Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. (NYSE: ETP) today reported its financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2014. Adjusted EBITDA for Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. (“ETP”) for the three months ended March 31, 2014 totaled $1.21 billion, an increase of $250 million over the same period last year. Distributable Cash Flow attributable to the partners of ETP for the three months ended March 31, 2014 totaled $629 million, an increase of $253 million over the same period last year. Income from continuing operations for the three months ended March 31, 2014 was $467 million, an increase of $65 million over the same period last year. Results for the first quarter of 2014 were favorably impacted by continued growth expansion of our asset platform, an increase in customer demand and an increase in commodity prices.
For the quarter ended March 31, 2014, ETP’s distribution coverage ratio was 1.36x, which represents a significant increase in distribution coverage over recent periods. In April, ETP announced that its Board of Directors approved an increase in its quarterly distribution to $0.935 per unit ($3.74 annualized) on ETP Common Units for the quarter ended March 31, 2014, representing an increase of $0.06 per Common Unit on an annualized basis compared to the fourth quarter of 2013.
ETP’s other key accomplishments to date in 2014 include the following:
- In January 2014, ETP sold 9.2 million AmeriGas Partners, L.P. (“AmeriGas”) common units for net proceeds of $381 million.
- In February 2014, ETP redeemed 18.7 million ETP Common Units in connection with the transfer to Energy Transfer Equity, L.P. (“ETE”) of Trunkline LNG Company, LLC (“Trunkline LNG”), the entity that owns a LNG regasification facility in Lake Charles, Louisiana (the “Trunkline LNG Transaction”).
- On April 27, 2014, ETP entered into a definitive merger agreement whereby ETP plans to acquire Susser Holdings Corporation in a unit and cash transaction for total consideration valued at approximately $1.8 billion.
- Trunkline LNG Export, LLC, an entity owned jointly by ETP and ETE, and Trunkline LNG filed an application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”), seeking authorization for the proposed new liquefaction facilities and modifications to Trunkline LNG’s existing terminal to facilitate the storage and subsequent export of LNG (the “Liquefaction Project”). In addition, Trunkline Gas Company, LLC, a subsidiary of ETP, filed a certificate application with the FERC for the modification and expansion of the Trunkline Gas Pipeline to accommodate volumes of inlet gas contracted for by BG Group in conjunction with the Liquefaction Project. The FERC filings represent the culmination of significant front-end engineering design efforts for the Liquefaction Project and pre-filing consultations with the FERC and other federal, state and local agencies that have been underway since mid-2012. Approval of these applications is requested from the FERC by April 1, 2015.
An analysis of ETP’s segment results and other supplementary data is provided after the financial tables shown below. ETP has scheduled a conference call for 8:30 a.m. Central Time, Wednesday, May 7, 2014 to discuss the first quarter 2014 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 ETP’s web site for a limited time.Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. (NYSE: ETP) is a master limited partnership owning and operating one of the largest and most diversified portfolios of energy assets in the United States. ETP currently owns and operates approximately 35,000 miles of natural gas and natural gas liquids pipelines. ETP owns 100% of Panhandle Eastern Pipe Line Company, LP (the successor of Southern Union Company) and Sunoco, Inc., and a 70% interest in Lone Star NGL LLC, a joint venture that owns and operates natural gas liquids storage, fractionation and transportation assets. ETP also owns the general partner, 100% of the incentive distribution rights, and approximately 33.5 million common units in Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. (NYSE: SXL), which operates a geographically diverse portfolio of crude oil and refined products pipelines, terminalling and crude oil acquisition and marketing assets. ETP’s general partner is owned by ETE. For more information, visit the Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. web site at www.energytransfer.com. Energy Transfer Equity, L.P. (NYSE: ETE) is a master limited partnership which owns the general partner and 100% of the incentive distribution rights (IDRs) of Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. (NYSE: ETP), approximately 30.8 million ETP common units, and approximately 50.2 million ETP Class H Units, which track 50% of the underlying economics of the general partner interest and the IDRs of Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. (NYSE: SXL). ETE also owns the general partner and 100% of the IDRs of Regency Energy Partners LP (NYSE: RGP) and approximately 26.3 million RGP common units. The Energy Transfer family of companies owns more than 61,000 miles of natural gas, natural gas liquids, refined products, and crude oil pipelines. For more information, visit the Energy Transfer Equity, L.P. web site at www.energytransfer.com. Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. (NYSE: SXL), headquartered in Philadelphia, is a master limited partnership that owns and operates a logistics business consisting of a geographically diverse portfolio of complementary crude oil and refined product pipeline, terminalling, and acquisition and marketing assets. SXL’s general partner is owned by Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. (NYSE: ETP). For more information, visit the Sunoco Logistics Partners, L.P. web site at www.sunocologistics.com. Forward-Looking Statements This press release may include certain statements concerning expectations for the future that are forward-looking statements as defined by federal law. Such forward-looking statements are subject to a variety of known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond management’s control. An extensive list of factors that can affect future results are discussed in the Partnerships’ Annual Reports on Form 10-K and other documents filed from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Partnerships undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement to reflect new information or events.