FutureFuel Releases Third Quarter and Nine-Month 2019 Results

FutureFuel Third Quarter Net Income of $6.6 Million
Reports Net Income of $6.6 Million or $0.15 per Diluted Share, and Adjusted EBITDA of $6.8 MillionCLAYTON, Mo., Nov. 08, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — FutureFuel Corp. (NYSE:FF) (“FutureFuel”), a manufacturer of custom and performance chemicals and biofuels, today announced financial results for the third quarter and the nine months ended September 30, 2019.Third quarter 2019 Financial Highlights (all comparisons are with the third quarter of 2018)Revenues were $65.7 million, down 19.3% from $81.4 millionAdjusted EBITDA was $6.8 million, down 50.0% from $13.7 millionNet income decreased to $6.6 million, or $0.15 per diluted share, from $9.4 million, or $0.22 per diluted share.Nine-month 2019 Financial Highlights (all comparisons are with the first nine months of 2018)Revenues were $185.0 million, down 17.9% from $225.5 millionAdjusted EBITDA was $15.6 million, down 75.3% from $63.2 millionNet income decreased to $15.8 million, or $0.36 per diluted share, from $51.3 million, or $1.17 per diluted share.“The challenging Biodiesel margin environment witnessed in the first half of this year continued into the third quarter as we still await a declaration on the future of the Blenders’ Tax Credit.  Against this backdrop, we have prudently managed our feedstock selection and operating strategy which has had the net effect of lowering product volumes year on year. This makes it clear that we need a well defined regulatory landscape so that we can again maximize the supply of clean, sustainable fuel to American drivers. This is where the value of our Chemicals segment comes into play, providing a robust, complementary income stream and sharing of infrastructure cost, which may not available to other Biodiesel producers.” said Tom McKinlay, Chief Operating Officer for FutureFuel Corp.2019 Regular Cash DividendsFutureFuel paid a normal quarterly dividend of $0.06 per share in the third quarter of 2019.  The remaining quarterly dividend of $0.06 per share will be paid in December.Financial Overview and Key Operating MetricsFinancial and operating metrics, which include non-GAAP financial measures, include dollars in thousands, except per share amounts:Financial and Business SummaryConsolidated sales revenue in the three- and nine-months ended September 30, 2019 decreased $15,738 and $40,456, respectively, compared to the three- and nine-months ended September 30, 2018. This decrease primarily resulted from decreased sales volumes and decreased prices of biodiesel in the three- and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2019.  In addition, in the nine-month period ended September 30, 2019, sales revenue was reduced by lower sales volumes in the chemical segment. Partially reducing the nine-month price effect was prior year rebates paid to customers that resulted from the retroactive reinstatement of the 2017 blenders’ tax credit (BTC) passed into law on February 9, 2018.  The BTC has not been reinstated beyond 2017, therefore, these rebates did not reoccur in 2019.Gross profit in the three- and nine-months ended September 30, 2019 decreased $7,191 and $46,437, respectively, compared to the three- and nine-months ended September 30, 2018. This decrease was primarily from the biofuels segment with the prior year period benefiting from the aforementioned BTC which was not in law in 2019.  Also negatively impacting gross profit in the current periods was reduced sales volumes and average selling price in the biofuels segment.  Additionally, lower chemical segment sales volumes reduced gross profit in the nine-month period.  Partially offsetting these decreases in gross profit was the favorable impact of the change in the unrealized and realized activity in derivative instruments with a gain of $322 in the three months ended September 30, 2019 as compared to a loss of $676 in the three months ended September 30, 2018 and a loss of $711 in the nine months ended September 30, 2019, as compared to a loss of $3,947 in the same period of 2018. Additionally, gross profit was favorably impacted in the three- and nine-months ended September 30, 2019, as compared to the three- and nine-months ended September 30, 2018, by the adjustment in the carrying value of our inventory as determined utilizing the LIFO method of inventory accounting.  This adjustment increased gross profit of $557 and $2,480 in the three- and nine-months ended September 30, 2019 as compared to a decrease in gross profit of $623 and $2,621 in the three- and nine-months ended September 30, 2018, respectively. Net IncomeNet income for the three- and nine-months ended September 30, 2019 decreased $2,823 and $35,514, respectively, as compared to the same periods in 2018. The decrease in the three-month period resulted primarily from lower sales volumes and prices of biodiesel.  The decrease in the nine-month period resulted primarily from the absence of biodiesel tax credits and incentives that were retroactively reinstated in 2018 and not in effect for 2019 and to a lesser extent, lower sales volumes in the chemical segment. Capital ExpendituresCapital expenditures were $6,139 in the nine months of 2019, compared with $3,084 in the same period in 2018. FutureFuel was reimbursed for a portion of these expenditures by certain customers as summarized in the following table.   *This receipt of cash was reported as an increase in deferred revenue in cash flows from operations.Cash and Cash Equivalents and Marketable SecuritiesCash and cash equivalents and marketable securities remain strong at $311,528 as of September 30, 2019, compared with $294,860 as of December 31, 2018.About FutureFuelFutureFuel is a leading manufacturer of diversified chemical products, specialty chemical products, and biofuel products. In its chemicals business, FutureFuel manufactures specialty chemicals for specific customers (“custom chemicals”) as well as multi-customer specialty chemicals (“performance chemicals”). FutureFuel’s custom chemicals product portfolio includes a bleach activator for a major detergent manufacturer, proprietary herbicide and intermediates for major life sciences companies, and chlorinated polyolefin adhesion promoters and antioxidant precursors for a major chemical company. FutureFuel’s performance chemicals product portfolio includes polymer (nylon) modifiers and several small-volume specialty chemicals for diverse applications. FutureFuel’s biofuels segment primarily produces and sells biodiesel to its customers. Please visit www.futurefuelcorporation.com for more information.Forward-Looking StatementsThis document contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements deal with FutureFuel’s current plans, intentions, beliefs,   and expectations, and statements of future economic performance. Statements containing such terms as “believe,” “do not believe,” “plan,” “expect,” “intend,” “estimate,” “anticipate,” and other phrases of similar meaning are considered to contain uncertainty and are forward-looking statements. In addition, from time to time FutureFuel or its representatives have made or will make forward-looking statements orally or in writing. Furthermore, such forward-looking statements may be included in various filings that the company makes with United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), in press releases, or in oral statements made by or with the approval of one of FutureFuel’s authorized executive officers.These forward-looking statements are subject to certain known and unknown risks and uncertainties, as   well as assumptions that could cause actual results to differ materially from those reflected in these forward-looking statements. Factors that might cause actual results to differ include, but are not limited to, those set forth under the headings “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in FutureFuel’s Form 10-K Annual Report for the year ended December 31, 2018 and in its future filings made with the SEC. An investor should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements contained in this document, which reflect FutureFuel management’s opinions only as of their respective dates. Except as required by law, the company undertakes no obligation to revise or publicly release the results of any revisions to forward-looking statements. The risks and uncertainties described in this document and in current and future filings with the SEC are not the only ones faced by FutureFuel. New factors emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for the company to predict which will arise. There may be additional risks not presently known to the company or that the company currently believes are immaterial to its business. In addition, FutureFuel cannot assess the impact of each factor on its business or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements. If any such risks occur, FutureFuel’s business, operating results, liquidity, and financial condition could be materially affected in an adverse manner. An investor should consult any additional disclosures FutureFuel has made or will make in its reports to the SEC on Forms 10-K, 10-Q, and 8-K, and any amendments thereto. All subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements attributable to FutureFuel or persons acting on its behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements contained in this document.Non-GAAP Financial MeasuresIn this press release, FutureFuel used adjusted EBITDA as a key operating metric to measure both performance and liquidity. Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure. Adjusted EBITDA is not a substitute for operating income, net income, or cash flow from operating activities (each as determined in accordance with GAAP), as a measure of performance or liquidity. Adjusted EBITDA has limitations as an analytical tool, and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of results as reported under GAAP. FutureFuel defines adjusted EBITDA as net income before interest, income taxes, depreciation, and amortization expenses, excluding, when applicable, non-cash share-based compensation expense, public offering expenses, acquisition-related transaction costs, purchase accounting adjustments, loss on disposal of property and equipment, gains or losses on derivative instruments, other non-operating income or expense. Information relating to adjusted EBITDA is provided so that investors have the same   data that management employs in assessing the overall operation and liquidity of FutureFuel’s business. FutureFuel’s calculation of adjusted EBITDA may be different from similarly titled measures used by other companies; therefore, the results of its calculation are not necessarily comparable to the results of other companies.Adjusted EBITDA allows FutureFuel’s chief operating decision makers to assess the performance and liquidity of FutureFuel’s business on a consolidated basis to assess the ability of its operating segments to produce operating cash flow to fund working capital needs, to fund capital expenditures, and to pay dividends. In particular, FutureFuel management believes that adjusted EBITDA permits a comparative assessment of FutureFuel’s operating performance and liquidity, relative to a performance and liquidity based on GAAP results, while isolating the effects of depreciation and amortization, which may vary among its operating segments without any correlation to their underlying operating performance, and of non-cash stock-based compensation expense, which is a non-cash expense that varies widely among similar companies, and gains and losses on derivative instruments, whose immediate recognition can cause net income to be volatile from quarter to quarter due to the timing of the valuation change in the derivative instruments relative to the sale of  biofuel.A table included in this earnings release reconciles net income with adjusted EBITDA, the most directly comparable GAAP performance financial measure, and a table reconciles cash flows from operations with adjusted EBITDA, the most directly comparable GAAP liquidity financial measure.
Reconciliation of Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities to Adjusted EBITDA
Depreciation is allocated to segment costs of goods sold based on plant usage. The total assets and capital expenditures of FutureFuel have not been allocated to individual segments as large portions of these assets are shared to varying degrees by each segment, causing such an allocation to be of little value.COMPANY CONTACT
FutureFuel Corp.
Tom McKinlay

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