Sunoco LP Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year Financial and Operating Results

Feb 20, 2019

DALLAS, Feb. 20, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Sunoco LP (NYSE: SUN) ("SUN" or the "Partnership") today reported financial and operating results for the three- and twelve-month period ended December 31, 2018.

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For the three months ended December 31, 2018, net loss was $72 million versus net income of $232 million in the fourth quarter of 2017.  The net loss includes approximately $135 million of non-cash inventory adjustments.

Adjusted EBITDA(1) for the three months ended December 31, 2018 totaled $180 million compared with $158 million in the fourth quarter of 2017.  Results were supported by an increase in the Partnership's fuel volumes and strong wholesale fuel margins.

Distributable Cash Flow, as adjusted(1), for the quarter was $114 million, compared to $106 million a year ago. This year-over-year increase reflects higher Adjusted EBITDA and lower cash interest expense offset by higher current tax expense and maintenance capital expenditures.

Recent Accomplishments and Other Developments

  • Reported current quarter cash coverage of 1.33 times and trailing twelve months coverage of 1.32 times. SUN's leverage ratio of net debt to Adjusted EBITDA, calculated in accordance with its credit facility, was 4.16 times at the end of the fourth quarter.
  • Completed the acquisition of BRENCO Marketing Corporation's fuel distribution business for approximately $24 million plus working capital adjustments. The transaction closed on October 16, 2018.
  • Completed the acquisition of the refined products terminalling business from American Midstream Partners, LP for approximately $125 million plus working capital adjustments. The transaction closed on December 20, 2018.
  • Completed the acquisition of the wholesale fuel distribution business from Schmitt Sales, Inc. and acquired certain convenience store locations from Speedway LLC for approximately $50 million plus working capital adjustments. The Schmitt Sales transaction closed on December 18, 2018 and the Speedway acquisition closed on January 29, 2019.
  • Executed a definitive asset purchase agreement with Attis Industries Inc. in January 2019 for the sale of Sunoco's ethanol plant, including the grain malting operation, in Fulton, New York for total consideration of $20 million in cash plus working capital adjustments.

Distribution

On January 25, 2019, the Board of Directors of SUN's general partner declared a distribution for the fourth quarter of 2018 of $0.8255 per unit, which corresponds to $3.3020 per unit on an annualized basis.  The distribution was paid on February 14, 2019 to common unitholders of record on February 6, 2019.

Liquidity

At December 31, SUN had borrowings of $700 million against its revolving line of credit and other long-term debt of $2.3 billion.  In the fourth quarter of 2018, SUN did not issue any common units through its at-the-market equity program. 

Capital Spending

SUN's gross capital expenditures for the fourth quarter were $41 million, which included $26 million for growth capital and $15 million for maintenance capital. 

Gross capital expenditures for the full year 2018 were $103 million, which included $72 million for growth capital and $31 million for maintenance capital.

Excluding acquisitions, SUN expects to spend approximately $90 million on growth capital and approximately $45 million on maintenance capital for the full year 2019.

SUN's segment results and other supplementary data are provided after the financial tables below.

(1)

Adjusted EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow, as adjusted, 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, as adjusted, and a reconciliation to net income.

Earnings Conference Call

Sunoco LP management will hold a conference call on Thursday, February 21, at 9:30 a.m. CT (10:30 a.m. ET) to discuss fourth quarter results and recent developments.  To participate, dial 877-407-6184 (toll free) or 201-389-0877 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.

Sunoco LP (NYSE: SUN) is a master limited partnership that distributes motor fuel to approximately 10,000 convenience stores, independent dealers, commercial customers and distributors located in more than 30 states. SUN's general partner is owned by Energy Transfer Operating, L.P., a subsidiary of Energy Transfer LP (NYSE: ET). 

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may include certain statements concerning expectations for the future that are forward-looking statements as defined by federal law. Such forward-looking statements are subject to a variety of known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond management's control. An extensive list of factors that can affect future results are discussed in the Partnership's Annual Report on Form 10-K and other documents filed from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Partnership undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement to reflect new information or events.

The information contained in this press release is available on our website at www.SunocoLP.com

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, Vice President – Investor Relations and Treasury
(214) 840-5660, scott.grischow@sunoco.com
Derek Rabe, CFA, Manager – Investor Relations, Growth and Strategy
(214) 840-5553, derek.rabe@sunoco.com

Media:
Alyson Gomez, Director – Communications
(214) 840-5641, alyson.gomez@sunoco.com

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SUNOCO LP

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(unaudited)






December 31,
 2018


December 31,
 2017


(in millions, except units)

Assets




Current assets:




Cash and cash equivalents

$

56



$

28


Accounts receivable, net

374



541


Receivables from affiliates

37



155


Inventories, net

374



426


Other current assets

64



81


Assets held for sale



3,313


Total current assets

905



4,544


Property and equipment, net

1,546



1,557


Other assets:




Goodwill

1,559



1,430


Intangible assets, net

708



768


Other noncurrent assets

161



45


Total assets

$

4,879



$

8,344


Liabilities and equity




Current liabilities:




Accounts payable

$

412



$

559


Accounts payable to affiliates

149



206


Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

299



368


Current maturities of long-term debt

5



6


Liabilities associated with assets held for sale



75


Total current liabilities

865



1,214


Revolving line of credit

700



765


Long-term debt, net

2,280



3,519


Advances from affiliates

24



85


Deferred tax liability

103



389


Other noncurrent liabilities

123



125


Total liabilities

4,095



6,097


Commitments and contingencies




Equity:




Limited partners:




Series A Preferred unitholders - affiliated (no units issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2018 and 12,000,000 units issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2017)



300


Common unitholders (82,665,057 units issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2018 and 99,667,999 units issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2017)

784



1,947


Class C unitholders - held by subsidiary (16,410,780 units issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017)




Total equity

784



2,247


Total liabilities and equity

$

4,879



$

8,344


 

SUNOCO LP

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)

(unaudited)






Three Months Ended
December 31,


Year Ended December 31,


2018


2017


2018


2017


(dollars in millions, except unit and per unit amounts)

Revenues:








Motor fuel sales

$

3,784



$

2,758



$

16,504



$

10,910


Rental income

39



22



130



89


Other

54



179



360



724


Total revenues

3,877



2,959



16,994



11,723


Cost of sales and operating expenses:








Cost of sales

3,694



2,682



15,872



10,615


General and administrative

38



42



141



140


Other operating

93



94



363



375


Rent

18



19



72



81


Loss on disposal of assets and impairment charges

22



12



19



114


Depreciation, amortization and accretion

50



45



182



169


Total cost of sales and operating expenses

3,915



2,894



16,649



11,494


Operating income (loss)

(38)



65



345



229


Interest expense, net

39



46



144



209


Loss on extinguishment of debt and other





109




Income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes

(77)



19



92



20


Income tax expense (benefit)

(5)



(202)



34



(306)


Income (loss) from continuing operations

(72)



221



58



326


Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of income taxes



11



(265)



(177)


Net income (loss) and comprehensive income (loss)

$

(72)



$

232



$

(207)



$

149










Net income (loss) per common unit - basic:








Continuing operations

$

(1.11)



$

1.91



$

(0.25)



$

2.13


Discontinued operations



0.11



(3.14)



(1.78)


Net income (loss)

$

(1.11)



$

2.02



$

(3.39)



$

0.35










Net income (loss) per common unit - diluted:








Continuing operations

$

(1.11)



$

1.90



$

(0.25)



$

2.12


Discontinued operations



0.11



(3.14)



(1.78)


Net income (loss)

$

(1.11)



$

2.01



$

(3.39)



$

0.34










Weighted average limited partner units outstanding:








Common units - basic

82,543,312



99,522,581



84,299,893



99,270,120


Common units - diluted

83,226,399



100,177,114



84,820,570



99,728,354










Cash distribution per unit

$

0.8255



$

0.8255



$

3.30



$

3.30


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.

Our financial statements reflect two reportable segments, fuel distribution & marketing and all other. After the Retail Divestment and the conversion of 207 retail sites to commission agent sites, the Partnership has renamed the former Wholesale segment to Fuel Distribution and Marketing and the former Retail segment is renamed to All Other.

Key operating metrics set forth below are presented for the years and three months ended December 31, 2018 and 2017 and have been derived from our historical consolidated financial statements.

The accompanying footnotes to the following four key operating metrics tables can be found immediately preceding our capital spending discussion.


Year Ended December 31,


2018



2017


Fuel
Distribution
and
Marketing


All Other


Total



Fuel
Distribution
and
Marketing


All Other


Total


(dollars and gallons in millions, except gross profit per gallon)

Revenues:













Motor fuel sales

$

15,466



$

1,038



$

16,504




$

9,333



$

1,577



$

10,910


Rental income

118



12



130




77



12



89


Other

48



312



360




50



674



724


Total revenues

$

15,632



$

1,362



$

16,994




$

9,460



$

2,263



$

11,723


Gross profit (1):













Motor fuel

$

673



$

123



$

796




$

535



$

157



$

692


Rental

118



12



130




77



12



89


Other

40



156



196




39



288



327


Total gross profit

$

831



$

291



$

1,122




$

651



$

457



$

1,108


Income (loss) from continuing operations

80



(22)



58




167



159



326


Loss from discontinued operations, net of taxes



(265)



(265)






(177)



(177)


Net income (loss) and comprehensive income (loss)

$

80



$

(287)



$

(207)




$

167



$

(18)



$

149


Adjusted EBITDA (2)

$

554



$

84



$

638




$

346



$

386



$

732


Distributable Cash Flow, as adjusted (2)





$

455








$

473


Operating Data:













Total motor fuel gallons sold (3)





7,859








7,947


Motor fuel gross profit cents per gallon (3) (4)





11.4

¢







15.2

¢

The following table presents a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to net income (loss), and Adjusted EBITDA to Distributable Cash Flow, as adjusted:


Year Ended December 31,




2018


2017


Change


(in millions)

Segment Adjusted EBITDA






Fuel distribution and marketing

$

554



$

346



$

208


All other

84



386



(302)


Total

638



732



(94)


Depreciation, amortization and accretion (3)

(182)



(203)



21


Interest expense, net (3)

(146)



(245)



99


Non-cash compensation expense (3)

(12)



(24)



12


Loss on disposal of assets and impairment charges (3)

(80)



(400)



320


Loss on extinguishment of debt and other (3)

(129)





(129)


Unrealized gain (loss) on commodity derivatives (3)

(6)



3



(9)


Inventory adjustments (3)

(84)



28



(112)


Other non-cash adjustments

(14)





(14)


Income (loss) before income tax (expense) benefit (3)

(15)



(109)



94


Income tax (expense) benefit (3)

(192)



258



(450)


Net income (loss) and comprehensive income (loss)

$

(207)



$

149



$

(356)








Adjusted EBITDA

$

638



$

732



$

(94)


Cash interest expense (3)

142



231



(89)


Current income tax expense (3)

489



4



485


Transaction-related income taxes (5)

(470)





(470)


Maintenance capital expenditures (3)

31



48



(17)


Distributable Cash Flow

446



449



(3)


Transaction-related expenses (3)

11



47



(36)


Series A Preferred distribution

(2)



(23)



21


Distributable Cash Flow, as adjusted

$

455



$

473



$

(18)


The following table sets forth, for the periods indicated, information concerning key measures we rely on to gauge our operating performance:


Three Months Ended December 31,


2018



2017


Fuel
Distribution
and
Marketing


All Other


Total



Fuel
Distribution
and
Marketing


All Other


Total


(dollars and gallons in millions, except gross profit per gallon)

Revenues:













Motor fuel sales

$

3,606



$

178



$

3,784




$

2,344



$

414



$

2,758


Rental income

36



3



39




19



3



22


Other

7



47



54




12



167



179


Total revenues

$

3,649



$

228



$

3,877




$

2,375



$

584



$

2,959


Gross profit (1):













Motor fuel

$

86



$

31



$

117




$

151



$

25



$

176


Rental

36



3



39




19



3



22


Other

5



22



27




10



69



79


Total gross profit

$

127



$

56



$

183




$

180



$

97



$

277


Income (loss) from continuing operations

(52)



(20)



(72)




47



174



221


Income from discontinued operations, net of taxes










11



11


Net income (loss) and comprehensive income (loss)

$

(52)



$

(20)



$

(72)




$

47



$

185



$

232


Adjusted EBITDA (2)

$

159



$

21



$

180




$

90



$

68



$

158


Distributable Cash Flow, as adjusted (2)





$

114








$

106


Operating Data:













Total motor fuel gallons sold (3)





2,021








1,972


Motor fuel gross profit cents per gallon (3) (4)





12.4

¢







15.3

¢

The following table presents a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to net income (loss), and Adjusted EBITDA to Distributable Cash Flow, as adjusted:


Three Months Ended
December 31,




2018


2017


Change


(in millions)

Segment Adjusted EBITDA






Fuel distribution and marketing

$

159



$

90



$

69


All other

21



68



(47)


Total

180



158



22


Depreciation, amortization and accretion (3)

(50)



(48)



(2)


Interest expense, net (3)

(39)



(61)



22


Non-cash compensation expense (3)

(2)



(6)



4


Loss on disposal of assets and impairment charges (3)

(22)



(33)



11


Unrealized loss on commodity derivatives (3)

(5)



(2)



(3)


Inventory adjustments (3)

(135)



20



(155)


Other non-cash adjustments

(4)





(4)


Income (loss) before income tax (expense) benefit (3)

(77)



28



(105)


Income tax (expense) benefit (3)

5



204



(199)


Net income (loss) and comprehensive income (loss)

$

(72)



$

232



$

(304)








Adjusted EBITDA

$

180



$

158



$

22


Cash interest expense (3)

39



59



(20)


Current income tax expense (3)

11



(3)



14


Maintenance capital expenditures (3)

15



13



2


Distributable Cash Flow

115



89



26


Transaction-related expenses (3)

(1)



25



(26)


Series A Preferred distribution



(8)



8


Distributable Cash Flow, as adjusted

$

114



$

106



$

8


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(1)           Excludes depreciation, amortization and accretion.

(2)           Adjusted EBITDA is defined as earnings before net interest expense, income taxes, depreciation, amortization and accretion expense, allocated non-cash compensation expense, unrealized gains and losses on commodity derivatives and inventory adjustments, and certain other operating expenses reflected in net income that we do not believe are indicative of ongoing core operations, such as gain or loss on disposal of assets and non-cash impairment charges. We define Distributable Cash Flow, as adjusted, as Adjusted EBITDA less cash interest expense, including the accrual of interest expense related to our long-term debt which is paid on a semi-annual basis, Series A Preferred distribution, current income tax expense, maintenance capital expenditures and other non-cash adjustments.

We believe Adjusted EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow, as adjusted, 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;

•                our management uses them for internal planning purposes, including aspects of our consolidated operating budget, and capital expenditures; and

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

Adjusted EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow, as adjusted, 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. Adjusted EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow, as adjusted, 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 Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect cash requirements for such replacements; and

•                as not all companies use identical calculations, our presentation of Adjusted EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow, as adjusted, may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies.

(3)           Includes amounts from discontinued operations.

(4)           Includes other non-cash adjustments and excludes the impact of inventory adjustments consistent with the definition of Adjusted EBITDA.

(5)           Transaction-related income taxes primarily related to the 7-Eleven Transaction.

 

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