SemGroup Corporation Announces Third Quarter 2017 Results


Management Executing on Strategic Plan

  • Recently Added Gulf Coast Assets Contribute to Third Quarter Results
  • Announced Dividend of $0.45 Per Share
  • Revising 2017 Guidance to Reflect Timing of Contributions from HFOTCO and Maurepas Pipeline, Weaker Than Expected Crude Margins
  • Well-Managed Project Execution Continues in Canada, STACK and on Gulf Coast
  • Initiated Capital Raise Efforts; $300 Million Sale of Glass Mountain Pipeline Significant To Completing Second HFOTCO Payment
  • Targeting 5x or Less Net Consolidated Leverage Ratio

TULSA, Okla., Nov. 09, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SemGroup® Corporation (NYSE:SEMG) today announced third quarter 2017 earnings results and provided an update on its capital raise program including efforts to complete the second payment related to the acquisition of Houston Fuel Oil Terminal Company (HFOTCO).

“The recently announced sale of our Glass Mountain Pipeline interest for $300 million demonstrates the high priority we place on completing the second HFOTCO payment by the end of first quarter 2018,” said SemGroup President and Chief Executive Officer Carlin Conner. "Our third quarter earnings reflect the initial contributions of our two new refinery-facing businesses on the Gulf Coast: HFOTCO and Maurepas Pipeline.  These new additions to our portfolio, which are underpinned by long-tenured, take-or-pay commercial relationships, significantly enhance the stability of our future cash flows.” 

SemGroup reported a net loss of $19.1 million for third quarter 2017 compared to net income of $9.6 million for second quarter 2017 and net loss of $4.9 million for third quarter 2016. The loss in third quarter 2017 includes non-cash impairment charges related to the company's crude oil trucking business and M&A transaction expenses, partially offset by an income tax benefit.

SemGroup reported third quarter 2017 Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (Adjusted EBITDA) of $90.7 million, compared to $65.4 million in the second quarter 2017 and $71.3 million in third quarter 2016. The nearly 40 percent increase in Adjusted EBITDA over the second quarter was primarily due to the addition of HFOTCO and Maurepas Pipeline. Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP measure and is reconciled to net income below.

Recent Developments
SemGroup announced earlier that it has reached an agreement to sell its 50 percent interest in Glass Mountain Pipeline, LLC to an affiliate of BlackRock Inc.'s Global Energy and Power Infrastructure Fund ("GEPIF") in partnership with Navigator Energy Services for $300 million. The sale is part of SemGroup’s financing strategy to maintain balance sheet liquidity while reinvesting in core areas of its business. This sale is a significant step toward completing the $600 million second payment for HFOTCO by the end of first quarter 2018.

Third Quarter 2017 Dividend
The Board of Directors of SemGroup declared a quarterly cash dividend to common shareholders of $0.45 per share, resulting in an annualized dividend of $1.80 per share. The dividend will be paid on December 1, 2017 to all common shareholders of record on November 20, 2017.

2017 Financial Guidance
SemGroup is revising its full-year 2017 Adjusted EBITDA to be between approximately $315 million and $330 million primarily due to weaker than expected margins from Crude Supply & Logistics and Crude Field Services, as well as the timing of earnings contributions from HFOTCO and Maurepas Pipeline. 

SemGroup does not provide guidance for net income, the GAAP financial measure most directly comparable to the non-GAAP financial measure Adjusted EBITDA, because Net Income includes items such as unrealized gains or losses on derivative activities or similar items which, because of their nature, cannot be accurately forecasted. SemGroup does not expect that such amounts would be significant to Adjusted EBITDA as they are largely non-cash items.

SemGroup continues to expect 2017 capital expenditure guidance of $575 million, including approximately $50 million related to maintenance projects.

Earnings Conference Call
SemGroup will host a conference call for investors at 11 a.m. Eastern, November 9, 2017. The call can be accessed live over the telephone by dialing 855-239-1101, or for international callers, 412-542-4117. Interested parties may also listen to a simultaneous webcast of the conference call by logging onto SemGroup's Investor Relations website at A replay of the webcast will be available following the call. The third quarter 2017 slide deck will be posted under presentations.

About SemGroup
Based in Tulsa, Okla., SemGroup® Corporation (NYSE:SEMG) is a publicly traded midstream service company providing the energy industry the means to move products from the wellhead to the wholesale marketplace. SemGroup provides diversified services for end-users and consumers of crude oil, natural gas, natural gas liquids, refined products, residual fuel oil and asphalt. Services include purchasing, selling, processing, transporting, terminalling and storing energy.

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Non-GAAP Financial Measures
SemGroup’s non-GAAP measure, Adjusted EBITDA, is not a GAAP measure and is not intended to be used in lieu of GAAP presentation of net income (loss), which is the most closely associated GAAP measure. Adjusted EBITDA represents earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, adjusted for selected items that SemGroup believes impact the comparability of financial results between reporting periods.  In addition to non-cash items, we have selected items for adjustment to EBITDA which management feels decrease the comparability of our results among periods. These items are identified as those which are generally outside of the results of day to day operations of the business. These items are not considered non-recurring, infrequent or unusual, but do erode comparability among periods in which they occur with periods in which they do not occur or occur to a greater or lesser degree. Historically, we have selected items such as gains on the sale of NGL Energy Partners LP common units, costs related to our predecessor’s bankruptcy, significant business development related costs, significant legal settlements, severance and other similar costs. Management believes these types of items can make comparability of the results of day to day operations among periods difficult and have chosen to remove these items from our Adjusted EBITDA. We expect to adjust for similar types of items in the future. Although we present selected items that we consider in evaluating our performance, you should be aware that the items presented do not represent all items that affect comparability between the periods presented. Variations in our operating results are also caused by changes in volumes, prices, mechanical interruptions and numerous other factors. We do not adjust for these types of variances.

This measure may be used periodically by management when discussing our financial results with investors and analysts and is presented as management believes it provides additional information and metrics relative to the performance of our businesses. This non-GAAP financial measure has important limitations as an analytical tool because it excludes some, but not all, items that affect the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures. You should not consider non-GAAP measures in isolation or as substitutes for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP. Management compensates for the limitations of our non-GAAP measures as analytical tools by reviewing the comparable GAAP measures, understanding the differences between the non-GAAP measure and the most comparable GAAP measure and incorporating this knowledge into its decision-making processes. We believe that investors benefit from having access to the same financial measures that our management uses in evaluating our operating results. Because all companies do not use identical calculations, our presentations of non-GAAP measures may be different from similarly titled measures of other companies, thereby diminishing their utility.

Forward-Looking Statements
Certain matters contained in this Press Release include “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. We make these forward-looking statements in reliance on the safe harbor protections provided under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

All statements, other than statements of historical fact, included in this Press Release including the prospects of our industry, our anticipated financial performance, our anticipated annual dividend growth rate, management's plans and objectives for future operations, planned capital expenditures, business prospects, outcome of regulatory proceedings, market conditions and other matters, may constitute forward-looking statements. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot assure you that these expectations will prove to be correct. These forward-looking statements are subject to certain known and unknown risks and uncertainties, as well as assumptions that could cause actual results to differ materially from those reflected in these forward-looking statements. Factors that might cause actual results to differ include, but are not limited to, our ability to generate sufficient cash flow from operations to enable us to pay our debt obligations and our current and expected dividends or to fund our other liquidity needs; any sustained reduction in demand for, or supply of, the petroleum products we gather, transport, process, market and store; the effect of our debt level on our future financial and operating flexibility, including our ability to obtain additional capital on terms that are favorable to us; our ability to access the debt and equity markets, which will depend on general market conditions and the credit ratings for our debt obligations and equity; the failure to realize the anticipated benefits of our acquisition of HFOTCO LLC, doing business as Houston Fuel Oil Terminal Company (“HFOTCO”); our ability to pay the second payment related to our HFOTCO acquisition and the consequences of our failing to do so; the loss of, or a material nonpayment or nonperformance by, any of our key customers; the amount of cash distributions, capital requirements and performance of our investments and joint ventures; the consequences of any divestitures of non-strategic operating assets or divestitures of interests in some of our operating assets through partnerships and/or joint ventures; the amount of collateral required to be posted from time to time in our commodity purchase, sale or derivative transactions; the impact of operational and developmental hazards and unforeseen interruptions; our ability to obtain new sources of supply of petroleum products; competition from other midstream energy companies; our ability to comply with the covenants contained in our credit agreements, continuing covenant agreement, and the indentures governing our notes, including requirements under our credit agreements and continuing covenant agreement to maintain certain financial ratios; our ability to renew or replace expiring storage, transportation and related contracts; the overall forward markets for crude oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids; the possibility that the construction or acquisition of new assets may not result in the corresponding anticipated revenue increases; any future impairment of goodwill resulting from the loss of customers or business; changes in currency exchange rates; weather and other natural phenomena, including climate conditions; a cyber attack involving our information systems and related infrastructure, or that of our business associates; the risks and uncertainties of doing business outside of the U.S., including political and economic instability and changes in local governmental laws, regulations and policies; costs of, or changes in, laws and regulations and our failure to comply with new or existing laws or regulations, particularly with regard to taxes, safety and protection of the environment; the possibility that our hedging activities may result in losses or may have a negative impact on our financial results; general economic, market and business conditions; as well as other risk factors discussed from time to time in each of our documents and reports filed with the SEC.

Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements contained in this press release, which reflect management’s opinions only as of the date hereof. Except as required by law, we undertake no obligation to revise or publicly release the results of any revision to any forward-looking statements.

Investor Relations:
Alisa Perkins

Tom Droege


Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands, unaudited)

 September 30, 2017December 31, 2016
Current assets$698,894 $635,874 
Property, plant and equipment, net3,394,035 1,762,072 
Goodwill and other intangible assets675,789 185,208 
Equity method investments433,805 434,289 
Other noncurrent assets, net162,402 57,529 
Total assets$5,364,925 $3,074,972 
Current liabilities:  
Current portion of long-term debt$5,529 $26 
Other current liabilities559,986 488,329 
Total current liabilities565,515 488,355 
Long-term debt, excluding current portion3,009,429 1,050,918 
Other noncurrent liabilities96,090 89,734 
Total liabilities3,671,034 1,629,007 
Total owners' equity1,693,891 1,445,965 
Total liabilities and owners' equity$5,364,925 $3,074,972 

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except per share amounts, unaudited)

 Three Months EndedNine Months Ended
 September 30,June 30,September 30,
Revenues$545,922 $327,764 $473,089 $1,475,111 $929,992 
Costs of products sold, exclusive of depreciation and amortization shown below398,252 218,503 340,107 1,087,357 592,292 
Operating62,666 52,636 73,346 188,095 157,537 
General and administrative35,210 20,583 26,752 83,606 62,419 
Depreciation and amortization50,135 24,922 25,602 100,336 74,028 
Loss (gain) on disposal or impairment, net41,625 1,018 (234)43,801 16,010 
Total expenses587,888 317,662 465,573 1,503,195 902,286 
Earnings from equity method investments17,367 15,845 17,753 52,211 55,994 
Loss on issuance of common units by equity method investee    (41)
Operating income (loss)(24,599)25,947 25,269 24,127 83,659 
Other expenses, net31,753 18,684 12,033 77,425 87,250 
Income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes(56,352)7,263 13,236 (53,298)(3,591)
Income tax expense (benefit)(37,249)11,898 3,625 (33,529)(4,851)
Income (loss) from continuing operations(19,103)(4,635)9,611 (19,769)1,260 
Loss from discontinued operations, net of income taxes    (1)
Net income (loss)(19,103)(4,635)9,611 (19,769)1,259 
Less: net income attributable to noncontrolling interests 225   11,167 
Net income (loss) attributable to SemGroup Corporation$(19,103)$(4,860)$9,611 $(19,769)$(9,908)
Net income (loss) attributable to SemGroup Corporation$(19,103)$(4,860)$9,611 $(19,769)$(9,908)
Other comprehensive income (loss), net of income taxes9,230 (7,051)8,952 24,215 (4,569)
Comprehensive income (loss) attributable to SemGroup Corporation$(9,873)$(11,911)$18,563 $4,446 $(14,477)
Net income (loss) per common share:     
Basic$(0.25)$(0.09)$0.15 $(0.29)$(0.21)
Diluted$(0.25)$(0.09)$0.15 $(0.29)$(0.21)
Weighted average shares (thousands):     
Basic75,974 52,642 65,749 69,149 47,269 
Diluted75,974 52,642 66,277 69,149 47,269 

Reconciliation of Net Income to Adjusted EBITDA:
(in thousands, unaudited)

 Three Months EndedNine Months Ended
 September 30,June 30,September 30,
Net income (loss)$(19,103)$(4,635)$9,611 $(19,769)$1,259 
Add: Interest expense32,711 18,517 13,477 60,055 54,105 
Add: Income tax expense (benefit)(37,249)11,898 3,625 (33,529)(4,851)
Add: Depreciation and amortization expense50,135 24,922 25,602 100,336 74,028 
EBITDA26,494 50,702 52,315 107,093 124,541 
Selected Non-Cash Items and Other Items Impacting Comparability64,239 20,588 13,095 109,717 92,044 
Adjusted EBITDA$90,733 $71,290 $65,410 $216,810 $216,585 

Selected Non-Cash Items and
Other Items Impacting Comparability
(in thousands, unaudited)

 Three Months EndedNine Months Ended
 September 30,June 30,September 30,
Loss (gain) on disposal or impairment, net$41,625 $1,018 $(234)$43,801 $16,010 
Income from discontinued operations, net of income taxes    (1)
Foreign currency transaction loss (gain)(747)659 (1,011)(1,758)3,671 
Remove NGL equity losses (earnings) including loss on issuance of common units5 38 (6)(4)(2,153)
Remove loss on impairment or sale of NGL units    30,644 
NGL cash distribution    4,873 
M&A transaction related costs14,886 3,269 5,453 20,339 3,269 
Pension plan curtailment gain(3,097)  (3,097) 
Employee severance and relocation expense104 534 312 974 1,629 
Unrealized loss (gain) on derivative activities1,833 6,167 (928)932 6,096 
Depreciation and amortization included within equity earnings6,673 7,283 6,698 20,083 20,960 
Non-cash equity compensation2,957 1,620 2,803 8,517 7,046 
Loss on early extinguishment of debt  8 19,930  
Selected Non-Cash Items and Other Items Impacting Comparability$64,239 $20,588 $13,095 $109,717 $92,044 



Source: SemGroup Corp.
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