Company Quick10K Filing
Caseys General Stores
Closing Price ($) Shares Out (MM) Market Cap ($MM)
$0.00 37 $6,341
10-Q 2019-12-09 Quarter: 2019-10-31
10-Q 2019-09-09 Quarter: 2019-07-31
10-K 2019-06-28 Annual: 2019-04-30
10-Q 2019-03-11 Quarter: 2019-01-31
10-Q 2018-12-10 Quarter: 2018-10-31
10-Q 2018-09-10 Quarter: 2018-07-31
10-K 2018-06-29 Annual: 2018-04-30
10-Q 2018-03-07 Quarter: 2018-01-31
10-Q 2017-12-11 Quarter: 2017-10-31
10-Q 2017-09-05 Quarter: 2017-07-31
10-K 2017-06-29 Annual: 2017-04-30
10-Q 2017-03-06 Quarter: 2017-01-31
10-Q 2016-12-07 Quarter: 2016-10-31
10-Q 2016-09-06 Quarter: 2016-07-31
10-K 2016-06-27 Annual: 2016-04-30
10-Q 2016-03-07 Quarter: 2016-01-31
10-Q 2015-12-07 Quarter: 2015-10-31
10-Q 2015-09-08 Quarter: 2015-07-31
10-K 2015-06-26 Annual: 2015-04-30
10-Q 2015-03-09 Quarter: 2015-01-31
10-Q 2014-09-08 Quarter: 2014-07-31
10-K 2014-06-27 Annual: 2014-04-30
10-Q 2014-12-10 Quarter: 2014-04-30
10-Q 2014-03-10 Quarter: 2014-01-31
10-Q 2013-12-09 Quarter: 2013-10-31
10-Q 2013-09-09 Quarter: 2013-07-31
10-K 2013-06-27 Annual: 2013-04-30
10-Q 2013-03-11 Quarter: 2013-01-31
10-Q 2012-12-10 Quarter: 2012-10-31
10-Q 2012-09-10 Quarter: 2012-07-31
10-K 2012-06-26 Annual: 2012-04-30
10-Q 2012-03-08 Quarter: 2012-01-31
10-Q 2011-12-08 Quarter: 2011-10-31
10-Q 2011-09-09 Quarter: 2011-07-31
10-K 2011-06-28 Annual: 2011-04-30
10-Q 2011-03-09 Quarter: 2011-01-31
10-Q 2010-12-09 Quarter: 2010-10-31
10-Q 2010-09-09 Quarter: 2010-07-31
10-K 2010-06-29 Annual: 2010-04-30
10-Q 2010-03-10 Quarter: 2010-01-31
8-K 2020-01-09 Regulation FD, Exhibits
8-K 2019-12-23 Officers, Exhibits
8-K 2019-12-13 Officers, Exhibits
8-K 2019-12-10 Earnings, Exhibits
8-K 2019-12-09 Earnings, Exhibits
8-K 2019-09-10 Earnings, Exhibits
8-K 2019-09-09 Earnings, Exhibits
8-K 2019-09-04 Officers, Amend Bylaw, Shareholder Vote, Exhibits
8-K 2019-09-04 Regulation FD, Exhibits
8-K 2019-08-26 Officers
8-K 2019-06-28 Amend Bylaw, Exhibits
8-K 2019-06-11 Earnings, Exhibits
8-K 2019-06-10 Earnings, Officers, Exhibits
8-K 2019-05-31 Officers, Exhibits
8-K 2019-03-12 Earnings, Exhibits
8-K 2019-03-11 Earnings, Exhibits
8-K 2019-01-11 Enter Agreement, Leave Agreement, Off-BS Arrangement, Exhibits
8-K 2018-12-11 Earnings, Exhibits
8-K 2018-12-10 Earnings, Exhibits
8-K 2018-09-11 Earnings, Exhibits
8-K 2018-09-10 Earnings, Exhibits
8-K 2018-09-05 Officers, Amend Bylaw, Shareholder Vote, Exhibits
8-K 2018-09-05 Regulation FD, Exhibits
8-K 2018-06-12 Earnings, Exhibits
8-K 2018-06-08 Earnings, Officers, Exhibits
8-K 2018-05-02 Enter Agreement, Leave Agreement, Off-BS Arrangement, Exhibits
8-K 2018-04-02 Officers, Exhibits
8-K 2018-03-07 Earnings, Exhibits
8-K 2018-03-01 Earnings, Officers, Amend Bylaw, Other Events, Exhibits
CASY 2019-10-31
Part I-Financial Information
Item 1. Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements
Item 2. Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations (Dollars in Thousands).
Item 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk.
Item 4. Controls and Procedures.
Part Ii-Other Information
Item 1. Legal Proceedings
Item 1A. Risk Factors
Item 2. Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds
Item 6. Exhibits.
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Caseys General Stores Earnings 2019-10-31

CASY 10Q Quarterly Report

Balance SheetIncome StatementCash Flow

Comparables ($MM TTM)
Ticker M Cap Assets Liab Rev G Profit Net Inc EBITDA EV G Margin EV/EBITDA ROA
KAR 8,247 6,378 4,625 3,628 1,522 278 828 9,502 42% 11.5 4%
CASY 6,341 3,837 2,348 9,391 1,999 219 593 7,567 21% 12.8 6%
PAG 3,920 13,361 10,700 22,418 3,380 447 553 6,103 15% 11.0 3%
AN 3,800 10,700 7,817 21,086 3,443 398 567 5,729 16% 10.1 4%
GT 3,276 18,470 13,421 15,034 3,264 476 1,877 8,305 22% 4.4 3%
MNRO 2,837 1,578 860 1,221 476 82 103 2,989 39% 29.0 5%
LAD 2,734 5,775 4,500 12,137 1,852 271 442 4,014 15% 9.1 5%
MUSA 2,719 2,571 1,755 14,206 0 160 388 3,374 0% 8.7 6%
ABG 1,620 2,814 2,258 7,016 1,134 180 352 2,538 16% 7.2 6%
CTB 1,560 2,704 1,512 2,806 452 72 292 1,741 16% 6.0 3%

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549 
 
FORM 10-Q

 
 
QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the quarterly period ended October 31, 2019
OR
TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
Commission File Number 001-34700 
 
CASEY’S GENERAL STORES, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

Iowa
 
42-0935283
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
 
(I.R.S. Employer
Identification Number)
One SE Convenience Blvd., Ankeny, Iowa
(Address of principal executive offices)
50021
(Zip Code)
(515) 965-6100
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)
Securities Registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act 
Title of each class
Trading Symbol(s)
Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock, no par value per share
CASY
The NASDAQ Global Select Market

Securities Registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act
NONE 
 
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.    Yes      No  
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically every Interactive Data File required to be submitted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit such files).    Yes      No  
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, a smaller reporting company, or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of "large accelerated filer," "accelerated filer," "smaller reporting company," and "emerging growth company" in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.
Large accelerated filer
Accelerated filer
Non-accelerated filer
Smaller reporting company
Emerging growth company
 
 

 

 


If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act
Indicated by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).    Yes      No  
Indicate the number of shares outstanding of each of the issuer’s classes of common stock, as of the latest practicable date.
Class
 
Outstanding at November 25, 2019
Common stock, no par value per share
 
36,791,648 shares

 

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CASEY’S GENERAL STORES, INC.
INDEX
 
 
 
Page
PART I
 
 
Item 1.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Item 2.
 
Item 3.
 
Item 4.
PART II
 
 
Item 1.
 
Item 1A.
 
Item 2
 
Item 6.


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PART I—FINANCIAL INFORMATION
Item 1. Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements
CASEY’S GENERAL STORES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Unaudited)
(DOLLARS IN THOUSANDS)
 
 
October 31,
2019
 
April 30,
2019
ASSETS
 
 
 
Current assets:
 
 
 
Cash and cash equivalents
$
43,976

 
$
63,296

Receivables
44,775

 
37,856

Inventories
271,443

 
273,040

Prepaid expenses
13,783

 
7,493

Income tax receivable
21,344

 
28,895

Total current assets
395,321

 
410,580

Other assets, net of amortization
66,016

 
41,154

Goodwill
157,648

 
157,223

Property and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation of $1,934,418 at October 31, 2019 and $1,826,936 at April 30, 2019
3,246,884

 
3,122,419

Total assets
$
3,865,869

 
$
3,731,376

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
 
 
 
Current liabilities:
 
 
 
Lines of credit
$
25,000

 
$
75,000

Current maturities of long-term debt
577,698

 
17,205

Accounts payable
327,114

 
335,240

Accrued expenses
154,249

 
163,487

Total current liabilities
1,084,061

 
590,932

Long-term debt and finance lease obligations, net of current maturities
715,060

 
1,283,275

Deferred income taxes
417,271

 
385,788

Deferred compensation
15,847

 
15,881

Insurance accruals, net of current portion
22,247

 
22,663

Other long-term liabilities
49,535

 
24,068

Total liabilities
2,304,021

 
2,322,607

Shareholders’ equity:
 
 
 
Preferred stock, no par value

 

Common stock, no par value
24,428

 
15,600

Retained earnings
1,537,420

 
1,393,169

Total shareholders’ equity
1,561,848

 
1,408,769

               Total liabilities and shareholders' equity
$
3,865,869

 
$
3,731,376

See notes to unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements.




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CASEY’S GENERAL STORES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(Unaudited)
(DOLLARS IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT SHARE AND PER SHARE AMOUNTS)
 
 
Three Months Ended
October 31,
 
Six Months Ended
October 31,
 
2019
 
2018
 
2019
 
2018
Total revenue (a)
$
2,487,586

 
$
2,538,005

 
$
5,114,215

 
$
5,126,437

Cost of goods sold (exclusive of depreciation and amortization, shown separately below) (a)
1,930,521

 
2,027,684

 
3,991,464

 
4,094,348

Operating expenses
373,383

 
344,186

 
753,224

 
703,578

Depreciation and amortization
62,888

 
61,356

 
122,696

 
120,196

Interest, net
12,683

 
14,191

 
26,404

 
28,597

Income before income taxes
108,111

 
90,588

 
220,427

 
179,718

Federal and state income taxes
26,130

 
23,973

 
52,631

 
42,879

Net income
$
81,981

 
$
66,615

 
$
167,796

 
$
136,839

Net income per common share
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Basic
$
2.22

 
$
1.82

 
$
4.55

 
$
3.73

Diluted
$
2.21

 
$
1.80

 
$
4.52

 
$
3.70

Basic weighted average shares outstanding
36,916,937

 
36,698,528

 
36,891,324

 
36,683,450

Plus effect of stock compensation
219,248

 
318,943

 
218,189

 
314,181

Diluted weighted average shares outstanding
37,136,185

 
37,017,471

 
37,109,513

 
36,997,631

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dividends declared per share
$
0.32

 
$
0.29

 
$
0.64

 
$
0.58

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(a) Includes excise taxes of:
$
289,109

 
$
255,114

 
$
563,726

 
$
513,083

See notes to unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements.

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CASEY’S GENERAL STORES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY
(In thousands, except per share and share amounts) (unaudited)
 
 
Shares Outstanding
 
Common
Stock
 
Retained
Earnings
 
Shareholders' Equity
Balance at April 30, 2019
36,664,521

 
$
15,600

 
$
1,393,169

 
$
1,408,769

   Net income

 

 
85,815

 
85,815

   Dividends declared (32 cents per share)

 

 
(11,772
)
 
(11,772
)
   Exercise of stock options
50,931

 
2,261

 

 
2,261

   Stock based compensation
67,182

 
4,141

 

 
4,141

Balance at July 31, 2019
36,782,634

 
22,002

 
1,467,212

 
1,489,214

   Net income

 

 
81,981

 
81,981

   Dividends declared (32 cents per share)

 

 
(11,773
)
 
(11,773
)
   Exercise of stock options
1,030

 
46

 

 
46

   Stock based compensation
7,984

 
2,380

 

 
2,380

Balance at October 31, 2019
36,791,648

 
$
24,428

 
$
1,537,420

 
$
1,561,848

 
Shares Outstanding
 
Common
Stock
 
Retained
Earnings
 
Shareholders' Equity
Balance at April 30, 2018
36,874,322

 
$

 
$
1,271,141

 
$
1,271,141

   Implementation of ASU 2014-09

 

 
(4,140
)
 
(4,140
)
   Net income

 

 
70,224

 
70,224

   Dividends declared (29 cents per share)

 

 
(10,601
)
 
(10,601
)
   Exercise of stock options
3,600

 
148

 

 
148

   Repurchase of common stock
(352,592
)
 

 
(35,247
)
 
(35,247
)
   Stock based compensation
67,895

 
7,174

 

 
7,174

Balance at July 31, 2018
36,593,225

 
7,322

 
1,291,377

 
1,298,699

   Net income

 

 
66,615

 
66,615

   Dividends declared (29 cents per share)

 

 
(10,615
)
 
(10,615
)
   Exercise of stock options
7,692

 
231

 

 
231

   Stock based compensation
3,089

 
2,149

 

 
2,149

Balance at October 31, 2018
36,604,006

 
$
9,702

 
$
1,347,377

 
$
1,357,079

See notes to unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements.


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CASEY’S GENERAL STORES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(Unaudited)
(DOLLARS IN THOUSANDS)
 
 
Six months ended October 31,
 
2019
 
2018
Cash flows from operating activities:
 
 
 
Net income
$
167,796

 
$
136,839

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
 
 
 
Depreciation and amortization
122,696

 
120,196

Stock-based compensation
9,922

 
9,323

Loss on disposal of assets and impairment charges
1,257

 
1,130

Deferred income taxes
31,483

 
34,214

Changes in assets and liabilities:
 
 
 
Receivables
(6,919
)
 
(1,830
)
Inventories
1,912

 
(16,923
)
Prepaid expenses
(6,290
)
 
(2,157
)
Accounts payable
(9,577
)
 
2,030

Accrued expenses
(8,706
)
 
(3,330
)
Income taxes
9,475

 
35,160

Other, net
(1,640
)
 
(10,363
)
Net cash provided by operating activities
311,409

 
304,289

Cash flows from investing activities:
 
 
 
Purchase of property and equipment
(242,173
)
 
(198,409
)
Payments for acquisition of businesses, net of cash acquired
(6,191
)
 
(2,590
)
Proceeds from sales of property and equipment
2,940

 
3,155

Net cash used in investing activities
(245,424
)
 
(197,844
)
Cash flows from financing activities:
 
 
 
Repayments of long-term debt
(8,682
)
 
(7,743
)
Net repayments of short-term debt
(50,000
)
 
(39,600
)
Proceeds from exercise of stock options
2,307

 
379

Payments of cash dividends
(22,405
)
 
(20,193
)
Repurchase of common stock

 
(37,479
)
       Tax withholdings on employee share-based awards
(6,525
)
 
(3,601
)
Net cash used in financing activities
(85,305
)
 
(108,237
)
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents
(19,320
)
 
(1,792
)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of the period
63,296

 
53,679

Cash and cash equivalents at end of the period
$
43,976

 
$
51,887


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CASEY’S GENERAL STORES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(Unaudited)
(Continued)
(DOLLARS IN THOUSANDS)
SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURES OF CASH FLOWS INFORMATION
 
Six months ended October 31,
 
2019
 
2018
Cash paid (received) during the period for:
 
 
 
Interest, net of amount capitalized
$
26,997

 
$
24,256

Income taxes, net
10,000

 
(27,477
)
 
 
 
 
Noncash investing and financing activities:
 
 
 
       Purchased property and equipment in accounts payable
17,067

 
3,589

       Noncash additions from adoption of ASC 842
22,635

 

 
 
 
 
See notes to unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements.


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CASEY’S GENERAL STORES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED
FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
(Dollars in Thousands, Except Share and Per Share Amounts)
 

1.
Presentation of Financial Statements
Casey’s General Stores, Inc. and its subsidiaries (hereinafter referred to as the "Company" or "Casey’s") operate 2,181 convenience stores in 16 Midwest states. The stores are located primarily in smaller communities, many with populations of less than 5,000.
The accompanying condensed consolidated financial statements include the accounts and transactions of Casey's General Stores, Inc. and its direct and indirect wholly-owned subsidiaries. All material inter-company balances and transactions have been eliminated in consolidation.

2.
Basis of Presentation
The accompanying condensed consolidated financial statements have been prepared by the Company pursuant to the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission. Certain information and footnote disclosures normally included in financial statements prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) have been condensed or omitted pursuant to such rules and regulations.
The preparation of financial statements in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period. Actual results could differ from those estimates.
In the opinion of management, the accompanying condensed consolidated financial statements contain all adjustments (including normal recurring accruals) necessary to present fairly the financial position as of October 31, 2019 and April 30, 2019, the results of operations for the three and six months ended October 31, 2019 and 2018, shareholders' equity for the three and six months ended October 31, 2019 and 2018, and cash flows for the six months ended October 31, 2019 and 2018. Although management believes that the disclosures are adequate to make the information presented not misleading, it is suggested that these interim condensed consolidated financial statements be read in conjunction with the Company’s most recent audited financial statements and notes thereto. Other than mentioned below, see the Form 10-K for the year ended April 30, 2019 for our consideration of new accounting pronouncements.
The Company is a lessee in situations where we lease property and equipment, most commonly land or building, from a lessor. The Company is a lessor in situations where the Company owns land or building and leases a portion or all of the property or equipment to a tenant. In both situations, leases are reported in accordance with ASC Topic 842-Leases. We adopted this guidance as of May 1, 2019, using the modified retrospective approach and elected the cumulative-effect adjustment practical expedient. As a result of the transition method selected, the Company did not restate previously reported comparable periods. Please refer to Note 6 for additional information regarding the Company’s adoption of ASC 842 and the outstanding leases.
Certain amounts in prior year have been reclassified to conform to current year presentation.

3.
Revenue and Cost of Goods Sold
The Company recognizes retail sales of fuel, grocery and other merchandise, prepared food and fountain and other revenue at the time of the sale to the customer. Revenue from sales of pizza that include a redeemable box top coupon are deferred until redemption for the portion of the sale that represents the estimated future redemption of the box top coupon. Revenue related to the box top coupons is expected to be recognized less than one year from the original sale to the customer. As of October 31, 2019 and April 30, 2019, the Company recognized a contract liability of $8,329 and $6,931, respectively, related to the outstanding box top coupons, which is included in accrued expenses on the condensed consolidated balance sheets.
Gift card related revenue is recognized as the gift cards are used by the customer. Gift card breakage revenue is recognized based on the estimated gift card breakage rate over the pro rata usage of the card.
Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) are treated as a reduction in cost of goods sold in the period the Company commits to a price and agrees to sell the RIN. Vendor rebates are treated as a reduction in cost of goods sold and are recognized pro rata over the period covered by the applicable rebate agreement. Vendor rebates in the form of billbacks

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are treated as a reduction in cost of goods sold and are recognized at the time the product is sold. Warehousing costs are recorded within operating expenses on the income statement. Sales taxes collected from customers and remitted to the government are recorded on a net basis in the condensed consolidated financial statements.

4.
Long-Term Debt and Finance Lease Obligations, Lines of Credit, and Fair Value Disclosure
The fair value of the Company’s long-term debt is estimated based on the current rates offered to the Company for debt of the same or similar issuances. The fair value of the Company’s long-term debt was approximately $1,327,000 and $1,272,000 at October 31, 2019 and April 30, 2019, respectively.
The Company has a credit agreement that provides for a $300 million unsecured revolving credit facility which includes a $30 million sublimit for letters of credit and a $30 million sublimit for swingline loans (the "Credit Facility"). The maturity date is January 11, 2024. Amounts borrowed under the Credit Facility bear interest at variable rates based upon, at the Company's option, either (a) LIBOR plus an applicable margin or (b) an alternate base rate. The Credit Facility also carries a facility fee between 0.2% and 0.4% per annum based on the Company's consolidated leverage ratio as defined in the credit agreement. The Company had $25,000 outstanding at October 31, 2019 and $75,000 outstanding at April 30, 2019 . The Company also has an unsecured revolving line of credit of $25,000 (the "Bank Line"), under which there was $0 outstanding at October 31, 2019 and April 30, 2019.
Within current maturities of long-term debt on the condensed consolidated balance sheets is a $569,000 5.22% Senior note that is due on August 9, 2020. The Company intends to refinance this note.

5.
Compensation Related Costs and Share Based Payments
The 2018 Stock Incentive Plan (the “2018 Plan”), was approved by the Board in June 2018 and approved by the Company's shareholders on September 5, 2018 ("the "2018 Plan Effective Date"). The 2018 Plan replaced the 2009 Stock Incentive Plan (the "2009 Plan") under which no new awards are allowed to be granted as of the 2018 Plan Effective Date. The 2009 Plan previously replaced and superseded the 2000 Stock Option Plan and the Non-Employees Directors’ Stock Option Plan (collectively with the 2009 Plan, the “Prior Plans”).
Awards under the 2018 Plan may take the form of stock options, stock appreciation rights, restricted stock, restricted stock units and other equity-based and equity-related awards. Each share issued pursuant to a stock option and each share with respect to which a stock-settled stock appreciation right is exercised (regardless of the number of shares actually delivered) is counted as one share against the maximum limit under the 2018 Plan, and each share issued pursuant to an award of restricted stock or restricted stock units is counted as two shares against the maximum limit. At October 31, 2019, there were 2,635,034 shares available for grant under the 2018 Plan.
We account for stock-based compensation by estimating the fair value of stock options using the Black Scholes model, and value restricted stock unit awards granted under the Plan using the market price of a share of our common stock on the date of grant. For market based awards we use the "Monte Carlo" approach to estimate the value of the awards, which simulates the prices of the Company’s and each member of the performance peer groups' common stock price at the end of the relevant performance period, taking into account volatility and the specifics surrounding each total shareholder return metric under the relevant plan. We recognize these amounts as an operating expense in our condensed consolidated statements of income ratably over the requisite service period using the straight-line method, as adjusted for certain retirement provisions, and updated estimates of performance based awards. All awards have been granted at no cost to the grantee and/or non-employee member of the Board. Additional information regarding the 2018 Plan is provided in the Company’s 2019 Definitive Proxy Statement.
At October 31, 2019, options for 57,866 shares (which expire in June 2021) were outstanding for the Prior Plans (no stock option awards have been granted under the 2018 Plan). Information concerning the issuance of stock options under the Prior Plans is presented in the following table:
 
Number of
option shares
 
Weighted
average option
exercise price
Outstanding at April 30, 2019
109,827

 
$
44.39

Granted

 

Exercised
51,961

 
44.39

Forfeited

 

Outstanding at October 31, 2019
57,866

 
$
44.39


At October 31, 2019, all 57,866 outstanding options were vested, and had an aggregate intrinsic value of $7,315 and a weighted average remaining contractual life of 1.67 years. The aggregate intrinsic value for the total of all options exercised during the six months ended October 31, 2019, was $5,643.

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Information concerning the unvested restricted stock units under the 2009 Plan and the 2018 Plan is presented in the following table:
 
 
Unvested at April 30, 2019
388,800

Granted
178,268

Vested
(108,484
)
Forfeited
(17,448
)
Unvested at October 31, 2019
441,136


Total compensation costs recorded for employees and non-employee board members for the six months ended October 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively, were $9,922 and $12,151, related entirely to restricted stock unit awards. As of October 31, 2019, there were no unrecognized compensation costs related to the Plan and Prior Plans for stock options and $18,981 of unrecognized compensation costs related to restricted stock units which are expected to be recognized through fiscal 2023. Certain awards in the 2017 through 2019 long term incentive compensation program grants have performance-based conditions based on the three-year average return on invested capital (ROIC) calculation.

6.
Commitments and Contingencies

From time to time we may be involved in legal or administrative proceedings or investigations arising from the conduct of our business operations, including, but not limited to, contractual disputes; employment, personnel, or accessibility matters; personal injury and property damage claims; and claims by federal, state, and local regulatory authorities relating to the sale of products pursuant to licenses and permits issued by those authorities. Claims for damages in those actions may be substantial. While the outcome of such litigation, proceedings, investigations, or claims is never certain, it is our opinion, after taking into consideration legal counsel’s assessment and the availability of insurance proceeds and other collateral sources to cover potential losses, that the ultimate disposition of such matters currently pending or threatened, individually or cumulatively, will not have a material adverse effect on our consolidated financial position and results of operations.

The Company is a lessee in situations where we lease property and equipment, most commonly land or building, from a lessor. The Company is a lessor in situations where the Company owns land or building and leases a portion or all of the property or equipment to a tenant. In both situations, leases are reported in accordance with ASC Topic 842-Leases. As a lessee, the Company recognizes a right-of-use asset representing its right to use the underlying asset for the lease term and a lease liability for the obligation to make lease payments. Both the right-of-use asset and lease liability are initially measured at the present value of the lease payments, with subsequent measurement dependent on the classification of the lease as either a finance or an operating lease. For leases with a term of twelve months or less, we have elected to not recognize lease assets and lease liabilities and will recognize lease expense on a straight-line basis over the lease term. The Company records the operating lease liability in 'Accrued expenses' and other long-term liabilities and records the finance lease liability within current maturities of long-term debt and long term debt and finance lease obligations on the condensed consolidated balance sheets. We have elected to adopt the package of practical expedients, as well as the land easement practical expedient.

As a lessor, the Company has direct financing leases and records the assets within property and equipment and recognizes the lease payments through other income. All lessor related activity is considered immaterial to the condensed consolidated financial statements.

The leases initially recorded under ASC 842 were recognized, at the time of adoption, at an amount equal to the present value of the lease payments using the incremental borrowing rate of debt based upon the remaining term of the lease. New leases are recognized at the present value of the lease payments using the implicit rate when it is readily determinable. In the case the implicit rate is not readily determinable, the Company uses the incremental borrowing rate of debt based on the term of the lease.

Several leases have variable payment components of the lease such as payments for property taxes and insurance. For these leases, the Company has not included those variable payments in the calculation of the lease liability as the payments are not in-substance fixed and do not depend on an index or rate. These variable payments will be expensed as incurred. The Company also has options to renew or extend the current lease arrangement on many of our leases. In

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these situations, if it was reasonably certain the lease would be extended, we have included those extensions within the remaining lease payments at the time of measurement.

Lease right-of-use assets outstanding as of October 31, 2019 consisted of the following (in thousands):
 
Classification
 
 
 
October 31, 2019
Finance lease right-of-use assets
Property and equipment
 
 
 
14,937

Operating lease right-of-use assets
Other assets
 
 
 
$
20,582



Weighted average remaining lease terms, weighted average discount rates, and supplementary cash flow information for outstanding leases were as follows:
 
 
 
 
 
October 31, 2019
Weighted-average remaining lease-term - finance lease
 
 
 
10.10 years

Weighted-average remaining lease-term - operating lease
 
 
 
22.20 years

 
 
 
 
 
 
Weighted-average discount rate - finance lease
 
 
 
5.29
%
Weighted-average discount rate - operating lease
 
 
 
4.21
%
 
 
 
 
 
 
Right-of-use assets obtained in exchange for new finance lease liabilities (in thousands)
 
$
831



Future minimum payments under the finance leases and operating leases with initial or remaining terms of one year or more consisted of the following at October 31, 2019 and April 30, 2019:
Years ended October 31,
Finance
leases
 
Operating
leases
2020
$
3,115

 
$
1,872

2021
3,119

 
1,821

2022
3,116

 
1,734

2023
3,118

 
1,669

2024
1,697

 
1,556

Thereafter
9,277

 
25,301

Total minimum lease payments
23,442

 
33,953

        Less amount representing interest
6,142

 
13,106

Present value of net minimum lease payments
$
17,300

 
$
20,847


Years ended April 30,
Capital
leases
 
Operating
leases
2020
$
3,103

 
$
1,703

2021
3,109

 
1,547

2022
3,096

 
1,354

2023
3,098

 
1,228

2024
2,548

 
1,066

Thereafter
9,215

 
10,438

Total minimum lease payments
24,169

 
$
17,336

        Less amount representing interest
7,689

 
 
Present value of net minimum lease payments
$
16,480

 
 


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7.
Unrecognized Tax Benefits
    
The total amount of gross unrecognized tax benefits was $7,287 at April 30, 2019. At October 31, 2019, gross unrecognized tax benefits were $9,355. If this unrecognized tax benefit were ultimately recognized, $7,412 is the amount that would impact our effective tax rate. The total amount of accrued interest and penalties for such unrecognized tax benefits was $361 at October 31, 2019, and $242 at April 30, 2019. Net interest and penalties included in income tax expense for the six months ended October 31, 2019 and 2018 , was a net expense of $119 and $77, respectively.

A number of years may elapse before an uncertain tax position is audited and ultimately settled. It is difficult to predict the ultimate outcome or the timing of resolution for uncertain tax positions. It is reasonably possible that the amount of unrecognized tax benefits could significantly increase or decrease within the next twelve months. These changes could result from the expiration of the statute of limitations, examinations or other unforeseen circumstances. The IRS is currently examining tax years 2012, 2016, and 2017. The Company has no other ongoing federal or state income tax examinations. At this time, the Company's best estimate of the reasonably possible change in the amount of the gross unrecognized tax benefits is a decrease of $1,100 during the next twelve months mainly due to the expiration of certain statute of limitations.
The federal statute of limitations remains open for the tax years 2012 and forward. Tax years 2012 and forward are subject to audit by state tax authorities depending on open statute of limitations waivers and the tax code of each state.

8.
Segment Reporting
As of October 31, 2019, we operated 2,181 stores in 16 states. Our convenience stores offer a broad selection of merchandise, fuel and other products and services designed to appeal to the convenience needs of our customers. We manage the business on the basis of one operating segment. Our stores sell similar products and services, and use similar processes to sell those products and services directly to the general public. We make specific disclosures concerning the three broad merchandise categories of fuel, grocery and other merchandise, and prepared food and fountain because it allows us to more effectively discuss trends and operational programs within our business and industry. Although we can separate revenues and cost of goods sold within these categories (and further sub-categories), the operating expenses associated with operating a store that sells these products are not separable by these three categories.

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Item 2.
Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations (Dollars in Thousands).
Overview
Casey’s and its direct and indirect wholly-owned subsidiaries operate convenience stores under the names "Casey's" and “Casey’s General Store” (hereinafter referred to as the "Company", "Casey’s Store” or “Stores”) in 16 Midwestern states, primarily Iowa, Missouri and Illinois. The Company also operates two stores selling primarily tobacco products, one grocery store, and one liquor store. As of October 31, 2019, there were a total of 2,181 stores in operation. All convenience stores offer fuel for sale on a self-serve basis and most stores carry a broad selection of food (including freshly prepared foods such as pizza, donuts and sandwiches), beverages, tobacco products, health and beauty aids, automotive products and other non-food items. The Company derives its revenue primarily from the retail sale of fuel and the products offered in its stores.
Approximately 56% of our stores were opened in areas with populations of fewer than 5,000 persons, while approximately 19% of all stores were opened in communities with populations exceeding 20,000 persons. Two distribution centers are in operation, which supply grocery and general merchandise items to stores. One is adjacent to the Store Support Center facility in Ankeny, Iowa, and the other is located in Terre Haute, Indiana. As of October 31, 2019, the Company owned the land at 2,155 locations and the buildings at 2,160 locations, and leased the land at 26 locations and the buildings at 21 locations.
The Company reported diluted earnings per common share of $2.21 for the second quarter of fiscal 2020. For the same quarter a year-ago, diluted earnings per common share was $1.80.
The following table represents the roll forward of store growth through the second quarter of fiscal 2020:
 
Store Count
Stores at 4/30/19
2,146
New store construction
36
Acquisitions
5
Prior acquisitions opened
3
Closed
(9)
Stores at 10/31/19
2,181
The Company had 12 acquisition stores under agreement to purchase and a new store pipeline of 97 sites, including 31 under construction, as of October 31, 2019.
Same-store sales is a common metric used in the convenience store industry.  We define same-store sales as the total sales increase (or decrease) for stores open during the full time of both periods being presented.  We exclude from the calculation any acquired stores and any stores that have been replaced with a new store, until such stores have been open during the full time of both periods being presented.  Stores that have undergone a major remodel, had adjustments in hours of operation, added pizza delivery, or had other revisions to their operating format remain in the calculation. 
The second quarter results reflected a 1.8% decrease in same-store fuel gallons sold, with an average fuel revenue less related cost of goods sold (exclusive of depreciation and amortization) of 22.9 cents per gallon, compared to 20.0 cents per gallon in the same quarter a year ago. Historically, our retail fuel strategy has been to price to the competition, where the timing of retail price changes was driven by local competitive conditions. Over the course of the last year, the Company, as part of its evolving strategy around fuel price optimization, has been more proactive and balanced to grow profitability, which has in-part contributed to a higher fuel margin and lower same-store fuel gallons sold. In addition, softer demand in the Midwest adversely impacted same-store fuel gallons sold in the quarter. The Company sold 18.7 million renewable fuel credits for $3.8 million during the quarter, compared to 16.6 million renewable fuel credits in the second quarter of the prior year, which generated $3.4 million.
Same-store sales of grocery and other merchandise increased 3.2% and prepared food and fountain increased 1.9% during the second quarter. Operating expenses increased 8.5% in the quarter primarily due to operating 84 more stores compared to the same period a year ago.

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Three Months Ended October 31, 2019 Compared to
Three Months Ended October 31, 2018
(Dollars and Amounts in Thousands)
 
Three months ended 10/31/2019
Fuel
 
Grocery &
Other
Merchandise
 
Prepared
Food &
Fountain
 
Other
 
Total
Revenue
$
1,514,474

 
$
660,562

 
$
297,846

 
$
14,704

 
$
2,487,586

Revenue less cost of goods sold (excluding depreciation and amortization)
$
140,798

 
$
220,134

 
$
181,452

 
$
14,681

 
$
557,065


9.3
%
 
33.3
%
 
60.9
%
 
99.8
%
 
22.4
%
Fuel gallons
614,071

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Three months ended 10/31/2018
Fuel
 
Grocery &
Other
Merchandise
 
Prepared
Food &
Fountain
 
Other
 
Total
Revenue
$
1,621,868

 
$
618,250

 
$
283,062

 
$
14,825

 
$
2,538,005

Revenue less cost of goods sold (excluding depreciation and amortization)
$
118,656

 
$
200,193

 
$
176,675

 
$
14,797

 
$
510,321


7.3
%
 
32.4
%
 
62.4
%
 
99.8
%
 
20.1
%
Fuel gallons
593,750

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Total revenue for the second quarter of fiscal 2020 decreased by $50,419 (2.0%) over the comparable period in fiscal 2019. Retail fuel sales decreased by $107,394 (6.6%) as the average retail price per gallon decreased 9.7% (amounting to a $157,511 decrease), and the number of gallons sold increased by 20,321 (3.4%). During this same period, retail sales of grocery and other merchandise increased by $42,312 (6.8%), and prepared food and fountain sales increased by $14,784 (5.2%), both primarily due to operating 84 more stores than a year ago.

The other revenue category primarily consists of lottery, car wash, and prepaid phone cards, which are presented net of applicable costs. These revenues decreased $121 (0.8%) for the second quarter of fiscal 2020.
Revenue less cost of goods sold (excluding depreciation and amortization) was 22.4% of revenue for the second quarter of fiscal 2020, compared to 20.1% for the comparable period in the prior year. Fuel revenue less related cost of goods sold (exclusive of depreciation and amortization) was 9.3% of fuel revenue during the second quarter of fiscal 2020 compared to 7.3% in the second quarter of the prior year. Revenue per gallon less cost of goods sold per gallon (exclusive of depreciation and amortization) was 22.9 cents in the second quarter of fiscal 2020 compared to 20.0 cents in the prior year. Grocery and other merchandise revenue less related cost of goods sold (exclusive of depreciation and amortization) increased to 33.3% of grocery and other merchandise revenue, compared to 32.4% in the prior year, partially due to a favorable shift in product mix to higher margin items. Prepared food and fountain revenue less related cost of goods sold (exclusive of depreciation and amortization) decreased to 60.9% of revenue, from a 62.4% rate in the prior year, primarily due to higher commodity costs.
Operating expenses increased $29,197 (8.5%) in the second quarter of fiscal 2020 from the comparable period in the prior year, primarily due to operating 84 more stores than a year ago. Same store operating expenses excluding credit card fees were up 3.4% for the quarter. Operating expenses for the quarter were positively impacted by advancements in store labor management and lower insurance costs.
Depreciation and amortization expense increased 2.5% to $62,888 in the second quarter of fiscal 2020 from $61,356 for the comparable period in the prior year. The increase was due primarily to capital expenditures during the previous twelve months.
The effective tax rate decreased to 24.2% in the second quarter of fiscal 2020 compared to 26.5% in the second quarter of fiscal 2019. The decrease in the effective tax rate was primarily due to a reduction in unfavorable permanent differences.
Net income increased by $15,366 (23.1%) to $81,981 from $66,615 in the prior year. The increase in net income was primarily due to continued strong growth in fuel gross profit dollars, operating 84 more stores than a year ago, and an ongoing focus on operating efficiencies.

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Six Months Ended October 31, 2019 Compared to
Six Months Ended October 31, 2018

Six months ended 10/31/2019
Fuel
 
Grocery & 
Other Merchandise
 
Prepared 
Food &
Fountain
 
Other
 
Total
Revenue
$
3,142,042

 
$
1,348,480

 
$
593,723

 
$
29,970

 
$
5,114,215

Revenue less cost of goods sold (excluding depreciation and amortization)
$
291,787

 
$
435,587

 
$
365,464

 
$
29,913

 
$
1,122,751

 
9.3
%
 
32.3
%
 
61.6
%
 
99.8
%
 
22.0
%
Fuel gallons
1,233,155

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Six months ended 10/31/2018
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Revenue
$
3,269,285

 
$
1,263,050

 
$
564,065

 
$
30,037

 
$
5,126,437

Revenue less cost of goods sold (excluding depreciation and amortization)
$
242,132

 
$
409,119

 
$
350,859

 
$
29,979

 
$
1,032,089

 
7.4
%
 
32.4
%
 
62.2
%
 
99.8
%
 
20.1
%
Fuel gallons
1,195,545

 
 
 
 
Total revenue for the first six months of fiscal 2020 decreased by $12,222 (0.2%) over the comparable period in fiscal 2019. Retail fuel sales decreased by $127,243 (3.9%) as the average retail price per gallon decreased 6.8% (amounting to a $223,072 decrease), and the number of gallons sold increased by 37,610 (3.1%). During this same period, retail sales of grocery and other merchandise increased by $85,430 (6.8%), and prepared food and fountain sales increased by $29,658 (5.3%), both primarily due to operating 84 more stores than a year ago.

The other revenue category primarily consists of lottery, car wash, and prepaid phone cards, which are presented net of applicable costs. These revenues decreased $67 (0.2%) through the second quarter of fiscal 2020.
Revenue less cost of goods sold (excluding depreciation and amortization) was 22.0% of revenue for the first six months of fiscal 2020, compared to 20.1% for the comparable period in the prior year. Fuel revenue less related cost of goods sold (exclusive of depreciation and amortization) was 9.3% of fuel revenue for the first six months of fiscal 2020 compared to 7.4% for the first six months of the prior year. Revenue per gallon less cost of goods sold per gallon (exclusive of depreciation and amortization) was 23.7 cents for the first six months fiscal 2020 compared to 20.3 cents in the prior year. Grocery and other merchandise revenue less related cost of goods sold (exclusive of depreciation and amortization) was consistent compared to the prior year at 32.3% of grocery and other merchandise revenue, compared to 32.4% in the prior year. Prepared food and fountain revenue less related cost of goods sold (exclusive of depreciation and amortization) decreased to 61.6% of revenue, compared to 62.2% in the prior year, due to higher commodity costs.
Operating expenses increased $49,646 (7.1%) in the first six months of fiscal 2020 from the comparable period in the prior year, primarily due to operating 84 more stores than a year ago. Same store operating expenses excluding credit card fees were up 3.0% for the first six months of fiscal 2020. Operating expenses for the first six months were positively impacted by advancements in store labor management and lower insurance costs.
Depreciation and amortization expense increased 2.1% to $122,696 for the first six months of fiscal 2020 from $120,196 for the comparable period in the prior year. The increase was due primarily to capital expenditures during the previous twelve months. The expense for the first six months of fiscal 2020 was lower than expected, due to an approximately $5 millon adjustment related to the useful lives of underground storage tanks.
The effective tax rate was 23.9% for both the first six months of fiscal year 2020 and the same period of fiscal 2019.
Net income increased by $30,957 (22.6%) to $167,796 from $136,839 in the prior year. The increase in net income was primarily due to continued strong growth in fuel gross profit dollars, operating 84 more stores than a year ago, and an ongoing focus on operating efficiencies.


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Use of Non-GAAP Measures
We define EBITDA as net income before net interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization. Adjusted EBITDA further adjusts EBITDA by excluding the gain or loss on disposal of assets as well as impairment charges. Neither EBITDA nor Adjusted EBITDA are considered GAAP measures, and should not be considered as a substitute for net income, cash flows from operating activities or other income or cash flow statement data. These measures have limitations as analytical tools, and should not be considered in isolation or as substitutes for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP. We strongly encourage investors to review our financial statements and publicly filed reports in their entirety and not to rely on any single financial measure.
We believe EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are useful to investors in evaluating our operating performance because securities analysts and other interested parties use such calculations as a measure of financial performance and debt service capabilities, and they are regularly used by management for internal purposes including our capital budgeting process, evaluating acquisition targets, and assessing performance.
Because non-GAAP financial measures are not standardized, EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA, as defined by us, may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies. It therefore may not be possible to compare our use of these non-GAAP financial measures with those used by other companies.
The following table contains a reconciliation of net income to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA for the three and six months ended October 31, 2019 and 2018:
 
 
Three months ended
 
Six months ended
 
October 31, 2019
 
October 31, 2018
 
October 31, 2019
 
October 31, 2018
Net income
$
81,981

 
66,615

 
$
167,796

 
136,839

Interest, net
12,683

 
14,191

 
26,404

 
28,597

Federal and state income taxes
26,130

 
23,973

 
52,631

 
42,879

Depreciation and amortization
62,888

 
61,356

 
122,696

 
120,196

EBITDA
$
183,682

 
166,135

 
$
369,527

 
328,511

Loss on disposal of assets and impairment charges
730

 
785

 
1,257

 
1,130

Adjusted EBITDA
$
184,412

 
166,920

 
$
370,784

 
329,641

For the three months ended October 31, 2019, EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA increased 10.6% and 10.5%, respectively, when compared to the same period a year ago. For the six months ended October 31, 2019, EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA increased 12.5% and 12.5%, respectively, when compared to the same period a year ago.  The increases are primarily due to continued strong growth in fuel gross profit dollars, operating 84 more stores than a year ago, and an ongoing focus on operating efficiencies.

Critical Accounting Policies
Critical accounting policies are those accounting policies that management believes are important to the portrayal of the Company’s financial condition and results of operations. The Company's critical accounting policies are described in the Form 10-K for the year ended April 30, 2019, and such discussion is incorporated herein by reference. There have been no changes to these policies in the six months ended October 31, 2019.
Liquidity and Capital Resources (Dollars in Thousands)
Due to the nature of the Company’s business, cash provided by operations is the Company’s primary source of liquidity. The Company finances its inventory purchases primarily from normal trade credit aided by the relatively rapid turnover of inventory. This turnover allows the Company to conduct its operations without large amounts of cash and working capital. As of October 31, 2019, the Company’s ratio of current assets to current liabilities was 0.36 to 1. The ratio at October 31, 2018 and April 30, 2019 was 0.81 to 1 and 0.69 to 1, respectively. The decrease in the ratio is primarily attributable to the reclassification of $569,000 5.22% Senior notes to current liabilities as they are due on August 9, 2020. Management intends to refinance the 5.22% Senior notes.

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Management believes that the Company’s current Bank Line of $25,000, its Credit Facility of $300,000, combined with the current cash and cash equivalents and the future cash flow from operations will be sufficient to satisfy the working capital needs of our business.
Net cash provided by operations increased $7,120 (2.3%) in the six months ended October 31, 2019 from the comparable period in the prior year. Cash used in investing in the six months ended October 31, 2019 increased $47,580 (24.0%) over prior year, in line with projected annual expenditures. Cash used in financing decreased $22,932 (21.2%), primarily due to reductions in share buyback activity.
Capital expenditures represent the single largest use of Company funds. Management believes that by acquiring, building, and reinvesting in stores, the Company will be better able to respond to competitive challenges and increase operating efficiencies. During the first six months of fiscal 2020, the Company expended $248,364, primarily for property and equipment, resulting from the construction, remodeling, and acquisition of stores, compared to $200,999 for the comparable period in the prior year. The Company anticipates spending $516 million in fiscal 2020, primarily for construction, acquisition and remodeling of stores, sourced primarily from existing cash, funds generated by operations, and the prior year issuance of senior notes.

As of October 31, 2019, the Company had long-term debt of $715,060, (net of current maturities and debt issuance costs of $577,698), $150,000 in principal amount of 3.67% Senior Notes, Series A, $50,000 in principal amount of 3.75% Senior Notes Series B, $50,000 in principal amount of 3.65% Senior Notes Series C, $50,000 in principal amount of 3.72% Senior Notes Series D, $150,000 in principal amount of 3.51% Senior Notes Series E, $250,000 in principal amount of 3.77% Senior Notes Series F, and $15,060 of finance lease obligations. The Company also has a $25,000 bank line of credit with $0 outstanding at October 31, 2019, and a $300,000 credit facility with $25,000 outstanding at October 31, 2019. Current maturities of long-term debt is primarily comprised of $569,000 in principal amount of 5.22% Senior notes due on August 9, 2020 and $7,500 in principal amount of 5.72% Senior notes due on March 30, 2020.
To date, the Company has funded capital expenditures primarily from the proceeds of the sale of Common Stock, issuance of debt, existing cash, and funds generated from operations. Future capital needs required to finance operations, improvements and the anticipated growth in the number of stores are expected to be met from cash generated by operations, the Bank Line and the Credit Facility, and additional long-term debt or other securities as circumstances may dictate, and are not expected to adversely affect liquidity.
Cautionary Statements (Dollars in Thousands)
This Form 10-Q, including the foregoing Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations, contains various “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Forward-looking statements represent the Company’s expectations or beliefs concerning future events, including (i) any statements regarding future sales and gross profit percentages, (ii) any statements regarding the continuation of historical trends and (iii) any statements regarding the sufficiency of the Company’s cash balances and cash generated from operations and financing activities for the Company’s future liquidity and capital resource needs. The words “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “estimate,” “project” and similar expressions are used to identify forward-looking statements. The Company cautions that these statements are further qualified by important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements, including, without limitations, the following factors described more completely in the Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended April 30, 2019:
Competition. The Company’s business is highly competitive, and marked by ease of entry and constant change in terms of the numbers and type of retailers offering the products and services found in stores. Many of the food (including prepared foods) and non-food items similar or identical to those sold by the Company are generally available from a variety of competitors in the communities served by stores, and the Company competes with other convenience store chains, gasoline stations, supermarkets, drug stores, discount stores, club stores, mass merchants and “fast-food” outlets (with respect to the sale of prepared foods). Sales of such non-fuel items (particularly prepared food items) have contributed substantially to the Company’s gross profits from retail sales in recent years. Fuel sales are also intensely competitive. The Company competes with both independent and national brand gasoline stations in the sale of fuel, other convenience store chains and several non-traditional fuel retailers such as supermarkets in specific markets. Some of these other fuel retailers may have access to more favorable arrangements for fuel supply then do the Company or the firms that supply its stores. Some of the Company’s competitors have greater financial, marketing and other resources than the Company, and, as a result, may be able to respond better to changes in the economy and new opportunities within the industry.

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Fuel operations. Fuel sales are an important part of the Company’s sales and earnings, and retail fuel profit margins have a substantial impact on the Company’s net earnings. Profit margins on fuel sales can be adversely affected by factors beyond the control of the Company, including the supply of fuel available in the retail fuel market, uncertainty or volatility in the wholesale fuel market, increases in wholesale fuel costs generally during a period, and price competition from other fuel marketers. The market for crude oil and domestic wholesale petroleum products is marked by significant volatility, and is affected by general political conditions and instability in oil producing regions such as the Middle East and South America. The volatility of the wholesale fuel market makes it extremely difficult to predict the impact of future wholesale cost fluctuation on the Company’s operating results and financial conditions. These factors could materially impact the Company’s fuel gallon volume, fuel gross profit, and overall customer traffic levels at stores. Any substantial decrease in profit margins on fuel sales or in the number of gallons sold by stores could have a material adverse effect on the Company’s earnings.
Fuel is purchased from a variety of independent national and regional petroleum distributors and the fuel is loaded onto both Casey's fuel trucks and 3rd party fuel trucks. Purchase agreements exist for a portion of our fuel which includes varying pricing structures and volume commitments. Although in recent years suppliers have not experienced difficulties in obtaining sufficient amounts of fuel to meet the Company’s needs, unanticipated national and international events, such as threatened or actual acts of war or terrorism, natural disasters, and instability in oil producing regions could result in a reduction of fuel supplies available for distribution. Any substantial curtailment in the availability of fuel could adversely affect the Company by reducing its fuel sales. Further, management believes that a significant amount of the Company’s business results from the patronage of customers primarily desiring to purchase fuel and, accordingly, reduced fuel supplies could adversely affect the sale of non-fuel items. Such factors could have a material adverse impact upon the Company’s earnings and operations.
Tobacco and Nicotine Products. Sales of tobacco and nicotine products, including vapor products and e-cigarettes, represent a significant portion of the Company’s grocery and other merchandise category. Significant increases in wholesale cigarette costs and tax increases on tobacco and nicotine products, as well as national and local campaigns to further regulate and discourage smoking and the use of other tobacco and nicotine products in the United States, have had, and are expected to continue having, an adverse effect on the demand for cigarettes and other tobacco and nicotine products sold in our stores. Also, increasing regulations related to, and restricting the sale of, vapor products and e-cigarettes, may offset some of the recent gains we have experienced from selling these types of products. The Company attempts to pass price increases through to its customers, but competitive pressures in specific markets may prevent it from doing so. These factors could materially impact the product mix of tobacco and nicotine products, the retail price and margins of cigarettes and other tobacco and nicotine products, the volume of cigarettes and other tobacco and nicotine products sold by stores and overall customer traffic, any of which may have a material adverse impact on the grocery and other merchandise category and the Company’s earnings and profits.

Environmental Compliance Costs. The United States Environmental Protection Agency and several states, including Iowa, have established requirements for owners and operators of underground gasoline storage tanks (USTs) with regard to (i) maintenance of leak detection, corrosion protection and overfill/spill protection systems; (ii) upgrade of existing tanks; (iii) actions required in the event of a detected leak; (iv) prevention of leakage through tank closings; and (v) required gasoline inventory recordkeeping. Since 1984, new Company stores have been equipped with non-corroding fiberglass USTs, including many with double-wall construction, over-fill protection and electronic tank monitoring. The Company currently has 4,953 USTs, of which 4,076 are fiberglass and 877 are steel. Management believes that its existing fuel procedures and planned capital expenditures will continue to keep the Company in substantial compliance with all current federal and state UST regulations.
Several of the states in which the Company does business have trust fund programs with provisions for sharing or reimbursing corrective action or remediation costs incurred by UST owners, including the Company. In the years ended April 30, 2019 and 2018, the Company spent approximately $774 and $1,255, respectively, for assessments and remediation. During the six months ended October 31, 2019, the Company expended approximately $359 for such purposes. Substantially all of these expenditures have been submitted for reimbursement from state-sponsored trust fund programs and as of October 31, 2019, approximately $23,417 has been received from such programs since their inception. Such amounts are typically subject to statutory provisions requiring repayment of the reimbursed funds for non-compliance with upgrade provisions or other applicable laws. No amounts are currently expected to be repaid. The Company has an accrued liability at October 31, 2019 of approximately $376 for estimated expenses related to anticipated corrective actions or remediation efforts, including relevant legal and consulting costs. Management believes the Company has no material joint and several environmental liability with other parties.
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Company has identified all environmental liabilities at all of its current store locations. In addition, there can be no assurance that the Company will not incur substantial expenditures in the future for remediation of contamination or related claims that have not been discovered or asserted with respect to existing store locations or locations that the Company may acquire in the future, or that the Company will not be subject to any claims for reimbursement of funds disbursed to the Company under the various state programs or that additional regulations, or amendments to existing regulations, will not require additional expenditures beyond those presently anticipated.
Other Factors. Other factors and risks that may cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include the risk that our cash balances and cash generated from operations and financing activities will not be sufficient for our future liquidity and capital resource needs, tax increases, potential liabilities and expenditures related to compliance with environmental and other laws and regulations, the seasonality of demand patterns, and weather conditions; and the other risks and uncertainties included from time to time in our filings with the SEC. We further caution you that other factors we have not identified may in the future prove to be important in affecting our business and results of operations. We ask you not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements because they speak only of our views as of the statement dates. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.
Item 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk.
The Company’s exposure to market risk for changes in interest rates relates primarily to our investment portfolio and long-term debt obligations. We place our investments with high-quality credit issuers and, by policy, limit the amount of credit exposure to any one issuer. Our first priority is to attempt to reduce the risk of principal loss. Consequently, we seek to preserve our invested funds by limiting default risk, market risk, and reinvestment risk. We attempt to mitigate default risk by investing in only high-quality credit securities that we believe to be low risk and by positioning our portfolio to respond appropriately to a significant reduction in a credit rating of any investment issuer or guarantor. The portfolio includes only marketable securities with active secondary or resale markets to ensure portfolio liquidity. We believe an immediate 100-basis-point move in interest rates affecting our floating and fixed rate financial instruments as of October 31, 2019 would have no material effect on pretax earnings.
We do from time to time, participate in a forward buy of certain commodities, primarily cheese and coffee. These contracts are not accounted for as derivatives as they meet the normal purchases exclusion under derivative accounting.
Item 4. Controls and Procedures.

Evaluation of Disclosure Controls and Procedures
As of the end of the period covered by this report, an evaluation was performed under the supervision and with the participation of the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer of the effectiveness of the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Exchange Act Rule 240.13a-15(e)). Based on that evaluation, the Chief Executive Officer and the Chief Financial Officer have concluded that the Company’s current disclosure controls and procedures are effective to ensure that information required to be disclosed by the Company in the reports that it files or submits under the Exchange Act is recorded, processed, summarized and reported, within the time periods specified in the SEC’s rules and forms and such information is accumulated and communicated to our management, including our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosures.

Changes in Internal Controls Over Financial Reporting

There have been no changes in the Company’s internal control over financial reporting during the quarter ended October 31, 2019 that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, the Company’s internal control over financial reporting.
PART II—OTHER INFORMATION
Item 1. Legal Proceedings
The information required by this Item is set forth in Note 6 to the unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements included in Part I, Item 1 of this Form 10-Q and is incorporated herein by this reference.
Item 1A. Risk Factors
    
There have been no material changes in our “risk factors” from those previously disclosed in our 2019 Annual Report on Form 10-K.


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Item 2. Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds
The following table sets forth information with respect to the Company's repurchases of common stock during the quarter ended October 31, 2019:
Period
Total Number of Shares Purchased
 
Average Price Paid Per Share
 
Total Number of Shares Purchased as Part of Publicly Announced Plans or Programs
 
Maximum Dollar Value of Shares That May Yet Be Purchased Under the Plans or Programs
Second Quarter:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
August 1 - August 31, 2019

 
$

 

 
$
300,000,000

September 1-September 30, 2019

 

 

 
300,000,000

October 1- October 31, 2019

 

 

 
300,000,000

Total

 
$

 

 
$
300,000,000

    On March 7, 2018, the Company announced a share repurchase program, wherein the Company is authorized to repurchase up to an aggregate of $300 million of the Company’s outstanding common stock. The authorization is valid for two years. The timing and number of repurchase transactions under the program depends on a variety of factors including, but not limited to, market conditions, corporate considerations, business opportunities, debt agreements, and regulatory requirements. The program can be suspended or discontinued at any time. No stock was repurchased in the quarter related to the authorization.



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Item 6. Exhibits.
 
Exhibit
No.
Description
3.1
3.2a
10.49*
10.50
31.1*
31.2*
32.1*
32.2*
101.INS
XBRL Instance Document
101.SCH
XBRL Taxonomy Extension Schema Document
101.CAL
XBRL Taxonomy Extension Calculation Linkbase Document
101.LAB
XBRL Taxonomy Extension Label Linkbase Document
101.PRE
XBRL Taxonomy Extension Presentation Linkbase Document
101. DEF
XBRL Taxonomy Extension Definition Linkbase Document
* Filed herewith


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SIGNATURE
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.
 
 
 
 
CASEY’S GENERAL STORES, INC.
 
 
 
Date: December 9, 2019
By: 
/s/ William J. Walljasper
 
 
William J. Walljasper
 
Its:
Senior Vice President and
Chief Financial Officer
 
 
(Authorized Officer and Principal
Financial and Accounting Officer)

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