Sprague Resources LP Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2021 Results

March 3, 2022 at 6:00 AM EST

PORTSMOUTH, N.H., March 03, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sprague Resources LP (“Sprague”) (NYSE: SRLP) today reported its financial results for the fourth quarter and twelve months ended December 31, 2021.

Fourth Quarter 2021 Highlights

  • Net sales were $1,138.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2021, compared to $627.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2020.
  • GAAP net income was $43.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2021, compared to net income of $2.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2020.
  • Adjusted gross margin* was $71.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2021, compared to $69.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2020.
  • Adjusted EBITDA* was $27.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2021, compared to $26.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2020.

Full Year 2021 Highlights

  • Net sales were $3.5 billion in 2021, compared to net sales of $2.3 billion in 2020.
  • GAAP net loss was $68.9 million in 2021, compared to net income of $33.8 million in 2020.
  • Adjusted gross margin was $274.0 million in 2021, compared to adjusted gross margin of $274.8 million in 2020.
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $110.7 million in 2021, compared to adjusted EBITDA of $116.7 million in 2020.

“I'm very pleased with our results in 2021,” stated David Glendon, President and Chief Executive Officer. “We maintained safe and responsible operations while delivering essential fuels to our customers. While warmer weather and the distillate market structure limited our opportunities in Refined Products, our Natural Gas business rebounded with extremely strong performance by capitalizing on our logistics capabilities. Sprague made good progress in positioning our business for continued success in a lower carbon fuels environment,” said Mr. Glendon.

Refined Products

  • Volumes in the Refined Products segment increased 13% to 424.1 million gallons in the fourth quarter of 2021, compared to 374.2 million gallons in the fourth quarter of 2020.
  • Adjusted gross margin in the Refined Products segment decreased $3.6 million, or 8%, to $38.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2021, compared to $42.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2020.
  • Volumes in the Refined Products segment increased 137.9 million gallons, or 10%, to 1,502.4 million gallons in 2021 compared to 2020.
  • Refined Products adjusted gross margin decreased $21.2 million, or 12%, to $150.4 million in 2021 compared to 2020.

“Our Refined Products business demonstrated strong growth in our delivered fuels business, though the absence of storage gains hampered comparisons to 2020's outstanding results”, said Mr. Glendon.

Natural Gas 

  • Natural Gas segment volumes decreased 10% to 14.4 Bcf in the fourth quarter of 2021, compared to 15.9 Bcf in the fourth quarter of 2020.
  • Natural Gas adjusted gross margin increased $4.1 million, or 32%, to $16.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2021, compared to $12.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2020.
  • Volumes in the Natural Gas segment decreased 0.6 Bcf, to 55.1 Bcf in 2021 compared to 2020.
  • Natural Gas adjusted gross margin increased 62% to $65.8 million in 2021, compared to $40.7 million in 2020.

“Our Natural Gas business delivered record results as volatility in that commodity presented opportunities to capture the benefits of our logistical assets and expertise,” said Mr. Glendon.

Materials Handling 

  • Materials Handling adjusted gross margin decreased by $0.4 million, or 3%, to $13.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2021, compared to $13.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2020.
  • Materials Handling adjusted gross margin decreased 10% to $50.3 million in 2021 compared to $56.2 million in 2020.

“Materials Handling margins were lower following the successful sale of our Oswego facility and it's associated asphalt volumes, along with lower salt usage due to milder weather and reduced tank rental requirements at our Canadian operations,” reported Mr. Glendon.

2022 Guidance

With regard to Sprague's anticipated 2022 financial results, and 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 $120 million.

Quarterly Distribution

On January 24, 2022, the Board of Directors of Sprague’s general partner, Sprague Resources GP LLC, announced a cash distribution of $0.4338 per unit for the quarter ended December 31, 2021. The distribution was paid on February 9, 2022 to unitholders of record as of the close of business on February 4, 2022.

Sprague Resources LP Schedule K-1s

Sprague's finalized 2021 tax packages for its unitholders, including Schedule K-1 will be made available March 11, 2022 via Sprague’s website at www.spragueenergy.com under “Investor Relations / K-1 Tax Information”, following which tax packages will be mailed to unitholders. For additional information, unitholders may call 855-521-8150 Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM CT, or visit www.taxpackagesupport.com/SRLP.

Financial Results Conference Call

Management will review Sprague’s fourth quarter and full year 2021 financial results in a teleconference call for analysts and investors today, March 3, 2022 at 1:00 PM EST.

Dial-in Numbers: (866) 516-2130 (U.S. and Canada)
  (678) 509-7612 (International)
Participation Code: 6455365

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 under "Calendar of Events" 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
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 as well as natural gas transportation contracts), changes in fair value of contingent consideration, acquisition related expenses, and other operating income.

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 as well as 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.

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: the direct and indirect effects of the COVID-19 global pandemic and other public health developments on our business and those of our business partners, suppliers and customers, including Sprague; 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 3, 2022 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.


(Financial Tables Below)

Sprague Resources LP
Summary Financial Data
Three and Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2021 and 2020

  Three Months Ended December 31,   Twelve Months Ended December 31,
    2021       2020       2021       2020  
  (unaudited)   (unaudited)        
  ($ in thousands)
Statement of Operations Data:          
Net sales $ 1,138,889     $ 627,432     $ 3,498,160     $ 2,335,983  
Operating costs and expenses:              
Cost of products sold (exclusive of depreciation and
amortization)
  1,031,316       571,872       3,343,302       2,071,805  
Operating expenses   22,186       19,283       80,673       77,070  
Selling, general and administrative   21,345       24,512       82,700       81,514  
Depreciation and amortization   8,317       8,481       33,335       34,066  
Total operating costs and expenses   1,083,164       624,148       3,540,010       2,264,455  
Other operating income   (2 )     8,094       9,700       8,094  
Operating income   55,723       11,378       (32,150 )     79,622  
Other income         1,884             1,948  
Interest income   (2 )     16       171       299  
Interest expense   (8,847 )     (9,043 )     (34,109 )     (40,669 )
Income before income taxes   46,874       4,235       (66,088 )     41,200  
Income tax provision   (3,210 )     (1,709 )     (2,828 )     (7,389 )
Net income   43,664       2,526       (68,916 )     33,811  
Incentive distributions declared         (2,074 )           (8,292 )
Limited partners’ interest in net income (loss) $ 43,664     $ 452     $ (68,916 )   $ 25,519  
Net income per limited partner unit:              
Common - basic $ 1.66     $ 0.02     $ (2.69 )   $ 1.11  
Common - diluted $ 1.66     $ 0.02     $ (2.69 )   $ 1.11  
Units used to compute net income (loss) per limited partner unit:            
Common - basic   26,233,195       22,937,139       25,652,890       22,901,140  
Common - diluted   26,233,195       22,944,439       25,652,890       23,031,787  
Distribution declared per unit $ 0.4338     $ 0.6675     $ 2.2000     $ 2.6700  


Sprague Resources LP
Volume, Net Sales and Adjusted Gross Margin by Segment
Three and Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2021 and 2020

  Three Months Ended December 31,   Twelve Months Ended December 31,
    2021       2020       2021       2020  
  (unaudited)   (unaudited)        
  ($ and volumes in thousands)
Volumes:            
Refined products (gallons)   424,122       374,201       1,502,385       1,364,474  
Natural gas (MMBtus)   14,378       15,896       55,122       55,746  
Materials handling (short tons)   586       590       2,026       2,316  
Materials handling (gallons)   141,865       75,415       452,620       410,754  
Net Sales:              
Refined products $ 1,036,542     $ 531,830     $ 3,142,509     $ 1,998,197  
Natural gas   83,320       77,000       284,529       261,358  
Materials handling   13,515       13,936       50,484       56,347  
Other operations   5,512       4,666       20,638       20,081  
Total net sales $ 1,138,889     $ 627,432     $ 3,498,160     $ 2,335,983  
Reconciliation of Operating Income (Loss) to Adjusted Gross Margin:            
Operating income (loss) $ 55,723     $ 11,378     $ (32,150 )   $ 79,622  
Operating costs and expenses not allocated to operating segments:            
Operating expenses   22,186       19,283       80,673       77,070  
Selling, general and administrative   21,345       24,512       82,700       81,514  
Depreciation and amortization   8,317       8,481       33,335       34,066  
Other operating income   2       (8,094 )     (9,700 )     (8,094 )
Change in unrealized (loss) gain on inventory   (9,168 )     19,053       (13,437 )     20,148  
Change in unrealized value on natural gas transportation contracts   (27,388 )     (4,741 )     132,554       (9,565 )
Total adjusted gross margin: $ 71,017     $ 69,872     $ 273,975     $ 274,761  
Adjusted Gross Margin:              
Refined products $ 38,921     $ 42,529     $ 150,419     $ 171,626  
Natural gas   16,696       12,611       65,801       40,741  
Materials handling   13,490       13,898       50,327       56,185  
Other operations   1,910       834       7,428       6,209  
Total adjusted gross margin $ 71,017     $ 69,872     $ 273,975     $ 274,761  


Sprague Resources LP
Reconciliation of Net Income to Non-GAAP Measures
Three and Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2021 and 2020

  Three Months Ended December 31,   Twelve Months Ended December 31,
    2021       2020       2021       2020  
  (unaudited)   (unaudited)        
  ($ in thousands)
Reconciliation of Net Income (Loss) to EBITDA, Adjusted
EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow:
           
Net income (loss) $ 43,664     $ 2,526     $ (68,916 )   $ 33,811  
Add/(deduct):              
Interest expense, net   8,850       9,027       33,938       40,370  
Tax provision   3,210       1,709       2,828       7,389  
Depreciation and amortization   8,317       8,481       33,335       34,066  
EBITDA $ 64,041     $ 21,743     $ 1,185     $ 115,636  
Change in unrealized gain on inventory   (9,169 )     19,051       (13,437 )     20,148  
Change in unrealized value on natural gas transportation contracts   (27,388 )     (4,741 )     132,554       (9,565 )
Acquisition related expenses         (1 )           1  
Gain on sale of fixed assets not in the ordinary course of business and other operating income   2       (8,094 )     (9,700 )     (8,094 )
Other non-operating income         (1,947 )           (1,947 )
Other adjustments   36       82       139       564  
Adjusted EBITDA $ 27,522     $ 26,093     $ 110,741     $ 116,743  
Add/(deduct):              
Cash interest expense, net   (7,520 )     (7,656 )     (28,045 )     (33,872 )
Cash taxes   (2,704 )     (1,395 )     (4,953 )     (7,756 )
Maintenance capital expenditures   (5,665 )     (2,122 )     (14,416 )     (8,281 )
Elimination of expense relating to incentive compensation and directors fees expected to be paid in common units   (3,557 )     2,493       180       4,209  
Other         (461 )           310  
Distributable cash flow $ 8,076     $ 16,952     $ 63,507     $ 71,353  


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


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