BioFuel Energy Corp.: Fourth quarter and year end 2010 results

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Denver - BioFuel Energy Corp. (Nasdaq:BIOF - News), an ethanol production company, today announced its fourth quarter and year end 2010 results.  For the year ended December 31, 2010, the net loss was $25.2 million on revenues of $453.4 million, compared with a net loss of $19.7 million on revenues of $415.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2009.  For the quarter ended December 31, 2010, the net loss was $1.1 million on revenues of $141.4 million, compared with net income of $8.8 million on revenues of $120.4 million in the year-ago quarter.  For the year ended December 31, 2010, the net loss attributable to common shareholders was $20.0 million, or $.79 per share, while for the fourth quarter the net loss attributable to common shareholders was $1.0 million, or $.04 per share.


For the full year 2010, the Company's operating loss was $13.6 million, which resulted from $454.6 million in cost of goods sold, including $323.9 million for corn, and $12.4 million in general and administrative expenses.  During the year the Company had $11.6 million in interest expense which resulted in a net loss of $25.2 million. Operating income for the fourth quarter 2010 was $2.5 million, which resulted from $136.3 million in cost of goods sold, including $104.8 million for corn, and $2.6 million in general and administrative expenses. The Company also had $3.5 million of interest expense in the fourth quarter, which resulted in a net loss of $1.1 million.


Scott H. Pearce, the Company's President and Chief Executive Officer, stated: "During the quarter we launched the rights offering at the end of December, which successfully closed in early February and improved our balance sheet.  While we are disappointed with our net loss for the year, we think our entire operations team can be proud of showing significant improvement in driving out operating costs over the course of the year."

At December 31, 2010, the Company had $189.4 million in term loans outstanding under its senior debt facility, $20.0 million borrowed under its bridge loan facility, and $21.4 million borrowed under its subordinated debt facility.  At December 31, 2010, the Company held $7.4 million of cash and equivalents and equity totaled $54.4 million, including $0.3 million of noncontrolling interest.  As previously announced, the Company completed its rights offering and concurrent LLC private placement on February 4, 2011, which generated aggregate gross proceeds of $46.0 million.  The Company used the proceeds to repay in full its bridge loan facility and subordinated debt facility and to make certain other payments.


The Company plans to host a conference call on Tuesday, March 29, 2011 beginning at 1:00 p.m. (EDT) to discuss the results.  To participate, please dial (800) 944-8766.  The participant code for the call is 13119.  Approximately 90 minutes following the call, a phone playback will be available for 30 days by dialing (866) 281-6782.  The access code for the replay is 153871.


This release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Federal securities laws.  Such statements are based on management's current expectations, estimates and projections, which are subject to a wide range of uncertainties and business risks.  Forward-looking statements should not be read as a guarantee of future performance or results, and will not necessarily be accurate indications of whether, or the times by which, our performance or results may be achieved.  Factors that could cause actual results to differ from those anticipated are discussed in our Exchange Act filings and our Annual Report on Form 10-K.

BioFuel Energy currently has two 110 million gallons per year ethanol plants in the Midwestern corn belt.  The Company's goal is to become a leading ethanol producer in the United States by acquiring, developing, owning and operating ethanol production facilities.

Contact:
Kelly G. Maguire
For more information:
Executive Vice President &
www.bfenergy.com
Chief Financial Officer
(303) 640-6500
kmaguire@bfenergy.com

BioFuel Energy Corp.  


(in thousands, except per share amounts)


Three Months Ended December 31,



Years Ended December 31,


Summary Income Statement  


2009


2010



2009


2010


Net sales


$            120,418


$            141,383



$ 415,514


$ 453,415


Cost of goods sold


105,839


136,301



404,750


454,638


Gross profit (loss)


14,579


5,082



10,764


(1,223)


General and administrative expenses:







  Compensation expense


1,609


1,678



6,160


6,830


  Other


1,267


923



9,327


5,565


Other operating expense


-


-



150


-


Operating income (loss)


11,703


2,481



(4,873)


(13,618)


Interest income


4


-



78


-


Interest expense


(2,870)


(3,544)



(14,906)


(11,605)


Other non-operating expense


-


-



(1)


-


Net income (loss)


8,837


(1,063)



(19,702)


(25,223)


Less: Net (income) loss attributable to the noncontrolling interest


(1,989)


16



6,072


5,240


Net income (loss) attributable to BioFuel Energy Corp. common shareholders


$                6,848


$               (1,047)



$ (13,630)


$ (19,983)


Income (loss) per share - basic attributable to BioFuel Energy Corp. common shareholders


$                  0.27


$                 (0.04)



$     (0.57)


$     (0.79)


Income (loss) per share - diluted attributable to BioFuel Energy Corp. common shareholders


$                  0.21


$                 (0.04)



$     (0.57)


$     (0.79)


Weighted average shares outstanding:


 Basic


24,902


25,449



23,792


25,421


 Diluted


32,593


25,449



23,792


25,421


Additional operational data  







Ethanol sold (gallons, in thousands)


55,821


56,511



218,389


224,187


Dry distillers grain sold (tons, in thousands)


123.8


120.7



484.6


498.1


Wet distillers grain sold (tons, in thousands)


87.7


95.8



370.8


362.1


Average FOB price of ethanol sold (per gallon)


$                  1.91


$                  2.16



$       1.64


$       1.77


Average FOB price of dry distillers grain sold (per ton)


$              101.78


$              132.57



$   106.45


$   102.38


Average FOB price of wet distillers grain sold (per ton)


$                29.44


$                44.76



$     33.18


$     28.61


Average corn cost (per bushel)


$                  3.67


$                  5.06



$       3.61


$       4.02




December 31,


December 31,





Summary Balance Sheet  


2009


2010




Cash and equivalents


$                6,109


$                7,428





Accounts receivable


23,745


27,802





Inventories


20,885


23,689





Prepaid expenses


2,529


1,561





Other current assets


325


3,330





Property, plant and equipment, net


284,362


260,078





Debt issuance costs, net


6,472


4,979





Other non-current assets


2,348


2,844





Total assets


$            346,775


$            331,711






Total current liabilities


$              40,830


$              52,238





Long-term debt, net of current portion


220,754


215,479





Tax increment financing, net of current portion


5,591


5,245




Other non-current liabilities


1,705


4,327



Total liabilities


268,880


277,289




BioFuel Energy Corp. stockholders' equity


72,235


54,170



Noncontrolling interest


5,660


252


Total equity


77,895


54,422



Total liabilities and stockholders' equity  


$            346,775


$            331,711

Total shares outstanding at March 22, 2011 (a)


123,064,368

(a) Includes common shares and Class B common shares, net of 809,606 shares held in treasury.
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