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TravelCenters of America Inc. Announces Second Quarter 2020 Financial Results

Fuel Gross Margin Increased 19.6% and Adjusted Fuel Gross Margin Increased 9.6% for the 2020 Second Quarter

Net Income Increased 78.3%, Adjusted EBITDA Increased 22.1% and Adjusted EBITDAR Increased 6.5% for the 2020 Second Quarter

Net Income Per Share of Common Stock Attributable to Common Stockholders of $0.26 and Adjusted Net Income Per Share of Common Stock Attributable to Common Stockholders of $0.59 for the 2020 Second Quarter

WESTLAKE, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--TravelCenters of America Inc. (Nasdaq: TA) today announced financial results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2020.


Jonathan M. Pertchik, TA's CEO, made the following statement regarding the 2020 second quarter results:

"Despite the challenges presented by a global pandemic and a corresponding shutdown of major portions of the U.S. economy for a large part of the 2020 second quarter, our newly constituted senior leadership team, together with our broader organization, generated increases of 78.3% in net income, 22.1% in adjusted EBITDA and 6.5% in adjusted EBITDAR over the prior year second quarter. Although nonfuel revenues decreased 14.8% during the second quarter, adjusted EBITDAR margin increased to 20.7% as compared to 17.2% last year. The improved year-over-year performance was a consequence of improved discipline in managing expenses, prompt furloughing of employees in response to reduced business as a result of COVID-19 and business management improvements. In addition, fuel gross margin increased by 19.6% and adjusted fuel gross margin increased by 9.6% versus prior year, driven by a favorable fuel purchasing environment, changes to our approach to pricing and the federal biodiesel blenders' tax credit.

"On a strategic front, in early July, we raised approximately $80.1 million of net proceeds in an equity offering intended primarily to fund deferred maintenance and other capital expenditures necessary to update property conditions and implement growth initiatives, as well as for working capital and for general corporate purposes. With this capital raise complete, our management team in place and our plan to transform the business in hand, we can focus our collective energy on executing through operational initiatives to improve TA’s performance and create long term value for our stockholders."

The following table summarizes TA's financial results for the 2020 and 2019 second quarters.

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

Three Months Ended
June 30,

2020

 

2019

Net income

$

2,156

 

 

$

1,209

 

Net income attributable to common stockholders

2,124

 

 

1,178

 

 

 

 

 

Net income per share of common stock attributable to common stockholders (basic and diluted)

$

0.26

 

 

$

0.15

 

The following table summarizes TA's non-GAAP financial measures for the 2020 and 2019 second quarters.

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

Three Months Ended
June 30,

2020

 

2019

Non-GAAP measures:(1)

 

 

 

Adjusted net income

$

4,977

 

 

$

1,209

 

Adjusted net income per share of common stock attributable to common stockholders (basic and diluted)

$

0.59

 

 

$

0.15

 

EBITDA

$

38,730

 

 

$

31,184

 

Adjusted EBITDA

38,083

 

 

31,184

 

Adjusted EBITDAR

101,162

 

 

94,954

 

Adjusted fuel gross margin and nonfuel revenues

489,755

 

 

552,904

 

Adjusted EBITDAR margin

20.7

%

 

17.2

%

(1)

Reconciliations from net income, net income per share of common stock attributable to common stockholders, fuel gross margin and nonfuel revenues, as applicable, the financial measures determined in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP, to the non-GAAP measures disclosed herein are included in the supplemental tables below.

Financial Results Commentary

All of TA's company operated locations are same site locations with the exception of one standalone restaurant. As a result, same site operating results are not presented as they would not provide materially different information from TA's consolidated results.

Fuel Sales Volume and Fuel Gross Margin. The following table presents details for TA's fuel sales for the 2020 and 2019 second quarters.

(in thousands, except per gallon amounts)

Three Months Ended
June 30,

 

 

2020

 

2019

 

Change

Fuel sales volume (gallons):

 

 

 

 

 

Diesel fuel

423,082

 

 

426,543

 

 

(0.8

)%

Gasoline

53,134

 

 

75,803

 

 

(29.9

)%

Total fuel sales volume

476,216

 

 

502,346

 

 

(5.2

)%

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fuel revenues

$

577,410

 

 

$

1,117,671

 

 

(48.3

)%

Fuel gross margin

91,900

 

 

76,822

 

 

19.6

%

Adjusted fuel gross margin(1)

84,185

 

 

76,822

 

 

9.6

%

Fuel gross margin per gallon

$

0.193

 

 

$

0.153

 

 

26.1

%

Adjusted fuel gross margin per gallon(1)

0.177

 

 

0.153

 

 

15.7

%

(1)

Reconciliations from fuel gross margin and fuel gross margin per gallon, as applicable, the financial measures determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP to the non-GAAP measures disclosed herein are included in the supplemental tables below.

Fuel sales volume for the 2020 second quarter decreased by 26.1 million gallons, or 5.2%, as compared to the 2019 second quarter due to a decrease in trucking activity and consumer travel as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, primarily during April and May of 2020.

Fuel revenues for the 2020 second quarter decreased by $540.3 million, or 48.3%, as compared to the 2019 second quarter. The decrease in fuel revenues was primarily due to a decrease in market prices for fuel and a decrease in fuel sales volume.

Fuel gross margin for the 2020 second quarter increased by $15.1 million, or 19.6%, as compared to the 2019 second quarter primarily as a result of a more favorable fuel purchasing environment and the $7.7 million benefit recognized in connection with the federal biodiesel blenders' tax credit in the 2020 second quarter partially offset by a decrease in fuel sales volume, primarily during April and May of 2020.

In December 2019, the U.S. government retroactively reinstated the federal biodiesel blenders' tax credit for 2018 and 2019, and approved the federal biodiesel blenders' tax credit through 2022. During the 2020 second quarter, TA recognized $7.7 million as a reduction to its fuel cost of goods sold relating to the federal biodiesel blenders' tax credit. For the remainder of 2020 through 2022, the benefit of the federal biodiesel blenders' tax credit will be included in the price TA pays for biodiesel.

Adjusted fuel gross margin for the 2020 second quarter increased by $7.4 million, or 9.6%, as compared to the 2019 second quarter primarily due to a more favorable fuel purchasing environment.

Nonfuel Revenues and Nonfuel Gross Margin. The following table presents details for TA's nonfuel revenues for the 2020 and 2019 second quarters.

(in thousands)

Three Months Ended
June 30,

 

 

2020

 

2019

 

Change

Nonfuel revenues:

 

 

 

 

 

Truck service

$

160,987

 

 

$

173,431

 

 

(7.2

)%

Store and retail services

158,240

 

 

170,056

 

 

(6.9

)%

Restaurant

61,492

 

 

108,756

 

 

(43.5

)%

Diesel exhaust fluid

24,851

 

 

23,839

 

 

4.2

%

Total nonfuel revenues

405,570

 

 

476,082

 

 

(14.8

)%

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nonfuel gross margin

$

242,619

 

 

$

288,584

 

 

(15.9

)%

Nonfuel gross margin percentage

59.8

%

 

60.6

%

 

(80

)pts

Nonfuel revenues for the 2020 second quarter decreased by $70.5 million, or 14.8%, as compared to the 2019 second quarter primarily as a result of a decrease in revenues at both TA's standalone restaurants and the restaurants in TA's travel centers due to the temporary closure or limitation of services at those locations, as well as a decrease in TA's truck service and store and retail services businesses in April and May 2020 due to a decrease in trucking activity and consumer travel, all of which were primarily the result of the COVID-19 pandemic. As governments began to lift stay in place orders, TA started to reopen its full service restaurants and in June 2020, TA recognized increases in its truck service and store and retail services revenues as compared to June 2019.

Nonfuel gross margin for the 2020 second quarter decreased by $46.0 million, or 15.9%, as compared to the 2019 second quarter primarily due to a decrease in nonfuel revenues as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Nonfuel gross margin percentage for the 2020 second quarter declined to 59.8% from 60.6% for the 2019 second quarter primarily due to a change in the mix of products and services sold and certain pricing and marketing initiatives.

Rent and Royalties from Franchisees. Rent and royalties from franchisees for the 2020 second quarter decreased by $0.5 million, or 13.5%, as compared to the 2019 second quarter primarily as a result of the closure of four franchised standalone restaurants, TA's purchase of one standalone restaurant from a former franchisee since the 2019 second quarter and the temporary closures of certain franchised standalone restaurants as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, partially offset by the 10 franchised travel centers and five franchised standalone restaurants that began operations after the 2019 second quarter.

Site Level Operating Expense. Site level operating expense for the 2020 second quarter decreased by $37.1 million, or 15.8%, as compared to the 2019 second quarter primarily due to the furloughing of approximately 4,300 field employees in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and a decrease in nonlabor costs such as maintenance, certain utilities and supplies. These decreases were partially offset by increased labor costs as a result of an increase in technician count in TA's truck service department to support an anticipated increase in sales and cash bonuses TA paid to certain employees who continued to work at its locations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Site level operating expense as a percentage of nonfuel revenues improved to 48.7% for the 2020 second quarter from 49.3% for the 2019 second quarter primarily due to a decrease in nonlabor costs such as maintenance, certain utilities and supplies.

Selling, General and Administrative Expense. Selling, general and administrative expense for the 2020 second quarter decreased by $1.6 million, or 4.0%, as compared to the 2019 second quarter. The decrease was primarily attributable to the elimination of approximately 130 positions as part of the Reorganization Plan, as defined below, during the 2020 second quarter, the furloughing of approximately 120 corporate employees in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and a reduction in travel related expenses and marketing expenses. These decreases were largely offset by $3.9 million of non-recurring costs associated with the Reorganization Plan.

Real Estate Rent Expense. Real estate rent expense for the 2020 second quarter decreased by $0.7 million, or 1.1%, as compared to the 2019 second quarter. The decrease was primarily the result of a decrease in percentage rent due to Service Properties Trust, or SVC, as a result of the decrease in TA's nonfuel revenues during the 2020 second quarter.

Depreciation and Amortization Expense. Depreciation and amortization expense for the 2020 second quarter increased by $5.0 million, or 21.7%, as compared to the 2019 second quarter. The increase was primarily the result of a $3.0 million goodwill impairment charge recognized with respect to TA's Quaker Steak & Lube, or QSL, business, the $0.8 million write off of intangible assets associated with three franchised standalone restaurants that closed during the 2020 second quarter and the $0.5 million write off of certain assets related to programs that were canceled.

Net Income. Net income for the 2020 second quarter increased by $0.9 million, or 78.3%, as compared to the 2019 second quarter. The increase in net income primarily resulted from the increase in site level gross margin in excess of site level operating expense and the decrease in selling, general and administrative expense and real estate rent expense, partially offset by an increase in depreciation and amortization expense.

EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA. EBITDA for the 2020 second quarter increased by $7.5 million, or 24.2%, as compared to the 2019 second quarter and adjusted EBITDA for the 2020 second quarter increased by $6.9 million, or 22.1%, as compared to the 2019 second quarter. These increases primarily resulted from the increase in fuel gross margin and the decreases in site level operating expense and selling, general and administrative expense.

Adjusted EBITDAR and Adjusted EBITDAR Margin. Adjusted EBITDAR for the 2020 second quarter increased by $6.2 million, or 6.5%, as compared to the 2019 second quarter and adjusted EBITDAR margin for the 2020 second quarter increased to 20.7% from 17.2% for the 2019 second quarter. These increases primarily resulted from the increase in fuel gross margin and the decrease in selling, general and administrative expense.

Growth Strategies

On April 30, 2020, TA committed to and initiated a reorganization plan, or the Reorganization Plan, to improve the efficiency of its operations. As part of the Reorganization Plan, TA reduced its headcount and eliminated certain positions, which TA expects to result in approximately $13.1 million of net annual savings in selling, general and administrative expense. In addition, TA has made certain changes in its leadership and their roles and created both a corporate development and a procurement team. On April 30, 2020, the Reorganization Plan was communicated to those employees impacted. The costs of the Reorganization Plan were $4.3 million, which are comprised primarily of severance, outplacement services, stock based compensation expense associated with the accelerated vesting of previously granted stock awards for certain employees and fees for recruitment of certain executive positions. During the 2020 second quarter, TA recognized $3.9 million of costs associated with the Reorganization Plan as selling, general and administrative expense in its consolidated statements of operations and comprehensive income (loss).

On October 28, 2019, TA entered into a multi unit franchise agreement with IHOP Franchisor LLC a subsidiary of IHOP®, or IHOP, in which TA agreed to rebrand and convert up to 94 of its full service restaurants to IHOP restaurants over five years. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, TA and IHOP have agreed to delay the rebranding schedule by one year. Of the 94, TA is obligated to convert the initial 20 full service restaurants to IHOP restaurants with the remaining conversions at its discretion. TA currently operates these full service restaurants under its Iron Skillet or Country Pride brand names. The average investment per site to rebrand these restaurants is expected to be approximately $1.1 million.

Since the beginning of 2019, TA has entered into franchise agreements for 21 travel centers to be operated under one of TA's travel center brand names; four of these franchised travel centers began operations during 2019, two began operations in the 2020 first quarter, five began operations in the 2020 second quarter, two began operations in the 2020 third quarter to date and TA anticipates the remaining eight franchised travel centers will be added to its network by the end of 2021. In addition, TA has entered into an agreement with one of these franchisees pursuant to which TA expects to add two additional franchised travel centers to its network, one within five years and the other within 10 years.

COVID-19

In March 2020, COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization, and the U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary declared a public health emergency in the United States in response to the outbreak. TA's business benefited from being recognized as a business that provides services to essential businesses by various governmental authorities, which has allowed TA to continue operating. The initial increased demand by businesses and households to stock up on certain products in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which resulted in increased trucking activity to transport those goods across the United States, began to decline in April 2020 and as a result, TA experienced a decrease in diesel fuel sales volume during the 2020 second quarter as compared to the 2019 second quarter. During the 2020 second quarter as compared to the 2019 second quarter, TA experienced an increase in fuel gross margin, as both diesel fuel and gasoline costs declined as a result of a more favorable fuel purchasing environment due to a reduction in demand and the benefit recognized in connection with the federal biodiesel blenders' tax credit. However, due to governmental stay in place orders, social distancing and other reductions in activity, demand for gasoline volume during 2020 second quarter declined sharply, resulting in reduced gasoline sales volume sold by TA during the 2020 second quarter as compared to the 2019 second quarter, and demand for certain of its nonfuel products and services has declined. As a result, TA temporarily closed most of its full service restaurants and limited product offerings at some of its restaurants and travel centers. As a result, TA experienced a decrease in nonfuel revenues for the 2020 second quarter as compared to the 2019 second quarter. As governments began to lift stay in place orders, TA recognized increases in its truck service and store and retail services revenues in June 2020 as compared to June 2019. Although TA began reopening some of its restaurants beginning in May 2020 as certain states began allowing restaurants to reopen, the recent increase in COVID-19 infections in several states has resulted in closing or re-closing certain of TA's restaurants.

Underwritten Public Equity Offering

On July 6, 2020, TA received net proceeds of $80.1 million, after $0.2 million of offering costs and $5.1 million of underwriting discounts and commissions, from the sale and issuance of 6.1 million shares of common stock in an underwritten public equity offering. TA intends to use the net proceeds from this offering to fund deferred maintenance and other capital expenditures necessary to enhance property conditions and implement growth initiatives, for working capital and for general corporate purposes.

Conference Call

On August 5, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time, TA will host a conference call to discuss its financial results and other activities for the three months ended June 30, 2020. Following management's remarks, there will be a question and answer period.

The conference call telephone number is 877-329-4614. Participants calling from outside the United States and Canada should dial 412-317-5437. No pass code is necessary to access the call from either number. Participants should dial in about 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start of the call. A replay of the conference call will be available for about a week after the call. To hear the replay, dial 412-317-0088. The replay pass code is 10145359.

A live audio webcast of the conference call will also be available in a listen only mode on TA's website at www.ta-petro.com. To access the webcast, participants should visit TA's website about five minutes before the call. The archived webcast will be available for replay on TA's website for about one week after the call. The transcription, recording and retransmission in any way of TA's second quarter conference call is strictly prohibited without the prior written consent of TA. The Company's website is not incorporated as part of this press release.

About TravelCenters of America Inc.

TA's nationwide business includes travel centers located in 44 U.S. states and in Canada, standalone truck service facilities located in three states and standalone restaurants located in 12 states. TA's travel centers operate under the "TravelCenters of America," "TA," "TA Express," "Petro Stopping Centers" and "Petro" brand names and offer diesel fuel and gasoline, restaurants, truck repair services, travel/convenience stores and other services designed to provide attractive and efficient travel experiences to professional drivers and other motorists. TA's standalone truck service facilities operate under the "TA Truck Service" brand name. TA's standalone restaurants operate principally under the "Quaker Steak & Lube" brand name.

TRAVELCENTERS OF AMERICA INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (UNAUDITED)

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

 

 

Three Months Ended
June 30,

 

Six Months Ended
June 30,

 

2020

 

2019

 

2020

 

2019

Revenues:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fuel

$

577,410

 

 

$

1,117,671

 

 

$

1,452,339

 

 

$

2,100,812

 

Nonfuel

405,570

 

 

476,082

 

 

830,577

 

 

916,956

 

Rent and royalties from franchisees

3,123

 

 

3,611

 

 

6,535

 

 

6,888

 

Total revenues

986,103

 

 

1,597,364

 

 

2,289,451

 

 

3,024,656

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost of goods sold (excluding depreciation):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fuel

485,510

 

 

1,040,849

 

 

1,278,484

 

 

1,949,243

 

Nonfuel

162,951

 

 

187,498

 

 

324,670

 

 

355,766

 

Total cost of goods sold

648,461

 

 

1,228,347

 

 

1,603,154

 

 

2,305,009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Site level operating expense

197,522

 

 

234,645

 

 

434,086

 

 

467,365

 

Selling, general and administrative expense

37,976

 

 

39,562

 

 

75,204

 

 

76,672

 

Real estate rent expense

63,079

 

 

63,770

 

 

126,667

 

 

130,183

 

Depreciation and amortization expense

28,254

 

 

23,213

 

 

56,814

 

 

47,972

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income (loss) from operations

10,811

 

 

7,827

 

 

(6,474

)

 

(2,545

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest expense, net

7,233

 

 

7,164

 

 

14,689

 

 

14,214

 

Other expense (income), net

335

 

 

(144

)

 

876

 

 

430

 

Income (loss) before income taxes

3,243

 

 

807

 

 

(22,039

)

 

(17,189

)

(Provision) benefit for income taxes

(1,087

)

 

402

 

 

5,654

 

 

5,669

 

Net income (loss)

2,156

 

 

1,209

 

 

(16,385

)

 

(11,520

)

Less: net income for noncontrolling interest

32

 

 

31

 

 

52

 

 

49

 

Net income (loss) attributable to

common stockholders

$

2,124

 

 

$

1,178

 

 

$

(16,437

)

 

$

(11,569

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income (loss) per share of common stock attributable to common stockholders:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic and diluted

$

0.26

 

 

$

0.15

 

 

$

(1.98

)

 

$

(1.43

)

These financial statements should be read in conjunction with TA's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2020, to be filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

TRAVELCENTERS OF AMERICA INC.
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
(in thousands, except per share amounts)

TA believes the non-GAAP financial measures presented in the tables below are meaningful supplemental disclosures. Management uses these measures in developing internal budgets and forecasts and analyzing TA's performance and believes that they may help investors gain a better understanding of changes in TA's operating results and its ability to pay rent or service debt when due, make capital expenditures and expand its business. These non-GAAP financial measures also may help investors to make comparisons between TA and other companies and to make comparisons of TA's financial and operating results between periods.

The non-GAAP financial measures TA presents should not be considered as alternatives to net income (loss) attributable to common stockholders, net income (loss), income (loss) from operations or net income (loss) per share of common stock attributable to common stockholders as an indicator of TA's operating performance or as a measure of TA's liquidity. Also, the non-GAAP financial measures TA presents may not be comparable to similarly titled amounts calculated by other companies.

TA believes that adjusted net income (loss), adjusted net income (loss) per share of common stock attributable to common stockholders, EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted fuel gross margin and adjusted fuel gross margin per gallon are meaningful disclosures that may help investors to better understand TA's financial performance by providing financial information that represents the operating results of TA's operations without the effects of items that do not result directly from TA's normal recurring operations and may allow investors to better compare TA's performance between periods and to the performance of other companies.


Contacts

Kristin Brown, Director of Investor Relations
(617) 796-8251
www.ta-petro.com


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