Ferrellgas Partners, L.P. Reports Third Quarter Fiscal 2022 Results

Liberty, Missouri, UNITED STATES


  • Financial Highlights
    • Revenues for the third fiscal quarter increased $82.8 million or 15% to $647.5 million, compared to $564.7 million in the prior year period.
    • Gross Profit for the third fiscal quarter increased $18.0 million or 7% to $281.4 million, compared to $263.4 million in the prior year period.
    • Operating Income per gallon for the third fiscal quarter increased $0.01 or 2% compared to the prior year period.
    • Net earnings attributable to Ferrellgas Partners, L.P. were $67.6 million for the third fiscal quarter compared to a net loss attributable to Ferrellgas Partners, L.P. of $66.8 million in the prior year period.
  • Company Highlights
    • Ferrellgas celebrated Earth Day with a month-long community service initiative.
    • Blue Rhino home delivery expansion continued to five new markets: Brooklyn, New York; Miami, Orlando, and Jacksonville, Florida; and the Chicagoland area.
    • The Company recognized 180 Ferrellgas employees in the areas of: Customer Service, Safety, Innovation and Leadership via the Ferrellgas Flame Awards.
    • The Company promoted Richard Mayberry to Vice President of Business Development and Joseph Figueroa to Vice President of Mergers and Acquisitions.

LIBERTY, Mo., June 10, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ferrellgas Partners, L.P. (OTC: FGPR) (“Ferrellgas” or the “Company”) today reported financial results for its third fiscal quarter ended April 30, 2022.

"At Ferrellgas, we believe in our people and our people believe in and support the communities they live and work in. I am very proud of the time and energy the employees of Ferrellgas gave back through community service in the month of April,” said James E. Ferrell, Chief Executive Officer and President. “Our mission is to Fuel Life Simply for our customers, and we know that begins with our almost 4,500 employees who care so much about the Ferrellgas customer.”

The Company continues to demonstrate its resilience in the face of ongoing macroeconomic headwinds with historically high commodity prices. Overall gallons sold were down 3% for the third fiscal quarter compared to the prior period, primarily due to the prior year favorable impact of outdoor living. These negative trends were offset by the Company’s management of the business, which includes its risk management activities as well as other previously announced strategic initiatives to achieve efficiencies in delivery of gallons and cost containment. The Company’s inventory position management assists in mitigating the risk from price fluctuations tied to fixed price purchases of propane.

The Company has positioned itself for long-term growth with a positive quarter in the midst of the challenging environment noted above. Revenues increased $82.8 million or 15% and gross profit increased $18.0 million or 7% for the third fiscal quarter compared to the prior year period. Margin per gallon for the quarter increased by $0.11, or 10% higher than the prior year period. Operating expenses as a percentage of total revenue were approximately 1% higher than the prior year period due to fuel costs, fleet costs, and wage increases. Cost of sales also had an unfavorable increase of $64.8 million or 21% compared to the prior year period driven by inflationary costs for materials and other commodities. Despite the rise in expenses, the Company increased operating income per gallon by $0.01, or 2% higher than the prior year period.

As a technology enabled logistics company, Ferrellgas continues to benefit from its nationwide footprint and focus on continuous improvement. Its dedicated and professional team of distribution managers, safety-minded delivery professionals, and a committed customer service organization provide the foundation for the Company to build on. A favorable credit position over the prior year period continues to position Ferrellgas well with suppliers. The Company’s continued emphasis on leadership development, excellence in operational expense management, and implementation of logistics fundamentals continues to increase efficiency and profitability.

For the third fiscal quarter, the Company reported net earnings attributable to Ferrellgas Partners, L.P. of $67.6 million compared to a net loss of $66.8 million in the prior year period, an increase of $134.4 million. Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure, decreased by $2.1 million or 2% to $117.1 million in the third fiscal quarter compared to $119.2 million in the prior year period. Excluding the impact of approximately $5.0 million in legal settlements during the third fiscal quarter, adjusted EBITDA would have increased $2.9 million compared to the prior year period.

“The commitment to excellence by our high performing operations teams has been key to our continued success,” Ferrell added. “Our management teams have continued to leverage technology and relationships to win in challenging environments. The dedicated employee-owners of Ferrellgas work together creating opportunities out of challenges. All across our company, hard working production specialists, material handlers, delivery professionals, and customer service specialists are making a difference in the lives of the Ferrellgas customer. I could not be more proud.”

As a leading national provider of propane, an environmentally friendly fuel, Ferrellgas embraced the celebration of Earth Day as under its theme #FerrellFuelsChange. Employee-owners throughout the Company committed during the month of April to initiatives designed to have a positive long-term environmental impact. These ranged from planting trees to hosting battery and plastic recycling drives to multiple community service activities.

In addition to previously announced home delivery services in other locations, Blue Rhino continues to expand its home delivery services. New markets include Brooklyn, New York; Miami, Orlando, and Jacksonville, Florida; and the Chicagoland area. In addition to the exchange and/or purchase of a ready-to-grill tank at convenient local tank exchange locations, residents of these areas can avoid an extra trip to the store and choose to have a Blue Rhino tank delivered to their doorstep.

As an active acquirer of propane marketers, Ferrellgas was pleased to announce the promotions of Richard Mayberry to Vice President of Business Development, and Joseph Figueroa to Vice President of Mergers and Acquisitions. Both are current employees of Ferrellgas and bring a wealth of industry knowledge and respect for the hard working professionals and owners in the propane industry.

On Friday, June 10, 2022, the Company will conduct a live teleconference on the Internet at https://edge.media-server.com/mmc/p/3urrfkcb to discuss the results of operations for the third fiscal quarter. The live webcast of the teleconference will begin at 12:30 p.m. Central Time (1:30 p.m. Eastern Time). Questions may be submitted via the investor relations e-mail box at InvestorRelations@ferrellgas.com.

About Ferrellgas

Ferrellgas Partners, L.P., through its operating partnership, Ferrellgas, L.P., and subsidiaries, serves propane customers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Its Blue Rhino propane exchange brand is sold at 60,000 retail locations nationwide. Ferrellgas employees indirectly own 1.1 million Class A Units of the partnership, through an employee stock ownership plan. Ferrellgas Partners, L.P. filed a Form 10-K with the Securities and Exchange Commission on October 15, 2021. Investors can request a hard copy of this filing free of charge and obtain more information about the partnership online at www.ferrellgas.com.

Forward Looking Statements

Statements in this release concerning expectations for the future are forward-looking statements. A variety of known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors could cause results, performance, and expectations to differ materially from anticipated results, performance, and expectations. These risks, uncertainties, and other factors include those discussed in the Form 10-K of Ferrellgas Partners, L.P., Ferrellgas Partners Finance Corp., Ferrellgas, L.P., and Ferrellgas Finance Corp. for the fiscal year ended July 31, 2021, and in other documents filed from time to time by these entities with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Contacts

Investor Relations – InvestorRelations@ferrellgas.com


FERRELLGAS PARTNERS, L.P. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands, except unit data)

(unaudited)

ASSETS    April 30, 2022 July 31, 2021
       
Current assets:      
Cash and cash equivalents (including $11,215 and $11,500 of restricted cash at April 30, 2022 and July 31, 2021, respectively) $229,095  $281,952 
Accounts and notes receivable, net  219,251   131,574 
Inventories  100,554   88,379 
Price risk management asset  78,787   78,001 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  35,363   39,092 
Total current assets  663,050   618,998 
       
Property, plant and equipment, net  594,362   582,118 
Goodwill, net  251,065   246,946 
Intangible assets (net of accumulated amortization of $438,161 and $432,032 at April 30, 2022 and July 31, 2021, respectively)  99,283   100,743 
Operating lease right-of-use asset  77,695   87,611 
Other assets, net  87,058   93,228 
Total assets $1,772,513  $1,729,644 
       
       
LIABILITIES, MEZZANINE AND EQUITY (DEFICIT)      
       
Current liabilities:      
Accounts payable $80,955  $47,913 
Broker margin deposit liability  67,200   79,178 
Current portion of long-term debt  1,979   1,670 
Current operating lease liabilities  26,041   25,363 
Other current liabilities  158,682   166,822 
Total current liabilities  334,857   320,946 
       
Long-term debt  1,448,830   1,444,890 
Operating lease liabilities  51,650   74,349 
Other liabilities  49,428   61,189 
       
Contingencies and commitments      
       
Mezzanine equity:      
Senior preferred units, net of issue discount and other offering costs (700,000 units outstanding at April 30, 2022 and July 31, 2021)  651,349   651,349 
       
Equity (Deficit):      
Limited partner unitholders      
Class A (4,857,605 units outstanding at April 30, 2022 and July 31, 2021)  (1,145,259)  (1,214,813)
Class B (1,300,000 units outstanding at April 30, 2022 and July 31, 2021)  383,012   383,012 
General partner unitholder (49,496 units outstanding at April 30, 2022 and July 31, 2021)  (70,971)  (72,178)
Accumulated other comprehensive income  76,454   88,866 
Total Ferrellgas Partners, L.P. deficit  (756,764)  (815,113)
Noncontrolling interest  (6,837)  (7,966)
Total deficit  (763,601)  (823,079)
Total liabilities, mezzanine and deficit $1,772,513  $1,729,644 


FERRELLGAS PARTNERS, L.P. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(in thousands, except per unit data)
(unaudited)

 Three months ended  Nine Months Ended  Twelve months ended
 April 30,  April 30,  April 30, 
 2022  2021  2022  2021  2022  2021
Revenues:                 
Propane and other gas liquids sales$622,211  $542,036  $1,652,419  $1,351,519  $1,969,752  $1,616,933 
Other 25,332   22,694   74,568   67,665   92,361   83,900 
Total revenues 647,543   564,730   1,726,987   1,419,184   2,062,113   1,700,833 
                  
Cost of sales:                 
Propane and other gas liquids sales 362,958   298,386   966,709   706,790   1,141,855   831,707 
Other 3,176   2,985   10,343   10,156   12,915   13,385 
                  
Gross profit  281,409   263,359   749,935   702,238   907,343   855,741 
                  
Operating expense - personnel, vehicle, plant & other 147,293   124,624   392,418   348,898   509,336   477,619 
Operating expense - equipment lease expense 5,775   6,770   17,487   20,462   24,087   28,755 
Depreciation and amortization expense 23,067   21,281   65,306   63,920   86,768   85,021 
General and administrative expense 10,962   15,205   39,321   48,760   50,626   58,065 
Non-cash employee stock ownership plan compensation charge 776   811   2,436   2,281   3,370   2,970 
(Gain) loss on asset sales and disposals 1,299   1,345   (6,566)  2,238   (6,973)  3,920 
                  
Operating income 92,237   93,323   239,533   215,679   240,129   199,391 
                  
Interest expense (23,965)  (42,189)  (74,499)  (149,010)  (99,105)  (203,024)
Loss on extinguishment of debt    (109,922)     (109,922)  5,088   (109,922)
Other income, net 99   553   4,406   4,169   4,483   3,923 
Reorganization expense - professional fees    (9,007)     (10,207)  (236)  (10,207)
                  
Earnings (loss) before income tax expense 68,371   (67,242)  169,440   (49,291)  150,359   (119,839)
                  
Income tax expense 248   193   825   606   960   663 
                  
Net earnings (loss) 68,123   (67,435)  168,615   (49,897)  149,399   (120,502)
                  
Net earnings (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interest (a) 537   (641)  1,230   (308)  836   (944)
                  
Net earnings (loss) attributable to Ferrellgas Partners, L.P.$67,586  $(66,794) $167,385  $(49,589) $148,563  $(119,558)
                  
Class A unitholders' interest in net earnings (loss)$7,336  $(74,057) $16,668  $(57,024) $(17,989) $(126,293)
                  
Net earnings (loss) per unitholders' interest                 
Basic and diluted net earnings (loss) per Class A Unit$1.51  $(15.25) $3.43  $(11.74) $(3.70) $(26.00)
Weighted average Class A Units outstanding - basic and diluted 4,858   4,858   4,858   4,858   4,858   4,858 


Supplemental Data and Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Items:

 Three months ended  Nine Months Ended  Twelve months ended
 April 30,  April 30,  April 30, 
 2022  2021  2022  2021  2022  2021
Net earnings (loss) attributable to Ferrellgas Partners, L.P.$67,586  $(66,794) $167,385  $(49,589) $148,563  $(119,558)
Income tax expense 248   193   825   606   960   663 
Interest expense 23,965   42,189   74,499   149,010   99,105   203,024 
Depreciation and amortization expense 23,067   21,281   65,306   63,920   86,768   85,021 
EBITDA 114,866   (3,131)  308,015   163,947   335,396   169,150 
Non-cash employee stock ownership plan compensation charge 776   811   2,436   2,281   3,370   2,970 
(Gain) loss on asset sales and disposal 1,299   1,345   (6,566)  2,238   (6,973)  3,920 
Loss on extinguishment of debt    109,922      109,922   (5,088)  109,922 
Other income, net (99)  (553)  (4,406)  (4,169)  (4,483)  (3,923)
Reorganization expense - professional fees    9,007      10,207   236   10,207 
Severance costs include $33, $117 and $117 in operating expense for the three, nine and twelve months ended April 30, 2022, respectively. Also include $16, $429 and $429 in general and administrative expense for the three, nine and twelve months ended April 30, 2022, respectively. 49      546   1,761   546   2,501 
Legal fees and settlements related to non-core businesses (303)  2,436   4,635   8,572   6,192   9,993 
Provision for doubtful accounts related to non-core businesses          (500)     16,825 
Lease accounting standard adjustment and other                27 
Net (earnings) loss attributable to noncontrolling interest (a) 537   (641)  1,230   (308)  836   (944)
Adjusted EBITDA (b) 117,125   119,196   305,890   293,951   330,032   320,648 
Net cash interest expense (c) (25,654)  (37,757)  (72,393)  (137,716)  (94,830)  (190,621)
Maintenance capital expenditures (d) (5,477)  (4,058)  (13,116)  (14,517)  (24,767)  (19,057)
Cash paid for income taxes (243)  (133)  (650)  (438)  (918)  (677)
Proceeds from certain asset sales 642   1,270   3,368   3,707   4,249   5,194 
Distributable cash flow attributable to equity investors (e) 86,393   78,518   223,099   144,987   213,766   115,487 
Less: Distributions accrued or paid to preferred unitholders 15,715   8,011   49,037   8,011   65,050   8,011 
Distributable cash flow attributable to general partner and non-controlling interest (1,720)  (1,571)  (4,462)  (2,900)  (4,275)  (2,310)
Distributable cash flow attributable to Class A and B Unitholders (f) 68,958   68,936   169,600   134,076   144,441   105,166 
Less: Distributions paid to Class A and B Unitholders       49,998      49,998    
Distributable cash flow excess (g)$68,958  $68,936  $119,602  $134,076  $94,443  $105,166 
                  
Propane gallons sales                 
Retail - Sales to End Users 198,783   200,028   529,884   536,124   625,817   621,801 
Wholesale - Sales to Resellers 52,943   60,128   158,955   176,970   210,010   262,804 
Total propane gallons sales 251,726   260,156   688,839   713,094   835,827   884,605 


(a)Amounts allocated to the general partner for its 1.0101% interest (excluding the economic interest attributable to the preferred unitholders) in the operating partnership, Ferrellgas, L.P.
  
(b)Adjusted EBITDA is calculated as net earnings (loss) attributable to Ferrellgas Partners, L.P., plus the sum of the following: income tax expense, interest expense, depreciation and amortization expense, non-cash employee stock ownership plan compensation charge, (gain) loss on asset sales and disposals, loss on extinguishment of debt, other income, net, reorganization expense – professional fees, severance costs, legal fees and settlements related to non-core businesses, provision for doubtful accounts related to non-core businesses, lease accounting standard adjustment and other and net (earnings) loss attributable to noncontrolling interest. Management believes the presentation of this measure is relevant and useful because it allows investors to view the partnership's performance in a manner similar to the method management uses, adjusted for items management believes make it easier to compare its results with other companies that have different financing and capital structures.
  
 Adjusted EBITDA, as management defines it, may not be comparable to similarly titled measurements used by other companies. Items added into our calculation of Adjusted EBITDA that will not occur on a continuing basis may have associated cash payments. Adjusted EBITDA should be viewed in conjunction with measurements that are computed in accordance with GAAP.
  
(c)Net cash interest expense is the sum of interest expense less non-cash interest expense and other income, net. This amount includes interest expense related to the terminated accounts receivable securitization facility.
  
(d)Maintenance capital expenditures include capitalized expenditures for betterment and replacement of property, plant and equipment, and may from time to time include the purchase of assets that are typically leased.
  
(e)Distributable cash flow attributable to equity investors is calculated as Adjusted EBITDA minus net cash interest expense, maintenance capital expenditures and cash paid for income taxes plus proceeds from certain asset sales. Management considers distributable cash flow attributable to equity investors a meaningful measure of the partnership’s ability to declare and pay quarterly distributions to equity investors, including holders of the operating partnership’s Preferred Units. Distributable cash flow attributable to equity investors, as management defines it, may not be comparable to similarly titled measurements used by other companies. Items added into our calculation of distributable cash flow attributable to equity investors that will not occur on a continuing basis may have associated cash payments. Distributable cash flow attributable to equity investors should be viewed in conjunction with measurements that are computed in accordance with GAAP.
  
(f)Distributable cash flow attributable to Class A and B Unitholders is calculated as Distributable cash flow attributable to equity investors minus distributions accrued or paid on the Preferred Units and distributable cash flow attributable to general partner and noncontrolling interest. Management considers distributable cash flow attributable to Class A and B Unitholders a meaningful measure of the partnership’s ability to declare and pay quarterly distributions to Class A and B Unitholders. Distributable cash flow attributable to Class A and B Unitholders, as management defines it, may not be comparable to similarly titled measurements used by other companies. Items added to our calculation of distributable cash flow attributable to Class A and B Unitholders that will not occur on a continuing basis may have associated cash payments. Distributable cash flow attributable to Class A and B Unitholders should be viewed in conjunction with measurements that are computed in accordance with GAAP.
  
(g)Distributable cash flow excess is calculated as Distributable cash flow attributable to Class A and B Unitholders minus Distributions paid to Class A and B Unitholders. Distributable cash flow excess, if any, is retained to establish reserves, to reduce debt, to fund capital expenditures and for other partnership purposes, and any shortage is funded from previously established reserves, cash on hand or borrowings under our Credit Facility or, previously, under our terminated accounts receivable securitization facility. Management considers Distributable cash flow excess a meaningful measure of the partnership’s ability to effectuate those purposes. Distributable cash flow excess, as management defines it, may not be comparable to similarly titled measurements used by other companies. Items added into our calculation of distributable cash flow excess that will not occur on a continuing basis may have associated cash payments. Distributable cash flow excess should be viewed in conjunction with measurements that are computed in accordance with GAAP.