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Alon USA Energy, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2014 Results

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Schedules conference call for March 6, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. Eastern

DALLAS, March 5, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Alon USA Energy, Inc. (NYSE: ALJ) ("Alon") today announced results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2014. Net income available to stockholders for the fourth quarter of 2014 was $6.7 million, or $0.10 per share, compared to net loss available to stockholders of $(14.0) million, or $(0.21) per share, for the same period last year. Excluding special items, Alon recorded net loss available to stockholders of $(0.2) million, or $0.00 per share, for the fourth quarter of 2014, compared to net loss available to stockholders of $(8.0) million, or $(0.12) per share, for the same period last year.

Net income available to stockholders for the full year 2014 was $38.5 million, or $0.56 per share, compared to net income available to stockholders of $23.0 million, or $0.33 per share, for 2013. Excluding special items, Alon recorded net income available to stockholders of $38.1 million, or $0.55 per share, for the full year 2014, compared to net income available to stockholders of $34.5 million, or $0.51 per share, for 2013.

Paul Eisman, CEO and President, commented, "We are pleased with our accomplishments during 2014. We achieved the second highest annual adjusted EBITDA in our company's history, in spite of the major turnaround at the Big Spring refinery in the second quarter of 2014. We increased our regular dividend by 67% from $0.24 to $0.40 per annum and paid a special dividend of $0.21 per share. Furthermore, we invested in growth projects across our assets, the largest of which was the vacuum tower project at the Big Spring refinery. In addition to these accomplishments, we were also able to reduce debt net of cash by approximately $40 million.

"The Big Spring refinery ran well during the quarter, achieving record quarterly total throughput of 77,000 barrels per day and liquid recovery of approximately 101%. The fourth quarter throughput surpassed the previous record throughput set in the third quarter as we continue to benefit from investments made during the turnaround completed earlier in the year. However, our fourth quarter refining results were negatively impacted by a decline in crude spreads and seasonal weakness in crack spreads. Despite the volatility in petroleum markets during the fourth quarter, the Big Spring refinery was able to generate strong results, once again highlighting the refinery's operating capabilities and competitive advantages. The solid operational performance drove strong margin capture, as the refinery operating margin of $15.12 per barrel exceeded the Gulf Coast 3/2/1 crack spread adjusted for Midland crude discounts. The efficiency of our operations was also demonstrated by Big Spring's low direct operating expense of only $3.67 per barrel.

"The Krotz Springs refinery achieved record total throughput and operating results in 2014. We accomplished this despite lower throughput in the fourth quarter resulting from some unplanned maintenance at the refinery. Similar to the Big Spring refinery, the Krotz Springs refinery's fourth quarter results were also negatively impacted by a decline in crude spreads and seasonal weakness in crack spreads. We continue to believe that Krotz Springs is well positioned to take advantage of growing inventories of light crude oil on the Gulf Coast.

"Looking ahead to the first quarter of 2015, Gulf Coast crack spreads and crude differentials have improved relative to the fourth quarter of 2014. We expect total throughput at the Big Spring refinery to average approximately 71,000 barrels per day for the first quarter and 72,000 barrels per day for the full year of 2015. We expect total throughput at the Krotz Springs refinery to average approximately 71,000 barrels per day for the first quarter and 69,000 barrels per day for the full year of 2015 due to the turnaround scheduled in the fourth quarter of 2015.

"In California, we are progressing with the engineering and project development for our Bakersfield rail facility and the potential revamp and restart of the Bakersfield refinery. Commercial discussions are ongoing, and we now expect the rail facility to start up in 2016.

"In the fourth quarter, the retail segment achieved record fuel sales volumes with good margins. At the same time, we also saw record merchandise sales with improved margins. All of this resulted in record operating income for the quarter and the year."

FOURTH QUARTER 2014

Special items increased earnings by $6.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2014 primarily as a result of after-tax unrealized gains of $9.0 million associated with commodity swaps, partially offset by after-tax environmental charges of $1.6 million, after-tax losses of $0.1 million associated with write-offs of unamortized debt issuance costs and $0.3 million associated with after-tax losses recognized on disposition of assets. Special items reduced earnings by $6.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2013 primarily as a result of after-tax losses of $6.5 million associated with a prepayment premium and write-offs of unamortized original issuance discount and debt issuance costs recognized for the prepayment of a portion of the Alon Refining Krotz Springs senior secured notes, partially offset by $0.5 million associated with after-tax gains recognized on disposition of assets.

The combined total refinery average throughput for the fourth quarter of 2014 was 143,252 barrels per day ("bpd"), compared to a combined total refinery average throughput of 145,922 bpd for the fourth quarter of 2013. The Big Spring refinery average throughput for the fourth quarter of 2014 was 76,867 bpd, compared to 73,613 bpd for the fourth quarter of 2013. The increased throughput at the Big Spring refinery was due to the completion of both the major turnaround and the vacuum tower project during the second quarter of 2014, which increased crude oil throughput to 73,000 bpd from 70,000 bpd and increased diesel production by 3,000 bpd. The Krotz Springs refinery average throughput for the fourth quarter of 2014 was 66,385 bpd, compared to 72,309 bpd for the fourth quarter of 2013. The decreased throughput at the Krotz Springs refinery was due to unplanned maintenance during the fourth quarter of 2014.

Refinery operating margin at the Big Spring refinery was $15.12 per barrel for the fourth quarter of 2014 compared to $9.96 per barrel for the same period in 2013. This increase in operating margin was primarily due to a widening of both the WTI Cushing to WTS spread and the WTI Cushing to WTI Midland spread, partially offset by a lower Gulf Coast 3/2/1 crack spread.

Refinery operating margin at the Krotz Springs refinery was $4.04 per barrel for the fourth quarter of 2014 compared to $8.72 per barrel for the same period in 2013. This decrease in operating margin was primarily due to a lower Gulf Coast 2/1/1 high sulfur diesel crack spread, partially offset by a widening of both the LLS to WTI Cushing spread and the WTI Cushing to WTI Midland spread. The Krotz Springs refinery operating margin during the fourth quarter of 2014 was also impacted by RINs costs of $4.8 million, or $0.79 per barrel of throughput. The Krotz Springs refinery received an exemption from the renewable fuel standards requirements for 2013 and as a result did not record costs associated with RINs.

The average Gulf Coast 3/2/1 crack spread was $9.04 per barrel for the fourth quarter of 2014 compared to $13.05 per barrel for the fourth quarter of 2013, which was primarily influenced by a reduction in the Brent to WTI Cushing spread. The average Brent to WTI Cushing spread for the fourth quarter of 2014 was $3.70 per barrel compared to $9.89 per barrel for the same period in 2013. The average Gulf Coast 2/1/1 high sulfur diesel crack spread was $4.80 per barrel for the fourth quarter of 2014 compared to $12.61 per barrel for the fourth quarter of 2013, which was primarily influenced by a reduction in the Brent to LLS spread. The average Brent to LLS spread for the fourth quarter of 2014 was $0.54 per barrel compared to $7.31 per barrel for the fourth quarter of 2013.

The average WTI Cushing to WTS spread for the fourth quarter of 2014 was $4.43 per barrel compared to $3.14 per barrel for the same period in 2013. The average WTI Cushing to WTI Midland spread for the fourth quarter of 2014 was $5.79 per barrel compared to $2.32 per barrel for the same period in 2013. The average LLS to WTI Cushing spread for the fourth quarter of 2014 was $3.16 per barrel compared to $2.58 per barrel for the same period in 2013.

Asphalt margins for the fourth quarter of 2014 were $33.53 per ton compared to $65.83 per ton for the fourth quarter of 2013. On a cash basis (i.e. excluding inventory effects), asphalt margins in the fourth quarter of 2014 were $36.51 per ton compared to $45.11 per ton in the fourth quarter of 2013. This decrease was primarily due to higher costs of asphalt purchased during the fourth quarter of 2014 compared to the fourth quarter of 2013.

Retail fuel sales volume increased 5.3% to 49.7 million gallons in the fourth quarter of 2014 from 47.2 million gallons in the fourth quarter of 2013.

YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2014

Special items increased earnings by $0.4 million for 2014 primarily as a result of after-tax unrealized gains of $2.8 million associated with commodity swaps and $0.2 million associated with after-tax gains recognized on disposition of assets, partially offset by after-tax environmental charges of $2.0 million and after-tax losses of $0.7 million associated with write-offs of unamortized original issuance discount and debt issuance costs. Special items reduced earnings by $11.5 million for 2013 which included after-tax costs for an unplanned reformer shutdown and repair of $11.6 million, after-tax losses of $6.5 million associated with a prepayment premium and write-offs of unamortized original issuance discount and debt issuance costs recognized for the prepayment of a portion of the Alon Refining Krotz Springs senior secured notes, partially offset by $6.7 million associated with after-tax gains recognized on disposition of assets.

Combined refinery average throughput for 2014 was 136,378 bpd, compared to a combined refinery average throughput of 131,808 bpd in 2013. During the second quarter of 2014, we completed the major turnaround at the Big Spring refinery, including the vacuum tower project, which increased crude oil throughput to 73,000 bpd from 70,000 bpd and increased diesel production by 3,000 bpd. However, despite the reduced throughput experienced during the second quarter of 39,000 bpd, our Big Spring refinery average throughput was 66,033 bpd for 2014 compared to 67,103 bpd for 2013. The Krotz Springs refinery average throughput for 2014 was 70,345 bpd compared to 64,705 bpd for 2013. Refinery throughput at the Krotz Springs refinery was lower for 2013 due to the unplanned shut down and repair of the reformer unit for approximately one month.

Refinery operating margin at the Big Spring refinery was $16.69 per barrel for 2014 compared to $14.59 per barrel for 2013. This increase in operating margin was primarily due to a widening of both the WTI Cushing to WTS spread and the WTI Cushing to WTI Midland spread, partially offset by a lower Gulf Coast 3/2/1 crack spread.

Refinery operating margin at the Krotz Springs refinery was $7.57 per barrel for 2014 compared to $6.16 per barrel for 2013. This increase in operating margin was primarily due to a higher Gulf Coast 2/1/1 high sulfur diesel crack spread and a widening WTI Cushing to WTI Midland spread, partially offset by a narrowing LLS to WTI Cushing spread. In 2014, the refinery operating margin was negatively impacted by RINs costs of $21.4 million, or $0.83 per barrel of throughput. The Krotz Springs refinery received an exemption from the renewable fuel standards requirements for 2013 and as a result did not record costs associated with RINs.

The average Gulf Coast 3/2/1 crack spread for 2014 was $14.52 per barrel compared to $19.16 per barrel for 2013, which was primarily influenced by a reduction in the Brent to WTI Cushing spread. The average Brent to WTI Cushing spread for 2014 was $7.30 per barrel compared to $12.41 per barrel for the same period in 2013. The average Gulf Coast 2/1/1 high sulfur diesel crack spread for 2014 was $9.76 per barrel compared to $7.89 per barrel for 2013, which was primarily influenced by an increase in the Brent to LLS spread. The average Brent to LLS spread for 2014 was $3.45 per barrel compared to $1.35 per barrel for 2013.

The average WTI Cushing to WTS spread for 2014 was $6.04 per barrel compared to $3.72 per barrel for 2013. The average WTI Cushing to WTI Midland spread for 2014 was $6.93 per barrel compared to $2.59 per barrel for 2013. The average LLS to WTI Cushing spread for 2014 was $3.85 per barrel compared to $11.06 per barrel for 2013.

Asphalt margins for 2014 were $43.86 per ton compared to $68.67 per ton in 2013. On a cash basis (i.e. excluding inventory effects), asphalt margins in 2014 were $41.31 per ton compared to $62.81 per ton in 2013. This decrease was primarily due to higher costs of asphalt purchased during 2014.

Retail fuel sales volume increased 2.2% to 192.6 million gallons in 2014 from 188.5 million gallons in 2013.

CONFERENCE CALL

Alon has scheduled a conference call for Friday, March 6, 2015, at 11:30 a.m. Eastern Time (10:30 a.m. Central Time), to discuss the fourth quarter 2014 results. To access the call, please dial 877-407-0672, or 412-902-0003 for international callers, at least 10 minutes prior to the start time and ask for the Alon USA Energy call. Investors may also listen to the conference live on the Alon investor relations website, http://ir.alonusa.com. A telephonic replay of the conference call will be available through March 20, 2015, and may be accessed by calling 877-660-6853, or 201-612-7415 for international callers, and using the passcode 13599647#. The archived webcast will also be available at http://ir.alonusa.com shortly after the call and will be accessible for approximately 90 days. For more information, please contact Donna Washburn at Dennard - Lascar Associates at 713-529-6600 or email dwashburn@dennardlascar.com.

Alon USA Energy, Inc., headquartered in Dallas, Texas, is an independent refiner and marketer of petroleum products, operating primarily in the South Central, Southwestern and Western regions of the United States. Alon owns 100% of the general partner and approximately 82% of the limited partner interests in Alon USA Partners, LP (NYSE: ALDW), which owns a crude oil refinery in Big Spring, Texas, with a crude oil throughput capacity of 73,000 barrels per day. In addition, Alon directly owns crude oil refineries in Krotz Springs, Louisiana, with a crude oil throughput capacity of 74,000 barrels per day and in California with a crude oil throughput capacity of 70,000 barrels per day. Alon is a leading marketer of asphalt, which it distributes primarily through asphalt terminals located predominately in the Southwestern and Western United States. Alon is the largest 7-Eleven licensee in the United States and operates approximately 300 convenience stores in Central and West Texas and New Mexico.

Any statements in this press release that are not statements of historical fact are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements reflect our current expectations regarding future events, results or outcomes. These expectations may or may not be realized. Some of these expectations may be based upon assumptions or judgments that prove to be incorrect. In addition, our business and operations involve numerous risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control, which could result in our expectations not being realized or otherwise materially affect our financial condition, results of operations and cash flows. Additional information regarding these and other risks is contained in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of offers to buy any security and shall not constitute an offer, solicitation or sale of any security in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.

Contacts:

Stacey Hudson, Investor Relations Manager

Alon USA Energy, Inc.

972-367-3808




Investors: Jack Lascar/Stephanie Smith

Dennard - Lascar Associates, LLC

713-529-6600

Media: Blake Lewis

Lewis Public Relations

214-635-3020

Ruth Sheetrit

SMG Public Relations

011-972-547-555551



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ALON USA ENERGY, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES CONSOLIDATED

EARNINGS RELEASE



RESULTS OF OPERATIONS - FINANCIAL DATA

(ALL INFORMATION IN THIS PRESS RELEASE EXCEPT FOR BALANCE SHEET DATA AS OF DECEMBER 31, 2013, AND INCOME STATEMENT DATA FOR THE YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2013, IS UNAUDITED)

For the Three Months Ended


For the Year Ended


December 31,


December 31,


2014


2013


2014


2013


(dollars in thousands, except per share data)

STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS DATA:


Net sales (1)

$

1,503,231


$

1,825,754


$

6,779,456


$

7,046,381

Operating costs and expenses:








Cost of sales

1,307,198


1,659,799


6,002,270


6,325,088

Direct operating expenses

73,022


70,049


281,686


287,752

Selling, general and administrative expenses (2)

40,303


43,106


170,139


168,172

Depreciation and amortization (3)

32,562


32,545


124,063


125,494

Total operating costs and expenses

1,453,085


1,805,499


6,578,158


6,906,506

Gain (loss) on disposition of assets

(471)


712


274


9,558

Operating income

49,675


20,967


201,572


149,433

Interest expense (4)

(25,670)


(30,878)


(111,143)


(94,694)

Equity earnings (losses) of investees

(1,123)


154


1,678


5,309

Other income (loss), net

33


(2)


674


218

Income (loss) before income tax expense

22,915


(9,759)


92,781


60,266

Income tax expense

8,459


2,534


22,913


12,151

Net income (loss)

14,456


(12,293)


69,868


48,115

Net income attributable to non-controlling interest

7,749


1,692


31,411


25,129

Net income (loss) available to stockholders

$

6,707


$

(13,985)


$

38,457


$

22,986

Earnings (loss) per share, basic

$

0.10


$

(0.21)


$

0.56


$

0.33

Weighted average shares outstanding, basic (in thousands)

69,319


66,681


68,985


63,538

Earnings (loss) per share, diluted

$

0.10


$

(0.21)


$

0.55


$

0.32

Weighted average shares outstanding, diluted (in thousands)

69,842


66,681


69,373


64,852

Cash dividends per share

$

0.31


$

0.06


$

0.53


$

0.38

CASH FLOW DATA:








Net cash provided by (used in):








Operating activities

$

49,074


$

52,572


$

193,658


$

162,233

Investing activities

(24,242)


(21,251)


(108,995)


(51,441)

Financing activities

(3,439)


(97,996)


(94,201)


(2,589)

OTHER DATA:








Adjusted net income (loss) available to stockholders (5)

$

(219)


$

(8,007)


$

38,100


$

34,473

Adjusted earnings (loss) per share (5)

$


$

(0.12)


$

0.55


$

0.51

Adjusted EBITDA (6)

$

67,066


$

52,952


$

323,935


$

270,896

Capital expenditures (7)

14,633


20,202


88,429


68,513

Capital expenditures for turnarounds and catalysts

11,081


1,774


62,473


8,617





As of December 31,


2014


2013

BALANCE SHEET DATA (end of period):

(dollars in thousands)

Cash and cash equivalents

$

214,961


$

224,499

Inventories

122,803


128,770

Replacement cost (market value) of LIFO inventories in excess of LIFO carrying amounts

8,341


61,199

Working capital

126,665


60,863

Total assets

2,200,874


2,245,140

Total debt

563,687


612,248

Total debt less cash and cash equivalents

348,726


387,749

Total equity

673,778


625,404




REFINING AND MARKETING SEGMENT


For the Three Months Ended


For the Year Ended


December 31,


December 31,


2014


2013


2014


2013


(dollars in thousands, except per barrel data and pricing statistics)

STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS DATA:








Net sales (8)

$

1,294,459


$

1,621,692


$

5,937,982


$

6,090,688

Operating costs and expenses:








Cost of sales

1,142,721


1,500,386


5,329,605


5,561,825

Direct operating expenses

63,471


59,771


241,833


244,759

Selling, general and administrative expenses

11,367


13,916


56,004


52,846

Depreciation and amortization

27,089


26,730


104,676


105,597

Total operating costs and expenses

1,244,648


1,600,803


5,732,118


5,965,027

Gain (loss) on disposition of assets

1


(4)


(1,255)


7,359

Operating income

$

49,812


$

20,885


$

204,609


$

133,020

KEY OPERATING STATISTICS:








Per barrel of throughput:








Refinery operating margin – Big Spring (9)

$

15.12


$

9.96


$

16.69


$

14.59

Refinery operating margin – Krotz Springs (9)

4.04


8.72


7.57


6.16

Refinery direct operating expense – Big Spring (10)

3.67


3.98


4.39


4.53

Refinery direct operating expense – Krotz Springs (10)

4.46


3.56


4.12


4.09

Capital expenditures

$

7,825


$

10,122


$

63,148


$

40,272

Capital expenditures for turnarounds and catalysts

11,081


1,774


62,473


8,617

PRICING STATISTICS:








Crack spreads (3/2/1) (per barrel):








Gulf Coast (11)

$

9.04


$

13.05


$

14.52


$

19.16

Crack spreads (2/1/1) (per barrel):








Gulf Coast high sulfur diesel (11)

$

4.80


$

12.61


$

9.76


$

7.89

WTI Cushing crude oil (per barrel)

$

73.37


$

97.47


$

93.10


$

97.97

Crude oil differentials (per barrel):








WTI Cushing less WTI Midland (12)

$

5.79


$

2.32


$

6.93


$

2.59

WTI Cushing less WTS (12)

4.43


3.14


6.04


3.72

LLS less WTI Cushing (12)

3.16


2.58


3.85


11.06

Brent less LLS (12)

0.54


7.31


3.45


1.35

Brent less WTI Cushing (12)

3.70


9.89


7.30


12.41

Product prices (dollars per gallon):








Gulf Coast unleaded gasoline

$

1.85


$

2.49


$

2.49


$

2.70

Gulf Coast ultra-low sulfur diesel

2.20


2.92


2.71


2.97

Gulf Coast high sulfur diesel

2.03


2.88


2.59


2.87

Natural gas (per MMBtu)

3.83


3.85


4.26


3.73




THROUGHPUT AND PRODUCTION DATA:

BIG SPRING REFINERY

For the Three Months Ended

December 31,


For the Year Ended

December 31,



2014


2013


2014


2013


bpd


%


bpd


%


bpd


%


bpd


%

Refinery throughput:
















WTS crude

35,663


46.4


39,775


54.0


30,323


45.9


43,705


65.1

WTI crude

35,691


46.4


28,690


39.0


32,429


49.1


20,706


30.9

Blendstocks

5,513


7.2


5,148


7.0


3,281


5.0


2,692


4.0

Total refinery throughput (13)

76,867


100.0


73,613


100.0


66,033


100.0


67,103


100.0

Refinery production:
















Gasoline

41,015


53.0


39,170


53.0


32,932


49.7


33,736


50.4

Diesel/jet

27,074


34.9


24,529


33.3


23,252


35.1


22,404


33.5

Asphalt

2,749


3.5


3,391


4.6


2,716


4.1


3,640


5.4

Petrochemicals

4,476


5.8


4,651


6.3


3,756


5.7


4,152


6.2

Other

2,185


2.8


2,029


2.8


3,565


5.4


3,033


4.5

Total refinery production (14)

77,499


100.0


73,770


100.0


66,221


100.0


66,965


100.0

Refinery utilization (15)



97.7%




97.8%




97.2%




94.9%




THROUGHPUT AND PRODUCTION DATA:

KROTZ SPRINGS REFINERY

For the Three Months Ended

December 31,


For the Year Ended

December 31,



2014


2013


2014


2013


bpd


%


bpd


%


bpd


%


bpd


%

Refinery throughput:
















WTI crude

28,454


42.9


29,292


40.5


28,373


40.3


29,580


45.7

Gulf Coast sweet crude

32,208


48.5


40,438


55.9


39,636


56.4


33,233


51.4

Blendstocks

5,723


8.6


2,579


3.6


2,336


3.3


1,892


2.9

Total refinery throughput (13)

66,385


100.0


72,309


100.0


70,345


100.0


64,705


100.0

Refinery production:
















Gasoline

31,336


46.5


35,574


48.4


32,925


45.9


29,432


44.6

Diesel/jet

26,402


39.2


29,820


40.5


30,060


41.9


26,508


40.2

Heavy Oils

1,199


1.8


1,118


1.5


1,146


1.6


1,175


1.8

Other

8,441


12.5


7,083


9.6


7,579


10.6


8,857


13.4

Total refinery production (14)

67,378


100.0


73,595


100.0


71,710


100.0


65,972


100.0

Refinery utilization (15)



82.0%




94.2%




91.9%




85.9%

















ASPHALT SEGMENT









For the Three Months Ended


For the Year Ended


December 31,


December 31,


2014


2013


2014


2013


(dollars in thousands, except per ton data)

STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS DATA:








Net sales (16)

$

106,572


$

119,157


$

457,412


$

612,443

Operating costs and expenses:








Cost of sales (16) (17)

102,280


107,505


431,931


558,263

Direct operating expenses

9,551


10,278


39,853


42,993

Selling, general and administrative expenses

1,499


3,116


7,874


8,886

Depreciation and amortization

1,166


1,698


4,747


6,398

Total operating costs and expenses

114,496


122,597


484,405


616,540

Gain (loss) on disposition of assets

(482)



1,396


Operating loss

$

(8,406)


$

(3,440)


$

(25,597)


$

(4,097)

KEY OPERATING STATISTICS:








Blended asphalt sales volume (tons in thousands) (18)

104


144


516


701

Non-blended asphalt sales volume (tons in thousands) (19)

24


33


65


88

Blended asphalt sales price per ton (18)

$

571.30


$

561.34


$

571.18


$

573.87

Non-blended asphalt sales price per ton (19)

406.17


359.58


397.91


372.00

Asphalt margin per ton (20)

33.53


65.83


43.86


68.67

Capital expenditures

$

1,505


$

3,478


$

5,777


$

9,425













RETAIL SEGMENT



For the Three Months Ended


For the Year Ended


December 31,


December 31,


2014


2013


2014


2013


(dollars in thousands, except per gallon data)

STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS DATA:








Net sales (1)

$

216,657


$

223,567


$

939,684


$

944,193

Operating costs and expenses:








Cost of sales (17)

176,654


190,570


796,356


805,943

Selling, general and administrative expenses

27,260


25,897


105,556


105,719

Depreciation and amortization

3,697


3,466


12,241


10,826

Total operating costs and expenses

207,611


219,933


914,153


922,488

Gain on disposition of assets

10


716


134


2,199

Operating income

$

9,056


$

4,350


$

25,665


$

23,904

KEY OPERATING STATISTICS:








Number of stores (end of period) (21)

295


297


295


297

Retail fuel sales (thousands of gallons)

49,732


47,234


192,582


188,493

Retail fuel sales (thousands of gallons per site per month) (21)

59


55


57


55

Retail fuel margin (cents per gallon) (22)

27.6


18.2


21.6


19.3

Retail fuel sales price (dollars per gallon) (23)

$

2.73


$

3.12


$

3.20


$

3.33

Merchandise sales

$

80,951


$

76,242


$

322,262


$

316,432

Merchandise sales (per site per month) (21)

$

91


$

86


$

91


$

89

Merchandise margin (24)

32.3%


31.9%


31.4%


32.1%

Capital expenditures

$

4,654


$

6,389


$

16,748


$

17,935





(1)

Includes excise taxes on sales by the retail segment of $19,486 and $18,454 for the three months ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively, and $75,409 and $73,597 for the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively.



(2)

Includes corporate headquarters selling, general and administrative expenses of $177 and $177 for the three months ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively, and $705 and $721 for the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively, which are not allocated to our three operating segments.



(3)

Includes corporate depreciation and amortization of $610 and $651 for the three months ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively, and $2,399 and $2,673 for the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively, which are not allocated to our three operating segments.



(4)

Interest expense for the year ended December 31, 2013 includes $8,467 for a prepayment premium and write-offs of unamortized original issuance discount and debt issuance costs recognized for prepayment of a portion of the Alon Refining Krotz Springs senior secured notes.



(5)

The following table provides a reconciliation of net income (loss) available to stockholders under United States generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") to adjusted net income (loss) available to stockholders utilized in determining adjusted earnings (loss) per share, excluding the after-tax loss on write-off of unamortized debt issuance costs, after-tax loss on write-off of unamortized original issuance discount, after-tax loss on debt prepayment premium, after-tax costs associated with the unplanned reformer shutdown and repair, after-tax environmental charges, after-tax unrealized gains on commodity swaps and after-tax (gain) loss on disposition of assets. Our management believes that the presentation of adjusted net income (loss) available to stockholders and adjusted earnings (loss) per share, excluding these items, is useful to investors because it provides a more meaningful measurement for evaluation of our Company's operating results.





For the Three Months Ended


For the Year Ended



December 31,


December 31,



2014


2013


2014


2013



(dollars in thousands)


Net income (loss) available to stockholders

$

6,707


$

(13,985)


$

38,457


$

22,986


Plus: Write-off of debt issuance costs, net of tax

123


1,442


411


1,442


Plus: Write-off of original issuance discount, net of tax


1,442


265


1,442


Plus: Debt prepayment premium, net of tax


3,643



3,643


Plus: Costs associated with the unplanned reformer shutdown and repair, net of tax




11,643


Plus: Environmental charges, net of tax

1,634



1,950



Less: Unrealized gains on commodity swaps, net of tax

(8,973)



(2,781)



Less: (Gain) loss on disposition of assets, net of tax

290


(549)


(202)


(6,683)


Adjusted net income (loss) available to stockholders

$

(219)


$

(8,007)


$

38,100


$

34,473


Adjusted earnings (loss) per share *

$


$

(0.12)


$

0.55


$

0.51



*

Adjusted earnings (loss) per share includes the effects of dividends on preferred stock on adjusted net income (loss) available to stockholders necessary to calculate earnings (loss) per share.




(6)

Adjusted EBITDA represents earnings before net income attributable to non-controlling interest, income tax expense, interest expense, depreciation and amortization, gain (loss) on disposition of assets and unrealized gains on commodity swaps. Adjusted EBITDA is not a recognized measurement under GAAP; however, the amounts included in Adjusted EBITDA are derived from amounts included in our consolidated financial statements. Our management believes that the presentation of Adjusted EBITDA is useful to investors because it is frequently used by securities analysts, investors, and other interested parties in the evaluation of companies in our industry. In addition, our management believes that Adjusted EBITDA is useful in evaluating our operating performance compared to that of other companies in our industry because the calculation of Adjusted EBITDA generally eliminates the effects of net income attributable to non-controlling interest, income tax expense, interest expense, gain (loss) on disposition of assets, unrealized gains on commodity swaps and the accounting effects of capital expenditures and acquisitions, items that may vary for different companies for reasons unrelated to overall operating performance.




Adjusted EBITDA has limitations as an analytical tool, and you should not consider it in isolation, or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP. Some of these limitations are:




  • Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect our cash expenditures or future requirements for capital expenditures or contractual commitments;
  • Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect the interest expense or the cash requirements necessary to service interest or principal payments on our debt;
  • Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect the prior claim that non-controlling interest have on the income generated by non-wholly-owned subsidiaries;
  • Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect changes in or cash requirements for our working capital needs; and
  • Our calculation of Adjusted EBITDA may differ from EBITDA calculations of other companies in our industry, limiting its usefulness as a comparative measure.

Because of these limitations, Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered a measure of discretionary cash available to us to invest in the growth of our business. We compensate for these limitations by relying primarily on our GAAP results and using Adjusted EBITDA only supplementally.





The following table reconciles net income (loss) available to stockholders to Adjusted EBITDA for the three months and years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013:







For the Three Months Ended


For the Year Ended



December 31,


December 31,



2014


2013


2014


2013



(dollars in thousands)


Net income (loss) available to stockholders

$

6,707


$

(13,985)


$

38,457


$

22,986


Net income attributable to non-controlling interest

7,749


1,692


31,411


25,129


Income tax expense

8,459


2,534


22,913


12,151


Interest expense

25,670


30,878


111,143


94,694


Depreciation and amortization

32,562


32,545


124,063


125,494


(Gain) loss on disposition of assets

471


(712)


(274)


(9,558)


Unrealized gains on commodity swaps

(14,552)



(3,778)



Adjusted EBITDA

$

67,066


$

52,952


$

323,935


$

270,896





(7)

Includes corporate capital expenditures of $649 and $213 for the three months ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively, and $2,756 and $881 for the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively, which are not allocated to our three operating segments.



(8)

Net sales include intersegment sales to our asphalt and retail segments at prices which approximate wholesale market prices. These intersegment sales are eliminated through consolidation of our financial statements.



(9)

Refinery operating margin is a per barrel measurement calculated by dividing the margin between net sales and cost of sales (exclusive of substantial hedge positions) attributable to each refinery by its throughput volumes. Industry-wide refining results are driven and measured by the margins between refined product prices and the prices for crude oil, which are referred to as crack spreads. We compare our refinery operating margins to these crack spreads to assess our operating performance relative to other participants in our industry.




The refinery operating margin for the three months and year ended December 31, 2014 excludes gains on commodity swaps of $14,552 and $4,660, respectively.




The refinery operating margin for the three months and year ended December 31, 2013 excludes gains on commodity swaps of $2,567 and $23,900, respectively.



(10)

Refinery direct operating expense is a per barrel measurement calculated by dividing direct operating expenses at our refineries by the applicable refinery's total throughput volumes.



(11)

We compare our Big Spring refinery's operating margin to the Gulf Coast 3/2/1 crack spread. A Gulf Coast 3/2/1 crack spread is calculated assuming that three barrels of WTI Cushing crude oil are converted, or cracked, into two barrels of Gulf Coast conventional gasoline and one barrel of Gulf Coast ultra-low sulfur diesel.




We compare our Krotz Springs refinery's operating margin to the Gulf Coast 2/1/1 high sulfur diesel crack spread. A Gulf Coast 2/1/1 high sulfur diesel crack spread is calculated assuming that two barrels of LLS crude oil are converted into one barrel of Gulf Coast conventional gasoline and one barrel of Gulf Coast high sulfur diesel.



(12)

The WTI Cushing less WTI Midland spread represents the differential between the average price per barrel of WTI Cushing crude oil and the average price per barrel of WTI Midland crude oil. The WTI Cushing less WTS, or sweet/sour, spread represents the differential between the average price per barrel of WTI Cushing crude oil and the average price per barrel of WTS crude oil. The LLS less WTI Cushing spread represents the differential between the average price per barrel of LLS crude oil and the average price per barrel of WTI Cushing crude oil. The Brent less LLS spread represents the differential between the average price per barrel of Brent crude oil and the average price per barrel of LLS crude oil. The Brent less WTI Cushing spread represents the differential between the average price per barrel of Brent crude oil and the average price per barrel of WTI Cushing crude oil.



(13)

Total refinery throughput represents the total barrels per day of crude oil and blendstock inputs in the refinery production process.



(14)

Total refinery production represents the barrels per day of various products produced from processing crude and other refinery feedstocks through the crude units and other conversion units at the refineries.



(15)

Refinery utilization represents average daily crude oil throughput divided by crude oil capacity, excluding planned periods of downtime for maintenance and turnarounds.



(16)

Net sales and cost of sales include asphalt purchases sold as part of a supply and offtake arrangement of approximately $37,000 and $26,000 for the three months ended December 31, 2014 and 2013 respectively, and approximately $137,000 and $177,000 for the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively. The volumes associated with these sales are excluded from the Key Operating Statistics.



(17)

Cost of sales includes intersegment purchases of asphalt blends and motor fuels from our refining and marketing segment at prices which approximate wholesale market prices. These intersegment purchases are eliminated through consolidation of our financial statements.



(18)

Blended asphalt represents base asphalt that has been blended with other materials necessary to sell the asphalt as a finished product.



(19)

Non-blended asphalt represents base material asphalt and other components that require additional blending before being sold as a finished product.



(20)

Asphalt margin is a per ton measurement calculated by dividing the margin between net sales and cost of sales by the total sales volume. Asphalt margins are used in the asphalt industry to measure operating results related to asphalt sales.



(21)

At December 31, 2014, we had 295 convenience stores of which 283 sold fuel. At December 31, 2013, we had 297 convenience stores of which 285 sold fuel.



(22)

Retail fuel margin represents the difference between retail fuel sales revenue and the net cost of purchased retail fuel, including transportation costs and associated excise taxes, expressed on a cents-per-gallon basis. Retail fuel margins are frequently used in the retail industry to measure operating results related to retail fuel sales.



(23)

Retail fuel sales price per gallon represents the average sales price for retail fuels sold through our retail convenience stores.



(24)

Merchandise margin represents the difference between merchandise sales revenues and the delivered cost of merchandise purchases, net of rebates and commissions, expressed as a percentage of merchandise sales revenues. Merchandise margins, also referred to as in-store margins, are commonly used in the retail industry to measure in-store, or non-fuel, operating results.

 

 

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SOURCE Alon USA Energy, Inc.