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CVR Partners Reports First Quarter 2021 Results

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03.05.2021, 23:12  |  107   |   |   

SUGAR LAND, Texas, May 03, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- CVR Partners, LP (“CVR Partners” or the “Partnership”) (NYSE: UAN), a manufacturer of ammonia and urea ammonium nitrate (“UAN”) solution fertilizer products, today announced a net loss of $25 million, or $2.37 per common unit, on net sales of $61 million for the first quarter 2021, compared to a net loss of $21 million, or $1.83 per common unit, on net sales of $75 million for the first quarter 2020. EBITDA was $5 million for the first quarter of 2021, compared to $11 million for the first quarter of 2020.

“During the first quarter 2021, CVR Partners continued to operate safely and reliably while responding to Winter Storm Uri, which negatively impacted shipments from both our East Dubuque and Coffeyville fertilizer facilities,” said Mark Pytosh, Chief Executive Officer of CVR Partners’ general partner. “However, we were able to quickly react to the weather event, reducing throughput at East Dubuque and selling contracted natural gas to capitalize on market opportunities. In addition, our Coffeyville facility was one of the only plants capable of operating during the storm due to its use of petroleum coke as its feedstock.

“The nitrogen fertilizer industry reached an inflection point during the first quarter of 2021, where improved farmer economics translated into increased demand for nitrogen fertilizer as well as much higher pricing,” Pytosh said. “So far, the spring planting season has gone well, with nitrogen fertilizer prices materially higher in the second quarter compared to the first quarter.”

Consolidated Operations

For the first quarter of 2021, CVR Partners’ average realized gate prices for UAN showed a reduction over the prior year, down 4 percent to $159 per ton, and ammonia was up 14 percent over the prior year to $300 per ton. Average realized gate prices for UAN and ammonia were $166 per ton and $264 per ton, respectively, for the first quarter 2020.

CVR Partners’ fertilizer facilities produced a combined 188,000 tons of ammonia during the first quarter of 2021, of which 70,000 net tons were available for sale while the rest was upgraded to other fertilizer products, including 272,000 tons of UAN. In the first quarter of 2020, the fertilizer facilities produced 201,000 tons of ammonia, of which 78,000 net tons were available for sale while the remainder was upgraded to other fertilizer products, including 317,000 tons of UAN.

Capital Structure

On May 6, 2020, the Board of Directors of the Partnership’s general partner (the “Board”), on behalf of the Partnership, authorized a unit repurchase program (the “Unit Repurchase Program”). The Unit Repurchase Program enables the Partnership to repurchase up to $10 million of the Partnership’s common units. On February 22, 2021, the Board authorized an additional $10 million for the Unit Repurchase Program. During the three months ended March 31, 2021, the Partnership repurchased 24,378 common units, on the open market in accordance with a repurchase agreement under Rules 10b5-1 and 10b-18 of the Exchange Act, at a cost of $0.5 million, inclusive of transaction costs, or an average price of $21.70 per common unit. At March 31, 2021, the Partnership had $12.4 million in authority remaining under the Unit Repurchase Program. This Unit Repurchase Program does not obligate the Partnership to acquire any common units and may be cancelled or terminated by the Board at any time.

Distributions

CVR Partners will not pay a cash distribution for the first quarter 2021. CVR Partners is a variable distribution master limited partnership. As a result, its distributions, if any, will vary from quarter to quarter due to several factors, including, but not limited to, its operating performance, fluctuations in the prices received for its finished products, maintenance capital expenditures, use of cash and cash reserves deemed necessary or appropriate by the Board.

First Quarter 2021 Earnings Conference Call

CVR Partners previously announced that it will host its first quarter 2021 Earnings Conference Call on Tuesday, May 4, at 11 a.m. Eastern. The Earnings Conference Call may also include discussion of the Partnership’s developments, forward-looking information and other material information about business and financial matters.

The first quarter 2021 Earnings Conference Call will be webcast live and can be accessed on the Investor Relations section of CVR Partners’ website at www.CVRPartners.com. For investors or analysts who want to participate during the call, the dial-in number is (877) 407-8029. The webcast will be archived and available for 14 days at https://edge.media-server.com/mmc/p/9uikt5qq. A repeat of the call also can be accessed for 14 days by dialing (877) 660-6853, conference ID 13718880.

Qualified Notice
This release serves as a qualified notice to nominees and brokers as provided for under Treasury Regulation Section 1.1446-4(b). Please note that 100 percent of CVR Partners’ distributions to foreign investors are attributable to income that is effectively connected with a United States trade or business. Accordingly, CVR Partners’ distributions to foreign investors are subject to federal income tax withholding at the highest effective tax rate.

Forward-Looking Statements
This news release contains forward-looking statements. Statements concerning current estimates, expectations and projections about future results, performance, prospects, opportunities, plans, actions and events and other statements, concerns, or matters that are not historical facts are “forward-looking statements,” as that term is defined under the federal securities laws. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding future: continued safe and reliable operations; impact of Winter Storm Uri on shipments and throughput; capitalization on natural gas sales; the ability of the Coffeyville facility to operate during storm conditions; farmer economics including improvement thereof; nitrogen fertilizer demand and pricing, including the increase thereof; success of the Spring planting season; ammonia production levels including volumes upgraded to other fertilizer products including UAN; purchases under the Unit Repurchase Program (if any), including the cost thereof; distributions, including the timing, payment and amount (if any) thereof; operating performance, finished product pricing, costs and capital expenditures including management thereof, cash flow, use of cash and reserves; and other matters. You can generally identify forward-looking statements by our use of forward-looking terminology such as “outlook,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “continue,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “explore,” “evaluate,” “intend,” “may,” “might,” “plan,” “potential,” “predict,” “seek,” “should,” or “will,” or the negative thereof or other variations thereon or comparable terminology. These forward-looking statements are only predictions and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control. Investors are cautioned that various factors may affect these forward-looking statements, including (among others) the health and economic effects of COVID-19, the rate of any economic improvements, impacts of planting season on our business, general economic and business conditions, and other risks. For additional discussion of risk factors which may affect our results, please see the risk factors and other disclosures included in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, any subsequently filed Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and our other SEC filings. These and other risks may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Given these risks and uncertainties, you are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements included in this news release are made only as of the date hereof. CVR Partners disclaims any intention or obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except to the extent required by law.

About CVR Partners, LP
Headquartered in Sugar Land, Texas, CVR Partners, LP is a Delaware limited partnership focused on the production, marketing and distribution of nitrogen fertilizer products. It primarily produces urea ammonium nitrate (UAN) and ammonia, which are predominantly used by farmers to improve the yield and quality of their crops. CVR Partners’ Coffeyville, Kansas, nitrogen fertilizer manufacturing facility includes a 1,300 ton-per-day ammonia unit, a 3,000 ton-per-day UAN unit and a dual-train gasifier complex having a capacity of 89 million standard cubic feet per day of hydrogen. CVR Partners’ East Dubuque, Illinois, nitrogen fertilizer manufacturing facility includes a 1,075 ton-per-day ammonia unit and a 1,100 ton-per-day UAN unit.

Investors and others should note that CVR Partners may announce material information using SEC filings, press releases, public conference calls, webcasts, and the Investor Relations page of its website. CVR Partners may use these channels to distribute material information about the Partnership and to communicate important information about the Partnership, corporate initiatives and other matters. Information that CVR Partners posts on its website could be deemed material; therefore, CVR Partners encourages investors, the media, its customers, business partners and others interested in the Partnership to review the information posted on its website.

For further information, please contact:

Investor Relations:
Richard Roberts
CVR Partners, LP
(281) 207-3205
InvestorRelations@CVRPartners.com

Media Relations:
Brandee Stephens
CVR Partners, LP
(281) 207-3516
MediaRelations@CVRPartners.com

Non-GAAP Measures

Our management uses certain non-GAAP performance measures, and reconciliations to those measures, to evaluate current and past performance and prospects for the future to supplement our GAAP financial information presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP. These non-GAAP financial measures are important factors in assessing our operating results and profitability and include the performance and liquidity measures defined below.

The following are non-GAAP measures we present for the period ended March 31, 2021:

EBITDA - Net income (loss) before (i) interest expense, net, (ii) income tax expense (benefit) and (iii) depreciation and amortization expense.

Reconciliation of Net Cash Provided By Operating Activities to EBITDA - Net cash provided by operating activities reduced by (i) interest expense, net, (ii) income tax expense (benefit), (iii) change in working capital, and (iv) other non-cash adjustments.

Available Cash for Distribution - EBITDA for the quarter excluding non-cash income or expense items (if any), for which adjustment is deemed necessary or appropriate by the Board in its sole discretion, less (i) reserves for maintenance capital expenditures, debt service and other contractual obligations, and (ii) reserves for future operating or capital needs (if any), in each case, that the Board deems necessary or appropriate in its sole discretion. Available cash for distribution may be increased by the release of previously established cash reserves, if any, and other excess cash, at the discretion of the Board.

We present these measures because we believe they may help investors, analysts, lenders, and ratings agencies analyze our results of operations and liquidity in conjunction with our U.S. GAAP results, including, but not limited to, our operating performance as compared to other publicly traded companies in the fertilizer industry, without regard to historical cost basis or financing methods, and our ability to incur and service debt and fund capital expenditures. Non-GAAP measures have important limitations as analytical tools, because they exclude some, but not all, items that affect net earnings and operating income. These measures should not be considered substitutes for their most directly comparable U.S. GAAP financial measures. Refer to the “Non-GAAP Reconciliations” included herein for reconciliation of these amounts. Due to rounding, numbers presented within this section may not add or equal to numbers or totals presented elsewhere within this document.

 
CVR Partners, LP
(all information in this release is unaudited)
 
Financial and Operational Data
  Three Months Ended
March 31,
(in thousands, except per unit data) 2021   2020
Consolidated Statement of Operations Data      
Net sales (1) $ 60,921     $ 75,080  
Operating costs and expenses:      
Cost of materials and other 17,766     23,991  
Direct operating expenses (exclusive of depreciation and amortization) 37,075     35,123  
Depreciation and amortization 14,123     15,597  
Cost of sales 68,964     74,711  
Selling, general and administrative expenses 5,891     5,354  
Loss (gain) on asset disposal 72     (13 )
Operating loss (14,006 )   (4,972 )
Other (expense) income:      
Interest expense, net (15,916 )   (15,783 )
Other income, net 4,557     27  
Loss before income tax expense (25,365 )   (20,728 )
Income tax expense 19     7  
Net loss $ (25,384 )   $ (20,735 )
       
Basic and diluted loss per unit $ (2.37 )   $ (1.83 )
       
EBITDA* $ 4,674     $ 10,652  
Available Cash for Distribution* (9,479 )   (5,919 )
       
Weighted-average common units outstanding - basic and diluted 10,695     11,328  
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* See “Non-GAAP Reconciliations” section below for a reconciliation of these amounts.
  1. Below are the components of net sales:
  Three Months Ended
March 31,
(in thousands) 2021   2020
Components of net sales:      
Fertilizer sales $ 52,354     $ 64,694  
Freight in revenue 6,114     7,722  
Other 2,453     2,664  
Total net sales $ 60,921     $ 75,080  

Selected Balance Sheet Data

(in thousands) March 31, 2021   December 31, 2020
Cash and cash equivalents $ 52,561     $ 30,559  
Working capital 32,902     41,873  
Total assets 1,031,882     1,032,880  
Total debt, including current portion 637,256     636,182  
Total liabilities 743,554     718,639  
Total partners’ capital 288,328     314,241  

Selected Cash Flow Data

  Three Months Ended
March 31,
(in thousands) 2021   2020
Net cash flow provided by (used in):      
Operating activities $ 25,551     $ 27,707  
Investing activities (2,994 )   (6,662 )
Financing activities (555 )   (25 )
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents $ 22,002     $ 21,020  

Capital Expenditures

  Three Months Ended
March 31,
(in thousands) 2021   2020
Maintenance capital expenditures $ 2,459     $ 4,139  
Growth capital expenditures 666     1,454  
Total capital expenditures $ 3,125     $ 5,593  

Key Operating Data

Ammonia Utilization (1)      
  Two Years Ended March 31,
(capacity utilization) 2021   2020
Consolidated 96 %   93 %
Coffeyville Facility 94 %   93 %
East Dubuque Facility 97 %   93 %

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  1. Reflects our ammonia utilization rates on a consolidated basis and at each of our facilities. Utilization is an important measure used by management to assess operational output at each of the Partnership’s facilities. Utilization is calculated as actual tons produced divided by capacity. We present our utilization on a two-year rolling average to take into account the impact of our current turnaround cycles on any specific period. The two-year rolling average is a more useful presentation of the long-term utilization performance of our plants. Additionally, we present utilization solely on ammonia production rather than each nitrogen product as it provides a comparative baseline against industry peers and eliminates the disparity of plant configurations for upgrade of ammonia into other nitrogen products. With our efforts being primarily focused on ammonia upgrade capabilities, this measure provides a meaningful view of how well we operate.

Sales and Production Data

  Three Months Ended
March 31,
  2021   2020
Consolidated sales (thousand tons):      
Ammonia 32     54  
UAN 239     284  
       
Consolidated product pricing at gate (dollars per ton) (1):      
Ammonia $ 300     $ 264  
UAN 159     166  
       
Consolidated production volume (thousand tons):      
Ammonia (gross produced) (2) 188     201  
Ammonia (net available for sale) (2) 70     78  
UAN 272     317  
       
Feedstock:      
Petroleum coke used in production (thousand tons) 128     125  
Petroleum coke used in production (dollars per ton) $ 42.91     $ 44.68  
Natural gas used in production (thousands of MMBtu) (3) 1,882     2,141  
Natural gas used in production (dollars per MMBtu) (3) $ 3.10     $ 2.42  
Natural gas in cost of materials and other (thousands of MMBtu) (3) 940     1,418  
Natural gas in cost of materials and other (dollars per MMBtu) (3) $ 2.94     $ 2.80  

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  1. Product pricing at gate represents sales less freight revenue divided by product sales volume in tons and is shown in order to provide a pricing measure that is comparable across the fertilizer industry.
  2. Gross tons produced for ammonia represent total ammonia produced, including ammonia produced that was upgraded into other fertilizer products. Net tons available for sale represent ammonia available for sale that was not upgraded into other fertilizer products.
  3. The feedstock natural gas shown above does not include natural gas used for fuel. The cost of fuel natural gas is included in direct operating expense.


Key Market Indicators

  Three Months Ended
March 31,
  2021   2020
Ammonia - Southern plains (dollars per ton) $ 437     $ 272  
Ammonia - Corn belt (dollars per ton) 497     364  
UAN - Corn belt (dollars per ton) 256     169  
       
Natural gas NYMEX (dollars per MMBtu) $ 2.72     $ 1.87  
               

Q2 2021 Outlook

The table below summarizes our outlook for certain operational statistics and financial information for the second quarter of 2021. See “Forward-Looking Statements” above.

  Q2 2021
  Low   High
Ammonia utilization rates (1)              
Consolidated   95 %     100 %
Coffeyville Facility   95 %     100 %
East Dubuque Facility   95 %     100 %
               
Direct operating expenses (2) (in millions) $ 35     $ 40  
               
Total capital expenditures (3) (in millions) $ 4     $ 7  

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  1. Ammonia utilization rates exclude the impact of turnarounds.
  2. Direct operating expenses are shown exclusive of depreciation and amortization, turnaround expenses, and impacts of inventory adjustments.
  3. Capital expenditures are disclosed on an accrual basis.


Non-GAAP Reconciliations

    Reconciliation of Net Loss to EBITDA

  Three Months Ended
March 31,
(in thousands) 2021   2020
Net loss $ (25,384 )   $ (20,735 )
Add:      
Interest expense, net 15,916     15,783  
Income tax expense 19     7  
Depreciation and amortization 14,123     15,597  
EBITDA $ 4,674     $ 10,652  

    Reconciliation of Net Cash Provided By Operating Activities to EBITDA

  Three Months Ended
March 31,
(in thousands) 2021   2020
Net cash provided by operating activities $ 25,551     $ 27,707  
Non-cash items:      
Other (4,851 )   (785 )
Add:      
Interest expense, net 15,916     15,783  
Income tax expense 19     7  
Change in assets and liabilities (31,961 )   (32,060 )
EBITDA $ 4,674     $ 10,652  

    Reconciliation of EBITDA to Available Cash for Distribution

  Three Months Ended
March 31,
(in thousands) 2021   2020
EBITDA $ 4,674     $ 10,652  
Current reserves for amounts related to:      
Debt service (14,996 )   (14,999 )
Maintenance capital expenditures (2,459 )   (4,139 )
Common units repurchased (529 )    
Other (reserves) releases:      
Future turnaround (1,500 )    
Previously established cash reserves 5,331     2,567  
Available Cash for distribution (1) (2) $ (9,479 )   $ (5,919 )
       
Common units outstanding 10,681     11,328  

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  1. Amount represents the cumulative available cash based on quarter-to-date and year-to-date results. However, available cash for distribution is calculated quarterly, with distributions (if any) being paid in the period following declaration.
  2. The Partnership paid no cash distributions related to the fourth quarter of 2020, and no distribution was declared for the first quarter of 2021.

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CVR Partners Reports First Quarter 2021 Results SUGAR LAND, Texas, May 03, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - CVR Partners, LP (“CVR Partners” or the “Partnership”) (NYSE: UAN), a manufacturer of ammonia and urea ammonium nitrate (“UAN”) solution fertilizer products, today announced a net loss of $25 …

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