Plains All American Pipeline, L.P., through its subsidiaries, engages in the transportation, storage, terminalling, and marketing of crude oil, natural gas liquids (NGL), natural gas, and refined products in the United States and Canada. Its Transportation segment transports crude oil and NGL through pipelines, gathering systems, trucks, and barges. As of December 31, 2016, this segment owned and leased 19,200 miles of active crude oil and NGL pipelines and gathering systems; 31 million barrels of active and above-ground tank capacity; 810 trailers; 120 transport and storage barges; and 60 transport tugs. The company's Facilities segment provides storage, terminalling, and throughput services for crude oil, refined products, NGL, and natural gas; and NGL fractionation and isomerization, and natural gas and condensate processing services. As of December 31, 2016, it owned and operated approximately 80 million barrels of crude oil and refined products storage capacity; 32 million barrels of NGL storage capacity; 97 billion cubic feet of natural gas storage working capacity; 31 billion cubic feet of base gas; 9 natural gas processing plants; 1 condensate processing facility; 8 fractionation plants; 34 crude oil and NGL rail terminals; 6 marine facilities; and 1,000 miles of active pipelines. Its Supply and Logistics segment purchases crude oil at the wellhead, pipeline, terminal, and rail facilities; purchases cargos at load port and various locations in transit; stores inventory, and NGL and natural gas; purchases NGL; resells or exchanges crude oil and NGL; transports crude oil and NGL on trucks, barges, railcars, pipelines, and ocean-going vessels; and purchases and sells natural gas. As of December 31, 2016, it owned 14 million barrels of crude oil and NGL linefill; 5 million barrels of crude oil and NGL linefill; 820 trucks and 1,065 trailers; and 10,660 crude oil and NGL railcars. The company was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.
Business Analysis of Plains All American Pipeline
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- Revenue Growth: Plains All American Pipeline reported a revenue growth of -12.8% year-on-year during 2016. Oil & Gas Distribution Industry grew at -12.3% in the same period
- COGS share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, Plains All American Pipeline spent 91.2% of its total revenues on COGS. Oil & Gas Distribution industry average (COGS share of revenue) in the same period was 75.2%
- R&D share of Revenues: Plains All American Pipeline R&D share of Revenues details are not available because either company does not share the data or we do not have it
- SG&A share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, Plains All American Pipeline spent 1.4% of its total revenues on Sales, Marketing, and General Administration (SG&A). Oil & Gas Distribution industry average SG&A spending in the same period was 3.7%
- Inventory share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, Plains All American Pipeline spent 7.6% of its total revenues on Inventories. Oil & Gas Distribution industry average Inventory spending in the same period was 4.8%
- Accounts Payable share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, Plains All American Pipeline invested 12.8% of its total revenues on Accounts Payable (A/P) Oil & Gas Distribution industry average Accounts Payable investment in the same period was 10.1%
- Accounts Receivable share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, Plains All American Pipeline invested 11.3% of its total revenues on Accounts Receivable (A/R). Oil & Gas Distribution industry average Accounts Receivable investment in the same period was 10.6%
- PP&E share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, Plains All American Pipeline invested 68.7% of its total revenues on Property, Plants, and Equipments (PP&E). Oil & Gas Distribution industry average PPE investment in the same period was 155.8%
- Intangibles share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, Plains All American Pipeline invested 11.6% of its total revenues on Intangibles. Oil & Gas Distribution industry average Intangibles investment in the same period was 39.0%
- Net Margins: Plains All American Pipeline Net Margins in the year 2016 were 3.6%. Oil & Gas Distribution industry average Net Margins in the same period were 3.9%
Sector and Industry Association of Plains All American Pipeline
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Plains All American Pipeline is associated with Oil & Gas Sector and Oil & Gas Distribution Industry.
Oil & Gas sector is comprised of the following industries: Oil & Gas Production; Oil & Gas Distribution; Oil & Gas Equipment and Services; Alternative Energy. The definitions for each of the industries is as follows:
- Oil & Gas Production industry includes companies primarily engaged in operating oil & gas properties. Key activities may include exploration for crude petroleum and natural gas; drilling, completing, and equipping wells; and all other activities in the preparation of oil and gas up to the point of shipment from the producing property. It also includes companies engaged in crude petroleum refining and producing gasoline, kerosene, distillate fuel oils, residual fuel oils, and lubricants, through fractionation or straight distillation of crude oil.
- Oil & Gas Distribution industry includes companies primarily engaged in the pipeline transportation of petroleum, natural gas, and other commodities. It also includes companies primarily engaged in the wholesale and retail distribution of petroleum and petroleum products.
- Oil & Gas Equipment and Services industry includes companies primarily engaged in drilling wells for oil or gas field operations for others on a contract or fee basis. It also includes companies providing exploration services and machinery & equipment for oil and gas field operations.
- Alternative Energy industry includes companies that develop or manufacture renewable energy equipment utilizing sources such as solar, wind, geothermal, hydro, and waves. It also includes companies that produce alternative fuels such as methanol, ethanol, hydrogen and biofuels that are mainly used to power vehicles.
Industry Ranking of Plains All American Pipeline
With $20.2 billion revenues, Plains All American Pipeline ranked number 5 of all the companies in the US Oil & Gas Distribution industry. There were a total of 69 public companies in the US Oil & Gas Distribution industry that had revenues greater than $50 million during 2016.
The top-10 companies in the US Oil & Gas Distribution industry by revenues during 2016 were:
- Energy Transfer Equity ($37.5 billion)
- World Fuel ($27 billion)
- Enterprise Products Partners ($23 billion)
- Energy Transfer Partners ($21.8 billion)
- Plains All American Pipeline ($20.2 billion)
- Plains GP Holdings ($20.2 billion)
- Sunoco ($15.7 billion)
- Kinder Morgan ($13.1 billion)
- NGL Energy Partners ($11.7 billion)
- Sunoco Logistics ($9.2 billion)
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