|Ramaco Resources, Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2020 Financial Results|
LEXINGTON, Ky., Aug. 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --
Ramaco Resources, Inc. (NASDAQ: METC) ("Ramaco Resources" or the "Company") today reported quarterly net income of $2.7 million, or $0.06 per diluted share for the three months ended June 30, 2020, as compared to $10.6 million or $0.26 per diluted share for the three months ended June 30, 2019. The Company's adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization and equity-based compensation expenses ("Adjusted EBITDA") was $10.8 million for the three months ended June 30, 2020, as compared with $19.1 million for the three months ended June 30, 2019.
Key operational and financial metrics are presented below:
Second Quarter 2020 Summary
Year over Year Quarterly Comparison
Overall sales of Company produced tons in the second quarter of 2020 were 362,000 tons, down from 499,000 tons in the second quarter of 2019. Cash margins on Company produced coal were $17 per ton in the second quarter of 2020, down 62% from the same period of 2019, because of lower realized pricing, on the back of large declines on the various metallurgical coal indices.
Sequential Quarter Comparison
Overall sales volumes of Company produced tons in the second quarter of 2020 were down 13% from the first quarter of 2020. The decline was precipitated by the deterioration in the macroeconomic conditions as a result of the impact of COVID-19. This in turn has manifested itself in declines in commodity prices, including metallurgical coal prices, and significant weakening in the domestic and international demand for steel. As previously disclosed, we received force majeure notices from two customers. This could adversely affect up to 12% of our total contracted sales volumes for 2020. We continue to work with these customers to preserve the value of these contracts.
Our cash margins on Company produced coal declined 35% in the sequential period. This decline was caused primarily by lower realized pricing and higher mining costs. Overall Company cash costs per ton sold on total produced coal were $74 per ton in the second quarter of 2020, compared to $67 in the first quarter of 2020. Cash costs on Company produced coal at Elk Creek were $72 per ton sold in the second quarter of 2020 compared to $61 in the first quarter of 2020. Second quarter mine cash costs were adversely impacted by the limited mine production in April as a result of the previously disclosed mine furlough that month, which caused fixed costs to get spread out across fewer tons. Mine cash costs at Elk Creek in May and June averaged $64 per ton sold. In those months the mines were operating at closer to normal rates, although given the slowdown in overall demand, they were still below first quarter 2020 levels.
Other income came in at $8.5 million in the second quarter of 2020, which compared to $1.2 million in the first quarter of 2020. On April 20, 2020, we received $8.4 million in loan proceeds from the SBA Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Based upon receipt of this funding, we elected to recall approximately 200 workers at our Elk Creek complex who had been furloughed in March. In the second quarter, we used the PPP proceeds for eligible payroll expenses, lease, interest and utility payments totaling $7.3 million. We have since used the balance of loan proceeds for similar purposes. We anticipate that the $8.4 million amount of the PPP Loan principal will be forgiven, together with accrued interest thereon. Accordingly, we have recognized $7.3 million as other income in the second quarter.
Additional Financial Results
At June 30, 2020, the Company had $9.8 million of cash on hand plus $22.0 million of availability under its revolving credit facility, (which had $8.0 million drawn) and net debt of $11.1 million. In the second quarter, we also borrowed an additional $13.2 million under two credit facilities, including the PPP Loan facility mentioned above, in order to further improve our liquidity. Securing this funding was key to limiting the length of the employee furlough period in April, as well as retaining a greater number of employees and maintaining payroll.
In the second quarter of 2020, our three largest working capital items caused an $8.3 million increase in use of cash compared to the first quarter of 2020, due to a $2.0 million increase in inventory, $1.4 million increase in accounts receivable, and $4.9 million decrease in accounts payable. Year to date, inventories have been a $10.2 million use of cash, as they have increased 67% during that time. We anticipate this trend should reverse in the second half of 2020, especially in the fourth quarter.
In the first six months of 2020, the Company recorded an income tax expense of $1.4 million, including $435 thousand as a discrete item associated with stock-based compensation. The effective tax rate for the six months ended June 30, 2020, excluding this discrete item, was 16%. Actual cash taxes paid in 2020 are anticipated to be less than $10 thousand. Ramaco also expects to continue to pay minimal taxes for the foreseeable future due to tax loss carryforwards.
Capital expenditures totaled $18.0 million for the six months ended June 30, 2020, including $9.1 million in the second quarter of 2020. Approximately, two-thirds of total capital in the second quarter related to both the Berwind mine and the Elk Creek plate press projects. A large portion of this was incurred during the first quarter of 2020, but paid in the second quarter of 2020, and the plate press project is now complete.
Looking forward, we are now at maintenance capital expenditure levels both on a cash and an accrual basis, and would expect third quarter 2020 capital expenditures to come in roughly two-thirds below second quarter 2020 levels, and in-line with our historical guidance of $6-7 per ton maintenance capital expenditure levels.
The following summarizes key sales, production and financial metrics for the periods noted:
Outlook and Comment
Randall Atkins, Ramaco Resources' Executive Chairman remarked, "We are all sailing in uncharted waters. Given the uncertainties of operating in today's unprecedented conditions, I am incredibly proud of what Ramaco has managed to accomplish in the first half of 2020. With first half 2020 adjusted EBITDA of over $19 million, we were fortunate to show results which comfortably exceeded many of our larger peers. This is a testament to the entire team at Ramaco working under trying market conditions. We also recognize that the PPP Loan program and the treatment of that facility as other income was a critical component of this second quarter's positive results. Despite these promising earnings, in order to maintain the discipline of keeping prudent liquidity levels, we had to recently make some difficult personnel decisions in July with regard to our workforce levels and on capital spending. We have always maintained that our two most important objectives are to keep our workforce safe, and to conservatively protect our liquidity on our balance sheet. As a result, all discretionary capital spending remains suspended, until there is more market clarity."
Atkins also noted that, "While there is continued uncertainty in the market, we see some signs for emerging medium-term optimism. First, U.S. steel capacity utilization is currently at 59%, largely due to several blast furnaces restarting, as automotive plants resume production, after bottoming at 51% in early May. Second, on the world stage the forward pricing curve for metallurgical coal suggests a roughly 25% increase by the first quarter of 2021 to $135 per ton as compared to $107 per ton today. Global steel demand outside of China has also begun to recover. Third, turning to China, temporary port restrictions continue to provide a near record $50 per ton arbitrage per Platts, when comparing Chinese domestic versus international met coal prices. Chinese steel production also seems to have fully rebounded from the COVID-19 slowdown, and appears on pace for yet another record year. We continue to expect a further decline in the production levels of higher cost North American met coal suppliers, given both the twin headwinds of lower market pricing and lack of available liquidity. We expect these trends to remain unabated. Ultimately they should lead to a more balanced supply/demand dynamic moving forward. To that end, we are excited to have begun to explore some new export sales in both the markets of South America, as well as Asia. Specifically, I would point to the recently announced marketing arrangement with Australian-based Square Resources who is helping introduce our coals into these faster growing Far Eastern steel markets."
Michael Bauersachs, Ramaco Resources' President and CEO commented, "Echoing Randy's comments, in July, we agreed to ship our first test cargo of metallurgical coal to Brazil, which is a market where we see excellent medium- to long-term potential in both high and low volatile coals. We will continue to focus on growing our international footprint, in-line with our plans to expand production as price and market demand normalizes."
Bauersachs continued, "As we have expressed before, we continue to position ourselves for production growth once there is more market clarity. Our near-term efforts have been to better align our production levels to our contracted sales. At Berwind, we have substantially cut production due to corresponding reductions by our customers for that coal as well as our development mining having reached the point where the inter-seam slope is to be developed. We are physically now at the point where, when the market dictates, we can hit the "go" button on our Berwind slope project, and within 6 months be in the more prolific Pocahontas #4 low vol seam with its annualized baseline capacity of 750,000 tons of low vol production. We are additionally reviewing the potential development of an adjacent but shorter-life Pocahontas #4 reserve which could function as a bridge until the main Berwind Pocahontas #4 reserve is fully activated. While not a long-term solution, this adjacent reserve provides a lower capital low volatile option during these difficult market conditions. We expect to make decisions on positioning all of our low volatile reserves in the coming months, dependent on market conditions."
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. The Company has five active mines within two mining complexes at this time.
News and additional information about Ramaco Resources, including filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, are available at http://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 11:00 AM Eastern Time (ET) on Friday, August 7, 2020. 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 webcast for this release will be accessible by visiting https://edge.media-server.com/mmc/p/bze4oub8.
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, 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, or further decline of demand for coal in export markets and underperformance of the railroads. 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 Report 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 Measure
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 U.S. 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 U.S. GAAP and therefore should not be considered as an alternative to revenue and cost of sales under U.S. GAAP. The tables below show how we calculate non-GAAP revenue and cash cost per ton:
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