USA Compression Partners, LP Reports Fourth Quarter 2019 Results; Provides 2020 Outlook

AUSTIN, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–USA Compression Partners, LP (NYSE: USAC) (“USA Compression” or the “Partnership”) announced today its financial and operating results for the fourth quarter 2019.

Fourth Quarter 2019 Highlights

  • Total revenues were $178.2 million for the fourth quarter 2019, compared to $172.0 million for the fourth quarter 2018.
  • Net income was $9.3 million for the fourth quarter 2019, compared to $10.2 million for the fourth quarter 2018.
  • Net cash provided by operating activities was $91.7 million for the fourth quarter 2019, compared to $93.1 million for the fourth quarter 2018.
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $109.2 million for the fourth quarter 2019, compared to $103.3 million for the fourth quarter 2018.
  • Distributable Cash Flow was $58.0 million for the fourth quarter 2019, compared to $56.4 million for the fourth quarter 2018.
  • Announced cash distribution of $0.525 per common unit for the fourth quarter 2019, consistent with the fourth quarter 2018.
  • Distributable Cash Flow Coverage was 1.14x for the fourth quarter 2019, compared to 1.19x for the fourth quarter 2018.

“The fourth quarter wrapped up a solid year of operating and financial performance for USA Compression, highlighting the stability in our contract compression services business, as we maintained strong utilization across the fleet while increasing pricing and continuing to achieve very attractive operating margins,” commented Eric D. Long, USA Compression’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “As we executed on a reduced capital spending program throughout the year, we continued to focus our efforts on selective new projects with established, well-capitalized customers under long term fee-based contracts. We also managed our leverage profile and Distributable Cash Flow coverage, positioning USA Compression for a great start to 2020.”

He continued, “As we look ahead to 2020, we anticipate some moderation in overall industry activity levels, and accordingly, have reduced our expected capital spending program. We currently have 56,500 large horsepower on order for delivery in 2020, which is down more than 50 percent from the full year 2019 level. While we believe the macro factors driving global natural gas demand continue to be favorable for infrastructure investment in the United States, we are taking a cautious approach with respect to spending, including the avoidance of issuing additional equity. We expect this restraint will provide us the ability to pursue high-quality projects and customers, continue our focus on lowering leverage and building Distributable Cash Flow coverage, all while continuing to drive strong and stable financial performance for our unitholders.”

Expansion capital expenditures were $33.4 million, maintenance capital expenditures were $7.8 million and cash interest expense, net was $31.0 million for the fourth quarter 2019.

On January 16, 2020, the Partnership announced a fourth quarter cash distribution of $0.525 per common unit, which corresponds to an annualized distribution rate of $2.10 per common unit. The distribution was paid on February 7, 2020 to common unitholders of record as of the close of business on January 27, 2020. For the fourth quarter 2019, the Partnership’s Distributable Cash Flow Coverage was 1.14x.

Operational and Financial Data

 

Three Months Ended

 

Year Ended

 

December 31,

2019

 

September 30,

2019

 

December 31,

2018

 

December 31,

2019

Operational data:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fleet horsepower (at period end)

3,682,968

 

 

3,678,804

 

 

3,597,097

 

 

3,682,968

 

Revenue generating horsepower (at period end)

3,310,024

 

 

3,278,947

 

 

3,262,470

 

 

3,310,024

 

Average revenue generating horsepower

3,308,392

 

 

3,258,125

 

 

3,274,201

 

 

3,279,374

 

Revenue generating compression units (at period end)

4,559

 

 

4,546

 

 

4,629

 

 

4,559

 

Horsepower utilization (at period end) (1)

93.7

%

 

93.7

%

 

94.0

%

 

93.7

%

Average horsepower utilization (for the period) (1)

93.9

%

 

93.9

%

 

93.8

%

 

94.1

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Financial data ($ in thousands, except per horsepower data):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

$

178,188

 

 

$

175,756

 

 

$

171,977

 

 

$

698,365

 

Average revenue per revenue generating horsepower per month (2)

$

16.82

 

 

$

16.73

 

 

$

16.42

 

 

$

16.65

 

Net income

$

9,281

 

 

$

13,315

 

 

$

10,185

 

 

$

39,132

 

Operating income

$

43,801

 

 

$

46,164

 

 

$

36,567

 

 

$

168,384

 

Net cash provided by operating activities

$

91,700

 

 

$

61,294

 

 

$

93,140

 

 

$

300,580

 

Gross operating margin (3)

$

121,578

 

 

$

118,333

 

 

$

116,430

 

 

$

471,062

 

Gross operating margin percentage

68.2

%

 

67.3

%

 

67.7

%

 

67.5

%

Adjusted EBITDA (3)

$

109,228

 

 

$

104,327

 

 

$

103,256

 

 

$

419,640

 

Adjusted EBITDA percentage

61.3

%

 

59.4

%

 

60.0

%

 

60.1

%

Distributable Cash Flow (3)

$

58,021

 

 

$

54,933

 

 

$

56,421

 

 

$

221,868

 

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(1)

Horsepower utilization is calculated as (i) the sum of (a) revenue generating horsepower; (b) horsepower in the Partnership’s fleet that is under contract but is not yet generating revenue; and (c) horsepower not yet in the Partnership’s fleet that is under contract, not yet generating revenue and that is subject to a purchase order, divided by (ii) total available horsepower less idle horsepower that is under repair.

 

 

Horsepower utilization based on revenue generating horsepower and fleet horsepower was 89.9%, 89.1% and 90.7% at December 31, 2019, September 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively.

 

 

Average horsepower utilization based on revenue generating horsepower and fleet horsepower was 89.8%, 88.9% and 91.0% for the three months ended December 31, 2019, September 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively. Average horsepower utilization based on revenue generating horsepower and fleet horsepower was 89.8% for the year ended December 31, 2019.

 

(2)

Calculated as the average of the result of dividing the contractual monthly rate for all units at the end of each month in the period by the sum of the revenue generating horsepower at the end of each month in the period.

 

(3)

Gross operating margin, Adjusted EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow are all non-U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“Non-GAAP”) financial measures. For the definition of each measure, as well as reconciliations of each measure to its most directly comparable financial measures calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP, see “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” below.

Liquidity and Long-Term Debt

As of December 31, 2019, the Partnership was in compliance with all covenants under its $1.6 billion revolving credit facility. As of December 31, 2019, the Partnership had outstanding borrowings under the revolving credit facility of $402.7 million, $1.2 billion of borrowing base availability and, subject to compliance with the applicable financial covenants, available borrowing capacity of $484.4 million. As of December 31, 2019, the outstanding aggregate principal amount of the Partnership’s 6.875% senior notes due 2026 and 6.875% senior notes due 2027 was $725.0 million and $750.0 million, respectively.

Full-Year 2020 Outlook

USA Compression is providing its full-year 2020 guidance as follows:

  • Net income range of $40.0 million to $60.0 million;
  • A forward-looking estimate of net cash provided by operating activities is not provided because the items necessary to estimate net cash provided by operating activities, in particular the change in operating assets and liabilities, are not accessible or estimable at this time. The Partnership does not anticipate the changes in operating assets and liabilities to be material, but changes in accounts receivable, accounts payable, accrued liabilities and deferred revenue could be significant, such that the amount of net cash provided by operating activities would vary substantially from the amount of projected Adjusted EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow;
  • Adjusted EBITDA range of $415.0 million to $435.0 million; and
  • Distributable Cash Flow range of $210.0 million to $230.0 million.

Conference Call

The Partnership will host a conference call today beginning at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time (10:00 a.m. Central Time) to discuss fourth quarter 2019 performance. The call will be broadcast live over the Internet. Investors may participate either by phone or audio webcast.

By Phone:

 

Dial 800-367-2403 inside the U.S. and Canada at least 10 minutes before the call and ask for the USA Compression Partners Earnings Call. Investors outside the U.S. and Canada should dial 334-777-6978. The conference ID for both is 3058537.

 

 

 

 

 

A replay of the call will be available through February 28, 2020. Callers inside the U.S. and Canada may access the replay by dialing 888-203-1112. Investors outside the U.S. and Canada should dial 719-457-0820. The conference ID for both is 3058537.

 

 

 

By Webcast:

 

Connect to the webcast via the “Events” page of USA Compression’s Investor Relations website at http://investors.usacompression.com. Please log in at least 10 minutes in advance to register and download any necessary software. A replay will be available shortly after the call.

About USA Compression Partners, LP

USA Compression Partners, LP is a growth-oriented Delaware limited partnership that is one of the nation’s largest independent providers of natural gas compression services in terms of total compression fleet horsepower. USA Compression partners with a broad customer base composed of producers, processors, gatherers and transporters of natural gas and crude oil. USA Compression focuses on providing natural gas compression services to infrastructure applications primarily in high-volume gathering systems, processing facilities and transportation applications. More information is available at usacompression.com.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This news release includes the Non-GAAP financial measures of gross operating margin, Adjusted EBITDA, Distributable Cash Flow and Distributable Cash Flow Coverage Ratio.

Management views Adjusted EBITDA as one of its primary tools for evaluating the Partnership’s results of operations, and the Partnership tracks this item on a monthly basis both as an absolute amount and as a percentage of revenue compared to the prior month, year-to-date, prior year and budget. The Partnership defines EBITDA as net income before net interest expense, depreciation and amortization expense, and income tax expense (benefit). The Partnership defines Adjusted EBITDA as EBITDA plus impairment of compression equipment, impairment of goodwill, interest income on capital lease, unit-based compensation expense, severance charges, certain transaction fees, loss (gain) on disposition of assets and other. Adjusted EBITDA is used as a supplemental financial measure by management and external users of its financial statements, such as investors and commercial banks, to assess:

  • the financial performance of the Partnership’s assets without regard to the impact of financing methods, capital structure or historical cost basis of the Partnership’s assets;
  • the viability of capital expenditure projects and the overall rates of return on alternative investment opportunities;
  • the ability of the Partnership’s assets to generate cash sufficient to make debt payments and pay distributions; and
  • the Partnership’s operating performance as compared to those of other companies in its industry without regard to the impact of financing methods and capital structure.

Management believes that Adjusted EBITDA provides useful information to investors because, when viewed with GAAP results and the accompanying reconciliations, it provides a more complete understanding of the Partnership’s performance than GAAP results alone. Management also believes that external users of its financial statements benefit from having access to the same financial measures that management uses in evaluating the results of the Partnership’s business.

Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered an alternative to, or more meaningful than, net income, operating income, cash flows from operating activities or any other measure of financial performance or liquidity presented in accordance with GAAP as measures of operating performance and liquidity. Moreover, Adjusted EBITDA as presented may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies.

Gross operating margin is defined as revenue less cost of operations, exclusive of depreciation and amortization expense. Management believes that gross operating margin is useful as a supplemental measure of the Partnership’s operating profitability. Gross operating margin is impacted primarily by the pricing trends for service operations and cost of operations, including labor rates for service technicians, volume and per unit costs for lubricant oils, quantity and pricing of routine preventative maintenance on compression units and property tax rates on compression units. Gross operating margin should not be considered an alternative to, or more meaningful than, operating income, its most directly comparable GAAP financial measure, or any other measure of financial performance presented in accordance with GAAP. Moreover, gross operating margin as presented may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies. Because the Partnership capitalizes assets, depreciation and amortization of equipment is a necessary element of its costs. To compensate for the limitations of gross operating margin as a measure of the Partnership’s performance, management believes that it is important to consider operating income determined under GAAP, as well as gross operating margin, to evaluate the Partnership’s operating profitability. A reconciliation of gross operating margin to operating income is provided in this news release.

Distributable Cash Flow is defined as net income plus non-cash interest expense, non-cash income tax expense (benefit), depreciation and amortization expense, unit-based compensation expense, impairment of compression equipment, impairment of goodwill, certain transaction fees, severance charges, loss (gain) on disposition of assets, proceeds from insurance recovery and other, less distributions on the Partnership’s Series A Preferred Units (“Preferred Units”) and maintenance capital expenditures.

Distributable Cash Flow should not be considered as an alternative to, or more meaningful than, net income, operating income, cash flows from operating activities or any other measure of financial performance presented in accordance with GAAP as measures of operating performance and liquidity. Moreover, the Partnership’s Distributable Cash Flow as presented may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies.

Management believes Distributable Cash Flow is an important measure of operating performance because it allows management, investors and others to compare basic cash flows the Partnership generates (after distributions on the Partnership’s Preferred Units but prior to any retained cash reserves established by the Partnership’s general partner and the effect of the Distribution Reinvestment Plan) to the cash distributions the Partnership expects to pay its common unitholders.

Distributable Cash Flow Coverage Ratio is defined as Distributable Cash Flow divided by distributions declared to common unitholders in respect of such period. Management believes Distributable Cash Flow Coverage Ratio is an important measure of operating performance because it allows management, investors and others to gauge the Partnership’s ability to pay distributions to common unitholders using the cash flows the Partnership generates. The Partnership’s Distributable Cash Flow Coverage Ratio as presented may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies.

This news release also contains a forward-looking estimate of Adjusted EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow projected to be generated by the Partnership in its 2020 fiscal year. A forward-looking estimate of net cash provided by operating activities and reconciliations of the forward-looking estimates of Adjusted EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow to net cash provided by operating activities are not provided because the items necessary to estimate net cash provided by operating activities, in particular the change in operating assets and liabilities, are not accessible or estimable at this time. The Partnership does not anticipate the changes in operating assets and liabilities to be material, but changes in accounts receivable, accounts payable, accrued liabilities and deferred revenue could be significant, such that the amount of net cash provided by operating activities would vary substantially from the amount of projected Adjusted EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow.

See “Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures” for Adjusted EBITDA reconciled to net income and net cash provided by operating activities, and net income and net cash provided by operating activities reconciled to Distributable Cash Flow and Distributable Cash Flow Coverage Ratio.

Forward-Looking Statements

Some of the information in this news release may contain forward-looking statements. These statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology including “may,” “believe,” “expect,” “intend,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “continue,” “if,” “project,” “outlook,” “will,” “could,” “should,” or other similar words or the negatives thereof, and include the Partnership’s expectation of future performance contained herein, including as described under “Full-Year 2020 Outlook.” These statements discuss future expectations, contain projections of results of operations or of financial condition, or state other “forward‑looking” information. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which can be affected by assumptions used or by known risks or uncertainties. Consequently, no forward-looking statements can be guaranteed. When considering these forward-looking statements, you should keep in mind the risk factors noted below and other cautionary statements in this news release. The risk factors and other factors noted throughout this news release could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement. Known material factors that could cause the Partnership’s actual results to differ materially from the results contemplated by such forward-looking statements are described in Part I, Item 1A (“Risk Factors”) of the Partnership’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019, which the Partnership expects to file with the Securities and Exchange Commission on or before the applicable filing deadline, and include:

  • changes in general economic conditions and changes in economic conditions of the crude oil and natural gas industries specifically;
  • competitive conditions in the industry;
  • changes in the long-term supply of and demand for crude oil and natural gas;
  • actions taken by the Partnership’s customers, competitors and third-party operators;
  • the deterioration of the financial condition of the Partnership’s customers;
  • changes in the availability and cost of capital;
  • the Partnership’s ability to realize the anticipated benefits of acquisitions;
  • operating hazards, natural disasters, weather-related delays, casualty losses, equipment defects and other matters beyond the Partnership’s control;
  • the restrictions on the Partnership’s business that are imposed under the Partnership’s long-term debt agreements;
  • information technology risks including the risk from cyberattack;
  • the effects of existing and future laws and governmental regulations;
  • the effects of future litigation; and
  • other factors discussed in the Partnership’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

All forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this news release and are expressly qualified in their entirety by the foregoing cautionary statements. Unless legally required, the Partnership undertakes no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Unpredictable or unknown factors not discussed herein also could have material adverse effects on forward-looking statements.

 

USA COMPRESSION PARTNERS, LP

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(In thousands, except for per unit amounts Unaudited)

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

Year Ended

 

December 31,

2019

 

September 30,

2019

 

December 31,

2018

 

December 31,

2019

Revenues:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contract operations

$

171,052

 

 

$

166,197

 

 

$

163,164

 

 

$

664,162

 

Parts and service

2,692

 

 

4,460

 

 

4,566

 

 

14,236

 

Related party

4,444

 

 

5,099

 

 

4,247

 

 

19,967

 

Total revenues

178,188

 

 

175,756

 

 

171,977

 

 

698,365

 

Cost of operations, exclusive of depreciation and amortization

56,610

 

 

57,423

 

 

55,547

 

 

227,303

 

Gross operating margin

121,578

 

 

118,333

 

 

116,430

 

 

471,062

 

Other operating and administrative costs and expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Selling, general and administrative

15,561

 

 

16,631

 

 

16,104

 

 

64,397

 

Depreciation and amortization

58,227

 

 

57,513

 

 

56,749

 

 

231,447

 

Loss (gain) on disposition of assets

1,329

 

 

(1,975

)

 

636

 

 

940

 

Impairment of compression equipment

2,660

 

 

 

 

6,374

 

 

5,894

 

Total other operating and administrative costs and expenses

77,777

 

 

72,169

 

 

79,863

 

 

302,678

 

Operating income

43,801

 

 

46,164

 

 

36,567

 

 

168,384

 

Other income (expense):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest expense, net

(32,984

)

 

(32,626

)

 

(27,252

)

 

(127,146

)

Other

27

 

 

21

 

 

20

 

 

80

 

Total other expense

(32,957

)

 

(32,605

)

 

(27,232

)

 

(127,066

)

Net income before income tax expense (benefit)

10,844

 

 

13,559

 

 

9,335

 

 

41,318

 

Income tax expense (benefit)

1,563

 

 

244

 

 

(850

)

 

2,186

 

Net income

9,281

 

 

13,315

 

 

10,185

 

 

39,132

 

Less: distributions on Preferred Units

(12,187

)

 

(12,188

)

 

(12,188

)

 

(48,750

)

Net income (loss) attributable to common and Class B unitholders’ interests

$

(2,906

)

 

$

1,127

 

 

$

(2,003

)

 

$

(9,618

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income (loss) attributable to:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common units

$

(2,817

)

 

$

2,084

 

 

$

1,267

 

 

$

(1,774

)

Class B Units

$

(89

)

 

$

(957

)

 

$

(3,270

)

 

$

(7,844

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted average common units outstanding – basic

96,658

 

 

94,625

 

 

89,993

 

 

92,911

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted average common units outstanding – diluted

96,658

 

 

94,846

 

 

89,993

 

 

92,911

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted average Class B Units outstanding – basic and diluted

 

 

2,017

 

 

6,398

 

 

3,681

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic and diluted net income (loss) per common unit

$

(0.03

)

 

$

0.02

 

 

$

0.01

 

 

$

(0.02

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic and diluted net loss per Class B Unit

$

 

 

$

(0.47

)

 

$

(0.51

)

 

$

(2.13

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Distributions declared per common unit

$

0.525

 

 

$

0.525

 

 

$

0.525

 

 

$

2.10

 

 
 

USA COMPRESSION PARTNERS, LP

SELECTED BALANCE SHEET DATA

(In thousands, except unit amounts Unaudited)

 

 

December 31,

2019

Selected Balance Sheet data:

 

Total assets

$

3,730,407

Long-term debt, net

$

1,852,360

Total partners’ capital

$

1,180,598

 

 

Common units outstanding

96,631,976

 
 

USA COMPRESSION PARTNERS, LP

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(In thousands — Unaudited)

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

Year Ended

 

December 31,

2019

 

September 30,

2019

 

December 31,

2018

 

December 31,

2019

Net cash provided by operating activities

$

91,700

 

 

$

61,294

 

 

$

93,140

 

 

$

300,580

 

Net cash used in investing activities

(36,263

)

 

(32,278

)

 

(63,814

)

 

(144,490

)

Net cash used in financing activities

(55,429

)

 

(29,016

)

 

(32,057

)

 

(156,179

)

 
 

USA COMPRESSION PARTNERS, LP

RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

ADJUSTED EBITDA TO NET INCOME AND NET CASH PROVIDED BY OPERATING ACTIVITIES

(In thousands — Unaudited)

 

The following table reconciles Adjusted EBITDA to net income and net cash provided by operating activities, its most directly comparable GAAP financial measures, for each of the periods presented:

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

Year Ended

 

December 31,

2019

 

September 30,

2019

 

December 31,

2018

 

December 31,

2019

Net income

$

9,281

 

 

$

13,315

 

 

$

10,185

 

 

$

39,132

 

Interest expense, net

32,984

 

 

32,626

 

 

27,252

 

 

127,146

 

Depreciation and amortization

58,227

 

 

57,513

 

 

56,749

 

 

231,447

 

Income tax expense (benefit)

1,563

 

 

244

 

 

(850

)

 

2,186

 

EBITDA

$

102,055

 

 

$

103,698

 

 

$

93,336

 

 

$

399,911

 

Interest income on capital lease

142

 

 

159

 

 

211

 

 

672

 

Unit-based compensation expense (1)

2,884

 

 

2,090

 

 

849

 

 

10,814

 

Transaction expenses (2)

23

 

 

4

 

 

61

 

 

578

 

Severance charges

135

 

 

351

 

 

1,789

 

 

831

 

Loss (gain) on disposition of assets

1,329

 

 

(1,975

)

 

636

 

 

940

 

Impairment of compression equipment (3)

2,660

 

 

 

 

6,374

 

 

5,894

 

Adjusted EBITDA

$

109,228

 

 

$

104,327

 

 

$

103,256

 

 

$

419,640

 

Interest expense, net

(32,984

)

 

(32,626

)

 

(27,252

)

 

(127,146

)

Non-cash interest expense

1,987

 

 

1,965

 

 

1,525

 

 

7,607

 

Income tax (expense) benefit

(1,563

)

 

(244

)

 

850

 

 

(2,186

)

Interest income on capital lease

(142

)

 

(159

)

 

(211

)

 

(672

)

Transaction expenses

(23

)

 

(4

)

 

(61

)

 

(578

)

Severance charges

(135

)

 

(351

)

 

(1,789

)

 

(831

)

Other

1,774

 

 

152

 

 

(800

)

 

2,426

 

Changes in operating assets and liabilities

13,558

 

 

(11,766

)

 

17,622

 

 

2,320

 

Net cash provided by operating activities

$

91,700

 

 

$

61,294

 

 

$

93,140

 

 

$

300,580

 

Contacts

USA Compression Partners, LP
Matthew C. Liuzzi

Chief Financial Officer

512-369-1624

[email protected]

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