Holly Energy Partners, L.P. (“HEP” or the “Partnership”) (NYSE: HEP) today reported financial results for the third quarter of 2012. For the quarter, distributable cash flow was $40.4 million, up $14.7 million, or 57% compared to the third quarter of 2011. Based on these results, HEP announced its 32nd consecutive distribution increase on October 26, 2012, raising the quarterly distribution from $0.91 to $0.925, representing a 6% increase over the distribution for the third quarter of 2011.
Net income attributable to Holly Energy Partners for the third quarter was $24.5 million ($0.68 per basic and diluted limited partner unit) compared to $16.7 million ($0.58 per basic and diluted limited partner unit) for the third quarter of 2011. This increase in earnings is due principally to increased pipeline shipments, earnings attributable to our November 2011 asset acquisition and annual tariff increases. These factors were offset partially by increased operating costs and expenses and higher interest expense.
Commenting on the third quarter of 2012, Matt Clifton, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer stated, “We are extremely pleased with our financial results, particularly with the record levels of our distributable cash flow and EBITDA. EBITDA for the third quarter was $49.8 million, an increase of $16.5 million, or 50%, over last year’s third quarter."
“Increased domestic oil production has positively impacted the gross margins of the refineries we serve throughout our Midcontinent, Rocky Mountain and Southwest asset base. This has given our refinery shippers strong incentives to increase their production levels, which has correspondingly raised our pipeline and terminal utilization rates. Additionally, increased oil drilling activity near our crude oil gathering pipelines in Southeast New Mexico has continued to raise the amount of oil we gather and transport on our New Mexico crude oil pipeline assets. These positive industry fundamentals have increased the financial contribution from our heritage assets while our tankage and terminals acquisition in November 2011 and our UNEV pipeline acquisition in July 2012 further fueled significant additions to our year over year growth in distributable cash flow,” Clifton said.