Hi-Crush Partners LP Announces Volume Increase to Long-Term Frac Sand Purchase Agreement with Leading Oilfield Services Company
|Hi-Crush Partners LP Announces Volume Increase to Long-Term Frac Sand Purchase Agreement with Leading Oilfield Services Company|
Houston, Texas - October 9, 2014 - Hi-Crush Partners LP (NYSE: HCLP), or Hi-Crush, today announced an amendment of its long-term frac sand purchase agreement between Hi-Crush Operating LLC, a subsidiary of Hi-Crush, and Halliburton Energy Services, Inc., or Halliburton. The amendment to the agreement, which requires Halliburton to pay a specified price for a specified minimum volume of frac sand each month, increases the annual minimum committed volumes through December 31, 2018. The agreement continues to provide for further significant increases in annual volumes dependent on Halliburton's aggregate annual demand for Northern White frac sand.
"Halliburton has been an important partner to Hi-Crush since the inception of our operations. We continue to broaden our relationship with Halliburton by increasing the volumes we sell to them," said James M. Whipkey, Co-Chief Executive Officer of Hi-Crush. "This most recent contract announcement brings our total aggregate contracted volumes in 2015 to 6.6 million tons. As previously announced, our sponsor has started the permitting process for development of a fourth Northern White frac sand production facility to meet the growing demand for our sand. In addition, we are adding expanded silo storage capacity at several of our distribution facilities to allow for even more efficient delivery of frac sand to our customers."
During 2014, Hi-Crush has announced several new contracts and contract amendments, increasing committed volumes in 2015 under long-term contracts from 2.4 million tons to 6.6 million tons. All of the Hi-Crush sand supply agreements are for specified volumes of frac sand at specified prices, known in the industry as "take-or-pay" contracts. The average remaining life of the contracts has been extended from 2.8 years as of January 1, 2014 to 4.5 years as of today. Hi-Crush is also expanding silo storage capacity in the Marcellus and Utica shales by more than 70,000 tons, which will result in over 100,000 tons of silo storage capacity in this region.
"Our business model from inception has been based on long-term relationships," said Robert E. Rasmus, Co-Chief Executive Officer of Hi-Crush. "Our low cost production and focus on both superior customer service and long-term contract execution protect our cash flows, as well as provide our unitholders with meaningful visibility to support our guidance of continued double digit annual increases in our distribution."
Hi-Crush is an integrated producer, transporter, marketer and distributor of high-quality monocrystalline sand, a specialized mineral that is used as a proppant to enhance the recovery rates of hydrocarbons from oil and natural gas wells. Our reserves, which are located in Wisconsin, consist of "Northern White" sand, a resource that exists predominately in Wisconsin and limited portions of the upper Midwest region of the United States. Hi-Crush owns and operates the largest distribution network in the Marcellus and Utica shales, and has distribution capabilities throughout North America. For more information, visit www.hicrushpartners.com.
Some of the information in this news release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the "Exchange Act"). Forward-looking statements give our current expectations, and contain projections of results of operations or of financial condition, or forecasts of future events. Words such as "may," "assume," "forecast," "position," "predict," "strategy," "expect," "intend," "plan," "estimate," "anticipate," "could," "believe," "project," "budget," "potential," or "continue," and similar expressions are used to identify forward-looking statements. They can be affected by assumptions used or by known or unknown risks or uncertainties. Consequently, no forward-looking statements can be guaranteed. When considering these forward-looking statements, you should keep in mind the risk factors and other cautionary statements in Hi-Crush's reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), including those described under Item 1A of Hi-Crush's Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013 and any subsequently filed 10-Q. Actual results may vary materially. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements. You should also understand that it is not possible to predict or identify all such factors and should not consider the risk factors in our reports filed with the SEC or the following list to be a complete statement of all potential risks and uncertainties. Factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from the results contemplated by such forward-looking statements include: the volume of frac sand we are able to sell; the price at which we are able to sell frac sand; the outcome of any pending litigation; changes in the price and availability of natural gas or electricity; changes in prevailing economic conditions; and difficulty collecting receivables. All forward-looking statements are expressly qualified in their entirety by the foregoing cautionary statements. Hi-Crush's forward-looking statements speak only as of the date made and Hi-Crush undertakes no obligation to update or revise its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
Source: Hi-Crush Partners LP