CUPERTINO, Calif. – March 7, 2017 – Aemetis, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMTX), an advanced renewable fuels and biochemicals company, today announced its financial results for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2016.
Financial Highlights for 2016
- Revenues of $143 million during 2016
- Net loss improved by $11.5 million to $15.6 million during 2016
- Adjusted EBITDA of $5.1 million during 2016 improved by $8.2 million from 2015
- $10.5 million of EB-5 funding released to the company from escrow during 2016
“During 2016, our financial and operational performance improved significantly, driven by higher ethanol prices and lower corn costs. This improvement allowed us to reduce our net loss to $15.6 million and achieve an adjusted EBITDA of $5.1 million during the twelve months of 2016,” said Eric McAfee, Chairman and CEO of Aemetis. “Going forward, we expect that continued enforcement of the Renewable Fuel Standard will create a healthier supply and demand balance to support expanded investment in the biofuels industry. Growing ethanol exports have also had a positive effect on the market. As part of our Phase I EB-5 offering, 70 foreign investors funded $35 million at a 3% interest rate. In September 2016, we launched a Phase II $50 million EB-5 offering. The additional EB-5 funding will allow us to significantly reduce interest costs and to fund projects in advanced biofuels and biochemicals that are expected to increase revenues, margins and earnings,” added McAfee.
Today, Aemetis will host an earnings review call at 11:00 am Pacific time (PT).
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For details on the call, visit: http://www.aemetis.com/investors/conference-calls/.
Financial Results for the Three Months Ended December 31, 2016
Revenues were $37.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2016, compared to $35.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2015. The increase in revenue was primarily attributable to increases in ethanol pricing and volumes. Gross margin for the fourth quarter of 2016 was $3.9 million, a major improvement over the gross margin of $1.4 million during the fourth quarter of 2015. The gross margin improvement was primarily driven by a 9% increase in ethanol pricing.
Selling, general and administrative expenses were $2.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2016, compared to $2.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2015.
Operating income was $936 thousand for the fourth quarter of 2016, compared to an operating loss of $1.5 million for fourth quarter of 2015.
Net loss was $1.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2016, compared to a net loss of $6.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2015.
During the fourth quarter, we repaid the State Bank of India (SBI) debt related to our India biodiesel plant in full, and received $2 million of fee and interest waivers from SBI related to the full repayment.
We experienced good operational results from our North America ethanol business with gross margins at 11.1% of segment revenues. Our largest contributor to expenses is interest expense of $4.3 million. We continue our efforts to lower our cost of capital through a combination of debt refinancings including escrow releases from the EB-5 program.
The fundamental health and improvement in our operating North America business is reflected in Adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter of 2016, which increased $2.2 million compared to Adjusted EBITDA for the same period in 2015.
Cash at the end of the fourth quarter of 2016 was $1.5 million, compared to $283 thousand at the end of the fourth quarter of 2015.
Financial Results for the Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2016
Revenues were $143.2 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2016, compared to $146.6 million for the same period in 2015. The decrease in revenue was primarily attributable to decreases in biodiesel volumes and wet distillers grains pricing in the twelve months ended December 31, 2016 compared to the same period in 2015.
Gross profit for the twelve months ended December 31, 2016 was $11.6 million, a significant increase from $4.2 million during the same period in 2015. Gross profit growth was attributable to higher ethanol prices and lower corn prices, particularly feedstock in North America, which decreased by 9% to $4.58 per bushel for the year ended December 31, 2016 as compared to 2015.
Selling, general and administrative expenses were $12 million during the twelve months ended December 31, 2016, compared to $12.4 million during the same period in 2015. The decrease in selling, general and administrative expenses was primarily attributable to lower professional services fees compared to the same period of the prior year.
Operating loss decreased to $781 thousand for the twelve months ended December 31, 2016, compared to an operating loss of $8.6 million for the same period in 2015.
Net loss of $15.6 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2016 decreased in comparison to a net loss of $27.1 million during the same period in 2015.
The fundamental improvement in our operating North America business is reflected in Adjusted EBITDA for the twelve months ended December 31, 2016, which was $5.1 million, an approximately $8 million improvement compared to Adjusted EBITDA for the same period in 2015.
Headquartered in Cupertino, California, Aemetis is an advanced renewable fuels and biochemicals company focused on the acquisition, development and commercialization of innovative technologies that replace traditional petroleum-based products by the conversion of second-generation ethanol and biodiesel plants into advanced biorefineries. Founded in 2006, Aemetis owns and operates a 60 million gallon per year ethanol production facility in California’s Central Valley, near Modesto. Aemetis also owns and operates a 50 million gallon per year renewable chemical and advanced fuel production facility on the East Coast of India, producing high quality distilled biodiesel and refined glycerin for customers in India, the US and Europe. Aemetis operates a research and development laboratory at the Maryland Biotech Center, and holds a portfolio of patents and related technology licenses for the production of renewable fuels and biochemicals. For additional information about Aemetis, please visit www.aemetis.com.
NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION
We have provided non-GAAP measures as a supplement to financial results based on GAAP. A reconciliation of the non-GAAP measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measures is included in the accompanying supplemental data. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income/(loss) plus (to the extent deducted in calculating such net income) interest expense, loss on extinguishment, income tax expense, intangible and other amortization expense, depreciation expense and share-based compensation expense.
Adjusted EBITDA is not calculated in accordance with GAAP and should not be considered as an alternative to net income/(loss), operating income or any other performance measures derived in accordance with GAAP or to cash flows from operating, investing or financing activities as an indicator of cash flows or as a measure of liquidity. Adjusted EBITDA is presented solely as a supplemental disclosure because management believes that it is a useful performance measure that is widely used within the industry in which we operate. In addition, management uses Adjusted EBITDA for reviewing financial results and for budgeting and planning purposes. EBITDA measures are not calculated in the same manner by all companies and, accordingly, may not be an appropriate measure for comparison.
Safe Harbor Statement
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