STAMFORD, Conn., Feb. 7, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Star Gas Partners, L.P. (the "Partnership" or "Star") (NYSE:SGU), a home energy distributor and services provider specializing in heating oil, today announced financial results for its fiscal 2011 first quarter, the three-month period ended December 31, 2010.
For the fiscal 2011 first quarter, Star reported a 31.7 percent increase in total revenues to $459.5 million, compared with total revenues of $348.8 million in the year ago period, due to an increase in home heating oil and propane volume of 17.4 percent and higher selling prices.
Home heating oil and propane volume for the fiscal 2011 first quarter increased by 16.7 million gallons to 112.7 million gallons, reflecting additional volume provided from acquisitions and colder temperatures, somewhat reduced by net customer attrition. Temperatures in Star's geographic areas of operations for the fiscal 2011 first quarter were 5.4 percent colder than the fiscal 2010 first quarter and 2.4 percent colder than normal, as reported by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration.During the fiscal 2011 first quarter, net income increased by $8.6 million, to $20.6 million, due largely to a favorable change in the fair value of derivative instruments along with the aforementioned impact of acquisitions and colder temperatures. During the first quarter of fiscal 2011, Star also recorded a charge of $1.7 million in connection with refinancing its long term debt, with no similar charge during the first quarter of fiscal 2010. Adjusted EBITDA increased by $7.6 million, to $34.3 million, during the fiscal 2011 first quarter, as the impact of colder temperatures and the Adjusted EBITDA provided by acquisitions more than offset net customer attrition in the base business. "The Partnership's solid results this quarter reflect the positive impact of acquisitions added in fiscal 2010 along with colder temperatures versus last year," said Dan Donovan, Star Gas Partners Chief Executive Officer. "We continue to keep a lid on costs and stay focused on customer service, while our strong operating results have allowed us to increase the Partnership's quarterly distribution by 6.9 percent. Fiscal 2011 is off to a good start, and we remain dedicated to taking the right steps – including additional acquisitions and other strategic initiatives – to enhance unitholder value going forward."