BROOKWOOD, Ala.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug 1, 2018--Warrior Met Coal, Inc. (NYSE:HCC) (“Warrior” or the “Company”) today announced results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2018. Warrior is the leading dedicated U.S.-based producer and exporter of high quality metallurgical (“met”) coal for the global steel industry.

Warrior reported second quarter 2018 net income of $91.3 million, or $1.72 per diluted share, compared to second quarter 2017 net income of $129.9 million, or $2.46 per diluted share. Excluding one-time transaction and other expenses and incremental non-cash stock compensation expense, adjusted earnings per share for the second quarter 2018 were $1.81 per diluted share. The Company reported Adjusted EBITDA of $128.8 million for the second quarter 2018 compared to Adjusted EBITDA of $188.5 million for the second quarter of 2017.

Year-to-date, Warrior reported net income of $270.0 million, or $5.10 per diluted share, compared to net income of $238.2 million, or $4.52 per diluted share, in the same period of 2017. Excluding one-time transaction and other expenses and incremental non-cash stock compensation expense, adjusted earnings per share year-to-date were $5.24 per diluted share compared to the same period in 2017 of $4.73 per diluted share. Year-to-date Adjusted EBITDA was $345.3 million compared to $323.9 million in the same period of 2017.

“The market for high quality premium met coal continued to be robust in the second quarter, though moderated somewhat from the exceptional strength we have seen over the past year,” commented Walt Scheller, CEO of Warrior. “Given the strength of our financial and operating results in the first and second quarters, performance at our mines, ongoing global GDP growth, and strong demand for steel production, we are raising our guidance for the balance of the year. Warrior’s performance clearly demonstrates the unique value of our highly focused business strategy as a premium 'pure-play' met coal producer.”

Operating Results

The Company produced 1.9 million short tons of met coal in the second quarter of 2018, roughly equivalent to the amount produced in the second quarter of 2017. The actual production volume was better than expected as the Company entered the second quarter with a scheduled shut down for a week of maintenance at one of its mines. The Company continues to make good progress toward its nameplate annual capacity of eight million short tons. Halfway through the year, the Company produced and sold 4.0 million short tons of met coal without any longwall moves.

Total revenues were $322.6 million for the second quarter of 2018, including $315.0 million in mining revenues, which consisted of met coal sales of 1.9 million short tons at an average net selling price of $167 per short ton, net of demurrage and other charges. Average net selling price declined 7.8% compared to the second quarter of 2017, reflecting the higher met coal price environment last year due to Cyclone Debbie in Australia. Warrior capitalized on the strong pricing environment in the quarter by achieving a gross price realization of 100%. Since January 2018, the Company’s gross price realization has represented a volume weighted-average calculation of the Company's daily realized price per ton based on gross sales, which excludes demurrage and other charges, as a percentage of the Platts Premium Low Volatility (“LV”) Free-On-Board (“FOB”) Australia Index price (the “Platts Index”).

Cost of sales for the second quarter of 2018 were $178.5 million, or 56.7% of mining revenues, and included mining costs, transportation and royalty costs. Mining costs were higher in the second quarter of 2018 than in the same period last year primarily due to the continued ramp up of mining activities and incremental costs associated with the scheduled week of maintenance that was previously announced.

Selling, general and administrative expenses for the second quarter of 2018 were $13.5 million, or 4.2% of total revenues, including $3.0 million of incremental non-cash stock compensation expense associated with the vesting of shares in connection with the May secondary offering that was not in the Company's prior guidance. Transaction and other expenses were $1.0 million in the second quarter of 2018 and were related to the completion of the two secondary equity offerings by certain existing stockholders discussed below. Depreciation and depletion costs for the second quarter of 2018 were $21.1 million, or 6.5% of total revenues. Warrior incurred interest expense of $9.8 million during the second quarter of 2018. The Company did not incur any income tax expense for the second quarter of 2018 due to its utilization of its net operating losses (“NOLs”).

Cash Flow and Liquidity

The Company continued to generate strong cash flows from operating activities in the second quarter of 2018 of $132.5 million, compared to $161.4 million in the second quarter of 2017. Net working capital, excluding cash, decreased by $16.0 million from the first quarter of 2018, primarily due to lower accounts receivable on lower sales volumes and lower pricing. Capital expenditures for the second quarter of 2018 were $32.9 million, resulting in free cash flow of $99.6 million. Cash flows used in financing activities increased by $363.1 million for the quarter when compared to the prior year period primarily due to the special dividend paid in April 2018 and the stock repurchase in connection with the secondary equity offerings discussed below.

The Company’s available liquidity as of June 30, 2018 was $150.5 million, consisting of cash and cash equivalents of $55.1 million and $95.4 million of available borrowings under its Asset-Based Revolving Credit Agreement, net of outstanding letters of credit of $4.6 million.

Company Outlook

In light of the Company's successful performance in the first and second quarters of 2018, its NOL carryforwards, and the expected market conditions for the remainder of 2018, Warrior is increasing its guidance for the full year 2018 as indicated below.

The Company’s guidance for capital expenditures consists of sustaining capital spending of approximately $70 - $83 million, including regulatory and gas requirements, and discretionary capital spending of $30 - $37 million for various operational improvements.

The Company’s outlook is subject to many risks that may impact performance, such as market conditions in the steel and met coal industries, overall global economic and competitive conditions, all as more fully described under "Forward-Looking Statements."

Key factors that may affect the Company's outlook include:

HCC index pricing Planned longwall moves - 2 in Q3 and 1 in Q4 Exclusion of other non-recurring costs

The Company does not provide reconciliations of its outlook for cash cost of sales (free-on-board port) to cost of sales in reliance on the unreasonable efforts exception provided for under Item 10(e)(1)(i)(B) of Regulation S-K. The Company is unable, without unreasonable efforts, to forecast certain items required to develop the meaningful comparable Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("GAAP") cost of sales. These items typically include non-cash asset retirement obligation accretion expenses, mine idling expenses and other non-recurring indirect mining expenses that are difficult to predict in advance in order to include a GAAP estimate.

Special Dividend and Secondary Equity Offerings

On April 3, 2018, the Company used the net proceeds of its offering of $125 million 8.00% Senior Secured Notes due 2024, together with cash on hand, to declare a special cash dividend of approximately $6.53 per share of Warrior’s common stock, par value $0.01 per share, totaling an aggregate payment of $350 million, which was paid on April 20, 2018, to stockholders of record as of the close of business on April 13, 2018.

On May 10, 2018, an underwritten secondary offering of 8,000,000 shares of the Company's common stock by certain of the Company's existing stockholders, of which the Company repurchased from the underwriter 500,000 shares of common stock totaling $12.1 million, was consummated. In addition, on June 14, 2018, an underwritten secondary offering of 5,000,000 shares of the Company's common stock by certain of the Company's existing stockholders was consummated. The Company did not receive any proceeds from either secondary offering during the second quarter.

Regular Quarterly Dividend

On July 24, 2018, the board of directors of the Company declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.05 per share, totaling approximately $2.7 million, which will be paid on August 10, 2018 to stockholders of record as of the close of business on August 3, 2018.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This release contains the use of certain U.S. non-GAAP financial measures. These non-GAAP financial measures are provided as supplemental information for financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. Management believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide additional insights into the performance of the Company, and they reflect how management analyzes Company performance and compares that performance against other companies. These non-GAAP financial measures may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures used by other entities. The definition of these non-GAAP financial measures and a reconciliation of non-GAAP to GAAP financial measures are provided in the financial tables section of this release.

Conference Call

The Company will hold a conference call to discuss its second quarter 2018 results today, August 1, 2018, at 4:30 p.m. ET. To listen to the event live or access an archived recording, please visit http://investors.warriormetcoal.com/.

Analysts and investors who would like to participate in the conference call should dial 1-844-340-9047 (domestic) or 1-412-858-5206 (international) 10 minutes prior to the start time and reference the Warrior conference call.

Telephone playback will also be available from 6:30 p.m. ET August 1, 2018 through 6:30 p.m. ET on August 8, 2018. The replay will be available by calling: 1-877-344-7529 (domestic) or 1-412-317-0088 (international) and entering passcode 10120811.

About Warrior

Warrior is a large scale, low-cost U.S. based producer and exporter of premium HCC, operating highly efficient longwall operations in its underground mines located in Alabama. The HCC that Warrior produces from the Blue Creek coal seam contains very low sulfur and has strong coking properties and is of a similar quality to coal referred to as the premium HCC produced in Australia. The premium nature of Warrior’s HCC makes it ideally suited as a base feed coal for steel makers and results in price realizations near the Platts Index. Warrior sells all its met coal production to steel producers in Europe, South America and Asia. For more information about Warrior, please visit www.warriormetcoal.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains, and the Company’s officers and representatives may from time to time make, forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, included in this press release that address activities, events or developments that the Company expects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements, including statements regarding sales and production growth, ability to maintain cost structure, demand, the future direction of prices, expected capital expenditures and future effective income tax rates. The words “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “plan,” “intend,” “estimate,” “project,” “target,” “foresee,” “should,” “would,” “could,” “potential,” or other similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. However, the absence of these words does not mean that the statements are not forward-looking. These forward-looking statements represent management’s good faith expectations, projections, guidance or beliefs concerning future events, and it is possible that the results described in this press release will not be achieved. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside of the Company’s control, that could cause actual results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, fluctuations or changes in the pricing or demand for the Company’s coal (or met coal generally) by the global steel industry; the timing and number of longwall moves; federal and state tax legislation; changes in interpretation or assumptions and/or updated regulatory guidance regarding the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017; legislation and regulations relating to the Clean Air Act and other environmental initiatives; regulatory requirements associated with federal, state and local regulatory agencies, and such agencies’ authority to order temporary or permanent closure of the Company’s mines; operational, logistical, geological, permit, license, labor and weather-related factors, including equipment, permitting, site access, operational risks and new technologies related to mining; the Company’s obligations surrounding reclamation and mine closure; inaccuracies in the Company’s estimates of its met coal reserves; the Company's expectations regarding its future tax rate as well as its ability to effectively utilize its NOLs; the Company’s ability to develop or acquire met coal reserves in an economically feasible manner; significant cost increases and fluctuations, and delay in the delivery of raw materials, mining equipment and purchased components; competition and foreign currency fluctuations; fluctuations in the amount of cash the Company generates from operations, including cash necessary to pay any special or quarterly dividend; the timing and amount of any stock repurchases the Company makes under its stock repurchase program; the Company’s ability to comply with covenants in its credit facility or indenture relating to its 8.00% Senior Notes due 2024; integration of businesses that the Company may acquire in the future; adequate liquidity and the cost, availability and access to capital and financial markets; failure to obtain or renew surety bonds on acceptable terms, which could affect the Company’s ability to secure reclamation and coal lease obligations; costs associated with litigation, including claims not yet asserted; and other factors described in the Company’s Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017, Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended June 30, 2018 and other reports filed from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), which could cause the Company’s actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement. The Company’s filings with the SEC are available on its website at and on the SEC's website at .

Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which it is made, and, except as required by law, the Company does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. New factors emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for the Company to predict all such factors.

(1) 1 short ton is equivalent to 0.907185 metric tons.

(2) For the three and six months ended June 30, 2018, our gross price realization represents a volume weighted-average calculation of our daily realized price per ton based on gross sales, which excludes demurrage and other charges, as a percentage of the Platts Index. For the three and six months ended June 30, 2017, gross price realization represents gross sales, excluding demurrage and other charges, divided by tons sold as a percentage of the Australian LV Index.

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