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Alon USA Partners Reports Third Quarter Results Partnership schedules conference call for November 8, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern

DALLAS, Nov. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Alon USA Partners, LP (NYSE: ALDW) (the "Partnership") today announced results for the third quarter of 2013. Net loss for the third quarter of 2013 was $(16.1) million, or $(0.26) per unit, compared to net income of $120.4 million for the same period last year. Net income for the first nine months of 2013 was $122.7 million, or $1.96 per unit, compared to $268.7 million for the same period last year.

Paul Eisman, CEO and President, commented, "Our third quarter results were impacted by a volatile and deteriorating margin environment resulting primarily from decreasing discounts for West Texas crude oil. In addition, our results were affected by backwardation in the crude market and unplanned downtime at our Big Spring refinery during the second half of September. Versus the second quarter, higher West Texas crude oil prices negatively impacted our results by approximately $55 million with an additional $5 million negative impact resulting from crude oil backwardation. The Big Spring FCC outage during the quarter resulted in additional expenses and lost opportunity costs of approximately $12 million, or $0.19 per unit. Without the FCC outage effect, the third quarter results would have been a net loss of $(0.07) per unit.

"As a result of these factors, there is no cash available for distribution this quarter. However, we remain bullish on the future for Big Spring as the continued growth in Permian Basin crude production will provide a sustainable long term crude sourcing advantage for the refinery as Midland priced West Texas crudes will trade at a wider spread to Brent priced crudes. Though WTI Cushing and WTS traded near parity during the third quarter, we believe this dynamic is temporary given the transportation cost to Cushing and the Gulf Coast, and the difference in product value between sweet and sour crudes. In the fourth quarter to date, the WTI Cushing to WTS spread has widened $4.35 per barrel to our benefit. In addition, we are working on a number of initiatives at Big Spring that will further enhance future profitability of the refinery and will positively impact future distributions.

"For the fourth quarter of 2013, we expect the throughput at Big Spring to average approximately 72,000 barrels per day. We are continuing planning and preparation work for the first quarter 2014 turnaround at Big Spring. This is a major event that will affect throughput in the first quarter. We estimate that first quarter throughput at the refinery will average 55,000 barrels per day.

"Though RINs prices have declined from the highs reached in July, we continue to work to mitigate the costs associated with our RINs obligations. To that end, we have begun biodiesel blending at Big Spring and will continue to evaluate blending economics. We recorded approximately $1.2 million of costs in the third quarter for RINs obligations. We anticipate that our RINs obligation at Big Spring for the fourth quarter will be approximately $1.0 million, which would result in a full year 2013 impact of $10.2 million."

THIRD QUARTER 2013

Refinery operating margin was $6.46 per barrel for the third quarter of 2013 compared to $27.75 per barrel for the same period in 2012. This decrease is mainly due to lower Gulf Coast 3/2/1 crack spreads and a narrowing WTI to WTS spread. The refinery's throughput for the third quarter of 2013 averaged 63,090 barrels per day ("bpd") compared to 69,563 bpd for the same period in 2012. Throughput and refinery operating margin for the third quarter of 2013 were impacted by unplanned downtime at the refinery during the second half of September 2013. Also impacting refinery operating margin was approximately $1.2 million of costs associated with RINs obligations for the third quarter of 2013.

The average Gulf Coast 3/2/1 crack spread was $14.23 per barrel for the third quarter of 2013 compared to $31.76 per barrel for the third quarter of 2012. The average WTI to WTS spread for the third quarter of 2013 was $0.08 per barrel compared to $3.70 per barrel for the same period in 2012.

YEAR-TO-DATE 2013

Refinery operating margin was $16.35 per barrel for the first nine months of 2013 compared to $22.88 per barrel for the same period in 2012. This decrease is mainly due to lower Gulf Coast 3/2/1 crack spreads partially offset by a wider WTI to WTS spread. The refinery's throughput for the first nine months of 2013 averaged 64,910 bpd compared to 67,884 bpd for the same period in 2012. Also impacting refinery operating margin was approximately $9.2 million of costs associated with RINs obligations for the first nine months of 2013.

The average Gulf Coast 3/2/1 crack spread was $21.21 per barrel for the first nine months of 2013 compared to $27.54 per barrel for the same period in 2012. The average WTI to WTS spread for the first nine months of 2013 was $3.91 per barrel compared to $3.74 per barrel for the same period in 2012.

CONFERENCE CALL

The Partnership has scheduled a conference call which will also be webcast live on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. eastern time (9:00 a.m. central time), to discuss the third quarter 2013 results. To access the call, please dial 800-762-8779 or 480-629-9645, for international callers, at least 10 minutes prior to the start time and ask for the Alon USA Partners, LP call. Investors may also listen to the conference live by logging on to the Alon Partners' website, http://www.alonpartners.com. A telephonic replay of the conference call will be available through November 22, 2013, and may be accessed by calling 800-406-7325, or 303-590-3030, for international callers, and using the passcode 4642287#. The archived webcast 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 Dennard § Lascar Associates at 713-529-6600 or email dwashburn@dennardlascar.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.

Any statements in this release that are not statements of historical fact are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements reflect our current expectations regarding future events, results or outcomes. These expectations may or may not be realized. Some of these expectations may be based upon assumptions or judgments that prove to be incorrect. In addition, our business and operations involve numerous risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control, which could result in our expectations not being realized or otherwise materially affect our financial condition, results of operations and cash flows. Additional information regarding these and other risks is contained in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Alon USA Partners, LP is a Delaware limited partnership formed in August 2012 by Alon USA Energy, Inc. ("Alon Energy") (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 are 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:

Stacey Hudson, Investor Relations Manager

Alon USA Partners GP, LLC
972-367-3808




Investors: Jack Lascar/ Sheila Stuewe

Dennard § Lascar Associates, LLC 713-529-6600
Media: Blake Lewis

Lewis Public Relations

214-635-3020

Ruth Sheetrit

SMG Public Relations

011-972-547-555551

 

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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, 2012, IS UNAUDITED)

For the Three Months Ended


For the Nine Months Ended


September 30,


September 30,


2013



2012


2013



2012



Predecessor (B)



Predecessor (B)


(dollars in thousands, except per unit data, per barrel data and pricing statistics)

STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS DATA: (A)










Net sales (1)

$

881,902



$

943,148


$

2,551,763



$

2,651,191

Operating costs and expenses:










   Cost of sales

844,423



765,538


2,261,948



2,225,702

   Direct operating expenses

26,281



25,480


84,017



73,223

   Selling, general and administrative expenses

4,134



10,316


16,864



18,070

   Depreciation and amortization

10,975



11,573


34,282



34,963

      Total operating costs and expenses

885,813



812,907


2,397,111



2,351,958

Loss on disposition of assets

(21)




(21)



Operating income (loss)

(3,932)



130,241


154,631



299,233

Interest expense

(12,127)



(4,313)


(30,489)



(15,070)

Interest expense - related parties



(4,457)




(12,990)

Other income (loss), net



(6)


18



11

Income (loss) before state income tax expense

(16,059)



121,465


124,160



271,184

State income tax expense

61



1,098


1,434



2,518

Net income (loss)

$

(16,120)



$

120,367


$

122,726



$

268,666

Earnings (loss) per unit

$

(0.26)





$

1.96




Weighted average common units outstanding (in thousands)

62,502





62,502




CASH FLOW DATA:












Net cash provided by (used in):










   Operating activities

$

6,476



$

176,473


$

159,719



$

363,616

   Investing activities

(7,682)



(6,351)


(21,658)



(25,455)

   Financing activities

34,998



(182,406)


(143,586)



(444,692)

OTHER DATA:










Adjusted EBITDA (2)

$

7,064



$

141,808


$

188,952



$

334,207

Capital expenditures

7,477



6,286


16,634



17,328

Capital expenditures for turnaround and chemical catalyst

205



65


5,024



8,127

KEY OPERATING STATISTICS:










Per barrel of throughput:










   Refinery operating margin (3)

$

6.46



$

27.75


$

16.35



$

22.88

   Refinery direct operating expense (4)

4.53



3.92


4.74



3.92

PRICING STATISTICS:










Crack spreads (per barrel):










   Gulf Coast 3/2/1 (5)

$

14.23



$

31.76


$

21.21



$

27.54

WTI crude oil (per barrel)

$

105.82



$

92.09


$

98.14



$

96.17

Crude oil differentials (per barrel):










   WTI less WTS (6)

$

0.08



$

3.70


$

3.91



$

3.74

Product price (dollars per gallon):










   Gulf Coast unleaded gasoline

$

2.78



$

2.89


$

2.77



$

2.89

   Gulf Coast ultra-low sulfur diesel

3.02



3.07


2.99



3.06

   Natural gas (per MMBtu)

3.56



2.89


3.69



2.58

 



September 30,
2013


December 31,
2012

BALANCE SHEET DATA (end of period):

(dollars in thousands)

Cash and cash equivalents

$

60,476


$

66,001

Working capital

(519)


1,702

Total assets

758,699


763,423

Total debt

324,816


295,311

Total partners' equity

131,946


181,726



(A)

Earnings (loss) per unit information is not presented for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012 as there was no common equity or potential common equity publicly traded during that period and therefore is not required by Financial Accounting Standards Board ("FASB") Accounting Standards Codification ("ASC") topic 260, Earnings per share.



(B)

The information presented contains the unaudited combined financial results of Alon USA Partners, LP Predecessor ("Predecessor"), our predecessor for accounting purposes, for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012.

 

 

THROUGHPUT AND PRODUCTION DATA:

For the Three Months Ended


For the Nine Months Ended


September 30,


September 30,


2013



2012


2013



2012








Predecessor








Predecessor


bpd



%



bpd



%


bpd



%



bpd



%

Refinery throughput:






















   WTS crude

36,340



57.6



52,108



74.9


45,029



69.3



53,297



78.6

   WTI crude

25,169



39.9



15,398



22.1


18,016



27.8



12,790



18.8

   Blendstocks

1,581



2.5



2,057



3.0


1,865



2.9



1,797



2.6

Total refinery throughput (7)

63,090



100.0



69,563



100.0


64,910



100.0



67,884



100.0

Refinery production:






















   Gasoline

30,861



49.2



34,918



50.3


31,905



49.4



33,653



49.6

   Diesel/jet

20,999



33.4



23,215



33.5


21,688



33.5



22,234



32.8

   Asphalt

3,312



5.3



4,148



6.0


3,708



5.7



4,241



6.3

   Petrochemicals

3,599



5.7



4,040



5.8


3,984



6.2



4,005



5.9

   Other

4,045



6.4



3,045



4.4


3,371



5.2



3,627



5.4

Total refinery production (8)

62,816



100.0



69,366



100.0


64,656



100.0



67,760



100.0

Refinery utilization (9)




87.9%






96.4%





93.8%






97.3%

 

 


CASH AVAILABLE FOR DISTRIBUTION DATA:


For the Three Months Ended



September 30, 2013



(dollars in thousands, except per unit data)




Net sales


$

881,902

Operating costs and expenses:



   Cost of sales


844,423

   Direct operating expenses


26,281

   Selling, general and administrative expenses


4,134

   Depreciation and amortization


10,975

      Total operating costs and expenses


885,813

Loss on disposition of assets


(21)

Operating loss


(3,932)

Interest expense


(12,127)

Other income, net


Loss before state income tax expense


(16,059)

State income tax expense


61

Net loss


(16,120)

Adjustments to reconcile net income to Adjusted EBITDA:



Interest expense


12,127

State income tax expense


61

Depreciation and amortization


10,975

Loss on disposition of assets


21

Adjusted EBITDA


7,064

Adjustments to reconcile Adjusted EBITDA to cash available for distribution before special expenses:



   less: Maintenance/growth capital expenditures


7,477

   less: Turnaround and catalyst replacement capital expenditures


205

   less: Major turnaround reserve


1,150

   less: Principal payments


625

   less: State income tax expense


61

   less: Interest paid in cash


11,626

Cash available for distribution before special expenses


(14,080)

   less: Special turnaround reserve


4,104

Cash available for distribution


$

(18,184)




Common units outstanding (in 000's)


62,502




Cash available for distribution per unit


$





(1)

Includes sales to related parties of $164,338 and $151,682 for the three months ended September 30, 2013 and 2012, respectively, and $462,280 and $450,416 for the nine months ended September 30, 2013 and 2012, respectively.



(2)

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 (loss) to Adjusted EBITDA for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013 and 2012, respectively:

 



For the Three Months Ended


For the Nine Months Ended


September 30,


September 30,


2013



2012


2013



2012





Predecessor





Predecessor


(dollars in thousands)

Net income (loss)

$

(16,120)



$

120,367



$

122,726




$

268,666


State income tax expense

61



1,098



1,434




2,518


Interest expense

12,127



4,313



30,489




15,070


Interest expense - related parties



4,457






12,990


Depreciation and amortization

10,975



11,573



34,282




34,963


Loss on disposition of assets

21





21





Adjusted EBITDA

$

7,064



$

141,808



$

188,952




$

334,207



(3)

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.



(4)

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



(5)

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



(6)

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



(7)

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



(8)

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.



(9)

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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