Westway Group, Inc. Announces 2009 Results


    


    
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<p><span class="xn-location">NEW ORLEANS</span>, <span class="xn-chron">March 16</span> /CNW/ -- Westway Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:   WWAY) today reported consolidated EBITDA (on a pro forma adjusted basis) for the twelve months ended <span class="xn-chron">December 31, 2009</span> of <span class="xn-money">$40.2 million</span>, up <span class="xn-money">$0.5 million</span> or 1% from the same period in 2008.  For the fourth quarter ended <span class="xn-chron">December 31, 2009</span>, consolidated actual EBITDA totaled <span class="xn-money">$12.7 million</span>. Consolidated EBITDA on a pro forma adjusted basis reflects income before income tax provision, equity in unconsolidated subsidiaries, interest expense, depreciation and discontinued operations.</p>
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<p>For the 12 month period ended <span class="xn-chron">December 31, 2009</span>, net loss applicable to common shareholders totaled <span class="xn-money">$6.2 million</span> or (<span class="xn-money">$0.26</span>) loss per basic or diluted share.  Net income applicable to common stockholders during 2009 was negatively impacted by expenses relating to the <span class="xn-chron">May 28, 2009</span> business combination of <span class="xn-money">$13.9 million</span> and by accrued preferred stock dividends of <span class="xn-money">$2.5 million</span>.</p>
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<p>In commenting on the Company's performance, <span class="xn-person">Peter Harding</span>, CEO, stated, "We are pleased with the results of both the liquid storage and liquid feed supplement businesses in the first year of consolidated operations since the acquisition of these businesses in May of 2009.  During the period since the acquisition, our liquid storage business continued to grow capacity and generate increased revenue.  Despite slightly lower tonnage volumes experienced in 2009, the results from our liquid feed business remained essentially flat compared to 2008 due to an emphasis on higher margin products.  Our results on a pro forma twelve month basis, as though the merger had occurred on <span class="xn-chron">January 1, 2009</span>, are in keeping with our expectations, and they are reflective of management's commitment to improving efficiency and long-term shareholder value."</p>
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<p>"We have achieved a number of significant milestones during 2009 since our merger, including the following:</p>
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    --  Successfully completed a major business combination, whereby we
        acquired the bulk liquid storage and liquid feed supplements
businesses
        of ED & F Man for cash and stock;
    --  Paid a special cash dividend of $1.00 per share to Class A
shareholders
        in accordance with agreements made in connection with the business
        combination;
    --  Structured an interim $100 million credit facility with ED & F Man
        which was subsequently replaced by a three-year $175 million credit
        facility with a syndicate of high quality banks;
    --  Acquired all of the storage assets, contractual relationships, and
        property of Southside River Rail Terminal, Inc., located in
Cincinnati,
        Ohio with over 35 million gallons of bulk liquid storage capacity for
        approximately $20 million;
    --  Completed construction and commissioned a major new storage facility
at
        Gray's Harbor, located in Washington State, which will add to our
        annual earning capacity in 2010--this facility also has the
        infrastructure in place for additional phases of growth;
    --  Completed construction and commissioned a custom built liquid storage
        facility for a major customer at our Houston facility which added
        356,000 barrels of storage capacity and which will add approximately
        $2.4 million of annual net revenue;
    --  Launched a 5 million gallon expansion of the Port Allen terminal
        facility, located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana;
    --  Total bulk storage capacity reached approximately 350 million gallons,
        and the storage utilization rate averaged 95%;
    --  Liquid Feed Supplements ("Feed") tonnage totaled approximately 0.9
        million tons, and our Feed operating margin improved due to an
        increased emphasis on higher margin products;
    --  Moved Westway Group, Inc. stock trading from OTC bulletin board to
        NASDAQ."


    
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<p>"These achievements are consistent with Westway's strategy for growth through acquisitions infill expansion of existing facilities, greenfield development, improving margins, and enhanced company recognition.  We are excited about the future growth opportunities for Westway both in terms of our global footprint as well as our increasing emphasis on building long-term relationships through branding of the Westway name and reputation for consistent, quality customer service."</p>
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    Overview of Business Segments

    4th Quarter 2009 Compared to 3rd Quarter 2009

    Bulk Liquid Storage

    
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<p>In the fourth quarter of 2009, revenues increased by <span class="xn-money">$3.8 million</span> or 22% as compared to the three months ended <span class="xn-chron">September 30, 2009</span>.  Adjusted Gross Profit increased by <span class="xn-money">$3 million</span> or 30%.  Additionally, the adjusted gross profit margin increased from 56.6% to 60.6%.  The contribution to Adjusted EBITDA from bulk liquid storage increased <span class="xn-money">$4.8 million</span>, up 61% for the fourth quarter.  These improvements in the quarter to quarter comparison are primarily attributable to the acquisition of our <span class="xn-location">Cincinnati</span> Terminal, which was completed in mid October, the expansion of our <span class="xn-location">Houston</span> facility, and the completion of our Gray's Harbor Washington facility, which began operations in December.</p>
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    Liquid Feed Supplements

    
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<p>In the fourth quarter of 2009, revenues increased by <span class="xn-money">$11.8 million</span> or 21% as compared to the three months ended <span class="xn-chron">September 30, 2009</span>.  Adjusted Gross Profit increased by <span class="xn-money">$1.6 million</span> or 23%.  Additionally, adjusted gross profit margin increased from 12.7% to 12.8%.  The contribution to Adjusted EBITDA from liquid feed supplements increased <span class="xn-money">$2.9 million</span>, up 70%.  These improvements reflect the normal seasonality of the liquid feed business as evidenced by tonnage, which increased 23% in the fourth quarter to approximately 432,000 tons from approximately 352,000 tons in the third quarter.</p>
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<p>In the fourth quarter 2009, consolidated Adjusted EBITDA for Westway Group Inc. totaled <span class="xn-money">$12.7 million</span> compared to <span class="xn-money">$9.8 million</span> for the third quarter of 2009.  Revenues increased by <span class="xn-money">$15.6 million</span> or 21% as compared to the three months ended <span class="xn-chron">September 30, 2009</span>.  Adjusted Gross Profit increased by <span class="xn-money">$4.4 million</span> or 26%.  Additionally, adjusted gross profit margin increased from 23.2% to 24.0%.</p>
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<p>The results for the 3-month periods ended <span class="xn-chron">December 31, 2009</span> and <span class="xn-chron">September 30, 2009</span> reflect actual results and not pro forma.</p>
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    Three-month actual results for the two operating segments of Westway Group
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                             3 Month Actual Ended        3 Month Actual Ended
                              December 31, 2009           September 30, 2009
                            Bulk           Liquid       Bulk         Liquid
                           Liquid           Feed      Liquid          Feed
                          Storage        Supplement   Storage      Supplement
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    Revenue                $21,439          $67,875   $17,609         $56,096
    Adjusted Gross Profit
     (4)                    12,999            8,716     9,963           7,108
    Adjusted Gross Profit
     Margin                   60.6%            12.8%     56.6%           12.7%
    Adjusted EBITDA (3)     12,652            7,022     7,879           4,168



    
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<p>Three-month consolidated actual Results for Westway Group Inc. (Net of corporate charges)</p>
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                                  3 Month Actual Ended
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                               December       September
                                31, 2009       30, 2009
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    Revenue                      $89,314        $73,705
    Adjusted Gross Profit
     (4)                          21,446         17,071
    Adjusted Gross Profit
     Margin                         24.0%          23.2%
    Adjusted EBITDA (3)           12,674          9,843


    Annual Comparison 2009 to 2008

    
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<p>Bulk Liquid Storage produced total pro forma revenue of approximately <span class="xn-money">$73.9 million</span>, up <span class="xn-money">$1.6 million</span> or 2%, for the twelve months ended <span class="xn-chron">December 31, 2009</span>.  In the U.S., there was an increase of <span class="xn-money">$4.4 million</span>, reflecting a partial year benefit from the expansions achieved in 2009, including our <span class="xn-location">Houston</span> facility, Gray's Harbor Washington facility and the acquisition of Southside River-Rail terminal in <span class="xn-location">Cincinnati</span>, Ohio.  Outside of the U.S., revenue decreased by <span class="xn-money">$2.9 million</span> primarily reflective of lower ED & F Man Group molasses throughput.  Additionally, bulk liquid storage operating results for 2009 were adversely affected by lower foreign exchange rates for the Euro, Pound Sterling, and Canadian dollar--the combined effect on earnings was approximately <span class="xn-money">$900,000</span> for 2009.</p>
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<p>For the twelve months ended <span class="xn-chron">December 31, 2009</span>, total pro forma revenue for the Liquid Feed Supplements business decreased <span class="xn-money">$43.5 million</span>, or 15%, driven by a decrease in volume of approximately 240,000 tons, or 13%, compared to the same period for 2008.  This decrease was reflective of lower demand due to the relative high cost of molasses as an ingredient in our products and difficult business conditions in both the dairy and cattle industries.  Cost of sales also decreased by <span class="xn-money">$40.4 million</span>, or 16%, due to lower volumes.  Operating costs and  expenses decreased by <span class="xn-money">$2.1 million</span>, or 9%, reflective of underlying cost control and reduced energy costs as well as lower variable operating costs due to the decrease in sales volumes.</p>
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<p>Twelve-month pro forma results for the two operating segments of Westway (operation of the acquired storage and feed businesses for full 2009)</p>
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                              12 Month Pro Forma          12 Month Pro Forma
                                     Ended                       Ended
                              December 31, 2009           December 31, 2008
                            Bulk           Liquid       Bulk         Liquid
                           Liquid           Feed      Liquid          Feed
                          Storage        Supplement   Storage      Supplement
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    Revenue                $73,890         $255,541   $72,329        $299,020
    Adjusted Gross Profit
     (4)                    42,852           27,722    42,416          28,780
    Adjusted Gross Profit
     Margin                   58.0%            10.8%     58.6%            9.6%
    Adjusted EBITDA (3)     35,474           16,745    34,079          17,423


    
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<p>Twelve-month actual results for the two operating segments of Westway (reflecting 217 days of operations of the acquired businesses for 2009)</p>
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                                  12 Month Actual Ended
                                    December 31, 2009
                                  Bulk           Liquid
                                 Liquid           Feed
                                Storage        Supplement
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    Revenue                      $45,134         $143,653
    Adjusted Gross Profit
     (4)                          26,783           17,457
    Adjusted Gross Profit
     Margin                         59.3%            12.2%
    Adjusted EBITDA (3)           23,176           11,952


    
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<p>The actual results for the twelve-month period ended <span class="xn-chron">December 31, 2008</span> are not presented because they would consist solely of Shermen WSC Acquisition Corporation--the non-operating special purpose acquisition corporation-which was renamed Westway Group, Inc. on <span class="xn-chron">May 28, 2009</span>.  The 2009 results reflect only 217 days of operations of the businesses acquired from ED & F Man on <span class="xn-chron">May 28, 2009</span>.</p>
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<p>Twelve-month Consolidated actual results for Westway Group Inc. (Net of corporate charges)</p>
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                                                        2009         2008
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    Revenues                                         188,787            -
    Adjusted Gross profit (4)                         43,495            -
    Adjusted EBITDA  (1) (3)                          24,926         (869)
    Net (loss) income applicable to common
     stockholders (2)                                 (6,175)         741
    Earnings(loss) per share basic                    $(0.26)       $0.04
    Earnings(loss) per share diluted                  $(0.26)       $0.03


    
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<p>Note 1 - Includes corporate selling, general & administrative expenses of <span class="xn-money">$9.5 million</span> and adjusted for <span class="xn-money">$13.9 million</span> of business combination expenses in 2009.</p>
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    Note 2 -Includes accrued preferred stock dividends of $2.5 million in
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<p>The actual results for the twelve-month period ended <span class="xn-chron">December 31, 2008</span> consists solely of Shermen WSC Acquisition Corporation--the non-operating special purpose acquisition corporation-which was renamed Westway Group, Inc. on <span class="xn-chron">May 28, 2009</span>.</p>
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    Business Drivers

    Bulk Liquid Storage

    
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<p>In the liquid storage business, the primary drivers of performance are total capacity, capacity utilization, rates, and throughput.  Our total capacity increased from approximately 284 million gallons in 2008 to approximately 350 million gallons in 2009, and our capacity utilization was consistently high at around 95%.  We utilize long-term contractual arrangements in our bulk liquid storage business, which include annual CPI adjustments.  Our performance is also sensitive to the molasses throughput of ED&F Man, our largest customer and one of the largest molasses traders in the world.</p>
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    Liquid Feed Supplements

    
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<p>The primary drivers of performance for the liquid feed business are tonnage sold and margins earned.  Factors affecting these drivers are general economic conditions in the dairy and cattle industries as well as weather conditions and the relative price of liquid ingredients.</p>
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<p><span class="xn-person">Peter Harding</span> further commented, "In 2009, molasses became a less attractively priced feed ingredient compared to 2008.  As a result of higher prices for sugar in 2009, third party crop forecasts are predicting a material increase in world wide sugar production.  If this occurs there could be an increase in the availability of molasses, which would, in turn, make molasses a more competitively priced ingredient."</p>
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<p>Forward-Looking Statements.  This press release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.  We have based these forward-looking statements on our current expectations and projections about future events.  These forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and assumptions about us that may cause our actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.  In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terminology such as "may," "should," "could," "would," "expect," "plan," "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "continue," or the negative of such terms or other similar expressions.  Factors that might cause or contribute to such a discrepancy include, but are not limited to, those described in our form 10-K filed today and other SEC filings.</p>
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<p>About Westway Group, Inc.  Westway Group, Inc. ("Westway") is a leading provider of bulk liquid storage and related value-added services and a leading manufacturer and distributor of liquid animal feed supplements. Westway operates an extensive global network of 25 operating facilities providing  approximately 350 million gallons of total bulk liquid storage shell capacity and 37 facilities producing 1.8 million tons of liquid feed supplements annually. Our bulk liquid storage business is a global business with infrastructure that includes a network of terminals offering storage to manufacturers and consumers of agricultural and industrial liquids, located at key port and terminal locations throughout <span class="xn-location">North America</span> and in Western <span class="xn-location">Europe</span> and Asia. Our liquid feed supplements business produces liquid animal feed supplements that are sold directly to end users and feed manufacturers, primarily supplying the beef and dairy livestock industries.</p>
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<p>Note 3- Adjusted EBITDA, as used herein, is defined as income (loss) before income tax benefit (provision) and equity in loss of unconsolidated subsidiaries, which is defined as the aggregate of gross profit plus depreciation, net other expense (which includes interest expense net of interest income), discontinued operations, and business combination costs.</p>
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<p>Adjusted EBITDA is presented in this release because it is an important supplemental measure of performance and is frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties in the evaluation of businesses.  Other companies may calculate Adjusted EBITDA differently.</p>
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<p>Note 4- Adjusted Gross Profit, as used herein, is defined as net revenues, less cost of sales, and less other operating costs and expenses.</p>
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                                Income (Loss) Before Income Tax Benefit
                               (Provision) and Equity in Unconsolidated
                                      Subsidiaries Reconciliation
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                                  Pro Forma                  Pro Forma
                               12 months ended            12 months ended
                              December 31, 2009          December 31, 2008
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    Income (loss) before
     income tax benefit
     (provision) and equity
     in unconsolidated
     subsidiaries            $23,285      $12,783      $23,826    $13,542
    Depreciation              12,189        3,962       10,253      3,881
    Adjusted EBITDA (3)       35,474       16,745       34,079     17,423


    
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       Income (Loss) Before Income Tax Benefit (Provision)
             and Equity in Unconsolidated Subsidiaries
                          Reconciliation
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                                         12 months ended
                                        December 31, 2009
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    Income (loss) before income
     tax benefit (provision) and
     equity in unconsolidated
     subsidiaries                      $14,968       $8,932
    Depreciation                         8,034        3,000
    Business Combination Costs             174           20
    Adjusted EBITDA (3)                 23,176       11,952




    
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                                   Income (Loss) Before Income Tax Benefit
                                  (Provision) and Equity in Unconsolidated
                                         Subsidiaries Reconciliation
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                                     Pro Forma                  Pro Forma
                                  12 months ended            12 months ended
                                 December 31, 2009          December 31, 2008
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    Income (loss) before income
     tax benefit (provision) and
     equity in unconsolidated
     subsidiaries                             21,345                  23,219
    Interest Expense, net                      2,688                   2,383
    Depreciation                              16,207                  14,190
    Adjusted EBITDA (3)                      $40,241                 $39,792


    
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                                   Income (Loss) Before Income Tax Benefit
                                  (Provision) and Equity in Unconsolidated
                                         Subsidiaries Reconciliation
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                                       Actual                    Actual
                                  12 months ended            12 months ended
                                 December 31, 2009          December 31, 2008
                                    Consolidated              Consolidated
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    Income (loss) before income
     tax benefit (provision) and
     equity in unconsolidated
     subsidiaries                             (1,343)                  1,527
    Interest Expense, net                      1,318                  (2,396)
    Depreciation                              11,060                       -
    Business Combination Costs                13,891                       -
    Adjusted EBITDA (3)                      $24,926                   $(869)



    
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                                Income (Loss) Before Income Tax Benefit
                                (Provision) and Equity in Unconsolidated
                                      Subsidiaries Reconciliation
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                                    Actual                     Actual
                                3 months ended             3 months ended
                              December 31, 2009          September 30, 2009
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    Income (loss) before
     income tax benefit
     (provision) and equity
     in unconsolidated
     subsidiaries             $8,347       $5,372       $4,879      $3,142
    Depreciation               4,126        1,676        2,977       1,003
    Interest Expense, net          5          (46)          23          23
    Business Combination
     Costs                       174           20            -           -
    Adjusted EBITDA (3)       12,652        7,022        7,879       4,168


    
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                                   Income (Loss) Before Income Tax Benefit
                                   (Provision) and Equity in Unconsolidated
                                         Subsidiaries Reconciliation
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                                       Actual                     Actual
                                   3 months ended             3 months ended
                                 December 31, 2009          September 30, 2009
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    Income (loss) before income
     tax benefit (provision) and
     equity in unconsolidated
     subsidiaries                              6,165                    5,396
    Interest Expense, net                        692                      462
    Depreciation                               5,817                    3,985
    Adjusted EBITDA (3)                      $12,674                   $9,843


    
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                                            Net Revenue
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                                         12 months ended
                                        December 31, 2009
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    Net Revenue                         45,134      143,653
    Cost of Sales                            -     (115,416)
    Operating Costs and Expenses       (18,351)     (10,780)
    Adjusted Gross Profit (4)           26,783       17,457




    
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                                Pro Forma                  Pro Forma
                             12 months ended            12 months ended
                            December 31, 2009          December 31, 2008
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    Net Revenue             73,890      255,541       72,329     299,020
    Cost of Sales                -     (206,738)           -    (247,096)
    Operating Costs and
     Expenses              (31,038)     (21,081)     (29,913)    (23,144)
    Adjusted Gross Profit
     (4)                    42,852       27,722       42,416      28,780


    
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                                  Actual                     Actual
                              3 months ended             3 months ended
                            December 31, 2009          September 30, 2009
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    Net Revenue             21,439       67,875       17,609      56,096
    Cost of Sales                -      (54,328)           -     (44,852)
    Operating Costs and
     Expenses               (8,440)      (4,831)      (7,646)     (4,136)
    Adjusted Gross Profit
     (4)                    12,999        8,716        9,963       7,108


    
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                                   3 months ended             3 months ended
                                 December 31, 2009          September 30, 2009
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    Net Revenue                               89,314                   73,705
    Cost of Sales                            (54,328)                 (44,852)
    Operating Costs and Expenses             (13,540)                 (11,782)
    Adjusted Gross Profit (4)                 21,446                   17,071


    
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    Net Revenue                                     188,787
    Cost of Sales                                  (115,416)
    Operating Costs and Expenses                    (29,876)
    Adjusted Gross Profit (4)                        43,495


    
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                                       Summary of Selected Consolidated
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                                      As of                   As of
                                  December 31,             December 31,
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                                           2009                      2008
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    Property, plant and equipment       324,587     (5)                 -
    Goodwill                             89,970     (5)                 -
    Net deferred tax liability           65,108                         -
    Borrowings under credit
     facility                            91,633                         -
    
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    Stockholders' equity                295,360                    80,512
    Total Liabilities and Stock.
     Equity                            $517,697                  $139,377


    
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<p>Note 5- Reflects the revised preliminary estimate of the purchase price allocation.</p>
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    2009 Results Conference Call:

    
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<p>The company has scheduled a conference call following this earnings release on <span class="xn-chron">Tuesday, March 16, 2010</span>, at <span class="xn-chron">10:30 a.m., Central time</span>, <span class="xn-chron">11:30 a.m., Eastern Time</span>.  During the call, the company's Chief Executive Officer, <span class="xn-person">Peter Harding</span>, and Chief Financial Officer, Thomas Masilla, will discuss Westway's financial results.  Financial information referenced during the conference call will be posted to the "Investor Relations" section of the company's website, <a href="http://www.westway.com">http://www.westway.com</a>.</p>
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<p>To participate in the conference call, dial (408) 774-4004 or (877) 312-9404 and provide conference identification code 62671773.  The Company intends to have a playback available for seven days following the conference call, which may be accessed by calling (706) 645-9291 or (800) 642-1687 and providing conference identification code 62671773.  Thereafter, a playback will be available on the Company's website at <a href="http://www.westway.com">http://www.westway.com</a> for three months following the conference call.</p>
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<p>For more information for periods ending <span class="xn-chron">December 31, 2009</span> and <span class="xn-chron">December 31, 2008</span>, please refer to the company's Form 10-K, which is available on Westway's website address at <a href="http://www.westway.com">www.westway.com</a></p>
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For further information: For further information: Thomas A. Masilla, Jr., Chief Financial Officer of Westway Group, Inc., +1-504-636-4245 Web Site: http://www.westway.com

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