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LEXINGTON, KY, Aug. 07, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Rhino Resource Partners LP (OTCQB: RHNO) (“Rhino” or the “Partnership”) announced today its financial and operating results for the quarter ended June 30, 2019. For the quarter, the Partnership reported net income of $0.1 million and Adjusted EBITDA of $7.5 million, compared to a net loss of $3.0 million and Adjusted EBITDA of $4.6 million in the second quarter of 2018. Diluted net loss per common unit was $0.01 for the quarter compared to diluted net loss per common unit of $0.23 for the second quarter of 2018. Total revenues for the quarter were $65.6 million, with coal sales generating $65.1 million of the total, compared to total revenues of $54.9 million and coal revenues of $54.2 million in the second quarter of 2018. (Refer to “Reconciliations of Adjusted EBITDA” included later in this release for reconciliations to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures).
The Partnership continued the suspension of the cash distribution for its common units for the current quarter. No distributions have been declared for common or subordinated units for the quarter ended June 30, 2019.
Rick Boone, President and Chief Executive Officer of Rhino’s general partner, stated, “Our positive EBITDA during the second quarter was an improvement over the first quarter despite continued adverse geological conditions at our Central Appalachia mining operations. We expect the adverse geological conditions at our Central Appalachia operations to improve during the remainder of this year. Strong prices in the coal markets, especially met coal prices, resulted in increased coal revenues year-over-year as sales tons remained relatively flat. However, cost increases due to the continued adverse geology at our Central Appalachia operations drove cost per ton upward during the second quarter of 2019 compared to last year and increases in labor costs, contract services and higher steel prices for roof support increased costs at our other operations year-over-year.
For the remainder of 2019, we have contracted for the majority of our coal production at prices exceeding 2018 levels with our only open positions at our Central Appalachia operations for a small portion of our met and steam coal tons. We have received and responded to several customer bid proposals for 2020 business and believe we are well positioned to contract coal sales at very acceptable prices for next year and potentially beyond. Rhino implemented changes in senior mine management at our Central Appalachia and Northern Appalachia operations in the second quarter to emphasize a renewed focus on lowering costs and improving productivity at these operations. We believe these steps and renewed focus on cost controls will lead to improved financial results for the remainder of 2019.
We continued to encounter adverse mining conditions during the quarter at our Remining 3 surface mine in Central Appalachia as we encountered previous, unmapped mining works that resulted in fewer met tons produced than expected, which adversely impacted our financial results. In Northern Appalachia, while we have fully transitioned the Hopedale mine into the 7-seam reserve area of the mine, we encountered sandstone partings in a coal seam during the quarter, which resulted in higher costs than expected. We expect mining conditions and costs to improve throughout 2019 as we progress the mine into the main body of the 7-seam reserve area. The construction of the new ventilation shaft at Hopedale progressed well during the quarter and the raise-bore shaft recently broke through to the surface at the mine. We expect the construction of the new airshaft will be completed soon and it will provide improved mining conditions for the remaining life of the mine upon its completion. Our Castle Valley mine continued to perform well during the quarter with strong financial results. The Pennyrile operation continues to focus on costs and productivity as higher steel prices for roof support and increased maintenance costs during the quarter adversely impacted this mine’s operating results.
We remain committed to providing a safe working environment for our employees by keeping safety as the top priority at all of our operations. We are proud of our employees who continually promote our safety-first culture as part of our core principles.
We believe our focus on the cost control measures we have implemented and our expectation that the coal markets will remain strong will result in stronger financial results for the remainder of 2019.”
Coal Operations Update
The table below displays Rhino’s committed coal sales for the periods indicated.
|Q3-Q4 2019||Year 2020||Year 2021|
|Avg Price||Tons||Avg Price||Tons||Avg Price||Tons|
|Northern Appalachia/Illinois Basin||$||41.37||977,163||$||40.02||1,320,000||$||41.91||800,000|
Evaluating Financial Results
Rhino management uses a variety of non-GAAP financial measurements to analyze the Partnership’s performance, including (1) Adjusted EBITDA, (2) coal revenues per ton and (3) cost of operations per ton.
Adjusted EBITDA. Adjusted EBITDA represents net income before deducting interest expense, income taxes and depreciation, depletion and amortization, while also excluding certain non-cash and/or non-recurring items including provision for doubtful accounts. Adjusted EBITDA is used by management primarily as a measure of the operating performance of the Partnership’s segments. Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered an alternative to net income, income from operations, cash flows from operating activities or any other measure of financial performance or liquidity presented in accordance with GAAP. Because not all companies calculate Adjusted EBITDA identically, the Partnership’s calculation may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies. (Refer to “Reconciliations of Adjusted EBITDA” included later in this release for reconciliations of Adjusted EBITDA to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures).
Coal Revenues Per Ton. Coal revenues per ton sold represents coal revenues divided by tons of coal sold. Coal revenues per ton is a key indicator of Rhino’s effectiveness in obtaining favorable prices for the Partnership’s product.
Cost of Operations Per Ton. Cost of operations per ton sold represents the cost of operations (exclusive of depreciation, depletion and amortization) divided by tons of coal sold. Rhino management uses this measurement as a key indicator of the efficiency of operations.
Overview of Financial Results
Results for the three months ended June 30, 2019 included:
Total coal revenues increased approximately 20.0% primarily due to higher contracted prices for tons sold across all segments during the second quarter of 2019. We also experienced an increase in demand for higher priced met tons from our Central Appalachia operations during the second quarter of 2019. Total cost of operations increased by 20.5% during the second quarter of 2019 primarily due to the increases in operating costs as discussed above.
Results for the six months ended June 30, 2019 included:
Total coal revenues and coal revenues per ton increased year-over-year by approximately 13.3% and 12.0%, respectively, due to an increase in contracted sale prices across all segments during the first six months of 2019. Total cost of operations increased by 15.3% and the cost of production per ton increased by 14.0% during the first six months of 2019. Both increases were primarily due to an increase in costs such as labor, contract services and equipment maintenance at several segments during the six months ended June 30, 2019.
The Partnership produces and markets coal from surface and underground mines in Kentucky, West Virginia, Ohio and Utah. For the quarter ended June 30, 2019, the Partnership had four reportable business segments: Central Appalachia, Northern Appalachia, Rhino Western and Illinois Basin. Additionally, the Partnership has an Other category that includes its ancillary businesses.
|(In millions, except per ton data and %)||Second Quarter 2019||Second Quarter 2018||% Change* 2Q19/2Q18||Year to Date 2019||Year to Date 2018||% Change* 2019/2018|
|Coal revenues per ton*||$||89.08||$||67.05||32.9||%||$||83.23||$||67.25||23.8||%|
|Cost of operations||$||32.4||$||23.3||39.0||%||$||59.0||$||50.2||17.6||%|
|Cost of operations per ton*||$||82.07||$||55.69||47.4||%||$||75.27||$||57.25||31.5||%|
|Coal revenues per ton*||$||48.63||$||40.79||19.2||%||$||49.27||$||40.96||20.3||%|
|Cost of operations||$||8.6||$||5.6||54.2||%||$||15.5||$||10.7||44.2||%|
|Cost of operations per ton*||$||49.91||$||58.40||(14.5||%)||$||52.67||$||57.82||(8.9||%)|
|Coal revenues per ton*||$||37.62||$||35.86||4.9||%||$||37.10||$||35.90||3.3||%|
|Cost of operations||$||5.9||$||7.6||(22.4||%)||$||13.1||$||13.6||(3.7||%)|
|Cost of operations per ton*||$||26.32||$||31.44||(16.3||%)||$||28.40||$||29.24||(2.9||%)|
|Coal revenues per ton||$||39.45||$||39.22||0.6||%||$||39.47||$||38.97||1.3||%|
|Cost of operations||$||13.7||$||13.5||1.6||%||$||28.2||$||25.5||10.8||%|
|Cost of operations per ton||$||41.31||$||38.86||6.3||%||$||42.73||$||39.39||8.5||%|
|Coal revenues per ton||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a|
|Cost of operations||$||(0.8||)||$||(0.4||)||123.1||%||$||(1.4||)||$||(0.7||)||80.2||%|
|Cost of operations per ton||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a|
|Coal revenues per ton*||$||57.95||$||49.19||17.8||%||$||55.88||$||49.88||12.0||%|
|Cost of operations||$||59.8||$||49.6||20.5||%||$||114.4||$||99.3||15.3||%|
|Cost of operations per ton*||$||53.20||$||44.97||18.3||%||$||51.99||$||45.62||14.0||%|
* Percentages, totals and per ton amounts are calculated based on actual amounts and not the rounded amounts presented in this table.
** The activities performed by Rhino’s ancillary businesses do not directly relate to coal production. As a result, coal revenues per ton and costs of operations per ton are not presented for the Other category.
Additional information for the Central Appalachia segment detailing the types of coal produced and sold, premium high-vol met coal and steam coal, is presented below. Note that the Partnership’s Northern Appalachia, Rhino Western and Illinois Basin segments currently produce and sell only steam coal.
|(In thousands, except per ton data and %)||Second Quarter 2019||Second Quarter 2018||% Change* 2Q19 / 2Q18||Year to Date 2019||Year to Date 2018||% Change* 2019 / 2018|
|Met coal tons sold||226.6||151.6||49.4||%||375.7||364.2||3.2||%|
|Steam coal tons sold||168.4||267.2||(37.0||%)||408.6||513.0||(20.4||%)|
|Total tons sold||395.0||418.8||(5.7||%)||784.3||877.2||(10.6||%)|
|Met coal revenue||$||25,437||$||14,878||71.0||%||$||42,135||$||34,129||23.5||%|
|Steam coal revenue||$||9,749||$||13,199||(26.1||%)||$||23,138||$||24,861||(6.9||%)|
|Total coal revenue||$||35,186||$||28,077||25.3||%||$||65,273||$||58,990||10.7||%|
|Met coal revenues per ton||$||112.26||$||98.12||14.4||%||$||112.15||$||93.72||19.7||%|
|Steam coal revenues per ton||$||57.89||$||49.41||17.2||%||$||56.63||$||48.46||16.9||%|
|Total coal revenues per ton||$||89.08||$||67.05||32.9||%||$||83.23||$||67.25||23.8||%|
|Met coal tons produced||118.8||124.0||(4.2||%)||241.3||250.5||(3.7||%)|
|Steam coal tons produced||275.4||358.2||(23.1||%)||584.2||639.1||(8.6||%)|
|Total tons produced||394.2||482.2||(18.3||%)||825.5||889.6||(7.2||%)|
* Percentages are calculated based on actual amounts and not the rounded amounts presented in this table.
Second Quarter 2019 Financial and Operational Results Conference Call
The Partnership will not host a conference call this quarter. Any inquiries can be made to the Partnership’s investor relations department.
About Rhino Resource Partners LP
Rhino Resource Partners LP is a diversified energy limited partnership that is focused on coal and energy related assets and activities, including energy infrastructure investments. Rhino produces metallurgical and steam coal in a variety of basins throughout the United States. Additional information regarding Rhino is available on its web site – RhinoLP.com.
Forward Looking Statements
Except for historical information, statements made in this press release are “forward-looking statements.” All statements, other than statements of historical facts, included in this press release that address activities, events or developments that Rhino expects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements, including the statements and information included under the heading “Coal Operations Update.” These forward-looking statements are based on Rhino’s current expectations and beliefs concerning future developments and their potential effect on Rhino’s business, operating results, financial condition and similar matters. While management believes that these forward-looking statements are reasonable as and when made, there can be no assurance that future developments affecting Rhino will turn out as Rhino anticipates. Whether actual results and developments in the future will conform to expectations is subject to significant risks, uncertainties and assumptions, many of which are beyond Rhino’s control or ability to predict. Therefore, actual results and developments could materially differ from Rhino’s historical experience, present expectations and what is expressed, implied or forecast in these forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the following: Rhino’s future levels of indebtedness, liquidity and compliance with debt covenants; volatility and recent declines in the price of Rhino’s common units; decline in coal prices, which depend upon several factors such as the supply of domestic and foreign coal, the demand for domestic and foreign coal, governmental regulations, price and availability of alternative fuels for electricity generation and prevailing economic conditions; declines in demand for electricity and coal; current and future environmental laws and regulations, which could materially increase operating costs or limit Rhino’s ability to produce and sell coal; extensive government regulation of mine operations, especially with respect to mine safety and health, which imposes significant actual and potential costs; difficulties in obtaining and/or renewing permits necessary for operations; the availability and prices of competing electricity generation fuels; a variety of operating risks, such as unfavorable geologic conditions, adverse weather conditions and natural disasters, mining and processing equipment unavailability, failures and unexpected maintenance problems and accidents, including fire and explosions from methane; poor mining conditions resulting from the effects of prior mining; the availability and costs of key supplies and commodities such as steel, diesel fuel and explosives; fluctuations in transportation costs or disruptions in transportation services, which could increase competition or impair Rhino’s ability to supply coal; a shortage of skilled labor, increased labor costs or work stoppages; Rhino’s ability to secure or acquire new or replacement high-quality coal reserves that are economically recoverable; material inaccuracies in Rhino’s estimates of coal reserves and non-reserve coal deposits; existing and future laws and regulations regulating the emission of sulfur dioxide and other compounds, which could affect coal consumers and reduce demand for coal; federal and state laws restricting the emissions of greenhouse gases; Rhino’s ability to acquire or failure to maintain, obtain or renew surety bonds used to secure obligations to reclaim mined property; Rhino’s dependence on a few customers and its ability to find and retain customers under favorable supply contracts; changes in consumption patterns by utilities away from the use of coal, such as changes resulting from low natural gas prices; changes in governmental regulation of the electric utility industry; defects in title in properties that Rhino owns or losses of any of its leasehold interests; Rhino’s ability to retain and attract senior management and other key personnel; material inaccuracy of assumptions underlying reclamation and mine closure obligations; and weakness in global economic conditions.
Other factors that could cause Rhino’s actual results to differ from its projected results are described in its filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K.
Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. Rhino undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements after the date they are made, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, unless required by law.
|RHINO RESOURCE PARTNERS LP|
|UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL POSITION|
|June 30,||December 31,|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||1,592||$||6,172|
|Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts ($-0- and $0.7 million as of June 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively.)||22,595||15,126|
|Advance royalties, current portion||1,118||548|
|Investment in available for sale securities||-||1,872|
|Prepaid expenses and other||3,698||2,766|
|Total current assets||47,750||33,057|
|PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT:|
|At cost, including coal properties, mine development and construction costs||452,998||450,888|
|Less accumulated depreciation, depletion and amortization||(287,855||)||(277,029||)|
|Net property, plant and equipment||165,143||173,859|
|Operating lease right-of-use assets (net)||12,759||-|
|Advance royalties, net of current portion||7,973||8,026|
|Deposits - Workers' Compensation and Surety Programs||7,943||8,266|
|Other non-current assets||25,123||25,410|
|LIABILITIES AND EQUITY|
|Accrued expenses and other||11,994||10,107|
|Accrued preferred distributions||600||3,210|
|Current portion of operating lease liabilities||3,211||-|
|Current portion of long-term debt||5,036||2,174|
|Current portion of asset retirement obligations||465||465|
|Total current liabilities||47,745||30,141|
|Long-term debt, net||20,705||22,458|
|Asset retirement obligations, net of current portion||18,646||18,084|
|Operating lease liabilities, net of current portion||9,181||-|
|Other non-current liabilities||41,746||41,500|
|Total non-current liabilities||90,278||82,042|
|COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES|
|Investment in Royal common stock||(4,126||)||(4,126||)|
|Common unit warrants||1,264||1,264|
|Total partners' capital||128,668||136,435|
RHINO RESOURCE PARTNERS LP
|UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS|
|(In thousands, except per unit data)|
|Three Months Ended June 30,||Six Months Ended June 30,|
|COSTS AND EXPENSES:|
|Cost of operations (exclusive of depreciation, depletion and|
|amortization shown separately below)||59,756||49,592||114,403||99,245|
|Freight and handling costs||1,778||1,472||2,933||2,376|
|Depreciation, depletion and amortization||5,616||5,677||11,166||11,104|
|Selling, general and administrative (exclusive of depreciation,|
|depletion and amortization shown separately above)||3,475||2,800||6,217||5,496|
|Loss/(gain) on sale/disposal of assets, net||(6,884||)||(3,496||)||(6,662||)||(6,434||)|
|Total costs and expenses||63,741||56,045||128,057||111,787|
|INCOME/(LOSS) FROM OPERATIONS||1,847||(1,122||)||(3,731||)||(2,064||)|
|INTEREST AND OTHER (EXPENSE)/INCOME:|
|Interest expense and other||(1,735||)||(1,913||)||(3,436||)||(3,798||)|
|Interest income and other||-||-||6|
|Total interest and other (expense)||(1,735||)||(1,913||)||(3,436||)||(3,792||)|
|INCOME/(LOSS) BEFORE INCOME TAXES||112||(3,035||)||(7,167||)||(5,856||)|
|General partner's interest in net (loss)||$||(1||)||$||(14||)||$||(32||)||$||(27||)|
|Common unitholders' interest in net (loss)||$||(172||)||$||(3,061||)||$||(7,114||)||$||(5,917||)|
|Subordinated unitholders' interest in net (loss)||$||(15||)||$||(269||)||$||(621||)||$||(521||)|
|Preferred unitholders' interest in net income||$||300||$||309||$||600||$||609|
|Net (loss)/income per limited partner unit, basic:|
|Net (loss)/income per limited partner unit, diluted:|
|Weighted average number of limited partner units outstanding, basic:|
|Weighted average number of limited partner units outstanding, diluted:|
Reconciliations of Adjusted EBITDA
The following tables present reconciliations of Adjusted EBITDA to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures for each of the periods indicated (note: DD&A refers to depreciation, depletion and amortization).
|($ in millions)||Second Quarter 2019||Second Quarter 2018||Year to Date 2019||Year to Date 2018|
|Depreciation, depletion and amortization (DD&A)||5.6||5.7||11.2||11.1|
|Plus: Loss from sale of non-core asset (1)||0.1||-||0.8||-|
|Three months ended June 30,||Six months ended June 30,|
|Net cash (used in)/provided by operating activities||$||(1.7||)||$||(1.7||)||$||(1.2||)||$||6.6|
|Increase in net operating assets||2.2||1.9||1.7||-|
|Gain on sale of assets||6.9||3.5||6.6||6.4|
|Decrease in deferred revenue||-||0.2||-||0.2|
|Decrease in net operating assets||-||-||5.7|
|Amortization of advance royalties||0.6||0.2||1.0||0.4|
|Amortization of debt discount||0.1||0.1||0.2||0.2|
|Amortization of debt issuance costs||0.6||0.4||1.1||0.8|
|Loss on retirement of advance royalties||0.1||-||0.2||0.1|
|Equity based compensation||-||0.2||-||0.2|
|Accretion on asset retirement obligations||0.3||0.3||0.6||0.6|
|Plus: Loss from sale of non-core assets (1)||0.1||-||0.8||-|
(1) During the three and six months ended June 30, 2019, we sold parcels of land owned in western Colorado for proceeds less than our carrying value of the land that resulted in a losses of approximately $0.1 million and $0.8 million, respectively. This land is a non-core asset that we chose to monetize despite the loss incurred. We believe that the isolation and presentation of this specific item to arrive at Adjusted EBITDA is useful because it enhances investors’ understanding of how we assess the performance of our business. We believe the adjustment of this item provides investors with additional information that they can utilize in evaluating our performance. Additionally, we believe the isolation of this item provides investors with enhanced comparability to prior and future periods of our operating results.