Green Plains Announces Confidential Submission of Draft Registration Statement for Downstream Publicly-Traded Partnership

OMAHA, Neb., March 9, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Green Plains Inc. (Nasdaq:GPRE) ("Green Plains") announced today that its newly-formed subsidiary, Green Plains Partners LP (the "Partnership"), has confidentially submitted a draft registration statement on Form S-1 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The registration statement is for a proposed underwritten initial public offering ("IPO") of common units representing limited partner interests in the newly-formed Partnership. It is anticipated that the IPO will raise approximately $200-$250 million in gross proceeds; however, the date, number of common units to be sold and the price range for the proposed IPO have not yet been determined and are subject to a number of factors, including market conditions.

It is expected that the initial assets of the Partnership will consist of Green Plains' downstream ethanol transportation and storage assets located in 12 states throughout the Midwest and Southeast United States.

This announcement is being made pursuant to, and in accordance with, Rule 135 under the Securities Act of 1933. A registration statement relating to these securities has been confidentially submitted with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, but has not yet become effective. These securities may not be sold nor may offers to buy be accepted prior to the time the registration statement becomes effective. This announcement shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy securities and shall not constitute an offer, solicitation or sale in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of that jurisdiction.

About Green Plains

Green Plains 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. Green Plains processes over ten million tons of corn annually, producing approximately 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 also is a partner in a joint venture to commercialize advanced technologies for growing and harvesting 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," "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 cattle-feeding, 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. 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. Also in relation to this announcement, additional risks are: changes in timing and structure of the planned IPO of the Partnership; unanticipated developments that may delay or negatively impact the planned IPO; regulatory approvals and compliance with contractual obligations; impact of the planned IPO of the Partnership on Green Plains' relationships with its employees, customers and vendors and Green Plains' credit rating and cost of funds; changes in market conditions; and future opportunities that Green Plains' board of directors may determine present greater potential value to stockholders than the planned Partnership IPO. No assurance can be given as to the consummation of the proposed IPO, the value of the common units of the Partnership, the price at which they made trade or whether a liquid market may develop for such units. Unpredictable or unknown factors not discussed in this release also could have material adverse effects on forward-looking statements.

CONTACT: Jim Stark, Vice President - Investor and Media Relations Green Plains Inc. (402) 884-8700

Source:Green Plains Inc.