March 15, 2019 - 4:34 PM EDT
FutureFuel Releases 2018 Results

FutureFuel Releases 2018 Results

Reports Net Income of $53.2 Million or $1.22 per Diluted Share, and Adjusted EBITDA of $74.0 Million

CLAYTON, Mo., March 15, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- FutureFuel Corp. (NYSE: FF) (“FutureFuel”), a manufacturer of custom and performance chemicals and biofuels, today announced financial results for the year ended December 31, 2018.

Fourth Quarter 2018 Financial Highlights (all comparisons are with the fourth quarter of 2017)

  • Revenues were $65.5 million, down 13.0% from $75.3 million
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $11.0 million, up 20.0% from $9.2 million
  • Net income decreased to $1.8 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, from $15.9 million, or $0.36 per diluted share.

2018 Financial Highlights (all comparisons are with the year ended December 31, 2017)

  • Revenues were $291.0 million, up 5.8% from $275.0 million
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $74.0 million, up 180.5% from $26.4 million
  • Net income increased to $53.2 million, or $1.22 per diluted share, from $23.5 million, or $0.54 per diluted share.

“We are pleased to present these results which reflect a strong year for our company. Revenues and contribution were up in both our Chemicals and Biofuels segments supported by excellent performance at our Batesville, AR manufacturing site.

Higher oil prices through most of 2018 led to strong demand for the chemicals we supply into the energy sector and we will look to build further on that during the year ahead. The contribution from our Biofuels segment was greatly enhanced by the retrospective reinstatement of the 2017 Blenders Tax Credit in 2018. Disappointingly, this credit has not been reinstated for volumes produced and sold in 2018, nor 2019 and its absence creates great uncertainty in our industry. We would urge our Lawmakers to bring clarity to this credit as soon as possible." said Tom McKinlay, Chief Operating Officer for FutureFuel Corp.

2019 Regular Cash Dividends

FutureFuel declared normal quarterly dividends of $0.06 per share for 2019.

 Three months ended December 31:
     Dollar %
  2018  2017 Change Change
Revenues$  65,513 $  75,261 $  (9,748) (13.0%)
Income from operations$  12,803 $  3,838 $  8,965  233.6%
Net income$  1,836 $  15,947 $  (14,111) (88.5%)
Earnings per common share:       
Basic$  0.04 $  0.36 $  (0.32) (88.9%)
Diluted$  0.04 $  0.36 $  (0.32) (88.9%)
Capital expenditures and intangibles (net of customer reimbursements and regulatory grants)$  1,011 $  993 $  18  1.8%
Adjusted EBITDA$  10,986 $  9,152 $  1,834  20.0%
        
 Twelve months ended December 31:
     Dollar %
  2018  2017 Change Change
Revenues$  291,018 $  275,026 $  15,992  5.8%
Income from operations$  63,439 $  9,887 $  53,552  541.6%
Net income$  53,158 $  23,511 $  29,647  126.1%
Earnings per common share:       
Basic$  1.22 $  0.54 $  0.68  125.1%
Diluted$  1.22 $  0.54 $  0.68  125.1%
Capital expenditures and intangibles (net of customer reimbursements and regulatory grants)$  2,208 $  3,406 $  (1,198) (35.2%)
Adjusted EBITDA$  73,912 $  26,353 $  47,559  180.5%
             

Financial and operating metrics, which include non-GAAP financial measures, include dollars in thousands, except per share amounts:


FutureFuel Corp.
Certain Financial and Operating Metrics
 (Unaudited)

Consolidated Financial Results Q4 2018 versus Q4 2017

Fourth quarter sales revenue of $65,513 decreased as biofuel volumes declined and were offset in part by continued volume strength in the chemical segment. 

Income from operations of $12,803 increased mostly from improved chemical volume strength and improved gains from the change in the biofuel segment’s activity in derivative instruments.  

Other losses, net, of $6,284 resulted from mark to market losses on equity securities of $7,639.  In the prior year, mark to market adjustments were a component of other comprehensive income.  Realized losses on equity securities were $1,099 in fourth quarter 2018 as compared with realized losses of $145 in the fourth quarter of 2017.      

Net income of $1,836 was down primarily from an estimated net tax benefit recognized in the fourth quarter 2017 as a result of tax law changes.  Net income also declined due to an uncertain tax position of $3,176 (inclusive of interest) recognized in the fourth quarter of 2018. 

Consolidated Financial Results 2018 versus 2017

Consolidated sales revenue of $291,018 increased from higher selling prices in both the biofuel and chemical segments.  Chemical sales volumes increased from improved conditions in the agrochemical and energy markets. 

Income from operations of $63,439 increased primarily from: i) the reinstatement of the biodiesel BTC for 2017 in 2018, $28,853 (see Note 3 of the 2018 consolidated financial statements for further details)  ii) increased volumes in the chemical segment from the agrochemical and energy markets iii) gains in the unrealized and realized activity in derivative instruments as compared to losses in the prior year; the change in the derivative activity increased gross profit $633 in 2018 as compared to decreasing gross profit $3,844 in 2017 and iv) the benefit of adjustments in the carrying value of our inventory as determined utilizing the LIFO method of inventory accounting.  The LIFO adjustment decreased gross profit $ 2,249 in 2018 and decreased gross profit $5,204 in 2017. 

Other losses, net, of $3,262 resulted from mark to market losses on equity securities of $13,236.  In the prior year, mark to market adjustments were a component of other comprehensive income. See Note 27 of the 2018 consolidated financial statements for further details. 

FutureFuel reported net income of $53,158, or $1.22 per diluted share, for 2018, compared with net income of $23,511, or $0.54 per diluted share in 2017. Adjusted EBITDA for 2018 totaled $73,912, up from $26,353 in 2017.  A one-time tax benefit of $12,066 was recognized in 2017 resulting from the enactment of The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.  This benefit was due to an anticipated lower tax rate for future reversals of deferred tax liabilities.  Reducing net income was an uncertain tax position taken in the fourth quarter of $3,176 inclusive of interest expense.  See Note 14 of the 2018 consolidated financial statements for further details.

Capital Expenditures

Capital expenditures and intangibles were $4,867 in 2018, compared with $3,581 in 2017. FutureFuel was reimbursed for a portion of these expenditures by certain customers as summarized in the following table.

(Dollars in thousands)

  2018   2017 
Cash paid for capital expenditures and intangibles$  4,867  $  3,581 
Cash received as reimbursement of capital expenditures$  (2,659) $  (175)
Cash paid, net of reimbursement, for capital expenditures$  2,208  $  3,406 
        

Cash and Cash Equivalents and Marketable Securities

Cash and cash equivalents and marketable securities totaled $294,860 as of December 31, 2018, compared with $235,326 as of December 31, 2017.

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 a laundry detergent additive, 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, 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 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, 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 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)
(Audited)
 
 December 31, 2018 December 31, 2017
Assets   
Cash and cash equivalents$  214,972  $  114,627
Accounts receivable, net of allowances for bad debt of $0 and $0, at December 31, 2018 and
  December 31, 2017, respectively
   18,138     22,138
Inventory   39,296     43,754
Marketable securities   79,888     120,699
Other current assets   10,036     9,140
Total current assets   362,330     310,358
Property, plant and equipment, net   103,575     109,735
Other assets   5,250     5,470
Total noncurrent assets   108,825     115,205
Total Assets$  471,155  $  425,563
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity   
Accounts payable$  21,670  $  19,579
Dividends payable   10,498     10,498
Other current liabilities   7,323     5,204
  Total current liabilities   39,491     35,281
Deferred revenue – long-term   20,319     16,522
Other noncurrent liabilities   22,267     22,164
  Total noncurrent liabilities   42,586     38,686
  Total liabilities   82,077     73,967
Commitments and contingencies:   
Preferred stock, $0.0001 par value, 5,000,000 shares authorized, none issued and
  outstanding
  -    -
Common stock, $0.0001 par value, 75,000,000 shares authorized, 43,743,243 and
  43,741,670, issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively
   4     4
Accumulated other comprehensive income   (20)    8,433
Additional paid in capital   282,145     281,964
Retained earnings   106,949     61,195
Total Stockholders’ Equity   389,078     351,596
Total Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity$  471,155  $  425,563
       


 
FutureFuel Corp.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income
(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)
(Unaudited)
 
 Three months ended December 31:
  2018   2017 
Revenue$  65,513  $  75,261 
Cost of goods sold and distribution   50,546     68,454 
Gross profit   14,967     6,807 
Selling, general, and administrative expenses   1,483     1,845 
Research and development expenses   681     1,124 
    2,164     2,969 
Income from operations   12,803     3,838 
Other (losses)/income, net   (6,284)    1,872 
Income before income taxes   6,519     5,710 
Provision/(benefit) for income taxes   4,683     (10,237)
Net income$  1,836  $  15,947 
    
Earnings per common share   
Basic$  0.04  $  0.36 
Diluted$  0.04  $  0.36 
Weighted average shares outstanding   
Basic   43,716,670     43,716,670 
Diluted   43,728,058     43,728,058 
    
Comprehensive Income   
Net income$  1,836  $  15,947 
Other comprehensive income/(loss) from unrealized   
  net gains/(losses) on available-for-sale securities   (183)    929 
  Income tax effect   39     (326)
  Total unrealized gains/(losses), net of tax   (144)    603 
Comprehensive income$  1,692  $  16,550 


 
FutureFuel Corp.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income
(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)
(Audited) 
 
 Twelve months ended December 31:
  2018   2017 
Revenue$  291,018  $  275,026 
Cost of goods sold and distribution   217,620     254,765 
Gross profit   73,398     20,261 
Selling, general, and administrative expenses   6,435     6,715 
Research and development expenses   3,524     3,659 
    9,959     10,374 
Income from operations   63,439     9,887 
Other (losses)/income, net   (3,262)    6,762 
Income before income taxes   60,177     16,649 
Provision/(benefit) for income taxes   7,019     (6,862)
Net income$  53,158  $  23,511 
    
Earnings per common share   
Basic$  1.22  $  0.54 
Diluted$  1.22  $  0.54 
Weighted average shares outstanding   
Basic   43,542,785     43,542,785 
Diluted   43,547,538     43,547,538 
    
Comprehensive Income   
Net income$  53,158  $  23,511 
Other comprehensive income/(loss) from unrealized   
  net gains/(losses) on available-for-sale securities   (229)    7,535 
  Income tax effect   49     (2,642)
  Total unrealized gains/(losses), net of tax   (180)    4,893 
Comprehensive income$  52,978  $  28,404 


 
FutureFuel Corp.
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
For the Years Ended December 31, 2018 and 2017
(Dollars in thousands)
(Audited)
        
  2018   2017 
Cash flows provided by operating activities   
Net income$  53,158  $  23,511 
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:   
Depreciation   10,969     11,617 
Amortization of deferred financing costs   144     145 
Benefit for deferred income taxes   (1,253)    (13,657)
Change in fair value of equity securities   13,238     - 
Change in fair value of derivative instruments   (2,130)    2,170 
Other than temporary impairment of marketable securities   -     814 
Impairment of fixed assets   258     28 
Gain on the sale of investments   (1,227)    (127)
Stock based compensation   357     998 
Losses on disposals of fixed assets   41     195 
Noncash interest expense   28     27 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:   
Accounts receivable   5,679     2,386 
Accounts receivable – related parties   (1,679)    220 
Inventory   4,458     8,339 
Income tax receivable   79     13,571 
Prepaid expenses   (107)    34 
Prepaid expenses – related party   -     - 
Accrued interest on marketable securities   (25)    16 
Other assets   (317)    (9)
Accounts payable   1,243     (4,403)
Accounts payable – related parties   506     (71)
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities   274     60 
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities – related parties   -     (142)
Deferred revenue   (1,258)    (4,215)
Other noncurrent liabilities   3,177     (2,160)
   Net cash provided by operating activities   85,613     39,347 
Cash flows from investing activities   
Collateralization of derivative instruments   1,680     (1,901)
Purchase of marketable securities   (19,664)    (30,959)
Proceeds from the sale of marketable securities   48,235     23,254 
Proceeds from the sale of fixed assets   22     4 
Capital expenditures   (4,867)    (3,581)
   Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities   25,406     (13,183)
Cash flows from financing activities   
Minimum tax withholding on stock options exercised and awards vested   (176)    (121)
Excess tax benefits associated with stock options and awards   -     - 
Proceeds from issuance of stock   -     - 
Payment of dividends   (10,498)    (110,688)
   Net cash used in financing activities   (10,674)    (110,809)
Net change in cash and cash equivalents   100,345     (84,645)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period   114,627     199,272 
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period$ 214,972  $ 114,627 
    
Cash paid for interest   -     - 
Cash paid for income taxes$  9,182  $  55 
Noncash items incurred:   
  Noncash dividends declared$  10,498  $  10,498 
  Noncash capital expenditures$  420  $  - 
        


 
FutureFuel Corp.
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measure to Financial Measure
(Dollars in thousands)
(Audited)
 
Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to Net Income
 
  Three months ended December 31: Twelve months ended December 31:
   2018   2017   2018  2017(1)
Adjusted EBITDA $  10,986  $  9,152  $  73,912  $  26,353 
Depreciation    (2,725)    (2,882)    (10,969)    (11,617)
Non-cash stock-based compensation    (36)    (120)    (357)    (998)
Interest and dividend income    2,495     2,130     9,183     7,809 
Non-cash interest expense (including amortization of deferred financing costs)    (44)    (43)    (173)    (172)
Losses on disposal of property and equipment    -     (50)    (41)    (195)
Gains/(losses) on derivative instruments    4,581     (2,333)    633     (3,844)
Losses on marketable securities    (8,738)    (144)    (12,011)    (687)
(Provision)/benefit for income taxes    (4,683)    10,237     (7,019)    6,862 
Net income $  1,836  $  15,947  $  53,158  $  23,511 
                 


Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities
 
 Twelve months ended December 31:
  2018   2017 
Adjusted EBITDA$  73,912  $  26,353 
Benefit for deferred income taxes   (1,253)    (13,657)
Impairment of fixed assets   258     28 
Interest and dividend income   9,183     7,809 
(Provision)/ benefit for income taxes   (7,019)    6,862 
Gains/(losses) on derivative instruments   633     (3,844)
Change in fair value of derivative instruments   (2,130)    2,170 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net   12,030     13,626 
Other   (1)    - 
Net cash provided by operating activities$  85,613  $  39,347 


 
FutureFuel Corp.
Condensed Consolidated Segment Income
(Dollars in thousands)
(Audited)
    
 Three months ended December 31: Twelve months ended December 31:
  2018   2017   2018   2017 
Revenue       
  Custom chemicals$  23,281  $  22,716  $  97,746  $  87,905 
  Performance chemicals   5,217     4,795     19,382     17,481 
  Chemicals revenue$  28,498  $  27,511  $  117,128  $  105,386 
  Biofuels revenue   37,015     47,750     173,890     169,640 
Total Revenue$  65,513  $  75,261  $  291,018  $  275,026 
        
Segment gross profit       
  Chemicals$  9,516  $  7,615  $  33,986  $  28,016 
  Biofuels   5,451     (808)    39,412     (7,755)
Total gross profit   14,967     6,807     73,398     20,261 
Corporate expenses   (2,164)    (2,969)    (9,959)    (10,374)
Income before interest and taxes   12,803     3,838     63,439     9,887 
Interest and other income   2,495     2,130     9,183     7,809 
Interest and other expense   (8,779)    (258)    (12,445)    (1,047)
(Provision)/benefit for income taxes   (4,683)    10,237     (7,019)    6,862 
Net income$  1,836  $  15,947  $  53,158  $  23,511 

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                                                                
(314) 854-8352
www.futurefuelcorporation.com

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