Form 8-K Westlake Chemical Partne For: May 03

May 3, 2022 7:35 AM EDT

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Westlake Chemical Partners LP Announces First Quarter 2022 Results
Declared quarterly distribution of $0.4714 per unit; 31st consecutive quarterly distribution
HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Westlake Chemical Partners LP (NYSE: WLKP) (the "Partnership") today reported net income attributable to the Partnership in the first quarter of 2022 of $16.2 million, or $0.46 per limited partner unit, an increase of $1.1 million compared to first quarter 2021 net income of $15.1 million. The Partnership's net income in the first quarter of 2022 was the result of strong production volumes and solid margins on third-party sales. The first quarter of 2021 was impacted by Winter storm Uri and benefited from a $9.7 million buyer deficiency fee as well as recovery of certain other costs from Westlake Corporation ("Westlake") attributable to a related unplanned outage. Cash flows from operating activities in the first quarter of 2022 were $104.8 million, a decrease of $50.6 million compared to first quarter 2021 cash flows from operating activities of $155.4 million. The decrease was due to the timing of payments from Westlake related to the 2021 buyer deficiency and turnaround costs. For the three months ended March 31, 2022, MLP distributable cash flow was $19.3 million, an increase of $3.1 million compared to first quarter 2021 MLP distributable cash flow. The increase in MLP distributable cash flow was primarily attributable to the higher earnings at OpCo as well as reduced contributions to turnaround reserves.
"The Partnership's performance in the first quarter of 2022 reflects strong production volumes following the turnaround of our Petro 2 ethylene facility in Lake Charles, Louisiana in the second half of 2021. We are well positioned to deliver solid cash flows as we continue to benefit from strong production paired with our sales agreement with Westlake that delivers a fixed margin on 95% of our production as well as favorable margin on third party sales during the first quarter," said Albert Chao, President and Chief Executive Officer. "As we look at the full year of 2022, we are excited about the strong underlying fundamentals of the Partnership and continuing to deliver a premium value and predictable cash flows to our unitholders."
On May 2, 2022, the Partnership announced that the Board of Directors of Westlake Chemical Partners GP LLC had approved a quarterly distribution for the first quarter of 2022 of $0.4714 per unit to be payable on May 26, 2022 to unitholders of record as of May 12, 2022, representing the 31st consecutive quarterly distribution to our unitholders. MLP distributable cash flow provided trailing twelve-month coverage of 1.10x the declared distributions for the first quarter of 2022.
OpCo's Ethylene Sales Agreement with Westlake is designed to provide for stable and predictable cash flows. The agreement provides that 95% of OpCo's ethylene production is sold to Westlake for a cash margin of $0.10 per pound, net of operating costs, maintenance capital expenditures and reserves for future turnaround expenditures.
The statements in this release and the related teleconference relating to matters that are not historical facts, such as those with respect to the ability to deliver value and cash flows, the expectation that strong production will continue and the expectation for sustained performance are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially, based on factors including, but not limited to, the COVID-19 pandemic and the response thereto; operating difficulties; the volume of ethylene that we are able to sell; the price at which we are able to sell ethylene; changes in the price and availability of feedstocks; changes in prevailing economic conditions; actions and commitments of Westlake Corporation; actions of third parties; inclement or hazardous weather conditions, including flooding, and the physical impacts of climate change; environmental hazards; changes in laws and regulations (or the interpretation thereof); inability to acquire or maintain necessary permits; inability to obtain necessary production equipment or replacement parts; technical difficulties or failures; labor disputes; difficulty collecting receivables; inability of our customers to take delivery; fires, explosions or other industrial accidents; our ability to borrow funds and access capital markets; and other risk factors. For more detailed information about the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially, please refer to the Partnership's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021, which was filed with the SEC in March 2022.

This release is intended to be a qualified notice under Treasury Regulation Section 1.1446-4(b). Brokers and nominees should treat one hundred percent (100.0%) of the Partnership's distributions to non-U.S. investors as being attributable to income that is effectively connected with a United States trade or business. Accordingly, the Partnership's distributions to non-U.S. investors are subject to federal income tax withholding at the highest applicable effective tax rate.
Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
This release makes reference to certain "non-GAAP" financial measures, such as MLP distributable cash flow and EBITDA. For this purpose, a non-GAAP financial measure is generally defined by the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") as a numerical measure of a registrant's historical or future financial performance, financial position or cash flows that (1) excludes amounts, or is subject to adjustments that have the effect of excluding amounts, that are included in the most directly comparable measure calculated and presented in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("U.S. GAAP") in the statement of income, balance sheet or statement of cash flows (or equivalent statements) of the registrant; or (2) includes amounts, or is subject to adjustments that have the effect of including amounts, that are excluded from the most directly comparable measure so calculated and presented. We report our financial results in accordance with U.S. GAAP, but believe that certain non-GAAP financial measures, such as MLP distributable cash flow and EBITDA, provide useful supplemental information to investors regarding the underlying business trends and performance of our ongoing operations and are useful for period-over-period comparisons of such operations. These non-GAAP financial measures should be considered as a supplement to, and not as a substitute for, or superior to, the financial measures prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP. We define MLP distributable cash flow as distributable cash flow less distributable cash flow attributable to Westlake Corporation's noncontrolling interest in OpCo and distributions attributable to the incentive distribution rights holder. MLP distributable cash flow does not reflect changes in working capital balances. We define EBITDA as net income before interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization. MLP distributable cash flow and EBITDA are non-GAAP supplemental financial measures that management and external users of our consolidated financial statements, such as industry analysts, investors, lenders and rating agencies, may use to assess our operating performance as compared to other publicly traded partnerships, our ability to incur and service debt and fund capital expenditures and the viability of acquisitions and other capital expenditure projects and the returns on investment of various investment opportunities. Reconciliations of MLP distributable cash flow to net income and to net cash provided by operating activities and of EBITDA to net income, income from operations and net cash provided by operating activities can be found in the financial schedules at the end of this press release.
Westlake Chemical Partners LP
Westlake Chemical Partners is a limited partnership formed by Westlake Corporation to operate, acquire and develop ethylene production facilities and other qualified assets. Headquartered in Houston, the Partnership owns a 22.8% interest in Westlake Chemical OpCo LP. Westlake Chemical OpCo LP's assets consist of three ethylene production facilities in Calvert City, Kentucky, and Lake Charles, Louisiana and an ethylene pipeline. For more information about Westlake Chemical Partners LP, please visit
Westlake Chemical Partners LP Conference Call Information:
A conference call to discuss Westlake Chemical Partners' first quarter 2022 results will be held Tuesday, May 3, 2022 at 1:00 PM Eastern Time (12:00 PM Central Time). To access the conference call, dial (855) 765-5686 or (234) 386-2848 for international callers, approximately 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time and reference passcode 673 90 02.
A replay of the conference call will be available beginning two hours after its conclusion until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, May 10, 2022. To hear a replay, dial (855) 859-2056 or (404) 537-3406 for international callers. The replay passcode is 673 90 02.
The conference call will also be available via webcast at: and the earnings release can be obtained via the Partnership web page at:


Three Months Ended March 31,
(In thousands of dollars, except per unit data)
Net sales—Westlake Corporation ("Westlake")$290,657 $219,803 
Net co-product, ethylene and other sales—third parties71,743 48,404 
Total net sales362,400 268,207 
Cost of sales270,961 180,508 
Gross profit91,439 87,699 
Selling, general and administrative expenses8,227 8,673 
Income from operations83,212 79,026 
Other income (expense)
Interest expense—Westlake(2,199)(2,236)
Other income (expense), net(25)
Income before income taxes80,988 76,797 
Income tax provision163 175 
Net income80,825 76,622 
Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests in Westlake Chemical OpCo LP ("OpCo")64,631 61,476 
Net income attributable to Westlake Partners$16,194 $15,146 
Net income per limited partners unit attributable to Westlake Partners (basic and diluted)
Common units$0.46 $0.43 
Distributions declared per unit$0.4714 $0.4714 
MLP distributable cash flow$19,291 $16,245 
Distributions declared
Limited partner units—publicly and privately held$9,943 $9,936 
Limited partner units—Westlake6,657 6,657 
Total distributions declared$16,600 $16,593 
EBITDA$114,469 $106,575 

March 31,
December 31,
(In thousands of dollars)
Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents$19,234 $17,057 
Receivable under the Investment Management Agreement—Westlake
111,224 106,243 
Accounts receivable, net—Westlake109,732 142,791 
Accounts receivable, net—third parties26,412 5,825 
Inventories7,887 8,898 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets238 396 
Total current assets274,727 281,210 
Property, plant and equipment, net1,030,571 1,043,539 
Other assets, net149,068 155,949 
Total assets$1,454,366 $1,480,698 
Current liabilities (accounts payable and accrued liabilities)$76,944 $106,796 
Current debt payable to Westlake377,055 — 
Long-term debt payable to Westlake22,619 399,674 
Other liabilities1,516 1,530 
Total liabilities478,134 508,000 
Common unitholders—publicly and privately held481,550 481,796 
Common unitholder—Westlake54,591 54,754 
General partner—Westlake(242,572)(242,572)
Total Westlake Partners partners' capital293,569 293,978 
Noncontrolling interest in OpCo682,663 678,720 
Total equity976,232 972,698 
Total liabilities and equity$1,454,366 $1,480,698 

Three Months Ended March 31,
(In thousands of dollars)
Cash flows from operating activities
Net income$80,825 $76,622 
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization31,282 27,542 
Net loss on disposition and other3,962 1,462 
Other balance sheet changes(11,259)49,782 
Net cash provided by operating activities104,810 155,408 
Cash flows from investing activities
Additions to property, plant and equipment(20,342)(12,748)
Maturities of investments with Westlake under the Investment Management Agreement50,000 — 
Investments with Westlake under the Investment Management Agreement(55,000)(64,000)
Other— 126 
Net cash used for investing activities(25,342)(76,622)
Cash flows from financing activities
Quarterly distributions to noncontrolling interest retained in OpCo by Westlake(60,688)(62,058)
Quarterly distributions to unitholders(16,603)(16,593)
Net cash used for financing activities(77,291)(78,651)
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents2,177 135 
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period17,057 17,154 
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period$19,234 $17,289 


Three Months Ended December 31,Three Months Ended March 31,
(In thousands of dollars)
Net cash provided by operating activities
$21,862 $104,810 $155,408 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities and other
116,532 (23,985)(78,786)
Net Income138,394 80,825 76,622 
Depreciation, amortization and disposition of property, plant and equipment28,442 34,253 28,898 
Contribution to turnaround reserves
Maintenance capital expenditures(46,350)(13,453)(11,743)
Distributable cash flow attributable to noncontrolling interest in OpCo
MLP distributable cash flow$15,297 $19,291 $16,245 


Three Months Ended December 31,Three Months Ended March 31,
(In thousands of dollars)
Net cash provided by operating activities
$21,862 $104,810 $155,408 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities and other
116,532 (23,985)(78,786)
Net Income138,394 80,825 76,622 
Other income (expense), net10 (25)
Interest expense(2,166)(2,199)(2,236)
Income tax provision(216)(163)(175)
Income from operations140,766 83,212 79,026 
Depreciation and amortization25,984 31,282 27,542 
Other income (expense), net10 (25)
EBITDA$166,760 $114,469 $106,575 


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