Phillips 66 became the latest major energy company to report a major gain in earnings totaling $5.4 billion for the third quarter.
It compared with $3.2 billion in earnings in the second quarter of the year. Adjusted earnings for the most recent quarter were $3.1 billion, down from the second quarter adjusted earnings of $3.3 billion.
“Third-quarter results reflect a continued favorable market environment, as well as strong operating performance and improved market capture,” said Mark Lashier, President and CEO of Phillips 66. “Our focus remains on operating safely and reliably producing critical energy products.”
“In Midstream, we increased our economic interest in DCP Midstream to capture the value of a fully integrated NGL business from wellhead to market. Our Sweeny Frac 4 started up on time and under budget. With this latest expansion, we are now processing over 550,000 barrels per day of natural gas liquids at our Sweeny Hub,” said Lashier.
During the quarter, the company returned $1.2 billion in the form of shareholder distributions.
On August 17, 2022, Phillips 66 announced a realignment of its economic and governance interests in DCP Midstream, LP and Gray Oak Pipeline, LLC (Gray Oak Pipeline) resulting from the merger of DCP Midstream, LLC and Gray Oak Holdings, LLC. In connection with the merger, Phillips 66 was delegated DCP Midstream, LLC’s governance rights over DCP Midstream, LP and its general partner entities.
As a result, starting on August 18, 2022, the company’s financial results reflect the consolidation of DCP Midstream, LP and its general partner entities (collectively referred to as DCP Midstream), as well as DCP Sand Hills Pipeline, LLC (Sand Hills Pipeline) and DCP Southern Hills Pipeline, LLC (Southern Hills Pipeline). The results of these entities after the merger and our share of DCP Midstream, LLC’s results prior to the merger are reported in the NGL and Other amounts shown below. Additionally, our economic interest in Gray Oak Pipeline decreased to 6.5%.
Midstream third-quarter 2022 pre-tax income was $3.6 billion, compared with $292 million in the second quarter of 2022. Midstream results in the third quarter include a net gain of $3.0 billion related to the consolidation of DCP Midstream, Sand Hills Pipeline and Southern Hills Pipeline and the transfer of interest in Gray Oak Pipeline.
Transportation third-quarter adjusted pre-tax income was $229 million, compared with adjusted pre-tax income of $250 million in the second quarter. The decrease was mainly due to lower equity earnings from the Gray Oak Pipeline resulting from the merger.
NGL and Other adjusted pre-tax income was $449 million in the third quarter, compared with adjusted pre-tax income of $282 million in the second quarter. The increase was mainly driven by the consolidation of DCP Midstream, Sand Hills Pipeline and Southern Hills Pipeline as a result of the merger.
Refining third-quarter 2022 pre-tax income was $2.9 billion, compared with pre-tax income of $3.0 billion in the second quarter of 2022. Refining results in the third quarter included a $24 million hurricane-related insurance recovery benefit. Second-quarter results included $70 million of costs related to the finalization of RIN obligations for prior year compliance periods and $26 million of costs related to the conversion of the Alliance Refinery to a terminal.
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