Regency Energy Partners Reports First-Quarter 2013 Results

Regency Energy Partners Reports First-Quarter 2013 Results

DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Regency Energy Partners LP (NYSE: RGP), ("Regency" or the "Partnership"), announced today its financial results for the first-quarter ended March 31, 2013.

For the first quarter of 2013, adjusted EBITDA was $127 million, compared to $134 million in the first quarter of 2012. The first quarter of 2012 included a $16 million one-time producer payment received in March 2012. Regency generated $101 million in cash available for distribution for the first quarter of 2013, compared to $103 million in the first quarter of 2012.


For the first quarter of 2013, Regency reported a net loss of $5 million compared to net income of $29 million for the first quarter of 2012. The decrease in net income was primarily related to a $14 million non-cash loss on the mark-to-market of the embedded derivative related to the Series A Preferred Units and the absence of a $16 million one-time producer payment received in March 2012.

"During the first quarter of 2013, volumes began ramping up on several of our recently completed growth projects, contributing to an 11 percent increase in gathering and processing volumes and significant increases in Lone Star's pipeline and fractionation throughput. We expect volumes to further increase in 2013 and 2014 as these projects continue to ramp up, and as the remainder of our major growth projects come online," said Mike Bradley, president and chief executive officer of Regency. "In addition, we continued to see increasing demand for third party compression and treating services."

"We also recently closed on the acquisition of the SUGS assets, and are excited to integrate these assets into our existing operations and begin realizing new growth opportunities from our expanded footprint in the Permian Basin," continued Bradley.

REVIEW OF SEGMENT PERFORMANCE

Adjusted total segment margin increased 7 percent to $123 million for the first quarter of 2013, compared to $115 million for the first quarter of 2012.

Gathering and Processing - We provide "wellhead-to-market" services to producers of natural gas, which include transporting raw natural gas from the wellhead through gathering systems, processing raw natural gas to separate NGLs from the raw natural gas and selling or delivering the pipeline-quality natural gas and NGLs to various markets and pipeline systems. This segment also includes our 33.33% membership interest in Ranch JV, which processes natural gas delivered from the NGLs-rich Bone Spring and Avalon shale formations in west Texas.

Adjusted segment margin for the Gathering and Processing segment, which excludes non-cash gains and losses from commodity derivatives, and includes our ownership interests in Edwards Lime Gathering and the Ranch Joint Venture, was $74 million for the first quarter of 2013, compared to $68 million for the first quarter of 2012. The increase was primarily due to volume growth in south and west Texas, and north Louisiana.

Total throughput volumes for the Gathering and Processing segment increased to 1.5 million MMbtu per day of natural gas for the first quarter of 2013, compared to 1.4 million MMbtu per day of natural gas for the first quarter of 2012. Processed NGLs increased to 43,000 barrels per day for the first quarter of 2013, compared to 38,000 barrels per day for the first quarter of 2012.

Contract Services - We own and operate a fleet of compressors used to provide turn-key natural gas compression services for customer specific systems. We also own and operate a fleet of equipment used to provide treating services, such as carbon dioxide and hydrogen sulfide removal, natural gas cooling, dehydration and BTU management.

Segment margin for the Contract Services segment, including both revenues from external customers as well as intersegment revenues, was $47 million for both the first quarter of 2013 and the first quarter of 2012. As of March 31, 2013 and 2012, the Contract Compression segment's revenue generating horsepower, including intersegment revenue generating horsepower, increased to 891,000, compared to 843,000, inclusive of 38,000 and 82,000, respectively, of revenue generating horsepower utilized by our gathering and processing segment. The increase in revenue generating horsepower is primarily attributable to additional horsepower placed into service in south Texas for external customers.

Corporate - The Corporate segment comprises our corporate assets. Segment margin in the Corporate segment was $5 million for the first quarter of 2013, compared to $4 million for the first quarter of 2012.

Natural Gas Transportation - We own a 49.99% general partner interest in HPC, which owns the Regency Intrastate Gas System ("RIGS"), a 450-mile intrastate pipeline that delivers natural gas from northwest Louisiana to downstream pipelines and markets, and a 50% membership interest in the Midcontinent Express Pipeline ("MEP"), which owns an interstate natural gas pipeline with approximately 500 miles stretching from southeast Oklahoma through northeast Texas, northern Louisiana and central Mississippi to an interconnect with the Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line system in Butler, Alabama. This segment also includes Gulf States, which owns a 10-mile interstate pipeline that extends from Harrison County, Texas to Caddo Parish, Louisiana.

The Haynesville Joint Venture consists solely of RIGS and is operated by Regency. Income from unconsolidated affiliates for the Haynesville Joint Venture was $8 million for the first quarter of 2013, compared to $11 million for the first quarter of 2012. Total throughput volumes for the Haynesville Joint Venture averaged 0.7 million MMbtu per day of natural gas for the first quarter of 2013, compared to 0.9 million MMbtu per day for the first quarter of 2012. These decreases are primarily due to the expiration of certain contracts that were not renewed as well as a customer declaring bankruptcy, which contributed $1 million to the decrease.

The MEP Joint Venture consists solely of MEP and is operated by Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. Income from unconsolidated affiliates for the MEP Joint Venture was $11 million for the first quarter of 2013 and the first quarter of 2012. Total throughput volumes for the MEP Joint Venture averaged 1.5 million MMbtu per day of natural gas for the first quarter of 2013 and 1.4 million MMbtu per day for the first quarter of 2012.

NGL Services - We own a 30% membership interest in Lone Star, an entity owning a diverse set of midstream energy assets including pipelines, storage, fractionation and processing facilities located in Texas, Mississippi and Louisiana. The Lone Star Joint Venture, which was acquired in May 2011, owns and operates NGL storage, fractionation and transportation assets and is operated by Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. For the first quarter of 2013, income from unconsolidated affiliates for the Lone Star Joint Venture was $16 million, compared to $11 million for the first quarter of 2012. For the first quarter of 2013, total NGL transportation volumes averaged 153,000 barrels per day, compared to 135,000 barrels per day for the first quarter of 2012. Refinery Services throughput averaged 17,000 barrels per day for the first quarter of 2013, compared to 19,000 barrels per day for the first quarter of 2012. NGL Fractionation volumes averaged 51,000 barrels per day for the first quarter of 2013.

ORGANIC GROWTH

For the three months ended March 31, 2013, Regency incurred $174 million of growth capital expenditures: $80 million for the Gathering and Processing segment, $66 million for the Contract Services segment, and $28 million for the NGL Services segment.

For the three months ended March 31, 2013, Regency incurred $7 million of maintenance capital expenditures.

In 2013, Regency expects to invest approximately $685 million in growth capital expenditures, of which $410 million is related to the Gathering and Processing segment, which includes expenditures related to the SUGS assets; $130 million is related to the NGL Services segment and $145 million is related to the Contract Services segment. In addition, Regency expects to invest approximately $45 million in maintenance capital expenditures in 2013, including its proportionate share related to joint ventures.

CASH DISTRIBUTIONS

On April 24, 2013, Regency announced a cash distribution of $0.46 per outstanding common unit for the first quarter ended March 31, 2013. This distribution is equivalent to $1.84 per outstanding common unit on an annual basis and will be paid on May 13, 2013, to unitholders of record at the close of business on May 6, 2013.

Based on the terms of the partnership agreement, the Series A Preferred Units were paid a quarterly distribution of $0.445 per unit for the first quarter ended March 31, 2013, on the same schedule as set forth above.

In the first quarter of 2013, Regency generated $101 million in cash available for distribution, representing 1.05 times the amount required to cover its announced distribution to unitholders.

Regency makes distribution determinations based on its cash available for distribution and the perceived sustainability of distribution levels over an extended period. In addition to considering the cash available for distribution generated during the quarter, Regency takes into account cash reserves established with respect to prior distributions, seasonality of results, timing of organic growth projects and its internal forecasts of adjusted EBITDA and cash available for distribution over an extended period. Distributions are determined by the Board of Directors and are driven by the long-term sustainability of the business.

TELECONFERENCE

Regency Energy Partners will hold a quarterly conference call to discuss its first-quarter 2013 results Thursday, May 9, 2013, at 10 a.m. Central Time (11 a.m. Eastern Time).

The dial-in number for the call is 1-877-703-6104 in the United States, or +1-857-244-7303 outside the United States, passcode 70584015. A live webcast of the call may be accessed on the Investor Relations page of Regency's website at www.regencyenergy.com. The call will be available for replay for seven days by dialing 1-888-286-8010 (from outside the U.S., +1-617-801-6888) passcode 19233010. A replay of the broadcast will also be available on the Partnership's website for 30 days.

NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION

This press release and the accompanying financial schedules include the non-GAAP financial measures of:

  • EBITDA;
  • adjusted EBITDA;
  • cash available for distribution;
  • segment margin;
  • total segment margin;
  • adjusted segment margin; and
  • adjusted total segment margin.

These financial metrics are key measures of the Partnership's financial performance. The accompanying schedules provide reconciliations of these non-GAAP financial measures to their most directly-comparable financial measures calculated and presented in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America ("GAAP"). Our non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered an alternative to, or more meaningful than, net income, operating income, cash flows from operating activities or any other measure of financial performance presented in accordance with GAAP as a measure of operating performance, liquidity or ability to service debt obligations. Reconciliations of these non-GAAP financial measures to our GAAP financial statements are included in the Appendix.

We define EBITDA as net income (loss) plus interest expense, provision for income taxes and depreciation and amortization expense. We define adjusted EBITDA as EBITDA plus or minus the following:

  • non-cash loss (gain) from commodity and embedded derivatives;
  • unit-based compensation expenses;
  • loss (gain) on asset sales, net;
  • loss on debt refinancing;
  • other non-cash (income) expense, net;
  • net income attributable to ELG;
  • partnership's interest in ELG adjusted EBITDA; and
  • our interest in adjusted EBITDA from unconsolidated affiliates less income from unconsolidated affiliates.

These measures are used as supplemental measures by our management and by external users of our financial statements such as investors, banks, research analysts and others, to assess:

  • financial performance of our assets without regard to financing methods, capital structure or historical cost basis;
  • the ability of our assets to generate cash sufficient to pay interest costs, support our indebtedness and make cash distributions to our unitholders and General Partner;
  • our operating performance and return on capital as compared to those of other companies in the midstream energy sector, without regard to financing or capital structure; and
  • the viability of acquisitions and capital expenditure projects and the overall rates of return on alternative investment opportunities.

Adjusted EBITDA is the starting point in determining cash available for distribution, which is an important non-GAAP financial measure for a publicly traded partnership.

We define cash available for distribution as adjusted EBITDA:

  • minus interest expense, excluding capitalized interest;
  • minus maintenance capital expenditures;
  • minus distributions to Series A Preferred Units,
  • plus cash proceeds from asset sales, if any; and
  • other adjustments.

Cash available for distribution is used as a supplemental liquidity measure by our management and by external users of our financial statements such as investors, commercial banks, research analysts and others, to approximate the amount of operating surplus generated by us during a specific period and to assess our ability to make cash distributions to our unitholders and our general partner. Cash available for distribution is not the same measure as operating surplus or available cash, both of which are defined in our partnership agreement.

Neither EBITDA nor adjusted EBITDA should be considered an alternative to, or more meaningful than net income, operating income, cash flows from operating activities or any other measure of financial performance presented in accordance with GAAP. EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to a similarly titled measure of another company because other entities may not calculate EBITDA or adjusted EBITDA in the same manner. EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA do not include interest expense, income tax expense or depreciation and amortization expense. Because we have borrowed money to finance our operations, interest expense is a necessary element of our costs and our ability to generate cash available for distribution. Because we use capital assets, depreciation and amortization are also necessary elements of our costs. Therefore, any measures that exclude these elements have material limitations. To compensate for these limitations, we believe that it is important to consider both net earnings determined under GAAP, as well as EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA, to evaluate our performance.

We define segment margin, generally, as revenues minus cost of sales. We calculate our Gathering and Processing segment margin and Natural Gas Transportation segment margin as revenues generated from operations less the cost of natural gas and NGLs purchased and other costs of sales, including third-party transportation and processing fees. We do not record segment margin for our investments in unconsolidated affiliates (HPC, MEP, Lone Star and Ranch JV) because we record our ownership percentages of their net income as income from unconsolidated affiliates in accordance with the equity method of accounting. We calculate our Contract Services segment margin as revenues generated from our contract compression and treating operations minus direct costs, primarily repairs, associated with those revenues. We calculate total segment margin as the total of segment margin of our five segments less intersegment eliminations. We define adjusted segment margin as segment margin adjusted for non-cash (gains) losses from commodity derivatives, the 40% of ELG margin attributable to the holder of the noncontrolling interest and our 33.33% portion of Ranch JV margin. Our adjusted total segment margin equals the sum of our operating segments' adjusted segment margins or segment margins, including intersegment eliminations.

Total segment margin and adjusted total segment margin are included as a supplemental disclosure because they are primary performance measures used by management as they represent the results of product purchases and sales, a key component of our operations.

Operation and maintenance expense is a separate measure used by management to evaluate operating performance of field operations. Direct labor, insurance, property taxes, repair and maintenance, utilities and contract services comprise the most significant portion of our operation and maintenance expenses. These expenses are largely independent of the volumes we transport or process but fluctuate depending on the activities performed during a specific period. We do not deduct operation and maintenance expenses from total revenue in calculating total segment margin and adjusted total segment margin because we separately evaluate commodity volume and price changes in these margin amounts.

As an indicator of our operating performance, total segment margin or adjusted total segment margin should not be considered an alternative to, or more meaningful than, net income as determined in accordance with GAAP. Our total segment margin and adjusted total segment margin may not be comparable to a similarly titled measure of another company because other entities may not calculate these measures in the same manner.

FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION AND OTHER DISCLAIMERS

This release includes "forward-looking" statements. Forward-looking statements are identified as any statement that does not relate strictly to historical or current facts. Statements using words such as "anticipate," "believe," "intend," "project," "plan," "expect," "continue," "estimate," "goal," "forecast," "may" or similar expressions help identify forward-looking statements. Although we believe our forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions and current expectations and projections about future events, we cannot give any assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. Forward-looking statements are subject to a variety of risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Additional risks include: volatility in the price of oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids, declines in the credit markets and the availability of credit for the Partnership as well as for producers connected to the Partnership's system and its customers, the level of creditworthiness of, and performance by the Partnership's counterparties and customers, the Partnership's ability to access capital to fund organic growth projects and acquisitions, and the Partnership's ability to obtain debt and equity financing on satisfactory terms, the Partnership's use of derivative financial instruments to hedge commodity and interest rate risks, the amount of collateral required to be posted from time-to-time in the Partnership's transactions, changes in commodity prices, interest rates, and demand for the Partnership's services, changes in laws and regulations impacting the midstream sector of the natural gas industry, weather and other natural phenomena, industry changes including the impact of consolidations and changes in competition, the Partnership's ability to obtain required approvals for construction or modernization of the Partnership's facilities and the timing of production from such facilities, and the effect of accounting pronouncements issued periodically by accounting standard setting boards. Therefore, actual results and outcomes may differ materially from those expressed in such forward-looking statements.

These and other risks and uncertainties are discussed in more detail in filings made by the Partnership with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which are available to the public. The Partnership undertakes no obligation to update publicly or to revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Regency Energy Partners LP (NYSE: RGP) is a growth-oriented, master limited partnership engaged in the gathering and processing, contract compression, contract treating and transportation of natural gas and the transportation, fractionation and storage of natural gas liquids. Regency's general partner is owned by Energy Transfer Equity, L.P. (NYSE: ETE). For more information, please visit Regency's website at www.regencyenergy.com.

     
 

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

 
Regency Energy Partners LP
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
($ in millions)
 
 

March 31, 2013

December 31, 2012
Assets
Current assets $ 228 $ 237
 
Property, plant and equipments, net 2,285 2,162
 
Investment in unconsolidated affiliates 2,226 2,214
Long-term derivative assets 1 1
Other assets, net 39 41
Intangible assets, net 704 712
Goodwill   790   790
Total Assets $ 6,273 $ 6,157
 
Liabilities and Partners' Capital and Noncontrolling Interest
Current liabilities $ 289 $ 287
 
Long-term derivative liabilities 39 25
Other long-term liabilities 3 5
Long-term debt 2,336 2,157
 
Series A Preferred Units 73 73
 
Partners' capital 3,445 3,533
Noncontrolling interest   88   77
Total Partners' Capital and Noncontrolling Interest   3,533   3,610
Total Liabilities and Partners' Capital and Noncontrolling Interest $ 6,273 $ 6,157
     
 

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

 
Regency Energy Partners LP
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
($ in millions)
 
Three Months Ended March 31,
2013 2012
 
REVENUES $ 349 $ 358
 
OPERATING COSTS AND EXPENSES
Cost of sales, including related party amounts 229 240
Operation and maintenance 45 41
General and administrative, including related party amounts 17 16
Loss on asset sales, net 1 -
Depreciation and amortization   48     51  
Total operating costs and expenses 340 348
 
OPERATING INCOME 9 10
 
Income from unconsolidated affiliates 35 32
Interest expense, net (37 ) (30 )
Other income and deductions, net   (14 )   17  
(LOSS) INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES (7 ) 29
Income tax expense (benefit)   (2 )   -  
(LOSS) NET INCOME $ (5 ) $ 29
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest   -     -  
NET (LOSS) INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO REGENCY ENERGY PARTNERS LP $ (5 ) $ 29  
 
Limited partners' interest in net (loss) income $ (9 ) $ 23
Weighted average number of common units outstanding 170,952,804 158,690,035
Basic income per common unit $ (0.06 ) $ 0.15
Diluted income per common unit $ (0.06 ) $ 0.14
     
 

Segment Financial and Operating Data

 
Three Months Ended March 31,
2013 2012
($ in millions)
Gathering and Processing Segment
Financial data:
Segment margin $ 71 $ 71
Adjusted segment margin 74 68
Operating data:
Throughput (MMbtu/d) 1,516,783 1,366,238
NGL gross production (Bbls/d) 43,042 37,714
 
Three Months Ended March 31,
2013 2012
($ in millions)
Contract Services
Financial data:
Segment margin $ 47 $ 47
Operating data:
Revenue generating horsepower, including intercompany revenue generating horsepower 891,092 843,007
 
Three Months Ended March 31,
2013 2012
($ in millions)
Corporate Segment
Financial data:
Segment margin $ 5 $ 4
 
 

The following provides key performance measures for 100% of the Haynesville Joint Venture, the MEP Joint Venture, the Lone Star Joint Venture and the Ranch Joint Venture


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    Three Months Ended March 31,
2013   2012
($ in millions)
Haynesville Joint Venture
Financial data:
Adjusted EBITDA $ 29 $ 32
Operating data:
Throughput (MMbtu/d) 714,114 941,139
 
Three Months Ended March 31,
2013 2012
($ in millions)
MEP Joint Venture
Financial data:
Adjusted EBITDA $ 51 $ 52
Operating data:
Throughput (MMbtu/d) 1,463,347 1,429,103
 
Three Months Ended March 31,
2013 2012
($ in millions)
Lone Star Joint Venture
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