Delek US Holdings Reports Record Net Income for Third Quarter 2012
Company increases regular quarterly dividend from $0.0375 to $0.10 per share
BRENTWOOD, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Delek US Holdings, Inc. (NYS: DK) , a diversified energy company with assets in the petroleum refining, marketing and retail industries, today announced financial results for the third quarter 2012.
For the three months ended September 30, 2012, Delek US reported record net income of $100.3 million, or $1.67 per diluted share, versus net income of $85.3 million, or $1.46 per diluted share in the third quarter 2011.
Delek US announced today that its Board of Directors declared a regular quarterly dividend of $0.10 per share. This is an increase from the previous regular quarterly dividend of $0.0375 per share. Shareholders of record on November 27, 2012 will receive this cash dividend payable on December 18, 2012.
Uzi Yemin, President and Chief Executive Officer of Delek US Holdings, remarked: "We continued to perform exceptionally well during the third quarter and delivered record consolidated net income. Our operations continued to benefit from elevated Gulf Coast refined product margins and solid demand for our products. Utilizing our feedstock flexibility at El Dorado, we processed approximately 11,600 barrels per day of rail supplied crude and increased locally sourced crude. This flexibility limited the impact of the continued suspension of crude oil deliveries from a supplier's pipeline, resulting in solid performance at El Dorado. At our Tyler refinery we processed slightly more than 60,000 barrels per day of crude, fully utilizing the refinery's capacity. "
Results during the third quarter benefited from a benchmark Gulf Coast 5-3-2 crack spread that averaged $29.96 per barrel during the third quarter 2012. This was similar to third quarter 2011 and an improvement from $25.42 during the second quarter 2012.
As of September 30, 2012, Delek US had a cash balance of $317.8 million and total debt of $372.6 million. This resulted in net debt of $54.8 million, which is a significant decline compared to $205.4 million at the end of last year's third quarter. Part of the debt reduction this quarter included the repayment of the remaining $38.5 million of debt that was owed to an affiliate of Delek Group, Ltd. from cash on hand, which is expected to reduce interest cost by approximately $1.0 million per quarter moving forward.
On November 7, 2012, Delek Logistics Partners, LP (NYS: DKL) completed its initial public offering. Through this transaction, Delek Logistics Partners, LP sold 9.2 million common units and received $176.2 million of proceeds net of estimated transaction costs from offering 37.6 percent of the limited partner interest in the partnership to the public. This includes underwriters fully exercising their option to purchase 1.2 million additional common units. Delek US, through certain affiliates, will own a two percent general partner interest and the remaining limited partner interest in Delek Logistics Partners, LP.
Yemin concluded, "During the third quarter, we executed on our strategic initiatives, improved our financial position and returned value to our shareholders. Strong cash flow generation allowed us to reduce net debt again and declare our fourth special dividend in the last twelve months. We are also pleased to have successfully completed the initial public offering of Delek Logistics, which priced at the high end of its range. Following this transaction, our financial position has been further enhanced and our Board of Directors decided to increase our ongoing regular quarterly dividend by over 160 percent to $0.10 per share. Finally, we remain focused on strategic steps to improve our crude and feedstock flexibility as we expand our rail capability at El Dorado and increase access to WTI-linked crude in our refining system. In early 2013, this will allow us to benefit from our refineries' connectivity to increasing supplies of WTI Midland sourced crude oil that is trading today at more than $6 per barrel below WTI at Cushing. We remain positive about our future and look forward to creating additional value for our shareholders."
Refining segment contribution margin increased to $189.4 million in the third quarter 2012, versus $164.3 million in third quarter 2011. By utilizing its crude sourcing flexibility, the El Dorado refinery reported a significant improvement in contribution margin to $94.0 million, compared to $64.4 million in the third quarter 2011.
The year-over-year improvement in segment contribution margin was attributable to increased margins at our El Dorado refinery and higher utilization rates at our Tyler refinery. In addition, we continued to benefit from our access to cost-advantaged domestic crude sources, such as Midland sweet crude, which traded on average $3.70 per barrel below the WTI Cushing benchmark during the third quarter of 2012.
Tyler, Texas Refinery
Total throughputs at the Tyler refinery were 60,589 barrels per day in the third quarter 2012, versus 59,812 barrels per day in the third quarter 2011. Total sales volumes were 62,467 barrels per day in the third quarter 2012, compared to 59,920 barrels per day in the third quarter 2011.
Direct operating expense was $30.9 million, or $5.37 per barrel sold, in the third quarter 2012, versus $29.4 million, or $5.33 per barrel sold, in the third quarter 2011.
Tyler's refining margin, excluding intercompany product marketing fees, was $22.47 per barrel sold in the third quarter 2012, compared to $24.14 per barrel sold for the same quarter last year. This decrease is primarily attributed to higher crude oil prices compared to third quarter 2011.
El Dorado, Arkansas Refinery
Total throughputs at the El Dorado refinery were 69,757 barrels per day in the third quarter 2012 compared to 86,066 barrels per day in the third quarter 2011. Total sales volumes were 84,168 barrels per day, including 14,678 barrels per day of finished product buy/sell activities. This compares to 82,317 barrels per day of total sales volume in the third quarter 2011.
Delek operated the refinery at 62,592 barrels per day of crude throughput during the quarter despite the continued suspension of crude oil deliveries from a supplier's pipeline, which has caused reduced throughput rates since May 1, 2012. The Company was able maintain this throughput level by using a combination of processing approximately 4,100 barrels per day of intermediate products from Tyler, and processing 11,550 barrels per day of crude supplied by rail.
Direct operating expense was $30.1 million, or $3.89 per barrel sold, in the third quarter 2012, compared to $32.3 million, or $4.27 per barrel sold, during the third quarter of 2011. Adjusting third quarter 2012 sales volumes for the finished product buy/sell activity, direct operating expense was $4.71 per barrel.
El Dorado refining margin was $19.41 per barrel sold, excluding finished product buy/sell activity, in the third quarter 2012, which is a significant improvement from $12.77 per barrel sold during the third quarter of 2011. Compared to third quarter 2011, our average crude oil price differential to WTI in El Dorado decreased because the lower operating rate reduced the amount of more expensive Gulf Coast crude purchases. This resulted in a crude supply that consisted of approximately 14% of Gulf Coast sourced crude. This change in crude supply, combined with a product slate that included a higher percentage of light products, were the primary drivers in margin improvement from third quarter 2011.
Retail segment contribution margin decreased to $11.0 million in the third quarter 2012, versus $15.6 million in the third quarter 2011. A steady increase in wholesale fuel price, which benefited our refining segment, resulted in a lower fuel margin compared to the year ago period. This decline in fuel margin was partially offset by lower operating expenses and a slight increase in merchandising margin compared to third quarter 2011. Fuel margin was 13.9 cents per gallon in third quarter 2012, compared to 18.8 cents per gallon in third quarter 2011.
At the conclusion of the third quarter 2012, the retail segment operated 372 locations, versus 384 locations at the end of the third quarter 2011.
Marketing segment contribution margin improved to $9.7 million in the third quarter 2012, versus $6.8 million in the third quarter 2011. The improved results were supported by an increase in total sales volumes of 3.6 percent, to 16,715 barrels per day.
Third Quarter 2012 Results Conference Call Information
The Company will hold a conference call to discuss its third quarter 2012 results on November 8, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. Central Time. Investors will have the opportunity to listen to the conference call live over the Internet by going to www.DelekUS.com and clicking on the Investor Relations tab, at least 15 minutes early to register, download and install any necessary software. For those who cannot listen to the live broadcast, a telephonic replay will be available through February 7, 2013 by dialing (855) 859-2056, passcode 35354399. An archived version of the replay will also be available at www.DelekUS.com for 90 days.
About Delek US Holdings, Inc.
Delek US Holdings, Inc. is an integrated downstream energy business focused on petroleum refining, the wholesale distribution of refined products and convenience store retailing. The refining segment consists of refineries operated in Tyler, Texas and El Dorado, Arkansas with a combined nameplate production capacity of 140,000 barrels per day. The marketing and supply segment markets refined products through a series of owned and third-party product terminals and pipelines. The retail segment supplies fuels and merchandise through a network of approximately 372 company-operated convenience store locations operated under the MAPCO Express®, MAPCO Mart®, East Coast®, Fast Food and Fuel™, Favorite Markets®, Delta Express® and Discount Food Mart™ brand names.
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