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Green Plains Partners Reports Third Quarter 2020 Financial Results

Results for the Third Quarter of 2020

  • Net income of $10.3 million, or $0.44 per common unit
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $13.9 million and distributable cash flow of $11.3 million
  • Quarterly cash distribution of $0.12 per unit
  • Distribution coverage ratio of 3.97x, LTM distribution coverage ratio of 2.28x

OMAHA, Neb., Nov. 04, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Green Plains Partners LP (NASDAQ:GPP) today announced financial and operating results for the third quarter of 2020. Net income attributable to the partnership was $10.3 million, or $0.44 per common unit, for the third quarter of 2020 compared with net income of $10.1 million, or $0.43 per common unit, for the same period in 2019.

The partnership also reported adjusted EBITDA of $13.9 million and distributable cash flow of $11.3 million for the third quarter of 2020, compared with adjusted EBITDA of $13.3 million and distributable cash flow of $11.1 million for the same period in 2019. Distribution coverage was 3.97x for the three months ended September 30, 2020 as compared to 0.98x for the same period a year ago.

“We continue to generate sufficient cash flow from operations to support our required debt amortization and fund distributions,” said Todd Becker, president and chief executive officer. “We remain committed to delivering value to our unitholders by further deleveraging the balance sheet supported by long-term minimum volume commitments. The partnership is also well positioned to benefit from Green Plains’ ongoing transformation, including its investments to reduce operating costs and the addition of ultra-high protein production technology, which enables more consistent and higher throughput over the long-term.”

Third Quarter Highlights and Recent Developments

  • On October 15, 2020, 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 third quarter of 2020. The distribution is payable on November 13, 2020, to unitholders of record at the close of business on November 6, 2020.

Results of Operations
Consolidated revenues increased $1.2 million for the three months ended September 30, 2020, compared with the same period for 2019. Storage and throughput services revenue increased $0.7 million due to an increase in the rate per gallon charged to Green Plains Trade beginning on July 1, 2020. Railcar transportation services revenue increased $0.5 million primarily due to an increase in average volumetric capacity provided and the average capacity fee charged.

Operations and maintenance expenses increased $0.4 million for the three months ended September 30, 2020, compared with the same period for 2019, primarily due to an increase in railcar lease expense. This increase was due to the acceleration of operating lease expense caused by the early termination of leased railcar assets as well as an increase in the average railcar lease rates. General and administrative expenses increased $0.2 million for the three months ended September 30, 2020, compared with the same period for 2019, primarily due to increased expenses for insurance and property taxes.

During the third quarter of 2020, our parent’s average production utilization rate was approximately 66.8% of capacity. Biofuel throughput was 189.6 million gallons, compared with the contracted minimum volume commitment of 235.7 million gallons per quarter. As a result, the partnership charged Green Plains Trade $2.4 million related to the minimum volume commitment deficiency for the quarter, resulting in a credit to be applied against excess volumes in future periods. The cumulative minimum volume deficiency credits available to Green Plains Trade as of September 30, 2020 totaled $6.7 million. If these credits are unused by Green Plains Trade, $4.3 million will expire on June 30, 2021 and $2.4 million will expire on September 30, 2021. 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.

                         
GREEN PLAINS PARTNERS LP
SELECTED OPERATING DATA
(unaudited, in million gallons)
                         
  Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
  September 30,   September 30,
  2020   2019   % Var.   2020   2019   % Var.
Product volumes                        
Storage and throughput services 189.6   238.9   (20.6 )%   581.3   619.7   (6.2 )%  
                         
Terminal services:                        
Affiliate 24.5   31.8   (23.0 )   79.3   86.4   (8.2 )  
Non-affiliate 27.7   26.3   5.3     78.3   79.1   (1.0 )  
  52.2   58.1   (10.2 )   157.6   165.5   (4.8 )  
                         
Railcar capacity billed (daily average) 81.5   77.0   5.8     80.4   80.5   (0.1 )  

Liquidity and Capital Resources
Total liquidity as of September 30, 2020, was $4.4 million, including $0.1 million in cash and cash equivalents, and $4.3 million available under the partnership’s revolving credit facility.

Conference Call Information
On November 5, 2020, 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 third quarter 2020 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 3682884. 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 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, unit-based compensation expense, net gains or losses on asset sales and the partnership’s proportional share of EBITDA adjustments of 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 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 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 www.greenplainspartners.com.

About Green Plains Inc.
Green Plains Inc. (NASDAQ:GPRE) is a diversified commodity-processing business with operations that include corn processing, grain handling and storage and commodity marketing and logistics services. The company is one of the leading corn processors in the world and, through its adjacent businesses, is focused on the production of sustainable biofuels and sustainable high protein and novel feed ingredients. Green Plains owns a 48.9% limited partner interest and a 2.0% general partner interest in Green Plains Partners LP. 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,
  2020
  2019
ASSETS (unaudited)      
Current assets          
Cash and cash equivalents $ 75     $ 261  
Accounts receivable, including from affiliates   16,772       16,651  
Other current assets   1,098       517  
Total current assets   17,945       17,429  
Property and equipment, net   35,186       37,355  
Operating lease right-of-use assets   36,330       35,456  
Other assets   14,430       15,413  
Total assets $ 103,891     $ 105,653  
           
LIABILITIES AND PARTNERS' DEFICIT          
Current liabilities          
Accounts payable, including to affiliates $ 4,895     $ 5,593  
Operating lease current liabilities   11,360       13,093  
Current maturities of long-term debt   34,035       132,100  
Other current liabilities   4,691       5,026  
Total current liabilities   54,981       155,812  
Long-term debt   81,356       -  
Operating lease long-term liabilities   26,384       23,088  
Asset retirement obligations   2,770       2,500  
Total liabilities   165,491       181,400  
           
Partners' deficit   (61,600 )     (75,747 )
Total liabilities and partners' deficit $ 103,891     $ 105,653  


                                 
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,
  2020
  2019
  % Var.   2020
  2019
  % Var.
Revenues                                
Affiliate $ 20,347     $ 18,836     8.0 %   $ 58,327     $ 56,751     2.8 %  
Non-affiliate   1,035       1,318     (21.5 )     3,707       5,315     (30.3 )  
Total revenues   21,382       20,154     6.1       62,034       62,066     (0.1 )  
Operating expenses                                
Operations and maintenance (excluding depreciation and amortization reflected below)   6,647       6,216     6.9       19,410       19,314     0.5    
General and administrative   1,116       949     17.6       3,038       3,054     (0.5 )  
Depreciation and amortization   940       991     (5.1 )     2,867       2,747     4.4    
Total operating expenses   8,703       8,156     6.7       25,315       25,115     0.8    
Operating income   12,679       11,998     5.7       36,719       36,951     (0.6 )  
Other income (expense)                                
Interest income   -       21     *       -       61     *    
Interest expense   (2,498 )     (2,103 )   18.8       (6,182 )     (6,324 )   (2.2 )  
Other   -       88     *       -       15     *    
Total other expense   (2,498 )     (1,994 )   25.3       (6,182 )     (6,248 )   (1.1 )  
Income before income taxes and income from equity method investee   10,181       10,004     1.8       30,537       30,703     (0.5 )  
Income tax expense   (30 )     (45 )   (33.3 )     (166 )     (144 )   15.3    
Income from equity method investee   155       173     (10.4 )     488       530     (7.9 )  
Net income $ 10,306     $ 10,132     1.7 %   $ 30,859     $ 31,089     (0.7 )%  
                                 
Net income attributable to partners' ownership interests:                                
General partner $ 206     $ 203     1.5 %   $ 617     $ 621     (0.6 )%  
Limited partners - common unitholders   10,100       9,929     1.7       30,242       30,468     (0.7 )  
                                 
Earnings per limited partner unit (basic and diluted):                                
Common units $ 0.44     $ 0.43     2.3 %   $ 1.31     $ 1.32     (0.8 )%  
                                 
Weighted average limited partner units outstanding (basic and diluted):                                
Common units   23,161       23,138           23,145       23,125        
                                 
Supplemental Revenues Data:                                
Storage and throughput services $ 12,520     $ 11,785     6.2 %   $ 36,090     $ 35,355     2.1 %  
Railcar transportation services   5,538       5,005     10.6       16,036       16,129     (0.6 )  
Terminal services   2,162       2,193     (1.4 )     6,488       7,394     (12.3 )  
Trucking and other   1,162       1,171     (0.8 )     3,420       3,188     7.3    
Total revenues $ 21,382     $ 20,154     6.1 %   $ 62,034     $ 62,066     (0.1 )%  
                                 
* Percentage variance not considered meaningful.                                


           
GREEN PLAINS PARTNERS LP
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS
(unaudited, in thousands)
           
  Nine Months Ended
  September 30,
  2020
  2019
Cash flows from operating activities:          
Net income $ 30,859     $ 31,089  
Noncash operating adjustments:          
Depreciation and amortization   2,867       2,747  
Distribution from equity method investee   1,000       -  
Other   1,146       464  
Net change in working capital   (1,595 )     1,859  
Net cash provided by operating activities   34,277       36,159  
           
Cash flows from investing activities:          
Purchases of property and equipment   (117 )     (62 )
Proceeds from the disposal of property and equipment   -       136  
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities   (117 )     74  
           
Cash flows from financing activities:          
Payments of distributions   (16,958 )     (33,818 )
Net payments on revolving credit facility   (4,400 )     (2,000 )
Net payments on long-term debt   (9,500 )     -  
Payments of loan fees   (3,495 )     -  
Other   7       6  
Net cash used in financing activities   (34,346 )     (35,812 )
           
Net change in cash and cash equivalents   (186 )     421  
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period   261       569  
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 75     $ 990  


                             
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,
  2020
  2019
  2020
  2019
  2020
Net income $ 10,306     $ 10,132     $ 30,859     $ 31,089     $ 41,249  
Interest expense   2,498       2,103       6,182       6,324       8,168  
Income tax expense   30       45       166       144       242  
Depreciation and amortization   940       991       2,867       2,747       3,561  
Unit-based compensation expense   81       81       239       239       319  
Gain on the disposal of assets   -       (87 )     -       (14 )     -  
Proportional share of EBITDA adjustments of equity method investee (1)   43       44       137       153       180  
Adjusted EBITDA   13,898       13,309       40,450       40,682       53,719  
Interest paid or payable   (2,498 )     (2,103 )     (6,182 )     (6,324 )     (8,168 )
Income taxes paid or payable   (30 )     (45 )     (91 )     (141 )     (188 )
Maintenance capital expenditures   (62 )     (62 )     (116 )     (62 )     (148 )
Distributable cash flow (2) $ 11,308     $ 11,099     $ 34,061     $ 34,155     $ 45,215  
Distributions declared (3) $ 2,848     $ 11,280     $ 8,520     $ 33,829     $ 19,800  
Coverage ratio   3.97x     0.98x     4.00x     1.01x     2.28x
                             
(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 required principal payments on the term loan of $12.5 million for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020.
(3) Represents distributions declared for the applicable period and paid in the subsequent quarter.
                             

Green Plains Inc. Contacts
Investors: Phil Boggs | Senior Vice President, Investor Relations & Treasurer | 402.884.8700 | phil.boggs@gpreinc.com
Media: Leighton Eusebio | Manager, Public Relations | 402.952.4971 | leighton.eusebio@gpreinc.com        


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