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Renewable Energy Group Reports First Quarter 2021 Financial Results

Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (“REG” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: REGI) today announced its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2021.

Revenues for the first quarter were $540 million on 134 million gallons of fuel sold. Net income available to common stockholders was $39 million in the first quarter of 2021, compared to $73 million in the first quarter of 2020. Adjusted EBITDA in the first quarter was $56 million, compared to $89 million in the first quarter of 2020 which included a $54 million risk management gain.

“We are pleased with the strong financial performance in the first quarter,” said Cynthia (CJ) Warner, President and Chief Executive Officer. “There was significant volatility, as we saw both feedstock and RIN prices rise rapidly. Strong operations and commercial optimization within this dynamic market environment enabled us to deliver exceptional financial results well in excess of our guidance.”

Warner added that, “We continue to see signals for growing demand for lower carbon fuels and believe we are well positioned to help drive the energy transition and deliver additional value for our customers and shareholders.”

First Quarter 2021 Highlights

All figures refer to the quarter ended March 31, 2021, unless otherwise noted. All comparisons are to the quarter ended March 31, 2020, unless otherwise noted.

The table below summarizes REG’s financial results for the first quarter of 2021.

REG Q1 2021 Results

(dollars and gallons in thousands, except per gallon data)

 

Q1 2021

 

Q1 2020

 

Y/Y Change

 

 

 

 

 

 

Market Data

 

 

 

 

 

NYMEX ULSD average price per gallon

$

1.75

 

 

$

1.54

 

 

13.6

%

D4 RIN average price per credit

$

1.19

 

 

$

0.46

 

 

158.7

%

CBOT Soybean oil average price per gallon

$

3.61

 

 

$

2.26

 

 

59.7

%

HOBO + 1.5xRIN average price per gallon (1)

$

0.92

 

 

$

0.97

 

 

(5.2)

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gallons sold

134,208

 

 

139,771

 

 

(4.0)

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAAP

 

 

 

 

 

Total revenues

$

539,744

 

 

$

472,957

 

 

14.1

%

Risk management gain (loss)

$

(1,791)

 

 

$

53,522

 

 

N/M

 

Operating income

$

41,803

 

 

$

78,076

 

 

(46.5)

%

Net income available to common stockholders

$

38,583

 

 

$

73,158

 

 

(47.3)

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-GAAP

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA2

$

56,055

 

 

$

88,730

 

 

(36.8)

%

(1)

HOBO = HO NYMEX + $1.00 BTC – ((CBOT SBO $/lb)/100 x 7.5)

 

HOBO + RINs = HOBO + 1.5 x D4 RIN as quoted by the Oil Price Information Service.

(2)

See table below for reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to GAAP measure

REG sold 134 million gallons of fuel, a decrease of 4%. Self-produced renewable diesel sales were down 4 million gallons, as a result of the Company’s planned 31-day turnaround at the Geismar, Louisiana renewable diesel facility. Gallons sold of self-produced biodiesel decreased by 4 million, driven by COVID related market disruptions in Europe. Third party renewable diesel sales increased 6 million gallons while petroleum diesel sales decreased 4 million gallons as we continued to optimize our sales mix.

REG produced 99 million gallons of biodiesel and renewable diesel, a decline of 22 million gallons. Renewable diesel production decreased 8 million gallons as a result of the planned turnaround cited above. European biodiesel production decreased 3 million gallons due to the COVID-related market disruptions as noted above, and North American biodiesel production decreased 11 million gallons, due in part to unplanned downtime caused by extreme cold in Houston and the Midwest, as well as production scheduling choices made to optimize margins.

Revenues increased from $473 million to $540 million, largely driven by higher selling prices realized from a combination of a 159% increase in D4 RIN prices and a 14% increase in ULSD prices year over year.

Gross profit was $74 million, or 14% of revenues, compared to gross profit of $106 million, or 22% of revenues. The decline in gross profit as a percentage of revenue was driven primarily by a $55 million swing in risk management, as the Company recognized a $54 million gain in risk management in the first quarter of 2020 largely due to the COVID related historic drop in ULSD prices compared to a $2 million risk management loss in the first quarter of 2021. Increased feedstock costs also had a significant impact on gross profit, as weighted average feedstock costs used in production increased $0.72 per gallon year over year. These declines were partially offset by higher average selling prices and a $14 million increase in gross profit for separated RINs driven by higher average D4 RIN prices.

Operating income was $42 million compared to $78 million, with the decrease driven by the same factors as those described above for gross profit. Selling, general and administrative costs were up $4 million, while remaining flat as a percentage of revenues.

GAAP net income available to common stockholders was $39 million, or $0.88 per share on a fully diluted basis, compared to GAAP net income available to common stockholders of $73 million, or $1.67 per share on a fully diluted basis, in the first quarter of 2020. The differential drivers are the same as those described above for operating income and gross profit.

Adjusted EBITDA was $56 million compared to $89 million, with the decrease resulting from the same factors as described above.

At March 31, 2021, REG had cash and cash equivalents, restricted cash, and marketable securities (including long-term marketable securities) of $611 million, an increase of $253 million from December 31, 2020. The increase in cash and cash equivalents is primarily due to the $365 million in funding, net of fees, from the Company’s recent equity raise, the proceeds of which are intended to be used for the expansion of the Geismar facility, other investments and working capital.

At March 31, 2021, accounts receivable were $130 million, a decrease of $14 million from December 31, 2020 and accounts payable were $111 million, a decrease of $22 million from December 31, 2020. The value of the Company’s inventory increased $81 million in the quarter, to $290 million.

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures

The Company uses earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, adjusted for certain additional items identified in the table below, or Adjusted EBITDA, as a supplemental performance measure. Adjusted EBITDA is presented in order to assist investors in analyzing performance across reporting periods on a consistent basis by excluding items that are not believed to be indicative of core operating performance. Adjusted EBITDA is used by the Company to evaluate, assess and benchmark financial performance on a consistent and a comparable basis and as a factor in determining incentive compensation for Company executives.

The following table sets forth Adjusted EBITDA for the periods presented, as well as a reconciliation to net income (loss) from continuing operations determined in accordance with GAAP:

 

Three months ended

March 31, 2021

 

Three months ended

March 31, 2020

(In thousands)

 

 

 

Net income from continuing operations

$

39,222

 

 

$

74,667

 

Adjustments:

 

 

 

Income tax expense

1,633

 

 

1,331

 

Interest expense

1,117

 

 

2,946

 

Depreciation

10,915

 

 

8,934

 

Amortization of intangible and other assets

671

 

 

353

 

EBITDA

53,558

 

 

88,231

 

(Gain) loss on debt extinguishment

1,922

 

 

(1,172)

 

Interest income

(1,312)

 

 

 

Other income, net

(779)

 

 

304

 

Impairment of assets

822

 

 

 

Stock compensation

1,844

 

 

1,367

 

Adjusted EBITDA

$

56,055

 

 

$

88,730

 

Adjusted EBITDA is a supplemental performance measure that is not required by, or presented in accordance with, generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP. Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered as an alternative to net income or any other performance measure derived in accordance with GAAP, or as an alternative to cash flows from operating activities or a measure of liquidity or profitability. Adjusted EBITDA has limitations as an analytical tool, and should not be considered in isolation, or as a substitute for any of the results as reported under GAAP. Some of these limitations are:

  • Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect cash expenditures or the impact of certain cash charges that the Company considers not to be an indication of ongoing operations;
  • Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect changes in, or cash requirements for, working capital requirements;
  • Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect the interest expense, or the cash requirements necessary to service interest or principal payments, on indebtedness;
  • Although depreciation and amortization are non-cash charges, the assets being depreciated and amortized will often have to be replaced in the future, and Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect cash requirements for such replacements;
  • Stock-based compensation expense is an important element of the Company’s long term incentive compensation program, although the Company has excluded it as an expense when evaluating our operating performance; and
  • Other companies, including other companies in the same industry, may calculate these measures differently, limiting their usefulness as a comparative measure.

About Renewable Energy Group

Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: REGI) is leading the energy industry’s transition to sustainability by transforming renewable resources into high quality, cleaner fuels. REG is one of North America’s largest producers of biodiesel and an industry leading producer of renewable diesel. REG solutions are alternatives for petroleum diesel and produce significantly lower carbon emissions. REG utilizes a global integrated procurement, distribution and logistics network to operate 12 biorefineries in the U.S. and Europe. In 2020, REG produced 519 million gallons of cleaner fuel delivering over 4.2 million metric tons of carbon reduction. REG is meeting the growing global demand for lower-carbon fuels and leading the way to a more sustainable future.

Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended, including statements regarding market conditions, industry trends and demand, sales mix and optimization, use of proceeds from the equity raise, and the planned expansion of the Geismar facility. These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, estimates, assumptions and projections that are subject to change, and actual results may differ materially from the forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include, but are not limited to, the Company’s inability to obtain the capital needed to complete the expansion project, cost overruns and construction delays, the inability to obtain governmental permits and third party easements required or necessary to initiate or complete the expansion project, the potential impact of COVID-19 on our business and operations; the Company’s financial performance, including revenues, cost of revenues and operating expenses; changes in governmental programs and policies requiring or encouraging the use of biofuels, including RFS2 in the United States, renewable fuel policies in Canada and Europe, and state level programs such as California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard; availability of federal and state governmental tax incentives and incentives for bio-based diesel production; changes in the spread between bio-based diesel prices and feedstock costs; the availability, future price, and volatility of feedstocks; the availability, future price and volatility of petroleum and products derived from petroleum; risks associated with fire, explosions, leaks and other natural disasters at our facilities; any disruption of operations at our Geismar renewable diesel refinery (which would have a disproportionately adverse effect on our profitability); the unexpected closure of any of our facilities; the effect of excess capacity in the bio-based diesel industry and announced large plant expansions and potential co-processing of renewable diesel by petroleum refiners; unanticipated changes in the bio-based diesel market from which we generate almost all of our revenues; seasonal fluctuations in our operating results; potential failure to comply with government regulations; competition in the markets in which we operate; our dependence on sales to a single customer; technological advances or new methods of bio-based diesel production or the development of energy alternatives to bio-based diesel; our ability to successfully implement our acquisition strategy; the Company’s ability to retain and recruit key personnel; the Company’s indebtedness and its compliance, or failure to comply, with restrictive and financial covenants in its various debt agreements; risk management transaction, and other risks and uncertainties described in REG’s annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020 and subsequently filed Form 10-Q and other periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this press release and REG does not undertake to update any forward-looking statements based on new developments or changes in our expectations.

RENEWABLE ENERGY GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (unaudited)

FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2021 AND 2020

(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)

 

 

Three months ended

 

March 31, 2021

 

March 31, 2020

REVENUES:

 

 

 

Biomass-based diesel sales

$

479,495

 

 

$

406,398

 

Biomass-based diesel government incentives

60,249

 

 

66,447

 

 

539,744

 

 

472,845

 

Other revenue

 

 

112

 

 

539,744

 

 

472,957

 

 

 

 

 

COSTS OF GOODS SOLD

465,942

 

 

367,396

 

GROSS PROFIT

73,802

 

 

105,561

 

SELLING, GENERAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES

31,177

 

 

27,485

 

IMPAIRMENT OF PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT

822

 

 

 

INCOME FROM OPERATIONS

41,803

 

 

78,076

 

OTHER EXPENSE, NET

(948)

 

 

(2,078)

 

INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES

40,855

 

 

75,998

 

INCOME TAX EXPENSE

(1,633)

 

 

(1,331)

 

NET INCOME

$

39,222

 

 

$

74,667

 

 

 

 

 

NET INCOME AVAILABLE TO COMMON STOCKHOLDERS

$

38,583

 

 

$

73,158

 

Basic net income per share available to common stockholders:

 

 

 

Net income per share

$

0.95

 

 

$

1.88

 

Diluted net income per share available to common stockholders

 

 

 

Net income per share

$

0.88

 

 

$

1.67

 

Weighted-average shares used to compute basic net income per share available to common stockholders:

 

 

 

Basic

40,425,593

 

 

38,979,057

 

Weighted-average shares used to compute diluted net income per share available to the common stockholders:

 

 

 

Diluted

43,661,568

 

 

43,692,155

 

RENEWABLE ENERGY GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (unaudited)

AS OF MARCH 31, 2021 AND DECEMBER 31, 2020

(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)

 

 

March 31, 2021

 

December 31, 2020

ASSETS

 

 

 

CURRENT ASSETS:

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

$

335,789

 

 

$

84,441

 

Marketable securities

129,047

 

 

149,521

 

Accounts receivable, net

129,547

 

 

143,475

 

Inventories

290,013

 

 

209,361

 

Prepaid expenses and other assets

77,757

 

 

67,657

 

Restricted cash

3,746

 

 

3,777

 

Total current assets

965,899

 

 

658,232

 

Long-term marketable securities

142,023

 

 

120,022

 

Property, plant and equipment, net

594,895

 

 

594,796

 

Right of use assets

36,479

 

 

28,840

 

Goodwill

16,080

 

 

16,080

 

Intangible assets, net

10,326

 

 

10,708

 

Other assets

39,174

 

 

32,720

 

TOTAL ASSETS

$

1,804,876

 

 

$

1,461,398

 

LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

 

 

 

CURRENT LIABILITIES:

 

 

 

Current maturities of long-term debt

$

28,814

 

 

$

50,088

 

Current maturities of operating lease obligations

16,061

 

 

14,581

 

Accounts payable

110,858

 

 

132,938

 

Accrued expenses and other liabilities

29,406

 

 

34,875

 

Deferred revenue

9,224

 

 

13,488

 

Total current liabilities

194,363

 

 

245,970

 

Deferred income taxes

6,443

 

 

6,607

 

Long-term debt (net of debt issuance costs of $1,020 and $1,731, respectively)

15,113

 

 

15,158

 

Long-term operating lease obligations

21,104

 

 

15,223

 

Other liabilities

3,932

 

 

4,485

 

Total liabilities

240,955

 

 

287,443

 

COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES

 

 

 

TOTAL EQUITY

1,563,921

 

 

1,173,955

 

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

$

1,804,876

 

 

$

1,461,398

 

 

Contacts

Renewable Energy Group, Inc.

Todd Robinson

Deputy Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

+1 (515) 239-8048

Todd.Robinson@regi.com