Gevo announces shrinking net loss for Q4 2014

March 30, 2015 |

In Colorado, Gevo, Inc. announced a net loss for the Q4 2014 of $11.1M compared to $17.3 during the same period in 2013. Revenues for Q4 2014 were $9.5M compared to $1.7 million in the same period in 2013. The increase in revenue during 2014 is primarily a result of the production and sale of approximately $8.8 million of ethanol and distiller’s grains following the transition of the Luverne plant to the SBS configuration. During the fourth quarter of 2014, hydrocarbon revenues were $0.5 million, primarily related to the shipment of bio-jet fuel to the U.S. military during the quarter. Gevo also continued to generate revenue during the fourth quarter of 2014 associated with ongoing research agreements.

In the fourth quarter of 2014, Gevo continued to progress the commercial operation of isobutanol at Luverne under the Side-by-Side mode of production (SBS), meeting its stated milestone in December 2014 of producing greater than fifty thousand gallons of isobutanol in one month. This achievement was a result of the introduction of Gevo’s second-generation yeast biocatalyst at the plant, as well as significant process improvements learned by Gevo since switching the plant to SBS production earlier in 2014.

The data generated at the Luverne plant and in the labs in Denver continues to support ultimate, optimized isobutanol production costs that would support EBITDA margins for isobutanol of $0.50-$1.00 per gallon.

To augment the strategic interest in this hydrocarbons business segment, Gevo announced the introduction of a new technology it has developed to convert ethanol into a tailored mix of end-products, including propylene (an ingredient in consumer plastics, fibers, films, and superabsorbants) and renewable hydrogen. Preliminary technical and economic analyses indicate that the products, sourced from renewable feedstock, would be cost competitive with traditional petrochemical approaches. Following successful scale-up, we believe this technology would open up a much broader set of end-product market and margin opportunities for ethanol producers.
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