Green Plains Partners Reports First Quarter 2017 Financial Results

  • Net income of $15.0 million, or $0.46 per common unit
  • Quarterly cash distribution increased 1.0 cent to $0.44 per unit
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $17.6 million and distributable cash flow of $16.2 million, LTM distribution coverage ratio of 1.19x

OMAHA, Neb., May 01, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Green Plains Partners LP (NASDAQ:GPP) today announced financial and operating results for the first quarter of 2017. Net income was $15.0 million, or $0.46 per common unit, for the first quarter of 2017 compared with $12.2 million, or $0.38 per common unit, for the same period in 2016. The partnership reported adjusted EBITDA of $17.6 million and distributable cash flow of $16.2 million for the first quarter of 2017, compared with adjusted EBITDA of $13.9 million and distributable cash flow of $13.3 million for the same period in 2016. Distribution coverage for the twelve months ended March 31, 2017, (LTM), was 1.19x.

“The partnership delivered another strong quarter supported by Green Plains’ production and downstream distribution volumes,” said Todd Becker, president and chief executive officer of Green Plains Partners. “As a result of the dropdown transactions completed last year, we continue to build our distribution coverage ratio while increasing our quarterly distributions.”

First Quarter Highlights

  • On April 20, 2017, the board of directors of the partnership’s general partner declared a quarterly cash distribution of $0.44 per unit, or approximately $14.3 million, for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017. The first quarter distribution will be paid on May 15, 2017, to unitholders of record at the close of business on May 5, 2017.

Results of Operations
Consolidated revenues increased $3.4 million for the three months ended March 31, 2017, compared with the same period last year. Revenues generated from the partnership’s storage and throughput agreement with Green Plains Trade increased $3.7 million due to higher throughput volumes resulting from ethanol storage assets acquired in September 2016, partially offset by decreased railcar transportation services and other revenue. Operating expenses decreased by $0.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2017, compared with the same period for last year.

During the first quarter of 2017, Green Plains Trade increased its ethanol inventories in the partnership’s storage facilities by approximately 7.0 million gallons, which increased deferred revenues by approximately $0.4 million. The partnership expects inventories to return to normal levels during the second quarter.

(unaudited, in million gallons)
Three Months Ended
March 31,

2017 2016 % Var.
Product volumes
Storage and throughput services321.1 247.5 29.7 %
Terminal services:
Affiliate48.9 28.7 70.4
Non-affiliate25.5 44.2 (42.3)
74.4 72.9 2.1
Railcar capacity billed (daily average)89.2 72.9 22.4

Liquidity and Capital Resources
Total liquidity as of March 31, 2017, was $29.4 million, including $0.9 million in cash and cash equivalents, and $28.5 million available under the partnership’s revolving credit facility. The balance outstanding on the partnership’s revolving credit facility was $126.5 million as of March 31, 2017.

Conference Call Information
On May 2, 2017, Green Plains Partners LP and Green Plains Inc. will host a joint conference call at 11 a.m. Eastern time (10 a.m. Central time) to discuss first quarter 2017 financial and operating results for each company. Domestic and international participants can access the conference call by dialing 888.228.5279 and 913.312.0942, respectively. Participants are advised to call at least 10 minutes prior to the start time. Alternatively, the conference call and presentation can be accessed on Green Plains Partners’ website at A transcript of the conference call will also be made available on the partnership’s website as soon as practicable.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow are supplemental financial measures used to assess the partnership’s financial performance. Management believes adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow provide investors useful information in assessing the partnership’s financial condition and results of operations. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as earnings before interest expense, income tax expense, depreciation and amortization, plus adjustments for transaction costs related to acquisitions or financing transactions, minimum volume commitment deficiency payments, unit-based compensation expense and net gains or losses on asset sales. Distributable cash flow is defined as adjusted EBITDA less interest paid or payable, income taxes paid or payable and maintenance capital expenditures. Adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow are not presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and therefore should not be considered in isolation or as alternatives to net income or any other measure of financial performance presented in accordance with GAAP to analyze the partnership’s results.

About Green Plains Partners LP
Green Plains Partners LP (NASDAQ:GPP) is a fee-based Delaware limited partnership formed by Green Plains Inc. to provide fuel storage and transportation services by owning, operating, developing and acquiring ethanol and fuel storage tanks, terminals, transportation assets and other related assets and businesses. For more information about Green Plains Partners, visit

About Green Plains Inc.
Green Plains Inc. (NASDAQ:GPRE) is a diversified commodity-processing business with operations related to ethanol production, grain handling and storage, cattle feedlots, food ingredients, and commodity marketing and logistics services. The company is the second largest consolidated owner of ethanol production facilities in the world with 17 dry mill plants, producing nearly 1.5 billion gallons of ethanol at full capacity. Green Plains owns a 62.5% limited partner interest and a 2.0% general partner interest in Green Plains Partners. For more information about Green Plains, visit

Forward-Looking Statements
This news release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended. Forward-looking statements reflect management’s current views, which are subject to risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to, anticipated financial and operating results, plans and objectives that are not historical in nature. These statements may be identified by words such as “believe,” “expect,” “may,” “should,” “will” and similar expressions. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied are discussed in Green Plains Partners’ reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this news release. Green Plains Partners assumes no obligation to update any such forward-looking statements, except as required by law.

Consolidated Financial Results

(unaudited, in thousands)
March 31, December 31,
2017 2016
Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents$893 $622
Accounts receivable, including from affiliates 20,112 20,290
Other current assets 1,840 1,363
Total current assets 22,845 22,275
Property and equipment, net 50,156 51,022
Other assets 20,302 20,479
Total assets$93,303 $93,776
Current liabilities
Accounts payable, including to affiliates$11,078 $6,201
Other current liabilities 7,516 11,102
Total current liabilities 18,594 17,303
Long-term debt 134,439 136,927
Other liabilities 3,353 3,712
Total liabilities 156,386 157,942
Partners’ capital (63,083) (64,166)
Total liabilities and partners’ capital$93,303 $93,776

(unaudited, in thousands except per unit amounts)
Three Months Ended
March 31,

2017 2016 % Var.
Affiliate$25,757 $21,768 18.3 %
Non-affiliate 1,472 2,021 (27.2)
Total revenues 27,229 23,789 14.5
Operating expenses
Operations and maintenance 8,531 8,645 (1.3)
Selling, general and administrative 1,212 1,209 0.2
Depreciation and amortization 1,254 1,217 3.0
Total operating expenses 10,997 11,071 (0.7)
Operating income 16,232 12,718 27.6
Other income (expense)
Interest income 20 21 (4.8)
Interest expense (1,228) (384) *
Total other expense (1,208) (363) *
Income before income taxes 15,024 12,355 21.6
Income tax expense 47 173 (72.8)
Net income$14,977 $12,182 22.9 %
Net income attributable to partners’ ownership interests
General partner$300 $244 23.0 %
Limited partners - common unitholders 7,343 5,971 23.0
Limited partners - subordinated unitholders 7,334 5,967 22.9
Earnings per limited partner unit (basic and diluted):
Common units$0.46 $0.38 22.9 %
Subordinated units$0.46 $0.38 22.9 %
Weighted average units outstanding (basic and diluted):
Common units 15,911 15,899 0.1
Subordinated units 15,890 15,890 -
Supplemental Revenues Data:
Storage and throughput services$16,054 $12,376 29.7 %
Terminal services 3,112 2,895 7.5
Railcar transportation services 7,530 7,774 (3.1)
Other 533 744 (28.4)
Total revenues$27,229 $23,789 14.5 %
* Percentage variance not considered meaningful.

(unaudited, in thousands)
Three Months Ended
March 31,

2017 2016
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net income$14,977 $12,182
Noncash operating adjustments:
Depreciation and amortization 1,254 1,217
Deferred income taxes - 1
Other 256 367
Net change in working capital 237 (68)
Net cash provided by operating activities 16,724 13,699
Cash flows from investing activities:
Purchases of property and equipment - (87)
Acquisition of assets from sponsor - (62,312)
Net cash used by investing activities - (62,399)
Cash flows from financing activities:
Payments of distributions (13,953) (13,057)
Net proceeds (payments) - revolving credit facility (2,500) 51,000
Other - (2)
Net cash provided (used) by financing activities (16,453) 37,941
Net change in cash and cash equivalents 271 (10,759)
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period 622 16,385
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period$893 $5,626

(unaudited, dollars in thousands)
Three Months Ended
March 31,

LTM Ended
March 31,

2017 2016 2017
Net income$14,977 $12,182 $59,600
Interest expense 1,228 384 3,389
Income tax expense 47 173 98
Depreciation and amortization 1,254 1,217 5,684
Transaction costs - (4) 355
Unit-based compensation expense (benefit) 59 (15) 217
Adjusted EBITDA 17,565 13,937 69,343
Interest paid or payable 1,228 384 3,389
Income taxes paid or payable 47 172 101
Maintenance capital expenditures 106 34 336
Distributable cash flow$16,184 $13,347 $65,517
Distributions declared(1)$14,278 $13,136 $55,158
Coverage ratio1.13x 1.02x 1.19x
(1) Represents distributions declared for the applicable period and paid in the subsequent quarter.

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Source:Green Plains Partners LP