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Kimbell Royalty Partners Announces Record Third Quarter 2019 Results

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FORT WORTH, Texas, Nov. 7, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Kimbell Royalty Partners, LP (NYSE:KRP) ("Kimbell Royalty Partners" or "Kimbell"), a leading owner of oil and natural gas mineral and royalty interests in more than 92,000 gross producing wells across 28 states, today announced financial and operating results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2019. 

Third Quarter 2019 Highlights

  • Kimbell exceeds high end of Q3 2019 production guidance and raises Q4 2019 production guidance
  • Q3 2019 cash distribution of $0.42 per common unit, up 7.7% from Q2 2019; implies a robust 12.3% annualized yield based on the November 6, 2019 closing price of $13.62 per common unit
  • Kimbell expects substantially all distributions paid to common unitholders from 2019 through 2022 are not expected to be taxable dividend income and less than 25% of distributions paid to common unitholders for the subsequent three years (2023 to 2025) are expected to be taxable dividend income
  • Record Q3 2019 run-rate daily production of 12,785 barrels of oil equivalent ("Boe") per day, up 49.6% from Q3 2018
  • Record oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids ("NGL") revenues of $29.5 million, up 40% from Q3 2018
  • Net loss was $28.9 million and net loss attributable to common units was $16.3 million compared to net loss attributable to common units of $3.7 million in Q3 2018.  The increase to net loss was due to the recognition of a non-cash impairment expense of $34.9 million due to a decrease in oil and gas prices during the quarter
  • Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA (as defined and reconciled below) of $22.8 million, up 6% from Q2 2019
  • Cash general and administrative ("G&A") per Boe of $3.30, which was below the low-end of Q3 2019 guidance and down 42% compared to Q3 2018

Robert Ravnaas, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Kimbell Royalty Partners' general partner commented, "This was an excellent quarter generating record high revenue and production and further proving the strength of our business model and strategy.  The sequential production growth in the third quarter of 8% was entirely organic, which is a testament to the high degree of activity on our acreage coupled with one of the industry's lowest PDP decline rates.  We remain very pleased with the cash flow generation, production stability and growth potential across our asset base.  In addition, revenue growth, particularly year-over-year, reflects strong performance from acquisitions made in the past twelve months, despite the decrease of realized commodity prices.  In addition, in the third quarter we had receipts of nearly $1 million in lease bonuses.  Finally, we had cash G&A per Boe of $3.30 in Q3 2019, which was below the low-end of our Q3 2019 guidance.  Based on our strong third quarter results and expectations for the remainder of the year, we are raising our Q4 2019 production guidance.

"While current pressures persist for many exploration and production companies operating in the U.S., our broad-based, high-quality asset portfolio continues to outperform expectations.  At the end of the third quarter, our rig count was 82, including four new rigs in the Permian, and our market share of the entire lower 48 U.S. drilling fleet increased to 9.8% from 9.5%. 

"The acquisition market remains very active as we continue to evaluate opportunities across our many basins.  We remain focused on assembling a high-quality, low-PDP decline and diversified royalty portfolio that generates substantial free cash flow and additional growth potential with no capital outlays.  We are bullish on our business and the opportunities to further enhance growth in the future," concluded Robert Ravnaas.

Third Quarter 2019 Distribution

On October 25, 2019, Kimbell announced a cash distribution of $0.42 per common unit, a 7.7% increase compared to the second quarter of 2019.  Kimbell expects substantially all of this distribution will not constitute taxable dividend income and instead will generally result in a non-taxable reduction to the tax basis of unitholders' common units.  The reduced tax basis will increase unitholders' capital gain (or decrease unitholders' capital loss) when unitholders sell their common units. 

Furthermore, Kimbell expects substantially all distributions paid to common unitholders for the next four years (2019 to 2022) are not expected to be taxable dividend income and less than 25% of distributions paid to common unitholders for the subsequent three years (2023 to 2025) are expected to be taxable dividend income.  Please refer to the press release dated May 13, 2019 for further details on Kimbell's tax guidance. 

Financial Highlights

Total third quarter 2019 revenues increased to $33.0 million compared to $18.4 million in the third quarter of 2018, primarily due to production and operating activities from the assets acquired in the Haymaker acquisition, dropdown and Phillips acquisition as well as organic growth.  Third quarter 2019 net loss was $28.9 million and net loss attributable to common units was $16.3 million, or $0.73 per common unit, compared to net loss attributable to common units of $3.7 million in the third quarter of 2018.  The increase in net loss during the third quarter of 2019 was primarily due to a $34.9 million non-cash impairment expense recorded during the quarter related to a full-cost ceiling test.

Total third quarter 2019 consolidated Adjusted EBITDA grew to $22.8 million, compared to $14.0 million in the third quarter of 2018 (consolidated Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure.  Please see a reconciliation to the nearest GAAP financial measures at the end of this news release).  During the third quarter of 2019, average realized price per Bbl of oil was $54.47, per Mcf of natural gas was $2.06, per Bbl of NGLs was $13.01 and per Boe combined was $22.22

Kimbell recorded a non-cash $34.9 million full-cost ceiling test impairment expense in the third quarter of 2019, which was primarily attributable to a decline in the 12-month average price of oil and natural gas.  This non-cash impairment expense is not expected to impact the cash flow available for distribution generated by Kimbell or its liquidity or ability to make acquisitions in the future.

G&A expense was $5.7 million in Q3 2019, $3.9 million of which was cash G&A expense or $3.30 per Boe, down from $3.82 per Boe in Q2 2019.  Non-cash G&A expense in Q3 2019 was $1.8 million or $1.54 per Boe. 

As of September 30, 2019, Kimbell had outstanding 23,520,219 common units and 23,388,258 Class B units. 

Production

Third quarter 2019 average daily production was 14,838 Boe per day, which consisted of 2,053 Boe per day relating to prior period production recognized in Q3 2019 and 12,785 Boe per day of run-rate production.  The 12,785 Boe per day of run-rate production for Q3 2019 was composed of approximately 35% from liquids (23% from oil and 12% from NGLs) and 65% from natural gas on a 6:1 basis.   The prior period production recognized in Q3 2019 was primarily due to new wells outperforming Kimbell's previous estimates.

Acquisition Updates

During Q3 2019, Kimbell's micro-strategy joint venture closed $3.0 million in acquisitions of mineral and royalty interests located in the Delaware Basin, DJ Basin, Williston Basin and Haynesville.  In addition, on November 6, 2019, Kimbell closed a $9.86 million purchase of 186 net royalty acres with 202 Boe per day of production in the "core of the core" of the STACK play in Oklahoma.  The acreage is located in Kingfisher, Blaine and Canadian Counties of Oklahoma and the operators include Devon, Encana (Newfield) and Marathon.  The production on a 6:1 basis consists of 44% oil, 28% natural gas and 28% natural gas liquids.  Approximately 95% of the royalties are located in the thickest portion of the Meramec reservoir.  The acquisition was funded from borrowings under the Kimbell's revolving credit facility, had an effective date of August 1, 2019 and is expected to be immediately accretive to distributable cash flow per common unit beginning in Q4 2019. 

2019 Guidance

Kimbell has updated financial and operational guidance for Q4 2019 as follows:






Kimbell Royalty


Partners 





Q4 2019:




Net Production - Mboe/d (6:1) (1)

11.60

-

12.80

Oil Production - % of Net Production

22%

-

26%

Natural Gas Production - % of Net Production

61%

-

65%

Natural Gas Liquids Production - % of Net Production

11%

-

15%





Unit Costs ($/boe)




Marketing and other deductions

$1.80

-

$2.20

Depreciation, depletion and accretion expenses

$10.00

-

$13.00

G&A




  Cash G&A 

$3.55

-

$3.75

  Non-Cash G&A

$1.50

-

$1.70

Production and ad valorem taxes

6.0%

-

8.0%


(1)  Includes 202 net Boe/d from the Oklahoma acquisition.

Liquidity

At September 30, 2019, Kimbell's total debt to consolidated Adjusted EBITDA ratio was 1.0x based on Q3 2019 annualized consolidated Adjusted EBITDA.

At September 30, 2019, Kimbell had $91.3 million debt outstanding and $133.7 million in undrawn capacity under the revolving credit facility (or $208.7 million if the accordion feature was exercised).  Increases in commitments pursuant to the accordion feature of the revolving credit facility are subject to the satisfaction of certain conditions, including obtaining additional commitments from new or existing lenders.  Kimbell was in compliance with all financial covenants under the revolving credit facility at September 30, 2019.

Hedging

Kimbell hedges its daily production in a manner that approximates the amount of debt and/or preferred equity as a percent of its enterprise value.  As of September 30, 2019, Kimbell had hedged daily oil and natural gas production of approximately 19% of its production.  Please see the supplemental schedule at the end of this news release for hedging details.

Conference Call

Kimbell Royalty Partners will host a conference call and webcast today at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time (10:00 a.m. Central Time) to discuss third quarter 2019 results.  To access the call live by phone, dial 201-389-0869 and ask for the Kimbell Royalty Partners call at least 10 minutes prior to the start time.  A telephonic replay will be available through November 14, 2019 by dialing 201-612-7415 and using the conference ID 13694675#. A webcast of the call will also be available live and for later replay on Kimbell Royalty Partners' website at http://kimbellrp.investorroom.com under Events and Presentations. 

About Kimbell Royalty Partners, LP

Kimbell (NYSE:KRP) is a leading oil and gas mineral and royalty company based in Fort Worth, Texas.  Kimbell owns mineral and royalty interests in approximately 13 million gross acres in 28 states and in every major onshore basin in the continental United States, including ownership in more than 92,000 gross producing wells with over 40,000 wells in the Permian Basin. To learn more, visit http://www.kimbellrp.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release includes forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, including risks and uncertainties relating to Kimbell's future operating and production results, the tax treatment of Kimbell's distributions, Kimbell's business, prospects for growth and acquisitions and the securities markets generally.  Except as required by law, Kimbell undertakes no obligation and does not intend to update these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances occurring after this news release. When considering these forward-looking statements, you should keep in mind the risk factors and other cautionary statements in Kimbell's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC").  These include risks that the anticipated benefits of the Oklahoma acquisition are not realized, as well as risks inherent in oil and natural gas drilling and production activities, including risks with respect to low or declining prices for oil and natural gas that could result in downward revisions to the value of proved reserves or otherwise cause operators to delay or suspend planned drilling and completion operations or reduce production levels, which would adversely impact cash flow; risks related to the impairment of o

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