Boardwalk Pipeline Partners LP BWP
Q4 2012 Earnings Call Transcript

Transcript Call Date 02/11/2013

Operator: Good day, ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to the Quarter Four 2012 Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, LP Earnings Conference Call. My name is Moe and I will be your operator today. At this time, all participants are in a listen only mode. We will conduct a question-and-answer session towards the end of the conference. As a reminder, this call is being recorded for replay purposes.

I'd now like to turn the call over to Molly Ladd Whitaker, Director of Investor Relations and Corporate Communications. Please proceed.

Molly Ladd Whitaker - Director of IR and Corporate Communications: Thank you, Moe. Good morning, everyone, and welcome to the fourth quarter 2012 earnings call for Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, LP. I'm pleased to be joined today by Mr. Stan Horton, our President and CEO and Mr. Jamie Buskill, our CFO.

If you would like a copy of the earnings release associated with this call, please download it from our website at Following our prepared remarks this morning, we will turn the call over for your questions.

We would like to remind you that this conference call will include the use of statements that are forward-looking in nature. Statements in this earnings call related to matters that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements. These statements are based on management's beliefs and assumptions using currently available information and expectations. Actual results achieved by the Company may differ materially from those projected in any forward-looking statements. The Company expressly disclaims any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements made during this call.

I'd also like to remind you that during this call today, we may discuss certain non-GAAP financial measures such as EBITDA and distributable cash flow. With regard to such financial measures, please refer to our earnings release for reconciliation to the most comparable GAAP measures.

Now, I'd like to turn the call over to Stan Horton.

Stanley C. Horton - President and CEO: Thank you, Molly, and good morning, everyone. I hope you've had a chance to review the earnings press release that we issued this morning. In addition, to reporting earnings we also announced a quarterly distribution of $0.5325 per unit or $2.13 annualized. Jamie will review the results of the quarter shortly.

In the fourth quarter we continued to make progress, implementing our three strategic goals; one, adding new end used markets to our pipeline and storage systems; two, diversifying into other areas of the midstream sector; and three, emphasizing the need to control our cost structure to achieve greater efficiencies.

With regards to the first goal of adding new end used markets to our existing pipeline and storage systems, the HP Storage salt cavern expansion at Petal is on schedule for gas injections to begin in the second quarter of 2013. When complete, the cavern will add approximately 5 billion cubic feet of working gas capacity. This incremental capacity has been fully contracted for the first year that this cavern will be in service.

We are also moving forward with our Southeast Market Expansion project which will allow us to transport an additional 450 million cubic feet of natural gas into the growing areas of demand in the Southeast region of the United States, including the markets in Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. This $300 million project is supported by 10-year firm agreement with primarily electric generation and industrial customers. We anticipate beginning construction in early 2014; the targeted in-service date of the project remains late in 2014.

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