EX-99.1 2 ex991jun19.htm EXHIBIT 99.1 Exhibit



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AmeriGas Reports Third Quarter Results; Updates Guidance
August 5, 2019
 
VALLEY FORGE, PA - AmeriGas Propane, Inc., the general partner of AmeriGas Partners, L.P. (the "Partnership," NYSE: APU), today reported financial results for the fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2019.
HIGHLIGHTS
GAAP net loss of $49.0 million, compared with GAAP net loss of $74.4 million in the prior-year period; adjusted net loss of $43.8 million, compared with adjusted net loss of $20.2 million in the prior-year period
Adjusted EBITDA of $42.5 million, compared with $67.2 million in the prior-year period
Current year period includes $15 million in expenses related to litigation reserves and correction of a prior-period accounting error
Reduces Adjusted EBITDA guidance range to $580 million to $590 million (including the negative impact of aforementioned expense adjustments) for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019

Hugh J. Gallagher, president and chief executive officer of AmeriGas, said, "Our third quarter results were negatively impacted by April weather that was 30% warmer than the prior-year period and certain expense adjustments. Our Cylinder Exchange and National Accounts programs continue to provide solid growth performance. During the quarter, we launched our cylinder home delivery concept in the Philadelphia area and early customer response has been encouraging. The activities related to the merger with UGI are progressing well, as the Unitholder meeting is scheduled for August 21st and, subject to unitholder approval, the transaction is expected to close shortly thereafter. Finally, we are advancing activities related to driving significant improvements in operating efficiencies and our customer experience, and we expect various initiatives to get underway during our fourth quarter."
Based on the results through the first nine months of the year, and expectations for the fourth quarter, the company now expects Adjusted EBITDA in the range of $580 million - $590 million for the fiscal year ending September 30, 20191.

KEY DRIVERS OF THIRD QUARTER RESULTS
Retail volumes sold decreased by 6.7% primarily due to April weather that was significantly warmer than the prior-year period
Our Cylinder Exchange and National Accounts volume increased 4.5% and 0.6%, respectively, over prior year





1 See Note on Guidance and Use of Forward-Looking Statements





EARNINGS CALL and WEBCAST
AmeriGas Partners, L.P. will hold a live Internet Audio Webcast of its conference call to discuss third quarter earnings and other current activities at 9:00 AM ET on Tuesday, August 6, 2019. Interested parties may listen to the audio webcast both live and in replay on the Internet at https://investors.amerigas.com/financial-reports-and-information/events-and-presentations or at the company website https://www.amerigas.com under Investor Relations. A telephonic replay will be available from 2:00 PM ET on August 6th through 11:59 PM on August 13th. The replay may be accessed at (855) 859-2056, and internationally at 1-404-537-3406, conference ID 4089204.

CONTACT INVESTOR RELATIONS
610-337-1000
Brendan Heck, ext. 6608
Alanna Zahora, ext. 1004
Shelly Oates, ext. 3202
 
ABOUT AMERIGAS
AmeriGas is the nation’s largest retail propane marketer, serving over 1.7 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 https://www.amerigas.com


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 (loss) 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.

NOTE ON GUIDANCE
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 2019 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.







USE OF FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
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 and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q 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, including, but not limited to, pending litigations relating to the Amerigas Merger, liability for uninsured claims and for claims in excess of insurance coverage, 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, the interruption, disruption, failure, malfunction or breach of our information technology systems, including due to cyber-attack, the failure to realize the anticipated benefits of the merger transaction, the possible diversion of management time on issues related to the merger transaction, the risk that the requisite approvals to complete the merger transaction are not obtained, and the potential need to address any reviews, investigations or other proceedings by governmental authorities or unitholder actions. The Partnership undertakes no obligation to release revisions to its forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances occurring after today.





REPORT OF EARNINGS
AMERIGAS PARTNERS, L.P. AND SUBSIDIARIES
(Thousands, except per unit and where otherwise indicated)
(Unaudited)
 
 
Three Months Ended
June 30,
 
Nine Months Ended
June 30,
 
Twelve Months Ended
June 30,
 
 
2019
 
2018
 
2019
 
2018
 
2019
 
2018
Revenues:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Propane
 
$
414,602

 
$
461,875

 
$
2,057,395

 
$
2,141,128

 
$
2,462,061

 
$
2,520,850

Other
 
64,132

 
66,528

 
213,143

 
214,903

 
275,424

 
280,354

 
 
478,734

 
528,403

 
2,270,538

 
2,356,031

 
2,737,485

 
2,801,204

Costs and expenses:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cost of sales  propane
 
192,160

 
199,652

 
1,027,432

 
1,039,647

 
1,203,401

 
1,168,377

Cost of sales  other
 
21,604

 
24,492

 
61,419

 
64,770

 
83,225

 
85,105

Operating and administrative expenses
234,429

 
222,358

 
719,497

 
704,146

 
938,415

 
925,099

Impairment of tradenames and trademarks
 

 
75,000

 

 
75,000

 

 
75,000

Depreciation and amortization
 
43,989

 
46,393

 
133,967

 
138,968

 
180,752

 
193,709

Other operating income, net
 
(6,690
)
 
(5,793
)
 
(17,767
)
 
(17,443
)
 
(24,697
)
 
(18,529
)
 
 
485,492

 
562,102

 
1,924,548

 
2,005,088

 
2,381,096

 
2,428,761

Operating (loss) income
 
(6,758
)
 
(33,699
)
 
345,990

 
350,943

 
356,389

 
372,443

Interest expense
 
(41,640
)
 
(40,449
)
 
(126,208
)
 
(122,021
)
 
(167,312
)
 
(161,651
)
(Loss) income before income taxes
 
(48,398
)
 
(74,148
)
 
219,782

 
228,922

 
189,077

 
210,792

Income tax expense
 
(673
)
 
(624
)
 
(1,779
)
 
(3,658
)
 
(2,336
)
 
(3,563
)
Net (loss) income including noncontrolling interest
 
(49,071
)
 
(74,772
)
 
218,003

 
225,264

 
186,741

 
207,229

Add net loss (deduct net income) attributable to noncontrolling interest
 
114

 
376

 
(3,340
)
 
(3,415
)
 
(3,405
)
 
(3,611
)
Net (loss) income attributable to AmeriGas Partners, L.P.
 
$
(48,957
)
 
$
(74,396
)
 
$
214,663

 
$
221,849

 
$
183,336

 
$
203,618

General partner’s interest in net (loss) income attributable to AmeriGas Partners, L.P.
 
$
10,959

 
$
10,587

 
$
36,488

 
$
36,208

 
$
47,505

 
$
47,354

Limited partners’ interest in net (loss) income attributable to AmeriGas Partners, L.P.
 
$
(59,916
)
 
$
(84,983
)
 
$
178,175

 
$
185,641

 
$
135,831

 
$
156,264

(Loss) income per limited partner unit (a)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Basic
 
$
(0.64
)
 
$
(0.91
)
 
$
1.92

 
$
2.00

 
$
1.46

 
$
1.68

Diluted
 
$
(0.64
)
 
$
(0.91
)
 
$
1.92

 
$
1.99

 
$
1.46

 
$
1.68

Weighted average limited partner units outstanding:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Basic
 
93,098

 
93,042

 
93,077

 
93,031

 
93,072

 
93,028

Diluted
 
93,098

 
93,042

 
93,121

 
93,082

 
93,119

 
93,081

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Retail gallons sold (millions)
 
188.5

 
202.0

 
882.4

 
905.5

 
1,058.2

 
1,089.0

Wholesale gallons sold (millions)
 
12.3

 
12.1

 
62.5

 
49.1

 
75.7

 
59.7

Total margin (b)
 
$
264,970

 
$
304,259

 
$
1,181,687

 
$
1,251,614

 
$
1,450,859

 
$
1,547,722

Adjusted total margin (c)
 
$
268,452

 
$
283,959

 
$
1,246,532

 
$
1,261,751

 
$
1,493,094

 
$
1,517,944

EBITDA (c)
 
$
37,345

 
$
13,070

 
$
476,617

 
$
486,496

 
$
533,736

 
$
562,541

Adjusted EBITDA (c)
 
$
42,544

 
$
67,217

 
$
543,480

 
$
570,773

 
$
578,217

 
$
607,307

Adjusted net (loss) income attributable to AmeriGas Partners, L.P. (c)
 
$
(43,758
)
 
$
(20,249
)
 
$
281,526

 
$
306,126

 
$
227,817

 
$
248,384

Expenditures for property, plant and equipment:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Maintenance capital expenditures
 
$
12,852

 
$
13,775

 
$
41,742

 
$
35,342

 
$
59,336

 
$
47,522

Growth capital expenditures
 
$
9,110

 
$
11,922

 
$
36,063

 
$
37,551

 
$
46,837

 
$
49,024

(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, 2018.
(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
June 30,
 
Nine Months Ended
June 30,
 
Twelve Months Ended
June 30,
 
 
2019
 
2018
 
2019
 
2018
 
2019
 
2018
Adjusted total margin:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Total revenues
 
$
478,734

 
$
528,403

 
$
2,270,538

 
$
2,356,031

 
$
2,737,485

 
$
2,801,204

Cost of sales — propane
 
(192,160
)
 
(199,652
)
 
(1,027,432
)
 
(1,039,647
)
 
(1,203,401
)
 
(1,168,377
)
Cost of sales — other
 
(21,604
)
 
(24,492
)
 
(61,419
)
 
(64,770
)
 
(83,225
)
 
(85,105
)
Total margin
 
264,970

 
304,259

 
1,181,687

 
1,251,614

 
1,450,859

 
1,547,722

Add net losses (subtract net gains) on commodity derivative instruments not associated with current-period transactions
 
3,482

 
(20,300
)
 
64,845

 
10,137

 
42,235

 
(29,778
)
Adjusted total margin
 
$
268,452

 
$
283,959

 
$
1,246,532

 
$
1,261,751

 
$
1,493,094

 
$
1,517,944

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Adjusted net income (loss) attributable to AmeriGas Partners, L.P.:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net (loss) income attributable to AmeriGas Partners, L.P.
 
$
(48,957
)
 
$
(74,396
)
 
$
214,663

 
$
221,849

 
$
183,336

 
$
203,618

Add net losses (subtract net gains) on commodity derivative instruments not associated with current-period transactions
 
3,482

 
(20,300
)
 
64,845

 
10,137

 
42,235

 
(29,778
)
Impairment of Heritage tradenames and trademarks
 

 
75,000

 

 
75,000

 

 
75,000

Merger expenses
 
1,770

 

 
2,700

 

 
2,700

 

Noncontrolling interest in net (losses) gains on commodity derivative instruments not associated with current-period transactions, impairment of Heritage tradenames and trademarks, and merger expenses
 
(53
)
 
(553
)
 
(682
)
 
(860
)
 
(454
)
 
(456
)
Adjusted net (loss) income attributable to AmeriGas Partners, L.P.
 
$
(43,758
)
 
$
(20,249
)
 
$
281,526

 
$
306,126

 
$
227,817

 
$
248,384

EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net (loss) income attributable to AmeriGas Partners, L.P.
 
$
(48,957
)
 
$
(74,396
)
 
$
214,663

 
$
221,849

 
$
183,336

 
$
203,618

Income tax expense
 
673

 
624

 
1,779

 
3,658

 
2,336

 
3,563

Interest expense
 
41,640

 
40,449

 
126,208

 
122,021

 
167,312

 
161,651

Depreciation and amortization
 
43,989

 
46,393

 
133,967

 
138,968

 
180,752

 
193,709

EBITDA
 
37,345

 
13,070

 
476,617

 
486,496

 
533,736

 
562,541

Add net losses (subtract net gains) on commodity derivative instruments not associated with current-period transactions
 
3,482

 
(20,300
)
 
64,845

 
10,137

 
42,235

 
(29,778
)
Impairment of Heritage tradenames and trademarks
 

 
75,000

 

 
75,000

 

 
75,000

Merger expenses
 
1,770

 

 
2,700

 

 
2,700

 

Noncontrolling interest in net (losses) gains on commodity derivative instruments not associated with current-period transactions, impairment of Heritage tradenames and trademarks, and merger expenses
 
(53
)
 
(553
)
 
(682
)
 
(860
)
 
(454
)
 
(456
)
Adjusted EBITDA
 
$
42,544

 
$
67,217

 
$
543,480

 
$
570,773

 
$
578,217

 
$
607,307






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, 2019: 
 
Forecast Fiscal Year Ending
September 30, 2019
 
(Low End)
 
(High End)
Adjusted EBITDA (estimate)
$
580,000

 
$
590,000

Interest expense (estimate)
162,000

 
162,000

Income tax expense (estimate)
3,500

 
3,500

Depreciation (estimate)
149,000

 
149,000

Amortization (estimate)
40,000

 
40,000