|Ramaco Resources, Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2022 Financial Results|
LEXINGTON, Ky., Aug. 8, 2022 /PRNewswire/ --
Ramaco Resources, Inc. (NASDAQ: METC) ("Ramaco" or the "Company") today reported quarterly net income for the three months ended June 30, 2022, of $33.3 million, or $0.74 per diluted share. This was nearly 240% higher than net income for the three months ended June 30, 2021, of $9.9 million, or $0.23 per diluted share.
The Company's adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, and equity-based compensation ("Adjusted EBITDA") was $57.9 million for the three months ended June 30, 2022. This was 220% higher than $18.1 million of Adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended June 30, 2021. (See "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measure" below.)
Key operational and financial metrics are presented below:
Second Quarter 2022 Summary
In the following paragraphs, all references to "quarterly" periods or to "the quarter" refer to the second quarter of 2022, unless specified otherwise.
Year over Year Quarterly Comparison
Cash margins on Company produced coal were $109 per ton during the quarter, up over 275% from the same period of 2021. Quarterly pricing was $215 per ton of Company produced coal sold, which was almost 125% higher compared to the second quarter of 2021. Company produced cash mine costs during this quarter were $106 per ton. Quarterly cash mine costs per ton were 58% higher than for the same period of 2021. This increase in costs is principally attributed to higher sales-related costs, as well as inflationary impacts on overall costs. Cash mine costs at Elk Creek were $100 per ton during the quarter.
Despite current inflationary cost pressures, we are starting to see a decline in key raw material costs such as the price of diesel fuel and steel. We continue to anticipate a meaningful reduction in cash costs per ton in the second half of 2022. This projected decrease would be based upon factors including an increase in second half production over the first half, trucking savings from the commissioning of our Berwind Preparation Plant in the third quarter, and the full impact of royalty savings from the Ramaco Coal transaction.
Sequential Quarter Comparison
We had previously noted that this quarter was expected to have lower revenue as it was the quarter with the heaviest volume of lower priced domestic sales. The level of that domestic volume however, constituted a higher than expected 80% of our overall coal sales due to the inventory build. Approximately 90,000 tons of the largely rail-related inventory build during the second quarter of 2022 had previously been earmarked for sale into the export market at higher prices. Importantly, we view this as deferred, not lost revenue. A significant portion of this unsold inventory has now been booked for sale in the second half of 2022 to a seaborne customer and priced against the seaborne thermal coal index for delivery.
Additional Financial Results
As of June 30, 2022, the Company had liquidity of $83.1 million, consisting of $43.5 million of cash on hand plus $39.6 million of availability under its revolving credit facility. Compared to March 31, 2022, accounts receivable and inventory increased meaningfully to $85.1 million, while accounts payable decreased to $34.4 million. The net balance sheet impact was a negative $24.0 million movement from March 31, 2022, to June 30, 2022.
Second quarter capital expenditures totaled $34.1 million. This was an increase of 73% versus $19.7 million for the first quarter of 2022 (excluding the Ramaco Coal acquisition). The increase was attributable to the continued development at the Berwind complex of both new mines and the preparation plant renovation, as well as the ongoing plant expansion of the Elk Creek complex.
The Company's effective quarterly tax rate was 22.8%, excluding discrete items. For the second quarter of 2022, we recognized income tax expense of $9.8 million, as compared with $0.2 million in the second 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 second quarter was another strong quarter, largely in-line with results from our first quarter. We remain poised to have both a record second half and full-year 2022, with financial metrics at multiples of 2021.
Importantly, we continue in our growth mode with a goal to increase our production to meet what we feel will be a continuing future demand for high quality met coal against a constrained growth in supply. We are adjusting our longer-term guidance to reflect a three-year target of now achieving roughly 6.5 million tons of production by 2025. This represents more than three times the output than we achieved last year. This increase will be financed from internally generated cash flow.
Focusing first on current results, this quarter's net income and Adjusted EBITDA were 235% and 220% greater than our previous respective highest second quarter records. Our first half of 2022 Adjusted EBITDA of $122 million and diluted EPS of $1.66 were records, largely driven by strong pricing early in the year.
On sales metrics, we now have booked total sales of roughly 2.8 million tons at an average price of rough $214 per ton5. Approximately 200,000 tons of production remain to be placed.
We estimate that these committed sales currently translate into estimated 2022 net income of over $230 million, EPS of over $5.10 and Adjusted EBITDA of roughly $340 million6. When comparing those figures to year-end 2021, through this July we have already generated results which would be roughly 6x of net income, 5x of EPS and 4x of Adjusted EBITDA. We hope additional sales by year-end will improve those numbers.
Like all our peers, first half delivered sales suffered from poor rail service. This logistical constraint had a direct financial impact on us but was unfortunately outside of our control. As a result, we built almost 90,000 tons of inventory during the second quarter of 2022. This compounded the same logistical issue we had in the first quarter, bringing our first half of 2022 inventory build to over 180,000 tons.
As strong as our results were historically, had the rails performed they would have both been even stronger and closer to consensus projections. We estimate that our first half EPS and Adjusted EBITDA would have been meaningfully higher by $0.65 per share and $40 million respectively7, had that coal shipped.
As we look ahead to the second half, perhaps somewhat propitiously, the first half inventory build may turn out to be a blessing in disguise. Should rail transportation bottlenecks ease as anticipated in the second half of 2022, then that inventory buildup may be able to be sold at higher realized prices for export.
The on-going events in Ukraine have created an unusual dynamic where historical pricing between thermal and certain met coal qualities has inverted. With the European Union set to ban Russian coal imports in a few days, we conjecture that this unique pricing inversion may not be short lived.
Accordingly, in July we entered into a sales contract to a seaborne thermal customer for delivery later this year of roughly 250,000 tons of a lower grade metallurgical coal at index prices linked to the thermal coal curve. At current index pricing, this sale translates into a netback of over $250 per short ton FOB mine to Ramaco, much higher than had it been sold into current met markets.
This is perhaps a good segue into commenting on our forward view on 2023 domestic and export sales strategy. The domestic sales season to U.S. steel customers has already commenced. For 2023, we intend to sell our coal into whatever markets will yield the best netback pricing. We are confident in our operational and logistical flexibility to sell into whatever represents the strongest market, should the pricing dynamic favor export thermal sales over domestic or seaborne metallurgical markets.
Also, as a result of our unfortunate recent Berwind methane ignition incident on July 10th, we reduced our full-year 2022 production guidance, and increased cost guidance. Since discovery of the ignition, we have been working closely with both MSHA and West Virginia MHST to investigate the matter and hopefully will soon begin remediation efforts on the affected mine. As a remainder, our two other mines at the Berwind complex, including our Triad and Laurel Fork mines, have already returned to production.
We are also excited to have announced an agreement to purchase the Maben mine assets in West Virginia with its 33 million tons of low volatile reserves. This fits within our strategic profile of acquiring low-cost, high quality greenfield reserves which can quickly be put into production. This is similar in character to our Amonate acquisition last fall. We anticipate starting initial highwall mine production at Maben in the late fourth quarter of 2022 and in 2023 to be at full production of roughly 250,000 tons of coal from the Sewell seam.
This transaction has an attractive payback of less than 2 years8. It also provides us the optionality to increase future production at Maben to roughly one million tons annually should we elect to pursue a larger deep mine operation in several other underground low-volatile seams.
Regarding other production increases, last month the Board of Directors approved the expansion of the Elk Creek Preparation Plant from 2.1 million tons of capacity to 3.0 million tons by mid-2023. As a reminder, we had already been in the process this year of increasing capacity to 2.5 million tons at the plant. We are increasing our 2022 capital expenditure guidance by $28 million largely on the back of Maben and the plant upgrade and now also anticipate increasing our 2023 production guidance to at least 4.3 million tons.
In closing, despite the challenges this year from our rail difficulties and the recent incident at our Berwind mine, we are on track to have our most profitable and record year in 2022. We remain extremely positive about Ramaco's growth trajectory. We hope over the next few years to transition into an ever-larger enterprise with both even stronger fundamental financial metrics and the continued ability to return capital to our shareholders."
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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 not yet in production near Sheridan, Wyoming. Contiguous to the Wyoming 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 50 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 9:00 AM Eastern Time (ET) on Tuesday, August 9, 2022. An accompanying slide deck will be available at https://www.ramacoresources.com/investors-center/events-calendar/ immediately before the conference call.
To participate in the live teleconference on August 9, 2022:
Domestic Live: (877) 300-8521
To listen to a replay of the teleconference through August 23, 2022:
Domestic Replay: (844) 512-2921
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 and Maben acquisitions to the Company's shareholders, and the anticipated benefits and impacts of the Ramaco Coal and Maben acquisitions. 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:
Non-GAAP revenue per ton
Non-GAAP cash cost per ton(1)
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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