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Marathon Petroleum Corporation Reports First-Quarter 2013 Results
FINDLAY, Ohio, April 30, 2013 - Marathon Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: MPC) today reported first-quarter earnings of $725 million, or $2.17 per diluted share, compared with $596 million, or $1.70 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2012.
(a) References to earnings refer to net income attributable to MPC. See "Reference to Earnings" note below.
"Our performance this quarter reflects in large part the strategic expansion and optimization of our refining system along with favorable market conditions," said MPC President and Chief Executive Officer Gary R. Heminger. The first quarter of 2013 marks the first full quarter since completion of MPC's Detroit Heavy Oil Upgrade Project (DHOUP). In addition, MPC finalized the acquisition of the Galveston Bay refinery and related assets on Feb. 1.
Heminger highlighted the performance of the Detroit refinery, saying, "Since bringing the new units online and quickly reaching the design capacity, the DHOUP expansion has provided our system with greater flexibility to refine larger volumes of price-advantaged crudes, including Canadian heavy."
"Our Galveston Bay refinery is well positioned on the Texas Gulf Coast to process growing supplies of North American crude oil," Heminger added. "With its array of complex processing units, we continue to be enthusiastic about our prospects to enhance margins and further leverage dynamic market trends through this strategic acquisition."
Heminger also noted that Speedway had a strong quarter, primarily due to higher fuel margins and additional revenue from stores acquired last year.
MPC continues to balance investments in the business with returning capital to shareholders. During the first quarter, the company returned $547 million to shareholders through share repurchases and the payment of $116 million of dividends. At the end of the first quarter, a total of $2.2 billion remained under an existing share repurchase authorization.
As MPLX LP (MPLX) announced today, it will acquire an additional 5 percent interest in MPLX Pipe Line Holdings LP from a subsidiary of MPC for $100 million on May 1. This will bring MPLX's interest to 56 percent from the 51 percent interest it held since its initial public offering (IPO) in October 2012. Heminger noted this is the first drop-down following the IPO and said this transaction, and the increase in MPLX's quarterly distribution announced earlier today, demonstrate MPC's commitment to support the growth of MPLX.
Total income from operations was $1.16 billion in the first quarter of 2013, compared with $956 million in the first quarter of 2012.
Refining & Marketing
Refining & Marketing segment income from operations was $1.11 billion in the first quarter of 2013, compared with $943 million in the first quarter of 2012. The increase was primarily due to higher refined product production and sales volumes, attributable in large part to the acquisition of the Galveston Bay refinery on Feb. 1, 2013. Refining & Marketing's refined product sales volumes were 1.88 million barrels per day (bpd) in the first quarter of 2013, compared with 1.53 million bpd in the first quarter of 2012. The favorable production and sales volumes impact was partially offset by a slight decrease in the Refining & Marketing gross margin, which was $7.92 per barrel in the first quarter of 2013, compared with $8.36 per barrel in the first quarter of 2012. MPC's benchmark Light Louisiana Sweet (LLS) crack spread was higher in the first quarter of 2013 compared to the first quarter of 2012. However, MPC experienced higher operating and turnaround costs in the first quarter of 2013 compared to the first quarter of 2012. In addition, MPC's average crude oil acquisition discount narrowed compared to LLS in the first quarter of 2013.
(a) Includes intersegment sales
Speedway segment income from operations was $67 million in the first quarter of 2013, compared with $50 million in the first quarter of 2012. The $17 million increase was primarily the result of a higher gasoline and distillates gross margin and a higher merchandise gross margin, partially offset by higher expenses associated with the increase in the number of stores operated. Speedway gasoline and distillates gross margin per gallon averaged 13.01 cents in the first quarter of 2013, compared with 10.96 cents in the first quarter of 2012.
(a) The price paid by consumers less the cost of refined products, including transportation, consumer excise taxes and bankcard processing fees, divided by gasoline and distillates sales volume.
Pipeline Transportation segment income from operations, including 100 percent of MPLX's operations, was $51 million in the first quarter of 2013, compared with $42 million in the first quarter of 2012. The increase in segment income was primarily due to an increase in transportation revenue and pipeline affiliate income, partially offset by an increase in mechanical integrity and depreciation expenses.
(a) On owned common-carrier pipelines, excluding equity method investments.
Corporate and other unallocated expenses of $67 million in the first quarter of 2013 were $12 million lower than in the first quarter of 2012. The decrease was primarily due to a decrease in pension expenses resulting from a pension plan amendment adopted in the second quarter of 2012.
Strong Financial Position and Liquidity
On March 31, 2013, the company had $4.7 billion in cash and cash equivalents, an unused $2.5 billion revolving credit agreement and a $1 billion unused trade receivables securitization facility. The company's credit facilities and cash position 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. As of March 31, 2013, the company's strong financial position was further reflected by its debt-to-total-capital ratio of 22 percent.
At 10 a.m. EDT today, MPC will hold a webcast and conference call to discuss the earnings release 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 "2013 First-Quarter Financial Results" link. Replays of the conference call will be available on the company's website through Wednesday, May 15. 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.
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 5,000 independently owned retail outlets across 17 states. In addition, Speedway LLC, an MPC subsidiary, owns and operates the nation's fourth-largest convenience store chain, with approximately 1,460 convenience stores in seven 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.
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References to Earnings
(a) The number of weighted average shares for the period ended March 31, 2013, reflects the impact of our share repurchases.
(a) Includes $1.38 billion for the acquisition of the Galveston Bay refinery and related assets, comprised of total consideration, excluding inventory, of $1.17 billion plus assumed liabilities of $206 million. The total consideration amount of $1.17 billion includes the base purchase price and a fair-value estimate of $600 million for the contingent earnout.
(a) Total average daily volumes of refined product sales to wholesale, branded and retail (Speedway segment) customers.
(a) 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.
(a) Includes long-term debt due within one year.