SACRAMENTO, Calif., Nov. 07, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pacific Ethanol, Inc. (NASDAQ: PEIX), a leading producer and marketer of low-carbon renewable fuels and high-quality alcohol products in the United States, reported its financial results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2019.

Neil Koehler, Pacific Ethanol’s president and CEO, stated, “Positive ethanol production margins in the current market are supporting our efforts to conclude several strategic initiatives to strengthen our balance sheet and position the company to benefit from increased demand for low carbon, high octane ethanol. We are confident that the final rule for the 2020 Renewable Fuel Standard blending requirements will result in greater ethanol use in the domestic market, and resolution of trade disputes will bolster export demand, putting our company and the industry back on a growth trajectory.”

Financial Results for the Three Months Ended September 30, 2019 Compared to 2018

  • Net sales were $365.2 million, compared to $370.4 million.
  • Total gallons sold of 210.3 million, compared to 212.2 million.
  • Total production gallons sold of 130.1 million, compared to 139.9 million.
  • Cost of goods sold was $380.0 million, compared to $366.6 million.  
  • Gross loss was $14.8 million, compared to gross profit of $3.8 million.
  • Selling, general and administrative expenses were $8.7 million, compared to $9.0 million.
  • Operating loss was $23.5 million, compared to $5.2 million.
  • Loss available to common stockholders was $27.6 million, or $0.58 per share, compared to a loss of $7.8 million, or $0.18 per share.
  • Adjusted EBITDA of negative $12.4 million, compared to positive $6.3 million.
  • Cash and cash equivalents were $18.9 million at September 30, 2019, compared to $26.6 million at December 31, 2018.

Financial Results for the Nine Months Ended September 30, 2019 Compared to 2018

  • Net sales were $1.1 billion, compared to $1.2 billion.
  • Cost of goods sold was $1.1 billion, compared to $1.2 billion.
  • Gross loss was $13.1 million, compared to a gross profit of $5.9 million.
  • Selling, general and administrative expenses were $23.6 million, compared to $27.2 million.
  • Operating loss was $36.8 million, compared to $21.3 million.
  • Loss available to common stockholders was $48.8 million, or $1.04 per share, compared to a loss of $29.2 million, or $0.68 per share.
  • Adjusted EBITDA of negative $3.6 million, compared to positive $12.9 million.

Third Quarter 2019 Results Conference Call
Management will host a conference call at 8:00 a.m. Pacific Time / 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Friday, November 8, 2019. Neil Koehler, Chief Executive Officer, and Bryon McGregor, Chief Financial Officer, will deliver prepared remarks via webcast followed by a question and answer session.

The webcast for the call can be accessed from Pacific Ethanol’s website at www.pacificethanol.com. 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 9289475. If you are unable to participate in 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 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, November 8, 2019 through 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, November 15, 2019. To access the replay, please dial (855) 859-2056. International callers should dial 00-1-(404) 537-3406. The pass code will be 9289475. 

Use of Non-GAAP Measures
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 net income (loss) attributed to Pacific Ethanol before interest expense, provision (benefit) for income taxes, asset impairments, purchase accounting adjustments, fair value adjustments, and depreciation and amortization expense. A table is provided at the end of this release that provides a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to its most directly comparable GAAP measure. Management provides this non-GAAP 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 as 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 this measure in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of the company's results as reported under GAAP.

About Pacific Ethanol, Inc.
Pacific Ethanol, Inc. (PEIX) is a leading producer and marketer of low-carbon renewable fuels and high-quality alcohol products in the United States. Pacific Ethanol owns and operates nine production facilities, four in the Western states of California, Oregon and Idaho, and five in the Midwestern states of Illinois and Nebraska. The plants have a combined production capacity of 605 million gallons per year, produce over one million tons per year of ethanol co-products – on a dry matter basis – such as wet and dry distillers grains, wet and dry corn gluten feed, condensed distillers solubles, corn gluten meal, corn germ, corn oil, distillers yeast and CO2. Pacific Ethanol markets and distributes fuel-grade ethanol, high-quality alcohol products and co-products domestically and internationally. Pacific Ethanol’s subsidiary, Kinergy Marketing LLC, markets all ethanol and alcohol products for Pacific Ethanol’s plants as well as for third parties, approaching one billion gallons of ethanol marketed annually based on historical volumes. Pacific Ethanol’s subsidiary, Pacific Ag. Products LLC, markets wet and dry distillers grains. For more information please visit www.pacificethanol.com.

Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995
Statements and information contained in this communication that refer to or include Pacific Ethanol’s estimated or anticipated future results or other non-historical expressions of fact are forward-looking statements that reflect Pacific Ethanol’s current perspective of existing trends and information as of the date of the communication. Forward looking statements generally will be accompanied by words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “plan,” “could,” “should,” “estimate,” “expect,” “forecast,” “outlook,” “guidance,” “intend,” “may,” “might,” “will,” “possible,” “potential,” “predict,” “project,” or other similar words, phrases or expressions. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements concerning future market conditions, including the supply of and domestic and international demand for ethanol and co-products; future margins; the anticipated outcome of Pacific Ethanol’s strategic initiatives; effects of the final rule for the 2020 Renewable Fuel Standard blending requirements; resolution of trade disputes between the United States and China; and Pacific Ethanol’s plans, objectives, expectations and intentions. It is important to note that Pacific Ethanol’s plans, objectives, expectations and intentions are not predictions of actual performance. Actual results may differ materially from Pacific Ethanol’s current expectations depending upon a number of factors affecting Pacific Ethanol’s business. These factors include, among others, adverse economic and market conditions, including for ethanol and its co-products and high-quality alcohols; export conditions and international demand for ethanol and co-products, including the failure of a resolution of United States trade disputes with China; fluctuations in the price of and demand for oil and gasoline; raw material costs, including ethanol production input costs, such as corn and natural gas; and the ability of Pacific Ethanol to timely and successfully execute on its strategic initiatives. These factors also include, among others, the inherent uncertainty associated with financial and other projections; the anticipated size of the markets and continued demand for Pacific Ethanol’s products; the impact of competitive products and pricing; the risks and uncertainties normally incident to the ethanol production and marketing industries; changes in generally accepted accounting principles; successful compliance with governmental regulations applicable to Pacific Ethanol’s facilities, products and/or businesses; changes in laws, regulations and governmental policies, including an unfavorable final rule for the 2020 Renewable Fuel Standard blending requirements; the loss of key senior management or staff; 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 Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on August 7, 2019.

 
PACIFIC ETHANOL, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(unaudited, in thousands, except per share data)
 
 Three Months Ended
September 30,
Nine Months Ended
September 30,
 2019 2018 2019 2018
     
Net sales$365,160  $370,407  $1,067,264  $1,180,956 
Cost of goods sold 379,976   366,639   1,080,398   1,175,099 
Gross profit (loss) (14,816)  3,768   (13,134)  5,857 
Selling, general and administrative expenses 8,687   8,970   23,630   27,183 
Loss from operations (23,503)  (5,202)  (36,764)  (21,326)
Interest expense, net (5,163)  (4,193)  (15,014)  (12,875)
Other income (expense), net (407)  91   254   233 
Loss before benefit for income taxes (29,073)  (9,304)  (51,524)  (33,968)
Benefit for income taxes          (563)
Consolidated net loss (29,073)  (9,304)  (51,524)  (33,405)
Net loss attributed to noncontrolling interests 1,747   1,790   3,662   5,142 
Net loss attributed to Pacific Ethanol, Inc.$(27,326) $(7,514) $(47,862) $(28,263)
Preferred stock dividends$(319) $(319) $(946) $(946)
Net loss available to common stockholders$(27,645) $(7,833) $(48,808) $(29,209)
Net loss per share, basic and diluted$(0.58) $(0.18) $(1.04) $(0.68)
Weighted-average shares outstanding, basic and diluted 47,777   43,299   47,030   43,171 
                



 
PACIFIC ETHANOL, INC.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(unaudited, in thousands, except par value)
 
 September 30,December 31,
ASSETS2019 2018 
Current Assets:     
Cash and cash equivalents$18,921  $26,627 
Accounts receivable, net 69,297   67,636 
Inventories 62,509   57,820 
Prepaid inventory 3,191   3,090 
Other current assets 8,018   13,631 
Total current assets 161,936   168,804 
Property and equipment, net 442,810   482,657 
Other Assets:     
Right of use operating lease assets, net 38,791    
Intangible assets 2,678   2,678 
Other assets 6,645   5,842 
Total other assets 48,114   8,520 
Total Assets$652,860  $659,981 
        


LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY 
        
Current Liabilities:  
Accounts payable – trade$47,068  $48,176 
Accrued liabilities 18,614   23,421 
Current portion – operating leases 6,925    
Current portion – long-term debt 144,543   146,671 
Derivative instruments 3,619   6,309 
Other current liabilities 7,662   7,282 
Total current liabilities 228,431   231,859 
   
Long-term debt, net of current portion 98,673   84,767 
Operating leases, net of current portion 30,323    
Other liabilities 22,918   23,990 
Total Liabilities 380,345   340,616 
        
   
Stockholders’ Equity:  
Pacific Ethanol, Inc. Stockholders’ Equity:  
Preferred stock, $0.001 par value; 10,000 shares authorized;
  Series A: 0 shares issued and outstanding as of
  September 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018
  Series B: 927 shares issued and outstanding as of
  September 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018
 1   1 
Common stock, $0.001 par value; 300,000 shares authorized; 49,783 and 45,771 shares issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively 50   46 
Non-voting common stock, $0.001 par value; 3,553 shares authorized; 1 share issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018     
Additional paid-in capital 937,795   932,179 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (2,459  (2,459)
Accumulated deficit (678,808)  (630,000)
Total Pacific Ethanol, Inc. Stockholders’ Equity 256,579   299,767 
Noncontrolling Interests 15,936   19,598 
Total Stockholders’ Equity 272,515   319,365 
Total Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity$652,860  $659,981 
        

Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to Net Loss

 Three Months Ended
September 30,
 Nine Months Ended
September 30,
(in thousands) (unaudited) 2019   2018   2019   2018  
Net loss attributed to Pacific Ethanol$(27,326) $(7,514) $(47,862) $(28,263) 
Adjustments:    
Interest expense* 5,163   4,070   15,014   12,643  
Benefit for income taxes          (563) 
Depreciation and amortization expense* 9,751   9,711   29,232   29,100  
Total adjustments 14,914   13,781   44,246   41,180  
Adjusted EBITDA$(12,412) $6,267  $(3,616) $12,917  
                 
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* Adjusted for noncontrolling interests.
                


Commodity Price Performance

 Three Months Ended
September 30,
 Nine Months Ended
September 30,
 
(unaudited)  2019   2018   2019   2018  
Production gallons sold (in millions) 130.1   139.9   365.6   425.1  
Third party gallons sold (in millions) 80.2   72.3   258.3   247.2  
Total gallons sold (in millions) 210.3   212.2   623.9   672.3  
      
Total gallons produced (in millions) 124.2   138.7   368.0   424.1  
Production capacity utilization 82%  91%  81%  94% 
      
Average ethanol sales price per gallon$1.61  $1.60  $1.59  $1.61  
Average CBOT ethanol price per gallon$1.41  $1.35  $1.38  $1.41  
      
Corn cost – CBOT equivalent$3.85  $3.63  $3.80  $3.67  
Average basis 0.47   0.21   0.42   0.26  
Delivered cost of corn$4.32  $3.84  $4.22  $3.93  
      
Total co-product tons sold (in thousands) 720.4   773.2   2,096.0   2,365.2  
Co-product return % (1) 30.9%  35.8%    35.1%    36.2% 
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(1)  Co-product revenue as a percentage of delivered cost of corn.
                    


Company IR Contact:IR Agency Contact:Media Contact:
Pacific Ethanol, Inc.Moriah ShiltonPaul Koehler
916-403-2755LHAPacific Ethanol, Inc.
Investorrelations@pacificethanol.com415-433-3777916-403-2790
 paulk@pacificethanol.com