In a Feb. 11 research note, Raymond James analyst Justin Jenkins reported that NGL Energy Partners LP (NGL:NYSE) had a "solid" Q3 FY19.
The limited partnership's (LP's) EBITDA and distributable cash flow (DCF) in the quarter beat the Street's forecasts. EBITDA was $132.6 million, above Raymond James and consensus' estimates of $131.2 million and $126 million, respectively. DCF came in at $84.9 million, in line with Raymond James' projection of $85 million but above the Street's estimate of $79.1 million.
Performance highlights during the quarter came from NGL's Crude Logistics and Liquids, as the Grand Mesa pipeline contributed about $55 million of adjusted EBITDA during Q3 FY19 with an average volume of roughly 129,000 barrels per day of oil. Solid performance in this segment offset lower-than-expected results from Refined Products and Water Solutions.
In other news, NGL amended its credit agreement to allow for up to $150 million of share buybacks, with a cap of $50 million worth per quarter, Jenkins noted. To activate those, the LP must meet certain financial thresholds before and after repurchases. Management is confident it will achieve those over the agreement's remaining term.
"While this is an added layer of shareholder returns, the additional read-through is the vote of confidence in the current financial model from management—(e.g.,) low leverage and ample financial flexibility—and maybe a 'floor' in NGL's unit price," Jenkins wrote.
Jenkins concluded, "We believe NGL's equity can bounce from a depressed multiple, while a distribution (with growing coverage) and new unit buyback program add to value potential. . .we still believe ample long-term value exists."
As such, Raymond James maintains its Outperform rating and $15 per share price target on the LP, whose stock is currently trading at around $11.50 per share.[NLINSERT]
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