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Pacific Ethanol Reports Second Quarter 2018 Results

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SACRAMENTO, Calif., Aug. 08, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- 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 six months ended June 30, 2018.

Neil Koehler, Pacific Ethanol’s president and CEO, stated: “Even with a challenging first half, we believe market fundamentals remain strong, supporting better production margins in the second half of the year. However, questionable regulatory actions have reduced short-term ethanol demand in both domestic and export markets impacting both Pacific Ethanol and the ethanol industry as a whole. During this period of continued compressed and volatile production margins, our focus remains on initiatives and investments to reduce costs, improve yields, lower carbon scores, and maintain a healthy balance sheet. We are benefiting from increased product diversification that supports stronger margins and lessens our exposure to commodity price fluctuations in the fuel ethanol markets.”  

Financial Results for the Three Months Ended June 30, 2018 Compared to 2017

  • Net sales were $410.5 million, compared to $405.2 million.
  • Total gallons sold of 227.4 million, compared to 235.8 million.
  • Total production gallons sold of 144.4 million, compared to 120.0 million.
  • Cost of goods sold was $411.8 million, compared to $403.5 million, and included approximately $5.0 million in higher repair and maintenance items.  
  • Gross loss was $1.3 million, compared to gross profit of $1.7 million.
  • Selling, general and administrative expenses were $8.9 million, compared to $8.8 million.
  • Operating loss was $10.2 million, compared to $7.1 million.
  • Loss available to common stockholders was $13.2 million, or $0.31 per share, compared to $9.2 million, or $0.22 per share.
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $1.0 million compared to $2.6 million.
  • Cash and cash equivalents were $62.6 million at June 30, 2018, compared to $49.5 million at December 31, 2017.

Financial Results for the Six Months Ended June 30, 2018 Compared to 2017

  • Net sales were $810.5 million, compared to $791.5 million.
  • Cost of goods sold was $808.5 million, compared to $795.7 million.
  • Gross profit was $2.1 million, compared to a gross loss of $4.1 million.
  • Selling, general and administrative expenses were $18.2 million, compared to $14.2 million, which includes $3.6 million in one-time gains associated with legal matters in the prior year.
  • Operating loss was $16.1 million, compared to $18.3 million.
  • Loss available to common stockholders was $21.4 million, or $0.50 per share, compared to $22.1 million, or $0.52 per share.
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $6.7 million, compared to $0.7 million.

Second Quarter 2018 Results Conference Call

Management will host a conference call at 8:00 a.m. Pacific Time/11:00 a.m. Eastern Time on August 9, 2018. CEO Neil Koehler and CFO Bryon McGregor will deliver prepared remarks followed by a question and answer session.

The webcast 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 1666285. 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 Thursday, August 9, 2018, through 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, August 16, 2018. To access the replay, please dial (855) 859-2056. International callers should dial 00-1-(404) 537-3406. The pass code will be 1666285.

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, statements concerning future market fundamentals and conditions, including the supply of and domestic and international demand for ethanol and co-products; future margins; the effects of regulatory actions; the benefits of product diversification; 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 and high-quality alcohols; 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. 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, regulations and governmental policies; 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 May 10, 2018.

 
 
 
PACIFIC ETHANOL, INC. 
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(unaudited, in thousands, except per share data)
 
  Three Months Ended
June 30,
  Six Months Ended
June 30,
   2018     2017     2018     2017 
         
Net sales $   410,522     $   405,202     $   810,549     $   791,542  
Cost of goods sold     411,795         403,549         808,460         795,662  
Gross profit (loss)     (1,273 )       1,653          2,089          (4,120 )
Selling, general and administrative expenses      8,898          8,762          18,213          14,212  
Loss from operations     (10,171 )       (7,109 )        (16,124 )        (18,332 )
Fair value adjustments      —          18         —         473  
Interest expense, net     (4,177 )       (2,694 )        (8,682 )        (5,331 )
Other income (expense), net      (256 )        (153 )       142         (233 )
Loss before benefit for income taxes     (14,604 )        (9,938 )       (24,664 )       (23,423 )
Benefit for income taxes      —          —          563          —  
Consolidated net loss     (14,604 )        (9,938 )       (24,101 )       (23,423 )
Net loss attributed to noncontrolling interests     1,696         1,097         3,352         1,946  
Net loss attributed to Pacific Ethanol, Inc. $   (12,908 )   $    (8,841 )   $   (20,749 )   $   (21,477 )
Preferred stock dividends $   (315 )   $   (315 )   $   (627 )   $   (627 )
Loss available to common stockholders $   (13,223 )   $   (9,156 )   $   (21,376 )   $   (22,104 )
Net loss per share, basic and diluted $   (0.31 )   $   (0.22 )   $     (0.50 )   $     (0.52 )
Weighted-average shares outstanding, basic and diluted     43,285         42,295         43,098         42,334  
                               


 
 
PACIFIC ETHANOL, INC.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(unaudited, in thousands, except par value)
 
  June 30,   December 31,
ASSETS  2018    2017
Current Assets:    
Cash and cash equivalents $   62,581   $   49,489
Accounts receivable, net   72,518     80,344
Inventories   67,305     61,550
Prepaid inventory   1,796     3,281
Derivative assets   7,634     998
Other current assets   8,871     7,584
Total current assets   220,705     203,246
Property and equipment, net   495,274     508,352
Other Assets:    
Intangible assets, net   2,678     2,678
Other assets   4,575     6,020
Total other assets   7,253     8,698
Total Assets $   723,232   $   720,296
           


 
 
PACIFIC ETHANOL, INC. 
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (CONTINUED)
(unaudited, in thousands, except par value)
 
  June 30,   December 31,
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY  2018     2017 
Current Liabilities:    
Accounts payable – trade $   40,966     $   39,738  
Accrued liabilities   21,790       21,673  
Current portion – capital leases   162       592  
Current portion – long-term debt   20,000       20,000  
Derivative liabilities   10,157       2,307  
Other current liabilities   6,567       6,396  
Total current liabilities   99,642       90,706  
     
Long-term debt, net of current portion   237,771       221,091  
Capital leases, net of current portion   101       123  
Other liabilities   25,457       24,676  
Total Liabilities   362,971       336,596  
     
Stockholders’ Equity:    
Pacific Ethanol, Inc. Stockholders’ Equity:    
Preferred stock, $0.001 par value; 10,000 shares authorized; Series
A: 0 shares issued and outstanding as of
June 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017
Series B: 927 shares issued and outstanding as of
June 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017
  1       1  
Common stock, $0.001 par value; 300,000 shares authorized;
44,960 and 43,954 shares issued and outstanding as of June
30, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively
  45       44  
Non-voting common stock, $0.001 par value; 3,553 shares
authorized; 1 share issued and outstanding as of June 30,
2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively
         
Additional paid-in capital   928,378       927,090  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (2,234 )     (2,234 )
Accumulated deficit   (589,838 )     (568,462 )
Total Pacific Ethanol, Inc. Stockholders’ Equity   336,352       356,439  
Noncontrolling interests   23,909       27,261  
Total Stockholders’ Equity   360,261       383,700  
Total Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity $   723,232     $   720,296  
               
               
               

Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to Net Loss

  Three Months Ended
June 30,
  Six Months Ended
June 30,
(in thousands) (unaudited)   2018     2017     2018     2017 
Net loss attributed to Pacific Ethanol $    (12,908 )   $    (8,841 )   $   (20,749  )   $   (21,477  )
Adjustments:        
 Interest expense*   4,169       2,668       8,573       5,281  
 Benefit for income taxes               (563 )      
 Fair value adjustments         (18 )           (473 )
 Depreciation and amortization expense*     9,735         8,794         19,389         17,402  
  Total adjustments     13,904         11,444         27,399         22,210  
Adjusted EBITDA $    996     $   2,603     $  6,650     $    733  

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* Adjusted for noncontrolling interests.



Commodity Price Performance

  Three Months Ended
June 30,
  Six Months Ended
June 30,
 (unaudited)   2018     2017    2018    2017 
 Production gallons sold (in millions)   144.4       120.0       285.2       235.0  
 Third party gallons sold (in millions)     83.0         115.8        174.9        227.0  
 Total gallons sold (in millions)   227.4       235.8       460.1       462.0  
           
 Total gallons produced (in millions)   143.2       121.8       285.4       239.7  
 Production capacity utilization   95 %     95 %     94 %     93 %
           
 Average ethanol sales price per gallon $   1.66     $   1.66     $   1.61     $   1.64  
 Average CBOT ethanol price per gallon $   1.45     $   1.55     $   1.44     $   1.53  
           
 Corn cost – CBOT equivalent $   3.82      $   3.68      $   3.69      $   3.66   
 Average basis     0.29         0.23        0.29        0.26  
 Delivered corn cost $   4.11     $   3.91     $   3.98     $   3.92  
           
 Total co-product tons sold (in thousands)     794.0         734.4         1,592.0         1,419.9  
 Co-product return % (1)   35.7 %     33.5 %     36.4 %     34.2 %

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(1)  Co-product revenue as a percentage of delivered cost of corn.




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Pacific Ethanol, Inc. Kirsten Chapman Paul Koehler
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Investorrelations@pacificethanol.com 415-433-3777 916-403-2790
  paulk@pacificethanol.com

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