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FINDLAY, Ohio, May 3, 2022 /PRNewswire/ --

  • Reported first-quarter net income attributable to MPLX of $825 million and
    adjusted EBITDA attributable to MPLX of $1.4 billion

  • Generated $1.1 billion in net cash provided by operating activities

  • Returned over $850 million in capital to unitholders through distributions and unit repurchases

  • Expanded our methane emissions intensity reduction target to 75% by 2030

MPLX LP (NYSE: MPLX) today reported first-quarter 2022 net income attributable to MPLX of $825 million, compared to $739 million for the first quarter of 2021. Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) attributable to MPLX was $1,393 million, compared with $1,352 million in the first quarter of 2021.

The Logistics and Storage (L&S) segment income from operations was $763 million for the first quarter of 2022, compared with $723 million for the first quarter of 2021. Segment adjusted EBITDA for the first quarter of 2022 was $904 million, compared with $896 million for the first quarter of 2021.

The Gathering and Processing (G&P) segment income from operations was $297 million for the first quarter of 2022, compared with $251 million for the first quarter of 2021. Segment adjusted EBITDA for the first quarter of 2022 was $489 million, compared with $456 million for the first quarter of 2021.

During the quarter, MPLX generated $1,125 million in net cash provided by operating activities, $1,210 million of distributable cash flow, and free cash flow after distributions of $92 million. MPLX announced a first-quarter 2022 distribution of $0.7050 per common unit, resulting in coverage ratio of 1.65x for the quarter and a leverage ratio of 3.7x.

"MPLX's free cash flow generation enabled the return of over $850 million of capital to unitholders through both distributions and unit repurchases," said Michael J. Hennigan, MPLX chairman, president, and chief executive officer. "We are advancing several organic growth projects focused on expansions and de-bottlenecking. These actions will continue to support the growth of MPLX, allowing our business to generate free cash flow and return capital to unitholders."

Financial Highlights (unaudited)



Three Months Ended

March 31,


(In millions, except per unit and ratio data)


2022



2021


Net income (loss) attributable to MPLX LP


$ 825



$ 739


Adjusted EBITDA attributable to MPLX LP(a)


1,393



1,352


Net cash provided by operating activities


1,125



1,124


Distributable cash flow attributable to MPLX LP(a)


1,210



1,137


Distribution per common unit(b)


$ 0.7050



$ 0.6875


Distribution coverage ratio(c)


1.65x



1.56x


Consolidated debt to adjusted EBITDA(d)


3.7x



3.9x


Common unit repurchases


$ 100



$ 155









(a)

Non-GAAP measures calculated before distributions to preferred unitholders. See reconciliation in the tables that follow.

(b)

Distributions declared by the board of directors of MPLX's general partner.

(c)

DCF attributable to GP and LP unitholders divided by total GP and LP distributions.

(d)

Calculated using face value total debt and LTM adjusted EBITDA. See reconciliation in the tables that follow.

Segment Results








(In millions)


Three Months Ended

March 31,


Segment income (loss) from operations (unaudited)


2022



2021


Logistics and Storage

$

763


$

723


Gathering and Processing


297



251









Segment adjusted EBITDA attributable to MPLX LP (unaudited)







Logistics and Storage

$

904


$

896


Gathering and Processing


489



456









Logistics & Storage

L&S segment income from operations for the first quarter of 2022 increased by $40 million compared to the same period in 2021, while segment adjusted EBITDA for the first quarter of 2022 increased by $8 million compared to the same period in 2021.

Total pipeline throughputs were 5.3 million barrels per day (bpd) in the first quarter, 4% higher than the same quarter of 2021. The average tariff rate was $0.89 per barrel for the quarter, a decrease of 1% versus the same quarter of 2021. Terminal throughput was 2.9 million bpd for the quarter, an increase of 13% versus the same quarter of 2021.

Gathering & Processing

G&P segment income from operations for the first quarter of 2022 increased by $46 million compared to the first quarter of 2021. Adjusted EBITDA for the first quarter of 2022 increased by $33 million compared to the same period in 2021, primarily as a result of higher natural gas liquids prices.

In the first quarter of 2022:

  • Gathered volumes averaged 5.3 billion cubic feet per day (bcf/d), a 4% increase from the first quarter of 2021.

  • Processed volumes averaged 8.3 bcf/d, a 1% decrease versus the first quarter of 2021.

  • Fractionated volumes averaged 526 thousand bpd, a 6% decrease versus the first quarter of 2021.

In the Marcellus:

  • Gathered volumes averaged 1.3 bcf/d in the first quarter, a 1% increase versus the first quarter of 2021.

  • Processed volumes averaged 5.5 bcf/d in the first quarter, a 3% decrease versus the first quarter of 2021.

  • Fractionated volumes averaged 468 thousand bpd in the first quarter, a 4% decrease versus the first quarter of 2021.

Strategic Update

MPLX continues to advance several projects focused on expansions and de-bottlenecking of MPLX's existing assets.

In the L&S segment, crude gathering infrastructure continues to be added in the Permian and Bakken regions along with expanding crude and natural gas long-haul pipelines supporting these regions. In the G&P segment, construction continues on our 200 million cubic feet per day Torñado-2 processing plant in the Delaware basin, which is expected to come online in the second half of 2022. In the Marcellus, the 68,000 barrel per day Smithburg de-ethanizer is progressing and is expected to come online in the second half of 2022 as well.

MPLX continues to evaluate opportunities to expand its logistics footprint to meet the needs of today and participate in an energy-diverse future.

Financial Position and Liquidity

As of March 31, 2022, MPLX had $42 million in cash, $3.5 billion available on its bank revolving credit facility, and $1.2 billion available through its intercompany loan agreement with Marathon Petroleum Corp. (MPC). MPLX's leverage ratio was 3.7x.

On March 14, 2022, MPLX issued $1.5 billion in aggregate principal amount of 4.950% senior notes due 2052.

The partnership repurchased $100 million of common units held by the public in the first quarter of 2022. As of March 31, 2022, MPLX had approximately $237 million remaining available under the current $1 billion unit repurchase authorization.

MPLX remains committed to maintaining an investment-grade credit profile.

Conference Call

At 1:00 p.m. ET today, MPLX will hold a conference call and webcast to discuss the reported results and provide an update on operations. Interested parties may listen by visiting MPLX's website at www.mplx.com. A replay of the webcast will be available on MPLX's website for two weeks. Financial information, including this earnings release and other investor-related materials, will also be available online prior to the conference call and webcast at www.mplx.com.

About MPLX LP

MPLX is a diversified, large-cap master limited partnership that owns and operates midstream energy infrastructure and logistics assets and provides fuels distribution services. MPLX's assets include a network of crude oil and refined product pipelines; an inland marine business; light-product terminals; storage caverns; refinery tanks, docks, loading racks, and associated piping; and crude and light-product marine terminals. The company also owns crude oil and natural gas gathering systems and pipelines as well as natural gas and NGL processing and fractionation facilities in key U.S. supply basins. More information is available at www.MPLX.com

Investor Relations Contact: (419) 421-2071

Kristina Kazarian, Vice President
Jamie Madere, Manager
Isaac Feeney, Analyst

Media Contact: (419) 421-3312

Jamal Kheiry, Communications Manager

Non-GAAP references

In addition to our financial information presented in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), management utilizes additional non-GAAP measures to facilitate comparisons of past performance and future periods. This press release and supporting schedules include the non-GAAP measures adjusted EBITDA; consolidated debt to last twelve months adjusted EBITDA, which we refer to as our leverage ratio; distributable cash flow (DCF); distribution coverage ratio; and free cash flow (FCF) and free cash flow after distributions. The amount of adjusted EBITDA and DCF generated is considered by the board of directors of our general partner in approving the Partnership's cash distribution. Adjusted EBITDA and DCF should not be considered separately from or as a substitute for net income, income from operations, or cash flow as reflected in our financial statements. The GAAP measures most directly comparable to adjusted EBITDA and DCF are net income and net cash provided by operating activities. We define Adjusted EBITDA as net income adjusted for (i) depreciation and amortization; (ii) provision/benefit for income taxes; (iii) interest and other financial costs; (iv) impairment expense; (v) income/loss from equity method investments; (vi) distributions and adjustments related to equity method investments; (vii) noncontrolling interests and (xiii) other adjustments as deemed necessary. In general, we define DCF as adjusted EBITDA adjusted for (i) deferred revenue impacts; (ii) sales-type lease payments, net of income; (iii) net interest and other financial costs; (iv) net maintenance capital expenditures; (v) equity method investment capital expenditures paid out; and (vi) other adjustments as deemed necessary.

The Partnership makes a distinction between realized and unrealized gains and losses on derivatives. During the period when a derivative contract is outstanding, changes in the fair value of the derivative are recorded as an unrealized gain or loss. When a derivative contract matures or is settled, the previously recorded unrealized gain or loss is reversed and the realized gain or loss of the contract is recorded.

Adjusted EBITDA is a financial performance measure used by management, industry analysts, investors, lenders, and rating agencies to assess the financial performance and operating results of our ongoing business operations. Additionally, we believe adjusted EBITDA provides useful information to investors for trending, analyzing and benchmarking our operating results from period to period as compared to other companies that may have different financing and capital structures.

DCF is a financial performance measure used by management as a key component in the determination of cash distributions paid to unitholders. We believe DCF is an important financial measure for unitholders as an indicator of cash return on investment and to evaluate whether the partnership is generating sufficient cash flow to support quarterly distributions. In addition, DCF is commonly used by the investment community because the market value of publicly traded partnerships is based, in part, on DCF and cash distributions paid to unitholders.

FCF and free cash flow after distributions are financial performance measures used by management in the allocation of capital and to assess financial performance. We believe that unitholders may use this metric to analyze our ability to manage leverage and return capital. We define FCF as net cash provided by operating activities adjusted for (i) net cash used in investing activities; (ii) cash contributions from MPC; (iii) cash contributions from noncontrolling interests and (iv) cash distributions to noncontrolling interests. We define free cash flow after distributions as FCF less base distributions to common and preferred unitholders.

Distribution coverage ratio is a financial performance measure used by management to reflect the relationship between the partnership's financial operating performance and cash distribution capability. We define the distribution coverage ratio as the ratio of DCF attributable to GP and LP unitholders to total GP and LP distributions declared.

Leverage ratio is a liquidity measure used by management, industry analysts, investors, lenders and rating agencies to analyze our ability to incur and service debt and fund capital expenditures.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements regarding MPLX LP (MPLX). These forward-looking statements may relate to, among other things, MPLX's expectations, estimates and projections concerning its business and operations, financial priorities, including with respect to positive free cash flow and distribution coverage, strategic plans, capital return plans, operating cost and capital expenditure reduction objectives, and environmental, social and governance goals. You can identify forward-looking statements by words such as "anticipate," "believe," "commitment," "could," "design," "estimate," "expect," "forecast," "goal," "guidance," "imply," "intend," "may," "objective," "opportunity," "outlook," "plan," "policy," "position," "potential," "predict," "priority," "project," "proposition," "prospective," "pursue," "seek," "should," "strategy," "target," "will," "would" or other similar expressions that convey the uncertainty of future events or outcomes. MPLX cautions that these statements are based on management's current knowledge and expectations and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, many of which are outside of the control of MPLX, that could cause actual results and events to differ materially from the statements made herein. Factors that could cause MPLX's actual results to differ materially from those implied in the forward-looking statements include but are not limited to: the continuance or escalation of the military conflict between Russia and Ukraine, and related sanctions; general economic, political or regulatory developments, including inflation, changes in governmental policies relating to refined petroleum products, crude oil, natural gas or NGLs, or taxation; the magnitude, duration and extent of future resurgences of the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects; the adequacy of capital resources and liquidity, including the availability of sufficient free cash flow from operations to pay distributions and to fund future unit repurchases; the ability to access debt markets on commercially reasonable terms or at all; the timing and extent of changes in commodity prices and demand for crude oil, refined products, feedstocks or other hydrocarbon-based products; changes to the expected construction costs and timing of projects and planned investments, the availability of desirable strategic initiatives to optimize portfolio assets and the ability to obtain regulatory and other approvals with respect thereto; accidents or other unscheduled shutdowns affecting our machinery, pipelines, processing, fractionation and treating facilities or equipment, means of transportation, or those of our suppliers or customers; the suspension, reduction or termination of MPC's obligations under MPLX's commercial agreements; other risk factors inherent to MPLX's industry; the impact of adverse market conditions or other similar risks to those identified herein affecting MPC; and the factors set forth under the heading "Risk Factors" in MPLX's and MPC's Annual Reports on Form 10-K for the year ended Dec. 31, 2021, and in other filings with Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date of the applicable communication and we undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statement except to the extent required by applicable law.

Copies of MPLX's Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and other SEC filings are available on the SEC's website, MPLX's website at http://ir.mplx.com or by contacting MPLX's Investor Relations office. Copies of MPC's Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and other SEC filings are available on the SEC's website, MPC's website at https://www.marathonpetroleum.com/Investors/ or by contacting MPC's Investor Relations office.








Condensed Results of Operations (unaudited)


Three Months Ended

March 31,


(In millions, except per unit data)


2022



2021


Revenues and other income:







Operating revenue

$

1,265


$

1,047


Operating revenue - related parties


1,236



1,193


Income from equity method investments


99



70


Other income


10



29


Total revenues and other income


2,610



2,339


Costs and expenses:







Operating expenses (including purchased product costs)


791



581


Operating expenses - related parties


334



337


Depreciation and amortization


313



329


General and administrative expenses


78



86


Other taxes


34



32


Total costs and expenses


1,550



1,365


Income from operations


1,060



974


Interest and other financial costs


222



225


Income before income taxes


838



749


Provision for income taxes


5



1


Net income


833



748


Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests


8



9


Net income attributable to MPLX LP


825



739


Less: Series A preferred unitholders interest in net income


21



20


Less: Series B preferred unitholders interest in net income


11



11


Limited partners' interest in net income attributable to MPLX LP

$

793


$

708









Per Unit Data







Net income attributable to MPLX LP per limited partner unit:







Common – basic

$

0.78


$

0.68


Common – diluted

$

0.78


$

0.68


Weighted average limited partner units outstanding:







Common units – basic


1,015



1,037


Common units – diluted


1,015



1,037
















Select Financial Statistics (unaudited)


Three Months Ended

March 31,


(In millions, except ratio data)


2022



2021


Common unit distributions declared by MPLX







Common units (LP) – public

$

257


$

262


Common units – MPC


456



445


Total GP and LP distribution declared


713



707









Preferred unit distributions(a)







Series A preferred unit distributions


21



20


Series B preferred unit distributions


11



11


Total preferred unit distributions


32



31









Other Financial Data







Adjusted EBITDA attributable to MPLX LP(b)


1,393



1,352


DCF attributable to GP and LP unitholders(b)