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Green Plains Partners Reports First Quarter 2019 Financial Results

72 Days ago

Results for the First Quarter of 2019

  • Net income of $10.2 million, or $0.43 per common unit
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $13.5 million and distributable cash flow of $11.4 million
  • Quarterly cash distribution of $0.475 per unit
  • Distribution coverage ratio of 1.01x, LTM distribution coverage ratio of 1.02x

OMAHA, Neb., May 08, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Green Plains Partners LP (NASDAQ:GPP) today announced financial and operating results for the first quarter of 2019. Net income was $10.2 million, or $0.43 per common unit, for the first quarter of 2019 compared with $13.4 million, or $0.41 per common unit, for the same period in 2018. The partnership reported adjusted EBITDA of $13.5 million and distributable cash flow of $11.4 million for the first quarter of 2019, compared with adjusted EBITDA of $17.1 million and distributable cash flow of $15.5 million for the same period in 2018. Distribution coverage was 1.01x for the three months ended March 31, 2019.

“We continue to execute our business strategy for the Partnership,” said Todd Becker, president and chief executive officer of Green Plains Partners. “While the previous six months have presented many challenges, we believe that we will maintain our distributable cash flow as Green Plains Inc. plans to return to its historical ethanol production level of 90% of capacity or greater starting in the third quarter of this year.”

First Quarter Highlights and Recent Developments

  • On April 18, 2019, the board of directors of the partnership’s general partner declared a quarterly cash distribution of $0.475 per unit, or approximately $11.3 million, for the first quarter of 2019. The distribution is payable on May 10, 2019, to unitholders of record at the close of business on May 3, 2019.

Results of Operations
Consolidated revenues decreased $4.8 million to $21.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2019, compared with the same period for 2018. Storage and throughput revenue decreased $2.9 million primarily due to a decrease in throughput volumes as a result of the sale by our parent of three ethanol plants in the fourth quarter of 2018 and lower utilization rates across the remaining platform. Revenues generated from rail transportation services decreased $1.8 million primarily due to the reduction in volumetric capacity provided as a result of the assignment of railcar operating leases in the fourth quarter of 2018. Trucking and other revenue decreased $0.2 million primarily due to a reduction in volumes transported for Green Plains Trade. Terminal services revenue remained relatively consistent as a result of non-affiliate minimum volume commitments.

Operations and maintenance expenses decreased $1.5 million to $6.9 million for the three months ended March 31, 2019, compared with the same period for 2018, primarily due to lower railcar lease expense as a result of the assignment of railcar leases in the fourth quarter of 2018, as well as lower unloading fees on less volume at the partnership’s terminals. General and administrative expenses decreased $0.3 million to $1.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2019, compared with the same period for 2018, primarily due to a reduction in accounting and transaction fees. Interest expense increased by $0.5 million primarily due to higher borrowing costs.

During the first quarter of 2019, Green Plains Inc. continued to adjust its ethanol production in response to the weaker margin environment, operating its ethanol facilities at approximately 56.0% of capacity. Lower capacity utilization resulted in ethanol production of 155.0 million gallons compared with the contracted minimum volume commitment of 235.7 million gallons per quarter. As a result, the partnership charged Green Plains Trade a deficiency payment of $4.0 million related to the minimum volume commitment for the three months ended March 31, 2019. In addition, overall performance at our parent’s ethanol plants was negatively impacted by flooding during the quarter, with the largest impact on their ability to transport products.

             
GREEN PLAINS PARTNERS LP
SELECTED OPERATING DATA
(unaudited, in million gallons)
             
  Three Months Ended
  March 31,
  2019   2018   % Var.
Product volumes            
Storage and throughput services  155.7    298.3    (47.8 ) %
             
Terminal services:            
Affiliate  24.8    29.6    (16.2 )  
Non-affiliate  25.6    32.1    (20.2 )  
   50.4    61.7    (18.3 )  
             
Railcar capacity billed (daily average)  83.4    99.2    (15.9 )  
               

Liquidity and Capital Resources
Total liquidity as of March 31, 2019, was $65.3 million, including $0.3 million in cash and cash equivalents, and $65.0 million available under the partnership’s revolving credit facility. The balance outstanding on the partnership’s revolving credit facility was $135.0 million as of March 31, 2019.

Conference Call Information
On May 9, 2019, Green Plains Partners LP and Green Plains Inc. will host a joint conference call at 11 a.m. Eastern time (10 a.m. Central time) to discuss first quarter 2019 financial and operating results for each company. Domestic and international participants can access the conference call by dialing 877.711.2374 and 281.542.4862, respectively, and referencing conference ID 6208719. The company advises participants to call at least 10 minutes prior to the start time. Alternatively, the conference call, transcript and presentation will be accessible on Green Plains Partners’ website at http://ir.greenplainspartners.com.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow are supplemental financial measures used to assess the partnership’s financial performance. Management believes adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow provide investors useful information in assessing the partnership’s financial condition and results of operations. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as earnings before interest expense, income tax expense, depreciation and amortization excluding the amortization of right-of-use assets and debt issuance costs, plus adjustments for transaction costs related to acquisitions or financings, minimum volume commitment deficiency payments, unit-based compensation expense, net gains or losses on asset sales and the partnership’s proportional share of EBITDA adjustments of equity method investee. Distributable cash flow is defined as adjusted EBITDA less interest paid or payable, income taxes paid or payable, maintenance capital expenditures and the partnership’s proportionate share of distributable cash flow adjustments of equity method investee. References to LTM refer to results from the immediately preceding twelve-month period. Adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow are not presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and therefore should not be considered in isolation or as alternatives to net income or any other measure of financial performance presented in accordance with GAAP to analyze the partnership’s results.

About Green Plains Partners LP
Green Plains Partners LP (NASDAQ:GPP) is a fee-based Delaware limited partnership formed by Green Plains Inc. to provide fuel storage and transportation services by owning, operating, developing and acquiring ethanol and fuel storage tanks, terminals, transportation assets and other related assets and businesses. For more information about Green Plains Partners, visit www.greenplainspartners.com.

About Green Plains Inc.
Green Plains Inc. (NASDAQ:GPRE) is a diversified commodity-processing business with operations related to ethanol production, grain handling and storage, cattle feeding, and commodity marketing and logistics services. The company is one of the leading producers of ethanol in the world and, through its adjacent businesses, is focused on the production of high-protein feed ingredients and export growth opportunities. Green Plains owns a 49.1% limited partner interest and a 2.0% general partner interest in Green Plains Partners. For more information about Green Plains, visit www.gpreinc.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
This news release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended. Forward-looking statements reflect management’s current views, which are subject to risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to, anticipated financial and operating results, plans and objectives that are not historical in nature. These statements may be identified by words such as “believe,” “expect,” “may,” “should,” “will” and similar expressions. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied are discussed in Green Plains Partners’ reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this news release. Green Plains Partners assumes no obligation to update any such forward-looking statements, except as required by law.

Consolidated Financial Results

           
GREEN PLAINS PARTNERS LP
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands)
           
  March 31,   December 31,
  2019   2018 
ASSETS (unaudited)      
Current assets          
Cash and cash equivalents $  304     $  569  
Accounts receivable, including from affiliates    20,923        15,357  
Other current assets    667        690  
Total current assets    21,894        16,616  
Property and equipment, net    39,926        40,911  
Operating lease right-of-use assets    35,950        -  
Other assets    23,630        23,617  
Total assets $ 121,400     $ 81,144  
           
LIABILITIES AND PARTNERS' DEFICIT          
Current liabilities          
Accounts payable, including to affiliates $  5,214     $  3,177  
Operating lease current liabilities    12,621        -  
Other current liabilities    7,009        5,011  
Total current liabilities    24,844        8,188  
Long-term debt    143,037        142,025  
Operating lease long-term liabilities    24,323        -  
Other liabilities    2,592        3,385  
Total liabilities    194,796        153,598  
           
Partners' deficit    (73,396 )      (72,454 )
Total liabilities and partners' deficit $ 121,400     $ 81,144  




                 
GREEN PLAINS PARTNERS LP
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(unaudited, in thousands except per unit amounts)
                 
  Three Months Ended  
  March 31,
  2019     2018     % Var.
Revenues                
Affiliate $  18,782     $  24,257      (22.6 ) %
Non-affiliate    2,305        1,628      41.6    
Total revenues    21,087        25,885      (18.5 )  
Operating expenses                
Operations and maintenance (excluding depreciation and amortization reflected below)    6,865        8,410      (18.4 )  
General and administrative    1,117        1,401      (20.3 )  
Depreciation and amortization    985        1,181      (16.6 )  
Total operating expenses    8,967        10,992      (18.4 )  
Operating income    12,120        14,893      (18.6 )  
Other income (expense)                
Interest income    20        20      -    
Interest expense    (2,055 )      (1,571 )    30.8    
Other    -        75     *    
Total other expense    (2,035 )      (1,476 )    37.9    
Income before income taxes and income (loss) from equity method investee    10,085        13,417      (24.8 )  
Income tax expense    (52 )      (32 )    62.5    
Income (loss) from equity method investee    215        (13 )   *    
Net income $  10,248     $  13,372      (23.4 ) %
                 
Net income attributable to partners' ownership interests:                
General partner $  205     $  267      (23.2 ) %
Limited partners - common unitholders    10,043        6,559     *    
Limited partners - subordinated unitholders    -        6,546     *    
                 
Earnings per limited partner unit (basic and diluted):                
Common units $  0.43     $  0.41      4.9   %
Subordinated units $  -     $  0.41     *    
                 
Weighted average limited partner units outstanding (basic and diluted):                
Common units    23,119        15,922        
Subordinated units    -        15,890        
                 
Supplemental Revenues Data:                
Storage and throughput services $  11,785     $  14,642      (19.5 ) %
Railcar transportation services    5,619        7,469      (24.8 )  
Terminal services    2,788        2,691      3.6    
Trucking and other    895        1,083      (17.4 )  
Total revenues $  21,087     $  25,885      (18.5 ) %
                 
* Percentage variance not considered meaningful.                



           
GREEN PLAINS PARTNERS LP
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS
(unaudited, in thousands)
           
  Three Months Ended
  March 31,
  2019     2018  
Cash flows from operating activities:          
Net income $  10,248     $  13,372  
Noncash operating adjustments:          
Depreciation and amortization    985        1,181  
Other    105        292  
Net change in working capital    (1,334 )      (156 )
Net cash provided by operating activities    10,004        14,689  
           
Cash flows from investing activities:          
Purchases of property and equipment, net    -        (1,212 )
Net cash used in investing activities    -        (1,212 )
           
Cash flows from financing activities:          
Payments of distributions    (11,269 )      (15,306 )
Net proceeds - revolving credit facility    1,000        2,100  
Payments of loan fees    -        (185 )
Net cash used in financing activities    (10,269 )      (13,391 )
           
Net change in cash and cash equivalents    (265 )      86  
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period    569        502  
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $  304     $  588  




                 
GREEN PLAINS PARTNERS LP
RECONCILIATIONS TO NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
(unaudited, in thousands except ratios)
                 
  Three Months Ended   LTM Ended
  March 31,   March 31,
  2019     2018     2019  
Net income $  10,248     $  13,372     $  52,557  
Interest expense    2,055        1,571        7,791  
Income tax expense    52        32        121  
Depreciation and amortization    985        1,181        4,246  
Minimum volume commitment adjustments (1)    -        747        (747 )
Transaction costs    -        135        670  
Unit-based compensation expense    79        60        296  
Proportional share of EBITDA adjustments of equity method investee (2)    66        -        146  
Gain on assignment of operating leases (3)    -        -        (2,721 )
Adjusted EBITDA    13,485        17,098        62,359  
Interest paid or payable    (2,055 )      (1,571 )      (7,791 )
Income taxes paid or payable    (53 )      (32 )      (122 )
Maintenance capital expenditures    -        (15 )      (35 )
Distributable cash flow $  11,377     $  15,480     $  54,411  
Distributions declared (4) $  11,269     $  15,493     $  53,543  
Coverage ratio   1.01x       1.00x       1.02x  
                 
(1)  Adjustments related to the storage and throughput quarterly minimum volume commitments.
(2)  Represents the partnership's proportional share of depreciation and amortization, interest expense, and income tax expense of its equity method investee.
(3)  Consideration received related to the assignment of railcar operating leases to Valero Renewable Fuels Company, LLC in the fourth quarter of 2018.
(4)  Represents distributions declared for the applicable period and paid in the subsequent quarter.
                 
Contact: Jim Stark | Vice President, Investor & Media Relations | 402.884.8700 | jim.stark@gpreinc.com 

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