AmeriGas Partners Reports 29% increase in Adjusted EBITDA

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AmeriGas Partners Reports 29% increase in Adjusted EBITDA

VALLEY FORGE, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- AmeriGas Propane, Inc., general partner of AmeriGas Partners, L.P. (NYS: APU) , reported net income attributable to AmeriGas Partners for the second quarter of Fiscal 2013 ended March 31, 2013 of $221.8 million compared to $133.9 million for the same period last year. Net income attributable to AmeriGas Partners, L.P. for the current-year period includes the impact of $5.4 million in acquisition and transition expenses associated with Heritage Propane. Net income attributable to AmeriGas Partners, L.P. for the prior-year quarter includes the impact of a $13.4 million loss on extinguishment of debt and $8.1 million in acquisition and transition expenses. The Partnership's adjusted earnings before interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization (Adjusted EBITDA) increased to $317.6 million for the second quarter of 2013 compared to $246.0 million for the same period last year. The improved results for the current-year period reflect winter weather that was markedly colder than the record warmth experienced during the prior-year period and, to a much lesser extent, the full-period effects of Heritage Propane, which was acquired January 12, 2012.

For the three months ended March 31, 2013, retail propane volumes sold were 464.4 million gallons compared with retail propane volumes of 389.4 million gallons in the prior-year period. Weather for the quarter was 1.5% warmer than normal, but 24.5% colder than in the prior-year period, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ("NOAA").


Jerry E. Sheridan, chief executive officer of AmeriGas, said, "Heating demand began the quarter on a weak note as the warm weather experienced during December carried into January. However, the business responded as expected once we began to experience a return to more seasonal weather in February and colder-than-normal weather in March. The late season return of normal winter weather helped to offset the impact of the warm January, and we ended the quarter with a nearly 20% increase in volume over the same period last year. Now that the heating season is winding down, we will turn our attention to ACE, our cylinder exchange program, and the final phase of the Heritage Propane integration."

Sheridan continued, "Given our results thus far and our current assessment of business conditions for the remainder of the fiscal year, we now anticipate Adjusted EBITDA for fiscal 2013 to be near the midpoint of our previously-stated guidance of $620 million to $645 million and we remain on track to deliver at least $60 million in net synergies from the acquisition this year. Additionally, I am pleased that our board once again demonstrated their confidence in the business when they recently approved a 5% increase in our quarterly distribution to an annualized rate of $3.36 per limited partner unit. This marks the ninth consecutive year of increases, during which time we have increased our distribution by more than 50%."

Revenues for the quarter increased to $1,184.9 million from $1,155.6 million in the prior-year period, reflecting the higher retail volumes sold offset largely by lower average selling prices. The average wholesale cost of propane at Mont Belvieu, Texas, for the current quarter was approximately 31% lower than the average cost in the same period last year. Total margin increased $86.9 million principally due to higher volumes sold and increased total margin related to ancillary sales and services.

Operating and administrative expenses increased $13.0 million as the full period impact of expenses associated with the operations of Heritage Propane and incremental costs associated with higher sales activity (primarily due to the colder weather) were only partially offset by expense synergies resulting from the acquisition. Operating income increased $71.2 million primarily reflecting the higher total margin partially offset by the increased operating expenses and greater depreciation and amortization expenses ($3.8 million) principally associated with Heritage Propane.

EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, and total margin are non-GAAP financial measures. Adjusted EBITDA is defined herein as earnings before interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, losses on extinguishment of debt and Heritage Propane acquisition and transition expenses. Total margin represents total revenues less total cost of sales. Management believes the presentation of these measures provides useful information to investors to more effectively evaluate the year-over-year results of operations of the Partnership. These measures are not comparable to measures used by other entities and should only be considered in conjunction with net income attributable to AmeriGas Partners, L.P. A reconciliation of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA to the most comparable GAAP financial measure is included on the last page of this press release.

About AmeriGas

AmeriGas is the nation's largest retail propane marketer, serving over two million customers in all 50 states from over 2,100 distribution locations. UGI Corporation, through subsidiaries, is the sole General Partner and owns 26% of the Partnership. An affiliate of Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. owns 32% of the Partnership and the public owns the remaining 42%.

AmeriGas Partners, L.P. will hold a live Internet Audio Webcast of its conference call to discuss second quarter earnings and other current activities at 9:00 AM ET on Wednesday, May 1, 2013. Interested parties may listen to the audio webcast both live and in replay on the Internet athttp://investors.amerigas.com/investor-relations/events-presentationsor at the company websitehttp://www.amerigas.comunder Investor Relations.A telephonic replay will be available from 12:00 PM ET on May 1 through 9:00 pm on May 6.The replay may be accessed at 1-877-344-7529, conference ID 10019733 and International access 1-412-317-0088, conference ID 10019733.

Comprehensive information about AmeriGas is available on the Internet at http://www.amerigas.com.

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements which management believes to be reasonable as of today's date only.Actual results may differ significantly because of risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond management's control.You should read the Partnership's Annual Report on Form 10-K for a more extensive list of factors that could affect results.Among them are adverse weather conditions, cost volatility and availability of propane, increased customer conservation measures, the capacity to transport propane to our market areas, the impact of pending and future legal proceedings, political, economic and regulatory conditions in the U.S. and abroad, and our ability to successfully integrate Heritage Propane and achieve anticipated synergies.The Partnership undertakes no obligation to release revisions to its forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances occurring after today.

      
AMERIGAS PARTNERS, L.P. AND SUBSIDIARIES
REPORT OF EARNINGS
(Thousands, except per unit and where otherwise indicated)
(Unaudited)
 
 
 
Three Months EndedSix Months EndedTwelve Months Ended
March 31,March 31,March 31,
 2013  2012  2013  2012  2013  2012 
Revenues:
Propane$1,107,082$1,082,764$1,904,141$1,720,047$2,861,725$2,567,079
Other 77,825  72,810  157,413  119,339  282,059  203,270 
 1,184,907  1,155,574  2,061,554  1,839,386  3,143,784  2,770,349 
 
Costs and expenses:
Cost of sales - propane594,128652,3931,023,6911,082,3731,583,9761,656,125
Cost of sales - other18,28217,61840,80331,44686,42862,882
Operating and administrative expenses265,298252,275508,815412,185985,323705,861
Depreciation37,60735,35175,93056,282153,87398,841
Amortization11,0229,44122,05012,69844,25018,978
Other income, net (7,635) (6,551) (15,806) (10,741) (31,586) (24,229)
 918,702  960,527  1,655,483  1,584,243  2,822,264  2,518,458 
Operating income266,205195,047406,071255,143321,520251,891
(Loss) gain on extinguishments of debt0(13,379)0(13,379)30(32,695)
Interest expense (41,776) (45,045) (82,972) (61,578) (164,035) (93,374)
Income before income taxes224,429136,623323,099180,186157,515125,822
Income tax benefit (expense) 52  (764) (575) (1,214) (1,292) (1,256)
Net income224,481135,859322,524178,972156,223124,566
Less: net income attributable to noncontrolling interests (2,661) (1,974) (4,039) (2,562) (3,123) (2,503)
Net income attributable to AmeriGas Partners, L.P.$221,820 $133,885 $318,485 $176,410 $153,100 $122,063 
 

General partner's interest in net income attributable to AmeriGas Partners, L.P.

$6,470 $4,282 $11,689 $6,273 $18,535 $8,862 
 

Limited partners' interest in net income attributable to AmeriGas Partners, L.P.

$215,350 $129,603 $306,796 $170,137 $134,565 $113,201 
 
 
Income per limited partner unit (a)
 
Basic$1.61 $1.26 $2.54 $2.13 $1.44 $1.67 
 
Diluted$1.61 $1.26 $2.54 $2.13 $1.44 $1.67 
 
Average limited partner units outstanding:
Basic 92,830  83,153  92,827  70,073  92,813  63,602 
 
Diluted 92,895  83,195  92,901  70,124  92,882  63,653 
 
SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION:
 
Retail gallons sold (millions)464.4389.4815.1610.31,222.3911.8
EBITDA (b)$312,173$224,486$500,012$308,182$516,550$334,512
Adjusted EBITDA (b)$317,569$246,003$510,896$333,416$561,736$379,062
Expenditures for property, plant and equipment:
Maintenance capital expenditures$11,293$11,514$21,347$23,304$43,108$41,757
Transition capital related to Heritage integration$6,440$1,343$10,981$1,343$27,246$1,343
Growth capital expenditures$10,215$10,640$22,109$20,453$42,123$38,614
 
(a)Income per limited partner unit is computed in accordance with accounting guidance regarding the application of the two-class method for determining earnings per share as it relates to master limited partnerships. Refer to Note 2 to the consolidated financial statements included in the AmeriGas Partners, L.P. Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2012.
 
(b)Earnings before interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization ("EBITDA") should not be considered as an alternative to net income attributable to AmeriGas Partners, L.P. (as an indicator of operating performance) and is not a measure of performance or financial condition under accounting principles generally accepted in the United States ("GAAP"). Management believes EBITDA is a meaningful non-GAAP financial measure used by investors to (1) compare the Partnership's operating performance with that of other companies within the propane industry and (2) assess the Partnership's ability to meet loan covenants. The Partnership's definition of EBITDA may be different from those used by other companies.

 

Management uses EBITDA to compare year-over-year profitability of the business without regard to capital structure as well as to compare the relative performance of the Partnership to that of other master limited partnerships without regard to their financing methods, capital structure, income taxes or historical cost basis. In view of the omission of interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization from EBITDA, management also assesses the profitability of the business by comparing net income attributable to AmeriGas Partners, L.P. for the relevant years.
 
Management also uses EBITDA to assess the Partnership's profitability because its parent, UGI Corporation, uses the Partnership's EBITDA to assess the profitability of the Partnership which is one of UGI Corporation's reportable segments. UGI Corporation discloses the Partnership's EBITDA in its disclosure about reportable segments as the profitability measure for its domestic propane segment. EBITDA in the three, six and twelve months ended March 31, 2013 includes acquisition and transition expense of $5,396, $10,884 and $45,216, respectively, associated with the Heritage Propane acquisition. EBITDA in the three, six and twelve months ended March 31, 2012 includes acquisition and transition expense of $8,138, $11,855 and $11,855, respectively, associated with the Heritage Propane acquisition. EBITDA in the three, six and twelve months ended March 31, 2012 includes pre-tax losses of $13,379, $13,379 and $32,695, respectively, from extinguishments of debt.
 
The following table includes reconciliations of net income attributable to AmeriGas Partners, L.P. to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA (1) for all periods presented:
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