UGI Reports Record Fiscal 2016 Earnings

UGI Corporation (NYSE: UGI) today reported GAAP net income of $364.7 million, or $2.08 per diluted share, for the year ended September 30, 2016, compared to $281.0 million, or $1.60 per diluted share, for the year ended September 30, 2015. Adjusted net income was $360.0 million, or $2.05 per diluted share, compared to $353.8 million, or $2.01 per diluted share, for the years ended September 30, 2016 and 2015, respectively. Adjusted net income excludes the impact of unrealized gains and losses on commodity derivative instruments, Finagaz integration and acquisition expenses, and losses from early extinguishments of debt. A reconciliation of adjusted net income to GAAP net income is set forth at the end of this release.

John L. Walsh, president and chief executive officer of UGI, said, "This was a year of strong execution as we were able to deliver record earnings despite significantly warmer weather. This performance demonstrates the contributions of our highly accretive investments as well as our focus on unit margin management and operational efficiency.

"All of our businesses made significant progress on their initiatives, including these milestones:
  • UGI Utilities executed a record amount of capital investment this past year, added over 16,000 heating customers and filed a base rate case for UGI Gas which went into effect last month.
  • Midstream & Marketing began construction of the Sunbury pipeline as well as its new LNG liquefaction plant, and awaits the final environmental impact statement for the PennEast pipeline.
  • UGI International is on track with its integration of Finagaz, as well as the integrations of smaller-scale acquisitions at Flaga and AvantiGas.
  • AmeriGas delivered solid unit margins despite weather that was significantly warmer than the prior year, and made progress on its acquisition, national account, and cylinder growth platforms."

The company announced earnings guidance for fiscal 2017 last month. For the year ending September 30, 2017, it expects to report adjusted diluted earnings per share of $2.30 to $2.45, assuming normal weather and excluding mark-to-market gains and losses on commodity derivative instruments and Finagaz integration expenses. Because we are unable to predict certain potentially material items affecting diluted earnings per share on a GAAP basis, principally mark-to-market gains and losses on commodity derivative instruments and Finagaz integration expenses, we cannot reconcile 2017 adjusted diluted earnings per share, a non-GAAP measure, to diluted earnings per share, the most directly comparable GAAP measure, in reliance on the "unreasonable efforts" exception set forth in SEC rules.
 

Segment Performance (millions, except where otherwise indicated)
 

AmeriGas Propane 1 :
 
For the year ended September 30,   2016   2015   Increase (Decrease)
Revenues $ 2,311.8 $ 2,885.3 $ (573.5 )   (19.9 )%
Total margin (a) $ 1,447.0 $ 1,545.3 $ (98.3 ) (6.4 )%
Partnership operating and administrative expenses $ 928.8 $ 953.3 $ (24.5 ) (2.6 )%
Operating income $ 356.3 $ 427.6 $ (71.3 ) (16.7 )%
Loss on extinguishments of debt $ 48.9 $ $ 48.9 N.M.
Partnership Adjusted EBITDA $ 543.0 $ 619.2 $ (76.2 ) (12.3 )%
Retail gallons sold 1,065.5 1,184.3 (118.8 ) (10.0 )%
Degree days - % (warmer) than normal (15.0 )% (2.9 )%
Capital expenditures $ 101.7 $ 102.0 $ (0.3 ) (0.3 )%
 
  • Retail gallons sold decreased primarily due to temperatures that were 15% warmer than normal and 12.5% warmer than the prior year.
  • Total margin decreased primarily reflecting lower retail total margin due to the decrease in retail gallons sold and, to a much lesser extent, lower margin from ancillary sales and services.
  • Partnership operating and administrative expenses decreased primarily reflecting lower vehicle fuel, employee compensation and benefits, and uncollectible accounts expenses, partially offset by higher uninsured litigation expenses.
  • Partnership Adjusted EBITDA decreased principally reflecting the lower total margin partially offset by lower operating and administrative expenses.
 

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UGI, through subsidiaries, is the sole General Partner and owns 26% of AmeriGas Partners, L.P.
 
 

UGI International:
 
For the year ended September 30,   2016   2015   Increase (Decrease)
Revenues $ 1,868.8 $ 1,808.5 $ 60.3   3.3 %
Total margin (a) $ 965.0 $ 688.5 $ 276.5 40.2 %
Operating and administrative expenses $ 639.7 $ 493.7 $ 146.0 29.6 %
Operating income $ 206.6 $ 112.8 $ 93.8 83.2 %
Income before income taxes $ 182.0 $ 76.4 $ 105.6 138.2 %
Finagaz integration and acquisition expenses $ 27.9 $ 22.6 $ 5.3 23.5 %
Costs associated with extinguishment of debt $ $ 10.3 $ (10.3 ) N.M.
Adjusted income before income taxes $ 209.9 $ 109.3 $ 100.6 92.0 %
Retail gallons sold 820.5 697.0 123.5 17.7 %
Degree days - % (warmer) than normal
UGI France (13.9 )% (11.0 )%
Capital expenditures $ 99.9 $ 87.5 $ 12.4 14.2 %
 
  • Results for fiscal 2016 include the full-year results of Finagaz, which was acquired on May 29, 2015. The Finagaz acquisition nearly doubled our retail distribution business in France and is a significant contributor to the variances in the table above.
  • Total retail gallons sold were higher, principally reflecting incremental retail gallons attributable to Finagaz and, to a lesser extent, retail gallons associated with small-scale acquisitions at Flaga and AvantiGas. These increases were partially offset by Flaga exiting its lower-margin autogas business in Poland.
  • Total margin increased primarily reflecting incremental margin from Finagaz and, to a lesser extent, higher average unit margins in our legacy UGI France and Flaga businesses and the impact of the small-scale acquisitions at Flaga and AvantiGas.
  • Operating expenses increased primarily reflecting incremental expenses associated with Finagaz.
  • The increase in operating income primarily reflects the higher total margin, partially offset by increased operating, administrative, and depreciation expenses.
 

Midstream & Marketing:
 
For the year ended September 30,   2016   2015   Increase (Decrease)
Revenues $ 866.6 $ 1,163.6 $ (297.0 )   (25.5 )%
Total margin (a) $ 264.4 $ 309.0 $ (44.6 ) (14.4 )%
Operating and administrative expenses $ 90.9 $ 98.6 $ (7.7 ) (7.8 )%
Operating income $ 146.7 $ 182.6 $ (35.9 ) (19.7 )%
Income before income taxes $ 144.6 $ 180.5 $ (35.9 ) (19.9 )%
Degree days - % (warmer) colder than normal (17.8 )% 4.5 %
Capital expenditures $ 140.4 $ 88.0 $ 52.4 59.5 %
 
  • Results reflect temperatures that were 17.8% warmer than normal and 20.5% warmer than the prior year.
  • Total margin decreased principally reflecting lower capacity management ($41.7 million), natural gas and retail power ($14.9 million), electric generation ($9.4 million), and HVAC total margin. These decreases were partially offset by higher natural gas gathering ($15.6 million) and peaking ($11.8 million) margin.
  • The lower capacity management margin reflects lower prices for pipeline capacity as the current year experienced lower locational basis differentials in capacity values between Marcellus and non-Marcellus delivery points.
  • Natural gas gathering margins increased reflecting the expansion of natural gas gathering assets.
  • Peaking margins increased reflecting increased demand for peaking services.
  • Operating and administrative expenses were slightly lower principally reflecting lower operating expenses associated with our HVAC business on lower activity.
 

UGI Utilities:
 
For the year ended September 30,   2016   2015   Increase (Decrease)
Revenues $ 768.5 $ 1,041.6 $ (273.1 )   (26.2 )%
Total margin (a) $ 473.9 $ 525.2 $ (51.3 ) (9.8 )%
Operating and administrative expenses $ 192.7 $ 218.3 $ (25.6 ) (11.7 )%
Operating income $ 200.9 $ 241.7 $ (40.8 ) (16.9 )%
Income before income taxes $ 163.3 $ 200.6 $ (37.3 ) (18.6 )%
System throughput - billions of cubic feet ("bcf")
Core market 66.2 81.3 (15.1 ) (18.6 )%
Total 212.4 213.5 (1.1 ) (0.5 )%
Gas Utility Degree days - % (warmer) colder than normal (13.6 )% 6.4 %
Capital expenditures $ 262.5 $ 197.7 $ 64.8 32.8 %
 
  • Gas Utility core market throughput decreased reflecting temperatures that were 13.6% warmer than normal and 17.8% warmer than the prior year.
  • Total margin decreased primarily reflecting lower throughput from Gas Utility core market customers and lower Electric Utility margin.
  • Operating and administrative expenses decreased primarily reflecting lower information technology project costs, and, to a lesser extent, lower uncollectible accounts, system maintenance expenses, and employee benefits.
  • Operating income decreased due to lower total margin, higher depreciation, and lower other operating income which includes higher environmental expense, lower margin from off-system sales, lower revenue from construction services, and higher interest on PGC overcollections.
 
(a) Total margin represents total revenue less total cost of sales and excludes pre-tax gains and losses on commodity derivative instruments not associated with current period transactions. In the case of UGI Utilities, total margin is also reduced by revenue-related taxes of $4.8 million and $5.6 million, in 2016 and 2015, respectively.
 

About UGI

UGI is a distributor and marketer of energy products and services. Through subsidiaries, UGI operates natural gas and electric utilities in Pennsylvania, distributes propane both domestically and internationally, manages midstream energy and electric generation assets in Pennsylvania, and engages in energy marketing in the Mid-Atlantic region. UGI, through subsidiaries, is the sole General Partner and owns 26% of AmeriGas Partners, L.P. (NYSE:APU), the nation's largest retail propane distributor.

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