HOUSTON – Kinder Morgan, Inc.’s (NYSE: KMI) board of directors today approved a cash dividend of $0.2625 per share for the second quarter ($1.05 annualized), payable on August 17, 2020, to common stockholders of record as of the close of business on August 3, 2020. This dividend represents a 5 percent increase over the second quarter 2019.
KMI is reporting a second quarter net loss attributable to KMI of $637 million, compared to net income attributable to KMI of $518 million in the second quarter of 2019; and distributable cash flow (DCF) of $1,001 million, an 11 percent decrease from the second quarter of 2019. The net loss was primarily due to a $1,000 million non-cash impairment of goodwill associated with KMI’s natural gas non-FERC regulated midstream business driven by the recent sharp decline in natural gas production affecting a number of our assets. Without that impairment, net income for the quarter would have been $363 million.
“Despite the significant reduction in energy demand during the second quarter due to the pandemic, our company continued to generate substantial earnings and robust coverage of this quarter’s dividend,” said KMI Executive Chairman Richard D. Kinder. “While the pace of the global economic recovery remains uncertain at this time, we are seeing green shoots in some areas of our business. The board remains committed to increasing the dividend to $1.25 annualized as we projected, under far different circumstances, in 2017. The board will meet in January 2021 as usual and at that time we will have the company’s 2021 budget to help guide our decisions. In making a determination about the dividend payment, we will take into account the economic conditions prevailing and projected at that time, along with our principles of returning value to shareholders while maintaining a healthy balance sheet.”
“Protecting our employees during this historic pandemic while continuing to provide essential services to our fellow citizens remains our top priority, and I am very proud of the way our employees have responded to this challenge,” said KMI Chief Executive Officer Steve Kean. “Our teams quickly adapted to remote working and have not missed a beat in running our assets, serving our customers, generating new business and executing on projects.
“We also continue to look closely at our capital spending, our expenses, and increased operational efficiency. We have now reduced our 2020 expenses and sustaining capital expenditures by approximately $170 million combined versus our original budget without sacrificing safety and compliance. We have reduced our expansion capital outlook for 2020 by approximately $660 million, or almost 30 percent. In addition, the actions we have taken over the last several years to strengthen our balance sheet, including reducing our net debt by $10 billion since the third quarter of 2015, have increased our resiliency for these challenging times. The services we provide continue to be needed to meet our customers’ energy transportation and storage needs. Our business model, which secures much of our cash flows on a take-or-pay basis independent of underlying commodity prices, positions us well even in the current environment,” Kean concluded.
“Sharp declines in crude oil and natural gas production along with reduced demand for refined products due to the economic shutdown in the wake of the pandemic clearly affected our business and will continue to do so in the near term. Largely due to the non-cash impairment noted above, we generated a second quarter loss per common share of $0.28, compared to earnings per common share of $0.23 in the second quarter of 2019. Financial contributions from all of our business segments were down compared to the second quarter of 2019, although transport volumes in our Natural Gas Pipelines segment were up 3 percent year over year, and we saw lower interest expense, cash taxes and sustaining capital expenditures versus the same period last year,” said KMI President Kim Dang.
“Adjusted earnings per share in the second quarter of 2020 were down 23 percent compared to the second quarter of 2019. At $0.44 per common share, DCF per share was down $0.06 from the second quarter of 2019, yet we still achieved $404 million of excess DCF above our declared dividend.
“We continue to overcome challenges and make progress on our Permian Highway Pipeline project, with more than 75 percent of the construction completed. As previously announced, we expect the project to be in service early in 2021,” said Dang. “We are also nearing completion of the Elba Liquefaction project, with the sixth of ten liquefaction units placed in service during the quarter, and the seventh on July 17th. The remaining three units are expected to be placed in service before the end of this summer. Both projects are fully contracted under long term, reservation-based contracts.”
For the first six months of 2020, KMI reported net loss attributable to KMI of $943 million, compared to net income attributable to KMI of $1,074 million for the first six months of 2019, and DCF of $2,262 million, down 9 percent from $2,499 million for the comparable period in 2019. In addition to the effects of the pandemic on energy demand described above, our net loss for the first six months of 2020 includes $1,976 million of pre-tax net losses on impairments and divestitures as compared to a pre-tax net gain of $10 million in the comparable 2019 period.
For 2020, KMI’s original budget contemplated DCF of approximately $5.1 billion ($2.24 per common share) and Adjusted EBITDA of approximately $7.6 billion. Because of the pandemic-related reduced energy demand and the sharp decline in commodity prices, the company now expects DCF to be below plan by slightly more than 10 percent and Adjusted EBITDA to be below plan by slightly more than 8 percent. As a result, KMI now expects to end 2020 with a Net Debt-to-Adjusted EBITDA ratio of approximately 4.7 times. Because considerable uncertainty exists with respect to the future pace and extent of a global economic recovery from the effects of the pandemic, Table 8 below provides assumptions and sensitivities for impacts on our business over the remaining six months of 2020 that may be affected by that uncertainty.
Market conditions also negatively impacted a number of planned expansion projects such that they are not needed at this time or no longer meet our internal return thresholds. We therefore expect the budgeted $2.4 billion expansion projects and contributions to joint ventures for 2020 to be lower by approximately $660 million. With this reduction, DCF less expansion capital expenditures is improved by over $100 million compared to budget, helping to keep our balance sheet strong.
KMI expects to use internally generated cash flow to fully fund its 2020 dividend payments, as well as all of its 2020 discretionary spending.
As of June 30, 2020, we had over $3.9 billion of borrowing capacity under our $4 billion credit facility and $526 million in cash and cash equivalents. We believe our cash from operations, current cash on hand and excess borrowing capacity are more than adequate to allow us to manage our day-to-day cash requirements as well as the debt maturing over the next 18 months.
Due to the impracticality of predicting certain amounts required by GAAP such as unrealized gains and losses on derivatives marked to market and potential changes in estimates for certain contingent liabilities, KMI does not provide budgeted net income attributable to KMI and net income, the GAAP financial measures most directly comparable to the non-GAAP financial measures of DCF and Adjusted EBITDA, respectively, or budgeted metrics derived therefrom.
Overview of Business Segments
“The Natural Gas Pipelines segment’s financial performance was down for the second quarter of 2020 relative to the second quarter of 2019,” said Dang. “The segment experienced lower contributions from multiple gathering and processing assets due to sharply reduced natural gas production, from Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company (TGP) due to mild weather in the Northeast and the impact of the FERC 501-G rate settlement, and from the sale of the Cochin Pipeline in December 2019. These reduced contributions were partially offset by greater contributions from the Elba Liquefaction and the Gulf Coast Express (GCX) projects.”
Natural gas transport volumes were up 3 percent compared to the second quarter of 2019, with the largest increases on GCX, TGP, Colorado Interstate Gas (CIG), and the Texas Intrastates. Increases on GCX were due to its being placed in service, while TGP benefited from increased LNG deliveries, CIG from DJ growth and higher heating demand, and the Texas Intrastates from the continued growth in the Texas Gulf Coast market. Natural gas gathering volumes were down 8 percent from the second quarter of 2019 due primarily to decreased volumes on our KinderHawk, Oklahoma and Hiland Midstream systems.
“The severe decline in refined product demand and lower crude and condensate volumes during the second quarter reduced contributions from the Products Pipelines segment,” Dang said. “Crude and condensate pipeline volumes were down 26 percent compared to the prior period and total refined product volumes were down 31 percent compared to the second quarter of 2019.”
“Terminals segment earnings were lower compared to the second quarter of 2019 predominantly driven by the impacts of the December 2019 sale of Kinder Morgan Canada Limited (KML) and demand reduction attributable to the pandemic. In our liquids business, which accounts for approximately 80 percent of the segment, refined product volumes were down 24 percent compared to the second quarter of 2019, however the negative impact to earnings was more moderate owing to our predominantly fixed, take-or-pay contracting profile. Further, incremental storage demand driven by a contango commodity pricing environment contributed to historically-high effective utilization across our network of nearly 80 million barrels of storage capacity,” said Dang. “In our bulk business, continued strong volumes and earnings at our petroleum coke operations were more than offset by weakness in export coal, soda ash, and steel volumes.”
“The CO2 segment was negatively impacted versus the second quarter of 2019 primarily by lower crude and CO2 volumes, as well as lower NGL prices, partially offset by lower operating expenditures. Our weighted average NGL price for the quarter was down $7.74 per barrel, or 33 percent from the second quarter of 2019. Our realized weighted average crude oil price for the quarter was up 1 percent at $50.31 per barrel compared to $49.95 per barrel for the second quarter of 2019, largely driven by our Midland/Cushing basis hedges,” said Dang. “Second quarter 2020 combined oil production across all of our fields was down 13 percent compared to the same period in 2019 on a net to KMI basis.”
- The board has appointed James Holland, currently President of the Products Pipelines business segment, as Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Kinder Morgan, Inc., effective immediately. Dax Sanders, Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, has been appointed to succeed Mr. Holland as Products Pipelines President. Mr. Holland has been with Kinder Morgan or predecessor companies for more than 25 years and has held various positions in the Products Pipelines business. He was named Vice President of Logistics for the Products Pipelines group in 2004, Vice President of Technical Services in 2012, and President of Products Pipelines in 2017. As COO, Mr. Holland will enhance KMI’s focus on excellence in operations, with a particular emphasis on continuous improvement in KMI’s best in class environment, social and governance (ESG) program.
Natural Gas Pipelines
- The Permian Highway Pipeline (PHP) is more than 75 percent mechanically complete, and is expected to be placed in service in early 2021. The approximately $2 billion project is designed to transport up to 2.1 Bcf/d of natural gas through approximately 430 miles of 42-inch pipeline from the Waha area to U.S. Gulf Coast and Mexico markets. The project is fully subscribed under long-term, binding agreements. Kinder Morgan Texas Pipeline (KMTP), EagleClaw Midstream and Altus Midstream each hold an ownership interest of approximately 26.7 percent, and an affiliate of an anchor shipper has a 20 percent interest. KMTP is building and will operate the pipeline.
- Elba Liquefaction Company (ELC) is continuing the commissioning and startup activities on the remaining units that comprise its portion of the Elba Liquefaction project. The seventh unit was placed in service earlier this month. The final three units are expected to be placed in service during the summer of 2020. The facility will have a total liquefaction capacity of approximately 2.5 million tons per year of LNG, equivalent to approximately 350 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d) of natural gas. The nearly $2 billion project is supported by long-term contracts with Shell. ELC, a KMI joint venture with EIG Global Energy Partners as a 49 percent partner, owns the liquefaction units and other ancillary equipment. Other facilities associated with the project are 100 percent owned by KMI.
- Construction activities continue on KMI’s approximately $260 million expansion projects designed to increase the delivery capacity by 1.4 Bcf/d on its Texas intrastate system. This expansion capacity will serve future LNG, industrial, electric generation and local distribution company expansions along the Texas Gulf Coast. Construction of the expansion projects is on schedule and expected to be placed in service during the fourth quarter of 2020.
- On June 30, 2020, TGP filed an application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) requesting a certificate order authorizing TGP’s East 300 Upgrade Project. TGP has entered into a long-term, binding agreement with Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. to provide 115,000 dekatherms per day (Dth/d) of capacity to their distribution system. The approximately $246 million expansion project involves upgrading and adding compression facilities on TGP’s system. Pending the receipt of all required permits, construction will begin in March 2022 with an expected in-service date of November 1, 2022.
- On May 8, 2020, Kinder Morgan received regulatory approval to proceed with an open season on its Mier-Monterrey Pipeline system in Mexico that began on July 13, 2020, and will conclude on August 7, 2020. The approximately $22 million project involves expanding the system’s existing capacity by 35,000 MMbtu/d, and is substantially anchored by a long-term, binding agreement of 31,000 MMBTU/d. The project is expected to be in service in the second quarter of 2021.
- The approximately $140 million El Paso Natural Gas (EPNG) South Mainline Expansion Project was placed in service on July 9, 2020. The project increases EPNG’s South Mainline system’s capacity by approximately 203,000 Dth/d by modifying and expanding portions of the system in Texas, New Mexico and Arizona to meet increased demand for natural gas from Arizona electric utility providers and for U.S.-produced natural gas exports to Mexico. The project also provides for incremental delivery capacity into California.
- Construction is progressing on the Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America’s (NGPL) Sabine Pass Compression Project, which is expected to be complete by October 1, 2020. The approximately $68 million project (KMI’s share: approximately $34 million), supported by a long-term take-or-pay contract, will add compression capacity on NGPL’s Louisiana system in order to deliver additional natural gas to the Sabine Pass Liquefaction facility in Cameron Parish.
- Construction is underway on NGPL’s Gulf Coast Southbound project. The approximately $220 million project (KMI’s share: $110 million) will increase southbound capacity on NGPL’s Gulf Coast System by approximately 300,000 Dth/d to serve Corpus Christi Liquefaction, LLC. The project is supported by a long-term take-or-pay contract and is expected to be placed into service in the first half of 2021.
- Construction is underway on NGPL’s approximately $52 million Lockridge to Waha Project (KMI’s share: $26 million). The project will enable NGPL to deliver up to 500,000 Dth/d to the Waha Hub with an extension of its Amarillo system, and is supported by long-term take-or-pay contracts. The extension is expected to be placed in service early in the fourth quarter of 2020.
- Many elements of a series of projects at Kinder Morgan’s Pasadena Terminal and Jefferson Street Truck Rack located on the Houston Ship Channel are complete and in service with the balance to be completed by end of the third quarter of 2020. The projects totaling approximately $127 million include increasing flow rates on inbound pipeline connections and outbound dock lines, tank modifications that will add butane blending and vapor combustion capabilities to 10 storage tanks, expansion of the current methyl tert-butyl ether storage and blending platform, and a new dedicated natural gasoline (C5) inbound connection. The improvements are supported by long-term agreements.
- Construction is progressing on the butane-on-demand blending system at KMI’s Galena Park Terminal. The approximately $45 million project includes construction of a 30,000-barrel butane sphere and a new inbound C4 pipeline connection, as well as tank and piping modifications to extend butane blending capabilities to 25 tanks, two ship docks, and six cross-channel pipelines. The project is supported by a long-term agreement with an investment grade midstream company and is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2021.
- Construction is nearing completion on an expansion of Kinder Morgan’s market-leading Argo ethanol hub. The project, which spans both the Argo and Chicago Liquids facilities, includes 105,000 barrels of additional ethanol storage capacity and enhancements to the system’s rail loading, rail unloading and barge loading capabilities. The approximately $19 million project will improve the system’s inbound and outbound modal balances, adding greater product-clearing efficiencies to this industry-critical pricing and liquidity hub. The project is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2020.
- Construction activities continue on a facility upgrade at the Battleground Oil Specialty Terminal Company LLC (BOSTCO), a leading fuel oil storage terminal on the Houston Ship Channel. The approximately $22 million project, which is expected to be placed in service in the fourth quarter of 2020, will add piping to allow for segregation of high sulfur and low sulfur fuel oils. KMI owns a 55 percent interest in and is the operator of BOSTCO.
- The CO2 segment continues to focus on capital discipline and economic production. Ongoing optimization of project performance and costs, combined with higher commodity prices, have allowed renewed consideration of some projects. During the quarter we curtailed approximately 3 percent of production, but improved commodity pricing has allowed the majority of that production to restart without operational issue or reservoir recovery impact.
Kinder Morgan, Inc. (NYSE: KMI) is one of the largest energy infrastructure companies in North America. Our mission is to provide energy transportation and storage services in a safe, efficient and environmentally responsible manner for the benefit of people, communities and businesses. Our vision is delivering energy to improve lives and create a better world. We own an interest in or operate approximately 83,000 miles of pipelines and 147 terminals. Our pipelines transport natural gas, refined petroleum products, crude oil, condensate, CO2 and other products, and our terminals store and handle various commodities including gasoline, diesel fuel chemicals, ethanol, metals and petroleum coke. For more information, please visit www.kindermorgan.com.
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