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Nov 17, 2017 04:00 PM Pricing delayed 20 minutes

CorEnergy Announces Third Quarter 2017 Results

Nov 1, 2017

KANSAS CITY, Mo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust, Inc. (“CorEnergy” or the “Company”) today announced financial results for the third quarter, ended September 30, 2017.

Third Quarter Performance Summary

Third quarter financial highlights are as follows:

    For the Three Months Ended
September 30, 2017
  Per Share
Total

 Basic 

  Diluted
Net Income (Attributable to Common Stockholders)1 $ 6,780,409 $ 0.57 $ 0.57
NAREIT Funds from Operations (NAREIT FFO)1 $ 12,192,731 $ 1.02 $ 0.94
Funds From Operations (FFO)1 $ 11,471,031 $ 0.96 $ 0.89
Adjusted Funds From Operations (AFFO)1 $ 11,896,606 $ 1.00 $ 0.90
Dividends Declared to Common Stockholders $ 0.75
1   Management uses AFFO as a measure of long-term sustainable operational performance. NAREIT FFO, FFO, and AFFO are non-GAAP measures. Reconciliations of NAREIT FFO, FFO and AFFO, as presented, to Net Income Attributable to CorEnergy Stockholders are included at the end of this press release. See Note 1 for additional information.
 

Recent Developments

  • Declared common stock dividend of $0.75 per share ($3.00 annualized) for the third quarter 2017, in line with the previous eight quarterly dividends
  • Received first variable rent payments under the Pinedale LGS lease
  • Portland Terminal tenant, Arc Logistics, announced acquisition by Zenith Energy U.S. LP

“Ultra Petroleum’s success in increasing production, following its bankruptcy, has generated volumes above our threshold for participating rents. This further supports our conviction in the prolific Pinedale field and our mission critical gathering system,” said CorEnergy CEO Dave Schulte. “Our team is assessing several high-quality acquisition opportunities that fit our portfolio criteria and which we believe could achieve long-term value for our shareholders. We have repositioned our balance sheet this year and have over $145 million of liquidity to execute a transaction efficiently.”

Dividend Declaration

Common Stock: A third quarter 2017 dividend of $0.75 per share (or $3.00 per share annualized) was declared for CorEnergy’s common stock. The dividend is payable on November 30, 2017, to shareholders of record on November 15, 2017.

Preferred Stock: For the Company’s 7.375% Series A Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock, a cash dividend of $0.4609375 per depositary share was declared for the third quarter. The preferred stock dividend, which equates to an annual dividend payment of $1.84375 per depositary share, is payable on November 30, 2017, to shareholders of record on November 15, 2017.

Portfolio Update

Portland Terminal & Lightfoot Partners: On August 29, 2017, the parent company of our Portland Terminal tenant, Arc Logistics, announced its definitive agreement to be acquired by Zenith Energy U.S. LP. The merger is targeted to close by February 7, 2018. It is not clear whether the proposed merger will have an impact on the Portland Terminal Lease.

In connection with the acquisition, units of Lightfoot Capital Partners LP and GP will also be purchased by Zenith Energy. CorEnergy owns approximately 6.6% of the LP and 1.5% of the GP. Accordingly, we will receive our pro-rata share of the proceeds upon the closing of the transaction. As of September 30, 2017, the fair value of CorEnergy’s interest in the Lightfoot entities was $10.5 million, based on the proposed transaction terms. This value is contingent upon the outcome of the Gulf LNG litigation and includes a required reinvestment in the ownership of Arc Terminal Joliet Holdings.

Grand Isle Gathering System: Energy XXI Gulf Coast announced that no significant damage was incurred as a result of Hurricane Harvey or Hurricane Nate. However, in preparation for and during the course of the storms, production was shut in by both EXXI and third-party operators, primarily in the western region for Hurricane Harvey and in all fields for Hurricane Nate. Fields served by the GIGS are located primarily in the central region of EXXI operations.

Pinedale Liquids Gathering System: CorEnergy received variable rent payments for the utilization of the Pinedale LGS by Ultra Petroleum. The payments were not material, but this is the first occurrence of volumes reaching thresholds, above which payments in addition to base rents are generated.

Outlook

CorEnergy believes acquisitions enhance the stability of its operations, reducing risk to existing stockholders, because of the diversification benefits and added potential for dividend growth. The Company is evaluating a broad set of infrastructure opportunities and targets transacting on one to two acquisitions per year, with a target range of $50 to $250 million per project. CorEnergy intends to finance these acquisitions through the use of capacity on its revolver, partnerships with co-investors, portfolio level debt, and, if beneficial to existing stockholders, prudent preferred and/or common equity issuances. There can be no assurance that any of these acquisition opportunities will result in consummated transactions.

CorEnergy intends to continue paying quarterly dividends of $0.75 per share ($3.00 annualized). The Company targets revenue growth of 1-3% annually from existing contracts through inflation-based and participating rent adjustments and additional growth from acquisitions. Dependent upon the level of revenue growth achieved, CorEnergy will assess its ability to responsibly grow its dividend above current levels.

Third Quarter 2017 Earnings Conference Call

CorEnergy will host a conference call on Thursday, November 2, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. Central Time to discuss its financial results. Please dial into the call at 877-407-8035 (for international, 1-201-689-8035) approximately five to ten minutes prior to the scheduled start time. The call will also be webcast in a listen-only format. A link to the webcast will be accessible at corenergy.reit.

A replay of the call will be available until 1:00 p.m. Central Time on December 2, 2017 by dialing 877-481-4010 (for international, 1-919-882-2331). The Conference ID is 21908. A replay of the conference call will also be available on the Company’s website.

About CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust, Inc.

CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust, Inc. (NYSE: CORR, CORRPrA), is a real estate investment trust (REIT) that owns essential energy assets, such as pipelines, storage terminals, and transmission and distribution assets. We receive long-term contracted revenue from operators of our assets, primarily under triple-net participating leases. For more information, please visit corenergy.reit.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains certain statements that may include "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, included herein are "forward-looking statements." Although CorEnergy believes that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, they do involve assumptions, risks and uncertainties, and these expectations may prove to be incorrect. Actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of a variety of factors, including those discussed in CorEnergy’s reports that are filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. Other than as required by law, CorEnergy does not assume a duty to update any forward-looking statement. In particular, any distribution paid in the future to our stockholders will depend on the actual performance of CorEnergy, its costs of leverage and other operating expenses and will be subject to the approval of CorEnergy’s Board of Directors and compliance with leverage covenants.

Notes

1NAREIT FFO represents net income (computed in accordance with GAAP), excluding gains (or losses) from sales of depreciable operating property, impairment losses of depreciable properties, real estate-related depreciation and amortization (excluding amortization of deferred financing costs or loan origination costs) and after adjustments for unconsolidated partnerships and non-controlling interests. Adjustments for non-controlling interests are calculated on the same basis. FFO as we have presented it here, is derived by further adjusting NAREIT FFO for distributions received from investment securities, income tax expense (benefit) from investment securities, net distributions and dividend income and net realized and unrealized gain or loss on other equity securities. CorEnergy defines AFFO as FFO Adjusted for Securities Investment plus (gain) loss on extinguishment of debt, provision for loan losses, net of tax, transaction costs, amortization of debt issuance costs, amortization of deferred lease costs, accretion of asset retirement obligation, income tax expense (benefit) unrelated to securities investments, non-cash costs associated with derivative instruments, and certain costs of a nonrecurring nature, less maintenance, capital expenditures (if any), amortization of debt premium, and other adjustments as deemed appropriate by Management. Reconciliations of NAREIT FFO, FFO Adjusted for Securities Investments and AFFO to Net Income Attributable to CorEnergy Stockholders are included in the additional financial information attached to this press release.

 
Consolidated Balance Sheets
   
September 30, 2017 December 31, 2016
Assets (Unaudited)
Leased property, net of accumulated depreciation of $67,171,667 and $52,219,717 $ 474,306,419 $ 489,258,369
Property and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation of $11,803,423 and $9,292,712 113,943,021 116,412,806
Financing notes and related accrued interest receivable, net of reserve of $4,100,000 and $4,100,000 1,500,000 1,500,000
Other equity securities, at fair value 10,457,982 9,287,209
Cash and cash equivalents 15,533,509 7,895,084
Deferred rent receivable 20,260,686 14,876,782
Accounts and other receivables 3,853,572 4,538,884
Deferred costs, net of accumulated amortization of $457,277 and $2,261,151 3,657,017 3,132,050
Prepaid expenses and other assets 815,458 354,230
Deferred tax asset, net 1,892,611 1,758,289
Goodwill 1,718,868   1,718,868  
Total Assets $ 647,939,143   $ 650,732,571  
Liabilities and Equity
Secured credit facilities, net (including $7,534,177 and $8,860,577 with related party) $ 17,534,177 $ 89,387,985
Unsecured convertible senior notes, net of discount and debt issuance costs of $2,164,715 and $2,755,105 111,835,285 111,244,895
Asset retirement obligation 12,375,105 11,882,943
Accounts payable and other accrued liabilities 4,634,946 2,416,283
Management fees payable 1,761,756 1,735,024
Unearned revenue 543,050   155,961  
Total Liabilities $ 148,684,319 $ 216,823,091
Equity
Series A Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock 7.375%, $130,000,000 and $56,250,000 liquidation preference ($2,500 per share, $0.001 par value), 10,000,000 authorized; 52,000 and 22,500 issued and outstanding at September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively $ 130,000,000 $ 56,250,000
Capital stock, non-convertible, $0.001 par value; 11,909,244 and 11,886,216 shares issued and outstanding at September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016 (100,000,000 shares authorized) 11,909 11,886
Additional paid-in capital 341,678,080 350,217,746
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (2,180 ) (11,196 )
Total CorEnergy Equity 471,687,809   406,468,436  
Non-controlling interest 27,567,015   27,441,044  
Total Equity 499,254,824   433,909,480  
Total Liabilities and Equity $ 647,939,143   $ 650,732,571  
 
Consolidated Statements of Income and Comprehensive Income (Unaudited)
       
For the Three Months Ended For the Nine Months Ended
September 30, 2017   September 30, 2016 September 30, 2017   September 30, 2016
Revenue
Lease revenue $ 17,173,676 $ 16,996,155 $ 51,290,294 $ 50,988,299
Transportation and distribution revenue 5,270,628 5,119,330 15,056,998 15,283,461
Financing revenue       162,344  
Total Revenue 22,444,304   22,115,485   66,347,292   66,434,104  
Expenses
Transportation and distribution expenses 2,384,182 1,482,161 5,082,732 4,222,792
General and administrative 2,632,546 3,021,869 8,252,125 9,084,961
Depreciation, amortization and ARO accretion expense 6,017,664 5,744,266 18,029,567 16,778,109
Provision for loan loss and disposition       5,014,466  
Total Expenses 11,034,392   10,248,296   31,364,424   35,100,328  
Operating Income $ 11,409,912   $ 11,867,189   $ 34,982,868   $ 31,333,776  
Other Income (Expense)
Net distributions and dividend income $ 213,040 $ 277,523 $ 477,942 $ 867,265
Net realized and unrealized gain on other equity securities 1,340,197 1,430,858 1,410,623 1,001,771
Interest expense (2,928,036 ) (3,520,856 ) (9,585,270 ) (10,987,677 )
Loss on extinguishment of debt (234,433 )   (234,433 )  
Total Other Expense (1,609,232 ) (1,812,475 ) (7,931,138 ) (9,118,641 )
Income before income taxes 9,800,680   10,054,714   27,051,730   22,215,135  
Taxes
Current tax expense (benefit) 65,131 95,125 89,022 (378,954 )
Deferred tax expense (benefit) 126,440   388,027   (134,322 ) 17,418  
Income tax expense (benefit), net 191,571   483,152   (45,300 ) (361,536 )
Net Income 9,609,109 9,571,562 27,097,030 22,576,671
Less: Net Income attributable to non-controlling interest 431,825   340,377   1,250,096   999,838  
Net Income attributable to CorEnergy Stockholders $ 9,177,284 $ 9,231,185 $ 25,846,934 $ 21,576,833
Preferred dividend requirements 2,396,875   1,037,109   5,557,113   3,111,327  
Net Income attributable to Common Stockholders $ 6,780,409   $ 8,194,076   $ 20,289,821   $ 18,465,506  
 
Net Income $ 9,609,109 $ 9,571,562 $ 27,097,030 $ 22,576,671
Other comprehensive income (loss):
Changes in fair value of qualifying hedges / AOCI attributable to CorEnergy stockholders 3,038 3,039 9,016 (205,032 )
Changes in fair value of qualifying hedges / AOCI attributable to non-controlling interest 710   710   2,106   (47,937 )
Net Change in Other Comprehensive Income (Loss) $ 3,748   $ 3,749   $ 11,122   $ (252,969 )
Total Comprehensive Income 9,612,857 9,575,311 27,108,152 22,323,702
Less: Comprehensive income attributable to non-controlling interest 432,535   341,087   1,252,202   951,901  
Comprehensive Income attributable to CorEnergy Stockholders $ 9,180,322   $ 9,234,224   $ 25,855,950   $ 21,371,801  
Earnings Per Common Share:
Basic $ 0.57 $ 0.69 $ 1.71 $ 1.55
Diluted $ 0.57 $ 0.68 $ 1.71 $ 1.55
Weighted Average Shares of Common Stock Outstanding:
Basic 11,904,933 11,872,729 11,896,803 11,909,431
Diluted 11,904,933 15,327,274 11,896,803 11,909,431
Dividends declared per share $ 0.750 $ 0.750 $ 2.250 $ 2.250
 
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited)
   
For the Nine Months Ended
September 30, 2017   September 30, 2016
Operating Activities
Net Income $ 27,097,030 $ 22,576,671
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
Deferred income tax, net (134,322 ) 17,418
Depreciation, amortization and ARO accretion 19,350,053 18,334,719
Provision for loan loss 5,014,466
Loss on extinguishment of debt 234,433
Non-cash settlement of accounts payable (221,609 )
Loss on sale of equipment 4,203
Gain on repurchase of convertible debt (71,702 )
Net distributions and dividend income, including recharacterization of income 148,649 (117,004 )
Net realized and unrealized gain on other equity securities (1,410,623 ) (1,001,771 )
Unrealized loss (gain) on derivative contract 13,154 (105,567 )
Common stock issued under directors compensation plan 67,500 60,000
Changes in assets and liabilities:
Increase in deferred rent receivable (5,383,904 ) (6,564,143 )
Decrease in accounts and other receivables 685,312 1,130,115
Decrease in financing note accrued interest receivable 95,114
(Increase) decrease in prepaid expenses and other assets (105,866 ) 49,227
Increase (decrease) in management fee payable 26,732 (20,148 )
Increase in accounts payable and other accrued liabilities 2,437,100 1,913,875
Increase in unearned revenue 29,695   343,295  
Net cash provided by operating activities $ 42,837,537   $ 41,654,565  
Investing Activities
Proceeds from assets and liabilities held for sale 644,934
Purchases of property and equipment, net (50,924 ) (475,581 )
Proceeds from asset foreclosure and sale 223,451
Increase in financing notes receivable (202,000 )
Return of capital on distributions received 91,201   3,393  
Net cash provided by investing activities $ 40,277   $ 194,197  
Financing Activities
Debt financing costs (1,342,681 ) (193,000 )
Net offering proceeds on Series A preferred stock 71,161,531
Repurchases of common stock (2,041,851 )
Repurchases of convertible debt (899,960 )
Dividends paid on Series A preferred stock (5,830,859 ) (3,111,327 )
Dividends paid on common stock (26,034,749 ) (26,311,075 )
Distributions to non-controlling interest (1,126,231 )
Advances on revolving line of credit 10,000,000 44,000,000
Payments on revolving line of credit (44,000,000 )
Principal payments on secured credit facilities (38,066,400 ) (57,802,535 )
Net cash used in financing activities $ (35,239,389 ) $ (46,359,748 )
Net Change in Cash and Cash Equivalents $ 7,638,425 $ (4,510,986 )
Cash and Cash Equivalents at beginning of period 7,895,084   14,618,740  
Cash and Cash Equivalents at end of period $ 15,533,509   $ 10,107,754  
 
  For the Nine Months Ended
September 30, 2017   September 30, 2016
Supplemental Disclosure of Cash Flow Information
Interest paid $ 6,301,929 $ 7,829,619
Income taxes paid (net of refunds) 197,202 42,200
 
Non-Cash Investing Activities
Change in accounts and other receivables $ $ (450,000 )

Net change in Assets Held for Sale, Property and equipment, Prepaid expenses
and other assets, Accounts payable and other accrued liabilities and Liabilities held for sale

(1,776,549 )
 
Non-Cash Financing Activities
Reinvestment of distributions by common stockholders in additional common shares $ 727,518 $ 494,251
 
NAREIT FFO, FFO Adjusted for Securities Investment and AFFO Reconciliation (Unaudited)
   
For the Three Months Ended For the Nine Months Ended
September 30, 2017   September 30, 2016 September 30, 2017   September 30, 2016
Net Income attributable to CorEnergy Stockholders $ 9,177,284 $ 9,231,185 $ 25,846,934 $ 21,576,833
Less:
Preferred Dividend Requirements 2,396,875 1,037,109   5,557,113 3,111,327  
Net Income attributable to Common Stockholders $ 6,780,409 $ 8,194,076 $ 20,289,821 $ 18,465,506
Add:
Depreciation 5,823,777 5,537,179 17,468,456 16,166,599
Less:
Non-Controlling Interest attributable to NAREIT FFO reconciling items 411,455 411,455   1,234,365 1,234,365  
NAREIT funds from operations (NAREIT FFO) $ 12,192,731 $ 13,319,800 $ 36,523,912 $ 33,397,740
Add:
Distributions received from investment securities 242,412 278,782 717,791 753,655
Income tax expense from investment securities 589,125 645,083 703,987 703,211
Less:
Net distributions and dividend income 213,040 277,523 477,942 867,265
Net realized and unrealized gain on other equity securities 1,340,197 1,430,858   1,410,623 1,001,771  
Funds from operations adjusted for securities investments (FFO) $ 11,471,031 $ 12,535,284 $ 36,057,125 $ 32,985,570
Add:
Loss on extinguishment of debt 234,433 234,433
Provision for loan losses, net of tax 4,409,359
Transaction costs 35,822 33,984 505,873 71,899
Amortization of debt issuance costs 382,745 469,004 1,320,487 1,556,607
Amortization of deferred lease costs 22,983 22,983 68,949 68,949
Accretion of asset retirement obligation 170,904 184,104 492,162 542,561
Unrealized (gain) loss associated with derivative instruments 29,608 (60,513 ) 13,155 (2,818 )
Less:
Non-cash settlement of accounts payable 50,000 221,609
Income tax benefit 397,554 161,931 749,287 459,640
Non-Controlling Interest attributable to AFFO reconciling items 3,366 (10,715 ) 10,075 35,153  
Adjusted funds from operations (AFFO) $ 11,896,606 $ 13,033,630   $ 37,711,213 $ 39,137,334  
 
Weighted Average Shares of Common Stock Outstanding:
Basic 11,904,933 11,872,729 11,896,803 11,909,431
Diluted 15,359,479 15,327,274 15,351,348 15,379,792
NAREIT FFO attributable to Common Stockholders
Basic $ 1.02 $ 1.12 $ 3.07 $ 2.80
Diluted (1) $ 0.94 $ 1.01 $ 2.81 $ 2.60
FFO attributable to Common Stockholders
Basic $ 0.96 $ 1.06 $ 3.03 $ 2.77
Diluted (1) $ 0.89 $ 0.96 $ 2.78 $ 2.57
AFFO attributable to Common Stockholders
Basic $ 1.00 $ 1.10 $ 3.17 $ 3.29
Diluted (2) $ 0.90 $ 0.98 $ 2.85 $ 2.94

(1) Diluted per share calculations include dilutive adjustments for convertible note interest expense, discount amortization and deferred debt issuance amortization.

(2) Diluted per share calculations include a dilutive adjustment for convertible note interest expense.
 

Source: CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust, Inc.

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