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Ferrellgas Partners, L.P. Reports Full Fiscal Year and Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2022 Results

  • Financial Highlights
    • Revenues for the fourth fiscal quarter and fiscal 2022 increased $52.4 million or 16% and $360.2 million or 21%, respectively, compared to the prior year periods.
    • Gross Profit for the fourth fiscal quarter and fiscal 2022 increased $20.7 million or 13% and $68.4 million or 8%, respectively, compared to the prior year periods.
    • Margin per gallon for the fourth fiscal quarter and fiscal 2022 increased 17% and 12%, respectively, compared to the prior year periods.
    • Net loss attributable to Ferrellgas Partners, L.P. was $19.4 million for the fourth fiscal quarter compared to a net loss attributable to Ferrellgas Partners, L.P. of $18.8 million in the prior year period. Net earnings attributable to Ferrellgas Partners, L.P. was $148.0 million for fiscal 2022 compared to a net loss attributable to Ferrellgas Partners, L.P. of $68.4 million in fiscal 2021.
  • Company Highlights
    • The Company joined the National Propane Gas Association in June 2022. Ferrellgas’ officers now serve on both the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors of the NPGA.
    • Blue Rhino home delivery expansion continued to the Phoenix, AZ area in the fourth fiscal quarter. Additionally, limited edition Blue Rhino tank packages debuted in honor of the Company’s partnership with Operation BBQ Relief.
    • Over 900 employees received Ferrellgas Flame Awards in fiscal 2022 for exemplary performance in the areas of Safety, Customer Service, Innovation, and Leadership.
    • Over 270 employees were promoted in fiscal 2022 for key roles in field operations and corporate departments.

LIBERTY, Mo., Sept. 30, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Ferrellgas Partners, L.P. (OTC: FGPR) (“Ferrellgas” or the “Company”) today reported financial results for its fiscal year (“fiscal 2022”) and fourth fiscal quarter ended July 31, 2022.

“When you encounter a Ferrellgas employee as they live and work across the United States, you notice how driven they are, how professional they are, and how passionate they are about their families and our customers,” said James E. Ferrell, Chief Executive Officer and President. “Our almost 4,500 full-time, seasonal and part-time employees and contractors work each day to find ways to improve and grow, they do this to benefit themselves, their team members and our customers.”

Operating expense as a percentage of total revenue decreased 2% for both periods primarily due to a focus on cost containment and strategic purchasing. As a technology enabled logistics company, Ferrellgas continues to benefit from its nationwide footprint and focus on continuous improvement. A favorable credit position over the prior year period continues to position Ferrellgas well with suppliers. The Company’s continued emphasis on leadership development, excellence in operational expense management, and implementation of logistics fundamentals continues to increase efficiency and profitability. The Company’s inventory position management also assists in mitigating the risk from price fluctuations tied to fixed price purchases of propane. Warmer weather trends of 6.7% and 5.1% for the fourth fiscal quarter and fiscal 2022, respectively, drove the 3% decline in gallons sold for both periods. The Company’s initiatives, including efficiencies in delivery of gallons and logistics management, helped offset these negative trends as margin per gallon increased by $0.18, or 17% higher, for the fourth fiscal quarter and by $0.12, or 12% higher, for fiscal 2022.

Revenues increased $52.4 million or 16% for the fourth fiscal quarter while fiscal 2022 revenues increased $360.2 million or 21%. Cost of sales had unfavorable increases of $31.7 million or 18% for the fourth fiscal quarter and $291.8 million or 33% for fiscal 2022, primarily as a result of inflationary costs for material and other commodities, such as steel used in tanks. Despite these increases, gross profit was favorable with increases of $20.7 million and $68.4 million, or 13% and 8% higher, for the fourth fiscal quarter and fiscal 2022, respectively. Operating income per gallon was $0.04 higher for both periods compared to prior year periods.

For the fourth fiscal quarter, the Company reported a net loss attributable to Ferrellgas Partners, L.P. of $19.4 million compared to a net loss of $18.8 million in the prior year period. For fiscal 2022, the Company reported net earnings attributable to Ferrellgas Partners, L.P. of $148.0 million compared to a net loss of $68.4 million in the prior year period. Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure, increased by $10.0 million or 42% to $34.2 million in the fourth fiscal quarter compared to $24.1 million in the prior year period. Adjusted EBITDA increased by $22.0 million or 7% to $340.1 million in fiscal 2022 compared to $318.1 million in the prior year period. Adjusted EBITDA was favorably impacted by increases of $5.0 million and $28.8 million in operating income during the fourth fiscal quarter and fiscal 2022, respectively.

As previously announced on July 8, 2022, we paid a $49.9 million distribution to holders of record of the Class B Units as of June 23, 2022. The Company also made a distribution in the first fiscal quarter of $49.9 million, which was paid on October 8, 2021. The aggregate distribution of approximately $100.0 million for fiscal 2022 was made possible by the continued strong performance of the Company.

“Our success for the fourth fiscal quarter and fiscal 2022 is due to our smart, engaged, and empowered employees executing all the important roles necessary in a company like ours,” Ferrell added. “Our people have continued to invest in the development of themselves, their teams, and in the vision of our company. Across the country our hard working, dedicated employee-owners continue to win. I could not be more proud.”

Ferrellgas joined the National Propane Gas Association (“NPGA”), a trade organization representing approximately 2,400 companies in the U.S. propane industry, in June 2022. Ferrellgas’ officers now serve on both the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors of the NPGA. As one of the nation’s leading propane retailers, the Company plans to partner with the NPGA at the National and State levels, promoting the awareness of green, accessible, affordable, and efficient propane.

Ferrellgas’ employees completed over 4,300 hours of professional development training via the Ferrellgas University Program. This program allows access to thousands of courses aimed at career and professional development. This platform created over 270 opportunities for internal career advancement in field operations and corporate support areas.

In addition to previously announced home delivery services in 17 other locations, Blue Rhino expanded its home delivery services in the fourth fiscal quarter to include the Phoenix area. In conjunction with our mission to Fuel Life Simply, the home delivery program allows our customers to avoid an extra trip to the store and choose to have a fresh, cleaned, and leak-tested Blue Rhino tank or two delivered to their doorstep. In its continued collaboration with Operation BBQ Relief, a charitable organization providing hot meals to first responders and communities impacted by natural disasters, Blue Rhino introduced limited edition Operation BBQ Relief-themed tank sleeves to highlight and honor the work done by this organization throughout the country.

On Friday, September 30, 2022, the Company will conduct a live teleconference on the Internet at https://edge.media-server.com/mmc/p/ivvt62h7 to discuss the results of operations for the fiscal year ended July 31, 2022. The live webcast of the teleconference will begin at 8:30 a.m. Central Time (9:30 a.m. Eastern Time). Questions may be submitted via the investor relations e-mail box at InvestorRelations@ferrellgas.com.

About Ferrellgas

Ferrellgas Partners, L.P., through its operating partnership, Ferrellgas, L.P., and subsidiaries, serves propane customers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Its Blue Rhino propane exchange brand is sold at more than 60,000 selling locations nationwide. Ferrellgas employees indirectly own 1.1 million Class A Units of the partnership, through an employee stock ownership plan. Ferrellgas Partners, L.P. filed a Form 10-K with the Securities and Exchange Commission on September 30, 2022. Investors can request a hard copy of this filing free of charge and obtain more information about the partnership online at www.ferrellgas.com.

Forward Looking Statements

Statements in this release concerning expectations for the future are forward-looking statements. A variety of known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors could cause results, performance, and expectations to differ materially from anticipated results, performance, and expectations. These risks, uncertainties, and other factors include those discussed in the Form 10-K of Ferrellgas Partners, L.P., Ferrellgas, L.P., Ferrellgas Partners Finance Corp., and Ferrellgas Finance Corp. for the fiscal year ended July 31, 2022, and in other documents filed from time to time by these entities with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Contacts

Investor Relations – InvestorRelations@ferrellgas.com

FERRELLGAS PARTNERS, L.P. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(in thousands, except unit data)

(unaudited)

             
ASSETS      July 31, 2022   July 31, 2021
             
Current assets:            
Cash and cash equivalents (including $11,208 and $11,500 of restricted cash at July 31, 2022 and 2021, respectively)   $ 158,737     $ 281,952  
Accounts and notes receivable, net     150,395       131,574  
Inventories     115,187       88,379  
Price risk management asset     43,015       78,001  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     30,764       39,092  
Total current assets     498,098       618,998  
             
Property, plant and equipment, net     603,148       582,118  
Goodwill, net     257,099       246,946  
Intangible assets (net of accumulated amortization of $440,121 and $432,032 at July 31, 2022 and 2021, respectively)     97,638       100,743  
Operating lease right-of-use asset     72,888       87,611  
Other assets, net     79,244       93,228  
Total assets   $ 1,608,115     $ 1,729,644  
             
             
LIABILITIES, MEZZANINE AND EQUITY (DEFICIT)            
             
Current liabilities:            
Accounts payable   $ 57,586     $ 47,913  
Current portion of long-term debt     1,792       1,670  
Current operating lease liabilities     25,824       25,363  
Other current liabilities     218,610       246,000  
Total current liabilities     303,812       320,946  
             
Long-term debt     1,450,016       1,444,890  
Operating lease liabilities     47,231       74,349  
Other liabilities     43,518       61,189  
             
Contingencies and commitments            
             
Mezzanine equity:            
Senior preferred units, net of issue discount and other offering costs (700,000 units outstanding at July 31, 2022 and 2021)     651,349       651,349  
             
Equity (Deficit):            
Limited partner unitholders            
Class A (4,857,605 units outstanding at July 31, 2022 and 2021)     (1,229,823 )     (1,214,813 )
Class B (1,300,000 units outstanding at July 31, 2022 and 2021)     383,012       383,012  
General partner unitholder (49,496 units outstanding at July 31, 2022 and 2021)     (71,320 )     (72,178 )
Accumulated other comprehensive income     37,907       88,866  
Total Ferrellgas Partners, L.P. deficit     (880,224 )     (815,113 )
Noncontrolling interest     (7,587 )     (7,966 )
Total deficit     (887,811 )     (823,079 )
Total liabilities, mezzanine and deficit   $ 1,608,115     $ 1,729,644  

FERRELLGAS PARTNERS, L.P. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(in thousands, except per unit data)

(unaudited)

                         
    Three months ended   Year ended
    July 31,    July 31, 
     2022      2021      2022      2021  
Revenues:                        
Propane and other gas liquids sales   $ 365,460     $ 317,333     $ 2,017,879     $ $ 1,668,852  
Other     22,093       17,793       96,661         85,458  
Total revenues     387,553       335,126       2,114,540         1,754,310  
                         
Cost of sales:                        
Propane and other gas liquids sales     207,295       175,146       1,174,004         881,936  
Other     2,166       2,572       12,509         12,728  
                         
Gross profit     178,092       157,408       928,027         859,646  
                         
Operating expense – personnel, vehicle, plant & other     128,185       116,918       520,603         465,816  
Operating expense – equipment lease expense     5,607       6,600       23,094         27,062  
Depreciation and amortization expense     24,591       21,462       89,897         85,382  
General and administrative expense     13,459       11,305       52,780         60,065  
Non-cash employee stock ownership plan compensation charge     734       934       3,170         3,215  
(Gain) loss on asset sales and disposals     (52 )     (407 )     (6,618 )       1,831  
                         
Operating income     5,568       596       245,101         216,275  
                         
Interest expense     (25,594 )     (24,606 )     (100,093 )       (173,616 )
Gain (loss) on extinguishment of debt           5,088               (104,834 )
Other income, net     427       77       4,833         4,246  
Reorganization expense – professional fees           (236 )             (10,443 )
                         
Earnings (loss) before income tax expense     (19,599 )     (19,081 )     149,841         (68,372 )
                         
Income tax expense     156       135       981         741  
                         
Net earnings (loss)     (19,755 )     (19,216 )     148,860         (69,113 )
                         
Net earnings (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interest (a)     (363 )     (394 )     867         (702 )
                         
Net earnings (loss) attributable to Ferrellgas Partners, L.P.   $ (19,392 )   $ (18,822 )   $ 147,993     $   (68,411 )
                         
Class A unitholders’ interest in net loss   $ (83,283 )   $ (34,727 )   $ (18,770 )   $   (91,751 )
                         
Net loss per unitholders’ interest                        
Basic and diluted net loss per Class A Unit   $ (17.14 )   $ (7.15 )   $ (3.86 )   $   (18.89 )
Weighted average Class A Units outstanding – basic and diluted     4,858       4,858       4,858         4,858  

Supplemental Data and Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Items:

                         
    Three months ended   Year ended
    July 31,    July 31, 
     2022      2021      2022      2021  
Net earnings (loss) attributable to Ferrellgas Partners, L.P.   $ (19,392 )   $ (18,822 )   $ 147,993     $ (68,411 )
Income tax expense     156       135       981       741  
Interest expense     25,594       24,606       100,093       173,616  
Depreciation and amortization expense     24,591       21,462       89,897       85,382  
EBITDA     30,949       27,381       338,964       191,328  
Non-cash employee stock ownership plan compensation charge     734       934       3,170       3,215  
(Gain) loss on asset sales and disposal     (52 )     (407 )     (6,618 )     1,831  
(Gain) loss on extinguishment of debt           (5,088 )           104,834  
Other income, net     (427 )     (77 )     (4,833 )     (4,246 )
Reorganization expense – professional fees           236             10,443  
Severance costs include $31 and $148 in operating expense for the three and twelve months ended July 31, 2022, respectively. Also include $1 and $430 in general and administrative expense for the three and twelve months ended July 31, 2022, respectively.     32             578       1,761  
Legal fees and settlements related to non-core businesses     3,303       1,557       7,938       10,129  
Provision for doubtful accounts related to non-core businesses                       (500 )
Net earnings (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interest (a)     (363 )     (394 )     867       (702 )
Adjusted EBITDA (b)     34,176       24,142       340,066       318,093  
Net cash interest expense (c)     (26,973 )     (22,437 )     (99,366 )     (160,153 )
Maintenance capital expenditures (d)     (3,903 )     (11,651 )     (17,019 )     (26,168 )
Cash paid for income taxes     (368 )     (268 )     (1,018 )     (706 )
Proceeds from certain asset sales     745       881       4,113       4,588  
Distributable cash flow attributable to equity investors (e)     3,677       (9,333 )     226,776       135,654  
Less: Distributions accrued or paid to preferred unitholders     16,250       16,013       65,287       24,024  
Distributable cash flow attributable to general partner and non-controlling interest     (74 )     187       (4,536 )     (2,713 )
Distributable cash flow attributable to Class A and B Unitholders (f)     (12,647 )     (25,159 )     156,953       108,917  
Less: Distributions paid to Class A and B Unitholders (g)     49,998             99,996        
Distributable cash flow excess (shortage) (h)   $ (62,645 )   $ (25,159 )   $ 56,957     $ 108,917  
                         
Propane gallons sales                        
Retail – Sales to End Users     94,432       95,933       624,316       632,057  
Wholesale – Sales to Resellers     47,561       51,055       206,516       228,025  
Total propane gallons sales     141,993       146,988       830,832       860,082  
                         
(a) Amounts allocated to the general partner for its 1.0101% interest (excluding the economic interest attributable to the preferred unitholders) in the operating partnership, Ferrellgas, L.P.
   
(b) Adjusted EBITDA is calculated as net earnings (loss) attributable to Ferrellgas Partners, L.P., plus the sum of the following: income tax expense, interest expense, depreciation and amortization expense, non-cash employee stock ownership plan compensation charge, (gain) loss on asset sales and disposals, (gain) loss on extinguishment of debt, other income, net, reorganization expense – professional fees, severance costs, legal fees and settlements related to non-core businesses, provision for doubtful accounts related to non-core businesses, and net (earnings) loss attributable to noncontrolling interest. Management believes the presentation of this measure is relevant and useful because it allows investors to view the partnership’s performance in a manner similar to the method management uses, adjusted for items management believes make it easier to compare its results with other companies that have different financing and capital structures.
   
  Adjusted EBITDA, as management defines it, may not be comparable to similarly titled measurements used by other companies. Items added into our calculation of Adjusted EBITDA that will not occur on a continuing basis may have associated cash payments. Adjusted EBITDA should be viewed in conjunction with measurements that are computed in accordance with GAAP.
   
(c) Net cash interest expense is the sum of interest expense less non-cash interest expense and other income, net. This amount includes interest expense related to the terminated accounts receivable securitization facility.
   
(d) Maintenance capital expenditures include capitalized expenditures for betterment and replacement of property, plant and equipment, and may from time to time include the purchase of assets that are typically leased.
   
(e) Distributable cash flow attributable to equity investors is calculated as Adjusted EBITDA minus net cash interest expense, maintenance capital expenditures and cash paid for income taxes plus proceeds from certain asset sales. Management considers distributable cash flow attributable to equity investors a meaningful measure of the partnership’s ability to declare and pay quarterly distributions to equity investors, including holders of the operating partnership’s Preferred Units. Distributable cash flow attributable to equity investors, as management defines it, may not be comparable to similarly titled measurements used by other companies. Items added into our calculation of distributable cash flow attributable to equity investors that will not occur on a continuing basis may have associated cash payments. Distributable cash flow attributable to equity investors should be viewed in conjunction with measurements that are computed in accordance with GAAP.
   
(f) Distributable cash flow attributable to Class A and B Unitholders is calculated as Distributable cash flow attributable to equity investors minus distributions accrued or paid on the Preferred Units and distributable cash flow attributable to general partner and noncontrolling interest. Management considers distributable cash flow attributable to Class A and B Unitholders a meaningful measure of the partnership’s ability to declare and pay quarterly distributions to Class A and B Unitholders. Distributable cash flow attributable to Class A and B Unitholders, as management defines it, may not be comparable to similarly titled measurements used by other companies. Items added to our calculation of distributable cash flow attributable to Class A and B Unitholders that will not occur on a continuing basis may have associated cash payments. Distributable cash flow attributable to Class A and B Unitholders should be viewed in conjunction with measurements that are computed in accordance with GAAP.
   
(g) The Company did not pay any distributions to Class A Unitholders during any of the periods in fiscal 2022 or fiscal 2021.
   
(h) Distributable cash flow excess (shortage) is calculated as Distributable cash flow attributable to Class A and B Unitholders minus Distributions paid to Class A and B Unitholders. Distributable cash flow excess, if any, is retained to establish reserves, to reduce debt, to fund capital expenditures and for other partnership purposes, and any shortage is funded from previously established reserves, cash on hand or borrowings under our Credit Facility or, previously, under our terminated accounts receivable securitization facility. Management considers Distributable cash flow excess (shortage) a meaningful measure of the partnership’s ability to effectuate those purposes. Distributable cash flow excess (shortage), as management defines it, may not be comparable to similarly titled measurements used by other companies. Items added into our calculation of distributable cash flow excess (shortage) that will not occur on a continuing basis may have associated cash payments. Distributable cash flow excess (shortage) should be viewed in conjunction with measurements that are computed in accordance with GAAP.

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