November 02, 2020 [Business Wire] – Phillips 66 Partners LP (NYSE: PSXP) announces third-quarter 2020 earnings of $206 million, or $0.85 per diluted common unit. Cash from operations was $296 million, and distributable cash flow was $243 million. Adjusted EBITDA was $313 million in the third quarter, compared with $269 million in the prior quarter.
“During the quarter, we ran safely and reliably, allowing us to capture improved market conditions,” said Greg Garland, Phillips 66 Partners’ chairman and CEO. “Our results reflect increased pipeline throughput, including ramp-up of volumes on the Gray Oak Pipeline, and startup of the South Texas Gateway Terminal. We will continue to remain disciplined in our approach to capital allocation and to prioritize a strong balance sheet.”
On Oct. 20, 2020, the general partner’s board of directors declared a third-quarter 2020 cash distribution of $0.875 per common unit, a 1% increase over third quarter 2019.
Phillips 66 Partners’ third-quarter 2020 earnings were $206 million, compared with $255 million in the second quarter. The second-quarter results included an $84 million gain related to the Partnership’s prior-year sale of an interest in the Gray Oak Pipeline. The Partnership reported adjusted EBITDA of $313 million in the third quarter, compared with $269 million in the prior quarter, excluding the second-quarter gain. Third-quarter earnings and adjusted EBITDA reflect higher volumes on wholly owned and joint venture assets, driven by increased utilization at Mid-Continent refineries operated by Phillips 66 and ramp-up of volumes on the Gray Oak Pipeline.
Liquidity, Capital Expenditures and Investments
As of Sept. 30, 2020, total debt outstanding was $3.8 billion. The Partnership had $2 million in cash and cash equivalents and $457 million available under its revolving credit facility.
The Partnership’s capital expenditures and investments for the quarter were $184 million. Excluding $3 million of capital spending funded by Gray Oak joint venture partners, adjusted capital spending was $181 million. Growth capital included spend on the C2G Pipeline and investment in the South Texas Gateway Terminal. In addition, the Partnership continued to fund its share of Liberty Pipeline’s previous commitments.
At the South Texas Gateway Terminal, which is being constructed by Buckeye Partners, L.P., the first dock and 5.1 million barrels of storage capacity have been commissioned. Marine and terminal operations will continue to ramp up through the end of this year as additional phases of construction are completed. Upon project completion in the first quarter of 2021, the marine export terminal will have two deepwater docks with up to 800,000 barrels per day (BPD) of throughput capacity, along with storage capacity of 8.6 million barrels. Phillips 66 Partners owns a 25% interest in the terminal.
Phillips 66 Partners continued construction of the C2G Pipeline, a 16 inch ethane pipeline that will connect its Clemens Caverns storage facility to petrochemical facilities in Gregory, Texas, near Corpus Christi, Texas. The project is backed by long-term commitments and is expected to be completed in mid-2021.
The Sweeny to Pasadena Pipeline expansion project was completed in the third quarter. The expansion adds 80,000 BPD of pipeline capacity, providing additional product offtake from the Sweeny fractionators and refinery. In addition, product storage capacity at the Pasadena Terminal was increased by 300,000 barrels. The project is backed by long-term commitments.
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