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Renewable Energy Group Reports First Quarter 2020 Financial Results

Q1 2020 Highlights

  • 140 million gallons of fuel sold
  • 121 million gallons of fuel produced
  • Revenues of $475 million
  • Net income from continuing operations available to common stockholders of $75 million, or $1.72 per diluted share
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $90 million
  • Net cash proceeds of $500 million from the reinstatement of the Biodiesel Mixture Excise Tax Credit (BTC) related to 2018 and 2019 operations received in March and April 2020
  • Established COVID-19 Emergency Response Team in January to monitor and react to the virus to protect our employees, vendors, customers and other business partners
  • Biodiesel and renewable diesel production has been confirmed as an essential business enabling us to continue to operate our facilities
  • Carbon reduction from REG produced fuels of over one million metric tons

Renewable Energy Group, Inc. ("REG" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: REGI) today announced its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2020.

Revenues for the first quarter were $475 million on 140 million gallons of fuel sold. Net income from continuing operations available to common stockholders was $75 million in the first quarter of 2020, compared to a net loss of $41 million in the first quarter of 2019, which does not include the BTC allocation. Adjusted EBITDA in the first quarter was $90 million, compared to $29 million in the first quarter of 2019 including the allocation of the BTC.

"First quarter performance was strong, buoyed by solid operations at our facilities, in spite of the headwinds from COVID-19 and significant feedstock and energy market disruptions. We remain focused on ensuring the health and safety of our employees and continuing to safely operate to meet the needs of our customers. We are grateful to be able to provide vital, sustainable products during this challenging time," said Cynthia (CJ) Warner, President and Chief Executive Officer.

Warner continued, "Biodiesel and renewable diesel production was confirmed as an essential business, and demand remained relatively stable in the quarter, enabling us to continue to operate robustly. Continued improvement in underlying performance further enhanced profitability through increased sales of REG Ultra Clean™ and gallons sold directly to end users."

First Quarter 2020 Highlights - GAAP

All figures refer to the quarter ended March 31, 2020, unless otherwise noted. All comparisons are to the quarter ended March 31, 2019, unless otherwise noted.

The table below summarizes REG’s financial results for the first quarter of 2020.

REG Q1 2020 Results

(dollars and gallons in thousands, except per gallon data)

 

Q1 2020

 

Q1 2019

 

Y/Y Change

 

 

 

 

 

 

Market Data

 

 

 

 

 

NYMEX ULSD average price per gallon

$

1.54

 

 

$

1.94

 

 

(20.6

)%

D4 RIN average price per credit

$

0.46

 

 

$

0.51

 

 

(9.8

)%

CBOT Soybean oil average price per gallon

$

2.26

 

 

$

2.21

 

 

2.3

%

HOBO + 1.5xRIN average price per gallon (1)

$

0.97

 

 

$

1.50

 

 

(35.3

)%

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gallons sold

139,771

 

 

162,452

 

 

(14.0

)%

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAAP

 

 

 

 

 

Total revenues

$

474,669

 

 

$

478,209

 

 

(0.7

)%

Risk management gain (loss)

$

53,522

 

 

$

(22,739

)

 

$

76,261

 

Operating income

$

79,788

 

 

$

(38,146

)

 

$

117,934

 

Net income from continuing operations available to common stockholders

$

75,300

 

 

$

(41,387

)

 

$

116,687

 

(1)

HOBO = HO NYMEX + 1 - (CBOT SBO/100*7.5)

 

HOBO + RINs= HOBO + 1.5xD4 RIN as quoted by the Oil Price Information Service.

REG sold 140 million gallons of fuel, a decrease of 14%. The decrease in gallons sold is mostly attributable to the Company's focus on improvement in product mix, with volume decreases in lower margin petroleum diesel and third party biodiesel of 16 million gallons and 4 million gallons, respectively, partially offset by increases of higher margin renewable diesel and biodiesel gallons sold in Europe, which in the aggregate increased 1 million gallons.

REG produced 121 million gallons of biodiesel and renewable diesel during the quarter, an increase of 4%. Renewable diesel production at Geismar increased 3%. Biodiesel increased primarily due to higher production at Madison, Grays Harbor, and Albert Lea, partially offset by the absence of production from the New Boston, Texas plant which was closed in July 2019.

Revenues of $475 million were essentially flat, impacted by lower selling prices due primarily to significantly lower ULSD prices, which declined 21%; the 14% decrease in gallons sold; and a 10% decrease in average D4 RIN prices. These negative impacts were mostly offset by a $68 million increase in biomass-based diesel government incentives due to the BTC being in effect in Q1 2020.

Gross profit was $107 million, or 23% of revenues, compared to gross loss of $13 million, or negative 3% of revenues. Gross profit as a percentage of revenue increased due primarily to the BTC being in effect in 2020 as well as a swing in risk management of $76 million, partially offset by higher feedstock costs, which on average increased $0.14 per gallon. The significant risk management gain was the result of our hedging strategy, which buffered us from the 21% decrease in ULSD prices. The overall increase to feedstock costs were partially mitigated by the Company's higher usage of distiller's corn oil, which was priced lower in the quarter, and reduced usage of soybean oil.

Operating income was $80 million compared to an operating loss of $38 million for the first quarter of 2019. The primary drivers of the increase were the $68 million increase from the BTC, and the swing in risk management of $76 million, partially offset by the lower gallons sold, lower selling prices, and the increase in feedstock prices. Additionally, the increase in operating income resulted from improvements in underlying performance, including over 150% more gallons sold to end users, a 71% increase of biodiesel blended with renewable diesel, and continued optimization of sales of renewable diesel to the most attractive markets.

GAAP net income from continuing operations available to common stockholders was $75 million, or $1.72 per share on a fully diluted basis, compared to net loss of $41 million, or $1.11 per share on a fully diluted basis, in the first quarter of 2019. The differential drivers are the same as those described above for operating income.

At March 31, 2020, REG had cash and cash equivalents, restricted cash, and marketable securities of $189 million, an increase of $138 million from December 31, 2019. The increase is mainly due to partial receipt of the 2018 and 2019 retroactive gross BTC claims of $146 million and cash generated by operations, offset by funds used to repurchase the 2036 convertible senior notes, pay down debt at Grays Harbor and Danville, and for capital expenditures. The remaining $526 million gross cash proceeds from the retroactive reinstatement of the BTC related to 2018 and 2019 operations were received in April 2020.

At March 31, 2020, accounts receivable were $755 million, a decrease of $104 million from December 31, 2019. The decrease in accounts receivable was primarily due to partial receipt of the retroactive 2018 and 2019 BTC claims. At March 31, 2020, accounts payable were $374 million, an increase of $5 million from December 31, 2019.

First Quarter 2020 Highlights - Non-GAAP

All figures refer to the quarter ended March 31, 2020, unless otherwise noted. All comparisons are to the quarter ended March 31, 2019, unless otherwise noted. Adjusted amounts reflect the allocation of the BTC benefits for the period in which the gallons were sold (shown in the table above).

The table below summarizes REG’s financial results for the first quarter of 2020, as adjusted in order to reflect the allocation of the BTC benefits for the period in which associated gallons were sold.

REG Q1 2020 Results

(dollars and gallons in thousands, except per gallon data)

 

Q1 2020

 

Q1 2019

 

Y/Y Change

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BTC Allocated to Period Earned - Non-GAAP (1)

 

 

 

 

 

Total revenues

$

474,669

 

 

$

533,400

 

 

(11.0

)%

Risk management gain (loss)(2)

$

53,522

 

 

$

(22,739

)

 

$

76,261

 

Operating income

$

79,788

 

 

$

18,239

 

 

337.5

%

Net income from continuing operations available to common stockholders

$

75,300

 

 

$

14,593

 

 

416.0

%

Adjusted EBITDA

$

90,442

 

 

$

29,025

 

 

211.6

%

(1)

BTC benefits are allocated to the respective periods when associated gallons were sold for 2019.

(2)

Risk management gain (loss) is a GAAP measure.

Revenue less feedstock costs, inclusive of risk management, increased $43 million. The increase is due primarily to the swing in risk management of $76 million, offset by lower selling prices and higher feedstock costs. The overall increase to feedstock costs were partially mitigated by the Company's higher usage of distiller's corn oil, which was priced lower in the quarter, and reduced usage of soybean oil.

Operating income as adjusted increased $62 million, or 337%. The increase in operating income is the result of the same factors as those described above.

Net income available to common stockholders as adjusted was $75 million and Adjusted EBITDA was $90 million compared to $29 million in the year-earlier period, all as a result of the same factors as those described above for operating income.

Reconciliation of Non - GAAP Measures

The Company uses earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, adjusted for certain additional items identified in the table below, or Adjusted EBITDA, as a supplemental performance measure. Adjusted EBITDA is presented in order to assist investors in analyzing performance across reporting periods on a consistent basis by excluding items that are not believed to be indicative of core operating performance. Adjusted EBITDA is used by the Company to evaluate, assess and benchmark financial performance on a consistent and a comparable basis and as a factor in determining incentive compensation for company executives.

The following table sets forth Adjusted EBITDA for the periods presented, as well as a reconciliation to net income (loss) from continuing operations determined in accordance with GAAP:

 

Three Months
Ended
March 31,
2020

 

Three Months
Ended
March 31,
2019

(In thousands)

 

 

 

Net income (loss) from continuing operations

$

76,853

 

 

$

(41,387

)

Adjustments:

 

 

 

Income tax (benefit) expense

1,331

 

 

(430

)

Interest expense

2,472

 

 

4,219

 

Depreciation

8,934

 

 

9,099

 

Amortization of intangible assets

353

 

 

334

 

EBITDA

89,943

 

 

(28,165

)

Change in fair value of contingent consideration

 

 

304

 

(Gain) loss on debt extinguishment

(1,172

)

 

2

 

Other income, net

304

 

 

(854

)

Non-cash stock compensation

1,367

 

 

1,353

 

Biodiesel tax credit 2019(1)

 

 

56,385

 

Adjusted EBITDA

$

90,442

 

 

$

29,025

 

(1) On December 20, 2019, the Biodiesel Mixture Excise Tax Credit ("BTC") was retroactively reinstated for the 2018 and 2019 calendar years. The retroactive credit for 2018 and 2019 resulted in a net benefit to us that was recognized in our GAAP financial statements for the quarter ending December 31, 2019. The portion of the credit related to 2019 was allocated to each of the four quarters based upon the portion of the BTC benefit that related to that quarter.

Adjusted EBITDA is a supplemental performance measure that is not required by, or presented in accordance with, generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP. Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered as an alternative to net income or any other performance measure derived in accordance with GAAP, or as an alternative to cash flows from operating activities or a measure of liquidity or profitability. Adjusted EBITDA has limitations as an analytical tool, and should not be considered in isolation, or as a substitute for any of the results as reported under GAAP. Some of these limitations are:

  • Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect cash expenditures or the impact of certain cash charges that the Company considers not to be an indication of ongoing operations;
  • Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect changes in, or cash requirements for, working capital requirements;
  • Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect the interest expense, or the cash requirements necessary to service interest or principal payments, on indebtedness;
  • Although depreciation and amortization are non-cash charges, the assets being depreciated and amortized will often have to be replaced in the future, and Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect cash requirements for such replacements;
  • Stock-based compensation expense is an important element of the Company’s long term incentive compensation program, although the Company has excluded it as an expense when evaluating our operating performance; and
  • Other companies, including other companies in the same industry, may calculate these measures differently, limiting their usefulness as a comparative measure.

About Renewable Energy Group

Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: REGI) is leading the energy industry's transition to sustainability by transforming renewable resources into high-quality, cleaner fuels. REG is an international producer of cleaner fuels and North America’s largest producer of biodiesel. REG solutions are alternatives for petroleum diesel and produce significantly lower carbon emissions. REG utilizes an integrated procurement, distribution and logistics network to operate 13 biorefineries in the U.S. and Europe. In 2019, REG produced 495 million gallons of cleaner fuel delivering over 3.7 million metric tons of carbon reduction. REG is meeting the growing global demand for lower-carbon fuels and leading the way to a more sustainable future.

Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended, including the potential impact of COVID-19 on our business and operations. These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, estimates, assumptions and projections that are subject to change, and actual results may differ materially from the forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include, but are not limited to, the potential impact of COVID-19 on our business and operations; the Company's financial performance, including revenues, cost of revenues and operating expenses; changes in governmental programs and policies requiring or encouraging the use of biofuels, including RFS2 in the United States, renewable fuel policies in Canada and Europe, and state level programs such as California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard; availability of federal and state governmental tax incentives and incentives for biomass-based diesel production; changes in the spread between biomass-based diesel prices and feedstock costs; the availability, future price, and volatility of feedstocks; the availability, future price and volatility of petroleum and products derived from petroleum; risks associated with fire, explosions, leaks and other natural disasters at our facilities; any disruption of operations at our Geismar renewable diesel refinery (which would have a disproportionately adverse effect on our profitability); the unexpected closure of any of our facilities; the effect of excess capacity in the biomass-based diesel industry and announced large plant expansions and potential co-processing of renewable diesel by petroleum refiners; unanticipated changes in the biomass-based diesel market from which we generate almost all of our revenues; seasonal fluctuations in our operating results; potential failure to comply with government regulations; competition in the markets in which we operate; our dependence on sales to a single customer; technological advances or new methods of biomass-based diesel production or the development of energy alternatives to biomass-based diesel; our ability to successfully implement our acquisition strategy; the Company's ability to retain and recruit key personnel; the Company's indebtedness and its compliance, or failure to comply, with restrictive and financial covenants in its various debt agreements; risk management transaction, and other risks and uncertainties described in REG's annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019 and subsequently filed Form 10-Q and other periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this press release and REG does not undertake to update any forward-looking statements based on new developments or changes in our expectations.

RENEWABLE ENERGY GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (unaudited)

FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2020 AND 2019

(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)

 

Three months ended

 

March 31, 2020

 

March 31, 2019

REVENUES:

 

 

 

Biomass-based diesel sales

$

406,398

 

 

$

477,669

 

Biomass-based diesel government incentives

68,159

 

 

468

 

 

474,557

 

 

478,137

 

Other revenue

112

 

 

72

 

 

474,669

 

 

478,209

 

COSTS OF GOODS SOLD:

 

 

 

Biomass-based diesel

367,326

 

 

490,998

 

Other costs of goods sold

70

 

 

3

 

 

367,396

 

 

491,001

 

GROSS PROFIT (LOSS)

107,273

 

 

(12,792

)

SELLING, GENERAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES

27,485

 

 

25,354

 

INCOME (LOSS) FROM OPERATIONS

79,788

 

 

(38,146

)

OTHER EXPENSE, NET

(1,604

)

 

(3,671

)

INCOME (LOSS) FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS BEFORE INCOME TAXES

78,184

 

 

(41,817

)

INCOME TAX BENEFIT (EXPENSE)

(1,331

)

 

430

 

NET INCOME (LOSS) FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS

76,853

 

 

(41,387

)

NET LOSS ON DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS

 

 

(2,017

)

NET INCOME (LOSS)

$

76,853

 

 

$

(43,404

)

 

 

 

 

NET INCOME (LOSS) FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS AVAILABLE TO COMMON STOCKHOLDERS

$

75,300

 

 

$

(41,387

)

NET LOSS FROM DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS AVAILABLE TO COMMON STOCKHOLDERS

$

 

 

$

(2,017

)

Basic net income (loss) per share available to common stockholders:

 

 

 

Continuing operations

$

1.93

 

 

$

(1.11

)

Discontinued operations

$

 

 

$

(0.05

)

Net income (loss) per share

$

1.93

 

 

$

(1.16

)

Diluted net income (loss) per share available to common stockholders

 

 

 

Continuing operations

$

1.72

 

 

$

(1.11

)

Discontinued operations

$

 

 

$

(0.05

)

Net income (loss) per share

$

1.72

 

 

$

(1.16

)

Weighted-average shares used to compute basic net income (loss) per share available to common stockholders:

 

 

 

Basic

38,979,057

 

 

37,353,352

 

Weighted-average shares used to compute diluted net income (loss) per share available to the common stockholders:

 

 

 

Continuing operations

43,692,155

 

 

37,353,352

 

Discontinued operations

 

 

37,353,352

 

Net income (loss)

43,692,155

 

 

37,353,352

 

RENEWABLE ENERGY GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (unaudited)

AS OF MARCH 31, 2020 AND DECEMBER 31, 2019

(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)

 

March 31, 2020

 

December 31, 2019

ASSETS

 

 

 

CURRENT ASSETS:

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

$

188,550

 

 

$

50,436

 

Accounts receivable, net

754,524

 

 

858,922

 

Inventories

206,305

 

 

161,429

 

Prepaid expenses and other assets

57,390

 

 

35,473

 

Restricted cash

3,000

 

 

3,000

 

Total current assets

1,209,769

 

 

1,109,260

 

Property, plant and equipment, net

592,951

 

 

584,577

 

Right of use assets

33,720

 

 

36,899

 

Goodwill

16,080

 

 

16,080

 

Intangible assets, net

11,665

 

 

12,018

 

Other assets

26,154

 

 

26,515

 

TOTAL ASSETS

$

1,890,339

 

 

$

1,785,349

 

LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

 

 

 

CURRENT LIABILITIES:

 

 

 

Lines of credit

$

159,746

 

 

$

76,990

 

Current maturities of long-term debt

64,367

 

 

77,131

 

Current maturities of operating lease obligations

15,067

 

 

15,690

 

Accounts payable

373,941

 

 

369,213

 

Accrued expenses and other liabilities

18,676

 

 

40,776

 

Deferred revenue

10,723

 

 

8,620

 

Total current liabilities

642,520

 

 

588,420

 

Deferred income taxes

7,266

 

 

6,975

 

Long-term debt (net of debt issuance costs of $2,353 and $2,783, respectively)

16,808

 

 

26,130

 

Long-term operating lease obligations

27,795

 

 

30,413

 

Other liabilities

5,027

 

 

1,505

 

Total liabilities

699,416

 

 

653,443

 

COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES

 

 

 

TOTAL EQUITY

1,190,923

 

 

1,131,906

 

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

$

1,890,339

 

 

$

1,785,349

 

 

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Contacts

Renewable Energy Group, Inc.
Todd Robinson
Treasurer
+1 (515) 239-8048
Todd.Robinson@regi.com