Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. recently reported its financial results for the quarter ended December 31, 2016. For the three months ended December 31, 2016 Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. (“ETP” or the “Partnership”) reported a net loss of $362 million, a decrease of $383 million compared to net income of $21 million for the same period last year, primarily due to non-cash impairments of $813 million recorded in the current period. Adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended December 31, 2016 totaled $1.43 billion, an increase of $73 million over the same period last year. Distributable Cash Flow attributable to the partners of ETP, as adjusted, for the three months ended December 31, 2016 totaled $796 million, a decrease of $83 million compared to the same period last year, primarily due to a current tax benefit that was recorded in the prior year. Excluding the impact of the change in current tax benefit between periods, Distributable Cash Flow attributable to the partners of ETP, as adjusted, increased approximately $100 million compared to the fourth quarter of 2015.
In January 2017, ETP announced a quarterly distribution of $1.055 per unit ($4.22 annualized) on ETP Common Units for the quarter ended December 31, 2016.
ETP’s other recent key accomplishments include the following:
In November 2016, ETP and Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. (“Sunoco Logistics”) entered into a merger agreement providing for the acquisition of ETP by Sunoco Logistics in a unit-for-unit transaction. Under the terms of the transaction, ETP unitholders will receive 1.5 common units of Sunoco Logistics for each common unit of ETP they own.
On November 1, 2016, ETP acquired certain interests in PennTex Midstream Partners, LP (“PennTex”) from various parties for total consideration of approximately $640 million in ETP units and cash.
In February 2017, ETP announced that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) approved Rover Pipeline LLC’s (“Rover”) application to construct and operate the Rover Pipeline project, allowing Rover to move forward with its targeted in-service goals of July 2017 for Phase I and November 2017 for Phase II.
On February 8, 2017, ETP announced that Dakota Access, LLC had received an easement from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (“Army Corps”) to construct a pipeline across land owned by the Army Corps on both sides of Lake Oahe in North Dakota. With the receipt of the easement, ETP expects to commence commercial operations on the Dakota Access Pipeline and the adjoining Energy Transfer Crude Oil Pipeline (collectively, the “Bakken Pipeline”) in the second quarter of 2017. In addition, the previously announced project financing for the Bakken Pipeline and the sale of a 36.75% interest in the Bakken Pipeline were completed in February 2017.
In January 2017, the previously announced Comanche Trail Pipeline, which transports natural gas from the Permian Basin to Mexico, was placed into service.
In the fourth quarter of 2016, ETP issued 6.5 million common units through its at-the-market equity program, generating net proceeds of $236 million. In addition, in January 2017, ETP raised $568 million through a private placement of its common units and $1.48 billion through a senior notes offering.
As of December 31, 2016, ETP’s $3.75 billion revolving credit facility had $2.78 billion of outstanding borrowings, and its leverage ratio, as defined by the credit agreement, was 4.32x.
An analysis of ETP’s segment results and other supplementary data is provided after the financial tables shown below. ETP has scheduled a conference call for 8:00 a.m. Central Time, Thursday, February 23, 2017 to discuss the 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 ETP’s website for a limited time.