Holly Energy Partners, L.P. Reports Second Quarter Results

DALLAS--()--Holly Energy Partners, L.P. (“HEP” or the “Partnership”) (NYSE:HEP) today reported financial results for the second quarter of 2012. For the quarter, distributable cash flow was $34.5 million, up $13.1 million, or 61% compared to the second quarter of 2011. Based on these results, HEP announced its 31st consecutive distribution increase on July 25, 2012, raising the quarterly distribution from $0.895 to $0.910, representing a 5% increase over the distribution for the second quarter of 2011.

Net income for the second quarter was $23.2 million ($0.63 per basic and diluted limited partner unit) compared to $19.0 million ($0.69 per basic and diluted limited partner unit) for the second quarter of 2011. This increase in earnings is due principally to increased pipeline shipments, revenues attributable to our November 2011 asset acquisitions and annual tariff increases. These factors were partially offset by a decrease in previously deferred revenue realized, increased operating costs and expenses and higher interest expense.

Commenting on the second quarter of 2012, Matt Clifton, Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President stated, “We are extremely pleased with our financial results, particularly with the improving levels of our distributable cash flow and EBITDA. EBITDA was $44.1 million, an increase of $8.6 million, or 24%, over last year’s second quarter. For the quarter, we benefited from our tankage and terminal operations acquired in November 2011 as well as from increased throughput levels on our pipeline systems.

"As announced earlier this month, we acquired HollyFrontier's 75% interest in the UNEV Pipeline. Looking forward, we expect further growth in distributable cash flow as we realize the earnings contributions of this newly constructed, common carrier pipeline system. We believe that UNEV offers great growth potential by virtue of providing raw material advantaged Rocky Mountain refiners with economic access to a new large market. Las Vegas has historically received almost all of its supply solely from California refiners," Clifton said.

Second Quarter 2012 Revenue Highlights

Revenues for the quarter were $63.7 million, a $12.8 million increase compared to the second quarter of 2011. The revenue increase was due to increased pipeline shipments, revenues attributable to our November 2011 asset acquisitions and the effect of annual tariff increases, partially offset by a $4.7 million decrease in previously deferred revenue realized. Overall pipeline volumes were up 20% compared to the second quarter of 2011.

  • Revenues from our refined product pipelines were $20.7 million, a decrease of $2.9 million primarily due to the effects of a $4.8 million decrease in previously deferred revenue realized that was partially offset by an increase in refined product shipments. Shipments averaged 158.2 thousand barrels per day (“mbpd”) compared to 142.6 mbpd for the second quarter of 2011.
  • Revenues from our intermediate pipelines were $6.7 million, an increase of $1.6 million, on shipments averaging 137.1 mbpd compared to 84.2 mbpd for the second quarter of 2011. This includes $1.2 million in revenues attributable to our Tulsa interconnect pipelines that were placed in service in September 2011 and the effects of a $0.1 million increase in previously deferred revenue realized.
  • Revenues from our crude pipelines were $11.0 million, an increase of $1.4 million, on shipments averaging 168.0 mbpd compared to 160.6 mbpd for the second quarter of 2011.
  • Revenues from terminal, tankage and loading rack fees were $25.3 million, an increase of $12.6 million compared to the second quarter of 2011. This includes $11.9 million in revenues attributable to our terminal, tankage and loading racks acquired in November 2011 that serve HollyFrontier's El Dorado and Cheyenne refineries. Refined products terminalled in our facilities increased to an average of 316.8 mbpd compared to 225.1 mbpd for the second quarter of 2011.

Revenues for the three months ended June 30, 2012 include the recognition of $0.8 million of prior shortfalls billed to shippers in 2011, as they did not meet their minimum volume commitments within the contractual make-up period. As of June 30, 2012, deferred revenue in our consolidated balance sheet was $3.6 million. Such deferred revenue will be recognized in earnings either as payment for shipments in excess of guaranteed levels or when shipping rights expire unused over the contractual make-up period.

Six Months Ended June 30, 2012 Revenue Highlights

Revenues for the six months ended June 30, 2012 were $127.2 million, a $31.3 million increase compared to the same period of 2011. The revenue increase was due to increased pipeline shipments, revenues attributable to our November 2011 asset acquisitions and the effect of annual tariff increases, partially offset by a $6.6 million decrease in previously deferred revenue realized. Overall pipeline volumes were up 25.6% compared to the same period of 2011, when related-party throughput volumes were below target levels at HollyFrontier's Navajo refinery following a plant-wide power outage in January 2011.

  • Revenues from our refined product pipelines were $41.4 million, a decrease of $1.2 million primarily due to the effects of a $7.2 million decrease in previously deferred revenue realized that was partially offset by an increase in refined product shipments. Shipments averaged 159.8 mbpd compared to 134.2 mbpd for the six months ended June 30, 2011.
  • Revenues from our intermediate pipelines were $13.8 million, an increase of $4.1 million, on shipments averaging 130.3 mbpd compared to 76.5 mbpd for the six months ended June 30, 2011. This includes $2.5 million in revenues attributable to our Tulsa interconnect pipelines and the effects of a $0.6 million increase in previously deferred revenue realized.
  • Revenues from our crude pipelines were $21.5 million, an increase of $2.6 million, on shipments averaging 160.9 mbpd compared to 148.5 mbpd for the six months ended June 30, 2011.
  • Revenues from terminal, tankage and loading rack fees were $50.5 million, an increase of $25.8 million compared to the six months ended June 30, 2011. This includes $23.6 million in revenues attributable to our terminal, tankage and loading racks serving HollyFrontier's El Dorado and Cheyenne refineries. Refined products terminalled in our facilities increased to an average of 315.7 mbpd compared to 211.8 mbpd for the six months ended June 30, 2011.

Revenues for the six months ended June 30, 2012 include the recognition of $2.5 million of prior shortfalls billed to shippers in 2011, as they did not meet their minimum volume commitments within the contractual make-up period.

Cost and Expense Highlights

Operating costs and expenses were $29.5 million and $58.8 million for the three and the six months ended June 30, 2012, respectively, representing increases of $5.9 million and $13.4 million over the respective periods of 2011. These increases reflect incremental operating costs and expenses attributable to higher throughput levels and our recently acquired assets serving HFC’s El Dorado and Cheyenne refineries as well as year-over-year increases in depreciation expense, maintenance service and payroll costs and professional fees.

Interest expense was $11.3 million and $21.7 million for the three and the six months ended June 30, 2012, respectively, representing increases of $2.6 million and $4.5 million over the respective periods of 2011 due to higher year-over-year debt levels. Also, we recognized a loss of $0.4 million and $3.0 million for the three and six months ended June 30, 2012, respectively, on the early extinguishment of our $185 million 6.25% senior notes.

We have scheduled a webcast conference call today at 4:00 PM Eastern Time to discuss financial results. This webcast may be accessed at: https://event.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1007359.

An audio archive of this webcast will be available using the above noted link through August 14, 2012.

About Holly Energy Partners, L.P.

Holly Energy Partners, L.P., headquartered in Dallas, Texas, provides petroleum product and crude oil transportation, terminalling, storage and throughput services to the petroleum industry, including HollyFrontier Corporation subsidiaries. The Partnership owns and operates petroleum product and crude gathering pipelines, tankage and terminals in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Washington, Idaho, Oklahoma, Utah, Wyoming and Kansas. In addition, the Partnership owns a 25% interest in SLC Pipeline LLC, a 95-mile intrastate pipeline system serving refineries in the Salt Lake City, Utah area and a 75% interest in UNEV Pipeline L.L.C., the owner of a Holly Energy operated refined products pipeline running from Utah to Las Vegas, Nevada, and related product terminals.

HollyFrontier Corporation, headquartered in Dallas, Texas, is an independent petroleum refiner and marketer that produces high value light products such as gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel and other specialty products. HollyFrontier operates through its subsidiaries a 135,000 barrels-per-stream-day (“bpsd”) refinery located in El Dorado, Kansas, a 125,000 bpsd refinery in Tulsa, Oklahoma, a 100,000 bpsd refinery located in Artesia, New Mexico, a 52,000 bpsd refinery located in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and a 31,000 bpsd refinery in Woods Cross, Utah. HollyFrontier markets its refined products principally in the Southwest U.S., the Rocky Mountains extending into the Pacific Northwest and in other neighboring Plains states. A subsidiary of HollyFrontier also owns a 44% interest (including the general partner interest) in Holly Energy Partners, L.P.

The statements in this press release relating to matters that are not historical facts are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Forward looking statements use words such as “anticipate,” “project,” “expect,” “plan,” “goal,” “forecast,” “intend,” “could,” “believe,” “may,” and similar expressions and statements regarding our plans and objectives for future operations. These statements are based on our beliefs and assumptions and those of our general partner using currently available information and expectations as of the date hereof, are not guarantees of future performance and involve certain risks and uncertainties. Although we and our general partner believe that such expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, neither we nor our general partner can give assurance that our expectations will prove to be correct. Such statements are subject to a variety of risks, uncertainties and assumptions. If one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or if underlying assumptions prove incorrect, our actual results may vary materially from those anticipated, estimated, projected or expected. Certain factors could cause actual results to differ materially from results anticipated in the forward-looking statements. These factors include, but are not limited to:

  • risks and uncertainties with respect to the actual quantities of petroleum products and crude oil shipped on our pipelines and/or terminalled, stored and throughput in our terminals;
  • the economic viability of HollyFrontier Corporation, Alon USA, Inc. and our other customers;
  • the demand for refined petroleum products in markets we serve;
  • our ability to successfully purchase and integrate additional operations in the future;
  • our ability to complete previously announced or contemplated acquisitions;
  • the availability and cost of additional debt and equity financing;
  • the possibility of reductions in production or shutdowns at refineries utilizing our pipeline and terminal facilities;
  • the effects of current and future government regulations and policies;
  • our operational efficiency in carrying out routine operations and capital construction projects;
  • the possibility of terrorist attacks and the consequences of any such attacks;
  • general economic conditions;
  • our ability to integrate the operations of the UNEV Pipeline successfully and to realize the anticipated benefits associated with our ownership interest in UNEV Pipeline; and
  • other financial, operations and legal risks and uncertainties detailed from time to time in our Securities and Exchange Commission filings.

The forward-looking statements speak only as of the date made and, other than as required by law, we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

RESULTS OF OPERATIONS (Unaudited)

Income, Distributable Cash Flow and Volumes
The following tables present income, distributable cash flow and volume information for the three and six months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011.

     
Three Months Ended June 30,

Change from

2012     2011 2011
(In thousands, except per unit data)
Revenues
Pipelines:
Affiliates – refined product pipelines $ 13,271 $ 11,689 $ 1,582
Affiliates – intermediate pipelines 6,712 5,069 1,643
Affiliates – crude pipelines 10,993   9,624   1,369  
30,976 26,382 4,594
Third parties – refined product pipelines 7,452   11,906   (4,454 )
38,428 38,288 140
Terminals, tanks and loading racks:
Affiliates 23,248 10,757 12,491
Third parties 2,016   1,895   121  
25,264   12,652   12,612  
Total revenues 63,692 50,940 12,752
Operating costs and expenses:
Operations 17,923 14,366 3,557
Depreciation and amortization 9,132 7,713 1,419
General and administrative 2,487   1,573   914  
29,542   23,652   5,890  
Operating income 34,150 27,288 6,862
 
Equity in earnings of SLC Pipeline 794 467 327
Interest expense, including amortization (11,324 ) (8,724 ) (2,600 )
Loss on early extinguishment of debt (383 )   (383 )
(10,913 ) (8,257 ) (2,656 )
Income before income taxes 23,237 19,031 4,206
State income tax expense (75 ) (18 ) (57 )
Net income 23,162 19,013 4,149
Less general partner interest in net income, including incentive distributions(1) 5,917   3,847   2,070  
Limited partners’ interest in net income $ 17,245   $ 15,166   $ 2,079  
Limited partners’ earnings per unit – basic and diluted:(1) $ 0.63   $ 0.69   $ (0.06 )
Weighted average limited partners’ units outstanding 27,361   22,079   5,282  
EBITDA(2) $ 44,076   $ 35,468   $ 8,608  
Distributable cash flow(3) $ 34,520   $ 21,421   $ 13,099  
 
Volumes (bpd)
Pipelines:
Affiliates – refined product pipelines 101,886 90,984 10,902
Affiliates – intermediate pipelines 137,115 84,201 52,914
Affiliates – crude pipelines 168,047   160,648   7,399
407,048 335,833 71,215
Third parties – refined product pipelines 56,297   51,627   4,670
463,345 387,460 75,885
Terminals and loading racks:
Affiliates 267,988 182,394 85,594
Third parties 48,825   42,694   6,131
316,813   225,088   91,725
Total for pipelines and terminal assets (bpd) 780,158   612,548   167,610
       
Six Months Ended June 30,

Change from

2012     2011 2011
(In thousands, except per unit data)
Revenues
Pipelines:
Affiliates – refined product pipelines $ 25,628 $ 21,547 $ 4,081
Affiliates – intermediate pipelines 13,757 9,702 4,055
Affiliates – crude pipelines 21,538   18,945   2,593  
60,923 50,194 10,729
Third parties – refined product pipelines 15,780   21,061   (5,281 )
76,703 71,255 5,448
Terminals, tanks and loading racks:
Affiliates 46,094 21,052 25,042
Third parties 4,410   3,650   760  
50,504   24,702   25,802  
Total revenues 127,207 95,957 31,250
Operating costs and expenses:
Operations 34,911 27,162 7,749
Depreciation and amortization 19,396 15,353 4,043
General and administrative 4,526   2,936   1,590  
58,833   45,451   13,382  
Operating income 68,374 50,506 17,868
 
Equity in earnings of SLC Pipeline 1,625 1,207 418
Interest expense, including amortization (21,729 ) (17,273 ) (4,456 )
Loss on early extinguishment of debt (2,979 ) (2,979 )
Other expense   (12 ) 12  
(23,083 ) (16,078 ) (7,005 )
Income before income taxes 45,291 34,428 10,863
State income tax expense (150 ) (246 ) 96  
Net income 45,141 34,182 10,959
Less general partner interest in net income, including incentive distributions(1) 11,425   7,409   4,016  
Limited partners’ interest in net income $ 33,716   $ 26,773   $ 6,943  
Limited partners’ earnings per unit – basic and diluted:(1) $ 1.23   $ 1.21   $ 0.02  
Weighted average limited partners’ units outstanding 27,361   22,079   5,282  
EBITDA(2) $ 89,395   $ 67,054   $ 22,341  
Distributable cash flow(3) $ 71,075   $ 42,193   $ 28,882  
Volumes (bpd)
Pipelines:
Affiliates – refined product pipelines 99,556 84,139 15,417
Affiliates – intermediate pipelines 130,341 76,452 53,889
Affiliates – crude pipelines 160,855   148,520   12,335
390,752 309,111 81,641
Third parties – refined product pipelines 60,292   50,086   10,206
451,044 359,197 91,847
Terminals and loading racks:
Affiliates 265,109 170,230 94,879
Third parties 50,604   41,532   9,072
315,713   211,762   103,951
Total for pipelines and terminal assets (bpd) 766,757   570,959   195,798
 
(1) Net income is allocated between limited partners and the general partner interest in accordance with the provisions of the partnership agreement. Net income allocated to the general partner includes incentive distributions declared subsequent to quarter end. General partner incentive distributions were $5.6 million and $3.5 million for the three months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively, and $10.7 million and $6.9 million for the six months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively. Net income attributable to the limited partners is divided by the weighted average limited partner units outstanding in computing the limited partners’ per unit interest in net income.
 
(2) Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”) is calculated as net income plus (i) interest expense, net of interest income, (ii) state income tax and (iii) depreciation and amortization. EBITDA is not a calculation based upon GAAP. However, the amounts included in the EBITDA calculation are derived from amounts included in our consolidated financial statements. EBITDA should not be considered as an alternative to net income or operating income, as an indication of our operating performance or as an alternative to operating cash flow as a measure of liquidity. EBITDA is not necessarily comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies. EBITDA is presented here because it is a widely used financial indicator used by investors and analysts to measure performance. EBITDA also is used by our management for internal analysis and as a basis for compliance with financial covenants.
 

Set forth below is our calculation of EBITDA.

       

Three Months Ended

June 30,

Six Months Ended

June 30,

2012     2011 2012     2011
(In thousands)
Net income $ 23,162 $ 19,013 $ 45,141 $ 34,182
Add (subtract):
Interest expense 9,547 8,419 18,307 16,678
Amortization of discount and deferred debt charges 1,777 305 3,422 595
Loss on early extinguishment of debt 383 2,979
State income tax 75 18 150 246
Depreciation and amortization 9,132   7,713   19,396   15,353
EBITDA $ 44,076   $ 35,468   $ 89,395   $ 67,054
 
 
 

(3)

Distributable cash flow is not a calculation based upon GAAP. However, the amounts included in the calculation are derived from amounts separately presented in our consolidated financial statements, with the exception of billed crude revenue settlement and maintenance capital expenditures. Distributable cash flow should not be considered in isolation or as an alternative to net income or operating income, as an indication of our operating performance, or as an alternative to operating cash flow as a measure of liquidity. Distributable cash flow is not necessarily comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies. Distributable cash flow is presented here because it is a widely accepted financial indicator used by investors to compare partnership performance. It also is used by management for internal analysis and our performance units. We believe that this measure provides investors an enhanced perspective of the operating performance of our assets and the cash our business is generating.
 

Set forth below is our calculation of distributable cash flow.

       

 

Three Months Ended

June 30,

 

Six Months Ended

June 30,

2012     2011 2012     2011
(In thousands)
Net income $ 23,162 $ 19,013 $ 45,141 $ 34,182
Add (subtract):
Depreciation and amortization 9,132 7,713 19,396 15,353
Amortization of discount and deferred debt issuance costs 1,777 305 3,422 595
Loss on early extinguishment of debt 383 2,979
Billed crude revenue settlement 917 1,835
Increase (decrease) in deferred revenue 163 (4,014 ) (429 ) (5,118 )
Maintenance capital expenditures* (1,292 ) (1,904 ) (1,599 ) (3,133 )
Other non-cash adjustments 278   308   330   314  
Distributable cash flow $ 34,520   $ 21,421   $ 71,075   $ 42,193  
 

* Maintenance capital expenditures are capital expenditures made to replace partially or fully depreciated assets in order to maintain the existing operating capacity of our assets and to extend their useful lives. Maintenance capital expenditures include expenditures required to maintain equipment reliability, tankage and pipeline integrity, and safety and to address environmental regulations.

          June 30,     December 31,
2012 2011
(In thousands)
Balance Sheet Data
Cash and cash equivalents $ 4,216 $ 3,269
Working capital $ 10,351 $ 12,293
Total assets $ 959,698 $ 966,956
Long-term debt $ 613,195 $ 605,888
Total equity(4) $ 312,864 $ 329,377
 

(4)

As a master limited partnership, we distribute our available cash, which historically has exceeded our net income because depreciation and amortization expense represents a non-cash charge against income. The result is a decline in partners’ equity since our regular quarterly distributions have exceeded our quarterly net income. Additionally, if the assets contributed and acquired from HollyFrontier while we were a consolidated variable interest entity of HollyFrontier had been acquired from third parties, our acquisition cost in excess of HollyFrontier’s basis in the transferred assets of $295.6 million (as of June 30, 2012) would have been recorded as increases to our properties and equipment and intangible assets instead of decreases to partners’ equity.
 

Contacts

Holly Energy Partners, L.P.
Bruce R. Shaw, 214-871-3555
Senior Vice President and
Chief Financial Officer
or
M. Neale Hickerson, 214-871-3555
Vice President,
Investor Relations

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Contacts

Holly Energy Partners, L.P.
Bruce R. Shaw, 214-871-3555
Senior Vice President and
Chief Financial Officer
or
M. Neale Hickerson, 214-871-3555
Vice President,
Investor Relations