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Western Refining Logistics, LP Reports Second Quarter 2017 Results

  • Net income of $18.7 million; EBITDA of $34.8 million, up 9.5% versus Q2 2016
  • Increased quarterly distribution to $0.4675 per unit; 14th consecutive increase since IPO
  • Distributable cash flow of $26.4 million, up 5.0% compared to Q2 2016

/EIN News/ -- SAN ANTONIO, Aug. 08, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Western Refining Logistics, LP (NYSE:WNRL) today reported second quarter 2017 net income attributable to limited partners of $18.7 million, or $0.24 per common limited partner unit, which compares to $17.9 million and $0.33, respectively, in the second quarter 2016. Second quarter 2017 EBITDA was $34.8 million and distributable cash flow was $26.4 million; this compares to $31.8 million and $25.1 million, respectively, for the second quarter 2016.

"WNRL had another successful quarter as we saw increases in net income, EBITDA, and distributable cash flow resulting in our 14th consecutive quarter of distribution growth.  These results were driven primarily by increases in crude oil movements in the Delaware Basin and the recent acquisition of the St. Paul Park logistics assets," said Doug Johnson, President of WNRL.  "Our Wholesale fuel business also had a good quarter due to strong margins and we saw strong growth in our crude oil and asphalt trucking volumes in the Delaware."

On July 25, 2017, the board of directors declared a quarterly cash distribution for the second quarter 2017 of $0.4675 per unit, or $1.87 per unit on an annualized basis. This distribution represents a 15% compound annual growth rate since WNRL's October 2013 initial public offering.

Johnson concluded, “We continue to see rig activity and crude oil production growth in the Delaware Basin and believe WNRL is well-positioned to fully leverage its logistics assets.”

About Western Refining Logistics, LP

Western Refining Logistics, LP is a growth-oriented master limited partnership formed to own, operate, develop and acquire terminals, storage tanks, pipelines and other logistics assets related to the terminalling, transportation and storage of crude oil and refined products. Headquartered in El Paso, Texas, Western Refining Logistics, LP's assets include approximately 705 miles of pipelines, approximately 12.4 million barrels of active storage capacity, distribution of wholesale petroleum products and crude oil and asphalt trucking.

More information about Western Refining Logistics, LP is available at www.wnrl.com.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to our financial information presented in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), management utilizes non-GAAP measures to facilitate comparisons of past performance. This press release and supporting schedules include the non-GAAP measures Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA) and Distributable Cash Flow. We believe certain investors and financial analysts use EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow to evaluate WNRL’s financial performance and liquidity between periods and to compare WNRL's performance to certain competitors. We believe certain investors and financial analysts use Distributable Cash Flow to determine the amount of cash available for distribution to our unitholders. These additional financial measures are reconciled from the most directly comparable measures as reported in accordance with GAAP and should be viewed in addition to, and not in lieu of, financial information that we report in accordance with GAAP.

Cautionary Statement on Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements reflect WNRL’s current expectation regarding future events, results or outcomes. The forward-looking statements contained herein include statements related to, among other things: the continued growth of Delaware Basin rig activity and crude oil production; WNRL’s ability to increase net income, EBITDA and distributions; increases in crude oil production; WNRL’s ability to fully leverage its logistics assets; and the consideration and discussion of a merger, consolidation or combination of assets held by and securities issued by WNRL with Andeavor Logistics LP, formerly known as Tesoro Logistics LP.  These statements are subject to the general risks inherent in WNRL’s business. These expectations may or may not be realized and some of these expectations may be based upon assumptions or judgments that prove to be incorrect. In addition, WNRL’s business and operations involve numerous risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond its control, which could result in WNRL’s expectations not being realized, or otherwise materially affect WNRL’s financial condition, results of operations, and cash flows. Additional information relating to the uncertainties affecting WNRL’s business is contained in its filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission to which you are referred. The forward-looking statements are only as of the date made. Except as required by law, WNRL does not undertake any obligation to (and expressly disclaims any obligation to) update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date such statements were made, or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

Potential Merger and IDR Buy-In

During the second quarter, Andeavor (NYSE: ANDV), formerly known as Tesoro Corporation, indicated it had authorized management to work with the board of directors and management of Andeavor Logistics (NYSE: ANDX) to consider and begin to negotiate a merger of Andeavor Logistics and WNRL. In addition, Andeavor has indicated it has authorized their management to work with the board of directors and management of Andeavor Logistics to consider changes to the capital structure of Andeavor Logistics with respect to the incentive distribution rights ("IDRs").

Management believes it will be able to complete negotiations and announce the transactions during the third quarter of 2017.

Forward Looking Statements

This communication contains certain statements that are “forward-looking” statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Words such as “may,” “will,” “could,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “expect,” “predict,” “project,” “future,” “potential,” “intend,” “plan,” “assume,” “believe,” “forecast,” “look,” “build,” “focus,” “create,” “work” “continue” or the negative of such terms or other variations thereof and words and terms of similar substance used in connection with any discussion of future plans, actions, or events identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the proposed acquisition by Andeavor Logistics LP (“ANDX”) of WNRL, synergies and the shareholder value to result from the combined company, and the proposed buy-in of ANDX’s incentive distribution rights by Andeavor (“ANDV”) in exchange for common units of ANDX. There are a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements included in this communication. For example, the negotiation and execution, and the terms and conditions, of definitive agreements relating to the proposed transactions and the ability of ANDX, WNRL and/or ANDV, as applicable, to enter into or consummate such agreements, the risk that the proposed transactions do not occur, expected timing and likelihood of completion of the proposed transactions, including the timing, receipt and terms and conditions of any required governmental and regulatory approvals of the proposed acquisition that could reduce anticipated benefits or cause the parties to abandon the transactions, the ability to successfully integrate the businesses, the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstances that could cause the parties to abandon the transactions, risks related to disruption of management time from ongoing business operations due to the proposed transactions, the risk that any announcements relating to the proposed transactions could have adverse effects on the market price of ANDX’s common units, WNRL’s common units or ANDV’s common stock, the risk that the proposed transaction and its announcement could have an adverse effect on the ability of ANDX, WNRL and ANDV to retain customers and retain and hire key personnel and maintain relationships with their suppliers and customers and on their operating results and businesses generally, the risk that problems may arise in successfully integrating the businesses of the companies, which may result in the combined company not operating as effectively and efficiently as expected, the risk that the combined company may be unable to achieve cost-cutting synergies or it may take longer than expected to achieve those synergies, the risk that the combined company may not buy back shares, the risk of the amount of any future dividend ANDX may pay, and other factors. All such factors are difficult to predict and are beyond ANDX’s, WNRL’s or ANDV’s control, including those detailed in ANDX’s annual reports on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K that are available on ANDX’s website at http://andeavorlogistics.com/ and on the SEC’s website at http://www.sec.gov, those detailed in WNRL’s annual reports on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K that are available on WNRL’s website at http://www.wnrl.com and on the SEC website at http://www.sec.gov, and those detailed in ANDV’s website at http://www.andeavor.com and on the SEC website at http://www.sec.gov. ANDX’s, WNRL’s and ANDV’s forward-looking statements are based on assumptions that ANDX, WNRL and ANDV believe to be reasonable but that may not prove to be accurate. ANDX, WNRL and ANDV undertake no obligation to publicly release the result of any revisions to any such forward-looking statements that may be made to reflect events or circumstances that occur, or which we become aware of, except as required by applicable law or regulation. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof.

No Offer or Solicitation

This communication relates to a proposed business combination between WNRL and ANDX and the proposed transaction between ANDX and ANDV. This communication is for informational purposes only and is neither an offer to purchase, nor a solicitation of an offer to sell, any securities in any jurisdiction pursuant to the proposed transactions or otherwise, nor shall there be any sale, issuance or transfer or securities in any jurisdiction in contravention of applicable law. No offer of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.

Additional Information and Where to Find It

In the event that the parties enter into definitive agreements with respect to the proposed transactions, ANDX and WNRL intend to file a registration statement on Form S-4, containing a consent statement/prospectus (the “S-4”) with the SEC. This communication is not a substitute for the registration statement, definitive consent statement/prospectus or any other documents that ANDX, WNRL or ANDV may file with the SEC or send to unitholders in connection with the proposed transaction. UNITHOLDERS OF ANDX AND WNRL AND SHAREHOLDERS OF ANDV ARE URGED TO READ ALL RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC, INCLUDING THE FORM S-4 AND THE DEFINITIVE CONSENT STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS INCLUDED THEREIN IF AND WHEN FILED, AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC, BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION. When available, investors and security holders will be able to obtain copies of these documents, including the consent statement/prospectus, and any other documents that may be filed with the SEC in the event that the parties enter into definitive agreements with respect to the proposed transactions free of charge at the SEC’s website, http://www.sec.gov. Copies of documents filed with the SEC by ANDX will be made available free of charge on ANDX’s website at http://andeavorlogistics.com/ or by contacting ANDX’s Investor Relations Department by phone at 1-800-837-6768. Copies of documents filed with the SEC by WNRL will be made available free of charge on WNRL’s website at http://www.wnrl.com or by contacting WNRL’s Investor Relations Department by phone at 1-800-837-6768. Copies of documents filed with the SEC by ANDV will be made available free of charge on ANDV’s website at http://www.andeavor.com or by contacting ANDV’s Investor Relations Department by phone at 1-800-837-6768.

Results of Operations

The following tables set forth WNRL's summary historical financial and operating data for the periods indicated below:

  Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended
  June 30,   June 30,
  2017   2016     2017   2016
  (Unaudited)
  (In thousands, except per unit data)
Revenues:              
Fee based:              
Affiliate $ 67,783     $ 53,965     $ 133,260     $ 105,893  
Third-party 703     677     1,322     1,367  
Sales based:              
Affiliate 139,770     126,525     264,837     224,054  
Third-party 419,253     397,435     832,782     715,327  
Total revenues 627,509     578,602     1,232,201     1,046,641  
Operating costs and expenses:              
Cost of products sold:              
Affiliate 137,150     123,870     259,849     219,019  
Third-party 403,180     380,386     797,780     680,827  
Operating and maintenance expenses 47,269     42,991     92,116     87,649  
Selling, general and administrative expenses 8,023     6,007     14,766     11,371  
Gain on disposal of assets, net (2,936 )   (802 )   (3,227 )   (901 )
Depreciation and amortization 9,784     9,553     19,516     18,891  
Total operating costs and expenses 602,470     562,005     1,180,800     1,016,856  
Operating income 25,039     16,597     51,401     29,785  
Other income (expense):              
Interest and debt expense (6,576 )   (6,414 )   (13,184 )   (13,466 )
Other income (expense), net 15     14     37     (104 )
Net income before income taxes 18,478     10,197     38,254     16,215  
Benefit (provision) for income taxes 250     (217 )   360     (478 )
Net income 18,728     9,980     38,614     15,737  
Less net loss attributable to General Partner     (7,894 )       (16,144 )
Net income attributable to limited partners $ 18,728     $ 17,874     $ 38,614     $ 31,881  
               
Net income per limited partner unit:              
Common - basic $ 0.24     $ 0.33     $ 0.52     $ 0.61  
Common - diluted 0.24     0.33     0.52     0.61  
Subordinated - basic and diluted     0.36     0.51     0.64  
               
Weighted average limited partner units outstanding:               
Common - basic 60,962     26,409     53,364     25,429  
Common - diluted 60,971     26,427     53,372     25,441  
Subordinated - basic and diluted     22,811     7,562     22,811  


  Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended
  June 30,   June 30,
  2017   2016     2017   2016
  (Unaudited)
  (In thousands)
Cash Flow Data              
Net cash provided by (used in):              
Operating activities $ 28,311     $ 28,951     $ 71,657     $ 47,964  
Investing activities (8,788 )   (6,874 )   (13,895 )   (15,111 )
Financing activities (32,290 )   (33,168 )   (61,883 )   (59,896 )
Capital expenditures 8,847     7,732     14,317     16,088  
Other Data              
EBITDA (1) $ 34,838     $ 31,830     $ 70,954     $ 60,294  
Distributable cash flow (1) 26,353     25,090     54,428     47,618  
Balance Sheet Data (at end of period)              
Cash and cash equivalents         $ 10,531     $ 17,562  
Property, plant and equipment, net         409,370     425,947  
Total assets         564,871     588,956  
Total liabilities         484,619     466,903  
Division equity             104,971  
Partners' capital         80,252     17,082  
Total liabilities, division equity and partners' capital           564,871     588,956  

(1)   We define EBITDA as earnings before interest and debt expense, provision for income taxes and depreciation and amortization. We define Distributable Cash Flow as EBITDA plus the change in deferred revenues, less interest accruals, income taxes paid, maintenance capital expenditures and distributions declared on our TexNew Mex units. The GAAP performance measure most directly comparable to EBITDA is net income. The GAAP liquidity measure most directly comparable to EBITDA and distributable cash flow is net cash provided by operating activities. These non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered alternatives to GAAP net income or net cash provided by operating activities.

EBITDA has limitations as an analytical tool, and you should not consider it in isolation, or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP. Some of these limitations are:

  • EBITDA does not reflect our cash expenditures or future requirements for capital expenditures or contractual commitments;
  • EBITDA does not reflect the interest expense or the cash requirements necessary to service interest or principal payments on our debt;
  • EBITDA does not reflect changes in, or cash requirements for, our working capital needs; and
  • EBITDA, as we calculate it, may differ from the EBITDA calculations of our affiliates or other companies in our industry, thereby limiting its usefulness as a comparative measure.

EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow are used as supplemental financial measures by management and by external users of our financial statements, such as investors and commercial banks, to assess:

  • our operating performance and liquidity as compared to those of other companies in the midstream energy industry, without regard to financial methods, historical cost basis or capital structure;
  • the ability of our assets to generate sufficient cash to make distributions to our unitholders;
  • our ability to incur and service debt and fund capital expenditures; and
  • the viability of acquisitions and other capital expenditure projects and the returns on investment of various investment opportunities.

Distributable Cash Flow is a standard used by the investment community with respect to publicly traded partnerships because the value of a partnership unit is, in part, measured by its yield. Yield is based on the amount of cash distributions a partnership can pay to a unitholder. Although distributable cash flow is a liquidity measure, it is also presented in this reconciliation compared to net income as supplemental information.

We believe that the presentation of these non-GAAP measures provides useful information to investors in assessing our financial condition and results of operations. These non-GAAP measures should not be considered as alternatives to net income, net cash provided by operating activities or any other measure of financial performance presented in accordance with GAAP. EBITDA excludes some, but not all, items that affect net income attributable to limited partners. These non-GAAP measures may vary from those of other companies. As a result, EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow as presented herein may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies.

The calculation of EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow includes the results of operations for the St. Paul Park Logistics Assets subsequent to the St. Paul Park Logistics Transaction for the three and six months ended June 30, 2017. The results of operations and operating cash flows for the St. Paul Park Logistics Assets are excluded from the EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow calculations for the comparable periods in the prior year because a retrospective adjustment of these performance measures is not a representative measure of performance results or liquidity. The EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow calculations for the comparable periods in the prior year have not been retrospectively adjusted to include the combined financial results of the St. Paul Park Logistics Assets prior to September 15, 2016.

The following tables reconcile net income attributable to limited partners and net cash provided by operating activities to EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow for the three and six months ended June 30, 2017 and 2016, respectively.

  Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended
  June 30,   June 30,
  2017   2016     2017   2016
  (Unaudited)
  (In thousands)
Net income attributable to limited partners                     $ 18,728     $ 17,874     $ 38,614     $ 31,881  
Interest and debt expense 6,576     6,414     13,184     13,466  
Provision (benefit) for income taxes (250 )   217     (360 )   478  
Depreciation and amortization 9,784     7,325     19,516     14,469  
EBITDA 34,838     31,830     70,954     60,294  
               
Change in deferred revenues 102     1,446     466     3,678  
Interest accruals (6,149 )   (6,072 )   (12,281 )   (12,781 )
Income taxes paid     (64 )   (89 )   (94 )
Maintenance capital expenditures (2,438 )   (2,050 )   (4,622 )   (3,479 )
Distributable cash flow $ 26,353     $ 25,090     $ 54,428     $ 47,618  


    Three Months Ended     Six Months Ended
    June 30,   June 30,
    2017   2016   2017   2016
    (Unaudited)
    (In thousands)
Net cash provided by operating activities   $ 28,311     $ 28,951     $ 71,657     $ 47,964  
Changes in operating assets and liabilities   (147 )   (8,964 )   (12,566 )   (12,114 )
Interest and debt expense   6,576     6,414     13,184     13,466  
Unit-based compensation expense   (3,097 )   (788 )   (3,732 )   (1,312 )
Amortization of loan fees   (497 )   (343 )   (989 )   (685 )
Deferred income taxes   1,010         522      
Gain on disposal of assets, net   2,936     802     3,227     901  
Provision (benefit) for income taxes   (250 )   217     (360 )   478  
Reserve for doubtful accounts   (4 )   (125 )   11     (126 )
EBITDA attributable to General Partner (1)               5,666         11,722  
EBITDA   34,838     31,830     70,954     60,294  
                 
Change in deferred revenues   102     1,446     466     3,678  
Interest accruals   (6,149 )   (6,072 )   (12,281 )   (12,781 )
Income taxes paid       (64 )   (89 )   (94 )
Maintenance capital expenditures   (2,438 )   (2,050 )   (4,622 )   (3,479 )
Distributable cash flow   $ 26,353     $ 25,090     $ 54,428     $ 47,618  

(1)   The calculation of EBITDA attributable to General Partner is as follows:

    Three Months Ended     Six Months Ended
    June 30,
    2016
    (Unaudited)
    (In thousands)
Net loss attributable to General Partner   $ (7,894 )   $ (16,144 )
Depreciation and amortization   2,228     4,422  
EBITDA attributable to General Partner                   $ (5,666 )   $ (11,722 )

Logistics Segment

  Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended
  June 30,   June 30,
  2017   2016     2017   2016
  (Unaudited)
  (In thousands, except key operating statistics)
Statement of Operations Data:              
Fee based revenues:              
Affiliate $ 53,567     $ 43,053     $ 103,204     $ 83,969  
Third-party 703     677     1,322     1,367  
Total revenues 54,270     43,730     104,526     85,336  
Operating costs and expenses:              
Operating and maintenance expenses 27,102     23,734     52,930     50,491  
General and administrative expenses 829     590     1,636     1,371  
Gain on disposal of assets, net (53 )   (5 )   (43 )   (5 )
Depreciation and amortization 8,781     8,347     17,362     16,502  
Total operating costs and expenses             36,659     32,666     71,885     68,359  
Operating income $ 17,611     $ 11,064     $ 32,641     $ 16,977  
Key Operating Statistics:              
Pipeline and gathering (bpd):              
Mainline movements (1):              
Permian/Delaware Basin system 62,268     55,953     57,728     52,719  
Four Corners system 50,780     58,047     49,139     55,257  
TexNew Mex system 5,831     10,375     5,121     11,460  
Gathering (truck offloading):              
Permian/Delaware Basin system 13,203     17,823     13,900     19,178  
Four Corners system 7,094     11,133     6,857     11,947  
Pipeline gathering and injection system:              
Permian/Delaware Basin system 13,607     11,302     12,794     9,594  
Four Corners system 26,832     27,225     25,458     25,831  
TexNew Mex system 5,988     343     5,664     171  
Tank storage capacity (bbls) (2) 959,087     845,514     959,087     836,858  
Terminalling, transportation and storage:              
Shipments into and out of storage (bpd)
(includes asphalt)
589,653     393,037     587,078     390,647  
Terminal storage capacity (bbls) (2) 11,376,599     7,385,543     11,376,666     7,385,543  

(1)   Some barrels of crude oil in route to Western's Gallup refinery and Permian/Delaware Basin are transported on more than one of our mainlines.  Mainline movements for the Four Corners and Delaware Basin systems include each barrel transported on each mainline.

(2)   Storage shell capacities represent weighted-average capacities for the periods indicated.

Wholesale Segment

  Three Months Ended     Six Months Ended
  June 30,   June 30,
  2017   2016   2017   2016
  (Unaudited)
  (In thousands, except key operating stats)
Statement of Operations Data:              
Fee based revenues (1):              
Affiliate $ 14,216     $ 10,912     $ 30,056     $ 21,924  
Sales based revenues (1):              
Affiliate 139,770     126,525     264,837     224,054  
Third-party 419,253     397,435     832,782     715,327  
Total revenues 573,239     534,872     1,127,675     961,305  
Operating costs and expenses:              
Cost of products sold:              
Affiliate 137,150     123,870     259,849     219,019  
Third-party 403,180     380,386     797,780     680,827  
Operating and maintenance expenses 20,167     19,257     39,186     37,158  
Selling, general and administrative expenses 1,442     2,153     3,736     4,058  
Gain on disposal of assets, net (2,883 )   (797 )   (3,184 )   (896 )
Depreciation and amortization 1,003     1,206     2,154     2,389  
Total operating costs and expenses 560,059     526,075     1,099,521     942,555  
Operating income $ 13,180     $ 8,797     $ 28,154     $ 18,750  
Key Operating Statistics:              
Fuel gallons sold (in thousands) 318,046     311,486     620,096     626,429  
Fuel gallons sold to retail (included in fuel gallons    
sold above) (in thousands)
85,046     83,721     164,159     163,562  
Fuel margin per gallon (2) $ 0.037     $ 0.025     $ 0.040     $ 0.027  
Lubricant gallons sold (in thousands) 1,019     1,846     2,340     4,047  
Lubricant margin per gallon (3) $ 0.93     $ 0.89     $ 1.02     $ 0.78  
Asphalt trucking volume (bpd) 6,953     4,876     6,084     3,875  
Crude oil trucking volume (bpd) 51,352     42,092     50,130     38,801  
Average crude oil revenue per barrel $ 2.20     $ 2.17     $ 2.23     $ 2.20  

(1)   All wholesale fee based revenues are generated through fees charged to Western's refining segment for truck transportation and delivery of crude oil and asphalt. Affiliate and third-party product sales based revenues result from sales of refined products to Western and third-party customers at a delivered price that includes charges for product transportation.

(2)   Fuel margin per gallon is a measurement calculated by dividing the difference between fuel sales, net of transportation charges, and cost of fuel sales for our wholesale business by the number of gallons sold. Fuel margin per gallon is a measure frequently used in the petroleum products wholesale industry to measure operating results related to fuel sales.

(3)   Lubricant margin per gallon is a measurement calculated by dividing the difference between lubricant sales, net of transportation charges, and lubricant cost of products sold by the number of gallons sold. Lubricant margin is a measure frequently used in the petroleum products wholesale industry to measure operating results related to lubricant sales.

 

Investor and Analyst Contact:
                    Michelle Clemente
                    (602) 286-1533
                    
                    Media Contact:
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                    (602) 286-1777

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