|Ramaco Resources, Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2022 Financial Results|
LEXINGTON, Ky., Nov. 7, 2022 /PRNewswire/ --
In the third quarter of 2022, highlights include:
Ramaco Resources, Inc. (NASDAQ: METC) ("Ramaco" or the "Company") today reported quarterly net income for the three months ended September 30, 2022, of $26.9 million, or $0.60 per diluted share. This was over 280% higher than net income for the three months ended September 30, 2021, of $7.0 million, or $0.16 per diluted share, largely on the back of higher realized pricing. For the nine-month period ended September 30, 2022, net income was $101.7 million or $2.27 per diluted share.
The Company's adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, certain non-operating expenses, and equity-based compensation ("Adjusted EBITDA") was $50.7 million for the three months ended September 30, 2022. This was 185% higher than $17.8 million of Adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended September 30, 2021. Third quarter 2022 Adjusted EBITDA was negatively affected by $5.0 million from idle costs at our Berwind mine related to the July ignition event. For the nine-month period ended September 30, 2022, Adjusted EBITDA was $172.6 million. (See "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measure" below.)
Key operational and financial metrics are presented below:
Third Quarter 2022 Summary
In the following paragraphs, all references to "quarterly" periods or to "the quarter" refer to the third quarter of 2022, unless specified otherwise.
Year over Year Quarterly Comparison
Cash margins on Company produced coal were $104 per ton during the quarter, up over 200% from the same period of 2021. Quarterly pricing was $202 per ton of Company produced coal sold, which was over 90% higher compared to the third quarter of 2021. Company produced cash mine costs were $98 per ton. Quarterly cash mine costs per ton were 38% 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 $93 per ton during the quarter.
Sequential Quarter Comparison
Cash margins on Company produced coal were $104 per ton compared to $109 per ton in the second quarter. The decline in margin was mainly due to lower realized pricing, with revenue per ton of $202 on company produced coal in the third quarter compared to $215 per ton in the second quarter of 2022. Metallurgical coal indices, although lower in the third quarter compared to first half 2022 levels, still remain historically elevated mainly attributable to continued supply tightness.
Despite current inflationary cost pressures, we continue to see a decline in key raw material costs such as the price of diesel fuel and steel for roof bolts. Our Elk Creek cash mine costs declined 7% to $93 per ton versus the second quarter of 2022. As our Berwind and Knox Creek complexes ramp up production over the coming quarters, we anticipate that their costs will fall meaningfully from current levels.
Additional Financial Results
As of September 30, 2022, the Company had liquidity of $69.2 million, consisting of $46.6 million of cash on hand plus $22.6 million of availability under our revolving credit facility. Compared to December 31, 2021, accounts receivable and inventory increased meaningfully to $90.4 million from $60.2 million. The bulk of the increase was due to higher inventory levels, resulting from yearlong logistical challenges. We anticipate that the fourth quarter of 2022 will be the Company's strongest quarter on record in terms of both sales and earnings excluding Berwind idle costs, based on being fully sold out for full-year 2022 at an average price of $210 per short ton FOB mine.
Third quarter capital expenditures totaled $37.6 million. This was an increase of 10% versus $34.1 million for the second quarter of 2022. The increase was attributable to the continued development of two new mines and the preparation plant renovation at the Berwind complex, and the ongoing plant expansion at the Elk Creek complex. Over 75% of the Company's year-to date capital expenditures of $91.4 million relates to its ongoing growth projects.
The Company's effective quarterly tax rate was 20%, excluding discrete items. For the third quarter of 2022, we recognized income tax expense of $6.6 million, as compared with $9.8 million in the second quarter of 2022.
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, "Despite macro headwinds in the overall economic climate, the third quarter was another record quarter for us. With that said, results are below what we would have hoped given the combination of the unfortunate Berwind ignition event in early July, declines in seaborne coal pricing, continued macro pressure on worldwide steel demand and ongoing logistical rail challenges. Despite these issues, we are well positioned for a record fourth quarter in 2022 and are also poised for 2023 to be a transformational positive year for Ramaco.
There are a number of positive quarterly accomplishments to highlight. First, we recently processed our first tons of coal at our Berwind preparation plant. We anticipate the plant will materially lower our cash costs from the Berwind Complex by avoiding millions of dollars of annual trucking costs. It will similarly reduce logistical challenges by elimination of a 25-mile truck haul to our Knox Creek preparation plant. Indeed, our overall mine costs across all operations came down around 8% this quarter and have again positioned us as a peer cost leader in the Central Appalachian markets.
Second, the Company is now fully sold out for calendar 2022 at an average price of $210 per short ton FOB mine1, with roughly 90% of that business being based on a fixed price. Third, in July we successfully placed roughly 0.3 million tons of coal into the European thermal markets for delivery mostly in the fourth quarter of 2022 at prices which exceeded met coal pricing. Lastly, in late September, we closed on the accretive Maben low vol reserve acquisition, which we anticipate being a meaningful earnings contributor in 2023.
Looking ahead to 2023, despite substantial macro uncertainty, we are confident that the year will prove to be much stronger for us than 2022. To begin with, we anticipate almost doubling 2023 production to roughly 4 million tons compared to production levels last year in 2021. At the same time, 1.8 million tons of that production has now been sold for 2023. 1.4 million tons were sold at a fixed average price of $201 per short ton FOB mine, and 0.4 million tons have been sold at index-linked pricing. Our fixed price sales business is a combination of both domestic steel and industrial sales as well as seaborne thermal coal sales.
We previously communicated that we would tailor our 2023 sales strategy to place tons into whatever markets would yield the best netback pricing. Indeed, we have executed on that strategy by committing a lower than usual amount of coal to traditional domestic steel mills in 2023. We expect to place over 60% of our coal into the export markets next year for the first time in our history and only 20% to traditional North American steel customers. Furthermore, over half of our anticipated 2023 volumes remain open to be sold into export markets at what we expect will be index-based business, where pricing currently remains above our 2023 fixed price levels for high-vol A quality coal.
The on-going events in Ukraine have created an unusual market dynamic where historical pricing between world thermal and met coal inverted this summer. While this relationship has recently moderated, we still anticipate an upward move in European thermal coal pricing in early 2023. We further expect that Europe's energy crisis will be a multi-year problem, which may present continued opportunities for crossover sales to traditional European thermal customers. Near-term, we believe many countries in Europe remain meaningfully short of coal for 2023, despite having purchased sufficient supply through year-end 2022.
In addition, the Company is providing an initial framework for its planned 2023 approach to a shareholder return program. We will be discussing this with our Board of Directors at our Board meeting next month when we typically address dividend policy for the coming year. First, in-line with what we have previously told our investors, it remains our intention to progressively increase the annual base cash dividend on all classes of stock each year, including in 2023.
As we add additional shareholder return in the form of dividends, we also want to construct a straightforward policy as it relates to other forms of shareholder return, specifically share repurchases. Next year, we expect to return to a net cash position. Over the past twelve months we made three accretive reserve, royalty and infrastructure acquisitions. At this point, we do not anticipate the need to make further acquisitions to reach our optimal level of production over the next few years.
We anticipate generating sufficient cash flow later in 2023 that we will be able to meet all capital requirements for normal maintenance and planned production growth, as well as make a complete repayment of all outstanding debt. We then hope to generate and maintain a cash cushion of roughly $100 million. Beyond that liquidity level we would anticipate allocating cash flow to shareholder returns in the form of both cash dividends and share repurchases. Specifically, we would propose taking the sum of the cash dividends paid on all outstanding classes of stock and in addition to the dividends we would invest a ratable amount toward share repurchases as would be approved by our Board of Directors.
Clearly, at today's stock price, we regard buybacks of our stock as an attractive investment proposition, especially considering the muted earnings multiples across the entire public coal space. Our basic investment goal is to organically increase our production in a lower capex cost manner to meet what we feel will be a continuing future demand for high quality met coal against a constrained growth in supply and to increase our overall free cash flow generation capability. At the same time, we will provide continued shareholder returns as described above.
In closing, we remain on track to have our most profitable and record year in 2022. This is despite a lingering list of macro challenges this year such as labor tightness, inflationary mine and wage cost pressure, logistical constraints, and the Berwind ignition event. We expect 2023 to be even more profitable. As a result, in the coming year we hope to continue our dual objectives of meaningful production growth and combine that with a return of increasing amounts of cash 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, November 8, 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 November 8, 2022:
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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, certain non-operating 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 and idle mine 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 performance. 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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