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Ferrellgas Partners (FGP) Posts Wider-Than-Expected Q4 Loss

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Ferrellgas Partners LP (FGP - Free Report) reported fourth-quarter fiscal 2018 adjusted loss of 63 cents per unit, wider than the Zacks Consensus Estimate loss of 41 cents.

Total Revenues

In the reported quarter, Ferrellgas Partners’ total revenues were $347.5 million, which missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $365 million by 4.8%. Also, the top line declined 19.8% from $433.4 million in the prior-year quarter.

Revenues declined primarily due to lower sales in the Midstream operations segment, which slumped 84% from the prior-year quarter’s tally. The partnership exited from the midstream and the Global Sourcing businesses in the fiscal fourth quarter, which caused the decline.

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Sales in the Propane and other gas liquids segment improved 10.2% year over year. Other segment reported slightly higher sales compared with year-ago quarter’s levels.

In fiscal 2018, the partnership delivered revenues worth $2,073.1 million, up from $1,930.2 million in fiscal 2017.

Highlights of the Release

In the reported quarter, nearly 148.1 million gallons of propane were sold, up from 147.9 million gallons in the prior-year quarter. Customer base increased 2.2% year over year. The partnership’s current Blue Rhino tank exchange sales locations exceeded 53,000, up more than 10% from the beginning of fiscal 2018 levels.

Operating expenses amounted $121 million, up 10.5% from $109.5 million in the prior-year quarter.

General and administrative expenses amounted to $14.7 million, up from $13.0 million in the prior-year quarter.

Interest expenses were $44.6 million, up from $40.4 million in the prior-year quarter.

The partnership continues to expand operations through acquisitions. It completed five accretive propane acquisitions during fiscal 2018.

Financial Position

Ferrellgas Partners’ cash and cash equivalents were $119.3 million as of Jul 31, 2018 compared with $5.8 million as of Jul 31, 2017.

Long-term debt was $2,078.6 million as of Jul 31, 2018 compared with $1,995.8 million as of Jul 31, 2017.

Zacks Rank

Ferrellgas Partners currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks  #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

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