HollyFrontier Corporation Reports Quarterly Net Income

HollyFrontier Corporation Reports Quarterly Net Income

DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- HollyFrontier Corporation (NYS: HFC) ("HollyFrontier" or the "Company") today reported fourth quarter net income attributable to HollyFrontier stockholders of $391.6 million or $1.92 per diluted share for the quarter ended December 31, 2012, compared to $223.4 million or $1.06 per diluted share for the quarter ended December 31, 2011. For the year ended December 31, 2012, net income attributable to HollyFrontier stockholders totaled $1,727.2 million or $8.38 per diluted share compared to $1,023.4 million or $6.42 per diluted share for the year ended December 31, 2011.

For the fourth quarter, net income attributable to our stockholders increased by $168.2 million, or 75% compared to the same period of 2011, principally reflecting higher fourth quarter refining margins. Refinery gross margins were $24.00 per produced barrel, a 57% increase compared to $15.32 for the fourth quarter of 2011. Production levels averaged approximately 447,000 barrels per day ("BPD") and crude oil charges averaged approximately 408,000 BPD for the current quarter, compared to expected crude throughput of 424,000 BPD. Lower crude oil charges in the quarter resulted from a combination of unplanned downtime and turnaround activity extending longer than planned. Operating expenses for the quarter were $296.8 million or $6.29 per barrel compared to $246.1 million or $5.22 per barrel for the fourth quarter of last year.


HollyFrontier's President & CEO, Mike Jennings, commented, "We are extremely pleased with our solid fourth quarter results and the record year for HollyFrontier. For the fourth quarter, strength in inland to coastal crude oil differentials continued to contribute to attractive refined product margins, particularly considering the effects of lower seasonal demand that have historically yielded tighter margins. Looking to 2013, we believe that the structural crude advantages currently driving our operating margins will positively impact our operating income, allowing us to continue to pay both regular and special dividends. We remain committed to increasing total shareholder return while maintaining a strong balance sheet."

For the fourth quarter of 2012, net cash provided by operations totaled $490.9 million. During the period, we paid dividends to shareholders of $275.5 million, which includes our $0.20 regular and a $0.50 special dividend declared in the fourth quarter. At December 31, 2012, our combined balance of cash and short-term investments totaled $2.4 billion and our consolidated debt was $1.3 billion. Our debt, exclusive of Holly Energy Partners' debt which is nonrecourse to HollyFrontier, was $471.6 million at December 31, 2012. We had no cash borrowings or outstanding principal under our credit facility during the quarter.

Included in our fourth quarter 2012 results were charges totaling $21.6 million or $0.11 per share after-tax, related to increased environmental accruals and the partial write-off of a previously capitalized project.

The Company has scheduled a webcast conference call for today, February 26, 2013, at 11:00 AM Eastern Time to discuss fourth quarter financial results. This webcast may be accessed at: https://event.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1012528. An audio archive of this webcast will be available using the above noted link through March 12, 2013.

HollyFrontier Corporation, headquartered in Dallas, Texas, is an independent petroleum refiner and marketer that produces high-value light products such as gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel and other specialty products. HollyFrontier operates through its subsidiaries a 135,000 barrels per stream day ("bpsd") refinery located in El Dorado, Kansas, two refinery facilities with a combined capacity of 125,000 bpsd located in Tulsa, Oklahoma, a 100,000 bpsd refinery located in Artesia, New Mexico, a 52,000 bpsd refinery located in Cheyenne, Wyoming and a 31,000 bpsd refinery in Woods Cross, Utah. HollyFrontier markets its refined products principally in the Southwest U.S., the Rocky Mountains extending into the Pacific Northwest and in other neighboring Plains states. A subsidiary of HollyFrontier also owns a 44% interest (including the general partner interest) in Holly Energy Partners, L.P.

The following is a "safe harbor" statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: The statements in this press release relating to matters that are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements" based on management's beliefs and assumptions using currently available information and expectations as of the date hereof, are not guarantees of future performance and involve certain risks and uncertainties, including those contained in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot assure you that our expectations will prove correct. Therefore, actual outcomes and results could materially differ from what is expressed, implied or forecast in such statements. Any differences could be caused by a number of factors, including, but not limited to, risks and uncertainties with respect to the actions of actual or potential competitive suppliers of refined petroleum products in the Company's markets, the demand for and supply of crude oil and refined products, the spread between market prices for refined products and market prices for crude oil, the possibility of constraints on the transportation of refined products, the possibility of inefficiencies, curtailments or shutdowns in refinery operations or pipelines, effects of governmental and environmental regulations and policies, the availability and cost of financing to the Company, the effectiveness of the Company's capital investments and marketing strategies, the Company's efficiency in carrying out construction projects, the ability of the Company to acquire refined product operations or pipeline and terminal operations on acceptable terms and to integrate any future acquired operations, the possibility of terrorist attacks and the consequences of any such attacks, general economic conditions and other financial, operational and legal risks and uncertainties detailed from time to time in the Company's Securities and Exchange Commission filings. The forward-looking statements speak only as of the date made and, other than as required by law, we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

Financial Data (all information in this release is unaudited)

Three Months Ended
December 31,

Change from 2011

2012

2011

Change

Percent

(In thousands, except per share data)

Sales and other revenues

$

5,147,507

$

4,972,412

$

175,095

3.5

%

Operating costs and expenses:

Cost of products sold

4,073,226

4,258,439

(185,213

)

(4.3

)

Operating expenses

296,754

246,110

50,644

20.6

General and administrative expenses

39,680

41,473

(1,793

)

(4.3

)

Depreciation and amortization

64,706

53,327

11,379

21.3

Total operating costs and expenses

4,474,366

4,599,349

(124,983

)

(2.7

)

Income from operations

673,141

373,063

300,078

80.4

Other income (expense):

Earnings of equity method investments

468

561

(93

)

(16.6

)

Interest income

1,426

338

1,088

321.9

Interest expense

(22,826

)

(21,852

)

(974

)

4.5

(20,932

)

(20,953

)

21

(0.1

)

Income before income taxes

652,209

352,110

300,099

85.2

Income tax provision

252,216

116,261

135,955

116.9

Net income

399,993

235,849

164,144

69.6

Less net income attributable to noncontrolling interest

8,389

12,469

(4,080

)

(32.7

)

Net income attributable to HollyFrontier stockholders

$

391,604

$

223,380

$

168,224

75.3

%

Earnings per share attributable to HollyFrontier stockholders:

Basic

$

1.92

$

1.07

$

0.85

79.4

%

Diluted

$

1.92

$

1.06

$

0.86

81.1

%

Cash dividends declared per common share

$

0.70

$

0.60

$

0.10

16.7

%

Average number of common shares outstanding:

Basic

203,458

209,319

(5,861

)

(2.8

)%

Diluted

204,453

210,159

(5,706

)

(2.7

)%

EBITDA

$

729,926

$

414,482

$

315,444

76.1

%

Years Ended
December 31,

Change from 2011

2012

2011(1)

Change

Percent

(In thousands, except per share data)

Sales and other revenues

$

20,090,724

$

15,439,528

$

4,651,196

30.1

%

Operating costs and expenses:

Cost of products sold

15,840,643

12,680,078

3,160,565

24.9

Operating expenses

994,966

748,081

246,885

33.0

General and administrative expenses

128,101

120,114

7,987

6.6

Depreciation and amortization

242,868

159,707

83,161

52.1

Total operating costs and expenses

17,206,578

13,707,980

3,498,598

25.5

Income from operations

2,884,146

1,731,548

1,152,598

66.6

Other income (expense):

Earnings of equity method investments

2,923

2,300

623

27.1

Interest income

4,786

1,284

3,502

272.7

Interest expense

(104,186

)

(78,323

)

(25,863

)

33.0

Gain on sale of marketable securities

326

326

Merger transaction costs

(15,114

)

15,114

(100.0

)

(96,151

)

(89,853

)

(6,298

)

7.0

Income before income taxes

2,787,995

1,641,695

1,146,300

69.8

Income tax provision

1,027,962

581,991

445,971

76.6

Net income

1,760,033

1,059,704

700,329

66.1

Less net income attributable to noncontrolling interest

32,861

36,307

(3,446

)

(9.5

)

Net income attributable to HollyFrontier stockholders

$

1,727,172

$

1,023,397

$

703,775

68.8

%

Earnings per share attributable to HollyFrontier stockholders:

Basic

$

8.41

$

6.46

$

1.95

30.2

%

Diluted

$

8.38

$

6.42

$

1.96

30.5

%

Cash dividends declared per common share

$

3.10

$

1.34

$

1.76

131.3

%

Average number of common shares outstanding:

Basic

205,289

158,486

46,803

29.5

%

Diluted

206,184

159,294

46,890

29.4

%

EBITDA

$

3,097,402

$

1,842,134

$

1,255,268

68.1

%

(1) Our consolidated financial and operating results reflect the operations of the merged Frontier businesses beginning July 1, 2011.

Balance Sheet Data

December 31,

2012

2011

(In thousands)

Cash, cash equivalents and investments in marketable securities

$

2,393,401

$

1,840,610

Working capital

$

2,815,821

$

2,030,063

Total assets

$

10,328,997

$

9,576,243

Long-term debt

$

1,336,238

$

1,214,742

Total equity

$

6,642,658

$

5,835,900

Segment Information

Our operations are organized into two reportable segments, Refining and HEP. Our operations that are not included in the Refining and HEP segments are included in Corporate and Other. Intersegment transactions are eliminated in our consolidated financial statements and are included in Consolidations and Eliminations. The Refining segment includes the operations of our El Dorado, Tulsa, Navajo, Cheyenne and Woods Cross refineries and NK Asphalt and involves the purchase and refining of crude oil and wholesale and branded marketing of refined products, such as gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel, specialty lubricant products, and specialty and modified asphalt. The petroleum products are primarily marketed in the Mid-Continent, Southwest and Rocky Mountain regions of the United States and northern Mexico. Additionally, specialty lubricant products produced at our Tulsa West facility are marketed throughout North America and are distributed in Central and South America. NK Asphalt manufactures and markets asphalt and asphalt products in Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Texas and northern Mexico.

The HEP segment involves all of the operations of HEP, a consolidated variable interest entity, which owns and operates logistics assets consisting of petroleum product and crude oil pipelines and terminal, tankage and loading rack facilities in the Mid-Continent, Southwest and Rocky Mountain regions of the United States. Revenues are generated by charging tariffs for transporting petroleum products and crude oil through its pipelines and by charging fees for terminalling petroleum products and other hydrocarbons, and storing and providing other services at its storage tanks and terminals. The HEP segment also includes a 75% interest in the UNEV Pipeline (an HEP consolidated subsidiary) and a 25% interest in the SLC Pipeline. Revenues from the HEP segment are earned through transactions with unaffiliated parties for pipeline transportation, rental and terminalling operations as well as revenues relating to pipeline transportation services provided for our refining operations.

Refining(1)

HEP

Corporate
and Other

Consolidations
and
Eliminations

Consolidated
Total

(In thousands)

Three Months Ended December 31, 2012

Sales and other revenues

$

5,135,106

$

81,251

$

136

$

(68,986

)

$

5,147,507

Depreciation and amortization

$

48,160

$

15,500

$

1,253