CST Brands, Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2013 Results
Revenues of $3.3 Billion
Net Income of $41 Million
- 10 New to Industry ("NTI") Stores Opened in Q3
SAN ANTONIO, TX, Nov. 4, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - CST Brands, Inc. (NYSE: CST), one of the largest independent retailers of motor fuels and convenience merchandise in North America, today reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2013.
"Our company delivered strong year-over-year earnings growth," said Kim Bowers, Chairman and CEO of CST Brands. "We continue to make great strides as a separate, publicly-traded company, working on key initiatives such as establishing our culture, further developing our brand, and reducing and eliminating the transition services being provided by our former parent company. I am very proud of our hardworking team members across the company that helped produce a very solid quarter."
Three Months Results
For the three month period ending September 30, 2013, the Company reported net income of $41 million, or $0.55 per diluted share. Included in net income are asset impairment charges of $2 million, net of tax. Excluding these asset impairments, net income would have been $43 million, or $0.57 per diluted share. Net income was $24 million, or $0.31 per diluted share, for the comparable period in 2012.
Revenues totaled $3.3 billion for the third quarter of 2013 compared to $3.4 billion for the same period of 2012. Motor fuel revenues in the U.S. segment declined $47 million, driven by a 1% decline in both of the Company's per gallon average motor fuel selling price and in motor fuel gallons sold. Motor fuel revenues declined $28 million in our Canada retail segment, primarily from a 2% decline in the Company's motor fuel gallons sold primarily as a result of fewer average retail sites that sell motor fuel. Also contributing to the overall revenue decline in the Canadian segment was a $55 million impact from foreign currency effects of the Canadian dollar relative to the U.S. dollar.
In the U.S., motor fuel gross margin (cents per gallon), after deducting credit card fees, was $0.16 compared to $0.09 in the third quarter of 2012. The Company experienced historically low motor fuel gross margins in the third quarter of 2012, due primarily to the volatility of crude oil during that period. U.S. merchandise gross margin, net of credit card fees, increased slightly when compared to the third quarter of 2012.
In Canada, the motor fuel gross margin (cents per gallon), after deducting credit card fees, was $0.24 compared to $0.21 in the third quarter of 2012. The margin increase was due primarily to the volatility of crude oil in the prior year period, which resulted in lower motor fuel gross margins in the third quarter of 2012. Canada merchandise gross margin, net of credit card fees, decreased slightly when compared to the third quarter of 2012.
Operating income was $68 million for the third quarter of 2013 compared to $35 million for the third quarter of 2012. Adjusted EBITDA (the non-GAAP measures, including adjusted EBITDA, are described and are reconciled to the corresponding GAAP measures in the Supplemental Disclosure section of this release) was $101 million for the three month period ending September 30, 2013 compared to $63 million for the same period in 2012. The increase in operating income and adjusted EBITDA was due primarily to higher motor fuel gross margin, which is discussed above.
Nine Months Results
Net income for the nine months ending September 30, 2013 was $105 million, or $1.39 per diluted share. For the same period in 2012, net income was $146 million, or $1.93 per diluted share.
For the nine month period ending September 30, 2013, revenues were approximately $9.7 billion compared to $9.9 billion for the nine month period ending September 30, 2012. Motor fuel revenues in the U.S. segment declined $76 million, driven by a 2% decline in the Company's per gallon average motor fuel selling price. Motor fuel revenues declined $147 million in our Canada retail segment for reasons similar to those discussed above. Also contributing to the overall revenue decline in the Canadian segment was an $84 million impact from foreign currency effects of the Canadian dollar relative to the U.S. dollar.
Operating income was $178 million for the nine months ending September 30, 2013 compared to $218 million for the nine months ending September 30, 2012. Adjusted EBITDA was $273 million for the nine month period ending September 30, 2013 compared to $302 million for the same period in 2012. The reasons for the decline were a decline in motor fuel gross margin in both our U.S. and Canada retail segments, as well as an additional $12 million of general and administrative expenses primarily associated with being a new public company.
New Store Openings
CST opened fifteen new stores in the first nine months of the year. The third quarter of 2013 was particularly busy with new store openings, with eight opened in the U.S. and two opened in Canada during the period. "Each new store opening takes energy and support from CST team members across the company," said CST's Chairman and CEO, Kim Bowers. "I couldn't be prouder of our team coming together to help grow our company and bring value to our shareholders."
Liquidity and Capital Resources
For the nine month period ending September 30, 2013, cash flow provided by operating activities totaled $410 million. The increase in cash provided by operating activities was due primarily to the change related to the Company's payment terms on motor fuel purchased from Valero, which were increased to "net 10" days after taking title to the motor fuel. Cash flow used in investing activities was $142 million, primarily related to capital expenditures. Cash flow provided by financing activities was $96 million, due to our net activity with Valero prior to the spin. The effect of foreign currency exchange rate changes was a reduction in cash of $1 million. Overall, cash increased by $363 million.
Total capital expenditures for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013 were $47 million and $137 million, respectively.
The Company will host a conference call on November 4, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. Eastern Time (8:30 a.m. Central Time) to discuss third quarter earnings results. The conference call numbers are 800-697-5978 or 630-691-2750 and the passcode for both is 5854571#. A live audio webcast of the conference call and the related earnings materials, including reconciliations of any non-GAAP financial measures to GAAP financial measures and any other applicable disclosures, will be available on that same day on the investor section of the CST Brands website (www.cstbrands.com. To listen to the audio webcast, go to http://www.cstbrands.com/en-us/investors/eventsandpresentations. After the live conference call, a replay will be available for a period of sixty days. The replay numbers are 888-843-7419 or 630-652-3042 and the passcode for both is 5854571#. An archive of the webcast will be available on the investor section of the CST Brands website at http://www.cstbrands.com/en-us/investors/eventsandpresentations within 24 hours after the call for a period of sixty days.
CST BRANDS, INC. SEGMENT OPERATING RESULTS
The following tables highlight the results of operations of our Retail-U.S. segment and its operating performance (in millions, except number of retail sites, per site per day, cents per gallon and per gallon amounts):
The following tables highlight the results of operations of our Retail-Canada segment and its operating performance (in millions, except number of retail sites, per site per day, cents per gallon and per gallon amounts):
Supplemental Disclosure Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Information
Adjusted EBITDA represents net income before income taxes, interest
expense, asset impairments, depreciation, amortization and accretion
expense. EBITDAR further adjusts adjusted EBITDA by excluding minimum
rent expense. The Company believes that adjusted EBITDA and EBITDAR are
useful to investors and creditors in evaluating its operating
performance because (a) they facilitate management's ability to measure
the operating performance of our business on a consistent basis by
excluding the impact of items not directly resulting from our retail
operations; (b) securities analysts and other interested parties use
such calculations as a measure of financial performance and debt
service capabilities; and (c) the financial covenants in the Company's
debt agreements use adjusted EBITDA and EBITDAR in calculating our
total lease adjusted leverage ratio and fixed charge coverage ratio.
Adjusted EBITDA and EBITDAR are not recognized terms under U.S.
generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") and do not purport to
be alternatives to net income as a measure of operating performance or
to cash flows from operating activities as a measure of liquidity.
Adjusted EBITDA and EBITDAR have limitations as analytical tools and
should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for analysis
of the results of operations as reported under GAAP.
The following table presents the Company's adjusted EBITDA and EBITDAR for the three and nine months ending September 30, 2013 and 2012 and reconciles net income to adjusted EBITDA and EBITDAR (in millions):
About CST Brands, Inc.
CST Brands, Inc. (NYSE: CST) is one of the largest independent retailers of motor fuels and convenience merchandise in North America. Based in San Antonio, Texas, CST employs nearly 12,000 Team Members at approximately 1,900 locations throughout the Southwestern United States and Eastern Canada offering a broad array of convenience merchandise, beverages, snacks and fresh food. In the U.S., CST Corner Stores proudly sell Valero fuels and signature products such as Fresh Choices baked and packaged goods, U Force energy and sport drinks, Cibolo Mountain coffee, FC Soda and Flavors2Go fountain drinks. In Canada, CST is the exclusive provider of Ultramar fuel and its Dépanneur du Coin and Corner Stores sell signature Transit Café coffee and pastries. For more information about CST, please visit www.cstbrands.com.
Safe Harbor Statement
Statements contained in this release that state the Company's or management's expectations or predictions of the future are forward-looking statements intended to be covered by the safe harbor provisions of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The words "believe," "expect," "should," "intends," "estimates," and other similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. It is important to note that actual results could differ materially from those projected in such forward-looking statements. For more information concerning factors that could cause actual results to differ from those expressed or forecasted, see CST Brand's Form 10-Q or registration statement on Form 10 as amended and filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and available on the CST Brand's website at www.cstbrands.com. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any statements in this release, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
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