HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. (NYSE:PAA) today announced that it expects adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”) for the first quarter of 2012 to exceed the mid-point of its quarterly guidance by approximately 15% to 20%. This expected level of performance is driven by strong fundamentals, generally favorable market conditions and solid execution in all three business segments.
On February 8, 2012, PAA furnished a Form 8-K providing midpoint adjusted EBITDA guidance of $400 million for the first quarter of 2012 based on a guidance range of $380 million to $420 million. The Partnership’s first-quarter operating results will not be impacted by the acquisition of the Canadian natural gas liquids (NGL) business from a subsidiary of BP Corporation North America, Inc., which closed effective April 1, 2012, but PAA’s first-quarter results will reflect the impact of certain debt and equity financing activities completed in March 2012 in support of such closing. The Partnership’s updated outlook does not incorporate potential adjustments for equity compensation expense due to variances in PAA's unit price or its probability assessment with respect to future distribution levels.
Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. is a publicly traded master limited partnership engaged in the transportation, storage, terminalling and marketing of crude oil and refined products, as well as in the processing, transportation, fractionation, storage and marketing of natural gas liquids. Through its general partner interest and majority equity ownership position in PAA Natural Gas Storage, L.P. (NYSE: PNG), PAA owns and operates natural gas storage facilities. PAA is headquartered in Houston, Texas.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure. Net income and cash flows from operations are the most directly comparable GAAP measures to EBITDA. Adjusted EBITDA excludes selected items impacting comparability. The Partnership's Form 8-K furnished on February 8, 2012 presents a calculation of Adjusted EBITDA and a reconciliation of EBITDA to net income. A copy of the February 8th Form 8-K is available on the Partnership's website (www.paalp.com) under "Investor Relations – Operating and Financial Guidance." In addition, the Partnership maintains on its website a reconciliation of all non-GAAP financial information, such as EBITDA, that it reconciles to the most comparable GAAP measures. To access the information, investors should click on the "Investor Relations" link on the Partnership's home page and then the "Non-GAAP Reconciliations" link on the Investor Relations page.
Forward Looking Statements
Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters discussed in this release are forward-looking statements that involve certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from results anticipated in the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, among other things, continued creditworthiness of, and performance by, our counterparties, including financial institutions and trading companies with which we do business; the effectiveness of our risk management activities; environmental liabilities or events that are not covered by an indemnity, insurance or existing reserves; the impact of current and future laws, rulings, governmental regulations, accounting standards and statements and related interpretations; fluctuations in the debt and equity markets, including the price of our units at the time of vesting under our long-term incentive plans; general economic, market or business conditions and the amplification of other risks caused by volatile financial markets, capital constraints and pervasive liquidity concerns; and other factors and uncertainties inherent in the transportation, storage, terminalling and marketing of crude oil and refined products, as well as in the storage of natural gas and the processing, transportation, fractionation, storage and marketing of natural gas liquids, in each case as discussed in the Partnership's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.