Sprague Resources LP Reports Second Quarter 2021 Results

August 5, 2021 at 6:00 AM EDT

PORTSMOUTH, N.H., Aug. 05, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sprague Resources LP (“Sprague”) (NYSE: SRLP) today reported its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2021.

Second Quarter 2021 Highlights

  • Net sales were $657.7 million for the second quarter of 2021, compared to net sales of $358.2 million for the second quarter of 2020.
  • GAAP net loss was $45.6 million for the second quarter of 2021, compared to net loss of $25.1 million for the second quarter of 2020.
  • Adjusted gross margin* was $38.8 million for the second quarter of 2021, compared to adjusted gross margin of $65.2 million for the second quarter of 2020.
  • Adjusted EBITDA* was $3.0 million for the second quarter of 2021, compared to adjusted EBITDA of $28.0 million for the second quarter of 2020.

"While second quarter results were weaker than last year's contango-driven gains, Sprague's year-to-date results are consistent with the prior year and our expectations.", said David Glendon, President and Chief Executive Officer.

Refined Products

  • Volumes in the Refined Products segment increased 10% to 289.5 million gallons in the second quarter of 2021, compared to 264.3 million gallons in the second quarter of 2020.
  • Adjusted gross margin in the Refined Products segment decreased $25.7 million, or 49%, to $27.2 million in the second quarter of 2021, compared to $52.9 million in the second quarter of 2020.

“Marketing volumes have nearly returned to pre-pandemic levels, while the market structure has retreated from the attractive carry structure experienced last year," stated Mr. Glendon.

Natural Gas

  • Natural Gas segment volumes increased 5% to 11.7 million Bcf in the second quarter of 2021, compared to 11.1 million Bcf in the second quarter of 2020.
  • Natural Gas adjusted gross margin decreased $0.5 million, or 21%, to $(2.7) million for the second quarter of 2021, compared to $(2.2) million for the second quarter of 2020.

"Natural Gas volumes are recovering with the return of commercial and industrial activity, though warmer temperatures and lower volatility limited optimization opportunities," added Mr. Glendon.

Materials Handling

  • Materials Handling adjusted gross margin decreased by $0.2 million, to $12.7 million for the second quarter of 2021, compared to $12.9 million for the second quarter of 2020.

"Materials Handling decreased slightly due to reduction in tank leases at our Canadian operations", concluded Mr. Glendon.

Quarterly Distribution

On July 23, 2021, the Board of Directors ("Board") of Sprague’s general partner, Sprague Resources GP LLC, announced a cash distribution of $0.6675 per unit for the quarter ended June 30, 2021, equivalent to the previous quarter. The distribution will be paid on August 9, 2021 to unitholders of record as of the close of business on August 3, 2021.

2021 Guidance

  • With regard to Sprague's anticipated 2021 financial results, and assuming normal weather and market structure conditions, we expect Adjusted EBITDA to be in the range of $105 million to $120 million.
  • The Board continues to evaluate our distribution policy each quarter, and we do expect a reduction effective with the 3rd quarter distribution. We believe this reduction will enable the Partnership to fund attractive growth opportunities in the transitioning energy landscape with cash from operations, a more sustainable financial model for the business. The management team will provide more information on this anticipated change during the second quarter earnings call.

Financial Results Conference Call

Management will review Sprague’s second quarter 2021 financial results in a teleconference call for analysts and investors today, August 5, 2021 at 1:00 PM EST.

Dial-in Numbers: (866) 516-2130 (U.S. and Canada)
  (678) 509-7612 (International)
Participation Code:   5748269

Participants can dial in up to 30 minutes prior to the start of the call. The conference call may also be accessed live by webcast link: https://edge.media-server.com/mmc/p/g5ide42a. This link is also 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, adjusted gross margin, distributable cash flow and distribution coverage ratio 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.
Sprague defines distributable cash flow as adjusted EBITDA less cash interest expense (excluding imputed interest on deferred acquisition payments), cash taxes, and maintenance capital expenditures. Distributable cash flow calculations also reflect the elimination of compensation expense expected to be settled with the issuance of Partnership units, expenses related to business combinations and other adjustments. Distributable cash flow is a significant performance measure used by Sprague and by external users of its financial statements, such as investors, commercial banks and research analysts, to compare the cash generating performance of the Partnership in relation to the cash distributions expected to be paid to its unitholders.
Sprague also calculates the ratio of distributable cash flow to the total cash distribution declared for the period (the distribution coverage ratio) as it provides important information relating to the relationship between Sprague's financial operating performance and its cash distribution capability. Sprague defines the distribution coverage ratio as the ratio of distributable cash flow to the quarterly distribution payable on all outstanding common and subordinated units and incentive distributions.
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 among other things, 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 5, 2021 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 Six Months Ended June 30, 2021 and 2020

  Three Months Ended June 30,   Six Months Ended June 30,
  2021   2020   2021   2020
  (unaudited)   (unaudited)   (unaudited)   (unaudited)
  ($ in thousands)   ($ in thousands)
Income Statements Data:          
Net sales $ 657,672     $ 358,214     $ 1,693,805     $ 1,318,093  
Operating costs and expenses:              
Cost of products sold (exclusive of depreciation and
amortization)
659,803     325,233     1,584,585     1,175,252  
Operating expenses 19,148     18,471     38,379     39,283  
Selling, general and administrative 16,719     18,923     41,958     38,956  
Depreciation and amortization 8,258     8,518     16,741     17,115  
Total operating costs and expenses 703,928     371,145     1,681,663     1,270,606  
Other operating income 9,725         9,725      
Operating (loss) income (36,531 )   (12,931 )   21,867     47,487  
Other income     64     2     64  
Interest income 77     72     143     248  
Interest expense (8,587 )   (10,788 )   (17,402 )   (22,074 )
(Loss) income before income taxes (45,041 )   (23,583 )   4,610     25,725  
Income tax provision (562 )   (1,542 )   (1,433 )   (4,113 )
Net (loss) income (45,603 )   (25,125 )   3,177     21,612  
Incentive distributions declared     (2,072 )       (4,144 )
Limited partners' interest in net (loss) income $ (45,603 )   $ (27,197 )   $ 3,177     $ 17,468  
Net (loss) income per limited partner unit:              
Common - basic $ (1.74 )   $ (1.19 )   $ 0.13     $ 0.76  
Common - diluted $ (1.74 )   $ (1.19 )   $ 0.13     $ 0.76  
Units used to compute net income per limited partner unit:            
Common - basic 26,226,255     22,922,902     25,066,494     22,871,943  
Common - diluted 26,226,255     22,922,902     25,066,494     22,937,273  
Distribution declared per unit $ 0.6675     $ 0.6675     $ 1.3350     $ 1.3350  

Sprague Resources LP
Volume, Net Sales and Adjusted Gross Margin by Segment
Three and Six Months Ended June 30, 2021 and 2020

  Three Months Ended June 30,   Six Months Ended June 30,
  2021   2020   2021   2020
  (unaudited)   (unaudited)   (unaudited)   (unaudited)
  ($ and volumes in thousands)
Volumes:            
Refined products (gallons) 289,458     264,332     805,303     744,813  
Natural gas (MMBtus) 11,692     11,141     30,527     29,469  
Materials handling (short tons) 507     391     924     1,277  
Materials handling (gallons) 124,444     148,872     182,303     227,319  
Net Sales:              
Refined products $ 589,142     $ 292,889     $ 1,505,342     $ 1,134,831  
Natural gas 51,360     47,988     153,935     143,766  
Materials handling 12,725     12,974     24,771     28,531  
Other operations 4,445     4,363     9,757     10,965  
Total net sales $ 657,672     $ 358,214     $ 1,693,805     $ 1,318,093  
Reconciliation of Operating Income to Adjusted Gross Margin:            
Operating (loss) income $ (36,531 )   $ (12,931 )   $ 21,867     $ 47,487  
Operating costs and expenses not allocated to operating segments:            
Operating expenses 19,148     18,471     38,379     39,283  
Selling, general and administrative 16,719     18,923     41,958     38,956  
Depreciation and amortization 8,258     8,518     16,741     17,115  
Other operating income (9,725 )       (9,727 )    
Change in unrealized loss (gain) on inventory 5,369     32,326     (20,888 )   18,775  
Change in unrealized value on natural gas
transportation contracts
35,592     (123 )   56,711     (13,322 )
Total adjusted gross margin: $ 38,830     $ 65,184     $ 145,041     $ 148,294  
Adjusted Gross Margin:              
Refined products $ 27,165     $ 52,861     $ 78,198     $ 88,650  
Natural gas (2,725 )   (2,245 )   38,364     27,542  
Materials handling 12,694     12,895     24,770     28,476  
Other operations 1,696     1,673     3,709     3,626  
Total adjusted gross margin $ 38,830     $ 65,184     $ 145,041     $ 148,294  
                               

Sprague Resources LP
Reconciliation of Net Income to Non-GAAP Measures
Three and Six Months Ended June 30, 2021 and 2020

  Three Months Ended June 30,   Six Months Ended June 30,
  2021   2020   2021   2020
  (unaudited)   (unaudited)   (unaudited)   (unaudited)
  ($ in thousands)   ($ in thousands)
Reconciliation of net income to EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow:                              
Net (loss) income $ (45,603 )   $ (25,125 )   $ 3,177     $ 21,612  
Add/(deduct):              
Interest expense, net 8,510     10,716     17,259     21,826  
Tax provision 562     1,542     1,433     4,113  
Depreciation and amortization 8,258     8,518     16,741     17,115  
EBITDA $ (28,273 )   $ (4,349 )   $ 38,610     $ 64,666  
Add/(deduct):              
Change in unrealized loss (gain) on inventory 5,369     32,326     (20,888 )   18,775  
Change in unrealized value on natural gas transportation
contracts
35,592     (123 )   56,711     (13,322 )
Gain on sale of fixed assets not in the ordinary course of business including gain on insurance recoveries (9,725 )       (9,727 )    
Acquisition related expenses     1         1  
Other adjustments (1) 35     161     65     320  
Adjusted EBITDA $ 2,998     $ 28,016     $ 64,771     $ 70,440  
Add/(deduct):              
Cash interest expense, net (6,664 )   (8,314 )   (14,031 )   (18,144 )
Cash taxes (694 )   (1,659 )   (1,677 )   (4,719 )
Maintenance capital expenditures (3,515 )   (1,271 )   (5,523 )   (4,034 )
Elimination of expense relating to incentive compensation and directors fees expected to be paid in common units 185     853     2,553     1,261  
Other (6 )   (456 )       564  
Distributable cash flow $ (7,696 )   $ 17,169     $ 46,093     $ 45,368  
                               

 (1) Represents the change in fair value of contingent consideration related to the 2017 Coen Energy acquisition and other expense.

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


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