Kinder Morgan, Inc. Increases Quarterly Dividend to $0.41 Per Share, up 14%

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Kinder Morgan, Inc. Increases Quarterly Dividend to $0.41 Per Share, up 14%

Third QuarterCash Available To Pay Dividends Up 17% Over Q3 2012

HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Kinder Morgan, Inc.'s (NYS: KMI) board of directors today increased its quarterly cash dividend to $0.41 per share ($1.64 annualized) payable on Nov. 15, 2013, to shareholders of record as of Oct. 31, 2013. This represents a 14 percent increase over the third quarter 2012 cash dividend per share of $0.36 ($1.44 annualized) and is up from $0.40 per share ($1.60 annualized) for the second quarter of 2013.


KMI reported third quarter cash available to pay dividends of $424 million, up 17 percent from $362 million for the same period in 2012. Through the first nine months of the year, KMI reported cash available to pay dividends of $1.231 billion, a 27 percent increase from $972 million for the comparable period last year.

Chairman and CEO Richard D. Kinder said, "KMI reported strong results for the first three quarters of 2013 primarily due to continued strong performance at Kinder Morgan Energy Partners and solid results at El Paso Pipeline Partners. Looking ahead, KMI is well positioned for future growth across North America. We currently have identified approximately $14.4 billion in expansion and joint venture investments across the Kinder Morgan companies, and we are pursuing customer commitments for many more projects."

Outlook

As previously announced, KMI expects to declare dividends of at least $1.60 per share for 2013, an increase from its 2013 published annual budget of $1.57 per share as a result of the close of the Copano acquisition. KMI's projected declared dividend per share of $1.60 represents an increase of 14 percent over its 2012 declared dividend of $1.40 per share.Growth in 2013 is expected to be driven by strong performance at KMP, along with contributions from EPB.

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  • KMI's board of directors has approved a share and warrant repurchase program authorizing KMI to repurchase in the aggregate up to $250 million of its (i) Class P common stock or (ii) warrants to purchase shares of its Class P common stock, which are currently trading on the New York Stock Exchange. This $250 million repurchase program is in addition to the $350 million share and warrant repurchase program that the board approved in July of this year, of which approximately $16 million of capacity remains. In aggregate, KMI has repurchased approximately 158 million warrants, and approximately 348 million warrants currently remain outstanding. Repurchases may be made by KMI from time to time in open-market or privately negotiated transactions as permitted by securities laws and other legal requirements, and subject to market conditions and other factors. Under the repurchase program, there is no time limit for share or warrant repurchases, nor is there a minimum number of shares or warrants that KMI intends to repurchase. The repurchase program may be suspended or discontinued at any time without prior notice.

Kinder Morgan is the largest midstream and the third largest energy company in North America with a combined enterprise value of approximately $110 billion. It owns an interest in or operates approximately 82,000 miles of pipelines and 180 terminals. Its pipelines transport natural gas, gasoline, crude oil, CO2 and other products, and its terminals store petroleum products and chemicals and handle such products as ethanol, coal, petroleum coke and steel. Kinder Morgan, Inc. (NYS: KMI) owns the general partner interests of Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. (NYS: KMP) and El Paso Pipeline Partners, L.P. (NYS: EPB) , along with limited partner interests in KMP and EPB and shares in Kinder Morgan Management, LLC (NYS: KMR) . For more information please visit www.kindermorgan.com.

Please join Kinder Morgan at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, Oct. 16, atwww.kindermorgan.comfor a LIVE webcast conference call on the company's third quarter earnings.

The non-generally accepted accounting principles, or non-GAAP, financial measure ofcash available to pay dividends is presented in this news release. Cash available to pay dividends is a significant metric used by us and by external users of our financial statements, such as investors, research analysts, commercial banks and others, to compare basic cash flows generated by us to the cash dividends we expect to pay our shareholders on an ongoing basis. Management uses this metric to evaluate our overall performance. Cash available to pay dividends is also an important non-GAAP financial measure for our shareholders because it serves as an indicator of our success in providing a cash return on investment. This financial measure indicates to investors whether or not we are generating cash flow at a level that can sustain or support an increase in the quarterly dividends we are paying.Our dividend policy provides that, subject to applicable law, we will pay quarterly cash dividends generally representing the cash we receive from our subsidiaries less any cash disbursements and reserves established by our board of directors.Cash available to pay dividends is also a quantitative measure used in the investment community because the value of a share of an entity like KMI that pays out all or a substantial proportion of its cash flow is generally determined by the dividend yield (which in turn is based on the amount of cash dividends the corporation pays to its shareholders relative to share price).The economic substance behind our use of cash available to pay dividends is to measure and estimate the ability of our assets to generate cash flows sufficient to pay dividends to our investors.

We believe the GAAP measure most directly comparable to cash available to pay dividends is income from continuing operations. A reconciliation of cash available to pay dividends to income from continuing operations is provided in this release. Our non-GAAP measure described above should not be considered as an alternative to GAAP net income and has important limitations as an analytical tool. Our computation of cash available to pay dividends may differ from similarly titled measures used by others. You should not consider this non-GAAP measure in isolation or as a substitute for an analysis of our results as reported under GAAP. Management compensates for the limitations of this non-GAAP measure by reviewing our comparable GAAP measures, understanding the differences between the measures and taking this information into account in its analysis and its decision making processes.

This news release includes forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties and are based on the beliefs and assumptions of management, based on information currently available to them. Although Kinder Morgan believes that these forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that such assumptions will materialize. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements herein include those enumerated in Kinder Morgan's reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they were made, and except to the extent required by law, Kinder Morgan undertakes no obligation to update or review any forward-looking statement because of new information, future events or other factors.Because of these uncertainties, readers should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements.

      
Kinder Morgan, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Preliminary Cash Available to Pay Dividends
(Non-GAAP, Unaudited)
(In millions, except per share amounts)
 
Three Months Ended September 30,Nine Months Ended September 30,
2013201220132012
KMP distributions to us
From ownership of general partner interest (1)$450$378$1,294$1,057
On KMP units owned by us (2)383311086
On KMR shares owned by us (3) 21  18  61  53 
Total KMP distributions to us 509  429  1,465  1,196 
 
EPB distributions to us
From ownership of general partner interest (4)554015572
On EPB units owned by us (5) 59  52  172  102 
Total EPB distributions to us 114  92  327  174 
 
Cash generated from KMP and EPB6235211,7921,370
General and administrative expenses and other (6)(12)(20)(41)(26)
Interest expense(56)(82)(122)(167)
Cash taxes (132) (117) (386) (310)
Cash available for distribution to us from KMP and EPB 423  302  1,243  867 
 
Cash available from other assets
Cash generated from other assets (7)104199291324
EP debt assumed interest expense (8)(87)(98)(245)(154)
EP acquisition debt interest expense (9) (16) (41) (58) (65)
Cash available for distribution to us from other assets 1  60  (12) 105 
 
Cash available to pay dividends (10)$424 $362 $1,231 $972 
 
Weighted Average Shares Outstanding for Dividends(11)1,0421,0391,039864
 
Cash Available Per Average Share Outstanding$0.41$0.35$1.18$1.13
Declared Dividend$0.41$0.36$1.19$1.03
 

Notes

(1) Based on (i) Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. (KMP) distributions of $1.35 and $3.97 per common unit declared for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013, respectively, and $1.26 and $3.69 per common unit declared for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012, respectively; (ii) 381 million and 340 million aggregate common units, Class B units and i-units (collectively KMP units) outstanding as of April 29, 2013 and April 30, 2012, respectively; (iii) 433 million and 347 million aggregate KMP units outstanding as of July 31, 2013 and 2012, respectively; (iv) 438 million aggregate KMP units estimated to be outstanding as of October 31, 2013 and 365 million aggregate KMP units outstanding as of October 31, 2012; (v) waived incentive distributions of $4 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2013 and $6 million and $19 million for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012, respectively, related to KMP's acquisition of its initial 50% interest in May 2010, and subsequently, the remaining 50% interest in May 2011 of KinderHawk; and (vi) waived incentive distributions of $25 million and $50 million for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013, respectively, as a result of KMP's acquisition of Copano. In addition, we as the general partner of KMP, agreed to waive a portion of our future incentive distributions related to the Copano acquisition in the amounts of $25 million from our fourth quarter of 2013 incentive distribution amount, $120 million in 2014, $120 million in 2015, $110 million in 2016, and annual amounts thereafter decreasing by $5 million per year from the 2016 level.
(2)

Based on 28 million in 2013, and 22 million, 22 million and 26 million KMP units owned by us as of March 31, June 30, and September 30, 2012, respectively, multiplied by the KMP per unit distribution declared, as outlined in footnote (1) above.

(3)Assumes that we sold the Kinder Morgan Management, LLC (KMR) shares that we estimate to be received as distributions for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013 and received as distributions for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012, respectively. We did not sell any KMR shares in the first nine months of 2013 or 2012. We intend periodically to sell the KMR shares we receive as distributions to generate cash.
(4)Based on (i) El Paso Pipelines Partners, L.P. (EPB) distributions of $0.65 and $1.90 per common unit declared for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013, respectively, and $0.58 and $1.13 per common unit declared for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012; (ii) 216 million common units outstanding as of April 29, 2013; (iii) 218 million and 208 million common units outstanding as of July 31, 2013 and 2012, respectively; and (iv) 218 million common units estimated to be outstanding as of October 31, 2013 and 216 million common units outstanding as of October 31, 2012.
(5)Based on 90 million EPB units owned by us as of September 30, 2013 and 2012, multiplied by the EPB per unit distribution declared, as outlined in footnote (4) above.
(6)Represents corporate general and administrative expenses, corporate sustaining capital expenditures, and other income and expense.
(7)

Represents cash available from former El Paso Corporation (EP) assets that remain at KMI, including TGP, EPNG and El Paso midstream assets for the periods presented prior to their drop-down to KMP, and our 20% interest in NGPL, net of general and administrative expenses related to KMI's EP assets. Amounts include our share of pre-tax earnings, plus depreciation, depletion and amortization, and less cash taxes and sustaining capital expenditures from equity investees.

(8)Represents interest expense on debt assumed from the May 25, 2012 EP acquisition.
(9)Represents interest associated with Kinder Morgan, Inc.'s (KMI) remaining debt issued to finance the cash portion of EP acquisition purchase price.
(10)Excludes $37 million and $322 million in after-tax expenses associated with the EP acquisition and EP Energy sale for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012, respectively. The three months ended September 30, 2012 includes (i) $60 million of expense for capitalized financing fees associated with the EP acquisition financing that were written-off (due to debt repayments) or amortized in the third quarter and (ii) $24 million benefit associated with pension income and tax benefits on deferred compensation. The nine months ended September 30, 2012 includes (i) $99 million in employee severance, retention and bonus costs; (ii) $55 million of accelerated EP stock based compensation allocated to the post-combination period under applicable GAAP rules; (iii) $37 million in advisory fees; (iv) $66 million write-off (primarily due to debt repayments) or amortization of capitalized financing fees; (v) $70 million for legal fees and reserves; and (vi) $24 million benefit associated with pension income and legal recoveries noted above.
(11)Includes weighted average common stock outstanding and (i) for 2013, approximately 6 million of unvested restricted stock awards issued to management employees that contain rights to dividends and (ii) for 2012, Class B shares, Class C shares and unvested restricted stock.
      
Kinder Morgan, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Preliminary Consolidated Statements of Income (1)
(Unaudited)
(In millions, except per share amounts)
 
Three Months Ended September 30,Nine Months Ended September 30,
2013201220132012
 
Revenue$3,654 $2,870 $10,096 $6,894 
 
Costs, expenses and other
Operating expenses1,9581,3455,2443,255
Depreciation, depletion and amortization4674031,3271,010
General and administrative158186481816
Taxes, other than income taxes9588295207
Other expense (65) (4) (81) (22)
 2,613  2,018  7,266  5,266 
 
Operating income1,0418522,8301,628
 
Other income (expense)
Earnings from equity investments100101294238
Amortization of excess cost of equity investments(11)(5)(29)(9)
Interest, net(418)(523)(1,247)(993)

Gain on remeasurement of previously held equity interest in Eagle Ford Gathering to fair value

--558-
Gain on sale of investments in Express(1)-224-
Other, net 11  21  35  29 
 
Income from continuing operations before income taxes7224462,665893
 
Income tax expense (171) (60) (675) (165)
 
Income from continuing operations 551  386  1,990  728 
 
Income from discontinued operations, net of tax-48-145

Loss on sale and remeasurement of KMP's FTC Natural Gas Pipelines disposal group to fair value, net of tax

 -  (179) (2) (934)
Loss from discontinued operations -  (131 Read Full Story

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