• Operating Income for the year increased by $35.6 million, over 30% from prior year, despite weather that was 8% warmer than prior year, which led to a 3.5% decrease in volumes.
  • Gross Profit for the fourth fiscal quarter increased by $13.5 million, or 10%.
  • Retail customer growth of 3% over prior year.
  • Tank Exchange sale locations now exceed 59,000, up over 4,000 from prior year, leading to 14% growth in volumes.

OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Oct. 15, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ferrellgas Partners, L.P. (OTC:FGPR) (“Ferrellgas” or the “Company”) today reported financial results for its fiscal year and fourth quarter ended July 31, 2020.

Despite significant economic and operational uncertainties in the US, the Company produced exceptionally strong results through the end of fiscal 2020, leading to a $35.6 million increase in operating income, or 32% growth over the prior year and set a foundation for continued growth in fiscal 2021. Due to warmer winter weather and the slowdown in the economy, the gallons of propane sold for the year were 873.5 million, compared to 904.8 million last year. However, these decreases were partially offset by continued increase residential demand resulting from 3% retail customer growth as the Company continues to aggressively seek market share. Additionally, Blue Rhino sales locations increased over 8%. Margin per gallon for the year was 7.0¢, or 9% higher than the prior year, attributable to strategic product placement, sound supply chain logistics strategies and lower wholesale propane prices. Overall, the increase in margin and increases in tank exchange volumes and customer growth were partially offset by decreased industrial and commercial sales volumes due to the slowdown of the economy. This has resulted in an increase in gross margin dollars of $36.4 million. Operating expenses increased due to the growth of new customers, but also included a $17.3 million reserve for bad debt related to Bridger, a non-core acquisition that has now been divested. Additionally, the $35.6 million growth in operating income was complimented by a $38.4 million, or 35.3%, decrease in capital expenditures as the Company focused on the utilization of existing assets and negotiated lower steel prices.

The Company has numerous initiatives underway to increase efficiency and profitability, these initiatives helped to produce strong results in 4Q and enable continued high performance in the areas of growth and operational expense management. Strong execution by a leaner and more agile workforce of essential workers is driving high performance throughout the company, both in the field and in corporate locations. Successful transition of essential workers from a corporate work-place to a technology centric work-from-home environment decreased various general and administrative expenses as well as travel expense throughout the Company. Lastly, our continued commitment to safely serving our over 700 thousand customers while adapting to the ever-changing circumstances and new operating protocols to help protect the health and safety of our customers and employees remains our top priority.

For the fiscal year, the Company reported a net loss attributable to Ferrellgas Partners, L.P. of $82.5 million, or $0.84 per common unit, compared to prior year period net loss of $64.2 million, or $0.65 per common unit. For the quarter, the net loss attributable to Ferrellgas Partners, L.P. was $70.0 million, or $0.71 per common unit, compared to prior year’s fourth quarter net loss of $71.0 million, or $0.72 per common unit.

Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure, increased by over $35 million, or 15%, compared to prior year. For the fourth quarter, Adjusted EBITDA was $26.7 million compared to $4.0 million in last year’s quarter resulting from the previously discussed initiatives.

As previously announced, the Company indefinitely suspended its quarterly cash distribution as a result of not meeting the required fixed charge coverage ratio contained in the senior unsecured notes due 2020. Additionally, as the Company continues to evaluate options to address its leverage, the Company does not intend to comment further on its progress in this regard or on potential options until further disclosure is appropriate or required by law. 

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. Ferrellgas employees indirectly own 22.8 million common 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, 2020. 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, 2020, 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 July 31, 2020 July 31, 2019
     
Current Assets:    
Cash and cash equivalents (including $95,759 and $0 of restricted cash at July 31, 2020 and July 31, 2019, respectively) $333,761  $11,054 
Accounts and notes receivable, net (including $103,703 and $106,145 of accounts receivable pledged as collateral at July 31, 2020 and July 31, 2019, respectively)  101,438   107,596 
Inventories  72,664   80,454 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  35,944   42,275 
Total Current Assets  543,807   241,379 
     
Property, plant and equipment, net  591,042   596,723 
Goodwill, net  247,195   247,195 
Intangible assets, net  104,049   108,557 
Operating lease right-of-use asset  107,349   - 
Other assets, net  74,748   69,105 
Total Assets $1,668,190  $1,262,959 
     
LIABILITIES AND PARTNERS' DEFICIT    
     
Current Liabilities:    
Accounts payable $33,944  $33,364 
Short-term borrowings  -   43,000 
Collateralized note payable  -   62,000 
Current portion of long-term debt (a)  859,095   631,756 
Current operating lease liabilities  29,345   - 
Other current liabilities  167,466   138,237 
Total Current Liabilities  1,089,850   908,357 
     
Long-term debt  1,646,396   1,457,004 
Operating lease liabilities  89,022   - 
Other liabilities  51,190   36,536 
Contingencies and commitments    
     
Partners Deficit:     
Common unitholders (97,152,665 units outstanding at July 31, 2020 and July 31, 2019)  (1,126,452)  (1,046,245)
General partner unitholder (989,926 units outstanding at July 31, 2020 and July 31, 2019) (71,287)  (70,476)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss  (2,303)  (14,512)
Total Ferrellgas Partners, L.P. Partners' Deficit  (1,200,042)  (1,131,233)
Noncontrolling interest  (8,226)  (7,705)
Total Partners' Deficit  (1,208,268)  (1,138,938)
Total Liabilities and Partners' Deficit $1,668,190  $1,262,959 
     
(a) The principal difference between the Ferrellgas Partners, L.P. balance sheet and that of Ferrellgas, L.P., is $357 million of 8.625% notes which are liabilities of Ferrellgas Partners, L.P. and not of Ferrellgas, L.P.


FERRELLGAS PARTNERS, L.P. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
 
(in thousands, except per unit data)
(unaudited)
 
  Three months ended  Twelve months ended
  July 31 July 31
   2020   2019   2020   2019 
Revenues:        
Propane and other gas liquids sales $265,414  $264,224  $1,415,791  $1,608,858 
Other  16,235   14,857   82,035   75,534 
Total revenues  281,649   279,081   1,497,826   1,684,392 
         
Cost of sales:        
Propane and other gas liquids sales  124,917   136,460   673,053   902,516 
Other  3,229   2,617   13,003   11,406 
         
Gross profit   153,503   140,004   811,770   770,470 
         
Operating expense - personnel, vehicle, plant & other  128,721   117,327   493,055   468,868 
Depreciation and amortization expense  21,101   19,632   80,481   78,846 
General and administrative expense  9,305   17,957   45,752   59,994 
Operating expense - equipment lease expense  8,293   8,476   33,017   33,073 
Non-cash employee stock ownership plan compensation charge  689   1,005   2,871   5,693 
Loss on asset sales and disposals  1,682   2,565   7,924   10,968 
         
Operating income (loss)  (16,288)  (26,958)  148,670   113,028 
         
Interest expense  (54,014)  (44,688)  (192,962)  (177,619)
Loss on extinguishment of debt  -   -   (37,399)  - 
Other income (expense), net  (246)  13   (460)  369 
         
Loss before income tax expense  (70,548)  (71,633)  (82,151)  (64,222)
         
Income tax expense  57   39   851   323 
         
Net loss  (70,605)  (71,672)  (83,002)  (64,545)
         
Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest (a)  (636)  (635)  (503)  (298)
         
Net loss attributable to Ferrellgas Partners, L.P.  (69,969)  (71,037)  (82,499)  (64,247)
         
Less: General partner's interest in net loss  (700)  (710)  (825)  (642)
         
Common unitholders' interest in net loss $(69,269) $(70,327) $(81,674) $(63,605)
         
Loss Per Common Unit        
Basic and diluted net loss per common unitholders' interest $(0.71) $(0.72) $(0.84) $(0.65)
         
Weighted average common units outstanding - basic  97,152.7   97,152.7   97,152.7   97,152.7 
         
         
Supplemental Data and Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Items:
         
  Three months ended  Twelve months ended
  July 31 July 31
   2020   2019   2020   2019 
         
         
Net loss attributable to Ferrellgas Partners, L.P. $(69,969) $(71,037) $(82,499) $(64,247)
Income tax expense  57   39   851   323 
Interest expense  54,014   44,688   192,962   177,619 
Depreciation and amortization expense  21,101   19,632   80,481   78,846 
EBITDA  5,203   (6,678)  191,795   192,541 
Non-cash employee stock ownership plan compensation charge  689   1,005   2,871   5,693 
Loss on asset sales and disposal  1,682   2,565   7,924   10,968 
Loss on extinguishment of debt  -   -   37,399   - 
Other income (expense), net  246   (13)  460   (369)
Severance expense (includes $740 in operating expense for the three and twelve months ended July 31, 2020 and $690 in operating expense and $910 in general and administrative expense for the twelve months ended July 31, 2019)  740   -   740   1,600 
Legal fees and settlements related to non-core businesses  1,421   7,721   7,308   18,364 
Provision for doubtful accounts related to non-core businesses  17,325   -   17,325   - 
Multi-employer pension plan withdrawal settlement  -   -   -   1,524 
Lease accounting standard adjustment and other  27   -   161   - 
Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest (b)  (636)  (635)  (503)  (298)
Adjusted EBITDA (b)  26,697   3,965   265,480   230,023 
Net cash interest expense (c)  (52,905)  (41,465)  (182,246)  (164,790)
Maintenance capital expenditures (d)  (4,540)  (1,736)  (23,240)  (46,774)
Cash paid for income taxes  (239)  (120)  (289)  (141)
Proceeds from certain asset sales  1,487   1,833   3,997   4,249 
Distributable cash flow attributable to equity investors (e)  (29,500)  (37,523)  63,702   22,567 
Distributable cash flow attributable to general partner and non-controlling interest  (590)  (751)  1,274   451 
Distributable cash flow attributable to common unitholders (f)  (28,910)  (36,772)  62,428   22,116 
Less: Distributions paid to common unitholders  -   -   -   9,715 
Distributable cash flow excess/(shortage) $(28,910) $(36,772) $62,428  $12,401 
         
Propane gallons sales        
Retail - Sales to End Users  85,677   99,114   638,017   672,266 
Wholesale - Sales to Resellers  55,834   53,310   235,529   232,566 
Total propane gallons sales  141,511   152,424   873,546   904,832 
         
(a) Amounts allocated to the general partner for its 1.0101% interest in the operating partnership, Ferrellgas, L.P.
(b) Adjusted EBITDA is calculated as net loss attributable to Ferrellgas Partners, L.P., less the sum of the following: income tax expense, interest expense, depreciation and amortization expense, non-cash employee stock ownership plan compensation charge, loss on asset sales and disposals, loss on extinguishment of debt, other income (expense), net, severance expense, legal fees and settlements related to non-core businesses, provision for doubtful accounts related to non-core businesses, multi-employer pension plan withdrawal settlement, lease accounting standard adjustment and other and net 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 makes it easier to compare its results with other companies that have different financing and capital structures. This method of calculating Adjusted EBITDA may not be consistent with that of other companies and 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 expense, net. This amount includes interest expense related to the accounts receivable securitization facility.
(d) Maintenance capital expenditures include capitalized expenditures for betterment and replacement of property, plant and equipment.
(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 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. Distributable cash flow attributable to equity investors, as management defines it, may not be comparable to distributable cash flow attributable to equity investors or similarly titled measurements used by other corporations and partnerships. 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 may not be consistent with that of other companies and should be viewed in conjunction with measurements that are computed in accordance with GAAP.
(f) Distributable cash flow attributable to common unitholders is calculated as Distributable cash flow attributable to equity investors minus distributable cash flow attributable to general partner and noncontrolling interest. Management considers distributable cash flow attributable to common unitholders a meaningful measure of the partnership’s ability to declare and pay quarterly distributions to common unitholders. Distributable cash flow attributable to common unitholders, as management defines it, may not be comparable to distributable cash flow attributable to common unitholders or similarly titled measurements used by other corporations and partnerships. Items added to our calculation of distributable cash flow attributable to common unit holders that will not occur on a continuing basis may have associated cash payments. Distributable cash flow attributable to common unitholders may not be consistent with that of other companies and should be viewed in conjunction with measurements that are computed in accordance with GAAP .