• Net income of $20.8 million; EBITDA of $36.8 million, up 33% from Q4 2015
  • Increased quarterly distribution to $0.4375 per unit; 12th consecutive increase since IPO
  • Distributable cash flow of $27.7 million, up 34% compared to Q4 2015

EL PASO, Texas, Feb. 28, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Western Refining Logistics, LP (NYSE:WNRL), reported fourth quarter 2016 net income attributable to limited partners of $20.8 million, or $0.31 per common limited partner unit, which compares to $14.8 million and $0.30 respectively in the fourth quarter 2015. Fourth quarter 2016 EBITDA was $36.8 million and distributable cash flow was $27.7 million; this compares to $27.7 million and $20.8 million respectively for the fourth quarter 2015.

"We are proud of the success we achieved in 2016.  We had a number of organic growth projects in the Delaware Basin and Four Corners area that are generating cash flow and we completed the acquisition of the St. Paul Park logistics assets in the Upper Midwest," said Jeff Stevens, President and Chief Executive Officer of WNRL's general partner.  "Crude oil production estimates in the Permian Basin are increasing, which should provide additional opportunities to grow throughput on our system in 2017."

On January 31, 2017, the board of directors declared a quarterly cash distribution for the fourth quarter 2016 of $0.4375 per unit, or $1.75 per unit on an annualized basis. This distribution represents a 3.6% increase over the third quarter distribution of $0.4225 per unit, and an 11.5% increase over the fourth quarter 2015 distribution.

Stevens continued, "With the organic projects we have completed in 2016 and with several nearing completion, between Western Refining (NYSE: WNR) and WNRL, we now have an integrated crude oil logistics system from the Four Corners to Wink, Texas.  This system, which includes pipelines, crude oil terminals and storage tanks for segregating and blending crude oil, is ideal for supplying WNR's refineries and for gathering and marketing crude oil for third parties.  We are excited about the potential for further development of our logistics presence in the Permian and Williston Basins."

Conference Call Information

On Tuesday, February 28, 2017, at 3:00 p.m. ET, WNRL will hold a webcast and conference call to discuss the reported results and provide an update on partnership operations. The call will be webcast and can be accessed at Western Refining Logistics' website, www.wnrl.com. The call can also be heard by dialing (844) 831-3028 or (315) 625-6887, pass code: 49159984. The audio replay will be available two hours after the end of the call through March 7, 2017 by dialing (855) 859-2056 or (404) 537-3406, pass code: 49159984.

About Western Refining Logistics, LP

Western Refining Logistics, LP is principally a fee-based, growth-oriented master limited partnership formed by Western Refining, Inc. (NYSE:WNR) to own, operate, develop and acquire terminals, storage tanks, pipelines and other logistics assets related to the terminalling, transportation and storage of crude oil and refined products. Headquartered in El Paso, Texas, Western Refining Logistics, LP's assets include 705 miles of pipelines, approximately 12.4 million barrels of active storage capacity, distribution of wholesale petroleum products and crude oil trucking.

More information about Western Refining Logistics is available at www.wnrl.com.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to our financial information presented in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), management utilizes non-GAAP measures to facilitate comparisons of past performance. This press release and supporting schedules include the non-GAAP measures Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA) and Distributable Cash Flow. We believe certain investors and financial analysts use EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow to evaluate WNRL's financial performance between periods and to compare WNRL's performance to certain competitors. We believe certain investors and financial analysts use Distributable Cash Flow to determine the amount of cash available for distribution to our unitholders. These additional financial measures are reconciled from the most directly comparable measures as reported in accordance with GAAP and should be viewed in addition to, and not in lieu of, financial information that we report in accordance with GAAP.

Cautionary Statement on Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements reflect WNRL's current expectation regarding future events, results or outcomes. The forward-looking statements contained herein include statements related to, among other things: the ability of WNRL's organic growth projects to generate cash flow; increase of crude oil production in the Permian Basin; growth of WNRL's system; completion of WNRL's on-going organic growth project; the ability of WNRL's assets to supply WNR's refineries; WNRL's ability to gather and market crude oil for third parties; and further development of WNRL's logistics presence in the Permian and Williston Basins.  These statements are subject to the general risks inherent in WNRL's business. These expectations may or may not be realized and some of these expectations may be based upon assumptions or judgments that prove to be incorrect. In addition, WNRL's business and operations involve numerous risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond its control, which could result in WNRL's expectations not being realized, or otherwise materially affect WNRL's financial condition, results of operations, and cash flows. Additional information relating to the uncertainties affecting WNRL's business is contained in its filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission to which you are referred. The forward-looking statements are only as of the date made. Except as required by law, WNRL does not undertake any obligation to (and expressly disclaims any obligation to) update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date such statements were made, or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

Results of Operations

The following tables set forth WNRL's summary historical financial and operating data for the periods indicated below:
  Three Months Ended   Year Ended
  December 31,   December 31,
  2016   2015   2016   2015
  (In thousands, except per unit data)
Revenues:              
Fee based:              
Affiliate $ 65,482     $ 52,381     $ 223,124     $ 203,435  
Third-party 730     682     2,911     2,771  
Sales based:              
Affiliate 123,574     126,693     479,033     582,888  
Third-party 417,030     396,141     1,517,650     1,810,773  
Total revenues 606,816     575,897     2,222,718     2,599,867  
Operating costs and expenses:              
Cost of products sold:              
Affiliate 121,124     124,177     468,935     573,264  
Third-party 399,607     376,676     1,447,178     1,734,873  
Operating and maintenance expenses 43,833     44,611     174,936     175,767  
Selling, general and administrative expenses 5,532     6,546     23,386     25,063  
Gain and impairments on disposal of assets, net (91 )   (21 )   (1,054 )   (278 )
Depreciation and amortization 9,772     9,568     39,242     35,384  
Total operating costs and expenses 579,777     561,557     2,152,623     2,544,073  
Operating income 27,039     14,340     70,095     55,794  
Other income (expense):              
Interest and debt expense (6,358 )   (6,691 )   (25,972 )   (23,107 )
Other income (expense), net 17     15     (70 )   66  
Net income before income taxes 20,698     7,664     44,053     32,753  
Provision for income taxes 54     307     (706 )   (47 )
Net income 20,752     7,971     43,347     32,706  
Less net loss attributable to General Partner     (6,871 )   (23,309 )   (29,867 )
Net income attributable to limited partners $ 20,752     $ 14,842     $ 66,656     $ 62,573  
               
Net income per limited partner unit:              
Common - basic $ 0.31     $ 0.30     $ 1.16     $ 1.31  
Common - diluted 0.31     0.30     1.16     1.30  
Subordinated - basic and diluted 0.31     0.29     1.21     1.30  
               
Weighted average limited partner units outstanding:              
Common - basic 38,074     24,314     29,979     24,084  
Common - diluted 38,095     24,321     29,994     24,099  
Subordinated - basic and diluted 22,811     22,811     22,811     22,811  

  Three Months Ended   Year Ended
  December 31,   December 31,
  2016   2015   2016   2015
  (In thousands)
Cash Flow Data              
Net cash provided by (used in):              
Operating activities $ 27,471     $ 19,136     $ 108,180     $ 72,546  
Investing activities (1,392 )   (13,864 )   (25,005 )   (67,119 )
Financing activities (27,969 )   (32,039 )   (113,128 )   (15,120 )
Capital expenditures 5,690     13,917     30,308     67,625  
Other Data              
EBITDA (1) $ 36,828     $ 27,703     $ 126,212     $ 106,662  
Distributable cash flow (1) 27,737     20,774     100,059     78,631  
Balance Sheet Data (at end of period)              
Cash and cash equivalents         $ 14,652     $ 44,605  
Property, plant and equipment, net         412,170     430,141  
Total assets         580,854     610,222  
Total debt         313,032     437,467  
Total liabilities         482,530     570,632  
Division equity             108,013  
Partners' capital         98,324     (68,423 )
Total liabilities, division equity and partners' capital         580,854     610,222  

(1) We define EBITDA as earnings before interest and debt expense, provision for income taxes and depreciation and amortization. We define Distributable Cash Flow as EBITDA plus the change in deferred revenues, less interest accruals, income taxes paid, maintenance capital expenditures and distributions declared on our TexNew Mex units. The GAAP performance measure most directly comparable to EBITDA is net income. The GAAP liquidity measure most directly comparable to EBITDA and distributable cash flow is net cash provided by operating activities. These non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered alternatives to GAAP net income or net cash provided by operating activities.

EBITDA has limitations as an analytical tool, and you should not consider it in isolation, or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP. Some of these limitations are:

  • EBITDA does not reflect our cash expenditures or future requirements for capital expenditures or contractual commitments;
  • EBITDA does not reflect the interest expense or the cash requirements necessary to service interest or principal payments on our debt;
  • EBITDA does not reflect changes in, or cash requirements for, our working capital needs; and
  • EBITDA, as we calculate it, may differ from the EBITDA calculations of our affiliates or other companies in our industry, thereby limiting its usefulness as a comparative measure.

EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow are used as supplemental financial measures by management and by external users of our financial statements, such as investors and commercial banks, to assess:
  • our operating performance as compared to those of other companies in the midstream energy industry, without regard to financial methods, historical cost basis or capital structure;
  • the ability of our assets to generate sufficient cash to make distributions to our unitholders;
  • our ability to incur and service debt and fund capital expenditures; and
  • the viability of acquisitions and other capital expenditure projects and the returns on investment of various investment opportunities.

Distributable Cash Flow is a standard used by the investment community with respect to publicly traded partnerships because the value of a partnership unit is, in part, measured by its yield. Yield is based on the amount of cash distributions a partnership can pay to a unitholder. Although distributable cash flow is a liquidity measure, it is presented in this reconciliation to net income as supplemental information. 

We believe that the presentation of these non-GAAP measures provides useful information to investors in assessing our financial condition and results of operations. These non-GAAP measures should not be considered as alternatives to net income or any other measure of financial performance presented in accordance with GAAP. EBITDA excludes some, but not all, items that affect net income attributable to limited partners. These non-GAAP measures may vary from those of other companies. As a result, EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow as presented herein may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies. 

The calculation of EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow includes the results of operations for the period subsequent to the Offering, the results of operations for the wholesale segment for the period subsequent to the Wholesale Acquisition, the results of the TexNew Mex Pipeline System subsequent to the TexNew Mex Pipeline Acquisition and the results of the St. Paul Park Logistics Assets subsequent to the St. Paul Park Logistics Transaction.

The following table reconciles net income attributable to limited partners to EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow for the periods presented:
  Three Months Ended   Year Ended
  December 31,   December 31,
  2016   2015   2016   2015
  (In thousands)
Net income attributable to limited partners $ 20,752     $ 14,842     $ 66,656     $ 62,573  
Interest and debt expense 6,358     6,691     25,972     23,107  
Provision for income taxes (54 )   (307 )   706     47  
Depreciation and amortization 9,772     6,477     32,878     20,935  
EBITDA 36,828     27,703     126,212     106,662  
               
Change in deferred revenues 864     1,122     9,002     3,351  
Interest accruals (6,154 )   (6,345 )   (25,312 )   (21,836 )
Income taxes paid (171 )   281     (415 )   (456 )
Maintenance capital expenditures (3,630 )   (1,677 )   (9,428 )   (9,562 )
Distributions on TexNew Mex Units     (310 )       (310 )
Proceeds from asset sale to affiliate             782  
Distributable cash flow $ 27,737     $ 20,774     $ 100,059     $ 78,631  

Logistics
 
  Three Months Ended   Year Ended
  December 31,   December 31,
  2016   2015   2016   2015
  (In thousands, except key operating statistics)
Revenues:              
Fee based revenues:              
Affiliate $ 52,312     $ 43,813     $ 178,600     $ 161,536  
Third-party 730     682     2,911     2,771  
Total revenues 53,042     44,495     181,511     164,307  
Operating costs and expenses:              
Operating and maintenance expenses 25,596     25,809     101,328     99,430  
General and administrative expenses 627     785     2,627     2,953  
Loss (gain) and impairments on disposal of assets, net     22     (17 )   146  
Depreciation and amortization 8,627     8,412     33,710     30,898  
Total operating costs and expenses 34,850     35,028     137,648     133,427  
Operating income $ 18,192     $ 9,467     $ 43,863     $ 30,880  
Key Operating Statistics              
Pipeline and gathering (bpd) (1):              
Mainline movements:              
Permian/Delaware Basin system 52,090     52,068     51,805     47,368  
TexNew Mex system 7,790     14,566     9,543     12,302  
Four Corners system 49,278     60,115     53,204     56,079  
Gathering (truck offloading) (bpd):              
Permian/Delaware Basin system 16,809     21,865     17,662     23,617  
Four Corners system 8,417     13,589     10,464     13,438  
Pipeline Gathering and Injection system:              
Permian/Delaware Basin system 14,706     7,367     12,295     5,861  
TexNew Mex system 3,379         1,354      
Four Corners system 26,788     26,360     25,052     24,490  
Tank storage capacity (bbls) (2) 959,087     783,879     898,307     669,356  
Terminalling, transportation and storage:              
Shipments into and out of storage (bpd) (includes asphalt) 568,288     377,698     441,865     391,842  
Terminal storage capacity (bbls) (2) 11,376,805     7,397,408     8,564,061     7,447,391  

(1) Some barrels of crude oil in route to Western's Gallup refinery and Permian/Delaware Basin are transported on more than one of our mainlines. Mainline movements for the Four Corners and Delaware Basin systems include each barrel transported on each mainline. During the second quarter of 2015, we began shipping crude oil from the Four Corners system, through the TexNew Mex Pipeline System, to the Permian/Delaware system.(2) Storage shell capacities represent weighted-average capacities for the periods indicated.

Wholesale
 
  Three Months Ended   Year Ended
  December 31,   December 31,
  2016   2015   2016   2015
  (In thousands, except key operating statistics)
Revenues:              
Fee based revenues (1):              
Affiliate $ 13,170     $ 8,568     $ 44,524     $ 41,899  
Sales based revenues (1):              
Affiliate 123,574     126,693     479,033     582,888  
Third party 417,030     396,141     1,517,650     1,810,773  
Total revenues 553,774     531,402     2,041,207     2,435,560  
Operating costs and expenses:              
Cost of products sold:              
Affiliate 121,124     124,177     468,935     573,264  
Third-party 399,607     376,676     1,447,178     1,734,873  
Operating and maintenance expenses 18,237     18,802     73,608     76,337  
Selling, general and administrative expenses 1,484     2,150     7,607     8,865  
Gain and impairments on disposal of assets, net (91 )   (43 )   (1,037 )   (424 )
Depreciation and amortization 1,145     1,156     5,532     4,486  
Total operating costs and expenses 541,506     522,918     2,001,823     2,397,401  
Operating income $ 12,268     $ 8,484     $ 39,384     $ 38,159  
Key Operating Statistics:              
Fuel gallons sold (in thousands) 317,998     318,186     1,258,027     1,237,994  
Fuel gallons sold to retail (included in fuel gallons sold, above) (in thousands) 81,521     78,780     332,214     314,604  
Fuel margin per gallon (2) $ 0.030     $ 0.026     $ 0.028     $ 0.030  
Lubricant gallons sold (in thousands) 1,385     2,728     6,787     11,697  
Lubricant margin per gallon (3) $ 0.83     $ 0.77     $ 0.85     $ 0.73  
Asphalt trucking volume (bpd) 5,518         4,727      
Crude oil trucking volume (bpd) 40,586     39,675     38,582     45,337  
Average crude oil revenue per barrel $ 2.12     $ 2.35     $ 2.16     $ 2.53  

(1) All wholesale fee based revenues are generated through fees charged to Western's refining segment for truck transportation and delivery of crude oil and asphalt. Affiliate and third-party sales based revenues result from sales of refined products to Western and third-party customers at a delivered price that includes charges for product transportation.(2) Fuel margin per gallon is a measurement calculated by dividing the difference between fuel sales, net of transportation charges, and cost of fuel sales for our wholesale segment by the number of gallons sold. Fuel margin per gallon is a measure frequently used in the petroleum products wholesale industry to measure operating results related to fuel sales.(3) Lubricant margin per gallon is a measurement calculated by dividing the difference between lubricant sales, net of transportation charges, and lubricant cost of products sold by the number of gallons sold. Lubricant margin is a measure frequently used in the petroleum products wholesale industry to measure operating results related to lubricant sales.
Investor and Analyst Contact:Michelle Clemente(602) 286-1533Jeffrey S. Beyersdorfer(602) 286-1530Media Contact:Gary W. Hanson(602) 286-1777

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