Sprague Resources LP Reports Third Quarter 2019 Results

November 7, 2019 at 6:00 AM EST

PORTSMOUTH, N.H., Nov. 07, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sprague Resources LP (“Sprague”) (NYSE: SRLP) today reported its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2019.

Third Quarter 2019 Highlights

  • Net sales were $582.6 million for the third quarter of 2019, compared to net sales of $618.5 million for the third quarter of 2018.
  • GAAP net loss was $9.7 million for the third quarter of 2019, compared to net loss of $18.4 million for the third quarter of 2018.
  • Adjusted gross margin* was $51.7 million for the third quarter of 2019, compared to adjusted gross margin of $46.1 million for the third quarter of 2018.
  • Adjusted EBITDA* was $13.9 million for the third quarter of 2019, compared to adjusted EBITDA of $8.6 million for the third quarter of 2018.

"Solid year-over-year increases in our Refined Products and Natural Gas businesses, coupled with continued cost discipline, drove Sprague's 60% increase in Adjusted EBITDA versus Q3 2018," said David Glendon, President and Chief Executive Officer.

Refined Products

  • Volumes in the Refined Products segment increased 6% to 261.4 million gallons in the third quarter of 2019, compared to 246.7 million gallons in the third quarter of 2018.
  • Adjusted gross margin in the Refined Products segment increased $6.8 million, or 25%, to $33.4 million in the third quarter of 2019, compared to $26.6 million in the third quarter of 2018.

“Increases in Refined Products were driven by the new customer acquisition in our delivered fuel business and higher marine fuel margins at Kildair," stated Mr. Glendon.

Natural Gas

  • Natural Gas segment volumes increased 14% to 12.2 million Bcf in the third quarter of 2019, compared to 10.7 million Bcf in the third quarter of 2018.
  • Natural Gas adjusted gross margin increased $0.7 million, or 22%, to $3.7 million for the third quarter of 2019, compared to $3.0 million for the third quarter of 2018.

"Natural Gas results were primarily a result of customer account growth, coupled with more favorable natural gas market conditions," added Mr. Glendon.

Materials Handling

  • Materials Handling adjusted gross margin decreased by $1.6 million, to $13.1 million for the third quarter of 2019, compared to $14.7 million for the third quarter of 2018.

"Materials Handling experienced lower bulk deliveries in the US due to timing differences as well as tariff-driven reductions, while Kildair experienced a decline due to the expiration of a crude handling contract."

2019 Guidance

Assuming normal weather and market structure conditions, we expect to achieve the following:

  • Adjusted EBITDA is expected to be in the range of $105 million to $125 million.
  • Sprague expects to maintain the 2019 quarterly distributions at the current distribution level of $0.6675 per unit.

Quarterly Distribution

On October 25, 2019, the Board of Directors of Sprague’s general partner, Sprague Resources GP LLC, announced a cash distribution of $0.6675 per unit for the quarter ended September 30, 2019, consistent with the distribution declared for the quarter ended June 30, 2019.  The distribution will be paid on November 12, 2019, to unitholders of record as of the close of business on November 5, 2019.  Additionally, the owner of Sprague's General Partner agreed to waive its incentive distribution rights for the quarter. Such waived payments may be payable in the future, without interest, if certain conditions are met.

Financial Results Conference Call

Management will review Sprague’s third quarter 2019 financial results in a teleconference call for analysts and investors today, November 7, 2019.

Date and Time: November 7, 2019 at 1:00 PM ET
   
Dial-in Numbers: (866) 516-2130 (U.S. and Canada)
  (678) 509-7612 (International)
   
Participation Code:  2687885
   

The conference call may also be accessed live by a webcast available on the "Investor Relations - Calendar of Events" page of Sprague's website at www.spragueenergy.com and will be archived on the website for one year.  Certain non-GAAP financial information included in the earnings call will we available at the time of the call on the "Investor Relations - Featured Documents" section of Sprague's website.

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
EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA and adjusted gross margin are measures not defined by GAAP.  Sprague defines EBITDA as net income (loss) before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization.

We define adjusted EBITDA as EBITDA increased for 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), changes in fair value of contingent consideration, adjusted for the impact of acquisition related expenses, and when applicable, adjusted for the net impact of retroactive legislation that reinstates an excise tax credit program available for certain of our biofuel blending activities that had previously expired.

We define adjusted gross margin as net sales less cost of products sold (exclusive of depreciation and amortization) 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. Adjusted gross margin has no impact on reported volumes or net sales.

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 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.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward Looking Statements
Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Sprague Resources LP or about Sprague Resources LP’s future expectations, beliefs, goals, plans or prospects, constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Any statements that are not statements of historical fact (including statements containing the words “believes,” “plans,” “anticipates,” “expects,” “estimates” and similar expressions) should also be considered forward-looking statements.  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; adverse weather conditions; changes in supply or demand for our products or services; nonperformance by major customers or suppliers; changes in operating conditions and costs; changes in the level of environmental remediation spending; potential equipment malfunction and unexpected capital expenditures; our ability to complete organic growth and acquisition projects; our ability to integrate acquired assets; potential labor issues; the legislative or regulatory environment; terminal construction/repair delays; political and economic conditions; and, the impact of security risks including terrorism, international hostilities and cyber-risk. These are not all of the important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in forward looking statements.  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 14, 2019 and in the Partnership's subsequent Form 10-Q, Form 8-K and other documents filed with 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.

Investor Contact:
Paul Scoff
+1 800.225.1560
investorrelations@spragueenergy.com 

(Financial Tables Below)

 

Sprague Resources LP
Summary Financial Data
Three and Nine Months Ended September 30, 2019 and 2018

  Three Months Ended September 30,   Nine Months Ended September 30,
  2019   2018   2019   2018
  (unaudited)   (unaudited)   (unaudited)   (unaudited)
  ($ in thousands)   ($ in thousands)
Income Statements Data:          
Net sales $ 582,590     $ 618,455     $ 2,502,916     $ 2,691,259  
Operating costs and expenses:              
Cost of products sold (exclusive of depreciation and
 amortization)
534,420     581,624     2,302,192     2,462,279  
Operating expenses 20,461     21,047     65,325     66,537  
Selling, general and administrative 17,570     16,923     56,309     63,349  
Depreciation and amortization 8,466     8,343     25,263     25,146  
Total operating costs and expenses 580,917     627,937     2,449,089     2,617,311  
Operating income (loss) 1,673     (9,482 )   53,827     73,948  
Other Income     293     128     293  
Interest income 121     123     447     404  
Interest expense (9,918 )   (9,073 )   (31,915 )   (28,369 )
(Loss) income before income taxes (8,124 )   (18,139 )   22,487     46,276  
Income tax provision (1,610 )   (295 )   (3,078 )   (2,984 )
Net (loss) income (9,734 )   (18,434 )   19,409     43,292  
Incentive distributions declared     (2,055 )   (4,110 )   (5,824 )
Limited partners' interest in net (loss) income $ (9,734 )   $ (20,489 )   $ 15,299     $ 37,468  
Net (loss) income per limited partner unit:              
Common - basic $ (0.43 )   $ (0.90 )   $ 0.67     $ 1.65  
Common - diluted $ (0.43 )   $ (0.90 )   $ 0.67     $ 1.65  
Units used to compute net income per limited partner unit:            
Common - basic 22,733,977     22,727,284     22,733,977     22,726,645  
Common - diluted 22,733,977     22,727,284     22,757,779     22,766,725  
Distribution declared per unit $ 0.6675     $ 0.6675     $ 2.0025     $ 1.9875  

 

Sprague Resources LP
Volume, Net Sales and Adjusted Gross Margin by Segment
Three and Nine Months Ended September 30, 2019 and 2018

  Three Months Ended September 30,   Nine Months Ended September 30,
  2019   2018   2019   2018
  (unaudited)   (unaudited)   (unaudited)   (unaudited)
  ($ and volumes in thousands)
Volumes:            
Refined products (gallons) 261,379     246,666     1,090,433     1,127,154  
Natural gas (MMBtus) 12,202     10,705     44,935     43,287  
Materials handling (short tons) 584     735     2,029     2,105  
Materials handling (gallons) 117,897     137,928     368,807     335,538  
Net Sales:              
Refined products $ 515,021     $ 551,489     $ 2,219,457     $ 2,396,374  
Natural gas 48,987     46,908     221,262     235,263  
Materials handling 13,119     14,711     43,913     42,077  
Other operations 5,463     5,347     18,284     17,545  
Total net sales $ 582,590     $ 618,455     $ 2,502,916     $ 2,691,259  
Reconciliation of Operating Income (Loss) to Adjusted Gross Margin:            
Operating income (loss) $ 1,673     $ (9,482 )   $ 53,827     $ 73,948  
Operating costs and expenses not allocated to operating segments:            
Operating expenses 20,461     21,047     65,325     66,537  
Selling, general and administrative 17,570     16,923     56,309     63,349  
Depreciation and amortization 8,466     8,343     25,263     25,146  
Add/(deduct):              
  Change in unrealized gain on inventory (3,428 )   3,281     1,169     (19,309 )
  Change in unrealized value on natural gas
  transportation contracts
7,005     5,939     (6,429 )   (4,413 )
Total adjusted gross margin: $ 51,747     $ 46,051     $ 195,464     $ 205,258  
Adjusted Gross Margin:              
Refined products $ 33,400     $ 26,646     $ 105,783     $ 111,652  
Natural gas 3,681     3,007     40,649     46,010  
Materials handling 13,101     14,683     43,886     42,100  
Other operations 1,565     1,715     5,146     5,496  
Total adjusted gross margin $ 51,747     $ 46,051     $ 195,464     $ 205,258  

 

Sprague Resources LP
Reconciliation of Net Income to Non-GAAP Measures
Three and Nine Months Ended September 30, 2019 and 2018

  Three Months Ended September 30,   Nine Months Ended September 30,
  2019   2018   2019   2018
  (unaudited)   (unaudited)   (unaudited)   (unaudited)
  ($ in thousands)
Reconciliation of net income to EBITDA, Adjusted
  EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow:
           
Net (loss) income $ (9,734 )   $ (18,434 )   $ 19,409     $ 43,292  
Add/(deduct):              
  Interest expense, net 9,797     8,950     31,468     27,965  
  Tax provision 1,610     295     3,078     2,984  
  Depreciation and amortization 8,466     8,343     25,263     25,146  
EBITDA $ 10,139     $ (846 )   $ 79,218     $ 99,387  
Add/(deduct):              
Change in unrealized gain on inventory (3,428 )   3,281     1,169     (19,309 )
Change in unrealized value on natural gas transportation
 contracts
7,005     5,939     (6,429 )   (4,413 )
Biofuel tax credit             (4,022 )
Acquisition related expenses (1) 11     30     21     725  
Other adjustments (2) 176     204     521     595  
Adjusted EBITDA $ 13,903     $ 8,608     $ 74,500     $ 72,963  
Add/(deduct):              
Cash interest expense, net (8,498 )   (7,619 )   (27,537 )   (23,960 )
Cash taxes (2,328 )   (973 )   (3,443 )   (3,034 )
Maintenance capital expenditures (3,543 )   (2,586 )   (7,039 )   (8,321 )
Elimination of expense relating to incentive compensation and directors fees expected to be paid in common units 126     (335 )   69     (91 )
Other     (265 )   (128 )   39  
Distributable cash flow $ (340 )   $ (3,170 )   $ 36,422     $ 37,596  

(1) We incur expenses in connection with acquisitions and given the nature, variability of amounts, and the fact that these expenses would not have otherwise been incurred as part of our continuing operations, adjusted EBITDA excludes the impact of acquisition related expenses.
(2) Represents the change in fair value of contingent consideration related to the 2017 Coen Energy acquisition and other expense.

 

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Source: Sprague Resources LP