Pacific Ethanol (PEIX Posts Surprising Q3 Loss

November 2, 2016 4:14 PM EDT
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Pacific Ethanol (NASDAQ: PEIX) reported Q3 EPS of ($0.09), $0.20 worse than the analyst estimate of $0.11. Revenue for the quarter came in at $417.8 million versus the consensus estimate of $388.71 million.

Neil Koehler, the company’s president and CEO, stated: “During the third quarter, we sold a record 243.7 million gallons of ethanol, reflecting increased output from our eight production facilities as well as a 16% increase in third party sales over the comparable period in 2015. As a result, net sales grew 10% compared to the third quarter of last year. This also demonstrates our success in integrating and optimizing our Midwest assets.

“Net loss of $3.8 million for the third quarter of 2016 was impacted by over $11 million of extraordinary expenses, including higher beginning inventory valuation, lower margins in the Company’s ethanol trading business resulting from the intra-quarter drop in ethanol prices, significant repair expenses and non-cash mark-to-market adjustments related to open hedge positions.

“We are now experiencing near the best production margins of the year from strong ethanol demand and low corn input costs aided by a record corn crop. With our diverse platform of efficiently operating assets and multiple products, we are well positioned to profit from the positive market conditions in the fourth quarter.”

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