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Suburban Propane Partners, L.P. Announces Third Quarter Results


WHIPPANY, N.J., Aug. 4, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Suburban Propane Partners, L.P. (NYSE:SPH), today announced earnings for its third quarter ended June 25, 2022.

Consistent with the seasonal nature of its businesses, the Partnership typically experiences a net loss in the third quarter of its fiscal year.  Net loss for the third quarter of fiscal 2022 improved to $2.5 million, or $0.04 per Common Unit, compared to a net loss of $26.0 million, or $0.41 per Common Unit, in the fiscal 2021 third quarter. Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (Adjusted EBITDA, as defined and reconciled below) increased $5.9 million, or 25.3%, to $29.2 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2022, compared to $23.3 million in the prior year third quarter.

In announcing these results, President and Chief Executive Officer Michael A. Stivala said, "We are very pleased to report another quarter with strong year-over-year operating performance, combined with the announcement of a number of strategic initiatives and further debt reduction. In the face of a very volatile commodity price environment and inflationary conditions impacting many of our operating costs, our operations personnel continued to do an outstanding job safely meeting the needs of our customers, while effectively managing selling prices and expenses to deliver an improvement of nearly $6.0 million in Adjusted EBITDA compared to the prior year third quarter.  During the quarter, we used excess cash flows to reduce debt by more than $43.0 million, bringing our total leverage metric down to 3.64x from 3.96x at the end of the prior year third quarter."

Mr. Stivala continued, "On the strategic front, we continued to advance the buildout of our renewable energy platform in support of the country's energy transition towards a lower carbon future, while also fostering the growth of our core propane business.  Specifically, during the quarter we launched the first commercial sales of Propane+rDME which combines clean, versatile and abundantly available propane with the renewable, low carbon benefits of renewable dimethyl ether (rDME), produced by Oberon Fuels.  We also announced further investment in our interconnected portfolio of renewable energy assets through an agreement with Adirondack Farms, in upstate New York, to produce renewable natural gas from dairy cow manure."

Concluding his remarks, Mr. Stivala stated, "In order to help accelerate the adoption of Propane+rDME, and to explore opportunities to further advance investments in the hydrogen infrastructure in the United States, we announced a collaboration agreement with Iwatani Corporation of America, a wholly owned subsidiary of Iwatani Corporation, Japan's largest distributor of propane and only fully integrated supplier of hydrogen.  Finally, subsequent to the end of the quarter, we completed an acquisition of a well-run propane business in northern New Mexico, which will expand our presence in this growing market, provide synergy opportunities and support our best-in-class propane operations.  Consistent with our stated strategy, we continue to utilize excess cash flow in a balanced way to make investments in our long-term strategic growth initiatives, and to further strengthen the balance sheet." 

Retail propane gallons sold in the third quarter of fiscal 2022 of 75.5 million gallons decreased 1.6% compared to the prior year, primarily due to the adverse impact of historically high commodity prices on customer buying habits and demand, partially offset by cooler spring temperatures that contributed to higher heat-related demand in certain markets.  In addition, volumes in the prior year third quarter benefitted from incremental outdoor heating and cooking demand associated with continued COVID-19 related government restrictions. Average temperatures (as measured by heating degree days) across all of the Partnership's service territories during the third quarter were 4% warmer than normal and 5% colder than the prior year third quarter.

Average propane prices (basis Mont Belvieu, Texas) for the third quarter of fiscal 2022 increased 43.8% compared to the prior year third quarter.  Total gross margin for the third quarter of fiscal 2022 was $159.4 million, compared to $155.0 million in the prior year third quarter. Gross margin for the third quarter of fiscal 2022 included a $0.9 million unrealized loss attributable to the mark-to-market adjustment for derivative instruments used in risk management activities, compared to an $11.1 million unrealized gain in the prior year third quarter.  These non-cash adjustments, which were reported in cost of products sold, were excluded from Adjusted EBITDA for both periods.  Excluding the impact of the non-cash mark-to-market adjustments, total gross margin increased $16.4 million, or 11.4%, compared to the prior year third quarter, primarily due to prudent margin management during a volatile commodity price environment, as well as from the favorable impact of commodity hedges that matured during the period.  The Partnership's hedging and risk management activities are intended to reduce the effect of price volatility associated with forecasted purchases of propane, and propane sold on a fixed price basis.  The commodity hedges that matured during the third quarter of fiscal 2022 were principally comprised of net long positions that were favorably impacted from the significant rise in commodity prices.        

Combined operating and general and administrative expenses of $130.6 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2022 increased 9.1% compared to the prior year, primarily due to higher payroll and benefit-related expenses, including higher variable compensation expense, higher vehicle lease and fuel costs, higher provisions for doubtful accounts, as well as other inflationary effects on the Partnership's operating costs.         

During the third quarter of fiscal 2022, the Partnership utilized cash flows from operating activities to repay $43.1 million in debt, and make additional investments in Oberon Fuels, Inc.  As a result of the debt repayment and the increase in Adjusted EBITDA during the third quarter of fiscal 2022, the Consolidated Leverage Ratio, as defined in the Partnership's credit agreement, for the trailing twelve-month period ending June 25, 2022 improved to 3.64x.   

As previously announced on July 21, 2022, the Partnership's Board of Supervisors declared a quarterly distribution of $0.325 per Common Unit for the three months ended June 25, 2022.  On an annualized basis, this distribution rate equates to $1.30 per Common Unit. The distribution is payable on August 9, 2022 to Common Unitholders of record as of August 2, 2022.

About Suburban Propane Partners, L.P.
Suburban Propane Partners, L.P. ("Suburban Propane") is a publicly traded master limited partnership listed on the New York Stock Exchange.  Headquartered in Whippany, New Jersey, Suburban Propane has been in the customer service business since 1928 and is a nationwide distributor of propane, renewable propane, fuel oil and related products and services, as well as a marketer of natural gas and electricity and an investor in low carbon fuel alternatives, servicing the energy needs of approximately 1 million residential, commercial, governmental, industrial and agricultural customers through approximately 700 locations across 42 states.  Suburban Propane is supported by three core pillars: (1) Suburban Commitment ? showcasing Suburban Propane's 90+ year legacy, and ongoing commitment to the highest standards for dependability, flexibility, and reliability that underscores Suburban Propane's commitment to excellence in customer service; (2) SuburbanCares ? highlighting continued dedication to giving back to local communities across Suburban Propane's national footprint; and (3) Go Green with Suburban Propane ? promoting the clean burning and versatile nature of propane and renewable propane as a bridge to a green energy future and developing the next generation of renewable energy.  For additional information on Suburban Propane, please visit www.suburbanpropane.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains certain forward-looking statements relating to future business expectations and financial condition and results of operations of the Partnership, based on management's current good faith expectations and beliefs concerning future developments.  These forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed or implied in such forward-looking statements, including the following:

Some of these risks and uncertainties are discussed in more detail in the Partnership's Annual Report on Form 10-K for its fiscal year ended September 25, 2021 and other periodic reports filed with the SEC.  Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which reflect management's view only as of the date made. The Partnership undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as otherwise required by law. 

 

Suburban Propane Partners, L.P. and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Statements of Operations

For the Three and Nine Months Ended June 25, 2022 and June 26, 2021

(in thousands, except per unit amounts)

(unaudited)




Three Months Ended



Nine Months Ended




June 25, 2022



June 26, 2021



June 25, 2022



June 26, 2021


Revenues













 Propane


$

260,634



$

208,689



$

1,108,572



$

958,641


 Fuel oil and refined fuels



19,274




11,314




83,741




59,075


 Natural gas and electricity



7,547




5,835




31,165




23,461


 All other



12,877




12,247




40,356




39,337





300,332




238,085




1,263,834




1,080,514















Costs and expenses













 Cost of products sold



140,930




83,056




576,299




418,002


 Operating



109,081




102,016




334,229




309,183


 General and administrative



21,541




17,756




64,962




57,866


 Depreciation and amortization



14,009




27,254




44,356




82,617





285,561




230,082




1,019,846




867,668















Operating income



14,771




8,003




243,988




212,846


Loss on debt extinguishment



?




16,029




?




16,029


Interest expense, net



15,004




16,737




45,557




52,964


Other, net



2,031




1,085




4,395




3,745















(Loss) income before provision for income taxes



(2,264)




(25,848)




194,036




140,108


Provision for income taxes



271




173




171




936















Net (loss) income


$

(2,535)



$

(26,021)



$

193,865



$

139,172















Net (loss) income per Common Unit - basic


$

(0.04)



$

(0.41)



$

3.07



$

2.22


Weighted average number of Common Units
outstanding - basic



63,284




62,755




63,200




62,685















Net (loss) income per Common Unit - diluted


$

(0.04)



$

(0.41)



$

3.04



$

2.20


Weighted average number of Common Units
outstanding - diluted



63,284




62,755




63,833




63,150




























Supplemental Information:













EBITDA (a)


$

26,749



$

18,143



$

283,949



$

275,689


Adjusted EBITDA (a)


$

29,181



$

23,291



$

288,227



$

275,350


Retail gallons sold:













 Propane



75,510




76,702




339,954




357,443


 Refined fuels



3,629




3,854




20,478




21,301


Capital expenditures:













 Maintenance


$

5,701



$

3,858



$

15,459



$

10,463


 Growth


$

5,284



$

3,630



$

17,845



$

11,296



(a)      EBITDA represents net income before deducting interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization.

          Adjusted EBITDA represents EBITDA excluding the unrealized net gain or loss on mark-to-market activity for

          derivative instruments and other items, as applicable, as provided in the table below. Our management uses EBITDA

          and Adjusted EBITDA as supplemental measures of operating performance and we are including them because we

          believe that they provide our investors and industry analysts with additional information that we determined is useful

          to evaluate our operating results.

 

EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are not recognized terms under accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America ("US GAAP") and should not be considered as an alternative to net income or net cash provided by operating activities determined in accordance with US GAAP.  Because EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA as determined by us excludes some, but not all, items that affect net income, they may not be comparable to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA or similarly titled measures used by other companies.

The following table sets forth our calculations of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA:

 



Three Months Ended



Nine Months Ended




June 25, 2022



June 26, 2021



June 25, 2022



June 26, 2021


Net (loss) income


$

(2,535)



$

(26,021)



$

193,865



$

139,172


Add:













Provision for income taxes



271




173




171




936


Interest expense, net



15,004




16,737




45,557




52,964


Depreciation and amortization



14,009




27,254




44,356




82,617


EBITDA



26,749




18,143




283,949




275,689


Unrealized non-cash losses (gains) on changes in fair value of derivatives



921




(11,139)




1,442




(17,632)


Pension settlement charge



634




142




634




712


Equity in earnings of unconsolidated affiliates



877




116




2,202




552


Loss on debt extinguishment



?




16,029




?




16,029


Adjusted EBITDA


$

29,181



$

23,291



$

288,227



$

275,350


 

We also reference gross margins, computed as revenues less cost of products sold as those amounts are reported on the condensed consolidated financial statements.  Our management uses gross margin as a supplemental measure of operating performance and we are including it as we believe that it provides our investors and industry analysts with additional information that we determined is useful  to evaluate our operating results.  As cost of products sold does not include depreciation and amortization expense, the gross margin we reference is considered a non-GAAP financial measure. 

The unaudited financial information included in this document is intended only as a summary provided for your convenience, and should be read in conjunction with the complete consolidated financial statements of the Partnership (including the Notes thereto, which set forth important information) contained in its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q to be filed by the Partnership with the SEC.  Such report, once filed, will be available on the public EDGAR electronic filing system maintained by the SEC.

 

SOURCE Suburban Propane Partners, L.P.


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