Renewable Energy Reports Second Quarter 2021 Financial Results

Source: 8/4/2021, Location: North America

- 163 million gallons of fuel sold
- 132 million gallons of fuel produced
- Revenues of $816 million
- Net income available to common stockholders of $79 million, or $1.62 per diluted share
- Adjusted EBITDA of $103 million
- Raised $550 million of gross proceeds from green bond offering
- Carbon reduction from REG-produced fuels in the quarter of over one million metric tons

Post-Quarter Announcements:
- Progressed into construction phase of Geismar improvement and expansion project
- Announced global partnership with Manchester United Football Club

Renewable Energy Group, Inc. ("REG" or the "Company") announced its financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2021.

The Company also announced that its Board of Directors approved moving forward with construction that will enable both expansion of and improvements to the Company’s Geismar, Louisiana renewable diesel biorefinery. The project is on track to be mechanically complete in 2023 with full operations in early 2024.

Revenues for the second quarter 2021 were $816 million on 163 million gallons of fuel sold. Net income available to common stockholders was $79 million in the second quarter of 2021, compared to net loss of $2 million for second quarter 2020. Adjusted EBITDA was $103 million in the second quarter of 2021, compared to $6 million for second quarter 2020.

"Our flexible feedstock capabilities, diverse production fleet, and commercial optimization systems helped us to manage through the volatile market conditions of the second quarter and deliver strong financial results," said Cynthia (CJ) Warner, President and Chief Executive Officer. "This solid performance, alongside our successful navigation of the many external challenges of the past year, reinforces our optimism about the future."

Warner added, "Continuing our drive to accelerate the transition to sustainable energy, we have moved into the construction phase of the Geismar improvement and expansion project. Expanding our renewable diesel offering and advancing this project continues to be a key pillar of our growth strategy and is a significant milestone for us. In addition, we launched a global partnership with Manchester United with a goal of promoting renewable fuels, the REG brand, and worldwide recognition that bio-based diesel enables our customers to generate significant decarbonization NOW. We firmly believe that our low carbon intensity fuels will play a key role in the world’s ongoing energy transition to clean, sustainable energy."

Geismar Improvement and Expansion
The Geismar project brings together the planned expansion with an improvement project for the existing site. This joint project will take total site production capacity from 90 million to 340 million gallons, enhance existing operations, and improve operational reliability and logistics.

The capital cost for the entire Geismar project, now includes both the expansion as well as operational and logistics enhancements to the current plant, is estimated at $950 million. The Company has received all required permits to proceed, and has secured funding necessary for the project. In addition, the Company has agreed upon a long-term lease for marine terminal and logistics services.

Second Quarter 2021 Highlights
REG sold 163 million gallons of fuel, an 11% decrease compared to second quarter of 2020. Self-produced North American renewable diesel sales increased 2 million gallons, renewable diesel sales to Norway declined 7 million gallons, and third party renewable diesel sales increased 2 million gallons. In addition, self-produced North American biodiesel sales decreased by 15 million gallons, while sales of lower margin petroleum diesel decreased by 6 million gallons. These sales results were largely driven by a combination of optimization choices and timing.

REG second quarter of 2021 biodiesel and renewable diesel production of 132 million gallons was flat versus prior year. The Company delivered a record quarter of production at four facilities, including at Geismar, Louisiana, where renewable diesel production was up by 8 million gallons. This difference is in part because second quarter 2020 included a planned maintenance turnaround there. European biodiesel production increased 2 million gallons, or 14%, due to record production at the Company's Emden, Germany facility. These production increases were offset by a decline of 10 million gallons in North American biodiesel production, due largely to production optimization.

Revenues increased from $544 million to $816 million, largely driven by higher selling prices realized from a combination of a 217% increase in D4 RIN prices and a 104% increase in ULSD prices year over year.

Gross profit was $124 million, or 15% of revenues, compared to gross profit of $23 million, or 4% of revenues. The increase in gross profit on an absolute basis and as a percentage of revenue was driven primarily by improved realized margins, made possible by ongoing product placement improvement and wider spreads between feedstock options, the latter captured by optimizing our production and shifting our feedstock mix to a higher percentage of lower cost, low carbon intensity raw materials. A $36 million increase in gross profit for separated RINs and a positive $18 million swing in risk management were also contributing factors to improved profitability.

Operating income was $88 million compared to operating loss of $6 million, driven by the same factors as those described above for gross profit. The increase in operating income was partially offset by a $7 million increase in selling, general and administrative costs attributed to employee related compensation costs from stronger financial performance versus second quarter of 2020.

GAAP net income available to common stockholders was $79 million, or $1.62 per share on a fully diluted basis, compared to GAAP net loss available to common stockholders of $2 million, or $0.04 per share on a fully diluted basis. The differential drivers are the same as those described above for operating income (loss) and gross profit.

Adjusted EBITDA was $103 million compared to $6 million, with the increase resulting from the same factors as described above.

At June 30, 2021, REG had cash and cash equivalents, restricted cash, and marketable securities (including long-term marketable securities) of $1.1 billion, an increase of $706 million from December 31, 2020. The increase in cash and cash equivalents is primarily due to the $536 million in funding, net of fees, from the Company's recent green bond issuance as well the $365 million in funding, net of fees, from the Company's equity raise in the first quarter. The combined proceeds are intended to be used for the expansion of the Geismar facility, other strategic investments and working capital. The increase in net income available to common stockholders described above also contributed to the increase in the Company's cash position.

At June 30, 2021, accounts receivable were $170 million, an increase of $26 million from December 31, 2020 and accounts payable were $151 million, an increase of $18 million from December 31, 2020. The value of the Company's inventory at the end of the quarter was $364 million, an increase of $155 million from December 31, 2020, due to rising commodity values.

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) determined in accordance with GAAP:

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 certain cash expenditures, including capital spending, 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.

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