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Tesoro Corporation Reports Second Quarter Results

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Tesoro Corporation Reports Second Quarter Results17:51 EDT Wednesday, July 28, 2010 SAN ANTONIO (Business Wire) -- Tesoro Corporation (NYSE:TSO) today reported second quarter 2010 net earnings of $67 million, or $0.47 per diluted share compared to a net loss of $45 million, or $0.33 per diluted share for the second quarter of 2009. The 2010 results include one-time net after-tax benefits of $24 million primarily related to changes to our post-retirement benefits programs. The total after-tax impact for the one-time net benefits in the quarter is $0.17 per diluted share. Second quarter segment operating income was $153 million excluding the special items, compared to $11 million in the second quarter a year ago. The increase in operating income was driven in large part by stronger distillate margins and improved realizations in our marketing channels. These benefits were partially offset by decreased gasoline margins and reduced throughput. The reduction in throughput was primarily a result of the idled Anacortes refinery and the planned full plant turnaround at our Mandan refinery. For the second quarter, the Tesoro Index was over $1.40 per barrel higher than a year ago, as a result of improved West Coast benchmark diesel margins, which were up 55%. Gasoline margins however fell by 15% versus a year ago. Tesoro benefited from blending ethanol into gasoline as ethanol prices traded on average $0.55 per gallon below California grade gasoline. The second quarter results also reflect improved performance in both our wholesale and retail marketing channels, as spot prices for gasoline and diesel fell more rapidly than wholesale rack or retail street prices during the period. “We are pleased with our second quarter results, despite the lost opportunity due to the idling of our Anacortes refinery and the full plant turnaround at our Mandan refinery,” said Greg Goff, President and CEO of Tesoro. “During the quarter we saw improvements in several key economic indicators, including West Coast port and rail activity. We believe these trends drove diesel margins higher. These increases are not, however, being seen in gasoline margins. While gasoline demand has stabilized, high unemployment in California continues to keep demand low.” Capital Spending and Liquidity Capital spending, including turnarounds, for the second quarter 2010 was $140 million, and the company anticipates capital spending, including turnarounds, for the full year 2010, to be in the range of $475 to $500 million. The company ended the second quarter with $191 million in cash and remained undrawn with $713 million of availability on the revolving credit facility. “While we have seen improvements in the market during the second quarter, we continue to plan for a challenging margin environment and are committed to our improvement initiatives. We are implementing changes to our corporate overhead and benefits programs that we expect will strengthen Tesoro and have an immediate and positive impact on cash flow and earnings,” said Goff. When fully implemented by the end of this year, the changes are expected to reduce cash corporate expenses by an estimated $40 to $50 million and reduce post-retirement benefit expenses by another $80 to $90 million, annually. For the second quarter, the net impact of these changes was a $26 million after-tax benefit to earnings. Washington Refinery The repair work at the Anacortes refinery is progressing well and we expect that the plant should be operational as early as September. The company continues to work closely with investigators regarding the incident. Public Invited to Listen to Analyst Conference Call At 7:30 a.m. tomorrow morning, Tesoro will broadcast, live, its conference call with analysts regarding second quarter 2010 results and other business matters. Interested parties may listen to the live conference call over the Internet by logging on to http://www.tsocorp.com, or via phone by dialing (877) 407-4134 (international dial-in: (201) 689-8430), event ID 00352826. A telephone replay of the call will be available for one week, and may be accessed via phone by dialing (877) 660-6853 (international replay: (201) 612-7415), then entering passcode 352826 and access code 356. Tesoro Corporation, a Fortune 150 company, is an independent refiner and marketer of petroleum products. Tesoro, through its subsidiaries, operates seven refineries in the western United States with a combined capacity of approximately 665,000 barrels per day. Tesoro's retail-marketing system includes over 875 branded retail stations, of which over 380 are company operated under the Tesoro®, Shell®, Mirastar® and USA Gasoline™ brands. This earnings release contains certain statements that are "forward-looking" statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 concerning the market environment, expected corporate expense savings, our expectations about our capital spending, and the completion of repairs at our Anacortes refinery.For more information concerning factors that could affect these statements see our annual report on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We undertake no obligation to publicly release the result 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 hereof.TESORO CORPORATIONSTATEMENTS OF CONSOLIDATED OPERATIONS(Unaudited)(In millions except per share amounts)           Three Months EndedSix Months EndedJune 30,June 30,   2010     2009     2010     2009   Revenues$5,143 $ 4,181 $9,750 $ 7,461 Costs and Expenses: Costs of sales 4,492 3,668 8,739 6,310 Operating expenses 348 368 721 734 Selling, general and administrative expenses 42 53 109 107 Depreciation and amortization expense 108 108 208 213 Loss on asset disposals and impairments   10     20     32     21       Operating Income (Loss) (a)143 (36 ) (59) 76 Interest and Financing Costs (37) (31 ) (74) (59 ) Interest Income - 2 - 3 Foreign Currency Exchange Income (Loss)   1     (10 )   1     (10 )   Earnings (Loss) Before Income Taxes107 (75 ) (132) 10 Income Tax Provision (Benefit)   40     (30 )   (44)   4   Net Earnings (Loss)$67   $ (45 ) $(88) $ 6   Net Earnings (Loss) Per Share: Basic $0.48 $ (0.33 ) $(0.63) $ 0.04 Diluted (b) $0.47 $ (0.33 ) $(0.63) $ 0.04 Weighted Average Common Shares: Basic 140.5 138.0 140.0 137.9 Diluted (b) 142.5 138.0 140.0 139.6     (a)Includes a $43 million net gain for the three and six months ended June 30, 2010 primarily from the elimination of postretirement life insurance benefits for current and future retirees.(b)The assumed conversion of common stock equivalents produced anti-dilutive results for the three months ended June 30, 2009 and six months ended June 30, 2010 and was not included in the dilutive calculation.TESORO CORPORATIONSELECTED OPERATING SEGMENT DATA(Unaudited)(In millions)                 Three Months EndedSix Months EndedJune 30,June 30,   2010     2009     2010     2009   Operating Income (Loss) Refining $150 $ 7 $(19) $ 184 Retail   30     4     54     (11 ) Total Segment Operating Income 180 11 35 173 Corporate and Unallocated Costs   (37)     (47 )   (94)   (97 ) Operating Income (Loss) 143 (36 ) (59) 76 Interest and Financing Costs (37) (31 ) (74) (59 ) Interest Income - 2 - 3 Foreign Currency Exchange Income (Loss)   1     (10 )   1     (10 ) Earnings (Loss) Before Income Taxes $107   $ (75 ) $(132) $ 10     Depreciation and Amortization Expense Refining $93 $ 90 $178 $ 177 Retail 10 10 20 19 Corporate   5     8     10     17   Depreciation and Amortization Expense $108   $ 108   $208   $ 213     Capital Expenditures Refining $75 $ 88 $140 $ 159 Retail 2 4 4 9 Corporate   -     15     -     27   Capital Expenditures $77   $ 107   $144   $ 195     BALANCE SHEET DATA(Unaudited)(Dollars in millions)   June 30, December 31,   2010     2009   Cash and Cash Equivalents$191 $ 413 Total Assets$8,273 $ 8,070 Total Debt$1,845 $ 1,841 Total Stockholders' Equity$3,145 $ 3,087 Total Debt to Capitalization Ratio37% 37 % TESORO CORPORATIONOPERATING DATA(Unaudited)           Three Months EndedSix Months EndedJune 30,June 30,2010 2009 2010 2009 REFINING SEGMENTTotal Refining Segment Throughput (thousand barrels per day) Heavy crude (c) 193 186 180 184 Light crude 251 343 263 332 Other feedstocks   30   36   29     35 Total Throughput   474   565   472     551   Yield (thousand barrels per day) Gasoline and gasoline blendstocks 222 286 227 272 Jet fuel 64 67 67 66 Diesel fuel 103 111 98 116 Heavy oils, residual products, internally produced fuel and other   112   133   108     128 Total Yield   501   597   500     582     Gross refining margin ($/throughput bbl) (d) $12.89 $ 8.52 $9.65 $ 10.27 Manufacturing cost before depreciation and amortization expense ($/throughput bbl) (d) $5.74 $ 4.63 $5.84 $ 4.96   Segment Operating Income (Loss) ($ millions) Gross refining margin (e) $555 $ 438 $825 $ 1,023 Expenses Manufacturing costs 248 238 500 495 Other operating expenses 50 77 122 136 Selling, general and administrative expenses 7 8 16 12 Depreciation and amortization expense (f) 93 90 178 177 Loss on asset disposals and impairments (g)   7   18   28     19 Segment Operating Income (Loss) (h) $150 $ 7 $(19) $ 184   Refined Product Sales (thousand barrels per day) (i) Gasoline and gasoline blendstocks 277 317 281 312 Jet fuel 97 79 93 78 Diesel fuel 113 123 105 121 Heavy oils, residual products and other   77   88   77     87 Total Refined Product Sales   564   607   556     598   Refined Product Sales Margin ($/barrel) (i) Average sales price $90.91 $ 69.63 $89.03 $ 63.15 Average costs of sales   82.00   61.80   82.40     54.06 Refined Product Sales Margin $8.91 $ 7.83 $6.63   $ 9.09   (c)We define heavy crude oil as crude oil with an American Petroleum Institute gravity of 24 degrees or less.(d)Management uses gross refining margin per barrel to evaluate performance and compare profitability to other companies in the industry. There are a variety of ways to calculate gross refining margin per barrel; different companies may calculate it in different ways. We calculate gross refining margin per barrel by dividing gross refining margin (revenue less costs of feedstocks, purchased refined products, transportation and distribution) by total refining throughput. Management uses manufacturing costs per barrel to evaluate the efficiency of refining operations. There are a variety of ways to calculate manufacturing costs per barrel; different companies may calculate it in different ways. We calculate manufacturing costs per barrel by dividing manufacturing costs by total refining throughput. Investors and analysts use these financial measures to help analyze and compare companies in the industry on the basis of operating performance. These financial measures should not be considered alternatives to segment operating income, revenues, costs of sales and operating expenses or any other measure of financial performance presented in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.(e)Consolidated gross refining margin combines gross refining margin for each of our regions adjusted for other costs not directly attributable to a specific region. Other costs resulted in a decrease of $2 million for the three ended June 30, 2010 and increases of $4 million and $3 million for the three and six months ended June 30, 2009, respectively. Gross refining margin includes the effect of intersegment sales to the retail segment at prices which approximate market. Gross refining margin approximates total refining throughput times gross refining margin per barrel.(f)Includes manufacturing depreciation and amortization expense per throughput barrel of approximately $2.05 and $1.62 for the three months ended June 30, 2010 and 2009, respectively, and $1.97 and $1.66 for the six months ended June 30, 2010 and 2009, respectively.(g)Includes impairment charges related to our Los Angeles refinery of $20 million for the six months ended June 30, 2010 and $12 million for the three and six months ended June 30, 2009. The three and six months ended June 30, 2010 include a $4 million write-off related to the Washington refinery incident. The loss on asset disposals and impairments is included in refining segment operating income but excluded from the regional operating costs per barrel.(h)Includes a $36 million net gain for the three and six months ended June 30, 2010 primarily from the elimination of postretirement life insurance benefits for current and future retirees.(i)Sources of total refined product sales include refined products manufactured at our refineries and refined products purchased from third parties. The total refined product sales margins include margins on sales of manufactured and purchased refined products.TESORO CORPORATIONOPERATING DATA(Unaudited)                 Three Months EndedSix Months EndedJune 30,June 30,   2010   2009   2010   2009 Refining By RegionCalifornia (Golden Eagle and Los Angeles) Throughput (thousand barrels per day) (j) Heavy crude (c) 174 173 158 169 Light crude 43 57 38 59 Other feedstocks   22   21   18   22 Total Throughput   239   251   214   250   Yield (thousand barrels per day) Gasoline and gasoline blendstocks 132 140 120 136 Jet fuel 18 20 18 18 Diesel fuel 60 50 51 56 Heavy oils, residual products, internally produced fuel and other   50   65   46   62 Total Yield   260   275   235   272   Gross refining margin $293 $ 185 $425 $ 521 Gross refining margin ($/throughput bbl) (d) $13.48 $ 8.09 $10.95 $ 11.54 Manufacturing cost before depreciation and amortization expense ($/throughput bbl) (d) $7.01 $ 6.12 $7.82 $ 6.57   Pacific Northwest (Alaska & Washington) Throughput (thousand barrels per day) (j) Heavy crude (c) 1 - 2 - Light crude 79 129 94 117 Other feedstocks   4   10   7   9 Total Throughput   84   139   103   126   Yield (thousand barrels per day) Gasoline and gasoline blendstocks 26 64 39 57 Jet fuel 23 22 26 22 Diesel fuel 8 23 12 22 Heavy oils, residual products, internally produced fuel and other   29   34   29   29 Total Yield   86   143   106   130   Gross refining margin $98 $ 123 $162 $ 206 Gross refining margin ($/throughput bbl) (d) $12.78 $ 9.70 $8.69 $ 9.01 Manufacturing cost before depreciation and amortization expense ($/throughput bbl) (d) $5.98 $ 3.72 $5.02 $ 4.18     Mid-Pacific (Hawaii) Throughput (thousand barrels per day) Heavy crude (c) 18 13 20 15 Light crude   49   53   47   55 Total Throughput   67   66   67   70   Yield (thousand barrels per day) Gasoline and gasoline blendstocks 16 16 16 17 Jet fuel 14 17 14 17 Diesel fuel 13 10 13 10 Heavy oils, residual products, internally produced fuel and other   25   24   25   27 Total Yield   68   67   68   71   Gross refining margin $33 $ 15 $33 $ 71 Gross refining margin ($/throughput bbl) (d) $5.35 $ 2.52 $2.74 $ 5.67 Manufacturing cost before depreciation and amortization expense ($/throughput bbl) (d) $2.92 $ 3.21 $2.85 $ 2.98       - (j)We experienced reduced throughput due to scheduled turnarounds at our North Dakota refinery during the 2010 second quarter, Utah in the 2010 first quarter, Alaska during the 2009 second quarter, and Golden Eagle refineries during the 2010 first quarter and 2009 second quarter, and scheduled maintenance at our Washington refinery during the 2009 second quarter. We temporarily shut-down processing at the Washington refinery beginning in April 2010.TESORO CORPORATIONOPERATING DATA(Unaudited)                     Three Months EndedSix Months EndedJune 30,June 30,   2010   2009   2010   2009 Mid-Continent (North Dakota & Utah) Throughput (thousand barrels per day) (j) Light crude 80 104 84 101 Other feedstocks   4   5   4   4 Total Throughput   84   109   88   105   Yield (thousand barrels per day) Gasoline and gasoline blendstocks 48 66 52 62 Jet fuel 9 8 9 9 Diesel fuel 22 28 22 28 Heavy oils, residual products, internally produced fuel and other   8   10   8   10 Total Yield   87   112   91   109   Gross refining margin $133 $ 111 $205 $ 222 Gross refining margin ($/throughput bbl) (d) $17.38 $ 11.29 $12.80 $ 11.71 Manufacturing cost before depreciation and amortization expense ($/throughput bbl) (d) $4.18 $ 3.20 $4.26 $ 3.40 TESORO CORPORATIONOPERATING DATA(Unaudited)                   Three Months EndedSix Months EndedJune 30,June 30,   2010     2009     2010     2009   RETAIL SEGMENT Number of Stations (end of period) Company-operated 383 388 383 388 Branded jobber/dealer   495     490     495     490   Total Stations   878     878     878     878     Average Stations (during period) Company-operated 384 388 385 389 Branded jobber/dealer   500     490     499     489   Total Average Retail Stations   884     878     884     878     Fuel Sales (millions of gallons) Company-operated 265 263 518 513 Branded jobber/dealer   68     80     131     146   Total Fuel Sales   333     343     649     659     Fuel Margin ($/gallon) (k) (l) $0.22 $ 0.16 $0.23 $ 0.14 Merchandise Sales ($ millions) $51 $ 56 $97 $ 102 Merchandise Margin ($ millions) $14 $ 14 $26 $ 25 Merchandise Margin % 27% 25 % 27% 25 %   Segment Operating Income (Loss) ($ millions) Gross Margins Fuel (l) $75 $ 55 $147 $ 91 Merchandise and other non-fuel margin   21     20     39     37   Total Gross Margins 96 75 186 128 Expenses Operating expenses 50 52 99 102 Selling, general and administrative expenses 3 7 9 16 Depreciation and amortization expense 10 10 20 19 Loss on asset disposals and impairments   3     2     4     2   Segment Operating Income (Loss) (m) $30   $ 4   $54   $ (11 )       (k)Management uses fuel margin per gallon to compare profitability to other companies in the industry. There are a variety of ways to calculate fuel margin per gallon; different companies may calculate it in different ways. We calculate fuel margin per gallon by dividing fuel gross margin by fuel sales volumes. Investors and analysts use fuel margin per gallon to help analyze and compare companies in the industry on the basis of operating performance. This financial measure should not be considered an alternative to segment operating income and revenues or any other measure of financial performance presented in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.(l)Includes the effect of intersegment purchases from the refining segment at prices which approximate market.(m)Includes a $3 million net gain for the three and six months ended June 30, 2010 primarily from the elimination of postretirement life insurance benefits for current and future retirees.TESORO CORPORATIONRECONCILIATION TO AMOUNTS REPORTED UNDER US GAAP(Unaudited)(In millions)                   Three Months EndedSix Months EndedJune 30,June 30,   2010   2009     2010     2009     Net Earnings (Loss)$67 $ (45 ) $(88) $ 6 Add income tax provision (benefit) 40 (30 ) (44) 4 Add interest and financing costs 37 31 74 59 Less interest income - (2 ) - (3 ) Add depreciation and amortization expense   108   108     208     213   Earnings before Interest, Income Taxes, Depreciationand Amortization Expense (EBITDA) (n)$252 $ 62   $150   $ 279     SEGMENT OPERATING INCOME ADJUSTED FOR SPECIAL ITEMS(Unaudited)(In millions)   Three Months EndedJune 30,2010Total Segment Operating Income$180 Special Items, before-tax: Cost structure changes (39) Washington refinery incident (o)   12   Segment Operating Income Adjusted for Special Items$153     NET EARNINGS ADJUSTED FOR SPECIAL ITEMS                 (Unaudited)(In millions except per share amounts)           Three Months EndedJune 30,   2010   Net Earnings - U.S. GAAP$67 Special Items, After-tax: Cost structure changes (p) (26) Washington refinery incident 7 State income tax audit settlement (q)   (5)Net Earnings Adjusted for Special Items$43     Net Earnings Per Share - U.S. GAAP$0.47 Special Items Per Share, After-tax: Cost structure changes (p) (0.18) Washington refinery incident 0.05 State income tax audit settlement (q)   (0.04)Net Earnings Per Share Adjusted for Special Items$0.30     Note: The special items present information that the Company believes is useful to investors. The Company believes that special items are not indicative of its core operations.     (n)EBITDA represents earnings before interest and financing costs, interest income, income taxes, and depreciation and amortization expense. We present EBITDA because we believe some investors and analysts use EBITDA to help analyze our cash flows including our ability to satisfy principal and interest obligations with respect to our indebtedness and to use cash for other purposes, including capital expenditures. EBITDA is also used by some investors and analysts to analyze and compare companies on the basis of operating performance and by management for internal analysis and as a component of the fixed charge coverage financial covenant in our credit agreement. EBITDA should not be considered as an alternative to net earnings, earnings before income taxes, cash flows from operating activities or any other measure of financial performance presented in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. EBITDA may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other entities.(o)Includes the impact of the $4 million write-off and $8 million of other expenses related to the Washington refinery incident.(p)Represents the consolidated after-tax impact of the $43 million net gain primarily from the elimination of postretirement life insurance benefits for current and future retirees.(q)Represents the after-tax impact of a favorable settlement of a state income tax audit.