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Earnings Details
1st Quarter March 2018
Wednesday, May 9, 2018 4:30:00 PM
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Sunoco LP (SUN) Recent Earnings

Sunoco LP (SUN) reported 1st Quarter March 2018 earnings of $0.10 per share on revenue of $3.7 billion. The consensus earnings estimate was $0.57 per share on revenue of $3.0 billion. Revenue fell 14.7% compared to the same quarter a year ago.

Sunoco LP is engaged in fee-based wholesale distribution of motor fuels to Susser & third parties. It is also engaged in retail sale of motor fuel. It operates in regions including Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Kansas, Maryland, Virginia, Georgia & Hawaii.

Results
Reported Earnings
$0.10
Earnings Whisper
-
Consensus Estimate
$0.57
Reported Revenue
$3.75 Bil
Revenue Estimate
$3.00 Bil
Growth
Earnings Growth
Revenue Growth
Power Rating
Grade
Earnings Release

Sunoco LP Announces First Quarter Financial and Operating Results

DALLAS, May 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- 

  • Executed business transformation
    • Closed on divestiture of company-operated sites to 7-Eleven, Inc. with 15-year take-or-pay fuel distribution contract
    • Converted 207 West Texas company-operated sites to commission agent channel
    • Completed refinancing and equity repurchase initiatives
  • Current quarter cash coverage of 1.00 times and trailing twelve months coverage of 1.22 times with leverage of 3.82 times at the end of the first quarter of 2018
    • Generated first quarter Net Loss of $315 million, Adjusted EBITDA(1) of $109 million and Distributable Cash Flow(1), as adjusted, of $85 million
  • Utilized scale to grow fuel distribution and logistics business
    • In April 2018, SUN acquired 26 retail sites from 7-Eleven and converted into commission agent channel
    • In April 2018, SUN acquired the wholesale fuel distribution business and terminal assets from Superior Plus Corporation

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Sunoco LP (NYSE: SUN) ("SUN" or the "Partnership") today announced financial and operating results for the three-month period ended March 31, 2018.

Revenue totaled $3.7 billion, an increase of 33.5 percent, compared to $2.8 billion in the first quarter of 2017. The increase was the result of the average selling price of fuel being higher than last year.

Total gross profit increased to $296 million, compared to $256 million in the first quarter of 2017, as a result of higher motor fuel gross profits.

Loss from continuing operations was $78 million, including a $109 million loss on extinguishment of debt and other, versus income of $12 million in the first quarter of 2017.  

Loss from discontinued operations, net of income taxes, was $237 million versus a loss from discontinued operations, net of income taxes, of $11 million in the first quarter of 2017.

Net loss was $315 million, or ($3.74) per diluted unit, versus a net income of $1 million, or ($0.22) per diluted unit, in the first quarter of 2017.

Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter totaled $109 million, compared with $155 million in the first quarter of 2017.

Distributable Cash Flow, as adjusted, was $85 million, compared to $77 million a year ago.  This year-over-year increase reflects lower cash interest expense and a decrease in maintenance capital spend.

On a weighted-average basis, fuel margin for all gallons sold was 10.5 cents per gallon, compared to 14.5 cents per gallon in the first quarter of 2017.  The 4.0 cent per gallon decrease was attributable to a shift in volumes away from the retail segment to the wholesale segment and the adoption of revenue recognition.

Net loss for the wholesale segment was $58 million compared to net income of $38 million a year ago.  Adjusted EBITDA was $80 million, versus $91 million in the first quarter of last year.  Total wholesale gallons sold were 1,612 million, compared to 1,313 million in the first quarter of 2017, an increase of 22.8 percent.  The Partnership earned 8.4 cents per gallon on these volumes, compared to 10.6 cents per gallon a year earlier.

Net loss for the retail segment was $257 million compared to a net loss of $37 million a year ago.  Adjusted EBITDA was $29 million, versus $64 million in the first quarter of last year.  Total retail gallons sold were 245 million, down from 595 million gallons a year ago as volumes migrated to the wholesale segment.  The Partnership earned 24.4 cents per gallon on these volumes, compared to 23.1 cents per gallon a year earlier.

SUN's recent accomplishments include the following:

  • Closed the strategic divestiture of company-operated sites in the continental United States to 7-Eleven, Inc. on January 23, 2018 for gross proceeds of approximately $3.2 billion
  • Completed the following refinancing and equity repurchase initiatives:
    • Closed the private offering of $2.2 billion of new senior notes on January 23, 2018, comprised of $1.0 billion in aggregate principal amount of 4.875% senior notes due 2023, $800 million in aggregate principal amount of 5.500% senior notes due 2026 and $400 million in aggregate principal amount of 5.875% senior notes due 2028. Proceeds from this offering were used to redeem in full amounts owed under existing senior notes
    • Repaid in full and terminated the term loan agreement and paid down all outstanding amounts owed under the revolving credit facility
    • Redeemed $300 million of Series A Preferred Units held by Energy Transfer Equity for an aggregate redemption amount of approximately $313 million
    • Repurchased 17,286,859 Sunoco common units owned by Energy Transfer Partners for aggregate cash consideration of approximately $540 million at a 10-day volume weighted average price of $31.2376 per unit

Following the conversion of sites to the commission agent channel through April 2018, SUN operates 21 company-operated sites along the New Jersey turnpike and 54 retail sites in Hawaii.

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

Distribution

On April 26, 2018, the Board of Directors of SUN's general partner declared a distribution for the first quarter of 2018 of $0.8255 per unit, which corresponds to $3.3020 per unit on an annualized basis.  The distribution will be paid on May 15, 2018 to common unitholders of record on May 7, 2018.

SUN's distribution coverage ratio for the first quarter was 1.00 times. The distribution coverage ratio on a trailing 12-month basis was 1.22 times.

Liquidity

At March 31, SUN had no borrowings against its revolving line of credit and other long-term debt of $2.3 billion.  In the first quarter of 2018, SUN did not issue any common units through its at-the-market equity program.  The leverage ratio of debt to Adjusted EBITDA, calculated in accordance with SUN's credit facility, was 3.82 times at the end of the first quarter.  

(1)

Adjusted EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow, as adjusted, are non-GAAP financial measures of performance that have limitations and should not be considered as a substitute for net income. Please refer to the discussion and tables under "Reconciliations of Non-GAAP Measures" later in this news release for a discussion of our use of Adjusted EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow, as adjusted, and a reconciliation to net income.

Earnings Conference Call

Sunoco LP management will hold a conference call on Thursday, May 10, at 9:30 a.m. CT (10:30 a.m. ET) to discuss first quarter results and recent developments.  To participate, dial 877-407-6184 (toll free) or 201-389-0877 approximately 10 minutes early and ask for the Sunoco LP conference call. The call will also be accessible live and for later replay via webcast in the Investor Relations section of Sunoco's website at www.SunocoLP.com under Events and Presentations. An investor presentation accompanying the earnings call will be available in the Investor Relations section of Sunoco's website at www.SunocoLP.com under Events and Presentations.

Sunoco LP (NYSE: SUN) is a master limited partnership that distributes motor fuel to approximately 9,200 convenience stores, independent dealers, commercial customers and distributors located in more than 30 states. SUN's general partner is owned by Energy Transfer Equity, L.P. (NYSE: ETE). 

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, Senior Director – Investor Relations and Treasury
(214) 840-5660, scott.grischow@sunoco.com

Derek Rabe, CFA, Senior Analyst – Investor Relations and Finance
(214) 840-5553, derek.rabe@sunoco.com

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

Jeamy Molina, Senior Manager – PR & Communications
(214) 840-5594, jeamy.molina@sunoco.com

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SUNOCO LP

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(unaudited)



March 31,
2018


December 31,
2017


(in millions, except units)

Assets




Current assets:




Cash and cash equivalents

$

98



$

28


Accounts receivable, net

451



541


Receivables from affiliates

160



155


Inventories, net

434



426


Other current assets

71



81


Assets held for sale

6



3,313


Total current assets

1,220



4,544


Property and equipment, net

1,522



1,557


Other assets:




Goodwill

1,430



1,430


Intangible assets, net

656



768


Other noncurrent assets

91



45


Total assets

$

4,919



$

8,344


Liabilities and equity




Current liabilities:




Accounts payable

$

416



$

559


Accounts payable to affiliates

178



206


Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

759



368


Current maturities of long-term debt

5



6


Liabilities associated with assets held for sale



75


Total current liabilities

1,358



1,214


Revolving line of credit



765


Long-term debt, net

2,283



3,519


Advances from affiliates

85



85


Deferred tax liability

124



389


Other noncurrent liabilities

137



125


Total liabilities

3,987



6,097


Commitments and contingencies (Note 14)




Equity:




Limited partners:




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



300


Common unitholders (82,492,008 units issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2018 and 99,667,999 units issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2017)

932



1,947


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




Total equity

932



2,247


Total liabilities and equity

$

4,919



$

8,344


 

SUNOCO LP

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)

(unaudited)



For the Three Months Ended March 31,


2018


2017


(in millions, except unit and per unit amounts)

Revenues:




Retail motor fuel

$

445



$

353


Wholesale motor fuel sales to third parties

3,094



2,244


Wholesale motor fuel sales to affiliates

12



21


Merchandise

135



131


Rental income

22



22


Other

41



37


Total revenues

3,749



2,808


Cost of sales:




Retail motor fuel cost of sales

401



317


Wholesale motor fuel cost of sales

2,945



2,143


Merchandise cost of sales

93



88


Other

14



4


Total cost of sales

3,453



2,552


Gross profit

296



256


Operating expenses:




General and administrative

35



32


Other operating

98



92


Rent

15



20


Loss on disposal of assets

3



2


Depreciation, amortization and accretion

49



54


Total operating expenses

200



200


Operating income

96



56


Other expenses:




Interest expense, net

34



58


Loss on extinguishment of debt and other

109




Loss from continuing operations before income taxes

(47)



(2)


Income tax expense (benefit)

31



(14)


Income (loss) from continuing operations

(78)



12


Loss from discontinued operations, net of income taxes

(237)



(11)


Net income (loss) and comprehensive income (loss)

$

(315)



$

1






Net loss per limited partner unit - basic:




Continuing operations - common units

$

(1.11)



$

(0.11)


Discontinued operations - common units

(2.63)



(0.11)


Net loss - common units

$

(3.74)



$

(0.22)


Net loss per limited partner unit - diluted:




Continuing operations - common units

$

(1.11)



$

(0.11)


Discontinued operations - common units

(2.63)



(0.11)


Net loss - common units

$

(3.74)



$

(0.22)


Weighted average limited partner units outstanding:




Common units - basic

89,753,950



98,609,608


Common units - diluted

90,271,751



98,715,958






Cash distribution per unit

$

0.8255



$

0.8255


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. We operate our business in two primary operating divisions, wholesale and retail, both of which are included as reportable segments.

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

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


For the Three Months Ended March 31,


2018



2017


Wholesale


Retail


Total



Wholesale


Retail


Total


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

Revenues:













Retail motor fuel

$



$

445



$

445




$



$

353



$

353


Wholesale motor fuel sales to third parties

3,094





3,094




2,244





2,244


Wholesale motor fuel sale to affiliates

12





12




21





21


Merchandise



135



135






131



131


Rental income

19



3



22




19



3



22


Other

14



27



41




13



24



37


Total revenues

$

3,139



$

610



$

3,749




$

2,297



$

511



$

2,808


Gross profit:













Retail motor fuel

$



$

44



$

44




$



$

36



$

36


Wholesale motor fuel

161





161




122





122


Merchandise



42



42






43



43


Rental and other

29



20



49




28



27



55


Total gross profit

$

190



$

106



$

296




$

150



$

106



$

256


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

(58)



(20)



(78)




38



(26)



12


Net loss and comprehensive loss from discontinued operations



(237)



(237)






(11)



(11)


Net income (loss) and comprehensive income (loss)

$

(58)



$

(257)



$

(315)




$

38



$

(37)



$

1


Adjusted EBITDA (2)

$

80



$

29



$

109




$

91



$

64



$

155


Distributable cash flow, as adjusted (2)





$

85








$

77


Operating Data:













Total motor fuel gallons sold:













Retail (3)



245



245






595



595


Wholesale

1,612





1,612




1,313





1,313


Motor fuel gross profit cents per gallon (1):













Retail (3)



24.4¢



24.4¢






23.1¢



23.1¢


Wholesale

8.4¢





8.4¢




10.6¢





10.6¢


Volume-weighted average for all gallons (3)





10.5¢








14.5¢


Retail merchandise margin (3)



29.7

%







31.6

%



The following table presents a reconciliation of net income to EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow:


For the Three Months Ended March 31,


2018



2017


Wholesale


Retail


Total



Wholesale


Retail


Total


(in millions)

Net income (loss) and comprehensive income (loss)

$

(58)



$

(257)



$

(315)




$

38



$

(37)



$

1


Depreciation, amortization  and accretion (3)

28



21



49




22



65



87


Interest expense, net (3)

19



17



36




20



44



64


Income tax expense (benefit) (3)

1



203



204




1



(18)



(17)


EBITDA

$

(10)



$

(16)



$

(26)




$

81



$

54



$

135


Non-cash compensation expense (3)



3



3




0



4



4


Loss on disposal of assets (3)

3



23



26




2



5



7


Loss on extinguishment of debt and other (3)

109



20



129









Unrealized gain on commodity derivatives (3)








(5)





(5)


Inventory adjustments (3)

(25)



(1)



(26)




13



1



14


Other non-cash adjustments

3





3









Adjusted EBITDA

$

80



$

29



$

109




$

91



$

64



$

155


Cash interest expense (3)





34








60


Current income tax expense (3)





468









Transaction-related income taxes (4)





(480)









Maintenance capital expenditures (3)





3








18


Distributable cash flow





$

84








$

77


Transaction-related expenses (3)





3









Series A Preferred distribution





(2)









Distributable cash flow, as adjusted





$

85








$

77


_______________________________

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

(2)      EBITDA is defined as earnings before net interest expense, income taxes, depreciation, amortization and accretion expense. Adjusted EBITDA further adjusts EBITDA to reflect certain other non-recurring and non-cash items. We define Adjusted EBITDA to also include adjustments for unrealized gains and losses on commodity derivatives and inventory fair value adjustments. We define distributable cash flow as Adjusted EBITDA less cash interest expense, including the accrual of interest expense related to our long-term debt that is paid on a semi-annual basis, Series A Preferred distribution, current income tax expense, maintenance capital expenditures, and other non-cash adjustments. Further adjustments are made to distributable cash flow for certain transaction-related and non-recurring expenses that are included in net income.

We believe EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow 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 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.

EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow 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. EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow 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 EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA do not reflect cash requirements for such replacements; and

as not all companies use identical calculations, our presentation of EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies.

(3)    Includes amounts from discontinued operations.

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

Capital Spending

SUN's gross capital expenditures for the first quarter were $19 million, which included $16 million for growth capital and $3 million for maintenance capital. 

Excluding acquisitions, SUN expects to spend approximately $90 million on growth capital and approximately $40 million on maintenance capital for the full year 2018.

 

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