WNR
$33.90
Western Refining
$.57
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Earnings Details
4th Quarter December 2016
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 1:33:14 AM
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Summary

Western Refining (WNR) Recent Earnings

Western Refining (WNR) reported a 4th Quarter December 2016 loss of $0.07 per share on revenue of $2.1 billion. The consensus earnings estimate was $0.08 per share on revenue of $2.2 billion. Revenue grew 2.2% on a year-over-year basis.

Western Refining Inc is a crude oil refiner and marketer of refined products. The Company operates retail convenience stores that sell gasoline, diesel fuel and convenience store merchandise.

Results
Reported Earnings
($0.07)
Earnings Whisper
-
Consensus Estimate
$0.08
Reported Revenue
$2.12 Bil
Revenue Estimate
$2.20 Bil
Growth
Earnings Growth
Revenue Growth
Power Rating
Grade
Earnings Release

Western Refining Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2016 Results

Western Refining, Inc. (WNR) today reported results for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2016. The Company reported a fourth quarter 2016 net loss attributable to Western of $9.6 million, or $(0.09) per diluted share, as compared to net income of $13.5 million, or $0.14 per diluted share for the fourth quarter of 2015. Net loss attributable to Western, excluding special items, was $7.8 million, or $(0.07) per diluted share. This compares to fourth quarter 2015 net income, excluding special items, of $52.2 million, or $0.56 per diluted share. A reconciliation of reported earnings and description of special items can be found in the accompanying financial tables.

For full year 2016, net income attributable to Western was $124.9 million, or $1.24 per diluted share compared to full year 2015 net income attributable to Western of $406.8 million, or $4.28 per diluted share.

Jeff Stevens, Western’s Chief Executive Officer, said, "Western had a successful 2016 despite a volatile crude oil price environment and challenging fourth quarter. There was pressure on refining margins throughout 2016 which were considerably below the highs we saw in 2015 and crude oil price differentials also remained narrow. However, we had good, reliable operations at our refineries and completed a major turnaround at our St. Paul Park refinery resulting in additional crude oil flexibility and increased capacity. Additionally, our Retail operations achieved record levels in total fuel volumes and merchandise sales in 2016."

Stevens continued, "Western invested $141 million in discretionary capital during the year to enhance our crude oil flexibility, throughput, and improve product yields at our St. Paul Park refinery and to enhance our logistics capabilities in the Permian, San Juan and Williston Basins. In the Permian and San Juan Basins, we continued to expand our fully integrated crude oil pipeline logistics system and are able to move crude oil south to either our El Paso refinery or eastward to Midland and the Gulf Coast. Additionally, we continued to balance capital investment with returning cash to shareholders. In 2016, we returned approximately $228 million in cash to shareholders through dividends and share repurchases."

Stevens concluded, "As we begin 2017, we are looking forward to the completion of the pending Tesoro transaction. Meanwhile, we remain focused on safe and reliable operations while emphasizing operational efficiencies and managing our costs. We will also continue to maximize the benefits of our investment in Western Refining Logistics. Overall, we have expanded and enhanced our asset base which provides maximum flexibility in these volatile business conditions."

Conference Call Information

A conference call is scheduled for Tuesday, February 28, 2017, at 10:00 am ET to discuss Western’s financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2016. A slide presentation will be available for reference during the conference call. The call, press release, and slide presentation can be accessed on the Investor Relations section on Western’s website, www.wnr.com. The call can also be heard by dialing (866) 566-8590 or (702) 224-9819, passcode: 48866421. The audio replay will be available two hours after the end of the call through March 7, 2017, by dialing (800) 585-8367 or (404) 537-3406, passcode: 48866421.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In a number of places in the press release and related tables, we have excluded certain income and expense items from GAAP measures. The excluded items are generally non-cash in nature such as unrealized net gains and losses from commodity hedging activities and lower of cost or market inventory adjustments; however, other items that have a cash impact, such as gains or losses on disposal of assets are also excluded. We believe it is useful for investors and financial analysts to understand our financial performance excluding such items so that they can see the operating trends underlying our business. Readers of this press release should not consider these non-GAAP measures in isolation from, or as a substitute for, the financial information that we report in accordance with GAAP.

About Western Refining

Western Refining, Inc. is an independent refining and marketing company headquartered in El Paso, Texas. The Company operates refineries in El Paso, Gallup, New Mexico and St. Paul Park, Minnesota. The Company’s retail operations includes retail service stations and convenience stores in Arizona, Colorado, Minnesota, New Mexico, Texas, and Wisconsin, operating primarily through the Giant, Howdy’s, and SuperAmerica brands.

Western Refining, Inc. also owns the general partner and approximately 53% of the limited partnership interest of Western Refining Logistics, LP (WNRL).

More information about Western Refining is available at www.wnr.com.

Cautionary Statement on Forward-Looking Statements

This communication contains certain statements that are "forward-looking" statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Words such as "may," "will," "could," "anticipate," "estimate," "expect," "predict," "project," "future," "potential," "intend," "plan," "assume," "believe," "forecast," "look," "build," "focus," "create," "work" "continue" or the negative of such terms or other variations thereof and words and terms of similar substance used in connection with any discussion of future plans, actions, or events identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the proposed merger, integration and transition plans, synergies, opportunities, anticipated future performance, expected share buyback program and expected dividends. In addition, the forward-looking statements contained herein include statements about: Western’s ability to continue safe and reliable operations at its refineries; Western’s ability to achieve crude oil flexibility and improve product yields at the St. Paul Park refinery; Western’s ability to enhance its logistics capabilities in the Permian, San Juan and Williston Basins; continued expansion of Western’s crude oil pipeline logistics system and ability to ship crude oil to El Paso, Midland, and the Gulf Coast; the completion of the pending Tesoro transaction; Western’s ability to remain focused on safe and reliable operations, to realize operational efficiencies, to manage its costs, and to realize benefits of its investment in WNRL; and Western’s ability to achieve maximum flexibility in volatile business conditions. There are a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements included in this communication. For example, the expected timing and likelihood of completion of the proposed merger, including the timing, receipt and terms and conditions of any required governmental and regulatory approvals of the proposed merger that could reduce anticipated benefits or cause the parties to abandon the transaction, the ability to successfully integrate the businesses, the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstances that could give rise to the termination of the merger agreement, the possibility that stockholders of Tesoro Corporation ("Tesoro") may not approve the issuance of new shares of common stock in the merger or that stockholders of Western Refining, Inc. ("Western") may not approve the merger agreement, the risk that the parties may not be able to satisfy the conditions to the proposed transaction in a timely manner or at all, risks related to disruption of management time from ongoing business operations due to the proposed transaction, the risk that any announcements relating to the proposed transaction could have adverse effects on the market price of Tesoro’s common stock or Western’s common stock, the risk that the proposed transaction and its announcement could have an adverse effect on the ability of Tesoro and Western to retain customers and retain and hire key personnel and maintain relationships with their suppliers and customers and on their operating results and businesses generally, the risk that problems may arise in successfully integrating the businesses of the companies, which may result in the combined company not operating as effectively and efficiently as expected, the risk that the combined company may be unable to achieve cost-cutting synergies or it may take longer than expected to achieve those synergies, the risk that the combined company may not buy back shares, the risk of the amount of any future dividend Tesoro may pay, and other factors. All such factors are difficult to predict and are beyond our control, including those detailed in Tesoro’s annual reports on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, Current Reports on Form 8-K and registration statement on Form S-4 filed with the SEC on December 14, 2016, as amended (the "Form S-4") that are available on Tesoro’s website at http://www.tsocorp.com and on the SEC website at http://www.sec.gov,">http://www.sec.gov, and those detailed in Western’s annual reports on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K that are available on Western’s website at http://www.wnr.com and on the SEC website at http://www.sec.gov. Tesoro’s and Western’s forward-looking statements are based on assumptions that Tesoro and Western believe to be reasonable but that may not prove to be accurate. Tesoro and Western undertake no obligation to publicly release the result of any revisions to any such forward-looking statements that may be made to reflect events or circumstances that occur, or which we become aware of, except as required by applicable law or regulation. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements that speak only as of the date hereof.

No Offer or Solicitation:

This communication relates to a proposed business combination between Western and Tesoro. This announcement is for informational purposes only and is neither an offer to purchase, nor a solicitation of an offer to sell, any securities or the solicitation of any vote in any jurisdiction pursuant to the proposed transactions or otherwise, nor shall there be any sale, issuance or transfer or securities in any jurisdiction in contravention of applicable law. No offer of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.

Additional Information and Where to Find It:

This communication may be deemed to be solicitation material in respect of the proposed transaction between Tesoro and Western. In connection with the proposed transaction, Tesoro has filed with the SEC, and the SEC has declared effective, a registration statement on Form S-4 (Reg. No. 333-215080), containing a joint proxy statement/prospectus of Tesoro and Western, which proxy statement/prospectus was first mailed to Tesoro and Western stockholders on February 17, 2017. This communication is not a substitute for the registration statement, proxy statement/prospectus or any other documents that Tesoro or Western may file with the SEC or send to stockholders in connection with the proposed transaction. STOCKHOLDERS OF TESORO AND WESTERN ARE URGED TO READ ALL RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC, INCLUDING THE FORM S-4 AND THE DEFINITIVE PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS INCLUDED THEREIN, AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC, BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION.

Investors and security holders will be able to obtain copies of these documents, including the proxy statement/prospectus, and other documents filed with the SEC (when available) free of charge at the SEC’s website, http://www.sec.gov. Copies of documents filed with the SEC by Tesoro will be made available free of charge on Tesoro’s website at http://www.tsocorp.com or by contacting Tesoro’s Investor Relations Department by phone at 210-626-6000. Copies of documents filed with the SEC by Western will be made available free of charge on Western’s website at http://www.wnr.com or by contacting Western’s Investor Relations Department by phone at 602-286-1530 or 602-286-1533.

Participants in the Solicitation:

Tesoro and its directors and executive officers, and Western and its directors and executive officers, may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the holders of Tesoro common stock and Western common stock in respect of the proposed transaction. Information about the directors and executive officers of Tesoro is set forth in the proxy statement for Tesoro’s 2016 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, which was filed with the SEC on March 22, 2016, and in the other documents filed after the date thereof by Tesoro with the SEC. Information about the directors and executive officers of Western is set forth in the proxy statement for Western’s 2016 Annual Meeting of Shareholders, which was filed with the SEC on April 22, 2016, and in the other documents filed after the date thereof by Western with the SEC. Investors may obtain additional information regarding the interests of such participants by reading the proxy statement/prospectus regarding the proposed transaction when it becomes available. You may obtain free copies of these documents as described in the preceding paragraph.

Consolidated Financial Data

We report our operating results in three business segments: refining, WNRL and retail.

Refining. Our refining segment owns and operates three refineries that process crude oil and other feedstocks primarily into gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel and asphalt. We market refined products to a diverse customer base including wholesale distributors and retail chains. The refining segment also sells refined products in the Mid-Atlantic region and Mexico.

WNRL. WNRL owns and operates terminal, storage, transportation and wholesale assets in the Southwest and terminal and storage assets in the Upper Great Plains region. WNRL’s Southwest wholesale assets consist of a fleet of crude oil, asphalt and refined product truck transports and wholesale petroleum product operations. WNRL’s primary customer is our refining segment. WNRL purchases its wholesale product supply from the refining segment and third-party suppliers.

Retail. Our retail segment operates retail convenience stores and unmanned commercial fleet fueling ("cardlock") locations located in the Southwest ("Southwest Retail") and Upper Great Plains ("SuperAmerica") regions. The retail convenience stores sell gasoline, diesel fuel and convenience store merchandise.

The following tables set forth our unaudited summary historical financial and operating data for the periods indicated below:

Three Months Ended
Year Ended
December 31,
December 31,
2016
2015
2016
2015
(In thousands, except per share data)
Statements of Operations Data
Net sales (1)
$
2,115,325
$
2,070,324
$
7,743,213
$
9,787,036
Operating costs and expenses:
Cost of products sold (exclusive of depreciation and amortization) (1)
1,721,812
1,706,406
5,978,811
7,521,375
Direct operating expenses (exclusive of depreciation and amortization) (1) 240,716
228,451
928,023
902,925
Selling, general and administrative expenses
51,204
55,437
217,861
225,245
Merger and reorganization costs
8,453
--
12,440
--
Loss (gain) and impairments on disposal of assets, net
(90
)
208
(1,271
)
51
Maintenance turnaround expense
19,404
836
47,137
2,024
Depreciation and amortization
55,456
52,845
216,787
205,291
Total operating costs and expenses
2,096,955
2,044,183
7,399,788
8,856,911
Operating income
18,370
26,141
343,425
930,125
Other income (expense):
Interest income
256
153
692
703
Interest and debt expense
(35,226
)
(26,434
)
(123,291
)
(105,603
)
Loss on extinguishment of debt
(3,916
)
--
(3,916
)
--
Other, net
7,152
1,604
24,964
13,161
Net income (loss) before income taxes
(13,364
)
1,464
241,874
838,386
Provision for income taxes
13,613
6,034
(54,868
)
(223,955
)
Net income
249
7,498
187,006
614,431
Less net income (loss) attributable to non-controlling interests (2)
9,838
(6,047
)
62,067
207,675
Net income (loss) attributable to Western Refining, Inc.
$
(9,589
)
$
13,545
$
124,939
$
406,756
Basic earnings (loss) per share
$
(0.09
)
$
0.14
$
1.24
$
4.28
Diluted earnings (loss) per share (3)
(0.09
)
0.14
1.24
4.28
Dividends declared per common share
0.38
0.38
1.52
1.36
Weighted average basic shares outstanding
108,431
93,683
100,473
94,899
Weighted average dilutive shares outstanding
108,890
93,785
100,868
94,999
Three Months Ended
Year Ended
December 31,
December 31,
2016
2015
2016
2015
(In thousands)
Economic Hedging Activities Recognized Within Cost of Products Sold
Realized hedging gain, net
$
12,663
$
41,374
$
58,773
$
93,699
Unrealized hedging loss, net
(22,976
)
(8,160
)
(77,674
)
(50,233
)
Total hedging gain (loss), net
$
(10,313 )
$
33,214
$
(18,901 )
$
43,466
Cash Flow Data
Net cash provided by (used in):
Operating activities
$
105,870
$
177,419
$
383,747
$
843,083
Investing activities
130,737
(157,392
)
(226,342
)
(191,846
)
Financing activities
(234,122
)
42,905
(661,326
)
(309,894
)
Capital expenditures
$
65,872
$
94,887
$
300,969
$
290,863
Cash distributions received by Western from:
NTI
$
110,000
$
37,047
$
129,949
$
135,365
WNRL
15,119
12,610
56,190
45,455
Other Data
Adjusted EBITDA (4)
$
92,629
$
203,614
$
575,994
$
1,298,124
Balance Sheet Data (at end of period)
Cash and cash equivalents
$
268,581
$
772,502
Restricted cash
--
69,106
Working capital
688,477
1,114,366
Total assets
5,560,397
5,833,393
Total debt and lease financing obligation
1,936,468
1,703,626
Total equity
2,296,960
2,945,906

(1) Excludes $948.1 million, $3,558.4 million, $850.6 million and $3,869.8 million of intercompany sales; $948.1 million, $3,558.4 million, $850.6 million and $3,869.8 million of intercompany cost of products sold for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively.

(2) Net income (loss) attributable to non-controlling interests for the twelve months ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, consisted of income from NTI of $35.3 million and $186.5 million, respectively, and $(11.0) million for the three months ended December 31, 2015 with no comparable activity during the three months ended December 31, 2016. Net income attributable to non-controlling interest for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, consisted of income from WNRL of $9.8 million, $26.7 million, $5.0 million and $21.2 million, respectively.

(3) Our computation of diluted earnings per share includes the dilutive effect of any unvested restricted shares units and phantom stock. If determined to be dilutive to period earnings, these securities are included in the denominator of our diluted earnings per share calculation. For purposes of the diluted earnings per share calculation, we assumed issuance of 0.5 million and 0.4 million restricted share units and phantom stock for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2016, respectively. We assumed issuance of 0.1 million restricted share units for both the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2015.

(4) Adjusted EBITDA represents earnings before interest and debt expense, provision for income taxes, depreciation, amortization, maintenance turnaround expense and certain other non-cash income and expense items. However, Adjusted EBITDA is not a recognized measurement under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"). Our management believes that the presentation of Adjusted EBITDA is useful to investors because it is frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties in the evaluation of companies in our industry. In addition, our management believes that Adjusted EBITDA is useful in evaluating our operating performance compared to that of other companies in our industry because the calculation of Adjusted EBITDA generally eliminates the effects of financings, income taxes, the accounting effects of significant turnaround activities (that many of our competitors capitalize and thereby exclude from their measures of EBITDA) and certain non-cash charges that are items that may vary for different companies for reasons unrelated to overall operating performance.

Adjusted EBITDA has limitations as an analytical tool, and you should not consider it in isolation, or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP. Some of these limitations are:

Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect our cash expenditures or future requirements for significant turnaround activities, capital expenditures or contractual commitments;

Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect the interest expense or the cash requirements necessary to service interest or principal payments on our debt;

Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect changes in, or cash requirements for, our working capital needs; and

Adjusted EBITDA, as we calculate it, may differ from the Adjusted EBITDA calculations of other companies in our industry, thereby limiting its usefulness as a comparative measure.

Because of these limitations, Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered a measure of discretionary cash available to us to invest in the growth of our business. We compensate for these limitations by relying primarily on our GAAP results and using Adjusted EBITDA only supplementally. The following table reconciles net income attributable to Western Refining, Inc. to Adjusted EBITDA for the periods presented:

Three Months Ended
Twelve Months Ended
December 31,
December 31,
2016
2015
2016
2015
(In thousands)
Net income (loss) attributable to Western Refining, Inc.
$
(9,589 )
$
13,545
$
124,939
$
406,756
Net income (loss) attributable to non-controlling interests 9,838
(6,047
)
62,067
207,675
Interest and debt expense
35,226
26,434
123,291
105,603
Provision for income taxes
(13,613
)
(6,034
)
54,868
223,955
Depreciation and amortization
55,456
52,845
216,787
205,291
Maintenance turnaround expense
19,404
836
47,137
2,024
Loss (gain) and impairments on disposal of assets, net
(90
)
208
(1,271
)
51
Loss on extinguishment of debt
3,916
--
3,916
--
Net change in lower of cost or market inventory reserve
(30,895
)
113,667
(133,414
)
96,536
Unrealized loss on commodity hedging transactions
22,976
8,160
77,674
50,233
Adjusted EBITDA
$
92,629
$
203,614
$
575,994
$
1,298,124
Adjusted EBITDA:
Western (1)
$
55,892
$
175,932
$
450,836
$
1,191,740
WNRL
36,737
27,682
125,158
106,384
Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA
$
92,629
$
203,614
$
575,994
$
1,298,124
Three Months Ended
December 31,
2016
2015
Western (1)
WNRL
Western (1)
WNRL
(Unaudited)
(In thousands)
Net income (loss) attributable to Western Refining, Inc.
$
(20,503 )
$
10,914
$
3,699
$
9,846
Net income (loss) attributable to non-controlling interests --
9,838
(11,043
)
4,996
Interest and debt expense
28,868
6,358
19,743
6,691
Provision for income taxes
(13,559
)
(54
)
(5,727
)
(307
)
Depreciation and amortization
45,684
9,772
46,368
6,477
Maintenance turnaround expense
19,404
--
836
--
Loss (gain) and impairments on disposal of assets, net
1
(91
)
229
(21
)
Loss on extinguishment of debt
3,916
--
--
--
Net change in lower of cost or market inventory reserve
(30,895
)
--
113,667
--
Unrealized loss on commodity hedging transactions
22,976
--
8,160
--
Adjusted EBITDA
$
55,892
$
36,737
$
175,932
$
27,682
Twelve Months Ended
December 31,
2016
2015
Western (1)
WNRL
Western (1)
WNRL
(Unaudited)
(In thousands)
Net income attributable to Western Refining, Inc.
$
85,027
$
39,912
$
365,338
$
41,418
Net income attributable to non-controlling interests
35,323
26,744
186,520
21,155
Interest and debt expense
97,319
25,972
82,496
23,107
Provision for income taxes
54,162
706
223,908
47
Depreciation and amortization
183,909
32,878
184,356
20,935
Maintenance turnaround expense
47,137
--
2,024
--
Loss (gain) and impairments on disposal of assets, net
(217
)
(1,054
)
329
(278
)
Loss on extinguishment of debt
3,916
--
--
--
Net change in lower of cost or market inventory reserve (133,414
)
--
96,536
--
Unrealized loss on commodity hedging transactions
77,674
--
50,233
--
Adjusted EBITDA
$
450,836
$
125,158
$
1,191,740
$
106,384

(1) Our presentation of Adjusted EBITDA for Western excludes the results of WNRL for all periods presented.

Consolidating Financial Data

The following tables set forth our consolidating historical financial data for the periods presented below.

Three Months Ended
Year Ended
December 31,
December 31,
2016
2015
2016
2015
(In thousands)
Operating Income
Refining
$
18,807
$
30,126
$
357,610
$
930,531
WNRL
27,039
14,340
70,095
55,794
Retail
3,953
4,923
25,146
41,279
Other
(31,429
)
(23,248
)
(109,426
)
(97,479
)
Operating income
$
18,370
$
26,141
$
343,425
$
930,125
Depreciation and Amortization
Refining
$
39,388
$
36,192
$
150,989
$
142,108
WNRL
9,772
9,568
39,242
35,384
Retail
5,571
5,940
23,193
23,197
Other
725
1,145
3,363
4,602
Depreciation and amortization expense $
55,456
$
52,845
$
216,787
$
205,291
Capital Expenditures
Refining
$
48,182
$
73,335
$
248,863
$
201,249
WNRL
4,783
13,485
29,161
65,635
Retail
11,780
7,720
20,308
20,895
Other
1,127
347
2,637
3,084
Capital expenditures
$
65,872
$
94,887
$
300,969
$
290,863
Balance Sheet Data (at end of period)
Cash and cash equivalents
Western, excluding WNRL
$
253,929
$
727,897
WNRL
14,652
44,605
Cash and cash equivalents
$
268,581
$
772,502
Total debt
Western, excluding WNRL
$
1,569,273
$
1,212,927
WNRL
313,032
437,467
Total debt
$
1,882,305
$
1,650,394
Total working capital
Western, excluding WNRL
$
705,667
$
1,078,574
WNRL
(17,190
)
35,792
Total working capital
$
688,477
$
1,114,366

Refining

Three Months Ended
Year Ended
December 31,
December 31,
2016
2015
2016
2015
(In thousands, except per barrel data)
Statement of Operations Data:
Net sales (including intersegment sales) (1)
$
1,906,648
$
1,818,753
$
6,918,931
$
8,777,196
Operating costs and expenses:
Cost of products sold (exclusive of depreciation and amortization) (7) 1,688,665
1,619,368
5,831,811
7,176,706
Direct operating expenses (exclusive of depreciation and amortization) 126,776
116,315
472,128
459,996
Selling, general and administrative expenses
13,608
15,863
59,239
65,422
Loss and impairments on disposal of assets, net
--
53
17
409
Maintenance turnaround expense
19,404
836
47,137
2,024
Depreciation and amortization
39,388
36,192
150,989
142,108
Total operating costs and expenses
1,887,841
1,788,627
6,561,321
7,846,665
Operating income
$
18,807
$
30,126
$
357,610
$
930,531
Key Operating Statistics
Total sales volume (bpd) (2)
314,391
336,617
312,699
338,403
Total refinery production (bpd)
250,254
254,321
256,177
256,197
Total refinery throughput (bpd) (3)
252,063
255,847
258,023
258,322
Per barrel of throughput:
Refinery gross margin (4) (5) (7)
$
9.36
$
8.35
$
11.45
$
16.93
Refinery gross margin, excluding LCM adjustment (4) (5) (7)
8.06
13.13
10.05
17.95
Direct operating expenses (6)
5.46
4.94
5.00
4.87
Mid-Atlantic sales volume (bbls)
1,549
1,759
7,239
8,356
Mid-Atlantic margin per barrel
$
0.60
$
1.61
$
0.82
$
0.46

El Paso Refinery

Three Months Ended
Year Ended
December 31,
December 31,
2016
2015
2016
2015
Key Operating Statistics
Refinery product yields (bpd):
Gasoline
77,482
68,976
74,916
70,200
Diesel and jet fuel
55,561
48,972
55,793
54,082
Residuum
3,086
2,524
2,929
4,174
Other
3,755
5,964
4,747
4,872
Total refinery production (bpd)
139,884
126,436
138,385
133,328
Refinery throughput (bpd):
Sweet crude oil
104,276
99,765
104,454
105,064
Sour crude oil
27,657
22,634
26,612
22,949
Other feedstocks and blendstocks
9,374
5,459
8,805
7,064
Total refinery throughput (bpd) (3) 141,307
127,858
139,871
135,077
Total sales volume (bpd) (2)
148,971
144,423
148,808
148,897
Per barrel of throughput:
Refinery gross margin (4) (7)
$
10.57
$
9.55
$
10.93
$
16.48
Direct operating expenses (6)
3.86
4.22
3.82
4.02

Gallup Refinery

Three Months Ended
Year Ended
December 31,
December 31,
2016
2015
2016
2015
Key Operating Statistics
Refinery product yields (bpd):
Gasoline
15,446
17,068
16,315
17,066
Diesel and jet fuel
7,654
7,569
7,574
7,994
Other
1,689
646
1,355
1,303
Total refinery production (bpd)
24,789
25,283
25,244
26,363
Refinery throughput (bpd):
Sweet crude oil
22,412
21,979
22,964
24,071
Other feedstocks and blendstocks
2,883
3,633
2,787
2,659
Total refinery throughput (bpd) (3) 25,295
25,612
25,751
26,730
Total sales volume (bpd) (2)
32,620
32,014
34,427
33,005
Per barrel of throughput:
Refinery gross margin (4) (7)
$
11.45
$
13.61
$
12.23
$
18.34
Direct operating expenses (6)
11.91
8.60
9.51
8.38

St. Paul Park Refinery

Three Months Ended
Year Ended
December 31,
December 31,
2016
2015
2016
2015
Key Operating Statistics
Refinery product yields (bpd):
Gasoline
43,694
50,303
46,287
46,453
Diesel and jet fuel
31,808
35,033
30,767
33,356
Residuum
5,565
11,500
9,661
10,933
Other
4,515
5,766
5,833
5,764
Total refinery production (bpd)
85,582
102,602
92,548
96,506
Refinery throughput (bpd):
Light crude oil
38,187
55,116
49,794
55,612
Synthetic crude oil
28,434
15,571
17,516
13,127
Heavy crude oil
13,645
25,948
21,641
24,962
Other feedstocks and blendstocks
5,195
5,742
3,449
2,814
Total refinery throughput (bpd) (3) 85,461
102,377
92,400
96,515
Total sales volume (bpd) (2)
92,712
103,483
98,965
101,349
Per barrel of throughput:
Refinery gross margin (4) (7)
$
5.54
$
14.26
$
9.17
$
18.88
Direct operating expenses (6)
5.34
4.12
4.66
4.33

(1) Refining net sales for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, includes $206.1 million, $547.4 million, $230.0 million and $1,078.2 million, respectively, in crude oil sales to third parties representing a period average of 46,990 bpd, 34,177 bpd, 59,344 bpd and 61,516 bpd, respectively.

(2) Sales volume includes sales of refined products sourced primarily from our refinery production as well as refined products purchased from third parties. We purchase additional refined products from third parties to supplement supply to our customers. These products are similar to the products that we currently manufacture and represent 5.4%, 5.7%, 5.5% and 6.5% of our total consolidated sales volumes for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively. The majority of the purchased refined products are distributed through our refined product sales activities in the Mid-Atlantic region where we satisfied our refined product customer sales requirements via a third-party supply agreement through December 31, 2016.

(3) Total refinery throughput includes crude oil, other feedstocks and blendstocks.

(4) Refinery gross margin is a per barrel measurement calculated by dividing the difference between net sales and cost of products sold by our refineries’ total throughput volumes for the respective periods presented. Net realized and net non-cash unrealized economic hedging gains and losses included in the combined refining segment gross margin are not allocated to the individual refineries. Cost of products sold does not include any depreciation or amortization. Refinery gross margin is a non-GAAP performance measure that we believe is important to investors in evaluating our refinery performance as a general indication of the amount above our cost of products that we are able to sell refined products. Each of the components used in this calculation (net sales and cost of products sold) can be reconciled directly to our statement of operations. Our calculation of refinery gross margin may differ from similar calculations of other companies in our industry, thereby limiting its usefulness as a comparative measure.

Our calculation of refinery gross margin excludes the sales and costs related to our Mid-Atlantic business that we report within the refining segment. The following table reconciles the sales and cost of sales used to calculate refinery gross margin with the total sales and cost of sales reported in the refining statement of operations data above:

Three Months Ended
Year Ended
December 31,
December 31,
2016
2015
2016
2015
(In thousands)
Refinery net sales (including intersegment sales)
$
1,804,640
$
1,715,670
$
6,485,540
$
8,177,250
Mid-Atlantic sales
102,008
103,083
433,391
599,946
Net sales (including intersegment sales)
$
1,906,648
$
1,818,753
$
6,918,931
$
8,777,196
Refinery cost of products sold (exclusive of depreciation and amortization) $
1,587,579
$
1,519,117
$
5,404,339
$
6,580,591
Mid-Atlantic cost of products sold
101,086
100,251
427,472
596,115
Cost of products sold (exclusive of depreciation and amortization)
$
1,688,665
$
1,619,368
$
5,831,811
$
7,176,706

The following table reconciles combined gross profit for our refineries to combined gross margin for our refineries for the periods presented:

Three Months Ended
Year Ended
December 31,
December 31,
2016
2015
2016
2015
(In thousands, except per barrel data)
Net sales (including intersegment sales)
$
1,804,640
$
1,715,670
$
6,485,540
$
8,177,250
Cost of products sold (exclusive of depreciation and amortization) 1,587,579
1,519,117
5,404,339
6,580,591
Depreciation and amortization
39,388
36,192
150,989
142,108
Gross profit
177,673
160,361
930,212
1,454,551
Plus depreciation and amortization
39,388
36,192
150,989
142,108
Refinery gross margin
$
217,061
$
196,553
$
1,081,201
$
1,596,659
Refinery gross margin per refinery throughput barrel
$
9.36
$
8.35
$
11.45
$
16.93
Gross profit per refinery throughput barrel
$
7.66
$
6.81
$
9.85
$
15.43

(5) Cost of products sold for the combined refining segment includes changes in the lower of cost or market inventory reserve shown in the table below. The reserve changes are also included in the combined refinery gross margin but are not included in those measures for the individual refineries. The following table calculates the refinery gross margin per refinery throughput barrel excluding changes in the lower of cost or market inventory reserve that we believe is useful in evaluating our refinery performance exclusive of the impact of fluctuations in inventory values:

Three Months Ended
Year Ended
December 31,
December 31,
2016
2015
2016
2015
(in thousands, except per barrel data)
Refinery gross margin
$
217,061
$
196,553
$
1,081,201
$
1,596,659
Net change in lower of cost or market inventory reserve
(30,246
)
112,432
(131,954
)
95,835
Refinery gross margin, excluding LCM adjustment
$
186,815
$
308,985
$
949,247
$
1,692,494
Refinery gross margin, excluding LCM adjustment, per refinery throughput barrel $
8.06
$
13.13
$
10.05
$
17.95

(6) Refinery direct operating expenses per throughput barrel is calculated by dividing direct operating expenses by total throughput volumes for the respective periods presented. Direct operating expenses do not include any depreciation or amortization.

(7) Cost of products sold for the combined refining segment includes the net realized and net non-cash unrealized hedging activity shown in the table below. The hedging gains and losses are also included in the combined gross profit and refinery gross margin but are not included in those measures for the individual refineries.

Three Months Ended
Year Ended
December 31,
December 31,
2016
2015
2016
2015
(In thousands)
Realized hedging gain, net
$
12,663
$
41,374
$
58,773
$
93,699
Unrealized hedging loss, net
(22,976
)
(8,160
)
(77,674
)
(50,233
)
Total hedging gain (loss), net $
(10,313 )
$
33,214
$
(18,901 )
$
43,466

WNRL

The WNRL financial and operational data presented includes the historical results of all assets acquired from Western in the St. Paul Park Logistics Transaction and the TexNew Mex Pipeline Transaction. These acquisitions from Western were transfers of assets between entities under common control. We have retrospectively adjusted historical financial and operational data of WNRL, for all periods presented, to reflect the purchase and consolidation of the purchased assets into WNRL.

Three Months Ended
Year Ended
December 31,
December 31,
2016
2015
2016
2015
(In thousands)
Net sales
$
606,816
$
575,897
$
2,222,718
$
2,599,867
Operating costs and expenses:
Cost of products sold
520,731
500,853
1,916,113
2,308,137
Direct operating expenses
43,833
44,611
174,936
175,767
Selling, general and administrative expenses
5,532
6,546
23,386
25,063
Gain and impairments on disposal of assets, net (91
)
(21
)
(1,054
)
(278
)
Depreciation and amortization
9,772
9,568
39,242
35,384
Total operating costs and expenses
579,777
561,557
2,152,623
2,544,073
Operating income
$
27,039
$
14,340
$
70,095
$
55,794
Three Months Ended
Year Ended
December 31,
December 31,
2016
2015
2016
2015
(In thousands, except per gallon/barrel data)
Pipeline and gathering (bpd):
Mainline movements:
Permian/Delaware Basin system
52,090
52,068
51,805
47,368
TexNew Mex system
7,790
14,566
9,543
12,302
Four Corners system (1)
49,278
60,115
53,204
56,079
Gathering (truck offloading) (bpd):
Permian/Delaware Basin system
16,809
21,865
17,662
23,617
Four Corners system
8,417
13,589
10,464
13,438
Terminalling, transportation and storage (bpd):
Shipments into and out of storage (includes asphalt)
568,288
377,698
441,865
391,842
Wholesale:
Fuel gallons sold
317,998
318,186
1,258,027
1,237,994
Fuel gallons sold to retail (included in fuel gallons sold, above) 81,521
78,780
332,214
314,604
Fuel margin per gallon (2)
$
0.030
$
0.026
$
0.028
$
0.030
Lubricant gallons sold
1,385
2,728
6,787
11,697
Lubricant margin per gallon (3)
$
0.83
$
0.77
$
0.85
$
0.73
Asphalt trucking volume (bpd)
5,518
--
4,727
--
Crude oil trucking volume (bpd)
40,586
39,675
38,582
45,337
Average crude oil trucking revenue per barrel
$
2.12
$
2.35
$
2.16
$
2.53

(1) Some barrels of crude oil in route to Western’s Gallup refinery and Permian/Delaware Basin are transported on more than one mainline. Mainline movements for the Four Corners and Delaware Basin systems include each barrel transported on each mainline.

(2) Fuel margin per gallon is a function of the difference between fuel sales and cost of fuel sales divided by the number of total gallons sold less gallons sold to our retail segment. Fuel margin per gallon is a measure frequently used in the petroleum products wholesale industry to measure operating results related to fuel sales.

(3) Lubricant margin per gallon is a measurement calculated by dividing the difference between lubricant sales, net of transportation charges, and lubricant cost of products sold by lubricant sales. Lubricant margin is a measure frequently used in the petroleum products wholesale industry to measure operating results related to lubricant sales.

Retail

Three Months Ended
Year Ended
December 31,
December 31,
2016
2015
2016
2015
(In thousands, except per gallon data)
Statement of Operations Data:
Net sales (including intersegment sales)
$
549,913
$
526,234
$
2,159,946
$
2,279,737
Operating costs and expenses:
Cost of products sold (exclusive of depreciation and amortization)
460,468
436,727
1,789,269
1,906,048
Direct operating expenses (exclusive of depreciation and amortization) 70,107
67,525
281,039
267,079
Selling, general and administrative expenses
9,813
10,943
41,533
42,312
Loss (gain) and impairments on disposal of assets, net
1
176
(234
)
(178
)
Depreciation and amortization
5,571
5,940
23,193
23,197
Total operating costs and expenses
545,960
521,311
2,134,800
2,238,458
Operating income
$
3,953
$
4,923
$
25,146
$
41,279
Key Operating Statistics:
Southwest Retail:
Retail fuel gallons sold
99,602
90,733
394,925
357,835
Average retail fuel sales price per gallon, net of excise taxes
$
1.80
$
1.78
$
1.70
$
2.02
Average retail fuel cost per gallon, net of excise taxes
1.64
1.59
1.54
1.82
Retail fuel margin per gallon (1)
0.16
0.19
0.16
0.20
Merchandise sales
$
81,057
$
77,640
$
330,244
$
311,654
Merchandise margin (2)
30.1
%
29.1
%
29.4
%
29.4
%
Operating retail outlets at period end
259
258
Cardlock gallons sold
15,669
15,495
64,067
65,508
Cardlock margin per gallon
$
0.120
$
0.127
$
0.122
$
0.163
Operating cardlocks at period end
51
52
SuperAmerica:
Retail fuel gallons sold
75,738
76,811
306,825
304,484
Retail fuel margin per gallon (1)
$
0.20
$
0.23
$
0.22
$
0.23
Merchandise sales
87,774
87,343
367,737
366,401
Merchandise margin (2)
25.7
%
24.6
%
25.9
%
25.6
%
Company-operated retail outlets at period end
170
168
Franchised retail outlets at period end
115
109
Three Months Ended
Year Ended
December 31,
December 31,
2016
2015
2016
2015
(In thousands, except per gallon data)
Net Sales
Retail fuel sales, net of excise taxes
$
337,910
$
326,576
$
1,301,580
$
1,442,147
Merchandise sales
168,831
164,983
697,981
678,055
Cardlock sales
29,777
26,453
104,079
127,413
Other sales
13,395
8,222
56,306
32,122
Net sales
$
549,913
$
526,234
$
2,159,946
$
2,279,737
Cost of Products Sold
Retail fuel cost of products sold, net of excise taxes $
307,739
$
291,739
$
1,170,348
$
1,298,456
Merchandise cost of products sold
121,958
120,859
505,638
492,578
Cardlock cost of products sold
27,827
24,429
95,928
116,506
Other cost of products sold
2,944
(300
)
17,355
(1,492
)
Cost of products sold
$
460,468
$
436,727
$
1,789,269
$
1,906,048
Retail fuel margin per gallon (1)
$
0.17
$
0.21
$
0.19
$
0.22

(1) Retail fuel margin per gallon is a measurement calculated by dividing the difference between retail fuel sales and cost of retail fuel sales for our retail segment by the number of gallons sold. Retail fuel margin per gallon is a measure frequently used in the convenience store industry to measure operating results related to retail fuel sales.

(2) Merchandise margin is a measurement calculated by dividing the difference between merchandise sales and merchandise cost of products sold by merchandise sales. Merchandise margin is a measure frequently used in the convenience store industry to measure operating results related to merchandise sales.

Reconciliation of Special Items

We present certain additional financial measures below that are non-GAAP measures within the meaning of Regulation G under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

We present these non-GAAP measures to provide investors with additional information to analyze our performance from period to period. We believe it is useful for investors to understand our financial performance excluding these special items so that investors can see the operating trends underlying our business. Investors should not consider these non-GAAP measures in isolation from, or as a substitute for, the financial information that we report in accordance with GAAP. These non-GAAP measures reflect subjective determinations by management and may differ from similarly titled non-GAAP measures presented by other companies.

Three Months Ended
December 31,
2016
2015
(In thousands, except per share data)
Reported diluted earnings (loss) per share
$
(0.09
)
$
0.14
Income (loss) before income taxes
$
(13,364 )
$
1,464
Special items:
Loss (gain) and impairments on disposal of assets, net
(90
)
208
Merger and reorganization costs
8,453
--
Unrealized loss on commodity hedging transactions
22,976
8,160
Net change in lower of cost or market inventory reserve
(30,895
)
113,667
Loss on extinguishment of debt
3,916
--
Earnings (loss) before income taxes excluding special items
(9,004
)
123,499
Recomputed income taxes after special items (1)
11,029
(28,737
)
Net income (loss) excluding special items
2,025
94,762
Net income attributable to non-controlling interests
9,795
42,572
Net income (loss) attributable to Western excluding special items $
(7,770
)
$
52,190
Diluted earnings (loss) per share excluding special items
$
(0.07
)
$
0.56

(1) We recompute income taxes after deducting special items and earnings attributable to non-controlling interests.

Investor and Analyst Contact:
Jeffrey S. Beyersdorfer
(602) 286-1530
Michelle Clemente
(602) 286-1533
Media Contact:
Gary W. Hanson
(602) 286-1777

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