PACIFIC ETHANOL, INC. (PEIX) SPO
|Company Name||PACIFIC ETHANOL, INC.|
|Company Address||400 CAPITOL MALL, SUITE 2060
SACRAMENTO, CA 95814
|CEO||Neil M. Koehler|
|Employees (as of 3/24/2008)||220|
|State of Inc||DE|
|Fiscal Year End||12/31|
|Exchange||Nasdaq National Market|
|Shares Over Alloted||0|
|Shareholder Shares Offered||--|
|Lockup Period (days)||180|
|Quiet Period Expiration||7/7/2008|
Unless otherwise provided in the applicable prospectus supplement, we intend to use the net proceeds from the sale of our securities under this prospectus for general corporate purposes, including application of the proceeds to our ethanol plant construction program and acquisitions of ethanol production assets. We will set forth in a prospectus supplement our intended use for the net proceeds received from the sale of our securities. Pending the application of the net proceeds, we intend to invest the net proceeds in investment-grade, interest-bearing securities. Our management will retain broad discretion as to the allocation of the net proceeds of any offering.
We operate in the highly competitive ethanol marketing and production industry. The largest ethanol producer in the United States is ADM, with wet and dry mill plants in the Midwest and a total production capacity of about 1.1 billion gallons per year, or approximately 17% of total United States ethanol production in 2007. According to the RFA, there are approximately 134 ethanol plants currently operating with a combined annual production capacity of approximately 7.2 billion gallons. In addition, we believe that approximately 50 new ethanol plants or expansions of existing plants are currently under construction with an estimated combined future annual production capacity of approximately 4.4 billion gallons. We believe that most of the growth in ethanol production over the last ten years has been by farmer-owned cooperatives that have commenced or expanded ethanol production as a strategy for enhancing demand for corn and adding value through processing. We believe that many smaller ethanol plants rely on marketing groups such as Ethanol Products, Aventine Renewable Energy, Inc. and Renewable Products Marketing Group LLC to move their product to market. We believe that, because ethanol is a commodity, many of the Midwest ethanol producers can target the Western United States, though ethanol producers further west in states such as Nebraska and Kansas often enjoy delivery cost advantages.
Our primary goal is to be the leading marketer and producer of low carbon renewable fuels in the Western United States. We produce and sell ethanol and its co-products, including wet distillers grain, or WDG, and provide transportation, storage and delivery of ethanol through third-party service
providers in the Western United States, primarily in California, Nevada, Arizona, Oregon, Colorado, Idaho and Washington. We have extensive customer relationships throughout the Western United States and extensive supplier relationships throughout the Western and Midwestern United States. We own and operate three ethanol production facilities located in Madera, California, Boardman, Oregon and Burley, Idaho. Our Madera facility has an annual production capacity of up to 40 million gallons and has been in operation since October 2006. Our Boardman facility has an annual production capacity of up to 40 million gallons and has been in operation since September 2007. Our Burley facility has an annual production capacity of up to 60 million gallons and has been in operation since April 2008. In addition, we own a 42% interest in Front Range Energy, LLC, or Front Range, which owns and operates an ethanol production facility with annual production capacity of up to 50 million gallons in Windsor, Colorado. We have one additional ethanol production facility under construction in Stockton, California, which is expected to commence operations in the third quarter of 2008. We also intend to either construct or acquire additional ethanol production facilities as financial resources and business prospects make the construction or acquisitions of these facilities advisable. We intend to reach our goal to be the leading marketer and producer of low carbon renewable fuels in the Western United States in part by expanding our relationships with customers and third-party ethanol producers to market higher volumes of ethanol, by expanding our relationships with animal feed distributors and end users to build local markets for WDG, the primary co-product of our ethanol production, and by expanding the market for ethanol by continuing to work with state governments to encourage the adoption of policies and standards that promote ethanol as a fuel additive and transportation fuel. In addition, we intend to expand our annual production capacity to 220 million gallons in 2008, upon completion of our facility in Stockton, California, and 420 million gallons of annual production capacity in 2010, through new construction or acquisition of additional ethanol production facilities. We also intend to expand our distribution infrastructure by increasing our ability to provide transportation, storage and related logistical services to our customers throughout the Western United States. Our principal executive offices are located at 400 Capitol Mall, Suite 2060, Sacramento, California 95814. Our telephone number is (916) 403-2123. Our Internet address is www.pacificethanol.net.