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Delek Logistics Partners (DKL) Q3 2021 Earnings Call Transcript

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DKL earnings call for the period ending September 30, 2021.

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Delek Logistics Partners (DKL 2.73%)
Q3 2021 Earnings Call
Nov 05, 2021, 8:00 a.m. ET


  • Prepared Remarks
  • Questions and Answers
  • Call Participants

Prepared Remarks:


Good morning, and welcome to the Delek Logistics third-quarter 2021 conference call. [Operator instructions] After today's presentation, there will be an opportunity to ask questions. Please note this event is being recorded. I would now like to turn the conference over to Blake Fernandez.

Please go ahead.

Blake Fernandez -- Senior Vice President, Investor Relations and Market Intelligence

Good morning. I would like to thank everyone for joining us on this webcast to discuss Delek Logistics Partners' third-quarter 2021 financial results. Joining me on today's call will be Uzi Yemin, our general partners' chairman and CEO; and Reuven Spiegel, CFO; as well as other members of our management team. As a reminder, this conference call may contain forward-looking statements as that term is defined under federal securities laws.

In addition to reporting financial results in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP, we report certain non-GAAP financial results. Investors are encouraged to review the reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to the comparable GAAP results, which can be found in the press release, which is posted on the investor relations section of our website. Our prepared remarks are being made assuming that the earnings release has been reviewed and we are covering less segment and market information than is incorporated into the third-quarter release. On today's call, Reuven will begin with the financial overview, I will review results, and Uzi will offer a few closing strategic remarks.

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With that, I will turn the call over to Reuven.

Reuven Spiegel -- Chief Financial Officer

Thank you, Blake. Our distributable cash flow was approximately 56 million in the third quarter of '21 compared to 59 million in the third quarter of '20. Our DCF coverage ratio was 1.34 times in the third quarter, compared to 1.5 times prior period. EBITDA was 70 million, which represents a 3% increase over the prior-year period.

Our board approved an increase in the quarterly distribution to $0.95 per limited partner unit for the quarter ended September 30th. This distribution is to be paid on November 10, 2021, to unitholders of record on November 5th and represents a 1.1% increase from the second quarter and a 5% increase from third quarter 2020. At September 30, 2021, DKL had approximately 589 million available capacity on our 850 million credit facility. Our total debt was approximately 901 million, and the total leverage ratio is 3.4 times, which is well within the 5.25 times currently allowable under our credit facility.

Now, I will turn the call over to Blake to discuss the results.

Blake Fernandez -- Senior Vice President, Investor Relations and Market Intelligence

Thanks, Reuven. In our pipelines and transportation segment, the third quarter '21 contribution margin was 47 million compared to 46 million in the third quarter of last year. The increase was primarily attributable to higher pipeline throughput, partially offset by expenses related to pipeline integrity work. In our wholesale marketing and terminalling segment, the contribution margin was 20 million in the third quarter of this year compared to 21 million in the third quarter of 2020.

Results were broadly in line with the results year ago. During the third quarter of 2021, equity income from our oil pipeline JVs was approximately 7 million compared to 5 million in the prior-year period. Capital expenditures were approximately 4.1 million in the third quarter of 2021, which consisted of 3.2 million of growth spending, 900,000 for sustaining maintenance. For full-year '21, our total gross capital expenditure forecast is 25 million, which includes 19.6 million of growth and 5 million of maintenance capital.

With that, I will turn the call over to Uzi for his closing comments.

Uzi Yemin -- Chief Executive Officer

Thank you, Blake, and good morning, everybody. Our performance remains stable, and we expect a consistent EBITDA profile over the coming quarters. The industry backdrop has improved, driven by strong demand in inventories of oil and oil products trending below historical averages. The combination of these factors is resulting in higher commodity prices and margins, which drives utilization rates of refining and logistics assets.

We're optimistic in the outlook for DKL. And the recent increase in the quarterly distribution to $0.95 per unit keeps us on pace to deliver a 5% increase this year. Our distribution coverage remains healthy, and our leverage ratio continues to decline. Finally, DKL units recently traded at all-time highs, reflecting investor confidence and resulting in a lower cost of capital for our company.

With that, operator, could you please open the call for questions?

Questions & Answers:


Thank you. We will now begin the question-and-answer session. [Operator instructions] Our first question is from Spiro Dounis from Credit Suisse. Please go ahead.

Spiro Dounis -- Credit Suisse -- Analyst

Thanks, operator. Good morning, guys. I want to start --

Uzi Yemin -- Chief Executive Officer

Hey, Spiro.

Spiro Dounis -- Credit Suisse -- Analyst

Hey, Uzi. I want to start predictably, I guess, with the drop-down outlook. It seems like your cost of capital is sort of back in great shape, maybe normal levels here. And so just curious if you could just talk to the cadence of kind of what's left to drop down, how you're thinking about the timing, and any sort of gating issues to get there.

Uzi Yemin -- Chief Executive Officer

Great question, Spiro. You know, the biggest candidate for that is the Wink to Webster. We -- our partners are starting the line, commissioning the line very shortly. And obviously, there's a ramp-up period.

But we -- and as you know, the pipeline is fully subscribed. So -- and that's a big amount. We said that the investment is around $360 million, and we are exceeding our threshold of 15%, well-exceeding 15%. So we need to watch for the ramp-up, and then we'll look at it very carefully.

Spiro Dounis -- Credit Suisse -- Analyst

Great. That's helpful color. And then, Uzi, last call, you said you'd expected more M&A in the midstream space, and it looks like you're sort of proven to be right. We've seen some recent activity here lately.

I imagine there's more to come but would love to get your updated thoughts on that. And then, more specifically, around DKL and your appetite for M&A, I guess, what sort of assets do you think you'd be in the market for what you think would fit well in the system that you don't currently have now?

Uzi Yemin -- Chief Executive Officer

Well, first of all, our -- we work very hard, Spiro, as you know, because you challenged us 18 months ago, 24 months ago, about the cost of capital. If you look at our cost of capital now, I know that yesterday we got a little hit. But over the last month, it has been hovering around 7.5% on the equity side. And on the debt side, because of our leverage going down every quarter, as you know, it's 3.4, we're around 6%, even a little bit lower than that.

So we feel good about the cost of capital. And you know, the MLPs are all around cost of capital. We think that we are competitive. Now, with the pickup in the Permian -- and you asked M&A, but I'll ask -- I'll answer it in the second part of my answer.

In the Permian, as you know, the activity is picking up. As you well know, DPG was dropped down to DKL a year ago -- a little more than a year ago and still under MVC. But we see more and more activity in the Permian. We have more dedicated acreage, and more people signing in, and more people bringing rigs and wells.

So we see the activity of this DPG picking up and maybe hit the 120,000 mark over the next year or so. So if that's the case, then we overbuild that asset, or we build it to support much more than 100,000, 120,000, 150,000 barrels, so -- and that's without much, much investment. If you think about that then, you say to yourself, now, the most important thing is to protect the cost of capital. We won't do any deal that will be leveraging the balance sheet.

Just not who we are. But at the same time, we say to ourselves, "OK, the leverage is coming down, the organic projects are bringing more to the table, and maybe it's time to look at some kind of acquisition." I want to be very careful, you know, in light of the energy transformation and in light of the fact that we don't know what our future is. We -- even if we touch an acquisition, it should be very accretive, not leveraging the balance sheet, and making sure that the synergy is already to the assets we have, just because of the fact that we have a bright future with both DPG, Paline, and other assets, as well as the drop-down of W to W, especially in light of the activity in the Permian. So I answered it in a long way.

But if I didn't answer directly, I can clarify it more.

Spiro Dounis -- Credit Suisse -- Analyst

No, no, that was good. That was a helpful framework and a way to think about it, so I appreciate that. One more, if I could sneak it in, just with respect to distribution, on track for 5% growth. You know, it's great.

You know, you guys have always sort of been kind of a first-quartile grower with respect to distribution. So 5%, I think, is probably one of the highest among peers. As you look forward to 2022 and beyond, I guess, how are you thinking about distribution growth in terms of what's sustainable? What keeps you -- your leverage on track? What allows you to grow? Do you still expect to be one of these first quartile-growing names? I was just curious how you're thinking about it longer term.

Uzi Yemin -- Chief Executive Officer

Well, we think that we impacted -- being consistent and persistent even during the pandemic, Spiro. And I remember your note from a year ago or a year and a half ago when we said we're going to continue to grow the distribution. We think investors like it. We see the returns.

We see how investors and you, analysts, treat us. I don't see any reason to change different things for something that actually works. It's our job as management to produce the EBITDA to support the growth. But honestly, in this environment, I see us continuing doing this.

Spiro Dounis -- Credit Suisse -- Analyst

Perfect. That's all I had today, guys. Thanks for the time.

Uzi Yemin -- Chief Executive Officer

Thank you, Spiro.


There are no more questions in the queue. This concludes our question-and-answer session. I'd like to turn the conference back over to Uzi Yemin for any closing remarks.

Uzi Yemin -- Chief Executive Officer

Thank you, Jason. I'd like to thank my colleagues around the table here. I'd like to thank our employees for another great quarter. I think that DKL continues to show how good operator we are on the midstream side.

I'd like to thank investors for their confidence in us and bring us to new highs, and also, of course, the board of directors. And as I said, mainly, I'd like to thank our employees for making it the great company it is. Thank you, and have a great day.


[Operator signoff]

Duration: 17 minutes

Call participants:

Blake Fernandez -- Senior Vice President, Investor Relations and Market Intelligence

Reuven Spiegel -- Chief Financial Officer

Uzi Yemin -- Chief Executive Officer

Spiro Dounis -- Credit Suisse -- Analyst

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