TravelCenters of America LLC Announces First Quarter 2018 Financial Results

WESTLAKE, Ohio--()--TravelCenters of America LLC (Nasdaq: TA) today announced financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2018:

         

(in thousands, except per share and per gallon amounts)

Three Months Ended
March 31,

2018     2017
Total revenues $ 1,584,687 $ 1,391,672
Loss before income taxes (14,704 ) (48,673 )
Net loss (10,078 ) (29,375 )
Net loss attributable to common shareholders (10,112 ) (29,398 )
 

Net loss per common share attributable to common shareholders (basic and diluted)

 

$ (0.25 ) $ (0.74 )
 
Supplemental Data:
Fuel sales volume (gallons):
Diesel fuel 395,883 394,705
Gasoline 118,336   119,451  
Total fuel sales volume 514,219   514,156  
 
Fuel revenues $ 1,100,127 $ 922,874
Fuel gross margin 93,559 73,163
Fuel gross margin per gallon $ 0.182 $ 0.142
 
Nonfuel revenues $ 480,397 $ 464,168
Nonfuel gross margin 282,402 267,797
Nonfuel gross margin percentage 58.8 % 57.7 %
 
Non-GAAP Measures:(1)
Adjusted net loss $ (26,754 ) $ (21,020 )

Adjusted net loss per common share attributable to common shareholders (basic and diluted)

$ (0.67 ) $ (0.53 )
EBITDA $ 20,432 $ (9,489 )
Adjusted EBITDA (1,714 ) (1,131 )
 

(1)

   

A reconciliation from net loss and net loss per common share attributable to common shareholders, the financial measures determined in accordance with general accepted accounting principles, or GAAP, to the non-GAAP measures disclosed herein are included in the supplemental tables below.

 

Andrew J. Rebholz, TA's CEO, made the following statement regarding the 2018 first quarter results:

"During the first quarter of 2018, we continued to gain traction in our business initiatives. Our efforts continued to make progress against the combined headwinds of increased fuel efficiency and competition we have been experiencing and we continued to grow our nonfuel businesses. For same sites in our travel centers segment, nonfuel revenues were up 3.9% over the prior year quarter and nonfuel gross margin was up 5.2%, driven largely by our truck service programs and other retail services, such as parking and showers. We also continued to see success with our cost control initiatives. On a same site basis, site level operating expenses as a percentage of nonfuel revenues improved by 90 basis points and by 150 basis points in our travel centers segment. The operating results we saw during the first quarter of this year leave me optimistic that we will further grow our business and improve our profitability as we continue through 2018."

Business Commentary

Fuel sales volume increased modestly and same site fuel sales volume decreased by 3.6 million gallons, or 0.7%, for the 2018 first quarter as compared to the 2017 first quarter. TA believes the slight fuel sales volume decrease on a same site basis experienced during the 2018 first quarter primarily resulted from the continued effects of fuel efficiency gains and increased competition. Fuel revenues increased by $177.3 million, or 19.2%, in the 2018 first quarter as compared to the 2017 first quarter primarily due to higher market prices for fuel during the 2018 first quarter and newly acquired and developed locations. Fuel gross margin increased by $20.4 million, or 27.9%, as compared to the 2017 first quarter primarily as a result of the $23.3 million benefit recognized in the 2018 first quarter in connection with the February 2018 retroactive reinstatement for 2017 of the federal biodiesel tax credit. Without this discrete item, fuel gross margin declined by $2.9 million.

Nonfuel revenues increased by $16.2 million, or 3.5%, in the 2018 first quarter as compared to the 2017 first quarter, including a $12.2 million same site increase and a $4.0 million increase attributable to new sites. The increase on a same site basis was primarily due to an increase in truck service and parking programs. Nonfuel gross margin increased by $14.6 million, or 5.5%, in the 2018 first quarter as compared to the 2017 first quarter, including a $12.0 million same site increase and a $2.6 million increase attributable to new sites. The increase in nonfuel gross margin was primarily due to the increase in nonfuel revenues and an increase in the nonfuel gross margin percentage. The nonfuel gross margin percentage was 58.8% for the 2018 first quarter as compared to 57.7% for the 2017 first quarter; the increase in the nonfuel gross margin percentage was primarily due to a change in the mix of products and services sold.

Site level operating expenses increased by $3.6 million, or 1.5%, in the 2018 first quarter as compared to the 2017 first quarter due to a $2.0 million same site increase and a $1.6 million increase from sites acquired and developed since the beginning of the 2017 first quarter. The increase on a same site basis was primarily due to increased labor costs related to the increase in nonfuel sales. Site level operating expenses as a percentage of nonfuel revenues was 51.9% for the 2018 first quarter as compared to 53.0% for the 2017 first quarter. The improvement in site level operating expenses as a percentage of nonfuel revenues was primarily the result of excess transaction fees of $1.8 million charged by Comdata, Inc., or Comdata, in the 2017 first quarter and the realization of certain cost saving initiatives in the 2018 first quarter.

Selling, general and administrative expenses for the 2018 first quarter decreased by $3.3 million, or 7.9%, as compared to the 2017 first quarter, primarily attributable to litigation costs related to TA's litigation with Comdata expensed during the 2017 first quarter.

Real estate rent expense increased by $2.8 million, or 4.1%, in the 2018 first quarter as compared to the 2017 first quarter, primarily from TA's sale to, and lease back from, Hospitality Properties Trust, or HPT, of a travel center and improvements at leased sites since the beginning of 2017.

Depreciation and amortization expense decreased by $4.3 million, or 13.4%, in the 2018 first quarter as compared to the 2017 first quarter primarily resulting from the write offs of certain assets during the 2017 first quarter.

Net loss for the 2018 first quarter was $10.1 million as compared to $29.4 million for the 2017 first quarter. Adjusted net loss for the 2018 first quarter was $26.8 million as compared to $21.0 million for the 2017 first quarter. The increase in adjusted net loss was primarily due to the decrease in fuel gross margin, an increase in real estate rent expense and an increase in selling, general and administrative expenses.

Net loss attributable to common shareholders for the 2018 first quarter was $0.25 per common share as compared to $0.74 per common share for the 2017 first quarter. Adjusted net loss attributable to common shareholders for the 2018 first quarter was $0.67 per common share as compared to $0.53 per common share for the 2017 first quarter.

Adjusted EBITDA for the 2018 first quarter decreased by $0.6 million as compared to the 2017 first quarter, primarily due to the decrease in fuel gross margin, an increase in real estate rent expense and an increase in selling, general and administrative expenses.

Travel Centers Segment

Fuel sales volume increased by 1.5 million gallons, or 0.3%, for the 2018 first quarter as compared to the 2017 first quarter due to newly acquired and developed locations. Same site fuel sales volume decreased by 2.8 million gallons, or 0.6%, due to the continued effects of fuel efficiency gains and increased competition. Fuel revenues increased by $164.3 million, or 20.5%, in the 2018 first quarter as compared to the 2017 first quarter primarily due to higher market prices for fuel and from sites acquired and developed since the beginning of the 2017 first quarter. Fuel gross margin increased by $20.5 million, or 33.2%, to $82.4 million primarily as a result of the $23.3 million benefit recognized in the 2018 first quarter in connection with the February 2018 retroactive reinstatement for 2017 of the federal biodiesel tax credit and from an increase from newly acquired and developed locations.

Nonfuel revenues increased by $20.2 million, or 5.1%, in the 2018 first quarter as compared to the 2017 first quarter primarily due to a $15.3 million, or 3.9%, increase on a same site basis primarily as a result of TA's truck service and parking programs. Nonfuel gross margin increased by $15.4 million, or 6.4%, in the 2018 first quarter as compared to the 2017 first quarter due to an increase in nonfuel revenues and an increase in the nonfuel gross margin percentage. Nonfuel gross margin percentage was 61.8% in the 2018 first quarter as compared to 61.0% in the 2017 first quarter; the increased nonfuel gross margin percentage was primarily the result of changes in the mix of products and services sold.

Site level gross margin in excess of site level operating expenses increased by $31.5 million, or 34.1%, in the 2018 first quarter as compared to the 2017 first quarter primarily due to an increase at same sites.

On a same site basis, (223 locations) site level gross margin in excess of site level operating expenses increased in the 2018 first quarter by $29.2 million, or 32.5%, as compared to the 2017 first quarter, primarily due to a $19.0 million increase in fuel gross margin that resulted primarily as a result of a one time reduction in TA's fuel costs of goods sold related to the retroactive reinstatement for 2017 of the federal biodiesel tax credit and an increase in nonfuel gross margin due to the increase in both nonfuel revenues and nonfuel gross margin percentage.

Convenience Stores Segment

Fuel sales volume decreased by 1.0 million gallons, or 1.8%, for the 2018 first quarter as compared to the 2017 first quarter. This decrease was primarily due to the continued effects of competition. Fuel revenues increased by $11.3 million, or 10.9%, in the 2018 first quarter as compared to the 2017 first quarter primarily due to higher market prices for fuel. Fuel gross margin decreased by $0.1 million, or 0.9%, to $11.1 million as a result of a decrease in fuel sales volume.

Nonfuel revenues decreased by $2.3 million, or 3.8%, in the 2018 first quarter as compared to the 2017 first quarter primarily due to increased competition. Nonfuel gross margin remained flat in the 2018 first quarter as compared to the 2017 first quarter. Nonfuel gross margin percentage was 36.1% in the 2018 first quarter as compared to 34.8% in the 2017 first quarter. The increase in nonfuel gross margin percentage was primarily the result of changes in the mix of products sold.

Site level gross margin in excess of site level operating expenses decreased in the 2018 first quarter by $0.5 million, or 8.4%, as compared to the 2017 first quarter due to an increase in site level operating expenses and a decrease in fuel gross margin.

Conference Call:

On Monday, May 7, 2018, 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 March 31, 2018. 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 10118585.

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 first 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 LLC:

TA's nationwide business includes travel centers located in 43 U.S. states and in Canada, standalone convenience stores in 11 states and standalone restaurants in 13 states. TA's travel centers operate under the "TravelCenters of America," "TA," "Petro Stopping Centers" and "Petro" brand names and offer diesel and gasoline fueling, restaurants, truck repair services, travel/convenience stores and other services which are designed to provide attractive and efficient travel experiences to professional drivers and other motorists. TA's convenience stores operate principally under the "Minit Mart" brand name and offer gasoline fueling as well as nonfuel products and services such as coffee, groceries, some fresh foods and other convenience items. TA's standalone restaurants operate principally under the "Quaker Steak & Lube" brand name.

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  • MR. REBHOLZ STATES THAT TA'S BUSINESS INITIATIVES CONTINUED TO GAIN TRACTION, THAT TA CONTINUED TO GROW ITS NONFUEL BUSINESS, THAT TA CONTINUED TO SEE SUCCESS WITH ITS COST CONTROL INITIATIVES AND THAT HE IS OPTIMISTIC THAT TA WILL FURTHER GROW ITS BUSINESS AND IMPROVE ITS PROFITABILITY. HOWEVER, TA'S BUSINESS INITIATIVES MAY NOT IMPROVE AND MAY RESULT IN TA INCURRING LOSSES. IN ADDITION, TA'S NONFUEL BUSINESS MAY NOT CONTINUE TO GROW AND COULD DECLINE AND ITS COST INITIATIVES MAY NOT BE SUCCESSFUL. FURTHER, TA OPERATES IN HIGHLY COMPETITIVE BUSINESSES AND IT MAY NOT BE ABLE TO GROW ITS BUSINESS OR IMPROVE ITS PROFITABILITY AS A RESULT OF COMPETITION AND OTHER FACTORS, MANY OF WHICH ARE BEYOND ITS CONTROL;
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  • STATEMENTS IN THE SUPPLEMENTAL DATA TO THIS PRESS RELEASE ABOUT THE FINAL ORDER AND JUDGMENT THAT THE COURT OF CHANCERY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE ENTERED ON APRIL 8, 2018, OR THE ORDER, IN TA'S LITIGATION AGAINST COMDATA, PURSUANT TO WHICH COMDATA IS REQUIRED TO CONTINUE TO HONOR THE TERMS OF THE MERCHANT AGREEMENT AND THE RFID AGREEMENT WITH TA AND REIMBURSE TA FOR ATTORNEYS' FEES AND COSTS, TOGETHER WITH INTEREST, IN THE AMOUNT OF $10.7 MILLION, ALONG WITH TA'S RECEIPT OF THE REIMBURSEMENT FROM COMDATA, MAY SUGGEST THAT THIS LITIGATION IS COMPLETED. IN FACT, COMDATA HAS 30 DAYS FROM THE DATE OF THE ORDER TO FILE A NOTICE OF APPEAL AND THE COURT'S DECISION MAY BE REVERSED OR AMENDED UPON APPEAL. THE CONTINUATION OF THIS LITIGATION IS DISTRACTING TO TA'S MANAGEMENT AND EXPENSIVE, AND THE DISTRACTION AND EXPENSE MAY CONTINUE.

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EXCEPT AS REQUIRED BY LAW, TA DOES NOT INTEND TO UPDATE OR CHANGE ANY FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENT AS A RESULT OF NEW INFORMATION, FUTURE EVENTS OR OTHERWISE.

 

TRAVELCENTERS OF AMERICA LLC
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (UNAUDITED)
(in thousands, except per share amounts)

         

Three Months Ended
March 31,

2018     2017
Revenues:
Fuel $ 1,100,127 $ 922,874
Nonfuel 480,397 464,168
Rent and royalties from franchisees 4,163   4,630  
Total revenues 1,584,687   1,391,672  
 
Cost of goods sold (excluding depreciation):
Fuel 1,006,568 849,711
Nonfuel 197,995   196,371  
Total cost of goods sold 1,204,563   1,046,082  
 
Operating expenses:
Site level operating 249,560 245,915
Selling, general and administrative 38,035 41,303
Real estate rent 70,812 67,999
Depreciation and amortization 27,548   31,800  
Total operating expenses 385,955   387,017  
 
Loss from operations (5,831 ) (41,427 )
 
Acquisition costs 140
Interest expense, net 7,588 7,384
(Loss) income from equity investees (1,285 ) 278  
Loss before income taxes (14,704 ) (48,673 )
Benefit for income taxes 4,626   19,298  
Net loss (10,078 ) (29,375 )
Less: net income for noncontrolling interests 34   23  
Net loss attributable to common shareholders $ (10,112 ) $ (29,398 )
 
Net loss per common share attributable to common shareholders:
Basic and diluted $ (0.25 ) $ (0.74 )
 

These financial statements should be read in conjunction with TA's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2018, to be filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

 
 

TRAVELCENTERS OF AMERICA LLC
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (UNAUDITED)
(in thousands)

             

March 31,
2018

December 31,
2017
Assets
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 52,139 $ 36,082
Accounts receivable, net 153,488 125,501
Inventory 207,686 209,640
Other current assets 24,652   27,295
Total current assets 437,965 398,518
 
Property and equipment, net 984,396 1,001,090
Goodwill 93,859 93,859
Other intangible assets, net 33,677 34,383
Other noncurrent assets 93,468   90,282
Total assets $ 1,643,365   $ 1,618,132
 
Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 166,886 $ 155,581
Current HPT Leases liabilities 41,706 41,389
Other current liabilities 155,657   130,328
Total current liabilities 364,249 327,298
 
Long term debt, net 319,853 319,634
Noncurrent HPT Leases liabilities 365,122 368,782
Other noncurrent liabilities 35,861   35,923
Total liabilities 1,085,085 1,051,637
 

Shareholders' equity (40,000 and 39,984 common shares outstanding at March 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively)

558,280   566,495
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 1,643,365   $ 1,618,132
 

These financial statements should be read in conjunction with TA's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2018, to be filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

 

TRAVELCENTERS OF AMERICA LLC
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 because 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.

TA believes that adjusted net loss and adjusted net loss per common share attributable to common shareholders are meaningful disclosures that may help investors to better understand TA's financial performance by providing financial information that represents TA's operating results 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. Management uses these measures in developing internal budgets and forecasts and analyzing TA's performance.

TA believes that EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA are meaningful disclosures that may help investors to better understand TA's financial performance, including by allowing investors to compare TA's performance between periods and to the performance of other companies. Management uses EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA to evaluate TA's financial performance and compare TA's performance over time and to the performance of other companies. Management also uses these measures in developing internal budgets and forecasts and analyzing its performance. TA calculates EBITDA as earnings before interest, taxes and depreciation and amortization, as shown below. TA calculates adjusted EBITDA by excluding items that are considered not to be normal, recurring, cash operating expenses or gains or losses. TA also believes that adjusted EBITDA provides financial information that represents TA's operating results without the effects of items that do not result directly from TA's normal recurring operations.

The non-GAAP financial measures TA presents should not be considered as alternatives to net loss attributable to common shareholders, net loss or loss from operations 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 net loss is the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure to adjusted net loss, EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA and that net loss per common share attributable to common shareholders is the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure to adjusted net loss per common share attributable to common shareholders. The following tables present the reconciliations of the non-GAAP financial measures to the respective most comparable GAAP financial measures for the three months ended March 31, 2018 and 2017.

         
Three Months Ended
March 31,
2018     2017
Calculation of adjusted net loss:
Net loss $ (10,078 ) $ (29,375 )
Less: Federal biodiesel tax credit(1) (23,251 )
Add: Comdata legal expenses(2) 78 6,372
Add: Asset write offs(3) 5,227
Add: Comdata excess transaction fees(4) 1,813
Add: Incremental share based compensation expense(5) 1,027 173
Add (less): Income tax provision(6) 5,470   (5,230 )
Adjusted net loss $ (26,754 ) $ (21,020 )
 
         
Three Months Ended
March 31,
2018     2017

Calculation of adjusted net loss per common share attributable to common shareholders:

Net loss per common share attributable to common shareholders $ (0.25 ) $ (0.74 )
Less: Federal biodiesel tax credit(1) (0.58 )
Add: Comdata legal expenses(2) 0.16
Add: Asset write offs(3) 0.13
Add: Comdata excess transaction fees(4) 0.05
Add: Incremental share based compensation expense(5) 0.02
Add (less): Income tax provision(6) 0.14   (0.13 )

Adjusted net loss per common share attributable to common shareholders

$ (0.67 ) $ (0.53 )
 
         

Three Months Ended
March 31,

2018     2017
Calculation of EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA:
Net loss $ (10,078 ) $ (29,375 )
Less: Benefit for income taxes (4,626 ) (19,298 )
Add: Depreciation and amortization 27,548 31,800
Add: Interest expense, net 7,588   7,384  
EBITDA 20,432 (9,489 )
Less: Federal biodiesel tax credit(1) (23,251 )
Add: Comdata legal expenses(2) 78 6,372
Add: Comdata excess transaction fees(4) 1,813
Add: Incremental share based compensation expense(5) 1,027   173  
Adjusted EBITDA $ (1,714 ) $ (1,131 )
 
(1)    

Federal biodiesel tax credit. On February 8, 2018, legislation was passed that retroactively reinstated the 2017 federal biodiesel tax credit. The federal biodiesel tax credit for 2017 was $23.3 million and was recognized in the three months ended March 31, 2018.

 
(2)

Comdata legal expenses. During the three months ended March 31, 2018 and 2017, TA incurred $0.1 million and $6.4 million, respectively, of legal fees in its litigation with Comdata. TA's attorneys' fees and costs related to this matter totaled $10.6 million through March 31, 2018. On April 9, 2018, the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware, or the Court, entered its final order and judgment, or the Order. Pursuant to the Order, Comdata is required to, among other things, reimburse TA for attorneys' fees and costs, together with interest, in the amount of $10.7 million, which TA collected in April 2018. Comdata has 30 days from the date of the Order to file a notice of appeal. If Comdata does not appeal, TA believes legal fees that it may incur for this matter during the remainder of 2018 will not be material.

 
(3)

Asset write offs. During the three months ended March 31, 2017, TA wrote off assets which totaled $5.2 million in connection with TA's cost reduction initiatives.

 
(4)

Comdata excess transaction fees. From February 1, 2017, until mid-September 2017, Comdata unilaterally withheld increased fees from the transaction settlement payments due to TA under an agreement between TA and Comdata under which TA agreed to accept Comdata issued fuel cards through January 2, 2022, for certain purchases by TA's customers in exchange for fees payable by TA to Comdata, or the Merchant Agreement. During the three months ended March 31, 2017, TA incurred $1.8 million of excess transaction fees. On September 11, 2017, the Court issued its post-trial Memorandum Opinion. The Court found that TA was entitled to, among other things, an order requiring Comdata to specifically perform under the Merchant Agreement, and awarded damages to TA and against Comdata for the difference between the higher transaction fees paid to Comdata since February 1, 2017, and what TA would have paid during this period under the fee structure in the Merchant Agreement. In November 2017, TA recovered $6.9 million for the amount of excess transaction fees.

 
(5)

Incremental share based compensation expense. As part of TA's retirement agreements with certain former officers, TA agreed to accelerate the vesting of previously granted share awards. For the three months ended March 31, 2018 and 2017, this acceleration resulted in $1.0 million and $0.2 million, respectively, of incremental share based compensation expense as compared to what TA would have expensed in the absence of these retirement agreements.

 
(6)

Non-GAAP financial measures net tax impact. The tax impact of the exclusion of the above items from net loss to arrive at adjusted net loss was calculated using TA's estimated statutory rate of 24.7% and 38.5% for the three months ended March 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively. The change in the estimated statutory rate is due to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act enacted in December 2017, which reduced the federal corporate income tax rate from 35% to 21%.

 

TRAVELCENTERS OF AMERICA LLC
SUPPLEMENTAL RECENTLY ISSUED ACCOUNTING PRONOUNCEMENT EFFECT
(in thousands, except per gallon amounts)

In May 2014, the Financial Accounting Standards Board, or the FASB, issued Accounting Standards Update 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers, or ASU 2014-09, which establishes a comprehensive revenue recognition standard under GAAP for almost all industries. TA adopted ASU 2014-09 on January 1, 2018, using the full retrospective method, which required that TA restate its consolidated financial statements for prior year comparative periods. Although the majority of TA's revenue is initiated at the point of sale, the implementation of this standard impacted the accounting for TA's loyalty programs, initial franchise fees and advertising contributions received from franchisees.

The recognition of loyalty awards in accordance with ASU 2014-09 resulted in a reclassification between nonfuel and fuel revenues. This reclassification resulted in a decrease to fuel gross margin per gallon and an increase to nonfuel gross margin percentage. The adjusted fuel revenues, fuel gross margin per gallon, nonfuel revenues and nonfuel gross margin percentage for each quarter of 2017 and 2016 and for the years ended December 31, 2017 and 2016, is as follows:

                 
As Reported

Adoption of
ASU 2014-09

As Adjusted
Fuel revenues:
Three months ended March 31, 2017 $ 935,296 $ (12,422 ) $ 922,874
Three months ended June 30, 2017 990,265 (14,046 ) 976,219
Three months ended September 30, 2017 1,055,593 (19,814 ) 1,035,779
Three months ended December 31, 2017 1,109,758 (19,341 ) 1,090,417
Year ended December 31, 2017 4,090,912 (65,623 ) 4,025,289
 
Three months ended March 31, 2016 $ 709,528 $ (14,622 ) $ 694,906
Three months ended June 30, 2016 931,211 (14,802 ) 916,409
Three months ended September 30, 2016 947,558 (15,223 ) 932,335
Three months ended December 31, 2016 941,852 (11,830 ) 930,022
Year ended December 31, 2016 3,530,149 (56,477 ) 3,473,672
 
                 
As Reported

Adoption of
ASU 2014-09(1)

As Adjusted
Fuel gross margin per gallon:
Three months ended March 31, 2017 $ 0.166 $ (0.024 ) $ 0.142
Three months ended June 30, 2017 0.192 (0.026 ) 0.166
Three months ended September 30, 2017 0.189 (0.036 ) 0.153
Three months ended December 31, 2017 0.184 (0.036 ) 0.148
Year ended December 31, 2017 0.183 (0.030 ) 0.153
 
Three months ended March 31, 2016 $ 0.170 $ (0.027 ) $ 0.143
Three months ended June 30, 2016 0.182 (0.027 ) 0.155
Three months ended September 30, 2016 0.194 (0.027 ) 0.167
Three months ended December 31, 2016 0.189 (0.022 ) 0.167
Year ended December 31, 2016 0.184 (0.026 ) 0.158
 
(1)     The effect ASU 2014-09 will have on fuel gross margin per gallon will vary from period to period as a result of changes in certain factors that figure into the underlying calculations, including, but not limited to, fuel prices, the value of loyalty awards and loyalty program redemption rates.
 
                 
As Reported

Adoption of
ASU 2014-09

As Adjusted
Nonfuel revenues:
Three months ended March 31, 2017 $ 451,746 $ 12,422 $ 464,168
Three months ended June 30, 2017 504,722 14,046 518,768
Three months ended September 30, 2017 516,555 19,814 536,369
Three months ended December 31, 2017 471,158 19,341 490,499
Year ended December 31, 2017 1,944,181 65,623 2,009,804
 
Three months ended March 31, 2016 $ 436,018 $ 14,622 $ 450,640
Three months ended June 30, 2016 494,467 14,802 509,269
Three months ended September 30, 2016 510,559 15,223 525,782
Three months ended December 31, 2016 462,579 11,830 474,409
Year ended December 31, 2016 1,903,623 56,477 1,960,100
 
                 
As Reported

Adoption of
ASU 2014-09

As Adjusted
Nonfuel gross margin percentage:
Three months ended March 31, 2017 56.6 % 110 pts 57.7 %
Three months ended June 30, 2017 55.6 % 110 pts 56.7 %
Three months ended September 30, 2017 55.2 % 160 pts 56.8 %
Three months ended December 31, 2017 56.0 % 180 pts 57.8 %
Year ended December 31, 2017 55.8 % 140 pts 57.2 %
 
Three months ended March 31, 2016 56.0 % 150 pts 57.5 %
Three months ended June 30, 2016 55.0 % 140 pts 56.4 %
Three months ended September 30, 2016 54.9 % 130 pts 56.2 %
Three months ended December 31, 2016 55.4 % 110 pts 56.5 %
Year ended December 31, 2016 55.3 % 130 pts 56.6 %
 

TRAVELCENTERS OF AMERICA LLC
SUPPLEMENTAL SAME SITE OPERATING DATA
(dollars and gallons in thousands, except per gallon amounts unless indicated otherwise)

CONSOLIDATED SAME SITE OPERATING DATA

The following table presents consolidated operating data for the periods noted for all of the locations in operation on March 31, 2018, that were operated by TA continuously since the beginning of the earliest period presented, with the exception of six locations TA operates that are owned by an unconsolidated joint venture in which TA owns a noncontrolling interest. This data excludes revenues and expenses at locations TA does not operate, such as rents and royalties from franchisees, and corporate level selling, general and administrative expenses. TA does not exclude locations from the same site comparisons as a result of capital improvements to the site or changes in the services offered.

             
Three Months Ended
March 31,
2018     2017 Change
Number of same site company operated locations(1) 461 461
 
Diesel sales volume (gallons) 388,309 390,353 (0.5 ) %
Gasoline sales volume (gallons) 112,543   114,080   (1.3 ) %
Total fuel sales volume (gallons) 500,852   504,433   (0.7 ) %
 
Fuel revenues $ 1,070,784 $ 904,874 18.3 %
Fuel gross margin 91,932 72,975 26.0 %
Fuel gross margin per gallon $ 0.184 $ 0.145 26.9 %
 
Nonfuel revenues $ 472,835 $ 460,597 2.7 %
Nonfuel gross margin 277,454 265,503 4.5 %
Nonfuel gross margin percentage 58.7 % 57.6 % 110 pts
 
Total gross margin $ 369,386 $ 338,478 9.1 %
Site level operating expenses 244,746 242,744 0.8 %
Site level operating expenses as a percentage of nonfuel revenues 51.8 % 52.7 % (90 )pts
Site level gross margin in excess of site level operating expenses $ 124,640 $ 95,734 30.2 %
 
(1)     Same site operations for the three months ended March 31, 2018, include 223 travel centers, 227 convenience stores and 11 standalone restaurants that TA operated since January 1, 2017. The 11 standalone restaurants are not a separately reportable segment but are included in corporate and other in TA's segment information.
 

TRAVEL CENTERS SEGMENT SAME SITE OPERATING DATA

The following table presents operating data for the periods noted for all of the travel centers in operation on March 31, 2018, that were operated by TA continuously since the beginning of the earliest period presented, with the exception of two travel centers TA operates that are owned by an unconsolidated joint venture in which TA owns a noncontrolling interest. This data also excludes revenues and expenses at travel centers TA does not operate, such as rents and royalties from franchisees, and corporate level selling, general and administrative expenses. TA does not exclude locations from the same site comparisons as a result of capital improvements to the site or changes in the services offered.

             
Three Months Ended
March 31,
Travel Centers 2018     2017 Change
Number of same site company operated travel center locations 223 223
 
Diesel sales volume (gallons) 383,715 386,372 (0.7 ) %
Gasoline sales volume (gallons) 61,026   61,119   (0.2 ) %
Total fuel sales volume (gallons) 444,741   447,491   (0.6 ) %
 
Fuel revenues $ 956,201 $ 801,844 19.3 %
Fuel gross margin 80,811 61,802 30.8 %
Fuel gross margin per gallon $ 0.182 $ 0.138 31.9 %
 
Nonfuel revenues $ 408,451 $ 393,105 3.9 %
Nonfuel gross margin 252,264 239,872 5.2 %
Nonfuel gross margin percentage 61.8 % 61.0 % 80 pts
 
Total gross margin $ 333,075 $ 301,674 10.4 %
Site level operating expenses 214,122 211,891 1.1 %
Site level operating expenses as a percentage of nonfuel revenues 52.4 % 53.9 % (150 )pts
Site level gross margin in excess of site level operating expenses $ 118,953 $ 89,783 32.5 %
 

CONVENIENCE STORES SEGMENT SAME SITE OPERATING DATA

The following table presents operating data for the periods noted for all of the convenience stores in operation on March 31, 2018, that were operated by TA continuously since the beginning of the earliest period presented, with the exception of three convenience stores TA operates that are owned by an unconsolidated joint venture in which TA owns a noncontrolling interest. This data also excludes revenues and expenses at convenience stores TA does not operate, such as revenues from a dealer operated convenience store, and corporate level selling, general and administrative expenses. TA does not exclude locations from the same site comparisons as a result of capital improvements to the site or changes in the services offered.

             
Three Months Ended
March 31,
Convenience Stores 2018     2017 Change

Number of same site company operated convenience store locations

227 227
 
Fuel sales volume (gallons) 56,111 56,942 (1.5 ) %
Fuel revenues $ 114,583 $ 103,030 11.2 %
Fuel gross margin 11,121 11,173 (0.5 ) %
Fuel gross margin per gallon $ 0.198 $ 0.196 1.0 %
 
Nonfuel revenues $ 58,298 $ 60,464 (3.6 ) %
Nonfuel gross margin 21,044 21,035 %
Nonfuel gross margin percentage 36.1 % 34.8 % 130 pts
 
Total gross margin $ 32,165 $ 32,208 (0.1 ) %
Site level operating expenses 27,232 26,906 1.2 %
Site level operating expenses as a percentage of nonfuel revenues 46.7 % 44.5 % 220 pts
Site level gross margin in excess of site level operating expenses $ 4,933 $ 5,302 (7.0 ) %
 

TRAVELCENTERS OF AMERICA LLC
BUSINESS SEGMENT INFORMATION
(in thousands)

The following tables present business segment information for travel centers and convenience stores, or TA's reportable segments, for the three months ended March 31, 2018 and 2017.

         
Three Months Ended March 31, 2018

Travel
Centers

    Convenience
Stores
    Corporate
and Other
    Consolidated
Revenues:
Fuel $ 966,026 $ 115,002 $ 19,099 $ 1,100,127
Nonfuel 414,376 58,412 7,609 480,397
Rent and royalties from franchisees 3,128   53   982   4,163  
Total revenues 1,383,530   173,467   27,690   1,584,687  
 

Site level gross margin in excess of site level operating expenses

$ 124,019   $ 4,911   $ 1,634   $ 130,564  
 
Corporate operating expenses:
Selling, general and administrative $ 38,035 $ 38,035
Real estate rent 70,812 70,812
Depreciation and amortization 27,548   27,548  
Loss from operations (5,831 )
 
Interest expense, net 7,588 7,588
Loss from equity investees (1,285 ) (1,285 )
Loss before income taxes (14,704 )
Benefit for income taxes 4,626   4,626  
Net loss (10,078 )
Less: net income for noncontrolling interests 34  
Net loss attributable to common shareholders $ (10,112 )

Supplemental data:

                           
 
Gross margin:
Fuel $ 82,377 $ 11,141 $ 41 $ 93,559
Nonfuel 256,074 21,077 5,251 282,402
Rent and royalties from franchisees 3,128   53   982   4,163
Total gross margin $ 341,579   $ 32,271   $ 6,274   $ 380,124
 
Site level operating expenses $ 217,560   $ 27,360   $ 4,640   $ 249,560
 
         
Three Months Ended March 31, 2017
Travel
Centers
    Convenience
Stores
    Corporate
and Other
    Consolidated
Revenues:
Fuel $ 801,719 $ 103,706 $ 17,449 $ 922,874
Nonfuel 394,206 60,702 9,260 464,168
Rent and royalties from franchisees 3,413   54   1,163   4,630  
Total revenues 1,199,338   164,462   27,872   1,391,672  
 

Site level gross margin in excess of site level operating expenses

$ 92,477   $ 5,363   $ 1,835   $ 99,675  
 
Corporate operating expenses:
Selling, general and administrative $ 41,303 $ 41,303
Real estate rent 67,999 67,999
Depreciation and amortization 31,800   31,800  
Loss from operations (41,427 )
 
Acquisition costs 140 140
Interest expense, net 7,384 7,384
Income from equity investees 278   278  
Loss before income taxes (48,673 )
Benefit for income taxes 19,298   19,298  
Net loss (29,375 )
Less: net income for noncontrolling interests 23  
Net loss attributable to common shareholders $ (29,398 )

Supplemental data:

                           
 
Gross margin:
Fuel $ 61,832 $ 11,245 $ 86 $ 73,163
Nonfuel 240,633 21,115 6,049 267,797
Rent and royalties from franchisees 3,413   54   1,163   4,630
Total gross margin $ 305,878   $ 32,414   $ 7,298   $ 345,590
 
Site level operating expenses $ 213,401   $ 27,051   $ 5,463   $ 245,915
 

Contacts

TravelCenters of America LLC
Katie Strohacker, 617-796-8251
Senior Director of Investor Relations
www.ta-petro.com

Contacts

TravelCenters of America LLC
Katie Strohacker, 617-796-8251
Senior Director of Investor Relations
www.ta-petro.com