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Sanchez Midstream Partners Reports Second-Quarter 2019 Financial Results; Suspends Cash Distributions

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HOUSTON, Aug. 08, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sanchez Midstream Partners LP (NYSE American: SNMP) (“SNMP” or the “Partnership”) today reported second-quarter 2019 results. Highlights from the report include:

  • Second-quarter 2019 net income of $3.9 million, compared to a net loss of $0.4 million for first-quarter 2019 and a net loss of $1.8 million for second-quarter 2018;

  • Second-quarter 2019 Adjusted EBITDA (a non-GAAP financial measure) of $17.5 million, compared to Adjusted EBITDA of $18.6 million for first-quarter 2019 and $17.6 million for second-quarter 2018; and

  • SNMP’s general partner establishes a cash reserve to pay a portion of outstanding debt, makes available cash determination and suspends cash distributions as the Partnership embarks on a more accelerated approach to reducing leverage .

MANAGEMENT COMMENTARY
“The reduction in capital spending in South Texas by Sanchez Energy Corporation (“Sanchez Energy”), which began late last year, impacted the Partnership’s throughput volumes in second-quarter 2019,” said Gerry Willinger, chief executive officer of the general partner of SNMP. “Quarter-on-quarter, oil and natural gas throughput volumes on the Western Catarina Midstream system declined 19 percent and 11 percent, respectively. Once again, the financial impact of these quarterly throughput declines was offset by an increase in the rates charged for services provided on the non-dedicated portion of the Catarina asset and a decrease in the Partnership’s general and administrative expenses. However, lower production volumes from the Palmetto asset, which resulted from temporary capacity issues experienced by the operator that have since been resolved, negatively impacted the Partnership’s financial results by approximately $1.4 million. As a result, the Partnership’s Adjusted EBITDA for second-quarter 2019 came in at $17.5 million, down approximately 5.6 percent compared to first-quarter 2019 and down less than one percent when compared to second-quarter 2018.

“We continue to monitor the progress of Sanchez Energy after the company announced last month that it remains engaged in discussions with bondholders and other stakeholders on a comprehensive restructuring plan that would significantly reduce debt and strengthen its overall financial flexibility. As the outcome and timing of these efforts remains uncertain, and as we look ahead to the possible redemption of preferred units under the partnership agreement beginning in 2021, the board of directors of the general partner of SNMP (the “Board”) has determined that the most prudent course for the Partnership involves suspension of all cash distributions to common and preferred unitholders which, together, resulted in an $11.6 million cash outflow last quarter.

“In conjunction with the suspension of cash distributions, the Partnership plans to reduce the amount of debt outstanding under its credit facility. Since announcing a new cash distribution in November 2018, the Partnership has already reduced its debt outstanding by $16 million, or approximately 8.7 percent. We anticipate that today’s announcement provides the Partnership with considerable financial flexibility to embark on a more accelerated approach to reducing leverage, thereby increasing the value of the Partnership for unitholders over time.”

FINANCIAL RESULTS
The Partnership’s second-quarter 2019 revenues totaled $21.9 million, of which $17.7 million came from the midstream activities of Western Catarina Midstream and the Seco Pipeline. The balance of the Partnership’s second-quarter 2019 revenues came from production activities ($3.2 million, which includes hedge settlements of approximately $0.1 million) and gain on mark-to-market activities ($0.9 million), which is a non-cash item.

Earnings from Carnero G&P LLC (the “Carnero JV”) totaled $0.8 million for second-quarter 2019. The Partnership received a cash distribution of over $4.2 million from the Carnero JV in August 2019 related to second-quarter 2019 activity.

On a GAAP basis, the Partnership reported net income of $3.9 million for second-quarter 2019, compared to a net loss of $0.4 million for first-quarter 2019 and a net loss of $1.8 million for second-quarter 2018.

Adjusted EBITDA was approximately $17.5 million for second-quarter 2019, compared to Adjusted EBITDA of $18.6 million for first-quarter 2019 and $17.6 million for second-quarter 2018. Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure that is defined below and reconciled in a table included with this press release.

LIQUIDITY UPDATE
The Partnership had approximately $1.3 million in cash and cash equivalents as of June 30, 2019.

As of June 30, 2019, the Partnership had $172.0 million in debt outstanding under its credit facility, which has a current borrowing base of $282.0 million and an elected commitment amount of $210.0 million. The midstream portion of the borrowing base is approximately $262.0 million, which results in the Partnership’s midstream collateral covering the $210.0 million elected commitment amount by more than 1.2 times. The Partnership made a principal payment of $4.0 million in July 2019, resulting in $168.0 million in debt outstanding under the credit facility as of Aug. 8, 2019.

HEDGE UPDATE
For 2019, the Partnership has hedged approximately 0.5 billion cubic feet of its natural gas production at an effective NYMEX fixed price of approximately $2.85 per million British thermal units and approximately 234 thousand barrels of its crude oil production at an effective NYMEX fixed price of approximately $60.46 per barrel. The Partnership has additional hedges covering a portion of its production in 2020. More information on the Partnership’s complete hedge position can be found in SNMP’s documents on file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) at www.sec.gov.

COMMON UNITS
The Partnership had 20,089,827 common units issued and outstanding as of Aug. 8, 2019.

AVAILABLE CASH; DISTRIBUTIONS
On Aug. 6, 2019, the Board established a cash reserve to pay down a portion of the debt outstanding under the Partnership’s credit facility. With the establishment of the cash reserve, the Board determined that SNMP’s available cash was zero and, as a result, the Partnership is not able to make a cash distribution on its common units or its Class C preferred units. As required by the Third Amended and Restated Agreement of Limited Partnership of the Partnership, if a quarterly distribution on the Partnership’s Class C preferred units cannot be paid in cash, it must be paid 100 percent in Class C Preferred PIK Units. Accordingly, on Aug. 8, 2019, the Partnership declared a second-quarter 2019 distribution to the holders of its Class C preferred units consisting of 939,327 Class C Preferred PIK Units.

ABOUT THE PARTNERSHIP
Sanchez Midstream Partners LP (NYSE American: SNMP) is a growth-oriented publicly-traded limited partnership focused on the acquisition, development, ownership and operation of midstream and other energy-related assets in North America. The Partnership has ownership stakes in oil and natural gas gathering systems, natural gas pipelines and natural gas processing facilities, all located in the Western Eagle Ford in South Texas.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Additional information about SNMP can be found in our documents on file with the SEC which are available on our website at www.sanchezmidstream.com and on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov.

NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
To supplement our financial results and guidance presented in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), we use Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure, in this press release. We believe that non-GAAP financial measures are helpful in understanding our past financial performance and potential future results, particularly in light of the effect of various transactions affected by us. We define Adjusted EBITDA as net income (loss) adjusted by: (i) interest (income) expense, net, which includes interest expense, interest expense net (gain) loss on interest rate derivative contracts, and interest (income); (ii) income tax expense (benefit); (iii) depreciation, depletion and amortization; (iv) asset impairments; (v) accretion expense; (vi) (gain) loss on sale of assets; (vii) unit-based compensation expense; (viii) unit-based asset management fees; (ix) distributions in excess of equity earnings; (x) (gain) loss on mark-to-market activities; (xi) commodity derivatives settled early; (xii) (gain) loss on embedded derivatives; and (xiii) acquisition and divestiture costs.

Adjusted EBITDA is used as a quantitative standard by our management and by external users of our financial statements such as investors, research analysts, our lenders and others to assess: (i) the financial performance of our assets without regard to financing methods, capital structure or historical cost basis; (ii) the ability of our assets to generate cash sufficient to pay interest costs and support our indebtedness; and (iii) our operating performance and return on capital as compared to those of other companies in our industry, without regard to financing or capital structure.

We believe that the presentation of Adjusted EBITDA provides useful information to investors in assessing our financial condition and results of operations. The GAAP measure most directly comparable to Adjusted EBITDA is net income (loss). Our non-GAAP financial measure of Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered as an alternative to GAAP net income (loss). Adjusted EBITDA has important limitations as an analytical tool because it excludes some but not all items that affect net income (loss). Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP. Because Adjusted EBITDA may be defined differently by other companies in our industry, our definition of Adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies, thereby diminishing its utility.

For a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to net income (loss), the most comparable GAAP financial metric, please see the tables below.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
This press release contains, and the officers and representatives of the Partnership and its general partner may from time to time make, statements that are considered “forward–looking statements” as defined by the SEC. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control, which may include statements about our business strategy; our acquisition strategy; our financing strategy; our ability to grow enterprise value; the ability of our customers to meet their drilling and development plans on a timely basis, or at all, and perform under gathering, processing and other agreements; our future operating results; the ability of our partners to perform under our joint ventures and partnerships; our future capital expenditures; and our plans, objectives, expectations, forecasts, outlook and intentions. All of these types of statements, other than statements of historical fact included in this press release, are forward-looking statements. In some cases, forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as “may,” “could,” “should,” “expect,” “plan,” “project,” “intend,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “potential,” “pursue,” “target,” “continue,” the negative of such terms or other comparable terminology.

The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are largely based on our expectations, which reflect estimates and assumptions made by the management of our general partner. These estimates and assumptions reflect our best judgment based on currently known market conditions and other factors. Although we believe such estimates and assumptions to be reasonable, they are inherently uncertain and involve a number of risks and uncertainties that are beyond our control. In addition, management’s assumptions about future events may prove to be inaccurate. Important factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from the expectations listed in the forward-looking statements include, among others, our ability to successfully execute our business, acquisition and financing strategies; the ability of our customers to meet their drilling and development plans on a timely basis, or at all, and perform under gathering, processing and other agreements; the creditworthiness and performance of our counterparties, including financial institutions, operating partners, customers and other counterparties; the ability of our partners to perform under our joint ventures and partnerships; the availability, proximity and capacity of, and costs associated with, gathering, processing, compression and transportation facilities; our ability to utilize the services, personnel and other assets of the sole member of our general partner (“Manager”) pursuant to a services agreement; Manager’s ability to retain personnel to perform its obligations under its shared services agreement with Sanchez Oil & Gas Corporation; our ability to access the credit and capital markets to obtain financing on terms we deem acceptable, if at all, and to otherwise satisfy our capital expenditure requirements; the timing and extent of changes in prices for, and demand for, natural gas, natural gas liquids and oil; our ability to successfully execute our hedging strategy and the resulting realized prices therefrom; the accuracy of reserve estimates, which by their nature involve the exercise of professional judgment and may, therefore, be imprecise; and other factors described in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and any updates to those risk factors set forth in our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q or Current Reports on Form 8-K. Our filings with the SEC are available on our website at www.sanchezmidstream.com and on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. Management cautions all readers that the forward-looking statements contained in this press release are not guarantees of future performance, and we cannot assure any reader that such statements will be realized or the forward-looking events and circumstances will occur. Actual results may differ materially from those anticipated or implied in forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements speak only as of the date made, and other than as required by law, we do not intend to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. These cautionary statements qualify all forward-looking statements attributable to us or persons acting on our behalf.

PARTNERSHIP CONTACT

Charles C. Ward
Chief Financial Officer
ir@sanchezmidstream.com
(877) 847-0009

General Inquiries: (713) 783-8000
www.sanchezmidstream.com  



Sanchez Midstream Partners LP                
Operating Statistics                
    Three Months Ended    Six Months Ended 
    June 30,    June 30, 
    2019   2018   2019   2018
           
Gathering and Transportation Throughput:          
Seco Pipeline                
Natural gas (MMcf)   19   4,792   693   10,906
                 
Western Catarina Midstream                
Oil (MBbls)   1,043   1,094   2,334   2,121
Oil (MBbls/d)   11   12   13   12
Natural gas (MMcf)   12,541   14,145   26,703   27,798
Natural gas (MMcf/d)   138   155   148   154
                 
Net Production in MBoe:                
Total production (MBoe)   66   118   151   259
Average daily production (Boe/d)   725   1,297   834   1,431
                 
Average Sales Price per Boe:                
Net realized price, including hedges (1)   $ 49.12   $ 45.84   $ 50.50   $ 44.97
Net realized price, excluding hedges (2)   $ 48.24   $ 50.21   $ 48.07   $ 47.85
                 
                 
(1)  Excludes impact of mark-to-market gains (losses).
(2)  Excludes the impact of all hedging gains (losses).



 

Sanchez Midstream Partners LP
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
    Three Months Ended
June 30,
  Three Months
Ended
March 31,
  Six Months Ended
June 30,

    2019   2018   2019   2019   2018
                                         
    ($ in thousands, except per unit amounts)
     
Oil, liquids, and gas sales   $   3,242     $   5,409     $   4,384     $   7,626     $   11,647  
Gathering and transportation sales   1,702     1,661     1,683     3,385     3,349  
Gathering and transportation lease revenues   15,969     13,168     16,257     32,226     25,486  
Gain (loss) on mark-to-market activities   942       (3,199 )     (4,834 )     (3,892 )     (4,907 )
Total revenues   21,855     17,039     17,490     39,345     35,575  
                               
Operating expenses:                              
Lease operating expenses   2,065     2,007     1,715     3,780     3,978  
Transportation operating expenses   3,048     3,071     2,676     5,724     5,918  
Production taxes   141     287     183     324     609  
General and administrative   4,171     6,919     4,749     8,920     12,084  
Unit-based compensation expense (benefit)   175     1,347     635     810     2,785  
Gain on sale of assets         (2,388 )             (2,388 )
Depreciation, depletion and amortization   6,174     6,545     6,429     12,603     13,173  
Accretion expense   126     123     133     259     249  
Total operating expenses   15,900     17,911     16,520     32,420     36,408  
                               
Other (income) expense:                              
Interest expense, net   2,814     2,780     2,786     5,600     5,379  
Earnings from equity investments     (791 )     (3,111 )     (1,442 )     (2,233 )     (7,383 )
Other (income) expense     (21 )   1,254       (46 )     (67 )   1,524  
Total expenses, net   17,902     18,834     17,818     35,720     35,928  
Income (loss) before income taxes   3,953       (1,795 )     (328 )   3,625       (353 )
Income tax expense   76         46     122      
Net income (loss)   3,877       (1,795 )     (374 )   3,503       (353)  
Less:                              
Preferred unit paid-in-kind distributions     (10,605 )     (3,500 )         (10,605 )     (3,500 )
Preferred unit distributions   -       (7,000 )     (8,838 )     (8,838 )     (15,750 )
Preferred unit amortization     (745 )     (568 )     (697 )     (1,442 )     (1,099 )
Net loss attributable to common unitholders   $   (7,473 )   $   (12,863 )   $   (9,909 )   $   (17,382 )   $   (20,702 )
                               
Adjusted EBITDA (1)   $   17,519     $   17,601     $   18,554     $   36,073     $   36,179  
                               
Net loss per unit                              
Common units - Basic   $   (0.42 )   $   (0.85 )   $   (0.61 )   $   (1.02 )   $   (1.38 )
Weighted Average Units Outstanding                              
Common units - Basic   17,684,563     15,199,779     16,173,858     16,968,736     14,997,058  
                               
(1) Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure. For more information, see the NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES section of this press release.

 



Sanchez Midstream Partners LP            
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets            
    June 30,      December 31,   
    2019     2018  
             
    ($ in thousands)   
       
Current assets   $   10,033     $   13,886  
Midstream and production assets, net     193,200       198,334  
Other assets     261,163       274,465  
  Total assets   $   464,396     $   486,685  
             
Current liabilities - other   $   10,824     $   10,809  
Current liabilities - short-term debt, net of debt issuance costs     171,153       —  
Long-term debt, net of debt issuance costs     —       178,582  
Other long-term liabilities     12,590       12,057  
  Total liabilities     194,567       201,448  
             
Mezzanine equity     353,067       349,857  
             
Partners' deficit     (83,238 )     (64,620 )
Total partners' deficit     (83,238 )     (64,620 )
  Total liabilities and partners' capital   $   464,396     $   486,685  



 

Sanchez Midstream Partners LP
Reconciliation of Net Income (Loss) to Adjusted EBITDA
    Three Months Ended
June 30, 
  Three Months
Ended
March 31, 
  Six Months Ended
June 30,
    2019   2018   2019   2019   2018
                           
    ($ in thousands)
                             
Net income (loss)   $ 3,877     $ (1,795 )   $ (374 )   $ 3,503     $ (353 )
Adjusted by:                              
Interest expense, net   2,814     2,780     2,786     5,600     5,379  
Income tax expense   76         46     122      
Depreciation, depletion and amortization   6,174     6,545     6,429     12,603     13,173  
Accretion expense   126     123     133     259     249  
Gain on sale of assets       (2,388 )           (2,388 )
Unit-based compensation expense   175     1,347     635     810     2,785  
Unit-based asset management fees   1,839     2,647     2,032     3,871     4,926  
Distributions in excess of equity earnings   3,412     2,360     2,064     5,476     4,197  
(Gain) loss on mark-to-market activities   (974 )   4,453     4,803     3,829     6,431  
Acquisition and divestiture costs       1,529             1,780  
Adjusted EBITDA (1)   $ 17,519     $ 17,601     $ 18,554     $ 36,073     $ 36,179  
                             
(1) Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure. For more information, see the NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES section of this press release.

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