MarkWest Energy Partners, L.P. (NYSE: MWE) (the Partnership) today reported quarterly cash available for distribution to common unitholders, or distributable cash flow (DCF), of $104.3 million for the three months ended September 30, 2012, and $304.6 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2012. Distributable cash flow for the three months ended September 30, 2012, represents distribution coverage of 109 percent. The third quarter distribution of $95.3 million, or $0.81 per common unit, will be paid to unitholders on November 14, 2012. The third quarter 2012 distribution represents an increase of $0.01 per common unit, or 1.3 percent, over the second quarter 2012 distribution and an increase of $0.08 per common unit, or 11.0 percent, over the third quarter 2011 distribution. As a Master Limited Partnership, cash distributions to common unitholders are largely determined based on DCF. A reconciliation of DCF to net income, the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure, is provided within the financial tables of this press release.
The Partnership reported Adjusted EBITDA for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012, of $108.2 million and $371.7 million, respectively, as compared to $107.0 million and $323.2 million for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2011. The Partnership believes the presentation of Adjusted EBITDA provides useful information because it is commonly used by investors in Master Limited Partnerships to assess financial performance and operating results of ongoing business operations. A reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to net income, the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure, is provided within the financial tables of this press release.
The Partnership reported (loss) income before provision for income tax for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012, of $(22.2) million and $230.3 million, respectively. (Loss) income before provision for income tax includes non-cash (loss) gain associated with the change in mark-to-market of derivative instruments of $(43.7) million and $101.8 million for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012, respectively. Excluding these items, income before provision for income tax for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012, would have been $21.5 million and $128.5 million, respectively.
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