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Buckeye Partners, L.P. Reports 2013 Second Quarter Results and Declares Cash Distribution

HOUSTON, Aug. 2, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Buckeye Partners, L.P. ("Buckeye") (NYSE:BPL) today reported net income attributable to Buckeye's unitholders for the second quarter of 2013 of $76.4 million, or $0.72 per diluted unit, compared to net income attributable to Buckeye's unitholders for the second quarter of 2012 of $54.4 million, or $0.55 per diluted unit. Buckeye's Adjusted EBITDA (as defined below) for the second quarter of 2013 was $148.5 million compared with Adjusted EBITDA of $119.9 million for the second quarter of 2012. Operating income for the second quarter of 2013 was $105.7 million compared to $82.1 million for the second quarter of 2012.

"Growth capital investments and strong business conditions contributed to our excellent financial results for the quarter," stated Clark C. Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer. "We continued to benefit from increased throughput volumes on our domestic pipeline and terminal systems this quarter. In addition, our capital investments in our International Operations segment as well as improved rack margins and continued success in executing our risk management strategy in our Energy Services segment were solid contributors to our results."

"We also capitalized on significant business development opportunities during the quarter at our Chicago Complex, where we signed long-term contracts to support a large crude oil storage expansion and a crude oil rail project," continued Mr. Smith. "These projects are representative of the return capital investment opportunities across our domestic assets that Buckeye expects to contribute to our growth in 2014."

The Company announced the progress of its Perth Amboy terminal transformation and the recent signing of a long-term contract for approximately 1.0 million barrels of refined petroleum product storage with a gasoline blender. "Our product handling and blending flexibility combined with the multiple distribution capabilities planned for this asset were key factors in this new customer's selection of the Perth Amboy terminal," said Mr. Smith. "This commercial development is indicative of the market demand for the service capabilities we are developing at Perth."

Buckeye announced today that its general partner declared a cash distribution of $1.0625 per limited partner ("LP") unit for the quarter ended June 30, 2013. Class B unitholders will not receive a distribution of cash, but instead will be issued additional Class B units pursuant to Buckeye's partnership agreement. The distribution will be payable on August 20, 2013 to unitholders of record on August 12, 2013. This cash distribution represents a 2.4% percent increase over the $1.0375 per LP unit distribution declared for the second quarter of 2012. Buckeye has paid cash distributions in each quarter since its formation in 1986.

Buckeye will host a conference call with members of executive management today, August 2, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time. To access the live Webcast of the call, go to http://www.media-server.com/m/p/r5orqdv9 ten minutes prior to its start. Interested parties may participate in the call by dialing 877-870-9226. A replay will be archived and available at this link until September 30, 2013, and the replay also may be accessed by dialing 800-585-8367 and entering conference ID 18614518.

Buckeye Partners, L.P. (NYSE:BPL) is a publicly traded master limited partnership that owns and operates one of the largest independent liquid petroleum products pipeline systems in the United States in terms of volumes delivered, with approximately 6,000 miles of pipeline. Buckeye also owns more than 100 liquid petroleum products terminals with aggregate storage capacity of over 70 million barrels. In addition, Buckeye operates and/or maintains third-party pipelines under agreements with major oil and chemical companies, owns a high-performance natural gas storage facility in Northern California, and markets liquid petroleum products in certain regions served by its pipeline and terminal operations. Buckeye's flagship marine terminal in The Bahamas, BORCO, is one of the largest crude oil and petroleum products storage facilities in the world, serving the international markets as a global logistics hub. More information concerning Buckeye can be found at www.buckeye.com.

Adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow are measures not defined by GAAP. Adjusted EBITDA is the primary measure used by our senior management, including our Chief Executive Officer, to (i) evaluate our consolidated operating performance and the operating performance of our business segments, (ii) allocate resources and capital to business segments, (iii) evaluate the viability of proposed projects, and (iv) determine overall rates of return on alternative investment opportunities. Distributable cash flow is another measure used by our senior management to provide a clearer picture of Buckeye's cash available for distribution to its unitholders. Adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow eliminate (i) non-cash expenses, including, but not limited to, depreciation and amortization expense resulting from the significant capital investments we make in our businesses and from intangible assets recognized in business combinations, (ii) charges for obligations expected to be settled with the issuance of equity instruments, and (iii) items that are not indicative of our core operating performance results and business outlook.

Buckeye believes that investors benefit from having access to the same financial measures used by senior management and that these measures are useful to investors because they aid in comparing Buckeye's operating performance with that of other companies with similar operations. The Adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow data presented by Buckeye may not be comparable to similarly titled measures at other companies because these items may be defined differently by other companies. Please see the attached reconciliations of each of Adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow to net income.

This press release includes forward-looking statements that we believe to be reasonable as of today's date. Such statements are identified by use of the words "anticipates," "believes," "estimates," "expects," "intends," "plans," "predicts," "projects," "should," and similar expressions. Actual results may differ significantly because of risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict and that may be beyond our control. Among them are (i) changes in federal, state, local, and foreign laws or regulations to which we are subject, including those governing pipeline tariff rates and those that permit the treatment of us as a partnership for federal income tax purposes, (ii) terrorism, adverse weather conditions, including hurricanes, environmental releases, and natural disasters, (iii) changes in the marketplace for our products or services, such as increased competition, better energy efficiency, or general reductions in demand, (iv) adverse regional, national, or international economic conditions, adverse capital market conditions, and adverse political developments, (v) shutdowns or interruptions at our pipeline, terminal, and storage assets or at the source points for the products we transport, store, or sell, (vi) unanticipated capital expenditures in connection with the construction, repair, or replacement of our assets, (vii) volatility in the price of refined petroleum products and the value of natural gas storage services, (viii) nonpayment or nonperformance by our customers, (ix) our ability to integrate acquired assets with our existing assets and to realize anticipated cost savings and other efficiencies and benefits, (x) our ability to successfully complete our organic growth projects and to realize the anticipated financial benefits, and (xi) an unfavorable outcome with respect to the proceedings pending before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC") regarding Buckeye Pipe Line Company, L.P.'s transportation of jet fuel to the New York City airports. You should read our filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012 and our most recently filed Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, for a more extensive list of factors that could affect results. We undertake no obligation to revise our forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances occurring after today's date.

This release is intended to be a qualified notice under Treasury Regulation Section 1.1446-4(b). Brokers and nominees should treat one hundred percent (100.0%) of Buckeye's distributions to non-U.S. investors as being attributable to income that is effectively connected with a United States trade or business. Accordingly, Buckeye's distributions to non-U.S. investors are subject to federal income tax withholding at the highest applicable effective tax rate.

BUCKEYE PARTNERS, L.P.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(In thousands, except per unit amounts)
(Unaudited)
Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
June 30, June 30,
2013 2012 2013 2012
Revenue:
Product sales $734,396 $745,863 $1,803,613 $1,773,751
Transportation and other services 270,983 236,777 546,727 468,328
Total revenue 1,005,379 982,640 2,350,340 2,242,079
Costs and expenses:
Cost of product sales and natural gas storage services 737,217 747,155 1,810,910 1,778,640
Operating expenses 104,793 101,137 202,150 198,355
Depreciation and amortization 39,452 34,325 77,043 67,352
General and administrative 18,266 17,877 35,437 34,852
Total costs and expenses 899,728 900,494 2,125,540 2,079,199
Operating income 105,651 82,146 224,800 162,880
Other income (expense):
Earnings from equity investments 1,953 1,786 3,582 3,734
Interest and debt expense (30,237) (27,612) (60,486) (56,422)
Other income (expense) 198 35 299 (33)
Total other expense, net (28,086) (25,791) (56,605) (52,721)
Income before taxes 77,565 56,355 168,195 110,159
Income tax expense (195) (329) (326) (666)
Net income 77,370 56,026 167,869 109,493
Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests (940) (1,647) (2,098) (3,155)
Net income attributable to Buckeye Partners, L.P. $ 76,430 $ 54,379 $ 165,771 $ 106,338
Earnings per unit:
Basic $ 0.72 $ 0.56 $ 1.59 $ 1.10
Diluted $ 0.72 $ 0.55 $ 1.58 $ 1.10
Weighted average units outstanding:
Basic 105,701 97,818 104,481 96,524
Diluted 106,171 98,109 104,878 96,834
BUCKEYE PARTNERS, L.P.
SELECTED FINANCIAL AND OPERATING DATA
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
June 30, June 30,
2013 2012 2013 2012
Revenue:
Pipelines & Terminals $ 190,632 $ 167,312 $ 384,832 $ 333,240
International Operations 144,369 50,428 315,219 100,663
Natural Gas Storage 11,791 16,469 25,674 26,680
Energy Services 650,326 746,821 1,612,145 1,777,247
Development & Logistics 13,697 13,152 25,609 25,617
Intersegment (5,436) (11,542) (13,139) (21,368)
Total revenue $1,005,379 $ 982,640 $2,350,340 $2,242,079
Total costs and expenses: (1)
Pipelines & Terminals $ 105,650 $ 96,875 $ 205,561 $ 193,238
International Operations 120,462 32,657 269,282 62,046
Natural Gas Storage 20,596 20,018 39,301 34,496
Energy Services 647,667 752,348 1,604,325 1,790,552
Development & Logistics 10,789 10,138 20,210 20,235
Intersegment (5,436) (11,542) (13,139) (21,368)
Total costs and expenses $ 899,728 $ 900,494 $2,125,540 $2,079,199
Depreciation and amortization:
Pipelines & Terminals $ 19,868 $ 15,311 $ 37,996 $ 31,096
International Operations 15,786 15,386 31,482 28,902
Natural Gas Storage 1,901 1,899 3,793 3,775
Energy Services 1,411 1,238 2,807 2,594
Development & Logistics 486 491 965 985
Total depreciation and amortization $ 39,452 $ 34,325 $ 77,043 $ 67,352
Operating income (loss):
Pipelines & Terminals $ 84,982 $ 70,437 $ 179,271 $ 140,002
International Operations 23,907 17,771 45,937 38,617
Natural Gas Storage (8,805) (3,549) (13,627) (7,816)
Energy Services 2,659 (5,527) 7,820 (13,305)
Development & Logistics 2,908 3,014 5,399 5,382
Total operating income (loss) $ 105,651 $ 82,146 $ 224,800 $ 162,880
Adjusted EBITDA:
Pipelines & Terminals $ 109,085 $ 89,598 $ 224,629 $ 177,830
International Operations 37,203 30,591 72,446 62,257
Natural Gas Storage (5,757) (388) (7,584) (1,656)
Energy Services 4,773 (3,206) 11,964 (9,378)
Development & Logistics 3,187 3,337 5,885 5,866
Adjusted EBITDA $ 148,491 $ 119,932 $ 307,340 $ 234,919
Capital additions: (2)
Pipelines & Terminals $ 59,430 $ 34,709 $ 102,443 $ 72,106
International Operations 20,875 38,506 44,420 73,499
Natural Gas Storage 127 203 136 1,729
Energy Services 25 203 98 487
Development & Logistics 224 66 770 179
Total capital additions $ 80,681 $ 73,687 $ 147,867 $ 148,000
Summary of capital additions: (2)
Maintenance capital expenditures $ 13,069 $ 10,765 $ 18,202 $ 23,875
Expansion and cost reduction 67,612 62,922 129,665 124,125
Total capital additions $ 80,681 $ 73,687 $ 147,867 $ 148,000
June 30, December 31,
Key Balance Sheet information: 2013 2012
Cash and cash equivalents 4,889 6,776
Long-term debt, total (3) 2,569,630 2,735,244
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(1) Includes depreciation and amortization.
(2) Amounts exclude accruals for capital expenditures.
(3) Includes long-term debt portion of Buckeye Partners, L.P. Credit Facility of $0.0 million and $665.0 million as of June 30, 2013 and December 31, 2012, respectively.
BUCKEYE PARTNERS, L.P.
SELECTED FINANCIAL AND OPERATING DATA - Continued
(Unaudited)
Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
June 30, June 30,
2013 2012 2013 2012
Pipelines & Terminals (average bpd in thousands):
Pipelines:
Gasoline 756.3 724.9 708.7 693.8
Jet fuel 337.8 342.9 335.7 337.7
Middle distillates (1) 320.5 294.1 333.1 315.7
Other products (2) 28.9 35.1 32.9 29.0
Total pipelines throughput 1,443.5 1,397.0 1,410.4 1,376.2
Terminals:
Products throughput 1,015.0 919.6 986.4 898.4
Pipeline Average Tariff (cents/bbl) 82.3 82.7 79.7 80.7
Energy Services (in millions of gallons):
Sales volumes 225.3 258.5 537.3 603.3
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(1) Includes diesel fuel and heating oil.
(2) Includes liquefied petroleum gas, intermediate petroleum products and crude oil.
BUCKEYE PARTNERS, L.P.
SELECTED FINANCIAL AND OPERATING DATA
Non-GAAP Reconciliations
(In thousands, except per unit amounts and coverage ratio)
(Unaudited)
Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
June 30, June 30,
2013 2012 2013 2012
Net income $ 77,370 $ 56,026 $167,869 $109,493
Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests (940) (1,647) (2,098) (3,155)
Net income attributable to Buckeye Partners, L.P. 76,430 54,379 165,771 106,338
Add: Interest and debt expense 30,237 27,612 60,486 56,422
Income tax expense 195 329 326 666
Depreciation and amortization 39,452 34,325 77,043 67,352
Non-cash deferred lease expense 942 975 1,884 1,950
Non-cash unit-based compensation expense 3,984 5,061 7,327 7,688
Less: Amortization of unfavorable storage contracts (1) (2,749) (2,749) (5,497) (5,497)
Adjusted EBITDA $148,491 $119,932 $307,340 $234,919
Less: Interest and debt expense, excluding amortization of deferred financing costs, debt discounts and other (28,505) (26,767) (57,887) (54,684)
Income tax expense (195) (329) (326) (666)
Maintenance capital expenditures (13,069) (10,765) (18,202) (23,875)
Distributable cash flow $106,722 $ 82,071 $230,925 $155,694
Distributions for Coverage Ratio (2) $104,296 $ 94,054 $206,986 $188,104
Coverage Ratio 1.02 0.87 1.12 0.83
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(1) Represents the amortization of the negative fair values allocated to certain unfavorable storage contracts acquired in connection with the BORCO acquisition.
(2) Represents cash distributions declared for limited partner units ("LP units") outstanding as of each respective period. Amounts for 2013 reflect actual cash distributions paid on LP units for the quarter ended March 31, 2013 and estimated cash distributions for LP units for the quarter ended June 30, 2013. Distributions with respect to the 8,160,943 Class B Units outstanding on the record date for the quarter ended March 31, 2013 and the 8,323,992 Class B units expected to be outstanding for the quarter ended June 30, 2013 are paid in additional Class B units rather than in cash.

CONTACT: Kevin J. Goodwin Senior Director, Investor Relations Irelations@buckeye.com (800) 422-2825Source:Buckeye Partners, L.P.