NGL Energy Partners LP, the Tulsa, Oklahoma, energy firm, formed a partnership with funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management, the Los Angeles investment manager. Under the terms, NGL will issue $200 million of 10.75% Class A convertible preferred units to Oaktree. Oaktree will acquire 16.6 million preferred units for $12.03 each as well as 3.6 million warrants, which are subject to certain vesting and exercise terms. NGL expects to use the proceeds to repay borrowings outstanding on its revolving credit facility. It said it may reborrow those funds to finance capital expenditures and other matters. RBC Capital Markets, UBS Investment Bank and Deutsche Bank Securities were placement agents and financial advisers to NGL. Andrews Kurth LLP was legal counsel to NGL. Oaktree took financial advice from Barclays and legal advice from Vinson & Elkins.
NGL Energy Partners LP Announces Investment From Funds Managed by Oaktree Capital Management, L.P., Declares Quarterly Cash Distribution and Provides Partnership Update
April 21, 2016
TULSA, Okla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–NGL Energy Partners LP (NYSE:NGL) (the “Partnership” or “NGL”) today announced several strategic actions along with updated guidance. The Partnership:
Announces $200 million private placement of 10.75% Class A Convertible Preferred Units and formation of a strategic relationship with funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management L.P. (“Oaktree”);
Declares a temporary reduction in quarterly cash distribution to $0.39 per common unit ($1.56 per common unit annualized) which will generate an additional $170 million of coverage over the next year;
Updates guidance for Fiscal Year 2016 and initiates projections for Fiscal Year 2017, as well as an update on the Grand Mesa project;
Reports enhanced liquidity and balance sheet since December 2015 with the sales of Class A Convertible Preferred Units, interests in TransMontaigne GP LLC and common units of TransMontaigne Partners L.P. and senior note repurchases resulting in the ability to fund growth projects while also significantly reducing outstanding debt; and
Will host an analyst and investor call with Management scheduled for 11:00am EDT on Friday, April 22, 2016
Class A Convertible Preferred Units
The Partnership has entered into an agreement to issue $200 million of 10.75% Class A Convertible Preferred Units (“Preferred Units”) to Oaktree. Oaktree will acquire 16.6 million Preferred Units at a price of $12.03 per unit as well as 3.6 million warrants, which are subject to certain vesting and exercise terms. NGL expects to use the net proceeds from the issuance of the Preferred Units to repay borrowings outstanding on its revolving credit facility, which may be re-borrowed in the future to fund capital expenditures and for other general partnership purposes. The Partnership and Oaktree have also formed a strategic relationship to pursue future opportunities within the Partnership’s current business segments.
“I believe this is a very positive transaction for NGL and I look forward to having Oaktree as a partner and represented on our Board. The investment by Oaktree is a strong endorsement of our business model, strategy and future growth projects. We plan to jointly pursue certain attractive assets together that Oaktree will assist in financing/structuring and NGL will operate,” stated Mike Krimbill, CEO of NGL. “Over the past several months, NGL has taken what I believe to be the necessary actions to position the Partnership for success, regardless of this low commodity price environment. In only five months since our joint ownership arrangement regarding the Saddlehorn pipeline, we have significantly enhanced liquidity, strengthened the balance sheet and aligned with a strategic investor which we expect will provide us with the capital to selectively pursue organic growth projects and strategic acquisitions at accretive multiples.”
“Oaktree is pleased to make an investment in NGL. The Partnership’s strong management team, diversified asset base, attractive growth prospects and improved balance sheet, make it an exciting investment opportunity. We look forward to partnering with the NGL team to continue to implement the Partnership’s strategy and capitalize on growth opportunities in the future,” said Managing Director and Co-Portfolio Manager of Oaktree’s Infrastructure Investing strategy Chris Beall.
Closing of the sale of the Preferred Units and warrants is scheduled to occur prior to the end of June 2016, and is subject to certain closing conditions.
The Board of Directors of the Partnership’s general partner decided to reduce the distribution 39% and declared a quarterly cash distribution of $0.39 per common unit ($1.56 per common unit on an annualized basis) for the quarter ended March 31, 2016, which it anticipates will continue for three additional quarters under current market conditions. In light of continued illiquid and unattractive debt and equity capital market conditions, the Board made the difficult decision to reduce the distribution per common unit by $1.00 on an annualized basis, which will provide NGL with approximately $170 million of annual cash savings to enhance liquidity, repay indebtedness and/or invest in selected growth projects in the future. The general partner, through its incentive distribution rights, will forgo approximately $64 million of distributions over the four-quarter period, which is included in the $170 million of annual cash savings to the Partnership.
The distribution will be payable on May 13, 2016 to common unitholders of record at the close of business on May 3, 2016.
Partnership Update and Guidance
Since December 31, 2015, NGL has sold TransMontaigne GP LLC (“TLP GP”) for $350 million; sold its 3.17 million common units in TransMontaigne Partners L.P. (“TLP”) for approximately $112 million; expects to raise $200 million in this issuance of Preferred Units; and expects to have approximately $170 million of additional distribution coverage over the next year from the reduction in distributions. These transactions in aggregate provide over $830 million in cash to be deployed in the Partnership’s business and used to strengthen the balance sheet. In addition, the sale of TLP GP results in a $247 million reduction in debt from the December 31, 2015 balance sheet due to NGL’s sale of TLP GP and the resulting deconsolidation of TLP. NGL has also repurchased and retired nearly $100 million of its outstanding high yield bonds since the beginning of February 2016 at then market prices. These events will have combined for more than a $1.0 billion reduction in debt since December 31, 2015, of which a portion has been re-borrowed to fund growth capital expenditures.
The Partnership’s Grand Mesa project is on schedule and NGL’s projected capital costs are under-budget by approximately $20 million. We anticipate crude oil shipments to begin by November 1, 2016. We have been in contact with our shippers and the Partnership currently expects year one EBITDA to be approximately $120 million, year two EBITDA to be approximately $150 million and the average contract term on the pipeline to increase to nine years.
Management guidance for the fourth quarter of Fiscal Year 2016 Adjusted EBITDA is now $150-$160 million, which results in Adjusted EBITDA of $420-$430 million for the entire 2016 Fiscal Year. The Partnership has invested approximately $140 million in growth capital expenditures during the quarter, of which approximately $110 million related to the Grand Mesa project. Guidance for Fiscal Year 2017 Adjusted EBITDA is $500 million, which includes Adjusted EBITDA from Grand Mesa for five months at approximately $10 million per month. Management currently expects growth capital expenditures for Fiscal Year 2017 to be between $200 million to $300 million, which does not include any expenditures associated with the proposed relationship with Oaktree. With these forecasts and the change in distribution policy, Fiscal Year 2017 common unit coverage is expected to increase to 2.0x. Management would expect distribution growth to resume in Fiscal Year 2018 and would target distribution coverage between 1.3 – 1.5x.
Analyst and Investor Call with Management
A conference call to discuss this release is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (10:00 a.m. Central Daylight Time) on Friday, April 22, 2016. Analysts, investors, and other interested parties may access the conference call by dialing (800) 291-4083 and providing access code 96912631. An archived audio replay of the conference call will be available for 7 days beginning at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time (6:00 p.m. Central Time) on April 22, 2016 and can be accessed by dialing (855) 859-2056 and providing access code 96912631.
In connection with the sale of the Preferred Units, RBC Capital Markets, UBS Investment Bank and Deutsche Bank Securities acted as placement agents and financial advisors to NGL and Andrews Kurth LLP acted as legal counsel to NGL. Barclays acted as financial advisor to Oaktree and Vinson & Elkins acted as legal counsel to Oaktree.