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Emerge Energy Services Announces Third Quarter 2015 Results

Southlake, Texas - November 4, 2015 - Emerge Energy Services LP ("Emerge Energy") today announced third quarter 2015 financial and operating results.

Highlights

  • Adjusted EBITDA of $(0.3) million for the three months ended September 30, 2015.
  • Distributable Cash Flow of $(4.5) million for the three months ended September 30, 2015.
  • Full quarter sales of 799,000 tons of sand.

Overview

Emerge Energy reported net loss of $(11.9) million, or $(0.49) per diluted unit for the three months ended September 30, 2015.  For that same period, Emerge Energy reported Adjusted EBITDA of $(0.3) million and Distributable Cash Flow of $(4.5) million.  Net income, net income per diluted unit and Adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended September 30, 2014, were $26.1 million, $1.08 and $37.4 million, respectively.  Adjusted EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow are non-GAAP financial measures that Emerge Energy uses to assess its performance on an ongoing basis.

Previously, Emerge Energy announced that it will not make a cash distribution on its common units for the three months ended September 30, 2015.  Emerge Energy did not generate available cash to distribute for the three months ended September 30, 2015 due to the challenging oil and natural gas frac sand market and the volatility in wholesale fuel prices during this period.

"The third quarter reflected a continued challenging market, with significant downward pressure on pricing for frac sand and refined fuels as rig counts and oil prices continue to decline," said Ted W. Beneski, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the general partner of Emerge Energy.  "We also expect drilling and well completion activity levels, based on indications from our customers and other industry sources, will be extremely weak in the fourth quarter of this year.  While we do ultimately expect a recovery in the frac sand market, we now expect that any market recovery in our frac sand business will occur during the second half of 2016 or, potentially, not until 2017."

"Our fuel segment also had a challenging third quarter, primarily driven by declining oil prices.  We have begun work on two hydrotreater facilities which will allow us to remove sulfur from our transmix diesel so that it can be sold at a premium into the on-road market for ultra low sulfur diesel beginning next spring.  We expect margins in the fourth quarter of 2015 to improve significantly over the third quarter, as we expect the market for petroleum products to be more stable in the quarter and we have a solid solution in place for dealing with our transmix diesel."

"The sand segment generated Adjusted EBITDA of $4.2 million for the three months ended September 30, 2015 on sales volume of 799,000 tons," added Rick Shearer, CEO of Emerge Energy.  "Our volumes were down approximately 7% from the second quarter of 2015, and market pricing, as well as the prices we have negotiated with our customers, have continued to decline at the plant and in-basin.  While we have been able to significantly lower our production costs, and believe we will continue to do so in subsequent quarters, our fixed rail expense, which includes both our operating leases and railcar storage costs, remain significant.  We are taking a number of steps to reduce that cost, such as pushing out in-service dates for future railcars and aggressively seeking opportunities to sublease a portion of our idle railcars."

"These are challenging times for our industry, but the Emerge Energy team sees this as a time of opportunity, and we have taken definite steps to build further our position as one of the elite frac sand companies in the industry.  2015 has been challenging and the balance of this year will continue to press us to improve our business every day.  We will meet these challenges and be a better company for it."

Conference Call

Emerge Energy will host its 2015 third quarter results conference later today, Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. CST.  Callers may listen to the live presentation, which will be followed by a question and answer segment, by dialing (855) 850-4275 or (720) 634-2898 and entering pass code 66234955.  An audio webcast of the call will be available at www.emergelp.com within the Investor Relations portion of the website under the Webcasts & Presentations section.  A replay will be available by audio webcast and teleconference from 4:00 p.m. CST on November 4, 2015 through 10:59 p.m. CST on November 11, 2015.  The replay teleconference will be available by dialing (855) 859-2056 or (404) 537-3406 and the reservation number 66234955.


Operating Results

The following table summarizes Emerge Energy's unaudited consolidated operating results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2015 and 2014.

  Three Months Ended September 30,   Nine Months Ended September 30,  
  2015   2014   2015   2014  
  ($ in thousands)  
REVENUES $ 176,320     $ 296,338     $ 581,133     $ 868,692    
OPERATING EXPENSES                
Cost of goods sold 169,765     251,766     515,028     752,957    
Depreciation, depletion and amortization 7,530     6,421     21,325     17,902    
Selling, general and administrative expenses 7,693     9,559     25,475     27,028    
Project termination (68 )   -     9,344     -    
Total operating expenses 184,920     267,746     571,172     797,887    
Operating income (loss) (8,600 )   28,592     9,961     70,805    
OTHER EXPENSE (INCOME)                
Interest expense, net 3,275     1,479     9,036     5,006    
Other (9 )   775     (53 )   624    
Total other expense 3,266     2,254     8,983     5,630    
Income (loss) before provision for income taxes (11,866 )   26,338     978     65,175    
Provision for income taxes 32     255     501     514    
NET INCOME (LOSS) $ (11,898 )   $ 26,083     $ 477     $ 64,661    
Adjusted EBITDA (a) $ (342 )   $ 37,439     $ 44,996     $ 95,555    

(a) See section entitled "Adjusted EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow" that includes a definition of Adjusted EBITDA and provides reconciliation to GAAP net income.

Sand Segment

  Three Months Ended September 30,   Nine Months Ended September 30,  
  2015   2014   2015   2014  
  ($ in thousands)  
REVENUES $ 60,654     $ 95,783     $ 225,016     $ 237,587    
OPERATING EXPENSES                
Cost of goods sold 53,180     55,747     170,173     146,483    
Depreciation, depletion and amortization 4,888     3,396     13,395     8,842    
Selling, general and administrative expenses 3,645     3,904     11,048     9,568    
Project termination (68 )   -     9,344     -    
Operating income (loss) $ (991 )   $ 32,736     $ 21,056     $ 72,694    
Adjusted EBITDA (a) $ 4,220     $ 36,139     $ 44,446     $ 81,560    
                 
Volume of sand sold (tons in thousands) 799     1,146     2,811     3,073    
                 
Volume of sand produced (tons in thousands):                
Arland, Wisconsin facility 246     -     899     -    
Barron, Wisconsin facility 389     598     1,239     1,654    
New Auburn, Wisconsin facility 78     365     561     1,015    
Kosse, Texas facility 85     88     215     218    
Total volume of sand produced 798     1,051     2,914     2,887    

(a) See section entitled "Adjusted EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow" that includes a definition of Adjusted EBITDA and provides reconciliation to GAAP net income.

For the quarter ended September 30, 2015, Emerge Energy sold 799,000 tons of sand, compared to 1,146,000 tons for the same period in the prior year. Sand segment Adjusted EBITDA was $4.2 million for the third quarter 2015, compared to $36.1 million for the same quarter in 2014.  This 88% decrease in Adjusted EBITDA was due to the decrease in total sand sales at all company facilities, lower realized pricing on an FOB plant-equivalent basis and as as-delivered basis, and higher logistics costs.

Fuel Segment

  Three Months Ended September 30,   Nine Months Ended September 30,  
  2015   2014   2015   2014  
  ($ in thousands)  
REVENUES $ 115,666     $ 200,555     $ 356,117     $ 631,105    
OPERATING EXPENSES                
Cost of goods sold 116,585     196,019     344,855     606,474    
Depreciation, depletion and amortization 2,633     3,017     7,906     9,039    
Selling, general and administrative expenses 1,039     1,487     3,842     4,276    
Operating income (loss) $ (4,591 )   $ 32     $ (486 )   $ 11,316    
Adjusted EBITDA (a) $ (1,921 )   $ 3,072     $ 7,540     $ 20,453    
                 
Volume of refined fuels sold (gallons in thousands) 64,567     67,421     184,364     206,163    
Volume of terminal throughput (gallons in thousands) 24,580     52,577     107,142     167,238    
Volume of transmix refined (gallons in thousands) 19,215     28,082     65,814     91,777    
Refined transmix as a percent of total refined fuels sold 29.8 %   41.7 %   35.7 %   44.5 %  

(a) See section entitled "Adjusted EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow" that includes a definition of Adjusted EBITDA and provides reconciliation to GAAP net income.

For the quarter ended September 30, 2015, Emerge Energy sold 65 million gallons of refined fuel, compared to 67 million gallons for the same period last year, and had additional third-party volume of 25 million gallons pass through its terminals, compared to 53 million gallons for the same period last year.  Emerge Energy refined 19 million gallons of transmix for the three months ended September 30, 2015, compared to 28 million gallons for the same period last year.  Adjusted EBITDA for Fuel was $(1.9) million for the third quarter, compared to $3.1 million for the comparable quarter in 2014.  This 163% decrease in Adjusted EBITDA was due to the effects of price volatility on our wholesale and transmix operations.

Capital Expenditures

For the three months ended September 30, 2015, Emerge Energy's capital expenditures totaled $7.2 million.  This includes approximately $0.9 million of maintenance capital expenditures.

About Emerge Energy Services LP

Emerge Energy Services LP (NYSE: EMES) is a growth-oriented limited partnership engaged in the businesses of mining, producing, and distributing silica sand, a key input for the hydraulic fracturing of oil and natural gas wells.  Emerge Energy also processes transmix, distributes refined motor fuels, operates bulk motor fuel storage terminals, and provides complementary fuel services.  Emerge Energy operates its sand segment through its subsidiary Superior Silica Sands LLC and its fuel segment through its subsidiaries Direct Fuels LLC and Allied Energy Company LLC.

Forward-Looking Statements

This release contains certain statements that are "forward-looking statements."  These statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology including "may," "believe," "will," "expect," "anticipate," or "estimate."  These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, and there can be no assurance that actual results will not differ materially from those expected by management of Emerge Energy Services LP.  When considering these forward-looking statements, you should keep in mind the risk factors and other cautionary statements in Emerge Energy's Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC.  The risk factors and other factors noted in the Annual Report could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement.  Except as required by law, Emerge Energy Services LP does not undertake any obligation to update or revise such forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that occur after the date hereof.

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  EMERGE ENERGY SERVICES LP
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
($ in thousands except per unit data)

  Three Months Ended September 30,   Nine Months Ended September 30,  
  2015   2014   2015   2014  
REVENUES $ 176,320     $ 296,338     $ 581,133     $ 868,692    
OPERATING EXPENSES                
Cost of goods sold 169,765     251,766     515,028     752,957    
Depreciation, depletion and amortization 7,530     6,421     21,325     17,902    
Selling, general and administrative expenses 7,693     9,559     25,475     27,028    
Project termination (68 )   -     9,344     -    
Total operating expenses 184,920     267,746     571,172     797,887    
Operating income (loss) (8,600 )   28,592     9,961     70,805    
OTHER EXPENSE (INCOME)                
Interest expense, net 3,275     1,479     9,036     5,006    
Other (9 )   775     (53 )   624    
Total other expense 3,266     2,254     8,983     5,630    
Income (loss) before provision for income taxes (11,866 )   26,338     978     65,175    
Provision for income taxes 32     255     501     514    
NET INCOME (LOSS) $ (11,898 )   $ 26,083     $ 477     $ 64,661    
Earnings (loss) per common unit (basic) $ (0.49 )   $ 1.08     $ 0.02     $ 2.69    
Earnings (loss) per common unit (diluted) $ (0.49 )   $ 1.08     $ 0.02     $ 2.69    
Weighted average number of common units outstanding including participating securities (basic) 24,159,656     24,115,926     24,139,772     24,054,747    
Weighted average number of common units outstanding (diluted) 24,159,656     24,118,599     24,142,197     24,060,548    


Adjusted EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow

We define Adjusted EBITDA generally as: net income (loss) plus interest expense, income tax expense, depreciation, depletion and amortization expense, equity-based compensation and certain other non-cash charges, and charges that are unusual or non-recurring less interest income, income tax benefits and gains that are unusual or non-recurring.  We report Adjusted EBITDA (which as defined includes certain other adjustments, none of which impacted the calculation of Adjusted EBITDA herein) to our lenders under our revolving credit facility in determining our compliance with the interest coverage ratio test and certain senior consolidated indebtedness to Adjusted EBITDA tests thereunder.  Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered as an alternative to net income, operating income, cash flow from operating activities or any other measure of financial performance presented in accordance with GAAP.  The following tables  reconcile net income (loss) to Adjusted EBITDA ($ in thousands).

  Three Months Ended September 30,  
  Sand Segment   Fuel Segment   Corporate   Total  
  2015   2014   2015   2014   2015   2014   2015   2014  
Net income (loss) $ (991 )   $ 32,736     $ (4,591 )   $ 32     $ (6,316 )   $ (6,685 )   $ (11,898 )   $ 26,083    
Interest expense, net -     -     -     -     3,275     1,479     3,275     1,479    
Other (income) loss -     -     -     -     (9 )   775     (9 )   775    
Provision for income taxes -     -     -     -     32     255     32     255    
Operating income (loss) (991 )   32,736     (4,591 )   32     (3,018 )   (4,176 )   (8,600 )   28,592    
Depreciation, depletion and amortization 4,888     3,396     2,633     3,017     9     8     7,530     6,421    
Equity-based compensation expense -     -     -     -     368     2,396     368     2,396    
Loss (gain) on disposal of equipment 102     -     -     (15 )   -     -     102     (15 )  
Provision for doubtful accounts 248     -     37     38     -     -     285     38    
Accretion expense 41     7     -     -     -     -     41     7    
Project termination (68 )   -     -     -     -     -     (68 )   -    
Adjusted EBITDA $ 4,220     $ 36,139     $ (1,921 )   $ 3,072     $ (2,641 )   $ (1,772 )   $ (342 )   $ 37,439    

  Nine Months Ended September 30,  
  Sand Segment   Fuel Segment   Corporate   Total  
  2015   2014   2015   2014   2015   2014   2015   2014  
Net income (loss) $ 21,056     $ 72,694     $ (486 )   $ 11,316     $ (20,093 )   $ (19,349 )   $ 477     $ 64,661    
Interest expense, net -     -     -     -     9,036     5,006     9,036     5,006    
Other (income) loss -     -     -     -     (53 )   624     (53 )   624    
Provision for income taxes -     -     -     -     501     514     501     514    
Operating income (loss) 21,056     72,694     (486 )   11,316     (10,609 )   (13,205 )   9,961     70,805    
Depreciation, depletion and amortization 13,395     8,842     7,906     9,039     24     21     21,325     17,902    
Equity-based compensation expense -     -     -     -     3,595     6,726     3,595     6,726    
Loss (gain) on disposal of equipment 102     19     8     (15 )   -     -     110     4    
Provision for doubtful accounts 469     (12 )   112     113     -     -     581     101    
Accretion expense 80     17     -     -     -     -     80     17    
Project termination 9,344     -     -     -     -     -     9,344     -    
Adjusted EBITDA $ 44,446     $ 81,560     $ 7,540     $ 20,453     $ (6,990 )   $ (6,458 )   $ 44,996     $ 95,555    

We define Distributable Cash Flow generally as net income plus (i) non-cash net interest expense, (ii) depreciation, depletion and amortization expense, (iii) non-cash charges, and (iv) selected losses that are unusual or non-recurring; less (v) selected principal repayments, (vi) selected gains that are unusual or non-recurring, and (vii) maintenance capital expenditures.  In addition, our Board of Directors utilizes reserves for future capital expenditures, compliance with law or debt agreements, and to provide funds for distributions to unitholders in respect to any one or more of the next four quarters.  Distributable Cash Flow does not reflect changes in working capital balances.  The following table reconciles net income to Distributable Cash Flow.

  Three Months Ended
 September 30, 2015
 
  ($ in thousands)  
Net income (loss) $ (11,898 )  
     
Add (less) reconciling items:    
Add depreciation, depletion and amortization expense 7,530    
Add equity-based compensation expense 368    
Add amortization of deferred financing costs 298    
Add provision for doubtful accounts 285    
Add unrealized loss on fair value of interest rate swaps 228    
Add loss on disposal of assets 102    
Add accretion expense 41    
Less maintenance capital expenditures (854 )  
Less income taxes accrued, net of payments (501 )  
Less project termination costs (68 )  
Less cash distribution on participating securities (27 )  
Distributable cash flow $ (4,496 )  




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