Grant Sims, CEO of Genesis Energy, said, “Favorable market conditions in crude oil and stellar performance from our refinery services segment, by and large, allowed us to overcome several challenges this quarter. While the financial performance of our heavy fuel oil business improved, we believe we could continue to face headwinds for several more quarters as we transition its size and focus to new market realities.
Despite these challenges, as well as those from increased employee compensation and net interest expenses, we were able to generate a record quarter of Available Cash before Reserves. Based on this performance, we delivered the thirty-sixth consecutive increase in our quarterly distribution, thirty-one of which have been 10% or greater over the prior year’s quarter and none less than 8.7%.
The SEKCO Pipeline, a joint venture with Enterprise Products in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, was declared mechanically complete in June. As a result, we expect this project to contribute to our financial results in the third quarter and accelerate into the fourth, including the downstream transportation on and associated fees collected by our partially-owned Poseidon Pipeline.
In addition to the completion of our pipeline connecting our Port Hudson barge terminal on the Mississippi River to the ExxonMobil Baton Rouge Refinery complex late in the first quarter, we have begun commissioning and start-up of our Scenic Station unit train un-loading facility. We would anticipate a growing contribution in 2014 and into 2015, when certain minimum volume/throughput commitments are contracted to start.
We also continue to move forward on our other projects in south Louisiana – our crude oil, intermediates and refined products import/export terminal at the Port of Greater Baton Rouge and our unit train un-loading facility at Raceland – to be complete and contribute in the second half of 2015.
These growth projects, and the anticipated ramp up in volumes on our other assets in Texas, Wyoming, Florida and the Gulf of Mexico, should position us well to continue to achieve our goals of delivering low double-digit growth in distributions, an investment grade leverage ratio and an increasing coverage ratio, all without ever losing our cultural focus on our absolute commitment to safe, responsible and reliable operations.”
Available Cash before Reserves was $55.5 million in the second quarter of 2014 (or “2014 Quarter”) . The primary components impacting Available Cash before Reserves are Segment Margin, corporate general and administrative expenses (excluding certain non-cash charges), interest expense and maintenance capital expenditures.
Variances from the second quarter of 2013 (or “2013 Quarter”) in these components are explained as follows:
Segment Margin (a non-GAAP measure) is defined below and reconciled later in this press release to income from continuing operations before income taxes.
Segment results for the second quarters of 2014 and 2013 were as follows:
Pipeline transportation Segment Margin increased $1.5 million, or 6%, between the second quarter periods. The increase was primarily the result of higher volumes transported in our offshore pipelines as a result of additional wells being connected to the pipeline in the existing fields that they service. In the 2014 Quarter, crude oil tariff revenues of onshore crude oil pipelines increased primarily due to upward tariff indexing of approximately 4.6% for our FERC-regulated pipelines effective in July 2013. In addition, our Louisiana pipeline system, a new 18-mile 24-inch diameter crude oil pipeline connecting Port Hudson to the Baton Rouge Scenic Station and continuing downstream to the Anchorage Tank Farm, was operational for the entirety of the 2014 Quarter.
Refinery services Segment Margin increased $2.9 million, or 16%, between the second quarter periods principally attributable to a 3% increase in NaHS sales volumes to a total of 37,600 DST for the quarter. NaHS sales revenues increased primarily as a function of the increase in NaHS sales volumes, which increase was partially offset by a decrease in the average index prices for caustic soda (which is a component of our sales price) and the other components referenced below. The pricing in our sales contracts for NaHS includes adjustments for fluctuations in commodity benchmarks, freight, labor, energy costs and government indexes.The frequency at which these adjustments are applied varies by contract, geographic region and supply point. The mix of NaHS sales volumes to which these adjustments apply varies between periods.
Our raw material costs related to NaHS decreased correspondingly to the decrease in the average index price for caustic soda. We were able to realize benefits from operating efficiencies at several of our sour gas processing facilities, our favorable management of the acquisition (including economies of scale) and utilization of caustic soda in our (and our customers’) operations, and our logistics management capabilities.
Supply and logistics Segment Margin increased by $7.8 million, or 31%, between the second quarter periods. In the 2014 Quarter, the increase in our Segment Margin resulted primarily from the contribution of our offshore marine transportation business which we acquired in August 2013, as well as contributions from our new and expanded assets at our Port Hudson facility which were completed during the first half of 2014. In addition, we continue to transition our refined products operations to a level and structure designed to operate within current market conditions in terms of costs, size and type of activity.
Corporate general and administrative expenses included in the calculation of Available Cash before Reserves increased by $1.1 million primarily due to higher employee compensation expenses.
Interest costs for the second quarter of 2014 increased by $1.8 million from the second quarter of 2013 primarily due to our newly issued senior unsecured notes issued in May 2014. This increase was net of capitalized interest costs attributable to our growth capital expenditures.
Several adjustments to income from continuing operations are required to calculate Available Cash before Reserves.
The calculation of Available Cash before Reserves for the quarters ended June30, 2014 and 2013 was as follows:
In the 2014 Quarter, we recorded income from continuing operations of $21.1 million compared to $26.6 million in the 2013 Quarter.
In addition to the factors impacting Available Cash before Reserves, our derivative positions resulted in a $2.7 million non-cash unrealized loss in the 2014 Quarter compared to a $2.0 million non-cash unrealized gain in the 2013 Quarter.
Depreciation and amortization expense increased $4.8 million between the quarterly periods primarily as a result of the acquisition of our offshore marine transportation assets and recently completed internal growth projects.
We have increased our quarterly distribution rate for thirty-six consecutive quarters. Thirty-one of those quarterly increases have been 10% or greater as compared to the same quarter in the preceding year. Over the last four quarters, we have increased the distribution rate on our common units by a total of $0.0550 per unit, or 10.8%. Distributions attributable to each quarter of 2014 and 2013, are as follows:
Genesis Energy, L.P. is a diversified midstream energy master limited partnership headquartered in Houston, Texas. Genesis’ operations include pipeline transportation, refinery services and supply and logistics. The Pipeline Transportation Division is engaged in the pipeline transportation of crude oil and carbon dioxide. The Refinery Services Division primarily processes sour gas streams to remove sulfur at refining operations. The Supply and Logistics Division is engaged in the transportation, storage and supply and marketing of energy products, including crude oil, refined products and certain industrial gases. Genesis’ operations are primarily located in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Wyoming and the Gulf of Mexico.
This press release includes forward-looking statements as defined under federal law. Although we believe that our expectations are based upon reasonable assumptions, we can give no assurance that our goals will be achieved. Actual results may vary materially. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, included in this release that address activities, events or developments that we expect, believe or anticipate will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements, and historical performance is not necessarily indicative of future performance. Those forward-looking statements rely on a number of assumptions concerning future events and are subject to a number of uncertainties, factors and risks, many of which are outside our control, that could cause results to differ materially from those expected by management. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, weather, political, economic and market conditions, including a decline in the price and market demand for products, the timing and success of business development efforts and other uncertainties. Those and other applicable uncertainties, factors and risks that may affect those forward-looking statements are described more fully in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December31, 2013 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and other filings, including our Current Reports on Form 8-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement.
This press release and the accompanying schedules include non-generally accepted accounting principle (non-GAAP) financial measures of available cash and Adjusted EBITDA. The accompanying schedules provide reconciliations of these non-GAAP financial measures to their most directly comparable financial measures calculated in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America (GAAP). Our non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered as alternatives to GAAP measures of liquidity or financial performance. We believe that investors benefit from having access to the same financial measures being utilized by management, lenders, analysts and other market participants.
Available Cash before Reserves, including applicable pro forma presentations, is a performance measure used by our management to compare cash flows generated by us to the cash distribution paid to our common unitholders. This is an important financial measure to our public unitholders since it is an indicator of our ability to provide a cash return on their investments. Among other things, this financial measure aids investors in determining whether or not we are generating cash flows at a level that can support a quarterly cash distribution to the partners. Lastly, Available Cash before Reserves is the quantitative standard used throughout the investment community with respect to publicly-traded partnerships.
Available Cash before Reserves is income from continuing operations as adjusted for specific items, the most significant of which are the addition of certain non-cash expenses (such as depreciation and amortization), the substitution of distributable cash generated by our equity investees in lieu of our equity income attributable to our equity investees, the elimination of gains and losses on asset sales (except those from the sale of surplus assets), unrealized gains and losses on derivative transactions not designated as hedges for accounting purposes, the elimination of expenses related to acquiring or constructing assets that provide new sources of cash flows and the subtraction of maintenance capital utilized. Maintenance capital is capitalized costs that are necessary to maintain the service capability of our existing assets, including the replacement of any system component or equipment which is worn out or obsolete. Our quarterly maintenance capital utilized is intended to represent the amount of cash reserves we believe is prudent to establish each quarter attributable to maintenance capital requirements in connection with determining the amount of distributable or discretionary cash flow attributable to that quarter, which cash flow we refer to as Available Cash before Reserves. We believe the most useful quarterly maintenance capital utilized amount is that portion of the amount of previously incurred maintenance capital expenditures that we realize and/or utilize during the relevant quarter, which would be equal to the sum of the maintenance capital expenditures we have incurred for each project/component in prior quarters allocated ratably over the useful lives of those projects/components. Because we have not historically used maintenance capital utilized, our future maintenance capital utilized calculations will reflect the realization and/or utilization of solely those maintenance capital expenditures incurred since December 31, 2013.
We define Adjusted EBITDA as net income or loss plus net interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization plus other specific items, the most significant of which are the addition of cash received from direct financing leases not included in income, non-cash equity-based compensation expense, expenses related to acquiring assets that provide new sources of cash flow and the effects of available cash generated by equity method investees not included in income. We also exclude the effect on net income or loss of unrealized gains or losses on derivative transactions.