CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust, Inc. announced financial results for the second quarter, ended June 30, 2021.
Second Quarter 2021 and Recent Highlights
- Reported consolidated revenue of $32.3 million for the three months ended June 30, 2021, the first full quarter of consolidated financial statements following the Company's transaction with Crimson Midstream Holdings.
- Increased tariffs 10% on substantially all of Crimson's regulated pipelines, with all rate increases effective on or before August 1, 2021.
- Simplified the company’s capitalization with (i) the conversion of the right held by Crimson Class A-2 Unit holders to exchange into Series B Preferred Stock to the right to exchange into Class B Common Stock, (ii) the internalization the Company’s external manager in exchange for Company securities, and (iii) the right held by Crimson Class A-1 Unit holders to receive Series C Preferred Stock was converted to the right to receive Series A Perpetual Preferred Stock pursuant to the terms of the Crimson Transaction. The combination of these actions effectively eliminated the potential of the Series C and Series B Preferred from being issued by the Company.
"During the second quarter we made significant progress following our transaction with Crimson Midstream Holdings," said Dave Schulte, Chief Executive Officer. "In addition to ongoing integration activities at the corporate and asset levels, our stockholders approved the proposal to issue equity contemplated in the transaction. A substantial portion of this equity is to be held by management and subordinated to our common shares, evidencing our confidence in the future financial performance of the business and creating even greater alignment with the interest of our stockholders. As a result of these transactions, we have created an industry leading platform to own and operate or lease infrastructure assets with desirable REIT characteristics in order to provide stockholders with dividend stability and prospects for modest long-term growth."
"The second quarter represented our first full quarter of activity with our Crimson assets. Production volumes in California are improving but have not yet returned to pre-COVID levels. Nonetheless, we expect revenue in the last half of the year to improve from the second quarter and are maintaining our common stock dividend at $0.20 annualized per share. Volume benefits from a return to pre-COVID market conditions in California, near-term commercial opportunities and the realization of acquisition efficiencies could enable us to increase our dividend coverage. We are also actively evaluating additional transactions to deploy capital in further asset and platform-level expansion opportunities that we believe would create value for our stockholders through enhanced scale and diversification. Finally, we are evaluating economically leveraging our footprint and capabilities to participate in the ongoing energy transition."
Dividend and Distribution Declarations
The Company currently expects all of its 2021 Common Stock and Preferred Stock dividends will be characterized as Return of Capital for tax purposes.
Common Stock: A second quarter 2021 dividend of $0.05 per share was declared for CorEnergy's common stock. The dividend will be paid on August 31, 2021, to stockholders of record on August 17, 2021.
Preferred Stock: For the Company's 7.375% Series A Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock, a cash dividend of $0.4609375 per depositary share was declared. The preferred stock dividend, which equates to an annual dividend payment of $1.84375 per depositary share, will be paid on August 31, 2021, to stockholders of record on August 17, 2021.
Class A-1 Units: For the Company's Series C Preferred stock, as if they were outstanding, a cash dividend of $0.5625 per share was declared, prorated through the June 30, 2021 conversion date. The Class A-1 holders will also receive a prorated cash distribution, for the period June 30, 2021 to August 31, 2021 based on the declared Series A Preferred dividend. The Series C Preferred Stock will no longer be treated as outstanding after the Class A-1 Units became exchangeable into Series A Preferred Stock.
Class A-2 Units: For the Company's Series B Preferred stock, as if they were outstanding, an in-kind dividend of $0.25 was declared. prorated through the June 30, 2021 conversion date. The Class A-2 unit holders will be eligible for a Class B Common Stock dividend starting with the third quarter of 2021. The Series B Preferred Stock will no longer be treated as though outstanding after the July 7, 2021 shareholder approval to convert the right of A-2 Units to exchange into Series B Preferred Stock to now being exchangeable into Class B Common Stock.
Class A-3 Units: For the Company's Class B Common Stock, as if they were outstanding, no dividend was declared.