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Green Plains Partners Reports Third Quarter 2018 Financial Results
  • Net income of $14.5 million, or $0.44 per common unit
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $16.8 million and distributable cash flow of $14.9 million
  • Quarterly cash distribution of $0.475 per unit
  • Distribution coverage ratio of 0.96x, LTM distribution coverage ratio of 1.02x

OMAHA, Neb., Nov. 07, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Green Plains Partners LP (NASDAQ:GPP) today announced financial and operating results for the third quarter of 2018. Net income was $14.5 million, or $0.44 per common unit, for the third quarter of 2018 compared with $14.5 million, or $0.45 per common unit, for the same period in 2017. The partnership reported adjusted EBITDA of $16.8 million and distributable cash flow of $14.9 million for the third quarter of 2018, compared with adjusted EBITDA of $16.4 million and distributable cash flow of $14.9 million for the same period in 2017. Distribution coverage was 0.96x for the three months ended September 30, 2018.

“The partnership will remain the primary vehicle to expand our downstream logistics activities,” said Todd Becker, president and chief executive officer of Green Plains Partners. “As Green Plains Inc. finalizes its current portfolio optimization plan, we will continue to pursue accretive opportunities to grow the partnership’s revenue and earnings, and provide diversification for our unitholders.”

Third Quarter Highlights and Recent Developments

  • On August 13, 2018, all of the 15,889,642 outstanding subordinated units held by Green Plains Inc. were converted into common units on a one-for-one basis. The conversion of the subordinated units does not impact the amount of cash distributions paid or the total number of outstanding units.
     
  • On October 8, 2018, Green Plains Inc. announced that it entered into an asset purchase agreement for the sale of three ethanol plants located in Bluffton, Ind., Lakota, Iowa, and Riga, Mich.. Correspondingly, the partnership entered into an asset purchase agreement to sell select storage and transportation assets to Green Plains Inc. for $120.9 million and is subject to certain post-closing adjustments. Approximately 525 railcars of the 3,500 railcars leased by the partnership are anticipated to be conveyed to Green Plains Inc. upon closing. The partnership will receive approximately 8.9 million units owned by Green Plains Inc. as payment for the transaction. The Conflicts Committee reviewed and approved these transactions. 
     
  • Also on October 8, 2018, the partnership and its parent have agreed, upon closing of the above transaction, to extend the storage and throughput services agreement with Green Plains Trade for an additional three years to June 30, 2028. Upon closing, the quarterly minimum volume commitment associated with the storage and throughput services agreement will be 235.7 million gallons or, approximately 80% of the revised Green Plains Inc. annual production capacity of 1.183 billion gallons.
     
  • On October 12, 2018, the partnership amended its revolving credit facility to allow the sale of the ethanol storage assets associated with up to six ethanol plants owned by Green Plains with no more than 600 million gallons of production capacity. Upon close of such sale, the revolving credit facility available will be decreased from $235 million to $200 million. In addition, the lenders permitted the exchange of units as consideration for the transaction and also permitted modifications of various key operating agreements. There were no significant changes in other covenants.
     
  • Effective October 15, 2018, the partnership and Green Plains Inc. agreed to extend the offer period related to the company’s interest in JGP Energy Partners, a joint venture with Jefferson Ethanol Holdings LLC, to June 30, 2019. The Conflicts Committee reviewed and approved this transaction. 
     
  • On October 18, 2018, the board of directors of the partnership’s general partner declared a quarterly cash distribution of $0.475 per unit, or approximately $15.5 million, for the third quarter of 2018. The distribution is payable on Nov. 9, 2018, to unitholders of record at the close of business on Nov. 2, 2018.


Results of Operations
Consolidated revenues decreased $0.7 million for the three months ended September 30, 2018, compared with the same period for 2017. Revenues generated from rail transportation services decreased $1.2 million due to lower average rates charged for the railcar volumetric capacity provided. Revenues generated from terminal services decreased $0.2 million due to lower throughput at our fuel terminals. These decreases were partially offset by an increase in trucking and other revenue of $0.4 million primarily due to expansion of our truck fleet and an increase in storage and throughput services revenue of $0.3 million primarily due to an increase in throughput and transload volumes.

Operations and maintenance expenses decreased $1.1 million for the three months ended September 30, 2018, compared with the same period for 2017, primarily due to lower railcar lease expense.

General and administrative expenses increased $0.2 million for the three months ended September 30, 2018, compared with the same period for 2017, primarily due to increases in board expenses and professional fees. Interest expense increased $0.5 million due to costs associated with increasing the partnership’s revolving credit facility and higher interest rates.

During the third quarter of 2018, Green Plains Inc.'s average utilization rate was approximately 81.3% of capacity, resulting in ethanol production of 304.8 million gallons for the third quarter of 2018, compared with 313.6 million gallons, or 83.7% of capacity, for the same quarter last year. Green Plains Inc. continues to evaluate production run rates and may flex production depending on market conditions. Green Plains Trade exceeded the minimum volume commitment for the three months ended September 30, 2018, and received a $0.4 million credit related to the $0.7 million deficiency payment charged by the partnership for the three months ended March 31, 2018.

                           
GREEN PLAINS PARTNERS LP
SELECTED OPERATING DATA
(unaudited, in million gallons)
                           
  Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
  September 30,   September 30,
  2018   2017   % Var.   2018   2017   % Var.
Product volumes                          
Storage and throughput services  314.1    308.3    1.9   %    926.7    913.9    1.4   %
                           
Terminal services:                          
Affiliate  35.2    33.1    6.3        101.3    124.5    (18.6 )  
Non-affiliate  28.1    38.8    (27.6 )      90.7    99.3    (8.7 )  
   63.3    71.9    (12.0 )      192.0    223.8    (14.2 )  
                           
Railcar capacity billed (daily average)  98.2    95.1    3.3        98.6    91.9    7.3    

Liquidity and Capital Resources
Total liquidity as of September 30, 2018, was $107.4 million, including $0.4 million in cash and cash equivalents, and $107.0 million available under the partnership’s revolving credit facility. The balance outstanding on the partnership’s revolving credit facility was $128.0 million as of September 30, 2018.

Conference Call Information
Green Plains Partners LP and Green Plains Inc. will host a joint conference call Thursday Nov. 8th at 11 a.m. Eastern time (10 a.m. Central time), to discuss third quarter 2018 financial and operating results for each company. Domestic and international participants can access the conference call by dialing 877.711.2374 and 281.542.4862, respectively, and referencing conference ID 1476588. Participants are advised to call at least 10 minutes prior to the start time. Alternatively, the conference call, transcript and presentation will be accessible on Green Plains Partners’ website at http://ir.greenplainspartners.com.

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 financings, minimum volume commitment deficiency payments, unit-based compensation expense, net gains or losses on asset sales and the partnership’s proportional share of EBITDA adjustments of equity method investees. Distributable cash flow is defined as adjusted EBITDA less interest paid or payable, income taxes paid or payable, maintenance capital expenditures and the partnership’s proportionate share of distributable cash flow adjustments of equity method investees. 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 www.greenplainspartners.com.

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 feeding, food ingredients, and commodity marketing and logistics services. The company is one of the leading producers of ethanol in the world and, through its adjacent businesses, is focused on the production of high-protein feed ingredients and export growth opportunities. Green Plains owns a 62.4% limited partner interest and a 2.0% general partner interest in Green Plains Partners. For more information about Green Plains, visit www.gpreinc.com.

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

           
           
GREEN PLAINS PARTNERS LP
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands)
           
  September 30,   December 31,
  2018   2017
ASSETS (unaudited)      
Current assets          
Cash and cash equivalents $  432     $  502  
Accounts receivable, including from affiliates    18,574        19,974  
Other current assets    743        1,158  
Total current assets    19,749        21,634  
Property and equipment, net    46,156        48,305  
Other assets    23,406        22,329  
Total assets $ 89,311     $ 92,268  
           
LIABILITIES AND PARTNERS' CAPITAL          
Current liabilities          
Accounts payable, including to affiliates $  11,539     $  7,960  
Other current liabilities    5,424        8,098  
Total current liabilities    16,963        16,058  
Long-term debt    136,012        134,875  
Other liabilities    3,736        4,181  
Total liabilities    156,711        155,114  
           
Partners' capital    (67,400 )      (62,846 )
Total liabilities and partners' capital $ 89,311     $ 92,268  




                                 
GREEN PLAINS PARTNERS LP
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(unaudited, in thousands except per unit amounts)
                                 
  Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
  September 30,   September 30,
  2018   2017   % Var.   2018   2017   % Var.
Revenues                                
Affiliate $ 24,472     $ 24,748     (1.1 )%   $ 72,949     $ 74,019     (1.4 )%
Non-affiliate   1,298       1,701     (23.7 )     4,546       4,724     (3.8 )
Total revenues   25,770       26,449     (2.6 )     77,495       78,743     (1.6 )
Operating expenses                                
Operations and maintenance (excluding depreciation and amortization reflected below)   7,283       8,346     (12.7 )     23,586       25,161     (6.3 )
General and administrative   1,109       922     20.3       3,689       3,258     13.2  
Depreciation and amortization   1,120       1,280     (12.5 )     3,406       3,781     (9.9 )
Total operating expenses   9,512       10,548     (9.8     30,681       32,200     (4.7 )
Operating income   16,258       15,901     2.2       46,814       46,543     0.6  
Other income (expense)                                
Interest income   21       20     5.0       61       61     -  
Interest expense   (1,871 )     (1,412 )   32.5       (5,253 )     (3,941 )   33.3  
Other   -       -     -       75       -     *  
Total other expense   (1,850 )     (1,392 )   32.9       (5,117 )     (3,880 )   31.9  
Income before income taxes and income (loss) from equity method investees   14,408       14,509     (0.7 )     41,697       42,663     (2.3 )
Income tax expense   (5 )     (43 )   (88.4 )     (70 )     (135 )   (48.1 )
Income (loss) from equity method investees   48       -     *       (82 )     -     *  
Net income $ 14,451     $ 14,466     (0.1 )%   $ 41,545     $ 42,528     (2.3 )%
                                 
Net income attributable to partners' ownership interests:                                
General partner $ 289     $ 290     (0.3 )%   $ 831     $ 851     (2.4 )%
Limited partners - common unitholders   10,726       7,097     51.1       24,015       20,856     15.1  
Limited partners - subordinated unitholders   3,436       7,079     (51.5 )     16,699       20,821     (19.8 )
                                 
Earnings per limited partner unit (basic and diluted):                                
Common units $ 0.44     $ 0.45     (2.2 )%   $ 1.28     $ 1.31     (2.3 )%
Subordinated units $ 0.44     $ 0.45     2.2  %   $ 1.28     $ 1.31     (2.3 )%
                                 
Weighted average limited partner units outstanding (basic and diluted):                                
Common units   24,403       15,922             18,780       15,914      
Subordinated units   7,427       15,890             13,038       15,890      
                                 
Supplemental Revenues Data:                                
Storage and throughput services $ 15,748     $ 15,416     2.2  %   $ 45,965     $ 45,695     0.6  %
Railcar transportation services   6,156       7,384     (16.6     19,780       22,169     (10.8 )
Terminal services   2,447       2,688     (9.0 )     8,028       8,716     (7.9 )
Trucking and other   1,419       961     47.7       3,722       2,163     72.1  
Total revenues $ 25,770     $ 26,449     (2.6 )%   $ 77,495     $ 78,743     (1.6 )%
                                 
* Percentage variance not considered meaningful.                                




           
GREEN PLAINS PARTNERS LP
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS
(unaudited, in thousands)
  Nine Months Ended
  September 30,
  2018   2017
Cash flows from operating activities:          
Net income $  41,545     $  42,528  
Noncash operating adjustments:          
Depreciation and amortization    3,406        3,781  
Other    771        744  
Net change in working capital    2,235        (1,390 )
Net cash provided by operating activities    47,957        45,663  
Cash flows from investing activities:          
Purchases of property and equipment, net    (1,222 )      (1,912 )
Contributions to equity method investees    (1,425 )      (1,284 )
Net cash used in investing activities    (2,647 )      (3,196 )
Cash flows from financing activities:          
Payments of distributions    (46,302 )      (42,839 )
Net proceeds - revolving credit facility    1,100        -  
Payments of loan fees    (185 )      -  
Other    7        3  
Net cash used in financing activities    (45,380 )      (42,836 )
           
Net change in cash and cash equivalents    (70 )      (369 )
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period    502        622  
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $  432     $  253  


                             
GREEN PLAINS PARTNERS LP
RECONCILIATIONS TO NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
(unaudited, in thousands except ratios)
                             
  Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended   LTM Ended
  September 30,   September 30,   September 30,
  2018   2017   2018   2017   2018
Net income $  14,451     $  14,466     $  41,545     $  42,528     $  57,884  
Interest expense    1,871        1,412        5,253        3,941        6,714  
Income tax expense    5        43        70        135        44  
Depreciation and amortization    1,120        1,280        3,406        3,781        4,736  
Minimum volume commitment adjustments (1)    (747 )      (828 )      -        182        (182 )
Transaction costs    6        -        288        -        288  
Unit-based compensation expense    76        40        196        159        256  
Proportional share of EBITDA adjustments of equity method investees (2)    45        -        45        -        45  
Adjusted EBITDA    16,827        16,413        50,803        50,726        69,785  
Interest paid or payable    (1,871 )      (1,412 )      (5,253 )      (3,941 )      (6,714 )
Income taxes paid or payable    (4 )      (43 )      (68 )      (135 )      (22 )
Maintenance capital expenditures    (35 )      (18 )      (50 )      (182 )      (52 )
Distributable cash flow $  14,917     $  14,940     $  45,432     $  46,468     $  62,997  
Distributions declared (3) $  15,503     $  14,932     $  46,499     $  43,818     $  61,805  
Coverage ratio   0.96x     1.00x     0.98x     1.06x     1.02x
 

(1)  Adjustments related to the storage and throughput quarterly minimum volume commitments.
(2)  Represents the partnership's proportional share of depreciation and amortization, interest expense, and income tax expense of equity method investees.
(3)  Represents distributions declared for the applicable period and paid in the subsequent quarter.
                             
Contact: Jim Stark | Vice President, Investor & Media Relations | 402.884.8700 | jim.stark@gpreinc.com      

 

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