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Earnings Capsule

Q1 2015 Marathon Petroleum Corporation Earnings Conference Call

Thursday, April 30, 2015 10:00 a.m. ET  

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Marathon Petroleum Corporation Reports First-Quarter 2015 Results

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  • Reported record first-quarter earnings of $891 million ($3.24 per diluted share)
  • Converted over 400 of the 1,245 new retail sites to the Speedway brand since acquisition
  • Authorized the sale of MPC marine assets to MPLX LP
  • Returned $345 million of capital to shareholders, including $209 million of share repurchases
  • Announced two-for-one stock split of MPC shares

           
FINDLAY, Ohio, April 30, 2015 - Marathon Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: MPC) today reported 2015 first-quarter earnings of $891 million, or $3.24 per diluted share, compared with $199 million, or $0.67 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2014. First-quarter 2015 earnings included pretax pension settlement expenses of $1 million, compared with $64 million for the first quarter of 2014.

"Our record first-quarter earnings highlight Marathon Petroleum's ability to take full advantage of favorable market conditions," said Gary R. Heminger, president and chief executive officer. "Our extensive logistics and retail networks give us tremendous flexibility in feedstock acquisition and the ability to optimize refining operations and product distribution throughout our marketing footprint."

Heminger noted that MPC's integrated refining system made a significant contribution to the quarter's earnings. "Our refineries operated very well during the first quarter, and we were able to capture the strong Gulf Coast and Midwest crack spreads," he said, noting that the facilities also benefited from lower maintenance activity relative to the prior year. "I am particularly proud of the dedicated employees at both our Catlettsburg and Galveston Bay refineries for operating our facilities safely, efficiently, and without production impact during the recent work stoppage."

Heminger said MPC had finalized labor agreements at its Catlettsburg, Ky.; Texas City, Texas; and Canton, Ohio, refineries. "We are pleased that we were able to reach these agreements, and we look forward to an equally successful outcome at our Galveston Bay refinery complex in Texas," he added.

Speedway, MPC's retail segment, performed very well, achieving record first-quarter earnings even before the contribution from its newly acquired locations. "Speedway continues to make excellent progress converting its new retail locations to the Speedway brand," Heminger said. "As of today, we have rebranded more than 400 stores, including 260 completed during the first quarter. The rapid pace of store conversions contributes to our confidence that we will achieve the synergies and marketing enhancements we expect as we integrate this business."

In the midstream, Heminger announced that the MPC board of directors authorized the sale of its marine business to MPLX LP (NYSE: MPLX), a master limited partnership (MLP) sponsored by MPC. The marine operations are a fully integrated waterborne transportation service provider, capable of moving light products, heavy oils, crude oil, renewable fuels, chemicals and feedstocks throughout the Midwest and Gulf Coast regions of the U.S. Its assets include 18 towboats and 203 tank barges, among other related assets.

Heminger also noted that MPLX completed a binding open season for its Cornerstone Pipeline project, which he said is being increased in size to 16 inches to provide an industry logistics solution in the region. "This type of organic growth, in addition to both third-party acquisitions and MPC-sponsored drop-downs, demonstrates our commitment to grow MPLX into a large-cap, diversified MLP with an attractive distribution profile," Heminger said. "It is our intent to grow the partnership substantially and increase its limited partner distributions by 29 percent this calendar year, which further supports the value proposition for MPC shareholders."

Heminger added that MPC continued its commitment to capital returns in the quarter, with $209 million of its shares repurchased, in addition to $136 million in dividends. A total of $1.5 billion remains on the existing share repurchase authorization.

MPC also announced yesterday that its board of directors declared a two-for-one stock split in the form of a stock dividend, to be distributed to MPC shareholders on June 10. The shares are expected to begin trading on a split basis June 11. "MPC has performed very well for its owners since we became an independent company in mid-2011," said Heminger. "Our share price has increased substantially since the spinoff, and we believe the stock split will make our shares attractive and affordable for a wider range of investors, and reflects our confidence in MPC's continued value creation."

MPC's geographic footprint and integrated system, coupled with favorable market conditions, create a positive outlook for the business, Heminger concluded. "Our large, integrated platform provides us excellent access to price-advantaged domestic crude oil and low-cost natural gas, and the significant planned maintenance activity performed in 2014 has positioned us to run at high utilization through the balance of the year," he said. "Our efforts to accelerate the pace of growth at MPLX, grow our retail segment and enhance refining margins support the diversified earnings power of the business, and we remain confident in our ability to deliver long-term value for our shareholders."

Segment Results

Total income from operations was $1.47 billion in the first quarter of 2015, compared with $361 million in the first quarter of 2014.

  Three Months Ended
 March 31
(In millions)   2015     2014
Income from Operations by Segment          
Refining & Marketing $ 1,316     $ 362  
Speedway   168       58  
Pipeline Transportation   67       72  
Items not allocated to segments:          
  Corporate and other unallocated items   (80 )     (67 )
  Pension settlement expenses   (1 )     (64 )
  Income from operations $ 1,470     $ 361  

Refining & Marketing

Refining & Marketing segment income from operations was $1.32 billion in the first quarter of 2015, compared with $362 million in the first quarter of 2014. The increase was primarily due to higher U.S. Gulf Coast and Chicago crack spreads and lower turnaround and other direct operating costs. The Gulf Coast and Chicago Light Louisiana Sweet 6-3-2-1 blended crack spread increased to $9.69 per barrel in the first quarter of 2015 from $7.85 per barrel in the first quarter of 2014. Compared to the heavy turnaround activity during the first quarter of 2014, turnaround and major maintenance costs decreased to $0.79 per barrel in the first quarter of 2015 from $3.15 per barrel in 2014. During the quarter, MPC recorded a pre-tax charge of approximately $30 million from valuing its inventory using the last-in, first-out (LIFO) method of accounting.

Speedway

Speedway segment income from operations was $168 million in the first quarter of 2015, compared with $58 million in the first quarter of 2014. Approximately two-thirds of this increase was related to the legacy Speedway stores, and was primarily the result of higher light product and merchandise margins, partially offset by higher operating and administrative expenses. Speedway's newly acquired locations are performing better than expected, contributing income of approximately $36 million to the quarter's results. Speedway's consolidated light product margin increased to 19.7 cents per gallon in the first quarter of 2015, from 11.56 cents per gallon in the first quarter of 2014.

Pipeline Transportation

Pipeline Transportation segment income from operations, which includes 100 percent of MPLX's operations, was $67 million in the first quarter of 2015, compared with $72 million for the first quarter of 2014. The decrease was primarily due to an increase in various operating expenses.

Items Not Allocated to Segments

Corporate and other unallocated expenses of $80 million in the first quarter of 2015 were $13 million higher than the first quarter of 2014 largely due to lower allocated employee benefit costs. During the first quarter of 2015, MPC recorded pretax pension settlement expenses of $1 million resulting from the level of employee lump-sum retirement distributions occurring in 2015, compared with $64 million of pretax pension settlement expenses in the first quarter of 2014.

Strong Financial Position and Liquidity

On March 31, the company had $2.1 billion in cash and cash equivalents, an unused $2.5 billion revolving credit agreement and $1 billion of availability on its undrawn $1.3 billion trade receivables securitization facility. Availability under the trade receivables facility is a function of refined product selling prices, which will be lower in a sustained lower price environment. The company's liquidity should provide it with sufficient flexibility to meet its day-to-day operational needs and continue its balanced approach to investing in the business and returning capital to shareholders.

Conference Call

At 10 a.m. EDT today, MPC will hold a webcast and conference call to discuss the reported results and provide an update on company operations. Interested parties may listen to the conference call on MPC's website at http://www.marathonpetroleum.com by clicking on the "2015 First-Quarter Financial Results" link. Replays of the conference call will be available on the company's website through Wednesday, May 13. Financial information, including the earnings release and other investor-related material, will also be available online prior to the webcast and conference call at http://ir.marathonpetroleum.com in the Quarterly Investor Packet and Earnings Capsule.

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About Marathon Petroleum Corporation

MPC is the nation's fourth-largest refiner, with a crude oil refining capacity of approximately 1.7 million barrels per calendar day in its seven-refinery system. Marathon brand gasoline is sold through approximately 5,500 independently owned retail outlets across 19 states. In addition, Speedway LLC, an MPC subsidiary, owns and operates the nation's second-largest convenience store chain, with approximately 2,750 convenience stores in 22 states. MPC also owns, leases or has ownership interests in approximately 8,300 miles of pipeline. Through subsidiaries, MPC owns the general partner of MPLX LP, a midstream master limited partnership. MPC's fully integrated system provides operational flexibility to move crude oil, feedstocks and petroleum-related products efficiently through the company's distribution network in the Midwest, Southeast and Gulf Coast regions. For additional information about the company, please visit our website at http://www.marathonpetroleum.com.

Investor Relations Contacts:
Geri Ewing (419) 421-2071
Teresa Homan (419) 421-2965

Media Contacts:
Chuck Rice (419) 421-2521
Jamal Kheiry (419) 421-3312

References to Earnings
References to earnings mean net income attributable to MPC from the statements of income. Unless otherwise indicated, references to earnings and earnings per share are MPC's share after excluding amounts attributable to noncontrolling interests.

Forward-looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of federal securities laws regarding both MPC and MPLX. These forward-looking statements relate to, among other things, expectations, estimates and projections concerning the business and operations of MPC and MPLX. You can identify forward-looking statements by words such as "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "objective," "expect," "forecast," "plan," "project," "potential," "could," "may," "should," "would," "will" or other similar expressions that convey the uncertainty of future events or outcomes. Such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, some of which are beyond the companies' control and are difficult to predict. Factors that could cause MPC's actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include: our ability to successfully integrate the acquired Hess retail operations and achieve the strategic and other expected objectives relating to the acquisition, including any expected synergies; changes to the expected construction costs and timing of pipeline projects; volatility in and/or degradation of market and industry conditions; the availability and pricing of crude oil and other feedstocks; slower growth in domestic and Canadian crude supply; an easing or lifting of the U.S. crude oil export ban; completion of pipeline capacity to areas outside the U.S. Midwest; consumer demand for refined products; transportation logistics; the reliability of processing units and other equipment; our ability to successfully implement growth opportunities; modifications to MPLX earnings and distribution growth objectives; impacts from our repurchases of shares of MPC common stock under our share repurchase authorizations, including the timing and amounts of any common stock repurchases; federal and state environmental, economic, health and safety, energy and other policies and regulations, including the cost of compliance with the Renewable Fuel Standard; changes to MPC's capital budget; other risk factors inherent to MPC's industry; and the factors set forth under the heading "Risk Factors" in MPC's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended Dec. 31, 2014, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Factors that could cause MPLX's actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include: the adequacy of MPLX capital resources and liquidity, including, but not limited to, availability of sufficient cash flow to pay distributions and execute business plans; the timing and extent of changes in commodity prices and demand for crude oil, refined products, feedstocks or other hydrocarbon-based products; volatility in and/or degradation of market and industry conditions; completion of pipeline capacity by competitors; disruptions due to equipment interruption or failure, including electrical shortages and power grid failures; the suspension, reduction or termination of MPC's obligations under commercial agreements; the ability to successfully implement growth strategies, whether through organic growth or acquisitions; federal and state environmental, economic, health and safety, energy and other policies and regulations; changes to MPLX's capital budget; other risk factors inherent to MPLX's industry; and the factors set forth under the heading "Risk Factors" in MPLX's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended Dec. 31, 2014, filed with the SEC. In addition, the forward-looking statements included herein could be affected by general domestic and international economic and political conditions. Unpredictable or unknown factors not discussed here, in MPC's Form 10-K or in MPLX's Form 10-K could also have material adverse effects on forward-looking statements.

Copies of MPC's Form 10-K are available on the SEC website, MPC's website at http://ir.marathonpetroleum.com or by contacting MPC's Investor Relations Office. Copies of MPLX's Form 10-K are available on the SEC website, MPLX's website at http://ir.mplx.com or by contacting MPLX's Investor Relations office.


Consolidated Statements of Income (Unaudited)

  Three Months Ended
 March 31
(In millions, except per-share data)   2015     2014
Revenues and other income:          
  Sales and other operating revenues (including consumer excise taxes) $ 17,191     $ 23,285  
  Income from equity method investments   15       35  
  Net gain on disposal of assets   5       1  
  Other income   29       24  
  Total revenues and other income   17,240       23,345  
Costs and expenses:          
  Cost of revenues (excludes items below)   13,044       20,540  
  Purchases from related parties   76       159  
  Consumer excise taxes   1,832       1,515  
  Depreciation and amortization   363       320  
  Selling, general and administrative expenses   358       346  
  Other taxes   97       104  
  Total costs and expenses   15,770       22,984  
Income from operations   1,470       361  
  Net interest and other financial income (costs)   (81 )     (46 )
Income before income taxes   1,389       315  
  Provision for income taxes   486       108  
Net income   903       207  
  Less net income attributable to noncontrolling interests   12       8  
Net income attributable to MPC $ 891     $ 199  
           
Per-share data          
Basic:          
  Net income attributable to MPC per share $ 3.26     $ 0.68  
  Weighted average shares:(a)   273       293  
Diluted:          
  Net income attributable to MPC per share $ 3.24     $ 0.67  
  Weighted average shares:(a)   275       295  
Dividends paid $ 0.50     $ 0.42  
           
  1. The number of weighted average shares for the period ended Mar. 31, 2015, reflects the impact of our share repurchases.

Supplemental Statistics (Unaudited)

  Three Months Ended
 March 31
(In millions)   2015     2014
Income from Operations by segment          
  Refining & Marketing $ 1,316     $ 362  
  Speedway   168       58  
  Pipeline Transportation   67       72  
  Items not allocated to segments:          
  Corporate and other unallocated items   (80 )     (67 )
  Pension settlement expenses   (1 )     (64 )
Income from operations   1,470       361  
Net interest and other financial income (costs)   (81 )     (46 )
Income before income taxes   1,389       315  
Provision for income taxes   486       108  
Net income   903       207  
Less net income attributable to noncontrolling interests   12       8  
Net income attributable to MPC $ 891     $ 199  
           
Capital Expenditures and Investments          
  Refining & Marketing $ 229     $ 178  
  Speedway   45       32  
  Pipeline Transportation   81       130  
  Corporate and Other(a)   29       31  
  Total $ 384     $ 371  
           

(a)       Includes capitalized interest.


Supplementary Statistics (Unaudited) (continued)

  Three Months Ended
 March 31
    2015     2014
MPC Consolidated Refined Product Sales Volumes (thousands of barrels per day (mbpd)(a)(b)   2,246       1,964  
Refining & Marketing (R&M) Operating Statistics          
R&M refined product sales volume (mbpd)(c)   2,233       1,951  
R&M gross margin (dollars per barrel)(d) $ 16.14     $ 14.46  
Crude oil capacity utilization (percent)(e)   97       85  
Refinery throughputs (mbpd):(f)          
  Crude oil refined   1,672       1,450  
  Other charge and blendstocks   180       200  
  Total   1,852       1,650  
Sour crude oil throughput (percent)   56       49  
WTI-priced crude oil throughput (percent)   20       21  
Refined product yields (mbpd):(f)          
  Gasoline   911       837  
  Distillates   553       514  
  Propane   36       34  
  Feedstocks and special products   298       220  
  Heavy fuel oil   30       30  
  Asphalt   50       43  
  Total   1,878       1,678  
Refinery direct operating costs ($/barrel):(g)          
  Planned turnaround and major maintenance $ 0.79     $ 3.15  
  Depreciation and amortization   1.42       1.55  
  Other manufacturing(h)   4.26       5.95  
  Total $ 6.47     $ 10.65  
R&M Operating Statistics by Region - Gulf Coast          
Refinery throughputs (mbpd):(i)          
  Crude oil refined   1,031       860  
  Other charge and blendstocks   179       211  
  Total   1,210       1,071  
Sour crude oil throughput (percent)   70       60  
WTI-priced crude oil throughput (percent)   5       3  
Refined product yields (mbpd):(h)          
  Gasoline   523       489  
  Distillates   342       319  
   Propane   25       21  
  Feedstocks and special products   307       245  
  Heavy fuel oil   15       15  
  Asphalt   14       7  
  Total   1,226       1,096  
Refinery direct operating costs ($/barrel):(g)          
  Planned turnaround and major maintenance $ 0.80     $ 3.83  
  Depreciation and amortization   1.14       1.25  
  Other manufacturing(h)   3.99       5.87  
  Total $ 5.93     $ 10.95  

Supplementary Statistics (Unaudited) (continued)

  Three Months Ended
 March 31
    2015     2014
R&M Operating Statistics by Region - Midwest          
Refinery throughputs (mbpd):(i)          
  Crude oil refined   641       590  
  Other charge and blendstocks   36       48  
  Total   677       638  
Sour crude oil throughput (percent)   34       34  
WTI-priced crude oil throughput (percent)   43       47  
Refined product yields (mbpd):(i)          
  Gasoline   388       348  
  Distillates   211       195  
  Propane   13       13  
  Feedstocks and special products   23       33  
  Heavy fuel oil   16       16  
  Asphalt   36       36  
   Total   687       641  
Refinery direct operating costs ($/barrel):(g)          
  Planned turnaround and major maintenance $ 0.73     $ 1.71  
  Depreciation and amortization   1.85       1.91  
  Other manufacturing(h)   4.51       5.54  
  Total $ 7.09     $ 9.16  
Speedway Operating Statistics(b)          
Convenience stores at period-end   2,753       1,482  
Gasoline and distillate sales (millions of gallons)   1,432       773  
Gasoline and distillate gross margin (dollars per gallon)(j) $ 0.1970     $ 0.1156  
Merchandise sales (in millions) $ 1,111     $ 722  
Merchandise gross margin (in millions) $ 311     $ 192  
Merchandise gross margin percent   28.0 %     26.5 %
Same store gasoline sales volume (period over period)(k)   (1.2 )%     (0.7 )%
Same store merchandise sales (period over period)(k)(l)   6.2 %     5.3 %
Pipeline Transportation Operating Statistics          
Pipeline throughputs (mbpd):(m)          
  Crude oil pipelines   1,221       1,171  
  Refined products pipelines   886       819  
  Total   2,107       1,990  
           

(a)    Total average daily volumes of refined product sales to wholesale, branded and retail (Speedway segment) customers.
(b)       Includes the impact of Hess' retail operations and related assets beginning on the Sept. 30, 2014 acquisition date.
(c)    Includes intersegment sales.
(d)    Sales revenue less cost of refinery inputs and purchased products, divided by total refinery throughputs.
(e)    Based on calendar day capacity, which is an annual average that includes downtime for planned maintenance and other normal operating activities.
(f)     Excludes inter-refinery volumes of 35 mbpd and 59 mbpd for first quarter 2015 and 2014, respectively.
(g)    Per barrel of total refinery throughputs.
(h)    Includes utilities, labor, routine maintenance and other operating costs.
(i)     Includes inter-refinery transfer volumes.
(j)     The price paid by consumers less the cost of refined products, including transportation, consumer excise taxes and bankcard processing fees, divided by gasoline and distillate sales volumes.
(k)    Same store comparison includes only locations owned at least 13 months, and therefore excludes locations acquired from Hess.
(l)     Excludes cigarettes.
(m)   On owned common-carrier pipelines, excluding equity method investments.


Segment Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation & Amortization (Segment EBITDA) (Unaudited)

  Three Months Ended
 March 31
(In millions)   2015     2014
Segment EBITDA(a)          
  Refining & Marketing $ 1,583     $ 623  
  Speedway   231       86  
  Pipeline Transportation   87       91  
  Total Segment EBITDA(a)   1,901       800  
Total segment depreciation & amortization   (350 )     (308 )
Items not allocated to segments   (81 )     (131 )
Income from operations   1,470       361  
Net interest and other financial income (costs)   (81 )     (46 )
Income before income taxes   1,389       315  
Income tax provision   486       108  
Net income   903       207  
Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests   12       8  
Net income attributable to MPC $ 891     $ 199  
           
  1. Segment EBITDA represents segment earnings before interest and financing costs, interest income, income taxes and depreciation and amortization expense. Segment EBITDA is used by some investors and analysts to analyze and compare companies on the basis of operating performance. Segment EBITDA should not be considered as an alternative to net income attributable to MPC, income before income taxes, cash flows from operating activities or any other measure of financial performance presented in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States. Segment EBITDA may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other entities.

Select Financial Data (Unaudited)

(In millions) March 31
 2015
  December 31
 2014
Cash and cash equivalents $ 2,078     $ 1,494  
Total debt(a)   6,743       6,637  
Equity   11,980       11,390  
Debt-to-total-capital ratio (percent)   36       37  
Shares outstanding (millions)   272       274  
           
Cash provided from operations (quarter ended) $ 1,190     $ 388  
           

(a)   Includes long-term debt due within one year.


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Marathon Petroleum Corporation to Announce 2015 First-Quarter Financial Results April 30

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FINDLAY, Ohio, March 20, 2015 - Marathon Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: MPC) announced today that it will host a conference call on Thursday, April 30, at 10 a.m. EDT to provide an update on company operations and to discuss 2015 first-quarter financial results, which will be released earlier that day.

MPC participants will be Gary Heminger, president and chief executive officer; Don Templin, executive vice president of Supply, Transportation and Marketing; Tim Griffith, senior vice president and chief financial officer; and Mike Palmer, senior vice president of Supply, Distribution and Planning. The call will be hosted by Geri Ewing, director of investor relations.

Interested parties may listen to the conference call on MPC's website at http://www.marathonpetroleum.com by clicking on the "2015 First-Quarter Financial Results" link. Replays of the conference call will be available on the company's website through Wednesday, May 13. Financial information, including the earnings release and other investor-related material, also will be available online.

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About Marathon Petroleum Corporation
MPC is the nation's fourth-largest refiner, with a crude oil refining capacity of approximately 1.7 million barrels per calendar day in its seven-refinery system. Marathon brand gasoline is sold through approximately 5,460 independently owned retail outlets across 19 states. In addition, Speedway LLC, an MPC subsidiary, owns and operates the nation's second-largest convenience store chain, with approximately 2,750 convenience stores in 22 states. MPC also owns, leases or has ownership interests in approximately 8,300 miles of pipeline. Through subsidiaries, MPC owns the general partner of MPLX LP, a midstream master limited partnership. MPC's fully integrated system provides operational flexibility to move crude oil, feedstocks and petroleum-related products efficiently through the company's distribution network in the Midwest, Southeast and Gulf Coast regions. For additional information about the company, please visit our website at http://www.marathonpetroleum.com.

Investor Relations Contacts:
Geri Ewing (419) 421-2071
Teresa Homan (419) 421-2965

Media Contact:
Chuck Rice (419) 421-2521
Brandon Daniels (419) 421-3127


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