OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Oct 15, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE via COMTEX) -- Ferrellgas Partners, L.P. /zigman2/quotes/225893300/composite FGPR -1.98% ("Ferrellgas" or the "Company") today reported financial results for its fiscal year and fourth quarter ended July 31, 2020.
Despite significant economic and operational uncertainties in the US, the Company produced exceptionally strong results through the end of fiscal 2020, leading to a $35.6 million increase in operating income, or 32% growth over the prior year and set a foundation for continued growth in fiscal 2021. Due to warmer winter weather and the slowdown in the economy, the gallons of propane sold for the year were 873.5 million, compared to 904.8 million last year. However, these decreases were partially offset by continued increase residential demand resulting from 3% retail customer growth as the Company continues to aggressively seek market share. Additionally, Blue Rhino sales locations increased over 8%. Margin per gallon for the year was 7.0�, or 9% higher than the prior year, attributable to strategic product placement, sound supply chain logistics strategies and lower wholesale propane prices. Overall, the increase in margin and increases in tank exchange volumes and customer growth were partially offset by decreased industrial and commercial sales volumes due to the slowdown of the economy. This has resulted in an increase in gross margin dollars of $36.4 million. Operating expenses increased due to the growth of new customers, but also included a $17.3 million reserve for bad debt related to Bridger, a non-core acquisition that has now been divested. Additionally, the $35.6 million growth in operating income was complimented by a $38.4 million, or 35.3%, decrease in capital expenditures as the Company focused on the utilization of existing assets and negotiated lower steel prices.
The Company has numerous initiatives underway to increase efficiency and profitability, these initiatives helped to produce strong results in 4Q and enable continued high performance in the areas of growth and operational expense management. Strong execution by a leaner and more agile workforce of essential workers is driving high performance throughout the company, both in the field and in corporate locations. Successful transition of essential workers from a corporate work-place to a technology centric work-from-home environment decreased various general and administrative expenses as well as travel expense throughout the Company. Lastly, our continued commitment to safely serving our over 700 thousand customers while adapting to the ever-changing circumstances and new operating protocols to help protect the health and safety of our customers and employees remains our top priority.
For the fiscal year, the Company reported a net loss attributable to Ferrellgas Partners, L.P. of $82.5 million, or $0.84 per common unit, compared to prior year period net loss of $64.2 million, or $0.65 per common unit. For the quarter, the net loss attributable to Ferrellgas Partners, L.P. was $70.0 million, or $0.71 per common unit, compared to prior year's fourth quarter net loss of $71.0 million, or $0.72 per common unit.
Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure, increased by over $35 million, or 15%, compared to prior year. For the fourth quarter, Adjusted EBITDA was $26.7 million compared to $4.0 million in last year's quarter resulting from the previously discussed initiatives.
As previously announced, the Company indefinitely suspended its quarterly cash distribution as a result of not meeting the required fixed charge coverage ratio contained in the senior unsecured notes due 2020. Additionally, as the Company continues to evaluate options to address its leverage, the Company does not intend to comment further on its progress in this regard or on potential options until further disclosure is appropriate or required by law.
Ferrellgas Partners, L.P., through its operating partnership, Ferrellgas, L.P., and subsidiaries, serves propane customers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Ferrellgas employees indirectly own 22.8 million common units of the partnership, through an employee stock ownership plan. Ferrellgas Partners, L.P. filed a Form 10-K with the Securities and Exchange Commission on October 15, 2020. Investors can request a hard copy of this filing free of charge and obtain more information about the partnership online at www.ferrellgas.com .
Forward Looking Statements
Statements in this release concerning expectations for the future are forward-looking statements. A variety of known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors could cause results, performance, and expectations to differ materially from anticipated results, performance, and expectations. These risks, uncertainties, and other factors include those discussed in the Form 10-K of Ferrellgas Partners, L.P., Ferrellgas Partners Finance Corp., Ferrellgas, L.P., and Ferrellgas Finance Corp. for the fiscal year ended July 31, 2020, and in other documents filed from time to time by these entities with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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FERRELLGAS PARTNERS, L.P. AND SUBSIDIARIES CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (in thousands, except unit data) (unaudited) ASSETS July 31, 2020 July 31, 2019 Current Assets: Cash and cash equivalents (including $95,759 and $0 of restricted cash at July 31, 2020 and July 31, 2019, respectively) $ 333,761 $ 11,054 Accounts and notes receivable, net (including $103,703 and $106,145 of accounts receivable pledged as collateral at July 31, 2020 and July 31, 2019, respectively) 101,438 107,596 Inventories 72,664 80,454 Prepaid expenses and other current assets 35,944 42,275 Total Current Assets 543,807 241,379 Property, plant and equipment, net 591,042 596,723 Goodwill, net 247,195 247,195 Intangible assets, net 104,049 108,557 Operating lease right-of-use asset 107,349 - Other assets, net 74,748 69,105 Total Assets $ 1,668,190 $ 1,262,959 LIABILITIES AND PARTNERS' DEFICIT Current Liabilities: Accounts payable $ 33,944 $ 33,364 Short-term borrowings - 43,000 Collateralized note payable - 62,000 Current portion of long-term debt (a) 859,095 631,756 Current operating lease liabilities 29,345 - Other current liabilities 167,466 138,237 Total Current Liabilities 1,089,850 908,357 Long-term debt 1,646,396 1,457,004 Operating lease liabilities 89,022 - Other liabilities 51,190 36,536 Contingencies and commitments Partners Deficit: Common unitholders (97,152,665 units outstanding at July 31, 2020 and July 31, 2019) (1,126,452 ) (1,046,245 ) General partner unitholder (989,926 units outstanding at July 31, 2020 and July 31, 2019) (71,287 ) (70,476 ) Accumulated other comprehensive loss (2,303 ) (14,512 ) Total Ferrellgas Partners, L.P. Partners' Deficit (1,200,042 ) (1,131,233 ) Noncontrolling interest (8,226 ) (7,705 ) Total Partners' Deficit (1,208,268 ) (1,138,938 ) Total Liabilities and Partners' Deficit $ 1,668,190 $ 1,262,959 (a) The principal difference between the Ferrellgas Partners, L.P. balance sheet and that of Ferrellgas, L.P., is $357 million of 8.625% notes which are liabilities of Ferrellgas Partners, L.P. and not of Ferrellgas, L.P.
FERRELLGAS PARTNERS, L.P. AND SUBSIDIARIES CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (in thousands, except per unit data) (unaudited) Three months ended Twelve months ended July 31 July 31 2020 2019 2020 2019 Revenues: Propane and other gas liquids sales $ 265,414 $ 264,224 $ 1,415,791 $ 1,608,858 Other 16,235 14,857 82,035 75,534 Total revenues 281,649 279,081 1,497,826 1,684,392 Cost of sales: Propane and other gas liquids sales 124,917 136,460 673,053 902,516 Other 3,229 2,617 13,003 11,406 Gross profit 153,503 140,004 811,770 770,470 Operating expense - personnel, vehicle, plant & other 128,721 117,327 493,055 468,868 Depreciation and amortization expense 21,101 19,632 80,481 78,846 General and administrative expense 9,305 17,957 45,752 59,994 Operating expense - equipment lease expense 8,293 8,476 33,017 33,073 Non-cash employee stock ownership plan compensation charge 689 1,005 2,871 5,693 Loss on asset sales and disposals 1,682 2,565 7,924 10,968 Operating income (loss) (16,288 ) (26,958 ) 148,670 113,028 Interest expense (54,014 ) (44,688 ) (192,962 ) (177,619 ) Loss on extinguishment of debt - - (37,399 ) - Other income (expense), net (246 ) 13 (460 ) 369 Loss before income tax expense (70,548 ) (71,633 ) (82,151 ) (64,222 ) Income tax expense 57 39 851 323 Net loss (70,605 ) (71,672 ) (83,002 ) (64,545 ) Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest (a) (636 ) (635 ) (503 ) (298 ) Net loss attributable to Ferrellgas Partners, L.P. (69,969 ) (71,037 ) (82,499 ) (64,247 ) Less: General partner's interest in net loss (700 ) (710 ) (825 ) (642 ) Common unitholders' interest in net loss $ (69,269 ) $ (70,327 ) $ (81,674 ) $ (63,605 ) Loss Per Common Unit Basic and diluted net loss per common unitholders' interest $ (0.71 ) $ (0.72 ) $ (0.84 ) $ (0.65 ) Weighted average common units outstanding - basic 97,152.7 97,152.7 97,152.7 97,152.7 Supplemental Data and Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Items: Three months ended Twelve months ended July 31 July 31 2020 2019 2020 2019 Net loss attributable to Ferrellgas Partners, L.P. $ (69,969 ) $ (71,037 ) $ (82,499 ) $ (64,247 ) Income tax expense 57 39 851 323 Interest expense 54,014 44,688 192,962 177,619 Depreciation and amortization expense 21,101 19,632 80,481 78,846 EBITDA 5,203 (6,678 ) 191,795 192,541 Non-cash employee stock ownership plan compensation charge 689 1,005 2,871 5,693 Loss on asset sales and disposal 1,682 2,565 7,924 10,968 Loss on extinguishment of debt - - 37,399 - Other income (expense), net 246 (13 ) 460 (369 ) Severance expense (includes $740 in operating expense for the three and twelve months ended July 31, 2020 and $690 in operating expense and $910 in general and administrative expense for the twelve months ended July 31, 2019) 740 - 740 1,600 Legal fees and settlements related to non-core businesses 1,421 7,721 7,308 18,364 Provision for doubtful accounts related to non-core businesses 17,325 - 17,325 - Multi-employer pension plan withdrawal settlement - - - 1,524 Lease accounting standard adjustment and other 27 - 161 - Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest (b) (636 ) (635 ) (503 ) (298 ) Adjusted EBITDA (b) 26,697 3,965 265,480 230,023 Net cash interest expense (c) (52,905 ) (41,465 ) (182,246 ) (164,790 ) Maintenance capital expenditures (d) (4,540 ) (1,736 ) (23,240 ) (46,774 ) Cash paid for income taxes (239 ) (120 ) (289 ) (141 ) Proceeds from certain asset sales 1,487 1,833 3,997 4,249 Distributable cash flow attributable to equity investors (e) (29,500 ) (37,523 ) 63,702 22,567 Distributable cash flow attributable to general partner and non-controlling interest (590 ) (751 ) 1,274 451 Distributable cash flow attributable to common unitholders (f) (28,910 ) (36,772 ) 62,428 22,116 Less: Distributions paid to common unitholders - - - 9,715 Distributable cash flow excess/(shortage) $ (28,910 ) $ (36,772 ) $ 62,428 $ 12,401 Propane gallons sales Retail - Sales to End Users 85,677 99,114 638,017 672,266 Wholesale - Sales to Resellers 55,834 53,310 235,529 232,566 Total propane gallons sales 141,511 152,424 873,546 904,832 (a) Amounts allocated to the general partner for its 1.0101% interest in the operating partnership, Ferrellgas, L.P. (b) Adjusted EBITDA is calculated as net loss attributable to Ferrellgas Partners, L.P., less the sum of the following: income tax expense, interest expense, depreciation and amortization expense, non-cash employee stock ownership plan compensation charge, loss on asset sales and disposals, loss on extinguishment of debt, other income (expense), net, severance expense, legal fees and settlements related to non-core businesses, provision for doubtful accounts related to non-core businesses, multi-employer pension plan withdrawal settlement, lease accounting standard adjustment and other and net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest. Management believes the presentation of this measure is relevant and useful, because it allows investors to view the partnership's performance in a manner similar to the method management uses, adjusted for items management believes makes it easier to compare its results with other companies that have different financing and capital structures. This method of calculating Adjusted EBITDA may not be consistent with that of other companies and should be viewed in conjunction with measurements that are computed in accordance with GA AP. (c) Net cash interest expense is the sum of interest expense less non-cash interest expense and other expense, net. This amount includes interest expense related to the accounts receivable securitization facility. (d) Maintenance capital expenditures include capitalized expenditures for betterment and replacement of property, plant and equipment. (e) Distributable cash flow attributable to equity investors is calculated as Adjusted EBITDA minus net cash interest expense, maintenance capital expenditures and cash paid for taxes plus proceeds from certain asset sales. Management considers distributable cash flow attributable to equity investors a meaningful measure of the partnership's ability to declare and pay quarterly distributions to equity investors. Distributable cash flow attributable to equity investors, as management defines it, may not be comparable to distributable cash flow attributable to equity investors or similarly titled measurements used by other corporations and partnerships. Items added into our calculation of distributable cash flow attributable to equity investors that will not occur on a continuing basis may have associated cash payments. Distributable cash flow attributable to equity investors may not be consistent with that of other companies and should be viewed in conjunction with measurements that are computed in accordance with GA AP. (f) Distributable cash flow attributable to common unitholders is calculated as Distributable cash flow attributable to equity investors minus distributable cash flow attributable to general partner and noncontrolling interest. Management considers distributable cash flow attributable to common unitholders a meaningful measure of the partnership's ability to declare and pay quarterly distributions to common unitholders. Distributable cash flow attributable to common unitholders, as management defines it, may not be comparable to distributable cash flow attributable to common unitholders or similarly titled measurements used by other corporations and partnerships. Items added to our calculation of distributable cash flow attributable to common unit holders that will not occur on a continuing basis may have associated cash payments. Distributable cash flow attributable to common unitholders may not be consistent with that of other companies and should be viewed in conjunction with measurements that are computed in accordance with GAAP .
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