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SemGroup Reports Financial Results for First Quarter 2019

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  • Higher First Quarter Segment Profit Driven by U.S. Liquids and Canadian Segments
  • Strategic Transactions Driving Debt Reduction Initiatives
  • Affirming 2019 Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA Guidance Range of Between $420 Million and $465 Million
  • Continued Progress on Gulf Coast and Canadian Projects to Drive Incremental Earnings in 2020

TULSA, Okla., May 07, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SemGroup® Corporation (NYSE:SEMG) today reported first quarter 2019 net loss of $3.3 million, compared to net income of $3 million in the fourth quarter 2018 and net loss of $33 million in the first quarter 2018.

First quarter 2019 Adjusted EBITDA (adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) was $103 million, compared to $105.4 million in the fourth quarter 2018 and $93.4 million in the first quarter 2018. Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP measure and is reconciled to net income below.

“Our first quarter results reflect the solid performance of our core U.S. Liquids and Canadian businesses, partially offset by expected volume reduction in our U.S. Gas business,” said SemGroup President and Chief Executive Officer Carlin Conner.

“We continued to make progress toward improving our balance sheet and completed a strategic objective to expand our Canadian footprint with the closing of the SemCAMS Midstream joint venture and the acquisition of the strategically located Patterson Creek assets. As a result of this transaction and the Maurepas Pipeline joint venture in the prior quarter, we have substantially reduced our total leverage over the past two quarters.”

Conner added, “In the remaining three quarters of 2019 we expect ramping volumes and increasing earnings from recently commissioned assets. In addition, we are focused on completing existing projects across our footprint that will deliver incremental earnings beyond 2019.”

“We will continue to optimize our base business and remain disciplined in how we deploy capital across our core operating areas.”

Segment Profit Results
SemGroup management believes segment profit is a valuable measure of the operating and financial performance of the company's operating segments. Segment profit is defined as revenue, less cost of products sold (exclusive of depreciation and amortization) and operating expenses, plus equity earnings and is adjusted to remove unrealized gains and losses on commodity derivatives and to reflect equity earnings on an EBITDA basis. Reconciliations can be found in the tables of this release.

  Three Months Ended
  March 31, December 31,
Segment Profit: 2019 2018 2018
U.S. Liquids $ 89,511   $ 68,056   $ 85,474  
U.S. Gas 12,165   14,277   17,602  
Canada 22,693   22,113   17,226  
Corporate/Other (1) (237 ) 10,963   (152 )
Total Segment Profit $ 124,132   $ 115,409   $ 120,150  

(1) 1Q 2018 reflects earnings from divested businesses

Performance by Segment - First Quarter 2019 vs. Fourth Quarter 2018

U.S. Liquids

  • Marketing and supply increased primarily due to improved margins
  • Houston terminal benefited from a $2.7 million insurance claim recovery

U.S. Gas

  • Lower gas volumes due to a drop in uncommitted volumes and reduced drilling activity


  • First quarter reflects incremental contributions from new plants
    • One month of earnings from Patterson Creek plant
    • Two months of earnings from Wapiti plant
  2019   2018
Select Operating Statistics 1Q   1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q
U.S. Liquids            
White Cliffs Pipeline Volumes (mbbl/d) 147   107 135 112 144
Cushing Terminal Utilization % 100%   98% 97% 94% 98%
Houston Terminal Utilization % 98%   97% 97% 96% 96%
U.S. Gas (1)            
Total Average Processing Volumes (mmcf/d) 303   305 367 395 369
Canada (2)            
Total Average Processing Volumes (mmcf/d) 460   441 382 434 430

(1) U.S. Gas volumes include total average processed volumes - Oklahoma and Texas plants
(2) Canada volumes include total average processed volumes - K3/Wapiti, KA/West Fox Creek and Patterson Creek facilities

Segment Profit and Adjusted EBITDA:
(in thousands, unaudited)

  2019   2018
Segment Profit: 1Q   1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q FY2018
U.S. Liquids $ 89,511     $ 68,056   $ 80,393   $ 75,500   $ 85,474   $ 309,423  
U.S. Gas 12,165     14,277   15,437   19,754   17,602   67,070  
Canada 22,693     22,113   21,448   20,543   17,226   81,330  
Corporate and other (237 )   10,963   (172 ) (913 ) (152 ) 9,726  
Total Segment Profit 124,132     115,409   117,106   114,884   120,150   467,549  
General and administrative expense 29,547     26,477   22,886   21,904   20,301   91,568  
Other income (979 )   (950 ) (533 ) (400 ) (497 ) (2,380 )
M&A related costs 4,635     1,156   648   290   1,058   3,152  
Employee severance and relocation 159     137   211   43   758   1,149  
Non-cash equity compensation 2,632     2,196   3,398   2,738   3,190   11,522  
Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA $ 102,990     $ 93,371   $ 99,010   $ 96,451   $ 105,352   $ 394,184  

Recent Developments
On April 30, SemGroup announced that its Board of Directors had declared a quarterly cash dividend to common shareholders. A dividend in the amount of $0.4725 per share, or $1.89 per share annualized, will be paid on May 20, 2019 to all common shareholders of record on May 10, 2019. The Board of Directors also declared a dividend to holders of its 7% Series A Cumulative Perpetual Convertible Preferred Stock. The company elected, pursuant to the terms of the convertible preferred shares, to have the aggregate amount of $6.5 million that would have been payable in cash as a dividend added to the liquidation preference of such shares as a payment in kind. The record date for the payment in kind on the shares of convertible preferred stock is May 10, 2019 and the payment date is May 20, 2019.

Guidance Outlook
Based on our first quarter results and expectations for the remainder of 2019, SemGroup is affirming its initial financial guidance provided earlier this year.

SemGroup does not provide guidance for net income, the GAAP financial measure most directly comparable to the non-GAAP financial measure Adjusted EBITDA, because Net Income includes items such as unrealized gains or losses on derivative activities or similar items which, because of their nature, cannot be accurately forecasted. SemGroup does not expect that such amounts would be significant to Adjusted EBITDA as they are largely non-cash items; however, such items may be significant to net income.

Earnings Conference Call
SemGroup will host a conference call for investors at 11 a.m. Eastern, Wednesday, May 8, 2019. The call can be accessed live over the telephone by dialing 855-239-1101, or for international callers, 412-542-4117. Interested parties may also listen to a simultaneous webcast of the conference call by logging onto SemGroup's Investor Relations website at www.semgroup.com. A replay of the webcast will be available following the call. The first quarter 2019 slide deck will be posted here.

About SemGroup
SemGroup® Corporation (NYSE:SEMG) moves energy across North America through a network of pipelines, processing plants, refinery-connected storage facilities and deep-water marine terminals with import and export capabilities. SemGroup serves as a versatile connection between upstream oil and gas producers and downstream refiners and end users. Key areas of operation and growth include western Canada, the Mid-Continent and the Gulf Coast. SemGroup is committed to safe, environmentally sound operations. Headquartered in Tulsa, Okla., the company has additional offices in Calgary, Alberta; Denver, Colo.; and Houston, Texas.

SemGroup uses its Investor Relations website and social media outlets as channels of distribution of material company information. Such information is routinely posted and accessible on our Investor Relations website at www.semgroup.com, our Twitter account and LinkedIn account.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures
SemGroup’s non-GAAP measures, Adjusted EBITDA, Cash Available for Dividends ("CAFD") and Total Segment Profit, are not GAAP measures and are not intended to be used in lieu of GAAP presentation of their most closely associated GAAP measures, net income (loss) for Adjusted EBITDA and CAFD and operating income for Total Segment Profit.

Adjusted EBITDA represents earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, adjusted for selected items that SemGroup believes impact the comparability of financial results between reporting periods.  In addition to non-cash items, we have selected items for adjustment to EBITDA which management feels decrease the comparability of our results among periods. These items are identified as those which are generally outside of the results of day to day operations of the business. These items are not considered non- recurring, infrequent or unusual, but do erode comparability among periods in which they occur with periods in which they do not occur or occur to a greater or lesser degree. Historically, we have selected items such as gains on the sale of NGL Energy Partners LP common units, costs related to our predecessor’s bankruptcy, significant business development related costs, significant legal settlements, severance and other similar costs. Management believes these types of items can make comparability of the results of day to day operations among periods difficult and have chosen to remove these items from our Adjusted EBITDA. We expect to adjust for similar types of items in the future. Although we present selected items that we consider in evaluating our performance, you should be aware that the items presented do not represent all items that affect comparability between the periods presented. Variations in our operating results are also caused by changes in volumes, prices, mechanical interruptions and numerous other factors. We do not adjust for these types of variances.

CAFD is based on Adjusted EBITDA, as defined above, and reduced for cash income taxes, cash interest expense, preferred stock cash dividends, maintenance capital expenditures and CAFD attributable to noncontrolling interests, as adjusted for selected items which management feels decrease the comparability of results among periods.  CAFD is a performance measure utilized by management to analyze our performance after the payment of cash taxes, servicing debt obligations and making sustaining capital expenditures.

Total Segment Profit represents revenue, less cost of products sold (exclusive of depreciation and amortization) and operating expenses, plus equity earnings and is adjusted to remove unrealized gains and losses on commodity derivatives and to reflect equity earnings on an EBITDA basis. Reflecting equity earnings on an EBITDA basis is achieved by adjusting equity earnings to exclude our percentage of interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization from equity earnings for operated equity method investees. For our investment in NGL Energy, we exclude equity earnings and include cash distributions received. Segment profit is the measure by which management assess the performance of our reportable segments.

These measures may be used periodically by management when discussing our financial results with investors and analysts and are presented as management believes they provide additional information and metrics relative to the performance of our businesses. These non-GAAP financial measures have important limitations as analytical tools because they exclude some, but not all, items that affect the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures. You should not consider non-GAAP measures in isolation or as substitutes for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP. Management compensates for the limitations of our non-GAAP measures as analytical tools by reviewing the comparable GAAP measures, understanding the differences between the non-GAAP measure and the most comparable GAAP measure and incorporating this knowledge into its decision-making processes. We believe that investors benefit from having access to the same financial measures that our management uses in evaluating our operating results. Because all companies do not use identical calculations, our presentations of non-GAAP measures may be different from similarly titled measures of other companies, thereby diminishing their utility.

Forward-Looking Statements
Certain matters contained in this Press Release include “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. We make these forward-looking statements in reliance on the safe harbor protections provided under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

All statements, other than statements of historical fact, included in this Press Release including the prospects of our industry, our anticipated financial performance, our anticipated annual dividend growth rate, management's plans and objectives for future operations, planned capital expenditures, business prospects, outcome of regulatory proceedings, market conditions and other matters, may constitute forward-looking statements. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot assure you that these expectations will prove to be correct. These forward-looking statements are subject to certain known and unknown risks and uncertainties, as well as assumptions that could cause actual results to differ materially from those reflected in these forward-looking statements. Factors that might cause actual results to differ include, but are not limited to, our ability to generate sufficient cash flow from operations to enable us to pay our debt obligations and our current and expected dividends or to fund our other liquidity needs; any sustained reduction in demand for, or supply of, the petroleum products we gather, transport, process, market and store; the effect of our debt level on our future financial and operating flexibility, including our ability to obtain additional capital on terms that are favorable to us; our ability to access the debt and equity markets, which will depend on general market conditions and the credit ratings for our debt obligations and equity; the loss of, or a material nonpayment or nonperformance by, any of our key customers; the amount of cash distributions, capital requirements and performance of our investments and joint ventures; the consequences of any divestitures of non-strategic operating assets or divestitures of interests in some of our operating assets through partnerships and/or joint ventures; the amount of collateral required to be posted from time to time in our commodity purchase, sale or derivative transactions; the impact of operational and developmental hazards and unforeseen interruptions; our ability to obtain new sources of supply of petroleum products; competition from other midstream energy companies; our ability to comply with the covenants contained in our credit agreements, continuing covenant agreement, and the indentures governing our notes, including requirements under our credit agreements and continuing covenant agreement to maintain certain financial ratios; our ability to renew or replace expiring storage, transportation and related contracts; the overall forward markets for crude oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids; the possibility that the construction or acquisition of new assets or other business combination activities may not result in the corresponding anticipated benefits; any future impairment of goodwill resulting from the loss of customers or business; changes in currency exchange rates; weather and other natural phenomena, including climate conditions; a cyber attack involving our information systems and related infrastructure, or that of our business associates; the risks and uncertainties of doing business outside of the U.S., including political and economic instability and changes in local governmental laws, regulations and policies; costs of, or changes in, laws and regulations and our failure to comply with new or existing laws or regulations, particularly with regard to taxes, safety and protection of the environment; the possibility that our hedging activities may result in losses or may have a negative impact on our financial results; general economic, market and business conditions; as well as other risk factors discussed from time to time in each of our documents and reports filed with the SEC.

Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements contained in this press release, which reflect management’s opinions only as of the date hereof. Except as required by law, we undertake no obligation to revise or publicly release the results of any revision to any forward-looking statements.

Investor Relations:
Kevin Greenwell

Tom Droege

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands, unaudited)

  March 31, 2019 December 31, 2018
Current assets $ 1,220,881   $ 715,825  
Property, plant and equipment, net 3,845,508   3,457,326  
Goodwill and other intangible assets 801,827   622,340  
Equity method investments 276,893   274,009  
Other noncurrent assets, net 134,847   140,807  
Right of use assets, net 94,082    
Total assets $ 6,374,038   $ 5,210,307  
Current liabilities:    
Current portion of long-term debt $ 6,000   $ 6,000  
Other current liabilities 874,643   631,157  
Total current liabilities 880,643   637,157  
Long-term debt, excluding current portion 2,461,583   2,278,834  
Other noncurrent liabilities 284,999   94,337  
Total liabilities 3,627,225   3,010,328  
Preferred stock 366,087   359,658  
Subsidiary preferred stock 250,239    
Total owners' equity 2,130,487   1,840,321  
Total liabilities, preferred stock and owners' equity $ 6,374,038   $ 5,210,307  

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except per share amounts, unaudited)

  Three Months Ended
  March 31, December 31,
  2019 2018 2018
Revenues $ 567,232   $ 661,609   $ 611,863  
Costs of products sold, exclusive of depreciation and amortization shown below 403,372   496,132   446,003  
Operating 63,207   69,791   59,898  
General and administrative 29,547   26,477   20,301  
Depreciation and amortization 59,036   50,536   53,365  
Gain on disposal of long-lived assets, net (1,444 ) (3,566 ) (1,438 )
Total expenses 553,718   639,370   578,129  
Earnings from equity method investments 13,951   12,614   16,179  
Operating income 27,465   34,853   49,913  
Other expenses, net 35,385   44,805   40,410  
Income (loss) before income taxes (7,920 ) (9,952 ) 9,503  
Income tax expense (benefit) (4,606 ) 23,083   6,531  
Net income (loss) (3,314 ) (33,035 ) 2,972  
Less: net income attributable to noncontrolling interest 3,525     2,421  
Net income (loss) attributable to SemGroup (6,839 ) (33,035 ) 551  
Less: cumulative preferred stock dividends 6,541   4,832   6,430  
Less: cumulative subsidiary preferred stock dividends 1,857      
Less: accretion of subsidiary preferred stock to redemption value 13,749      
Net income (loss) attributable to common shareholders $ (28,986 ) $ (37,867 ) $ (5,879 )
Net income (loss) $ (3,314 ) $ (33,035 ) $ 2,972  
Other comprehensive income (loss), net of income tax (14,233 ) 18,171   (25,149 )
Comprehensive loss (17,547 ) (14,864 ) (22,177 )
Less: comprehensive income attributable to noncontrolling interest 3,525     2,421  
Less: other comprehensive income attributable to noncontrolling interests 5,580      
Comprehensive income (loss) attributable to SemGroup $ (26,652 ) $ (14,864 ) $ (24,598 )
Net loss per common share:      
Basic $ (0.37 ) $ (0.48 ) $ (0.08 )
Diluted $ (0.37 ) $ (0.48 ) $ (0.08 )
Weighted average shares (thousands):      
Basic 78,492   78,198   78,378  
Diluted 78,492   78,198   78,378  

Reconciliation of Net Income to Adjusted EBITDA:
(in thousands, unaudited)

  Three Months Ended
  March 31, December 31,
  2019 2018 2018
Net income (loss) $ (3,314 ) $ (33,035 ) $ 2,972  
Add: Interest expense 36,652   42,461   36,031  
Add: Income tax expense (benefit) (4,606 ) 23,083   6,531  
Add: Depreciation and amortization expense 59,036   50,536   53,365  
EBITDA 87,768   83,045   98,899  
Selected Non-Cash Items and Other Items Impacting Comparability 15,222   10,326   6,453  
Adjusted EBITDA $ 102,990   $ 93,371   $ 105,352  

Selected Non-Cash Items and
Other Items Impacting Comparability
(in thousands, unaudited)

  Three Months Ended
  March 31, December 31,
  2019 2018 2018
Gain on disposal of long-lived assets, net $ (1,444 ) $ (3,566 ) $ (1,438 )
Foreign currency transaction loss (gain) (288 ) 3,294   4,876  
Adjustments to reflect equity earnings on an EBITDA basis 4,710   4,883   4,837  
M&A transaction related costs 4,635   1,156   1,058  
Employee severance and relocation expense 159   137   758  
Unrealized loss (gain) on derivative activities 4,818   2,226   (6,828 )
Non-cash equity compensation 2,632   2,196   3,190  
Selected Non-Cash Items and Other Items Impacting Comparability $ 15,222   $ 10,326   $ 6,453  

Reconciliation of Operating Income to Total Segment Profit:
(in thousands, unaudited)

  Three Months Ended
  March 31, December 31,
  2019 2018 2018
Operating income $ 27,465   $ 34,853   $ 49,913  
Adjustments to reflect equity earnings on an EBITDA basis 4,710   4,883   4,837  
Unrealized loss (gain) on derivatives 4,818   2,226   (6,828 )
General and administrative expense 29,547   26,477   20,301  
Depreciation and amortization 59,036   50,536   53,365  
Gain on disposal of long-lived assets, net (1,444 ) (3,566 ) (1,438 )
Total Segment Profit $ 124,132   $ 115,409   $ 120,150  

Cash Available for Dividends:
(in thousands, unaudited)

  Three Months Ended
  March 31, December 31,
  2019 2018 2018
Adjusted EBITDA $ 102,990   $ 93,371   $ 105,352  
Less: Cash interest expense 35,626   32,530   35,372  
Less: Maintenance capital 10,600   7,729   8,664  
Less: Cash paid for income taxes 910   1,800   1,500  
Less: CAFD attributable to CAMS Midstream noncontrolling interest 2,844     2,932  
Less: Distributions to Maurepas Class B shareholders 6,613      
Cash available for dividends $ 46,397   $ 51,312   $ 56,884  
Dividends declared $ 37,061   $ 37,004   $ 37,034  
Dividend coverage ratio 1.3 x 1.4 x 1.5 x

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