SACRAMENTO, Calif., Nov. 07, 2017 — 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, 2017.
Neil Koehler, Pacific Ethanol’s president and CEO, stated: “For the third quarter 2017, Pacific Ethanol reported improving financial performance in light of challenging commodity margin economics. Combined with the positive impact of the July 3rd ICP acquisition, we reported year-over-year and sequential quarterly increases in net sales, gross profit, operating income and Adjusted EBITDA. We now operate nine plants with a total annual production capacity of 605 million gallons. Shortly after the ICP acquisition, we refinanced the associated promissory notes, strengthening our balance sheet and reducing our cost of borrowing.”Financial Results for the Three Months Ended September 30, 2017 Compared to 2016
The year-over-year increases reflect the impact of the ICP acquisition, including higher professional expenses associated with the acquisition.Net sales were $445.4 million, compared to $417.8 million.Record total gallons sold of 250.0 million, compared to 243.7 million.Record production gallons sold of 141.8 million, compared to 125.5 million.Cost of goods sold was $433.4 million, compared to $411.4 million.Gross profit was $12.1 million, compared to $6.4 million.Selling, general and administrative expenses were $8.7 million, compared to $6.0 million, reflecting increased benefits, non-cash compensation and transaction costs associated with the acquisition of ICP. Operating income was $3.3 million, compared to $0.4 million.Net loss available to common stockholders was $0.5 million, or $0.01 per share, compared to $3.8 million, or $0.09 per share.Adjusted EBITDA was $13.2 million, compared to $9.3 million.Cash and cash equivalents were $56.9 million at September 30, 2017, compared to $68.6 million at December 31, 2016.Financial Results for the Nine Months Ended September 30, 2017 Compared to 2016Net sales were $1,237.0 million, compared to $1,183.0 million.Cost of goods sold was $1,229.0 million, compared to $1,157.9 million.Gross profit was $7.9 million, compared $25.1 million.Selling, general and administrative expenses were $22.9 million, compared to $20.4 million.Operating loss was $15.0 million, compared to operating income of $4.7 million.Net loss available to common stockholders was $22.6 million, or $0.53 per share, compared to $12.6 million, or $0.30 per share.Adjusted EBITDA was $13.9 million, compared to $31.3 million.Third Quarter 2017 Results Conference Call
Management will host a conference call at 8:00 a.m. Pacific Time/11:00 a.m. Eastern Time on November 8th, 2017. CEO Neil Koehler and CFO Bryon McGregor 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.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 7063879#. 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 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, November 8th, 2017 through 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, November 15th, 2017. To access the replay, please dial (855) 859-2056. International callers should dial 00-1-(404) 537-3406. The pass code will be 7063879#.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 the 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, market conditions, including the supply of and domestic and international demand for ethanol and co-products; statements about the benefits of Pacific Ethanol’s refinancing of the ICP promissory notes; 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; export conditions and international demand for ethanol and co-products; fluctuations in the price of and demand for oil and gasoline; raw material costs, including ethanol production input costs and changes in governmental regulations and policies. 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 and regulations; 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 9, 2017.
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