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Star Gas Partners, L.P. Reports Fiscal 2013 Second Quarter Results

Stocks in this article: SGU

STAMFORD, Conn., May 8, 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 second quarter and the six-month period ended March 31, 2013.

Three Months Ended March 31, 2013 Compared to Three Months Ended March 31, 2012

For the fiscal 2013 second quarter Star reported a 24.7 percent increase in total revenue to $785.1 million, compared with $629.6 million in the prior-year period, driven largely by a 26.0 percent increase in total volume.

Home heating oil and propane volume for the fiscal 2013 second quarter increased by 33.9 million gallons versus the fiscal 2012 second quarter, to 164.4 million gallons, as the impact of colder temperatures and the additional volume provided by acquisitions more than offset the impact of net customer attrition, conservation and other factors. Temperatures in Star's geographic areas of operation for the fiscal 2013 second quarter were 25.6 percent colder than the fiscal 2012 second quarter and 1.8 percent warmer than normal, as reported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

During the fiscal 2013 second quarter, net income increased by $1.2 million to $41.7 million, as the impact of colder temperatures on operating results was partially offset by an unfavorable change in the fair value of derivative instruments of $13.5 million. In addition, during the three months ended March 31, 2012 net income was positively impacted by the recording of a $12.5 million benefit under Star's weather hedge contract. During the three months ended March 31, 2013 the Partnership did not record a similar benefit under its weather hedge contract.

Adjusted EBITDA increased by $14.2 million to $73.9 million during the fiscal 2013 second quarter as the impact of colder temperatures and an increase in Adjusted EBITDA provided by acquisitions more than offset the impact of net customer attrition. As discussed above, Adjusted EDITDA for the three months ended March 31, 2012 included a $12.5 million benefit recorded under the Partnership's weather hedge contract.

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