•   Net income of $19.9 million; EBITDA of $36.1 million, up 27% versus Q1 2016 •   Increased quarterly distribution to $0.4525 per unit; 13th consecutive increase since IPO •   Distributable cash flow of $28.1 million, up 25% compared to Q1 2016

EL PASO, Texas, May 02, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Western Refining Logistics, LP (NYSE:WNRL) today reported first quarter 2017 net income attributable to limited partners of $19.9 million, or $0.22 per common limited partner unit, which compares to $14.0 million and $0.28, respectively, in the first quarter 2016. First quarter 2017 EBITDA was $36.1 million and distributable cash flow was $28.1 million; this compares to $28.5 million and $22.5 million, respectively, for the first quarter 2016.

"WNRL delivered an increase in net income, EBITDA, distributable cash flow and its 13th consecutive quarter of distribution growth driven primarily by increases in Delaware Basin mainline movements and the recent acquisition of the St. Paul Park logistics assets," said Jeff Stevens, President and Chief Executive Officer of WNRL's general partner.  "Our Wholesale fuel business had a good quarter due to strong margins. We also saw strong growth in our crude oil and asphalt trucking volumes in the Delaware."

On April 28, 2017, the board of directors declared a quarterly cash distribution for the first quarter 2017 of $0.4525 per unit, or $1.81 per unit, on an annualized basis. This distribution represents a 15% compound annual growth rate since WNRL's October 2013 initial public offering.

Stevens concluded, "Delaware Basin rig activity and crude oil production growth continues to be positive. We believe we are well-positioned to increase net income, EBITDA and distributions as crude oil production increases and we fully leverage our logistics assets."

Conference Call Information

The Company issued a press release on April 5, 2017, announcing an earnings conference call on May 2, 2017, to discuss results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017.  On April 17, 2017, Tesoro Logistics LP ("TLLP"), filed a Schedule 13D, indicating that management of TLLP had been authorized to consider, discuss and endeavor to negotiate a merger, consolidation or combination of assets held by and securities issued by WNRL.  Consequently, WNRL will not be hosting a conference call.

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 approximately 705 miles of pipelines, approximately 12.4 million barrels of active storage capacity, distribution of wholesale petroleum products and crude oil and asphalt trucking.

More information about Western Refining Logistics, LP 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 continued growth of Delaware Basin rig activity and crude oil production; WNRL's ability to increase net income, EBITDA and distributions; increases in crude oil production; WNRL's ability to fully leverage its logistics assets; and the consideration and discussion of a merger, consolidation or combination of assets held by and securities issued by WNRL with Tesoro Logistics LP.  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
  March 31,
  2017   2016
  (Unaudited)
  (In thousands, except per unit data)
Revenues:      
Fee based:      
Affiliate $ 65,477     $ 51,928  
Third-party 619     690  
Sales based:      
Affiliate 125,067     97,529  
Third-party 413,529     317,892  
Total revenues 604,692     468,039  
Operating costs and expenses:      
Cost of products sold:      
Affiliate 122,699     95,149  
Third-party 394,600     300,441  
Operating and maintenance expenses 44,847     44,658  
Selling, general and administrative expenses 6,743     5,364  
Gain on disposal of assets, net (291 )   (99 )
Depreciation and amortization 9,732     9,338  
Total operating costs and expenses 578,330     454,851  
Operating income 26,362     13,188  
Other income (expense):      
Interest and debt expense (6,608 )   (7,052 )
Other income (expense), net 22     (118 )
Net income before income taxes 19,776     6,018  
Benefit (provision) for income taxes 110     (261 )
Net income 19,886     5,757  
Less net loss attributable to General Partner     (8,250 )
Net income attributable to limited partners $ 19,886     $ 14,007  
       
Net income per limited partner unit:      
Common - basic $ 0.22     $ 0.28  
Common - diluted 0.22     0.28  
Subordinated - basic and diluted 0.51     0.28  
       
Weighted average limited partner units outstanding:      
Common - basic 45,681     24,448  
Common - diluted 45,688     24,454  
Subordinated - basic and diluted 15,207     22,811  

  Three Months Ended
  March 31,
  2017   2016
  (Unaudited)
  (In thousands)
Cash Flow Data      
Net cash provided by (used in):      
Operating activities $ 43,346     $ 19,013  
Investing activities (5,107 )   (8,237 )
Financing activities (29,593 )   (26,728 )
Capital expenditures 5,470     8,356  
Other Data      
EBITDA (1) $ 36,116     $ 28,464  
Distributable cash flow (1) 28,075     22,528  
Balance Sheet Data (at end of period)      
Cash and cash equivalents $ 23,298     $ 28,653  
Property, plant and equipment, net 410,154     432,750  
Total assets 579,478     596,048  
Total liabilities 490,149     561,595  
Division equity     108,138  
Partners' capital 89,329     (73,685 )
Total liabilities, division equity and partners' capital 579,478     596,048  

(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 and liquidity 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 St. Paul Park Logistics Assets subsequent to the St. Paul Park Logistics Transaction for the three months ended March 31, 2017. The results of operations for the St. Paul Park Logistics Assets are excluded from the EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow calculations for the comparable periods in the prior year because a retrospective adjustment of these performance measures is not a representative measure of performance results.

The following tables reconcile net income attributable to limited partners and net cash provided by operating activities to EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow for the three months ended March 31, 2017 and 2016, respectively.
  Three Months Ended
  March 31,
  2017   2016
  (Unaudited)
  (In thousands)
Net income attributable to limited partners $ 19,886     $ 14,007  
Interest and debt expense 6,608     7,052  
Provision (benefit) for income taxes (110 )   261  
Depreciation and amortization 9,732     7,144  
EBITDA 36,116     28,464  
       
Change in deferred revenues 364     2,232  
Interest accruals (6,132 )   (6,709 )
Income taxes paid (89 )   (30 )
Maintenance capital expenditures (2,184 )   (1,429 )
Distributable cash flow $ 28,075     $ 22,528  

  Three Months Ended
  March 31,
  2017   2016
  (In thousands)
Net cash provided by operating activities $ 43,346     $ 19,013  
Changes in operating assets and liabilities (12,419 )   (3,150 )
Interest and debt expense 6,608     7,052  
Unit-based compensation expense (635 )   (524 )
Amortization of loan fees and original issue discount (492 )   (342 )
Deferred income taxes (488 )    
Gain on disposal of assets, net 291     99  
Provision (benefit) for income taxes (110 )   261  
Reserve for doubtful accounts 15     (1 )
EBITDA attributable to General Partner (1)     6,056  
EBITDA 36,116     28,464  
       
Change in deferred revenues 364     2,232  
Interest accruals (6,132 )   (6,709 )
Income taxes paid (89 )   (30 )
Maintenance capital expenditures (2,184 )   (1,429 )
Distributable cash flow $ 28,075     $ 22,528  

(1) The calculation of EBITDA attributable to General Partner is as follows:
  Three Months Ended
  March 31,
  2016
  (In thousands)
Net loss attributable to General Partner $ (8,250 )
Depreciation and amortization 2,194  
EBITDA attributable to General Partner $ (6,056 )

Logistics Segment

  Three Months Ended
  March 31,
  2017   2016
  (Unaudited)
  (In thousands, except key operating statistics)
Statement of Operations Data:      
Fee based revenues:      
Affiliate $ 49,637     $ 40,916  
Third-party 619     690  
Total revenues 50,256     41,606  
Operating costs and expenses:      
Operating and maintenance expenses 25,828     26,757  
General and administrative expenses 807     781  
Loss on disposal of assets, net 10      
Depreciation and amortization 8,581     8,155  
Total operating costs and expenses 35,226     35,693  
Operating income $ 15,030     $ 5,913  
Key Operating Statistics:      
Pipeline and gathering (bpd):      
Mainline movements (1):      
Permian/Delaware Basin system 53,136     49,486  
Four Corners system 47,480     52,467  
TexNew Mex system 4,402     12,544  
Gathering (truck offloading):      
Permian/Delaware Basin system 14,605     20,533  
Four Corners system 6,617     12,761  
Pipeline gathering and injection system:      
Permian/Delaware Basin system 11,972     7,885  
Four Corners system 24,068     24,437  
TexNew Mex system 5,336      
Tank storage capacity (bbls) (2) 959,087     828,202  
Terminalling, transportation and storage:      
Shipments into and out of storage (bpd) (includes asphalt) 584,476     388,258  
Terminal storage capacity (bbls) (2) 11,376,734     7,385,543  

(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.

(2) Storage shell capacities represent weighted-average capacities for the periods indicated.

Wholesale Segment
  Three Months Ended
  March 31,
  2017   2016
  (Unaudited)
  (In thousands, except key operating stats)
Statement of Operations Data:      
Fee based revenues (1):      
Affiliate $ 15,840     $ 11,012  
Sales based revenues (1):      
Affiliate 125,067     97,529  
Third-party 413,529     317,892  
Total revenues 554,436     426,433  
Operating costs and expenses:      
Cost of products sold:      
Affiliate 122,699     95,149  
Third-party 394,600     300,441  
Operating and maintenance expenses 19,019     17,901  
Selling, general and administrative expenses 2,294     1,905  
Gain on disposal of assets, net (301 )   (99 )
Depreciation and amortization 1,151     1,183  
Total operating costs and expenses 539,462     416,480  
Operating income $ 14,974     $ 9,953  
Key Operating Statistics:      
Fuel gallons sold (in thousands) 302,050     314,943  
Fuel gallons sold to retail (included in fuel gallons sold above) (in thousands) 79,113     79,841  
Fuel margin per gallon (2) $ 0.042     $ 0.028  
Lubricant gallons sold (in thousands) 1,321     2,201  
Lubricant margin per gallon (3) $ 1.08     $ 0.69  
Asphalt trucking volume (bpd) 5,205      
Crude oil trucking volume (bpd) 48,894     35,111  
Average crude oil revenue per barrel $ 2.26     $ 2.24  

(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 business 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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