TravelCenters Of America LLC Announces First Quarter 2012 Results

TravelCenters of America LLC (NYSE Amex: TA) today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2012.

At March 31, 2012, TA’s business included 238 sites, 168 of which were operated under the “TravelCenters of America” or “TA” brand names and 70 of which were operated under the “Petro Stopping Centers” or “Petro” brand name. TA’s results were:
     
Three Months Ended

March 31,
 
2012   2011

(in thousands, except per shareamounts and percentages)
 
Revenues $ 1,994,869 $ 1,782,114
Net loss $ (14,185 ) $ (16,572 )
 
Net loss per share:
Basic and diluted $ (0.49 ) $ (0.92 )
 
Supplemental Data:
Total fuel sales volume (gallons) 512,701 500,865
Total fuel revenues $ 1,683,193 $ 1,493,286
Fuel gross margin $ 68,446 $ 60,878
 
Total nonfuel sales $ 308,154 $ 285,378
Nonfuel gross margin $ 171,384 $ 165,155
 
EBITDAR (1) $ 49,706 $ 44,524
 

(1) A reconciliation that shows the calculation of earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization and rent, or EBITDAR, from net loss determined in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP, appears in the supplemental data below.

Business Commentary

TA’s net loss of $14.2 million for the first quarter of 2012 reflected an improvement of $2.4 million as compared to the net loss in the 2011 first quarter. TA’s results also reflected improvement in EBITDAR, which increased by $5.2 million, or 11.6%, in the 2012 first quarter compared to the 2011 first quarter. TA’s fuel sales volume increased by 11.8 million gallons, or 2.4%, in the 2012 first quarter compared to the 2011 first quarter. During the first quarter of 2012, TA experienced a 0.5% decrease in same site fuel sales volume, compared with the first quarter of 2011. TA believes this decrease is a result, in part, of capital projects in 2012 to replace fuel dispensers and install diesel exhaust fluid dispensers that required TA to take certain diesel dispensers out of service during the period. Nonfuel revenues for the 2012 first quarter increased $22.8 million, or 8.0%, above the 2011 first quarter. Total gross margin increased $13.8 million, or 6.1% in the 2012 first quarter above the 2011 first quarter. The improved results in the first quarter of 2012 compared to 2011 resulted, in large part, from the travel centers opened since April 1, 2011, increased fuel margin per gallon and increased customer spending on nonfuel products and services in TA’s travel centers.

The trucking industry is the primary customer for TA’s goods and services. Freight and trucking demand in the U.S. has historically reflected the level of commercial activity in the U.S. economy. The slow but continual improvement of the U.S. economy generally, and the improving financial condition and increased activity of the trucking industry in the U.S. specifically, impacted TA’s financial results during the 2012 first quarter.

Capital Expenditures and Liquidity

During the three months ended March 31, 2012, we made capital investments of $33.9 million for improvements to existing travel centers and of $0.9 million to improve the eight travel centers we acquired during 2011. In March 2012 we purchased a travel center for $5.6 million. During the quarter ended March 31, 2012, TA sold to Hospitality Properties Trust, or HPT, $13.1 million of improvements at sites leased from HPT which resulted in increased rent due to HPT under the lease terms.

At March 31, 2012, TA had approximately $94.9 million in cash and cash equivalents. TA also maintains a $200 million revolving secured bank credit facility. At March 31, 2012, no amounts were outstanding under this facility; however $70.5 million of the facility was used to support letters of credit issued in the ordinary course of TA’s business.

Supplemental Data

In addition to the historical financial results prepared in accordance with GAAP, TA is furnishing supplemental data that it believes may help investors better understand TA’s business. Included in this supplemental data is same site operating data that includes operating data for all of the travel centers that were operated by TA continuously from the beginning to the end of the comparative periods presented. A presentation of EBITDAR, and a reconciliation that shows the calculation of EBITDAR from net income (loss), the most directly comparable financial measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP, also appears in the supplemental data.

Conference Call:

On May 7, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time, TA will host a conference call to discuss its financial results and other activities for the three months ended March 31, 2012. Following management’s remarks, there will be a question and answer period.

The conference call telephone number is (800) 230-1059. Participants calling from outside the United States and Canada should dial (612) 234-9959. No pass code is necessary to access the call from either number. Participants should dial in about 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start of the call. A replay of the conference call will be available for about a week after the call. To hear the replay, dial (320) 365-3844. The replay pass code is 242635.

A live audio webcast of the conference call will also be available in a listen only mode on our web site at www.tatravelcenters.com. To access the webcast, participants should visit our web site about five minutes before the call. The archived webcast will be available for replay on our web site for about one week after the call.

The recording and retransmission in any way of TA’s first quarter conference call is strictly prohibited without the prior written consent of TA.

About TravelCenters of America LLC:

TA’s travel centers operate under the “TravelCenters of America”, “TA”, “Petro Stopping Centers” and “Petro” brand names and offer diesel and gasoline fueling, restaurants, truck repair facilities, stores and other services. TA’s nationwide business includes travel centers located in 41 U.S. states and in Canada.

WARNING CONCERNING FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS

THIS PRESS RELEASE CONTAINS STATEMENTS THAT CONSTITUTE FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS WITHIN THE MEANING OF THE PRIVATE SECURITIES LITIGATION REFORM ACT OF 1995 AND OTHER FEDERAL SECURITIES LAWS. ALSO, WHENEVER TA USES WORDS SUCH AS ‘‘BELIEVE’’, ‘‘EXPECT’’, ‘‘ANTICIPATE’’, ‘‘INTEND’’, ‘‘PLAN’’, ‘‘ESTIMATE’’ OR SIMILAR EXPRESSIONS, TA IS MAKING FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS. THESE FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS ARE BASED UPON TA’S PRESENT INTENT, BELIEFS OR EXPECTATIONS, BUT FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS ARE NOT GUARANTEED TO OCCUR AND MAY NOT OCCUR. ACTUAL RESULTS MAY DIFFER MATERIALLY FROM THOSE CONTAINED IN OR IMPLIED BY THESE FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS AS A RESULT OF VARIOUS FACTORS. AMONG OTHERS, THE FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS WHICH APPEAR IN THIS PRESS RELEASE THAT MAY NOT OCCUR INCLUDE:
  • THIS PRESS RELEASE STATES THAT THE IMPROVEMENT IN TA’S NET LOSS RESULTED IN LARGE PART FROM THE TRAVEL CENTERS OPENED SINCE APRIL 1, 2011, INCREASED FUEL MARGIN PER GALLON AND INCREASED CUSTOMER SPENDING ON NONFUEL PRODUCTS AND SERVICES IN TA’S TRAVEL CENTERS. AN IMPLICATION OF THESE STATEMENTS MAY BE THAT TA WILL BE ABLE TO OPERATE PROFITABLY IN THE FUTURE. IN FACT, THERE ARE MANY FACTORS WHICH WILL IMPACT TA’ S FUTURE OPERATIONS THAT MAY CAUSE TA TO OPERATE UNPROFITABLY IN ANNUAL AND/OR QUARTERLY PERIODS IN ADDITION TO THOSE STATED ITEMS, INCLUDING SOME FACTORS WHICH ARE BEYOND TA’S CONTROL SUCH AS SEASONALITY, THE CONDITION OF THE U.S. ECONOMY GENERALLY, THE FUTURE DEMAND FOR TA’S GOODS AND SERVICES AND COMPETITION IN TA’S BUSINESS. ALSO, IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT, DESPITE THE STATED IMPROVEMENTS, TA STILL REALIZED A NET LOSS FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2012;
  • THIS PRESS RELEASE STATES THAT TA HAD $94.9 MILLION OF CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS AT MARCH 31, 2012, THAT THERE WERE NO AMOUNTS OUTSTANDING UNDER TA’S BANK CREDIT FACILITY AND THAT TA RECEIVED $13.1 MILLION FROM HPT FOR SALES TO HPT OF QUALIFYING IMPROVEMENTS UNDER TA’S LEASES WITH HPT. THESE STATEMENTS MAY IMPLY THAT TA HAS ABUNDANT WORKING CAPITAL LIQUIDITY. IN FACT, TA’S REGULAR OPERATIONS REQUIRE LARGE AMOUNTS OF WORKING CASH. AS OF MARCH 31, 2012, $70.5 MILLION OF TA’S BANK CREDIT FACILITY WAS USED TO PROVIDE LETTERS OF CREDIT TO TA’S SUPPLIERS, INSURERS AND TAXING AUTHORITIES AND TA HAS COLLATERALIZED ITS BANK FACILITY WITH SUBSTANTIALLY ALL OF TA’S CASH, ACCOUNTS RECEIVABLE, INVENTORIES, EQUIPMENT AND INTANGIBLE ASSETS. IN ADDITION, TA’S BUSINESS REQUIRES IT TO MAKE SIGNIFICANT CAPITAL EXPENDITURES TO MAINTAIN ITS COMPETITIVENESS AND HPT IS NOT OBLIGATED TO PURCHASE THE IMPROVEMENTS TA MAY REQUEST TO SELL TO HPT. ACCORDINGLY, TA MAY NOT HAVE SUFFICIENT WORKING CAPITAL OR CASH LIQUIDITY; AND
  • THIS PRESS RELEASE STATES THAT TA HAS A REVOLVING CREDIT FACILITY OF $200 MILLION. HOWEVER, TA’S BORROWING AND LETTER OF CREDIT AVAILABILITY UNDER THIS FACILITY IS SUBJECT TO TA HAVING QUALIFIED COLLATERAL, INCLUDING ELIGIBLE CASH, ACCOUNTS RECEIVABLE AND INVENTORIES THAT VARY IN AMOUNT FROM TIME TO TIME. ACCORDINGLY, TA’S BORROWING AVAILABILITY AT ANY TIME MAY BE LESS THAN $200 MILLION.

THESE AND OTHER UNEXPECTED RESULTS MAY BE CAUSED BY VARIOUS FACTORS, SOME OF WHICH ARE BEYOND TA’S CONTROL, INCLUDING:
  • THE IMPACT OF CHANGES IN THE ECONOMY AND THE CAPITAL MARKETS ON TA AND ITS CUSTOMERS, AND FRANCHISEES;
  • COMPLIANCE WITH, AND CHANGES TO, FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS, ACCOUNTING RULES, TAX RATES AND SIMILAR MATTERS;
  • COMPETITION WITHIN THE TRAVEL CENTER INDUSTRY;
  • FUTURE FUEL PRICE INCREASES, FUEL PRICE VOLATILITY, COMPETITION OR OTHER FACTORS MAY CAUSE TA TO NEED MORE WORKING CAPITAL TO MAINTAIN ITS INVENTORIES AND CARRY ITS ACCOUNTS RECEIVABLE THAN TA NOW EXPECTS;
  • THE ACQUISITION OF TRAVEL CENTERS MAY SUBJECT TA TO ADDITIONAL OR GREATER RISKS THAN TA’S CONTINUING OPERATIONS, INCLUDING THE ASSUMPTION OF UNKNOWN LIABILITIES;
  • MOST OF TA’S TRUCKING CUSTOMERS TRANSACT BUSINESS WITH TA BY USE OF FUEL CARDS, WHICH ARE ISSUED BY THIRD PARTY FUEL CARD COMPANIES. THE FUEL CARD INDUSTRY HAS ONLY A FEW SIGNIFICANT PARTICIPANTS. FUEL CARD COMPANIES FACILITATE PAYMENTS TO TA, AND CHARGES TA FEES FOR THESE SERVICES. COMPETITION, OR LACK THEREOF, AMONG THE FUEL CARD COMPANIES MAY RESULT IN FUTURE INCREASES IN TA’S TRANSACTION FEE EXPENSES OR WORKING CAPITAL REQUIREMENTS, OR BOTH;
  • IN THE PAST, INCREASES IN FUEL PRICES HAVE REDUCED THE DEMAND FOR THE PRODUCTS AND SERVICES THAT TA SELLS BECAUSE HIGH FUEL PRICES MAY HAVE ENCOURAGED FUEL CONSERVATION, DIRECTED FREIGHT BUSINESS AWAY FROM TRUCKING OR OTHERWISE ADVERSELY AFFECTED THE BUSINESS OF TA’S CUSTOMERS. FUTURE INCREASES IN FUEL PRICES MAY HAVE SIMILAR AND OTHER ADVERSE EFFECTS ON TA’S BUSINESS;
  • TA’S SUPPLIERS MAY BE UNWILLING OR UNABLE TO MAINTAIN TA’S CURRENT TERMS FOR PURCHASES ON CREDIT. IF TA IS UNABLE TO PURCHASE GOODS ON REASONABLE CREDIT TERMS, TA’S REQUIRED WORKING CAPITAL MAY INCREASE AND TA MAY INCUR MATERIAL LOSSES. IN TIMES OF RISING FUEL AND NONFUEL PRICES, TA’S SUPPLIERS MAY BE UNWILLING OR UNABLE TO INCREASE THE CREDIT AMOUNTS THEY EXTEND TO TA, WHICH MAY REQUIRE TA TO INCREASE ITS WORKING CAPITAL INVESTMENT. ALSO, IN LIGHT OF THE RECENT CREDIT MARKET CONDITIONS AND TA’S HISTORICAL OPERATING LOSSES, THE AVAILABILITY AND THE TERMS OF ANY CREDIT TA MAY BE ABLE TO OBTAIN ARE UNCERTAIN;
  • TA IS CURRENTLY INVOLVED IN SEVERAL LITIGATION MATTERS. DISCOVERY AND COURT DECISIONS DURING LITIGATION OFTEN RESULT IN UNANTICIPATED RESULTS. LITIGATION IS USUALLY EXPENSIVE AND DISTRACTING TO MANAGEMENT. TA CAN PROVIDE NO ASSURANCE AS TO THE OUTCOME OF ANY OF THE LITIGATION MATTERS IN WHICH IT IS INVOLVED;
  • ACTS OF TERRORISM, OUTBREAKS OF SO CALLED PANDEMICS OR OTHER MANMADE OR NATURAL DISASTERS BEYOND TA’S CONTROL MAY ADVERSELY AFFECT TA’S OPERATING RESULTS;
  • ALTHOUGH TA BELIEVES THAT IT BENEFITS FROM ITS CONTINUING RELATIONSHIPS WITH HPT, REIT MANAGEMENT & RESEARCH LLC, OR RMR, AND THEIR AFFILIATED AND RELATED PERSONS AND ENTITIES, ACTUAL AND POTENTIAL CONFLICTS OF INTEREST WITH TA’S MANAGING DIRECTORS, HPT, RMR AND AFFILIATED AND RELATED PERSONS AND ENTITIES MAY PRESENT A CONTRARY PERCEPTION OR RESULT IN LITIGATION;
  • AS A RESULT OF CERTAIN TRADING IN TA’S SHARES DURING 2007, TA EXPERIENCED AN OWNERSHIP CHANGE AS DEFINED BY SECTION 382 OF THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE, OR THE CODE. CONSEQUENTLY, TA IS UNABLE TO USE ITS NET OPERATING LOSS GENERATED IN 2007 TO OFFSET ANY FUTURE TAXABLE INCOME. IF TA EXPERIENCES ADDITIONAL OWNERSHIP CHANGES, AS DEFINED IN THE CODE, ITS NET OPERATING LOSSES GENERATED AFTER 2007 COULD ALSO BE SUBJECT TO LIMITATIONS ON USAGE; AND
  • TA’S LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY AGREEMENT AND BYLAWS AND CERTAIN OF TA’S OTHER AGREEMENTS INCLUDE VARIOUS PROVISIONS WHICH MAY DETER A CHANGE OF CONTROL OF TA AND, AS A RESULT, TA’S SHAREHOLDERS MAY BE UNABLE TO REALIZE A TAKE OVER PREMIUM FOR THEIR SHARES.

TA HAS ACCUMULATED A SIGNIFICANT DEFICIT FROM SEVERAL YEARS OF NET LOSSES SINCE IT BECAME A PUBLICLY OWNED COMPANY IN 2007. ALTHOUGH TA GENERATED NET INCOME FOR THE YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2011, AND TA’S PLANS ARE INTENDED TO GENERATE NET INCOME IN FUTURE PERIODS, THERE CAN BE NO ASSURANCE THAT THESE PLANS WILL SUCCEED.

RESULTS THAT DIFFER FROM THOSE STATED OR IMPLIED BY TA’S FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS MAY ALSO BE CAUSED BY VARIOUS CHANGES IN TA’S BUSINESS OR MARKET CONDITIONS, AS DESCRIBED MORE FULLY IN TA’S ANNUAL REPORT ON FORM 10-K FOR THE YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2011, UNDER “WARNING CONCERNING FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS,” “RISK FACTORS” AND UNDER “WARNING CONCERNING FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS” AND ELSEWHERE IN TA’S QUARTERLY REPORT ON FORM 10-Q FOR THE QUARTER ENDED MARCH 31, 2012. COPIES OF THAT TA ANNUAL REPORT ARE AVAILABLE, AND COPIES OF THAT TA QUARTERLY REPORT WILL BE AVAILABLE, AT THE WEBSITE OF THE U.S. SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION: WWW.SEC.GOV.

YOU SHOULD NOT PLACE UNDUE RELIANCE UPON FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS. EXCEPT AS REQUIRED BY LAW, TA UNDERTAKES NO OBLIGATION TO UPDATE OR REVISE ANY FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS AS A RESULT OF NEW INFORMATION, FUTURE EVENTS OR OTHERWISE.
     

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CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (UNAUDITED)

(in thousands, except per share data)
 
Three Months Ended March 31,
2012     2011
Revenues:
Fuel $ 1,683,193 $ 1,493,286
Nonfuel 308,154 285,378
Rent and royalties   3,522   3,450
Total revenues 1,994,869 1,782,114
 
Cost of goods sold (excluding depreciation):
Fuel 1,614,747 1,432,408
Nonfuel   136,770   120,223
Total cost of goods sold (excluding depreciation) 1,751,517 1,552,631
 
Operating expenses:
Site level operating 170,137 163,578
Selling, general & administrative 23,167 21,202
Real estate rent 49,515 47,310
Depreciation and amortization   11,842   11,622
Total operating expenses   254,661   243,712
 
Loss from operations (11,309 ) (14,229 )
 
Loss from equity investees (200 ) (179 )
Acquisition costs (142 )
Interest income 222 164
Interest expense   (2,512 )   (2,108 )
Loss before income taxes (13,941 ) (16,352 )
Provision for income taxes   244   220
Net loss $ (14,185 ) $ (16,572 )
 
Net loss per share:
Basic and diluted $ (0.49 ) $ (0.92 )
 

These financial statements should be read in conjunction with TA’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2012, to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the condensed consolidated financial statements and notes thereto that describe certain revisions to the financial information for the three months ended March 31, 2011 that TA determined are not material.
           

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CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (UNAUDITED)

(in thousands)
 
March 31, December 31,
2012 2011
Assets
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 94,937 $ 118,255
Accounts receivable, net 167,400 130,672
Inventories 165,018 168,267
Other current assets   65,260   67,056
Total current assets 492,615 484,250
 
Property and equipment, net 488,629 479,943
Intangible assets, net 21,039 21,957
Other noncurrent assets   30,340   30,381
Total assets $ 1,032,623 $ 1,016,531
 
Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 176,908 $ 149,051
Current HPT Leases Liabilities 25,684 25,073
Other current liabilities   117,056   113,624
Total current liabilities 319,648 287,748
 
Noncurrent HPT Leases liabilities 361,490 364,369
Other noncurrent liabilities   46,413   45,813
Total liabilities 727,551 697,930
 
Shareholders’ equity   305,072   318,601
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity $ 1,032,623 $ 1,016,531

These financial statements should be read in conjunction with TA’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2012, to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
     

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CONSOLIDATED SUPPLEMENTAL DATA

(in thousands)
 
Three Months Ended March 31,
 
2012     2011
Calculation of EBITDAR: (1)
Net loss $ (14,185 ) $ (16,572 )
Add: income taxes 244 220
Add: depreciation and amortization 11,842 11,622
Deduct: interest income (222 ) (164 )
Add: interest expense (2) 2,512 2,108
Add: real estate rent expense (3)   49,515   47,310
EBITDAR $ 49,706 $ 44,524
  (1)   TA calculates EBITDAR as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization and rent. TA believes EBITDAR is a useful indication of its operating performance and its ability to pay rent or service debt, make capital expenditures and expand its business. TA believes that EBITDAR is a meaningful disclosure that may help interested persons to better understand its financial performance, including comparing its performance between periods and to the performance of other companies. However, EBITDAR as presented may not be comparable to similarly titled amounts calculated by other companies. This information should not be considered as an alternative to net income, income from continuing operations, operating profit, cash flow from operations or any other operating or liquidity performance measure prescribed by U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP.
 
(2) Interest expense included the following.
     
Three Months Ended March 31,
2012       2011
HPT rent classified as interest $ 1,810 $ 1,773
Amortization of deferred financing costs 87 70
Other   615   265
$ 2,512 $ 2,108
 
  (3)   Real estate rent expense recognized under GAAP differs from TA’s obligation to pay cash for rent under its leases. Cash paid for rent was $53,995 and $50,943 during the three month periods ended March 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively, while the total rent amounts expensed during the quarters ended March 31, 2012 and 2011, were $49,515 and $47,310, respectively. GAAP requires recognition of minimum lease payments payable during the lease term in equal amounts on a straight line basis over the lease term. In addition, under GAAP, a portion of the rent TA pays to HPT is classified as interest expense and a portion of the rent payments made to HPT is applied to amortize a sale/leaseback financing obligation. Also, under GAAP, TA amortizes as a reduction of rent expense the deferred tenant improvement allowance that HPT paid to TA during the four years from 2007 through 2010. A reconciliation of these amounts is as follows.
     
Three Months Ended March 31,
 
2012     2011
 
Cash payments to HPT for rent and interest on deferred rent $ 51,601 $ 48,499
Other cash rental payments   2,394   2,444
Total cash payments under real property leases 53,995 50,943
Adjustments for:
Noncash straight line rent accrual – HPT (538 ) 1,815
Noncash straight line rent accrual – other 109 53
Interest paid on deferred rent obligation (1,450 )
Amortization of sale/leaseback financing obligation (549 ) (586 )
Portion of rent payments classified as interest expense (1,810 ) (1,773 )
Amortization of deferred leasehold improvement allowance   (1,692 )   (1,692 )
Total amount expensed as rent $ 49,515 $ 47,310
 

SUPPLEMENTAL SAME SITE OPERATING DATA

The following table presents operating data for all of the travel centers in operation on March 31, 2012, that were operated by TA for the entire period presented. This data excludes revenues and expenses that were not generated by TA, such as rents and royalties from franchises, and corporate level selling, general and administrative expenses.

TRAVELCENTERS OF AMERICA LLCSAME SITE OPERATING DATA (1) (in thousands, except for number of travel centers and percentage amounts)

      Three Months Ended March 31,
2012       2011      

Change Fav/(Unfav)

Number of company operated travel   centers (2)
184 184
 
Total fuel sales volume (gallons) 471,720 474,021 -0.5 %
 
Total fuel revenues $ 1,550,842 $ 1,415,245 9.6 %
Total fuel gross margin $ 65,712 $ 60,283 9.0 %
 
Total nonfuel revenues $ 300,520 $ 283,882 5.9 %
Total nonfuel gross margin $ 167,492 $ 164,263 2.0 %
 
Total gross margin $ 233,204 $ 224,546 3.9 %
Site level operating expenses (3) $ 161,832 $ 162,255 -0.3 %

Site level gross margin in excess of site   level operating expenses
$ 71,372 $ 62,291 14.6 %
(1)   Includes operating data of company operated travel centers only, excluding data of two travel centers TA operates that are owned by a joint venture and the travel centers operated by TA’s franchisees. Two company operated sites were excluded from this same site comparison because they were temporarily closed during parts of the period.
 
(2) Includes travel centers that were operated by TA during the entirety of each of the comparable periods presented.
 
(3) Excludes real estate rent expense.

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