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Western Refining Logistics, LP Reports First Quarter 2017 Results

• Net income of $19.9 million; EBITDA of $36.1 million, up 27% versus Q1 2016
• Increased quarterly distribution to $0.4525 per unit; 13th consecutive increase since IPO
• Distributable cash flow of $28.1 million, up 25% compared to Q1 2016

EL PASO, Texas, May 02, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Western Refining Logistics, LP (NYSE:WNRL) today reported first quarter 2017 net income attributable to limited partners of $19.9 million, or $0.22 per common limited partner unit, which compares to $14.0 million and $0.28, respectively, in the first quarter 2016. First quarter 2017 EBITDA was $36.1 million and distributable cash flow was $28.1 million; this compares to $28.5 million and $22.5 million, respectively, for the first quarter 2016.

"WNRL delivered an increase in net income, EBITDA, distributable cash flow and its 13th consecutive quarter of distribution growth driven primarily by increases in Delaware Basin mainline movements and the recent acquisition of the St. Paul Park logistics assets," said Jeff Stevens, President and Chief Executive Officer of WNRL's general partner. "Our Wholesale fuel business had a good quarter due to strong margins. We also saw strong growth in our crude oil and asphalt trucking volumes in the Delaware."

On April 28, 2017, the board of directors declared a quarterly cash distribution for the first quarter 2017 of $0.4525 per unit, or $1.81 per unit, on an annualized basis. This distribution represents a 15% compound annual growth rate since WNRL's October 2013 initial public offering.

Stevens concluded, “Delaware Basin rig activity and crude oil production growth continues to be positive. We believe we are well-positioned to increase net income, EBITDA and distributions as crude oil production increases and we fully leverage our logistics assets.”

Conference Call Information

The Company issued a press release on April 5, 2017, announcing an earnings conference call on May 2, 2017, to discuss results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017. On April 17, 2017, Tesoro Logistics LP (“TLLP”), filed a Schedule 13D, indicating that management of TLLP had been authorized to consider, discuss and endeavor to negotiate a merger, consolidation or combination of assets held by and securities issued by WNRL. Consequently, WNRL will not be hosting a conference call.

About Western Refining Logistics, LP

Western Refining Logistics, LP is principally a fee-based, growth-oriented master limited partnership formed by Western Refining, Inc. (NYSE:WNR) to own, operate, develop and acquire terminals, storage tanks, pipelines and other logistics assets related to the terminalling, transportation and storage of crude oil and refined products. Headquartered in El Paso, Texas, Western Refining Logistics, LP's assets include approximately 705 miles of pipelines, approximately 12.4 million barrels of active storage capacity, distribution of wholesale petroleum products and crude oil and asphalt trucking.

More information about Western Refining Logistics, LP is available at www.wnrl.com.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to our financial information presented in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), management utilizes non-GAAP measures to facilitate comparisons of past performance. This press release and supporting schedules include the non-GAAP measures Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA) and Distributable Cash Flow. We believe certain investors and financial analysts use EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow to evaluate WNRL’s financial performance between periods and to compare WNRL's performance to certain competitors. We believe certain investors and financial analysts use Distributable Cash Flow to determine the amount of cash available for distribution to our unitholders. These additional financial measures are reconciled from the most directly comparable measures as reported in accordance with GAAP and should be viewed in addition to, and not in lieu of, financial information that we report in accordance with GAAP.

Cautionary Statement on Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements reflect WNRL’s current expectation regarding future events, results or outcomes. The forward-looking statements contained herein include statements related to, among other things: the continued growth of Delaware Basin rig activity and crude oil production; WNRL’s ability to increase net income, EBITDA and distributions; increases in crude oil production; WNRL’s ability to fully leverage its logistics assets; and the consideration and discussion of a merger, consolidation or combination of assets held by and securities issued by WNRL with Tesoro Logistics LP. These statements are subject to the general risks inherent in WNRL’s business. These expectations may or may not be realized and some of these expectations may be based upon assumptions or judgments that prove to be incorrect. In addition, WNRL’s business and operations involve numerous risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond its control, which could result in WNRL’s expectations not being realized, or otherwise materially affect WNRL’s financial condition, results of operations, and cash flows. Additional information relating to the uncertainties affecting WNRL’s business is contained in its filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission to which you are referred. The forward-looking statements are only as of the date made. Except as required by law, WNRL does not undertake any obligation to (and expressly disclaims any obligation to) update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date such statements were made, or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

Results of Operations

The following tables set forth WNRL's summary historical financial and operating data for the periods indicated below:

Three Months Ended
March 31,
2017 2016
(Unaudited)
(In thousands, except per unit data)
Revenues:
Fee based:
Affiliate$65,477 $51,928
Third-party619 690
Sales based:
Affiliate125,067 97,529
Third-party413,529 317,892
Total revenues604,692 468,039
Operating costs and expenses:
Cost of products sold:
Affiliate122,699 95,149
Third-party394,600 300,441
Operating and maintenance expenses44,847 44,658
Selling, general and administrative expenses6,743 5,364
Gain on disposal of assets, net(291) (99)
Depreciation and amortization9,732 9,338
Total operating costs and expenses578,330 454,851
Operating income26,362 13,188
Other income (expense):
Interest and debt expense(6,608) (7,052)
Other income (expense), net22 (118)
Net income before income taxes19,776 6,018
Benefit (provision) for income taxes110 (261)
Net income19,886 5,757
Less net loss attributable to General Partner (8,250)
Net income attributable to limited partners$19,886 $14,007
Net income per limited partner unit:
Common - basic$0.22 $0.28
Common - diluted0.22 0.28
Subordinated - basic and diluted0.51 0.28
Weighted average limited partner units outstanding:
Common - basic45,681 24,448
Common - diluted45,688 24,454
Subordinated - basic and diluted15,207 22,811


Three Months Ended
March 31,
2017 2016
(Unaudited)
(In thousands)
Cash Flow Data
Net cash provided by (used in):
Operating activities$43,346 $19,013
Investing activities(5,107) (8,237)
Financing activities(29,593) (26,728)
Capital expenditures5,470 8,356
Other Data
EBITDA (1)$36,116 $28,464
Distributable cash flow (1)28,075 22,528
Balance Sheet Data (at end of period)
Cash and cash equivalents$23,298 $28,653
Property, plant and equipment, net410,154 432,750
Total assets579,478 596,048
Total liabilities490,149 561,595
Division equity 108,138
Partners' capital89,329 (73,685)
Total liabilities, division equity and partners' capital579,478 596,048


(1) We define EBITDA as earnings before interest and debt expense, provision for income taxes and depreciation and amortization. We define Distributable Cash Flow as EBITDA plus the change in deferred revenues, less interest accruals, income taxes paid, maintenance capital expenditures and distributions declared on our TexNew Mex units. The GAAP performance measure most directly comparable to EBITDA is net income. The GAAP liquidity measure most directly comparable to EBITDA and distributable cash flow is net cash provided by operating activities. These non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered alternatives to GAAP net income or net cash provided by operating activities.

EBITDA has limitations as an analytical tool, and you should not consider it in isolation, or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP. Some of these limitations are:

• EBITDA does not reflect our cash expenditures or future requirements for capital expenditures or contractual commitments;

• EBITDA does not reflect the interest expense or the cash requirements necessary to service interest or principal payments on our debt;

• EBITDA does not reflect changes in, or cash requirements for, our working capital needs; and

• EBITDA, as we calculate it, may differ from the EBITDA calculations of our affiliates or other companies in our industry, thereby limiting its usefulness as a comparative measure.

EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow are used as supplemental financial measures by management and by external users of our financial statements, such as investors and commercial banks, to assess:

• our operating performance and liquidity as compared to those of other companies in the midstream energy industry, without regard to financial methods, historical cost basis or capital structure;

• the ability of our assets to generate sufficient cash to make distributions to our unitholders;

• our ability to incur and service debt and fund capital expenditures; and

• the viability of acquisitions and other capital expenditure projects and the returns on investment of various investment opportunities.

Distributable Cash Flow is a standard used by the investment community with respect to publicly traded partnerships because the value of a partnership unit is, in part, measured by its yield. Yield is based on the amount of cash distributions a partnership can pay to a unitholder. Although distributable cash flow is a liquidity measure, it is presented in this reconciliation to net income as supplemental information.

We believe that the presentation of these non-GAAP measures provides useful information to investors in assessing our financial condition and results of operations. These non-GAAP measures should not be considered as alternatives to net income or any other measure of financial performance presented in accordance with GAAP. EBITDA excludes some, but not all, items that affect net income attributable to limited partners. These non-GAAP measures may vary from those of other companies. As a result, EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow as presented herein may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies.

The calculation of EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow includes the results of operations for the St. Paul Park Logistics Assets subsequent to the St. Paul Park Logistics Transaction for the three months ended March 31, 2017. The results of operations for the St. Paul Park Logistics Assets are excluded from the EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow calculations for the comparable periods in the prior year because a retrospective adjustment of these performance measures is not a representative measure of performance results.

The following tables reconcile net income attributable to limited partners and net cash provided by operating activities to EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow for the three months ended March 31, 2017 and 2016, respectively.

Three Months Ended
March 31,
2017 2016
(Unaudited)
(In thousands)
Net income attributable to limited partners$19,886 $14,007
Interest and debt expense6,608 7,052
Provision (benefit) for income taxes(110) 261
Depreciation and amortization9,732 7,144
EBITDA36,116 28,464
Change in deferred revenues364 2,232
Interest accruals(6,132) (6,709)
Income taxes paid(89) (30)
Maintenance capital expenditures(2,184) (1,429)
Distributable cash flow$28,075 $22,528



Three Months Ended
March 31,
2017 2016
(In thousands)
Net cash provided by operating activities$43,346 $19,013
Changes in operating assets and liabilities(12,419) (3,150)
Interest and debt expense6,608 7,052
Unit-based compensation expense(635) (524)
Amortization of loan fees and original issue discount(492) (342)
Deferred income taxes(488)
Gain on disposal of assets, net291 99
Provision (benefit) for income taxes(110) 261
Reserve for doubtful accounts15 (1)
EBITDA attributable to General Partner (1) 6,056
EBITDA36,116 28,464
Change in deferred revenues364 2,232
Interest accruals(6,132) (6,709)
Income taxes paid(89) (30)
Maintenance capital expenditures(2,184) (1,429)
Distributable cash flow$28,075 $22,528

(1) The calculation of EBITDA attributable to General Partner is as follows:

Three Months Ended
March 31,
2016
(In thousands)
Net loss attributable to General Partner$(8,250)
Depreciation and amortization2,194
EBITDA attributable to General Partner$(6,056)



Logistics Segment

Three Months Ended
March 31,
2017 2016
(Unaudited)
(In thousands, except key operating statistics)
Statement of Operations Data:
Fee based revenues:
Affiliate$49,637 $40,916
Third-party619 690
Total revenues50,256 41,606
Operating costs and expenses:
Operating and maintenance expenses25,828 26,757
General and administrative expenses807 781
Loss on disposal of assets, net10
Depreciation and amortization8,581 8,155
Total operating costs and expenses35,226 35,693
Operating income$15,030 $5,913
Key Operating Statistics:
Pipeline and gathering (bpd):
Mainline movements (1):
Permian/Delaware Basin system53,136 49,486
Four Corners system47,480 52,467
TexNew Mex system4,402 12,544
Gathering (truck offloading):
Permian/Delaware Basin system14,605 20,533
Four Corners system6,617 12,761
Pipeline gathering and injection system:
Permian/Delaware Basin system11,972 7,885
Four Corners system24,068 24,437
TexNew Mex system5,336
Tank storage capacity (bbls) (2)959,087 828,202
Terminalling, transportation and storage:
Shipments into and out of storage (bpd) (includes asphalt)584,476 388,258
Terminal storage capacity (bbls) (2)11,376,734 7,385,543

(1) Some barrels of crude oil in route to Western's Gallup refinery and Permian/Delaware Basin are transported on more than one of our mainlines. Mainline movements for the Four Corners and Delaware Basin systems include each barrel transported on each mainline.

(2) Storage shell capacities represent weighted-average capacities for the periods indicated.


Wholesale Segment

Three Months Ended
March 31,
2017 2016
(Unaudited)
(In thousands, except key operating stats)
Statement of Operations Data:
Fee based revenues (1):
Affiliate$15,840 $11,012
Sales based revenues (1):
Affiliate125,067 97,529
Third-party413,529 317,892
Total revenues554,436 426,433
Operating costs and expenses:
Cost of products sold:
Affiliate122,699 95,149
Third-party394,600 300,441
Operating and maintenance expenses19,019 17,901
Selling, general and administrative expenses2,294 1,905
Gain on disposal of assets, net(301) (99)
Depreciation and amortization1,151 1,183
Total operating costs and expenses539,462 416,480
Operating income$14,974 $9,953
Key Operating Statistics:
Fuel gallons sold (in thousands)302,050 314,943
Fuel gallons sold to retail (included in fuel gallons sold above) (in thousands)79,113 79,841
Fuel margin per gallon (2)$0.042 $0.028
Lubricant gallons sold (in thousands)1,321 2,201
Lubricant margin per gallon (3)$1.08 $0.69
Asphalt trucking volume (bpd)5,205
Crude oil trucking volume (bpd)48,894 35,111
Average crude oil revenue per barrel$2.26 $2.24

(1) All wholesale fee based revenues are generated through fees charged to Western's refining segment for truck transportation and delivery of crude oil and asphalt. Affiliate and third-party sales based revenues result from sales of refined products to Western and third-party customers at a delivered price that includes charges for product transportation.

(2) Fuel margin per gallon is a measurement calculated by dividing the difference between fuel sales, net of transportation charges, and cost of fuel sales for our wholesale business by the number of gallons sold. Fuel margin per gallon is a measure frequently used in the petroleum products wholesale industry to measure operating results related to fuel sales.

(3) Lubricant margin per gallon is a measurement calculated by dividing the difference between lubricant sales, net of transportation charges, and lubricant cost of products sold by the number of gallons sold. Lubricant margin is a measure frequently used in the petroleum products wholesale industry to measure operating results related to lubricant sales.

Investor and Analyst Contact: Michelle Clemente (602) 286-1533 Jeffrey S. Beyersdorfer (602) 286-1530 Media Contact: Gary W. Hanson (602) 286-1777

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