HOUSTON, March 4, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Adams Resources & Energy, Inc. (NYSE AMERICAN: AE) ("Adams" or the "Company") today announced operational and financial results for the three months and year ended December 31, 2020.
Fourth Quarter 2020 Financial Highlights
Generated net earnings of $5.8 million, or $1.37 per diluted common share, on revenues of $249.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2020, compared to $2.7 million, or $0.63 per diluted common share, on revenues of $431.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2019.
Grew net cash provided by operating activities to $6.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2020 from $3.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2019. The increase was primarily driven by changes in working capital and higher cash-based earnings in the 2020 period.
Reported adjusted net earnings of $2.8 million, or $0.65 per diluted common share, for the fourth quarter of 2020, compared to $0.9 million, or $0.22 per diluted common share, for the fourth quarter of 2019.
Increased adjusted cash flow by 12% to $6.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2020 from $5.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2019.
Full Year 2020 Financial Highlights
Generated net earnings of $1.0 million, or $0.23 per diluted common share, on revenues of $1.02 billion for the full year 2020, compared to $8.2 million, or $1.94 per diluted common share, on revenues of $1.81 billion for the full year 2019.
Reported net cash used in operating activities of $44.0 million for the full year 2020, compared to net cash provided by operating activities of $46.9 million for the full year 2019. The decrease was primarily driven by changes in working capital due to the volatility in the market price of crude oil during 2020 substantially due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Posted adjusted net earnings of $12.2 million, or $2.87 per diluted common share, for the full year 2020, compared to $4.1 million, or $0.96 per diluted common share, for the full year 2019.
Grew adjusted cash flow by 24% to $27.2 million for the full year 2020 from $21.9 million for the full year 2019.
Adjusted net earnings, adjusted earnings per diluted common share and adjusted cash flow are non-generally accepted accounting principle ("non-GAAP") financial measures that are defined and reconciled in the financial tables below.
Additional Key Highlights
Marketed 86,577 barrels per day ("bpd") of crude oil during the fourth quarter of 2020 through GulfMark Energy, Inc. ("GulfMark"), Adams' crude oil marketing subsidiary, compared to 108,627 bpd during the fourth quarter of 2019 and 90,896 bpd for the third quarter of 2020. For the full year 2020, GulfMark marketed 91,957 bpd of crude oil versus 107,383 bpd for the full year 2019.
Traveled 7.48 million miles during the fourth quarter of 2020 through Service Transport Company ("Service Transport"), Adams' liquid chemicals, pressurized gases, asphalt and dry bulk transportation subsidiary, compared to 4.67 million miles during the fourth quarter of 2019 and 7.63 million miles during the third quarter of 2020. For the full year 2020, Service Transport traveled 24.2 million miles versus 20.5 million miles for the full year 2019.
Benefited during the second half of 2020 from the completion of two strategic acquisitions: (i) the purchase of assets from CTL Transportation at the end of the second quarter, which increased Service Transport's collective fleet of tractors and trailers by more than 50% and expanded the Company's footprint of operations into important markets in Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Missouri and Ohio, and (ii) the fourth quarter purchase of Victoria Express Pipeline and related terminal facilities, which materially expanded the Company's ability to more effectively serve the needs of its customers located in key markets on the Gulf Coast of Texas.
Paid dividends totaling $0.96 per common share in 2020. The Company has consistently paid a dividend since 1994.
Remained solidly positioned with 421,759 barrels of crude oil inventory at December 31, 2020 compared to 426,397 barrels at December 31, 2019.
Entered 2021 with a strong balance sheet and financial flexibility, including cash and cash equivalents of $39.3 million at December 31, 2020.
Ended 2020 with a combined owned or leased fleet across GulfMark and Service Transport of 566 tractors and 1,103 trailers. Through its continued targeted efforts to maintain a modernized fleet, Adams' average life of its tractor fleet was 2.7 years at December 31, 2020 compared to 2.4 years at December 31, 2019.
Kevin J. Roycraft, Adams' Chief Executive Officer, commented, "Given the challenges faced during 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we were pleased to report solid full year and fourth quarter results. Improving year over year adjusted cash flow and adjusted net earnings by 24% and 199%, respectively, is an amazing accomplishment by this team considering the economic backdrop. Contributing to our performance for the fourth quarter was improved economic conditions and the acquisition of two complementary businesses during 2020 that materially expanded our operating footprint and placed us in a stronger position for continued growth. I want to thank all of our employees once again for their tireless efforts as we safely serve our customers. We look forward to operating in an improved macro-environment during 2021."
Capital Investments and Dividends
During the fourth quarter of 2020, the Company spent capital of $1.4 million for various equipment. In addition, Adams paid dividends of $1.0 million ($0.24 per common share).
For the full year 2020, Adams spent capital of $5.0 million for the purchase of 17 tractors and other various equipment. In addition, on June 26, 2020, and October 22, 2020, the Company completed the acquisitions of assets from CTL Transportation, which added 163 tractors and 328 trailers to Service Transport's fleet, and EnLink Midstream Operating, L.P., which created a new pipeline and storage business segment for the Company, for an aggregate purchase price of $30.2 million.
As previously announced on February 19, 2021, the Company's Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend for the fourth quarter of 2020 in the amount of $0.24 per common share, payable on March 19, 2021 to shareholders of record as of March 5, 2021.
Mr. Roycraft concluded, "Our focus for 2021 is to continue to prudently expand our core businesses, drive further operating efficiencies and further enhance the quality of our assets. The purchases of assets from CTL and the Victoria Express Pipeline and related terminal facilities were key milestones for Adams, and we plan to leverage our expanded footprint as we capitalize on multiple initiatives to grow our customer base and service offerings. Consistent with these recent transactions, we also look forward to identifying and executing on new growth opportunities that are adjacent and complementary to our existing operations."
"Supporting our strategic efforts to expand the business will be our continued focus on ensuring we maintain a healthy balance sheet and strong financial position. This has served us well in the past and will help drive our future success as we provide our customers unsurpassed service and reliability, and deliver long-term value for our shareholders."
Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
This press release and accompanying schedules includes the non-GAAP financial measures of adjusted cash flow, adjusted net earnings and adjusted earnings per common share. The accompanying schedules provide definitions of these non-GAAP financial measures and reconciliations to their most directly comparable financial measures calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP. Company management believes these measures are useful indicators of the financial performance of our business and uses these measurements as aids in monitoring the Company's ongoing financial performance from quarter to quarter and year to year on a regular basis and for benchmarking against peer companies. Our non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered as alternatives to GAAP measures such as net income, operating income, net cash flow provided by operating activities, earnings per share or any other measure of financial performance calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP. Our non-GAAP financial measures may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies because they may not calculate such measures in the same manner as we do. The non-GAAP financial measures are defined and reconciled in the financial tables below.
About Adams Resources & Energy, Inc.
Adams Resources & Energy, Inc. is engaged in the business of crude oil marketing, transportation, terminalling and storage and tank truck transportation of liquid chemicals, pressurized gases, asphalt and dry bulk through its subsidiaries, GulfMark Energy, Inc., Service Transport Company, Victoria Express Pipeline, LLC and GulfMark Terminals, LLC. For more information, visit www.adamsresources.com.
This news release contains forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements relate to future events and anticipated results of operations, business strategies, and other aspects of our operations or operating results. In many cases you can identify forward-looking statements by terminology such as "anticipate," "intend," "plan," "project," "estimate," "continue," "potential," "should," "could," "may," "will," "objective," "guidance," "outlook," "effort," "expect," "believe," "predict," "budget," "projection," "goal," "forecast," "target" or similar words. Statements may be forward looking even in the absence of these particular words. Where, in any forward-looking statement, the Company expresses an expectation or belief as to future results, such expectation or belief is expressed in good faith and believed to have a reasonable basis. Forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements, and any other risk factors included in Adams' reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. However, there can be no assurance that such expectation or belief will result or be achieved. Unless legally required, Adams undertakes no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.