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Pacific Ethanol Reports Second Quarter 2020 Results

Pacific Ethanol, Inc.
·13 mins read
  • Net income of $14.6 million and Adjusted EBITDA of $28.8 million

  • Adjusted EBITDA for the second half of 2020 expected to be in the range of $50 to $70 million

  • Total debt reduced by $34.4 million during the quarter

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Aug. 11, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pacific Ethanol, Inc. (NASDAQ: PEIX), a leading producer and marketer of high quality alcohol products and low-carbon renewable fuels in the United States, reported its financial results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2020.

“Our strong second quarter financial results, including net income of $14.6 million and Adjusted EBITDA of $28.8 million, were driven by our diversified product portfolio and expanded production of high quality alcohol,” said Mike Kandris, Pacific Ethanol’s Co-CEO. “Our Pekin campus has produced industrial, chemical and beverage grade alcohol for over 100 years, and we recently announced an expansion of our production capacity to meet the demand for our high quality alcohol used in sanitizers and disinfectants, which has increased significantly due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. We also continue to experience strong demand for our high value feed and food products, which our Pekin facilities have produced for over 20 years.”

“Looking at the second half of the year, we expect Adjusted EBITDA to range between $50 and $70 million, with momentum continuing into 2021,” stated Bryon McGregor, Pacific Ethanol’s CFO. “In addition to reducing our debt by $34.4 million in the second quarter, we continue to work with our lenders to satisfy our continuing obligation to agree on a plan to eliminate or refinance our term debt. To this end, our goal is to reduce our total term debt outstanding at year end by at least $70 million. We believe that continued debt reduction and profitable growth will position us well for delivering long-term growth and value for our stakeholders.”

Financial Results for the Three Months Ended June 30, 2020 Compared to 2019

  • Net sales were $212.1 million, compared to $346.3 million.

  • Cost of goods sold was $180.9 million, compared to $342.3 million.

  • Gross profit was $31.2 million, compared to $4.0 million.

  • Selling, general and administrative expenses were $8.6 million, compared to $6.7 million.

  • Operating income was $22.6 million, compared to a loss of $2.7 million.

  • Income available to common stockholders was $14.6 million, or $0.27 per share, compared to a loss of $8.0 million, or $0.17 per share.

  • Adjusted EBITDA was $28.8 million, compared to $7.2 million.

  • Cash and cash equivalents were $29.8 million at June 30, 2020, compared to $19.0 million at December 31, 2019.

Financial Results for the Six Months Ended June 30, 2020 Compared to 2019

  • Net sales were $523.5 million, compared to $702.1 million.

  • Cost of goods sold was $505.2 million, compared to $700.4 million.

  • Gross profit was $18.3 million, compared to $1.7 million.

  • Selling, general and administrative expenses were $18.8 million, compared to $14.9 million.

  • Operating loss was $0.5 million, compared to $13.3 million.

  • Loss available to common stockholders was $10.8 million, or $0.20 per share, compared to $21.2 million, or $0.45 per share.

  • Adjusted EBITDA was $16.5 million, compared to $8.8 million.

Second Quarter 2020 Results Conference Call
Management will host a conference call at 8:00 a.m. Pacific Time/11:00 a.m. Eastern Time on August 12, 2020. Management will deliver prepared remarks followed by a question and answer session.

The webcast for the call 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 7598331. If you are unable to participate in 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 Wednesday, August 12, 2020 through 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, August 19, 2020. To access the replay, please dial (855) 859-2056. International callers should dial 00-1 (404) 537-3406. The pass code will be 7598331.

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, Inc. before interest expense, 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 Pacific Ethanol, 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 Pacific Ethanol, 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.

Information reconciling forward-looking Adjusted EBITDA to forward-looking net income (loss) attributed to Pacific Ethanol, Inc. would require a forward-looking statement of net income (loss) attributed to Pacific Ethanol, Inc. prepared in accordance with GAAP, which is unavailable to the company without unreasonable effort. The company is not able to provide a quantitative reconciliation of forward-looking Adjusted EBITDA to forward-looking net income (loss) attributed to Pacific Ethanol, Inc. because certain items required for reconciliation are uncertain, outside of the company’s control and/or cannot be reasonably predicted, such as fair value adjustments, asset impairments, if any, and provision (benefit) for income taxes, which the company views as the most material components of net income (loss) attributed to Pacific Ethanol, Inc. that are not presently estimable.

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 seven production facilities in California, Idaho, Illinois and Oregon. The plants have a combined production capacity of 450 million gallons per year, and produce over two million tons per year of 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, based on historical volumes. 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 high-quality alcohol products for Pacific Ethanol’s plants as well as for third parties. 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 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 conditions, including the supply of and domestic and international demand for high quality alcohol, ethanol and co-products; and Adjusted EBITDA that Pacific Ethanol may generate; and Pacific Ethanol’s other 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 high quality alcohol, ethanol and its co-products; 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 production input costs, such as corn and natural gas; the continued effects of the novel coronavirus on travel and the demand for transportation fuels, sanitizers and disinfectants; and the ability of Pacific Ethanol to timely and successfully execute on its strategic initiatives and remain in compliance with its debt covenants, including Pacific Ethanol’s compliance with its prior and continuing obligation to obtain lender approval of a comprehensive plan to restructure its assets and liabilities, the failure of which currently enables its lenders to accelerate Pacific Ethanol’s debt. 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 high quality alcohol and 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 Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on May 14, 2020.


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

Three Months Ended
June 30,

Six Months Ended
June 30,

2020

2019

2020

2019

Net sales

$

212,074

$

346,301

$

523,478

$

702,104

Cost of goods sold

180,892

342,330

505,186

700,422

Gross profit

31,182

3,971

18,292

1,682

Selling, general and administrative expenses

8,629

6,708

18,841

14,943

Income (loss) from operations

22,553

(2,737

)

(549

)

(13,261

)

Interest expense, net

(4,647

)

(5,115

)

(9,954

)

(9,851

)

Fair value adjustments

(1,314

)

(641

)

Other income (expense), net

(1,738

)

(438

)

(1,158

)

661

Income (loss) before benefit for income taxes

14,854

(8,290

)

(12,302

)

(22,451

)

Benefit for income taxes

Consolidated net income (loss)

14,854

(8,290

)

(12,302

)

(22,451

)

Net loss attributed to noncontrolling interests

110

644

2,166

1,915

Net income (loss) attributed to Pacific Ethanol, Inc.

$

14,964

$

(7,646

)

$

(10,136

)

$

(20,536

)

Preferred stock dividends

$

(315

)

$

(315

)

$

(630

)

$

(627

)

Income (loss) available to common stockholders

$

14,649

$

(7,961

)

$

(10,766

)

$

(21,163

)

Net income (loss) per share, basic and diluted

$

0.27

$

(0.17

)

$

(0.20

)

$

(0.45

)

Weighted-average shares outstanding, basic and diluted

54,498

47,771

54,163

46,651



PACIFIC ETHANOL, INC.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(unaudited, in thousands, except par value)


ASSETS

June 30,
2020

December 31,
2019

Current Assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

29,783

$

18,997

Accounts receivable, net

48,871

74,307

Inventories

46,326

60,600

Prepaid inventory

3,180

1,528

Derivative instruments

2,438

Assets held-for-sale

69,764

Other current assets

3,630

4,430

Total current assets

131,790

232,064

Property and equipment, net

317,950

332,526

Other Assets:

Right of use operating lease assets, net

22,625

24,346

Notes receivable

16,500

Assets held-for-sale

16,500

Intangible asset

2,678

2,678

Other assets

5,586

4,381

Total other assets

47,389

47,905

Total Assets

$

497,129

$

612,495



PACIFIC ETHANOL, INC.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (CONTINUED)
(unaudited, in thousands, except par value)

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

June 30,
2020

December 31,
2019

Current Liabilities:

Accounts payable – trade

$

27,721

$

29,277

Accrued liabilities

13,628

22,331

Current portion – operating leases

2,898

3,457

Current portion – long-term debt

96,000

63,000

Derivative instruments

1,860

Liabilities held-for-sale

34,413

Other current liabilities

6,707

6,060

Total current liabilities

146,954

160,398

Long-term debt, net of current portion

95,888

180,795

Operating leases, net of current portion

20,164

21,171

Other liabilities

23,382

23,086

Total Liabilities

286,388

385,450

Stockholders’ Equity:

Pacific Ethanol, Inc. Stockholders’ Equity:

Preferred stock, $0.001 par value; 10,000 shares authorized; Series
A: no shares issued and outstanding as of
June 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019
Series B: 927 shares issued and outstanding as of
June 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019

1

1

Common stock, $0.001 par value; 300,000 shares authorized;
55,482 and 55,508 shares issued and outstanding as of June
30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively

55

56

Non-voting common stock, $0.001 par value; 3,553 shares
authorized; 1 share issued and outstanding as of June 30,
2020 and December 31, 2019

Additional paid-in capital

944,035

942,307

Accumulated other comprehensive expense

(2,370

)

(2,370

)

Accumulated deficit

(730,980

)

(720,214

)

Total Pacific Ethanol, Inc. Stockholders’ Equity

210,741

219,780

Noncontrolling interests

7,265

Total Stockholders’ Equity

210,741

227,045

Total Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity

$

497,129

$

612,495

Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to Net Income (Loss)



Three Months Ended
June 30,

Six Months Ended
June 30,

(in thousands) (unaudited)

2020

2019

2020

2019

Net income (loss) attributed to Pacific Ethanol, Inc.

$

14,964

$

(7,646

)

$

(10,136

)

$

(20,536

)

Adjustments:

Interest income

(172

)

(172

)

Interest expense*

4,647

5,115

9,954

9,851

Fair value adjustments

1,314

641

Depreciation and amortization expense*

8,089

9,774

16,205

19,480

Total adjustments

13,878

14,889

26,628

29,331

Adjusted EBITDA

$

28,842

$

7,243

$

16,492

$

8,795

________________
* Adjusted for noncontrolling interests.


Commodity Price Performance

Three Months Ended
June 30,

Six Months Ended
June 30,

(unaudited) __

2020

2019

2020

2019

Production gallons sold (in millions)

56.9

118.6

179.5

235.5

Third party gallons sold (in millions)

73.9

83.2

136.3

178.0

Total gallons sold (in millions)

130.8

201.8

315.8

413.5

Total gallons produced (in millions)

47.6

121.3

163.9

243.8

Production capacity utilization

40

%

80

%

82

%

82

%

Average ethanol sales price per gallon

$

1.59

$

1.61

$

1.55

$

1.57

Average CBOT ethanol price per gallon

$

1.08

$

1.41

$

1.16

$

1.36

Corn cost – CBOT equivalent

$

3.39

$

3.81

$

3.59

$

3.77

Average basis

0.20

0.41

0.32

0.40

Delivered corn cost

$

3.59

$

4.22

$

3.91

$

4.17

Total co-product tons sold (in thousands)

250.1

691.5

922.0

1,375.6

Co-product return % (1)

46.5

%

35.5

%

41.8

%

37.2

%

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


Company IR Contact:

IR Agency Contact:

IR Agency Contact:

Pacific Ethanol, Inc.

Moriah Shilton

Paul Koehler

916-403-2755

LHA

Pacific Ethanol, Inc.

Investorrelations@pacificethanol.com

415-433-3777

916-403-2790

paulk@pacificethanol.com