CrossAmerica Partners LP Reports Second Quarter 2020 Results

Allentown, PA, Aug. 06, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --

CrossAmerica Partners LP Reports Second Quarter 2020 Results

  • Reported Second Quarter 2020 Operating Income of $6.3 million and Net Income of $5.2 million compared to Operating Income of $13.9 million and Net Income of $6.4 million for the Second Quarter 2019
  • Generated Second Quarter 2020 Adjusted EBITDA of $27.7 million and Distributable Cash Flow of $26.0 million compared to Second Quarter 2019 Adjusted EBITDA of $27.7 million and Distributable Cash Flow of $22.3 million
  • Reported Second Quarter 2020 Gross Profit for the Wholesale Segment of $40.7 million compared to $33.4 million of Gross Profit for the Second Quarter 2019
  • Reported Second Quarter 2020 Gross Profit for the Retail Segment of $15.9 million compared to $8.1 million of Gross Profit for the Second Quarter 2019
  • Distributed 260.2 million wholesale fuel gallons during the Second Quarter 2020 at an average wholesale fuel margin per gallon of 10.8 cents
  • The Distribution Coverage Ratio for the current quarter was 1.31 times compared to 1.24 times for the comparable period of 2019. The Distribution Coverage Ratio was 1.21 times for the trailing twelve months ended June 30, 2020, as compared to 1.06 times for the trailing twelve months ended June 30, 2019
  • The Board of Directors of CrossAmerica’s General Partner declared a quarterly distribution of $0.5250 per limited partner unit attributable to the Second Quarter 2020 

             
Allentown, PA August 6, 2020 – CrossAmerica Partners LP (NYSE: CAPL) (“CrossAmerica” or the “Partnership”), a leading wholesale fuels distributor and owner and lessor of real estate used in the retail distribution of motor fuels, today reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2020.

“Our operating results in the second quarter demonstrate the resiliency of our business model and validate the strategic actions we have executed.  Despite the challenging environment, we generated superior results to the prior year and improved the strategic and financial position of the Partnership,” said Charles Nifong, CEO and President of CrossAmerica. “We continued to execute our plan during the quarter, closing on the retail acquisition, two separate asset exchanges, and continuing select single site divestitures, all while dealing with the challenges of COVID 19. Our results are a testament to the character and strength of our people, and I thank them for all their efforts during these difficult times.”

Second Quarter Results

Consolidated Results

Operating income was $6.3 million for the second quarter 2020 compared to $13.9 million achieved in the second quarter 2019. Net income was $5.2 million or $0.14 per diluted common unit for the second quarter 2020, compared to Net income of $6.4 million or $0.18 per diluted common unit for the same period in 2019. Adjusted EBITDA was $27.7 million for the second quarter 2020, flat when compared to $27.7 million for the same period in 2019. The declines in both Operating and Net income were primarily driven by a $10.9 million loss on lease terminations in connection with the April 2020 acquisition of retail and wholesale assets and the overall impact from the COVID-19 Pandemic. These unfavorable drivers were partially offset by the positive impact from all the transactions completed over the past year as well as $6.1 million in gains related to the properties sold in the asset exchanges with Circle K.

Non-GAAP measures used in this release include EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Distributable Cash Flow and Distribution Coverage Ratio. These Non-GAAP measures are further described and reconciled to their most directly comparable GAAP measures in the Supplemental Disclosure Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Measures section of this release.

Wholesale Segment

During the second quarter 2020, CrossAmerica’s Wholesale segment generated $40.7 million in gross profit compared to $33.4 million in gross profit for the second quarter 2019, representing an increase of 22%. The Partnership distributed, on a wholesale basis, 260.2 million gallons of motor fuel at an average wholesale gross profit of $0.108 per gallon, resulting in motor fuel gross profit of $28.2 million. For the three-month period ended June 30, 2019, CrossAmerica distributed, on a wholesale basis, 258.6 million gallons of fuel at an average wholesale gross profit of $0.074 per gallon, resulting in motor fuel gross profit of $19.0 million. The 48% increase in motor fuel gross profit was primarily due to a 46% increase in fuel margin per gallon. The main drivers of the increase were dealer tank wagon (DTW) margins resulting from the decrease in crude oil prices during the quarter and an increase in DTW volume. With the recent acquisition of retail and wholesale assets, the percentage of variable-priced/DTW business has increased from 17% for the first quarter 2020 to 28% for the second quarter 2020. In addition, the asset exchanges with Circle K, the CST Fuel Supply Exchange and the acquisition of retail and wholesale assets generated incremental fuel gross profit, partially offset by the loss of volume driven by the COVID-19 Pandemic and lower terms discounts as a result of lower crude prices.

The prices paid by the Partnership to its motor fuel suppliers for wholesale motor fuel (which affects the cost of sales) are highly correlated to the price of crude oil. The average daily spot price of West Texas Intermediate crude oil during the second quarter 2020 was $27.96 per barrel, a 53% decrease, as compared to the average daily spot price of $59.88 per barrel during the same period in 2019. 

CrossAmerica’s gross profit from Rent for the Wholesale segment was $12.3 million for the second quarter 2020 compared to $13.6 million for the second quarter 2019, representing a decrease of 10%. The decrease in Rent was primarily driven by terminating leases in connection with the acquisition of retail and wholesale assets and $0.5 million in short-term concessions stemming from the COVID-19 Pandemic, partially offset by the impact of the conversion of 46 company operated sites to dealer operated sites in the third quarter 2019 and the CST Fuel Supply Exchange.   

Operating expenses increased $2.1 million or 28% primarily as a result of a $0.8 million increase in management fees driven by the increase in headcount primarily related to the April 2020 acquisition of retail and wholesale assets and a general increase in operating expenses driven by the increase in the number of controlled sites due to the asset exchanges with Circle K and the CST Fuel Supply Exchange.

Operating income for the Wholesale segment was $31.2 million for the second quarter 2020 compared to $29.7 million for the same period in 2019. As discussed above, the year-over-year increase was primarily driven by an increase in motor fuel gross profit.

Retail Segment

For the second quarter 2020, the Retail Segment reported motor fuel gross profit of $3.3 million. For the same period in 2019, CrossAmerica generated motor fuel gross profit of $1.9 million. The $1.4 million or 73% increase in motor fuel gross profit is attributable to a 38% increase in volume driven by the increase in company operated and commission sites as a result of the April 2020 acquisition of retail and wholesale assets and the March 2020 CST Fuel Supply Exchange, partially offset by the divestiture of 17 company operated sites in May 2019 in connection with the first tranche of the asset exchange with Circle K, the conversion of 46 company operated sites to dealer operated sites in the third quarter of 2019 and the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic. In addition, CrossAmerica realized a 27% higher average margin per gallon as the higher retail fuel margins at its company operated sites comprised a larger percentage of the overall retail fuel margins in 2020 as compared to 2019.

The merchandise gross profit increased $5.3 million or 127%, rent gross profit increased $0.5 million or 32% and operating expenses increased $8.8 million or 129% due to the factors listed above.

Operating income for the Retail segment was $0.3 million for the second quarter 2020 compared to $1.3 million for the second quarter 2019, primarily as a result of changes in operations noted above.

Distributable Cash Flow and Distribution Coverage Ratio

Distributable Cash Flow was $26.0 million for the three-month period ended June 30, 2020, compared to $22.3 million for the same period in 2019. The 17% increase in Distributable Cash Flow was primarily due to the increase in operating income in the Wholesale Segment and decreases in cash interest and current tax expense. The Distribution Coverage Ratio for the current quarter was 1.31 times compared to 1.24 times for the second quarter 2019. The Distribution Coverage Ratio was 1.21 times for the trailing twelve months ended June 30, 2020, as compared to 1.06 times for the trailing twelve months ended June 30, 2019 (see Supplemental Disclosure Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Measures section of this release).

Liquidity and Capital Resources

As of July 31, 2020, after taking into consideration debt covenant restrictions, approximately $197.8 million was available for future borrowings under the Partnership’s revolving credit facility, an increase of $105.8 million and $34.2 million, respectively, in availability compared to December 31, 2019 and March 31, 2020. As of June 30, 2020, CrossAmerica had $503.7 million outstanding under its revolving credit facility. Leverage, as defined under CrossAmerica’s credit facility, was 3.96 times as of June 30, 2020, compared to 4.19 times as of March 31, 2020.

Distributions

On July 23, 2020, the Board of the Directors of CrossAmerica’s General Partner (“Board”) declared a quarterly distribution of $0.5250 per limited partner unit attributable to the second quarter 2020. As previously announced, the distribution will be paid on August 11, 2020 to all unitholders of record as of August 4, 2020. The amount and timing of any future distributions is subject to the discretion of the Board as provided in CrossAmerica’s Partnership Agreement.

Completion of Retail and Wholesale Acquisition

On April 14, 2020, CrossAmerica completed its previously announced acquisition of the retail operations at 169 sites, wholesale fuel distribution to 110 sites, including 53 third-party wholesale dealer contracts, and leasehold interests in 62 sites.

The Asset Purchase Agreement provided for an aggregate consideration of $36 million, exclusive of inventory and in-store cash, with approximately $21 million paid in cash and 842,891 newly-issued common units valued at $15 million and calculated based on the volume weighted average trading price of $17.80 per common unit for the 20-day period ended on January 8, 2020, five business days prior to the announcement of the transaction. The 842,891 common units were issued to entities controlled by Joseph V. Topper, Jr. The cash portion of the purchase price was financed with borrowings under CrossAmerica’s credit facility.

Asset Exchange Transactions with Circle K

On December 17, 2018, CrossAmerica and Circle K announced an agreement to exchange assets in a series of transactions. During the second quarter of 2020, the two entities completed two different asset exchanges that are outlined below:

  • On April 7, 2020, the fourth exchange was completed and entailed Circle K transferring to the Partnership 13 (11 fee; 2 leased) U.S. company-operated convenience and fuel retail stores having an aggregate value of approximately $13.1 million, and the Partnership transferred to Circle K the real property for seven of the master lease properties having an aggregate value of approximately $12.8 million.
  • On May 5, 2020, a fifth exchange between the two parties closed. In the fifth asset exchange, Circle K transferred to the Partnership 29 (22 fee; 7 leased) U.S. company-operated convenience and fuel retail stores having an aggregate value of approximately $31.5 million, and the Partnership transferred to Circle K the real property for 13 of the master lease properties having an aggregate value of approximately $31.7 million.

Under the agreement, there are 23 Circle K properties and four CrossAmerica properties remaining to be exchanged. It is anticipated that the exchange will be completed in the second half of 2020.

Divestment of Assets

During the second quarter 2020, CrossAmerica, as part of its ongoing real estate rationalization effort, divested a total of seven properties, and received $4.4 million in connection with these sales. 

Conference Call

The Partnership will host a conference call on August 7, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time to discuss second quarter 2020 earnings results. The conference call numbers are 800-774-6070 or 630-691-2753 and the passcode for both is 7265208#. A live audio webcast of the conference call and the related earnings materials, including reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures to GAAP financial measures and any other applicable disclosures, will be available on that same day on the investor section of the CrossAmerica website (www.crossamericapartners.com). A slide presentation for the conference call will also be available on the investor section of the Partnership’s website. To listen to the audio webcast, go to https://caplp.gcs-web.com/webcasts-presentations.  After the live conference call, an archive of the webcast will be available on the investor section of the CrossAmerica website at https://caplp.gcs-web.com/webcasts-presentations within 24 hours after the call for a period of sixty days.

CROSSAMERICA PARTNERS LP
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Thousands of Dollars, except unit data)

  June 30,  December 31, 
  2020  2019 
  (Unaudited)     
ASSETS        
Current assets:        
Cash and cash equivalents $2,185  $1,780 
Accounts receivable, net of allowances of $1,181 and $557, respectively  35,743   38,051 
Accounts receivable from related parties  3,322   4,299 
Inventory  19,606   6,230 
Assets held for sale  12,139   13,231 
Other current assets  9,020   5,795 
Total current assets  82,015   69,386 
Property and equipment, net  572,471   565,916 
Right-of-use assets, net  163,360   120,767 
Intangible assets, net  95,523   44,996 
Goodwill  88,764   88,764 
Other assets  19,527   21,318 
Total assets $1,021,660  $911,147 
         
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY        
Current liabilities:        
Current portion of debt and finance lease obligations $2,540  $2,471 
Current portion of operating lease obligations  30,808   23,485 
Accounts payable  67,893   57,392 
Accounts payable to related parties  8,242   431 
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities  19,597   16,382 
Motor fuel and sales taxes payable  25,579   12,475 
Total current liabilities  154,659   112,636 
Debt and finance lease obligations, less current portion  518,614   534,859 
Operating lease obligations, less current portion  137,893   100,057 
Deferred tax liabilities, net  16,394   19,369 
Asset retirement obligations  40,079   35,589 
Other long-term liabilities  35,507   30,240 
Total liabilities  903,146   832,750 
         
Commitments and contingencies        
         
Equity:        
Common units—(37,866,005 and 34,494,441 units issued and
  outstanding at June 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively)
  121,732   78,397 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss  (3,218)   
Total equity  118,514   78,397 
Total liabilities and equity $1,021,660  $911,147 

CROSSAMERICA PARTNERS LP
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(Thousands of Dollars, Except Unit and Per Unit Amounts)
(Unaudited)

  Three Months Ended June 30,  Six Months Ended June 30, 
  2020  2019  2020  2019 
Operating revenues(a) $398,402  $605,528  $790,097  $1,077,314 
Costs of sales(b)  340,754   564,158   696,720   998,867 
Gross profit  57,648   41,370   93,377   78,447 
                 
Income from CST Fuel Supply equity interests     3,734   3,202   7,160 
Operating expenses:                
Operating expenses  25,097   14,210   35,820   29,563 
General and administrative expenses  5,597   4,109   10,077   8,527 
Depreciation, amortization and accretion expense  16,050   12,496   33,277   25,557 
Total operating expenses  46,744   30,815   79,174   63,647 
(Loss) gain on dispositions and lease terminations, net  (4,575)  (369)  66,356   (428)
Operating income  6,329   13,920   83,761   21,532 
Other income, net  78   98   215   184 
Interest expense  (4,121)  (7,236)  (9,661)  (14,573)
Income before income taxes  2,286   6,782   74,315   7,143 
Income tax (benefit) expense  (2,944)  341   (2,976)  490 
Net income  5,230   6,441   77,291   6,653 
IDR distributions     (133)  (133)  (266)
Net income available to limited partners $5,230  $6,308  $77,158  $6,387 
                 
Basic and diluted earnings per common unit $0.14  $0.18  $2.09  $0.19 
                 
Weighted-average limited partner units:                
Basic common units  37,736,329   34,444,180   36,865,651   34,444,147 
Diluted common units  37,738,150   34,461,024   36,867,495   34,461,470 
                 
Supplemental information:                
(a) Includes excise taxes of: $33,770  $19,906  $48,707  $40,350 
(a) Includes rent income of:  20,424   21,960   43,112   43,598 
(b) Includes rent expense of:  6,132   6,813   13,052   13,472 

CROSSAMERICA PARTNERS LP
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(Thousands of Dollars)
(Unaudited)

  Six Months Ended June 30, 
  2020  2019 
Cash flows from operating activities:        
Net income $77,291  $6,653 
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by
  operating activities:
        
Depreciation, amortization and accretion expense  33,277   25,557 
Amortization of deferred financing costs  521   545 
Credit loss expense  627   49 
Deferred income taxes  (3,063)  1,718 
Equity-based employee and director compensation expense  48   326 
(Gain) loss on dispositions and lease terminations, net  (74,189)  428 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of acquisitions  27,131   (1,106)
Net cash provided by operating activities  61,643   34,170 
         
Cash flows from investing activities:        
Principal payments received on notes receivable  172   692 
Proceeds from Circle K in connection with CST Fuel Supply Exchange  16,396   2,757 
Proceeds from sale of property and equipment  9,954   902 
Capital expenditures  (10,760)  (10,710)
Cash paid in connection with acquisitions, net of cash acquired  (22,342)   
Net cash used in investing activities  (6,580)  (6,359)
         
Cash flows from financing activities:        
Borrowings under the revolving credit facility  63,201   46,634 
Repayments on the revolving credit facility  (78,527)  (34,334)
Payments of long-term debt and finance lease obligations  (1,207)  (1,124)
Payment of deferred financing costs     (3,441)
Distributions paid on distribution equivalent rights  (2)  (31)
Distributions paid to holders of the IDRs  (133)  (266)
Distributions paid on common units  (37,990)  (36,167)
Net cash used in financing activities  (54,658)  (28,729)
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents  405   (918)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period  1,780   3,191 
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $2,185  $2,273 

Segment Results

Wholesale

The following table highlights the results of operations and certain operating metrics of the Wholesale segment (thousands of dollars, except for the number of distribution sites and per gallon amounts): 

  Three Months Ended June 30,  Six Months Ended June 30, 
  2020  2019  2020  2019 
Gross profit:                
Motor fuel–third party $12,177  $11,343  $25,217  $19,411 
Motor fuel–intersegment and related party  15,989   7,691   22,842   14,393 
Motor fuel gross profit  28,166   19,034   48,059   33,804 
Rent gross profit  12,262   13,608   26,391   27,199 
Other revenues  300   710   1,415   1,329 
Total gross profit  40,728   33,352   75,865   62,332 
Income from CST Fuel Supply equity interests(a)     3,734   3,202   7,160 
Operating expenses  (9,509)  (7,407)  (18,583)  (15,525)
Operating income(b) $31,219  $29,679  $60,484  $53,967 
Motor fuel distribution sites (end of period):(c)                
Motor fuel–third party                
Independent dealers(d)  712   364   712   364 
Lessee dealers(e)  677   571   677   571 
Total motor fuel distribution–third party sites  1,389   935   1,389   935 
Motor fuel–intersegment and related party                
DMS (related party)(f)     73      73 
Circle K(g)  5   37   5   37 
Commission agents (Retail segment)(h)  212   170   212   170 
Company operated retail sites (Retail segment)(i)  150   46   150   46 
Total motor fuel distribution–intersegment
  and related party sites
  367   326   367   326 
Motor fuel distribution sites (average during the
  period):
                
Motor fuel-third party distribution  1,365   899   1,207   881 
Motor fuel-intersegment and related party
  distribution
  360   343   309   353 
Total motor fuel distribution sites  1,725   1,242   1,516   1,234 
Volume of gallons distributed (in thousands)                
Third party  192,927   174,400   370,424   325,797 
Intersegment and related party  67,319   84,202   110,467   164,038 
Total volume of gallons distributed  260,246   258,602   480,891   489,835 
                 
Wholesale margin per gallon $0.108  $0.074  $0.100  $0.069 

(a)      Represents income from CrossAmerica’s equity interest in CST Fuel Supply.
(b)      Please see the reconciliation of the segment’s operating income to Adjusted EBITDA and related reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to net income under the heading “Supplemental Disclosure Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Measures.”
(c)      In addition, as of June 30, 2020 and 2019, CrossAmerica distributed motor fuel to 13 sub-wholesalers who distributed to additional sites.
(d)      The increase in the independent dealer site count was primarily attributable to the 288 independent dealer contracts acquired in the CST Fuel Supply Exchange, the asset exchange with Circle K which resulted in 26 Circle K sites being converted to independent dealers, and the acquisition of retail and wholesale assets in which CrossAmerica acquired 31 independent dealer contracts.
(e)      The increase in the lessee dealer site count was primarily attributable to the 107 lessee dealer sites acquired in the asset exchanges with Circle K, the conversion of 46 company operated sites to dealer operated sites, the 18 lessee dealer sites acquired in the CST Fuel Supply Exchange and converting sites operated by DMS to lessee dealer sites, partially offset by the acquisition of retail and wholesale assets that resulted in the termination of leases at 48 lessee dealer sites and the real estate rationalization effort.
(f)       The decrease in the DMS site count was primarily attributable to the acquisition of retail and wholesale assets that resulted in the termination of 54 leases with DMS and conversion of DMS sites to lessee dealer sites.
(g)      The decrease in the Circle K site count was primarily attributable to the asset exchange with Circle K, which resulted in 26 Circle K sites being converted to independent dealer sites.
(h)      The increase in the commission site count was primarily attributable to the 37 commission sites acquired in the CST Fuel Supply Exchange.
(i)       The increase in the company operated site count was primarily attributable to the 154 company operated sites from the acquisition of retail and wholesale assets, partially offset by the conversion of 46 company operated sites to dealer operated sites in the third quarter of 2019.

Retail

The following table highlights the results of operations and certain operating metrics of the Retail segment (thousands of dollars, except for the number of retail sites, gallons sold per day and per gallon amounts):

  Three Months Ended June 30,  Six Months Ended June 30, 
  2020  2019  2020  2019 
Gross profit:                
Motor fuel $3,284  $1,893  $3,689  $3,437 
Merchandise(a)  9,384   4,132   9,384   8,205 
Rent  2,030   1,539   3,669   2,927 
Other revenue(a)  1,221   538   1,221   1,376 
Total gross profit  15,919   8,102   17,963   15,945 
Operating expenses  (15,588)  (6,803)  (17,237)  (14,038)
Operating income(b) $331  $1,299  $726  $1,907 
                 
Retail sites (end of period):                
Commission agents(c)  212   170   212   170 
Company operated retail sites(d)  150   46   150   46 
Total system sites at the end of the period  362   216   362   216 
                 
Total system operating statistics:                
Average retail fuel sites during the period  337   225   254   230 
Motor fuel sales (gallons per site per day)  2,057   2,239   1,993   2,148 
Motor fuel gross profit per gallon, net of credit card
  fees and commissions
 $0.052  $0.041  $0.040  $0.038 
                 
Commission agents statistics:                
Average retail fuel sites during the period  210   170   190   171 
Motor fuel gross profit per gallon, net of credit card
  fees and commissions
 $0.016  $0.015  $0.015  $0.016 
                 
Company operated retail site statistics:                
Average retail fuel sites during the period  128   55   64   59 
Motor fuel gross profit per gallon, net of credit card
  fees
 $0.096  $0.112  $0.096  $0.095 
Merchandise gross profit percentage, net of credit
  card fees(a)
  25.4%  21.6%  25.4%  21.4%

(a)      CrossAmerica reclassified revenues related to certain ancillary items such as car wash revenue, lottery commissions and ATM commissions from merchandise margin to other revenues to conform to the current year presentation, which amounted to $0.5 million and $1.4 million for the three and six months ended June 30, 2019, respectively. This reclassification also impacted the merchandise gross profit percentages reported for the 2019 periods.
(b)      Please see the reconciliation of CrossAmerica’s segment’s operating income to Adjusted EBITDA and related reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to net income under the heading “Supplemental Disclosure Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Measures” below.
(c)      The increase in the commission site count was primarily attributable to the 37 commission sites acquired in the CST Fuel Supply Exchange.
(d)      The increase in the company operated site count was primarily attributable to the 154 company operated sites from the acquisition of retail and wholesale assets, partially offset by the conversion of 46 company operated sites to dealer operated sites in the third quarter of 2019.   

Supplemental Disclosure Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Measures

CrossAmerica uses the non-GAAP financial measures EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Distributable Cash Flow and Distribution Coverage Ratio. EBITDA represents net income available to the Partnership before deducting interest expense, income taxes, depreciation, amortization and accretion (which includes certain impairment charges). Adjusted EBITDA represents EBITDA as further adjusted to exclude equity-based employee and director compensation expense, gains or losses on dispositions and lease terminations, net, certain discrete acquisition related costs, such as legal and other professional fees and separation benefit costs and certain other discrete non-cash items arising from purchase accounting. Distributable Cash Flow represents Adjusted EBITDA less cash interest expense, sustaining capital expenditures and current income tax expense. The Distribution Coverage Ratio is computed by dividing Distributable Cash Flow by the weighted average diluted common units and then dividing that result by the distributions paid per limited partner unit.

EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Distributable Cash Flow and Distribution Coverage Ratio are used as supplemental financial measures by management and by external users of the CrossAmerica financial statements, such as investors and lenders. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are used to assess the financial performance without regard to financing methods, capital structure or income taxes and the ability to incur and service debt and to fund capital expenditures. In addition, Adjusted EBITDA is used to assess the operating performance of the CrossAmerica business on a consistent basis by excluding the impact of items which do not result directly from the wholesale distribution of motor fuel, the leasing of real property, or the day to day operations of the Partnership’s retail site activities. EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Distributable Cash Flow and Distribution Coverage Ratio are also used to assess the ability to generate cash sufficient to make distributions to the Partnership’s unitholders.

CrossAmerica believes the presentation of EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Distributable Cash Flow and Distribution Coverage Ratio provides useful information to investors in assessing the financial condition and results of operations. EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Distributable Cash Flow and Distribution Coverage Ratio should not be considered alternatives to net income or any other measure of financial performance or liquidity presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP. EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Distributable Cash Flow and Distribution Coverage Ratio have important limitations as analytical tools because they exclude some but not all items that affect net income. Additionally, because EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Distributable Cash Flow and Distribution Coverage Ratio may be defined differently by other companies in the industry, the Partnership’s definitions may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies, thereby diminishing their utility.

The following table presents reconciliations of EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, and Distributable Cash Flow to net income, the most directly comparable U.S. GAAP financial measure, for each of the periods indicated (in thousands, except for per unit amounts):

  Three Months Ended June 30,  Six Months Ended June 30, 
  2020  2019  2020  2019 
Net income available to limited partners $5,230  $6,308  $77,158  $6,387 
Interest expense  4,121   7,236   9,661   14,573 
Income tax (benefit) expense  (2,944)  341   (2,976)  490 
Depreciation, amortization and accretion expense  16,050   12,496   33,277   25,557 
EBITDA  22,457   26,381   117,120   47,007 
Equity-based employee and director compensation expense  17   124   48   326 
Loss (gain) on dispositions and lease terminations, net(a)  4,575   369   (66,356)  428 
Acquisition-related costs(b)  672   847   2,193   1,405 
Adjusted EBITDA  27,721   27,721   53,005   49,166 
Cash interest expense  (3,861)  (6,981)  (9,140)  (14,028)
Sustaining capital expenditures(c)  (407)  (437)  (1,047)  (763)
Current income tax benefit(d)  2,594   2,043   3,668   1,228 
Distributable Cash Flow $26,047  $22,346  $46,486  $35,603 
Weighted-average diluted common units  37,738   34,461   36,867   34,461 
Distributions paid per limited partner unit(e) $0.5250  $0.5250  $1.0500  $1.0500 
Distribution Coverage Ratio(f) 1.31x  1.24x  1.20x  0.98x 
  1. During the three months ended June 30, 2020, CrossAmerica recorded a loss on lease terminations, including the non-cash write-off of deferred rent income associated with these leases, of $10.9 million. During the six months ended June 30, 2020, CrossAmerica recorded a $67.6 million gain on the sale of its 17.5% investment in CST Fuel Supply. In addition, the Partnership also recorded gains on the sale of CAPL properties in connection with the asset exchange with Circle K of $6.1 million and $7.9 million for the three and six months ended June 30, 2020, respectively.
  2. Relates to certain discrete acquisition related costs, such as legal and other professional fees, separation benefit costs and certain purchase accounting adjustments associated with recently acquired businesses.
  3. Under the Partnership Agreement, sustaining capital expenditures are capital expenditures made to maintain CrossAmerica’s long-term operating income or operating capacity. Examples of sustaining capital expenditures are those made to maintain existing contract volumes, including payments to renew existing distribution contracts, or to maintain CrossAmerica’s sites in conditions suitable to lease, such as parking lot or roof replacement/renovation, or to replace equipment required to operate the existing business.
  4. Excludes current income tax incurred on the sale of sites.
  5. On July 23, 2020, the Board approved a quarterly distribution of $0.5250 per unit attributable to the second quarter of 2020. The distribution is payable on August 11, 2020 to all unitholders of record on August 4, 2020.
  6. The distribution coverage ratio is computed by dividing Distributable Cash Flow by the weighted-average diluted common units and then dividing that result by the distributions paid per limited partner unit.

                

The following table reconciles the segment operating income to Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA presented in the table above (in thousands):

  Three Months Ended June 30,  Six Months Ended June 30, 
  2020  2019  2020  2019 
Operating income - Wholesale segment $31,219  $29,679  $60,484  $53,967 
Operating income - Retail segment  331   1,299   726   1,907 
Operating income - Total segment $31,550  $30,978  $61,210  $55,874 
Reconciling items:                
Elimination of intersegment profit in ending
  inventory balance
  1,001   (84)  (451)  170 
General and administrative expenses  (5,597)  (4,109)  (10,077)  (8,527)
Other income, net  78   98   215   184 
Equity-based employee and director compensation expense  17   124   48   326 
Acquisition-related costs  672   847   2,193   1,405 
IDR distributions     (133)  (133)  (266)
Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA $27,721  $27,721  $53,005  $49,166 

About CrossAmerica Partners LP

CrossAmerica Partners LP is a leading wholesale distributor of motor fuels and owner and lessee of real estate used in the retail distribution of motor fuels. Its general partner, CrossAmerica GP LLC, is indirectly owned and controlled by entities affiliated with Joseph V. Topper, Jr., the founder of CrossAmerica Partners and a member of the board of the general partner since 2012. Formed in 2012, CrossAmerica Partners LP is a distributor of branded and unbranded petroleum for motor vehicles in the United States and distributes fuel to approximately 1,800 locations and owns or leases approximately 1,100 sites. With a geographic footprint covering 34 states, the Partnership has well-established relationships with several major oil brands, including ExxonMobil, BP, Shell, Chevron, Sunoco, Valero, Gulf, Citgo, Marathon and Phillips 66. CrossAmerica Partners LP ranks as one of ExxonMobil’s largest distributors by fuel volume in the United States and in the top 10 for additional brands. For additional information, please visit www.crossamericapartners.com.

Contact

Investor Relations:      Randy Palmer, rpalmer@caplp.com or 210-742-8316

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Statements contained in this release that state the Partnership’s or management’s expectations or predictions of the future are forward-looking statements. The words “believe,” “expect,” “should,” “intends,” “estimates,” “target” and other similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. It is important to note that actual results could differ materially from those projected in such forward-looking statements. For more information concerning factors that could cause actual results to differ from those expressed or forecasted, see CrossAmerica’s Form 10-K or Forms 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and available on CrossAmerica’s website at www.crossamericapartners.com. The Partnership undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any statements in this release, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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

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