Holly Energy Partners, L.P. (“HEP” or the “Partnership”) (NYSE:HEP) today reported financial results for the third quarter of 2013. For the quarter, distributable cash flow was $43.9 million, up $3.4 million, or 8% compared to the third quarter of 2012. HEP announced its 36th consecutive distribution increase on October 25, 2013, raising the quarterly distribution from $0.4850 to $0.4925 per unit, representing a 6% increase over the distribution for the third quarter of 2012.
Net income for the second quarter was $23.1 million compared to $23.8 million for the third quarter of 2012. The decrease in net income is due principally to increased depreciation resulting from asset abandonment charges for tankage permanently removed from service, partially offset by increased revenues and a payroll related tax refund. Though accounting rules require us to write down tank assets that are replaced or taken out of service, HEP’s cash flow is not affected since minimum commitments do not change and costs to construct the replacement tanks are, in certain cases, reimbursed per the terms of our contracts with HollyFrontier Corporation ("HFC"). Net income attributable to Holly Energy Partners for the third quarter was $21.9 million ($0.25 per basic and diluted limited partner unit) compared to $23.3 million ($0.32 per basic and diluted limited partner unit) for the third quarter of 2012. The additional decrease in net income attributable to Holly Energy Partners is due principally to allocations of income to noncontrolling interests.
Commenting on the third quarter of 2013, Matt Clifton, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “We are pleased that financial results for the third quarter of 2013 allowed us to continue our record of raising our quarterly distribution in all quarters since our initial public offering nine years ago. Our previously announced New Mexico crude gathering expansion project will be completed in phases starting this fall. We expect this project will begin contributing to our results during the first quarter of 2014.