SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF
THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): November 12, 2013
MARKWEST ENERGY PARTNERS, L.P.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
(Commission File Number)
1515 Arapahoe Street, Tower 1, Suite 1600, Denver CO 80202
(Address of principal executive offices)
Registrants telephone number, including area code: 303-925-9200
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report.)
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ITEM 2.02. Results of Operations and Financial Condition
On November 12, 2013, MarkWest Energy Partners, L.P. (the Partnership) announced its consolidated financial results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013. A copy of the Partnerships earnings release is furnished as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K.
This information shall not be deemed filed for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the Exchange Act), or incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act, except as shall be expressly set forth by specific reference in such filing.
The earnings release furnished with this Current Report on Form 8-K utilizes the Non-GAAP financial measures of Distributable Cash Flow (DCF), Adjusted EBITDA, and Operating Income before Items Not Allocated to Segments. In general, we define DCF as net income (loss) adjusted for (i) depreciation, amortization, impairment, and other non-cash expense; (ii) amortization of deferred financing costs and discount; (iii) loss on redemption of debt net of current tax benefit; (iv) non-cash (earnings) loss from unconsolidated affiliates; (v) distributions from (contributions to) unconsolidated affiliates (net of affiliate growth capital expenditures); (vi) non-cash compensation expense; (vii) non-cash derivative activity; (viii) losses (gains) on the disposal of property, plant, and equipment (PP&E) and unconsolidated affiliates; (ix) provision for deferred income taxes; (x) cash adjustments for non-controlling interest in consolidated subsidiaries; (xi) revenue deferral adjustment; (xii) losses (gains) relating to other miscellaneous non-cash amounts affecting net income for the period; and (xiii) maintenance capital expenditures net of joint venture partner contributions. We define Adjusted EBITDA as net income (loss) adjusted for (i) depreciation, amortization, impairment, and other non-cash expense; (ii) interest expense; (iii) amortization of deferred financing costs; (iv) loss on redemption of debt; (v) losses (gains) on the disposal of PP&E and unconsolidated affiliates; (vi) non-cash derivative activity; (vii) non-cash compensation expense; (viii) provision for income taxes; (ix) adjustments for cash flow from unconsolidated affiliates; (x) adjustment related to non-guarantor, consolidated subsidiaries; and (xi) losses (gains) relating to other miscellaneous non-cash amounts affecting net income for the period. We generally define Operating Income before Items Not Allocated to Segments as (i) revenue, excluding derivative gains and losses and adjusted for certain revenue deferral adjustments less; (ii) purchased product costs, excluding derivative gains and losses less; (iii) facility expenses, adjusted for certain non-cash items not allocated to segments and certain interest payments allocable to the segments less; ( iv) the portion allocable to non-controlling interests.
DCF is a financial performance measure used by management as a key component in the determination of cash distributions paid to unitholders. We believe distributable cash flow is an important financial measure for unitholders as an indicator of cash return on investment and to evaluate whether the Partnership is generating sufficient cash flow to support quarterly distributions. In addition, DCF is commonly used by the investment community because the market value of publicly traded partnerships is based, in part, on distributable cash flow and cash distributions paid to unitholders.
Adjusted EBITDA is a financial performance measure used by management, industry analysts, investors, lenders, and rating agencies to assess the financial performance and operating results of the Partnerships ongoing business operations. Additionally, we believe Adjusted EBITDA provides useful information to investors for trending, analyzing, and benchmarking our operating results from period to period as compared to other companies that may have different financing and capital structures.
Operating Income before Items Not Allocable to Segments is a financial performance measure used by management to evaluate the performance of the operating segments in order to make decisions and allocate resources.
This filing includes forward-looking statements. All statements other than statements of historical facts included or incorporated herein may constitute forward-looking statements. Actual results could vary significantly from those expressed or implied in such statements and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, we can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. The forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that affect our operations, financial performance, and other factors as discussed in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Among the factors that could cause results to differ materially are those risks discussed in the periodic reports we file with the SEC, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December