Ferrellgas Partners, L.P. Reports Record Adjusted EBITDA for Fiscal 2015

OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Sept. 29, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Ferrellgas Partners, L.P. (NYSE:FGP) today announced record Adjusted EBITDA of $300.2 million for fiscal 2015, up 4% from the previous year of $288.1 million despite temperatures that were 8% warmer than the prior year. Distributable Cash Flow (DCF) to equity investors for the year was $189.6 million, producing DCF coverage of 1.12x for the 12-month period.“We are thrilled to present strong results to our investors despite weather that was a hindrance to our core propane business,” said President and Chief Executive Officer Stephen L. Wambold. “Strong propane margins, operational flexibility, a continued focus on expense discipline in our retail operations and our focus on our diversification strategy allowed us to offset the effect of the warmer nationwide temperatures Mother Nature handed us throughout the year.”Propane margin cents per gallon benefited from wholesale commodity prices that were 43% lower than the prior year. Operating expense of $432.3 million was down more than 3% from the year-ago level, driven primarily by the company’s ability to flex down variable delivery costs, including personnel and fuel cost, which more than offset additional operating expenses associated with the full-year impact our midstream water solutions acquisition in May of 2014 and the impact of our Bridger Logistics, LLC (“Bridger”) acquisition in the fourth quarter.Strong margin cents per gallon and lower operating expenses helped minimize the effect of warmer temperatures in the more highly concentrated geographic areas we serve. General and administrative expense rose to $56.4 million from $46.0 million, primarily attributable to one-time transaction costs associated with the Bridger acquisition of $16.4 million. Interest expense increased to $100.4 million from $86.5 million, reflecting increased borrowings to fund acquisition and growth capital expenditures. Net earnings for the year were $30.1 million, or $0.35 per common unit, compared to $33.7 million, or $0.41 per common unit.During the fourth quarter Ferrellgas closed on its previously announced $822.5 million acquisition of Bridger. The Bridger transaction is a significant step toward Ferrellgas’ near-term diversification goals. Ferrellgas remains dedicated to the aggressive pursuit of accretive, complementary acquisitions in both the traditional propane space and midstream.“Our acquisition of Bridger contributed nearly $8.6 million of Adjusted EBITDA during the short period of time we’ve owned these high-quality assets, and we continue to believe Bridger will meet or exceed our expectations in fiscal 2016,” Wambold said. “We’ve made smart business decisions over the last few years and put ourselves in position to move boldly and decisively on the acquisition front. Our midstream and propane acquisition pipelines remain robust, and we remain committed to exploring a wide range of opportunities that fit our strategic model and our growth culture.”About FerrellgasFerrellgas Partners, L.P., through its operating partnership, Ferrellgas, L.P., and subsidiaries, serves propane customers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, and provides midstream services to major energy companies in the United States. Ferrellgas employees indirectly own 22.8 million common units of the partnership, or 22.7% of the outstanding units, through an employee stock ownership plan. Ferrellgas Partners, L.P. filed a Form 10-K with the Securities and Exchange Commission on September 29, 2015. Investors can request a hard copy of this filing free of charge and obtain more information about the partnership online at www.ferrellgas.com.Statements in this release concerning expectations for the future are forward-looking statements. A variety of known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors could cause results, performance and expectations to differ materially from anticipated results, performance and expectations. These risks, uncertainties and other factors are discussed in the Form 10-K of Ferrellgas Partners, L.P., Ferrellgas Partners Finance Corp., Ferrellgas, L.P., and Ferrellgas Finance Corp. for the fiscal year ended July 31, 2014 and in other documents filed from time to time by these entities with the Securities and Exchange Commission.Jack Herrold, Investor Relations –
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