AmeriGas Propane, Inc., general partner of AmeriGas Partners, L.P. (NYSE: APU), reported a seasonal net loss attributable to AmeriGas Partners for the third quarter of fiscal 2013 ended June 30, 2013 of $34.6 million compared to a seasonal net loss of $89.4 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2012. Net loss attributable to AmeriGas Partners, L.P. for the current-year period includes the impact of $9.9 million in transition expenses associated with the integration of Heritage Propane. Net loss attributable to AmeriGas Partners, L.P. for the prior-year quarter includes $15.0 million in transition expenses.

The Partnership’s adjusted earnings before interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization (Adjusted EBITDA) increased to $69.0 million for the third quarter of 2013 compared to $16.8 million for the same period last year. The improved results for the current-year period reflect weather that was colder than the prior-year period and synergies from the integration of Heritage Propane.

For the three months ended June 30, 2013, retail propane volumes sold were 224.7 million gallons compared with retail propane volumes of 204.0 million gallons in the prior-year period. Weather for the quarter was essentially normal while weather for the prior-year period was 24% warmer than normal, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Jerry E. Sheridan, chief executive officer of AmeriGas, said, “Our results for the third quarter truly illustrate the earnings power of the new AmeriGas. The four-fold increase in Adjusted EBITDA versus the same period last year was not only driven by near-normal weather, but also by strong demand in our AmeriGas Cylinder Exchange and National Accounts programs. These growth initiatives, combined with our expanded footprint for retail bulk deliveries, drove a greater-than 10% increase in retail volume over last year. Additionally, we are pleased to announce that we have substantially completed the integration of Heritage Propane and saw the benefits of the acquisition materialize in a significant decrease in operating expenses from the prior-year period.”

Sheridan continued, “Given our results thus far and our current assessment of business conditions for the remainder of the fiscal year, we continue to anticipate Adjusted EBITDA for fiscal 2013 of $620 million to $635 million and we remain on track to deliver at least $60 million in net synergies this year from the acquisition.”

Revenues for the quarter increased to $581.7 million from $571.9 million in the prior-year period, reflecting the higher retail volumes sold offset largely by lower average selling prices. The average wholesale cost of propane at Mont Belvieu, Texas, for the current quarter was approximately 7% lower than the average cost in the same period last year. Total margin increased $38.1 million principally due to the higher volumes sold and modestly higher average retail propane unit margins.

Operating and administrative expenses decreased $18.5 million reflecting synergies from the Heritage acquisition, lower transition expenses, and lower self-insured liability and casualty expenses. Operating income increased $54.9 million primarily reflecting the higher total margin and lower operating and administrative expenses partially offset by increased depreciation and amortization expenses ($3.0 million).

EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, and total margin are non-GAAP financial measures. Adjusted EBITDA is defined herein as earnings before interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, losses on extinguishment of debt and Heritage Propane acquisition and transition expenses. Total margin represents total revenues less total cost of sales. Management believes the presentation of these measures provides useful information to investors to more effectively evaluate the year-over-year results of operations of the Partnership. These measures are not comparable to measures used by other entities and should only be considered in conjunction with net income attributable to AmeriGas Partners, L.P. A reconciliation of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA to the most comparable GAAP financial measure is included on the last page of this press release.

About AmeriGas Partners, L.P.

AmeriGas is the nation’s largest retail propane marketer, serving over two million customers in all 50 states from approximately 2,100 distribution locations. UGI Corporation, through subsidiaries, is the sole General Partner and owns 26% of the Partnership. Heritage ETC, L.P., an affiliate of Energy Transfer Partners, L.P., owns 24% of the Partnership and the public owns the remaining 50%.

AmeriGas Partners, L.P. will hold a live Internet Audio Webcast of its conference call to discuss third quarter earnings and other current activities at 9:00 AM ET on Wednesday, July 31, 2013. Interested parties may listen to the audio webcast both live and in replay on the Internet at http://investors.amerigas.com/investor-relations/events-presentations or at the company website http://www.amerigas.com under Investor Relations. A telephonic replay will be available from 12:00 PM ET on July 31 through 9:00 PM ET on August 5. The replay may be accessed at 1-877-344-7529, conference ID 10019735 and International access 1-412-317-0088, conference ID 10019735.

Comprehensive information about AmeriGas is available on the Internet at http://www.amerigas.com.

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements which management believes to be reasonable as of today’s date only. Actual results may differ significantly because of risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond management’s control. You should read the Partnership’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for a more extensive list of factors that could affect results. Among them are adverse weather conditions, cost volatility and availability of propane, increased customer conservation measures, the capacity to transport propane to our market areas, the impact of pending and future legal proceedings, political, economic and regulatory conditions in the U.S. and abroad, and our ability to successfully integrate acquired businesses and achieve anticipated synergies. The Partnership undertakes no obligation to release revisions to its forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances occurring after today.
           
AMERIGAS PARTNERS, L.P. AND SUBSIDIARIES
REPORT OF EARNINGS
(Thousands, except per unit and where otherwise indicated)
(Unaudited)
 
 
 
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
June 30, June 30, June 30,
  2013     2012     2013     2012     2013     2012  
Revenues:
Propane $ 518,361 $ 507,529 $ 2,413,802 $ 2,227,576 $ 2,863,857 $ 2,646,322
Other   63,358     64,416     220,771     183,755     281,001     225,142  
  581,719     571,945     2,634,573     2,411,331     3,144,858     2,871,464  
 
Costs and expenses:
Cost of sales - propane 283,037 312,487 1,306,728 1,394,860 1,554,526 1,683,983
Cost of sales - other 22,657 21,516 63,460 52,962 87,569 68,186
Operating and administrative expenses 224,452 242,905 733,267 655,090 966,870 801,627
Depreciation 41,738 38,311 117,668 94,593 157,300 115,717
Amortization 10,775 11,204 32,825 23,902 43,821 27,119
Other income, net   (7,579 )   (6,190 )   (23,385 )   (16,931 )   (32,975 )   (22,090 )
  575,080     620,233     2,230,563     2,204,476     2,777,111     2,674,542  
Operating income (loss) 6,639 (48,288 ) 404,010 206,855 367,747 196,922
Gain (loss) on extinguishments of debt 0 30 0 (13,349 ) - (32,665 )
Interest expense   (41,247 )   (41,853 )   (124,219 )   (103,431 )   (163,429 )   (119,584 )
(Loss) income before income taxes (34,608 ) (90,111 ) 279,791 90,075 204,318 44,673
Income tax benefit (expense)   59     208     (516 )   (1,006 )   (1,441 )   (909 )
Net (loss) income (34,549 ) (89,903 ) 279,275 89,069 202,877 43,764
Add net loss (deduct net income) attributable to noncontrolling interests   (46 )   521     (3,997 )   (2,041 )   (3,602 )   (1,931 )
Net (loss) income attributable to AmeriGas Partners, L.P. $ (34,595 ) $ (89,382 ) $ 275,278   $ 87,028   $ 199,275   $ 41,833  
 

General partner's interest in net (loss) income attributable to AmeriGas Partners, L.P.
$ 5,045   $ 3,355   $ 16,648   $ 9,628   $ 20,139   $ 10,742  
 

Limited partners' interest in net (loss) income attributable to AmeriGas Partners, L.P.
$ (39,640 ) $ (92,737 ) $ 258,630   $ 77,400   $ 179,136   $ 31,091  
 
 
(Loss) income per limited partner unit (a)
 
Basic $ (0.43 ) $ (1.00 ) $ 2.70   $ 0.91   $ 1.92   $ 0.33  
 
Diluted $ (0.43 ) $ (1.00 ) $ 2.70   $ 0.91   $ 1.92   $ 0.33  
 
Average limited partner units outstanding:
Basic   92,838     92,783     92,830     77,615     92,824     72,466  
 
Diluted   92,838     92,783     92,904     77,668     92,899     72,520  
 
SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION:
 
Retail gallons sold (millions) 224.7 204.0 1,039.8 814.3 1,243.0 960.7
EBITDA (b) $ 59,106 $ 1,778 $ 550,506 $ 309,960 $ 565,266 $ 305,162
Adjusted EBITDA (b) $ 68,968 $ 16,785 $ 571,252 $ 350,201 $ 605,307 $ 364,719
Expenditures for property, plant and equipment:
Maintenance capital expenditures $ 12,645 $ 11,203 $ 33,992 $ 34,507 $ 44,550 $ 44,518
Transition capital related to Heritage integration $ 4,749 $ 3,000 $ 15,730 $ 4,343 $ 28,995 $ 4,343
Growth capital expenditures $ 8,905 $ 10,961 $ 31,014 $ 31,414 $ 40,067 $ 39,430
 
(a) Income per limited partner unit is computed in accordance with accounting guidance regarding the application of the two-class method for determining earnings per share as it relates to master limited partnerships. Refer to Note 2 to the consolidated financial statements included in the AmeriGas Partners, L.P. Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2012.
 
(b) Earnings before interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization ("EBITDA") should not be considered as an alternative to net income attributable to AmeriGas Partners, L.P. (as an indicator of operating performance) and is not a measure of performance or financial condition under accounting principles generally accepted in the United States ("GAAP"). Management believes EBITDA is a meaningful non-GAAP financial measure used by investors to (1) compare the Partnership's operating performance with that of other companies within the propane industry and (2) assess the Partnership's ability to meet loan covenants. The Partnership's definition of EBITDA may be different from those used by other companies.

 
Management uses EBITDA to compare year-over-year profitability of the business without regard to capital structure as well as to compare the relative performance of the Partnership to that of other master limited partnerships without regard to their financing methods, capital structure, income taxes or historical cost basis. In view of the omission of interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization from EBITDA, management also assesses the profitability of the business by comparing net income attributable to AmeriGas Partners, L.P. for the relevant years.
 
Management also uses EBITDA to assess the Partnership's profitability because its parent, UGI Corporation, uses the Partnership's EBITDA to assess the profitability of the Partnership which is one of UGI Corporation's reportable segments. UGI Corporation discloses the Partnership's EBITDA in its disclosure about reportable segments as the profitability measure for its domestic propane segment. EBITDA in the three, nine and twelve months ended June 30, 2013 includes acquisition and transition expense of $9,862, $20,746 and $40,041, respectively, associated with the Heritage Propane acquisition. EBITDA in the three, nine and twelve months ended June 30, 2012 includes acquisition and transition expense of $15,037, $26,892 and $26,892, respectively, associated with the Heritage Propane acquisition. EBITDA in the nine and twelve months ended June 30, 2012 includes pre-tax losses of $13,349 and $32,665, respectively, from extinguishments of debt.
 
The following table includes reconciliations of net income attributable to AmeriGas Partners, L.P. to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA (1) for all periods presented:
     
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
June 30, June 30, June 30,
2013   2012 2013   2012 2013   2012
 
Net (loss) income attributable to AmeriGas Partners, L.P. $ (34,595 ) $ (89,382 ) $ 275,278 $ 87,028 $ 199,275 $ 41,833
Income tax (benefit) expense (59 ) (208 ) 516 1,006 1,441 909
Interest expense 41,247 41,853 124,219 103,431 163,429 119,584
Depreciation 41,738 38,311 117,668 94,593 157,300 115,717
Amortization   10,775     11,204     32,825   23,902   43,821   27,119
EBITDA $ 59,106 $ 1,778 $ 550,506 $ 309,960 $ 565,266 $ 305,162
Heritage Propane acquisition and transition expense 9,862 15,037 20,746 26,892 40,041 26,892
(Gain) loss on extinguishments of debt   -     (30 )   -   13,349   -   32,665
Adjusted EBITDA (1) $ 68,968   $ 16,785   $ 571,252 $ 350,201 $ 605,307 $ 364,719
 
The following table includes a reconciliation of forecasted net income attributable to AmeriGas Partners, L.P. to forecasted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2013:
 
Forecast
Fiscal
Year
Ending
September 30,
2013
Net income attributable to AmeriGas Partners, L.P. (estimate) $ 233,500
Interest expense (estimate) 166,000
Income tax expense (estimate) 1,000
Depreciation (estimate) 158,000
Amortization (estimate)   44,000
EBITDA $ 602,500
Transition expenses (estimate)   25,000
Adjusted EBITDA (1) $ 627,500
 
(1) Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure. Management believes the presentation of this measure provides useful information to investors to more effectively evaluate the year-over-year results of operations of the Partnership. Management uses Adjusted EBITDA to exclude from AmeriGas Partners' EBITDA gains and losses that competitors do not necessarily have to provide additional insight into the comparison of year-over-year profitability to that of other master limited partnerships. This measure is not comparable to measures used by other entities and should only be considered in conjunction with net income attributable to AmeriGas Partners, L.P. for the relevant periods.

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