CST Brands, Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2013 Results

CST Brands, Inc. (NYSE:CST), one of the largest independent retailers of motor fuels and convenience merchandise in North America, today reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2013.

“Our company delivered strong year-over-year earnings growth,” said Kim Bowers, Chairman and CEO of CST Brands. “We continue to make great strides as a separate, publicly-traded company, working on key initiatives such as establishing our culture, further developing our brand, and reducing and eliminating the transition services being provided by our former parent company. I am very proud of our hardworking team members across the company that helped produce a very solid quarter.”

Three Months Results

For the three month period ending September 30, 2013, the Company reported net income of $41 million, or $0.55 per diluted share. Included in net income are asset impairment charges of $2 million, net of tax. Excluding these asset impairments, net income would have been $43 million, or $0.57 per diluted share. Net income was $24 million, or $0.31 per diluted share, for the comparable period in 2012.

Revenues totaled $3.3 billion for the third quarter of 2013 compared to $3.4 billion for the same period of 2012. Motor fuel revenues in the U.S. segment declined $47 million, driven by a 1% decline in both of the Company’s per gallon average motor fuel selling price and in motor fuel gallons sold. Motor fuel revenues declined $28 million in our Canada retail segment, primarily from a 2% decline in the Company’s motor fuel gallons sold primarily as a result of fewer average retail sites that sell motor fuel. Also contributing to the overall revenue decline in the Canadian segment was a $55 million impact from foreign currency effects of the Canadian dollar relative to the U.S. dollar.

In the U.S., motor fuel gross margin (cents per gallon), after deducting credit card fees, was $0.16 compared to $0.09 in the third quarter of 2012. The Company experienced historically low motor fuel gross margins in the third quarter of 2012, due primarily to the volatility of crude oil during that period. U.S. merchandise gross margin, net of credit card fees, increased slightly when compared to the third quarter of 2012.

In Canada, the motor fuel gross margin (cents per gallon), after deducting credit card fees, was $0.24 compared to $0.21 in the third quarter of 2012. The margin increase was due primarily to the volatility of crude oil in the prior year period, which resulted in lower motor fuel gross margins in the third quarter of 2012. Canada merchandise gross margin, net of credit card fees, decreased slightly when compared to the third quarter of 2012.

Operating income was $68 million for the third quarter of 2013 compared to $35 million for the third quarter of 2012. Adjusted EBITDA (the non-GAAP measures, including adjusted EBITDA, are described and are reconciled to the corresponding GAAP measures in the Supplemental Disclosure section of this release) was $101 million for the three month period ending September 30, 2013 compared to $63 million for the same period in 2012. The increase in operating income and adjusted EBITDA was due primarily to higher motor fuel gross margin, which is discussed above.

Nine Months Results

Net income for the nine months ending September 30, 2013 was $105 million, or $1.39 per diluted share. For the same period in 2012, net income was $146 million, or $1.93 per diluted share.

For the nine month period ending September 30, 2013, revenues were approximately $9.7 billion compared to $9.9 billion for the nine month period ending September 30, 2012. Motor fuel revenues in the U.S. segment declined $76 million, driven by a 2% decline in the Company’s per gallon average motor fuel selling price. Motor fuel revenues declined $147 million in our Canada retail segment for reasons similar to those discussed above. Also contributing to the overall revenue decline in the Canadian segment was an $84 million impact from foreign currency effects of the Canadian dollar relative to the U.S. dollar.

Operating income was $178 million for the nine months ending September 30, 2013 compared to $218 million for the nine months ending September 30, 2012. Adjusted EBITDA was $273 million for the nine month period ending September 30, 2013 compared to $302 million for the same period in 2012. The reasons for the decline were a decline in motor fuel gross margin in both our U.S. and Canada retail segments, as well as an additional $12 million of general and administrative expenses primarily associated with being a new public company.

New Store Openings

CST opened fifteen new stores in the first nine months of the year. The third quarter of 2013 was particularly busy with new store openings, with eight opened in the U.S. and two opened in Canada during the period. “Each new store opening takes energy and support from CST team members across the company,” said CST’s Chairman and CEO, Kim Bowers. “I couldn’t be prouder of our team coming together to help grow our company and bring value to our shareholders.”

Liquidity and Capital Resources

For the nine month period ending September 30, 2013, cash flow provided by operating activities totaled $410 million. The increase in cash provided by operating activities was due primarily to the change related to the Company’s payment terms on motor fuel purchased from Valero, which were increased to “net 10” days after taking title to the motor fuel. Cash flow used in investing activities was $142 million, primarily related to capital expenditures. Cash flow provided by financing activities was $96 million, due to our net activity with Valero prior to the spin. The effect of foreign currency exchange rate changes was a reduction in cash of $1 million. Overall, cash increased by $363 million.

Total capital expenditures for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013 were $47 million and $137 million, respectively.

Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call on November 4, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. Eastern Time (8:30 a.m. Central Time) to discuss third quarter earnings results. The conference call numbers are 800-697-5978 or 630-691-2750 and the passcode for both is 5854571#. A live audio webcast of the conference call and the related earnings materials, including reconciliations of any 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 CST Brands website ( www.cstbrands.com). To listen to the audio webcast, go to http://www.cstbrands.com/en-us/investors/eventsandpresentations. After the live conference call, a replay will be available for a period of sixty days. The replay numbers are 888-843-7419 or 630-652-3042 and the passcode for both is 5854571#. An archive of the webcast will be available on the investor section of the CST Brands website at http://www.cstbrands.com/en-us/investors/eventsandpresentations within 24 hours after the call for a period of sixty days.

CST BRANDS, INC.
CONSOLIDATED AND COMBINED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(Millions of Dollars, Except Per Share Amounts)
(Unaudited)
 
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
September 30, September 30,
2013 2012 2013 2012
Operating revenues (a) $ 3,316 $ 3,382 $ 9,715 $ 9,939
Cost of sales 3,026   3,137   8,900   9,110
Gross margin 290   245   815   829
Operating expenses:
Operating expenses 169 168 489 484
General and administrative expenses 21 15 56 44

Depreciation, amortization and accretion expense
30 27 90 83

Asset impairments
2     2  
Total operating expenses 222   210   637   611
Operating income 68 35 178 218
Other income, net 1 1 3 1
Interest expense (10 )   (17 )
Income before income tax expense 59 36 164 219
Income tax expense 18   12   59   73
Net income $ 41   $ 24   $ 105   $ 146
Earnings per common share
Basic earnings per common share $ 0.55 $ 0.31 $ 1.39 $ 1.93

Weighted-average common shares outstanding (in thousands)
75,397 75,397 75,397 75,397
Earnings per common share – assuming dilution
Diluted earnings per common share $ 0.55 $ 0.31 $ 1.39 $ 1.93
Weighted-average common shares outstanding – assuming dilution (in thousands) 75,432 75,397 75,416 75,397
 

Supplemental information:

(a) Includes excise taxes of:

$

482

$

517

$

1,447

$

1,496
 

CST BRANDS, INC. SEGMENT OPERATING RESULTS (Millions of Dollars) (Unaudited)

Retail–U.S.

The following tables highlight the results of operations of our Retail–U.S. segment and its operating performance (in millions, except number of retail sites, per site per day, cents per gallon and per gallon amounts):
  Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
September 30, September 30,
2013   2012 2013   2012
Operating revenues:
Motor fuel $ 1,658 $ 1,705 $ 4,938 $ 5,014
Merchandise 342 328 967 936
Other 13   13   43   44  
Total operating revenues $ 2,013   $ 2,046   $ 5,948   $ 5,994  
Gross margin:
Motor fuel $ 77 $ 40 $ 191 $ 199
Merchandise 102 99 287 280
Other 13   12   41   43  
Total gross margin 192 151 519 522
Operating expenses 108 106 307 300
Depreciation, amortization and accretion expense 21 19 63 57
Asset impairments

 
2  

 
 

 

2
 

 
 
Operating income $ 61   $ 26   $ 147   $ 165  
 
Company operated retail sites at end of period 1,041 1,027 1,041 1,027
 
Average retail sites open during the period 1,037 1,027 1,034 1,007
 
Motor fuel sales (gallons per site per day) 5,003 5,131 5,045 5,114
Motor fuel sales (per site per day) $ 17,364 $ 18,058 $ 17,492 $ 18,179
Motor fuel gross margin (cents per gallon):
Motor fuel margin, before credit card fees $ 0.20 $ 0.13 $ 0.17 $ 0.18
Credit card fees (0.04 ) (0.04 ) (0.04 ) (0.04 )
Motor fuel gross margin, net $ 0.16   $ 0.09   $ 0.13   $ 0.14  
 
Merchandise sales (per site per day) $ 3,584 $ 3,463 $ 3,424 $ 3,389

Merchandise gross margin, net (percentage of merchandise revenues):
Merchandise gross margin, before credit card fees 30.6 % 31.0 % 30.5 % 30.7 %
Credit card fees (0.8 ) (0.8 ) (0.8 ) (0.8 )
Merchandise gross margin, net 29.8 % 30.2 % 29.7 % 29.9 %
 

Retail–U.S. (continued)
  Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
September 30, September 30,
2013   2012 2013   2012
Company Operated Retail Sites:
Beginning of period 1,034 1,015 1,032 998
NTIs 8 2 13 5
Acquisitions 12 29
Closed (1 ) (2 ) (4 ) (5 )
End of period 1,041   1,027   1,041   1,027  
 
Average retail sites open during the period 1,037 1,027 1,034 1,007
 
Same Store Information (a):
Company operated retail sites 997 997 973 973
Motor fuel sales (gallons per site per day) 4,914 5,148 4,984 5,118
Merchandise sales (per site per day) $ 3,509 $ 3,470 $ 3,365 $ 3,392
Merchandise gross margin percent, net 29.7 % 30.3 % 29.8 % 30.0 %

Merchandise sales, ex. cigarettes (per site per day)
$ 2,434 $ 2,376 $ 2,310 $ 2,295

Merchandise gross margin percent, net ex. cigarettes
35.9 % 36.2 % 36.0 % 36.4 %
Merchandise gross profit dollars $ 96 $ 96 $ 266 $ 271
Other services operating revenues (b) $ 12 $ 12 $ 39 $ 41
 
New to Industry (“NTI”) Information (c):
Company operated retail sites at end of period 46 27 46 27
Company operated retail sites (average) 42 26 37 24
Motor fuel sales (gallons per site per day) 9,758 10,430 9,965 10,181
Merchandise sales (per site per day) $ 6,945 $ 6,551 $ 6,701 $ 6,214
Merchandise gross margin percent, net 33.1 % 32.5 % 32.8 % 32.2 %

Merchandise sales, ex. cigarettes (per site per day)
$ 5,509 $ 5,100 $ 5,272 $ 4,827

Merchandise gross margin percent, net ex. cigarettes
37.7 % 36.9 % 37.4 % 36.7 %
 
(a)   The same store information consists of aggregated individual store results for all sites operated substantially throughout both periods presented. Stores that were closed for just a very brief period of time during the periods being compared remain in the same store sales comparison. If a store is replaced, either at the same location or relocated to a new location, it is removed from the comparison until the new store has been open for substantially all of the periods being compared.
(b) Other services include revenues from car wash and commissions from lottery, money orders, air/water/vacuum services, video and game rentals and access to ATMs.
(c) NTIs consist of all new stores opened after January 1, 2008, which is generally when we began operating our larger formatted stores that accommodate broader merchandise categories and food offerings and have more fuel dispensers than our legacy stores.
 

Retail–Canada

The following tables highlight the results of operations of our Retail–Canada segment and its operating performance (in millions, except number of retail sites, per site per day, cents per gallon and per gallon amounts):
  Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
September 30, September 30,
2013   2012 2013   2012
Operating revenues:
Motor fuel $ 1,140 $ 1,168 $ 3,202 $ 3,349
Merchandise 71 71 197 194
Other 92   97   368   402  
Total operating revenues $ 1,303   $ 1,336   $ 3,767   $ 3,945  
Gross margin:
Motor fuel $ 63 $ 57 $ 179 $ 188
Merchandise 20 21 55 57
Other 15   16   62   62  
Total gross margin 98 94 296 307
Operating expenses 61 62 182 184
Depreciation, amortization and accretion expense 9   8   27   26  
Operating income $ 28   $ 24   $ 87   $ 97  
 
Retail sites (end of period):
Company- operated 268 256 268 256
Dealer / Agent (fuel only) 495 514 495 514
Cardlock (fuel only) 77   79   77   79  
Total retail sites (end of period) 840   849   840   849  
 
Average retail sites open during of period:
Company- operated 267 255 265 257
Dealer / Agent (fuel only) 497 518 501 524
Cardlock (fuel only) 77   80   79   81  
Average retail sites open during the period 841   853   845   862  
 
Motor fuel sales (gallons per site per day) 3,465 3,491 3,292 3,354
Motor fuel sales (per site per day) $ 14,748 $ 14,884 $ 13,899 $ 14,179
 
Motor fuel gross margin (cents per gallon):
Motor fuel margin, before credit card fees $ 0.26 $ 0.23 $ 0.26 $ 0.26
Credit card fees (0.02 ) (0.02 ) (0.02 ) (0.02 )
Motor fuel gross margin, net $ 0.24   $ 0.21   $ 0.24   $ 0.24  
 
Merchandise sales (per site per day) $ 2,890 $ 3,026 $ 2,725 $ 2,769
Merchandise gross margin, net (percentage of merchandise revenues):
Merchandise gross margin, before credit card fees 28.9 % 30.3 % 28.6 % 30.2 %
Credit card fees (0.7 ) (0.7 ) (0.7 ) (0.8 )
Merchandise gross margin, net 28.2 % 29.6 % 27.9 % 29.4 %
 

Retail–Canada (continued)
  Company Operated (b)
Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
September 30, September 30,
2013   2012 2013   2012
Retail Sites:
Beginning of period 265 254 261 258
NTIs 2 2 2 2
Acquisitions 1
Conversions, net (a) 1 4 1
Closed       (5 )
End of period 268   256   268   256  
 
Average retail sites open during the period 267 255 265 257
 
Average foreign exchange rate for $1 USD to $1 CAD

0.96078

1.00273
0.97630 0.99818
 
Same Store Information (c), (d):
Retail sites 254 254 253 253
Motor fuel sales (gallons per site per day) 3,612 3,650 3,523 3,597
Merchandise sales (per site per day) $ 3,010 $ 3,008 $ 2,820 $ 2,805
Merchandise gross margin percent, net 28.2 % 30.3 % 28.0 % 30.2 %

Merchandise sales, ex. cigarettes (per site per day)
$ 1,558 $ 1,593 $ 1,429 $ 1,453
Merchandise gross margin percent, net ex. cigarettes 37.4 % 38.5 % 37.8 % 42.2 %
Merchandise gross profit dollars $ 20 $ 21 $ 54 $ 58
Other services operating revenues (e) $ 3 $ 4 $ 12 $ 13
 
NTI Information (c), (f):
Company operated retail sites at end of period 18 13 18 13
Company operated retail sites (average) 17 12 16 11
Motor fuel sales (gallons per site per day) 5,715 6,376 5,601 6,234
Merchandise sales (per site per day) $ 3,447 $ 3,704 $ 3,231 $ 3,467
Merchandise gross margin percent, net 29.6 % 31.1 % 29.3 % 30.4 %

Merchandise sales, ex. cigarettes (per site per day)
$ 1,882 $ 2,027 $ 1,734 $ 1,944
Merchandise gross margin percent, net ex. cigarettes 39.4 % 39.8 % 39.0 % 38.7 %
 

Retail–Canada (continued)
  Dealer/Agent (b)
Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
September 30, September 30,
2013   2012 2013   2012
Retail Sites:
Beginning of period 498 521 507 533
Acquisitions 2 3 5 6
Conversions, net (a) (1 ) (4 ) (1 )
Closed or de-branded (4 ) (10 ) (13 ) (24 )
End of period 495   514   495   514  
 
Average retail sites open during the period 497 518 501 524
 
Average foreign exchange rate for $1 USD to $1 CAD

0.96078

1.00273
0.97630 0.99818
 
Same Store Information (c), (d):
Retail sites 476 476 472 472
Motor fuel sales (gallons per site per day) 2,958 3,022 2,708 2,839
 
(a)   Conversions represent stores that have changed their classification from dealer/agent to company owned and operated or vice versa. Changes in classification result when we either take over the operations of a dealer/agent site or convert an existing company owned and operated store to a dealer/agent site.
(b) Company retail sites sell motor fuel and merchandise and dealer/agent sites sell motor fuel only.
(c) All amounts presented are stated in Canadian dollars to remove the impact of foreign exchange and all fuel information excludes amounts related to cardlock operations.
(d) The same store information consists of aggregated individual store results for all sites operated substantially throughout both periods presented. Stores that were closed for just a very brief period of time during the periods being compared remain in the same store sales comparison. If a store is replaced, either at the same location or relocated to a new location, it is removed from the comparison until the new store has been open for substantially all of the periods being compared.
(e) Other services include revenues from car wash and commissions from lottery, money orders, air/water/vacuum services, video and game rentals and access to ATMs.
(f) NTIs consist of all new stores opened after January 1, 2008, which is generally when we began operating our larger formatted stores that accommodate broader merchandise categories and food offerings. NTIs exclude dealer/agent stores.
 

Supplemental Disclosure Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Information

Adjusted EBITDA represents net income before income taxes, interest expense, asset impairments, depreciation, amortization and accretion expense. EBITDAR further adjusts adjusted EBITDA by excluding minimum rent expense. The Company believes that adjusted EBITDA and EBITDAR are useful to investors and creditors in evaluating its operating performance because (a) they facilitate management’s ability to measure the operating performance of our business on a consistent basis by excluding the impact of items not directly resulting from our retail operations; (b) securities analysts and other interested parties use such calculations as a measure of financial performance and debt service capabilities; and (c) the financial covenants in the Company’s debt agreements use adjusted EBITDA and EBITDAR in calculating our total lease adjusted leverage ratio and fixed charge coverage ratio. Adjusted EBITDA and EBITDAR are not recognized terms under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) and do not purport to be alternatives to net income as a measure of operating performance or to cash flows from operating activities as a measure of liquidity. Adjusted EBITDA and EBITDAR have limitations as analytical tools and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of the results of operations as reported under GAAP.

The following table presents the Company’s adjusted EBITDA and EBITDAR for the three and nine months ending September 30, 2013 and 2012 and reconciles net income to adjusted EBITDA and EBITDAR (in millions):

  Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
September 30, September 30,
2013   2012 2013   2012
Net income $ 41 $ 24 $ 105 $ 146
Interest expense 10 17
Income tax expense 18 12 59 73
Depreciation, amortization and accretion 30 27 90 83
Asset impairments 2     2  
Adjusted EBITDA 101 63 273 302
Minimum rent expense 7   6   20   19
EBITDAR $ 108   $ 69   $ 293   $ 321
 
CST BRANDS, INC.
CONDENSED BALANCE SHEETS
(Millions of Dollars)
   
September 30, December 31,
2013 2012
ASSETS
Cash 424 $ 61
Other current assets 378   323
Total current assets 802   384
Property, plant and equipment, net 1,300 1,276
Other long-term assets 220   49
Total assets $ 2,322   $ 1,709
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY / NET INVESTMENT
Current portion of debt and capital lease obligations $ 32 $ 1
Other current liabilities 480   227
Total current liabilities 512   228
Debt and capital lease obligations, less current portion 1,016 4
Deferred income taxes and other long-term liabilities 207 230
Total stockholders’ equity / net investment 587   1,247
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity/net investment $ 2,322   $ 1,709
 

About CST Brands, Inc.

CST Brands, Inc. (NYSE: CST) is one of the largest independent retailers of motor fuels and convenience merchandise in North America. Based in San Antonio, Texas, CST employs nearly 12,000 Team Members at approximately 1,900 locations throughout the Southwestern United States and Eastern Canada offering a broad array of convenience merchandise, beverages, snacks and fresh food. In the U.S., CST Corner Stores proudly sell Valero fuels and signature products such as Fresh Choices baked and packaged goods, U Force energy and sport drinks, Cibolo Mountain coffee, FC Soda and Flavors2Go fountain drinks. In Canada, CST is the exclusive provider of Ultramar fuel and its Dépanneur du Coin and Corner Stores sell signature Transit Café coffee and pastries. For more information about CST, please visit www.cstbrands.com.

Safe Harbor Statement

Statements contained in this release that state the Company’s or management’s expectations or predictions of the future are forward-looking statements intended to be covered by the safe harbor provisions of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The words “believe,” “expect,” “should,” “intends,” “estimates,” 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 CST Brand’s Form 10-Q or registration statement on Form 10 as amended and filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and available on the CST Brand’s website at www.cstbrands.com. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any statements in this release, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Copyright Business Wire 2010

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