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Emerge Energy Services Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2017 Results
Fort Worth, Texas - February 26, 2018 - Emerge Energy Services LP ("Emerge Energy") today announced fourth quarter and full year 2017 financial and operating results.
· Fourth quarter net income of $5.6 million and diluted earnings per unit of $0.18.
· Full year net loss improved $65.9 million and Adjusted EBITDA for continuing operations improved $95 million in 2017.
· Exceeded full year 2017 Adjusted EBITDA guidance of $40 million by $5 million.
· Adjusted EBITDA and volumes remained relatively flat sequentially for the fourth quarter of 2017.
Emerge Energy reported net income of $5.6 million, or $0.18 per diluted unit, for the three months ended December 31, 2017, compared to a net loss of $(20.8) million, or $(0.80) per diluted unit for the three months ended December 31, 2016. For the three months ended September 30, 2017, net income was $5.0 million, or $0.16 per diluted unit. Adjusted EBITDA for continuing operations was $18.6 million for the three months ended December 31, 2017, compared to $(10.5) million for the three months ended December 31, 2016, and $18.7 million for the three months ended September 30, 2017.
Net loss for the full year 2017 was $(6.8) million or $(0.23) per diluted unit, compared to a net loss of $(72.8) million, or $(2.92) per diluted unit for 2016. Adjusted EBITDA for continuing operations was $45.0 million for the full year 2017, compared to $(50.4) million for 2016.
Emerge Energy generated Distributable Cash Flow of $13.4 million for the three months ended December 31, 2017. Adjusted EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow are non-GAAP financial measures that Emerge Energy uses to assess its performance on an ongoing basis. Emerge Energy will not make a cash distribution on its common units for the three months ended December 31, 2017 as the board of directors of its general partner did not approve a cash distribution.
The results of operations of the Fuel business have been classified as discontinued operations for all periods presented and we now operate our continuing business in a single sand segment.
"While we experienced a minor slowdown to finish the year due to widely-documented rail service issues, we are pleased with our overall performance during 2017 as we exceeded our Adjusted EBITDA guidance of $40 million by $5 million," noted Ted W. Beneski, Chairman of the board of directors of the general partner of Emerge Energy. "For continuing operations, we saw a 157% increase in full year volumes sold for 2017 compared to 2016, and we accomplished a $95 million improvement in Adjusted EBITDA for continuing operations for the full year. Additionally, we strengthened our business model with a transformative in-basin acquisition through our new San Antonio operation, and last month, we closed on our refinancing that provides us the capital to expand San Antonio into a leading in-basin frac sand provider for the Eagle Ford basin, which is the second most active shale play in the country. The construction for our San Antonio wet and dry plant remains on track with the targeted start-up in May."
"The frac sand market remains strong as we begin 2018, and we expect another year of substantial improvement in profitability during 2018 for our business. Demand continues to increase, customer sentiment is very positive, and sand prices are moving higher despite the headline noise around in-basin sand supply. We are updating our 2018 guidance to $120 million in Adjusted EBITDA and $60 million in net income. We believe that we can outperform this number if the previously noted railroad service improves quickly. We also believe there is upside to our guidance if we receive our larger air permit for the new San Antonio plant in an expedited manner. "
Emerge Energy will host its 2017 fourth quarter results conference call on Monday, February 26, 2018. A conference call to discuss the fourth quarter 2017 financial and operating results will be held on Monday, February 26, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. CT. Callers may listen to the live presentation, which will be followed by a question and answer segment, by dialing (855) 850-4275 or (720) 634-2898 and entering pass code 5467218. An audio webcast of the call will be available at www.emergelp.com within the Investor Relations portion of the website under the Webcasts & Presentations section. A replay will be available by audio webcast and teleconference for seven days following the conclusion of the call. The replay teleconference will be available by dialing (855) 859-2056 or (404) 537-3406 and the reservation number 5467218.
The following table summarizes Emerge Energy's consolidated operating results for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2017 and 2016 and three months ended September 30, 2017:
(a) See section entitled "Adjusted EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow" that includes a definition of Adjusted EBITDA and provides reconciliation to GAAP net income and cash flows.
(b) Emerge Energy commenced frac sand production at the San Antonio facility in July 2017.
Net income improved $0.1 million and Adjusted EBITDA declined $0.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2017, compared to the third quarter of 2017. This change in net income and Adjusted EBITDA was due to a slight decrease in total volumes sold and higher production costs on a per-ton basis due to seasonal shut down costs for the northern mines, offset by higher sales prices. Volumes sold through our terminals totaled 46% of volume in the fourth quarter of 2017 compared to 45% in the third quarter of 2017.
Net income (loss) improved $26.3 million and Adjusted EBITDA improved $29.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2017, compared to same quarter in 2016, mainly due to an increase in total volumes sold, higher prices, and lower production costs on a per-ton basis. This was offset by higher selling, general and administrative expenses in 2017 due to higher employee-related expenses for increased staffing levels and bonus accruals.
Emerge Energy completed the sale of its Fuel business on August 31, 2016 and thus did not have any operations for the Fuel business in 2017.
For the three months ended December 31, 2017, Emerge Energy's capital expenditures totaled $2.0 million.
About Emerge Energy Services LP
Emerge Energy Services LP (NYSE: EMES) is a growth-oriented limited partnership engaged in the businesses of mining, producing, and distributing silica sand, a key input for the hydraulic fracturing of oil and natural gas wells. Emerge Energy operates its Sand business through its subsidiary Superior Silica Sands LLC. Emerge Energy also processed transmix, distributed refined motor fuels, operated bulk motor fuel storage terminals, and provided complementary fuel services through its fuel division which was sold on August 31, 2016.
This release contains certain statements that are "forward-looking statements." These statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology including "may," "believe," "will," "expect," "anticipate," or "estimate." These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, and there can be no assurance that actual results will not differ materially from those expected by management of Emerge Energy Services LP. When considering these forward-looking statements, you should keep in mind the risk factors and other cautionary statements in Emerge Energy's Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC. The risk factors and other factors noted in the Annual Report could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement. Except as required by law, Emerge Energy Services LP does not undertake any obligation to update or revise such forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that occur after the date hereof.
EMERGE ENERGY SERVICES LP
Adjusted EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow
We calculate Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure, in accordance with our Credit Agreement in effect as of December 31, 2017 as net income (loss) plus consolidated interest expense (net of interest income), income tax expense, depreciation, depletion and amortization expense, non-cash charges and losses that are unusual or non-recurring less income tax benefits and gains that are unusual or non-recurring and other adjustments allowable under our existing credit agreement. We report Adjusted EBITDA to our lenders under our revolving credit facility in determining our compliance with certain financial covenants. Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered as an alternative to net income, operating income, cash flow from operating activities or any other measure of financial performance presented in accordance with GAAP. Moreover, our Adjusted EBITDA as presented may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies. The following tables reconciles net income (loss) to Adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended December 31, 2017, September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016:
The following tables reconciles net income (loss) to Adjusted EBITDA for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017 and 2016:
(a) Consolidated numbers for Interest expense, net, Provision for income taxes, Depreciation, depletion and amortization, Equity-based compensation expense, Provision for doubtful accounts and Loss (gain) on disposal of assets include discontinued operations.
The following table reconciles Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA to our operating cash flows for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2017 and 2016, and September 30, 2017:
We define Distributable Cash Flow generally as net income plus (i) non-cash net interest expense, (ii) depreciation, depletion and amortization expense, (iii) non-cash charges, and (iv) selected losses that are unusual or non-recurring; less (v) selected principal repayments, (vi) selected gains that are unusual or non-recurring, and (vii) maintenance capital expenditures. We believe that the presentation of Distributable Cash Flow in this report provides information useful to investors in assessing our financial condition and results of operations. In addition, our Board of Directors utilizes reserves for future capital expenditures, compliance with law or debt agreements, and to provide funds for distributions to unitholders in respect to any one or more of the next four quarters. However, our Distributable Cash Flow may not be comparable to similarly-titled measures that other companies use. Distributable Cash Flow does not reflect changes in working capital balances. The following table (in thousands) reconciles net income to Distributable Cash Flows: