Spark Energy, Inc. Announces New Strategic Initiatives as Via Renewables

HOUSTON, TX / ACCESSWIRE / August 9, 2021 / Spark Energy, Inc. (“Spark” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ:SPKE), an independent retail energy services company, is proud to announce that its shareholders overwhelmingly approved a proposal by the Company’s Board of Directors to change the name of the Company to Via Renewables, Inc. (NASDAQ:VIA). As part of this initiative, the Company has launched a new Investor Relations website at www.ViaRenewables.com, which details the change, as well as Via Renewable’s plans for future sustainability strategies.

“We are very optimistic about the additional opportunities presented by the new Via Renewables platform,” said Keith Maxwell, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Our leadership team and I are excited about pursuing opportunities to provide innovative solutions to a broader, eco-minded customer base and further diversify our offerings, while vertically integrating and streamlining our organization. We believe the Via Renewables name best represents this direction, along with the value that we plan to deliver now and in the future.”

The ticker symbols and CUSIP numbers for the Company’s Class A common stock and 8.75% Series A Fixed-to-Floating Rate Cumulative Redeemable Perpetual Preferred Stock (the “Preferred Stock”) will change. At the beginning of trading on August 10, 2021, the Company’s Class A common stock is expected to begin trading on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker “VIA” and the CUSIP number will change to 92556D 106, and the Company’s Preferred Stock is expected to begin trading on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker “VIASP” and the CUSIP number will change to 92556D 205.

About Via Renewables, Inc.

Via Renewables, Inc. is an independent retail energy services company founded in 1999 that provides residential and commercial customers in competitive markets across the United States with an alternative choice for their natural gas and electricity under our well-established and well-regarded brands, including Spark Energy, Major Energy, Provider Power, and Verde Energy. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Via Renewables currently operates in 19 states and serves 100 utility territories. Via Renewables offers its customers a variety of product and service choices, including stable and predictable energy costs and green product alternatives.

We use our website as a means of disclosing material non-public information and for complying with our disclosure obligations under Regulation FD. Investors should note that new materials, including press releases, updated investor presentations, and financial and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission are posted on the Via Renewables Investor Relations website at ViaRenewables.com. Investors are urged to monitor our website regularly for information and updates about the Company.

Contact: Via Renewables, Inc.

Investors:

Mike Barajas, 832-200-3727

Media:

Kira Jordan, 832-255-7302

SOURCE: Spark Energy, Inc.

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Spark Energy, Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2021 Financial Results

HOUSTON, TX / ACCESSWIRE / August 4, 2021 / Spark Energy, Inc. (“Spark” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ:SPKE)(FSE:SLE), an independent retail energy services company, today reported financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2021.

Key Highlights

  • Achieved $14.4 million in Adjusted EBITDA, and $26.4 million in Retail Gross Margin, and $24.8 million in Net Income for the second quarter
  • Total RCE count of 347,000 as of June 30, 2021
  • Entered into four separate agreements to acquire approximately 56,900 RCEs
  • Average monthly attrition of 3.3%
  • Total liquidity of $151.8 million as of June 30, 2021

“We are proud to announce that on May 25th, 2021, we entered into four agreements to acquire a total of approximately 56,900 RCEs. These customers are expected to be immediately accretive to Adjusted EBITDA. Subsequent to quarter end, Spark entered into an agreement that will bring an additional ~50,000 RCEs in the third quarter. We have completed high grading our existing customer contracts and are pivoting back to growth through both acquisitions and organic sales. Additionally, we plan to leverage our customer book and operational expertise to vertically integrate our supply chain with multiple sustainable energy generation projects. While continuing to focus on growing the existing business, we believe there are numerous complimentary avenues in the green energy space that can supplement our history of strong earnings,” said Keith Maxwell, Spark’s President and Chief Executive Officer.

Summary Second Quarter 2021 Financial Results
Net income for the quarter ended June 30, 2021, was $24.8 million compared to net income of $26.8 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2020. The decrease compared to the prior year was primarily the result of lower margin driven by lower customer counts partially offset by a decrease in G&A and depreciation and amortization.

For the quarter ended June 30, 2021, Spark reported Adjusted EBITDA of $14.4 million compared to Adjusted EBITDA of $23.8 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2020. While gross margin was lower year-over-year, the decrease in gross margin was partially offset by decreases in G&A expenses and Customer Acquisition Cost spending.

For the quarter ended June 30, 2021, Spark reported Retail Gross Margin of $26.4 million compared to Retail Gross Margin of $45.0 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2020. This decrease of $18.6 million was primarily attributable to fewer customers in our overall portfolio.

Liquidity and Capital Resources
($ in thousands)
June 30, 2021
Cash and cash equivalents
$ 93,035
Senior Credit Facility Availability (1)
43,739
Subordinated Debt Facility Availability (2)
15,000
Total Liquidity
$ 151,774

(1) Reflects amount of Letters of Credit that could be issued based on existing covenants as of June 30, 2021.
(2) The availability of the Subordinated Facility is dependent on our Founder’s willingness and ability to lend.

Dividend
On July 21, 2021, Spark’s Board of Directors declared quarterly dividends of $0.18125 per share of Class A common stock payable on September 15, 2021 to holders of record on September 1, 2021, and $0.546875 per share of Series A Preferred Stock payable on October 15, 2021 to holders of record on October 1, 2021.

Business Outlook
Mr. Maxwell concluded, “Spark Energy will be holding a special shareholder meeting on Friday, August 6th, to propose to change the name of the public entity to VIA Renewables. We want to take this opportunity to rebrand ourselves and be a meaningful part of the global push towards energy sustainability, efficiency, and longevity. As our first step down this path, we purchased Renewable Energy Credits to offset all of our electric and natural gas load in the second quarter of 2021 and will continue to do that on a go-forward basis. This is just the beginning as we plan on exploring all options including wind, hydro, and solar generation, along with other special projects in the renewable space. The Company’s goals going forward are easily summarized; 1. Make the world a more environmentally sustainable place and; 2. Increase our Adjusted EBITDA through growing our existing book and vertically integrating our business model over time. We believe this will provide additional financial stability and opportunities in the market that would benefit all of our stakeholders.”

Conference Call and Webcast
Spark will host a conference call to discuss second quarter 2021 results on Thursday, August 5, 2021, at 10:00 AM Central Time (11:00 AM Eastern).

A live webcast of the conference call can be accessed from the Events & Presentations page of the Spark Energy Investor Relations website at http://ir.sparkenergy.com/events-and-presentations. An archived replay of the webcast will be available for twelve months following the live presentation.

About Spark Energy, Inc.
Spark Energy, Inc. is an independent retail energy services company founded in 1999 that provides residential and commercial customers in competitive markets across the United States with an alternative choice for natural gas and electricity. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Spark currently operates in 100 utility service territories across 19 states and the District of Columbia. Spark offers its customers a variety of product and service choices, including stable and predictable energy costs and green product alternatives.

We use our website as a means of disclosing material non-public information and for complying with our disclosure obligations under Regulation FD. Investors should note that new materials, including press releases, updated investor presentations, and financial and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission are posted on the Spark Energy Investor Relations website at ir.sparkenergy.com. Investors are urged to monitor our website regularly for information and updates about the Company.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This earnings release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control. These forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”) and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”) can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology including “may,” “should,” “could,” “likely,” “will,” “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “continue,” “plan,” “intend,” “project,” or other similar words. All statements, other than statements of historical fact included in this earnings release are forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements include statements regarding the impacts of COVID-19 and the 2021 severe weather event, cash flow generation and liquidity, business strategy, prospects for growth, outcomes of legal proceedings, ability to pay cash dividends, future operations, financial position, estimated revenues and losses, projected costs, prospects, plans, objectives, beliefs of management, availability and terms of capital, competition, governmental regulation and general economic conditions. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot give any assurance that such expectations will prove correct.

The forward-looking statements in this earnings release are subject to risks and uncertainties. Important factors that could cause actual results to materially differ from those projected in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to:

  • evolving risks, uncertainties and impacts relating to COVID-19, including the geographic spread, the severity of the disease, the scope and duration of the COVID-19 outbreak, actions that may be taken by governmental authorities to contain the COVID-19 outbreak or to treat its impact, and the potential for continuing negative impacts of COVID-19 on economies and financial markets;
  • the ultimate impact of the 2021 severe weather event, including resolution of outstanding pricing and volume settlement data from ERCOT; the results of formal disputes regarding pricing and volume settlement data received to date; and any corrective action by the State of Texas, ERCOT, the Railroad Commission of Texas, or the Public Utility Commission of Texas;
  • changes in commodity prices;
  • the sufficiency of risk management and hedging policies and practices;
  • the impact of extreme and unpredictable weather conditions, including hurricanes and other natural disasters;
  • federal, state and local regulations, including the industry’s ability to address or adapt to potentially restrictive new regulations that may be enacted by public utility commissions;
  • our ability to borrow funds and access credit markets;
  • restrictions in our debt agreements and collateral requirements;
  • credit risk with respect to suppliers and customers;
  • changes in costs to acquire customers as well as actual attrition rates;
  • accuracy of billing systems;
  • our ability to successfully identify, complete, and efficiently integrate acquisitions into our operations;
  • significant changes in, or new changes by, the independent system operators (“ISOs”) in the regions we operate;
  • competition; and
  • the “Risk Factors” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020, and other public filings and press releases.

You should review the risk factors and other factors noted throughout this earnings release that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement. All forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this earnings release. Unless required by law, we disclaim any obligation to publicly update or revise these statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. It is not possible for us to predict all risks, nor can we assess the impact of all factors on the business or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements.

For further information, please contact:

Investor Relations:
Mike Barajas,
832-200-3727

Media Relations:
Kira Jordan,
832-255-7302

SPARK ENERGY, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(in thousands, except per share data)
(unaudited)

Three Months Ended June 30, Six Months Ended June 30,
2021 2020 2021 2020
Revenues:
Retail revenues
$ 82,309 $ 128,618 $ 195,454 $ 294,978
Net asset optimization (expense) revenue
(114 ) (82 ) (254 ) 239
Total Revenues
82,195 128,536 195,200 295,217
Operating Expenses:
Retail cost of revenues
36,176 65,605 158,344 184,428
General and administrative
10,663 21,331 23,334 47,007
Depreciation and amortization
5,413 8,010 11,449 16,806
Total Operating Expenses
52,252 94,946 193,127 248,241
Operating income
29,943 33,590 2,073 46,976
Other (expense)/income:
Interest expense
(1,552 ) (1,193 ) (2,863 ) (2,746 )
Interest and other income
79 53 165 213
Total other expenses
(1,473 ) (1,140 ) (2,698 ) (2,533 )
Income (loss) before income tax expense
28,470 32,450 (625 ) 44,443
Income tax expense
3,674 5,673 2,139 7,598
Net income (loss)
$ 24,796 $ 26,777 $ (2,764 ) $ 36,845
Less: Net income (loss) attributable to non-controlling interests
14,313 15,618 (5,616 ) 21,207
Net income attributable to Spark Energy, Inc. stockholders
$ 10,483 $ 11,159 $ 2,852 $ 15,638
Less: Dividend on Series A Preferred Stock
1,951 2,039 3,902 3,539
Net income (loss) attributable to stockholders of Class A common stock
$ 8,532 $ 9,120 $ (1,050 ) $ 12,099
Net income (loss) attributable to Spark Energy, Inc. per share of Class A common stock
Basic
$ 0.58 $ 0.63 $ (0.07 ) $ 0.84
Diluted
$ 0.58 $ 0.62 $ (0.07 ) $ 0.83
Weighted average shares of Class A common stock outstanding
Basic
14,685 14,558 14,656 14,469
Diluted
14,820 14,763 14,767 14,569
Selected Balance Sheet Data June 30, December 31,
(in thousands)
2021 2020
Cash and cash equivalents
93,035 71,684
Working capital
146,721 114,213
Total assets
369,154 366,667
Total debt
145,000 100,000
Total liabilities
214,770 190,918
Total stockholders’ equity
58,784 64,854
Selected Cash Flow Data
Six Months Ended June 30,
(in thousands)
2021 2020
Net cash provided by operating activities
$ 9,168 $ 71,783
Net cash used in investing activities
$ (1,063 ) $ (579 )
Net cash provided (used) in financing activities
$ 24,751 $ (49,248 )
Operating Segment Results
Three Months Ended June 30, Six Months Ended June 30,
2021 2020 2021 2020
(in thousands, except volume and per unit operating data)
Retail Electricity Segment
Total Revenues
$ 71,689 $ 112,255 $ 150,444 $ 234,023
Retail Cost of Revenues
31,203 59,268 138,727 159,651
Less: Net gain on non-trading derivatives, net of cash settlements
18,835 17,414 24,352 7,993
Non-recurring event – Winter Storm Uri
(64,900 )
Retail Gross Margin (1) – Electricity
$ 21,651 $ 35,573 $ 52,265 $ 66,379
Volumes – Electricity (MWhs) (3)
614,000 978,297 1,236,127 2,069,722
Retail Gross Margin (2) (4) – Electricity per MWh
$ 35.26 $ 36.36 $ 42.28 $ 32.07
Retail Natural Gas Segment
Total Revenues
$ 10,620 $ 16,363 $ 45,010 $ 60,955
Retail Cost of Revenues
4,973 6,337 19,617 24,777
Less: Net gain on non-trading derivatives, net of cash settlements
858 605 1,206 2,102
Retail Gross Margin (1) – Gas
$ 4,789 $ 9,421 $ 24,187 $ 34,076
Volumes – Gas (MMBtus)
1,268,051 1,967,439 5,097,525 7,249,738
Retail Gross Margin (2) – Gas per MMBtu
$ 3.78 $ 4.79 $ 4.75 $ 4.70

(1) Reflects the Retail Gross Margin attributable to our Retail Electricity Segment or Retail Natural Gas Segment, as applicable. Retail Gross Margin is a non-GAAP financial measure. See “Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Measures” section below for a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA and Retail Gross Margin to their most directly comparable financial measures presented in accordance with GAAP.
(2) Reflects the Retail Gross Margin for the Retail Electricity Segment or Retail Natural Gas Segment, as applicable, divided by the total volumes in MWh or MMBtu, respectively.
(3) Excludes volumes (8,402 MWhs) related to Winter Storm Uri impact for the six months ended June 30, 2021
(4) Retail Gross Margin – Electricity per MWh excludes Winter Storm Uri impact

Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Measures

Adjusted EBITDA
We define “Adjusted EBITDA” as EBITDA less (i) customer acquisition costs incurred in the current period, plus or minus (ii) net (loss) gain on derivative instruments, and (iii) net current period cash settlements on derivative instruments, plus (iv) non-cash compensation expense, and (v) other non-cash and non-recurring operating items. EBITDA is defined as net income (loss) before the provision for income taxes, interest expense and depreciation and amortization. This conforms to the calculation of Adjusted EBITDA in our Senior Credit Facility.

We deduct all current period customer acquisition costs (representing spending for organic customer acquisitions) in the Adjusted EBITDA calculation because such costs reflect a cash outlay in the period in which they are incurred, even though we capitalize and amortize such costs over two years. We do not deduct the cost of customer acquisitions through acquisitions of businesses or portfolios of customers in calculating Adjusted EBITDA.

We deduct our net gains (losses) on derivative instruments, excluding current period cash settlements, from the Adjusted EBITDA calculation in order to remove the non-cash impact of net gains and losses on these instruments. We also deduct non-cash compensation expense that results from the issuance of restricted stock units under our long-term incentive plan due to the non-cash nature of the expense.

We adjust from time to time other non-cash or unusual and/or infrequent charges due to either their non-cash nature or their infrequency. We have historically included the financial impact of weather variability in the calculation of Adjusted EBITDA. We will continue this historical approach, but during the first quarter of 2021 we incurred a net pre-tax financial loss of $64.9 million due to Winter Storm Uri, as described above. This loss was incurred due to uncharacteristic extended sub-freezing temperatures across Texas combined with the impact of the pricing caps ordered by ERCOT. We believe this event is unusual, infrequent, and non-recurring in nature.

Our lenders under the Company’s Senior Credit Facility allowed $60.0 million of the $64.9 million pre-tax storm loss to be added back as a non-recurring item in the calculation of Adjusted EBITDA for the Company’s Debt Covenant Calculations. As our Senior Credit Facility is considered a material agreement and Adjusted EBITDA is a key component of our material covenants, we consider our covenant compliance to be material to the understanding of the Company’s financial condition and/or liquidity.

We believe that the presentation of Adjusted EBITDA provides information useful to investors in assessing our performance and results of operations and that Adjusted EBITDA is also useful for an understanding of our financial condition and/or liquidity due to its use in covenants in our Senior Credit Facility. Adjusted EBITDA is a supplemental financial measure that management and external users of our consolidated financial statements, such as industry analysts, investors, commercial banks and rating agencies, use to assess the following:

  • our operating performance as compared to other publicly traded companies in the retail energy industry, without regard to financing methods, capital structure, historical cost basis and specific items not reflective of ongoing operations;
  • the ability of our assets to generate earnings sufficient to support our proposed cash dividends;
  • our ability to fund capital expenditures (including customer acquisition costs) and incur and service debt; and
  • our compliance with financial debt covenants.

Retail Gross Margin
We define retail gross margin as operating income (loss) plus (i) depreciation and amortization expenses and (ii) general and administrative expenses, less (iii) net asset optimization revenues (expenses), (iv) net gains (losses) on non-trading derivative instruments, (v) net current period cash settlements on non-trading derivative instruments and (vi) gains (losses) from non-recurring events (including non-recurring market volatility. Retail gross margin is included as a supplemental disclosure because it is a primary performance measure used by our management to determine the performance of our retail natural gas and electricity segments. As an indicator of our retail energy business’s operating performance, retail gross margin should not be considered an alternative to, or more meaningful than, operating income (loss), its most directly comparable financial measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP.

We believe retail gross margin provides information useful to investors as an indicator of our retail energy business’s operating performance.

We have historically included the financial impact of weather variability in the calculation of Retail Gross Margin. We will continue this historical approach, but during the current quarter we have made the decision to add back the financial loss related to winter storm Uri, as described above, in the calculation of Retail Gross Margin because the extremity of the storm combined with the impact of the scarcity pricing mechanisms ordered by ERCOT is considered unusual, infrequent, and non-recurring in nature.

The GAAP measures most directly comparable to Adjusted EBITDA are net income (loss) and net cash provided by operating activities. The GAAP measure most directly comparable to Retail Gross Margin is operating income (loss). Our non-GAAP financial measures of Adjusted EBITDA and Retail Gross Margin should not be considered as alternatives to net income (loss), net cash provided by operating activities, or operating income (loss). Adjusted EBITDA and Retail Gross Margin are not presentations made in accordance with GAAP and have limitations as analytical tools. You should not consider Adjusted EBITDA or Retail Gross Margin in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP. Because Adjusted EBITDA and Retail Gross Margin exclude some, but not all, items that affect net income (loss), net cash provided by operating activities, and operating income (loss), and are defined differently by different companies in our industry, our definition of Adjusted EBITDA and Retail Gross Margin may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies.

Management compensates for the limitations of Adjusted EBITDA and Retail Gross Margin as analytical tools by reviewing the comparable GAAP measures, understanding the differences between the measures and incorporating these data points into management’s decision-making process.

The following tables present a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to net income (loss) and net cash provided (used in) operating activities for each of the periods indicated.

Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to net income (loss):
Three Months Ended June 30, Six Months Ended June 30,
(in thousands)
2021 2020 2021 2020
Net income (loss)
$ 24,796 $ 26,777 $ (2,764 ) $ 36,845
Depreciation and amortization
5,413 8,010 11,449 16,806
Interest expense
1,552 1,193 2,863 2,746
Income tax expense
3,674 5,673 2,139 7,598
EBITDA
35,435 41,653 13,687 63,995
Less:
Net, gain (loss) on derivative instruments
18,904 8,121 25,928 (16,466 )
Net cash settlements on derivative instruments
795 9,964 (390 ) 26,572
Customer acquisition costs
243 210 456 1,555
Plus:
Non-cash compensation expense
1,104 490 1,571 1,814
Non-recurring event – Winter Storm Uri
60,000
Non-recurring legal settlement
(2,225 ) (2,225 )
Adjusted EBITDA
$ 14,372 $ 23,848 $ 47,039 $ 54,148
Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to net cash provided in operating activities:
Three Months Ended June 30, Six Months Ended June 30,
(in thousands)
2021 2020 2021 2020
Net cash provided by operating activities
$ 32,800 $ 32,394 $ 9,168 $ 71,783
Amortization of deferred financing costs
(258 ) (240 ) (517 ) (490 )
Bad debt expense
(134 ) (1,378 ) 113 (3,733 )
Interest expense
1,552 1,193 2,863 2,746
Income tax expense
3,674 5,673 2,139 7,598
Non-recurring event – Winter Storm Uri
60,000
Non-recurring legal settlement
(2,225 ) (2,225 )
Changes in operating working capital
Accounts receivable, prepaids, current assets
(20,058 ) (32,035 ) (31,761 ) (50,010 )
Inventory
965 709 (400 ) (1,981 )
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities
8,059 19,021 12,857 29,839
Other
(10,003 ) (1,489 ) (5,198 ) (1,604 )
Adjusted EBITDA
$ 14,372 $ 23,848 $ 47,039 $ 54,148
Cash Flow Data:
Net cash provided by operating activities
$ 32,800 $ 32,394 $ 9,168 $ 71,783
Cash flows used in investing activities
$ (543 ) $ (43 ) $ (1,063 ) $ (579 )
Net cash provided (used) in financing activities
$ (9,208 ) $ (8,198 ) $ 24,751 $ (49,248 )

The following table presents a reconciliation of Retail Gross Margin to operating income (loss) for each of the periods indicated.

Reconciliation of Retail Gross Margin to Operating income:
Three Months Ended June 30, Six Months Ended June 30,
(in thousands)
2021 2020 2021 2020
Operating income
$ 29,943 $ 33,590 $ 2,073 $ 46,976
Plus:
Depreciation and amortization
5,413 8,010 11,449 16,806
General and administrative expense
10,663 21,331 23,334 47,007
Less:
Net asset optimization (expense) revenue
(114 ) (82 ) (254 ) 239
Gain (loss) on non-trading derivative instruments
18,898 7,964 25,952 (16,569 )
Cash settlements on non-trading derivative instruments
795 10,055 (394 ) 26,664
Non-recurring event – Winter Storm Uri
(64,900 )
Retail Gross Margin
$ 26,440 $ 44,994 $ 76,452 $ 100,455
Retail Gross Margin – Retail Electricity Segment (1)
$ 21,651 $ 35,573 $ 52,265 $ 66,379
Retail Gross Margin – Retail Natural Gas Segment
$ 4,789 $ 9,421 $ 24,187 $ 34,076

(1) Retail Gross Margin – Retail Electricity Segment for the six months ended June 30, 2021 includes a $64.9 million add back related to winter storm Uri.

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Spark Energy, Inc. to Present Second Quarter 2021 Financial Results on Thursday, August 5, 2021

HOUSTON, TX / ACCESSWIRE / July 23, 2021 / Spark Energy, Inc. (“Spark” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ:SPKE), an independent retail energy services company, announced today that it plans to present its second quarter 2021 financial results in a conference call and webcast on Thursday, August 5, 2021 at 10:00 AM Central (11:00 AM Eastern).

A live webcast of the conference call can be accessed from the Events & Presentations page of the Spark Energy Investor Relations website at ir.sparkenergy.com/events-and-presentations. An archived replay of the webcast will be available for twelve months following the live presentation.

About Spark Energy, Inc.

Spark Energy, Inc. is an independent retail energy services company founded in 1999 that provides residential and commercial customers in competitive markets across the United States with an alternative choice for their natural gas and electricity. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Spark currently operates in 19 states and serves 100 utility territories. Spark offers its customers a variety of product and service choices, including stable and predictable energy costs and green product alternatives.

We use our website as a means of disclosing material non-public information and for complying with our disclosure obligations under Regulation FD. Investors should note that new materials, including press releases, updated investor presentations, and financial and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission are posted on the Spark Energy Investor Relations website at ir.sparkenergy.com. Investors are urged to monitor our website regularly for information and updates about the Company.

Contact: Spark Energy, Inc.

Investors:

Mike Barajas, 832-200-3727

Media:

Kira Jordan, 832-255-7302

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Spark Energy, Inc. Announces Dividend on Common and Preferred Stock

HOUSTON, TX / ACCESSWIRE / July 21, 2021 / Spark Energy, Inc. (“Spark” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ:SPKE), an independent retail energy services company, announced today that its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend for the second quarter of 2021 in the amount of $0.18125 per share on its Class A Common Stock. This amount represents an annualized dividend of $0.725 per share. The second quarter dividend will be paid on September 15, 2021 to holders of record of Spark’s Class A Common Stock on September 1, 2021.

Additionally, in accordance with the terms of the 8.75% Series A Fixed-to-Floating Rate Cumulative Redeemable Perpetual Preferred Stock (“Series A Preferred Stock”) of the Company, the Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend in the amount of $0.546875 per share on the Series A Preferred Stock. This amount represents an annualized dividend of $2.1875 per share. The dividend will be paid on October 15, 2021 to holders of record of Spark’s Series A Preferred Stock on October 1, 2021.

About Spark Energy, Inc.

Spark Energy, Inc. is an independent retail energy services company founded in 1999 that provides residential and commercial customers in competitive markets across the United States with an alternative choice for their natural gas and electricity. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Spark currently operates in 19 states and serves 100 utility territories. Spark offers its customers a variety of product and service choices, including stable and predictable energy costs and green product alternatives.

We use our website as a means of disclosing material non-public information and for complying with our disclosure obligations under Regulation FD. Investors should note that new materials, including press releases, updated investor presentations, and financial and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission are posted on the Spark Energy Investor Relations website at ir.sparkenergy.com. Investors are urged to monitor our website regularly for information and updates about the Company.

Contact: Spark Energy, Inc.

Investors:

Mike Barajas, 832-200-3727

Media:

Kira Jordan, 832-255-7302

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Spark Energy, Inc. Announces Acquisition of Customer Books

HOUSTON, TX / ACCESSWIRE / May 25, 2021 / Spark Energy, Inc. (“Spark” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ:SPKE), an independent retail energy services company, announced today that it has executed four separate agreements to acquire a total of approximately 56,900 residential customer equivalents (“RCEs”) for a total purchase price of $11.5 million, consisting of approximately 15,700 RCEs in Connecticut’s Eversource territory, 4,700 RCEs in Connecticut’s United Illuminated territory, 17,500 RCEs in Massachusetts, and 19,000 RCEs in the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions. The completion of these transactions is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals.

“These tuck-in acquisitions are a perfect example of our strong commitment to grow our business,” said Keith Maxwell, Spark’s Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board. “The transaction represents excellent value and we forecast the acquisitions to be immediately accretive to Adjusted EBITDA, with expected closings in late Q2 to early Q3. We believe these acquisitions, along with our cost-effective platform, will drive long-term, sustainable growth and value for shareholders.”

About Spark Energy, Inc.
Spark Energy, Inc. is an independent retail energy services company founded in 1999 that provides residential and commercial customers in competitive markets across the United States with an alternative choice for their natural gas and electricity. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Spark currently operates in 19 states and serves 100 utility territories. Spark offers its customers a variety of product and service choices, including stable and predictable energy costs and green product alternatives.

We use our website as a means of disclosing material non-public information and for complying with our disclosure obligations under Regulation FD. Investors should note that new materials, including press releases, updated investor presentations, and financial and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission are posted on the Spark Energy Investor Relations website at ir.sparkenergy.com. Investors are urged to monitor our website regularly for information and updates about the Company.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control. These forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”) and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”) can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology including “may,” “should,” “could,” “likely,” “will,” “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “continue,” “plan,” “intend,” “project,” or other similar words. All statements, other than statements of historical fact included in this press release are forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements include statements regarding the expected benefits of the acquisition, as well as long-term growth and value for shareholders. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot give any assurance that such expectations will prove correct.

The forward-looking statements in this press release are subject to risks and uncertainties. Important factors that could cause actual results to materially differ from those projected in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to:

  • evolving risks, uncertainties and impacts relating to COVID-19, including the geographic spread, the severity of the disease, the scope and duration of the COVID-19 outbreak, actions that may be taken by governmental authorities to contain the COVID-19 outbreak or to treat its impact, and the potential for continuing negative impacts of COVID-19 on economies and financial markets;
  • the ultimate impact of the 2021 severe weather event, including resolution of outstanding pricing and volume settlement data from ERCOT; the results of formal disputes regarding pricing and volume settlement data received to date; and any corrective action by the State of Texas, ERCOT, the Railroad Commission of Texas, or the Public Utility Commission of Texas;
  • changes in commodity prices;
  • the sufficiency of risk management and hedging policies and practices;
  • the impact of extreme and unpredictable weather conditions, including hurricanes and other natural disasters;
  • federal, state and local regulations, including the industry’s ability to address or adapt to potentially restrictive new regulations that may be enacted by public utility commissions;
  • our ability to borrow funds and access credit markets;
  • restrictions in our debt agreements and collateral requirements;
  • credit risk with respect to suppliers and customers;
  • changes in costs to acquire customers as well as actual attrition rates;
  • accuracy of billing systems;
  • our ability to successfully identify, complete, and efficiently integrate acquisitions into our operations;
  • significant changes in, or new changes by, the independent system operators (“ISOs”) in the regions we operate;
  • competition; and
  • the “Risk Factors” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020, and other public filings and press releases.

You should review the risk factors and other factors noted throughout this press release that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement. All forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release. Unless required by law, we disclaim any obligation to publicly update or revise these statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. It is not possible for us to predict all risks, nor can we assess the impact of all factors on the business or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements.

For further information, please contact:

Investors:
Mike Barajas, 832-200-3727

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Spark Energy, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2021 Financial Results

HOUSTON, TX / ACCESSWIRE / May 5, 2021 / Spark Energy, Inc. (“Spark” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ:SPKE), an independent retail energy services company, today reported financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2021.

Key Highlights

  • Reported a Net Loss of $(27.6) million for the first quarter; including a $(64.9) million impact as a direct result of winter storm Uri, as of March 31, 2021
  • Achieved $32.7 million in Adjusted EBITDA, and $50.0 million in Retail Gross Margin for the first quarter, excluding the impacts of winter storm Uri
  • Average monthly attrition of 4.2%
  • Increased Senior Credit Facility with a Working Capital Commitment of $227.5 million
  • Total liquidity of $141.0 million as of March 31, 2021

“Since the start of the year, Spark’s initiatives to improve the quality of its customer book and implement additional integrations resulting in cost reductions, are producing tremendous results. That said, first quarter results were curtailed by the impact of February’s winter storm Uri, which adversely affected Spark and the entire retail energy industry. I am extremely proud of Spark and its employees as everyone came together to work through the impacts of the storm. While the storm presents a temporary setback, it will have negligible impact on the future ambitions and goals for the Company. We will continue to execute on our initiatives of ramping up organic sales along with a few tuck-in acquisitions. Looking forward to the Company’s future, we have started several new initiatives concurrently with the global push for ESG and look forward to updating further as we progress,” said Keith Maxwell, Spark’s President and Chief Executive Officer.

As previously disclosed, in February 2021, the U.S. experienced winter storm Uri, an unprecedented storm bringing extreme cold temperatures to the central U.S., including Texas. As a result of increased power demand for customers across the state of Texas and power generation disruptions during the weather event, power and ancillary costs in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (“ERCOT”) service area reached or exceeded maximum allowed clearing prices. Uncertainty still exists with respect to the financial impact of the weather event as we await the results of formal disputes regarding pricing and volume settlement data received to date, for which we are exploring all legal options; and any corrective action by the State of Texas, ERCOT, the Railroad Commission of Texas, or the Public Utility Commission of Texas.

Summary First Quarter 2021 Financial Results

Net Loss for the quarter ended March 31, 2021, was $(27.6) million compared to net income of $10.1 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2020. The decrease compared to the prior year was primarily the result of reduced gross margin due to winter storm Uri, partially offset with a decrease in G&A, the non-cash mark-to-market accounting associated with the hedges we put in place to lock in margins on our retail contracts, and an income tax benefit. We had a mark-to-market gain this quarter of $5.9 million, compared to a mark-to-market loss of $(7.9) million a year ago.

For the quarter ended March 31, 2021, Spark reported Adjusted EBITDA of $32.7 million[1] compared to Adjusted EBITDA of $30.3 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2020. While gross margin was lower year-over-year, the decrease in gross margin was offset by decreases in G&A expenses and Customer Acquisition Cost spending.

For the quarter ended March 31, 2021, Spark reported Retail Gross Margin of $50.0 million[2] compared to Retail Gross Margin of $55.5 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2020. This decrease of $5.5 million was primarily attributable to fewer customers in our overall portfolio.

[1] Includes a $60.0 million add-back to Adjusted EBITDA as defined by the definition of Adjusted EBITDA in the Senior Credit facility due to winter storm Uri, which provides for add-backs for nonrecurring items. Please see “Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Measures.”

[2] Includes a $64.9 million add-back to Retail Gross Margin which is the impact of the Texas winter storm Uri. Please see “Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Measures.”

Liquidity and Capital Resources
($ in thousands)

March 31, 2021

Cash and cash equivalents

$

81,491

Senior Credit Facility Availability (1)

44,517

Subordinated Debt Facility Availability (2)

15,000

Total Liquidity $

141,008

(1) Reflects amount of Letters of Credit that could be issued based on existing covenants as of March 31, 2021.
(2) The availability of the Subordinated Facility is dependent on our Founder’s willingness and ability to lend.

Dividend

On April 21, 2021, Spark’s Board of Directors declared quarterly dividends of $0.18125 per share of Class A common stock payable on June 15, 2021 to holders of record on June 1, 2021, and $0.546875 per share of Series A Preferred Stock payable on July 15, 2021 to holders of record on July 1, 2021.

Business Outlook

Mr. Maxwell concluded, “While the winter storm Uri had a negative impact on the retail energy industry as a whole, we have survived the storm and are looking forward to the balance of the year. After paying all invoices incurred as a result of the storm, Spark ends the first quarter of 2021 with ample liquidity. In addition, Spark increased the commitments on its credit facility to $227.5 million which will position Spark to grow as opportunities arise, adding to our confidence that Spark Energy will be successful in 2021.”

Conference Call and Webcast

Spark will host a conference call to discuss first quarter 2021 results on Wednesday, May 6, 2021, at 10:00 AM Central Time (11:00 AM Eastern).

A live webcast of the conference call can be accessed from the Events & Presentations page of the Spark Energy Investor Relations website at http://ir.sparkenergy.com/events-and-presentations. An archived replay of the webcast will be available for twelve months following the live presentation.

About Spark Energy, Inc.

Spark Energy, Inc. is an independent retail energy services company founded in 1999 that provides residential and commercial customers in competitive markets across the United States with an alternative choice for natural gas and electricity. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Spark currently operates in 100 utility service territories across 19 states and the District of Columbia. Spark offers its customers a variety of product and service choices, including stable and predictable energy costs and green product alternatives.

We use our website as a means of disclosing material non-public information and for complying with our disclosure obligations under Regulation FD. Investors should note that new materials, including press releases, updated investor presentations, and financial and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission are posted on the Spark Energy Investor Relations website at ir.sparkenergy.com. Investors are urged to monitor our website regularly for information and updates about the Company.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward Looking Statements

This earnings release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control. These forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”) and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”) can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology including “may,” “should,” “could,” “likely,” “will,” “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “continue,” “plan,” “intend,” “project,” or other similar words. All statements, other than statements of historical fact included in this earnings release are forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements include statements regarding the impacts of COVID-19 and the 2021 severe weather event, cash flow generation and liquidity, business strategy, prospects for growth, outcomes of legal proceedings, ability to pay cash dividends, future operations, financial position, estimated revenues and losses, projected costs, prospects, plans, objectives, beliefs of management, availability and terms of capital, competition, governmental regulation and general economic conditions. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot give any assurance that such expectations will prove correct.

The forward-looking statements in this earnings release are subject to risks and uncertainties. Important factors that could cause actual results to materially differ from those projected in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to:

  • evolving risks, uncertainties and impacts relating to COVID-19, including the geographic spread, the severity of the disease, the scope and duration of the COVID-19 outbreak, actions that may be taken by governmental authorities to contain the COVID-19 outbreak or to treat its impact, and the potential for continuing negative impacts of COVID-19 on economies and financial markets;
  • the ultimate impact of the 2021 severe weather event, including resolution of outstanding pricing and volume settlement data from ERCOT; the results of formal disputes regarding pricing and volume settlement data received to date; and any corrective action by the State of Texas, ERCOT, the Railroad Commission of Texas, or the Public Utility Commission of Texas;
  • changes in commodity prices;
  • the sufficiency of risk management and hedging policies and practices;
  • the impact of extreme and unpredictable weather conditions, including hurricanes and other natural disasters;
  • federal, state and local regulations, including the industry’s ability to address or adapt to potentially restrictive new regulations that may be enacted by public utility commissions;
  • our ability to borrow funds and access credit markets;
  • restrictions in our debt agreements and collateral requirements;
  • credit risk with respect to suppliers and customers;
  • changes in costs to acquire customers as well as actual attrition rates;
  • accuracy of billing systems;
  • our ability to successfully identify, complete, and efficiently integrate acquisitions into our operations;
  • significant changes in, or new changes by, the independent system operators (“ISOs”) in the regions we operate;
  • competition; and
  • the “Risk Factors” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020, and other public filings and press releases.

You should review the risk factors and other factors noted throughout this earnings release that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement. All forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this earnings release. Unless required by law, we disclaim any obligation to publicly update or revise these statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. It is not possible for us to predict all risks, nor can we assess the impact of all factors on the business or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements.

For further information, please contact:

Investor Relations:

Mike Barajas,
832-200-3727

Media Relations:

Kira Jordan,
832-255-7302

SPARK ENERGY, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(in thousands, except per share data)

(unaudited)

Three Months Ended March 31,
2021 2020
Revenues:
Retail revenues
$ 113,145 $ 166,360
Net asset optimization (expense) revenue
(140 ) 321
Total Revenues
113,005 166,681
Operating Expenses:
Retail cost of revenues
122,168 118,823
General and administrative
12,671 25,676
Depreciation and amortization
6,036 8,796
Total Operating Expenses
140,875 153,295
Operating (loss) income
(27,870 ) 13,386
Other (expense)/income:
Interest expense
(1,311 ) (1,553 )
Interest and other income
86 160
Total other expenses
(1,225 ) (1,393 )
(Loss) income before income tax (benefit) expense
(29,095 ) 11,993
Income tax (benefit) expense
(1,535 ) 1,925
Net (loss) income
$ (27,560 ) $ 10,068
Less: Net (loss) income attributable to non-controlling interests
(19,929 ) 5,589
Net (loss) income attributable to Spark Energy, Inc. stockholders
$ (7,631 ) $ 4,479
Less: Dividend on Series A Preferred Stock
1,951 1,500
Net (loss) income attributable to stockholders of Class A common stock
$ (9,582 ) $ 2,979
Net (loss) income attributable to Spark Energy, Inc. per share of Class A common stock
Basic
$ (0.66 ) $ 0.21
Diluted
$ (0.66 ) $ 0.20
Weighted average shares of Class A common stock outstanding
Basic
14,627 14,381
Diluted
14,627 14,784
Selected Balance Sheet Data
(in thousands)
March 31, 2021 December 31, 2020
Cash and cash equivalents
81,491 71,684
Working capital
118,781 114,213
Total assets
364,327 366,667
Total debt
145,000 100,000
Total liabilities
226,802 190,918
Total stockholders’ equity
52,954 64,854
Selected Cash Flow Data
Three Months Ended March 31,
(in thousands)
2021 2020
Net cash (used) provided in operating activities$
(23,632 ) $ 39,389
Cash flows used in investing activities
(520 ) (536 )
Net cash provided (used) in financing activities
33,959 (41,050 )
Operating Segment Results
Three Months Ended March 31,
2021 2020
(in thousands, except volume and per unit operating data)
Retail Electricity Segment
Total Revenues
$ 78,755 $ 121,768
Retail Cost of Revenues
107,524 100,383
Less: Net gain (loss) on non-trading derivatives, net of cash settlements
5,517 (9,421 )
Non-recurring event – Winter Storm Uri
(64,900 )
Retail Gross Margin (1) – Electricity
$ 30,614 $ 30,806
Volumes – Electricity (MWhs) (3)
622,128 1,091,425
Retail Gross Margin (2) (4) – Electricity per MWh
$ 49.21 $ 28.23
Retail Natural Gas Segment
Total Revenues
$ 34,390 $ 44,592
Retail Cost of Revenues
14,644 18,440
Less: Net gain on non-trading derivatives, net of cash settlements
348 1,497
Retail Gross Margin (1) – Gas
$ 19,398 $ 24,655
Volumes – Gas (MMBtus)
3,829,474 5,282,299
Retail Gross Margin (2) – Gas per MMBtu
$ 5.07 $ 4.67

(1) Reflects the Retail Gross Margin attributable to our Retail Electricity Segment or Retail Natural Gas Segment, as applicable. Retail Gross Margin is a non-GAAP financial measure. See “Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Measures” section below for a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA and Retail Gross Margin to their most directly comparable financial measures presented in accordance with GAAP.

(2) Reflects the Retail Gross Margin for the Retail Electricity Segment or Retail Natural Gas Segment, as applicable, divided by the total volumes in MMBtu or MWh, respectively.

(3) Excludes volumes (8,402 MWhs) related to Winter Storm Uri impact

(4) Retail Gross Margin – Electricity per MWh excludes Winter Storm Uri impact

Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Measures

Adjusted EBITDA

We define “Adjusted EBITDA” as EBITDA less (i) customer acquisition costs incurred in the current period, plus or minus (ii) net (loss) gain on derivative instruments, and (iii) net current period cash settlements on derivative instruments, plus (iv) non-cash compensation expense, and (v) other non-cash and non-recurring operating items. EBITDA is defined as net income (loss) before the provision for income taxes, interest expense and depreciation and amortization. This conforms to the calculation of Adjusted EBITDA in our Senior Credit Facility.

We deduct all current period customer acquisition costs (representing spending for organic customer acquisitions) in the Adjusted EBITDA calculation because such costs reflect a cash outlay in the period in which they are incurred, even though we capitalize and amortize such costs over two years. We do not deduct the cost of customer acquisitions through acquisitions of businesses or portfolios of customers in calculating Adjusted EBITDA.

We deduct our net gains (losses) on derivative instruments, excluding current period cash settlements, from the Adjusted EBITDA calculation in order to remove the non-cash impact of net gains and losses on these instruments. We also deduct non-cash compensation expense that results from the issuance of restricted stock units under our long-term incentive plan due to the non-cash nature of the expense.

We adjust from time to time other non-cash or unusual and/or infrequent charges due to either their non-cash nature or their infrequency. We have historically included the financial impact of weather variability in the calculation of Adjusted EBITDA. We will continue this historical approach, but during the current quarter we incurred a net pre-tax financial loss of $64.9 million due to winter storm Uri, as described above. This loss was incurred because of uncharacteristic extended sub-freezing temperatures across Texas combined with the impact of the pricing caps ordered by ERCOT. We believe this event is unusual, infrequent, and non-recurring in nature.

Our lenders under the Company’s Senior Credit Facility have allowed $60.0 million of the $64.9 million pre-tax storm loss to be added back as a non-recurring item in the calculation of Adjusted EBITDA for the Company’s March 31, 2021 Debt Covenant Calculations. As our Senior Credit Facility is considered a material agreement and Adjusted EBITDA is a key component of our material covenants, we consider our covenant compliance to be material to the understanding of the Company’s financial condition and/or liquidity.

We believe that the presentation of Adjusted EBITDA provides information useful to investors in assessing our performance and results of operations and that Adjusted EBITDA is also useful for an understanding of our financial condition and/or liquidity due to its use in covenants in our Senior Credit Facility. Adjusted EBITDA is a supplemental financial measure that management and external users of our consolidated financial statements, such as industry analysts, investors, commercial banks and rating agencies, use to assess the following:

  • our operating performance as compared to other publicly traded companies in the retail energy industry, without regard to financing methods, capital structure, historical cost basis and specific items not reflective of ongoing operations;
  • the ability of our assets to generate earnings sufficient to support our proposed cash dividends;
  • our ability to fund capital expenditures (including customer acquisition costs) and incur and service debt; and
  • our compliance with financial debt covenants.

Retail Gross Margin

We define retail gross margin as operating income (loss) plus (i) depreciation and amortization expenses and (ii) general and administrative expenses, less (iii) net asset optimization revenues (expenses), (iv) net gains (losses) on non-trading derivative instruments, (v) net current period cash settlements on non-trading derivative instruments and (vi) gains (losses) from non-recurring events (including non-recurring market volatility. Retail gross margin is included as a supplemental disclosure because it is a primary performance measure used by our management to determine the performance of our retail natural gas and electricity segments. As an indicator of our retail energy business’s operating performance, retail gross margin should not be considered an alternative to, or more meaningful than, operating income (loss), its most directly comparable financial measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP.

We believe retail gross margin provides information useful to investors as an indicator of our retail energy business’s operating performance.

We have historically included the financial impact of weather variability in the calculation of Retail Gross Margin. We will continue this historical approach, but during the current quarter we have made the decision to add back the financial loss related to winter storm Uri, as described above, in the calculation of Retail Gross Margin because the extremity of the storm combined with the impact of the scarcity pricing mechanisms ordered by ERCOT is considered unusual, infrequent, and non-recurring in nature.

The GAAP measures most directly comparable to Adjusted EBITDA are net income (loss) and net cash provided by operating activities. The GAAP measure most directly comparable to Retail Gross Margin is operating income (loss). Our non-GAAP financial measures of Adjusted EBITDA and Retail Gross Margin should not be considered as alternatives to net income (loss), net cash provided by operating activities, or operating income (loss). Adjusted EBITDA and Retail Gross Margin are not presentations made in accordance with GAAP and have limitations as analytical tools. You should not consider Adjusted EBITDA or Retail Gross Margin in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP. Because Adjusted EBITDA and Retail Gross Margin exclude some, but not all, items that affect net income (loss), net cash provided by operating activities, and operating income (loss), and are defined differently by different companies in our industry, our definition of Adjusted EBITDA and Retail Gross Margin may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies.

Management compensates for the limitations of Adjusted EBITDA and Retail Gross Margin as analytical tools by reviewing the comparable GAAP measures, understanding the differences between the measures and incorporating these data points into management’s decision-making process.

The following tables present a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to net income (loss) and net cash provided (used in) operating activities for each of the periods indicated.

Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to net (loss) income:
Three Months Ended March 31,
(in thousands)
2021 2020
Net (loss) income
$ (27,560 ) $ 10,068
Depreciation and amortization
6,036 8,796
Interest expense
1,311 1,553
Income tax (benefit) expense
(1,535 ) 1,925
EBITDA
(21,748 ) 22,342
Less:
Net, gain (loss) on derivative instruments
7,024 (24,587 )
Net cash settlements on derivative instruments
(1,185 ) 16,608
Customer acquisition costs
213 1,345
Plus:
Non-cash compensation expense
467 1,324
Non-recurring event – Winter Storm Uri
60,000
Adjusted EBITDA
$ 32,667 $ 30,300
Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to net cash (used) provided in operating activities:
Three Months Ended March 31,
(in thousands)
2021 2020
Net cash (used) provided in operating activities
$ (23,632 ) $ 39,389
Amortization of deferred financing costs
(259 ) (250 )
Bad debt expense
247 (2,355 )
Interest expense
1,311 1,553
Income tax (benefit) expense
(1,535 ) 1,925
Non-recurring event – Winter Storm Uri
60,000
Changes in operating working capital
Accounts receivable, prepaids, current assets
(11,703 ) (17,975 )
Inventory
(1,365 ) (2,690 )
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities
4,798 10,818
Other
4,805 (115 )
Adjusted EBITDA
$ 32,667 $ 30,300
Cash Flow Data:
Net cash (used) provided in operating activities
$ (23,632 ) $ 39,389
Cash flows used in investing activities
$ (520 ) $ (536 )
Net cash provided (used) in financing activities
$ 33,959 $ (41,050 )

The following table presents a reconciliation of Retail Gross Margin to operating income (loss) for each of the periods indicated.

Reconciliation of Retail Gross Margin to Operating (loss) income:
Three Months Ended March 31,
(in thousands)
2021 2020
Operating (loss) income
$ (27,870 ) $ 13,386
Plus:
Depreciation and amortization
6,036 8,796
General and administrative expense
12,671 25,676
Less:
Net asset optimization (expense) revenue
(140 ) 321
Gain (loss) on non-trading derivative instruments
7,054 (24,533 )
Cash settlements on non-trading derivative instruments
(1,189 ) 16,609
Non-recurring event – Winter Storm Uri
(64,900 )
Retail Gross Margin
$ 50,012 $ 55,461
Retail Gross Margin – Retail Electricity Segment (1)
$ 30,614 $ 30,806
Retail Gross Margin – Retail Natural Gas Segment
$ 19,398 $ 24,655

(1) Retail Gross Margin – Retail Electricity Segment for the three months ended March 31, 2021 includes a $64.9 million add back related to winter storm Uri.


 

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Spark Energy, Inc. Announces Dividend on Common and Preferred Stock

HOUSTON, TX / ACCESSWIRE / April 21, 2021 / Spark Energy, Inc. (“Spark” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ:SPKE), an independent retail energy services company, announced today that its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend for the first quarter of 2021 in the amount of $0.18125 per share on its Class A Common Stock. This amount represents an annualized dividend of $0.725 per share. The first quarter dividend will be paid on June 15, 2021 to holders of record of Spark’s Class A Common Stock on June 1, 2021.

Additionally, in accordance with the terms of the 8.75% Series A Fixed-to-Floating Rate Cumulative Redeemable Perpetual Preferred Stock (“Series A Preferred Stock”) of the Company, the Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend in the amount of $0.546875 per share on the Series A Preferred Stock. This amount represents an annualized dividend of $2.1875 per share. The dividend will be paid on July 15, 2021 to holders of record of Spark’s Series A Preferred Stock on July 1, 2021.

About Spark Energy, Inc.

Spark Energy, Inc. is an independent retail energy services company founded in 1999 that provides residential and commercial customers in competitive markets across the United States with an alternative choice for their natural gas and electricity. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Spark currently operates in 19 states and serves 100 utility territories. Spark offers its customers a variety of product and service choices, including stable and predictable energy costs and green product alternatives.

We use our website as a means of disclosing material non-public information and for complying with our disclosure obligations under Regulation FD. Investors should note that new materials, including press releases, updated investor presentations, and financial and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission are posted on the Spark Energy Investor Relations website at ir.sparkenergy.com. Investors are urged to monitor our website regularly for information and updates about the Company.

Contact: Spark Energy, Inc.

Investors:

Mike Barajas, 832-200-3727

Media:

Kira Jordan, 832-255-7302

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Spark Energy, Inc. to Present First Quarter 2021 Financial Results on Thursday, May 6, 2021

HOUSTON, TX / ACCESSWIRE / April 8, 2021 / Spark Energy, Inc. (“Spark” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ:SPKE), an independent retail energy services company, announced today that it plans to present its first-quarter 2021 financial results in a conference call and webcast on Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 10:00 AM Central (11:00 AM Eastern).

A live webcast of the conference call can be accessed from the Events & Presentations page of the Spark Energy Investor Relations website at ir.sparkenergy.com/events-and-presentations. An archived replay of the webcast will be available for twelve months following the live presentation.

About Spark Energy, Inc.

Spark Energy, Inc. is an independent retail energy services company founded in 1999 that provides residential and commercial customers in competitive markets across the United States with an alternative choice for their natural gas and electricity. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Spark currently operates in 19 states and serves 100 utility territories. Spark offers its customers a variety of product and service choices, including stable and predictable energy costs and green product alternatives.

We use our website as a means of disclosing material non-public information and for complying with our disclosure obligations under Regulation FD. Investors should note that new materials, including press releases, updated investor presentations, and financial and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission are posted on the Spark Energy Investor Relations website at ir.sparkenergy.com. Investors are urged to monitor our website regularly for information and updates about the Company.

CONTACT: Spark Energy, Inc.

Investors:
Mike Barajas, 832-200-3727

Media:
Kira Jordan, 832-255-7302

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Spark Energy, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2020 Financial Results

HOUSTON, TX / ACCESSWIRE / March 3, 2021 / Spark Energy, Inc. (“Spark” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ:SPKE), an independent retail energy services company, today reported financial results for the year ended December 31, 2020.

Key Business Highlights

  • Recorded $24.7 million in Adjusted EBITDA, $49.0 million in Retail Gross Margin, and $8.8 million in Net Income for the fourth quarter 2020
  • Recorded $106.6 million in Adjusted EBITDA, $196.5 million in Retail Gross Margin, and $68.2 million in Net Income for the year ended 2020
  • Total liquidity of $168.2 million

“2020 was the strongest year yet for Spark and we have continued to improve the quality of our customer book. We have pivoted away from high usage, lower margin C&I contracts which has led to stronger average unit margins, partially offsetting the decrease in volumes compared to 2019. Our overall customer book is much healthier. Despite the winter storm that happened in Texas in the middle of February, we believe Spark Energy will be successful in 2021,” said Keith Maxwell, Spark’s Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board.

In February 2021, the U.S. experienced winter storm Uri, an unprecedented storm bringing extreme cold temperatures to the central U.S., including Texas. As a result of increased power demand for customers across the state of Texas and power generation disruptions during the weather event, power and ancillary costs in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (“ERCOT”) service area reached or exceeded maximum allowed clearing prices. At the time of filing these consolidated financial statements, we expect the impact of winter storm Uri will result in a significant loss that will be reflected in our first quarter 2021 results of operations. However, uncertainty exists with respect to the financial impact of the weather event due in part to outstanding pricing and volume settlement data from ERCOT; the results of formal disputes regarding pricing and volume settlement data received to date, for which we are exploring all legal options; and any corrective action by the State of Texas, ERCOT, the Railroad Commission of Texas, or the Public Utility Commission of Texas. Possible action may include resettling pricing across the supply chain (i.e. fuel supply, wholesale pricing of generation, or allocating the financial impacts of market-wide load shed ratably across all retail market participants). During the winter storm Uri event, we were required to post a significant amount of collateral with ERCOT. Despite these posting requirements, we consistently maintained, and continue to maintain, sufficient liquidity to conduct our operations in the ordinary course.

Summary Fourth Quarter 2020 Financial Results

Net income for the quarter ended December 31, 2020, was $8.8 million, heavily impacted by G&A savings quarter over quarter. This compares to a net loss of $0.7 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2019.

For the quarter ended December 31, 2020, Spark reported Adjusted EBITDA of $24.7 million compared to Adjusted EBITDA of $25.7 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2019. The slight decrease in Adjusted EBITDA was due to lower gross margin quarter over quarter, partially offset by decreases in G&A expenses and Customer Acquisition Cost.

For the quarter ended December 31, 2020, Spark reported Retail Gross Margin of $49.0 million compared to Retail Gross Margin of $64.3 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2019. This decrease is attributable to fewer customers in our overall portfolio.

Summary Full Year 2020 Financial Results

Net income for the year ended December 31, 2020, was $68.2 million compared to net income of $14.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2019. The increase compared to the prior year was primarily the result of the non-cash mark-to-market accounting associated with the hedges we put in place to lock in margins on our retail contracts, along with a decrease in G&A. We had a mark-to-market gain this year of $14.3 million, compared to a mark-to-market loss of $24.9 million a year ago.

For the year ended December 31, 2020, Spark reported Adjusted EBITDA of $106.6 million compared to Adjusted EBITDA of $92.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2019. The increase was primarily due to decreases in expenses year over year. 2020 saw reductions across the board pertaining to cost to serve, operations, legal, bad debt and Customer Acquisitions Costs.

For the year ended December 31, 2020, Spark reported Retail Gross Margin of $196.5 million compared to Retail Gross Margin of $220.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2019. The decrease was primarily attributable to lower volume due to the shift away from large C&I contracts. However, the shift in the customer mix towards more residential contracts not only reduces the risk in the portfolio, but also has a positive impact on our G&A and balance sheet.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

December 31,
($ in thousands)
2020
Cash and cash equivalents
$
71,684
Senior Credit Facility Availability (1) (2)
71,467
Subordinated Debt Facility Availability (3)
25,000
Total Liquidity
$
168,151

(1) Reflects amount of Letters of Credit that could be issued based on existing covenants as of December 31, 2020.
(2) On January 19, 2021, we increased the total commitments under our Senior Credit Facility from $202.5 million to $227.5 million, which will positively affect liquidity in future quarters.
(3) The availability of the Subordinated Facility is dependent on our Founder’s willingness and ability to lend.

Dividend

Spark’s Board of Directors declared quarterly dividends of $0.18125 per share of Class A common stock payable on March 15, 2021, and $0.546875 per share of Series A Preferred Stock payable on April 15, 2021.

Conference Call and Webcast

Spark will host a conference call to discuss fourth quarter and full year 2020 results on Thursday, March 4, 2021, at 10:00 AM Central Time (11:00 AM Eastern).

A live webcast of the conference call can be accessed from the Events & Presentations page of the Spark Energy Investor Relations website at https://ir.sparkenergy.com/events-and-presentations. An archived replay of the webcast will be available for twelve months following the live presentation.

About Spark Energy, Inc.

Spark Energy, Inc. is an established and growing independent retail energy services company founded in 1999 that provides residential and commercial customers in competitive markets across the United States with an alternative choice for their natural gas and electricity. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Spark currently operates in 19 states and serves 100 utility territories. Spark offers its customers a variety of product and service choices, including stable and predictable energy costs and green product alternatives.

We use our website as a means of disclosing material non-public information and for complying with our disclosure obligations under Regulation FD. Investors should note that new materials, including press releases, updated investor presentations, and financial and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission are posted on the Spark Energy Investor Relations website at ir.sparkenergy.com. Investors are urged to monitor our website regularly for information and updates about the Company.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward Looking Statements

This earnings release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control. These forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”) and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”) can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology including “may,” “should,” “likely,” “will,” “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “continue,” “plan,” “intend,” “projects,” or other similar words. All statements, other than statements of historical fact included in this earnings release, regarding the impacts of COVID-19 and the 2021 severe weather event, strategy, future operations, financial position, estimated revenues and losses, projected costs, prospects, plans, objectives and beliefs of management are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements appear in a number of places in this earnings release and may include statements about business strategy and prospects for growth, customer acquisition costs, ability to pay cash dividends, cash flow generation and liquidity, availability of terms of capital, competition and government regulation and general economic conditions. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot give any assurance that such expectations will prove correct.

The forward-looking statements in this earnings release and the related earnings call are subject to risks and uncertainties. Important factors that could cause actual results to materially differ from those projected in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to:

  • evolving risks, uncertainties and impacts relating to COVID-19, including the geographic spread, the severity of the disease, the scope and duration of the COVID-19 outbreak, actions that may be taken by governmental authorities to contain the COVID-19 outbreak or to treat its impact, and the potential for continuing negative impacts of COVID-19 on economies and financial markets;
  • changes in commodity prices;
  • the sufficiency of risk management and hedging policies and practices;
  • the impact of extreme and unpredictable weather conditions, including hurricanes and other natural disasters;
  • federal, state and local regulations, including the industry’s ability to address or adapt to potentially restrictive new regulations that may be enacted by public utility commissions;
  • our ability to borrow funds and access credit markets;
  • restrictions in our debt agreements and collateral requirements;
  • credit risk with respect to suppliers and customers;
  • changes in costs to acquire customers as well as actual attrition rates;
  • accuracy of billing systems;
  • our ability to successfully identify, complete, and efficiently integrate acquisitions into our operations;
  • significant changes in, or new changes by, the independent system operators (“ISOs”) in the regions we operate;
  • competition; and
  • the “risk factors” described in “Item 1A- Risk Factors” of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020.

All forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this earnings release. Unless required by law, we disclaim any obligation to publicly update or revise these statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. It is not possible for us to predict all risks, nor can we assess the impact of all factors on the business or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements.

SPARK ENERGY, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
AS OF DECEMBER 31, 2020 AND DECEMBER 31, 2019
(in thousands, except share counts)

December 31, 2020
December 31, 2019
Assets
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents
$
71,684
$
56,664
Restricted cash
1,004
Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $3,942 and $4,797 as of December 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively
70,350
113,635
Accounts receivable-affiliates
5,053
2,032
Inventory
1,496
2,954
Fair value of derivative assets
311
464
Customer acquisition costs, net
5,764
8,649
Customer relationships, net
12,077
13,607
Deposits
5,655
6,806
Renewable energy credit asset
20,666
24,204
Other current assets
11,818
6,109
Total current assets
204,874
236,128
Property and equipment, net
3,354
3,267
Fair value of derivative assets
106
Customer acquisition costs, net
306
9,845
Customer relationships, net
5,691
17,767
Deferred tax assets
27,960
29,865
Goodwill
120,343
120,343
Other assets
4,139
5,647
Total Assets
$
366,667
$
422,968
Liabilities, Series A Preferred Stock and Stockholders’ Equity
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable
$
27,322
$
48,245
Accounts payable-affiliates
826
1,009
Accrued liabilities
34,164
37,941
Renewable energy credit liability
19,549
33,120
Fair value of derivative liabilities
7,505
19,943
Other current liabilities
1,295
1,697
Total current liabilities
90,661
141,955
Long-term liabilities:
Fair value of derivative liabilities
227
495
Long-term portion of Senior Credit Facility
100,000
123,000
Other long-term liabilities
30
217
Total liabilities
190,918
265,667
Commitments and contingencies (Note 14)
Series A Preferred Stock, par value $0.01 per share, 20,000,000 shares authorized, 3,707,256 shares issued and 3,567,543 shares outstanding at December 31, 2020 and 3,707,256 shares issued and 3,677,318 outstanding at December 31, 2019
87,288
90,015
Stockholders’ equity:
Common Stock :
Class A common stock, par value $0.01 per share, 120,000,000 shares authorized, 14,771,878 shares issued and 14,627,284 shares outstanding at December 31, 2020 and 14,478,999 shares issued and 14,379,553 shares outstanding at December 31, 2019
148
145
Class B common stock, par value $0.01 per share, 60,000,000 shares authorized, 20,800,000 issued and outstanding at December 31, 2020 and 20,800,000 issued and outstanding at December 31, 2019
209
209
Additional paid-in capital
55,222
51,842
Accumulated other comprehensive (loss)/income
(40
)
(40
)
Retained earnings
11,721
1,074
Treasury stock, at cost, 144,594 at December 31, 2020 and 99,446 shares at December 31, 2019
(2,406
)
(2,011
)
Total stockholders’ equity
64,854
51,219
Non-controlling interest in Spark HoldCo, LLC
23,607
16,067
Total equity
88,461
67,286
Total Liabilities, Series A Preferred Stock and stockholders’ equity
$
366,667
$
422,968

SPARK ENERGY, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS) FOR THE YEARS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2020, 2019 and 2018
(in thousands, except per share data)

Year Ended December 31,
2020 2019 2018
Revenues:
Retail revenues
$ 555,547 $ 810,954 $ 1,001,417
Net asset optimization (expense) revenues
(657 ) 2,771 4,511
Total revenues
554,890 813,725 1,005,928
Operating expenses:
Retail cost of revenues
344,592 615,225 845,493
General and administrative
90,734 133,534 111,431
Depreciation and amortization
30,767 40,987 52,658
Total operating expenses
466,093 789,746 1,009,582
Operating income (loss)
88,797 23,979 (3,654 )
Other (expense)/income:
Interest expense
(5,266 ) (8,621 ) (9,410 )
Gain on disposal of eRex
4,862
Interest and other income
423 1,250 749
Total other (expense)/income
(4,843 ) (2,509 ) (8,661 )
Income (loss) before income tax expense
83,954 21,470 (12,315 )
Income tax expense
15,736 7,257 2,077
Net income (loss)
$ 68,218 $ 14,213 $ (14,392 )
Less: Net income (loss) attributable to non-controlling interest
38,928 5,763 (13,206 )
Net income (loss) attributable to Spark Energy, Inc. stockholders
$ 29,290 $ 8,450 $ (1,186 )
Less: Dividend on Series A preferred stock
7,441 8,091 8,109
Net income (loss) attributable to stockholders of Class A common stock
$ 21,849 $ 359 $ (9,295 )
Other comprehensive (loss) income, net of tax:
Currency translation (loss) gain
(102 ) 31
Other comprehensive (loss) income
(102 ) 31
Comprehensive income (loss)
$ 68,218 $ 14,111 $ (14,361 )
Less: Comprehensive income (loss) attributable to non-controlling interest
38,928 5,703 (13,188 )
Comprehensive income (loss) attributable to Spark Energy, Inc. stockholders
$ 29,290 $ 8,408 $ (1,173 )
Net income (loss) attributable to Spark Energy, Inc. per share of Class A common stock
Basic
$ 1.50 $ 0.03 $ (0.69 )
Diluted
$ 1.48 $ 0.02 $ (0.69 )
Weighted average shares of Class A common stock outstanding
Basic
14,555 14,286 13,390
Diluted
14,715 14,568 13,390

SPARK ENERGY, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
FOR THE YEARS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2020
2019 AND 2018
(in thousands)

Year Ended December 31,
2020 2019 2018
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net income (loss)$
68,218 $ 14,213 $ (14,392 )
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash flows provided by operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization expense
30,767 41,002 51,436
Deferred income taxes
1,905 (6,929 ) (2,328 )
Stock based compensation
2,503 5,487 5,879
Amortization of deferred financing costs
1,210 1,275 1,291
Change in fair value of earnout liabilities
(1,328 ) (1,715 )
Excess tax expense (benefit) related to restricted stock vesting
50 (101 )
Bad debt expense
4,692 13,532 10,135
Loss on derivatives, net
23,386 67,749 18,170
Current period cash settlements on derivatives, net
(37,414 ) (41,919 ) 11,038
Gain on disposal of eRex
(4,862 )
Other
(776 ) (882 )
Changes in assets and liabilities:
Decrease in accounts receivable
37,960 23,699 2,692
(Increase) decrease in accounts receivable-affiliates
(3,020 ) 526 859
Decrease in inventory
1,458 924 674
Increase in customer acquisition costs
(1,513 ) (18,685 ) (13,673 )
(Increase) decrease in prepaid and other current assets
(2,120 ) 9,250 (14,033 )
Decrease (increase) in other assets
288 55 (335 )
(Decrease) increase in accounts payable and accrued liabilities
(37,297 ) (8,620 ) 10,301
Decrease in accounts payable-affiliates
(184 ) (1,455 ) (2,158 )
Increase (decrease) in other current liabilities
1,180 (1,459 ) (3,050 )
(Decrease) increase in other non-current liabilities
(188 ) 6 41
Decrease in intangible assets-customer acquisitions
(86 )
Net cash provided by operating activities
91,831 91,735 59,763
Cash flows from investing activities:
Purchases of property and equipment
(2,154 ) (1,120 ) (1,429 )
Cash paid for acquisitions
(17,552 )
Acquisition of Starion Customers
(5,913 )
Disposal of eRex investment
8,431
Net cash (used in) provided by investing activities
(2,154 ) 1,398 (18,981 )
Cash flows from financing activities:
Proceeds from (buyback) issuance of Series A Preferred Stock, net of issuance costs paid
(2,282 ) (743 ) 48,490
Payment to affiliates for acquisition of customer book
(10 ) (7,129 )
Borrowings on notes payable
612,000 356,000 417,300
Payments on notes payable
(635,000 ) (362,500 ) (403,050 )
Earnout Payments
(1,607 )
Net paydown on subordinated debt facility
(10,000 )
Payments on the Verde promissory note
(2,036 ) (13,422 )
Payment for acquired customers
(972 )
Payment of employee tax related to restricted stock vesting
(1,107 ) (1,348 ) (2,895 )
Proceeds from disgorgement of stockholders short-swing profits
55 244
Payment of Tax Receivable Agreement Liability
(11,239 ) (6,219 )
Payment of dividends to Class A common stockholders
(10,569 ) (10,382 ) (9,783 )
Payment of distributions to non-controlling unitholders
(29,450 ) (34,794 ) (35,478 )
Payment of Preferred Stock dividends
(7,886 ) (8,106 ) (7,014 )
Purchase of Treasury Stock
(395 )
Net cash used in financing activities
(75,661 ) (85,103 ) (20,563 )
Increase in Cash and cash equivalents and Restricted Cash
14,016 8,030 20,219
Cash and cash equivalents and Restricted cash-beginning of period
57,668 49,638 29,419
Cash and cash equivalents and Restricted cash-end of period
$ 71,684 $ 57,668 $ 49,638
Supplemental Disclosure of Cash Flow Information:
Non-cash items:
Property and equipment purchase accrual
$ 46 $ 92 $ (123 )
Holdback for Verde NoteIndemnified Matters
$ $ 4,900 $
Write-off of tax benefit related to tax receivable agreement liabilityaffiliates
$ $ 4,384 $
Gain on settlement of tax receivable agreement liabilityaffiliates
$ $ 16,336 $
Tax benefit from tax receivable agreement
$ $ $ (1,508 )
Liability due to tax receivable agreement
$ $ $ 1,642
Cash paid during the period for:
Interest
$ 3,859 $ 6,634 $ 7,883
Taxes
$ 23,890 $ 7,516 $ 8,561

SPARK ENERGY, INC.
OPERATING SEGMENT RESULTS
FOR THE YEARS ENDED December 31, 2020, 2019 and 2018
(in thousands, except per unit operating data)
(unaudited)

Year Ended December 31,
(in thousands, except volume and per unit operating data)
2020 2019 2018
Retail Electricity Segment
Total Revenues
$ 461,393 $ 688,451 $ 863,451
Retail Cost of Revenues
306,012 552,250 762,771
Less: Net Gains (Losses) on non-trading derivatives, net of cash settlements
12,148 (24,339 ) (23,988 )
Retail Gross Margin (1) -Electricity
$ 143,233 $ 160,540 $ 124,668
Volumes-Electricity (MWhs)
4,049,543 6,416,568 8,630,653
Retail Gross Margin (2) -Electricity per MWh
$ 35.37 $ 25.02 $ 14.44
Retail Natural Gas Segment
Total Revenues
$ 94,154 $ 122,503 $ 137,966
Retail Cost of Revenues
38,580 62,975 82,722
Less: Net Gains (Losses) on non-trading derivatives, net of cash settlements
2,334 (672 ) (5,197 )
Retail Gross Margin (1) -Gas
$ 53,240 $ 60,200 $ 60,441
Volumes-Gas (MMBtus)
11,100,446 14,543,563 16,778,393
Retail Gross Margin (2) -Gas per MMBtu
$ 4.80 $ 4.14 $ 3.60

(1) Reflects the Retail Gross Margin attributable to our Retail Electricity Segment or Retail Natural Gas Segment, as applicable. Retail Gross Margin is a non-GAAP financial measure. See “-Non-GAAP Performance Measures” for a reconciliation of Retail Gross Margin to most directly comparable financial measures presented in accordance with GAAP.
(2) Reflects the Retail Gross Margin for the Retail Electricity Segment or Retail Natural Gas Segment, as applicable, divided by the total volumes in MWh or MMBtu, respectively.

Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Measures

Adjusted EBITDA

We define “Adjusted EBITDA” as EBITDA less (i) customer acquisition costs incurred in the current period, plus or minus (ii) net gain (loss) on derivative instruments, and (iii) net current period cash settlements on derivative instruments, plus (iv) non-cash compensation expense, and (v) other non-cash and non-recurring operating items. EBITDA is defined as net income (loss) before the provision for income taxes, interest expense and depreciation and amortization. We deduct all current period customer acquisition costs (representing spending for organic customer acquisitions) in the Adjusted EBITDA calculation because such costs reflect a cash outlay in the period in which they are incurred, even though we capitalize and amortize such costs over two years. We do not deduct the cost of customer acquisitions through acquisitions of businesses or portfolios of customers in calculating Adjusted EBITDA. We deduct our net gains (losses) on derivative instruments, excluding current period cash settlements, from the Adjusted EBITDA calculation in order to remove the non-cash impact of net gains and losses on these instruments. We also deduct non-cash compensation expense that results from the issuance of restricted stock units under our long-term incentive plan due to the non-cash nature of the expense. Finally, we also adjust from time to time other non-cash or unusual and/or infrequent charges due to either their non-cash nature or their infrequency.

We believe that the presentation of Adjusted EBITDA provides information useful to investors in assessing our liquidity and financial condition and results of operations and that Adjusted EBITDA is also useful to investors as a financial indicator of our ability to incur and service debt, pay dividends and fund capital expenditures. Adjusted EBITDA is a supplemental financial measure that management and external users of our consolidated financial statements, such as industry analysts, investors, commercial banks and rating agencies, use to assess the following:

  • our operating performance as compared to other publicly traded companies in the retail energy industry, without regard to financing methods, capital structure or historical cost basis;
  • the ability of our assets to generate earnings sufficient to support our proposed cash dividends;
  • our ability to fund capital expenditures (including customer acquisition costs) and incur and service debt; and
  • our compliance with financial debt covenants

Retail Gross Margin

We define retail gross margin as operating income (loss) plus (i) depreciation and amortization expenses and (ii) general and administrative expenses, less (i) net asset optimization revenues, (ii) net gains (losses) on non-trading derivative instruments, and (iii) net current period cash settlements on non-trading derivative instruments. Retail gross margin is included as a supplemental disclosure because it is a primary performance measure used by our management to determine the performance of our retail natural gas and electricity business by removing the impacts of our asset optimization activities and net non-cash income (loss) impact of our economic hedging activities. As an indicator of our retail energy business’ operating performance, retail gross margin should not be considered an alternative to, or more meaningful than, operating income (loss), its most directly comparable financial measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP.

We believe retail gross margin provides information useful to investors as an indicator of our retail energy business’s operating performance.

The GAAP measures most directly comparable to Adjusted EBITDA are net income (loss) and net cash provided by operating activities. The GAAP measure most directly comparable to Retail Gross Margin is operating income (loss). Our non-GAAP financial measures of Adjusted EBITDA and Retail Gross Margin should not be considered as alternatives to net income (loss), net cash provided by operating activities, or operating income (loss). Adjusted EBITDA and Retail Gross Margin are not presentations made in accordance with GAAP and have important limitations as analytical tools. You should not consider Adjusted EBITDA or Retail Gross Margin in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP. Because Adjusted EBITDA and Retail Gross Margin exclude some, but not all, items that affect net income (loss) and net cash provided by operating activities, and are defined differently by different companies in our industry, our definition of Adjusted EBITDA and Retail Gross Margin may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies.

Management compensates for the limitations of Adjusted EBITDA and Retail Gross Margin as analytical tools by reviewing the comparable GAAP measures, understanding the differences between the measures and incorporating these data points into management’s decision-making process.

The following tables present a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to net income (loss) and net cash provided by operating activities for each of the periods indicated.

APPENDIX TABLES A-1 AND A-2
ADJUSTED EBITDA RECONCILIATIONS
(in thousands)
(unaudited)

Year Ended December 31, Quarter Ended December 31,
2020 2019 2020 2019
(in thousands)
Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to Net Income (Loss):
Net income (loss)
$ 68,218 $ 14,213 $ 8,767 $ (724 )
Depreciation and amortization
30,767 40,987 6,683 9,024
Interest expense
5,266 8,621 1,033 2,229
Income tax expense
15,736 7,257 2,997 4,235
EBITDA
119,987 71,078 19,480 14,764
Less:
Net, losses on derivative instruments
(23,386 ) (67,749 ) (9,371 ) (25,059 )
Net, cash settlements on derivative instruments
37,729 42,820 4,732 9,305
Customer acquisition costs
1,513 18,685 (249 ) 5,077
Plus:
Non-cash compensation expense
2,503 5,487 369 1,433
Non-recurring legal and regulatory settlements
14,457 3,650
Gain on disposal of eRex
(4,862 ) (4,862 )
Adjusted EBITDA
$ 106,634 $ 92,404 $ 24,737 $ 25,662
Year Ended December 31, Quarter Ended December 31,
2020 2019 2020 2019
(in thousands)
Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to net cash provided by operating activities:
Net cash provided by operating activities
$ 91,831 $ 91,735 $ 7,883 $ 14,650
Amortization of deferred financing costs
(1,210 ) (1,275 ) (244 ) (273 )
Bad debt expense
(4,692 ) (13,532 ) (79 ) (4,347 )
Interest expense
5,266 8,621 1,033 2,229
Income tax expense
15,736 7,257 2,997 4,235
Changes in operating working capital
Accounts receivable, prepaids, current assets
(32,820 ) (33,475 ) 15,481 16,883
Inventory
(1,458 ) (924 ) (300 ) (626 )
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities
36,301 11,534 (2,912 ) (18,675 )
Other
(2,320 ) 22,463 878 11,586
Adjusted EBITDA
$ 106,634 $ 92,404 $ 24,737 $ 25,662
Cash Flow Data:
Cash flows provided by operating activities
$ 91,831 $ 91,735 $ 7,883 $ 14,650
Cash flows (used in) provided by investing activities
$ (2,154 ) $ 1,398 $ (935 ) $ 7,888
Cash flows used in financing activities
$ (75,661 ) $ (85,103 ) $ (10,644 ) $ (8,452 )

The following table presents a reconciliation of Retail Gross Margin to operating income (loss) for each of the periods indicated.

APPENDIX TABLE A-3
RETAIL GROSS MARGIN RECONCILIATION
(in thousands)
(unaudited)

Year Ended December 31, Quarter Ended December 31,
2020 2019 2020 2019
(in thousands)
Reconciliation of Retail Gross Margin to Operating Income:
Operating income
$ 88,797 $ 23,979 $ 12,667 $ 633
Plus:
Depreciation and amortization
30,767 40,987 6,683 9,024
General and administrative expense
90,734 133,534 24,647 39,182
Less:
Net asset optimization (expense) revenue
(657 ) 2,771 (338 ) 529
Losses on non-trading derivative instruments
(23,439 ) (67,955 ) (9,420 ) (25,214 )
Cash settlements on non-trading derivative instruments
37,921 42,944 4,768 9,267
Retail Gross Margin
$ 196,473 $ 220,740 $ 48,987 $ 64,257
Retail Gross Margin – Retail Electricity Segment
$ 143,233 $ 160,540 $ 34,092 $ 43,810
Retail Gross Margin – Retail Natural Gas Segment
$ 53,240 $ 60,200 $ 14,895 $ 20,447

Contact: Spark Energy, Inc.

Investors:
Mike Barajas, 832-200-3727

Media:
Kira Jordan, 832-255-7302

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Spark Energy Provides Update to Customers and Stakeholders on the Texas Winter Storm

HOUSTON, TX / ACCESSWIRE / February 22, 2021 / Spark Energy, Inc. (“Spark” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ:SPKE), an independent retail energy services company, wants to assure its customers that it is committed to serving and supporting its Texas customer base through this highly tumultuous time.

“The winter storm has affected all Texans and we are here to help” said Keith Maxwell, Spark’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Given the events of last week, Spark has weathered the storm and will continue to serve its customers in Texas and nationwide. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone as the recovery starts.”

The Company’s Texas market represents a small part of its diverse customer book. Spark has ample liquidity on hand to get through events such as this winter storm. The Company still plans on releasing its 2020 earnings on its previously announced date of March 4, 2021.

If you are a Spark customer and need assistance managing your bill, please reach out to customer service at 1-877-54-SPARK (1-877-547-7275).

About Spark Energy, Inc.

Spark Energy, Inc. is an independent retail energy services company founded in 1999 that provides residential and commercial customers in competitive markets across the United States with an alternative choice for their natural gas and electricity. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Spark currently operates in 19 states and serves 100 utility territories. Spark offers its customers a variety of product and service choices, including stable and predictable energy costs and green product alternatives.

We use our website as a means of disclosing material non-public information and for complying with our disclosure obligations under Regulation FD. Investors should note that new materials, including press releases, updated investor presentations, and financial and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission are posted on the Spark Energy Investor Relations website at ir.sparkenergy.com. Investors are urged to monitor our website regularly for information and updates about the Company.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward Looking Statements

This release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control. These forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”) and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”) can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology including “may,” “should,” “likely,” “will,” “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “continue,” “plan,” “intend,” “project,” or other similar words. All statements, other than statements of historical fact included in this press release, regarding strategy, future operations, financial position, estimated revenues and losses, projected costs, prospects, plans, objectives and beliefs of management are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements appear in a number of places in this press release and include statements about the timing and amount of future purchases under the repurchase program, sources of funds under the repurchase program, and the impacts of the repurchase program. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot give any assurance that such expectations will prove correct.

The forward-looking statements in this press release are subject to risks and uncertainties. Important factors that could cause actual results to materially differ from those projected in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to:

  • potential risks and uncertainties relating to COVID-19, including the geographic spread, the severity of the disease, the scope and duration of the COVID-19 outbreak, actions that may be taken by governmental authorities to contain the COVID-19 outbreak or to treat its impact, and the potential negative impacts of COVID-19 on economies and financial markets;
  • changes in commodity prices;
  • the sufficiency of risk management and hedging policies and practices;
  • the impact of extreme and unpredictable weather conditions, including hurricanes and other natural disasters;
  • federal, state and local regulation, including the industry’s ability to address or adapt to potentially restrictive new regulations that may be enacted by public utility commissions;
  • our ability to borrow funds and access credit markets;
  • restrictions in our debt agreements and collateral requirements;
  • credit risk with respect to suppliers and customers;
  • changes in costs to acquire customers as well as actual attrition rates;
  • accuracy of billing systems;
  • our ability to successfully identify, complete, and efficiently integrate acquisitions into our operations;
  • significant changes in, or new charges by, the ISOs in the regions in which we operate;
  • competition; and
  • the “Risk Factors” in our latest Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019, in our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and other public filings and press releases.

You should review the risk factors and other factors noted throughout this press release that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement. All forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release. Unless required by law, we disclaim any obligation to publicly update or revise these statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. It is not possible for us to predict all risks, nor can we assess the impact of all factors on the business or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements.

Contact: Spark Energy, Inc.
Investors: Mike Barajas, 832-200-3727
Media: Kira Jordan, 832-255-7302

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