Southcross Energy Partners, L.P. Reports Third Quarter Results

DALLAS, Nov. 13, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Southcross Energy Partners, L.P. (NYSE:SXE) (“Southcross,” the “Partnership,” or “SXE”) today announced third quarter financial and operating results. 

Southcross’ net loss was $19.1 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2017, compared to $32.6 million for the same period in the prior year and $15.9 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2017. Adjusted EBITDA (as defined below) was $16.8 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2017, compared to $14.8 million for the same period in the prior year and $17.1 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2017. A normalized third quarter Adjusted EBITDA, adjusting for the impact of Hurricane Harvey and the one-time receipt of $1.1 million in business interruption insurance proceeds related to a 2016 event, would have been an estimated $18.2 million.

Processed gas volumes during the quarter averaged 222 MMcf/d, a decrease of 26% compared to 299 MMcf/d for the same period in the prior year and a decrease of 17% compared to 267 MMcf/d for the quarter ended June 30, 2017. This decrease was due primarily to the impact of Hurricane Harvey and the shut-down of the Conroe facility in the fourth quarter of 2016. Excluding the impact of Harvey, processed gas volumes would have been an estimated 270 MMcf/d during the quarter ended September 30, 2017, a 1% increase compared to the prior quarter.

Capital Expenditures

For the quarter ended September 30, 2017, growth and maintenance capital expenditures were $4.1 million and were related primarily to the installation of a new gas gathering pipeline in Mississippi and required safety and reliability upgrades. Southcross continues to expect that net capital expenditures for full-year 2017, including growth and maintenance expenditures, will be in the range of $18 million to $20 million and will be limited to projects with contractually committed volumes, along with recurring maintenance spending.

Liquidity and Distributable Cash Flow

As of September 30, 2017, Southcross had total outstanding debt of $532 million, including $99 million under its revolving credit facility, as compared to total outstanding debt of $547 million as of June 30, 2017.

Distributable cash flow (as defined below) for the quarter ended September 30, 2017 was $6.4 million, compared to $5.9 million for the same period in the prior year and $8.0 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2017. The Partnership did not make a cash distribution for the quarter ended September 30, 2017 and is restricted from making cash distributions until the Partnership’s consolidated total leverage ratio, as defined under its credit agreement, is at or below 5.0x to 1. At September 30, 2017, the consolidated total leverage ratio was approximately 7.8x to 1. 

Merger with American Midstream Partners LP

On November 1, 2017 we announced that Southcross Holdings, LP (“Southcross Holdings”) had entered into a Contribution Agreement and the Partnership had entered into a Merger Agreement with American Midstream Partners L.P. (“AMID”) We view these agreements as a combined set of opportunities for investors of both Southcross entities to participate in a more diverse, sustainably capitalized company.

At the effective time of the merger, each publicly held common unit of the Partnership issued and outstanding or deemed issued and outstanding as of immediately prior to the effective time, will be converted into the right to receive 0.160 of an AMID Common Unit.  These registered units will be listed on the New York Stock Exchange and will offer the opportunity for immediate cash distributions with strong coverage.  All of the consideration to be received by Southcross Holdings pursuant to the Contribution Agreement, including cash distributions paid on any securities, will be subject to placement in escrow, locked up pursuant to a lockup agreement, and/or subject to other restrictions until the later of the passage of certain time periods or the resolution of certain outstanding uncertainties and indemnities.    

As discussed in our periodic filings, on December 29, 2016, we received a waiver from the lenders under our Third Amended and Restated Revolving Credit Agreement for all events of default arising from failure to comply with the consolidated total leverage ratio debt covenant.  This covenant waiver expires on March 31, 2019, at which point we anticipate that significant additional equity will be required by SXE in order to meet the covenant requirement.  Absent this additional equity, all of the debt at SXE and all of the debt at Southcross Holdings will become immediately due and payable.  A benefit of the proposed transactions with AMID is that under the terms of the Contribution Agreement and the Merger Agreement all of the SXE revolver and term loan debt, as well as all debt outstanding at Southcross Holdings, is required to be repaid in full at the closing of the transactions contemplated thereby.

About Southcross Energy Partners, L.P.
Southcross Energy Partners, L.P. is a master limited partnership that provides natural gas gathering, processing, treating, compression and transportation services and NGL fractionation and transportation services. It also sources, purchases, transports and sells natural gas and NGLs. Its assets are located in South Texas, Mississippi and Alabama and include two gas processing plants, one fractionation plant and approximately 3,100 miles of pipeline. The South Texas assets are located in or near the Eagle Ford shale region. Southcross is headquartered in Dallas, Texas. Visit www.southcrossenergy.com for more information.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes certain statements concerning expectations for the future that are forward-looking within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Forward-looking statements include, without limitation, any statement that may project, indicate or imply future results, events, performance or achievements, and may contain the words “expect,” “intend,” “plan,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “believe,” “will be,” “will continue,” “will likely result,” and similar expressions, or future conditional verbs such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “would” and “could.” Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, forward-looking statements contained in this press release specifically include: the expectations, plans, strategies, and objectives of Southcross; and anticipated capital expenditures and Adjusted EBITDA.    Additional risks include the following: the ability to obtain requisite regulatory and unitholder approval and the satisfaction of the other conditions to the consummation of the proposed transaction, the ability of AMID to integrate SXE’s operations and employees successfully and realize anticipated synergies and cost savings, actions by third parties, the potential impact of the announcement or consummation of the proposed transaction on relationships, including with employees, suppliers, customers, competitors and credit rating agencies, and the ability to achieve revenue and other financial growth, and volatility in the price of oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids and the credit market.  Actual results and trends in the future may differ materially from those suggested or implied by the forward-looking statements depending on a variety of factors which are described in greater detail in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”).  Although Southcross believes the expectations and forecasts reflected in these and other forward-looking statements are reasonable, Southcross can give no assurance they will prove to be correct. Forward-looking statements contain known and unknown risks and uncertainties (many of which are difficult to predict and beyond management’s control) that may cause Southcross’ actual results in future periods to differ materially from anticipated or projected results.  Please see AMID and SXE’s “Risk Factors” and other disclosures included in their Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016 and Forms 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2017, the quarter ended June 30, 2017, the quarter ended September 30, 2017 and in subsequent reports, which are available through the SEC’s EDGAR system at www.sec.gov and on our website.  All future written and oral forward-looking statements attributable to us or persons acting on our behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the previous statements. The forward-looking statements herein speak as of the date of this press release. AMID and SXE undertake no obligation to update any information contained herein or to publicly release the results of any revisions to any forward-looking statements that may be made to reflect events or circumstances that occur, or that we become aware of, after the date of this press release.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

We report our financial results in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States, or GAAP. We also present the non-GAAP financial measures of Adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow.

We define Adjusted EBITDA as net income/loss, plus interest expense, income tax expense, depreciation and amortization expense, equity in losses of joint venture investments, certain non-cash charges (such as non-cash unit-based compensation, impairments, loss on extinguishment of debt and unrealized losses on derivative contracts), major litigation costs net of recoveries, transaction-related costs, revenue deferral adjustment, loss on sale of assets, severance expense and selected charges that are unusual or non-recurring; less interest income, income tax benefit, unrealized gains on derivative contracts, equity in earnings of joint venture investments, gain on sale of assets and selected gains that are unusual or non-recurring. Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered an alternative to net income, operating cash flow or any other measure of financial performance presented in accordance with GAAP.

Adjusted EBITDA is a key metric used in measuring our compliance with our financial covenants under our debt agreements and is used as a supplemental measure by our management and by external users of our financial statements, such as investors, commercial banks, research analysts and others, to assess the ability of our assets to generate cash sufficient to support our indebtedness and make future cash distributions; operating performance and return on capital as compared to those of other companies in the midstream energy sector, without regard to financing or capital structure; and the attractiveness of capital projects and acquisitions and the overall rates of return on investment opportunities.

We define distributable cash flow as Adjusted EBITDA, plus interest income and income tax benefit, less cash paid for interest (net of capitalized costs), income tax expense and maintenance capital expenditures. We use distributable cash flow to analyze our liquidity. Distributable cash flow does not reflect changes in working capital balances. Distributable cash flow does not reflect changes in working capital balances. Distributable cash flow is used to assess the ability of our assets to generate cash sufficient to support our indebtedness and make future cash distributions to our unitholders; and the attractiveness of capital projects and acquisitions and the overall rates of return on alternative investment opportunities.

Adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow are not financial measures presented in accordance with GAAP. We believe that the presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures provides useful information to investors in assessing our financial condition, results of operations and cash flows from operations. Reconciliations of Adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow to their most directly comparable GAAP measure are included in this press release. Net income and net cash provided by operating activities are the GAAP measures most directly comparable to Adjusted EBITDA. The GAAP measure most directly comparable to distributable cash flow is net cash provided by operating activities. Our non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered as alternatives to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure. Each of these non-GAAP financial measures has important limitations as an analytical tool because each excludes some but not all items that affect the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure. You should not consider Adjusted EBITDA or distributable cash flow in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP. Because Adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow may be defined differently by other companies in our industry, our definitions of these non-GAAP financial measures may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies, thereby diminishing their utility.

Additional Information and Where to Find it

This communication relates to a proposed business combination between AMID and SXE. In connection with the proposed transaction, AMID and/or SXE expect to file a proxy statement/prospectus and other documents with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”).

WE URGE INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS TO READ THE PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS THAT MAY BE FILED WITH THE SEC CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY IF AND WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION. Any definitive proxy statement(s) (if and when available) will be mailed to unitholders of SXE. Investors and security holders will be able to obtain these materials (if and when they are available) free of charge at the SEC’s website, www.sec.gov. In addition, copies of any documents filed with the SEC may be obtained free of charge from SXE’s internet website for investors at http://investors.southcrossenergy.com, and from AMID’s investor relations website at http://www.americanmidstream.com/investor-relations/. Investors and security holders also may read and copy any reports, statements and other information filed by AMID and SXE with the SEC at the SEC public reference room at 100 F Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20549. Please call the SEC at 1-800-SEC-0330 or visit the SEC’s website for further information on its public reference room.

No Offer or Solicitation
This communication does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities, or a solicitation of any vote or approval, nor shall there be any sale of securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. No offering of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.

Participation in the Solicitation of Votes
AMID and SXE and their respective directors and executive officers may be considered participants in the solicitation of proxies in connection with the proposed transaction. Information regarding Southcross Energy’s directors and executive officers is available in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016, filed with the SEC on March 9, 2017. Information regarding AMID’s directors and executive officers is available in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016, filed with the SEC on March 28, 2017.  Other information regarding the participants in the proxy solicitation and a description of their direct and indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, will be contained in the proxy statement/prospectus and other relevant materials to be filed with the SEC when they become available.

Contact:
Southcross Energy Partners, L.P.                                 
Mallory Biegler, 214-979-3720
Investor Relations
investorrelations@southcrossenergy.com 

   

SOUTHCROSS ENERGY PARTNERS, L.P.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(In thousands, except for per unit data)
(Unaudited)

 Three Months Ended September 30, Nine Months Ended September 30,
 2017 2016 2017 2016
Revenues:       
Revenues$122,099  $123,043  $364,456  $316,673 
Revenues - affiliates48,379  21,619  129,458  72,418 
Total revenues170,478  144,662  493,914  389,091 
        
Expenses:       
Cost of natural gas and liquids sold136,723  108,572  388,362  273,638 
Operations and maintenance14,278  17,781  43,779  54,173 
Depreciation and amortization17,521  31,449  53,673  68,898 
General and administrative6,557  6,831  19,616  22,879 
Impairment of assets1,120  476  1,769  476 
Loss (gain) on sale of assets, net186  (179) (5) (12,755)
Total expenses176,385  164,930  507,194  407,309 
        
Income (loss) from operations(5,907) (20,268) (13,280) (18,218)
Other income (expense):       
Equity in losses of joint venture investments(3,218) (3,694) (9,865) (10,656)
Interest expense(9,931) (8,598) (28,670) (26,601)
Gain on insurance proceeds    1,508   
Total other expense(13,149) (12,292) (37,027) (37,257)
Loss before income tax benefit (expense)(19,056) (32,560) (50,307) (55,475)
Income tax benefit (expense)(2)   (4) 2 
Net loss$(19,058) $(32,560) $(50,311) $(55,473)
General partner unit in-kind distribution(20) (12) (50) (38)
Net loss attributable to partners$(19,078) $(32,572) $(50,361) $(55,511)
        
Earnings per unit       
Net loss allocated to limited partner common units$(11,545) $(17,915) $(30,590) $(29,235)
Weighted average number of limited partner common units outstanding 48,574   36,947   48,545   33,119 
Basic and diluted loss per common unit$(0.24) $(0.48) $(0.63) $(0.88)
        
Net loss allocated to limited partner subordinated units$(2,902) $(5,920) $(7,694) $(10,777)
Weighted average number of limited partner subordinated units outstanding 12,214   12,214   12,214   12,214 
Basic and diluted loss per subordinated unit$(0.24) $(0.48) $(0.63) $(0.88)
                

SOUTHCROSS ENERGY PARTNERS, L.P.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands, except for unit data)
(Unaudited)

 September 30, 2017   December 31, 2016
ASSETS   
Current assets:   
Cash and cash equivalents$14,652  $21,226 
Trade accounts receivable30,448  51,894 
Accounts receivable - affiliates18,706  7,976 
Prepaid expenses3,362  2,751 
Other current assets949  4,343 
Total current assets68,117  88,190 
    
Property, plant and equipment, net928,247  971,286 
Investments in joint ventures114,643  124,096 
Other assets2,499  2,504 
Total assets$1,113,506  $1,186,076 
    
LIABILITIES AND PARTNERS' CAPITAL   
Current liabilities:   
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities$47,543  $50,639 
Accounts payable - affiliates  524 
Current portion of long-term debt4,256  4,500 
Other current liabilities12,168  10,976 
Total current liabilities63,967  66,639 
    
Long-term debt518,480  543,872 
Other non-current liabilities14,333  11,936 
Total liabilities596,780  622,447 
    
Commitments and contingencies   
    
Partners' capital:   
Common units (48,598,805 and 48,502,090 units outstanding as of September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively)226,031  255,124 
Class B Convertible units (18,019,811 and 17,105,875 units issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016)269,886  278,508 
Subordinated units (12,213,713 units issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016)11,066  19,240 
General partner interest9,743  10,757 
Total partners' capital516,726  563,629 
Total liabilities and partners' capital$1,113,506  $1,186,076 
 

SOUTHCROSS ENERGY PARTNERS, L.P.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)

 Nine Months Ended September 30,
 2017 2016
Cash flows from operating activities:   
Net loss$(50,311) $(55,473)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by operating activities:   
Depreciation and amortization53,673  68,898 
Unit-based compensation1,241  2,635 
Amortization of deferred financing costs, original issuance discount and PIK interest2,719  2,796 
Gain on sale of assets(5) (12,755)
Unrealized gain on financial instruments(15) (116)
Equity in losses of joint venture investments9,865  10,656 
Distribution from joint venture investment  740 
Impairment of assets1,769  476 
Gain on insurance proceeds(1,508)  
Other, net(411) (247)
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:   
Trade accounts receivable, including affiliates12,503  46,444 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets28  (656)
Other non-current assets(22) (63)
Accounts payable and accrued expenses, including affiliates(1,912) (24,685)
Other liabilities(1,778) 2,553 
Net cash provided by operating activities25,836  41,203 
Cash flows from investing activities:   
Capital expenditures(17,027) (17,329)
Aid in construction receipts8,876   
Insurance proceeds from property damage claims, net of expenditures2,000  125 
Net proceeds from sales of assets2,974  20,734 
Investment contributions to joint venture investments(412) (5,327)
Net cash used in investing activities(3,589) (1,797)
Cash flows from financing activities:   
Borrowings under our credit facility  3,110 
Repayments under our credit facility(24,000) (62,250)
Repayments under our term loan agreement(4,289) (3,375)
Payments on capital lease obligations(369) (314)
Financing costs(44) (130)
Tax withholdings on unit-based compensation vested units(119) (122)
Borrowing of senior unsecured paid in-kind notes  14,000 
Repayment of senior unsecured paid in-kind notes and paid in-kind interest  (14,260)
Valley Wells operating expense cap adjustment  4,053 
Common unit issuances to Holdings for equity contributions  12,416 
Interest on receivable due from Holdings  233 
Net cash used in financing activities(28,821) (46,639)
    
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents(6,574) (7,233)
Cash and cash equivalents — Beginning of period21,226  11,348 
Cash and cash equivalents — End of period$14,652  $4,115 
 

SOUTHCROSS ENERGY PARTNERS, L.P.
SELECTED FINANCIAL AND OPERATIONAL DATA
(In thousands, except for operating data)
(Unaudited)

 Three Months Ended September 30, Nine Months Ended September 30,
 2017 2016 2017 2016
Financial data:       
Adjusted EBITDA$16,763  $14,834  $51,851  $51,129 
        
Maintenance capital expenditures$1,135  $969  $2,063  $4,081 
Growth capital expenditures2,956  3,926  14,964  13,248 
        
Distributable cash flow$6,444  $5,925  $23,356  $22,245 
        
Operating data:       
Average volume of processed gas (MMcf/d)222  299  248  320 
Average volume of NGLs produced (Bbls/d)27,840  29,675  30,659  35,043 
Average daily throughput Mississippi/Alabama (MMcf/d) 167   136   167   146 
        
Realized prices on natural gas volumes ($/Mcf)$3.18  $2.76  $3.20  $2.15 
Realized prices on NGL volumes ($/gal)0.53  0.41  0.52  0.34 
            

SOUTHCROSS ENERGY PARTNERS, L.P.
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
(In thousands)

(Unaudited)Three Months Ended September 30, Nine Months Ended September 30,
 2017 2016 2017 2016
Net cash provided by operating activities$14,552  $11,256  $25,836  $41,203 
Add (deduct):       
Depreciation and amortization(17,521) (31,449) (53,673) (68,898)
Unit-based compensation(827) (929) (1,241) (2,635)
Amortization of deferred financing costs, original issuance discount and PIK interest(889) (892) (2,719) (2,796)
Gain (loss) on sale of assets, net(186) 179  5  12,755 
Unrealized gain on financial instruments(4) 61  15  116 
Equity in losses of joint venture investments(3,218) (3,694) (9,865) (10,656)
Distribution from joint venture investment  (350)   (740)
Impairment of assets(1,120) (476) (1,769) (476)
Gain on insurance proceeds    1,508   
Other, net63  63  411  247 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:       
Trade accounts receivable, including affiliates(11,865) (2,035) (12,503) (46,444)
Prepaid expenses and other current assets1,431  (1,679) (28) 656 
Other non-current assets87  63  22  63 
Accounts payable and accrued expenses, including affiliates1,228  (3,123) 1,912  24,685 
Other liabilities(789) 445  1,778  (2,553)
Net loss$(19,058) $(32,560) $(50,311) $(55,473)
Add (deduct):       
Depreciation and amortization$17,521  $31,449  $53,673  $68,898 
Interest expense9,931  8,598  28,670  26,601 
Gain on insurance proceeds    (1,508)  
Income tax (benefit) expense2    4  (2)
Impairment of assets1,120  476  1,769  476 
Loss (gain) on sale of assets, net186  (179) (5) (12,755)
Revenue deferral adjustment754  754  2,262  2,262 
Unit-based compensation827  929  1,241  2,635 
Major litigation costs, net of recoveries95  173  244  416 
Equity in losses of joint venture investments3,218  3,694  9,865  10,656 
Transaction-related costs1,387    1,387  6 
Severance expense63    2,811  16 
Retention bonus funded by Holdings91  898  91  2,694 
Valley Wells' operating expense cap adjustment      2,406 
Fees related to Equity Cure Agreement  12    589 
Distribution from joint venture investment  350    740 
Expenses related to shut-down of Conroe processing plant and conversion of Gregory processing plant681    1,288   
Other, net(55) 240  370  964 
Adjusted EBITDA$16,763  $14,834  $51,851  $51,129 
Cash interest, net of capitalized costs(9,182) (7,940) (26,428) (24,805)
Income tax benefit (expense)(2)   (4) 2 
Maintenance capital expenditures(1,135) (969) (2,063) (4,081)
Distributable cash flow$6,444  $5,925  $23,356  $22,245