Green Plains to acquire ethanol plants for $237 million

by Eric Schroeder
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Abengoa Bioenergy's ethanol facility in Madison, Illinois, U.S.
OMAHA, NEBRASKA, U.S. — Green Plains Inc., a diversified commodity-processing business with operations related to ethanol, distillers grains and corn oil production, as well as grain handling and storage, on Aug. 22 reached agreement to acquire three ethanol plants from Abengoa Bioenergy for approximately $237 million in cash, plus certain working capital adjustments.

As part of the transaction, Green Plains will acquire Abengoa’s ethanol facilities in Madison, Illinois, U.S.; Mount Vernon, Indiana, U.S.; and York, Nebraska, U.S. The three ethanol facilities have combined annual production capacity of 236 million gallons per year.
Green Plains Inc. CEO Todd Beck
Todd Becker, president and chief executive officer at Green Plains.

“We continue to focus on making strategic investments in high quality assets as we expand our production footprint,” said Todd Becker, president and chief executive officer at Green Plains. “The Madison and Mount Vernon plants will give us access to the Mississippi River, supporting our new export terminal planned in Beaumont, Texas (U.S.). In addition, we will broaden our product offering globally with industrial alcohol production at the York plant. These acquisitions further our commitment to deliver long-term value for both Green Plains Inc. and Green Plains Partners shareholders.”

Once the transaction is finalized, Green Plains will own and operate 17 dry mill ethanol facilities with combined production capacity of nearly 1.5 billion gallons per year.

The company’s acquisition agreements are subject to review and approval by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Missouri at a hearing currently scheduled for Aug. 29, 2016. The acquisitions are expected to be complete no later than Sept. 30, 2016, subject to regulatory approval and customary closing conditions, at which time the ethanol storage and transportation assets will be offered to Green Plains Partners.

Green Plains processes 12 million tons of corn annually, producing more than 1.2 billion gallons of ethanol, approximately 3.5 million tons of livestock feed and 290 million pounds of industrial grade corn oil at full capacity. Green Plains owns a 62.5% limited partner interest and a 2% general partner interest in Green Plains Partners LP, a fee-based Delaware, U.S., limited partnership that provides fuel storage and transportation services by owning, operating, developing and acquiring ethanol and fuel storage tanks, terminals, transportation assets and other related assets and businesses. 

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