

 

 

$

3,588

 

 

$

1,658

 

NET INCOME PER LIMITED PARTNER UNIT:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

$

0.38

 

 

$

0.26

 

 

$

1.37

 

 

$

1.16

 

Diluted

$

0.38

 

 

$

0.26

 

 

$

1.36

 

 

$

1.15

 

WEIGHTED AVERAGE NUMBER OF UNITS OUTSTANDING:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

2,646.2

 

 

2,332.1

 

 

2,628.0

 

 

1,423.8

 

Diluted

2,653.3

2,339.4

 

2,637.6

 

1,461.4

 

ENERGY TRANSFER LP AND SUBSIDIARIES

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION

(Dollars and units in millions)

(unaudited)

 

 

Three Months Ended

December 31,

 

Year Ended

December 31,

 

2019

 

2018

 

2019

 

2018

Reconciliation of net income to Adjusted EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow (b):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income

$

1,350

 

 

$

852

 

 

$

4,899

 

 

$

3,365

 

Loss from discontinued operations

 

 

 

 

 

 

265

 

Interest expense, net of interest capitalized

584

 

 

544

 

 

2,331

 

 

2,055

 

Impairment losses

12

 

 

431

 

 

74

 

 

431

 

Income tax expense (benefit) from continuing operations

(19

)

 

(2

)

 

195

 

 

4

 

Depreciation, depletion and amortization

804

 

 

750

 

 

3,147

 

 

2,859

 

Non-cash compensation expense

28

 

 

23

 

 

113

 

 

105

 

(Gains) losses on interest rate derivatives

(130

)

 

70

 

 

241

 

 

(47

)

Unrealized (gains) losses on commodity risk management activities

95

 

 

(244

)

 

5

 

 

11

 

Losses on extinguishments of debt

 

 

6

 

 

18

 

 

112

 

Inventory valuation adjustments

(8

)

 

135

 

 

(79

)

 

85

 

Equity in earnings of unconsolidated affiliates

(78

)

 

(86

)

 

(302

)

 

(344

)

Adjusted EBITDA related to unconsolidated affiliates

156

 

 

152

 

 

626

 

 

655

 

Adjusted EBITDA from discontinued operations

 

 

 

 

 

 

(25

)

Other, net

13

 

 

38

 

 

(54

)

 

(21

)

Adjusted EBITDA (consolidated)

2,807

 

 

2,669

 

 

11,214

 

 

9,510

 

Adjusted EBITDA related to unconsolidated affiliates

(156

)

 

(152

)

 

(626

)

 

(655

)

Distributable Cash Flow from unconsolidated affiliates

108

 

 

95

 

 

415

 

 

407

 

Interest expense, net of interest capitalized

(584

)

 

(544

)

 

(2,331

)

 

(2,057

)

Subsidiary preferred unitholders’ distributions

(68

)

 

(54

)

 

(253

)

 

(170

)

Current income tax (expense) benefit

45

 

 

(7

)

 

22

 

 

(472

)

Transaction-related income taxes

(31

)

 

 

 

(31

)

 

470

 

Maintenance capital expenditures

(215

)

 

(137

)

 

(655

)

 

(510

)

Other, net(c)

30

 

 

19

 

 

85

 

 

49

 

Distributable Cash Flow (consolidated)

1,936

 

 

1,889

 

 

7,840

 

 

6,572

 

Distributable Cash Flow attributable to Sunoco LP (100%)

(120

)

 

(115

)

 

(450

)

 

(446

)

Distributions from Sunoco LP

42

 

 

43

 

 

165

 

 

166

 

Distributable Cash Flow attributable to USAC (100%)

(58

)

 

(55

)

 

(222

)

 

(148

)

Distributions from USAC

24

 

 

21

 

 

90

 

 

73

 

Distributable Cash Flow attributable to noncontrolling interest in other non-wholly-owned consolidated subsidiaries

(286

)

 

(294

)

 

(1,113

)

 

(874

)

Distributable Cash Flow attributable to the partners of ET – pro forma for the ETO Merger (a)

1,538

 

 

1,489

 

 

6,310

 

 

5,343

 

Transaction-related expenses

8

 

 

27

 

 

14

 

 

52

 

Distributable Cash Flow attributable to the partners of ET, as adjusted – pro forma for the ETO Merger (a)

$

1,546

 

 

$

1,516

 

 

$

6,324

 

 

$

5,395

 

Distributions to partners – pro forma for the ETO Merger (a):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Limited Partners (d)

$

820

 

 

$

799

 

 

$

3,221

 

 

$

3,104

 

General Partner

1

 

 

1

 

 

4

 

 

4

 

Total distributions to be paid to partners

$

821

 

 

$

800

 

 

$

3,225

 

 

$

3,108

 

Common Units outstanding – end of period

2,689.6

 

 

2,619.4

 

 

2,689.6

 

 

2,619.4

 

Distribution coverage ratio – pro forma for the ETO Merger (a)

1.88x

 

1.90x

 

1.96x

 

1.74x

(a)

The closing of the restructuring transaction in October 2018 (the “ETO Merger”) impacted the Partnership’s calculation of Distributable Cash Flow attributable to partners, as well as the number of ET Common Units outstanding and the amount of distributions to be paid to partners for the three months and year ended December 31, 2018. In order to provide information on a comparable basis for pre-ETO Merger and post-ETO Merger periods, the Partnership has included certain pro forma information for the year ended December 31, 2018.

 

 

Pro forma Distributable Cash Flow attributable to partners reflects the following merger related impacts:

 

 

  • ETO is reflected as a wholly-owned subsidiary and pro forma Distributable Cash Flow attributable to partners reflects ETO’s consolidated Distributable Cash Flow (less certain other adjustments);
  • Distributions from Sunoco LP and USAC include distributions to both ET and ETO; and
  • Distributable Cash Flow attributable to noncontrolling interest in our other non-wholly-owned subsidiaries is subtracted from consolidated Distributable Cash Flow to calculate Distributable Cash Flow attributable to partners.

 

Pro forma distributions to partners include actual distributions to legacy ET partners, as well as pro forma distributions to legacy ETO partners. Pro forma distributions to ETO partners are calculated assuming (i) historical ETO common units converted under the terms of the ETO Merger and (ii) distributions on such converted common units were paid at the historical rate paid on ET common units.

 

 

Pro forma Common Units outstanding include actual Common Units outstanding, in addition to Common Units assumed to be issued in the Merger, which are based on historical ETO common units converted under the terms of the ETO Merger.

 

(b)

Adjusted EBITDA, Distributable Cash Flow and distribution coverage ratio are non-GAAP financial measures used by industry analysts, investors, lenders and rating agencies to assess the financial performance and the operating results of ET’s fundamental business activities and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for net income, income from operations, cash flows from operating activities or other GAAP measures.

 

 

There are material limitations to using measures such as Adjusted EBITDA, Distributable Cash Flow and distribution coverage ratio, including the difficulty associated with using any such measure as the sole measure to compare the results of one company to another, and the inability to analyze certain significant items that directly affect a company’s net income or loss or cash flows. In addition, our calculations of Adjusted EBITDA, Distributable Cash Flow and distribution coverage ratio may not be consistent with similarly titled measures of other companies and should be viewed in conjunction with measurements that are computed in accordance with GAAP, such as operating income, net income and cash flow from operating activities.

 

 

Definition of Adjusted EBITDA

 

 

We define Adjusted EBITDA as total partnership earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, depletion, amortization and other non-cash items, such as non-cash compensation expense, gains and losses on disposals of assets, the allowance for equity funds used during construction, unrealized gains and losses on commodity risk management activities, inventory valuation adjustments, non-cash impairment charges, losses on extinguishments of debt and other non-operating income or expense items. Adjusted EBITDA reflects amounts for unconsolidated affiliates based on the same recognition and measurement methods used to record equity in earnings of unconsolidated affiliates. Adjusted EBITDA related to unconsolidated affiliates excludes the same items with respect to the unconsolidated affiliate as those excluded from the calculation of Adjusted EBITDA, such as interest, taxes, depreciation, depletion, amortization and other non-cash items. Although these amounts are excluded from Adjusted EBITDA related to unconsolidated affiliates, such exclusion should not be understood to imply that we have control over the operations and resulting revenues and expenses of such affiliates. We do not control our unconsolidated affiliates; therefore, we do not control the earnings or cash flows of such affiliates.

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA is used by management to determine our operating performance and, along with other financial and volumetric data, as internal measures for setting annual operating budgets, assessing financial performance of our numerous business locations, as a measure for evaluating targeted businesses for acquisition and as a measurement component of incentive compensation.

 

 

Definition of Distributable Cash Flow

 

 

We define Distributable Cash Flow as net income, adjusted for certain non-cash items, less distributions to preferred unitholders and maintenance capital expenditures. Non-cash items include depreciation, depletion and amortization, non-cash compensation expense, amortization included in interest expense, gains and losses on disposals of assets, the allowance for equity funds used during construction, unrealized gains and losses on commodity risk management activities, inventory valuation adjustments, non-cash impairment charges, losses on extinguishments of debt and deferred income taxes. For unconsolidated affiliates, Distributable Cash Flow reflects the Partnership’s proportionate share of the investee’s distributable cash flow.

 

 

Distributable Cash Flow is used by management to evaluate our overall performance. Our partnership agreement requires us to distribute all available cash, and Distributable Cash Flow is calculated to evaluate our ability to fund distributions through cash generated by our operations.

 

 

On a consolidated basis, Distributable Cash Flow includes 100% of the Distributable Cash Flow of ET’s consolidated subsidiaries. However, to the extent that noncontrolling interests exist among our subsidiaries, the Distributable Cash Flow generated by our subsidiaries may not be available to be distributed to our partners. In order to reflect the cash flows available for distributions to our partners, we have reported Distributable Cash Flow attributable to partners, which is calculated by adjusting Distributable Cash Flow (consolidated), as follows:

 

 

  • For subsidiaries with publicly traded equity interests, other than ETO, Distributable Cash Flow (consolidated) includes 100% of Distributable Cash Flow attributable to such subsidiary, and Distributable Cash Flow attributable to our partners includes distributions to be received by the parent company with respect to the periods presented; and
  • For consolidated joint ventures or similar entities, where the noncontrolling interest is not publicly traded, Distributable Cash Flow (consolidated) includes 100% of Distributable Cash Flow attributable to such subsidiaries, but Distributable Cash Flow attributable to partners reflects only the amount of Distributable Cash Flow of such subsidiaries that is attributable to our ownership interest.

 

For Distributable Cash Flow attributable to partners, as adjusted, certain transaction-related and non-recurring expenses that are included in net income are excluded.

 

 

Definition of Distribution Coverage Ratio

 

 

Distribution coverage ratio for a period is calculated as Distributable Cash Flow attributable to partners, as adjusted, divided by distributions expected to be paid to the partners of ET in respect of such period.

 

(c)

For the three months and year ended December 31, 2019, “Other, net” includes $19 million of Distributable Cash Flow attributable to the operations of SemGroup for October 1 through December 4, 2019, which represents amounts distributable to ET’s common unitholders (including the holders of the common units issued in the SemGroup acquisition) with respect the fourth quarter 2019 distribution.

 

(d)

The amount reflected for the year ended December 31, 2018 includes distributions to unitholders who elected to participate in a plan to forgo a portion of their future potential cash distributions on common units and reinvest those distributions in ETE Series A convertible preferred units representing limited partner interests in the Partnership. The quarter ended March 31, 2018 was the final quarter of participation in the plan.

 

ENERGY TRANSFER LP AND SUBSIDIARIES

SUMMARY ANALYSIS OF QUARTERLY RESULTS BY SEGMENT

(Tabular dollar amounts in millions)

(unaudited)

 

 

Three Months Ended

December 31,

 

2019

 

2018

Segment Adjusted EBITDA:

 

 

 

Intrastate transportation and storage

$

222

 

 

$

306

 

Interstate transportation and storage

434

 

 

479

 

Midstream

397

 

 

402

 

NGL and refined products transportation and services

743

 

 

569

 

Crude oil transportation and services

715

 

 

636

 

Investment in Sunoco LP

168

 

 

180

 

Investment in USAC

110

 

 

104

 

All other

18

 

 

(7

)

Total Segment Adjusted EBITDA

$

2,807

 

 

$

2,669

 

Contacts

Energy Transfer

Investor Relations:
Bill Baerg, Brent Ratliff, Lyndsay Hannah, 214-981-0795

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