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Green Plains Partners Reports Second Quarter 2019 Financial Results

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Results for the Second Quarter of 2019

  • Net income of $10.7 million, or $0.45 per common unit
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $13.9 million and distributable cash flow of $11.7 million
  • Quarterly cash distribution of $0.475 per unit
  • Distribution coverage ratio of 1.04x, LTM distribution coverage ratio of 1.04x

OMAHA, Neb., Aug. 05, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Green Plains Partners LP (NASDAQ:GPP) today announced financial and operating results for the second quarter of 2019. Net income was $10.7 million, or $0.45 per common unit, for the second quarter of 2019 compared with $13.7 million, or $0.42 per common unit, for the same period in 2018. The partnership reported adjusted EBITDA of $13.9 million and distributable cash flow of $11.7 million for the second quarter of 2019, compared with adjusted EBITDA of $16.9 million and distributable cash flow of $15.0 million for the same period in 2018. Distribution coverage was 1.04x for the three months ended June 30, 2019.

“Our second quarter performance showed solid improvement over the first quarter of this year primarily driven by higher throughput volumes of ethanol,” said Todd Becker, president and chief executive officer of Green Plains Partners. “We continue to meet our stated goal of maintaining the distribution for our partners as Green Plains Inc.’s planned production level remains strong for the remainder of the year.”

Second Quarter Highlights and Recent Developments

  • On July 18, 2019, the board of directors of the general partner declared a quarterly cash distribution of $0.475 per unit, or approximately $11.3 million, for the quarter ended June 30, 2019. The distribution is payable on August 9, 2019, to unitholders of record at the close of business on August 2, 2019.

Results of Operations
Consolidated revenues decreased $5.0 million to $20.8 million for the three months ended June 30, 2019, compared with the same period for 2018. Storage and throughput revenue decreased $3.8 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. Revenues generated from rail transportation services decreased $0.6 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. Terminal services revenue decreased $0.5 million as a result of reduced throughput volumes at non-affiliate terminals. Trucking and other revenue decreased $0.1 million primarily due to a reduction in volumes transported for Green Plains Trade.

Operations and maintenance expenses decreased $1.7 million to $6.2 million for the three months ended June 30, 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 a reduction in unloading fees, wages and repair and maintenance expenses. General and administrative expenses decreased $0.2 million to $1.0 million for the three months ended June 30, 2019, compared with the same period for 2018, primarily due to a reduction in expenses allocated by our parent under the secondment agreement. Interest expense increased by $0.4 million primarily due to higher interest rates.

During the second quarter of 2019, Green Plains Inc. continued to experience a weak margin environment. Green Plains Inc.’s operating strategy, including the operating cost savings initiative, is to increase utilization rates and efficiency while reducing operating expenses to achieve improved margins in the current environment. Capacity utilization increased from an average of 56.0% of capacity in the first quarter to 80.0% of capacity in the second quarter. Ethanol production was 224.0 million gallons for the second quarter of 2019, compared with the contracted minimum volume commitment of 235.7 million gallons per quarter. Consequently, the partnership charged Green Plains Trade a deficiency payment of $0.5 million related to the minimum volume commitment for the three months ended June 30, 2019.

                         
GREEN PLAINS PARTNERS LP
SELECTED OPERATING DATA
(unaudited, in million gallons)
                           
  Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended
  June 30,   June 30,
  2019   2018   % Var.   2019   2018   % Var.
Product volumes                          
Storage and throughput services  225.1    314.3    (28.4 ) %    380.8    612.6    (37.8 ) %
                           
Terminal services:                          
Affiliate  29.8    36.5    (18.4 )      54.6    66.1    (17.4 )  
Non-affiliate  27.2    30.5    (10.8 )      52.8    62.6    (15.7 )  
   57.0    67.0    (14.9 )      107.4    128.7    (16.6 )  
                           
Railcar capacity billed (daily average)  81.1    98.6    (17.7 )      82.3    98.9    (16.8 )  

Liquidity and Capital Resources
Total liquidity as of June 30, 2019, was $68.1 million, including $0.3 million in cash and cash equivalents, and $67.8 million available under the partnership’s revolving credit facility. The balance outstanding on the partnership’s revolving credit facility was $132.2 million as of June 30, 2019.

Conference Call Information
On August 6, 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 second 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 9954358. 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, 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)
           
  June 30,   December 31,
  2019    2018 
ASSETS (unaudited)      
Current assets          
Cash and cash equivalents $  269     $  569  
Accounts receivable, including from affiliates    21,108        15,357  
Other current assets    1,201        690  
Total current assets    22,578        16,616  
Property and equipment, net    38,822        40,911  
Operating lease right-of-use assets    38,545        -  
Other assets    23,233        23,617  
Total assets $ 123,178     $ 81,144  
           
LIABILITIES AND PARTNERS' DEFICIT          
Current liabilities          
Accounts payable, including to affiliates $  6,204     $  3,177  
Operating lease current liabilities    12,333        -  
Other current liabilities    8,987        5,011  
Total current liabilities    27,524        8,188  
Long-term debt    139,917        142,025  
Operating lease long-term liabilities    26,874        -  
Other liabilities    2,740        3,385  
Total liabilities    197,055        153,598  
           
Partners' deficit    (73,877 )      (72,454 )
Total liabilities and partners' deficit $ 123,178     $ 81,144  



GREEN PLAINS PARTNERS LP
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(unaudited, in thousands except per unit amounts)
                                   
  Three Months Ended     Six Months Ended  
  June 30,   June 30,
  2019     2018     % Var.   2019     2018     % Var.
Revenues                                  
Affiliate $ 19,133     $ 24,220     (21.0 ) %   $ 37,915     $ 48,477     (21.8 ) %
Non-affiliate   1,692       1,620     4.4         3,997       3,248     23.1    
Total revenues   20,825       25,840     (19.4 )       41,912       51,725     (19.0 )  
Operating expenses                                  
Operations and maintenance (excluding depreciation and amortization reflected below)   6,233       7,893     (21.0 )       13,098       16,303     (19.7 )  
General and administrative   988       1,179     (16.2 )       2,105       2,580     (18.4 )  
Depreciation and amortization   771       1,105     (30.2 )       1,756       2,286     (23.2 )  
Total operating expenses   7,992       10,177     (21.5 )       16,959       21,169     (19.9 )  
Operating income   12,833       15,663     (18.1 )       24,953       30,556     (18.3 )  
Other income (expense)                                  
Interest income   20       20     -         40       40     -    
Interest expense   (2,166 )     (1,811 )   19.6         (4,221 )     (3,382 )   24.8    
Other   (73 )     -     *         (73 )     75     *    
Total other expense   (2,219 )     (1,791 )   23.9         (4,254 )     (3,267 )   30.2    
Income before income taxes and income (loss) from equity method investee   10,614       13,872     (23.5 )       20,699       27,289     (24.1 )  
Income tax expense   (47 )     (33 )   42.4         (99 )     (65 )   52.3    
Income (loss) from equity method investee   142       (117 )   *         357       (130 )   *    
Net income $ 10,709     $ 13,722     (22.0 ) %   $ 20,957     $ 27,094     (22.7 ) %
                                   
Net income attributable to partners' ownership interests:                                  
General partner $ 213     $ 275     (22.5 ) %   $ 418     $ 542     (22.9 ) %
Limited partners - common unitholders   10,496       6,730     *         20,539       13,289     *    
Limited partners - subordinated unitholders   -       6,717     *         -       13,263     *    
                                   
Earnings per limited partner unit (basic and diluted):                                  
Common units $ 0.45     $ 0.42     7.1   %   $ 0.89     $ 0.83     7.2   %
Subordinated units  $ -     $ 0.42     *       $ -     $ 0.83     *    
                                   
Weighted average limited partner units outstanding (basic and diluted):                                  
Common units   23,120       15,922             23,119       15,922        
Subordinated units   -       15,890             -       15,890        
                                   
Supplemental Revenues Data:                                  
Storage and throughput services $ 11,785     $ 15,575     (24.3 ) %   $ 23,570     $ 30,217     (22.0 ) %
Railcar transportation services   5,505       6,155     (10.6 )       11,124       13,624     (18.3 )  
Terminal services   2,413       2,890     (16.5 )       5,201       5,581     (6.8 )  
Trucking and other   1,122       1,220     (8.0 )       2,017       2,303     (12.4 )  
Total revenues $ 20,825     $ 25,840     (19.4 ) %   $ 41,912     $ 51,725     (19.0 ) %
                                   
* Percentage variance not considered meaningful.                                  




             
GREEN PLAINS PARTNERS LP  
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS  
(unaudited, in thousands)  
             
  Six Months Ended  
  June 30,  
  2019     2018    
Cash flows from operating activities:            
Net income $  20,957     $  27,094    
Noncash operating adjustments:            
Depreciation and amortization    1,756        2,286    
Other    265        691    
Net change in working capital    978        1,188    
Net cash provided by operating activities    23,956        31,259    
             
Cash flows from investing activities:            
Purchases of property and equipment, net    82        (1,220 )  
Contributions to equity method investees    -        (1,288 )  
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities    82        (2,508 )  
             
Cash flows from financing activities:            
Payments of distributions    (22,538 )      (30,800 )  
Net proceeds (payments) - revolving credit facility    (1,800 )      2,000    
Payments of loan fees    -        (185 )  
Net cash used in financing activities    (24,338 )      (28,985 )  
             
Net change in cash and cash equivalents    (300 )      (234 )  
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period    569        502    
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $  269     $  268    
 



                             
GREEN PLAINS PARTNERS LP
RECONCILIATIONS TO NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
(unaudited, in thousands except ratios)
                             
  Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended   LTM Ended
  June 30,   June 30,   June 30,
  2019     2018     2019     2018     2019  
Net income $  10,709     $  13,722     $  20,957     $  27,094     $  49,544  
Interest expense    2,166        1,811        4,221        3,382        8,146  
Income tax expense    47        33        99        65        135  
Depreciation and amortization    771        1,105        1,756        2,286        3,912  
Minimum volume commitment adjustments (1)    -        -        -        747        (747 )
Transaction costs    -        147        -        282        523  
Unit-based compensation expense    79        60        158        120        315  
Loss on the disposal of assets    73        -        73        -        73  
Proportional share of EBITDA adjustments of equity method investee (2)    43        -        109        -        189  
Gain on assignment of operating leases (3)    -        -        -        -        (2,721 )
Adjusted EBITDA    13,888        16,878        27,373        33,976        59,369  
Interest paid or payable    (2,166 )      (1,811 )      (4,221 )      (3,382 )      (8,146 )
Income taxes paid or payable    (43 )      (32 )      (96 )      (64 )      (133 )
Maintenance capital expenditures    -        -        -        (15 )      (35 )
Distributable cash flow $  11,679     $  15,035     $  23,056     $  30,515     $  51,055  
Distributions declared (4) $  11,280     $  15,503     $  22,549     $  30,996     $  49,320  
Coverage ratio   1.04x     0.97x     1.02x     0.98x     1.04x
                             
(1)  Adjustments related to the storage and throughput quarterly minimum volume commitments.
(2)  Represents the partnership's proportional share of depreciation and amortization 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 | Executive Vice President, Investor & Media Relations | 402.884.8700 | jim.stark@gpreinc.com 

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