Genesis Energy, L.P. Reports Second Quarter 2018 Results
Aug. 08, 2018
HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug 8, 2018--Genesis Energy, L.P. (NYSE: GEL) today announced its second quarter results.
We generated the following financial results for the second quarter of 2018 1:Net Income Attributable to Genesis Energy, L.P. of $11.0 million for the second quarter of 2018 compared to $33.7 million for the same period in 2017. Cash Flows from Operating Activities of $64.5 million for the second quarter of 2018 compared to $115.3 million for the same period in 2017, a decrease of $50.8 million, or 44%, principally due to an increase in working capital needs during the 2018 Quarter. Available Cash before Reserves of $101.0 million for the second quarter of 2018 compared to $99.3 million for the same period in 2017, an increase of $1.7 million, or 2%. During the second quarter of 2017, Available Cash before Reserves included the effects of certain one time items with a net benefit of $14.0 million, which is further discussed and defined below. Available Cash before Reserves provided 1.55X coverage for the quarterly distribution of $0.53 per common unit attributable to the second quarter. We will pay distributions on our convertible preferred units in the form of 511,935 additional convertible preferred units. As described in more detail below, in exchange for a $30 million payment, we granted a third party a limited option to acquire certain of our non-core assets. We currently expect that third party to exercise its option and close that sale in the third quarter. We currently plan to apply the related net proceeds to reduce the balance outstanding under our revolving credit facility, which we project will reduce our bank leverage ratio by approximately 0.3 times. Adjusted EBITDA of $163.8 million for the second quarter of 2018 compared to $140.5 million for the same period in 2017, an increase of $23.3 million, or 16.5%.
1 We have recast our prior period non-GAAP measures to conform to our revised approach to defining and presenting such measures, which we adopted in the fourth quarter of 2017. For additional information, please refer to the section entitled “Non-GAAP Measures,” below.
Grant Sims, CEO of Genesis Energy, said, “On August 7, 2018, we granted a third party a time-limited option to acquire certain of our non-core assets in exchange for an option payment of $30 million. If that third party timely exercises its option, it will be obligated to purchase those assets for a specified sum less $30 million, subject to customary conditions to closing. There is no guaranty (i) that that third party will exercise its option or (ii) if that third party exercises its option, that the conditions to closing will be satisfied or the closing will otherwise occur.
Turning to our financial results, businesses in the quarter continued to perform well and delivered financial results that provided 1.55 times coverage of our sequentially increased quarterly distribution.
Something that we are focused on is performance below our expectations in our offshore business. Three particular major fields have underperformed our expectations over the last two or three quarters. One field we believe is underperforming as a result of reservoir quality degradation and not due to mechanical factors. Offsetting this in future years are two subsea tie-backs to the same dedicated in-field production facility scheduled to come online; one in early 2019 and one later in 2019. Between now and then, however, our segment margin will be around $5 million a quarter less than what we had previously anticipated.
The other two large underperforming fields we think are predominantly timing related. To maximize reserve recoveries, the operator appears to be producing at a slower rate than communicated to us last year. This lower current level, and yet consistent longer-term production, nonetheless has negatively affected our reasonably anticipated segment margin by approximately $5 million a quarter.
Longer term we are quite bullish on, and pleased with, the activity in and around our substantial footprint of assets in the Gulf of Mexico. Additionally, we are currently seeing increasing demand for our assets from production that is currently dedicated to 3rd party pipelines but is unable to get to shore due to such competitive pipelines being, in our estimation, oversubscribed. Given our excess capacity and connectivity on certain of our systems, we expect to benefit from this takeaway capacity constraint in future periods.
Our recently acquired soda ash operations have continued to exceed expectations. We believe we are on track to produce $165-$175 million in margin for 2018, up from the previously discussed range of $155-$165 million. Our refinery services business continues to perform well and benefits from many of the macro factors and worldwide economic activity that also positively affects soda ash.
Volumes through our onshore terminals and in our pipelines have increased from the year earlier period and sequentially, although to date not at the levels we had previously anticipated. However, based upon July and known nominations for the remainder of the third quarter, we would expect to see meaningful growth in future quarters, especially at our Scenic Station facility servicing the ExxonMobil Baton Rouge refinery in Louisiana. We would anticipate volumes to increase later this year and into 2019 in Texas as integrity work is completed on a downstream pipeline which currently has constrained physical flows to under the minimum volume commitment of our customer.
Margin in our marine segment actually increased slightly on a sequential quarterly basis for the second quarter in a row. While we are reasonably hopeful we've put in a bottom for the quarterly segment margin from our entire fleet of assets, we have no expectation of the fundamentals for marine transportation showing any significant improvement through at least the next several years.
The net effect of this financial performance is slightly lower quarterly, and cumulative, EBITDA than we had expected when we announced our capital reallocation plan last fall. While the coverage of our distribution is strong, the pace of our natural de-levering is slower. We will continue to target and ultimately move to around 4 times or less on our leverage calculation, but it could take a little longer than we had originally reasonably anticipated.
We intend to be prudent and diligent in maintaining financial flexibility to allow the partnership to opportunistically build long term value for all stakeholders without ever losing our commitment to safe, reliable and responsible operations.”
On September 1, 2017, we acquired our trona and trona-based exploring, mining, processing, producing, marketing and selling business, which we refer to as our Alkali business, for approximately $1.325 billion. At the closing, we entered into a transition service agreement to facilitate a smooth transition of operations and uninterrupted services for both employees and customers. We report the results of our Alkali business in our renamed sodium and sulfur services segment, which includes our Alkali business as well as our sulfur removal refinery services operations, which remove sulfur from gas streams for refineries.
Variances between the second quarter of 2018 (the “2018 Quarter”) and the second quarter of 2017 (the “2017 Quarter”) in these components are explained below.
Segment margin results for the 2018 Quarter and 2017 Quarter were as follows:
Offshore pipeline transportation Segment Margin for the 2018 Quarter decreased $6.6 million, or 8.5%, from the 2017 Quarter, primarily due to lower volumes. The 2018 Quarter was negatively impacted by both temporary downtime and the underperformance at several major fields in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico affecting our CHOPS and Poseidon pipelines and certain associated laterals which we own. In addition, the minimum bill reservation fees we collect on one of our offshore oil pipelines had a prior year step down, and we collected approximately $2.2 million less in segment margin relative to the 2017 Quarter.
Sodium minerals and sulfur services Segment Margin for the 2018 Quarter increased $48.2 million, or 295.1%. This increase is primarily due to the inclusion of contributions from our Alkali Business during the 2018 Quarter. The contributions thus far from our Alkali Business have exceeded our expectations and we expect continued strong performance throughout 2018 as we continue to remain the global leader in natural soda ash production. Costs impacting the results of our Alkali Business, many of which are similar in nature to costs related to our sulfur removal business, include costs associated with processing and producing soda ash (and other Alkali products) and marketing and selling activities. In addition, costs include activities associated with mining and extracting trona ore (including energy costs and employee compensation).
Our legacy refinery services results improved in the 2018 Quarter. The 2018 Quarter experienced a 24% increase in NaHS volumes relative to the 2017 Quarter, which is primarily due to an uptick in demand from certain of our international mining customers, primarily located in South America.
Onshore facilities and transportation Segment Margin increased by $0.4 million, or 1.8%, between the two quarters. This increase is primarily attributable to a full quarter of contribution to segment margin from our re-purposed Texas system in 2018, that became operational beginning in May 2017, along with increased volumes on our pipeline and terminal infrastructure in the Baton Rouge corridor relative to the 2017 Quarter. While volumes were down on our Texas system between the three month periods, due to integrity work being completed on a downstream pipeline, we were able to recognize three months of our minimum volume commitment earned during the 2018 Quarter in segment margin. This was partially offset by lower demand for our services in our historical back-to-back, or buy/sell, crude oil marketing business associated with aggregating and trucking crude oil from producers' leases to local or regional re-sale points, including the effects of ceasing our operations in South and West Texas.
Marine transportation Segment Margin for the 2018 Quarter decreased $2.2 million, or 15.5%, from the 2017 Quarter. This decrease in Segment Margin is primarily attributable to our offshore barge fleet entering into short-term spot price contracts, which can lead to a less favorable rebill structure and higher operating costs, as our last legacy long term contract rolled off during the first quarter of 2018. We have continued to enter into short term contracts (less than a year) in both the inland and offshore markets because we believe the day rates currently being offered by the market are at, or approaching, cyclical lows. While we are reasonably hopeful we've reached a bottom for the quarterly segment margin from our entire fleet of assets, we have no expectation of the fundamentals for marine transportation showing any significant improvement through at least the next several years. This excludes the M/T American Phoenix which is under long term contract through September 2020. This was partially offset by higher utilization on our inland barge operation during the 2018 Quarter.
Other Components of Net Income
In the 2018 Quarter, we recorded Net Income Attributable to Genesis Energy, L.P. of $11.0 million compared to $33.7 million in the 2017 Quarter. The 2018 Quarter was negatively impacted by an increase in interest expense and depreciation expense of $19.9 million and $21.5 million, respectively, principally related to the acquisition of our Alkali business, and an increase in general and administrative expenses of $4.2 million primarily related to our overall transition and integration of our Alkali business. These items were partially offset by our $39.9 million increase in segment margin as discussed above. The 2017 Quarter also included a gain on the sale of assets of $26.7 million and a non-cash provision for leased items no longer in use of $12.6 million ("Certain one time items").
Earnings Conference Call
We will broadcast our Earnings Conference Call on Wednesday, August 8, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. Central time (10:00 a.m. Eastern time). This call can be accessed at www.genesisenergy.com. Choose the Investor Relations button. For those unable to attend the live broadcast, a replay will be available beginning approximately one hour after the event and remain available on our website for 30 days. There is no charge to access the event.
Genesis Energy, L.P. is a diversified midstream energy master limited partnership headquartered in Houston, Texas. Genesis’ operations include offshore pipeline transportation, sodium minerals and sulfur services, marine transportation and onshore facilities and transportation. Genesis’ operations are primarily located in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Wyoming and the Gulf of Mexico.
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