Natural Resource Partners L.P. Announces First Quarter 2018 Results

HOUSTON--()--Natural Resource Partners L.P. (NYSE:NRP) today reported first quarter of 2018 results as follows:

“We delivered solid operating performance and continued to generate significant amounts of cash during the first quarter. As our leverage profile continues to improve, we remain focused on maximizing cash generation, strengthening our balance sheet and increasing our liquidity.”

 
       

Three Months Ended

March 31,

   

Increase

(Decrease)

   

Percentage

Change

(In thousands, except per unit data)

2018     2017
Net income from continuing operations $ 26,088 $ 6,111 $ 19,977 327 %
Net income 26,074 5,904 20,170 342 %
Net income attributable to common unitholders and general partner 18,574 3,404 15,170 446 %
Basic net income per common unit 1.49 0.28 1.21 432 %
Diluted net income per common unit 1.15 0.28 0.87 311 %
Adjusted EBITDA (1) 54,886 51,285 3,601 7 %
Net cash provided by operating activities of continuing operations 20,211 20,489 (278 ) (1 )%
Net cash used in investing activities of continuing operations (173 ) (2,068 ) 1,895 92 %
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities of continuing operations (28,713 ) 54,153 (82,866 ) (153 )%
Distributable Cash Flow (1) 20,845 18,547 2,298 12 %
Free Cash Flow (1) 19,302 18,712 590 3 %
 

Craig Nunez, President and Chief Operating Officer, commented: "We delivered solid operating performance and continued to generate significant amounts of cash during the first quarter. As our leverage profile continues to improve, we remain focused on maximizing cash generation, strengthening our balance sheet and increasing our liquidity."

At the end of the first quarter of 2018, NRP had liquidity of $76.2 million, consisting of $21.2 million in cash and $55.0 million of borrowing capacity available under its credit facility. NRP's consolidated Debt-to-Adjusted EBITDA ratio at March 31, 2018 was 3.5x.

NRP continues to focus on reducing its debt while maintaining sufficient liquidity to operate its business. NRP's goal is to achieve a leverage ratio, defined as Debt-to-Adjusted EBITDA, of less than 3.0x, while maintaining minimum liquidity of $100 million, which may consist of a combination of cash and/or available borrowing capacity.

With respect to the first quarter of 2018, NRP declared a cash distribution of $0.45 per common unit and a distribution of $7.5 million in cash on NRP’s preferred units. NRP's distribution coverage ratio over the last twelve months was 6.0x before taking into account the $30 million annual distribution on NRP's preferred units, and 4.6x after taking into account the preferred unit distribution.

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   (1) See "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" and reconciliation tables at the end of this release.

 
 

Segment Information

 

Coal Royalty and Other

 
       

Three Months Ended

March 31,

   

Increase

(Decrease)

   

Percentage

Change

(In thousands)

2018     2017
Net income $ 40,728 $ 35,094 $ 5,634 16 %
Adjusted EBITDA (1) 46,070 43,845 2,225 5 %
Net cash provided by operating activities of continuing operations 38,793 37,932 861 2 %
Net cash provided by investing activities of continuing operations 1,143 6 1,137 18,950 %
Net cash provided by financing activities of continuing operations 16 (16 ) (100 )%
Distributable Cash Flow (1) 39,936 37,937 1,999 5 %
Free Cash Flow (1) 39,280 38,346 934 2 %
 

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   (1) See "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" and reconciliation tables at the end of this release.

 

Net income from the Coal Royalty and Other segment increased primarily due to lower depletion expense as a result of lower production and prior year asset impairment. Overall coal related revenues were essentially flat, as the impact of lower production was offset by higher coal prices. Distributable cash flow increased during the period primarily as a result of increased cash flow from our natural gas royalty properties.

 

Soda Ash

 
       

Three Months Ended

March 31,

   

Increase

(Decrease)

   

Percentage

Change

(In thousands)

2018     2017
Net income $ 9,621 $ 10,294 $ (673 ) (7 )%
Adjusted EBITDA (1) 12,250 12,250 %
Net cash provided by operating activities of continuing operations 10,153 12,250 (2,097 ) (17 )%
Net cash provided by investing activities of continuing operations 2,097 2,097 100 %
Distributable Cash Flow (1) 12,250 12,250 %
Free Cash Flow (1) 12,250 12,250 %
 

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   (1) See "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" and reconciliation tables at the end of this release.

 

Net income from the Soda Ash segment decreased primarily as a result of lower international sales and higher selling, general and administrative costs.

 

Construction Aggregates

 
       

Three Months Ended

March 31,

   

Increase

(Decrease)

   

Percentage

Change

(In thousands)

2018     2017
Net loss $ (1,975 ) $ (1,539 ) $ (436 ) (28 )%
Adjusted EBITDA (1) 902 2,375 (1,473 ) (62 )%
Net cash provided by operating activities of continuing operations 2,797 4,046 (1,249 ) (31 )%
Net cash used in investing activities of continuing operations (3,413 ) (2,074 ) (1,339 ) (65 )%
Net cash used in financing activities of continuing operations (49 ) (96 ) 47 49 %
Distributable Cash Flow (1) 191 2,099 (1,908 ) (91 )%
Free Cash Flow (1) (696 ) 1,855 (2,551 ) (138 )%
 

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   (1) See "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" and reconciliation tables at the end of this release.

 

Net loss from the Construction Aggregates segment increased primarily due to unfavorable weather and higher repair and maintenance and fuel costs. Distributable cash flow decreased as a result of these factors as well as increased capital expenditures.

 

Corporate and Finance

 
       

Three Months Ended

March 31,

   

Increase

(Decrease)

   

Percentage

Change

(In thousands)

2018     2017
Net loss $ (22,286 ) $ (37,738 ) $ 15,452 41 %
Adjusted EBITDA (1) (4,336 ) (7,185 ) 2,849 40 %
Net cash used in operating activities of continuing operations (31,532 ) (33,739 ) 2,207 7 %
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities of continuing operations (28,664 ) 54,233 (82,897 ) (153 )%
Distributable Cash Flow (1) (31,532 ) (33,739 ) 2,207 7 %
Free Cash Flow (1) (31,532 ) (33,739 ) 2,207 7 %
 

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   (1) See "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" and reconciliation tables at the end of this release.

 

Net loss from corporate and financing activities decreased primarily due to prior year debt modification expense and performance based awards related to the completion of our recapitalization transactions in March 2017. In addition, interest expense decreased as a result of debt reduction. Distributable cash flow increased primarily as a result of prior year payment of performance based awards related to the completion of our recapitalization transactions and lower G&A costs, partially offset by the timing of interest payments on NRP's 2022 Senior Notes.

Conference Call

A conference call will be held today at 10:00 a.m. ET. To join the conference call, dial (844) 379-6938 and provide the conference code 55454888. Investors may also listen to the call via the Investor Relations section of the NRP website at www.nrplp.com. Audio replays of the conference call will be available for approximately one week. To access the replay, dial (855) 859-2056 and provide the conference code 55454888 or visit the Investor Relations section of NRP’s website.

Company Profile

Natural Resource Partners L.P., a master limited partnership headquartered in Houston, TX, is a diversified natural resource company that owns interests in coal, aggregates and industrial minerals across the United States. A large percentage of NRP's revenues are generated from royalties and other passive income. In addition, NRP owns a construction aggregates company and an equity investment in Ciner Wyoming, a trona/soda ash operation.

For additional information, please contact Kathy H. Roberts at 713-751-7555 or kroberts@nrplp.com. Further information about NRP is available on the partnership’s website at http://www.nrplp.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes “forward-looking statements” as defined by the Securities and Exchange Commission. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, included in this press release that address activities, events or developments that the partnership expects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. These statements are based on certain assumptions made by the partnership based on its experience and perception of historical trends, current conditions, expected future developments and other factors it believes are appropriate in the circumstances. Such statements are subject to a number of assumptions, risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the control of the partnership. These risks include, but are not limited to, commodity prices; decreases in demand for coal, aggregates and industrial minerals, including trona/soda ash; changes in operating conditions and costs; production cuts by our lessees; unanticipated geologic problems; our liquidity, leverage and access to capital and financing sources; changes in the legislative or regulatory environment, litigation risk, and other factors detailed in Natural Resource Partners’ Securities and Exchange Commission filings. Natural Resource Partners L.P. has no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

“Distributable Cash Flow” is a non-GAAP financial measure that we define as net cash provided by operating activities of continuing operations plus distributions from unconsolidated investment in excess of cumulative earnings, proceeds from sales of assets, including those included in discontinued operations, and return of long-term contract receivables (including affiliate); less maintenance capital expenditures and distributions to non-controlling interest. DCF is not a measure of financial performance under GAAP and should not be considered as an alternative to cash flows from operating, investing or financing activities. DCF may not be calculated the same for us as for other companies. In addition, DCF presented below is not calculated or presented on the same basis as Distributable Cash Flow as defined in our partnership agreement, which is used as a metric to determine whether we are able to increase quarterly distributions to our common unitholders. DCF is a supplemental liquidity measure used by our management and by external users of our financial statements, such as investors, commercial banks, research analysts and others to assess the Partnership's ability to make cash distributions to our common and preferred unitholders and our general partner and repay debt.

“Free Cash Flow” is a non-GAAP financial measure that we define as net cash provided by operating activities of continuing operations plus distributions from unconsolidated investment in excess of cumulative earnings and return of long-term contract receivables (including affiliate); less maintenance and expansion capital expenditures, cash flow used in mitigation payments and acquisition costs classified as financing activities and distributions to non-controlling interest. FCF is not a measure of financial performance under GAAP and should not be considered as an alternative to cash flows from operating, investing or financing activities. FCF may not be calculated the same for us as for other companies. FCF is a supplemental liquidity measure used by our management and by external users of our financial statements, such as investors, commercial banks, research analysts and others to assess the Partnership's ability to make cash distributions to our common and preferred unitholders and our general partner and repay debt.

"Adjusted EBITDA" is a non-GAAP financial measure that we define as net income (loss) from continuing operations less equity earnings from unconsolidated investment; plus total distributions from unconsolidated investment, interest expense, net, debt modification expense, loss on extinguishment of debt, depreciation, depletion and amortization and asset impairments. Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered an alternative to, or more meaningful than, net income or loss, net income or loss attributable to partners, operating income, cash flows from operating activities or any other measure of financial performance presented in accordance with GAAP as measures of operating performance, liquidity or ability to service debt obligations. There are significant limitations to using Adjusted EBITDA as a measure of performance, including the inability to analyze the effect of certain recurring items that materially affect our net income (loss), the lack of comparability of results of operations of different companies and the different methods of calculating Adjusted EBITDA reported by different companies. In addition, Adjusted EBITDA presented below is not calculated or presented on the same basis as Consolidated EBITDA as defined in our partnership agreement or Consolidated EBITDDA as defined in Opco's debt agreements. Adjusted EBITDA is a supplemental performance measure used by our management and by external users of our financial statements, such as investors, commercial banks, research analysts and others to assess the financial performance of our assets without regard to financing methods, capital structure or historical cost basis.

“Adjusted Net Income” is a non-GAAP financial measure that we define as Net income attributable to common unitholders and general partner plus restructuring transaction expenses that include debt modification expense, loss on extinguishment of debt and restructuring-related incentive compensation expense, asset impairments and income (loss) from discontinued operations; less gain on sale of assets. Adjusted net income should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for operating income (loss), net income (loss), cash flows provided by operating, investing and financial activities, or other income or cash flow statement data prepared in accordance with GAAP. Our management team believes Adjusted net income is useful in evaluating our financial performance because restructuring transaction expenses are one time charges, gains on asset sales are not related to the operations of our business and asset impairments are non-cash charges. Excluding these from net income allows us to better compare results from ongoing operations period-over-period.

-Financial Tables, Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures and Recap of Metrics Follow-

 

Natural Resource Partners L.P.

Financial Tables

 
Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income
(Unaudited)
 
        Three Months Ended
March 31,     December 31,

(In thousands, except per unit data)

2018     2017 2017
Revenues and other income:
Coal royalty and other $ 45,973 $ 34,994 $ 47,130
Coal royalty and other—affiliates 237 11,505 223
Transportation and processing services 5,383 4,793
Transportation and processing services—affiliates 4,639
Construction aggregates 26,424 25,483 30,571
Road construction and asphalt paving services 728 1,738 5,324
Equity in earnings of Ciner Wyoming 9,621 10,294 12,781
Gain on asset sales, net 660   44   280  
Total revenues and other income $ 89,026 $ 88,697 $ 101,102
 
Operating expenses:
Operating and maintenance expenses $ 29,968 $ 29,628 $ 33,893
Operating and maintenance expenses—affiliates, net 2,465 2,555 2,606
Depreciation, depletion and amortization 7,957 9,724 8,790
Amortization expense—affiliate 768
General and administrative 3,405 6,078 2,756
General and administrative—affiliates 931 1,124 1,806
Asset impairments 242   1,778   1,253  
Total operating expenses $ 44,968 $ 51,655 $ 51,104
 
Income from operations $ 44,058 $ 37,042 $ 49,998
 
Other income (expense)
Interest expense $ (18,006 ) $ (23,141 ) $ (19,304 )
Debt modification expense (7,807 )
Interest income 36   17   47  
Other expense, net $ (17,970 ) $ (30,931 ) $ (19,257 )
 
Net income from continuing operations $ 26,088 $ 6,111 $ 30,741
Loss from discontinued operations (14 ) (207 ) (34 )
Net income $ 26,074 $ 5,904 $ 30,707
Less: income attributable to preferred unitholders (7,500 ) (2,500 ) (7,765 )
Net income attributable to common unitholders and general partner $ 18,574 $ 3,404 $ 22,942
 
Net income attributable to common unitholders 18,203 3,404 22,483
Net income attributable to the general partner 371 459
 
Income from continuing operations per common unit
Basic $ 1.49 $ 0.30 $ 1.84
Diluted $ 1.16 $ 0.30 $ 1.26
 
Net income per common unit
Basic $ 1.49 $ 0.28 $ 1.84
Diluted $ 1.15 $ 0.28 $ 1.26
 
Net income $ 26,074 $ 5,904 $ 30,707
Add: comprehensive loss from unconsolidated investment and other (1,125 ) (1,132 ) (234 )
Comprehensive income $ 24,949   $ 4,772   $ 30,473  
 
 

Natural Resource Partners L.P.

Financial Tables

 
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(Unaudited)
 
          Three Months Ended
March 31,     December 31,

(In thousands)

2018     2017 2017
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net income $ 26,074 $ 5,904 $ 30,707

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities of

continuing operations:

Depreciation, depletion and amortization 7,957 9,724 8,790
Amortization expense—affiliates 768
Distributions from unconsolidated investment 10,153 12,250 12,250
Equity earnings from unconsolidated investment (9,621 ) (10,294 ) (12,781 )
Gain on asset sales, net (660 ) (44 ) (280 )
Debt modification expense 7,807
Loss from discontinued operations 14 207 34
Asset impairments 242 1,778 1,253
Unit-based compensation expense 792 257 106
Amortization of debt issuance costs and other 771 973 2,490
Other, net—affiliates (190 ) 135 1,119
Change in operating assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable (5,189 ) (1,267 ) 698
Accounts receivable—affiliates 67 (196 ) 1,144
Accounts payable (845 ) 986 631
Accounts payable—affiliates 1,531 256 (107 )
Accrued liabilities (5,169 ) (7,948 ) (1,363 )
Accrued liabilities—affiliates (515 ) 515
Accrued interest (9,777 ) (271 ) 5,217
Deferred revenue 2,346 1,077 (5,786 )
Deferred revenue—affiliates (2,897 )
Other items, net 2,230   1,284   1,807  
Net cash provided by operating activities of continuing operations $ 20,211 $ 20,489 $ 46,444
Net cash used in operating activities of discontinued operations (412 ) (284 ) (92 )
Net cash provided by operating activities $ 19,799 $ 20,205 $ 46,352
 
Cash flows from investing activities:
Distributions from unconsolidated investment in excess of cumulative earnings $ 2,097 $ $
Proceeds from sale of assets 687 (387 ) 563
Return of long-term contract receivables 487 399
Return of long-term contract receivables—affiliate 414
Acquisition of plant and equipment and other (3,444 ) (2,095 ) (1,065 )
Net cash used in investing activities of continuing operations $ (173 ) $ (2,068 ) $ (103 )
Net cash provided by investing activities of discontinued operations   29    
Net cash used in investing activities $ (173 ) $ (2,039 ) $ (103 )
 
 

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows—Continued

(Unaudited)

 
Three Months Ended
March 31, December 31,

(In thousands)

2018 2017 2017
Cash flows from financing activities:
Proceeds from issuance of preferred units and warrants, net $ $ 242,100 $
Proceeds from issuance of 2022 Senior Notes, net 103,688
Proceeds from loans 35,000 8,000
Repayments of loans (40,800 ) (251,010 ) (136,027 )
Redemption of preferred units paid in kind (8,844 )
Distributions to common unitholders and general partner (5,617 ) (5,615 ) (5,617 )
Distributions to preferred unitholders (7,765 ) (3,825 )
Contributions to discontinued operations (412 ) (255 ) (92 )
Debt issue costs and other (275 ) (34,755 ) (197 )
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities of continuing operations $ (28,713 ) $ 54,153 $ (137,758 )
Net cash provided by financing activities of discontinued operations 412   255   92  
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities $ (28,301 ) $ 54,408 $ (137,666 )
 
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents $ (8,675 ) $ 72,574 $ (91,417 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 29,827   40,371   121,244  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 21,152 $ 112,945 $ 29,827
 
Supplemental cash flow information:
Cash paid during the period for interest from continuing operations $ 26,023 $ 19,851 $ 10,993
Non-cash investing and financing activities:
Issuance of 2022 Senior Notes in exchange for 2018 Senior Notes $ $ 240,638 $
Plant, equipment and mineral rights funded with accounts payable or accrued liabilities $ 24 $ $ 294
 
 

Natural Resource Partners L.P.

Financial Tables

 
Consolidated Balance Sheets
 
        March 31,       December 31,

(In thousands, except unit data)

2018 2017
(Unaudited)
ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 21,152 $ 29,827
Accounts receivable, net 55,651 47,026
Accounts receivable—affiliates 94 161
Inventory 8,071 7,553
Prepaid expenses and other 3,088 5,838
Current assets of discontinued operations 991   991  
Total current assets $ 89,047 $ 91,396
Land 24,809 25,247
Plant and equipment, net 47,237 46,170
Mineral rights, net 878,845 883,885
Intangible assets, net 48,769 49,554
Equity in unconsolidated investment 241,679 245,433
Long-term contracts receivable 40,331 40,776
Other assets 6,489 6,547
Other assets—affiliate   156  
Total assets $ 1,377,206   $ 1,389,164  
LIABILITIES AND CAPITAL
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 5,911 $ 6,957
Accounts payable—affiliates 2,093 562
Accrued liabilities 11,409 16,890
Accrued liabilities—affiliates 515
Accrued interest 5,706 15,484
Current portion of deferred revenue 1,554
Current portion of long-term debt, net 79,723 79,740
Current liabilities of discontinued operations 3   401  
Total current liabilities $ 106,399 $ 120,549
Deferred revenue 14,622 100,605
Long-term debt, net 724,854 729,608
Other non-current liabilities 2,492 2,808
Other non-current liabilities—affiliate     346  
Total liabilities $ 848,367 $ 953,916
Commitments and contingencies

Class A Convertible Preferred Units (250,000 and 258,844 units issued and outstanding at March 31,

2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively, at $1,000 par value per unit; liquidation preference of

$1,500 per unit)

$ 164,587 $ 173,431
Partners’ capital:

Common unitholders’ interest (12,245,920 and 12,232,006 units issued and outstanding at March

31, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively)

$ 301,344 $ 199,851
General partner’s interest 3,924 1,857
Warrant holders interest 66,816 66,816
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (4,438 ) (3,313 )
Total partners’ capital $ 367,646 $ 265,211
Non-controlling interest (3,394 ) (3,394 )
Total capital 364,252   261,817  
Total liabilities and capital $ 1,377,206   $ 1,389,164  
 
 

Natural Resource Partners L.P.

Financial Tables

 
Consolidated Statement of Partners' Capital
(Unaudited)
 
        Common Unitholders    

General

Partner

   

Warrant

Holders

   

Accumulated

Other

Comprehensive

Loss

   

Partners'

Capital

Excluding

Non-

Controlling

Interest

   

Non-

Controlling

Interest

   

Total

Capital

(In thousands)

Units     Amounts
Balance at December 31, 2017 12,232 $ 199,851 $ 1,857 $ 66,816 $ (3,313 ) $ 265,211 $ (3,394 ) $ 261,817
Cumulative effect of adoption of accounting standard 88,448 1,805 90,253 90,253
Net income 25,553 521 26,074 26,074
Distributions to common unitholders and general partner (5,505 ) (112 ) (5,617 ) (5,617 )
Distributions to preferred unitholders (7,610 ) (155 ) (7,765 ) (7,765 )
Issuance of unit-based awards 14 410 410 410
Unit-based awards amortization and vesting 197 197 197
Comprehensive loss from unconsolidated investment and other     8     (1,125 ) (1,117 )   (1,117 )
Balance at March 31, 2018 12,246   $ 301,344   $ 3,924   $ 66,816   $ (4,438 ) $ 367,646   $ (3,394 ) $ 364,252  
 
 

Natural Resource Partners L.P.

Financial Tables (Unaudited)

 

The table below presents NRP's unaudited business results by segment for three months ended March 31, 2018 and 2017:

 
          Operating Business Segments      

Coal

Royalty

and Other

       

Construction

Aggregates

Corporate

and

Financing

(In thousands)

Soda Ash Total
Three Months Ended March 31, 2018
Revenues and other income $ 51,593 $ 9,621 $ 27,152 $ $ 88,366
Gains on asset sales 651     9     660  
Total revenues and other income $ 52,244 $ 9,621 $ 27,161 $ $ 89,026
Asset impairments $ 242 $ $ $ $ 242
Net income (loss) from continuing operations $ 40,728 $ 9,621 $ (1,975 ) $ (22,286 ) $ 26,088
 
Three Months Ended March 31, 2017
Revenues and other income $ 51,138 $ 10,294 $ 27,221 $ $ 88,653
Gains on asset sales 29     15     44  
Total revenues and other income $ 51,167 $ 10,294 $ 27,236 $ $ 88,697
Asset impairments $ 1,778 $ $ $ $ 1,778
Net income (loss) from continuing operations $ 35,094 $ 10,294 $ (1,539 ) $ (37,738 ) $ 6,111
 
Three Months Ended December 31, 2017
Revenues and other income $ 52,146 $ 12,781 $ 35,895 $ $ 100,822
Gains on asset sales 178     102     280  
Total revenues and other income $ 52,324 $ 12,781 $ 35,997 $ $ 101,102
Asset impairments $ 1,189 $ $ 64 $ $ 1,253
Net income (loss) from continuing operations $ 39,729 $ 12,781 $ 1,989 $ (23,758 ) $ 30,741
Adjusted EBITDA (1) $ 46,679 $ 12,250 $ 5,143 $ (4,696 ) $ 59,376
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities of continuing operations $ 45,550 $ 12,250 $ 4,010 $ (15,366 ) $ 46,444
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities of continuing operations $ 591 $ $ (694 ) $ $ (103 )
Net cash provided by financing activities of continuing operations $ $ $ (197 ) $ (137,561 ) $ (137,758 )
 
 

Natural Resource Partners L.P.

Financial Tables (Unaudited)

 
Operating Statistics - Coal Royalty and Other
 
          Three Months Ended
March 31,     December 31,

($ in thousands, except tons and per ton amounts)

2018     2017     2017
Coal production (tons)
Appalachia
Northern 225 1,206 464
Central 3,545 3,699 3,542
Southern 546   562   535
Total Appalachia 4,316 5,467 4,541
Illinois Basin 743 2,017 828
Northern Powder River Basin 1,233   950   1,678
Total coal production 6,292   8,434   7,047
 
Coal royalty revenue per ton
Appalachia
Northern $ 4.73 $ 0.50 $ 2.14
Central $ 5.71 $ 5.46 $ 5.21
Southern $ 7.16 $ 6.46 $ 5.90
Illinois Basin $ 4.14 $ 3.30 $ 4.75
Northern Powder River Basin $ 2.24 $ 2.63 $ 2.27
Combined average coal royalty revenue per ton $ 4.93 $ 3.98 $ 4.31
 
Coal royalty revenues
Appalachia
Northern $ 1,066 $ 607 $ 992
Central 20,232 20,184 18,462
Southern 3,914   3,632   3,157
Total Appalachia $ 25,212 $ 24,423 $ 22,611
Illinois Basin 3,075 6,646 3,934
Northern Powder River Basin 2,765   2,498   3,815
Unadjusted coal royalty revenue $ 31,052 $ 33,567 $ 30,360
Coal royalty adjustment for minimum leases (2,361 )  
Total coal royalty revenue $ 28,691   $ 33,567   $ 30,360
Other revenues
Production lease minimum revenue $ 425 $ 5,196 $ 8,266
Minimum lease straight line revenue 6,760
Property tax revenue 1,182 2,698 813
Wheelage 1,974 1,267 1,224
Coal overriding royalty revenue 2,872 824 4,067
Aggregates royalty revenue 1,091 1,244 728
Oil and gas royalty revenues 2,898 1,491 1,693
Other 317   212   202
Total other revenues $ 17,519   $ 12,932   $ 16,993
Coal royalty and other income 46,210 46,499 47,353
Transportation and processing services fees 5,383 4,639 4,793
Gain on coal royalty and other segment asset sales 651   29   178
Total coal royalty and other segment revenues and other income $ 52,244   $ 51,167   $ 52,324
 
 

Natural Resource Partners L.P.

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures

 
Distributable Cash Flow and Free Cash Flow
(Unaudited)
 
         

Coal

Royalty and

Other

       

Construction

Aggregates

   

Corporate

and

Financing

   

(In thousands)

Soda Ash Total
Three Months Ended March 31, 2018
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities of continuing operations $ 38,793 $ 10,153 $ 2,797 $ (31,532 ) $ 20,211
Add: distributions from unconsolidated investment in excess of cumulative earnings 2,097 2,097
Add: proceeds from the sale of assets 656 31 687
Add: return of long-term contract receivables 487 487
Less: maintenance capital expenditures     (2,637 )   (2,637 )
Distributable cash flow $ 39,936   $ 12,250   $ 191   $ (31,532 ) $ 20,845  
Less: proceeds from the sale of assets 656 31 687
Less: expansion capital expenditures 807 807
Less: mitigation payments and acquisition costs classified as financing activities     49     49  
Free cash flow $ 39,280   $ 12,250   $ (696 ) $ (31,532 ) $ 19,302  
 
Three Months Ended March 31, 2017
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities of continuing operations $ 37,932 $ 12,250 $ 4,046 $ (33,739 ) $ 20,489
Add: Proceeds from the sale of assets (409 ) 22 (387 )
Add: return of long-term contract receivables—affiliate 414 414
Less: maintenance capital expenditures     (1,969 )   (1,969 )
Distributable cash flow $ 37,937   $ 12,250   $ 2,099   $ (33,739 ) $ 18,547  
Less: proceeds from the sale of assets (409 ) 22 (387 )
Less: expansion capital expenditures 126 126
Less: mitigation payments and acquisition costs classified as financing activities     96     96  
Free cash flow $ 38,346   $ 12,250   $ 1,855   $ (33,739 ) $ 18,712  
 
Three Months Ended December 31, 2017
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities of continuing operations $ 45,550 $ 12,250 $ 4,010 $ (15,366 ) $ 46,444
Add: proceeds from sale of assets 192 371 563
Add: return of long-term contract receivable 399 399
Less: maintenance capital expenditures     (1,025 )   (1,025 )
Distributable cash flow $ 46,141   $ 12,250   $ 3,356   $ (15,366 ) $ 46,381  
Less: proceeds from the sale of assets 192 371 563
Less: expansion capital expenditures 39 39
Less: mitigation payments and acquisition costs classified as financing activities     197     197  
Free cash flow $ 45,949   $ 12,250   $ 2,749   $ (15,366 ) $ 45,582  
 
 

Natural Resource Partners L.P.

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures

 
Adjusted EBITDA
(Unaudited)
 
         

Coal

Royalty and

Other

       

Construction

Aggregates

   

Corporate

and

Financing

   

(In thousands)

Soda Ash Total
Three Months Ended March 31, 2018
Net income (loss) from continuing operations 40,728 $ 9,621 $ (1,975 ) $ (22,286 ) $ 26,088
Less: equity earnings from unconsolidated investment (9,621 ) (9,621 )
Add: total distributions from unconsolidated investment 12,250 12,250
Add: interest expense, net 20 17,950 17,970
Add: depreciation, depletion and amortization 5,100 2,857 7,957
Add: asset impairments 242         242  
Adjusted EBITDA $ 46,070   $ 12,250   $ 902   $ (4,336 ) $ 54,886  
 
Three Months Ended March 31, 2017
Net income (loss) from continuing operations $ 35,094 $ 10,294 $ (1,539 ) $ (37,738 ) $ 6,111
Less: equity earnings from unconsolidated investment (10,294 ) (10,294 )
Add: total distributions from unconsolidated investment 12,250 12,250
Add: interest expense, net 395 22,746 23,141
Add: debt modification expense 7,807 7,807
Add: depreciation, depletion and amortization 6,973 3,519 10,492
Add: asset impairments 1,778         1,778  
Adjusted EBITDA $ 43,845   $ 12,250   $ 2,375   $ (7,185 ) $ 51,285  
 
Three Months Ended December 31, 2017
Net income (loss) from continuing operations $ 39,729 $ 12,781 $ 1,989 $ (23,758 ) $ 30,741
Less: equity earnings from unconsolidated investment (12,781 ) (12,781 )
Add: total distributions from unconsolidated investment 12,250 12,250
Add: interest expense, net 61 19,062 19,123
Add: depreciation, depletion and amortization 5,761 3,029 8,790
Add: asset impairments 1,189     64     1,253  
Adjusted EBITDA $ 46,679   $ 12,250   $ 5,143   $ (4,696 ) $ 59,376  
 
 

Natural Resource Partners L.P.

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures
 
Adjusted Net Income
(Unaudited)
 
          Three Months Ended
March 31,     December 31,

(In thousands)

2018     2017     2017
Net income $ 26,074 $ 5,904 $ 30,707
Less: income attributable to preferred unitholders (7,500 ) (2,500 ) (7,765 )
Net income attributable to common unitholders and general partner $ 18,574 $ 3,404 $ 22,942
Add: asset impairments 242 1,778 1,253
Add: loss from discontinued operations 14 207 34
Add: loss on extinguishment of debt 7,807
Add: restructuring-related incentive compensation expense 3,847
Less: gain on asset sales (660 ) (44 ) (280 )
Adjusted net income $ 18,170   $ 16,999   $ 23,949  
 
 
Last Twelve Months Distributable Cash Flow and Free Cash Flow
(Unaudited)
 
          Three Months Ended    

(In thousands)

June 30,

2017

   

September 30,
2017

   

December 31,
2017

   

March 31,

2018

Last 12

Months

Net cash provided by operating activities of continuing operations $ 35,105 $ 25,800 $ 46,444 $ 20,211 $ 127,560
Add: distributions from unconsolidated investment in excess of cumulative earnings 2,388 3,258 2,097 7,743
Add: proceeds from the sale of assets 1,655 151 563 687 3,056
Add: return on long-term contract receivables (including affiliate) 1,597 600 399 487 3,083
Less: maintenance capital expenditures (2,415 ) (926 ) (1,025 ) (2,637 ) (7,003 )
Distributable cash flow $ 38,330   $ 28,883   $ 46,381   $ 20,845   $ 134,439  
Less: proceeds from the sale of assets 1,655 151 563 687 3,056
Less: expansion capital expenditures 489 311 39 807 1,646
Less: mitigation payments and acquisition costs classified as financing activities 1,000     197   49   1,246  
Free cash flow $ 35,186   $ 28,421   $ 45,582   $ 19,302   $ 128,491  
 
Distribution Coverage Ratio (1) 6.0 x
 

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   (1) Distribution Coverage Ratio is calculated as last twelve months' DCF divided by annual common unit distributions times number of common units and general partner units outstanding.

 
 
Last Twelve Months Adjusted EBITDA
(Unaudited)
 
          Three Months Ended    

(In thousands)

June 30,

2017

   

September 30,
2017

   

December 31,
2017

   

March 31,

2018

Last 12

Months

Net income from continuing operations $ 25,857 $ 26,499 $ 30,741 $ 26,088 $ 109,185
Less: equity earnings from unconsolidated investment (8,389 ) (8,993 ) (12,781 ) (9,621 ) (39,784 )
Add: total distributions from unconsolidated investment 12,250 12,250 12,250 12,250 49,000
Add: interest expense 20,377 20,080 19,123 17,970 77,550
Add: debt modification expense 132 132
Add: loss on extinguishment of debt 4,107 4,107
Add: depreciation, depletion and amortization 8,405 8,306 8,790 7,957 33,458
Add: asset impairments     1,253   242   1,495  
Adjusted EBITDA $ 62,739   $ 58,142   $ 59,376   $ 54,886   $ 235,143  
 
Debt—at March 31, 2018 $ 822,044
Leverage Ratio (1) 3.50 x
 

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   (1) Leverage Ratio is calculated as last twelve months' Adjusted EBITDA divided by the outstanding principal value of our debt as of March 31, 2018.

 

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