SemGroup Corp. :SEMG-US: Earnings Analysis: Q1, 2017 By the Numbers : June 1, 2017

SemGroup Corp. reports financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2017.

We analyze the earnings along side the following peers of SemGroup Corp. – Plains All American Pipeline, L.P., Blueknight Energy Partners, L.P., TransMontaigne Partners L.P., NGL Energy Partners LP, Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P., Plains GP Holdings LP Class A, Phillips 66 Partners LP, Enbridge Energy Partners, L.P. Class A, Pembina Pipeline Corporation and DCP Midstream LP (PAA-US, BKEP-US, TLP-US, NGL-US, MMP-US, PAGP-US, PSXP-US, EEP-US, PBA-US and DCP-US) that have also reported for this period.

Highlights

  • Summary numbers: Revenues of USD 451.47 million, Net Earnings of USD -10.28 million.
  • Gross margins narrowed from 11.65% to 5.71% compared to the same period last year, operating (EBITDA) margins now 6.37% from 12.62%.
  • Year-on-year change in operating cash flow of -39.58% is about the same as the change in earnings, likely no significant movement in accruals or reserves.
  • Earnings growth due to contribution of one-time items.

The table below shows the preliminary results and recent trends for key metrics such as revenues and net income growth:

2017-03-31 2016-12-31 2016-09-30 2016-06-30 2016-03-31
Relevant Numbers (Quarterly)
Revenues (mil) 451.47 405.66 331.15 298.98 306.95
Revenue Growth (%YOY) 47.08 6.06 -14.32 -21.2 2.87
Earnings (mil) -10.28 12 -7.37 8.01 -15.27
Earnings Growth (%YOY) 32.68 1651.82 -251.11 -65.62 -1141.34
Net Margin (%) -2.28 2.96 -2.22 2.68 -4.97
EPS -0.16 0.18 -0.14 0.18 -0.35
Return on Equity (%) -2.87 3.3 -2.07 2.53 -5.19
Return on Assets (%) -1.32 1.58 -0.97 1.09 -2.15

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Market Share Versus Profits

Revenues History
Earnings History

SEMG-US‘s change in revenue this period compared to the same period last year of 47.08% is almost the same as its change in earnings, and is about average among the announced results thus far in its peer group, suggesting that SEMG-US is holding onto its market share. Also, for comparison purposes, revenues changed by 11.29% and earnings by -185.64% compared to the immediate last period.

Revenues Growth Versus Earnings Growth

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Leader, Earnings Focus, Laggard, Revenues Focus

Earnings Growth Analysis

The company’s earnings rose year-on-year. But this growth has not come as a result of improvement in gross margins or any cost control activities in its operations. Gross margins went from 5.71% to 11.65% for the same period last year, while operating margins (EBITDA margins) went from 6.37% to 12.62% over the same time frame.

Gross Margin Versus EBITDA Margin

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Differentiated; Low Cost, Commodity; Low Cost, Commodity; High Cost, Differentiated; High Cost

Gross Margin Trend

Companies sometimes sacrifice improvements in revenues and margins in order to extend friendlier terms to customers and vendors. Capital Cube probes for such activity by comparing the changes in gross margins with any changes in working capital. If the gross margins improved without a worsening of working capital, it is possible that the company’s performance is a result of truly delivering in the marketplace and not simply an accounting prop-up using the balance sheet.

Gross Margin History
Working Capital Days History

SEMG-US‘s decline in gross margins were offset by some improvements on the balance sheet. The management of working capital, for example, shows progress. The company’s working capital days have fallen to 28.67 days from 34.94 days for the same period last year. This leads Capital Cube to conclude that the gross margin decline is not altogether bad.

Gross Margin Versus Working Capital Days

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Customer Financed, Cash Starved, Supplier Financed, Cash Rich

Cash Versus Earnings – Sustainable Performance?

It is important to examine a company�s cash versus earnings numbers to gauge whether its performance is sustainable.

SEMG-US‘s change in operating cash flow of -39.58% compared to the same period last year is about the same as its change in earnings this period. Additionally, this change in operating cash flow is about average among its peer group. This suggests that the company did not use accruals or reserves to manage earnings this period, and that, all else being equal, the earnings number is sustainable.

Operating Cash Flow Growth Versus Earnings Growth

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Cash Flow based Earnings, Likely Non-cash Earnings, Low Cash Flow Base, Likely Undeclared Earnings

Margins

The company’s operating (EBIT) margins contracted from 4.79% to 0.92%. In spite of this, the company’s earnings rose. This was influenced primarily by one-time items, which improved pretax margins from -9.01% to -2.26%.

EBIT Margin Versus PreTax Margin

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Operation driven Earnings, One-time Favorables, Low Earnings Base, One-time Unfavorables
EBIT Margin History
PreTax Margin History

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Company Profile

SemGroup Corp. engages in gathering, transporting, and trading of petroleum products. It operates through the following segments: Crude Transportation; Crude Facilities; Crude Supply and Logistics; SemGas; SemCAMS; SemLogistics; SemMexico; and SemStream. The Crude Transportation segment manages oil pipelines and truck transportation services. The Crude Facilities segment stores oil products and operates terminal businesses. The Crude Supply and Logistics segment markets and distributes crude oil products. The SemGas segment includes natural gas gathering and processing. The SemCAMS segment operates processing plants of natural gas. The SemLogistics segment manages storage facilities of petroleum products. The SemMexico segment manufactures and sells liquid asphalt cement and asphalt materials. The SemStream segment holds interest in NGL Energy Partners LP. The company was founded in February 2000 and is headquartered in Tulsa, OK.

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