STAMFORD, Conn., Feb. 6, 2013 (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 2013 first quarter, the three-month period ended December 31, 2012.
For the fiscal 2013 first quarter, Star reported an 11.9 percent increase in total revenue to $516.5 million, compared with total revenue of $461.5 million in the prior year period, due to an increase in home heating oil and propane volume and higher selling prices.
Home heating oil and propane volume for the fiscal 2013 first quarter increased by 6.0 million gallons, to 97.1 million gallons, as the impact of colder temperatures and the additional volume provided by acquisitions more than offset the impact of net customer attrition and other factors affecting volume. Temperatures in Star's geographic areas of operation for the fiscal 2013 first quarter were 15.8 percent colder than the fiscal 2012 first quarter but 7.4 percent warmer than normal, as reported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.During the fiscal 2013 first quarter, net income increased by $6.8 million, to $9.8 million, due largely to the after-tax impact of the colder weather. Adjusted EBITDA increased by $10.5 million, to $29.8 million, as the favorable impact of colder temperatures, acquisitions, and storm-driven increases in motor fuel sales and service and installation revenue more than offset the volume decline in the base business attributable to net customer attrition and other factors. "We were pleased to see colder weather in our first quarter versus fiscal 2012, albeit temperatures were still warmer than normal for the regions we serve," said Dan Donovan, Star Gas Partners' Chief Executive Officer. "In addition, as mentioned on our fiscal 2012 earnings call, we saw an increase in both our home heating oil and propane accounts due to, among other reasons, our rapid response and excellent service during and after the major storm in late October; these additions, combined with fewer customer losses, resulted in net growth of our account base during the first quarter. Our installation and maintenance revenue also rose primarily as a result of strong customer outreach following the storm in October. Overall, even as oil prices remain high, I am proud of what we've accomplished so far this fiscal year."