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Global Partners Reports Third-Quarter 2015 Financial Results

Highlights:

  • Net income of $8.2 million, or $0.16 per diluted limited partner unit
  • EBITDA of $59.3 million
  • Distributable cash flow of $29.6 million
  • Affirms full-year 2015 EBITDA guidance

Global Partners LP (NYSE: GLP) today reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2015.

“Positive results in our Gasoline Distribution and Station Operations (GDSO) segment offset weakness in our Wholesale segment in the third quarter,” said Eric Slifka, the Partnership’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “GDSO product margin grew year-over-year by $57.1 million, or 71 percent, to $137.3 million, driven by the 2015 acquisitions of Warren Equities and a retail portfolio from Capitol Petroleum, as well as declining wholesale gasoline prices. Product margin in our Wholesale segment was down $49.6 million, or 58 percent from the third quarter of last year, reflecting less favorable conditions in the wholesale gasoline and gasoline blendstocks markets as well as tighter differentials in the crude oil market.”

Third Quarter 2015 Financial Summary

Net income attributable to Global Partners for the third quarter of 2015 was $8.2 million, or $0.16 per diluted limited partner unit, compared with $42.5 million, or $1.50 per limited partner unit, for the third quarter of 2014.

Combined product margin for the third quarter of 2015 was $178.7 million, compared with $170.3 million for the third quarter of 2014.

Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) for the third quarter of 2015 were $59.3 million, compared with $74.7 million for the same period of 2014.

Distributable cash flow (DCF) for the third quarter of 2015 was $29.6 million, compared with $51.5 million for the third quarter of 2014.

Gross profit was $152.3 million for the third quarter of 2015, compared with $155.4 million for the third quarter of 2014. Product margin in the GDSO segment was $137.3 million versus $80.2 million in the third quarter of 2014, driven primarily by the Warren and Capitol acquisitions. Wholesale segment product margin was $35.3 million, compared with $84.9 million in the third quarter of 2014, primarily due to tighter margins in crude oil as well as less favorable market conditions in gasoline and gasoline blendstocks. Commercial segment product margin was $6.1 million for the third quarter of 2015, compared with $5.2 million in the same period of 2014.

Sales for the third quarter of 2015 were $2.5 billion, compared with $4.0 billion for the same period in 2014, primarily attributable to lower commodity prices. Wholesale segment sales were $1.3 billion, compared with $2.9 billion for the third quarter of 2014. Sales in the GDSO segment were $1.0 billion versus $924.8 million for the same period in 2014, primarily reflecting the Warren and Capitol acquisitions. Commercial segment sales were $161.5 million, compared with $210.6 million for the third quarter of 2014.

Wholesale segment volume was 852.1 million gallons in the third quarter of 2015 compared with 1.1 billion gallons for the same period of 2014, primarily due to a change in supply logistics for a particular gasoline customer and discontinuation of a small discrete blendstocks distribution activity. Volume in the GDSO segment was 405.9 million gallons for the third quarter of 2015, compared with 268.9 million gallons in the third quarter of 2014, primarily attributable to the acquisitions of Warren and Capitol. Commercial segment volume was 103.3 million gallons, compared with 85.0 million gallons for the third quarter of 2014.

Combined product margin, EBITDA, and DCF are non-GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) financial measures, which are explained in greater detail below under “Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures.” Please refer to Financial Reconciliations included in this news release for reconciliations of these non-GAAP financial measures to their most directly comparable GAAP financial measures for the three months ended September 30, 2015 and 2014.

Recent Highlights

  • The Board of Directors of Global’s general partner, Global GP LLC, declared a quarterly cash distribution of $0.6975 per unit, or $2.79 per unit on an annualized basis, on all of its outstanding common units for the period from July 1 through September 30, 2015. The distribution will be paid November 13, 2015 to unitholders of record as of the close of business on November 4, 2015.

Business Outlook

“We are affirming full-year 2015 EBITDA guidance in the range of $214 million to $234 million,” Slifka said. “We are pleased with the integration of Warren and Capitol, which is now substantially complete, and we expect them to contribute to our performance for the balance of the year. In our Wholesale segment, tighter crude differentials continue to negatively impact results.”

The Partnership’s full-year 2015 EBITDA guidance is based on assumptions regarding market conditions such as demand for petroleum products and renewable fuels, weather, credit markets, the regulatory and permitting environment, and the forward product pricing curve, which could influence quarterly financial results.

Financial Results Conference Call

Management will review the Partnership’s third-quarter 2015 financial results in a teleconference call for analysts and investors today.

Time:       10:00 a.m. ET
 
Dial-in numbers: (877) 709-8155 (U.S. and Canada)
(201) 689-8881 (International)

The call also will be webcast live and archived on Global’s website, www.globalp.com.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Product Margin
Global Partners views product margin as an important performance measure of the core profitability of its operations. The Partnership reviews product margin monthly for consistency and trend analysis. Global Partners defines product margin as product sales minus product costs. Product sales primarily include sales of unbranded and branded gasoline, distillates, residual oil, renewable fuels, crude oil, natural gas and propane, as well as convenience store sales, gasoline station rental income and revenue generated from the Partnership’s logistics activities. Product costs include the cost of acquiring the refined petroleum products, renewable fuels, crude oil, natural gas and propane and all associated costs including shipping and handling costs to bring such products to the point of sale, as well as product costs related to convenience store items and costs associated with the Partnership’s logistics activities. The Partnership also looks at product margin on a per unit basis (product margin divided by volume). Product margin is a non-GAAP financial measure used by management and external users of Global Partners’ consolidated financial statements to assess the Partnership’s business. Product margin should not be considered an alternative to net income, operating income, cash flow from operations, or any other measure of financial performance presented in accordance with GAAP. In addition, Global Partners’ product margin may not be comparable to product margin or a similarly titled measure of other companies.

EBITDA
EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure used as a supplemental financial measure by management and may be used by external users of Global Partners' consolidated financial statements, such as investors, commercial banks and research analysts, to assess the Partnership’s:

  • compliance with certain financial covenants included in its debt agreements;
  • financial performance without regard to financing methods, capital structure, income taxes or historical cost basis;
  • ability to generate cash sufficient to pay interest on its indebtedness and to make distributions to its partners;
  • operating performance and return on invested capital as compared to those of other companies in the wholesale, marketing, storing and distribution of refined petroleum products, renewable fuels, crude oil, natural gas and propane, without regard to financing methods and capital structure; and
  • viability of acquisitions and capital expenditure projects and the overall rates of return of alternative investment opportunities.

EBITDA should not be considered as an alternative to net income, operating income, cash flow from operating activities or any other measure of financial performance or liquidity presented in accordance with GAAP. EBITDA excludes some, but not all, items that affect net income and this measure may vary among other companies. Therefore, EBITDA may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies.

Distributable Cash Flow
Distributable cash flow is an important non-GAAP financial measure for Global Partners’ limited partners since it serves as an indicator of the Partnership's success in providing a cash return on their investment. Distributable cash flow means the Partnership’s net income plus depreciation and amortization minus maintenance capital expenditures, as well as adjustments to eliminate items approved by the audit committee of the Board of Directors of the Partnership's general partner that are extraordinary or non-recurring in nature and that would otherwise increase distributable cash flow. Specifically, this financial measure indicates to investors whether or not the Partnership has generated sufficient earnings on a current or historic level that can sustain or support an increase in its quarterly cash distribution. Distributable cash flow is a quantitative standard used by the investment community with respect to publicly traded partnerships. Distributable cash flow should not be considered as an alternative to net income, operating income, cash flow from operations, or any other measure of financial performance presented in accordance with GAAP. In addition, Global Partners' distributable cash flow may not be comparable to distributable cash flow or similarly titled measures of other companies.

About Global Partners LP
A publicly traded master limited partnership, Global is a midstream logistics and marketing company that owns, controls or has access to one of the largest terminal networks of petroleum products and renewable fuels in the Northeast. Global also is one of the largest distributors of gasoline, distillates, residual oil and renewable fuels to wholesalers, retailers and commercial customers in New England and New York. The Partnership is a leader in the transportation of crude oil and other products by rail across its “virtual pipeline” from the mid-continental U.S. and Canada to the East and West Coasts for distribution to refiners and others. With approximately 1,600 locations, primarily in the Northeast, Global also is one of the largest independent owners, suppliers and operators of gasoline stations and convenience stores. Global is No. 180 in the Fortune 500 list of America’s largest corporations. For additional information, visit www.globalp.com.

Forward-looking Statements
Some of the information contained in this news release may contain forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements include, without limitation, any statement that may project, indicate or imply future results, events, performance or achievements, and may contain the words “may,” “believe,” “should,” “could,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “plan,” “intend,” “estimate,” “will likely result,” or other similar expressions. In addition, any statement made by Global Partners LP’s management concerning future financial performance (including future revenues, earnings or growth rates), ongoing business strategies or prospects and possible actions by Global Partners LP or its subsidiaries are also forward-looking statements.

Although Global Partners LP believes these forward-looking statements are reasonable as and when made, there may be events in the future that Global Partners LP is not able to predict accurately or control, and there can be no assurance that future developments affecting Global Partners LP’s business will be those that it anticipates. Estimates for Global Partners LP’s future EBITDA are based on a number of assumptions regarding market conditions, including demand for petroleum products and renewable fuels, weather, credit markets, the regulatory and permitting environment and the forward product pricing curve. Therefore, Global Partners LP can give no assurance that its future EBITDA will be as estimated.

For additional information about risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the expectations Global Partners LP describes in its forward-looking statements, please refer to Global Partners LP’s Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent filings the Partnership makes with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they are made. Global Partners LP expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to update forward-looking statements to reflect any change in its expectations or beliefs or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any forward-looking statement is based.

       
GLOBAL PARTNERS LP
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(In thousands, except per unit data)
(Unaudited)
 
Three Months Ended
September 30,
Nine Months Ended
September 30,

2015

2014

2015

2014

Sales $ 2,486,203 $ 4,050,458 $ 8,145,407 $ 13,737,006
Cost of sales   2,333,904     3,895,023     7,680,362     13,334,862  
Gross profit 152,299 155,435 465,045 402,144
 
Costs and operating expenses:
Selling, general and administrative expenses 42,480 41,408 136,657 110,379
Operating expenses 77,309 53,315 218,133 152,296
Amortization expense 2,319 4,522 10,730 13,574
Loss on sale and disposition of assets   680     -     1,330     1,060  
Total costs and operating expenses   122,788     99,245     366,850     277,309  
 
Operating income 29,511 56,190 98,195 124,835
 
Interest expense   (20,643 )   (12,324 )   (51,057 )   (35,677 )
 
Income before income tax expense 8,868 43,866 47,138 89,158
 
Income tax expense   (722 )   (244 )   (969 )   (660 )
 
Net income 8,146 43,622 46,169 88,498
 
Net loss (income) attributable to noncontrolling interest   66     (1,114 )   (324 )   (1,699 )
 
Net income attributable to Global Partners LP 8,212 42,508 45,845 86,799
 
Less: General partner's interest in net income, including
incentive distribution rights (1)   2,832     1,623     7,682     4,164  
 
Limited partners' interest in net income $ 5,380   $ 40,885   $ 38,163   $ 82,635  
 
Basic net income per limited partner unit (2) $ 0.16   $ 1.50   $ 1.20   $ 3.03  
 
Diluted net income per limited partner unit (2) $ 0.16   $ 1.50   $ 1.20   $ 3.03  
 
Basic weighted average limited partner units outstanding   33,531     27,183     31,733     27,229  
 
Diluted weighted average limited partner units outstanding   33,653     27,307     31,909     27,312  
 

(1) As a result of the June 2015 and December 2014 issuances of 3,000,000 and 3,565,000 common units, respectively, the general partner interest was reduced to 0.67%. As a result, the general partner interest was 0.67% and, based on a weighted average, 0.73% for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2015, respectively. The general partner interest was 0.83% for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2014.

(2) Under the Partnership's partnership agreement, for any quarterly period, the incentive distribution rights ("IDRs") participate in net income only to the extent of the amount of cash distributions actually declared, thereby excluding the IDRs from participating in the Partnership's undistributed net income or losses. Accordingly, the Partnership's undistributed net income is assumed to be allocated to the limited partners' interest and to the General Partner's general partner interest. Limited partners' interest in net income is divided by the weighted average limited partner units outstanding in computing the net income per limited partner unit.

   
GLOBAL PARTNERS LP
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
 
September 30,
2015
December 31,
2014
Assets
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 765 $ 5,238
Accounts receivable, net 376,509 457,730
Accounts receivable - affiliates 5,225 3,903
Inventories 383,933 336,813
Brokerage margin deposits 25,662 17,198
Derivative assets 52,981 83,826
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   65,407   56,515
Total current assets 910,482 961,223
 
Property and equipment, net 1,234,759 825,051
Intangible assets, net 78,535 48,902
Goodwill 442,211 154,078
Other assets   48,755   50,723
 
Total assets $ 2,714,742 $ 2,039,977
 
 
Liabilities and partners' equity
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 314,779 $ 456,619
Working capital revolving credit facility - current portion 104,900 -
Line of credit - 700
Environmental liabilities - current portion 3,059 3,101
Trustee taxes payable 81,020 105,744
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 71,715 82,820
Derivative liabilities   28,188   58,507
Total current liabilities 603,661 707,491
 
Working capital revolving credit facility - less current portion 150,000 100,000
Revolving credit facility 268,000 133,800
Senior notes 664,010 368,136
Environmental liabilities - less current portion 71,608 34,462
Financing obligation 89,735 -
Other long-term liabilities   149,228   59,932
Total liabilities 1,996,242 1,403,821
 
Partners' equity
Global Partners LP equity 670,682 586,942
Noncontrolling interest   47,818   49,214
Total partners' equity   718,500   636,156
 
Total liabilities and partners' equity $ 2,714,742 $ 2,039,977
 

GLOBAL PARTNERS LP
FINANCIAL RECONCILIATIONS
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
       
Three Months Ended
September 30,
Nine Months Ended
September 30,

2015

2014

2015

2014

Reconciliation of gross profit to product margin
Wholesale segment:
Gasoline and gasoline blendstocks $ 7,157 $ 25,370 $ 54,694 $ 70,959
Crude oil 15,719 44,670 67,804 98,256
Other oils and related products   12,389     14,821     53,801     57,964  
Total 35,265 84,861 176,299 227,179
Gasoline Distribution and Station Operations segment:
Gasoline 88,297 54,306 203,205 126,629
Station operations   49,047     25,905     130,836     69,669  
Total 137,344 80,211 334,041 196,298
Commercial segment   6,088     5,234     24,669     23,295  
Combined product margin 178,697 170,306 535,009 446,772
Depreciation allocated to cost of sales   (26,398 )   (14,871 )   (69,964 )   (44,628 )
Gross profit $ 152,299   $ 155,435   $ 465,045   $ 402,144  
 
Reconciliation of net income to EBITDA
Net income $ 8,146 $ 43,622 $ 46,169 $ 88,498

Net loss (income) attributable to noncontrolling interest

  66     (1,114 )   (324 )   (1,699 )
Net income attributable to Global Partners LP 8,212 42,508 45,845 86,799
Depreciation and amortization, excluding the impact of noncontrolling interest 29,744 19,651 82,003 57,253
Interest expense, excluding the impact of noncontrolling interest 20,643 12,314 51,055 35,635
Income tax expense   722     244     969     660  
EBITDA $ 59,321   $ 74,717   $ 179,872   $ 180,347  
 
Reconciliation of net cash provided by (used in) operating activities to EBITDA
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities $ 51,840 $ 144,367 $ (5,392 ) $ 194,001
Net changes in operating assets and liabilities and certain non-cash items (12,885 ) (79,167 ) 137,610 (42,750 )

Net cash from operating activities and changes in operating assets and liabilities attributable to noncontrolling interest

(999 ) (3,041 ) (4,370 ) (7,199 )
Interest expense, excluding the impact of noncontrolling interest 20,643 12,314 51,055 35,635
Income tax expense   722     244     969     660  
EBITDA $ 59,321   $ 74,717   $ 179,872   $ 180,347  

 

Reconciliation of net income to distributable cash flow
Net income $ 8,146 $ 43,622 $ 46,169 $ 88,498

Net loss (income) attributable to noncontrolling interest

  66     (1,114 )   (324 )   (1,699 )
Net income attributable to Global Partners LP 8,212 42,508 45,845 86,799
Depreciation and amortization, excluding the impact of noncontrolling interest 29,744 19,651 82,003 57,253
Amortization of deferred financing fees and senior notes discount 1,824 1,845 5,162 4,622
Amortization of routine bank refinancing fees (1,134 ) (1,339 ) (3,381 ) (3,342 )
Maintenance capital expenditures, excluding the impact of noncontrolling interest   (9,009 )   (11,156 )   (20,110 )   (28,467 )
Distributable cash flow $ 29,637   $ 51,509   $ 109,519   $ 116,865  
 

Reconciliation of net cash provided by (used in) operating activities to distributable cash flow

Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities $ 51,840 $ 144,367 $ (5,392 ) $ 194,001
Net changes in operating assets and liabilities and certain non-cash items (12,885 ) (79,167 ) 137,610 (42,750 )

Net cash from operating activities and changes in operating assets and liabilities attributable to noncontrolling interest

(999 ) (3,041 ) (4,370 ) (7,199 )
Amortization of deferred financing fees and senior notes discount 1,824 1,845 5,162 4,622
Amortization of routine bank refinancing fees (1,134 ) (1,339 ) (3,381 ) (3,342 )
Maintenance capital expenditures, excluding the impact of noncontrolling interest   (9,009 )   (11,156 )   (20,110 )   (28,467 )
Distributable cash flow $ 29,637   $ 51,509   $ 109,519   $ 116,865  

Global Partners LP
Daphne H. Foster, 781-894-8800
Chief Financial Officer
or
Edward J. Faneuil, 781-894-8800
Executive Vice President
General Counsel and Secretary


Source: Business Wire (November 5, 2015 - 8:00 AM EST)

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