Green Plains Partners Reports Second Quarter 2017 Financial Results

7/31/2017, 10:51 PM (Source: GlobeNewswire)
  • Net income of $13.1 million, or $0.40 per common unit
  • Quarterly cash distribution increased 1.0 cent to $0.45 per unit
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $16.7 million and distributable cash flow of $15.3 million, LTM distribution coverage ratio of 1.16x

OMAHA, Neb., July 31, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Green Plains Partners LP (NASDAQ:GPP) today announced financial and operating results for the second quarter of 2017. Net income was $13.1 million, or $0.40 per common unit, for the second quarter of 2017 compared with $14.0 million, or $0.43 per common unit, for the same period in 2016. The partnership reported adjusted EBITDA of $16.7 million and distributable cash flow of $15.3 million for the second quarter of 2017, compared with adjusted EBITDA of $16.0 million and distributable cash flow of $15.4 million for the same period in 2016. Distribution coverage for the last twelve months (LTM) ended June 30, 2017, was 1.16x.

“Overall storage and throughput volumes were lower this quarter versus last quarter, but we expect them to return to normal levels in the last half of the year,” said Todd Becker, president and chief executive officer of Green Plains Partners. “We maintained strong distribution coverage and increased our distributions for the seventh consecutive quarter. We continue to focus on growing our downstream platform and believe our strong base of business provides a strategic and financial advantage.”

Second Quarter Highlights

  • On July 20, 2017, the board of directors of the partnership’s general partner declared a quarterly cash distribution of $0.45 per unit, or approximately $14.6 million, for the quarter ended June 30, 2017. The second quarter distribution is payable on Aug. 11, 2017, to unitholders of record at the close of business on Aug. 4, 2017.
     
  • Effective June 1, 2017, the partnership’s joint venture with Delek Renewables LLC, NLR Energy Logistics LLC, signed a five-year lease with the Little Rock Port Authority to construct and operate an ethanol unit-train terminal within the 2,600-acre industrial park, which is served by two Class I railroads and has convenient access to major highways. The joint venture also executed five-year terminal throughput agreements with affiliates of its partners that will provide the terminal minimum volume commitments upon completion, which is expected during the first quarter of 2018.

Results of Operations
Consolidated revenues decreased $0.4 million for the three months ended June 30, 2017, compared with the same period for 2016. Revenues generated from the partnership’s rail transportation services agreement with Green Plains Trade decreased $0.6 million due to lower average rates charged for volumetric capacity provided. This decrease was offset by revenues generated from the partnership’s storage and throughput agreement and terminal agreements with Green Plains Trade, which increased $0.6 million due to higher throughput volumes related to ethanol storage assets acquired in September 2016, reduced by lower system-wide throughput volumes. Green Plains Trade experienced lower throughput volumes than expected due to the weak ethanol margin environment during the three months ended June 30, 2017. Revenues generated from the partnership’s terminal services agreements with other customers decreased $0.4 million due to lower third-party ethanol and biodiesel volumes at the partnership’s Birmingham facility and other terminals.

Operations and maintenance expenses decreased $0.2 million for the three months ended June 30, 2017, compared with the same period for 2016, primarily due to lower railcar lease expense. Selling, general and administrative expenses increased $0.1 million for the three months ended June 30, 2017, compared with the same period for 2016, due primarily to higher accounting expenses.

Green Plains Trade is obligated to throughput a minimum of 296.6 million gallons of ethanol per quarter, according to its storage and throughput agreement with the partnership. During the second quarter of 2017, Green Plains Inc. slowed its production in response to the weak ethanol margin environment, resulting in throughput below the minimum volume commitment. The partnership charged Green Plains Trade approximately $1.0 million for a deficiency payment related to the minimum volume commitment. The deficiency payment may be applied as a credit toward volumes throughput in excess of the minimum volume commitment during the next four quarters. As a result, it was recorded as unearned revenue and included in adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended June 30, 2017.

GREEN PLAINS PARTNERS LP
SELECTED OPERATING DATA
(unaudited, in million gallons)
                
 Three Months Ended
June 30,

 Six Months Ended
June 30,

 2017 2016 % Var. 2017 2016 % Var.
Product volumes             
Storage and throughput services284.5 278.9 2.0 % 605.6 526.4 15.0 %
              
Terminal services:             
Affiliate42.5 30.2 40.7   91.4 58.9 55.2  
Non-affiliate35.0 47.4 (26.2)   60.5 91.6 (34.0)  
 77.5 77.6 (0.1)   151.9 150.5 0.9  
              
Railcar capacity billed (daily average)91.4 77.2 18.4   90.3 75.0 20.4  

Liquidity and Capital Resources
Total liquidity as of June 30, 2017, was $30.0 million, including $2.9 million in cash and cash equivalents, and $27.1 million available under the partnership’s revolving credit facility. The balance outstanding on the partnership’s revolving credit facility was $127.9 million as of June 30, 2017.

Conference Call Information
On Aug. 1, 2017, 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 2017 financial and operating results for each company. Domestic and international participants can access the conference call by dialing 888.417.8531 and 719.457.2080, respectively. 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, and adjustments for transaction costs related to acquisitions or financings, minimum volume commitment deficiency payments, unit-based compensation expense and net gains or losses on asset sales. Distributable cash flow is defined as adjusted EBITDA less interest paid or payable, income taxes paid or payable and maintenance capital expenditures. 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 feedlots, food ingredients, and commodity marketing and logistics services. The company is the second largest consolidated owner of ethanol production facilities in the world with 17 dry mill plants, producing nearly 1.5 billion gallons of ethanol at full capacity. Green Plains owns a 62.5% 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,
  2017   2016 
ASSETS(unaudited)  
Current assets   
Cash and cash equivalents$2,939  $622 
Accounts receivable, including from affiliates 16,303   20,290 
Other current assets 1,162   1,363 
Total current assets 20,404   22,275 
Property and equipment, net 50,073   51,022 
Other assets 20,150   20,479 
Total assets$90,627  $93,776 
    
LIABILITIES AND PARTNERS’ CAPITAL   
Current liabilities   
Accounts payable, including to affiliates$7,194  $6,201 
Other current liabilities 8,631   11,102 
Total current liabilities 15,825   17,303 
Long-term debt 135,851   136,927 
Other liabilities 3,167   3,712 
Total liabilities 154,843   157,942 
    
Partners’ capital (64,216)   (64,166) 
Total liabilities and partners’ capital$90,627  $93,776 
    


GREEN PLAINS PARTNERS LP
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(unaudited, in thousands except per unit amounts)
                        
 Three Months Ended
June 30,

 Six Months Ended
June 30,

  2017   2016  % Var.  2017   2016  % Var.
Revenues             
Affiliate$23,514  $23,538  (0.1) % $49,271  $45,306  8.8 %
Non-affiliate 1,551   1,955  (20.7)    3,023   3,975  (23.9)  
Total revenues 25,065   25,493  (1.7)    52,294   49,281  6.1  
Operating expenses             
Operations and maintenance 8,284   8,504  (2.6)    16,815   17,149  (1.9)  
Selling, general and administrative 1,124   1,051  6.9    2,336   2,259  3.4  
Depreciation and amortization 1,247   1,488  (16.2)    2,501   2,705  (7.5)  
Total operating expenses 10,655   11,043  (3.5)    21,652   22,113  (2.1)  
Operating income 14,410   14,450  (0.3)    30,642   27,168  12.8  
Other income (expense)             
Interest income 21   21  -    41   42  (2.4)  
Interest expense (1,301)   (410)  217.3    (2,529)   (794)  218.5  
Total other expense (1,280)   (389)  229.0    (2,488)   (752)  230.9  
Income before income taxes 13,130   14,061  (6.6)    28,154   26,416  6.6  
Income tax expense 45   79  (43.0)    92   252  (63.5)  
Net income$13,085  $13,982  (6.4) % $28,062  $26,164  7.3 %
              
Net income attributable to partners’ ownership interests:            
General partner$262  $280  (6.4) % $561  $523  7.3 %
Limited partners - common unitholders 6,416   6,852  (6.4)    13,759   12,824  7.3  
Limited partners - subordinated unitholders 6,407   6,850  (6.5)    13,742   12,817  7.2  
              
Earnings per limited partner unit (basic and diluted):            
Common units$0.40  $0.43  (6.5) % $0.86  $0.81  7.2 %
Subordinated units$0.40  $0.43  (6.5) % $0.86  $0.81  7.2 %
              
Weighted average limited partner units outstanding
 (basic and diluted):
            
Common units 15,910   15,895  0.1    15,910   15,897  0.1  
Subordinated units 15,890   15,890  -    15,890   15,890  -  
              
Supplemental Revenues Data:             
Storage and throughput services$14,225  $13,945  2.0 % $30,279  $26,320  15.0 %
Terminal services 2,917   2,950  (1.1)    6,028   5,845  3.1  
Railcar transportation services 7,255   7,901  (8.2)    14,785   15,675  (5.7)  
Other 668   697  (4.2)    1,202   1,441  (16.6)  
Total revenues$25,065  $25,493  (1.7) % $52,294  $49,281  6.1 %
              


GREEN PLAINS PARTNERS LP
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS
(unaudited, in thousands)
    
 Six Months Ended
June 30,

  2017   2016 
Cash flows from operating activities:   
Net income$28,062  $26,164 
Noncash operating adjustments:   
Depreciation and amortization 2,501   2,705 
Deferred income taxes -   (3) 
Other 509   560 
Net change in working capital 1,707   (1,210) 
Net cash provided by operating activities 32,779   28,216 
    
Cash flows from investing activities:   
Purchases of property and equipment (1,131)   (331) 
Acquisition of assets from sponsor -   (62,312) 
Net cash used by investing activities (1,131)   (62,643) 
    
Cash flows from financing activities:   
Payments of distributions (28,231)   (26,193) 
Net proceeds (payments) - revolving credit facility (1,100)   47,000 
Other -   (1) 
Net cash provided (used) by financing activities (29,331)   20,806 
    
Net change in cash and cash equivalents 2,317   (13,621) 
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period 622   16,385 
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period$2,939  $2,764 
    


GREEN PLAINS PARTNERS LP
RECONCILIATIONS TO NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
(unaudited, dollars in thousands)
                
 Three Months Ended
June 30,

 Six Months Ended
June 30,

 LTM Ended
June 30,

  2017  2016  2017  2016   2017
Net income$13,085 $13,982 $28,062 $26,164  $58,703
Interest expense 1,301  410  2,529  794   4,280
Income tax expense 45  79  92  252   64
Depreciation and amortization 1,247  1,488  2,501  2,705   5,443
Minimum volume commitments 1,010  -  1,010  -   1,010
Transaction costs -  -  -  (4)   355
Unit-based compensation expense 60  37  119  22   240
Adjusted EBITDA 16,748  15,996  34,313  29,933   70,095
Less:         
Interest paid or payable 1,301  410  2,529  794   4,280
Income taxes paid or payable 45  83  92  255   63
Maintenance capital expenditures 58  140  164  174   254
Distributable cash flow$15,344 $15,363 $31,528 $28,710  $65,498
Distributions declared(1)$14,608 $13,298 $28,886 $26,434  $56,468
Coverage ratio1.05x 1.16x 1.09x 1.09x 1.16x
          
(1) Represents distributions declared for the applicable period and paid in the subsequent quarter.
          
Contact: Jim Stark | Vice President, Investor & Media Relations | 402.884.8700 | jim.stark@gpreinc.com

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