22.11.16

Pacific Ethanol: Q3 2016 Results

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– Initiated startup of membrane separation system at Madera, CA facility –
– Net sales grew 10% over the third quarter of 2015 –
– Record 243.7 million total gallons sold for the third quarter of 2016 –
– Net loss was $3.8 million or $0.09 per share –
– Adjusted EBITDA was $9.3 million –

SACRAMENTO, California - Pacific Ethanol, Inc. (PEIX), a leading producer and marketer of low-carbon renewable fuels in the United States, reported its financial results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2016.

Neil Koehler, the company’s president and CEO, stated: “During the third quarter, we sold a record 243.7 million gallons of ethanol, reflecting increased output from our eight production facilities as well as a 16% increase in third party sales over the comparable period in 2015. As a result, net sales grew 10% compared to the third quarter of last year. This also demonstrates our success in integrating and optimizing our Midwest assets.

“Net loss of $3.8 million for the third quarter of 2016 was impacted by over $11 million of extraordinary expenses, including higher beginning inventory valuation, lower margins in the Company’s ethanol trading business resulting from the intra-quarter drop in ethanol prices, significant repair expenses and non-cash mark-to-market adjustments related to open hedge positions.

“We are now experiencing near the best production margins of the year from strong ethanol demand and low corn input costs aided by a record corn crop. With our diverse platform of efficiently operating assets and multiple products, we are well positioned to profit from the positive market conditions in the fourth quarter.”

Recent Business Highlights

    Initiated startup of an industrial-scale membrane separation system at our Madera facility. Using the Whitefox ICE™ Solution, the system is expected to reduce energy costs and lower the carbon intensity of our ethanol produced.
    Received EPA approval on our pathway to generate cellulosic ethanol at our Stockton facility. The Company expects to produce over one million gallons of high-value, D3-eligible RINs annually.
    Contracted to install a 5 megawatt solar photovoltaic power system at our Madera facility. The solar PV system is expected to displace more than 30% of the electricity currently provided by the grid and lower the carbon intensity of the ethanol produced.

Financial Results for the Three Months Ended September 30, 2016
Net sales were $417.8 million for the third quarter of 2016, an increase of 10% when compared to net sales of $380.6 million for the third quarter of 2015. The increase was attributable to record gallons sold from both production and third party sales.

Gross profit was $6.4 million for the third quarter of 2016, compared to a gross loss of $7.4 million for the third quarter of 2015. The improvement reflects stronger production margins in the current period, as well as $8.7 million of purchase accounting adjustments recorded in the prior year that did not recur in 2016.

Selling, general and administrative ("SG&A") expenses were $6.0 million for the third quarter of 2016, compared to $7.4 million for the third quarter of 2015, primarily due to the synergies derived from the integration of the company’s Midwest assets.

Operating income for the third quarter of 2016 was $0.4 million, compared to an operating loss of $14.8 million for the third quarter of 2015.

Interest expense, net for the third quarter of 2016 was $3.9 million, compared to $5.2 million for the third quarter of 2015. This decrease is primarily attributable to $1.1 million of capitalized interest in the current period.

There was no benefit for income taxes recorded for the third quarter of 2016, whereas a $3.9 million benefit was recorded in the third quarter of 2015.

Net loss available to common stockholders for the third quarter of 2016 was $3.8 million, or $0.09 per share, compared to a loss of $15.0 million, or $0.36 per share, for the third quarter of 2015.

Adjusted EBITDA was $9.3 million for the third quarter of 2016, compared to $2.4 million for the third quarter of 2015.

Cash and cash equivalents were $40.6 million at September 30, 2016, compared to $52.7 million at December 31, 2015. The lower year-over-year cash and cash equivalents balance reflects debt and interest payments of over $27.0 million and capital expenditures of $14.0 million. On a sequential basis, cash and cash equivalents improved from $31.7 million at June 30, 2016.

Financial Results for the Nine Months Ended September 30, 2016
Net sales were $1,183.0 million for the first nine months of 2016, compared to $814.4 million for the same period of 2015.

Gross profit was $25.1 million for the first nine months of 2016, compared to a gross loss of $2.1 million for the same period of 2015.

SG&A expenses were $20.4 million for the first nine months of 2016, compared to SG&A expenses of $16.3 million for the same period of 2015.

Operating income for the first nine months of 2016 was $4.7 million, compared to an operating loss of $18.5 million for the same period of 2015.

Net loss available to common stockholders was $12.6 million for the first nine months of 2016, compared to $19.0 million for the same period of 2015.

Adjusted EBITDA was $31.3 million for the first nine months of 2016, compared to $5.2 million for the same period of 2015.
About Pacific Ethanol, Inc.
Pacific Ethanol, Inc. (PEIX) is the leading producer and marketer of low-carbon renewable fuels in the Western United States. With the addition of four Midwestern ethanol plants in July 2015, Pacific Ethanol more than doubled the scale of its operations, entered new markets, and expanded its mission to advance its position as an industry leader in the production and marketing of low carbon renewable fuels. Pacific Ethanol owns and operates eight ethanol production facilities, four in the Western states of California, Oregon and Idaho, and four in the Midwestern states of Illinois and Nebraska. The plants have a combined production capacity of 515 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 ethanol and co-products domestically and internationally. Pacific Ethanol’s subsidiary, Kinergy Marketing LLC, markets all ethanol 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.

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