Press Release Details

HollyFrontier Corporation Reports Quarterly Results

10/31/2018

DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- HollyFrontier Corporation (NYSE:HFC) (“HollyFrontier” or the “Company”) today reported third quarter net income attributable to HollyFrontier stockholders of $342.5 million or $1.93 per diluted share for the quarter ended September 30, 2018, compared to $272.0 million or $1.53 per diluted share for the quarter ended September 30, 2017.

The third quarter results include a lower of cost or market inventory valuation adjustment that decreased pre-tax earnings by $17.8 million. Excluding this item, net income for the current quarter was $350.7 million ($1.98 per diluted share) compared to $202.4 million ($1.14 per diluted share) for the third quarter of 2017, which excludes certain items that collectively decreased earnings by $69.6 million for the three months ended September 30, 2017. Total operating expenses for the quarter were $317.2 million compared to $322.3 million for the third quarter of last year.

HollyFrontier’s President & CEO, George Damiris, commented, “HollyFrontier's strong financial results reflect our ability to capture the favorable crude discounts across our refining system. In line with our cash priorities, during the third quarter we reinvested in our plants through both capital and maintenance spending, paid our regular dividend and returned an additional $124.0 million to shareholders in the form of share repurchase. Looking into the fourth quarter, we see normal seasonality in the gasoline markets and sustained attractive crude markets. We are currently undergoing turnarounds at our El Dorado and Mississauga facilities and plan to return to normal operations in November.”

The Refining and Marketing segment reported adjusted EBITDA of $507.2 million compared to $326.4 million for the third quarter of 2017. This increase was primarily driven by lower laid-in crude costs which resulted in a consolidated refinery gross margin of $19.41 per produced barrel, a 38% increase compared to $14.05 for the third quarter of 2017. Crude oil charge averaged 441,990 barrels per day (“BPD”) for the current quarter compared to 454,790 BPD for the third quarter 2017. The lower crude charge is due to the planned turnaround at El Dorado that began in the last week of September, coupled with Woods Cross running at reduced rates throughout July and August.

Our Lubricants and Specialty Products segment reported EBITDA of $42.3 million, driven by consistent Rack Forward sales volumes and margins. Rack Forward EBITDA was $57.1 million for the quarter and HollyFrontier continues to expect Rack Forward EBITDA in the $200.0 million to $220.0 million range for 2018. Rack Back EBITDA was negatively impacted by weakness in the base oil markets. Additionally, we closed on our previously announced acquisition of Red Giant Oil Company on August 1, 2018.

Holly Energy Partners, L.P. ("HEP") reported EBITDA of $86.9 million for the third quarter 2018 compared to $75.0 million in the third quarter of 2017. This growth was driven by the acquisition of the SLC and Frontier Pipelines as well as volume growth in HEP’s Permian crude gathering system.

For the third quarter of 2018, net cash provided by operations totaled $401.8 million. During the period, we declared and paid a dividend of $0.33 per share to shareholders totaling $58.4 million and spent $124.0 million in stock repurchases. At September 30, 2018, our cash and cash equivalents totaled $1,075.7 million, a $95.8 million increase over cash and cash equivalents of $979.9 million at June 30, 2018. Additionally, our consolidated debt was $2,409.1 million. Our debt, exclusive of HEP debt, which is nonrecourse to HollyFrontier, was $992.4 million at September 30, 2018.

The Company has scheduled a webcast conference call for today, October 31, 2018, at 8:30 AM Eastern Time to discuss third quarter financial results. This webcast may be accessed at: https://78449.themediaframe.com/dataconf/productusers/hfc/mediaframe/26441/indexl.html. An audio archive of this webcast will be available using the above noted link through November 14, 2018.

HollyFrontier Corporation, headquartered in Dallas, Texas, is an independent petroleum refiner and marketer that produces high-value light products such as gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel and other specialty products. HollyFrontier operates through its subsidiaries a 135,000 barrels per stream day (“BPSD”) refinery located in El Dorado, Kansas, two refinery facilities with a combined capacity of 125,000 BPSD located in Tulsa, Oklahoma, a 100,000 BPSD refinery located in Artesia, New Mexico, a 52,000 BPSD refinery located in Cheyenne, Wyoming and a 45,000 BPSD refinery in Woods Cross, Utah. HollyFrontier markets its refined products principally in the Southwest U.S., the Rocky Mountains extending into the Pacific Northwest and in other neighboring Plains states. In addition, HollyFrontier, through its subsidiary, owns Petro-Canada Lubricants Inc., whose Mississauga, Ontario facility produces 15,600 barrels per day of base oils and other specialized lubricant products, and also owns a 57% interest and a non-economic general partner interest in Holly Energy Partners, L.P.

The following is a “safe harbor” statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: The statements in this press release relating to matters that are not historical facts are “forward-looking statements” based on management’s beliefs and assumptions using currently available information and expectations as of the date hereof, are not guarantees of future performance and involve certain risks and uncertainties, including those contained in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot assure you that our expectations will prove correct. Therefore, actual outcomes and results could materially differ from what is expressed, implied or forecast in such statements. Any differences could be caused by a number of factors, including, but not limited to, risks and uncertainties with respect to the actions of actual or potential competitive suppliers of refined petroleum products in the Company’s markets, the demand for and supply of crude oil and refined products, the spread between market prices for refined products and market prices for crude oil, the possibility of constraints on the transportation of refined products, the possibility of inefficiencies, curtailments or shutdowns in refinery operations or pipelines, effects of governmental and environmental regulations and policies, the availability and cost of financing to the Company, the effectiveness of the Company’s capital investments and marketing strategies, the Company’s efficiency in carrying out construction projects, the ability of the Company to acquire refined product operations or pipeline and terminal operations on acceptable terms and to integrate any future acquired operations, the possibility of terrorist and cyber attacks and the consequences of any such attacks, general economic conditions and other financial, operational and legal risks and uncertainties detailed from time to time in the Company’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings. The forward-looking statements speak only as of the date made and, other than as required by law, we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

Financial Data (all information in this release is unaudited)

    Three Months Ended
September 30,
      Change from 2017
2018     2017 Change     Percent
(In thousands, except per share data)
Sales and other revenues $ 4,770,799 $ 3,719,247 $ 1,051,552 28 %
Operating costs and expenses:
Cost of products sold:
Cost of products sold (exclusive of lower of cost or market inventory valuation adjustment) 3,752,234 2,888,549 863,685 30
Lower of cost or market inventory valuation adjustment   17,837     (111,128 )   128,965   (116 )
3,770,071 2,777,421 992,650 36
Operating expenses 317,196 322,277 (5,081 ) (2 )
Selling, general and administrative expenses 71,130 68,252 2,878 4
Depreciation and amortization   108,885     102,884     6,001   6
Total operating costs and expenses   4,267,282     3,270,834     996,448   30
Income from operations 503,517 448,413 55,104 12
 
Other income (expense):
Earnings of equity method investments 1,114 5,072 (3,958 ) (78 )
Interest income 5,136 1,074 4,062 378
Interest expense (32,399 ) (28,731 ) (3,668 ) 13
Gain on foreign currency transactions 281 19,122 (18,841 ) (99 )
Other, net   741     1,153     (412 ) (36 )
  (25,127 )   (2,310 )   (22,817 ) 988
Income before income taxes 478,390 446,103 32,287 7
Income tax expense   116,258     158,386     (42,128 ) (27 )
Net income 362,132 287,717 74,415 26
Less net income attributable to noncontrolling interest   19,666     15,703     3,963   25
Net income attributable to HollyFrontier stockholders $ 342,466   $ 272,014   $ 70,452   26 %
 
Earnings per share attributable to HollyFrontier stockholders:
Basic $ 1.95   $ 1.53   $ 0.42   27 %
Diluted $ 1.93   $ 1.53   $ 0.40   26 %
Cash dividends declared per common share $ 0.33   $ 0.33   $   %
Average number of common shares outstanding:
Basic 175,097 176,149 (1,052 ) (1 )%
Diluted 176,927 176,530 397 %
EBITDA $ 594,872 $ 560,941 $ 33,931 6 %
Adjusted EBITDA $ 612,709 $ 454,029 $ 158,680 35 %
 
         
Nine Months Ended
September 30,
Change from 2017
2018     2017 Change     Percent
(In thousands, except per share data)
Sales and other revenues $ 13,370,462 $ 10,258,594 $ 3,111,868 30 %
Operating costs and expenses:
Cost of products sold:
Cost of products sold (exclusive of lower of cost or market inventory valuation adjustment) 10,695,275 8,283,183 2,412,092 29
Lower of cost or market inventory valuation adjustment   (192,927 )   (15,323 )   (177,604 ) 1,159
10,502,348 8,267,860 2,234,488 27
Operating expenses 933,699 946,264 (12,565 ) (1 )
Selling, general and administrative expenses 204,469 185,303 19,166 10
Depreciation and amortization 323,605 304,206 19,399 6
Asset impairment       19,247     (19,247 ) (100 )
Total operating costs and expenses   11,964,121     9,722,880     2,241,241   23
Income from operations 1,406,341 535,714 870,627 163
 
Other income (expense):
Earnings of equity method investments 4,127 10,965 (6,838 ) (62 )
Interest income 10,660 2,069 8,591 415
Interest expense (97,446 ) (85,534 ) (11,912 ) 14
Loss on early extinguishment of debt (12,225 ) 12,225 (100 )
Gain on foreign currency transactions 5,516 19,517 (14,001 ) (72 )
Gain on foreign currency swap contracts 24,545 (24,545 ) (100 )
Other, net   3,451     2,550     901   35
  (73,692 )   (38,113 )   (35,579 ) 93
Income before income taxes 1,332,649 497,601 835,048 168
Income tax expense   318,742     173,593     145,149   84
Net income 1,013,907 324,008 689,899 213
Less net income attributable to noncontrolling interest   57,843     39,695     18,148   46
Net income attributable to HollyFrontier stockholders $ 956,064   $ 284,313   $ 671,751   236 %
 
Earnings per share attributable to HollyFrontier stockholders:
Basic $ 5.42   $ 1.60   $ 3.82   239 %
Diluted $ 5.37   $ 1.60   $ 3.77   236 %
Cash dividends declared per common share $ 0.99   $ 0.99   $   %
Average number of common shares outstanding:
Basic 175,865 176,143 (278 ) %
Diluted 177,557 176,616 941 1 %
EBITDA $ 1,685,197 $ 845,577 $ 839,620 99 %
Adjusted EBITDA $ 1,413,620 $ 845,558 $ 568,062 67 %
 

Balance Sheet Data

    September 30,     December 31,
2018 2017
(In thousands)
Cash and cash equivalents $ 1,075,677 $ 630,757
Working capital $ 2,317,090 $ 1,640,118
Total assets $ 11,495,126 $ 10,692,154
Long-term debt $ 2,409,148 $ 2,498,993
Total equity $ 6,563,512 $ 5,896,940
 

Segment Information

In the fourth quarter of 2017, we revised our reportable segments to align with certain changes in how our chief operating decision maker manages and allocates resources to our business. Accordingly, our Tulsa refineries' lubricants operations, previously reported in the Refining segment, are now combined with the operations of our Petro-Canada Lubricants business (acquired February 1, 2017) and reported in the Lubricants and Specialty Products segment. Segment information for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017 has been retrospectively adjusted to reflect our current segment presentation.

Our operations are organized into three reportable segments, Refining, Lubricants and Specialty Products and HEP. Our operations that are not included in the Refining, Lubricants and Specialty Products and HEP segments are included in Corporate and Other. Intersegment transactions are eliminated in our consolidated financial statements and are included in Eliminations. Corporate and Other and Eliminations are aggregated and presented under Corporate, Other and Eliminations column. The Refining segment includes the operations of our El Dorado, Tulsa, Navajo, Cheyenne and Woods Cross refineries and HFC Asphalt (aggregated as a reportable segment). Refining activities involve the purchase and refining of crude oil and wholesale and branded marketing of refined products, such as gasoline, diesel fuel and jet fuel. These petroleum products are primarily marketed in the Mid-Continent, Southwest and Rocky Mountain regions of the United States. HFC Asphalt operates various terminals in Arizona, New Mexico and Oklahoma.

The Lubricants and Specialty Products segment involves PCLI's production operations, located in Mississauga, Ontario, that include lubricant products such as base oils, white oils, specialty products and finished lubricants and the operations of our Petro-Canada Lubricants business that includes the marketing of products to both retail and wholesale outlets through a global sales network with locations in Canada, the United States, Europe and China. Additionally, the Lubricants and Specialty Products segment includes specialty lubricant products produced at our Tulsa refineries that are marketed throughout North America and are distributed in Central and South America and the operations of Red Giant Oil, one of the largest suppliers of locomotive engine oil in North America.

The HEP segment involves all of the operations of HEP, a consolidated variable interest entity, which owns and operates logistics assets consisting of petroleum product and crude oil pipelines, terminals, tankage, loading rack facilities and refinery process units in the Mid-Continent, Southwest and Rocky Mountain regions of the United States. The HEP segment also includes a 75% interest in UNEV Pipeline, LLC (an HEP consolidated subsidiary), and a 50% ownership interest in each of Osage Pipeline Company, LLC and Cheyenne Pipeline LLC. Revenues from the HEP segment are earned through transactions with unaffiliated parties for pipeline transportation, rental and terminalling operations as well as revenues relating to pipeline transportation services provided for our refining operations. Due to certain basis differences, our reported amounts for the HEP segment may not agree to amounts reported in HEP's periodic public filings.

    Refining     Lubricants and Specialty Products     HEP     Corporate, Other and Eliminations     Consolidated Total
(In thousands)
Three Months Ended September 30, 2018
Sales and other revenues:
Revenues from external customers $ 4,270,835 $ 474,260 $ 25,596 $ 108 $ 4,770,799
Intersegment revenues $ 101,334   $ 1,626   $ 100,188 $ (203,148 ) $  
$ 4,372,169 $ 475,886 $ 125,784 $ (203,040 ) $ 4,770,799
Cost of products sold (exclusive of lower of cost or market inventory) $ 3,572,593 $ 359,742 $ $ (180,101 ) $ 3,752,234
Lower of cost or market inventory valuation adjustment $ 17,837 $ $ $ $ 17,837
Operating expenses $ 262,010 $ 40,288 $ 35,995 $ (21,097 ) $ 317,196
Selling, general and administrative expenses $ 30,394 $ 33,514 $ 2,498 $ 4,724 $ 71,130
Depreciation and amortization $ 70,793 $ 11,139 $ 24,367 $ 2,586 $ 108,885
Income (loss) from operations $ 418,542 $ 31,203 $ 62,924 $ (9,152 ) $ 503,517
Earnings of equity method investments $ $ $ 1,114 $ $ 1,114
Capital expenditures $ 47,088 $ 8,094 $ 9,541 $ 5,214 $ 69,937
 
Three Months Ended September 30, 2017
Sales and other revenues:
Revenues from external customers $ 3,291,417 $ 413,074 $ 15,227 $ (471 ) $ 3,719,247
Intersegment revenues $ 82,705   $   $ 95,137 $ (177,842 ) $  
$ 3,374,122 $ 413,074 $ 110,364 $ (178,313 ) $ 3,719,247
Cost of products sold (exclusive of lower of cost or market inventory) $ 2,774,722 $ 270,279 $ $ (156,452 ) $ 2,888,549
Lower of cost or market inventory valuation adjustment $ (109,690 ) $ (1,438 ) $ $ $ (111,128 )
Operating expenses $ 246,409 $ 59,726 $ 36,061 $ (19,919 ) $ 322,277
Selling, general and administrative expenses $ 26,582 $ 30,796 $ 3,626 $ 7,248 $ 68,252
Depreciation and amortization $ 74,070 $ 7,734 $ 18,601 $ 2,479 $ 102,884
Income (loss) from operations $ 362,029 $ 45,977 $ 52,076 $ (11,669 ) $ 448,413
Earnings of equity method investments $ $ $ 5,072 $ $ 5,072
Capital expenditures $ 30,979 $ 9,815 $ 10,151 $ 5,122 $ 56,067
 
                   
Refining Lubricants and Specialty Products HEP Corporate, Other and Eliminations Consolidated Total
(In thousands)
Nine Months Ended September 30, 2018
Sales and other revenues:
Revenues from external customers $ 11,915,797 $ 1,376,531 $ 77,799 $ 335 $ 13,370,462
Intersegment revenues $ 284,538   $ 11,884 $ 295,629 $ (592,051 ) $  
$ 12,200,335 $ 1,388,415 $ 373,428 $ (591,716 ) $ 13,370,462
Cost of products sold (exclusive of lower of cost or market inventory) $ 10,179,509 $ 1,040,414 $ $ (524,648 ) $ 10,695,275
Lower of cost or market inventory valuation adjustment $ (192,927 ) $ $ $ $ (192,927 )
Operating expenses $ 764,415 $ 125,101 $ 106,731 $ (62,548 ) $ 933,699
Selling, general and administrative expenses $ 82,966 $ 99,425 $ 8,293 $ 13,785 $ 204,469
Depreciation and amortization $ 210,957 $ 30,023 $ 74,117 $ 8,508 $ 323,605
Income (loss) from operations $ 1,155,415 $ 93,452 $ 184,287 $ (26,813 ) $ 1,406,341
Earnings of equity method investments $ $ $ 4,127 $ $ 4,127
Capital expenditures $ 132,050 $ 23,138 $ 41,111 $ 12,779 $ 209,078
 
Nine Months Ended September 30, 2017
Sales and other revenues:
Revenues from external customers $ 9,033,148 $ 1,178,343 $ 47,826 $ (723 ) $ 10,258,594
Intersegment revenues $ 268,208   $ $ 277,315 $ (545,523 ) $  
$ 9,301,356 $ 1,178,343 $ 325,141 $ (546,246 ) $ 10,258,594
Cost of products sold (exclusive of lower of cost or market inventory) $ 7,949,813 $ 818,981 $ $ (485,611 ) $ 8,283,183
Lower of cost or market inventory valuation adjustment $ (15,365 ) $ 42 $ $ $ (15,323 )
Operating expenses $ 743,493 $ 154,795 $ 102,773 $ (54,797 ) $ 946,264
Selling, general and administrative expenses $ 71,591 $ 71,877 $ 8,882 $ 32,953 $ 185,303
Depreciation and amortization $ 218,934 $ 20,570 $ 56,515 $ 8,187 $ 304,206
Asset impairment $ 19,247 $ $ $ $ 19,247
Income (loss) from operations $ 313,643 $ 112,078 $ 156,971 $ (46,978 ) $ 535,714
Earnings of equity method investments $ $ $ 10,965 $ $ 10,965
Capital expenditures $ 130,238 $ 20,772 $ 30,675 $ 11,432 $ 193,117
 
September 30, 2018
Cash and cash equivalents $ 6,915 $ 72,652 $ 6,375 $ 989,735 $ 1,075,677
Total assets $ 7,044,358 $ 1,498,586 $ 2,146,124 $ 806,058 $ 11,495,126
Long-term debt $ $ $ 1,416,748 $ 992,400 $ 2,409,148
 
December 31, 2017
Cash and cash equivalents $ 7,488 $ 41,756 $ 7,776 $ 573,737 $ 630,757
Total assets $ 6,474,666 $ 1,610,472 $ 2,191,984 $ 415,032 $ 10,692,154
Long-term debt $ $ $ 1,507,308 $ 991,685 $ 2,498,993
 

Refining Segment Operating Data

The following tables set forth information, including non-GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) performance measures about our refinery operations. Refinery gross and net operating margins do not include the non-cash effects of lower of cost or market inventory valuation adjustments and depreciation and amortization. Reconciliations to amounts reported under GAAP are provided under “Reconciliations to Amounts Reported Under Generally Accepted Accounting Principles” below.

In the fourth quarter of 2017, we revised the following refining segment operating data computations: refinery gross margin; net operating margin; and operating expenses to better align with similar measurements provided by other companies in our industry and to facilitate comparison of our refining performance relative to our peers. Effective with this change, these measurements are now inclusive of all refining segment activities, including HFC Asphalt operations and revenues and costs related to products purchased for resale and excess crude oil sales. Refining segment operating data for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017 has been retrospectively adjusted to reflect our current presentation.

    Three Months Ended
September 30,
      Nine Months Ended
September 30,
2018     2017 2018     2017
Mid-Continent Region (El Dorado and Tulsa Refineries)
Crude charge (BPD) (1) 262,550 262,470 260,150 258,420
Refinery throughput (BPD) (2) 276,560 275,270 274,330 274,200
Sales of produced refined products (BPD) (3) 255,840 253,700 259,890 255,160
Refinery utilization (4) 101.0 % 101.0 % 100.1 % 99.4 %
 
Average per produced barrel (5)
Refinery gross margin (6) $ 16.43 $ 12.60 $ 12.99 $ 9.36
Refinery operating expenses (7)   5.48     5.02     5.18     5.17  
Net operating margin $ 10.95   $ 7.58   $ 7.81   $ 4.19  
 
Refinery operating expenses per throughput barrel (8) $ 5.07 $ 4.63 $ 4.90 $ 4.81
 
Feedstocks:
Sweet crude oil 59 % 65 % 54 % 62 %
Sour crude oil 21 % 14 % 24 % 17 %
Heavy sour crude oil 15 % 16 % 17 % 15 %
Other feedstocks and blends   5 %   5 %   5 %   6 %
Total   100 %   100 %   100 %   100 %
 
Sales of produced refined products:
Gasolines 49 % 50 % 51 % 50 %
Diesel fuels 34 % 34 % 33 % 33 %
Jet fuels 6 % 6 % 6 % 7 %
Fuel oil 1 % 1 % 1 % 1 %
Asphalt 4 % 3 % 3 % 3 %
Base oils 4 % 4 % 4 % 4 %
LPG and other   2 %   2 %   2 %   2 %
Total   100 %   100 %   100 %   100 %
         
Three Months Ended
September 30,
Nine Months Ended
September 30,
2018     2017 2018     2017
Southwest Region (Navajo Refinery)
Crude charge (BPD) (1) 109,560 112,060 109,200 96,350
Refinery throughput (BPD) (2) 117,880 122,890 118,300 105,190
Sales of produced refined products (BPD) (3) 122,210 130,740 120,900 107,890
Refinery utilization (4) 109.6 % 112.1 % 109.2 % 96.4 %
 
Average per produced barrel (5)
Refinery gross margin (6) $ 22.60 $ 14.64 $ 17.84 $ 12.21
Refinery operating expenses (7)   4.53     4.34     4.63     5.38  
Net operating margin $ 18.07   $ 10.30   $ 13.21   $ 6.83  
 
Refinery operating expenses per throughput barrel (8) $ 4.69 $ 4.62 $ 4.73 $ 5.52
 
Feedstocks:
Sweet crude oil 28 % 25 % 31 % 23 %
Sour crude oil 65 % 66 % 61 % 68 %
Other feedstocks and blends   7 %   9 %   8 %   9 %
Total   100 %   100 %   100 %   100 %
 
Sales of produced refined products:
Gasolines 49 % 49 % 50 % 50 %
Diesel fuels 41 % 40 % 40 % 40 %
Fuel oil 3 % 4 % 3 % 3 %
Asphalt 5 % 5 % 4 % 4 %
LPG and other   2 %   2 %   3 %   3 %
Total   100 %   100 %   100 %   100 %
 
Rocky Mountain Region (Cheyenne and Woods Cross Refineries)
Crude charge (BPD) (1) 69,880 80,260 71,000 76,510
Refinery throughput (BPD) (2) 76,120 87,620 78,410 84,050
Sales of produced refined products (BPD) (3) 69,720 79,310 74,850 78,910
Refinery utilization (4) 72.0 % 82.7 % 73.2 % 78.9 %
 
Average per produced barrel (5)
Refinery gross margin (6) $ 24.75 $ 17.71 $ 24.95 $ 15.78
Refinery operating expenses (7)   12.80     10.47     11.97     10.36  
Net operating margin $ 11.95   $ 7.24   $ 12.98   $ 5.42  
 
Refinery operating expenses per throughput barrel (8) $ 11.72 $ 9.48 $ 11.42 $ 9.72
 
Feedstocks:
Sweet crude oil 24 % 32 % 25 % 34 %
Heavy sour crude oil 44 % 37 % 44 % 36 %
Black wax crude oil 24 % 23 % 22 % 21 %
Other feedstocks and blends   8 %   8 %   9 %   9 %
Total   100 %   100 %   100 %   100 %
         
Three Months Ended
September 30,
Nine Months Ended
September 30,
2018     2017 2018     2017
Sales of produced refined products:
Gasolines 54 % 58 % 56 % 58 %
Diesel fuels 34 % 32 % 33 % 33 %
Fuel oil 2 % 3 % 3 % 2 %
Asphalt 7 % 4 % 5 % 5 %
LPG and other   3 %   3 %   3 %   2 %
Total   100 %   100 %   100 %   100 %
 
Consolidated
Crude charge (BPD) (1) 441,990 454,790 440,350 431,280
Refinery throughput (BPD) (2) 470,560 485,780 471,040 463,440
Sales of produced refined products (BPD) (3) 447,770 463,750 455,640 441,960
Refinery utilization (4) 96.7 % 99.5 % 96.4 % 94.4 %
 
Average per produced barrel (5)
Refinery gross margin (6) $ 19.41 $ 14.05 $ 16.25 $ 11.20
Refinery operating expenses (7)   6.36     5.78     6.15     6.16  
Net operating margin $ 13.05   $ 8.27   $ 10.10   $ 5.04  
 
Refinery operating expenses per throughput barrel (8) $ 6.05 $ 5.51 $ 5.94 $ 5.88
 
Feedstocks:
Sweet crude oil 45 % 49 % 43 % 48 %
Sour crude oil 29 % 25 % 30 % 25 %
Heavy sour crude oil 16 % 16 % 17 % 16 %
Black wax crude oil 4 % 4 % 4 % 4 %
Other feedstocks and blends   6 %   6 %   6 %   7 %
Total   100 %   100 %   100 %   100 %
 
Consolidated
Sales of produced refined products:
Gasolines 50 % 51 % 52 % 51 %
Diesel fuels 36 % 36 % 35 % 34 %
Jet fuels 3 % 3 % 3 % 4 %
Fuel oil 2 % 2 % 2 % 2 %
Asphalt 5 % 4 % 4 % 4 %
Base oils 2 % 2 % 2 % 3 %
LPG and other   2 %   2 %   2 %   2 %
Total   100 %   100 %   100 %   100 %
 
(1)   Crude charge represents the barrels per day of crude oil processed at our refineries.
(2) Refinery throughput represents the barrels per day of crude and other refinery feedstocks input to the crude units and other conversion units at our refineries.
(3) Represents barrels sold of refined products produced at our refineries (including HFC Asphalt) and does not include volumes of refined products purchased for resale or volumes of excess crude oil sold.
(4) Represents crude charge divided by total crude capacity ("BPSD"). Our consolidated crude capacity is 457,000 BPSD.
(5) Represents average amount per produced barrel sold, which is a non-GAAP measure. Reconciliations to amounts reported under GAAP are provided under “Reconciliations to Amounts Reported Under Generally Accepted Accounting Principles” below.
(6) Excludes lower of cost or market inventory valuation adjustments of $17.8 million and $111.1 million for the three months ended September 30, 2018 and 2017, respectively, and $192.9 million and $15.3 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2018 and 2017, respectively.
(7) Represents total refining segment operating expenses, exclusive of depreciation and amortization, divided by sales volumes of refined products produced at our refineries.
(8) Represents total refining segment operating expenses, exclusive of depreciation and amortization, divided by refinery throughput.
 

Lubricants and Specialty Products Segment Operating Data

We acquired our Petro-Canada Lubricants business on February 1, 2017. For the nine months ended September 30, 2017 our lubricants and specialty product operating results reflect the operations of our Petro-Canada Lubricants business for the period February 1, 2017 through September 30, 2017.

The following table sets forth information about our lubricants and specialty products operations.

    Three Months Ended
September 30,
      Nine Months Ended
September 30,
2018     2017 2018     2017
Lubricants and Specialty Products
Throughput (BPD) 21,410 22,360 20,530 21,980
Sales of produced products (BPD) 31,970 30,440 21,340 34,790
 
Sales of produced products:
Finished products 49 % 49 % 48 % 44 %
Base oils 28 % 28 % 31 % 33 %
Other 23 % 23 % 21 % 23 %
Total 100 % 100 % 100 % 100 %
 

Our Lubricants and Specialty Products segment includes base oil production activities, by-product sales to third parties and intra-segment base oil sales to rack forward, referred to as “Rack Back.” "Rack Forward" includes the purchase of base oils and the blending, packaging, marketing and distribution and sales of finished lubricants and specialty products to third parties. Supplemental financial data attributable to our Lubricants and Specialty Products segment is presented below:

    Rack Back (1)     Rack Forward (2)     Eliminations (3)    

Total Lubricants
and Specialty
Products

(In thousands)
Three months ended September 30, 2018
Sales and other revenues $ 197,226 $ 424,386 $ (145,726 ) $ 475,886
Cost of products sold (exclusive of lower of cost or market inventory valuation adjustment) $ 177,748 $ 327,720 $ (145,726 ) $ 359,742
Operating expenses $ 26,748 $ 13,540 $ $ 40,288
Selling, general and administrative expenses $ 7,439 $ 26,075 $ $ 33,514
Depreciation and amortization $ 6,345 $ 4,794 $ $ 11,139
Income (loss) from operations $ (21,054 ) $ 52,257 $ $ 31,203
EBITDA $ (14,709 ) $ 57,051 $ $ 42,342
 
Three months ended September 30, 2017
Sales and other revenues $ 166,851 $ 369,822 $ (123,599 ) $ 413,074
Cost of products sold (exclusive of lower of cost or market inventory valuation adjustment) $ 127,371 $ 266,507 $ (123,599 ) $ 270,279
Lower of cost or market inventory valuation adjustment $ $ (1,438 ) $ $ (1,438 )
Operating expenses $ 26,691 $ 33,035 $ $ 59,726
Selling, general and administrative expenses $ 6,847 $ 23,949 $ $ 30,796
Depreciation and amortization $ 5,388 $ 2,346 $ $ 7,734
Income from operations $ 554 $ 45,423 $ $ 45,977
EBITDA $ 5,942 $ 47,769 $ $ 53,711
 
    Rack Back (1)     Rack Forward (2)     Eliminations (3)    

Total Lubricants
and Specialty
Products

(In thousands)
Nine months ended September 30, 2018
Sales and other revenues $ 546,300 $ 1,248,886 $ (406,771 ) $ 1,388,415
Cost of products sold (exclusive of lower of cost or market inventory valuation adjustment) $ 482,842 $ 964,343 $ (406,771 ) $ 1,040,414
Operating expenses $ 82,729 $ 42,372 $ $ 125,101
Selling, general and administrative expenses $ 22,146 $ 77,279 $ $ 99,425
Depreciation and amortization $ 17,986 $ 12,037 $ $ 30,023
Income (loss) from operations $ (59,403 ) $ 152,855 $ $ 93,452
EBITDA $ (41,417 ) $ 164,892 $ $ 123,475
 
Nine months ended September 30, 2017
Sales and other revenues $ 434,675 $ 1,054,161 $ (310,493 ) $ 1,178,343
Cost of products sold (exclusive of lower of cost or market inventory valuation adjustment) $ 351,641 $ 777,833 $ (310,493 ) $ 818,981
Lower of cost or market inventory valuation adjustment $ $ 42 $ $ 42
Operating expenses $ 65,252 $ 89,543 $ $ 154,795
Selling, general and administrative expenses $ 15,905 $ 55,972 $ $ 71,877
Depreciation and amortization $ 14,475 $ 6,095 $ $ 20,570
Income (loss) from operations $ (12,598 ) $ 124,676 $ $ 112,078
EBITDA $ 1,877 $ 130,771 $ $ 132,648
 
(1)   Rack Back consists of the PCLI base oil production activities, by-product sales to third parties and intra-segment base oil sales to rack forward.
(2) Rack Forward activities include the purchase of base oils from rack back and the blending, packaging, marketing and distribution and sales of finished lubricants and specialty products to third parties.
(3) Intra-segment sales of Rack Back produced base oils to rack forward are eliminated under the “Eliminations” column.
 

Reconciliations to Amounts Reported Under Generally Accepted Accounting Principles

Reconciliations of earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”) and EBITDA excluding special items ("Adjusted EBITDA") to amounts reported under generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") in financial statements.

Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, referred to as EBITDA, is calculated as net income (loss) attributable to HollyFrontier stockholders plus (i) interest expense, net of interest income, (ii) income tax expense, and (iii) depreciation and amortization. Adjusted EBITDA is calculated as EBITDA plus or minus (i) lower of cost or market inventory valuation adjustments (ii) our RINs cost reduction related to our Cheyenne and Woods Cross small refinery exemptions (iii) Woods Cross refinery outage damages (iv) Woods Cross refinery estimated insurance claims on outage damages (v) PCLI acquisition and integration costs (vi) long-lived asset impairment charges charged to operating expense (vii) incremental cost of products sold attributable to our PCLI inventory value step-up (viii) loss on early extinguishment of debt and (ix) gain on foreign currency swap contracts.

EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are not calculations provided for under accounting principles generally accepted in the United States; however, the amounts included in these calculations are derived from amounts included in our consolidated financial statements. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered as alternatives to net income or operating income as an indication of our operating performance or as an alternative to operating cash flow as a measure of liquidity. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are not necessarily comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies. These are presented here because they are widely used financial indicators used by investors and analysts to measure performance. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are also used by our management for internal analysis and as a basis for financial covenants.

Set forth below is our calculation of EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA.

    Three Months Ended
September 30,
      Nine Months Ended
September 30,
2018     2017 2018     2017
(In thousands)
Net income attributable to HollyFrontier stockholders $ 342,466 $ 272,014 $ 956,064 $ 284,313
Add interest expense 32,399 28,731 97,446 85,534
Subtract interest income (5,136 ) (1,074 ) (10,660 ) (2,069 )
Add income tax expense 116,258 158,386 318,742 173,593
Add depreciation and amortization   108,885     102,884     323,605     304,206  
EBITDA $ 594,872 $ 560,941 $ 1,685,197 $ 845,577
Add (subtract) lower of cost or market inventory valuation adjustment 17,837 (111,128 ) (192,927 ) (15,323 )
Subtract RINs cost reduction (96,971 ) (30,456 )
Add Woods Cross refinery outage damages 24,566
Subtract Woods Cross refinery estimated insurance claims on outage damages (9,840 )
Add PCLI acquisition and integration costs 4,216 3,595 23,506
Add long-lived asset impairment 19,247
Add incremental cost of products sold attributable to PCLI inventory value step-up 15,327
Add loss on early extinguishment of debt 12,225
Subtract gain on foreign currency swap contracts               (24,545 )
Adjusted EBITDA $ 612,709   $ 454,029   $ 1,413,620   $ 845,558  
 
 

EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA attributable to our Refining segment is presented below:

    Three Months Ended
September 30,
      Nine Months Ended
September 30,
Refining Segment 2018     2017 2018     2017
(In thousands)
Income from operations (1) $ 418,542 $ 362,029 $ 1,155,415 $ 313,643
Add depreciation and amortization   70,793   74,070     210,957     218,934  
EBITDA 489,335 436,099 1,366,372 532,577
Add (subtract) lower of cost or market inventory valuation adjustment 17,837 (109,690 ) (192,927 ) (15,365 )
Subtract RINs cost reduction (96,971 ) (30,456 )
Add Woods Cross refinery outage damages 24,566
Subtract Woods Cross refinery estimated insurance claims on outage damages (9,840 )
Add long-lived asset impairment             19,247  
Adjusted EBITDA $ 507,172 $ 326,409   $ 1,091,200   $ 506,003  
(1)   Income from operations of our Refining segment represents income plus (i) interest expense, net of interest income and (ii) income tax provision.
 
 

EBITDA attributable to our Lubricants and Specialty Products segment is set forth below.

Lubricants and Specialty Products Segment     Rack Back     Rack Forward    

Total Lubricants
and Specialty
Products

(In thousands)
Three months ended September 30, 2018
Income (loss) from operations (1) $ (21,054 ) $ 52,257 $ 31,203
Add depreciation and amortization   6,345     4,794   11,139
EBITDA $ (14,709 ) $ 57,051 $ 42,342
Three months ended September 30, 2017
Income (loss) from operations (1) $ 554 $ 45,423 $ 45,977
Add depreciation and amortization   5,388     2,346   7,734
EBITDA $ 5,942   $ 47,769 $ 53,711
 
Nine months ended September 30, 2018
Income (loss) from operations (1) $ (59,403 ) $ 152,855 $ 93,452
Add depreciation and amortization   17,986     12,037   30,023
EBITDA $ (41,417 ) $ 164,892 $ 123,475
Nine months ended September 30, 2017
Income (loss) from operations (1) $ (12,598 ) $ 124,676 $ 112,078
Add depreciation and amortization   14,475     6,095   20,570
EBITDA $ 1,877   $ 130,771 $ 132,648
(1)   Income (loss) from operations of our Lubricants and Specialty Products segment represents income (loss) plus (i) interest expense, net of interest income and (ii) income tax provision.
 
 

Reconciliations of refinery operating information (non-GAAP performance measures) to amounts reported under generally accepted accounting principles in financial statements.

Refinery gross margin and net operating margin are non-GAAP performance measures that are used by our management and others to compare our refining performance to that of other companies in our industry. We believe these margin measures are helpful to investors in evaluating our refining performance on a relative and absolute basis. Refinery gross margin per produced barrel sold is total refining segment revenues less total refining segment cost of products sold, exclusive of lower of cost or market inventory valuation adjustments, divided by sales volumes of produced refined products sold. Net operating margin per barrel sold is the difference between refinery gross margin and refinery operating expenses per produced barrel sold. These two margins do not include the non-cash effects of lower of cost or market inventory valuation adjustments or depreciation and amortization. Each of these component performance measures can be reconciled directly to our consolidated statements of income. Other companies in our industry may not calculate these performance measures in the same manner.

Below are reconciliations to our consolidated statements of income for refinery net operating and gross margin and operating expenses, in each case averaged per produced barrel sold. Due to rounding of reported numbers, some amounts may not calculate exactly.

Reconciliation of average refining segment net operating margin per produced barrel sold to refinery gross margin to total sales and other revenues

    Three Months Ended
September 30,
      Nine Months Ended
September 30,
2018     2017 2018     2017
(Dollars in thousands, except per barrel amounts)
Consolidated
Net operating margin per produced barrel sold $ 13.05 $ 8.27 $ 10.10 $ 5.04
Add average refinery operating expenses per produced barrel sold   6.36     5.78     6.15     6.16  
Refinery gross margin per produced barrel sold $ 19.41 $ 14.05 $ 16.25 $ 11.20
Times produced barrels sold (BPD) 447,770 463,750 455,640 441,960
Times number of days in period   92     92     273     273  
Refining segment gross margin $ 799,592 $ 599,443 $ 2,021,333 $ 1,351,337
Add (subtract) rounding   (16 )   (43 )   (507 )   206  
Total refining segment gross margin 799,576 599,400 2,020,826 1,351,543
Add refining segment cost of products sold   3,572,593     2,774,722     10,179,509     7,949,813  
Refining segment sales and other revenues 4,372,169 3,374,122 12,200,335 9,301,356
Add lubricants and specialty products segment sales and other revenues 475,886 413,074 1,388,415 1,178,343
Add HEP segment sales and other revenues 125,784 110,364 373,428 325,141
Subtract corporate, other and eliminations   (203,040 )   (178,313 )   (591,716 )   (546,246 )
Sales and other revenues $ 4,770,799   $ 3,719,247   $ 13,370,462   $ 10,258,594  
 
 

Reconciliation of average refining segment operating expenses per produced barrel sold to total operating expenses

    Three Months Ended
September 30,
      Nine Months Ended
September 30,
2018     2017 2018     2017
(Dollars in thousands, except per barrel amounts)
Consolidated
Average operating expenses per produced barrel sold $ 6.36 $ 5.78 $ 6.15 $ 6.16
Times produced barrels sold (BPD) 447,770 463,750 455,640 441,960
Times number of days in period   92     92     273     273  
Refining segment operating expenses $ 261,999 $ 246,604 $ 764,997 $ 743,235
Add (subtract) rounding   11     (195 )   (582 )   258  
Total refining segment operating expenses 262,010 246,409 764,415 743,493
Add lubricants and specialty products segment operating expenses 40,288 59,726 125,101 154,795
Add HEP segment operating expenses 35,995 36,061 106,731 102,773
Subtract corporate, other and eliminations   (21,097 )   (19,919 )   (62,548 )   (54,797 )
Operating expenses (exclusive of depreciation and amortization) $ 317,196   $ 322,277   $ 933,699   $ 946,264  
 
 

Reconciliation of net income attributable to HollyFrontier stockholders to adjusted net income attributable to HollyFrontier stockholders

Adjusted net income attributable to HollyFrontier stockholders is a non-GAAP financial measure that excludes non-cash lower of cost or market inventory valuation adjustments, RINs cost reductions, refinery outage damages and related estimated insurance claims, asset impairment costs, PCLI acquisition and integration costs, incremental costs of products sold due to PCLI inventory value step-up, gain of foreign currency swap contracts and loss on early extinguishment of debt. We believe this measure is helpful to investors and others in evaluating our financial performance and to compare our results to that of other companies in our industry. Similarly titled performance measures of other companies may not be calculated in the same manner.

    Three Months Ended
September 30,
      Nine Months Ended
September 30,
2018     2017 2018     2017
(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)
Consolidated
GAAP:
Income before income taxes $ 478,390 $ 446,103 $ 1,332,649 $ 497,601
Income tax expense   116,258   158,386     318,742     173,593  
Net income 362,132 287,717 1,013,907 324,008
Less net income attributable to noncontrolling interest   19,666   15,703     57,843     39,695  
Net income attributable to HollyFrontier stockholders   342,466   272,014     956,064     284,313  
 
Non-GAAP adjustments to arrive at adjusted results:
Lower of cost or market inventory valuation adjustment 17,837 (111,128 ) (192,927 ) (15,323 )
Woods Cross refinery outage damages 24,566
Woods Cross refinery estimated insurance claims on outage damages (9,840 )
PCLI acquisition and integration costs 4,216 3,595 23,506
RINs cost reduction (96,971 ) (30,456 )
Long-lived asset impairment 23,249
Incremental cost of products sold attributable to PCLI inventory value step up 15,327
Loss on early extinguishment of debt 12,225
Gain on foreign currency swap contracts             (24,545 )
Total adjustments to income before income taxes 17,837 (106,912 ) (271,577 ) 3,983
Adjustment to income tax expense (1) 9,554 (37,291 ) (62,386 ) (4,329 )
Adjustment to net income attributable to noncontrolling interest             7,702  
Total adjustments, net of tax   8,283   (69,621 )   (209,191 )   610  
 
Adjusted results - Non-GAAP:
Adjusted income before income taxes 496,227 339,191 1,061,072 501,584
Adjusted income tax expense (2)   125,812   121,095     256,356     169,264  
Adjusted net income 370,415 218,096 804,716 332,320
Less net income attributable to noncontrolling interest   19,666   15,703     57,843     47,397  
Adjusted net income attributable to HollyFrontier stockholders $ 350,749 $ 202,393   $ 746,873   $ 284,923  
Adjusted earnings per share attributable to HollyFrontier stockholders - diluted (3) $ 1.98 $ 1.14   $ 4.19   $ 1.60  
Average number of common shares outstanding - diluted 176,927 176,530 177,557 176,616
 
(1)   Represents adjustment to GAAP income tax expense to arrive at adjusted income tax expense, which is computed as follows:
    Three Months Ended
September 30,
      Nine Months Ended
September 30,
2018     2017 2018     2017
(Dollars in thousands)
 
Non-GAAP income tax expense (2) $ 125,812 $ 121,095 $ 256,356 $ 169,264
Subtract GAAP income tax expense   116,258   158,386     318,742     173,593  
Non-GAAP adjustment to income tax expense $ 9,554 $ (37,291 ) $ (62,386 ) $ (4,329 )
 
(2)   Non-GAAP income tax expense is computed by a) adjusting HFC's consolidated estimated Annual Effective Tax Rate ("AETR") for GAAP purposes for the effects of the above Non-GAAP adjustments b) applying the resulting Adjusted Non-GAAP AETR to Non-GAAP adjusted income before income taxes and c) adjusting for discrete tax items applicable to the period.
 
(3) Adjusted earnings per share attributable to HollyFrontier stockholders - diluted is calculated as adjusted net income attributable to HollyFrontier stockholders divided by the average number of shares of common stock outstanding assuming dilution.
 
 

Reconciliation of effective tax rate to adjusted effective tax rate

    Three Months Ended
September 30,
      Nine Months Ended
September 30,
2018     2017 2018     2017
(Dollars in thousands)
GAAP:
Income before income taxes $ 478,390 $ 446,103 $ 1,332,649 $ 497,601
Income tax expense $ 116,258 $ 158,386 $ 318,742 $ 173,593
Effective tax rate for GAAP financial statements 24.3 % 35.5 % 23.9 % 34.9 %
Adjusted - Non-GAAP:
Effect of Non-GAAP adjustments 1.1 % % 0.3 % (1.2 )%
Effective tax rate for adjusted results 25.4 % 35.5 % 24.2 % 33.7 %
 

HollyFrontier Corporation
Richard L. Voliva III, 214-954-6510
Executive Vice President and
Chief Financial Officer
or
Craig Biery, 214-954-6510
Director, Investor Relations

Source: HollyFrontier Corporation