DCP Midstream Partners, LP (DPM)

Q2 2010 Earnings Call Transcript

August 5, 2010 9:00 am ET

Executives

Mike Richards – VP and General Counsel

Mark Borer – President and CEO

Angela Minas – VP and CFO

Analysts

Michael Blum – Wells Fargo

Gabe Moreen – Bank of America

Yves Siegel – Credit Suisse

Presentation

Operator

Good morning and welcome to the DCP Midstream Partners second quarter of 2010 earnings conference call. All participants will be in listen-only mode. (Operator Instructions). I would now like to turn the conference over to Mike Richards, Vice President and General Counsel. Please go ahead, sir.

Mike Richards

Thank you, Andrea. Good morning and welcome to the DCP Midstream Partners second quarter 2010 earnings release conference call. As always, we want to thank you for your interest in the partnership. Today, you will hear from Mark Borer, President and Chief Executive Officer and Angela Minas, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

Before turning it over to Mark, I will mention a couple of items. First, all of the slides we will be talking from today are available on our website at www.dcppartners.com in PDF format. You may access them by clicking on the investor page and then the webcast icon.

Next, I would like to remind you that our discussion today may contain forward looking statements. Actual respects may differ due to certain risk factors that affect our business. Please review the second slide in the deck that describes our use of forward-looking statement and lists some of the risk factors that may affect actual results. For complete listing of the risk factors that may impact our business results, please review our form 10-K for the year-ended December 31, 2009 as filed with the SEC on March 11, 2010 and updated through our subsequent SEC filings.

In addition, during our discussion, we will use various non-GAAP measures, including distributable cash flow, adjusted EBIDTA and adjusted segment EBIDTA. These measures are reconciled to the nearest GAAP measure and schedules provided on our website. We ask that you review that information as well. And now, I will turn it over to Mark Borer.

Mark Borer

Thanks Mike. Good morning everyone and thanks for joining us today for discussion of our second quarter results. As you saw in our press release last evening, we reported second quarter results which were in line with our 2010 DCF forecast. In addition to meeting our financial goals, we have been diligently executing our growth opportunities and related business objective which we will also discuss today.

On slide three, you will see our agenda for this morning. I will begin with some highlights of the quarter. I will then provide an operational update including execution of growth opportunities across all three of our business segments. Angela will follow with the financial overview of the quarter.

We will close with our outlook and summary. We are pleased with the progress we have made thus far this year. We’re optimistic about the future and believe we are favorably positioned to continue executing our growth strategy as we move through 2010 and beyond.

Turning to slide four, let's discuss some highlights for the quarter. Second quarter financial results are on track to achieve our 2010 DCF forecast. We generated distributable cash flow of $24.9 million for the quarter and $56.6 million year-to-date providing a distribution coverage ratio of 1.14 times year-to-date and 1.2 times over the trailing four quarters.

In our year-end earnings call, we reintroduced the resumption of distribution growth as a 2010 objective. We declared a cash distribution of $0.61 per unit for the second quarter which is a 1.7% increase.

The increase in our distribution speaks to our solid and sustainable business results as well as our recent execution on growth opportunities. We are pleased to now have delivered on that important 2010 objective.

Improvements in the business environment along with opportunities in the market have enabled us to continue to execute on our growth objective through a series of fee-based acquisitions and capital projects around our existing footprint. Last week, we closed on an acquisition which expanded our existing wholesale propane business into the mid-Atlantic region through the addition of a marine import terminal and storage facility in Chesapeake, Virginia.

We also acquired this past week the remaining 55% interest in our Black Lake fee based NGL pipeline. The junction of our general partner, DCP Midstream, we announced in May, plans to create an NGL joint venture with EQT Corporation in the Appalachian Basin. Under the letter of intent, EQT and the DCP enterprise would pursue gas processing and related NGL infrastructure opportunities in the Marcellus and Huron shale areas.

I will discuss more of the details around each of these exciting growth opportunities as I go through the segments. 2010 is an integration year for the November 2009 Michigan acquisition as well as our January 2010 Wattenberg pipeline acquisition. Both projects are progressing on plan and we will drive incremental cash flows in 2011.

The key element of our growth strategy is our financial positioning. On that front, we have continued to execute on our financial objectives, having received our second investment grade rating from Fitch in May. In summary, we are progressing well in terms of delivering on our 2010 business plan commitments.

Turning to slide five, I will provide a brief operational update starting first with our natural gas services segment. As is the case again this quarter, we view our diverse geographic footprint as a strong positive as it provides us with access to multiple resource place, contract types and customers.

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