Enviva Partners, LP Reports Financial Results for Second Quarter 2019 and Announces More than One Million Tons Per Year in New Contracts

BETHESDA, Md.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Enviva Partners, LP (NYSE: EVA) (“Enviva,” the “Partnership,” or “we”) today reported financial and operating results for the second quarter of 2019.

Highlights:

  • The Partnership declared a quarterly distribution of $0.66 per unit, its sixteenth consecutive quarterly increase
  • For the second quarter of 2019, the Partnership reported a net loss of $3.8 million and adjusted net income of $7.0 million, as compared to net income of $3.5 million and adjusted net income of $2.7 million for the second quarter of 2018
  • For the second quarter of 2019, adjusted EBITDA was $27.0 million, as compared to adjusted EBITDA of $21.1 million for the second quarter of 2018
  • The Partnership’s sponsor announced new long-term off-take contracts with existing and new customers in Japan totaling an additional 1,010,000 metric tons per year commencing between 2022 and 2024
  • Operations commenced at the Hamlet plant

“Solid operating performance drove a 25 percent increase in adjusted EBITDA for the second quarter, a substantial improvement over the first quarter of 2019 and over the second quarter of 2018,” said John Keppler, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Enviva. “For the second half of 2019, we expect a significant increase over the first half with the benefit of the now-ramping Hamlet facility in the fourth quarter of 2019. The Hamlet facility is the eighth operating plant in our broader organization, and we expect it to be followed by additional plants in Lucedale, Mississippi and elsewhere to fulfill the continued increases in demand for our product, evidenced again by the more than one million tons per year of long-term contracted deliveries we and our sponsor recently executed.”

Second Quarter Financial Results

For the second quarter of 2019, we generated net revenue of $168.1 million, an increase of 24.0 percent, or $32.5 million, from the corresponding quarter of 2018. Included in net revenue were product sales of $167.2 million on 869,000 metric tons of wood pellets sold during the second quarter of 2019, as compared to $133.2 million on 699,000 metric tons of wood pellets sold during the corresponding quarter of 2018. The $34.0 million increase in product sales was primarily attributable to a 24.3 percent increase in sales volumes. Other revenue was $0.9 million for the second quarter of 2019, as compared to $2.4 million for the corresponding quarter of 2018. The decrease was primarily due to lower fees received from off-take customers requesting scheduling accommodations.

For the second quarter of 2019, we generated gross margin of $16.5 million, as compared to $19.8 million for the corresponding period in 2018, a decrease of approximately $3.3 million. Adjusted gross margin was $28.0 million for the second quarter of 2019, as compared to $25.6 million for the second quarter of 2018. Adjusted gross margin per metric ton was $32.26 for the second quarter of 2019, as compared to adjusted gross margin per metric ton of $36.63 for the second quarter of 2018. Adjusted gross margin per metric ton decreased primarily due to increased costs attributable to seasonal factors that were more significant and longer lasting than during the second quarter of 2018. These seasonal factors were largely behind us at the end of the second quarter. The increased costs were partially offset by $2.7 million of MSA Fee Waivers (as defined below) as consideration for an assignment of two shipping contracts to our sponsor.

For the second quarter of 2019, net loss was $3.8 million, as compared to net income of $3.5 million for the second quarter of 2018. Adjusted net income for the second quarter of 2019 was $7.0 million, as compared to an adjusted net income of $2.7 million for the second quarter of 2018. Adjusted EBITDA for the second quarter of 2019 was $27.0 million, as compared to $21.1 million for the corresponding quarter of 2018. The increase was primarily due to higher sales volumes, $2.7 million of MSA Fee Waivers as consideration for an assignment of two shipping contracts to our sponsor, and $8.3 million of MSA Fee Waivers for general and administrative expenses, partially offset by increased costs attributable to seasonal factors described above. Distributable cash flow, prior to any distributions attributable to incentive distribution rights paid to our general partner, was $17.2 million for the second quarter of 2019, as compared to $11.1 million for the corresponding quarter of 2018.

As of June 30, 2019, the Partnership had $5.0 million of cash on hand and $166.5 million of borrowings outstanding under its senior secured revolving credit facility. The $47.5 million increase in revolving borrowings and $101.7 million decrease in cash on hand in the second quarter of 2019 are due primarily to funding of the first and second payments totaling $125.0 million in connection with the Hamlet Transaction (as defined below), the second and final payment of $74.0 million in deferred consideration for the Partnership’s October 2017 acquisition of the deep-water marine terminal in Wilmington, North Carolina, as well as capital expenditures associated with the Partnership’s wood pellet production plant in Hamlet, North Carolina (the “Hamlet plant”) and the Mid-Atlantic Expansions (as defined below).

Distribution

The board of directors of our general partner (the “Board”) declared a distribution of $0.66 per common unit for the second quarter of 2019. This distribution represents the sixteenth consecutive distribution increase since the Partnership’s initial public offering. The Partnership’s distributable cash flow, net of amounts attributable to incentive distribution rights paid to our general partner, of $14.5 million for the second quarter of 2019 covers the distribution for the quarter at 0.65 times. The quarterly distribution will be paid on Thursday, August 29, 2019, to unitholders of record as of the close of business on Thursday, August 15, 2019.

Outlook and Guidance

The Partnership reaffirms its full-year 2019 adjusted EBITDA guidance range of $140.7 million to $148.7 million and full-year 2019 distributable cash flow guidance range of $92.0 million to $100.0 million, prior to any distributions attributable to incentive distribution rights paid to our general partner, as provided in our May 8, 2019 earnings release. Similar to previous years, the Partnership expects adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow for the second half of 2019 to be significantly higher than for the first half of the year as a result of wood fiber costs returning to historical levels, the benefit from the Hamlet plant, greater fixed cost absorption associated with higher volumes produced and sold, and improved pricing due to our customer off-take contract mix. The Partnership also expects adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow for the fourth quarter of 2019 to be higher than for the third quarter of 2019. For full-year 2019, the Partnership continues to expect to distribute at least $2.65 per common unit.

As discussed in our May 8, 2019 earnings release, the guidance amounts provided above, including the distribution expectations, include the benefit of our purchase of the sponsor’s interest in its first development joint venture, which owns the Hamlet plant, in April 2019 (the “Hamlet Transaction”) and reflect the associated financing activities, but do not include the impact of any additional acquisitions by the Partnership from the sponsor, the sponsor’s development joint venture (the “Second JV”), or third parties, or any additional recoveries related to the Chesapeake Incident and the Hurricane Events (each as defined below). The Partnership’s quarterly income and cash flow are subject to seasonality and the mix of customer shipments made, which vary from period to period. When determining the distribution for a quarter, the Board evaluates the Partnership’s distribution coverage ratio on an annual basis and considers the expected distributable cash flow, net of expected amounts attributable to incentive distribution rights paid to our general partner.

“Consistent with our operating profile in prior years, we expect much stronger adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow for the back half of the year to achieve our 2019 guidance, and we continue to target a distribution coverage ratio of 1.20 times on a forward-looking, annual basis.” said Shai Even, Chief Financial Officer of Enviva.

Market and Contracting Update

Our strategy is to fully contract the wood pellet production from our plants under long-term, take-or-pay off-take contracts. The Partnership’s current production capacity is matched with a portfolio of firm off-take contracts that has a total weighted-average remaining term of 10.4 years and a total product sales backlog of $9.6 billion as of August 5, 2019. Assuming all volumes under the firm and contingent off-take contracts held by our sponsor and the Second JV, which we expect to have the opportunity to acquire, were included, our total weighted-average remaining term and product sales backlog would increase to 13.2 years and $17.9 billion, respectively.

In addition to the approximately 2,000,000 metric tons per year (“MTPY”) of firm, long-term off-take contracts with Japanese counterparties the Partnership and its sponsor have previously announced, the Partnership’s sponsor has recently executed several agreements with Japanese counterparties totaling more than 1,000,000 MTPY of additional volumes, including:

  • A 15-year, take-or-pay off-take contract with a major Japanese trading house that is a new customer to supply a new biomass power plant, subject to certain conditions precedent, which the sponsor expects to be met in the fourth quarter of 2019. Deliveries under the contract are expected to commence in 2022 with average volumes of 60,000 MTPY of wood pellets.
  • A 20-year, take-or-pay off-take contract with a major Japanese trading house to supply a new biomass power plant, subject to certain conditions precedent, which the sponsor expects to be met during the first half of 2020. Deliveries under this contract are expected to commence in 2024 with volumes of 400,000 MTPY of wood pellets.
  • A 10-year, take-or-pay off-take contract with a major Japanese trading house to supply a biomass co-firing power plant, subject to certain conditions precedent, which the sponsor expects to be met in the third quarter of 2019. Deliveries under this contract are expected to commence in 2022 with volumes of 210,000 MTPY of wood pellets.
  • A 17-year, take-or-pay off-take contract to supply a coal-to-biomass conversion power plant project currently being developed by a group of Japanese industry leaders. The contract is subject to certain conditions precedent, which the sponsor expects to be met in the fourth quarter of 2019. Deliveries under this contract are expected to commence in 2022 with volumes of 340,000 MTPY of wood pellets.

In addition, the Partnership executed a firm 2-year take-or-pay off-take contract with Albioma Le Moule (“Albioma”), a leading renewable energy generator in Guadeloupe, to supply a power plant currently being converted from coal-fired to biomass-fired, which Albioma reports will increase the share of renewable energy on the island from 20 percent to 35 percent. Deliveries under the contract are expected to commence in 2020 with volumes of 130,000 MTPY of wood pellets.

In addition to phasing out nuclear energy generation, nations in Europe and Asia continue to progress towards phase-out of coal generation in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions and, in some cases, achieve “net zero” emissions. Recent developments that underline the continued strong growth expected in global demand for industrial-grade wood pellets, which the Partnership and its sponsor expect will underpin additional long-term off-take contracts, include the following:

  • In June 2019, the UK became the first major economy in the world to pass a law to bring GHG emissions to net zero by 2050, compared with its previous target of at least an 80 percent reduction from 1990 levels. The government’s advisory Committee on Climate Change estimated that, in order for the country to achieve the net zero emissions target, 15 percent of the UK energy mix would need to come from biomass, up from approximately 7 percent today.
  • The newly elected President of the EU Commission has announced the goal to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050. To make this happen, she has committed to propose, in her first 100 days in office, a European Green Deal, which is expected to include the first European Climate Law that will set the 2050 climate-neutrality target into legislation. This enhanced EU climate goal could lead to increased carbon pricing over time and improve the competitive position of biomass, especially in countries such as Germany, where coal continues to form a significant portion of the electricity and heat generation mix.
  • Germany’s Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy expects the law adopting the goals recommended by its Commission on Growth, Structural Economic Change and Employment to phase out coal will come into force by early 2020. The law is expected to provide specific dates for the shut-down of coal- and lignite-fired power plants. Several German utilities have publicly confirmed they are assessing options to replace coal with biomass for some of their combined heat and power assets.
  • In June 2019, Poland’s government published the draft amendment to its Renewable Energy Sources Act as the government seeks to accelerate renewable energy development to avoid the cost of missing the renewable energy targets set by the EU’s Renewable Energy directives. During the first quarter of 2019, over 100 megawatts of new biomass generation capacity was launched in Poland, bringing total biomass capacity in the country to more than 1.4 gigawatts.

Sustainability

Our sponsor recently released its revised Responsible Sourcing Policy (“RSP”) as part of its long-standing pledge to continuously improve its environmental performance. The revised RSP was developed in conjunction with independent organizations, including non-governmental organizations, state wildlife agencies, foresters, and other stakeholders. Ongoing collaboration with these independent organizations has resulted in specific tangible goals and implementation plans that will be reviewed twice annually to track progress.

In addition, the Enviva Forest Conservation Fund (the “Conservation Fund”), one of the key programs through which our sponsor contributes to conserving forest land and supporting forest growth, recently announced the recipients of its 2019 suite of grants, which include the Virginia Outdoors Foundation, N.C. Coastal Land Trust, Three Rivers Land Trust, and Tar River Land Conservancy. The 2019 grants will help conserve a total of more than 7,450 acres and protect ecologically sensitive bottomland forests in the coastal regions of Virginia and North Carolina. Over the past four years, the Conservation Fund has awarded 17 projects totaling almost $2.0 million in grants, which have contributed to the conservation of approximately 24,500 acres of forests.

“The mid-Atlantic region is one of the most biodiverse and beautiful in the nation, which is why it’s so important to work with local conservation organizations to ensure the health and future of these forests and watersheds,” said John Keppler, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Enviva. “While we know robust forest markets such as ours are the key to healthy forests, we also recognize there are places of high conservation value that need to be preserved and protected, and we are pleased to work with this year’s grantees to work toward that common goal.”

Partnership Development Activities

The Hamlet plant is now operating, and the Partnership expects the plant to exit 2019 with a production run-rate of approximately 500,000 MTPY and to reach its nameplate production capacity of approximately 600,000 MTPY in 2021.

The Partnership’s previously announced projects to increase the aggregate production capacity of its wood pellet production plants in Northampton, North Carolina and Southampton, Virginia by approximately 400,000 MTPY (the “Mid-Atlantic Expansions”) are progressing, as detailed engineering is in process, major pieces of equipment are being delivered, and site preparation work is advancing. The Partnership expects to complete the construction of the expansion activities in the first half of 2020 with startup thereafter, subject to receiving necessary permits.

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration recently awarded a $10.0 million grant to the Panama City Port Authority in Panama City, Florida to support the development of a new biomass bulk storage dome at the marine export terminal from which the Partnership exports wood pellets produced at its plant in Cottondale, Florida. The project is expected to increase the storage capacity at the terminal by approximately 20,000 metric tons and provide increased protection against extreme weather conditions. The grant is expected to be matched with $2.75 million in state investment. The increase in terminal throughput capacity made possible through the port improvements funded by this grant will enable the Partnership to consider opportunities to expand its production in the region.

Sponsor Development Activities

The Second JV continues to invest incremental capital in its wood pellet production plant in Greenwood, South Carolina (the “Greenwood plant”). The Partnership currently purchases wood pellets produced by the Greenwood plant. The Second JV expects to increase the Greenwood plant’s production capacity from 500,000 MTPY to 600,000 MTPY, subject to receiving necessary permits.

The Second JV continues to progress development of its deep-water marine terminal in Pascagoula, Mississippi (the “Pascagoula terminal”) and its wood pellet production plant in Lucedale, Mississippi (the “Lucedale plant”). In July 2019, the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality Permit Board unanimously approved the Lucedale plant’s air permit, which is the principal permit required to begin construction.

In addition, the sponsor continues to evaluate a potential wood pellet production plant in Epes, Alabama, along with other sites in Alabama and Mississippi, which would export wood pellets through the Pascagoula terminal.

The Partnership expects to have the opportunity to acquire these assets and related off-take contracts from our sponsor and the Second JV.

Presentation of Financial Results

In addition to presenting our financial results in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (“GAAP”), in certain cases we have provided financial results excluding the financial impact of the previously reported fire incident at the Partnership’s marine export terminal in Chesapeake, Virginia (the “Chesapeake Incident”), which occurred during the first quarter of 2018, and Hurricanes Florence and Michael (the “Hurricane Events”), which occurred during the second half of 2018. References herein to the financial impact of the Chesapeake Incident and/or the Hurricane Events include the approximate related costs incurred during the second quarter of 2018 and the second quarter of 2019, as applicable, offset by insurance recoveries received.

Conference Call

We will host a conference call with executive management related to our second quarter 2019 results and a more detailed market update at 10:00 a.m. (Eastern Time) on Thursday, August 8, 2019. Information on how interested parties may listen to the conference call is available on the Investor Relations page of our website (www.envivabiomass.com). A replay of the conference call will be available on our website after the live call concludes.

About Enviva Partners, LP

Enviva Partners, LP (NYSE: EVA) is a publicly traded master limited partnership that aggregates a natural resource, wood fiber, and processes it into a transportable form, wood pellets. The Partnership sells a significant majority of its wood pellets through long-term, take-or-pay off-take contracts with creditworthy customers in the United Kingdom and Europe. The Partnership owns and operates seven plants with a combined production capacity of over 3.5 million metric tons of wood pellets per year in Virginia, North Carolina, Mississippi, and Florida. In addition, the Partnership exports wood pellets through its marine terminals at the Port of Chesapeake, Virginia and the Port of Wilmington, North Carolina and from third-party marine terminals in Mobile, Alabama and Panama City, Florida.

To learn more about Enviva Partners, LP, please visit our website at www.envivabiomass.com.

Notice

This press release is intended to be a qualified notice under Treasury Regulation Section 1.1446-4(b)(4). Brokers and nominees should treat 100 percent of the Partnership’s distributions to non-U.S. investors as being attributable to income that is effectively connected with a United States trade or business. Accordingly, the Partnership’s distributions to non-U.S. investors are subject to federal income tax withholding at the highest applicable effective tax rate.

Financial Statements

ENVIVA PARTNERS, LP AND SUBSIDIARIES

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands, except number of units)

 

 

 

June 30,

2019

 

December 31,

2018

 

 

(unaudited)

 

 

Assets

 

 

 

 

Current assets:

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

5,005

 

 

$

2,460

 

Accounts receivable

 

61,818

 

 

54,794

 

Insurance receivables

 

2,258

 

 

5,140

 

Related-party receivables

 

5,687

 

 

1,392

 

Inventories

 

31,292

 

 

31,490

 

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

3,069

 

 

2,235

 

Total current assets

 

109,129

 

 

97,511

 

Property, plant and equipment – in service, net

 

525,474

 

 

542,635

 

Construction in progress

 

198,616

 

 

14,393

 

Total property, plant and equipment, net

 

724,090

 

 

557,028

 

Operating lease right-of-use assets, net

 

33,877

 

 

 

Goodwill

 

85,615

 

 

85,615

 

Other long-term assets

 

6,858

 

 

8,616

 

Total assets

 

$

959,569

 

 

$

748,770

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities and Partners’ Capital

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

 

 

Accounts payable

 

$

15,648

 

 

$

15,551

 

Related-party payables and accrued liabilities

 

29,473

 

 

28,225

 

Deferred consideration for drop-downs due to related party

 

40,000

 

 

74,000

 

Accrued and other current liabilities

 

52,788

 

 

41,400

 

Current portion of interest payable

 

5,512

 

 

5,434

 

Current portion of long-term debt and finance lease obligations

 

2,733

 

 

2,722

 

Total current liabilities

 

146,154

 

 

167,332

 

Long-term debt and finance lease obligations

 

523,348

 

 

429,933

 

Long-term operating lease liabilities

 

33,849

 

 

 

Long-term interest payable

 

1,070

 

 

1,010

 

Other long-term liabilities

 

1,991

 

 

3,779

 

Total liabilities

 

706,412

 

 

602,054

 

Commitments and contingencies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Partners’ capital:

 

 

 

 

Limited partners:

 

 

 

 

Common unitholders—public (19,870,436 and 14,573,452 units issued and outstanding at June 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively)

 

323,883

 

 

207,612

 

Common unitholder—sponsor (13,586,375 and 11,905,138 units issued and outstanding at June 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively)

 

98,785

 

 

72,352

 

General partner (no outstanding units)

 

(121,422

)

 

(133,687

)

Accumulated other comprehensive income

 

103

 

 

439

 

Total Enviva Partners, LP partners’ capital

 

301,349

 

 

146,716

 

Noncontrolling interest

 

(48,192

)

 

 

Total partners’ capital

 

253,157

 

 

146,716

 

Total liabilities and partners’ capital

 

$

959,569

 

 

$

748,770

 

Contacts

Raymond Kaszuba

(240) 482-3856

ir@envivapartners.com

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