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Green Plains Partners Reports First Quarter 2021 Financial Results

Results for the First Quarter of 2021

  • Net income of $10.7 million, or $0.45 per common unit
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $13.8 million and distributable cash flow of $11.7 million
  • Quarterly cash distribution of $0.12 per unit
  • Distribution coverage ratio of 4.13x, LTM distribution coverage ratio of 4.02x

OMAHA, Neb., May 03, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Green Plains Partners LP (NASDAQ:GPP) today announced financial and operating results for the first quarter of 2021. Net income attributable to the partnership was $10.7 million, or $0.45 per common unit, for the first quarter of 2021 compared with net income of $10.4 million, or $0.44 per common unit, for the same period in 2020.

The partnership also reported adjusted EBITDA of $13.8 million and distributable cash flow of $11.7 million for the first quarter of 2021, compared with adjusted EBITDA of $13.4 million and distributable cash flow of $11.4 million for the same period in 2020. Distribution coverage was 4.13x for the three months ended March 31, 2021 as compared to 4.03x for the same period a year ago.

“Green Plains Partners delivered another consistent quarter of financial results for its unitholders while continuing to significantly reduce its debt,” said Todd Becker, president and chief executive officer. “Closing on the sale of Green Plains Ord delivered additional proceeds to more quickly reduce the partnership’s debt, further strengthening its balance sheet.”

First Quarter Highlights and Recent Developments

  • On March 22, 2021, Green Plains Inc.’s subsidiary, Green Plains Ord LLC, closed on the sale of its ethanol plant located in Ord, Nebraska to GreenAmerica Biofuels Ord LLC. Correspondingly, the storage assets located adjacent to the Ord plant were sold to Green Plains Ord LLC for $27.0 million, along with the transfer of associated railcar operating leases. In accordance with the loan agreement, the proceeds were used to repay debt.
  • On April 22, 2021, the board of directors of the partnership’s general partner declared a quarterly cash distribution of $0.12 per unit, or approximately $2.8 million, for the first quarter of 2021. The distribution is payable on May 14, 2021, to unitholders of record at the close of business on May 7, 2021.

Results of Operations
Consolidated revenues increased $0.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021, compared with the same period for 2020. Storage and throughput services revenue increased $0.5 million due to an increase in the rate per gallon charged to Green Plains Trade beginning on July 1, 2020. Terminal services revenue decreased $0.2 million as a result of lower throughput volume. Railcar transportation services revenue decreased $0.1 million primarily due to a decrease in railcar sublease revenue. Trucking and other revenue decreased $0.1 million due to a reduction in freight loads.

Operations and maintenance expenses decreased $0.4 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021, compared with the same period for 2020, primarily due to a reduction in unloading fees and repair and maintenance expense. General and administrative expenses increased $0.2 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021, compared with the same period for 2020, primarily due to an increase in insurance expense.

During the first quarter of 2021, Green Plains Inc.’s average production utilization rate was approximately 71.1% of capacity. Ethanol throughput was 179.0 million gallons, which was below the contracted minimum volume commitment. As a result, the partnership charged Green Plains Trade $2.8 million related to the minimum volume commitment deficiency for the quarter, resulting in a credit to be applied against potential excess volumes in future periods. The cumulative minimum volume deficiency credits available to Green Plains Trade as of March 31, 2021 totaled $10.6 million. If these credits are unused by Green Plains Trade, $4.3 million will expire on June 30, 2021, $2.4 million will expire on September 30, 2021, $1.1 million will expire on December 31, 2021 and $2.8 million will expire on March 31, 2022. These credits have been recognized in revenue by the partnership, and as such, future volumes throughput by Green Plains Trade in excess of the quarterly minimum volume commitment, up to the amount of these credits, will not be recognized in revenue in future periods prior to expiration.

(unaudited, in million gallons)
  Three Months Ended
  March 31,
  2021   2020   % Var.
Product volumes            
Storage and throughput services 179.0   241.6   (25.9 ) %
Terminal services:            
Affiliate 18.4   32.5   (43.4 )  
Non-affiliate 24.4   26.5   (7.9 )  
  42.8   59.0   (27.5 )  
Railcar capacity billed (daily average) 72.9   78.8   (7.5 )  

Liquidity and Capital Resources
Total liquidity as of March 31, 2021, was $4.8 million, including $0.1 million in cash and cash equivalents, and $4.7 million available under the partnership’s revolving credit facility. Total debt outstanding was $61.1 million, net of debt issuance costs of $1.7 million.

Conference Call Information
On May 3, 2021, 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 2021 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 9070109. The company advises participants 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

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, unit-based compensation expense, net gains or losses on asset sales and the partnership’s proportional share of EBITDA adjustments of our equity method investee. 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 our equity method investee. References to LTM refer to results from the immediately preceding twelve-month period. Adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow are not presented in accordance with U.S. 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 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 leading biorefining company focused on the development and utilization of fermentation, agricultural and biological technologies in the processing of annually renewable crops into sustainable value-added ingredients. This includes the production of cleaner low carbon biofuels, renewable feedstocks for advanced biofuels and high purity alcohols for use in cleaners and disinfectants. Green Plains is an innovative producer of ultra-high protein and novel ingredients for animal and aquaculture diets to help satisfy a growing global appetite for sustainable protein. The Company also owns a 48.9% limited partner interest and a 2.0% general partner interest in Green Plains Partners LP. For more information, 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

(in thousands)
  March 31,   December 31,
  2021     2020  
ASSETS (unaudited)      
Current assets          
Cash and cash equivalents $ 71     $ 2,478  
Accounts receivable, including from affiliates   14,552       14,744  
Other current assets   627       772  
Total current assets   15,250       17,994  
Property and equipment, net   31,062       32,119  
Operating lease right-of-use assets   43,545       40,604  
Other assets   14,768       14,603  
Total assets $ 104,625     $ 105,320  
Current liabilities          
Accounts payable, including to affiliates $ 4,422     $ 4,399  
Operating lease current liabilities   12,232       11,506  
Current maturities of long-term debt   61,104       97,739  
Other current liabilities   3,198       5,438  
Total current liabilities   80,956       119,082  
Asset retirement obligations   3,072       2,865  
Operating lease long-term liabilities   32,137       29,835  
Total liabilities   116,165       151,782  
Partners' deficit   (11,540 )     (46,462 )
Total liabilities and partners' deficit $ 104,625     $ 105,320  

  (unaudited, in thousands except per unit amounts)
    Three Months Ended  
    March 31,
    2021     2020     % Var.
  Affiliate $ 19,309     $ 18,983     1.7   %
  Non-affiliate   1,097       1,288     (14.8 )  
  Total revenues   20,406       20,271     0.7    
  Operating expenses                
  Operations and maintenance (excluding depreciation and amortization reflected below)   5,754       6,160     (6.6 )  
  General and administrative   1,201       1,044     15.0    
  Depreciation and amortization   887       961     (7.7 )  
  Total operating expenses   7,842       8,165     (4.0 )  
  Operating income   12,564       12,106     3.8    
  Interest expense   (1,928 )     (1,864 )   3.4    
  Income before income taxes and income from equity method investee   10,636       10,242     3.8    
  Income tax expense   (84 )     (31 )   171.0    
  Income from equity method investee   175       158     10.8    
  Net income $ 10,727     $ 10,369     3.5   %
  Net income attributable to partners' ownership interests:                
  General partner $ 215     $ 207     3.9   %
  Limited partners - common unitholders   10,512       10,162     3.4    
  Earnings per limited partner unit (basic and diluted):                
  Common units $ 0.45     $ 0.44     2.3   %
  Weighted average limited partner units outstanding (basic and diluted):                
  Common units   23,161       23,138        
  Supplemental Revenues Data:                
  Storage and throughput services $ 12,261     $ 11,785     4.0   %
  Railcar transportation services   5,042       5,124     (1.6 )  
  Terminal services   2,042       2,194     (6.9 )  
  Trucking and other   1,061       1,168     (9.2 )  
  Total revenues $ 20,406     $ 20,271     0.7   %

(unaudited, in thousands)
  Three Months Ended
  March 31,
  2021     2020  
Cash flows from operating activities:          
Net income $ 10,727     $ 10,369  
Noncash operating adjustments:          
Depreciation and amortization   887       961  
Other   542       216  
Net change in working capital   (1,368 )     1,715  
Net cash provided by operating activities   10,788       13,261  
Cash flows from investing activities:          
Purchases of property and equipment   (153 )     (22 )
Disposition of assets   27,000       -  
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities   26,847       (22 )
Cash flows from financing activities:          
Payments of distributions   (2,842 )     (11,280 )
Net proceeds (payments) on revolving credit facility   300       (1,900 )
Net payments on long-term debt   (37,500 )     -  
Payments of loan fees   -       (56 )
Net cash used in financing activities   (40,042 )     (13,236 )
Net change in cash and cash equivalents   (2,407 )     3  
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period   2,478       261  
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 71     $ 264  

(unaudited, in thousands except ratios)
  Three Months Ended   LTM Ended
  March 31,   March 31,
  2021     2020     2021  
Net income $ 10,727     $ 10,369     $ 41,505  
Interest expense   1,928       1,864       8,577  
Income tax expense   84       31       265  
Depreciation and amortization   887       961       3,732  
Transaction costs   5       -       30  
Unit-based compensation expense   79       79       320  
Proportional share of EBITDA adjustments of equity method investee (1)   44       50       175  
Adjusted EBITDA   13,754       13,354       54,604  
Interest paid or payable   (1,928 )     (1,864 )     (8,577 )
Income taxes paid or payable   (84 )     (31 )     (190 )
Maintenance capital expenditures   (2 )     (22 )     (161 )
Distributable cash flow (2) $ 11,740     $ 11,437     $ 45,676  
Distributions declared (3) $ 2,842     $ 2,836     $ 11,367  
Coverage ratio   4.13x     4.03x     4.02x
(1) Represents the partnership's proportional share of depreciation and amortization of its equity method investee.
(2) Distributable cash flow does not include adjustments for the principal payments on the term loan of $37.5 million, of which $27.0 million relates to the Ord disposition, for the three months ended March 31, 2021.
(3) Represents distributions declared for the applicable period and paid in the subsequent quarter.

Green Plains Contacts
Investors: Phil Boggs | Senior Vice President, Investor Relations | 402.884.8700 |
Media: Leighton Eusebio | Manager, Public Relations | 402.952.4971 |        


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