Sunoco LP Announces 1Q 2015 Financial and Operating Results and 8th Consecutive Distribution Increase

May 06, 2015

- Distribution increased 7.5% versus 4Q 2014, 28.5% versus 1Q 2014 levels
- Gallons sold increased 40% versus 1Q 2014 volume
- Adjusted EBITDA up 179%, Distributable Cash Flow up 111% versus 1Q 2014
- Demonstrates continued execution of growth strategy and increases liquidity by $250 million
Conference Call Scheduled for 10:00 a.m. ET (9:00 a.m. CT) on May 7

HOUSTON, May 6, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Sunoco LP (NYSE: SUN) today announced financial and operating results for the three months ended March 31, 2015 and provided an update on recent developments.

Adjusted EBITDA(1) totaled $43.7 million as compared to adjusted EBITDA in the first quarter of 2014 to $15.7 million.  Distributable cash flow(1) for the quarter was $29.6 million, compared to $14.0 million a year ago.

Revenue was $1.1 billion, down 7.1 percent compared to $1.2 billion in the same period last year. The decline was the result of significantly lower retail and wholesale motor fuel prices, mostly offset by a 40 percent increase in gallons sold, the contribution of merchandise sales from the MACS and Aloha stores and higher rental income.

Total gross profit was $87.0 million, compared to $22.1 million in the first quarter of 2014.  Key drivers of the increase were the MACS and Aloha acquisitions along with organic growth in gallons sold.

Net income attributable to partners was $17.1 million, or $0.44 per diluted unit, compared to $10.1 million, or $0.46 per diluted unit, in the first quarter of 2014.

On a weighted average basis, fuel margin for all gallons sold increased to 8.8 cents per gallon, compared to 4.0 cents per gallon a year earlier.  Sales of retail gallons by MACS and Aloha -- and a change in the wholesale fuel customer mix related to the MACS and Aloha acquisitions -- drove most of the margin increase.  At March 31, SUN operated 155 retail convenience stores and fuel outlets in Virginia, Hawaii, Tennessee, Maryland and Georgia.

Affiliate customers included 663 Stripes® and Sac-N-Pac™ convenience stores operated by a subsidiary of our parent company, Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. (NYSE: ETP), as well as sales of motor fuel to ETP subsidiaries for resale under consignment arrangements at approximately 85 independently operated convenience stores.  Motor fuel gallons sold to affiliates during the first quarter increased 9.5 percent from a year ago to 304.3 million gallons. SUN realized 3.0 cents per gallon gross profit on these gallons, which totaled $9.1 million in the period versus $8.4 million in the same period a year ago.

Third-party customers included 731 independent dealers under long-term fuel supply agreements, 59 independently operated consignment locations and approximately 1,600 other commercial customers.  Total gallons sold to third parties increased year-over-year by 50.8 percent to 234.7 million gallons.  Gross profit on these gallons was $25.2 million, or 9.7 cents per gallon, compared to $8.8 million, or 5.7 cents per gallon, in the prior-year period.

Retail gallons sold by MACS and Aloha locations during the first quarter totaled 67.8 million gallons.  Gross profit on these gallons was $21.2 million, or 31.9 cents per gallon. Merchandise sales from these locations totaled $47.5 million and contributed $12.7 million of gross profit.

The Partnership announced on April 1 the acquisition of a 31.58 percent equity interest in Sunoco, LLC, from an affiliate of ETP in a transaction valued at approximately $816 million.  SUN paid $775 million in cash and issued to ETP 795,482 new SUN units valued at $40.8 million.

On May 4, 2015, the Board of Directors of SUN's general partner declared a distribution for the first quarter of 2015 of $0.645 per unit, which corresponds to $2.58 per unit on an annualized basis.  This represents a 7.5 percent increase compared to the distribution for the fourth quarter of 2014 and a 29 percent increase compared with the first quarter of 2014.  This is the eighth consecutive quarterly increase. The distribution will be paid on May 29 to unitholders of record on May 19. SUN achieved a 1.2 times distribution coverage ratio for the quarter.

SUN's gross capital expenditures for the first quarter were $37.2 million, which includes $2.9 million in maintenance capital. Of the $34.3 million in growth capital, $26.1 million was for purchase and leaseback transactions for six Stripes stores, and $5.4 million related to growth in the dealer business, including new dealer supply contracts.

The Partnership currently expects capital spending for the full year 2015, excluding future acquisitions but including the additional capital spending related to our equity interest in Sunoco LLC to be within the following ranges (in millions):

Growth


Maintenance

Low

High


Low

High

$180

$230


$15

$25

Included in the above growth capital spending estimate is the purchase and leaseback of 30 to 40 new convenience stores that Stripes plans to build in 2015.

On April 1, SUN issued $800 million of 6.375% Senior Notes due 2023 through a private offering that raised net proceeds of $789.2 million.  The majority of the notes proceeds were used to fund the purchase of the above-mentioned interest in Sunoco LLC and a small portion was used to repay outstanding borrowings under its senior secured revolving credit facility.

As of March 31, 2015, SUN had borrowings against its revolving credit facility of $684.8 million and $11.8 million in standby letters of credit, leaving unused availability of $553.4 million.  Net debt to Adjusted EBITDA, pro forma for acquisitions, was 3.9 times.

Additionally, on April 10, SUN increased its existing revolving credit facility by $250 million to $1.5 billion.  The facility matures in 2019.

1)

Adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow are non-GAAP financial measures of performance that have limitations and should not be considered as a substitute for net income. Please refer to the discussion and tables under "Reconciliations of Non-GAAP Measures" later in this news release for a discussion of our use of Adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow, and a reconciliation to net income for the periods presented.

First Quarter 2015 Earnings Conference Call

Sunoco LP management will hold a conference call on Thursday, May 7, at 10:00 a.m. ET (9:00 a.m. CT) to discuss first quarter results and recent developments.  To participate, dial 412-902-0003 approximately 10 minutes early and ask for the Sunoco LP conference call. The call will also be accessible live and for later replay via webcast in the Investor Relations section of Sunoco's website at www.SunocoLP.com under Events and Presentations.  A telephone replay will be available through May 14 by calling 201-612-7415 and using the access code 13608202#.

About Sunoco LP

Sunoco LP (NYSE: SUN) is a master limited partnership (MLP) that primarily distributes motor fuel to convenience stores, independent dealers, commercial customers and distributors. SUN also operates more than 150 convenience stores and retail fuel sites. SUN conducts its business through wholly owned subsidiaries, as well as through its 31.58 percent interest in Sunoco, LLC, in partnership with an affiliate of its parent company, Energy Transfer Partners.  While primarily engaged in natural gas, natural gas liquids, crude oil and refined products transportation, ETP also operates a retail and fuel distribution business through its interest in Sunoco, LLC, as well as wholly owned subsidiaries, Sunoco, Inc. and Stripes LLC that operate approximately 1,100 convenience stores and retail fuel sites.  For more information, visit the Sunoco LP website at www.SunocoLP.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains "forward-looking statements" which may describe Sunoco LP's ("SUN") objectives, expected results of operations, targets, plans, strategies, costs, anticipated capital expenditures, potential acquisitions, new store openings and/or new dealer locations, management's expectations, beliefs or goals regarding proposed transactions between ETP and SUN, the expected timing of those transactions and the future financial and/or operating impact of those transactions, including the anticipated integration process and any related benefits, opportunities or synergies.  These statements are based on current plans, expectations and projections and involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and events to vary materially, including but not limited to: execution, integration, environmental and other risks related to acquisitions (including drop-downs) and our overall acquisition strategy; competitive pressures from convenience stores, gasoline stations, other non-traditional retailers and other wholesale fuel distributors located in SUN's markets; dangers inherent in storing and transporting motor fuel; SUN's ability to renew or renegotiate long-term distribution contracts with customers; changes in the price of and demand for motor fuel; changing consumer preferences for alternative fuel sources or improvement in fuel efficiency; competition in the wholesale motor fuel distribution industry; seasonal trends; severe or unfavorable weather conditions; increased costs; SUN's ability to make and integrate acquisitions; environmental laws and regulations; dangers inherent in the storage of motor fuel; reliance on suppliers to provide trade credit terms to adequately fund ongoing operations; acts of war and terrorism; dependence on information technology systems; SUN's and ETP's ability to consummate any proposed transactions, or to satisfy the conditions precedent to the consummation of such transactions; successful development and execution of integration plans; ability to realize anticipated synergies or cost-savings and the potential impact of the transactions on employee, supplier, customer and competitor relationships; and other unforeseen factors. For a full discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties, refer to the "Risk Factors" section of SUN's and ETP's most recently filed annual reports on Form 10-K. These forward-looking statements are based on and include our estimates as of the date hereof. Subsequent events and market developments could cause our estimates to change. While we may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, we specifically disclaim any obligation to do so, even if new information becomes available, except as may be required by applicable law.

Qualified Notice

This release is intended to be a qualified notice under Treasury Regulation Section 1.1446-4(b). Brokers and nominees should treat 100 percent of Sunoco LP's distributions to non-U.S. investors as being attributable to income that is effectively connected with a United States trade or business. Accordingly, Sunoco LP's distributions to non-U.S. investors are subject to federal income tax withholding at the highest applicable effective tax rate.

Contacts

Investors:

Scott Grischow, Director of Investor Relations and Treasury
(361) 884-2463, scott.grischow@susser.com

Anne Pearson
Dennard-Lascar Associates
(210) 408-6321, apearson@dennardlascar.com

Media:

Jeff Shields, Communications Manager
(215) 977-6056, jpshields@sunocoinc.com

Jessica Davila-Burnett, Public Relations Director
(361) 654-4882, jessica.davila-burnett@susser.com

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SUNOCO LP

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(in thousands, except units) (unaudited)






December 31, 2014


March 31, 2015

Assets




Current assets:




Cash and cash equivalents

$

67,151



$

50,971


Accounts receivable, net

64,082



65,704


Receivables from affiliates (MACS: $3,484 at December 31, 2014 and $4,173 at March 31, 2015)

36,716



33,511


Inventories, net

48,646



52,683


Other current assets

8,546



9,051


Total current assets

225,141



211,920


Property and equipment, net (MACS: $45,340 at December 31, 2014, and $44,947 at March 31, 2015)

905,465



927,760


Other assets:




Goodwill

863,458



864,088


Intangible assets, net

172,108



169,579


Deferred income taxes

14,893



20,969


Other noncurrent assets (MACS: $3,665 at December 31, 2014 and March 31, 2015)

16,416



16,089


Total assets

$

2,197,481



$

2,210,405


Liabilities and equity




Current liabilities:




Accounts payable (MACS: $6 at December 31, 2014 and March 31, 2015)

95,932



106,916


Accounts payable to affiliates

3,112



2,605


Accrued expenses and other current liabilities (MACS: $484 at December 31, 2014 and March 31, 2015)

41,881



45,531


Current maturities of long-term debt (MACS: $8,422 at December 31, 2014, and $8,389 at March 31, 2015)

13,757



13,749


Total current liabilities

154,682



168,801


Revolving line of credit

683,378



684,775


Long-term debt (MACS: $48,029 at December 31, 2014, and $47,514 at March 31, 2015)

173,383



171,412


Other noncurrent liabilities (MACS: $1,190 at December 31, 2014 and March 31, 2015)

49,306



49,396


Total liabilities

1,060,749



1,074,384


Commitments and contingencies (Note 12)




Partners' capital:




Limited partner interest:




Common unitholders - public (20,036,329 units issued and outstanding at December 31, 2014 and March 31, 2015)

874,688



873,116


Common unitholders - affiliated (4,062,848 units issued and outstanding at December 31, 2014 and March 31, 2015)

31,378



32,254


Subordinated unitholders - affiliated (10,939,436 units issued and outstanding at December 31, 2014 and March 31, 2015)

236,310



235,449


Total partners' capital

1,142,376



1,140,819


Noncontrolling interest

(5,644)



(4,798)


Total equity

1,136,732



1,136,021


Total liabilities and equity

$

2,197,481



$

2,210,405


Parenthetical amounts represent assets and liabilities attributable to consolidated variable interest entities of Mid-Atlantic Convenience Stores, LLC (MACS) as of December 31, 2014 and March 31, 2015.

SUNOCO LP

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

(in thousands, except unit and per unit amounts)

(unaudited)



Three Months Ended


March 31, 2014



March 31, 2015


Predecessor



Successor

Revenues





Retail motor fuel sales

$




$

160,761


Wholesale motor fuel sales to third parties

444,566




413,847


Wholesale motor fuel sales to affiliates

766,090




487,500


Merchandise sales




47,519


Rental income

3,923




13,362


Other income

2,008




6,739


Total revenues

1,216,587




1,129,728


Cost of sales





Retail motor fuel cost of sales




139,564


Wholesale motor fuel cost of sales to third parties

435,723




388,632


Wholesale motor fuel cost of sales to affiliates

757,723




478,418


Merchandise cost of sales




34,825


Other

1,021




1,240


Total cost of sales

1,194,467




1,042,679


Gross profit

22,120




87,049


Operating expenses





General and administrative

4,870




10,873


Personnel




11,211


Other operating

2,034




16,609


Rent

249




4,111


Gain on disposal of assets




(266)


Depreciation, amortization and accretion

3,326




17,566


Total operating expenses

10,479




60,104


Income from operations

11,641




26,945


Interest expense, net

(1,502)




(8,197)


Income before income taxes

10,139




18,748


Income tax expense

(7)




(830)


Net income and comprehensive income

10,132




17,918


Less: Net income and comprehensive income attributable to noncontrolling interest




846


Net income and comprehensive income attributable to partners

$

10,132




$

17,072


Net income per limited partner unit:





Common (basic and diluted)

$

0.46




$

0.44


Subordinated (basic and diluted)

$

0.46




$

0.44


Weighted average limited partner units outstanding:





Common units - public

10,938,053




20,036,329


Common units - affiliated

79,308




4,062,848


Subordinated units - affiliated

10,939,436




10,939,436







Cash distribution per unit

$

0.5021




$

0.6450


Key Operating Metrics
The following information is intended to provide investors with a reasonable basis for assessing our historical operations but should not serve as the only criteria for predicting our future performance.

Beginning in late 2014, with the acquisition of MACS, we began operating our business in two primary operating segments, wholesale and retail, both of which are included as reportable segments. As a result, the Predecessor periods operated as one segment, wholesale, and the Successor period operated with our wholesale and retail segments.

The following table sets forth, for the periods indicated, information concerning key measures we rely on to gauge our operating performance by segment (in thousands, except for selling price and gross profit per gallon):


Three Months Ended March 31,


2014



2015


Predecessor



Successor





Wholesale

Retail

Total

Revenues







Retail motor fuel sales (1)

$




$


$

160,761


$

160,761


Wholesale motor fuel sales to third parties

444,566




413,847



413,847


Wholesale motor fuel sales to affiliates

766,090




487,500



487,500


Merchandise sales





47,519


47,519


Rental income

3,923




7,524


5,838


13,362


Other income

2,008




4,200


2,539


6,739


Total revenue

1,216,587




913,071


216,657


1,129,728


Gross profit







Retail motor fuel





21,197


21,197


Wholesale motor fuel to third parties

8,843




25,215



25,215


Wholesale motor fuel to affiliates

8,366




9,082



9,082


Merchandise





12,694


12,694


Rental

3,923




7,524


5,838


13,362


Other

988




2,960


2,539


5,499


Total gross profit

$

22,120




$

44,781


$

42,268


$

87,049









Net income attributable to partners (2)

$

10,132




$

10,751


$

6,321


$

17,072


Adjusted EBITDA attributable to partners (2) (3)

$

15,674




$

25,104


$

14,592


$

39,696









Distributable cash flow attributable to partners (2) (3)

$

14,037






$

29,570









Operating Data:







Total motor fuel gallons sold:







Retail





67,834


67,834


Wholesale third-party

155,595




234,715



234,715


Wholesale affiliated

277,796




304,304



304,304


Motor fuel gross profit (cents per gallon):







Retail





31.9

¢


Wholesale third-party

5.7

¢



9.7

¢



Wholesale affiliated

3.0

¢



3.0

¢



Volume-weighted average for all gallons

4.0

¢





8.8

¢

Retail merchandise margin





26.7

%


 

(1)

Retail motor fuel sales include sales of motor fuel at company operated convenience stores beginning September 1, 2014 and are included in motor sales to third parties in the Consolidated Statement of Operations and Comprehensive Income.

(2)

Excludes the noncontrolling interest results of operations related to our consolidated VIE.

(3)

We define EBITDA as net income before net interest expense, income tax expense and depreciation, amortization and accretion expense. Adjusted EBITDA further adjusts EBITDA to reflect certain other non-recurring and non-cash items. Effective September 1, 2014, as a result of the ETP Merger and in an effort to conform the method by which we measure our business to that of ETP's operations, we now define Adjusted EBITDA to also include adjustments for unrealized gains and losses on commodity derivatives and inventory fair value adjustments. We define distributable cash flow as Adjusted EBITDA less cash interest expense including the accrual of interest expense related to our 2023 Senior Notes which is paid on a semi-annual basis, current income tax expense, maintenance capital expenditures, and other non-cash adjustments.





We believe EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow are useful to investors in evaluating our operating performance because:


Adjusted EBITDA is used as a performance measure under our revolving credit facility;


securities analysts and other interested parties use such metrics as measures of financial performance, ability to make distributions to our unitholders and debt service capabilities;


they are used by our management for internal planning purposes, including aspects of our consolidated operating budget, and capital expenditures; and


distributable cash flow provides useful information to investors as it is a widely accepted financial indicator used by investors to compare partnership performance, as it provides investors an enhanced perspective of the operating performance of our assets and the cash our business is generating.





EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow are not recognized terms under GAAP and do not purport to be alternatives to net income (loss) as measures of operating performance or to cash flows from operating activities as a measure of liquidity. EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow have limitations as analytical tools, and one should not consider them in isolation or as substitutes for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP. Some of these limitations include:


they do not reflect our total cash expenditures, or future requirements for capital expenditures or contractual commitments;


they do not reflect changes in, or cash requirements for, working capital;


they do not reflect interest expense, or the cash requirements necessary to service interest or principal payments on our  revolving credit facility or term loan;


although depreciation and amortization are non-cash charges, the assets being depreciated and amortized will often have to be replaced in the future, and EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA do not reflect cash requirements for such replacements; and


because not all companies use identical calculations, our presentation of EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies.

The following tables present a reconciliation of net income to EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow by segment (in thousands):


Three Months Ended March 31,


2014



2015


Predecessor



Successor





Wholesale

Retail

Total








Net income

$

10,132




$

10,751


$

7,167


$

17,918


Depreciation, amortization and accretion

3,326




11,950


5,616


17,566


Interest expense, net

1,502




2,402


5,795


8,197


Income tax expense

7




1,069


(239)


830


EBITDA

14,967




26,172


18,339


44,511


Non-cash stock based compensation

707




120


75


195


(Gain) loss on disposal of assets




19


(285)


(266)


Unrealized loss on commodity derivatives




1,174



1,174


Inventory fair value adjustments




(2,381)


426


(1,955)


Adjusted EBITDA

$

15,674




$

25,104


$

18,555


$

43,659


Adjusted EBITDA attributable to noncontrolling interest





3,963


3,963


Adjusted EBITDA attributable to partners

15,674




25,104


14,592


39,696


Cash interest expense (4)

1,406






7,129


Current income tax expense

68






133


Maintenance capital expenditures

163






2,864


Distributable cash flow attributable to partners

$

14,037






$

29,570




(4)

Reflects the partnership's cash interest paid less the cash interest paid on our VIE debt of $0.7 million.

 

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