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Ferrellgas Partners, L.P. Reports Results for First Quarter Fiscal 2016

Strong Performance From Bridger With Meaningful Progress on Acquisition Integration


Ferrellgas Continues Successful Ongoing Transformation Into a Diversified Midstream MLP

OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Dec. 09, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ferrellgas Partners, L.P. (NYSE:FGP) today announced Adjusted EBITDA of $48.9 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2016 ended October 31, up 42% from $34.4 million in the same quarter of last year, due to strong results from the Bridger acquisition, which the partnership completed in June 2015. Distributable Cash Flow (DCF) to equity investors for the quarter was $11.2 million, producing DCF coverage of 1.08x for the trailing twelve month period.

President and Chief Executive Officer Stephen L. Wambold commented, “We are excited to report a solid first quarter that represents our first full quarter of combined results following the completed acquisition of Bridger and officially welcoming the organization into the Ferrellgas family. We continue to integrate Bridger, which will serve as a platform for continued midstream growth and diversification. We are also encouraged by the continued solid financial and operational performance of our Propane segment. While persisting warmer nationwide temperatures during our first fiscal quarter put pressure on our Propane segment’s results, our flexibility, focus on maintaining strong margins and commitment to containing retail expenses allowed us to offset the unfavorable operating environment.”

Mr. Wambold concluded, “We are more excited than ever about the future of Ferrellgas and the strong pipeline of acquisition and organic development opportunities. With our acquisition of Bridger we have established a firm foundation for a powerful midstream growth platform and we expect to continue developing our already diverse footprint and extensive customer base in high-growth regions over the course of fiscal 2016 and beyond.”

Propane margin cents per gallon continued to benefit from lower wholesale commodity prices, and during the first fiscal quarter, prices were 57% lower than those of the same quarter in fiscal 2015. Strong margin cents per gallon and lower operating expenses in the Propane and related equipment sales segment helped minimize the effect of warmer temperatures in the more highly concentrated geographic areas Ferrellgas serves. Temperatures were 31% warmer than normal and 13% warmer than prior year for the first fiscal quarter.

Adjusted EBITDA from the Midstream - Crude Oil Logistics segment was $24.8 million during the first fiscal quarter, driven exclusively by the Bridger acquisition which exceeded management’s expectations for the first full fiscal quarter subsequent to the closing of the acquisition. These results reflect management’s focus on expense controls as well as Bridger’s strong customer relationships and contractual agreements which helped navigate a volatile commodity price environment. The partnership is on pace to generate $100 million of adjusted EBITDA in this segment for full-year fiscal 2016.

Operating expense for the first quarter increased to $115.0 million from $102.9 million in the first fiscal quarter of 2015, primarily due to the additional operating expenses associated with the Bridger acquisition. General and administrative expense rose to $12.2 million from $10.8 million in the fiscal first quarter of 2015, also as a result of the acquisition.

Interest expense increased to $33.8 million for the first fiscal quarter from $23.9 million a year ago, reflecting increased borrowings to fund acquisition and growth capital expenditures. The seasonal Net loss for the quarter was $80.6 million, or $0.79 per common unit, compared to $33.2 million, or $0.40 per common unit in the prior year quarter. The increase in seasonal Net loss is due in part to a one-time, non-cash goodwill write-off related to the partnership’s midstream water solutions operations and a one-time loss on trucks held for sale.

Ferrellgas today also reaffirmed its previously provided estimates for full-year fiscal 2016 Adjusted EBITDA of $400 million to $420 million based on continued confidence in the partnership’s traditional retail operations and expected strong contributions from Bridger.

About Ferrellgas

Ferrellgas Partners, L.P., through its operating partnership, Ferrellgas, L.P., and subsidiaries, serves propane customers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, and provides midstream services to major energy companies in the United States. Ferrellgas employees indirectly own 22.8 million common units of the partnership, through an employee stock ownership plan. Ferrellgas Partners, L.P. filed a Form 10-K with the Securities and Exchange Commission on September 29, 2015. Investors can request a hard copy of this filing free of charge and obtain more information about the partnership online at www.ferrellgas.com.

Statements in this release concerning expectations for the future are forward-looking statements. A variety of known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors could cause results, performance and expectations to differ materially from anticipated results, performance and expectations. These risks, uncertainties and other factors are discussed in the Form 10-K of Ferrellgas Partners, L.P., Ferrellgas Partners Finance Corp., Ferrellgas, L.P., and Ferrellgas Finance Corp. for the fiscal year ended July 31, 2015, in the Form 10-Q of Ferrellgas Partners, L.P., Ferrellgas Partners Finance Corp., Ferrellgas, L.P., and Ferrellgas Finance Corp. for the quarter ended October 31, 2015 and in other documents filed from time to time by these entities with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

FERRELLGAS PARTNERS, L.P. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands, except unit data)
(unaudited)
ASSETS October 31, 2015 July 31, 2015
Current Assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $8,892 $7,652
Accounts and notes receivable, net (including $113,792 and 123,791 of
accounts receivable pledged as collateral at October 31, 2015
and July 31, 2015, respectively) 178,678 196,918
Inventories 96,079 96,754
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 57,556 64,285
Total Current Assets 341,205 365,609
Property, plant and equipment, net 941,283 965,217
Goodwill 459,615 478,747
Intangible assets, net 562,326 580,043
Other assets, net 72,917 74,440
Assets held for sale 8,840 -
Total Assets $2,386,186 $2,464,056
LIABILITIES AND PARTNERS' CAPITAL
Current Liabilities:
Accounts payable $63,553 $83,974
Short-term borrowings 95,391 75,319
Collateralized note payable 68,000 70,000
Other current liabilities 200,964 180,687
Total Current Liabilities 427,908 409,980
Long-term debt (a) 1,823,182 1,804,392
Other liabilities 38,458 41,975
Contingencies and commitments
Partners' Capital:
Common unitholders (100,376,789 units outstanding at both
October 31, 2015 and July 31, 2015) 182,403 299,730
General partner unitholder (1,013,907 units outstanding at both
October 31, 2015 and July 31, 2015) (58,228) (57,042)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (30,411) (38,934)
Total Ferrellgas Partners, L.P. Partners' Capital 93,764 203,754
Noncontrolling Interest 2,874 3,955
Total Partners' Capital 96,638 207,709
Total Liabilities and Partners' Capital $2,386,186 $2,464,056
(a) The principal difference between the Ferrellgas Partners, L.P. balance sheet and that of Ferrellgas, L.P., is $182 million of 8.625% notes which are liabilities of Ferrellgas Partners, L.P. and not of Ferrellgas, L.P.

FERRELLGAS PARTNERS, L.P. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS
FOR THE THREE AND TWELVE MONTHS ENDED OCTOBER 31, 2015 AND 2014
(in thousands, except per unit data)
(unaudited)
Three months ended Twelve months ended
October 31 October 31
2015 2014 2015 2014
Revenues:
Propane and other gas liquids sales $245,301 $394,361 $1,507,956 $2,159,481
Midstream operations 193,670 7,916 292,943 15,351
Other 32,175 41,078 251,282 259,353
Total revenues 471,146 443,355 2,052,181 2,434,185
Cost of product sold:
Propane and other gas liquids sales 121,751 264,814 834,161 1,462,448
Midstream operations 153,604 1,968 228,226 3,938
Other 14,448 21,892 163,253 164,728
Gross profit 181,343 154,681 826,541 803,071
Operating expense 114,981 102,883 444,380 446,110
Depreciation and amortization expense 36,979 23,309 112,249 87,296
General and administrative expense 12,240 10,828 57,843 46,030
Equipment lease expense 7,032 5,532 25,773 19,211
Non-cash employee stock ownership plan compensation charge 5,256 4,374 25,595 23,120
Non-cash stock-based compensation charge (a) 8,122 16,112 17,992 36,189
Goodwill impairment charge 29,316 - 29,316 -
Loss on disposal of assets 14,917 961 21,055 7,090
Operating income (loss) (47,500) (9,318) 92,338 138,025
Interest expense (33,788) (23,912) (110,272) (88,321)
Loss on extinguishment of debt - - - (20,901)
Other income (expense), net (122) (449) (23) (1,144)
Earnings (loss) before income taxes (81,410) (33,679) (17,957) 27,659
Income tax expense (benefit) (844) (510) (649) 2,056
Net earnings (loss) (80,566) (33,169) (17,308) 25,603
Net earnings (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interest (b) (773) (294) (10) 424
Net earnings (loss) attributable to Ferrellgas Partners, L.P. (79,793) (32,875) (17,298) 25,179
Less: General partner's interest in net earnings (loss) (798) (329) (173) 252
Common unitholders' interest in net earnings (loss) $(78,995) $(32,546) $(17,125) $24,927
Earnings (loss) Per Unit
Basic and diluted net earnings (loss) per common unitholders' interest $(0.79) $(0.40) $(0.19) $0.31
Weighted average common units outstanding 100,376.8 82,179.7 89,232.9 80,433.5
Supplemental Data and Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Items:
Three months ended Twelve months ended
October 31 October 31
2015 2014 2015 2014
Net earnings (loss) attributable to Ferrellgas Partners, L.P. $(79,793) $(32,875) $(17,298) $25,179
Income tax expense (benefit) (844) (510) (649) 2,056
Interest expense 33,788 23,912 110,272 88,321
Depreciation and amortization expense 36,979 23,309 112,249 87,296
EBITDA (9,870) 13,836 204,574 202,852
Loss on extinguishment of debt - - - 20,901
Non-cash employee stock ownership plan compensation charge 5,256 4,374 25,595 23,120
Non-cash stock based compensation charge (a) 8,122 16,112 17,992 36,189
Goodwill impairment charge 29,316 - 29,316 -
Loss on disposal of assets 14,917 961 21,055 7,090
Other income (expense), net 122 449 23 1,144
Change in fair value of contingent consideration (included in operating expense) (100) (1,800) (4,600) 3,200
Severance costs ($805 included in operating costs and $51 included in general and administrative costs) 856 - 856 -
Litigation accrual and related legal fees associated with a
class action lawsuit (included in general and administrative expense) - 723 83 1,147
Unrealized (non-cash) losses (gains) on changes in fair value of derivatives 1,038 - 3,450 -
Acquisition and transition expenses (included in general and administrative expense) 15 - 16,388 -
Net earnings (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interest (b) (773) (294) (10) 424
Adjusted EBITDA (c) 48,899 34,361 314,722 296,067
Net cash interest expense (d) (32,502) (22,890) (105,762) (85,990)
Maintenance capital expenditures (e) (6,215) (5,088) (20,739) (18,624)
Cash paid for taxes - (260) (452) (1,076)
Proceeds from asset sales 1,013 1,417 5,501 4,624
Distributable cash flow to equity investors (f) 11,195 7,540 193,270 195,001
Distributable cash flow attributable to general partner and non-controlling interest 224 151 3,865 3,900
Distributable cash flow attributable to common unitholders 10,971 7,389 189,405 191,101
Less: Distributions paid to common unitholders 51,443 41,356 175,520 161,136
Distributable cash flow excess/(shortage) $(40,472) $(33,967) $13,885 $29,965
Propane gallons sales
Retail - Sales to End Users 110,973 124,147 595,607 650,253
Wholesale - Sales to Resellers 50,566 61,935 258,696 291,368
Total propane gallons sales 161,539 186,082 854,303 941,621
Salt water volume - Midstream operations (barrels processed) 4,734 3,997 17,766 6,497
Crude oil hauled - Midstream operations (barrels) 24,264 0 34,711 0
Crude oil sold - Midstream operations (barrels) 1,510 2,006
(a) Non-cash stock-based compensation charges consist of the following:
Three months ended Twelve months ended
October 31 October 31
2015 2014 2015 2014
Operating expense $1,218 $3,545 $2,848 $8,082
General and administrative expense 6,904 12,567 15,144 28,107
Total $8,122 $16,112 $17,992 $36,189
(b) Amounts allocated to the general partner for its 1.0101% interest in the operating partnership, Ferrellgas, L.P.
(c) Adjusted EBITDA is calculated as net earnings attributable to Ferrellgas Partners, L.P., income tax expense(benefit), interest expense, depreciation and amortization expense, loss on extinguishment of debt, non-cash employee stock ownership plan compensation charge, non-cash stock-based compensation charge, goodwill impairment charge, loss on disposal of assets, other income, net, change in fair value of contingent consideration, litigation accrual and related legal fees associated with a class action lawsuit, unrealized (non-cash) losses on changes in fair value of derivatives, acquisition and transition expenses and net earnings (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interest. Management believes the presentation of this measure is relevant and useful, because it allows investors to view the partnership's performance in a manner similar to the method management uses, adjusted for items management believes makes it easier to compare its results with other companies that have different financing and capital structures. This method of calculating Adjusted EBITDA may not be consistent with that of other companies and should be viewed in conjunction with measurements that are computed in accordance with GAAP.
(d) Net cash interest expense is the sum of interest expense less non-cash interest expense and other income (expense), net. This amount includes interest expense related to the accounts receivable securitization facility.
(e) Maintenance capital expenditures include capitalized expenditures for betterment and replacement of property, plant and equipment.
(f) Management considers distributable cash flow to equity investors a meaningful non-GAAP measure of the partnership's ability to declare and pay quarterly distributions to equity investors. Distributable cash flow to equity investors, as management defines it, may not be comparable to distributable cash flow to equity investors or similarly titled measurements used by other corporations and partnerships. Items added into our calculation of distributable cash flow to equity investors that will not occur on a continuing basis may have associated cash payments. Distributable cash flow to equity investors may not be consistent with that of other companies and should be viewed in conjunction with measurements that are computed in accordance with GAAP.
The following table includes a reconciliation of forecasted net earnings atttributable to Ferrellgas Partners, L.P. to forecasted Adjusted EBITDA for the fiscal year ending July 31, 2016.
Forecast
Fiscal Year
Ending
July 31,
2016
Net earnings attributable to Ferrellgas Partners, L.P. (estimate) (g) 20,000
Interest expense (estimate) 134,000
Income tax expense (estimate) 1,000
Depreciation and amortization expense (estimate) 150,000
Non-cash employee stock ownership plan compensation charge (estimate) 28,000
Non-cash stock based compensation charge (estimate) 27,000
Loss on disposal of assets (estimate) 19,900
Change in fair value of contingent consideration (included in operating expense) (100)
Severance costs 900
Goodwill impairment charge 29,300
Adjusted EBITDA (h) 410,000
(g) Represents estimated net earnings attributable to Ferrellgas Partners, L.P. after adjusting for change in fair value of gains and losses on commodity and interest rate derivative instruments not associated with current-period transactions. It is impracticable to determine actual gains and losses on these instruments not associated with current-period transactions that will be reported in GAAP net income as such gains and losses will depend upon future changes in commodity prices and interest rates which cannot be forecasted.
(h) Represents the midpoint of Adjusted EBITDA guidance range for fiscal 2016.


Contacts Jack Herrold, Investor Relations – jackherrold@ferrellgas.com or (913) 661-1851 Jim Saladin, Media Relations – jimsaladin@ferrellgas.com or (913) 661-1833 Scott Brockelmeyer, Media Relations – scottbrockelmeyer@ferrellgas.com or (913) 661-1830

Source:Ferrellgas Partners, L.P.