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Syntroleum Announces 2012 Results

TULSA, Okla., March 15, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Syntroleum Corporation (Nasdaq:SYNM) a renewable and synthetic fuels technology company, today announced financial results for the twelve months ended December 31, 2012.

Financial Highlights

For the quarter ended December 31, 2012, the Company reported an operating loss of $797 thousand resulting from total revenues of $1.1 million and operating expenses of $1.9 million. For the year ended December 31, 2012, the company reported operating income of $9.2 million resulting from total revenues of $17.5 and operating expenses of $8.3 million. Our revenues relate to recognition of deferred license income, engineering services provided to Dynamic Fuels and other customers for process design and research support and revenues for royalties from the Dynamic Fuels commercial production of renewable fuels.

For Dynamic Fuels quarter ended and year ended September 30, 2012, we reported a loss from Dynamic Fuels of $4.3 million and $10.0 million respectively. This compares to a loss of $2.8 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2012. During the quarter and year ended September 30, 2012 the plant sold 10.6 million and 35.2 million gallons of renewable fuels, respectively.

We report Dynamic Fuels on a three month lag and the loss reflected in our income statement from Dynamic Fuels represents the loss incurred for the period ending September 30, 2012. Our 10K filing includes Dynamic financials for their year ended September 30, 2012.

Syntroleum's net loss was $5.1 million or $0.05 per share and $1.1 million or $0.01 per share, respectively, for the three month and year ended December 31, 2012, compared with a net loss of $3.0 million or $0.03 per share and $16.9 million or $0.19 per share, respectively for the corresponding periods in 2011.

As of December 31, 2012 Syntroleum's available cash position was $15.9 million.

Conference Call

The conference call will be held on Monday, March 18, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. Central time (3:00 p.m. Eastern). A webcast of the call will be available via the Internet by accessing www.syntroleum.com. Listeners should allow a few minutes for registration into the web site. To participate in the teleconference, investors should dial 1-877-317-6789 about 10 minutes before the start time and reference the Syntroleum conference call. International callers should dial 1-412-317-6789. A replay of this conference call will be available on the web site under the Syntroleum Investor Relations tab.

For additional information see the Company's Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012, filed with the SEC on Friday, March 15, 2013. The 10-K is available through the Investor Relations section of the Company's Web site, www.syntroleum.com.

About Syntroleum

Syntroleum Corporation owns the Syntroleum® Process for Fischer-Tropsch (FT) conversion of synthesis gas derived from biomass, coal, natural gas and other carbon-based feedstocks into liquid hydrocarbons, the Synfining® Process for upgrading FT liquid hydrocarbons into middle distillate products such as synthetic diesel and jet fuels, and the Bio-Synfining® technology for converting animal fat and vegetable oil feedstocks into middle distillate products such as renewable diesel and jet fuel using inedible fats and greases as feedstock. The 50/50 venture – known as Dynamic Fuels – was formed to construct and operate multiple renewable synthetic fuels facilities, with production on the first site beginning in 2010. The Company plans to use its portfolio of technologies to develop and participate in synthetic and renewable fuel projects. For additional information, visit the Company's web site at www.syntroleum.com.

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Forward Looking Statements

This document includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as well as historical facts. These forward‑looking statements may include statements relating to the Syntroleum® Process, the Synfining® Process, our renewable fuels Bio-Synfining® technology, plans to use the Company's various technologies, operational activities of the Company, commercialization of the Company's technologies, certification of Fischer-Tropsch and renewable fuels, performance and use of Syntroleum's cobalt catalyst, and performance and use of fuels derived from the Syntroleum® Process and technology test results. When used in this document, the words "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "plan," "project," "should" and similar expressions are intended to be among the statements that identify forward‑looking statements. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in these forward‑looking statements are reasonable, these kinds of statements involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results may not be consistent with these forward‑looking statements. Syntroleum undertakes no obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements to reflect changed assumptions, the occurrence of unanticipated events or changes to future operating results over time. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ from these forward-looking statements include the potential that debt or equity financing for anticipated plants may not be available, the schedule for development, construction and operation of proposed plants may not be met, anticipated appropriation and expenditure of federal monies does not occur, commercial-scale plants do not achieve the same results as those demonstrated on a laboratory or pilot basis or that such plants experience technological and mechanical problems, the potential that improvements to Syntroleum's various technologies currently under development may not be successful, the impact on plant economics of operating conditions (including energy prices), construction risks, risks associated with investments and operations in foreign countries, our dependence on strategic relationships with manufacturing and engineering companies, volatility of energy prices, the ability to implement corporate strategies, including the continued availability of adequate working capital, competition, intellectual property risks, our ability to obtain financing and other risks described in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

® "Syntroleum", "Synfining", and "Bio-Synfining" are registered as trademarks and service marks in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

SYNTROLEUM CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands, except par value)
December 31, December 31,
2012 2011
ASSETS
CURRENT ASSETS:
Cash and cash equivalents $15,909 $2,601
Restricted cash 725 1,189
Accounts receivable 134 125
Accounts receivable from Dynamic Fuels, LLC 252 --
Other current assets 237 277
Total current assets 17,257 24,192
ACCOUNTS RECEIVABLE FROM DYNAMIC FUELS, LLC -- 2,624
PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT
Property, plant, and equip, 446 429
Accumulated depletion, depreciation and amortization (388) (343)
Total Property & Equipment, net 58 86
INVESTMENT AND LOANS IN DYNAMIC FUELS, LLC 38,407 38,643
OTHER ASSETS, net 1,023 1,106
Total Assets $56,745 $66,651
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
CURRENT LIABILITIES:
Accounts payable $312 $220
Accrued liabilities 71 288
Current deposits 725 1,189
Income tax payable -- --
Current liabilities of discontinued operations -- --
Total current liabilities 1,108 1,697
OTHER NONCURRENT LIABILITIES OF DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS 603 603
DEFERRED REVENUE 15,612 24,366
COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES -- --
Total liabilities 17,323 26,666
STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY:
Common stock, $0.01 par value, 150,000 shares authorized, 98,287 and 97,948 shares issued at 12/31/12 and 12/31/11, respectively including shares in treasury 983 979
Additional paid-in capital 398,903 398,369
Retained Earnings, beginning of year (359,363) (342,414)
Current Year Earnings (1,101) (16,949)
Accumulated deficit (360,464) (359,363)
Total stockholders' equity 39,422 39,985
Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity $56,745 $66,651
SYNTROLEUM CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(in thousands, except per share data)
For the Year Ended December 31,
2012 2011 2010
REVENUES:
Technology $9,600 $600 $3,600
Technical services 1,909 1,719 2,805
Technical services from Dynamic Fuels, LLC 5,228 974 2,005
Royalties from Dynamic Fuels, LLC plant production 789 921 --
Other -- -- --
Total revenues 17,526 4,214 8,410
COSTS AND EXPENSES:
Engineering 2,571 2,236 2,871
Depreciation and amortization 186 200 217
General, administrative and other (including non-cash equity compensation of $508, $562 and $1,719 for the years ended December 31, 2012, 2011 and 2010, respectively.) 5,552 4,827 7,574
OPERATING INCOME (LOSS) 9,217 (3,049) (2,252)
INTEREST INCOME 22 16 31
OTHER INCOME, net 6 8 64
LOSS IN EQUITY OF DYNAMIC FUELS, LLC (10,012) (13,880) (5,628)
FOREIGN CURRENCY EXCHANGE (296) (17) (1,848)
LOSS FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS BEFORE INCOME TAXES (1,063) (16,922) (9,633)
INCOME TAXES -- -- --
LOSS FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS (1,063) (16,922) (9,633)
INCOME (LOSS) FROM DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS (38) (27) 97
NET (LOSS) $ (1,101) $ (16,949) $ (9,536)
BASIC AND DILUTED NET INCOME (LOSS) PER SHARE:
Loss from continuing operations $ (0.01) $ (0.19) $ (0.12)
Income (loss) from discontinued operations 0.00 0.00 0.00
Net loss $ (0.01) $ (0.19) $ (0.12)
WEIGHTED AVERAGE COMMON SHARES OUTSTANDING:
Basic 98,354 89,774 77,608
Diluted 99,115 89,774 77,608
SYNTROLEUM CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(in thousands)
For the Year Ended December 31,
2012 2011 2010
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:
Net loss $ (1,101) $ (16,949) $ (9,536)
Income ( loss) from discontinued operations (38) (27) 97
Loss from continuing operations (1,063) (16,922) (9,633)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization 186 200 217
Abandoned patent write-off -- -- 466
Foreign currency exchange 296 17 1,848
Non-cash compensation expense 508 562 1,719
Non-cash loss in equity method investee 10,012 13,880 5,628
Non-cash technical services revenue from Dynamic Fuels, LLC (3,714) -- --
Changes in assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable (9) 431 2,609
Accounts receivable from Dynamic Fuels, LLC (524) (1,895) (579)
Other assets (18) (27) (79)
Accounts payable 92 (870) 729
Accrued liabilities and other (217) 169 (501)
Deferred revenue (9,050) 49 (3,216)
Net cash used in continuing operations (3,501) (4,406) (792)
Net cash used in discontinued operations (38) (27) (320)
Net cash used in operating activities (3,539) (4,433) (1,112)
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:
Purchase of property and equipment (17) (51) (14)
Investment in and loans to Dynamic Fuels, LLC (3,000) (9,000) (21,250)
Net cash used in investing activities (3,017) (9,051) (21,264)
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:
Proceeds from sale of common stock, warrants and option exercises 63 23,572 9,877
Purchase and retirement of restricted stock (199) -- --
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities (136) 23,572 9,877
NET CHANGE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS (6,692) 10,088 (12,499)
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, beginning of year 22,601 12,513 25,012
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, end of year $15,909 $22,601 $12,513
NON-CASH INVESTING AND FINANCING ACTIVITIES:
Common stock warrants $166 $ -- $ --
AR contributed as investment in Dynamic Fuels, LLC $2,896 $ -- $ --
SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURE
Income taxes paid $ -- $ -- $281

CONTACT: Ron Stinebaugh Syntroleum Corporation (281) 224-9862 www.syntroleum.com

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