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Section 1: 8-K (8-K)

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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

WASHINGTON, DC 20549

 


 

FORM 8-K

 

CURRENT REPORT PURSUANT TO

SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE

SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): April 29, 2019

 

ALLIANCE RESOURCE PARTNERS, L.P.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Delaware

 

 

 

73-1564280

(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)

 

Commission
File No.:
0-26823

 

(IRS Employer
Identification No.)

 

1717 South Boulder Avenue, Suite 400, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74119

(Address of principal executive offices and zip code)

 

(918) 295-7600

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

 

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligations of the registrant under any of the following provisions:

 

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the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2

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period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the

Exchange Act. ☐

 

 

 

 

 


 

ITEM 2.02RESULTS OF OPERATIONS AND FINANCIAL CONDITION.

 

On April 29, 2019, Alliance Resource Partners, L.P. (the “Partnership”) announced, via press release, its quarterly earnings and operating results for the quarter ended March 31, 2019.  A copy of the Partnership’s press release is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1.

 

The information furnished in this Item 2.02 including Exhibit 99.1 hereto, shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section nor shall such information be deemed incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act, except to the extent specifically referenced in any such filings.

 

ITEM 9.01FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND EXHIBITS.

 

(d)Exhibits

 

99.1Alliance Resource Partners, L.P. press release dated as of April 29, 2019. 

 

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SIGNATURES

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

 

 

 

 

 

Alliance Resource Partners, L.P.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By:

Alliance Resource Management GP, LLC,

 

 

its general partner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ Joseph W. Craft III

 

 

Joseph W. Craft III

 

 

President, Chief Executive Officer

 

 

and Chairman

 

 

 

 

Date: April 29, 2019

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Section 2: EX-99.1 (EX-99.1)

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Exhibit 99.1

PRESS RELEASE

 

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CONTACT:

Brian L. Cantrell

Alliance Resource Partners, L.P.

1717 South Boulder Avenue, Suite 400

Tulsa, Oklahoma 74119

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(918) 295-7673

 

ALLIANCE RESOURCE PARTNERS, L.P.

 

Reports Increased Coal Volumes, Revenues, Net Income Attributable to ARLP and EBITDA; Raises Quarterly Cash Distribution to $0.535 Per Unit; and Updates Guidance

 

TULSA, OKLAHOMA, April 29, 2019 —  Alliance Resource Partners, L.P. (NASDAQ: ARLP) today reported financial and operating results for the quarter ended March 31, 2019 (the "2019 Quarter").  Increased coal sales volumes, improved coal sales prices and the addition of oil & gas royalty revenues in the 2019 Quarter drove total revenues higher by 15.2% to $526.6 million, compared to $457.1 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2018 (the "2018 Quarter").  Higher revenues, combined with gains related to the AllDale transaction and the redemption of our preferred interest in Kodiak (each described in more detail below) led to increased net income attributable to ARLP, which rose 77.3% to $276.4 million for the 2019 Quarter, or $2.12 per basic and diluted limited partner unit, compared to $155.9 million, or $1.16 per basic and diluted limited partner unit, for the 2018 Quarter.  EBITDA also increased 57.0% in the 2019 Quarter to $358.8 million compared to $228.5 million in the 2018 Quarter.  Excluding the impact of the gain related to the AllDale acquisition in the 2019 Quarter and a gain on settlement of litigation in the 2018 Quarter, Adjusted EBITDA increased to $188.8 million in the 2019 Quarter, compared to $148.5 million for the 2018 Quarter. (Unless otherwise noted, all references in this release to "net income" refer to "net income attributable to ARLP."  For a definition of EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and related reconciliations to comparable GAAP financial measures, please see the end of this release.)

 

As previously announced on April 26, 2019, the Board of Directors of ARLP's general partner (the "Board") increased the cash distribution to unitholders for the 2019 Quarter to $0.535 per unit (an annualized rate of $2.14 per unit), payable on May 15, 2019 to all unitholders of record as of the close of trading on May 8, 2019.  The announced distribution represents a 3.9% increase over the cash distribution of $0.515 per unit for the 2018 Quarter and a 0.9% increase over the cash distribution of $0.53 per unit for the quarter ended December 31, 2018 (the "Sequential Quarter").

 

"ARLP opened 2019 with strong financial and operating results, posting increased coal sales and production volumes, higher per ton coal price realizations and lower costs per ton during the first quarter," said Joseph W. Craft III, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer.  "With completion of the AllDale transaction in early January, the increased contribution from our oil & gas royalty platform also contributed to ARLP’s increased revenues, net income and EBITDA for the 2019 Quarter." 

 

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Consolidated Financial Results

 

Three Months Ended March 31, 2019 Compared to Three Months Ended March 31, 2018

 

Coal Operations –

 

Coal sales revenues for the 2019 Quarter increased 12.4% to $476.0 million, compared to $423.6 million for the 2018 Quarter, due to increased coal sales volumes and prices.  Coal sales volumes of 10.3 million tons were 9.8% higher than the 2018 Quarter, primarily reflecting strong sales performance at our Tunnel Ridge mine, increased volumes from our River View mine due to the addition of two production units in the second half of 2018 and the resumption of operations in the second quarter of 2018 at our Gibson North mine.  Coal sales price realizations increased 2.3% to $46.12 per ton sold in the 2019 Quarter, compared to $45.07 per ton sold during the 2018 Quarter.  Transportation revenues and expenses increased to $30.2 million in the 2019 Quarter from $19.8 million in the 2018 Quarter primarily due to an increased transportation cost of coal shipped to international markets.

 

Compared to the 2018 Quarter, operating expenses increased 9.2% to $302.7 million, resulting from increased coal sales volumes.  Total Segment Adjusted EBITDA Expense per ton for our coal operations decreased 1.9% in the 2019 Quarter to $29.17 per ton, compared to $29.74 per ton in the 2018 Quarter, due to increased volumes from our lower cost mines.  (For a definition of Segment Adjusted EBITDA Expense and related reconciliation to comparable GAAP financial measures, please see the end of this release.)    

 

Minerals  –

 

As previously announced on January 3, 2019, ARLP acquired all of the limited partner interests not owned by Cavalier Minerals JV, LLC in AllDale Minerals, LP and AllDale Minerals II, LP (collectively, "AllDale I & II") and the general partner interests in AllDale I & II (the "Acquisition") thereby gaining control of approximately 43,000 net royalty acres in premier oil and gas resource plays.  Following the Acquisition, results related to the mineral interests we now control are included in ARLP’s consolidated results while activity related to our limited partner interest in AllDale Minerals III, L.P. continue to be reflected as equity method investment income.

 

For the 2019 Quarter, oil & gas royalties contributed $171.8 million and $179.0 million to ARLP’s net income and EBITDA, respectively, compared to a contribution of $3.6 million to net income and EBITDA in the 2018 Quarter.  The contribution to the 2019 Quarter includes a non-cash acquisition gain of $177.0 million, of which $7.1 million was attributable to noncontrolling interest, to reflect the fair value of the interests in AllDale I and II we already owned at the time of the Acquisition.  Excluding the impact of this acquisition gain, Adjusted EBITDA related to oil & gas royalties was $9.1 million for the 2019 Quarter.

 

As previously announced, on February 8, 2019, Kodiak Gas Services, LLC redeemed our preferred equity interest for $135.0 million cash.  ARLP’s equity securities income increased $9.2 million in the 2019 Quarter primarily as a result of the redemption.

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In the 2018 Quarter, ARLP finalized an agreement with a customer and certain of its affiliates to settle litigation we initiated in 2015.  The settlement agreement provided for a $93.0 million cash payment to ARLP, future conditional coal supply commitments, continued export trans-loading capacity for our Appalachian mines and the acquisition of 57 million tons of additional coal reserves near our Tunnel Ridge operation.  A settlement gain of $80.0 million was recorded in the 2018 Quarter reflecting the cash payment received net of certain costs associated with the gain.

 

Depreciation, depletion and amortization increased 15.0% to $71.1 million in the 2019 Quarter primarily due to increased coal sales volumes mentioned above and depletion from production of our oil & gas royalty interests in the 2019 Quarter.

 

Segment Results and Analysis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

% Change

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

2019 First

 

2018 First

 

Quarter /

 

2018 Fourth

 

% Change

(in millions, except per ton and per BOE data)

 

Quarter

 

Quarter

 

Quarter

 

Quarter

 

Sequential

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coal Operations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Illinois Basin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tons sold

 

 

7.673

 

 

7.008

 

9.5

%  

 

 

7.981

 

(3.9)

%  

Coal sales price per ton (1)

 

$

41.35

 

$

39.39

 

5.0

%  

 

$

40.26

 

2.7

%  

Segment Adjusted EBITDA Expense per ton (2)

 

$

25.52

 

$

25.94

 

(1.6)

%  

 

$

26.16

 

(2.4)

%  

Segment Adjusted EBITDA (2)

 

$

122.0

 

$

94.8

 

28.6

%  

 

$

112.9

 

8.1

%  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Appalachia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tons sold

 

 

2.648

 

 

2.390

 

10.8

%  

 

 

2.483

 

6.6

%  

Coal sales price per ton (1)

 

$

59.46

 

$

60.79

 

(2.2)

%  

 

$

64.03

 

(7.1)

%  

Segment Adjusted EBITDA Expense per ton (2)

 

$

37.67

 

$

38.70

 

(2.7)

%  

 

$

38.98

 

(3.4)

%  

Segment Adjusted EBITDA (2)

 

$

58.7

 

$

53.6

 

9.4

%  

 

$

62.9

 

(6.8)

%  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Coal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tons sold

 

 

10.321

 

 

9.398

 

9.8

%  

 

 

10.464

 

(1.4)

%  

Coal sales price per ton (1)

 

$

46.12

 

$

45.07

 

2.3

%  

 

$

46.34

 

(0.5)

%  

Segment Adjusted EBITDA Expense per ton (2)

 

$

29.17

 

$

29.74

 

(1.9)

%  

 

$

29.75

 

(1.9)

%  

Segment Adjusted EBITDA (2)

 

$

184.6

 

$

157.9

 

16.9

%  

 

$

184.2

 

0.2

%  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Minerals (3)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Volume - BOE

 

 

0.252

 

 

 —

 

n/m

 

 

 

 —

 

n/m

 

Volume - oil percentage of BOE

 

 

53.2

%

 

 —

 

n/m

 

 

 

 —

 

n/m

 

Average sales price - BOE (4)

 

$

41.20

 

$

 —

 

n/m

 

 

$

 —

 

n/m

 

Segment Adjusted EBITDA Expense (2)

 

$

1.8

 

$

 —

 

n/m

 

 

$

 —

 

n/m

 

Segment Adjusted EBITDA (2), (3)

 

$

9.1

 

$

3.6

 

n/m

 

 

$

7.3

 

24.4

%  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consolidated Total (5)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total revenues

 

$

526.6

 

$

457.1

 

15.2

%  

 

$

531.8

 

(1.0)

%  

Segment Adjusted EBITDA Expense (2)

 

$

302.9

 

$

279.5

 

8.4

%  

 

$

311.3

 

(2.7)

%  

Segment Adjusted EBITDA (2)

 

$

206.6

 

$

165.2

 

25.1

%  

 

$

195.6

 

5.6

%  


n/m - Percentage change not meaningful.

(1)

Coal sales price per ton is defined as total coal sales divided by total tons sold.

(2)

For definitions of Segment Adjusted EBITDA Expense and Segment Adjusted EBITDA and related reconciliations to comparable GAAP financial measures, please see the end of this release.  Segment Adjusted EBITDA Expense per ton is defined as Segment Adjusted EBITDA Expense – Coal (as reflected in the reconciliation table at the end of this release) divided by total tons sold.

(3)

We restructured our reportable segments in the 2019 Quarter to include our consolidated oil & gas mineral interests held by AllDale I & II and our equity method investment in AllDale Minerals III, LP (collectively with AllDale I & II, the "AllDale

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Partnerships") in a new Minerals reportable segment.  The 2018 and Sequential Quarters include our equity method investment income from the AllDale Partnerships prior to the Acquisition.

(4)

Average sales price - BOE is defined as royalty revenues excluding lease bonus revenue divided by total barrels of oil equivalent ("Boe").  Boe is calculated on a 6:1 basis (6,000 cubic feet of natural gas to one barrel of oil).

(5)

Total reflects consolidated results, which include our other and corporate category and eliminations in addition to the Illinois Basin, Appalachia and Minerals segments highlighted above.    

 

The resumption of operations at our Gibson North mine in the second quarter of 2018 and the addition of two production units at the River View mine in the second half of 2018 drove Illinois Basin coal sales volumes in the 2019 Quarter higher by 9.5% to 7.7 million tons compared to the 2018 Quarter.  Sequentially, coal sales tons in the Illinois Basin decreased 3.9% due to lower sales volumes from our Gibson Complex mines, partially offset by increases at River View.  Strong sales performance at our Tunnel Ridge longwall operation led coal sales volumes for the 2019 Quarter higher in Appalachia by 10.8% and 6.6% compared to the 2018 and Sequential Quarters, respectively. 

 

ARLP ended the 2019 Quarter with total coal inventory of 1.6 million tons, a reduction of 0.2 million tons compared to the end of the 2018 Quarter.  Coal inventory increased 1.0 million tons compared to the end of the Sequential Quarter, primarily due to increased in-transit tons resulting from river transportation disruptions in the 2019 Quarter.

 

Illinois Basin coal sales price per ton sold in the 2019 Quarter increased 5.0% due to improved domestic market conditions and higher export sales prices compared to the 2018 Quarter.  In Appalachia, coal sales price per ton decreased 7.1% compared to the Sequential Quarter due to decreased price realizations at our MC Mining and Tunnel Ridge mines, partially offset by an increased mix of higher-priced metallurgical coal at our Mettiki mine.

 

In the Illinois Basin, Segment Adjusted EBITDA Expense per ton decreased 1.6% compared to the 2018 Quarter primarily due to increased sales of lower-cost production from our River View and Gibson North mines and improved recoveries from our Hamilton mine in the 2019 Quarter.  Increased production from our lower-cost mines in the 2019 Quarter also resulted in a 2.4% reduction of Segment Adjusted EBITDA Expense per ton in the Illinois Basin compared to the Sequential Quarter.  In Appalachia, Segment Adjusted EBITDA Expense per ton decreased 2.7% and 3.4% compared to the 2018 and Sequential Quarters, respectively, due to increased volumes and improved recoveries from our Tunnel Ridge mine in the 2019 Quarter.

 

Total Segment Adjusted EBITDA increased 25.1% compared to the 2018 Quarter primarily due to improved performance from our coal operations as discussed above.  In addition, Total Segment Adjusted EBITDA compared to the 2018 and Sequential Quarters benefited from the Acquisition in the 2019 Quarter.  Segment Adjusted EBITDA from our Royalty segment increased by $5.5 million and $1.8 million compared to the 2018 and Sequential Quarters, respectively.

 

Market Update and Outlook

 

"Focusing on the U.S., ARLP’s teams effectively managed around the disruptive weather conditions encountered during the 2019 Quarter," said Mr. Craft.  "Unprecedented flooding and high water levels significantly disrupted barge deliveries throughout the river and port systems, delaying the shipment of approximately 750,000 tons of ARLP’s expected deliveries during the 2019 Quarter.  Looking ahead, once river and gulf port conditions return to normal, we anticipate ARLP’s delayed

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shipments will be made up over the next several months.  We also expect lower customer inventory levels in the eastern U.S. should support utility coal purchases in the second half of 2019, allowing us to meet our domestic sales target of approximately 32.5 million tons for the year — a 10% gain over 2018 results."

 

Mr. Craft continued, "Internationally, transportation congestion, falling natural gas prices in Europe, and aggressive discounting by foreign producers have created pressure in the seaborne thermal coal markets, driving all international thermal indexes significantly lower.  Although we continue to view long term fundamentals for international coal favorably and expect current market conditions to improve, the timing of this improvement over the balance of 2019 is unclear.  In response, we are lowering our 2019 target for export coal sales to approximately 11.0 million tons and delaying our planned growth ramp for Illinois Basin coal volumes by approximately 1.0 million tons this year.  ARLP now anticipates full year 2019 results near the lower end of guidance ranges for total coal sales and production tons, revenues, net income and EBITDA.  Combining our coal outlook with increased contributions from ARLP’s oil & gas royalty platform, ARLP plans to deliver solid year-over-year growth in 2019 and generate healthy distributable cash flow supporting our continuing goal of increasing quarterly unitholder distributions while maintaining a comfortable coverage ratio."

 

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ARLP is providing the following 2019 full-year guidance for its operating and investment activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2019 Full Year Guidance

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Volumes (Million Short Tons)

 

 

 

 

 

Illinois Basin Production

 

 

 

 

32.8 33.8

Appalachia Production

 

 

 

 

10.7 11.2

Total Coal Production

 

 

 

 

43.5 —  45.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

Illinois Basin Sales Tons

 

 

 

 

32.9 33.9

Appalachia Sales Tons

 

 

 

 

10.6 11.1

Total Sales Tons

 

 

 

 

43.5 —  45.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

Committed & Priced Sales Tons

 

 

 

 

 

2019 Domestic

 

 

 

 

30.3

2019 Export

 

 

 

 

8.6

2020 Domestic

 

 

 

 

21.6

2020 Exports

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Per Ton Estimates

 

 

 

 

 

Coal Sales Price per ton sold (1)

 

 

 

 

~ $44.75 $45.25

Segment Adjusted EBITDA Expense per ton sold (2)

 

 

 

 

~ $28.20 $29.15

Segment Adjusted EBITDA per ton sold (2)

 

 

 

 

~ $17.25 $17.45

 

 

 

 

 

 

Minerals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net Average Daily Production (Boe/d)

 

 

 

 

3,400 3,600

Percentage Oil

 

 

 

 

~ 59.0%

Production and Ad Valorem Taxes (% of Revenue)

 

 

 

 

~6.1%

EBITDA (3) contribution from Minerals  (4) – excluding AllDale Gain (5)

 

 

 

 

$37.0 $47.0 million

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consolidated

 

 

 

 

 

Revenues (Excluding Transportation Revenues)

 

 

 

 

$2.04 $2.14 billion

EBITDA (3) Consolidated excluding AllDale Gain (5)

 

 

 

 

$720.0 $760.0 million

Net Income Attributable to ARLP

 

 

 

 

$525.5 $565.5 million

Depreciation, depletion and amortization

 

 

 

 

$305.0 $330.0 million

Capital Expenditures and Investments (6)

 

 

 

 

$360.0 $400.0 million


(1)

Sales price per ton is defined as total coal sales divided by total tons sold.

(2)

For definitions of Segment Adjusted EBITDA Expense and Segment Adjusted EBITDA and related reconciliations to comparable GAAP financial measures, please see the end of this release.  Segment Adjusted EBITDA Expense per ton excludes Minerals and Segment Adjusted EBITDA per ton excludes Minerals and equity securities income.

(3)

For a definition of EBITDA and related reconciliations to comparable GAAP financial measures, please see the end of this release.

(4)

The estimated EBITDA contribution from Minerals is subject to a number of factors including estimated drilling activity, oil and gas production volumes and price realizations, each of which is subject to change.

(5)

In the first quarter of 2019, ARLP recorded a non-cash gain on acquisition of $170.0 million, net of $7.1 million allocated to noncontrolling interest, to reflect the fair value of its previous investments in the AllDale I and II partnerships.

(6)

Capital expenditures in 2019 are primarily related to maintenance capital expenditures for ARLP’s coal operations, including $40.0 - $45.0 million for development of the Excel Mine No. 5, and $40.0 - $ 45.0 million of growth capital to support increased production at our River View and Gibson South mines.  Considering its current five-year planning horizon, ARLP is estimating total average maintenance capital expenditures for its coal operations of approximately $5.57 per ton produced for long-term distribution planning purposes.

 

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A conference call regarding ARLP's 2019 Quarter financial results is scheduled for today at 10:00 a.m. Eastern.  To participate in the conference call, dial (877) 506-1589 and request to be connected to the Alliance Resource Partners, L.P. earnings conference call.  Canadian callers should dial (855) 669-9657 and all other international callers should dial (412) 317-5240 and request to be connected to the same call.  Investors may also listen to the call via the "investor information" section of ARLP's website at http://www.arlp.com.

 

An audio replay of the conference call will be available for approximately one week.  To access the audio replay, dial US Toll Free (877) 344-7529; International Toll (412) 317-0088; Canada Toll Free (855) 669-9658 and request to be connected to replay access code 10130398.

 

About Alliance Resource Partners, L.P.

 

ARLP is a diversified natural resource company that generates income from coal production and oil and gas mineral interests located in strategic producing regions across the United States. 

 

ARLP generates income from coal produced at eight mining complexes it currently operates in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland and West Virginia.  ARLP also operates a coal loading terminal on the Ohio River at Mount Vernon, Indiana.  ARLP markets its coal production to major domestic and international utilities and industrial users and is currently the second largest coal producer in the eastern United States.

 

ARLP generates royalty income from mineral interests it owns in premier oil and gas producing regions in the United States, primarily the Anadarko, Permian, Williston and Appalachian basins.

 

In addition, ARLP also generates income from a variety of other sources.

 

News, unit prices and additional information about ARLP, including filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), are available at http://www.arlp.com.  For more information, contact the investor relations department of ARLP at (918) 295-7674 or via e-mail at [email protected] 

 

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The statements and projections used throughout this release are based on current expectations.  These statements and projections are forward-looking, and actual results may differ materially.  These projections do not include the potential impact of any mergers, acquisitions or other business combinations that may occur after the date of this release.  We have included more information below regarding business risks that could affect our results.

 

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS:  With the exception of historical matters, any matters discussed in this press release are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from projected results.  These risks, uncertainties and contingencies include, but are not limited to, the following: changes in coal prices, which could affect our operating results and cash flows; changes in competition in domestic and international coal markets and our ability to respond to such changes; legislation, regulations, and court decisions and interpretations thereof, both domestic and

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foreign, including those relating to the environment and the release of greenhouse gases, mining, miner health and safety and health care; deregulation of the electric utility industry or the effects of any adverse change in the coal industry, electric utility industry, or general economic conditions; risks associated with the expansion of our operations and properties; dependence on significant customer contracts, including renewing existing contracts upon expiration; adjustments made in price, volume or terms to existing coal supply agreements; changing global economic conditions or in industries in which our customers operate; recent action and the possibility of future action on trade made by United States and foreign governments; the effect of new tariffs and other trade measures; liquidity constraints, including those resulting from any future unavailability of financing; customer bankruptcies, cancellations or breaches to existing contracts, or other failures to perform; customer delays, failure to take coal under contracts or defaults in making payments; fluctuations in coal demand, prices and availability; changes in oil & gas prices, which could, among other things, affect our investments in oil & gas mineral interests; our productivity levels and margins earned on our coal sales; decline in or change in the coal industry's share of electricity generation, including as a result of environmental concerns related to coal mining and combustion and the cost and perceived benefits of other sources of electricity, such as natural gas, nuclear energy and renewable fuels; changes in raw material costs; changes in the availability of skilled labor; our ability to maintain satisfactory relations with our employees; increases in labor costs including costs of health insurance and taxes resulting from the Affordable Care Act, adverse changes in work rules, or cash payments or projections associated with post-mine reclamation and workers' compensation claims; increases in transportation costs and risk of transportation delays or interruptions; operational interruptions due to geologic, permitting, labor, weather-related or other factors; risks associated with major mine-related accidents, mine fires, mine floods or other interruptions; results of litigation, including claims not yet asserted; foreign currency fluctuations that could adversely affect the competitiveness of our coal abroad; difficulty maintaining our surety bonds for mine reclamation as well as workers' compensation and black lung benefits; difficulty in making accurate assumptions and projections regarding post-mine reclamation as well as pension, black lung benefits and other post-retirement benefit liabilities; uncertainties in estimating and replacing our coal reserves; uncertainties in estimating and replacing our oil & gas reserves; uncertainties in the amount of oil & gas production due to the level of drilling and completion activity by the operators of our oil & gas properties; a loss or reduction of benefits from certain tax deductions and credits; difficulty obtaining commercial property insurance, and risks associated with our participation in the commercial insurance property program; and difficulty in making accurate assumptions and projections regarding future revenues and costs associated with equity investments in companies we do not control.

 

Additional information concerning these and other factors can be found in ARLP's public periodic filings with the SEC, including ARLP's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018, filed on February 22,  2019 with the SEC.  Except as required by applicable securities laws, ARLP does not intend to update its forward-looking statements.

 

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ALLIANCE RESOURCE PARTNERS, L.P. AND SUBSIDIARIES

 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME AND OPERATING DATA

(In thousands, except unit and per unit data)

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

 

March 31, 

 

 

    

2019

    

2018

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tons Sold

 

 

10,321

 

 

9,398

 

Tons Produced

 

 

11,323

 

 

10,482

 

Mineral Interest Volumes (BOE)

 

 

252

 

 

 —

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SALES AND OPERATING REVENUES:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coal sales

 

$

476,016

 

$

423,610

 

Royalty revenues

 

 

10,728

 

 

 —

 

Transportation revenues

 

 

30,238

 

 

19,785

 

Other sales and operating revenues

 

 

9,620

 

 

13,727

 

Total revenues

 

 

526,602

 

 

457,122

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EXPENSES:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating expenses (excluding depreciation, depletion and amortization)

 

 

302,728

 

 

277,238

 

Transportation expenses

 

 

30,238

 

 

19,785

 

Outside coal purchases

 

 

 —

 

 

1,374

 

General and administrative

 

 

17,812

 

 

16,651

 

Depreciation, depletion and amortization

 

 

71,139

 

 

61,848

 

Settlement gain

 

 

 —

 

 

(80,000)

 

Total operating expenses

 

 

421,917

 

 

296,896

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INCOME FROM OPERATIONS

 

 

104,685

 

 

160,226

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest expense, net

 

 

(11,422)

 

 

(10,858)

 

Interest income

 

 

91

 

 

65

 

Equity method investment income

 

 

324

 

 

3,736

 

Equity securities income

 

 

12,906

 

 

3,724

 

Acquisition gain

 

 

177,043

 

 

 —

 

Other expense

 

 

(129)

 

 

(847)

 

INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES

 

 

283,498

 

 

156,046

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INCOME TAX BENEFIT

 

 

(106)

 

 

(10)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NET INCOME

 

 

283,604

 

 

156,056

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LESS:  NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO NONCONTROLLING INTEREST

 

 

(7,176)

 

 

(148)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO ALLIANCE RESOURCE PARTNERS, L.P. ("NET INCOME OF ARLP")

 

$

276,428

 

$

155,908

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GENERAL PARTNERS' INTEREST IN NET INCOME OF ARLP

 

$

 —

 

$

1,560

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIMITED PARTNERS' INTEREST IN NET INCOME OF ARLP

 

$

276,428

 

$

154,348

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BASIC AND DILUTED NET INCOME OF ARLP PER LIMITED PARTNER UNIT

 

$

2.12

 

$

1.16

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEIGHTED-AVERAGE NUMBER OF UNITS OUTSTANDING – BASIC AND DILUTED

 

 

128,149,791

 

 

130,819,217

 

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ALLIANCE RESOURCE PARTNERS, L.P. AND SUBSIDIARIES

 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In thousands, except unit data)

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 31, 

 

December 31, 

 

 

 

2019

    

2018

 

ASSETS

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

CURRENT ASSETS:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

30,192

 

$

244,150

 

Trade receivables

 

 

194,538

 

 

174,914

 

Other receivables

 

 

2,108

 

 

395

 

Due from affiliates

 

 

16

 

 

17

 

Inventories, net

 

 

85,440

 

 

59,206

 

Advance royalties, net

 

 

1,630

 

 

1,274

 

Prepaid expenses and other assets

    

 

15,811

    

 

20,730

 

Total current assets

 

 

329,735

 

 

500,686

 

PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment, at cost

 

 

3,474,573

 

 

2,925,808

 

Less accumulated depreciation, depletion and amortization

 

 

(1,579,588)

 

 

(1,513,450)

 

Total property, plant and equipment, net

 

 

1,894,985

 

 

1,412,358

 

OTHER ASSETS:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Advance royalties, net

 

 

53,499

 

 

42,923

 

Equity method investments

 

 

28,770

 

 

161,309

 

Equity securities

 

 

 —

 

 

122,094

 

Goodwill

 

 

136,399

 

 

136,399

 

Operating lease right-of-use assets

 

 

22,508

 

 

 —

 

Other long-term assets

 

 

19,234

 

 

18,979

 

Total other assets

 

 

260,410

 

 

481,704

 

TOTAL ASSETS

 

$

2,485,130

 

$

2,394,748

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIABILITIES AND PARTNERS' CAPITAL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CURRENT LIABILITIES:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts payable

 

$

112,684

 

$

96,397

 

Due to affiliates

 

 

66

 

 

816

 

Accrued taxes other than income taxes

 

 

18,484

 

 

16,762

 

Accrued payroll and related expenses

 

 

38,896

 

 

43,113

 

Accrued interest

 

 

12,509

 

 

5,022

 

Workers' compensation and pneumoconiosis benefits

 

 

11,268

 

 

11,137

 

Current finance lease obligations

 

 

40,894

 

 

46,722

 

Current operating lease obligations

 

 

6,911

 

 

 —

 

Other current liabilities

 

 

17,429

 

 

18,902

 

Current maturities, long-term debt, net

 

 

90,000

 

 

92,000

 

Total current liabilities

 

 

349,141

 

 

330,871

 

LONG-TERM LIABILITIES:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Long-term debt, excluding current maturities, net

 

 

414,771

 

 

564,004

 

Pneumoconiosis benefits

 

 

72,922

 

 

68,828

 

Accrued pension benefit

 

 

41,917

 

 

43,135

 

Workers' compensation

 

 

40,428

 

 

41,669

 

Asset retirement obligations

 

 

131,905

 

 

127,655

 

Long-term finance lease obligations

 

 

9,082

 

 

10,595

 

Long-term operating lease obligations

 

 

15,462

 

 

 —

 

Other liabilities

 

 

21,393

 

 

20,304

 

Total long-term liabilities

 

 

747,880

 

 

876,190

 

Total liabilities

 

 

1,097,021

 

 

1,207,061

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PARTNERS' CAPITAL:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alliance Resource Partners, L.P. ("ARLP") Partners' Capital:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Limited Partners - Common Unitholders 128,391,191 and 128,095,511 units outstanding, respectively

 

 

1,426,360

 

 

1,229,268

 

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

 

 

(50,455)

 

 

(46,871)

 

Total ARLP Partners' Capital

 

 

1,375,905

 

 

1,182,397

 

Noncontrolling interest

 

 

12,204

 

 

5,290

 

Total Partners' Capital

 

 

1,388,109

 

 

1,187,687

 

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND PARTNERS' CAPITAL

 

$

2,485,130

 

$

2,394,748

 

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ALLIANCE RESOURCE PARTNERS, L.P. AND SUBSIDIARIES

 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

 

March 31, 

 

 

 

2019

    

2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES

 

$

143,706

 

$

224,178

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Capital expenditures

 

 

(84,043)

 

 

(51,525)

 

Increase (decrease) in accounts payable and accrued liabilities

 

 

6,470

 

 

(15)

 

Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment

 

 

103

 

 

 7

 

Contributions to equity method investments

 

 

 —

 

 

(11,400)

 

Distributions received from investments in excess of cumulative earnings

 

 

2,260

 

 

736

 

Payment for acquisition of business, net of cash acquired

 

 

(175,060)

 

 

 —

 

Cash received from redemption of equity securities

 

 

134,288

 

 

 —

 

Net cash used in investing activities

 

 

(115,982)

 

 

(62,197)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Borrowings under securitization facility

 

 

108,000

 

 

37,600

 

Payments under securitization facility

 

 

(110,000)

 

 

(70,000)

 

Borrowings under revolving credit facilities

 

 

 —

 

 

70,000

 

Payments under revolving credit facilities

 

 

(150,000)

 

 

(100,000)

 

Payments on finance lease obligations

 

 

(7,341)

 

 

(6,974)

 

Payments for purchases of units under unit repurchase program

 

 

(5,251)

 

 

 —

 

Net settlement of withholding taxes on issuance of units in deferred compensation plans

 

 

(7,817)

 

 

(2,081)

 

Cash contribution by General Partner

 

 

 —

 

 

41

 

Distributions paid to Partners

 

 

(69,011)

 

 

(68,396)

 

Other

 

 

(262)

 

 

(163)

 

Net cash used in financing activities

 

 

(241,682)

 

 

(139,973)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NET CHANGE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS

 

 

(213,958)

 

 

22,008

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS AT BEGINNING OF PERIOD

 

 

244,150

 

 

6,756

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS AT END OF PERIOD

 

$

30,192

 

$

28,764

 

 

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Reconciliation of GAAP "net income attributable to ARLP" to non-GAAP "EBITDA,"  "Adjusted EBITDA" and "Distributable Cash Flow" (in thousands). 

 

EBITDA is defined as net income attributable to ARLP before net interest expense, income taxes and depreciation, depletion and amortization and Adjusted EBITDA is EBITDA modified for certain items that may not reflect the trend of future results, such as settlement gains,  asset impairments and acquisition gains.  Distributable cash flow ("DCF") is defined as Adjusted EBITDA excluding interest expense (before capitalized interest), interest income, income taxes and estimated maintenance capital expenditures.  Distribution coverage ratio ("DCR") is defined as DCF divided by distributions paid to partners. 

 

Management believes that the presentation of such additional financial measures provides useful information to investors regarding our performance and results of operations because these measures, when used in conjunction with related GAAP financial measures, (i) provide additional information about our core operating performance and ability to generate and distribute cash flow, (ii) provide investors with the financial analytical framework upon which management bases financial, operational, compensation and planning decisions and (iii) present measurements that investors, rating agencies and debt holders have indicated are useful in assessing us and our results of operations.

 

EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, DCF and DCR should not be considered as alternatives to net income attributable to ARLP, net income, income from operations, cash flows from operating activities or any other measure of financial performance presented in accordance with GAAP.  EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and DCF are not intended to represent cash flow and do not represent the measure of cash available for distribution.  Our method of computing EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, DCF and DCR may not be the same method used to compute similar measures reported by other companies, or EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, DCF and DCR may be computed differently by us in different contexts (i.e. public reporting versus computation under financing agreements).

 

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Three Months Ended

 

Three Months Ended

 

Year Ended

 

 

 

March 31, 

 

December 31, 

 

December 31,

 

 

    

2019

    

2018

    

2018

    

2019E Midpoint

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income attributable to ARLP

 

$

276,428

 

$

155,908

 

$

50,773

 

$

545,500

 

Depreciation, depletion and amortization

 

 

71,139

 

 

61,848

 

 

76,031

 

 

317,500

 

Interest expense, net

 

 

11,585

 

 

11,058

 

 

9,942

 

 

45,500

 

Capitalized interest

 

 

(254)

 

 

(265)

 

 

(415)

 

 

 —

 

Income tax expense (benefit)

 

 

(106)

 

 

(10)

 

 

24

 

 

1,500

 

EBITDA

 

 

358,792

 

 

228,539

 

 

136,355

 

 

910,000

 

Settlement gain

 

 

 —

 

 

(80,000)

 

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

Asset impairment

 

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

 

40,483

 

 

 —

 

Acquisition gain

 

 

(177,043)

 

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

 

(170,000)

 

Acquisition gain attributable to noncontrolling interest

 

 

7,083

 

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

Adjusted EBITDA

 

 

188,832

 

 

148,539

 

 

176,838

 

 

740,000

 

Interest expense, net

 

 

(11,585)

 

 

(11,058)

 

 

(9,942)

 

 

(45,500)

 

Income tax (expense) benefit

 

 

106

 

 

10

 

 

(24)

 

 

(1,500)

 

Estimated maintenance capital expenditures (1)

 

 

(63,069)

 

 

(49,475)

 

 

(48,126)

 

 

(246,500)

 

Distributable Cash Flow

 

$

114,284

 

$

88,016

 

$

118,746

 

$

446,500

 

Distributions paid to partners

 

$

69,011

 

$

68,396

 

$

69,220

 

$

277,700

 

Distribution Coverage Ratio

 

 

1.66

 

 

1.29

 

 

1.72

 

 

1.61

 


(1)

Our maintenance capital expenditures are those capital expenditures required to maintain, over the long-term, the operating capacity of our capital assets.  We estimate maintenance capital expenditures on an annual basis based upon a five-year planning horizon.  For the 2019 planning horizon, average annual estimated maintenance capital expenditures are assumed to be $5.57 per ton produced compared to the estimated $4.72 per ton produced in 2018. Our actual maintenance capital expenditures fluctuate depending on various factors, including maintenance schedules and timing of capital projects, among others.  We annually disclose our actual maintenance capital expenditures in our Form 10-K filed with the SEC.

 

Reconciliation of GAAP "Operating Expenses" to non-GAAP "Segment Adjusted EBITDA Expense" and Reconciliation of non-GAAP "Adjusted EBITDA" to "Segment Adjusted EBITDA" and "Segment Adjusted EBITDA" (in thousands).

 

Segment Adjusted EBITDA Expense includes operating expenses, coal purchases and other expense.  Segment Adjusted EBITDA Expense – Coal excludes expenses of our Minerals segment.  Transportation expenses are excluded as these expenses are passed through to our customers and, consequently, we do not realize any margin on transportation revenues.  Segment Adjusted EBITDA Expense is used as a supplemental financial measure by our management to assess the operating performance of our segments.  Segment Adjusted EBITDA Expense is a key component of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA in addition to coal sales, royalty revenues and other sales and operating revenues.  The exclusion of corporate general and administrative expenses from Segment Adjusted EBITDA Expense allows management to focus solely on the evaluation of segment operating performance as it primarily relates to our operating expenses. 

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Three Months Ended

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

 

March 31, 

 

December 31, 

 

 

    

2019

    

2018

    

2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating expense

 

$

302,728

 

$

277,238

 

$

310,870

 

Outside coal purchases

 

 

 —

 

 

1,374

 

 

24

 

Other expense

 

 

129

 

 

847

 

 

420

 

Segment Adjusted EBITDA Expense

 

$

302,857

 

$

279,459

 

$

311,314

 

Minerals expenses

 

 

(1,827)

 

 

 

 

 

Segment Adjusted EBITDA Expense - Coal

 

$

301,030

 

$

279,459

 

$

311,314

 

Divided by tons sold

 

 

10,321

 

 

9,398

 

 

10,464

 

Segment Adjusted EBITDA Expense per ton

 

$

29.17

 

$

29.74

 

$

29.75

 

 

Segment Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income attributable to ARLP before net interest expense, income taxes, depreciation, depletion and amortization, general and administrative expenses, settlement gain, asset impairment and acquisition gain.  Segment Adjusted EBITDA – Coal excludes the contribution of our Minerals segment and equity securities income to allow management to focus solely on the operating performance of our coal segments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

 

March 31, 

 

December 31, 

 

 

    

2019

    

2018

    

2018