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Marlin Midstream Partners, LP Reports Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results

(July 30, 2014)

HOUSTON, July 30, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Marlin Midstream Partners, LP (Nasdaq:FISH), a Delaware limited partnership ("Marlin" or "the Partnership"), today announced financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2014.



For the second quarter of 2014, net income totaled $6.3 million, $0.35 per limited partner unit, and adjusted EBITDA1 was $9.0 million. Distributable cash flow1 for the second quarter of 2014 was $8.6 million resulting in a coverage ratio1 of over 1.3x for the period.



"In the second quarter of 2014, Marlin delivered another period of outstanding results for the Partnership along with the second consecutive quarter of increased distributions for unitholders," said Chairman and CEO W. Keith Maxwell III. "In addition, we are very excited to announce our first drop-down of a crude logistics transloading facility located in eastern New Mexico that will begin contributing to our EBITDA in the third quarter of 2014. As we enter the second half of the year, we continue to target 8 to 10 percent in annual EBITDA growth."


1Please see the tables at the end of this press release for a reconciliation of non-GAAP to GAAP measures and calculation of the coverage ratio.




Summary Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results



For the second quarter ended June 30, 2014, Marlin reported gross margin of $15.2 million compared to gross margin of $7.6 million, for the second quarter of 2013. The gross margin increase is attributable to the new crude oil logistics business segment and related contracts as well as the new gathering and processing contract entered into with Associated Energy Services, LP ("AES") at the closing of Marlin's IPO on July 31, 2013. 



For the midstream natural gas gathering and processing segment, gross margin was $11.8 million for the second quarter ended June 30, 2014. This compares to gathering and processing segment gross margin of $7.6 million for the second quarter ended June 30, 2013.



For the crude oil logistics segment, gross margin was $3.5 million for the second quarter ended June 30, 2014. Marlin's crude oil logistics assets became fully operational at July 31, 2013. As such, there are no material results of operations or material assets related to this segment for the periods prior to the IPO. 



On July 17, 2014, the board of directors of Marlin's general partner declared a quarterly cash distribution of $0.36 per unit, or $1.44 per unit on an annualized basis, for the second quarter ended June 30, 2014. This distribution represents an increase of 1.4% over the quarterly distribution of $0.355 per share ($1.42 on an annualized basis) paid for the prior quarter ended March 31, 2014. The quarterly distribution will be paid on August 5, 2014 to unitholders of record as of July 31, 2014.



Conference Call and Webcast  



Marlin will host a conference call to discuss second quarter 2014 results at 12:00 p.m. CT (1:00 p.m. ET) on Thursday, July 31, 2014.



Interested parties can listen to a live webcast of the call from the Events & Presentations page of the Marlin Investor Relations website at http://investor.marlinmidstream.com/events.cfm. An archived replay of the webcast will be available for 12 months following the live presentation.



The call can be accessed live over the telephone by dialing 1-888-427-9376, or 1-719-325-2463 for international callers. The passcode for the call is 2251987. A telephonic replay of the call will be available through August 8, 2014 and can be accessed by dialing 1-888-203-1112, or 1-719-457-0820 for international callers, with conference ID number 2251987.



About Marlin



Marlin is a fee-based, growth oriented Delaware limited partnership formed to develop, own, operate and acquire midstream energy assets. Marlin currently provides natural gas gathering, transportation, treating and processing services, NGL transportation services and crude oil transloading services. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Marlin's assets include two related natural gas processing facilities located in Panola County, Texas, a natural gas processing facility located in Tyler County, Texas, two natural gas gathering systems connected to its Panola County processing facilities, two NGL transportation pipelines that connect its Panola County and Tyler County processing facilities to third party NGL pipelines and two crude oil transloading facilities containing five crude oil transloaders.



www.marlinmidstream.com



Forward-Looking Statements



This press release may contain forward-looking statements concerning Marlin's operations, economic performance and financial condition. These statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology including "may," "will," "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "estimate," "continue," or other similar words. These statements discuss future expectations, contain projections of results of operations or financial condition or include other "forward-looking" information. Although Marlin believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, the Partnership can give no assurance that such expectations will be realized.



These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from expectations include, but are not limited to, the following risks and uncertainties:




  • the volume of natural gas we gather and process and the volume of NGLs we transport;


  • the volume of crude oil that we transload;


  • the level of production of crude oil and natural gas and the resultant market prices of crude oil, natural gas and NGLs;


  • the level of competition from other midstream natural gas companies and crude oil logistics companies in our geographic markets;


  • the level of our operating expenses;


  • regulatory action affecting the supply of, or demand for, crude oil or natural gas, the transportation rates we can charge on our pipelines, how we contract for services, our existing contracts, our operating costs or our operating flexibility;


  • capacity charges and volumetric fees that we pay for NGL fractionation services;


  • realized pricing impacts on our revenues and expenses that are directly subject to commodity price exposure;


  • the creditworthiness and performance of our customers, suppliers and contract counterparties, and any material nonpayment or non-performance by one or more of these parties;


  • damage to pipelines, facilities, plants, related equipment and surrounding properties caused by hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, fires, severe weather, explosions and other natural disasters and acts of terrorism including damage to third party pipelines or facilities upon which we rely for transportation services;


  • outages at the processing or fractionation facilities owned by us or third parties caused by mechanical failure and maintenance, construction and other similar activities;


  • leaks or accidental releases of products or other materials into the environment, whether as a result of human error or otherwise;


  • the level and timing of our expansion capital expenditures and our maintenance capital expenditures;


  • the cost of acquisitions, if any;


  •  the level of our general and administrative expenses, including reimbursements to our general partner and its affiliates for services provided to us;


  • our debt service requirements and other liabilities;


  • fluctuations in our working capital needs;


  • our ability to borrow funds and access capital markets;


  • restrictions contained in our debt agreements;


  • the amount of cash reserves established by our general partner;


  • other business risks affecting our cash levels; and


  • other factors discussed below and elsewhere in "Risk Factors" in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013, as amended, and in our other public filings and press releases.



Such risks and uncertainties could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement. Except as required by law, Marlin undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. 



Gross Margin, Adjusted EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow



Marlin uses gross margin, or revenues less cost of revenues, as the primary performance measure. Gross margin represents our profitability with minimal exposure to commodity price fluctuations, which we believe are not significant components of our operations. Marlin also uses adjusted EBITDA to analyze its performance and defines it as net income (loss) before interest expense (net of amounts capitalized) or interest income, income tax, non-cash equity based compensation, depreciation expense and any gain/loss from interest rate derivatives. Although Marlin has not quantified distributable cash flow on a historical basis, since the closing of the IPO Marlin now computes and presents this measure, defined as adjusted EBITDA plus interest income, less cash paid for interest expense, income tax, and maintenance capital expenditures.



Gross margin, adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow are non-GAAP supplemental financial measures that management and external users of Marlin's condensed consolidated and combined financial statements, such as industry analysts, investors, commercial banks and others, may use to assess:




  • the financial performance of Marlin's assets without regard to financing methods, capital structure or historical cost basis;


  • the ability of Marlin's assets to generate earnings sufficient to support the decision to make cash distributions to the unitholders and our general partner;


  • the ability to fund capital expenditures and incur and service debt;


  • Marlin's operating performance and return on capital as compared to those of other companies in the midstream energy sector, without regard to financing or capital structure; and


  • the attractiveness of capital projects and acquisitions and the overall rates of return on alternative investment opportunities.



Marlin's partnership agreement requires that, within 45 days after the end of each quarter, all of Marlin's available cash be distributed to unitholders of record on the applicable record date. 



Note Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Measures



Gross margin, adjusted EBITDA, and distributable cash flow are not financial measures presented in accordance with GAAP. Marlin believes that the presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures will provide useful information to investors in assessing Marlin's financial condition and results of operations. The GAAP measure most directly comparable to gross margin is operating income. The GAAP measure most directly comparable to adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow is net income. These measures should not be considered as an alternative to operating income, net income, or any other measure of financial performance presented in accordance with GAAP. Each of these non-GAAP financial measures has important limitations as an analytical tool because it excludes some but not all items that affect net income. You should not consider these non-GAAP financial measures in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of Marlin's results as reported under GAAP. Additionally, because each of these non-GAAP financial measures may be defined differently by other companies in the industry, Marlin's definition of them may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies, thereby diminishing their utility.




























































































































































































MARLIN MIDSTREAM PARTNERS, LP

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS 

(in thousands, except number of units)

(unaudited)

 

 

 

 

June 30, 2014

December 31, 2013

 

 

 

ASSETS

 

 

CURRENT ASSETS

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 $ 61

 $ 3,157

Accounts receivable

7,008

2,969

Accounts receivable—affiliates

2,932

3,632

Inventory

305

321

Prepaid assets

121

330

Other current assets

285

285

Total current assets

10,712

10,694

PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT, NET

164,626

162,548

OTHER ASSETS

757

900

TOTAL ASSETS

 $ 176,095

 $ 174,142

 

 

 

LIABILITIES AND PARTNERS' CAPITAL

 

 

CURRENT LIABILITIES

 

 

Accounts payable

 $ 2,024

 $ 2,791

Accrued liabilities

1,816

2,131

Accounts payable—affiliates

3,446

1,552

Long-term incentive plan payable - affiliates

189

2,752

Total current liabilities

7,475

9,226

LONG-TERM LIABILITIES

 

 

Long-term incentive plan payable - affiliates

290

291

Deferred taxes

81

75

Long-term debt

6,000

4,000

Total liabilities

13,846

13,592

PARTNERS' CAPITAL

 

 

Common units (8,889,343 and 8,724,545 issued and outstanding at June 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013, respectively)

144,931

142,587

Subordinated units (8,724,545 issued and outstanding at June 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013)

16,639

17,258

General partner units (356,104 issued and outstanding at June 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013)

679

705

Total Partners' Capital

162,249

160,550

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND PARTNERS' CAPITAL

 $ 176,095

 $ 174,142
































































































































































































































































 

MARLIN MIDSTREAM PARTNERS, LP

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED AND COMBINED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS 

(in thousands, except per unit amounts)

(unaudited)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended June 30,

Six Months Ended June 30,

 

2014

2013

2014

2013

 

 

 

 

 

REVENUES:

 

 

 

 

 Natural gas, NGLs and condensate revenue

 $ 5,736

 $ 3,844

 $ 9,341

 $ 7,080

 Gathering, processing, transloading and other revenue

7,134

6,450

13,817

10,674

 Gathering, processing, transloading and other revenue—affiliates

9,575

4

18,105

47

Total Revenues

22,445

10,298

41,263

17,801

OPERATING EXPENSES:

 

 

 

 

 Cost of natural gas, NGLs and condensate revenue

1,328

1,367

2,586

2,443

 Cost of natural gas, NGLs and condensate revenue—affiliates

5,912

1,313

8,862

2,765

 Operation and maintenance

2,433

3,445

4,814

7,082

 Operation and maintenance—affiliates

1,567

255

3,502

500

 General and administrative

987

962

1,719

2,115

 General and administrative—affiliates

1,049

359

2,814

694

 Property tax expense

331

319

630

553

 Depreciation expense

2,186

2,050

4,330

4,035

Loss on disposal of equipment

60


60


Total operating expenses

15,853

10,070

29,317

20,187

Operating income (loss)

6,592

228

11,946

 (2,386)

Interest expense, net of amounts capitalized

 (182)

 (1,426)

 (337)

 (2,724)

Gain (loss) on interest rate swap


5


 (6)

Net income (loss) before tax

6,410

 (1,193)

11,609

 (5,116)

 Income tax expense

 (68)

 (13)

 (137)

 (24)

Net income (loss)

 $ 6,342

 $ (1,206)

 $ 11,472

 $ (5,140)

 

 

 

 

 

Net income

 $ 6,342

 

 $ 11,472

 

Less: general partner interest in net income

 (127)

 

 (230)

 

Limited partner interest in net income

 $ 6,215

 

 $ 11,242

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income per limited partner common unit - basic

$ 0.35

 

$ 0.64

 

Net income per limited partner common unit - diluted

$ 0.35

 

$ 0.62

 

Net income per limited partner subordinated unit - basic and diluted

$ 0.36

 

$ 0.64

 





































































































































































































































 

MARLIN MIDSTREAM PARTNERS, LP

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED AND COMBINED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS 

(in thousands)

(unaudited)

 

 

 

 

Six Months Ended June 30,

 

2014

2013

 

 

 

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:

 

 

Net income (loss)

 $ 11,472

 $ (5,140)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash flows provided by operating activities:

 

 

Loss on disposal of equipment

60


Depreciation expense

4,330

4,035

Amortization of deferred financing costs

143

334

Equity-based compensation

1,468


Deferred taxes

7


Unrealized loss on derivatives


 (34)

Changes in assets and liabilities:

 

 

(Increase) decrease in accounts receivable

 (4,039)

2,558

(Increase) decrease in accounts receivable—affiliates

700

 (60)

(Increase) decrease in inventory

17

 (65)

(Increase) decrease in prepaid assets

208

 (47)

Increase in other current assets


 (2,704)

Decrease in other assets


709

Increase in accounts payable

496

1,752

Increase (decrease) in accrued liabilities

 (316)

192

Increase (decrease) in accounts payable—affiliates

1,894

 (4,089)

Decrease in long-term incentive plan payable

(1,071)


Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities

15,369

 (2,559)

CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:

 

 

Purchases of property, plant and equipment

 (7,730)

 (8,414)

Net cash used in investing activities

 (7,730)

 (8,414)

CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:

 

 

Capital contributions


3,574

Borrowing of long-term debt

12,500

8,000

Repayments on long-term debt

 (10,500)

 (3,625)

Distributions

 (12,735)


Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

 (10,735)

7,949

NET DECREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS

 (3,096)

 (3,024)

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS—Beginning of Period

3,157

5,555

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS—End of Period

 $ 61

 $ 2,531

 

 

 

Supplemental Cash Flow Information:

 

 

Cash paid for interest

 $ 215

 $ 2,807

Accrual of Construction-in-progress and capital expenditures

 $ 145

 $ 1,706

Cash paid for income taxes

 $ 70

 $ 40


SEGMENT INFORMATION



The Partnership's revenues are derived from two operating segments: gathering and processing, and crude oil logistics.   These segments, along with our corporate segment, are monitored separately by management for performance and are consistent with internal financial reporting. These segments have been identified based on the differing products and services, regulatory environment, and expertise required for their respective operations. 



The following table presents financial information by segment:






















































































































Three months ended June 30, 2014:

 

 

 

 

 

Gathering &

Crude Oil

Corporate and

Marlin Midstream

In Thousands

Processing

Logistics

Consolidation

Partners, LP

Total Revenues

 $ 18,991

 $ 3,454

$ —

 $ 22,445

Cost of revenues

7,240



7,240

Gross Margin

11,751

3,454


15,205

 

 

 

 

 

Operation and maintenance

3,442

467

91

4,000

General and administrative



2,036

2,036

Other operating expenses

2,566

11


2,577

 Operating income

5,743

2,976

 (2,127)

6,592

 

 

 

 

 

Interest expense, net of amounts capitalized



 (182)

 (182)

Net income before tax

5,743

2,976

 (2,309)

6,410

 Income tax expense



 (68)

 (68)

 Net income (loss)

 $ 5,743

 $ 2,976

 $ (2,377)

 $ 6,342


KEY PERFORMANCE METRICS



Management uses a variety of financial and operating metrics to analyze performance. These metrics are significant factors in assessing the results of operations and profitability and include: (i) gross margin; (ii) volume commitments and throughput volumes (including gathering, plant, and transloader throughput); (iii) operation and maintenance expenses; (iv) adjusted EBITDA; and (v) distributable cash flow.














































In Thousands, except volume data

Three Months Ended June 30,

 

2014

2013

Gross Margin

 $ 15,205

 $ 7,618

Gas volumes (MMcf/d) (1)

222

 

Transloading volumes (Bbls/d) (1)

18,980

 

Adjusted EBITDA

 $ 9,000

 $ 2,278

Distributable Cash Flow (2)

 $ 8,637

 

(1) Volumes reflect the minimum volume commitment under our fee-based contracts or actual throughput, whichever is greater, for the post-IPO period.

(2) We will distribute available cash within 45 days after the end of the quarter, beginning with the quarter ended September 30, 2013.


Gross margin is calculated as follows:




























































In Thousands

Three Months Ended June 30,

 

2014

2013

Total operating income (loss)

 $ 6,592

 $ 228

 Operation and maintenance

2,433

3,445

 Operation and maintenance-affiliates

1,567

255

 General and administrative

987

962

 General and administrative-affiliates

1,049

359

 Property tax expense

331

319

 Depreciation expense

2,186

2,050

 Loss on disposal of equipment

60


Gross Margin

 $ 15,205

 $ 7,618


Adjusted EBITDA is calculated as follows:


















































In Thousands

Three Months Ended June 30,

 

2014

2013

Net income (loss)

 $ 6,342

 $ (1,206)

Interest expense, net of amounts capitalized

182

1,426

Income tax expense

68

13

Depreciation expense

2,186

2,050

Equity based compensation

222


(Gain) loss on interest rate swap


 (5)

Adjusted EBITDA

 $ 9,000

 $ 2,278


Distributable cash flow is calculated as follows: 






























































Distributable cash flow:

Three Months Ended June 30, 2014

In Thousands

 

Net income

 $ 6,342

Add:

 

 Interest expense, net of amounts capitalized

182

 Income tax expense

68

 Depreciation expense

2,186

 Equity based compensation

222

Adjusted EBITDA

9,000

Less:

 

 Maintenance capital expenditures

 (175)

 Cash interest expense

 (120)

 Income tax expense

 (68)

Distributable cash flow

 $ 8,637

CONTACT: Investor Contact:

Financial Profiles, Inc.
Kristen Papke, (206) 623-2233
FISH@finprofiles.com



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