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 Sunoco LP Announces 4Q and Full Year 2014 Financial and Operating Results
   Wednesday, February 18, 2015 6:44:00 PM ET

Sunoco LP (SUN ) (the "Partnership"), today announced financial and operating results for the three and 12-month periods ended December 31, 2014 and provided an update on recent developments.

Reported net income attributable to partners for the quarter was $30.1 million, or $0.83 per diluted unit, compared to $9.5 million, or $0.43 per diluted unit, in the fourth quarter of 2013. Reported net income includes the impact of $5.7 million, or $0.17 per diluted unit, in charges related to the merger with Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. (ETP ) and other acquisition activity.

Adjusted EBITDA(1) totaled $65.5 million, of which approximately two-thirds was attributable to the acquisition of Mid-Atlantic Convenience Stores, L.L.C. ("MACS") and Aloha Petroleum, Ltd. ("Aloha") in early October and mid-December, respectively. By comparison, adjusted EBITDA in the fourth quarter of 2013 was $14.1 million. Distributable cash flow(1) for the quarter was $51.1 million, compared to $12.6 million a year ago.

Revenue in the fourth quarter was $1.3 billion, up approximately 20 percent compared to $1.1 billion in the comparable period last year. The increase was primarily the result of the contribution of $39.3 million of merchandise sales from the MACS and Aloha convenience stores acquired during the quarter, along with a 46 percent increase in gallons sold, partly offset by the impact of a 55-cent-per-gallon decrease in the average selling price per gallon of fuel.

Total gross profit for the latest quarter was $93.2 million, compared to $20.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2013. Key drivers of the increase were the MACS and Aloha acquisitions, organic growth in gallons sold and favorable fuel margins. On a weighted average basis, fuel margin for all gallons sold increased to 13.0 cents per gallon, compared to 3.8 cents per gallon a year earlier. Sales of retail gallons, a change in the wholesale fuel customer mix and increased fuel margins resulting from declining crude oil prices drove most of the margin increase.

At December 31, SUN operated 153 retail convenience stores and fuel outlets in Virginia, Hawaii, Tennessee, Maryland and Georgia.

Affiliate customers included 656 Stripes? and Sac-N-Pac(TM) convenience stores operated by a subsidiary of our parent company, ETP, as well as sales of motor fuel to ETP subsidiaries for resale under consignment arrangements at approximately 85 independently operated convenience stores. Motor fuel gallons sold to affiliates during the fourth quarter increased 13 percent from a year ago to 304.9 million gallons. Gross profit on these gallons totaled $9.5 million, or 3.0 cents per gallon, versus $8.1 million, or 3.0 cents per gallon, in the same period a year ago.

Third-party customers included 738 independent dealers under long-term fuel supply agreements, 55 independently operated consignment locations and over 1,800 other commercial customers. Total gallons sold to third parties increased year-over-year by 65 percent to 241.5 million gallons. Gross profit on these gallons was $33.3 million, or 17.6 cents per gallon, compared to $7.6 million, or 5.2 cents per gallon, in the prior-year period.

"Sunoco LP delivered outstanding results in the latest quarter, led primarily by strength in motor fuel margins as well as growth in gallons sold and strong merchandise performance from the convenience stores and retail fuel outlets we recently added to our portfolio," said Bob Owens, Sunoco LP President and Chief Executive Officer. "These factors combined allowed us to increase our quarterly distribution to unitholders by 24 percent year-over-year.

"Our gross profit increased by 365 percent for the quarter, and gallons sold increased by 46 percent over the same period last year.

"We completed several strategic transactions in the fourth quarter as part of our growth strategy. The most recent was the acquisition of the Aloha wholesale and retail business in Hawaii on December 16. On October 1 we completed the acquisition of MACS -- the first drop-down of assets from Energy Transfer Partners to Sunoco LP. We also issued 9.1 million new common units in our first public offering since our IPO.

"We plan to continue our expansion in 2015 through additional asset contributions from ETP, through purchase and leasebacks of Stripes stores, and through organic growth of new stores within our existing retail footprint. In addition, we will continue to look for opportunistic acquisitions like the Aloha assets," Owens said.

FY 2014 Compared to FY 2013

Revenue for the full year 2014 totaled $5.4 billion, a 20 percent increase compared to full year 2013, of which approximately $0.5 billion is attributable to the acquisition of MACS and Aloha. Gross profit for this period increased 148 percent year-over-year to $175.9 million. Total gallons of motor fuel sold to affiliates increased by 12 percent to 1.2 billion gallons, and gallons sold to third parties increased by 45 percent to 749.9 million gallons. On a weighted average basis, fuel margin for all gallons sold increased to 7.0 cents per gallon for the full year 2014, versus 3.7 cents per gallon in the full year 2013.

Net income attributable to partners for the full year 2014 totaled $56.7 million, a 53 percent increase compared to full year 2013. Adjusted EBITDA was $122.3 million, compared to $51.9 million for the 2013 period, and distributable cash flow was $92.5 million, versus $47.7 million for 2013.

The MACS acquisition was accounted for as a transaction between entities under common control, which requires the Partnership to retrospectively adjust its financial statements to include the balances and operations of MACS from September 1, 2014, the date of common control. Please refer to the financial statement schedules for a reconciliation of this impact on our previously reported results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2014.

Distribution Increase

On February 2, 2015, the Board of Directors of SUN’s general partner declared a distribution for the fourth quarter of 2014 of $0.60 per unit, which corresponds to $2.40 per unit on an annualized basis. This represents a 10 percent increase compared to the distribution for the third quarter of 2014 and a 24 percent increase compared with the fourth quarter of 2013, and is the seventh consecutive quarterly increase. The distribution will be paid on February 27 to unitholders of record on February 17. SUN achieved a 2.3 times distribution coverage ratio for the quarter, and 1.5 times for the 12 months ended December 31, 2014.

Aloha Acquisition

Sunoco LP completed its acquisition of Honolulu-based Aloha on December 16. Aloha is the largest independent gasoline marketer and one of the largest convenience store operators in Hawaii. The transaction included six fuel storage terminals and a wholesale fuel distribution network that markets to approximately 100 company- or dealer-operated stores. The base purchase price was $240 million, subject to a post-closing earn-out, closing adjustments and before transaction expenses, and was funded under our revolving credit facility.

MACS Acquisition

The first planned acquisition of ETP’s retail marketing assets was completed on October 1, 2014, with the purchase of MACS for total consideration of approximately $768 million, subject to certain working capital adjustments. The consideration paid to ETP consisted of approximately 4 million newly issued SUN units and $556 million in cash. MACS consists of approximately 110 company-operated convenience stores and 200 dealer-operated and consignment sites in Virginia, Maryland, Tennessee and Georgia.

New Dealers

The Partnership added 261 new contracted dealer sites in the fourth quarter, and 6 sites were discontinued for a total of 793 third-party dealers and consignment locations supplied by SUN as of December 31. Of that total, 256 are attributable to the acquisitions of MACS and Aloha.

For the full year, SUN added a net of 287 contracted third-party dealer contracts, including 275 acquired sites, 30 organic additions and 18 discontinued sites.

Capital Spending

SUN’s gross capital expenditures for the fourth quarter were $69.1 million, which included $64.5 million for growth capital and $4.6 million for maintenance capital, excluding the MACS and Aloha acquisitions. For the full year, SUN invested $168.1 million in growth capital and $4.9 million for maintenance capital, excluding the acquisitions of MACS and Aloha. Included in growth capex is the purchase of 33 new Stripes stores that were leased back to Stripes.

We currently expect capital spending for the full year 2015, excluding acquisitions, to be within the following ranges (in millions):

Growth     Maintenance
Low  High  Low   High
$165 $215  $15   $25

Included in the above growth capital spending estimate is the purchase and leaseback of 30 to 35 new convenience stores from Stripes, out of the 35 to 40 that Stripes plans to build in 2015.

Liquidity

At December 31, 2014, SUN had borrowings against its $1.25 billion revolving line of credit of $683.4 million and $11.8 million in standby letters of credit, leaving unused availability of $554.8 million. Net debt to Adjusted EBITDA, pro forma for the MACS and Aloha acquisitions, was 4.1 times at year-end.

1) Adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow are non-GAAP financial measures of performance that have limitations and should not be considered as a substitute for net income. Please refer to the discussion and tables under "Reconciliations of Non-GAAP Measures" later in this news release for a discussion of our use of Adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow, and a reconciliation to net income for the periods presented.

Fourth Quarter Earnings Conference Call

Sunoco LP management will hold a conference call on Thursday, February 19, at 10:00 a.m. ET (9:00 a.m. CT) to discuss fourth quarter and full year results and recent developments. To participate, dial 412-902-0003 approximately 10 minutes early and ask for the Sunoco LP conference call. The call will also be accessible live and for later replay via webcast in the Investor Relations section of Sunoco’s website at www.SunocoLP.com under Events and Presentations. A telephone replay will be available through February 26 by calling 201-612-7415 and using the access code 13599739#.

About Sunoco LP

Sunoco LP (SUN ) is a master limited partnership (MLP) that primarily distributes motor fuel to convenience stores, independent dealers, commercial customers and distributors. SUN also operates more than 150 convenience stores and retail fuel sites. SUN’s general partner is a wholly-owned subsidiary of ETP. While primarily engaged in natural gas, natural gas liquids, crude oil and refined products transportation, ETP also operates a retail business with a network of more than 5,500 company- or independently-operated retail fuel outlets and convenience stores through its wholly owned subsidiaries, Sunoco, Inc. and Stripes LLC. For more information, visit the Sunoco LP website at www.SunocoLP.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains "forward-looking statements" which may describe Sunoco LP’s ("SUN") objectives, expected results of operations, targets, plans, strategies, costs, anticipated capital expenditures, potential acquisitions, new store openings and/or new dealer locations, management’s expectations, beliefs or goals regarding proposed transactions between ETP and SUN, the expected timing of those transactions and the future financial and/or operating impact of those transactions, including the anticipated integration process and any related benefits, opportunities or synergies. These statements are based on current plans, expectations and projections and involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and events to vary materially, including but not limited to: execution, integration, environmental and other risks related to acquisitions (including drop-downs) and our overall acquisition strategy; competitive pressures from convenience stores, gasoline stations, other non-traditional retailers and other wholesale fuel distributors located in SUN’s markets; dangers inherent in storing and transporting motor fuel; SUN’s ability to renew or renegotiate long-term distribution contracts with customers; changes in the price of and demand for motor fuel; changing consumer preferences for alternative fuel sources or improvement in fuel efficiency; competition in the wholesale motor fuel distribution industry; seasonal trends; severe or unfavorable weather conditions; increased costs; SUN’s ability to make and integrate acquisitions; environmental laws and regulations; dangers inherent in the storage of motor fuel; reliance on suppliers to provide trade credit terms to adequately fund ongoing operations; acts of war and terrorism; dependence on information technology systems; SUN’s and ETP’s ability to consummate any proposed transactions, or to satisfy the conditions precedent to the consummation of such transactions; successful development and execution of integration plans; ability to realize anticipated synergies or cost-savings and the potential impact of the transactions on employee, supplier, customer and competitor relationships; and other unforeseen factors. For a full discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties, refer to the "Risk Factors" section of SUN’s and ETP’s most recently filed annual reports on Form 10-K and current report on Form 8-K/A filed October 21, 2014. These forward-looking statements are based on and include our estimates as of the date hereof. Subsequent events and market developments could cause our estimates to change. While we may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, we specifically disclaim any obligation to do so, even if new information becomes available, except as may be required by applicable law.

Contacts

Investors:

Clare McGrory, Senior VP, Finance and Investor Relations (610) 833-3400, cpmcgrory@sunocoinc.com

Anne Pearson Dennard-Lascar Associates (210) 408-6321, apearson@dennardlascar.com

Media:

Jeff Shields, Communications Manager (215) 977-6056, jpshields@sunocoinc.com

Jessica Davila-Burnett, Public Relations Director (361) 654-4882, jessica.davila-burnett@susser.com

Financial Schedules Follow

Sunoco LP
Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income
                                                                  Predecessor                                                              Successor
                                                                  Year ended December 31, 2013   January 1, 2014 through August 31, 2014   September 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014  Combined Year ended December 31, 2014
                                                             (dollars in thousands except unit and per unit amounts)
Revenue:
Motor fuel sales to third parties                                 $              1,502,786       $                   1,275,422             $                     941,243                $                  2,216,665
Motor fuel sales to affiliates                                    2,974,122                      2,200,394                                 873,842                                      3,074,236
Merchandise sales                                                 --                             --                                        52,275                                       52,275
Rental income                                                     10,060                         11,690                                    16,020                                       27,710
Other income                                                      5,611                          4,683                                     6,447                                        11,130
Total revenues                                                    4,492,579                      3,492,189                                 1,889,827                                    5,382,016
Cost of sales:
Motor fuel cost of sales to third parties                         1,476,479                      1,252,141                                 872,984                                      2,125,125
Motor fuel cost of sales to affiliates                            2,942,525                      2,177,028                                 861,475                                      3,038,503
Merchandise                                                       --                             --                                        38,820                                       38,820
Other                                                             2,611                          2,339                                     1,303                                        3,642
Total cost of sales                                               4,421,615                      3,431,508                                 1,774,582                                    5,206,090
Gross profit                                                      70,964                         60,681                                    115,245                                      175,926
Operating expenses:
General and administrative                                        16,814                         17,075                                    16,358                                       33,433
Other operating                                                   3,187                          4,964                                     29,288                                       34,252
Rent                                                              1,014                          729                                       3,459                                        4,188
Loss (gain) on disposal of assets and impairment charge           324                            (39)                                      2,670                                        2,631
Depreciation, amortization and accretion                          8,687                          10,457                                    16,498                                       26,955
Total operating expenses                                          30,026                         33,186                                    68,273                                       101,459
Income from operations                                            40,938                         27,495                                    46,972                                       74,467
Interest expense, net                                             (3,471)                        (4,767)                                   (9,562)                                      (14,329)
Income before income taxes                                        37,467                         22,728                                    37,410                                       60,138
Income tax expense                                                (440)                          (218)                                     (2,134)                                      (2,352)
Net income and comprehensive income                               37,027                         22,510                                    35,276                                       57,786
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest                --                             --                                        (1,043)                                      (1,043)
Net income and comprehensive income attributable to partners      $              37,027          $                   22,510                $                     34,233                 $                  56,743
                                                    Predecessor                                                                 Successor
                                                        Year ended December 31, 2013  January 1, 2014 through August 31, 2014   September 1, 2014 through  Combined Year ended December 31, 2014
                                                                                                                                December 31, 2014
                                                    (dollars in thousands except unit and per unit amounts)
Net income per limited partner unit:
Common - basic and diluted                              $         1.69                $             1.02                        $        0.85              $            1.96
Subordinated - basic and diluted                        $         1.69                $             1.02                        $        0.85              $            1.96
Weighted average limited partner units outstanding:
Common units - (basic)                                  10,964,258                    11,023,617                                20,572,373                 14,206,536
Common units - (diluted)                                10,986,102                    11,048,745                                20,578,755                 14,223,648
Subordinated units - affiliated (basic and diluted)     10,939,436                    10,939,436                                10,939,436                 10,939,436
Cash distribution per unit                              $         1.84                $             1.02                        $        1.15              $            2.17
                                                             Sunoco LP
                                                             Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income
                                                             Unaudited
                                                             Predecessor           Successor
                                                             Three Months Ended    Three Months Ended
                                                             December 31, 2013     December 31, 2014
                                                             (dollars in thousands, except unit and per unit amounts)
Revenues:
Motor fuel sales to third parties                            $         392,937     $       668,215
Motor fuel sales to affiliates                               716,322               617,732
Merchandise sales                                            --                    39,277
Rental income                                                3,335                 12,300
Other income                                                 1,874                 4,098
Total revenues                                               1,114,468             1,341,622
Cost of sales:
Motor fuel cost of sales to third parties                    385,296               610,115
Motor fuel cost of sales to affiliates                       708,189               608,263
Merchandise                                                  --                    29,064
Other                                                        934                   996
Total cost of sales                                          1,094,419             1,248,438
Gross profit                                                 20,049                93,184
Operating expenses:
General and administrative                                   4,937                 13,137
Other operating                                              1,382                 23,028
Rent                                                         249                   2,204
Loss on disposal of assets and impairment charge             118                   2,670
Depreciation, amortization and accretion                     2,597                 12,502
Total operating expenses                                     9,283                 53,541
Income from operations                                       10,766                39,643
Interest expense, net                                        (1,101)               (6,636)
Income before income taxes                                   9,665                 33,007
Income tax expense                                           (142)                 (2,114)
Net income and comprehensive income                          9,523                 30,893
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest           --                    (782)
Net income and comprehensive income attributable to partners $         9,523       $       30,111
                                                    Predecessor                            Successor
                                                    Three Months Ended December 31, 2013   Three Months Ended December 31, 2014
                                                                 (dollars in thousands, except unit and per unit amounts)
Net income per limited partner unit:
Common - basic and diluted                          $            0.43                      $            0.83
Subordinated - basic and diluted                    $            0.43                      $            0.83
Weighted average limited partner units outstanding:
Common units - (basic)                              11,014,487                             23,745,231
Common units - (diluted)                            11,038,440                             23,753,287
Subordinated units - affiliated (basic and diluted) 10,939,436                             10,939,436
Cash distribution per unit                          $            0.49                      $            0.60

In accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, amounts previously reported for the third quarter of 2014 have been revised to reflect the retrospective consolidation of MACS into the Partnership, as the transfer of MACS into the Partnership met the definition of a transaction between entities under common control. MACS is retroactively consolidated beginning September 1, 2014, the date (for accounting purposes) that ETP completed its merger with Susser Holdings Corporation, the former parent company of Sunoco LP, and the date the Partnership and MACS began to be under common control. The following table presents the revenues and net income attributable to partners for the previously separate entities and the revised combined amounts to include the operations of MACS effective September 1, 2014 (in thousands):

                                      Three Months Ended September 30, 2014   Nine Months Ended September 30, 2014
Revenues:
Partnership                           $            1,304,922                  $            3,897,534
MACS                                  142,860                                 142,860
Combined                              $            1,447,782                  $            4,040,394
Net income attributable to partners:
Partnership                           $            1,027                      $            20,754
MACS                                  5,878                                   5,878
Combined                              $            6,905                      $            26,632
Sunoco LP
Consolidated Balance Sheets
                                                                                                                                                                   Predecessor         Successor
                                                                                                                                                                   December 31, 2013   December 31, 2014
                                                                                                                                                                   (in thousands, except units)
Assets
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents                                                                                                                                          $     8,150         $     67,151
Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $323 and $1,220 at December 31, 2013 and 2014, respectively                                         69,005              81,224
Receivables from affiliates                                                                                                                                        49,879              19,574
Inventories, net                                                                                                                                                   11,122              48,646
Other current assets                                                                                                                                               66                  8,546
Total current assets                                                                                                                                               138,222             225,141
Property and equipment, net                                                                                                                                        180,127             905,465
Other assets:
Marketable securities                                                                                                                                              25,952              --
Goodwill                                                                                                                                                           22,823              863,458
Intangible assets, net                                                                                                                                             22,772              172,108
Deferred tax asset, long-term portion                                                                                                                              --                  22,336
Other noncurrent assets                                                                                                                                            188                 16,416
Total assets                                                                                                                                                       $     390,084       $     2,204,924
Liabilities and equity
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable                                                                                                                                                   $     110,432       $     95,932
Accounts payable to affiliates                                                                                                                                     --                  3,112
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities                                                                                                                     11,427              41,881
Current maturities of long-term debt                                                                                                                               525                 13,757
Total current liabilities                                                                                                                                          122,384             154,682
Revolving lines of credit                                                                                                                                          156,210             683,378
Long-term debt                                                                                                                                                     29,416              173,383
Deferred tax liability, long-term portion                                                                                                                          222                 --
Other noncurrent liabilities                                                                                                                                       2,159               49,306
Total liabilities                                                                                                                                                  310,391             1,060,749
Commitments and contingencies:
Partners’ capital:
Limited partner interest:
Common unitholders - public (10,936,352 units issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2013 and 20,036,329 units issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2014)  210,269             874,688
Common unitholders - affiliated (79,308 units issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2013 and 4,062,848 units issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2014)   1,562               38,821
Subordinated unitholders - affiliated (10,939,436 units issued and outstanding at each December 31, 2013 and December 31, 2014)                                    (132,138)           236,310
Total partners’ capital                                                                                                                                            79,693              1,149,819
Noncontrolling interests                                                                                                                                           --                  (5,644)
Total equity                                                                                                                                                       79,693              1,144,175
Total liabilities and equity                                                                                                                                       $     390,084       $     2,204,924

Key Operating Metrics

The following table sets forth, for the periods indicated, information concerning key measures we rely on to gauge our operating performance. The following information is intended to provide investors with a reasonable basis for assessing our historical operations but should not serve as the only criteria for predicting our future performance.

The key operating metrics presented below for the twelve months ended December 31, 2014, are the combined results of operations for the Partnership for the predecessor period from January 1, 2014 through ended August 31, 2014, and the successor period from September 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014. Please refer to the Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income included herein for the results of the individual periods.

                                            Three Months Ended                     Year Ended
                                            December 31, 2013  December 31, 2014   December 31, 2013  December 31, 2014
                                            (dollars and gallons in thousands, except motor fuel pricing and gross profit per gallon)
Revenues:
Retail motor fuel sales                     $     --           $     168,000       $     --           $     228,895
Wholesale motor fuel sales to third parties 392,937            500,215             1,502,786          1,987,770
Wholesale motor fuel sales to affiliates    716,322            617,732             2,974,122          3,074,236
Merchandise sales                           --                 39,277              --                 52,275
Rental and other income                     5,209              16,398              15,671             38,840
Total revenues                              1,114,468          1,341,622           4,492,579          5,382,016
Gross profit:
Retail motor fuel                           --                 24,786              --                 30,392
Wholesale motor fuel to third parties       7,641              33,314              26,307             61,148
Wholesale motor fuel to affiliates          8,133              9,469               31,597             35,733
Merchandise                                 --                 10,213              --                 13,455
Other                                       4,275              15,402              13,060             35,198
Total gross profit                          20,049             93,184              70,964             175,926
Net income attributable to partners         $     9,523        $     30,111        $     37,027       $     56,743
Adjusted EBITDA (1)                         $     14,067       $     65,486        $     51,885       $     122,313
Distributable cash flow (1)                 $     12,648       $     51,114        $     47,679       $     92,488
Operating Data:
Total motor fuel gallons sold:
Retail                                      --                 60,247              --                 83,419
Wholesale third-party                       146,043            241,516             517,775            749,925
Wholesale affiliated                        269,544            304,872             1,053,259          1,178,619
Motor fuel gross profit cents per gallon:
Retail                                      --                 44.5          ?     --                 39.3          ?
Wholesale third-party                       5.2          ?     17.6          ?     5.1          ?     9.6           ?
Wholesale affiliated                        3.0          ?     3.0           ?     3.0          ?     3.0           ?
Volume-weighted average for all gallons     3.8          ?     13.0          ?     3.7          ?     7.0           ?
Retail merchandise margin                   --                 26.0          %     --                 25.7          %
(1) We define EBITDA as net income before net interest expense, income tax expense and depreciation, amortization and accretion expense. Adjusted EBITDA further adjusts EBITDA to reflect certain other non-recurring and non-cash items. We define distributable cash flow as Adjusted EBITDA less cash interest expense, current income tax expense, maintenance capital expenditures, and other non-cash adjustments.  EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow are not financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP.

Effective September 1, 2014, as a result of the ETP Merger and in an effort to conform the method by which we measure our business to that of ETP’s operations, we now define Adjusted EBITDA to also include adjustments for unrealized gains and losses on commodity derivatives and inventory fair value adjustments.

We believe EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow are useful to investors in evaluating our operating performance because:

-- Adjusted EBITDA is used as a performance measure under our revolving credit facility;

-- securities analysts and other interested parties use such metrics as measures of financial performance, ability to make distributions to our unitholders and debt service capabilities;

-- they are used by our management for internal planning purposes, including aspects of our consolidated operating budget, and capital expenditures; and

-- distributable cash flow provides useful information to investors as it is a widely accepted financial indicator used by investors to compare partnership performance, as it provides investors an enhanced perspective of the operating performance of our assets and the cash our business is generating.

EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow are not recognized terms under GAAP and do not purport to be alternatives to net income as measures of operating performance or to cash flows from operating activities as a measure of liquidity. EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow have limitations as analytical tools, and one should not consider them in isolation or as substitutes for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP. Some of these limitations include:

-- they do not reflect our total cash expenditures, or future requirements, for capital expenditures or contractual commitments;

-- they do not reflect changes in, or cash requirements for, working capital;

-- they do not reflect interest expense, or the cash requirements necessary to service interest or principal payments on our revolving credit facility or term loans;

-- although depreciation and amortization are non-cash charges, the assets being depreciated and amortized will often have to be replaced in the future, and EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA do not reflect cash requirements for such replacements; and

-- because not all companies use identical calculations, our presentation of EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies.

The following table presents a reconciliation of net income to EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow:

                                                 Three Months Ended                    Year Ended
                                                 December 31, 2013  December 31, 2014  December 31, 2013  December 31, 2014
                                                 (in thousands)
Net income                                       $     9,523        $     30,893       $     37,027       $     57,786
Depreciation, amortization and accretion         2,597              12,502             8,687              26,955
Interest expense, net                            1,101              6,636              3,471              14,329
Income tax expense                               142                2,114              440                2,352
EBITDA                                           13,363             52,145             49,625             101,422
Non-cash compensation expense                    586                778                1,936              6,080
Loss on disposal of assets and impairment charge 118                2,670              324                2,631
Unrealized gains on commodity derivatives        --                 (1,226)            --                 (1,433)
Inventory fair value adjustments                 --                 11,119             --                 13,613
Adjusted EBITDA                                  14,067             65,486             51,885             122,313
Cash interest expense                            1,006              6,255              3,090              12,029
Income tax expense (current)                     136                3,003              302                3,275
Maintenance capital expenditures                 277                4,332              814                5,196
MACS acquisition adjustment (1)                  --                 --                 --                 8,282
Earnings attributable to noncontrolling interest --                 782                --                 1,043
Distributable cash flow                          $     12,648       $     51,114       $     47,679       $     92,488
(1) Adjustment includes MACS’ results of operations for the period September 1, 2014 through September 30, 2014.  The initial date of common control was September 1, 2014 and as such, MACS results have been included in our results of operations from that date forward.

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SOURCE Sunoco LP

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