Susser Holdings Reports Second Quarter 2014
- Same-store merchandise sales up 4.0%
- Retail merchandise margin of 33.8%
- Five new Stripes® stores opened, two locations acquired
- Receives first IDR payment from SUSP
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas, Aug. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Susser Holdings Corporation (NYSE: SUSS) today
reported financial and operating results for the second quarter ended June 29, 2014. Results detailed below
include the results of Susser Petroleum Partners LP (NYSE: SUSP) unless otherwise noted.
Same-store merchandise sales increased 4.0 percent in the second quarter of 2014, which included the Easter
holiday, versus growth of 2.2 percent in the second quarter of 2013. Last year Easter fell in the first quarter.
Average retail gallons sold per store increased 2.0 percent, excluding the results of the recently acquired Sac-N-
Pac™ stores, compared with growth of 5.5 percent a year earlier. Including the Sac-N-Pac™ stores, average
retail gallons per store declined 0.4 percent, due to Sac-N-Pac's smaller average store size and lower fuel
volumes. Retail net merchandise margin was 33.8 percent, versus 34.3 percent in the second quarter of 2013.
Retail fuel margin before credit card expense averaged 18.7 cents per gallon, versus 18.2 cents last year. That
compares to an average second quarter retail fuel margin of 22.0 cents per gallon over the previous five years,
calculated as if the 3-cent-per-gallon mark-up charged by Susser Petroleum Partners had been in place for the
entire period.
Net income attributable to Susser Holdings was $12.3 million, or $0.56 per diluted share for the second quarter,
versus a reported net loss of $4.3 million, or $0.20 per diluted share in the second quarter of 2013. 2014 results
include the impact of $3.1 million of pre-tax charges related to the proposed merger with a subsidiary of
Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. ("ETP"), and 2013 included the impact of a $26.2 million debt refinancing
charge. Excluding these charges, adjusted net income for the second quarter of 2014 was $14.3 million, or
$0.66 per diluted share, compared to $12.5 million, or $0.59 per diluted share in 2013.
Adjusted EBITDA
was $50.0 million, or $53.1 million excluding the ETP merger charges that are included
in reported general and administrative expense, compared to $50.5 million a year ago. Consolidated gross
PROFIT totaled $192.7 million, a 14.7 percent increase versus last year, due to merchandise and fuel sales
Second quarter consolidated revenues were $1.9 billion, up 19.7 percent from the second quarter of 2013. This
increase reflects a 15.8 percent increase in merchandise sales, a 15.0 percent increase in retail fuel sales and a
30.5 percent increase in wholesale fuel sales to third parties.
"As expected, same-store merchandise sales growth was strong, in part due to the contribution of the Easter
holiday sales activity in the second quarter," said Sam L. Susser , Susser Chairman, President and Chief
Executive Officer. "Sales from our propriety Laredo Taco Company
restaurant concept continue to be a
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strong driver of same-store performance.
"Average retail gallons per store performance was softer in the quarter after two years of very strong growth.
This was due in part to short-term fuel shortages in certain markets caused by refinery shutdowns and
transportation capacity issues that have since improved. Rising fuel costs and additional competitor site
openings also impacted fuel volumes and PROFITABILITY.
"We have a record 17 new Stripes® stores under construction that should be open by year-end, and we are on
track to complete our previously announced merger with Dallas-based ETP in the third quarter of this year. We
are off to a very strong start in July, giving us excellent momentum as we prepare to merge with ETP." Susser
New Convenience Store and Wholesale Business Update
Susser Holdings opened five new large-format Stripes® convenience stores and acquired two existing stores
during the second quarter. As of June 29, the Company operated 636 convenience stores, of which 408
included a restaurant, primarily Laredo Taco Company®. Year-to-date, the Company has opened 11 new-build
stores and acquired 49 existing stores, including 47 Sac-N-Pac™ locations. Four of these stores opened since
the end of the second quarter, and 17 new Stripes® stores are currently under construction.
In the wholesale segment, 11 new contracted sites were added in the second quarter and three sites were
discontinued for a total of 624 contracted branded sites as of June 29. Year-to-date, the company has added 38
sites and discontinued five, including the 19 dealer sites acquired in connection with the Sac-N-Pac acquisition.
Susser expects to add a total of 50 to 65 new wholesale branded dealers and consignment sites for the full year.
Susser Holdings consolidated CAPITAL spending was $67.9 million for the second quarter, including $36.7
million at SUSP. We completed sale leaseback transactions with SUSP for six new Stripes locations in the
second quarter for a total cost of $31.0 million, and have completed three additional sale leasebacks to date
during the third quarter, bringing the year-to-date total to 16 sites for a total of $70.7 million.
Susser Petroleum Partners Declares First IDR Payment
Effective with the second quarter distribution by Susser Petroleum Partners of $0.5197 per unit, Susser
Holdings - which owns SUSP's general partner, 50.2 percent of SUSP units and all of its incentive distribution
rights (IDRs) - will receive its first IDR payment of approximately $64,000 at the end of August, in addition to
its share of distribution to common and subordinated units for the second quarter.
Second Quarter Financial and Operating Highlights
Merchandise - Merchandise sales were $318.2 million, a 15.8 percent increase from a year ago.
Approximately $11.0 million of the increase came from stores that have been open a year or longer, the
remaining increase came from 75 stores that were opened or acquired during the last four quarters. Same-store
merchandise sales rose 4.0 percent, versus 2.2 percent in the second quarter of last year. Sales from food
service, beer and packaged drinks were the primary drivers of merchandise sales growth.
Net merchandise margin as a percentage of sales was 33.8 percent, versus 34.3 percent a year earlier.
Merchandise gross profit increased 14.4 percent year-over-year to $107.7 million. Gross profit growth was led
by an $11.5 million contribution from new stores and a $1.1 million same-store increase from food service.
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Retail Fuel - Retail fuel volumes grew 11.8 percent from a year ago to 263.9 million gallons. Average gallons
sold per store were approximately 32,400 gallons per week, a decline of 0.4 percent. Excluding the impact
from the recently acquired Sac-N-Pac stores, retail fuel sales increased 2.0 percent year-over-year. Retail fuel
revenues increased 15.0 percent from a year ago to $926.7 million as a result of increased gallons sold as well
as a 2.9 percent - or 10-cent-per-gallon - increase in the average selling price of fuel.
Retail fuel gross margin averaged 18.7 cents per gallon, versus 18.2 cents per gallon a year ago. After
deducting credit card expense, net fuel margin was 12.8 cents per gallon, versus 12.7 cents in the prior-year
period. Retail fuel gross profit increased 15.1 percent year-over-year to $49.5 million as a result of the higher
volumes sold and higher profit margin per gallon.
Wholesale Fuel - Susser's wholesale segment includes all of SUSP's operations along with the consignment
sales and transportation businesses that were not contributed to SUSP in the IPO in September 2012.
Wholesale fuel volumes sold to third parties - which includes all gallons except those distributed to Susser's
retail stores - were up 27.5 percent from a year ago to 199.1 million gallons. Wholesale fuel revenues increased
30.5 percent to $614.7 million versus a year ago. This increase reflects the impact of higher volumes sold as
well as a 2.3 percent - or 7-cent-per-gallon - increase in the selling price of fuel compared with the second
quarter of last year.
Wholesale fuel gross margin from third parties was 6.5 cents per gallon, up from 6.4 cents a year earlier.
Wholesale fuel gross profit, including sales to Stripes and Sac-N-Pac stores, increased 21.2 percent year-over-
year to $20.7 million. This increase was mainly the result of increased gallons sold, including the impact of the
Gainesville Fuel acquisition completed in September 2013, and a 0.4 percent increase in third-party margin per
Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure of performance that has limitations and should not be considered as a substitute for net income. Please
refer to the discussion and tables under "Key Operating Metrics" later in this news release for a discussion of our use of Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted
EBITDAR, and a reconciliation to net income (loss) attributable to Susser Holdings Corporation for the periods presented.
Second Quarter Earnings Conference Call
Susser's management team will hold a conference call today at 11:00 a.m. ET (10:00 a.m. CT) to discuss
second quarter 2014 results for both Susser Holdings Corporation and Susser Petroleum Partners LP. To
participate in the call, dial 719-457-2689 10 minutes early and ask for the Susser conference call. The call will
also be accessible live and for later replay via webcast in the Investor Relations section of Susser Holdings'
web site at and Susser Petroleum Partners' web site at under Events and Presentations. A telephone replay will be available
through August 15 by calling 719-457-0820 and using the access code 5051315#.
Susser Holdings Corporation is a third-generation family led business based in Corpus Christi, Texas that
operates approximately 640 convenience stores in Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma under the Stripes® and
Sac-N-Pac™ banners. Restaurant service is available in approximately 410 of its stores, primarily under the
proprietary Laredo Taco Company® brand. Susser Holdings also is majority owner and owns the general
partner of Susser Petroleum Partners LP, which distributes approximately 1.7 billion gallons of motor fuel
annually to Stripes® stores, independently operated consignment locations, convenience stores and retail fuel
outlets operated by independent operators and other commercial customers in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma,
Kansas and Louisiana.
Forward-Looking Statements
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This news release contains "forward-looking statements" which may describe Susser's 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 the
proposed merger with ETP and SUSS and the expected timing of the merger. 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: competitive pressures from
convenience stores, gasoline stations, other non-traditional retailers located in our markets and other wholesale
fuel distributors; dangers inherent in storing and transporting motor fuel; pending or future consumer or other
litigation or adverse publicity concerning food quality, food safety or other health concerns related to our
restaurant facilities; inability to build or acquire and successfully integrate new stores; volatility in crude oil
and wholesale petroleum costs; increasing consumer preferences for alternative motor fuels, or improvements
in fuel efficiency; general economic, financial and political conditions; our dependence on our subsidiaries for
cash flow generation, including SUSP, and our exposure to the business risks of SUSP by virtue of our
controlling ownership interest; operational limitations imposed by our contractual arrangements with SUSP;
our ability to comply with federal and state regulations including those related to alcohol, tobacco and
environmental matters; wholesale cost increases of tobacco products or future legislation or campaigns to
discourage smoking; costs associated with employee healthcare requirements; compliance with, or changes in,
tax laws-including those impacting the tax treatment of SUSP; dependence on two principal suppliers for
merchandise; dependence on suppliers for credit terms; seasonality; dependence on senior management and the
ability to attract qualified employees; acts of war and terrorism; dependence on our information technology
systems; severe weather; severe or unfavorable weather conditions; cross-border risks associated with the
concentration of our stores in markets bordering Mexico; impairment of goodwill or indefinite lived assets; and
Susser and ETP's ability to consummate the proposed merger; including the ability to obtain requisite
shareholder approvals or to satisfy other conditions precedent to the consummation of the merger.
For a full discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties, refer to the "Risk Factors" section of the
Company's most recently filed annual report on Form 10-K and subsequent quarterly filings. 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.
Financial statements follow
Susser Holdings Corporation
Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income
Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
June 30,
June 29,
June 30,
June 29,
(dollars in thousands, except share and per share amounts)
Merchandise sales $ 274,727 $ 318,186 $ 522,205 $ 594,561
Motor fuel sales 1,276,929 1,541,342 2,514,502 2,907,919
Other income 13,853 15,146 27,229 29,809
Total revenues 1,565,509 1,874,674 3,063,936 3,532,289
Cost of sales:
Merchandise 180,596 210,494 346,241 393,057
Motor fuel 1,216,042 1,470,359 2,400,752 2,784,697
Other 861 1,114 1,895 2,385
Total cost of sales 1,397,499 1,681,967 2,748,888 3,180,139
Gross profit 168,010 192,707 315,048 352,150
Operating expenses:
Personnel 50,655 63,332 101,622 121,598
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General and administrative 11,263 18,375 25,310 35,832
Other operating 44,656 52,649 84,703 98,742
Rent 12,164 11,747 23,904 23,573
Loss on disposal of assets and impairment charge 679 898 1,127 1,871
Depreciation, amortization and accretion 15,144 18,338 29,326 35,379
Total operating expenses 134,561 165,339 265,992 316,995
Income from operations 33,449 27,368 49,056 35,155
Other income (expense):
Interest expense, net (32,667) (3,621) (42,772) (6,793)
Other miscellaneous (161) (239)
Total other expense, net (32,828) (3,621) (43,011) (6,793)
Income before income taxes 621 23,747 6,045 28,362
Income tax expense (47) (6,641) (1,595) (8,030)
Net income and comprehensive income 574 17,106 4,450 20,332
Less: Net income and comprehensive income attributable to noncontrolling interest 4,834 4,781 8,942 9,830
Net income (loss) and comprehensive income (loss) attributable to Susser Holdings Corporation$ (4,260) $ 12,325 $ (4,492) $ 10,502
Net income (loss) per share attributable to Susser Holdings Corporation:
Basic $ (0.20) $ 0.57 $ (0.21) $ 0.49
Diluted $ (0.20) $ 0.56 $ (0.21) $ 0.48
Weighted average shares outstanding:
Basic 21,138,278 21,521,198 21,103,250 21,435,979
Diluted 21,138,278 21,892,850 21,103,250 21,913,534
Susser Holdings Corporation
Consolidated Balance Sheets
June 29,
(in thousands, except
share amounts)
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $22,461 $26,767
Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $480 at December 29, 2013 and $654 at June 29, 2014 139,146 163,437
Inventories, net 126,521 166,739
Other current assets 7,704 8,271
Total current assets 295,832 365,214
Property and equipment, net 736,860 897,523
Other assets:
Marketable securities 25,952
Goodwill 254,285 255,273
Intangible assets, net 41,984 44,912
Other noncurrent assets 19,692 22,214
Total assets $1,374,605 $1,585,136
Liabilities and shareholders' equity
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $189,587 $222,739
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 64,571 69,286
Current maturities of long-term debt 535 540
Total current liabilities 254,693 292,565
Revolving lines of credit 345,460 529,860
Long-term debt 29,874 3,986
Deferred tax liability, long-term portion 77,119 72,620
Other noncurrent liabilities 41,949 40,847
Total liabilities 749,095 939,878
Commitments and contingencies:
Shareholders' equity:
Susser Holdings Corporation shareholders' equity:
Common stock, $.01 par value; 125,000,000 shares authorized; 21,634,618 issued and 21,439,944 outstanding at December 29, 2013;
21,702,922 issued and 21,678,700 outstanding as of June 29, 2014
214 216
Additional paid-in capital 285,376 292,164
Treasury stock, common shares, at cost; 194,674 as of December 29, 2013; 24,222 as of June 29, 2014 (5,378) (1,955)
Retained earnings 135,255 145,758
Total Susser Holdings Corporation shareholders' equity 415,467 436,183
Noncontrolling interest 210,043 209,075
Total shareholders' equity 625,510 645,258
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Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $1,374,605 $1,585,136
Key Operating Metrics
The following table sets forth, for the periods indicated, information concerning key measures we rely on to gauge our operating performance:
Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
June 30,
June 29,
June 30,
June 29,
(dollars and gallons in thousands, except motor fuel pricing and gross profit per gallon)
Merchandise sales $ 274,727 $ 318,186 $ 522,205 $ 594,561
Motor fuel—retail 805,850 926,686 1,588,829 1,749,610
Motor fuel—wholesale to third parties (3) 471,079 614,656 925,673 1,158,309
Other 13,853 15,146 27,229 29,809
Total revenue (3) $ 1,565,509 $ 1,874,674 $ 3,063,936 $ 3,532,289
Gross profit:
Merchandise $ 94,131 $ 107,692 $ 175,964 $ 201,504
Motor fuel—retail 42,987 49,475 79,998 82,019
Motor fuel—wholesale to third parties (2) 10,066 12,886 18,723 24,211
Motor fuel—wholesale to Stripes (2) 7,015 7,819 13,523 15,164
Other, including intercompany eliminations 13,811 14,835 26,840 29,252
Total gross profit $ 168,010 $ 192,707 $ 315,048 $ 352,150
Adjusted EBITDA (4):
Retail $ 37,752 $ 39,975 $ 59,636 $ 57,423
Wholesale 15,380 18,199 27,698 34,942
Other (2,601) (8,164) (5,007) (13,349)
Total Adjusted EBITDA $ 50,531 $ 50,010 $ 82,327 $ 79,016
Retail merchandise margin 34.3% 33.8% 33.7% 33.9%
Merchandise same-store sales growth (1) 2.2% 4.0% 3.2% 3.0%
Average per retail store per week:
Merchandise sales $ 37.5 $ 38.8 $ 35.8 $ 36.8
Motor fuel gallons sold 32.5 32.4 31.8 32.0
Motor fuel gallons sold:
Retail 236,075 263,904 459,552 514,174
Wholesale - third party 156,165 199,105 302,817 385,202
Average retail price of motor fuel per gallon$ 3.41 $ 3.51 $ 3.46 $ 3.40
Motor fuel gross profit cents per gallon:
Retail 18.2¢ 18.7¢ 17.4¢ 16.0¢
Wholesale - third party (2) 6.4¢ 6.5¢ 6.2¢ 6.3¢
Retail credit card expense cents per gallon 5.5¢ 5.9¢ 5.5¢ 5.7¢
(1)We include a store in the same store sales base in its thirteenth full month of our operation.
(2)The wholesale margin from third parties excludes sales and gross profit to the retail segment.
In the fourth quarter of 2013, the Company revised its presentation of fuel taxes on motor fuel sales at its consignment locations to present such fuel taxes
gross in motor fuel sales. Prior years' motor fuel sales have been adjusted to reflect this revision.
Excluding the ETP Merger-related charges, Adjusted EBITDA was $53.1 million and $82.1 million for the three and six months ended June 29, 2014,
respectively. This increase in reported EBITDA would be reflected in the "Other" line above.
Reconciliations of Non-GAAP Measures to GAAP Measures
We define EBITDA as net income (loss) attributable to Susser Holdings Corporation before net interest expense, income taxes, net income attributable to
noncontrolling interest and depreciation, amortization and accretion. Adjusted EBITDA further adjusts EBITDA by excluding non-cash stock-based
compensation expense and certain other operating expenses that are reflected in our net income that we do not believe are indicative of our ongoing core
operations, such as significant non-recurring transaction expenses and the gain or loss on disposal of assets and impairment charges. Adjusted EBITDAR adds
back rent to Adjusted EBITDA. In addition, those expenses that we have excluded from our presentation of Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDAR are also
excluded in measuring our covenants under our revolving credit facility and indenture governing our debt agreements and indentures. EBITDA, Adjusted
EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDAR are not presented in accordance with GAAP.
We believe EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDAR are useful to investors in evaluating our operating performance because:
securities analysts and other interested parties use such calculations as a measure of financial performance and debt service capabilities;
they facilitate management's ability to measure the operating performance of our business on a consistent basis by excluding the impact of items not
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directly resulting from our retail convenience stores and wholesale motor fuel distribution operations;
they are used by our management for internal planning purposes, including aspects of our consolidated operating budget, capital expenditures, as well as
for segment and individual site operating targets; and
they are used by our Board and management for determining certain management compensation targets and thresholds.
EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDAR are not recognized terms under GAAP and do not purport to be alternatives to net income (loss) as
measures of operating performance. EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDAR have limitations as analytical tools, and you 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 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 significant interest expense, or the cash requirements necessary to service interest or principal payments on our existing revolving
credit facilities or existing notes;
they do not reflect payments made or future requirements for income taxes;
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, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDAR do not reflect cash requirements for such replacements; and
because not all companies use identical calculations, our presentation of EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDAR may not be comparable
to similarly titled measures of other companies.
The following tables present a reconciliation of net income (loss) attributable to Susser Holdings Corporation to EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted
Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
June 30,
June 29,
June 30,
June 29,
(in thousands)
Net income (loss) and comprehensive income (loss) attributable to Susser Holdings Corporation$ (4,260) $ 12,325 $(4,492) $10,502
Net income and comprehensive income attributable to noncontrolling interest 4,834 4,781 8,942 9,830
Depreciation, amortization and accretion 15,144 18,338 29,326 35,379
Interest expense, net 32,667 3,621 42,772 6,793
Income tax expense 47 6,641 1,595 8,030
EBITDA 48,432 45,706 78,143 70,534
Non-cash stock based compensation 1,259 3,406 2,818 6,611
Loss on disposal of assets and impairment charge 679 898 1,127 1,871
Other miscellaneous expense 161 239
Adjusted EBITDA 50,531 50,010 82,327 79,016
Rent 12,164 11,747 23,904 23,573
Adjusted EBITDAR $ 62,695 $ 61,757 $106,231 $102,589
Supplementary Information - Impact of Unusual Items
(in thousands, except per share amounts)
Three Months Ended
June 30, 2013 June 29, 2014
Net Income
Attributable to Susser Holdings
Net Income
Attributable to Susser Holdings
As Reported $ 50,531 $ (4,260) $ (0.20) $ 50,010 $ 12,325 $ 0.56
May 2013
16,744 0.79
ETP merger
3,114 2,024 0.10
As Adjusted $ 50,531 $ 12,484 $ 0.59 $ 53,124 $ 14,349 $ 0.66
Six Months Ended
June 30, 2013 June 29, 2014
Net Income
Attributable to Susser Holdings
Net Income
Attributable to Susser Holdings
As Reported $ 82,327 $ (4,492) $ (0.21) $ 79,016 $ 10,502 $ 0.48
May 2013
16,744 0.79
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ETP merger
3,114 2,024 0.09
As Adjusted $ 82,327 $ 12,252 $ 0.58 $ 82,130 $ 12,526 $ 0.57
SOURCE Susser Holdings Corporation
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