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PVR Partners Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2012 Results

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

PVR Partners Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2012 Results08:30 EST Wednesday, February 20, 2013RADNOR, Pa., Feb. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- PVR Partners, L.P. (NYSE: PVR) ("PVR") today reported financial and operational results for the three months and the full year ended December 31, 2012.(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110224/PH54022LOGO )Full Year 2012 ResultsFull year 2012 highlights and results, with comparisons to full year 2011 results, included the following:Adjusted EBITDA of $239.0 million as compared to $242.9 million.Distributable cash flow ("DCF") of $119.1 million as compared to $143.8 million.Average daily natural gas throughput volumes of 1,018 million cubic feet per day ("MMcfd") as compared with 535 MMcfd.Coal royalty tons of 30.2 million as compared with 38.4 million.Adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow are not Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("GAAP") measures.  Definitions and reconciliations of these non-GAAP measures to GAAP reporting measures appear in the financial tables which follow.Fourth Quarter ResultsFourth quarter 2012 highlights and results, with comparisons to fourth quarter 2011 results, included the following:Adjusted EBITDA of $67.8 million as compared to $58.9 million.DCF of $34.0 million as compared to $36.7 million.Average daily natural gas throughput volumes of 1,388 MMcfd as compared with 683 MMcfd.Coal royalty tons of 6.6 million as compared with 8.9 million.Quarterly DistributionAs previously announced, the Board of Directors of PVR GP, LLC, the general partner of PVR, declared a quarterly distribution of $0.55 per unit payable in cash on February 14, 2013 to common unitholders of record at the close of business on February 8, 2013.  This distribution equates to an annualized rate of $2.20 per unit, and represents a 1.9% increase over the prior quarter and a 7.8% increase over the distribution paid with respect to the fourth quarter of 2011.Management Comment"Our Eastern Midstream Segment continued to demonstrate solid growth during the fourth quarter," said Bill Shea, President and CEO of PVR's general partner.  "The volume gains and operating results of our Eastern Midstream Segment benefited from the start of service of the Wyoming County trunkline at the beginning of the quarter, and the continuing build-out of our other projects in the Marcellus."Our overall operating results continue to be affected by weak coal demand in our Coal and Natural Resource Management Segment, and low commodity prices in the Midcontinent Midstream Segment," continued Mr. Shea.  "We believe these factors will continue to impact our business during 2013, and have adjusted our financial guidance accordingly for the year."Eastern Midstream SegmentThe Eastern Midstream Segment reported fourth quarter 2012 results, with comparisons to fourth quarter 2011 results, as follows:Adjusted EBITDA of $33.1 million as compared to $8.9 million, primarily due to the continued development of internal growth projects and the acquisition of Chief Gathering LLC.Quarterly average throughput volumes of 967 million cubic feet per day ("MMcfd"), as compared to 243 MMcfd.  The volume growth reflects the expansion of business on PVR's existing systems, as well as the acquisition and expansion of the Chief Gathering systems.Midcontinent Midstream SegmentThe Midcontinent Midstream Segment reported fourth quarter 2012 results, with comparisons to fourth quarter 2011 results, as follows:Adjusted EBITDA of $14.2 million as compared to $15.3 million, primarily due to low commodity prices, the migration to lower-margin fee-based contracts, and the sale of our Crossroads system, partially offset by increased volumes.  EBITDA adjustments include the netting of an $8.7 million equity investment impairment recognized in segment revenues.Quarterly average throughput volumes of 421 MMcfd, as compared to 440 MMcfd.  Fourth quarter 2011 volumes include approximately 47 MMcfd attributable to the Crossroads system that was sold on July 3, 2012.Coal and Natural Resource Management SegmentThe Coal and Natural Resource Management Segment reported fourth quarter 2012 results, with comparisons to fourth quarter 2011 results, as follows:Adjusted EBITDA of $20.5 million as compared to $34.6 million, primarily due to decreased coal production and pricing.Coal royalty tons of 6.6 million tons, as compared to 8.9 million tons.Coal royalties revenue of $23.0 million, or $3.47 per ton, as compared to $38.4 million, or $4.33 per ton.Capital Investment and ResourcesWe invested $209.4 million on internal growth projects in our midstream businesses during the fourth quarter of 2012, of which $175.8 million was invested in the Eastern Midstream Segment.  Full year 2012 internal growth project investment totaled $528.8 million, including $410.6 million in the Eastern Midstream Segment.As of December 31, 2012, we had borrowings of $590.0 million under our $1.0 billion revolving credit facility, with remaining borrowing capacity of $402.1 million after adjusting for outstanding letters of credit.Expansion Projects UpdateThe Phase III extension and the Canton Lateral on our Lycoming County, Pennsylvania gas trunkline and water line began full commercial operation at the end of the fourth quarter.  These projects gather gas and deliver water for affiliates of Southwestern Energy Company and Royal Dutch Shell.  We are also currently flowing volumes on the initial phase of the new gathering system in Lycoming County to service the acreage dedications of Inflection Energy.  The build-out of that project continues to proceed on schedule.Financial Guidance for 2013Based on current expectations, management has updated its Adjusted EBITDA guidance for 2013.  2013 Adjusted EBITDA for the Eastern Midstream Segment is expected to be in the range of $190 - $230 million, the Midcontinent Midstream Segment is expected to be in the range of $70 to $80 million and the Coal and Natural Resource Management Segment is expected to be in the range of $75 to $85 million.  Based on current expectations, management believes that 2013 maintenance capital expenditures will be in the range of $14 to $18 million and internal growth capital will be in the range of $350 to $400 million.  Management will discontinue providing financial guidance for distributable cash flow.PVR's financial guidance is based on numerous assumptions about future events and conditions and, therefore, could vary materially from actual results.  These estimates, including capital expenditure plans, are meant to provide guidance only and are subject to revision for acquisitions or operating environment changes.  Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP measure; reconciliations of non-GAAP measures to GAAP reporting measures appear in the financial tables which follow.Fourth Quarter / Full Year 2012 Financial and Operational Results Conference CallA conference call and webcast, during which management will discuss full year and fourth quarter 2012 financial and operational results, is scheduled for Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time.  Prepared remarks by members of company management will be followed by a question and answer period.  Interested parties may listen via webcast at http://www.videonewswire.com/event.asp?id=92137 or by logging on using the link posted on our website, www.pvrpartners.com.  Participants who would like to ask questions may join the conference via phone by dialing 800-860-2442 (international 412-858-4600) five to ten minutes before the scheduled start of the conference call (reference the PVR Partners' call).  An on-demand replay of the webcast will be available on our website shortly after the conclusion of the call.  A telephonic replay of the call will be available through February 27 by dialing 877-344-7529 (international: 412-317-0088) and using conference playback number 10024845.******PVR Partners, L.P. (NYSE: PVR) is a publicly traded limited partnership which owns and operates a network of natural gas midstream pipelines and processing plants, and owns and manages coal and natural resource properties.  Our midstream assets, located principally in Texas, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania, provide gathering, transportation, compression, processing, dehydration and related services to natural gas producers.  Our coal and natural resource properties, located in the Appalachian, Illinois and San Juan basins, are leased to experienced operators in exchange for royalty payments.  More information about PVR is available on our website at www.pvrpartners.com.******This release is intended to be a qualified notice under Treasury Regulation Section 1.1446-4(b).  Brokers and nominees should treat one hundred percent (100.0%) of the Partnership's distributions to non-U.S. investors as being attributable to income that is effectively connected with a United States trade or business.  Accordingly, the Partnership's distributions to non-U.S. investors are subject to federal income tax withholding at the highest applicable effective tax rate.******This press release includes "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of federal securities laws. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, included in this release that address activities, events or developments that the Partnership expects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements.  These forward-looking statements rely on a number of assumptions concerning future events and are subject to a number of uncertainties, factors and risks, many of which are outside the Partnership's ability to control or predict, which could cause results to differ materially from those expected by management. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, regulatory, economic and market conditions, our ability realize the anticipated benefits from the acquisition of Chief Gathering LLC, the timing and success of business development efforts and other uncertainties.  Additional information concerning these and other factors can be found in our press releases and public periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 and most recently filed Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.  Readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which reflect management's views only as of the date hereof.  We undertake no obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statements, or to make any other forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.Contact:Stephen R. MilbourneDirector - Investor RelationsPhone: 610-975-8204E-Mail: invest@pvrpartners.com PVR PARTNERS, L.P.CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS - unaudited(in thousands, except per unit data)Three Months EndedYear EndedDecember 31,December 31,2012201120122011Revenues     Natural gas $      99,462$    102,243$    315,242$    426,690     Natural gas liquids108,377126,379424,538500,658     Gathering fees19,7367,73453,83120,409     Trunkline  fees18,6095,95747,00217,454     Coal royalties22,98338,369114,133162,915     Other  (1)4117,09253,00831,849Total revenues269,578287,7741,007,7541,159,975Expenses     Cost of gas purchased176,802204,642630,345817,937     Operating20,78614,49968,31657,611     General and administrative12,8789,78047,45241,480     Acquisition related costs--14,049-     Impairments--124,845-     Depreciation, depletion and amortization43,04324,019127,34489,376Total expenses253,509252,9401,012,3511,006,404Operating income (loss)16,06934,834(4,597)153,571Other income (expense)     Interest expense(23,157)(10,481)(68,773)(44,287)     Derivatives90(7,153)2,291(13,442)     Interest income and other128117457501Net income (loss) (6,870)17,317(70,622)96,343Net loss (income) attributable to noncontrolling interests (pre-merger)---664Net income (loss) attributable to PVR Partners', L.P.$      (6,870)$      17,317$    (70,622)$      97,007Earnings (loss) per common unit, basic and diluted$        (0.30)$          0.23$        (1.43)$          1.45Weighted average number of common units outstanding, basic and diluted93,33376,20786,22266,342Weighted average number of Class B units outstanding22,14913,630Weighted average number of Special units outstanding10,3466,473Other data by segment:Eastern Midstream:Gathered volumes (MMcfd)56215438974Trunkline volumes (MMcfd) (2)4058919740Midcontinent Midstream:Daily throughput volumes (MMcfd) 421440432421Coal and Natural Resource Management:Coal royalty tons (in thousands)6,6308,85630,21438,357(1) Includes a $31.3 second quarter gain on sale of plant and a $8.7 million impairment charge related to an equity investment in the fourth quarter of 2012.(2) Trunkline volumes include a significant portion of gathered volumes. PVR PARTNERS, L.P.CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS - unaudited(in thousands)December 31,December 31,20122011Assets     Cash and cash equivalents$         14,713$           8,640     Accounts receivable133,546101,340     Assets held for sale11,450-     Other current assets5,4465,640         Total current assets165,155115,620     Property, plant and equipment, net1,989,3461,282,297     Other long-term assets844,208196,075          Total assets$    2,998,709$    1,593,992Liabilities and Partners' Capital     Accounts payable and accrued liabilities$       197,034$       124,082     Deferred income3,7883,416     Derivative liabilities-12,042         Total current liabilities200,822139,540     Other long-term liabilities35,46831,748     Senior notes 900,000300,000     Revolving credit facility590,000541,000     Partners' capital1,272,419581,704          Total liabilities and partners' capital$    2,998,709$    1,593,992CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS - unaudited(in thousands)Three Months EndedYear EndedDecember 31,December 31,2012201120122011Cash flows from operating activities     Net income (loss)$          (6,870)$         17,317$        (70,622)$         96,343     Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to          net cash provided by operating activities:     Gain on sale of plant--(31,292)-     Depreciation, depletion and amortization43,04324,019127,34489,376     Impairments--124,845-     Commodity derivative contracts:     Total derivative (gains) losses included in net income(90)7,153(2,291)13,442     Cash payments to settle derivatives for the period(1,701)(6,211)(10,279)(25,688)     Non-cash interest expense1,6071,0445,8245,779     Non-cash unit-based compensation(215)1,0404,4283,845     Equity earnings, net of distributions received11,1663,82511,3088,460     Other(103)(76)(1,032)(985)     Changes in operating assets and liabilities(36,368)(89)(12,972)(242)Net cash provided by operating activities10,46948,022145,261190,330Cash flows from investing activitiesAcquisitions, net of cash acquired-(23,868)(850,156)(146,003)Additions to property, plant and equipment(163,926)(88,803)(512,375)(230,599)Joint venture capital contributions(15,300)(500)(37,200)(500)Proceeds from sale of plant--62,271-Other3783171,2862,875Net cash used in investing activities(178,848)(112,854)(1,336,174)(374,227)Cash flows from financing activitiesNet proceeds from equity offerings165,705189,164743,448189,164Proceeds from issuance of senior notes--600,000-Distributions to partners(47,740)(35,600)(176,256)(135,296)Proceeds from (repayments of) borrowings, net55,000(94,000)49,000133,000Cash paid for debt issuance costs--(19,206)(3,675)Cash paid for merger---(6,620)Net cash provided by financing activities172,96559,5641,196,986176,573Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents4,586(5,268)6,073(7,324)Cash and cash equivalents - beginning of period10,12713,9088,64015,964Cash and cash equivalents - end of period$         14,713$           8,640$         14,713$           8,640 PVR PARTNERS, L.P.CERTAIN NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES - unaudited(in thousands)Three Months EndedYear EndedDecember 31,December 31,Guidance Range2012201120122011Full Year 2013Reconciliation of Non-GAAP "Segment Adjusted EBITDA" to GAAP "Net income (loss)":Segment Adjusted EBITDA (a):Eastern Midstream$      33,104$        8,886$      82,164$      23,433$  190,000$  230,000Midcontinent Midstream14,16715,32652,16866,41070,00080,000Coal and Natural Resource Management20,54134,641104,717153,10475,00085,000Total segment adjusted EBITDA$      67,812$      58,853$    239,049$    242,947$  335,000$  395,000Adjustments to reconcile total Segment Adjusted EBITDA to Net income (loss)Depreciation, depletion and amortization(43,043)(24,019)(127,344)(89,376)(170,000)(180,000)Impairments on PP&E and equity investments(8,700)-(133,545)---Acquisition related costs--(14,049)---Gain on sale of plant--31,292---Interest expense(23,157)(10,481)(68,773)(44,287)(95,000)(100,000)Derivatives90(7,153)2,291(13,442)--Other128117457501--Net income (loss)$      (6,870)$      17,317$    (70,622)$      96,343$    70,000$  115,000Reconciliation of GAAP "Net income (loss)" to Non-GAAP "Distributable cash flow":Net income (loss)$      (6,870)$      17,317$    (70,622)$      96,343Depreciation, depletion and amortization43,04324,019127,34489,376Impairments on PP&E and equity investments 8,700-133,545-Acquisition related costs--14,049-Gain on sale of plant--(31,292)-Derivative contracts:  Derivative losses included in net income(90)7,153(2,291)13,442  Cash payments to settle derivatives for the period(1,701)(6,211)(10,279)(25,688)Equity earnings from joint ventures, net of distributions 2,4663,8252,6088,460Maintenance capital expenditures(4,821)(2,679)(17,018)(11,211)Replacement capital expenditures(6,725)(6,725)(26,900)(26,900)Distributable cash flow (b)$      34,002$      36,699$    119,144$    143,822Distribution to Partners:Total cash distribution paid during the period$      47,740$      35,600$    176,256$    135,296Reconciliation of GAAP "Net income (loss)" to Non-GAAP "Net income as adjusted":Net income (loss)$      (6,870)$      17,317$    (70,622)$      96,343Impairments on PP&E and equity investments 8,700-133,545-Acquisition related costs--14,049-Gain on sale of plant--(31,292)-Adjustments for derivatives:Derivative losses included in net income(90)7,153(2,291)13,442Cash payments to settle derivatives for the period(1,701)(6,211)(10,279)(25,688)Net income (loss), as adjusted (c)$             39$      18,259$      33,110$      84,097(a)  Adjusted EBITDA, or earnings before interest, tax and depreciation, depletion and amortization ("DD&A"), represents operating income plus DD&A, plus impairments on both PP&E and equity investments, plus acquisition related costs, minus gains on sale of plant.  We believe EBITDA or a version of Adjusted EBITDA is commonly used by investors and professional research analysts in the valuation, comparison, rating and investment recommendations of companies in the natural gas midstream and coal industries. We use this information for comparative purposes within the industry. EBITDA is not a measure of financial performance under GAAP and should not be considered as a measure of liquidity or as an alternative to net income.  (b)  Distributable cash flow represents net income plus DD&A, plus impairments on both PP&E and equity investments, plus acquisition related costs, minus gain on sale of plant, plus (minus) derivative losses (gains) included in net income, plus (minus) cash received (paid) for derivative settlements, minus equity earnings in joint ventures, plus cash distributions from joint ventures, minus maintenance capital expenditures, minus replacement capital expenditures.  Distributable cash flow is also the quantitative standard used by investors and professional research analysts in the valuation, comparison, rating and investment recommendations of publicly traded partnerships. Distributable cash flow is presented because we believe it is a useful adjunct to net cash provided by operating activities under GAAP. Distributable cash flow is not a measure of financial performance under GAAP and should not be considered as an alternative to cash flows from operating, investing or financing activities, as an indicator of cash flows, as a measure of liquidity or as an alternative to net income.  (c)  Net income, as adjusted, represents net income adjusted to exclude the effects impairments on both PP&E and equity investments, one-time charges related to acquisitions, gains on sale of plant, and non-cash changes in the fair value of derivatives. We believe this presentation is commonly used by investors and professional research analysts in the valuation, comparison, rating and investment recommendations of companies in the natural gas midstream industry. We use this information for comparative purposes within the industry. Net income, as adjusted, is not a measure of financial performance under GAAP and should not be considered as a measure of liquidity or as an alternative to net income.  PVR PARTNERS, L.P.QUARTERLY SEGMENT INFORMATION - unaudited(in thousands)Eastern MidstreamThree Months EndedYear EndedDecember 31,December 31,2012201120122011Revenues     Gathering fees$          18,658$            3,631$         46,975$           8,716     Trunkline fees18,6095,95747,00217,454     Other2,686-5,373-        Total revenues39,9539,58899,35026,170Expenses     Operating 3,1216017,3321,499     General and administrative3,7281019,8541,238     Acquisition related costs--14,049-     Depreciation, depletion and amortization20,3912,09242,7134,243       Total expenses27,2402,79473,9486,980Operating income $          12,713$            6,794$         25,402$         19,190Midcontinent MidstreamThree Months EndedYear EndedDecember 31,December 31,2012201120122011Revenues     Natural gas$          99,462$        102,243$       315,242$       426,690     Natural gas liquids108,377126,379424,538500,658     Gathering fees1,0784,1036,85611,693     Other (1)(8,247)93725,0875,811        Total revenues200,670233,662771,723944,852Expenses     Cost of gas purchased176,802204,642630,345817,937     Operating 12,5678,54644,20938,945     General and administrative5,8345,14822,40921,560     Impairments--124,845-     Depreciation, depletion and amortization14,60912,72851,82947,956       Total expenses209,812231,064873,637926,398Operating income (loss) $          (9,142)$            2,598$      (101,914)$         18,454Coal and Natural Resource ManagementThree Months EndedYear EndedDecember 31,December 31,2012201120122011Revenues     Coal royalties$          22,983$          38,369$       114,133$       162,915     Coal services1,0382,1005,6218,839     Timber1,6201,1975,9045,031     Oil and gas royalties6919282,8563,944     Other2,6231,9308,1678,224        Total revenues28,95544,524136,681188,953Expenses     Operating 5,0985,35216,77517,167     General and administrative3,3164,53115,18918,682     Depreciation, depletion and amortization8,0439,19932,80237,177       Total expenses16,45719,08264,76673,026Operating income$          12,498$          25,442$         71,915$       115,927(1) Includes a $31.3 second quarter gain on sale of plant and a $8.7 million impairment charge related to an equity investment in the fourth quarter of 2012.  SOURCE PVR Partners, L.P.