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MarkWest Energy Partners Reports Fourth Quarter And Full Year Financial Results

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 $127.2 million for the three months ended December 31, 2013, and $483.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2013. DCF for the three months and year ended December 31, 2013 represents distribution coverage of 94 percent and 99 percent, respectively. The fourth quarter distribution of $135.9 million, or $0.86 per common unit, was paid to unitholders on February 14, 2014. The fourth quarter 2013 distribution represents an increase of $0.01 per common unit or 1.2 percent over the third quarter 2013 distribution and an increase of $0.04 per common unit or 4.9 percent compared to the fourth quarter 2012 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 of $155.5 million for the three months ended December 31, 2013 and $606.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2013, as compared to $138.0 million and $528.5 million for the three months and year ended December 31, 2012. 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 months and year ended December 31, 2013, of $(3.8) million and $53.1 million, respectively. (Loss) income before provision for income tax includes non-cash loss associated with the change in fair value of derivative instruments of $14.4 million and $15.6 million for the respective three months and year ended December 31, 2013, a gain of $0.8 million and $39.7 million related to the divestiture of gathering assets in the Marcellus Shale for the respective three months and year ended December 31, 2013, and a loss associated with the redemption of debt of $38.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2013. Excluding these items, income before provision for income tax for the three months and year ended December 31, 2013 would have been $9.8 million and $67.5 million, respectively.

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