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Natural Resource Partners L.P. Reports Second Quarter Results

08/06/2015
Highlights
- Revenues and other income of $137.6 million
- Net income per unit of $0.25, or $0.28 excluding impairments
- Distributable cash flow of $47.2 million
- Adjusted EBITDA of $79.2 million

HOUSTON, Aug. 6, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Natural Resource Partners L.P. (NYSE:NRP) today reported second quarter 2015 revenues and other income of $137.6 million compared to $90.6 million for 2014. Net income attributable to the limited partners for the second quarter of 2015 was $30.7 million, or $0.25 per unit, versus $30.8 million, or $0.28 per unit, for 2014.  Results for both years included non-cash charges for impairments of certain assets. Excluding these impairments, net income per unit for the second quarter 2015 and the second quarter 2014, would be $0.28 and $0.33 per unit respectively.   Distributable cash flow was $47.2 million in the second quarter 2015 compared to $64.9 million for 2014.  NRP also reported adjusted EBITDA of $79.2 million for 2015 versus $76.9 million for 2014. 

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"Solid quarters from our aggregates and soda ash businesses offset the continued challenges facing the coal and oil and gas sectors," said Wyatt Hogan, President and Chief Operating Officer.  "We are pleased we have been able to implement the strategic plan announced in April 2015 to use our free cash flow to repay debt and make progress towards our long-term objectives while still making distributions to our unitholders.  However, we also acknowledge the headwinds created by the further deterioration of the commodity price environment for coal and oil and gas, as well as the resulting impact on our stakeholders.  We will continue to proactively manage the partnership to preserve and enhance long-term value." 


Highlights

Quarter Ended


For the Six Months Ended


June 30,

June 30,

%


June 30,

June 30,

%


2015

2014

Change


2015

2014

Change


(in thousands except per unit and per ton)



(in thousands except per unit and per ton)


Revenues








Total revenues and other income

$ 137,630

$ 90,561

52%


$ 247,307

$ 170,870

45%

Coal production (tons)

14,020

11,851

18%


25,128

24,103

4%

Average coal royalty revenue per ton

$       2.74

$     3.86

-29%


$       3.01

$       3.70

-19%

Coal royalty revenues

$   38,433

$ 45,763

-16%


$   75,645

$   89,298

-15%

Other coal related revenue

$   22,471

$   9,598

134%


$   34,741

$   18,436

88%

Total coal related revenues

$   60,904

$ 55,361

10%


$ 110,386

$ 107,734

2%

Aggregates related revenue

$   42,886

$   3,563

1104%


$   71,832

$     6,959

932%

Oil and gas related revenue

$   14,839

$ 17,822

-17%


$   30,069

$   27,880

8%

Equity in earnings of unconsolidated investment 

$   11,599

$   9,401

23%


$   24,122

$   19,180

26%









Operating Expenses

$   81,710

$ 40,158

103%


$ 150,970

$   68,028

122%









Interest Expense

$   23,343

$ 19,037

23%


$   46,286

$   38,897

19%









Net income 








Net income to limited partners

$   30,707

$ 30,779

0%


$   47,847

$   62,732

-24%

Net income per common unit

$       0.25

$     0.28

-11%


$       0.39

$       0.57

-32%

Weighted average common units outstanding

122,300

110,403

11%


122,300

110,127

11%









Net income before considering any impairments(1)








Net income to limited partners

34,434

36,290

-5%


51,573

68,243

-24%

Net income per unit

$       0.28

$     0.33

-15%


$       0.42

$       0.62

-32%









Net cash provided by operating activities

50,638

61,008

-17%


106,110

99,638

6%









Distributable cash flow(1)

$   47,171

$ 64,944

-27%


$   99,798

$ 102,897

-3%









Adjusted EBITDA(1)

$   79,153

$ 76,940

3%


143,357

145,918

-2%

(1) See "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" and reconciliation tables at the end of the release.

Second Quarter 2015 compared to Second Quarter 2014

Revenues and Other Income
Total revenues and other income in the second quarter increased $47.0 million to $137.6 million from $90.6 million for the same period of 2014.  This increase was largely driven by $40.6 million in revenues associated with the VantaCore operations acquired in October 2014, an increase in earnings associated with our soda ash business, and a small asset sale in the second quarter 2015. Total coal related revenues increased to $60.9 million from $55.4 million for the second quarter of 2014, mainly due to a non-cash reserve swap of $9.3 million and an increase in minimums recognized as revenue of $3.4 million.  These offset a drop of $7.3 million in coal royalty revenues mainly resulting from further declines in both prices and production in Central Appalachia and to a lesser extent the Illinois Basin. Met coal accounted for 29% and 43% of production and coal royalty revenues, respectively for the second quarter of 2015. Oil and gas revenues declined by $3.0 million for the second quarter of 2015 as compared to the same quarter of 2014, due to the decline in both oil and gas prices in 2015.

Operating Expenses
Total operating expenses increased $41.6 million to $81.7 million, mainly due to $32.8 million in additional operating expenses associated with VantaCore's operations as well as increased depreciation, depletion and amortization associated with the VantaCore and Sanish Field acquisitions. 

Interest Expense
Interest expense in the second quarter increased $4.3 million over the same period in 2014, primarily as a result of additional debt incurred associated with the acquisitions in the fourth quarter of 2014.

Net Income
Net income attributable to the limited partners of $30.7 million in the second quarter 2015 was virtually flat with the 2014 results.  Net income per unit of $0.25 was negatively impacted by the additional 11.9 million units outstanding during the quarter in 2015 versus the corresponding quarter of 2014.   

Distributable Cash Flow
Distributable cash flow decreased by $17.8 million to $47.2 million due mainly to the declines in coal royalty revenues of $7.3 million and the provision for maintenance capital expenditures of $6.8 million in 2015.  Proceeds from asset sales totaling $5.4 million more than offset other changes in operating assets and liabilities.

Adjusted EBITDA
Adjusted EBITDA increased $2.2 million in the second quarter 2015 to $79.2 million. This increase in Adjusted EBITDA is mainly related to the inclusion of VantaCore in our operating results in 2015, which was partially offset by lower coal royalty revenues and oil and gas revenues in 2015 as compared to 2014.

Second Quarter 2015 compared to First Quarter 2015


Highlights

Quarter Ended


June 30

March 31

% Change


(in thousands, except per ton and per unit)


Revenues and other income




Total revenues and other income

$ 137,630

$ 109,677

25%

Coal production (tons)

14,020

11,108

26%

Average coal royalty revenue per ton

$       2.74

$       3.35

-18%

Coal royalty revenues

$   38,433

$   37,212

3%

Other coal related revenue

$   22,471

$   12,270

83%

Total coal related revenue

$   60,904

$   49,482

23%

Aggregates related revenue

$   42,886

$   28,946

48%

Oil and gas related revenue

$   14,839

$   15,230

-3%

Equity in earnings of unconsolidated investment

$   11,599

$   12,523

-7%





Operating expenses

$   81,710

$   69,260

18%





Net income




Net income to limited partners

$   30,707

$   17,139

79%

Net income per unit

$       0.25

$       0.14

79%

Average units outstanding

122,300

122,300

0%





Net income before considering any impairments(1)




Net income to the limited partners

$   34,434

$   17,139

101%

Net income per unit

$       0.28

$       0.14

100%





Net cash provided by operating activities

50,638

55,472

-9%





Distributable cash flow(1)

$   47,171

$   52,627

-10%





Adjusted EBITDA(1)

$   79,153

$   64,204

23%

(1) See "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" and reconciliation tables at the end of the release.

Revenues and Other Income
Total revenues and other income for the second quarter increased 25% or $28.0 million to $137.6 million from the first quarter mainly due to increased revenues from VantaCore's construction aggregates business of $13.9 million, an $11.4 million increase in coal related revenues, including the gain on reserve swap of $9.3 million, as well as the $3.1 million gain on asset sales. 

Operating Expenses
Operating expenses increased $12.4 million over the first quarter of 2015 to $81.7 million mainly due to increased aggregates operating expenses associated with increased sales from VantaCore of $10.4 million and $3.8 million in impairments taken in the second quarter.

Net Income
Net income to the limited partners and net income per unit both increased 79% in the second quarter from the previous quarter to $30.7 million or $0.25 per unit.  Before considering the non-cash impairment of $3.8 million, net income to the limited partners doubled to $34.4 million or $0.28 per unit.

Distributable Cash Flow
Distributable cash flow decreased 10% to $47.2 million from the first quarter mainly due to changes in working capital.

Adjusted EBITDA
Adjusted EBITDA for the second quarter 2015 increased $15.0 million to $79.2 million from the $64.2 million generated in the first quarter 2015.  This increase is mainly due to increased operations at VantaCore, some small asset sales, and lower general and administrative expenses.

2015 Updated Guidance

Due to continuing pressures in both coal and oil and gas, NRP is reducing its 2015 guidance.  The reduction in total revenues is largely due to lower coal royalty revenues from both Central Appalachia and the Illinois Basin, where production and pricing have decreased in part as a result of the idling of Foresight Energy'sHillsboro mine due to elevated carbon monoxide levels.  In July 2015, we received a force majeure notice from Foresight Energy regarding the Hillsboro mine; however, on July 28, 2015, Foresight Energy announced that operations at the Hillsboro mine had recommenced.  While the mine resumed operating last week, the production in the second half of the year is expected to be lower than originally forecast as a result of preparations necessary to get the longwall back in full production.  

Oil and gas revenues are expected to be lower in the second half of the year due to lower expected production volumes in part as a result of the reduced pace of development drilling.  VantaCore's construction aggregates business is expected to generate more operating income in the second half of the year than previously expected, as increased operating efficiencies more than offset lower than anticipated revenues.

The following table sets forth NRP's updated guidance for the year ending December 31, 2015:



  2015 Original Guidance

  2015 Updated Guidance


(Range)

(Range)


(in millions)

(in millions)

Coal production  (mm tons)

44.0

-

51.0

41.0

-

48.0








Coal-related revenues(1)

$ 207.0

-

$ 221.0

$ 192.0

-

$ 205.0

Aggregates and industrial minerals revenues(2)

163.0

-

179.0

152.0

-

168.0

Oil and gas revenues(3)

56.0

-

66.0

52.0

-

61.0

Equity and other unconsolidated investment income (soda ash revenues)

47.0

-

50.0

47.0

-

50.0

Total revenues

$ 490.0

-

$ 535.0

$ 460.0

-

$ 505.0








Aggregates operating expenses




$ 122.0


$ 126.0

Oil and gas operating expenses




$   12.0


$   13.5








Operating income

$ 176.0

-

$ 206.0

$ 162.0

-

$ 186.0

Interest expense (net)

$   88.0

-

$   91.0

$   92.0

-

$   95.0

Adjusted EBITDA (4)

$ 280.0

-

$ 310.0

$ 260.0

-

$ 285.0








Distributable cash flow (4)

$ 175.0

-

$ 200.0

$ 145.0

-

$ 170.0







(1)  Includes coal royalty revenues, coal lease minimums recognized as revenues, coal overriding royalties, wheelage fees and coal-related processing and transportation fees.

(2)  Includes aggregate royalty revenues and revenues from VantaCore's construction aggregates operations

(3)  Includes revenues from NRP's Williston Basin non-operated working interest assets as well as oil and gas royalty revenues.  Assumes an average WTI price of $52 per Bbl. 

(4)  "Adjusted EBITDA" and "Distributable cash flow" are non-GAAP financial measures.  For an explanation of these measures, see "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" at the end of this release.


"The updated guidance announced today reflects our estimates in light of the unprecedented challenges facing the coal industry," said Mr. Hogan.  "While we do not see improvements in the operating environment in the near term, we are aggressively working to identify actions and opportunities to further strengthen the partnership."

Recent Developments

On August 3, 2015, Alpha Natural Resources, NRP's second largest coal lessee, filed for bankruptcy.  During the course of the bankruptcy, Alpha is expected to continue operations and pay royalties to NRP.  In the second quarter, NRP recognized $8.9 million in revenues from Alpha, equivalent to 6.5% of NRP's total revenues.  Ultimately, Alpha will determine whether to assume or reject the coal leases that it has with NRP in the bankruptcy process.  NRP currently anticipates that the majority of its active leases with Alpha will be assumed.  At the time of the bankruptcy filing, Alpha estimated that it owed NRP approximately $2.5 million in pre-petition amounts for royalties on July 2015 production, which would have become due and payable in late August.  NRP will receive all pre-petition amounts due to NRP with respect to any leases that are assumed in the bankruptcy.

In July 2015, OCI Enterprises, Inc. announced a sale of its general partner and limited partner interests in OCI Resources LP to Ciner Group for $429 millionOCI Resources owns 51% of OCI Wyoming, our trona mining and soda ash business.  The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2015. 

In June 2015, VantaCore purchased a hard rock quarry operation located on the Tennessee River near Grand Rivers, Kentucky from one of NRP's aggregates lessees that had previously idled the operation.  Under VantaCore's ownership, this operation will sell its limestone aggregates products in both the local market and downstream to river-based markets.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

At June 30, 2015, NRP had approximately $27.5 million in cash and $90.0 million available for borrowing under its revolving credit facilities. During the second quarter NRP repaid $27.3 million of debt, bringing the year-to-date net debt repayment amount to $43.5 million.

Distributions

In July 2015, the Board of Directors of NRP's general partner declared a quarterly distribution of $0.09 per unit for the second quarter 2015.

Company Profile

Natural Resource Partners L.P. is a master limited partnership headquartered in Houston, TX.  NRP is a diversified natural resource company that owns interests in oil and gas, coal, aggregates and industrial minerals across the United States.  A large percentage of NRP's revenues are generated from royalties and other passive income.  In addition, NRP owns an equity investment in OCI Wyoming, a trona/soda ash operation, owns non-operated working interests in oil and gas properties and owns VantaCore, a construction aggregates business, making NRP one of the top 25 aggregates producers in the United States.

For additional information, please contact Kathy H. Roberts at 713-751-7555 or kroberts@nrplp.com.  Further information about NRP is available on the partnership's website at http://www.nrplp.com.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

"Distributable cash flow" represents cash flow from operations plus return on unconsolidated equity investments, proceeds from the sale of assets, and the return on direct financing lease and contractual overrides less maintenance capital expenditures and distributions to non-controlling interest.  Distributable cash flow is a "non-GAAP financial measure" that is presented because management believes it is a useful adjunct to net cash provided by operating activities under GAAP. Distributable cash flow is a significant liquidity metric that is an indicator of NRP's ability to make quarterly cash distributions to its partners. Distributable cash flow is also the quantitative standard used throughout the investment community with respect to publicly traded partnerships. Distributable cash flow is not a measure of financial performance under GAAP and should not be considered as an alternative to cash flows from operating, investing or financing activities. A reconciliation of historical distributable cash flow to net cash provided by operating activities is included in the tables attached to this release.  Distributable cash flow may not be calculated the same for NRP as other companies.

"Adjusted EBITDA" is a non-GAAP financial measure that we define as net income less equity and other unconsolidated investment income, gains on reserve swap and income to non-controlling interest; plus cash distributions received from unconsolidated affiliates, interest expense, taxes, depreciation, depletion and amortization, and asset impairments. "Adjusted EBITDA," as used and defined by us, may not be comparable to similarly titled measures employed by other companies and is not a measure of performance calculated in accordance with GAAP. Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for operating income, net income or loss, cash flows provided by operating, investing and financing activities, or other income or cash flow statement data prepared in accordance with GAAP. Adjusted EBITDA provides no information regarding a company's capital structure, borrowings, interest costs, capital expenditures, and working capital movement or tax positions. Adjusted EBITDA does not represent funds available for discretionary use because those funds may be required for debt service, capital expenditures, working capital and other commitments and obligations. Our management team believes Adjusted EBITDA is useful in evaluating our financial performance because this measure is widely used by analysts, investors and rating agencies for comparative purposes.  There are significant limitations to using Adjusted EBITDA as a measure of performance, including the inability to analyze the effect of certain recurring and non-recurring items that materially affect our net income or loss, the lack of comparability of results of operations of different companies and the different methods of calculating Adjusted EBITDA reported by different companies. A reconciliation of historical Adjusted EBITDA to net income is included in the tables attached to this release. 

This press release contains information based upon forward-looking estimates of distributable cash flow and Adjusted EBITDA for the year ending December 31, 2015. We do not provide financial guidance for projected net income or changes in working capital, and, therefore, we are unable to provide a reconciliation of our Adjusted EBITDA or distributable cash flow projections to net income, operating income, or net cash flow provided by operating activities, the most comparable financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes "forward-looking statements" as defined by the Securities and Exchange Commission.  All statements, other than statements of historical facts, included in this press release that address activities, events or developments that the partnership expects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements.  These statements are based on certain assumptions made by the partnership based on its experience and perception of historical trends, current conditions, expected future developments and other factors it believes are appropriate in the circumstances.  Such statements are subject to a number of assumptions, risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the control of the partnership.  These risks include, but are not limited to, commodity prices; decreases in demand for coal, oil, natural gas, and aggregates and industrial minerals, including trona/soda ash; changes in operating conditions and costs; production cuts by our lessees; the pace of development of our oil and natural gas properties; unanticipated geologic problems; our liquidity and access to capital and financing sources; changes in the legislative or regulatory environment and other factors detailed in Natural Resource Partners'Securities and Exchange Commission filings. Natural Resource Partners L.P. has no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.                                                

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Operating Statistics - Coal Related Revenue

(in thousands except per ton data)







Quarter Ended


For the Six Months Ended







June 30,


June 30,


June 30,


June 30,







2015


2014


2015


2014







(unaudited)


(unaudited)














Regional Statistics









Coal royalty production (tons):










Appalachia











Northern


4,318


1,826


6,063


4,477



Central


4,376


5,288


8,760


9,664



Southern


1,174


949


2,149


1,933


Total Appalachia


9,868


8,063


16,972


16,074


Illinois Basin


2,960


3,416


5,543


6,538


Northern Powder River Basin

892


173


2,196


1,052


Gulf Coast 


300


199


417


439

Total


14,020


11,851


25,128


24,103

Average royalty revenue per ton:










Appalachia











Northern


$     0.16


$     1.07


$       0.22


$       0.91



Central


4.04


4.50


4.02


4.53



Southern


4.60


5.14


4.69


5.35


Total Appalachia


2.41


3.80


2.75


3.62


Illinois Basin


3.90


4.12


3.97


4.06


Northern Powder River Basin


2.32


2.09


2.54


2.83


Gulf Coast 


3.49


3.54


3.50


3.46

Combined average royalty revenue per ton


$     2.74


$     3.86


$       3.01


$       3.70

Coal royalty revenues:










Appalachia











Northern


$      708


$   1,958


$     1,342


$     4,096



Central


17,670


23,781


35,176


43,818



Southern


5,399


4,875


10,085


10,339


Total Appalachia


$ 23,777


$ 30,614


$   46,603


$   58,253


Illinois Basin


11,538


14,083


22,005


26,553


Northern Powder River Basin


2,071


362


5,578


2,972


Gulf Coast 


1,047


704


1,459


1,520

Total coal royalty revenues


$ 38,433


$ 45,763


$   75,645


$   89,298














Other coal related revenues:










Override revenue


1,071


1,402


1,762


2,746


Transportation and processing fees


6,465


5,996


11,062


11,093


Minimums recognized as revenue


4,706


1,338


9,246


2,808


Reserve swap


9,290


-


9,290


-


DOH - coal property sale


-


-


1,665


-


Wheelage


939


862


1,716


1,789



Total other coal related revenues

$ 22,471


$   9,598


$   34,741


$   18,436














Total coal related revenues


$ 60,904


$ 55,361


$ 110,386


$ 107,734














Coal related revenues


$ 28,562


$ 34,271


$   58,983


$   67,917

Coal related revenues - affiliates


32,342


21,090


51,403


39,817














 

Natural Resource Partners L.P.

Operating Statistics - Aggregates and Industrial Minerals

(in thousands)


Quarter Ended


For the Six Months Ended


June 30,


June 30,


June 30,


June 30,


2015


2014


2015


2014


(unaudited)


(unaudited)

VantaCore








  Tonnage Sold

2,040


-


3,526


-

  Revenues

$ 40,625


$         -


$ 67,398


$         -

  Operating expenses

$ 32,800


$         -


$ 55,207


$         -









Aggregates royalty revenues and production








  Tonnage

492


927


1,128


2,142

  Average royalty per ton

$     0.93


$     0.69


$     0.80


$     0.99

  Aggregate royalty revenues

$      460


$      644


$      904


$   2,125









Other aggregate related revenue








  Override revenue

$   1,453


$   1,172


$   2,887


$   2,200

  Bonus revenue

-


562


-


562

  Processing fees

183


143


336


306

  Minimums recognized as revenue

25


891


33


1,507

  Wheelage

140


151


274


259

Other aggregate related revenue

$   1,801


$   2,919


$   3,530


$   4,834

Total aggregates royalty related revenue

$   2,261


$   3,563


$   4,434


$   6,959









Total aggregate related revenues

$ 42,886


$   3,563


$ 71,832


$   6,959









Investment in OCI Wyoming:








Soda ash revenues and distributions








Equity in earnings of unconsolidated investment 

$ 11,599


$   9,401


$ 24,122


$ 19,180

Cash distributions from equity earnings in unconsolidated investment

$ 10,902


$ 13,923


$ 21,805


$ 25,568









 

Natural Resource Partners L.P.

Operating Statistics - Oil and Gas

($ in thousands)


Quarter Ended


For the Six Months Ended


June 30,


June 30,


June 30,


June 30,


2015


2014


2015


2014


(unaudited)


(unaudited)

Williston Basin non-operated working interests








Production volumes








  Oil (MBbls)

266


139


573


207

  Natural gas (Mcf)

188


97


409


112

  NGL (MBoe)

36


10


76


12









Average sales price per unit








  Oil ($/Bbl)

49.14


93.40


43.89


95.86

  Natural gas ($/Mcf)

2.34


5.71


2.54


7.54

  NGL ($/Boe)

12.14


35.40


12.21


48.50









Revenues








  Oil 

$ 13,071


12,982


$ 25,147


19,842

  Natural gas 

439


554


1,037


844

  NGL

437


354


928


582

  Non-production revenue

-


-


450


-

    Total

$ 13,947


$ 13,890


$ 27,562


$ 21,268









Other oil and gas related revenues








  Royalty and overriding revenues

$      892


3,932


$   2,507


6,612









Total oil and gas related revenues

$ 14,839


$ 17,822


$ 30,069


$ 27,880









 

Natural Resource Partners L.P.

Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income

(in thousands, except per unit data)




















Quarter Ended


For the Six Months Ended







June 30,


June 30,


June 30,


June 30,







2015


2014


2015


2014







(unaudited)


(unaudited)














Revenues and other income:












Coal related revenues




$ 28,562


$ 34,271


$ 58,983


$ 67,917


Coal related revenues - affiliates



32,342


21,090


51,403


39,817


Aggregate related revenues



42,886


3,563


71,832


6,959


Oil and gas related revenues



14,839


17,822


30,069


27,880


Equity in earnings of unconsolidated investment 


11,599


9,401


24,122


19,180


Property taxes




3,070


3,378


6,074


7,345


Other




4,332


1,036


4,824


1,772



Total revenues and other income



137,630


90,561


247,307


170,870














Operating expenses:












Coal related expenses




504


663


1,825


1,240


Coal related expenses - affiliate



109


-


109


-


Aggregate related expenses



32,800


-


55,207


73


Oil and gas related  expenses



2,999


2,291


6,760


4,212


General and administrative



2,234


6,029


9,689


8,719


General and administrative - affiliates



3,535


3,000


7,321


6,094


Depreciation, depletion and amortization


30,660


16,350


56,052


30,997


Asset impairments




3,803


5,624


3,803


5,624


Property, franchise and other taxes



5,066


6,201


10,204


11,069



Total operating expenses



81,710


40,158


150,970


68,028














Income from operations




55,920


50,403


96,337


102,842














Other income (expense)












Interest expense




(23,343)


(19,037)


(46,286)


(38,897)


Interest income




1


41


16


67



Other expense, net




(23,342)


(18,996)


(46,270)


(38,830)














Net Income




$ 32,578


$ 31,407


$ 50,067


$ 64,012

Less: net income attributable to non-controlling interest


(1,244)


-


(1,244)


-

Net income attributable to NRP



$ 31,334


$ 31,407


$ 48,823


$ 64,012














Net income attributable to partners:











Limited partners




$ 30,707


$ 30,779


$ 47,847


$ 62,732


General partner




$      627


$      628


$      976


$   1,280














Basic and diluted net income per common unit


$     0.25


$     0.28


$     0.39


$     0.57














Weighted average number of units outstanding:


122,300


110,403


122,300


110,127














Net income




$ 32,578


$ 31,407


$ 50,067


$ 64,012

Comprehensive loss from unconsolidated investment and other

210


(164)


(755)


(264)

Comprehensive loss attributable to non-controlling interest

(1,244)


-


(1,244)


-

Comprehensive income attributable to NRP


$ 31,544


$ 31,243


$ 48,068


$ 63,748














 

Natural Resource Partners L.P.

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flow

(in thousands, except per unit data)






Quarter Ended


For the Six Months Ended






June 30,


June 30,


June 30,


June 30,






2015


2014


2015


2014






(unaudited)


(unaudited)



Cash flows from operating activities:










Net income 


$ 32,578


$ 31,407


$      50,067


$  64,012


Adjustments to reconcile net income to 











net cash provided by operating activities:











Depreciation, depletion and amortization


30,660


16,350


56,052


30,997



Asset impairment


3,803


5,624


3,803


5,624



Gain on reserve swap


(9,290)


-


(9,290)


-



Equity earnings from unconsolidated investment


(11,599)


(9,401)


(24,122)


(19,180)



Distributions from equity earnings from unconsolidated investment

10,902


10,290


21,805


21,935



Other,net


(1,718)


721


(2,728)


1,468



Other net, affiliates


6


-


13


-


Change in operating assets and liabilities:











Accounts receivable


(2,550)


1,584


12,560


(2,678)



Accounts receivable - affiliates


(2,341)


1,746


1,302


(1,352)



Accounts payable 


3,223


448


581


(1,120)



Accounts payable - affiliates


3


(424)


(11)


54



Accrued liabilities


(6,340)


(3,224)


(5,419)


(1,968)



Deferred revenue


1,654


(1,495)


7,499


(1,165)



Deferred revenue - affiliates


801


4,852


63


8,264



Accrued incentive plan expenses


(677)


2,149


(6,952)


(5,916)



Other items, net


1,149


336


1,252


318



Other items, net - affiliates


374


45


(365)


345




Net cash provided by operating activities:


50,638


61,008


106,110


99,638

Cash flows from investing activities:











Acquisition of mineral rights


(12,333)


(7,087)


(29,121)


(8,891)



Acquisition of plant and equipment and other


(3,708)


(135)


(5,073)


(135)



Proceeds from sale of mineral rights


1,020


-


5,281


-



Proceeds from sale of plant and equipment and other


4,350


-


5,255


-



Return on  equity  and other unconsolidated investments


-


3,633


-


3,633



Return on direct financing lease and contractual override - affiliate

-


303


1,137


600




Net cash used in investing activities


(10,671)


(3,286)


(22,521)


(4,793)

Cash flows from financing activities:











Proceeds from loans


-


-


25,000


2,000



Repayment of loans


(27,317)


(12,317)


(68,483)


(53,483)



Proceeds from issuance of common units


-


9,329


-


13,842



Capital contribution by general partner


-


255


-


347



Distributions to non-controlling interests


(2,082)


-


(2,744)


(974)



Distributions to partners


(11,232)


(39,421)


(54,910)


(78,639)



Debt issuance costs and other


(5,086)


(381)


(5,003)


(438)




Net cash used in financing activities


(45,717)


(42,535)


(106,140)


(117,345)

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents


(5,750)


15,187


(22,551)


(22,500)

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period


33,275


54,826


50,076


92,513

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period


$ 27,525


$ 70,013


$      27,525


$  70,013

Supplemental cash flow information:










Cash paid during the period for interest


$ 29,830


$ 24,432


$      44,174


$  39,135


Plant, equipment and mineral rights funded with accounts payable or accrued liabilities


$   3,652


$         -


4,452


-













 

Natural Resource Partners L.P.

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(in thousands, except for unit information)













ASSETS










June 30,


December 31,










2015


2014










(unaudited)


(unaudited)

Current assets:










Cash and cash equivalents






$      27,525


$         50,076


Accounts receivable, net 






54,230


66,455


Accounts receivable - affiliates





8,192


9,494


Inventory






7,126


5,814


Prepaid expenses and other






2,854


4,279



Total current assets






99,927


136,118













Land






25,243


25,243

Plant and equipment, net






77,287


60,093

Mineral rights, net






1,788,454


1,781,852

Intangible assets, net






59,182


60,733

Equity in unconsolidated investment





263,619


264,020

Long-term contracts receivable - affiliate





49,236


50,008

Goodwill







4,840


52,012

Other assets






17,317


14,645

Total assets






$ 2,385,105


$    2,444,724













LIABILITIES AND CAPITAL













Current liabilities:










Accounts payable 






$      16,692


$         22,465


Accounts payable - affiliates






939


950


Accrued liabilities






45,924


43,533


Current portion of long-term debt





155,983


80,983



Total current liabilities






219,538


147,931













Deferred revenue






80,706


73,207

Deferred revenue - affiliates






87,116


87,053

Long-term debt, net






1,256,218


1,374,336

Long-term debt, net - affiliate






19,917


19,904

Other non-current liabilities






9,797


22,138













Partners' capital:










Common unitholders' interest (122,299,825 units outstanding)


703,055


709,019


General partner's interest






12,122


12,245


Accumulated other comprehensive loss





(1,214)


(459)



Total partners' capital




713,963


720,805

Non-controlling interest



(2,150)


(650)

Total capital






711,813


720,155

Total liabilities and capital






$ 2,385,105


$    2,444,724













 

Natural Resource Partners L.P.

Reconciliation of GAAP Financial Measures

to Non-GAAP Financial Measures

(in thousands)












Reconciliation of GAAP "Net cash provided by operating activities"

to Non-GAAP "Distributable cash flow"
















Quarter Ended


For the Six Months Ended





June 30,


June 30,


June 30.


June 30.





2015


2014


2015


2014





(unaudited)


(unaudited)












Net cash provided by operating activities




$ 50,638


$   61,008


$ 106,110


$   99,638

Add return on direct financing lease and contractual overrides



-


303


1,137


600

Add return on unconsolidated equity investments 




-


3,633


-


3,633

Add proceeds from sale of mineral rights




1,020


-


5,281


-

Add proceeds from sale of plant and equipment and other




4,350


-


5,255


-

Less maintenance capital expenditures




(6,755)


-


(15,241)


-

Less distributions to non-controlling interest




(2,082)


-


(2,744)


(974)

Distributable cash flow




$ 47,171


$   64,944


$   99,798


$ 102,897













































Reconciliation of GAAP "Net cash provided by operating activities"

to Non-GAAP "Distributable cash flow"
















Quarter Ended







June 30,


March 31,









2015


2015









(unaudited)














Net cash provided by operating activities




$ 50,638


$   55,472





Add return on direct financing lease and contractual overrides



-


1,137





Add return on unconsolidated equity investments 




-


-





Add proceeds from sale of mineral rights




1,020


4,261





Add proceeds from sale of plant and equipment and other




4,350


905





Less maintenance capital expenditures




(6,755)


(8,486)





Less distrbutions to non-controlling interest




(2,082)


(662)





Distributable cash flow




$ 47,171


$   52,627
















 

Natural Resource Partners L.P.

Reconciliation of GAAP Financial Measures

to Non-GAAP Financial Measures

(in thousands)












Reconciliation of GAAP "Net income"

to Non-GAAP "Adjusted EBITDA"
















Quarter Ended


For the Six Months





June 30,


June 30,


June 30,


June 30,





2015


2014


2015


2014





(unaudited)


(unaudited)












Net income




$   32,578


$   31,407


$      50,067


$      64,012

Less equity earnings in unconsolidated investment 


(11,599)


(9,401)


(24,122)


(19,180)

Less reserve swap




(9,290)


-


(9,290)


-

Less income to non-controlling interest



(1,244)


-


(1,244)


-

Add distributions from equity earnings in unconsolidated investment

10,902


13,923


21,805


25,568

Add depreciation, depletion and amortization


30,660


16,350


56,052


30,997

Add asset impairments




3,803


5,624


3,803


5,624

Add interest expense, gross




23,343


19,037


46,286


38,897

Adjusted EBITDA




$   79,153


$   76,940


$    143,357


$    145,918























Reconciliation of GAAP "Net income"

to Non-GAAP "Adjusted EBITDA"
















Quarter Ended







June 30,


March 31,









2015


2015









(unaudited)