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HollyFrontier Corporation Reports 2018 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results

DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

  • Reported net income attributable to HollyFrontier stockholders of $1.1 billion or $6.19 per diluted share and adjusted net income of $1.14 billion or $6.44 per diluted share, for the year
  • Reported EBITDA of $2.0 billion and adjusted EBITDA of $2.1 billion, for the year
  • Returned $597.0 million to shareholders through dividends and share repurchases in the year
  • Acquisitions of Red Giant Oil and Sonneborn, further strengthening our finished lubricants and specialty products business

HollyFrontier Corporation (HFC) (“HollyFrontier” or the “Company”) today reported fourth quarter net income attributable to HollyFrontier stockholders of $141.9 million or $0.81 per diluted share for the quarter ended December 31, 2018, compared to $521.1 million or $2.92 per diluted share for the quarter ended December 31, 2017.

The fourth quarter results include a lower of cost or market inventory valuation adjustment that decreased pre-tax earnings by $329.2 million. Excluding this item, net income for the fourth quarter was $393.9 million ($2.25 per diluted share) compared to $124.6 million ($0.70 per diluted share) for the fourth quarter of 2017, which excludes certain items that collectively decreased earnings by $396.5 million for the three months ended December 31, 2017. A reconciliation of actual to adjusted earnings is presented in the accompanying reconciliations to amounts reported under Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("GAAP").

HollyFrontier’s President & CEO, George Damiris, commented, “HollyFrontier achieved strong financial results in 2018 as we were able to capture the favorable crude discounts and healthy product cracks across our refining system. We returned approximately $597 million in cash to shareholders in the form of regular dividends and share repurchases, while continuing to invest in our assets. Looking to 2019, despite tightening crude differentials, we are optimistic that strength in the diesel markets will continue and we will see a seasonal rebound in gasoline markets. On February 1, 2019, we closed on our previously announced acquisition of Sonneborn. With the addition of Sonneborn, we continue to focus on advancing our downward integration strategy into the high-margin finished lubricants and specialty products market.”

The Refining and Marketing segment reported adjusted EBITDA of $583.4 million compared to $233.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2017. This increase was primarily driven by lower laid-in crude costs which resulted in a consolidated refinery gross margin of $22.17 per produced barrel, a 77% increase compared to $12.54 for the fourth quarter of 2017. Crude oil charge averaged 405,580 barrels per day (“BPD”) for the fourth quarter compared to 461,110 BPD for the fourth quarter 2017. The lower crude charge was due to the planned turnaround at our El Dorado refinery.

Our Lubricants and Specialty Products segment reported EBITDA of $(3.9) million, driven by negative Rack Back EBITDA. Rack Forward EBITDA was $48.5 million for the quarter and $213.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2018. Rack Back EBITDA was negatively impacted by continued weakness in the base oil markets, coupled with a turnaround at the Mississauga plant in the fourth quarter.

Holly Energy Partners, L.P. ("HEP") reported EBITDA of $89.9 million for the fourth quarter 2018 compared to $124.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2017, which included a remeasurement gain related to the acquisition of the remaining interest in the SLC and Frontier Pipelines. HEP EBITDA was negatively impacted by lower UNEV volumes and unplanned maintenance on a refinery process unit at Woods Cross in the fourth quarter.

For the fourth quarter of 2018, net cash provided by operations totaled $424.5 million. During the period, we declared and paid a dividend of $0.33 per share to shareholders totaling $57.6 million and spent $185.2 million in stock repurchases. At December 31, 2018, our cash and cash equivalents totaled $1,154.8 million, a $79.1 million increase over cash and cash equivalents of $1,075.7 million at September 30, 2018. Additionally, our consolidated long-term debt was $2,411.5 million. Our debt, exclusive of HEP debt, which is nonrecourse to HollyFrontier, was $992.6 million at December 31, 2018.

The Company has scheduled a webcast conference call for today, February 20, 2019, at 8:30 AM Eastern Time to discuss fourth quarter financial results. This webcast may be accessed at: https://78449.themediaframe.com/dataconf/productusers/hfc/mediaframe/27948/indexl.html. An audio archive of this webcast will be available using the above noted link through March 6, 2019.

HollyFrontier Corporation, headquartered in Dallas, Texas, is an independent petroleum refiner and marketer that produces high value light products such as gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel and other specialty products. HollyFrontier owns and operates refineries located in Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Wyoming and Utah and markets its refined products principally in the Southwest U.S., the Rocky Mountains extending into the Pacific Northwest and in other neighboring Plains states. In addition, HollyFrontier produces base oils and other specialized lubricants in the U.S., Canada and Netherlands, and exports products to more than 80 countries. HollyFrontier also owns a 57% limited partner interest and a non-economic general partner interest in Holly Energy Partners, L.P., a master limited partnership that provides petroleum product and crude oil transportation, terminalling, storage and throughput services to the petroleum industry, including HollyFrontier Corporation subsidiaries.

The following is a “safe harbor” statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: The statements in this press release relating to matters that are not historical facts are “forward-looking statements” based on management’s beliefs and assumptions using currently available information and expectations as of the date hereof, are not guarantees of future performance and involve certain risks and uncertainties, including those contained in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot assure you that our expectations will prove correct. Therefore, actual outcomes and results could materially differ from what is expressed, implied or forecast in such statements. Any differences could be caused by a number of factors, including, but not limited to, risks and uncertainties with respect to the actions of actual or potential competitive suppliers of refined petroleum products in the Company’s markets, the demand for and supply of crude oil and refined products, the spread between market prices for refined products and market prices for crude oil, the possibility of constraints on the transportation of refined products, the possibility of inefficiencies, curtailments or shutdowns in refinery operations or pipelines, effects of governmental and environmental regulations and policies, the availability and cost of financing to the Company, the effectiveness of the Company’s capital investments and marketing strategies, the Company’s efficiency in carrying out construction projects, the ability of the Company to acquire refined or lubricant product operations or pipeline and terminal operations on acceptable terms and to integrate any future acquired operations, the possibility of terrorist and cyber attacks and the consequences of any such attacks, general economic conditions and other financial, operational and legal risks and uncertainties detailed from time to time in the Company’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings. The forward-looking statements speak only as of the date made and, other than as required by law, we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

Financial Data (all information in this release is unaudited)

    Three Months Ended
December 31,
      Change from 2017
2018     2017 Change     Percent
(In thousands, except per share data)
Sales and other revenues $ 4,344,204 $ 3,992,705 $ 351,499 9 %
Operating costs and expenses:
Cost of products sold:
Cost of products sold (exclusive of lower of cost or market inventory valuation adjustment) 3,245,507 3,184,690 60,817 2
Lower of cost or market inventory valuation adjustment   329,232     (93,362 )   422,594   (453 )
3,574,739 3,091,328 483,411 16
Operating expenses 352,139 350,405 1,734
Selling, general and administrative expenses 85,955 80,411 5,544 7
Depreciation and amortization   113,719     105,731     7,988   8
Total operating costs and expenses   4,126,552     3,627,875     498,677   14
Income from operations 217,652 364,830 (147,178 ) (40 )
 
Other income (expense):
Earnings of equity method investments 1,698 1,545 153 10
Interest income 6,232 1,667 4,565 274
Interest expense (33,917 ) (32,063 ) (1,854 ) 6
Gain on foreign currency transactions 681 (2,596 ) 3,277 (126 )
Remeasurement gain on HEP pipeline interest acquisitions 36,254 (36,254 ) (100 )
Other, net   (528 )   1,625     (2,153 ) (132 )
  (25,834 )   6,432     (32,266 ) (502 )
Income before income taxes 191,818 371,262 (179,444 ) (48 )
Income tax expense (benefit)   28,501     (185,972 )   214,473   (115 )
Net income 163,317 557,234 (393,917 ) (71 )
Less net income attributable to noncontrolling interest   21,421     36,152     (14,731 ) (41 )
Net income attributable to HollyFrontier stockholders $ 141,896   $ 521,082   $ (379,186 ) (73 )%
 
Earnings per share attributable to HollyFrontier stockholders:
Basic $ 0.82   $ 2.94   $ (2.12 ) (72 )%
Diluted $ 0.81   $ 2.92   $ (2.11 ) (72 )%
Cash dividends declared per common share $ 0.33   $ 0.33   $   %
Average number of common shares outstanding:
Basic 172,485 176,265 (3,780 ) (2 )%
Diluted 174,259 177,457 (3,198 ) (2 )%
EBITDA $ 311,801 $ 471,237 $ (159,436 ) (34 )%
Adjusted EBITDA $ 641,033 $ 333,921 $ 307,112 92 %
 
         
Years Ended
December 31,
Change from 2017
2018     2017 Change     Percent
(In thousands, except per share data)
Sales and other revenues $ 17,714,666 $ 14,251,299 $ 3,463,367 24 %
Operating costs and expenses:
Cost of products sold:
Cost of products sold (exclusive of lower of cost or market inventory valuation adjustment) 13,940,782 11,467,873 2,472,909 22
Lower of cost or market inventory valuation adjustment   136,305     (108,685 )   244,990   (225 )
14,077,087 11,359,188 2,717,899 24
Operating expenses 1,285,838 1,296,669 (10,831 ) (1 )
Selling, general and administrative expenses 290,424 265,721 24,703 9
Depreciation and amortization 437,324 409,937 27,387 7
Asset impairment       19,247     (19,247 ) (100 )
Total operating costs and expenses   16,090,673     13,350,762     2,739,911   21
Income from operations 1,623,993 900,537 723,456 80
 
Other income (expense):
Earnings of equity method investments 5,825 12,510 (6,685 ) (53 )
Interest income 16,892 3,736 13,156 352
Interest expense (131,363 ) (117,597 ) (13,766 ) 12
Loss on early extinguishment of debt (12,225 ) 12,225 (100 )
Gain on foreign currency transactions 6,197 16,921 (10,724 ) (63 )
Gain on foreign currency swap contracts 24,545 (24,545 ) (100 )
Remeasurement gain on HEP pipeline interest acquisitions 36,254 (36,254 ) (100 )
Other, net   2,923     4,182     (1,259 ) (30 )
  (99,526 )   (31,674 )   (67,852 ) 214
Income before income taxes 1,524,467 868,863 655,604 75
Income tax expense (benefit)   347,243     (12,379 )   359,622   (2,905 )
Net income 1,177,224 881,242 295,982 34
Less net income attributable to noncontrolling interest   79,264     75,847     3,417   5
Net income attributable to HollyFrontier stockholders $ 1,097,960   $ 805,395   $ 292,565   36 %
 
Earnings per share attributable to HollyFrontier stockholders:
Basic $ 6.25   $ 4.54   $ 1.71   38 %
Diluted $ 6.19   $ 4.52   $ 1.67   37 %
Cash dividends declared per common share $ 1.32   $ 1.32   $   %
Average number of common shares outstanding:
Basic 175,009 176,174 (1,165 ) (1 )%
Diluted 176,661 177,196 (535 ) %
EBITDA $ 1,996,998 $ 1,316,814 $ 680,184 52 %
Adjusted EBITDA $ 2,054,653 $ 1,179,479 $ 875,174 74 %
 
 

Balance Sheet Data

    Years Ended December 31,
2018       2017
(In thousands)
Cash and cash equivalents $ 1,154,752 $ 630,757
Working capital $ 2,128,224 $ 1,640,118
Total assets $ 10,994,601 $ 10,692,154
Long-term debt $ 2,411,540 $ 2,498,993
Total equity $ 6,459,059 $ 5,896,940
 
 

Segment Information

Our operations are organized into three reportable segments, Refining, Lubricants and Specialty Products and HEP. Our operations that are not included in the Refining, Lubricants and Specialty Products and HEP segments are included in Corporate and Other. Intersegment transactions are eliminated in our consolidated financial statements and are included in Eliminations. Corporate and Other and Eliminations are aggregated and presented under Corporate, Other and Eliminations column. The Refining segment includes the operations of our El Dorado, Tulsa, Navajo, Cheyenne and Woods Cross refineries and HFC Asphalt (aggregated as a reportable segment). Refining activities involve the purchase and refining of crude oil and wholesale and branded marketing of refined products, such as gasoline, diesel fuel and jet fuel. These petroleum products are primarily marketed in the Mid-Continent, Southwest and Rocky Mountain regions of the United States. HFC Asphalt operates various terminals in Arizona, New Mexico and Oklahoma.

The Lubricants and Specialty Products segment involves PCLI's production operations, located in Mississauga, Ontario, that include lubricant products such as base oils, white oils, specialty products and finished lubricants and the operations of our Petro-Canada Lubricants business that includes the marketing of products to both retail and wholesale outlets through a global sales network with locations in Canada, the United States, Europe and China. Additionally, the Lubricants and Specialty Products segment includes specialty lubricant products produced at our Tulsa refineries that are marketed throughout North America and are distributed in Central and South America and the operations of Red Giant Oil Company LLC, one of the largest suppliers of locomotive engine oil in North America.

The HEP segment involves all of the operations of HEP, a consolidated variable interest entity, which owns and operates logistics assets consisting of petroleum product and crude oil pipelines, terminals, tankage, loading rack facilities and refinery process units in the Mid-Continent, Southwest and Rocky Mountain regions of the United States. The HEP segment also includes a 75% interest in UNEV Pipeline, LLC (an HEP consolidated subsidiary), and a 50% ownership interest in each of Osage Pipeline Company, LLC and Cheyenne Pipeline LLC. Revenues from the HEP segment are earned through transactions with unaffiliated parties for pipeline transportation, rental and terminalling operations as well as revenues relating to pipeline transportation services provided for our refining operations. Due to certain basis differences, our reported amounts for the HEP segment may not agree to amounts reported in HEP's periodic public filings.

    Refining    

Lubricants
and
Specialty
Products

    HEP    

Corporate,
Other and
Eliminations

   

Consolidated
Total

(In thousands)
Three Months Ended December 31, 2018
Sales and other revenues:
Revenues from external customers $ 3,890,507 $ 422,975 $ 30,613 $ 109 $ 4,344,204
Intersegment revenues $ 85,721   $ 1,313   $ 102,179 $ (189,213 ) $  
$ 3,976,228 $ 424,288 $ 132,792 $ (189,104 ) $ 4,344,204
Cost of products sold (exclusive of lower of cost or market inventory adjustment) $ 3,071,340 $ 341,126 $ $ (166,959 ) $ 3,245,507
Lower of cost or market inventory valuation adjustment $ 329,232 $ $ $ $ 329,232
Operating expenses $ 290,794 $ 42,719 $ 39,699 $ (21,073 ) $ 352,139
Selling, general and administrative expenses $ 30,675 $ 44,325 $ 2,748 $ 8,207 $ 85,955
Depreciation and amortization $ 73,482 $ 13,232 $ 24,375 $ 2,630 $ 113,719
Income (loss) from operations $ 180,705 $ (17,114 ) $ 65,970 $ (11,909 ) $ 217,652
Earnings of equity method investments $ $ $ 1,698 $ $ 1,698
Capital expenditures $ 70,741 $ 14,309 $ 13,030 $ 3,871 $ 101,951
 
Three Months Ended December 31, 2017
Sales and other revenues:
Revenues from external customers $ 3,546,444 $ 415,693 $ 29,399 $ 1,169 $ 3,992,705
Intersegment revenues $ 70,262   $   $ 99,822 $ (170,084 ) $  
$ 3,616,706 $ 415,693 $ 129,221 $ (168,915 ) $ 3,992,705
Cost of products sold (exclusive of lower of cost or market inventory adjustment) $ 3,059,606 $ 275,003 $ $ (149,919 ) $ 3,184,690
Lower of cost or market inventory valuation adjustment $ (92,114 ) $ (1,248 ) $ $ $ (93,362 )
Operating expenses $ 265,365 $ 67,666 $ 35,084 $ (17,710 ) $ 350,405
Selling, general and administrative expenses $ 31,629 $ 33,783 $ 5,454 $ 9,545 $ 80,411
Depreciation and amortization $ 70,500 $ 11,324 $ 21,145 $ 2,762 $ 105,731
Income (loss) from operations $ 281,720 $ 29,165 $ 67,538 $ (13,593 ) $ 364,830
Earnings of equity method investments $ $ $ 1,545 $ $ 1,545
Capital expenditures $ 46,295 $ 10,691 $ 14,135 $ 8,021 $ 79,142
 
    Refining    

Lubricants
and
Specialty
Products

    HEP    

Corporate,
Other and
Eliminations

   

Consolidated
Total

(In thousands)
Year Ended December 31, 2018
Sales and other revenues:
Revenues from external customers $ 15,806,304 $ 1,799,506 $ 108,412 $ 444 $ 17,714,666
Intersegment revenues $ 370,259   $ 13,197   $ 397,808 $ (781,264 ) $  
$ 16,176,563 $ 1,812,703 $ 506,220 $ (780,820 ) $ 17,714,666
Cost of products sold (exclusive of lower of cost or market inventory adjustment) $ 13,250,849 $ 1,381,540 $ $ (691,607 ) $ 13,940,782
Lower of cost or market inventory valuation adjustment $ 136,305 $ $ $ $ 136,305
Operating expenses $ 1,055,209 $ 167,820 $ 146,430 $ (83,621 ) $ 1,285,838
Selling, general and administrative expenses $ 113,641 $ 143,750 $ 11,041 $ 21,992 $ 290,424
Depreciation and amortization $ 284,439 $ 43,255 $ 98,492 $ 11,138 $ 437,324
Income (loss) from operations $ 1,336,120 $ 76,338 $ 250,257 $ (38,722 ) $ 1,623,993
Earnings of equity method investments $ $ $ 5,825 $ $ 5,825
Capital expenditures $ 202,791 $ 37,448 $ 54,141 $ 16,649 $ 311,029
 
Year Ended December 31, 2017
Sales and other revenues:
Revenues from external customers $ 12,579,672 $ 1,594,036 $ 77,225 $ 366 $ 14,251,299
Intersegment revenues $ 338,390   $   $ 377,137 $ (715,527 ) $  
$ 12,918,062 $ 1,594,036 $ 454,362 $ (715,161 ) $ 14,251,299
Cost of products sold (exclusive of lower of cost or market inventory adjustment) $ 11,009,419 $ 1,093,984 $ $ (635,530 ) $ 11,467,873
Lower of cost or market inventory valuation adjustment $ (107,479 ) $ (1,206 ) $ $ $ (108,685 )
Operating expenses $ 1,008,859 $ 222,461 $ 137,856 $ (72,507 ) $ 1,296,669
Selling, general and administrative expenses $ 103,246 $ 105,666 $ 14,336 $ 42,473 $ 265,721
Depreciation and amortization $ 289,434 $ 31,894 $ 77,660 $ 10,949 $ 409,937
Asset impairment $ 19,247 $ $ $ $ 19,247
Income (loss) from operations $ 595,336 $ 141,237 $ 224,510 $ (60,546 ) $ 900,537
Earnings of equity method investments $ $ $ 12,510 $ $ 12,510
Capital expenditures $ 176,533 $ 31,464 $ 44,810 $ 19,452 $ 272,259
 
December 31, 2018
Cash and cash equivalents $ 7,236 $ 80,931 $ 3,045 $ 1,063,540 $ 1,154,752
Total assets $ 6,465,155 $ 1,506,209 $ 2,142,027 $ 881,210 $ 10,994,601
Long-term debt $ $ $ 1,418,900 $ 992,640 $ 2,411,540
 
December 31, 2017
Cash and cash equivalents $ 7,488 $ 41,756 $ 7,776 $ 573,737 $ 630,757
Total assets $ 6,474,666 $ 1,610,472 $ 2,191,984 $ 415,032 $ 10,692,154
Long-term debt $ $ $ 1,507,308 $ 991,685 $ 2,498,993
 
 

Refining Segment Operating Data

The following tables set forth information, including non-GAAP performance measures about our refinery operations. Refinery gross and net operating margins do not include the non-cash effects of lower of cost or market inventory valuation adjustments and depreciation and amortization. Reconciliations to amounts reported under GAAP are provided below.

    Three Months Ended
December 31,
      Years Ended
December 31,
2018     2017 2018     2017
Mid-Continent Region (El Dorado and Tulsa Refineries)
Crude charge (BPD) (1) 216,870 270,180 249,240 261,380
Refinery throughput (BPD) (2) 236,240 289,050 264,730 277,940
Sales of produced refined products (BPD) (3) 243,680 277,560 255,800 260,800
Refinery utilization (4) 83.4 % 103.9 % 95.9 % 100.5 %
 
Average per produced barrel (5)
Refinery gross margin $ 19.01 $ 11.42 $ 14.44 $ 9.91
Refinery operating expenses (6)   6.55     5.09     5.51     5.15  
Net operating margin $ 12.46   $ 6.33   $ 8.93   $ 4.76  
 
Refinery operating expenses per throughput barrel (7) $ 6.76 $ 4.89 $ 5.32 $ 4.83
 
Feedstocks:
Sweet crude oil 56 % 59 % 54 % 61 %
Sour crude oil 25 % 19 % 24 % 17 %
Heavy sour crude oil 11 % 16 % 16 % 16 %
Other feedstocks and blends   8 %   6 %   6 %   6 %
Total   100 %   100 %   100 %   100 %
 
Sales of produced refined products:
Gasolines 52 % 53 % 51 % 50 %
Diesel fuels 30 % 32 % 33 % 33 %
Jet fuels 7 % 7 % 6 % 7 %
Fuel oil 1 % 1 % 1 % 1 %
Asphalt 3 % 2 % 3 % 3 %
Base oils 4 % 3 % 4 % 4 %
LPG and other   3 %   2 %   2 %   2 %
Total   100 %   100 %   100 %   100 %
 
...
    Three Months Ended
December 31,
      Years Ended
December 31,
2018     2017 2018     2017
Southwest Region (Navajo Refinery)
Crude charge (BPD) (1) 110,160 110,980 109,440 100,040
Refinery throughput (BPD) (2) 119,640 121,400 118,630 109,280
Sales of produced refined products (BPD) (3) 119,390 122,710 120,520 111,630
Refinery utilization (4) 110.2 % 111.0 % 109.4 % 100.0 %
 
Average per produced barrel (5)
Refinery gross margin $ 22.68 $ 12.91 $ 19.05 $ 12.40
Refinery operating expenses (6)   5.37     4.71     4.81     5.20  
Net operating margin $ 17.31   $ 8.20   $ 14.24   $ 7.20  
 
Refinery operating expenses per throughput barrel (7) $ 5.36 $ 4.76 $ 4.89 $ 5.31
 
Feedstocks:
Sweet crude oil 14 % 31 % 27 % 25 %
Sour crude oil 78 % 61 % 65 % 66 %
Other feedstocks and blends   8 %   8 %   8 %   9 %
Total   100 %   100 %   100 %   100 %
 
Sales of produced refined products:
Gasolines 51 % 51 % 50 % 51 %
Diesel fuels 39 % 40 % 40 % 39 %
Fuel oil 3 % 3 % 3 % 3 %
Asphalt 4 % 3 % 4 % 4 %
LPG and other   3 %   3 %   3 %   3 %
Total   100 %   100 %   100 %   100 %
 
Rocky Mountain Region (Cheyenne and Woods Cross Refineries)
Crude charge (BPD) (1) 78,550 79,950 72,890 77,380
Refinery throughput (BPD) (2) 84,670 87,000 79,980 84,790
Sales of produced refined products (BPD) (3) 80,600 82,590 76,300 79,840
Refinery utilization (4) 81.0 % 82.4 % 75.1 % 79.8 %
 
Average per produced barrel (5)
Refinery gross margin $ 30.96 $ 15.77 $ 26.55 $ 15.78
Refinery operating expenses (6)   11.45     10.75     11.83     10.46  
Net operating margin $ 19.51   $ 5.02