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Parkland Announces Board of Directors Changes

CALGARY, AB, Dec. 31, 2023 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Parkland Corporation (”Parkland”, “we”, the “Company”, or “our”) (TSX: PKI), today announced the departure of Simpson Oil Limited (”Simpson“) nominees Michael Christiansen and Marc Halley from the Company’s Board of Directors, effective December 31, 2023.

“We would like to thank Michael and Marc for their contributions to the Board,” stated Steven Richardson, the Chair of Parkland’s Board of Directors. “We have an independent Board that has unwavering confidence in the Company’s strategy and the management team’s capability to deliver shareholder value. The outstanding share performance of Parkland in 2023 is a clear expression of our shareholders’ support of Parkland’s direction and strategy.”

Parkland is in discussions with Simpson about its shareholding in the Company.

At its 2023 Investor Day, Parkland outlined its strategy to reduce debt, grow the business and increase shareholder returns. Driven by consistent operational execution, Parkland confirmed its 2024 Adjusted EBITDA Guidance of $2 billion, accelerating its previous guidance by a year. In addition, the Company set a longer-term objective to double Available Cash Flow per share by 2028.

In 2023, Parkland was a top performer on the Toronto Stock Exchange, achieving a total shareholder return of approximately 50 percent. The Company’s Board and management are focused on executing its strategy that will continue to create long-term value for all shareholders.

Mr. Christiansen and Mr. Halley were nominated for election to the Board pursuant to the terms of the Board Nomination Agreement between Simpson Oil and Parkland, dated March 21, 2023 (the “Board Nomination Agreement“), and subsequently elected to the Board at Parkland’s Annual General Meeting on May 4, 2023. Simpson has provided notice of its waiver of its nomination rights under the Board Nomination Agreement. In accordance with its terms, the Board Nomination Agreement will terminate as of April 2, 2024.

Simpson remains subject to the standstill, voting and other obligations set forth in the governance agreement between Simpson and Parkland dated January 8, 2019 (the “Governance Agreement“). Parkland will continue to enforce the terms of the Governance Agreement going forward. Copies of the Board Nomination Agreement and the Governance Agreement are available on Parkland’s SEDAR+ profile at www.sedarplus.ca.

Supported by a leading global search firm, Parkland is committed to ongoing Board renewal, including identifying qualified professionals to replace today’s departed Board members.

About Parkland Corporation

Parkland is an international fuel distributor, marketer, and convenience retailer with operations in 25 countries across the Americas. We serve over one million customers each day. Our vast retail network meets the fuel and convenience needs of everyday consumers. Our commercial operations provide businesses with industrial fuels so that they can better serve their customers. With approximately 4,000 retail and commercial locations across Canada, the United States and the Caribbean region, we have developed supply, distribution and trading capabilities to accelerate growth and business performance.

In addition to meeting our customers’ needs for essential fuels, we provide a range of choices to help them lower their environmental impact. These include carbon and renewables trading, solar power, renewables manufacturing and ultra-fast EV charging. Parkland’s proven business model is centered around organic growth, our supply advantage, and is driven by scale, our integrated refinery and supply infrastructure, and focus on acquiring prudently and integrating successfully.

Our strategy is focused on developing our existing business in resilient markets, growing our food, convenience and renewable energy businesses and helping customers to decarbonize. Our business is underpinned by our people, our values of safety, integrity, community and respect, which are deeply embedded across our organization.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements contained in this news release constitute forward-looking information and statements (collectively, “forward-looking statements“). When used in this news release the words “expect”, “will”, “could”, “would”, “believe”, “continue”, “pursue” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. In particular, this news release contains forward-looking statements with respect to, among other things: business objectives, strategies and model; Parkland’s cash flow, organic growth and the progress thereof; and Parkland’s Revised financial targets, including Adjusted EBITDA and Available Cash Flow per share objectives. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results or events to differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements. No assurance can be given that these expectations will prove to be correct and such forward-looking statements included in this news release should not be unduly relied upon. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this news release. Parkland does not undertake any obligations to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements except as required by securities law. Actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of numerous risks, assumptions and uncertainties including, but not limited to: general economic, market and business conditions; micro and macroeconomic trends and conditions, including increases in interest rates, inflation and commodity prices; Parkland’s ability to execute its business objectives, projects and strategies, including the completion, financing and timing thereof, realizing the benefits therefrom and meeting our targets and commitments relating thereto; Parkland’s management systems and programs and risk management strategy; the competitive environment of our industry; retail pricing, margins and refinery margins; availability and pricing of petroleum product supply; volatility of crude oil and refined product prices; ability of suppliers to meet commitments; actions by governmental authorities and other regulators including but not limited to increases in taxes or restricted access to markets; environmental impact; changes in environmental and regulatory laws, including the ability to obtain or maintain required permits; and other factors, many of which are beyond the control of Parkland. See also the assumptions, risks and uncertainties described in “Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Information” and “Risk Factors” included in Parkland’s most recent Annual Information Form, and in “Forward-Looking Information” and “Risk Factors” included in the Q3 2023 MD&A, each filed on SEDAR+ and available on the Parkland website at www.parkland.ca. The forward-looking statements contained in this news release are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement.

Specified Financial Measures

This news release contains total of segments measures, non-GAAP financial measures and non-GAAP financial ratios, supplementary financial measures and capital management measures (collectively, “specified financial measures“). Parkland’s management uses certain specified financial measures to analyze the operating and financial performance, leverage, and liquidity of the business. These specified financial measures do not have any standardized meaning under IFRS and are therefore unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. The specified financial measures should not be considered in isolation or used in substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with IFRS. See Section 16 of the Q3 2023 MD&A, which is incorporated by reference into this news release, for further details regarding specified financial measures used by Parkland.

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Parkland Reports 2023 Third Quarter Results

Record third quarter and year-to-date Adjusted EBITDA of $585 million and $1,450 million, respectively
Record third quarter and year-to-date Net earnings per share of $1.31 and $2.19, respectively
Leverage Ratio of 2.9 times is within target range

CALGARY, AB, Nov. 1, 2023 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Parkland Corporation (”Parkland”, “we”, the “Company”, or “our”) (TSX: PKI), today announced its financial and operating results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2023.

Q3 2023 Highlights

  • Adjusted EBITDA attributable to Parkland (”Adjusted EBITDA”1) of $585 million, up 78 percent from the third quarter of 2022.
  • Net earnings attributable to Parkland (”Net earnings”) of $230 million ($1.31 per share, basic) more than double the Net earnings from the third quarter of 2022, and Adjusted earnings attributable to Parkland (”Adjusted earnings”2) of $231 million ($1.31 per share, basic) nearly five times the Adjusted earnings from the third quarter of 2022.
  • Cash generated from (used in) operating activities of $528 million ($3.00 per share, basic3), up 31 percent from the third quarter of 2022.
  • Reduced borrowing under credit facility by $162 million, liquidity available3 of $1.8 billion, and lowered Leverage Ratio4 to 2.9 times (3.3 times in Q2 2023), within Parkland’s target range of 2 to 3 times.
  • Record Composite utilization5 at the Burnaby Refinery of 102.9 percent including record co-processing volumes of 2,600 barrels per day and consistent operational execution.
  • Parkland has electric vehicle (”EV”) charging operational at 33 sites, including 63 chargers, and is on track to meet our plan for 50 charging sites by early 2024.
  • Parkland now expects to exceed its Revised 2023 Adjusted EBITDA Guidance range of $1.8 to $1.85 billion, driven by strong utilization, optimization at the refinery, and favourable refinery margins, as well as the strength of the International business in the third quarter of 2023.

“I want to congratulate the Parkland team for delivering an exceptional quarter,” said Bob Espey, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Our consistent performance demonstrates the quality of the business we have built and has enabled us to increase our 2023 Adjusted EBITDA Guidance, accelerate our 2024 Adjusted EBITDA Guidance of $2 billion, and lower our Leverage Ratio to 2.9 times. I have conviction in our strategy and confidence in our team’s ability to meet and beat the ambitious targets we have set for ourselves. We look forward to sharing more about our plan to deliver value to shareholders at our upcoming investor day.”

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1 Total of segments measure. See “Total of Segments Measures” section of this news release.

2 Non-GAAP financial measure or non-GAAP financial ratio. See “Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Ratios” section of this news release.

3 Supplementary financial measure. See “Supplementary Financial Measures” section of this news release.

4 Capital management measure. See “Capital Management Measures” section of this news release.

5 Non-financial measure. See “Non-Financial Measures” section of this news release.

Q3 2023 Segment Highlights

  • Canada delivered Adjusted EBITDA of $206 million, up 47 percent from Q3 2022 ($140 million). Fuel unit margins were higher than the comparable period as a result of continued optimization of our supply and integrated logistic capabilities and favourable market conditions. Company Volume Same Store Sales Growth (”SSSG”2) was 4.2 percent and Food and Company C-Store SSSG (excluding cigarettes)2 was 3.6 percent, driven by organic growth initiatives in our loyalty and C-store programs. Canada delivered Food and Company C-store revenue of $81 million, up 17 percent from Q3 2022 ($69 million), primarily due to organic growth.
  • International delivered Adjusted EBITDA of $170 million, up 63 percent, from Q3 2022 ($104 million). Performance was driven by organic growth that resulted in higher volumes in the wholesale business, strong fuel unit margins driven by favourable market conditions and pricing strategies, and the consolidation of Sol.
  • USA delivered Adjusted EBITDA of $52 million, up $70 million from Q3 2022 (Adjusted EBITDA loss of $18 million). Results for Q3 2022 include spot wholesale inventory and risk management losses of $65 million. Excluding these losses, Adjusted EBITDA in the third quarter of 2022 was $47 million, and Q3 2023 Adjusted EBITDA was up 11 percent. Performance was underpinned by effective cost management initiatives and strong fuel unit margins in the Commercial line of business, partially offset by weakness in Retail fuel volumes and unit margins.
  • Refining delivered Adjusted EBITDA of $188 million, up more than 39 percent, from Q3 2022 ($135 million). Performance was underpinned by robust crack spreads, record composite utilization of 102.9 percent, including record co-processing volumes of 2,600 barrels per day, and optimization of the production mix.
  • Parkland’s total recordable injury frequency rate5 on a trailing-twelve-months basis was 0.95, a decrease of 16 percent compared to 1.13 in the third quarter of 2022.

Consolidated Financial Overview

($ millions, unless otherwise noted)

Three months ended September 30,

Financial Summary

2023

2022

Sales and operating revenue

8,873

9,422

Adjusted EBITDA attributable to Parkland (”Adjusted EBITDA”)(1)

585

328

Canada

206

140

International

170

104

USA

52

(18)

Refining

188

135

Corporate

(31)

(33)

Net earnings (loss) attributable to Parkland

230

105

Net earnings (loss) per share – basic ($ per share)

1.31

0.67

Net earnings (loss) per share – diluted ($ per share)

1.28

0.66

Trailing-twelve-month (”TTM”) Cash generated from (used in) operating activities(2)

1,992

815

TTM Cash generated from (used in) operating activities per share(2)

11.39

5.26

Cash generated from (used in) operating activities

528

404

Cash generated from (used in) operating activities per share(2)

3.00

2.59

(1) Total of segments measure. See “Total of Segments Measures” section of this news release.

(2) Supplementary financial measure.  “Supplementary Financial Measures” section of this news release.

Q3 2023 Conference Call and Webcast Details

Parkland will host a webcast and conference call on Thursday, November 2, 2023 at 6:30 am MDT (8:30 am EDT) to discuss the results. To listen to the live webcast and watch the presentation, please use the following link: https://app.webinar.net/39A5XB5PMgZ

Analysts and investors interested in participating in the question and answer session of the conference call may do so by calling 1-888-390-0546 (toll-free) (Conference ID: 19474746). International participants may call 1-800-389-0704 (toll-free) (Conference ID: 19474746).

Please connect and log in approximately 10 minutes before the beginning of the call. The webcast will be available for replay two hours after the conference call ends at the link above. It will remain available for one year and will also be posted to www.parkland.ca.

MD&A and Interim Consolidated Financial Statements

The Management’s Discussion and Analysis for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2023 (the “Q3 2023 MD&A”) and consolidated financial statements for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2023 (the “Q3 2023 Interim Consolidated Financial Statements”) provide a detailed explanation of Parkland’s operating results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2023. An English version of these documents will be available online at www.parkland.ca and the System for Electronic Data Analysis and Retrieval + (”SEDAR+”) after the results are released by newswire under Parkland’s profile at www.sedarplus.ca. The French versions of the Q3 2023 MD&A and the Q3 2023 Interim Consolidated Financial Statements will be posted to www.parkland.ca and SEDAR+ as soon as they become available.

2023 Investor Day Registration

Parkland will host its 2023 Investor Day presentation on November 14, 2023 at 9:00 am EST (7:00 am MST) to provide details on the continued execution of our strategy, capital allocation framework, and the Company’s financial outlook. The event will be held at the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto, Ontario and simultaneously webcast with video for those unable to attend in person. Analysts and investors who wish to attend the event, either in person or remotely, are invited to register using the following link:

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About Parkland Corporation

Parkland is an international fuel distributor, marketer, and convenience retailer with operations in 25 countries across the Americas. We serve over one million customers each day. Our vast retail network meets the fuel and convenience needs of everyday consumers. Our commercial operations provides businesses with industrial fuels so that they can better serve their customers.

With approximately 4,000 retail and commercial locations across Canada, the United States and the Caribbean region, we have developed supply, distribution and trading capabilities to accelerate growth and business performance. In addition to meeting our customers’ needs for essential fuels, we provide a range of choices to help them lower their environmental impact. These include carbon and renewables trading, solar power, renewables manufacturing and ultra-fast EV charging.

Parkland’s proven business model is centered around organic growth, our supply advantage, and is driven by scale, our integrated refinery and supply infrastructure, and focus on acquiring prudently and integrating successfully. Our strategy is focused on developing our existing business in resilient markets, growing our food, convenience and renewable energy businesses and helping customers to decarbonize. Our business is underpinned by our people, our values of safety, integrity, community and respect, which are deeply embedded across our organization.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements contained in this news release constitute forward-looking information and statements (collectively, “forward-looking statements”). When used in this news release the words “expect”, “will”, “could”, “would”, “believe”, “continue”, “pursue” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. In particular, this news release contains forward-looking statements with respect to, among other things: business objectives, strategies and model; Parkland’s strategy to deliver synergies, cost efficiencies, and organic growth and the progress thereof; Parkland’s Revised 2023 Adjusted EBITDA Guidance, its expectation to exceed its Revised 2023 Adjusted EBITDA Guidance range of $1.8 to $1.85 billion, and acceleration of the 2024 Adjusted EBITDA Guidance of approximately $2 billion; and Parkland’s plan to have 50 electric vehicle charging stations by early 2024.

These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results or events to differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements. No assurance can be given that these expectations will prove to be correct and such forward-looking statements included in this news release should not be unduly relied upon. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this news release. Parkland does not undertake any obligations to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements except as required by securities law. Actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of numerous risks, assumptions and uncertainties including, but not limited to: general economic, market and business conditions; micro and macroeconomic trends and conditions, including increases in interest rates, inflation and commodity prices; Parkland’s ability to execute its business objectives, projects and strategies, including the completion, financing and timing thereof, realizing the benefits therefrom and meeting our targets and commitments relating thereto; Parkland’s management systems and programs and risk management strategy; the competitive environment of our industry; retail pricing, margins and refinery margins; availability and pricing of petroleum product supply; volatility of crude oil and refined product prices; ability of suppliers to meet commitments; actions by governmental authorities and other regulators including but not limited to increases in taxes or restricted access to markets; environmental impact; changes in environmental and regulatory laws, including the ability to obtain or maintain required permits; and other factors, many of which are beyond the control of Parkland. In addition, the Revised 2023 Adjusted EBITDA Guidance range reflects the full year contribution of 2022 acquisitions, integration and synergy capture, and organic growth initiatives, and the key material assumptions include: an increase in Retail and Commercial Fuel and petroleum product adjusted gross margin of approximately 10 percent and Food, convenience and other adjusted gross margin of approximately 15 percent as compared to the year ended December 31, 2022; and Refining adjusted gross margin of approximately $45 per barrel and average Burnaby Refinery utilization of approximately 80 percent based on the Burnaby Refinery’s crude processing capacity of 55,000 barrels per day. Confidence in Parkland’s ability to exceed the Revised 2023 Adjusted EBITDA Guidance range is driven by the favourable refinery margins environment and the strength of the International wholesale business in the third quarter of 2023. 2024 Adjusted EBITDA Guidance reflects continued integration and synergy capture, and organic growth initiatives, and the key material assumptions include: an increase in Retail and Commercial Fuel and petroleum product adjusted gross margin and Food, convenience and other adjusted gross margin of approximately 5 percent as compared to the year ending December 31, 2023; the realization of $100 million of MG&A cost efficiencies by 2024; and Refining adjusted gross margin of approximately $40 per barrel and average Burnaby Refinery utilization of 90 percent to 95 percent based on the Burnaby Refinery’s crude processing capacity of 55,000 barrels per day. See also the risks and uncertainties described in “Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Information” and “Risk Factors” included in Parkland’s most recent Annual Information Form, and in “Forward-Looking Information” and “Risk Factors” included in the Q3 2023 MD&A, each filed on SEDAR+ and available on the Parkland website at www.parkland.ca. The forward-looking statements contained in this news release are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement.

Non-Financial Measures

Parkland uses a number of non-financial measures, including composite utilization and total recordable injury frequency rate, in measuring the success of our strategic objectives and to set variable compensation targets for employees. These non-financial measures are not accounting measures, do not have comparable International Financial Reporting Standards (”IFRS”) measures, and may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers, as other issuers may calculate these metrics differently. See Section 16 of the Q3 2023 MD&A, which is incorporated by reference into this news release, for further details on the non-financial measures used by Parkland.

Specified Financial Measures

This news release contains total of segments measures, non-GAAP financial measures and non-GAAP financial ratios, supplementary financial measures and capital management measures (collectively, “specified financial measures”). Parkland’s management uses certain specified financial measures to analyze the operating and financial performance, leverage, and liquidity of the business. These specified financial measures do not have any standardized meaning under IFRS and are therefore unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. The specified financial measures should not be considered in isolation or used in substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with IFRS. See Section 16 of the Q3 2023 MD&A, which is incorporated by reference into this news release, for further details regarding specified financial measures used by Parkland.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Ratios

Adjusted earnings (loss) is a non-GAAP financial measure and Adjusted earnings (loss) per share is a non-GAAP financial ratio, each representing the underlying core operating performance of business activities of Parkland at a consolidated level.

Adjusted earnings (loss) and Adjusted earnings (loss) per share represent how well Parkland’s operational business is performing, while considering depreciation and amortization, interest on leases and long-term debt, accretion and other finance costs, and income taxes. The Company uses these measures because it believes that Adjusted earnings (loss) and Adjusted earnings (loss) per share are useful for management and investors in assessing the Company’s overall performance as they exclude certain significant items that are not reflective of the Company’s underlying business operations.

See Section 16 of the Q3 2023 MD&A, which is incorporated by reference into this news release, for the detailed definition of Adjusted earnings (loss).

Please see below for the reconciliation of Adjusted earnings (loss) to net earnings (loss) and calculation of Adjusted earnings (loss) per share.

Three months ended
September 30,

($ millions, unless otherwise stated)

2023

2022

Net earnings (loss) attributable to Parkland

230

105

Add: Net earnings (loss) attributable to NCI

13

Net earnings (loss)

230

118

Add:

Acquisition, integration and other costs

38

45

(Gain) loss on foreign exchange – unrealized

1

(16)

(Gain) loss on risk management and other – unrealized

(19)

(1)

Other (gains) and losses

(37)

(88)

Other adjusting items(1)

20

(5)

Tax normalization(2)

(2)

2

Adjusted earnings (loss) including NCI

231

55

Less: Adjusted earnings (loss) attributable to NCI

6

Adjusted earnings (loss)

231

49

Weighted average number of common shares (million shares)(3)

176

156

Weighted average number of common shares adjusted for the effects of dilution (million shares)(3)

180

158

Adjusted earnings (loss) per share ($ per share)

Basic

1.31

0.31

Diluted

1.28

0.31

(1)

Other adjusting Items for the three months ended September 30, 2023 include: (i) other income of $15 million (2022 – $3 million); (ii) the share of depreciation and income taxes for the Isla joint venture of $5 million (2022 – $2 million); (iii) realized risk management gain related to underlying physical sales activity in another period of $1 million (2022 – $3 million); (iv) adjustment to foreign exchange gains and losses related to cash pooling arrangements of $1 million (2022 – $1 million); (v) unrealized risk management loss related to underlying physical sales activity in current period of nil (2022 – $10 million); and (vi) loss on inventory write-downs for which there are offsetting associated risk management derivatives with unrealized gains of nil (2022 – $2 million).

(2)

The tax normalization adjustment was applied to net earnings (loss) adjusting items that were considered temporary differences, such as acquisition, integration and other costs, unrealized foreign exchange gains and losses, unrealized gains and losses on risk management and other, gains and losses on asset disposals, changes in fair value of redemption options, changes in estimates of environmental provisions, loss on inventory write-downs for which there are offsetting associated risk management derivatives with unrealized gains, impairments of non-current assets and debt modifications. The tax impact was estimated using the effective tax rates applicable to jurisdictions where the related items occur.

(3)

Weighted average number of common shares are calculated in accordance with Parkland’s accounting policy contained in Note 2 of the Annual Consolidated Financial Statements.

Food and Company C-Store SSSG is a non-GAAP financial ratio and refers to the period-over-period sales growth generated by retail food and convenience stores at the same company sites. The effects of opening and closing stores, temporary closures (including closures for ON the RUN / Marché Express conversions), expansions of stores, renovations of stores, and stores with changes in food service models in the period are excluded to derive a comparable same-store metric. Same-store sales growth is a metric commonly used in the retail industry that provides meaningful information to investors in assessing the health and strength of Parkland’s brands and retail network, which ultimately impacts financial performance. Food and Company C-Store SSSG does not have any standardized meaning prescribed under IFRS and is therefore unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. Please see below for a reconciliation of convenience store revenue (Food and C-Store revenue) of the Canada segment with the Food and Company C-Store same store sales (”SSS”) and calculation of the Food and Company C-Store SSSG.

Three months ended September 30,

($ millions)

2023

2022

%(1)

Food and Company C-Store revenue

81

69

Add:

Point-of-sale (”POS”) value of goods and services sold at Food and Company C-Store operated by retailers and franchisees(2)

329

302

Less:

Rental and royalty income from retailers, franchisees and others(3)

(64)

(54)

Same Store revenue adjustments(4) (excluding cigarettes)

(37)

(17)

Food and Company C-Store same-store sales

309

300

3.0 %

Less:

Same Store revenue adjustments(4) (cigarettes)

(108)

(105)

Food and Company C-Store same-store sales (excluding cigarettes)

201

195

3.6 %

Three months ended September 30,

($ millions)

2022

2021

%(1)

Food and Company C-Store revenue

69

102

Add:

POS value of goods and services sold at Food and Company C-Store operated by retailers(2)

302

164

Less:

Rental income from retailers and others(3)

(40)

(27)

Same Store revenue adjustments(4)(5) (excluding cigarettes)

(112)

(8)

Food and Company C-Store same-store sales

219

231

(5.1) %

Less:

Same Store revenue adjustments(4)(5) (cigarettes)

(101)

(119)

Food and Company C-Store same-store sales (excluding cigarettes)

118

112

5.2 %

(1)

Percentages are calculated based on actual amounts and are impacted by rounding.

(2)

POS values used to calculate Food and Company C-Store SSSG are not a Parkland financial measure and do not form part of Parkland’s consolidated financial statements as Parkland earns rental income from retailers in the form of a percentage rent on convenience store sales. POS values are calculated based on the information obtained from Parkland’s POS systems at retail sites, including transactional data, such as sales, costs and volumes which are subject to internal controls over financial reporting. We also use this data to calculate rental income from retailers in the form of a percentage rent on convenience store sales, which is  recorded as revenue in our consolidated financial statements.

(3)

Includes rental income from retailers in the form of a percentage rent on Food and Company C-Store sales, royalty, franchisee fees and excludes revenues from automated teller machine, POS system licensing fees, and other.

(4)

This adjustment excludes the effects of acquisitions, opening and closing stores, temporary closures (including closures for ON the RUN / Marché Express conversions), expansions of stores, renovations of stores, and stores with changes in food service models, to derive a comparable same-store metric.

(5)

Excludes sales from acquisitions completed within the year as these will not impact the metric until after the completion of one year of the acquisitions when the sales or volume generated establish the baseline for these metrics.

The non-GAAP financial measures and ratios should not be considered in isolation or used in substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with IFRS. Except as otherwise indicated, these non-GAAP measures and ratios are calculated and disclosed on a consistent basis from period to period. See Section 16 of the Q3 2023 MD&A, which is incorporated by reference into this news release, for further details regarding Parkland’s non-GAAP financial measures and ratios.

Supplementary Financial Measures

Parkland uses a number of supplementary financial measures, including cash generated from (used in) operating activities per share, and liquidity available to evaluate the success of our strategic objectives and to set variable compensation targets for employees. These measures may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers, as other issuers may calculate these metrics differently. See Section 16 of the Q3 2023 MD&A, which is incorporated by reference into this news release, for further details regarding supplementary financial measures used by Parkland.

Capital Management Measures

Parkland’s primary capital management measure is the Leverage Ratio, which is used internally by key management personnel to monitor Parkland’s overall financial strength, capital structure flexibility, and ability to service debt and meet current and future commitments. The Leverage Ratio is calculated as a ratio of Leverage Debt to Leverage EBITDA (each as defined in the Q3 2023 Interim Consolidated Financial Statements) and does not have any standardized meaning prescribed under IFRS. It is therefore unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. See Section 16 of the Q3 2023 MD&A, which is incorporated by reference into this news release, for further details regarding capital management measures used by Parkland.

Total of Segments Measures

Adjusted EBITDA is a total of segments measure used by the chief operating decision maker to make decisions about resource allocation to the segment and to assess its performance. In accordance with IFRS, adjustments and eliminations made in preparing an entity’s financial statements and allocations of revenue, expenses, and gains or losses shall be included in determining reported segment profit or loss only if they are included in the measure of the segment’s profit or loss that is used by the chief operating decision maker. As such, Parkland’s Adjusted EBITDA is unlikely to be comparable to similarly named measures presented by other issuers, who may calculate these measures differently. Parkland views Adjusted EBITDA as the key measure for the underlying core operating performance of business segment activities at an operational level. Adjusted EBITDA is used by management to set targets for Parkland (including annual guidance and variable compensation targets) and is used to determine Parkland’s ability to service debt, finance capital expenditures and provide for dividend payments to shareholders. See Section 16 of the Q3 2023 MD&A, which is incorporated by reference into this news release, for further details regarding total of segments measures used by Parkland. Refer to the table below for the reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to net earnings (loss) for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2023 and September 30, 2022.

Three months ended
September 30,

Nine months ended
September 30,

($ millions)

2023

2022

2023

2022

Adjusted EBITDA attributable to Parkland (”Adjusted EBITDA”)

585

328

1,450

1,165

Add: Attributable to NCI

12

67

Adjusted EBITDA including NCI

585

340

1,450

1,232

Less/(add):

Acquisition, integration and other costs

38

45

104

76

Depreciation and amortization

205

202

601

531

Finance costs

93

87

295

237

(Gain) loss on foreign exchange – unrealized

1

(16)

35

(16)

(Gain) loss on risk management and other – unrealized

(19)

(1)

(62)

30

Other (gains) and losses(1)

(37)

(88)

(2)

44

Other adjusting items(2)

20

(5)

42

5

Income tax expense (recovery)

54

(2)

52

48

Net earnings (loss)

230

118

385

277

Net earnings (loss) attributable to Parkland

230

105

385

241

Net earnings (loss) attributable to NCI

13

36

(1)

Other (gains) and losses for the three months ended September 30, 2023 include the following: (i) $15 million gain (2022 – $4 million) in Other income; (ii) $13 million non-cash valuation gain (2022 – $37 million) due to the change in fair value of redemption options; (iii) $7 million non-cash valuation gain (2022 – $7 million loss) due to the change in estimates of environment provision; (iv) $6 million gain (2022 – nil) on disposal of assets; and (v) $4 million loss (2022 – $54 million gain) in Others, including $3 million (2022 – nil) associated with the write-off of certain assets related to the renewable diesel complex, and gains of nil (2022 – $59 million) in relation to changes in redemption value of the Sol Put Option, which was de-recognized on Parkland’s acquisition of the remaining 25% of the issued and outstanding shares in Sol on October 18, 2022. Other (gains) and losses for the nine months ended September 30, 2023 include the following: (i) $32 million loss (2022 – $10 million gain) in Others, including $27 million associated with the write-off of certain assets related to the renewable diesel complex, and gains of nil (2022 – $11 million) in relation to changes in redemption value of the Sol Put Option, which was de-recognized on Parkland’s acquisition of the remaining 25% of the issued and outstanding shares in Sol on October 18, 2022; (ii) $21 million gain (2022 – $5 million) in Other income; (iii) $17 million non-cash valuation gain (2022 – $65 million loss) due to the change in fair value of redemption options; (iv) $3 million loss (2022 – $11 million gain) due to the change in estimates of environment provision; and (v) $1 million loss (2022 – $5 million) on disposal of assets. Refer to Note 12 of the Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.

(2)

Other adjusting items for the three months ended September 30, 2023 include: (i) other income of $15 million (2022 – $3 million); (ii) the share of depreciation and income taxes for the Isla joint venture of $5 million (2022 – $2 million); (iii) realized risk management gain related to underlying physical sales activity in another period of $1 million (2022 – $3 million); (iv) adjustment to foreign exchange gains and losses related to cash pooling arrangements of $1 million (2022 – $1 million); (v) unrealized risk management loss related to underlying physical sales activity in current period of nil (2022 – $10 million); and (vi) loss on inventory write-downs for which there are offsetting associated risk management derivatives with unrealized gains of nil (2022 – $2 million). Other adjusting items for the nine months ended September 30, 2023 include: (i) other income of $21 million (2022 – $4 million); (ii) the effect of market-based performance conditions for equity-settled share-based award settlements of $13 million (2022 – nil); (iii) the share of depreciation and income taxes for the Isla joint venture of $11 million (2022 – $9 million); (iv) realized risk management gain related to underlying physical sales activity in another period of $4 million (2022 – $3 million); (v) adjustment to foreign exchange gains and losses related to cash pooling arrangements of $1 million (2022 – $3 million); (vi) unrealized risk management loss related to underlying physical sales activity in the current period of nil (2022 – $10 million); and (vii) loss on inventory write-downs for which there are offsetting associated risk management derivatives with unrealized gains of nil (2022 – $2 million).

Parkland uses Adjusted gross margin as a measure of segment profit (loss) to analyze the performance of sale and purchase transactions and performance on margin.

See Section 16 of the Q3 2023 MD&A, which is incorporated by reference into this news release, for the detailed definition of Adjusted gross margin.

Refer to the table below for a detailed calculation of Adjusted gross margin for the three months ended September 30, 2023 and September 30, 2022

Three months ended September 30,

($ millions)

2023

2022(2)

Sales and operating revenue

8,873

9,422

Cost of purchases

(7,638)

(8,635)

Gain (loss) on risk management and other – realized

(130)

100

Gain (loss) on foreign exchange – realized

(8)

(13)

Other adjusting items to Adjusted gross margin(1)

(10)

Adjusted gross margin

1,097

864

Fuel and petroleum product adjusted gross margin

908

687

Food, convenience and other adjusted gross margin

189

177

Adjusted gross margin

1,097

864

(1) Other adjusting items to Adjusted gross margin for the three months ended September 30, 2023 includes (i) realized risk management gain related to underlying physical sales activity in another period of $1 million (2022 – $3 million); (ii) adjustment to foreign exchange gains and losses related to cash pooling arrangements of $1 million (2022 – $1 million); (iii) unrealized risk management loss related to underlying physical sales activity in current period of nil (2022 – $10 million ); and (iv) loss on inventory write-downs for which there are offsetting associated risk management derivatives with unrealized gains of nil (2022 – $2 million).

(2) For comparative purposes, certain amounts within sales and operating revenue, and cost of purchases for the three months ended September 30, 2022, were revised to conform to the presentation used in the current period.

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PaySett Corporation expands its regional payments partnership with Sagicor

The real time payments (RTP) solution PayExpedite® will further expand the financial institution’s payment capabilities in Barbados under the Amazon Web Services (AWS) platform.

ATLANTA and BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Oct. 24, 2023 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ – PaySett Corporation a global provider of payment solutions and Sagicor Bank (Barbados) announced today the launch of the bank’s new real time payments service based on the ISO 20022 messaging standard running under the AWS platform.

George Thomas, CEO Sagicor Bank Barbados

George Thomas, CEO of Sagicor Bank (Barbados) stated, “As the region’s first digital bank, we are duty bound to work with our partners to ensure that their technology posture is robust, modern, and forward-thinking. We partnered with PaySett to future proof their solution and as such we worked with them to certify their platform in the cloud. This is a mutually beneficial and monumental achievement which is the first of its kind in the anglophone Caribbean.”

Jesus Garcia VP of Business Development at PaySett Corporation added, “The Sagicor Bank real time payments implementation with our market proven PayExpedite® solution demonstrates the product’s flexibility to adapt to different operating environments of our customers while at the same time providing seamless integration with Sagicor Bank’s core banking system and origination channels, as well as the local clearing house. Our research indicates that over the coming years regional financial institutions will be looking to move some of their infrastructure to cloud platforms such as AWS in order to streamline operations and reduce costs. We are delighted to support these efforts. Additionally Sagicor Bank’s future electronic payment offerings will be backed by a world class payments engine that will complement the bank’s future strategy and is capable of supporting different types of payment services including P2P, digital wallets, eCommerce, and others for consumers, businesses, and government institutions.”

About PaySett Corporation

Atlanta Georgia based PaySett Corporation is a global provider of payment software solutions. PaySett provides products/services that allow global financial institutions  to effectively manage the way money moves throughout their organizations and for their customers. PaySett’s two decades of experience moving payments through national and international payment networks has allowed for the development of advance payment software for assisting global institutions with the capability to enhance their regional and global payment network processing capabilities. Twelve of the top twenty global financial institutions process payments through PaySett software.

About Sagicor Bank (Barbados)

Sagicor Bank (Barbados) is a dynamic digital financial institution offering commercial banking services to personal and business clients. We provide unmatched benefits and convenience to clients in our portfolio supported by a diversely skilled team located in Barbados. We are leading the digital banking revolution by boldly presenting banking options that are easy-to-get, simple-to-use, safe and secure and rewarding. Find out more by visiting www.sagicor.bank, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter or YouTube.

Sagicor Bank is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sagicor Financial Company. Sagicor Financial Company Ltd. (TSX: SFC) is a leading financial services provider in the Caribbean, with over 180 years of history, and has a growing presence as a provider of life insurance products in the United States. Sagicor offers a wide range of products and services, including life, health, and general insurance, banking, pensions, annuities, and real estate. Sagicor’s registered office is located at Clarendon House, 2 Church Street, Hamilton, HM 11, Bermuda, with its principal office located at Cecil F De Caires Building, Wildey, St. Michael, Barbados. Additional information about Sagicor can be obtained by visiting www.sagicor.com

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Parkland Announces Date of 2023 Third Quarter Results

CALGARY, AB, Oct. 18, 2023 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/– Parkland Corporation (”Parkland”, “we”, the “Company”, or “our”) (TSX: PKI) expects to announce its 2023 third quarter results after markets close on Wednesday, November 1, 2023. A conference call and webcast will then be held at 6:30 a.m. MDT (8:30 a.m. EDT) on Thursday, November 2, 2023, to discuss the results.

To listen to the live webcast and watch the presentation, please use the following link: https://app.webinar.net/39A5XB5PMgZ

Analysts and investors interested in participating in the question and answer session of the conference call may do so by calling 1-888-390-0546 (toll-free) (Conference ID: 19474746). International participants may call 1-800-389-0704 (toll free) (Conference ID: 19474746).

Please connect and log in approximately 10 minutes before the beginning of the call. The webcast will be available for replay two hours after the conference call ends at the link above. It will remain available for one year and will also be posted to www.parkland.ca.

Financial Statements and Management’s Discussion and Analysis will be posted to www.parkland.ca and www.sedar.com after the results are released.

About Parkland Corporation

Parkland is an international fuel distributor and retailer with operations in twenty-five countries. Our purpose is to Power Journeys and Energize Communities, and every day, we provide over one million customers with the essential fuels, convenience items and quality foods on which they depend.

With approximately 4,000 retail and commercial locations across Canada, the United States, and the Caribbean region, we have developed supply, distribution, and trading capabilities to accelerate growth and business performance. In addition to meeting our customers’ needs for essential fuels, we provide a range of choices to help them lower their environmental impact. These include carbon and renewables trading, solar power, renewables manufacturing and ultrafast Electric Vehicle charging.

Our proven business model is centred around organic growth, our supply advantage, driven by scale and our integrated refinery and supply infrastructure, acquiring prudently, and integrating successfully. Our strategy is focused on developing our existing business in resilient markets, growing our food, convenience, and renewable energy businesses, and helping customers to decarbonize. Our business is underpinned by our people, and our values; safety, integrity, community, and respect, which are deeply embedded across our organization.

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Vision Equipment Supply Ltd. Partners with Global Manufacturer SANY Across English-speaking Caribbean

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Sept. 14, 2023 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Vision Equipment Supply Limited, a leading Caribbean company specialising in heavy equipment solutions has announced its partnership with SANY, a global leader in heavy equipment manufacturing and the world’s foremost concrete equipment manufacturer.

This collaboration grants Vision Equipment Supply Limited the exclusive distribution rights for a comprehensive range of SANY products in the English-speaking Caribbean region, including Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada, St Vincent and the Grenadines, St Lucia, Barbados, Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Anguilla, Montserrat, and Jamaica.

The signing of this landmark deal marks a significant milestone for both Vision Equipment Supply Limited and SANY, signalling their dedication to catering to the stringent demands of the Caribbean market. Vision Equipment Supply Limited has already secured significant purchases in equipment  with SANY, demonstrating the immediate  potential and growing opportunities of this relationship .

Established in 1989, SANY has emerged as one of the world’s most prominent heavy equipment manufacturers, boasting an extensive product range encompassing construction and mining equipment, port machinery, oil drilling machinery, and renewable wind energy systems. With annual sales and revenue exceeding US $27 billion, SANY’s unparalleled expertise and high-quality machinery have earned the Company a stellar reputation worldwide.

Corie Daniel, the head of Vision Equipment Supply Limited, expressed his enthusiasm for the partnership, stating: “We are thrilled to be the group of companies with whom SANY Worldwide has chosen to partner for the English-speaking Caribbean. This is testimony to our group’s ongoing growth and development and our investment in human resources and deployment of financial capital throughout the region.”

Headquartered in Barbados , Vision Equipment Supply Limited is well-positioned to cater to diverse industries, including construction, mining, port operations, agriculture, power generation, highway construction, and transportation. This collaboration with SANY further strengthens Vision’s ability to provide cutting-edge solutions and excellence in services to its customers, thereby fuelling the region’s economic growth and development.

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Parkland increases 2023 Guidance and announces Investor Day; Expects to deliver $2 billion Adjusted EBITDA ambition one year early

  • 2023 Adjusted EBITDA Guidance1 increased to $1.8 billion to $1.85 billion, up from $1.7 billion to $1.8 billion
  • 2024 Adjusted EBITDA Guidance of approximately $2 billion, which is one year earlier than our previously stated ambition
  • Investor Day to provide update on strategy execution, capital allocation framework, and financial outlook

CALGARY, AB, Sept. 5, 2023 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Parkland Corporation (”Parkland”, “we”, “our”, or the “Company”) (TSX: PKI) announced that strong performance has resulted in higher 2023 Adjusted EBITDA Guidance of $1.8 billion to $1.85 billion and accelerated the delivery of its $2 billion Adjusted EBITDA ambition to 2024, one year earlier than anticipated. Parkland will host an Investor Day on November 14, 2023 to provide an update on the execution of its strategy, capital allocation framework, and financial outlook.

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“At our 2021 Investor Day, we shared the ambitious goal of doubling our Adjusted EBITDA to $2 billion by 2025,” said Bob Espey, President and Chief Executive Officer. “By integrating acquired companies, capturing synergies, and driving organic growth and cost efficiencies, we now expect to accomplish this goal without further acquisitions, one year early.”

“We have built a strong platform for continued growth,” added Espey. “The operational improvements we have made are enabling us to reduce leverage, increase cash flow, and enhance returns. We look forward to sharing more on our future growth plans and capital allocation priorities at our upcoming Investor Day.”

2023 Adjusted EBITDA Guidance Raised

  • 2023 Adjusted EBITDA Guidance increased to $1,800 million to $1,850 million2 (”Revised 2023 Adjusted EBITDA Guidance”), up from $1,700 million to $1,800 million, reflecting the successful execution of our strategy, favourable crack margins, and confidence in our operational performance.
  • 2023 Capital Expenditures Guidance1 lowered to $450 million to $500 million (”Revised 2023 Capital Expenditures Guidance”), down from $500 million to $550 million, reflecting cost-effective procurement, prudent capital allocation, and the successful completion of our scheduled Burnaby Refinery turnaround.
  • Leverage Ratio Guidance1,2 of approximately 3 times by the end of 2023, down from 3.4 times at the end of 2022.

2024 Adjusted EBITDA Guidance of approximately $2 billion2

  • 2024 Adjusted EBITDA Guidance reflects ongoing synergy capture, realization of our previously disclosed $100 million MG&A cost efficiencies, organic growth across our retail and commercial lines of business, and optimized supply advantage.
  • Cash flow per share Guidance1,2,3 of approximately $9.50 in 2024, up from $8.30 in 2022.
  • Return on Invested Capital (”ROIC”) Guidance2 of more than 11 percent in 2024, up from 8.3 percent in 2022.
  • Leverage Ratio Guidance1,2 within our target range of 2 to 3 times by the end of 2024.

2023 Investor Day Registration is Open

Parkland will host its 2023 Investor Day presentation on November 14, 2023 at 9:00 a.m. EST (7:00 a.m. MST) to provide details on the continued execution of our strategy, capital allocation framework, and the Company’s financial outlook. The event will be held at the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto, Ontario and simultaneously webcast with video for those unable to attend in person. Analysts and investors who wish to attend the event, either in person or remotely, are invited to register using the following link:

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About Parkland Corporation

Parkland is an international fuel distributor and retailer with operations in twenty-five countries. Our purpose is to power what moves people, and every day, we provide over one million customers with the essential fuels, convenience items and quality foods on which they depend.

With approximately 4,000 retail and commercial locations across Canada, the United States, and the Caribbean region, we have developed supply, distribution, and trading capabilities to accelerate growth and business performance. In addition to meeting our customers’ needs for essential fuels, we provide a range of choices to help them lower their environmental impact. These include carbon and renewables trading, solar power, renewables manufacturing and ultrafast electric vehicle charging.

Our proven business model is centered around organic growth, our supply advantage, driven by scale and our integrated refinery and supply infrastructure, acquiring prudently, and integrating successfully. Our strategy is focused on developing our existing business in resilient markets, growing our food, convenience, and renewable energy businesses, and helping customers to decarbonize. Our business is underpinned by our people, and our values; safety, integrity, community, and respect, which are deeply embedded across our organization.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements contained in this news release constitute forward-looking information and statements (collectively, “forward-looking statements”). When used in this news release the words “expect”, “will”, “could”, “would”, “believe”, “continue”, “pursue” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. In particular, this news release contains forward-looking statements with respect to, among other things: business objectives, strategies and model; Parkland’s strategy to deliver synergies, cost efficiencies, and organic growth and the progress thereof; Parkland’s Revised 2023 Adjusted EBITDA Guidance of $1,800 million to $1,850 million and 2024 Adjusted EBITDA Guidance of approximately $2 billion; Parkland’s ability to realize $100 million of MG&A cost efficiencies by 2024; Parkland’s Revised 2023 Capital Expenditures Guidance of $450 million to $500 million; Parkland’s Leverage Ratio Guidance of 3 times by the end of 2023 and 2 to 3 times by the end of 2024; Parkland’s Cash generated from (used in) operating activities per share Guidance of $9.50 by 2024; and Parkland’s ROIC Guidance of more than 11 percent by 2024.

These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results or events to differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements. No assurance can be given that these expectations will prove to be correct and such forward-looking statements included in this news release should not be unduly relied upon. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this news release. Parkland does not undertake any obligations to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements except as required by securities law. Actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of numerous risks, assumptions and uncertainties including, but not limited to: general economic, market and business conditions; micro and macroeconomic trends and conditions, including increases in interest rates, inflation and commodity prices; Parkland’s ability to execute its business objectives, projects and strategies, including the completion, financing and timing thereof, realizing the benefits therefrom and meeting our targets and commitments relating thereto; Parkland’s management systems and programs and risk management strategy; the competitive environment of our industry; retail pricing, margins and refining crack spreads; availability and pricing of petroleum product supply; volatility of crude oil and refined product prices; ability of suppliers to meet commitments; actions by governmental authorities and other regulators including but not limited to increases in taxes or restricted access to markets; environmental impact; changes in environmental and regulatory laws, including the ability to obtain or maintain required permits; and other factors, many of which are beyond the control of Parkland. In addition, the Revised 2023 Adjusted EBITDA Guidance range reflects the full year contribution of 2022 acquisitions, integration and synergy capture, and organic growth initiatives, and the key material assumptions include: an increase in Retail and Commercial Fuel and petroleum product adjusted gross margin of approximately 10% and Food, convenience and other adjusted gross margin of approximately 15% as compared to the year ended December 31, 2022; and Refining adjusted gross margin of approximately $45 per barrel and average Burnaby Refinery utilization of approximately 80% based on the Burnaby Refinery’s crude processing capacity of 55,000 barrels per day. 2024 Adjusted EBITDA Guidance reflects continued integration and synergy capture, and organic growth initiatives, and the key material assumptions include: an increase in Retail and Commercial Fuel and petroleum product adjusted gross margin and Food, convenience and other adjusted gross margin of approximately 5% as compared to the year ending December 31, 2023; the realization of $100 million of MG&A cost efficiencies by 2024; and Refining adjusted gross margin of approximately $40 per barrel and average Burnaby Refinery utilization of 90% to 95% based on the Burnaby Refinery’s crude processing capacity of 55,000 barrels per day. Leverage Ratio Guidance and Cash generated from (used in) operating activities per share Guidance are mainly driven by increases in Adjusted EBITDA and assume no change in non-cash working capital. Interest expense is excluded from Cash generated from (used in) operating activities. See also the risks and uncertainties described in “Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Information” and “Risk Factors” included in Parkland’s most recent Annual Information Form, and in “Forward-Looking Information” and “Risk Factors” included in the Q2 2023 MD&A, each filed on SEDAR and available on the Parkland website at www.parkland.ca. The forward-looking statements contained in this news release are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement.

Supplementary Financial Measures

This news release refers to Adjusted EBITDA Guidance, Capital Expenditures Guidance (which is the summation of Maintenance Capital Expenditures Guidance and Growth Capital Expenditures Guidance), Leverage Ratio Guidance, Cash generated from (used in) operating activities per share Guidance, Fuel and petroleum adjusted gross margin, and Food, convenience and other adjusted gross margin, which are supplementary financial measures and may not be comparable to similar measures used by other issuers, who may calculate these measures differently. See below and Section 16 of the Q2 2023 MD&A for a discussion of these supplementary financial measures, which is incorporated by reference into this presentation.

Cash generated from (used in) operating activities per share Guidance
This measure represents our forecast of Cash generated from (used in) operating activities per share for the twelve months ending December 31, 2024 and is calculated based on historical data and estimates of future conditions as inputs to make informed forecasts that are predictive in determining the direction of future trends. This measure is a forward-looking measure and the equivalent historical measure is Trailing-twelve-months (”TTM”) cash generated from (used in) operating activities per share. Parkland uses this measure as Guidance to shareholders regarding expected cash generation of Parkland’s business. See Section 16 of the Q2 2023 MD&A for further detail on the composition of TTM cash generated from (used in) operating activities per share. TTM cash generated from (used in) operating activities per share does not have any standardized meaning prescribed under IFRS. It is therefore unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies.

Return on Invested Capital (”ROIC”)
This measure is composed of Net Operating Profit After Tax (”NOPAT”) and Invested Capital. ROIC is a non-GAAP ratio and NOPAT and Invested Capital are non-GAAP measures, which do not have standardized meanings under IFRS and therefore may not be comparable to similarly named measures disclosed by other issuers. NOPAT describes the profitability of Parkland’s base operations, excluding the impact of leverage and expenses not directly related to operations. Invested Capital is a measure for the total amount of capital deployed by Parkland. Each is used by management to assess the Company’s efficiency in allocating capital. See table below for a calculation of historical ROIC for 2021 and 2022, the calculation of NOPAT and the reconciliation to net earnings and the calculation of Invested Capital.

ROIC Guidance
This measure is the forward-looking metric of ROIC for 2024. 2024 NOPAT is assumed to grow in proportion to Adjusted EBITDA, where Parkland’s Adjusted EBITDA Guidance is $2 billion for 2024. The ROIC Guidance of more than 11 percent assumes Invested Capital increases at a slower pace than NOPAT through 2024. The ROIC calculated here differs from the absolute ROIC disclosed in the Management Information Circular.

ROIC

2022

2021

In C$ Millions Unless Otherwise Noted

Net Earnings

346

126

Income Tax Expense

70

36

Acquisition, Integration and Other

117

52

Depreciation

743

616

Finance Costs

331

323

Unrealized Foreign Exchange

(8)

(7)

Unrealized Risk Management

39

10

Other (Gains) and Losses

23

190

Other Adjusting Items

26

12

Adjusted EBITDA, Including NCI

1,687

1,358

Depreciation

(743)

(616)

Adjusted EBIT

944

742

Average Effective Tax Rate

23 %

23 %

Taxes

(217)

(171)

Net Operating Profit After Tax

727

571

Average Invested Capital

8,722

7,300

ROIC

8.3 %

7.8 %

Invested Capital

2022

2021

2020

Long-Term Debt – Current Portion

173

124

114

Long-Term Debt

6,799

5,432

3,861

Shareholders’ Equity

3,037

2,332

2,266

Sol Put Option

589

503

Less: Cash and Cash Equivalents

(716)

(326)

(296)

Total

9,293

8,151

6,448

1 Supplementary Financial Measure. See “Supplementary Financial Measure” section of this news release.

2 See “Forward Looking Statements” section of this news release for assumptions underlying Parkland’s 2023 and 2024 Guidance.

3 Cash generated from (used in) operating activities per share Guidance. Supplementary Financial Measure. See “Supplementary Financial Measure” section of this news release. Assumes approximately 175 million common shares are issued and outstanding in 2024.

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Parkland Reports 2023 Second Quarter Results

Second quarter Adjusted EBITDA of $470 million
Publishes 2022 Sustainability Report

CALGARY, AB, Aug. 3, 2023 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Parkland Corporation (”Parkland”, “we”, the “Company”, or “our”) (TSX: PKI), today announced its financial and operating results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2023.

Q2 2023 Highlights

  • Adjusted EBITDA attributable to Parkland (”Adjusted EBITDA”1) of $470 million, up 4 percent from the second quarter of 2022.
  • Net earnings attributable to Parkland (”net earnings”) of $78 million ($0.44 per share, basic) down 4 percent from the second quarter of 2022, and Adjusted earnings attributable to Parkland (”Adjusted earnings”2) of $130 million ($0.74 per share, basic) down 22 percent from the second quarter of 2022.
  • Cash generated from (used in) operating activities of $521 million ($2.97 per share, basic3) up 53 percent from the second quarter of 2022.
  • Leverage ratio4 of 3.3x and liquidity available3 of $1.6 billion.
  • In July, launched proprietary food offering, Bites ON the RUN by M&M Food Market, within a standalone ON the RUN convenience store in Montreal.
  • As of July 31, 2023, completed or reached agreements to sell non-core assets totaling approximately $100 million.

“I would like to thank the Parkland team for safe, consistent execution this quarter. We are building tremendous momentum across Parkland, positioning us to deliver a strong year at the higher end of our 2023 Adjusted EBITDA guidance,” said Bob Espey, President and Chief Executive Officer. “We are advancing every part of our strategy, driving organic growth through customer-focused marketing programs, capturing synergies and cost efficiencies, and advancing our portfolio optimization efforts. I am confident we will deliver our $2 billion Adjusted EBITDA ambition by 2025 without further acquisitions, while reducing leverage, and improving shareholder returns.”

Q2 2023 Segment Highlights

  • Canada delivered Adjusted EBITDA of $150 million, down 14 percent from Q2 2022 ($174 million). Fuel unit margins were lower than the comparable historical highs in the second quarter of 2022. Fuel volume increased from the prior year due to Company Volume Same Store Sales Growth (”SSSG”2) of 9.3 percent and the incremental benefit of 2022 acquisitions. Food and Company C-Store SSSG (excluding cigarettes)2 increased to 3.1 percent, up from (0.6) percent in Q2 2022.
  • International delivered Adjusted EBITDA of $168 million, up 93 percent, from Q2 2022 ($87 million). Performance was driven by the consolidation of Sol, higher volumes in our retail and contracted commercial businesses, organic growth in our aviation business, and contributions from our Jamaica acquisition.
  • USA delivered Adjusted EBITDA of $74 million, up 45 percent from Q2 2022 ($51 million). Strong performance reflects the capabilities of our USA team and was underpinned by strong fuel unit margins. Favourable market conditions and strong market positions enabled us to capture margin opportunities.
  • Refining delivered Adjusted EBITDA of $109 million, down 34 percent, from Q2 2022 ($164 million) primarily reflecting lower crack spreads. The scheduled maintenance turnaround was completed in early April and composite utilization5 was 91.0 percent.
  • The Company realized non-recurring foreign exchange gains of $25 million on the settlement of financing balances during the quarter.
  • Parkland’s total recordable injury frequency rate5 on a trailing-twelve-months basis was 0.87, a decrease of 18 percent compared to 1.06 in the second quarter of 2022.

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1 Total of segments measure. See “Total of Segments Measures” section of this news release.

2 Non-GAAP financial measure or non-GAAP financial ratio. See “Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Ratios” section of this news release.

3 Supplementary financial measure. See “Supplementary Financial Measures” section of this news release.

4 Capital management measure. See “Capital Management Measures” section of this news release.

5 Non-financial measure. See “Non-Financial Measures” section of this news release.


2022 Sustainability Report

Today, we published our fourth Sustainability Report. Titled ‘Drive to Zero’, it outlines our strategy and the actions we are taking to drive sustainable growth and shareholder returns. The report highlights the many successful initiatives underway. Among them are: industry-leading efforts on co-processing low-carbon, renewable fuels; safer, more diverse, and inclusive work environments; and the incorporation of sustainability metrics into executive compensation.

Parkland’s Sustainability Report can be viewed here:
https://www.parkland.ca/sustainability/sustainability-report

Consolidated Financial Overview

($ millions, unless otherwise noted)

Three months ended June 30,

Financial Summary

2023

2022

Sales and operating revenue

7,819

9,715

Adjusted EBITDA attributable to Parkland (”Adjusted EBITDA”)(1)

470

450

Canada

150

174

International

168

87

USA

74

51

Refining

109

164

Corporate

(31)

(26)

Net earnings (loss) attributable to Parkland

78

81

Net earnings (loss) per share – basic ($ per share)

0.44

0.52

Net earnings (loss) per share – diluted ($ per share)

0.44

0.52

Trailing-twelve-month (”TTM”) Cash generated from (used in) operating activities(2)

1,868

611

TTM Cash generated from (used in) operating activities per share(2)

10.99

3.97

Cash generated from (used in) operating activities

521

341

Cash generated from (used in) operating activities per share(2)

2.97

2.19

(1) Total of segments measure. See “Total of Segments Measures” section of this news release.

(2) Supplementary financial measure. “Supplementary Financial Measures” section of this news release.

Q2 2023 Conference Call and Webcast Details

Parkland will host a webcast and conference call on Friday, August 4, 2023 at 6:30 am MDT (8:30 am EDT) to discuss the results. To listen to the live webcast and watch the presentation, please use the following link: https://app.webinar.net/XDpG4K6kMy5

Analysts and investors interested in participating in the question and answer session of the conference call may do so by calling 1-888-390-0546 (toll-free) (Conference ID: 77390959). International participants may call 1-800-389-0704 (toll-free) (Conference ID: 77390959).

Please connect and log in approximately 10 minutes before the beginning of the call. The webcast will be available for replay two hours after the conference call ends at the link above. It will remain available for one year and will also be posted to www.parkland.ca.

MD&A and Consolidated Financial Statements

The management’s discussion and analysis for the three and six months ended June 30, 2023 (the “Q2 2023 MD&A”) and consolidated financial statements for the three and six months ended June 30, 2023 (the “Q2 2023 Consolidated Financial Statements”) provide a detailed explanation of Parkland’s operating results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2023. An English version of these documents will be available online at www.parkland.ca and SEDAR after the results are released by newswire under Parkland’s profile at www.sedarplus.ca. The French versions of the Q2 2023 MD&A and the Q2 2023 Consolidated Financial Statements will be posted to www.parkland.ca and SEDAR as soon as they become available.

About Parkland Corporation

Parkland is an international fuel distributor and retailer with operations in twenty-five countries. Our purpose is to power what moves people, and every day, we provide over one million customers with the essential fuels, convenience items and quality foods on which they depend.

With approximately 4,000 retail and commercial locations across Canada, the United States, and the Caribbean region, we have developed supply, distribution, and trading capabilities to accelerate growth and business performance. In addition to meeting our customers’ needs for essential fuels, we provide a range of choices to help them lower their environmental impact. These include carbon and renewables trading, solar power, renewables manufacturing and ultrafast Electric Vehicle charging.

Our proven business model is centered around organic growth, our supply advantage, driven by scale and our integrated refinery and supply infrastructure, acquiring prudently, and integrating successfully. Our strategy is focused on developing our existing business in resilient markets, growing our food, convenience, and renewable energy businesses, and helping customers to decarbonize. Our business is underpinned by our people, and our values; safety, integrity, community, and respect, which are deeply embedded across our organization.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements contained in this news release constitute forward-looking information and statements (collectively, “forward-looking statements”). When used in this news release the words “expect”, “will”, “could”, “would”, “believe”, “continue”, “pursue” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. In particular, this news release contains forward-looking statements with respect to, among other things: Parkland’s business model, objectives and strategies, including its ambition to reach $2 billion of Adjusted EBITDA by 2025 without further acquisitions, reduce leverage and improve shareholder returns and Parkland’s expectation of delivering at the higher end of its 2023 Adjusted EBITDA guidance.

These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results or events to differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements. No assurance can be given that these expectations will prove to be correct and such forward-looking statements included in this news release should not be unduly relied upon. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this news release. Parkland does not undertake any obligations to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements except as required by securities law. Actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of numerous risks, assumptions and uncertainties including, but not limited to: general economic, market and business conditions, including the duration and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Russia-Ukraine conflict; micro and macroeconomic trends and conditions, including increases in interest rates, inflation and commodity prices; Parkland’s ability to execute its business objectives, projects and strategies, including the completion, financing and timing thereof, realizing the benefits therefrom and meeting our targets and commitments relating thereto; Parkland’s management systems and programs and risk management strategy; the competitive environment of our industry; retail pricing, margins and refining crack spreads; availability and pricing of petroleum product supply; volatility of crude oil and refined product prices; ability of suppliers to meet commitments; actions by governmental authorities and other regulators including but not limited to increases in taxes or restricted access to markets; environmental impact; changes in environmental and regulatory laws, including the ability to obtain or maintain required permits; and other factors, many of which are beyond the control of Parkland. In addition, the key material assumptions underlying the 2023 Adjusted EBITDA Guidance Range include: an increase in the retail fuel and petroleum product volumes by approximately 10% as compared to the year ended December 31, 2022, reflecting the full year contribution of 2022 acquisitions, integration and synergy capture, and organic growth initiatives; Food, convenience and other gross margin of approximately 30% of total retail gross margin and approximately 20% of total commercial gross margin; Refining adjusted gross margin of approximately $40 per barrel and average Burnaby Refinery utilization of between 75% and 85% based on the Burnaby Refinery’s crude processing capacity of 55,000 barrels per day; and an approximate $100 million Adjusted EBITDA impact as a result of 2023 refinery turnaround and maintenance capital expenditure of approximately $100 million relating thereto. The key material assumptions underlying the 2025 Adjusted EBITDA Ambition include an estimated $150 million of synergies and cost efficiencies and $180 million of organic growth compared to 2022 actuals. See also the risks and uncertainties described in “Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Information” and “Risk Factors” included in Parkland’s most recent Annual Information Form, and in “Forward-Looking Information” and “Risk Factors” included in the Q2 2023 MD&A, each filed on SEDAR and available on the Parkland website at www.parkland.ca. The forward-looking statements contained in this news release are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement.

Non-Financial Measures

Parkland uses a number of non-financial measures, including composite utilization and total recordable injury frequency rate, in measuring the success of our strategic objectives and to set variable compensation targets for employees. These non-financial measures are not accounting measures, do not have comparable International Financial Reporting Standards (”IFRS”) measures, and may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers, as other issuers may calculate these metrics differently. See Section 16 of the Q2 2023 MD&A, which is incorporated by reference into this news release, for further details on the non-financial measures used by Parkland.

Specified Financial Measures

This news release contains total of segments measures, non-GAAP financial measures and non-GAAP financial ratios, supplementary financial measures and capital management measures (collectively, “specified financial measures”). Parkland’s management uses certain specified financial measures to analyze the operating and financial performance, leverage, and liquidity of the business. These specified financial measures do not have any standardized meaning under IFRS and are therefore unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. The specified financial measures should not be considered in isolation or used in substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with IFRS. See Section 16 of the Q2 2023 MD&A, which is incorporated by reference into this news release, for further details regarding specified financial measures used by Parkland.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Ratios

Adjusted earnings (loss) is a non-GAAP financial measure and Adjusted earnings (loss) per share is a non-GAAP financial ratio, each representing the underlying core operating performance of business activities of Parkland at a consolidated level.

Adjusted earnings (loss) and Adjusted earnings (loss) per share represent how well Parkland’s operational business is performing, while considering depreciation and amortization, interest on leases and long-term debt, accretion and other finance costs, and income taxes. The Company uses these measures because it believes that Adjusted earnings (loss) and Adjusted earnings (loss) per share are useful for management and investors in assessing the Company’s overall performance as they exclude certain significant items that are not reflective of the Company’s underlying business operations.

Adjusted earnings (loss) excludes costs that are not considered representative of Parkland’s underlying core operating performance including: (i) costs related to potential and completed acquisitions, (ii) non-core acquisition and integration employee costs, (iii) business integration and restructuring costs, (iv) changes in the fair value of share-based compensation liabilities, (v) unrealized gains and losses on (a) foreign exchange, (b) risk management assets and liabilities unless they relate to underlying physical sales activity in the current period and (c) derivatives, (vi) adjustments to foreign exchange gains and losses as a result of cash pooling arrangements and refinancing activities, (vii) realized foreign exchange gains and losses on accrued financing costs in foreign currency and the offsetting realized risk management gains and losses on the related foreign exchange risk management instruments, (viii) changes in values of the Sol Put Option, Redemption Options, environmental liabilities and asset retirement obligations, (ix) loss on inventory write-downs for which there are offsetting associated risk management derivatives with unrealized gains, (x) impairments of non-current assets, (xi) loss on modification of long-term debt, (xii) earnings impact from hyperinflation accounting, (xiii) certain realized gains and losses on risk management assets and liabilities that are related to underlying physical sales activity in another period, (xiv) gains and losses on asset disposals, (xv) adjustment for the effect of market-based performance conditions for equity settled share-based award settlements, and (xvi) other adjusting items. Parkland’s Adjusted earnings (loss) and Adjusted earnings (loss) per share are also adjusted to include Parkland’s proportionate share of its joint-venture investees’ Adjusted earnings (loss). Concurrently with Parkland entering into the Share Exchange Agreement, effective August 4, 2022, Parkland does not allocate a portion of Adjusted earnings (loss) to NCI and includes 100 percent of International results as Adjusted earnings (loss).

Please see below for the reconciliation of Adjusted earnings (loss) to net earnings (loss) and calculation of Adjusted earnings (loss) per share.

Three months ended June 30,

($ millions, unless otherwise stated)

2023

2022

Net earnings (loss) attributable to Parkland

78

81

Add: Net earnings (loss) attributable to NCI

10

Net earnings (loss)

78

91

Add:

Acquisition, integration and other costs

39

18

Loss on modification of long-term debt

2

(Gain) loss on foreign exchange – unrealized

27

(6)

(Gain) loss on risk management and other – unrealized

(11)

20

Other (gains) and losses

14

60

Other adjusting items(1)

1

4

Tax normalization(2)

(18)

(12)

Adjusted earnings (loss) including NCI

130

177

Less: Adjusted earnings (loss) attributable to NCI

11

Adjusted earnings (loss)

130

166

Weighted average number of common shares (million shares)(3)

176

156

Weighted average number of common shares adjusted for the effects of dilution (million shares)(3)

178

157

Adjusted earnings (loss) per share ($ per share)

Basic

0.74

1.07

Diluted

0.73

1.06

(1)

Other adjusting Items for the three months ended June 30, 2023 include: (i) the share of depreciation and income taxes for Isla joint venture of $3 million (2022 – $3 million); (ii) other income of $2 million (2022 – $1 million expense); (iii) customer finance income of $1 million (2022 – nil); (iv) realized risk management gain related to underlying physical sales activity in another period of $4 million (2022 – nil); and (v) adjustment to foreign exchange gains and losses related to cash pooling arrangements of $1 million (2022 – $2 million).

(2)

The tax normalization adjustment was applied to net earnings (loss) adjusting items that were considered temporary differences, such as acquisition, integration and other costs, unrealized foreign exchange gains and losses, unrealized gains and losses on risk management and other, gains and losses on asset disposals, changes in fair value of redemption options, changes in estimates of environmental provisions, loss on inventory write-downs for which there are offsetting associated risk management derivatives with unrealized gains, impairments of non-current assets and debt modifications. The tax impact was estimated using the effective tax rates applicable to jurisdictions where the related items occur.

(3)

Weighted average number of common shares are calculated in accordance with Parkland’s accounting policy contained in Note 2 of the Annual Consolidated Financial Statements.

Food and Company C-Store SSSG refers to the period-over-period sales growth generated by retail food and convenience stores at the same company sites. The effects of opening and closing stores, temporary closures (including closures for ON the RUN / Marché Express conversions), expansions of stores, renovations of stores, and stores with changes in food service models in the period are excluded to derive a comparable same-store metric. Same-store sales growth is a metric commonly used in the retail industry that provides meaningful information to investors in assessing the health and strength of Parkland’s brands and retail network, which ultimately impacts financial performance. Food and Company C-Store SSSG does not have any standardized meaning prescribed under IFRS and is therefore unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. Please see below for a reconciliation of convenience store revenue (Food and C-Store revenue) of the Canada segment with the Food and Company C-Store same store sales (”SSS”) and calculation of the Food and Company C-Store SSSG.

Three months ended June 30,

($ millions)

2023

2022

%(1)

Food and Company C-Store revenue

79

102

Add:

Point-of-sale (”POS”) value of goods and services sold at Food and Company C-Store operated by retailers and franchisees(2)

316

256

Less:

Rental and royalty income from retailers, franchisees and others(3)

(64)

(52)

Same Store revenue adjustments(4) (excluding cigarettes)

(34)

(16)

Food and Company C-Store same-store sales

297

290

2.5 %

Less:

Same Store revenue adjustments(4) (cigarettes)

(104)

(103)

Food and Company C-Store same-store sales (excluding cigarettes)

193

187

3.1 %

Three months ended June 30,

($ millions)

2022

2021

%(1)

Food and Company C-Store revenue

102

103

Add:

POS value of goods and services sold at Food and Company C-Store operated by retailers(2)

256

155

Less:

Rental income from retailers and others(3)

(36)

(28)

Same Store revenue adjustments(4)(5) (excluding cigarettes)

(124)

(14)

Food and Company C-Store same-store sales

198

216

(8.2) %

Less:

Same Store revenue adjustments(4)(5) (cigarettes)

(96)

(113)

Food and Company C-Store same-store sales (excluding cigarettes)

102

103

(0.6) %

(1)

Percentages are calculated based on actual amounts and are impacted by rounding.

(2)

POS values used to calculate Food and Company C-Store SSSG are not a Parkland financial measure and do not form part of Parkland’s consolidated financial statements as Parkland earns rental income from retailers in the form of a percentage rent on convenience store sales. POS values are calculated based on the information obtained from Parkland’s POS systems at retail sites, including transactional data, such as sales, costs and volumes which are subject to internal controls over financial reporting. We also use this data to calculate rental income from retailers in the form of a percentage rent on convenience store sales, which is recorded as revenue in our consolidated financial statements.

(3)

Includes rental income from retailers in the form of a percentage rent on Food and Company C-Store sales, royalty, franchisee fees and excludes revenues from automated teller machine, POS system licensing fees, and other.

(4)

This adjustment excludes the effects of acquisitions, opening and closing stores, temporary closures (including closures for ON the RUN / Marché Express conversions), expansions of stores, renovations of stores, and stores with changes in food service models, to derive a comparable same-store metric.

(5)

Excludes sales from acquisitions completed within the year as these will not impact the metric until after the completion of one year of the acquisitions when the sales or volume generated establish the baseline for these metrics.

The non-GAAP financial measures and ratios should not be considered in isolation or used in substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with IFRS. Except as otherwise indicated, these non-GAAP measures and ratios are calculated and disclosed on a consistent basis from period to period. See Section 16 of the Q2 2023 MD&A, which is incorporated by reference into this news release, for further details regarding Parkland’s non-GAAP financial measures and ratios.

Supplementary Financial Measures

Parkland uses a number of supplementary financial measures, including cash generated from (used in) operating activities per share, and liquidity available to evaluate the success of our strategic objectives and to set variable compensation targets for employees. These measures may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers, as other issuers may calculate these metrics differently. See Section 16 of the Q2 2023 MD&A, which is incorporated by reference into this news release, for further details regarding supplementary financial measures used by Parkland.

Capital Management Measures

Parkland’s primary capital management measure is the Leverage Ratio, which is used internally by key management personnel to monitor Parkland’s overall financial strength, capital structure flexibility, and ability to service debt and meet current and future commitments. The Leverage Ratio is calculated as a ratio of Leverage Debt to Leverage EBITDA (each as defined in the Q2 2023 Consolidated Financial Statements) and does not have any standardized meaning prescribed under IFRS. It is therefore unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. See Section 16 of the Q2 2023 MD&A, which is incorporated by reference into this news release, for further details regarding capital management measures used by Parkland.

Total of Segments Measures

Adjusted EBITDA is a total of segments measure used by the chief operating decision maker to make decisions about resource allocation to the segment and to assess its performance. In accordance with IFRS, adjustments and eliminations made in preparing an entity’s financial statements and allocations of revenue, expenses, and gains or losses shall be included in determining reported segment profit or loss only if they are included in the measure of the segment’s profit or loss that is used by the chief operating decision maker. As such, Parkland’s Adjusted EBITDA is unlikely to be comparable to similarly named measures presented by other issuers, who may calculate these measures differently. Parkland views Adjusted EBITDA as the key measure for the underlying core operating performance of business segment activities at an operational level. Adjusted EBITDA is used by management to set targets for Parkland (including annual guidance and variable compensation targets) and is used to determine Parkland’s ability to service debt, finance capital expenditures and provide for dividend payments to shareholders. See Section 16 of the Q2 2023 MD&A, which is incorporated by reference into this news release, for further details regarding total of segments measures used by Parkland. Refer to the table below for the reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to net earnings (loss) for the three months ended June 30, 2023 and June 30, 2022.

Three months ended June 30,

($ millions)

2023

2022

Adjusted EBITDA attributable to Parkland (”Adjusted EBITDA”)

470

450

Add: Attributable to NCI

28

Adjusted EBITDA including NCI

470

478

Less/(add):

Acquisition, integration and other costs

39

18

Depreciation and amortization

206

174

Finance costs

98

80

(Gain) loss on foreign exchange – unrealized

27

(6)

(Gain) loss on risk management and other – unrealized

(11)

20

Other (gains) and losses(1)

14

60

Other adjusting items(2)

1

4

Income tax expense (recovery)

18

37

Net earnings (loss)

78

91

Net earnings (loss) attributable to Parkland

78

81

Net earnings (loss) attributable to NCI

10

(1)

Other (gains) and losses for the three months ended June 30, 2023 include the following: (i) $5 million non-cash valuation loss (2022 – $16 million loss) due to the change in fair value of redemption options; and (ii) $9 million loss (2022 – $44 million loss) in Other items, including (a) nil non-cash valuation gain (2022 – $44 million loss) due to the change in redemption value of Sol Put Option and (b) $1 million loss (2022 – nil) in write-off of certain assets related to renewable diesel complex. Refer to Note 12 of the Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.

(2)

Other adjusting Items for the three months ended June 30, 2023 mainly include: (i) the share of depreciation and income taxes for Isla joint venture of $3 million (2022 – $3 million); (ii) other income of $2 million (2022 – $1 million expense); (iii) customer finance income of $1 million (2022 – nil); (iv) realized risk management gain related to underlying physical sales activity in another period of $4 million (2022 – nil); and (v) realized gain on foreign exchange related to cash pooling arrangements of $1 million (2022 – $2 million loss).

Parkland uses Adjusted gross margin as a measure of segment profit (loss) to analyze the performance of sale and purchase transactions and performance on margin. Adjusted gross margin excludes the effects of significant items of income and expenditure that are not considered representative of Parkland’s underlying core margin performance and may have an impact on the quality of margins, such as (i) unrealized gains and losses on (a) foreign exchange, (b) risk management and other unless underlying physical sales activity has occurred, (ii) loss on inventory write-downs for which there are offsetting associated risk management and other with unrealized gains, (iii) certain realized gains and losses on risk management assets and liabilities that are related to underlying physical sales activity in another period, and (iv) other adjusting items. Refer to the table below for a detailed calculation of Adjusted gross margin for the three months ended June 30, 2023 and June 30, 2022

Three months ended June 30,

($ millions)

2023

2022

Sales and operating revenue

7,819

9,715

Cost of purchases

(6,873)

(8,561)

Gain (loss) on risk management and other – realized

20

(197)

Gain (loss) on foreign exchange – realized

2

(10)

Other adjusting items to Adjusted gross margin (1)

(5)

2

Adjusted gross margin

963

949

Fuel and petroleum product adjusted gross margin

775

785

Convenience and other non-fuel adjusted gross margin

188

164

Adjusted gross margin

963

949

(1)

Other adjusting items to Adjusted gross margin for the three months ended June 30, 2023 include (i) realized risk management gain related to underlying physical sales activity in another period of $4 million (2022 – nil); and (ii) realized gain on foreign exchange related to cash pooling arrangements of $1 million (2022 – $2 million loss).

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Parkland Corporation Announces the Results of the 2023 Annual and Special Meeting of Shareholders

CALGARY, AB, May 4, 2023 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ –  Parkland Corporation, (”Parkland”, “We”, the “Company”, or “Our”) (TSX: PKI) held its annual and special meeting of shareholders on May 4, 2023 (the “Meeting”).

The Company is pleased to announce that all matters presented at the Meeting were approved including the election of all ten nominees listed in the management information circular dated March 22, 2023 (the “Information Circular”). The complete results of voting for business considered at the Meeting are set out below:


Resolution 1
Election of directors of Parkland for the ensuing year.

Nominee

Votes For

%For

Votes Withheld

%Withheld

Michael Christiansen

122,511,569

99.09 %

1,121,985

0.91 %

Lisa Colnett

119,792,838

96.89 %

3,840,716

3.11 %

Robert Espey

120,781,127

97.69 %

2,852,427

2.31 %

Marc Halley

122,504,102

99.09 %

1,129,452

0.91 %

Timothy Hogarth

119,758,912

96.87 %

3,874,642

3.13 %

Richard Hookway

120,158,087

97.19 %

3,475,467

2.81 %

Angela John

119,507,296

96.66 %

4,126,258

3.34 %

Jim Pantelidis

112,018,173

90.60 %

11,615,381

9.40 %

Steven Richardson

118,488,676

95.84 %

5,144,878

4.16 %

Deborah Stein

116,640,505

94.34 %

6,993,049

5.66 %


Resolution 2
The reappointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Chartered Accountants, as auditor of Parkland for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2023.

Votes For

122,593,709

98.65 %

Votes Withheld

1,675,789

1.35 %


Resolution 3
The approval of Parkland’s restated shareholder rights plan, as set forth and described in the Information Circular.

Votes For

116,073,838

93.89 %

Votes Against

7,559,716

6.11 %


Resolution 4
The approval of amendments to Parkland’s stock option plan, as set forth and described in the Information Circular.

Votes For

113,502,302

91.81 %

Votes Against

10,131,252

8.19 %


Resolution 5
The approval of unallocated options under Parkland’s stock option plan, as set forth and described in the Information Circular.

Votes For

113,513,816

91.81 %

Votes Against

10,119,738

8.19 %


Resolution 6
The approval of amendments to Parkland’s restricted share unit plan, as set forth and described in the Information Circular.

Votes For

116,048,865

93.87 %

Votes Against

7,584,689

6.13 %


Resolution 7
The approval of unallocated restricted share units under Parkland’s restricted share unit plan, as set forth and described in the Information Circular.

Votes For

116,039,139

93.86 %

Votes Against

7,594,415

6.14 %


Resolution 8
The approval, on a non-binding and advisory basis, of Parkland’s approach to executive compensation as set forth and described in the Information Circular.

Votes For

113,557,470

91.85 %

Votes Against

10,076,084

8.15 %

Voting results for all matters have been posted on SEDAR.


About Parkland Corporation

Parkland is an international fuel distributor and retailer with operations in twenty-five countries. Our purpose is to Power Journeys and Energize Communities, and every day, we provide over one million customers with the essential fuels, convenience items and quality foods on which they depend.

With approximately 4,000 retail and commercial locations across Canada, the United States, and the Caribbean region, we have developed supply, distribution, and trading capabilities to accelerate growth and business performance. In addition to meeting our customers’ needs for essential fuels, we provide a range of choices to help them lower their environmental impact. These include carbon and renewables trading, solar power, renewables manufacturing and ultrafast Electric Vehicle charging.

Our proven business model is centered around organic growth, our supply advantage, driven by scale and our integrated refinery and supply infrastructure, acquiring prudently, and integrating successfully. Our strategy is focused on developing our existing business in resilient markets, growing our food, convenience, and renewable energy businesses, and helping customers to decarbonize. Our business is underpinned by our people, and our values; safety, integrity, community, and respect, which are deeply embedded across our organization.

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Parkland Reports 2023 First Quarter Results

First quarter Adjusted EBITDA of $395 million
Safely completed scheduled turnaround at Burnaby Refinery on time and on budget

CALGARY, AB, May 3, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Parkland Corporation (”Parkland”, “we”, the “Company”, or “our”) (TSX: PKI), today announced its financial and operating results for the three months ended March 31, 2023.

Q1 2023 Highlights

  • Adjusted EBITDA attributable to Parkland (”Adjusted EBITDA”1) of $395 million, consistent with the first quarter of 2022 with contributions from acquisitions and organic growth offsetting the impact of the scheduled turnaround completed at the Burnaby Refinery in the first quarter of 2023 (the “2023 Turnaround”).
  • Net earnings attributable to Parkland (”net earnings”) of $77 million ($0.44 per share, basic) up 40 percent from the first quarter of 2022, and Adjusted earnings attributable to Parkland (”Adjusted earnings”2) of $114 million ($0.65 per share, basic) down 16 percent from the first quarter of 2022.
  • Cash generated from operating activities of $314 million ($1.79 per share, basic3) up $362 million from the first quarter of 2022.
  • Leverage ratio4 of 3.3x (3.4x in Q4 2022) and liquidity available3 of $1.5 billion.
  • Continued to expand our ON the RUN convenience brand to approximately 670 locations and grew our JOURNIETM rewards loyalty program to 4.5 million members.
  • Subsequent to the quarter, announced a partnership between JOURNIETM rewards loyalty program and Aeroplan and opened the first ON the RUN standalone retail location in British Columbia.

“The Company’s disciplined focus on delivering shareholder value continues to guide us and we are on track for a successful year. Our performance this quarter demonstrates our ability to execute on our strategy, capture synergies and deliver organic growth throughout our retail and commercial businesses,” said Bob Espey, President and Chief Executive Officer. “I am confident Parkland will deliver its $2 billion Adjusted EBITDA ambition by 2025 without additional acquisitions, while reducing leverage and improving shareholder returns.”

Q1 2023 Segment Highlights

  • Canada delivered Adjusted EBITDA of $167 million, down 13 percent from Q1 2022 ($191 million). Unseasonably warm weather lowered commercial volumes, partially offset by 2022 acquisitions and organic growth. Fuel margins declined year-over-year due to favourable retail market conditions in Q1 2022. Food and Company C-Store Same Store Sales Growth (”SSSG”) (excluding cigarettes)2 was 6.8 percent (1.7 percent in Q1 2022).
  • International delivered Adjusted EBITDA of $183 million, up 123 percent, from Q1 2022 ($82 million). Performance was largely driven by the consolidation of the remaining 25% of Sol and additional volumes captured largely in the contracted commercial and retail business, organic growth initiatives and synergies.
  • USA delivered Adjusted EBITDA of $21 million, down 55 percent, from Q1 2022 ($47 million). Results were negatively impacted by the compliance obligations accounted for in the current period of $17 million, commodity price fluctuations in 2022 and severe winter weather across certain markets.
  • Refining delivered Adjusted EBITDA of $38 million, down 57 percent, from Q1 2022 ($89 million) reflecting the scheduled 2023 Turnaround. Composite utilization5 was 33.9 percent. These impacts were partially offset by increased sales of imported product and efficient management of pipeline capacity.

Parkland’s sustainability accomplishments are described in the Q1 2023 MD&A (as defined below). Notably, Parkland’s total recordable injury frequency rate (”TRIF”5) on a trailing-twelve-months basis was 0.97 in Q1 2023, a decrease of 18 percent compared to the Q1 2022 TRIF of 1.19.

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1 Total of segments measure. See “Total of Segments Measures” section of this news release.

2 Non-GAAP financial measure or non-GAAP financial ratio. See “Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Ratios” section of this news release.

3 Supplementary financial measure. See “Supplementary Financial Measures” section of this news release.

4 Capital management measure. See “Capital Management Measures” section of this news release.

5 Non-financial measure. See “Non-Financial Measures” section of this news release.

Consolidated Financial Overview

($ millions, unless otherwise noted)

Three months ended March 31,

Financial Summary

2023

2022

Sales and operating revenue

8,156

7,606

Adjusted EBITDA attributable to Parkland (”Adjusted EBITDA”)(1)

395

387

Canada

167

191

International

183

82

USA

21

47

Refining

38

89

Corporate

(14)

(22)

Net earnings (loss) attributable to Parkland

77

55

Net earnings (loss) per share – basic ($ per share)

0.44

0.36

Net earnings (loss) per share – diluted ($ per share)

0.43

0.35

Trailing-twelve-month (”TTM”) Cash generated from (used in) operating activities(2)

1,688

592

Cash generated from (used in) operating activities

314

(48)

TTM Cash generated from (used in) operating activities per share(2)

10.23

3.88

(1) Total of segments measure. See “Total of Segments Measures” section of this news release.

(2) Supplementary financial measure. See “Supplementary Financial Measures” section of this news release.

Q1 2023 Conference Call and Webcast Details

Parkland will host a webcast and conference call on Thursday, May 4, 2023 at 6:30 am MDT (8:30 am EDT) to discuss the results. To listen to the live webcast and watch the presentation, please use the following link: https://app.webinar.net/nog8aEnNBqP

Analysts and investors interested in participating in the question-and-answer session of the conference call may do so by calling 1-888-390-0546 (toll-free) (Conference ID: 79037941). International participants may call 1-800-389-0704 (toll-free) (Conference ID: 79037941).

Please connect and log in approximately 10 minutes before the beginning of the call. The webcast will be available for replay two hours after the conference call ends at the link above. It will remain available for one year and will also be posted to www.parkland.ca.

MD&A and Consolidated Financial Statements

The management’s discussion and analysis for the three months ended March 31, 2023 (the “Q1 2023 MD&A”) and consolidated financial statements for the three months ended March 31, 2023 (the “Q1 2023 Consolidated Financial Statements”) provide a detailed explanation of Parkland’s operating results. An English version of these documents will be available online at www.parkland.ca and SEDAR after the results are released by newswire under Parkland’s profile at www.sedar.com. The French versions of the Q1 2023 MD&A and the Q1 2023 Consolidated Financial Statements will be posted to www.parkland.ca and SEDAR as soon as they become available.

About Parkland Corporation

Parkland is an international fuel distributor and retailer with operations in twenty-five countries. Our purpose is to Power Journeys and Energize Communities, and every day, we provide over one million customers with the essential fuels, convenience items and quality foods on which they depend.

With approximately 4,000 retail and commercial locations across Canada, the United States, and the Caribbean region, we have developed supply, distribution, and trading capabilities to accelerate growth and business performance. In addition to meeting our customers’ needs for essential fuels, we provide a range of choices to help them lower their environmental impact. These include carbon and renewables trading, solar power, renewables manufacturing and ultrafast Electric Vehicle charging.

Our proven business model is centered around organic growth, our supply advantage, driven by scale and our integrated refinery and supply infrastructure, acquiring prudently, and integrating successfully. Our strategy is focused on developing our existing business in resilient markets, growing our food, convenience, and renewable energy businesses, and helping customers to decarbonize. Our business is underpinned by our people, and our values; safety, integrity, community, and respect, which are deeply embedded across our organization.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements contained in this news release constitute forward-looking information and statements (collectively, “forward-looking statements”). When used in this news release the words “expect”, “will”, “could”, “would”, “believe”, “continue”, “pursue” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. In particular, this news release contains forward-looking statements with respect to, among other things: Parkland’s business model, objectives and strategies, including its ambition to reach $2 billion of Adjusted EBITDA by 2025 without further acquisitions, reduce leverage and improve shareholder returns.

These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results or events to differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements. No assurance can be given that these expectations will prove to be correct and such forward-looking statements included in this news release should not be unduly relied upon. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this news release. Parkland does not undertake any obligations to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements except as required by securities law. Actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of numerous risks, assumptions and uncertainties including, but not limited to: general economic, market and business conditions, including the duration and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Russia-Ukraine conflict; micro and macroeconomic trends and conditions, including increases in interest rates, inflation and commodity prices; Parkland’s ability to execute its business objectives, projects and strategies, including the completion, financing and timing thereof, realizing the benefits therefrom and meeting our targets and commitments relating thereto; Parkland’s management systems and programs and risk management strategy; the competitive environment of our industry; retail pricing, margins and refining crack spreads; availability and pricing of petroleum product supply; volatility of crude oil and refined product prices; ability of suppliers to meet commitments; actions by governmental authorities and other regulators including but not limited to increases in taxes or restricted access to markets; environmental impact; changes in environmental and regulatory laws, including the ability to obtain or maintain required permits; and other factors, many of which are beyond the control of Parkland. Assumptions related to Parkland’s ambition to reach $2 billion of Adjusted EBITDA by 2025 include an estimated $150 million of synergies from completed acquisitions and cost efficiencies and $180 million of organic growth compared to the 2022 financial results. See also the risks and uncertainties described in “Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Information” and “Risk Factors” included in Parkland’s most recent Annual Information Form, and in “Forward-Looking Information” and “Risk Factors” included in the Q1 2023 MD&A, each filed on SEDAR and available on the Parkland website at www.parkland.ca. The forward-looking statements contained in this news release are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement.

Non-Financial Measures

Parkland uses a number of non-financial measures, including composite utilization and total recordable injury frequency rate, in measuring the success of our strategic objectives and to set variable compensation targets for employees. These non-financial measures are not accounting measures, do not have comparable International Financial Reporting Standards (”IFRS”) measures, and may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers, as other issuers may calculate these metrics differently. See Section 16 of the Q1 2023 MD&A, which is incorporated by reference into this news release, for further details on the non-financial measures used by Parkland.

Specified Financial Measures

This news release contains total of segments measures, non-GAAP financial measures and non-GAAP financial ratios, supplementary financial measures and capital management measures (collectively, “specified financial measures”). Parkland’s management uses certain specified financial measures to analyze the operating and financial performance, leverage and liquidity of the business. These specified financial measures do not have any standardized meaning under IFRS and are therefore unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. The specified financial measures should not be considered in isolation or used in substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with IFRS. See Section 16 of the Q1 2023 MD&A, which is incorporated by reference into this news release, for further details regarding specified financial measures used by Parkland.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Ratios

Adjusted earnings (loss) and Adjusted earnings (loss) per share are a non-GAAP financial measure and a non-GAAP financial ratio, respectively, representing the underlying core operating performance of business activities of Parkland at a consolidated level.

Adjusted earnings (loss) and Adjusted earnings (loss) per share represent how well Parkland’s operational business is performing, while considering depreciation and amortization, interest on leases and long-term debt, accretion and other finance costs, and income taxes. The Company uses these measures because it believes that Adjusted earnings (loss) and Adjusted earnings (loss) per share are useful for management and investors in assessing the Company’s overall performance as they exclude certain significant items that are not reflective of the Company’s underlying business operations.

Adjusted earnings (loss) excludes costs that are not considered representative of Parkland’s underlying core operating performance including: (i) costs related to potential and completed acquisitions, (ii) non-core acquisition and integration employee costs, (iii) business integration and restructuring costs, (iv) changes in the fair value of share-based compensation liabilities, (v) unrealized gains and losses on (a) foreign exchange, (b) risk management assets and liabilities unless they relate to underlying physical sales activity in current period and (c) derivatives, (vi) realized foreign exchange gains and losses as a result of cash pooling arrangements and refinancing activities, (vii) realized foreign exchange gains and losses on accrued financing costs in foreign currency and the offsetting realized risk management gains and losses on the related foreign exchange risk management instruments, (viii) changes in values of the Sol put option, redemption options under Parkland’s senior unsecured notes, environmental liabilities and asset retirement obligations, (ix) loss on inventory write-downs for which there are offsetting associated risk management derivatives with unrealized gains, (x) impairments of non-current assets, (xi) loss on modification of long-term debt, (xii) earnings impact from hyperinflation accounting, (xiii) certain realized gains and losses on risk management assets and liabilities that are related to underlying physical sales activity in another period, (xiv) gains and losses on asset disposals, (xv) adjustment for the effect of market-based performance conditions for equity settled share-based award settlements, and (xvi) other adjusting items. Parkland’s Adjusted earnings (loss) and Adjusted earnings (loss) per share are also adjusted to include Parkland’s proportionate share of its joint-venture investees’ Adjusted earnings (loss). Concurrently with Parkland entering into the Share Exchange Agreement, effective August 4, 2022, Parkland does not allocate a portion of Adjusted earnings (loss) to NCI and includes 100 percent of International results as Adjusted earnings (loss).

Please see below for the reconciliation of Adjusted earnings (loss) to net earnings (loss) and calculation of Adjusted earnings (loss) per share.

Three months ended March 31,

($ millions, unless otherwise stated)

2023

2022

Net earnings (loss) attributable to Parkland

77

55

Add: Net earnings (loss) attributable to NCI

13

Net earnings (loss)

77

68

Add:

Acquisition, integration and other costs

27

13

(Gain) loss on foreign exchange – unrealized

7

6

(Gain) loss on risk management and other – unrealized

(32)

11

Other (gains) and losses

21

72

Other adjusting items(1)

21

6

Tax normalization(2)

(7)

(26)

Adjusted earnings (loss) including NCI

114

150

Less: Adjusted earnings (loss) attributable to NCI

14

Adjusted earnings (loss)

114

136

Weighted average number of common shares (million shares)(3)

175

155

Weighted average number of common shares adjusted for the effects of dilution (million shares)(3)

177

156

Adjusted earnings (loss) per share ($ per share)

Basic

0.65

0.88

Diluted

0.64

0.87

(1)

Other Adjusting Items for the three months ended March 31, 2023 include: (i) the effect of market-based performance conditions for equity-settled share-based award settlements of $13 million (2022 – nil), and (ii) the share of depreciation and income taxes for Isla joint venture of $3 million (2022 – $4 million).

(2)

The tax normalization adjustment was applied to net earnings (loss) adjusting items that were considered temporary differences, such as acquisition, integration and other costs, unrealized foreign exchange gains and losses, unrealized gains and losses on risk management and other, gains and losses on asset disposals, changes in fair value of redemption options, changes in estimates of environmental provisions, loss on inventory write-downs for which there are offsetting associated risk management derivatives with unrealized gains, impairments of non-current assets and debt modifications. The tax impact was estimated using the effective tax rates applicable to jurisdictions where the related items occur.

(3)

Weighted average number of common shares are calculated in accordance with Parkland’s accounting policy contained in Note 2 of the Annual Consolidated Financial Statements.

Food and Company C-Store SSSG refers to the period-over-period sales growth generated by retail food and convenience stores at the same company sites. The effects of opening and closing stores, temporary closures (including closures for ON the RUN / Marché Express conversions), expansions of stores, renovations of stores, and stores with changes in food service models in the period are excluded to derive a comparable same-store metric. Same-store sales growth is a metric commonly used in the retail industry that provides meaningful information to investors in assessing the health and strength of Parkland’s brands and retail network, which ultimately impacts financial performance. Food and Company C-Store SSSG does not have any standardized meaning prescribed under IFRS and is therefore unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. Please see below for a reconciliation of convenience store revenue (Food and C-Store revenue) of the Canada segment with the Food and Company C-Store same store sales (”SSS”) and calculation of the Food and Company C-Store SSSG.

Three months ended March 31,

($ millions)

2023

2022

%(1)

Food and Company C-Store revenue

70

100

Add:

Point-of-sale (”POS”) value of goods and services sold at Food and Company C-Store operated by retailers and franchisees(2)

278

165

Less:

Rental and royalty income from retailers, franchisees and others(3)

(55)

(34)

Same Store revenue adjustments(4) (excluding cigarettes)

(80)

(21)

Food and Company C-Store same-store sales

213

210

1.6 %

Less:

Same Store revenue adjustments(4) (cigarettes)

(87)

(92)

Food and Company C-Store same-store sales (excluding cigarettes)

126

118

6.8 %

Three months ended March 31,

($ millions)

2022

2021

%(1)

Food and Company C-Store revenue

100

92

Add:

Point-of-sale (”POS”) value of goods and services sold at Food and Company C-Store operated by retailers(2)

165

129

Less:

Rental income from retailers and others(3)

(25)

(24)

Same Store revenue adjustments(4)(5) (excluding cigarettes)

(60)

(7)

Food and Company C-Store same-store sales

180

190

(5.5) %

Less:

Same Store revenue adjustments(4)(5) (cigarettes)

(91)

(103)

Food and Company C-Store same-store sales (excluding cigarettes)

89

87

1.7 %

(1)

Percentages are calculated based on actual amounts and are impacted by rounding.

(2)

POS values used to calculate Food and Company C-Store SSSG are not a Parkland financial measure and do not form part of Parkland’s consolidated financial statements.

(3)

Includes rental income from retailers in the form of a percentage rent on Food and Company C-Store sales, royalty, franchisee fees and excludes revenues from automated teller machines, POS system licensing fees, and others.

(4)

This adjustment excludes the effects of acquisitions, opening and closing stores, temporary closures (including closures for ON the RUN / Marché Express conversions), expansions of stores, renovations of stores, and stores with changes in food service models, to derive a comparable same-store metric.

(5)

Excludes sales from acquisitions completed within the year as these will not impact the metric until after the completion of one year of the acquisitions when the sales or volume generated establish the baseline for these metrics.

The non-GAAP financial measures and ratios should not be considered in isolation or used in substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with IFRS. Except as otherwise indicated, these non-GAAP measures and ratios are calculated and disclosed on a consistent basis from period to period. See section 16 of the Q1 2023 MD&A, which is incorporated by reference into this news release, for further details regarding Parkland’s non-GAAP financial measures and ratios.

Supplementary Financial Measures

Parkland uses a number of supplementary financial measures, including cash generated from (used in) operating activities per share and liquidity available to evaluate the success of our strategic objectives and to set variable compensation targets for employees. These measures may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers, as other issuers may calculate these metrics differently. See Section 16 of the Q1 2023 MD&A, which is incorporated by reference into this news release, for further details regarding supplementary financial measures used by Parkland.

Capital Management Measures

Parkland’s primary capital management measure is the Leverage Ratio, which is used internally by key management personnel to monitor Parkland’s overall financial strength, capital structure flexibility, and ability to service debt and meet current and future commitments. The Leverage Ratio is calculated as a ratio of Leverage Debt to Leverage EBITDA (each as defined in the Q1 2023 Consolidated Financial Statements) and does not have any standardized meaning prescribed under IFRS. It is therefore unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. See Section 16 of the Q1 2023 MD&A, which is incorporated by reference into this news release, for further details regarding capital management measures used by Parkland.

Total of Segments Measures

Adjusted EBITDA is a total of segments measure used by the chief operating decision maker to make decisions about resource allocation to the segment and to assess its performance. In accordance with IFRS, adjustments and eliminations made in preparing an entity’s financial statements and allocations of revenue, expenses, and gains or losses shall be included in determining reported segment profit or loss only if they are included in the measure of the segment’s profit or loss that is used by the chief operating decision maker. As such, Parkland’s Adjusted EBITDA is unlikely to be comparable to similarly named measures presented by other issuers, who may calculate these measures differently. Parkland views Adjusted EBITDA as the key measure for the underlying core operating performance of business segment activities at an operational level. Adjusted EBITDA is used by management to set targets for Parkland (including annual guidance and variable compensation targets) and is used to determine Parkland’s ability to service debt, finance capital expenditures and provide for dividend payments to shareholders. See Section 16 of the Q1 2023 MD&A, which is incorporated by reference into this news release, for further details regarding total of segments measures used by Parkland. Refer to the table below for the reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to net earnings (loss) for the three months ended March 31, 2023 and March 31, 2022.

Three months ended March 31,

($ millions)

2023

2022

Adjusted EBITDA attributable to Parkland (”Adjusted EBITDA”)

395

387

Add: Attributable to NCI

27

Adjusted EBITDA including NCI

395

414

Less:

Acquisition, integration and other costs

27

13

Depreciation and amortization

190

155

Finance costs

104

70

(Gain) loss on foreign exchange – unrealized

7

6

(Gain) loss on risk management and other – unrealized

(32)

11

Other (gains) and losses(1)

21

72

Other adjusting items(2)

21

6

Income tax expense (recovery)

(20)

13

Net earnings (loss)

77

68

Net earnings (loss) attributable to Parkland

77

55

Net earnings (loss) attributable to NCI

13

(1)

Other (gains) and losses for the three months ended March 31, 2023 include the following: (i) nil non-cash valuation gain (2022 – $4 million loss) due to the change in redemption value of Sol Put Option; (ii) $9 million non-cash valuation gain (2022 – $86 million loss) due to the change in fair value of redemption options; and (iii) $30 million loss (2022 – $18 million gain) in Other items including $23 million (2022 – nil) in write-off of certain assets related to renewable diesel complex. Refer to Note 12 of the Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.

(2)

Other Adjusting Items for the three months ended March 31, 2023 mainly include: (i) the effect of market-based performance conditions for equity-settled share-based award settlements of $13 million (2022 – nil), and (ii) the share of depreciation and income taxes for Isla joint venture of $3 million (2022 – $4 million).

Parkland uses Adjusted gross margin as a measure of segment profit (loss) to analyze the performance of sale and purchase transactions and performance on margin. Adjusted gross margin excludes the effects of significant items of income and expenditure that are not considered representative of Parkland’s underlying core margin performance and may have an impact on the quality of margins, such as (i) unrealized gains and losses on (a) foreign exchange, (b) risk management and other unless underlying physical sales activity has occurred, (ii) loss on inventory write-downs for which there are offsetting associated risk management and other with unrealized gains, (iii) certain realized gains and losses on risk management assets and liabilities that are related to underlying physical sales activity in another period, and (iv) other adjusting items. Refer to the table below for the reconciliation of Adjusted gross margn.

Three months ended March 31,

($ millions)

2023

2022

Sales and operating revenue

8,156

7,606

Cost of purchases

(7,265)

(6,563)

Gain (loss) on risk management and other – realized

39

(183)

Gain (loss) on foreign exchange – realized

6

8

Other adjusting items to Adjusted gross margin

2

Adjusted gross margin

938

868

Fuel and petroleum product adjusted gross margin

766

734

Convenience and other non-fuel adjusted gross margin

172

134

Adjusted gross margin

938

868

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Parkland’s Burnaby Refinery has returned to normal operations following successful completion of scheduled turnaround

CALGARY, AB, April 11, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Parkland Corporation (”Parkland”, “we”, the “Company”, or “our”) (TSX: PKI), announced today that the previously announced eight-week turnaround at the Burnaby Refinery has been safely completed. Following a successful start-up phase, the facility is now fully operational.

“I would like to congratulate the team who worked diligently and safely to complete this maintenance turnaround on time and within budget,” says Ryan Krogmeier, Senior Vice President, Supply, Trading and Refining. “Our team’s consistent execution and use of innovative technologies delivered a successful project that will help optimize ongoing refinery operations.”

About Parkland

Parkland is an international fuel distributor and retailer with operations in 25 countries. Our purpose is to Power Journeys and Energize Communities, and every day, we provide over one million customers with the essential fuels, convenience items and quality foods on which they depend.

With approximately 4,000 retail and commercial locations across Canada, the United States, and the Caribbean region, we have developed supply, distribution, and trading capabilities to accelerate growth and business performance. In addition to meeting our customers’ needs for essential fuels, we provide a range of choices to help them lower their environmental impact. These include carbon and renewables trading, solar power, renewables manufacturing and ultra-fast electric vehicle charging.

Our proven business model is centered around organic growth and our supply advantage, and is driven by scale, our integrated refinery and supply infrastructure, and focus on acquiring prudently, and integrating successfully. Our strategy is focused on developing the existing business in resilient markets, growing our food, convenience, and renewable energy businesses, and helping customers to decarbonize. Our business is underpinned by our people, and our values of safety, integrity, community, and respect, which are deeply embedded across our organization.

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ERI teams up with iSoftware4Banks to offer OLYMPIC Banking System to banks and financial institutions in the USA

MIAMI, April 5, 2023 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — ERI is proud to announce its partnership with iSoftware4Banks to address the technology needs of banks and financial institutions in the North American market. iSoftware4Banks will provide extensive knowledge of the banking market and its regulatory and business expertise to bring ERI’s leading technology platform, OLYMPIC Banking System, to the North American market. This agreement addresses a growing need for local banks and financial institutions – including retail, corporate and private banks, as well as credit unions, community banks, and neo and challenger banks – to make technology a priority in their business development strategy. By digitalizing processes from front-to-back office through on premises or cloud implementations, making a better and more intuitive use of data, financial institutions will be able to deliver an optimized and personalized user experience to their customers.

iSoftware4Banks’ team of bankers, industry insiders, investors, and operations specialists share a solid commitment to the banking sector. The company provides banks with the latest innovative automation resources and service providers available for optimizing operations.

Jean-Philippe Bersier, ERI’s Director of Sales & Marketing, says, “We are excited to announce this initiative as a key milestone to accelerate our business expansion in the region. The North American market is not unknown to ERI as we currently have clients using our system in the US as well as in Canada. Teaming up with iSoftware4Banks will open up new opportunities for growth.”

Vincent Raniere, Chairman and CEO at iSoftware4Banks states, “We are looking forward to promoting the expansion of ERI’s reach within the US market. We are confident our partnership with ERI, coupled with our extensive experience, will help to further strengthen our capabilities for promoting OLYMPIC Banking System’s benefits to key relationships, and other institutions seeking optimization and innovative solutions within the financial sector.”

ERI is an international company specializing in the design, development, distribution and support of the integrated, real-time banking and wealth management software package: OLYMPIC Banking System®. ERI is focused on providing comprehensive, quality software with effective system implementation assistance and efficient ongoing maintenance and support for clients worldwide.

iSoftware4Banks, Inc. is a leading provider of go-to-market services to companies selling to the banking and finance sector.

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Vantage unveils Supercar Blondie as Brand Ambassador

Supercar Blondie partners with Vantage Markets for financial education

GRAND CAYMAN, Cayman Islands, Jan. 18, 2023 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Multi-asset broker, Vantage International Group Limited (”Vantage” or “Vantage Markets”) is pleased to unveil Alexandra Mary Hirschi, of Supercar Blondie, as its Brand Ambassador.

Alexandra Mary Hirschi from Supercar Blondie, and Nadine Azzam, Head of MENA for Vantage, at the signing ceremony and press conference held on 18 January in Dubai.

This partnership marks a milestone between an online brokerage with a social media publisher, aimed to use their respective expertise to provide accessible and relevant financial education both on Vantage’s platforms and on Supercar Blondie’s online education channel, Xplained.

Marc Despallieres, Chief Strategy and Trading Officer at Vantage, says, “We are truly excited to work with Supercar Blondie once again, in a greater capacity as our brand ambassador. Her adventurous attitude, tech-savvy, and global appeal makes her a perfect fit for us to raise Vantage’s brand awareness among younger and more discerning audiences. I know her unique presentation style will help demystify trading, and make it approachable and relevant for all.”

The social media publisher draws over 1 billion views per month across the group, with over 85 million followers globally. As a leading voice and influence in a traditionally masculine industry, Supercar Blondie engenders Vantage’s beliefs in female empowerment, alongside a shared commitment of Vantage towards innovation, and climate action, which is aligned with Vantage’s partnership with NEOM McLaren Extreme E.

Alexandra Mary Hirschi says, “I am all for bringing exciting and transformative content to our audience. One of our key goals in 2023 is to empower our audience by providing accessible financial education materials. With that, I’m thrilled to partner with a market leader like Vantage to raise the bar on financial education and strengthen financial literacy for all. Vantage is a company with a big heart, and It’s exciting to see the impact we can make together.”

This announcement marks a strengthening of the partnership between the two organisations that was first established in 2022 when Supercar Blondie participated in the Blue Carbon initiative in Sardinia, Italy, to formally launch Vantage’s corporate ESG journey, and bring awareness to climate change.

About Vantage

Vantage (Vantage International Group Limited) is a multi-asset broker offering clients access to a nimble and powerful service for trading CFD on Forex, Commodities, Indices, Shares, ETFs and Bonds.

With more than 13 years of market experience, Vantage entities now have over 1,000 employees across more than 30 global offices.

Vantage is more than a broker. It provides a trusted trading ecosystem, an award-winning mobile trading app, and a user- friendly trading platform that enables clients to take advantage of trading opportunities. Download the Vantage App on App Store or Google Play.

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Royal Caribbean Group Forms a Strategic Partnership with iCON Infrastructure to Launch New Chapter of Destination Development

MIAMI, Dec. 19, 2022 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Royal Caribbean Group (NYSE: RCL) announced today that it has entered into a new partnership with iCON Infrastructure Partners VI, L.P. (”iCON VI”)1, a fund advised by iCON Infrastructure LLP (”iCON Infrastructure” or “iCON”) to develop strategic cruise port infrastructure in support of Royal Caribbean Group’s robust growth plans.

Access to destinations continues to be of strategic importance to Royal Caribbean Group’s core business. The proposed partnership will own, develop, and manage cruise terminal facilities and infrastructure in home ports and key ports of call. The partnership, which will be owned 90% by iCON VI and 10% by Royal Caribbean Group, will be managed by an independent management team with strategic support from Royal Caribbean Group. Both parties have committed to provide funding for future expansion in accordance with their percentage interest.

“Our partnership with iCON is a unique opportunity to catapult us into the coming decades of port investments, build further financial strength, and provide exceptional cruising experiences, responsibly, to our guests at the best destinations in the world,” said Jason Liberty, president and CEO, Royal Caribbean Group. “Over the last few years, we have developed more destinations than any other cruise company and this new partnership will allow us to implement a capital-light investment framework to accelerate the development of strategic destinations around the world. We selected iCON because of our shared strategic priorities – delivering the best experiences in the world, responsibly – and our shared commitment to sustainability, being a committed partner in each of the destinations we visit and exploring the very best locations around the world.”

iCON is a leading independent investment group with a focus on investing in high-quality infrastructure assets located predominantly in North America and Europe, with extensive experience investing in ports and port-related infrastructure.

The new partnership will initially include PortMiami Terminal A, and several development projects in Italy, Spain, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The partnership will also pursue additional port infrastructure developments based on the robust pipeline of projects as part of Royal Caribbean Group’s destination development strategy. At closing (anticipated for the first quarter of 2023), Royal Caribbean Group expects to receive net cash proceeds of approximately $210 million. The partnership is expected to be accretive to earnings, ROIC, and leverage metrics and will allow Royal Caribbean Group to continue investing in the development of strategic infrastructure while supporting the goals of its Trifecta program.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Royal Caribbean Group to develop, own and manage a portfolio of cruise terminals in key strategic markets,” said Iain Macleod, Managing Partner at iCON. “Through this partnership, we will provide world class cruise terminal infrastructure, offering cruise guests more opportunities to see and experience the world in partnership with the Royal Caribbean Group, a world class operator. In the years to come, we look forward to delivering new high-quality terminals, working closely with key destination communities and with a strong focus on sustainability.”

BofA Securities is serving as exclusive financial advisor to Royal Caribbean Group.

About Royal Caribbean Group:

Royal Caribbean Group (NYSE: RCL) is one of the leading cruise companies in the world with a global fleet of 64 ships traveling to approximately 1,000 destinations around the world. Royal Caribbean Group is the owner and operator of three award-winning cruise brands: Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, and Silversea Cruises, and it is also a 50% owner of a joint venture that operates TUI Cruises and Hapag-Lloyd Cruises. Together, the brands have an additional 10 ships on order as of September 30, 2022. Learn more at www.royalcaribbeangroup.com or www.rclinvestor.com.

About iCON:

iCON is the exclusive advisor to funds with cumulative commitments in excess of $8bn. iCON VI, iCON’s latest flagship fund, closed fundraising in June 2022 with $3.6bn of capital committed from over 50  investors. Investors in iCON’s funds comprise globally recognized corporate and public pension funds, asset managers, insurance companies and sovereign wealth funds.

iCON is a long-term investor with an extensive track record of partnering alongside strategic counterparties that share a similar focus on growth, operational excellence and sustainability. iCON advised funds invest across a range of infrastructure sectors including ports, transport, telecommunications, healthcare, water, energy generation, distribution and storage. Learn more at www.iconinfrastructure.com.

Cautionary Statement Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this press release relating to, among other things, our future performance estimates, forecasts and projections constitute forward-looking statements under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements include, but are not limited, to: statements regarding the impact of the Partnership on our financial performance, projections and balance sheet. Words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “could,” “driving,” “estimate,” “expect,” “goal,” “intend,” “may,” “plan,” “project,” “seek,” “should,” “will,” “would,” “considering,” and similar expressions are intended to help identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements reflect management’s current expectations, are based on judgments, are inherently uncertain and are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, which could cause our actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from the future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied in those forward-looking statements. Examples of these risks, uncertainties and other factors include, but are not limited to, the following: the impact of the global incidence and continued spread of COVID-19, which has had and may continue to have a material adverse impact on our business, liquidity and results of operations, or other contagious illnesses on economic conditions and the travel industry in general and the financial position and operating results of our Company in particular, such as: governmental and self-imposed travel restrictions and guest cancellations; our ability to obtain sufficient financing, capital or revenues to satisfy liquidity needs, capital expenditures, debt repayments and other financing needs; the effectiveness of the actions we have taken to improve and address our liquidity needs; the impact of the economic and geopolitical environment on key aspects of our business including the conflict between Ukraine and Russia, such as the demand for cruises, passenger spending, and operating costs; incidents or adverse publicity concerning our ships, port facilities, land destinations and/or passengers or the cruise vacation industry in general; concerns over safety, health and security of guests and crew; our COVID-19 protocols and any other health protocols we may develop in response to infectious diseases may be costly and less effective than we expect in reducing the risk of infection and spread of such disease on our cruise ships; further impairments of our goodwill, long-lived assets, equity investments and notes receivable; an inability to source our crew or our provisions and supplies from certain places; an increase in concern about the risk of illness on our ships or when travelling to or from our ships, all of which reduces demand; unavailability of ports of call; growing anti-tourism sentiments and environmental concerns; changes in U.S. foreign travel policy; the uncertainties of conducting business internationally and expanding into new markets and new ventures; our ability to recruit, develop and retain high quality personnel; changes in operating and financing costs; our indebtedness, any additional indebtedness we may incur and restrictions in the agreements governing our indebtedness that limit our flexibility in operating our business; the impact of foreign currency exchange rates, the impact of higher interest rate and fuel prices; the settlement of conversions of our convertible notes, if any, in shares of our common stock or a combination of cash and shares of our common stock, which may result in substantial dilution for our existing shareholders; our expectation that we will not declare or pay dividends on our common stock for the near future; vacation industry competition and changes in industry capacity and overcapacity; the risks and costs related to cyber security attacks, data breaches, protecting our systems and maintaining integrity and security of our business information, as well as personal data of our guests, employees and others; the impact of new or changing legislation and regulations (including environmental regulations) or governmental orders on our business; pending or threatened litigation, investigations and enforcement actions; the effects of weather, natural disasters and seasonality on our business; the impact of issues at shipyards, including ship delivery delays, ship cancellations or ship construction cost increases; shipyard unavailability; the unavailability or cost of air service; and uncertainties of a foreign legal system as we are not incorporated in the United States.

More information about factors that could affect our operating results is included under the caption “Risk Factors” in our most recent current report on Form 10-Q, as well as our other filings with the SEC, copies of which may be obtained by visiting our Investor Relations website at www.rclinvestor.com or the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. Undue reliance should not be placed on the forward-looking statements in this release, which are based on information available to us on the date hereof. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Selected Definitions

Trifecta refers to the multi-year Adjusted EBITDA per APCD, Adjusted EPS and ROIC goals we publicly announced in November 2022 and are seeking to achieve by the end of 2025. We designed this program to help us better execute and achieve our business goals by clearly articulating longer-term financial objectives. Under the Trifecta Program, we are targeting Adjusted EBITDA per APCD of at least $100, Adjusted EPS of at least $10, and ROIC of 13% or higher by the end of 2025.

Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP measure that represents EBITDA (as defined below) excluding certain items that we believe adjusting for is meaningful when assessing our profitability on a comparative basis. Refer to Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations within Item 2 of our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2022 for a discussion of items adjusted to arrive at Adjusted EBITDA.

Adjusted Earnings (Loss) per Share (”Adjusted EPS”) is a non-GAAP measure that represents Adjusted Net Income (Loss) (as defined below) divided by weighted average shares outstanding or by diluted weighted average shares outstanding, as applicable. We believe that this non-GAAP measure is meaningful when assessing our performance on a comparative basis.

Adjusted Net Income (Loss) is a non-GAAP measure that represents net income (loss) excluding certain items that we believe adjusting for is meaningful when assessing our performance on a comparative basis. Refer to Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations within Item 2 of our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2022, and within Item 7 of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021 for a discussion of items adjusted to arrive at Adjusted Net Income (Loss).

Adjusted Operating Income (Loss) is a non-GAAP measure that represents operating income (loss) including income (loss) from equity investments and income taxes but excluding certain items that we believe adjusting for is meaningful when assessing our operating performance on a comparative basis. Refer to Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations of our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2022 for a discussion of items adjusted to arrive at Adjusted Operating Income (Loss). We use this non-GAAP measure to calculate ROIC (as defined below).

Available Passenger Cruise Days (”APCD”) is our measurement of capacity and represents double occupancy per cabin multiplied by the number of cruise days for the period, which excludes canceled cruise days and cabins not available for sale. We use this measure to perform capacity and rate analysis to identify our main non-capacity drivers that cause our cruise revenue and expenses to vary.

EBITDA is a non-GAAP measure that represents net income (loss) excluding (i) interest income; (ii) interest expense, net of interest capitalized; (iii) depreciation and amortization expenses; and (iv) income tax benefit or expense. We believe that this non-GAAP measure is meaningful when assessing our operating performance on a comparative basis.

Invested Capital represents the most recent five-quarter average of total debt (i.e., Current portion of long-term debt plus Long-term debt) plus Total shareholders’ equity. We use this measure to calculate ROIC (as defined below).

Return on Invested Capital (”ROIC”) represents Adjusted Operating Income (Loss) divided by Invested Capital. We believe ROIC is a meaningful measure because it quantifies how efficiently we generated operating income relative to the capital we have invested in the business. ROIC is also used as a key metric in our long-term incentive compensation program for our executive officers.

1 iCON Infrastructure Partners VI (”iCON VI”) comprises two parallel limited partnerships, iCON Infrastructure Partners VI, L.P. and iCON Infrastructure Partners VI-B, L.P. iCON Infrastructure Management VI Limited, the managing general partner of each of iCON Infrastructure Partners VI, L.P. and iCON Infrastructure Partners VI-B, L.P., is licensed by the Guernsey Financial Services Commission. iCON Infrastructure LLP (”iCON”), the investment advisor to the managing general partner, is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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St Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister takes lessons from Dubai to position twin-island federation as a business hub

CARIBPR WIRE, Basseterre, St. Kitts, Dec. 12, 2022: Prime Minister Terrance Drew of the island nation of St Kitts and Nevis was in Dubai recently for a state visit that not only aims to strengthen bilateral relations but also glean lessons from the United Arab Emirates that will pivot the island into a sought-after business and leisure hub in the Caribbean.

The new prime minister and his delegation had several meetings and engagements over the four-day trip which took place from 29 November to 3 December 2022.

The two regions have enjoyed years of fruitful relations that have resulted in several areas of cooperation in which both countries have achieved together. This includes the signing of a historic Air Services Agreement. The seminal move paved the way for air traffic between the Federation of St Kitts and Nevis and the UAE.

The UAE also expressed previous interest in assisting the twin island Federation in adapting stronger climate change resilient measures, particularly as it relates to infrastructure. As climate related weather patterns become more fierce, St Kitts and Nevis is looking to tap into Dubai’s knowledge and expertise in constructing durable and resilient structures.

Just as recently as the 1960s, Dubai’s economy was merely dependent on the revenues generated from trade and oil exploration concessions. A major chunk of revenue obtained from oil reserves started to flow in 1969 and the rapid development of Dubai began – including major infrastructure like schools and hos­pitals and, over the years, it trans­formed Dubai into the business hub we know today.

St Kitts and Nevis developed and instituted its citizenship by investment programme in 1984 as a way to increase and diversify revenue generation. For nearly 40 years the programme has been instrumental in catapulting the nation from just a small island in the Caribbean to a globally recognized investment destination.

Without this foreign direct investment into the nation, St Kitts and Nevis would have certainly progressed at a much slower pace than desired.

The government of St Kitts and Nevis has made considerable progress in reducing its public debt and is among other countries in the Caribbean that supplement their economic activity through CBI programmes which provide astute investors with the option to obtain citizenship by investing in the country. The new government administration of St Kitts and Nevis believes that residents of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have a lot to benefit from its CBI programme.

The country is looking to build its reputation on the international stage and the CBI programme is one way to direct foreign direct investment to innovative projects across the spheres of education, health, agriculture and tourism.

For example, the travel and tourism sector accounted for one tenth of the gross domestic product (GPD) in St Kitts and Nevis in 2021, dropping for the second consecutive year. Part of the funds channeled the citizenship by investment programme will be used to revitalize the sector and re-establish St Kitts and Nevis as must-visit destination.

Attracting the right kind of developers who will inject cash into developing attractive real estate projects that will charm discerning investors, is one way to grow the tourism sector. Not only that but the upgrading and development of important infrastructure such as schools, hospitals, airports and hotel chains is another way the funds will be used to not only bring up tourist numbers but investors too.

The visit was also aimed at deepening relationships with important stakeholders including international investors and government approved agents, who play a vital role in promoting and supporting the country’s recently upgraded citizenship by investment programme.

St Kitts and Nevis is the first country of the Caribbean Community to establish a formal diplomatic presence in the UAE, recently opening an embassy and consulate in the region.

The members of the delegation which included, Cabinet Secretary, Dr Natta, Attorney General, Mr. Wilkin, Minister of Tourism, Ms. Henderson, Mr. Anthony and Ms. Galloway, were positive following the visit and believe that there were many lessons learned from visit that they could take back home and implement.

The visit also signifies to the world St Kitts and Nevis is open for business. During the visit, business partners, investors and citizens were able to meet the Prime Minister and the accompanying delegation members at an exclusive cocktail event that was hosted by the High Commission of St Kitts and Nevis during the trip.

The visit provided an opportunity for St Kitts and Nevis to attract investors who seek mutually beneficial partnerships with the nation.

Saint Kitts and Nevis administers one of the most successful citizenship by investment programmes in the world. This government delegation was aimed at showing investors, entrepreneurs and families from the UAE that they are all welcome in Saint Kitts and Nevis.

The Prime Minister’s visit has come at a time when the economies of many countries are affected by the lingering impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and by the consequences of the Ukraine-Russia conflict.

Prime Minister Drew is on a drive to find and implement solutions that will prosper St Kitts and Nevis and one of those actions included upgrading the country’s CBI programme – the government is taking measures to sustain and enhance the image of the twin-island federation’s CBI programme, so it is more transparent and follows the principles of integrity and good governance.

The St Kitts and Nevis government also recently launched its “Venture Deeper” campaign. This is a branding campaign aimed at highlighting the country’s famous and marked natural environment while introducing elements of introspective self-discovery and intention.

The campaign’s visual assets, showcased at a May 20 media premiere in New York, highlighted St Kitts and Nevis’ lush natural environment, including the territory’s rainforest, abundant historic landmarks and immersive cultural experiences.

St Kitts and Nevis’ revamped citizenship by investment programme is aimed at intelligent investors looking not only to prosper themselves, but those who are sustainability minded in their investment decisions.

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Head of Saint Lucia Citizenship by Investment Unit, Mc Claude Emmanuel, woos investors at Private Wealth Forum in Florida

CARIBPR Wire, Castries, Saint Lucia, Dec. 08, 2022: The head of Saint Lucia’s Citizenship by Investment Unit, Mc Claude Emmanuel, was in the United States of America recently for the 7th Annual Private Wealth Florida Forum.

The invitation-only event is attended by private wealth and institutional investors, including wealth managers, corporate pensions, public pensions, insurance funds, endowments, foundations, sovereign wealth funds, health care organizations and private bankers. The event aims to bring together the investment management community for peer driven thought leadership experiences that provide a platform for education, business development and networking.

Emmanuel was speaking to wealth managers on why Saint Lucia should form part of their basket of offshore investment options.

As one of the youngest citizenship by investment offerings on the market, Saint Lucia certainly competes with the best in terms of what it has to offer investors.

There are currently four main ways investors can gain a coveted Saint Lucia citizenship, with the main one being through the National Economic Fund. This Fund was established to drive foreign direct investment to nation building projects such as increasing and improving infrastructure in country. Through this Fund, highways, bridges, schools and hospitals have been upgraded and built.

For a minimum investment of US$100 000.00 for a single applicant, US investors can become part of the Caribbeans biggest success stories.

“Saint Lucia has a strong economy and our currency, the Eastern Caribbean Dollar, is pegged against the United States Dollar – at a rate of US$1.00 being the equivalent of EC$2.70 – and has been so for the last 70 years,” stated Emmanuel.

According to Moody’s Analytics, the island nation has been able to attract foreign business and investment, especially in its offshore banking and tourism industries. Tourism is Saint Lucia’s main source of jobs and income – accounting for 65 percent of GDP – and the island’s main source of foreign exchange earnings. The manufacturing sector is the most diverse in the Eastern Caribbean area.

In this context, the Eastern Caribbean nation of Saint Lucia has emerged as a new favourite for investors. This is due to its growing economy, stable business environment and tax regime which supports the growth and development of its businesses, investors, and citizens.

“We have a strong tourism product, being rated the number one honeymoon destination in world for the last 10 years. Saint Lucia is also home to major hospitality brands like Hilton and Marriott and our shores attract over one million tourists from the USA, Canada and Europe every year,” added Emmanuel.

Saint Lucia’s colourful heritage is ingrained in the culture of the island and celebrated by locals and visitors alike. With a history spanning hundreds of years and including stories of pirates, colonies, and battles, it’s enough to pique anyone’s interest.

Each part of the island has distinct features to be experienced and enjoyed. The island’s volcanic origin is the reason for its lush vegetation, soothing mud pools and iconic Sulphur Springs.

When asked why Saint Lucia should be favourable to asset managers and applicants, Emmanuel responded that country has a favourable tax regime, stable economy and its policies make it easy for entrepreneurs to do business, not to mention the favourable Caribbean weather conditions.

Saint Lucia is also very well-connected to the rest of the world with international flights to the United States, Canada, and Europe. The low cost of living coupled with the high quality of life makes it the ideal place to live. The Caribbean way of life has a universal appeal that simply cannot be matched.

“During the Covid-19 pandemic, we had a surge of applications from north Americans who want to be able to work from anywhere – we commonly see people with their laptops on the beach, in hotel lobbies and villas – that’s one of the strong selling points for US citizens looking to invest in Saint Lucia.”

Those looking to get away from the pressures and humdrum of city life will be well suited to invest in the country.

The country also has a favourable tax regime, American investors do not need to pay inheritance tax, worldwide income tax, or capital gains tax – making it an ideal destination for wealth planning.

Looking at which nationalities have favoured getting second citizenship from Saint Lucia, Emmanuel said “In terms of applicants, China continues to be number one and as of 2021, US applicants have taken the second spot – particularly applicants from the states of New York, Philadelphia, Florida and a small number from Las Vegas. In Canada, a lot of applicants come from Toronto.”

Emmanuel also added that the two major reasons for Americans looking to gain second citizenship from Saint Lucia are safety and tax planning.

“Many US citizens are looking for safety. Americans travel extensively and their passport can be seen as a target due to ongoing geopolitical conflict, especially in regions like the Middle East and Eastern Europe. What they do when travelling to these regions is use our passport and keep their American passport in their back pocket. The second major reason for investing in our citizenship by investment programme is to tap into our favourable tax system, which continues to be a drawcard. Saint Lucia offers a lot of offshore financial solutions.”

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Vantage’s swap-free trading provides gold traders nearly US$1million in savings over a three-month period

The popular product update will be extended to trades made for other digital assets

PORT VILA, Vanuatu, Dec. 8, 2022 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ – Vantage, (or “Vantage Markets”) says its swap-free gold XAUUSD trading has seen overwhelming response from clients. Within the first three months of its implementation, Vantage traders enjoyed nearly USD 1 million in savings* from overnight fees.

Vantage’s swap-free trading provides gold traders nearly US$1million in savings over a three-month period

In response to client’s positive feedback, Vantage has decided to continue its swap-free trading beyond 2022 and extend the offering to other digital assets to benefit more clients.

The swap-free product enhancement was designed to provide greater convenience for gold XAUUSD traders. Clients are not charged overnight fees when trading across all trading accounts, including on the Vantage App, regardless of trade size. Details of the swap-free trading can be found here. Clients can also calculate their own potential savings with the Vantage Swap Calculator.

Marc Despallieres, Chief Strategy and Trading Officer, says, “We have received much positive feedback from our clients, and are pleased to extend this offering for their benefit. Amid extreme market volatility, swap-free trading eliminates overnight fees as a cost consideration for our clients when they choose to pursue longer term trading strategies. It also affords them the flexibility to close their trades at a time of their choosing, for their hedging purposes, removing the necessity of closing their trades on a daily basis.”

“At Vantage, we are constantly looking to enhance our offerings to allow our clients to trade market opportunities on their own terms.”

*Based on figures provided by Vantage entities.

About Vantage

Vantage (or “Vantage Markets”) is a global, multi-asset broker offering clients access to a nimble and powerful service for trading CFDs on Forex, Commodities, Indices, Shares, ETFs and Bonds. With more than 13 years of market experience. Vantage now has over 1,000 employees across more than 30 global offices.

Vantage is more than a broker. It provides a trusted trading ecosystem, an award-winning mobile trading app, and a user-friendly trading platform that enables clients to take advantage of trading opportunities. Download the Vantage App on App Store or Google Play.

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Parkland announces 2023 guidance

2023 Adjusted EBITDA guidance1 of $1.7 billion to $1.8 billion
2025 Adjusted EBITDA ambition of $2 billion without further acquisitions
Reducing leverage and enhancing shareholder returns

CALGARY, AB, Dec. 7, 2022 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Parkland Corporation (”Parkland”, “we”, “our”, or the “Company”) (TSX: PKI) announced today its 2023 guidance which underscores the strength of its differentiated business model, diversified customer base and operating geographies.

“We are two years into the four-year strategy outlined at our investor day last year,” said Bob Espey, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Having accelerated acquisitions, we are focused on integration, capturing synergies, deleveraging and enhancing shareholder returns. We expect to deliver record Adjusted EBITDA in 2023 and have high confidence in achieving our $2 billion Adjusted EBITDA ambition by 2025 without further acquisitions.”

“Our balanced capital allocation approach prioritizes deleveraging, followed by enhancing shareholder distributions and growth,” added Espey. “We will exercise strict capital discipline, investing in accretive opportunities and optimizing our portfolio to ensure strategic fit and attractive returns. We are entering a phase of our strategy where we will harvest value from the unique business we have created.”

2023 Guidance
  • Adjusted EBITDA attributable to Parkland (”Adjusted EBITDA”) of $1,700 million to $1,800 million, which includes an approximate $100 million impact as a result of the eight-week turnaround planned at the refinery in Burnaby, British Columbia (the “Burnaby Refinery”) in the first quarter of 2023.2
  • Capital expenditures of $500 million to $550 million, which is comprised of:
    • Maintenance capital expenditures1 of $300 million to $325 million, which includes approximately $100 million for the planned turnaround at the Burnaby Refinery.
    • Growth capital expenditures1 of $200 million to $225 million, which we expect to be largely funded by anticipated network optimization dispositions.
  • Reduce Leverage Ratio1 to approximately 3 times by year-end 2023.
2025 Outlook

We have high confidence in meeting our 2025 strategic ambition, which includes:

  • $2 billion of Adjusted EBITDA without further acquisitions.
  • Reduce Leverage Ratio to the low end of our target range of 2 to 3 times by year-end 2025.
  • Cash flow generated by operating activities of approximately $9.50 per common share.3

We have made significant progress advancing our strategy and will continue to drive organic growth by:

  • Harnessing our integrated supply platform to extract greater value from our retail and commercial network.
  • Expanding ON the RUN across Canada and into the United States, growing membership of the JOURNIE™ loyalty program, and advancing our food strategy.
  • Helping customers lower their environmental impact with renewable fuels, carbon offsets, and Electric Vehicle charging.
Business model and strategy

Our proven business model is centered around organic growth, our supply advantage, driven by scale and our integrated refinery and supply infrastructure, acquiring prudently, and integrating successfully. Our strategy is focused on developing our existing business in resilient markets, growing our food, convenience, and renewable energy businesses, and helping customers to decarbonize.

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1 Supplementary Financial Measure. See “Supplementary Financial Measure” section of this news release.

2 Assumes Refining adjusted gross margin of CAD$40/bbl. and average Burnaby Refinery utilization of between 75 and 85 percent. Adjusted gross margin composition is consistent with that disclosed in Section 14A of the Q3 2022 MD&A.

3 Assumes approximately 175 million common shares are issued and outstanding.

About Parkland Corporation

Parkland is an international fuel distributor and retailer with operations in twenty-five countries. Our purpose is to Power Journeys and Energize Communities, and every day, we provide over one million customers with the essential fuels, convenience items and quality foods on which they depend.

With over 4,000 retail and commercial locations across Canada, the United States, and the Caribbean region, we have developed supply, distribution, and trading capabilities to accelerate growth and business performance. In addition to meeting our customers’ needs for essential fuels, we provide a range of choices to help them lower their environmental impact. These include carbon and renewables trading, solar power, renewables manufacturing and ultra-fast Electric Vehicle charging.

Our business is underpinned by our people, and our values; safety, integrity, community, and respect, which are deeply embedded across our organization.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements contained in this news release constitute forward-looking information and statements (collectively, “forward-looking statements”). When used in this news release the words “expect”, “will”, “could”, “would”, “believe”, “continue”, “pursue” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. In particular, this news release contains forward-looking statements with respect to, among other things: business objectives, strategies and model; Parkland’s focus on integration, capturing synergies, deleveraging and enhancing shareholder returns; expect to deliver record Adjusted EBITDA in 2023; Parkland’s capital allocation approach, including investing in accretive opportunities and optimizing its portfolio and the expected effects thereof; Parkland’s 2023 guidance, including with respect to Adjusted EBITDA, capital expenditures (maintenance capital and growth capital) and leverage ratio; the planned turnaround at the Burnaby Refinery in the first quarter of 2023 and the estimated impact thereof on 2023 guidance; future dispositions and the expectation of such dispositions to largely fund 2023 growth capital; Parkland’s 2025 outlook and its high confidence in meeting its 2025 strategic ambition, which includes $2 billion Adjusted EBITDA, reducing leverage ratio to the lower end of the 2 to 3 times range, and cash flow generated by operating activities of approximately $9.50 per common share; and Parkland’s four-year strategy, the progress thereof and continuing to drive organic growth through its integrated supply platform, expanding ON the RUN and JOURNIE™ loyalty program, advancing its food strategy, and helping customers lower their environmental impact with renewable fuels, carbon offsets and Electric Vehicle charging.

These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results or events to differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements. No assurance can be given that these expectations will prove to be correct and such forward-looking statements included in this news release should not be unduly relied upon. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this news release. Parkland does not undertake any obligations to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements except as required by securities law. Actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of numerous risks, assumptions and uncertainties including, but not limited to: general economic, market and business conditions, including the duration and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Russia-Ukraine conflict; Parkland’s ability to execute its business strategies and capital allocation approach, including without limitation, with respect to integration, capturing synergies, deleveraging, enhancing shareholder returns and growth, successfully implementing organic growth initiatives and to finance such initiatives on reasonable terms; Parkland’s ability to complete projects; Parkland’s ability to complete the planned turnaround at the Burnaby Refinery in a timely manner and the financial impact thereof; Refining adjusted gross margin and average utilization at the Burnaby Refinery in 2023; number of common shares issued and outstanding in 2025; competitive action by other companies; refining and marketing margins; the ability of suppliers to meet commitments; actions by governmental authorities and other regulators including but not limited to increases in taxes or restricted access to markets; changes and developments in environmental and other regulations; and other factors, many of which are beyond the control of Parkland. See also the risks and uncertainties described in “Forward-Looking Information” and “Risk Factors” included in Parkland’s Revised Annual Information Form dated March 17, 2022, and “Forward-Looking Information” and “Risk Factors” included in the Q4 2021 MD&A dated March 3, 2022, each filed on SEDAR and available on the Parkland website at www.parkland.ca. The forward-looking statements contained in this news release are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement.

Supplementary Financial Measures

This press release refers to Adjusted EBITDA guidance, maintenance capital expenditures guidance, growth capital expenditures guidance and Leverage Ratio guidance, which are supplementary financial measures and may not be comparable to similar measures used by other issuers, who may calculate these measures differently. See Section 14 of the Q3 2022 MD&A for a discussion of Adjusted EBITDA guidance, maintenance capital expenditures guidance and growth capital expenditures guidance, which is incorporated by reference into this presentation. See below for details on the Leverage Ratio guidance.

Leverage Ratio Guidance

This measure represents our forecast of the Leverage Ratio and is calculated based on historical data and estimates of future conditions as inputs to make informed forecasts that are predictive in determining the direction of future trends. This measure is a forward-looking measure of which the equivalent historical measure is the Leverage Ratio. See Note 7 of the Q3 2022 interim condensed consolidated financial statements for further detail on the composition of the Leverage Ratio. The Leverage Ratio does not have any standardized meaning prescribed under IFRS. It is therefore unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies.

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Vantage introduces Social Trading to make trading more interactive

Vantage App is also available on more phone models

PORT VILA, Vanuatu, Dec. 1, 2022 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ – Vantage (or “Vantage Markets”), the multi-asset broker, has launched social trading on the Vantage App, making it an all-in-one trading app that supports both regular trading and social trading.

Lian Jie, Assistant App Marketing Director, Vantage

Social trading is an innovative feature that turns trading into a social event. Experienced traders can share their trading strategies as signal providers. Novice traders will be able to follow numerous signal providers, gain insights from experienced investors, and trade their strategies by mirroring the trades of others.

The Vantage App offers access to over 1000 trading instruments including CFDs on Forex, Commodities, Indices, Energy, Shares, ETFs and Bonds.

It has an intuitive in-app navigation and provides a comprehensive range of charts, technical tools, order types, personalised trading reports and alerts. Available in 14 languages, the Vantage App also offers market analysis and market news powered by Trading Central and FX Street.

With the growing demand for mobile trading in mobile-centric markets, the Vantage App is now supported on OPPO, VIVO, Huawei, Xiaomi, and Samsung devices, on top of iOS and Android devices.

Lian Jie, Assistant App Marketing Director at Vantage explains how the new feature is revolutionizing the traditional CFD industry. “As our active investor profile gets younger, our clients have been more willing to explore and adopt innovative trading methods like social trading, going beyond traditional trading methods. At Vantage, we understand how technology and innovation can transcend boundaries, so we have utilized the power of technology in our Vantage App to meet the needs of the next generation and provide a seamless and convenient experience for all our clients.”

About Vantage

Vantage (Vantage Global Limited (VFSC 700271) ) is a global, multi-asset broker offering clients access to a nimble and powerful service for trading CFDs on Forex, Commodities, Indices, Shares, ETFs and Bonds.

With more than 13 years of market experience, Vantage now has over 1,000 employees across more than 30 global offices.

Vantage is more than a broker. It provides a trusted trading ecosystem, an award-winning mobile trading app, and a user-friendly trading platform that enables clients to take advantage of trading opportunities. Download the Vantage App on App Store or Google Play.

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Vantage and NEOM McLaren Extreme E make a splash for ESG at the Finance Magnates London Summit 2022

LONDON, Nov. 22, 2022 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — International multi-asset broker, Vantage (also known as “Vantage Markets”), is pleased to announce its participation and sponsorship of the Finance Magnates London Summit for the second year running, with a renewed push for ESG.

This year, Vantage was accompanied by their partner NEOM McLaren Extreme E to exhibit the fully electric SUV vehicle – named ODYSSEY 21 – at Old Billingsgate in London, next to the outdoor gazebo.

Vantage and NEOM McLaren Extreme E make a splash for ESG at the Finance Magnates London Summit 2022

At the same time, Vantage launched its UK-based liquidity service Vantage Connect during the summit, with a stunning new look that is befitting of the institutional brand.

Vantage and NEOM McLaren Extreme E make a splash for ESG at the Finance Magnates London Summit 2022

The exhibition is a culmination of Vantage’s efforts in the ESG space. The company has partnered with NEOM McLaren Extreme E in a Blue Carbon initiative, leveraging on renowned social media publisher Supercar Blondie to raise awareness on climate change and gender equality.

The group has also partnered UNHCR for a dollar-for-dollar fund raising event for refugees, worked with Red Cross for a global blood donation drive, and partnered with UNESCO to support their education initiatives in India.

These ESG initiatives and more were part of the discussion at the London Summit. Vantage’s UK CEO, David Shayer was joined by Kim Wilson, Director of Sustainability, McLaren Racing, to speak at the ESG-focused panel “Fintech for Good: Social Impact & Innovation in Fintech”, which was held at 2pm at the Centre Stage.

Shayer also spoke more about the significance of Vantage Connect in a volatile market at the panel discussion “Risk Management for Turbulent Times”, which was held at 12.30pm at the Innovate Stage.

David Shayer, CEO, Vantage UK, says: “We are pleased to join Finance Magnates once again on such a key event. This has been a very exciting year for Vantage, starting with our partnership with NEOM McLaren Extreme E, to the launch of VSocial and Vantage Connect. Our business has evolved to be more in tuned with the needs of our retail and institutional clients, and we are proud to be part of an organization that makes care our main currency.”

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New government of St Kitts and Nevis ready to usher in new sense of cooperation and good governance, hints at changes to the country’s CBI programme

CARIBPR WIRE, Basseterre, St. Kitts, Nov. 16, 2022:  St Kitts and Nevis welcomed a new government in August and the new administration, led by Dr Terrance Drew, is ready and determined to usher in a new sense of cooperation, good governance, and transparency – starting with steps to improve the country’s long-standing citizenship by investment (CBI) programme.

In his address on Tuesday, 15 November, marking his first 100 days in office, Prime Minister Dr Terrance Drew provided insight into the focus areas for the CBI changes, which he gave to the citizens of St Kitts and Nevis at an event held earlier today in the country’s capital Basseterre.

Since winning the snap election on 5 August, Prime Minister Dr Terrance Drew has been working tirelessly for the overall development of St Kitts and Nevis and has undertaken various initiatives including the formation of a committee to combat corruption.

The new administration has presented plans for the advancement of the twin-island nation, outlining steps that will pave the way to improving the lives of its people. A large part of these plans is funded by the CBI programme which has secured foreign direct investment into the nation for nearly 40 years since it is independence.

“Our government has been relentless in our pursuit to strengthen and improve our Citizenship by Investment programme, for enhanced sustainability within a framework of integrity. We have held productive discussions with local developers and international investors alike,” said Prime Minister Drew.

“There will be much stronger oversight and leadership in the CBI Unit by a new CBI Board and Technical Committee. I will announce the detailed changes at our upcoming press conference, but I want to be absolutely clear, that our evolved CBI programme will be run with the utmost transparency.”

To help progress the economy, Prime Minister Drew highlighted that more oversight would ensure that the people of St Kitts and Nevis would also benefit from the CBI programme as it was intended. Plans are in place to support women in sectors like construction, to provide more support to small businesses, and to review opportunities for the development of the renewable energy sector, the processing of fish, as well as packaging and exports.

With promises to improve health care, provide more affordable housing and access to better education – Prime Minister Drew understands that all this will be underpinned by a stronger economy.

Speaking at the event Prime Minister Drew said that while the nation has been the benchmark of citizenship by investment value proposition, the new administration understands that in order to remain one of the most sought-after economic citizenship programmes in the world, it needs to evolve and forge a new path for itself and the industry as it responds to a changing demographic.

Through ongoing consultations with all stakeholders during the exploratory phase, the new government aims to have regular engagement with local and international stakeholders in the programme to ensure it meets their salient needs.

Prime Minister Drew also emphasised how his government is on a journey to bring clarity to locals and international investors through constant transparency and integrity. “Our ongoing work to strengthen this programme and the system must result in prosperity for all.”

Consultations with stakeholders have led to the development of committees to supervise the process and implement strengthened legislative and administrative structures to prevent “underselling” and ensure that real estate projects funded by the CBI programme are completed.

The government’s plan is to maintain a progressive programme that cements St Kitts and Nevis’ place as a leader in the CBI Industry.

The government is also seeking out reliable and trustworthy developers who are ready to put capital behind creative and strong projects that will enhance St Kitts and Nevis’ CBI offering.

St Kitts and Nevis holds the oldest citizenship by investment programme in the world – established in 1984, the programme currently allows investors to gain second citizenship by donating to a government fund or by investing in real estate.

The government fund channels investment to projects that will uplift the country and has enabled, in part, sectors such as health, education, tourism, business, and agriculture to flourish.

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