Aemetis, Inc. :AMTX-US: Earnings Analysis: 2016 By the Numbers : March 21, 2017

Aemetis, Inc. reports financial results for the year ended December 31, 2016.

We analyze the earnings along side the following peers of Aemetis, Inc. – Westlake Chemical Partners LP, LyondellBasell Industries NV, Green Plains Inc. and Cambrex Corporation (WLKP-US, LYB-US, GPRE-US and CBM-US) that have also reported for this period.


  • Gross margins widened from 2.86% to 8.10% compared to the same period last year, operating (EBITDA) margins now 2.80% from -2.56%.
  • Year-on-year change in operating cash flow of 147.20% is about the same as the change in earnings, likely no significant movement in accruals or reserves.
  • Earnings growth from operating margin improvements as well as one-time items.

The table below shows the preliminary results and recent trends for key metrics such as revenues and net income growth:

2016 2015 2014 2013 2012
Relevant Numbers (Annual)
Revenues 143.16 146.65 207.68 177.51 189.05
Revenue Growth (YOY) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Earnings -15.64 -27.14 7.13 -24.44 -4.28
Earnings Growth (YOY) 42.38 -480.46 129.19 -470.66 76.59
Net Margin -10.92 -18.51 3.43 -13.77 -2.27
EPS -0.79 -1.37 0.34 -1.3 -0.28
Return on Equity N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Return on Assets -19.43 -31.5 7.66 -25.19 -6.9

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Earnings Growth Analysis

The company’s earnings growth was influenced by year-on-year improvement in gross margins from 2.86% to 8.10% as well as better cost controls. As a result, operating margins (EBITDA margins) rose from -2.56% to 2.80% compared to the same period last year. For comparison, gross margins were 2.86% and EBITDA margins were -2.56% in the last reporting period.

Gross Margin Versus EBITDA Margin

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Differentiated; Low Cost, Commodity; Low Cost, Commodity; High Cost, Differentiated; High Cost

Cash Versus Earnings – Sustainable Performance?

It is important to examine a company�s cash versus earnings numbers to gauge whether its performance is sustainable.

AMTX-US‘s change in operating cash flow of 147.20% compared to the same period last year is about the same as its change in earnings this period. Additionally, this change in operating cash flow is about average among its peer group. This suggests that the company did not use accruals or reserves to manage earnings this period, and that, all else being equal, the earnings number is sustainable.

Operating Cash Flow Growth Versus Earnings Growth

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Cash Flow based Earnings, Likely Non-cash Earnings, Low Cash Flow Base, Likely Undeclared Earnings


The company’s earnings growth has also been influenced by the following factors: (1) Improvements in operating (EBIT) margins from -5.87% to -0.55% and (2) one-time items. The company’s pretax margins are now -10.92% compared to -18.50% for the same period last year.

EBIT Margin Versus PreTax Margin

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Operation driven Earnings, One-time Favorables, Low Earnings Base, One-time Unfavorables
EBIT Margin History
PreTax Margin History

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Company Profile

Aemetis, Inc. operates as a renewable fuels and biochemicals company. It focuses on the production of advanced fuels and chemicals through the acquisition, development and commercialization of technologies that replace traditional petroleum-based products. The company operates through the India and North America geographic segments. The India segment focuses on a biodiesel manufacturing plant in Kakinada, administrative offices in Hyderabad, India, and the holding companies in Nevada and Mauritius. The North America segment includes an ethanol plant in Keyes, California and its technology lab in College Park, Maryland. The company was founded by Eric Armstrong McAfee in 2005 and is headquartered in Cupertino, CA.

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