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Rose Rock Midstream, L.P. Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2015 Results

Full Year Adjusted EBITDA Increased 37% Year-Over-Year

TULSA, Okla., Feb. 25, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Rose Rock Midstream®, L.P. (NYSE:RRMS) today announced its financial results for the three months and twelve months ended December 31, 2015.

Rose Rock Midstream's Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (Adjusted EBITDA) was $46.6 million for the fourth quarter 2015, up 3% as compared to fourth quarter 2014 results of $45.1 million, and up nearly 11% as compared to third quarter 2015 results of $41.9 million.

For full-year 2015, Rose Rock reported $175.3 million in Adjusted EBITDA, a 37% increase as compared to $127.9 million for the same period last year.

"Rose Rock finished the year on a solid note, increasing Adjusted EBITDA by 37% year-over-year in the face of significant industry headwinds," said Carlin Conner, chief executive officer of Rose Rock Midstream’s general partner. "While the midstream sector continues to face turbulent market conditions, we remain confident in our ability to weather the storm based on our solid future cash flows underpinned by a majority of take-or-pay contracts with investment grade companies."

Adjusted gross margin, which excludes Rose Rock's equity earnings in White Cliffs Pipeline and Glass Mountain Pipeline, was $43.8 million for the fourth quarter 2015, compared to $48.2 million for the fourth quarter 2014, and $41.3 million for the third quarter 2015. For the twelve months ended December 31, 2015, Rose Rock reported Adjusted gross margin of $174.8 million, up 6% from $165.1 million for the same period in 2014. Adjusted gross margin and Adjusted EBITDA, which are non-GAAP measures, are reconciled to their most directly comparable GAAP measures below.

Fourth quarter 2015 Rose Rock reported net income of $1.6 million, compared to $15.1 million for the fourth quarter 2014 and $16.4 million for the third quarter 2015. Fourth quarter 2015 net income was negatively impacted by non-cash expenses of $9.5 million for goodwill impairment. For the twelve months ended December 31, 2015, net income attributable to Rose Rock totaled $49.7 million, compared to $55.2 million for the same period in 2014.

Rose Rock Midstream's distributable cash flow for the three months ended December 31, 2015 was $32.5 million. On January 11, 2016, Rose Rock Midstream announced the partnership's quarterly cash distribution of $0.66 per unit. This distribution represents an increase of more than 6% compared to the distribution of $0.62 per unit with respect to the fourth quarter of 2014. The distribution was paid on February 12, 2016 to all unitholders of record on February 2, 2016. Distributable cash flow, which is a non-GAAP measure, is reconciled to its most directly comparable GAAP measure below.

2016 Adjusted EBITDA and Capex Guidance
Rose Rock's 2016 consolidated Adjusted EBITDA guidance is between $165 and $185 million, compared to 2015 results of $175.3 million. The partnership expects to maintain its current distribution and distribution coverage of 1.0 times or greater throughout 2016, representing a 1.3% increase year-over-year. The partnership also expects to deploy approximately $35 million in capital investments in 2016.

Earnings Conference Call
Rose Rock Midstream will host a joint conference call with SemGroup® Corporation (NYSE:SEMG) for investors tomorrow, February 26, 2016, at 11 a.m. ET. The call can be accessed live over the telephone by dialing 1.855.239.1101, or for international callers, 1.412.524.4117. Interested parties may also listen to a simultaneous webcast of the conference call by logging onto Rose Rock Midstream's Investor Relations website at ir.rrmidstream.com. A replay of the webcast will also be available for a year following the call at ir.rrmidstream.com on the Calendar of Events-Past Events page. The fourth quarter 2015 earnings slide deck will be posted under Presentations.

About Rose Rock Midstream
Rose Rock Midstream®, L.P. (NYSE:RRMS) is a growth-oriented Delaware limited partnership formed by SemGroup® Corporation (NYSE:SEMG) to own, operate, develop and acquire a diversified portfolio of midstream energy assets. Headquartered in Tulsa, OK, Rose Rock Midstream provides crude oil gathering, transportation, storage and marketing services with the majority of its assets strategically located in or connected to the Cushing, Oklahoma crude oil marketing hub.

Rose Rock uses its Investor Relations website and social media outlets as channels of distribution of material company information. Such information is routinely posted and accessible on our Investor Relations website at ir.rrmidstream.com, our Twitter account and LinkedIn account.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures
This Press Release and the accompanying schedules include the non-GAAP financial measures of Adjusted gross margin, Adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow, which may be used periodically by management when discussing our financial results with investors and analysts. The accompanying schedules of this Press Release provide reconciliations of these non-GAAP financial measures to their most directly comparable financial measures calculated and presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America (GAAP). Adjusted gross margin, Adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow are presented as management believes they provide additional information and metrics relative to the performance of our business.

Operating income (loss) is the GAAP measure most directly comparable to Adjusted gross margin, net income (loss) and cash provided by (used in) operating activities are the GAAP measures most directly comparable to Adjusted EBITDA, and net income (loss) is the GAAP measure most directly comparable to distributable cash flow. Our non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered as alternatives to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures. These non-GAAP financial measures have important limitations as analytical tools because they exclude some, but not all, items that affect the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures. You should not consider Adjusted gross margin, Adjusted EBITDA or distributable cash flow in isolation or as substitutes for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP. Because Adjusted gross margin, Adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow may be defined differently by other companies in our industry, our definitions of these non-GAAP financial measures may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies, thereby diminishing their utility.

Management compensates for the limitation of Adjusted gross margin, Adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow as analytical tools by reviewing the comparable GAAP measures, understanding the differences between Adjusted gross margin, Adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow, on the one hand, and operating income (loss), net income (loss) and net cash provided by (used in) operating activities, on the other hand, and incorporating this knowledge into its decision-making processes. We believe that investors benefit from having access to the same financial measures that our management uses in evaluating our operating results.

Forward-Looking Statements
Certain matters contained in this Press Release include “forward-looking statements.” All statements, other than statements of historical fact, included in this Press Release including the prospects of our industry, our anticipated financial performance, including distributable cash flow, cash distributions, management's plans and objectives for future operations, capital investments, business prospects, outcome of regulatory proceedings, market conditions and other matters, may constitute forward-looking statements. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot assure you that these expectations will prove to be correct. These forward-looking statements are subject to certain known and unknown risks and uncertainties, as well as assumptions that could cause actual results to differ materially from those reflected in these forward-looking statements. Factors that might cause actual results to differ include, but are not limited to, insufficient cash from operations following the establishment of cash reserves and payment of fees and expenses to pay current, expected or minimum quarterly distributions; any sustained reduction in demand for, or supply of, crude oil in markets served by our midstream assets; the effect of our debt level on our future financial and operating flexibility, including our ability to obtain additional capital on terms that are favorable to us; our ability to access the debt and equity markets, which will depend on general market conditions and the credit ratings for our debt obligations and equity; the loss of, or a material nonpayment or nonperformance by, any of our key customers; our ability to renew or replace expiring storage, transportation and related contracts; the amount of cash distributions, capital requirements, and performance of our investments and joint ventures; the amount of collateral required to be posted from time to time in our purchase, sale or derivative transactions; the impact of operational and developmental hazards and unforeseen interruptions; our ability to obtain new sources of supply of crude oil; competition from other midstream energy companies; our ability to comply with the covenants contained in our credit facility and the indentures governing our senior notes, including requirements under our credit facility to maintain certain financial ratios; the overall forward market for crude oil; the possibility that our hedging activities may result in losses or may have a negative impact on our financial results; weather and other natural phenomena, including climate conditions; a cyber attack involving our information systems and related infrastructure, or that of our business associates; costs of, or changes in, laws and regulations and our failure to comply with new or existing laws or regulations, particularly with regard to taxes, safety and protection of the environment; the possibility that the construction or acquisition of new assets may not result in the corresponding anticipated revenue increases; general economic, market and business conditions; as well as other risk factors discussed from time to time in each of our documents and reports filed with the SEC.

Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements contained in this Press Release, which reflect management's opinions only as of the date hereof. Except as required by law, we undertake no obligation to revise or publicly release the results of any revision to any forward-looking statements.


Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands, unaudited)
December 31,December 31,
20152014(1)
ASSETS
Current assets$319,614 $274,769
Property, plant and equipment, net441,596 396,066
Equity method investments438,291 269,635
Other noncurrent assets, net58,330 65,793
Total assets$1,257,831 $1,006,263
LIABILITIES AND PARTNERS' CAPITAL
Current liabilities$283,029 $265,682
Long-term debt744,597 432,092
Total liabilities1,027,626 697,774
Partners' capital230,205 308,489
Total liabilities and partners' capital$1,257,831 $1,006,263

(1) Prior period financial information has been recast to reflect the effects of the dropdown of the Wattenberg Oil Trunkline. The impact to prior periods was not significant.





Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income
(in thousands, except per unit data, unaudited)
Three Months EndedYear Ended
December 31,September 30,December 31,
20152014(1)201520152014(1)
Revenues, including revenues from affiliates:
Product$218,020 $305,583 $211,881 $729,993 $1,185,456
Service27,609 30,988 29,205 114,718 112,641
Total revenues245,629 336,571 241,086 844,711 1,298,097
Expenses, including expenses from affiliates:
Costs of products sold, exclusive of depreciation and amortization207,155 287,434 195,244 671,769 1,131,362
Operating19,603 25,607 19,054 83,134 80,160
General and administrative4,797 5,033 4,339 21,085 19,415
Depreciation and amortization10,613 12,882 10,634 41,998 40,035
Loss on disposal or impairment, net10,100 89 27 10,257 319
Total expenses252,268 331,045 229,298 828,243 1,271,291
Earnings from equity method investments20,693 17,718 17,115 76,355 57,378
Operating income14,054 23,244 28,903 92,823 84,184
Other expenses:
Interest expense12,494 8,152 12,491 43,188 21,279
Other expense (income), net(24)1 (9)(38)(20)
Total other expenses, net12,470 8,153 12,482 43,150 21,259
Net income1,584 15,091 16,421 49,673 62,925
Less: net income attributable to noncontrolling interests 7,758
Net income attributable to Rose Rock Midstream, L.P.$1,584 $15,091 $16,421 $49,673 $55,167
Net income allocated to general partner$5,366 $4,077 $5,658 $21,089 $8,142
Net income allocated to common unitholders$(3,782)$6,925 $10,763 $28,584 $32,914
Net income allocated to subordinated unitholders$ $2,826 $ $ $13,912
Net income allocated to Class A unitholders$ $1,263 $ $ $199
Net income (loss) per limited partner unit:
Common unit (basic)$(0.10)$0.34 $0.29 $0.79 $1.69
Common unit (diluted)$(0.10)$0.34 $0.29 $0.79 $1.69
Subordinated unit (basic and diluted)$ $0.34 $ $ $1.66
Class A unit (basic and diluted)$ $0.34 $ $ $0.06
Basic weighted average number of limited partner units outstanding:
Common units36,796 20,576 36,792 36,302 19,419
Subordinated units 8,390 8,390
Class A units 3,750 3,154
Diluted weighted average number of limited partner units outstanding:
Common units36,831 20,647 36,831 36,343 19,484
Subordinated units 8,390 8,390
Class A units 3,750 3,154


(1) Prior period financial information has been recast to reflect the effects of the dropdown of the Wattenberg Oil Trunkline. The impact to prior periods was not significant. The prior period earnings impact was allocated to the general partner.




Non-GAAP Reconciliations
(in thousands, unaudited)Three Months EndedYear Ended
December 31,September 30,December 31,
20152014(1)201520152014(1)
Reconciliation of operating income to Adjusted gross margin:
Operating income$14,054 $23,244 $28,903 $92,823 $84,184
Add:
Operating expense19,603 25,607 19,054 83,134 80,160
General and administrative expense4,797 5,033 4,339 21,085 19,415
Depreciation and amortization expense10,613 12,882 10,634 41,998 40,035
Loss on disposal or impairment, net10,100 89 27 10,257 319
Less:
Earnings from equity method investments20,693 17,718 17,115 76,355 57,378
Non-cash unrealized gain (loss) on derivatives, net(5,330)965 4,546 (1,900)1,621
Adjusted gross margin$43,804 $48,172 $41,296 $174,842 $165,114
Reconciliation of net income to Adjusted EBITDA:
Net income$1,584 $15,091 $16,421 $49,673 $62,925
Add:
Interest expense12,494 8,152 12,491 43,188 21,279
Depreciation and amortization expense10,613 12,882 10,634 41,998 40,035
Cash distributions from equity method investments25,241 21,687 23,602 100,468 66,768
Inventory valuation adjustment1,355 5,667 2,590 5,667
Provision for doubtful accounts receivable257 257
Non-cash equity compensation341 238 358 1,354 943
Loss on disposal or impairment, net10,100 89 27 10,257 319
Less:
Earnings from equity method investments20,693 17,718 17,115 76,355 57,378
White Cliffs cash distributions attributable to noncontrolling interests 11,008
Impact from derivative instruments:
Total gain on derivatives, net4,955 16,053 6,036 8,145 17,351
Total realized gain (cash flow) on derivatives, net(10,285)(15,088)(1,490)(10,045)(15,730)
Non-cash unrealized gain (loss) on derivatives, net(5,330)965 4,546 (1,900)1,621
Adjusted EBITDA$46,622 $45,123 $41,872 $175,330 $127,929
Reconciliation of net cash provided by operating activities to Adjusted EBITDA:
Net cash provided by operating activities$30,549 $64,823 $32,431 $82,851 $111,093
Less:
Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net140 31,295 8,710 (28,044)1,296
White Cliffs cash distributions attributable to noncontrolling interests 11,008
Add:
Interest expense, excluding amortization of debt issuance costs11,664 7,626 11,664 40,322 19,750
Distributions from equity method investments in excess of equity in earnings4,549 3,969 6,487 24,113 9,390
Adjusted EBITDA$46,622 $45,123 $41,872 $175,330 $127,929


(1) Prior period financial information has been recast to reflect the effects of the dropdown of the Wattenberg Oil Trunkline. The impact to prior periods was not significant.






Non-GAAP Reconciliations (Continued)
(in thousands, unaudited)Three Months EndedYear Ended
December 31,September 30,December 31,
2015 2014(2)201520152014(2)
Reconciliation of net income to distributable cash flow:
Net income$1,584 $15,091 $16,421 $49,673 $62,925
Add:
Interest expense12,494 8,152 12,491 43,188 21,279
Depreciation and amortization expense10,613 12,882 10,634 41,998 40,035
EBITDA24,691 36,125 39,546 134,859 124,239
Add:
Loss on disposal or impairment, net10,100 89 27 10,257 319
Cash distributions from equity method investments25,241 21,687 23,602 100,468 66,768
Inventory valuation adjustment1,355 5,667 2,590 5,667
Provision for doubtful accounts receivable257 257
Non-cash equity compensation341 238 3581,354 943
Less:
Earnings from equity method investments20,693 17,718 17,115 76,355 57,378
White Cliffs cash distributions attributable to noncontrolling interests 11,008
Non-cash unrealized gain (loss) on derivatives, net(5,330) 965 4,546 (1,900)1,621
Adjusted EBITDA$46,622 $45,123 $41,872 $175,330 $127,929
Less:
Cash interest expense11,640 7,601 11,364 40,222 19,650
Maintenance capital expenditures2,458 2,275 2,892 11,132 6,511
Distributable cash flow$32,524 $35,247 $27,616 $123,976 $101,768
Distribution declared$30,224 (1)$24,269 $30,221 $118,307 $73,756
Distribution coverage ratio 1.08x 1.45x 0.91x 1.05x 1.38x


(1) The distribution declared January 11, 2016 represents $0.66 per unit, or $2.64 per unit on an annualized basis.
(2) Prior period financial information has been recast to reflect the effects of the dropdown of the Wattenberg Oil Trunkline. The impact to prior periods was not significant.






2016 Adjusted EBITDA Guidance
Reconciliation
(millions, unaudited)
Mid-point
Net income$48.5
Add: Interest expense51.0
Add: Depreciation and amortization49.0
EBITDA$148.5
Non-Cash and Other Adjustments26.5
Adjusted EBITDA$175.0
Less:
Cash interest expense48.0
Maintenance capital expenditures10.0
Add:
General Partner support4.0
Distributable cash flow$121.0
Expected cash distributions declared$121.0
Coverage1.0x
Non-Cash and Other Adjustments
Earnings from equity method investments$(77.0)
Cash distributions from equity method investments102.0
Non-cash equity compensation1.5
Non-Cash and Other Adjustments$26.5


Contacts: Investor Relations: Alisa Perkins 918-524-8081 roserockir@rrmidstream.com Media: Kiley Roberson 918-524-8594 kroberson@rrmidstream.com

Source:Rose Rock Midstream, LP