THE WOODLANDS, Texas, Feb. 24, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- CSI Compressco LP ("CSI Compressco", "CCLP" or the "Partnership") (NASDAQ: CCLP) today announced fourth quarter and total year 2020 results.

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Fourth Quarter 2020 Summary:

  • Total revenues for the 4th quarter were $71.1 million, compared to $72.3 million in the 3rd quarter 2020.
  • Net loss was $23.0 million, including $7.5 million in non-recurring charges compared to a net loss of $12.6 million in the 3rd quarter 2020.
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $26.2 million compared to $27.8 million in the 3rd quarter 2020.  4th quarter Adjusted EBITDA included a $5.9 million benefit from the sale of used equipment compared to a $5.0 million benefit in the 3rd quarter 2020.
  • Distributable cash flow was $7.7 million compared to $10.5 million in the 3rd quarter of 2020.
  • Distribution coverage ratio was 15.94x in the 4th quarter of 2020 compared to 21.90x in the 3rd quarter of 2020.
  • 4th quarter distribution of $0.01 was paid on February 12, 2021.

Fourth Quarter 2020

"In January 2021, a subsidiary of Spartan Energy Partners LP ("Spartan") acquired CSI Compressco's General Partner along with a significant number of CCLP Limited Partner units from TETRA Technologies, Inc. (TTI)" commented John Jackson, Chief Executive Officer of CSI Compressco.  "We were pleased to have closed this transaction.  We believe that CSI Compressco has a solid platform of assets and people as well as a strong industry reputation.  We commend the employees of the Partnership for their efforts during a very challenging 2020 and thank everyone at TTI for their efforts to transition to a new General Partner.  We view the Spartan business as complementary to CSI Compressco.  Currently, there are opportunities to joint bid projects and at this stage these are primarily international opportunities.  Over a longer cycle, we will evaluate the benefits of combining Spartan with the Partnership.  There are no current plans to do so, but if the benefits of combining make economic sense for both companies, then the larger scale, lower leverage, and more diverse suite of products provided by a combination would be of benefit to CSI Compressco."

"We are excited about the future of the Partnership and the industry overall.  That is evident by Spartan's investment in the compression space through this strategic transaction.  While the 4th quarter reflected continued modest declines across the Partnership's business and we recognize that additional declines may persist into the front portion of 2021, we are optimistic about the long-term future of the compression industry.  We believe in the natural gas business and compression is a key component of the natural gas value chain, not only in the US but around the world.  The industry faces unpredictable times, but we are encouraged by the natural gas price environment and early signs of potential new activity in 2021.  We will not operate CSI Compressco on a strategy of hope of a recovery, but we will operate the company in a manner that will focus the Partnership on improving near term performance while positioning the Partnership to participate and thrive in a recovery.  We enter 2021 with 4 large HP units on order that are already under contract.  We expect to focus any additional capital spending towards redeploying idle fleet units.  Capital discipline, cost management and customer service are areas we can and will focus on regardless of the environment.  We look forward to the challenge and to the future."

Net cash provided by operating activities was  $7.0 million in the fourth quarter, compared to a use of cash of $4.5 million in the third quarter. Our year end liquidity was $30.8 million, compared to $33.1 million at the end of the third quarter of 2020 and $21.0 million at the end of 2019.  Liquidity is defined as unrestricted cash on hand plus availability under our revolving credit facility.

In the second quarter of 2020, the Partnership announced that it was exiting the fabrication business with the final shipment of new units occurring in the fourth quarter of 2020.  As a result, the Partnership's fabrication business are reported as discontinued operations.

This press release includes the following financial measures that are not presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States ("U.S. GAAP"): Adjusted EBITDA, distributable cash flow, distribution coverage ratio, free cash flow, and net leverage ratio. Please see Schedules B-D for reconciliations of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable U.S. GAAP measures.

Unaudited results of operations for the quarter ended December 31, 2020 compared to the prior quarter and the corresponding prior year quarter are presented in the table below.


Three Months Ended


December 31,
2020


September 30,
2020


December 31,
2019


(In Thousands)

Net loss

$

(23,025)



$

(12,607)



$

(1,957)


Adjusted EBITDA

$

26,185



$

27,769



$

34,708


Distributable cash flow

$

7,653



$

10,512



$

15,505


Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities

$

7,033



$

(4,451)



$

(90)


Free cash flow

$

757



$

14,099



$

(4,410)


As of December 31, 2020, service compressor fleet horsepower was 1,175,075 and fleet horsepower in service was 897,446 (we define the overall service fleet utilization rate as the service compressor fleet horsepower in service divided by the total compressor fleet horsepower). Idle horsepower equipment under repair is not considered utilized, but we do count units on standby as utilized when the client is being billed a standby service rate.

Balance Sheet

Cash on hand at the end of the fourth quarter was $16.6 million.  No amounts were drawn nor outstanding on the Partnership's asset-based loan at the end of the fourth quarter. Our debt maturity schedule reflects $80.7 million of unsecured bonds due in August, 2022, $400.0 million of first lien secured bonds due in April 2025 and $157.2 million of second lien secured bonds due in April 2026. The Partnership does not have any maintenance covenants in its debt agreements. Net leverage ratio at December 31, 2020 was 5.8x.

Fourth Quarter 2020 Cash Distribution on Common Units

On January 19, 2021, CSI Compressco announced that the board of directors of its general partner declared a cash distribution attributable to the fourth quarter of 2020 of $0.01 per outstanding common unit, which was paid on February 12, 2021, to common unitholders of record as of the close of business on January 29, 2021. The distribution coverage ratio for the fourth quarter of 2020 was 15.94x.

Conference Call

CSI Compressco will host a conference call to discuss fourth quarter results today, February 24, 2021, at 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time. The phone number for the call is 1-866-374-8397. The conference call will also be available by live audio webcast and may be accessed through CSI Compressco's investor relations website at http://ir.csicompressco.com/events-and-webcasts. An audio replay of the conference call will be available at 1-877-344-7529, conference number 10151748, for one week following the conference call and the archived webcast will be available through CSI Compressco's website for thirty days following the conference call.

CSI Compressco Overview

CSI Compressco is a provider of compression services and equipment for natural gas and oil production, gathering, artificial lift, transmission, processing, and storage. CSI Compressco's compression and related services business includes a fleet of approximately 4,900 compressor packages providing approximately 1.2 million in aggregate horsepower, utilizing a full spectrum of low-, medium- and high-horsepower engines.  CSI Compressco also provides well monitoring and automated sand separation services in conjunction with compression and related services in Mexico. CSI Compressco's aftermarket business provides compressor package reconfiguration and maintenance services. CSI Compressco's customers comprise a broad base of natural gas and oil exploration and production, midstream, transmission, and storage companies operating throughout many of the onshore producing regions of the United States, as well as in a number of foreign countries, including Mexico, Canada and Argentina. CSI Compressco is managed by Spartan Energy Partners.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains "forward-looking statements" and information based on our beliefs and those of our general partner, CSI Compressco GP LLC. Forward-looking statements in this news release are identifiable by the use of the following words and other similar words: "anticipates," "assumes," "believes," "budgets," "could," "estimates," "expectations," "expects," "forecasts," "goal," "intends," "may," "might," "plans," "predicts," "projects," "schedules," "seeks," "should," "targets," "will," and "would."  These forward-looking statements include statements, other than statements of historical fact, including anticipated return of standby equipment to in service, , the redeployment of idle fleet compressors, joint-bidding on potential projects with Spartan, commodity prices and demand for CSI Compressco's equipment and services and other statements regarding CSI Compressco's beliefs, expectations, plans, prospects and other future events, performance, and other statements that are not purely historical.  Such forward-looking statements reflect our current views with respect to future events and financial performance, and are based on assumptions that we believe to be reasonable, but such forward-looking statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to: economic and operating condition that are outside of our control, including the trading price of our common units; the severity and duration of the COVID-19 pandemic and related economic repercussions and the resulting negative impact on  the demand for oil and gas, operational challenges relating to the COVID-19 pandemic and efforts to mitigate the spread of the virus, including logistical challenges, remote work arrangements, and supply chain disruptions, other global or national health concerns; the current significant surplus in the supply of oil and the ability of OPEC and other oil producing nations to agree on and comply with supply limitations; the duration and magnitude of the unprecedented disruption in the oil and gas industry; the levels of competition we encounter; our dependence upon a limited number of customers and the activity levels of our customers; our ability to replace our contracts with our customers, which are generally short-term contracts; the availability of adequate sources of capital to us; our existing debt levels and our ability to obtain additional financing or refinancing; our ability to continue to make cash distributions, or increase cash distributions from current levels, after the establishment of reserves, payment of debt service and other contractual obligations; the restrictions on our business that are imposed under our long-term debt agreements; our operational performance; the credit and risk profile of Spartan Energy Partners; ability of our general partner to retain key personnel; risks related to acquisitions and our growth strategy; the availability of raw materials and labor at reasonable prices; risks related to our foreign operations; the effect and results of litigation, regulatory matters, settlements, audits, assessments, and contingencies; or potential material weaknesses in the future; information technology risks, including the risk of cyberattack; and other risks and uncertainties contained in our Annual Report on Form 10-K and our other filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), which are available free of charge on the SEC website at www.sec.gov.  The risks and uncertainties referred to above are generally beyond our ability to control and we cannot predict all the risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to differ from those indicated by the forward-looking statements.  If any of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or if any of the underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary from those indicated by the forward-looking statements, and such variances may be material.  All subsequent written and verbal forward-looking statements made by or attributable to us or to persons acting on our behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by reference to these risks and uncertainties.  You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.  Each forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date of the particular statement, and we undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements we may make, except as may be required by law.

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
The Partnership includes in this release the non-GAAP financial measures Adjusted EBITDA, distributable cash flow, distribution coverage ratio, free cash flow, and net leverage ratio. Adjusted EBITDA is used as a supplemental financial measure by the Partnership's management to:

  • assess the Partnership's ability to generate available cash sufficient to make distributions to the Partnership's unitholders and general partner;
  • evaluate the financial performance of its assets without regard to financing methods, capital structure or historical cost basis;
  • measure operating performance and return on capital as compared to those of our competitors; and
  • determine the Partnership's ability to incur and service debt and fund capital expenditures.

The Partnership defines Adjusted EBITDA as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, and before certain charges, including impairments, bad debt expense attributable to bankruptcy of customers, equity compensation, non-cash costs of compressors sold, fair value adjustments of our Preferred Units that were issued in late 2016 and redeemed for cash on August 8, 2019, gain on extinguishment of debt, write-off of unamortized financing costs, and excluding, Preferred Units redemption premium, severance and other non-recurring or unusual expenses or charges.

Distributable cash flow is used as a supplemental financial measure by the Partnership's management, as it provides important information relating to the relationship between our financial operating performance and our cash distribution capability. Additionally, the Partnership uses distributable cash flow in setting forward expectations and in communications with the board of directors of our general partner.  The Partnership defines distributable cash flow as Adjusted EBITDA less current income tax expense, maintenance capital expenditures, interest expense, and severance expense, plus non-cash interest expense.

The Partnership believes that the distribution coverage ratio provides important information relating to the relationship between the Partnership's financial operating performance and its cash distribution capability. The Partnership defines the distribution coverage ratio as the ratio of distributable cash flow to the total quarterly distribution payable, which includes, as applicable, distributions payable on all outstanding common units, the general partner interest and the general partner's incentive distribution rights.

The Partnership defines free cash flow as net cash provided by operating activities less capital expenditures, net of sales proceeds. Management primarily uses this metric to assess our ability to retire debt, evaluate our capacity to further invest and grow, and measure our performance as compared to our peer group of companies.

The Partnership defines net leverage ratio as net debt (the sum of the carrying value of long-term and short-term debt on its consolidated balance sheet, less cash, excluding restricted cash on the consolidated balance sheet and excluding outstanding letters of credit) divided by Adjusted EBITDA for calculating net leverage (Adjusted EBITDA as reported externally adjusted for certain items to comply with its credit agreement) for the trailing twelve month period. Management primarily uses this metric to assess the Partnership's ability to borrow, reduce debt, add to cash balances, pay distributions, and fund investing and financing activities.

These non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered an alternative to net income, operating income, cash flows from operating activities or any other measure of financial performance presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP. These non-GAAP financial measures may not be comparable to Adjusted EBITDA, distributable cash flow, free cash flow or other similarly titled measures of other entities, as other entities may not calculate these non-GAAP financial measures in the same manner as CSI Compressco. Management compensates for the limitation of these non-GAAP financial measures as an analytical tool by reviewing the comparable U.S. GAAP measures, understanding the differences between the measures and incorporating this knowledge into management's decision-making process. Furthermore, these non-GAAP measures should not be viewed as indicative of the actual amount of cash that CSI Compressco has available for distributions or that the Partnership plans to distribute for a given period, nor should they be equated to available cash as defined in the Partnership's partnership agreement.  

Schedule A - Income Statement

Results of Operations (unaudited)










Three Months Ended


Twelve Months Ended


December
31, 2020


September
30, 2020


December
31, 2019


December
31, 2020


December
31, 2019


(In Thousands, Except per Unit Amounts)

Revenues:










Compression and related services

$

52,568



$

53,419



$

65,297



$

228,088



$

258,270


Aftermarket services

12,721



13,862



24,094



60,290



76,290


Equipment sales

5,835



4,977



1,872



13,209



5,533


Total revenues

$

71,124



$

72,258



$

91,263



$

301,587



$

340,093


Cost of revenues (excluding depreciation and

   amortization expense):










Cost of compression and related services

$

26,707



$

25,133



$

31,568



$

108,843



$

125,104


Cost of aftermarket services

10,951



11,815



19,916



52,444



63,757


Cost of equipment sales

5,540



4,818



2,336



12,946



6,323


Total cost of revenues

$

43,198



$

41,766



$

53,820



$

174,233



$

195,184


Depreciation and amortization

20,561



19,896



20,378



80,007



75,629


Impairments of long-lived assets

6,493







15,367



3,160


Insurance recoveries





(230)



(517)



(555)


Selling, general, and administrative expense

7,991



7,973



9,124



34,295



36,629


Interest expense, net

13,833



13,886



13,498



54,468



53,375


Series A Preferred fair value adjustment









1,470


Other (income) expense, net

(783)



(516)



(532)



3,544



(486)


Loss before taxes and discontinued operations

$

(20,169)



$

(10,747)



$

(4,795)



$

(59,810)



$

(24,313)


Provision for income taxes

1,273



715



69



3,144



2,947


Loss from continuing operations

$

(21,442)



(11,462)



$

(4,864)



(62,954)



(27,260)


Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of taxes

$

(1,583)



(1,145)



$

2,907



(10,886)



6,287


Net loss

(23,025)



(12,607)



(1,957)



$

(73,840)



$

(20,973)


Net loss per diluted common unit

$

(0.49)



$

(0.25)



$

(0.04)



$

(1.54)



$

(0.44)


Schedule B - Reconciliation of Net Loss to Adjusted EBITDA, Distributable Cash Flow and Distribution Coverage Ratio

The following table reconciles net loss to Adjusted EBITDA, distributable cash flow and distribution coverage ratio for the three month periods ended December 31, 2020, September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019 and the twelve months periods ended December 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019:

Results of Operations (unaudited)










Three Months Ended


Twelve Months Ended


December 31,
2020


September 30,
2020


December 31,
2019


December 31,
2020


December 31,
2019


(In Thousands, except Ratios)

Net loss

$

(23,025)



$

(12,607)



$

(1,957)



$

(73,840)



$

(20,973)


Interest expense, net

13,833



13,886



13,498



54,468



53,375


Provision (benefit) for income taxes

1,273



695



47



3,211



3,353


Depreciation and amortization

20,561



19,947



20,618



80,533



76,663


Impairments of fixed assets and inventory

6,493







20,841



3,313


Bad debt expense attributable to bankruptcy of customer









1,768


Non-cash cost of compressors sold

5,568



4,804



2,182



12,812



6,023


Equity compensation

345



232



320



1,389



1,064


Series A Preferred redemption premium









1,468


Series A Preferred fair value adjustments









1,470


Bond exchange expenses

115



22





4,892




Severance

194



484





2,034



118


Other

828



306





2,438



630


Adjusted EBITDA

$

26,185



$

27,769



$

34,708



$

108,778



$

128,272












Less:










Current income tax expense

1,650



516



467



2,984



3,224


Maintenance capital expenditures

4,125



4,354



6,774



18,920



23,132


Interest expense

13,833



13,886



13,498



54,468



53,375


Severance and other

1,022



790





4,472



748


Plus:










Non-cash items included in interest expense

2,098



2,289



1,536



7,108



5,540


Distributable cash flow

$

7,653



$

10,512



$

15,505



$

35,042



$

53,333












Cash distribution attributable to period

$

480



$

480



$

477



$

1,918



$

1,908


Distribution coverage ratio

15.94x


21.9x


32.51x


18.27x


27.95x

Schedule C - Reconciliation of Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities Operations to Free Cash Flow

The following table reconciles net cash provided by operating activities to free cash flow for the three month periods ended December 31, 2020, September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019 and the twelve month periods ended on  December 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019:

Results of Operations (unaudited)










Three Months Ended


Twelve Months Ended


December 31,
2020


September 30,
2020


December 31,
2019


December 31,
2020


December 31,
2019


(In Thousands)

Net cash provided by operating activities

$

7,033



$

(4,451)



$

(90)



$

20,762



$

67,696


Capital expenditures, net of sales proceeds

(6,276)



1,550



(4,320)



(12,334)



(64,773)


Midland proceeds



17,000





17,000




Free cash flow

$

757



$

14,099



$

(4,410)



$

25,428



$

2,923


Schedule D – Reconciliation of Net Loss to Adjusted EBITDA for Net Leverage Ratio Calculation (unaudited)
(in thousands, except ratios)


Twelve Months
Ended


Dec 31, 2020



Net loss

$

(73,840)


Interest expense, net

54,468


Provision for income taxes

3,211


Depreciation and amortization

80,533


Impairments and other charges

20,841


Non-cash cost of compressors sold

12,812


Equity Compensation

1,389


Financing Fees

4,892


Severance

2,034


Other

2,438


Adjusted EBITDA

$

108,778


EBITDA adjustments to comply with Credit Agreement

(490)


Adjusted EBITDA for Net Leverage Calculation

$

108,288




Debt Schedule

Dec 31, 2020

7.25% Senior Notes

80,722


7.50% First Lien Notes

400,000


10.000%/10.750% Second Lien Notes

157,162


Asset Based Loan


Letters of Credit

3,517


Cash on Hand

(16,577)


Net Debt

$

624,824




Net Leverage Ratio (Net Debt/Adjusted EBITDA for Net Leverage Calculation)

5.8x






Schedule E – Balance Sheet


December 31,
2020


December 31,
2019

 (in thousands)

(Unaudited)



ASSETS




Current assets:




Cash and cash equivalents

$

16,577



$

2,367


Trade accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $1,333 in 2020 and $1,582 in 2019

43,837



60,835


Inventories

31,188



36,516


Prepaid expenses and other current assets

5,184



4,015


Current assets associated with discontinued operations

39



23,560


Total current assets

96,825



127,293


Property, plant, and equipment:




Land and building

13,259



11,990


Compressors and equipment

975,375



973,269


Vehicles

7,692



9,158


Construction in progress

12,763



9,545


Total property, plant, and equipment

1,009,089



1,003,962


Less accumulated depreciation

(457,688)



(399,624)


Net property, plant, and equipment

551,401



604,338


Other assets:




Deferred tax asset

10



24


Intangible assets, net of accumulated amortization of $30,711 in 2020 and $27,751 in 2019

25,057



28,017


Operating lease right-of-use assets

32,637



21,006


Other assets

4,036



3,539


Long-term assets associated with discontinued operations



38,029


Total other assets

61,740



90,615


Total assets

$

709,966



$

822,246


LIABILITIES AND PARTNERS' CAPITAL




Current liabilities:




Accounts payable

$

19,766



$

21,341


Unearned income

269



283


Accrued liabilities and other

35,801



41,325


Amounts payable to affiliates

3,234



7,704


Current liabilities associated with discontinued operations

345



36,974


Total current liabilities

59,415



107,627


Other liabilities:




Long-term debt, net

638,631



638,238


Deferred tax liabilities

1,478



1,211


Long-term affiliate payable



12,324


Operating lease liabilities

24,059



13,822


Other long-term liabilities

11,716



33


Total other liabilities

675,884



665,628


Commitments and contingencies




Partners' capital:




General partner interest

(885)



180


Common units (47,352,291 units issued and outstanding at December 31, 2020 and 47,078,529 units issued and outstanding at December 31, 2019)

(10,055)



63,384


Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)

(14,393)



(14,573)


Total partners' capital

(25,333)



48,991


Total liabilities and partners' capital

$

709,966



$

822,246


 

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