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|Emerge Energy Services Announces Second Quarter 2017 Results|
Fort Worth, Texas - August 3, 2017 - Emerge Energy Services LP ("Emerge Energy") today announced second quarter 2017 financial and operating results.
Emerge Energy reported net loss of $(6.1) million, or $(0.20) per unit, for the three months ended June 30, 2017 compared to a net loss of $(22.9) million, or $(0.95) per unit, for the three months ended June 30, 2016. Adjusted EBITDA was $7.5 million for the three months ended June 30, 2017 compared to $(9.1) million for the three months ended June 30, 2016. Emerge Energy generated Distributable Cash Flow of $2.6 million for the three months ended June 30, 2017. Adjusted EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow are non-GAAP financial measures that Emerge Energy uses to assess its performance on an ongoing basis.
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.
Emerge Energy will not make a cash distribution on its common units for the three months ended June 30, 2017 as the board of directors of its general partner did not approve a cash distribution and it is restricted from making distributions to its common unitholders under its amended credit agreement.
"During the second quarter, we built on our positive momentum that started earlier this year," said Ted W. Beneski, Chairman of the board of directors of the general partner of Emerge Energy. "The frac sand industry remains one of the strongest growth areas in oil and gas completions activity. We have approached full utilization at our Wisconsin plants, so we are excited about growing the business through the expansion of our newly acquired San Antonio in-basin operation. With industry demand still outstripping supply, especially on the finer grades, prices for sand have continued to rise as we begin the second half of the year. Our volumes increased by 11.3% sequentially to 1,392 thousand tons, which reflects another record quarter. Our northern white volumes in the second quarter were partially constrained by railroad congestion from the Class I carriers due to the high volume of shipments that have surpassed prior peak periods. We are working closely with our logistics partners to resolve the bottlenecks during this period of surging demand. We are also pleased to announce that our San Antonio plant commenced frac sand operations at the end of July. Our improved capabilities of producing in-basin frac sand and the market's strong underlying fundamentals have Emerge Energy very well positioned for a successful second half of the year."
Emerge Energy will host its 2017 second quarter results conference call on Thursday, August 3, 2017 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 49387406. 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 49387406.
The following table summarizes Emerge Energy's consolidated operating results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2017 and 2016 and three months ended March 31, 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 in the San Antonio facility in July 2017.
Net loss and Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations improved in the second quarter of 2017 compared to the first quarter of 2017. This improvement was due to an increase in total volumes sold, higher sales prices and lower production costs on a per ton basis. Production costs on a per ton basis in the first quarter of 2017 were higher due to costs incurred to start the wet plants back up from the winter months and expense incurred to pull railcars out of storage to meet additional volumes.
This improvement in net loss and Adjusted EBITDA in the second quarter of 2017 was offset by higher selling, general and administrative expenses due to higher employee related expenses as a result of higher staffing and bonus accruals.
Net loss and Adjusted EBITDA improved for continuing operations for the second quarter of 2017, compared to same quarter in 2016, mainly due to an increase in total volumes sold, higher prices for regular frac sand, and lower production costs on a per ton basis. This was offset by higher selling, general and administrative expenses in the second quarter of 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.
During the three months ended June 30, 2017, Emerge Energy wrote off an estimated $2.7 million of the hydrotreator and pipeline escrow receivables relating to completion delays and cost overruns. This non-cash charge is included in Other expenses in our results of discontinued operations.
For the three months ended June 30, 2017, Emerge Energy's capital expenditures totaled $2.0 million. This includes approximately $477 thousand of maintenance capital expenditures.
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 current Credit Agreement 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 reconcile net income (loss) to Adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended June 30, 2017, March 31, 2017 and June 30, 2016:
The following tables reconciles net income (loss) to Adjusted EBITDA for the six months ended June 30, 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 six months ended June 30, 2017 and 2016, and March 31, 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. 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. Distributable Cash Flow does not reflect changes in working capital balances. The following table (in thousands) reconciles net income to Distributable Cash Flow:
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