ENERGY TRANSFER REPORTS THIRD QUARTER 2018 RESULTS WITH RECORD FINANCIAL AND OPERATIONAL PERFORMANCE
Dallas - November 7, 2018 - Energy Transfer LP (NYSE:ET) (“ET” or the “Partnership”), formerly named Energy Transfer Equity, L.P. and also referred to herein as “ETE,” today reported financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2018.
For the three months ended September 30, 2018, net income attributable to partners was $371 million, up 47 percent with an increase of $119 million compared to the three months ended September 30, 2017. For the three months ended September 30, 2018, net income attributable to partners continues to reflect only the amount of net income attributable to the legacy ETE partners prior to the Merger (discussed below).
Adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended September 30, 2018 was a record $2.58 billion, up more than 30 percent with an increase of $628 million compared to the three months ended September 30, 2017. Results were supported by increases in all of the Partnership’s core operations, with record operating performance in its crude, NGL, interstate and midstream businesses.
a pro forma basis for the Merger (discussed below), Distributable Cash Flow attributable to partners, as adjusted, for the three months ended September 30, 2018 was a record $1.38 billion, up 27 percent with an increase of $296 million compared to the three months ended September 30, 2017. The significant increase was primarily due to the increase in Adjusted EBITDA.
The Partnership’s recent key accomplishments and other developments include the following:
On October 19, 2018, ET and Energy Transfer Operating, L.P. (formerly named Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. and referred to herein as “ETP”) completed a merger transaction (the “Merger”) whereby the publicly held common units of ETP were exchanged for 1.28 common units of ET. Consequently, the former common unitholders of ETP, along with the existing common unitholders of ETE, now comprise the current common unitholders of ET. The financial results of ETP have been included separately as supplemental information in this release.
In October 2018, ET announced a quarterly distribution of $0.305 per unit ($1.220 annualized) on ET common units for the quarter ended September 30, 2018.
In September 2018, the Partnership, along with Magellan Midstream, MPLX and Delek announced it had received sufficient commitments to proceed with plans to construct the Permian Gulf Coast Pipeline (“PGC”), a new 30-inch diameter, 600-mile common carrier pipeline to transport crude oil from the Permian Basin to the Texas Gulf Coast region, including the Partnership’s Nederland, Texas terminal. The project is subject to receipt of customary regulatory and Board approvals.
In August 2018, the Partnership received approval to commence service on the Burgettstown and Majorsville supply laterals which allowed for 100 percent of the long-haul contractual commitments on Rover to begin September 1, 2018, and on November 2, 2018, the Partnership announced that it received approval to commence service on the final laterals needed to complete the Rover pipeline project.
As of September 30, 2018, the Partnership’s $6.50 billion revolving credit facilities had an aggregate $3.66 billion of available capacity, and ETP’s leverage ratio, as defined by its credit agreement, was 3.53x.
The Partnership has scheduled a conference call for 8:00 a.m. Central Time, Thursday, November 8, 2018 to discuss its third quarter 2018 results. The conference call will be broadcast live via an internet webcast, which can be accessed through www.energytransfer.com and will also be available for replay on the Partnership’s website for a limited time.
Prior to the Merger, the Partnership’s principal sources of cash flow were derived from distributions related to its direct and indirect investments in the limited and general partner interests in ETP, including 100% of ETP’s incentive distribution rights, limited and general partner interests in Sunoco LP, the Partnership’s ownership of Lake Charles LNG Company, LLC (“Lake Charles LNG”), and subsequent to the acquisition on April 2, 2018, the Partnership’s limited partner interests in USA Compression Partners, LP (“USAC”). In conjunction with the Merger, the Partnership contributed its ownership in Sunoco LP, Lake Charles LNG and USAC to ETP and eliminated the economic benefits associated with the general partner interest and incentive distribution rights in ETP; therefore, the Partnership’s principal source of cash flow subsequent to the Merger is its ownership of limited partner interests in ETP. The Partnership’s primary cash requirements are for general and administrative expenses, debt service requirements and distributions to its partners.