Gevo, Inc. :GEVO-US: Earnings Analysis: Q2, 2017 By the Numbers : August 16, 2017

Gevo, Inc. reports financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2017.

We analyze the earnings along side the following peers of Gevo, Inc. – Pacific Ethanol, Inc., Green Brick Partners, Inc., Green Plains Inc., Amyris, Inc., Coca-Cola Company and Trecora Resources (PEIX-US, GRBK-US, GPRE-US, AMRS-US, KO-US and TREC-US) that have also reported for this period.


  • Summary numbers: Revenues of USD 7.54 million, Net Earnings of USD -10.16 million.
  • Gross margins narrowed from -24.36% to -30.01% compared to the same period last year, operating (EBITDA) margins now -59.82% from -47.22%.
  • Year-on-year change in operating cash flow of 8.94% is about the same as the change in earnings, likely no significant movement in accruals or reserves.
  • Earnings growth due to contribution of one-time items.

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

2017-06-30 2017-03-31 2016-12-31 2016-09-30 2016-06-30
Relevant Numbers (Quarterly)
Revenues (mil) 7.54 5.62 5.84 6.94 8.11
Revenue Growth (%YOY) -7.04 -11.14 -20.02 -13.38 -9.09
Earnings (mil) -10.16 -5.93 -2.29 -9.85 -21.49
Earnings Growth (%YOY) 52.72 -64.6 71.25 -51.08 -49.53
Net Margin (%) -134.69 -105.66 -39.22 -141.83 -264.85
EPS -0.66 -0.51 -0.33 -2 -8.8
Return on Equity (%) -14.06 -8.12 -3.36 -15.74 -40.68
Return on Assets (%) -40.32 -21.89 -8.02 -34.96 -83.95

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Market Share Versus Profits

Revenues History
Earnings History

GEVO-US‘s change in revenue this period compared to the same period last year of -7.04% is almost the same as its change in earnings, and is about average among the announced results thus far in its peer group, suggesting that GEVO-US is holding onto its market share. Also, for comparison purposes, revenues changed by 34.29% and earnings by -71.18% compared to the immediate last period.

Revenues Growth Versus Earnings Growth

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Leader, Earnings Focus, Laggard, Revenues Focus

Earnings Growth Analysis

The company’s earnings rose year-on-year. But this growth has not come as a result of improvement in gross margins or any cost control activities in its operations. Gross margins went from -30.01% to -24.36% for the same period last year, while operating margins (EBITDA margins) went from -59.82% to -47.22% over the same time frame.

Gross Margin Versus EBITDA Margin

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

Gross Margin Trend

Companies sometimes sacrifice improvements in revenues and margins in order to extend friendlier terms to customers and vendors. Capital Cube probes for such activity by comparing the changes in gross margins with any changes in working capital. If the gross margins improved without a worsening of working capital, it is possible that the company’s performance is a result of truly delivering in the marketplace and not simply an accounting prop-up using the balance sheet.

Gross Margin History
Working Capital Days History

GEVO-US‘s decline in gross margins has not produced any significant offsetting improvement in its working capital . This leads Capital Cube to conclude that the decline in gross margins are likely from operating issues and not trade-offs with the balance sheet. Working capital days are currently 44.38 days, compared to last year’s level of -142.39 days.

Gross Margin Versus Working Capital Days

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Customer Financed, Cash Starved, Supplier Financed, Cash Rich

Cash Versus Earnings – Sustainable Performance?

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

GEVO-US‘s change in operating cash flow of 8.94% 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 operating (EBIT) margins contracted from -67.69% to -81.90%. In spite of this, the company’s earnings rose. This was influenced primarily by one-time items, which improved pretax margins from -264.85% to -134.69%.

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

Gevo, Inc. is a renewable chemicals and next generation biofuels company. The company focuses on the development and commercialization of alternatives to petroleum-based products based on isobutanol produced from renewable feedstocks. It operates through the following segments: Gevo, Inc. and Gevo Development & Agri-Energy. The Gevo, Inc. segment is responsible for all research and development activities related to the future production of isobutanol, including the development of its proprietary biocatalysts, the production and sale of biojet fuel, its Retrofit process and the next generation of chemicals and biofuels that will be based on isobutanol technology. The Gevo Development & Agri-Energy segment is currently responsible for the operation of its agri energy facility and the production of ethanol, isobutanol and related products. The company was founded by Matthew W. Peters, Peter Meinhold and Frances Hamilton Arnold on June 9, 2005 and is headquartered in Englewood, CO.

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