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Enviva Partners, LP Completes Previously Announced Drop-Down Transactions

BETHESDA, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

Enviva Partners, LP (EVA) (“Enviva,” the “Partnership,” “we,” “us,” or “our”) has completed the previously announced purchase (the “Hamlet Transaction”) of its sponsor’s interest in its first development joint venture, Enviva Wilmington Holdings, LLC (the “First JV”). The First JV owns a wood pellet production plant under construction in Hamlet, North Carolina (the “Hamlet plant”) and a firm, 15-year take-or-pay off-take contract, adding incremental sales volume of approximately 500,000 metric tons per year to the Partnership. In addition, the Partnership announced that it has made the second and final payment (the “Second Payment”) for its October 2017 acquisition of the deep-water marine terminal in Wilmington, North Carolina and commenced the associated terminal services agreement to handle contracted volumes from the Hamlet plant.

As partial consideration for the Hamlet Transaction and the Second Payment, as well as partial financing for the Partnership’s previously announced production capacity expansions at its wood pellet production plants in Northampton, North Carolina and Southampton, Virginia (the “Mid-Atlantic Expansions”), the Partnership issued a total of 6,881,642 common units representing limited partner interests in the Partnership, or approximately $200 million. The Partnership expects to finance the remainder of the capital anticipated to be required for the Hamlet Transaction, the remainder of the capital expenditures expected to be required to complete the construction of the Hamlet plant, the Second Payment, and the Mid-Atlantic Expansions with borrowings under its existing $350 million senior secured revolving credit facility.

Additional details on the transactions and related financing activities can be found in the Partnership’s press release issued on March 25, 2019.

About Enviva Partners, LP

Enviva Partners, LP (EVA) is a publicly traded master limited partnership that aggregates a natural resource, wood fiber, and processes it into a transportable form, wood pellets. The Partnership sells a significant majority of its wood pellets through long-term, take-or-pay agreements with creditworthy customers in the United Kingdom and Europe. The Partnership owns and operates six plants with a combined production capacity of nearly three million metric tons of wood pellets per year in Virginia, North Carolina, Mississippi, and Florida and is nearing completion of construction of a seventh plant with a nameplate production capacity of approximately 600,000 metric tons in Hamlet, North Carolina. In addition, the Partnership exports wood pellets through its owned marine terminal assets at the Port of Chesapeake, Virginia and the Port of Wilmington, North Carolina and from third-party marine terminals in Mobile, Alabama and Panama City, Florida.

To learn more about Enviva Partners, LP, please visit our website at www.envivabiomass.com.

Cautionary Note Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements and information in this press release, including those concerning our future results of operations, acquisition opportunities, and distributions, may constitute “forward-looking statements.” The words “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “plan,” “intend,” “foresee,” “should,” “would,” “could,” or other similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements, which are generally not historical in nature. These forward-looking statements are based on the Partnership’s current expectations and beliefs concerning future developments and their potential effect on the Partnership. Although management believes that these forward-looking statements are reasonable as and when made, there can be no assurance that future developments affecting the Partnership will be those that it anticipates. The forward-looking statements involve significant risks and uncertainties (some of which are beyond the Partnership’s control) and assumptions that could cause actual results to differ materially from the Partnership’s historical experience and its present expectations or projections. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: (i) the volume and quality of products that we are able to produce or source and sell, which could be adversely affected by, among other things, operating or technical difficulties at our plants or deep-water marine terminals; (ii) the prices at which we are able to sell our products; (iii) failure of the Partnership’s customers, vendors, and shipping partners to pay or perform their contractual obligations to the Partnership; (iv) the creditworthiness of our contract counterparties; (v) the amount of low-cost wood fiber that we are able to procure and process, which could be adversely affected by, among other things, disruptions in supply or operating or financial difficulties suffered by our suppliers; (vi) changes in the price and availability of natural gas, coal, or other sources of energy; (vii) changes in prevailing economic conditions; (viii) our inability to complete acquisitions, including acquisitions from our sponsor, or to realize the anticipated benefits of such acquisitions; (ix) inclement or hazardous environmental conditions, including extreme precipitation, temperatures and flooding; (x) fires, explosions or other accidents; (xi) changes in domestic and foreign laws and regulations (or the interpretation thereof) related to renewable or low-carbon energy, the forestry products industry, the international shipping industry, or power generators; (xii) changes in the regulatory treatment of biomass in core and emerging markets; (xiii) our inability to acquire or maintain necessary permits or rights for our production, transportation, or terminaling operations; (xiv) changes in the price and availability of transportation; (xv) changes in foreign currency exchange or interest rates, and the failure of our hedging arrangements to effectively reduce our exposure to the risks related thereto; (xvi) risks related to our indebtedness; (xvii) our failure to maintain effective quality control systems at our production plants and deep-water marine terminals, which could lead to the rejection of our products by our customers; (xviii) changes in the quality specifications for our products that are required by our customers; (xix) labor disputes; (xx) the effects of the anticipated exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union on our and our customers’ businesses; (xxi) our inability to hire, train or retain qualified personnel to manage and operate our business and newly acquired assets; (xxii) our inability to borrow funds and access capital markets; (xxiii) our mis-estimation of the timing and extent of our ability to recover the costs associated with the previously reported fire incident at the Partnership’s marine export terminal in Chesapeake, Virginia and Hurricanes Florence and Michael through our insurance policies and other contractual rights; (xxiv) risks related to our project-development activities, and (xxv) our inability to complete our construction projects on time and within budget.

For additional information regarding known material factors that could cause the Partnership’s actual results to differ from projected results, please read its filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), including the Annual Report on Form 10-K and the Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q most recently filed with the SEC. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date thereof. The Partnership undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements after the date they are made, whether as a result of new information or future events or otherwise.

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