El Paso Pipeline Partners' CEO Discusses Q2 2012 Results - Earnings Call Transcript

Jul.18.12 | About: El Paso (EPB)

El Paso Pipeline Partners, L.P. (NYSE:EPB)

Q2 2012 Earnings Call

July 18, 2012 4:30 p.m. ET

Executives

Richard Kinder - Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Kimberly Allen Dang - Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

David Kinder - Vice President, Corporate Development Treasurer and Investor Relations

Tim Bradley - President, CO2

Analysts

Ted Durbin - Goldman Sachs

Darren Horowitz - Raymond James

Stephen Maresca - Morgan Stanley

John Edwards - Credit Suisse

John Tysseland - Citigroup

Curt Launer - Deutsche Bank

Harry Mateer - Barclays Capital

Ross Payne - Wells Fargo

Operator

Welcome to the Quarterly Earnings Conference Call. All lines have been placed on a listen-only mode until the question-and-answer session. (Operator Instructions) Today's conference is also being recorded. (Operator Instructions) I would now like to turn the conference over to your host, Mr. Rich Kinder, Chairman and CEO of Kinder Morgan. You may begin, sir.

Richard Kinder

Okay, thank you, Holly. This is the Kinder Morgan Earnings call and as usual we will be making statements that fall within the meaning of the Securities Act of 1933 and Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Now that we have closed the El Paso merger, we will be talking about three entities; KMI, Kinder Morgan, Inc.; KMP, Kinder Morgan Energy Partners; and EPB, El Paso Pipeline Partners. In addition of course there is a fourth security KMR, which is the equivalent of KMP but pays its dividend in peak and is suitable for investors who do not want to hold an MLP.

Kim will take you through the financial details and there is a good bit of noise there resulting from the El Paso merger and from the FTC mandated sale. But I think there is a strong fundamental story in most respects. For those of you new to this call and to the Kinder Morgan philosophy, we are all about generating cash and paying out that cash to shareholders in distributions or dividends. So the real news here I think is that all three entities increased their dividends or distributions for the second quarter. KMI increased its dividend to $0.35, that’s up 17% since the second quarter of 2011 and we anticipate dividending $1.40 for the year 2012.

KMP and KMR raised their distribution to $1.23 per quarter, that’s up 7% from the second quarter of 2011 and we anticipate distributing $4.98 for the year at KMP and KMR. EPB increased its dividend to $0.55, that’s up 15% from the second quarter of 2011 and we anticipate paying dividends of $2.25 for calendar year 2012. Now let me talk about each of the three entities briefly before I turn it over to Kim.

At KMI, the cash available for dividends this quarter was $307 million, that’s up 83% from $168 million in the second quarter of 2011. If you look at it on the basis of cash available for dividends per share, it’s $0.36 this quarter versus $0.24 in the second quarter of 2011. And I might add that for the full year 2012 at KMI, we expect to generate over $1.3 billion in cash available for dividends. Obviously, the most important thing that occurred during the second quarter this year was the completion of the El Paso acquisition on May 24.

As we promised in conjunction with that acquisition, we sold of the E&P assets of El Paso for approximately $7.2 billion. We had originally targeted producing $350 million of cost savings per year, we now expect that number to be north of $400 million per year. We said we would drop down significant assets to EPB and we did that just prior to the close by dropping down the reaming 14% of Colorado Interstate and all of the Cheyenne Plains Pipeline. We expect to drop down 100% of Tennessee TGP and 50% of El Paso Natural Gas to KMP during this third quarter and I might add that we really believe that TGP obviously has just a unique footprint in the Marcellus and Utica. We expect to complete the FTC mandated sales of certain KMP Rockies pipelines during the third quarter also.

It's early in the game. We've only had these assets for a little less than two months but so far the assimilation is going well. We're seeing real upside possibilities from the assets and we think we've inherited most importantly a great number of really good people. There are some profound effects that this merger has and just to give you a couple of them, it now makes gas pipelines and storage across all three of the entities, about 60% of all the earnings before DD&A. So, we become much more of a gas pipeline company obviously. And then secondly by putting all these companies together, if you look at enterprise value on a combined basis, at yesterday's close, the total enterprise value of these three entities is right at $100 billion. So, this is quite a company we've assembled with a footprint that I think is going to pay enormous dividends for years to come.

Now, let me turn to KMP. There the distributable cash flow increased by 13% to $366 million. Of course, the key thing for us is distributable cash flow per unit and that is up to $1.07 versus $1.01 in Q2 of 2011. All the segments were positive in comparison to the second quarter of 2011 in terms of earnings before DD&A prior to certain items, with the exception of the Products Pipelines segment, which was burdened by lower rates on SFPP as a result of FERC and CPEC decisions and settlements.

If you look at how the underlying businesses performed, and I think sometimes we are kind of a microcosm of the economy, I can give you some interesting statistics. On the refined products, volumes we were up nine-tenths of 1% in terms of throughput for the second quarter of 2012 compared to the same period a year ago and coincidentally that's exactly equal to the EIA numbers recently published for the second quarter. In terms of NGL volumes, our performance was much better. We were up 27%, largely through increased volumes on our Cochin and Cypress systems. We increased our biofuels volumes and we are still handling about 30% of all the ethanol consumed in the United States.

If you look at some of our terminal activities, we continue to benefit from strong coal export volumes offset somewhat by weaker domestic coal volumes. Overall, coal volumes in our Terminals Group was up 12%. Our pet coke were also up 12%, steel was up a much more modest 2%. And I think returning to coal for just a minute, we believe that for the full year 2012 we will handle over 20 million tons of coal for export at our four export terminals. Two on the Eastern ship channel, one on the Mississippi south of New Orleans, and the other in the Newport News, Virginia area. And that's about 20% of all the coal exported from the United States anticipated for calendar year 2012. The throughput on our liquids terminals was also positive, up about 5%.

Turning to our natural gas segment. Natural gas transport volumes were up 6% compared to the quarter a year ago. Natural gas sales volumes, virtually all in Texas, were up 12% compared with the second quarter of 2011. And the big drivers for that 12% increase were increased power demand and increased exports to Mexico. But as we look across all of our pipelines the power demand is very high. We're setting records both for the month and year-to-date in terms of gas delivered to the power demand on both Tennessee and on the Southern natural gas systems.

Now all that sounds pretty rosy, but life is never that way and let me just say that not all is rosy in terms of volumes of natural gas throughput. Clearly, as you could imagine, the volumes are below budget on our dry gas activities, particularly in the Haynesville play, what we call our KinderHawk facility. But I will say that our EBITDA there is still nicely above the EBITDA in our acquisition model, when we bought the second half of KinderHawk from Petrohawk back in the middle of 2011. So, we're below plan in terms of volumes and EBITDA but above our acquisition model in terms of EBITDA.

We are also seeing some producer delays in getting Eagle Ford production into our pipeline systems. I think, largely this is the inability of producers to get equipment delivered on a timely basis. And just the sheer volume of activity there, I think, is creating some bottleneck. But volumes are certainly there. We have long-term throughput contracts but in some cases the ramp-up is going more slowly in terms of getting the volumes to us than we would have anticipated it would be.

In our CO2 segment, the production volumes are pretty good. SACROC is up 1,600 barrels a day from quarter one of 2012 and about flat to quarter two of 2011. Katz volumes are obviously way up above the second quarter of 2011 as that particular field ramps up, but still slightly below our plan for the second quarter of 2012. Gross NGL production is at record levels and this is the fourth consecutive quarter that we've had record levels. So, in short, the operations in CO segment are doing pretty well and we expect the rest of the year to continue strong from a production standpoint.

The headwind in this section which would come as no news to any of you who follow the midstream energy business, is the deterioration in NGL prices. And they are clearly substantially lower than the numbers we had in the budget which was based on outlook dating from last November. Now, we're not quite as bad as some we estimate now. We put this in the release that if the present trends were to hold through the year, our NGL price would be down about 23%. So, we're not as bad as some others because we do have less ethane in our mix. But overall, there is no question that that's a headwind for our CO2 segment.

On the sales and transportation side, demand for CO2 remains strong and we continue to work to expand our source fields, both in Southwest Colorado and to develop our newest source field, the St. Johns field, which is on the Arizona, New Mexico border. In Canada, the Trans Mountain volumes were up slightly from the second quarter of 2011 and we expect to have those volumes hold in for the rest of the year.

Probably the most important development at KMP and perhaps throughout the whole Kinder Morgan family of companies, is the tremendous project development that we are seeing. We've made a lot of progress on these projects and we’re now estimating that our project backlog is now approaching $10 billion. The bulk of that is at KMP but some is in the assets we still hold at KMI and some is in the EPB assets. But a huge backlog of products and those are already either approved or we expect to approve them with the board very shortly. And it's money that would be spent not just in 2012, obviously, but over the next three or four years. All of these projects are backed by long-term contracts with our shippers, which is obviously a critical thing for us.

Now, we have detailed the most important of the projects that have been approved in the earnings release and I won't go through them, but I think they bode very well for future cash flow. Let me just give you a few numbers to remember. Not counting the dropdowns of Tennessee and EPNG, which again we expect to occur this quarter, nor the CapEx associated with those dropdowns, not counting those we expect KMP to invest about $2.2 billion in expansions and acquisitions this year, up from our original estimate of about $1.5 billion. And remember that's just for 2012.

If you look at it in a little more detail, Terminals alone has approved projects of more than $1.3 billion, and much of that money will be spent in '13 and '14 not just in 2012. In the Products Pipelines, three of the projects that we outlined in the release, namely the Houston condensate splitter, the Parkway Pipeline, and the Cochin Reversal Project, those three projects alone total almost $700 million in CapEx, most of which will be spent in '13 and '14. And if you add all of the projects that have been approved for the Products Pipelines group, it's more like $800 million.

Now beyond all these projects that are underway and approved and advancing quickly, is of course the Trans Mountain expansion project in Canada. We now have contracts with nine shippers for approximately 510,000 barrels per day for 20 years. That allows us to plan an expansion from the present capacity of 300,000 barrels a day to 750,000 barrels a day. Now there will be a long regulatory process, although I would add that recent developments have indicated that the Canadian national government is very intent on streamlining that process, but we expect to get this approval and we expect to spend the $4.1 billion to bring this project to completion.

We think it will be built in 2015-2016 timeframe assuming regulatory approval, and be in service sometime in early 2017. All these projects, when you count them all up, are just for a minute as building blocks for the future and I think that's what will lead more than any other single factor to continued growth at all three of these entities.

Now, turning to EPB, there the DCF is up 14% to $135 million for the second quarter of 2012. Again, the more key figure is the DCF per unit and it's 65% this quarter versus $0.60 a year ago. During the quarter, the most significant single event was the completion of the drop down that I detailed earlier but we also completed the third and final phase of Southern Natural Gas system three, and that expansion was placed in service in June. All three of those phases together resulted in additional capacity on the system of about 375 million cubic feet a day and that's all subscribed to by the Southern companies for electric generation mode.

From a broader perspective on EPB, we're just starting the processing of assimilating these assets but we're really very encouraged by the step out expansion opportunities, by opportunities for storage both in the Southeast and the Rockies and by potential LNG explore opportunities. We think EPB will also benefit from its share of these reduced costs which we've been able to put into effect across the entire Kinder Morgan companies.

So, that's an update on where we stand and with that, I'll turn it over to Kim.

Kimberly Allen Dang

Okay. Thanks, Rich. Okay, I'm going to start with the numbers on KMP. I'll do EPB second and KMI third. And so, looking at the first page of numbers on KMP, the GAAP income statement, we don't think that the GAAP income statement is overly meaningful. We're going to focus on our calculation of DCF but a few things I want to point out here.

One, we are declaring a distribution today of the $1.23. That's up about 7% from the second quarter of last year. The other thing on the GAAP income statement, you will see that there is an incremental loss on the re-measurement of our disc-ops of the FTC assets and to adjust them to fair value, that's $327 million, that's non-cash. When we go to the DCF calculation, you will see that we exclude that. However, right above that you will see the income from discontinued operations, the $48 million, when we calculate DCF because we still own those assets and we get those cash flows, we include that in our calculation of DCF.

So, on the second page, towards the bottom of the page you can see our DCF before certain items. As Rich mentioned, $366 million in the quarter, up $42 million or 13%, for the six months $828 million, up $122 million. Now just to back up one second, what we are doing in calculating DCF is we are taking GAAP net income before certain items, the primary certainly item is the loss on re-measurement that I just mentioned. We are adding back DD&A including our share of re-DD&A, we are making some other adjustments to those cash taxes and some other small adjustments, taking out sustaining CapEx, so to get up to what our DCF is. So, that is $366 million on the quarter, that's about $1.07 per unit. That compares to the distribution that we are declaring today of $1.23. So, we have negative coverage in the quarter, which is we expected and told you that that would be the case both last quarter and at the time we went over the budget.

For the six months, $2.44 of distributable cash flow per unit compared to distribution of $2.43, so it’s slightly positive on coverage for the six months. For the full year, on coverage what we are expecting is to be at one times coverage or maybe slightly under that. And I will go through it in a minute as I go through where we are relative to our budget, but that's primarily a function of lower NGL prices and then lower operating results from our KinderHawk assets.

So, looking back at the segments, $959 million in segment earnings before DD&A, up $107 million in the quarter, up $257 million year-to-date. The Products Pipelines, as Rich mentioned, down $9 million in the quarter, down $13 million year-to-date on an actual basis. That is primarily a function of the lower rate from Pacific. We do have lower performance on our Transmix business. We had a contract expire there, but that's largely offset by a favorable on Cochin as a result of a settlement with our shippers. The same factors are driving the year-to-date.

With respect to the budget, we're very close to the budget year-to-date. For the year, we expect to earn slightly below the budget. Natural Gas segment is up $47 million in the quarter, it's up $103 million year-to-date. And that's a function of the KinderHawk acquisition, the SouthTex acquisition, and just favorable results in our treating business and our Fayetteville Express pipelines as volumes ramped during 2011. With respect to our budget year-to-date, on Natural Gas we're below our budget primarily as a result of KinderHawk and then as things are progressing more slowly in the Eagle Ford, as Rich mentioned.

For the year, on Natural Gas, we expect to be above our budget as a result of the drop downs. And so assets that dropped down, so we would expect that we would end below our below primarily as a function of KinderHawk. CO2 business is up $52 million in the quarter. It's up $131 million year-to-date. Obviously oil price is up. Our oil volumes in the quarter are up about 800 barrels per day largely as a result of cap. Our NGL volumes are up in the quarter about 1,100 barrels a day and then that slightly offset by lower NGL pricing. The same is true for the quarter except for oil volume is flat. So, the same factors, except the oil volume.

Year-to-date, we are below budget on CO2 and that's a function. Oil production is, as said, about 850 barrels per day below our budget. However, for the full year given SACROC, the improved performance at SACROC, we're expecting to end pretty close to our production budget. And so for the full year we're expecting CO2 to come in about 5% below its budget and that is primarily a factors of lower NGL prices. Terminals, up $17 million in the quarter, up $34 million year-to-date. 80% of that is internal growth in the quarter. Primarily higher volumes on our liquids terminals, higher rates and expansion on our liquids terminals, higher export coal volumes and higher steel volume. And the same factors are largely true on the year-to-date basis.

Year-to-date, terminal is on budget and for the year we expect them to exceed their budgets primarily due to higher export coal volumes. Kinder Morgan Canada is flat in the quarter. It's up about $2 million year-to-date. They're slightly exceeding their budget year-to-date and we expect for the year that they will slightly exceed their budget. Dropping down to G&A which is about in the middle of your page, G&A is down is up $2 million versus last year. It’s up $10 million versus year year-to-date. It's on budget year-to-date, but for the year we expect it to be above its budget. And we expect for it to be above its budget largely as a result of the dropdowns of TDP and EPNG. After the dropdowns we would come in under our budget on G&A, primarily as a function of higher capitalized overhead as capital expenditures have increased to the 2.2 that Rich mentioned before.

Interest expense up $12 million versus the second quarter last year at $19 million year-to-date, that's primarily a function of the higher balance, our balance is up about $1.3 billion. Year-to-date we are favorable to budget as a result of lower rates. For the full year we expect to be above our budget as a result of the acquisitions. If you strip out the acquisitions, we would expect that interest expense will be favorable versus our budget also as a function of lower rates.

Sustaining CapEx in the quarter is up $3 million, so higher spending in the quarter than a year ago. It's also up year-to-date. Versus our budget year-to-date we are actually favorable, we've spent less than we anticipated. Some of that is timing, but for the full year we expect sustaining capital to be above our budget and that's also a function of the acquisition. Our full year forecast does build in the impact of the dropdowns and from KMI as well as the FTC divestitures. We think we will be the range of $55 million higher than our budget. If you strip out the acquisition, we will come in favorable to budget. Primarily some has moved -- some of the sustaining CapEx has moved to O&M and then there is a small amount of savings and deferral. So, that is the DCF for the quarter. I'll move to the balance sheet.

The balance sheet, I'm just going to focus on the debt. $12.6 billion is our net debt in the quarter. That results in a debt to EBITDA of 3.4 times. That's down from year-end of 3.6 times and down from last quarter at 3.5 times. We expect to end the year at about 3.9 times debt to EBITDA, but that also has all the debt associated with the dropdown transactions and only a partial year of the operating results. So, if you pro forma the EBITDA for a full year, so you take out the FTC assets and you put in a full year of TGP and EPNG, we would end the year at 3.7 times. The change in debt for the quarter is about $55 million. For the year-to-date, it's about $223 million.

And just to go through the main drivers of that. On the quarter, we had about $730 million of spending. It was $400 million of expansion CapEx, about $300 million of acquisitions, and about $35 million of contributions to equity investments. We issued equity of $578 million, that's KMR, that's KMP at the market, and we issued about $300 million in the midstream transaction. We had a rate case settlement payment of $54 million. We unwound a swap that largely offsets that, the positive $53 million. Our coverage was negative $56 million, and then we had a working capital positive of $157 million, and that is primarily accrued interest.

Year-to-date, $223 million change in debt. We spent a little over $1.1 billion year-to-date. That's about $700 million in expansions, $330 million in acquisitions. The biggest acquisition being the $300 million midstream acquisition and about $86 million in contributions to equity investments, primarily Eagle Ford and EagleHawk. We raised about $817 million of equity. The Canada rate case began and it’s [lock on one] largely offset. Coverage was about $2 million positive, and then we had $82 million of positive working capital, which was primarily dock premiums, accrued taxes, AP and AR offset by some inventory purchases in our Transmix business. So that's KMP.

Moving to EPB, and the first page EPB is also the GAAP income statement. As Rick said, we're declaring distribution of $0.55 in the quarter. The GAAP income statement recap our prior period results to include Cheyenne Plains as if EPB had owned Cheyenne Plains during all periods presented. So, when I go to the next page and we go our calculation of EPS, it will only include Cheyenne Plains for the periods that we owned it. So you can see the incremental impact from the acquisition.

DCF calculation, this is going -- for some of you follow EPB, it's going to be a little bit of a new format. This format is consistent with KMP's format. I think this is the same answer at the end of the day. It's just laid out a little bit differently. Similar to KMP, we're just taking net income, adding back DD&A and subtracting sustaining CapEx. There are a couple of other adjustments to get to DCF that you will see at the bottom. Those are consistent with the adjustments that El Paso was making previously.

So, DCF before certain items, as Rich mentioned, at $135 million in the quarter, up $17 million in the quarter, up $22 million year-to-date. $135 million is $0.65 on a per unit basis versus our $0.55 declared distribution, results in coverage of about $20 million. On the six months, the $278 million is $1.35 per unit, compared to our declared distribution of $1.06, that's about $60 million. And as Rich mentioned, for the year we expect to declare distributions of $2.25 and have coverage in excess of $80 million.

Now, just looking at the $17 million, where did that growth come from. If you look out at the segments, the segments were up $17 million. And that's primarily the acquisition of Cheyenne Plains as well as improved results on Southern Natural as a result of the completed expansion project and greater power demand of about $17 million or so because El Paso consolidated all the pipelines in prior periods. It didn't own 100% of those pipelines and so you are seeing the benefit of the acquisition down below in the minority interest line. So, EPB has bought more of those assets from El Paso, the minority interest decreases and so you see that benefit down in the minority interest line below.

So, if you add that, that takes your $17 million, it’s about $4 million benefit from those incremental acquisitions since 2011. So that's $21 million total increase in the assets. Sustaining CapEx is a positive $17 million in the quarter. That's because there were, in 2011, there were some non-recurring maintenance items. There was some timing, which I'll get to in a second, and also the cost savings that we've implemented. So, we had $38 million of cash flow available. Interest is up by $10 million as a result of the acquisition. GP incentive is up $13 million as a result of the units issued and the increase in the distribution. There are some other items that are about $2 million, and that takes you to the $17 million.

Same analysis for the year-to-date. The segments are up $7 million. The incremental from acquisitions is, it shows up in the minority interest line, is about $30 million. That's $37 million total. Sustaining CapEx is $29 million lower. Now on sustaining CapEx, for the full year what we're expecting is around $55 million to $60 million. So you can see in the quarter and year-to-date there is some timing relative to the full year, but we do expect -- but we are lower than last year in the quarter. Interest is up $20 million. GP incentive is up $25 million. Year-to-date, there is about $1 million of other items, and so that takes you to the increase of $22 million for the year-to-date.

On EPB's balance sheet, the largest change in EPB's balance sheet relates to the drop down of CIG, the 14% interest in CIG and the Cheyenne Plains. And so you can see that the debt is up about $509 million, and then you also see equity is negative. And this results because we have to recast, and so when we recast this as we own these assets in all periods, we originally do it, we don’t have the financing because they're assuming that's happened way in the past. So, you put assets on your books. That creates a positive equity. And then when you go finance these assets that are already on your books for GAAP purposes, that is going to be a negative running through your equity account. So, you can see that happening this quarter.

On a debt to EBITDA basis, 4.7 times versus 4.1 times. Now, the debt here on the balance sheet has also been recast for Cheyenne Plains. So, the 3.990 at the end of the year is not really what was on the balance sheet at the end of the year. So, what was on the balance sheet at the end of the year was 3.825. So, we're up about $800 million year-to-date and we're up about -- sorry, we are up $800 million in the quarter, we are up about $750 million year-to-date. The acquisitions, $635 million went out the door on that, but we also issued equity for $64 million, so $570 million net. We assumed $176 million in debt. There was $23 million in expansion capital; $45 million in the termination of an AR program.

Cheyenne Plains came with cash of about $20 million. There is about $20 million of coverage and then there is working capital of about $27 million negative, largely associated with the crude address. Year-to-date, the acquisitions $635 million, $176 million, of that assumed $40 million of expansion CapEx. Same $45 million on the termination of the AR programs, same $20 million of cash, equity issued $64 million, coverage is $60 million and then working capital is about $4 million. And so that is EPB.

Moving to KMI. Just couple of overall comments for those of you who might be new. This is our calculation of cash available to pay dividends at KMI. So, what we are showing here is the cash that we receive based on the declared distribution at KMP and EPB. It is the cash available for us from our investment in NGPL. And then this quarter we have added a second section, because now KMI owns assets and so we have tried to divide the top half of the schedules I call the GP section and the bottom half, that’s what I call the assets section.

The asset section is assets that we intend to drop over time to KMP and EPB. So, it will largely go away over time and the cash flows will move up into the GP section. Now, it's not perfect. There is all the interest associated with the El Paso acquisition is in the bottom part of the section. All the cash taxes are in the top part of the section. But if you try to get, if you ask five different people how to allocate this stuff, they will do it in five different ways. So, we didn't try to get through an allocation exercise, that's just – so just presented it this way for simplicity.

In this schedule -- there are no transaction costs in this schedule. What we are trying to show here is the recurring cash flow that is available for distribution. So, in the quarter, $307 million available for distribution, that's $0.36 per share versus our declared dividend of $0.35 a share. For the six months $610 million, which is $0.79 per share versus $0.67 on the declared basis. We're up, again, $139 million in the quarter, $175 million year-to-date.

If you look at what's driving the $139 million, the KMP distribution of $393 million, that's up $49 million. The distributions from EPB of $82 million, up $82 million, and then that's offset somewhat by lower distributions from NGPL, higher interest expense, and higher cash taxes, those three totaling about $20 million. So you get to about $100 million in cash available to pay dividends before you get to the assets that we own. The assets generated about $38 million. Some of you may say, well, that seems kind of low. But remember that all the acquisition interest is allocated to this section. We have already dropped some of the assets to EPB and the GP and LP contribution from EPB are up above the $18 million.

In the year-to-date, $175 million increase, $767 million is coming from KMP. That's over a $90 million increase. EPB is an $82 million increase. So, between the two of those you have about $170 million increase. NGPL is down a little bit, but NGPL for the full year is consistent with what we budgeted and so the interest is up a little bit, G&A is up a little bit, and cash taxes are up about $20 million to take you to $137 million. Again, we have $38 million from the assets to get you $175 million increase which is about 40% increase in the cash available year-to-date.

Moving to the GAAP net income. There is a lot of noise on this given all the transaction expenses in the quarter but our net income attributable to KMI is $125 million loss. Now, in the footnote on the prior page you can see that there is about $273 million of after-tax expenses associated with EPC transaction and the EPE transaction. There is also a $29 million deferred tax adjustment associated with the transaction. There is $24 million in KMP, certain items that flow through to KMI on an income basis which is largely KMI share of the FTC revaluation. And then there is $15 million of other purchase accounting. So if you add those back, which is about $341 million, you get to about $216 million of net income which is about $0.26 a share. We don't again think that the GAAP income statement is overly meaningful, but I know that some of you require to report net income.

The next Page is the GAAP reconciliation which I'm not going to go through. I'm just going to spend a few minutes on the balance sheet. And the balance sheet is a consolidated balance sheet, consolidated KMP, EPB into KMI. This is preliminary. We expect that there will be some movement in this balance sheet given the transaction and finalizing purchase accounting. We expect there will primarily be re-classes but there could be some other changes as well. If you look down to the bottom, first the change in total assets is about $38.8 billion. Of that KMP is about $300 million and really the remaining change is almost all attributable to the acquisition of El Paso.

On the debt balance, KMI's debt balance is about $16.4 billion. That debt balance we expect to come down as we drop assets to KMP in this quarter, but some of that debt will move to KMP as KMP takes on debt to finance the acquisition. But on a consolidated basis and pro forming the EBITDA for full year, we expect to end the year slightly over 5 times. The change in debt for the year is about $13.128 billion, for the quarter it's about $13.155 billion. And so I am going to reconcile that for you quickly.

The transaction we assumed about $7.3 billion in net debt from EPC, we also issued about $5.4 billion. And then when KMP purchased the other half of Midstream it caused us to consolidate Midstream debt on KMI's balance. So, that's another $100 million. So, that's about $12.8 billion. So, it is up $12.827 billion. So, the change in debt is $328 million after you take out those transactions, assumed or issued. The performance metric that we went through was $307 million. There is about $146 million of timing on distribution, that means we have recognized those distributions in the quarter for the performance metric, but we haven't received the cash yet. Now that's higher than what we would anticipate going forward. What we anticipate going forward is about $50 million. It's higher in the quarter primarily because this is the first quarter that we've gotten a distribution from EPB. We show it on the performance metric but we don't actually receive that distribution until August.

We paid $226 million of dividends in the quarter. We repurchased about $110 million of warrants. There was a $125 million of transaction related items, primarily severance and retention bonuses and then the termination of the AR financing facility. And then there was about $28 million of other items, expansion CapEx and contributions to equity investments to get you to your total change of $328 million. So that's all I have.

Richard Kinder

Okay. Thank you, Kim, and with that we'll take any questions you may have.

Question-and-Answer Session

Operator

(Operator Instructions) The first question comes from Ted Durbin with Goldman Sachs. Your line is open.

Ted Durbin - Goldman Sachs

I guess, starting with KMI here, I'm trying to make sure I understand, Kim, your commentary on the El Paso assets. So you're saying the $142 million of EBITDA is a clean number. In other words, we shouldn't be adding anything back in terms of transaction or any other kind of payments that were related to the acquisition?

Kimberly Allen Dang

That's right. And you can see that detailed in note nine on that schedule. We talk about the transaction costs that are excluded from this. And most of those transaction costs are non-cash or they're one-time in nature, or both.

Ted Durbin - Goldman Sachs

Okay. Great.

Kimberly Allen Dang

So, just one other thing, the EBITDA is for 37 days.

Richard Kinder

Yeah, just from May 20 through June 30.

Ted Durbin - Goldman Sachs

Yeah. Got it. And then can you talk a little bit about your NOL position here post the transaction and how that will play into the cash tax rate you expect to be paying going forward?

David Kinder

I think there is a fair amount of the NOLs that were utilized on the sale of E&P business just as we've discussed previously. There are some remaining that are available for drop downs. We also expect in a number of instances to do levered dispositions associated with the dropdowns. And so, we'll manage that as we go forward. There is also some portion of the NOLs that we're not able to use this year and it will roll over into future years.

Ted Durbin - Goldman Sachs

Is there any estimate you can put on what the cash taxes rate would be based on all that?

David Kinder

I mean, I think the right way to think about the cash tax rate is to think about it once we get back to a normal steady state where we're primarily a general partner and then Kim, I mean, when we get there 36%, 37%, it's around the right recurring cash tax rate to think about.

Ted Durbin - Goldman Sachs

And then last question is just kind of thinking about capital allocation here at KMI again, desire to pay down some debt versus increasing the dividend. You had a ratings downgrade yesterday. Can you just talk a little bit more about how you're thinking about the balance sheet?

Richard Kinder

Well, of course, first of all we're going to have the proceeds from the dropdowns to apply to the debt and again, as quickly as we can we're going to drop down all of these assets into KMP and EPB to get back to being a pure GP. So, that's the main source of the debt pay down. And we will intend to distribute, again, under this formula we're going to distribute the cash that's generated and available for dividends.

Ted Durbin - Goldman Sachs

Okay.

David Kinder

I think we have a fairly straightforward path to getting to consolidated debt to EBITDA of around 4.5 times through the drop down process. And so I think we'll be working our way to that as we go through the transaction. Again, that's a full 12 month EBITDA to consolidated debt, meaning all of the debt at KMI, EPB and KMP.

Operator

Next question comes from Darren Horowitz with Raymond James. Your line is open.

Darren Horowitz - Raymond James

From a product development or a project development standpoint, if you back out the Trans Mountain expansion and you think about breaking down that remaining, call it $6 billion of backlog, how do you guys think about allocating capital towards the additional coal export opportunities that seem very promising relative to possibly importing more gasoline to replace U.S. Northeast refinery closures similar to that expansion you did at (inaudible) versus let's just say enhanced petcoke export abilities?

Richard Kinder

Well, I think first of all, the underlying principle here is we are not doing any of these unless we have good long term contracts. And then we just look at it and we would be happy to do them all if we have good long term contracts on it, just enormous opportunities. Now like I said, on the coal export facility, we have four right now that are up and running and three of them are being expanded. We have a fifth that we would eventually go to also on the East Coast but we are not prepared to do that yet. So, I think there are enormous opportunities there. Someplace between, I have said these figures before they vary a little bit quarter-to-quarter, someplace between $450 million to $650 million in coal export facilities alone.

But we are going to have an expansion at Galena Park pursuant to a new long term contract that we will be releasing information on tomorrow, as a matter of fact. We are going to have other expansions. Certainly, the Edmonton South terminal as we say in our release is actually up-scaled again because we had more long-term contracts. I think, the BOSTCO facility on the ship channel will also probably be upsized because we think we're about to move beyond the 6.6 million barrels that was our original anticipated amount of tankage. We think we'll be able to expand that. So just a lot of opportunities again. We'll look at it based on whether they clear our return on capital targets and whether we have good long-term contracts behind them.

Darren Horowitz - Raymond James

Last question, and this is more for Kim. Kim, as it relates to KMR's ability to effectively issue equity and be de facto equity as it's viewed for KMP, how do you think about the market's ability to absorb KMR equity throughout, not just this $2.2 billion capital program but beyond that?

Kimberly Allen Dang

Well, I guess, we have a couple of tools in our toolbox. I mean, we can issue KMR or we can issue KMP, and we have the ATM or we can do standalone, over and above all claims are marketed of rates on KMR. And so I think, on these transactions KMI will be taking back some equity, which lessens the need. We can do in the range of $300 million a year on the ATM. KMR in and of itself is generating $500 million a year. So, you've got $800 million of equity that is sort of happens automatically before you even need to go to the market. And if you think about that way, if you say 50%-50%, that's $1.6 billion capital spend before you even need to access the market on an offering.

Operator

The next question comes from Steve Maresca with Morgan Stanley. Your line is open.

Stephen Maresca - Morgan Stanley

A couple of questions on Trans Mountain. Rich, you mentioned that some think the effect of recent events suggested that the Canadian government seems intent on streamlining approvals. I don't know if you can expand on that a little bit at all?

Richard Kinder

Yes. Those of you who follow it closely, the Prime Minister Harper's government has said that they want a full environmental review of these projects but they want it done on a timely basis. And in fact, there was an article in one of the trade rights this morning saying that the NEB was taking steps in that regard and was looking at an 18-month time horizon for saying yes or no on projects no matter how complicated they might be. Now, I'm always leery when you just set some timeframe, but I think clearly, future projects like Trans Mountain from the time you file are not going to be dragged out for three or four years and have thousands of hours of hearings. I think everyone will have their say at the table but I think it will be done in a very fair but expedited basis. So, we believe it will be done quickly.

Now what we have done is, as many of you know, is we have filed with the NEB for approval of the commercial contracts. In other words, what we're doing is converting a pipeline that now moves 300,000 barrels a day and is essentially an open access pipeline. Now, we're expanding it dramatically and we have 500,000 plus barrels that is subscribed under 20-year contracts, clearly leaving plenty of room to handle all of the spot bases. You got 240,000 barrels, 750,000 minus 510,000, to handle all the other business. But we want to get that approved to make sure the NEB agrees with our commercial efforts here, our commercial understandings that we have reached and mining agreements with our customers.

In the meantime, we are already going through what's called the consulting project with various interested parties including NGOs, including the First Nation's groups primarily in British Columbia. And then we will file for the actual permitting of the pipeline itself in late 2013 and that's when that process will start. And again, if you assume 18 months and that may not be the exact right time, you assume 18 months, you file late in 2013, that would you get you approval in the mid-2015 time horizon. Give us time to build it in 2015 and 2016. So, that's kind of the game plan, no rocket science here. But there has been some very positive developments from the standpoint of Canadian national government saying these are very important assets, its’ not just oil sands production, it's some of the mineral production in British Columbia, some of the potash in Saskatchewan, other areas of Canada where they want to make sure that they have an orderly process to consider these. And I think that that's going to be a positive for our process.

Stephen Maresca - Morgan Stanley

Okay. Thanks for that. And how should we think about project returns for this in terms of returns on invested capital? And then the $4.1 billion cost, I know it's early, but how are you potentially protected on that not rising?

Richard Kinder

Well, I don't want to go into all the detail on returns. I think it's an appropriate return and one that's embedded in the contracts. And I think it's a good return for us, it's also very fair to our customers. From the cost side, as we've done in our other projects in Canada, there's cost sharing mechanisms that some of this more locked in costs will not be subject to escalation or pass-through. Those that can move up or down with the events we can't control will be subject to a pass-through arrangement. There will be a non-control cost. So, we think we've got a pretty workable solution there. This is what we did on the last time we expanded Trans Mountain from roughly 220,000 barrels up to 300,000, and it worked very well.

Stephen Maresca - Morgan Stanley

Okay. And if I can leave with a couple quick ones on just the NGL headwinds. What's the ability of you guys to hedge more on NGLs, and are you currently assuming the deck as is current NGL prices stay where they are for the rest of the year. And then final thing as you mentioned, you have less ethane in your mix, I was wondering if you could just give a rough breakout of sort of the mix of ethane, propane, butane....?

Richard Kinder

Yeah, I'll let Tim Bradley, who runs CO2 do the latter, but on the former question, we have talked about this before, any hedge that you do on NGL in our view is a pretty dirty hedge. And so we hedge incredible amounts of our production but we apply it all to the crude oil side. And that means the NGLs is where we have not applied the hedges. And as far as the deck is concerned, yes, we are basically using the forward deck, again, because we have more ethane in the mix. Our numbers show we'd be down about 23%. We've put that in the press release from what we had in our budget that we did last November when we just looked at basically the forward curve. And Tim can give you some more flavor on that. Tim?

Tim Bradley

Yeah. The NGL mix, you'll commonly find in the Permian basin would be 40% to 50% ethane. We use some of the ethane that we've produced in our residue gas, it powers our power plant. So the ethane content in our produced NGL stream is only 18% as it leaves and goes to market. The rest of the mix is pretty much standard in terms of the next biggest component is propane then going down to the isobutanes and pentanes and so forth, natural gasoline. So the ethane is basically being cut in half and being used in our power plant.

Operator

The next question comes from John Edwards with Credit Suisse. Your line is open.

John Edwards - Credit Suisse

Just to follow-up Steve's questions, so the dollar amount that you're expecting from the lower NGL prices this year, can you just translate that for us?

Richard Kinder

I think, Kim said that, we think that's a downturn of about $60 million resulting from that if what we project now continues for the rest of the year.

John Edwards - Credit Suisse

Okay. Great. And then as far as the trajectory or the pace of dropdowns and financing of such, if you could just give a little more flavor on that?

Richard Kinder

Yeah. I'd say a couple of things. First of all, as we've said, we expect to drop, to make the drop of 100% of Tennessee and 50% of EPNG, in the third quarter this quarter. We also expect to complete the sale, the FTC mandated sale in this quarter. With regard to future dropdowns, we're going to do them as quickly as we can to both the MLPs. We originally said, it would probably take us to some time in '15 to get all of this done. I modestly hope that we can get it done substantially in advance of that.

I'm looking forward to the day when Kim will be able to give you a much simpler summary of how we get to cash available for dividends at KMI and it will be simply all the GP units, we will be back to being a pure GP. Now part of the reason for that is that the sale that was mandated by the FTC is somewhat larger than we thought it would be, and therefore KMP can move more quickly. It has more proceeds coming in than we anticipated. It can move more quickly to take on more assets. But we think we can move this pretty quickly and we are anxious to get back to a pure GP where you can evaluate it just on that basis.

John Edwards - Credit Suisse

Okay. So, broadly speaking maybe and thinking about it maybe end of '14 might be a reasonable assumption for our modeling purposes?

Richard Kinder

No, that's probably as good as any. I would hope we might even beat that a little bit.

John Edwards - Credit Suisse

Okay. Great. And then as far as, what's the expectation now for financing kind of what you have been doing before, sort of 50-50, and then how much paper do you think KMI might take back in the process?

Richard Kinder

Dave...?

David Kinder

KMI will take some back as Kim noted, and I think the ultimate financing will be consistent with what we have done in the past with the objective of maintaining a very solid balance sheet at KMP.

Operator

Our next question comes from John Tysseland with Citigroup. Your line is open.

John Tysseland - Citigroup

Rich, I guess, do you envision being able to leverage TGP's asset position to extend really your further investments in the Midstream, kind of what like what you did in the Eagle Ford, up in the Marcellus. And I guess what kind of timing do you think about if that is the case?

Richard Kinder

Yes. We definitely plan on doing that and so far, again remember we're just two months into this thing, so far I've been very encouraged with the opportunities we have. We're going to move on just as quickly as we can get the long term contracts solidified. And I would hope we'd be in a position to make some announcements in the third quarter of some projects and I think there will be others after that. Tennessee is a fantastically positioned pipeline. And the other thing that across all of the El Paso assets, we kind of sweep away storage but the combined entity, all the Kinder Morgan companies now have about 680 Bcf of gas storage capacity. And we think there are enormous opportunities there to use that more efficiently, to create more injection and withdrawal capacity, serve our customers better. And we've got a full court press on that.

And I don't know if you want to call that midstream exactly but certainly it gives us a lot of additional opportunities. So they are just, when you add all this up, power demand, storage opportunities, opportunities to expand in the midstream off of this big footprint of pipelines we have, we're just really encouraged about the long-term opportunities. And when we talk about approaching $10 billion in potential projects now, I think those will go very nicely as we get deeper and deeper into this. And that will be over a period of several years I think. So yeah, I think, just lots of opportunities to leverage Tennessee, additional opportunities out west, and additional opportunities in the Southeast.

John Tysseland - Citigroup

Yeah, that’s great color. One more thing. When you look at TGP and EPNG, I believe both of those are already in LLCs and don't need to be, I guess, converted into C corps before they are dropped down into KMP, but I just wanted to confirm that. And then also how many other assets are currently in sub C corps that are up at KMI today?

Richard Kinder

David?

David Kinder

Yeah, Tennessee is already in a LLC. EPNG will be converted into an LLC at the time of the drop down. I think if you look at some of the other assets up there, John, you have the midstream operation which is already in an LLC that KMP owns 50% of. Citrus FTC is in C Corp and will remain in C Corp. In that regard Ruby is in the flow through entity and then Gulf LNG is in a flow through entity. So I think you are right predominantly, the biggest assets it's not FTC/Citrus but outside of that should be in the flow through type vehicle.

John Tysseland - Citigroup

And then lastly, on EPNG, a big chunk of contract rollovers in 2012. How do you think about those contract renewals as you move on throughout the year and also year-to-date? And then looking at the basis differential, I mean, basis differential remains pretty attractive. So, it seems like you would get pretty good support for that but I was trying to figure out how you think about that on a cash flow forward basis?

Richard Kinder

You're right. The basis differential has been pretty good. And I think on a going forward basis, we've got a model we're working on that we had when we put the acquisition plan together. And so far we're tracking pretty close to that model. So, I think we'll do that well or better. The real opportunity of course on EPNG I believe is east of California. There is tremendous demand for increased exports to Mexico. We have publicly surfaced already about three of those projects, and we think not only does that have the benefit of allowing us to earn money on incremental investments as we build, if you will, drops or laterals down at the border off of the EPNG mainline, but it also obviously puts more volume through the EPMG mainline. And I think that will be a big source of opportunity for us. I think also, you have some east to California coal-fired generation that will be converted to natural gas as time goes on. I believe there may be some potential for alternative uses. Some of the EPNG lines, there is a lot of duplication there. So, we are just getting into it but we've got a very bright guy running that for us and I think we will find some real opportunities to benefit there.

Operator

(Operator Instructions) Curt Launer with Deutsche Bank, your line is open.

Curt Launer - Deutsche Bank

I wanted to just follow-up with some of the questions that have been asked before in maybe a couple of different ways. First, relative to the specificity you have given us of an expectation of 50% of EPNG to be dropped down. Can you go through what you expectations might be relative to the financing model of that how much debt remains to be assumed by KMP in that dropdown? And also, I guess I will admit to try and ask the NOL question that started this session in a different way. Have you reported or do you expect to report maybe this year-end the tax basis from the old E&P assets, such that we can figure out the outlook for taxes on gains on future dropdowns?

Tim Bradley

Yeah, I mean, the amount of debt assumed with the dropdown...

David Kinder

Yeah. On Tennessee, Tennessee basically has about $1.8 billion of debt, and El Paso Natural Gas is about $1.15 billion on an AH basis, down at El Paso Natural Gas.

Tim Bradley

Yeah, and then on NOLs my expectation is that there will be disclosure in the 10-K, just like there was this year.

Operator

The next question comes from Harry Mateer with Barclays. Your line is open.

Harry Mateer - Barclays Capital

So, just looking for a little clarity. If you can provide it on your latest thoughts on the EP Corp. debt and how should we be thinking about dropdown proceeds flowing across KMI debt versus the legacy EP Corp. bonds?

David Kinder

I think the right way to think about that is that we'll end up guaranteeing the EP Corp. debt and so what we'll do with proceeds is pay down debt in the most efficient manner possible. But it shouldn't make much difference to bond holders.

Harry Mateer - Barclays Capital

Okay. So, it's really just going to be driven by the cost of paying down debt, and we shouldn't think of any particular strategy between the two?

David Kinder

Right, the strategy is going to be minimizing the cost.

Operator

The next question comes from Ross Payne with Wells Fargo. Your line is open.

Ross Payne - Wells Fargo

Harry got my question all answered, thank you much guys.

Richard Kinder

All right. Any other questions, Holly?

Operator

Yes, we do show one last question from John Edwards from Credit Suisse. Your line is open.

John Edwards - Credit Suisse

Yeah. Just a follow-up. In the past, you've been guiding KMI, I think of 12.5% dividend growth and KMP I believe it was around 8% distribution growth per unit going forward. Any change to the long-term guidance at this point?

Richard Kinder

Yeah, the guidance has been since the time we did the merger, announced the merger last fall, has been 12.5% growth at KMI. That's of the '11 base through 2015 and 7% compound growth at KMP and that's also off of the 2011 base, so through 2015. So, yes, we feel good about those, 7% at KMP, 12.5% at KMI and about 9% at EPB, and those all continue to look good. Now I think you can tell from this call that we're pretty enthusiastic about the El Paso assets. Sometimes we've done a lot of these acquisitions, sometimes you get in there and you turn over the rocks and there is nothing but big snakes under it. But this time we've turned over the rocks and actually we haven't found very many snakes, if at all. So, we're very positive on it. Nothing that we have encountered so far has led us to assume any kind of negatives versus our original plan, acquisition plan on the El Paso assets.

David Kinder

Yeah, Rich, the other I'm going to add is going to go back to a couple of the questions that have been asked. We're not dodging the questions on the NOLs. You should just recognize on the NOLs this is a function of the tax return. The actual calculations wont' be finalized until we view our tax return next year and so we don't want to be giving you numbers that may ultimately move and it's complicated enough that it's difficult to come up with the estimates. So, that's why we're not being forthcoming with numbers right now is those are difficult calculations.

Operator

I am showing no questions, sir.

Richard Kinder

Well, thank all very much for listening to us and if you have other questions don't hesitate to call Kim or David or the rest of the team.

Operator

Thank you. This does conclude today's conference. You may disconnect at this time.

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