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HOUSTON, Sept. 26, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hi-Crush Partners LP (NYSE: HCLP), or Hi-Crush, today announced that it has temporarily idled dry plant operations at its Whitehall facility. The facility’s wet plant remains operational, and Hi-Crush continues to sell inventory from on-site storage to meet ongoing Northern White customer demand. Wet and dry plants remain operational at Hi-Crush’s other Wisconsin mines, including Wyeville, Augusta and Blair.
“Our strategic decision to temporarily idle Whitehall’s dry plant was driven by recent, temporary softness in completions activity and frac sand demand,” said Laura C. Fulton, Chief Financial Officer of Hi-Crush. “This reduced level of expected activity is reflected in our updated guidance for sales volumes of 2.8 million to 3.0 million tons for the third quarter we previously communicated. Our Kermit facility continues to run above its nameplate capacity and we anticipate strong demand for Northern White and our in-basin Permian sand in 2019 and beyond.”
“The flexibility of our operations position us to respond timely and efficiently to evolving industry dynamics, supporting our ability to best align operations with customer demand,” said Robert E. Rasmus, Chief Executive Officer of Hi-Crush. “Hi-Crush is committed to providing the supply surety that our customers require, while we work with all interested parties to minimize impacts and improve cost competitiveness through the optimization of our production operations. Despite temporary market dislocations, we continue to expect strong demand for Northern White frac sand and are continuing with the expansion of rail capacity at Whitehall, as well as our customer-driven expansion of our Wyeville plant and the construction of the second Kermit facility.”
Hi-Crush is a premier provider of proppant and logistics solutions to the North American energy industry. Our portfolio of purpose-built production facilities is capable of producing 13.4 million tons per year of high-quality monocrystalline sand, a specialized mineral used as a proppant during the well completion process, necessary to facilitate the recovery of hydrocarbons from oil and natural gas wells. Our Wisconsin production facilities' direct access to major U.S. railroads enhances our delivery capabilities into consuming basins, while our strategically located owned and operated in-basin terminals as well as our Texas production facility positions us within close proximity to significant activity in all major oil and gas basins for advantageous truck transportation. Our integrated distribution system, enhanced by our innovative PropStream logistics solution, efficiently delivers proppant the "last mile" into the blender, providing customers surety of supply from mine to wellsite. For more information, visit www.hicrush.com.
Some of the information in this news release may contain forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements give our current expectations, and contain projections of results of operations or of financial condition, or forecasts of future events. Words such as "may," "assume," "forecast," "position," "predict," "strategy," "expect," "intend," "plan," "estimate," "anticipate," "could," "believe," "project," "budget," "potential," or "continue," and similar expressions are used to identify forward-looking statements. They can be affected by assumptions used or by known or unknown risks or uncertainties. Consequently, no forward-looking statements can be guaranteed. When considering these forward-looking statements, you should keep in mind the risk factors and other cautionary statements in Hi-Crush’s reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), including those described under 1A of Hi-Crush’s Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017 and any subsequently filed 10-Q. Actual results may vary materially. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements. You should also understand that it is not possible to predict or identify all such factors and should not consider the risk factors in our reports filed with the SEC or the following list to be a complete statement of all potential risks and uncertainties. Factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from the results contemplated by such forward looking statements include: the volume of frac sand we are able to sell; the price at which we are able to sell frac sand; the outcome of any pending litigation; changes in the price and availability of natural gas or electricity; changes in prevailing economic conditions; and difficulty collecting receivables. All forward-looking statements are expressly qualified in their entirety by the foregoing cautionary statements. Hi-Crush’s forward-looking statements speak only as of the date made and Hi-Crush undertakes no obligation to update or revise its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
Caldwell Bailey, Lead Investor Relations Analyst
Marc Silverberg, ICR