Green Plains Partners Reports Fourth Quarter And Full Year 2018 Financial Results

The following excerpt is from the company's SEC filing.

Net income of $14.1 million, or $0.51 per common unit

Adjusted EBITDA of $15.2 million and distributable cash flow of $13.1 million

Quarterly cash distribution of $0.475 per unit

Distribution coverage ratio of 1.16x; LTM distribution coverage ratio of 1.01x

OMAHA, Neb., Feb. 11, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Green Plains Partners LP (NASDAQ:GPP) today announced financial and operating results for the fourth quarter of 2018. Net income was $14.1 million, or $0.51 per common unit, for the fourth quarter of 2018 compared with $16.3 million, or $0.50 per common unit, for the same period in 201 7. The partnership reported adjusted EBITDA of $15.2 million and distributable cash flow of $13.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2018, compared with adjusted EBITDA of $19.0 million and distributable cash flow of $17.6 million for the same period in 2017. Distribution coverage was 1.16x for the three months ended December 31, 2018.

“We are fully committed to Green Plains Partners and its business model, which remains a value-added segment and a driver of growth. Our primary focus is to provide terminal and logistics services to our customers, while seeking accretive growth opportunities that diversify our revenue through acquisitions and expansion of our product offerings,” said Todd Becker, president and chief executive officer of Green Plains Partners. “While the current ethanol environment may negatively impact put-through volumes at some of our storage locations, we remain focused on maintaining distributable cash flow per unit.”

Full Year Highlights

In April 2018, NLR Energy Logistics LLC, the partnership’s 50/50 joint venture with Delek Renewables LLC, commenced operations of its ethanol unit train terminal. The total cost of the project was approximately $7.0 million.

On July 16, 2018, Green Plains Inc. appointed Martin Salinas, Jr. as an independent director of Green Plains Partners’ general partner, Green Plains Holdings LLC. Mr. Salinas serves as a member of the board’s audit and conflicts committees.

On August 13, 2018, all of the 15,889,642 outstanding subordinated units held by Green Plains Inc. were converted into common units on a one-for-one basis. The conversion of the subordinated units did not impact the amount of cash distributions paid or the total number of outstanding units.

On November 15, 2018, Green Plains Inc. closed on the sale of three of its ethanol plants located in Bluffton, Ind., Lakota, Iowa, and Riga, Mich. to Valero Renewable Fuels Company, LLC (“Valero”). Correspondingly, the partnership’s storage assets located adjacent to such plants were sold to Green Plains Inc. for $120.9 million. As consideration, the partnership received 8.7 million Green Plains Inc. units and a portion of the general partner interest equating to 0.2 million equivalent limited partner units to maintain the general partner’s 2% interest, resulting in an accretive transaction for the unitholders. In conjunction with the sale:

The partnership received cash consideration of $2.7 million from Valero for the assignment of certain railcar operating leases.

The partnership amended the storage and throughput agreement with Green Plains Inc. to reduce the minimum volume commitment from 296.6 mmg of product per calendar quarter to 235.7 mmg, and to extend the terms an additional three years to June 30, 2028.

The Green Plains Partners revolver was reduced from $235 million to $200 million.

Results of Operations

Consolidated revenues decreased $5.0 million for the three months ended December 31, 2018, compared with the same period for 2017. Storage and throughput revenue decreased $3.4 million primarily due to a decrease in throughput and transload volumes driven by lower capacity utilization by Green Plains Inc., as well as Green Plains Inc.’s sale of the Bluffton, Lakota, and Riga plants. Revenues generated from rail transportation services decreased $1.5 million due to lower average rates charged for the railcar volumetric capacity provided as well as the reduction in volumetric capacity associated with the assignment of railcar operating leases to Valero in the fourth quarter of 2018. Revenues generated from terminal services decreased $0.1 million due to lower throughput at our fuel terminals.

Operations and maintenance expenses decreased $1.1 million for the three months ended December 31, 2018 compared with the same period for 2017, primarily due to a decrease in railcar lease expense.

General and administrative expenses increased $0.6 million for the three months ended December 31, 2018 compared with the same period for 2017, due to transaction costs incurred as part of the Valero transaction.

During the fourth quarter of 2018, Green Plains Inc.’s average utilization rate was approximately 62.5% of capacity, resulting in ethanol production of 205.1 million gallons, which was below the contracted minimum volume commitment. As a result, the partnership charged Green Plains Trade a deficiency payment of $3.0 million related to the minimum volume commitment during the fourth quarter of 2018. Total throughput for the fourth quarter of 2018 was 208.0 million gallons, which included an incremental 2.5 million gallons related to transload volumes.



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Liquidity and Capital Resources

Total liquidity as of December 31, 2018, was $66.6 million, including $0.6 million in cash and cash equivalents, and $66.0 million available under the partnership’s revolving credit facility. The balance outstanding on the partnership’s revolving credit facility was $134.0 million as of December 31, 2018.

Conference Call Information

Green Plains Partners LP and Green Plains Inc. will host a joint conference call Monday Feb. 11

at 11 a.m. Eastern time (10 a.m. Central time), to discuss fourth quarter 2018 financial and operating results for each company. Domestic and international participants can access the conference call by dialing 877.711.2374 and 281.542.4862, respectively, and referencing conference ID 3273159. Participants are advised to call at least 10 minutes prior to the start time. Alternatively, the conference call, transcript and presentation will be accessible on Green Plains Partners’ website at

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow are supplemental financial measures used to assess the partnership’s financial performance. Management believes adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow provide investors useful information in assessing the partnership’s financial condition and results of operations. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as earnings before interest expense, income tax expense, depreciation and amortization, plus adjustments for transaction costs related to acquisitions or financings, minimum volume commitment deficiency payments, unit-based compensation expense, net gains or losses on asset sales and the partnership’s proportional share of EBITDA adjustments of equity method investees. Distributable cash flow is defined as adjusted EBITDA less interest paid or payable, income taxes paid or payable, maintenance capital expenditures and the partnership’s proportionate share of distributable cash flow adjustments of equity method investees. Adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow are not presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and therefore should not be considered in isolation or as alternatives to net income or any other measure of financial performance presented in accordance with GAAP to analyze the partnership’s results.

About Green Plains Partners LP

Green Plains Partners LP (NASDAQ:GPP) is a fee-based Delaware limited partnership formed by Green Plains Inc. to provide fuel storage and transportation services by owning, operating, developing and acquiring ethanol and fuel storage tanks, terminals, transportation assets and other related assets and businesses. For more information about Green Plains Partners, visit

About Green Plains Inc.

Green Plains Inc. (NASDAQ:GPRE) is a diversified commodity-processing business with operations related to ethanol production, grain handling and storage, cattle feeding, and commodity marketing and logistics services. The company is one of the leading producers of ethanol in the world and, through its adjacent businesses, is focused on the production of high-protein feed ingredients and export growth opportunities. Green Plains owns a 49.1% limited partner interest and a 2.0% general partner interest in Green Plains Partners. For more information about Green Plains, visit

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended. Forward-looking statements reflect management’s current views, which are subject to risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to, anticipated financial and operating results, plans and objectives that are not historical in nature. These statements may be identified by words such as “believe,” “expect,” “may,” “should,” “will” and similar expressions. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied are discussed in Green Plains Partners’ reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this news release. Green Plains Partners assumes no obligation to update any such forward-looking statements, except as required by law.

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(1) Adjustments related to the storage and throughput quarterly minimum volume commitments.

(2) Represents our proportional share of depreciation and amortization, interest expense, and income tax expense of equity method investees.

(3) Consideration received related to the assignment of railcar operating leases to Valero Renewable Fuels Company, LLC.

(4) Distributions declared for the applicable period and paid in the subsequent quarter.


Jim Stark | Vice President, Investor & Media Relations | 402.884.8700 |

The above information was disclosed in a filing to the SEC. To see the filing, click here.

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