Subsequent to the end of the quarter, we facilitated the orderly exit of several large unitholders. I believe the important message in those transactions is that our largest unitholders and management actually significantly increased their ownership in the partnership.
As we look forward to the fourth quarter and into 2013, we would expect to see continuing sequential quarterly growth as we will benefit from the end to the extended maintenance at several offshore fields dedicated to our pipeline transportation segment, the return of development drilling at those dedicated fields, the contribution from our previously announced projects at Walnut Hill, in Texas City, and Natchez, as well as the continuing integration of our substantially expanded asset footprint, service capabilities and customer relationships. Consequently, we believe we are well positioned to achieve our goals of continuing to deliver double-digit growth in distributions, increasing our coverage ratio and maintaining a better than investment grade leverage ratio, all without ever losing sight of our commitment to safe, reliable and responsible operations.”
Available Cash before Reserves (a non-GAAP measure) increased to $45.9 million in the third quarter of 2012 as compared to $37 million for the same period in 2011. The primary components impacting Available Cash before Reserves are Segment Margin, corporate general and administrative expenses (excluding non-cash charges), interest expense and maintenance capital expenditures. Variances from the third quarter of 2011 in these components are explained as follows:Segment Margin Segment Margin is defined and reconciled later in this press release to income before income taxes. During the third quarter of 2012 (or “2012 Quarter”), Segment Margin increased $13 million over the third quarter of 2011 (or “2011 Quarter”) primarily reflecting the impact of acquisitions and higher volumes in our pipeline transportation and supply and logistics segments. Segment results for the third quarters of 2012 and 2011 were as follows:
|Three Months EndedSeptember 30,|
|Supply and logistics||23,651||18,909|
|Total Segment Margin (1)||$||65,929||$||52,931|