FutureFuel Releases 2021 Results: Reports Net Income of $26.3 Million or $0.60 per Diluted Share, and Adjusted EBITDA of $33.8 Million

CLAYTON, Mo., March 15, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- FutureFuel Corp. (NYSE: FF) (“FutureFuel”), a manufacturer of custom and performance chemicals and biofuels, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2021.

Fourth Quarter 2021 Financial Highlights (all comparisons are with the fourth quarter of 2020)

  • Revenues were $107.1 million, up 115% from $49.9 million
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $25.7 million, up 141% from $10.8 million
  • Net income increased to $22.3 million, or $0.51 per diluted share, from $5.5 million, or $0.13 per diluted share.

2021 Financial Highlights (all comparisons are with the year ended December 31, 2020)

  • Revenues were $321.4 million, up 57% from $204.5 million
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $33.8 million, up 16.1% from $29.2 million
  • Net income decreased to $26.3 million, or $0.60 per diluted share, from $46.6 million, or $1.06 per diluted share.

“We ended the year with a strong fourth quarter that capped our recovery from a tumultuous beginning to 2021, when in February 2021, Winter Storm Uri brought severe disruption to the operation of our Batesville, AR manufacturing site. Its impact reduced our revenue by approximately $3 million and increased our energy costs by $7.8 million. Since then, our revenues have risen significantly, driven by our Biofuels segment, which saw fuel prices rise relentlessly and feedstock prices also reach record high levels. Our cost controls and buying strategy during this time ensured that biodiesel margins remained robust throughout the year.

Our chemicals business has stabilized, and we are now witnessing signs of increased demand as the economy adjusts to the impacts of COVID-19. We have recruited fresh talent to our Commercial and Technology teams, and we are executing plans to grow this segment in the year ahead.” said Tom McKinlay, Chief Operating Officer for FutureFuel Corp.

2022 Regular Cash Dividends

FutureFuel declared a regular quarterly cash dividend in the amount of $0.06 per share on our common stock in the first quarter of 2022.

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
  Three months ended December 31: 
          Dollar  % 
  2021  2020  Change  Change 
Revenues $107,070  $49,863  $57,207   115%
Income from operations $21,817  $5,695  $16,122   283%
Net income $22,345  $5,472  $16,873   308%
Earnings per common share:                
Basic $0.51  $0.13  $0.38   292%
Diluted $0.51  $0.13  $0.38   292%
Adjusted EBITDA $25,861  $10,753  $15,108   141%

  Twelve months ended December 31: 
          Dollar  % 
  2021  2020  Change  Change 
Revenues $321,386  $204,505  $116,881   57%
Income from operations $12,898  $22,339  $(9,441)  (42%)
Net income $26,255  $46,564  $(20,309)  (44%)
Earnings per common share:                
Basic $0.60  $1.06  $(0.46)  (43%)
Diluted $0.60  $1.06  $(0.46)  (43%)
Adjusted EBITDA $33,848  $29,157  $4,691   16%

Consolidated Financial Results Q4 2021 versus Q4 2020

Fourth quarter revenue and gross profit increased primarily from higher average selling prices of biodiesel in the biofuel segment inclusive of RIN sales. Chemical revenue increased from the prior year quarter primarily from increased sales volumes on chemicals used in the energy market.

Operating expenses increased $1,136 from higher research and development expense primarily for the benefit of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and compensation expense.

Other income decreased $2,997 in 2021 primarily from a reduction in realized and unrealized gains on equity securities.

Net income was $22,345 or $0.51 per diluted share for fourth quarter 2021 as compared with $5,472 or $0.13 per diluted share for fourth quarter 2020 for the same reasons described above.

Consolidated Financial Results 2021 versus 2020

Consolidated sales revenue increased $116,881 in 2021 compared to 2020. This increase primarily resulted from higher average selling prices in the biofuel segment reduced in part by lower sales volumes in the biofuel segment from the uncontrollable Winter Storm Uri event and in the chemical segment from two contracts that ended in 2020. Our strategic plan is to utilize this available capacity for products requiring GMP and other processes for higher value specialty chemicals.

Gross profit decreased $7,770. This decrease was mainly attributable to i) exorbitant natural gas prices incurred in February from Winter Storm Uri along with the curtailed production of biodiesel driven by this event, and ii) the absence of two chemical contracts mentioned above. Partially improving gross profit in the same comparative period was higher margins in the biofuel segment.

Operating expenses increased $1,671 from the impairment of intangible assets in 2021 and higher research and development expense primarily for the benefit of GMP.

Other income decreased $6,407 primarily from non-operating income recognized in 2020 of $8,350. Partially improving other income was the absence of realized and unrealized losses on equity securities in 2021 as compared to 2020.

FutureFuel reported net income of $26,255, or $0.60 per diluted share for 2021, compared with net income of $46,564, or $1.06 per diluted share for 2020.

Capital Expenditures

Capital expenditures were $1,456 in 2021, compared with $4,464 in 2020.

Cash and Cash Equivalents and Marketable Securities

Cash and cash equivalents and marketable securities totaled $184,711 as of December 31, 2021, compared with $262,526 as of December 31, 2020. The reduction in cash and cash equivalents and marketable securities resulted primarily from a special cash dividend paid of $109,408.

About FutureFuel

FutureFuel is a leading manufacturer of diversified chemical products and biofuels. FutureFuel’s chemicals segment manufactures specialty chemicals for specific customers (“custom chemicals”) as well as multi-customer specialty chemicals (“performance chemicals”). FutureFuel’s custom manufacturing product portfolio includes proprietary agrochemicals, adhesion promoters, a biocide intermediate, and an antioxidant precursor. FutureFuel’s performance chemicals products include a portfolio of proprietary nylon and polyester polymer modifiers and several small-volume specialty chemicals and solvents 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, 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)
  December 31, 2021  December 31, 2020 
Cash and cash equivalents $137,521  $198,122 
Accounts receivable, inclusive of the blenders' tax credit of $8,232 and $8,300 and net of allowances for bad debt of $67 and $63, respectively  29,374   22,813 
Inventory  26,920   33,889 
Marketable securities  47,190   64,404 
Other current assets  14,828   23,377 
Total current assets  255,833   342,605 
Property, plant and equipment, net  82,901   91,544 
Other assets  5,596   7,155 
Total noncurrent assets  88,497   98,699 
Total Assets $344,330  $441,304 
Liabilities and StockholdersEquity        
Accounts payable, inclusive of the blenders' tax credit rebates due customers of $890 and $1,116, respectively $22,823  $13,437 
Dividends payable  -   10,498 
Other current liabilities  12,233   9,053 
Total current liabilities  35,056   32,988 
Deferred revenue – long-term  16,755   21,861 
Other noncurrent liabilities  3,591   14,572 
Total noncurrent liabilities  20,346   36,433 
Total liabilities  55,402   69,421 
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, 43,763,243 and 43,743,243 issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2021 and 2020  4   4 
Accumulated other comprehensive income  178   208 
Additional paid in capital  282,443   282,215 
Retained earnings  6,303   89,456 
Total StockholdersEquity  288,928   371,883 
Total Liabilities and StockholdersEquity $344,330  $441,304 

FutureFuel Corp.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income and Comprehensive Income
(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)
  Three months ended December 31: 
  2021  2020 
Revenue $107,070  $49,863 
Cost of goods sold and distribution  80,946   42,312 
Gross profit  26,124   7,551 
Selling, general, and administrative expenses  1,894   1,262 
Research and development expenses  1,098   594 
   2,992   1,856 
Income from operations  23,132   5,695 
Other income, net  925   3,922 
Income before income taxes  24,057   9,617 
Income tax provision  1,712   4,145 
Net income $22,345  $5,472 
Earnings per common share        
Basic $0.51  $0.13 
Diluted $0.51  $0.13 
Weighted average shares outstanding        
Basic  43,763,243   43,743,243 
Diluted  43,763,243   43,744,278 
Comprehensive income        
Net income $22,345  $5,472 
Other comprehensive income from unrealized net gains on available-for-sale securities  29   104 
Income tax effect  (6)  (22)
Total unrealized gains, net of tax  23   82 
Comprehensive income $22,368  $5,554 

FutureFuel Corp.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income and Comprehensive Income
(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)
  Twelve months ended December 31: 
  2021  2020 
Revenue $321,386  $204,505 
Cost of goods sold and distribution  297,849   173,198 
Gross profit  23,537   31,307 
Selling, general, and administrative expenses  7,155   5,980 
Research and development expenses  3,484   2,988 
   10,639   8,968 
Income from operations  12,898   22,339 
Other income, net  3,032   9,439 
Income before income taxes  15,930   31,778 
Income tax benefit  (10,325)  (14,786)
Net income $26,255  $46,564 
Earnings per common share        
Basic $0.60  $1.06 
Diluted $0.60  $1.06 
Weighted average shares outstanding        
Basic  43,756,065   43,743,243 
Diluted  43,756,113   43,744,150 
Comprehensive income        
Net income $26,255  $46,564 
Other comprehensive loss from unrealized net losses on available-for-sale securities  (38)  (111)
Income tax effect  8   23 
Total unrealized losses, net of tax  (30)  (88)
Comprehensive income $26,225  $46,476 

FutureFuel Corp.
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
For the Years Ended December 31, 2021 and 2020
(Dollars in thousands)
  2021  2020 
Cash flows from operating activities        
Net income $26,255  $46,564 
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:        
Depreciation  10,452   11,150 
Amortization of deferred financing costs  95   108 
Benefit for deferred income taxes  (10,454)  (610)
Change in fair value of equity securities  904   246 
Change in fair value of derivative instruments  609   (390)
Loss (gain) on the sale of investments  (834)  4,129 
Stock based compensation  -   49 
Loss on disposal of property and equipment  11   31 
Impairment of intangible asset  1,315   - 
Noncash interest expense  32   43 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:        
Accounts receivable  (7,929)  88,865 
Accounts receivable – related parties  1,368   3,176 
Inventory  6,969   3,684 
Income tax receivable  7,908   (9,606)
Prepaid expenses  379   (2,035)
Prepaid expenses – related party  (4)  12 
Other assets  732   658 
Accounts payable  2,095   (48,639)
Accounts payable – related parties  6,927   (271)
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities  870   456 
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities – related parties  1   (64)
Deferred revenue  (2,931)  (691)
Other noncurrent liabilities  (686)  (462)
Net cash provided by operating activities  44,084   96,403 
Cash flows from investing activities        
Collateralization of derivative instruments  (750)  158 
Purchase of marketable securities  (23,546)  (5,073)
Proceeds from the sale of marketable securities  40,652   9,803 
Proceeds from the sale of property and equipment  -   50 
Proceeds from the sale of intangible asset  93   1 
Capital expenditures  (1,456)  (4,464)
Net cash provided by investing activities  14,993   474 
Cash flows from financing activities        
Loan proceeds  -   8,180 
Payment on loan  -   (8,180)
Proceeds from the issuance of stock  231   - 
Minimum tax withholding on stock options exercised  (3)  - 
Deferred financing costs  -   (477)
Equipment financing proceeds  -   119 
Payment of dividends  (119,906)  (141,728)
Net cash used in financing activities  119,678   (142,086)
Net change in cash and cash equivalents  (60,601)  (45,209)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period  198,122   243,331 
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $137,521  $198,122 
Cash paid for interest $47  $2 
Cash paid for income taxes $83  $661 
Noncash investing and financing activities:        
Noncash capital expenditures $364  $- 
Noncash operating leases $269  $442 
Noncash items incurred for dividends $-  $10,498 

FutureFuel Corp.
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measure to Financial Measure
(Dollars in thousands)
Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to Net Income
  Three months ended
December 31:
  Twelve months ended
December 31:
  2021  2020  2021  2020 
Net income $22,345  $5,472  $26,255  $46,564 
Depreciation  2,565   2,596   10,452   11,150 
Non-cash stock-based compensation  -   -   -   49 
Interest and dividend income  (670)  (1,086)  (3,119)  (5,648)
Non-cash interest expense and amortization of deferred financing costs  31   32   127   151 
Loss on disposal of property and equipment  -   82   11   31 
Loss (gain) on derivative instruments  -   2,410   10,377   (4,379)
(Gain) loss on marketable securities  (122)  (2,898)  70   4,375 
Other non-operating income  -   -   -   (8,350)
Income tax provision (benefit)  1,712   4,145   (10,325)  (14,786)
Adjusted EBITDA $25,861  $10,753  $33,848  $29,157 

Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities
  Twelve months ended December 31: 
  2021  2020 
Net cash provided by operating activities $44,084  $96,403 
Benefit for deferred income taxes  10,454   610 
Interest and dividend income  (3,119)  (5,648)
Income tax provision  (10,325)  (14,786)
Loss (gain) on derivative instruments  10,377   (4,379)
Change in fair value of derivative instruments  (609)  390 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net  (15,699)  (35,083)
Other non-operating income  -   (8,350)
Impairment of intangible asset  (1,315)  - 
Adjusted EBITDA $33,848  $29,157 

FutureFuel Corp.
Condensed Consolidated Segment Income
(Dollars in thousands)
  Three months ended
December 31:
  Twelve months ended
December 31:
  2021  2020  2021  2020 
Custom chemicals $15,020  $11,765  $50,675  $63,894 
Performance chemicals  4,174   4,145   16,867   15,284 
Chemicals revenue $19,194  $15,910  $67,542  $79,178 
Biofuels revenue  87,876   33,953   253,844   125,327 
Total Revenue $107,070  $49,863  $321,386  $204,505 
Segment gross profit                
Chemicals $5,881  $5,173  $13,970  $25,518 
Biofuels  20,243   2,378   9,567   5,789 
Total gross profit $26,124  $7,551  $23,537  $31,307 

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
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