Buckeye Partners, L.P. Reports Financial Results for Third Quarter 2015 and Increases Cash Distributions

HOUSTON, Oct. 30, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Buckeye Partners, L.P. (“Buckeye”) (NYSE:BPL) today reported its financial results for the third quarter of 2015.  Buckeye reported income from continuing operations for the third quarter of 2015 of $99.9 million compared to income from continuing operations for the third quarter of 2014 of $107.0 million.     

Adjusted EBITDA (as defined below) from continuing operations for the third quarter of 2015 was $204.2 million, representing a record third quarter Adjusted EBITDA for Buckeye, compared to $200.6 million for the third quarter of 2014. 

Income from continuing operations attributable to Buckeye’s unitholders was $0.78 per diluted unit for the third quarter of 2015 compared to $0.89 per diluted unit for the third quarter of 2014.  The diluted weighted average number of units outstanding in the third quarter of 2015 was 128.9 million compared to 119.4 million in the third quarter of 2014.

“Buckeye’s diversified portfolio of assets generated solid quarterly financial performance despite the volatile commodity price environment. We were able to capitalize on strong market conditions, particularly increasing demand for storage services across our domestic and international assets,” said Clark C. Smith, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer.  “During the quarter, we were successful in increasing utilization as well as rates across our domestic and Caribbean assets, which contributed significant incremental cash flows.  The continued ramp-up of operations at Buckeye Texas Partners LLC (“BTP”) also contributed to our improved results over the prior year quarter.” 

“We are pleased to report that our 1.1 million barrels of refrigerated LPG storage capacity at our BTP facility in South Texas is now in-service.  In addition, we are nearing completion of the commissioning phase for our 50,000 barrel per day splitter facility.  We believe both will contribute substantial additional cash flows in the fourth quarter.  These assets provide Trafigura, our partner and customer, with world-class marine terminaling, storage and processing capabilities on the Gulf Coast.  We expect these assets and other growth capital investments across our platform to produce significant financial returns for our unitholders,” continued Mr. Smith.

Distributable cash flow (as defined below) from continuing operations for the third quarter of 2015 was $135.6 million compared to $140.5 million for the third quarter of 2014.  Distribution coverage was 0.89 times for the third quarter of 2015.       

Cash Distribution.  Buckeye also announced today that its general partner declared a cash distribution of $1.175 per limited partner unit (“LP Unit”) for the quarter ended September 30, 2015.  The distribution will be payable on November 17, 2015 to unitholders of record on November 9, 2015.  This cash distribution represents a 4.4 percent increase over the $1.125 per LP Unit distribution declared for the third quarter of 2014.  Buckeye has paid cash distributions in each quarter since its formation in 1986.  

Conference Call.  Buckeye will host a conference call with members of executive management today, October 30, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time. To access the live webcast of the call, go to http://edge.media-server.com/m/p/5vwqtqi8 ten minutes prior to its start.  Interested parties may participate in the call by dialing 877-870-9226.   A replay will be archived and available at this link through December 31, 2015, and the replay also may be accessed by dialing 800-585-8367 and entering conference ID 58766462

About Buckeye Partners, L.P.

Buckeye Partners, L.P. (NYSE:BPL) is a publicly traded master limited partnership and owns and operates a diversified network of integrated assets providing midstream logistic solutions, primarily consisting of the transportation, storage, and marketing of liquid petroleum products.  Buckeye is one of the largest independent liquid petroleum products pipeline operators in the United States in terms of volumes delivered with approximately 6,000 miles of pipeline and more than 120 liquid petroleum products terminals with aggregate storage capacity of over 110 million barrels across our portfolio of pipelines, inland terminals and an integrated network of marine terminals located primarily in the East Coast and Gulf Coast regions of the United States and in the Caribbean.  Buckeye has a controlling interest in a company with a vertically integrated system of marine midstream assets in Corpus Christi and the Eagle Ford play in Texas.  Buckeye’s flagship marine terminal, BORCO, is in The Bahamas and is one of the largest marine crude oil and refined petroleum products storage facilities in the world and provides an array of logistics and blending services for the global flow of petroleum products.  Buckeye’s network of marine terminals enables it to facilitate global flows of crude oil, refined petroleum products, and other commodities, and to offer its customers connectivity to some of the world’s most important bulk storage and blending hubs.  Buckeye is also a wholesale distributor of refined petroleum products in areas served by its pipelines and terminals.  Finally, Buckeye also operates and/or maintains third-party pipelines under agreements with major oil and gas, petrochemical and chemical companies, and performs certain engineering and construction management services for third parties.  More information concerning Buckeye can be found at www.buckeye.com.

Adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow are measures not defined by GAAP.  Adjusted EBITDA is the primary measure used by our senior management, including our Chief Executive Officer, to (i) evaluate our consolidated operating performance and the operating performance of our business segments, (ii) allocate resources and capital to business segments, (iii) evaluate the viability of proposed projects, and (iv) determine overall rates of return on alternative investment opportunities.  Distributable cash flow is another measure used by our senior management to provide a clearer picture of Buckeye’s cash available for distribution to its unitholders.  Adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow eliminate (i) non-cash expenses, including, but not limited to, depreciation and amortization expense resulting from the significant capital investments we make in our businesses and from intangible assets recognized in business combinations, (ii) charges for obligations expected to be settled with the issuance of equity instruments, and (iii) items that are not indicative of our core operating performance results and business outlook.

Buckeye believes that investors benefit from having access to the same financial measures used by senior management and that these measures are useful to investors because they aid in comparing Buckeye’s operating performance with that of other companies with similar operations.  The Adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow data presented by Buckeye may not be comparable to similarly titled measures at other companies because these items may be defined differently by other companies. Please see the attached reconciliations of each of Adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow to income from continuing operations. 

This press release includes forward-looking statements that we believe to be reasonable as of today’s date.  Such statements are identified by use of the words “anticipates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “expects,” “intends,” “plans,” “predicts,” “projects,” “should,” and similar expressions.  Actual results may differ significantly because of risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict and that may be beyond our control.  Among them are (i) changes in federal, state, local, and foreign laws or regulations to which we are subject, including those governing pipeline tariff rates and those that permit the treatment of us as a partnership for federal income tax purposes, (ii) terrorism and other security risks, including cyber risk, adverse weather conditions, including hurricanes, environmental releases, and natural disasters, (iii) changes in the marketplace for our products or services, such as increased competition, better energy efficiency, or general reductions in demand, (iv) adverse regional, national, or international economic conditions, adverse capital market conditions, and adverse political developments, (v) shutdowns or interruptions at our pipeline, terminal, and storage assets or at the source points for the products we transport, store, or sell, (vi) unanticipated capital expenditures in connection with the construction, repair, or replacement of our assets, (vii) volatility in the price of liquid petroleum products, (viii) nonpayment or nonperformance by our customers, (ix) our ability to integrate acquired assets with our existing assets and to realize anticipated cost savings and other efficiencies and benefits, (x) our inability to realize the expected benefits of the Buckeye Texas Partners transaction, and (xi) our ability to successfully complete our organic growth projects and to realize the anticipated financial benefits.  You should read our filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014 and our most recent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, 2015 and June 30, 2015, for a more extensive list of factors that could affect results.  We undertake no obligation to revise our forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances occurring after today’s date.

This release is intended to be a qualified notice under Treasury Regulation Section 1.1446-4(b). Brokers and nominees should treat one hundred percent (100.0%) of Buckeye’s distributions to non-U.S. investors as being attributable to income that is effectively connected with a United States trade or business.  Accordingly, Buckeye’s distributions to non-U.S. investors are subject to federal income tax withholding at the highest applicable effective tax rate.

BUCKEYE PARTNERS, L.P.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(In thousands, except per unit amounts)
(Unaudited)
 
  Three Months Ended
 September 30,
  Nine Months Ended
 September 30,
  2015   2014   2015   2014
Revenue:              
Product sales $ 382,624     $ 1,241,696     $ 1,581,455     $ 4,412,135  
Transportation, storage and other services 345,760     331,777     1,031,812     962,118  
Total revenue 728,384     1,573,473     2,613,267     5,374,253  
               
Costs and expenses:              
Cost of product sales 366,319     1,218,471     1,532,392     4,393,893  
Operating expenses 141,790     138,906     425,494     396,753  
Depreciation and amortization 54,830     45,406     164,204     131,791  
General and administrative 21,885     21,749     64,796     59,436  
Total costs and expenses 584,824     1,424,532     2,186,886     4,981,873  
Operating income 143,560     148,941     426,381     392,380  
               
Other income (expense):              
(Loss) earnings from equity investments (30 )   2,523     4,550     5,959  
Interest and debt expense (43,413 )   (43,838 )   (127,097 )   (127,063 )
Other income (expense) 70     (375 )   180     (471 )
Total other expense, net (43,373 )   (41,690 )   (122,367 )   (121,575 )
Income from continuing operations before taxes 100,187     107,251     304,014     270,805  
Income tax expense (240 )   (243 )   (720 )   (319 )
Income from continuing operations 99,947     107,008     303,294     270,486  
Loss from discontinued operations     (3,280 )   (857 )   (51,508 )
Net income 99,947     103,728     302,437     218,978  
Less: Net loss (income) attributable to noncontrolling interests 93     (785 )   794     (2,547 )
Net income attributable to Buckeye Partners, L.P. $ 100,040     $ 102,943     $ 303,231     $ 216,431  
               
Basic earnings (loss) per unit attributable to Buckeye Partners, L.P.:            
Continuing operations $ 0.78     $ 0.90     $ 2.38     $ 2.29  
Discontinued operations     (0.03 )   (0.01 )   (0.44 )
Total $ 0.78     $ 0.87     $ 2.37     $ 1.85  
               
Diluted earnings (loss) per unit attributable to Buckeye Partners, L.P.:            
Continuing operations $ 0.78     $ 0.89     $ 2.37     $ 2.29  
Discontinued operations     (0.03 )   (0.01 )   (0.44 )
Total $ 0.78     $ 0.86     $ 2.36     $ 1.85  
               
Weighted average units outstanding:              
Basic 128,329     118,804     127,722     116,747  
Diluted 128,906     119,429     128,241     117,305  

BUCKEYE PARTNERS, L.P.
SELECTED FINANCIAL AND OPERATING DATA
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
 
  Three Months Ended
 September 30,
  Nine Months Ended
 September 30,
  2015   2014   2015   2014
Revenue:              
Pipelines & Terminals $ 219,942     $ 228,466     $ 652,178     $ 665,629  
Global Marine Terminals 127,161     104,522     372,735     284,082  
Merchant Services 386,105     1,246,462     1,586,421     4,420,205  
Development & Logistics 16,553     21,003     53,610     56,637  
Intersegment (21,377 )   (26,980 )   (51,677 )   (52,300 )
Total revenue $ 728,384     $ 1,573,473     $ 2,613,267     $ 5,374,253  
               
Total costs and expenses: (1)              
Pipelines & Terminals $ 128,086     $ 124,323     $ 376,448     $ 363,892  
Global Marine Terminals 80,219     72,262     243,417     190,024  
Merchant Services 385,369     1,238,457     1,577,931     4,438,470  
Development & Logistics 12,527     16,470     40,767     41,787  
Intersegment (21,377 )   (26,980 )   (51,677 )   (52,300 )
Total costs and expenses $ 584,824     $ 1,424,532     $ 2,186,886     $ 4,981,873  
               
Depreciation and amortization:              
Pipelines & Terminals $ 19,225     $ 18,525     $ 56,735     $ 53,379  
Global Marine Terminals 33,931     24,900     102,432     72,504  
Merchant Services 1,259     1,544     3,763     4,556  
Development & Logistics 415     437     1,274     1,352  
Total depreciation and amortization $ 54,830     $ 45,406     $ 164,204     $ 131,791  
               
Operating income:              
Pipelines & Terminals $ 91,856     $ 104,143     $ 275,730     $ 301,737  
Global Marine Terminals 46,942     32,260     129,318     94,058  
Merchant Services 736     8,005     8,490     (18,265 )
Development & Logistics 4,026     4,533     12,843     14,850  
Total operating income $ 143,560     $ 148,941     $ 426,381     $ 392,380  
               
Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations:              
Pipelines & Terminals $ 116,711     $ 128,171     $ 362,503     $ 370,570  
Global Marine Terminals 80,593     57,270     233,716     166,532  
Merchant Services 2,592     10,468     13,797     (12,568 )
Development & Logistics 4,268     4,713     13,539     15,500  
Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations $ 204,164     $ 200,622     $ 623,555     $ 540,034  
               
Capital additions, net: (2)              
Pipelines & Terminals $ 51,205     $ 57,421     $ 150,676     $ 165,908  
Global Marine Terminals 82,846     40,786     280,936     133,085  
Merchant Services 343     53     760     153  
Development & Logistics 344     1,056     780     1,497  
Total segment capital additions, net 134,738     99,316     433,152     300,643  
Natural Gas Storage disposal group             188  
Total capital additions, net $ 134,738     $ 99,316     $ 433,152     $ 300,831  
               
Summary of capital additions, net: (2)              
Maintenance capital expenditures $ 29,129     $ 20,433     $ 72,143     $ 56,366  
Expansion and cost reduction 105,609     78,883     361,009     244,465  
Total capital additions, net $ 134,738     $ 99,316     $ 433,152     $ 300,831  
  September 30,
 2015
  December 31,
 2014
Key Balance Sheet Information:      
Cash and cash equivalents $ 7,081     $ 8,208  
Long-term debt, total (3) 3,632,843     3,388,986  

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(1) Includes depreciation and amortization.
(2) Amounts exclude accruals for capital expenditures.
(3) Includes long-term debt portion of Buckeye Partners L.P. Credit Facility of $243.0 million as of September 30, 2015.

BUCKEYE PARTNERS, L.P.
SELECTED FINANCIAL AND OPERATING DATA – Continued
(Unaudited)
 
  Three Months Ended
 September 30,
  Nine Months Ended
 September 30,
    2015       2014       2015       2014  
               
Pipelines & Terminals (average bpd in thousands):              
Pipelines:              
Gasoline   762.4       721.9       740.8       700.3  
Jet fuel   370.5       349.8       360.6       332.1  
Middle distillates (1)   301.4       321.8       340.8       350.7  
Other products (2)   28.0       34.9       32.1       37.0  
  Total pipelines throughput   1,462.3       1,428.4       1,474.3       1,420.1  
Terminals:              
Products throughput   1,185.4       1,133.5       1,212.3       1,128.7  
               
Pipeline average tariff (cents/bbl)   84.4       86.8       83.6       85.5  
               
Global Marine Terminals (percent of capacity):              
Average capacity utilization rate (3)   97 %     84 %     95 %     84 %
               
Merchant Services (in millions of gallons):              
Sales volumes   229.7       464.1       902.1       1,571.6  

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(1)    Includes diesel fuel and heating oil.
(2)    Includes liquefied petroleum gas, intermediate petroleum products and crude oil.
(3)    Represents the ratio of contracted capacity to capacity available to be contracted.  Based on total capacity (i.e., including out of service capacity), average capacity utilization rates are approximately 85% and 74% for the three months ended September 30, 2015 and 2014, respectively, and approximately 83% and 73% for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 and 2014, respectively.

BUCKEYE PARTNERS, L.P.
SELECTED FINANCIAL AND OPERATING DATA
Non-GAAP Reconciliations
(In thousands, except coverage ratio)
(Unaudited)
 
  Three Months Ended
 September 30,
  Nine Months Ended
 September 30,
  2015   2014   2015   2014
               
Income from continuing operations $ 99,947     $ 107,008     $ 303,294     $ 270,486  
Less: Net loss (income) attributable to noncontrolling interests 93     (785 )   794     (2,547 )
Income from continuing operations attributable to Buckeye Partners, L.P. 100,040     106,223     304,088     267,939  
Add:  Interest and debt expense 43,413     43,838     127,097     127,063  
Income tax expense 240     243     720     319  
Depreciation and amortization (1) 54,830     45,406     164,204     131,791  
Non-cash unit-based compensation expense 6,597     5,228     17,578     13,149  
Acquisition and transition expense (2) 82     2,451     2,942     8,076  
Litigation contingency accrual (3) 1,729         15,229      
Less: Amortization of unfavorable storage contracts (4) (2,767 )   (2,767 )   (8,303 )   (8,303 )
Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations $ 204,164     $ 200,622     $ 623,555     $ 540,034  
Less: Interest and debt expense, excluding amortization of deferred financing costs, debt discounts and other (39,197 )   (39,496 )   (114,450 )   (116,842 )
Income tax expense, excluding non-cash taxes (240 )   (243 )   (720 )   (319 )
Maintenance capital expenditures (5) (29,129 )   (20,433 )   (72,143 )   (56,205 )
Distributable cash flow from continuing operations $ 135,598     $ 140,450     $ 436,242     $ 366,668  
               
Distributions for coverage ratio (6) $ 152,037     $ 142,240     $ 448,612     $ 403,547  
               
Coverage ratio from continuing operations 0.89     0.99     0.97     0.91  
   

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(1)    Includes 100% of the depreciation and amortization expense of $12.2 million and $34.7 million for Buckeye Texas Partners LLC for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2015.
(2)    Acquisition and transition expense consists of transaction costs, costs for transitional employees, and other employee and third party costs related to the integration of the acquired assets that are non-recurring in nature.
(3)    Represents an adjustment to the FERC litigation accrual.
(4)    Represents the amortization of the negative fair values allocated to certain unfavorable storage contracts acquired in connection with the BORCO acquisition.
(5)    Represents expenditures that maintain the operating, safety and/or earnings capacity of our existing assets.
(6)    Represents cash distributions declared for LP Units outstanding as of each respective period.  Amount for 2015 reflects actual cash distributions paid on LP Units for the quarters ended March 31, 2015 and June 30, 2015 and estimated cash distributions for LP Units for the quarter ended September 30, 2015.

CONTACT: Contact:
Kevin J. Goodwin 
Vice President &Treasurer
irelations@buckeye.com
(800) 422-2825

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