Business Analysis of CST Brands

 Analyze Historical Performance, Strategic Priorities, And Business Improvement Opportunities of CST Brands

CST BRANDS

Business Overview

CST Brands, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as an independent retailer of motor fuel and convenience merchandise items in the United States and eastern Canada. It operates through three segments: U.S. Retail, Canadian Retail, and CrossAmerica. The company's retail operations include sale of motor fuel at retail sites, commission sites, and cardlocks; food, convenience merchandise items, and services at retail sites; and heating oil to residential customers, as well as heating oil and motor fuel to small commercial customers. As of December 31, 2016, it operated 1,167 retail sites located in Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, and Texas; 884 retail sites, which consisted of 314 company operated retail sites, 498 commission sites, and 72 cardlocks located in New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, and Quebec; and 1,187 distribution sites located in 29 states of the United States. The company also provides other products and services, including car wash, lottery, money orders, air/water/vacuum services, video and game rentals, and access to automated teller machines. CST Brands, Inc. offers its products primarily under the Corner Store, Fresh Choices, Depanneur du Coin, Valero, Diamond Shamrock, Ultramar, and Transit Cafe names. The company is based in San Antonio, Texas.

CST Brands

CST Brands


R&P Rank: 262
Sector: Retail
Industry:Specialty Retail
H.Q Location:Texas
Website: www.cstbrands.com
Company Address:
19500 BULVERDE ROAD, SUITE 100, SAN ANTONIO TX 78259
Ph:210-692-5000

Business Analysis of CST Brands

The Retail Sector is witnessing a major shakeup, new age business models in the industry are transforming both customers and businesses. Faced with this uncertainity, companies are investing resources to transform their business. An in-depth business analysis is a valuable resource to identify and articulate the need for a business model change. At R&P Research we believe, the starting point for a business analysis is Benchmarking. Business benchmarking can be done at various levels: 1) Industry Benchmarking 2) Peer Benchmarking 3) Disruptors Benchmarking. In this report, we share the snapshot of how CST Brands compares against the industry on the major performance indicators. This analysis, along with peer group/disruptors benchmarking and revenue model understanding can help identify growth and cost optimization opportunities to maximize the value delivered by CST Brands to its stakeholders. R&P Research Industry Intelligence Platform provides historical data for last 15 years with an easy to use benchmarking interface for an in-depth comparative business analysis.

Here is the performance snapshot of CST Brands with an interactive chart.

  1. Revenue Growth: CST Brands reported a revenue growth of -3.0% year-on-year during 2016. Specialty Retail Industry grew at -1.6% in the same period
  2. COGS share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, CST Brands spent 87.0% of its total revenues on COGS. Specialty Retail industry average (COGS share of revenue) in the same period was 76.8%
  3. R&D share of Revenues: CST Brands R&D share of Revenues details are not available because either company does not share the data or we do not have it
  4. SG&A share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, CST Brands spent 1.4% of its total revenues on Sales, Marketing, and General Administration (SG&A). Specialty Retail industry average SG&A spending in the same period was 16.8%
  5. Inventory share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, CST Brands spent 2.3% of its total revenues on Inventories. Specialty Retail industry average Inventory spending in the same period was 13.8%
  6. Accounts Payable share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, CST Brands invested 3.6% of its total revenues on Accounts Payable (A/P) Specialty Retail industry average Accounts Payable investment in the same period was 7.5%
  7. Accounts Receivable share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, CST Brands invested 1.8% of its total revenues on Accounts Receivable (A/R). Specialty Retail industry average Accounts Receivable investment in the same period was 8.4%
  8. PP&E share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, CST Brands invested 23.8% of its total revenues on Property, Plants, and Equipments (PP&E). Specialty Retail industry average PPE investment in the same period was 11.9%
  9. Intangibles share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, CST Brands invested 8.8% of its total revenues on Intangibles. Specialty Retail industry average Intangibles investment in the same period was 7.2%
  10. Net Margins: CST Brands Net Margins in the year 2016 were 2.9%. Specialty Retail industry average Net Margins in the same period were 2.7%

Sector and Industry Association of CST Brands

For the purpose of performance benchmarking of a company with a sector or industry average, R&P Research associates every company with one sector and one industry. An industry consists of companies with related/similar business models. A sector comprises of a group of related/similar industries.

CST Brands is associated with Retail Sector and Specialty Retail Industry.

Retail sector is comprised of the following industries: Broadline Retail; Grocery Retail; Specialty Retail; Apparel Retail; Home Improvement Retail; Specialized Consumer Services. The definitions for each of the industries is as follows:

  • Broadline Retail industry includes retail outlets and wholesalers offering a wide variety of products including both hard goods and soft goods.
  • Grocery Retail industry includes retail stores that primarily offer non-perishable food that is packaged in cans, bottles and boxes, with some also having fresh produce, butchers, delis, and bakeries
  • Specialty Retail industry includes retailers and wholesalers concentrating on a Single Class of Goods, such as electronics, books, automotive parts or closeouts. It also includes automobile dealerships, video rental stores, dollar stores, duty-free shops and automotive fuel stations not owned by oil companies.
  • Apparel Retail industry consists of retailers and wholesalers specializing mainly in Clothing, Shoes, Jewelry, Sunglasses and Other accessories.
  • Home Improvement Retail industry includes retailers and wholesalers concentrating on the sale of home improvement products, including Garden Equipment, Carpets, Wallpaper, Paint, Home Furniture, Blinds and Curtains, and Building materials.
  • Specialized Consumer Services industry includes providers of consumer services such as Auction Houses, Day-care Centers, Dry Cleaners, Schools, Consumer Rental Companies, Veterinary Clinics, Hair Salons and providers of Funeral, Lawn-maintenance, Consumer-storage, Heating and Cooling installation and Plumbing services.

Industry Ranking of CST Brands

With $11.1 billion revenues, CST Brands ranked number 7 of all the companies in the US Specialty Retail industry. There were a total of 50 public companies in the US Specialty Retail industry that had revenues greater than $50 million during 2016.

The top-10 companies in the US Specialty Retail industry by revenues during 2016 were:

  1. Best Buy ($39.5 billion)
  2. AutoNation ($21.6 billion)
  3. Penske Automotive Group ($20.1 billion)
  4. Staples ($18.8 billion)
  5. CarMax ($15.1 billion)
  6. Murphy USA ($11.6 billion)
  7. CST Brands ($11.1 billion)
  8. Office Depot ($11 billion)
  9. Group 1 Automotive ($10.9 billion)
  10. Sonic Automotive ($9.7 billion)

Business Model Analysis (BMA) Framework

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Revenues Analysis

CST Brands (CST) Revenues And Revenue Growth From 2012 To 2016

This report provides the last five years revenues and revenue growth of CST Brands, Inc. (CST) from 2012 to 2016. CST Brands generated a total of $11.1 billion revenues during 2016. CST Brands reported a revenue growth of -3% year-over-year during 2016. The revenues and the revenue growth correspond to the fiscal year ending in December.

CST Brands (CST) Revenues And Revenue Growth From 2011 To 2016

This report provides the last six years revenues and revenue growth of CST Brands, Inc. (CST) from 2011 to 2016. CST Brands generated a total of $11.1 billion revenues during 2016. CST Brands reported a revenue growth of -3% year-over-year during 2016. The revenues and the revenue growth correspond to the fiscal year ending in December.

CST Brands (CST) Revenue Growth Comparison With Industry Growth From 2012...

This report provides a comparison of CST Brands, Inc. (CST) revenue growth with Specialty Retail industry growth during the last five years from 2012 to 2016. CST Brands reported a revenue growth of -3% year-over-year during 2016. The Specialty Retail industry growth was -1.6% year-over-year during 2016. CST Brands growth was slower than the industry during 2016.

Profit Analysis