Energy Transfer Equity, L.P. (NYSE:ETE) (“ETE” or the “Partnership”) today reported financial results for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2016.
ETE’s net income attributable to partners was $233 million for the three months ended December 31, 2016 as compared to $314 million for the three months ended December 31, 2015. Distributable Cash Flow, as adjusted, was $299 million for the three months ended December 31, 2016 as compared to $343 million for the three months ended December 31, 2015.
The decreases in net income attributable to partners and Distributable Cash Flow, as adjusted, were primarily driven by a $95 million reduction in incentive distributions from ETP. As previously reported, ETE has agreed to a reduction in incentive distributions from ETP in the aggregate amount of $720 million over a period of seven quarters, beginning the quarter ended June 30, 2016.
The Partnership’s recent key accomplishments and other developments include the following:
In January 2017, ETE issued 32.2 million common units representing limited partner interests in the Partnership to certain institutional investors in a private transaction for gross proceeds of approximately $580 million, which ETE used to purchase 15.8 million newly issued ETP common units.
On January 26, 2017, the Partnership announced its quarterly cash distribution of $0.285 per ETE common unit for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2016, or $1.14 per unit on an annualized basis.
As of December 31, 2016, ETE’s $1.50 billion revolving credit facility had $875 million of outstanding borrowings and its leverage ratio, as defined by the credit agreement, was 3.00x.
The Partnership has scheduled a conference call for 8:00 a.m. Central Time, Thursday, February 23, 2017 to discuss its fourth quarter 2016 results. The conference call will be broadcast live via an internet webcast, which can be accessed through www.energytransfer.com and will also be available for replay on the Partnership’s website for a limited time.
The Partnership’s principal sources of cash flow are derived from distributions related to its direct and indirect investments in the limited and general partner interests in Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. (“ETP”) and Sunoco LP, including 100% of ETP’s and Sunoco LP’s incentive distribution rights, ETP and Sunoco LP common units, ETP Class I Units, and, through ETP Class H Units, which track 90% of the underlying economics of the general partner interest and IDRs of Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. (“Sunoco Logistics”), as well as the Partnership’s ownership of Lake Charles LNG. The Partnership’s primary cash requirements are for general and administrative expenses, debt service requirements and distributions to its partners.