Renewable Energy Group Reports First Quarter 2013 Financial Results

Renewable Energy Group Reports First Quarter 2013 Financial Results

Q1 2013 Key Achievements

  • 39 million gallons sold, up 14% compared to Q1 2012
  • 40 million gallons produced, up 4% compared to Q1 2012
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $22 million
  • Net income of $46 million up from $14 million in Q1 2012
  • Demand driven by reinstated blenders tax credit, increased RVO for 2013, biodiesel RINs and new counter-seasonal demand


AMES, Iowa--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (NAS: REGI) today announced its financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2013.

First quarter 2013 adjusted EBITDA was $22.0 million after adjusting for the $57.4 million related to the 2012 retroactive reinstatement of the Biodiesel Mixture Excise Tax Credit, commonly referred to as the blenders tax credit (BTC). The first quarter 2012 adjusted EBITDA was $12.7 million before including the allocation of the 2012 retroactive BTC of $10.4 million. REG sold 38.9 million gallons of biodiesel in the first quarter, an increase of 14% compared to the same period in 2012.

"This was our strongest first quarter ever for production and gallons sold," said Daniel J. Oh, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Biodiesel demand is being driven by a number of positive factors including the 2013 RVO and biodiesel's ability to meet certain advanced biofuel targets that are not being fulfilled by imported sugar cane ethanol."

Oh added, "Demand also benefited from the reinstated tax credit, and new counter-seasonal markets such as Northeast heating oil. We are optimistic about industry conditions for the months ahead, and are taking concrete actions to capitalize on them."

Operating Highlights

During the quarter, REG positioned itself to capitalize on strong demand opportunities. Biodiesel RINs can be used to fulfill the advanced biofuel and renewable fuel (corn ethanol) renewable volume obligations (RVO) in addition to biomass based diesel volumes. In the future, strong demand is expected from petroleum refiners and importers using biodiesel to fulfill advanced biofuels targets.

As a result of ongoing yield and throughput improvement programs across the company's manufacturing sites, REG was able to produce 39.9 million gallons of biodiesel, compared to 38.5 million gallons in the same period in 2012. The company built inventory of its higher cloud point biodiesel in anticipation of warmer weather sales during 2013.

The company added another northeast U.S. distribution point in Rochester, New York to meet extended winter heating oil blending demand. The company remains on track to complete its lower cost feedstock upgrade at the Albert Lea, Minnesota facility in Q2. REG's New Boston, Texas plant is serving as a terminal location while repair activity is underway with biodiesel production planned to begin in Q2. In addition, we have approval and are proceeding on the construction of barge load out capabilities at our Seneca, Illinois facility to expand distribution capabilities. The project is expected to be completed in the first quarter 2014.

After the close of the quarter, the company signed a contract manufacturing agreement with Iowa Renewable Energy, LLC to use their 30 million gallon per year, multiple feedstock biorefinery in Washington, Iowa.

First Quarter 2013 GAAP Financial Results

All figures refer to the quarter ending March 31, 2013, unless otherwise noted.

During the quarter, the average B100 price per gallon sold by REG was $4.44, a decrease of 8% from Q1 2012. REG sold 38.9 million gallons of biodiesel, an increase of 14% when compared to Q1 2012.

Gross profit was $86.7 million, a 409% increase when compared to Q1 2012. Gross margin was 26%.

Operating income of $77.1 million increased substantially compared to $4.1 million in Q1 2012.

Net income attributable to common stockholders was $38.4 million, or $1.25 fully diluted per share. This compares to $40.0 million, or $0.06 fully diluted per share during the first quarter of 2012.

First Quarter 2013 Adjusted Financial Results

All figures refer to the quarter ending March 31, 2013, unless otherwise noted.

On January 2, 2013, the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 reinstated the blenders tax credit (BTC) for 2013 and retroactively reinstated the credit for 2012. Although the retroactive benefit is associated with activity that took place in 2012, GAAP requires this benefit to be recognized in the period in which the law was passed. All GAAP results presented here and in the company's SEC filings reflect the full value of the 2012 benefit in the first quarter of 2013. In order to aid in period-to-period comparisons, the company is also presenting selected financial data adjusted to approximate the effect of the 2012 BTC benefits as if they were earned in the period in which the associated economic activity transpired.

Adjusted EBITDA, defined as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization and further adjusted for certain items identified below under "Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation", was $22 million after adjusting for the $57.4 million net benefit related to the 2012 retroactively reinstated BTC for the quarter. The 2012 adjusted EBITDA presented below allocates the $57.4 million net benefit from the 2012 retroactive reinstatement of the BTC based upon the biodiesel gallons sold during the quarter. First quarter 2013 adjusted EBITDA removes the net benefit of $57.4 million which was previously allocated to 2012.

Our GAAP revenues in the quarter were $339.3 million. This compares to our GAAP revenues in Q1 2012 of $188.2 million. GAAP revenues in the first quarter of 2013 include $127 million related to the 2012 blenders tax credit, of which approximately $70 million was owed by the company to customers under contractual arrangements related to potential reinstatement of the BTC.

The table below summarizes REG's recent results as adjusted for the BTC.

           
                   
REG Q1 2013 Revenues and Adjusted EBITDA Summary
(dollars and gallons in thousands)
 

Q1 13

Q1 12

Y/Y Growth

Gallons sold 38,876 34,087 14%
 

GAAP Treatment - 2012 BTC Benefit in Q1 2013

Total Revenues $339,284 $188,247 80%
 
Adjusted EBITDA $79,354 $12,719 524%
 

Restated to allocate 2012 BTC benefit into 2012

Adjusted EBITDA $21,982

$23,167 (1)

-5%
Adjusted EBITDA margin     6.50%     12.30%      
 
  (1)   The first quarter 2012 adjusted EBITDA was $12.7 million before including the allocation of the 2012 retroactive BTC of $10.4 million, totaling $23.2 million adjusted EBITDA. This is based upon an estimated sales allocation based on pro rata sales gallons across 2012. Comparing the $21,982 to $12,719, is a 73% increase.

Balance Sheet and Liquidity

At March 31, 2013, REG had cash and cash equivalents of $49.0 million. The company utilized cash during the first quarter 2013 to build summer blend inventory to take advantage of favorable margins and anticipated increased demand. Total inventory was $89.5 million as of March 31, 2013. Accounts receivable was $172.5 million and accounts payable was $116.8 million at March 31, 2013, with the majority of the increase of approximately $127 million and $70 million, respectively, due to the recognition of the 2012 retroactively reinstated BTC, as well as increased sales and production. Borrowings on our Wells Fargo line of credit were $27.4 million at March 31, 2013, reflective of our increased production to meet increasing demand.

Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation

We use 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. We present Adjusted EBITDA because we believe it assists investors in analyzing our performance across reporting periods on a consistent basis by excluding items that we do not believe are indicative of our core operating performance. In addition, we use Adjusted EBITDA to evaluate, assess and benchmark our financial performance on a consistent and a comparable basis and as a factor in determining incentive compensation for our executives.

The following table provides our Adjusted EBITDA for the periods presented, as well as a reconciliation to net income:

       

Three Months

Three Months

Ended Ended
March 31, March 31,
(In thousands) 2013 2012
 
Net income $ 46,403 $ 14,017
 
Adjustments:
Income tax expense 30,189 1,363
Interest expense 576 1,053
Other income (expense), net (117 ) (37 )
Change in fair value of Seneca Holdco liability - (349 )

Change in fair value of preferred stock conversion feature embedded derivatives

- (11,975 )
Stock issued for glycerin agreement termination - 1,898
Straight-line lease expense (159 ) (102 )
Depreciation 2,080 2,026
Amortization (199 ) (139 )
Non-recurring business interruption (863 ) -
Cash-in-lieu board of director stock compensation 88 -
Non-cash stock compensation   1,356     4,964  
Adjusted EBITDA before blenders tax credit 79,354 12,719
 
2012 Retroactive blenders tax credit   (57,372 )   10,448  
 
Adjusted EBITDA $ 21,982   $ 23,167  
 

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 alternatives to cash flows from operating activities or a measure of our 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 our results as reported under GAAP. Some of these limitations are:

  • Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect our cash expenditures for capital assets or the impact of certain cash clauses that we consider not to be an indication of our ongoing operations;
  • Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect changes in, or cash requirements for, our working capital requirements;
  • Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect the interest expense, or the cash requirements necessary to service interest or principal payments, on our 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;
  • On January 2, 2013, the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 was signed into law, which reinstated a set of tax extender items including the reinstatement of the federal biodiesel blenders tax credit for 2013 and retroactively reinstated credit for 2012. The retroactive credit for 2012 results in a net benefit to us that is recognized in first quarter of 2013, which relates to the operating performance and results of 2012 and is thus eliminated;
  • Non-recurring business interruption charge at one of our production facilities in November 2012; we have reflected the gain contingency from 2012 into our operating performance having received the corresponding insurance proceeds in February 2013;
  • Non-cash stock compensation expense is an important element of our long term incentive compensation program, although we have excluded it as an expense when evaluating our operating performance; and
  • Other companies, including other companies in our industry, may calculate these measures differently than we do, limiting their usefulness as a comparative measure.

About Renewable Energy Group

Renewable Energy Group® is a leading North American biodiesel producer with a nationwide distribution and logistics system. Utilizing an integrated value chain model, Renewable Energy Group is focused on converting natural fats, oils and greases into advanced biofuels. With 227 million gallons of active annual nameplate production capacity at biorefineries across the country, REG is a proven biodiesel partner in the distillate marketplace.

For more than a decade, REG has been a reliable supplier of biodiesel which meets or exceeds ASTM quality specifications. We sell REG-9000® biodiesel to distributors so Americans can have cleaner burning fuels that help lessen our dependence on foreign oil and reinforce food security. REG-9000® branded biodiesel is distributed in most states in the U.S.

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 statements regarding the biodiesel industry, the timing for commencement of operations at the New Boston production facility and the completion of upgrades at the Albert Lea, Minnesota facility. 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 effect of governmental programs on our business; government policymaking and mandates relating to renewable fuels; the future price and volatility of feedstocks; the future price and volatility of petroleum and products derived from petroleum; expected future financial performance; our liquidity and working capital requirements; availability of federal and state governmental tax credits and incentives; anticipated trends and challenges in our business and competition in the markets in which we operate; our ability to estimate our feedstock demands and biodiesel sales; our dependence on sales to a limited number of customers and distributors; technological obsolescence; our expectations regarding future expenses; our ability to successfully implement our acquisition strategy; and other risks and uncertainties described from time to time in REG's annual report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Forms 10-Q and other periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The 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, 2013 AND 2012
(IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT SHARE AND PER SHARE AMOUNTS)
 
 
Three Months Three Months
Ended Ended
March 31, March 31,
2013 2012
 
REVENUES:
Biodiesel sales $ 189,255 $ 182,780
Biodiesel government incentives   149,987     5,387  
339,242 188,167
 
Services   42     80  
  339,284     188,247  
 
COSTS OF GOODS SOLD:
Biodiesel 240,799 153,467
Biodiesel - related parties 11,730 17,669
Services   60     77  
  252,589     171,213  
GROSS PROFIT 86,695 17,034
 

SELLING, GENERAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES (includes related party amounts of $2 and $149 for the three months ended March 31, 2013 and 2012, respectively)

  9,644     12,962  
INCOME FROM OPERATIONS   77,051     4,072  
 
OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE), NET:
Change in fair value of preferred stock conversion embedded derivative - 11,975
Change in fair value of Seneca Holdco liability - 349
Other income 117 37

Interest expense (includes related party amounts of $20 and $17 for the three months ended March 31, 2013 and 2012, respectively)

  (576 )   (1,053 )
  (459 )   11,308  
INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES 76,592 15,380
INCOME TAX EXPENSE   (30,189 )   (1,363 )
NET INCOME   46,403     14,017  
 
EFFECTS OF RECAPITALIZATION - 39,107
LESS - ACCRETION OF SERIES A PREFERRED STOCK TO REDEMPTION VALUE - (1,808 )

LESS - CHANGE IN UNDISTRIBUTED DIVIDENDS ALLOCATED TO PREFERRED STOCKHOLDERS

(839 ) (1,451 )
LESS - EFFECT OF PARTICIPATING PREFERRED STOCK (6,510 ) (7,615 )
LESS - EFFECT OF PARTICIPATING SHARE-BASED AWARDS   (619 )   (2,201 )
 
NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE COMPANY'S COMMON STOCKHOLDERS $ 38,435   $ 40,049  
 
NET INCOME PER SHARE ATTRIBUTABLE TO COMMON STOCKHOLDERS:
BASIC $ 1.25   $ 1.60  
DILUTED $ 1.25   $ 0.06  
 

WEIGHTED AVERAGE SHARES USED TO COMPUTE NET INCOME PER SHARE ATTRIBUTABLE TO COMMON STOCKHOLDERS:

BASIC   30,639,284     25,074,194  
DILUTED   36,628,662     30,917,291  
 
       
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (Unaudited)
AS OF MARCH 31, 2013 AND DECEMBER 31, 2012
(IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT SHARE AND PER SHARE AMOUNTS)
 
 
March 31, December 31,
2013 2012
 
ASSETS
CURRENT ASSETS:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 48,977 $ 66,785

Accounts receivable, net (includes amounts owed by related parties of $554 and $771 as of March 31, 2013 and December 31, 2012, respectively)

172,493 18,768
Inventories 89,513 45,206
Deferred income taxes 2,545 2,512
Prepaid expenses and other assets   18,371     15,812  
Total current assets   331,899     149,083  
PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT, NET 250,858 242,885
PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT, NET - VARIABLE INTEREST ENTITY 5,350

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