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Buckeye Partners’ (BPL) Earnings Lag, Revenues Beat in Q4

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Buckeye Partners, L.P. BPL reported fourth-quarter 2017 earnings of 85 cents per unit, lagging the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 88 cents by 3.4%. However, earnings was higher than the year-ago figure of 78 cents by nearly 9%.

The year-over-year rise in earnings was due to increased pipeline and terminal throughput volumes during the quarter and improved operating performance from its Buckeye Texas Partners joint venture.

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Total Revenues

In the quarter under review, Buckeye Partners’ total revenues came in at $946.1 million, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $923 million by 2.5%.

Total revenues were up 2.4% year over year owing to better performance of Merchant Services and Domestic Pipelines & Terminals segment in fourth-quarter 2017.

Operational Highlights

In the quarter, the partnership’s adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) from continuing operations increased 13.6% year over year to $289.9 million.

Total costs and expenses were $772.7 million, up 0.7%. The partnership’s operating income was up 1.1% to nearly $173.3 million from $156.9 million a year ago.

Interest and debt expenses increased 11.6% year over year to $56.7 million.

Financial Screening

As of Dec 31, 2017, Buckeye Partners had cash and cash equivalents of $2.1 million compared with $640.3 million as of Dec 31, 2016.

Long-term debt as of Dec 31, 2017 was $4,658.3 million, higher than $4,217.7 million as of Dec 31, 2016.

Total capital expenditure in the fourth quarter was $129.7 million, up 22% from $106.2 million a year ago.

Upcoming Release

ONEOK, Inc. OKE is expected to report fourth-quarter 2017 results on Feb 26. The Zacks Consensus Estimate is pegged at 51 cents.

Chesapeake Utilities Corporation CPK is expected to report fourth-quarter 2017 results on Feb 26. The Zacks Consensus Estimate is pegged at 85 cents.

EQT Midstream Partners, LP EQM is expected to report fourth-quarter 2017 results on Feb 15. The Zacks Consensus Estimate is pegged at $1.55.

Zacks Rank

Buckeye Partners carries a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell).

You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.


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