FutureFuel Releases First Quarter 2021 Results

Clayton, Missouri, UNITED STATES

FutureFuel First Quarter Net Loss of $8.8 Million

Reports Net Loss of $8.8 Million or ($0.20) per Diluted Share, and Adjusted EBITDA of ($7.8) Million

CLAYTON, Mo., May 07, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- FutureFuel Corp. (NYSE:FF) (“FutureFuel”), a manufacturer of custom and performance chemicals and biofuels, today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2021.

First quarter 2021 Financial Highlights (all comparisons are with the first quarter of 2020)

  • Revenues were $41.5 million, down 22% from $53.1 million
  • Adjusted EBITDA was ($7.8) million, down (177%) from $10.2 million
  • Net losses were $8.8 million, or ($0.20) per diluted share, from net income of $19.0 million, or $0.44 per diluted share.

“The story of our first quarter is dominated by one week in February when Winter Storm Uri brought severe disruption to the operation of our Batesville, AR manufacturing site. Natural Gas prices soared to 14,000% of their normal values and production was curtailed in an effort to reduce Natural Gas consumption to its absolute minimum. Shutting down in such freezing conditions meant that the subsequent start-up was more problematic and took longer than we would typically anticipate.

This loss of production reduced our revenue by approximately $3 million and increased energy costs of $7.8 million led to a net loss for the quarter. Nevertheless, we are encouraged by the underlying margins on biodiesel, absent the impact of extreme energy costs. We are beginning to see improved opportunity in our chemicals segment with a strong sense that the worst effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in the USA may be behind us.” said Tom McKinlay, Chief Operating Officer for FutureFuel Corp.

2021 Cash Dividends

In the first three months of 2021, FutureFuel paid a regular quarterly cash dividend in the amount of $0.06 per share on our common stock.   The remaining quarterly dividends of $0.06 per share will be paid in June, September, and December.

Financial Overview and Key Operating Metrics

Financial and operating metrics, which include non-GAAP financial measures, include dollars in thousands, except per share amounts:

FutureFuel Corp.
Certain Financial and Operating Metrics (Unaudited)

 Three Months Ended March 31,
     Dollar %
  2021   2020  Change Change
Revenue$41,516  $53,082  $(11,566) (22%)
(Loss) income from operations$(13,058) $13,979  $(27,037) (193%)
Net (loss) income$(8,773) $19,043  $(27,816) (146%)
(Loss) earnings per common share:       
Basic$(0.20) $0.44  $(0.64) (145%)
Diluted$(0.20) $0.44  $(0.64) (145%)
Adjusted EBITDA$(7,825) $10,177  $(18,002) (177%)

Financial and Business Summary

Consolidated sales revenue in the three months ended March 31, 2021 decreased $11,566 compared to the three months ended March 31, 2020. This decrease primarily resulted from decreased sales volumes in the chemical and biofuels segment that were partially offset by increased prices of biodiesel as compared to the prior year three-month period. Sales volumes were down in both segments from the continued effects of COVID-19 and from reduced inventory production from the natural gas usage curtailment imposed during the Winter Storm Uri of approximately $3 million.

Income from operations in the three months ended March 31, 2021 decreased $27,037 compared to the three months ended March 31, 2020. This decrease primarily resulted from: i) exorbitant natural gas prices in February 2021 during Winter Storm Uri, which at times rose to almost 14,000% of historical averages and resulted in the natural gas supplier issuing an invoice of approximately $8 million for February 2021, ii) the change in the unrealized and realized activity in derivative instruments with a loss of $2,625 as compared to a gain of $6,857 in the three months ended March 31, 2020, and iii) the adjustment in the carrying value of our inventory as determined utilizing the LIFO method of inventory accounting.  This adjustment decreased gross profit $3,913 in the current period as compared to a benefit of $1,319 in the same period of the prior year. 

Capital Expenditures

Capital expenditures were $146 in the first three months of 2021, compared with $1,608 in the same period in 2020.

Cash and Cash Equivalents and Marketable Securities

Cash and cash equivalents and marketable securities totaled $244,152 as of March 31, 2021, compared with $262,526 as of December 31, 2020.

About FutureFuel

FutureFuel is a leading manufacturer of diversified chemical products, specialty chemical products, and biofuel products. In its chemicals business, FutureFuel manufactures specialty chemicals for specific customers (“custom chemicals”) as well as multi-customer specialty chemicals (“performance chemicals”). FutureFuel’s custom chemicals product portfolio includes chlorinated polyolefin adhesion promoters and antioxidant precursors for a major chemical company. FutureFuel’s performance chemicals product portfolio includes polymer (nylon) modifiers and several small-volume specialty chemicals for diverse applications. FutureFuel’s biofuels segment primarily produces and sells biodiesel to its customers. Please visit www.futurefuelcorporation.com for more information.

Forward-Looking Statements

This document contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements deal with FutureFuel’s current plans, intentions, beliefs, and expectations, and statements of future economic performance. Statements containing such terms as “believe,” “do not believe,” “plan,” “expect,” “intend,” “estimate,” “anticipate,” and other phrases of similar meaning are considered to contain uncertainty and are forward-looking statements. In addition, from time to time FutureFuel or its representatives have made or will make forward-looking statements orally or in writing. Furthermore, such forward-looking statements may be included in various filings that the company makes with United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), in press releases, or in oral statements made by or with the approval of one of FutureFuel’s authorized executive officers.

These forward-looking statements are subject to certain known and unknown risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to the COVID-19 pandemic and the response thereto, as well as assumptions that could cause actual results to differ materially from those reflected in these forward-looking statements. Factors that might cause actual results to differ include, but are not limited to, those set forth under the headings “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in FutureFuel’s Form 10-K Annual Report for the year ended December 31, 2020 and in its future filings made with the SEC. An investor should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements contained in this document, which reflect FutureFuel management’s opinions only as of their respective dates. Except as required by law, the company undertakes no obligation to revise or publicly release the results of any revisions to forward-looking statements. The risks and uncertainties described in this document and in current and future filings with the SEC are not the only ones faced by FutureFuel. New factors emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for the company to predict which will arise. There may be additional risks not presently known to the company or that the company currently believes are immaterial to its business. In addition, FutureFuel cannot assess the impact of each factor on its business or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements. If any such risks occur, FutureFuel’s business, operating results, liquidity, and financial condition could be materially affected in an adverse manner. An investor should consult any additional disclosures FutureFuel has made or will make in its reports to the SEC on Forms 10-K, 10-Q, and 8-K, and any amendments thereto. All subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements attributable to FutureFuel or persons acting on its behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements contained in this document.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In this press release, FutureFuel used adjusted EBITDA as a key operating metric to measure both performance and liquidity. Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure. Adjusted EBITDA is not a substitute for operating income, net income, or cash flow from operating activities (each as determined in accordance with GAAP), as a measure of performance or liquidity. Adjusted EBITDA has limitations as an analytical tool, and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of results as reported under GAAP. FutureFuel defines adjusted EBITDA as net income before interest, income taxes, depreciation, and amortization expenses, excluding, when applicable, non-cash share-based compensation expense, public offering expenses, acquisition-related transaction costs, purchase accounting adjustments, loss on disposal of property and equipment, gains or losses on derivative instruments, other non-operating income or expense. Information relating to adjusted EBITDA is provided so that investors have the same data that management employs in assessing the overall operation and liquidity of FutureFuel’s business. FutureFuel’s calculation of adjusted EBITDA may be different from similarly titled measures used by other companies; therefore, the results of its calculation are not necessarily comparable to the results of other companies.

Adjusted EBITDA allows FutureFuel’s chief operating decision makers to assess the performance and liquidity of FutureFuel’s business on a consolidated basis to assess the ability of its operating segments to produce operating cash flow to fund working capital needs, to fund capital expenditures, and to pay dividends. In particular, FutureFuel management believes that adjusted EBITDA permits a comparative assessment of FutureFuel’s operating performance and liquidity, relative to a performance and liquidity based on GAAP results, while isolating the effects of depreciation and amortization, which may vary among its operating segments without any correlation to their underlying operating performance, and of non-cash stock-based compensation expense, which is a non-cash expense that varies widely among similar companies, and gains and losses on derivative instruments, whose immediate recognition can cause net income to be volatile from quarter to quarter due to the timing of the valuation change in the derivative instruments relative to the sale of biofuel.

A table included in this earnings release reconciles adjusted EBITDA with net income, the most directly comparable GAAP performance financial measure, and a table reconciles adjusted EBITDA with cash flows from operations, the most directly comparable GAAP liquidity financial measure.

FutureFuel Corp.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Dollars in thousands)

  March 31, 2021 December 31, 2020
Cash and cash equivalents $193,979  $198,122 
Accounts receivable, inclusive of the blenders' tax credit of $11,276 and $8,300 and net of allowances for bad debt of $112 and $63, respectively  27,953   22,813 
Inventory  45,278   33,889 
Marketable securities  50,173   64,404 
Other current assets  22,710   23,377 
Total current assets  340,093
Property, plant and equipment, net  89,200   91,544 
Other assets  7,129   7,155 
Total noncurrent assets  96,329   98,699 
Total Assets $436,422
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity    
Accounts payable, inclusive of the blenders' tax credit rebates due customers of $890 and $1,116 $25,639  $13,437 
Dividends payable  7,874   10,498 
Other current liabilities  9,514   9,053 
Total current liabilities  43,027   32,988 
Deferred revenue – long-term  20,322   21,861 
Other noncurrent liabilities  10,023
Total noncurrent liabilities  30,345
Total liabilities  73,372
Commitments and contingencies    
Preferred stock, $0.0001 par value, 5,000,000 shares authorized, none issued and outstanding  -   - 
Common stock, $0.0001 par value, 75,000,000 shares authorized, 43,743,243, issued and outstanding at March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020  4   4 
Accumulated other comprehensive income  148   208 
Additional paid in capital  282,215   282,215 
Retained earnings  80,683
Total Stockholders’ Equity  363,050
Total Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity $436,422

FutureFuel Corp.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
and Comprehensive Income
(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)

 Three Months Ended March 31,
  2021   2020 
Revenue$41,516  $53,082 
Cost of goods sold and distribution 52,252   36,683 
Gross (loss) profit (10,736)  16,399 
Selling, general, and administrative expenses 1,548   1,585 
Research and development expenses 774   835 
  2,322   2,420 
(Loss) income from operations (13,058)  13,979 
Other expense, net (102
)  (8,148)
(Loss) income before income taxes (13,160)  5,831 
Income tax benefit (4,387)  (13,212)
Net (loss) income$(8,773) $19,043 
(Loss) earnings per common share   
Basic$(0.14) $0.44 
Diluted$(0.14) $0.44 
Weighted average shares outstanding   
Basic 43,743,243   43,743,243 
Diluted 43,743,243   43,743,243 
Comprehensive (Loss) income   
Net (loss) income$(8,773) $19,043 
Other comprehensive loss from unrealized net   
 loss on available-for-sale debt securities (60)  (397)
Income tax effect 16   84 
Total other comprehensive loss, net of tax (44)  (313)
Comprehensive (loss) income$(8,817) $18,730 

FutureFuel Corp.
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
For the Three Months Ended March 31, 2021 and 2020
(Dollars in thousands)

 Three Months Ended March 31,
  2021   2020 
Cash flows from operating activities   
Net (loss) income$(8,773) $19,043 
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash from operating activities:   
Depreciation 2,608   3,004 
Amortization of deferred financing costs 24   36 
Benefit for deferred income taxes (4,402)  (22)
Change in fair value of equity securities 1,765   9,570 
Change in fair value of derivative instruments (695)  (1,874)
(Gain) loss on the sale of investments (690)  489 
Stock based compensation -   49 
Loss on disposal of property and equipment -   2 
Noncash interest expense 8   19 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:   
Accounts receivable (6,515)  (17,803)
Accounts receivable – related parties 1,375   4,175 
Inventory (11,389)  (3,878)
Income tax receivable 774   (13,587)
Prepaid expenses 751   171 
Prepaid expenses – related party (12)  - 
Other assets (43)  120 
Accounts payable 4,270   2,360 
Accounts payable – related parties 7,814   (815)
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities (509)  2,192 
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities – related parties -   (64)
Deferred revenue (569)  925 
Other noncurrent liabilities (139)  (78)
Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities (14,347)  4,034 
Cash flows from investing activities   
Collateralization of derivative instruments (106)  1,876 
Purchase of marketable securities (15,601)  (964)
Proceeds from the sale of marketable securities 28,681   4,484 
Proceeds from the sale of property and equipment -   50 
Capital expenditures (146)  (1,608)
Net cash provided by investing activities 12,848   3,838 
Cash flows from financing activities   
Deferred financing costs -   (477)
Payment of dividends (2,624)  (2,624)
Net cash used in financing activities (2,624)  (3,101)
Net change in cash and cash equivalents (4,143)  4,771 
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 198,122   243,331 
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period$193,979  $248,102 
Cash paid for interest$43  $1 
Cash paid for income taxes$52  $453 
Noncash investing and financing activities:   
Cash dividends declared, not paid$-  $131,230 
Noncash capital expenditures$118  $- 

FutureFuel Corp.
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measure to Financial Measure
(Dollars in thousands)

Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to Net Income

 Three Months Ended March 31,
  2021   2020 
Net (loss) income$(8,773) $19,043 
Depreciation 2,608   3,004 
Non-cash stock-based compensation -   49 
Interest and dividend income (1,005)  (1,967)
Non-cash interest expense and amortization of deferred financing costs 32   56 
Losses on disposal of property and equipment -   2 
Loss (gain) on derivative instruments 2,625   (6,857)
Loss on marketable securities 1,075   10,059 
Income tax benefit (4,387)  (13,212)
Adjusted EBITDA$(7,825) $10,177 

Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities

 Three Months Ended March 31,
  2021   2020 
Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities$(14,347) $4,034 
Benefit for deferred income taxes 4,402
Interest and dividend income (1,005)  (1,967)
Income tax benefit (4,387)  (13,212)
Loss (gain) on derivative instruments 2,625   (6,857)
Change in fair value of derivative instruments 695   1,874 
Change in operating assets and liabilities, net 4,192
Other -   1 
Adjusted EBITDA$(7,825) $10,177 

FutureFuel Corp.
Condensed Consolidated Segment Income
(Dollars in thousands)

 Three Months Ended March 31,
  2021   2020 
Custom chemicals$10,675  $23,760 
Performance chemicals 5,435   3,933 
Chemicals revenue$16,110  $27,693 
Biofuels revenue 25,406   25,389 
Total Revenue$41,516  $53,082 
Segment gross profit (loss)   
Chemicals$(1,301) $8,014 
Biofuels (9,435)  8,385 
Total gross (loss) profit$(10,736) $16,399 

Depreciation is allocated to segment cost of goods sold based on plant usage. The total assets and capital expenditures of FutureFuel have not been allocated to individual segments as large portions of these assets are shared to varying degrees by each segment, causing such an allocation to be of little value.

FutureFuel Corp.
Tom McKinlay