Green Plains Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2016 Financial Results

Results for the Fourth Quarter of 2016

  • Net income of $18.7 million, or $0.47 per diluted share
  • Record ethanol production of 334.2 million gallons
  • EBITDA of $83.5 million

Results for the Full Year of 2016

  • Net income of $10.7 million, or $0.28 per diluted share
  • Company produced 1.1 billion gallons, a 21% increase over 2015
  • EBITDA of $174.4 million

OMAHA, Neb., Feb. 08, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Green Plains Inc. (NASDAQ:GPRE) today announced financial results for the fourth quarter of 2016. Net income attributable to the company was $18.7 million, or $0.47 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2016 compared with net loss of $(3.6) million, or $(0.09) per diluted share, for the same period in 2015. Revenues were $932.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2016 compared with $739.9 million for the same period last year.

“Green Plains finished 2016 on a strong note, generating $74.3 million of segment operating income in the fourth quarter as we successfully integrated the acquisitions of three ethanol plants and Fleischmann’s Vinegar Company into our platform,” said Todd Becker, president and chief executive officer. “Each of our business units performed well during the quarter and the year, delivering strong results by continuing to focus on executing our long term strategy of diversification and achieving scale in all of our businesses.”

With the addition of Fleischmann’s Vinegar Company in the fourth quarter of 2016, Green Plains restructured its operating segments. The four segments include: ethanol production, agribusiness and energy services, food and food ingredients and partnership. Please see segment information below for more detail.

During the fourth quarter, Green Plains produced 334.2 million gallons of ethanol compared with 260.8 million gallons for the same period in 2015. The consolidated ethanol crush margin was $81.6 million, or $0.24 per gallon, for the fourth quarter of 2016 compared with $28.9 million, or $0.11 per gallon, for the same period in 2015. The consolidated ethanol crush margin is the ethanol production segment’s operating income before depreciation and amortization, which includes corn oil production, plus intercompany storage, transportation and other fees, net of related expenses.

Revenues were $3.4 billion for the year ended Dec. 31, 2016, compared with $3.0 billion for the same period in 2015. Net income attributable to the company for the year ended Dec. 31, 2016, was $10.7 million, or $0.28 per diluted share, compared with net income of $7.1 million, or $0.18 per diluted share, for the same period in 2015.

“U.S. ethanol demand was strong in 2016 and we expect that to continue in 2017. In addition, exports were the strongest we have seen in 5 years. U.S. ethanol remains competitively priced and export demand could be even stronger this year,” Becker added. “We expect to see solid infrastructure growth in support of E15 with new locations and more retailers expanding demand for the product. In all, we believe gasoline demand will continue to grow, leading to an improved ethanol margin environment as we approach the beginning of summer driving season in April.

“We invested over $550 million of growth capital in 2016, which we believe positions us to deliver stronger results in the future. We continue to evaluate additional growth opportunities across all of our segments and we look forward to the completion of the Jefferson Energy Terminal joint venture in the second half of this year,” stated Becker.

Full Year Highlights

  • On Jan. 1, 2016, Green Plains sold the storage and transportation assets of the Hopewell and Hereford ethanol production facilities to Green Plains Partners for $62.3 million.

  • On June 14, 2016, Green Plains Inc. and Jefferson Gulf Coast Energy Partners, a subsidiary of Fortress Transportation and Infrastructure Investors LLC, announced the formation of a 50/50 joint venture to construct and operate an intermodal export and import fuels terminal at Jefferson’s existing Beaumont, Texas terminal. Green Plains will offer its interest in the joint venture to the partnership once commercial development is complete, which is expected during the second half of 2017.

  • In Aug. 2016, Green Plains completed a private offering of $170 million aggregate principal amount of 4.125% convertible senior notes that will mature on Sept. 1, 2022. The net proceeds from the offering were used to finance the recent acquisitions.

  • On Sept. 23, 2016, Green Plains acquired three ethanol plants located in Madison, Ill., Mount Vernon, Ind. and York. Neb. for approximately $235 million in cash plus certain working capital adjustments. Concurrently, the ethanol storage assets were sold to Green Plains Partners LP for $90 million. The plants added 230 million gallons per year of ethanol production capacity.

  • On Oct. 3, 2016, Green Plains acquired SCI Ingredients Holdings, Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiary, Fleischmann’s Vinegar Company, Inc., for approximately $258 million, financing the transaction with $135 million of debt and the balance with cash on hand. Fleischmann’s Vinegar Company operates as a standalone business.

Results of Operations
Consolidated revenues increased $192.2 million for the three months ended Dec. 31, 2016, compared with the same period in 2015. Revenues were impacted by an increase in ethanol volumes sold and a higher average price realized for ethanol along with an increase in volumes of cattle sold, plus the addition of Fleischmann’s Vinegar in the quarter. The increase in revenues were partially offset by lower volumes and average realized prices for grain sold.

Operating income increased $43.3 million for the three months ended Dec. 31, 2016, compared with the same period last year primarily due to increased margins on ethanol production. Interest expense increased $8.3 million for the three months ended Dec. 31, 2016, compared with the same period last year primarily due to higher average debt outstanding. Income tax expense was $12.2 million for the three months ended Dec. 31, 2016, compared with $4.1 million for the same period in 2015.

Earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) for the fourth quarter of 2016 was $83.5 million compared with $32.5 million for the same period last year.

Segment Information
Management implemented organizational changes during the fourth quarter of 2016 as a result of acquisitions during the year and now reviews financial and operating performance for four operating segments: (1) ethanol production, which includes the production of ethanol, distillers grains and corn oil, (2) agribusiness and energy services, which includes grain handling and storage, commodity marketing and merchant trading, (3) food and food ingredients, which includes the vinegar operations and cattle feedlot 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 cost of grain consumed and revenues from product sales are reported directly in the ethanol production segment. Prior periods have been reclassified to conform to the revised segment presentation.


GREEN PLAINS INC.
SEGMENT OPERATIONS
(unaudited, in thousands)
Three Months Ended
December 31,
Twelve Months Ended
December 31,
2016 2015 % Var. 2016 2015 % Var.
Revenues:
Ethanol production$ 704,539 $ 522,932 34.7 % $ 2,454,896 $ 2,029,359 21.0 %
Agribusiness and energy services 147,606 171,029 (13.7) 664,113 732,646 (9.4)
Food and food ingredients 87,257 50,897 71.4 318,181 219,385 45.0
Partnership 28,285 22,686 24.7 103,772 50,937 103.7
Intersegment eliminations (35,589) (27,630) 28.8 (130,081) (66,738) 94.9
932,098 739,914 26.0 3,410,881 2,965,589 15.0
Gross margin:
Ethanol production 67,354 17,392 287.3 128,197 123,349 3.9
Agribusiness and energy services 21,124 18,232 15.9 59,368 59,362 -
Food and food ingredients 11,947 653 * 23,785 2,724 *
Partnership 28,285 22,686 24.7 103,772 50,937 103.7
Intersegment eliminations 403 (38) * (320) (150) 113.3
129,113 58,925 119.1 314,802 236,222 33.3
Operating income (loss):
Ethanol production 35,798 (3,398) * 28,125 43,266 (35.0)
Agribusiness and energy services 13,295 12,142 9.5 34,039 37,253 (8.6)
Food and food ingredients 6,842 (470) * 16,436 (952) *
Partnership 17,945 12,185 47.3 60,903 12,990 368.8
Intersegment eliminations 442 - * (170) - *
Segment operating income 74,322 20,459 263.3 139,333 92,557 50.5
Corporate activities (18,252) (7,721) 136.4 (47,645) (31,480) 51.4
$ 56,070 $ 12,738 340.2 % $ 91,688 $ 61,077 50.1 %
* Percentage variance not considered meaningful.


GREEN PLAINS INC.
OPERATING DATA BY PRODUCT
(unaudited, in thousands)
Three Months Ended
December 31,
Twelve Months Ended
December 31,
2016 2015 % Var. 2016 2015 % Var.
Ethanol production
Ethanol sold (gallons) 334,166 260,767 28.1 % 1,147,630 947,557 21.1 %
Distillers grains sold (tons) 894 703 27.2 3,064 2,540 20.6
Corn oil sold (pounds) 77,370 68,072 13.7 273,901 244,047 12.2
Corn consumed (bushels) 116,783 90,669 28.8 401,065 332,417 20.7
Agribusiness and energy services
Domestic ethanol sold (gallons) 341,833 255,489 33.8 1,244,764 1,016,742 22.4
Export ethanol sold (gallons) 37,266 35,213 5.8 152,141 143,949 5.7
379,099 290,702 30.4 1,396,905 1,160,691 20.4
Partnership
Storage and throughput (gallons)(1) 334,166 248,862 34.3 1,147,630 464,422 *
* Percentage variance not considered meaningful.
(1) Results include volumes under the storage and throughput agreement.

GREEN PLAINS INC.
CONSOLIDATED CRUSH MARGIN
(unaudited, in thousands except per gallon amounts)
Three Months Ended
December 31,
Three Months Ended
December 31,
2016 2015 2016 2015
($ in thousands) ($ per gallon produced)
Ethanol production operating income$ 35,798 $ (3,398) $ 0.11 $ (0.01)
Depreciation and amortization 22,091 14,397 0.06 0.05
Total ethanol production 57,889 10,999 0.17 0.04
Intercompany fees, net:
Storage and logistics (partnership) 17,783 13,112 0.05 0.05
Marketing and agribusiness fees (agribusiness and energy services) 5,965 4,772 0.02 0.02
Consolidated crush margin$ 81,637 $ 28,883 $ 0.24 $ 0.11


Liquidity and Capital Resources
On Dec. 31, 2016, Green Plains had $356.2 million in total cash and cash equivalents, and $120.8 million available under revolving credit agreements, some of which are subject to restrictions and other lending conditions. Total debt outstanding was $1,108.9 million, including $291.2 million outstanding under working capital revolvers and other short-term borrowing arrangements for the agribusiness and energy services, and the food and food ingredients segments at Dec. 31, 2016.

Conference Call Information
On Feb. 9, 2017, Green Plains Inc. and Green Plains Partners LP will host a joint conference call at 11 a.m. Eastern time (10 a.m. Central time) to discuss fourth quarter 2016 financial and operating results for each company. Domestic and international participants can access the conference call by dialing 888.778.9065 and 913.312.0719, respectively. Participants are advised to call at least 10 minutes prior to the start time. Alternatively, the conference call and presentation can be accessed on Green Plains’ website at http://investor.gpreinc.com/events.cfm. A transcript of the conference call will also be made available on the company’s website as soon as practicable.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Management uses earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, or EBITDA, and consolidated ethanol crush margin 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 an alternative to net income or segment operating income, which are 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.

About Green Plains Inc.
Green Plains Inc. (NASDAQ:GPRE) is a diversified commodity-processing business with operations related to ethanol, distillers grains and corn oil production; grain handling and storage; a cattle feedlot; and commodity marketing and distribution services. The company is the second largest consolidated owner of ethanol production facilities in the world, with 17 dry mill plants, producing nearly 1.5 billion gallons of ethanol at full capacity. Green Plains, through its wholly owned subsidiary Fleischmann’s Vinegar Company, provides specialized ingredient solutions for leading food and feed manufacturers. 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 contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended. Forward-looking statements include words such as “anticipates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “expects,” “goal,” “intends,” “plans,” “potential,” “predicts,” “should,” “will,” and other words with similar meanings in connection with future operating or financial performance. Such statements are based on management’s current expectations, which are subject to various factors, risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results, outcomes, timing and performance to differ materially from those expressed or implied. Green Plains may experience significant fluctuations in future operating results due to a number of economic conditions, including competition in the industries in which Green Plains operates; commodity market risks, including those resulting from current weather conditions; financial market risks; counterparty 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 growth potential of the algal biomass industry; risks associated with the recent acquisitions of three ethanol plants and Fleischmann’s Vinegar; 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 Dec. 31, 2015, and subsequent filings with the SEC. Green Plains is not obligated nor intends to update its forward-looking statements at any time unless it is required by applicable securities laws. Unpredictable or unknown factors not discussed in this release could also have material adverse effects on forward-looking statements.


Consolidated Financial Results
GREEN PLAINS INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(unaudited, in thousands)
December 31,
2016
December 31,
2015
ASSETS
Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents$ 304,211 $ 384,867
Restricted cash 51,979 27,018
Accounts receivable, net 147,495 96,150
Inventories 422,181 353,957
Other current assets 74,710 50,585
Total current assets 1,000,576 912,577
Property and equipment, net 1,178,706 922,070
Other assets 327,210 83,273
Total assets$ 2,506,492 $ 1,917,920
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
Current liabilities
Accounts payable$ 192,275 $ 166,963
Accrued and other liabilities 67,473 32,026
Short-term notes payable and other borrowings 291,223 226,928
Current maturities of long-term debt 35,059 4,507
Other current liabilities 8,916 8,245
Current liabilities 594,946 438,669
Long-term debt 782,610 432,139
Other liabilities 149,745 88,203
Total liabilities 1,527,301 959,011
Stockholders’ equity
Total Green Plains stockholders’ equity 862,507 797,830
Noncontrolling interests 116,684 161,079
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity$ 2,506,492 $ 1,917,920



GREEN PLAINS INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(unaudited, in thousands except per share amounts)
Three Months Ended
December 31,
Twelve Months Ended
December 31,
2016 2015 % Var. 2016 2015 % Var.
Revenues
Product$ 929,838 $ 737,882 26.0 % $ 3,402,579 $ 2,957,201 15.1 %
Service 2,260 2,032 11.2 8,302 8,388 (1.0)
Total revenues 932,098 739,914 26.0 3,410,881 2,965,589 15.0
Costs and expenses
Cost of goods sold 802,985 680,989 17.9 3,096,079 2,729,367 13.4
Operations and maintenance 8,498 7,750 9.7 34,211 29,601 15.6
General and administrative 36,451 21,121 72.6 104,677 79,594 31.5
Depreciation and amortization 28,094 17,316 62.2 84,226 65,950 27.7
Total costs and expenses 876,028 727,176 20.5 3,319,193 2,904,512 14.3
Operating income 56,070 12,738 340.2 91,688 61,077 50.1
Other income (expense)
Interest income 278 462 (39.8) 1,541 1,211 27.3
Interest expense (18,735) (10,448) 79.3 (51,851) (40,366) 28.5
Other, net (976) 2,027 (148.1) (3,027) (457) 562.4
Total other expense (19,433) (7,959) 144.2 (53,337) (39,612) 34.6
Income before income taxes 36,637 4,779 666.6 38,351 21,465 78.7
Income tax expense 12,199 4,066 200.0 7,860 6,237 26.0
Net income 24,438 713 * 30,491 15,228 100.2
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests 5,756 4,302 33.8 19,828 8,164 142.9
Net income (loss) attributable to Green Plains$ 18,682 $ (3,589) * % $ 10,663 $ 7,064 50.9 %
Earnings per share:
Net income (loss) attributable to Green Plains - basic$ 0.49 $ (0.09) $ 0.28 $ 0.19
Net income (loss) attributable to Green Plains - diluted$ 0.47 $ (0.09) $ 0.28 $ 0.18
Weighted average shares outstanding:
Basic 38,367 37,890 38,318 37,947
Diluted 39,845 37,890 38,573 39,028
* Percentage variance not considered meaningful.


GREEN PLAINS INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS
(unaudited, in thousands)
Twelve Months Ended
December 31,
2016 2015
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net income$ 30,491 $ 15,228
Noncash operating adjustments:
Depreciation and amortization 84,226 65,950
Deferred income taxes 4,910 (27,513)
Other 21,828 14,480
Net change in working capital (58,468) (57,919)
Net cash provided by operating activities 82,987 10,226
Cash flows from investing activities:
Purchases of property and equipment (58,171) (63,418)
Acquisition of businesses, net of cash acquired (508,143) (116,796)
Proceeds on disposal of assets, net 58 68
Investments in unconsolidated subsidiaries (6,342) (3,055)
Net cash used by investing activities (572,598) (183,201)
Cash flows from financing activities:
Net proceeds (payments) - long-term debt 417,197 (17,410)
Net proceeds (payments) - short-term borrowings 63,978 17,911
Other (72,220) 131,831
Net cash provided by financing activities 408,955 132,332
Net change in cash and cash equivalents (80,656) (40,643)
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period 384,867 425,510
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period$ 304,211 $ 384,867


GREEN PLAINS INC.
RECONCILIATIONS TO NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
(unaudited, in thousands)
Three Months Ended
December 31,
Twelve Months Ended
December 31,
2016 2015 2016 2015
Net income$ 24,438 $ 713 $ 30,491 $ 15,228
Interest expense 18,735 10,448 51,851 40,366
Income taxes 12,199 4,066 7,860 6,237
Depreciation and amortization 28,094 17,316 84,226 65,950
EBITDA$ 83,466 $ 32,543 $ 174,428 $ 127,781

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

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