Inter Pipeline Announces Strong First Quarter 2014 Financial and Operating
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FOR: Inter Pipeline Ltd.
TSX SYMBOL: IPL
MAY 12, 2014
Inter Pipeline Announces Strong First Quarter 2014 Financial and Operating
CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - May 12, 2014) - Inter Pipeline Ltd.
("Inter Pipeline") (TSX:IPL) announced today financial and operating
results for the three month period ended March 31, 2014.
First Quarter Highlights
-- Generated funds from operations(i) (FFO) of $132 million, a 20 percent
increase over first quarter 2013
-- Declared cash dividends of $100 million or $0.3225 per share
-- Attractive quarterly payout ratio(i) of 78 percent
-- Generated net income of $90 million, a gain of $17 million over first
quarter 2013 results
-- Incurred growth capital expenditures(i) of $519 million, primarily
related to Inter Pipeline's $2.9 billion expansion program on the Cold
Lake and Polaris systems
-- Total pipeline throughput volumes averaged 1,028,800 barrels per day
-- Volumes transported on Inter Pipeline's conventional oil gathering
pipelines reached the highest quarterly average in the past six years
-- Issued $301 million of new capital in a highly successful public equity
-- Implemented several changes to the composition of Inter Pipeline's board
of directors and senior management team, consistent with previously
announced intentions and internal succession plans
(i) Please refer to the "Non-GAAP and additional GAAP Financial
Measures" section of the MD&A.
Inter Pipeline generated strong financial results in the first quarter. Funds
from operations totaled $131.7 million or $0.43 per share, compared to $109.4
million in the first quarter of 2013. All four of Inter Pipeline's
business segments recorded higher results. In Canadian pipeline operations,
financial results improved due to higher diluent shipments and strong
throughput levels on Inter Pipeline's Polaris pipeline system and
conventional oil gathering systems. Inter Pipeline's NGL extraction
business also recorded strong financial results, driven mainly by strong
margins on product sales.
By business segment, Inter Pipeline's oil sands transportation, NGL
extraction, conventional oil pipelines and bulk liquid storage businesses
contributed funds from operations of $63.4 million, $48.5 million, $46.0
million and $21.6 million, respectively. Corporate costs, including interest,
income tax and general and administrative charges totaled $47.8 million in the
Total dividends to shareholders increased 29.7% to $99.6 million in the first
quarter of 2014 compared to the same period in 2013. This substantial increase
is largely attributable to two monthly dividend increases in 2013 and a greater
number of shares outstanding. Inter Pipeline announced an annualized dividend
increase of $0.03 per share last June and a further increase of $0.15 per share
in September of 2013.
Inter Pipeline's payout ratio for the quarter remained conservative at
Oil Sands Transportation
The oil sands transportation segment shipped 824,900 b/d during the quarter.
Throughput volumes were 7 percent lower than in the comparable quarter of 2013
due to the inclement weather and the impact of maintenance activities and steam
injection cycles at certain producer-operated facilities. The Cold Lake,
Corridor and Polaris pipeline systems transported 473,700 b/d, 319,000 b/d, and
32,200 b/d, respectively.
Cash flow in the oil sands transportation segment is not materially impacted by
pipeline volume fluctuations due to the cost-of-service structure of Inter
Pipeline's major transportation agreements with third party shippers.
Funds from operations for the quarter totaled $63.4 million, an increase of
$12.6 million, or 25 percent, over the prior year. Higher results were
primarily due to a full quarter of operations for the Polaris pipeline system,
which entered service in March 2013.
The Cold Lake and Polaris pipeline systems are currently being expanded under a
$2.9(ii) billion development program that is anchored by long-term contracts
with the FCCL Partnership, a business venture between Cenovus Energy and
ConocoPhillips. Under these contracts, Inter Pipeline will provide 850,000 b/d
of bitumen blend and diluent capacity for the Foster Creek, Christina Lake and
Narrows Lake projects through the installation of approximately 840 kilometres
of new pipeline and associated facilities. New capacity is expected to enter
commercial service in phases beginning in mid-2014, and generate up to $330
million in long-term annual EBITDA once fully in service. In the first quarter,
construction activities continued according to plan, with approximately 90
percent of new pipeline now installed and facility work advancing on schedule.
In aggregate, Inter Pipeline is advancing a roughly $3 billion capital program
under contracts signed with the FCCL Partnership, Canadian Natural Resources,
Imperial Oil, Canexus and Athabasca Oil Corporation. These investments are
secured by ship-or-pay agreements that will generate a total of approximately
$400 million in incremental, stable, long-term annual EBITDA.
Conventional Oil Pipelines
The conventional oil gathering segment continues to benefit from the successful
application of horizontal drilling and completion technologies in the Viking
and other light oil plays. Funds from operations totaled $46 million for the
three month period, an increase of 14 percent over first quarter 2013 results.
Gains were driven by increased throughput levels, higher tolls, and strong
results from Inter Pipeline's midstream marketing business. Average
revenue per barrel was similar to the first quarter of 2013 at $2.91.
Throughput volumes across Inter Pipeline's conventional oil gathering
systems increased by 10 percent over first quarter 2013 levels, driven by
increased drilling activity in certain service areas. The Bow River, Central
Alberta, and Mid-Saskatchewan systems transported 203,900 b/d in the first
quarter compared to a first quarter 2013 average of 185,300 b/d. This
represents the highest quarterly throughput level experienced on our
conventional oil gathering systems in the past six years. Inter Pipeline is
also advancing a $70 million capital program to accommodate growing demand for
conventional oil transportation services. Our current investment program is the
largest in the history of Inter Pipeline's conventional oil transportation
Inter Pipeline's NGL extraction business generated strong results in the
first quarter, with funds from operations totaling $48.5 million. This
represents a gain of 13 percent over the $43 million generated in the first
quarter of 2013. Increased results were primarily tied to higher propane-plus
and ethane product pricing at the Cochrane NGL extraction facility. Natural gas
throughput levels and NGL production volumes in the current quarter were
similar to first quarter 2013 amounts. Extraction facilities at Cochrane and
Empress processed a combined 2.8 billion cubic feet per day (bcf/d) in the
quarter, with ethane and propane-plus production averaging 109,200 b/d.
In the first quarter of 2014, frac-spread pricing on propane-plus sales at the
Cochrane facility averaged US$0.94 per US gallon, up from the US$0.88 per US
gallon realized in the first quarter of last year.
Bulk Liquid Storage
Financial results in the bulk liquid storage business increased compared to the
first quarter of 2013. Favorable foreign exchange rates and various one-time
revenues from our UK subsidiary, Simon Storage, more than offset the impact of
lower tank utilization rates at certain terminals. For the quarter, funds from
operations totaled $21.6 million, a gain of $1.2 million over first quarter
Demand for bulk liquid storage at the Gulfhavn terminal in our Danish
subsidiary continues to be adversely impacted by the absence of contango price
relationships in the futures markets for certain petroleum products. Overall,
the utilization rate for our Danish storage business dropped to 69% compared to
85% in the first quarter of 2013. Simon Storage's performance remained
solid, with utilization rates flat at 91%.
Financing Activity Board and Management Changes
Inter Pipeline maintained a strong balance sheet in the first quarter. In
March, Inter Pipeline successfully issued $301 million in equity capital at a
strong share price of $28.90. Net proceeds were used to reduce outstanding
indebtedness on Inter Pipeline's revolving credit facility. Dividend
reinvestment plans also raised another $80 million in new equity capital in the
three month period. Inter Pipeline remains on track to successfully finance its
current capital investment program.
At March 31, Inter Pipeline's recourse debt to capitalization ratio was
50.7 percent compared to 52.8 percent at December 31, 2013.
Board and Management Changes
Effective January 1, 2014, several changes were made to the composition of
Inter Pipeline's board of directors and senior management team. Richard
Shaw, an independent director, was appointed Chairman of the Board, following
the retirement of our previous Chairman, John Driscoll. David Fesyk was
appointed Executive Vice Chairman, with Christian Bayle succeeding Mr. Fesyk as
President and Chief Executive Officer. Alison Taylor Love also joined the Board
and is the new Chair of Inter Pipeline's Governance Committee. Finally, on
March 1, 2014, Brent Heagy was appointed Chief Financial Officer after the
retirement of Bill van Yzerloo.
These changes were made to enhance Inter Pipeline's corporate governance
structure and were consistent with its internal succession plans.
Conference Call & Webcast
Inter Pipeline will hold a conference call and webcast on May 13th at 9:00 a.m.
(Mountain Time) / 11:00 a.m. (Eastern Time) to discuss its first quarter 2014
financial and operating results.
To participate in the conference call, please dial 866-223-7781 or
416-340-2216. A pass code is not required. A recording of the call will be
available for replay until May 20, 2014, by dialling 800-408-3053 or
905-694-9451. The pass code for the replay is 1256697.
A webcast of the conference call can be accessed on Inter Pipeline's
website at www.interpipeline.com by selecting "Investor Relations"
then "Events & Webcasts/Conference Calls". An archived version of
the webcast will be available for approximately 90 days.
Annual and Special Meeting
Inter Pipeline will hold its Annual and Special Meeting of Shareholders on May
12th, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. (Mountain Time) / 4:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) at the
Metropolitan Conference Centre, 333 4th Avenue S.W. in Calgary, Alberta. The
meeting will be webcast live, with a link to the webcast accessible on Inter
Pipeline's website at www.interpipeline.com by selecting "Investor
Relations" then "Events & Webcasts/Conference Calls".
(ii)Represents Inter Pipeline's share of capital expenditures.
Select Financial and Operating Highlights
(millions of dollars, except per share and
percent amounts where noted) Three Months Ended
Throughput and Production 2014 2013
Pipeline volumes (000 b/d)
Oil sands transportation(1) 824.9 890.0
Conventional oil pipelines 203.9 185.3
Total pipeline volumes 1,028.8 1,075.3
Extraction production(1)(000 b/d)
Ethane 72.8 78.4
Propane plus 36.4 36.6
Total extraction production 109.2 115.0
Revenue $410.7 $327.7
Funds from operations(2)
Oil sands transportation $63.4 $50.8
Conventional oil pipelines $46.0 $40.4
NGL extraction $48.5 $43.0
Bulk liquid storage $21.6 $20.4
Corporate costs $(47.8) $(45.2)
Total funds from operations(2) $131.7 $109.4
Per share(2) $0.43 $0.40
Net Income $89.6 $72.2
Supplemental Financial Information
Net income attributable to shareholders $86.1 $69.7
Per share - basic $0.28 $0.25
- diluted $0.27 $0.25
Cash dividends declared $99.6 $76.8
Per share $0.3225 $0.2775
Payout ratio(2) 78.0% 72.2%
Growth $544.7 $407.6
Sustaining $6.2 $5.9
Total capital expenditures $550.9 $413.5
(1) Empress V NGL production and Cold Lake volumes reported on a 100%
basis; 2013 Polaris volumes represent initial shipments that were
prorated for the 3 month period.
(2) Please refer to the "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" section of the MD&A.
(3) Amounts reported on a 100% basis that includes non-controlling
MD&A, Financial Statements & Notes
The Management's Discussion and Analysis ("MD&A") and
consolidated financial statements provide a detailed explanation of Inter
Pipeline's operating results for the three month period ended March 31,
2014 as compared to the three month period ended March 31, 2013. These
documents are available at www.interpipeline.com and at www.sedar.com.
Inter Pipeline Ltd.
Inter Pipeline is a major petroleum transportation, bulk liquid storage and
natural gas liquids extraction business based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Inter Pipeline owns and operates energy infrastructure assets in western Canada
and northern Europe. Additional information about Inter Pipeline can be found
Inter Pipeline shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol IPL.
Certain information contained herein may constitute forward-looking statements
that involve known and unknown risks, assumptions, uncertainties and other
factors. Forward-looking statements in this news release include, but are not
limited to, statements regarding timing and completion of, and EBITDA Inter
Pipeline expects to generate from, the Polaris and Cold Lake pipeline and other
projects and possible future Cold Lake and Polaris pipeline expansions. Readers
are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, as
such statements are not guarantees of future performance. Inter Pipeline in no
manner represents that actual results, levels of activity and achievements will
be the same in whole or in part as those set out in the forward-looking
statements herein. Such information, although considered reasonable by Inter
Pipeline at the time of preparation, may later prove to be incorrect and actual
results may differ materially from those anticipated in the statements made.
For this purpose, any statements that are not statements of historical fact may
be deemed to be forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements often
contain terms such as "may", "will", "should",
"anticipate", "expects" and similar expressions. Such
assumptions, risks, uncertainties and other factors include, but are not
limited to, assumptions, risks and uncertainties associated with: operations,
such as loss of markets, regulatory matters, environmental matters, industry
competition, potential delays and cost overruns of construction projects,
including the Polaris and Cold Lake pipeline system projects, the status,
credit risk and continued existence of customers having contracts with Inter
Pipeline and its subsidiaries, and the ability to access sufficient capital
from internal and external sources. You can find a discussion of those risks
and uncertainties in Inter Pipeline's securities filings at www.sedar.com.
The forward-looking statements contained in this news release are made as of
the date of this document, and, except to the extent required by applicable
securities laws and regulations, Inter Pipeline assumes no obligation to update
or revise forward-looking statements made herein or otherwise, whether as a
result of new information, future events, or otherwise. The forward-looking
statements contained in this document are expressly qualified by this
Effective September 1, 2013, Inter Pipeline completed a plan of arrangement
that resulted in the reorganization of Inter Pipeline Fund, a limited
partnership, into Inter Pipeline, a dividend paying corporation. Pursuant to
the arrangement, among other things, each outstanding Class A unit of Inter
Pipeline Fund was exchanged for one common share of Inter Pipeline.
Accordingly, any references to Inter Pipeline for any period prior to September
1, 2013 refer to Inter Pipeline Fund and its consolidated subsidiaries, as
applicable, and any references to Inter Pipeline subsequent to September 1,
2013 refer to Inter Pipeline Ltd. and its consolidated subsidiaries, as
applicable. Similarly, any references to common shares, shareholders or
dividends for any period prior to September 1, 2013, refer to Class A units,
unitholders and distributions of the former Inter Pipeline Fund, and any
references to common shares, shareholders or dividends for any period on or
after September 1, 2013 refer to common shares, shareholders and dividends of
Inter Pipeline Ltd.
All dollar values are expressed in Canadian dollars unless otherwise noted.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Certain financial measures referred to in this news release are not measures
recognized by GAAP. These non-GAAP financial measures do not have standardized
meanings prescribed by GAAP and therefore may not be comparable to similar
measures presented by other entities. Investors are cautioned that these
non-GAAP financial measures should not be construed as alternatives to other
measures of financial performance calculated in accordance with GAAP.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
Inter Pipeline Ltd.
Vice President, Capital Markets
403-290-6015 or 1-866-716-7473
Inter Pipeline Ltd.
Director, Corporate and Investor Communications
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