Englewood, CO – October 31, 2017 – Westmoreland Coal Company (Nasdaq:WLB) today reported financial results for the third quarter and first nine months of 2017.
Third Quarter Highlights
- Revenues of $358.0 million from 13.6 million tons sold
- Net loss applicable to common shareholders of $19.2 million, or $1.03 per share
- Adjusted EBITDA of $62.6 million
Nine Month Highlights
- Revenues of $1.0 billion from 36.9 million tons sold
- Net loss applicable to common shareholders of $106.4 million, or $5.70 per share
- Adjusted EBITDA of $183.4 million, including approximately $43 million incremental from the Capital Power payment
- Cash flow provided by operating activities of $21.2 million
- Free cash flow of $46.3 million
Kevin Paprzycki, Westmoreland’s President and Chief Executive Officer, said “We executed well this quarter both operationally and on our strategic initiatives. We delivered solid results and remain on track to achieve our full-year guidance. We accomplished two major goals in successfully closing on the sale of our non-core ROVA asset for $5 million and securing the return of $12 million in related cash collateral. The combined $17 million of cash inflows from ROVA were collected in October and available for our use in addition to our free cash flow generation. We also took specific actions aimed at strengthening our organization to further drive shareholder value.”
Westmoreland’s safety metrics are below.
|Nine Months Ended September 30, 2017|
|U.S. Surface Operations||0.94||0.31|
|U.S National Surface Average||1.28||0.84|
|U.S. Underground Operations||0.64||0.00|
|U.S. National Underground Average||5.11||3.63|
Consolidated and Segment Results
The third quarter 2017 Adjusted EBITDA of $62.6 million reflected solid operations across Westmoreland’s mine portfolio. Comparing the third quarter to last year’s third quarter Adjusted EBITDA, several items contributed to the 14.9% decline. First, the loan and lease financing income from the Capital Power contract, which resides in the Coal – Canada segment, was all intentionally collected in the first quarter of 2017 and has affected the year-over-year comparison for each quarter of this year. Second, the Jewett coal supply contract concluded in 2016, which resulted in less EBITDA in the Coal – U.S. segment in the third quarter of 2017. Services at Jewett switched to strong-margin reclamation work, demonstrating a unique ability of the Westmoreland model to generate cash flow beyond mine closure. Also in the Coal – U.S. segment, a merchant customer contract was extended at lower short-term EBITDA in order to add additional years to the contract and to lay the foundation for a potential contract extension at other units in the complex. The Coal – WMLP segment did make up some of the delayed sales from earlier in the year, but also continued to face ongoing market pressure in Ohio.
Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA for the first nine months of 2017 was $183.4 million, inclusive of the benefit of the early repayment from Capital Power. Excluding the $43 million incremental increase in Adjusted EBITDA from the early repayment, Adjusted EBITDA was down primarily as a result of operational challenges in the first half of the year, including costs associated with unexpected dragline maintenance in Canada as well as lower revenue and increased costs from the record precipitation at the Westmoreland Resource Partner LP’s (“WMLP”) Kemmerer mine. Year-to-date Adjusted EBITDA also reflected the 2016 coal supply contract expirations at Jewett and Beulah in the Coal – U.S. segment, lower pricing in exchange for an extended term with certain customers, and ongoing softness in the Ohio markets. These declines were partially offset by higher revenue in the Coal – U.S. segment from the additional month of ownership at San Juan and the higher margin reclamation revenue at Jewett.
Cash Flow and Liquidity
Westmoreland’s free cash flow through September 30, 2017 was $46.3 million. Free cash flow is the net of cash flow provided by operations of $21.2 million, less capital expenditures of $25.4 million, plus net cash collected for the loan and lease receivables of $50.5 million. Included in cash flow provided by operations was cash used for interest expense of $81.5 million, for asset retirement obligations of $33.0 million, and for working capital of $5.1 million.
At September 30, 2017, cash and cash equivalents totaled $44.1 million. The decrease from year end 2016 was comprised of free cash flow generation of $46.3 million; net debt reductions, including capital lease payments, of $53.5 million; a $3.6 million reserve acquisition and other non-operating cash generation of $5.1 million. Of the total $44.1 million in cash and cash equivalents at quarter end, $22.3 million resides at WMLP, $16.5 million resides at San Juan and the remaining $5.3 million resides at the parent.
Gross debt plus capital lease obligations at quarter end totaled $1.1 billion, of which $326.5 million resides at WMLP and $774.6 million resides at Westmoreland Coal Company. As of September 30, 2017, there was $10.5 million drawn on Westmoreland’s revolving credit facility, leaving $16.7 million available to draw, net of letters of credit. An additional $14.8 million was available to WMLP through its revolving credit facility, which is not available to Westmoreland Coal Company for borrowings. No amounts had been drawn on the WMLP revolving credit facility at September 30, 2017.
Westmoreland reiterated its 2017 guidance as detailed below:
|Guidance Summary||2017 Guidance|
|Coal tons sold||40 – 50 million tons|
|Adjusted EBITDA||$250 – $270 million|
|Free cash flow||$90 – $115 million|
|Capital expenditures||$40 – $45 million|
|Cash interest||approximately $95 million|
Adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow include the $52.5 million early collection of loan and lease receivables at the Genesee mine, of which approximately $40 million is incremental to 2017 compared to 2016 results. The $17 million of fourth quarter cash inflows from the sale of the ROVA assets and the return of collateral associated with the ROVA power supply agreements is not included in the free cash flow guidance above because Westmoreland’s free cash flow definition does not include cash collateral changes and proceeds from asset sales.
Westmoreland presents certain non-GAAP financial measures, including Adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow, that management believes provide meaningful supplemental information and provide meaningful comparability to prior periods. Reconciliations of non-GAAP to GAAP measures are presented in the accompanying tables.
Management will host a webcast and conference call to discuss third quarter results on October 31, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time. Management invites you to listen to the webcast and to view the slide presentation at www.westmoreland.com/investors/investor-webcasts. To listen to the conference call via telephone, please use the dial-in information below:
- Toll Free: 1-844-WCC-COAL (844-922-2625)
- International: 1-201-689-8584
A replay of the teleconference will be available until November 14, 2017 and can be accessed using the information below:
- Replay: 1-877-481-4010 or 1-919-882-2331
- Replay ID: 20454
- Webcast: www.westmoreland.com/investors/investor-webcasts
About Westmoreland Coal Company
Westmoreland Coal Company is the oldest independent coal company in the United States. Westmoreland’s coal operations include surface coal mines in the United States and Canada, underground coal mines in Ohio and New Mexico, a char production facility, and a 50% interest in an activated carbon plant. Westmoreland also owns the general partner of and a majority interest in Westmoreland Resource Partners, LP, a publicly-traded coal master limited partnership (NYSE:WMLP). For more information, visit www.westmoreland.com.
For further information please contact:
Gary Kohn, Chief Financial Officer
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
Forward-looking statements are based on Westmoreland’s current expectations and assumptions regarding its business, the economy and other future conditions. Because forward-looking statements relate to the future, they are subject to inherent uncertainties, risks and changes in circumstances that are difficult to predict. Actual results may differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements. Westmoreland cautions you against relying on any of these forward-looking statements. They are statements neither of historical fact nor guarantees or assurances of future performance. Possible events or factors that could cause actual results or performance to differ materially from those anticipated in our forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to the following:
- our ability to consummate the sale of the Coal Valley facilities on reasonable terms or at all;
- the effect of legal and administrative proceedings, settlements, investigations and claims, including any related to citations and orders issued by regulatory authorities, and the availability of related insurance coverage;
- existing and future legislation and regulation affecting both our coal mining operations and our customers’ coal usage, governmental policies and taxes, including those aimed at reducing emissions of elements such as mercury, sulfur dioxides, nitrogen oxides, particulate matter or greenhouse gases;
- the effect of the Environmental Protection Agency’s and Canadian and provincial governments’ inquiries and regulations on the operations of the power plants to which we provide coal;
- Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan to phase out coal-fired electricity generation by 2030;
- our substantial level of indebtedness and our ability to adhere to financial covenants related to our borrowing arrangements;
- our ability to successfully manage the upcoming maturities of the WMLP Revolver and the WMLP Term Loan;
- changes in our post-retirement medical benefit and pension obligations and the impact of the recently enacted healthcare legislation on our employee health benefit costs;
- inaccuracies in our estimates of our coal reserves;
- our potential inability to expand or continue current coal operations due to limitations in obtaining bonding capacity for new mining permits, and/or increases in our mining costs as a result of increased bonding expenses;
- the effect of prolonged maintenance or unplanned outages at our operations or those of our major power generating customers;
- the inability to control costs, recognize favorable tax credits and/or receive adequate train traffic at our open market mine operations;
- the ability or inability of our power hedging arrangements to generate cash;
- competition within our industry and with producers of competing energy sources;
- our relationships with, and other conditions affecting, our customers, including how power prices affect our customers’ decision to run their plants;
- seasonal variations and inclement weather, which may cause fluctuations in our operating results, profitability, cash flow and working capital needs related to our operating segments;
- the availability and costs of key supplies or commodities, such as diesel fuel, steel and explosives;
- potential title defects or loss of leasehold interests in our properties, which could result in unanticipated costs or an inability to mine the properties;
- other factors that are described under the heading “Risk Factors” found in our reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our Annual Reports on Form 10-K and our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.
Any forward-looking statements made by Westmoreland in this news release speak only as of the date on which it was made. Westmoreland undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as may be required by law.