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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 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): May 4, 2020

Westlake Chemical Partners LP
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

Delaware
 
001-36567
 
32-0436529
(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation)
 
(Commission File Number)
 
(I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)
2801 Post Oak Boulevard,
Suite 600
 
77056
Houston,
Texas
 
 
(Address of principal executive offices)
 
 
(Zip Code)
Registrant's telephone number, including area code: (713585-2900

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

Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)
Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12)
Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b))
Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
Title of each class
Trading Symbol(s)
Name of each exchange on which registered
Common units representing limited partnership interests
WLKP
The New York Stock Exchange

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).
 
Emerging growth company
 





If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. ◻

 







Item 2.02. Results of Operations and Financial Condition.
On May 4, 2020, Westlake Chemical Partners LP (the "Partnership") issued a press release announcing its 2020 first quarter results. A copy of the press release is furnished with this Current Report as Exhibit 99.1.
The information furnished pursuant to this Current Report, including Exhibit 99.1, shall not be deemed to be "filed" for the purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and will not be incorporated by reference into any filing by Westlake Chemical Partners LP under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, unless specifically identified as being incorporated therein.
Item 7.01. Regulation FD Disclosure.
The Partnership is holding a conference call on May 4, 2020 to discuss its 2020 first quarter results. Information about the call can be found in the press release furnished with this Current Report as Exhibit 99.1.
Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.
(d) Exhibits
The following exhibit is furnished herewith:
99.1    Press release issued on May 4, 2020.
104    The cover page from this Current Report on Form 8-K, formatted in Inline XBRL.






SIGNATURE
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.

 
 
 
 
WESTLAKE CHEMICAL PARTNERS LP
 
 
 
 
By: Westlake Chemical Partners GP LLC
Date:
May 4, 2020
 
By:
/S/ ALBERT CHAO
 
 
 
 
Albert Chao
President and Chief Executive Officer







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Section 2: EX-99.1 (EXHIBIT 99.1)

Exhibit


EXHIBIT 99.1
WESTLAKE CHEMICAL PARTNERS LP

Contact—(713) 585-2900
Investors—Steve Bender
Media—L. Benjamin Ederington


 


Westlake Chemical Partners LP Announces First Quarter 2020 Results
Maintained quarterly distribution of $0.4714 per unit
HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Westlake Chemical Partners LP (NYSE: WLKP) (the "Partnership") today reported net income attributable to the Partnership of $17.7 million, or $0.50 per limited partner unit, for the three months ended March 31, 2020, an increase of $2.7 million compared to first quarter 2019 net income attributable to the Partnership of $15.0 million. The increase in net income attributable to the Partnership was primarily due to the increased production at Westlake Chemical OpCo LP ("OpCo") and higher third party sales margins. Cash flows from operating activities in the first quarter of 2020 were $111.0 million, a decrease of $2.5 million compared to first quarter 2019 cash flows from operating activities of $113.5 million. This decrease in cash flows from operating activities was primarily attributable to an increase in working capital. For the three months ended March 31, 2020, MLP distributable cash flow of $18.3 million increased by $0.7 million from first quarter 2019 MLP distributable cash flow of $17.6 million.
First quarter 2020 net income attributable to the Partnership of $17.7 million increased by $0.3 million from fourth quarter 2019 net income attributable to the Partnership of $17.4 million. First quarter 2020 cash flows from operating activities of $111.0 million decreased by $4.7 million compared to fourth quarter 2019 cash flows from operating activities of $115.7 million, primarily due to an increase in working capital. First quarter 2020 MLP distributable cash flow of $18.3 million decreased by $0.5 million compared to fourth quarter 2019 MLP distributable cash flow of $18.8 million.
"We are pleased with the Partnership's solid performance in the first quarter of 2020. The long-term ethylene sales agreement we have with Westlake Chemical provided reliable earnings and cash flows to the Partnership," said Albert Chao, President and Chief Executive Officer. "With the outbreak of COVID-19, our first priority is to ensure the health and safety of our employees around the world who continue to work diligently to serve our customers. The COVID-19 pandemic and the response thereto has impacted both equity and commodities markets as a whole. In these evolving market conditions, we maintained our current distribution and by doing so maintain our financial strength and flexibility. This measure allows us to preserve the inherent value of the Partnership and the significant opportunities available through our four levers of growth."
On April 30, 2020, the Partnership announced that the Board of Directors of Westlake Chemical Partners GP LLC had approved a quarterly distribution for the first quarter of 2020 of $0.4714 per unit to be payable on May 26, 2020 to unitholders of record as of May 11, 2020. MLP distributable cash flow provided trailing twelve-month coverage of 1.13x the declared distributions for the first quarter of 2020.
OpCo's Ethylene Sales Agreement with Westlake is designed to provide for stable and predictable cash flows. The agreement provides that 95% of OpCo's ethylene production is sold to Westlake for a cash margin of $0.10 per pound, net of operating costs, maintenance capital expenditures and reserves for future turnaround expenditures.

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The statements in this release and the related teleconference relating to matters that are not historical facts, such as those with respect to resumption of distribution growth, inherent value of the Partnership and levers of growth are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially, based on factors including, but not limited to, the COVID-19 pandemic and the response thereto; operating difficulties; the volume of ethylene that we are able to sell; the price at which we are able to sell ethylene; changes in the price and availability of feedstocks; changes in prevailing economic conditions; actions of Westlake Chemical Corporation; actions of third parties; inclement or hazardous weather conditions, including flooding, and the physical impacts of climate change; environmental hazards; changes in laws and regulations (or the interpretation thereof); inability to acquire or maintain necessary permits; inability to obtain necessary production equipment or replacement parts; technical difficulties or failures; labor disputes; difficulty collecting receivables; inability of our customers to take delivery; fires, explosions or other industrial accidents; our ability to borrow funds and access capital markets; and other risk factors. For more detailed information about the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially, please refer to the Partnership's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019, which was filed with the SEC in February 2020.
This release is intended to be a qualified notice under Treasury Regulation Section 1.1446-4(b). Brokers and nominees should treat one hundred percent (100.0%) of the Partnership's distributions to non-U.S. investors as being attributable to income that is effectively connected with a United States trade or business. Accordingly, the Partnership's distributions to non-U.S. investors are subject to federal income tax withholding at the highest applicable effective tax rate.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
This release makes reference to certain "non-GAAP" financial measures, such as MLP distributable cash flow and EBITDA. For this purpose, a non-GAAP financial measure is generally defined by the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") as a numerical measure of a registrant's historical or future financial performance, financial position or cash flows that (1) excludes amounts, or is subject to adjustments that have the effect of excluding amounts, that are included in the most directly comparable measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP in the statement of income, balance sheet or statement of cash flows (or equivalent statements) of the registrant; or (2) includes amounts, or is subject to adjustments that have the effect of including amounts, that are excluded from the most directly comparable measure so calculated and presented. We report our financial results in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("U.S. GAAP"), but believe that certain non-GAAP financial measures, such as MLP distributable cash flow and EBITDA, provide useful supplemental information to investors regarding the underlying business trends and performance of our ongoing operations and are useful for period-over-period comparisons of such operations. These non-GAAP financial measures should be considered as a supplement to, and not as a substitute for, or superior to, the financial measures prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP. We define MLP distributable cash flow as distributable cash flow less distributable cash flow attributable to Westlake's noncontrolling interest in OpCo and distributions attributable to the incentive distribution rights holder. MLP distributable cash flow does not reflect changes in working capital balances. We define EBITDA as net income before interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization. MLP distributable cash flow and EBITDA are non-GAAP supplemental financial measures that management and external users of our consolidated financial statements, such as industry analysts, investors, lenders and rating agencies, may use to assess our operating performance as compared to other publicly traded partnerships, our ability to incur and service debt and fund capital expenditures and the viability of acquisitions and other capital expenditure projects and the returns on investment of various investment opportunities. Reconciliations of MLP distributable cash flow to net income and to net cash provided by operating activities and of EBITDA to net income, income from operations and net cash provided by operating activities can be found in the financial schedules at the end of this press release.

Westlake Chemical Partners LP
Westlake Chemical Partners is a limited partnership formed by Westlake Chemical Corporation to operate, acquire and develop ethylene production facilities and other qualified assets. Headquartered in Houston, the Partnership owns a 22.8% interest in Westlake Chemical OpCo LP. Westlake Chemical OpCo LP's assets consist of three ethylene production facilities in Calvert City, Kentucky, and Lake Charles, Louisiana and an ethylene pipeline. For more information about Westlake Chemical Partners LP, please visit http://www.wlkpartners.com.

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Westlake Chemical Partners LP Conference Call Information:
A conference call to discuss Westlake Chemical Partners' first quarter 2020 results will be held Monday, May 4, 2020 at 1:00 PM Eastern Time (12:00 AM Central Time). To access the conference call, dial (855) 765-5686 or (234) 386-2848 for international callers, approximately 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time and reference passcode 647 07 89.
A replay of the conference call will be available beginning two hours after its conclusion until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, May 11, 2020. To hear a replay, dial (855) 859-2056 or (404) 537-3406 for international callers. The replay passcode is 647 07 89.
The conference call will also be available via webcast at: https://edge.media-server.com/mmc/p/pz3nynuo and the earnings release can be obtained via the Partnership web page at: http://investors.wlkpartners.com/CorporateProfile.


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WESTLAKE CHEMICAL PARTNERS LP ("WESTLAKE PARTNERS")
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(Unaudited)
 
 
Three Months Ended March 31,
 
 
2020
 
2019
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(In thousands of dollars, except per unit data)
Revenue
 
 
 
 
Net sales—Westlake Chemical Corporation ("Westlake")
 
$
214,828

 
$
257,040

Net co-product, ethylene and other sales—third parties
 
35,721

 
42,046

Total net sales
 
250,549

 
299,086

Cost of sales
 
147,001

 
208,432

Gross profit
 
103,548

 
90,654

Selling, general and administrative expenses
 
6,196

 
6,973

Income from operations
 
97,352

 
83,681

Other income (expense)
 
 
 
 
Interest expense—Westlake
 
(3,950
)
 
(5,900
)
Other income, net
 
585

 
815

Income before income taxes
 
93,987

 
78,596

Income tax provision
 
217

 
200

Net income
 
93,770

 
78,396

Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests in Westlake Chemical OpCo LP ("OpCo")
 
76,023

 
63,441

Net income attributable to Westlake Partners
 
$
17,747

 
$
14,955

 
 
 
 
 
Net income per limited partners unit attributable to Westlake Partners (basic and diluted)
 
 
 
 
Common units
 
$
0.50

 
$
0.46

 
 
 
 
 
Distributions declared per unit
 
$
0.4714

 
$
0.4452

 
 
 
 
 
MLP distributable cash flow
 
$
18,337

 
$
17,555

 
 
 
 
 
Distributions declared
 
 
 
 
Limited partner units—publicly and privately held
 
$
9,934

 
$
9,379

Limited partner units—Westlake
 
6,657

 
6,287

Total distributions declared
 
$
16,591

 
$
15,666

EBITDA
 
$
123,968

 
$
111,340


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WESTLAKE CHEMICAL PARTNERS LP
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Unaudited)
 
 
March 31,
2020
 
December 31,
2019
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(In thousands of dollars)
ASSETS
 
 
 
 
Current assets
 
 
 
 
Cash and cash equivalents
 
$
24,081

 
$
19,923

Receivable under the Investment Management Agreement—Westlake
 
161,759

 
162,773

Accounts receivable, net—Westlake
 
40,560

 
42,847

Accounts receivable, net—third parties
 
13,535

 
9,914

Inventories
 
2,000

 
2,484

Prepaid expenses and other current assets
 
204

 
470

Total current assets
 
242,139

 
238,411

Property, plant and equipment, net
 
1,092,120

 
1,102,995

Other assets, net
 
48,768

 
52,050

Total assets
 
$
1,383,027

 
$
1,393,456

 
 
 
 
 
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
 
 
 
 
Current liabilities (accounts payable and accrued liabilities)
 
$
30,666

 
$
38,849

Long-term debt payable to Westlake
 
399,674

 
399,674

Other liabilities
 
2,596

 
2,798

Total liabilities
 
432,936

 
441,321

Common unitholders—publicly and privately held
 
472,428

 
471,736

Common unitholder—Westlake
 
48,814

 
48,350

General partner—Westlake
 
(242,572
)
 
(242,572
)
Total Westlake Partners partners' capital
 
278,670

 
277,514

Noncontrolling interest in OpCo
 
671,421

 
674,621

Total equity
 
950,091

 
952,135

Total liabilities and equity
 
$
1,383,027

 
$
1,393,456


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WESTLAKE CHEMICAL PARTNERS LP
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(Unaudited)
 
 
Three Months Ended March 31,
 
 
2020
 
2019
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(In thousands of dollars)
Cash flows from operating activities
 
 
 
 
Net income
 
$
93,770

 
$
78,396

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
 
 
 
 
Depreciation and amortization
 
26,031

 
26,844

Other balance sheet changes
 
(8,840
)
 
8,259

Net cash provided by operating activities
 
110,961

 
113,499

Cash flows from investing activities
 
 
 
 
Additions to property, plant and equipment
 
(11,989
)
 
(12,144
)
Maturities of investments with Westlake under the Investment Management Agreement
 
79,000

 
80,000

Investments with Westlake under the Investment Management Agreement
 
(78,000
)
 
(207,512
)
Other
 

 
46

Net cash used for investing activities
 
(10,989
)
 
(139,610
)
Cash flows from financing activities
 
 
 
 
Net proceeds from private placement of common units
 

 
62,934

Proceeds from debt payable to Westlake
 

 
123,512

Quarterly distributions to noncontrolling interest retained in OpCo by Westlake
 
(79,223
)
 
(81,507
)
Quarterly distributions to unitholders
 
(16,591
)
 
(13,957
)
Net cash provided by (used for) financing activities
 
(95,814
)
 
90,982

Net increase in cash and cash equivalents
 
4,158

 
64,871

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period
 
19,923

 
19,744

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period
 
$
24,081

 
$
84,615



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WESTLAKE CHEMICAL PARTNERS LP
RECONCILIATION OF MLP DISTRIBUTABLE CASH FLOW TO NET INCOME
AND NET CASH PROVIDED BY OPERATING ACTIVITIES
(Unaudited)
 
 
Three Months Ended December 31,
 
Three Months Ended March 31,
 
 
2019
 
2020
 
2019
 
 
 
 
 
(In thousands of dollars)
Net cash provided by operating activities
 
$
115,653

 
$
110,961

 
$
113,499

Changes in operating assets and liabilities and other
 
(23,743
)
 
(17,191
)
 
(35,103
)
Net Income
 
91,910

 
93,770

 
78,396

Add:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Depreciation, amortization and disposition of property, plant and equipment
 
27,048

 
26,127

 
27,302

Mark-to-market adjustment gain on derivative contracts
 
(5,695
)
 
(2,491
)
 
(715
)
Less:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Contribution to turnaround reserves
 
(3,961
)
 
(9,923
)
 
(3,848
)
Maintenance capital expenditures
 
(11,327
)
 
(11,121
)
 
(11,320
)
Distributable cash flow attributable to noncontrolling interest in OpCo
 
(79,223
)
 
(78,025
)
 
(72,260
)
MLP distributable cash flow
 
$
18,752

 
$
18,337

 
$
17,555



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WESTLAKE CHEMICAL PARTNERS LP
RECONCILIATION OF EBITDA TO NET INCOME, INCOME FROM OPERATIONS AND NET CASH
PROVIDED BY OPERATING ACTIVITIES
(Unaudited)
 
 
Three Months Ended December 31,
 
Three Months Ended March 31,
 
 
2019
 
2020
 
2019
 
 
 
 
 
(In thousands of dollars)
Net cash provided by operating activities
 
$
115,653

 
$
110,961

 
$
113,499

Changes in operating assets and liabilities and other
 
(23,743
)
 
(17,191
)
 
(35,103
)
Net Income
 
91,910

 
93,770

 
78,396

Less:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other income, net
 
563

 
585

 
815

Interest expense
 
(4,187
)
 
(3,950
)
 
(5,900
)
Income tax provision
 
(219
)
 
(217
)
 
(200
)
Income from operations
 
95,753

 
97,352

 
83,681

Add:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Depreciation and amortization
 
26,938

 
26,031

 
26,844

Other income, net
 
563

 
585

 
815

EBITDA
 
$
123,254

 
$
123,968

 
$
111,340



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