SACRAMENTO, Calif., Feb. 27, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pacific Ethanol, Inc. (Nasdaq:PEIX), the leading marketer and producer of low-carbon renewable fuels in the Western United States, reported its financial results for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2011.
Neil Koehler, the company's president and CEO, stated: "We are proud of our achievements in 2011. We reported record growth, increased our ownership in the Pacific Ethanol plants and repaid in full $35 million of convertible debt. We grew operating income significantly compared to last year and continued to diligently manage our costs. These accomplishments illustrate the strength of our business model and lay the foundation for profitable growth in 2012."
"Late in the year, we faced some industry headwinds as domestic gasoline and ethanol demand, along with ethanol prices and margins, declined. While these market dynamics have impacted our business, we believe the margin environment will improve as blend economics, Renewable Fuel Standard requirements and seasonal swings in supply and demand drive higher capacity utilization rates," concluded Koehler.
Financial Results for the Three Months Ended December 31, 2011
Net sales increased 80% to $241.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2011, compared to $134.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2010. Total gallons sold were 116.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2011, an increase of 53% over the 76.0 million gallons sold in the fourth quarter of 2010. The net sales growth was primarily driven by increases in total gallons sold and the company's average sales price per gallon. The growth in total gallons sold was primarily due to increases in both production gallons and third party gallons sold. The company's average sales price per gallon increased 20%. In addition, the company's fourth quarter 2011 results include the impact of the Stockton plant's operations, which was idled during most of the fourth quarter of 2010.
Gross profit was $7.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2011, compared to $1.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2010. The increase in gross profit was attributable to improved contribution from the three Pacific Ethanol plants that were operational during the period. SG&A expenses, including professional fees, were $3.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2011, compared to $3.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2010. Operating income for the fourth quarter of 2011 increased to $3.7 million from an operating loss of $2.9 million for the same period in 2010 primarily due to improved contribution from the Pacific Ethanol plants.
During the fourth quarter of 2011, the company recorded aggregate non-cash gains of $0.6 million for quarterly fair value adjustments on its convertible notes and warrants, compared to a loss of $11.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2010.
Net loss available to common stockholders for the fourth quarter of 2011 was $2.4 million, compared to a net loss of $12.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2010. Adjusted EBITDA, which excludes the company's fair value adjustments on its convertible notes and warrants, declined to a loss of $0.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2011 from income of $2.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2010.
Financial Results for the Year Ended December 31, 2011
For the year ended December 31, 2011, net sales were $901.2 million, compared to $328.3 million in the same period in 2010. For the year ended December 31, 2011, net income available to common stockholders was $1.8 million, compared to $71.0 million in the same period in 2010, which included a non-cash gain from bankruptcy exit of $119.4 million. Adjusted EBITDA for the year ended December 31, 2011 was $5.3 million, an improvement from a loss of $10.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2010.
Q4 Results Conference Call
Management will host a conference call at 1:30 p.m. PT/4:30 p.m. ET on February 27, 2012. Neil Koehler, Chief Executive Officer, and Bryon McGregor, Chief Financial Officer, will deliver prepared remarks followed by a question and answer session. The webcast for the call can be accessed from Pacific Ethanol's website at www.pacificethanol.net. Alternatively, you may dial the following number up to ten minutes prior to the scheduled conference call time: (877) 847-6066. International callers should dial 00-1-(970) 315-0267. The pass code will be 54494585#.
If you are unable to participate on the live call, the webcast will be archived for replay on Pacific Ethanol's website for one year. In addition, a telephonic replay will be available at 7:30 p.m. ET on Monday, February 27, 2012 through 11:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday, February 29, 2012. To access the replay, please dial (855) 859-2056. International callers should dial 00-1-(404) 537-3406. The pass code will be 54494585#.
Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to Net Income (Loss)
Management believes that certain financial measures not in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") are useful measures of operations. The company defines Adjusted EBITDA as unaudited earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, fair value adjustments, loss on investment in Front Range Energy, LLC and gain from bankruptcy exit. The table at the end of this release provides a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to net income (loss) attributed to Pacific Ethanol, Inc. Management provides an Adjusted EBITDA measure so that investors will have the same financial information that management uses, which may assist investors in properly assessing the company's performance on a period-over-period basis. Adjusted EBITDA is not a measure of financial performance under GAAP, and should not be considered an alternative to net income (loss) or any other measure of performance under GAAP, or to cash flows from operating, investing or financing activities as an indicator of cash flows or as a measure of liquidity. Adjusted EBITDA has limitations as an analytical tool and you should not consider it in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of the company's results as reported under GAAP.
About Pacific Ethanol, Inc.
Pacific Ethanol, Inc. (Nasdaq:PEIX) is the leading marketer and producer of low-carbon renewable fuels in the Western United States. Pacific Ethanol also sells co-products, including wet distillers grain (WDG), a nutritional animal feed. Serving integrated oil companies and gasoline marketers who blend ethanol into gasoline, Pacific Ethanol provides transportation, storage and delivery of ethanol through third-party service providers in the Western United States, primarily in California, Nevada, Arizona, Oregon, Colorado, Idaho and Washington. Pacific Ethanol has a 34% ownership interest in New PE Holdco LLC, the owner of four ethanol production facilities. Pacific Ethanol operates and manages the four ethanol production facilities, which have a combined annual production capacity of 200 million gallons. The facilities in operation are located in Boardman, Oregon, Burley, Idaho and Stockton, California, and one idled facility is located in Madera, California. The facilities are near their respective fuel and feed customers, offering significant timing, transportation cost and logistical advantages. Pacific Ethanol's subsidiary, Kinergy Marketing LLC, markets ethanol from Pacific Ethanol's managed plants and from other third-party production facilities, and another subsidiary, Pacific Ag. Products, LLC, markets WDG. For more information please visit www.pacificethanol.net.
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Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995
With the exception of historical information, the matters discussed in this press release including, without limitation, the ability of Pacific Ethanol to continue as the leading marketer and producer of low-carbon renewable fuels in the Western United States; that the strength of Pacific Ethanol's business model has laid the foundation for profitable growth in 2012; that the ethanol margin environment will improve as blend economics, Renewable Fuel Standard requirements and seasonal swings in supply and demand drive higher capacity utilization rates are forward-looking statements and considerations that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. The actual future results of Pacific Ethanol could differ from those statements. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to, adverse economic and market conditions; changes in governmental regulations and policies; and other events, factors and risks previously and from time to time disclosed in Pacific Ethanol's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission including, specifically, those factors set forth in the "Risk Factors" section contained in Pacific Ethanol's Registration Statement on Form S-1/A filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on February 1, 2012.
|PACIFIC ETHANOL, INC.|
|CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS|
|(unaudited, in thousands, except per share data)|
Three Months Ended
|Net sales||$ 241,798||$ 134,245||$ 901,188||$ 328,332|
|Cost of goods sold||234,434||133,260||881,789||329,143|
|Gross profit (loss)||7,364||985||19,399||(811)|
|Selling, general and administrative expenses||3,685||3,891||15,427||12,956|
|Income (loss) from operations||3,679||(2,906)||3,972||(13,767)|
|Fair value adjustments on convertible debt and warrants||591||(11,736)||7,559||(11,736)|
|Loss on investment in Front Range||—||—||—||(12,146)|
|Loss on extinguishments of debt||—||—||—||(2,159)|
|Interest expense, net||(3,476)||(3,342)||(14,813)||(6,804)|
|Other income (expense), net||(32)||1,928||(741)||840|
|Income (loss) before reorganization costs, gain from bankruptcy exit and income taxes||762||(16,056)||(4,023)||(45,772)|
|Gain from bankruptcy exit||—||—||—||119,408|
|Provision for income taxes||—||—||—||—|
|Net income (loss)||762||(16,056)||(4,023)||69,483|
|Net (income) loss attributed to noncontrolling interest in variable interest entities||(2,808)||4,409||7,097||4,409|
|Net income (loss) attributed to Pacific Ethanol||$ (2,046)||$ (11,647)||$ 3,074||$ 73,892|
|Preferred stock dividends||(319)||(501)||(1,265)||(2,847)|
|Income (loss) available to common stockholders||$ (2,365)||$ (12,148)||$ 1,809||$ 71,045|
|Net income (loss) per share, basic||$ (0.03)||$ (1.00)||$ 0.05||$ 6.76|
|Net income (loss) per share, diluted||$ (0.03)||$ (1.00)||$ 0.05||$ 5.57|
|Weighted-average shares outstanding, basic||70,946||12,202||33,733||10,514|
|Weighted-average shares outstanding, diluted||70,946||12,202||33,984||13,377|
|PACIFIC ETHANOL, INC.|
|CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS|
|(unaudited, in thousands, except par value)|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$8,914||$8,736|
|Accounts receivable, net||28,140||25,855|
|Other current assets||4,324||2,712|
|Total current assets||66,748||57,324|
|Property and equipment, net||159,617||168,976|
|Intangible assets, net||4,458||5,382|
|Total other assets||6,111||7,783|
|LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY||2011||2010|
|Accounts payable – trade||$5,519||$6,472|
|Current portion – long-term debt||750||38,108|
|Total current liabilities||8,982||47,831|
|Long-term debt, net of current portion||93,689||84,981|
|Accrued preferred dividends||7,315||6,050|
|Commitments and Contingencies|
|Preferred stock, $0.001 par value; 10,000 shares authorized;|
|Series A: 0 shares issued and outstanding as of|
|December 31, 2011 and 2010|
|Series B: 927 and 1,456 shares issued and outstanding as of|
|December 31, 2011 and 2010, respectively||1||1|
|Common stock, $0.001 par value; 300,000 shares authorized; 86,632|
|and 12,918 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2011|
|and 2010, respectively||87||13|
|Additional paid-in capital||556,871||504,623|
|Total Pacific Ethanol, Inc. Stockholders' Equity (Deficit)||46,974||(7,157)|
|Noncontrolling interest in variable interest entities||72,290||94,972|
|Total Stockholders' Equity||119,264||87,815|
|Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity||$232,476||$234,083|
|Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to Net Income (Loss)|
|Three Months Ended||Years Ended|
|December 31,||December 31,|
|(in thousands) (unaudited)||2011||2010||2011||2010|
|Net income (loss) attributed to Pacific Ethanol||$ (2,046)||$ (11,647)||$3,074||$73,892|
|Fair value adjustments||(591)||11,736||(7,559)||11,736|
|Loss on investment in Front Range||—||—||—||12,146|
|Gain from bankruptcy exit||—||—||—||(119,408)|
|Depreciation and amortization expense*||962||655||3,611||6,611|
|Adjusted EBITDA||$ (302)||$2,163||$5,253||$ (10,142)|
|* Adjusted for noncontrolling interest in variable interest entities.|
|Commodity Price Performance|
|Three Months Ended||Years Ended|
|December 31,||December 31,|
|Ethanol production gallons sold (in millions)||37.8||26.2||150.8||69.4|
|Ethanol third party gallons sold (in millions)||78.5||49.8||273.3||202.2|
|Total ethanol gallons sold (in millions)||116.3||76.0||424.1||271.6|
|Ethanol average sales price per gallon||$2.80||$2.34||$2.79||$1.96|
|Corn cost – CBOT equivalent||$6.22||$5.59||$6.76||$4.33|
|Total co-product tons sold (in thousands)||362.0||236.5||1,401.5||857.4|
|Co-product return % (1)||26.2%||20.6%||23.6%||21.3%|
|(1) Co-product revenue as a percentage of delivered cost of corn.|
CONTACT: Company IR Contact: Pacific Ethanol, Inc. 916-403-2755 866-508-4969 Investorrelations@pacificethanol.net IR Agency Contact: Becky Herrick LHA 415-433-3777 Media Contact: Paul Koehler Pacific Ethanol, Inc. 503-235-8241 firstname.lastname@example.org
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