USD Partners LP Announces Second Quarter 2019 Results

Category:

Monday, August 5, 2019 4:58 pm EDT

Dateline:

HOUSTON

Public Company Information:

NYSE:
USDP
US9033181036
"We have re-contracted approximately 83% of the Hardisty terminal’s current cash flows and expect the higher rates associated with these re-contracting efforts to begin showing up in the Partnership’s third quarter financial results. We look forward to reporting on continued momentum from these re-contracting efforts in the near future."

HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--USD Partners LP (NYSE: USDP) (the “Partnership”) announced today its operating and financial results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2019. Financial highlights with respect to the second quarter of 2019 include the following:

  • Generated Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities of $9.3 million, Adjusted EBITDA(1) of $12.2 million and Distributable Cash Flow(1) of $8.8 million
  • Reported Net Income of $1.0 million
  • Increased quarterly cash distribution to $0.3650 per unit ($1.46 per unit on an annualized basis), delivering distribution growth of 0.7% over the prior quarter and 2.8% over the second quarter of 2018
  • Ended quarter with approximately $175 million of available liquidity, subject to continued compliance with financial covenants

“We are excited to announce the successful execution of multi-year contract extensions at both our Hardisty and Stroud terminals with one of the Partnership’s investment grade customers as well as the seventeenth consecutive quarterly distribution increase this quarter,” said Dan Borgen, the Partnership’s Chief Executive Officer. “We have re-contracted approximately 83% of the Hardisty terminal’s current cash flows and expect the higher rates associated with these re-contracting efforts to begin showing up in the Partnership’s third quarter financial results. We look forward to reporting on continued momentum from these re-contracting efforts in the near future.”

Commercial Developments

Hardisty Terminal

In July 2019, the Partnership and an investment grade customer entered into a multi-year renewal and extension of the terminalling services agreement that covers approximately 15% of the capacity at the Hardisty rail terminal. The renewal was effective from the expiration date of the original agreement in June 2019. The renewal contains take-or-pay arrangements that are generally consistent with the original agreement and monthly payments and fees that are slightly higher. The Partnership expects to service the contract by using the limited remaining capacity available at its Hardisty terminal, as well as by subletting excess capacity from US Development Group, LLC’s (“USDG’s”) Hardisty South Expansion. With this recent contract renewal, the Partnership’s Hardisty terminal is effectively 100% contracted at full capacity through June 2020. To date, the Partnership has replaced approximately 83% of the Hardisty terminal’s current cash flows, on an annualized basis over the next three years starting in July 2019, with the balance coming up for renewal in February and July of 2020.

Additionally, in connection with the Hardisty agreement described above, the same customer entered into a multi-year renewal and extension of the terminalling services agreement with USD Marketing LLC (“USDM”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of USDG, that covers approximately 30% of the destination capacity at the Stroud terminal. The renewal was effective from the expiration date of the original agreement in June 2019. This agreement is subject to the Marketing Services Agreement established between USDM and the Partnership at the time of the Stroud acquisition, pursuant to which USDM will pay the Partnership a nominal fee for all throughput under this agreement in excess of the throughput necessary for the Stroud terminal to generate Adjusted EBITDA that is at least equal to the average monthly Adjusted EBITDA derived from the initial Stroud terminal customer, which nominal fee generally covers the Partnership’s costs to operate the Stroud terminal.

Casper Terminal

The Casper terminal receives inbound crude oil primarily through the Partnership’s dedicated direct pipeline connection from the Express Pipeline, which is subsequently loaded onto unit or manifest trains. To supplement rail loading operations from the terminal, the Partnership is currently constructing the previously announced outbound pipeline connection from the Casper Terminal to a nearby terminal located at the termination point of the Express pipeline. The construction of the outbound pipeline connection is expected to be complete in late November 2019. To date, the Partnership has spent approximately $10.8 million on the outbound pipeline connection.

In addition, Enbridge recently announced a program to increase the capacity of the Express pipeline by up to an additional 50,000 bpd with the use of drag reducing agent, or DRA, and pump stations. The open season for the expanded capacity on the Express pipeline is currently scheduled to conclude on August 23, 2019. Upon a successful open season, the additional volumes could begin shipping in early 2020. The Partnership anticipates that some of the additional volumes resulting from the increased capacity on the Express pipeline could be delivered to the Casper terminal, as the Partnership believes outbound pipeline connections from the Express pipeline and nearby terminals are at or near full capacity.

Second Quarter 2019 Liquidity, Operational and Financial Results

Substantially all of the Partnership’s cash flows are generated from multi-year, take-or-pay terminalling services agreements related to its crude oil terminals, which include minimum monthly commitment fees. The Partnership’s customers include major integrated oil companies, refiners and marketers, the majority of which are investment-grade rated.

The Partnership’s results during the second quarter of 2019 relative to the same quarter in 2018 were primarily influenced by lower revenues at its Casper terminal resulting from the conclusion of a customer agreement at the end of 2018. Partially offsetting this reduction in revenues were higher revenues at the Stroud terminal due to rate escalations. Additionally, the Partnership experienced higher variable operating costs at its Hardisty and Stroud terminals associated with increased throughput during the quarter, which were partially offset by a reduction in pipeline fees.

Net income for the quarter decreased as compared to the second quarter of 2018, primarily as a result of the operating factors discussed above coupled with a non-cash loss associated with the five-year interest rate derivative instrument that the Partnership entered into in November 2017 and higher interest expense incurred resulting from higher interest rates, as well as a higher weighted average balance of debt outstanding in the second quarter of 2019.

Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities for the quarter decreased by 19% relative to the second quarter of 2018, primarily due to the conclusion of a customer agreement at the Partnership’s Casper terminal at the end of 2018 and the timing of receipts and payments on accounts receivable, accounts payable and deferred revenue balances.

Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter decreased by 19% and Distributable Cash Flow (“DCF”) for the quarter decreased by 28% relative to the second quarter of 2018. The decrease in Adjusted EBITDA was primarily a result of the operating factors discussed above. DCF was also impacted by higher cash paid for interest associated with higher interest rates.

As of June 30, 2019, the Partnership had total available liquidity of approximately $175 million, including $7 million of unrestricted cash and cash equivalents and undrawn borrowing capacity of $168 million on its $385 million senior secured credit facility, subject to continued compliance with financial covenants. Pursuant to the terms of the Partnership’s Credit Agreement, the Partnership’s borrowing capacity currently is limited to 4.5 times its trailing 12-month consolidated EBITDA, as defined in the Credit Agreement. The Partnership is in compliance with its financial covenants.

On July 24, 2019, the Partnership declared a quarterly cash distribution of $0.3650 per unit ($1.46 per unit on an annualized basis), which represents growth of 0.7% over the prior quarter and 2.8% over the second quarter of 2018. The distribution is payable on August 14, 2019, to unitholders of record at the close of business on August 6, 2019.

Effective January 1, 2019, the Partnership adopted the requirements of Accounting Standards Update 2016-02, or ASC 842, that requires balance sheet recognition of lease assets and lease liabilities by lessees for those leases classified as operating leases.

Second Quarter 2019 Conference Call Information

The Partnership will host a conference call and webcast regarding second quarter 2019 results at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time (10:00 a.m. Central Time) on Tuesday, August 6, 2019.

To listen live over the Internet, participants are advised to log on to the Partnership’s website at www.usdpartners.com and select the “Events & Presentations” sub-tab under the “Investors” tab. To join via telephone, participants may dial (877) 266-7551 domestically or +1 (339) 368-5209 internationally, conference ID 1364519. Participants are advised to dial in at least five minutes prior to the call.

An audio replay of the conference call will be available for thirty days by dialing (800) 585-8367 domestically or +1 (404) 537-3406 internationally, conference ID 1364519. In addition, a replay of the audio webcast will be available by accessing the Partnership's website after the call is concluded.

About USD Partners LP

USD Partners LP is a fee-based, growth-oriented master limited partnership formed in 2014 by US Development Group, LLC (“USDG”) to acquire, develop and operate midstream infrastructure and complementary logistics solutions for crude oil, biofuels and other energy-related products. The Partnership generates substantially all of its operating cash flows from multi-year, take-or-pay contracts with primarily investment grade customers, including major integrated oil companies and refiners. The Partnership’s principal assets include a network of crude oil terminals that facilitate the transportation of heavy crude oil from Western Canada to key demand centers across North America. The Partnership’s operations include railcar loading and unloading, storage and blending in on-site tanks, inbound and outbound pipeline connectivity, truck transloading, as well as other related logistics services. In addition, the Partnership provides customers with leased railcars and fleet services to facilitate the transportation of liquid hydrocarbons and biofuels by rail.

USDG, which owns the general partner of USD Partners LP, is engaged in designing, developing, owning, and managing large-scale multi-modal logistics centers and energy-related infrastructure across North America. USDG solutions create flexible market access for customers in significant growth areas and key demand centers, including Western Canada, the U.S. Gulf Coast and Mexico. Among other projects, USDG is currently pursuing the development of a premier energy logistics terminal on the Houston Ship Channel with capacity for substantial tank storage, multiple docks (including barge and deepwater), inbound and outbound pipeline connectivity, as well as a rail terminal with unit train capabilities. For additional information, please visit texasdeepwater.com.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The Partnership defines Adjusted EBITDA as Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities adjusted for changes in working capital items, interest, income taxes, foreign currency transaction gains and losses, and other items which do not affect the underlying cash flows produced by the Partnership’s businesses. Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP, supplemental financial measure used by management and external users of the Partnership’s financial statements, such as investors and commercial banks, to assess:

  • the Partnership’s liquidity and the ability of the Partnership’s businesses to produce sufficient cash flows to make distributions to the Partnership’s unitholders; and
  • the Partnership’s ability to incur and service debt and fund capital expenditures.

The Partnership defines Distributable Cash Flow, or DCF, as Adjusted EBITDA less net cash paid for interest, income taxes and maintenance capital expenditures. DCF does not reflect changes in working capital balances. DCF is a non-GAAP, supplemental financial measure used by management and by external users of the Partnership’s financial statements, such as investors and commercial banks, to assess:

  • the amount of cash available for making distributions to the Partnership’s unitholders;
  • the excess cash flow being retained for use in enhancing the Partnership’s existing business; and
  • the sustainability of the Partnership’s current distribution rate per unit.

The Partnership believes that the presentation of Adjusted EBITDA and DCF in this press release provides information that enhances an investor's understanding of the Partnership’s ability to generate cash for payment of distributions and other purposes. The GAAP measure most directly comparable to Adjusted EBITDA and DCF is Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities. Adjusted EBITDA and DCF should not be considered alternatives to Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities or any other measure of liquidity presented in accordance with GAAP. Adjusted EBITDA and DCF exclude some, but not all, items that affect Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities and these measures may vary among other companies. As a result, Adjusted EBITDA and DCF may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies. Reconciliations of Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities to Adjusted EBITDA and DCF are presented on page 11 of this press release.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of U.S. federal securities laws, including statements with respect to the ability of the Partnership and USDG to achieve contract extensions, new customer agreements and expansions; the ability of the Partnership and USDG to develop existing and future additional projects and expansion opportunities and whether those projects and opportunities developed by USDG would be made available for acquisition, or acquired, by the Partnership; volumes at, and demand for, the Partnership’s terminals; the price of WCS relative to WTI and other crude benchmarks, and the drivers causing such pricing spreads; and the amount and timing of future distribution payments and distribution growth. Words and phrases such as “is expected,” “is planned,” “believes,” “projects,” “begin,” “anticipates,” “expects,” and similar expressions are used to identify such forward-looking statements. However, the absence of these words does not mean that a statement is not forward-looking. Forward-looking statements relating to the Partnership are based on management’s expectations, estimates and projections about the Partnership, its interests and the energy industry in general on the date this press release was issued. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Therefore, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what is expressed or forecast in such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements include those as set forth under the heading “Risk Factors” in the Partnership’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and in the Partnership’s subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Partnership is under no obligation (and expressly disclaims any such obligation) to update or alter its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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(1)The Partnership presents both GAAP and non-GAAP financial measures in this press release to assist in understanding the Partnership’s liquidity and ability to fund distributions. See “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” on page 5 and reconciliations of Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities, the most directly comparable GAAP measure, to Adjusted EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow on page 11 of this press release.

USD Partners LP
Consolidated Statements of Income
For the Three and Six Months Ended June 30, 2019 and 2018
(unaudited)
 

For the Three Months Ended

 

For the Six Months Ended

June 30,

 

June 30,

2019

 

2018

 

2019

 

2018

(in thousands)
Revenues
Terminalling services

$

19,730

$

22,511

 

$

39,728

 

$

44,516

 

Terminalling services — related party

 

5,525

 

5,003

 

 

11,163

 

 

9,699

 

Fleet leases — related party

 

983

 

983

 

 

1,967

 

 

1,967

 

Fleet services

 

51

 

81

 

 

108

 

 

425

 

Fleet services — related party

 

228

 

228

 

 

455

 

 

455

 

Freight and other reimbursables

 

298

 

769

 

 

701

 

 

2,244

 

Freight and other reimbursables — related party

 

2

 

 

61

 

 

4

 

Total revenues

 

26,815

 

29,577

 

 

54,183

 

 

59,310

 

Operating costs
Subcontracted rail services

 

3,699

 

3,311

 

 

7,264

 

 

6,373

 

Pipeline fees

 

4,902

 

5,118

 

 

9,963

 

 

10,842

 

Freight and other reimbursables

 

298

 

771

 

 

762

 

 

2,248

 

Operating and maintenance

 

2,510

 

2,498

 

 

5,721

 

 

4,854

 

Selling, general and administrative

 

2,722

 

2,455

 

 

5,199

 

 

5,449

 

Selling, general and administrative — related party

 

2,225

 

1,917

 

 

4,675

 

 

3,747

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

5,283

 

5,260

 

 

10,017

 

 

10,536

 

Total operating costs

 

21,639

 

21,330

 

 

43,601

 

 

44,049

 

Operating income

 

5,176

 

8,247

 

 

10,582

 

 

15,261

 

Interest expense

 

2,982

 

2,713

 

 

6,169

 

 

5,198

 

Loss (gain) associated with derivative instruments

 

1,074

 

(386

)

 

1,746

 

 

(1,410

)

Foreign currency transaction loss (gain)

 

20

 

117

 

 

202

 

 

(94

)

Other expense (income), net

 

21

 

1

 

 

(3

)

 

72

 

Income before income taxes

 

1,079

 

5,802

 

 

2,468

 

 

11,495

 

Provision for (benefit from) income taxes

 

128

 

(910

)

 

198

 

 

(1,817

)

Net income

$

951

$

6,712

 

$

2,270

 

$

13,312

 

USD Partners LP
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
For the Three and Six Months Ended June 30, 2019 and 2018
(unaudited)
 

For the Three Months Ended

 

 

For the Six Months Ended

June 30,

 

 

June 30,

2019

 

2018

 

 

2019

 

2018

Cash flows from operating activities: (in thousands)
Net income

$

951

 

$

6,712

 

$

2,270

 

$

13,312

 

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization

 

5,283

 

 

5,260

 

 

10,017

 

 

10,536

 

Loss (gain) associated with derivative instruments

 

1,074

 

 

(386

)

 

1,746

 

 

(1,410

)

Settlement of derivative contracts

 

 

1

 

 

(38

)

Unit based compensation expense

 

1,582

 

 

1,558

 

 

2,996

 

 

2,895

 

Deferred income taxes

 

(154

)

 

(1,248

)

 

(403

)

 

(2,538

)

Other

 

249

 

 

217

 

 

707

 

 

503

 

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable

 

(884

)

 

5,735

 

 

(193

)

 

(2,614

)

Accounts receivable – related party

 

(43

)

 

(2,593

)

 

(671

)

 

(1,380

)

Prepaid expenses, inventory and other assets

 

(2,227

)

 

(2,299

)

 

(1,474

)

 

(2,460

)

Other assets – related party

 

20

 

 

20

 

 

40

 

 

40

 

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

 

1,983

 

 

1,752

 

 

2,052

 

 

865

 

Accounts payable and accrued expenses – related party

 

(762

)

 

2,491

 

 

(43

)

 

2,113

 

Deferred revenue and other liabilities

 

2,731

 

 

(5,760

)

 

2,929

 

 

(261

)

Deferred revenue – related party

 

(467

)

 

25

 

 

(467

)

 

25

 

Net cash provided by operating activities

 

9,336

 

 

11,484

 

 

19,507

 

 

19,588

 

Cash flows from investing activities:
Additions of property and equipment

 

(2,433

)

 

(124

)

 

(2,677

)

 

(202

)

Proceeds from the sale of assets

 

236

 

Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities

 

(2,433

)

 

(124

)

 

(2,677

)

 

34

 

Cash flows from financing activities:
Distributions

 

(10,384

)

 

(9,904

)

 

(20,517

)

 

(19,593

)

Payments for deferred financing costs

 

(7

)

Vested Phantom Units used for payment of participant taxes

 

(1,821

)

 

(1,346

)

Proceeds from long-term debt

 

11,000

 

 

9,000

 

 

20,000

 

 

18,000

 

Repayments of long-term debt

 

(2,000

)

 

(7,000

)

 

(13,000

)

 

(15,000

)

Other financing activities

 

(13

)

Net cash used in financing activities

 

(1,384

)

 

(7,904

)

 

(15,358

)

 

(17,939

)

Effect of exchange rates on cash

 

217

 

 

(175

)

 

605

 

 

(853

)

Net change in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

 

5,736

 

 

3,281

 

 

2,077

 

 

830

 

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash – beginning of period

 

8,724

 

 

11,337

 

 

12,383

 

 

13,788

 

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash – end of period

$

14,460

 

$

14,618

 

$

14,460

 

$

14,618

 

USD Partners LP
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(unaudited)
 
June 30, December 31,

2019

2018

ASSETS

(in thousands)

Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents

$

7,168

 

$

6,439

 

Restricted cash

 

7,292

 

 

5,944

 

Accounts receivable, net

 

5,368

 

 

5,132

 

Accounts receivable — related party

 

1,317

 

 

624

 

Prepaid expenses

 

1,363

 

 

2,115

 

Inventory

 

2,239

 

 

241

 

Other current assets

 

385

 

 

393

 

Other current assets — related party

 

79

 

 

79

 

Total current assets

 

25,211

 

 

20,967

 

Property and equipment, net

 

148,178

 

 

145,308

 

Intangible assets, net

 

80,402

 

 

86,705

 

Goodwill

 

33,589

 

 

33,589

 

Operating lease right-of-use assets

 

14,342

 

Other non-current assets

 

188

 

 

631

 

Other non-current assets — related party

 

55

 

 

95

 

Total assets

$

301,965

 

$

287,295

 

 
LIABILITIES AND PARTNERS’ CAPITAL
Current liabilities
Accounts payable and accrued expenses

$

7,867

 

$

3,464

 

Accounts payable and accrued expenses — related party

 

418

 

 

460

 

Deferred revenue

 

5,299

 

 

2,921

 

Deferred revenue — related party

 

1,470

 

 

1,885

 

Operating lease liabilities, current

 

5,317

 

Other current liabilities

 

3,325

 

 

2,804

 

Total current liabilities

 

23,696

 

 

11,534

 

Long-term debt, net

 

213,237

 

 

205,581

 

Deferred income tax liabilities, net

 

360

 

Operating lease liabilities, non-current

 

9,327

 

Other non-current liabilities

 

1,017

 

 

356

 

Total liabilities

 

247,277

 

 

217,831

 

Commitments and contingencies
Partners’ capital
Common units

 

73,424

 

 

107,903

 

Class A units

 

1,018

 

Subordinated units

 

(21,290

)

 

(39,723

)

General partner units

 

3,008

 

 

3,275

 

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

 

(454

)

 

(3,009

)

Total partners’ capital

 

54,688

 

 

69,464

 

Total liabilities and partners’ capital

$

301,965

 

$

287,295

 

USD Partners LP
GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliations
For the Three and Six Months Ended June 30, 2019 and 2018
(unaudited)
 

For the Three Months Ended

 

For the Six Months Ended

June 30,

 

June 30,

2019

 

2018

 

2019

 

2018

(in thousands)
 
Net cash provided by operating activities

$

9,336

 

$

11,484

 

$

19,507

 

$

19,588

 

Add (deduct):
Amortization of deferred financing costs

 

(207

)

 

(215

)

 

(657

)

 

(430

)

Deferred income taxes

 

154

 

 

1,248

 

 

403

 

 

2,538

 

Changes in accounts receivable and other assets

 

3,134

 

 

(863

)

 

2,298

 

 

6,414

 

Changes in accounts payable and accrued expenses

 

(1,221

)

 

(4,243

)

 

(2,009

)

 

(2,978

)

Changes in deferred revenue and other liabilities

 

(2,264

)

 

5,735

 

 

(2,462

)

 

236

 

Interest expense, net

 

2,970

 

 

2,713

 

 

6,150

 

 

5,198

 

Provision for (benefit from) income taxes

 

128

 

 

(910

)

 

198

 

 

(1,817

)

Foreign currency transaction loss (gain) (1)

 

20

 

 

117

 

 

202

 

 

(94

)

Other income

 

(25

)

 

(42

)

Non-cash contract asset (2)

 

(52

)

 

(52

)

 

(103

)

 

(103

)

Deferred revenue associated with deficiency credits (3)

 

213

 

 

213

 

Adjusted EBITDA

 

12,186

 

 

15,014

 

 

23,698

 

 

28,552

 

Add (deduct):
Cash paid for income taxes

 

(329

)

 

(267

)

 

(607

)

 

(449

)

Cash paid for interest

 

(2,995

)

 

(2,530

)

 

(5,815

)

 

(4,821

)

Maintenance capital expenditures

 

(45

)

 

(31

)

 

(45

)

 

(80

)

Distributable cash flow

$

8,817

 

$

12,186

 

$

17,231

 

$

23,202

 

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(1)

Represents foreign exchange transaction amounts associated with activities between the Partnership's U.S. and Canadian subsidiaries.

(2)

Represents the change in non-cash contract assets associated with revenue recognized in advance at blended rates based on the escalation clauses in certain of the Partnership's customer contracts.

(3)

Represents deferred revenue associated with deficiency credits that are expected to be used in the future prior to their expiration. Amounts presented are net of the corresponding prepaid Gibson pipeline fee that will be recognized as expense concurrently with the recognition of revenue.

 

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Contact:

Adam Altsuler
Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
(281) 291-3995
aaltsuler@usdg.com

Jennifer Waller
Associate Director, Financial Reporting and Investor Relations
(832) 991-8383
jwaller@usdg.com