|Emerge Energy Services Announces First Quarter 2017 Results|
Fort Worth, Texas - May 3, 2017 - Emerge Energy Services LP ("Emerge Energy") today announced first quarter 2017 financial and operating results.
Emerge Energy reported net loss of $(11.4) million, or $(0.38) per diluted unit, for the three months ended March 31, 2017. For that same period, Emerge Energy reported Adjusted EBITDA of $0.1 million and Distributable Cash Flow of $(4.2) million. Net loss, net loss per diluted unit and Adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended March 31, 2016, were $(34.2) million, $(1.41) per diluted unit and $(9.5) million, respectively. 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.
On April 12, 2017, we completed the closing of a transaction to acquire Osburn Materials, a local sand producer based outside of San Antonio Texas, for $20 million. The transaction was funded with a new $40 million term loan, and the remaining proceeds after transaction fees and expenses were applied towards a pay down on the outstanding balance of the revolving credit facility.
Osburn Materials is located approximately 25 miles south of San Antonio, Texas and currently produces and sells sand and construction materials but does not serve the energy markets. The mine has over 80 million tons of sand reserves, according to internal estimates, and we will upgrade the existing operations for a conversion into frac sand sales. The sand reserves, which consist mostly of 40/70 and 100 mesh, meet API specifications for all grades.
We will not make a cash distribution on our common units for the three months ended March 31, 2017 as we are restricted from making distributions to our common unitholders under our amended credit agreement and we did not generate available cash to distribute for the three months ended March 31, 2017.
"The first quarter of 2017 marked an inflection point for the frac sand industry and Emerge Energy, and we expect this strong momentum to continue throughout 2017," said Ted W. Beneski, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the general partner of Emerge Energy. "Completion activity for the onshore oil and gas markets continues to strengthen across North America. Supply and demand tightened quickly, allowing prices to rise back towards more sustainable levels, and prices are continuing to rise in the second quarter. Our volumes increased by 51.5% sequentially to 1.251 million tons, which reflected a record quarter and another period of substantial market share gains for Emerge Energy. We also achieved our goal of hitting breakeven Adjusted EBITDA by generating positive $68 thousand, an improvement of $10.7 million sequentially. As announced two weeks ago in April, we closed the exciting acquisition of Osburn Materials to bolster our presence in local sands. We are now in a stronger position to take advantage of the current upswing in the market."
Emerge Energy will host its 2017 first quarter results conference call on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 9:00 a.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 4351733. 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 4351733.
The following table summarizes Emerge Energy's consolidated operating results for the three months ended March 31, 2017 and 2016 and three months ended December 31, 2016.
(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.
Net loss and Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations improved in the first quarter of 2017 compared to the fourth quarter of 2016. This improvement was due to an increase in total volumes sold and higher sales prices. This was offset by higher production costs on a per ton bases 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.
Net loss and Adjusted EBITDA improved for continuing operations for the first quarter of 2017, compared to same quarter in 2016 mainly due to an increase in total volumes sold and higher sales prices.
For the three months ended March 31, 2017, Emerge Energy's capital expenditures totaled $1.4 million. This includes approximately $939 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 March 31, 2017, December 31, 2016 and March 31, 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 months ended March 31, 2017, December 31, 2016 and March 31, 2016:
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: