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Alto Ingredients Reports Third Quarter 2021 Results

  • Third Quarter Net Loss of $3.5 million and Positive Adjusted EBITDA of $3.0 million

  • Subsequent to Quarter-End, the Company Sold its Stockton, CA Facility

  • Company is Now Term Debt Free

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Nov. 09, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Alto Ingredients, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALTO), a leading producer of specialty alcohols and essential ingredients, reported its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2021.

“In the third quarter we made significant progress in advancing our strategic initiatives, expanding our essential ingredients business and improving our infrastructure,” said Mike Kandris, CEO of Alto Ingredients. “We launched an enhanced protein project through the installation of Harvesting Technology’s patented CoPromax™ system at our Magic Valley, Idaho facility. At our Pekin campus, we made significant progress on a number of initiatives. We completed our yeast expansion project and will have our upgraded feed dryers operational by year end. We also finished expanding the capacity of our corn oil production and significantly improved the efficiency and reliability of our Pekin wet mill to further support customer demand long term. We are also working on extending the certifications we obtained at the end of 2020 from our ICP distillery to our Pekin wet mill. We expect to complete this effort by the end of this year and by doing so, provide unique redundancy across the entire Pekin campus and further surety of quality supply to our customers.

“Subsequent to quarter end, on November 8th we announced the sale of our Stockton, California fuel-grade ethanol facility, completing the realignment of our fuel-grade ethanol operations we began 21 months ago. The proceeds from these asset sales were integral to our strategy and contributed to the retirement of approximately $150 million dollars in term debt over this same period – thus achieving our stated goal to prepay this expensive and restrictive term debt by year end 2021.

“We have completed or are on track to complete this year a number of projects that will increase our annual EBITDA by $18.5 million starting in 2022. Long-term, we will continue to build on our specialty alcohols and essential ingredients business, focusing our resources on driving profitable growth and progressing our strategic initiatives.”

“Net sales were $306 million, up approximately $100 million from the prior year’s quarter due to an increase in both gallons produced and the average price per gallon sold,” stated Bryon McGregor, CFO of Alto Ingredients. “Last year’s specialty alcohol sales uniquely benefited from a spike in sanitizer and disinfectant demand from COVID-19. When examining costs and bottom line comparatively, the planned outage of our wet mill, as expected, materially impacted our total revenues and cost of goods sold, driving the gross loss in this year’s quarter compared to last year’s gross profit.

“Going forward, while we anticipate continued volatility in sanitizer and disinfectant demand over foreseeable future, we expect a more stable, new demand-supply equilibrium will ultimately be achieved as COVID-19 impacts dissipate. We also expect an increase in fixed-price contracted specialty alcohol sales and growing specially alcohol exports. Our upgraded wet mill facility with significantly improved efficiency and reliability will enable us to further support customer demand long term.”

Financial Results for the Three Months Ended September 30, 2021 Compared to 2020

  • Net sales were $305.6 million, compared to $204.7 million.

  • Cost of goods sold was $309.0 million, compared to $183.8 million.

  • Gross loss was $3.4 million, compared to a gross profit of $20.9 million.

  • Selling, general and administrative expenses were $5.5 million, compared to $6.4 million.

  • Operating loss was $8.9 million, compared to operating income of $26.3 million.

  • Net loss available to common stockholders was $3.5 million, or $0.05 per share, compared net income of $14.9 million, or $0.24 per diluted share.

  • Adjusted EBITDA was $3.0 million, compared to $34.1 million.

  • Cash and cash equivalents were $36.0 million at September 30, 2021, compared to $47.7 million at December 31, 2020.

  • On November 8, 2021, the company announced its sale of its fuel-grade ethanol production facility in Stockton, California for $24.0 million in cash.

Financial Results for the Nine Months Ended September 30, 2021 Compared to 2020

  • Net sales were $822.4 million, compared to $728.2 million.

  • Cost of goods sold was $796.7 million, compared to $689.0 million.

  • Gross profit was $25.7 million, compared to $39.2 million.

  • Selling, general and administrative expenses were $19.8 million, compared to $25.2 million.

  • Operating income was $2.8 million, compared to $25.7 million.

  • Net income available to common stockholders was $9.0 million, or $0.12 per diluted share, compared to $4.1 million, or $0.07 per diluted share.

  • Adjusted EBITDA was $33.4 million, compared to $50.6 million.

Third Quarter 2021 Results Conference Call
Management will host a conference call at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time / 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, November 9, 2021, and will deliver prepared remarks via webcast followed by a question-and-answer session.

The webcast for the call can be accessed from Alto Ingredients’ website at www.altoingredients.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 3778898. If you are unable to participate in the live call, the webcast will be archived for replay on Alto Ingredients’ website for one year. In addition, a telephonic replay will be available at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, November 9, 2021, through 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, November 16, 2021. To access the replay, please dial (855) 859-2056. International callers should dial 00-1 (404) 537-3406. The pass code will be 3778898.

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 Alto Ingredients, Inc. before interest expense, interest income, provision (benefit) for income taxes, asset impairments, loss on extinguishment of debt, 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, net income (loss) attributed to Alto Ingredients, Inc. 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) attributed to Alto Ingredients, Inc. 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 Alto Ingredients, Inc.
Alto Ingredients, Inc. (ALTO), formerly known as Pacific Ethanol, Inc., is a leading producer of specialty alcohols and essential ingredients. The company is focused on products for four key markets: Health, Home & Beauty; Food & Beverage; Essential Ingredients; and Renewable Fuels. The company’s customers include major food and beverage companies and consumer products companies. For more information please visit www.altoingredients.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 Alto Ingredients’ estimated or anticipated future results or other non-historical expressions of fact are forward-looking statements that reflect Alto Ingredients’ 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 the timing and effects of Alto Ingredients’ strategic initiatives, including its plant improvement projects and extended certifications; the expected effect on annual EBITDA of Alto Ingredients’ plant improvement projects; and Alto Ingredients’ other plans, objectives, expectations and intentions. It is important to note that Alto Ingredients’ plans, objectives, expectations and intentions are not predictions of actual performance. Actual results may differ materially from Alto Ingredients’ current expectations depending upon a number of factors affecting Alto Ingredients’ business. These factors include, among others, adverse economic and market conditions, including for specialty alcohols and essential ingredients; export conditions and international demand for the company’s products; fluctuations in the price of and demand for oil and gasoline; raw material costs, including production input costs, such as corn and natural gas; Alto Ingredients’ ability to successfully and timely execute on its plant improvement projects; and the effects – both positive and negative – of the coronavirus pandemic and its resurgence or abatement. 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 Alto Ingredients’ products; the impact of competitive products and pricing; the risks and uncertainties normally incident to the specialty alcohol production and marketing industries; changes in generally accepted accounting principles; successful compliance with governmental regulations applicable to Alto Ingredients’ distilleries, 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 Alto Ingredients’ filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission including, specifically, those factors set forth in the “Risk Factors” section contained in Alto Ingredients’ Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on August 10, 2021.

Media Contact:
Bryon McGregor, Alto Ingredients, Inc., 916-403-2768, mediarelations@altoingredients.com

Company IR Contact:
Michael Kramer, Alto Ingredients, Inc., 916-403-2755, Investorrelations@altoingredients.com

IR Agency Contact:
Moriah Shilton, LHA Investor Relations, 415-433-3777, Investorrelations@altoingredients.com

ALTO INGREDIENTS, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(unaudited, in thousands, except per share data)

Three Months Ended
September 30,

Nine Months Ended
September 30,

2021

2020

2021

2020

Net sales

$

305,556

$

204,727

$

822,400

$

728,205

Cost of goods sold

308,955

183,797

796,729

688,983

Gross profit (loss)

(3,399

)

20,930

25,671

39,222

Selling, general and administrative expenses

(5,533

)

(6,404

)

(19,777

)

(25,245

)

Asset impairments

(3,100

)

Gain on litigation settlement

11,750

11,750

Income (loss) from operations

(8,932

)

26,276

2,794

25,727

Interest expense, net

(429

)

(4,199

)

(3,359

)

(14,153

)

Income from loan forgiveness

5,973

9,860

Fair value adjustments

(6,856

)

(7,497

)

Other income (expense), net

256

(6

)

641

(1,164

)

Income (loss) before benefit for income taxes

(3,132

)

15,215

9,936

2,913

Benefit for income taxes

Consolidated net income (loss)

(3,132

)

15,215

9,936

2,913

Net loss attributed to noncontrolling interests

2,166

Net income (loss) attributed to Alto Ingredients, Inc.

$

(3,132

)

$

15,215

$

9,936

$

5,079

Preferred stock dividends

$

(319

)

$

(319

)

$

(946

)

$

(949

)

Net income (loss) available to common stockholders

$

(3,451

)

$

14,896

$

8,990

$

4,130

Net income (loss) per share, basic

$

(0.05

)

$

0.25

$

0.13

$

0.07

Net income (loss) per share, diluted

$

(0.05

)

$

0.24

$

0.12

$

0.07

Weighted-average shares outstanding, basic

71,383

58,503

71,002

55,620

Weighted-average shares outstanding, diluted

71,383

61,699

72,260

57,958


ALTO INGREDIENTS, INC.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(unaudited, in thousands, except par value)

September 30,
2021

December 31,
2020

ASSETS

Current Assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

36,029

$

47,667

Accounts receivable, net

78,424

43,491

Inventories

58,117

37,925

Prepaid inventory

5,480

891

Derivative instruments

12,977

17,149

Assets held-for-sale

30,158

58,295

Other current assets

5,413

8,628

Total current assets

226,598

214,046

Property and equipment, net

224,319

229,486

Other Assets:

Right of use operating lease assets, net

12,715

11,046

Notes receivable

12,423

14,337

Intangible assets

2,678

2,678

Other assets

4,671

5,225

Total other assets

32,487

33,286

Total Assets

$

483,404

$

476,818


ALTO INGREDIENTS, INC.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (CONTINUED)
(unaudited, in thousands, except par value)

September 30,
2021

December 31,
2020

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

Current Liabilities:

Accounts payable – trade

$

28,387

$

13,047

Accrued liabilities

15,455

11,101

Current portion – operating leases

3,216

2,180

Current portion – long-term debt

17,687

25,533

Derivative instruments

2,735

Liabilities held-for-sale

10,500

19,542

Other current liabilities

6,468

15,524

Total current liabilities

84,448

86,927

Long-term debt, net of current portion

70,621

71,807

Operating leases, net of current portion

9,365

8,715

Other liabilities

13,774

13,134

Total Liabilities

178,208

180,583

Stockholders’ Equity:

Alto Ingredients, Inc. Stockholders’ Equity:

Preferred stock, $0.001 par value; 10,000 shares authorized;
Series A: 0 shares issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020
Series B: 927 shares issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020

1

1

Common stock, $0.001 par value; 300,000 shares authorized; 72,800 and 72,487 shares issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively

73

72

Non-voting common stock, $0.001 par value; 3,553 shares authorized; 1 share issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020

Additional paid-in capital

1,036,608

1,036,638

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(3,878

)

(3,878

)

Accumulated deficit

(727,608

)

(736,598

)

Total Stockholders’ Equity

305,196

296,235

Total Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity

$

483,404

$

476,818


Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to Net Income (Loss)

Three Months Ended
September 30,

Nine Months Ended
September 30,

(in thousands) (unaudited)


2021


2020


2021


2020

Net income (loss) attributed to Alto Ingredients, Inc.

$

(3,132

)

$

15,215

$

9,936

$

5,079

Adjustments:

Interest expense

429

4,199

3,359

14,153

Interest income

(183

)

(196

)

(553

)

(368

)

Asset impairments

3,100

Fair value adjustments

6,856

7,497

Benefit for income taxes

Depreciation and amortization expense*

5,851

8,049

17,520

24,254

Total adjustments

6,097

18,908

23,426

45,536

Adjusted EBITDA

$

2,965

$

34,123

$

33,362

$

50,615

* Adjusted for noncontrolling interests.

Commodity Price Performance

Three Months Ended
September 30,

Nine Months Ended
September 30,

(unaudited)

2021

2020

2021

2020

Fuel-grade ethanol production gallons sold (in millions)

38.3

21.9

118.6

148.0

Specialty alcohol production gallons sold (in millions)

19.7

21.6

63.1

74.9

Third party fuel-grade ethanol gallons sold (in millions)

67.2

76.7

180.5

213.0

Total gallons sold (in millions)

125.2

120.2

362.2

435.9

Total gallons produced (in millions)

60.6

45.2

182.2

209.1

Production capacity utilization

59

%

40

%

57

%

54

%

Average sales price per gallon

$

2.47

$

1.71

$

2.27

$

1.60

Average CBOT ethanol price per gallon

$

2.25

$

1.27

$

2.08

$

1.20

Corn cost – CBOT equivalent

$

6.09

$

3.29

$

5.71

$

3.49

Average basis

0.89

0.22

0.53

0.29

Delivered cost of corn

$

6.98

$

3.51

$

6.24

$

3.78

Total essential ingredients tons sold (in thousands)

305.6

255.5

886.5

1,177.5

Co-product return % (1)

29.5

%

50.2

%

33.8

%

44.6

%

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

Segment Financials

Three Months Ended
September 30,

Nine Months Ended
September 30,

2021

2020

2021

2020

Net sales

Kinergy marketing and distribution:

Alcohol sales, gross

$

112,391

$

84,001

$

255,702

$

212,625

Alcohol sales, net

505

382

1,489

1,117

Intersegment sales

2,415

1,598

7,277

7,751

Total marketing and distribution sales

115,311

85,981

264,468

221,493



Pekin Campus production, recorded as gross:

Alcohol sales

$

114,587

$

77,075

$

341,967

$

255,737

Essential ingredient sales

46,016

27,619

140,670

101,123

Intersegment sales

293

197

920

877

Total Pekin Campus sales

160,896

104,891

483,557

357,737

Other production, recorded as gross:

Alcohol sales

$

25,190

$

11,765

$

63,311

$

120,797

Essential ingredient sales

6,867

3,885

19,261

36,806

Intersegment sales

259

420

896

1,121

Total Other production sales

32,316

16,070

83,468

158,724

Intersegment eliminations

(2,967

)

(2,215

)

(9,093

)

(9,749

)

Net sales as reported

$

305,556

$

204,727

$

822,400

$

728,205

Cost of goods sold:

Kinergy marketing and distribution

$

105,902

$

84,589

$

245,606

$

210,827

Pekin Campus production

169,721

80,280

468,972

302,120

Other production

35,613

20,718

87,055

181,382

Intersegment eliminations

(2,281

)

(1,790

)

(4,904

)

(5,346

)

Cost of goods sold as reported

$

308,955

$

183,797

$

796,729

$

688,983

Gross profit (loss):

Kinergy marketing and distribution

$

9,409

$

1,392

$

18,862

$

10,666

Pekin Campus production

(8,825

)

24,611

14,585

55,617

Other production

(3,297

)

(4,648

)

(3,587

)

(22,658

)

Intersegment eliminations

(686

)

(425

)

(4,189

)

(4,403

)

Gross profit (loss)

$

(3,399

)

$

20,930

$

25,671

$

39,222