Alon USA Partners Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2012 Results Company schedules conference call for March 7, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern

DALLAS, March 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Alon USA Partners, LP (NYSE: ALDW) ("Alon") today announced results for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2012. Net income for the fourth quarter of 2012 was $113.2 million compared to $45.5 million for the same period last year. Net income for the year ended December 31, 2012 was $381.9 million compared to $294.4 million for the same period last year.

Paul Eisman, CEO and President, commented, "It is exciting to have the opportunity to present the financial results of our newly formed public partnership, Alon USA Partners, LP. The partnership had a very successful year, increasing adjusted EBITDA by almost $100 million dollars from approximately $370 million in 2011 to $470 million in 2012.

"During the fourth quarter, we generated over $165 million of cash flow from operating activities as a result of the positive margin environment that continues to remain strong. We generated an operating margin of $25.26 per barrel benefiting from both continuing wide Cushing crude differentials but also from widening location differentials at Midland. Additionally, we benefited from good operations as we increased throughput during the fourth quarter to more than 72,000 barrels per day.

"Consequently, as a result of our strong performance, we made prorated cash distributions in accordance with the prospectus of $0.57 per unit to unitholders for the period following the IPO. If the cash distribution was for the entire fourth quarter, then the cash distribution would have been $1.92 per unit.

"Looking forward to first quarter, we see continuing strong crude oil differentials and resulting good margins. We completed some maintenance work in the first quarter, and as a result, expect throughput in the first quarter of 2013 to average approximately 60,000 barrels per day. We anticipate throughput for the full year to average approximately 68,000 barrels per day."

FOURTH QUARTER 2012

Refinery operating margin at the Big Spring refinery was $25.26 per barrel for the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to $14.14 per barrel for the same period in 2011. This increase is due to higher Gulf Coast 3/2/1 crack spreads and a widening of the WTI to WTS spread. The refinery's throughput for the fourth quarter of 2012 averaged 72,109 barrels per day ("bpd") compared to 71,700 bpd for the same period in 2011.

The average Gulf Coast 3/2/1 crack spread was $27.10 per barrel for the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to $19.95 per barrel for the fourth quarter of 2011. The average WTI to WTS spread for the fourth quarter of 2012 was $9.55 per barrel compared to $0.84 per barrel for the same period in 2011.

YEAR-TO-DATE 2012

Refinery operating margin at the Big Spring refinery was $23.50 per barrel for 2012 compared to $20.89 per barrel for 2011. This increase is due to higher Gulf Coast 3/2/1 crack spreads and a widening of the WTI to WTS spread. The refinery's throughput for 2012 averaged 68,946 bpd compared to 63,614 bpd for the same period in 2011.

The average Gulf Coast 3/2/1 crack spread for 2012 was $27.43 per barrel compared to $23.37 per barrel for 2011. The average WTI to WTS spread for 2012 was $5.46 per barrel compared to $2.06 per barrel for 2011.

CONFERENCE CALL

Alon has scheduled a conference call for Thursday, March 7, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern, to discuss the fourth quarter 2012 results. To access the call, please dial 1-800-762-8779, or 480-629-9645, for international callers, and ask for the Alon USA Partners, LP call at least 10 minutes prior to the start time. Investors may also listen to the conference live on the Alon Partners website, http://www.alonpartners.com, by logging onto that site and clicking "Investors". A telephonic replay of the conference call will be available through March 21, 2013, and may be accessed by calling 1-800-406-7325, or 303-590-3030, for international callers, and using the passcode 4593733#. A web cast archive will also be available at www.alonpartners.com shortly after the call and will be accessible for approximately 90 days. For more information, please contact Donna Washburn at DRG&L at 713-529-6600 or email dmw@drg-l.com.

This release serves as qualified notice to nominees under Treasury Regulation Section 1.1446-4(b). Please note that 100% of Alon Partners' distributions to foreign investors are attributable to income that is effectively connected with a United States trade or business. Accordingly, all of Alon Partners' distributions to foreign investors are subject to federal income tax withholding at the highest effective tax rate for individuals or corporations, as applicable. Nominees, and not Alon Partners, are treated as the withholding agents responsible for withholding on the distributions received by them on behalf of foreign investors.

Alon USA Partners, LP is a Delaware limited partnership formed in August 2012 by Alon USA Energy, Inc. (NYSE: ALJ). Alon Partners owns and operates a crude oil refinery in Big Spring, Texas with total throughput capacity of approximately 70,000 barrels per day. Alon Partners refines crude oil into finished products, which is marketed primarily in West Texas, Central Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Arizona through its wholesale distribution network to both Alon Energy's retail convenience stores and other third-party distributors.

Contacts:

Amir Barash, Vice President-IR

Alon USA Energy, Inc.
972-367-3808




Investors: Jack Lascar/ Sheila Stuewe

Dennard-Lascar Associates / 713-529-6600
Media: Blake Lewis

Lewis Public Relations

214-635-3020

Ruth Sheetrit

SMG Public Relations

011-972-547-555551

 

ALON USA PARTNERS, LP AND SUBSIDIARIES CONSOLIDATED
EARNINGS RELEASE


RESULTS OF OPERATIONS - FINANCIAL DATA
(ALL INFORMATION IN THIS PRESS RELEASE EXCEPT FOR BALANCE SHEET DATA AS OF DECEMBER 31, 2011, AND INCOME STATEMENT DATA FOR THE YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2011, IS UNAUDITED)

















Three Months Ended December 31,


Year Ended December 31,


2012


2011


2012


2011

STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS DATA:






Net sales (1)

$

825,626



$

856,488



$

3,476,817



$

3,207,969


Operating costs and expenses:








Cost of sales

658,039



763,190



2,883,741



2,722,918


Direct operating expenses

27,685



25,034



100,908



98,178


Selling, general and administrative expenses

4,737



3,420



22,807



15,633


Depreciation and amortization

11,046



10,242



46,009



40,448


Total operating costs and expenses

701,507



801,886



3,053,465



2,877,177


Loss on disposition of assets



(10)






Operating income

124,119



54,592



423,352



330,792


Interest expense

(7,165)



(4,414)



(22,235)



(16,719)


Interest expense - related parties

(2,701)



(4,267)



(15,691)



(17,067)


Other income (loss), net

(3)



18



8



18


Income before state income tax expense

114,250



45,929



385,434



297,024


State income tax expense

1,018



444



3,536



2,597


Net income

$

113,232



$

45,485



$

381,898



$

294,427










Net income

$

113,232





$

381,898




less: Net income attributable to predecessor operations

76,112





344,778




Net income attributable to Alon USA Partners, LP

$

37,120





$

37,120




Earnings per unit, basic and diluted (2)

$

0.59





$

0.59




Weighted average common units outstanding, basic and diluted (in thousands) (2)

62,500





62,500




CASH FLOW DATA:








Net cash provided by (used in):








Operating activities

$

165,209



$

92,988



$

528,825



$

258,575


Investing activities

(6,314)



(1,549)



(31,769)



(19,545)


Financing activities

(122,308)



(100,240)



(567,000)



(123,437)


OTHER DATA:








Adjusted EBITDA (3)

$

135,162



$

64,862



$

469,369



$

371,258


Capital expenditures

6,314



1,370



24,490



12,460


Capital expenditures for turnaround and catalyst



169



7,279



7,085


KEY OPERATING STATISTICS:








Per barrel of throughput:








Refinery operating margin (4)

$

25.26



$

14.14



$

23.50



$

20.89


Refinery direct operating expense (5)

4.17



3.80



4.00



4.23


 

 


RESULTS OF OPERATIONS - FINANCIAL DATA
(ALL INFORMATION IN THIS PRESS RELEASE EXCEPT FOR BALANCE SHEET DATA AS OF DECEMBER 31, 2011, AND INCOME STATEMENT DATA FOR THE YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2011, IS UNAUDITED)

















Three Months Ended December 31,


Year Ended December 31,


2012


2011


2012


2011

AVERAGE PRICING STATISTICS:








WTI crude oil (per barrel)

$

88.10



$

94.03



$

94.14



$

95.07


WTS crude oil (per barrel)

78.55



93.19



88.68



93.01


Crack spreads (per barrel):








Gulf Coast (WTI) 3-2-1 (6)

$

27.10



$

19.95



$

27.43



$

23.37


Crude oil differentials (per barrel):








Cushing WTI less Cushing WTS (7)

$

9.55



$

0.84



$

5.46



$

2.06


Product price (dollars per gallon):








Gulf Coast unleaded gasoline

$

2.60



$

2.59



$

2.82



$

2.75


Gulf Coast ultra-low sulfur diesel

3.04



2.96



3.05



2.97


Natural gas (per MMBtu)

3.54



3.48



2.83



4.03












December 31,
2012


December 31,
2011

BALANCE SHEET DATA (end of period):

(dollars in thousands)

Cash and cash equivalents

$

66,001



$

135,945


Working capital

1,702



148,222


Total assets

763,423



810,480


Total debt

295,311



533,592


Total equity

181,726



102,689


 


























THROUGHPUT AND PRODUCTION DATA:

For the Three Months Ended


For the Year Ended

December 31,


December 31,


2012


2011


2012


2011


bpd


%


bpd


%


bpd


%


bpd


%

Refinery throughput:
















WTS crude

48,894



67.8



57,335



80.0



52,190



75.7



51,202



80.4


WTI crude

19,180



26.6



11,306



15.8



14,396



20.9



10,023



15.8


Blendstocks

4,035



5.6



3,059



4.2



2,360



3.4



2,389



3.8


Total refinery throughput (8)

72,109



100.0



71,700



100.0



68,946



100.0



63,614



100.0


Refinery production:
















Gasoline

37,572



52.3



37,443



52.1



34,637



50.3



31,105



49.1


Diesel/jet

22,612



31.4



23,035



32.0



22,329



32.5



20,544



32.3


Asphalt

3,615



5.0



4,638



6.4



4,084



5.9



4,539



7.1


Petrochemicals

4,199



5.8



4,354



6.1



4,054



5.9



3,837



6.0


Other

3,939



5.5



2,452



3.4



3,706



5.4



3,488



5.5


Total refinery production (9)

71,937



100.0



71,922



100.0



68,810



100.0



63,513



100.0


Refinery utilization (10)



97.2

%




98.1

%




97.3

%




90.8

%



(1)

Includes sales to related parties of $138,412 and $136,761 for the three months ended December 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively, and $588,828 and $553,253 for the years ended December 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively.



(2)

The calculation of earnings per unit includes only earnings for the period following the closing of the initial public offering through December 31, 2012 ("Post IPO Period") of $37,120 for the three months and year ended December 31, 2012.



(3)

Adjusted EBITDA represents earnings before state income tax expense, interest expense, depreciation and amortization, and loss on disposition of assets. Adjusted EBITDA is not a recognized measurement under GAAP; however, the amounts included in Adjusted EBITDA are derived from amounts included in our consolidated financial statements. Our management believes that the presentation of Adjusted EBITDA is useful to investors because it is frequently used by securities analysts, investors, and other interested parties in the evaluation of companies in our industry. In addition, our management believes that Adjusted EBITDA is useful in evaluating our operating performance compared to that of other companies in our industry because the calculation of Adjusted EBITDA generally eliminates the effects of state income tax expense, interest expense, loss on disposition of assets and the accounting effects of capital expenditures and acquisitions, items that may vary for different companies for reasons unrelated to overall operating performance.




Adjusted EBITDA has limitations as an analytical tool, and you should not consider it in isolation, or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP. Some of these limitations are:





-

Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect our cash expenditures or future requirements for capital expenditures or contractual commitments;


-

Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect the interest expense or the cash requirements necessary to service interest or principal payments on our debt;


-

Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect changes in or cash requirements for our working capital needs; and


-

Our calculation of Adjusted EBITDA may differ from EBITDA calculations of other companies in our industry, limiting its usefulness as a comparative measure.





Because of these limitations, Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered a measure of discretionary cash available to us to invest in the growth of our business. We compensate for these limitations by relying primarily on our GAAP results and using Adjusted EBITDA only supplementally.

The following table reconciles net income to Adjusted EBITDA for the three months and years ended December 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively:



















For the Three Months Ended


For the Year Ended


December 31,


December 31,


2012


2011


2012


2011


(dollars in thousands)

Net income

$

113,232



$

45,485



$

381,898



$

294,427


State income tax expense

1,018



444



3,536



2,597


Interest expense

7,165



4,414



22,235



16,719


Interest expense - related parties

2,701



4,267



15,691



17,067


Depreciation and amortization

11,046



10,242



46,009



40,448


Loss on disposition of assets



10






Adjusted EBITDA

$

135,162



$

64,862



$

469,369



$

371,258




(4)

Refinery operating margin is a per barrel measurement calculated by dividing the margin between net sales and cost of sales by the refinery's throughput volumes. Industry-wide refining results are driven and measured by the margins between refined product prices and the prices for crude oil, which are referred to as crack spreads. We compare our refinery operating margin to these crack spreads to assess our operating performance relative to other participants in our industry.



(5)

Refinery direct operating expense is a per barrel measurement calculated by dividing direct operating expenses by total throughput volumes.



(6)

We compare our refinery operating margin to the Gulf Coast 3/2/1 crack spread. A 3/2/1 crack spread is calculated assuming that three barrels of a benchmark crude oil are converted, or cracked, into two barrels of gasoline and one barrel of diesel. We calculate the Gulf Coast 3/2/1 crack spread using the market values of Gulf Coast conventional gasoline and ultra-low sulfur diesel and the market value of WTI, a light, sweet crude oil.



(7)

The WTI/WTS, or sweet/sour, spread represents the differential between the average value per barrel of WTI crude oil and the average value per barrel of WTS crude oil.



(8)

Total refinery throughput represents the total barrels per day of crude oil and blendstock inputs in the refinery production process.



(9)

Total refinery production represents the barrels per day of various refined products produced from processing crude and other refinery feedstocks through the crude units and other conversion units.



(10)

Refinery utilization represents average daily crude oil throughput divided by crude oil capacity, excluding planned periods of downtime for maintenance and turnarounds.

 

SOURCE Alon USA Partners, LP



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