LSB Industries, Inc. Reports Operating Results for the 2020 Third Quarter

News Release

LSB Industries, Inc. Reports Operating Results for the 2020 Third Quarter

OKLAHOMA CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 5, 2020-- LSB Industries, Inc. (NYSE: LXU) (“LSB” or the “Company”) today announced results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2020.

Third Quarter 2020 Summary

  • Net sales of $74.0 million reflects an 12% increase from stronger sales volumes, offset by a 14% decrease from weaker pricing, relative to the prior year third quarter
  • Net loss of $20.4 million
  • Adjusted EBITDA(1) of $10.2 million reflects an $8.8 million benefit from stronger sales volumes, offset by a $10.4 million impact from weaker pricing, relative to the prior year third quarter
  • Pryor facility achieves record UAN production and sales
  • 19% increase in fertilizer sales volumes, including an 33% increase in UAN sales volumes, versus the third quarter of 2019
  • Executed 7-year contract for the sale of between 70,000 – 100,000 tons per year of nitric acid
  • Year-to-date cash flow from operations of approximately $25 million and total liquidity of approximately $78 million as of September 30, 2020

Mark Behrman, LSB Industries’ President and CEO, stated, “Our third quarter results reflected the ongoing drag from weak fertilizer pricing and continued headwinds to industrial and mining demand resulting from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on U.S. economic activity. We remain acutely focused on managing and executing on the aspects of business under our control. In this regard, our plants continued to perform well, and we were able to offset much of the year-over-year declines in pricing with stronger sales volumes. Notably, had pricing been in line with the 2019 third quarter and industrial and mining demand been consistent with the pre-pandemic levels of early 2020, we would have posted an EBITDA increase of over 70% relative to the third quarter of 2019. Additionally, as we previously announced, we recently signed a long-term agreement to supply between 70,000 to 100,000 additional tons of nitric acid on an annual basis, which we expect to yield meaningful incremental EBITDA in 2021.”

“Our plant operations remained stable during the third quarter. Our Pryor facility once again delivered a record operating performance which led to a significant increase in UAN production and sales volume as a result of the installation of a new urea reactor in late 2019. We also benefitted from the absence of any turnaround activity in the 2020 third quarter which translated into year-over-year volume improvement as we performed turnarounds at both our Pryor and El Dorado facilities in the 2019 third quarter.

“The oversupply of ammonia that has persisted for the past 18 months continued to pressure the nitrogen chemical industry in the third quarter. Pricing for all major fertilizer categories was impacted by the continued oversupply of ammonia and UAN in our primary end markets. Pricing for our industrial products was also impacted by excess ammonia inventory in the U.S. distribution channel which continues to be impacted by lower demand for industrial ammonia applications.”

Mr. Behrman continued, “Looking ahead to the fourth quarter of 2020 and into 2021, we are cautiously optimistic that emerging demand trends point to improving sales volume and pricing in the coming months. On the agricultural side of our business, the fall harvest is currently picking up momentum after some delay resulting from warm weather throughout much of the country. Additionally, we have seen a recent rise in corn prices as a result of the USDA making downward adjustments to its corn crop and ending corn stock forecasts and strong corn exports. We expect stronger corn prices to result in higher plantings in 2021 which could translate into a robust fall ammonia application in the coming weeks and boost demand for orders of UAN and HDAN for the 2021 spring planting season. In our industrial and mining business, while the effects of COVID-19 protocols and restrictions continue to weigh on the U.S. economy, we are seeing gradual improvement in demand for nitric acid, industrial ammonia and ammonium nitrate as sectors such as automotive manufacturing, home building, and copper mining have increased activity. If the situation remains stable, stronger demand in the agricultural and industrial sectors should drive greater consumption of ammonia in the U.S. market, reducing the current inventory buildup and allowing the Tampa ammonia benchmark to rise, benefitting our selling prices. Our outlook for a strengthening end market environment, our expectations for continued operating performance improvement, and our recently announced new customer agreements makes us cautiously optimistic about prospects for growth in adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow in the fourth quarter and in 2021.”

(1) This is a Non-GAAP measure. Refer to the Non-GAAP Reconciliation section.

 

 

Three Months Ended September 30,

 

 

2020

 

2019

 

 

 

 

(Dollars in thousands)

 

 

Net Sales by Market Sector

 

Net
Sales

 

Sector
Mix

 

Net
Sales

 

Sector
Mix

 

% Change

Agricultural

 

$

31,986

43%

$

35,494

 

47%

 

(10) %

Industrial

 

 

32,372

44%

 

30,552

 

40%

 

6 %

Mining

 

 

9,611

13%

 

9,449

 

13%

 

2 %

 

 

$

73,969

 

$

75,495

 

 

 

(2) %

Comparison of 2020 to 2019 quarterly periods:

  • Net sales of our agricultural products were down during the quarter relative to the prior year period driven by weaker pricing for agricultural ammonia, HDAN, and UAN. Agricultural ammonia prices continued to be negatively affected by a buildup of inventory in our primary geographies, resulting from a combination of factors including: the impact of extremely wet weather over the course of 2019 that reduced ammonia fertilizer application for the year , the closure of the Magellan Pipeline beginning in September 2019, which kept a significant volume of ammonia in our Pryor facility’s market that would normally be transported to other areas, and the impact of ammonia producers selling ammonia that would otherwise have been sold into the industrial market but was instead sold into the agricultural market due to the pandemic-related slowdown of the industrial market. Additionally, very hot and dry weather across the Southern Plains delayed the shipment of HDAN fill tons during the quarter. Partially offsetting the weaker selling prices and lower HDAN volumes were greater UAN sales volumes, largely reflecting the upgrades made to the Pryor facility in late 2019.
  • Net sales of our industrial and mining products, other than Nitric acid, increased as several key end markets for our products, including automotive, home building, power generation, and mining markets have started to recover, although not yet reaching pre-pandemic levels.Nitric Acid sales continue to be impacted by pandemic related market weakness.
  • The year-over-year change in operating loss and adjusted EBITDA was primarily the result of the weaker selling prices partially offset by higher volumes and improved fixed cost absorption.

The following tables provide key sales metrics for our Agricultural products:

 

 

Three Months Ended September 30,

Product (tons sold)

 

2020

 

2019

 

% Change

Urea ammonium nitrate (UAN)

 

 

140,524

 

 

105,847

 

33 %

High density ammonium nitrate (HDAN)

 

 

27,800

 

 

32,248

 

(14) %

Ammonia

 

 

20,181

 

 

19,420

 

4 %

Other

 

 

2,824

 

 

3,434

 

(18) %

 

 

 

191,329

 

 

160,949

 

19 %

Average Selling Prices (price per ton) (A)

 

 

 

 

 

 

UAN

 

$

130

 

$

163

 

(20) %

HDAN

 

$

201

 

$

263

 

(24) %

Ammonia

 

$

182

 

$

252

 

(28) %

(A) Average selling prices represent “net back” prices which are calculated as sales less freight expenses divided by product sales volume in tons.

The following table indicates the volumes sold of our major Industrial products:

 

 

Three Months Ended September 30,

Product (tons sold)

 

2020

 

2019

% Change

Ammonia

 

 

68,366

 

 

56,854

20 %

Nitric acid

 

 

20,254

 

 

25,304

(20) %

Other Industrial Products

 

 

13,031

 

 

8,046

62 %

 

 

 

101,651

 

 

90,204

13 %

 

 

 

 

Tampa Ammonia Benchmark (price per metric ton)

 

$

207

 

$

221

(6) %

The following table indicates the volumes sold of our major Mining products:

 

 

Three Months Ended September 30,

Product (tons sold)

 

2020

 

2019

 

% Change

LDAN/HDAN/AN solution

 

 

41,469

 

 

39,305

 

6 %

Input Costs

 

 

 

 

 

 

Average natural gas cost/MMBtu

 

$

1.98

 

$

2.35

 

(16) %

Financial Position and Capital Expenditures

As of September 30, 2020, our total cash position was $42.1 million. Additionally, we had approximately $36.3 million of borrowing availability under our Working Capital Revolver giving us total liquidity of approximately $78.4 million. During the third quarter, we paid off the outstanding Revolver balance in full. Total long-term debt, including the current portion, was $486.0 million at September 30, 2020 compared to $459.0 million at December 31, 2019. The increase in long-term debt primarily reflects the refinance of ammonia storage assets completed during the third quarter. The aggregate liquidation value of the Series E Redeemable Preferred at September 30, 2020, inclusive of accrued dividends of $128.9 million, was $268.7 million.

Interest expense for the third quarter of 2020 was $12.6 million compared to $12.0 million for the same period in 2019.

Capital expenditures were approximately $4.3 million in the third quarter of 2020. For the full year of 2020, total capital expenditures related to capital work performed in 2020 are expected to be between $25 million and $30 million, inclusive of investments for margin enhancement purposes.

Conference Call

LSB’s management will host a conference call covering the third quarter results on Friday, November 6th, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. ET/9:00 a.m. CT to discuss these results and recent corporate developments. Participating in the call will be President & Chief Executive Officer, Mark Behrman and Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Cheryl Maguire. Interested parties may participate in the call by dialing (201) 493-6739. Please call in 10 minutes before the conference is scheduled to begin and ask for the LSB conference call. To coincide with the conference call, LSB will post a slide presentation at www.lsbindustries.com on the webcast section of the Investor tab of our website.

To listen to a webcast of the call, please go to the Company’s website at www.lsbindustries.com at least 15 minutes prior to the conference call to download and install any necessary audio software. If you are unable to listen live, the conference call webcast will be archived on the Company’s website. We suggest listeners use Microsoft Explorer as their web browser.

LSB Industries, Inc.

LSB Industries, Inc., headquartered in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, manufactures and sells chemical products for the agricultural, mining, and industrial markets. The Company owns and operates facilities in Cherokee, Alabama, El Dorado, Arkansas and Pryor, Oklahoma, and operates a facility for a global chemical company in Baytown, Texas. LSB’s products are sold through distributors and directly to end customers primarily throughout the United States. Additional information about the Company can be found on its website at www.lsbindustries.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements generally are identifiable by use of the words “may,” “believe,” “expect,” “intend,” “plan to,” “estimate,” “project” or similar expressions, and include but are not limited to: financial performance improvement; view on sales to mining customers; estimates of consolidated depreciation and amortization and future Turnaround expenses; our expectation of production consistency and enhanced reliability at our Facilities; our projections of trends in the fertilizer market; improvement of our financial and operational performance; our planned capital expenditures for the remainder of 2020 and 2021; volume outlook and our ability to complete plant repairs as anticipated.

Investors are cautioned that such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risk and uncertainties. Though we believe that expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, we can give no assurance that such expectation will prove to be correct. Actual results may differ materially from the forward-looking statements as a result of various factors. These and other risk factors are discussed in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including those set forth under “Risk Factors” and “Special Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements” in our Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019 and, if applicable, our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and our Current Reports on Form 8-K. All forward-looking statements included in this press release are expressly qualified in their entirety by such cautionary statements. We expressly disclaim any obligation to update, amend or clarify any forward-looking statement to reflect events, new information or circumstances occurring after the date of this press release except as required by applicable law.

See Accompanying Tables

 

LSB Industries, Inc.

Financial Highlights

Three and Nine Months Ended September 30,

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

Nine Months Ended

 

 

 

September 30,

 

 

September 30,

 

 

 

2020

 

 

2019

 

 

2020

 

 

2019

 

 

 

(In Thousands, Except Per Share Amounts)

 

Net sales

 

$

73,969

 

 

$

75,495

 

 

$

262,413

 

 

$

291,174

 

Cost of sales

 

 

75,028

 

 

 

85,228

 

 

 

241,900

 

 

 

273,912

 

Gross profit (loss)

 

 

(1,059

)

 

 

(9,733

)

 

 

20,513

 

 

 

17,262

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Selling, general and administrative expense

 

 

7,068

 

 

 

9,115

 

 

 

25,578

 

 

 

24,705

 

Other expense, net

 

 

875

 

 

 

383

 

 

 

240

 

 

 

372

 

Operating loss

 

 

(9,002

)

 

 

(19,231

)

 

 

(5,305

)

 

 

(7,815

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest expense, net

 

 

12,554

 

 

 

12,007

 

 

 

38,509

 

 

 

34,309

 

Non-operating other expense (income), net

 

 

216

 

 

 

39

 

 

 

(587

)

 

 

(605

)

Loss before benefit for income taxes

 

 

(21,772

)

 

 

(31,277

)

 

 

(43,227

)

 

 

(41,519

)

Benefit for income taxes

 

 

(1,370

)

 

 

(483

)

 

 

(3,008

)

 

 

(5,816

)

Net loss

 

 

(20,402

)

 

 

(30,794

)

 

 

(40,219

)

 

 

(35,703

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dividends on convertible preferred stocks

 

 

75

 

 

 

75

 

 

 

225

 

 

 

225

 

Dividends on Series E redeemable preferred stock

 

 

8,889

 

 

 

7,764

 

 

 

25,885

 

 

 

22,609

 

Accretion of Series E redeemable preferred stock

 

 

508

 

 

 

500

 

 

 

1,517

 

 

 

1,493

 

Net loss attributable to common stockholders

 

$

(29,874

)

 

$

(39,133

)

 

$

(67,846

)

 

$

(60,030

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic and dilutive net loss per common share

 

$

(1.06

)

 

$

(1.39

)

 

$

(2.41

)

 

$

(2.14

)

LSB Industries, Inc.

Consolidated Balance Sheets

 

 

 

September 30,

 

 

December 31,

 

 

 

2020

 

 

2019

 

 

 

(In Thousands)

 

Assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current assets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

42,094

 

 

$

22,791

 

Accounts receivable

 

 

39,945

 

 

 

40,203

 

Allowance for doubtful accounts

 

 

(392

)

 

 

(261

)

Accounts receivable, net

 

 

39,553

 

 

 

39,942

 

Inventories:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finished goods

 

 

17,637

 

 

 

21,738

 

Raw materials

 

 

1,565

 

 

 

1,573

 

Total inventories

 

 

19,202

 

 

 

23,311

 

Supplies, prepaid items and other:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prepaid insurance

 

 

1,478

 

 

 

11,837

 

Precious metals

 

 

7,179

 

 

 

5,568

 

Supplies

 

 

25,174

 

 

 

24,689

 

Other

 

 

3,349

 

 

 

2,735

 

Total supplies, prepaid items and other

 

 

37,180

 

 

 

44,829

 

Total current assets

 

 

138,029

 

 

 

130,873

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment, net

 

 

899,613

 

 

 

936,474

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other assets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating lease assets

 

 

25,356

 

 

 

15,330

 

Intangible and other assets, net

 

 

6,927

 

 

 

5,812

 

 

 

 

32,283

 

 

 

21,142

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

$

1,069,925

 

 

$

1,088,489

 

LSB Industries, Inc.

Consolidated Balance Sheets (continued)

 

 

 

September 30,

 

 

December 31,

 

 

 

2020

 

 

2019

 

 

 

(In Thousands)

 

Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts payable

 

$

41,192

 

 

$

58,477

 

Short-term financing

 

 

751

 

 

 

9,929

 

Accrued and other liabilities

 

 

40,957

 

 

 

25,484

 

Current portion of long-term debt

 

 

15,203

 

 

 

9,410

 

Total current liabilities

 

 

98,103

 

 

 

103,300

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Long-term debt, net

 

 

470,751

 

 

 

449,634

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Noncurrent operating lease liabilities

 

 

19,249

 

 

 

11,404

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other noncurrent accrued and other liabilities

 

 

5,596

 

 

 

6,214

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deferred income taxes

 

 

32,663

 

 

 

35,717

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Commitments and contingencies (Note 5)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Redeemable preferred stocks:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Series E 14% cumulative, redeemable Class C preferred stock, no par value, 210,000 shares issued; 139,768 outstanding; aggregate liquidation preference of $268,685,000 ($242,800,000 at December 31, 2019)

 

 

262,295

 

 

 

234,893

 

Series F redeemable Class C preferred stock, no par value, 1 share issued and outstanding; aggregate liquidation preference of $100

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stockholders' equity:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Series B 12% cumulative, convertible preferred stock, $100 par value; 20,000 shares issued and outstanding; aggregate liquidation preference of $3,205,000 ($3,025,000 at December 31, 2019)

 

 

2,000

 

 

 

2,000

 

Series D 6% cumulative, convertible Class C preferred stock, no par value; 1,000,000 shares issued and outstanding; aggregate liquidation preference of $1,297,000 ($1,252,000 at December 31, 2019)

 

 

1,000

 

 

 

1,000

 

Common stock, $.10 par value; 75,000,000 shares authorized, 31,283,210 shares issued

 

 

3,128

 

 

 

3,128

 

Capital in excess of par value

 

 

198,013

 

 

 

196,833

 

Retained earnings (accumulated deficit)

 

 

(9,989

)

 

 

57,632

 

 

 

 

194,152

 

 

 

260,593

 

Less treasury stock, at cost:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common stock, 1,966,042 shares (2,009,566 shares at December 31, 2019)

 

 

12,884

 

 

 

13,266

 

Total stockholders' equity

 

 

181,268

 

 

 

247,327

 

 

 

$

1,069,925

 

 

$

1,088,489

 

LSB Industries, Inc.
Non-GAAP Reconciliation

This news release includes certain “non-GAAP financial measures” under the rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission, including Regulation G. These non-GAAP measures are calculated using GAAP amounts in our consolidated financial statements.

EBITDA Reconciliation

EBITDA is defined as net income (loss) plus interest expense, plus loss on extinguishment of debt, plus depreciation and amortization (D&A) (which includes D&A of property, plant and equipment and amortization of intangible and other assets), plus provision for income taxes. We believe that certain investors consider EBITDA a useful means of measuring our ability to meet our debt service obligations and evaluating our financial performance. EBITDA has limitations and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for net income, operating income, cash flow from operations or other consolidated income or cash flow data prepared in accordance with GAAP. Because not all companies use identical calculations, this presentation of EBITDA may not be comparable to a similarly titled measure of other companies. The following table provides a reconciliation of net income (loss) to EBITDA for the periods indicated.

LSB Consolidated ($ in thousands)

Three Months Ended
September 30,

 

Nine Months Ended
September 30,

2020

 

2019

 

2020

 

2019

 

Net loss

$

($20,402

)

 

$

($30,794

)

 

$

(40,219

)

 

$

(35,703

)

Plus:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest expense

 

12,554

 

 

 

12,007

 

 

 

38,509

 

 

 

34,309

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

17,700

 

 

 

17,975

 

 

 

52,903

 

 

 

52,511

 

Benefit for income taxes

 

(1,370

)

 

 

(483

)

 

 

(3,008

)

 

 

(5,816

)

EBITDA

$

8,482

 

 

$

(1,295

)

 

$

48,185

 

 

$

45,301

 

LSB Industries, Inc.
Non-GAAP Reconciliation (continued)

Adjusted EBITDA

Adjusted EBITDA is reported to show the impact of one time/non-cash or non-operating items-such as, loss (gain) on sale of a business and other property and equipment, one-time income or fees, certain fair market value adjustments, non-cash stock-based compensation, and consulting costs associated with reliability and purchasing initiatives. We historically have performed Turnaround activities on an annual basis; however, we have moved towards extending Turnarounds to a two or three-year cycle. Rather than being capitalized and amortized over the period of benefit, our accounting policy is to recognize the costs as incurred. Given these Turnarounds are essentially investments that provide benefits over multiple years, they are not reflective of our operating performance in a given year. As a result, we believe it is more meaningful for investors to exclude them from our calculation of adjusted EBITDA used to assess our performance. We believe that the inclusion of supplementary adjustments to EBITDA is appropriate to provide additional information to investors about certain items. The following tables provide reconciliations of EBITDA excluding the impact of the supplementary adjustments.

LSB Consolidated ($ in thousands)

Three Months Ended
September 30,

 

Nine Months Ended
September 30,

2020

 

2019

 

2020

 

2019

 

EBITDA:

$

8,482

 

 

$

(1,295

)

 

$

48,185

 

 

$

45,301

 

Stock-based compensation

 

447

 

 

 

502

 

 

 

1,627

 

 

 

1,800

 

Unrealized gain on commodity contracts

 

(669

)

 

 

-

 

 

 

(538

)

 

 

-

 

Legal fees (Leidos)

 

901

 

 

 

3,330

 

 

 

5,143

 

 

 

5,758

 

Loss on disposal of assets

 

887

 

 

 

425

 

 

 

610

 

 

 

653

 

Fair market value adjustment on preferred stock embedded derivatives

 

141

 

 

 

403

 

 

 

(616

)

 

 

(121

)

Consulting costs associated with reliability and purchasing initiatives

 

2

 

 

 

494

 

 

 

578

 

 

 

912

 

Turnaround costs

 

34

 

 

 

7,232

 

 

 

45

 

 

 

7,836

 

Adjusted EBITDA

$

10,225

 

 

$

11,091

 

 

$

55,034

 

 

$

62,139

 

Agricultural Sales Price Reconciliation

The following table provides a reconciliation of total agricultural net sales as reported under GAAP in our consolidated financial statement reconciled to netback sales which is calculated as net sales less freight expenses. We believe this provides a relevant industry comparison among our peer group.

Three Months Ended
September 30,

 

Nine Months Ended
September 30,

2020

 

2019

 

2020

 

2019

 

Agricultural net sales ($ in thousands)

$

31,986

 

$

35,494

 

$

138,441

 

$

154,790

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less freight

 

2,172

 

 

2,185

 

 

11,638

 

 

10,771

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Agricultural netback sales

$

29,814

 

$

33,309

 

$

126,803

 

$

144,019

 

Company Contact:
Mark Behrman, President & CEO
Cheryl Maguire, Executive Vice President & CFO
(405) 235-4546

Investor Relations Contact: The Equity Group Inc. 
Fred Buonocore, CFA (212) 836-9607
Mike Gaudreau (212) 836-9620

Source: LSB Industries, Inc.