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Boardwalk Announces Third Quarter 2016 Results And Quarterly Distribution Of $0.10 Per Unit
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HOUSTON, Oct. 31, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, LP, (NYSE:BWP) announced today that it has declared a quarterly cash distribution per common unit of $0.10 ($0.40 annualized) payable on November 17, 2016, to unitholders of record as of November 10, 2016.

The Partnership also announced its results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2016, which included the following items:

  • Operating revenues of $303.3 million for the quarter and $954.6 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2016, a 3% increase from $294.1 million and $922.4 million in the comparable 2015 periods. Operating revenues, less fuel and transportation expense, were $284.2 million for the quarter and $903.6 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2016, a 6% increase and a 7% increase from $269.0 million and $844.4 million in the comparable 2015 periods.
  • Net income of $47.3 million for the quarter and $214.0 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2016, a 23% increase and a 37% increase from $38.3 million and $156.4 million in the comparable 2015 periods;
  • Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) of $176.2 million for the quarter and $589.2 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2016, a 9% increase and an 11% increase from $161.2 million and  $533.1 million in the comparable 2015 periods; and
  • Distributable cash flow of $90.0 million for the quarter and $379.0 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2016, an 8% increase and a 23% increase from $83.6 million and $308.2 million in the comparable 2015 periods.

Compared with the third quarter of 2015, the Partnership's operating revenues were favorably impacted by recently completed growth projects and an increase in the Partnership's parking and lending and storage services from improved market conditions.

For the nine-month period, the Partnership's operating revenues, net income and EBITDA were positively impacted by the items discussed above, as well as the Gulf South rate case and the return to service in mid-2015 of the  Evangeline pipeline system.

Capital Program
Growth capital expenditures were $350.3 million and maintenance capital expenditures were $82.1 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2016.

Conference Call
The Partnership has scheduled a conference call for October 31, 2016, at 9:30 a.m. Eastern time to review the quarterly results, current market conditions and distribution amount. The earnings webcast may be accessed via the Boardwalk website at www.bwpmlp.com. Please access the website at least 10 minutes before the event begins to register and download and install any necessary audio software. Those interested in participating in the question and answer session of the conference call should dial (855) 793-3255 for callers in the U.S. or (631) 485-4925 for callers outside the U.S. The Conference ID to access the call is 90369196.

Replay
An online replay will be available on the Boardwalk website immediately following the call.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures - EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow
The Partnership uses non-GAAP measures to evaluate its business and performance, including EBITDA and distributable cash flow. EBITDA is used as a supplemental financial measure by management and by external users of the Partnership's financial statements, such as investors, commercial banks, research analysts and rating agencies, to assess the Partnership's operating and financial performance, ability to generate cash and return on invested capital as compared to those of other companies in the midstream portion of the natural gas and natural gas liquids industry. Distributable cash flow is used as a supplemental financial measure by management and by external users of the Partnership's financial statements to assess the Partnership's ability to make cash distributions to its unitholders and general partner.

EBITDA and distributable cash flow should not be considered alternatives to net income, operating income, cash flow from operating activities or any other measure of financial performance or liquidity presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). EBITDA and distributable cash flow are not necessarily comparable to similarly titled measures of another company.

Tax Notification
This release is intended to be a qualified notice under Treasury Regulation Section 1.1446-4(b). Brokers and nominees should treat 100% of Boardwalk's distributions to foreign investors as being attributable to income that is effectively connected with a United States trade or business. Accordingly, Boardwalk's distributions to foreign investors are subject to federal income tax withholding at the highest applicable tax rate.

About Boardwalk
Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, LP (NYSE: BWP) is a midstream master limited partnership that transports and stores natural gas and liquids for its customers. Additional information about the Partnership can be found on its website at www.bwpmlp.com.

 

BOARDWALK PIPELINE PARTNERS, LP
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(Millions, except per unit amounts)
 (Unaudited)






For the
Three Months Ended
September 30,


For the
Nine Months Ended
September 30,


2016


2015


2016


2015

Operating Revenues:












Transportation

$

259.6



$

255.6



$

835.3



$

802.1

Parking and lending


4.9




2.3




13.4




7.9

Storage


23.4




20.4




68.0




60.6

Other


15.4




15.8




37.9




51.8

Total operating revenues


303.3




294.1




954.6




922.4

Operating Costs and Expenses:












Fuel and transportation


19.1




25.1




51.0




78.0

Operation and maintenance


52.1




54.0




143.8




148.7

Administrative and general


34.4




31.7




104.6




94.1

Depreciation and amortization


80.6




79.8




238.7




242.4

Asset impairment











0.1

Net gain on sale of operating assets


(0.1)




(0.1)




(0.1)




(0.2)

Taxes other than income taxes


23.5




22.9




72.0




69.9

Total operating costs and expenses


209.6




213.4




610.0




633.0

Operating income


93.7




80.7




344.6




289.4

Other Deductions (Income):












Interest expense


48.4




43.1




136.4




134.2

Interest income


(0.1)




(0.1)




(0.3)




(0.3)

Miscellaneous other income, net


(1.9)




(0.7)




(5.9)




(1.3)

Total other deductions


46.4




42.3




130.2




132.6

Income before income taxes


47.3




38.4




214.4




156.8

Income taxes





0.1




0.4




0.4

Net Income

$

47.3



$

38.3



$

214.0



$

156.4

Net Income per Unit:












Net income per common unit

$

0.19



$

0.15



$

0.84



$

0.62

Weighted-average number of common units outstanding


250.3




250.3




250.3




248.3

Cash distribution declared and paid to common units

$

0.10



$

0.10



$

0.30



$

0.30

 

The following table presents a reconciliation of the Partnership's EBITDA and distributable cash flow to its net income, the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure, for each of the periods presented (in millions):


For the
Three Months Ended
September 30,


For the
Nine Months Ended
September 30,


2016


2015


2016


2015

Net Income

$

47.3



$

38.3



$

214.0



$

156.4

Income taxes



0.1



0.4



0.4

Depreciation and amortization

80.6



79.8



238.7



242.4

Interest expense

48.4



43.1



136.4



134.2

Interest income

(0.1)



(0.1)



(0.3)



(0.3)

 EBITDA

176.2



161.2



589.2



533.1

Less:











Cash paid for interest, net of capitalized interest

43.6



46.1



122.3



137.5

Maintenance capital expenditures

40.7



37.1



82.1



92.5

Add:











Proceeds from legal settlement



6.2





6.2

Other (1)

(1.9)



(0.6)



(5.8)



(1.1)

Distributable Cash Flow

$

90.0



$

83.6



$

379.0



$

308.2


(1)   Includes other non-cash items, such as the equity component of allowance for funds used during construction.

 

BOARDWALK PIPELINE PARTNERS, LP
NET INCOME PER UNIT RECONCILIATION
(Unaudited)

The following table provides a reconciliation of net income and the assumed allocation of net income to the common units for purposes of computing net income per unit for the three months ended September 30, 2016, (in millions, except per unit data):   


Total


Common

Units


General
Partner

and IDRs

Net income

$

47.3










Declared distribution


25.5



$

25.0



$

0.5


Assumed allocation of undistributed net income


21.8




21.4




0.4


Assumed allocation of net income attributable to limited partner unitholders and general partner

$

47.3



$

46.4



$

0.9


Weighted-average units outstanding






250.3






Net income per unit





$

0.19






 

The following table provides a reconciliation of net income and the assumed allocation of net income to the common units for purposes of computing net income per unit for the three months ended September 30, 2015, (in millions, except per unit data):



Total


Common

Units


General

Partner

and IDRs

Net income

$

38.3










Declared distribution


25.5



$

25.0



$

0.5


Assumed allocation of undistributed net income


12.8




12.5




0.3


Assumed allocation of net income attributable to limited partner unitholders and general partner

$

38.3



$

37.5



$

0.8


Weighted-average units outstanding






250.3






Net income per unit





$

0.15






 

The following table provides a reconciliation of net income and the assumed allocation of net income to the common units for purposes of computing net income per unit for the nine months ended September 30, 2016, (in millions, except per unit data):   


Total


Common

Units


General

Partner

and IDRs

Net income

$

214.0










Declared distribution


76.6



$

75.1



$

1.5


Assumed allocation of undistributed net income


137.4




134.7




2.7


Assumed allocation of net income attributable to limited partner unitholders and general partner

$

214.0



$

209.8



$

4.2


Weighted-average units outstanding






250.3






Net income per unit





$

0.84






 

The following table provides a reconciliation of net income and the assumed allocation of net income to the common units for purposes of computing net income per unit for the nine months ended September 30, 2015, (in millions, except per unit data):


Total


Common

Units


General

Partner

and IDRs

Net income

$

156.4










Declared distribution


76.6



$

75.1



$

1.5


Assumed allocation of undistributed net income


79.8




78.2




1.6


Assumed allocation of net income attributable to limited partner unitholders and general partner

$

156.4



$

153.3



$

3.1


Weighted-average units outstanding






248.3






Net income per unit





$

0.62






 

INVESTOR CONTACTS:
Molly Ladd Whitaker, 866-913-2122
Director of Investor Relations and Corporate Communications
ir@bwpmlp.com

or

Jamie Buskill, 713-479-8082
Senior VP, Chief Financial and Administrative Officer and Treasurer

 

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