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BreitBurn Energy Partners L.P. Reports First Quarter Results

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

BreitBurn Energy Partners L.P. Reports First Quarter Results08:00 EDT Tuesday, May 10, 2011 LOS ANGELES (Business Wire) -- BreitBurn Energy Partners L.P. (the "Partnership") (NASDAQ:BBEP) today announced financial and operating results for its first quarter of 2011. Key Highlights The Partnership delivered another quarter of strong financial and operating results, with EBITDA, production, and lease operating expenses trending in-line with or exceeding guidance. In February 2011, the Partnership completed a public offering of 4,945,000 common units at $21.25 per unit representing additional limited partner interests. The Partnership received net proceeds of approximately $100 million, which were used to reduce borrowings under its bank credit facility and increase the Partnership's flexibility in funding future acquisitions. As of April 30, 2011, the Partnership had $121 million outstanding under the credit facility. On April 28, 2011, the Partnership announced an increased cash distribution for the first quarter of 2011 at the rate of $0.4175 per unit, or $1.67 on an annualized basis, to be paid on May 13, 2011 to the record holders of common units at the close of business on May 10, 2011. This represents an increase of 11.3% over the cash distribution for the first quarter of 2010. On May 9, 2011, the Partnership completed its semi-annual borrowing base redetermination, which resulted in an increase of its borrowing base from $659 million to $735 million. Management Commentary Hal Washburn, CEO, said: “We are pleased to announce a great start to 2011. Our operating team delivered solid results and did an excellent job aggressively managing costs in a rising commodity price environment. Total production for the quarter was approximately 1.6 MMBoe and lease operating expenses declined to $16.87 per Boe. We continue to improve our financial flexibility with both the equity offering we completed in February and the borrowing base increase we received just yesterday. Our new borrowing base of $735 million gives us considerable room to fund acquisitions. Our acquisitions team continues to actively pursue acquisition opportunities and, with our current levels of liquidity, we are well-positioned to execute on our growth-through-acquisition strategy.” First Quarter 2011 Operating and Financial Results Compared to Fourth Quarter 2010 As expected and consistent with past seasonal trends, total production decreased from 1,700 MBoe in the fourth quarter of 2010 to 1,629 MBoe in the first quarter of 2011 primarily as a result of harsher than normal winter weather in Michigan. Average daily production decreased from 18,480 Boe/day in the fourth quarter of 2010 to 18,098 Boe/day in the first quarter of 2011. Oil and NGL production was 773 MBoe compared to 791 MBoe. Natural gas production was 5,138 MMcf compared to 5,452 MMcf. Lease operating expenses per Boe, which include district expenses and processing fees and exclude production/property taxes and transportation costs, decreased to $16.87 per Boe in the first quarter of 2011 from $17.37 per Boe in the fourth quarter of 2010. General and administrative expenses, excluding non-cash unit-based compensation, were $7.1 million, or $4.33 per Boe, in the first quarter of 2011 compared to $5.9 million, or $3.47 per Boe, in the fourth quarter of 2010. Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure, was $56.0 million in the first quarter, down from $59.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2010. Oil and natural gas sales revenues, including realized gains and losses on commodity derivative instruments, were $99.0 million in the first quarter of 2011, down slightly from $99.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2010. Realized gains from commodity derivative instruments were $6.4 million in the first quarter of 2011 compared to $21.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2010. NYMEX WTI crude oil spot prices averaged $94.07 per barrel and NYMEX natural gas prices averaged $4.20 per Mcf in the first quarter of 2011 compared to $85.16 per barrel and $3.98 per Mcf, respectively, in the fourth quarter of 2010. Realized crude oil and natural gas prices averaged $73.81 per Boe and $7.38 per Mcf, respectively, in the first quarter of 2011, compared to $78.95 per Boe and $7.38 per Mcf, respectively, in the fourth quarter of 2010. Net loss, including the effect of unrealized gains on commodity derivative instruments, was $94.7 million, or $1.67 per diluted limited partner unit, in the first quarter of 2011 compared to a net loss of $70.9 million, or $1.25 per diluted limited partner unit, in the fourth quarter of 2010. Capital expenditures totaled $9.7 million in the first quarter of 2011 compared to $16.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2010. Impact of Derivative Instruments The Partnership uses commodity and interest rate derivative instruments to mitigate the risks associated with commodity price volatility and changing interest rates and to help maintain cash flows for operating activities, acquisitions, capital expenditures, and distributions. The Partnership does not enter into derivative instruments for speculative trading purposes. Non-cash gains or losses do not affect Adjusted EBITDA, cash flow from operations or the Partnership's ability to pay cash distributions. Realized gains from commodity derivative instruments were $6.4 million during the first quarter of 2011. Realized losses from interest rate derivative instruments were $1.0 million during the first quarter of 2011. Non-cash unrealized losses from commodity derivative instruments were $112.6 million and non-cash unrealized gains from interest rate derivative instruments were $1.4 million during the first quarter of 2011. Production, Income Statement and Realized Price Information The following table presents production, selected income statement and realized price information for the three months ended March 31, 2011, December 31, 2010 and March 31, 2010:           Three Months EndedMarch 31,           December 31,           March 31,Thousands of dollars, except as indicated201120102010 Oil, natural gas and NGL sales (a) $ 92,575 $ 78,135 $ 80,469 Realized gain on commodity derivative instruments 6,443 21,677 12,146 Unrealized (gain) loss on commodity derivative instruments (112,620 ) (82,307 ) 39,919 Other revenues, net   898     660     632   Total revenues $ (12,704 ) $ 18,165   $ 133,166   Lease operating expenses and processing fees $ 27,485 $ 29,536 $ 30,491 Production and property taxes   5,769     5,626     5,579   Total lease operating expenses $ 33,254   $ 35,162   $ 36,070   Transportation expenses 1,423 943 847 Purchases 154 112 52 Change in inventory   1,980     (2,121 )   (1,118 ) Total operating costs $ 36,811   $ 34,096   $ 35,851   Lease operating expenses pre taxes per Boe (b) $ 16.87 $ 17.37 $ 19.12 Production and property taxes per Boe 3.54 3.31 3.50 Total lease operating expenses per Boe   20.41     20.68     22.62   General and administrative expenses excluding unit-based compensation $ 7,058   $ 5,907   $ 6,374   Net income (loss) $ (94,713 ) $ (70,868 ) $ 57,910 Net income (loss) per diluted limited partnership unit $ (1.67 ) $ (1.25 ) $ 1.02     Total production (MBoe) 1,629 1,700 1,595 Oil and NGL (MBoe) 773 791 727 Natural gas (MMcf) 5,138 5,452 5,207 Average daily production (Boe/d)   18,098     18,480     17,725   Sales volumes (MBoe)   1,682     1,664     1,594   Average realized sales price (per Boe) (c) (d) $ 58.78 $ 59.99 $ 58.15 Oil and NGL (per Boe) (c) (d) 73.81 78.95 72.79 Natural gas (per Mcf) (c)   7.38     7.38     7.65   (a) Q4 2010 and Q1 2010 include $124 for each period of amortization of an intangible asset related to crude oil sales contracts. (b) Includes lease operating expenses, district expenses and processing fees. (c) Includes realized gains on commodity derivative instruments. (d) Includes crude oil purchases. 2010 excludes amortization of intangible asset related to crude oil sales contracts.   Non-GAAP Financial Measures This press release, the financial tables and other supplemental information, including the reconciliations of certain non-generally accepted accounting principles ("non-GAAP") measures to their nearest comparable generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") measures, may be used periodically by management when discussing the Partnership's financial results with investors and analysts and they are also available on the Partnership's website under the Investor Relations tab. Among the non-GAAP financial measures used is “Adjusted EBITDA.” This non-GAAP financial measure should not be considered as an alternative to GAAP measures, such as net income, operating income, cash flow from operating activities or any other GAAP measure of liquidity or financial performance. Adjusted EBITDA is presented as management believes it provides additional information relative to the performance of the Partnership's business, such as our ability to meet our debt covenant compliance tests. This non-GAAP financial measure may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other publicly traded partnerships or limited liability companies because all companies may not calculate Adjusted EBITDA in the same manner. Adjusted EBITDA The following table presents a reconciliation of net income or loss and net cash flows from operating activities, our most directly comparable GAAP financial performance and liquidity measures, to Adjusted EBITDA for each of the periods indicated.           Three Months Ended March 31,           December 31,           March 31, Thousands of dollars 2011 2010 2010   Reconciliation of net income (loss) to Adjusted EBITDA:   Net income (loss) attributable to the partnership ($94,747 ) ($70,903 ) $ 57,839   Unrealized (gain) loss on commodity derivative instruments 112,620 82,307 (39,919 ) Depletion, depreciation and amortization expense 24,641 33,159 22,054 Interest expense and other financing costs (a) 10,443 13,116 6,551 Unrealized gain on interest rate derivatives (1,366 ) (3,126 ) (691 ) (Gain) loss on sale of assets 14 (123 ) 115 Income taxes (1,002 ) (439 ) 144 Amortization of intangibles - 124 124 Unit-based compensation expense (b)   5,413     5,009     4,883     Adjusted EBITDA $ 56,016   $ 59,124   $ 51,100       Three Months Ended March 31, December 31, March 31, Thousands of dollars 2011 2010 2010   Reconciliation of net cash flows from operating activities to Adjusted EBITDA:   Net cash from operating activities $ 54,399 $ 38,722 $ 44,635   Increase (decrease) in assets net of liabilities relating to operating activities (7,597 ) 9,983 770 Interest expense (a) (c) 9,139 10,488 5,727 Income from equity affiliates, net 103 (157 ) (158 ) Incentive compensation expense (d) (24 ) (29 ) - Incentive compensation paid - - 80 Income taxes 30 152 117 Non-controlling interest   (34 )   (35 )   (71 )   Adjusted EBITDA $ 56,016   $ 59,124   $ 51,100   (a) Includes realized gain/loss on interest rate derivatives. (b) Represents non-cash long term unit-based incentive compensation expense. (c) Excludes amortization of debt issuance costs and amortization of Senior Note discount. (d) Represents cash-based incentive compensation plan expense.   Hedge Portfolio Summary The table below summarizes the Partnership's commodity derivative hedge portfolio as of May 10, 2011.                                   Year20112012201320142015Oil Positions: Fixed Price Swaps: Hedged Volume (Bbl/d) 5,151 5,039 6,480 5,000 2,000 Average Price ($/Bbl) $ 76.56 $ 77.15 $ 81.37 $ 88.59 $ 99.00 Participating Swaps: (a) Hedged Volume (Bbl/d) 1,377 - - - - Average Price ($/Bbl) $ 60.00 $ - $ - $ - $ - Average Participation % 53.1 % - - - - Collars: Hedged Volume (Bbl/d) 2,231 2,477 500 1,000 1,000 Average Floor Price ($/Bbl) $ 103.79 $ 110.00 $ 77.00 $ 90.00 $ 90.00 Average Ceiling Price ($/Bbl) $ 153.06 $ 145.39 $ 103.10 $ 112.00 $ 113.50 Floors: Hedged Volume (Bbl/d) - - - - - Average Floor Price ($/Bbl) $ - $ - $ - $ - $ - Total: Hedged Volume (Bbl/d) 8,759 7,516 6,980 6,000 3,000 Average Price ($/Bbl) $ 80.89 $ 87.97 $ 81.06 $ 88.83 $ 96.00   Gas Positions: Fixed Price Swaps: Hedged Volume (MMBtu/d) 20,282 19,128 37,000 7,500 7,500 Average Price ($/MMBtu) $ 6.78 $ 7.10 $ 6.50 $ 6.00 $ 6.00 Collars: Hedged Volume (MMBtu/d) 20,282 19,129 - - - Average Floor Price ($/MMBtu) $ 9.00 $ 9.00 $ - $ - $ - Average Ceiling Price ($/MMBtu) $ 11.13 $ 11.89 $ - $ - $ - Total: Hedged Volume (MMBtu/d) 40,564 38,257 37,000 7,500 7,500 Average Price ($/MMBtu) $ 7.89 $ 8.05 $ 6.50 $ 6.00 $ 6.00   (a) Participating swap combines a swap and a call option with the same strike price.   Other Information The Partnership will host an investor conference call to discuss its results today at 10:00 a.m. (Pacific Time). Investors may access the conference call over the Internet via the Investor Relations tab of the Partnership's website (www.breitburn.com), or via telephone by dialing 877-780-3381(international callers dial +1-719-325-2370) a few minutes prior to register. Those listening via the Internet should go to the site 15 minutes early to register, download and install any necessary audio software. In addition, a replay of the call will be available through May 24, 2011 by dialing 877-870-5176 (international callers dial +1-858-384-5517) and entering replay PIN 5588903, or by going to the Investor Relations tab of the Partnership's website (www.breitburn.com). The Partnership will take live questions from securities analysts and institutional portfolio managers; the complete call is open to all other interested parties on a listen-only basis. About BreitBurn Energy Partners L.P. BreitBurn Energy Partners L.P. is a California-based publicly traded independent oil and gas limited partnership focused on the acquisition, exploitation, development and production of oil and gas properties. The Partnership's producing and non-producing crude oil and natural gas reserves are located in Northern Michigan, the Los Angeles Basin in California, the Wind River and Big Horn Basins in central Wyoming, the Sunniland Trend in Florida, and the New Albany Shale in Indiana and Kentucky. See www.BreitBurn.com for more information. Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Information This press release contains forward-looking statements relating to BreitBurn's operations that are based on management's current expectations, estimates and projections about its operations. Words and phrases such as "believes," “future,” “impact,” “guidance,” “continue,” pursue” and variations of such words and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and other factors, some of which are beyond our control and are difficult to predict. These include risks relating to the Partnership's financial performance and results, availability of sufficient cash flow to execute our business plan, prices and demand for natural gas and oil, increases in operating costs, our ability to replace reserves and efficiently develop our current reserves, political and regulatory developments relating to taxes, derivatives and our oil and gas operations, and the factors set forth under the heading "Risk Factors" incorporated by reference from our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 9, 2011, our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and our Current Reports on Form 8-K. Therefore, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what is expressed or forecasted in such forward-looking statements. The reader should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. Unless legally required, BreitBurn undertakes no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Unpredictable or unknown factors not discussed herein also could have material adverse effects on forward-looking statements. BBEP-IR           BreitBurn Energy Partners L.P. and SubsidiariesUnaudited Consolidated Balance Sheets                 March 31,December 31,Thousands20112010ASSETSCurrent assets Cash $ 6,177 $ 3,630 Accounts and other receivables, net 51,587 53,520 Derivative instruments 42,006 54,752 Related party receivables 2,556 4,345 Inventory 4,875 7,321 Prepaid expenses   5,899     6,449   Total current assets 113,100 130,017 Equity investments 7,803 7,700 Property, plant and equipment Oil and gas properties 2,142,636 2,133,099 Other assets   11,163     10,832   2,153,799 2,143,931 Accumulated depletion and depreciation   (445,446 )   (421,636 ) Net property, plant and equipment 1,708,353 1,722,295 Other long-term assets Derivative instruments 25,016 50,652 Other long-term assets   16,380     19,503     Total assets $ 1,870,652   $ 1,930,167   LIABILITIES AND EQUITYCurrent liabilities Accounts payable $ 28,029 $ 26,808 Derivative instruments 58,219 37,071 Revenue and royalties payable 17,059 16,427 Salaries and wages payable 3,938 12,594 Accrued liabilities   13,712     8,417   Total current liabilities 120,957 101,317   Credit facility 113,000 228,000 Senior notes, net 300,240 300,116 Deferred income taxes 1,057 2,089 Asset retirement obligation 46,734 47,429 Derivative instruments 91,447 39,722 Other long-term liabilities   2,066     2,237   Total liabilities 675,501 720,910 Equity Partners' equity 1,194,702 1,208,803 Noncontrolling interest   449     454   Total equity 1,195,151 1,209,257     Total liabilities and equity $ 1,870,652   $ 1,930,167     Common units outstanding 59,040 53,957                                             BreitBurn Energy Partners L.P. and SubsidiariesUnaudited Consolidated Statements of Operations   Three Months EndedMarch 31,Thousands of dollars, except per unit amounts20112010   Revenues and other income items Oil, natural gas and natural gas liquid sales $ 92,575 $ 80,469 Gain (loss) on commodity derivative instruments, net (106,177 ) 52,065 Other revenue, net   898     632   Total revenues and other income items (12,704 ) 133,166 Operating costs and expenses Operating costs 36,811 35,851 Depletion, depreciation and amortization 24,641 22,054 General and administrative expenses 12,471 11,257 Loss on sale of assets   14     115   Total operating costs and expenses   73,937     69,277     Operating income (loss) (86,641 ) 63,889   Interest expense, net of capitalized interest 9,420 3,617 (Gain) loss on interest rate swaps (343 ) 2,243 Other income, net   (3 )   (25 )   Income (loss) before taxes (95,715 ) 58,054   Income tax expense (benefit)   (1,002 )   144     Net income (loss) (94,713 ) 57,910   Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest   (34 )   (71 )   Net income (loss) attributable to the partnership   (94,747 )   57,839     Basic net income (loss) per unit $ (1.67 ) $ 1.02   Diluted net income (loss) per unit $ (1.67 ) $ 1.02         BreitBurn Energy Partners L.P. and SubsidiariesUnaudited Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows                                         Three months endedMarch 31,Thousands of dollars20112010   Cash flows from operating activities Net income (loss) $ (94,713) $ 57,910 Adjustments to reconcile to cash flows from operating activities: Depletion, depreciation and amortization 24,641 22,054 Unit-based compensation expense 5,437 4,883 Unrealized (gain) loss on derivative instruments 111,254 (40,610) Income from equity affiliates, net (103) 158 Deferred income taxes (1,032) 27 Amortization of intangibles - 124 Loss on sale of assets 14 115 Other 257 824 Changes in net assets and liabilities Accounts receivable and other assets 4,462 7,884 Inventory 2,446 (1,261) Net change in related party receivables and payables 1,789 (513) Accounts payable and other liabilities (53) (6,960) Net cash provided by operating activities 54,399 44,635 Cash flows from investing activities Capital expenditures (12,735) (9,954) Net cash used in investing activities (12,735) (9,954) Cash flows from financing activities Issuance of common units 100,482 - Distributions (23,559) - Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt 60,500 22,000 Repayments of long-term debt (175,500) (58,000) Change in book overdraft (1,003) 878 Long-term debt issuance costs (37) - Net cash used in financing activities (39,117) (35,122) Increase (decrease) in cash 2,547 (441) Cash beginning of period 3,630 5,766 Cash end of period $ 6,177 $ 5,325 Investor Relations Contacts:BreitBurn Energy Partners L.P.James G. JacksonExecutive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer213-225-5900 x273orGloria ChuInvestor Relations213-225-5900 x210