United Refining Company Announces Results of the Third Fiscal Quarter Ended
May 31, 2010


    


    
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<p>WARREN, Pa., <span class="xn-chron">July 15</span> /CNW/ --United Refining Company, a leading regional refiner and marketer of petroleum products today reported results for the third fiscal quarter and nine month period ended <span class="xn-chron">May 31, 2010</span>.</p>
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<p>Net sales for the three months ended <span class="xn-chron">May 31, 2010</span> were <span class="xn-money">$705.3 million</span> compared to <span class="xn-money">$498.3 million</span> for the prior year quarter.  This was an increase of <span class="xn-money">$207.0 million</span> or 41.5% from the prior year quarter.  Net sales for the nine months ended <span class="xn-chron">May 31, 2010</span> and 2009 were <span class="xn-money">$1,921.0 million</span> and <span class="xn-money">$1,703.6 million</span>, respectively, which was an increase of <span class="xn-money">$217.4 million</span> or 12.8% from the prior year period.  The increase for the quarter and nine months was primarily attributed to the increase in selling prices of petroleum products, which generally reflected the increase in worldwide petroleum prices from period to period.</p>
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<p>Net loss for the three months ended <span class="xn-chron">May 31, 2010</span> was <span class="xn-money">$16.9 million</span> and net income for the three months ended <span class="xn-chron">May 31, 2009</span> was <span class="xn-money">$17.3 million</span>, a decrease in net income of <span class="xn-money">$34.2 million</span> from the prior year quarter.  Net loss for the nine months ended <span class="xn-chron">May 31, 2010</span> was <span class="xn-money">$61.5 million</span> and for the nine months ended <span class="xn-chron">May 31, 2009</span> net income was <span class="xn-money">$17.3 million</span>, a decrease of <span class="xn-money">$78.8 million</span> in net income from the prior nine month period.</p>
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<p>Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) for the three months ended <span class="xn-chron">May 31, 2010</span> and 2009 were (<span class="xn-money">$6.8</span>) million and <span class="xn-money">$35.0 million</span> respectively.  This was a decrease in EBITDA of <span class="xn-money">$41.8 million</span> from the prior year quarter.  EBITDA for the quarter was negatively impacted by the sharp decline in crude oil and product prices over a three week period during the month of May when NYMEX crude fell from <span class="xn-money">$86 to $68</span> per barrel. Additionally, the quarter was negatively impacted by a scheduled maintenance turnaround which occurred in March.</p>
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<p>EBITDA for the nine months ended <span class="xn-chron">May 31, 2010</span> and 2009 was (<span class="xn-money">$53.8</span>) million and <span class="xn-money">$65.6 million</span> respectively, a decrease in EBITDA of <span class="xn-money">$119.4 million</span> from the prior year nine month period.</p>
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<p>United Refining Company (<a href="http://www.urc.com">http://www.urc.com</a>) uses the term EBITDA or earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization.  EBITDA is a term not defined under <span class="xn-location">United States</span> Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.  The Company uses the term EBITDA because it is a widely accepted financial indicator utilized to analyze and compare companies on the basis of operating performance and is used to calculate certain debt coverage ratios included in several of the Company's debt agreements.  See reconciliation of EBITDA to Net Income in Footnote (1) in table set forth below.  The Company's method of computation of EBITDA may or may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures used by other companies.</p>
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                               UNITED REFINING COMPANY
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                             Three Months Ended         Nine Months Ended
                                  May 31,                    May 31,
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                                2010         2009       2010           2009
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    Net Sales               $705,322     $498,312 $1,920,996     $1,703,592
    Operating Income (Loss) $(11,977)     $29,566   $(69,676)       $48,829
    Net Income (Loss)       $(16,852)     $17,333   $(61,507)       $17,321
    Income Tax Expense
     (Benefit)               $(4,728)     $12,048   $(35,763)       $12,039
    EBITDA (1)               $(6,841)     $34,978   $(53,805)       $65,567



    
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    (1) EBITDA Reconciliation:
                              UNITED REFINING COMPANY
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                           Three Months Ended             Nine Months Ended
                                  May 31,                   May 31,
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                               2010          2009      2010          2009
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    Net Income (Loss)      $(16,852)      $17,333  $(61,507)      $17,321
    Interest Expense          8,984         8,838    26,167        27,370
    Income Tax Expense
     (Benefit)               (4,728)       12,048   (35,763)       12,039
    Depreciation              4,203         4,028    12,643        12,204
    Amortization              1,552         1,961     4,655         5,863
    Extinguishment of Debt        -        (9,230)        -        (9,230)
    ----------------------      ---        ------       ---        ------
    EBITDA                  $(6,841)      $34,978  $(53,805)      $65,567
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<p>United operates a 70,000 bpd refinery in Warren, Pennsylvania.  In addition to its wholesale markets, the Company also operates 367 Kwik Fill® / Red Apple® and Country Fair® retail gasoline and convenience stores located primarily in western New York and western Pennsylvania.</p>
<p>Certain statements contained in this release are forward looking, such as statements regarding the Company's plans and strategies or future financial performance.  Although the Company believes that its expectations are based on reasonable assumptions within the bounds of its knowledge, investors and prospective investors are cautioned that such statements are only projections and that actual events or results may differ materially from those expressed in any such forward-looking statements.  In addition, the Company's actual consolidated quarterly or annual operating results have been affected in the past, or could be affected in the future, by additional factors, including, without limitation, general economic, business and market conditions; environmental, tax and tobacco legislation or regulation; volatility of gasoline prices, margins and supplies; merchandising margins; customer traffic, weather conditions; labor costs and the level of capital expenditures.</p>
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For further information: For further information: James E. Murphy, Chief Financial Officer, +1-814-723-1500 Web Site: http://www.urc.com

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