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Energy Transfer Equity Reports Fourth Quarter And Annual Results

Stocks in this article: ETE ETP RGP SXL

Energy Transfer Equity, L.P. (NYSE:ETE) today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2012.

Distributable Cash Flow, as adjusted, for the year ended December 31, 2012 was $668 million as compared to $511 million for the year ended December 31, 2011, an increase of $157 million. ETE's net income attributable to partners was $304 million for the year ended December 31, 2012, as compared to $310 million the year ended December 31, 2011.

Distributable Cash Flow, as adjusted, was $193 million for the three months ended December 31, 2012 as compared to $135 million for the three months ended December 31, 2011, an increase of $58 million. ETE's net income attributable to partners was $49 million for the three months ended December 31, 2012, as compared to $86 million for the three months ended December 31, 2011.

The quarter ended December 31, 2012 included the following significant achievements:

  • Sunoco Merger. On October 5, 2012, Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. ("ETP") completed its merger with Sunoco, Inc. ("Sunoco"). Under the terms of the merger agreement, Sunoco shareholders received 54,971,725 ETP Common Units and a total of approximately $2.6 billion in cash.
  • Holdco Transaction. Immediately following the closing of the Sunoco Merger, ETE contributed its interest in Southern Union Company ("Southern Union") to ETP Holdco Corporation ("Holdco"), an ETP-controlled entity, in exchange for a 60% equity interest in Holdco. In conjunction with ETE's contribution, ETP contributed its interest in Sunoco to Holdco and retained a 40% equity interest in Holdco. Prior to the contribution of Sunoco to Holdco, Sunoco contributed $2.0 billion of cash and its interests in Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. ("Sunoco Logistics") to ETP in exchange for 90,706,000 Class F Units representing limited partner interests in ETP ("Class F Units"). The Class F Units are entitled to 35% of the quarterly cash distribution generated by ETP and its subsidiaries other than Holdco, subject to a maximum cash distribution of $3.75 per Class F Unit per year, which is the current distribution level. Pursuant to a stockholders agreement between ETE and ETP, ETP controls Holdco. Consequently, ETP consolidated Holdco (including Sunoco and Southern Union) in its financial statements subsequent to consummation of the Holdco Transaction. In connection with this transaction, ETE relinquished its rights to $210 million of incentive distributions from ETP that ETE would otherwise be entitled to receive over 12 consecutive quarters.
  • Strategic Asset Sale. In December 2012, Southern Union entered into a purchase and sale agreement pursuant to which subsidiaries of Laclede Gas Company, Inc. have agreed to acquire the assets of Southern Union's Missouri Gas Energy and New England Gas Company divisions. Total consideration is expected to be $1.04 billion, subject to customary closing adjustments, less the assumption of $19 million of debt. For the period from March 26, 2012 to December 31, 2012, the distribution operations have been reclassified to discontinued operations. The assets and liabilities of the disposal group have been reclassified and reported as assets and liabilities held for sale as of December 31, 2012.

The Partnership has scheduled a conference call for 8:30 a.m. Central Time, Thursday, February 21, 2013 to discuss its fourth quarter 2012 results. The conference call will be broadcast live via an internet webcast, which can be accessed through and will also be available for replay on the Partnership's website for a limited time.

The Partnership’s principal sources of cash flow historically have derived from distributions related to its direct and indirect investments in the limited and general partner interests in ETP and Regency Energy Partners LP (“Regency”), including 100% of ETP's and Regency's incentive distribution rights, approximately 50.2 million of ETP's common units and approximately 26.3 million of Regency's common units. Subsequent to October 5, 2012, the Partnership's cash flows derive from its investments in ETP and Regency and its 60% interest in Holdco. The Partnership's primary cash requirements are for general and administrative expenses, debt service requirements and distributions to its partners and holders of its Preferred Units.

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