|Ramaco Resources, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2022 Financial Results|
LEXINGTON, Ky., May 11, 2022 /PRNewswire/ --
Ramaco Resources, Inc. (NASDAQ: METC) ("Ramaco" or the "Company") today reported quarterly net income for the three months ended March 31, 2022 of $41.5 million, or $0.92 per diluted share. This was over 900% above net income of $4.1 million, or $0.10 per diluted share for the three months ended March 31, 2021.
The Company's adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, and equity-based compensation ("Adjusted EBITDA") for the three months ended March 31, 2022 was $64.1 million, 455% higher than $11.5 million of Adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended March 31, 2021. (See "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measure" below.)
1 Using spot pricing as of March 31, 2022 for the portion of future export sales.
Key operational and financial metrics are presented below:
First Quarter 2022 Summary
In the following paragraphs, all references to "quarterly" periods or to "the quarter" refer to the first quarter of 2022, unless specified otherwise.
Year over Year Quarterly Comparison
Cash margins on Company produced coal were $128 per ton during the quarter, up approximately 325% from the same period of 2021. Pricing was $234 per ton of Company produced coal sold during the quarter, which was 163% higher compared to the first quarter of 2021. Company produced cash mine costs during the first quarter of 2022 were $106 per ton. Quarterly cash mine costs per ton were 80% higher than for the same period of 2021, principally due to higher sales-related costs, as well as inflationary pressures on overall costs due to the robust metallurgical coal market environment. Cash mine costs at Elk Creek were $98 per ton during the quarter. Higher sales-related costs accounted for $17 per ton of the cost increase at Elk Creek compared to the first quarter of 2021. This accounted for 40% of the year over year increase, which should come down meaningfully going forward given the reduction in royalties from the Ramaco Coal acquisition. The other 60% of the increase was due to an increase in labor and other inflationary pressures such as higher supply costs, which are being seen industry wide.
We anticipate a meaningful decline in per ton costs in subsequent quarters due to much lower trucking costs at our Berwind Mine complex after the anticipated startup of our Berwind Preparation Plant this summer, as well as a material reduction in coal royalty costs from the recently closed Ramaco Coal acquisition and an increased cadence in production as greater levels of coal are mined in the second half of 2022.
Sequential Quarter Comparison
Cash margins on Company produced coal nearly doubled to $128 per ton during the quarter from $66 per ton in the fourth quarter of 2021, due to higher revenue per ton sold. As noted above, cash mine costs on Company produced coal were $106 per ton during the quarter compared to $77 per ton in the fourth quarter of 2021. The 38% sequential increase in cash mine costs during the quarter was more than offset by the 64% increase in revenue per ton during the quarter relative to the fourth quarter of 2021.
Additional Financial Results
As of March 31, 2022, the Company had record liquidity of $111.1 million, consisting of $71.5 million of cash on hand plus $39.6 million of availability under its revolving credit facility.
Quarterly capital expenditures totaled $19.7 million, an increase of 67% versus $11.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2021 (excluding the Amonate acquisition), principally due to the continued development of new mines and preparation plant renovation at the Berwind complex, as well as the ongoing plant expansion of the Elk Creek complex.
The Company's effective quarterly tax rate was 19.5%. For the first quarter 2022, we recognized an income tax expense of $10.7 million, as compared with income tax benefit of $0.2 million in the first quarter of 2021.
The following summarizes key sales, production and financial metrics for the periods noted:
Outlook and Comment
Randall Atkins, Ramaco Resources' Chairman and Chief Executive Officer commented, "The first quarter was our best financial performance by a wide margin on continued favorable market conditions and our growing production levels. Despite some logistical rail challenges, somewhat outside our ability to control, we managed to produce record results. Compared against our previous quarterly record metrics, net income was $41 million or almost 125% higher, Adjusted EBITDA was $64 million or 103% higher and Free Cash Flow3 was $44 million or almost 125% higher. We also managed to exceed both our internal production budget and achieve record gross margins. Importantly, we ended the quarter with record cash generation holding almost $72 million in cash and equivalents up $50 million from year-end.
Unfortunately, operationally during this quarter, because of rail delays we built far more inventory of coal (over 80,000 tons) than we had planned. Like many other producers in our industry, we could not control our rail logistics and received cars for only roughly 80% of our expected shipments. Had we been able to make timely shipments our first quarter earnings per share would have been $0.38 higher and Adjusted EBITDA would have increased by $23 million to almost $90 million4.
Looking ahead, we anticipate a record second quarter and an increased cadence in all key metrics in second half results. We have already committed sales for 2.4 million tons or almost 70% of our 2022 production at the high end of guidance. Of those sales 2.1 million tons or 90% has already priced or shipped. Using current market pricing for the remaining 300,000 tons, we have now booked roughly $235 million of 2022 net income and $330 million of 2022 Adjusted EBITDA53and over $5.00 of EPS5 committed.
Equally positive, we still have almost 30% of our production left to sell into export markets at currently record levels of pricing. We therefore are on track for a record 2022 on both earnings and cash generation. We expect to increase guided production from up to 3.4 million tons this year by over 20% to over 4 million tons in 2023 (up from our previous guidance of 3.7 million tons). At this point, 2023 also looks to be another record year, based on our production guidance and the current forward curve.
For the balance of this year, we have dual aims to increase both the cadence of production, while reducing costs. We anticipate higher earnings by next quarter from improving rail service, greater production and a decrease in overall costs especially on royalties as a consequence of the Ramaco Coal acquisition. We project production increases mainly at Berwind, as well as lower cash costs there due to the anticipated startup of our Berwind Prep Plant this summer and reduction or elimination of more expensive trucking.
For some greater background on the Ramaco Coal acquisition, I would refer you to our inaugural Shareholder Letter included in the recent 2021 Annual Report. This letter articulates the cost savings, synergies, and transformational opportunities that this acquisition hopefully brings.
First, now owning the Ramaco Coal assets provides an immediate accretive royalty savings which should allow us to recoup the entire purchase cost in roughly 2.5 years, based on current spot pricing. Second, the acquisition also includes unique assets held by Ramaco Carbon, LLC. The Company hopes to profit from the ultimate commercialization of a wide body of intellectual property and licensing rights on technologies Ramaco Carbon has developed over the past eight years working alongside the Department of Energy's national labs in the field of advanced carbon products and materials. In addition, its permitted reserves in Wyoming hold promise for development as a potential rare earth deposit, which we are pursuing now through enhanced geological assessment.
Another recent event I want to highlight is the increase in the free float of our common stock to roughly now 50% from 34% at year-end 2021. In March, Energy Capital Partners, one of our two original private equity sponsors, distributed to their limited partners virtually all their almost 13% holdings of our common stock. Our other private equity sponsor Yorktown Energy has also made significant stock sales over the past year. Since we became public just over five years ago, we have received frequent investor comment that the amount of our stock publicly available to trade was constrained by the large majority institutional ownership of our private equity sponsors. I am pleased to note since these sales and distributions that our stock has now traded at almost a 1.3 million share average daily volume in the month of April. This confirms the thesis that with more share availability in our float that our stock would trade more widely.
3 Free cash flow is a non-GAAP financial measure and is defined as Adjusted EBITDA minus purchases of property, plant, and equipment, which can be found on page 10.
Turning to our 2022 forward outlook, we are increasing our production guidance by 100,000 tons, to 3.4 million tons at the high end of the range, with virtually all of that increase coming in the second half of the year. Specifically, the Board recently approved the opening of the second section at our #2 Gas mine at Elk Creek. As a result, we are increasing our capital expenditure and SG&A guidance largely based on an acceleration of our budgeted production growth in order to take advantage of today's strong met coal pricing market. In fact, while immediate met coal spot prices are currently down from the peak, today's forward curve is now up roughly $70 per ton over the past month to almost $400 per ton in the fourth quarter of 2022.
Also, despite the issues we faced in the first quarter, I am pleased that we are maintaining our full-year 2022 cost guidance in the $82-90 per ton range. Highlighting another benefit of the Ramaco Coal acquisition, given higher than anticipated inflationary headwinds, as well as stronger pricing, we would not have been able to maintain this cost guidance were it not for the material reduction in coal royalty costs we will see from this month of May onward.
Lastly, in terms of our capital return program, the second quarter dividend of $5 million will be paid on June 15, 2022, to shareholders of record on June 1, 2022. As I mentioned, we generated record free cash flow in the first quarter and anticipate increasing our cash position meaningfully especially in the second half as the year progresses. This should set the table for discussion of additional future capital return plans later in the year. While we will always try to maintain the discipline of a conservative balance sheet, we look forward to further forms of returning meaningful cash to our shareholders as we continue to grow."
About Ramaco Resources, Inc.
Ramaco Resources, Inc. is an operator and developer of high-quality, low-cost metallurgical coal in southern West Virginia, southwestern Virginia and southwestern Pennsylvania. Its executive offices are in Lexington, Kentucky, with operational offices in Charleston, West Virginia and Sheridan, Wyoming. The Company currently has three active mining complexes in Central Appalachia and one mine in development in Wyoming. Near Sheridan, Wyoming the Company owns a roughly 500-million-ton resource and reserve, as well as a permitted mine. Contiguous to the mine it operates a research and pilot facility related to the production of advanced carbon products and materials from coal. In connection with these activities, it holds a body of roughly 40 intellectual property patents, pending applications, exclusive licensing agreements and various trademarks. News and additional information about Ramaco Resources, including filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, are available at https://www.ramacoresources.com. For more information, contact investor relations at (859) 244-7455.
Earnings Conference Call
Ramaco Resources will hold its quarterly conference call and webcast at 11:30 AM Eastern Time (ET) on Thursday, May 12, 2022. An accompanying slide deck will be available at https://www.ramacoresources.com/investors-center/events-calendar/ immediately before the conference call.
The conference call can be accessed by calling (844) 852-8392 domestically or (703) 639-1226 internationally. The Conference ID is 2464838. The webcast for this release will be accessible by visiting https://edge.media-server.com/mmc/p/t7nzgn2p.
CAUTIONARY STATEMENT REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
Certain statements contained in this news release constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements represent Ramaco Resources' expectations or beliefs concerning guidance, future events, anticipated revenue, future demand and production levels, macroeconomic trends, the development of ongoing projects, costs and expectations regarding operating results, and it is possible that the results described in this news release will not be achieved. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside of Ramaco Resources' control, which could cause actual results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements. These factors include, without limitation, risks related to the impact of the COVID-19 global pandemic, unexpected delays in our current mine development activities, failure of our sales commitment counterparties to perform, increased government regulation of coal in the United States or internationally, the further decline of demand for coal in export markets and underperformance of the railroads, the expected benefits of the Ramaco Coal acquisition to the Company's shareholders, and the anticipated benefits and impacts of the Ramaco Coal acquisition. Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which it is made, and, except as required by law, Ramaco Resources does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. New factors emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for Ramaco Resources to predict all such factors. When considering these forward-looking statements, you should keep in mind the risk factors and other cautionary statements found in Ramaco Resources' filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), including its Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. The risk factors and other factors noted in Ramaco Resources' SEC filings could cause its actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement.
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures
Adjusted EBITDA is used as a supplemental non-GAAP financial measure by management and external users of our financial statements, such as industry analysts, investors, lenders and rating agencies. We believe Adjusted EBITDA is useful because it allows us to more effectively evaluate our operating performance.
We define Adjusted EBITDA as net income plus net interest expense, equity-based compensation, depreciation and amortization expenses and any transaction related costs. Its most comparable GAAP measure is net income. A reconciliation of net income to Adjusted EBITDA is included below. Adjusted EBITDA is not intended to serve as an alternative to GAAP measures of performance and may not be comparable to similarly-titled measures presented by other companies.
Non-GAAP revenue and cash cost per ton
Non-GAAP revenue per ton (FOB mine) is calculated as coal sales revenue less transportation costs, divided by tons sold. Non-GAAP cash cost per ton sold is calculated as cash cost of coal sales less transportation costs, divided by tons sold. We believe revenue per ton (FOB mine) and cash cost per ton provides useful information to investors as these enable investors to compare revenue per ton and cash cost per ton for the Company against similar measures made by other publicly-traded coal companies and more effectively monitor changes in coal prices and costs from period to period excluding the impact of transportation costs, which are beyond our control. The adjustments made to arrive at these measures are significant in understanding and assessing the Company's financial condition. Revenue per ton sold (FOB mine) and cash cost per ton are not measures of financial performance in accordance with GAAP and therefore should not be considered as an alternative to revenue and cost of sales under GAAP. The tables below show how we calculate non-GAAP revenue and cash cost per ton:
We do not provide reconciliations of our outlook for cash cost per ton to cost of sales in reliance on the unreasonable efforts exception provided for under Item 10(e)(1)(i)(B) of Regulation S-K. We are unable, without unreasonable efforts, to forecast certain items required to develop the meaningful comparable GAAP cost of sales. These items typically include non-cash asset retirement obligation accretion expenses, mine idling expenses and other non-recurring indirect mining expenses that are difficult to predict in advance in order to include a GAAP estimate.
SOURCE Ramaco Resources, Inc.
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