Smoking gun found in Biofuels’ Billion Dollar Baby Brawl?

“News arrived via press release last week that Edeniq has succeeded in knocking down two counts of the Aemetis lawsuit against it.”

Except…

About those two dismissed counts. They consist of a 3rd party defendant known as Trinity Capital getting out of the California suit on the grounds that it doesn’t have a nexus in California. The predictable outcome is the suit was filed in Arizona, where that 3rd party does have offices. So we are essentially back where we started.

“And, um, yikes!

“We’ll leave it to the SEC to determine if Edeniq sending a press release out without framing the trivial, jurisdictional nature of the dismissal and the inevitable and immediate re-filing elsewhere — constitutes a “truth but not the whole truth” violation under Section 10(b)(5) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, just in case Edeniq has been circulating any securities memoranda of late.”

The Money Shot

“The Aemetis lawsuit against Trinity Capital further alleges that:

Aware that Plaintiff’s CEO had developed good rapport with EPA officials and was making significant progress towards securing EPA approval of EdenIQ’s technology, upon information and belief, Defendants urged EdenIQ to maintain its contractual relationship with Plaintiff for as long as possible, until it became evident that EPA approval was done.”

— Jim Lane, Biofuels Digest

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Aemetis sees California orchard waste as major feedstock opportunity for its technology

“In California, Aemetis believes its biomass-based biofuel technology is key to helping the state’s biomass power industry reinvent itself after more than 70% of plants shut down to their lack of ability to compete economically with solar and wind power that benefit from 30% subsidies.”
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National Farmers Union passes resolution to support E30 use

“National Farmers Union called for the U.S. EPA to open the market to higher blends of ethanol in a landmark resolution passed during the group’s annual meeting held last week in San Diego.

‘National Farmers Union, as an organization, considers increased ethanol use one of the most important demand drivers for American agriculture,’ said Doug Sombke, president of South Dakota Farmers Union. ‘Members are taking a stand against EPA regulations that limit the use of ethanol blends in non-flex vehicles.

‘Ethanol is a critically important part of our future and higher ethanol blends are key to creating demand for ethanol and corn. EPA and all government regulators should immediately reverse statements and policies that unfairly limit the amount of ethanol we can put in our cars.'”

— Tom Bryan, Ethanol Producer Magazine

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Aemetis, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter and Year-End 2016 Results

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).

Live Participant Dial In (Toll Free): 866-682-6100
Live Participant Dial In (International): 862-255-5401

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.

About Aemetis

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

This news release contains forward-looking statements, including statements regarding our assumptions, projections, expectations, targets, intentions or beliefs about future events or other statements that are not historical facts. Forward-looking statements in this news release include, without limitation, the impact of the EPA’s continued enforcement of the Renewable Fuel Standard on the biofuel industry, the timing and consummation of our EB-5 program, the expected effect of debt repayment on our interest expense and net income, and our expectations for growth in the overall ethanol market. Words or phrases such as “anticipates,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “believes,” “estimates,” “expects,” “intends,” “plans,” “predicts,” “projects,” “targets,” “will likely result,” “will continue” or similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on current assumptions and predictions and are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties. Actual results or events could differ materially from those set forth or implied by such forward-looking statements and related assumptions due to certain factors, including, without limitation, competition in the ethanol and other industries in which we operate, commodity market risks including those that may result from current weather conditions, financial market risks, customer adoption, counter-party risks, risks associated with changes to federal policy or regulation, completion of our acquisition of Edeniq, and other risks detailed in our reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016, and in our subsequent filings with the SEC. We are not obligated, and do not intend, to update any of these forward-looking statements at any time unless an update is required by applicable securities laws.

 

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Aemetis Named to Biofuels Digest’s 50 Hottest Companies 2017

CUPERTINO, Calif. – March 6, 2017 – Aemetis, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMTX), an advanced renewable fuels and biochemicals company, today announced that Aemetis was chosen as one of Biofuels Digest’s 50 Hottest Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy for 2017. The 50 Hottest Companies award recognizes innovation and achievement in the biofuels sector. The ranking is based on votes from a panel of international selectors and from subscribers of Biofuels Digest.

This honor reflects the significance of the contributions by Aemetis to the bioeconomy and to advancing the company’s commitment to advancing the commercial deployment of technologies that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and displace conventional petroleum products through the commercial production of low carbon advanced biofuels.

Eric McAfee, the founder, chairman, and CEO of Aemetis, was awarded again this year as a member of the Biofuels Digest’s Top 100 People in the Advanced Bioeconomy.  He was ranked #36 worldwide. This is the fifth year Mr. McAfee has received this prestigious international award.

Aemetis to Review Fourth Quarter and Year-end Financial Results on March 7, 2017

CUPERTINO, CA – February 28, 2017 – Aemetis, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMTX) announced that the company will host a conference call to review the release of its fourth quarter and year-end 2016 earnings report:

Date:   Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Time:   11 am Pacific Time (PT)

Live Participant Dial In (Toll Free): (866) 682-6100

Live Participant Dial In (International): (862) 255-5401

Webcast URL: http://www.investorcalendar.com/IC/CEPage.asp?ID=175666

Attendees may submit questions during the Q&A portion of the conference call.

After March 7th, the webcast will be available on the Company’s website (www.aemetis.com) under Investors/Conference Calls. The voice recording will also be available through March 14, 2017, by dialing (Toll-Free) 877-481-4010 or (International) 919-882-2331 and entering conference ID number 10130.

Aemetis CEO Eric McAfee Named to Biofuels Digest’s Top 100 People in the Advanced Bioeconomy 2017

Aemetis CEO Eric McAfee has been named #36 on Biofuels Digest’s list of the top 100 people in the advanced bioeconomy for 2017. Mr. McAfee is an entrepreneur and venture capitalist with a lifelong commitment to agriculture and renewable energy, and has been a founding shareholder in several publicly-held energy companies. At Aemetis, Mr. McAfee has created a company that, with the largest biofuel plant in California and a biodiesel plant serving the rapidly growing Indian market, fully represents his passion for renewable energy and biotechnology.

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