HOUSTON – Spectra Energy Corp (NYSE: SE) and Spectra Energy Partners (NYSE: SEP) today announced their business outlook and three year financial plan.
Key highlights include:
Spectra Energy 2014 distributable cash flow of more than $1.2 billion; SEP distributable cash flow in 2014 of $935 million with a CAGR of 13 percent through 2016
At least 9 percent annual growth of Spectra Energy dividends and at least 8-9 percent annual growth of Spectra Energy Partners distributions through 2016
2014 enterprise-wide EBITDA of more than $3 billion; with a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7 percent through 2016
Investment of approximately $1.3 billion in expansion capital in 2014 and an average annual growth CapEx of approximately $2 billion through 2016; SEP’s share of CapEx is about 70 percent in 2014; 60 percent in 2015, and 45 percent in 2016
Pursuing an additional $10 billion of natural gas and liquids opportunities over the previously announced $25 billion of opportunities through the end of the decade
“Our three year plan is built upon 2013’s strong performance in which we placed $6 billion of capital into service, secured $7 billion in new projects and bolstered our MLP to a $20 billion enterprise by dropping substantially all U.S. transmission, storage and liquids assets into Spectra Energy Partners,” said Greg Ebel, president and chief executive officer. “We will fully leverage this positive momentum coming out of 2013 to accelerate our growth and value proposition. Success breeds success, and you can expect us to grow from this position of strength.”
Key assumptions underlying the financial plan include:
An average natural gas liquids price of 94 cents per gallon assuming ethane rejection; natural gas price of $3.75 per thousand cubic feet (Mcf); and crude averaging $95 per barrel.
A Canadian to U.S dollar exchange rate of 1.05
2014 Expansion CapEx of $1.3 billion
Maintenance CapEx of $755 million
“We will continue to deliver on our value proposition, building off the strength of our exceptional portfolio of assets to ensure the most attractive growth platform for investors; we will maintain our financial strength and stability; and we will expand our footprint by continuing our disciplined ‘build and buy’ strategy,” added Ebel. “Our enterprise value has more than doubled in just four years, and we intend to double it again by the end of the decade.”
Spectra Energy Corp and Spectra Energy Partners will discuss their business outlook and 2014 financial plan in greater detail during an analyst/investor meeting in New York today.
The presentation is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. ET and will be webcast via the Investors Sections of www.spectraenergy.com and www.spectraenergypartners.com. Interested parties also have the option to call into the discussion by dialing 888-252-3715 in the United States or 706-634-8942 outside the United States. The conference ID is 30353178 or “Spectra Energy 2014 Plan.” An audio replay will be available until 5 p.m. ET, May 5, 2014, by dialing 855-859-2056 with the above conference ID. The international replay number is 404-537-3406.
Forward-Looking Statements This release includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward-looking statements are based on our beliefs and assumptions. These forward-looking statements are identified by terms and phrases such as: anticipate, believe, intend, estimate, expect, continue, should, could, may, plan, project, predict, will, potential, forecast, and similar expressions. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to be materially different from the results predicted. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated in any forward-looking statement include, but are not limited to: the success of the completed drop-down; state, federal and foreign legislative and regulatory initiatives that affect cost and investment recovery, have an effect on rate structure, and affect the speed at and degree to which competition enters the natural gas and oil industries; outcomes of litigation and regulatory investigations, proceedings or inquiries; weather and other natural phenomena, including the economic, operational and other effects of hurricanes and storms; the timing and extent of changes in commodity prices, interest rates and foreign currency exchange rates; general economic conditions, including the risk of a prolonged economic slowdown or decline, or the risk of delay in a recovery, which can affect the long-term demand for natural gas and oil and related services; potential effects arising from terrorist attacks and any consequential or other hostilities; changes in environmental, safety and other laws and regulations; the development of alternative energy resources; results and costs of financing efforts, including the ability to obtain financing on favorable terms, which can be affected by various factors, including credit ratings and general market and economic conditions; increases in the cost of goods and services required to complete capital projects; declines in the market prices of equity and debt securities and resulting funding requirements for defined benefit pension plans; growth in opportunities, including the timing and success of efforts to develop U.S. and Canadian pipeline, storage, gathering, processing and other related infrastructure projects and the effects of competition; the performance of natural gas and oil transmission and storage, distribution, and gathering and processing facilities; the extent of success in connecting natural gas and oil supplies to gathering, processing and transmission systems and in connecting to expanding gas and oil markets; the effects of accounting pronouncements issued periodically by accounting standard-setting bodies; conditions of the capital markets during the periods covered by forward-looking statements; and the ability to successfully complete merger, acquisition or divestiture plans; regulatory or other limitations imposed as a result of a merger, acquisition or divestiture; and the success of the business following a merger, acquisition or divestiture. These factors, as well as additional factors that could affect our forward-looking statements, are described in our filings that we make with the SEC, which are available via the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. In light of these risks, uncertainties and assumptions, the events described in the forward-looking statements might not occur or might occur to a different extent or at a different time than we have described. All forward-looking statements in this release are made as of the date hereof and we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
About Spectra Energy and Spectra Energy Partners
Spectra Energy Corp (NYSE: SE), a FORTUNE 500 company, is one of North America's leading pipeline and midstream companies. Based in Houston, Texas, the company’s operations in the United States and Canada include more than 22,000 miles of natural gas, natural gas liquids, and crude oil pipelines; approximately 305 billion cubic feet (Bcf) of natural gas storage; 4.8 million barrels of crude oil storage; as well as natural gas gathering, processing, and local distribution operations. Spectra Energy is the general partner of Spectra Energy Partners (NYSE: SEP), one of the largest pipeline master limited partnerships in the United States and owner of the natural gas, liquids, and crude oil assets in Spectra Energy’s U.S. portfolio. Spectra Energy also has a 50 percent ownership in DCP Midstream, the largest producer of natural gas liquids and the largest natural gas processor in the United States. Spectra Energy has served North American customers and communities for more than a century. The company’s longstanding values are recognized through its inclusion in the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America Indexes and the CDP Global 500 and S&P 500 Climate Disclosure and Performance Leadership Indexes. For more information, visit www.spectraenergy.com and www.spectraenergypartners.com.