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Reports Third Quarter 2019 Results

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Allentown, Nov. 07, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --

CrossAmerica Partners LP Reports Third Quarter 2019 Results

  • Reported Third Quarter 2019 Operating Income of $12.3 million and Net Income of $7.2 million
  • Generated Third Quarter 2019 Adjusted EBITDA of $29.0 million and Distributable Cash Flow of $25.7 million, respectively
  • Reported Third Quarter 2019 Gross Profit for the Wholesale Segment of $36.2 million, an increase of 7% over the Third Quarter 2018 Gross Profit of $33.8 million
  • The Distribution Coverage Ratio for the current quarter was 1.42 times. The Distribution Coverage Ratio was 1.14 times for the trailing twelve months ended September 30, 2019, as compared to 0.99 times for the trailing twelve months ended September 30, 2018
  • The Board of Directors of CrossAmerica’s General Partner declared a quarterly distribution of $0.5250 per limited partner unit attributable to the Third Quarter 2019 

             
Allentown, PA November 7, 2019 – CrossAmerica Partners LP (NYSE: CAPL) (“CrossAmerica” or the “Partnership”), a leading wholesale fuels distributor and owner and lessor of real estate used in the retail distribution of motor fuels, today reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2019.

Gerardo Valencia, CEO and President of CrossAmerica, said, “Our third quarter 2019 Distributable Cash Flow grew 29% to $25.7 million, with a coverage ratio of 1.42 times, driving our trailing twelve months coverage to 1.14 times. Both are the highest in the last 3 years, reflecting the success in implementing our strategy.” Valencia went on to say, “As of September, we have now completed two asset exchanges with our General Partner and expect to complete the final exchange in the first quarter of 2020. We also announced on October 1st the closing of our agreement with Applegreen to operate 46 company operated retail sites in the Upper Midwest. This now positions us to be solely focused on our wholesale operations going forward.”

Third Quarter Results

Consolidated Results

Operating income was $12.3 million for the third quarter 2019 compared to $13.7 million for the third quarter 2018, representing a decrease of $1.3 million, and Net income was $7.2 million for the third quarter 2019 compared to Net income of $5.3 million for the third quarter 2018, representing an increase of $1.9 million or 35%. EBITDA was $26.4 million for the three-month period ended September 30, 2019 compared to $27.6 million for the same period in 2018, representing a decline of 4%. Adjusted EBITDA was $29.0 million for the third quarter 2019 compared to $28.6 million for the same period in 2018, representing an increase of 1%. The increase in Adjusted EBITDA was primarily as a result of an improvement in wholesale fuel margin per gallon, partially offset by the new lease accounting guidance (ASC 842). Lease payments on the Partnership’s previous sale-leaseback transactions totaling $1.8 million per quarter were characterized as principal and interest expense in periods prior to 2019. However, beginning with the first quarter 2019 this is now characterized as rent expense, thus reducing these non-GAAP measures. Also partially offsetting the increase was a decline in gross profit in the Retail segment. Non-GAAP measures, including EBITDA, as described are reconciled to the corresponding GAAP measures in the Supplemental Disclosure section of this release.
Wholesale Segment

During the third quarter 2019, CrossAmerica’s Wholesale segment generated $36.2 million in gross profit compared to $33.8 million in gross profit for the third quarter 2018. The Partnership distributed, on a wholesale basis, 260.3 million gallons of motor fuel at an average wholesale gross profit of $0.080 per gallon, resulting in motor fuel gross profit of $20.8 million. For the three-month period ended September 30, 2018, CrossAmerica distributed, on a wholesale basis, 270.3 million gallons of fuel at an average wholesale gross profit of $0.068 per gallon, resulting in motor fuel gross profit of $18.4 million. The 13% increase in motor fuel gross profit was primarily due to an 18% increase in fuel margin per gallon. The main driver of the increase was a $1.3 million improvement in CrossAmerica’s fuel margin from sites in its Alabama market driven by the rebranding of these sites beginning November 1, 2018 and the concurrent change in terms under a subjobber agreement with Circle K and a $1.3 million improvement in CrossAmerica’s dealer tank wagon (DTW) margins as a result of movements in crude oil prices between the two periods. This was partially offset by a reduction of $0.8 million in Terms Discounts in 2019 as compared to 2018 due to the decrease in motor fuel prices. Volume declined 4% primarily as a result of the 2018 divestitures mandated by FTC orders and the termination or non-renewal of fuel supply contracts (a significant number of which were low margin).

The prices paid by the Partnership to its motor fuel suppliers for wholesale motor fuel (which affects the cost of sales) are highly correlated to the price of crude oil. The average daily spot price of West Texas Intermediate crude oil decreased approximately 19% to $56.34 per barrel during the third quarter 2019 as compared to $69.69 per barrel during the same period in 2018. 

CrossAmerica’s gross profit from Rent and Other for the Wholesale segment, which primarily consists of rental income, was $15.3 million for the third quarter 2019 compared to $15.4 million for the third quarter 2018, representing a decrease of 1%. The decline in Rent and Other was primarily as a result of the new lease accounting guidance. Lease payments on CrossAmerica’s previous sale-leaseback transactions totaling $1.7 million per quarter were characterized as principal and interest expense in 2018, whereas such payments are characterized as rent expense in 2019. Partially offsetting this decline was the incremental rent margin from the closed asset exchange transactions with Circle K, the impact of converting commission sites in the Retail segment to lessee dealer sites in the Wholesale segment and the dealerization of 46 company operated Upper Midwest sites in the third quarter 2019.

Operating expenses increased $1.3 million or 18% primarily as a result of higher insurance costs and a general increase in operating expenses driven by the addition of controlled sites from the closed asset exchange transactions with Circle K and the dealerization of 46 company operated Upper Midwest sites in the third quarter 2019.

Adjusted EBITDA for the Wholesale segment was $31.5 million for the third quarter 2019 compared to $30.0 million for the same period in 2018. As discussed above, the year-over-year increase was primarily driven by the increase in motor fuel gross profit (see Supplemental Disclosure Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Information below).

Retail Segment                                                

For the third quarter 2019, the Partnership sold 39.3 million gallons of motor fuel at an average retail motor fuel gross profit of $0.032 per gallon, net of commissions and credit card fees, resulting in motor fuel gross profit of $1.2 million. For the same period in 2018, CrossAmerica sold 53.6 million gallons in its retail segment at an average gross profit of $0.038 per gallon, net of commissions and credit card fees, resulting in motor fuel gross profit of $2.1 million. The decrease in motor fuel gross profit is attributable to a 27% decrease in volume driven by the 2018 divestitures of seven company operated Upper Midwest and two commission agent sites mandated by FTC orders, the conversion of commission sites in the Retail segment to lessee dealer sites in CrossAmerica’s Wholesale segment, the divestiture of 17 company operated Upper Midwest sites in May 2019 in connection with the first tranche of the asset exchange with Circle K and the dealerization of 46 company operated Upper Midwest sites in the third quarter 2019. Partially offsetting these decreases was that the Partnership realized a higher margin per gallon at its company operated sites in 2019 as compared to 2018, driven by the movement in crude oil prices throughout the two periods.
During the quarter, the Partnership generated $2.1 million in gross profit from merchandise and services versus $6.5 million for the same period in 2018. This decrease was driven by the 2018 divestitures of seven company operated Upper Midwest sites mandated by FTC orders, the May 2019 first tranche of the asset exchange with Circle K and the dealerization of 46 company operated Upper Midwest sites in the third quarter 2019. Gross profit from Rent and Other for the Retail segment was $1.6 million for the third quarter 2019 compared to $1.5 million for the same period in 2018, reflecting an increase of 3%. Lease payments on the previous sale-leaseback transactions totaling $0.1 million were characterized as principal and interest expense in 2018, whereas such payments were characterized as rent expense in 2019. The decrease in rent and other gross profit as a result of converting commission sites in the Retail segment to lessee dealer sites in the Wholesale segment was more than offset by the incremental rent margin generated by CrossAmerica’s Alabama sites as a result of dispenser upgrades and rebranding of the sites.

Operating expenses declined $3.6 million or 45% primarily as a result of the 2018 divestitures of seven company operated Upper Midwest and two commission agent sites mandated by FTC orders, the divestiture of 17 company operated Upper Midwest sites in May 2019 in connection with the first asset exchange transaction with Circle K, the conversion of commission sites in CrossAmerica’s Retail segment to lessee dealer sites in the Wholesale segment and the dealerization of 46 company operated Upper Midwest sites in the third quarter 2019.

Adjusted EBITDA for the Retail segment was $0.5 million for the third quarter 2019 compared to $2.1 million for the third quarter 2018. 

The decline in gross profit and Adjusted EBITDA were primarily due to the 2018 divestitures of seven company operated sites in the Upper Midwest and two commission sites mandated by FTC orders, the divestiture of 17 company operated Upper Midwest sites in May 2019 in connection with the asset exchange with Circle K, the conversion of commission sites in CrossAmerica’s Retail segment to lessee dealer sites in the Wholesale segment and the dealerization of 46 company operated Upper Midwest sites in the third quarter 2019 (see Supplemental Disclosure Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Information below).

Distributable Cash Flow and Distribution Coverage Ratio

Distributable Cash Flow was $25.7 million for the three-month period ended September 30, 2019, compared to $20.0 million for the same period in 2018. The increase in Distributable Cash Flow was primarily due to a current tax benefit generated by the closed asset exchange transactions as well as the dispenser upgrades and rebranding costs at CrossAmerica’s Alabama sites and the reduction in operating and general and administrative expenses, partially offset by the impact of the FTC divestitures and the new lease accounting guidance. The Distribution Coverage Ratio for the current quarter was 1.42 times. The Distribution Coverage Ratio was 1.14 times for the trailing twelve months ended September 30, 2019, as compared to 0.99 times for the trailing twelve months ended September 30, 2018. Information regarding Distributable Cash Flow and other non-GAAP measures are further described to their most directly comparable GAAP measures in the Supplemental Disclosure Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Measures section of this release.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

The amount of availability under the New Credit Agreement at November 4, 2019, after taking into consideration debt covenant restrictions, was $123.5 million.

Distributions

On October 24, 2019, the Board of the Directors of CrossAmerica’s General Partner (“Board”) declared a quarterly distribution of $0.5250 per limited partner unit attributable to the third quarter of 2019. As previously announced, the distribution will be paid on November 12, 2019 to all unitholders of record as of November 5, 2019. The amount and timing of any future distributions is subject to the discretion of the Board (see Supplemental Disclosure Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Information below).

Impact of Adopting New FASB Lease Accounting Guidance

In February 2016, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued ASU 2016-02–Leases (ASC 842). This standard modifies existing guidance for reporting organizations that enter into leases to increase transparency by recognizing lease assets and lease liabilities on the balance sheet and disclosing key information about leasing arrangements. This guidance became effective for CrossAmerica on January 1, 2019.

As was noted in CrossAmerica’s 2018 Form 10-K (Annual Report), certain previous sale-leaseback transactions that were accounted for similarly to capital leases were required to be reassessed under the new guidance as part of adopting ASC 842. These leases are accounted for as operating leases under the new guidance, and so the $42.0 million of net property and equipment and $76.1 million of sale-leaseback financing obligations recorded on the balance sheet as of December 31, 2018 were removed as part of the transition adjustment effective January 1, 2019.

Since CrossAmerica is not restating prior periods as part of adopting this guidance, the results in 2019 are not directly comparable to the results for periods before 2019. Specifically, payments on these sale-leaseback obligations were characterized as principal and interest expense in periods prior to 2019. Starting in 2019, these payments are characterized as rent expense and thus reduce gross profit particularly from the wholesale segment, operating income, income before income taxes, and net income relative to the results reported for periods prior to 2019.

The adoption of the new lease standard does not affect the Partnership’s covenant calculations with regard to its Credit Agreement, nor has there been any change in the underlying cash flows related to these leases. The adoption of the new lease standard, if it had been adopted January 1, 2018, would have impacted CrossAmerica’s full year 2018 financial results in the following manner: Adjusted EBITDA would have been lower by approximately $7.2 million, primarily affecting the Wholesale Segment, and Distributable Cash Flow would have been lower by approximately $1.7 million. CrossAmerica anticipates a similar effect on its 2019 financial results. Non-GAAP measures used in this release include Adjusted EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow, which non-GAAP measures are further described to their most directly comparable GAAP measures in the Supplemental Disclosure Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Measures section of this release.

Conference Call

The Partnership will host a conference call on November 8, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time to discuss third quarter 2019 earnings results. The conference call numbers are 877-420-2982 or 847-619-6129 and the passcode for both is 7118414#. A live audio webcast of the conference call and the related earnings materials, including reconciliations of 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 CrossAmerica website (www.crossamericapartners.com). A slide presentation for the conference call will also be available on the investor section of the Partnership’s website. To listen to the audio webcast, go to https://caplp.gcs-web.com/webcasts-presentations.  After the live conference call, a replay will be available for a period of thirty days. The replay numbers are 888-843-7419 or 630-652-3042 and the passcode for both is 7118414#. An archive of the webcast will be available on the investor section of the CrossAmerica website at https://caplp.gcs-web.com/webcasts-presentations within 24 hours after the call for a period of sixty days.

CROSSAMERICA PARTNERS LP
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(Thousands of Dollars, Except Unit and Per Unit Amounts)
(Unaudited)

  Three Months Ended September 30,  Nine Months Ended September 30, 
  2019  2018  2019  2018 
Operating revenues(a) $559,736  $670,810  $1,637,050  $1,898,675 
Costs of sales  518,591   627,012   1,517,458   1,770,954 
Gross profit  41,145   43,798   119,592   127,721 
                 
Income from CST Fuel Supply equity interests  3,927   3,479   11,087   11,024 
Operating expenses:                
Operating expenses  12,978   15,261   42,541   47,294 
General and administrative expenses  3,937   4,310   12,464   13,840 
Depreciation, amortization and accretion expense  14,063   13,993   39,620   51,425 
Total operating expenses  30,978   33,564   94,625   112,559 
Loss on dispositions and lease terminations, net  (1,745)  (61)  (2,173)  (6,678)
Operating income  12,349   13,652   33,881   19,508 
Other income, net  168   104   352   287 
Interest expense  (6,532)  (8,145)  (21,105)  (24,354)
Income (loss) before income taxes  5,985   5,611   13,128   (4,559)
Income tax (benefit) expense  (1,180)  303   (690)  (2,122)
Net income (loss)  7,165   5,308   13,818   (2,437)
Less:  net loss attributable to noncontrolling interests           (5)
Net income (loss) attributable to limited partners  7,165   5,308   13,818   (2,432)
IDR distributions  (133)  (133)  (399)  (1,446)
Net income (loss) available to limited partners $7,032  $5,175  $13,419  $(3,878)
                 
Basic and diluted income (loss) per limited partner unit $0.20  $0.15  $0.39  $(0.11)
                 
Weighted-average limited partner units:                
Basic common units  34,453,162   34,439,416   34,447,185   34,311,998 
Diluted common units(b)  34,464,027   34,439,416   34,447,723   34,311,998 
                 
Supplemental information:                
(a) Includes excise taxes of: $21,292  $25,176  $61,642  $74,984 
(a) Includes revenues from fuel sales to and rental
  income from related parties of:
  80,667   122,383   242,655   350,454 
(b) Diluted common units were not used in the calculation of diluted earnings per common unit for the three and nine
  months ended September 30, 2018 because to do so would have been antidilutive.
 

Segment Results

Wholesale

The following table highlights the results of operations and certain operating metrics of the Wholesale segment (thousands of dollars, except for the number of distribution sites and per gallon amounts): 

  Three Months Ended September 30,  Nine Months Ended September 30, 
  2019  2018  2019  2018 
Gross profit:                
Motor fuel–third party $13,392  $10,304  $32,805  $27,426 
Motor fuel–intersegment and related party  7,451   8,082   21,844   23,196 
Motor fuel gross profit  20,843   18,386   54,649   50,622 
Rent and other(a)  15,321   15,408   43,849   47,324 
Total gross profit  36,164   33,794   98,498   97,946 
Income from CST Fuel Supply equity interests(b)  3,927   3,479   11,087   11,024 
Operating expenses  (8,572)  (7,251)  (24,098)  (22,597)
Adjusted EBITDA(c) $31,519  $30,022  $85,487  $86,373 
Motor fuel distribution sites (end of period):(d)                
Motor fuel–third party                
Independent dealers(e)  370   369   370   369 
Lessee dealers(f)  662   487   662   487 
Total motor fuel distribution–third party sites  1,032   856   1,032   856 
Motor fuel–intersegment and related party                
DMS (related party)(g)  68   86   68   86 
Circle K (related party)(h)  28   43   28   43 
Commission agents (Retail segment)(i)  169   175   169   175 
Company operated retail sites (Retail segment)(j)     63      63 
Total motor fuel distribution–intersegment
  and related party sites
  265   367   265   367 
Motor fuel distribution sites (average during the
  period):
                
Motor fuel-third party distribution  965   827   909   827 
Motor fuel-intersegment and related party
  distribution
  302   410   336   422 
Total motor fuel distribution sites  1,267   1,237   1,245   1,249 
Volume of gallons distributed (in thousands)                
Third party  188,261   168,106   514,058   487,002 
Intersegment and related party  72,026   102,235   236,064   305,247 
Total volume of gallons distributed  260,287   270,341   750,122   792,249 
                 
Wholesale margin per gallon $0.080  $0.068  $0.073  $0.064 

(a)      See “Impact of Adopting New FASB Lease Accounting Guidance” section of this release for additional information regarding the impact of adopting ASC 842 effective January 1, 2019, which impacted rent and other gross profit for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2019, resulting in the results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2019 not being comparable to CrossAmerica’s results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018.
(b)      Represents income from the Partnership’s equity interest in CST Fuel Supply.
(c)      Please see the reconciliation of the segment’s Adjusted EBITDA to consolidated net income under the heading “Supplemental Disclosure Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Measures.”
(d)      In addition, as of September 30, 2019 and 2018, CrossAmerica distributed motor fuel to 13 sub-wholesalers who distributed to additional sites.
(e)      The increase in the independent dealer site count was primarily attributable to the Closed Asset Exchange Transactions with Circle K, which resulted in 15 Circle K sites being converted to independent dealer sites, partially offset by the termination or non-renewal of fuel supply contracts, a significant number of which were low margin.
(f)       The increase in the lessee dealer site count was primarily attributable to converting sites operated by DMS and commission agents to lessee dealers, the first tranche of the asset exchange with Circle K and the dealerization of 46 company operated sites.
(g)      The decrease in the DMS site count was primarily attributable to converting DMS sites to lessee dealer sites.
(h)      The decrease in the Circle K site count was primarily attributable to the Closed Asset Exchange Transactions with Circle K, which resulted in 15 Circle K sites being converted to independent dealer sites.
(i)       The decrease in the commission site count was primarily attributable to converting commission sites in the Retail segment to lessee dealer sites in the Wholesale segment.
(j)       The decrease in the company operated site count was primarily attributable to the divestiture mandated by FTC orders, the first tranche of the asset exchange with Circle K and the dealerization of 46 company operated sites.

Retail

The following table highlights the results of operations and certain operating metrics of the Retail segment (thousands of dollars, except for the number of retail sites, gallons sold per day and per gallon amounts):

  Three Months Ended September 30,  Nine Months Ended September 30, 
  2019  2018  2019  2018 
Gross profit:                
Motor fuel $1,247  $2,062  $4,683  $6,759 
Merchandise and services  2,095   6,467   11,676   18,643 
Rent and other(a)  1,587   1,546   4,514   4,607 
Total gross profit  4,929   10,075   20,873   30,009 
Operating expenses  (4,406)  (8,010)  (18,443)  (24,697)
Adjusted EBITDA(b) $523  $2,065  $2,430  $5,312 
                 
Retail sites (end of period):                
Commission agents(c)  169   175   169   175 
Company operated retail sites(d)     63      63 
Total system sites at the end of the period  169   238   169   238 
                 
Total system operating statistics:                
Average retail fuel sites during the period  196   244   219   247 
Motor fuel sales (gallons per site per day)  2,173   2,389   2,154   2,362 
Motor fuel gross profit per gallon, net of credit card
  fees and commissions
 $0.032  $0.038  $0.036  $0.042 
                 
Commission agents statistics:                
Average retail fuel sites during the period  169   175   170   177 
Motor fuel gross profit per gallon, net of credit card
  fees and commissions
 $0.015  $0.015  $0.015  $0.015 
                 
Company operated retail site statistics:                
Average retail fuel sites during the period  27   69   48   70 
Motor fuel gross profit per gallon, net of credit card
  fees
 $0.129  $0.086  $0.101  $0.099 
Merchandise and services gross profit percentage,
  net of credit card fees
  21.5%  23.9%  23.6%  24.6%

(a)      See “Impact of Adopting New FASB Lease Accounting Guidance” section of this release for additional information regarding the impact of adopting ASC 842 effective January 1, 2019, which impacted rent and other gross profit for 2019, resulting in the results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2019 not being comparable to CrossAmerica’s results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018.
(b)      Please see the reconciliation of the segment’s Adjusted EBITDA to consolidated net income under the heading “Supplemental Disclosure Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Measures” below.
(c)      The decrease in the commission site count was primarily driven by the conversion of commission sites in the Retail segment to lessee dealer sites in the Wholesale segment.
(d)      The decrease in the company operated retail site count was primarily driven by the divestitures mandated by FTC orders, the first tranche of the asset exchange with Circle K and the dealerization of 46 company operated sites.

Supplemental Disclosure Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Measures

CrossAmerica uses non-GAAP financial measures EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Distributable Cash Flow and Distribution Coverage Ratio. EBITDA represents net income available to the Partnership before deducting interest expense, income taxes, depreciation, amortization and accretion (which includes certain impairment charges). Adjusted EBITDA represents EBITDA as further adjusted to exclude equity funded expenses related to incentive compensation and the Amended Omnibus Agreement, gains or losses on dispositions and lease terminations, net, certain discrete acquisition related costs, such as legal and other professional fees and separation benefit expenses associated with recently acquired companies, and certain other discrete non-cash items arising from purchase accounting. Distributable Cash Flow represents Adjusted EBITDA less cash interest expense, sustaining capital expenditures and current income tax expense. Distribution Coverage Ratio is computed by dividing Distributable Cash Flow by the weighted average diluted common units and then dividing that result by the distributions paid per limited partner unit.

EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Distributable Cash Flow and Distribution Coverage Ratio are used as supplemental financial measures by management and by external users of the CrossAmerica financial statements, such as investors and lenders. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are used to assess the financial performance without regard to financing methods, capital structure or income taxes and the ability to incur and service debt and to fund capital expenditures. In addition, Adjusted EBITDA is used to assess the operating performance of the CrossAmerica business on a consistent basis by excluding the impact of items which do not result directly from the wholesale distribution of motor fuel, the leasing of real property, or the day to day operations of the Partnership’s retail site activities. EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Distributable Cash Flow and Distribution Coverage Ratio are also used to assess the ability to generate cash sufficient to make distributions to the Partnership’s unitholders.

CrossAmerica believes the presentation of EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Distributable Cash Flow and Distribution Coverage Ratio provides useful information to investors in assessing the financial condition and results of operations. EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Distributable Cash Flow and Distribution Coverage Ratio should not be considered alternatives to net income or any other measure of financial performance or liquidity presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP. EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Distributable Cash Flow and Distribution Coverage Ratio have important limitations as analytical tools because they exclude some but not all items that affect net income. Additionally, because EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Distributable Cash Flow and Distribution Coverage Ratio may be defined differently by other companies in the industry, the Partnership’s definitions may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies, thereby diminishing their utility.

The following table presents reconciliations of EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, and Distributable Cash Flow to net income, the most directly comparable U.S. GAAP financial measure, for each of the periods indicated (in thousands, except for per unit amounts):

  Three Months Ended September 30,  Nine Months Ended September 30, 
  2019  2018  2019  2018 
Net income (loss) available to limited partners(a) $7,032  $5,175  $13,419  $(3,878)
Interest expense(a)  6,532   8,145   21,105   24,354 
Income tax (benefit) expense  (1,180)  303   (690)  (2,122)
Depreciation, amortization and accretion expense  14,063   13,993   39,620   51,425 
EBITDA(a)  26,447   27,616   73,454   69,779 
Equity funded expenses related to incentive
  compensation and the Amended Omnibus
  Agreement(b)
  221   167   547   3,640 
Loss on dispositions and lease terminations, net(c)  1,745   61   2,173   6,678 
Acquisition-related costs(d)  538   735   1,943   2,709 
Adjusted EBITDA(a)  28,951   28,579   78,117   82,806 
Cash interest expense(a)  (6,301)  (7,839)  (20,329)  (23,127)
Sustaining capital expenditures(e)  (466)  (646)  (1,229)  (2,073)
Current income tax benefit (expense)(f)  3,561   (118)  4,789   (1,004)
Distributable Cash Flow(a) $25,745  $19,976  $61,348  $56,602 
Weighted-average diluted common units  34,464   34,439   34,448   34,312 
Distributions paid per limited partner unit(g) $0.5250  $0.5250  $1.5750  $1.6775 
Distribution Coverage Ratio(a)(h) 1.42x  1.10x  1.13x  0.98x 
  1. As further discussed in the “Impact of Adopting New FASB Lease Accounting Guidance” section of this release, CrossAmerica adopted ASC 842 effective January 1, 2019, and as a result, the Partnership’s results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2019 are not directly comparable to the results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018. Most significantly, payments on CrossAmerica’s previous failed sale-leaseback obligations were characterized as principal and interest expense in periods prior to 2019. Starting in 2019, these payments are characterized as rent expense. These payments for the Wholesale and Retail segments amounted to approximately $1.7 million and $0.1 million for the three months ended September 30, 2018 and $5.0 million and $0.4 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2018, respectively. Of the total payments, $1.4 million and $4.1 million were classified as interest expense for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018, respectively.
  2. As approved by the independent conflicts committee of the Board, the Partnership and Circle K mutually agreed to settle certain amounts due under the terms of the Amended Omnibus Agreement in limited partner units of the Partnership.
  3. In June 2018, CrossAmerica executed master fuel supply and master lease agreements with Applegreen, to whom the Partnership transitioned 43 sites in Florida from DMS in the third quarter of 2018. During the second quarter of 2018, in connection with this transition, CrossAmerica accrued a $3.8 million contract termination payment paid in cash to DMS during the third quarter of 2018. Additionally, CrossAmerica recorded a $2.2 million charge to write off deferred rent income related to the recapture of these sites from the master lease agreement with DMS.
  4. Relates to certain discrete acquisition related costs, such as legal and other professional fees, separation benefit costs and certain purchase accounting adjustments associated with recently acquired businesses.
  5. Under the Partnership Agreement, sustaining capital expenditures are capital expenditures made to maintain CrossAmerica’s long-term operating income or operating capacity. Examples of sustaining capital expenditures are those made to maintain existing contract volumes, including payments to renew existing distribution contracts, or to maintain CrossAmerica’s sites in conditions suitable to lease, such as parking lot or roof replacement/renovation, or to replace equipment required to operate the existing business.
  6. Consistent with prior divestitures, the current income tax benefit for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2019 excludes income tax incurred on the sale of sites in connection with the Closed Asset Exchange Transactions  (recorded as a charge against equity). Both periods include the tax benefit of 100% bonus depreciation on the eligible assets acquired in the Closed Asset Exchange Transactions as well as the dispenser upgrades and rebranding costs at CrossAmerica’s Alabama sites.
  7. On October 24, 2019, the Board approved a quarterly distribution of $0.5250 per unit attributable to the third quarter of 2019. The distribution is payable on November 12, 2019 to all unitholders of record on November 5, 2019.
  8. The distribution coverage ratio is computed by dividing Distributable Cash Flow by the weighted-average diluted common units and then dividing that result by the distributions paid per limited partner unit.

                
The table below shows approximate adjustments to CrossAmerica’s Net income available to limited partners, EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Distributable Cash Flow and Distribution Coverage for the three and six months ended September 30, 2019 as if ASC 842 had not been applied (in thousands, except for per unit amounts).

  Three Months Ended September 30, 2019  Nine Months Ended September 30, 2019 
  As Reported  Adjustments  As Adjusted  As Reported  Adjustments  As Adjusted 
Net income available to limited partners $7,032  $452  $7,484  $13,419  $1,341  $14,760 
Interest expense  6,532   1,355   7,887   21,105   4,080   25,185 
Income tax benefit  (1,180)     (1,180)  (690)     (690)
Depreciation, amortization and accretion
  expense
  14,063      14,063   39,620      39,620 
EBITDA  26,447   1,807   28,254   73,454   5,421   78,875 
Equity funded expenses related to
  incentive compensation and the
  Amended Omnibus Agreement
  221      221   547      547 
Loss on dispositions and lease
  terminations, net
  1,745      1,745   2,173      2,173 
Acquisition-related costs  538      538   1,943      1,943 
Adjusted EBITDA  28,951   1,807   30,758   78,117   5,421   83,538 
Cash interest expense  (6,301)  (1,355)  (7,656)  (20,329)  (4,080)  (24,409)
Sustaining capital expenditures  (466)     (466)  (1,229)     (1,229)
Current income tax benefit  3,561      3,561   4,789      4,789 
Distributable Cash Flow $25,745  $452  $26,197  $61,348  $1,341  $62,689 
Weighted-average diluted common units  34,464   34,464   34,464   34,448   34,448   34,448 
Distributions paid per limited partner unit $0.5250  $0.5250  $0.5250  $1.5750  $1.5750  $1.5750 
Distribution Coverage Ratio 1.42x  0.02x  1.45x  1.13x  0.02x  1.16x 

The following table reconciles the segment Adjusted EBITDA to Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA (in thousands):

  Three Months Ended September 30,  Nine Months Ended September 30, 
  2019  2018  2019  2018 
Adjusted EBITDA - Wholesale segment $31,519  $30,022  $85,487  $86,373 
Adjusted EBITDA - Retail segment  523   2,065   2,430   5,312 
Adjusted EBITDA - Total segment $32,042  $32,087  $87,917  $91,685 
Reconciling items:                
Elimination of intersegment profit in ending
  inventory balance
  52   (71) 221   (234)
General and administrative expenses  (3,937)  (4,310)  (12,464)  (13,840)
Other income, net  168   104   352   287 
Equity funded expenses related to incentive
  compensation and the Amended Omnibus
  Agreement
  221   167   547   3,640 
Acquisition-related costs  538   735   1,943   2,709 
Net loss attributable to noncontrolling
  interests
           5 
IDR distributions  (133)  (133)  (399)  (1,446)
Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA $28,951  $28,579  $78,117  $82,806 

About CrossAmerica Partners LP

CrossAmerica Partners LP is a leading wholesale distributor of motor fuels and owner and lessee of real estate used in the retail distribution of motor fuels. Its general partner, CrossAmerica GP LLC, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. Formed in 2012, CrossAmerica Partners LP is a distributor of branded and unbranded petroleum for motor vehicles in the United States and distributes fuel to approximately 1,300 locations and owns or leases over 1,000 sites. With a geographic footprint covering 31 states, the Partnership has well-established relationships with several major oil brands, including ExxonMobil, BP, Shell, Chevron, Sunoco, Valero, Gulf, Citgo, Marathon and Phillips 66. CrossAmerica Partners LP ranks as one of ExxonMobil’s largest distributors by fuel volume in the United States and in the top 10 for additional brands. For additional information, please visit www.crossamericapartners.com.

Contact

Evan Smith, Chief Financial Officer, 210-742-8314

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Statements contained in this release that state the Partnership’s or management’s expectations or predictions of the future are forward-looking statements. The words “believe,” “expect,” “should,” “intends,” “estimates,” “target” 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 CrossAmerica’s Form 10-K or Forms 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and available on the CrossAmerica’s website at www.crossamericapartners.com. The Partnership undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any statements in this release, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Note to Non-United States Investors: This release is intended to be a qualified notice under Treasury Regulation Section 1.1446-4(b). Brokers and nominees should treat one hundred percent (100%) of CrossAmerica Partners LP’s distributions to non-U.S. investors as attributable to income that is effectively connected with a United States trade or business. Accordingly, CrossAmerica Partners LP’s distributions to non-U.S. investors are subject to federal income tax withholding at the highest applicable effective tax rate.

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