Plains All American (PAA) (PAGP) reduces 2020/2021 capital program

April 7, 2020 7:08 AM EDT

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Plains All American (NYSE: PAA and PAGP) today announced the following actions:

  • Reduced 2020/2021 capital program by $750 million, or 33% (reduced by $1.35 billion, or 47% including elimination of assumed JV project financing)
  • Decreased PAA common unit / PAGP Class A share distributions payable in May by 50% (reduction of approximately $525 million on annualized basis)
  • Completed an additional $165 million asset sale ($440 million closed or under definitive agreement year to date)
  • Continue to pursue capital and cost reductions throughout the organization and supply chain, as well as additional asset sales

“We are taking a number of actions in response to the current dynamic and uncertain market conditions to further strengthen our balance sheet and further enhance our liquidity and long-term financial flexibility,” stated Willie Chiang, Chairman and CEO of Plains All American. “These actions include significantly reducing and continuing to challenge our capital program, reducing our distribution, progressing asset sales, and reducing costs, while remaining focused on operating safely and responsibly.”

“We are committed to further strengthening our balance sheet, reducing leverage, and further enhancing our financial flexibility for the benefit of all of our stakeholders,” stated Al Swanson, Executive Vice President and CFO of Plains All American. “Importantly, we ended the first quarter with approximately $2.5 billion of committed liquidity and no near-term needs to access either the debt or equity capital markets. We continue to actively monitor the current environment and intend to address forward guidance and related matters on our first-quarter earnings conference call in May.”

Total expansion capital for 2020/2021 is now targeted to be approximately $1.55 billion, or $750 million (33%) lower than the previously targeted $2.3 billion capital program, and $1.35 billion (47%) lower when eliminating $600 million of assumed JV project financing (net to Plains) for the Red Oak project, which has been deferred. The balance of the capital reductions relate to cancelations, cost savings and scope adjustments to other capital projects. First quarter 2020 expansion capital expenditures are estimated to be approximately $350 million. The Partnership will continue to work closely with customers and industry partners to optimize, defer and potentially further reduce the capital program, subject to producer activity levels on Plains system.

Acknowledging the uncertain duration of current and anticipated industry challenges and to further reinforce PAA’s commitment to maintaining a solid capital structure and strong liquidity, Plains’ Board of Directors has approved a distribution of $0.18 per PAA common unit and PAGP Class A share for the first quarter of 2020. These distributions represent a 50% reduction relative to distributions paid in February 2020 and equate to an annualized distribution rate of $0.72 per PAA common unit and corresponding PAGP Class A share versus its previous annualized level of $1.44 per PAA common unit / PAGP Class A share.

With respect to PAA’s Series A Preferred Units, PAA announced a quarterly cash distribution of $0.525 per Series A Preferred Unit, or $2.10 on an annualized basis. For its Series B Preferred Units, PAA announced a semi-annual distribution of $30.625 per Series B Preferred Unit. All distributions (attributable to common units, Class A shares and Preferred Units) will be payable on May 15, 2020 to holders of record at the close of business on May 1, 2020.

Regarding the asset sales program, the Partnership closed an incremental sale on April 1, which generated proceeds of $165 million and brings year-to-date proceeds to approximately $245 million. An additional $195 million asset sale remains under definitive agreement and is expected to close later in the year. Plains is continuing its efforts to advance additional asset sales opportunities.

The Partnership noted that the PAGP cash distribution is expected to be a non-taxable return of capital to the extent of a Class A Shareholder’s tax basis in each PAGP Class A Share and a reduction in the tax basis of that Class A Share. To the extent any cash distribution exceeds a Class A Shareholder’s tax basis, it should be taxable as capital gains.

Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. is a publicly traded master limited partnership that owns and operates midstream energy infrastructure and provides logistics services for crude oil, natural gas liquids ("NGL"), and natural gas. PAA owns an extensive network of pipeline transportation, terminalling, storage and gathering assets in key crude oil and NGL producing basins and transportation corridors and at major market hubs in the United States and Canada. On average, PAA handles more than 6 million barrels per day of crude oil and NGL in its Transportation segment. PAA is headquartered in Houston, Texas. More information is available at

PAGP is a publicly traded entity that owns an indirect, non-economic controlling general partner interest in PAA and an indirect limited partner interest in PAA, one of the largest energy infrastructure and logistics companies in North America. PAGP is headquartered in Houston, Texas. More information is available at

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