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Green Plains Renewable Energy, Inc. (NasdaqCM:GPRE - News) (NasdaqCM:GPRE - News) today announced its financial results for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2007. The fourth quarter, ending on November 30, 2007, was Green Plains" first quarter of operations at its Shenandoah, Iowa, ethanol plant. The Company reported a consolidated quarterly net loss of $1.8 million, or a net loss of $0.29 per share. Additional financial and operating information is contained in Green Plains" Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission today.


"The fourth quarter was Green Plains" first full quarter of ethanol production. While Green Plains is still absorbing significant start-up and construction costs, we have quickly evolved from a development stage enterprise into a fully-operational company," said Wayne B. Hoovestol, Chief Executive Officer. "Once construction of our second ethanol plant is finished and the Great Lakes merger closes, our revenues are expected to grow to significantly greater levels."

Recent Business Highlights

"The start-up of ethanol production at our Shenandoah plant represented a significant milestone in our brief history," said Hoovestol. "That stands out among many recent important achievements. We continue to make significant progress in completion of construction of our second ethanol plant at Superior, Iowa, and we are preparing to close our pending merger with Great Lakes Cooperative."

Green Plains" significant recent accomplishments include:


-- In late August, Green Plains" first ethanol plant in Shenandoah, Iowa, commenced operations. Initial production started in the final days of the third quarter with the plant reaching name-plate production levels within two weeks.

-- In September, Green Plains acquired Essex Elevator, Inc. With grain storage capacity of 2.8 million bushels, located within six miles of the Shenandoah plant, the elevator has been instrumental in corn procurement for ethanol production.

-- In November, Green Plains completed a private placement of 1.2 million shares of common stock to nine accredited investors at a price of $8.10 per share, resulting in net proceeds of approximately $9.7 million. The proceeds are being used for working capital and other general corporate purposes.

-- On February 4, 2008, the members of Great Lakes Cooperative approved the proposed merger with Green Plains. Great Lakes is a full-service agricultural cooperative with seven sites and facilities located in close proximity to Green Plains" ethanol plant in Superior, Iowa. The merger is
expected to close in March, at which time Great Lakes will become a wholly- owned subsidiary of Green Plains.

-- Construction of the Superior ethanol plant is nearing completion, with staffing and training activities currently underway. The plant is expected to begin operations in the spring of 2008.

"The acquisition of Essex Elevator in the fourth quarter was the first step in Green Plains" vertical integration strategy," continued Hoovestol. "The merger with Great Lakes represents a significant further commitment to that strategy. In a commodity-driven business, this strategy gives Green Plains an advantage in increasing efficiency and managing commodity price and supply risk."


Fourth Quarter 2007 Financial Results
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Three Months Ended Year Ended
November 30 November 30
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2007 2006 2007 2006
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Statement of Operations
Data:
Revenues:

Ethanol $18,088,695 $ - $18,088,695 $ -
Distillers grains 4,262,349 - 4,271,652 -
Grain merchandising
and storage 1,842,044 - 1,842,044 -
----------- ----------- ----------- -----------
Total revenues 24,193,088 - 24,202,391 -
Cost of goods sold 23,022,203 - 23,042,844 -
----------- ----------- ----------- -----------
Gross profit (loss) 1,170,885 - 1,159,547 -
Operating expenses 2,792,074 973,464 8,943,202 2,150,986
----------- ----------- ----------- -----------
Operating income (loss) (1,621,189) (973,464) (7,783,655) (2,150,986)
Other income (expense) (225,002) 2,139,209 350,694 3,395,106
----------- ----------- ----------- -----------
Income (loss) before
income taxes (1,846,191) 1,165,745 (7,432,961) 1,244,120
Income tax provision
(benefit) - 326,000 (294,489) 326,000
----------- ----------- ----------- -----------
Net income (loss) $(1,846,191) $ 839,745 $(7,138,472) $ 918,120
=========== =========== =========== ===========

Basic earnings per
share $ (0.29) $ 0.14 $ (1.18) $ 0.19
=========== =========== =========== ===========
Diluted earnings per
share $ (0.29) $ 0.14 $ (1.18) $ 0.19
=========== =========== =========== ===========

Operating and Other Data:
Ethanol sold (gallons) 11,046,000 - 11,046,000 -
Average net price of
ethanol sold ($ per
gallon) $ 1.64 $ - $ 1.64 $ -
Average corn cost
($ per bushel) $ 3.56 $ - $ 3.56 $ -
Average net price for
distillers grains
($ per equivalent
dried ton) $ 122 $ - $ 122 $ -

Green Plains" fourth quarter total revenues were $24.2 million. Total revenues include $18.1 million from the sale of our core product, ethanol, $4.3 million from the sale of distillers grains, a by-product of ethanol production, and $1.8 million in grain merchandising and storage fees. During the fourth quarter, Green Plains sold 11,046,000 gallons of ethanol. The Shenandoah plant operated at approximately 92% of name-plate capacity for the fourth quarter. The plant is generally expected to operate at or above name-plate capacity.

Cost of goods sold were $23.0 million of which approximately 69% was corn consumed in ethanol production. Green Plains" average cost of corn, net of hedging gains, was $3.56 per bushel. At November 30, 2007, approximately 49% of Green Plains" estimated 33.0 million bushels of corn usage for the next 12 months was subject to fixed-price contracts, at a weighted average price of approximately $3.75 per bushel. This includes fixed-price future-delivery contracts for approximately 11.3 million bushels.

"Green Plains" competitive strength is in controlling commodity risk," stated Jerry L. Peters, Chief Financial Officer. "From inception, we recognized that an ethanol producer must have access to affordable corn. The entire business model is designed to manage commodity price and supply risk. In the fourth quarter, we aggressively hedged corn prices for the coming year through fixed-price contracts and derivative positions."

After operating expenses and other expenses, Green Plains had a net loss of $1.8 million, or a net loss of $0.29 per share, for the fourth quarter. The fourth quarter net loss included approximately $400,000 of operating expenses incurred by construction of the Superior plant. For the fiscal year, Green Plains had a net loss of approximately $7.1 million, or a net loss of $1.18 per share.

"Green Plains closed the quarter with strong production data and feedstock figures that support our vertical integration strategy," continued Hoovestol. "Short-term losses are unavoidable in a start-up business. However, we remain focused on building long-term shareholder value as the vertically-integrated low cost ethanol producer."

At the close of the fourth quarter, Green Plains had approximately $11.9 million in cash and equivalents, total assets of approximately $180.2 million and total liabilities of approximately $88.2 million.

About Green Plains Renewable Energy, Inc.

Ethanol, which Green Plains produces from corn, is a high-octane fuel that is blended with gasoline to provide superior engine performance as well as help to reduce harmful tailpipe and greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming. Ethanol has also become a prime source of value-added income for American farmers.

Green Plains has an operating 50 million gallon ethanol plant in Shenandoah, Iowa and is currently building a second 50 million gallon ethanol facility in Superior, Iowa. The Superior plant is anticipated to begin production in spring 2008. Green Plains has entered into an agreement and plan of merger with Great Lakes Cooperative, with a closing that is subject to various conditions and contingencies.
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