Sprague Resources LP Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2016 Results

March 10, 2017 at 6:00 AM EST
Partnership issues 2017 Adjusted EBITDA Guidance of $115 to $130 Million

PORTSMOUTH, N.H., March 10, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sprague Resources LP (“Sprague”) (NYSE:SRLP) today reported its financial results for the fourth quarter and twelve months ended December 31, 2016.

Fourth Quarter 2016 Highlights

  • Net sales were $766.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2016, compared to net sales of $663.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2015.
  • GAAP net loss was $1.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2016, compared to net income of $28.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2015.
  • Adjusted gross margin was $69.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2016, compared to adjusted gross margin of $70.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2015.
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $30.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2016, compared to adjusted EBITDA of $30.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2015.

Full Year 2016 Highlights

  • Net sales were $2.4 billion in 2016, compared to net sales of $3.5 billion in 2015.
  • GAAP net income was $10.2 million in 2016, compared to net income of $78.3 million in 2015.
  • Adjusted gross margin was $259.3 million in 2016, compared to adjusted gross margin of $276.0 million in 2015.
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $109.0 million in 2016, compared to adjusted EBITDA of $110.4 million in 2015.

“I am pleased to report that Sprague delivered another year of solid financial performance in 2016.  We grew distributions to unitholders by 12% and posted distribution coverage of 1.6 times for the year,” said David Glendon, President and Chief Executive Officer.  “Our recent acquisitions highlight our commitment to continue that growth.  Sprague's strong balance sheet, lender support and ability to access capital markets provides us with a unique opportunity to continue executing our growth strategy.  Based on the expected impact of these transactions, combined with results to date in the first quarter, we're issuing a 2017 adjusted EBITDA guidance range of between $115 and $130 million,” said Mr. Glendon.

Refined Products

  • Volumes in the Refined Products segment increased 10% to 417.8 million gallons in the fourth quarter of 2016, compared to 381.1 million gallons in the fourth quarter of 2015.
  • Adjusted gross margin in the Refined Products segment decreased $7.8 million, or 17%, to $38.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2016, compared to $46.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2015.
  • Volumes in the Refined Products segment decreased 288.1 million gallons, or 17%, to 1.4 billion gallons in 2016 compared to 2015.
  • Refined Products adjusted gross margin decreased 16% to $142.6 million in 2016, compared to $170.4 million in 2015.

“Sprague’s Refined Products adjusted gross margin declined 17% for the quarter, mainly due to the benefit of the retroactive reinstatement of the bio-diesel blenders tax credit that occurred in the fourth quarter of last year," said Mr. Glendon. “The extreme warm weather we saw in the first quarter was primarily responsible for the adjusted gross margin decline of 16% for the year."

Natural Gas

  • Natural Gas segment volumes increased 20% to 16.9 Bcf in the fourth quarter of 2016, compared to 14.1 Bcf in the fourth quarter of 2015.
  • Natural Gas adjusted gross margin increased $8.3 million, or 79%, to $18.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2016, compared to $10.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2015.
  • Volumes in the Natural Gas segment increased 4.8 Bcf, or 9%, to 61.7 Bcf in 2016 compared to 2015.
  • Natural Gas adjusted gross margin increased 22% to $62.4 million in 2016, compared to $51.0 million in 2015.

“The Santa Energy acquisition exceeded expectations on multiple dimensions and was a primary driver of the significant improvement in our 2016 results.  Combined with an overall increase in unit margins, our Natural Gas adjusted gross margin improved dramatically for the year.  We believe our recent experience validates the Natural Gas roll-up strategy and we remain optimistic regarding the Global acquisition," said Mr. Glendon.

Materials Handling

  • Materials Handling adjusted gross margin decreased by $1.8 million, or 15%, to $9.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2016, compared to $11.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2015.
  • Materials Handling adjusted gross margin increased 0.3% to $45.7 million in 2016 compared to $45.6 million in 2015.

"Sprague's Materials Handling adjusted gross margin improved slightly for the full year, demonstrating the reliability and stable earnings we expect this business to deliver," reported Mr. Glendon.

Quarterly Distribution Increase

On January 27, 2017, the Board of Directors of Sprague’s general partner, Sprague Resources GP LLC, announced its eleventh consecutive distribution increase and approved a cash distribution of $0.5775 per unit for the quarter ended December 31, 2016, representing a 3% increase over the distribution declared for the quarter ended September 30, 2016.  The distribution was paid on February 14, 2017 to unitholders of record as of the close of business on February 8, 2017.

Sprague Resources LP Schedule K-1s Now Available

Sprague has finalized 2016 tax packages for its unitholders, including Schedule K-1 and made available via Sprague’s website at www.spragueenergy.com under “Investor Relations / K-1 Tax Information”. The tax packages will be mailed by March 17, 2017.  For additional information, unitholders may call 855-521-8150 Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM CDT, or visit www.taxpackagesupport.com/SRLP.

Financial Results Conference Call

Management will review Sprague’s fourth quarter 2016 financial results in a teleconference call for analysts and investors today, March 10, 2017.

Date and Time:   March 10, 2017 at 1:00 PM ET
     
Dial-in numbers:   (866) 516-2130 (U.S. and Canada)
     
    (678) 509-7612 (International)
     
Participation Code:   60243639

The conference call may also be accessed live by a webcast available on the "Investor Relations" page of Sprague's website at www.spragueenergy.com and will be archived on the website for one year.

About Sprague Resources LP

Sprague Resources LP is a master limited partnership engaged in the purchase, storage, distribution and sale of refined petroleum products and natural gas. Sprague also provides storage and handling services for a broad range of materials.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Adjusted EBITDA and adjusted gross margin are measures not defined by GAAP. We define EBITDA as net income (loss) before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization. We define adjusted EBITDA as EBITDA increased by unrealized hedging losses and decreased by unrealized hedging gains, in each case with respect to refined products and natural gas inventory, prepaid forward contracts and natural gas transportation contracts.  We define adjusted gross margin as net sales less cost of products sold (exclusive of depreciation and amortization) and decreased by total commodity derivative gains and losses included in net income (loss) and increased by realized commodity derivative gains and losses included in net income (loss), in each case with respect to refined products and natural gas inventory, prepaid forward contracts and natural gas transportation contracts.

To manage Sprague's underlying performance, including its physical and derivative positions, management utilizes adjusted gross margin. Adjusted gross margin is also used by external users of our consolidated financial statements to assess our economic results of operations and its commodity market value reporting to lenders.  EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA are used as supplemental financial measures by external users of our financial statements, such as investors, trade suppliers, research analysts and commercial banks to assess the financial performance of our assets, operations and return on capital without regard to financing methods, capital structure or historical cost basis; the ability of our assets to generate sufficient revenue, that when rendered to cash, will be available to pay interest on our indebtedness and make distributions to our equity holders; repeatable operating performance that is not distorted by non-recurring items or market volatility; and, the viability of acquisitions and capital expenditure projects.

Sprague believes that investors benefit from having access to the same financial measures that are used by its management and that these measures are useful to investors because they aid in comparing its operating performance with that of other companies with similar operations. The adjusted EBITDA and adjusted gross margin data presented by Sprague may not be comparable to similarly titled measures at other companies because these items may be defined differently by other companies.  Please see the attached reconciliations of net income to adjusted EBITDA and operating income to adjusted gross margin.

With regard to guidance, reconciliation of non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA guidance to the closest corresponding GAAP measure (expected net income (loss)) is not available without unreasonable efforts on a forward-looking basis due to the inherent difficulty and impracticality of forecasting certain amounts required by GAAP such as unrealized gains and losses on derivative hedges, which can have a significant and potentially unpredictable impact on our future GAAP financial results.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release may include forward-looking statements that we believe to be reasonable as of today's date. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties and other factors that are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond management’s control. Although Sprague believes that the assumptions underlying these statements are reasonable, investors are cautioned that such forward-looking statements are inherently uncertain and involve risks that may affect our business prospects and performance causing actual results to differ from those discussed in the foregoing release.  Such risks and uncertainties include, by way of example and not of limitation: increased competition for our products or services; changes in supply or demand for our products; changes in operating conditions and costs; changes in the level of environmental remediation spending; potential equipment malfunction; potential labor issues; the legislative or regulatory environment; terminal construction/repair delays; nonperformance by major customers or suppliers; and political and economic conditions, including the impact of potential terrorist acts and international hostilities. These and other applicable risks and uncertainties have been described more fully in Sprague’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on March 10, 2016, and in our subsequent Form 10-Q, Form 8-K and other documents filed with or furnished to the SEC.

Sprague undertakes no obligation and does not intend to update any forward-looking statements to reflect new information or future events.  You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements which speak only as of the date of this press release.

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 Sprague’s distributions to non-U.S. investors as being attributable to income that is effectively connected with a United States trade or business. Accordingly, Sprague’s distributions to non-U.S. investors are subject to federal income tax withholding at the highest applicable effective tax rate.

(Financial Tables Below)

Sprague Resources LP
Summary Financial Data
Three Months and Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2016 and 2015
 
    Three Months Ended December 31,   Twelve Months Ended December 31,
    2016   2015   2016   2015
    (unaudited)   (unaudited)        
    ($ in thousands)
Statement of Operations Data:          
Net sales   $ 766,825     $ 663,791     $ 2,389,998     $ 3,481,914  
Operating costs and expenses:                
Cost of products sold (exclusive of depreciation and
 amortization)
  715,151     583,955     2,179,089     3,188,924  
Operating expenses   16,804     17,074     65,882     71,468  
Selling, general and administrative   22,158     23,210     84,257     94,403  
Depreciation and amortization   5,236     4,977     21,237     20,342  
Total operating costs and expenses   759,349     629,216     2,350,465     3,375,137  
Operating income   7,476     34,575     39,533     106,777  
Other (expense) income       (216 )   (114 )   298  
Interest income   9     89     388     456  
Interest expense   (7,354 )   (6,743 )   (27,533 )   (27,367 )
Income before income taxes   131     27,705     12,274     80,164  
Income tax (provision) benefit   (1,247 )   674     (2,108 )   (1,816 )
Net (loss) income   (1,116 )   28,379     10,166     78,348  
Incentive distributions declared   (598 )   (167 )   (1,742 )   (321 )
Limited partners’ interest in net (loss) income   $ (1,714 )   $ 28,212     $ 8,424     $ 78,027  
Net (loss) income per limited partner unit:                
Common - basic   $ (0.08 )   $ 1.34     $ 0.40     $ 3.71  
Common - diluted   $ (0.08 )   $ 1.32     $ 0.38     $ 3.65  
Subordinated - basic and diluted   $ (0.08 )   $ 1.34     $ 0.40     $ 3.71  
Units used to compute net (loss) income per limited partner unit:            
Common - basic   11,239,476     11,007,220     11,202,427     10,975,941  
Common - diluted   11,239,476     11,187,570     11,560,617     11,141,333  
Subordinated - basic and diluted   10,071,970     10,071,970     10,071,970     10,071,970  




Sprague Resources LP
Volume, Net Sales and Adjusted Gross Margin by Segment
Three Months and Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2016 and 2015
 
    Three Months Ended December 31,   Twelve Months Ended December 31,
    2016   2015   2016   2015
    (unaudited)   (unaudited)        
    ($ and volumes in thousands)
Volumes:            
Refined products (gallons)   417,816     381,066     1,396,080     1,684,158  
Natural gas (MMBtus)   16,933     14,147     61,732     56,894  
Materials handling (short tons)   507     807     2,523     2,666  
Materials handling (gallons)   41,664     79,296     276,402     266,280  
Net Sales:                
Refined products   $ 657,400     $ 564,523     $ 1,988,597     $ 3,063,858  
Natural gas   93,747     81,648     334,003     347,453  
Materials handling   9,886     11,665     45,734     45,570  
Other operations   5,792     5,955     21,664     25,033  
Total net sales   $ 766,825     $ 663,791     $ 2,389,998     $ 3,481,914  
                 
Reconciliation of Operating Income to Adjusted Gross Margin:            
Operating income   $ 7,476     $ 34,575     $ 39,533     $ 106,777  
Operating costs and expenses not allocated to operating segments:            
Operating expenses   16,804     17,074     65,882     71,468  
Selling, general and administrative   22,158     23,210     84,257     94,403  
Depreciation and amortization   5,236     4,977     21,237     20,342  
Add: unrealized loss (gain) on inventory derivatives   4,712     (3,023 )   31,304     2,079  
Add: unrealized (gain) loss on prepaid
  forward contract derivatives
  (391 )   380     (1,552 )   2,628  
Add: unrealized loss (gain) on natural gas
  transportation contracts
  13,391     (6,395 )   18,612     (21,695 )
Total adjusted gross margin:   $ 69,386     $ 70,798     $ 259,273     $ 276,002  
Adjusted Gross Margin:                
Refined products   $ 38,511     $ 46,347     $ 142,581     $ 170,448  
Natural gas   18,701     10,448     62,435     51,004  
Materials handling   9,886     11,665     45,712     45,564  
Other operations   2,288     2,338     8,545     8,986  
Total adjusted gross margin   $ 69,386     $ 70,798     $ 259,273     $ 276,002  




Sprague Resources LP
Reconciliation of Net Income (Loss) to Non-GAAP Measures
Three Months and Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2016 and 2015
 
    Three Months Ended December 31,   Twelve Months Ended December 31,
    2016   2015   2016   2015
    (unaudited)   (unaudited)   (unaudited)   (unaudited)
    ($ in thousands)
Reconciliation of net (loss) income to EBITDA, Adjusted
  EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow:
           
Net (loss) income   $ (1,116 )   $ 28,379     $ 10,166     $ 78,348  
Add/(deduct):                
  Interest expense, net   7,345     6,654     27,145     26,911  
  Tax provision   1,247     (674 )   2,108     1,816  
  Depreciation and amortization   5,236     4,977     21,237     20,342  
EBITDA   $ 12,712     $ 39,336     $ 60,656     $ 127,417  
Add: unrealized loss (gain) on inventory derivatives   4,712     (3,023 )   31,304     2,079  
Add: unrealized (gain) loss on prepaid forward contract
 derivatives
  (391 )   380     (1,552 )   2,628  
Add: unrealized loss (gain) on natural gas transportation
 contracts
  13,391     (6,395 )   18,612     (21,695 )
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 30,424     $ 30,298     $ 109,020     $ 110,429  
Add/(deduct):                
Cash interest expense, net   (6,330 )   (5,771 )   (23,170 )   (23,359 )
Cash taxes   (789 )   49     (1,719 )   (1,668 )
Maintenance capital expenditures   (2,314 )   (1,689 )   (9,379 )   (8,855 )
Elimination of expense relating to incentive
compensation and directors fees expected to be paid in
common units
  1,411     3,206     3,075     8,437  
Other   227     1,866     1,225     4,701  
Distributable cash flow   $ 22,629     $ 27,959     $ 79,052     $ 89,685  

 

Investor Contact:
Kory Arthur
+1 603.766.7401
karthur@spragueenergy.com

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