Distributable cash flow . The Partnership’s distributable cash flow is a useful non-GAAP measure of liquidity that approximates the amount of cash that Duncan Energy Partners could pay its partners each period. We define the Partnership’s distributable cash flow as the sum of its share of the distributable cash flow of each of the DEP I and DEP II Midstream Businesses, less any standalone expenses of the Partnership such as interest expense and general and administrative costs (net of non-cash items).
In general, we define the distributable cash flow of our operating subsidiaries as their net income or loss adjusted for:
- the addition of depreciation, amortization and accretion expense;
- the addition of cash distributions received from Evangeline, less equity earnings;
- the subtraction of sustaining capital expenditures and cash payments to settle asset retirement obligations;
- the addition of losses or subtraction of gains relating to asset sales and related transactions;
- the addition of cash proceeds from asset sales and related transactions;
- the addition of losses or subtraction of gains from the monetization of derivative instruments recorded in accumulated other comprehensive income (loss), if any, less related amortization of such amounts to earnings; and
- the addition or subtraction of other miscellaneous non-cash amounts (as applicable) that affect net income or loss for the period.
Sustaining capital expenditures are capital expenditures (as defined by GAAP) resulting from improvements to and major renewals of existing assets. Such expenditures do not generate additional revenues.
Management compares our distributable cash flow to the cash distributions we expect to pay our partners. Using this data, management computes our distribution coverage ratio. Distributable cash flow is also a quantitative standard used by the investment community with respect to publicly traded partnerships because the value of a partnership unit is in part measured by its yield, which is based on the amount of cash distributions a partnership pays to a unitholder. The GAAP measure most directly comparable to distributable cash flow is net cash flows provided by operating activities.