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AmeriGas Reports Second Quarter Results
May 2, 2018
 
VALLEY FORGE, PA - AmeriGas Propane, Inc., general partner of AmeriGas Partners, L.P. (the "Partnership," NYSE: APU), today reported financial results for the fiscal quarter ended March 31, 2018.
EARNINGS HIGHLIGHTS
GAAP net income of $191.8 million and adjusted net income of $222.7 million
Adjusted EBITDA of $309.5 million, compared with $271.2 million in the prior year
Issued updated adjusted EBITDA guidance range of $625 to $645 million for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018
Jerry E. Sheridan, president and chief executive officer of AmeriGas, said, "We are pleased that the Partnership generated adjusted EBITDA of $309.5 million, 14% higher than the prior year. This result was driven by retail volume that was 10% higher and weather that was 14% colder than the prior year. Our National Accounts and Cylinder Exchange programs both had a strong quarter and grew volume more than 15%."
Based on the results of the first half of the fiscal year, the Partnership is updating its adjusted EBITDA guidance from a range of $650 to $690 million to a range of $625 to $645 million for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018.1 
KEY DRIVERS OF SECOND QUARTER RESULTS
Temperatures were 0.5% warmer than normal and 14.2% colder than the prior year, however February was nearly 10% warmer than normal
Cylinder Exchange volume increased 15.2% over prior year
National Accounts volume increased 18.3% over prior year
Unit margins increased slightly despite Mont Belvieu prices that were 18% higher than the prior year
EARNINGS CALL and WEBCAST
AmeriGas Partners, L.P. will hold a live Internet Audio Webcast of its conference call to discuss fiscal second quarter earnings and other current activities at 9:00 AM ET on Thursday, May 3, 2018. Interested parties may listen to the audio webcast both live and in replay on the Internet at http://investors.amerigas.com/investor-relations/events-presentations or at the company website http://www.amerigas.com under Investor Relations. A telephonic replay will be available from 12:00 PM ET on May 3 through 11:59 PM on May 10. The replay may be accessed at (855) 859-2056, and internationally at 404-537-3406, conference ID 9597719.
ABOUT AMERIGAS
AmeriGas is the nation’s largest retail propane marketer, serving over 1.8 million customers in all 50 states from approximately 1,900 distribution locations. UGI Corporation, through subsidiaries, is the sole General Partner and owns 26% of the Partnership and the public owns the remaining 74%. Comprehensive information about AmeriGas is available on the Internet at http://www.amerigas.com
CONTACT INVESTOR RELATIONS
Will Ruthrauff
610-456-6571
Brendan Heck
610-456-6608
Shelly Oates
610-992-3202
1 See Note on Guidance and Use of Forward-Looking Statements





NOTE ON GUIDANCE and USE OF FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
Because we are unable to predict certain potentially material items affecting net income on a GAAP basis, principally mark-to-market gains and losses on commodity derivative instruments, we cannot reconcile 2018 Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure, to net income attributable to AmeriGas Partners, L.P., the most directly comparable GAAP measure, in reliance on the “unreasonable efforts” exception set forth in SEC rules. Adjustments that management can reasonably estimate are provided below.

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements that 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, the availability, timing and success of our acquisitions, commercial initiatives and investments to grow our business, our ability to successfully integrate acquisitions and achieve anticipated synergies, and the interruption, disruption, failure, malfunction or breach of our information technology systems, including due to cyber-attack. The Partnership undertakes no obligation to release revisions to its forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances occurring after today.

USE OF NON-GAAP MEASURES
The Partnership’s management uses certain non-GAAP financial measures, including adjusted total margin, EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA and adjusted net income (loss) attributable to AmeriGas Partners, L.P., when evaluating the Partnership’s overall performance. These financial measures are not in accordance with, or an alternative to, GAAP and should be considered in addition to, and not as a substitute for, the comparable GAAP measures.
Management believes earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”), as adjusted for the effects of gains and losses on commodity derivative instruments not associated with current-period transactions and other gains and losses that competitors do not necessarily have ("adjusted 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 Adjusted EBITDA may be different from those used by other companies. Management uses Adjusted 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, the effects of gains and losses on commodity derivative instruments not associated with current-period transactions or historical cost basis. In view of the omission of interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, gains and losses on commodity derivative instruments not associated with current-period transactions and other gains and losses that competitors do not necessarily have from adjusted EBITDA, management also assesses the profitability of the business by comparing net income attributable to AmeriGas Partners, L.P. for the relevant periods. Management also uses Adjusted EBITDA to assess the Partnership’s profitability because its parent, UGI Corporation, uses the Partnership’s Adjusted EBITDA to assess the profitability of the Partnership, which is one of UGI Corporation’s industry segments. UGI Corporation discloses the Partnership’s Adjusted EBITDA as the profitability measure for its domestic propane segment.
Management believes the presentation of other non-GAAP financial measures, comprised of adjusted total margin and adjusted net income (loss) attributable to AmeriGas Partners, L.P., provide useful information to investors to more effectively evaluate the period-over-period results of operations of the Partnership. Management uses these non-GAAP financial measures because they eliminate the impact of (1) gains and losses on commodity derivative instruments that are not associated with current-period transactions and (2) other gains and losses that competitors do not necessarily have to provide insight into the comparison of period-over-period profitability to that of other master limited partnerships.
Reconciliations of adjusted total margin, EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA and adjusted net income attributable to AmeriGas Partners, L.P. to the most directly comparable financial measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP are presented at the end of this press release.








REPORT OF EARNINGS
AMERIGAS PARTNERS, L.P. AND SUBSIDIARIES
(Thousands, except per unit and where otherwise indicated)
(Unaudited)
 
 
Three Months Ended
March 31,
 
Six Months Ended
March 31,
 
Twelve Months Ended
March 31,
 
 
2018
 
2017
 
2018
 
2017
 
2018
 
2017
Revenues:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Propane
 
$
967,789

 
$
795,806

 
$
1,679,253

 
$
1,399,862

 
$
2,462,929

 
$
2,119,840

Other
 
72,543

 
67,854

 
148,375

 
140,964

 
277,368

 
261,218

 
 
1,040,332

 
863,660

 
1,827,628

 
1,540,826

 
2,740,297

 
2,381,058

Costs and expenses:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cost of sales  propane
 
495,644

 
367,079

 
839,995

 
581,484

 
1,149,772

 
831,783

Cost of sales  other
 
19,284

 
17,327

 
40,278

 
37,909

 
82,980

 
78,738

Operating and administrative expenses
251,449

 
240,006

 
481,788

 
466,808

 
930,113

 
926,170

Depreciation
 
35,578

 
34,420

 
73,395

 
68,409

 
152,727

 
140,075

Amortization
 
9,573

 
10,592

 
19,180

 
21,214

 
40,730

 
42,903

Other operating income, net
 
(7,013
)
 
(5,628
)
 
(11,650
)
 
(2,493
)
 
(21,030
)
 
(14,707
)
 
 
804,515

 
663,796

 
1,442,986

 
1,173,331

 
2,335,292

 
2,004,962

Operating income
 
235,817

 
199,864

 
384,642

 
367,495

 
405,005

 
376,096

Loss on extinguishments of debt
 

 
(22,144
)
 

 
(55,295
)
 
(4,434
)
 
(104,184
)
Interest expense
 
(40,995
)
 
(39,991
)
 
(81,572
)
 
(80,019
)
 
(161,779
)
 
(162,283
)
Income before income taxes
 
194,822

 
137,729

 
303,070

 
232,181

 
238,792

 
109,629

Income tax (expense) benefit
 
(656
)
 
(646
)
 
(3,034
)
 
(1,483
)
 
(3,585
)
 
1,290

Net income including noncontrolling interest
 
194,166

 
137,083

 
300,036

 
230,698

 
235,207

 
110,919

Deduct net income attributable to noncontrolling interest
 
(2,342
)
 
(1,995
)
 
(3,791
)
 
(3,656
)
 
(3,945
)
 
(3,774
)
Net income attributable to AmeriGas Partners, L.P.
 
$
191,824

 
$
135,088

 
$
296,245

 
$
227,042

 
$
231,262

 
$
107,145

General partner’s interest in net income attributable to AmeriGas Partners, L.P.
 
$
13,249

 
$
11,786

 
$
25,621

 
$
23,138

 
$
47,629

 
$
42,803

Limited partners’ interest in net income attributable to AmeriGas Partners, L.P.
 
$
178,575

 
$
123,302

 
$
270,624

 
$
203,904

 
$
183,633

 
$
64,342

Income per limited partner unit (a)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Basic
 
$
1.44

 
$
1.14

 
$
2.41

 
$
2.04

 
$
1.97

 
$
0.68

Diluted
 
$
1.44

 
$
1.14

 
$
2.41

 
$
2.04

 
$
1.97

 
$
0.68

Weighted average limited partner units outstanding:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Basic
 
93,035

 
93,003

 
93,027

 
92,987

 
93,021

 
92,977

Diluted
 
93,074

 
93,045

 
93,079

 
93,039

 
93,075

 
93,040

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Retail gallons sold (millions)
 
398.5

 
362.7

 
703.5

 
668.4

 
1,082.0

 
1,053.0

Wholesale gallons sold (millions)
 
20.0

 
15.9

 
37.0

 
29.5

 
56.6

 
47.9

Total margin (b)
 
$
525,404

 
$
479,254

 
$
947,355

 
$
921,433

 
$
1,507,545

 
$
1,470,537

Adjusted total margin (c)
 
$
556,592

 
$
507,874

 
$
977,792

 
$
924,322

 
$
1,504,031

 
$
1,441,168

EBITDA (c)
 
$
278,626

 
$
220,737

 
$
473,426

 
$
398,167

 
$
590,083

 
$
451,116

Adjusted EBITDA (c)
 
$
309,499

 
$
271,212

 
$
503,556

 
$
456,322

 
$
598,508

 
$
526,228

Adjusted net income attributable to AmeriGas Partners, L.P. (c)
 
$
222,697

 
$
185,563

 
$
326,375

 
$
285,197

 
$
239,687

 
$
182,257

Expenditures for property, plant and equipment:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Maintenance capital expenditures
 
$
11,462

 
$
14,053

 
$
21,567

 
$
29,432

 
$
44,169

 
$
55,247

Growth capital expenditures
 
$
12,149

 
$
13,182

 
$
25,629

 
$
24,184

 
$
47,575

 
$
44,275

(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, 2017.
(b)
Total margin represents "Total revenues" less "Cost of sales — propane" and "Cost of sales — other."
(c)
The Partnership’s management uses certain non-GAAP financial measures, including adjusted total margin, EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, and adjusted net income attributable to AmeriGas Partners, L.P.
    





GAAP / NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION
(Thousands)
(Unaudited)
 
 
Three Months Ended
March 31,
 
Six Months Ended
March 31,
 
Twelve Months Ended
March 31,
 
 
2018
 
2017
 
2018
 
2017
 
2018
 
2017
Adjusted total margin:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Total revenues
 
$
1,040,332

 
$
863,660

 
$
1,827,628

 
$
1,540,826

 
$
2,740,297

 
$
2,381,058

Cost of sales — propane
 
(495,644
)
 
(367,079
)
 
(839,995
)
 
(581,484
)
 
(1,149,772
)
 
(831,783
)
Cost of sales — other
 
(19,284
)
 
(17,327
)
 
(40,278
)
 
(37,909
)
 
(82,980
)
 
(78,738
)
Total margin
 
525,404

 
479,254

 
947,355

 
921,433

 
1,507,545

 
1,470,537

Add net losses (subtract net gains) on commodity derivative instruments not associated with current-period transactions
 
31,188

 
28,620

 
30,437

 
2,889

 
(3,514
)
 
(29,369
)
Adjusted total margin
 
$
556,592

 
$
507,874

 
$
977,792

 
$
924,322

 
$
1,504,031

 
$
1,441,168

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Adjusted net income attributable to AmeriGas Partners, L.P.:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net income attributable to AmeriGas Partners, L.P.
 
$
191,824

 
$
135,088

 
$
296,245

 
$
227,042

 
$
231,262

 
$
107,145

Add net losses (subtract net gains) on commodity derivative instruments not associated with current-period transactions
 
31,188

 
28,620

 
30,437

 
2,889

 
(3,514
)
 
(29,369
)
Loss on extinguishments of debt
 

 
22,144

 

 
55,295

 
4,434

 
104,184

MGP environmental accrual
 

 

 

 

 
7,545

 

Noncontrolling interest in net (gains) losses on commodity derivative instruments not associated with current-period transactions and MGP environmental accrual
 
(315
)
 
(289
)
 
(307
)
 
(29
)
 
(40
)
 
297

Adjusted net income attributable to AmeriGas Partners, L.P.
 
$
222,697

 
$
185,563

 
$
326,375

 
$
285,197

 
$
239,687

 
$
182,257

 
 
Three Months Ended
March 31,
 
Six Months Ended
March 31,
 
Twelve Months Ended
March 31,
 
 
2018
 
2017
 
2018
 
2017
 
2018
 
2017
EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net income attributable to AmeriGas Partners, L.P.
 
$
191,824

 
$
135,088

 
$
296,245

 
$
227,042

 
$
231,262

 
$
107,145

Income tax expense (benefit)
 
656

 
646

 
3,034

 
1,483

 
3,585

 
(1,290
)
Interest expense
 
40,995

 
39,991

 
81,572

 
80,019

 
161,779

 
162,283

Depreciation
 
35,578

 
34,420

 
73,395

 
68,409

 
152,727

 
140,075

Amortization
 
9,573

 
10,592

 
19,180

 
21,214

 
40,730

 
42,903

EBITDA
 
278,626

 
220,737

 
473,426

 
398,167

 
590,083

 
451,116

Add net losses (subtract net gains) on commodity derivative instruments not associated with current-period transactions
 
31,188

 
28,620

 
30,437

 
2,889

 
(3,514
)
 
(29,369
)
Loss on extinguishments of debt
 

 
22,144

 

 
55,295

 
4,434

 
104,184

MGP environmental accrual
 

 

 

 

 
7,545

 

Noncontrolling interest in net (gains) losses on commodity derivative instruments not associated with current-period transactions and MGP environmental accrual
 
(315
)
 
(289
)
 
(307
)
 
(29
)
 
(40
)
 
297

Adjusted EBITDA
 
$
309,499

 
$
271,212

 
$
503,556

 
$
456,322

 
$
598,508

 
$
526,228








The following table includes a quantification of interest expense, income tax expense, depreciation and amortization included in the calculation of forecasted Adjusted EBITDA guidance range for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018: 
 
Forecast Fiscal Year Ending
September 30, 2018
 
(Low End)
 
(High End)
Adjusted EBITDA (estimate)
$
625,000

 
$
645,000

Interest expense (estimate)
162,000

 
161,000

Income tax expense (estimate)
3,500

 
3,500

Depreciation (estimate)
149,000

 
149,000

Amortization (estimate)
40,000

 
40,000