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Pacific Ethanol, Inc. (PEIX) reports record net sales in Q3

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Shares of renewable fuel producer Pacific Ethanol, Inc. (Nasdaq: PEIX) were up as much as 26 percent from Friday’s closing price in morning trading on Monday.

Last week, the Sacramento-based company PEIX announced record net sales for the third quarter. Sales grew to $271.6 million for the third quarter of 2011, up from net sales of $46 million a year ago. Net income in Q3 soared to $4 million, compared to a net loss of $12.9 million for the third quarter a year ago, which included a loss on the company’s investment in Front Range Energy, LLC of $12.1 million.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2011, net sales were $659.4 million, compared to $194.1 million in the same period in 2010. For the nine months ended September 30, 2011, net income available to common stockholders was $4.2 million, compared to $83.2 million in the same period in 2010, which included a non-cash gain from bankruptcy exit of $119.4 million and a loss on the company’s investment in Front Range Energy, LLC of $12.1 million.

“In the third quarter, we again delivered record net sales and total gallons sold driven by the continued execution of our diversified business strategy,” said Pacific Ethanol, Inc.’s president and CEO Neil Koehler in an October 26 press release. “We recorded the ninth consecutive quarter of growth in total gallons sold, bringing our compound annual growth rate to 75 percent over that period. Most importantly, we generated strong operating income and achieved profitability during the quarter.”

Shares of Pacific Ethanol PEIX are down about 38 percent over the past three months.

Pacific Ethanol, Inc. (PEIX) – Buzz Stock of the Day

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

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We first covered Pacific Ethanol, Inc. (Nasdaq: PEIX) on June 30, 2010, after the company announced that four of its wholly-owned subsidiaries had emerged from bankruptcy. Shares were up almost 60 percent on that day, from the previous day’s closing price.

Shares of Pacific Ethanol surged again on Tuesday, this time as much as 42 percent from the previous day’s closing price after the company posted earnings of $107.8 million or $1.43 per share for the three months ended June 30, compared to a loss of $28.2 million or 49 cents per share in the same period last year. The boost in earnings was primarily due a non-cash gain of $119 million, and an 88 percent increase in total gallons sold, offset by a  lower average price per gallon.
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Net sales in the quarter increased 9 percent to $76.8 million, compared to $70.1 million in the same quarter a year ago. The company also reduced its SG&A expenses by 49 percent, and improved adjusted EBITDA by $8.4 million, compared to the second quarter of 2009.

Pacific Ethanol’s CEO Neil Koehler described the second quarter as “pivotal” for the company. “We delivered sales growth, dramatically reduced operating expenses, and improved adjusted EBITDA,” he said in a statement. “We successfully led the production facilities out of bankruptcy effective June 29th, substantially reducing our debt and other liabilities by $295 million. During the quarter, we also reduced other debt by $9 million. In addition to strengthening our balance sheet, we reduced selling, general and administrative expenses to less than half of what they were for the same quarter last year, thus establishing a stable platform for growth.”

On June 29, 2010, PEI’s wholly-owned plant holding company, PEH, and its four plant subsidiaries exited bankruptcy and the ownership of PEH was transferred to certain lenders. As a result, PEI recorded a $119.4 million non-cash gain from the disposition of liabilities of $294.5 million net of assets of $175.1 million that were removed from its balance sheet. Simultaneously, PEI began operating under its newly announced operating and marketing agreements with the ethanol production facilities upon their emergence from bankruptcy.

Guanwei Recycling Corp. (GPRC) – Buzz Stock of the Day

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

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Shares of Chinese polyethylene manufacturer, Guanwei Recycling Corp. (Nasdaq: GPRC) were up more than 20 percent from Tuesday’s closing price in morning trading on Monday. Trading volume was more than 10 times the company’s three-month average.

“China, right now is the biggest plastic importer in the world,” said Guanwei Recycling’s VP of marketing Liya Wu, in an interview with TheStreet.com. “Our annual import of plastic waste is about…5 million tons to 7 million tons. So it’s really the biggest market. China is not only the biggest market not only in the volume of the plastic manufacturer, but also as a plastic products exporter, and we are the biggest recycler of plastics.”
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Guanwei Recycling generates most of its business from Europe. Most recently, the company announced a sales contract with Sunshine Handels & Consulting GmbH, a leading German recycling company, for the purchase of 25,000 tons of LDPE waste through June 2011, which will be converted into recycled LDPE at Guanwei’s clean tech facilities in Fuqing City. Europe, has a “higher waste classification system” than the U.S., according to Wu.

Guanwei is currently focused on increasing its environmental protection levels, and increasing its manufacturing capacity, according to Wu.

For the three months ended March 31, 2010, net revenue was $9,494,226, representing a 58.01% decrease from net revenue of $22,611,689 for the three months ended March 31, 2009. This sharp decrease was primarily caused by the fact that, unlike the first quarter of 2009, Guanwei did not sell any raw materials or purchased recycled LDPE during the first quarter of 2010.

Shares are currently trading about about 21 percent lower than the company’s 52-week high of $5.70.

DayStar Technologies, Inc. (DSTI) – Buzz Stock of the Day

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

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Shares of photovoltaic solar products products maker, DayStar Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: DSTI) rallied more than 75 percent from Wednesday’s closing price in morning trading on Thursday after the company announced that it is pursuing a strategy for offshore manufacturing of its CIGS thin-film deposition technology solar modules.

DayStar Technologies has “begun discussions with several potential partners,” which if consummated “could include joint ventures, licensing agreements, contract manufacturing agreements,” or even a reverse merger with or an acquisition of DayStar, according to CEO Magnus Ryde. “We are confident in our core proprietary CIGS technology and believe that completing a transaction with a strategic partner and manufacturing our CIGS modules offshore would provide the best opportunity to bring our product to market and to manufacture the product in the most cost effective manner,” said Ryde in a statement.
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DayStar was notified by its landlord, BMR-Gateway Boulevard LLC that the Company’s lease for the premises located at 7333-7373 Gateway Boulevard in Newark, California has been terminated.

For the first quarter, DayStar reported a net loss of $6.1 million or $1.61 per share, compared with a net loss of $7.7 million or $2.06 per share in the first quarter of 2009. The average shares outstanding and loss per share for the quarter ended March 31, 2010 and 2009 reflect the 1-for-9 reverse stock split implemented by DayStar on May 11, 2010. DayStar’s common stock began trading on the NASDAQ Capital Market on a split adjusted basis on March 12, 2010.

Solar stocks continue to have some buzz around them with stocks like STR Holdings (Nasdaq: STRI), Solarfun (Nasdaq: SOLF), Trina Solar (NYSE: TSL), JA Solar (Nasdaq: JASO), Renesola (NYSE: SOL), and GT Solar (Nasdaq: SOLR) all showing strong relative strength to the overall market the past year. Simmons & Co analyst Burt Chao recently told Reuters that “if we haven’t passed the bottom, we’re very, very close to it.” A look at the Solar Stocks Index shows that there is certainly no shortage of domestic components. However, data from the Solar Energy Industries Association suggests that solar power accounts for less than 1% of U.S. energy usage.

Pacific Ethanol, Inc. (PEIX) – Buzz Stock of the Day

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

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Shares of Pacific Ethanol, Inc. (Nasdaq: PEIX) were up almost 60 percent from Tuesday’s close in morning trading on Wednesday, after the company said that four of its wholly-owned  subsidiaries had emerged from bankruptcy.

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“We believe that our business is well positioned for growth,” said Pacific Ethanol president and CEO, Neil Koehler in a statement. “With the California plants capable of producing the lowest carbon ethanol in the United States, we are now focused on a plan to restart these facilities to provide much needed ethanol to meet California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard.”

The plant subsidiaries, which are now owned by a newly formed holding company, will continue to be staffed, managed and operated by Pacific Ethanol under a fee and profit-sharing arrangement negotiated with the owners of the newly formed holding company.

Pacific Ethanol, Inc. eliminated approximately $290 million in debt and other liabilities from its balance sheet. The bankruptcy did not affect the Company’s ownership structure and the Company continues to be owned by its existing common and preferred stockholders. The Company also has an exclusive option to purchase up to a 25 percent equity interest in the new holding company for up to $30 million in cash, which is exercisable for a period of 90 days from June 29, 2010.