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Rose Rock Midstream, L.P. Reports Third Quarter 2015 Results

Third Quarter Adjusted EBITDA Increased 30% Year-Over-Year 

Fifteenth Consecutive Increase in Quarterly Cash Distribution; 15% Increase Year-Over-Year

TULSA, Okla., Nov. 05, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Rose Rock Midstream®, L.P. (NYSE:RRMS) today announced its financial results for the three months and nine months ended September 30, 2015.

Rose Rock Midstream's Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (Adjusted EBITDA) was $41.9 million for the third quarter 2015, up 30% as compared to the third quarter 2014 results of $32.2 million, and down 6% from $44.7 million as compared to the second quarter of 2015.

Year-to-date 2015, Rose Rock reported $128.7 million in Adjusted EBITDA, a 55% increase as compared to $82.8 million for the same period last year.

"We’re pleased with the partnership’s solid increase in year-to-date Adjusted EBITDA, though quarterly results were down against the headwinds of suppressed commodity prices," said Carlin Conner, chief executive officer of Rose Rock Midstream’s general partner. "While this current operating environment poses challenges, Rose Rock remains diligent in its focus on growth and value creation. During the quarter, the partnership increased distributions for the fifteenth consecutive quarter and is well positioned for future growth."

Adjusted gross margin, which excludes Rose Rock's equity earnings in White Cliffs Pipeline and Glass Mountain Pipeline, was $41.3 million for the third quarter 2015, down 4% from $42.8 million for the third quarter 2014, and 15% below the $48.8 million for the second quarter of 2015. For the nine months ended September 30, 2015, Rose Rock reported Adjusted gross margin of $131.0 million, up 12% from $116.9 million for the same period in 2014. Adjusted gross margin and Adjusted EBITDA, which are non-GAAP measures, are reconciled to their most directly comparable GAAP measures below.

Third quarter 2015 net income attributable to Rose Rock totaled $16.4 million, compared to $16.5 million for the third quarter 2014 and $17.1 million for the second quarter 2015. For the nine months ended September 30, 2015, net income attributable to Rose Rock totaled $48.1 million, compared to $40.1 million for the same period in 2014.

Rose Rock Midstream's distributable cash flow for the three months ended September 30, 2015 was $27.6 million. On October 22, 2015, Rose Rock Midstream announced the partnership's quarterly cash distribution of $0.660 per unit. This marks the fifteenth consecutive increase in the quarterly cash distribution to RRMS limited partner unitholders and represents a 15% increase year-over-year compared to the third quarter 2014 distribution of $0.575 per unit and a 1.5% increase over the previous quarterly distribution of $0.650. The distribution will be paid on November 13, 2015 to all unitholders of record on November 3, 2015. Distributable cash flow, which is a non-GAAP measure, is reconciled to its most directly comparable GAAP measure below.

2015 Guidance
Due to market conditions, Rose Rock is revising previously announced 2015 consolidated Adjusted EBITDA guidance of between $180 and $200 million to a range of $175 to $185 million. The partnership is currently forecasted to spend approximately $150 million in capital investments in 2015, decreased from $185 million previously guided. The decrease is primarily driven by the timing of the capital expenditures. Rose Rock continues to allocate more than 90% of its capex to growth projects.

Earnings Conference Call
Rose Rock Midstream will host a joint conference call with SemGroup® Corporation (NYSE:SEMG) for investors tomorrow, November 6, 2015, at 11 a.m. ET. The call can be accessed live over the telephone by dialing 1.888.317.6003, or for international callers, 1.412.317.6061. The pass code for the call is 3528017. Interested parties may also listen to a simultaneous webcast of the conference call by logging onto Rose Rock Midstream's Investor Relations website at ir.rrmidstream.com. A replay of the webcast will also be available for a year following the call at ir.rrmidstream.com on the Calendar of Events-Past Events page. The third quarter 2015 earnings slide deck will be posted under Presentations.

About Rose Rock Midstream 
Rose Rock Midstream®, L.P. (NYSE:RRMS) is a growth-oriented Delaware limited partnership formed by SemGroup® Corporation (NYSE:SEMG) to own, operate, develop and acquire a diversified portfolio of midstream energy assets. Headquartered in Tulsa, OK, Rose Rock Midstream provides crude oil gathering, transportation, storage and marketing services with the majority of its assets strategically located in or connected to the Cushing, Oklahoma crude oil marketing hub.

Rose Rock uses its Investor Relations website and social media outlets as channels of distribution of material company information. Such information is routinely posted and accessible on our Investor Relations website at ir.rrmidstream.com, our Twitter account and LinkedIn account.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures 
This Press Release and the accompanying schedules include the non-GAAP financial measures of Adjusted gross margin, Adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow, which may be used periodically by management when discussing our financial results with investors and analysts.  The accompanying schedules of this Press Release provide reconciliations of these non-GAAP financial measures to their most directly comparable financial measures calculated and presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America (GAAP).  Adjusted gross margin, Adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow are presented as management believes they provide additional information and metrics relative to the performance of our business.

Operating income (loss) is the GAAP measure most directly comparable to Adjusted gross margin, net income (loss) and cash provided by (used in) operating activities are the GAAP measures most directly comparable to Adjusted EBITDA, and net income (loss) is the GAAP measure most directly comparable to distributable cash flow. Our non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered as alternatives to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures. These non-GAAP financial measures have important limitations as analytical tools because they exclude some, but not all, items that affect the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures. You should not consider Adjusted gross margin, Adjusted EBITDA or distributable cash flow in isolation or as substitutes for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP. Because Adjusted gross margin, Adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow may be defined differently by other companies in our industry, our definitions of these non-GAAP financial measures may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies, thereby diminishing their utility.

Management compensates for the limitation of Adjusted gross margin, Adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow as analytical tools by reviewing the comparable GAAP measures, understanding the differences between Adjusted gross margin, Adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow, on the one hand, and operating income (loss), net income (loss) and net cash provided by (used in) operating activities, on the other hand, and incorporating this knowledge into its decision-making processes. We believe that investors benefit from having access to the same financial measures that our management uses in evaluating our operating results.

Forward-Looking Statements 
Certain matters contained in this Press Release include “forward-looking statements.” All statements, other than statements of historical fact, included in this Press Release including the prospects of our industry, our anticipated financial performance, including distributable cash flow, cash distributions, management's plans and objectives for future operations, capital investments, business prospects, outcome of regulatory proceedings, market conditions and other matters, may constitute forward-looking statements. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot assure you that these expectations will prove to be correct. These forward-looking statements are subject to certain known and unknown risks and uncertainties, as well as assumptions that could cause actual results to differ materially from those reflected in these forward-looking statements. Factors that might cause actual results to differ include, but are not limited to, insufficient cash from operations following the establishment of cash reserves and payment of fees and expenses to pay the minimum quarterly distribution; any sustained reduction in demand for crude oil in markets served by our midstream assets; our ability to obtain new sources of supply of crude oil; the amount of collateral required to be posted from time to time in our purchase, sale or derivative transactions; competition from other midstream energy companies; our ability to comply with the covenants contained in the instruments governing our indebtedness and to maintain certain financial ratios required by our credit facility; our ability to access credit and capital markets; our ability to renew or replace expiring storage, transportation and related contracts; the loss of or a material nonpayment or nonperformance by any of our key customers; the overall forward market for crude oil; the possibility that our hedging activities may result in losses or may have a negative impact on our financial results; weather and other natural phenomena; cyber attacks involving our information systems and related infrastructure; hazards or operating risks incidental to the gathering, transporting or storing of crude oil; our failure to comply with new or existing environmental laws or regulations; and the possibility that the construction or acquisition of new assets may not result in the corresponding anticipated revenue increases; as well as other risk factors discussed from time to time in each of our documents and reports filed with the SEC.

Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements contained in this Press Release, which reflect management's opinions only as of the date hereof. Except as required by law, we undertake no obligation to revise or publicly release the results of any revision to any forward-looking statements.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets   
(in thousands, unaudited)   
    
    
 September 30,December 31, 
 20152014(1) 
ASSETS   
Current assets$348,645 $274,769  
Property, plant and equipment, net425,820 396,066  
Equity method investments430,168 269,635  
Other noncurrent assets, net68,862 65,793  
Total assets$1,273,495 $1,006,263  
    
LIABILITIES AND PARTNERS' CAPITAL   
Current liabilities$270,452 $265,682  
Long-term debt744,468 432,092  
Total liabilities1,014,920 697,774  
    
Partners' capital258,575 308,489  
Total liabilities and partners' capital$1,273,495 $1,006,263  
    

(1) Prior period financial information has been recast to reflect the effects of the dropdown of the Wattenberg Oil Trunkline

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income   
(in thousands, except per unit data, unaudited)   
    
 Three Months EndedNine Months Ended
 September 30,June 30,September 30,
 20152014(1)201520152014(1)
Revenues, including revenues from affiliates:     
Product$211,881 $346,496 $193,525 $511,973 $879,873 
Service29,205 30,360 29,778 87,109 81,653 
Total revenues241,086 376,856 223,303 599,082 961,526 
Expenses, including expenses from affiliates:     
Costs of products sold, exclusive of depreciation and amortization195,244 333,646 173,133 464,614 843,928 
Operating19,081 22,130 23,656 63,688 54,783 
General and administrative4,339 4,444 6,329 16,288 14,382 
Depreciation and amortization10,634 8,395 10,608 31,385 27,153 
Total expenses229,298 368,615 213,726 575,975 940,246 
Earnings from equity method investments17,115 16,289 17,683 55,662 39,660 
Operating income28,903 24,530 27,260 78,769 60,940 
Other expenses:     
Interest expense12,491 8,010 10,197 30,694 13,127 
Other income, net(9) (5)(14)(21)
Total other expenses, net12,482 8,010 10,192 30,680 13,106 
Net income16,421 16,520 17,068 48,089 47,834 
Less: net income attributable to noncontrolling interests    7,758 
Net income attributable to Rose Rock Midstream, L.P.$16,421 $16,520 $17,068 $48,089 $40,076 
Net income allocated to general partner$5,658 $2,193 $5,323 $15,723 $4,065 
Net income allocated to common unitholders$10,763 $10,370 $11,745 $32,366 $25,989 
Net income allocated to subordinated unitholders$ $4,226 $ $ $11,086 
Net loss allocated to Class A unitholders$ $(269)$ $ $(1,064)
Net income (loss) per limited partner unit:     
Common unit (basic)$0.29 $0.50 $0.32 $0.90 $1.37 
Common unit (diluted)$0.29 $0.50 $0.32 $0.89 $1.36 
Subordinated unit (basic and diluted)$ $0.50 $ $ $1.32 
Class A unit (basic and diluted)$ $(0.07)$ $ $(0.36)
Basic weighted average number of limited partner units outstanding:     
Common units36,792 20,574 36,790 36,136 19,029 
Subordinated units 8,390   8,390 
Class A units 3,750   2,953 
Diluted weighted average number of limited partner units outstanding:     
Common units36,831 20,646 36,839 36,179 19,088 
Subordinated units 8,390   8,390 
Class A units 3,750   2,953 
           

(1) Prior period financial information has been recast to reflect the effects of the dropdown of the Wattenberg Oil Trunkline

Non-GAAP Reconciliations     
      
(in thousands, unaudited)Three Months EndedNine Months Ended
 September 30,June 30,September 30,
 20152014(1)201520152014(1)
Reconciliation of operating income to Adjusted gross margin:     
Operating income$28,903 $24,530 $27,260 $78,769 $60,940 
Add:     
Operating expense19,081 22,130 23,656 63,688 54,783 
General and administrative expense4,339 4,444 6,329 16,288 14,382 
Depreciation and amortization expense10,634 8,395 10,608 31,385 27,153 
Less:     
Earnings from equity method investments17,115 16,289 17,683 55,662 39,660 
Non-cash unrealized gain on derivatives, net4,546 411 1,415 3,430 656 
Adjusted gross margin$41,296 $42,799 $48,755 $131,038 $116,942 
      
Reconciliation of net income to Adjusted EBITDA:     
Net income$16,421 $16,520 $17,068 $48,089 $47,834 
Add:     
Interest expense12,491 8,010 10,197 30,694 13,127 
Depreciation and amortization expense10,634 8,395 10,608 31,385 27,153 
Cash distributions from equity method investments23,602 17,029 25,560 75,227 45,081 
Inventory valuation adjustment  48 1,235  
Non-cash equity compensation358 315 357 1,013 705 
Loss (gain) on disposal of long-lived assets, net27 291 (22)157 230 
Less:     
Earnings from equity method investments17,115 16,289 17,683 55,662 39,660 
White Cliffs cash distributions attributable to noncontrolling interests 1,658   11,008 
Impact from derivative instruments:     
Total gain (loss) on derivatives, net6,036 4,047 (2,202)3,190 1,298 
Total realized loss (gain) (cash flow) on derivatives, net(1,490)(3,636)3,617 240 (642)
Non-cash unrealized gain on derivatives, net4,546 411 1,415 3,430 656 
Adjusted EBITDA$41,872 $32,202 $44,718 $128,708 $82,806 
      
Reconciliation of net cash provided by operating activities to Adjusted EBITDA:     
Net cash provided by operating activities$32,431 $21,152 $26,941 $52,302 $46,270 
Less:     
Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net8,710 (4,441)(386)(28,184)(29,999)
White Cliffs cash distributions attributable to noncontrolling interests 1,658   11,008 
Add:     
Interest expense, excluding amortization of debt issuance costs11,664 7,527 9,515 28,658 12,124 
Distributions from equity method investments in excess of equity in earnings6,487 740 7,876 19,564 5,421 
Adjusted EBITDA$41,872 $32,202 $44,718 $128,708 $82,806 
                

(1) Prior period financial information has been recast to reflect the effects of the dropdown of the Wattenberg Oil Trunkline

Non-GAAP Reconciliations (Continued)      
       
(in thousands, unaudited)Three Months EndedNine Months Ended
 September 30,June 30,September 30,
 2015 2014(2)201520152014(2)
Reconciliation of net income to distributable cash flow:      
Net income$16,421  $16,520 $17,068 $48,089 $47,834 
Add:      
Interest expense12,491  8,010 10,197 30,694 13,127 
Depreciation and amortization expense10,634  8,395 10,608 31,385 27,153 
EBITDA39,546  32,925 37,873 110,168 88,114 
Add:      
Loss (gain) on disposal of long-lived assets, net27  291 (22)157 230 
Cash distributions from equity method investments23,602  17,029 25,560 75,227 45,081 
Inventory valuation adjustment   48 1,235  
Non-cash equity compensation358  315 3571,013 705 
Less:      
Earnings from equity method investments17,115  16,289 17,683 55,662 39,660 
White Cliffs cash distributions attributable to noncontrolling interests  1,658   11,008 
Non-cash unrealized gain on derivatives, net4,546  411 1,415 3,430 656 
Adjusted EBITDA$41,872  $32,202 $44,718 $128,708 $82,806 
Less:      
Cash interest expense11,364  7,502 9,764 28,582 12,049 
Maintenance capital expenditures2,892  1,850 4,855 8,674 4,236 
Distributable cash flow$27,616  $22,850 $30,099 $91,452 $66,521 
       
Distribution declared$30,221  (1)$18,866 $29,483 $88,083 $49,487 
       
Distribution coverage ratio0.91x 1.21x1.02x1.04x1.34x
       

(1) The distribution declared October 22, 2015 represents $0.66 per unit, or $2.64 per unit on an annualized basis. This is a 1.5% increase over the prior quarter.
(2) Prior period financial information has been recast to reflect the effects of the dropdown of the Wattenberg Oil Trunkline

2015 Adjusted EBITDA Guidance Reconciliation 
  
(millions, unaudited) 
 Mid-point
Net income$70.3 
Add: Interest expense43.0 
Add: Depreciation and amortization42.0 
EBITDA$155.3 
Non-Cash and Other Adjustments24.7 
Adjusted EBITDA$180.0 
  
Less: 
Cash interest expense40.0 
Maintenance capital expenditures10.0 
Distributable cash flow$130.0 
  
Non-Cash and Other Adjustments 
Earnings from equity method investments$(77.0)
Distributions from equity method investments99.0 
Inventory valuation adjustment1.2 
Non-cash equity compensation1.5 
Non-Cash and Other Adjustments$24.7 
  
Contacts:
Investor Relations:
Alisa Perkins
918-524-8081
roserockir@rrmidstream.com

Media:
Kiley Roberson
918-524-8594
kroberson@rrmidstream.com

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