Green Plains: Q2 2016 Results
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OMAHA, Nebraska - Green Plains Inc. (NASDAQ:GPRE) announced financial results for the second quarter of 2016. Net income attributable to the company was $8.2 million, or $0.21 per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2016 compared with net income of $7.8 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, for the same period in 2015. Revenues were $887.7 million for the second quarter of 2016 compared with $744.5 million for the same period last year.
"We are pleased with our performance in the second quarter of 2016, which resulted in a $50 million increase of operating income compared with the first quarter," said Todd Becker, president and chief executive officer. "Our agribusiness and marketing and distribution segments reported strong results and the partnership segment generated its best results since going public in June of 2015. During the second quarter of 2016, we produced record ethanol volumes and with the current ethanol margin environment, we expect stronger production levels in the last half of the year."
During the second quarter, Green Plains produced 274.3 million gallons of ethanol compared with 238.7 million gallons for the same period in 2015. The consolidated ethanol crush margin was $45.3 million, or $0.17 per gallon, for the second quarter of 2016 compared with $46.5 million, or $0.20 per gallon, for the same period in 2015. The consolidated ethanol crush margin is the ethanol production segment's operating income before depreciation and amortization, which includes corn oil production, plus intercompany storage, transportation and other fees, net of related expenses.
Revenues were $1.6 billion for the six-month period ended June 30, 2016, compared with $1.5 billion for the same period in 2015. Net loss for the six-month period ended June 30, 2016, was $(15.9) million, or $(0.42) per diluted share, compared with net income of $4.5 million, or $0.11 per diluted share, for the same period in 2015.
"Ethanol demand continues to grow, supported by a 3% growth in domestic ethanol consumption and a 6% increase in U.S. ethanol exports year-to-date," commented Becker. "We continue to execute on our core strategy of capital allocation with an intense focus on growing our company, including both organic and acquisitive opportunities."
Second Quarter Highlights
During the second quarter of 2016, Green Plains repurchased 323,290 shares of common stock for approximately $6.0 million. To date, 514,990 shares of common stock have been repurchased for approximately $10.0 million under the company's $100 million share repurchase program.
On June 14, 2016, Green Plains and Jefferson Gulf Coast Energy Partners, a subsidiary of Fortress Transportation and Infrastructure Investors LLC, announced the formation of a 50/50 joint venture to construct and operate an intermodal export and import fuels terminal at Jefferson's existing Beaumont, Texas terminal. The joint venture is expected to invest approximately $55 million in its Phase I development, focused initially on storage and throughput capabilities for multiple grades of ethanol. Green Plains will offer its interest in the joint venture to the partnership once commercial development is complete.
On June 12, 2016, Green Plains entered into an asset purchase agreement with Abengoa Bioenergy of Illinois, LLC and Abengoa Bioenergy of Indiana, LLC to acquire two ethanol plants located in Madison, Ill. and Mount Vernon, Ind. for approximately $200 million in cash, plus certain inventory adjustments and liabilities. The two plants have combined annual production capacity of approximately 180 million gallons of ethanol. The sellers and other affiliates have pending cases under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. The asset purchase agreement constitutes a stalking horse bid, which is subject to bidding procedures and receipt of higher or otherwise better bids at the proposed auction for the plants, and approval by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court. If Green Plains is not the successful bidder at the auction, the sellers must pay a break-up fee equal to $2.5 million per plant, plus reimbursement of expenses up to $500,000. Should Green Plains submit the winning bid, the company expects the transaction to close during the third quarter of 2016 and to offer the plants' transportation and storage assets to the partnership.
Results of Operations
Consolidated revenues increased $143.2 million for the three months ended June 30, 2016, compared with the same period in 2015. Revenues from ethanol, corn oil and grain sales increased $103.4 million, $21.4 million and $11.0 million, respectively. Ethanol revenues were affected by increased volumes sold, partially offset by lower average realized prices. Corn oil revenues and grain revenues were impacted by increased volumes sold.
Operating income increased $3.0 million for the three months ended June 30, 2016, compared with the same period last year primarily due to increased margins on merchant trading activity and cattle. Interest expense remained flat for the three months ended June 30, 2016, compared with the same period in 2015. Income tax expense was $5.5 million for the three months ended June 30, 2016, compared with $5.2 million for the same period in 2015.
Earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) for the second quarter of 2016 was $47.7 million compared with $39.7 million for the same period last year.
Liquidity and Capital Resources
On June 30, 2016, Green Plains had $405.7 million in cash and cash equivalents, and $182.4 million available under revolving credit agreements, some of which are subject to restrictions and other lending conditions. Total debt outstanding was $730.7 million, including $245.6 million outstanding under working capital revolvers and other short-term borrowing arrangements for the marketing and distribution, and agribusiness segments at June 30, 2016.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Management uses earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, or EBITDA, and consolidated ethanol crush margin to measure the company's financial performance and to internally manage its businesses. Management believes these measures provide useful information to investors for comparison with peer and other companies. These measures should not be considered an alternative to net income or segment operating income, which are determined in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. EBITDA calculations may vary from company to company. Accordingly, the company's computation of EBITDA may not be comparable with a similarly-titled measure of another company.
About Green Plains Inc.
Green Plains Inc. (NASDAQ:GPRE) is a diversified commodity-processing business with operations related to ethanol, distillers grains and corn oil production; grain handling and storage; a cattle feedlot; and commodity marketing and distribution services. The company processes 12 million tons of corn annually, producing over 1.2 billion gallons of ethanol, approximately 3.5 million tons of livestock feed and 275 million pounds of industrial grade corn oil at full capacity. Green Plains owns a 62.5% limited partner interest and a 2.0% general partner interest in Green Plains Partners. For more information about Green Plains, visit www.gpreinc.com.
About Green Plains Partners LP
Green Plains Partners LP (NASDAQ:GPP) is a fee-based Delaware limited partnership formed by Green Plains Inc. to provide fuel storage and transportation services by owning, operating, developing and acquiring ethanol and fuel storage tanks, terminals, transportation assets and other related assets and businesses. For more information about Green Plains Partners, visit www.greenplainspartners.com.