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CVR Partners Reports 2018 Fourth Quarter and Full-Year Results And Announces Cash Distribution of 12 Cents
  • Achieved significant year-over-year environmental, health and safety improvements at both facilities.
  • Added unit train capabilities through new Coffeyville rail loading rack, which enhanced our geographic reach and reduced distribution costs.
  • Maintained high utilization rates during fourth quarter 2018.
  • Declared a fourth quarter 2018 cash distribution of 12 cents per unit, the first distribution since the first quarter 2017.

SUGAR LAND, Texas, Feb. 20, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- CVR Partners, LP (NYSE: UAN), a manufacturer of ammonia and urea ammonium nitrate (UAN) fertilizer products, today announced a fourth quarter 2018 net loss of $1 million, or 1 cent per common unit, on net sales of $98 million, compared to a net loss of $27 million, or 24 cents per common unit, on net sales of $78 million for the prior year period. Adjusted EBITDA was $33 million for the fourth quarter of 2018, compared to $8 million for the fourth quarter of 2017.

For full year 2018, CVR Partners had a net loss of $50 million, or 44 cents per common unit, on net sales of $351 million, compared to a net loss of $73 million, or 64 cents per common unit, on net sales of $331 million for full year 2017. Adjusted EBITDA for full year 2018 was $90 million, compared to $67 million for the previous year.

“Higher netback pricing and increased utilization rates led to improved 2018 fourth quarter and full-year results for CVR Partners,” said Mark Pytosh, Chief Executive Officer of CVR Partners’ general partner. “We also are pleased to report that CVR Partners generated positive distributable cash in the 2018 fourth quarter and declared a 12 cent per unit distribution.

“While a wet fall created unfavorable application conditions for nitrogen fertilizer, we currently expect the missed tonnage will be applied in the spring,” Pytosh said. “In addition, we anticipate the corn planted this spring should increase by 3 million to 5 million acres, leading to strong nitrogen fertilizer demand.”

Consolidated Operations

For the fourth quarter of 2018, consolidated average realized gate prices for UAN and ammonia were $180 per ton and $324 per ton, respectively. Consolidated average realized gate prices for UAN and ammonia were $132 per ton and $264 per ton, respectively, for the same period in 2017.

CVR Partners’ fertilizer facilities produced a combined 209,000 tons of ammonia during the fourth quarter of 2018, of which 59,000 net tons were available for sale while the rest was upgraded to other fertilizer products, including 357,000 tons of UAN. In the 2017 fourth quarter, the fertilizer facilities produced 200,000 tons of ammonia, of which 64,000 net tons were available for sale while the remainder was upgraded to other fertilizer products, including 306,000 tons of UAN.

Distributions

CVR Partners also announced that, on Feb. 20, 2019, the Board of Directors of its general partner declared a fourth quarter 2018 cash distribution of 12 cents per common unit, which will be paid on March 11, 2019 to common unitholders of record on March 4, 2019.

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, and cash reserves deemed necessary or appropriate by the Board of Directors of its general partner.

Fourth Quarter 2018 Earnings Conference Call

CVR Partners previously announced that it will host its fourth quarter and full-year 2018 Earnings Conference Call on Thursday, Feb. 21, at 11 a.m. Eastern. This 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 fourth quarter and full-year 2018 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 through March 7 at https://edge.media-server.com/m6/p/xbygitmc. A repeat of the call can be accessed through March 7 by dialing (877) 660-6853, conference ID 13687295.

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: ammonia and UAN pricing; distributable cash and distributions including the amounts and timing thereof; application of tonnage in the spring; increasing in corn planted this spring by 3 million to 5 million acres or at all; strong nitrogen fertilizer demand; operating performance; reserves; 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 Contact:                                         
Jay Finks
CVR Partners, LP                                                      
(281) 207-3588                                                          
InvestorRelations@CVRPartners.com
           
Media Relations:
Brandee Stephens
CVR Partners, LP
(281) 207-3516
MediaRelations@CVRPartners.com

Non-GAAP Measures

Our management uses certain non-GAAP performance 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.

During the fourth quarter of 2018, management revised its internal and external use of non-GAAP measures to eliminate adjustments to earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”) for business interruption insurance recoveries. Refer to the revised definition below for further information.

EBITDA - Net income (loss) before (i) interest expense, net, (ii) income tax expense (benefit) and (iii) depreciation and amortization expense.

Adjusted EBITDA - EBITDA adjusted to exclude turnaround expense and other non-recurring items which management believes are material to an investor’s understanding of the Partnership’s underlying operating results.

Available Cash for Distribution - Adjusted EBITDA reduced for cash reserves established by the board of directors of our general partner for (i) debt service, (ii) maintenance capital expenditures, (iii) turnaround expenses and, to the extent applicable, (iv) reserves for future operating or capital needs that the board of directors of our general partner deems necessary or appropriate, if any. 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 of directors of our general partner.

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. See “Non-GAAP Reconciliations” section included herein for reconciliation of these amounts.

Items or Events Impacting Comparability

During the fourth quarter of 2018, the Partnership recognized a $6.1 million business interruption insurance recovery associated with prior period outages at its Coffeyville, Kansas (the “Coffeyville Facility”). The recovery is recorded in the Other Income (Expense) line item. Prior year amounts, which were not material, were conformed to the current year presentation.

Refer to the “Non-GAAP Measures” section above for discussion of the change made during the fourth quarter of 2018 to the Partnership’s definition of Adjusted EBITDA.

Coffeyville Facility

During 2018, we had a planned, full facility turnaround lasting 15 days and incurred approximately $6.4 million in turnaround expense in the second quarter of 2018.

During 2017, our third-party air separation unit experienced a shut down. Paired with this shut down and subsequent operational challenges, we experienced unplanned UAN downtime of 11 days during the second quarter of 2017.

East Dubuque Facility

During 2017, we had a planned, full facility turnaround lasting 14 days and incurred approximately $2.6 million in turnaround expense in the third quarter of 2017. Additionally, during the fourth quarter of 2017, we experienced unplanned downtime totaling 12 days.


CVR Partners, LP
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Unaudited)

    Three Months Ended
December 31,
  Year Ended
 December 31,
(in thousands, except per unit amounts)   2018   2017   2018   2017
                 
Net sales (1)   $ 98,118     $ 78,192     $ 351,082     $ 330,802  
Operating costs and expenses:                
Cost of materials and other (exclusive of depreciation and amortization)   27,263     21,501     88,461     84,874  
Direct operating expenses (exclusive of depreciation and amortization)   37,851     41,566     159,319     156,357  
Depreciation and amortization   18,709     19,109     71,575     73,986  
Cost of sales   83,823     82,176     319,355     315,217  
Selling, general and administrative expenses   6,069     6,880     25,023     25,630  
Loss on asset disposals   230     (36 )   390     233  
Operating income (loss)   7,996     (10,828 )   6,314     (10,278 )
Other income (expense):                
Interest expense, net   (15,507 )   (15,735 )   (62,588 )   (62,845 )
Other income (expense), net   6,100     (586 )   6,201     555  
Loss before income tax expense   (1,411 )   (27,149 )   (50,073 )   (72,568 )
Income tax expense (benefit)   (40 )   256     (46 )   220  
Net loss   $ (1,371 )   $ (27,405 )   $ (50,027 )   $ (72,788 )
                 
Net loss per common unit - basic and diluted   $ (0.01 )   $ (0.24 )   $ (0.44 )   $ (0.64 )
Distributions declared per common unit               0.02  
                 
EBITDA *   $ 32,805     $ 7,695     $ 84,090     $ 64,263  
Adjusted EBITDA*   $ 32,805     $ 7,695     $ 90,489     $ 66,848  
Available cash for distribution*   $ 14,119     $ (10,231 )   $ 9,843     $ (9,675 )
                 
Weighted-average common units outstanding:                
Basic and Diluted   113,283     113,283     113,283     113,283  

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* See “Non-GAAP Reconciliations” section below reconciliation of these amounts.

(1)        Below are the components of net sales:

    Three Months Ended
December 31,
  Year Ended
December 31,
 (in thousands)   2018   2017   2018   2017
                 
Reconciliation to net sales:                
Fertilizer sales   $ 86,182     $ 67,264     $ 309,216     $ 290,401  
Freight in revenue   9,658     9,150     33,567     32,788  
Other   2,278     1,778     8,299     7,613  
Total net sales   $ 98,118     $ 78,192     $ 351,082     $ 330,802  

Selected Balance Sheet Data:

(in thousands) As of December 31, 2018   As of December 31, 2017
       
Cash and cash equivalents $ 61,776     $ 49,173  
Working capital 71,346     61,895  
Total assets 1,254,388     1,234,276  
Total long-term debt 628,989     625,904  
Total liabilities 754,562     684,423  
Total partners’ capital 499,826     549,853  

Selected Cash Flow Data:

  Three Months Ended
December 31,
  Year Ended
December 31,
(in thousands) 2018   2017   2018   2017
               
Net cash flow provided by (used in):              
Operating activities $ 5,116     $ (17,704 )   $ 32,234     $ 10,400  
Investing activities (4,781 )   (3,100 )   (19,631 )   (14,556 )
Financing activities             (2,266 )
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents $ 335     $ (20,804 )   $ 12,603     $ (6,422 )

Capital Expenditures:

  Three Months Ended
December 31,
  Year Ended
December 31,
(in thousands) 2018   2017   2018   2017
               
Maintenance capital expenditures $ 3,854     $ 2,960     $ 15,526     $ 14,089  
Growth capital expenditures 138     141     4,280     467  
Total capital expenditures $ 3,992     $ 3,101     $ 19,806     $ 14,556  

Key Operating Data:

      Ammonia Utilization Rates (1)

  Two Years Ended December 31,
(percent of capacity utilization) 2018   2017
       
Consolidated 93%   92%
Coffeyville 92%   94%
East Dubuque 93%   89%

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  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
December 31,
  Year Ended
December 31,
  2018   2017   2018   2017
Consolidated sales (thousand tons):              
Ammonia 46     84     202     286  
UAN 364     303     1,289     1,255  
               
Consolidated product pricing at gate (dollars per ton) (2):              
Ammonia $ 324     $ 264     $ 328     $ 280  
UAN $ 180     $ 132     $ 173     $ 152  
               
Consolidated production volume (thousand tons):              
Ammonia (gross produced) (3) 209     200     794     815  
Ammonia (net available for sale) (3) 59     64     246     268  
UAN 357     306     1,276     1,268  
               
Feedstock:              
Petroleum coke used in production (thousand tons) 139     117     463     488  
Petroleum coke used in production (dollars per ton) $ 41     $ 13     $ 28     $ 17  
Natural gas used in production (thousands of MMBtus) (4) 2,000     1,839     7,933     7,620  
Natural gas used in production (dollars per MMBtu) (4) $ 4.06     $ 3.24     $ 3.28     $ 3.24  
Natural gas in cost of materials and other (thousands of MMBtus) (4) 1,854     2,153     7,122     8,052  
Natural gas in cost of materials and other (dollars per MMBtu) (4) $ 3.50     $ 3.17     $ 3.15     $ 3.26  

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  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
December 31,
  Year Ended
December 31,
  2018   2017   2018   2017
Ammonia - Southern plains (dollars per ton) $ 423     $ 315     $ 370     $ 314  
Ammonia - Corn belt (dollars per ton) 479     340     424     358  
UAN - Corn belt (dollars per ton) 255     190     219     192  
               
Natural gas NYMEX (dollars per MMBtu) $ 3.75     $ 2.92     $ 3.08     $ 3.02  

Non-GAAP Reconciliations:


       Reconciliation of Net Loss to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA

  Three Months Ended
December 31,
  Year Ended
December 31,
(in thousands) 2018   2017   2018   2017
               
Net loss $ (1,371 )   $ (27,405 )   $ (50,027 )   $ (72,788 )
Add:              
Interest expense, net 15,507     15,735     62,588     62,845  
Income tax expense (benefit) (40 )   256     (46 )   220  
Depreciation and amortization 18,709     19,109     71,575     73,986  
EBITDA $ 32,805     $ 7,695     $ 84,090     $ 64,263  
Add:              
Turnaround expenses         6,399     2,585  
Adjusted EBITDA $ 32,805     $ 7,695     $ 90,489     $ 66,848  

     

      Reconciliation of Net Cash Provided By (Used In) Operating Activities to EBITDA

  Three Months Ended
December 31,
  Year Ended
 December 31,
(in thousands) 2018   2017   2018   2017
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities $ 5,116     $ (17,704 )   $ 32,234     $ 10,400  
Adjustments:              
Less:              
Interest expense, net 15,507     15,735     62,588     62,845  
Income tax expense (benefit) (40 )   256     (46 )   220  
Change in working capital 15,317     13,908     (2,256 )   (640 )
Other non-cash adjustments (3,095 )   (4,500 )   (8,430 )   (8,562 )
EBITDA $ 32,805     $ 7,695     $ 84,090     $ 64,263  


      Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to Available Cash for Distribution

  Three Months Ended
December 31,
  Year Ended
December 31,
(in thousands) 2018   2017   2018   2017
               
Adjusted EBITDA $ 32,805     $ 7,695     $ 90,489     $ 66,848  
Less:              
Debt service (14,708 )   (14,967 )   (59,372 )   (59,849 )
Maintenance capital expenditures (3,978 )   (2,959 )   (14,870 )   (14,089 )
Turnaround expenses         (6,404 )   (2,585 )
Available cash for distribution $ 14,119     $ (10,231 )   $ 9,843     $ (9,675 )
               
Available cash for distribution, per common unit $ 0.12     $ (0.09 )   $ 0.09     $ (0.09 )
               
Common units outstanding (in thousands) 113,283     113,283     113,283     113,283  

 

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