Oxford Resource Partners, LP Reports Third Quarter 2013 Financial Results

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COLUMBUS, Ohio, Nov. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Oxford Resource Partners, LP (OXF) (the "Partnership" or "Oxford") today announced third quarter 2013 financial results.

Adjusted EBITDA1 was $11.0 million for the third quarter of 2013 compared to $14.2 million for the third quarter of 2012.  Adjusted EBITDA declined due to the planned lower sales volume from the Partnership's Illinois Basin operations.  Production was approximately 40,000 tons less than expected, primarily due to an overburden collapse in August which trapped a highwall miner, rendering it inoperable.  The third quarter 2013 cash margin of $6.40 per ton decreased 21.9 percent, or $1.79 per ton, over the third quarter 2012 cash margin of $8.19 per ton.  Coal sales revenue increased 2.6 percent to $50.74 per ton, but was offset by a 7.6 percent increase in cash cost of coal sales to $44.34 per ton as a result of the lower production.

Net loss for the third quarter of 2013 was $5.1 million compared to a net loss of $3.0 million for the third quarter of 2012.  Net loss for the third quarter of 2013 included a gain of $2.7 million relating to the change in fair value of warrants, a $1.1 million net gain primarily related to insurance proceeds from the lost mining equipment, and $0.2 million of restructuring expenses.  Net loss for the third quarter of 2012 included $0.4 million in net loss on the disposal of mining equipment and $0.2 million of impairment and restructuring expenses.  Excluding these items, Adjusted Net Loss2 would have been $8.8 million for the third quarter of 2013 compared to $2.5 million for the third quarter of 2012. 

"We had a challenging third quarter as the production from one of our two highwall miners was disrupted for close to a month," said Oxford's President and Chief Executive Officer Charles C. Ungurean. "Fortunately, we were able to expeditiously replace the highwall miner and resume production.  Looking forward, we remain committed to successfully navigating through this market downturn by closely managing our capital expenditures and liquidity, and leveraging the assets redeployed from the Illinois Basin to our Northern Appalachian operations."

Business Update

Oxford's projected sales volume is fully committed and priced for the balance of 2013, underscoring the strength of its long-term customer relationships and the strategic importance in its core region.  For 2014, Oxford has 5.0 million tons of sales committed, of which 3.3 million tons are priced and 1.7 million tons are unpriced.

As a leading low-cost producer of thermal coal and the largest producer of surface-mined coal in Ohio, Oxford is focused on its core Northern Appalachian operations.  Continued rationalization of the Partnership's Illinois Basin operations has allowed for the transfer of excess equipment to the Northern Appalachian mines, which has reduced capital spending.  Based on current market conditions, the Partnership expects to idle all production at its Illinois Basin operations by the end of 2013 and finish redeploying equipment during the first quarter of 2014.

Liquidity

As of September 30, 2013, the Partnership had $2.7 million of cash and $8.5 million in available borrowing capacity on its revolving credit line under the new credit facilities closed in the second quarter.  The Partnership continues to pursue the sale of a shovel, which is its remaining piece of excess Illinois Basin equipment to be sold.

2013 Guidance

The Partnership provides the following updated guidance for 2013 based on its current industry outlook:

The Partnership expects to produce between 6.1 million tons and 6.3 million tons and sell between 6.6 million tons and 6.8 million tons of thermal coal.  The average selling price is projected to be $50.75 per ton to $51.25 per ton, with an anticipated average cost of $43.75 per ton to $44.25 per ton.

Adjusted EBITDA is expected to be in the range of $42 million to $45 million.

The Partnership anticipates capital expenditures of between $22 million and $25 million, net of reinvested insurance proceeds.

Conference Call

The Partnership will host a conference call at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time today (November 5, 2013) to review its third quarter 2013 financial results.  To participate in the call, dial (800) 299-8538 or (617) 786-2902 for international callers and provide passcode 67232474.  The call will also be webcast live on the Internet in the Investor Relations section of the Partnership's website at www.OxfordResources.com.

An audio replay of the conference call will be available for seven days beginning at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time on November 5, 2013, and may be accessed at (888) 286-8010 or (617) 801-6888 for international callers.  The replay passcode is 43125494.  The webcast will also be archived on the Partnership's website at www.OxfordResources.com for 30 days following the call.

About Oxford Resource Partners, LP

Oxford Resource Partners, LP is a low-cost producer of high-value steam coal in Northern Appalachia and the Illinois Basin.  Oxford markets its coal primarily to large electric utilities with coal-fired, base-load scrubbed power plants under long-term coal sales contracts.  The Partnership is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio.

For more information about Oxford Resource Partners, LP (OXF), please visit www.OxfordResources.com.  Financial and other information about the Partnership is routinely posted on and accessible at www.OxfordResources.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Except for historical information, statements made in this press release are "forward-looking statements."  All statements, other than statements of historical facts, included in this press release that address activities, events or developments that the Partnership expects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements, including the statements and information set forth under the headings "Business Update," "Liquidity" and "2013 Guidance."

These statements are based on certain assumptions made by the Partnership based on its management's experience and perception of historical trends, current conditions, expected future developments and other factors the Partnership's management believes are appropriate under the circumstances.  Such statements are subject to a number of assumptions, risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the Partnership's control, which may cause actual results to differ materially from those implied or expressed by the forward-looking statements.  These risks, uncertainties and contingencies include, but are not limited to, the following: productivity levels, margins earned and the level of operating costs; weakness in global economic conditions or in customers' industries; changes in governmental regulation of the mining industry or the electric power industry and the increased costs of complying with those changes; decreases in demand for electricity and changes in coal consumption patterns of U.S. electric power generators; the Partnership's dependence on a limited number of customers; the Partnership's inability to enter into new long-term coal sales contracts at attractive prices and the renewal and other risks associated with the Partnership's existing long-term coal sales contracts, including risks related to adjustments to price, volume or other terms of those contracts; difficulties in collecting the Partnership's receivables because of credit or financial problems of major customers, and customer bankruptcies, cancellations or breaches to existing contracts or other failures to perform; the Partnership's ability to acquire additional coal reserves; the Partnership's ability to respond to increased competition within the coal industry; fluctuations in coal demand, prices and availability due to labor and transportation costs and disruptions, equipment availability, governmental regulations, including those pertaining to carbon dioxide emissions, and other factors; significant costs imposed on the Partnership's mining operations by extensive and frequently changing environmental laws and regulations, and greater than expected environmental regulations, costs and liabilities; legislation and regulatory and related judicial decisions and interpretations including issues pertaining to climate change and miner health and safety; a variety of operational, geologic, permitting, labor and weather-related factors, including those pertaining to both our mining operations and our underground coal reserves that we do not operate; limitations in the cash distributions the Partnership receives from its majority-owned subsidiary, Harrison Resources, LLC, and the ability of Harrison Resources, LLC to acquire additional reserves on economical terms from CONSOL Energy Inc. in the future; the potential for inaccuracies in estimates of the Partnership's coal reserves, which could result in lower than expected revenues or higher than expected costs; the accuracy of the assumptions underlying the Partnership's reclamation and mine closure obligations; liquidity constraints, including those resulting from the cost or unavailability of financing due to current capital markets conditions; risks associated with major mine-related accidents; results of litigation, including claims not yet asserted; the Partnership's ability to attract and retain key management personnel; greater than expected shortage of skilled labor; the Partnership's ability to maintain satisfactory relations with employees; and failure to obtain, maintain or renew security arrangements, such as surety bonds or letters of credit, in a timely manner and on acceptable terms.

The Partnership undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements.  Readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which reflect management's views only as of the date hereof.  Further information on risks and uncertainties is available in the Partnership's periodic reports filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission or otherwise publicly disseminated by the Partnership.

1The definition of Adjusted EBITDA, which is a non-GAAP financial measure, and reconciliation thereof to Net Loss, a comparable GAAP financial measure, are included in a table presented near the end of this press release.

2The definition of Adjusted Net Loss, which is a non-GAAP financial measure, and reconciliation thereof to Net Loss, a comparable GAAP financial measure, are included in a table presented near the end of this press release.

 

OXFORD RESOURCE PARTNERS, LP AND SUBSIDIARIES

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

FOR THE THREE AND NINE MONTHS ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 2013 AND 2012

(in thousands, except for unit data)




















Three Months Ended


Nine Months Ended







September 30


September 30







2013


2012


2013


2012














REVENUES:











Coal sales



$      84,742


$      95,027


$    255,226


$    279,806


Other revenue


2,844


2,187


9,211


7,223



Total revenues


87,586


97,214


264,437


287,029














COSTS AND EXPENSES:










Cost of coal sales:











Produced coal


68,175


72,896


202,159


221,101



Purchased coal


5,881


6,274


17,774


16,121




Total cost of coal sales (excluding 













depreciation, depletion and amortization)


74,056


79,170


219,933


237,222


Cost of other revenue


455


499


1,228


1,285


Depreciation, depletion and amortization 


12,017


13,110


37,760


39,019


Selling, general and administrative expenses


3,051


3,901


13,056


11,475


Impairment and restructuring expenses


150


206


1,012


13,843


(Gain) loss on disposal of assets, net


(1,107)


357


(6,594)


(4,156)



Total costs and expenses


88,622


97,243


266,395


298,688

INCOME (LOSS) FROM OPERATIONS


(1,036)


(29)


(1,958)


(11,659)














INTEREST AND OTHER EXPENSES:










Interest income


1


1


3


7


Interest expense


(6,808)


(3,012)


(14,146)


(8,522)


Change in fair value of warrants


2,714


-


565


-



Total interest and other expenses


(4,093)


(3,011)


(13,578)


(8,515)

NET LOSS




(5,129)


(3,040)


(15,536)


(20,174)














Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest


(470)


(274)


(1,120)


(371)

Net loss attributable to Oxford Resource










Partners, LP unitholders


(5,599)


(3,314)


(16,656)


(20,545)

Net loss allocated to general partner


(112)


(66)


(333)


(410)

Net loss allocated to limited partners


$      (5,487)


$      (3,248)


$    (16,323)


$    (20,135)














Net loss per limited partner unit:










Basic




$        (0.22)


$        (0.16)


$        (0.74)


$        (0.97)


Diluted




$        (0.22)


$        (0.16)


$        (0.74)


$        (0.97)














Weighted average number of limited partner units outstanding:









Basic




24,587,411


20,717,734


22,159,610


20,702,042


Diluted




24,587,411


20,717,734


22,159,610


20,702,042














Distributions paid per unit:










Limited partners:











Common


$            -


$      0.4375


$            -


$      1.3125



Subordinated


$            -


$      0.1000


$            -


$      0.6375


General partner


$            -


$      0.2688


$            -


$      0.9750

 

OXFORD RESOURCE PARTNERS, LP AND SUBSIDIARIES

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

AS OF SEPTEMBER 30, 2013 AND DECEMBER 31, 2012

(in thousands, except for unit data)












As of
September 30,
2013


As of
December 31,
2012

ASSETS 





CURRENT ASSETS:





Cash and cash equivalents 

$              2,738


$            3,977


Accounts receivable 

28,489


19,792


Inventory 

12,065


12,554


Advance royalties

4,155


4,461


Prepaid expenses and other assets 

1,767


2,046


Assets held for sale

-


6,106



Total current assets 

49,214


48,936








PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT, NET

150,143


158,483

ADVANCE ROYALTIES, LESS CURRENT PORTION

6,194


4,861

INTANGIBLE ASSETS, NET

1,251


1,442

OTHER LONG-TERM ASSETS

24,224


7,177



Total assets 

$          231,026


$        220,899








LIABILITIES AND PARTNERS' CAPITAL




CURRENT LIABILITIES:





Accounts payable 

$            24,332


$          26,893


Current portion of long-term debt 

5,929


102,970


Current portion of reclamation and mine closure costs

5,937


3,869


Accrued taxes other than income taxes 

1,175


1,213


Accrued payroll and related expenses 

2,507


1,629


Other liabilities 

2,529


2,491



Total current liabilities 

42,409


139,065








LONG-TERM DEBT

152,491


41,557

RECLAMATION AND MINE CLOSURE COSTS

28,267


25,144

WARRANTS

7,314


-

OTHER LONG-TERM LIABILITIES

3,730


3,806



Total liabilities 

234,211


209,572








PARTNERS' CAPITAL (DEFICIT):





Limited partners (20,836,584 and 20,751,190 units outstanding






as of September 30, 2013 and December 31, 2012, respectively) 

(5,706)


9,593


General partner (423,494 units outstanding as of September 30, 2013





and December 31, 2012) 

(2,343)


(2,010)




Total Oxford Resource Partners, LP (deficit) capital

(8,049)


7,583


Noncontrolling interest 

4,864


3,744



Total partners' (deficit) capital 

(3,185)


11,327



Total liabilities and partners' capital 

$          231,026


$        220,899

 

OXFORD RESOURCE PARTNERS, LP AND SUBSIDIARIES

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

FOR THE NINE MONTHS ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 2013 AND 2012

(in thousands)








Nine Months Ended September 30,



2013


2012

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:





Net loss


$     (15,536)


$    (20,174)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash from operating activities:










   Depreciation, depletion and amortization


37,760


39,019

   Impairment and restructuring expenses


1,012


13,843

   Change in fair value of warrants


(565)


-

   Interest rate swap and fuel contract adjustments to market


(12)


(194)

   Non-cash interest expense


2,238


-

   Amortization and write-off of deferred financing costs


3,040


1,527

   Non-cash equity-based compensation expense


1,090


966

   Accretion of reclamation and mine closure costs


1,683


1,189

   Amortization of below-market coal sales contracts


(60)


(543)

   (Gain) loss on disposal of assets, net


(6,594)


(4,156)






   Changes in assets and liabilities:





      Accounts receivable


(8,697)


(2,246)

      Inventory


489


(478)

      Advance royalties


(1,265)


442

      Other assets


(276)


(1,981)

      Accounts payable


(2,561)


(6)

      Reclamation and mine closure costs


(6,837)


(6,413)

      Accrued taxes other than income taxes 


(38)


(392)

      Accrued payroll and related expenses 


878


(315)

      Other liabilities


(248)


(3,327)

           Net cash from operating activities  


5,501


16,761






CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:





Purchase of property and equipment


(12,641)


(15,226)

Purchase of coal reserves and land


(14)


(51)

Mine development costs


(2,612)


(2,760)

Proceeds from sale of assets


6,284


8,543

Insurance proceeds


3,035


-

Change in restricted cash


1,429


3,092

           Net cash from investing activities  


(4,519)


(6,402)






CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:





Proceeds from borrowings


150,000


-

Payments on borrowings


(56,071)


(9,417)

Advances on line of credit


43,588


41,000

Payments on line of credit


(119,088)


(17,000)

Debt issuance costs


(9,517)


(1,086)

Collateral for reclamation bonds


(11,133)


-

Capital contributions from partners


-


7

Distributions to partners


-


(20,644)

           Net cash from financing activities  


(2,221)


(7,140)






NET CHANGE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS


(1,239)


3,219






CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, beginning of period


3,977


3,032






CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, end of period


$        2,738


$        6,251

 





OXFORD RESOURCE PARTNERS, LP AND SUBSIDIARIES

UNAUDITED RECONCILIATION OF NET LOSS TO ADJUSTED EBITDA1

FOR THE THREE AND NINE MONTHS ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 2013 AND 2012

(in thousands)














Three Months Ended


Nine Months Ended




September 30,


September 30,




2013


2012


2013


2012











Net loss 


$        (5,129)


$        (3,040)


$      (15,536)


$      (20,174)











Adjustments:










Interest expense, net of interest income


6,807


3,011


14,143


8,515


Depreciation, depletion and amortization


12,017


13,110


37,760


39,019


Change in fair value of warrants


(2,714)


-


(565)


-


Impairment and restructuring expenses


150


206


1,012


13,843


(Gain) loss on disposal of assets, net


(1,107)


357


(6,594)


(4,156)


Amortization of below-market coal sales contracts


-


(121)


(60)


(543)


Non-cash equity-based compensation expense


351


490


1,090


966


Non-cash reclamation and mine closure costs


625


384


1,683


1,189


Non-recurring costs:










   Debt refinancing expenses


-


-


3,059


-


   Other


-


(227)


(2,100)


1,238

Adjusted EBITDA


$        11,000


$        14,170


$        33,892


$        39,897



1

Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure used by management to gauge operating performance.  We define Adjusted EBITDA as net income or loss before deducting interest, income taxes, depreciation, depletion, amortization, change in fair value of warrants, impairment and restructuring expenses, gain or loss on disposal of assets, amortization of below-market coal sales contracts, non-cash equity-based compensation expense, non-cash reclamation and mine closure costs, and certain non-recurring items.  Although Adjusted EBITDA is not a measure of financial performance calculated in accordance with GAAP, we believe it is useful to management and others, such as investors and lenders, in evaluating our financial performance without regard to financing methods, capital structure or income taxes; our ability to generate cash sufficient to pay interest on our indebtedness, make distributions and fund capital expenditures; and our compliance with certain credit facility financial covenants.  Because not all companies calculate Adjusted EBITDA the same way, our calculation may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies.




OXFORD RESOURCE PARTNERS, LP AND SUBSIDIARIES

UNAUDITED RECONCILIATION OF NET LOSS TO ADJUSTED NET LOSS2

FOR THE THREE AND NINE MONTHS ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 2013 AND 2012

(in thousands)














Three Months Ended


Nine Months Ended




September 30,


September 30,




2013


2012


2013


2012











Net loss 


$     (5,129)


$     (3,040)


$   (15,536)


$   (20,174)











Adjustment:










Impairment and restructuring expenses


150


206


1,012


13,843


(Gain) loss on disposal of assets, net


(1,107)


357


(6,594)


(4,156)


Change in fair value of warrants


(2,714)


-


(565)


-


Debt refinancing expenses


-


-


3,059


-


Write-off of deferred financing costs related to prior credit facility


-


-


808


-

Adjusted net loss 


$     (8,800)


$     (2,477)


$   (17,816)


$   (10,487)


2

Adjusted Net Loss is a non-GAAP financial measure used by management to gauge operating performance.  We define Adjusted Net Loss as net income or loss before deducting impairment and restructuring expenses, gain or loss on disposal of assets, change in fair value of warrants, debt financing expenses and write-off of deferred refinancing costs.  Although Adjusted Net Loss is not a measure of financial performance calculated in accordance with GAAP, we believe it is useful to management and others, such as investors and lenders, in evaluating our financial performance without regard to items which are primarily non-cash and our restructuring efforts which are not typical operating activities.  Because not all companies calculate Adjusted Net Loss the same way, our calculation may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies.












OXFORD RESOURCE PARTNERS, LP AND SUBSIDIARIES

UNAUDITED OPERATING STATISTICS3

FOR THE THREE AND NINE MONTHS ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 2013 AND 2012

(in thousands, except per ton amounts)














Three Months Ended


Nine Months Ended




September 30,


September 30,




2013


2012


2013


2012











Tons sold


1,670


1,922


5,017


5,651











Coal sales revenue per ton


$      50.74


$      49.45


$      50.87


$      49.51

Amortization of below-market coal sales contracts per ton

-


(0.06)


(0.01)


(0.10)

Cash coal sales revenue per ton


50.74


49.39


50.86


49.41

Cash cost of coal sales per ton


(44.34)


(41.20)


(43.84)


(41.98)

Cash margin per ton


$        6.40


$        8.19


$        7.02


$        7.43



3

Per ton amounts are calculated by dividing the related amount on the financial statements by the number of tons sold.  Although per ton amounts are not measures of performance calculated in accordance with GAAP, we believe they are useful to management and others, such as investors and lenders, in evaluating performance because they are widely used in the coal industry as a measure to evaluate a company's sales performance or control over costs.   Because not all companies calculate these measures the same way, our calculations may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies. 

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