Phillips 66 Reports Fourth-Quarter Earnings of $2.2 Billion or $4.82 Per Share

February 8, 2019

HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb 8, 2019--Phillips 66 (NYSE: PSX), a diversified energy manufacturing and logistics company, announces fourth-quarter 2018 earnings of $2.2 billion, compared with $1.5 billion in the third quarter of 2018. Excluding special items of $20 million in the fourth quarter, adjusted earnings were $2.3 billion, compared with third-quarter adjusted earnings of $1.5 billion.

“We delivered another quarter of strong operating and financial performance, capping a record year for Phillips 66,” said Greg Garland, chairman and CEO of Phillips 66. “For the year, we sustained our industry-leading safety performance, achieved our highest ever earnings and operating cash flow, and rewarded our shareholders with substantial distributions. Refining operated at 95 percent utilization and captured strong margins from advantaged feedstocks. In Marketing, we generated strong earnings while enhancing our fuels brand image. Our Midstream results reflect growth from value-enhancing capital projects completed over the past two years. CPChem achieved full operations at its new U.S. Gulf Coast petrochemical assets, contributing to increased cash distributions. Phillips 66 Partners generated record earnings and achieved its five-year distribution growth target.”

“During 2018, we increased our quarterly dividend 14 percent and repurchased 10 percent of shares outstanding, resulting in $6.1 billion distributed to shareholders. Since our company’s formation in 2012, we have returned $22.5 billion to shareholders through dividends and share repurchases and exchanges. Share repurchases and exchanges have reduced our initial shares outstanding by 30 percent.”

“Looking to 2019, we remain focused on operating excellence and executing our strong portfolio of growth projects. Disciplined capital allocation is fundamental to our strategy and we will continue to invest in new opportunities with attractive returns, while returning capital to shareholders through dividends and share buybacks.”


Midstream fourth-quarter pre-tax income was $379 million, compared with $284 million in the third quarter of 2018. Midstream results in the fourth quarter included a $28 million impact to equity earnings from an asset impairment at DCP Midstream, as well as $2 million of pension settlement expense. Third-quarter results included $28 million in expenses related to claims and pension settlement.

Transportation fourth-quarter adjusted pre-tax income of $234 million was $25 million higher than third-quarter adjusted pre-tax income of $209 million, mainly reflecting higher pipeline and terminal throughput volumes.

NGL and Other adjusted pre-tax income for the fourth quarter was $122 million, a $48 million increase from the third quarter, primarily due to inventory impacts.

The company’s equity investment in DCP Midstream generated adjusted pre-tax income of $53 million in the fourth quarter, compared with $29 million in the third quarter. The increase reflects improved hedging results, partially offset by higher operating costs.


The Chemicals segment reflects Phillips 66’s equity investment in Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LLC (CPChem). Chemicals’ fourth-quarter pre-tax income was $152 million, compared with $263 million in the third quarter of 2018.

CPChem’s Olefins and Polyolefins (O&P) business contributed $158 million of adjusted pre-tax income in the fourth quarter of 2018, compared with $225 million in the third quarter. The decrease mainly reflects seasonally lower sales volumes and higher operating costs driven by turnaround and maintenance activity. These items were partially offset by higher margins from lower feedstock costs. Global O&P utilization was 95 percent.

CPChem’s Specialties, Aromatics and Styrenics (SA&S) business contributed $16 million of adjusted pre-tax income in the fourth quarter of 2018, a decrease of $35 million from the prior quarter. The decrease primarily reflects lower earnings from CPChem’s equity affiliates and higher domestic turnaround costs.

The $9 million increase in Other adjusted net costs in the fourth quarter mainly reflects the impact of a contingent liability.


Refining fourth-quarter pre-tax income was $2.0 billion, compared with $1.2 billion in the third quarter of 2018. Refining results included pension settlement expense of $11 million and $32 million in the fourth quarter and third quarter, respectively. Fourth-quarter results also included $4 million of favorable U.K. R&D expenditure credits.

Refining adjusted pre-tax income was $2.0 billion in the fourth quarter of 2018, compared with $1.3 billion in the third quarter of 2018. While 3:2:1 market crack spreads were down across all regions, realized margins increased $3.17 per barrel due to crude feedstock advantage, strengthening distillate crack spreads and clean product realizations. Realized margins also benefited from optimization across our integrated logistics network to capture market opportunities associated with widening Bakken, Canadian and other inland crude differentials.

The increase in fourth-quarter results was largely driven by the Central Corridor and Gulf Coast regions. Central Corridor refineries captured the benefit of expanded discounts on Canadian crudes by running at 106 percent utilization during the quarter. The Gulf Coast region operated at 100 percent utilization and benefited from improved clean product realizations and wider crude differentials.

Phillips 66’s worldwide crude utilization rate was 99 percent. Pre-tax turnaround costs for the fourth quarter were $130 million, compared with third-quarter costs of $55 million. Clean product yield was 86 percent in the fourth quarter.

Marketing and Specialties

Marketing and Specialties (M&S) fourth-quarter pre-tax income was $589 million, compared with $423 million in the third quarter of 2018. M&S results included pension settlement expense of $3 million and $6 million in the fourth quarter and third quarter, respectively. Third-quarter results also included benefits from biodiesel blender tax credits.

Adjusted pre-tax income for Marketing and Other was $528 million in the fourth quarter of 2018, an increase of $205 million from the third quarter. Marketing benefited from market conditions during the quarter that contributed to a 32 percent increase in realized margins. Refined product exports in the fourth quarter were 249,000 barrels per day (BPD).

Specialties generated adjusted pre-tax income of $64 million during the fourth quarter, up from $62 million in the prior quarter due to higher margins.

Corporate and Other

Corporate and Other fourth-quarter pre-tax costs were $203 million, compared with pre-tax costs of $227 million in the third quarter of 2018. Pre-tax costs included pension settlement expense of $2 million and $4 million in the fourth quarter and third quarter, respectively.

The $22 million decrease in Corporate and Other adjusted pre-tax costs in the fourth quarter was mainly due to third-quarter severance costs, as well as lower net interest expense.

Financial Position, Liquidity and Return of Capital

Phillips 66 generated $4.1 billion in cash from operations during the fourth quarter, including $840 million of cash distributions from equity affiliates. WRB Refining and CPChem distributed $348 million and $300 million, respectively, to Phillips 66 in the fourth quarter. Excluding working capital impacts, operating cash flow was $2.8 billion.

During the quarter, Phillips 66 funded $497 million of share repurchases, $367 million of dividends, $994 million of capital expenditures and investments, and prepaid $300 million of floating rate notes due 2019. The company ended the quarter with 456 million shares outstanding.

As of Dec. 31, 2018, cash and cash equivalents were $3.0 billion, and consolidated debt was $11.2 billion, including $3.0 billion at Phillips 66 Partners (PSXP). The company’s consolidated debt-to-capital ratio was 29 percent and its net-debt-to-capital ratio was 23 percent. Excluding PSXP, the debt-to-capital ratio was 25 percent and the net-debt-to-capital ratio was 17 percent.

Strategic Update

Phillips 66 Partners is constructing the 900,000-BPD Gray Oak Pipeline, which will provide crude oil transportation from the Permian and Eagle Ford to destinations in Corpus Christi and Freeport, including the Sweeny Refinery. Phillips 66 Partners will have a 42.25 percent ownership in the pipeline, which is anticipated to be in service by the end of 2019.

The Gray Oak Pipeline will connect to multiple terminals in Corpus Christi, including the new South Texas Gateway Terminal under development by Buckeye Partners, L.P. The marine terminal will have two deepwater docks and planned storage capacity of 6.5 million to 7 million barrels. Phillips 66 Partners owns a 25 percent interest in the terminal, which is expected to start up by mid-2020.

At the Sweeny Hub, the company is constructing two 150,000-BPD natural gas liquids (NGL) fractionators and associated pipeline infrastructure, and Phillips 66 Partners is adding 6 million barrels of storage capacity at Clemens Caverns. Upon completion of the expansion, expected in late 2020, the Sweeny Hub will have 400,000 BPD of fractionation capacity and 15 million barrels of storage at Clemens Caverns.

During the fourth quarter of 2018, the company added 1.3 million barrels of crude oil storage at the Beaumont Terminal, bringing total crude and products storage capacity to 14.6 million barrels. A further expansion of 2.2 million barrels of crude oil storage is planned for completion in the first quarter of 2020.

The company and Phillips 66 Partners commenced a project to expand the products system from the Sweeny Hub to Phillips 66 Partners’ Pasadena Terminal. Phillips 66 Partners’ Sweeny to Pasadena Pipeline will be expanded by 80,000 BPD, and 300,000 barrels of products storage will be added at the Pasadena Terminal. The project is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2020.

DCP Midstream completed the Sand Hills Pipeline expansion project in the fourth quarter of 2018, increasing the capacity to 485,000 BPD. The pipeline transports NGL from the Permian and Eagle Ford to the Texas Gulf Coast and is owned two-thirds by DCP Midstream and one-third by Phillips 66 Partners. Also in the Permian, DCP Midstream has a 25 percent interest in the Gulf Coast Express Pipeline project to transport approximately 2 billion cubic feet per day (BCFD) of natural gas to Gulf Coast markets. The project is anticipated to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2019. DCP Midstream is adding gas processing capacity in the DJ Basin with the construction of the O’Connor 2 plant, which is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2019.

In Chemicals, CPChem’s new U.S. Gulf Coast (USGC) petrochemical assets are operating well, and the ethane cracker continues to demonstrate utilization above original design capacity. CPChem has a leading position in olefins and polyolefins to supply the world’s growing demand for high-quality polymers. CPChem’s portfolio of cost advantaged assets is strategically located in the U.S. and Middle East. CPChem is developing a second USGC project that would include ethylene and derivative capacity. CPChem is also evaluating additional capacity across multiple product lines through debottleneck opportunities on existing units.

In Refining, the company completed crude unit modifications during the fourth quarter at the Lake Charles Refinery to run additional advantaged domestic crudes. Also at the Lake Charles Refinery, Phillips 66 Partners is constructing a 25,000-BPD isomerization unit to increase production of higher-octane gasoline blend components. The project is expected to complete in the third quarter of 2019.

A fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) unit upgrade project is underway at the Sweeny Refinery to increase production of higher-value petrochemical products and higher-octane gasoline. The project is anticipated to be completed in the second quarter of 2020.

In Marketing, the company continues its program to roll out updated signature image designs for Phillips 66, 76 and Conoco branded sites. A total of 466 domestic sites were re-imaged during the fourth quarter. In 2018, re-imaged sites had increased same-site sales by 2 percent on average. Since the program’s inception in 2015, approximately 2,600 U.S. sites have been re-imaged. In 2019, an additional 1,800 sites are scheduled for re-imaging and the remainder of the U.S. branded network will be re-imaged by the end of 2020. International marketing will continue to grow under the JET brand and will add 25 to 30 new sites in 2019.

Investor Webcast

Later today, members of Phillips 66 executive management will host a webcast at noon EST to discuss the company’s fourth-quarter performance and provide an update on strategic initiatives. To access the webcast and view related presentation materials, go to www.phillips66.com/investors and click on “Events & Presentations.” For detailed supplemental information, go to www.phillips66.com/supplemental.

About Phillips 66

Phillips 66 is a diversified energy manufacturing and logistics company. With a portfolio of Midstream, Chemicals, Refining, and Marketing and Specialties businesses, the company processes, transports, stores and markets fuels and products globally. Phillips 66 Partners, the company’s master limited partnership, is integral to the portfolio. Headquartered in Houston, the company has 14,200 employees committed to safety and operating excellence. Phillips 66 had $54 billion of assets as of Dec. 31, 2018. For more information, visit www.phillips66.com or follow us on Twitter @Phillips66Co.


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Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information — This news release includes the terms adjusted earnings, adjusted earnings per share, and adjusted pre-tax income. These are non-GAAP financial measures that are included to help facilitate comparisons of company operating performance across periods and with peer companies, by excluding items that do not reflect the core operating results of our businesses in the current period. This release includes realized refining margin, a non-GAAP financial measure that demonstrates how well we performed relative to benchmark industry margins. This release also includes a debt-to-capital ratio excluding PSXP. This non-GAAP measure is provided to differentiate the capital structure of Phillips 66 compared with that of Phillips 66 Partners.

References in the release to earnings refer to net income attributable to Phillips 66. References to adjusted earnings refer to earnings excluding special items, as detailed in the tables to this release. References to net income are inclusive of noncontrolling interests.

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