FutureFuel Corp.
Aug 9, 2011

FutureFuel Second Quarter Revenues Increase 45% to $74.7 Million

Reports net income of $8.4 million; adjusted EBITDA of $13.2 Million
Conference call begins at 9:00 a.m. Eastern time August 10

CLAYTON, Mo., Aug. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- FutureFuel Corp. (NYSE: FF), a manufacturer of custom and performance chemicals and biofuels, today announced financial results from the three and six months ended June 30, 2011.

Second Quarter 2011 Financial Highlights (all comparisons are with the second quarter of 2010)

  • Revenues were $74.7 million, up 45% from $51.7 million
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $13.2 million, up three-fold from $4.3 million
  • Net income increased to $8.4 million, or $0.21 per diluted share, from $2.8 million, or $0.07 per diluted share

First Half 2011 Financial Highlights (all comparisons are with the first half of 2010 unless otherwise noted)

  • Revenues were $130.0 million, up 31% from $99.5 million
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $22.0 million, a 77% increase from $12.4 million
  • Net income increased to $11.2 million, or $0.28 per diluted share, from $6.4 million, or $0.19 per diluted share
  • Cash and cash equivalents (including restricted cash and cash equivalents) and marketable securities were $147.3 million as of June 30, 2011, compared with $121 million as of December 31, 2010

"We are reporting strong quarterly revenue growth from our biofuels business due mainly to the reinstatement of the $1.00 per gallon federal fuel blenders' credit in December 2010 as well as increased demand," said Lee Mikles, FutureFuel president and chief executive officer.  "Revenues from our chemicals business declined compared with last year's second quarter due primarily to lower sales of our bleach activator.  Our customer has stated that it intends to decrease purchases, but the quantity of such decrease has not been specified.  We are working collaboratively with our customer to assess their future demand, which demand may continue to decline.  However, the financial impact of any such decline is not known at this time.  Sharply higher net income for the 2011 second quarter compares with a decline in net income for the 2011 first quarter as a result of losses on derivative instruments due to the timing of the sale of the biofuel inventory that was hedged. Given the nature of our biofuel business, this timing issue can have an impact on quarterly financial results, while leveling out over time.

"Among year-to-date corporate milestones, shares of FutureFuel began trading on the New York Stock Exchange in March and FutureFuel was added to the Russell 3000® Index as of late June.  In May we entered into a three-year at-the-market offering agreement with Stifel Nicolaus Weisel to sell up to 3 million shares of common stock, providing us with access to additional capital.  As of this date, approximately 1.3 million shares had been sold, raising $15.8 million in net proceeds for FutureFuel.

"With the reinstatement of the $1.00 per gallon federal fuel blenders' credit this year, we expect year-over-year growth in our biofuels business segment for the second half of 2011," he added.  "However, the blenders' credit is due to expire at year end, and failure to extend this credit could have a material adverse effect on our biofuels business segment."

Financial Overview and Key Operating Metrics

Financial and operating metrics, which include non-GAAP financial measures, include:

FutureFuel Corp.

Certain Financial and Operating Metrics

(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)

(Unaudited)




For the Three Months Ended June 30,


2011


2010


Change


% Change

Revenues

$        74,728


$        51,714


$        23,014


45%

Income from operations

$        12,656


$          4,241


$          8,415


198%

Net income

$          8,439


$          2,763


$          5,676


205%

Earnings per common share — basic

$            0.21


$            0.08





Earnings per common share — diluted

$            0.21


$            0.07





Capital expenditures (net of customer reimbursements and grants)

$           2,624


$           1,247


$           1,377


110%

Cash and cash equivalents and marketable securities

$      147,281


$      128,403


$        18,878


15%

Adjusted EBITDA

$        13,173


$          4,266


$          8,907


209%






For the Six Months Ended June 30,


2011


2010


Change


% Change

Revenues

$      129,969


$        99,477


$        30,492


31%

Income from operations

$        15,874


$        10,020


$  5,854


58%

Net income

$        11,153


$          6,422


$      4,731


74%

Earnings per common share — basic

$            0.28


$            0.19





Earnings per common share — diluted

$            0.28


$            0.19





Capital expenditures (net of customer reimbursements and grants)

$          4,869


$           3,001


$            1,868


62%

Adjusted EBITDA

$        22,053


$        12,430


$          9,623


77%




Second Quarter Financial and Business Summary

FutureFuel reported revenues of $74.7 million for the second quarter of 2011, an increase 45% from the second quarter of 2010.  Revenues from the chemicals segment decreased 8% to $36.8 million, resulting predominately from decreasing sales of the bleach activator product due to reduced volumes; however, price and volume differences seen in other products helped to minimize these affects.  Revenues from the biofuels segment were $37.9 million, and include increasing regional sales of blended biodiesel and unblended petrodiesel.  The volumes of biodiesel and blended biodiesel sold in the second quarter of 2010 were limited due to the expiration of the $1.00 biodiesel blenders' credit.  With the reinstatement of this credit in December 2010, biodiesel sales have resumed.  The reinstatement of the biodiesel blenders' credit in December 2010 after its expiration in December 2009 makes a comparison of biofuel revenues for second quarter 2011 to second quarter 2010 meaningless.

Income from operations increased to $12.7 million from $4.2 million for the second quarter of 2010.  FutureFuel does not report income from operations by segment, but does report segment gross profit.  The chemicals segment gross profit decreased 19% to $7.1 million and the biofuels segment gross profit increased to $8.4 million from a $2.4 million negative gross profit in the prior year.

Chemicals segment gross profit decreased primarily as a result of the decline in sales volumes of the bleach activator product along with the incurrence of certain expenses that FutureFuel could not pass along to its customers.  The increase in biofuels segment gross profit was primarily the result of the reinstatement of the $1.00 federal blenders' credit and increased demand.  Gains and losses on derivative instruments are a component of FutureFuel's hedging activities.  Such gains totaled $2.0 million for the second quarter of 2011, compared with gains of $1.9 million in the second quarter of 2010.  FutureFuel's immediate recognition of derivative instrument gains and losses 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.

FutureFuel reported net income of $8.4 million, or $0.21 per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2011, compared with net income of $2.8 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2010.  Adjusted EBITDA for the second quarter of 2011 was $13.2 million, up sharply from $4.3 million in the second quarter of 2010.

Six Month Financial Summary

FutureFuel reported revenues of $130.0 million for the first half of 2011, an increase of 31% from the first half of 2010.  Revenues from the chemicals segment declined 3% to $81.5 million and revenues from the biofuels segment were $48.4 million.  

FutureFuel reported income from operations of $15.9 million for the first six months of 2011, an increase of 58% from the first six months of 2010.  The chemicals segment gross profit of $14.8 million decreased 17% from the first half of 2010 and the biofuels segment gross profit of $5.6 million increased from a $3.7 million negative gross profit in the comparable period last year. Losses on derivative instruments were $1.8 million in the first six months of 2011, compared with gains of $1.5 million for the first six months of 2010.  

FutureFuel reported net income of $11.2 million, or $0.28 per diluted share, for the first six months of 2011, compared with net income of $6.4 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, for the first six months of 2010. Adjusted EBITDA for the first six months of 2011 was $22.1 million, compared with $12.4 million for the first six months of 2010, an increase of 77%.

Capital Expenditures

Capital expenditures were $15.3 million for the first half of 2011, compared with $3.9 million for the first half of 2010.  This increase was primarily due to FutureFuel undertaking capital projects on behalf of certain customers.  FutureFuel is reimbursed for a portion of these expenditures by certain customers and grants as summarized in the following table.



First Half, 2011


First Half, 2010

Capital expenditures

$         15,325


$           3,896

Cash received from customers and grants as reimbursement of capital expenditures

(10,456)


(895)

Net cash paid for capital expenditures

$           4,869


$       3,001




Cash and Cash Equivalents and Marketable and Auction Rate Securities

Cash and cash equivalents (including restricted cash and cash equivalents) and marketable securities totaled $147.3 million as of June 30, 2011, compared with $121.0 million as of December 31, 2010.  These balances increased primarily due to cash generated by FutureFuel's operations and sales proceeds of FutureFuel's common stock under its at-the-market offering.

Conference Call and Webcast

A conference call and webcast will be held tomorrow, August 10, 2011 beginning at 9:00 a.m. Eastern time (8:00 a.m. Central time). To access the conference call, dial 800-232-9476 (U.S. and Canada) or 706-679-2538 (international callers). The webcast will also be available in the investor relations section of the company's website at www.futurefuelcorporation.com. A replay of the call and webcast will begin approximately two hours after the live call has ended. To access the replay, dial 855-859-2056 (U.S. and Canada) or 404-537-3406 (international callers) and enter the conference ID number:  88092525.

About FutureFuel

FutureFuel is a leading manufacturer of diversified chemical products and biobased products comprised of biofuels and biobased specialty chemical products.  In its chemicals business, it manufactures specialty chemicals for specific customers (custom manufacturing) as well as multi-customer specialty chemicals (performance chemicals).  Its custom manufacturing product portfolio includes a bleach activator for a major detergent manufacturer, a proprietary herbicide and intermediates for a major life sciences company, and chlorinated polyolefin adhesion promoters and antioxidant precursors for a major chemical company.  The performance chemicals product portfolio includes polymer (nylon) modifiers and several small-volume specialty chemicals for diverse applications.  In its biofuels segment, the company predominantly produces biodiesel.  Visit www.futurefuelcorporation.com for more information on FutureFuel.

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, 2010 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's 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 FutureFuel faces.  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.  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, public offering expenses, acquisition-related transaction costs, purchase accounting adjustments, loss on disposal of property and equipment, gains or losses on derivative instruments, and 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 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 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, relative to a performance 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 share-based compensation, 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 adjusted EBITDA with net income, the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure.

FutureFuel Corp.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Dollars in thousands)




(Unaudited)

June 30,

2011


December 31,

2010

Assets





Cash and cash equivalents


$           94,525


$           91,057

Accounts receivable, net of allowances of $10


30,498


35,165

Inventory


40,376


37,372

Marketable securities


52,756


28,200

Restricted cash and cash equivalents


-


21,086

Other current assets


2,520


2,774

Total current assets


220,675


215,654

Property, plant and equipment, net


137,605


125,007

Other assets


2,259


2,495

Total noncurrent assets


139,864


127,502

Total Assets


$         360,539


$         343,156






Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity





Accounts payable


$           14,678


$           15,096

Short position — marketable debt securities


-


19,295

Other current liabilities


13,613


9,768

Total current liabilities


28,291


44,159

Deferred revenue — long-term


29,712


17,118

Other noncurrent liabilities


30,322


29,556

Total noncurrent liabilities


60,034


46,674

Total Liabilities


88,325


90,833

Commitments and contingencies





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, 41,297,834 and 39,978,849 issued and outstanding as of June 30, 2011 and December 31, 2010, respectively


4


4

Accumulated other comprehensive income


959


525

Additional paid in capital


253,423


237,123

Retained earnings


17,828


14,671

Total stockholders' equity


272,214


252,323

Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity


$         360,539


$         343,156




FutureFuel Corp.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income

(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)

(Unaudited)



Three Months Ended

June 30,



2011


2010

Revenues


$           74,728


$           51,714

Cost of goods sold and distribution


59,299


45,412

Gross profit


15,429


6,302

Selling, general and administrative expenses


1,912


1,175

Research and development expenses


861


886



2,773


2,061

Income from operations


12,656


4,241

Other income


716


231

Income before income taxes


13,372


4,472

Provision for income taxes


4,933


1,709

Net income


$             8,439


$             2,763






Earnings per common share





  Basic


$               0.21


$               0.08

  Diluted


$               0.21


$               0.07

Weighted average shares outstanding





  Basic


40,234,242


36,773,695

  Diluted


40,438,023


37,522,593






Comprehensive Income





Net income


$             8,439


$             2,763

Other comprehensive loss, net of tax of $(346) in 2011 and $(41) in 2010


(553)


(66)

Comprehensive income


$             7,886


$             2,697






Six Months Ended

June 30,



2011


2010

Revenues


$         129,969


$           99,477

Cost of goods sold and distribution


109,542


85,234

Gross profit


20,427


14,243

Selling, general and administrative expenses


2,939


2,437

Research and development expenses


1,614


1,786



4,553


4,223

Income from operations


15,874


10,020

Other income


1,448


371

Income before income taxes


17,322


10,391

Provision for income taxes


6,169


3,969

Net income


$           11,153


$             6,422






Earnings per common share





  Basic

$               0.28


$               0.19

  Diluted

$               0.28

$               0.19

Weighted average shares outstanding





  Basic


40,109,268


33,040,280

  Diluted


40,285,249


34,261,022






Comprehensive Income





Net income


$           11,153


$          6,422

Other comprehensive income, net of tax of $272 in 2011 and $37 in 2010


434


60

Comprehensive income


$           11,587


$          6,482




FutureFuel Corp.

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

For the Six Months Ended June 30, 2011 and 2010

(Dollars in thousands)

(Unaudited)




Six Months Ended June 30,



2011


2010

Cash flows provided by operating activities





  Net income


$         11,153


$           6,422

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:





Depreciation


3,884


3,803

Provision for (benefit from) deferred income taxes


478


(253)

Change in fair value of derivative instruments and marketable securities


984


(430)

Loss on the sale of investments


148


4

Losses on disposals of fixed assets


27


42

Stock based compensation


502


-

Noncash interest expense


11


11

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:





     Accounts receivable


4,915


(1,715)

     Accounts receivable — related parties


(247)


-

     Inventory


(3,004)


(2,843)

     Income taxes receivable


519


112

     Prepaid expenses


386


537

     Prepaid expenses — related parties


-


23

     Accrued interest on marketable securities


(123)


(5)

     Other assets


274


194

     Accounts payable


(368)


(4,281)

Accounts payable — related parties


(50)


(284)

     Income taxes payable


1,849


-

     Accrued expenses and other current liabilities


1,832


1,856

     Accrued expenses and other current liabilities — related parties


23


(47)

Deferred revenue


11,602


4,647

Other noncurrent liabilities


-


21

Net cash provided by operating activities


34,795


7,814

Cash flows from investing activities





  Restricted cash


21,086


-

  Collateralization of derivative instruments


(1,920)


9

  Purchase of marketable securities


(70,072)


(6,034)

  Proceeds from the sale of marketable securities


27,090


425

  Proceeds from the sale of fixed assets


12


-

  Capital expenditures


(15,325)


(3,896)

Net cash used in investing activities


(39,129)


(9,496)

Cash flows from financing activities





  Proceeds from the issuance of stock


15,798


67,994

  Purchase of warrants


-


(878)

  Payment of dividend


(7,996)


(15,062)

     Net cash provided by financing activities


7,802


52,054

Net change in cash and cash equivalents


3,468


50,372

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period


91,057


65,512

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period


$         94,525


$        115,884






Cash paid for interest


$                   -


$                   -

Cash paid for income taxes


$           2,857


$            4,090

Non-cash capital expenditures


$           1,134


$                   -




FutureFuel Corp.

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measure to Financial Measure

(Dollars in thousands)

(Unaudited)



Three Months Ended

June 30,



2011


2010

Adjusted EBITDA


$           13,173


$             4,266

Depreciation and amortization


(1,973)


(1,866)

Non-cash share-based compensation


(502)


-

Interest income


811


222

Interest expense


(36)


(5)

Loss on disposal of property and equipment


(21)


(18)

Gains on derivative instruments


1,957


1,877

Other income, net


(37)


(4)

Income tax expense


(4,933)


(1,709)

  Net income


$             8,439


$             2,763






Six Months Ended

June 30,



2011


2010

Adjusted EBITDA


$           22,053


$           12,430

Depreciation and amortization


(3,884)


(3,803)

Non-cash share-based compensation


(502)


-

Interest income


1,587


344

Interest expense


(170)


(11)

Loss on disposal of property and equipment


(27)


(42)

Losses/gains on derivative instruments


(1,793)


1,477

Other income, net


58


(4)

Income tax expense


(6,169)


(3,969)

  Net income


$           11,153


$             6,422




FutureFuel Corp.

Condensed Consolidated Segment Income

(Dollars in thousands)

(Unaudited)



Three Months Ended June 30,


2011


2010

Revenues




Chemicals

$           36,851


$           40,255

Biofuels

37,877


11,459

Revenues

$           74,728


$           51,714





Segment gross profit




Chemicals

$             7,068


$             8,706

Biofuels

8,361


(2,404)

Segment gross profit

15,429


6,302

Corporate expenses

(2,773)


(2,061)

Income before interest and taxes

12,656


4,241

Interest and other income

811


240

Interest and other expense

(95)


(9)

Provision for income taxes

(4,933)


(1,709)

Net income

$             8,439


$             2,763






Six Months Ended June 30,


2011


2010

Revenues




Chemicals

$           81,547


$           83,857

Biofuels

48,422


15,620

Revenues

$         129,969


$           99,477





Segment gross profit




Chemicals

$           14,842


$           17,932

Biofuels

5,585


(3,689)

Segment gross profit

20,427


14,243

Corporate expenses

(4,553)


(4,223)

Income before interest and taxes

15,874


10,020

Interest and other income

1,645


386

Interest and other expense

(197)


(15)

Provision for income taxes

(6,169)


(3,969)

Net income

$           11,153


$             6,422




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.

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