Announcement of Periodic Review: Moody's announces completion of a periodic review of ratings of CVR Energy Inc. New York, August 10, 2020 -- Moody's Investors Service ("Moody's") has completed a periodic review of the ratings of CVR Energy Inc. and other ratings that are associated with the same analytical unit. The review was conducted through a portfolio review in which Moody's reassessed the appropriateness of the ratings in the context of the relevant principal methodology(ies), recent developments, and a comparison of the financial and operating profile to similarly rated peers.
It is now my pleasure to introduce your host, Mr. Richard Roberts, Investor Relations Manager. With me today are Mark Pytosh, our Chief Executive Officer; Tracy Jackson, our Chief Financial Officer; and other members of management.
SUGAR LAND, Texas, Aug. 03, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- CVR Partners, LP (“CVR Partners”) (NYSE: UAN), a manufacturer of ammonia and urea ammonium nitrate (“UAN”) solution fertilizer products, today announced a net loss of $42 million, or 37 cents per common unit, inclusive of a $41 million pre-tax charge related to goodwill impairment, on net sales of $105 million for the second quarter 2020, compared to a net income of $19 million, or 17 cents per common unit, on net sales of $138 million for the second quarter 2019. EBITDA was a loss of $2 million for the second quarter of 2020, compared to income of $60 million for the second quarter of 2019. “A highlight of the second quarter 2020 was the successful spring planting season and record shipments of ammonia by the East Dubuque fertilizer facility in April as favorable weather conditions continued to support strong nitrogen fertilizer application,” said Mark Pytosh, Chief Executive Officer of CVR Partners’ general partner.“Agriculture markets continue to be impacted by COVID-19, with lower corn and natural gas prices resulting in lower product pricing for 2020 compared to a year ago,” Pytosh said. “Looking ahead, we will continue to focus on maximizing cash flow by maintaining safe and reliable operations while judiciously managing our costs and capital spending.”Consolidated OperationsFor the second quarter of 2020, CVR Partners’ average realized gate prices for UAN showed a reduction over the prior year, down 24 percent to $165 per ton, and ammonia was down 27 percent over the prior year to $332 per ton. Average realized gate prices for UAN and ammonia were $217 per ton and $456 per ton, respectively, for the second quarter 2019.CVR Partners’ fertilizer facilities produced a combined 216,000 tons of ammonia during the second quarter of 2020, of which 79,000 net tons were available for sale while the rest was upgraded to other fertilizer products, including 321,000 tons of UAN. In the second quarter of 2019, the fertilizer facilities produced 211,000 tons of ammonia, of which 71,000 net tons were available for sale while the remainder was upgraded to other fertilizer products, including 316,000 tons of UAN.DistributionsCVR Partners will not pay a cash distribution for the second quarter 2020. CVR Partners is a variable distribution master limited partnership. As a result, its distributions, if any, will vary from quarter to quarter due to several factors, including, but not limited to, its operating performance, fluctuations in the prices received for its finished products, maintenance capital expenditures, use of cash, and cash reserves deemed necessary or appropriate by the Board of Directors of its general partner.In May 2020, the Board of Directors of the Partnership’s general partner, on behalf of the Partnership, authorized a unit repurchase program (the “Unit Repurchase Program”), which enables the Partnership to repurchase up to $10 million of its common units. During the three and six months ended June 30, 2020, the Partnership repurchased 890,218 common units on the open market at a cost of $1 million, inclusive of transaction costs, or an average price of $1.07 per common unit.Second Quarter 2020 Earnings Conference CallCVR Partners previously announced that it will host its second quarter 2020 Earnings Conference Call on Tuesday, Aug. 4, at 11 a.m. Eastern. The Earnings Conference Call may also include discussion of the Partnership’s developments, forward-looking information and other material information about business and financial matters.The second quarter 2020 Earnings Conference Call will be webcast live and can be accessed on the Investor Relations section of CVR Partners’ website at www.CVRPartners.com. For investors or analysts who want to participate during the call, the dial-in number is (877) 407-8029. The webcast will be archived and available for 14 days at https://edge.media-server.com/mmc/p/mfbszfvs. A repeat of the call also can be accessed for 14 days by dialing (877) 660-6853, conference ID 13706818.Qualified Notice This release serves as a qualified notice to nominees and brokers as provided for under Treasury Regulation Section 1.1446-4(b). Please note that 100 percent of CVR Partners’ distributions to foreign investors are attributable to income that is effectively connected with a United States trade or business. Accordingly, CVR Partners’ distributions to foreign investors are subject to federal income tax withholding at the highest effective tax rate.Forward-Looking Statements This news release contains forward-looking statements. 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 forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding future: impacts of COVID-19 including the duration thereof; distributions including the timing, payment and amount (if any) thereof; operating performance, finished product pricing, costs and capital expenditures including management thereof, cash flow, use of cash and reserves; purchases under the Unit Repurchase Program (if any); demand for nitrogen fertilizer application; planted corn acreage; ammonia utilization rates; weather conditions; corn and feedstock pricing; direct operating expenses; depreciation and amortization; inventories; continued safe and reliable operations; timing of delivery; and other matters. You can generally identify forward-looking statements by our use of forward-looking terminology such as “outlook,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “continue,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “might,” “plan,” “potential,” “predict,” “seek,” “should,” or “will,” or the negative thereof or other variations thereon or comparable terminology. These forward-looking statements are only predictions and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control. Investors are cautioned that various factors may affect these forward-looking statements, including (among others) impacts of planting season on our business, general economic and business conditions and other risks. For additional discussion of risk factors which may affect our results, please see the risk factors and other disclosures included in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, any subsequently filed Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and our other SEC filings. These risks may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Given these risks and uncertainties, you are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements included in this news release are made only as of the date hereof. CVR Partners disclaims any intention or obligation to update publicly or revise its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except to the extent required by law.About CVR Partners, LP Headquartered in Sugar Land, Texas, CVR Partners, LP is a Delaware limited partnership focused on the production, marketing and distribution of nitrogen fertilizer products. It primarily produces urea ammonium nitrate (UAN) and ammonia, which are predominantly used by farmers to improve the yield and quality of their crops. CVR Partners’ Coffeyville, Kansas, nitrogen fertilizer manufacturing facility includes a 1,300 ton-per-day ammonia unit, a 3,000 ton-per-day UAN unit and a dual-train gasifier complex having a capacity of 89 million standard cubic feet per day of hydrogen. CVR Partners’ East Dubuque, Illinois, nitrogen fertilizer manufacturing facility includes a 1,075 ton-per-day ammonia unit and a 1,100 ton-per-day UAN unit.For further information, please contact:Investor Relations: Richard Roberts CVR Partners, LP (281) 207-3205 InvestorRelations@CVRPartners.comMedia Relations: Brandee Stephens CVR Partners, LP (281) 207-3516 MediaRelations@CVRPartners.comNon-GAAP Measures Our management uses certain non-GAAP performance measures, and reconciliations to those measures, to evaluate current and past performance and prospects for the future to supplement our GAAP financial information presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP. These non-GAAP financial measures are important factors in assessing our operating results and profitability and include the performance and liquidity measures defined below.Effective January 1, 2020, the Partnership no longer presents the non-GAAP performance measure of Adjusted EBITDA, as management no longer relies on this financial measure when evaluating the Partnership’s performance and does not believe it enhances the users understanding of its financial statements in a useful manner.The following are non-GAAP measures that continue to be presented for the period ended June 30, 2020:EBITDA \- Net income (loss) before (i) interest expense, net, (ii) income tax expense (benefit) and (iii) depreciation and amortization expense.Reconciliation of Net Cash Provided By Operating Activities to EBITDA \- Net cash provided by operating activities reduced by (i) interest expense, net, (ii) income tax expense (benefit), (iii) change in working capital, and (iv) other non-cash adjustments.Available Cash for Distribution \- EBITDA for the quarter excluding non-cash income or expense items (if any), for which adjustment is deemed necessary or appropriate by the board of directors (the “Board”) of our general partner in its sole discretion, less (i) reserves for maintenance capital expenditures, debt service and other contractual obligations, and (ii) reserves for future operating or capital needs (if any), in each case, that the Board deems necessary or appropriate in its sole discretion. Available cash for distribution may be increased by the release of previously established cash reserves, if any, and other excess cash, at the discretion of the Board.We present these measures because we believe they may help investors, analysts, lenders and ratings agencies analyze our results of operations and liquidity in conjunction with our U.S. GAAP results, including but not limited to our operating performance as compared to other publicly traded companies in the refining industry, without regard to historical cost basis or financing methods and our ability to incur and service debt and fund capital expenditures. Non-GAAP measures have important limitations as analytical tools, because they exclude some, but not all, items that affect net earnings and operating income. These measures should not be considered substitutes for their most directly comparable U.S. GAAP financial measures. Refer to the “Non-GAAP Reconciliations” section included herein for reconciliation of these amounts. Due to rounding, numbers presented within this section may not add or equal to numbers or totals presented elsewhere within this document.Factors Affecting Comparability of Our Financial ResultsOur historical results of operations for the periods presented may not be comparable with prior periods or to our results of operations in the future for the reason discussed below.Goodwill ImpairmentAs of December 31, 2019, the Partnership had a goodwill balance of $41 million associated with our Coffeyville Facility reporting unit for which the estimated fair value had been in excess of carrying value based on our 2018 and 2019 assessments. As a result of lower expectations for market conditions in the fertilizer industry, the market performance of the Partnership’s common units, a qualitative analysis, and additional risks associated with the business, the Partnership concluded a triggering event had occurred that required an interim quantitative impairment assessment of goodwill for this reporting unit as of June 30, 2020. Significant assumptions inherent in the valuation methodologies for goodwill include, but are not limited to, prospective financial information, growth rates, discount rates, inflationary factors, and cost of capital. The results of the impairment test indicated that the carrying amount of the Coffeyville Facility reporting unit exceeded the estimated fair value of the reporting unit, and a full impairment of the asset was required. No such charge was recognized during 2019.CVR Partners, LP (all information in this release is unaudited)Financial and Operational Data Three Months Ended June 30, Six Months Ended June 30, (in thousands, except per unit data)2020 2019 2020 2019 Consolidated Statement of Operations Data Net sales (1)$105,091 $137,660 $180,172 $229,533 Operating costs and expenses: Cost of materials and other21,948 26,000 45,939 49,730 Direct operating expenses (exclusive of depreciation and amortization)40,008 45,630 75,131 80,450 Depreciation and amortization23,371 25,030 38,968 41,614 Cost of sales85,327 96,660 160,038 171,794 Selling, general and administrative expenses4,451 6,465 9,806 13,311 Loss (gain) on asset disposals94 (9) 81 445 Goodwill impairment40,969 — 40,969 — Operating (loss) income(25,750) 34,544 (30,722) 43,983 Other (expense) income: Interest expense, net(15,890) (15,599) (31,673) (31,249) Other income, net38 35 65 55 (Loss) income before income taxes(41,602) 18,980 (62,330) 12,789 Income tax expense (benefit)10 12 17 (100) Net (loss) income$(41,612) $18,968 $(62,347) $12,889 Basic and diluted (loss) earnings per unit data$(0.37) $0.17 $(0.55) $0.11 Distributions declared per unit data— 0.07 — 0.19 EBITDA*$(2,341) $59,609 $8,311 $85,652 Available Cash for Distribution*— 15,297 (5,918) 23,146 Weighted-average common units outstanding - basic and diluted113,170 113,283 113,226 113,283 _____________________________ ∗ See “Non-GAAP Reconciliations” section below for a reconciliation of these amounts. (1) Below are the components of net sales: Three Months Ended June 30, Six Months Ended June 30, (in thousands)2020 2019 2020 2019 Components of net sales: Fertilizer sales$95,594 $128,502 $160,287 $210,589 Freight in revenue6,954 7,139 14,677 15,157 Other2,543 2,019 5,208 3,787 Total net sales$105,091 $137,660 $180,172 $229,533 Selected Balance Sheet Data (in thousands)June 30, 2020 December 31, 2019 Cash and cash equivalents$32,557 $36,994 Working capital54,083 49,429 Total assets1,043,076 1,137,955 Total debt, including current portion634,247 632,406 Total liabilities686,950 718,411 Total partners’ capital356,126 419,544 Selected Cash Flow Data Three Months Ended June 30, Six Months Ended June 30, (in thousands)2020 2019 2020 2019 Net cash flow provided by (used in): Operating activities$(20,929) $(17,243) $6,778 $34,681 Investing activities(3,495) (2,168) (10,157) (5,668) Financing activities(1,033) (7,929) (1,058) (21,523) Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents$(25,457) $(27,340) $(4,437) $7,490 Capital Expenditures Three Months Ended June 30, Six Months Ended June 30, (in thousands)2020 2019 2020 2019 Maintenance capital expenditures$2,220 $1,684 $6,358 $4,502 Growth capital expenditures288 288 1,742 303 Total capital expenditures$2,508 $1,972 $8,100 $4,805 Key Operating DataAmmonia Utilization Rates (1) Two Years Ended June 30, (capacity utilization)2020 2019 Consolidated94 % 92% Coffeyville95 % 94% East Dubuque94 % 90% ______________________________(1) Reflects our ammonia utilization rates on a consolidated basis and at each of our facilities. Utilization is an important measure used by management to assess operational output at each of the Partnership’s facilities. Utilization is calculated as actual tons produced divided by capacity. We present our utilization on a two-year rolling average to take into account the impact of our current turnaround cycles on any specific period. The two-year rolling average is a more useful presentation of the long-term utilization performance of our plants. Additionally, we present utilization solely on ammonia production rather than each nitrogen product as it provides a comparative baseline against industry peers and eliminates the disparity of plant configurations for upgrade of ammonia into other nitrogen products. With our efforts being primarily focused on ammonia upgrade capabilities, this measure provides a meaningful view of how well we operate.Sales and Production Data Three Months Ended June 30, Six Months Ended June 30, 2020 2019 2020 2019 Consolidated sales (thousand tons): Ammonia111 110 164 146 UAN337 340 621 628 Consolidated product pricing at gate (dollars per ton) (1): Ammonia$332 $456 $310 $434 UAN165 217 166 219 Consolidated production volume (thousand tons): Ammonia (gross produced) (2)216 211 417 390 Ammonia (net available for sale) (2)79 71 157 112 UAN321 316 638 651 Feedstock: Petroleum coke used in production (thousand tons)138 134 263 266 Petroleum coke used in production (dollars per ton)$31.13 $34.60 $37.59 $36.14 Natural gas used in production (thousands of MMBtu) (3)2,131 2,070 4,272 3,510 Natural gas used in production (dollars per MMBtu) (3)$1.94 $2.61 $2.18 $3.11 Natural gas in cost of materials and other (thousands of MMBtu) (3)3,216 3,185 4,633 4,193 Natural gas in cost of materials and other (dollars per MMBtu) (3)$2.17 $3.32 $2.36 $3.45 ____________________________(1) Product pricing at gate represents sales less freight revenue divided by product sales volume in tons and is shown in order to provide a pricing measure that is comparable across the fertilizer industry.(2) Gross tons produced for ammonia represent total ammonia produced, including ammonia produced that was upgraded into other fertilizer products. Net tons available for sale represent ammonia available for sale that was not upgraded into other fertilizer products.(3) The feedstock natural gas shown above does not include natural gas used for fuel. The cost of fuel natural gas is included in direct operating expense.Key Market Indicators Three Months Ended June 30, Six Months Ended June 30, 2020 2019 2020 2019 Ammonia - Southern plains (dollars per ton)$261 $382 $266 $404 Ammonia - Corn belt (dollars per ton)346 495 355 496 UAN - Corn belt (dollars per ton)183 226 176 228 Natural gas NYMEX (dollars per MMBtu)$1.75 $2.51 $1.81 $2.69 Q3 2020 OutlookThe table below summarizes our outlook for certain operational statistics and financial information for the third quarter of 2020. See “Forward-Looking Statements” above. Q3 2020 Low High Ammonia utilization rates (1) Consolidated95% 100% Coffeyville95% 100% East Dubuque95% 100% Direct operating expenses (2) (in millions)$37 $42 Total capital expenditures (3) (in millions)$3 $6 ______________________________(1) Ammonia utilization rates exclude the impact of Turnarounds.(2) Direct operating expenses are shown exclusive of depreciation and amortization, turnaround expenses, and impacts of inventory adjustments.(3) Capital expenditures are disclosed on an accrual basis.Non-GAAP ReconciliationsReconciliation of Net (Loss) Income to EBITDA Three Months Ended June 30, Six Months Ended June 30, (in thousands)2020 2019 2020 2019 Net (loss) income$(41,612) $18,968 $(62,347) $12,889 Add: Interest expense, net15,890 15,599 31,673 31,249 Income tax expense (benefit)10 12 17 (100) Depreciation and amortization23,371 25,030 38,968 41,614 EBITDA$(2,341) $59,609 $8,311 $85,652 Reconciliation of Net Cash Provided By Operating Activities to EBITDA Three Months Ended June 30, Six Months Ended June 30, (in thousands)2020 2019 2020 2019 Net cash provided by operating activities$(20,929) $(17,243) $6,778 $34,681 Non-cash items: Goodwill impairment(40,969) — (40,969) — Other(1,426) (2,005) (2,211) (4,326) Add: Interest expense, net15,890 15,599 31,673 31,249 Income tax (benefit)10 12 17 (100) Change in assets and liabilities45,083 63,246 13,023 24,148 EBITDA$(2,341) $59,609 $8,311 $85,652 Reconciliation of EBITDA to Available Cash for Distribution Three Months Ended June 30, Six Months Ended June 30, (in thousands)2020 2019 2020 2019 EBITDA$(2,341) $59,609 $8,311 $85,652 Non-cash items: Goodwill impairment40,969 — 40,969 — Current reserves for amounts related to: Debt service(14,999) (14,865) (29,998) (29,692) Maintenance capital expenditures(2,220) (1,447) (6,358) (4,814) Common units repurchased(1,008) — (1,008) — Other (reserves) releases: Reserve for future turnaround(1,500) (7,000) (1,500) (7,000) Reserve for repayment of current portion of long-term debt(2,240) — (2,240) — Reserve for recapture of prior negative available cash(5,917) — (5,917) — Cash reserves for future operating needs(10,744) (5,000) (10,744) (5,000) Reserve for maintenance capital expenditures— (16,000) — (16,000) Release of previously established cash reserves— — 2,567 — Available Cash for distribution (1) (2)$— $15,297 $(5,918) $23,146 Common units outstanding112,393 113,283 112,393 113,283 ____________________________(1) Amount represents the cumulative available cash based on quarter-to-date and year-to-date results. However, available cash for distribution is calculated quarterly, with distributions (if any) being paid in the period following declaration.(2) The Partnership paid no cash distributions for the fourth quarter of 2019 and the first quarter of 2020.