NGL Energy Partners LP (NYSE:NGL) (“NGL,” “our,” “we,” or the “Partnership”) today reported net income for the quarter ended December 31, 2018 of $110.5 million, compared to net income of $56.8 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2017.
“We are pleased to announce another strong quarter of results with Adjusted EBITDA for the fiscal third quarter growing to $132.6 million. We are reaffirming our Adjusted EBITDA guidance of $450 million for this fiscal year. The steps we have taken over the past year to focus our business strategy and improve our balance sheet are clearly reflected in our financial results,” stated Mike Krimbill, NGL’s CEO. “Our compliance leverage is below our 3.25x target while our distribution coverage is improving and we expect will continue to do so. We now have the means and the authority to repurchase a significant amount of our own equity should the opportunity present itself, but we will remain prudent in our allocation of capital and management of our balance sheet. We are focused on delivering significant value to our unitholders now and in the foreseeable future.”
Quarterly Results of Operations
The following table summarizes operating income (loss) and Adjusted EBITDA by operating segment for the periods indicated:
|December 31, 2018||December 31, 2017|
|Operating Income (Loss)||Adjusted EBITDA||Operating Income (Loss)||Adjusted EBITDA|
|Crude Oil Logistics||$||32,022||$||50,693||$||106,279||$||30,320|
|Refined Products and Renewables||33,680||10,541||(4,791||)||9,194|
|Corporate and Other||(16,394||)||(3,728||)||(21,846||)||(7,028||)|
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 $50.7 million during the quarter ended December 31, 2018, compared to Adjusted EBITDA of $30.3 million during the quarter ended December 31, 2017. Results for the third quarter of Fiscal 2019 improved compared to the same quarter in Fiscal 2018 primarily due to increased volumes on Grand Mesa Pipeline. Financial volumes averaged approximately 129,000 barrels per day during the quarter ended December 31, 2018, compared to approximately 106,000 barrels per day in the same quarter of the prior year.
The Partnership’s Grand Mesa Pipeline contributed Adjusted EBITDA of approximately $55.1 million during the third quarter of Fiscal 2019, an increase of $11.9 million when compared to Adjusted EBITDA of approximately $43.2 million during the same quarter of last year.
Refined Products and Renewables
The Partnership’s Refined Products and Renewables segment generated Adjusted EBITDA of $10.5 million during the quarter ended December 31, 2018, compared to Adjusted EBITDA of $9.2 million during the quarter ended December 31, 2017. The results for the quarter ended December 31, 2018 were positively impacted by stronger demand at our wholesale locations, especially in the Southeast and West Texas, offset by lower Gulf Coast gasoline and diesel prices.
Refined product barrels sold during the quarter ended December 31, 2018 totaled approximately 58.8 million barrels, an increase of approximately 20.9 million barrels compared to the same period in the prior year due to an increase in bulk sales volumes. Renewable barrels sold during the quarter ended December 31, 2018 totaled approximately 0.8 million, a decrease of approximately 0.5 million barrels compared to the same period in the prior year.
The Partnership’s Liquids segment generated Adjusted EBITDA of $27.0 million during the quarter ended December 31, 2018, compared to Adjusted EBITDA of $20.0 million during the quarter ended December 31, 2017. This increase was the result of increased volumes and improved railcar utilization driven by the Partnership’s efforts to right size its railcar fleet and to continue to grow its business. Total product margin per gallon was $0.049 for the quarter ended December 31, 2018, compared to $0.047 for the quarter ended December 31, 2017.
Propane volumes increased by approximately 29.8 million gallons, or 7.5%, during the quarter ended December 31, 2018 compared to the quarter ended December 31, 2017. Butane volumes increased by approximately 10.4 million gallons, or 5.4%, during the quarter ended December 31, 2018 compared to the quarter ended December 31, 2017. Other Liquids volumes increased by approximately 26.2 million gallons, or 25.2%, during the quarter ended December 31, 2018 compared to the same period in the prior year. The increase in overall volumes is primarily attributable to an increase in natural gas liquids volumes being transported by railcars due to increased production, our business development efforts, and third-party pipeline infrastructure issues.
The Partnership’s Water Solutions segment generated Adjusted EBITDA of $48.3 million during the quarter ended December 31, 2018, compared to Adjusted EBITDA of $34.9 million during the quarter ended December 31, 2017. The Partnership processed approximately 999,000 barrels of wastewater per day during the quarter ended December 31, 2018, a 26.5% increase when compared to approximately 789,000 barrels of wastewater per day during the quarter ended December 31, 2017. The Partnership completed the sale of its Bakken saltwater disposal business on November 30, 2018.
Processed water volumes have increased, as compared to the same quarter in the prior year, as the segment continued to benefit from crude oil activity, including increased rig activity and crude oil production compared to the prior period. Processed water volumes decreased, as compared to the previous quarter, primarily due to the sale of our assets in the Bakken, well workovers and other maintenance at certain of our facilities. Revenues from recovered hydrocarbons totaled $17.2 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2018, an increase of $0.2 million over the prior year period. Revenues from recovered hydrocarbons were negatively impacted by lower skim oil volumes recovered per wastewater barrel processed. Lower skim oil volumes were due primarily to an increase in wastewater transported through pipelines (which contains less oil per barrel of wastewater), as well as operational changes in the DJ basin.
Corporate and Other
Adjusted EBITDA for Corporate and Other was $(3.7) million during the quarter ended December 31, 2018, compared to Adjusted EBITDA of $(7.0) million during the quarter ended December 31, 2017. The reduction in costs was due primarily to the sale of our retail propane business and lower legal costs related to certain litigation matters that were resolved or litigated in prior quarters.
Capitalization and Liquidity
Total debt outstanding, excluding working capital borrowings, was $1.329 billion at December 31, 2018 compared to $1.711 billion at March 31, 2018, a decrease of $382.3 million. The Partnership’s Leverage Ratio (as defined in our Credit Agreement) is now approximately 2.96x. On October 16, 2018, we redeemed all of our outstanding 6.875% Senior Notes due 2021 using amounts available under our revolving credit facility. We expect to redeem our 5.125% Senior Notes due 2019 by the end of March 2019 using proceeds from our South Pecos sale and borrowings under our revolving credit facility.
Working capital borrowings totaled $889.0 million at December 31, 2018 compared to $969.5 million at March 31, 2018, a decrease of $80.5 million. Total liquidity (cash plus available capacity on our revolving credit facility) was approximately $741.1 million as of December 31, 2018, which does not include the $238.8 million in gross proceeds from our South Pecos sale, which is expected to close by our fiscal year-end.
On February 6, 2019, we amended our Credit Agreement to, among other things, reset the basket for the repurchase of common units with a limit of $150 million in aggregate during the remaining term of the Credit Agreement, not to exceed $50 million per fiscal quarter, so long as, both immediately before and after giving pro forma effect to the repurchases, the Partnership’s Leverage Ratio (as defined in our Credit Agreement) is less than 3.25x and Revolving Availability (also as defined in our Credit Agreement) is greater than or equal to $200 million. The Partnership currently meets these thresholds and expects to maintain them for the remaining term of the agreement.
Third Quarter Conference Call Information
A conference call to discuss NGL’s results of operations is scheduled for 10:00 am Central Time on Monday, February 11, 2019. Analysts, investors, and other interested parties may access the conference call by dialing (800) 291-4083 and providing access code 9478607. An archived audio replay of the conference call will be available for 7 days beginning at 10:00 am Central Time on February 12, 2019, which can be accessed by dialing (855) 859-2056 and providing access code 9478607.
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, equity-based compensation expense, acquisition expense, revaluation of liabilities, certain legal settlements 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 income (loss), income (loss) from continuing operations 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, adjusted for the impact of seasonal market movements related to our base inventory and the related hedge. 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.
Forward Looking Statements
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, 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 four primary businesses: Crude Oil Logistics, Water Solutions, Liquids, 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
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in Thousands, except unit amounts)
|December 31, 2018||March 31, 2018|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||23,025||$||22,094|
|Accounts receivable-trade, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $4,463 and $4,201, respectively||1,006,033||1,026,764|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||210,452||128,742|
|Assets held for sale||124,509||517,604|
|Total current assets||1,949,514||2,251,279|
|PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT, net of accumulated depreciation of $402,025 and $343,345, respectively||1,726,162||1,518,607|
|INTANGIBLE ASSETS, net of accumulated amortization of $492,892 and $433,565, respectively||922,763||913,154|
|INVESTMENTS IN UNCONSOLIDATED ENTITIES||4,797||17,236|
|OTHER NONCURRENT ASSETS||170,097||245,039|
|LIABILITIES AND EQUITY|
|CURRENT LIABILITIES AND REDEEMABLE NONCONTROLLING INTEREST:|
|Accrued expenses and other payables||263,732||223,504|
|Advance payments received from customers||21,437||8,374|
|Current maturities of long-term debt, net of debt issuance costs of $666 and $0, respectively||339,867||646|
|Liabilities and redeemable noncontrolling interest held for sale||10,564||42,580|
Total current liabilities and redeemable noncontrolling interest
|LONG-TERM DEBT, net of debt issuance costs of $12,602 and $20,645, respectively, and current maturities||1,877,701||2,679,740|
|OTHER NONCURRENT LIABILITIES||74,903||173,514|
|CLASS A 10.75% CONVERTIBLE PREFERRED UNITS, 19,942,169 and 19,942,169 preferred units issued and outstanding, respectively||122,934||82,576|
|General partner, representing a 0.1% interest, 124,158 and 121,594 notional units, respectively||(50,581||)||(50,819||)|
|Limited partners, representing a 99.9% interest, 124,033,723 and 121,472,725 common units issued and outstanding, respectively||2,085,780||1,852,495|
|Class B preferred limited partners, 8,400,000 and 8,400,000 preferred units issued and outstanding, respectively||202,731||202,731|
|Accumulated other comprehensive loss||(273||)||(1,815||)|
|Total liabilities and equity||$||5,955,947||$||6,151,122|
NGL ENERGY PARTNERS LP AND SUBSIDIARIES
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in Thousands, except unit and per unit amounts)
|Three Months Ended December 31,||Nine Months Ended December 31,|
|Crude Oil Logistics||$||751,180||$||585,007||$||2,395,064||$||1,526,944|
|Refined Products and Renewables||4,800,430||2,944,874||14,488,619||8,806,717|
|COST OF SALES:|
|Crude Oil Logistics||685,417||552,871||2,226,397||1,423,511|
|Refined Products and Renewables||4,760,756||2,951,440||14,440,852||8,781,009|
|Total Cost of Sales||6,114,384||4,235,866||18,320,067||11,621,997|
|OPERATING COSTS AND EXPENSES:|
|General and administrative||24,779||26,396||86,538||69,939|
|Depreciation and amortization||53,434||52,210||158,229||158,222|
|(Gain) loss on disposal or impairment of assets, net||(36,246||)||(112,388||)||71,077||
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