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MLP Achieves 'Another Beat and Raise' in Q2/19
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Performance during the quarter and guidance for the rest of 2019 are reviewed in a Raymond James report.

In an Aug. 1 research note, Raymond James analyst Justin Jenkins reported that Magellan Midstream Partners L.P.'s (MMP:NYSE) Q2/19 results are positive, as is the nearing completion of several growth projects.

Jenkins highlighted that the master limited partnership (MLP) beat adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow (DCF) estimates in Q2/19. Adjusted EBITDA was $378.3 million versus Raymond James' $355.5 million estimate and consensus' $356 million forecast. Strong performance in Magellan's Crude and Refined Products segments and lower maintenance and interest expense drove this.

DCF came in at $314.8 million, well above Raymond James and consensus' estimates of $284.3 million and $285.1 million, respectively.

As for performance by segment, Jenkins indicated that Refined Products and Crude did the best, each beating Raymond James' projection. Refined Products returned a $238 million operating margin; Raymond James expected $205.5 million. Crude's operating margin was $160.3 million, and Raymond James forecasted $148 million.

The Marine segment fared worse. Its Q2/19 operating margin was $30 million, below Raymond James' $33.4 million forecast. Refined Products and Crude, however, more than offset Marine's underperformance.

Jenkins noted that based on strong Q2/19 performance and a positive outlook for Q3/19 spot shipments on BridgeTex/Longhorn, Midstream's management increased full-year 2019 EBITDA/DCF guidance by 3%, or $40 million, which still remains conservative, Jenkins indicated.

He added, "Further, if the market opportunity remains open (which we think is likely for at least some portion of Q4/19), continued spot shipments would add about $20 million per quarter to DCF based on prior guidance." In addition, management remains committed to its goal of growing distribution by 5% this year.

Jenkins pointed out that several of Midstream's growth projects are nearly finished, including the Galena Park marine terminal, the Pasadena joint venture, Seabrook and others. To complete them, management expects to outlay $1.1 billion in 2019 and $150 million in 2020.

Raymond James has an Outperform rating on Magellan Midstream. The MLP currently has a share price of around $66.64.


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Disclosures from Raymond James, Magellan Midstream Partners L.P., August 1, 2019


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