HOUSTON, Oct. 31, 2012 - Phillips 66 (NYSE: PSX) announces third-quarter earnings of $1.6 billion and adjusted earnings of $1.9 billion. This compares with earnings of $1.0 billion and adjusted earnings of $1.5 billion in the third quarter of 2011.
“We had a solid quarter as a result of achieving strong utilization rates and running more advantaged feedstocks. We continue to focus on safe and reliable operations throughout the company,” said Greg Garland, Phillips 66 chairman and chief executive officer. “Our operating cash flow enabled us to return more than $235 million of capital to our shareholders.”
“Our participation in refining and marketing, midstream and chemicals creates unique potential for growth. Our portfolio provides us the opportunity to invest in high-value infrastructure, midstream and chemicals projects,” Garland added.
Refining and Marketing (R&M)
R&M generated earnings of $1,648 million during the third quarter, compared with $785 million a year ago. R&M adjusted earnings were $1,675 million, an increase of $414 million from the same period last year. Within R&M, Refining recorded earnings of $1,580 million, and Marketing, Specialties and Other generated $68 million.
Refining adjusted earnings were $568 million higher than a year ago largely as a result of improved refining margins. Average worldwide market crack spreads increased approximately 40 percent, and the company captured most of this improvement achieving a realized refining margin of $17.05 per barrel. In the Central Corridor region, the company’s realized refining margin was $31.83 per barrel, capturing 88 percent of the market crack spread. Compared with the same quarter last year, Phillips 66’s worldwide refining utilization increased from 92 percent to 96 percent, despite a three-week shutdown of the Alliance Refinery due to Hurricane Isaac.
The company has the capability to run lower-cost Canadian crudes and has access to multiple transportation systems to reliably deliver these crudes to its U.S. refineries. Additionally, the company is taking steps to process more advantaged crudes as part of its ongoing strategy to enhance returns. During the third quarter, 63 percent of the company’s U.S. crude slate was considered advantaged.
Compared with the second quarter of 2012, Refining earnings benefitted approximately $250 million from feedstock advantages as the company realized reduced crude costs versus Light Louisiana Sweet (LLS) in the Gulf Coast region and Brent in the Atlantic Basin/Europe region. Crude advantages in the Central Corridor region remained particularly strong, in line with the second quarter. In addition, Refining earnings improved by approximately $100 million in the third quarter due to inventory impacts. Refining pre-tax turnaround expenses were $34 million, $80 million less than the second quarter of 2012.
Marketing, Specialties and Other contributed adjusted earnings of $95 million during the third quarter, a decrease of $154 million from the prior year. Overall margins declined primarily due to inventory management, as well as lower marketing margins, attributable to increasing product costs. In addition, supply disruptions, such as those caused by Hurricane Isaac, adversely impacted results.
The Midstream segment recorded a loss of $77 million for the third quarter, including a $133 million noncash impairment of Phillips 66’s investment in the Rockies Express Pipeline (REX). Midstream adjusted earnings were $56 million, compared with $118 million the prior year. This decrease was primarily related to the company’s equity investment in DCP Midstream (DCP) which experienced declining natural gas liquids (NGL) prices and higher operating costs, partially offset by lower depreciation expense. Phillips 66’s share of DCP’s third-quarter earnings were $39 million, compared with $87 million a year ago.
In the third quarter, NGL prices declined more than 40 percent from the same period in 2011. This significant decrease was caused by growing NGL production from liquids-rich shale plays with limited corresponding demand increase.
DCP’s gross NGL production was 398,000 barrels per day, a slight increase from the third quarter of last year. This production increase was limited by pipeline capacity constraints, primarily in the South and Permian regions, and lower ethane prices in the Conway market.
The Chemicals segment consists of Phillips 66’s equity investment in Chevron Phillips Chemical Company (CPChem). Chemicals third-quarter earnings were $153 million. Adjusted earnings of $275 million exclude losses associated with the early retirement of debt, impairments of fixed assets and an increase in deferred tax liabilities.
Adjusted earnings improved $82 million compared to the same quarter last year, primarily due to improved margins and lower utility costs. Stronger olefins chain margins resulted from lower ethane and propane feedstock prices. CPChem captured cost advantages in the North American and Middle East ethylene and derivative markets by achieving high utilization rates. In CPChem’s Olefins and Polyolefins segment, global utilization was 97 percent during the third quarter, consistent with performance from the same period last year.
As planned, CPChem fully repaid its outstanding fixed-rate notes by retiring the remaining $400 million of notes during the quarter. Distributions to its owners, which had been suspended during the period of debt repayment, resumed early in the fourth quarter.
Corporate and Other
Corporate and Other costs, including interest expense, repositioning costs, corporate staff compensation and benefits, and technology, were $125 million after-tax for the quarter. Adjusted for $13 million of repositioning expenses, costs were $112 million for the third quarter including $47 million of net interest expense.
Financial Position, Liquidity and Return of Capital
During the quarter Phillips 66 generated $1.9 billion in cash from operations. The company funded a $339 million capital program.
The company ended the third quarter with $4.4 billion of cash and cash equivalents and $8.0 billion of debt. The debt-to-capital ratio was 28 percent, improved from 30 percent at the end of the second quarter. The net-debt-to-capital ratio was 15 percent at quarter close.
The company realized strong returns in the third quarter with a reported year-to-date (YTD) annualized return on capital employed (ROCE) of 18 percent. R&M and Chemicals reported returns of 21 percent and 25 percent, respectively.
Phillips 66 paid $125 million in dividends and repurchased $111 million of common stock as part of the company’s share repurchase plan. In October, Phillips 66’s Board of Directors declared a $0.25 per share dividend payable in the fourth quarter, representing a 25 percent increase. This dividend increase, along with the company’s $1.0 billion share repurchase plan, are part of Phillips 66’s strategy to return capital to its shareholders.
Phillips 66 continues to enhance returns and deliver growth. In R&M, the company is improving margins by accessing more advantaged feedstocks and increasing refined product export capability. In order to supply lower-cost crude to its refineries, the company recently entered into several transportation agreements and plans to improve targeted logistics infrastructure. These actions are expected to increase Phillips 66’s access to advantaged crudes. In addition, Phillips 66 continues to increase its export capability through low-cost capital investments, while also taking steps to market a wider variety of products globally when opportunities exist.
Phillips 66 remains committed to the expanding opportunities in the midstream industry as part of its strategy to deliver long-term profitable growth. Pursuant to an agreement in principle with Spectra Energy and DCP Midstream, the company expects to acquire a one-third ownership in DCP’s Sand Hills and Southern Hills NGL pipelines, representing a total estimated investment of $700 million to $800 million. This investment will enable DCP to maintain its growth plan through 2015. The Sand Hills pipeline is expected to commence deliveries of NGL from Eagle Ford into Mont Belvieu by year-end. The second phase, with service from the Permian Basin, is targeted to be in operation in the second quarter of 2013. The Southern Hills pipeline, which will extend from DCP’s Midcontinent region to Mont Belvieu, remains on schedule for completion in mid-2013.
CPChem announced in October that the Saudi Polymers Company world-scale petrochemicals facility in Saudi Arabia began commercial production. CPChem’s projects in the U.S. Gulf Coast are progressing as planned, including the proposed ethane cracker and related polyethylene facilities, as well as its 1-hexene plant.
Later today, Phillips 66 Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Greg G. Maxwell and Executive Vice President, Commercial, Marketing, Transportation and Business Development, Tim G. Taylor will host a webcast at 11 a.m. EDT to discuss the company’s third-quarter performance and provide an update on strategic initiatives. To listen to the conference call and view related presentation materials, go to www.phillips66.com/investors and click on “Presentations and Conference Calls.” For detailed supplemental information, go to
Phillips 66 will hold its first Analyst Meeting on Dec. 13, 2012 in New York. Representatives from company management will discuss Phillips 66’s strategic plans for growth and value creation. The presentation will be available via live webcast on Phillips 66’s Investors site.
About Phillips 66
Headquartered in Houston, Phillips 66 is an advantaged downstream energy company with segment-leading Refining and Marketing (R&M), Midstream and Chemicals businesses. The company has approximately 14,000 employees worldwide. Phillips 66’s R&M operations include 15 refineries with a net crude oil capacity of 2.2 million barrels per day, 10,000 branded marketing outlets, and 15,000 miles of pipeline systems. In Midstream, the company primarily conducts operations through its 50 percent interest in DCP Midstream, LLC, one of the largest natural gas gatherers and processors in the United States, with 7.2 billion cubic feet per day of gross natural gas processing capacity. Phillips 66’s Chemicals business is conducted through its 50 percent interest in Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LLC, one of the world’s top producers of olefins and polyolefins with more than 30 billion pounds of net annual chemicals processing capacity across its product lines. For more information, visit www.phillips66.com or follow us on Twitter @Phillips66Co.
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