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Pacific Ethanol, Inc. Reports Record Fourth Quarter and Year-End 2013 Financial Results

Pacific Ethanol, Inc. Reports Record Fourth Quarter and Year-End 2013 Financial Results    *Reported record quarterly gross profit, operating incomeand adjusted     EBITDA   *Reported record annual net sales, gross profit, operating income and     adjusted EBITDA   *Announced plan to restart Madera plant in the second quarter of 2014   *Paid off $23.7 million in debt since the beginning of the fourth quarter     of 2013  SACRAMENTO, Calif., Feb. 26, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pacific Ethanol, Inc. (Nasdaq:PEIX), the leading marketer and producer of low-carbon renewable fuels in the Western United States, reported its financial results for the three- and twelve-months ended December 31, 2013.  Neil Koehler, the company's president and CEO, stated: "Our fourth quarter 2013 results cap-off a year of record financial performance and significant progress for Pacific Ethanol. During 2013, we diversified our feedstock with sorghum and beet sugar, we added new revenue streamswith corn oil separation, and we continued to drive cost efficiencies at the plants. These efforts, in combination with a better market environment for ethanol, translated into significant improvements in revenue, margins and Adjusted EBITDA on a year-over-year basis. In light of this progress, we plan to restart operations at our Madera, California ethanol facility in the second quarter of 2014."  Financial Results for the Three Months Ended December 31, 2013  Net sales were $215.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2013, compared to $197.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2012. The increase in net sales was attributable to an increase in production gallons sold, slightly offset by a reduction in our average sales price per gallon.  Gross profit was a record $21.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2013, compared to a gross loss of $4.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. The improvement in gross profit was driven by significantly improved production margins and an increase in production gallons sold.  Selling, general and administrative ("SG&A") expenses were $4.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2013, compared to $2.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. The increase in SG&A expenses reflect year-end compensation expense partially driven by higher margins and company profitability.  Operating income for the fourth quarter of 2013 was a record $17.2 million, compared to an operating loss of $7.4 million for the same period in 2012.  Income available to common stockholders for the fourth quarter of 2013 was $8.3 million, compared to a loss of $5.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2012.  Adjusted EBITDA improved to a record $18.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2013, compared to Adjusted EBITDA of negative $2.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2012.  Bryon McGregor, the company's CFO, stated: "We continue to make significant progress in strengthening our balance sheet. During the fourth quarter, we retired a total of $13.3 million in debt and subsequently paid down another $10.4 million in plant debt. This deleveraging facilitates our ability to restart our Madera plant, lowers our cost of borrowing and improves our profitability. It also aids in our efforts to refinance our plant debt to further lower our cost of capital and improve liquidity."  Financial Results for the Year Ended December 31, 2013  For the full year 2013, net sales were a record $908.4 million, compared to $816.0 million for the same period in 2012. Gross profit was a record $32.9 million for 2013, compared to a gross loss of $19.5 million for 2012. Operating income for 2013 was a record $18.9 million, compared to an operating loss of $31.7 million for the same period in 2012, representing an improvement of $50.6 million year-over-year. Loss available to common stockholders for the full year 2013 was $2.0 million, which included $3.0 millionin loss on extinguishment of debt, compared to a loss of $20.3 million for the same period in 2012.  Adjusted EBITDA for the full year 2013 was a record $28.6 million, compared to Adjusted EBITDA of negative $7.5 million for the same period in 2012.  Q4 Results Conference Call  Management will host a conference call at 8:00 a.m. PT/11:00 a.m. ET on February 27, 2014. Neil Koehler, Chief Executive Officer, and Bryon McGregor, Chief Financial Officer, will deliver prepared remarks followed by a question and answer session. The webcast for the call can be accessed from Pacific Ethanol's website at www.pacificethanol.net. Alternatively, you may dial the following number up to ten minutes prior to the scheduled conference call time: (877) 847-6066. International callers should dial 00-1-(970) 315-0267. The pass code will be 2279206#.  If you are unable to listen to the live call, the webcast will be archived for replay on Pacific Ethanol's website for one year. In addition, a telephonic replay will be available at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, February 27, 2014 through 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, March 6, 2014. To access the replay, please dial (855) 859-2056. International callers should dial 00-1-(404) 537-3406. The pass code will be 2279206#.  Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to Net Income (Loss)  Management believes that certain financial measures not in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") are useful measures of operations. The company defines Adjusted EBITDA as unaudited earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, noncash loss on extinguishments of debt and fair value adjustments and warrant inducements. The table at the end of this release provides a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to net income (loss) attributed to Pacific Ethanol, Inc. Management provides an Adjusted EBITDA measure so that investors will have the same financial information that management uses, which may assist investors in properly assessing the company's performance on a period-over-period basis. Adjusted EBITDA is not a measure of financial performance under GAAP, and should not be considered an alternative to net income (loss) or any other measure of performance under 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 has limitations as an analytical tool and you should not consider it in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of the company's results as reported under GAAP.  About Pacific Ethanol, Inc.  Pacific Ethanol, Inc. (Nasdaq:PEIX) is the leading marketer and producer of low-carbon renewable fuels in the Western United States. Pacific Ethanol also sells co-products, including wet distillers grain ("WDG"), a nutritious animal feed. Serving integrated oil companies and gasoline marketers who blend ethanol into gasoline, Pacific Ethanol provides transportation, storage and delivery of ethanol through third-party service providers in the Western United States, primarily in California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Oregon, Colorado, Idaho and Washington. Pacific Ethanol has a 91% ownership interest in New PE Holdco LLC, the owner of four ethanol production facilities. Pacific Ethanol operates and manages the four ethanol production facilities, which have a combined annual production capacity of 200 million gallons. The facilities in operation are located in Boardman, Oregon, Burley, Idaho and Stockton, California, and one idled facility is located in Madera, California. The facilities are near their respective fuel and feed customers, offering significant timing, transportation cost and logistical advantages. Pacific Ethanol's subsidiary, Kinergy Marketing LLC, markets ethanol from Pacific Ethanol's managed plants and from other third-party production facilities, and another subsidiary, Pacific Ag. Products, LLC, markets WDG. For more information please visit www.pacificethanol.net.  Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995  With the exception of historical information, the matters discussed in this press release including, without limitation, the ability of Pacific Ethanol to continue as the leading marketer and producer of low-carbon renewable fuels in the Western United States; our ability to timely restart operations at our Madera, California plant, which will require, among other things, permit renewals, significant capital and successful testing and start-up activities; and the effects of our financial performance and deleveraging on our ability to refinance our plant debt and lower our cost of capital are forward-looking statements and considerations that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. The actual future results of Pacific Ethanol could differ from those statements. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to, adverse economic and market conditions, including for ethanol and its co-products, and in particular, low-carbon rated ethanol; raw material costs; changes in governmental regulations and policies; and other events, factors and risks previously and from time to time disclosed in Pacific Ethanol's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission including, specifically, those factors set forth in the "Risk Factors" section contained in Pacific Ethanol's Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 1, 2013.                                 (Tables follow)  PACIFIC ETHANOL, INC. CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (unaudited, in thousands, except per share data)                                   Three Months Ended    Years Ended                                  December 31,          December 31,                                  2013       2012       2013       2012                                                                 Net sales                         $215,290 $197,018 $908,437 $816,044 Cost of goods sold                193,694   201,725   875,507   835,568 Gross profit (loss)               21,596    (4,707)   32,930    (19,524) Selling, general and              4,372     2,741     14,021    12,141 administrative expenses Income (loss) from operations     17,224    (7,448)   18,909    (31,665) Fair value adjustments and        (2,520)   1,602     (1,013)   1,954 warrant inducements Interest expense, net             (3,688)   (3,669)   (15,671)  (13,049) Loss on extinguishments of debt   (1,240)   —        (3,035)   — Other expense, net                (31)      (96)      (352)     (595) Income (loss) before provision    9,745     (9,611)   (1,162)   (43,355) for income taxes Provision for income taxes        —        —        —        — Consolidated net income (loss)    9,745     (9,611)   (1,162)   (43,355) Net (income) loss attributed to noncontrolling interest in        (1,152)   4,107     381       24,298 variable interest entity Net income (loss) attributed to   $8,593   $(5,504) $(781)   $(19,057) Pacific Ethanol Preferred stock dividends         $(319)   $(319)   $(1,265) $(1,268) Income (loss) available to common $8,274   $(5,823) $(2,046) $(20,325) stockholders Net income (loss) per share,      $0.55    $(0.60)  $(0.17)  $(2.81) basic Net income (loss) per share,      $0.54    $(0.60)  $(0.17)  $(2.81) diluted Weighted-average shares           15,081    9,629     12,264    7,224 outstanding, basic Weighted-average shares           15,293    9,629     12,264    7,224 outstanding, diluted                                                                  PACIFIC ETHANOL, INC. CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (unaudited, in thousands, except par value)                                                      December 31, December 31, ASSETS                                               2013         2012 Current Assets:                                                   Cash and cash equivalents                            $5,151     $7,586 Accounts receivable, net                            35,296      26,051 Inventories                                          23,386      16,244 Prepaid inventory                                    12,315      5,422 Other current assets                                 3,229       2,129 Total current assets                                 79,377      57,432 Property and equipment, net                          155,194     150,409 Other Assets:                                                     Intangible assets, net                               3,260       3,734 Other assets                                         3,218       3,388 Total other assets                                   6,478       7,122 Total Assets                                         $241,049   $214,963                                                                  LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY                              Current Liabilities:                                              Accounts payable – trade                             $11,071    $5,104 Accrued liabilities                                  5,851       2,913 Current portion – capital leases                     4,830       — Current portion – long-term debt                     750         4,029 Other current liabilities                            5,714       369 Total current liabilities                            28,216      12,415                                                                  Long-term debt, net of current portion               98,408      117,253 Accrued preferred dividends                          3,657       5,852 Capital leases, net of current portion               6,041       — Warrant liabilities and conversion features          8,215       4,892 Other liabilities                                    1,611       1,644 Total Liabilities                                    146,148     142,056                                                                  Stockholders' Equity:                                             Pacific Ethanol, Inc. Stockholders' Equity:                       Preferred stock, $0.001 par value; 10,000 shares                  authorized; Series A: 0 shares issued and outstanding as of                   December 31, 2013 and 2012 Series B: 927 shares issued and outstanding as of    1           1 December 31, 2013 and 2012 Common stock, $0.001 par value; 300,000 shares authorized; 16,126 and 9,789 shares issued and       16          10 outstanding as of December 31, 2013 and 2012, respectively Additional paid-in capital                           621,557     582,861 Accumulated deficit                                  (532,356)   (530,310) Total Pacific Ethanol, Inc. Stockholders' Equity     89,218      52,562 Noncontrolling interest in variable interest entity  5,683       20,345 Total Stockholders' Equity                           94,901      72,907 Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity           $241,049   $214,963                                                                   Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to Net Income (Loss)                                     Three Months Ended   Years Ended                                    December 31,         December 31, (in thousands) (unaudited)         2013      2012       2013      2012 Net income (loss) attributed to     $8,593  $(5,504) $(781)  $(19,057) Pacific Ethanol Adjustments:                                                     Interest expense*                   3,138    2,480     13,260   7,042 Extinguishments of debt – noncash   1,240    —        4,850    — Fair value adjustments              2,520    (1,602)   1,013    (1,954) Depreciation and amortization       2,768    2,074     10,291   6,463 expense* Total adjustments                   9,666    2,952     29,414   11,551 Adjusted EBITDA                     $18,259 $(2,552) $28,633 $(7,506) ________________                                                 * Adjusted for noncontrolling interest in variable interest entity.                                                                  Commodity Price Performance                                          Three Months Ended Years Ended                                          December 31,       December 31, (unaudited)                              2013      2012     2013     2012 Ethanol production gallons sold (in       40.5     34.6    149.7   140.6 millions) Ethanol third party gallons sold (in      66.5     67.4    264.2   300.2 millions) Total ethanol gallons sold (in millions)  107.0    102.0   413.9   440.8                                                                    Ethanol average sales price per gallon    $2.36   $2.52  $2.59  $2.45 Average CBOT ethanol price per gallon     $1.86   $2.36  $2.25  $2.31                                                                    Corn cost – CBOT equivalent               $4.35   $7.39  $5.72  $6.89 Average basis                             $1.35   $0.95  $1.60  $1.06 Delivered corn cost                       $5.70   $8.34  $7.32  $7.95                                                                    Total co-product tons sold (1) (in        352.8    310.9   1,327.0 1,253.6 thousands) Co-product return % (2)                   35.2%     28.8%    29.6%    26.8% ________________                                                    (1) Includes corn oil. (2) Co-product revenue as a percentage of delivered cost of corn.  CONTACT: Company IR Contact:          Pacific Ethanol, Inc.          916-403-2755          866-508-4969          Investorrelations@pacificethanol.net                   IR Agency Contact:          Becky Herrick          LHA          415-433-3777                   Media Contact:          Paul Koehler          Pacific Ethanol, Inc.          916-403-2790          paulk@pacificethanol.net  company logo