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Delek Logistics Partners (DKL) Q1 2024 Earnings Call Transcript


DKL earnings call for the period ending March 31, 2024.

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Delek Logistics Partners (DKL 1.60%)
Q1 2024 Earnings Call
May 07, 2024, 12:30 p.m. ET

Contents:

  • Prepared Remarks
  • Questions and Answers
  • Call Participants

Prepared Remarks:

Operator

Hello, and thank you for standing by. My name is Regina, and I will be your conference operator today. At this time, I would like to welcome everyone to the Delek Logistics Partners first quarter 2024 earnings conference call. [Operator instructions] I would now like to turn the conference over to Rosy Zuklic, vice president, investor relations.

Please go ahead.

Rosy ZuklicVice President, Investor Relations and Market Intelligence

Good morning, and welcome to the Delek Logistics Partners first quarter earnings conference call. Participants on today’s call will include Avigal Soreq, president; Joseph Israel, EVP, operations; Reuven Spiegel, EVP and chief financial officer; and Odely Sakazi, SVP, Delek Logistics. As a reminder, this conference call will contain forward-looking statements as defined under the federal securities laws, including, without limitation, statements regarding guidance and future business outlook. These statements involve risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ from our forecast.

For more information, please refer to the risk factors discussed in the partnership’s most recently filed annual report on Form 10-K and quarterly report on Form 10-Q filed with the SEC, along with the press release associated with this call. The partnership assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements or information, which speak as of the respective date. I’ll now turn the call over to Avigal for opening remarks. Avigal?

Avigal SoreqPresident

Thank you, Rosy. Delek Logistics Partners reported a strong first quarter. We once again exceeded $100 million of the quarterly EBITDA. I’m pleased with our consistent performance.

We saw continued strong performance from our Midland Gathering operations and our operation in the Delaware Basin has started to exceed our expectations on a consistent basis. This validates our strong position in the Permian Basin. We have come a long way with DKL. Delek Logistics started back in 2012 as a classic drop-down story.

It has evolved into something bigger. We started to develop third-party business back in 2016, focusing in the Midland and the Delaware Basins. Today, approximately 50% of our EBITDA is from third-party business. Our growth efforts have been focused on gathering and processing segment.

Our Midland Gathering system has premier assets in the heart of the Midland Basin. We built this system organically. It’s now gathered up to 230,000 barrels per day and has around 350,000 of dedicated acreage contracted until 2030. It’s an attractive asset that provides a growth engine of our Midland midstream operation.

Moving to the Delaware Gathering business. We built this business inorganically and organically. The system provides complete crude, gas, and water gathering to our customers. We have significant growth opportunities in our system.

On a capital structure, we improved Delek Logistics’ financial strength and flexibility. Reuven will speak to this. The debt and equity offering improved our liquidity to approximately $800 million. I’m proud of the team for their successfully executing these transactions.

In May, the board approved the 45th consecutive increase in the quarterly distribution to $1.07 per unit. Delek Logistics has shown strong track record of delivering value to our unitholders. We feel confident in our ability to maintain strong distribution to our investors. I will now hand it over to Reuven.

Reuven SpiegelChief Financial Officer

Thank you, Avigal. Before I start the financial highlights, I wanted to give a little color on the recent debt and equity offerings. The combination of the primary equity issuance and extending our debt to 2029 improved Delek Logistics’ ability to pursue its growth plans through improved leverage and financial liquidity. It also increased float in the units, attracting new investors and increasing the daily volume traded.

As Avigal mentioned, we increased liquidity to approximately $800 million. This was about $300 million prior to these transactions. In addition, we reduced the leverage ratio to 4.01 from 4.34 last quarter. We see a pathway to continued improvement in the leverage ratio through the balance of the year.

Moving on to the quarter results. The first quarter EBITDA was $101.5 million, compared to $93.2 million in the same period of ’23. Distributable cash flow was $68 million, and the DCF coverage ratio was 1.35 times. For the gathering and processing segment, EBITDA for the quarter was $57.8 million, compared to $55.4 million in the first quarter of ’23.

The increase was primarily due to higher throughput from Delek Logistics Permian Basin assets. Wholesale marketing and terminalling EBITDA in the first quarter was $25.3 million, compared with $22 million in the prior year. The increase was primarily from higher terminalling utilization. Storage and transportation EBITDA in the quarter was $18.1 million, compared with $13.4 million in the first quarter of ’23.

The increase was mainly driven by higher storage and transportation rates. And lastly, the investment in pipeline joint venture segment contributed $8.5 million in this quarter, compared with $6.3 million in the first quarter of ’23. Moving on to capital expenditures. The capital program for the first quarter of ’24 was $15 million.

Most of the spend in the quarter was for growth projects, namely advancing new connections in the Midland and Delaware Gathering systems. With that, we can open the call for questions.

Questions & Answers:

Operator

[Operator instructions] Our first question will come from the line of Doug Irwin with Citigroup. Please go ahead.

Doug IrwinCiti — Analyst

All right. Thanks for the question. I just wanted to start with the recent offerings. Could you maybe provide a little bit more context just into the decision to issue DKL equity? And then maybe if you could just talk to the flexibility and some of the growth opportunities that this increased liquidity might allow going forward.

And then just a follow-up on that. As you kind of recently issued another shelf offering, are there any plans to issue more equity going forward? Or are you kind of comfortable with where the balance sheet is today?

Avigal SoreqPresident

Thank you, Doug. It’s Avigal. I will start, and then Reuven can add more color into that. So our offering that Reuven and his team did actually checks all the boxes that we need.

It’s improving leverage ratio, improving availability, and get more float on the public units. So it checks many boxes to enhance the great activity that we have on the operations side, so it’s a complementary action to the operations side to enhance the equity side and the balance sheet side. On the shelf offering that we have, obviously, that’s the best practice to have a good chunk of offering for many reasons. Reuven, I don’t know if you want to add few words into that.

Reuven SpiegelChief Financial Officer

Yeah. The equity offering actually has a history on June 30, 2022, we closed on 3 Bear, and we communicated back then to the market that we intend to finance the acquisition by $400 million of high yield and $200 million of equity issuance. However, both high-yield markets and the equity issuance were shut down at the time, and we had to be patient and look for the right time and the right opportunity, which we found in the last equity issuance. Given if it was the first one, we couldn’t go all the way to 200, but I think we’re happy with the outcome of the first one.

And I think going forward, we’ll just be opportunistic about it.

Doug IrwinCiti — Analyst

Great. That’s some helpful context around 3 Bear. And then just as a follow-up, maybe pivot into the growth outlook. Could you maybe just talk about the opportunity set you’re seeing for the GMP business moving forward as growth may be geared more toward the Delaware or the Midland and then maybe if you could just talk about how you’re thinking about organic growth versus maybe the opportunity to do some additional acquisitions moving forward.

Avigal SoreqPresident

Yeah. Doug, that’s another great question. I will start, and then I will let Odely finish the answer. So it’s easier to talk about the partners in the future for obvious reasons, but I think that we demonstrated to the market that we actually know to do both ways, inorganically and organically.

We demonstrated the DPG asset in the Permian Basin can be very attractive, and we developed that over time to something we are really proud of. And we also developed the Delaware asset, too, and exceeded our expectations as well. So we have a good track record. We are in a point that we are aggressive around it, but we always want to make sure that we are doing whatever we are doing is attractive to both the DKL unitholder but also to our shareholders.

Odely, please?

Odely SakaziSenior Vice President, Delek Logistics

Thank you, Avigal, and good to hear from you. It’s Odely. As Avigal mentioned, I think that on the inorganic, we’re always opportunistic and always look on opportunity, and we’re going to continue to do that. And obviously, it has to be something that makes sense and also accretive for us.

So we’re always going to continue to look at that. On the organic side, definitely, as you know, both the Delaware and also the Midland are both of the location where we continue to put capital in, and we see a significant opportunity from a growth opportunity standpoint. Specifically on the Delaware, we feel that there is a needed infrastructure pretty much in all lines on the water side, the gas, and the crude. We’re able to execute that across the board in all our segments in the Delaware side on DDG, and we see from our producer the continued need specifically in the location where we have a coined acreage with the 3 Bear formula acquisition to continue to focus on that location on all three streams.

I think this is an area where it’s very needed for continued growth, that we’re definitely going to continue to look on organic opportunity in all streams.

Doug IrwinCiti — Analyst

Great and helpful. Thanks for the time.

Odely SakaziSenior Vice President, Delek Logistics

Excellent. Thank you.

Avigal SoreqPresident

Thank you. Thank you for your support.

Operator

Your next question will come from the line of Neal Dingmann with Truist Securities. Please go ahead.

Neal DingmannTruist Securities — Analyst

Good morning, guys. Maybe just talk about your MVC contracts. Any update, particularly on Tyler or El Dorado? And then just, again, just how the other sort of — you’re looking at other contracts. Are you continue to try to extend the duration? Or where do you sit with most of these other maybe prospective MVC contracts?

Avigal SoreqPresident

Yeah. So, Neal, the intent of DKL is to renew this contract, and that’s something that DKL is working on.

Neal DingmannTruist Securities — Analyst

And is there any timeline for the Tyler or El Dorado negotiations?

Avigal SoreqPresident

So obviously, that requires the conflict committees between DK and DKL. So this is the process, but you understand the intention.

Neal DingmannTruist Securities — Analyst

Sure. OK. And then just lastly, kind of bolt on to the prior question. What kind of opportunities up at 3 Bear you seem to be advancing up there? Are there opportunities to bolt on some assets? Or I guess maybe let me ask another way.

Is there any need to bolt on any assets do you believe up there? And sort of — what are you doing to boost the margins in that area?

Avigal SoreqPresident

I’m not going to talk about the margin. The margin is where the margin is in this area. What I can speak that we see significant growth and opportunities in the area, and we will elect to do something that’s going to be accretive to our unitholders. We see the demand for the service that we know how to provide.

Obviously, as I said before, we know how to provide in the area, crude, gas, and water, that’s a pretty unique value proposition. Our infrastructure in the area is in a unique strategic location. So if we see something which is synergetic and make a lot of sense with the current offering we have and the physical asset, we will not hesitate to do something as long as it’s accretive to unitholders.

Neal DingmannTruist Securities — Analyst

Great to hear, guys. I think it’s the right strategy. Thank you.

Operator

We have no further questions at this time. I will now hand the call back to Avigal for closing remarks.

Avigal SoreqPresident

So thank you. I want to thank our employees for their commitment and hard work. I want to thank, too, our unitholders for their trust and interest in our partnership. I want to thank, too, our customers for trusting in us, and I want to thank, too, our board of directors for their continued support.

And we’ll talk next in the next quarter. Thank you.

Operator

[Operator signoff]

Duration: 0 minutes

Call participants:

Rosy ZuklicVice President, Investor Relations and Market Intelligence

Avigal SoreqPresident

Reuven SpiegelChief Financial Officer

Doug IrwinCiti — Analyst

Odely SakaziSenior Vice President, Delek Logistics

Neal DingmannTruist Securities — Analyst

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