FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Kristin Brown, Director of Investor Relations
TravelCenters of America Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2020 Financial Results
Net Loss of $7.2 Million and Net Loss Per Share of Common Stock Attributable to Common Stockholders of $0.42 for the 2020 Fourth Quarter
Adjusted EBITDA Increased 36.1% for the 2020 Fourth Quarter Over Prior Year Period
Adjusted EBITDAR Increased 9.6% for the 2020 Fourth Quarter Over Prior Year Period
Westlake, OH (February 25, 2021): TravelCenters of America Inc. (Nasdaq: TA) today announced financial results for the three months and year ended December 31, 2020.
Jonathan M. Pertchik, TA's CEO, made the following statement regarding the 2020 fourth quarter results:
"The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have an extensive impact on demand and our operations; however, through our mission to 'Return every traveler to the road better than they came', the early effectiveness of our Transformation Plan and our discipline around managing expenses, we were able to deliver improved operating results in the fourth quarter. We reduced our adjusted net loss by $2.1 million and posted a $7.2 million, or 36.1%, improvement in adjusted EBITDA and a $7.9 million, or 9.6%, improvement in adjusted EBITDAR over the prior year fourth quarter.
Our continued focus on our fleet customers drove a 16.2% increase in diesel fuel sales volume over the prior year fourth quarter, although our adjusted fuel gross margin, which excludes the federal biodiesel blenders' tax credit recognized during 2020 and December 2019, was down 8.8% due to lower gasoline sales volume as a result of reduced four wheel traffic and low volatility in the diesel fuel wholesale market, which unfavorably impacted fuel gross margin per gallon. Additionally, the 2020 fourth quarter was impacted by diesel fuel gross margin market volatility and headwinds which also impacted the quarter results, and may continue to create challenges going forward. Nonetheless, our enhanced leadership has demonstrated its ability to effectively execute through challenging times caused by COVID-19 pandemic.
Total nonfuel revenues decreased 1.0% over the prior year period driven almost entirely by a decline in revenues at our full service restaurants, many of which remain closed due to governmental mandates and our own precautions taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Excluding full service restaurants, total nonfuel revenues improved 7.1% over the prior year due to solid improvements in our store and retail services and truck service departments, as well as a significant improvement in revenues from diesel exhaust fluid. Our sound discipline in managing expenses, resulted in decreases of 8.7% and 4.5% in site level operating expense and selling, general and administrative expense, respectively, were primary factors in delivering improved quarter over quarter results.
Looking ahead, while fuel gross margin headwinds may persist, we are extremely excited about our 2021 capital expenditures plans that focus on both remediation and growth on top of the operational improvements we have implemented. We expect to target a 15% to 20% cash on cash return for those capital expenditures related to growth initiatives. Equally as exciting are our burgeoning plans in the area of alternative energy, where we are moving toward onboarding dedicated leadership and finalizing a clear strategy going forward that we expect may include meaningful collaborations and ventures. This is a challenging, yet exciting and opportune time at TA."
The following information was filed by Travelcenters Of America Llc (TA) on Thursday, February 25, 2021 as an 8K 2.02 statement, which is an earnings press release pertaining to results of operations and financial condition. It may be helpful to assess the quality of management by comparing the information in the press release to the information in the accompanying 10-K Annual Report statement of earnings and operation as management may choose to highlight particular information in the press release.