Global Partners LP (NYSE: GLP) (“Global” or the “Partnership”) today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2021.
“Sustained momentum in our Gasoline Distribution and Station Operations (GDSO) segment contributed to a strong fourth-quarter performance for Global,” said Eric Slifka, the Partnership’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Retail fuel volume and margins increased year-over-year in the quarter while demand across our convenience store portfolio continued to improve amid the recovery in the U.S. economy.
“We had a solid year in 2021, successfully navigating the pandemic and the related macroeconomic challenges that affected virtually all industries during the past year,” Slifka continued. “Our performance speaks to the scale and reliability of our vertically integrated assets and businesses, which enable us to deliver significant value for our customers, consumers and unitholders.”
Net income was $19.3 million, or $0.44 per diluted common limited partner unit, for the fourth quarter of 2021 compared with $4.4 million, or $0.06 per diluted common limited partner unit, for the same period in 2020.
Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”) was $65.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2021 compared with $50.2 million for the year-earlier period.
Adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter of 2021 was $66.0 million compared with $49.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2020.
Distributable cash flow (“DCF”) was $30.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2021 compared with $7.3 million for the 2020 period.
Gross profit in the fourth quarter of 2021 increased to $193.1 million from $166.2 million a year earlier.
Combined product margin, which is gross profit adjusted for depreciation allocated to cost of sales, was $214.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2021 compared with $186.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2020.
Combined product margin, EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, and DCF are non-GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) financial measures, which are explained in greater detail below under “Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures.” Please refer to Financial Reconciliations included in this news release for reconciliations of these non-GAAP financial measures to their most directly comparable GAAP financial measures for the three and 12 months ended December 31, 2021 and 2020.
GDSO segment product margin was $177.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2021 compared with $143.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2020, primarily reflecting higher fuel volume and margin (cents per gallon) and an increase in activity at the Partnership’s convenience stores.
Wholesale segment product margin was $32.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2021 compared with $39.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2020, primarily reflecting less favorable market conditions in other oils and related products, partly offset by more favorable market conditions in gasoline and gasoline blendstocks, largely ethanol.
Commercial segment product margin was $4.8 million compared with $2.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2020, primarily due to an increase in volume sold and improved margins.
Total sales were $4.1 billion in the fourth quarter of 2021 compared with $2.2 billion in the same period of 2020, primarily due to an increase in prices. Wholesale segment sales increased to $2.5 billion in the fourth quarter of 2021 from $1.3 billion in the year-earlier period. GDSO segment sales were $1.3 billion in the fourth quarter of 2021 versus $0.8 billion in the fourth quarter of 2020. Commercial segment sales were $0.3 billion in the fourth quarter of 2021 compared with $0.1 billion in the fourth quarter of 2020.
Total volume in the fourth quarter of 2021 was 1.5 billion gallons, essentially unchanged from the same period of 2020. Wholesale segment volume was 1.0 billion gallons in each of the fourth quarters of 2021 and 2020. GDSO volume was 400.5 million gallons in the fourth quarter of 2021 compared with 354.0 million gallons in the fourth quarter of 2020. Commercial segment volume was 118.9 million gallons in the fourth quarter of 2021 compared with 69.9 million gallons in the year-earlier period.
- Executed an agreement to sell its Boston Harbor terminal in Revere, Massachusetts. In connection with the closing of the transaction, Global will lease back from the buyer key infrastructure that will allow the Partnership to continue operations at the terminal post-closing. The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2022, subject to customary closing conditions.
- Completed the purchase of retail fuel and convenience store assets from Consumers Petroleum of Connecticut, Inc. The transaction included 26 company-owned Wheels convenience stores and related fuel operations in Connecticut and fuel-supply agreements at 22 sites in Connecticut and New York.
- Expanded its presence in the mid-Atlantic region with the acquisition of Miller’s Neighborhood Market. The transaction added 23 convenience stores, including 21 company-operated sites, and fuel supply agreements with 34 locations, primarily in Virginia.
- Announced a quarterly cash distribution of $0.5850 per unit, or $2.34 per unit on an annualized basis, on all of its outstanding common units for the period from October 1 to December 31, 2021. The distribution was paid February 14, 2022 to unitholders of record as of the close of business on February 8, 2022.
“As demonstrated by recent transactions, we continue to deliver on our strategy to drive growth through optimization and expansion of our assets,” Slifka said. “Upon completion, the Revere transaction will provide us with significant proceeds and ongoing cash flow as we continue operations at the terminal. The retail acquisitions enable us to leverage our scale, supply relationships and integrated business model to enhance returns. As a critical infrastructure business, we provide vital energy products and essential goods and services across a significant portion of the U.S. The demand for those products and services remains robust, and we believe that we are well positioned for the year ahead.”