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Delek Logistics Partners, LP Reports First Quarter 2020 Results

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  • Reported first quarter net income attributable to all partners of $27.8 million; EBITDA increased 23.5% year-over-year

  • Limited Partners' interest in net income increased approximately 51% year-over-year

  • First quarter distributable cash flow coverage ratio of 1.15x and total leverage ratio of approximately 4.1x

  • Permian Gathering acquisition increases scale and improves outlook for leverage ratios and distribution coverage

  • Declared first quarter distribution of $0.890 per limited partner unit; reflects 8.5% percent increase year-over-year

  • Reiterating 5% distribution growth in 2020 versus year-ago levels

  • Lowering 2020 capital spending from $22.7 million to approximately $17.6 million

BRENTWOOD, Tenn., May 05, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Delek Logistics Partners, LP (DKL) ("Delek Logistics") today announced its financial results for the first quarter 2020. For the three months ended March 31, 2020, Delek Logistics reported net income attributable to all partners of $27.8 million, or $0.76 per diluted common limited partner unit. This compares to net income attributable to all partners of $19.7 million, or $0.51 per diluted common limited partner unit, in the first quarter 2019. Net cash from operating activities was $34.8 million in the first quarter 2020 compared to $27.0 million in the first quarter 2019. Distributable cash flow was $35.5 million in the first quarter 2020, compared to $29.8 million in the first quarter 2019. Reconciliation of net cash from operating activities as reported under U.S. GAAP to distributable cash flow is included in the financial tables attached to this release.

For the first quarter 2020, earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization ("EBITDA") was $48.7 million compared to $39.4 million in the first quarter 2019. Results improved on a year-over-year basis primarily due to a $3.6 million increase to income from equity method investments, as well as increased contributions from the Paline Pipeline, El Dorado and Gathering Assets. This was partially offset by lower West Texas gross margin on a year-over-year basis. Reconciliation of net income attributable to all partners as reported under U.S. GAAP to EBITDA is included in the financial tables attached to this release.

Uzi Yemin, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Delek Logistics' general partner, remarked: "Despite macro volatility stemming from COVID-19, Delek Logistics delivered strong financial performance in the first quarter with EBITDA and Limited Partners interest in net income increasing approximately 23% and 51%, respectively versus last year. First quarter distribution growth was over 8.5% on a year-over-year basis. The March 31, 2020 acquisition of the Permian Gathering business from our sponsor Delek US Holdings, Inc. (DK) ("Delek US"), adds the next step in growth for DKL and is an integral part of our expanding midstream footprint. This acquisition increases scale and improves the outlook for leverage ratios and distribution coverage throughout the year. Additionally, the Red River pipeline expansion, which is currently underway, should increase performance in the second half of 2020. Looking forward, we anticipate improving distribution coverage, giving us confidence in reiterating our expectation for 5% distribution growth on a year-over-year basis in 2020. We will continue to evaluate additional drop-down options from our sponsor Delek US. From a strategic perspective, we remain focused on maintaining strong distributable cash flow coverage and balance sheet flexibility. Finally, capital spending this year is being reduced from previous guidance of $22.7 million to approximately $17.6 million."

Distribution and Liquidity

On April 21, 2020, Delek Logistics declared a quarterly cash distribution of $0.890 per common limited partner unit for the first quarter 2020, which equates to $3.56 per common limited partner unit on an annualized basis. This distribution will be paid on May 12, 2020 to unitholders of record on May 5, 2020. This represents a 0.6% increase from the fourth quarter 2019 distribution of $0.885 per common limited partner unit, or $3.54 per common limited partner unit on an annualized basis, and a 8.5% increase over Delek Logistics’ first quarter 2019 distribution of $0.820 per common limited partner unit, or $3.28 per common limited partner unit annualized. For the first quarter 2020, the total cash distribution declared to all partners, including incentive distribution rights (IDRs), was approximately $30.9. Based on the distribution for the first quarter 2020, the distributable cash flow coverage ratio for the first quarter was 1.15x.

As of March 31, 2020, Delek Logistics had total debt of approximately $940.0 million and cash of $4.2 million. Additional borrowing capacity, subject to certain covenants, under the $850.0 million credit facility was $155.0 million. The total leverage ratio, calculated in accordance with the credit facility, for the first quarter 2020 was approximately 4.1x, which is within the current requirements of the maximum allowable leverage ratio of 5.5x and a decrease from the fourth quarter 2019 level of approximately 4.5x.

Financial Results

Revenue for the first quarter 2020 was $163.4 million compared to $152.5 million in the prior-year period. The increase in revenue is primarily due to improved performance from the Paline Pipeline, El Dorado and Gathering Assets. Total operating expenses were $14.7 million in the first quarter 2020, compared to $16.1 million in the first quarter 2019. The decrease was primarily due to lower maintenance and repair and outside services. Total contribution margin was $47.4 million in the first quarter 2020 compared to $40.2 million in the first quarter 2019. General and administrative expenses were $6.1 million for the first quarter 2020, compared to $4.5 million in the prior-year period, with the increase driven by asset integrity work, less labor eligible for capitalization and other expenses.

Pipelines and Transportation Segment

Contribution margin in the first quarter 2020 was $30.4 million compared to $24.2 million in the first quarter 2019. Operating expenses were $11.5 million in the first quarter 2020 compared to $10.8 million in the prior-year period. The contribution margin increased year-over-year due to strong performance from the Paline Pipeline, El Dorado and Gathering Assets.

Wholesale Marketing and Terminalling Segment

During the first quarter 2020, contribution margin was $17.0 million, compared to $15.9 million in the first quarter 2019. This increase was primarily due to higher gross margin in west Texas. Operating expenses of $3.3 million in the first quarter 2020 were lower than the $5.2 million in the prior-year period.

In the west Texas wholesale business, average throughput in the first quarter 2020 was 16,081 barrels per day compared to 13,314 barrels per day in the first quarter 2019. The west Texas gross margin per barrel decreased year-over-year to $2.70 per barrel and included approximately $0.8 million, or $0.57 per barrel, from renewable identification numbers (RINs) generated in the quarter. During the first quarter 2019, the west Texas gross margin per barrel was $3.56 per barrel and included $0.3 million from RINs, or $0.27 per barrel.

Average terminalling throughput volume of 135,329 barrels per day during the first quarter 2020 decreased on a year-over-year basis from 152,469 barrels per day in the first quarter 2019. During the first quarter 2020, average volume under the East Texas marketing agreement with Delek US was 72,650 barrels per day compared to 68,577 barrels per day during the first quarter 2019.

First Quarter 2020 Results | Conference Call Information

Delek Logistics will hold a conference call to discuss its first quarter 2020 results on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 7:30 a.m. Central Time. Investors will have the opportunity to listen to the conference call live by going to www.DelekLogistics.com. Participants are encouraged to register at least 15 minutes early to download and install any necessary software. An archived version of the replay will also be available at www.DelekLogistics.com for 90 days.

Investors may also wish to listen to Delek US’ (DK) first quarter 2020 earnings conference call on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. Central Time and review Delek US’ earnings press release. Market trends and information disclosed by Delek US may be relevant to Delek Logistics, as it is a consolidated subsidiary of Delek US. Investors can find information related to Delek US and the timing of its earnings release online by going to www.DelekUS.com.

About Delek Logistics Partners, LP

Delek Logistics Partners, LP, headquartered in Brentwood, Tennessee, was formed by Delek US Holdings, Inc. (DK) to own, operate, acquire and construct crude oil and refined products logistics and marketing assets.

Safe Harbor Provisions Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements that are based upon current expectations and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Statements concerning current estimates, expectations and projections about future results, performance, prospects, opportunities, plans, actions and events and other statements, concerns, or matters that are not historical facts are “forward-looking statements,” as that term is defined under the federal securities laws. These statements contain words such as “possible,” “believe,” “should,” “could,” “would,” “predict,” “plan,” “estimate,” “intend,” “may,” “anticipate,” “will,” “if,” “expect” or similar expressions, as well as statements in the future tense, and can be impacted by numerous factors, including the fact that a substantial majority of Delek Logistics' contribution margin is derived from Delek US, thereby subjecting us to Delek US' business risks; risks relating to the securities markets generally; risks and costs relating to the age and operational hazards of our assets including, without limitation, costs, penalties, regulatory or legal actions and other effects related to releases, spills and other hazards inherent in transporting and storing crude oil and intermediate and finished petroleum products; the impact of adverse market conditions affecting the utilization of Delek Logistics' assets and business performance, including margins generated by its wholesale fuel business; the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on the demand for crude oil, refined products and transportation and storage services; uncertainties regarding future decisions by OPEC regarding production and pricing disputes between OPEC members and Russia; an inability of Delek US to grow as expected as it relates to our potential future growth opportunities, including dropdowns, and other potential benefits; the results of our investments in joint ventures; the ability of the Red River joint venture to complete the expansion to increase the Red River pipeline capacity; adverse changes in laws including with respect to tax and regulatory matters; and other risks as disclosed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and other reports and filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. Forward looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding future growth at Delek Logistics; distributions and the amounts and timing thereof; potential dropdown inventory and the evaluation of incentive distribution rights; expected earnings or returns from joint ventures or other acquisitions; expansion projects; ability to create long-term value for our unit holders; financial flexibility and borrowing capacity; and distribution growth of 10% or at all. Forward-looking statements should not be read as a guarantee of future performance or results and will not be accurate indications of the times at, or by, which such performance or results will be achieved. Forward-looking information is based on information available at the time and/or management's good faith belief with respect to future events, and is subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual performance or results to differ materially from those expressed in the statements. Delek Logistics undertakes no obligation to update or revise any such forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that occur, or which Delek Logistics becomes aware of, after the date hereof, except as required by applicable law or regulation

Non-GAAP Disclosures:

Our management uses certain "non-GAAP" operational measures to evaluate our operating segment performance and non-GAAP financial measures to evaluate past performance and prospects for the future to supplement our GAAP financial information presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP. These financial and operational non-GAAP measures are important factors in assessing our operating results and profitability and include:

  • Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization ("EBITDA") - calculated as net income before net interest expense, income tax expense, depreciation and amortization expense, including amortization of customer contract intangible assets, which is included as a component of net revenues in our accompanying condensed consolidated statements of income.

  • Distributable cash flow - calculated as net cash flow from operating activities plus or minus changes in assets and liabilities, less maintenance capital expenditures net of reimbursements and other adjustments not expected to settle in cash. Delek Logistics believes this is an appropriate reflection of a liquidity measure by which users of its financial statements can assess its ability to generate cash.

EBITDA and distributable cash flow are non-U.S. GAAP supplemental financial measures that management and external users of our condensed consolidated financial statements, such as industry analysts, investors, lenders and rating agencies, may use to assess:

  • Delek Logistics' operating performance as compared to other publicly traded partnerships in the midstream energy industry, without regard to historical cost basis or, in the case of EBITDA, financing methods;

  • the ability of our assets to generate sufficient cash flow to make distributions to our unitholders;

  • Delek Logistics' ability to incur and service debt and fund capital expenditures; and

  • the viability of acquisitions and other capital expenditure projects and the returns on investment of various investment opportunities.

Delek Logistics believes that the presentation of EBITDA, distributable cash flow and distributable cash flow coverage ratio provide useful information to investors in assessing its financial condition, its results of operations and the cash flow its business is generating. EBITDA, distributable cash flow and distributable cash flow coverage ratio should not be considered in isolation or as alternatives to net income, operating income, cash flow from operating activities or any other measure of financial performance or liquidity presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP.

Non-GAAP measures have important limitations as analytical tools, because they exclude some, but not all, items that affect net income and net cash provided by operating activities. These measures should not be considered substitutes for their most directly comparable U.S. GAAP financial measures. Additionally, because EBITDA and distributable cash flow may be defined differently by other partnerships in its industry, Delek Logistics' definitions of EBITDA and distributable cash flow may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other partnerships, thereby diminishing their utility. See the accompanying tables in this earnings release for a reconciliation of these non-GAAP measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measures.

Delek Logistics Partners, LP

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)

(In thousands, except unit and per unit data)

March 31, 2020

December 31, 2019

ASSETS

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

4,176

$

5,545

Accounts receivable

12,392

13,204

Inventory

5,133

12,617

Other current assets

926

2,204

Total current assets

22,627

33,570

Property, plant and equipment:

Property, plant and equipment

665,718

461,325

Less: accumulated depreciation

(186,249

)

(166,281

)

Property, plant and equipment, net

479,469

295,044

Equity method investments

255,743

246,984

Operating lease right-of-use assets

3,471

3,745

Goodwill

12,203

12,203

Marketing Contract Intangible, net

129,196

130,999

Rights-of-way

37,329

15,597

Other non-current assets

6,198

6,305

Total assets

$

946,236

$

744,447

LIABILITIES AND DEFICIT

Current liabilities:

Accounts payable

$

4,385

$

12,471

Accounts payable to related parties

2,075

8,898

Interest payable

6,919

2,572

Excise and other taxes payable

4,088

3,941

Current portion of operating lease liabilities

1,456

1,435

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

3,719

5,765

Total current liabilities

22,642

35,082

Non-current liabilities:

Long-term debt

939,955

833,110

Asset retirement obligations

5,695

5,588

Deferred tax liabilities

1,027

215

Operating lease liabilities, net of current portion

2,015

2,310

Other non-current liabilities

19,298

19,261

Total non-current liabilities

967,990

860,484

Total liabilities

990,632

895,566

Equity (Deficit):

Common unitholders - public; 8,679,757 units issued and outstanding at March 31, 2020 (9,131,579 at December 31, 2019)

158,332

164,436

Common unitholders - Delek Holdings; 20,745,868 units issued and outstanding at March 31, 2020 (15,294,046 at December 31, 2019)

(199,943

)

(310,513

)

General partner - 600,523 units issued and outstanding at March 31, 2020 (498,482 at December 31, 2019)

(2,785

)

(5,042

)

Total deficit

(44,396

)

(151,119

)

Total liabilities and deficit

$

946,236

$

744,447


Delek Logistics Partners, LP

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income (Unaudited)

(In thousands, except unit and per unit data)

Three Months Ended March 31,

2020

2019

Net revenues:

Affiliate

$

106,699

$

62,965

Third-party

56,702

89,518

Net revenues

163,401

152,483

Cost of sales:

Cost of materials and other

101,293

96,265

Operating expenses (excluding depreciation and amortization presented below)

13,954

15,307

Depreciation and amortization

5,803

6,124

Total cost of sales

121,050

117,696

Operating expenses related to wholesale business (excluding depreciation and amortization presented below)

790

751

General and administrative expenses

6,130

4,473

Depreciation and amortization

496

450

Other operating (income) expense, net

(107

)

2

Total operating costs and expenses

128,359

123,372

Operating income

35,042

29,111

Interest expense, net

11,824

11,301

Income from equity method investments

(5,553

)

(1,951

)

Total non-operating expenses, net

6,271

9,350

Income before income tax expense

28,771

19,761

Income tax expense

975

65

Net income attributable to partners

$

27,796

$

19,696

Comprehensive income attributable to partners

$

27,796

$

19,696

Less: General partner's interest in net income, including incentive distribution rights

9,077

7,270

Limited partners' interest in net income

$

18,719

$

12,426

Net income per limited partner unit:

Common units - basic

$

0.76

$

0.51

Common units - diluted

$

0.76

$

0.51

Weighted average limited partner units outstanding:

Common units - basic

24,480,570

24,407,168

Common units - diluted

24,485,336

24,416,058

Cash distribution per limited partner unit

$

0.890

$

0.820


Delek Logistics Partners, LP

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited)

(In thousands)

Three Months Ended March 31,

2020

2019

Cash flows from operating activities

Net cash provided by operating activities

$

34,834

$

27,017

Cash flows from investing activities

Net cash used in investing activities

(112,176

)

(3,766

)

Cash flows from financing activities

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

75,973

(22,417

)

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

(1,369

)

834

Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the period

5,545

4,522

Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period

$

4,176

$

5,356


Delek Logistics Partners, LP

Reconciliation of Amounts Reported Under U.S. GAAP

(In thousands)

Three Months Ended March 31,

2020

2019

Reconciliation of Net Income to EBITDA:

Net income

$

27,796

$

19,696

Add:

Income tax expense

975

65

Depreciation and amortization

6,299

6,574

Amortization of customer contract intangible assets

1,803

1,803

Interest expense, net

11,824

11,301

EBITDA

$

48,697

$

39,439

Reconciliation of net cash from operating activities to distributable cash flow:

Net cash provided by operating activities

$

34,834

$

27,017

Changes in assets and liabilities

1,654

3,169

Non-cash lease expense

(274

)

(1,016

)

Distributions from equity method investments in investing activities

110

804

Maintenance and regulatory capital expenditures

(857

)

(818

)

Reimbursement from Delek Holdings for capital expenditures

39

714

Accretion of asset retirement obligations

(107

)

(99

)

Deferred income taxes

Gain (loss) on asset disposals

107

(2

)

Distributable Cash Flow

$

35,506

$

29,769


Delek Logistics Partners, LP

Distributable Coverage Ratio Calculation

(In thousands)

Three Months Ended March 31,

Distributions to partners of Delek Logistics, LP

2020

2019

Limited partners' distribution on common units

$

21,739

$

20,014

General partner's distributions

444

408

General partner's incentive distribution rights

8,695

7,016

Total distributions to be paid

$

30,878

$

27,438

Distributable cash flow

$

35,506

$

29,769

Distributable cash flow coverage ratio (1)

1.15x

1.08x

(1) Distributable cash flow coverage ratio is calculated by dividing distributable cash flow by distributions to be paid in each respective period.


Delek Logistics Partners, LP

Segment Data (unaudited)

(In thousands)

Three Months Ended March 31,

2020

2019

Pipelines and Transportation

Net revenues:

Affiliate

$

38,502

$

36,659

Third party

9,465

3,974

Total pipelines and transportation

47,967

40,633

Cost of sales:

Cost of materials and other

6,098

5,567

Operating expenses (excluding depreciation and amortization)

11,456

10,834

Segment contribution margin

$

30,413

$

24,232

Total Assets

$

849,840

$

401,833

Wholesale Marketing and Terminalling

Net revenues:

Affiliates (1)

$

68,197

$

26,306

Third party

47,237

85,544

Total wholesale marketing and terminalling

115,434

111,850

Cost of sales:

Cost of materials and other

95,195

90,698

Operating expenses (excluding depreciation and amortization)

3,288

5,224

Segment contribution margin

$

16,951

$

15,928

Total Assets

$

96,396

238,375

Consolidated

Net revenues:

Affiliates

$

106,699

$

62,965

Third party

56,702

89,518

Total consolidated

163,401

152,483

Cost of sales:

Cost of materials and other

101,293

96,265

Operating expenses (excluding depreciation and amortization presented below)

14,744

16,058

Contribution margin

47,364

40,160

General and administrative expenses

6,130

4,473

Depreciation and amortization

6,299

6,574

Loss (gain) on asset disposals

(107

)

2

Operating income

$

35,042

$

29,111

Total Assets

$

946,236

$

640,208

(1) Affiliate revenue for the wholesale marketing and terminalling segment is presented net of amortization expense pertaining to the marketing contract intangible we acquired in connection with the Big Spring acquisition.


Delek Logistics Partners, LP

Segment Capital Spending

(In thousands)

Three Months Ended March 31,

Pipelines and Transportation

2020

2019

Maintenance capital spending

$

449

$

410

Discretionary capital spending

(4

)

14

Segment capital spending

445

424

Wholesale Marketing and Terminalling

Maintenance capital spending

1,130

107

Discretionary capital spending

1,453

373

Segment capital spending

2,583

480

Consolidated

Maintenance capital spending

1,579

517

Discretionary capital spending

1,449

387

Total capital spending

$

3,028

$

904


Delek Logistics Partners, LP

Segment Data (Unaudited)

Three Months Ended March 31,

2020

2019

Pipelines and Transportation Segment:

Throughputs (average bpd)

El Dorado Assets:

Crude pipelines (non-gathered)

55,471

28,683

Refined products pipelines to Enterprise Systems

54,106

23,092

Gathering Assets

34,906

16,998

East Texas Crude Logistics System

14,174

18,113

Wholesale Marketing and Terminalling Segment:

East Texas - Tyler Refinery sales volumes (average bpd) (1)

72,650

68,577

Big Spring marketing throughputs (average bpd)

66,386

87,741

West Texas marketing throughputs (average bpd)

16,081

13,314

West Texas gross margin per barrel

$

2.70

$

3.56

Terminalling throughputs (average bpd)

135,329

152,469

(1) Excludes jet fuel and petroleum coke.

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