updated 11/3/2010 4:16:27 PM ET 2010-11-03T20:16:27

KILGORE, Texas, Nov. 3, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Martin Midstream Partners L.P. (Nasdaq:MMLP) announced today its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2010.

Martin Midstream Partners L.P. ("MMLP" or "the Partnership") reported net income for the third quarter of 2010 of $4.6 million, or $0.19 per limited partner unit. This compared to net income for the third quarter of 2009 of $4.3 million, or $0.26 per limited partner unit. Revenues for the third quarter of 2010 were $195.4 million compared to $159.3 million for the third quarter of 2009.

For the quarter ended September 30, 2010, net income was positively impacted by $0.9 million, or $0.05 per limited partner unit, in non-cash derivatives net gains from certain commodity and interest rate hedges that are subject to mark-to-market accounting.

Third quarter 2009 net income was positively impacted by $0.5 million, or $0.04 per limited partner unit, in non-cash derivatives net gains from certain commodity and interest rate hedges that are subject to mark-to-market accounting, and negatively impacted by $0.2 million in adjusted net income attributable to the Cross assets acquired in November 2009.

The Partnership reported net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2010 of $9.5 million, or $0.33 per limited partner unit. This compared to net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2009 of $20.2 million, or $1.02 per limited partner unit. Revenues for the nine months ended September 30, 2010 were $650.0 million compared to $461.5 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2009. For the nine months ended September 30, 2010, net income was positively impacted by $3.6 million, or $0.20 per limited partner unit, in non-cash derivatives net gains from certain commodity and interest rate hedges that are subject to mark-to-market accounting. 

For the nine months ended September 30, 2010, net income was negatively impacted by $3.8 million, or $0.22 per limited partner unit, due to the payment of fees for the early extinguishment of interest rate swaps in the first quarter 2010.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2009, net income was positively impacted by $5.1 million, or $0.35 per limited partner unit, in gain on the sale of property, plant and equipment and $2.9 million in adjusted net income attributable to the Cross assets acquired in November 2009. For the nine months ended September 30, 2009, net income was negatively impacted by $2.3 million, or $0.16 per limited partner unit, in non-cash derivatives net losses from certain commodity and interest rate hedges that did not qualify for hedge accounting. 

Due to FASB ASC 850, the Partnership is required to account for the November 2009 Cross Oil asset contribution as a transfer of net assets between entities under common control. As such, the revenues, earnings and distributable cash flow data set forth below and elsewhere herein require adjustment to be viewed on a comparable year-over-year basis.  The pre-acquisition effect of the Cross transaction is excluded from the determination of net income per limited partner unit. Before giving effect to the Cross transaction, revenue for the quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2009 would have been $151.4 million and $436.5 million, respectively.   For a more detailed discussion of the Cross asset acquisition, please refer to Item 6. Selected Financial Data in our annual report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on March 4, 2010.

The Partnership's distributable cash flow for the third quarter of 2010 was $16.2 million. The Partnership's distributable cash flow for the nine months ended September 30, 2010 was $43.9 million. Distributable cash flow is a non-GAAP financial measure which is explained in greater detail below under "Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information." The Partnership has also included below a table entitled "Distributable Cash Flow" in order to show the components of this non-GAAP financial measure and its reconciliation to the most comparable GAAP measurement.

Included with this press release are the Partnership's consolidated financial statements as of and for the quarter ended September 30, 2010 and certain prior periods. These financial statements should be read in conjunction with the information contained in the Partnership's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on November 3, 2010.           

Ruben Martin, President and Chief Executive Officer of Martin Midstream GP LLC, the general partner of Martin Midstream Partners L.P said, "Our Partnership's operating performance was solid during the third quarter 2010. Our distributable cash flow (DCF) coverage ratio was 1.11 times; and we again demonstrated the portfolio effect of having a diverse operating model. Our improved performance during the quarter was fueled by two of our four business segments, Marine Transportation and Terminalling and Storage.

Marine Transportation had one of its strongest quarters ever. Our offshore tows continued their work in the Gulf of Mexico clean-up effort, although such clean-up efforts appear to be winding down. Additionally, within Marine Transportation our inland fleet was fully utilized during the quarter on long-awaited slightly improved day rates. Terminalling and Storage, our largest segment, also performed well during the quarter. Our Cross lubricant processing facility continues to see strong product demand for its off take. Also, we saw improved throughput and utilization in our specialty terminal storage system during the quarter. Lastly, we were pleased to execute the previously announced drop-down of two shore based marine terminals into our Terminalling and Storage segment. We anticipate those assets will generate approximately $1.2 million of additional fee-based distributable cash flow annually. 

In our Natural Gas Services segment, volume was extremely high through our system during the third quarter well over nameplate capacity of our Waskom processing plant. This was offset, however, by the incremental gas stream being primarily from the Haynesville Shale which is substantially leaner in liquid content. 

Our Sulfur Services segment experienced seasonal softening during the third quarter. As is typical, fertilizer demand is at its seasonal low after being strong during the first half of 2010. Looking forward to 2011, we expect to see greater demand for our sulfur-based products. Additionally, we expect continued strong demand for capacity on our sulfur prillers. 

As we indicated last quarter, the Partnership is diligently working on several low multiple organic growth projects that we anticipate will add to our DCF over the next two years. Significant capital spending has been approved and those projects are well underway, particularly in our Terminalling and Storage segment. As the cornerstone of our fee-based model, we continue to invest heavily in the Terminalling and Storage segment. Looking forward, our liquidity remains strong and we continue to be in position to capitalize on strategic opportunities."

Investors' Conference Call

An investors' conference call to review the third quarter results will be held on Thursday, November 4, 2010, at 8:00 a.m. Central Time. The conference call can be accessed by calling (877) 878-2695. An audio replay of the conference call will be available by calling (800) 642-1687 from 11:00 a.m. Central Time on November 4, 2010 through 10:59 p.m. Central Time on November 20, 2010. The access code for the conference call and the audio replay is Conference ID No. 21202683. The audio replay of the conference call will also be archived on Martin Midstream Partners' website at www.martinmidstream.com .

About Martin Midstream Partners

Martin Midstream Partners is a publicly traded limited partnership with a diverse set of operations focused primarily in the United States Gulf Coast region. The Partnership's primary business lines include: terminalling and storage services for petroleum products and by-products; natural gas gathering, processing and NGL distribution; sulfur and sulfur-based products processing, manufacturing, and distribution; and marine transportation services for petroleum products and by-products.           

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements about Martin Midstream Partners' outlook and all other statements in this release other than historical facts are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements and all references to financial estimates rely on a number of assumptions concerning future events and are subject to a number of uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside its control, which could cause actual results to differ materially from such statements. While the Partnership believes that the assumptions concerning future events are reasonable, it cautions that there are inherent difficulties in anticipating or predicting certain important factors. A discussion of these factors, including risks and uncertainties, is set forth in the Partnership's annual and quarterly reports filed from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Martin Midstream Partners disclaims any intention or obligation to revise any forward-looking statements, including financial estimates, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information

The Partnership reports its financial results in accordance with United States generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). However, from time to time, the Partnership uses certain non-GAAP financial measures such as distributable cash flow because the Partnership's management believes that this measure may provide users of this financial information with meaningful comparisons between current results and prior reported results and a meaningful measure of the Partnership's cash available to pay distributions. Distributable cash flow should not be considered an alternative to cash flow from operating activities or any other measure of financial performance in accordance with GAAP. Distributable cash flow is not intended to represent cash flows for the period, nor is it presented as an alternative to income from continuing operations. Furthermore, it should not be seen as a measure of liquidity or a substitute for comparable metrics prepared in accordance with GAAP. This information may constitute non-GAAP financial measures within the meaning of Regulation G adopted by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Accordingly, the Partnership has presented herein, and will present in other information it publishes that contains this non-GAAP financial measure, a reconciliation of this measure to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure.           

The Partnership has included below a table entitled "Distributable Cash Flow" in order to show the components of this non-GAAP financial measure and its reconciliation to the most comparable GAAP measure. The Partnership calculates distributable cash flow as follows: net income (as reported in statements of operations), less gain on sale of property, plant and equipment (as reported in statements of cash flows), plus depreciation and amortization, amortization of debt discount and amortization of deferred debt issuance costs (as reported in statements of cash flows), less deferred taxes (as reported in statements of cash flows), plus costs related to the early extinguishment of interest rate swaps (as reported in Notes to Consolidated and Condensed Financial Statements "Note 10 – Long-Term Debt and Capital Leases" in the Partnership's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the SEC on August 4, 2010), plus distribution equivalents from unconsolidated entities (as described below), less invested cash in unconsolidated entities (as described below), less equity in earnings of unconsolidated entities (as reported in statements of operations), less non-cash mark-to-market on derivatives (as reported in statements of cash flows), less payments for plant turnaround costs (as reported in statements of cash flows), less maintenance capital expenditures (as reported under the caption "Liquidity and Capital Resources" in the Partnership's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the SEC on August 4, 2010), plus unit-based compensation (as reported in statements of changes in capital).           

The Partnership's distribution equivalents from unconsolidated entities is calculated as distributions from unconsolidated entities (as reported in statements of cash flows), plus return of investments from unconsolidated entities (as reported in statements of cash flows), plus distributions in-kind from unconsolidated entities (as reported in statements of cash flows). For the quarter ended September 30, 2010, the Partnership's distributions from unconsolidated entities, return of investments from unconsolidated entities and distributions in-kind from equity investments were $0.0 million, $1.7 million and $3.0 million, respectively. For the nine months ended September 30, 2010, the Partnership's distributions from unconsolidated entities, return of investments from unconsolidated entities and distributions in-kind from equity investments were $0.0 million, $2.4 million and $7.5 million, respectively.

The Partnership's invested cash in unconsolidated entities is calculated as distributions from (contributions to) unconsolidated entities for operations (as reported in statements of cash flows), plus expansion capital expenditures in unconsolidated entities (as reported under the caption "Liquidity and Capital Resources" in the Partnership's Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on March 4, 2010). For the quarter ended September 30, 2010, the Partnership's distributions from (contributions to) unconsolidated entities for operations and expansion capital expenditures in unconsolidated entities were $(0.3) million and $1.0 million, respectively. For the nine months ended September 30, 2010, the Partnership's distributions from unconsolidated entities for operations and expansion capital expenditures in unconsolidated entities were $0.6 million and $2.0 million, respectively.

Additional information concerning the Partnership is available on the Partnership's website at www.martinmidstream.com

 

 

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