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Energy Transfer Partners Reports Third Quarter Results

Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. (NYSE:ETP) today reported its financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2012.

Adjusted EBITDA for Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. ("ETP" or the "Partnership") for the three months ended September 30, 2012 totaled $481.7 million, an increase of $77.5 million over the three months ended September 30, 2011. Distributable Cash Flow for the three months ended September 30, 2012 totaled $339.5 million, an increase of $73.4 million over the three months ended September 30, 2011. Income from continuing operations for the three months ended September 30, 2012 was $193.4 million, an increase of $115.8 million over the three months ended September 30, 2011. Net income for the three months ended September 30, 2012 totaled $46.2 million, a decrease of $29.8 million from the three months ended September 30, 2011.

Adjusted EBITDA for ETP for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 totaled $1.48 billion, an increase of $220.5 million over the nine months ended September 30, 2011. Distributable Cash Flow for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 totaled $935.2 million, an increase of $108.7 million from the nine months ended September 30, 2011. Income from continuing operations for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 was $1.45 billion, an increase of $961.8 million over the nine months ended September 30, 2011. Net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 totaled $1.30 billion, an increase of $816.2 million over the nine months ended September 30, 2011.

As of and during the nine months ended September 30, 2012, ETP's financial position and operating results were impacted by the following transactions:

  • Citrus Dropdown. ETP acquired a 50% interest in Citrus Corp. (“Citrus”) in exchange for approximately $1.9 billion in cash and $105.0 million of ETP common units. Citrus was reflected as an equity method investment in ETP's consolidated financial statements from the date of acquisition, March 26, 2012. In connection with this transaction, ETE also relinquished its rights to $220.0 million of the incentive distributions from ETP that it would otherwise be entitled to receive over 16 consecutive quarters.
  • Propane Contribution. On January 12, 2012, ETP completed the contribution of its retail propane operations to AmeriGas Partners, L.P. (“AmeriGas”) in exchange for approximately $2.7 billion, consisting of cash and AmeriGas common units (the "Propane Contribution"), which resulted in the recognition of a $1.1 billion gain on deconsolidation in ETP's consolidated financial statements during the nine months ended September 30, 2012, and ETP's consolidated financial statements now reflect ETP's equity method investment in AmeriGas.
  • Tender Offer. ETP used the cash proceeds from the Propane Contribution discussed above to repay borrowings under its existing revolving credit facility and to extinguish approximately $750.0 million of senior notes outstanding through a tender offer. As a result of the tender offer, a loss on extinguishment of debt of $115.0 million was recorded during the three months ended March 31, 2012.
  • Discontinued Operations. In October 2012, we sold ETC Canyon Pipeline, LLC (“Canyon”) for approximately $207 million. For the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012, the results of continuing operations of Canyon have been reclassified to loss from discontinued operations and the prior year amounts have been restated to present Canyon's operations as discontinued operations. Canyon's assets and liabilities have been reclassified and reported as assets and liabilities held for sale as of September 30, 2012, and a $145 million non-cash write-down of the carrying amounts of the Canyon assets to net recoverable value was recorded during the three months ended September 30, 2012.

An analysis of the Partnership's segment results and other supplementary data is provided after the financial tables shown below. The Partnership has scheduled a conference call for 8:30 a.m. Central Time, Thursday November 8, 2012 to discuss the third quarter 2012 results. The conference call will be broadcast live via an internet web cast which can be accessed through www.energytransfer.com and will also be available for replay on the Partnership's website for a limited time.

Adjusted EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow are non-GAAP financial measures used by industry analysts, investors, lenders, and rating agencies to assess the financial performance and the operating results of the Partnership's fundamental business activities and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for net income, income from operations, cash flows from operating activities, or other GAAP measures. A table reconciling Adjusted EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow with appropriate GAAP financial measures is included in the summarized financial information included in this release.

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