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|Gevo Reports Fourth Quarter 2012 Financial Results|
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - March 5, 2013 - Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ: GEVO) today announced its financial results for the three months ended December 31, 2012.
"We are pleased with the progress we've made optimizing our technology over the past three months and remain on-track to restart isobutanol production at Luverne this year," said Patrick Gruber Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of Gevo. "After assuming the additional role of Chief Technology Officer, Chris Ryan has done an exceptional job orienting our technology team towards achieving our goals of producing isobutanol consistently and at commercially viable rates. Our market development work with strategic customers such as Coca-Cola, Toray, the United States Air Force, and Sasol is moving forward and we look forward to turning this work into revenues as soon as possible."
Subsequent to the end of the year, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) awarded Gevo U.S. Patent No. 8,373,012 and U.S. Patent No. 8,378,160. Both patents are related to methods of making renewable hydrocarbons and/or jet blendstock from biomass-derived isobutanol, which is subsequently converted into hydrocarbons that meet or exceed the requirements of ASTM for diesel fuels, gasoline, and various aviation fuels.
In November, the USPTO awarded Gevo U.S. Patent No. 8,304,588, which covers methods for the production of isobutanol in retrofit ethanol production plants. The claimed technology addresses the full scope of isobutanol production in modified, retrofit ethanol plants, from pretreatment and fermentation to separation and purification.
These patents are in addition to U.S. Patent No. 8,273,565 and U.S. Patent No. 8,283,505, awarded in September and October and discussed in Gevo's third quarter 2012 press release.
In November, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (Appeals Court) upheld the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware's decision in which the lower court denied a motion for a preliminary injunction sought by Butamax Advanced Biofuels LLC (Butamax). The Appeals Court affirmed the lower court's ruling which stated that, "Gevo, Inc. raised a substantial question of validity concerning [Butamax's] asserted patent (the '889 Patent). and plaintiff (Butamax) does not hold a valid patent, nor would defendant (Gevo) infringe if it did".
In January 2013, Gevo announced a stock repurchase program that authorizes the company to repurchase up to $15,000,000 of its common stock over a one-year period.
Revenues for the fourth quarter of 2012 were $1.9 million compared to $17.2 million in the same period in 2011. The decrease in revenues resulted from the company suspending ethanol production at its Luverne, Minn. facility in May 2012. During the fourth quarter of 2012, the company concluded initial startup operations for the production of isobutanol at its Luverne facility. As previously announced, following completion of startup operations, production was temporarily paused to allow the company to focus on optimizing specific parts of its technology to further enhance isobutanol production rates. Production from startup operations will be directed to initial sales, customer testing, and future conversion into jet fuel for the U.S. Air Force (USAF).
Following the decision to pause isobutanol production, the company considered reverting to ethanol production during the fourth quarter of 2012 but determined that the economics of producing and marketing ethanol at that time would have generated greater negative cash flows compared to maintaining the facility at idle. Consequently, the company made the decision to idle the facility and not to revert to ethanol production during the quarter. Revenue reported in the fourth quarter of 2012 included sales from reduction of Gevo's corn inventory, revenue under its agreement with The Coca-Cola Company, sales of biobased jet fuel to the USAF, and from ongoing research agreements. Revenue in the fourth quarter of 2011 primarily related to the sale of ethanol and related products.
Research and development expense decreased to $4.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2012 from $5.9 million for the same period in 2011. In the fourth quarter of 2012, the focus of Gevo's development efforts were startup operations for the production of isobutanol at its Luverne facility and optimization of specific parts of its isobutanol production technology to further enhance isobutanol production rates. The decrease in research and development spending in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to the fourth quarter of 2011 was due primarily to work performed at the South Hampton Resources, Inc. facility near Houston, Texas developing a hydrocarbon pilot plant facility which was completed in the fourth quarter of 2011. There was no comparable expense in the fourth quarter of 2012.
Selling, general and administrative and other expense decreased to $7.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2012 from $8.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2011. The decrease in selling, general and administrative and other expense in the fourth quarter of 2012 primarily reflected lower compensation expenses, including the decision of Gevo's executive officers to waive their 2012 bonus payments. The decrease in compensation expenses was partially offset by increased legal-related expenses, including expenses in support of Gevo's ongoing litigation with Butamax.
Interest expense for the fourth quarter of 2012 was $2.2 million compared to $1.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. The increase resulted from interest incurred on the company's $45 million of 7.5% convertible notes due 2022 which were issued in July 2012. The company also reported a non-cash gain of $2 million related to changes in the fair value of embedded derivatives contained in the convertible notes. These derivatives result from the rights that holders of the convertible notes have upon conversion, and under certain circumstances, will result in non-cash amounts being recorded in the company's statement of operations in each reporting period while the convertible notes remain outstanding.
The net loss for the fourth quarter of 2012 was $13.2 million compared to $14.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2011.
Gevo reported cash and cash equivalents on hand of $66.7 million as of December 31, 2012.
Subsequent to the end of the year, certain holders of the company's convertible notes elected to convert approximately $4.2 million of those convertible notes into common shares of the company, in accordance with the terms of the convertible notes, thereby reducing the principal amount of convertible debt outstanding at March 4, 2013 to $40.8 million. In total, through March 4, 2013, Gevo has issued 1,453,698 shares of common stock at an effective issue price of $3.68 per share in settlement of the conversions of the convertible notes and related coupon make-whole payments.
Webcast and Conference Call Information
Hosting today's conference call at 4:30 p.m. EST (2:30 p.m. MST) will be Dr. Gruber, Chief Executive Officer, and Mark Smith, Chief Financial Officer. They will review the company's financial results for the three months ended December 31, 2012 and provide an update on recent corporate highlights.
To participate in the conference call, please dial 1-800-265-0241 (inside the U.S.) or 1-617-847-8704 (outside the U.S.) and reference the access code 53437085. The presentation will be available via a live webcast at:
A replay of the call will be available two hours after the conference call ends on March 5, 2013 until Midnight EDT on April 5, 2013. To access the replay, please dial 1-888-286-8010 (inside the U.S.) or 1-617-801-6888 (outside the US) and reference the access code 31702414. The archived webcast will be available for 30 days in the Investor Relations section of Gevo's website at www.gevo.com.
Gevo is a leading renewable chemicals and next-generation biofuels company. Gevo's patent-protected, capital-light business model converts existing ethanol plants into biorefineries to make isobutanol. This versatile chemical can be directly integrated into existing chemical and fuel products to deliver environmental and economic benefits. Gevo started up its first commercial isobutanol facility in Luverne, Minn. and has a marquee list of partners including Coca-Cola, Sasol, and LANXESS, among others. Gevo is committed to a sustainable biobased economy that meets society's needs for plentiful food and clean air and water. For more information, visit www.gevo.com.
Certain statements in this press release may constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include statements that are not purely statements of historical fact, and can sometimes be identified by our use of terms such as "intend," "expect," "plan," "estimate," "future," "strive" and similar words. These forward-looking statements are made on the basis of the current beliefs, expectations and assumptions of the management of Gevo and are subject to significant risks and uncertainty. Investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements. All such forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and the company undertakes no obligation to update or revise these statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Although the company believes that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, these statements involve many risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from what may be expressed or implied in these forward-looking statements. For a further discussion of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ from those expressed in these forward-looking statements, as well as risks relating to the business of Gevo in general, see the risk disclosures in the Annual Report on Form 10-K of Gevo for
Non-GAAP Financial Information
Consolidated financial information has been presented in accordance with GAAP as well as on a non-GAAP basis. On a non-GAAP basis, financial measures exclude non-cash items such as stock-based compensation. Management believes that it is useful to supplement its GAAP financial statements with this non-GAAP information because management uses such information internally for its operating, budgeting and financial planning purposes. These non-GAAP financial measures also facilitate management's internal comparisons to Gevo's historical performance as well as comparisons to the operating results of other companies. In addition, Gevo believes these non-GAAP financial measures are useful to investors because they allow for greater transparency into the indicators used by management as a basis for its financial and operational decision making. Non-GAAP information is not prepared under a comprehensive set of accounting rules and therefore, should only be read in conjunction with financial information reported under U.S. GAAP when understanding Gevo's operating performance. A reconciliation between GAAP and non-GAAP financial information is provided in the financial statement tables below.
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