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Alon USA Reports Second Quarter Results

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Declares Quarterly Cash Dividend

Company schedules conference call for August 9, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern

DALLAS, Aug. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Alon USA Energy, Inc. (NYSE: ALJ) ("Alon") today announced results for the second quarter of 2012.  Net income for the second quarter of 2012 was $43.1 million, or $0.77 per share, compared to net income of $13.7 million, or $0.25 per share, for the same period last year.  Excluding special items, Alon recorded net income of $35.2 million, or $0.63 per share, for the second quarter of 2012, compared to net income of $16.7 million, or $0.30 per share, for the same period last year.

Net income for the first half of 2012 was $13.7 million, or $0.24 per share, compared to net income of $26.8 million, or $0.49 per share, for the same period last year.  Excluding special items, Alon recorded net income of $43.7 million, or $0.78 per share, for the first half of 2012, compared to net income of $35.5 million, or $0.64 per share, for the same period last year.

Paul Eisman, CEO and President, commented, "We are pleased with our second quarter results, which included a 20% increase in net sales for the quarter over last year, driven primarily by a 19% increase in total refinery throughput.  Additionally, our second quarter Adjusted EBITDA and net income increased 67% and 214%, respectively, compared to last year.  The Company benefited from very favorable margins at our Big Spring refinery, and the refinery ran exceptionally well during the quarter to take advantage of this opportunity. We realized improved margins in our asphalt business.  Wholesale fuel margins improved as mid-continent light product prices returned to more normal pricing levels compared to the Gulf Coast while our retail business also improved with higher fuel and merchandise sales and margins.  Our earnings were realized despite the negative impact of a planned turnaround at Big Spring and unplanned outages at Krotz Springs during the quarter.  In addition, our reported results for the quarter were negatively impacted by $7.0 million of losses on commodity swap hedge positions comprised of $20.0 million of realized losses and $13.0 million of unrealized gains.

"At our Big Spring refinery, we successfully completed the planned regeneration of our reformer catalyst and replacement of several catalyst beds in April.  After the regeneration, our refinery throughput for May and June averaged nearly 71,000 barrels per day. Our operations at Big Spring have been excellent, which has allowed us to take full advantage of the favorable margin environment experienced in this region.

"At Krotz Springs, we saw refinery margins decrease in the second quarter due to lower LLS crack spreads.  The Krotz Springs refinery throughput was lower than we expected in April and May due to unplanned outages in our FCC and Crude Units.  Our crude oil cost was positively impacted as we processed on average just over 17,000 barrels per day of WTI at the refinery during the second quarter.  We should receive nearly 25,000 barrels per day of Midland priced crude oil at Krotz Springs in the third quarter.

"In California, we restarted operations at the Paramount refinery in April and the Bakersfield hydrocracker resumed operations in June.  While the plants are running acceptably, the financial results of our refining assets were disappointing in the quarter. These results were driven by the hydrocracker operating only during June and persistently high West Coast crude prices.  On the other hand, we saw improvement in our asphalt business as better margins resulted in an improvement in operating income of more than $20 million versus the same period last year.  In order to mitigate the high West Coast crude prices, we initiated a project to bring light mid-continent crude oils to the West Coast.  We are very close to submitting environmental permit applications to move this project forward.

"In our marketing segment, total branded fuel sales and retail fuel sales increased by approximately 6% and 8%, respectively, versus the second quarter of 2011. Additionally, our merchandise sales increased approximately 5% versus the same period last year. We substantially completed the conversion of all of our wholesale and retail locations to the new Alon brand in July. We are very pleased with this effort and the reception received for the Alon brand has been excellent.

"For the third quarter of 2012 we expect the average throughput at our refineries to be approximately 70,000 barrels per day at Big Spring, 73,000 barrels per day at Krotz Springs and 34,000 barrels per day at our California refineries."

SECOND QUARTER 2012

Special items increased earnings by $7.9 million for the second quarter of 2012 which included after-tax gains of $7.6 million associated with unrealized gains on commodity swaps, $0.5 million associated with heating oil call option crack spread contracts and an after-tax loss recognized on disposition of assets of $0.2 million. Special items reduced earnings by $3.0 million for the second quarter of 2011 which included an after-tax loss associated with heating oil call option crack spread contracts.

Refinery operating margin at the Big Spring refinery was $24.92 per barrel for the second quarter of 2012 compared to $19.65 per barrel for the same period in 2011.  This increase in operating margin is mainly due to higher Gulf Coast 3/2/1 crack spreads and a widening sweet/sour spread.  Refinery operating margin at the California refineries was $2.55 per barrel for the second quarter of 2012, compared to $(0.75) per barrel for the same period in 2011.  This increase is mainly due to an increase in West Coast 3/1/1/1 crack spreads.  The Krotz Springs refinery operating margin was $5.28 per barrel for the second quarter of 2012, compared to $3.39 per barrel for the same period in 2011.  This increase is due to lower crude oil costs with the addition of WTI priced crude oils, partially offset by lower Gulf Coast 2/1/1 high sulfur diesel crack spreads.

The refineries' combined refinery throughput for the second quarter of 2012 averaged 160,071 barrels per day ("bpd"), consisting of 64,558 bpd at the Big Spring refinery, 31,206 bpd at the California refineries, and 64,307 bpd at the Krotz Springs refinery, compared to 134,858 bpd for the second quarter of 2011, consisting of 63,715 bpd at the Big Spring refinery, 24,044 bpd at the California refineries, and 47,099 bpd at the Krotz Springs refinery.  Crude throughput was reduced at the Krotz Springs refinery during the second quarter of 2011 due to flooding in Louisiana and its impact on crude oil supply to the refinery.

The average Gulf Coast 3/2/1 crack spread for the second quarter of 2012 was $26.04 per barrel compared to $24.07 per barrel for the same period in 2011.  The average West Coast  3/1/1/1 crack spread for the second quarter of 2012 was $11.46 per barrel compared to $9.91 per barrel for the same period in 2011.  The average Gulf Coast 2/1/1 high sulfur diesel crack spread for the second quarter of 2012 was $7.72 per barrel compared to $8.11 per barrel for the same period in 2011.

The average WTI to WTS spread for the second quarter of 2012 was $5.30 per barrel compared to $2.54 per barrel for the same period in 2011. The average LLS to WTI spread for the second quarter of 2012 was $18.11 per barrel compared to $15.32 per barrel for the same period in 2011.  The average WTI to Buena Vista spread for the second quarter of 2012 was $(14.80) per barrel compared to $(10.75) per barrel for the same period in 2011.

Asphalt margins for the second quarter of 2012 were $67.31 per ton compared to $1.35 per ton for same period in 2011.  On a cash basis (i.e. excluding inventory effects), asphalt margins in the second quarter of 2012 were $43.34 per ton compared to $(2.71) per ton in the second quarter of 2011.  This increase was due primarily to higher asphalt sales prices and lower crude oil costs.   The average blended asphalt sales price increased 9.1% from $557.83 per ton in the second quarter of 2011 to $608.81 per ton in the second quarter of 2012 and the average non-blended asphalt sales price increased 34.7% from $349.95 per ton in the second quarter of 2011 to $471.41 per ton in the second quarter of 2012.  The average price of Buena Vista crude decreased 4.4% from $113.18 per barrel in the second quarter of 2011 to $108.25 per barrel in the second quarter of 2012.

Retail fuel sales volume increased by 7.9% from 38.5 million gallons in the second quarter of 2011 to 41.5 million gallons in the second quarter of 2012.  Our branded fuel sales volume increased by 5.5% from 91.4 million gallons in the second quarter of 2011 to 96.4 million gallons in the second quarter of 2012.

YEAR-TO-DATE 2012

Special items reduced earnings by $29.9 million for the first half of 2012 which included after-tax losses of $19.6 million associated with unrealized losses on commodity swaps, $4.4 million associated with heating oil call option crack spread contracts, $5.8 million associated with the write-off of unamortized original issuance discount due to the repayment of the Alon Brands term loan and $0.1 million associated with loss recognized on disposition of assets. Special items reduced earnings by $8.7 million for the first half of 2011 which included an after-tax loss of $22.2 million associated with heating oil call option crack spread contracts and an after-tax gain of $13.5 million associated with a reduction in system inventories.

Refinery operating margin at the Big Spring refinery was $21.56 per barrel for the first half of 2012 compared to $19.58 per barrel for the same period in 2011. This increase is primarily due to higher Gulf Coast 3/2/1 crack spreads and a widening of the sweet/sour spread. Refinery operating margin at the California refineries was $3.11 per barrel for the first half of 2012, compared to $(5.48) per barrel for the same period in 2011.  This increase is mainly due to an increase in West Coast 3/1/1/1 crack spreads.  Refinery operating margin at the Krotz Springs refinery was $5.55 per barrel for the first half of 2012 compared to $4.40 per barrel for the same period in 2011.  This increase is mainly due to an increase in Gulf Coast 2/1/1 high sulfur diesel crack spreads.

The refineries' combined throughput for the first half of 2012 averaged 148,027 bpd, consisting of 67,035 bpd at the Big Spring refinery, 16,000 bpd at the California refineries and 64,992 bpd at the Krotz Springs refinery compared to 135,517 bpd in the first half of 2011, consisting of 62,952 bpd at the Big Spring refinery, 12,360 at the California refineries and 60,205 bpd at the Krotz Springs refinery. The California refineries were not in operation for the first quarter of 2012 and 2011.

The average Gulf Coast 3/2/1 crack spread for the first half of 2012 was $25.41 per barrel compared to $21.10 per barrel for the same period in 2011. The average West Coast 3/1/1/1 crack spread for the first half of 2012 was $12.05 per barrel compared to $11.02 per barrel for the same period in 2011.  The average Gulf Coast 2/1/1 high sulfur diesel crack spread for the first half of 2012 was $10.09 per barrel compared to $8.57 per barrel for the first half of 2011.

The average WTI to WTS spread for the first half of 2012 was $4.47 per barrel compared to $3.31 per barrel for the first half of 2011. The average LLS to WTI spread for the first half of 2012 was $15.36 per barrel compared to $12.35 per barrel for the same period in 2011.  The average WTI to Buena Vista spread for the first half of 2012 was $(13.89)  per barrel compared to $(7.98) per barrel for the same period in 2011.

Asphalt margins in the first half of 2012 increased to $62.30 per ton compared to $8.18 per ton in the first half of 2011. On a cash basis, asphalt margins in the first half of 2012 were $26.71 per ton compared to $4.65 per ton in the first half of 2011. This increase was primarily due to asphalt sales prices increasing more than crude oil costs. The average blended asphalt sales price increased 10.5% from $539.01 per ton in the first half of 2011 to $595.62 per ton in the first half of 2012 and the average non-blended asphalt sales price increased 16.9% from $323.58 per ton in the first half of 2011 to $378.30 per ton in the first half of 2012. The average price for Buena Vista crude increased 5.5%, from $106.28 per barrel in the first half of 2011 to $112.12 per barrel in the first half of 2012.

Retail fuel sales volume increased by 10.3% from 75.2 million gallons in the first half of 2011 to 82.9 million gallons in the first half of 2012. Our branded fuel sales volume increased by 7.3% from 176.9 million gallons in the first half of 2011 to 189.9 million gallons in the first half of 2012.

Alon also announced today that its Board of Directors has approved the regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.04 per share. The dividend is payable on September 19, 2012 to stockholders of record at the close of business on September 5, 2012.

CONFERENCE CALL

The Company has scheduled a conference call for Thursday, August 9, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern, to discuss the second quarter 2012 results. To access the call, please dial 877-941-6009, or 480-629-9819, for international callers, and ask for the Alon USA Energy call at least 10 minutes prior to the start time. Investors may also listen to the conference live on the Alon corporate website, http://www.alonusa.com, by logging onto that site and clicking "Investors". A telephonic replay of the conference call will be available through August 23, 2012, and may be accessed by calling 800-406-7325, or 303-590-3030, for international callers, and using the passcode 4553680#. A web cast archive will also be available at http://www.alonusa.com shortly after the call and will be accessible for approximately 90 days. For more information, please contact Donna Washburn at DRG&L at 713-529-6600 or email dmw@drg-l.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. The Company owns four crude oil refineries in Texas, California, Louisiana and Oregon, with an aggregate crude oil throughput capacity of approximately 250,000 barrels per day. Alon is a leading producer of asphalt, which it markets through its asphalt terminals predominately in the Western United States. Alon is the largest 7-Eleven licensee in the United States and operates approximately 300 convenience stores in Texas and New Mexico. Alon markets motor fuel products under the Alon brand name through a network of approximately 625 locations, including Alon's convenience stores.

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:

Amir Barash, Vice President-IR

Alon USA Energy, Inc.

972-367-3808




Investors: Jack Lascar/ Sheila Stuewe

DRG&L / 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, 2011, IS UNAUDITED)

For the Three Months Ended


For the Six Months Ended


June 30,


June 30,


2012


2011


2012


2011


(dollars in thousands, except per share data)

STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS DATA:








Net sales (1)

$

1,910,489


$

1,595,631


$

3,702,622


$

3,246,735

Operating costs and expenses:








Cost of sales

1,686,876


1,429,452


3,305,550


2,890,575

Unrealized (gains) losses on commodity swaps

(12,871)



32,441


Direct operating expenses

76,874


62,215


149,083


119,138

Selling, general and administrative expenses (2)

36,208


38,585


71,348


72,915

Depreciation and amortization (3)

30,419


24,787


61,130


50,234

Total operating costs and expenses

1,817,506


1,555,039


3,619,552


3,132,862

Loss on disposition of assets

(345)


(80)


(214)


(68)

Operating income

92,638


40,512


82,856


113,805

Interest expense (4)

(24,300)


(20,758)


(55,340)


(41,198)

Equity earnings of investees

1,509


2,015


1,570


1,770

Other income (loss), net (5)

1,107


(4,880)


(6,993)


(36,793)

Income before income tax expense

70,954


16,889


22,093


37,584

Income tax expense

25,680


2,478


7,929


9,948

Net income

45,274


14,411


14,164


27,636

Net income attributable to non-controlling interest

2,183


677


440


837

Net income available to common stockholders

$

43,091


$

13,734


$

13,724


$

26,799

Earnings per share, basic

$

0.77


$

0.25


$

0.24


$

0.49

Weighted average shares outstanding, basic (in thousands)

56,238


55,533


56,133


55,041

Earnings per share, diluted

$

0.65


$

0.22


$

0.21


$

0.44

Weighted average shares outstanding, diluted (in thousands)

66,635


61,517


66,562


61,000

Cash dividends per share

$

0.04


$

0.04


$

0.08


$

0.08

CASH FLOW DATA:








Net cash provided by (used in):








Operating activities

$

83,349


$

(75,497)


$

114,222


$

(51,116)

Investing activities

(32,615)


(51,053)


(49,266)


(76,075)

Financing activities

(43,507)


124,247


(164,506)


172,646

OTHER DATA:








Adjusted net income available to common stockholders (6)

$

35,219


$

16,732


$

43,668


$

35,478

Adjusted earnings per share (6)

$

0.63


$

0.30


$

0.78


$

0.64

Adjusted EBITDA (7)

112,291


67,419


178,515


165,908

Capital expenditures (8)

25,968


42,795


40,525


67,958

Capital expenditures for turnaround and chemical catalyst

6,652


4,077


8,757


4,262

 


June 30,

2012


December 31,

2011

BALANCE SHEET DATA (end of period):

(dollars in thousands)

Cash and cash equivalents

$

57,516



$

157,066


Working capital

126,328



99,452


Total assets

2,269,364



2,330,382


Total debt

874,051



1,050,196


Total equity

424,827



395,784


 

REFINING AND UNBRANDED MARKETING SEGMENT






For the Three Months Ended


For the Six Months Ended


June 30,


June 30,


2012


2011


2012


2011


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

STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS DATA:








Net sales (9)

$

1,748,405



$

1,435,920



$

3,390,776



$

2,934,944


Operating costs and expenses:








Cost of sales

1,584,004



1,310,471



3,087,397



2,655,492


Unrealized (gains) losses on commodity swaps

(12,871)





32,441




Direct operating expenses

68,523



50,994



131,742



97,943


Selling, general and administrative expenses

7,451



11,029



14,307



18,757


Depreciation and amortization

25,210



19,583



50,912



39,620


Total operating costs and expenses

1,672,317



1,392,077



3,316,799



2,811,812


Gain on disposition of assets

4



11



4



11


Operating income

$

76,092



$

43,854



$

73,981



$

123,143


KEY OPERATING STATISTICS:








Per barrel of throughput:








Refinery operating margin – Big Spring (10)

$

24.92



$

19.65



$

21.56



$

19.58


Refinery operating margin – CA Refineries (10)

2.55



(0.75)



3.11



(5.48)


Refinery operating margin – Krotz Springs (10)

5.28



3.39



5.55



4.40


Refinery direct operating expense – Big Spring (11)

4.27



4.40



3.92



4.27


Refinery direct operating expense – CA Refineries (11)

7.41



2.91



12.96



4.41


Refinery direct operating expense – Krotz Springs (11)

3.83



4.02



3.91



3.31


Capital expenditures

$

14,555



$

38,095



$

22,086



$

61,188


Capital expenditures for turnaround and chemical catalyst

6,652



4,077



8,757



4,262


PRICING STATISTICS:








WTI crude oil (per barrel)

$

93.45



$

102.43



$

98.23



$

98.30


WTS crude oil (per barrel)

88.15



99.89



93.76



94.99


Buena Vista crude oil (per barrel)

108.25



113.18



112.12



106.28


LLS crude oil (per barrel)

120.46



120.03



116.49



112.88


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








Gulf Coast (12)

$

26.04



$

24.07



$

25.41



$

21.10


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








West Coast (12)

$

11.46



$

9.91



$

12.05



$

11.02


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








Gulf Coast high sulfur diesel (12)

$

7.72



$

8.11



$

10.09



$

8.57


Crude oil differentials (per barrel):








WTI less WTS (13)

$

5.30



$

2.54



$

4.47



$

3.31


LLS less WTI (13)

18.11



15.32



15.36



12.35


WTI less Buena Vista (13)

(14.80)



(10.75)



(13.89)



(7.98)


Product prices (dollars per gallon):








Gulf Coast unleaded gasoline

$

2.80



$

2.98



$

2.89



$

2.79


Gulf Coast ultra-low sulfur diesel

2.95



3.08



3.05



2.96


Gulf Coast high sulfur diesel

2.89



3.02



3.00



2.89


West Coast LA CARBOB (unleaded gasoline)

3.03



3.09



3.11



2.94


West Coast LA ultra-low sulfur diesel

2.97



3.20



3.11



3.05


Natural gas (per MMBTU)

2.35



4.38



2.43



4.29


 

THROUGHPUT AND PRODUCTION DATA:

BIG SPRING REFINERY

For the Three Months Ended


For the Six Months Ended

June 30,


June 30,


2012


2011


2012


2011


bpd


%


bpd


%


bpd


%


bpd


%

Refinery throughput:
















Sour crude

52,250



81.0



51,473



80.7



53,898



80.4



51,797



82.3


Sweet crude

10,738



16.6



10,487



16.5



11,472



17.1



9,498



15.1


Blendstocks

1,570



2.4



1,755



2.8



1,665



2.5



1,657



2.6


Total refinery throughput (14)

64,558



100.0



63,715



100.0



67,035



100.0



62,952



100.0


Refinery production:
















Gasoline

30,885



47.8



29,725



46.8



33,012



49.2



30,047



48.0


Diesel/jet

21,242



32.9



20,570



32.4



21,739



32.5



20,281



32.4


Asphalt

4,041



6.2



4,554



7.2



4,288



6.4



4,448



7.1


Petrochemicals

3,838



5.9



3,749



5.9



3,988



6.0



3,786



6.0


Other

4,655



7.2



4,921



7.7



3,921



5.9



4,048



6.5


Total refinery production (15)

64,661



100.0



63,519



100.0



66,948



100.0



62,610



100.0


Refinery utilization (16)



98.9

%




88.5

%




97.8

%




87.6

%

 

THROUGHPUT AND PRODUCTION DATA:

CALIFORNIA REFINERIES

For the Three Months Ended


For the Six Months Ended

June 30,


June 30,


2012


2011


2012


2011


bpd


%


bpd


%


bpd


%


bpd


%

Refinery throughput:
















Medium sour crude

4,910



15.7



4,401



18.3



3,167



19.8



2,227



18.0


Heavy crude

23,367



74.9



19,418



80.8



11,368



71.0



10,020



81.1


Blendstocks

2,929



9.4



225



0.9



1,465



9.2



113



0.9


Total refinery throughput (14)

31,206



100.0



24,044



100.0



16,000



100.0



12,360



100.0


Refinery production:
















Gasoline

3,406



11.0



2,961



12.5



1,700



10.7



1,512



12.5


Diesel/jet

7,328



23.7



5,707



24.1



3,663



23.1



2,904



23.9


Asphalt

9,920



32.1



8,184



34.6



5,086



32.1



4,188



34.5


Light unfinished

684



2.2







506



3.2






Heavy unfinished

8,983



29.1



6,202



26.2



4,596



29.0



3,225



26.6


Other

599



1.9



607



2.6



300



1.9



306



2.5


Total refinery production (15)

30,920



100.0



23,661



100.0



15,851



100.0



12,135



100.0


Refinery utilization (16)



39.0

%




32.9

%




20.0

%




16.9

%

 

THROUGHPUT AND PRODUCTION DATA:

KROTZ SPRINGS REFINERY

For the Three Months Ended


For the Six Months Ended

June 30,


June 30,


2012


2011


2012


2011


bpd


%


bpd


%


bpd


%


bpd


%

Refinery throughput:
















Light sweet crude

53,162



82.7



29,207



62.0



53,410



82.2



41,003



68.1


Heavy sweet crude

11,121



17.3



16,707



35.5



11,062



17.0



17,958



29.8


Blendstocks

24





1,185



2.5



520



0.8



1,244



2.1


Total refinery throughput (14)

64,307



100.0



47,099



100.0



64,992



100.0



60,205



100.0


Refinery production:
















Gasoline

26,486



40.6



19,185



40.6



26,400



40.3



25,147



41.7


Diesel/jet

27,270



41.9



21,282



45.0



27,991



42.8



27,876



46.2


Heavy Oils

2,511



3.9



3,232



6.8



2,830



4.3



2,449



4.1


Other

8,822



13.6



3,574



7.6



8,223



12.6



4,853



8.0


Total refinery production (15)

65,089



100.0



47,273



100.0



65,444



100.0



60,325



100.0


Refinery utilization (16)



77.4

%




72.3

%




77.6

%




80.5

%

 

ASPHALT SEGMENT









For the Three Months Ended


For the Six Months Ended


June 30,


June 30,


2012


2011


2012


2011


(dollars in thousands, except per ton data)

STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS DATA:








Net sales

$

152,911



$

147,811



$

245,460



$

234,054


Operating costs and expenses:








Cost of sales (17)

135,748



147,432



218,420



230,184


Direct operating expenses

8,351



11,221



17,341



21,195


Selling, general and administrative expenses

994



1,108



1,920



2,523


Depreciation and amortization

1,414



1,747



2,796



3,477


Total operating costs and expenses

146,507



161,508



240,477



257,379


Operating income (loss)

$

6,404



$

(13,697)



$

4,983



$

(23,325)


KEY OPERATING STATISTICS:








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

238



238



374



376


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

17



43



60



97


Blended asphalt sales price per ton (18)

$

608.81



$

557.83



$

595.62



$

539.01


Non-blended asphalt sales price per ton (19)

471.41



349.95



378.30



323.58


Asphalt margin per ton (20)

67.31



1.35



62.30



8.18


Capital expenditures

$

5,969



$

673



$

7,460



$

1,333


 

RETAIL AND BRANDED MARKETING SEGMENT









For the Three Months Ended


For the Six Months Ended


June 30,


June 30,


2012


2011


2012


2011


(dollars in thousands, except per gallon data)

STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS DATA:








Net sales (1)

$

390,762



$

383,635



$

759,229



$

699,819


Operating costs and expenses:








Cost of sales (17)

348,713



343,284



692,576



626,981


Selling, general and administrative expenses

27,572



26,260



54,740



51,259


Depreciation and amortization

3,171



3,053



6,245



6,330


Total operating costs and expenses

379,456



372,597



753,561



684,570


Loss on disposition of assets

(349)



(91)



(218)



(79)


Operating income

$

10,957



$

10,947



$

5,450



$

15,170


KEY OPERATING STATISTICS:








Branded fuel sales (thousands of gallons) (21)

96,418



91,371



189,908



176,941


Branded fuel margin (cents per gallon) (21)

5.9



5.6



0.4



4.7


Number of stores (end of period) (22)

300



304



300



304


Retail fuel sales (thousands of gallons)

41,538



38,507



82,867



75,162


Retail fuel sales (thousands of gallons per site per month) (22)

48



44



48



43


Retail fuel margin (cents per gallon) (23)

18.7



19.5



14.7



17.1


Retail fuel sales price (dollars per gallon) (24)

$

3.60



$

3.68



$

3.53



$

3.44


Merchandise sales

$

82,511



$

78,445



$

155,993



$

146,446


Merchandise sales (per site per month) (22)

$

92



$

86



$

87



$

80


Merchandise margin (25)

32.9

%


33.5

%


32.6

%


33.3

%

Capital expenditures

$

4,787



$

3,149



$

10,196



$

4,494


________________

 

(1)

Includes excise taxes on sales by the retail and branded marketing segment of $16,198 and $15,193 for the three months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively, and $32,322 and $29,411 for the six months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively. Net sales also includes net royalty and related net credit card fees of $1,445 and $1,493 for the three months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively, and $2,919 and $2,912 for the six months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively.



(2)

Includes corporate headquarters selling, general and administrative expenses of $191 and $188 for the three months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively, and $381 and $376 for the six months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively, which are not allocated to our three operating segments.



(3)

Includes corporate depreciation and amortization of $624 and $404 for the three months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively, and $1,177 and $807 for the six months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively, which are not allocated to our three operating segments.



(4)

Interest expense for the six months ended June 30, 2012, includes a charge of $9,624 for the write-off of unamortized original issuance discount associated with our repayment of the Alon Brands Term Loan.



(5)

Other income (loss), net for both the three and six months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011, is substantially the gain (loss) on heating oil call option crack spread contracts.



(6)

The following table provides a reconciliation of net income available to common stockholders under United States generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") to adjusted net income available to common stockholders utilized in determining adjusted earnings per share, excluding the after-tax loss on write-off of unamortized original issuance discount, after-tax (gain) loss on heating oil call option crack spread contracts, after-tax unrealized (gains) losses on commodity swaps, after-tax gain from reduction in system inventories and after-tax gain on disposition of assets. Our management believes that the presentation of adjusted net income available to common stockholders and adjusted earnings 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 Six Months Ended


June 30,


June 30,


2012


2011


2012


2011


(dollars in thousands)

Net income available to common stockholders

$

43,091



$

13,734



$

13,724



$

26,799


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





5,781




Plus:  (Gain) loss on heating oil call option crack spread contracts, net of tax

(484)



2,950



4,413



22,146


Plus:  Unrealized (gains) losses on commodity swaps, net of tax

(7,596)





19,621




Less:  Gain from reduction in system inventories, net of tax







(13,508)


Less:  Gain on disposition of assets, net of tax

208



48



129



41


Adjusted net income available to common stockholders

$

35,219



$

16,732



$

43,668



$

35,478


Adjusted earnings per share

$

0.63



$

0.30



$

0.78



$

0.64


 

(7)

Adjusted EBITDA represents earnings before net income attributable to non-controlling interest, income tax expense, interest expense, depreciation and amortization, loss on disposition of assets, unrealized (gains) losses on commodity swaps and (gain) loss on heating oil call option crack spread contracts. 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, loss on disposition of assets, unrealized (gains) losses on commodity swaps, (gain) loss on heating oil call option crack spread contracts 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 available to common stockholders to Adjusted EBITDA for the three and six months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011:

 


For the Three Months Ended


For the Six Months Ended


June 30,


June 30,


2012


2011


2012


2011


(dollars in thousands)

Net income available to common stockholders

$

43,091



$

13,734



$

13,724



$

26,799


Net income attributable to non-controlling interest

2,183



677



440



837


Income tax expense

25,680



2,478



7,929



9,948


Interest expense

24,300



20,758



55,340



41,198


Depreciation and amortization

30,419



24,787



61,130



50,234


Loss on disposition of assets

345



80



214



68


Unrealized (gains) losses on commodity swaps

(12,871)





32,441




(Gain) loss on heating oil call option crack spread contracts

(856)



4,905



7,297



36,824


Adjusted EBITDA

$

112,291



$

67,419



$

178,515



$

165,908


 

(8)

Includes corporate capital expenditures of $657 and $878 for the three months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively, and $783 and $943 for the six months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively, which are not allocated to our three operating segments.



(9)

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



(10)

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 and certain inventory adjustments) attributable to each refinery by the refinery's 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 excludes unrealized gains on commodity swaps of $12,871 for the three months ended June 30, 2012, and unrealized losses on commodity swaps of $32,441 for the six months ended June 30, 2012, as shown separately in the statements of operations.  The refinery operating margin excludes realized losses on commodity swaps of $20,087 and $34,421 for the three and six months ended June 30, 2012, respectively. 




The refinery operating margin for the three and six months ended June 30, 2011, excludes unrealized hedging losses of $1,375 and $1,773, respectively.  Additionally, the refinery operating margin for the six months ended June 30, 2011, excludes a benefit from inventory reductions of $22,460.



(11)

Refinery direct operating expense is a per barrel measurement calculated by dividing direct operating expenses at our Big Spring, California, and Krotz Springs refineries, exclusive of depreciation and amortization, by the applicable refinery's total throughput volumes.  Direct operating expenses related to the Bakersfield refinery of $1,844 and $3,356 for the three and six months ended June 30, 2011, respectively, have been excluded from the per barrel measurement calculation.



(12)

We compare our Big Spring refinery's per barrel operating margin to the Gulf Coast 3/2/1 crack spread. A 3/2/1 crack spread is calculated assuming that three barrels of a benchmark crude oil are converted, or cracked, into two barrels of gasoline and one barrel of diesel. We calculate the Gulf Coast 3/2/1 crack spread using the market values of Gulf Coast conventional gasoline and ultra-low sulfur diesel and the market value of West Texas Intermediate Cushing, or WTI, a light, sweet crude oil.




We compare our California refineries' per barrel operating margin to the West Coast 3/1/1/1 crack spread. A 3/1/1/1 crack spread is calculated assuming that three barrels of a benchmark crude oil are converted into one barrel of gasoline, one barrel of diesel and one barrel of fuel oil. We calculate the West Coast 3/1/1/1 crack spread using the market values of West Coast LA CARBOB pipeline gasoline, LA ultra-low sulfur pipeline diesel, and LA 380 pipeline CST (fuel oil) and the market value of Buena Vista crude oil.




We compare our Krotz Springs refinery's per barrel operating margin to the Gulf Coast 2/1/1 crack spread. A 2/1/1 crack spread is calculated assuming that two barrels of a benchmark crude oil are converted into one barrel of gasoline and one barrel of diesel. We calculate the Gulf Coast 2/1/1 crack spread using the market values of Gulf Coast conventional gasoline and Gulf Coast high sulfur diesel and the market value of Light Louisiana Sweet, LLS, crude oil.



(13)

The WTI/WTS, or sweet/sour, spread represents the differential between the average value per barrel of WTI crude oil and the average value per barrel of WTS crude oil.  The WTI less Buena Vista spread represents the differential between the average value per barrel of WTI crude oil and the average value per barrel of Buena Vista crude oil.  The LLS less WTI spread represents the differential between the average value per barrel of LLS crude oil and the average value per barrel of WTI crude oil.



(14)

Total refinery throughput represents the total barrels per day of crude oil and blendstock inputs in the refinery production process.  Throughput data for the California refineries for the six months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011 reflects substantially three months of operations as the California refineries were not in operation for the first quarter of 2012 and 2011.  The throughput data of the Krotz Springs refinery for the three and six months ended June 30, 2011, reflects approximately a one month shutdown due to flooding in Louisiana and the impact on crude oil supply to the refinery.



(15)

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.



(16)

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



(17)

Cost of sales includes intersegment purchases of asphalt blends and motor fuels from our refining and unbranded 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)

Branded fuel sales represent branded fuel sales to our wholesale marketing customers that are primarily supplied by the Big Spring refinery.  The branded fuels that are not supplied by the Big Spring refinery are obtained from third-party suppliers.  The branded fuel margin represents the margin between the net sales and cost of sales attributable to our branded fuel sales volume, expressed on a cents-per-gallon basis.



(22)

At June 30, 2012 we had 300 retail convenience stores of which 287 sold fuel.  At June 30, 2011 we had 304 retail convenience stores of which 291 sold fuel.



(23)

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



(24)

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



(25)

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.

 

SOURCE Alon USA Energy, Inc.