Kinder Morgan Announces Dividend of $0.2775 Per Share and Raises Full Year Financial Guidance
July 20, 2022 at 16:05 PM EDT
Kinder Morgan, Inc.’s (NYSE: KMI) board of directors today approved a cash dividend of $0.2775 per share for the second quarter ($1.11 annualized), payable on August 15, 2022, to stockholders of record as of the close of business on August 1, 2022. This dividend is a 3% increase over the second quarter of 2021.
The company is reporting second quarter net income attributable to KMI of $635 million, compared to a net loss attributable to KMI of $757 million in the second quarter of 2021; and distributable cash flow (DCF) of $1,176 million, compared to $1,025 million in the second quarter of 2021. Adjusted Earnings were $621 million for the quarter, versus $516 million in the second quarter of 2021.
“Global and domestic developments have highlighted the importance of energy security. Our company and the U.S. energy sector as a whole has proved to be a major part of the solution to adequately supplying the world with natural gas,” said Executive Chairman Richard D. Kinder. “That has also contributed to another strong quarter, as we generated robust earnings and strong coverage of this quarter’s dividend. As we have for the last six years, we continue to live within our cash flow, and expect to continue to fund expansion capital opportunities with the cash flow we generate. We also expect to meet or improve on our debt metric goal, and return excess cash to our shareholders through a strong dividend and opportunistic share repurchases.”
“We are performing better than budget across the enterprise, more than offsetting some higher cost headwinds. Even excluding commodity price tailwinds, we are well above DCF plan for the quarter. Notwithstanding cost increases associated with additional maintenance and integrity work, our team has managed to hold down increases to well below the headline national inflation numbers. Each of our business segments also outperformed the prior year period this quarter, with solid growth in our base natural gas business and commodity price uplift and SACROC above plan helping our CO2 business segment,” said Chief Executive Officer Steve Kean. “Our Natural Gas Pipelines segment continues to see strong demand for the extensive firm transport and storage services we offer, as well as favorable contract renewals. We are also prepared to invest more in the near term to support LNG growth as we pursue a robust set of opportunities for additional LNG transport capacity. We currently transport approximately 50% of the natural gas used for U.S. LNG exports and given the proximity of our assets to planned LNG expansions, we expect to maintain or grow that share as we pursue that set of opportunities.
“The current geopolitical climate has only reinforced our view that the assets we operate and the services we provide will be needed for a long time to come. At the same time, we continue to ramp up our participation in the ongoing energy evolution. We are investing in our pipelines and terminals in support of renewable diesel, sustainable aviation fuel and their associated feedstocks. We were also pleased that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) recently approved the first producer certified, low methane emissions natural gas aggregation pooling service on our Tennessee Gas Pipeline (TGP) as interest in that product grows within our customer base,” Kean concluded.
“Our financial performance during the quarter was strong, as we generated earnings per share of $0.28 and DCF per share of $0.52,” said President Kim Dang. “Earnings per share for the quarter were up 182% and DCF per share was up 16% as compared to the second quarter of 2021. Net income in the second quarter of 2021 was impacted by non-cash impairments related to anticipated lower volumes and rates on contract renewals on our South Texas natural gas processing and gathering assets. Also during the quarter, we generated $545 million of excess DCF above our declared dividend.”
For the first six months of 2022, the company reported net income attributable to KMI of $1,302 million, compared to $652 million for the first six months of 2021; and DCF of $2,631 million, down 22% from $3,354 million for the comparable period in 2021. The DCF decrease compared to the prior period is due to largely nonrecurring earnings during the February 2021 winter storm.
For 2022, KMI budgeted to generate net income attributable to KMI of $2.5 billion and declare dividends of $1.11 per share, a 3% increase from the 2021 declared dividends. The company also budgeted to generate 2022 DCF of $4.7 billion and Adjusted EBITDA of $7.2 billion and to end 2022 with a Net Debt-to-Adjusted EBITDA ratio of 4.3 times. KMI now expects net income attributable to KMI, Adjusted EBITDA and DCF to be favorable to budget by approximately 5%, due to stronger than expected commodity prices and favorable operating results from our Natural Gas Pipelines and CO2 business segments, partially offset by higher costs.
Overview of Business Segments
“The Natural Gas Pipelines segment’s financial performance was up in the second quarter of 2022 relative to the second quarter of 2021, primarily on contributions from the Stagecoach assets we acquired in 2021, as well as favorable pricing on the Altamont and Copano South Texas gathering systems and increased volumes on our KinderHawk gathering system,” said Dang. “These were partially offset by lower contributions from El Paso Natural Gas Pipeline (EPNG) and Colorado Interstate Gas Pipeline.”
Natural gas transport volumes were down 2% compared to the second quarter of 2021, with declines on EPNG due to a partial pipeline outage; and on Wyoming Interstate Company, L.L.C. and Cheyenne Plains Gas Pipeline due to continued declining production in the Rockies basins. These declines were partially offset by increases on Kinder Morgan Louisiana Pipeline and Natural Gas Pipeline of America (NGPL) due to increased deliveries to LNG customers, and on TGP due to increased deliveries to LNG and power generation customers. Natural gas gathering volumes were up 12% from the second quarter of 2021 with higher volumes primarily on KinderHawk.
“Contributions from the Products Pipelines segment were up compared to the second quarter of 2021 due to favorable pricing impacts, particularly in our transmix business, as well as increased volumes through our petroleum condensate processing facility,” Dang said. “Total refined products volumes were down 2%, while crude and condensate pipeline volumes were down 6% compared to the second quarter of 2021. Gasoline volumes were below the comparable period last year by 3% and diesel volumes were down 11%. Jet fuel volumes continue their strong rebound, up 19% versus the second quarter of 2021.
“Terminals segment earnings were up compared to the second quarter of 2021. In our liquids business, volumes across both our truck rack terminals and refined product hub facilities were up versus the prior year period. Persistent, steep backwardation in refined product futures price curves continued to present a headwind for product storage and blending economics, contributing to lower utilization rates and modest rate pressure, principally in our New York Harbor hub,” continued Dang. “In our Jones Act tanker business, where fundamentals continue to improve, the benefit from higher fleet utilization was more than offset by lower average charter rates compared to the second quarter of 2021 as vessels were previously recontracted into a lower, albeit improving, rate environment. Based on firm charters under contract, our average charter rate will improve through the end of this year and into the next. Earnings in the quarter also benefited from gain on the sale of an idled petroleum rack terminal. Earnings in our bulk business were higher compared to the second quarter of 2021 due to gains in both handling rates and volumes for export coal and petroleum coke.
“CO2 segment earnings were well up compared to the second quarter of 2021 primarily due to higher realized crude, NGL and CO2 prices. Our realized weighted average crude oil price for the quarter was up 31% at $68.92 per barrel, while our weighted average NGL price for the quarter was up 85% from the second quarter of 2021 at $41.86 per barrel, and CO2 prices were up $0.77 or 72%,” said Dang. “Second quarter 2022 combined oil production across our fields was down compared to the same period in 2021 on a net to KMI basis, although SACROC production was above plan. NGL sales volumes net to KMI were down 3% versus the second quarter of 2021, while CO2 sales volumes were down 8% on a net to KMI basis compared to the second quarter of 2021, due to the expiration of a carried interest following payout on a project in 2021.”
Natural Gas Pipelines
Energy Transition Ventures
Kinder Morgan, Inc. (NYSE: KMI) is one of the largest energy infrastructure companies in North America. Access to reliable, affordable energy is a critical component for improving lives around the world. We are committed to providing energy transportation and storage services in a safe, efficient and environmentally responsible manner for the benefit of the people, communities and businesses we serve. We own an interest in or operate approximately 83,000 miles of pipelines, 141 terminals, and 700 billion cubic feet of working natural gas storage capacity. Our pipelines transport natural gas, refined petroleum products, renewable fuels, crude oil, condensate, CO2 and other products, and our terminals store and handle various commodities including gasoline, diesel fuel, renewable fuel feedstocks, chemicals, ethanol, metals and petroleum coke. For more information, please visit www.kindermorgan.com.
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Non-GAAP Financial Measures
The non-generally accepted accounting principles (non-GAAP) financial measures of Adjusted Earnings and distributable cash flow (DCF), both in the aggregate and per share for each; segment earnings before depreciation, depletion and amortization (DD&A), amortization of excess cost of equity investments and Certain Items (Adjusted Segment EBDA); net income before interest expense, income taxes, DD&A, amortization of excess cost of equity investments and Certain Items (Adjusted EBITDA); Net Debt; Net Debt-to-Adjusted EBITDA; and Free Cash Flow (FCF).
For reconciliations of budgeted DCF and budgeted Adjusted EBITDA to budgeted net income attributable to KMI for 2022, please refer to Table 9 and Table 10 included in KMI’s press release dated April 20, 2022.
Our non-GAAP financial measures described below should not be considered alternatives to GAAP net income (loss) attributable to Kinder Morgan, Inc. or other GAAP measures and have important limitations as analytical tools. Our computations of these non-GAAP financial measures may differ from similarly titled measures used by others. You should not consider these non-GAAP financial measures in isolation or as substitutes for an analysis of our results as reported under GAAP. Management compensates for the limitations of these non-GAAP financial measures by reviewing our comparable GAAP measures, understanding the differences between the measures and taking this information into account in its analysis and its decision-making processes.
Certain Items, as adjustments used to calculate our non-GAAP financial measures, are items that are required by GAAP to be reflected in net income (loss) attributable to Kinder Morgan, Inc., but typically either (1) do not have a cash impact (for example, unsettled commodity hedges and asset impairments), or (2) by their nature are separately identifiable from our normal business operations and in our view are likely to occur only sporadically (for example, certain legal settlements, enactment of new tax legislation and casualty losses). We also include adjustments related to joint ventures (see “Amounts from Joint Ventures” below and the accompanying Tables 4 and 7).
Adjusted Earnings is calculated by adjusting net income (loss) attributable to Kinder Morgan, Inc. for Certain Items. Adjusted Earnings is used by us and certain external users of our financial statements to assess the earnings of our business excluding Certain Items as another reflection of our ability to generate earnings. We believe the GAAP measure most directly comparable to Adjusted Earnings is net income (loss) attributable to Kinder Morgan, Inc. Adjusted Earnings per share uses Adjusted Earnings and applies the same two-class method used in arriving at basic earnings per share. (See the accompanying Tables 1 and 2.)
DCF is calculated by adjusting net income (loss) attributable to Kinder Morgan, Inc. for Certain Items (Adjusted Earnings), and further by DD&A and amortization of excess cost of equity investments, income tax expense, cash taxes, sustaining capital expenditures and other items. We also include amounts from joint ventures for income taxes, DD&A and sustaining capital expenditures (see “Amounts from Joint Ventures” below). DCF is a significant performance measure useful to management and external users of our financial statements in evaluating our performance and in measuring and estimating the ability of our assets to generate cash earnings after servicing our debt, paying cash taxes and expending sustaining capital, that could be used for discretionary purposes such as dividends, stock repurchases, retirement of debt, or expansion capital expenditures. DCF should not be used as an alternative to net cash provided by operating activities computed under GAAP. We believe the GAAP measure most directly comparable to DCF is net income (loss) attributable to Kinder Morgan, Inc. DCF per share is DCF divided by average outstanding shares, including restricted stock awards that participate in dividends. (See the accompanying Tables 2 and 3.)
Adjusted Segment EBDA is calculated by adjusting segment earnings before DD&A and amortization of excess cost of equity investments (Segment EBDA) for Certain Items attributable to the segment. Adjusted Segment EBDA is used by management in its analysis of segment performance and management of our business. General and administrative expenses and certain corporate charges are generally not under the control of our segment operating managers, and therefore, are not included when we measure business segment operating performance. We believe Adjusted Segment EBDA is a useful performance metric because it provides management and external users of our financial statements additional insight into the ability of our segments to generate cash earnings on an ongoing basis. We believe it is useful to investors because it is a measure that management uses to allocate resources to our segments and assess each segment’s performance. We believe the GAAP measure most directly comparable to Adjusted Segment EBDA is Segment EBDA. (See the accompanying Tables 3 and 7.)
Adjusted EBITDA is calculated by adjusting net income (loss) attributable to Kinder Morgan, Inc. before interest expense, income taxes, DD&A, and amortization of excess cost of equity investments (EBITDA) for Certain Items. We also include amounts from joint ventures for income taxes and DD&A (see “Amounts from Joint Ventures” below). Adjusted EBITDA is used by management and external users, in conjunction with our Net Debt (as described further below), to evaluate certain leverage metrics. Therefore, we believe Adjusted EBITDA is useful to investors. We believe the GAAP measure most directly comparable to Adjusted EBITDA is net income (loss) attributable to Kinder Morgan, Inc. (See the accompanying Tables 3 and 4.)
Amounts from Joint Ventures - Certain Items, DCF and Adjusted EBITDA reflect amounts from unconsolidated joint ventures (JVs) and consolidated JVs utilizing the same recognition and measurement methods used to record “Earnings from equity investments” and “Noncontrolling interests (NCI),” respectively. The calculations of DCF and Adjusted EBITDA related to our unconsolidated and consolidated JVs include the same items (DD&A and income tax expense, and for DCF only, also cash taxes and sustaining capital expenditures) with respect to the JVs as those included in the calculations of DCF and Adjusted EBITDA for our wholly-owned consolidated subsidiaries. (See Table 7, Additional JV Information.) Although these amounts related to our unconsolidated JVs are included in the calculations of DCF and Adjusted EBITDA, such inclusion should not be understood to imply that we have control over the operations and resulting revenues, expenses or cash flows of such unconsolidated JVs.
Net Debt is calculated by subtracting from debt (1) cash and cash equivalents, (2) debt fair value adjustments, and (3) the foreign exchange impact on Euro-denominated bonds for which we have entered into currency swaps. Net Debt is a non-GAAP financial measure that management believes is useful to investors and other users of our financial information in evaluating our leverage. We believe the most comparable measure to Net Debt is debt net of cash and cash equivalents as reconciled in the notes to the accompanying Preliminary Consolidated Balance Sheets in Table 6.
FCF is calculated by reducing cash flow from operations for capital expenditures (sustaining and expansion). FCF is used by external users as an additional leverage metric. Therefore, we believe FCF is useful to our investors. We believe the GAAP measure most directly comparable to FCF is cash flow from operations.
Important Information Relating to Forward-Looking Statements
This news release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Generally the words “expects,” “believes,” “anticipates,” “plans,” “will,” “shall,” “estimates,” “projects,” and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements, which are generally not historical in nature. Forward-looking statements in this news release include, among others, express or implied statements pertaining to: the long-term demand for KMI’s assets and services; energy transition-related opportunities; KMI’s 2022 expectations; anticipated dividends; and KMI’s capital projects, including expected completion timing and benefits of those projects. Forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties and are based on the beliefs and assumptions of management, based on information currently available to them. Although KMI believes that these forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance as to when or if any such forward-looking statements will materialize nor their ultimate impact on our operations or financial condition. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in or implied by these forward-looking statements include: the timing and extent of changes in the supply of and demand for the products we transport and handle; commodity prices; counterparty financial risk; and the other risks and uncertainties described in KMI’s reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year-ended December 31, 2021 (under the headings “Risk Factors” and “Information Regarding Forward-Looking Statements” and elsewhere), and its subsequent reports, which are available through the SEC’s EDGAR system at www.sec.gov and on our website at ir.kindermorgan.com. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they were made, and except to the extent required by law, KMI undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement because of new information, future events or other factors. Because of these risks and uncertainties, readers should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements.