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Smart Sand, Inc. Announces Third Quarter 2022 Results

11/08/22
  • 3Q 2022 revenue of $71.6 million
  • 3Q 2022 total tons sold of approximately 1.1 million
  • 3Q 2022 net income of $2.7 million
  • 3Q 2022 Adjusted EBITDA of $11.3 million

THE WOODLANDS, Texas, Nov. 08, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Smart Sand, Inc. (NASDAQ: SND) (the “Company” or “Smart Sand”), a fully integrated frac and industrial sand supply and services company, a low-cost producer of high quality Northern White frac sand and a provider of industrial product solutions and proppant logistics solutions through both its in-basin transloading terminals and SmartSystems™ products and services, today announced results for the third quarter 2022.

“Smart Sand delivered solid operating and financial results in the third quarter,” stated Charles Young, Smart Sand’s Chief Executive Officer. “Activity levels continued to be strong at our Oakdale and Utica facilities and we increased the utilization of our SmartSystems last mile fleets during the quarter. Additionally, Smart Sand generated positive Free Cash Flow in the quarter as we continue to execute our plan to increase margins while efficiently managing our costs and capital expenditures. The outlook for completions activity in North America continues to be positive and we expect demand for our products and services to continue to be strong.”

Third Quarter 2022 Results

Tons sold were approximately 1,110,000 in the third quarter of 2022, compared to approximately 1,196,000 tons in the second quarter of 2022 and 790,000 tons in the third quarter of 2021, a decrease of 7% sequentially and an increase of 41% over the comparable period in the prior year.

Revenues were $71.6 million in the third quarter of 2022, compared to $68.7 million in the second quarter of 2022 and $34.5 million in the third quarter of 2021. Revenues increased in the third quarter, compared to the second quarter of 2022, primarily due to a higher average sales price of our sand, increased utilization of our SmartSystems™ fleet and contractual shortfall revenue. Revenues increased in the third quarter of 2022, compared to the third quarter of 2021, due primarily to higher sand sales volumes and a higher average sales price for our sand. Sand volumes and sales prices have increased since the third quarter of 2021 due to improvement in the supply and demand fundamentals for frac sand. We believe that this improvement has been driven by increased prices in oil and natural gas, which has led to stronger oil and natural gas drilling and completions activity in 2022.

Gross profit was $11.4 million in the third quarter of 2022, compared to $9.0 million in the second quarter of 2022 and $(2.0) million in the third quarter of 2021. Gross profit improved in the third quarter of 2022 compared to the second quarter of 2022 primarily due to higher shortfall revenue and the increase compared to the third quarter of 2021 was primarily due to higher sales volumes and higher average sales prices for our sand relative to the cost to produce and deliver products to our customers.

For the third quarter of 2022, the Company had net income of $2.7 million, or $0.06 per basic and diluted share, compared to a net loss of $0.1 million, or $0.00 per basic and diluted share, for the second quarter of 2022 and a net loss of $7.3 million, or $(0.17) per basic and diluted share, for the third quarter of 2021. The increase in net income in the third quarter of 2022 compared to the second quarter of 2022 was primarily due to higher average sales prices for our sand, higher utilization of our SmartSystems fleet and increased shortfall revenue. The increase in net income year-over-year was primarily due to improved gross profit from higher sales volumes and higher pricing in the current quarter compared to the same period a year ago.

Contribution margin was $17.8 million, or $16.01 per ton sold, for the third quarter of 2022 compared to $15.3 million, or $12.75 per ton sold for the second quarter of 2022, and $4.1 million, or $5.19 per ton sold, for the third quarter of 2021. The increase in contribution margin and contribution margin per ton in the third quarter of 2022 compared to the second quarter of 2022 was primarily due to higher shortfall revenue and compared to the third quarter of 2021 was primarily due to higher sales volumes and higher average sales prices for our sand relative to the cost to produce and deliver our products to our customers.

Adjusted EBITDA was $11.3 million for the third quarter of 2022, compared to $9.2 million for the second quarter of 2022 and $(1.0) million for the third quarter of 2021. The improvement in Adjusted EBITDA in the third quarter of 2022 compared to the prior quarter was primarily due to higher shortfall revenue. The improvement in Adjusted EBITDA in the third quarter of 2022 compared to the same period in 2021 was primarily due to higher sales volumes and higher average sales prices for our sand.

Net cash provided by operating activities was $10.8 million in the third quarter of 2022, compared to net cash used in operating activities of $(8.7) million in the second quarter of 2022 and net cash provided by operating activities of $37.5 million in the third quarter of 2021. The increase in net cash provided by operating activities in the third quarter of 2022 compared to the second quarter of 2022 was primarily due to increased cash collections on sales of consistently high volumes of sand sold at higher average sales prices. Net cash provided by operating activities was higher in the third quarter of 2021 as compared to the third quarter of 2022 due primarily to the Company’s receipt of a of $35.0 million cash payment from U.S. Well Services, LLC (“U.S. Well”) in settlement of certain litigation with U.S. Well.

Free cash flow was $6.4 million for the third quarter of 2022. Net cash provided by operating activities during this period was $10.8 million, due primarily to cash collections on sales of consistently high volumes of sand sold at higher average sales prices. Capital expenditures were $4.4 million in the second quarter of 2022.

Liquidity

Our primary sources of liquidity are cash on hand, cash flow generated from operations and available borrowings under our ABL Credit Facility. As of September 30, 2022, cash on hand was $10.4 million and we had $13.0 million in undrawn availability on our ABL Credit Facility, with $6.0 million in borrowings outstanding. For the nine months ended September 30, 2022, we had approximately $15.1 million in capital expenditures, including approximately $6.5 million related to the acquisition of the Blair facility. We currently estimate that full year 2022 capital and acquisition expenditures, including amounts relating to the acquisition of the Blair facility, will be between $20.0 million and $25.0 million, with capital expenditures for the remainder of 2022 primarily being used to complete efficiency projects at our Oakdale and Utica facilities.

Conference Call

Smart Sand will host a conference call and live webcast for analysts and investors on November 9, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time to discuss its third quarter 2022 financial results. Investors are invited to listen to a live audio webcast of the conference call, which will be accessible by visiting the “Investors” section of the Company’s website at www.smartsand.com. To access the live webcast, please log in 10 minutes prior to the start of the call to register. Once registration is completed, participants will receive a dial-in number along with a personalized PIN. An archived replay of the call will also be available on our website following the call.

Forward-looking Statements

All statements in this news release other than statements of historical facts are forward-looking statements that contain our Company’s current expectations about our future results, including our Company’s expectations regarding future sales. We have attempted to identify any forward-looking statements by using words such as “expect,” “will,” “estimate,” “believe” and other similar expressions. Although we believe that the expectations reflected and the assumptions or bases underlying our forward-looking statements are reasonable, we can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. Such statements are not guarantees of future performance or events and are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results, events or financial positions to differ materially from those included within or implied by such forward-looking statements.

Factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from the results contemplated by such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, fluctuations in product demand, regulatory changes, adverse weather conditions, increased fuel prices, higher transportation costs, access to capital, increased competition, continued effects of the global pandemic, changes in economic or political conditions, and such other factors discussed or referenced in the “Risk Factors” section of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021, filed by the Company with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on March 8, 2022, and in the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2022, filed by the Company with the SEC on November 8, 2022.

You should not place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements. Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which such statement is made, and we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events, changed circumstances or otherwise, unless required by law.

About Smart Sand

We are a fully integrated frac and industrial sand supply and services company, offering complete mine to wellsite proppant and logistic solutions to our frac sand customers, and a broad offering of products for industrial sand customers. We produce low-cost, high quality Northern White sand, which is a premium sand used as a proppant to enhance hydrocarbon recovery rates in the hydraulic fracturing of oil and natural gas wells. Our sand is also a high-quality product used in a variety of industrial applications, including glass, foundry, building products, filtration, geothermal, renewables, ceramics, turf & landscaping, retail, recreation and more. We also offer logistics solutions to our customers through our in-basin transloading terminals and our SmartSystems wellsite storage capabilities. We own and operate premium sand mines and related processing facilities in Wisconsin and Illinois, which have access to four Class I rail lines, allowing us to deliver products substantially anywhere in the United States and Canada. For more information, please visit www.smartsand.com.

 
SMART SAND, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
 
  Three Months Ended
  September 30, 2022   June 30, 2022   September 30, 2021
  (unaudited)   (unaudited)   (unaudited)
   
Revenues:          
Sand sales revenue $ 66,663     $ 67,111     $ 31,343  
Shortfall revenue   2,681             2,680  
Logistics revenue   2,248       1,603       456  
Total revenue   71,592       68,714       34,479  
Cost of goods sold   60,163       59,743       36,526  
Gross profit   11,429       8,971       (2,047 )
Operating expenses:          
Salaries, benefits and payroll taxes   3,554       3,225       2,490  
Depreciation and amortization   556       563       352  
Selling, general and administrative   3,542       3,795       3,867  
Bad debt expense         1        
Total operating expenses   7,652       7,584       6,709  
Operating Income (loss)   3,777       1,387       (8,756 )
Other income (expenses):          
Interest expense, net   (411 )     (406 )     (467 )
Other income   148       56       1,792  
Total other expenses, net   (263 )     (350 )     1,325  
Income (loss) before income tax expense (benefit)   3,514       1,037       (7,431 )
Income tax expense (benefit)   831       1,127       (169 )
Net income (loss) $ 2,683     $ (90 )   $ (7,262 )
Net loss per common share:          
Basic $ 0.06     $     $ (0.17 )
Diluted $ 0.06     $     $ (0.17 )
Weighted-average number of common shares:          
Basic   42,522       42,181       41,850  
Diluted   42,524       42,181       41,850  


 
SMART SAND, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
 
  September 30, 2022
   
  (unaudited)
  December 31, 2021
  (in thousands)
Assets              
Current assets:              
Cash and cash equivalents $ 10,371     $ 25,588  
Accounts receivable   32,902       17,481  
Unbilled receivables   1,292       1,884  
Inventory   20,618       15,024  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   7,405       13,886  
Total current assets   72,588       73,863  
Property, plant and equipment, net   267,210       262,465  
Operating lease right-of-use assets   28,418       29,828  
Intangible assets, net   6,867       7,461  
Other assets   315       402  
Total assets $ 375,398     $ 374,019  
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity              
Current liabilities:              
Accounts payable $ 11,634     $ 8,479  
Accrued expenses and other liabilities   16,267       14,073  
Current portion of deferred revenue   9,905       9,842  
Current portion of long-term debt   6,495       7,127  
Current portion of operating lease liabilities   10,560       9,029  
Total current liabilities   54,861       48,550  
Long-term deferred revenue         6,428  
Long-term debt   16,289       15,353  
Long-term operating lease liabilities   19,989       23,690  
Deferred tax liabilities, long-term, net   19,650       22,434  
Asset retirement obligation   25,006       16,155  
Other non-current liabilities   42       249  
Total liabilities   135,837       132,859  
Commitments and contingencies              
Stockholders’ equity              
Common stock   42       42  
Treasury stock   (4,986 )     (4,535 )
Additional paid-in capital   176,992       174,486  
Retained earnings   67,263       70,593  
Accumulated other comprehensive income   250       574  
Total stockholders’ equity   239,561       241,160  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 375,398     $ 374,019  


 
SMART SAND, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
 
  Three Months Ended
  September 30, 2022   June 30, 2022   September 30, 2021
  (unaudited)   (unaudited)   (unaudited)
  (in thousands)
Operating activities:          
Net income (loss) $ 2,683     $ (90 )   $ (7,262 )
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:          
Depreciation, depletion and accretion of asset retirement obligation   6,698       6,638       6,333  
Amortization of intangible assets   198       199       198  
(Gain) loss on disposal of assets   (466 )     (16 )     283  
Provision for bad debt         1        
Amortization of deferred financing cost   26       27       26  
Accretion of debt discount   47       46       47  
Deferred income taxes   480       911       (1,704 )
Stock-based compensation   808       802       879  
Employee stock purchase plan compensation   7       6       10  
Changes in assets and liabilities:          
Accounts receivable   (3,264 )     (5,563 )     (4,965 )
Unbilled receivables   6,042       (3,236 )     (19 )
Inventories   (3,744 )     (3,291 )     556  
Prepaid expenses and other assets   1,218       (1,981 )     505  
Deferred revenue   (1,823 )     (3,369 )     4,877  
Accounts payable   (445 )     3,422       (134 )
Accrued and other expenses   2,315       3,207       1,434  
Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities   10,780       (2,287 )     1,064  
Investing activities:          
Purchases of property, plant and equipment   (4,398 )     (1,369 )     (1,933 )
Proceeds from disposal of assets   995             76  
Net cash used in investing activities   (3,403 )     (1,369 )     (1,857 )
Financing activities:          
Repayments of notes payable   (1,893 )     (1,805 )     (1,798 )
Payments under equipment financing obligations   (28 )     (25 )     (27 )
Proceeds from revolving credit facility   3,000       3,000        
Proceeds from equity issuance   27             25  
Purchase of treasury stock   (210 )     (114 )     (6 )
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities   896       1,056       (1,806 )
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents   8,273       (2,600 )     (2,599 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period   2,098       4,698       39,278  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 10,371     $ 2,098     $ 36,679  
 

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Contribution Margin

We also use contribution margin, which we define as total revenues less costs of goods sold excluding depreciation, depletion and accretion of asset retirement obligations, to measure its financial and operating performance. Contribution margin excludes other operating expenses and income, including costs not directly associated with the operations of the Company’s business such as accounting, human resources, information technology, legal, sales and other administrative activities. 

Historically, we have reported production costs and production cost per ton as non-GAAP financial measures. As we expand our logistics activities and continue to sell sand closer to the wellhead, our sand production costs will only be a portion of our overall cost structure.

Gross profit is the GAAP measure most directly comparable to contribution margin. Contribution margin should not be considered an alternative to gross profit presented in accordance with GAAP. Because contribution margin may be defined differently by other companies in the industry, our definition of contribution margin may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies, thereby diminishing its utility. The following table presents a reconciliation of contribution margin to gross profit.

  Three Months Ended
  September 30, 2022   June 30, 2022   September 30, 2021
  (in thousands, except per ton amounts)
Revenue $ 71,592   $ 68,714   $ 34,479  
Cost of goods sold   60,163     59,743     36,526  
Gross profit   11,429     8,971     (2,047 )
Depreciation, depletion, and accretion of asset retirement obligations included in cost of goods sold   6,340     6,283     6,145  
Contribution margin $ 17,769   $ 15,254   $ 4,098  
Contribution margin per ton $ 16.01   $ 12.75   $ 5.19  
Total tons sold   1,110     1,196     790  
                   

EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA

We define EBITDA as net income, plus: (i) depreciation, depletion and amortization expense; (ii) income tax expense (benefit); (iii) interest expense; and (iv) franchise taxes. We define Adjusted EBITDA as EBITDA, plus: (i) gain or loss on sale of fixed assets or discontinued operations; (ii) integration and transition costs associated with specified transactions; (iii) equity compensation; (iv) acquisition and development costs; (v) non-recurring cash charges related to restructuring, retention and other similar actions; (vi) earn-out, contingent consideration obligations and other acquisition and development costs; and (vii) non-cash charges and unusual or non-recurring charges. Adjusted EBITDA is used as a supplemental financial measure by management and by external users of our financial statements, such as investors and commercial banks, to assess:

  • the financial performance of our assets without regard to the impact of financing methods, capital structure or historical cost basis of our assets;
  • the viability of capital expenditure projects and the overall rates of return on alternative investment opportunities;
  • our ability to incur and service debt and fund capital expenditures;
  • our operating performance as compared to those of other companies in our industry without regard to the impact of financing methods or capital structure; and
  • our debt covenant compliance, as Adjusted EBITDA is a key component of critical covenants to the ABL Credit Facility.

We believe that our presentation of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA will provide useful information to investors in assessing our financial condition and results of operations. Net income is the GAAP measure most directly comparable to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered alternatives to net income presented in accordance with GAAP. Because EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA may be defined differently by other companies in our industry, our definitions of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies, thereby diminishing their utility. The following table presents a reconciliation of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA to net income for each of the periods indicated.

The following table presents a reconciliation of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA to net income for each of the periods indicated:

  Three Months Ended
  September 30, 2022   June 30, 2022   September 30, 2021
  (in thousands)
Net income (loss) $ 2,683     $ (90 )   $ (7,262 )
Depreciation, depletion and amortization   6,705       6,658       6,165  
Income tax expense/(benefit)   831       1,127       (169 )
Interest expense   431       417       484  
Franchise taxes   77       131       42  
EBITDA $ 10,727     $ 8,243     $ (740 )
(Gain) loss on sale of fixed assets   (466 )     (16 )     281  
Equity compensation   713       636       784  
Employee retention credit               (1,674 )
Acquisition and development costs   97              
Cash charges related to restructuring and retention   31       106       8  
Accretion of asset retirement obligations   189       190       332  
Adjusted EBITDA $ 11,291     $ 9,159     $ (1,009 )
                       

Free Cash Flow

Free cash flow, which we define as net cash provided by operating activities less purchases of property, plant and equipment, is used as a supplemental financial measure by our management and by external users of our financial statements, such as investors and commercial banks, to measure the liquidity of our business.

Net cash provided by operating activities is the GAAP measure most directly comparable to free cash flow. Free cash flow should not be considered an alternative to net cash provided by operating activities presented in accordance with GAAP. Because free cash flows may be defined differently by other companies in our industry, our definition of free cash flow may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies, thereby diminishing its utility. The following table presents a reconciliation of free cash flow to net cash provided by operating activities.

  Three Months Ended
  September 30, 2022   June 30, 2022   September 30, 2021
  (in thousands)
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities $ 10,780     $ (2,287 )   $ 37,544  
Purchases of property, plant and equipment   (4,398 )     (1,369 )     (6,976 )
Free cash flow $ 6,382     $ (3,656 )   $ 30,568  
                       

 


Investor Contacts:

Lee Beckelman
Chief Financial Officer
(281) 231-2660
lbeckelman@smartsand.com

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