Green Plains Inc.
Jul 28, 2015

Green Plains Reports Second Quarter 2015 Financial Results

OMAHA, Neb., July 28, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Green Plains Inc. (NASDAQ:GPRE) announced today its financial results for the second quarter of 2015. Net income for the quarter was $7.8 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, compared to net income of $32.3 million, or $0.82 per diluted share, for the same period in 2014. Revenues were $744.5 million for the second quarter of 2015 compared to $837.9 million for the same period in 2014.

"Strong U.S. ethanol demand, due primarily to lower gasoline prices, resulted in an improvement in our second quarter results compared to the first quarter," said Todd Becker, President and Chief Executive Officer. "While ethanol margins remain variable, we believe, based on the current forward curve, our diversified platform will generate profitable results for the full year of 2015. Our strong balance sheet provides us with significant flexibility in capital deployment and allocation for the remainder of the year."

"Demand for ethanol remains robust both domestically and globally. Our expansion projects are progressing to meet the demand growth we expect from E15 in the U.S. and expanding blend rates in foreign markets," stated Becker. "The long-term picture is very exciting for our company and industry."

During the second quarter, Green Plains' ethanol production totaled 238.7 million gallons, or approximately 93.9% of its daily average production capacity. Non-ethanol operating income from the corn oil production, agribusiness, and marketing and distribution segments was $16.4 million in the second quarter of 2015 compared to $16.5 million for the same period in 2014.

Revenues were $1.5 billion for the six-month period ended June 30, 2015 compared to $1.6 billion for the same period of 2014. Net income for the six-month period ended June 30, 2015 was $4.5 million, or $0.11 per diluted share, compared to net income of $75.5 million, or $1.88 per diluted share, for the same period in 2014.

"We are pleased to have successfully completed the initial public offering of Green Plains Partners LP," stated Becker. "We believe the partnership's access to cost-effective capital, as well as the additional liquidity to the company from the offering, will enhance our ability grow."

Green Plains had $417.0 million in total cash and equivalents and $175.4 million available under committed loan agreements at subsidiaries (subject to borrowing base restrictions and other specified lending conditions) at June 30, 2015. Net proceeds from the Offering of $157.9 million were received after the close of the second quarter. EBITDA, which is defined as earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, for the second quarter 2015 was $39.3 million compared to $74.5 million for the same period in 2014.

2015 Second Quarter Business Highlights

Conference Call

On July 29, 2015, Green Plains will hold a conference call to discuss its second quarter 2015 financial results and other recent developments. 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 888-427-9411 and the international dial-in number is 719-325-2402. 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 be archived and available for replay through August 4, 2015.

About Green Plains

Green Plains Inc. (NASDAQ:GPRE) is a diversified commodity-processing business with operations related to ethanol production, corn oil production, grain handling and storage, cattle feedlot operations, and commodity marketing and distribution services. The Company processes over ten million tons of corn annually, producing over one billion gallons of ethanol, three million tons of livestock feed and 250 million pounds of industrial grade corn oil at full capacity. Green Plains is the parent company of Green Plains Partners LP (NASDAQ:GPP), a fee-based Delaware limited partnership recently formed to provide ethanol and fuel storage, terminal and transportation services by owning, operating, developing and acquiring ethanol and fuel storage tanks, terminals, transportation assets and other related assets and businesses.

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," "should," "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 Green Plains operates, commodity market risks including those that may result from current weather conditions, financial market risks, counter-party risks, risks associated with changes to federal policy or regulation, risks related to closing and achieving anticipated results from acquisitions, risks associated with the joint venture to commercialize algae production and the growth potential of the algal biomass industry, and other risks detailed in Green Plains' reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014, and in Green Plains' subsequent filings with the SEC, as well as the risks disclosed in Green Plains Partners LP's SEC filings and the impact of the recent initial public offering of Green Plains Partners LP and its operations as a separate, publicly-traded entity going forward. In addition, Green Plains 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. Unpredictable or unknown factors not discussed in this release also could have material adverse effects on forward-looking statements.

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,
  2015 2014 2015 2014
         
Revenues $ 744,490 $ 837,858 $ 1,482,878 $ 1,571,747
Cost of goods sold  697,164  759,543  1,409,997  1,392,683
Gross profit  47,326  78,315  72,881  179,064
Selling, general and administrative expenses  22,924  19,369  44,375  41,774
Operating income  24,402  58,946  28,506  137,290
Other income (expense)        
Interest income  210  143  430  255
Interest expense  (10,564)  (9,704)  (19,722)  (19,463)
Other, net  (1,034)  704  (1,965)  1,734
Total other income (expense)  (11,388)  (8,857)  (21,257)  (17,474)
         
Income before income taxes  13,014  50,089  7,249  119,816
Income tax expense  5,222  17,775  2,775  44,299
Net income $ 7,792 $ 32,314 $ 4,474 $ 75,517
         
Earnings per share:        
Basic $ 0.20 $ 0.86 $ 0.12 $ 2.14
Diluted $ 0.19 $ 0.82 $ 0.11 $ 1.88
Weighted average shares outstanding:        
Basic  38,027  37,467  37,916  35,322
Diluted  40,075  39,359  39,565  41,308

Consolidated revenues decreased by $93.4 million for the three months ended June 30, 2015 compared to the same period in 2014. Revenues from sales of ethanol and distillers grains decreased by $149.4 million and $15.2 million, respectively, while revenues from sales of cattle and grains increased by $62.9 million and $9.5 million, respectively. Ethanol and distillers grains revenues were affected by a decrease in average realized prices. Grain revenues were impacted by an increase in volumes, partially offset by lower average realized prices. Gross profit decreased by $31.0 million for the three months ended June 30, 2015 compared to the same period in 2014 primarily as a result of decreased margins for ethanol production.

Operating income decreased by $34.5 million for the three months ended June 30, 2015 compared to the same period in 2014 as a result of the factors discussed above as well as a $3.6 million increase in selling, general and administrative expenses. Interest expense increased by $0.9 million for the three months ended June 30, 2015 compared to the same period in 2014 due to higher average debt balances outstanding. Income tax expense was $5.2 million for the three months ended June 30, 2015 compared to $17.8 million for the same period in 2014.

Basic earnings per share, or EPS, is calculated by dividing net income available to common stockholders by the weighted average number of common shares outstanding during the period. Diluted EPS is computed by dividing net income on an if-converted basis for the first quarter of 2014, with respect to the 3.25% Convertible Senior Notes due 2018 and the 5.75% Convertible Senior Notes due 2015, or the 3.25% Notes and the 5.75% Notes, respectively, by the weighted average number of common shares outstanding during the period, adjusted for the dilutive effect of any outstanding dilutive securities. All of the 5.75% Notes were retired during the first quarter of 2014. During the second quarter of 2014, the Company received shareholder approval to allow for flexible settlement in cash, shares of common stock, or a combination of cash and shares of common stock for the conversion of the 3.25% Notes. The Company intends to settle conversions in cash for the principal amount and cash or shares of the Company's common stock for any related conversion premium. Accordingly, beginning in the second quarter of 2014, diluted EPS is computed using the treasury stock method by dividing net income by the weighted average number of common shares outstanding during the period, adjusted for the dilutive effect of any outstanding dilutive securities. The calculations of basic and diluted EPS are as follows (in thousands):

     
  Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
  June 30 June 30,
  2015 2014 2015 2014
Basic EPS:        
Net income $ 7,792 $ 32,314 $ 4,474 $ 75,517
Weighted average shares outstanding - basic  38,027  37,467  37,916  35,322
EPS - basic $ 0.20 $ 0.86 $ 0.12 $ 2.14
         
Diluted EPS:        
Net income $ 7,792 $ 32,314 $ 4,474 $ 75,517
Interest and amortization on convertible debt,        
net of tax effect:        
5.75% Notes  --  --  --  576
3.25% Notes   --  --  --  1,379
Net income - diluted $ 7,792 $ 32,314 $ 4,474 $ 77,472
         
Weighted average shares outstanding - basic  38,027  37,467  37,916  35,322
Effect of dilutive convertible debt:        
5.75% Notes   --  --  --  2,029
3.25% Notes  1,881  1,675  1,480  3,716
Effect of dilutive stock-based compensation awards  167  217  169  241
Weighted average shares outstanding - diluted  40,075  39,359  39,565  41,308
         
EPS - diluted $ 0.19 $ 0.82 $ 0.11  $ 1.88

Operating Segment Information

Green Plains' operating segments are as follows: (1) production of ethanol and distillers grains, collectively referred to as ethanol production, (2) corn oil production, (3) grain handling and storage and cattle feedlot operations, collectively referred to as agribusiness, and (4) marketing, merchant trading and logistics services for Company-produced and third-party ethanol, distillers grains, corn oil and other commodities, and the operation of fuel terminal facilities, 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 is selected operating segment financial information (in thousands):

  Three Months Ended June 30, Six Months Ended June 30,
  2015 2014 2015 2014
Revenues:        
Ethanol production  $ 450,438 $ 532,475  $ 867,391 $ 1,070,846
Corn oil production  17,027  20,374  33,823  36,765
Agribusiness  343,577  380,604  664,694  703,083
Marketing and distribution  658,879  910,026  1,314,227  1,686,564
Intersegment eliminations  (725,431)  (1,005,621)  (1,397,257)  (1,925,511)
  $ 744,490 $ 837,858 $ 1,482,878  $ 1,571,747
Gross profit (loss):        
Ethanol production $ 24,284 $ 35,171 $ 17,464  $ 106,859
Corn oil production  9,625  10,931  20,010  18,746
Agribusiness  4,006  2,499  9,218  5,475
Marketing and distribution  10,714  9,899  22,868  50,615
Intersegment eliminations  (1,303)  19,815  3,321  (2,631)
  $ 47,326 $ 78,315  $ 72,881 $ 179,064
Operating income (loss):        
Ethanol production $ 18,230 $ 30,111 $ 5,087 $ 96,337
Corn oil production  9,567  10,874  19,778  18,582
Agribusiness  2,258  1,269  5,468  2,205
Marketing and distribution  4,564  4,391  10,172  36,885
Intersegment eliminations  (1,303)  19,815  3,381  (2,571)
Segment operating income  33,316  66,460  43,886  151,438
Corporate activities  (8,914)  (7,514)  (15,380)  (14,148)
  $ 24,402 $ 58,946 $ 28,506 $ 137,290

During the normal course of business, the Company enters into transactions between segments. These intersegment activities are recorded by each segment at prices approximating market and treated as if they are third-party transactions. Consequently, these transactions impact segment performance. Intersegment revenues and corresponding costs are eliminated in consolidation and do not impact consolidated results.

Ethanol Production Segment

The table below presents key operating data within the ethanol production segment:

  Three Months Ended June 30, Six Months Ended June 30,
  2015 2014 2015 2014
         
Ethanol sold  238,737 241,871 471,230 472,643
(thousands of gallons)        
         
Distillers grains sold  631 653 1,260 1,290
(thousands of equivalent dried tons)      
         
Corn consumed 84,162 86,140 166,209 168,198
(thousands of bushels)        

Revenues in the ethanol production segment decreased by $82.0 million for the three months ended June 30, 2015 compared to the same period in 2014 primarily due to lower average ethanol and distillers grains prices realized, as well as lower volumes produced and sold. The ethanol production segment produced 238.7 million gallons of ethanol, which represents approximately 93.9% of daily average production capacity, during the three months ended June 30, 2015.

Cost of goods sold in the ethanol production segment decreased by $71.2 million for the three months ended June 30, 2015 compared to the same period in 2014. Corn costs decreased due to a 22% decrease in average cost per bushel and reduced corn consumption resulting from an improvement in ethanol yield during the three months ended June 30, 2015 compared to the same period in 2014. As a result of the factors identified above, gross profit and operating income for the ethanol production segment decreased by $10.9 million and $11.9 million, respectively, for the three months ended June 30, 2015 compared to the same period in 2014. Depreciation and amortization expense for the ethanol production segment was $13.5 million for the three months ended June 30, 2015 compared to $12.8 million during the same period in 2014.

Corn Oil Production Segment

Revenues in the corn oil production segment decreased by $3.3 million for the three months ended June 30, 2015 compared to the same period in 2014. During the three months ended June 30, 2015, the segment produced and sold 62.4 million pounds of corn oil compared to 58.0 million pounds in the same period of 2014. The average price realized for corn oil was approximately 22% lower for the second quarter of 2015 compared to the same period in 2014. Gross profit and operating income in the corn oil production segment decreased by $1.3 million for the three months ended June 30, 2015 compared to the same period in 2014. The decrease was due to the decrease in revenues and decrease in cost of goods sold of $2.0 million related to lower input and processing costs during the three months ended June 30, 2015 compared to the same period in 2014.

Agribusiness Segment

Revenues in the agribusiness segment decreased by $37.0 million, and gross profit and operating income increased by $1.5 million and $1.0 million, respectively, for the three months ended June 30, 2015 compared to the same period in 2014. The segment sold 73.0 million bushels of grain, including 70.5 million bushels to the ethanol production segment during the three months ended June 30, 2015 compared to sales of 77.4 million bushels of grain, including 72.4 million bushels to the ethanol production segment during the same period in 2014. Revenues were impacted by a decrease in average realized prices and volumes sold, partially offset by an increase in revenues of $62.9 million due to the cattle-feeding operation that was acquired during the second quarter of 2014. Gross profit and operating income increased as a result of higher volumes of grain storage.

Marketing and Distribution Segment

Revenues in the marketing and distribution segment decreased by $251.1 million for the three months ended June 30, 2015 compared to the same period in 2014. The decrease in revenues was primarily due to a combined $274.7 million decrease in ethanol and distillers grain revenues resulting from lower average realized prices. The decrease in ethanol and distillers grain revenues was partially offset by an increase in other grain revenues of $27.4 million due to increased volume activity, partially offset by lower average realized prices. The marketing and distribution segment sold 299.7 million and 303.5 million gallons of ethanol during the three months ended June 30, 2015 and 2014, respectively.

Gross profit and operating income for the marketing and distribution segment increased by $0.8 million and $0.2 million, respectively, for the three months ended June 30, 2015 compared to the same period in 2014, primarily due to an increase in profits from merchant trading activity.

Intersegment Eliminations

Intersegment eliminations of revenues decreased by $280.2 million for the three months ended June 30, 2015 compared to the same period in 2014 due to the following factors: decreased corn sales from the agribusiness segment to the ethanol production segment of $82.0 million, decreased sales of distillers grains from the ethanol production segment to the marketing and distribution segment of $9.5 million and decreased sales of ethanol from the ethanol production segment to the marketing and distribution segment of $182.8 million. Intersegment eliminations of gross profit and operating income increased by $21.1 million for the three months ended June 30, 2015 compared to the same period in 2014 due primarily to decreased average margins realized during the second quarter of 2015 compared to 2014. Ethanol is sold from the ethanol production segment to the marketing and distribution segment as it is produced and transferred into storage tanks located at each respective plant. The finished product is then sold by the marketing and distribution segment to external customers. Profit is recognized by the ethanol production segment upon sale to the marketing and distribution segment, but is eliminated from consolidated results until title to the product has been transferred to a third party.

Non-GAAP Reconciliation

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, the Company's computation of EBITDA may not be comparable with a similarly-titled measure of another company. The following sets forth the reconciliation of net income to EBITDA (in thousands):

  Three Months Ended June 30, Six Months Ended June 30,
  2015 2014 2015 2014
Net income $ 7,792  $ 32,314 $ 4,474 $ 75,517
 Interest expense  10,564  9,704  19,722  19,463
 Income taxes   5,222  17,775  2,775  44,299
 Depreciation and amortization  15,700  14,735  31,081  29,362
EBITDA $ 39,278 $ 74,528 $ 58,052 $ 168,641

Summary Balance Sheets

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

  June 30, December 31,
  2015 2014
ASSETS    
     
Current assets $ 812,839 $ 910,910
Property and equipment, net  819,555  825,210
Other assets  93,834  92,437
Total assets $ 1,726,228 $ 1,828,557
     
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY  
     
Current liabilities $ 349,586 $ 511,540
Long-term debt  443,555  399,440
Other liabilities  125,874  120,128
Total liabilities  919,015  1,031,108
Total stockholders' equity  807,213  797,449
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 1,726,228 $ 1,828,557

As of June 30, 2015, Green Plains had $417.0 million in total cash and equivalents and $175.4 million available under committed loan agreements at subsidiaries (subject to borrowing base restrictions and other specified lending conditions). Total debt at June 30, 2015 was $652.4 million, including $199.6 million outstanding under working capital revolvers and other short-term borrowing arrangements in the marketing and distribution and agribusiness segments. As of June 30, 2015, Green Plains had total assets of approximately $1.7 billion, total stockholders' equity of approximately $807.2 million, and approximately 38.1 million common shares outstanding.

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