TULSA, Okla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–NGL Energy Partners LP (NYSE:NGL) (“NGL,” “our,” “we,” or the “Partnership”) today reported net income for the quarter ended March 31, 2018 of $110.9 million, including an $89.3 million gain on the sale of a portion of our Retail Propane segment, compared to net income for the quarter ended March 31, 2017 of $26.5 million. The Partnership reported a net loss for Fiscal 2018 of $69.6 million. NGL also announced earlier today that it has signed a definitive agreement to sell its remaining Retail Propane business to Superior Plus Corp. (“Superior”) (TSX:SPB) for $900 million, which is subject to certain regulatory and other customary closing conditions and is expected to be completed within 60 days.
Highlights for the quarter and fiscal year ended March 31, 2018 include:
- Completion of the sale of a portion of the Partnership’s Retail Propane segment for $200 million, the sale of its 50% interest in the Glass Mountain Pipeline LLC for $300 million and the sale of a portion of its interest in Sawtooth for $37.6 million, all proceeds from which were used to reduce outstanding debt by fiscal year end
- Adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter of Fiscal 2018 was $155.9 million, compared to $121.2 million for the fourth quarter of Fiscal 2017; Fiscal Year 2018 Adjusted EBITDA totaled $408.3 million
- Distributable Cash Flow for the fourth quarter of Fiscal 2018 was $98.6 million and totaled $180.0 million for the year
- Growth capital expenditures, including acquisitions and other investments, totaled approximately $51.4 million during the fourth quarter and approximately $211.9 million for Fiscal 2018, of which approximately $105 million related to investments in our Water Solutions segment, approximately $55 million related to our Crude Logistics segment and $50 million related to Retail Propane
Additionally, the Partnership is initiating its Fiscal 2019 Adjusted EBITDA guidance with a target of $450 million, which assumes:
- $200-$225 million of Adjusted EBITDA from the Water Solutions segment which the Partnership believes could increase by up to 20% annually for the next three years at current crude oil prices, rig counts, expected volumes and market share in its core basins
- $145-$155 million of Adjusted EBITDA from the Crude Oil Logistics segment due to increased volumes and margins under minimum volume commitments on Grand Mesa, as well as generally increasing margins across all basins in which we operate
- No significant changes to the Liquids and Refined Products segments from FY 2018 actual results
“The Partnership has made progress through this year as Crude Oil Logistics and Water Solutions have grown significantly and continue to be supported by increased rig count, higher crude prices and volume growth. Grand Mesa continues to exceed expectations by generating approximately $45 million in gross Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter. Our Water Solutions segment was operating at an annualized Adjusted EBITDA run-rate of approximately $150 million in March and volumes and earnings continue to grow into Fiscal 2019 with an estimated run-rate Adjusted EBITDA in April of approximately $165 million,” stated Mike Krimbill, CEO of NGL Energy Partners LP. “Our Refined Products business has stabilized with better rack margins and manageable line space values. Earlier today, we announced the sale of our remaining Retail Propane business. Retail Propane has been a stable asset for NGL and has grown through bolt-on acquisitions over time. We are making a strategic shift in our business portfolio and the $900 million of proceeds from the sale of this business allow for significant deleveraging of our balance sheet and positions us to focus on, and reinvest in, Crude Logistics and Water Solutions, our two largest growth and highest performing platforms.”
Quarterly Results of Operations
The following table summarizes operating income (loss) and Adjusted EBITDA by operating segment for the periods indicated:
|March 31, 2018||March 31, 2017|
|Crude Oil Logistics||$||11,072||$||31,904||$||11,352||$||29,558|
|Refined Products and Renewables||25,993||25,644||53,181||12,206|
|Corporate and Other||(23,562||)||(12,863||)||(20,392||)||(3,871||)|
The tables included in this release reconcile operating income (loss) to Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure, for each of our operating segments.
Crude Oil Logistics
The Partnership’s Crude Oil Logistics segment generated Adjusted EBITDA of $31.9 million during the quarter ended March 31, 2018, compared to Adjusted EBITDA of $29.6 million during the quarter ended March 31, 2017. Results for the fourth quarter of Fiscal 2018 improved compared to the same quarter in Fiscal 2017 primarily due to increased volumes on Grand Mesa Pipeline, which was partially offset by the sale of our 50% interest in Glass Mountain Pipeline, LLC in December 2017.
The Partnership’s Grand Mesa Pipeline contributed Adjusted EBITDA of approximately $45.5 million during the fourth quarter of Fiscal 2018, an increase of $18.9 million when compared to Adjusted EBITDA of approximately $26.6 million during the same quarter of last year, due to increased volumes related to production growth in the DJ Basin. Physical volumes averaged approximately 103,000 barrels per day and financial volumes averaged approximately 109,000 barrels per day during the quarter ended March 31, 2018.
The remaining divisions of our Crude Oil Logistics segment continued to be impacted by competition and low margins in the majority of the basins across the United States. The Partnership continues to market crude volumes in these basins to support its various pipeline, terminal and transportation assets, at near break-even levels. Additionally, the Crude Oil Logistics segment bears the cost of certain minimum volume commitments on third-party crude oil pipelines in various basins which are currently not profitable.
Refined Products and Renewables
The Partnership’s Refined Products and Renewables segment generated Adjusted EBITDA of $25.6 million during the quarter ended March 31, 2018, compared to Adjusted EBITDA of $12.2 million during the quarter ended March 31, 2017. The results for the quarter ended March 31, 2018 were positively impacted by an increase in inventory valuation as a result of the seasonal motor fuel blend and strong margins at the rack, as well as our ability to reduce our exposure to negative line space values.
Refined product barrels sold during the quarter ended March 31, 2018 totaled approximately 42.8 million barrels, an increase of approximately 5.6 million barrels compared to the same period in the prior year due to an increase in bulk trading volumes. Renewable barrels sold during the quarter ended March 31, 2018 totaled approximately 1.0 million, a decrease of approximately 0.9 million barrels compared to the same period in the prior year.
The Partnership’s Liquids segment generated Adjusted EBITDA of $15.0 million during the quarter ended March 31, 2018, compared to Adjusted EBITDA of $16.2 million during the quarter ended March 31, 2017. Total product margin per gallon was $0.031 for the quarter ended March 31, 2018, compared to $0.033 for the quarter ended March 31, 2017. Propane margins were impacted by increased fixed-price contract deliveries against rising inventory values, while butane margins were impacted by higher commodity costs and storage costs due to the oversupplied markets. Additionally, our Liquids segment continues to be impacted by unrecovered railcar fleet costs and excess storage capacity.
Propane volumes increased by approximately 25.9 million gallons, or 5.7%, during the quarter ended March 31, 2018 compared to the quarter ended March 31, 2017. Butane volumes increased by approximately 27.6 million gallons, or 25.4%, during the quarter ended March 31, 2018 compared to the quarter ended March 31, 2017. Other Liquids volumes increased by 16.7 million gallons, or 19.3%, during the quarter ended March 31, 2018 compared to the same period in the prior year. The increase in overall volumes is primarily attributable to a new long-term marketing agreement as well higher demand for propane due to colder winter weather.
The Partnership’s Retail Propane segment generated Adjusted EBITDA of $64.5 million during the quarter ended March 31, 2018, compared to Adjusted EBITDA of $48.9 million during the quarter ended March 31, 2017. Propane sold during the quarter ended March 31, 2018 increased by approximately 15.0 million gallons, or 20.9%, compared to the quarter ended March 31, 2017, primarily due to higher demand for propane related to colder winter weather and acquisitions made during the current year and previous year. Distillates sold during the quarter ended March 31, 2018 increased by approximately 0.9 million gallons compared to the quarter ended March 31, 2017. Total product margin per gallon was $1.012 for the quarter ended March 31, 2018, compared to $0.957 for the quarter ended March 31, 2017.
The Partnership’s Water Solutions segment generated Adjusted EBITDA of $31.8 million during the quarter ended March 31, 2018, compared to Adjusted EBITDA of $18.2 million during the quarter ended March 31, 2017. The Partnership processed approximately 761,000 barrels of wastewater per day during the quarter ended March 31, 2018, a 42% increase compared to approximately 536,000 barrels of wastewater per day during the quarter ended March 31, 2017. Processed water volumes have increased throughout the year as the segment continued to benefit from the increased rig counts in the basins in which it operates, particularly in the Permian Basin. Additional water pipelines brought online in previous quarters also contributed to increased revenues. Revenues from recovered hydrocarbons totaled $21.5 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2018, an increase of $9.7 million over the prior year period, related to an increase in the volume of water processed, an increase of oil percentage in water processed and increased crude oil prices.
Corporate and Other
Adjusted EBITDA for Corporate and Other was $(12.9) million during the quarter ended March 31, 2018, compared to $(3.9) million during the quarter ended March 31, 2017. The decrease was due primarily to increased legal fees of approximately $5.8 million related to certain litigation expenses, including settlement costs of $1.5 million, compared to $1.3 million in legal fees for the same quarter last year. Additionally, the Partnership recognized a one-time workmen’s compensation insurance audit expense of $3.5 million related to policy years 2013 through 2016, the majority of which related to years 2013 and 2014.
Capitalization and Liquidity
Total long-term debt outstanding, excluding working capital borrowings, was $1.713 billion at March 31, 2018 compared to $1.907 billion at December 31, 2017, a decrease of $194.3 million primarily as a result of debt repayment using net proceeds from asset sales. Working capital borrowings totaled $969.5 million at March 31, 2018 compared to $1.015 billion at December 31, 2017, a decrease of $45.0 million driven primarily by decreases in inventory volumes during the quarter. Total liquidity (cash plus available capacity on our revolving credit facility) was approximately $646.0 million as of March 31, 2018.
Fiscal 2019 Guidance
For Fiscal 2019, the Partnership expects to generate Adjusted EBITDA in a range for each of its operating segments as follows:
|FY 2019 Adjusted EBITDA Ranges|
|Crude Oil Logistics||$||145,000||$||155,000|
|Refined Products and Renewables||55,000||80,000|
|Corporate and Other||(30,000||)||(25,000||)|
Based on these ranges, management’s target for the Partnership is $450 million of Adjusted EBITDA for Fiscal Year 2019. The Partnership currently expects to invest approximately $250-$275 million on growth capital expenditures during Fiscal 2019, which includes certain acquisitions in the Water Solutions segment that will total approximately $140-$150 million and are expected to close in the first quarter. All of these acquisitions are expected to be funded through proceeds from the recently announced Retail Propane sale, excess cash flow and use of the Partnership’s revolving credit facility. The Partnership will continue to target compliance leverage below 3.25x and Distributable Cash Flow coverage is expected to be over 1.3x on a trailing twelve month basis.
Fourth Quarter Conference Call Information
A conference call to discuss NGL’s results of operations is scheduled for 6:00 pm Eastern Time (5:00 pm Central Time) on Wednesday, May 30, 2018. Analysts, investors, and other interested parties may access the conference call by dialing (800) 291-4083 and providing access code 3866869. An archived audio replay of the conference call will be available for 7 days beginning at 11:30 pm Eastern Time (10:30 pm Central Time) on May 30, 2018, which can be accessed by dialing (855) 859-2056 and providing access code 3866869.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
NGL defines EBITDA as net income (loss) attributable to NGL Energy Partners LP, plus interest expense, income tax expense (benefit), and depreciation and amortization expense. NGL defines Adjusted EBITDA as EBITDA excluding net unrealized gains and losses on derivatives, lower of cost or market adjustments, gains and losses on disposal or impairment of assets, gains and losses on early extinguishment of liabilities, revaluation of investments, equity-based compensation expense, acquisition expense, revaluation of liabilities and other. We also include in Adjusted EBITDA certain inventory valuation adjustments related to our Refined Products and Renewables segment, as discussed below. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered alternatives to net (loss) income, (loss) income before income taxes, cash flows from operating activities, or any other measure of financial performance calculated in accordance with GAAP, as those items are used to measure operating performance, liquidity or the ability to service debt obligations. NGL believes that EBITDA provides additional information to investors for evaluating NGL’s ability to make quarterly distributions to NGL’s unitholders and is presented solely as a supplemental measure. NGL believes that Adjusted EBITDA provides additional information to investors for evaluating NGL’s financial performance without regard to NGL’s financing methods, capital structure and historical cost basis. Further, EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA, as NGL defines them, may not be comparable to EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, or similarly titled measures used by other entities.
Other than for NGL’s Refined Products and Renewables segment, for purposes of the Adjusted EBITDA calculation, NGL makes a distinction between realized and unrealized gains and losses on derivatives. During the period when a derivative contract is open, NGL records changes in the fair value of the derivative as an unrealized gain or loss. When a derivative contract matures or is settled, NGL reverses the previously recorded unrealized gain or loss and records a realized gain or loss. NGL does not draw such a distinction between realized and unrealized gains and losses on derivatives of NGL’s Refined Products and Renewables segment. The primary hedging strategy of NGL’s Refined Products and Renewables segment is to hedge against the risk of declines in the value of inventory over the course of the contract cycle, and many of the hedges are six months to one year in duration at inception. The “inventory valuation adjustment” row in the reconciliation table reflects the difference between the market value of the inventory of NGL’s Refined Products and Renewables segment at the balance sheet date and its cost. We include this in Adjusted EBITDA because the unrealized gains and losses associated with derivative contracts associated with the inventory of this segment, which are intended primarily to hedge inventory holding risk and are included in net income, also affect Adjusted EBITDA.
Distributable Cash Flow is defined as Adjusted EBITDA minus maintenance capital expenditures, income tax expense, cash interest expense and other. Maintenance capital expenditures represent capital expenditures necessary to maintain the Partnership’s operating capacity. Distributable Cash Flow is a performance metric used by senior management to compare cash flows generated by the Partnership (excluding growth capital expenditures and prior to the establishment of any retained cash reserves by the Board of Directors) to the cash distributions expected to be paid to unitholders. Using this metric, management can quickly compute the coverage ratio of estimated cash flows to planned cash distributions. This financial measure also is important to investors as an indicator of whether the Partnership is generating cash flow at a level that can sustain, or support an increase in, quarterly distribution rates. Actual distribution amounts are set by the Board of Directors.
This press release includes “forward-looking statements.” All statements other than statements of historical facts included or incorporated herein may constitute forward-looking statements. Actual results could vary significantly from those expressed or implied in such statements and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties. While NGL believes such forward-looking statements are reasonable, NGL cannot assure they will prove to be correct. The forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that affect operations, financial performance, and other factors as discussed in filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Other factors that could impact any forward-looking statements are those risks described in NGL’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and other public filings. You are urged to carefully review and consider the cautionary statements and other disclosures made in those filings, specifically those under the heading “Risk Factors.” NGL undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements except as required by law.
NGL provides Adjusted EBITDA guidance that does not include certain charges and costs, which in future periods are generally expected to be similar to the kinds of charges and costs excluded from Adjusted EBITDA in prior periods, such as income taxes, interest and other non-operating items, depreciation and amortization, net unrealized gains and losses on derivatives, lower of cost or market adjustments, gains and losses on disposal or impairment of assets, gains and losses on early extinguishment of liabilities, revaluation of investments, equity-based compensation expense, acquisition expense, revaluation of liabilities and items that are unusual in nature or infrequently occurring. The exclusion of these charges and costs in future periods will have a significant impact on the Partnership’s Adjusted EBITDA, and the Partnership is not able to provide a reconciliation of its Adjusted EBITDA guidance to net income (loss) without unreasonable efforts due to the uncertainty and variability of the nature and amount of these future charges and costs and the Partnership believes that such reconciliation, if possible, would imply a degree of precision that would be potentially confusing or misleading to investors.
About NGL Energy Partners LP
NGL Energy Partners LP is a Delaware limited partnership. NGL owns and operates a vertically integrated energy business with five primary businesses: Crude Oil Logistics, Water Solutions, Liquids, Retail Propane and Refined Products and Renewables. NGL completed its initial public offering in May 2011. For further information, visit the Partnership’s website at www.nglenergypartners.com.
|NGL ENERGY PARTNERS LP AND SUBSIDIARIES|
|Consolidated Balance Sheets|
|(in Thousands, except unit amounts)|
|March 31,||March 31,|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||26,207||$||12,264|
|Accounts receivable-trade, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $5,347 and $5,234, respectively||1,072,688||800,607|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||131,538||103,193|
|Total current assets||1,799,758||1,484,207|
|PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT, net of accumulated depreciation of $443,066 and $375,594, respectively||1,719,947||1,790,273|
|INTANGIBLE ASSETS, net of accumulated amortization of $486,456 and $414,605, respectively||1,054,482||1,163,956|
|INVESTMENTS IN UNCONSOLIDATED ENTITIES||17,236||187,423|
|OTHER NONCURRENT ASSETS||245,941||239,604|
|LIABILITIES AND EQUITY|
|Accrued expenses and other payables||230,087||207,125|
|Advance payments received from customers||21,216||35,944|
|Current maturities of long-term debt||3,196||29,590|
|Total current liabilities||1,116,382||938,598|
|LONG-TERM DEBT, net of debt issuance costs of $20,645 and $33,458, respectively, and current maturities||2,682,628||2,963,483|
|OTHER NONCURRENT LIABILITIES||173,514||184,534|
|COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES|
|CLASS A 10.75% CONVERTIBLE PREFERRED UNITS, 19,942,169 and 19,942,169 preferred units issued and outstanding, respectively||82,576||63,890|
|REDEEMABLE NONCONTROLLING INTEREST||9,927||3,072|
|General partner, representing a 0.1% interest, 121,594 and 120,300 notional units, respectively||(50,819||)||(50,529||)|
|Limited partners, representing a 99.9% interest, 121,472,725 and 120,179,407 common units issued and outstanding, respectively||1,852,495||2,192,413|
|Class B preferred limited partners, 8,400,000 and 0 preferred units issued and outstanding, respectively||202,731||—|
|Accumulated other comprehensive loss||(1,815||)||(1,828||)|
|Total liabilities and equity||$||6,151,122||$||6,320,379|
|NGL ENERGY PARTNERS LP AND SUBSIDIARIES|
|Consolidated Statements of Operations|
|(in Thousands, except unit and per unit amounts)|
|Three Months Ended||Year Ended|
|March 31,||March 31,|
|Crude Oil Logistics||$||733,131||$||505,142||$||2,260,075||$||1,666,884|
|Refined Products and Renewables||3,394,206||2,596,534||12,200,923||9,342,702|
|COST OF SALES:|
|Crude Oil Logistics||690,236||464,428||2,113,747||1,572,015|
|Refined Products and Renewables||3,369,488||2,545,527||12,150,497||9,219,721|
|Total Cost of Sales||4,850,401||3,598,717||16,536,038||12,321,909|
|OPERATING COSTS AND EXPENSES:|
|General and administrative||31,762||28,489||109,451||116,566|
|Depreciation and amortization||60,285||62,929||252,712||223,205|
|Gain on disposal or impairment of assets, net||(94,071||)||(5,744||)||(105,313||)||(209,177||)|
|Revaluation of liabilities||15,116||6,717||20,716||6,717|
|OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE):|
|Equity in earnings of unconsolidated entities||694||1,358||7,964||3,084|
|Revaluation of investments||—||—||—||(14,365||)|
|(Loss) gain on early extinguishment of liabilities, net||(722||)||(6,163||)||(23,201||)||24,727|
|Other income, net||2,290||1,902||8,403||27,762|
|Income (Loss) Before Income Taxes||111,436||26,389||(68,147||)||145,813|
|INCOME TAX (EXPENSE) BENEFIT||(524||)||97||(1,458||)||(1,939||)|
|Net Income (Loss)||110,912||26,486||(69,605||)||143,874|
|LESS: NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO NONCONTROLLING INTERESTS||(19||)||(741||)||(240||)||(6,832||)|
|LESS: NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO REDEEMABLE NONCONTROLLING INTERESTS||(1,291||)||—||(1,030||)||—|
|NET INCOME (LOSS) ATTRIBUTABLE TO NGL ENERGY PARTNERS LP||109,602||25,745||(70,875||)||137,042|
|LESS: DISTRIBUTIONS TO PREFERRED UNITHOLDERS||(17,696||)||(9,184||)||(59,697||)||(30,142||)|
|LESS: NET INCOME ALLOCATED TO GENERAL PARTNER||(126||)||(52||)||(5||)||(232||)|
|LESS: REPURCHASE OF WARRANTS||—||—||(349||)||—|
|NET INCOME (LOSS) ALLOCATED TO COMMON UNITHOLDERS||$||91,780||$||16,509||$||(130,926||)||$||106,668|
|BASIC INCOME (LOSS) PER COMMON UNIT||$||0.76||$||0.14||$||(1.08||)||$||0.99|
|DILUTED INCOME (LOSS) PER COMMON UNIT||$||0.71||$||0.14||$||(1.08||)||$||0.95|
|BASIC WEIGHTED AVERAGE COMMON UNITS OUTSTANDING||121,271,959||114,131,764||120,991,340||108,091,486|
|DILUTED WEIGHTED AVERAGE COMMON UNITS OUTSTANDING||146,868,349||120,198,802||120,991,340||111,850,621|
NGL Energy Partners LP
Trey Karlovich, 918-481-1119
Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President
Linda Bridges, 918-481-1119
Senior Vice President – Finance and Treasurer