Renewable Energy Group Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2016 Financial Results

Fourth Quarter 2016 Highlights:

  • Revenue of $560.4 million 
  • 155.9 million gallons of fuel sold
  • Net income of $20.2 million 
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $60.3 million
  • Geismar plant produced above nameplate capacity on average throughout the quarter
  • An initial and partial settlement of $15.1 million was agreed to, recorded and subsequently received from our business interruption insurance claim related to the September 2015 fire at our Geismar facility

Full Year 2016 Highlights:

  • Revenue of $2.0 billion 
  • 567.1 million gallons of fuel sold
  • Net income of $44.3 million 
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $102.1 million 
  • Nameplate production capacity increased to 502 million gallons/year
  • Expanded line of credit from $60.0 million to $150.0 million with Wells Fargo and Fifth Third Bank
  • Paid off $100.0 million GOZone bonds
  • Completed $50.0 million share and bond repurchase program
  • Completed 100% acquisition process for Petrotec AG in January 2017

AMES, Iowa, March 07, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:REGI) (“REG” or the “Company”) today announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2016.

For the fourth quarter of 2016, revenue was $560.4 million on 155.9 million gallons sold.  Net income was $20.2 million and Adjusted EBITDA was $60.3 million.  REG increased total gallons sold by 58% compared to the fourth quarter of 2015.  Revenue increased by 45% while Adjusted EBITDA increased by 179% in the fourth quarter of 2016 compared to the same period in 2015, primarily driven by increased gallons sold and improved margins.

For the full year 2016, revenue was $2.0 billion on 567.1 million gallons sold.  Net income was $44.3 million and Adjusted EBITDA was $102.1 million. For the full year 2016, REG sold 192.4 million more total gallons, revenue increased by 47%, and Adjusted EBITDA increased by 104%, compared to 2015.  The increase in net income and Adjusted EBITDA is primarily attributable to significantly higher gallons sold, improving market conditions in the energy and commodity sectors in 2016, higher average selling price and increased production run rate across the Company's fleet.

“Our fourth quarter results were strong resulting from a total team effort to maximize our gallons sold as we sought to capture the lapsing tax incentive,” said Daniel J. Oh, President and Chief Executive Officer.  “Revenue for the full year exceeded $2 billion for the first time and we set records for gallons produced and sold in a year.”

Oh continued, “The entire fleet ran very well in 2016. Notably, our Geismar biorefinery achieved a production record in the fourth quarter and has run continuously above nameplate capacity on average for the first two months of 2017.  We are excited to see Geismar beginning to deliver on expectations.  As we look to 2017, we expect to work our way through additional regulatory uncertainty as a company and an industry as we have done successfully several times in the past.”

Fourth Quarter 2016 Operating Highlights

REG sold 155.9 million total gallons of fuel, an increase of 57.8% compared to the fourth quarter of 2015.  Gallons sold in the quarter included 21.9 million gallons purchased from third parties and resold through the Company’s distribution network, 20.5 million gallons of petroleum-based diesel fuel and 12.1 million gallons contributed by Petrotec.

REG produced 130.1 million gallons of biomass-based diesel during the quarter, an increase of 48.6 million gallons over the fourth quarter of 2015.  The growth in production resulted primarily from our Geismar biorefinery running at high rates in the fourth quarter of this year compared to no production at Geismar in the 2015 period, production from the Madison, Wisconsin facility acquired in the second quarter of 2016 and the remainder of the fleet producing at a high rate.  The Company also utilized contract or toll manufacturing, which contributed 5.9 million gallons in the quarter.

Fourth Quarter 2016 Financial Results

All figures refer to the quarter ending December 31, 2016, unless otherwise noted. All comparisons are to the quarter ended December 31, 2015 unless otherwise noted. 

Revenue of $560.4 million represented an increase of $172.6 million when compared to the fourth quarter of 2015.  The increase in revenue was driven by volume growth of 57.8% and an increase in biomass-based diesel prices.  The average price per gallon sold (including RINs) for B100 was $3.05, an increase of 13.4% from the same period in 2015.

Gross profit was $81.9 million, compared to $106.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2015.  Gross margin was 15%, compared to 27% in the year-earlier quarter.  The decrease in gross profit was primarily due to the benefit from the reinstatement of the federal biodiesel mixture excise tax credit (BTC) for 2015, all of which was recognized in the fourth quarter of 2015.

Operating income was $32.2 million compared to operating loss of $96.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2015.  Fourth quarter 2016 operating income was impacted by a $17.8 million non-cash impairment charge of property, plant and equipment, of which $15.6 million related to our partially completed facility in Emporia, Kansas.  The impairment charge for Emporia resulted from competition from foreign, imported product and the probability of that project being completed in the near term is unlikely.  We believe this site continues to be a good opportunity for future biorefinery operations.  Also in the fourth quarter of 2016, we recorded an initial and partial settlement of $15.1 million from our business interruption insurance claim related to the September 2015 fire at our Geismar facility.  The loss in prior year quarter was largely due to the $175.0 million non-cash goodwill impairment charge.

Net income attributable to common stockholders was $20.2 million, or $0.51 per share on a fully diluted basis.  This compares to a net loss of $95.6 million, or $2.18 per share on a fully diluted basis in the fourth quarter of 2015.

Adjusted EBITDA was $60.3 million, a 179% increase compared to the 2015 period.  Fourth quarter 2015 adjusted EBITDA was $21.6 million.  Adjusted EBITDA is defined as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization and further adjusted for certain items identified below under “Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation.”

At December 31, 2016, REG had cash and cash equivalents, of $116.2 million, an increase of 34% during the quarter.  For the year, the Company's cash and cash equivalents increased by $69.1 million primarily as a result of cash generated from operations.  At December 31, 2016, accounts receivable were $164.9 million, an increase of $59.9 million from September 30, 2016, mainly as a result of the increase in sales activities in the last quarter of 2016 in an effort to maximize the BTC that lapsed after December 31, 2016.  Inventory was $145.4 million, an increase of $47.2 million during the quarter. 

The table below summarizes REG’s results for Q4 2016:

REG Q4 2016 Revenues and Adjusted EBITDA Summary
(dollars and gallons in thousands)
  4Q-2016   4Q-2015   Y/Y Change
Gallons sold 155,860     98,780     58 %
Average selling price $ 3.05     $ 2.69     13 %
Total revenues $ 560,421     $ 387,808     45 %
Net income (loss) attributable to the Company $ 20,197     $ (95,609 )   N/M  
Adjusted EBITDA (1) $ 60,274     $ 21,589     179 %
           

(1) On December 18, 2015, the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 was signed into law, which reinstated a set of tax extender items including the retroactive reinstatement of the BTC for 2015 and prospectively in effect for 2016.  The retroactive credit for 2015 resulted in a net benefit to us of $95 million that was recognized in the fourth quarter of 2015.  Because this credit relates to the full year operating performance and results, for purposes of the calculation of quarterly Adjusted EBITDA the Company allocated a portion of the credit to each of the first three quarters of 2015 based upon gallons sold in each quarter and excluded those amounts from the fourth quarter adjusted EBITDA.

Full Year 2016 Results

All figures refer to the full year ending December 31, 2016, unless otherwise noted.  All comparisons are to the full year ending December 31, 2015 unless otherwise noted. 

REG sold 567.1 million total gallons, an increase of 51.3% compared to 374.7 million gallons in 2015.  Gallons sold in 2016 included 76.7 million gallons purchased from third parties and resold through the Company’s distribution network, 53.7 million gallons of petroleum-based diesel fuel and 44.6 million gallons sold by Petrotec.

The average B100 price per gallon (including RINs) sold by REG was $3.17, compared to $2.97 in 2015.

REG produced 445.5 million gallons of biomass-based diesel, compared to 300.3 million gallons in 2015.  The growth in production resulted from the Geismar biorefinery running at, or over, capacity in the fourth quarter, production from the Madison acquisition and inclusion of Grays Harbor for the full year in 2016 compared to a five months in 2015, coupled with high production rates across the remainder of the Company's fleet.  The Company also utilized contract or toll manufacturing, which contributed 23.4 million gallons in 2016 compared to 17.3 million gallons in 2015.

Revenue was $2.0 billion, an increase of $653.9 million, or 47%, versus 2015 revenue of $1.4 billion.  The increase was due to a 51.3% increase in gallons sold and a 6.7% increase in average biomass-based diesel prices during 2016.

Gross profit was $171.5 million, compared to $110.5 million in 2015. 

Operating income was $47.2 million, compared to an operating loss of $154.7 million in 2015.  Operating income for 2016 was reduced by a $17.8 million non-cash impairment charge of property, plant and equipment.  The loss in prior year was largely due to the $175.0 million non-cash goodwill impairment charge.

Net income attributable to common stockholders was $43.5 million or $1.06 per share on a fully diluted basis for 2016.  This compares to a net loss of $151.4 million, or $3.44 per share on a fully diluted basis for 2015. Net income attributable to common shareholders for 2016 was $61.3 million, excluding the non-cash impairment of property, plant and equipment charge of $17.8 million, or $1.50 per share on a fully diluted basis.  Net income attributable to common shareholders for 2015 was $23.6 million, excluding the non-cash goodwill impairment charge of $175.0 million, or $0.54 per share on a fully diluted basis. 

Adjusted EBITDA was $102.1 million, compared to $50.2 million in 2015, resulting in an Adjusted EBITDA margin of 5%.

The table below summarizes the quarterly and year end results for 2016 and 2015:

REG Annual Results Summary
(dollars and gallons in thousands except per gallon data)
  1Q   2Q   3Q   4Q   Year
Gallons sold 2016 98,016     150,052     163,133     155,860     567,061  
Gallons sold 2015 59,860     96,082     119,967     98,780     374,689  
Y/Y Change 64 %   56 %   36 %   58 %   51 %
                   
B100 ASP per gallon 2016 $ 2.92     $ 3.27     $ 3.14     $ 3.05     $ 3.17  
B100 ASP per gallon 2015 $ 3.17     $ 3.19     $ 2.57     $ 2.69     $ 2.97  
Y/Y Change (8 )%   3 %   22 %   13 %   7 %
                   
Total revenues 2016 $ 297,870     $ 558,301     $ 624,640     $ 560,421     $ 2,041,232  
Total revenues 2015 $ 230,918     $ 373,762     $ 394,856     $ 387,808     $ 1,387,344  
Y/Y Change 29 %   49 %   58 %   45 %   47 %
                   
Net income attributable to the Company 2016 $ (6,918 )   $ 7,606     $ 23,442     $ 20,197     $ 44,327  
Net loss attributable to the Company 2015 $ (38,107 )   $ (2,001 )   $ (15,675 )   $ (95,609 )   $ (151,392 )
Y/Y Change   N/M       N/M       N/M       N/M       N/M  
                   
Adjusted EBITDA 2016 $ 2,197     $ 8,052     $ 31,624     $ 60,274     $ 102,147  
Adjusted EBITDA 2015 $ (14,472 )   $ 26,142     $ 16,904     $ 21,589     $ 50,163  
Y/Y Change   N/M     (69 )%   87 %   179 %   104 %
                   
Adjusted EBITDA margin 2016 1 %   1 %   5 %   11 %   5 %
Adjusted EBITDA margin 2015 (6 )%   7 %   4 %   6 %   4 %

Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation

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 provides Adjusted EBITDA for the periods presented, as well as reconciliation to net income:

                  Year ended
December 31,
                  Year ended
December 31,
(In thousands) 1Q-2016   2Q-2016   3Q-2016   4Q-2016   2016   1Q-2015   2Q-2015   3Q-2015   4Q-2015   2015
Net income (loss) $ (6,888 )   $ 7,714     $ 23,505     20,382     $ 44,713     $ (38,304 )   $ (2,163 )   $ (15,671 )   (95,572 )   $ (151,710 )
Adjustments:                                      
Income tax (benefit) expense 728     1,296     (1,203 )   3,447     4,268     (897 )   (707 )   (1,050 )   (6,047 )   (8,701 )
Interest expense 3,311     3,738     4,487     4,451     15,987     2,743     2,928     2,921     3,275     11,867  
Other income (expense), net 88     (15,738 )   (2,699 )   2,546     (15,803 )   (565 )   (1,779 )   462     1,410     (472 )
Gain on involuntary  conversion (3,543 )   (997 )   (3,470 )   (1,884 )   (9,894 )                    
Gain on bargain purchase                             (5,358 )       (5,358 )
Change in fair value of contingent consideration (15 )   3,571     1,124     3,224     7,904     293     (2,121 )   1,106     363     (359 )
Impairment of assets (2)             17,893     17,893                      
Impairment of goodwill                                 175,028     175,028  
Straight-line lease expense (94 )   (80 )   (73 )   (38 )   (285 )   (158 )   (145 )   (19 )   (94 )   (416 )
Depreciation 7,674     7,824     7,949     8,378     31,825     5,613     6,134     6,261     6,989     24,997  
Amortization (140 )   (134 )   (129 )   46     (357 )   (219 )   (206 )   (199 )   (91 )   (715 )
Other                     197     162     (4 )   486     841  
Biodiesel tax credit (1)                     15,745     22,883     27,264     (65,892 )    
Non-cash stock compensation 1,076     858     2,133     1,829     5,896     1,080     1,156     1,191     1,734     5,161  
Adjusted EBITDA $ 2,197     $ 8,052     $ 31,624     $ 60,274     $ 102,147     $ (14,472 )   $ 26,142     $ 16,904     $ 21,589     $ 50,163  
                                                                               

(1) On December 18, 2015, the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 was signed into law, which reinstated a set of tax extender items including the retroactive reinstatement of the BTC for 2015 and prospectively in effect for 2016.  The retroactive credit for 2015 resulted in a net benefit to us of $95 million that was recognized in the fourth quarter of 2015.  Because this credit relates to the full year operating performance and results, the Company  allocated a portion of the credit to each of the first three quarters of 2015 based upon gallons sold in each quarter and excluded those amounts from the fourth quarter 2015 adjusted EBITDA.

(2) Represents the impairment charge to write down the carrying value of certain assets, mostly attributed to the Company's Emporia facility, to remaining salvage value.

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 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 for capital assets or the impact of certain cash clauses 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 a leading provider of cleaner, lower carbon intensity products and services. We are an international producer of biomass-based diesel, a developer of renewable chemicals and are North America's largest producer of advanced biofuel. REG utilizes an integrated procurement, distribution, and logistics network to convert natural fats, oils, greases, and sugars into lower carbon intensity products. With 14 active biorefineries, a feedstock processing facility, research and development capabilities and a diverse and growing intellectual property portfolio, REG is committed to being a long-term leader in bio-based fuel and chemicals.

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 our ability to manage our business in spite of regulatory uncertainties.  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, potential changes in governmental programs and policies requiring or encouraging the use of biofuels, including RFS2; 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 future price and volatility of feedstocks; the future price and volatility of petroleum and products derived from petroleum; risks associated with fire, explosions, leaks and other natural disasters at our facilities; the effect of excess capacity in the biomass-based diesel industry; unanticipated changes in the biomass-based diesel market from which we generate almost all of our revenues; seasonal fluctuations in our operating results; 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; our ability to generate revenue from the sale of renewable chemicals, fuels and other products on a commercial scale and at a competitive cost, and customer acceptance of the products produced; whether our Geismar biorefinery will be able to produce renewable hydrocarbon diesel consistently or profitably; and other risks and uncertainties described from time to time in REG's quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the period ended September 30, 2016 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
FOR THE YEARS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2016, 2015 AND 2014
(IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT SHARE AND PER SHARE AMOUNTS)
(UNAUDITED)
 
  2016   2015   2014
REVENUES:          
Biomass-based diesel sales $ 1,417,595     $ 954,742     $ 922,602  
Separated RIN sales 274,800     186,539     130,170  
Biomass-based diesel government incentives 346,672     245,868     220,634  
  2,039,067     1,387,149     1,273,406  
Services 2,165     195     425  
  2,041,232     1,387,344     1,273,831  
COSTS OF GOODS SOLD:          
Biomass-based diesel 1,616,991     1,093,979     993,264  
Separated RINs 250,809     182,688     119,788  
Services 1,916     134     167  
  1,869,716     1,276,801     1,113,219  
GROSS PROFIT 171,516     110,543     160,612  
SELLING, GENERAL, AND ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES 88,285     73,397     62,681  
RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT EXPENSE 18,163     16,851     12,424  
IMPAIRMENT OF PROPERTY, PLANT, AND EQUIPMENT 17,893          
IMPAIRMENT OF GOODWILL     175,028      
INCOME (LOSS) FROM OPERATIONS 47,175     (154,733 )   85,507  
OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE), NET 1,806     (5,678 )   603  
INCOME (LOSS) BEFORE INCOME TAXES 48,981     (160,411 )   86,110  
INCOME TAX BENEFIT (EXPENSE) (4,268 )   8,701     (3,572 )
NET INCOME (LOSS) $ 44,713     $ (151,710 )   $ 82,538  
           
NET INCOME (LOSS) ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE COMPANY 44,327     (151,392 )   82,611  
           
NET INCOME (LOSS) ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE COMPANY'S COMMON STOCKHOLDERS $ 43,453     $ (151,392 )   $ 81,620  
Net income (loss) per share attributable to common stockholders:          
Basic $ 1.06     $ (3.44 )   $ 2.00  
Diluted $ 1.06     $ (3.44 )   $ 1.99  
Weighted-average shares used to compute net income (loss) per share attributable to common stockholders:          
Basic 40,897,549     43,958,803     40,740,411  
Diluted 40,902,860     43,958,803     40,749,913  
                 


RENEWABLE ENERGY GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
 
CONDENSED SUPPLEMENTAL QUARTERLY RESULTS OF OPERATIONS
FOR THE THREE AND TWELVE MONTHS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2016 AND 2015
(IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT SHARE AND PER SHARE AMOUNTS)
(UNAUDITED)
 
    Three Months
Ended
December 31,
2016
  Three Months
Ended
December 31,
2015
  Twelve Months
Ended
December 31,
2016
  Twelve Months
Ended
December 31,
2015
Revenues   $ 560,421     $ 387,808     $ 2,041,232     $ 1,387,344  
Gross profit   81,920     106,426     171,516     110,543  
Selling, general, and administrative expenses including research and development expense   31,864     27,969     106,448     90,248  
Impairment of property, plant and equipment   17,893         17,893      
Impairment of goodwill       175,028         175,028  
Income (loss) from operations   32,163     (96,571 )   47,175     (154,733 )
Other income (expense), net   (6,343 )   (5,048 )   1,806     (5,678 )
Net income (loss) attributable to the Company   20,197     (95,609 )   44,327     (151,392 )
Net income (loss) per share attributable to common stockholders - basic   0.51     (2.18 )   1.06     (3.44 )
Net income (loss) per share attributable to common stockholders - diluted   $ 0.51     $ (2.18 )   $ 1.06     $ (3.44 )
                                 


RENEWABLE ENERGY GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
 
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
AS OF DECEMBER 31, 2016 AND 2015 (IN THOUSANDS)
(UNAUDITED)
 
  2016   2015
ASSETS      
CURRENT ASSETS:      
Cash and cash equivalents $ 116,210     $ 47,081  
Accounts receivable, net 164,949     310,731  
Inventories 145,408     85,890  
Prepaid expenses and other assets 36,272     31,882  
Total current assets 462,839     475,584  
Property, plant and equipment, net 599,474     574,584  
Goodwill 16,080     16,080  
Intangible assets, net 29,470     30,941  
Investments 12,110     8,797  
Other assets 12,630     11,819  
Restricted cash 4,000     105,815  
TOTAL ASSETS $ 1,136,603     $ 1,223,620  
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY      
CURRENT LIABILITIES:      
Revolving line of credit $ 52,844     $ 23,149  
Current maturities of long-term debt 15,402     5,206  
Accounts payable 99,137     236,817  
Accrued expenses and other liabilities 38,916     28,466  
Deferred revenue 27,246     333  
Total current liabilities 233,545     293,971  
Unfavorable lease obligation 15,515     17,343  
Deferred income taxes 20,279     19,186  
Long-term contingent consideration for acquisitions 28,931     26,949  
Convertible debt conversion liability 27,100      
Long-term debt, net 196,203     247,251  
Other liabilities 4,856     4,910  
Total liabilities 526,429     609,610  
COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES      
TOTAL EQUITY 610,174     614,010  
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY $ 1,136,603     $ 1,223,620  
               

 

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Company:
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Todd Robinson
Director, Investor Relations
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Todd.Robinson@regi.com

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