Green Plains Inc.
Jul 27, 2011

Green Plains Renewable Energy, Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2011 Financial Results

OMAHA, Neb., July 27, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Green Plains Renewable Energy, Inc. (Nasdaq:GPRE) announced today its financial results for the second quarter of 2011. Net income attributable to Green Plains for the quarter ended June 30, 2011 was $5.0 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, compared to $8.7 million, or $0.27 per diluted share, for the same period in 2010. Revenues were $861.4 million for the second quarter of 2011 compared to $453.4 million during the same period in 2010.

"Our strategy to diversify our business paid off for us in the second quarter," said Todd Becker, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Corn oil production, marketing and distribution, and agribusiness accounted for 42% of segment operating income, allowing us to record our ninth consecutive quarter of profitability during a period of compressed ethanol industry margins. We expect the contribution from corn oil production to increase further as eight of our nine plants are fully operational and the ninth plant is expected to have corn oil extraction technology deployed by the end of the third quarter. We also produced and sold a record 184 million gallons of ethanol, which is a 41% increase over the second quarter of 2010," Becker added.

Revenues for the six-month period ended June 30, 2011 were $1.7 billion compared to $0.9 billion for the same period of 2010. Net income for the six-month period ended June 30, 2011 was $12.7 million, or $0.34 per diluted share, compared to net income of $24.3 million, or $0.83 per diluted share, for the same period of 2010.

"We expect our profitability to improve sequentially over the next two quarters, as ethanol margins have expanded over the last 90 days. We have been able to lock away significant portions of our ethanol margins, all corn oil production will be online and the market remains strong for each of these products. Our agribusiness segment should have a solid finish in 2011 as crops around our facilities are currently in good shape," commented Becker.

"Our joint venture, BioProcess Algae, has made excellent progress in the past 90 days," Becker stated. "We are finishing the build out of a larger scale outdoor Grower Harvester™ system over the next few months, and this deployment should produce algae in sufficient quantities for sale into food, feed and fuel markets. Work is underway on the development of a larger commercial platform of our Grower Harvester systems as we continue to verify scalability of this technology."

EBITDA, which is defined as earnings before interest, income taxes, noncontrolling interests, depreciation and amortization, was $29.8 million for the second quarter of 2011 compared to $26.3 million during the same period of 2010. Green Plains had $164.2 million total cash and equivalents and $89.9 million available under committed loan agreements (subject to satisfaction of specified lending conditions and covenants) at June 30, 2011. EBITDA for the six-month period ended June 30, 2011 was $61.8 million compared to $59.5 million for the same period of 2010. For reconciliations of EBITDA to net income attributable to Green Plains, see "EBITDA" below.

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Conference Call

On July 28, 2011, Green Plains will hold a conference call to discuss its second quarter 2011 financial results. Green Plains' participants will include Todd Becker, President and Chief Executive Officer, Jerry Peters, Chief Financial Officer, and Jeff Briggs, Chief Operating Officer. The time of the call is 11:00 a.m. ET / 10:00 a.m. CT. To participate by telephone, the domestic dial-in number is 800-580-5053 and the international dial-in number is 913-312-0836. The conference call will be webcast and accessible at www.gpreinc.com. Listeners are advised to go to the website at least 10 minutes prior to the call to register, download and install any necessary audio software. A slide presentation will be available on Green Plains' website at http://investor.gpreinc.com/events.cfm. The conference call will also be archived and available for replay through August 4, 2011.

About Green Plains Renewable Energy, Inc.

Green Plains Renewable Energy, Inc. (Nasdaq:GPRE) is North America's fourth largest ethanol producer. The Company markets and distributes approximately one billion gallons of renewable motor fuel on an annual basis, including 740 million gallons of expected production from the Company's nine ethanol plants located throughout the U.S. Green Plains also owns and operates grain handling and storage assets and provides complementary agronomy services to local grain producers through its agribusiness segment. Green Plains owns Blendstar LLC, a biofuels terminal operator with locations in the southern U.S. Green Plains is a joint venture partner in BioProcess Algae LLC, which was formed to commercialize advanced photo-bioreactor technologies for the growing and harvesting of algal biomass.

Safe Harbor

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended. Such statements are identified by the use of words such as "anticipates," "believes," "estimates," "expects," "goal," "intends," "plans," "potential," "predicts," "will," and other words and terms of similar meaning in connection with any discussion of future operating or financial performance. Such statements are based on management's current expectations and are subject to various factors, risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results, outcome of events, timing and performance to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Green Plains may experience significant fluctuations in future operating results due to a number of economic conditions, including, but not limited to, competition in the ethanol and other industries in which the Company competes, commodity market risks, financial market risks, counter-party risks, risks associated with changes to federal policy or regulation, expected corn oil recovery rates, corn oil prices and operating expenses, risks related to closing and achieving anticipated results from acquisitions, risks associated with the Company's joint venture to commercialize algae production and commercialize algae-related products and technology as well as market acceptance of such products, the growth potential of the algal biomass industry, and other risks detailed in the Company's reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010 and in the Company's subsequent filings with the SEC. Green Plains assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. The cautionary statements in this report expressly qualify all of our forward-looking statements. In addition, the Company is not obligated, and does not intend, to update any of its forward-looking statements at any time unless an update is required by applicable securities laws.

Consolidated Financial Results


The following are consolidated statements of operations for Green Plains (in thousands, except per share amounts):

 Three Months Ended June 30,Six Months Ended June 30,
 2011201020112010
         
Revenues  $ 861,393  $ 453,359  $ 1,673,546  $ 879,833
Cost of goods sold  826,314  422,687  1,601,018  811,687
Gross profit  35,079  30,672  72,528  68,146
Selling, general and administrative expenses  17,474  13,597  35,105  26,566
Operating income  17,605  17,075  37,423  41,580
Other income (expense)        
Interest income  72  99  164  126
Interest expense  (9,255)  (5,659)  (16,811)  (10,315)
Other, net  (551)  (110)  (1,014)  (110)
Total other expense  (9,734)  (5,670)  (17,661)  (10,299)
         
Income before income taxes  7,871  11,405  19,762  31,281
Income tax expense  2,852  2,517  7,212  6,907
Net income  5,019  8,888  12,550  24,374
Net (income) loss attributable to noncontrolling interests  (37)  (204)  172  (114)
Net income attributable to Green Plains  $ 4,982  $ 8,684  $ 12,722  $ 24,260
Earnings per share:        
Basic  $ 0.14  $ 0.28  $ 0.35  $ 0.84
Diluted  $ 0.14  $ 0.27  $ 0.34  $ 0.83
Weighted average shares outstanding:        
Basic  36,415  31,359  36,308  28,956
Diluted  42,953  31,678  42,858  29,302

Revenues increased in the second quarter of 2011 compared to the same period of 2010 primarily as a result of the acquisitions of two ethanol plants from Global Ethanol, LLC in October 2010 and the Otter Tail ethanol plant in March 2011. Ethanol production volumes were higher, while operating margins per gallon were lower, in the second quarter of 2011 compared to the same period of 2010. Operating expenses increased as a result of the expanded scope of the business resulting from the acquisitions completed. These factors contributed to the overall increase in revenues of $408.0 million and an increase in operating income of $0.5 million in the second quarter of 2011 compared to the same period of 2010.

Interest expense increased $3.6 million in the second quarter of 2011 compared to the same period of 2010 due to additional debt issued to finance the acquisitions and the $90.0 million convertible debt offering completed in November 2010. Weighted average shares outstanding for diluted earnings per share purposes for the second quarter of 2011 reflect additional shares outstanding under the as-if-converted method of accounting for convertible debt. The following summarizes the effects of this method on net income attributable to Green Plains and weighted average shares outstanding for the periods indicated (in thousands):

 Three Months Ended June 30,Six Months Ended June 30,
  20112010 2011 2010 
Net income attributable to Green Plains  $ 4,982  $ 8,684  $ 12,722  $ 24,260
Interest and amortization expense related to convertible debt  1,443  --   2,884  -- 
Tax savings related to interest and amortization expense on convertible debt  (519)  --   (1,038)  -- 
Net income on an as-if-converted basis  $ 5,906  $ 8,684  $ 14,568  $ 24,260
Effect of convertible debt on weighted average shares outstanding - diluted  6,280  --   6,280  -- 

Operating Segment Information

Green Plains' operating segments are as follows: (1) production of ethanol and related distillers grains, collectively referred to as ethanol production, (2) corn oil production, (3) grain warehousing and marketing, as well as sales and related services of agronomy and petroleum products, collectively referred to as agribusiness, and (4) marketing and distribution of Company-produced and third-party ethanol, distillers grains and corn oil, collectively referred to as marketing and distribution. Selling, general and administrative expenses, primarily consisting of compensation of corporate employees, professional fees and overhead costs not directly related to a specific operating segment are reflected in the table below as corporate activities. The following are revenues, gross profit and operating income by segment for the periods indicated (in thousands):

 Three Months Ended June 30,Six Months Ended June 30,
 2011201020112010
         
Revenues:        
Ethanol production  $ 543,425  $ 240,550  $ 1,011,122  $ 490,603
Corn oil production  10,520  --  14,842  --
Agribusiness  125,535  62,565  239,579  104,846
Marketing and distribution  759,495  397,226  1,471,877  785,322
Intersegment eliminations  (577,582)  (246,982)  (1,063,874)  (500,938)
   $ 861,393  $ 453,359  $ 1,673,546  $ 879,833
         
Gross profit:        
Ethanol production  15,605  18,443  38,812  50,202
Corn oil production  6,366  --  8,456  --
Agribusiness  6,133  5,675  12,075  8,444
Marketing and distribution  5,565  5,223  12,226  9,404
Intersegment eliminations  1,410  1,331  959  96
   $ 35,079  $ 30,672  $ 72,528  $ 68,146
         
Operating income:        
Ethanol production  11,593  15,763  31,020  44,951
Corn oil production  6,339  --  8,408  --
Agribusiness  758  984  1,652  454
Marketing and distribution  2,493  2,390  5,119  3,731
Intersegment eliminations  1,419  1,331  984  96
Segment operating income  22,602  20,468  47,183  49,232
Corporate activities  (4,997)  (3,393)  (9,760)  (7,652)
   $ 17,605  $ 17,075  $ 37,423  $ 41,580

Intersegment revenues and corresponding costs are eliminated in consolidation and do not impact consolidated results. Certain amounts previously reported have been reclassified to conform to the current presentation.

Ethanol Production Segment

The table below presents key operating data within our ethanol production segment for the periods indicated:

 Three Months Ended June 30,Six Months Ended June 30,
 2011201020112010
         
Ethanol sold   183,925 130,103  356,019 253,858
(thousands of gallons)        
         
Distillers grains sold  514 373 1,001 729
(thousands of equivalent dried tons)        
         
Corn consumed  64,804 46,424  125,175 91,059
(thousands of bushels)        

Revenues in the ethanol production segment increased by $302.9 million to $543.4 million for the second quarter of 2011 compared to the same period of 2010. Revenues for the second quarter of 2011 included production from the Lakota and Riga ethanol plants, which were acquired in October 2010, as well as production from the Otter Tail ethanol plant, which was acquired in March 2011.

Cost of goods sold in the ethanol production segment during the second quarter of 2011 increased by $305.7 million to $527.8 million compared to the same period of 2010. This increase was primarily due to an 18.4 million bushel increase in corn consumption and a 95.9% increase in the average cost per bushel during the second quarter of 2011 when compared to the same period of 2010. Depreciation and amortization expense for the ethanol production segment was $10.6 million during the second quarter of 2011 compared to $7.9 million during the same period of 2010. Operating income for the ethanol production segment for the second quarter of 2011 decreased by $4.2 million to $11.6 million compared to the same period of 2010. The reduction in operating income was primarily a result of lower operating margins per gallon when compared to the same period from the previous year.

Corn Oil Production Segment

In the second quarter of 2011, we redefined our operating segments to include corn oil production as a reportable segment. Corn oil production, which we initiated in October 2010, was previously reported as a component of our marketing and distribution segment. By June 30, 2011, we had deployed corn oil extraction technology at eight of our nine ethanol plants with plans to implement the technology at our recently-acquired Otter Tail plant by the end of third quarter of 2011. During the three months ended June 30, 2011, we produced 21.5 million pounds of corn oil which is double the amount reported for the first quarter of 2011, or 10.1 million pounds. 

Agribusiness Segment

The table below presents key operating data within our agribusiness segment for the periods indicated:

 Three Months Ended June 30,Six Months Ended June 30,
 2011201020112010
         
Grain sold  14,021 10,600 27,975 18,400
(thousands of bushels)        
         
Fertilizer sold  34,902 32,400 38,010 32,526
(tons)        

Agribusiness segment revenues increased by $63.0 million to $125.5 million for the second quarter of 2011 compared to the same period of 2010. Revenues were higher primarily due to increased grain volumes handled and grain prices in the second quarter of 2011. Gross profit for the agribusiness segment increased by $0.5 million for the second quarter of 2011 compared to same period in 2010, primarily due to increased grain volumes. Operating income was $0.8 million during the second quarter of 2011 compared to $1.0 million during the same period of 2010. The lower operating income was primarily the result of compressed margins on fertilizer sold in the second quarter when compared to 2010.  

Marketing and Distribution Segment

Revenues in the marketing and distribution segment increased $362.3 million for the second quarter of 2011 compared to the same period of 2010. The increase in revenues was primarily due to increases in the volume and price of ethanol marketed. The Company sold 256.1 million gallons of ethanol within the marketing and distribution segment during the second quarter of 2011 compared to 227.9 million gallons sold during the same period of 2010. Volumes increased 12.4% due to the addition of the Lakota, Riga and Otter Tail plants. Gross profit for the marketing and distribution segment increased by $0.3 million for the second quarter of 2011 compared to the same period of 2010. Operating income was $2.5 million during the second quarter of 2011 compared to $2.4 million during the same period of 2010.

EBITDA

Management uses EBITDA to measure the Company's financial performance and to internally manage its businesses. Management believes that EBITDA provides useful information to investors as a measure of comparison with peer and other companies. EBITDA should not be considered an alternative to, or more meaningful than, net income or cash flow as determined in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. EBITDA calculations may vary from company to company. Accordingly, our computation of EBITDA may not be comparable with a similarly-titled measure of another company.

The following sets forth the reconciliation of net income attributable to Green Plains to EBITDA for the periods indicated (in thousands):

 Three Months Ended June 30,Six Months Ended June 30,
 2011201020112010
Net income attributable to Green Plains  $ 4,982  $ 8,684  $ 12,722  $ 24,260
Net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests  37  204  (172)  114
Interest expense  9,255  5,659  16,811  10,315
Income taxes  2,852  2,517  7,212  6,907
Depreciation and amortization  12,646  9,222  25,225  17,873
EBITDA  $ 29,772  $ 26,286  $ 61,798  $ 59,469

Summary Balance Sheets

The following is condensed consolidated balance sheet information (in thousands):

 June 30,
2011
December 31,
2010
ASSETS    
     
Current assets  $ 515,956  $ 606,686
Property and equipment, net  788,639  747,421
Other assets  61,258  43,672
Total assets  $ 1,365,853  $ 1,397,779
     
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY    
     
Current liabilities  $ 295,301  $ 342,503
Long-term debt  524,157  527,900
Other liabilities  39,628  29,734
Total liabilities  859,086  900,137
Total stockholders' equity  506,767  497,642
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity  $ 1,365,853  $ 1,397,779

At June 30, 2011, Green Plains had $164.2 million in total cash and equivalents and $89.9 million available under committed loan agreements (subject to satisfaction of specified lending conditions and covenants). Total debt was $683.0 million, including $87.0 million outstanding under commodity and trade receivable revolvers in the marketing and distribution and agribusiness segments. Green Plains had total assets of approximately $1.4 billion and total stockholders' equity of approximately $506.8 million. As of June 30, 2011, Green Plains had approximately 36.4 million common shares outstanding.

CONTACT: Company Contact:

         Jim Stark, Vice President - Investor and Media Relations

         Green Plains Renewable Energy, Inc.

         (402) 884-8700

         

         Investor Contact:

         John Baldissera

         BPC Financial Marketing

         (800) 368-1217