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

05/09/2022
  • Reported net income attributable to HEP of $49.6 million or $0.45 per unit
  • Announced quarterly distribution of $0.35 per unit
  • Reported EBITDA of $72.8 million and Adjusted EBITDA of $85.3 million
  • Closed the acquisition of Sinclair Transportation Company LLC

DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Holly Energy Partners, L.P. ("HEP" or the "Partnership") (NYSE: HEP) today reported financial results for the first quarter of 2022. Net income attributable to HEP for the first quarter of 2022 was $49.6 million ($0.45 per basic and diluted limited partner unit), compared to $64.4 million ($0.61 per basic and diluted limited partner unit) for the first quarter of 2021.

Results for the first quarter of 2021 reflect special items that collectively increased net income attributable to HEP by a total of $13.6 million. These items included a gain on sales-type leases of $24.7 million and a goodwill impairment charge of $11.0 million related to our Cheyenne assets. Excluding these items, net income attributable to HEP for the first quarter of 2021 was $50.8 million ($0.48 per basic and diluted limited partner unit).

Distributable cash flow was $64.5 million for the first quarter of 2022, a decrease of $8.8 million, or 12.0%, compared to the first quarter of 2021. The decrease was mainly due to increased maintenance capital expenditures and a decrease in customer billings in excess of net income recognized in the first quarter of 2022. HEP declared a quarterly cash distribution of $0.35 per unit on April 21, 2022.

As previously announced, we completed our acquisition of Sinclair Transportation Company LLC (“Sinclair Transportation”) pursuant to that certain Contribution Agreement, dated August 2, 2021 (as amended on March 14, 2022, the “Contribution Agreement”), on March 14, 2022 in exchange for 21 million newly issued common limited partner units of HEP (the “HEP Units”), representing 17% of the outstanding HEP Units with a value of approximately $349 million based on HEP’s fully diluted common limited partner units outstanding and closing unit price on March 11, 2022, and cash consideration equal to $321.4 million, inclusive of estimated working capital adjustments pursuant to the Contribution Agreement for an aggregate transaction value of $670.4 million. Our consolidated financial and operating results for the first quarter of 2022 reflect Sinclair Transportation operations beginning March 14, 2022.

Commenting on our 2022 first quarter results, Michael Jennings, Chief Executive Officer, stated, “During the quarter, we successfully completed the Sinclair Transportation acquisition and have re-contracted the acquired assets with long-term minimum volume commitment contracts. Additionally, we are pleased with HEP’s solid financial performance in the first quarter, supported by on-going strength in our crude pipelines in Wyoming and Utah, which includes the recently acquired Sinclair Transportation crude pipeline system.”

“As we look forward, we believe HEP is positioned for significant earnings growth due to the quality and geographic location of our assets, our talented employee base, and our financially strong and supportive general partner, HF Sinclair.”

First Quarter 2022 Revenue Highlights

Revenues for the first quarter of 2022 were $120.2 million, a decrease of $7.0 million compared to the first quarter of 2021. The decrease was mainly due to lower revenues on our Cheyenne assets as a result of the conversion of HF Sinclair Corporation's (“HF Sinclair”) Cheyenne refinery to renewable diesel production, lower revenues on our Woods Cross refinery processing units, which were down for planned maintenance in March 2022, and lower revenues on our product pipelines servicing HF Sinclair's Navajo refinery. These revenue decreases were partially offset by higher revenues on our UNEV pipeline and revenues on our newly acquired Sinclair Transportation assets.

  • Revenues from our refined product pipelines were $26.1 million, a decrease of $2.3 million compared to the first quarter of 2021. Shipments averaged 156.2 thousand barrels per day ("mbpd") compared to 164.0 mbpd for the first quarter of 2021. The volume and revenue decreases were mainly due to lower volumes on pipelines servicing HF Sinclair's Navajo refinery, partially offset by higher volumes and revenues on our UNEV pipeline and our newly acquired Sinclair Transportation product pipelines.
  • Revenues from our intermediate pipelines were $7.5 million, consistent with the first quarter of 2021. Shipments averaged 117.8 mbpd for the first quarter of 2022 compared to 115.2 mbpd for the first quarter of 2021. The increase in volumes was mainly due to higher throughputs on our intermediate pipelines servicing HF Sinclair's Tulsa refinery while revenue remained constant mainly due to contractual minimum volume guarantees.
  • Revenues from our crude pipelines were $31.2 million, an increase of $0.6 million compared to the first quarter of 2021. Shipments averaged 527.2 mbpd compared to 373.9 mbpd for the first quarter of 2021. The increase in volumes was mainly attributable to our Cushing Connect pipeline, which went into service in September 2021, as well as volumes on our newly acquired Sinclair Transportation crude pipelines. The increase in revenues was mainly due to our crude pipeline systems in Wyoming and Utah, including the Sinclair Transportation crude pipelines. Revenues did not increase in proportion to volumes due to recognizing most of the Cushing Connect Pipeline and Sinclair Transportation crude pipeline tariffs as interest income under sales-type lease accounting.
  • Revenues from terminal, tankage and loading rack fees were $37.0 million, a decrease of $1.2 million compared to the first quarter of 2021. Refined products and crude oil terminalled in the facilities averaged 494.4 mbpd compared to 369.0 mbpd for the first quarter of 2021. The increase in volumes was mainly the result of higher throughputs at HF Sinclair's Tulsa refinery. Revenues decreased mainly because the first quarter of 2021 included the recognition of $6.5 million of the $10 million termination fee related to the termination of HF Sinclair's minimum volume commitment on our Cheyenne assets as a result of the conversion of the HF Sinclair Cheyenne refinery to renewable diesel production, partially offset by revenues on our newly acquired Sinclair Transportation terminal assets and higher revenues at our Tulsa and El Dorado tank farms.
  • Revenues from refinery processing units were $18.4 million, a decrease of $4.1 million compared to the first quarter of 2021, and throughputs averaged 65.2 mbpd compared to 60.7 mbpd for the first quarter of 2021. The increase in volumes was mainly due to increased throughput at our El Dorado refinery processing units, partially offset by lower throughput at our Woods Cross refinery processing units, which were down for a scheduled turnaround in March 2022. Revenues decreased mainly due to the turnaround at Woods Cross, partially offset by higher natural gas recoveries in revenues. Revenues did not increase in proportion to the increase in volumes mainly due to contractual minimum volume guarantees.

Operating Costs and Expenses Highlights

Operating costs and expenses were $69.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2022, representing a decrease of $11.3 million from the three months ended March 31, 2021. The first quarter decrease was mainly due to the goodwill impairment charge related to our Cheyenne reporting unit in 2021, lower depreciation expense, maintenance costs and natural gas costs, partially offset by higher property taxes, materials and supplies, employee costs, insurance and Sinclair Transportation acquisition costs.

Interest Expense and Interest Income Highlights

Interest expense was $13.6 million for the three months ended March 31, 2022, representing an increase of $0.4 million from the three months ended March 31, 2021. The increase was mainly due to higher average borrowings outstanding under our senior secured revolving credit facility related to the funding of the cash portion of the Sinclair Transportation acquisition.

Interest income for the three months ended March 31, 2022, totaled $12.6 million, an increase of $6.1 million compared to the three months ended March 31, 2021. The increase was mainly due to higher sales-type lease interest income from our Cushing Connect pipeline, which was placed into service at the end of the third quarter of 2021, and our newly acquired Sinclair Transportation pipelines and terminals.

We have scheduled a conference call today at 8:30 AM Eastern Time to discuss financial results. This webcast may be accessed at:

https://events.q4inc.com/attendee/607702822

An audio archive of this webcast will be available using the above noted link through May 23, 2022.

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 HF Sinclair subsidiaries. The Partnership, through its subsidiaries and joint ventures, owns and/or operates petroleum product and crude pipelines, tankage and terminals in Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming, as well as refinery processing units in Utah and Kansas.

HF Sinclair 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. HF Sinclair owns and operates refineries located in Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Washington, Wyoming and Utah and markets its refined products principally in the Southwest U.S., the Rocky Mountains extending into the Pacific Northwest and in other neighboring Plains states. In addition, subsidiaries of HF Sinclair produce base oils and other specialized lubricants in the U.S., Canada and the Netherlands, and exports products to more than 80 countries. Through its subsidiaries, HF Sinclair produces renewable diesel at two of its facilities in Wyoming. HF Sinclair also owns a 47% limited partner interest and a non-economic general partner interest in Holly Energy Partners, L.P.

This press release contains various “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the federal securities laws. These forward-looking statements are identified as any statement that does not relate strictly to historical or current facts. When used in this press release, words such as “anticipate,” “project,” “expect,” “plan,” “goal,” “forecast,” “strategy,” “intend,” “should,” “would,” “could,” “believe,” “may,” and similar expressions and statements regarding our plans and objectives for future operations are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking 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, including those contained in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). 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:

  • HF Sinclair’s and the Partnership’s ability to successfully integrate the Sinclair Oil Corporation and Sinclair Transportation businesses acquired from REH Company (formerly known as The Sinclair Companies, referred to herein as “Sinclair”) (collectively, the “Sinclair Transactions”), with its existing operations and fully realize the expected synergies of the Sinclair Transactions or on the expected timeline;
  • the demand for and supply of crude oil and refined products, including uncertainty regarding the effects of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic on future demand and increasing societal expectations that companies address climate change;
  • risks and uncertainties with respect to the actual quantities of petroleum products and crude oil shipped on our pipelines and/or terminalled, stored or throughput in our terminals and refinery processing units;
  • the economic viability of HF Sinclair, our other customers and our joint ventures’ other customers, including any refusal or inability of our or our joint ventures’ customers or counterparties to perform their obligations under their contracts;
  • the demand for refined petroleum products in the markets we serve;
  • our ability to purchase and integrate future acquired operations;
  • our ability to complete previously announced or contemplated acquisitions;
  • the availability and cost of additional debt and equity financing;
  • the possibility of temporary or permanent reductions in production or shutdowns at refineries utilizing our pipelines, terminal facilities and refinery processing units, due to reasons such as infection in the workforce, in response to reductions in demand or lower gross margins due to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and any potential asset impairments resulting from such actions;
  • the effects of current and future government regulations and policies, including the effects of current and future restrictions on various commercial and economic activities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • delay by government authorities in issuing permits necessary for our business or our capital projects;
  • our and our joint venture partners' ability to complete and maintain operational efficiency in carrying out routine operations and capital construction projects;
  • the possibility of terrorist or cyberattacks and the consequences of any such attacks;
  • uncertainty regarding the effects and duration of global hostilities and any associated military campaigns which may disrupt crude oil supplies and markets for refined products and create instability in the financial markets that could restrict our ability to raise capital;
  • general economic conditions, including uncertainty regarding the timing, pace and extent of an economic recovery in the United States;
  • the impact of recent or proposed changes in the tax laws and regulations that affect master limited partnerships; and
  • other financial, operational and legal risks and uncertainties detailed from time to time in our SEC filings.

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 ended March 31, 2022 and 2021.

 

 

Three Months Ended March 31,

 

Change from

 

2022

 

2021

 

2021

 

(In thousands, except per unit data)

Revenues

 

 

 

 

 

Pipelines:

 

 

 

 

 

Affiliates – refined product pipelines

$

16,860

 

 

$

18,606

 

 

$

(1,746

)

Affiliates – intermediate pipelines

 

7,506

 

 

 

7,506

 

 

 

 

Affiliates – crude pipelines

 

18,277

 

 

 

19,454

 

 

 

(1,177

)

 

 

42,643

 

 

 

45,566

 

 

 

(2,923

)

Third parties – refined product pipelines

 

9,260

 

 

 

9,863

 

 

 

(603

)

Third parties – crude pipelines

 

12,877

 

 

 

11,076

 

 

 

1,801

 

 

 

64,780

 

 

 

66,505

 

 

 

(1,725

)

Terminals, tanks and loading racks:

 

 

 

 

 

Affiliates

 

31,208

 

 

 

33,864

 

 

 

(2,656

)

Third parties

 

5,807

 

 

 

4,318

 

 

 

1,489

 

 

 

37,015

 

 

 

38,182

 

 

 

(1,167

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Refinery processing units - Affiliates

 

18,403

 

 

 

22,496

 

 

 

(4,093

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total revenues

 

120,198

 

 

 

127,183

 

 

 

(6,985

)

Operating costs and expenses

 

 

 

 

 

Operations

 

42,625

 

 

 

41,365

 

 

 

1,260

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

22,187

 

 

 

25,065

 

 

 

(2,878

)

General and administrative

 

4,312

 

 

 

2,968

 

 

 

1,344

 

Goodwill impairment

 

 

 

 

11,034

 

 

 

(11,034

)

 

 

69,124

 

 

 

80,432

 

 

 

(11,308

)

Operating income

 

51,074

 

 

 

46,751

 

 

 

4,323

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equity in earnings of equity method investments

 

3,626

 

 

 

1,763

 

 

 

1,863

 

Interest expense, including amortization

 

(13,639

)

 

 

(13,240

)

 

 

(399

)

Interest income

 

12,647

 

 

 

6,548

 

 

 

6,099

 

Gain on sales-type leases

 

 

 

 

 

24,650

 

 

 

(24,650

)

Gain on sale of assets and other

 

101

 

 

 

502

 

 

 

(401

)

 

 

2,735

 

 

 

20,223

 

 

 

(17,488

)

Income before income taxes

 

53,809

 

 

 

66,974

 

 

 

(13,165

)

State income tax benefit (expense)

 

(31

)

 

 

(37

)

 

 

6

 

Net income

 

53,778

 

 

 

66,937

 

 

 

(13,159

)

Allocation of net income attributable to noncontrolling interests

 

(4,219

)

 

 

(2,540

)

 

 

(1,679

)

Net income attributable to Holly Energy Partners

$

49,559

 

 

$

64,397

 

 

$

(14,838

)

Limited partners’ earnings per unit – basic and diluted

$

0.45

 

 

$

0.61

 

 

$

(0.16

)

Weighted average limited partners’ units outstanding

 

109,640

 

 

 

105,440

 

 

 

4,200

 

EBITDA (1)

$

72,769

 

 

$

96,191

 

 

$

(23,422

)

Adjusted EBITDA (1)

$

85,338

 

 

$

87,936

 

 

$

(2,598

)

Distributable cash flow (2)

$

64,455

 

 

$

73,218

 

 

$

(8,763

)

Volumes (bpd)

 

 

 

 

 

Pipelines:

 

 

 

 

 

Affiliates – refined product pipelines

107,210

 

119,590

 

(12,380

)

Affiliates – intermediate pipelines

117,802

 

115,225

 

2,577

 

Affiliates – crude pipelines

396,040

 

250,647

 

145,393

 

 

621,052

 

485,462

 

135,590

 

Third parties – refined product pipelines

49,029

 

44,428

 

4,601

 

Third parties – crude pipelines

131,126

 

123,232

 

7,894

 

 

801,207

 

653,122

 

148,085

 

Terminals and loading racks:

 

 

 

 

 

Affiliates

446,032

 

323,286

 

122,746

 

Third parties

48,354

 

45,753

 

2,601

 

 

494,386

 

369,039

 

125,347

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Refinery processing units - Affiliates

65,227

 

60,699

 

4,528

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total for pipelines and terminal assets (bpd)

1,360,820

 

1,082,860

 

277,960

 

(1)

Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”) is calculated as net income attributable to Holly Energy Partners, L.P. ("Holly Energy Partners") plus (i) interest expense, net of interest income, (ii) state income tax and (iii) depreciation and amortization. Adjusted EBITDA is calculated as EBITDA plus (i) goodwill impairment, (ii) acquisition integration and regulatory costs and (iii) tariffs and fees not included in revenues due to impacts from lease accounting for certain tariffs and fees minus (iv) gain on sales-type leases, and (v) pipeline lease payments not included in operating costs and expenses. Portions of our minimum guaranteed pipeline and terminal tariffs and fees for assets subject to sales-type lease accounting are recorded as interest income with the remaining amounts recorded as a reduction in net investment in leases. These tariffs and fees were previously recorded as revenues prior to the renewal of the throughput agreement, which triggered sales-type lease accounting. Similarly, certain pipeline lease payments were previously recorded as operating costs and expenses, but the underlying lease was reclassified from an operating lease to a financing lease, and these payments are now recorded as interest expense and reductions in the lease liability. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are not calculations based upon generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"). However, the amounts included in the EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA calculations are derived from amounts included in our consolidated financial statements. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered as alternatives to net income attributable to Holly Energy Partners or operating income, as indications of our operating performance or as alternatives to operating cash flow as a measure of liquidity. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are not necessarily comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are presented here because they are widely used financial indicators used by investors and analysts to measure performance. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are 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 and Adjusted EBITDA.

 

Three Months Ended March 31,

 

2022

 

2021

 

(In thousands)

Net income attributable to Holly Energy Partners

$

49,559

 

 

$

64,397

 

Add (subtract):

 

 

 

Interest expense

 

13,639

 

 

 

13,240

 

Interest income

 

(12,647

)

 

 

(6,548

)

State income tax (benefit) expense

 

31

 

 

 

37

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

22,187

 

 

 

25,065

 

EBITDA

 

72,769

 

 

 

96,191

 

Gain on sales-type leases

 

 

 

 

(24,650

)

Goodwill impairment

 

 

 

 

11,034

 

Acquisition integration and regulatory costs

 

836

 

 

 

 

Tariffs and fees not included in revenues

 

13,339

 

 

 

6,967

 

Lease payments not included in operating costs

 

(1,606

)

 

 

(1,606

)

Adjusted EBITDA

$

85,338

 

 

$

87,936

 

(2)

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 March 31,

 

2022

 

2021

 

(In thousands)

Net income attributable to Holly Energy Partners

$

49,559

 

 

$

64,397

 

Add (subtract):

 

 

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

22,187

 

 

 

25,065

 

Amortization of discount and deferred debt charges

 

770

 

 

 

844

 

Customer billings greater than net income recognized

 

497

 

 

 

4,336

 

Maintenance capital expenditures(3)

 

(5,620

)

 

 

(1,372

)

Increase (decrease) in environmental liability

 

(120

)

 

 

(156

)

Decrease in reimbursable deferred revenue

 

(3,234

)

 

 

(4,014

)

Gain on sales-type leases

 

 

 

 

(24,650

)

Goodwill impairment

 

 

 

 

11,034

 

Other

 

416

 

 

 

(2,266

)

Distributable cash flow

$

64,455

 

 

$

73,218

 

(3)

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.

Set forth below is certain balance sheet data.

 

March 31,

 

December 31,

 

2022

 

2021

 

(In thousands)

Balance Sheet Data

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

$

15,016

 

$

14,381

Working capital

$

8,866

 

$

17,461

Total assets

$

2,777,276

 

$

2,165,867

Long-term debt

$

1,634,367

 

$

1,333,049

Partners' equity

$

821,609

 

$

443,017

 

John Harrison, Senior Vice President,
Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
Craig Biery, Vice President, Investor Relations
Holly Energy Partners, L.P.
214-954-6511

Source: Holly Energy Partners, L.P.

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