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Edited Transcript of CVI earnings conference call or presentation 26-Jul-18 7:00pm GMT

Q2 2018 CVR Energy Inc Earnings Call

SUGAR LAND Jul 31, 2018 (Thomson StreetEvents) -- Edited Transcript of CVR Energy Inc earnings conference call or presentation Thursday, July 26, 2018 at 7:00:00pm GMT

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Corporate Participants

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* David L. Lamp

CVR Energy, Inc. - CEO, President & Director

* Jay Finks

CVR Energy, Inc. - VP of Finance

* Tracy D. Jackson

CVR Energy, Inc. - Executive VP & CFO

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Presentation

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Operator [1]

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Greetings, and welcome the CVR Energy, Inc. Second Quarter 2018 Conference Call. (Operator Instructions) As a reminder, this conference is being recorded.

It is now my pleasure to introduce your host, Jay Finks, Vice President of Finance and Treasurer. Thank you. You may begin.

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Jay Finks, CVR Energy, Inc. - VP of Finance [2]

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Thank you, Michelle. Good afternoon, everyone. We very much appreciate you joining us this afternoon for our CVR Energy Second Quarter 2018 Earnings Call. With me today are Dave Lamp, our Chief Executive Officer; Tracy Jackson, our Chief Financial Officer; and other members of management.

Prior to discussing our second quarter 2018 results, let me remind you that this conference call may contain forward-looking statements as that term is defined under federal securities laws. For this purpose, any statements made during this call that are not statements of historical facts may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. Without limiting the foregoing, the words outlook, believes, anticipates, plans, expects and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements.

You are cautioned that these statements may be affected by important factors set forth in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and in our latest earnings release. As a result, actual operations or results may differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements. We undertake no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except to the extent required by law.

This call also includes various non-GAAP financial measures. The disclosures related to such non-GAAP measures, including reconciliation to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures, are included in our 2018 second quarter earnings release that we filed with the SEC yesterday after close of the market.

With that said, I'll turn the call over to Dave, our Chief Executive Officer. Dave?

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David L. Lamp, CVR Energy, Inc. - CEO, President & Director [3]

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Thank you, Jay. And good afternoon, everyone, and thank you for joining our earnings call. Hopefully, you had the opportunity to listen to the CVR Partners and CVR Refining's earnings call earlier today. We reported CVR Energy's second quarter 2018 consolidated adjusted net income of -- we reported CVR Energy's second quarter 2018 consolidated adjusted income was $45 million or $0.52 per diluted share as compared to an adjusted net loss of $3 million or $0.04 per diluted share in the second quarter of last year.

On May 29, we announced a quarterly cash dividend of $0.75 per share, which will be paid on August 13 to stockholders of record on August 6. We also announced the commencement of an exchange offer of CVR Energy shares for CVR Refining units. CVR Energy believes that in light of recent tax reform, many unitholders would prefer to hold their investments in the form of common stock rather than partnership interest. In addition, the exchange offer would also allow CVR Energy to increase its ownership at CVR Refining. The exchange offer expires at 5:00 p.m. Eastern on July 27.

Now I will speak to some of our second quarter highlights from each of our business segments. CVR Refining second quarter 2018 adjusted EBITDA was $147 million as compared to $43 million a year ago. CVR Refining also declared a second quarter distribution of $0.66 per common unit. Operationally, the combined crude throughput for the second quarter of 2018 was approximately 206,000 barrels a day as compared to 214,000 barrels per day of crude in the second quarter of 2017.

The Coffeyville refinery processed approximately 129,000 barrels a day of crude and the Wynnewood refinery processed approximately 77,000 barrels a day of crude in the second quarter of '18. The Wynnewood (sic) [Coffeyville] refinery ran at reduced rates in July (sic) [June] due to external power failures. The financial impact of this lost opportunity was approximately $16 million. And it was for the most part due to these power failures.

Now turning to the fertilizer business. CVR Partners announced a second quarter 2018 adjusted EBITDA of $26 million as compared to $32 million in the second quarter of 30 (sic) ['17]. The second quarter results were impacted by a scheduled turnaround at the Coffeyville facility and unplanned downtimes at both plants. Financial impact of this lost production from the Coffeyville plant was due to the turnaround and unscheduled -- due to the turnaround and unscheduled downtime was approximately $12 million. CVR Partners announced that it will not pay a cash distribution in the second quarter of 2018.

Now let me turn the call over to Tracy to talk about some financial highlights.

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Tracy D. Jackson, CVR Energy, Inc. - Executive VP & CFO [4]

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Thank you, Dave, and good afternoon, everyone. We reported net income of $51 million in the second quarter of 2018 as compared to a net loss of $11 million in the same quarter of 2017. As previously mentioned, adjusted net income for the second quarter of 2018 was $45 million or $0.52 per diluted share as compared to an adjusted net loss of $3 million or $0.04 per diluted share in the second quarter of 2017.

The total income tax expense for the second quarter of 2018 was $17 million as compared to a benefit of $7 million in the second quarter of 2017. The overall effective tax rate in both 2018 and 2017 was impacted by the income or loss associated with the noncontrolling interest in CVR Refining's and CVR Partners' earnings and certain state income tax benefits.

The effective tax rate for the second quarter of 2018 was approximately 18% as compared to 26% in the second quarter of 2017. The year-over-year reduction was primarily as a result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which reduced the federal statutory tax rate from 35% in 2017 to 21% in 2018. We estimate our full year 2018 effective tax rate to be between 15% and 20%, depending on the outcome of the exchange offer.

I will now turn to the specific performance of our 2 business segments impacting our overall quarterly results. As Dave mentioned earlier, CVR Refining's adjusted EBITDA for the second quarter of 2018 was $147 million as compared to $43 million in the same period in 2017. The increase in adjusted EBITDA year-over-year was mainly the result of higher Group 3 crack spreads, lower RINs prices and wider crude differentials.

In the second quarter of 2018, CVR Refining's realized refining margin adjusted for FIFO was $12.61 per barrel of total throughput as compared to $7.21 in the same quarter of 2017. The Group 3 crack spread averaged $19.18 per barrel in the second quarter of 2018 as compared to $14.30 in the second quarter of 2017.

Now turning to our fertilizer segment. As previously mentioned, CVR Partners' second quarter adjusted EBITDA was $26 million as compared to $32 million in the same period last year. The decrease in adjusted EBITDA from last year was mainly attributable to the planned and unplanned downtime. The average UAN netback price for the second quarter of 2018 was $191 per ton, which was a 10% increase over the prior year second quarter. The average ammonia netback price was $348 per ton in the second quarter of 2018, which was a 5% increase over the second quarter of 2017.

The total consolidated capital spending for the second quarter of 2018 was $22 million, which included $16 million at CVR Refining and $6 million at CVR Partners. We estimate total consolidated capital spending for 2018 of approximately $160 million. Our cash position remained strong as we ended the quarter with cash of approximately $534 million on a consolidated basis, of which approximately $248 million was held at CVR Energy.

With that, Dave, I'll turn the call back over to you.

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David L. Lamp, CVR Energy, Inc. - CEO, President & Director [5]

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Thanks, Tracy. As discussed on our last call, I outlined our strategic objectives for 2018. We continue to develop these objectives. And as we move forward, I will provide updates.

In addition to running our facilities reliably safe and environmentally compliant, a recap of our objectives are: one, build a wholesale/retail business to reduce our RIN exposure; two, install biodiesel blending facilities at both our racks; three, expand our capacity to process WCS and light shale oil crudes at Coffeyville to capture market opportunities offered by the upcoming IMO specifications; and then four, improve our liquid yield at Wynnewood by 3.5% and increase our abilities to process light shale oils produced in our backyard; and finally, restructure our organization to reduce G&A cost, eliminate unprofitable activities and improve decision-making.

We have made steady progress on these objectives. And we believe they will position our business for the future market dynamics, including strong global product demand supporting U.S. product markets, supporting crude differentials of WCS, Permian-based crudes, Brent, TI spread and condensate TI spreads, regulatory tailwinds from tax reform, IMO bunker fuel spec changes and RFS reform as well as our industry's leading capital return potential. We've been working to diversify our marketing channels to grow our wholesale outlets and reduce our exposure to RINs. Several deals are in the works. And we believe we can increase our internally generated RINs by approximately 25% by the end of 2018.

In June, we started blending B5 across our racks. The quick-hit win was the first completed objective in our effort to reduce our exposure to RINs. At our Coffeyville refinery, processing studies indicate that 40,000 barrels of WCS is in scope and that our light shale oil crude processing can be substantially increased with the addition -- with an isom expansion and the addition of naphtha hydrotreating capacity.

At our Wynnewood refinery, we have approved a Brent-free repositioning, which has -- which will increase our liquid yield by approximately 1%. This project will cost about $11 million and has an expected return of 90-plus percent at a WTI price around $65 per barrel. The Brent-free repositioning will be complete during our planned 2019 turnaround. In addition, we plan to change the catalyst in our CCR reformer at Wynnewood, which will also improve liquid yield.

We continue to scope and complete process engineering work on the LPG recovery from fuel gas and the addition of an isom unit to capture the rest of the liquid volume yield as well as increase our ability to process shale oil condensates. As the production of condensates increase in the STACK and SCOOP, their discount to WTI should widen. At Wynnewood, these condensates can be run neat. And at Coffeyville, they can be blended and processed as dumbbell crudes. We believe these economics will be equally compelling.

To address the trade flows in the Midwest from CVR Partners' Coffeyville facilities, they recently started up a new loading rack, which gives the Coffeyville plant greater access to Burlington Northern Railroad. This improves the competitiveness of this facility by allowing CVR Partners to reach geographic locations that could not previously be reached economically. The expanded footprint has been well received by our fertilizer customers.

Our restructuring efforts are defined and being implemented now. We are on track to eliminate approximately $11 million of cost -- $11 million per year of cost and gain $4 million of capital from the sale of unnecessary assets net of restructuring costs. We are approximately 58 -- 50% complete with the rehiring of positions that have been relocated from our Kansas City office to our headquarters in Sugar Land. All major department heads are now in place and restructuring efforts will be substantially complete by the end of 2018.

So with that, Michelle, we are ready to take questions.

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Questions and Answers

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Operator [1]

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(Operator Instructions) There are no questions at this time. I would like to turn the call back over to management for closing remarks.

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David L. Lamp, CVR Energy, Inc. - CEO, President & Director [2]

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Thanks, Michelle. Again, I'd like to thank you all for your interest in CVR Energy. Additionally, I'd like to thank our employees for their continuous hard work and commitment to safety. We look forward to reviewing our third quarter results during our next earnings call. Thank you.

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Operator [3]

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Thank you. This concludes today's teleconference. You may disconnect your lines at this time. Thank you for your participation, and have a wonderful day.