Renewable Energy Group Reports Second Quarter 2017 Financial Results

Q2 2017 Highlights

  • 160 million gallons sold, up 7% y/y
  • 117 million gallons produced, up 3% y/y
  • Net loss of $34.8 million or $0.90 per share
  • Adjusted net loss of $2.3 million, or $0.06 per share, excluding the non-cash expense of $32.5 million for the convertible debt conversion liability
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $19.7 million, up 145% y/y
  • Geismar $20 million land purchase and ground lease termination
  • As of June 30, 2017:
    • Cash and cash equivalents of $87.6 million
    • Net working capital of $180.3 million
    • Long-term debt of $215.3 million

AMES, Iowa, Aug. 03, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Renewable Energy Group, Inc. ("REG" or the "Company") (NASDAQ:REGI) today announced its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2017.

Revenues for the quarter were $535.1 million on 160.2 million gallons of fuel sold.  Compared to the second quarter of 2016, REG sold 6.8% more gallons of fuel while revenue decreased 4.2%.  The decrease in revenue was primarily due to the lapse of the federal Biodiesel Mixture Excise Tax Credit (BTC) on January 1, 2017 and the impact of imported gallons.  Net loss attributable to common stockholders was $34.8 million, compared to a net income of $7.4 million in the second quarter of 2016.  The Company recognized a non-cash expense of $32.5 million for the convertible debt conversion liability in the quarter.  Net loss for the second quarter of 2017 attributable to common shareholders, excluding the convertible debt conversion expense, was $2.3 million.  Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter was $19.7 million compared to Adjusted EBITDA in the second quarter of 2016 of $8.1 million.  Adjusted EBITDA in the year-earlier period includes net benefits from the BTC, which was in effect at that time.

“The financial performance demonstrates the substantial earnings power of our business," said REG Interim President and CEO Randy Howard.  "With a retroactive reinstatement of the BTC, we would be on track to meet or exceed the financial goals we put forth at our recent analyst day.  If the BTC is reinstated retroactively as expected similar to prior years, both our second quarter and first half performance would be the best in company history."

Howard continued, “The REG team once again demonstrated in the quarter its ability to execute.  Our Geismar RHD facility continued to run smoothly and at high capacity.  Several biorefineries within the fleet set monthly and quarterly production records as well.  We are confident of our ability to deliver on our key initiatives, which include: maximizing profit from the traditional biodiesel fleet, optimizing and growing our RHD asset, and seeking growth through new opportunities in products, geographies, and markets.”

Second Quarter 2017 Highlights

All figures refer to the quarter ending June 30, 2017, unless otherwise noted.  All comparisons are to the quarter ended June 30, 2016 unless otherwise noted. 

REG sold a total of 160.2 million gallons of fuel, an increase of 6.8%. The Company produced 117.4 million gallons of biomass-based diesel during the quarter, a 2.7% increase. The average price per gallon of biomass-based diesel sold decreased by 12.5% to $2.86 as a result of lapse of the BTC on January 1, 2017 and the impact of imported gallons.

Revenues were $535.1 million, a decrease of 4.2%. The decrease is primarily attributable to the lapse of the BTC, offset by an increase in gallons sold and higher sales of separated RINs.

On January 1, 2017, the BTC lapsed as it has several times in the past.  Each time it has been allowed to lapse Congress has reinstated it retroactively.  As a result of this history, the Company and many other industry participants have adopted contractual arrangements with customers specifying the allocation and sharing of a retroactively reinstated incentive.  The Company estimates that if the BTC, or a similar domestic production incentive, is retroactively reinstated for 2017 on the same terms as in 2016, REG's net income and Adjusted EBITDA for business conducted in the quarter ended June 30, 2017 would increase by approximately $58 million from a BTC reinstatement.  For the first six months of 2017, the increase in net income and Adjusted EBITDA from a retroactive reinstatement is estimated to be $98 million.

Gross profit was $30.1 million, or 5.6% of revenues, compared to gross profit of $24.9 million, or 4.5% of revenues.  Gross profit as a percentage of revenue increased 1.1% due to improved margins from RIN sales.

Net loss attributable to common stockholders was $34.8 million, or $0.90 per share on a fully diluted basis. This compares to a net income of $7.4 million, or $0.18 per share on a fully diluted basis. Net loss attributable to common stockholders, excluding the non-cash expense of $32.5 million from convertible debt conversion liability, was $2.3 million or $0.06 per share on a fully diluted basis.

At June 30, 2017, REG had cash and cash equivalents of $87.6 million, an increase of $5.4 million from the prior period end.

At June 30, 2017, accounts receivable were $66.9 million, or 11 days of sales. Accounts receivable at March 31, 2017 were $58.6 million. Inventory was $135.0 million at June 30, 2017, or 24 days of sales, a decrease of $34.8 million from the prior quarter end. Accounts payable were $74.8 million and $70.0 million at June 30, 2017 and March 31, 2017, respectively.

The table below summarizes REG’s results for the second quarter of 2017.

REG Q2 2017 and Q2 2016 Revenues, Net Income (Loss) and Adjusted EBITDA Summary
(dollars and gallons in thousands)
    Q2 2017   Q2 2016   Y/Y Change
Gallons sold   160,219     150,052     6.8%  
Average selling price   $ 2.86     $ 3.27     (12.5)%  
Total revenues   $ 535,103     $ 558,301     (4.2)%  
Net income (loss) attributable to common stockholders   $ (34,809 )   $ 7,445     N/M  
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 19,703     $ 8,052     144.7%  

Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation

The Company uses earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, and further 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 reconciliation to net income (loss):

    Three Months
 June 30, 
  Three Months
 June 30, 
  Six Months
 June 30, 
  Six Months
 June 30, 
(In thousands)                
Net income (loss)   $ (34,809 )   $ 7,714     $ (50,723 )   $ 826  
Income tax expense   1,960     1,296     3,035     2,024  
Interest expense   4,479     3,738     9,015     7,049  
Gain on involuntary conversion       (997 )       (4,540 )
Other (income) expense, net   (32 )   (2,306 )   288     (2,218 )
Change in fair value of convertible debt conversion liability   32,546     (13,432 )   32,718     (13,432 )
Change in fair value of contingent liability   (24 )   3,571     565     3,556  
Impairment of assets   1,341         1,341      
Loss on the Geismar lease termination   3,967         3,967      
Straight-line lease expense   (85 )   (80 )   (117 )   (174 )
Depreciation   8,523     7,824     16,946     15,498  
Amortization   149     (134 )   276     (274 )
Non-cash stock compensation   1,688     858     2,996     1,934  
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 19,703     $ 8,052     $ 20,307     $ 10,249  

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 uses that we consider 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 we have 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 the possible retroactive reinstatement of the BTC, the Company’s ability to meet or exceed its financial goals for 2017 and execute on its strategic initiatives, and the estimated benefits to net income and adjusted EBITDA if the BTC is retroactively reinstated.  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, including possible retroactive reinstatement of the BTC; 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 in REG's annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016, Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2017 and other reports subsequently filed with the SEC.  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.

(in thousands, except share and per share amounts) 
    Three months ended   Six months ended
    June 30, 2017   June 30, 2016   June 30, 2017   June 30, 2016
Biomass-based diesel sales   $ 455,928     $ 399,325     $ 799,664     $ 613,001  
Separated RIN sales   67,349     60,790     124,674     86,555  
Biomass-based diesel government incentives   10,821     97,153     27,762     155,554  
    534,098     557,268     952,100     855,110  
Other revenue   1,005     1,033     1,896     1,062  
    535,103     558,301     953,996     856,172  
COSTS OF GOODS SOLD:                
Biomass-based diesel   468,407     468,069     822,258     721,786  
Separated RINs   34,218     65,370     80,847     92,139  
Other costs of goods sold   1,024         2,154     2  
Impairment of long-lived assets   1,341         1,341      
    504,990     533,439     906,600     813,927  
GROSS PROFIT   30,113     24,862     47,396     42,245  
  22,812     20,850     45,719     40,626  
RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT EXPENSE   3,181     4,427     6,779     8,353  
INCOME (LOSS) FROM OPERATIONS   4,120     (415 )   (5,102 )   (6,734 )
OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE), NET   (36,969 )   9,425     (42,586 )   9,584  
INCOME (LOSS) BEFORE INCOME TAXES   (32,849 )   9,010     (47,688 )   2,850  
INCOME TAX EXPENSE   (1,960 )   (1,296 )   (3,035 )   (2,024 )
NET INCOME (LOSS)   $ (34,809 )   $ 7,714     $ (50,723 )   $ 826  
  $ (34,809 )   $ 7,445     $ (50,723 )   $ 676  
BASIC   $ (0.90 )   $ 0.18     $ (1.31 )   $ 0.02  
DILUTED   $ (0.90 )   $ 0.18     $ (1.31 )   $ 0.02  
BASIC   38,679,849     42,407,888     38,639,672     43,153,486  
DILUTED   38,679,849     42,418,841     38,639,672     43,158,601  

AS OF JUNE 30, 2017 AND DECEMBER 31, 2016
(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)
    June 30, 2017   December 31, 2016
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 87,591     $ 116,210  
Accounts receivable, net   66,920     164,949  
Inventories   135,006     145,408  
Prepaid expenses and other assets   89,156     36,272  
    Total current assets   378,673     462,839  
Property, plant and equipment, net   614,884     599,474  
Goodwill   16,080     16,080  
Intangible assets, net   28,301     29,470  
Investments   13,020     12,110  
Other assets   9,557     12,630  
Restricted cash       4,000  
TOTAL ASSETS   $ 1,060,515     $ 1,136,603  
Lines of credit   $ 69,247     $ 52,844  
Current maturities of long-term debt   16,674     15,402  
Accounts payable   74,818     99,137  
Accrued expenses and other liabilities   37,280     38,916  
Deferred revenue   402     27,246  
    Total current liabilities   198,421     233,545  
Unfavorable lease obligation   3,953     15,515  
Deferred income taxes   23,254     20,279  
Long-term contingent consideration for acquisitions   16,625     28,931  
Convertible debt conversion liability   59,818     27,100  
Long-term debt (net of debt issuance costs of $5,856 and $6,286, respectively)   192,807     196,203  
Other liabilities   3,749     4,856  
    Total liabilities   498,627     526,429  
TOTAL EQUITY   561,888     610,174  
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY   $ 1,060,515     $ 1,136,603  



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