The Board of Directors of Westlake Chemical Partners GP LLC, the general partner of Westlake Chemical Partners LP (the "Partnership") (NYSE:WLKP), has declared a distribution by the Partnership of $0.4714 per unit. This is the 23rd quarterly distribution announced by the Partnership since its initial public offering. The distribution will be payable on May 26, 2020, to unit holders of record on May 11, 2020.
“The strength of the Partnership’s stable and predictable cash flows from 95% of its production at a fixed margin insulated from commodify price risk to its investment grade parent provides flexibility in the uncertain current economic environment caused by COVID-19,” stated Albert Chao, President and Chief Executive Officer of Westlake Chemical Partners GP LLC. “This allows us to maintain our distribution at our prior quarter level to build cash and avoid creating any capital market needs in the currently dislocated equity markets.”
This release is intended to be a qualified notice under Treasury Regulation Section 1.1446-4(b). Brokers and nominees should treat one hundred percent (100.0%) of the Partnership’s distributions to non-U.S. investors as being attributable to income that is effectively connected with a United States trade or business. Accordingly, the Partnership’s distributions to non-U.S. investors are subject to federal income tax withholding at the highest applicable effective tax rate.
The statements in this release relating to matters that are not historical facts, such as the maintaining of distribution at prior quarter levels, building cash, and avoiding the creation of any capital market needs, are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements could be adversely affected by a variety of known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond management’s control. The Partnership’s expectations may or may not be realized or may be based upon assumptions or judgments that prove to be incorrect. For more detailed information about the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements contained herein, please refer to the Partnership’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019, which was filed with the SEC in February 2020.
About Westlake Chemical Partners LP
Westlake Chemical Partners is a limited partnership formed by Westlake Chemical Corporation to operate, acquire and develop ethylene production facilities and other qualified assets. Headquartered in Houston, the Partnership owns a 22.8% interest in Westlake Chemical OpCo LP. Westlake Chemical OpCo LP’s assets include three facilities in Calvert City, Kentucky, and Lake Charles, Louisiana which process ethane and propane into ethylene, and an ethylene pipeline. For more information about Westlake Chemical Partners LP, please visit http://www.wlkpartners.com.
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