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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

 

FORM 10-Q

(Mark One)

 

QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the quarterly period ended May 31, 2017

or

 

TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the transition period from                      to                     

Commission File No. 001-06198

 

 

 

LOGO   

UNITED REFINING COMPANY

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

Pennsylvania   25-1411751

(State or other jurisdiction of

incorporation or organization)

 

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)

15 Bradley Street  
Warren, Pennsylvania   16365
(Address of principal executive office)   (Zip Code)

814-723-1500

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

 

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.    Yes  ☒    No  ☐

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).    Yes  ☐    No  ☒

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, smaller reporting company, or an emerging growth company. See definitions of “large accelerated filer”, “accelerated filer”, “smaller reporting company”, and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

 

Large accelerated filer  ☐

  

Accelerated filer  ☐

Non-accelerated filer  ☒  (Do not check if a smaller reporting company)

  

Smaller reporting company  ☐

  

Emerging growth company  ☐

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.  ☐

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).    Yes  ☐    No  ☒

As of July 14, 2017, there were 100 shares of common stock, par value $.10 per share, of the Registrant outstanding.


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TABLE OF ADDITIONAL REGISTRANTS

 

Name

  

State or Other
Jurisdiction of
Incorporation

   IRS Employer
Identification
Number
     Commission
File Number
 

Kiantone Pipeline Corporation

   New York      25-1211902        333-35083-01  

Kiantone Pipeline Company

   Pennsylvania      25-1416278        333-35083-03  

United Refining Company of Pennsylvania

   Pennsylvania      25-0850960        333-35083-02  

United Jet Center, Inc.

   Delaware      52-1623169        333-35083-06  

Kwik-Fill Corporation

   Pennsylvania      25-1525543        333-35083-05  

United Store Holdings, Inc.

   New York      06-1217388        333-35083-11  

Bell Oil Corp.

   Michigan      38-1884781        333-35083-07  

PPC, Inc.

   Ohio      31-0821706        333-35083-08  

Super Test Petroleum, Inc.

   Michigan      38-1901439        333-35083-09  

Kwik-Fil, Inc.

   New York      25-1525615        333-35083-04  

Vulcan Asphalt Refining Corporation

   Delaware      23-2486891        333-35083-10  

Country Fair, Inc.

   Pennsylvania      25-1149799        333-35083-12  

 

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FORM 10-Q – CONTENTS

 

          PAGE  

PART I. FINANCIAL INFORMATION

  

Item 1.

  

Financial Statements

     4  
  

Consolidated Balance Sheets – May 31, 2017 (unaudited) and August 31, 2016

     4  
  

Consolidated Statements of Operations – Quarter and Nine Months Ended May  31, 2017 and 2016 (unaudited)

     5  
  

Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income (Loss) – Quarter and Nine Months Ended May 31, 2017 and 2016 (unaudited)

     6  
  

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows – Nine Months Ended May  31, 2017 and 2016 (unaudited)

     7  
  

Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements (unaudited)

     8  

Item 2.

  

Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

     17  

Item 3.

  

Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk

     24  

Item 4.

  

Controls and Procedures

     24  

PART II. OTHER INFORMATION

  

Item 1.

  

Legal Proceedings

     25  

Item 1A.

  

Risk Factors

     25  

Item 2.

  

Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds

     25  

Item 3.

  

Defaults Upon Senior Securities

     25  

Item 4.

  

Mine Safety Disclosures

     25  

Item 5.

  

Other Information

     25  

Item 6.

  

Exhibits

     25  

Signatures

     26  

 

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PART I.

FINANCIAL INFORMATION

 

Item 1.

Financial Statements.

UNITED REFINING COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(in thousands, except share amounts)

 

     May 31,
2017
(Unaudited)
    August 31,
2016
 

Assets

    

Current:

    

Cash and cash equivalents

   $ 43,771     $ 48,361  

Short-term investments

     10,254       10,156  

Accounts receivable, net

     79,093       71,504  

Refundable income taxes

     1,584       3,343  

Inventories, net

     202,122       167,062  

Prepaid income taxes

     13,423       4,018  

Prepaid expenses and other assets

     16,889       22,092  

Amounts due from affiliated companies

     3,255       —    
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total current assets

     370,391       326,536  

Property, plant and equipment, net

     408,741       403,631  

Goodwill

     1,349       1,349  

Tradename

     10,500       10,500  

Amortizable intangible assets, net

     712       807  

Deferred integrity and replacement costs, net

     105,473       112,892  

Deferred turnaround costs and other assets, net

     14,079       18,852  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 
   $ 911,245     $ 874,567  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Liabilities and Stockholder’s Equity

    

Current:

    

Current installments of long-term debt

   $ 29,828     $ 28,029  

Accounts payable

     47,714       61,832  

Accrued liabilities

     19,624       21,307  

Sales, use and fuel taxes payable

     24,273       21,649  

Amounts due to affiliated companies

     122       729  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total current liabilities

     121,561       133,546  

Revolving credit facility

     30,000       —    

Long-term debt, less current installments

     290,952       254,498  

Deferred income taxes

     48,333       48,173  

Deferred retirement benefits

     90,732       94,786  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total liabilities

     581,578       531,003  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Commitments and contingencies

    

Stockholder’s equity:

    

Common stock; $.10 par value per share – shares authorized 100; issued and outstanding 100

     —         —    

Series A Preferred stock; $1,000 par value per share – shares authorized 25,000; issued and outstanding 14,116

     14,116       14,116  

Additional paid-in capital

     157,316       157,316  

Retained earnings

     195,096       208,495  

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

     (36,861     (36,363
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total stockholder’s equity

     329,667       343,564  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 
   $ 911,245     $ 874,567  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.

 

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UNITED REFINING COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES

Consolidated Statements of Operations – (Unaudited)

(in thousands)

 

     Three Months Ended
May 31,
    Nine Months Ended
May 31,
 
     2017     2016     2017     2016  

Net sales

   $ 572,609     $ 497,982     $ 1,616,989     $ 1,511,297  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Costs and expenses:

      

Costs of goods sold (exclusive of depreciation and amortization)

     510,111       395,531       1,451,887       1,320,134  

Selling, general and administrative expenses

     43,440       43,591       130,471       127,690  

Depreciation and amortization expenses

     11,461       12,175       35,482       36,679  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 
     565,012       451,297       1,617,840       1,484,503  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Operating income (loss)

     7,597       46,685       (851     26,794  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Other expense:

      

Interest expense, net

     (3,438     (2,718     (9,261     (10,705

Other, net

     (394     81       (1,072     (2,285

Loss on extinguishment of debt

     —         —         —         (19,316
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 
     (3,832     (2,637     (10,333     (32,306
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income (loss) before income tax expense (benefit)

     3,765       44,048       (11,184     (5,512

Income tax expense (benefit)

     1,286       16,307       (4,137     (2,045
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income (loss)

   $ 2,479     $ 27,741     $ (7,047   $ (3,467
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.

 

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UNITED REFINING COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES

Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income (Loss) – (Unaudited)

(in thousands)

 

    Three Months Ended
May 31,
    Nine Months Ended
May 31,
 
        2017             2016             2017             2016      

Net income (loss)

  $ 2,479     $ 27,741     $ (7,047   $ (3,467

Other comprehensive loss, net of taxes:

     

Unrecognized post-retirement costs, net of taxes of $(97) and $(304) for the three months ended May 31, 2017 and 2016, respectively and $(292) and $(930) for the nine months ended May 31, 2017 and 2016, respectively

    (167     (519     (498     (1,539
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Other comprehensive loss

    (167     (519     (498     (1,539
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total comprehensive income (loss)

  $ 2,312     $ 27,222     $ (7,545   $ (5,006
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.

 

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UNITED REFINING COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows – (Unaudited)

(in thousands)

 

     Nine Months Ended
May 31,
 
     2017     2016  

Cash flows from operating activities:

    

Net loss

   $ (7,047   $ (3,467

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash (used in) provided by operating activities:

    

Depreciation and amortization

     35,482       36,679  

Amortization of debt discount and deferred financing costs

     1,001       1,101  

Deferred income taxes

     452       3,385  

Noncash portion of loss on extinguishment of debt

     —         5,771  

Loss on asset dispositions

     2,976       840  

Cash (used in) provided by working capital items

     (62,131     56,947  

Change in operating assets and liabilities:

    

Other assets, net

     264       406  

Deferred retirement benefits

     (4,844     (6,790
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total adjustments

     (26,800     98,339  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities

     (33,847     94,872  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cash flows from investing activities:

    

Short-term investments

     (98     —    

Additions to property, plant and equipment

     (26,742     (64,389

Additions to amortizable assets

     —         (60

Additions to deferred turnaround costs

     (2,274     (1,362

Additions to deferred integrity and replacement costs

     (2,902     (66,572

Proceeds from asset dispositions

     373       246  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash used in investing activities

     (31,643     (132,137
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cash flows from financing activities:

    

Net borrowings on revolving credit facility

     30,000       —    

Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt

     60,000       301,948  

Principal reductions of long-term debt

     (22,143     (251,593

Dividends to preferred shareholder and stockholder

     (6,352     (45,416

Deferred financing costs

     (605     (5,793
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

     60,900       (854
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

     (4,590     (38,119

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of year

     48,361       117,028  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

   $ 43,771     $ 78,909  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cash (used in) provided by working capital items:

    

Accounts receivable, net

   $ (7,589   $ 14,243  

Refundable income taxes

     1,759       (4,200

Inventories, net

     (35,060     41,954  

Prepaid income taxes

     (9,405     (5,147

Prepaid expenses and other assets

     5,203       8,632  

Amounts due from/to affiliated companies

     (3,862     (2,922

Accounts payable

     (14,118     14,443  

Accrued liabilities

     (1,683     (1,696

Income taxes payable

     —         (7,397

Sales, use, and fuel taxes payable

     2,624       (963
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total change

   $ (62,131   $ 56,947  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cash paid during the period for:

    

Interest

   $ 8,243     $ 9,160  

Income taxes

   $ 3,131     $ 11,314  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.

 

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UNITED REFINING COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES

Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

1.

Description of Business and Basis of Presentation

The consolidated financial statements include the accounts of United Refining Company (“URC”) and its subsidiaries, United Refining Company of Pennsylvania and its subsidiaries and Kiantone Pipeline Corporation and its subsidiary (collectively, the “Company”). All significant intercompany balances and transactions have been eliminated in consolidation.

The Company is a petroleum refiner and marketer in its primary market area of Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania. Operations are organized into two business segments: wholesale and retail.

The wholesale segment is responsible for the acquisition of crude oil, petroleum refining, supplying petroleum products to the retail segment and the marketing of petroleum products to wholesale and industrial customers. The retail segment operates a network of Company operated retail units under the Red Apple Food Mart® and Country Fair® brand names selling petroleum products under the Kwik Fill®, Citgo® and Keystone® brand names, as well as convenience and grocery items.

The Company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of United Refining, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of United Acquisition Corp., which in turn is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Red Apple Group, Inc. (the “Parent”).

The accompanying unaudited consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America for interim financial information and with the instructions to Form 10-Q and Rule 10-01 of Regulation S-X. Accordingly, they do not include all of the information and footnotes required by accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America for complete financial statements. In the opinion of management, all adjustments (consisting of only normal recurring accruals) considered necessary for a fair presentation have been included. Operating results for the three and nine months ended May 31, 2017 are not necessarily indicative of the results that may be expected for the year ending August 31, 2017. For further information, refer to the consolidated financial statements and footnotes thereto included in the Company’s Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2016.

Recent Accounting Pronouncements

In May, 2014, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) issued Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) No. 2014-09 “Revenue from Contracts with Customers,” which provides guidance for revenue recognition. The standard’s core principle is that a company should recognize revenue to depict the transfer of promised goods or services to customers in an amount that reflects the consideration to which the entity expects to be entitled in exchange for those goods or services. In August 2015, the FASB issued ASU No. 2015-14 which deferred the effective date of ASU 2014-09. This guidance will now be effective for our financial statements for the fiscal year ending August 31, 2019 (including interim periods within that fiscal year). We are currently reviewing contracts and evaluating the effect of this standard and its impact on our business processes, financial statements and related disclosures.

In April 2015, the FASB issued ASU 2015-03, “Simplifying the Presentation of Debt Issuance Costs,” which requires debt issuance costs related directly to notes payable be deducted from the face amount of that note and the amortization of such costs be classified as interest expense. Effective November 30, 2016, the Company adopted the accounting and reporting requirements included in ASU 2015-03 and has applied these requirements retrospectively. Accordingly, the Company has included $5,150,000 of previously reported deferred financing cost assets in long-term debt, net of current installments in its August 31, 2016 consolidated balance sheet. The adoption of these accounting and reporting requirements resulted in an increase in interest expense and a

 

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UNITED REFINING COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES

Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

decrease in other expense of $335,000 and $910,000 on the consolidated statements of operations for the previously reported three and nine months ended May 31, 2017, respectively.

In January 2016, the FASB issued ASU No. 2016-01, “Financial Instruments – Overall (Subtopic 825-10): Recognition and Measurement of Financial Assets and Financial Liabilities”. The standard addresses certain aspects of recognition, measurements, presentation and disclosure of financial instruments. ASU 2016-01 is effective for our fiscal year ending August 31, 2019 (including interim periods within that fiscal year). The Company expects to adopt this guidance when effective and adoption is not expected to have a material effect on the financial statements.

In February 2016, the FASB issued ASU-2016-02 “Leases,” which replaces the existing guidance in ASC 840. This new guidance is effective for our fiscal year ending August 31, 2020 (including interim periods within that fiscal year). The guidance requires a dual approach for lessee accounting under which a lessee would account for leases as finance leases or operating leases. Both finance leases and operating leases will result in the lessee recognizing a right-of-use (ROU) asset and a corresponding lease liability. For finance leases the lessee would recognize interest expense and amortization of the ROU asset and for operating leases the lessee would recognize a straight-line total lease expense. The Company is currently assessing the impact that adoption of this guidance will have on its financial statements and footnote disclosures.

In August 2016, the FASB issued ASU 2016-15 which includes guidance to clarify how companies present and classify certain cash receipts and cash payments in the statement of cash flows, including contingent consideration payments made after a business acquisition and debt extinguishment costs. Specifically, cash payments to settle a contingent consideration liability which are not made soon after the acquisition date should be classified as cash used in financing activities up to the initial amount of contingent consideration recognized with the remaining amount classified as cash flows from operating activities. The guidance is effective for our fiscal year ending August 31, 2019 (including interim periods within that fiscal year). The Company expects to adopt this guidance when effective and adoption is not expected to have a material effect on the financial statements.

In January 2017, the FASB issued ASU No. 2017-04, “Intangibles – Goodwill and Other (Topic 350): Simplifying the Test for Goodwill Impairment,” in which the guidance on testing for goodwill was updated by the elimination of Step 2 in the determination on whether goodwill should be considered impaired. The annual and/or interim assessments are still required to be completed. ASU 2017-04 is effective for our fiscal year ending August 31, 2021 (including interim periods within that fiscal year). The adoption of ASU 2017-04 is not expected to have an impact on the Company’s consolidated financial statements.

In March 2017, the FASB issued ASU 2017-07, “Compensation – Retirement Benefits (Topic 715): Improving the Presentation of Net Periodic Pension Cost and Net Periodic Post-Retirement Benefit Cost”. The changes to the standard require employers to report the service cost component in the same line item as other compensation costs arising from services rendered by employees during the reporting period. The other components of net benefit costs will be presented in the income statement separately from the service cost and outside of a subtotal of income from operations. In addition, only the service cost component may be eligible for capitalization where applicable. ASU 2017-07 is effective for the fiscal year ending August 31, 2019 (including interim periods within that fiscal year). The Company expects to adopt this guidance when effective and adoption is not expected to have a material effect on the financial statements.

 

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UNITED REFINING COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES

Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

2.

Inventories

Inventories are stated at the lower of cost or market (LCM), with cost being determined under the Last-in, First-out (LIFO) method for crude oil and petroleum product inventories and the First-in, First-out (FIFO) method for merchandise. Supply inventories are stated at either the LCM or replacement cost and include various parts for the refinery operations.

Inventories consist of the following:

 

     May 31,
2017
     August 31,
2016
 
     (in thousands)  

Crude Oil

   $ 41,663      $ 44,536  

Petroleum Products

     100,865        65,414  
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total @ Lower of LIFO Cost or Market

     142,528        109,950  
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Merchandise

     25,548        26,293  

Supplies

     34,046        30,819  
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total @ FIFO

     59,594        57,112  
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total Inventory

   $ 202,122      $ 167,062  
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

As of May 31, 2017 and August 31, 2016, the replacement cost of LIFO inventories exceeded their LIFO carrying values on the balance sheets by approximately $3,063,000 and $4,718,000, respectively, which includes the LCM inventory write-down of $0 and $13,052,000, respectively, and a LIFO (decrease) increase of $(3,063,000) and $8,334,000, respectively.

 

3.

Long-Term Debt

Amended, Restated and Consolidated Revolving Credit, Term Loan and Security Agreement

On October 20, 2015 (the “Closing Date”), URC, United Refining Company of Pennsylvania, Kiantone Pipeline Corporation (“Kiantone”), United Refining Company of New York Inc., United Biofuels, Inc., Country Fair, Inc. and Kwik-Fill Corporation (collectively, the “Borrowers”) entered into an Amended, Restated and Consolidated Revolving Credit, Term Loan and Security Agreement (“Credit Agreement”) with a group of lenders led by PNC Bank, National Association, as Administrative Agent (the “Agent”), and PNC Capital Markets LLC, as Sole Lead Arranger and Bookrunner. The Credit Agreement amends and restates the Amended and Restated Credit Agreement, dated May 18, 2011 and last amended June 18, 2013, by and between the Company and certain subsidiaries and PNC Bank, National Association, as Administrative Agent (the “Existing Credit Facility”). The Credit Agreement will terminate on October 19, 2020 (the “Expiration Date”). Until the Expiration Date, the Company may borrow on the New Revolving Credit Facility (as defined below) on a borrowing base formula set forth in the Credit Agreement.

Pursuant to the Credit Agreement, the Company increased its existing senior secured revolving credit facility from $175,000,000 to $225,000,000. The New Revolving Credit Facility may be increased by an amount not to exceed $50,000,000 without additional approval from the lenders named in the Credit Agreement if existing lenders agree to increase their commitments or additional lenders commit to fund such increase. Interest under the New Revolving Credit Facility is calculated as follows: (a) for domestic base rate borrowings, at (i) the greater of the Agent’s prime rate, federal funds rate plus .5% or the daily LIBOR rate plus 1%, plus (ii) an

 

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UNITED REFINING COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES

Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

applicable margin of 1.25% to 1.75%, and (b) for euro-rate borrowings, at the LIBOR rate plus an applicable margin of 2.25% to 2.75%. The applicable margin will vary depending on a formula calculating the Company’s average unused availability under the facility. As of May 31, 2017 the borrowings under the facility consisted of $30,000,000 of domestic base rate borrowings at 5.25%. Letters of credit totaling $7,400,000 and $8,753,000 were outstanding at May 31, 2017 and August 31, 2016, respectively.

In addition, pursuant to the Credit Agreement, the Company entered into a term loan in the amount of $250,000,000, which was made in a single drawing on the Closing Date (“Term Loan” and, together with the New Revolving Credit Facility, the “Credit Obligations”). Under the Term Loan, interest is calculated as follows: (a) for domestic rate borrowings, at (i) the greater of the Agent’s prime rate, federal funds rate plus .5% or the daily LIBOR rate plus 1%, plus (ii) an applicable margin of 1.75% to 2.25%, and (b) for euro-rate borrowings, at the LIBOR rate plus an applicable margin of 2.75% to 3.25%. The applicable margin will vary depending on a formula calculating the Company’s average unused availability under the facility. The Term Loan is prepayable in whole or in part at any time without premium or penalty. The Term Loan shall be paid in full on or prior to the Expiration Date and shall be paid in equal quarterly amounts based on a ten-year straight line amortization schedule.

The Credit Obligations are secured by a first priority security interest in certain cash accounts, accounts receivable, inventory, the refinery, including a related tank farm, and the capital stock of Kiantone. At such time as the Term Loan is repaid in full, and provided no event of default exists, the security interest in the refinery and the equity interest in Kiantone shall be released.

The Credit Agreement requires minimum undrawn availability of $15,000,000 at all times prior to the repayment of the Term Loan and the greater of 12.5% of the maximum New Revolving Credit Facility or $25,000,000 after the repayment of the Term Loan. The Company is also required to maintain a consolidated net worth of no less than $100,000,000. The Credit Agreement includes customary mandatory prepayment provisions, including dispositions in connection with non-ordinary course asset sales, equity issuances and the incurrence of additional debt. Unless assets sold in non-ordinary course transactions were included in the borrowing base for the New Revolving Credit Facility, mandatory prepayments shall be applied first to the repayment of the Term Loan and then the New Revolving Credit Facility. The Credit Agreement also includes customary affirmative and negative covenants, including, among other things, covenants related to the fixed charge coverage ratio, payment of fees, conduct of business, maintenance of existence and assets, payment of indebtedness and the incurrence of additional indebtedness, intercompany obligations, affiliate transactions, amendments to organizational documents, and financial statements.

The proceeds of the Credit Agreement were used to (i) repay and satisfy in full those certain 10.500% senior secured notes due 2018 (the “Senior Secured Notes due 2018”), (ii) provide for the Company’s general corporate needs, including working capital requirements and capital expenditures and (iii) pay the fees and expenses associated with the Credit Agreement.

In connection with the redemption of all its Senior Secured Notes due 2018, the Company recorded a loss of $19,316,000 on the early extinguishment of debt consisting of a redemption premium of $7,009,000, a consent payment of $6,536,000, a write-off of unamortized net debt discount of $3,600,000 and a write-off of deferred finance costs of $2,171,000.

Term Loan – due 2022

On December 9, 2015, United Refining Company of New York Inc. (as Borrower) and United Refining Company of Pennsylvania (as Fee Owner), entered into a Loan Agreement with a bank, in the amount of

 

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Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

$50,000,000 which matures on December 9, 2022. Pursuant to the Loan Agreement, interest is calculated as follows: (a) for LIBOR Loans, at either the LIBOR plus 2.50% or the Prime Rate, (b) for Reference Rate Loans, the Prime Rate and (c) for Fixed Rate Loans, at the Fixed Rate. Under the terms of the agreement, the Company will make 84 monthly principal installments of approximately $129,000 with the remaining principal balance due on December 9, 2022. The loan is secured by a first lien mortgage on certain convenience store units owned by United Refining Company of Pennsylvania and contains various covenants applicable to the Borrower, which include, among others, maintaining a debt service coverage ratio. Payments due under a master lease between URC and the Borrower are guaranteed by the Company. Proceeds of the loan were used for general corporate purposes of the Company.

Term Loans – due 2023

On October 20, 2016 and December 30, 2016, Kwik-Fil, Inc. (as Borrower) and United Refining Company of Pennsylvania (as Fee Owner), entered into loan agreements with two banks totaling $50,000,000 which mature on October 20, 2023. Pursuant to the loan agreements, interest is calculated as follows: (a) for LIBOR Loans, at either the LIBOR plus 2.50% or the Prime Rate, (b) for Reference Rate Loans, the Prime Rate and (c) for Fixed Rate Loans, at the greater of the Fixed Rate or 4.25% per annum. Under the terms of the agreements, the Company will make 83 monthly principal installments of approximately $83,000 on each loan with the remaining principal balances due on October 20, 2023. The loans are secured by a first lien mortgage on certain convenience store units owned by United Refining Company of Pennsylvania and contains various covenants applicable to the Borrower, which include, among others, maintaining a debt service coverage ratio. Payments due under a master lease between URC and the Borrower are guaranteed by the Company. Proceeds of the loans were used for general corporate purposes of the Company.

Term Loan – due 2027

On March 16, 2017, United Store Holdings, Inc. (as Borrower) and United Refining Company of Pennsylvania (as Fee Owner), entered into a loan agreement with a bank in the amount of $10,000,000 which matures on March 16, 2027. Pursuant to the loan agreement, interest is calculated as follows: (a) for Floating Rate Loans, at either the LIBOR plus 2.50% or the Prime Rate and (b) for Fixed Rate Loans, at (i) the greater of 4.25% or the Five-Year ICE Swap Rate plus 3% or (ii) the greater of 4.50% or the Seven Year ICE Swap Rate plus 3%. Under the terms of the agreement, the Company will make 120 monthly principal installments of approximately $33,000 with the remaining principal balance due on March 16, 2027. The loan is secured by a first lien mortgage on certain convenience store units owned by United Refining Company of Pennsylvania and contains various covenants applicable to the Borrower, which include, among others, maintaining a debt service coverage ratio. Payments due under a master lease between URC and the Borrower are guaranteed by the Company. Proceeds of the loan were used for general corporate purposes of the Company.

 

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Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

A summary of long-term debt is as follows:

 

     May 31,
2017
     August 31,
2016
 
     (in thousands)  

Long-term debt:

     

PNC term loan, 3.75%, due 2020

   $ 212,500      $ 231,250  

Term loan, 3.49%, due 2022

     47,943        49,100  

Term loan, 3.53% due 2023

     24,500     

Term loans, 3.49%, due 2023

     24,500        —    

Term loan, 3.52% due 2027

     9,933        —    

Other long-term debt

     6,158        7,327  
  

 

 

    

 

 

 
     325,534        287,677  

Less:    Unamortized debt issuance costs

     4,754        5,150  

        Current installments of long-term debt

     29,828        28,029  
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

        Total long-term debt, less current installments

   $ 290,952      $ 254,498  
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

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Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

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4.

Segments of Business

Intersegment revenues are calculated using market prices and are eliminated upon consolidation. Summarized financial information regarding the Company’s reportable segments is presented in the following tables (in thousands):

 

     Three Months Ended      Nine Months Ended  
   May 31,      May 31,  
   2017      2016      2017      2016  

Net Sales

           

Retail

   $ 307,443      $ 275,638      $ 880,243      $ 810,847  

Wholesale

     265,166        222,344        736,746        700,450  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 
   $ 572,609      $ 497,982      $ 1,616,989      $ 1,511,297  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Intersegment Sales

           

Wholesale

   $ 113,718      $ 99,092      $ 332,057      $ 281,762  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Operating Income (Loss)

           

Retail

   $ 2,760      $ (6,356    $ (9,392    $ (5,067

Wholesale

     4,837        53,041        8,541        31,861  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 
   $ 7,597      $ 46,685      $ (851    $ 26,794  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Depreciation and Amortization

           

Retail

   $ 2,171      $ 2,132      $ 6,695      $ 6,367  

Wholesale

     9,290        10,043        28,787        30,312  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 
   $ 11,461      $ 12,175      $ 35,482      $ 36,679  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

     May 31,
2017
     August 31,
2016
 

Total Assets

     

Retail

   $ 200,831      $ 191,063  

Wholesale

     710,414        683,504  
  

 

 

    

 

 

 
   $ 911,245      $ 874,567  
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

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Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

5.

Employee Benefit Plans

For the periods ended May 31, 2017 and 2016, net pension and other post-retirement benefit costs (income) were comprised of the following:

 

     Pension Benefits  
     Three Months Ended     Nine Months Ended  
     May 31,     May 31,  
           2017                 2016                 2017                 2016        
     (in thousands)  

Service cost

   $ 143     $ 168     $ 428     $ 505  

Interest cost on benefit obligation

     1,001       1,356       3,004       4,068  

Expected return on plan assets

     (1,448     (1,508     (4,344     (4,525

Amortization and deferral of net loss

     427       318       1,282       953  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net periodic benefit cost

   $ 123     $ 334     $ 370     $ 1,001  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

     Other Post-Retirement Benefits  
     Three Months Ended     Nine Months Ended  
     May 31,     May 31,  
           2017                 2016                 2017                 2016        
     (in thousands)  

Service cost

   $ 137     $ 109     $ 414     $ 327  

Interest cost on benefit obligation

     314       386       943       1,156  

Amortization and deferral of net income

     (689     (1,137     (2,072     (3,409
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net periodic benefit income

   $ (238   $ (642   $ (715   $ (1,926
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

As of May 31, 2017, $2,294,000 of contributions have been made to the Company pension plans for the fiscal year ending August 31, 2017.

The Company accrues post-retirement benefits other than pensions, during the years that the employees render the necessary service, of the expected cost of providing those benefits to an employee and the employee’s beneficiaries and covered dependents.

 

6.

Fair Value Measurements

The carrying values of all financial instruments classified as a current asset or a current liability approximate fair value because of the short maturity of these instruments. The fair value of the long-term debt was less than its carrying value at May 31, 2017 and August 31, 2016 by $1,486,000 and $220,000, respectively.

 

7.

Enbridge Agreements

On July 31, 2014, URC and Kiantone (together the “Company Parties”), on the one hand, and Enbridge Energy Limited Partnership (“EEPL”) and Enbridge Pipelines Inc. (“EPI” and, together with EEPL, the “Carriers”), on the other hand, entered into a letter agreement (the “Letter Agreement”) with respect to approximately 88.85 miles of pipeline owned by the Carriers, which transports crude oil from Canada to the Company’s Kiantone Pipeline in West Seneca, New York and serves the Company’s refinery in Warren, Pennsylvania (“Line 10”).

 

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Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

 

Pursuant to the Letter Agreement, the Company agreed to fund certain integrity costs necessary to maintain Line 10 (the “Integrity Costs”). The Carriers actual expenses with respect to the integrity costs will be recorded against Integrity Costs paid for any subsequent year, as well as against any Replacement Costs, which are defined and discussed below.

In addition, the Company agreed to pay for half the cost of replacing certain portions of Line 10 in accordance with a plan agreed to between the Company Parties and the Carriers. The Company will pay 50% of the estimated expenses of the replacement project for each segment of Line 10 to be replaced (the “Replacement Costs”) within 30 days of its receipt of an invoice for the same, along with a project management fee of 2.25%. Each Carrier will initially fund the remaining 50% of the Replacement Costs during construction, provided that the Company will reimburse the Carriers for their actual cost of funds during the construction process. Once construction is complete and each replaced segment of Line 10 is put into service, and assuming the Company has not exercised its rights to purchase Line 10 pursuant to the Put and Call Agreement (as defined and discussed below), the Company will repay the Carriers the 50% of the Replacement Costs they funded over a 10-year period.

On April 8, 2015 (the “Execution Date”), the Company entered into the Put and Call Option Agreement with each of the Enbridge LP (the “U.S. Agreement”) and Enbridge Inc (the “Canadian Agreement”, and together with the U.S. Agreement, the “Put and Call Options Agreement”), which agreements are substantially similar. Pursuant to the Put and Call Agreement; the Company was granted a right to purchase and the Company gave the Carriers a right to put to the Company the Carriers’ assignable permits related to the ownership and operation of Line 10, as well as personal property, contract rights, records and incidental rights held solely in connection with Line 10 (collectively, the “Assets”).

The Carrier’s Put Option is exercisable beginning on the date that is the earlier of (a) January 1, 2026 and (b) the date that is 30 days after the latest of (i) the date on which the Carriers give notice that the Line 10 replacement work performed pursuant to the Letter Agreement is sufficiently completed (as contemplated in the Put and Call Agreement) and (ii) the ninth (9th) anniversary of the Execution Date (the “Put Option Commencement Date”). The Put Option terminates on the date that is 24 months after either (a) the Put Option Commencement Date if such date is the first of a month or (b) the first day of the calendar month immediately following the Put Option Commencement Date if it is not the first day of the month (the “Put/Call Option Expiry Date”). The Company’s Call Option is exercisable at any time beginning on the Execution Date and ending on the Put/Call Option Expiry Date.

The Company considered whether the Put and Call Agreement should be separated from the host contract in accordance with ASC 815 embedded derivative guidance and concluded that it doesn’t meet the criteria for separation. The Company determined that the Put and Call Agreement is interdependent with the Line 10 Agreement, and therefore is not freestanding and is accounted for as part of the Line 10 Agreement. As such we concluded that there is no separate accounting impact of the Put and Call Agreement until it becomes probable that it will be exercised. As of May 31, 2017, neither the Company nor the Carriers have exercised their rights under the Put and Call Agreement.

 

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Item 2.

Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.

Forward Looking Statements

This Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q contains certain statements that constitute “forward looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements may include, among other things, United Refining Company and its subsidiaries current expectations with respect to future operating results, future performance of its refinery and retail operations, capital expenditures and other financial items. Words such as “expects”, “intends”, “plans”, “projects”, “believes”, “estimates”, “may”, “will”, “should”, “shall”, “anticipates”, “predicts”, and similar expressions typically identify such forward looking statements in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q.

By their nature, all forward looking statements involve risk and uncertainties. All phases of the Company’s operations involve risks and uncertainties, many of which are outside of the Company’s control, and any one of which, or a combination of which, could materially affect the Company’s results of operations and whether the forward-looking statements ultimately prove to be correct. Actual results may differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements for a number of reasons.

Although we believe our expectations are based on reasonable assumptions within the bounds of our knowledge, investors and prospective investors are cautioned that such statements are only projections and that actual events or results may differ materially depending on a variety of factors described in greater detail in the Company’s filings with the SEC, including quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, annual reports on Form 10-K, current reports on Form 8-K, etc. In addition to the factors discussed elsewhere in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, the Company’s actual consolidated quarterly or annual operating results have been affected in the past, or could be affected in the future, by additional factors.

Prices of crude oil, other feedstocks and refined products depend on numerous factors beyond our control, including the supply of and demand for crude oil, other feedstocks, gasoline, diesel, asphalt and other refined products. Such supply and demand are affected by, among other things:

 

 

 

changes in global and local economic conditions;

 

 

 

domestic and foreign demand for fuel products, especially in the United States, China and India;

 

 

 

worldwide political conditions, particularly in significant oil producing regions such as the Middle East, West Africa and Latin America;

 

 

 

the level of foreign and domestic production of crude oil and refined products and the volume of crude oil, feedstock and refined products imported into the United States;

 

 

 

availability of and access to transportation infrastructure;

 

 

 

utilization rates of U.S. refineries;

 

 

 

the ability of the members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (“OPEC”) to affect oil prices and maintain production controls;

 

 

 

development and marketing of alternative and competing fuels;

 

 

 

commodities speculation;

 

 

 

natural disasters (such as hurricanes and tornadoes), accidents, interruptions in transportation, inclement weather or other events that can cause unscheduled shutdowns or otherwise adversely affect our refinery;

 

 

 

federal and state government regulations and taxes; and

 

 

 

local factors, including market conditions, weather conditions and the level of operations of other refineries and pipelines in our markets.

 

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Our direct operating expense structure also impacts our earnings. Our major direct operating expenses include employee and contract labor, maintenance and energy costs. Our predominant variable direct operating cost is energy, which is comprised primarily of fuel and other utility services. The volatility in costs of fuel, principally natural gas, and other utility services, principally electricity, used by our refinery and other operations affect our operating costs. Fuel and utility prices have been, and will continue to be, affected by factors outside our control, such as supply and demand for fuel and utility services in both local and regional markets. Natural gas prices have historically been volatile and, typically, electricity prices fluctuate with natural gas prices. Future increases in fuel and utility prices may have a negative effect on our earnings and cash flows.

All subsequent written and oral forward looking statements attributable to the Company or persons acting on its behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the foregoing. We undertake no obligation to update any information contained herein or to publicly release the results of any revisions to any such forward looking statements that may be made to reflect events or circumstances that occur, or which we become aware of, after the date of this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q.

Recent Developments

The lagged 3-2-1 crackspread is measured by the difference between the prices of crude oil contracts traded on the NYMEX for the preceding month to the prices of NYMEX gasoline and heating oil contracts in the current trading month. The Company uses a lagged crackspread as a margin indicator as it reflects the margin during the time period between the purchase of crude oil and its delivery to the refinery for processing. The lagged crackspread for the third quarter of fiscal 2017 averaged $15.88/barrel (“bbl”). Through June 30, 2017 the indicated lagged crackspread for the fourth quarter ending August 31, 2017 averaged $14.94/bbl, a $.94 decrease from the average for the third quarter of fiscal 2017.

NYMEX crude fluctuated during the third quarter of fiscal 2017 from a low of $45.52/bbl to a high of $53.83/bbl and closed on June 30, 2017 at $46.04/bbl.

Results of Operations

The Company is a petroleum refiner and marketer in its primary market area of Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania. Operations are organized into two business segments: wholesale and retail.

The wholesale segment is responsible for the acquisition of crude oil, petroleum refining, supplying petroleum products to the retail segment and the marketing of petroleum products to wholesale and industrial customers. The retail segment sells petroleum products under the Kwik Fill®, Citgo® and Keystone® brand names through a network of Company-operated retail units and convenience and grocery items through Company-owned gasoline stations and convenience stores under the Red Apple Food Mart® and Country Fair® brand names.

A discussion and analysis of the factors contributing to the Company’s results of operations are presented below. The accompanying Consolidated Financial Statements and related Notes, together with the following information, are intended to supply interested parties with a reasonable basis for evaluating the Company’s operations, but does not serve to predict the Company’s future performance.

 

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Retail Operations:

 

     Three Months Ended
May 31,
    Nine Months Ended
May 31,
 
      2017      2016     2017     2016  
     (dollars in thousands)  

Net Sales

         

Petroleum

   $ 237,052      $ 205,411     $ 674,327     $ 605,871  

Merchandise and other

     70,391        70,227       205,916       204,976  
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total Net Sales

     307,443        275,638       880,243       810,847  

Costs of goods sold

     266,130        243,658       773,707       703,153  

Selling, general and administrative expenses

     36,382        36,204       109,233       106,394  

Depreciation and amortization expenses

     2,171        2,132       6,695       6,367  
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Segment Operating Income (Loss)

   $ 2,760      $ (6,356   $ (9,392   $ (5,067
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Comparison of Fiscal Quarters Ended May 31, 2017 and 2016

Net Sales

Retail sales increased during the fiscal quarter ended May 31, 2017 by $31.8 million or 11.5% from the comparable period in fiscal 2016 from $275.6 million to $307.4 million. The increase was due to a $31.6 million increase in petroleum sales and $.2 million in merchandise sales. The petroleum sales increase resulted from a 12.9% increase in retail selling prices per gallon and a 2.0 million gallon or a 2.2% increase in petroleum volume.

Costs of Goods Sold

Retail costs of goods sold increased during the fiscal quarter ended May 31, 2017 by $22.5 million or 9.2% from the comparable period in fiscal 2016 from $243.6 million to $266.1 million. The increase was primarily due to increases of $17.1 million in petroleum purchase costs, fuel taxes of $5.3 million and freight costs of $.2 million offset by $.1 million decrease in merchandise costs.

Selling, General and Administrative Expenses

Retail Selling, General and Administrative (“SG&A”) expenses remained relatively constant during the quarter ended May 31, 2017 and 2016.

Comparison of Nine Months Ended May 31, 2017 and 2016

Net Sales

Retail sales increased during the nine months ended May 31, 2017 by $69.4 million or 8.6% from the comparable period in fiscal 2016 from $810.8 million to $880.2 million. The increase was primarily due to $68.5 million in petroleum sales and $.9 million in merchandise sales. The petroleum sales increase resulted from a 9.9% increase in retail selling prices per gallon and a 3.5 million gallon or 1.3% increase in sales volume.

Costs of Goods Sold

Retail costs of goods sold increased during the nine months ended May 31, 2017 by $70.6 million or 10.0% from the comparable period in fiscal 2016 from $703.1 million to $773.7 million. The increase was primarily due to $62.3 million in petroleum purchase prices, freight costs of $.4 million, and fuel taxes of $8.2 million offset by a decrease in merchandise costs of $.3 million.

 

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Selling, General and Administrative Expenses

Retail SG&A expenses increased during the nine months ended May 31, 2017 by $2.8 million or 2.7% from the comparable period in fiscal 2016 from $106.4 million to $109.2 million. The increase was due in part to an increase in payroll costs of $2.4 million, maintenance costs of $.1 million, credit costs of $1.0 million, legal and professional costs of $.6 million offset by a decrease in supplies costs of $.2 million, environmental costs of $.9 million and other miscellaneous costs of $.2 million.

Wholesale Operations:

 

     Three Months Ended
May 31,
     Nine Months Ended
May 31,
 
     2017      2016      2017      2016  
     (dollars in thousands)  

Net Sales

   $ 265,166      $ 222,344      $ 736,746      $ 700,450  

Costs of goods sold (exclusive of depreciation and amortization)

     243,981        151,873        678,180        616,981  

Selling, general and administrative expenses

     7,058        7,387        21,238        21,296  

Depreciation and amortization expenses

     9,290        10,043        28,787        30,312  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Segment Operating Income

   $ 4,837      $ 53,041      $ 8,541      $ 31,861  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Comparison of Fiscal Quarters Ended May 31, 2017 and 2016

Net Sales

Wholesale sales increased during the quarter ended May 31, 2017 by $42.8 million or 19.3% from the comparable period in fiscal 2016 from $222.3 million to $265.1 million. The increase was due primarily to a 36.0% increase in wholesale prices offset by a 12.4% decrease in wholesale volume.

Costs of Goods Sold (exclusive of depreciation and amortization)

Wholesale costs of goods sold increased during the quarter ended May 31, 2017 by $92.1 million or 60.6% from the comparable period in fiscal 2016 from $151.9 million to $244.0 million. The increase in wholesale costs of goods sold during this period was primarily due to an increase in cost of raw materials.

Selling, General and Administrative Expenses

Wholesale SG&A expenses remained relatively constant during the quarter ended May 31, 2017 and 2016.

Comparison of Nine Months Ended May 31, 2017 and 2016

Net Sales

Wholesale sales increased during the nine months ended May 31, 2017 by $36.3 million or 5.2% from the comparable period in fiscal 2016 from $700.4 million to $736.7 million. The increase was due primarily to a 16.7% increase in wholesale prices offset by a decrease of 9.9% in wholesale volume.

Costs of Goods Sold (exclusive of depreciation and amortization)

Wholesale costs of goods sold increased during the nine months ended May 31, 2017 by $61.2 million or 9.9% from the comparable period in fiscal 2016 from $617.0 million to $678.2 million. The increase in wholesale costs of goods sold during this period was primarily due to an increase in cost of raw materials.

 

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Selling, General and Administrative Expenses

Wholesale SG&A expenses remained relatively constant during the nine months ended May 31, 2017 and 2016.

Consolidated Expenses:

Depreciation and Amortization

Depreciation and amortization decreased during the three months ended May 31, 2017 by $.7 million from the comparable period in fiscal 2016 from $12.2 million to $11.5 million. The decrease was primarily due to a reduction in amortization of turnaround expense of $1.0 million offset by an increase of $.1 million in amortization of integrity and replacement costs and miscellaneous depreciation costs of $.2 million

Depreciation and amortization decreased during the nine months ended May 31, 2017 by $1.2 million from the comparable period in fiscal 2016 from $36.7 million to $35.5 million. The decrease was primarily due to a reduction in amortization of turnaround expense of $3.4 million offset by increases of $1.4 million in amortization of integrity and replacement costs and miscellaneous depreciation costs of $.8 million.

Interest Expense, net

Net interest expense (interest expense less interest income) increased during the three months ended May 31, 2017 by $.7 million from the comparable period in fiscal 2016. The increase was primarily due to interest on the new term loans.

Net interest expense (interest expense less interest income) decreased during the nine months ended May 31, 2017 by $1.4 million from the comparable period in fiscal 2016. The decrease was primarily due to early redemption of Senior Notes due 2018 and the lower interest rate on Term Loan outstanding.

Income Tax Expense (Benefit)

The Company’s effective tax rate was 34% and 37% for the quarter ended May 31, 2017 and 2016, respectively. The decrease in the effective tax rate for the quarter ended May 31, 2017 was primarily due to a reduction in our currently estimated annual taxable income relative to the current period net income.

The Company’s effective tax rate was approximately 37% for the nine months ended May 31, 2017 and 2016, respectively.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

We operate in an environment where our liquidity and capital resources are impacted by changes in the price of crude oil and refined petroleum products, availability of credit, market uncertainty and a variety of additional factors beyond our control. Included in such factors are, among others, the level of customer product demand, weather conditions, governmental regulations, worldwide political conditions and overall market and economic conditions.

The following table summarizes selected measures of liquidity and capital resources (in thousands):

 

      May 31, 2017  

Cash and cash equivalents

   $ 43,771  

Short-term investments

   $ 10,254  

Working capital

   $ 248,830  

Current ratio

     3.0  

Debt

   $ 350,780  
  

 

 

 

 

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Primary sources of liquidity have been cash and cash equivalents, and borrowing availability under our revolving credit facility (the “Amended and Restated Revolving Credit Facility”) with PNC Bank, N.A. as Administrator (the “Agent Bank”). We believe available capital resources are adequate to meet our working capital, debt service, and capital expenditure requirements for existing operations.

Our cash and cash equivalents consist of bank balances and investments in money market funds. These investments have staggered maturity dates, none of which exceed three months. They have a high degree of liquidity since the securities are traded in public markets.

Significant Uses of Cash

The changes in cash for the nine months ended May 31, 2017 are described below.

 

     Nine Months Ended
May 31, 2017
 
     (in millions)  

Cash (used in) provided by working capital items:

  

Prepaid expense decrease

   $ 5.2  

Sales, use and fuel taxes payable increase

     2.6  

Refundable income taxes decrease

     1.8  

Inventory increase

     (35.1

Accounts payable decrease

     (14.1

Prepaid income taxes increase

     (9.4

Accounts receivable increase

     (7.5

Amounts due from/to affiliated companies, net increase

     (3.9

Accrued liabilities decrease

     (1.7
  

 

 

 

Total change

   $ (62.1
  

 

 

 

Other cash uses included:

 

 

 

Fund capital expenditures and deferred turnaround costs of $29.0 million

 

 

 

Fund dividends to preferred shareholder of $6.4 million

 

 

 

Fund principal reductions of long-term debt $22.1 million

 

 

 

Fund deferred financing costs $.6 million

 

 

 

Fund deferred integrity and replacement costs of $2.9 million

We require a substantial investment in working capital which is susceptible to large variations during the year resulting from purchases of inventory and seasonal demands. Inventory purchasing activity is a function of sales activity and turnaround cycles for the different refinery units.

Maintenance and non-discretionary capital expenditures have averaged approximately $6.0 million annually over the last three years for the refining and marketing operations. Management does not foresee any material increase in these maintenance and non-discretionary capital expenditures during fiscal year 2017 at this time.

Future liquidity, both short and long-term, will continue to be primarily dependent on realizing a refinery margin sufficient to cover fixed and variable expenses, including planned capital expenditures. We expect to be able to meet our working capital, capital expenditure, contractual obligations, letter of credit and debt service requirements out of cash flow from operations, cash on hand and borrowings under our Credit Agreement of $225,000,000. This provides the Company with flexibility relative to its cash flow requirements in light of market fluctuations, particularly involving crude oil prices and seasonal business cycles and will assist the Company in meeting its working capital, ongoing capital expenditure needs and for general corporate purposes.

 

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On October 20, 2015, URC, United Refining Company of Pennsylvania, Kiantone, United Refining Company of New York Inc., United Biofuels, Inc., Country Fair, Inc. and Kwik-Fill Corporation (collectively, the “Borrowers”) entered into the Credit Agreement with a group of lenders led by PNC Bank, National Association, and PNC Capital Markets LLC, as Sole Lead Arranger and Bookrunner. The Credit Agreement amends and restates the Existing Credit Facility. The Credit Agreement will terminate on October 19, 2020. Until the Expiration Date, the Company may borrow on the New Revolving Credit Facility (as defined below) on a borrowing base formula set forth in the Credit Agreement.

Pursuant to the Credit Agreement, the Company increased its existing senior secured revolving credit facility from $175,000,000 to $225,000,000. The New Revolving Credit Facility may be increased by an amount not to exceed $50,000,000 without additional approval from the lenders named in the Credit Agreement if existing lenders agree to increase their commitments or additional lenders commit to fund such increase. Interest under the New Revolving Credit Facility is calculated as follows: (a) for domestic rate borrowings, at (i) the greater of the Agent’s prime rate, federal funds rate plus .5% or the daily LIBOR rate plus 1%, plus (ii) an applicable margin of 1.25% to 1.75%, and (b) for euro-rate borrowings, at the LIBOR rate plus an applicable margin of 2.25% to 2.75%. The applicable margin will vary depending on a formula calculating the Company’s average unused availability under the facility. In addition, pursuant to the Credit Agreement, the Company entered into a term loan in the amount of $250,000,000, which was made in a single drawing on the Closing Date (“Term Loan” and, together with the New Revolving Credit Facility, the “Credit Obligations”). Under the Term Loan, interest is calculated as follows: (a) for domestic rate borrowings, at (i) the greater of the Agent’s prime rate, federal funds rate plus .5% or the daily LIBOR rate plus 1%, plus (ii) an applicable margin of 1.75% to 2.25%, and (b) for euro-rate borrowings, at the LIBOR rate plus an applicable margin of 2.75% to 3.25%. The applicable margin will vary depending on a formula calculating the Company’s average unused availability under the facility. The Term Loan is prepayable in whole or in part at any time without premium or penalty. The Term Loan shall be paid in full on or prior to the Expiration Date and shall be paid in equal quarterly amounts based on a ten-year straight line amortization schedule.

The Credit Obligations are secured by a first priority security interest in certain cash accounts, accounts receivable, inventory, the refinery, including a related tank farm, and the capital stock of Kiantone. At such time as the Term Loan is repaid in full, and provided no event of default exists, the security interest in the refinery and the equity interests in Kiantone shall be released.

Until maturity, we may borrow on a borrowing base formula as set forth in the facility. We had standby letters of credit of $7.4 million as of May 31, 2017 and there were $30.0 million borrowings outstanding under the Credit Agreement resulting in net availability of $187.6 million. As of July 14, 2017, there were no outstanding borrowings under the Credit Agreement and there were standby letters of credit in the amount of $7.4 million, resulting in a net availability of $217.6 million of which the Company had full access.

Although we are not aware of any pending circumstances which would change our expectation, changes in the tax laws, the imposition of and changes in federal and state clean air and clean fuel requirements and other changes in environmental laws and regulations may also increase future capital expenditure levels. Future capital expenditures are also subject to business conditions affecting the industry. We continue to investigate strategic acquisitions and capital improvements to our existing facilities.

Federal, state and local laws and regulations relating to the environment affect nearly all of our operations. As is the case with all the companies engaged in similar industries, we face significant exposure from actual or potential claims and lawsuits involving environmental matters. Future expenditures related to environmental matters cannot be reasonably quantified in many circumstances due to the uncertainties as to required remediation methods and related clean-up cost estimates. We cannot predict what additional environmental legislation or regulations will be enacted or become effective in the future or how existing or future laws or regulations will be administered or interpreted with respect to products or activities to which they have not been previously applied.

 

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Seasonal Factors

Seasonal factors affecting the Company’s business may cause variation in the prices and margins of some of the Company’s products. For example, demand for gasoline tends to be highest in spring and summer months, while demand for home heating oil and kerosene tends to be highest in winter months.

As a result, the margin on gasoline prices versus crude oil costs generally tends to increase in the spring and summer, while margins on home heating oil and kerosene tend to increase in the winter.

Inflation

The effect of inflation on the Company has not been significant during the last five fiscal years.

 

Item 3.

Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk.

The Company uses its Amended and Restated Revolving Credit Facility to finance a portion of its operations. This on-balance sheet financial instrument, to the extent it provides for variable rates, exposes the Company to interest rate risk resulting from changes in the Agent Bank’s Prime rate, the Federal Funds or LIBOR rate. As of July 14, 2017, there were no outstanding borrowings under the Amended and Restated Revolving Credit Facility.

From time to time, the Company uses derivatives to reduce its exposure to fluctuations in crude oil purchase costs and refining margins. Derivative products, specifically crude oil option contracts and crack spread option contracts are used to hedge the volatility of these items. The Company accounts for changes in the fair value of its contracts by marking them to market and recognizing any resulting gains or losses in its Consolidated Statements of Operations. There has been no derivative activity in fiscal 2017.

 

Item 4.

Controls and Procedures.

Our management, with the participation of our chief executive officer and chief financial officer, evaluated the effectiveness of our disclosure controls and procedures as of May 31, 2017. The term “disclosure controls and procedures,” as defined in Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e) under the Exchange Act, means controls and other procedures of a company that are designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed by a company is reported, within the time periods specified in the SEC’s rules and forms. Disclosure controls and procedures include, without limitation, controls and procedures designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed by a company in the reports that it files or submits under the Exchange Act is accumulated and communicated to the company’s management, including its principal executive and principal financial officers, as appropriate to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure. Management recognizes that any controls and procedures, no matter how well designed and operated, can provide only reasonable assurance of achieving their objectives and management necessarily applies its judgment in evaluating the cost-benefit relationship of possible controls and procedures. Based on the evaluation of our disclosure controls and procedures as of May 31, 2017, our chief executive officer and chief financial officer concluded that, as of such date, our disclosure controls and procedures were effective at the reasonable assurance level.

There have not been any changes in the Company’s internal controls over financial reporting that occurred during the Company’s fiscal quarter ended May 31, 2017 that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, the Company’s internal controls over financial reporting.

 

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Part II

OTHER INFORMATION

 

Item 1.

Legal Proceedings.

None.

 

Item 1A.

Risk Factors.

There have been no material changes in our Risk Factors disclosed in the Form 10-K for the year ended August 31, 2016.

 

Item 2.

Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds.

None.

 

Item 3.

Defaults Upon Senior Securities.

None.

 

Item 4.

Mine Safety Disclosures.

Not applicable.

 

Item 5.

Other Information.

None.

 

Item 6.

Exhibits.

 

Exhibit 31.1

  

Certification of Chief Executive Officer pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002

Exhibit 31.2

  

Certification of Chief Financial Officer pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002

Exhibit 32.1

  

Certification of Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002

Exhibit 101

  

Interactive XBRL Data

 

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SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.

Date: July 14, 2017

 

UNITED REFINING COMPANY

(Registrant)

/s/ Myron L. Turfitt

Myron L. Turfitt

President

/s/ James E. Murphy

James E. Murphy

Chief Financial Officer

 

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SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.

Date: July 14, 2017

 

KIANTONE PIPELINE CORPORATION

(Registrant)

/s/ Myron L. Turfitt

Myron L. Turfitt

President

/s/ James E. Murphy

James E. Murphy

Chief Financial Officer

 

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SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.

Date: July 14, 2017

 

UNITED REFINING COMPANY OF

PENNSYLVANIA

(Registrant)

/s/ Myron L. Turfitt

Myron L. Turfitt

President

/s/ James E. Murphy

James E. Murphy

Chief Financial Officer

 

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SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.

Date: July 14, 2017

 

KIANTONE PIPELINE COMPANY

(Registrant)

/s/ Myron L. Turfitt

Myron L. Turfitt

President

/s/ James E. Murphy

James E. Murphy

Chief Financial Officer

 

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SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.

Date: July 14, 2017

 

UNITED JET CENTER, INC.

(Registrant)

/s/ Myron L. Turfitt

Myron L. Turfitt

President

/s/ James E. Murphy

James E. Murphy

Chief Financial Officer

 

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SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.

Date: July 14, 2017

 

KWIK-FILL CORPORATION

(Registrant)

/s/ Myron L. Turfitt

Myron L. Turfitt

President

/s/ James E. Murphy

James E. Murphy

Chief Financial Officer

 

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SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.

Date: July 14, 2017

 

UNITED STORE HOLDINGS, INC.

(Registrant)

/s/ Myron L. Turfitt

Myron L. Turfitt

President

/s/ James E. Murphy

James E. Murphy

Chief Financial Officer

 

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SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.

Date: July 14, 2017

 

BELL OIL CORP.

(Registrant)

/s/ Myron L. Turfitt

Myron L. Turfitt

President

/s/ James E. Murphy

James E. Murphy

Chief Financial Officer

 

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SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.

Date: July 14, 2017

 

PPC, INC.

(Registrant)

/s/ Myron L. Turfitt

Myron L. Turfitt

President

/s/ James E. Murphy

James E. Murphy

Chief Financial Officer

 

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SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.

Date: July 14, 2017

 

SUPER TEST PETROLEUM, INC.

(Registrant)

/s/ Myron L. Turfitt

Myron L. Turfitt

President

/s/ James E. Murphy

James E. Murphy

Chief Financial Officer

 

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SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.

Date: July 14, 2017

 

KWIK-FIL, INC.

(Registrant)

/s/ Myron L. Turfitt

Myron L. Turfitt

President

/s/ James E. Murphy

James E. Murphy

Chief Financial Officer

 

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SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.

Date: July 14, 2017

 

VULCAN ASPHALT REFINING CORPORATION

(Registrant)

/s/ Myron L. Turfitt

Myron L. Turfitt

President

/s/ James E. Murphy

James E. Murphy

Chief Financial Officer

 

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SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.

Date: July 14, 2017

 

COUNTRY FAIR, INC.

(Registrant)

/s/ Myron L. Turfitt

Myron L. Turfitt

President and Chief Operating Officer

/s/ James E. Murphy

James E. Murphy

Vice President Finance

 

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