CrossAmerica Partners LP Reports Second Quarter 2021 Results and Announces Appointment of New Chief Financial Officer

Allentown, PA, Aug. 09, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --

CrossAmerica Partners LP Reports Second Quarter 2021 Results and Announces Appointment of New Chief Financial Officer

  • Reported Second Quarter 2021 Operating Income of $8.2 million and Net Income of $4.8 million compared to Operating Income of $6.3 million and Net Income of $5.2 million for the Second Quarter 2020
  • Generated Second Quarter 2021 Adjusted EBITDA of $29.7 million and Distributable Cash Flow of $25.0 million compared to Second Quarter 2020 Adjusted EBITDA of $27.7 million and Distributable Cash Flow of $26.0 million
  • Reported Second Quarter 2021 Gross Profit for the Wholesale Segment of $44.2 million compared to $40.7 million of Gross Profit for the Second Quarter 2020
  • Distributed 331.6 million wholesale fuel gallons during the Second Quarter 2021 at an average wholesale fuel margin per gallon of 9.2 cents compared to 260.2 million wholesale fuel gallons at an average wholesale fuel margin per gallon of 10.8 cents during the Second Quarter 2020, an increase of 27% in gallons distributed and a decrease of 15% in margin per gallon
  • Reported Second Quarter 2021 Gross Profit for the Retail Segment of $21.1 million compared to $15.9 million of Gross Profit for the Second Quarter 2020
  • The Distribution Coverage Ratio was 1.22 times for the trailing twelve months ended June 30, 2021 and 1.21 times for the trailing twelve months ended June 30, 2020
  • The Board of Directors of CrossAmerica’s General Partner declared a quarterly distribution of $0.5250 per limited partner unit attributable to the Second Quarter 2021  
  • Began closing on sites in the previously announced $263 million acquisition of 106 convenience store properties from 7-Eleven, Inc.
  • Announced appointment of Maura Topper as Chief Financial Officer, effective August 11, 2021

Allentown, PA August 9, 2021 – CrossAmerica Partners LP (NYSE: CAPL) (“CrossAmerica” or the “Partnership”), a leading wholesale fuels distributor, convenience store operator, and owner and lessor of real estate used in the retail distribution of motor fuels, today reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2021.

“Our solid results this quarter demonstrate the continued strong execution of our strategic plan and the ongoing recovery from the pandemic,” said Charles Nifong, CEO and President of CrossAmerica. “At the end of the quarter, we started closing on the acquisition of assets from 7-Eleven and are continuing to close on sites daily. We are working hard to integrate these excellent assets into our portfolio, and we expect them to be immediately accretive to our financial results.”

Second Quarter Results

Consolidated Results

CrossAmerica reported Operating Income of $8.2 million and Net Income of $4.8 million or earnings of $0.13 per diluted common unit for the second quarter 2021. For the same period in 2020, the Partnership reported Operating Income of $6.3 million and Net Income of $5.2 million or $0.14 per diluted common unit. During the second quarter 2020, Net Income benefited from a $2.9 million income tax benefit that was primarily driven by losses incurred by CrossAmerica’s taxable subsidiaries.

Adjusted EBITDA was $29.7 million for the second quarter 2021 compared to $27.7 million for the same period in 2020, representing an increase of 7% (see Supplemental Disclosure Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Measures section of this release).

Non-GAAP measures used in this release include EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Distributable Cash Flow and Distribution Coverage Ratio. These Non-GAAP measures are further described and reconciled to their most directly comparable GAAP measures in the Supplemental Disclosure Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Measures section of this release.

Wholesale Segment

During the second quarter 2021, CrossAmerica’s Wholesale segment generated $44.2 million in gross profit compared to $40.7 million in gross profit for the second quarter 2020, representing an increase of 9%. The Partnership distributed, on a wholesale basis, 331.6 million gallons of motor fuel at an average wholesale gross profit of $0.092 per gallon, resulting in motor fuel gross profit of $30.5 million. For the three-month period ended June 30, 2020, CrossAmerica distributed, on a wholesale basis, 260.2 million gallons of fuel at an average wholesale gross profit of $0.108 per gallon, resulting in motor fuel gross profit of $28.2 million. The 8% increase in motor fuel gross profit was driven by a 27% increase in fuel volume distributed, offset by a 15% decrease in fuel margin per gallon. The main drivers of the volume increase were the asset exchanges with Circle K and the acquisition of retail and wholesale assets as well as the continuing recovery from the COVID-19 Pandemic. In addition, CrossAmerica benefited from higher terms discounts as a result of higher crude prices. These increases were partially offset by a decrease in overall dealer tank wagon (“DTW”) margins due to the movements in crude prices during the second quarter 2021 relative to the second quarter 2020. During the second quarter 2021, the daily spot price of West Texas Intermediate (“WTI”) crude oil rose from $59.19 per barrel on March 31, 2021 to $73.52 per barrel on June 30, 2021, an increase of 24%, which adversely impacted variable priced DTW gallons during the quarter. During the second quarter of 2020, CrossAmerica benefitted from the sharp reduction in wholesale fuel prices particularly at the beginning of the quarter. As such, DTW margins were negatively impacted for the second quarter of 2021 as compared to the second quarter of 2020.

The prices paid by the Partnership to its motor fuel suppliers for wholesale motor fuel (which affects the cost of sales) are highly correlated to the price of crude oil. The average daily spot price of West Texas Intermediate crude oil during the second quarter 2021 was $66.19 per barrel, a 137% increase, compared to the average daily spot price of $27.96 per barrel during the same period in 2020.

CrossAmerica’s gross profit from rent for the Wholesale segment was $13.0 million for the second quarter 2021 compared to $12.3 million for the second quarter 2020, representing an increase of 6%. The increase in rent was primarily driven by $0.5 million in rent concessions that impacted the second quarter 2020.

Operating expenses increased $1.4 million or 15%, primarily as a result of a $1.2 million increase in environmental costs related to remediation, compliance testing and monitoring. Certain environmental remediation costs will be offset in future periods by increased rebates from fuel supply partners.

Operating income for the Wholesale segment was $33.2 million for the second quarter 2021 compared to $31.2 million for the same period in 2020, an increase of 6%. As discussed above, the year-over-year increase was primarily driven by the increase in motor fuel gross profit.

Retail Segment

For the second quarter 2021, the Retail segment reported motor fuel gross profit of $4.9 million. For the same period in 2020, CrossAmerica generated motor fuel gross profit of $3.3 million. The $1.7 million or 50% increase in motor fuel gross profit was attributable to a 42% increase in volume stemming from the increase in company operated sites as a result of the April 2020 acquisition of retail and wholesale assets as well as the continuing recovery from the COVID-19 Pandemic. CrossAmerica’s Wholesale segment supplies the Retail segment on a DTW, or variable margin basis, and as a result, the overall fuel profitability of the retail sites is divided between the Wholesale and Retail segments.

CrossAmerica’s merchandise gross profit and other revenues increased $2.6 million and $1.1 million, respectively, as a result of the increase in company operated sites driven by the April 2020 acquisition of retail and wholesale assets. Merchandise gross profit percentage, net of credit card fees, increased from 25.4% to 26.5%.

Operating expenses increased $4.5 million or 29% primarily due to the increase in company operated sites as a result of the April 2020 acquisition of retail and wholesale assets.

Operating income for the Retail segment was $0.9 million for the second quarter 2021 compared to $0.3 million for the second quarter 2020, primarily as a result of changes in operations noted above.

Acquisition Activity

As of June 30, 2021, CrossAmerica had closed on two sites for total consideration of $4.2 million of its previously announced $263.0 million acquisition of 106 convenience store properties from 7-Eleven. As of August 5, 2021, the Partnership had closed on a total of 32 sites for total consideration of $106.2 million. The remaining 74 sites of the 106 total sites to be acquired are expected to be completed on a rolling basis over the next eight to ten weeks.

Divestment of Assets

For the six months ended June 30, 2021, CrossAmerica divested a total of nine non-core properties and received $3.9 million in connection with these sales. Through August 5, 2021, CrossAmerica divested an additional eight non-core properties and received $2.1 million in proceeds.

Financing Activity

Joe’s Kwik Marts (“JKM”) Credit Facility

On July 16, 2021, CAPL JKM Partners LLC, an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of CrossAmerica, entered into a Credit Agreement, as amended on July 29, 2021. The JKM Credit Facility provides for a $200 million senior secured credit facility, consisting of a $185 million delayed draw term loan facility and a $15 million revolving credit facility. The JKM Credit Facility will be used to fund the acquisition of the 106 convenience store properties from 7-Eleven discussed above.

Additional details regarding the credit facility are provided in CrossAmerica’s Second Quarter 2021 Form 10-Q.

Amendment to CAPL Credit Facility

On July 28, 2021, the Partnership entered into an amendment to its Credit Agreement, dated as of April 1, 2019. The Amendment, among other things, amended certain provisions relating to unrestricted subsidiaries, increased the maximum level for the consolidated leverage ratio financial covenant, and modified the applicable margin for borrowings under the CAPL Credit Facility.

Additional details regarding the amendment are provided in CrossAmerica’s Second Quarter 2021 Form 10-Q.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

As of June 30, 2021, CrossAmerica had $533.8 million outstanding under its CAPL Credit Facility with defined leverage of 4.42 times. As of August 5, 2021, after taking into consideration the Amendment and debt covenant restrictions, approximately $159.2 million was available for future borrowings under the CAPL Credit Facility. As of August 5, 2021, CrossAmerica has $64.4 million drawn on the JKM Credit Facility Term Loan Facility, with $134.8 million available for future borrowings under the Term Loan Facility and $15.0 million under the revolver.

Distributions

On July 22, 2021, the Board of the Directors of CrossAmerica’s General Partner (“Board”) declared a quarterly distribution of $0.5250 per limited partner unit attributable to the second quarter 2021. As previously announced, the distribution will be paid on August 10, 2021 to all unitholders of record as of August 3, 2021. The amount and timing of any future distributions is subject to the discretion of the Board as provided in CrossAmerica’s Partnership Agreement.

Distributable Cash Flow and Distribution Coverage Ratio

Distributable Cash Flow was $25.0 million for the three-month period ended June 30, 2021, compared to $26.0 million for the same period in 2020. The 4% decrease in Distributable Cash Flow was primarily due to an increase in sustaining capital expenditures partially offset by a decrease in cash interest. Distributable Cash Flow in the second quarter 2020 also benefited from a current tax benefit related primarily to bonus depreciation on eligible capital expenditures. The Distribution Coverage Ratio for the current quarter was 1.26 times compared to 1.31 times for the second quarter 2020. For the trailing twelve- month periods ended June 30, 2021 and June 30, 2020, the Distribution Coverage Ratio was 1.22 and 1.21 times, respectively (see Supplemental Disclosure Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Measures section of this release).

Appointment of Maura Topper as Chief Financial Officer

The Board appointed Ms. Topper as Chief Financial Officer of the partnership effective August 11, 2021.

Ms. Topper was most recently the Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Investments for Dunne Manning Holdings LLC, the diversified investment organization of the Topper Group. In that role, she led the financing process for the Topper Group’s acquisition of the CrossAmerica general partner in 2019 and the structuring of the recently completed JKM Credit Facility and the amendment to the CAPL Credit Facility to support CrossAmerica’s acquisition of sites from 7-Eleven. She began her career in the Audit practice at Deloitte & Touche LLP. Ms. Topper received a Master of Business Administration degree from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business (Finance) from Villanova University.

“In the process of Maura executing the financing of our acquisition, it became obvious that she was undoubtedly the right person for the CFO role,” said Charles Nifong, CEO and President of CrossAmerica. “Maura is already deeply familiar with the organization and will be able to immediately make a positive impact on CrossAmerica.”

Maura Topper commented; “I am looking forward to joining the CrossAmerica team at this exciting and important juncture in the Partnership’s history. As the organization continues to execute on its strategic goals and remain focused on serving its customers across the country, there are many opportunities that I look forward to working with the entire CrossAmerica team to capitalize on for our unitholders.”

Conference Call

The Partnership will host a conference call on August 10, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time to discuss second quarter 2021 earnings results. The conference call numbers are 800-774-6070 or 630-691-2753 and the passcode for both is 8674133#. A live audio webcast of the conference call and the related earnings materials, including reconciliations of 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 CrossAmerica website (www.crossamericapartners.com). A slide presentation for the conference call will also be available on the investor section of the Partnership’s website. To listen to the audio webcast, go to https://caplp.gcs-web.com/webcasts-presentations. After the live conference call, an archive of the webcast will be available on the investor section of the CrossAmerica website at https://caplp.gcs-web.com/webcasts-presentations within 24 hours after the call for a period of sixty days.

CROSSAMERICA PARTNERS LP
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Thousands of Dollars, except unit data)

  June 30,  December 31, 
  2021  2020 
ASSETS        
Current assets:        
Cash and cash equivalents $621  $513 
Accounts receivable, net of allowances of $282 and $429, respectively  35,037   28,519 
Accounts receivable from related parties  1,147   931 
Inventory  24,414   23,253 
Assets held for sale  5,553   9,898 
Other current assets  14,856   11,707 
Total current assets  81,628   74,821 
Property and equipment, net  562,849   570,856 
Right-of-use assets, net  164,240   167,860 
Intangible assets, net  85,570   92,912 
Goodwill  88,764   88,764 
Other assets  21,500   19,129 
Total assets $1,004,551  $1,014,342 
         
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY        
Current liabilities:        
Current portion of debt and finance lease obligations $2,679  $2,631 
Current portion of operating lease obligations  32,557   31,958 
Accounts payable  71,230   63,978 
Accounts payable to related parties  6,400   5,379 
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities  21,649   23,267 
Motor fuel and sales taxes payable  22,320   19,735 
Total current liabilities  156,835   146,948 
Debt and finance lease obligations, less current portion  546,759   527,299 
Operating lease obligations, less current portion  137,559   141,380 
Deferred tax liabilities, net  15,183   15,022 
Asset retirement obligations  41,877   41,450 
Other long-term liabilities  34,199   32,575 
Total liabilities  932,412   904,674 
         
Commitments and contingencies        
         
Equity:        
Common units—37,874,868 and 37,868,046 units issued and
outstanding at June 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively
  72,162   112,124 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss  (23)  (2,456)
Total equity  72,139   109,668 
Total liabilities and equity $1,004,551  $1,014,342 

CROSSAMERICA PARTNERS LP
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(Thousands of Dollars, Except Unit and Per Unit Amounts)

  Three Months Ended June 30,  Six Months Ended June 30, 
  2021  2020  2021  2020 
Operating revenues (a) $859,334  $398,402  $1,516,618  $790,097 
Costs of sales (b)  794,240   340,754   1,396,656   696,720 
Gross profit  65,094   57,648   119,962   93,377 
                 
Income from CST Fuel Supply equity interests           3,202 
Operating expenses:                
Operating expenses (c)  31,070   25,097   60,473   35,820 
General and administrative expenses  6,876   5,597   14,526   10,077 
Depreciation, amortization and accretion expense  19,583   16,050   37,614   33,277 
Total operating expenses  57,529   46,744   112,613   79,174 
Gain (loss) on dispositions and lease terminations, net  597   (4,575)  (51)  66,356 
Operating income  8,162   6,329   7,298   83,761 
Other income, net  204   78   292   215 
Interest expense  (3,870)  (4,121)  (7,367)  (9,661)
Income before income taxes  4,496   2,286   223   74,315 
Income tax benefit  (293)  (2,944)  (599)  (2,976)
Net income  4,789   5,230   822   77,291 
IDR distributions           (133)
Net income available to limited partners $4,789  $5,230  $822  $77,158 
                 
Basic and diluted earnings per common unit $0.13  $0.14  $0.02  $2.09 
                 
Weighted-average limited partner units:                
Basic common units  37,874,868   37,736,329   37,872,079   36,865,651 
Diluted common units  37,905,010   37,738,150   37,902,225   36,867,495 
                 
Supplemental information:                
(a) includes excise taxes of: $50,047  $33,770  $93,753  $48,707 
(a) includes rent income of:  20,862   20,424   41,334   43,112 
(b) excludes depreciation, amortization and accretion                
(b) includes rent expense of:  6,031   6,132   11,944   13,052 
(c) includes rent expense of:  3,265   2,522   6,461   2,522 

CROSSAMERICA PARTNERS LP
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(Thousands of Dollars)

  Six Months Ended June 30, 
  2021  2020 
Cash flows from operating activities:        
Net income $822  $77,291 
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by
operating activities:
        
Depreciation, amortization and accretion expense  37,614   33,277 
Amortization of deferred financing costs  521   521 
Credit loss expense  32   627 
Deferred income tax benefit  (921)  (3,063)
Equity-based employee and director compensation expense  754   48 
Loss (gain) on dispositions and lease terminations, net  51   (74,189)
Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of acquisitions  2,141   27,131 
Net cash provided by operating activities  41,014   61,643 
         
Cash flows from investing activities:        
Principal payments received on notes receivable  85   172 
Proceeds from Circle K in connection with CST Fuel Supply Exchange     16,396 
Proceeds from sale of assets  5,600   9,954 
Capital expenditures  (21,911)  (10,760)
Cash paid in connection with acquisitions, net of cash acquired  (4,166)  (22,342)
Net cash used in investing activities  (20,392)  (6,580)
         
Cash flows from financing activities:        
Borrowings under the CAPL Credit Facility  57,000   63,201 
Repayments on the CAPL Credit Facility  (36,399)  (78,527)
Payments of long-term debt and finance lease obligations  (1,287)  (1,207)
Distributions paid on distribution equivalent rights  (63)  (2)
Distributions paid to holders of the IDRs     (133)
Distributions paid on common units  (39,765)  (37,990)
Net cash used in financing activities  (20,514)  (54,658)
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents  108   405 
         
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period  513   1,780 
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $621  $2,185 

Segment Results

Wholesale

The following table highlights the results of operations and certain operating metrics of the Wholesale segment (thousands of dollars, except for the number of distribution sites and per gallon amounts): 

  Three Months Ended June 30,  Six Months Ended June 30, 
  2021  2020  2021  2020 
Gross profit:                
Motor fuel–third party $18,529  $12,177  $34,052  $25,217 
Motor fuel–intersegment and related party  11,961   15,989   17,690   22,842 
Motor fuel gross profit  30,490   28,166   51,742   48,059 
Rent gross profit  12,973   12,262   25,466   26,391 
Other revenues  729   300   1,863   1,415 
Total gross profit  44,192   40,728   79,071   75,865 
Income from CST Fuel Supply equity interests (a)           3,202 
Operating expenses  (10,948)  (9,509)  (20,922)  (18,583)
Operating income $33,244  $31,219  $58,149  $60,484 
Motor fuel distribution sites (end of period): (b)                
Motor fuel–third party                
Independent dealers (c)  675   712   675   712 
Lessee dealers (d)  651   682   651   682 
Total motor fuel distribution–third party sites  1,326   1,394   1,326   1,394 
Motor fuel–intersegment and related party                
Commission agents (Retail segment) (e)  202   212   202   212 
Company operated retail sites (Retail segment)  152   150   152   150 
Total motor fuel distribution–intersegment and
related party sites
  354   362   354   362 
Motor fuel distribution sites (average during the period):                
Motor fuel-third party distribution  1,328   1,379   1,333   1,227 
Motor fuel-intersegment and related party distribution  353   346   355   289 
Total motor fuel distribution sites  1,681   1,725   1,688   1,516 
Volume of gallons distributed (in thousands)                
Third party  242,392   192,927   456,100   370,424 
Intersegment and related party  89,233   67,319   167,305   110,467 
Total volume of gallons distributed  331,625   260,246   623,405   480,891 
                 
Wholesale margin per gallon $0.092  $0.108  $0.083  $0.100 

(a)    Represents income from CrossAmerica’s equity interest in CST Fuel Supply. The CST Fuel Supply Exchange closed on March 25, 2020.
(b)    In addition, as of June 30, 2021 and 2020, CrossAmerica distributed motor fuel to 14 and 13 sub-wholesalers who distributed to additional sites, respectively.
(c)    The decrease in the independent dealer site count was primarily attributable to loss of contracts, most of which were lower margin, partially offset by the increase in independent dealer sites as a result of the real estate rationalization effort and the resulting reclassification of the sites from a lessee dealer or commission site to an independent dealer site when CrossAmerica continues to supply the sites after divestiture.
(d)    The decrease in the lessee dealer site count was primarily attributable to the real estate rationalization effort, partially offset by the lessee dealer sites acquired in the sixth asset exchange with Circle K.
(e)    The decrease in the commission site count was primarily attributable to CrossAmerica’s real estate rationalization effort.

Retail

The following table highlights the results of operations and certain operating metrics of the Retail segment (thousands of dollars, except for the number of retail sites, gallons sold per day and per gallon amounts):

  Three Months Ended June 30,  Six Months Ended June 30, 
  2021  2020  2021  2020 
Gross profit:                
Motor fuel $4,937  $3,284  $10,370  $3,689 
Merchandise  11,969   9,384   22,333   9,384 
Rent  1,858   2,030   3,924   3,669 
Other revenue  2,311   1,221   4,170   1,221 
Total gross profit  21,075   15,919   40,797   17,963 
Operating expenses  (20,122)  (15,588)  (39,551)  (17,237)
Operating income $953  $331  $1,246  $726 
                 
Retail sites (end of period):                
Commission agents (a)  202   212   202   212 
Company operated retail sites  152   150   152   150 
Total system sites at the end of the period  354   362   354   362 
                 
Total system operating statistics:                
Average retail fuel sites during the period  353   337   355   254 
Motor fuel sales (gallons per site per day)  2,793   2,057   2,616   1,993 
Motor fuel gross profit per gallon, net of credit card fees and
commissions
 $0.055  $0.052  $0.062  $0.040 
                 
Commission agents statistics:                
Average retail fuel sites during the period  203   210   204   190 
Motor fuel gross profit per gallon, net of credit card fees and
commissions
 $0.014  $0.016  $0.015  $0.015 
                 
Company operated retail site statistics:                
Average retail fuel sites during the period  150   128   151   64 
Motor fuel gross profit per gallon, net of credit card fees $0.093  $0.096  $0.109  $0.096 
Merchandise gross profit percentage, net of credit card fees  26.5%  25.4%  26.9%  25.4%

(a)    The decrease in the commission site count was primarily attributable to the real estate rationalization effort.

Supplemental Disclosure Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Measures

CrossAmerica uses the non-GAAP financial measures EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Distributable Cash Flow and Distribution Coverage Ratio. EBITDA represents net income available to the Partnership before deducting interest expense, income taxes, depreciation, amortization and accretion (which includes certain impairment charges). Adjusted EBITDA represents EBITDA as further adjusted to exclude equity-based employee and director compensation expense, gains or losses on dispositions and lease terminations, net, and certain discrete acquisition related costs, such as legal and other professional fees, separation benefit costs and certain other discrete non-cash items arising from purchase accounting. Distributable Cash Flow represents Adjusted EBITDA less cash interest expense, sustaining capital expenditures and current income tax benefit or expense. The Distribution Coverage Ratio is computed by dividing Distributable Cash Flow by the weighted average diluted common units and then dividing that result by the distributions paid per limited partner unit.

EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Distributable Cash Flow and Distribution Coverage Ratio are used as supplemental financial measures by management and by external users of the CrossAmerica financial statements, such as investors and lenders. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are used to assess the financial performance without regard to financing methods, capital structure or income taxes and the ability to incur and service debt and to fund capital expenditures. In addition, Adjusted EBITDA is used to assess the operating performance of the CrossAmerica business on a consistent basis by excluding the impact of items which do not result directly from the wholesale distribution of motor fuel, the leasing of real property, or the day to day operations of the Partnership’s retail site activities. EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Distributable Cash Flow and Distribution Coverage Ratio are also used to assess the ability to generate cash sufficient to make distributions to the Partnership’s unitholders.

CrossAmerica believes the presentation of EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Distributable Cash Flow and Distribution Coverage Ratio provides useful information to investors in assessing the financial condition and results of operations. EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Distributable Cash Flow and Distribution Coverage Ratio should not be considered alternatives to net income or any other measure of financial performance or liquidity presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP. EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Distributable Cash Flow and Distribution Coverage Ratio have important limitations as analytical tools because they exclude some but not all items that affect net income. Additionally, because EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Distributable Cash Flow and Distribution Coverage Ratio may be defined differently by other companies in the industry, the Partnership’s definitions may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies, thereby diminishing their utility.

The following table presents reconciliations of EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, and Distributable Cash Flow to net income, the most directly comparable U.S. GAAP financial measure, for each of the periods indicated (in thousands, except for per unit amounts):

  Three Months Ended June 30,  Six Months Ended June 30, 
  2021  2020  2021  2020 
Net income available to limited partners $4,789  $5,230  $822  $77,158 
Interest expense  3,870   4,121   7,367   9,661 
Income tax benefit  (293)  (2,944)  (599)  (2,976)
Depreciation, amortization and accretion expense  19,583   16,050   37,614   33,277 
EBITDA  27,949   22,457   45,204   117,120 
Equity-based employee and director compensation expense  386   17   754   48 
(Gain) loss on dispositions and lease terminations, net (a)  (597)  4,575   51   (66,356)
Acquisition-related costs (b)  1,967   672   4,361   2,193 
Adjusted EBITDA  29,705   27,721   50,370   53,005 
Cash interest expense  (3,610)  (3,861)  (6,846)  (9,140)
Sustaining capital expenditures (c)  (1,040)  (407)  (2,432)  (1,047)
Current income tax (expense) benefit (d)  (50)  2,594   (334)  3,668 
Distributable Cash Flow $25,005  $26,047  $40,758  $46,486 
Weighted-average diluted common units  37,905   37,738   37,902   36,867 
Distributions paid per limited partner unit (e) $0.5250  $0.5250  $1.0500  $1.0500 
Distribution Coverage Ratio (f) 1.26x  1.31x  1.02x  1.20x 

        (a)    During the three months ended June 30, 2020, CrossAmerica recorded a loss on lease terminations, including the non-cash write-off of deferred rent income associated with these leases, of $10.9 million. During the six months ended June 30, 2020, CrossAmerica recorded a $67.6 million gain on the sale of its 17.5% investment in CST Fuel Supply. In addition, CrossAmerica recorded gains on the sale of CAPL properties in connection with the asset exchange with Circle K of $6.1 million and $7.9 million for the three and six months ended June 30, 2020, respectively.
        (b)    Relates to certain discrete acquisition related costs, such as legal and other professional fees, separation benefit costs and certain purchase accounting adjustments associated with recently acquired businesses.
        (c)    Under the Partnership Agreement, sustaining capital expenditures are capital expenditures made to maintain CrossAmerica’s long-term operating income or operating capacity. Examples of sustaining capital expenditures are those made to maintain existing contract volumes, including payments to renew existing distribution contracts, or to maintain CrossAmerica’s sites in conditions suitable to lease, such as parking lot or roof replacement/renovation, or to replace equipment required to operate the existing business.
        (d)    Consistent with prior divestitures, the current income tax (expense) benefit excludes income tax incurred on the sale of sites.
        (e)    On July 22, 2021, the Board approved a quarterly distribution of $0.5250 per unit attributable to the second quarter of 2021. The distribution is payable on August 10, 2021 to all unitholders of record on August 3, 2021.
        (f)    The distribution coverage ratio is computed by dividing Distributable Cash Flow by the weighted-average diluted common units and then dividing that result by the distributions paid per limited partner unit.

About CrossAmerica Partners LP

CrossAmerica Partners LP is a leading wholesale distributor of motor fuels, convenience store operator, and owner and lessee of real estate used in the retail distribution of motor fuels. Its general partner, CrossAmerica GP LLC, is indirectly owned and controlled by entities affiliated with Joseph V. Topper, Jr., the founder of CrossAmerica Partners and a member of the board of the general partner since 2012. Formed in 2012, CrossAmerica Partners LP is a distributor of branded and unbranded petroleum for motor vehicles in the United States and distributes fuel to approximately 1,700 locations and owns or leases approximately 1,100 sites. With a geographic footprint covering 34 states, the Partnership has well-established relationships with several major oil brands, including ExxonMobil, BP, Shell, Chevron, Sunoco, Valero, Gulf, Citgo, Marathon and Phillips 66. CrossAmerica Partners LP ranks as one of ExxonMobil’s largest distributors by fuel volume in the United States and in the top 10 for additional brands. For additional information, please visit www.crossamericapartners.com.

Contact

Investor Relations:      Randy Palmer, rpalmer@caplp.com or 210-742-8316

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Statements contained in this release that state the Partnership’s or management’s expectations or predictions of the future are forward-looking statements. The words “believe,” “expect,” “should,” “intends,” “estimates,” “target” 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 CrossAmerica’s Form 10-K or Forms 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and available on CrossAmerica’s website at www.crossamericapartners.com. The Partnership undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any statements in this release, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Note to Non-United States Investors: This release is intended to be a qualified notice under Treasury Regulation Section 1.1446-4(b). Brokers and nominees should treat one hundred percent (100%) of CrossAmerica Partners LP’s distributions to non-U.S. investors as attributable to income that is effectively connected with a United States trade or business. Accordingly, CrossAmerica Partners LP’s distributions to non-U.S. investors are subject to federal income tax withholding at the highest applicable effective tax rate.


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