Westlake Chemical Partners LP Announces Third Quarter 2015 Earnings

Westlake Chemical Partners LP Announces Third Quarter 2015 Earnings

- Quarterly MLP distributable cash flow of $9.5 million
- Increased quarterly cash distribution by $0.0084 (2.89%) to $0.2994 per unit, announced on October 28, 2015

HOUSTON, Nov. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Westlake Chemical Partners LP (NYSE: WLKP) (the "Partnership") today reported third quarter 2015 net income attributable to the Partnership of $10.1 million, or $0.37 per limited partner unit, and MLP distributable cash flow of $9.5 million. Net sales at Westlake Chemical OpCo LP ("OpCo") for the period were $248.6 million. The Partnership's second quarter 2015 net income was $10.4 million, or $0.39 per limited partner unit.

OpCo's sales agreement with Westlake Chemical Corporation is designed to provide for stable and predictable cash flows. The sales agreement provides that 95% of OpCo's ethylene production is sold to Westlake Chemical Corporation for a cash margin of $0.10 per pound, net of operating costs, maintenance capital expenditures and reserves for future turnaround expenditures.

On October 28, 2015, the Board of Directors of Westlake Chemical Partners GP LLC, the general partner of the Partnership, declared a quarterly distribution of $0.2994 per unit to be payable on November 27, 2015 to the unitholders of record on November 9, 2015. The MLP distributable cash flow provided coverage of 1.17x the declared distributions. The increase in cash distributions is in line with the Partnership's targeted low double-digit distribution growth.

"As a result of the long-term fixed margin ethylene sales agreement, the margin associated with the majority of our ethylene sales is not subject to the recent volatility in the oil and ethylene markets. This arrangement positions us to provide stable cash flows to our unitholders and highlights the benefit of the structure of our operations and sales contract," said Albert Chao, President and Chief Executive Officer.

 

The statements in this release and the related teleconference relating to matters that are not historical facts, but forward-looking statements, 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; actions of third parties; 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 Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014, which was filed with the SEC in March 2015, and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2015, which was filed with the SEC in August 2015.

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 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 facilities for the processing of natural gas liquids as well as other qualifying activities. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, the Partnership owns a 13.3% interest in Westlake Chemical OpCo LP. Westlake Chemical OpCo LP's assets include three facilities in Calvert City, Kentucky, and Lake Charles, Louisiana which process ethane and propane into ethylene, 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' third quarter 2015 results will be held Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time (11:00 a.m. Central Time). To access the conference call, dial (855) 638-4814 or (234) 386-2848 for international callers, approximately 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time and reference passcode 58792939.

A replay of the conference call will be available beginning two hours after its conclusion until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, November 10, 2015. To hear a replay, dial (855) 859-2056, or (404) 537-3406 for international callers. The replay passcode is 58792939.

The conference call will also be available via webcast at: http://edge.media-server.com/m/p/6kf6xf8h/lan/en and the earnings release can be obtained via the Partnership 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 September 30,


Nine Months Ended September 30,



2015


2014 (1)(2)


2015


2014 (1)(2)












(In thousands of dollars, except per unit data)

Revenue









Net sales—Westlake Chemical Corporation

  ("Westlake")


$

207,856



$

289,601



$

621,438



$

1,088,561


Net co-product, ethylene and other sales—third

  parties


40,763



102,407



137,277



387,596


Total net sales


248,619



392,008



758,715



1,476,157


Cost of sales


154,474



227,015



473,815



832,304


Gross profit


94,145



164,993



284,900



643,853


Selling, general and administrative expenses


5,831



8,860



17,826



22,803


Income from operations


88,314



156,133



267,074



621,050


Other income (expense)









Interest expense


(1,054)



(2,137)



(3,794)



(9,833)


Other (expense) income, net


(73)



486



(35)



3,135


Income before income taxes


87,187



154,482



263,245



614,352


Provision for income taxes


141



36,309



567



198,461


Net income


87,046



118,173



262,678



415,891


Less: Predecessor net income prior to initial public

  offering on August 4, 2014




63,616





361,334


Net income subsequent to initial public offering


87,046



54,557



262,678



54,557


Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling

  interests in Westlake Chemical OpCo LP

  ("OpCo")


76,943



49,542



233,632



49,542


Net income attributable to Westlake Partners


$

10,103



$

5,015



$

29,046



$

5,015











Quarterly distribution declared per unit


$

0.2994



$

0.1704



$

0.8733



$

0.1704











MLP distributable cash flow


$

9,475



$

5,265



$

27,671



$

5,265











Distribution declared









Limited partner units—public


$

3,873



$

2,205



$

11,298



$

2,205


Limited partner units—Westlake


4,229



2,406



12,333



2,406


Incentive distribution rights









Total distribution declared


$

8,102



$

4,611



$

23,631



$

4,611




(1)

Westlake Partners' initial public offering ("IPO") was on August 4, 2014.

(2)

Includes amounts for the pre-IPO period from July 1, 2014 through August 3, 2014 and post-IPO period from August 4, 2014 through September 30, 2014 in the three months ended September 30, 2014 and includes the amounts for the pre-IPO period from January 1, 2014 through August 3, 2014 and post-IPO period from August 4, 2014 through September 30, 2014 in the nine months ended September 30, 2014.

 

WESTLAKE CHEMICAL PARTNERS LP ("WESTLAKE PARTNERS")


CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Unaudited)




September 30,
 2015


December 31,
 2014








(In thousands of dollars)

ASSETS





Current assets





Cash and cash equivalents


$

154,257



$

133,750


Accounts receivable, net—Westlake


44,035



18,529


Accounts receivable, net—third parties


14,479



37,520


Inventories


3,272



6,634


Prepaid expenses and other current assets


382



212


Total current assets


216,425



196,645


Property, plant and equipment, net


962,221



842,057


Other assets, net


46,542



57,733


Total assets


$

1,225,188



$

1,096,435







LIABILITIES AND EQUITY





Current liabilities (accounts payable and accrued liabilities)


$

56,511



$

31,984


Long-term debt payable to Westlake


330,495



227,638


Other liabilities


1,708



1,863


Total liabilities


388,714



261,485


Common unitholders—public


293,282



290,377


Common unitholder—Westlake


4,360



4,038


Subordinated unitholder—Westlake


38,528



35,681


General partner—Westlake


(242,572)



(242,572)


Accumulated other comprehensive loss


(173)




Total Westlake Chemical Partners LP partners' capital


93,425



87,524


Noncontrolling interest in OpCo


743,049



747,426


Total equity


836,474



834,950


Total liabilities and equity


$

1,225,188



$

1,096,435


 

WESTLAKE CHEMICAL PARTNERS LP ("WESTLAKE PARTNERS")


COMBINED AND CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Unaudited)




Nine Months Ended September 30,



2015


2014 (1)(2)








(In thousands of dollars)

Cash flows from operating activities





Net income


$

262,678



$

415,891


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





Depreciation and amortization


60,637



58,501


Other balance sheet changes


7,888



11,598


Net cash provided by operating activities


331,203



485,990


Cash flows from investing activities





Additions to property, plant and equipment


(152,572)



(144,348)


Settlements of derivative instruments




(133)


Net cash used for investing activities


(152,572)



(144,481)


Cash flows from financing activities





Proceeds from debt payable to Westlake


238,198



141,161


Repayment of debt payable to Westlake


(135,341)




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)


Net distributions to Westlake prior to initial public offering




(448,101)


Quarterly distributions to noncontrolling interest retained in OpCo by Westlake


(238,009)




Quarterly distributions to unitholders


(22,972)




Net cash used for financing activities


(158,124)



(251,521)


Net increase in cash and cash equivalents


20,507



89,988


Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period


133,750




Cash and cash equivalents at end of period


$

154,257



$

89,988




(1)

Westlake Partners' initial public offering ("IPO") was on August 4, 2014.

(2)

Includes the amounts for the pre-IPO period from January 1, 2014 through August 3, 2014 and post-IPO period from August 4, 2014 through September 30, 2014.

 

WESTLAKE CHEMICAL PARTNERS LP ("WESTLAKE PARTNERS")


RECONCILIATIONS OF MLP DISTRIBUTABLE CASH FLOW TO NET INCOME

AND NET CASH PROVIDED BY OPERATING ACTIVITIES

(Unaudited)




Three Months
Ended
June 30,


Three Months Ended
September 30,


Nine Months Ended
September 30,



2015


2015


2014


2015


2014














(In thousands of dollars)

MLP distributable cash flow (1)


$

9,235



$

9,475



$

5,265



$

27,671



$

5,265


Add:











Distributable cash flow attributable to noncontrolling interests in OpCo (1)


68,908



72,833



51,652



225,565



51,652


Net income attributable to the  Predecessor for the period prior to August 4, 2014






63,616





361,334


Maintenance capital expenditures (1)


22,515



18,145



5,839



48,946



5,839


Contribution to turnaround reserves (1)


6,977



7,035



4,484



21,133



4,484


Less:











Depreciation and amortization (1)


(20,392)



(20,442)



(12,683)



(60,637)



(12,683)


Net income for the period


87,243



87,046



118,173



262,678



415,891


Depreciation and amortization


20,392



20,442



19,219



60,637



58,501


Other balance sheet changes


9,029



(6,184)



(30,323)



7,888



11,598


Net cash provided by operating activities


$

116,664



$

101,304



$

107,069



$

331,203



$

485,990




(1)

Westlake Partners' initial public offering was on August 4, 2014. The 2014 balances include amounts for the period from August 4, 2014 through September 30, 2014 only.

 

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