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Murphy USA Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2018 Results

Oct 31, 2018

EL DORADO, Ark., Oct. 31, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Murphy USA Inc. (NYSE: MUSA), a leading marketer of retail motor fuel products and convenience merchandise, today announced financial results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018. 

Key Highlights:

  • Net income was $45.0 million, or $1.38 per diluted share in Q3 2018 compared to net income of $67.9 million, or $1.90 per diluted share, in Q3 2017
     
  • Total fuel contribution (retail fuel margin plus product supply and wholesale ("PS&W") results including RINs) for Q3 2018 was 16.2 cpg compared to 20.5 cpg in Q3 2017
     
  • Total retail gallons increased 3.5% to 1.1 billion gallons for the network during Q3 2018 and volumes on a same store sales ("SSS") basis improved 1.0% versus prior year quarter
     
  • Merchandise contribution dollars grew 7.0% during the quarter to $104.5 million on average unit margins of 16.8%, a new quarterly record, versus 16.1% average unit margins in the prior year quarter
     
  • Seven new stores opened and three raze-and-rebuild sites re-opened in the third quarter and construction is underway at 27 locations, including 15 raze-and-rebuild sites
     
  • Effective income tax rate of 21.1% in Q3 2018, a 16.4% lower effective rate than Q3 2017 due to Federal tax reform favorably impacting 2018

"On the 5th anniversary of Murphy USA becoming a stand-alone public company, I couldn't be more impressed with how the business and our team have evolved over time, delivering and sustaining superior financial results through investments in organic growth, coupled with cost discipline, innovation and a commitment to operational excellence," said President and CEO Andrew Clyde.  "Third quarter 2018 results were supported by both higher gallons and continued strong performance from our merchandising business versus prior year activity.  While the fuels environment was dramatically different versus the year-ago period, the Company continued to showcase the benefits of improvement initiatives, as our fuel break-even requirement shrunk by 50 basis points year over year to just over a half penny per gallon, down from over 3 cents per gallon at spin."  Clyde concluded, "While continuing to strengthen our competitive positioning, we remain committed to long-term shareholders through our disciplined, return-driven capital allocation strategy."

Consolidated Results

  Three Months Ended
September 30,
  Nine Months Ended
September 30,
Key Operating Metrics 2018   2017   2018   2017
                       
Net income (loss)  ($ Millions) $ 45.0   $ 67.9   $ 136.1   $ 120.4
Earnings per share (diluted) $ 1.38   $ 1.90   $ 4.11   $ 3.29
Adjusted EBITDA ($ Millions) $ 105.2   $ 147.4   $ 262.9   $ 306.8
                       

Net income, Adjusted EBITDA, and diluted EPS in Q3 2018 were below prior year levels due primarily to lower all-in fuel margins, partially offset by higher merchandise contribution and a lower effective income tax rate.   

Fuel

  Three Months Ended
September 30,
  Nine Months Ended
September 30,
Key Operating Metrics 2018   2017   2018   2017
Total fuel contribution ($ Millions) $ 172.7   $ 211.3   $ 467.5   $ 505.8
Total fuel contribution (including retail, PS&W and RINs) (cpg) 16.2   20.5   14.9   16.3
Total retail fuel contribution ($ Millions) $ 151.4   $ 158.9   $ 375.5   $ 437.1
Retail fuel volume - chain (Million gal) 1,064.2   1,028.7   3,143.4   3,101.6
Retail fuel volume - per site (K gal SSS) 243.7   241.5   241.4   245.0
Retail fuel margin (cpg excl credit card fees) 14.2   15.5   11.9   14.1
PS&W including RINs contribution (cpg) 2.0   5.0   3.0   2.2
               

Total fuel contribution dollars decreased 18.3% in Q3 2018 due primarily to lower year-over-year retail and PS&W margins including RINs.  Total retail fuel contribution decreased 4.7% during the quarter due primarily to a less favorable retail and PS&W margin environment, partially offset by a 3.5% increase in total retail gallons sold due to new store growth and same store volume improvement quarter-over-quarter. 

Merchandise

  Three Months Ended
September 30,
  Nine Months Ended
September 30,
Key Operating Metrics 2018   2017   2018   2017
Total merchandise contribution ($ Millions) $ 104.5   $ 97.7   $ 298.3   $ 284.2
Total merchandise sales ($ Millions) $ 623.7   $ 605.6   $ 1,807.5   $ 1,777.1
Total merchandise sales ($K SSS) $ 144.7   $ 143.0   $ 140.0   $ 140.9
Merchandise unit margin (%) 16.8%   16.1%   16.5%   16.0%
Tobacco contribution ($K SSS) $ 14.2   $ 13.3   $ 13.6   $ 13.2
Non-tobacco contribution ($K SSS) $ 10.2   $ 9.8   $ 9.6   $ 9.4
Total merchandise contribution ($K SSS) $ 24.4   $ 23.1   $ 23.2   $ 22.6
                       

Total merchandise contribution increased 7.0% to $104.5 million in third quarter 2018, while average unit margins increased to 16.8% from 16.1%, a new quarterly record.  On a SSS basis, total merchandise contribution dollars grew 5.5%, as our promotional activity continued to positively impact both tobacco and non-tobacco margins.

Other Areas

  Three Months Ended
September 30,
  Nine Months Ended
September 30,
Key Operating Metrics 2018   2017   2018   2017
Total station and other operating expense ($ Millions) $ 139.7   $ 130.4   $ 401.9   $ 384.6
Station OPEX excluding credit card fees ($K APSM) $ 21.6   $ 21.0   $ 20.8   $ 20.9
Total SG&A cost ($ Millions) $ 32.6   $ 31.5   $ 102.3   $ 101.1
                       

Total station and other operating expenses increased 7.1% for the current-year quarter, reflecting new store additions and higher payment fees due to higher retail fuel prices and merchandise sales.  On a per store basis, operating expenses excluding payment fees increased 2.8% primarily due to higher repair and maintenance costs.  Total SG&A costs increased by $1.1 million in the third quarter, primarily due to higher salaries and related employee benefits.

Station Openings

Murphy USA opened seven new retail locations in Q3 2018 and re-opened three raze-and-rebuilds, bringing the quarter end store count to 1,461, consisting of 1,160 Murphy USA sites and 301 Murphy Express sites.  A total of 27 stores are currently under construction, which includes 15 kiosks undergoing raze-and-rebuild which will return to operation as 1200 sq. ft. stores.  We expect to be at or near 1,474 stores by year end.

Financial Resources

    As of September 30,
Key Financial Metrics   2018   2017
Cash and cash equivalents ($ Millions)   $ 75.4   $ 169.0
Long-term debt ($ Millions)   $ 846.6   $ 865.0

Cash balances as of September 30, 2018 totaled $75.4 million. Long-term debt consisted of approximately $495 million in carrying value of 6% senior notes due in 2023, $296 million in carrying value of 5.625% senior notes due in 2027 and $77 million of term debt less $20 million of current maturities, which is reflected in current liabilities.  The ABL facility remains undrawn with a borrowing capacity of $344 million as of September 30, 2018.

  Three Months Ended
September 30,
  Nine Months Ended
September 30,
Key Financial Metric 2018   2017   2018   2017
Average shares outstanding (diluted) (in thousands) 32,536   35,745   33,142   36,579
 

At September 30, 2018, the Company had common shares outstanding of 32,241,009.  The effective tax rate for Q3 2018 was 21.1% due primarily to the lower Federal tax rate in effect for 2018.

Earnings Call Information

The Company will host a conference call on November 1, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. Central time to discuss third quarter 2018 results.  The conference call number is 1 (844) 613-1037 and the conference number is 1728329. The earnings and investor related 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 Murphy USA website (http://ir.corporate.murphyusa.com).  Approximately one hour after the conclusion of the conference, the webcast will be available for replay.  Shortly thereafter, a transcript will be available.

Source:  Murphy USA Inc. (NYSE: MUSA)

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this news release contain or may suggest “forward-looking” information (as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995) that involve risk and uncertainties, including, but not limited to anticipated store openings, fuel margins, merchandise margins, sales of RINs and trends in our operations. Such statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of the company’s management and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. Actual future results may differ materially from historical results or current expectations depending upon factors including, but not limited to: our ability to continue to maintain a good business relationship with Walmart; successful execution of our growth strategy, including our ability to realize the anticipated benefits from such growth initiatives, and the timely completion of construction associated with our newly planned stores which may be impacted by the financial health of third parties; our ability to effectively manage our inventory, disruptions in our supply chain and our ability to control costs; the impact of severe weather events, such as hurricanes, floods and earthquakes; the impact of any systems failures, cybersecurity and/or security breaches, including any security breach that results in theft, transfer or unauthorized disclosure of customer, employee or company information or our compliance with information security and privacy laws and regulations in the event of such an incident; successful execution of our information technology strategy; future tobacco or e-cigarette legislation and any other efforts that make purchasing tobacco products more costly or difficult could hurt our revenues and impact gross margins; efficient and proper allocation of our capital resources; compliance with debt covenants; availability and cost of credit; and changes in interest rates. Our SEC report, including our Annual Report on our Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017 contains other information on these and other factors that could affect our financial results and cause actual results to differ materially from any forward-looking information we may provide. The company undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events, new information or future circumstances.


Investor Contact:

Christian Pikul (870) 875-7683
Sr. Director, Investor Relations
christian.pikul@murphyusa.com



Murphy USA Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Income
(Unaudited)

               
  Three Months Ended
September 30,
  Nine Months Ended
September 30,
(Millions of dollars, except per share amounts) 2018
  2017
  2018
  2017
Operating Revenues              
Petroleum product sales (a) $ 3,151.5     $ 2,580.9     $ 8,982.8     $ 7,550.9  
Merchandise sales 623.7     605.6     1,807.5     1,777.1  
Other operating revenues 12.8     49.8     70.9     119.0  
Total operating revenues 3,788.0     3,236.3     10,861.2     9,447.0  
               
Operating Expenses              
Petroleum product cost of goods sold (a) 2,991.3     2,419.1     8,584.9     7,161.6  
Merchandise cost of goods sold 519.2     507.9     1,509.2     1,492.9  
Station and other operating expenses 139.7     130.4     401.9     384.6  
Depreciation and amortization 34.2     29.0     99.0     83.5  
Selling, general and administrative 32.6     31.5     102.3     101.1  
Accretion of asset retirement obligations 0.5     0.4     1.5     1.3  
Total operating expenses 3,717.5     3,118.3     10,698.8     9,225.0  
               
Net settlement proceeds         50.4      
Gain (loss) on sale of assets (0.5 )       (0.7 )   (3.4 )
Income (loss) from operations 70.0     118.0     212.1     218.6  
               
Other income (expense)              
Interest income 0.2     0.4     0.8     0.8  
Interest expense (13.2 )   (12.7 )   (39.6 )   (33.8 )
Other nonoperating income (expense)     3.0     0.1     3.2  
Total other income (expense) (13.0 )   (9.3 )   (38.7 )   (29.8 )
Income (loss) before income taxes 57.0     108.7     173.4     188.8  
Income tax expense (benefit) 12.0     40.8     37.3     68.4  
Net Income (Loss) $ 45.0     $ 67.9     $ 136.1     $ 120.4  
               
Basic and Diluted Earnings Per Common Share              
Basic $ 1.40     $ 1.92     $ 4.15     $ 3.32  
Diluted $ 1.38     $ 1.90     $ 4.11     $ 3.29  
Weighted-average Common shares outstanding (in thousands):              
Basic 32,213     35,423     32,815     36,253  
Diluted 32,536     35,745     33,142     36,579  
Supplemental information:              
(a) Includes excise taxes of: $ 464.1     $ 488.8     $ 1,364.8     $ 1,473.4  
                               
                               

 

Murphy USA Inc.
Segment Operating Results
(Unaudited)

               
(Millions of dollars, except revenue per store month (in thousands) and store counts) Three Months Ended
September 30,
  Nine Months Ended
September 30,
 
 
               
Marketing Segment 2018   2017   2018   2017
               
Operating Revenues              
Petroleum product sales $ 3,151.5     $ 2,580.9     $ 8,982.8     $ 7,550.9  
Merchandise sales 623.7     605.6     1,807.5     1,777.1  
Other operating revenues 12.8     49.8     70.4     118.8  
Total operating revenues 3,788.0     3,236.3     10,860.7     9,446.8  
               
Operating expenses              
Petroleum products cost of goods sold 2,991.3     2,419.1     8,584.9     7,161.6  
Merchandise cost of goods sold 519.2     507.9     1,509.2     1,492.9  
Station and other operating expenses 139.7     130.4     401.9     384.6  
Depreciation and amortization 31.5     27.4     92.4     78.7  
Selling, general and administrative 32.6     31.5     102.3     101.1  
Accretion of asset retirement obligations 0.5     0.4     1.5     1.3  
Total operating expenses 3,714.8     3,116.7     10,692.2     9,220.2  
               
Gain (loss) on sale of assets (0.5 )       (0.7 )   (3.4 )
Income from operations 72.7     119.6     167.8     223.2  
               
Other income (expense)              
Interest expense     (0.1 )       (0.1 )
Other nonoperating income (expense)     3.0     0.1     3.2  
Total other income (expense)     2.9     0.1     3.1  
               
Income (loss) from operations              
before income taxes 72.7     122.5     167.9     226.3  
Income tax expense 18.1     46.6     41.8     86.2  
Income (loss) from operations $ 54.6     $ 75.9     $ 126.1     $ 140.1  
               
Total tobacco sales revenue per store month $ 103.6     $ 104.4     $ 99.8     $ 103.5  
Total non-tobacco sales revenue per store month 40.5     38.5     39.5     37.7  
Total merchandise sales revenue per store month $ 144.1     $ 142.9     $ 139.3     $ 141.2  
               
Store count at end of period 1,461     1,423     1,461     1,423  
Total store months during the period 4,327     4,237     12,974     12,588  
                       
                       

Same store sales information (compared to APSM metrics)

  Variance from prior year period
  Three months ended   Nine months ended
  September 30, 2018   September 30, 2018
  SSS   APSM   SSS   APSM
Fuel gallons per month 1.0 %   1.3 %   (1.5) %   (1.7) %
                       
Merchandise sales 1.2 %   0.9 %   (0.7) %   (1.3) %
Tobacco sales 0.3 %   (0.8) %   (2.3) %   (3.5) %
Non tobacco sales 3.6 %   5.2 %   3.8 %   4.8 %
                       
Merchandise margin 5.5 %   4.8 %   2.8 %   1.8 %
Tobacco margin 6.9 %   5.1 %   3.5 %   1.5 %
Non tobacco margin 3.7 %   4.4 %   1.7 %   2.3 %
                       

Notes

Average Per Store Month (APSM) metric includes all stores open through the date of the calculation.

Same store sales (SSS) metric includes aggregated individual store results for all stores open throughout both periods presented. For all periods presented, the store must have been open for the entire calendar year to be included in the comparison. Remodeled stores that remained open or were closed for just a very brief time (less than a month) during the period being compared remain in the same store sales calculation. If a store is replaced either at the same location (raze and rebuild) or relocated to a new location, it will be excluded from the calculation during the period it is out of service. New constructed sites do not enter the calculation until they are open for each full calendar year for the periods being compared (open by January 1, 2017 for the sites being compared in the 2018 versus 2017 compared).

The Company adopted ASC Topic 606 as of January 1, 2018, using the modified retrospective method.  The impact of the excise taxes collected and remitted to government authorities included in petroleum product sales that would have been recognized under previous revenue recognition guidance would have increased third quarter and nine months 2018 petroleum revenues and cost of goods sold by $51.7 million and $143.8 million, respectively.

 

Murphy USA Inc.
Consolidated Balance Sheets

       
       
       
(Millions of dollars, except share amounts) September 30, 2018   December 31, 2017
  (unaudited)    
Assets      
Current assets      
Cash and cash equivalents $ 75.4     $ 170.0  
Accounts receivable—trade, less allowance for doubtful
accounts of $1.1 in 2018 and in 2017
231.2     225.2  
Inventories, at lower of cost or market 215.1     182.5  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 19.6     36.5  
Total current assets 541.3     614.2  
Property, plant and equipment, at cost less accumulated depreciation and amortization of $944.4 in 2018 and $874.7 in 2017 1,741.9     1,679.5  
Other assets 42.4     37.3  
Total assets $ 2,325.6     $ 2,331.0  
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity      
Current liabilities      
Current maturities of long-term debt $ 21.2     $ 19.9  
Trade accounts payable and accrued liabilities 519.6     513.4  
Total current liabilities 540.8     533.3  
       
Long-term debt, including capitalized lease obligations 846.6     860.9  
Deferred income taxes 168.1     154.2  
Asset retirement obligations 30.0     28.2  
Deferred credits and other liabilities 11.2     16.0  
Total liabilities 1,596.7     1,592.6  
Stockholders' Equity      
Preferred Stock, par $0.01 (authorized 20,000,000 shares, none outstanding)          
Common Stock, par $0.01 (authorized 200,000,000 shares, 46,767,164 shares issued at 2018 and 2017, respectively) 0.5     0.5  
Treasury stock (14,526,155 and 12,675,630 shares held at 2018 and 2017, respectively) (941.6 )   (806.5 )
Additional paid in capital (APIC) 539.4     549.9  
Retained earnings 1,130.6     994.5  
Total stockholders' equity 728.9     738.4  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 2,325.6     $ 2,331.0  
 
 

 

Murphy USA Inc.
Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows
(Unaudited)

               
  Three Months Ended
September 30,
  Nine Months Ended
September 30,
(Millions of dollars) 2018   2017   2018   2017
Operating Activities              
Net income (loss) $ 45.0     $ 67.9     $ 136.1     $ 120.4  
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by operating activities              
Depreciation and amortization 34.2     29.0     99.0     83.5  
Deferred and noncurrent income tax charges (credits) 2.5     4.4     13.9     17.4  
Accretion of asset retirement obligations 0.5     0.4     1.5     1.3  
Pretax (gains) losses from sale of assets 0.5         0.7     3.4  
Net (increase) decrease in noncash operating working capital (11.2 )   26.4     (15.8 )   (58.3 )
Other operating activities - net 3.6     (2.2 )   6.0     (1.4 )
Net cash provided by (required by) operating
activities
75.1     125.9     241.4     166.3  
Investing Activities              
Property additions (60.7 )   (67.3 )   (163.0 )   (201.5 )
Proceeds from sale of assets         1.2     0.7  
Other investing activities - net (1.0 )   (0.5 )   (5.9 )   (4.6 )
Net cash provided by (required by) investing
activities
(61.7 )   (67.8 )   (167.7 )   (205.4 )
Financing Activities              
Purchase of treasury stock     (85.7 )   (144.4 )   (152.0 )
Borrowings of debt             338.8  
Repayments of debt (5.3 )   (0.3 )   (15.9 )   (126.2 )
Debt issuance costs     (0.2 )       (1.1 )
Amounts related to share-based compensation (4.6 )       (8.0 )   (5.2 )
Net cash provided by (required by) financing
activities
(9.9 )   (86.2 )   (168.3 )   54.3  
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 3.5     (28.1 )   (94.6 )   15.2  
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 71.9     197.1     170.0     153.8  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 75.4     $ 169.0     $ 75.4     $ 169.0  
               
Reconciliation of Cash, Cash Equivalents and Restricted Cash              
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period $ 71.9     197.1     170.0     153.8  
Restricted cash at beginning of period              
Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at beginning of period $ 71.9     $ 197.1     $ 170.0     $ 153.8  
               
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 75.4     169.0     $ 75.4     $ 169.0  
Restricted cash at end of period              
Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at end of period $ 75.4     $ 169.0     $ 75.4     $ 169.0  
 
 

Supplemental Disclosure Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Information

The following table sets forth the Company’s EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018 and 2017.  EBITDA means net income (loss) plus net interest expense, plus income tax expense, depreciation and amortization, and Adjusted EBITDA adds back (i) other non-cash items (e.g., impairment of properties and accretion of asset retirement obligations) and (ii) other items that management does not consider to be meaningful in assessing our operating performance (e.g., (income) from discontinued operations, net settlement proceeds, (gain) loss on sale of assets and other non-operating (income) expense).  EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are not measures that are prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).

We use Adjusted EBITDA in our operational and financial decision-making, believing that the measure is useful to eliminate certain items in order to focus on what we deem to be a more reliable indicator of ongoing operating performance and our ability to generate cash flow from operations.  Adjusted EBITDA is also used by many of our investors, research analysts, investment bankers, and lenders to assess our operating performance.  We believe that the presentation of Adjusted EBITDA provides useful information to investors because it allows understanding of a key measure that we evaluate internally when making operating and strategic decisions, preparing our annual plan, and evaluating our overall performance.  However, non-GAAP measures are not a substitute for GAAP disclosures, and EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA may be prepared differently by us than by other companies using similarly titled non-GAAP measures.

The reconciliation of net income (loss) to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA is as follows:

               
  Three Months Ended
September 30,
  Nine Months Ended
September 30,
(Millions of dollars) 2018   2017
  2018
  2017
               
Net income (loss) $ 45.0   $ 67.9     $ 136.1     $ 120.4  
               
Income tax expense (benefit) 12.0   40.8     37.3     68.4  
Interest expense, net of interest income 13.0   12.3     38.8     33.0  
Depreciation and amortization 34.2   29.0     99.0     83.5  
EBITDA $ 104.2   $ 150.0     $ 311.2     $ 305.3  
               
Net settlement proceeds       (50.4 )    
Accretion of asset retirement obligations 0.5   0.4     1.5     1.3  
(Gain) loss on sale of assets 0.5       0.7     3.4  
Other nonoperating (income) expense   (3.0 )   (0.1 )   (3.2 )
Adjusted EBITDA $ 105.2   $ 147.4     $ 262.9     $ 306.8  
               

        

 

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Source: Murphy USA Inc.

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