Global Partners Reports Third-Quarter 2021 Financial Results

WALTHAM, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–
Global Partners LP (NYSE: GLP) today reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2021.

“Margin growth in all three segments highlighted a solid third quarter that demonstrated the resilience of our integrated business model, from our terminal network to our retail portfolio,” said Eric Slifka, the Partnership’s President and CEO. “With COVID-19 restrictions eased, we continued to see improved demand across our portfolio.

“GDSO (Gasoline Distribution and Station Operations) margins and volume posted double-digit percentage growth in the quarter, despite a significant increase in wholesale fuel prices year-over-year,” Slifka continued. “In addition, we benefited from favorable market conditions in gasoline and distillates in our Wholesale segment and increased volume and improved margins in our Commercial segment.

“Our Q3 performance underscores our role as a critical infrastructure company. Every day, we provide the essential products and services people need to fuel their vehicles, heat their homes, run their businesses, and add convenience to their lives,” Slifka said. “Like other businesses, we encountered spot supply chain disruptions and labor shortages. We were able to mitigate these issues where possible, minimizing impacts, and our third-quarter results were strong.”

Financial Highlights

Net income attributable to the Partnership was $33.6 million, or $0.86 per diluted common limited partner unit, for the third quarter of 2021 compared with $18.2 million, or $0.47 per diluted common limited partner unit, for the same period in 2020.

Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) was $79.4 million for the third quarter of 2021 compared with $65.0 million for the year-earlier period.

Adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended September 30, 2021 was $79.2 million compared with $65.9 million for the third quarter of 2020.

Distributable cash flow (DCF) totaled $49.7 million for the third quarter of 2021 compared with $31.3 million for the 2020 period.

Gross profit in the third quarter of 2021 increased to $203.1 million from $169.2 million a year earlier, primarily reflecting higher product margins in the GDSO segment and more favorable market conditions in the Wholesale segment, primarily in gasoline and gasoline blendstocks and other oils and related products.

Combined product margin, which is gross profit adjusted for depreciation allocated to cost of sales, was $223.9 million in the third quarter of 2021 compared with $189.3 million in the third quarter of 2020.

Combined product margin, EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, and DCF are non-GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) financial measures, which are explained in greater detail below under “Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures.” Please refer to Financial Reconciliations included in this news release for reconciliations of these non-GAAP financial measures to their most directly comparable GAAP financial measures for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021 and 2020.

GDSO segment product margin was $177.7 million in the third quarter of 2021 compared with $158.9 million in the third quarter of 2020, primarily reflecting an increase in fuel volume and increases in activity at the Partnership’s convenience stores.

Wholesale segment product margin was $42.3 million in the third quarter of 2021 compared with $28.9 million in the third quarter of 2020, primarily reflecting more favorable market conditions in gasoline and distillates in the 2021 period.

Commercial segment product margin was $3.9 million compared with $1.5 million in the third quarter of 2020, primarily driven by an increase in volume sold and improved margins.

Sales were $3.3 billion in the third quarter of 2021 compared with $2.0 billion in the same period of 2020, primarily due to an increase in prices. Wholesale segment sales increased to $1.8 billion in the third quarter of 2021 from $1.2 billion in the year-earlier period. GDSO segment sales were $1.3 billion in the third quarter of 2021 versus $0.8 billion in the third quarter of 2020. Commercial segment sales were $202.5 million in the third quarter of 2021 compared with $83.5 million in the third quarter of 2020.

Volume in the third quarter of 2021 was 1.3 billion gallons compared with 1.4 billion gallons in the same period of 2020. Wholesale segment volume was 813.4 million gallons in the third quarter of 2021 and 916.7 million gallons in the third quarter of 2020. GDSO volume was 416.8 million gallons in the third quarter of 2021 compared with 376.3 million gallons in the third quarter of 2020. Commercial segment volume was 101.2 million gallons in the third quarter of 2021 compared with 60.9 million gallons in the year-earlier period.

Recent Highlights

  • During the third quarter, the Partnership acquired 14 convenience stores and Citgo-branded gasoline stations, predominantly in Vermont.
  • In October, Global announced a quarterly cash distribution of $0.5750 per unit, or $2.30 per unit on an annualized basis, on all of its outstanding common units for the period from July 1 to September 30, 2021. The distribution will be paid November 12, 2021 to unitholders of record as of the close of business on November 8, 2021.

Business Outlook

“Looking ahead, we are well-positioned both financially and operationally as we prepare to close out 2021,” Slifka said. “While we remain mindful about the uncertainty of COVID-19, we are encouraged by the improved demand environment in our business. With global supply shortages and a sharp rise in prices creating challenges for natural gas heading into the winter months, our industry will have the opportunity to reinforce the benefits of liquid fuels as a reliable and cost-effective source of energy.”

The extent to which the COVID-19 pandemic may affect our operating results remains uncertain. The COVID-19 pandemic has had, and may continue to have, material adverse consequences for general economic, financial and business conditions, and could materially and adversely affect our business, financial condition and results of operations and those of our customers, suppliers and other counterparties.

Conference Call and Webcast

Global Partners’ third-quarter 2021 earnings conference call is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. ET today. The dial-in numbers are (877) 709-8155 (U.S. and Canada) or (201) 689-8881 (International). Please plan to dial in to the call at least 15 minutes prior to the start time. The webcast can be accessed via a link at https://ir.globalp.com.

About Global Partners LP

With approximately 1,600 locations primarily in the Northeast, Global Partners is one of the region’s largest independent owners, suppliers and operators of gasoline stations and convenience stores. Global also owns, controls or has access to one of the largest terminal networks in New England and New York, through which it distributes gasoline, distillates, residual oil and renewable fuels to wholesalers, retailers and commercial customers. In addition, Global engages in the transportation of petroleum products and renewable fuels by rail from the mid-continental U.S. and Canada. Global, a master limited partnership, trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “GLP.” For additional information, visit www.globalp.com.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Product Margin

Global Partners views product margin as an important performance measure of the core profitability of its operations. The Partnership reviews product margin monthly for consistency and trend analysis. Global Partners defines product margin as product sales minus product costs. Product sales primarily include sales of unbranded and branded gasoline, distillates, residual oil, renewable fuels, crude oil and propane, as well as convenience store sales, gasoline station rental income and revenue generated from logistics activities when the Partnership engages in the storage, transloading and shipment of products owned by others. Product costs include the cost of acquiring products and all associated costs including shipping and handling costs to bring such products to the point of sale as well as product costs related to convenience store items and costs associated with logistics activities. The Partnership also looks at product margin on a per unit basis (product margin divided by volume). Product margin is a non-GAAP financial measure used by management and external users of the Partnership’s consolidated financial statements to assess its business. Product margin should not be considered an alternative to net income, operating income, cash flow from operations, or any other measure of financial performance presented in accordance with GAAP. In addition, product margin may not be comparable to product margin or a similarly titled measure of other companies.

EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA

EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are non-GAAP financial measures used as supplemental financial measures by management and may be used by external users of Global Partners’ consolidated financial statements, such as investors, commercial banks and research analysts, to assess the Partnership’s:

  • compliance with certain financial covenants included in its debt agreements;
  • financial performance without regard to financing methods, capital structure, income taxes or historical cost basis;
  • ability to generate cash sufficient to pay interest on its indebtedness and to make distributions to its partners;
  • operating performance and return on invested capital as compared to those of other companies in the wholesale, marketing, storing and distribution of refined petroleum products, gasoline blendstocks, renewable fuels, crude oil and propane, and in the gasoline stations and convenience stores business, without regard to financing methods and capital structure; and
  • viability of acquisitions and capital expenditure projects and the overall rates of return of alternative investment opportunities.

Adjusted EBITDA is EBITDA further adjusted for gains or losses on the sale and disposition of assets and goodwill and long-lived asset impairment charges. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered as alternatives to net income, operating income, cash flow from operating activities or any other measure of financial performance or liquidity presented in accordance with GAAP. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA exclude some, but not all, items that affect net income, and these measures may vary among other companies. Therefore, EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies. 

Distributable Cash Flow

Distributable cash flow is an important non-GAAP financial measure for the Partnership’s limited partners since it serves as an indicator of success in providing a cash return on their investment. Distributable cash flow as defined by the Partnership’s partnership agreement is net income plus depreciation and amortization minus maintenance capital expenditures, as well as adjustments to eliminate items approved by the audit committee of the board of directors of the Partnership’s general partner that are extraordinary or non-recurring in nature and that would otherwise increase distributable cash flow.

Distributable cash flow as used in our partnership agreement also determines our ability to make cash distributions on our incentive distribution rights. The investment community also uses a distributable cash flow metric similar to the metric used in our partnership agreement with respect to publicly traded partnerships to indicate whether or not such partnerships have generated sufficient earnings on a current or historic level that can sustain distributions on preferred or common units or support an increase in quarterly cash distributions on common units. Our partnership agreement does not permit adjustments for certain non-cash items, such as net losses on the sale and disposition of assets and goodwill and long-lived asset impairment charges.

Distributable cash flow should not be considered as an alternative to net income, operating income, cash flow from operations, or any other measure of financial performance presented in accordance with GAAP. In addition, distributable cash flow may not be comparable to distributable cash flow or similarly titled measures of other companies.

Forward-looking Statements

Certain statements and information in this press release may constitute “forward-looking statements.” The words “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “plan,” “intend,” “foresee,” “should,” “would,” “could” or other similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements, which are generally not historical in nature, although not all forward-looking statements contain such identifying words. These forward-looking statements are based on Global’s current expectations and beliefs concerning future developments and their potential effect on the Partnership. While management believes that these forward-looking statements are reasonable as and when made, there can be no assurance that future developments affecting the Partnership will be those that it anticipates. Forward-looking statements involve significant risks and uncertainties (some of which are beyond the Partnership’s control) including, without limitation, the impact and duration of the COVID-19 pandemic, uncertainty around the timing of an economic recovery in the United States which will impact the demand for the products we sell and the services that we provide, uncertainty around the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic to our counterparties and our customers and their corresponding ability to perform their obligations and/or utilize the products we sell and/or services we provide, uncertainty around the impact and duration of federal, state and municipal regulations related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and assumptions that could cause actual results to differ materially from the Partnership’s historical experience and present expectations or projections.

For additional information regarding known material factors that could cause actual results to differ from the Partnership’s projected results, please see Global’s filings with the SEC, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K.

Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. Global undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements after the date they are made, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

GLOBAL PARTNERS LP

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(In thousands, except per unit data)

(Unaudited)
 
Three Months Ended

September 30,
Nine Months Ended

September 30,

2021

2020

2021

2020

Sales $ 3,323,910 $ 2,061,382 $ 9,156,382 $ 6,126,052
Cost of sales 3,120,852 1,892,141 8,630,247 5,571,126
Gross profit 203,058 169,241 526,135 554,926
 
Costs and operating expenses:
Selling, general and administrative expenses 54,674 43,218 155,029 143,158
Operating expenses 92,151 82,235 260,848 241,502
Amortization expense 2,742 2,712 8,138 8,137
Net (gain) loss on sale and disposition of assets (192 ) 691 (675 ) 623
Long-lived asset impairment 203 188 1,927
Total costs and operating expenses 149,375 129,059 423,528 395,347
 
Operating income 53,683 40,182 102,607 159,579
 
Interest expense (19,660 ) (19,854 ) (60,339 ) (62,544 )
 
Income before income tax (expense) benefit 34,023 20,328 42,268 97,035
 
Income tax (expense) benefit (386 ) (2,136 ) (789 ) 205
 
Net income 33,637 18,192 41,479 97,240
 
Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest 38 528
 
Net income attributable to Global Partners LP 33,637 18,230 41,479 97,768
 
Less: General partner’s interest in net income, including
incentive distribution rights 993 324 2,581 857
Less: Preferred limited partner interest in net income 3,463 1,682 8,746 5,046
 
Net income attributable to common limited partners $ 29,181 $ 16,224 $ 30,152 $ 91,865
 
Basic net income per common limited partner unit (1) $ 0.86 $ 0.48 $ 0.89 $ 2.71
 
Diluted net income per common limited partner unit (1) $ 0.86 $ 0.47 $ 0.88 $ 2.68
 
Basic weighted average common limited partner units outstanding 33,897 33,924 33,934 33,887
 
Diluted weighted average common limited partner units outstanding 34,087 34,209 34,225 34,241

(1) Under the Partnership’s partnership agreement, for any quarterly period, the incentive distribution rights (“IDRs”) participate in net income only to the extent of the amount of cash distributions actually declared, thereby excluding the IDRs from participating in the Partnership’s undistributed net income or losses. Accordingly, the Partnership’s undistributed net income or losses is assumed to be allocated to the common unitholders and to the General Partner’s general partner interest. Net income attributable to common limited partners is divided by the weighted average common units outstanding in computing the net income per limited partner unit.

GLOBAL PARTNERS LP

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

 

September 30,

2021
December 31,

2020
Assets

 

 

Current assets:

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

$

15,365

$

9,714

Accounts receivable, net

 

360,928

 

227,317

Accounts receivable – affiliates

 

2,391

 

2,410

Inventories

 

413,387

 

384,432

Brokerage margin deposits

 

35,317

 

21,661

Derivative assets

 

12,692

 

16,556

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

84,071

 

119,340

Total current assets

 

924,151

 

781,430

 

 

Property and equipment, net

 

1,089,386

 

1,082,486

Right of use assets, net

 

274,236

 

290,506

Intangible assets, net

 

28,587

 

35,925

Goodwill

 

328,569

 

323,565

Other assets

 

32,062

 

26,588

 

 

Total assets

$

2,676,991

$

2,540,500

 

 

 

 

Liabilities and partners’ equity

 

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

Accounts payable

$

314,949

$

207,873

Working capital revolving credit facility – current portion

 

102,900

 

34,400

Lease liability – current portion

 

62,344

 

75,376

Environmental liabilities – current portion

 

4,455

 

4,455

Trustee taxes payable

 

39,855

 

36,598

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

 

114,751

 

126,774

Derivative liabilities

 

40,288

 

12,055

Total current liabilities

 

679,542

 

497,531

 

 

Working capital revolving credit facility – less current portion

 

150,000

 

150,000

Revolving credit facility

 

43,400

 

122,000

Senior notes

 

738,884

 

737,605

Long-term lease liability – less current portion

 

222,615

 

226,648

Environmental liabilities – less current portion

 

49,055

 

49,166

Financing obligations

 

145,037

 

146,535

Deferred tax liabilities

 

56,377

 

56,218

Other long-term liabilities

 

58,035

 

59,298

Total liabilities

 

2,142,945

 

2,045,001

 

 

Partners’ equity

 

534,046

 

495,499

 

 

Total liabilities and partners’ equity

$

2,676,991

$

2,540,500

GLOBAL PARTNERS LP

FINANCIAL RECONCILIATIONS

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)
Three Months Ended

September 30,
Nine Months Ended

September 30,

2021

2020

2021

2020

Reconciliation of gross profit to product margin

 

 

 

 

Wholesale segment: (1)

 

 

 

 

Gasoline and gasoline blendstocks

$

22,458

 

$

17,136

 

$

62,379

 

$

84,966

 

Crude oil

 

(2,814

)

 

(2,729

)

 

(10,662

)

 

2,004

 

Other oils and related products

 

22,625

 

 

14,523

 

 

54,580

 

 

59,414

 

Total

 

42,269

 

 

28,930

 

 

106,297

 

 

146,384

 

Gasoline Distribution and Station Operations segment:

 

 

 

 

Gasoline distribution

 

112,446

 

 

101,405

 

 

294,001

 

 

305,405

 

Station operations

 

65,269

 

 

57,462

 

 

176,567

 

 

154,904

 

Total

 

177,715

 

 

158,867

 

 

470,568

 

 

460,309

 

Commercial segment (1)

 

3,916

 

 

1,545

 

 

10,807

 

 

9,398

 

Combined product margin

 

223,900

 

 

189,342

 

 

587,672

 

 

616,091

 

Depreciation allocated to cost of sales

 

(20,842

)

 

(20,101

)

 

(61,537

)

 

(61,165

)

Gross profit

$

203,058

 

$

169,241

 

$

526,135

 

$

554,926

 

 

 

 

 

Reconciliation of net income to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA

 

 

 

 

Net income

$

33,637

 

$

18,192

 

$

41,479

 

$

97,240

 

Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest

 

 

 

38

 

 

 

 

528

 

Net income attributable to Global Partners LP

 

33,637

 

 

18,230

 

 

41,479

 

 

97,768

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

25,692

 

 

24,745

 

 

76,172

 

 

75,192

 

Interest expense

 

19,660

 

 

19,854

 

 

60,339

 

 

62,544

 

Income tax expense (benefit)

 

386

 

 

2,136

 

 

789

 

 

(205

)

EBITDA (2)

 

79,375

 

 

64,965

 

 

178,779

 

 

235,299

 

Net (gain) loss on sale and disposition of assets

 

(192

)

 

691

 

 

(675

)

 

623

 

Long-lived asset impairment

 

 

 

203

 

 

188

 

 

1,927

 

Adjusted EBITDA (2)

$

79,183

 

$

65,859

 

$

178,292

 

$

237,849

 

 

 

 

 

Reconciliation of net cash provided by operating activities to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA

 

 

 

 

Net cash provided by operating activities

$

152,615

 

$

88,286

 

$

99,057

 

$

250,289

 

Net changes in operating assets and liabilities and certain non-cash items

 

(93,286

)

 

(45,321

)

 

18,594

 

 

(77,621

)

Net cash from operating activities and changes in operating

 

 

 

 

assets and liabilities attributable to noncontrolling interest

 

 

 

10

 

 

 

 

292

 

Interest expense

 

19,660

 

 

19,854

 

 

60,339

 

 

62,544

 

Income tax expense (benefit)

 

386

 

 

2,136

 

 

789

 

 

(205

)

EBITDA (2)

 

79,375

 

 

64,965

 

 

178,779

 

 

235,299

 

Net (gain) loss on sale and disposition of assets

 

(192

)

 

691

 

 

(675

)

 

623

 

Long-lived asset impairment

 

 

 

203

 

 

188

 

 

1,927

 

Adjusted EBITDA (2)

$

79,183

 

$

65,859

 

$

178,292

 

$

237,849

 

 

 

 

 

Reconciliation of net income to distributable cash flow

 

 

 

 

Net income

$

33,637

 

$

18,192

 

$

41,479

 

$

97,240

 

Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest

 

 

 

38

 

 

 

 

528

 

Net income attributable to Global Partners LP

 

33,637

 

 

18,230

 

 

41,479

 

 

97,768

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

25,692

 

 

24,745

 

 

76,172

 

 

75,192

 

Amortization of deferred financing fees

 

1,211

 

 

1,329

 

 

3,810

 

 

3,896

 

Amortization of routine bank refinancing fees

 

(1,002

)

 

(1,008

)

 

(3,052

)

 

(2,933

)

Maintenance capital expenditures

 

(9,841

)

 

(11,963

)

 

(28,135

)

 

(24,789

)

Distributable cash flow (2)(3)(4)

 

49,697

 

 

31,333

 

 

90,274

 

 

149,134

 

Distributions to preferred unitholders (5)

 

(3,463

)

 

(1,682

)

 

(8,746

)

 

(5,046

)

Distributable cash flow after distributions to preferred unitholders

$

46,234

 

$

29,651

 

$

81,528

 

$

144,088

 

 

 

 

 

Reconciliation of net cash provided by operating activities to distributable cash flow

 

 

 

 

Net cash provided by operating activities

$

152,615

 

$

88,286

 

$

99,057

 

$

250,289

 

Net changes in operating assets and liabilities and certain non-cash items

 

(93,286

)

 

(45,321

)

 

18,594

 

 

(77,621

)

Net cash from operating activities and changes in operating

 

 

 

 

assets and liabilities attributable to noncontrolling interest

 

 

 

10

 

 

 

 

292

 

Amortization of deferred financing fees

 

1,211

 

 

1,329

 

 

3,810

 

 

3,896

 

Amortization of routine bank refinancing fees

 

(1,002

)

 

(1,008

)

 

(3,052

)

 

(2,933

)

Maintenance capital expenditures

 

(9,841

)

 

(11,963

)

 

(28,135

)

 

(24,789

)

Distributable cash flow (2)(3)(4)

 

49,697

 

 

31,333

 

 

90,274

 

 

149,134

 

Distributions to preferred unitholders (5)

 

(3,463

)

 

(1,682

)

 

(8,746

)

 

(5,046

)

Distributable cash flow after distributions to preferred unitholders

$

46,234

 

$

29,651

 

$

81,528

 

$

144,088

 

(1) Segment reporting results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020 have been reclassified between the Wholesale and Commercial segments to conform to the Partnership’s current presentation.

(2) EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow for each of the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021 include a $3.1 million expense for compensation resulting from the retirement of the Partnership’s former chief financial officer in August of 2021. EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 include a $6.6 million expense for compensation and benefits resulting from the passing of the Partnership’s general counsel in May of 2021. This expense relates to contractual commitments including the acceleration of grants previously awarded as well as a discretionary award in recognition of service.

(3) As defined by the Partnership’s partnership agreement, distributable cash flow is not adjusted for certain non-cash items, such as net losses on the sale and disposition of assets and goodwill and long-lived asset impairment charges.

(4) Distributable cash flow for the nine months ended September 30, 2020 includes a $6.3 million income tax benefit related to the CARES Act net operating loss carryback provisions.

(5) Distributions to preferred unitholders represent the distributions payable to the Series A preferred unitholders and the Series B preferred unitholders earned during the period. Distributions on the Series A preferred units and the Series B preferred units are cumulative and payable quarterly in arrears on February 15, May 15, August 15 and November 15 of each year.


Gregory B. Hanson

Chief Financial Officer

Global Partners LP

(781) 894-8800

Sean T. Geary

Acting General Counsel, Secretary and Vice President – Mergers & Acquisitions

Global Partners LP

(781) 894-8800

Source: Global Partners LP