• FutureFuel Releases Second Quarter 2023 Results

    Source: Nasdaq GlobeNewswire / 09 Aug 2023 16:05:07   America/New_York

    Reports Net Loss of *$9.9 Million or $0.23 per Diluted Share, and Adjusted EBITDA of ($7.3) Million 
    *Impacted by the timing of separated RIN sales of $19.5 million not realized until July

    CLAYTON, Mo., Aug. 09, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --  FutureFuel Corp. (NYSE: FF) (“FutureFuel”), a manufacturer of custom and performance chemicals and biofuels, today announced financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2023.

    Second Quarter 2023 Financial Highlights (all comparisons are with the second quarter of 2022)

    • Revenues were $85.3 million, down 28% from $117.8 million.
    • Net loss increased to $9.9 million, or $0.23 per diluted share(1), from a loss of $3.1 million, or $0.07 per diluted share.
    • Adjusted EBITDA(2) was ($7.3) million, down from $0.4 million.

    Six months 2023 Financial Highlights (all comparisons are with the first half of 2022)

    • Revenues were $159.5 million, comparable to $160.1 million.
    • Net income increased to $11.2 million, or $0.26 per diluted share(1), from a loss of $15.5 million, or $0.35 per diluted share.
    • Adjusted EBITDA(2) was $8.6 million, up from ($8.2) million.

    (1) Unfavorably impacted by the timing of the sale of separated Renewable Identification Numbers ("RINs") held in inventory at quarter close and sold in July 2023.
    (2) A non-GAAP financial measure.  See "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" for a description of the measure and a reconciliation to the applicable GAAP measure.

    “For the first half of 2023, biodiesel margins have been strong, and we have operated our biodiesel plant at full capacity. However, our second quarter results were weaker as the result of the timing of the sale of separated RINs. These were held in inventory at no cost at the end of the second quarter and were subsequently sold in July benefiting our third quarter results by $19.5 million.

    Our chemical segment continued to grow and show improved margins in the three and six months ended June 30, 2023. This was supported by the commercialization of new products and the successful completion of new product trials as we continue to implement our strategy to grow the chemical segment.” said Tom McKinlay, Chief Executive Officer for FutureFuel Corp.

    2023 Cash Dividends

    FutureFuel paid a regular quarterly cash dividend in the amount of $0.06 per share on our common stock in the second quarter of 2023. The remaining quarterly dividends of $0.06 per share are expected to be paid in September and December.

    Financial Overview and Key Operating Metrics

    Financial and operating metrics, which include non-GAAP financial measures (see "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" for additional information), include dollars in thousands, except per share amounts:

    FutureFuel Corp.
    Certain Financial and Operating Metrics
      Three Months Ended June 30, 
              Dollar  % 
      2023  2022*  Change  Change 
    Revenue $85,308  $117,796  $(32,488)  (28%)
    Loss from operations $(11,583) $(1,515) $(10,068)  (665%)
    Net loss $(9,859) $(3,104) $(6,755)  (217%)
    Loss per common share:                
    Basic $(0.23) $(0.07) $(0.16)  (229%)
    Diluted $(0.23) $(0.07) $(0.16)  (229%)
    Adjusted EBITDA* $(7,329) $382  $(7,711)  n/a 

      Six Months Ended June 30, 
              Dollar  % 
      2023  2022*  Change  Change 
    Revenue $159,489  $160,057  $(568)  0%
    Income (loss) from operations $6,668  $(11,122) $17,790   n/a 
    Net income (loss) $11,222  $(15,502) $26,724   n/a 
    Earnings (loss) per common share:                
    Basic $0.26  $(0.35) $0.61   n/a 
    Diluted $0.26  $(0.35) $0.61   n/a 
    Adjusted EBITDA* $8,571  $(8,186) $16,757   n/a 

    *Adjusted EBITDA restated for the three and six months of 2022 consistent with 2023 reporting to exclude cash (realized) gains and losses on derivative instruments.

    Financial and Business Summary

    Consolidated sales revenue in the three and six months ended June 30, 2023 decreased $32,488 and $568 compared to the three and six months ended June 30, 2022. These decreases resulted, in part, from the timing of separated RINs in our biofuel segment held in inventory at June 30, 2023 with a fair market value of $19,461 which were sold in July.  In addition, in the three months ended June 30, 2023, biofuel segment sales volume decreased 11% or $11,057 (and inventory increased) on forward sales to the second half of 2023 on stronger margins. In the six months ended June 30, 2023, biofuel segment sales volumes increased 4.9% or $5,901.

    As a result of the above mentioned separated RINs held in inventory at no cost, a loss from operations of $11,583 resulted in the three months ended June 30, 2023 (a reduction of $10,068 from the comparative prior year period).  Partially offsetting this decrease was the change in the adjustment in the carrying value of our inventory as determined utilizing the LIFO method of inventory accounting.  This adjustment decreased income from operations $288 and $5,307 in the three months ended June 30, 2023 and 2022, respectively.  In addition, in the prior three-month comparison period, derivative losses resulted from unprecedented volatility in the heating oil futures market for which we modified our derivative strategy to help mitigate reoccurrence.  Margins also improved in our chemical segment to 34% from 23% in the prior year period on new products and product mix.

    Income from operations for the six months ended June 30, 2023 was $6,668 as compared to a loss of $11,122 in the six months ended June 30, 2022. This increase resulted from (i) the change in our realized derivative gains of $9,437 in the current six-month period as compared to realized losses of $28,992 in the prior six-month period given unprecedented market volatility as described above, and (ii) the change in the adjustment in the carrying value of our inventory as determined utilizing the LIFO method of inventory accounting.  This adjustment increased income from operations $3,495 in the current six-month period as compared to a decrease of income from operations of $4,825 in the prior six-month period.  Income from operations did not include $19.5 million from the sale of separated RINs in July 2023.  Lastly, for the six-month comparative period, chemical margins improved to 37% from 24% in the prior six-month period on new product trials and product mix

    Capital Expenditures

    Capital expenditures were $3,875 in the first six months of 2023, compared with $1,895 in the same period in 2022.

    Cash and Cash Equivalents and Marketable Securities

    Cash and cash equivalents were $166,690 and $175,640 and marketable securities were $0 and $37,126 as of June 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022, respectively. Cash was used to increase biofuel inventories, the majority of which is committed for sale in the third and fourth quarters of 2023.

    About FutureFuel

    FutureFuel is a leading manufacturer of diversified chemical products and biofuels. FutureFuel’s chemicals segment manufactures specialty chemicals for specific customers (“custom chemicals”) as well as multi-customer specialty chemicals (“performance chemicals”). FutureFuel’s custom manufacturing product portfolio includes proprietary agrochemicals, adhesion promoters, a biocide intermediate, and an antioxidant precursor. FutureFuel’s performance chemicals products include a portfolio of proprietary nylon and polyester polymer modifiers and several small-volume specialty chemicals and solvents 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 Statements

    This 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, 2022 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 Measures

    In 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, non-cash 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 non-cash 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 adjusted EBITDA with net income, the most directly comparable GAAP performance financial measure, and a table reconciles adjusted EBITDA with cash flows from operations, the most directly comparable GAAP liquidity financial measure.

    FutureFuel Corp.
    Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
    (Dollars in thousands)
      June 30, 2023  December 31, 2022 
    Cash and cash equivalents $166,690  $175,640 
    Accounts receivable, inclusive of the blenders' tax credit of $9,807 and $8,970 and net of allowances for bad debt of $80 and $48, respectively  28,574   26,204 
    Inventory  67,362   26,761 
    Marketable securities  -   37,126 
    Other current assets  11,647   8,045 
    Total current assets  274,273   273,776 
    Property, plant and equipment, net  75,689   76,941 
    Other assets  4,497   5,252 
    Total noncurrent assets  80,186   82,193 
    Total Assets $354,459  $355,969 
    Liabilities and StockholdersEquity        
    Accounts payable, inclusive of the blenders' tax credit rebates due customers of $890 and $890, respectively $30,136  $36,345 
    Dividends payable  5,252   10,503 
    Other current liabilities  9,400   9,250 
    Total current liabilities  44,788   56,098 
    Deferred revenue – long-term  13,212   15,079 
    Other noncurrent liabilities  2,236   1,792 
    Total noncurrent liabilities  15,448   16,871 
    Total liabilities  60,236   72,969 
    Preferred stock, $0.0001 par value, 5,000,000 shares authorized, none issued and outstanding  -   - 
    Common stock, $0.0001 par value, 75,000,000 shares authorized, 43,763,243 and 43,763,243 issued and outstanding as of June 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022  4   4 
    Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)  -   (1)
    Additional paid in capital  282,489   282,489 
    Retained earnings  11,730   508 
    Total StockholdersEquity  294,223   283,000 
    Total Liabilities and StockholdersEquity $354,459  $355,969 

    FutureFuel Corp.
    Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income and Comprehensive Income
    (Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)
      Three months ended
    June 30:
      Six months ended
    June 30:
      2023  2022  2023  2022 
    Revenue $85,308  $117,796  $159,489  $160,057 
    Cost of goods sold and distribution  93,900   116,819   146,458   166,235 
    Gross(loss) profit  (8,592)  977   13,031   (6,178)
    Selling, general, and administrative expenses  1,984   1,737   4,284   3,510 
    Research and development expenses  1,007   755   2,079   1,434 
       2,991   2,492   6,363   4,944 
    Loss income from operations  (11,583)  (1,515)  6,668   (11,122)
    Interest and dividend income  1,732   747   4,068   1,411 
    Gain (loss) on marketable securities  42   (3,239)  575   (7,366)
    Other expense  (35)  (35)  (67)  (67)
    Otherincome (expense)  1,739   (2,527)  4,576   (6,022)
    (Loss) income before income taxes  (9,844)  (4,042)  11,244   (17,144)
    Income tax provision (benefit)  15   (938)  22   (1,642)
    Net (loss) income $(9,859) $(3,104) $11,222  $(15,502)
    (Loss) earnings per common share                
    Basic $(0.23) $(0.07) $0.26  $(0.35)
    Diluted $(0.23) $(0.07) $0.26  $(0.35)
    Weighted average shares outstanding                
    Basic  43,763,243   43,763,243   43,763,243   43,763,243 
    Diluted  43,763,243   43,763,243   43,764,890   43,766,243 
    Comprehensive (loss) income                
    Net (loss) income $(9,859) $(3,104) $11,222  $(15,502)
    Other comprehensive (loss) income from unrealized net (losses) gains on available-for-sale securities  (20)  (86)  2   (148)
    Income tax effect  4   18   (1)  31 
    Total unrealized (loss) gain, net of tax  (16)  (68)  1   (117)
    Comprehensive (loss) income $(9,875) $(3,172) $11,223  $(15,619)

    FutureFuel Corp.
    Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
    (Dollars in thousands)
      Six Months Ended June 30, 
      2023  2022 
    Cash flows from operating activities        
    Net income $11,222  $(15,502)
    Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:        
    Depreciation  5,155   5,276 
    Amortization of deferred financing costs  49   48 
    Benefit for deferred income taxes  -   (1,672)
    Change in fair value of equity securities  (3,117)  7,339 
    Change in fair value of derivative instruments  (3,259)  (2,388)
    Loss on the sale of investments  2,543   27 
    Loss on disposal of property and equipment  8   50 
    Noncash interest expense  17   17 
    Changes in operating assets and liabilities:        
    Accounts receivable  (2,369)  (8,172)
    Accounts receivable – related parties  (1)  (20)
    Inventory  (40,601)  (4,664)
    Income tax receivable  19   (20)
    Prepaid expenses  1,706   1,773 
    Prepaid expenses – related party  -   (8)
    Other assets  1,806   125 
    Accounts payable  (6,269)  19,171 
    Accounts payable – related parties  24   326 
    Accrued expenses and other current liabilities  321   (659)
    Accrued expenses and other current liabilities – related parties  (1)  (1)
    Deferred revenue  (2,037)  (2,769)
    Other noncurrent liabilities  427   (187)
    Net cash used in operating activities  (34,357)  (1,910)
    Cash flows from investing activities        
    Collateralization of derivative instruments  (3,154)  383 
    Proceeds from the sale of marketable securities  37,701   250 
    Proceeds from the sale of property and equipment  -   56 
    Capital expenditures  (3,875)  (1,895)
    Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities  30,672   (1,206)
    Cash flows from financing activities        
    Payment of dividends  (5,251)  (5,251)
    Deferred financing costs  (14)  - 
    Net cash used in financing activities  (5,265)  (5,251)
    Net change in cash and cash equivalents  (8,950)  (8,367)
    Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period  175,640   137,521 
    Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $166,690  $129,154 
    Cash paid for income taxes $20  $276 
    Noncash capital expenditures $244  $95 

    FutureFuel Corp.
    Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measure to Financial Measure
    (Dollars in thousands)
    Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to Net Income 
      Three months ended
    June 30:
      Six months ended
    June 30:
      2023  2022*  2023  2022* 
    Net (loss) income $(9,859) $(3,104) $11,222  $(15,502)
    Depreciation  2,604   2,706   5,155   5,276 
    Interest and dividend income  (1,732)  (747)  (4,068)  (1,411)
    Non-cash interest expense and amortization of deferred financing costs  34   33   66   65 
    Loss on disposal of property and equipment  8   44   8   50 
    Unrealized loss (gain) on derivative instruments  1,643   (851)  (3,259)  (2,388)
    (Gain) loss on marketable securities  (42)  3,239   (575)  7,366 
    Income tax provision (benefit)  15   (938)  22   (1,642)
    Adjusted EBITDA* $(7,329) $382  $8,571  $(8,186)

    Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities 
      Six months ended
    June 30:
      2023  2022* 
    Net cash provided by operating activities $(34,357) $(1,910)
    Benefit for deferred income taxes  -   1,672 
    Interest and dividend income  (4,068)  (1,411)
    Income tax provision (benefit)  22   (1,642)
    Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net  46,974   (4,895)
    Adjusted EBITDA* $8,571  $(8,186)

    *Adjusted EBITDA restated for the three and six months of 2022 consistent with 2023 reporting to exclude cash (realized) gains and losses on derivative instruments.

    FutureFuel Corp.
    Condensed Consolidated Segment Income
    (Dollars in thousands)
      Three months ended
    June 30:
      Six months ended
    June 30:
      2023  2022  2023  2022 
    Custom chemicals $15,576  $12,266  $32,196  $27,981 
    Performance chemicals  3,180   5,928   8,441   11,774 
    Chemical revenue $18,756  $18,194  $40,637  $39,755 
    Biofuel revenue  66,552   99,602   118,852   120,302 
    Total Revenue $85,308  $117,796  $159,489  $160,057 
    Segment gross profit                
    Chemical $6,416  $4,196  $15,039  $9,614 
    Biofuel  (15,008)  (3,219)  (2,008)  (15,792)
    Total gross profit $(8,592) $977  $13,031  $(6,178)

    As of June 30, 2023, FutureFuel held 11.8 million of RINs in inventory at no cost with a fair market value of $19,461.  These RINs were sold in July 2023.  Comparatively, at June 30, 2022, FutureFuel held 2.8 million of RINs in inventory at no cost with a fair market value of $4,943.

    FutureFuel Corp.
    Tom McKinlay
    (314) 854-8352


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