Westlake Chemical Partners LP Announces Fourth Quarter Earnings

Westlake Chemical Partners LP Announces Fourth Quarter Earnings

- Quarterly MLP distributable cash flow of $8.5 million
- Quarterly distribution of $0.275 per unit announced on January 30, 2015

HOUSTON, Feb. 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Westlake Chemical Partners LP (NYSE: WLKP) (the "Partnership") today reported fourth-quarter 2014 net income attributable to the Partnership of $8.6 million, or $0.32 per limited partner unit, and MLP distributable cash flow of $8.5 million for its first full quarter of operations. For the 2014 post IPO period from August 4, 2014 through December 31, 2014 (the "Post IPO Period"), net income attributable to the Partnership was $13.6 million, or $0.50 per limited partner unit, and MLP distributable cash flow for the Post IPO Period was $13.8 million.

Net sales for the fourth quarter of 2014 was $273.5 million. For the Post IPO Period, net sales were $445.1 million. The Partnership's sales agreement with Westlake Chemical Corporation is designed to provide for stable and predictable cash flows. The sales agreement provides that 95% of the Partnership's ethylene production is sold to Westlake Chemical Corporation providing a cash margin of $0.10 per pound, net of operating costs, maintenance capital expenditures and reserves for future turnaround expenditures.

On January 30, 2015, the Board of Directors of Westlake Chemical Partners GP LLC, the general partner of the Partnership, declared a quarterly distribution of $0.275 per unit to be payable on February 24, 2015 to the unitholders of record on February 9, 2015. The Post IPO Period MLP distributable cash flow provided coverage of 1.15x the declared distributions.

"We are pleased to report a successful first full quarter of operations for Westlake Chemical Partners. As a result of the long-term ethylene sales agreement with our sponsor, 95% of our sales are not subject to the volatility in the oil and ethylene markets and provide for a stable cash margin of $0.10 per pound of ethylene sold to our sponsor. We believe that the stability of the cash flows generated by our business, along with multiple growth opportunities provide us the ability to generate long-term growth and value to our unitholders," said President and Chief Executive Officer Albert Chao.

BASIS OF FOURTH QUARTER RESULTS

Results of operations for the year of 2014 include results of the Partnership's predecessor from January 1, 2014 through August 3, 2014, and operations of the Partnership from August 4, 2014 (the closing date of the Partnership's initial public offering, or IPO) through December 31, 2014. Because results presented for periods prior to the IPO do not factor into MLP distributable cash flow, this earnings release focuses on results of operations for the Post-IPO period in 2014.

The statements in this release and the related teleconference relating to matters that are not historical facts, but forward-looking statements, including the amount of ethane that we are able to process, which could be adversely affected by, among other things, 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 electricity; changes in prevailing economic conditions; unanticipated ground, grade or water conditions; inclement or hazardous weather conditions, including flooding, and the physical impacts of climate change; environmental hazards; industrial accidents; 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; late delivery of raw materials; difficulty collecting receivables; inability of our customers to take delivery; changes in the price and availability of transportation; fires, explosions or other 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 Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended September 30, 2014, which was filed with the SEC on November 7, 2014

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This news release includes the term MLP distributable cash flow, which is a non-GAAP financial measure, as defined in Regulation G of the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. We report our financial results in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"), but believe that certain non-GAAP financial measures, such as MLP distributable cash flow, 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 GAAP. A reconciliation of MLP distributable cash flow to net income and net cash provided by operating activities can be found in the financial schedules at the end of this release. We define distributable cash flow as net income plus depreciation and amortization, less contributions from turnaround reserves and maintenance capital expenditures. We define MLP distributable cash flow as distributable cash flow attributable to periods subsequent to the date of our initial public offering less distributable cash flow attributable to Westlake Chemical Corporation's noncontrolling interest in Westlake Chemical OpCo LP, because MLP distributable cash flow may be defined differently by other companies in our industry, our definition of MLP distributable cash flow may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies.

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, Texas, the Partnership owns a 10.6% 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/.

Westlake Chemical Partners LP Conference Call Information:

A conference call to discuss Westlake Chemical Partners' fourth quarter 2014 results will be held Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 12:00 PM Eastern Time (11:00 AM Central Time). To access the conference call, dial (866) 700-0133 or (617) 213-8831 for international callers, approximately 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time and reference passcode 76908899.

A replay of the conference call will be available beginning four hours after its conclusion until 12:00 AM, Eastern Time on Tuesday, March 3, 2015. To hear a replay, dial (888) 286-8010, or (617) 801-6888 for international callers. The replay passcode is 17902631.

The conference call will also be available via webcast at: http://edge.media-server.com/m/p/t2uozshk/lan/en and the earnings release can be obtained via the company's web page at: http://westlakepartners.investorroom.com/news-events.

 

WESTLAKE CHEMICAL PARTNERS LP ("WESTLAKE PARTNERS")

COMBINED AND CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(Unaudited)




Three Months

Ended

December 31, 2014


August 4, 2014

through

December 31, 2014 (1)


Twelve Months

Ended

December 31, 2014 (2)



(In thousands of dollars, except per unit data)

Revenue










Net sales—Westlake Chemical Corporation ("Westlake")


$

203,528



$

329,760



$

1,292,089


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


70,015



115,338



457,611


Total net sales


273,543



445,098



1,749,700


Cost of sales


171,584



284,800



1,003,888


Gross profit


101,959



160,298



745,812


Selling, general and administrative expenses


6,453



9,632



29,256


Income from operations


95,506



150,666



716,556


Other income (expense)










Interest expense


(666)



(1,131)



(10,499)


Other income, net


16



16



3,151


Income before income taxes


94,856



149,551



709,208


Provision for income taxes


927



1,065



199,388


Net income


$

93,929



$

148,486



$

509,820


Less: Predecessor net income prior to initial public offering on August 4, 2014


$



$



$

361,334


Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests in OpCo


85,367



134,909



134,909


Net income attributable to Westlake Partners subsequent to IPO and limited partners' interest in net income


$

8,562



$

13,577



$

13,577












Quarterly distribution declared per unit


$

0.2750



$

0.4454



$

0.4454












MLP distributable cash flow


$

8,547



$

13,812



$

13,812












Distribution declared










Limited partner units—Public


$

3,557



$

5,762



$

5,762


Limited partner units—Westlake


3,884



6,290



6,290


Incentive distribution rights







Total distribution declared


$

7,441



$

12,052



$

12,052


_____________

(1)

Westlake Partners' initial public offering was on August 4, 2014.

(2)

Includes Predecessor for the period from January 1, 2014 through August 3, 2014 and Westlake Partners for the period from August 4, 2014 through December 31, 2014.

    

WESTLAKE CHEMICAL PARTNERS LP ("WESTLAKE PARTNERS")

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET

(Unaudited)




December 31, 2014







(In thousands

of dollars, except unit amounts)

ASSETS




Current assets




Cash and cash equivalents


$

133,750


Accounts receivable, net—Westlake


18,529


Accounts receivable, net—third parties


37,520


Inventories


6,634


Prepaid expenses and other current assets


212


Total current assets


196,645


Property, plant and equipment, net


842,057


Other assets, net


57,733


Total assets


$

1,096,435






LIABILITIES AND EQUITY




Current liabilities (accounts payable and accrued liabilities)


$

31,984


Long-term debt payable to Westlake


227,638


Other liabilities


1,863


Total liabilities


261,485


Common unitholders—public (12,937,500 units issued and outstanding)


290,377


Common unitholder—Westlake (1,436,115 units issued and outstanding)


4,038


Subordinated unitholder—Westlake (12,686,115 units issued and outstanding)


35,681


General partner—Westlake


(242,572)


Total Westlake Chemical Partners LP parent's capital


87,524


Noncontrolling interest in OpCo


747,426


Total equity


834,950


Total liabilities and equity


$

1,096,435


   

WESTLAKE CHEMICAL PARTNERS LP ("WESTLAKE PARTNERS")

COMBINED AND CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS

(Unaudited)




Twelve Months

Ended

December 31,

2014 (1)







(In thousands

of dollars)

Cash flows from operating activities




Net income


$

509,820


Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:




Depreciation and amortization


77,611


Other balance sheet changes


16,581


Net cash provided by operating activities


604,012


Cash flows from investing activities




Additions to property, plant and equipment


(202,823)


Settlements of derivative instruments


(133)


Net cash used for investing activities


(202,956)


Cash flows from financing activities




Net distributions to Westlake prior to initial public offering


(448,101)


Repayment of debt payable to Westlake with proceeds from the initial public offering


(78,940)


Net proceeds from issuance of common units


286,088


Proceeds from initial public offering distributed to Westlake


(151,729)


Proceeds from debt payable to Westlake


181,642


Quarterly distribution for the period from August 4, 2014 to September 30, 2014 to noncontrolling interest retained in OpCo by Westlake


(51,655)


Quarterly distributions to unitholders


(4,611)


Net cash used for financing activities


(267,306)


Net increase in cash and cash equivalents


133,750


Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period



Cash and cash equivalents at end of period


$

133,750


_____________

(1)

Includes Predecessor for the period from January 1, 2014 through August 3, 2014 and Westlake Partners for the period from August 4, 2014 through December 31, 2014.

    

WESTLAKE CHEMICAL PARTNERS LP ("WESTLAKE PARTNERS")

RECONCILIATION OF MLP DISTRIBUTABLE CASH FLOW TO NET INCOME

AND NET CASH PROVIDED BY OPERATING ACTIVITIES

(Unaudited)




Three Months

Ended

December 31, 2014


August 4, 2014

through

December 31, 2014 (1)


Twelve Months

Ended

December 31, 2014



(In thousands of dollars)

MLP distributable cash flow


$

8,547



$

13,812



$

13,812


Add:










Distributable cash flow attributable to noncontrolling interests in OpCo (2)


85,277



136,929



136,929


Net income attributable to the Predecessor






361,334


Maintenance capital expenditures (2)


11,790



17,629



17,629


Contribution to turnaround reserves (2)


7,463



11,947



11,947


Less:










Depreciation and amortization (2)


(19,148)



(31,831)



(31,831)


Net income for the period


93,929



148,486



509,820


Depreciation and amortization


19,110



31,831



77,611


Other balance sheet changes


4,983



(26,601)



16,581


Net cash provided by operating activities


$

118,022



$

153,716



$

604,012


_____________

(1)

Westlake Partners' initial public offering was on August 4, 2014.

(2)

Include amounts for the periods from October 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014, from August 4 through December 31, 2014 and from August 4, 2014 through December 31, 2014, respectively.

 

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