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Intrepid Potash Inc. Announces 2012 Second Quarter Financial Results and Third Quarter Outlook

DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 1, 2012-- Intrepid Potash Inc. (Intrepid) (NYSE:IPI) announced 2012 second quarter financial results today. Intrepid earned quarterly net income of $19.0 million and earnings per diluted share of $0.25 from the sale of 184,000 tons of potash at an average net realized sales price1 of $465 per ton. Adjusted EBITDA2 for the quarter was $42.9 million. Additionally, capital investment deployed during the quarter was $62.2 million, with the Company on pace to invest $225 to $300 million in 2012.

“Our successful results in the quarter came with several important operational milestones in both New Mexico and Utah,” said Bob Jornayvaz, Intrepid's Executive Chairman of the Board. “Our West facility in Carlsbad, New Mexico, continues to perform well. During the quarter, we achieved three daily hoisting and processing records at this facility. Our Wendover, Utah, mine is running well, with strong recoveries and increased throughput. In Moab, Utah, the expansion of our underground cavern network is underway with the development of a new horizontal cavern system. This new multi-well horizontal cavern system will help grow our low-cost solar evaporation production from Moab. Construction at our HB Solar Solution mine and North compaction projects in Carlsbad, New Mexico, is on track. Simply put, we continue to move forward our investments in the business to deliver strong returns to our stockholders and provide a high quality product to our customers.

“We are closely monitoring the drought conditions in the various markets that we serve and the dramatic impact they are having on commodity prices. The drought is an important reminder to us of the value of serving diverse markets with a diverse product mix. Even in turbulent market conditions, we are able to deliver strong results based on our geographic advantage, our marketing flexibility, our production flexibility, and our strong customer relationships. We are confident that we will continue to deliver solid results for the remainder of 2012.”

1 Average net realized sales price is an operating performance measure calculated as gross sales less freight costs, divided by the number of tons sold in the period.

2 Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (adjusted EBITDA) is a financial measure not calculated in accordance with U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (non-GAAP). See the non-GAAP reconciliations set forth later in this press release for additional information.

Second Quarter 2012 Results:

  • Capital investment in the second quarter of 2012 totaled $62.2 million reflecting the increased construction activity for our HB Solar Solution mine and our North compaction project.
  • As of June 30, 2012, Intrepid had $185.9 million of cash, cash equivalents, and investments; no outstanding debt; and $250.0 million available under the company's unsecured revolving credit facility.
  • The average net realized sales price for potash was $465 per ton ($512 per metric tonne) in the second quarter of 2012, compared with $462 per ton ($509 per metric tonne) in the second quarter of 2011.
  • The average net realized sales price for Trio® was $322 per ton ($355 per metric tonne) in the second quarter of 2012, compared with $222 per ton ($245 per metric tonne) in the second quarter of 2011.
  • Potash sales were 184,000 tons in the second quarter of 2012, compared with 225,000 tons in the same period of 2011.
  • Potash production in the second quarter of 2012 was 170,000 tons compared with 209,000 tons in the same period a year ago.
  • Cash operating cost of goods sold, net of by-product credits3, for potash was $178 per ton in the second quarter of 2012. This compares with $160 per ton in the second quarter of 2011.
  • Sales of langbeinite, which we market as Trio®, were 26,000 tons in the second quarter of 2012, compared with 39,000 tons in the same period a year ago.
  • Langbeinite production was 33,000 tons in the second quarter of 2012, compared with 44,000 tons in the same period a year ago.
  • Cash operating cost of goods sold for Trio® was $206 per ton in the second quarter of 2012. This compares with $160 per ton in the second quarter of 2011.

3 Cash operating cost of goods sold and cash operating cost of goods sold, net of by-product credits, are operating performance measures defined as total cost of goods sold excluding royalties, depreciation, depletion, and amortization (and, if applicable, excluding by-product credits).

Market Conditions

Drought conditions have developed and increased in severity across large sections of the Midwestern United States. Persistent hot and dry weather has severely impacted conditions for all crops in these areas, but most specifically for corn. Based on these deteriorating conditions, the USDA cut its corn yield forecast at the beginning of July. Our customers are suggesting that there is more downside risk to the corn yield estimate and possibly for soybeans as well. However, there are also areas in the United States that are experiencing very good growing conditions, reflecting the variable weather impact in the different growing regions we serve. This spring has been proof positive that our ability to market our products is benefited greatly by the diversity of the regions and crops we serve.

Potash demand in the second quarter was higher than we had originally forecast. The better than forecast demand resulted from greater movement of product onto the field in some of the geographies we serve. We also actively pursued strategic market opportunities during the quarter as part of our ongoing marketing plan.

Demand for industrial and animal feed products has remained generally stable and the outlook for each of these markets remains solid. We believe we would have been able to sell more potash into the industrial sector during the second quarter of 2012 had we had greater product availability from our East facility.

As we expected, dealers did generally end the spring season with inventory levels at or near empty. In recent weeks, we have seen summer fill purchasing activity in certain regions progress at a good rate in anticipation of the fall season.

We believe the trend of stronger commodity prices into the fall provides a constructive scenario for farmer economics to remain solid heading into the fall application season. The drought conditions have the potential to pressure stocks-to-use ratios, therefore providing a solid backdrop for farmer economics into 2013 and reinforcing our expectation that farmers will apply near normal volumes of potash during the fall application season. While we are confident in the strength of potash demand in the back half of the year, the precise timing of purchases to meet fall application needs remains somewhat uncertain given the early spring planting, the anticipated early harvest season, and the impact of the ongoing drought.

We are well positioned in the current market because of the diverse range of customers, geographies, and crops we serve. The location of our facilities together with the operational flexibility we have built into our production systems should allow us to maximize the available sales opportunities.

Capital Investment

In the second quarter of 2012, Intrepid invested approximately $62.2 million and made excellent progress on the initiation, continuation, and completion of a number of major capital projects. This pace of capital investment reflects our ability to execute on significant and complex capital projects.

During the quarter, we continued construction on the HB Solar Solution mine and commenced construction on the North compaction project, both in Carlsbad, New Mexico; we continued development of our new cavern system in Moab, Utah; and we have effectively completed the capital investment in the Langbeinite Recovery Improvement Project ("LRIP") in Carlsbad, New Mexico, with project costs expected to be near the low end of the budgeted range of $85 to $90 million.

Our capital investment plans are on track for the full year, and we estimate that we will invest approximately $225 to $300 million in capital projects during 2012. A majority of these expenditures are planned for the second half of the year as we move further into the construction phases of the HB Solar Solution mine and North compaction projects, as discussed in more detail below. We expect our 2012 capital programs to be funded out of cash flow and to reduce our existing cash and investments.

HB Solar Solution Mine

We began construction on the HB Solar Solution mine in Carlsbad, New Mexico, in March of 2012 and we are continuing to make significant progress. Pond construction, brine injection and extraction well drilling, and water well drilling activities are moving forward on schedule. Based on the current timeline, we expect initial brine injection and extraction activities to begin late in the third quarter of 2012. Further, we expect to begin construction of the HB mill late in the third quarter of 2012. The total expected capital investment for the project is between $200 and $230 million. As of June 30, 2012, we had invested $60.5 million in total costs for this project. We expect first production from the HB Solar Solution mine to occur late in the fall of 2013 after the summer evaporation season, with ramp up of production expected in 2014, and production levels increasing into 2015, assuming the benefit of an average annual evaporation cycle applied to full evaporation ponds.

North Compaction Project

Construction of the North compaction project in Carlsbad, New Mexico, began in the second quarter of 2012. This project upgrades our granulation facility and increases its capacity to handle the anticipated production from the HB Solar Solution mine and the expansion of our West facility. Construction is progressing well, with the new plant foundation substantially complete and steel erection underway. Total capital investment for the project is expected to be approximately $95 to $100 million, of which approximately $17.3 million has been invested as of the end of the second quarter of 2012. The North compaction facility is expected to be operational in mid-2013.

We continue to execute on our strategy to increase granulation capacity for both potash and Trio®. This activity includes the completed Moab and Wendover compaction projects, the construction of the North compaction project referenced above, and the granulation plant associated with the LRIP. The additional granulation capacity from these projects will allow us to right-size our production of granular and standard products to enhance our sales opportunities and to capture the best margin for both potash and Trio®.

New Moab Cavern System

We continued to expand our underground potash solution mining cavern network at our Moab, Utah, facility during the quarter. Earlier in the year we completed additional horizontal wells in the existing producing horizontal cavern system.  We are adding to our capacity with the addition of a new multi-well horizontal cavern system. These projects are intended to increase our low-cost solar evaporation production from the Moab facility.

Business Development

As discussed above, we expect to see an increase in potash production from the HB Solar Solution mine, an increase in Trio® production from the LRIP, as well as increased production related to higher mining rates at our West mine. Given the current strength of our balance sheet, we have created a business development team that is developing opportunities that support our business plan, that are a good fit with our capabilities, and that grow our business.

Second Quarter Results and Recent Performance

Income before income taxes for the second quarter of 2012 was $31.3 million compared with $50.8 million in the second quarter of 2011. Adjusted net income4 for the second quarter of 2012 was $18.8 million compared with adjusted net income of $27.8 million in the same period last year. Cash flows from operating activities were $61.2 million for the second quarter of 2012 compared with $50.7 million for the second quarter of 2011.

4 Adjusted net income is a financial measure not calculated in accordance with U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (non-GAAP). See the non-GAAP reconciliations set forth later in this press release for additional information.

Potash

During the second quarter of 2012, Intrepid produced 170,000 tons of potash and sold 184,000 tons of potash compared with 209,000 tons produced and 225,000 tons sold in the second quarter of 2011. During the quarter, as expected, we saw lower potash demand from our customers compared with the first quarter of 2012. We believe dealers sold product from their storage capacity and drew down their own inventory levels to meet farmer demand with a goal of ending the spring with empty potash bins.

Production results for the quarter include the benefit of three daily hoisting and processing records at our West mine in Carlsbad, New Mexico, and solid production from our Wendover, Utah, facility. Production rates for the second quarter of 2012 do not include production from our Moab, Utah, solar solution operation as the harvest was very strong in the first quarter of 2012, allowing us to begin the seasonal production shutdown in April 2012. In comparison, results in Moab for the second quarter of 2011 include two months of seasonal production time as the seasonal harvest occurred over a longer timeframe.

We continue to implement a long-term improvement plan and work through the production challenges at our East facility in Carlsbad, New Mexico. We expect this improvement plan to continue through 2012 and into early 2013. This plan is designed to increase potash and Trio® production levels, as well as provide more consistency to our potash and langbeinite production levels. Our production levels at our East facility during the second quarter of 2012 were sequentially higher than the first quarter of 2012. We expect to see some operating inefficiencies at our East facility as we work through this plan, which may impact production levels and cause variability in our cash costs of goods sold.

Our cash operating cost of goods sold for potash, net of by-product credits of $6 per ton, increased to $178 per ton in the second quarter of 2012 from $160 per ton, net of by-product credits of $6 per ton, in the second quarter of 2011. This increase was driven by higher inventory carrying values at our East mine during the second quarter of 2012, as reduced operating time and availability at the East facility resulted in fewer tons produced.

Langbeinite - Trio®

Demand for Trio® remained strong during the second quarter of 2012. With the commissioning of the LRIP substantially complete, we are realizing higher recovery levels through the Dense Media Separation ("DMS") component of the plant. However, our Trio® production was and continues to be limited due to certain operational challenges at our East facility's potash processing plant which have reduced the feedstock delivery to the DMS component of the LRIP. Although Trio® production steadily improved during the second quarter of 2012, we remain focused, through our East facility long-term improvement plan, on delivering more langbeinite feedstock through the East facility to the DMS component of the LRIP.

During the second quarter of 2012, we intentionally built a modest level of Trio® inventory to accommodate larger bulk export sales and manage shipments more effectively.

For the 26,000 tons of Trio® sold in the second quarter of 2012, we obtained an average net realized sales price of $322 per ton, which was $20 per ton higher than in the first quarter of 2012. This compares with 39,000 tons of Trio® sold at an average net realized sales price of $222 per ton in the prior year's second quarter. The sequential improvement in Trio® pricing was a result of strong market demand and our ability to achieve a higher average net realized sales price for tons of Trio® sold domestically coupled with a decrease in our percentage of export sales. The decrease in tons sold resulted from having fewer tons available for sale in 2012 compared with a year ago. Cash operating cost of goods sold decreased $15 per ton compared with the first quarter of 2012 with the improvements we saw in our East operations.

Our cash operating cost of goods sold for Trio® increased to $206 per ton in the second quarter of 2012 compared with $160 per ton in the second quarter of 2011. Higher cash costs were driven by decreased production in the second quarter of 2012 as we commissioned the LRIP, along with lower levels of langbeinite feedstock being delivered to the DMS component of the East facility.

Third Quarter and Full Year 2012 Outlook

Our outlook for the third quarter and full year 2012 is presented below. This information is our best estimate at the current time and will be impacted by market conditions, results of operations and production results. Please note that outlook information for capital investment is only provided on a full year basis.

        Three Months Ended         Year Ended
September 30, 2012 December 31, 2012

Potash

Production (tons) 180,000 - 200,000 785,000 - 825,000
Sales (tons) 220,000 - 250,000 820,000 - 870,000
Cash COGS, net of by-product credit ($/ton) $170 - $185 $175 - $190
 
Total COGS ($/ton) $225 - $245 $230 - $250
 

Trio®

Production (tons) 35,000 - 45,000 130,000 - 165,000
Sales (tons) 30,000 - 40,000 130,000 - 165,000

Cash COGS ($/ton)

$170 - $185 $170 - $190
 

Total COGS ($/ton)

$240 - $260 $240 - $270
 

Other

Selling and Administrative $7.5 - $9.5 million $32 - $34 million
 
Capital Investment $225 - $300 million
 

Intrepid routinely posts information about Intrepid on its website under the Investor Relations tab. Intrepid's website address is www.intrepidpotash.com.

Unless expressly stated otherwise or the context otherwise requires, references to “tons” in this press release refer to short tons. One short ton equals 2,000 pounds. One metric tonne, which many of our international competitors use, equals 1,000 kilograms or 2,204.68 pounds.

Adjusted net income and adjusted EBITDA are non-GAAP financial measures. We include reconciliations of these measures to the most directly comparable U.S. GAAP measures in the tables at the end of this release. Average net realized sales price, cash operating cost of goods sold, and cash operating cost of goods sold net of by-product credits are operating measures. We include definitions of these measures in the footnotes to this release.

Conference Call Information

The conference call to discuss second quarter 2012 results is scheduled for Thursday, August 2, 2012, at 8:00 a.m. MDT (10:00 a.m. EDT). The call participation number is (800) 319-4610. A recording of the conference call will be available two hours after the completion of the call at (800) 319-6413. International participants can dial (412) 858-4600 to take part in the conference call and can access a replay of the call at (412) 317-0088. The replay of the call will require the input of the conference identification number 763324. The call will also be streamed on the Intrepid website, www.intrepidpotash.com. In addition, the press release announcing second quarter 2012 results will be available on the Intrepid website before the call under "Investor Relations - Press Releases." An audio recording of the conference call will be available at www.intrepidpotash.com through September 2, 2012.

This document contains forward-looking statements - that is, statements about future, not past, events. The forward-looking statements in this document often relate to our future performance and management's expectations for the future, including statements about our financial outlook. These statements are based on assumptions that we believe are reasonable. Forward-looking statements by their nature address matters that are uncertain. For us, the particular uncertainties that could cause our actual results to be materially different from our forward-looking statements include the following:

  • changes in the price, demand, or supply of potash or Trio®/langbeinite
  • circumstances that disrupt or limit our production, including operational difficulties or operational variances due to geological or geotechnical variances
  • interruptions in rail or truck transportation services, or fluctuations in the costs of these services
  • increased labor costs or difficulties in hiring and retaining qualified employees and contractors, including workers with mining or construction expertise
  • the costs of, and our ability to successfully construct, commission and execute, our strategic projects, including the development of our HB Solar Solution mine, the further development of our langbeinite recovery and granulation assets, and our North granulation plant
  • adverse weather events, including events affecting precipitation and evaporation rates at our solar solution mines
  • changes in the prices of raw materials, including chemicals, natural gas, and power
  • the impact of federal, state, or local government regulations, including environmental and mining regulations, the enforcement of those regulations, and government policy changes
  • our ability to obtain any necessary government permits relating to the construction and operation of assets
  • changes in our reserve estimates
  • competition in the fertilizer industry
  • declines in U.S. or world agricultural production
  • declines in the use of potash products by oil and gas companies in their drilling operations
  • changes in economic conditions
  • our ability to comply with covenants in our debt-related agreements to avoid a default under those agreements
  • disruption in the credit markets
  • our ability to secure additional federal and state potash leases to expand our existing mining operations
  • the other risks and uncertainties described in our periodic filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

All information in this document speaks as of August 1, 2012. New information or events after that date may cause our forward-looking statements in this document to change. We have no duty to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements to conform the statements to actual results or to reflect new information or future events.

INTREPID POTASH, INC.

SELECTED OPERATIONS DATA (UNAUDITED)

FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED JUNE 30, 2012 AND 2011

       
Three Months Ended June 30,
2012         2011
Production volume (in thousands of tons):
Potash 170   209
Langbeinite 33   44
Sales volume (in thousands of tons):
Potash 184   225
Trio® 26   39
 
Gross sales (in thousands):
Potash $ 88,755 $ 108,504
Trio® 10,029   10,869
Total 98,784 119,373
Freight costs (in thousands):
Potash 3,291 4,486
Trio® 1,532   2,241
Total 4,823 6,727
Net sales (in thousands):
Potash 85,464 104,018
Trio® 8,497   8,628
Total $ 93,961   $ 112,646
 
Potash statistics (per ton):
Average net realized sales price $ 465 $ 462

Cash operating cost of goods sold, net of
  by-product credits * (exclusive of items
  shown separately below)

178 160
Depreciation, depletion, and amortization 42 30
Royalties 17   16
Total potash cost of goods sold $ 237   $ 206
Warehousing and handling costs 14   14
Average potash gross margin $ 214   $ 242
 
Trio® statistics (per ton):
Average net realized sales price $ 322 $ 222

Cash operating cost of goods sold (exclusive
  of items shown separately below)

206 160
Depreciation, depletion, and amortization 58 19
Royalties 16   11
Total Trio® cost of goods sold $ 280   $ 190
Warehousing and handling costs 15   15
Average Trio® gross margin $ 27   $ 17
 
  • On a per ton basis, by-product credits were $6 for both the second quarter of 2012, and 2011, respectively. By-product credits were $1.2 million and $1.3 million for the second quarter of 2012, and 2011, respectively.

INTREPID POTASH, INC.

SELECTED OPERATIONS DATA (UNAUDITED)

FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED JUNE 30, 2012 AND 2011

       
Six Months Ended June 30,
2012         2011
Production volume (in thousands of tons):
Potash 388   443
Langbeinite 63   75
Sales volume (in thousands of tons):
Potash 387   421
Trio® 55   91
 
Gross sales (in thousands):
Potash $ 190,513 $ 199,855
Trio® 20,514   24,496
Total 211,027 224,351
Freight costs (in thousands):
Potash 8,086 9,369
Trio® 3,499   5,349
Total 11,585 14,718
Net sales (in thousands):
Potash 182,427 190,486
Trio® 17,015   19,147
Total $ 199,442   $ 209,633
 
Potash statistics (per ton):
Average net realized sales price $ 471 $ 453

Cash operating cost of goods sold, net of
  by-product credits * (exclusive of items
  shown separately below)

187 163
Depreciation, depletion, and amortization 43 30
Royalties 17   16
Total potash cost of goods sold $ 247   $ 209
Warehousing and handling costs 14   14
Average potash gross margin $ 210   $ 230
 
Trio® statistics (per ton):
Average net realized sales price $ 312 $ 212

Cash operating cost of goods sold (exclusive
  of items shown separately below)

208 160
Depreciation, depletion, and amortization 60 21
Royalties 16   11
Total Trio® cost of goods sold $ 284   $ 192
Warehousing and handling costs 14   14
Average Trio® gross margin $ 14   $ 6
 
  • On a per ton basis, by-product credits were $8 and $6 for the first six months of 2012, and 2011, respectively. By-product credits were $3.0 million and $2.5 million for the first six months of 2012, and 2011, respectively.

INTREPID POTASH, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (UNAUDITED)

FOR THE THREE AND SIX MONTHS ENDED JUNE 30, 2012 AND 2011

(In thousands, except share and per share amounts)

               
Three Months Ended June 30, Six Months Ended June 30,
2012         2011 2012         2011
Sales $ 98,784 $ 119,373 $ 211,027 $ 224,351
Less:
Freight costs 4,823 6,727 11,585 14,718
Warehousing and handling costs 3,005 3,784 6,369 7,061
Cost of goods sold 51,064 53,719 111,645 105,710
Other (3 ) 5   327   507  
Gross Margin 39,895 55,138 81,101 96,355
 
Selling and administrative 8,710 8,986 16,967 15,857
Accretion of asset retirement obligation 181 191 362 382
Insurance settlement income from
property and business losses (12,500 )
Other expense (income) 85   (4,730 ) 57   (4,689 )
Operating Income 30,919 50,691 63,715 97,305
 
Other Income (Expense)
Interest expense, including realized and
unrealized derivative gains and losses (215 ) (389 ) (468 ) (502 )
Interest income 526 415 1,039 785
Other income 95   59   278   318  
Income Before Income Taxes 31,325 50,776 64,564 97,906
 
Income Tax Expense (12,312 ) (20,068 ) (24,925 ) (38,919 )
Net Income $ 19,013   $ 30,708   $ 39,639   $ 58,987  
 
Weighted Average Shares Outstanding:
Basic 75,279,074   75,184,306   75,253,230   75,157,871  
Diluted 75,308,472   75,268,279   75,312,773   75,266,010  
Earnings Per Share:
Basic $ 0.25   $ 0.41   $ 0.53   $ 0.78  
Diluted $ 0.25   $ 0.41   $ 0.53   $ 0.78  
 

INTREPID POTASH, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (UNAUDITED)

AS OF JUNE 30, 2012 AND DECEMBER 31, 2011

(In thousands, except share and per share amounts)

               
June 30, December 31,
2012 2011
ASSETS
Cash and cash equivalents $ 66,843 $ 73,372
Short-term investments 97,923 97,242
Accounts receivable:
Trade, net 31,948 29,304
Other receivables 9,091 6,898
Income tax receivable 1,715 4,493
Inventory, net 58,963 55,390
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 3,088 5,015
Current deferred tax asset 3,362   4,931  
Total current assets 272,933   276,645  
 

Property, plant, and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation

of $119,135 and $98,654, respectively 447,249 387,423
Mineral properties and development costs, net of accumulated
depletion of $10,351 and $9,773, respectively 44,571 33,482
Long-term parts inventory, net 7,393 9,559
Long-term investments 21,143 6,180
Other assets 3,763 3,949
Non-current deferred tax asset 195,718   215,632  
Total Assets $ 992,770   $ 932,870  
 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Accounts payable:
Trade $ 29,024 $ 20,900
Related parties 359 134
Accrued liabilities 27,445 14,795
Accrued employee compensation and benefits 10,237 12,370
Other current liabilities 596   1,476  
Total current liabilities 67,661   49,675  
 
Asset retirement obligation 10,236 9,708
Other non-current liabilities 2,256   2,354  
Total Liabilities 80,153   61,737  
 
Commitments and Contingencies
 
Common stock, $0.001 par value; 100,000,000 shares authorized;
and 75,297,477 and 75,207,533 shares outstanding
at June 30, 2012, and December 31, 2011, respectively 75 75
Additional paid-in capital 566,053 564,285
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (1,354 ) (1,431 )
Retained earnings 347,843   308,204  
Total Stockholders' Equity 912,617   871,133  
Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity $ 992,770   $ 932,870  
 

INTREPID POTASH, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (UNAUDITED)

FOR THE THREE AND SIX MONTHS ENDED JUNE 30, 2012 AND 2011

(In thousands)

                   
Three Months Ended June 30, Six Months Ended June 30,
2012           2011 2012           2011
Cash Flows from Operating Activities:

Reconciliation of net income to net cash provided by operating
  activities:

Net income $ 19,013 $ 30,708 $ 39,639 $ 58,987
Deferred income taxes 11,441 14,637 21,483 30,017
Insurance settlement income from property and business losses (12,500 )
Items not affecting cash:
Depreciation, depletion, amortization, and accretion 11,376 8,691 22,632 17,224
Stock-based compensation 1,386 1,560 2,705 2,672
Unrealized derivative gain (273 ) (224 ) (497 ) (545 )
Other 1,022 (37 ) 1,985 455
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Trade accounts receivable 11,744 2,344 (2,643 ) (11,951 )
Other receivables (1,175 ) (5,559 ) (2,193 ) (6,013 )
Income tax receivable 767 (7,138 ) 2,778 (4,119 )
Inventory (5,654 ) (3,153 ) (1,407 ) (4,595 )
Prepaid expenses and other assets 828 296 1,927 1,247

Accounts payable, accrued liabilities, and accrued
  employee compensation and benefits

11,212 8,524 12,950 8,714
Other liabilities (473 ) 12   (481 ) (308 )
Net cash provided by operating activities 61,214   50,661   98,878   79,285  
 
Cash Flows from Investing Activities:
Additions to property, plant, and equipment (43,360 ) (35,213 ) (75,769 ) (63,816 )
Additions to mineral properties and development costs (5,338 ) (178 ) (11,406 ) (720 )

Insurance settlement proceeds from property and business
  losses

806 806
Purchases of investments (34,907 ) (30,160 ) (65,634 ) (52,459 )
Proceeds from investments 29,615 16,593 48,337 32,371
Other     2    
Net cash used in investing activities (53,990 ) (48,152 ) (104,470 ) (83,818 )
 
Cash Flows from Financing Activities:

Employee tax withholding paid for restricted stock upon
  vesting

(322 ) (589 ) (746 ) (1,076 )
Excess income tax benefit from stock-based compensation (166 ) 55 (191 ) 427
Proceeds from exercise of stock options   45     299  
Net cash used in financing activities (488 ) (489 ) (937 ) (350 )
 
Net Change in Cash and Cash Equivalents 6,736 2,020 (6,529 ) (4,883 )
Cash and Cash Equivalents, beginning of period 60,107   69,230   73,372   76,133  
Cash and Cash Equivalents, end of period $ 66,843   $ 71,250   $ 66,843   $ 71,250  
 
Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information
Net cash paid during the period for:
Interest, including settlements on derivatives $ 511   $ 450   $ 939   $ 759  
Income taxes $ 295   $ 12,512   $ 890   $ 12,605  

Accrued purchases for property, plant, and equipment, and
  mineral properties and development costs

$ 23,165   $ 9,669   $ 23,165   $ 9,669  
 

INTREPID POTASH, INC.
UNAUDITED NON-GAAP ADJUSTED NET INCOME RECONCILIATIONS
FOR THE THREE AND SIX MONTHS ENDED JUNE 30, 2012 AND 2011
(In thousands)

Adjusted net income is a non-GAAP financial measure that is calculated as net income adjusted for significant non-cash and infrequent items. Examples of non-cash and infrequent items include insurance settlements from property and business losses, a portion of the income associated with the refundable employment-related credits from the State of New Mexico, non-cash unrealized gains or losses associated with derivative adjustments, costs associated with abnormal production and other infrequent items. Management believes adjusted net income provides useful additional information to investors for analysis of Intrepid's fundamental business on a recurring basis. In addition, management believes that the concept of adjusted net income is widely used by professional research analysts and others in the valuation, comparison, and investment recommendations of companies in the potash mining industry, and many investors use the published research of industry research analysts in making investment decisions.

Adjusted net income should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for net income, income from operations, cash provided by operating activities or other income, profitability, cash flow, or liquidity measures prepared under U.S. GAAP. Because adjusted net income excludes some but not all items that affect net income and may vary among companies, the adjusted net income amounts presented may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies. The following is a reconciliation of adjusted net income to net income, which is the most directly comparable U.S. GAAP measure:

      Three Months Ended June 30,         Six Months Ended June 30,
2012         2011 2012         2011
 
Net Income $ 19,013 $ 30,708 $ 39,639 $ 58,987
Adjustments

Insurance settlement income from property and

business losses (12,500 )
Income associated with New Mexico refundable
employment-related credit (4,692 ) (4,692 )
Unrealized derivative gain (273 ) (224 ) (497 ) (545 )
Other (3 ) 5 327 507
Calculated tax effect * 107   1,955   66   6,858  
Total adjustments (169 ) (2,956 ) (104 ) (10,372 )
Adjusted Net Income $ 18,844   $ 27,752   $ 39,535   $ 48,615  
 
*Estimated annual effective tax rate of 38.6% for 2012 and 39.8% for 2011.
 

INTREPID POTASH, INC.
UNAUDITED NON-GAAP ADJUSTED EBITDA RECONCILIATIONS
FOR THE THREE AND SIX MONTHS ENDED JUNE 30, 2012 AND 2011
(In thousands)

Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (or adjusted EBITDA) is a non-GAAP financial measure that is calculated as net income adjusted for the add back of interest expense (including derivatives), income tax expense, depreciation, depletion, and amortization, and asset retirement obligation accretion. Management believes adjusted EBITDA assists investors and analysts in comparing our performance across reporting periods on a consistent basis by excluding items that we do not believe are indicative of our core operating performance. We use adjusted EBITDA to evaluate the effectiveness of our business strategies. In addition, adjusted EBITDA is widely used by professional research analysts and others in the valuation, comparison, and investment recommendations of companies in the potash mining industry, and many investors use the published research of industry research analysts in making investment decisions.

Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for performance or liquidity measures calculated in accordance with U.S. GAAP. Because adjusted EBITDA excludes some but not all items that affect net income and net cash provided by operating activities and may vary among companies, the adjusted EBITDA amounts presented may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies. The following is a reconciliation of adjusted EBITDA to net income, which is the most directly comparable U.S. GAAP measure:

      Three Months Ended June 30,         Six Months Ended June 30,
2012         2011 2012         2011
 
Net Income $ 19,013 $ 30,708 $ 39,639 $ 58,987
Interest expense, including realized and
unrealized derivative gains and losses 215 389 468 502
Income tax expense 12,312 20,068 24,925 38,919
Depreciation, depletion, amortization, and accretion 11,376   8,691   22,632   17,224
Total adjustments 23,903   29,148   48,025   56,645
Adjusted Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation,
and Amortization $ 42,916   $ 59,856   $ 87,664   $ 115,632
 

Source: Intrepid Potash Inc.

Intrepid Potash Inc.
William Kent, 303-296-3006



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