Holly Energy Partners, L.P.
Feb 23, 2016

Holly Energy Partners, L.P. Reports Fourth Quarter Results

DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Holly Energy Partners, L.P. ("HEP" or the "Partnership") (NYSE:HEP) today reported financial results for the fourth quarter of 2015. For the quarter, distributable cash flow was $53.6 million, an increase of $11.7 million, or 28.0% compared to the fourth quarter of 2014. HEP announced its 45th consecutive distribution increase on January 22, 2016, raising the quarterly distribution from $0.555 to $0.565 per unit, representing a 6.6% increase over the distribution for the fourth quarter of 2014. This distribution represents an acceleration in year over year distribution growth and progress towards HEP's 8% distribution growth rate target.

Net income attributable to Holly Energy Partners for the fourth quarter was $40.5 million ($0.49 per basic and diluted limited partner unit) compared to $28.7 million ($0.33 per basic and diluted limited partner unit) for the fourth quarter of 2014. This increase in earnings is primarily due to increased revenues from our UNEV products pipeline, our share of earnings from our 50% interest in the Frontier Pipeline Company, our New Mexico gathering system expansion, our newly acquired refinery processing units, and our El Dorado crude tanks as well as increased pipeline volumes and our annual tariff increases. In addition, net income benefited from a reduction in our environmental remediation accrual.

Commenting on the fourth quarter of 2015, Mike Jennings, Chief Executive Officer, stated, "We are pleased with our solid financial results for the fourth quarter of 2015, which allowed us to continue our record of raising our quarterly distribution. We maintained a very strong distribution coverage ratio for the fourth quarter of 2015 as well as the full year. We remain optimistic about our organic growth potential, especially on the UNEV products pipeline. Additionally, we successfully completed our acquisition of the newly constructed naphtha fractionation and hydrogen generation units at HollyFrontier Corporation's El Dorado refinery during the quarter, and we continue to evaluate new growth opportunities that leverage our capabilities and HollyFrontier Corporation's refining footprint. As we look forward, we believe HEP is positioned for continued growth due to the quality and geographic location of our assets, our talented employee base, and our financially strong and supportive general partner, HollyFrontier."

Fourth Quarter 2015 Revenue Highlights

Revenues for the quarter were $97.3 million, an $8.8 million increase compared to the fourth quarter of 2014. The revenue increase was due to higher volumes and annual tariff increases in addition to our newly acquired refinery processing units, the El Dorado crude tanks acquired in the first quarter of 2015, and our New Mexico gathering system expansion. Overall pipeline volumes were up 13% compared to the fourth quarter of 2014.

Revenues for the three months ended December 31, 2015, include the recognition of $1.7 million of prior shortfalls billed to shippers in 2014 and 2015, as they did not meet their minimum volume commitments within the contractual make-up period. As of December 31, 2015, deferred revenue on our consolidated balance sheet related to shortfalls billed was $7.8 million. Such deferred revenue will be recognized in earnings either as (a) payment for shipments in excess of guaranteed levels, if and to the extent the pipeline system will have the necessary capacity for shipments in excess of guaranteed levels, or (b) when shipping rights expire unused over the contractual make-up period.

Year Ended December 31, 2015 Revenue Highlights

Revenues for the year ended December 31, 2015, were $358.9 million, a $26.3 million increase compared to the same period of 2014. This is due principally to annual tariff increases and increased pipeline shipments due to increased volumes from the New Mexico gathering system and UNEV pipeline as well as revenues from the El Dorado crude tanks and refinery processing units acquired during 2015. Overall pipeline volumes were up 21% compared to 2014 largely due to increased volumes from the New Mexico gathering system expansion.

Revenues for the year ended December 31, 2015, include the recognition of $10.3 million of prior shortfalls billed to shippers in 2014 and 2015.

Operating Costs and Expenses Highlights

Operating costs and expenses were $45.6 million and $178.7 million for the three months and year ended December 31, 2015, respectively, representing a decrease of $4.4 million and an increase of $0.9 million over the respective periods of 2014. The decrease is mainly due to lower environmental accruals and legal settlements.

We have scheduled a webcast conference call today at 4:00 PM Eastern Time to discuss financial results. This webcast may be accessed at: https://event.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1089435.

An audio archive of this webcast will be available using the above noted link through March 8, 2016.

About Holly Energy Partners, L.P.

Holly Energy Partners, L.P., headquartered in Dallas, Texas, provides petroleum product and crude oil transportation, terminalling, storage and throughput services to the petroleum industry, including HollyFrontier Corporation subsidiaries. The Partnership owns and operates petroleum product and crude gathering pipelines, tankage and terminals in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Washington, Idaho, Oklahoma, Utah, Wyoming and Kansas as well as refinery processing units in Kansas. In addition, the Partnership owns a 75% interest in UNEV Pipeline, LLC, the owner of a Holly Energy operated refined products pipeline running from Salt Lake City, Utah to Las Vegas, Nevada, and related product terminals, a 50% interest in Osage Pipe Line Company, LLC, which owns a 135-mile crude oil pipeline from Cushing, Oklahoma to El Dorado, Kansas, a 50% interest in Frontier Pipeline Company, which owns a 289-mile crude oil pipeline from Casper, Wyoming to Frontier Station, Utah (the "Frontier Pipeline") and a 25% interest in SLC Pipeline LLC which owns a 95-mile intrastate pipeline system serving refineries in the Salt Lake City, Utah area.

HollyFrontier Corporation, headquartered in Dallas, Texas, is an independent petroleum refiner and marketer that produces high value light products such as gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel and other specialty products. HollyFrontier operates through its subsidiaries a 135,000 barrels-per-stream-day ("bpsd") refinery located in El Dorado, Kansas, a 125,000 bpsd refinery in Tulsa, Oklahoma, a 100,000 bpsd refinery located in Artesia, New Mexico, a 52,000 bpsd refinery located in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and a 31,000 bpsd refinery in Woods Cross, Utah. HollyFrontier markets its refined products principally in the Southwest U.S., the Rocky Mountains extending into the Pacific Northwest and in other neighboring Plains states. A subsidiary of HollyFrontier also owns a 39% interest (including the general partner interest) in Holly Energy Partners, L.P.

The statements in this press release relating to matters that are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Forward looking statements use words such as "anticipate," "project," "expect," "plan," "goal," "forecast," "intend," "should," "would," "could," "believe," "may," and similar expressions and statements regarding our plans and objectives for future operations. These statements are based on our beliefs and assumptions and those of our general partner using currently available information and expectations as of the date hereof, are not guarantees of future performance and involve certain risks and uncertainties. Although we and our general partner believe that such expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, neither we nor our general partner can give assurance that our expectations will prove to be correct. All statements concerning our expectations for future results of operations are based on forecasts for our existing operations and do not include the potential impact of any future acquisitions. Our forward-looking statements are subject to a variety of risks, uncertainties and assumptions. If one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or if underlying assumptions prove incorrect, our actual results may vary materially from those anticipated, estimated, projected or expected. Certain factors could cause actual results to differ materially from results anticipated in the forward-looking statements. These factors include, but are not limited to:

The forward-looking statements speak only as of the date made and, other than as required by law, we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

RESULTS OF OPERATIONS (Unaudited)

Income, Distributable Cash Flow and Volumes

The following tables present income, distributable cash flow and volume information for the three months and years ended December 31, 2015 and 2014.

       
 

Three Months Ended
December 31,

Change from

2015     2014 2014
(In thousands, except per unit data)
Revenues
Pipelines:
Affiliates - refined product pipelines $ 20,563 $ 18,332 $ 2,231
Affiliates - intermediate pipelines 7,420 8,182 (762 )
Affiliates - crude pipelines   17,605     16,597     1,008  
45,588 43,111 2,477
Third parties - refined product pipelines   14,991     13,339     1,652  
60,579 56,450 4,129
Terminals, tanks and loading racks:
Affiliates 29,401 28,323 1,078
Third parties   4,308     3,640     668  
33,709 31,963 1,746
Affiliates - refinery processing units   2,963         2,963  
Total revenues 97,251 88,413 8,838
 
Operating costs and expenses:
Operations (exclusive of depreciation and amortization) 25,958 31,966 (6,008 )
Depreciation and amortization 16,768 15,213 1,555
General and administrative   2,897     2,891     6  
  45,623     50,070     (4,447 )
Operating income 51,628 38,343 13,285
 
Equity in earnings of equity method investments 2,169 837 1,332
Interest expense, including amortization (10,107 ) (8,733 ) (1,374 )
Interest income 142 142
Other income   80     37     43  
  (7,716 )   (7,859 )   143  
Income before income taxes 43,912 30,484 13,428
State income tax (expense) benefit   (123 )   (90 )   (33 )
Net income 43,789 30,394 13,395
Allocation of net income attributable to noncontrolling interests   (3,269 )   (1,727 )   (1,542 )
Net income attributable to Holly Energy Partners 40,520 28,667 11,853
General partner interest in net income, including incentive distributions(1)   11,502     9,333     2,169  
Limited partners' interest in net income $ 29,018   $ 19,334   $ 9,684  
Limited partners' earnings per unit - basic and diluted:(1) $ 0.49   $ 0.33   $ 0.16  
Weighted average limited partners' units outstanding   58,657     58,657      
EBITDA(2) $ 67,376   $ 52,703   $ 14,673  
Distributable cash flow(3) $ 53,551   $ 41,835   $ 11,716  
 
Volumes (bpd)
Pipelines:
Affiliates - refined product pipelines 131,472 117,486 13,986
Affiliates - intermediate pipelines 139,847 131,590 8,257
Affiliates - crude pipelines   289,513     242,533     46,980  
560,832 491,609 69,223
Third parties - refined product pipelines   78,422     74,631     3,791  
639,254 566,240 73,014
Terminals and loading racks:
Affiliates 269,474 260,198 9,276
Third parties   82,533     71,817     10,716  
352,007 332,015 19,992
Affiliates - refinery processing units   26,875         26,875  
Total for pipelines and terminal assets (bpd)   1,018,136     898,255     119,881  
 
       
Years Ended December 31, Change from
2015     2014 2014
(In thousands, except per unit data)
Revenues
Pipelines:
Affiliates - refined product pipelines $ 81,294 $ 77,852 $ 3,442
Affiliates - intermediate pipelines 28,943 29,813 (870 )
Affiliates - crude pipelines   67,088     56,805     10,283  
177,325 164,470 12,855
Third parties - refined product pipelines   51,022     43,376     7,646  
228,347 207,846 20,501
Terminals, tanks and loading racks:
Affiliates 111,933 110,726 1,207
Third parties   15,632     13,973     1,659  
127,565 124,699 2,866
Affiliates - refinery processing units   2,963         2,963  
Total revenues 358,875 332,545 26,330
 
Operating costs and expenses:
Operations (exclusive of depreciation and amortization) 103,308 104,801 (1,493 )
Depreciation and amortization 62,852 62,166 686
General and administrative   12,556     10,824     1,732  
  178,716     177,791     925  
Operating income 180,159 154,754 25,405
 
Equity in earnings of equity method investments 4,803 2,987 1,816
Interest expense, including amortization (37,418 ) (36,101 ) (1,317 )
Interest income 526 3 523
Loss on early extinguishment of debt (7,677 ) 7,677
Gain on sale of assets 375 375
Other income   111     82     29  
  (31,603 )   (40,706 )   9,103  
Income before income taxes 148,556 114,048 34,508
State income tax expense   (228 )   (235 )   7  
Net income 148,328 113,813 34,515
Allocation of net income attributable to noncontrolling interests   (11,120 )   (8,288 )   (2,832 )
Net income attributable to Holly Energy Partners 137,208 105,525 31,683
General partner interest in net income, including incentive distributions(1)   (42,337 )   (34,667 )   (7,670 )
Limited partners' interest in net income $ 94,871   $ 70,858   $ 24,013  
Limited partners' earnings per unit - basic and diluted:(1) $ 1.60   $ 1.20   $ 0.40  
Weighted average limited partners' units outstanding   58,657     58,657      
EBITDA(2) $ 237,180   $ 211,701   $ 25,479  
Distributable cash flow(3) $ 197,046   $ 172,718   $ 24,328  
 
Volumes (bpd)
Pipelines:
Affiliates - refined product pipelines 124,061 119,156 4,905
Affiliates - intermediate pipelines 142,475 138,258 4,217
Affiliates - crude pipelines   291,491     199,600     91,891  
558,027 457,014 101,013
Third parties - refined product pipelines   73,555     64,055     9,500  
631,582 521,069 110,513
Terminals and loading racks:
Affiliates 279,066 261,888 17,178
Third parties   78,403     69,100     9,303  
357,469 330,988 26,481
Affiliates - refinery processing units   6,774         6,774  
Total for pipelines and terminal assets (bpd)   995,825     852,057     143,768  
 
(1)   Net income attributable to Holly Energy Partners is allocated between limited partners and the general partner interest in accordance with the provisions of the partnership agreement. HEP net income allocated to the general partner includes incentive distributions that are declared subsequent to quarter end. General partner incentive distributions were $10.9 million and $8.9 million for the three months ended December 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively, and $40.4 million and $33.2 million for the years ended December 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively.
 
(2) Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization ("EBITDA") is calculated as net income attributable to Holly Energy Partners plus (i) interest expense and loss on early extinguishment of debt, net of interest income, (ii) state income tax and (iii) depreciation and amortization. EBITDA is not a calculation based upon generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"). However, the amounts included in the EBITDA calculation are derived from amounts included in our consolidated financial statements. EBITDA should not be considered as an alternative to net income attributable to Holly Energy Partners or operating income, as an indication of our operating performance or as an alternative to operating cash flow as a measure of liquidity. EBITDA is not necessarily comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies. EBITDA is presented here because it is a widely used financial indicator used by investors and analysts to measure performance. EBITDA is also used by our management for internal analysis and as a basis for compliance with financial covenants.
 
Set forth below is our calculation of EBITDA.
 
   

Three Months Ended
December 31,

     

Years Ended
December 31,

2015     2014 2015     2014
(In thousands)
Net income attributable to Holly Energy Partners $ 40,520 $ 28,667 $ 137,208 $ 105,525
Add (subtract):
Interest expense 9,604 8,297 35,490 34,280
Interest income (142 ) (526 ) (3 )
Amortization of discount and deferred debt charges 503 436 1,928 1,821
Loss on early extinguishment of debt 7,677
State income tax 123 90 228 235
Depreciation and amortization   16,768     15,213     62,852     62,166  
EBITDA $ 67,376   $ 52,703   $ 237,180   $ 211,701  
 
(3)   Distributable cash flow is not a calculation based upon GAAP. However, the amounts included in the calculation are derived from amounts presented in our consolidated financial statements, with the general exception of maintenance capital expenditures. Distributable cash flow should not be considered in isolation or as an alternative to net income attributable to Holly Energy Partners or operating income, as an indication of our operating performance, or as an alternative to operating cash flow as a measure of liquidity. Distributable cash flow is not necessarily comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies. Distributable cash flow is presented here because it is a widely accepted financial indicator used by investors to compare partnership performance. It is also used by management for internal analysis and our performance units. We believe that this measure provides investors an enhanced perspective of the operating performance of our assets and the cash our business is generating.
 
Set forth below is our calculation of distributable cash flow.
 
   

Three Months Ended
December 31,

     

Years Ended
December 31,

2015     2014 2015     2014
(In thousands)
Net income attributable to Holly Energy Partners $ 40,520 $ 28,667 $ 137,208 $ 105,525
Add (subtract):
Depreciation and amortization 16,768 15,213 62,852 62,166
Amortization of discount and deferred debt charges 503 436 1,928 1,821
Loss on early extinguishment of debt 7,677
Increase (decrease) in deferred revenue attributable to shortfall billings (190 ) (2,454 ) (1,233 ) (2,503 )
Maintenance capital expenditures* (3,286 ) (2,271 ) (8,926 ) (4,616 )
Increase (decrease) in environmental liability (1,837 ) 1,892 1,107 1,596
Increase (decrease) in reimbursable deferred revenue (495 ) (387 ) 176 (2,274 )
Other non-cash adjustments   1,568     739     3,934     3,326  
Distributable cash flow $ 53,551   $ 41,835   $ 197,046   $ 172,718  
 
*   Maintenance capital expenditures are capital expenditures made to replace partially or fully depreciated assets in order to maintain the existing operating capacity of our assets and to extend their useful lives. Maintenance capital expenditures include expenditures required to maintain equipment reliability, tankage and pipeline integrity, safety and to address environmental regulations.
 
    December 31,     December 31,
2015

2014(5)

(In thousands)
Balance Sheet Data
Cash and cash equivalents $ 15,013 $ 2,830
Working capital (deficit) $ 12,218 $ (602 )
Total assets $ 1,534,456 $ 1,439,081
Long-term debt $ 1,008,752 $ 866,986
Partners' equity(4) $ 288,672 $ 354,739
 
(4)   As a master limited partnership, we distribute our available cash, which historically has exceeded our net income attributable to HEP because depreciation and amortization expense represents a non-cash charge against income. The result is a decline in partners' equity since our regular quarterly distributions have exceeded our quarterly net income attributable to HEP. Additionally, if the assets contributed and acquired from HFC while we were a consolidated variable interest entity of HFC had been acquired from third parties, our acquisition cost in excess of HFC's basis in the transferred assets would have been recorded in our financial statements as increases to our properties and equipment and intangible assets at the time of acquisition instead of decreases to partners' equity.
 
(5) We have retrospectively adjusted our historical financial results for all periods to include the naphtha fractionation and hydrogen generation units for the periods we were under common control of HFC. The 2014 presentation was revised to reflect increases of $38.1 million in properties and equipment, $3.7 million in trade accounts payable, and $34.4 million in general partner interest. The units were under construction in 2014, and therefore, there were no operations.
 
In April 2015, an accounting standard update was issued requiring debt issuance costs to be presented as a direct deduction from the carrying amount of the debt liability. We early adopted this standard as of December 31, 2015, and reclassified the December 31, 2014, amount of $0.6 million to conform with the current year's presentation.

Holly Energy Partners, L.P.
Richard L. Voliva III, 214-954-6511
Vice President and
Chief Financial Officer
or
Julia Heidenreich, 214-954-6511
Vice President, Investor Relations
or
Craig Biery, 214-954-6511
Investor Relations

Source: Holly Energy Partners, L.P.

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