HollyFrontier Corporation Reports Quarterly Net Income
Dallas, Texas, February 21, 2018 ‑‑ HollyFrontier Corporation (NYSE-HFC) (“HollyFrontier” or the “Company”) today reported fourth quarter net income attributable to HollyFrontier stockholders of $521.1 million or $2.92 per diluted share for the quarter ended December 31, 2017 compared to $53.2 million or $0.30 per diluted share for the quarter ended December 31, 2016.
The fourth quarter results reflect special items that collectively increased net income by a total of $396.5 million. On a pre-tax basis, these items include a lower of cost or market inventory valuation adjustment of $93.4 million, a $27.0 million reduction to RINs costs as a result of our Woods Cross refinery's small refinery exemption and HollyFrontier's pro-rata share of Holly Energy Partners' remeasurement gain on pipeline acquisitions of $21.4 million, slightly offset by $4.4 million of integration costs related to our Petro-Canada Lubricants Inc. (“PCLI”) acquisition. Additionally, the effect of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act enacted in December 2017 reduced income taxes by approximately $307.0 million.
Excluding these items, net income for the current quarter was $124.6 million ($0.70 per diluted share) compared to a net loss of ($10.0) million (($0.06) per diluted share) for the fourth quarter 2016, which excludes an inventory valuation adjustment and PCLI pre-acquisition costs that collectively increased net income by $63.2 million. Adjusted for these items, net income for the quarter increased $134.6 million compared to the same period of 2016 driven by both higher sales volumes and refining margins combined with earnings attributable to our recently acquired PCLI operations. For the current quarter, crude oil charges averaged 461,110 barrels per day (“BPD”) compared to 432,070 BPD for the fourth quarter of 2016. On a per barrel basis, consolidated refinery gross margin was $12.54 per produced barrel sold, an 85% increase compared to $6.77 for the fourth quarter of 2016. Total operating expenses for the quarter were $349.8 million compared to $258.7 million for the fourth quarter of last year and include $64.0 million in costs attributable to our PCLI operations.
HollyFrontier’s President & CEO, George Damiris, commented, “In comparison to last year, HollyFrontier's significant financial improvement for the fourth quarter reflects both better refinery operations and the improved macroeconomic environment. Additionally, Lubricants and Specialty Products had a strong fourth quarter led by the Rack Forward Business. We are excited about 2018 based on our improving refinery reliability, our positive outlook for both product cracks and crude spreads, as well as the growth potential of converting a higher percentage of base oil sales into finished products."
For the fourth quarter of 2017, net cash provided by operations totaled $166.0 million. During the period, we declared and paid a dividend of $0.33 per share to shareholders totaling $59.0 million. At December 31, 2017, our cash and cash equivalents totaled $630.8 million and our consolidated debt was $2.5 billion. Our debt, exclusive of Holly Energy Partners' debt which is nonrecourse to HollyFrontier, was $991.7 million at December 31, 2017.
The Company has scheduled a webcast conference call for today, February 21, 2018, at 8:30 AM Eastern Time to discuss fourth quarter financial results. This webcast may be accessed at: https://event.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1177986&tp_key=757b7364b3. An audio archive of this webcast will be available using the above noted link through March 7, 2018.
HollyFrontier Corporation, headquartered in Dallas, Texas, is an independent petroleum refiner and marketer that produces high-value light products such as gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel and other specialty products. HollyFrontier
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