Westway Group, Inc. Announces Third Quarter 2009 Financial Results


    


    
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<p><location>NEW ORLEANS</location>, <chron>Nov. 9</chron> /CNW/ -- Westway Group, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board:   WTWG) announced today the financial results for the three-month period ended <chron>September 30, 2009</chron>.</p>
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    Third Quarter Highlights

    --  The results for both the Bulk Liquid Storage and Liquid Feed
Supplement
        segments showed improvements in the third quarter over the previous
        2009 quarterly pro forma results.
    --  Launched a $3.8 million expansion of the Port Allen terminal facility,
        located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana;
    --  Named Steve Boehmer President of Westway Feed Products, LLC;
    --  Completed $20 million acquisition of the storage assets, contractual
        relationships, and property of Southside River-Rail Terminal, Inc.,
        located in Cincinnati, Ohio;
    --  Total bulk storage capacity reached approximately 350 million gallons
        and the storage utilization rate averaged 95%;

    --  Feed tonnage totaled 330,000, and Feed operating margin improved due
to
        increased sales of higher margin products.


    
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<p>In commenting on the Company's performance, <person>Peter Harding</person>, CEO, stated, "we are excited about the results of both the bulk liquid storage and liquid feed supplements businesses in the first full quarter of consolidated operations as part of Westway Group, Inc.  Their financial results 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 several milestones during this quarter which are consistent with Westway's strategy for growth through infill expansion of existing facilities, development of new facilities, and acquisitions.  In this regard, we added 35 million gallons of capacity to our terminal business with completion of the Southside River-Rail acquisition, and we also continued our expansion program for the <location>Baton Rouge</location> terminal facility at Port Allen.  Both of these projects are expected to be accretive to our cash flows and earnings stream in 2010.  Our new development projects at Gray's Harbor in Washington State and the phase 4 expansion of our <location>Houston</location> 1 facility are on schedule for completion in the fourth quarter of this year.   We are excited about the future growth opportunities for Westway both in terms of our global footprint as well as an increasing emphasis on relationship building through branding of the Westway name and reputation for consistent, quality customer service."</p>
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<p>Three-month Actual Results for the two operating segments of Westway (operation for full 2009 third quarter)</p>
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                                    3 Month Actual Ended September 30, 2009
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                                        Bulk Liquid          Liquid Feed
                                         Storage             Supplement
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    Revenue                           $17.6 Million          $56.1 Million
     Gross Profit (adjusted for
      other operating costs
      and expenses)                   $10.0 Million           $7.1 Million
     Gross Profit Margin                 56.8%                  12.7%
    
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    EBITDA (1)                         $7.9 Million          $4.2 Million



    
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<p>In the third quarter, compared to second quarter pro forma results discussed below, Bulk Liquid Storage revenue increased as a result of new business, and this increased revenue was coupled with a decline in payroll expenses due to management restructuring and the elimination of certain redundancies. Liquid Feed Supplement revenue remained constant while margins on this revenue improved in the third quarter 2009, due to increased sales of higher margin products and a decline in expenses from management restructuring.  Also, the months of April through July are traditionally seasonal low months for our Liquid Feed Supplements business, whereas the fall and winter months are normally the strongest.</p>
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<p>For the three-month period ended <chron>September 30, 2009</chron>, the actual results for the operating segments are presented above compared to the pro forma results for three-month period ended <chron>June 30, 2009</chron> are presented below (as though these businesses operated for a full quarter).</p>
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<p>Three-month Pro forma Results for the two operating segments of Westway (operation of the acquired storage and feed businesses for full 2009 second quarter as if the businesses were acquired on <chron>April 1, 2009</chron> instead of the actual acquisition date of <chron>May 28, 2009</chron>)</p>
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                                     3 Month Pro forma  Ended June 30, 2009
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                                       Bulk Liquid           Liquid Feed
                                         Storage              Supplement
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    Revenue                          $16.9 Million            $56.5 Million
    
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    Gross Profit (adjusted
     for other operating
     costs and expenses)              $9.7 Million             $4.5 Million
    
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<p>Gross Profit Margin                  57.4%                    8.0%</p>
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    EBITDA (1)                       $7.7  Million             $1.8 Million


    
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<p>Three-month Actual Consolidated Results-- Summary of results of operations of two operating segments and the non-operating Corporate Segment.</p>
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                                           3 Month Ended September 30
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                                                2009             2008
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    Revenues                                   73,705                -
    Gross profit (adjusted for other
     operating costs and expenses)             17,071                -
    EBITDA  (2)                                 9,843                -
    
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    Net income applicable to common
     stockholders                               3,084              342
    Earnings per share basic                    $0.05            $0.02
    Earnings per share diluted                  $0.05            $0.01

    
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<p>Note 2 - Includes corporate segment results, including selling, general & administrative expenses of <money>$2.2 million</money>.</p>
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<p>The actual results for the three-month period ended <chron>September 30, 2008</chron> consist solely of Shermen WHC acquisition company--the non-operating special purpose acquisition corporation-which was renamed Westway Group, Inc. on <chron>May 29, 2009</chron>.</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-Q 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 1.7 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 <location>North America</location>, Western <location>Europe</location> 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 1-EBITDA, as used herein, is defined as income (loss) before income tax benefit (provision) and equity in loss of unconsolidated subsidiaries, plus depreciation plus net interest expense (which includes interest expense net of interest income).</p>
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<p>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 EBITDA differently.</p>
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<p>EBITDA is not a measurement of financial performance under generally accepted accounting principles in the <location>United States</location>, which is referred to as "U.S. GAAP," and should not be considered as an alternative to cash flow from operating activities or as a measure of liquidity or an alternative to net income as an indicator of operating performance or any other measures of performance presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.  Because EBITDA is calculated before recurring cash charges, including interest expense and taxes, and is not adjusted for capital expenditures or other recurring cash requirements of the business, it should not be considered as a measure of discretionary cash available to invest in the growth of the business.</p>
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                                        Income (Loss) Before Income Tax
                                       Benefit (Provision) and Equity in
                                          Unconsolidated Subsidiaries
                                                 Reconciliation
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                                           Actual                Pro Forma
                                      3 months ended          3 months ended
                                     September 30, 2009       June 30, 2009
                                     Storage       Feed      Storage      Feed
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    Income (loss) before income
     tax benefit (provision) and
     equity in unconsolidated
     subsidiaries                   $4,879       $3,142     $4,948        $850
    
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<p>Depreciation                     2,977        1,003      2,770         984</p>
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<p>Interest Expense                    23           23          -           -</p>
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    EBITDA                           7,879        4,168      7,718       1,834


    
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                                        Income (loss) before income tax
                                       benefit (provision) and equity in
                                          unconsolidated subsidiaries
                                                 reconciliation
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                                          Actual              Pro Forma
                                      3 months ended       3 months ended
                                    September 30, 2009      June 30, 2009
                                       Consolidated         Consolidated
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    Income (loss) before income tax
     benefit (provision) and equity
     in unconsolidated subsidiaries        5,396               2,827
    Depreciation                           3,985               3,772
    Interest Expense                         462               1,164
    EBITDA                                 9,843               7,763



    
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                                            SUMMARY OF SELECTED CONSOLIDATED
                                           BALANCE SHEET ITEMS (in thousands)
    
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                                                   As of            As of
                                                September 30,   December 31,
                                                    2009            2008
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    Property, plant and equipment                 302,052 (3)            -
    Goodwill                                       97,675 (3)            -
    Net deferred income tax liability              61,511             (712)
    Borrowings under credit facility               64,986                -
    Stockholders' equity                          294,594           80,512
    Total Liabilities and Stock Equity           $472,446         $139,377

    Note 3- Reflects the preliminary estimate of the purchase price
adjustment.

    
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<p>For more information for periods ending <chron>September 30, 2009</chron> and <chron>September 30, 2008</chron>, please refer to the company's Form 10-Q, 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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