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Edited Transcript of CVI earnings conference call or presentation 25-Oct-18 7:00pm GMT

Q3 2018 CVR Energy Inc Earnings Call

SUGAR LAND Oct 30, 2018 (Thomson StreetEvents) -- Edited Transcript of CVR Energy Inc earnings conference call or presentation Thursday, October 25, 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 to the CVR Energy, Inc. Third 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 third 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 third 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, believe, 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 third quarter earnings release that we filed with the SEC yesterday after the 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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Thanks, Jay. Good afternoon, everyone, and thank you for joining our earnings call. Hopefully, you had an opportunity to listen to the CVR Partners and CVR Refining's earnings calls earlier today.

We reported CVR Energy's third quarter 2018 consolidated net income was $90 million or $0.94 per diluted share as compared to a net income of $22 million or $0.26 per diluted share in the third quarter last year. We also announced a quarterly cash dividend of $0.75 per share, which would be paid on November 12 to stockholders of record on November 5.

Now I'll speak to some of the third quarter highlights from each of the business sections. CVR Refining's third quarter 2018 adjusted EBITDA was $221 million as compared to $139 million a year ago. CVR Refining also declared a third quarter distribution of $0.90 per common unit. In addition, we completed the exchange offer of the CVR Energy shares for CVR Refining units. CVR Energy now owns approximately 81% of the units of CVR Refining, LP. Operationally, both plants ran well, and there was minimal lost opportunities. The combined total throughput for the third quarter of '18 was approximately 219,000 barrels per day as compared to 214,000 in the third quarter of '17.

Now turning to the Fertilizer business. CVR Partners announced a third quarter 2018 adjusted EBITDA of $19 million as compared to $5 million in the third quarter of 2017. During the third quarter, CVR Partners has had strong production results at both facilities with little downtime. The gasifier and ammonia units ran at 100% at Coffeyville and the UAN plant operated at 97%. While at East Dubuque, the ammonia unit ran at 99% and the UAN unit ran at 98%. CVR Partners announced that it will not pay a cash distribution for the third quarter of '18.

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. As Dave previously mentioned, we reported net income of $90 million in the first quarter of 2018 as compared to net income of $22 million at the same quarter of 2017. Adjusted net income for the third quarter of 2018 was $91 million or $0.95 per diluted share as compared to an adjusted net income of $32 million or $0.37 per diluted share in the third quarter of 2017. We believe adjusted net income is a meaningful metric for analyzing our performance as it eliminates the impact of noncash and other unusual items inherent in our business segments and provides a more transparent view as to market expectations.

The gross pretax adjustments to net income are reduced for the portion that is distributable to the noncontrolling interest and are further reduced for the net tax impact associated with them. The total income tax expense for the third quarter of 2018 was $35 million as compared to $9 million in the third 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 and CVR Partners' earnings and certain income tax benefits -- state income tax benefits. The effective tax rate for the third quarter of 2018 was approximately 22% as compared to 26% in the third quarter of 2017. The year-over-year reduction was primarily as a result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which reduced the federal 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%.

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 third quarter of 2018 was $221 million as compared to $139 million in the same period of 2017. The increase in adjusted EBITDA year-over-year was mainly the result of strong Group 3 crack spreads, lower RIN prices and increased internal RIN generation, wide crude oil differentials and minimal lost opportunities. In the third quarter of 2018, CVR has realized -- Refining has realized refining margin adjusted for FIFO was $15.41 per barrel of total throughput as compared to $13.05 in the same quarter of 2017. The Group 3 crack spread averaged $19.88 per barrel in the third quarter of 2018 as compared to $20.57 in the third quarter of 2017.

Now turning to our Fertilizer segment. As previously mentioned, CVR Partners' third quarter adjusted EBITDA was $19 million as compared to $5 million in the same period last year. The increase in adjusted EBITDA over the periods was mainly attributable to the improvement in netback prices. The average UAN netback price for the third quarter of 2018 was $170 per ton, which was a 23% increase over the prior year third quarter. The average ammonia netback price was $297 per ton in the third quarter of 2018, which was a 39% increase over the third quarter of 2017.

Total consolidated capital spending for the third quarter of 2018 was $26 million, which included $18 million at CVR Refining and $6 million at CVR Partners. We estimate the total consolidated capital spending for 2018 to be approximately $100 million to $120 million.

Our cash position remains strong and as we ended the quarter with cash of approximately $702 million on a consolidated basis, of which approximately $243 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. On our previous calls, I outlined our strategic objectives for '18. In addition to running our facilities reliably and in a safe, environmentally responsible manner, we have made steady progress on these objectives. We've been working to reduce our RINs -- exposure to RINs. In June, we started blending B5 across our racks, and the third quarter marks the first full quarter of this blending activity. With the B5 blending, our internally produced RINs has increased by 5% of our renewable volume application. We've had -- we have several deals in the works that could further increase our internal RINs generation to which we will report on the future.

At the Coffeyville refinery, process studies indicate that we could increase WCS processing up to 40,000 barrels while increasing shale oil and natural gas processing. It could significantly -- it could be increased significantly with a phased implementation. Phase 1 would include the addition of a naphtha hydrotreating unit and an isomerization unit to increase the capacity of our natural gas processing 10,000 barrels a day. Phase 2 would include the addition of a gas hydrotreater to allow additional runs of WCS. And Phase 3 would include debottlenecking of the reformer and a revamp of the existing crude units to efficiently process 40,000 barrels a day of WCS, shale oil and/or natural gasoline. If approved, these projects should all have a return in the 25% to 30% range, and the total capital CapEx is estimated at $350 million.

At the Wynnewood refinery, CVR Refining has improved the Benfree unit repositioning, which should increase the liquid yield by approximately 1% across the refinery. This project should cost around $11 million and has an expected rate of return of 90-plus percent at a WTI price of $65 a barrel. The Benfree repositioning should be complete during the planned 2019 spring turnaround at Wynnewood. In addition at Wynnewood, the plan is to change the catalyst in the reformer in the fourth quarter, which should also improve liquid volume recovery.

We continue to evaluate the addition of an isomerization unit to efficiently process shale oil and shale oil condensates. The project is expected to yield a 30% return based on $91 million of capital, driven by liquid yield improvements and more premium gasoline sales.

As the production of condensates -- condensate crudes increase in the STACK and SCOOP, their discounts to WTI should widen. At Wynnewood, these condensate crudes could be run neat. And at Coffeyville, they could be blended and processed as dumbbell crudes. In fact, we are reversing the Red River Pipeline acquired in 2017 to deliver the STACK, SCOOP shale oils crudes to Coffeyville and replace Cushing common crude oil purchases. The Red River line will have the capacity of 35,000 barrels, bringing our total capacity of STACK, SCOOP type barrels to our refineries to 105,000 barrels a day. The Wynnewood spring turnaround is on schedule, and we expect the turnaround expenses to be approximately $25 million in the first quarter of 2019.

Finally, implementation of our restructuring efforts are largely complete.

So with that, Michelle, we're 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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Again, I'd like to thank you all for your interest in CVR Energy. Additionally, I'd like to thank all our employees for their hard work and commitment towards a safe, reliable and environmentally responsible operations. We look forward to reviewing our fourth quarter 2018 results during our next earnings call. Thank you.

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Operator [3]

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