March 10, 2022
Aemetis Reports 2021 Fourth Quarter and Year-End Results
Year over year revenues increase 28% by $46 million
CUPERTINO, Calif. – March 10, 2022 – Aemetis, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMTX), a renewable natural gas and renewable fuels company focused on below zero carbon intensity products, today announced its financial results for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2021.
“Revenues for 2021 increased 28% compared to 2020 due to increased demand for low carbon transportation fuels and as the economy continued to rebound from COVID-19 disruptions,” said Todd Waltz, Chief Financial Officer of Aemetis. “Revenues during 2021 increased to $212 million compared to $166 million during 2020. Capital expenditures for carbon intensity reduction projects were $30.9 million for 2021 as our engineering and construction teams moved forward with the initiatives outlined in our Five-Year Plan,” added Waltz.
“We are pleased with the milestones accomplished during 2021 and early 2022, including the acquisition of the 125-acre Riverbank Industrial Complex for our sustainable aviation fuel and renewable diesel plant, as well as signing $2.5 billion of off-take agreements with major airlines and $3.2 billion with a leading travel stop chain,” said Eric McAfee, Chairman and CEO of Aemetis. “The Aemetis Biogas RNG project progressed with construction on the next phase of 15 dairy digesters, completing construction of a substantial portion of our 32-mile biogas pipeline extension, building the biogas conditioning hub and completing the utility gas pipeline interconnection unit. We also received a drilling study from Baker Hughes confirming the feasibility of injecting more than two million metric tons per year of CO2 for sequestration in the unique formations under our two biofuels plant sites in California. Importantly, we recently closed two credit facilities with an aggregate availability of up to $100 million to fund the completion of all of the carbon reduction projects at the Keyes ethanol plant and provide all of the funding prior to project financing for the jet/diesel plant and the two carbon sequestration wells. We invite investors to review the updated Aemetis Corporate Presentation and the Aemetis Investor Presentation on the Aemetis home page prior to the earnings call.”
Today, Aemetis will host an earnings review call at 11:00 a.m. Pacific time (PT).
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Financial Results for the Three Months Ended December 31, 2021
Revenues were $64.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2021, compared to $37.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2020. The selling price of ethanol increased from $1.60 per gallon during the fourth quarter of 2020 to $3.36 per gallon during the fourth quarter of 2021. The delivered corn price rose from an average of $5.61 per bushel during the fourth quarter of 2020 to $7.23 per bushel during the fourth quarter of 2021. Our California Ethanol and Dairy Natural Gas segments accounted for all of the reported consolidated gross profit in both periods.
Gross profit for the three months ended December 31, 2021 was $12.7 million, compared to a gross loss of $3.4 million during the same period in 2020. The gross profit increase was attributable to stronger ethanol and wet distillers grain pricing during the fourth quarter of 2021 compared to the fourth quarter of 2020.
Selling, general and administrative expenses increased to $7.5 million during the fourth quarter of 2021, compared to $4.3 million during the fourth quarter of 2020, principally due to a $2.5 million non-cash, share based compensation charge.
Operating profit was $5.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2021, compared to an operating loss of $7.7 million during the fourth quarter of 2020.
Net loss was $881 thousand for the fourth quarter of 2021, compared to a net loss of $14.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2020.
Cash at the end of the fourth quarter of 2021 was $7.8 million, compared to $592 thousand at the end of the fourth quarter of 2020.
Financial Results for the Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2021
Revenues were $212 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2021, compared to $166 million for the same period in 2020. The increase in revenue was primarily attributable to increases in the sales price for ethanol in California from $1.84 per gallon during 2020 to $2.72 per gallon as demand for ethanol increased as recovery from COVID-19 disruptions continued.
Gross profit for the twelve months ended December 31, 2021 was $7.9 million, compared to $11.0 million of gross profit during the same period in 2020, primarily due to the stronger margin associated with high-grade alcohol sales coupled with the lower corn price during the year ended December 31, 2020 in our California Ethanol segment and lower gross margin contribution from our India Biodiesel segment during 2021.
Selling, general and administrative expenses increased to $23.7 million during the twelve months ended December 31, 2021, compared to $16.9 million during the same period in 2020, driven principally from a charge for stock-based compensation, property insurance, and professional services.
Operating loss increased to $15.8 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2021, compared to an operating loss of $6.1 million for the same period in 2020.
Interest expense was $24.1 million during the year ended December 31, 2021, excluding accretion and other expense of Series A preferred units in our Aemetis Biogas LLC subsidiary, compared to interest expense of $26.4 million during the year ended December 31, 2020. Additionally, our Aemetis Biogas LLC subsidiary recognized $7.7 million of accretion in connection with preference payments on its preferred stock during the year ended December 31, 2021 compared to $4.7 million during the same period in 2020.
Net loss was $47.1 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2021 compared to a net loss of $36.7 million during the same period in 2020.
Cash at the end of the fourth quarter of 2021 increased to $7.8 million compared to $592 thousand at the end of 2020. Investments in our ultra-low carbon initiatives increased property, plant and equipment by $30.5 million while debt repayments of $55.5 million were made during 2021. These activities and others were funded with proceeds from equity offerings of $103.6 million.
Aemetis has a mission to transform renewable energy with below zero carbon intensity transportation fuels. Aemetis has launched the Carbon Zero production process to decarbonize the transportation sector using today’s infrastructure.
Aemetis Carbon Zero products include zero-carbon fuels that can “drop-in” to be used in airplanes, truck, and ship fleets. Aemetis low-carbon fuels have substantially reduced carbon intensity compared to standard petroleum fossil-based fuels across their lifecycle.
Headquartered in Cupertino, California, Aemetis is a renewable natural gas, renewable fuel and biochemicals company focused on the acquisition, development and commercialization of innovative technologies that replace petroleum-based products and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Founded in 2006, Aemetis has completed Phase 1 and is expanding a California biogas digester network and pipeline system to convert dairy waste gas into Renewable Natural Gas. Aemetis owns and operates a 65 million gallon per year ethanol production facility in California’s Central Valley near Modesto that supplies about 80 dairies with animal feed. Aemetis also owns and operates a 50 million gallon per year production facility on the East Coast of India producing high quality distilled biodiesel and refined glycerin for customers in India and Europe. Aemetis is developing the Carbon Zero sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and renewable diesel fuel biorefineries in California to utilize distillers corn oil and other renewable oils to produce low carbon intensity renewable jet and diesel fuel using cellulosic hydrogen from waste orchard and forest wood, while pre-extracting cellulosic sugars from the waste wood to be processed into high value cellulosic ethanol at the Keyes plant. Aemetis holds a portfolio of patents and exclusive technology licenses to produce 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, gain on extinguishment, income tax expense, intangible and other amortization expense, accretion and other expenses of Series A preferred units, 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. Adjusted EBITDA measures are not calculated in the same manner by all companies and, accordingly, may not be an appropriate measure for comparison between companies.
Safe Harbor Statement
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