REX American Resources Reports Third Quarter Diluted EPS of $1.86
DAYTON, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov 28, 2018--REX American Resources Corporation (NYSE: REX) (“REX” or “the Company”) today reported financial results for its fiscal 2018 third quarter (“Q3 ’18”) ended October 31, 2018. REX management will host a conference call and webcast today at 11:00 a.m. ET.
REX American Resources’ Q3 ’18 results principally reflect its interests in six ethanol production facilities and its refined coal operation. One Earth Energy, LLC (“One Earth”) and NuGen Energy, LLC (“NuGen”) are consolidated, while those of its four other ethanol plants are reported as equity in income of unconsolidated ethanol affiliates. REX consolidates the refined coal entity acquired by the Company in fiscal 2017. The Company reports results for its two business segments as ethanol and by-products, and refined coal.
REX’s Q3 ’18 net sales and revenue increased 2.1% to $123.8 million, compared with $121.2 million in Q3 ‘17. The year-over-year net sales and revenue increase primarily reflects higher average selling prices during the current year quarter for dried and modified distillers grains as well as increased production in the Company’s ethanol and by-products segment, which was partially offset by an 11.7% reduction in the average selling price per gallon of ethanol. The Company’s Q3 ’18 gross profit for its ethanol and by-products segment was $11.3 million, compared with $18.3 million in Q3 ‘17, primarily reflecting lower ethanol pricing. As a result, the ethanol and by-products segment income before income taxes was $8.4 million in Q3 ‘18, compared to $15.6 million in Q3 ‘17. The Company’s refined coal operation incurred a $3.5 million gross loss and a $4.2 million loss before income taxes in Q3 ’18, compared to a $3.4 million gross loss and a loss before income taxes of $5.7 million in Q3 ‘17. As a result, REX reported income from continuing operations before income taxes and non-controlling interests in Q3 ‘18 of $3.8 million, compared with $9.3 million in Q3 ’17. While the refined coal operation negatively impacted gross profit and income before income taxes, the Company’s refined coal operation contributed to a lower effective tax rate.
Net income attributable to REX shareholders in Q3 ’18 was $11.9 million, compared to $13.2 million in Q3 ‘17. Q3 ‘18 basic and diluted net income per share attributable to REX common shareholders was $1.86 per share, compared to $2.00 per share in Q3 ‘17. Per share results in Q3 ‘18 and Q3 ’17 are based on 6,388,000 and 6,597,000 diluted weighted average shares outstanding, respectively.
REX American Resources’ Chief Executive Officer, Zafar Rizvi, commented, “The third quarter saw a continuation of the operating environment encountered during the first half of 2018, including increased pressure on ethanol pricing. We were successful in partially offsetting these challenges with increased distillers grains pricing, compared to the prior year period, as well as the continued benefit of our refined coal operation. As a result, REX delivered another profitable quarter as we generated approximately $11.9 million in net income, or $1.86 in earnings per share.
“Looking ahead, while the challenging environment continues to persist, we remain focused on the long-term prospects for our businesses. In addition, our debt free balance sheet and strong liquidity position, including cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments of $193 million and working capital of $228 million, allow us to continue to opportunistically repurchase shares and to remain well positioned to evaluate other near- and long-term opportunities to enhance shareholder value.”
Balance Sheet and Share Repurchase Program
At October 31, 2018, REX had cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments of $193.1 million, $49.9 million of which was at the parent company, and $143.2 million of which was at its consolidated production facilities. This compares with cash and cash equivalents at January 31, 2018, of $191.0 million, $74.1 million of which was at the parent company, and $116.9 million of which was at its consolidated ethanol production facilities.
On March 20, 2018, REX’s Board of Directors approved an increase in the share repurchase plan providing the Company with the authority to repurchase up to an additional 500,000 shares of its common stock. During the third quarter of fiscal 2018, the Company purchased 24,561 shares at an average cost of $72.12. REX is now authorized to repurchase up to 402,620 shares of its common stock. The Company had 6,327,178 shares outstanding at October 31, 2018.
Repurchases by the Company are subject to available liquidity, general market and economic conditions, alternate uses for the capital and other factors. Share repurchases may be made from time to time in open market transactions, block trades or private transactions in accordance with applicable securities laws and regulations and other legal requirements. There is no minimum number of shares the Company is required to repurchase and the repurchase program may be suspended or discontinued at any time without prior notice. All shares purchased will be held in the Company’s treasury for possible future use.
Third Quarter Conference Call
REX will host a conference call at 11:00 a.m. ET today. Senior management will discuss the financial results and host a question and answer session. The dial in number for the audio conference call is 212/231-2939 (domestic and international callers).
Participants can also listen to a live webcast of the call on the Company’s website, . A webcast replay will be available for 30 days following the live event at .
About REX American Resources Corporation
REX American Resources has interests in six ethanol production facilities, which in aggregate shipped approximately 702 million gallons of ethanol over the twelve month period ended October 31, 2018. REX’s effective ownership of the trailing twelve month gallons shipped (for the twelve months ended October 31, 2018) by the ethanol production facilities in which it has ownership interests was approximately 281 million gallons. In addition, the Company acquired a refined coal operation on August 10, 2017. Further information about REX is available at www.rexamerican.com.
This news announcement contains or may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements can be identified by use of forward-looking terminology such as “may,” “expect,” “believe,” “estimate,” “anticipate” or “continue” or the negative thereof or other variations thereon or comparable terminology. Readers are cautioned that there are risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those referred to in such forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include the risk factors set forth from time to time in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and include among other things: the impact of legislative changes, the price volatility and availability of corn, dried and modified distillers grains, ethanol, corn oil, gasoline and natural gas, ethanol and refined coal plants operating efficiently and according to forecasts and projections, changes in the international, national or regional economies, weather, results of income tax audits, changes in income tax laws or regulations and the effects of terrorism or acts of war. The Company does not intend to update publicly any forward-looking statements except as required by law.
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KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA OHIO
INDUSTRY KEYWORD: ENERGY ALTERNATIVE ENERGY COAL OIL/GAS OTHER ENERGY NATURAL RESOURCES AGRICULTURE OTHER NATURAL RESOURCES
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