Plains All American Pipeline, L.P.'s CEO Discusses Q1 2012 Results - Earnings Call Transcript

Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. (PAA)

Q1 2012 Earnings Call

May 08, 2012 11:00 am ET

Executives

Roy I. Lamoreaux - Director of Investor Relations

Greg L. Armstrong - Chairman of Plains All American GP LLC and Chief Executive Officer of Plains All American GP LLC

Harry N. Pefanis - Vice Chairman of PNGS GP LLC

Dean Liollio - President of PNGS GP LLC and Director of PNGS GP LLC

Al Swanson - Chief Financial Officer of Plains All American Gp Llc and Executive Vice President of Plains All American Gp Llc

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Analysts

Darren Horowitz - Raymond James & Associates, Inc., Research Division

Brian J. Zarahn - Barclays Capital, Research Division

Theodore Durbin - Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Research Division

S. Ross Payne - Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, Research Division

John Edwards - Crédit Suisse AG, Research Division

Curt N. Launer - Deutsche Bank AG, Research Division

Selman Akyol - Stifel, Nicolaus & Co., Inc., Research Division

Presentation

Operator

Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by, and welcome to the PAA PNG Earnings Conference Call. [Operator Instructions] As a reminder, today's call is being recorded. Now I'll turn the call over to your host, Roy Lamoreaux. Please go ahead.

Roy I. Lamoreaux

Good morning. My name is Roy Lamoreaux, Director of Investor Relations. We welcome you to Plains All American Pipeline and PAA Natural Gas Storage's First Quarter 2012 Results Conference Call. The slide presentation for today's call is available under the Conference Call tab in the Investor Relations section of our website at www.paalp.com and www.pnglp.com.

I would mention that throughout the call, we will refer to the companies by their New York Stock Exchange ticker symbols of PAA and PNG, respectively. As a reminder, Plains All American owns the 2% general partner interest and all of the incident distribution rights and approximately 62% in the limited partner interest in PNG, which accordingly, is consolidated into PAA's results.

In addition to reviewing recent results, we'll provide forward-looking comments on the partnership's outlook for the future. In order to avail ourselves to the Safe Harbor precepts that encourage companies to provide this type of information, we direct you to the risks and warnings set forth in the partnership's most recent and future filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Today's presentation will also include references to certain non-GAAP financial measures such as EBIT and EBITDA. The non-GAAP reconciliation sections of our websites reconcile certain non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures and provide a table of selected items that impact comparability of the partnership's reported financial information. References to adjusted financial metrics exclude the effect of these selected items. Also for PAA, all references to net income are references to net income attributable to Plains.

Today's call will be chaired by Greg L. Armstrong, Chairman and CEO of PAA and PNG. Also participating in the call are: Harry Pefanis, President and COO of PAA; Dean Liollio, President of PNG; and Al Swanson, Executive Vice President and CFO of PAA and PNG.

In addition to these gentlemen and myself, we have several other members of our management team present and available for the question-and-answer session.

With that, I will turn the call over to Greg.

Greg L. Armstrong

Thanks, Roy. Good morning, and welcome to everyone. PAA delivered very strong first quarter results underpinned by solid fundamental performance and further enhanced by favorable market conditions. Yesterday, after market close, Plains All American announced first quarter adjusted EBITDA of $472 million. These results exceeded the midpoint of our guidance range by $72 million or 18%, and were $52 million above the high end of our guidance range.

In comparison to last year's first quarter, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted net income and adjusted net income per diluted unit for the first quarter of 2012 increased 36%, 58% and 53%, respectively. These results and additional information are summarized on Slide 3.

PAA's first quarter results were driven by solid performance in all 3 segments with Supply and Logistics segment being the largest contributor to the overperformance. As shown on Slide 4, our first quarter results marked the 41st consecutive quarter that PAA has delivered results in line with or above guidance. In April, PAA declared a 7.7% year-over-year increase in our annualized run rate distribution to $4.18 per common unit.

As shown on Slide 5, PAA has increased its distribution in each of the last 11 quarters and 30 out of the last 32 quarters. As reflected on Slide 6, during the remainder of today's call, we will discuss our segment performance relative to guidance, our expansion capital program, our acquisition and integration activities and our financial position. We will also address the drivers and major assumptions supporting our financial and operating guidance for the second quarter of 2012. We will address similar information for PNG.

At the end of the call, I will provide a recap, as well as some comments regarding our outlook for the future. And with that, I'll turn the call over to Harry.

Harry N. Pefanis

Thanks, Greg. During my section of the call, I'll review our first quarter operating results compared to the midpoint of our guidance issued on February 8, discuss the operational assumptions used to generate our second quarter guidance and discuss our 2012 capital program and acquisition activities.

As shown on Slide 7, adjusted segment profit for the Transportation segment was $173 million, which was $25 million above the midpoint of the guidance. Volumes for this segment of 3,170,000 barrels per day were above guidance by approximately 60,000 barrels per day, which combined with our higher pipeline loss allowance volumes accounted for approximately $18 million of the overperformance.

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