Oxford Resource Partners, LP Reports First Quarter 2014 Financial Results

  Oxford Resource Partners, LP Reports First Quarter 2014 Financial Results  PR Newswire  COLUMBUS, Ohio, May 6, 2014  COLUMBUS, Ohio, May 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Oxford Resource Partners, LP (NYSE: OXF) (the "Partnership" or "Oxford") today announced first quarter 2014 financial results.  First Quarter 2014 Results  Adjusted EBITDA^^1 was $9.2 million for the first quarter of 2014 compared to $9.0 million for the first quarter of 2013. The increase was driven by a 20.0 percent increase in cash margin to $7.68 per ton for the first quarter of 2014 from $6.40 per ton for the first quarter of 2013, partially offset by a 234,000 ton decrease in tons sold attributable to the idling of the Illinois Basin operations. Cash coal sales revenue increased 5.4 percent to $53.36 per ton for the first quarter of 2014 from $50.65 per ton for the first quarter of 2013. For the first quarter of 2014, cash cost of coal sales increased by 3.2 percent to $45.68 per ton from $44.25 per ton for the first quarter of 2013, primarily due to higher diesel fuel costs.  Net loss was $10.6 million for the first quarter of 2014 compared to a net loss of $6.3 million for the first quarter of 2013. There was $3.9 million of additional interest expense attributable to the new credit facilities for the first quarter of 2014 over the first quarter of 2013. Adjusted Net Loss^2 was $9.9 million for the first quarter of 2014, when excluding a $0.4 million loss relating to the change in fair value of warrants, $0.2 million of losses on disposal of assets and $0.1 million of restructuring expenses, and without any adjustment for the additional interest expense. Adjusted Net Loss was $5.5 million for the first quarter of 2013, when excluding a $0.4 million loss on disposal of assets, $0.2 million of debt refinancing expenses and $0.2 million of impairment and restructuring expenses.  "This winter's weather has underscored the power industry's need to keep in operation coal-fired power plants located in our markets which are scheduled to close starting in 2015. This is exemplified by the fact that 89% of a key customer's older coal generation targeted for retirement next year due to EPA rules was pressed into service during the 'polar vertex' in January. In fact, those coal-fired units ran at 46% of capacity during all of the first quarter. While we do not supply any of these coal-fired units scheduled for retirement, this further demonstrates that coal must be part of the long-term energy solution," said Oxford's President and Chief Executive Officer Charles C. Ungurean. "Coal is far less prone to price jumps or shortages, and in a cold snap it is a bargain. Experts agree that, without these coal plants operating, reliability of the grid could be compromised, and electricity prices will be higher, hitting consumers hard as it did this winter, in the peak periods of winter and summer."  Ungurean continued, "This increased coal burn, coupled with utility stockpiles at the lowest levels we have seen in years, is translating into sales opportunities for us. We recently received an order from a key customer for an additional 200,000 tons this year. We are encouraged by this recent activity and anticipate that we may see further requests for additional tons."  Business Update  Oxford's projected sales volume is 95.6% committed and priced for 2014, underscoring the strength of its long-term customer relationships and its strategic importance in its core region. Oxford has the ability to increase production by up to 0.5 million tons with little additional capital investment if additional demand materializes. For 2015, projected sales volume is 65.6 percent committed (with 11.1 percent of the projected sales volume priced and 54.5 percent of the projected sales volume unpriced).  Liquidity  As of March 31, 2014, the Partnership had $4.6 million in cash and $3.0 million in available borrowing capacity on its revolving credit line. The Partnership also has an option under the second lien credit facility for an additional $10 million term loan if requested by the Partnership and approved by the issuing second lien lender.  As previously announced, subsequent to quarter-end, Oxford sold its Illinois Basin river terminal in Kentucky and received proceeds of $2 million, thereby further enhancing its liquidity.  2014 Guidance  The Partnership provides the following updated guidance for 2014 based on its current industry outlook:  The Partnership expects to produce between 5.7 million tons and 6.0 million tons and sell between 5.8 million tons and 6.1 million tons of thermal coal. The average selling price is anticipated to be in the range of $52.25 per ton to $53.75 per ton, with an anticipated average cost in the range of $43.80 per ton to $45.30 per ton.  Adjusted EBITDA is expected to be in the range of $40 million to $45 million.  The Partnership anticipates capital expenditures of between $17 million and $20 million.  Conference Call  The Partnership will host a conference call at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time today (May 6, 2014) to review its first quarter 2014 financial results. To participate in the call, dial (877) 280-4961 or (857) 244-7318 for international callers and provide passcode 87378206. The call will also be webcast live on the Internet in the Investor Relations section of the Partnership's website at www.OxfordResources.com.  An audio replay of the conference call will be available for seven days beginning at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time on May 6, 2014, and may be accessed at (888) 286-8010 or (617) 801-6888 for international callers. The replay passcode is 41949757.The webcast will also be archived on the Partnership's website at www.OxfordResources.comfor 30 days following the call.  About Oxford Resource Partners, LP  Oxford Resource Partners, LP is a low-cost producer of high-value thermal coal in Northern Appalachia. Oxford markets its coal primarily to large electric utilities with coal-fired, base-load scrubbed power plants under long-term coal sales contracts. The Partnership is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio.  For more information about Oxford Resource Partners, LP (NYSE: OXF), please visit www.OxfordResources.com. Financial and other information about the Partnership is routinely posted on and accessible at www.OxfordResources.com.  Forward-Looking Statements  Except for historical information, statements made in this press release are "forward-looking statements." All statements, other than statements of historical facts, included in this press release that address activities, events or developments that the Partnership expects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements, including the statements and information set forth under the headings "Business Update," "Liquidity" and "2014 Guidance."  These statements are based on certain assumptions made by the Partnership based on its management's experience and perception of historical trends, current conditions, expected future developments and other factors the Partnership's management believes are appropriate under the circumstances. Such statements are subject to a number of assumptions, risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the Partnership's control, which may cause actual results to differ materially from those implied or expressed by the forward-looking statements. These risks, uncertainties and contingencies include, but are not limited to, the following: productivity levels, margins earned and the level of operating costs; weakness in global economic conditions or in customers' industries; changes in governmental regulation of the mining industry or the electric power industry and the increased costs of complying with those changes; decreases in demand for electricity and changes in coal consumption patterns of U.S. electric power generators; the Partnership's dependence on a limited number of customers; the Partnership's inability to enter into new long-term coal sales contracts at attractive prices and the renewal and other risks associated with the Partnership's existing long-term coal sales contracts, including risks related to adjustments to price, volume or other terms of those contracts; difficulties in collecting the Partnership's receivables because of credit or financial problems of major customers, and customer bankruptcies, cancellations or breaches to existing contracts or other failures to perform; the Partnership's ability to acquire additional coal reserves; the Partnership's ability to respond to increased competition within the coal industry; fluctuations in coal demand, prices and availability due to labor and transportation costs and disruptions, equipment availability, governmental regulations, including those pertaining to carbon dioxide emissions, and other factors; significant costs imposed on the Partnership's mining operations by extensive and frequently changing environmental laws and regulations, and greater than expected environmental regulations, costs and liabilities; legislation and regulatory and related judicial decisions and interpretations including issues pertaining to climate change and miner health and safety; a variety of operational, geologic, permitting, labor and weather-related factors, including those pertaining to both mining operations and underground coal reserves that the Partnership does not operate; limitations in the cash distributions the Partnership receives from its majority-owned subsidiary, Harrison Resources, LLC, and the ability of Harrison Resources, LLC to acquire additional reserves on economical terms in the future; the potential for inaccuracies in estimates of the Partnership's coal reserves, which could result in lower than expected revenues or higher than expected costs; the accuracy of the assumptions underlying the Partnership's reclamation and mine closure obligations; liquidity constraints, including those resulting from the cost or unavailability of financing due to current capital markets conditions; risks associated with major mine-related accidents; results of litigation, including claims not yet asserted; the Partnership's ability to attract and retain key management personnel; greater than expected shortage of skilled labor; the Partnership's ability to maintain satisfactory relations with employees; and failure to obtain, maintain or renew security arrangements, such as surety bonds or letters of credit, in a timely manner and on acceptable terms.  The Partnership undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements. Readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which reflect management's views only as of the date hereof. Further information on risks and uncertainties is available in the Partnership's periodic reports filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission or otherwise publicly disseminated by the Partnership.  Withholding Information for Foreign Investors  This announcement is intended to be a qualified notice under Treasury Regulation Section 1.1446-4(b). Brokers and nominees should treat one hundred percent (100.0%) of Partnership distributions to foreign investors, when and if such distributions are made, as being attributable to income that is effectively connected with a United States trade or business. Accordingly, Partnership distributions to foreign investors would be subject to federal income tax withholding at the highest applicable rate.  ^1 ^ The definition of Adjusted EBITDA, which is a non-GAAP financial measure, and a reconciliation thereof to Net Loss, the most comparable GAAP financial measure, are included in a table presented near the end of this press release. ^2 The definition of Adjusted Net Loss, which is a non-GAAP financial measure, and reconciliation thereof to Net Loss, the most comparable GAAP financial measure, are included in a table presented near the end of this press release.    OXFORD RESOURCE PARTNERS, LP AND SUBSIDIARIES UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2014 AND 2013 (in thousands, except for unit data)                                             Three Months Ended                                             March 31,                                             2014              2013 REVENUES:   Coal sales                                $   76,770     $   84,793   Other revenue                             1,234             3,933        Total revenues                       78,004            88,726 COSTS AND EXPENSES:   Cost of coal sales:        Produced coal                        65,207            67,422        Purchased coal                       519               6,601            Total cost of coal sales            (excluding              depreciation, depletion and    65,726            74,023              amortization)   Cost of other revenue                     402               403   Depreciation, depletion and               11,224            12,933   amortization   Selling, general and administrative       3,656             4,164   expenses   Impairment and restructuring expenses     75                141   Loss on disposal of assets, net           204               418        Total costs and expenses             81,287            92,082 LOSS FROM OPERATIONS                        (3,283)           (3,356) INTEREST AND OTHER EXPENSES:   Interest income                           1                 1   Interest expense                          (6,870)           (2,922)   Change in fair value of warrants          (415)             -        Total interest and other expenses    (7,284)           (2,921) NET LOSS                                    (10,567)          (6,277) Net loss (income) attributable to           381               (270) noncontrolling interest Net loss attributable to Oxford Resource   Partners, LP unitholders                  (10,186)          (6,547) Net loss allocated to general partner       (202)             (131) Net loss allocated to limited partners      $    (9,984)   $    (6,416) Net loss per limited partner unit:   Basic                                     $     (0.41)  $     (0.31)   Diluted                                   (0.41)            (0.31) Weighted average number of limited partner   units outstanding:   Basic                                     24,640,399        20,756,081   Diluted                                   24,640,399        20,756,081      OXFORD RESOURCE PARTNERS, LP AND SUBSIDIARIES UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS AS OF MARCH 31, 2014 AND DECEMBER 31, 2013 (in thousands, except for unit data)                                           As of              As of                                           March 31,          December 31,                                           2014               2013 ASSETS CURRENT ASSETS:  Cash                                    $          $                                                   4,636             3,089  Accounts receivable                     27,286             25,850  Inventory                               15,734             13,840  Advance royalties                        2,696              2,604  Prepaid expenses and other assets       1,678              1,737    Total current assets                  52,030             47,120 PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT, NET        135,107            144,426 ADVANCE ROYALTIES, LESS CURRENT PORTION   8,847              8,800 INTANGIBLE ASSETS, NET                    1,131              1,188 OTHER LONG-TERM ASSETS                    21,332             22,821    Total assets                          $            $                                                 218,447            224,355 LIABILITIES AND PARTNERS' (DEFICIT) CAPITAL CURRENT LIABILITIES:  Accounts payable                        $           $                                                  24,668             23,932  Current portion of long-term debt       9,375              7,901  Current portion of reclamation and mine  7,420              5,996  closure obligations  Accrued taxes other than income taxes   1,167              1,293  Accrued payroll and related expenses    3,423              3,389  Other liabilities                       2,543              3,457    Total current liabilities             48,596             45,968 LONG-TERM DEBT                            158,263            155,375 RECLAMATION AND MINE CLOSURE OBLIGATIONS  23,996             25,658 WARRANTS                                  5,014              4,599 OTHER LONG-TERM LIABILITIES               3,738              3,753    Total liabilities                     239,607            235,353 PARTNERS' (DEFICIT) CAPITAL:  Limited partners (20,963,676 and  20,867,073units outstanding    as of March 31, 2014 and December 31,  (23,039)           (13,460)    2013, respectively)  General partner (423,494 units  outstanding as of    March 31, 2014 and December31, 2013) (2,709)            (2,507)        Total Oxford Resource Partners, LP (25,748)           (15,967)        (deficit) capital  Noncontrolling interest                 4,588              4,969    Total partners' (deficit) capital     (21,160)           (10,998)    Total liabilities and partners'        $            $          (deficit) capital                     218,447            224,355      OXFORD RESOURCE PARTNERS, LP AND SUBSIDIARIES UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2014 AND 2013 (in thousands)                                                Three Months Ended                                                March 31,                                                2014            2013 CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES: Net loss                                       $  (10,567)   $    (6,277) Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash from operating activities: Depreciation, depletion and amortization       11,224          12,933 Impairment and restructuring expenses          75              141 Change in fair value of warrants               415             - Interest rate swap adjustment to market        -               (12) Non-cash interest expense                      1,862           - Amortization and write-off of deferred         946             648 financing costs Non-cash equity-based compensation expense     456             323 Non-cash reclamation and mine closure expense  565             508 Amortization of below-market coal sales        -               (52) contracts Loss on disposal of assets, net                204             418 Changes in assets and liabilities: Accounts receivable                            (1,436)         (9,998) Inventory                                      (1,894)         1,089 Advance royalties                              (139)           (930) Restricted cash                                (554)           (926) Other assets                                   233             (1,387) Accounts payable                               736             542 Reclamation and mine closure obligations       (612)           (1,650) Accrued taxes other than income taxes         (126)           58 Accrued payroll and related expenses          34              28 Other liabilities                              (1,056)         (670) Net cash from operating activities           366             (5,214) CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES: Purchase of property and equipment             (2,430)         (2,887) Purchase of coal reserves and land             (3)             (14) Mine development costs                         (189)           (1,042) Proceeds from sale of assets                   294             26 Net cash from investing activities           (2,328)         (3,917) CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES: Payments on borrowings                         -               (1,508) Advances on line of credit                     6,500           12,000 Payments on line of credit                     (4,000)         - Debt issuance costs                            9               - Collateral for reclamation bonds               1,000           - Net cash from financing activities           3,509           10,492 NET CHANGE IN CASH                             1,547           1,361 CASH, beginning of period                      3,089           3,977 CASH, end of period                            $    4,636  $    5,338      OXFORD RESOURCE PARTNERS, LP AND SUBSIDIARIES UNAUDITED RECONCILIATION OF NET LOSS TO ADJUSTED EBITDA^1 FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2014 AND 2013 (in thousands)                                                    Three Months Ended                                                    March 31,                                                    2014          2013 Net loss                                          $ (10,567)   $  (6,277) Adjustments:  Interest expense, net of interest income          6,869         2,921  Depreciation, depletion and amortization          11,224        12,933  Change in fair value of warrants                  415           -  Impairment and restructuring expenses             75            141  Loss on disposal of assets, net                   204           418  Amortization of below-market coal sales contracts -             (52)  Non-cash equity-based compensation expense        456           323  Non-cash reclamation and mine closure expense     565           508  Non-recurring costs:  Debt refinancing expenses                         -             210  Other                                             -             (2,100) Adjusted EBITDA                                    $   9,241  $   9,025  ^1Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure used by management to gauge operating performance. We define Adjusted EBITDA as net income or loss before deducting interest, income taxes, depreciation, depletion, amortization, change in fair value of warrants, impairment and restructuring expenses, gain or loss on disposal of assets, amortization of below-market coal sales contracts, non-cash equity-based compensation expense, non-cash reclamation and mine closure expense, and certain non-recurring costs. Although Adjusted EBITDA is not a measure of financial performance calculated in accordance with GAAP, we believe it is useful to management and others, such as investors and lenders, in evaluating our financial performance without regard to financing methods, capital structure or income taxes; our ability to generate cash sufficient to pay interest on our indebtedness and fund capital expenditures; and our compliance with certain credit facility financial covenants. Because not all companies calculate Adjusted EBITDA the same way, our calculation may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies.    OXFORD RESOURCE PARTNERS, LP AND SUBSIDIARIES UNAUDITED RECONCILIATION OF NET LOSS TO ADJUSTED NET LOSS^2 FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2014 AND 2013 (in thousands)                                         Three Months Ended                                         March 31,                                         2014          2013 Net loss                               $ (10,567)   $  (6,277) Adjustment:  Impairment and restructuring expenses  75            141  Loss on disposal of assets, net        204           418  Change in fair value of warrants       415           -  Debt refinancing expenses              -             210 Adjusted Net Loss                      $  (9,873)  $  (5,508)  ^2Adjusted Net Loss is a non-GAAP financial measure used by management to gauge operating performance. We define Adjusted Net Loss as net income or loss before deducting impairment and restructuring expenses, gain or loss on disposal of assets, change in fair value of warrants, debt financing expenses and write-off of deferred refinancing costs. Although Adjusted Net Loss is not a measure of financial performance calculated in accordance with GAAP, we believe it is useful to management and others, such as investors and lenders, in evaluating our financial performance without regard to items which are primarily non-cash and our restructuring efforts which are not typical operating activities. Because not all companies calculate Adjusted Net Loss the same way, our calculation may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies.    OXFORD RESOURCE PARTNERS, LP AND SUBSIDIARIES UNAUDITED OPERATING STATISTICS^3 FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2014 AND 2013 (in thousands, except per ton amounts)                                             Three Months Ended                                             March 31,                                             2014              2013 Tons sold                                   1,439             1,673 Coal sales revenue per ton                  $    53.36    $    50.68 Amortization of below-market coal sales     -                 (0.03) contracts per ton Cash coal sales revenue per ton             53.36             50.65 Cash cost of coal sales per ton             (45.68)           (44.25) Cash margin per ton                         $      7.68  $      6.40  ^3 Per ton amounts are calculated by dividing the related amount on the financial statements by the number of tons sold. Although per ton amounts are not measures of performance calculated in accordance with GAAP, we believe they are useful to management and others, such as investors and lenders, in evaluating performance because they are widely used in the coal industry as a measure to evaluate a company's sales performance and control over costs. Because not all companies calculate these measures the same way, our calculations may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies.  SOURCE Oxford Resource Partners, LP  Website: http://www.oxfordresources.com Contact: Bradley W. Harris, (614) 643-0314, ir@OxfordResources.com  
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