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Sunoco LP Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2019 Financial and Operating Results

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DALLAS, Feb. 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Sunoco LP (NYSE:SUN) ("SUN" or the "Partnership") today reported financial and operating results for the three- and twelve-month periods ended December 31, 2019.

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For the three months ended December 31, 2019, net income was $83 million versus a net loss of $72 million in the fourth quarter of 2018. 

Adjusted EBITDA(1) for the quarter totaled $168 million compared with $180 million in the fourth quarter of 2018.

Distributable Cash Flow, as adjusted(1), for the quarter was $120 million, compared to $114 million a year ago.

For the twelve months ended December 31, 2019, net income was $313 million versus a net loss of $207 million in 2018. 

Adjusted EBITDA(1) for the full year 2019 totaled $665 million, up 4% from $638 million a year ago. This year-over-year increase reflects a 4% increase in gallons to a record high 8.2 billion, an increase in lease gross profit and a 13% decline in operating expenses(2).

Distributable Cash Flow, as adjusted(1), for 2019 was $453 million, compared to $455 million a year ago.

Recent Accomplishments and Other Developments

  • Sold 2.1 billion gallons in the fourth quarter, up 3% from the fourth quarter of 2018. For the full year 2019, SUN sold a record 8.2 billion gallons, up 4% from a year ago. On a weighted-average basis, fuel margin for all gallons sold was 9.9 cents per gallon for the fourth quarter and 10.1 cents per gallon for the full year 2019.
  • Reported current quarter cash coverage of 1.39 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 4.61 times at the end of the fourth quarter.
  • Remained cost disciplined, with operating expenses(2) of $501 million for the full year 2019 and $119 million in the fourth quarter, down 13% and 20% year over year, respectively.

Distribution

On January 27, 2020, the Board of Directors of SUN's general partner declared a distribution for the fourth quarter of 2019 of $0.8255 per unit, which corresponds to $3.3020 per unit on an annualized basis. The distribution will be paid on February 19, 2020 to common unitholders of record on February 7, 2020.

Liquidity

At December 31, 2019, SUN had borrowings of $162 million against its revolving line of credit and other long-term debt of $2.9 billion

Capital Spending and Other Investments

SUN's gross capital expenditures for the fourth quarter were $45 million, which included $28 million for growth capital and $17 million for maintenance capital. 

SUN spent $116 million on growth capital for the full year 2019, including $8 million of growth capital toward the J.C. Nolan joint venture with Energy Transfer.  With an additional $45 million investment on the J.C. Nolan joint venture, SUN's total investment in 2019 was $161 million

SUN spent $40 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.

(2)

Operating expenses include general and administrative, other operating and lease expenses.

Earnings Conference Call

Sunoco LP management will hold a conference call on Thursday, February 20, at 8:00 a.m. CT (9:00 a.m. ET) to discuss 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 with core operations that include the distribution of motor fuel to approximately 10,000 convenience stores, independent dealers, commercial customers and distributors located in more than 30 states as well as refined product transportation and terminalling assets. SUN's general partner is owned by Energy Transfer Operating, L.P., a wholly owned 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:
Alexis Daniel, Manager – Communications
(214) 981-0739, alexis.daniel@sunoco.com

– Financial Schedules Follow –

 

SUNOCO LP
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(unaudited)



December 31,
 2019


December 31,
 2018

Assets




Current assets:




Cash and cash equivalents

$

21



$

56


Accounts receivable, net

399



374


Receivables from affiliates

12



37


Inventories, net

419



374


Other current assets

73



64


Total current assets

924



905






Property and equipment

2,134



2,133


Accumulated depreciation

(692)



(587)


Property and equipment, net

1,442



1,546


Other assets:




Finance lease right-of-use assets, net

29




Operating lease right-of-use assets, net

533




Goodwill

1,555



1,559






Intangible assets, net

646



708


Other noncurrent assets

188



161


Investment in unconsolidated affiliate

121




Total assets

$

5,438



$

4,879


Liabilities and equity




Current liabilities:




Accounts payable

$

445



$

412


Accounts payable to affiliates

49



149


Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

219



299


Operating lease current liabilities

20




Current maturities of long-term debt

11



5


Total current liabilities

744



865


Operating lease non-current liabilities

530




Revolving line of credit

162



700


Long-term debt, net

2,898



2,280


Advances from affiliates

140



24


Deferred tax liability

109



103


Other noncurrent liabilities

97



123


Total liabilities

4,680



4,095


Commitments and contingencies




Equity:




Limited partners:




Common unitholders
   (82,985,941 units issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2019 and
   82,665,057 units issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2018)

758



784


Class C unitholders - held by subsidiary
   (16,410,780 units issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2019 and
     December 31, 2018)




Total equity

758



784


Total liabilities and equity

$

5,438



$

4,879




 

SUNOCO LP
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)
(unaudited)



Three Months Ended
December 31,


Year Ended December 31,


2019


2018


2019


2018


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

Revenues:








Motor fuel sales

$

4,002



$

3,784



$

16,176



$

16,504


Non motor fuel sales

61



54



278



360


Lease income

35



39



142



130


Total revenues

4,098



3,877



16,596



16,994


Cost of sales and operating expenses:








Cost of sales

3,813



3,694



15,380



15,872


General and administrative

35



38



136



141


Other operating

68



93



304



363


Lease expense

16



18



61



72


Loss on disposal of assets and impairment charges

22



22



68



19


Depreciation, amortization and accretion

46



50



183



182


Total cost of sales and operating expenses

4,000



3,915



16,132



16,649


Operating income (loss)

98



(38)



464



345


Other expenses (income):








Interest expense, net

43



39



173



144


Other expense (income), net





(3)




Equity in earnings of unconsolidated affiliate

(2)





(2)




Loss on extinguishment of debt and other, net







109


Income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes

57



(77)



296



92


Income tax expense (benefit)

(26)



(5)



(17)



34


Income (loss) from continuing operations

83



(72)



313



58


Loss from discontinued operations, net of income taxes







(265)


Net income (loss) and comprehensive income (loss)

$

83



$

(72)



$

313



$

(207)










Net income (loss) per common unit - basic:








Continuing operations

$

0.76



$

(1.11)



$

2.84



$

(0.25)


Discontinued operations







(3.14)


Net income (loss)

$

0.76



$

(1.11)



$

2.84



$

(3.39)










Net income (loss) per common unit - diluted:








Continuing operations

$

0.75



$

(1.11)



$

2.82



$

(0.25)


Discontinued operations







(3.14)


Net income (loss)

$

0.75



$

(1.11)



$

2.82



$

(3.39)










Weighted average limited partner units outstanding:








Common units - basic

82,813,411



82,543,312



82,755,520



84,299,893


Common units - diluted

83,713,959



83,226,399



83,551,962



84,820,570










Cash distribution per unit

$

0.8255



$

0.8255



$

3.3020



$

3.3020


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 and Marketing and All Other.

The key operating metrics by segment and accompanying footnotes set forth below are presented for the three months and years ended December 31, 2019 and 2018 and have been derived from our historical consolidated financial statements.



For the Three Months Ended December 31,



2019



2018



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


$

3,846



$

156



$

4,002




$

3,606



$

178



$

3,784


Non motor fuel sales


13



48



61




7



47



54


Lease income


37



(2)



35




36



3



39


Total revenues


$

3,896



$

202



$

4,098




$

3,649



$

228



$

3,877


Gross profit (1):














Motor fuel sales


$

193



$

20



$

213




$

86



$

31



$

117


Non motor fuel sales


13



24



37




5



22



27


Lease


37



(2)



35




36



3



39


Total gross profit


$

243



$

42



$

285




$

127



$

56



$

183


Net income (loss) and comprehensive income (loss) from continuing operations


57



26



83




(52)



(20)



(72)


Loss from discontinued operations, net of taxes














Net income (loss) and comprehensive income (loss)


$

57



$

26



$

83




$

(52)



$

(20)



$

(72)


Adjusted EBITDA (2)


$

147



$

21



$

168




$

159



$

21



$

180


Operating data:














Motor fuel gallons sold (3)






2,087








2,021


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






9.9

¢







12.4

¢

 



Year Ended December 31,



2019



2018



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


$

15,522



$

654



$

16,176




$

15,466



$

1,038



$

16,504


Non motor fuel sales


62



216



278




48



312



360


Lease income


131



11



142




118



12



130


Total revenues


$

15,715



$

881



$

16,596




$

15,632



$

1,362



$

16,994


Gross profit (1):














Motor fuel sales


$

817



$

89



$

906




$

673



$

123



$

796


Non motor fuel sales


53



115



168




40



156



196


Lease


131



11



142




118



12



130


Total gross profit


$

1,001



$

215



$

1,216




$

831



$

291



$

1,122


Net income (loss) and comprehensive income (loss) from continuing operations


290



23



313




80



(22)



58


Loss from discontinued operations, net of taxes











(265)



(265)


Net income (loss) and comprehensive income (loss)


$

290



$

23



$

313




$

80



$

(287)



$

(207)


Adjusted EBITDA (2)


$

545



$

120



$

665




$

554



$

84



$

638


Operating data:














Motor fuel gallons sold (3)






8,193








7,859


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






10.1

¢







11.4

¢

The following table presents a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to net income and Adjusted EBITDA to Distributable Cash Flow, as adjusted, for the three months and years ended December 31, 2019 and 2018:



Three Months Ended
December 31,



Year Ended

December 31,



2019


2018



2019


2018



(in millions)



(in millions)

Adjusted EBITDA:










Fuel Distribution and Marketing


$

147



$

159




$

545



$

554


All Other


21



21




120



84


Total Adjusted EBITDA


168



180




665



638


Depreciation, amortization and accretion


(46)



(50)




(183)



(182)


Interest expense, net (3)


(43)



(39)




(173)



(146)


Non-cash unit-based compensation expense (3)


(3)



(2)




(13)



(12)


Loss on disposal of assets and impairment charges (3)


(22)



(22)




(68)



(80)


Loss on extinguishment of debt and other, net









(129)


Unrealized gain (loss) on commodity derivatives (3)


1



(5)




5



(6)


Inventory adjustments (3)


8



(135)




79



(84)


Equity in earnings of unconsolidated affiliate


2






2




Adjusted EBITDA related to unconsolidated affiliate


(3)






(4)




Other non-cash adjustments


(5)



(4)




(14)



(14)


Income tax (expense) benefit (3)


26



5




17



(192)


Net income (loss) and comprehensive income (loss)


$

83



$

(72)




$

313



$

(207)












Adjusted EBITDA (2)


$

168



$

180




$

665



$

638


Adjusted EBITDA related to unconsolidated affiliate


3






4




Distributable cash flow from unconsolidated affiliate


(3)






(4)




Cash interest expense (3)


41



39




166



142


Income tax expense (benefit), current (3)


(41)



11




(22)



489


Transaction-related income taxes (5)


31






31



(470)


Maintenance capital expenditures (3)


17



15




40



31


Distributable Cash Flow


120



115




450



446


Transaction-related expense (3)




(1)




3



11


Series A Preferred distribution









(2)


Distributable Cash Flow, as adjusted (2)


$

120



$

114




$

453



$

455












Distributions to Partners:










Limited Partners


$

69



$

68




$

273



$

272


General Partners


18



18




72



70


Total distributions to be paid to partners


$

87



$

86




$

345



$

342


Common Units outstanding - end of period


83.0



82.7




83.0



82.7


Distribution coverage ratio (6)


1.39



1.33




1.32



1.32












(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.

Adjusted EBITDA reflects amounts for the unconsolidated affiliate based on the same recognition and measurement methods used to record equity in earnings of unconsolidated affiliate. Adjusted EBITDA related to unconsolidated affiliate excludes the same items with respect to the unconsolidated affiliate as those excluded from the calculation of Adjusted EBITDA, such as interest, taxes, depreciation, depletion, amortization and other non-cash items. Although these amounts are excluded from Adjusted EBITDA related to unconsolidated affiliate, such exclusion should not be understood to imply that we have control over the operations and resulting revenues and expenses of such affiliate. We do not control our unconsolidated affiliate; therefore, we do not control the earnings or cash flows of such affiliate. The use of Adjusted EBITDA or Adjusted EBITDA related to unconsolidated affiliate as an analytical tool should be limited accordingly.

(3)

Includes amounts from discontinued operations for the year ended December 31, 2018.

(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.

(6)

The distribution coverage ratio for a period is calculated as Distributable Cash Flow attributable to partners, as adjusted, divided by distributions expected to be paid to partners of Sunoco LP in respect of such a period.

 

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