UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
_____________________

Form 8-K
_____________________

CURRENT REPORT

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event Reported): August 1, 2018  

Green Plains Inc.
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)

Iowa
(State or Other Jurisdiction of Incorporation)

001-3292484-1652107
(Commission File Number)(I.R.S. Employer Identification Number)
  
1811 Aksarben Drive, Omaha, Nebraska 68106
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)(Zip Code)


 
(402) 884-8700
(Registrant's telephone number, including area code)

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:

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Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (17 CFR §230.405) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (17 CFR §240.12b-2). Emerging growth company [    ]

 

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. [    ]

 
 

Item 2.02. Results of Operations and Financial Condition.

          Green Plains Inc. issued a press release announcing its financial results for the three months ended June 30, 2018. A copy of this press release is attached as Exhibit 99.1.

          The information in this current report on Form 8-K, including Exhibit 99.1, is “furnished,” not “filed,” for the purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and is not subject to liability of that section nor deemed incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, before or after this date and regardless of any general incorporation language in the filing, unless explicitly incorporated by reference in such filing

Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d) Exhibits. The following exhibits are filed as part of this report.

Number Description
   
99.1 Press Release, dated August 1, 2018


SIGNATURE

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

 Green Plains Inc.
   
  
Date: August 1, 2018By: /s/ John W. Neppl        
  John W. Neppl
  Chief Financial Officer
(Principal Financial Officer)
  

EdgarFiling

EXHIBIT 99.1

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
  

Green Plains Reports Second Quarter 2018 Financial Results

OMAHA, Neb., Aug. 01, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Green Plains Inc. (NASDAQ:GPRE) today announced financial results for the second quarter of 2018. Net loss attributable to the company was $1.0 million, or $(0.02) per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2018 compared to net loss of $16.4 million, or $(0.41) per diluted share, for the same period in 2017. Revenues were $986.8 million for the second quarter of 2018 compared with $886.3 million for the same period last year.

“Our second quarter had a solid financial performance from our non-ethanol businesses, led by a record quarter in our food and ingredients segment driven by performance in our cattle feeding operations and strong grain handling margins in our ag and energy services segment,” commented Todd Becker, president and chief executive officer. “We also experienced improvement in our ethanol production segment, generating a consolidated ethanol crush margin of $25.6 million, or approximately $0.09 per gallon.”

“Yesterday we announced that we have signed a definitive agreement to purchase two cattle feedlots from Bartlett Cattle Company,” said Becker. “Our investment aligns with our strategy to capitalize on the growing demand for all proteins around the world, leverages our risk management expertise and further diversifies our earnings especially in industries that are not subject to policy-driven volatility. We expect this acquisition to deliver consistent earnings for our shareholders and be immediately accretive to earnings.”

“Ethanol margins improved in June, which has carried over into the beginning of the third quarter as physical markets remain tight and basis levels are above historical averages,” commented Becker. “There still remains a mismatch between the weakness of financial markets and strength of physical markets that has negatively impacted realized margins. We have made the decision to run all of our plants at higher rates notwithstanding normal turnaround scheduling and seasonal shutdowns of a few smaller assets. We believe this move will improve our plant expense absorption rates on a go forward basis.”

Revenues attributable to the company were $2.0 billion for the six-month period ended June 30, 2018, compared with $1.8 billion for the same period in 2017. Net loss for the six-month period ended June 30, 2018, was $25.1 million, or $(0.63) per diluted share, compared with net loss of $20.0 million, or $(0.51) per diluted share, for the same period in 2017.

“Our portfolio optimization plan is on track with the strategic objectives we communicated in May. We are in the middle of a robust process which we believe will allow us to significantly reduce or eliminate term debt by the end of 2018,” Becker stated. “We have also made good progress on our plan to reduce controllable expenses by $10 to $15 million, starting with the current quarter. Finally, our high-protein initiative is fully engaged, as we continue to work through permitting, engineering and site preparations.”  

Second Quarter Highlights and Recent Developments

Results of Operations

Green Plains produced 296.3 million gallons of ethanol during the second quarter of 2018, compared with 275.5 million gallons for the same period in 2017. The consolidated ethanol crush margin was $25.6 million, or $0.09 per gallon, for the second quarter of 2018, compared with $18.9 million, or $0.07 per gallon, for the same period in 2017. The consolidated ethanol crush margin is the ethanol production segment’s operating income before depreciation and amortization, which includes corn oil, plus intercompany storage, transportation and other fees, net of related expenses.

Consolidated revenues increased $100.6 million for the three months ended June 30, 2018, compared with the same period in 2017 primarily as a result of the cattle feedlot acquisitions during the first half of 2017. The increase was partially offset by lower average realized prices for ethanol and corn oil.

Operating income increased $15.6 million for the three months ended June 30, 2018 compared with the same period last year primarily due to higher cattle volumes sold, higher average prices for distiller grains and increased ethanol margins. Interest expense increased $2.6 million for the three months ended June 30, 2018, compared with the same period in 2017, primarily due to higher average debt outstanding and higher borrowing costs. Income tax benefit was $10.8 million for the three months ended June 30, 2018, compared with $9.7 million for the same period in 2017. During the three months ended June 30, 2018, the company recognized a net tax benefit of $8.3 million for federal and state research and development credits relating to current and prior periods.

Earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) increased $17.8 million for the second quarter of 2018 compared with the same period last year.

Segment Information
The company reports the financial and operating performance for the following four operating segments: (1) ethanol production, which includes the production of ethanol and distillers grains, and recovery of corn oil, (2) agribusiness and energy services, which includes grain handling and storage, commodity marketing and merchant trading for company-produced and third-party ethanol, distillers grains, corn oil, natural gas and other commodities, (3) food and ingredients, which includes cattle feeding, vinegar production and food-grade corn oil operations and (4) partnership, which includes fuel storage and transportation services. Intercompany fees charged to the ethanol production segment for storage and logistics services, grain procurement and product sales are included in the partnership, and agribusiness and energy services segments and eliminated upon consolidation. Third party costs of grain consumed and revenues from product sales are reported directly in the ethanol production segment.

                     
GREEN PLAINS INC.  
SEGMENT OPERATIONS  
(unaudited, in thousands)  
                     
  Three Months Ended
June 30,

 Six Months Ended
June 30,
  2018 2017 % Var.
 2018 2017 % Var.
Revenues:                    
Ethanol production $593,475  $618,846  (4.1)% $1,159,191  $1,240,221  (6.5)%
Agribusiness and energy services  184,202   160,536  14.7    397,418   338,339  17.5  
Food and ingredients  225,925   116,697  93.6    504,076   214,757  134.7  
Partnership  25,840   25,065  3.1    51,725   52,294  (1.1) 
Intersegment eliminations  (42,605)  (34,881) 22.1    (80,286)  (71,664) 12.0  
  $986,837  $886,263  11.3 % $2,032,124  $1,773,947  14.6 %
Gross margin:                    
Ethanol production $11,862  $6,200  91.3 % $13,019  $28,437  (54.2)%
Agribusiness and energy services  19,028   8,426  125.8    30,532   19,835  53.9  
Food and ingredients  19,485   16,688  16.8    37,871   31,713  19.4  
Partnership  25,840   25,065  3.1    51,725   52,294  (1.1) 
Intersegment eliminations  (3)  (135) *    17   (247) *  
  $76,212  $56,244  35.5 % $133,164  $132,032  0.9 %
Depreciation and amortization:                    
Ethanol production $20,559  $20,142  2.1 % $40,995  $40,484  1.3 %
Agribusiness and energy services  618   659  (6.2)   1,248   1,319  (5.4) 
Food and ingredients  3,444   3,240  6.3    6,848   6,120  11.9  
Partnership  1,105   1,247  (11.4)   2,286   2,501  (8.6) 
Corporate activities  1,097   900  21.9    1,920   1,847  4.0  
  $26,823  $26,188  2.4 % $53,297  $52,271  2.0 %
Operating income (loss):                    
Ethanol production $(17,214) $(22,459) 23.4 % $(44,743) $(29,057) (54.0)%
Agribusiness and energy services  12,166   3,083  294.6    19,230   9,452  103.4  
Food and ingredients  12,981   10,714  21.2    25,566   20,340  25.7  
Partnership  16,129   14,798  9.0    31,489   31,417  0.2  
Intersegment eliminations  144   (80) *    212   (155) *  
Corporate activities  (12,441)  (9,842) 26.4    (23,914)  (18,391) 30.0  
  $11,765  $(3,786) 410.8 % $7,840  $13,606  (42.4)%
EBITDA:                    
Ethanol production $3,362  $(873) *   $(3,733) $12,951  *  
Agribusiness and energy services  12,796   3,747  241.5 %  20,498   10,760  90.5 %
Food and ingredients  19,044   13,955  36.5    35,041   26,469  32.4  
Partnership  17,138   16,066  6.7    33,761   33,960  (0.6) 
Intersegment eliminations  144   (80) *    212   (155) *  
Corporate activities  (10,642)  (8,742) 21.7    (20,817)  (16,063) 29.6  
  $41,842  $24,073  73.8 % $64,962  $67,922  (4.4)%
                     
* Percentage variance not considered meaningful.  
               


               
GREEN PLAINS INC.
SELECTED OPERATING DATA
(unaudited, in thousands)
               
  Three Months Ended
June 30,
 Six Months Ended
June 30,
  2018 2017 % Var. 2018 2017 % Var.
Ethanol production              
Ethanol (gallons) 296,282 275,539 7.5 % 576,692 601,965 (4.2)%
Distillers grains (equivalent dried tons) 739 728 1.5   1,468 1,605 (8.5) 
Corn oil (pounds) 75,556 65,685 15.0   144,690 141,042 2.6  
Corn consumed (bushels) 103,147 95,680 7.8   200,430 209,165 (4.2) 
               
Agribusiness and energy services              
Domestic ethanol sold (gallons) 284,170 344,158 (17.4)  595,360 637,908 (6.7) 
Export ethanol sold (gallons) 65,720 36,794 78.6   138,819 102,639 35.2  
  349,890 380,952 (8.2)  734,179 740,547 (0.9) 
Food and ingredients              
Cattle sold (head) 118 38 210.5   255 80 218.8  
               
Partnership              
Storage and throughput (gallons) 314,337 284,496 10.5   612,610 605,578 1.2  
               


             
GREEN PLAINS INC.
CONSOLIDATED CRUSH MARGIN
(unaudited, in thousands except per gallon amounts)
             
  Three Months Ended
June 30,
 Three Months Ended
June 30,
  2018 2017 2018 2017
             
Ethanol production operating loss $(17,214) $(22,459) $(0.05) $(0.08)
Depreciation and amortization  20,559   20,142   0.07   0.08 
Total ethanol production  3,345   (2,317)  0.02   0.00 
             
Intercompany fees, net:            
Storage and logistics (partnership)  15,880   14,757   0.05   0.05 
Marketing and agribusiness fees
(agribusiness and energy services)
  6,363   6,451   0.02   0.02 
Consolidated crush margin $25,588  $18,891  $0.09  $0.07 
                 

Liquidity and Capital Resources
On June 30, 2018, Green Plains had $251.0 million in total cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, and $568.6 million available under revolving credit agreements, some of which are subject to restrictions and other lending conditions. Total debt outstanding at June 30, 2018, was $1,295.3 million, including $457.5 million outstanding under working capital revolvers and other short-term borrowing arrangements for the agribusiness and energy services, and food and ingredients segments.

Conference Call Information
Green Plains Inc. and Green Plains Partners LP will host a joint conference call today, at 11 a.m. Eastern time (10 a.m. Central time), to discuss second quarter 2018 financial and operating results for each company. Domestic and international participants can access the conference call by dialing 877.711.2374 and 281.542.4862, respectively, and referencing conference ID 6849088. The company advises participants to call at least 10 minutes prior to the start time. Alternatively, the conference call, transcript and presentation will be accessible on Green Plains’ website at http://investor.gpreinc.com/events.cfm.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Management uses earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, or EBITDA, segment EBITDA and consolidated ethanol crush margins to measure the company’s financial performance and to internally manage its businesses. Management believes these measures provide useful information to investors for comparison with peer and other companies. These measures should not be considered alternatives to net income or segment operating income, which are determined in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). These non-GAAP calculations may vary from company to company. Accordingly, the company’s computation of EBITDA, segment EBITDA and consolidated ethanol crush margins may not be comparable with similarly titled measures of another company.

About Green Plains Inc.
Green Plains Inc. (NASDAQ:GPRE) is a diversified commodity-processing business with operations related to ethanol production, grain handling and storage, cattle feeding, food ingredients, and commodity marketing and logistics services. The company is one of the leading producers of ethanol in the world and, through its adjacent businesses, is focused on the production of high-protein feed ingredients and export growth opportunities. Green Plains owns a 62.5% limited partner interest and a 2.0% general partner interest in Green Plains Partners. For more information about Green Plains, visit www.gpreinc.com.

About Green Plains Partners LP
Green Plains Partners LP (NASDAQ:GPP) is a fee-based Delaware limited partnership formed by Green Plains Inc. to provide fuel storage and transportation services by owning, operating, developing and acquiring ethanol and fuel storage tanks, terminals, transportation assets and other related assets and businesses. For more information about Green Plains Partners, visit www.greenplainspartners.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
This news release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended. Forward-looking statements reflect management’s current views, which are subject to risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to, anticipated financial and operating results, plans and objectives that are not historical in nature. These statements may be identified by words such as “believe,” “expect,” “may,” “should,” “will” and similar expressions. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied include: competition in the industries in which Green Plains operates; commodity market risks, financial market risks; counterparty risks; risks associated with changes to federal policy or regulation, including changes to tax laws; risks related to closing and achieving anticipated results from acquisitions; risks associated with the joint venture to commercialize algae production and growth potential of the algal biomass industry; risks associated with the recent acquisitions of cattle feedlots; risks associated with the company’s portfolio optimization plan; and other risks discussed in Green Plains’ reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this news release. Green Plains assumes no obligation to update any such forward-looking statements, except as required by law.

Consolidated Financial Results

       
GREEN PLAINS INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(unaudited, in thousands)
       
  June 30,
2018
 December 31,
2017
ASSETS      
Current assets      
Cash and cash equivalents $235,133 $266,651
Restricted cash  15,863  45,709
Accounts receivable, net  137,068  151,122
Income tax receivable  33,891  6,413
Inventories  625,302  711,878
Other current assets  45,562  24,698
Total current assets  1,092,819  1,206,471
Property and equipment, net  1,139,249  1,176,707
Other assets  353,705  401,472
Total assets $2,585,773 $2,784,650
       
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY      
Current liabilities      
Accounts payable $121,573 $205,479
Accrued and other liabilities  53,859  63,886
Derivative financial instruments  22,868  12,884
Income taxes payable  -  9,909
Short-term notes payable and other borrowings  457,472  526,180
Current maturities of long-term debt  69,752  67,923
Total current liabilities  725,524  886,261
Long-term debt  768,111  767,396
Deferred income taxes  40,591  56,801
Other liabilities  14,434  15,056
Total liabilities  1,548,660  1,725,514
       
Stockholders' equity      
Total Green Plains stockholders' equity  921,530  942,182
Noncontrolling interests  115,583  116,954
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $2,585,773 $2,784,650
       


                   
GREEN PLAINS INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(unaudited, in thousands except per share amounts)
                   
  Three Months Ended
June 30,
 Six Months Ended
June 30,
  2018 2017 % Var. 2018 2017 % Var.
Revenues                  
Product $985,217  $884,712  11.4 % $2,028,876  $1,770,924  14.6 %
Services  1,620   1,551  4.4    3,248   3,023  7.4  
Total revenues  986,837   886,263  11.3    2,032,124   1,773,947  14.6  
Costs and expenses                  
Cost of goods sold (excluding depreciation and amortization expenses reflected below)  910,625   830,019  9.7    1,898,960   1,641,915  15.7  
Operations and maintenance  7,893   8,267  (4.5)   16,293   16,798  (3.0) 
Selling, general and administrative  29,731   25,575  16.3    55,734   49,357  12.9  
Depreciation and amortization  26,823   26,188  2.4    53,297   52,271  2.0  
Total costs and expenses  975,072   890,049  9.6    2,024,284   1,760,341  15.0  
Operating income (loss)  11,765   (3,786) 410.8    7,840   13,606  (42.4) 
Other income (expense)                  
Interest income  709   314  125.8    1,346   678  98.5  
Interest expense  (22,021)  (19,430) 13.3    (44,149)  (37,926) (16.4) 
Other, net  2,545   1,357  87.5    2,479   1,367  81.3  
Total other expense  (18,767)  (17,759) 5.7    (40,324)  (35,881) 12.4  
Loss before income taxes  (7,002)  (21,545) 67.5    (32,484)  (22,275) (45.8) 
Income tax benefit  10,753   9,749  10.3    16,780   12,130  38.3  
Net income (loss)  3,751   (11,796) 131.8    (15,704)  (10,145) (54.8) 
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest  4,745   4,570  3.8    9,407   9,818  (4.2) 
Net loss attributable to Green Plains $(994) $(16,366) 93.9 % $(25,111) $(19,963) (25.8)%
                   
Earnings per share:                  
Net loss attributable to Green Plains - basic $(0.02) $(0.41)    $(0.63) $(0.51)   
Net loss attributable to Green Plains - diluted $(0.02) $(0.41)    $(0.63) $(0.51)   
                   
Weighted average shares outstanding:                  
Basic  40,194   40,220      40,168   39,326    
Diluted  40,194   40,220      40,168   39,326    
                       


       
GREEN PLAINS INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(unaudited, in thousands)
       
  Six Months Ended
June 30,
  2018 2017
Cash flows from operating activities:      
Net loss $(15,704) $(10,145)
Noncash operating adjustments:      
Depreciation and amortization  53,297   52,271 
Deferred income taxes  (23,061)  (12,896)
Other  10,565   13,385 
Net change in working capital  20,762   (80,358)
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities  45,859   (37,743)
       
Cash flows from investing activities:      
Purchases of property and equipment, net  (14,640)  (27,985)
Acquisition of businesses, net of cash acquired  (1,629)  (61,727)
Investments in unconsolidated subsidiaries  (2,253)  (8,849)
Other investing activities  7,500   - 
Net cash used in investing activities  (11,022)  (98,561)
       
Cash flows from financing activities:      
Net proceeds (payments) - long-term debt  (1,070)  (32,539)
Net proceeds - short-term borrowings  (69,066)  50,021 
Other  (26,065)  (33,193)
Net cash used in financing activities  (96,201)  (15,711)
       
Net change in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash  (61,364)  (152,015)
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, beginning of period  312,360   406,791 
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, end of period $250,996  $254,776 
         


       
   Six Months Ended
June 30,
   2018 2017
       
Reconciliation of total cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash:      
Cash and cash equivalents $235,133 $195,442
Restricted cash  15,863  59,334
Total cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash $250,996 $254,776
       


             
GREEN PLAINS INC.
RECONCILIATIONS TO NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
(unaudited, in thousands)
             
  Three Months Ended
June 30,
 Six Months Ended
June 30,
  2018 2017 2018 2017
Net income (loss) $3,751  $(11,796) $(15,704) $(10,145)
Interest expense  22,021   19,430   44,149   37,926 
Income tax benefit  (10,753)  (9,749)  (16,780)  (12,130)
Depreciation and amortization  26,823   26,188   53,297   52,271 
EBITDA $41,842  $24,073  $64,962  $67,922 
                 

Contact: Jim Stark | Vice President, Investor & Media Relations | 402.884.8700 | jim.stark@gpreinc.com