Star Group, L.P. Reports Fiscal 2021 Third Quarter Results

STAMFORD, Conn., Aug. 04, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Star Group, L.P. (the "Company" or "Star") (NYSE:SGU), a home energy distributor and services provider, today announced financial results for the fiscal 2021 third quarter and nine months ended June 30, 2021.

Three Months Ended June 30, 2021 Compared to the Three Months Ended June 30, 2020
For the fiscal 2021 third quarter, Star reported a 21.9 percent increase in total revenue to $283.1 million compared with $232.2 million in the prior-year period, reflecting an increase in selling prices, higher volume of motor fuel and other petroleum products sold, greater installation and service revenue partially offset by a lower volume of home heating oil and propane sold.

The volume of home heating oil and propane sold during the fiscal 2021 third quarter decreased by 13.2 million gallons, or 25.9 percent, to 38.0 million gallons as warmer temperatures, net customer attrition and other factors more than offset the impact from acquisitions. Temperatures in Star's geographic areas of operation for the fiscal 2021 third quarter were 24.1 percent warmer than during the fiscal 2020 third quarter and 5.2 percent warmer than normal, as reported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Star’s net loss rose by $12.0 million in the quarter, to $12.1 million, primarily due to a $15.6 million decrease in Adjusted EBITDA that was partially offset by an increase in the Company’s income tax benefit of $1.9 million and a favorable change in the fair value of derivative instruments of $1.4 million.

Third quarter Adjusted EBITDA declined by $15.6 million, to a loss of $9.9 million, as lower home heating oil and propane volumes and higher operating expenses more than offset the impact from improved home heating oil and propane per gallon margins. In the prior-year period – the three months ended June 30, 2020 – Star’s operating costs were favorably impacted due to “sheltering in place” and “stay at home” orders during the COVID-19 pandemic, which lowered certain delivery and branch expenses as well as service expense.

“While summer is typically a less active time for Star than is the heating season, a mix of factors – both positive and negative – impacted results versus the prior-year period,” said Jeff Woosnam, Star Group’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Volume of home heating oil and propane fell, reflecting warmer temperatures compared to the third quarter of fiscal 2020, which was the second coldest on record over the last 50 years within the New York metropolitan area. However, we benefitted from increased installation and service revenue along with higher sales of other petroleum products, which was somewhat anticipated given pent-up demand versus the prior year’s third quarter, when customers held off purchasing due to the pandemic. These same factors increased operating costs, negatively impacting Adjusted EBITDA, which was more in line with historical levels.”

Nine Months Ended June 30, 2021 Compared to the Nine Months Ended June 30, 2020
For the first nine months of fiscal 2021, Star reported a 1.8 percent decrease in total revenue to $1.3 billion, reflecting lower home heating oil and propane volumes and reduced selling prices, even as the Company saw higher sales of motor fuel and other petroleum products and greater installation and service revenue.

The volume of home heating oil and propane sold during the first nine months of fiscal 2021 decreased by 9.5 million gallons, or 3.2 percent, to 285.1 million gallons, as slightly warmer temperatures and net customer attrition more than offset the impact from acquisitions and other factors. Temperatures in Star's geographic areas of operation for the first nine months of fiscal 2021 were 1.1 percent warmer than during the prior year comparable period and 10.7 percent warmer than normal, as reported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Net income rose by $24.9 million, to $111.0 million, due to a favorable change in the fair value of derivative instruments of $32.3 million, lower interest expense of $1.8 million and lower depreciation and amortization expense of $1.8 million that was partially offset by an increase in income tax expense of $8.6 million and a $2.4 million decrease in Adjusted EBITDA.

Adjusted EBITDA decreased by $2.4 million, to $155.2 million. Lower total operating expenses in the base business of $7.4 million, higher home heating oil and propane margins and the Adjusted EBITDA from acquisitions of $2.4 million were more than offset by a $6.7 million decline in the benefit recorded under the Company’s weather hedge contract and the impact from lower home heating oil and propane volumes. While temperatures were warmer for the nine months ended June 30, 2021 than in the prior year’s comparable period, temperatures during the weather hedge period for fiscal 2021 were colder than in fiscal 2020.

EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA (Non-GAAP Financial Measures)
EBITDA (Earnings from continuing operations before net interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization) and Adjusted EBITDA (Earnings from continuing operations before net interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, (increase) decrease in the fair value of derivatives, other income (loss), net, multiemployer pension plan withdrawal charge, gain or loss on debt redemption, goodwill impairment, and other non-cash and non-operating charges) are non-GAAP financial measures that are used as supplemental financial measures by management and external users of the Company’s financial statements, such as investors, commercial banks and research analysts, to assess Star’s position with regard to the following:

  • compliance with certain financial covenants included in our debt agreements;
  • financial performance without regard to financing methods, capital structure, income taxes or historical cost basis;
  • operating performance and return on invested capital compared to those of other companies in the retail distribution of refined petroleum products, without regard to financing methods and capital structure;
  • ability to generate cash sufficient to pay interest on our indebtedness and to make distributions to our partners; and
  • the viability of acquisitions and capital expenditure projects and the overall rates of return of alternative investment opportunities.

The method of calculating Adjusted EBITDA may not be consistent with that of other companies, and EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA both have limitations as analytical tools and so should not be viewed in isolation but in conjunction with measurements that are computed in accordance with GAAP. Some of the limitations of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are as follows:

  • EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA do not reflect cash used for capital expenditures;
  • although depreciation and amortization are non-cash charges, the assets being depreciated or amortized often will have to be replaced and EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA do not reflect the cash requirements for such replacements;
  • EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA do not reflect changes in, or cash requirements for, working capital;
  • EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA do not reflect the cash necessary to make payments of interest or principal on indebtedness; and
  • EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA do not reflect the cash required to pay taxes.

REMINDER:
Members of Star's management team will host a webcast and conference call at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time tomorrow, August 5, 2021. The webcast will be accessible on the company’s website, at www.stargrouplp.com, and the telephone number for the conference call is 877-327-7688 (or 412-317-5112 for international callers).

About Star Group, L.P.
Star Group, L.P. is a full service provider specializing in the sale of home heating products and services to residential and commercial customers to heat their homes and buildings. The Company also sells and services heating and air conditioning equipment to its home heating oil and propane customers and, to a lesser extent, provides these offerings to customers outside of its home heating oil and propane customer base. In certain of Star's marketing areas, the Company provides plumbing services, primarily to its home heating oil and propane customer base. Star also sells diesel, gasoline and home heating oil on a delivery only basis. We believe Star is the nation's largest retail distributor of home heating oil based upon sales volume. Including its propane locations, Star serves customers in the more northern and eastern states within the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic U.S. regions. Additional information is available by obtaining the Company's SEC filings at www.sec.gov and by visiting Star's website at www.stargrouplp.com, where unit holders may request a hard copy of Star’s complete audited financial statements free of charge.

Forward Looking Information
This news release includes "forward-looking statements" which represent the Company’s expectations or beliefs concerning future events that involve risks and uncertainties, including those associated with the severity and duration of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, pandemic, the pandemic’s impact on the U.S. and global economies, the timing, scope and effectiveness of federal, state and local governmental responses to the pandemic, the effect of weather conditions on our financial performance; the price and supply of the products that we sell; the consumption patterns of our customers; our ability to obtain satisfactory gross profit margins; our ability to obtain new customers and retain existing customers; our ability to make strategic acquisitions; the impact of litigation; our ability to contract for our current and future supply needs; natural gas conversions; future union relations and the outcome of current and future union negotiations; the impact of current and future governmental regulations, including climate change, environmental, health and safety regulations; the ability to attract and retain employees; customer creditworthiness; counterparty creditworthiness; marketing plans; potential cyber-attacks; general economic conditions and new technology. All statements other than statements of historical facts included in this news release are forward-looking statements. Without limiting the foregoing, the words "believe," "anticipate," "plan," "expect," "seek," "estimate" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct and actual results may differ materially from those projected as a result of certain risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, those set forth under the heading "Risk Factors" and "Business Strategy" in our Annual Report on Form 10-K (the "Form 10-K") for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2020. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the Company’s expectations ("Cautionary Statements") are disclosed in this news release and in the Company’s Form 10-K and our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Currently, one of the most significant factors, however, is the potential adverse effect of the pandemic of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, on the financial condition, results of operations, cash flows and performance of the Company and its customers and counterparties and the global economy and financial markets. The extent to which COVID-19 impacts us and our customers will depend on future developments, which are highly uncertain and cannot be predicted with confidence, including the scope, severity and duration of the pandemic, the actions taken to contain the pandemic or mitigate its impact, and the direct and indirect economic effects of the pandemic and containment measures, among others. All subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements attributable to the Company or persons acting on its behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the Cautionary Statements. Unless otherwise required by law, the Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise after the date of this news release.

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STAR GROUP, L.P. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
 
  June 30, September 30,
(in thousands) 2021 2020
ASSETS (unaudited)  
Current assets    
Cash and cash equivalents $5,500  $56,911 
Receivables, net of allowance of $5,912 and $6,121, respectively  119,348   83,594 
Inventories  56,669   50,256 
Fair asset value of derivative instruments  18,866    
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  32,178   29,554 
Assets held for sale     6,030 
Total current assets  232,561   226,345 
Property and equipment, net  99,266   93,495 
Operating lease right-of-use assets  96,613   99,776 
Goodwill  253,298   240,327 
Intangibles, net  100,434   90,293 
Restricted cash  250   250 
Captive insurance collateral  69,795   69,787 
Deferred charges and other assets, net  18,094   18,343 
Total assets $870,311  $838,616 
LIABILITIES AND PARTNERS’ CAPITAL    
Current liabilities    
Accounts payable $32,232  $30,827 
Liabilities held for sale     1,265 
Fair liability value of derivative instruments     11,437 
Current maturities of long-term debt  13,000   13,000 
Current portion of operating lease liabilities  16,712   19,139 
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities  143,893   127,286 
Unearned service contract revenue  57,325   58,430 
Customer credit balances  53,255   83,471 
Total current liabilities  316,417   344,855 
Long-term debt  100,208   109,805 
Long-term operating lease liabilities  84,440   85,908 
Deferred tax liabilities, net  30,253   17,227 
Other long-term liabilities  25,670   25,001 
Partners’ capital    
Common unitholders  329,892   273,283 
General partner  (2,362)  (2,506)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss, net of taxes  (14,207)  (14,957)
Total partners’ capital  313,323   255,820 
Total liabilities and partners’ capital $870,311  $838,616 
     


 
STAR GROUP, L.P. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
 
  Three Months
Ended June 30,
 Nine Months
Ended June 30,
(in thousands, except per unit data - unaudited)  2021   2020   2021   2020 
Sales:        
Product $205,045  $165,182  $1,044,748  $1,079,145 
Installations and services  78,055   66,973   215,787   205,018 
Total sales  283,100   232,155   1,260,535   1,284,163 
Cost and expenses:        
Cost of product  146,108   93,264   631,807   666,287 
Cost of installations and services  66,901   54,732   200,565   189,674 
(Increase) decrease in the fair value of derivative instruments  (4,714)  (3,279)  (30,333)  1,974 
Delivery and branch expenses  74,871   72,756   256,500   254,945 
Depreciation and amortization expenses  8,568   8,447   24,793   26,586 
General and administrative expenses  6,209   6,954   18,770   18,882 
Finance charge income  (1,079)  (1,217)  (2,284)  (3,251)
Operating income (loss)  (13,764)  498   160,717   129,066 
Interest expense, net  (1,957)  (2,308)  (5,944)  (7,743)
Amortization of debt issuance costs  (242)  (241)  (732)  (729)
Income (loss) before income taxes  (15,963)  (2,051)  154,041   120,594 
Income tax expense (benefit)  (3,909)  (2,005)  43,071   34,477 
Net income (loss) $(12,054) $(46) $110,970  $86,117 
General Partner’s interest in net income (loss)  (98)  (1)  879   600 
Limited Partners’ interest in net income (loss) $(11,956) $(45) $110,091  $85,517 
         
         
Per unit data (Basic and Diluted):        
Net income (loss) available to limited partners $(0.30)   $2.69  $1.85 
Dilutive impact of theoretical distribution of earnings        0.45   0.30 
Basic and diluted income (loss) per Limited Partner Unit: $(0.30)   $2.24  $1.55 
         
Weighted average number of Limited Partner units outstanding (Basic and Diluted)  40,041   45,246   40,897   46,253 
         


 
SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION
STAR GROUP, L.P. AND SUBSIDIARIES
 
RECONCILIATION OF EBITDA AND ADJUSTED EBITDA
(Unaudited)
 
  Three Months
Ended June 30,
(in thousands)  2021   2020 
Net loss $(12,054) $(46)
Plus:    
Income tax benefit  (3,909)  (2,005)
Amortization of debt issuance costs  242   241 
Interest expense, net  1,957   2,308 
Depreciation and amortization  8,568   8,447 
EBITDA  (5,196)  8,945 
(Increase) / decrease in the fair value of derivative instruments  (4,714)  (3,279)
Adjusted EBITDA  (9,910)  5,666 
Add / (subtract)    
Income tax expense  3,909   2,005 
Interest expense, net  (1,957)  (2,308)
Provision for losses on accounts receivable  366   1,353 
Decrease in accounts receivables  68,033   74,307 
Decrease in inventories  2,701   9,127 
Increase in customer credit balances  12,902   13,925 
Change in deferred taxes  59   (1,376)
Change in other operating assets and liabilities  (22,118)  2,723 
Net cash provided by operating activities $53,985  $105,422 
Net cash used in investing activities $(6,900) $(5,521)
Net cash used in financing activities $(50,468) $(43,484)
     
     
Home heating oil and propane gallons sold  38,000   51,200 
Other petroleum products  40,800   34,200 
         Total all products  78,800   85,400 
     


 
SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION
STAR GROUP, L.P. AND SUBSIDIARIES
 
RECONCILIATION OF EBITDA AND ADJUSTED EBITDA
(Unaudited)
   
  Nine Months
Ended June 30,
(in thousands)  2021   2020 
Net income $110,970  $86,117 
Plus:    
Income tax expense  43,071   34,477 
Amortization of debt issuance costs  732   729 
Interest expense, net  5,944   7,743 
Depreciation and amortization  24,793   26,586 
EBITDA  185,510   155,652 
(Increase) / decrease in the fair value of derivative instruments  (30,333)  1,974 
Adjusted EBITDA  155,177   157,626 
Add / (subtract)    
Income tax expense  (43,071)  (34,477)
Interest expense, net  (5,944)  (7,743)
Provision for losses on accounts receivable  622   4,556 
(Increase) decrease in accounts receivables  (35,954)  4,745 
(Increase) decrease in inventories  (6,951)  21,135 
Decrease in customer credit balances  (30,519)  (18,537)
Change in deferred taxes  12,682   (1,154)
Change in other operating assets and liabilities  13,416   30,146 
Net cash provided by operating activities $59,458  $156,297 
Net cash used in investing activities $(46,862) $(18,718)
Net cash used in financing activities $(64,007) $(75,760)
     
     
Home heating oil and propane gallons sold  285,100   294,600 
Other petroleum products  114,100   112,200 
         Total all products  399,200   406,800 
     

 Source: Star Group, L.P.

CONTACT:  
Star Group, L.P.
Investor Relations
203/328-7310
 Chris Witty
Darrow Associates
646/438-9385 or cwitty@darrowir.com



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