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Southcross Energy Partners, L.P. Reports Third Quarter Results

DALLAS, Texas, Nov. 14, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Southcross Energy Partners, L.P. (NYSE: SXE) (“Southcross” or the “Partnership”) today announced third quarter financial and operating results. 

Southcross’ net loss was $14.8 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2018, compared to a net loss of $19.1 million for the same period in the prior year and a net loss of $17.9 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2018. Adjusted EBITDA (as defined below) was $18.6 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2018, compared to $16.8 million for the same period in the prior year and $14.9 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2018. 

Processed gas volumes during the quarter averaged 249 MMcf/d, an increase of 12% compared to 222 MMcf/d for the same period in the prior year and an increase of 6% compared to 234 MMcf/d for the quarter ended June 30, 2018.

On July 29, 2018, Southcross terminated the previously announced Agreement  and Plan of Merger, dated as of October 31, 2017, with American Midstream Partners, LP (NYSE:AMID)(“AMID”) whereby AMID had proposed to merge Southcross into a wholly owned subsidiary of AMID. In addition, effective July 29, 2018, Southcross Holdings LP (“Southcross Holdings”) terminated the previously announced Contribution Agreement, dated as of October 31, 2017, with AMID as a result of a funding failure by AMID. Pursuant to the terms of the Contribution Agreement, because of the nature of the termination Southcross Holdings was entitled to receive a termination fee of $17 million. On August 1, 2018, AMID paid the $17 million termination fee, of which $4.2 million was contributed to the Partnership to reimburse the Partnership’s costs associated with this transaction.

On October 4, 2018, EPIC Midstream Holdings, LP (“EPIC”) and EPIC Y-Grade Holdings, LP, a subsidiary of EPIC, entered into a definitive equity purchase agreement with Southcross Holdings Borrower LP to acquire the Robstown fractionation facility, along with certain pipelines and other related assets. Under the terms of the agreement, EPIC would assume all of the NGL purchase and sale agreements associated with the Robstown fractionator, including those with the Partnership. Since these agreements would remain in place, Southcross does not expect this transaction to have a material effect on its ongoing financial position.

“In the third quarter, we worked to restore our financial and commercial performance that was hindered during the AMID transaction pendency period,” said James W. Swent III, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Southcross’ general partner. “I recently completed visits to most of our field sites and was impressed with the operational efficiencies of our assets and our employees’ continued focus on safe and reliable operations. Our modest growth in volumes this quarter is the result of continued strength in commodity prices and the improving commercial environment in the Eagle Ford.”

Capital Expenditures

For the quarter ended September 30, 2018, growth and maintenance capital expenditures were $2.1 million and were related primarily to management’s election to restart the Bonnie View fractionation facility.  

Capital and Liquidity

As of September 30, 2018, Southcross had total outstanding debt of $529 million, including $83 million drawn under its revolving credit facility, in-line with total outstanding debt of $529 million as of June 30, 2018. At November 9, 2018, Southcross had more than $28 million in available liquidity.

Cash Distributions and Distributable Cash Flow

Distributable cash flow (as defined below) for the quarter ended September 30, 2018 was $8.3 million, compared to $6.4 million for the same period in the prior year and $4.7 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2018. The Partnership did not make a cash distribution for the quarter ended September 30, 2018 and is not allowed to make any cash distributions until the Partnership’s consolidated total leverage ratio, as defined under its credit agreement, is at or below 5.0x to 1. At September 30, 2018, the Partnership’s consolidated total leverage ratio was approximately 8.6x to 1 compared to approximately 9.1x to 1 for the quarter ended June 30, 2018. (See the accompanying reconciliation of all non-GAAP items at the end of this news release).

Consolidated Interest Coverage Ratio

On August 10, 2018, Southcross entered into the sixth amendment to the Third A&R Revolving Credit Agreement which, among other things, reduced the Consolidated Interest Coverage Ratio from 1.50 to 1.00 to 1.25 to 1.00 for the quarter ending on June 30, 2018. Southcross’ interest coverage for the quarter ended September 30, 2018 was 1.51 times coverage, in compliance with the required 1.50 times.

Conference Call Information

Southcross will hold a conference call on Wednesday, November 14, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. Central Time (11:00 a.m. Eastern Time) to discuss its third quarter 2018 financial and operating results as well as its future outlook. The call can be accessed live over the telephone by dialing (877) 705-6003 or, for international callers, (201) 493-6725. The replay of the call will be available shortly after the call and can be accessed by dialing (844) 512-2921 or, for international callers, (412) 317-6671. The passcode for the replay is 13685003. The replay of the call will be available for approximately two weeks following the call.

Interested parties may also listen to a simultaneous webcast of the call on Southcross’ website at www.southcrossenergy.com under the “Investors” section. A replay of the webcast will also be available for approximately two weeks following the call.

About Southcross Energy Partners, L.P.

Southcross Energy Partners, L.P. is a master limited partnership that provides natural gas gathering, processing, treating, compression and transportation services and NGL fractionation and transportation services. It also sources, purchases, transports and sells natural gas and NGLs. Its assets are located in South Texas, Mississippi and Alabama and include two gas processing plants, one fractionation plant and approximately 3,100 miles of pipeline. The South Texas assets are located in or near the Eagle Ford shale region. Southcross is headquartered in Dallas, Texas. Visit www.southcrossenergy.com for more information.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This news release and accompanying statements may contain forward-looking statements. All statements that are not statements of historical facts, including statements regarding our future financial position, results, business strategy, guidance, distribution growth and plans and objectives of management for future operations, are forward-looking statements. We have used the words “anticipate,” “believe,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “plan,” “predict,” “project,” “should,” “will,” “would”, “potential,” and similar terms and phrases to identify forward-looking statements in this news release. Although we believe that the assumptions underlying our forward-looking statements are reasonable, any of these assumptions could be inaccurate, and, therefore, we cannot assure you that the forward-looking statements included herein will prove to be accurate. These forward-looking statements reflect our intentions, plans, expectations, assumptions and beliefs about future events and are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside our control. Actual results and trends in the future may differ materially from those suggested or implied by the forward-looking statements depending on a variety of factors which are described in greater detail in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). Please see our “Risk Factors” and other disclosures included in their Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017 and in subsequently filed Forms 10-Q and 8-K. All future written and oral forward-looking statements attributable to us or persons acting on our behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the previous statements. The forward-looking statements herein speak as of the date of this news release. Southcross undertakes no obligation to update any information contained herein or to publicly release the results of any revisions to any forward-looking statements that may be made to reflect events or circumstances that occur, or that we become aware of, after the date of this news release.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

We report our financial results in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States, or GAAP. We also present the non-GAAP financial measures of Adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow.

We define Adjusted EBITDA as net income/loss, plus interest expense, income tax expense, depreciation and amortization expense, equity in losses of joint venture investments, certain non-cash charges (such as non-cash unit-based compensation, impairments, loss on extinguishment of debt and unrealized losses on derivative contracts), major litigation costs net of recoveries, transaction-related costs, revenue deferral adjustment, loss on sale of assets, severance expense and selected charges that are unusual or non-recurring; less interest income, income tax benefit, unrealized gains on derivative contracts, equity in earnings of joint venture investments, gain on sale of assets and selected gains that are unusual or non-recurring. Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered an alternative to net income, operating cash flow or any other measure of financial performance presented in accordance with GAAP.

Adjusted EBITDA is a key metric used in measuring our compliance with our financial covenants under our debt agreements and is used as a supplemental measure by our management and by external users of our financial statements, such as investors, commercial banks, research analysts and others, to assess the ability of our assets to generate cash sufficient to support our indebtedness and make future cash distributions; operating performance and return on capital as compared to those of other companies in the midstream energy sector, without regard to financing or capital structure; and the attractiveness of capital projects and acquisitions and the overall rates of return on investment opportunities.

We define distributable cash flow as Adjusted EBITDA, plus interest income and income tax benefit, less cash paid for interest, income tax expense and maintenance capital expenditures. We use distributable cash flow to analyze our liquidity. Distributable cash flow does not reflect changes in working capital balances. Distributable cash flow is used to assess the ability of our assets to generate cash sufficient to support our indebtedness and make future cash distributions to our unitholders; and the attractiveness of capital projects and acquisitions and the overall rates of return on alternative investment opportunities.

Adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow are not financial measures presented in accordance with GAAP. We believe that the presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures provides useful information to investors in assessing our financial condition, results of operations and cash flows from operations. Reconciliations of Adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow to their most directly comparable GAAP measure are included in this press release. Net income and net cash provided by operating activities are the GAAP measures most directly comparable to Adjusted EBITDA. The GAAP measure most directly comparable to distributable cash flow is net cash provided by operating activities. Our non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered as alternatives to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure. Each of these non-GAAP financial measures has important limitations as an analytical tool because each excludes some but not all items that affect the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure. You should not consider Adjusted EBITDA or distributable cash flow in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP. Because Adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow may be defined differently by other companies in our industry, our definitions of these non-GAAP financial measures may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies, thereby diminishing their utility across industry lines.

A reconciliation of these financial measures to the most comparable GAAP financial measures is contained in the accompanying schedule.

Contact:
Southcross Energy Partners, L.P.                                 
Mallory Biegler, 214-979-3720
Investor Relations
investorrelations@southcrossenergy.com


 

SOUTHCROSS ENERGY PARTNERS, L.P.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(In thousands, except for per unit data)
(Unaudited)

  Three Months Ended September 30,   Nine Months Ended September 30,
  2018   2017   2018   2017
Revenues:              
Revenues $ 79,387     $ 122,099     $ 261,591     $ 364,456  
Revenues - affiliates 75,417     48,379     187,263     129,458  
Total revenues 154,804     170,478     448,854     493,914  
               
Expenses:              
Cost of natural gas and liquids sold 118,377     136,723     346,305     388,362  
Operations and maintenance 13,626     14,278     41,975     43,779  
Depreciation and amortization 17,787     17,521     53,549     53,673  
General and administrative 5,613     6,557     15,529     19,616  
Impairment of assets     1,120         1,769  
Loss (gain) on sale of assets, net (84 )   186     (637 )   (5 )
Total expenses 155,319     176,385     456,721     507,194  
               
Loss from operations (515 )   (5,907 )   (7,867 )   (13,280 )
Other income (expense):              
Equity in losses of joint venture investments (3,161 )   (3,218 )   (9,449 )   (9,865 )
Interest expense (11,158 )   (9,931 )   (32,263 )   (28,670 )
Gain on insurance proceeds             1,508  
Total other expense (14,319 )   (13,149 )   (41,712 )   (37,027 )
Loss before income tax expense (14,834 )   (19,056 )   (49,579 )   (50,307 )
Income tax expense     (2 )       (4 )
Net loss $ (14,834 )   $ (19,058 )   $ (49,579 )   $ (50,311 )
General partner unit in-kind distribution (11 )   (20 )   (33 )   (50 )
Net loss attributable to partners $ (14,845 )   $ (19,078 )   $ (49,612 )   $ (50,361 )
               
Earnings per unit:              
Net loss allocated to limited partner common units $ (8,833 )   $ (11,545 )   $ (29,659 )   $ (30,590 )
Weighted average number of limited partner common units outstanding   48,658       48,574       48,640       48,545  
Basic and diluted loss per common unit $ (0.18 )   $ (0.24 )   $ (0.61 )   $ (0.63 )
               
Net loss allocated to limited partner subordinated units $ (2,217 )   $ (2,902 )   $ (7,446 )   $ (7,694 )
Weighted average number of limited partner subordinated units outstanding   12,214       12,214       12,214       12,214  
Basic and diluted loss per subordinated unit $ (0.18 )   $ (0.24 )   $ (0.61 )   $ (0.63 )
                               


SOUTHCROSS ENERGY PARTNERS, L.P.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands, except for unit data)
(Unaudited)

  September 30, 2018   December 31, 2017
ASSETS      
Current assets:      
Cash and cash equivalents $ 3,048     $ 5,218  
Trade accounts receivable 23,193     33,920  
Accounts receivable - affiliates 48,450     33,163  
Prepaid expenses 1,662     2,592  
Other current assets 8,113     497  
Total current assets 84,466     75,390  
       
Property, plant and equipment, net 869,547     914,547  
Investments in joint ventures 102,652     111,747  
Other assets 2,393     2,519  
Total assets $ 1,059,058     $ 1,104,203  
       
LIABILITIES AND PARTNERS' CAPITAL      
Current liabilities:      
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $ 51,086     $ 57,782  
Accounts payable - affiliates 36     378  
Current portion of long-term debt 522,787     4,256  
Other current liabilities 13,457     12,976  
Total current liabilities 587,366     75,392  
       
Long-term debt     514,266  
Other non-current liabilities 17,300     14,979  
Total liabilities 604,666     604,637  
       
Commitments and contingencies      
       
Partners' capital:      
Common units (48,670,936 and 48,614,187 units outstanding as of September 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively) 184,839     215,146  
Class B Convertible units (19,314,797 and 18,335,181 units issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively) 260,512     266,725  
Subordinated units (12,213,713 units issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively) 643     8,302  
General partner interest 8,398     9,393  
Total partners' capital 454,392     499,566  
Total liabilities and partners' capital $ 1,059,058     $ 1,104,203  
               


SOUTHCROSS ENERGY PARTNERS, L.P.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(In thousands)
(Unaudited) 

  Nine Months Ended September 30,
  2018   2017
Cash flows from operating activities:      
Net loss $ (49,579 )   $ (50,311 )
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by operating activities:      
Depreciation and amortization 53,549     53,673  
Unit-based compensation 210     1,241  
Amortization of deferred financing costs, original issuance discount and PIK interest 4,143     2,719  
Gain on sale of assets (637 )   (5 )
Unrealized gain on financial instruments (13 )   (15 )
Equity in losses of joint venture investments 9,449     9,865  
Impairment of assets     1,769  
Gain on insurance proceeds     (1,508 )
Other, net (189 )   (411 )
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:      
Trade accounts receivable, including affiliates (4,559 )   12,503  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets (7,172 )   28  
Other non-current assets 636     (22 )
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities, including affiliates (7,687 )   (1,912 )
Other liabilities 5,188     (1,778 )
Net cash provided by operating activities 3,339     25,836  
Cash flows from investing activities:      
Capital expenditures (9,694 )   (17,027 )
Aid in construction receipts (7 )   8,876  
Insurance proceeds from property damage claims, net of expenditures     2,000  
Net proceeds from sales of assets 693     2,974  
Investment contributions to joint venture investments (354 )   (412 )
Net cash used in investing activities (9,362 )   (3,589 )
Cash flows from financing activities:      
Borrowings under our senior unsecured note 15,000      
Repayments under our credit facility (11,431 )   (24,000 )
Repayments under our term loan agreement (3,192 )   (4,289 )
Payments on capital lease obligations (461 )   (369 )
Financing costs (256 )   (44 )
Tax withholdings on unit-based compensation vested units (8 )   (119 )
Contribution from parent 4,201      
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities 3,853     (28,821 )
       
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents (2,170 )   (6,574 )
Cash and cash equivalents — Beginning of period 5,218     21,226  
Cash and cash equivalents — End of period $ 3,048     $ 14,652  
               


SOUTHCROSS ENERGY PARTNERS, L.P.
SELECTED FINANCIAL AND OPERATIONAL DATA
(In thousands, except for operating data)
(Unaudited)

  Three Months Ended September 30,   Nine Months Ended September 30,
  2018   2017   2018   2017
Financial data:              
Adjusted EBITDA $ 18,586     $ 16,763     $ 48,568     $ 51,851  
               
Maintenance capital expenditures $ 404     $ 1,135     $ 2,155     $ 2,063  
Growth capital expenditures 1,671     2,956     7,539     14,964  
               
Distributable cash flow $ 8,301     $ 6,444     $ 18,048     $ 23,356  
               
Operating data:              
Average volume of processed gas (MMcf/d) 249     222     239     248  
Average volume of NGLs produced (Bbls/d) 31,675     27,840     29,966     30,659  
Average daily throughput Mississippi/Alabama (MMcf/d)   155       167       172       167  
               
Realized prices on natural gas volumes ($/Mcf) $ 3.12     $ 3.18     $ 3.18     $ 3.20  
Realized prices on NGL volumes ($/gal) 0.69     0.53     0.61     0.52  
                       


SOUTHCROSS ENERGY PARTNERS, L.P.
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)

  Three Months Ended September 30,   Nine Months Ended September 30,
  2018   2017   2018   2017
Net cash provided by operating activities $ 546     $ 14,552     $ 3,339     $ 25,836  
Add (deduct):              
Depreciation and amortization (17,787 )   (17,521 )   (53,549 )   (53,673 )
Unit-based compensation (40 )   (827 )   (210 )   (1,241 )
Amortization of deferred financing costs, original issuance discount and PIK interest (1,373 )   (889 )   (4,143 )   (2,719 )
Gain (loss) on sale of assets, net 84     (186 )   637     5  
Unrealized gain (loss) on financial instruments 12     (4 )   13     15  
Equity in losses of joint venture investments (3,161 )   (3,218 )   (9,449 )   (9,865 )
Impairment of assets     (1,120 )       (1,769 )
Gain on insurance proceeds             1,508  
Other, net 63     63     189     411  
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:              
Trade accounts receivable, including affiliates 10,063     (11,865 )   4,559     (12,503 )
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 49     1,431     7,172     (28 )
Other non-current assets (101 )   87     (636 )   22  
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities, including affiliates (2,665 )   1,228     7,687     1,912  
Other liabilities (524 )   (789 )   (5,188 )   1,778  
Net loss $ (14,834 )   $ (19,058 )   $ (49,579 )   $ (50,311 )
Add (deduct):              
Depreciation and amortization $ 17,787     $ 17,521     $ 53,549     $ 53,673  
Interest expense 11,158     9,931     32,263     28,670  
Gain on insurance proceeds             (1,508 )
Income tax expense     2         4  
Impairment of assets     1,120         1,769  
Loss (gain) on sale of assets, net (84 )   186     (637 )   (5 )
Revenue deferral adjustment (104 )   754     (312 )   2,262  
Unit-based compensation 40     827     210     1,241  
Major litigation costs, net of recoveries 473     95     1,632     244  
Transaction-related costs 122     1,387     940     1,387  
Equity in losses of joint venture investments 3,161     3,218     9,449     9,865  
Severance expense 331     63     331     2,811  
Expenses related to shut-down of Conroe processing plant and conversion of Gregory processing plant     681         1,288  
Other, net 536     36     722     461  
Adjusted EBITDA $ 18,586     $ 16,763     $ 48,568     $ 51,851  
Cash interest, net of capitalized costs (9,881 )   (9,182 )   (28,365 )   (26,428 )
Income tax expense     (2 )       (4 )
Maintenance capital expenditures (404 )   (1,135 )   (2,155 )   (2,063 )
Distributable cash flow $ 8,301     $ 6,444     $ 18,048     $ 23,356  

 

 

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