Star Gas: Star Group, L.P. Reports Fiscal 2020 First Quarter Results

The following excerpt is from the company's SEC filing.

STAMFORD, Conn., Feb. 03, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Star Group, L.P. (the "Company" or "Star") (NYSE:SGU), a home energy distributor and services provider, today announced financial results for its fiscal 2020 first quarter, the three month period ended December 31, 2019.

For the fiscal 2020 first quarter, Star reported a 4.9 percent decrease in total revenue to $508.9 million compared with revenue of $535.0 million in the prior-year period, primarily due to a 4.3 percent decline in total volume sold as well as lower wholesale per-gallon product costs.

The volume of home heating oil and propane sold during the fiscal 2020 first quarter decreased by 6.2 million gallons, or 5.5 percent, to 107.1 million gallons, as the additional volume provided by acquisitions was more than offset by warmer temperatures, net customer attrition and other factors. Temperatures in Star's geographic areas of operation for the fiscal 2020 first quarter were 2.4 percent warmer than during the fiscal 2019 first quarter and 2.3 percent warmer than normal, as reported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Net income increased by $25.4 million, to $27.8 million, largely due to a non-cash favorable change in the fair value of derivative instruments of $37.5 million. During the first quarter of fiscal 2020, a non-cash gain of $6.4 million was recorded as product costs increased; conversely, during the first quarter of fiscal 2019, a non-cash charge of $31.1 million was recorded as product costs declined.

Adjusted EBITDA increased by $0.2 million, or 0.5 percent, to $45.1 million. While acquisitions provided $2.8 million of Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA in the base business declined by $2.6 million as the impact of lower volume sold – reflecting net customer attrition and slightly warmer weather – and a $1.1 million increase in the amount due under the Company’s weather hedge program more than offset a slight increase in home heating oil and propane per gallon margins and lower operating expenses. During the weather hedge period (November 1-December 31, 2019), colder temperatures necessitated a charge of $3.0 million, even though temperatures for the entire first quarter were 2.4% warmer year-over-year due to October 2019 being more than 30% warmer than October 2018. However, warmer temperatures in January, 2020 have resulted in a complete reversal of this charge under the guidelines of the weather hedge.

“Fiscal 2020 has already brought with it some interesting weather trends, challenges, and opportunities for the Company,” said Jeff Woosnam, Star Group’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “While November and December were cold enough to necessitate a charge against our weather hedge contract, the warmer temperatures for the entire quarter resulted in lower demand. However, we continued our focus on increasing operating efficiency and customer retention. I’m proud of the many steps taken over the past year to improve service and reduce costs, which resulted in $12.3 million of lower operating expenses in the base business – a huge accomplishment for the Company. At the same time, we completed one small acquisition that brought with it approximately one million gallons of annualized volume, and we are assessing other potential transactions that may be attractive to the Company. While January started off warmer than last year, we remain prepared for normal, fluctuating weather patterns as we proceed through the rest of the heating season.”

As noted previously, on December 4, 2019 the Company entered into a fifth amended and restated revolving credit facility agreement with a bank syndicate that enables the Company to borrow up to $300 million ($450 million during the heating season) on a revolving line of credit and provides for a $130 million five-year senior secured term loan, up from $100 million prior to the fifth amendment. Proceeds from the new term loan were used to repay the outstanding balance of the existing term loan of $90 million and $40 million of the revolving credit facility. The new credit facility allows for greater financial flexibility, particularly with regard to potential acquisitions.

EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA (Non-GAAP Financial Measures)

EBITDA (Earnings from continuing operations before net interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization) and Adjusted EBITDA (Earnings from continuing operations before net interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, (increase) decrease in the fair value of derivatives, multiemployer pension plan withdrawal charge, net other income, gain or loss on debt redemption, goodwill impairment, and other non-cash and non-operating charges) are non-GAAP financial measures that are used as supplemental analytical tools by management and external users of our financial statements, such as investors, commercial banks and research analysts, to assess:

our compliance with certain financial covenants included in our debt agreements;

our financial performance without regard to financing methods, capital structure, income taxes or historical cost basis;

our operating performance and return on invested capital compared to those of other companies in the retail distribution of refined petroleum products, without regard to financing methods and capital structure;

our ability to generate cash sufficient to pay interest on our indebtedness and to make distributions to our partners; and

the viability of acquisitions and capital expenditure projects and the overall rates of return of alternative investment opportunities.

The method of calculating Adjusted EBITDA may not be consistent with that of other companies, and EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA both have limitations as analytical tools and so should not be viewed in isolation but in conjunction with measurements that are computed in accordance with GAAP. Some of the limitations of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are:

EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA do not reflect our cash used for capital expenditures;

although depreciation and amortization are non-cash charges, the assets being depreciated or amortized often will have to be replaced and EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA do not reflect the cash requirements for such replacements;

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

EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA do not reflect the cash necessary to make payments of interest or principal on our indebtedness; and

EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA do not reflect the cash required to pay taxes.

REMINDER:

Members of Star's management team will host a webcast and conference call at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time tomorrow, February 4, 2020. The webcast will be accessible on the company’s website, at www.stargrouplp.com, and the telephone number for the conference call is 877-327-7688 (or 412-317-5112 for international callers).

About Star Group, L.P.

Star Group, L.P. is a full service energy provider specializing in the sale of home heating oil and propane to residential and commercial customers primarily within the Northeast, Central and Southeast United States. The Company also sells gasoline and diesel fuel as well as installs, maintains, and repairs various heating and air conditioning equipment; to a lesser extent, it provides these ancillary services outside its product customer base, including service contracts for natural gas and other heating systems. Star is the nation's largest retail distributor of home heating oil based upon sales volume. Additional information is available by obtaining the Company's SEC filings at www.sec.gov and by visiting Star's website at www.stargrouplp.com, where unit holders may request a hard copy of Star’s complete audited financial statements free of charge.

Forward Looking Information

This news release includes "forward-looking statements" which represent the Company’s expectations or beliefs concerning future events that involve risks and uncertainties, including those associated with the effect of weather conditions on our financial performance; the price and supply of the products that we sell; the consumption patterns of our customers; our ability to obtain satisfactory gross profit margins; our ability to obtain new customers and retain existing customers; our ability to make strategic acquisitions; the impact of litigation; our ability to contract for our current and future supply needs; natural gas conversions; future union relations and the outcome of current and future union negotiations; the impact of future governmental regulations, including climate change, environmental, health and safety regulations; the ability to attract and retain employees; customer credit worthiness; counterparty credit worthiness; potential cyber-attacks; marketing plans; general economic conditions and new technology. All statements other than statements of historical facts included in this news release are forward-looking statements. Without limiting the foregoing, the words "believe," "anticipate," "plan," "expect," "seek," "estimate" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct and actual results may differ materially from those projected as a result of certain risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, those set forth under the heading "Risk Factors" and "Business Strategy" in our Annual Report on Form 10- K (the "Form 10-K") for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2019. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the Company’s expectations ("Cautionary Statements") are disclosed in this news release and in the Form 10-Q. All subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements attributable to the Company or persons acting on its behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the Cautionary Statements. Unless otherwise required by law, the Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise after the date of this news release.

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STAR GROUP, L.P. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

September 30,

(in thousands)

(unaudited)

ASSETS

Current assets

Cash and cash equivalents

14,542

Receivables, net of allowance of $8,499 and $8,378, respectively

205,038

120,245

Inventories

80,261

64,788

Fair asset value of derivative instruments

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

38,909

36,898

Total current assets

339,997

226,830

Property and equipment, net

96,512

98,239

Operating lease right-of-use assets

103,492

Goodwill

244,574

Intangibles, net

103,537

107,688

Restricted cash

Captive insurance collateral

62,703

58,490

Deferred charges and other assets, net

18,083

16,635

Total assets

969,148

752,706

LIABILITIES AND PARTNERS’ CAPITAL

Current liabilities

Accounts payable

47,302

33,973

Revolving credit facility borrowings

112,688

24,000

Fair liability value of derivative instruments

Current maturities of long-term debt

Current portion of operating lease liabilities

20,202

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

132,837

120,839

Unearned service contract revenue

70,087

61,213

Customer credit balances

52,766

68,270

Total current liabilities

447,525

325,557

Long-term debt

119,525

120,447

Long-term operating lease liabilities

88,707

Deferred tax liabilities, net

21,655

20,116

Other long-term liabilities

20,838

25,746

Partners’ capital

Common unitholders

289,268

279,709

General partner

(1,991

(1,968

Accumulated other comprehensive loss, net of taxes

(16,379

(16,901

Total partners’ capital

270,898

260,840

Total liabilities and partners’ capital

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

Three Months

Ended December 31,

(in thousands, except per unit data - unaudited)

Sales:

Product

432,688

458,707

Installations and services

76,257

76,320

Total sales

508,945

535,027

Cost and expenses:

Cost of product

287,673

306,226

Cost of installations and services

73,669

74,317

(Increase) decrease in the fair value of derivative instruments

(6,417

31,039

Delivery and branch expenses

96,726

102,673

Depreciation and amortization expenses

General and administrative expenses

Finance charge income

Operating income

42,451

Interest expense, net

(2,679

(2,516

Amortization of debt issuance costs

Income before income taxes

39,537

Income tax expense

11,782

27,755

General Partner’s interest in net income

Limited Partners’ interest in net income

27,563

Per unit data (Basic and Diluted):

Net income available to limited partners

Dilutive impact of theoretical distribution of earnings under FASB ASC 260-10-45-60

Basic and diluted income per Limited Partner Unit:

Weighted average number of Limited Partner units outstanding (Basic and Diluted)

47,266

52,905

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION

STAR GROUP, L.P. AND SUBSIDIARIES

RECONCILIATION OF EBITDA AND ADJUSTED EBITDA

(Unaudited)

51,501

13,808

(Increase) / decrease in the fair value of derivative instruments

45,084

44,847

Add / (subtract)

(11,782

Provision for losses on accounts receivable

Increase in accounts receivables

(85,745

(95,743

Increase in inventories

(15,427

(20,187

Decrease in customer credit balances

(15,898

(14,120

Change in deferred taxes

Change in other operating assets and liabilities

32,510

24,888

Net cash used in operating activities

(51,591

(62,891

Net cash used in investing activities

(7,663

(8,112

Net cash provided by financing activities

68,897

Home heating oil and propane gallons sold

107,100

113,300

Other petroleum products

41,400

41,900

Total all products

148,500

155,200

CONTACT:

Investor Relations 

203/328-7310

Chris Witty

Darrow Associates

646/438-9385 or cwitty@darrowir.com 

The above information was disclosed in a filing to the SEC. To see the filing, click here.

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