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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

 

FORM 10-Q

 

 

(Mark One)

 

x QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the quarterly period ended March 31, 2012

Or

 

¨ TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the transition period from            to            

Commission File No. 001-15795

 

 

RENTECH, INC.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

 

Colorado   84-0957421
(State or other jurisdiction of   (I.R.S. Employer
incorporation or organization)   Identification No.)

10877 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 600

Los Angeles, California 90024

(Address of principal executive offices)

(310) 571-9800

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

 

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports); and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.    Yes  x    No  ¨

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).    Yes  x    No  ¨

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act. (Check one):

 

Large accelerated filer   ¨    Accelerated filer   x
Non-accelerated filer   ¨  (Do not check if a smaller reporting company)    Smaller reporting company   ¨

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).    Yes  ¨    No  x

The number of shares of the Registrant’s common stock outstanding as of April 30, 2012 was 228,415,827.

 

 

 


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RENTECH, INC.

Form 10-Q

Table of Contents

 

Part I — Financial Information

  
        Item 1.    Financial Statements (unaudited):    3
   Consolidated Balance Sheets    3
   Consolidated Statements of Operations    4
   Consolidated Statement of Stockholders’ Equity    5
   Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows    6
   Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements    8
        Item 2.    Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations    16
        Item 3.    Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk    25
        Item 4.    Controls and Procedures    26

Part II — Other Information

  
        Item 1.    Legal Proceedings    26
        Item 6.    Exhibits    26
        Signatures       27

 

 

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PART I. FINANCIAL INFORMATION

 

ITEM 1. FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

RENTECH, INC.

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Amounts in thousands, except per share data)

 

     As of  
     March 31,     December 31,  
     2012     2011  
     (Unaudited)  
ASSETS     

Current assets

    

Cash

   $ 247,137      $ 237,478   

Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $100

     10,252        7,428   

Inventories

     11,648        4,991   

Deposits on gas contracts

     1,686        2,807   

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

     3,967        3,227   

Deferred income taxes

     4,069        4,069   

Other receivables, net

     3,854        5,214   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total current assets

     282,613        265,214   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment, net

     63,451        65,557   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Construction in progress

     25,843        9,809   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Other assets

    

Deposits and other assets

     1,452        1,667   

Patents, net

     9,530        9,875   

Goodwill

     7,209        7,209   

Debt issuance costs

     3,771        1,197   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total other assets

     21,962        19,948   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total assets

   $ 393,869      $ 360,528   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY     

Current liabilities

    

Accounts payable

   $ 6,500      $ 5,071   

Accrued payroll and benefits

     4,529        4,375   

Accrued liabilities

     22,324        26,863   

Deferred revenue

     38,769        20,352   

Accrued interest

     2,788        2,119   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total current liabilities

     74,910        58,780   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Long-term liabilities

    

Credit facilities

     8,490        —     

Long-term convertible debt to stockholders

     50,411        48,887   

Deferred income taxes

     4,069        4,069   

Other

     515        519   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total long-term liabilities

     63,485        53,475   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total liabilities

     138,395        112,255   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Commitments and contingencies (Note 10)

    

Stockholders’ equity:

    

Preferred stock: $10 par value; 1,000 shares authorized; 90 series A convertible preferred shares authorized and issued; no shares outstanding and $0 liquidation preference

     —          —     

Series C participating cumulative preferred stock: $10 par value; 500 shares authorized; no shares issued and outstanding

     —          —     

Series D junior participating preferred stock: $10 par value; 45 shares authorized; no shares issued and outstanding

     —          —     

Common stock: $.01 par value; 450,000 shares authorized; 228,389 and 225,231 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively

     2,283        2,252   

Additional paid-in capital

     579,073        576,403   

Accumulated deficit

     (373,071     (369,807
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total Rentech stockholders’ equity

     208,285        208,848   

Noncontrolling interests

     47,189        39,425   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total equity

     255,474        248,273   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

   $ 393,869      $ 360,528   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

See Accompanying Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.

 

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RENTECH, INC.

Consolidated Statements of Operations

(Amounts in thousands, except per share data)

 

     For the Three Months
Ended March 31,
 
     2012     2011  
     (Unaudited)  

Revenues

    

Product sales

   $ 38,537      $ 23,943   

Service revenues

     51        51   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total revenues

     38,588        23,994   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cost of sales

    

Product

     15,901        13,742   

Service

     52        50   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total cost of sales

     15,953        13,792   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Gross profit

     22,635        10,202   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Operating expenses

    

Selling, general and administrative expense

     10,413        7,747   

Research and development

     5,022        6,372   

Depreciation and amortization

     1,139        559   

Vendor settlement

     (509     —     

Other

     (8     (44
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total operating expenses

     16,057        14,634   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Operating income (loss)

     6,578        (4,432
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Other income (expense), net

    

Interest and dividend income

     66        37   

Interest expense

     (2,314     (3,712

Other income (expense), net

     (4     20   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total other expenses, net

     (2,252     (3,655
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes

     4,326        (8,087

Income tax expense

     —          —     
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income (loss)

     4,326        (8,087

Net (income) loss attributable to noncontrolling interests

     (7,590     522   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net loss attributable to Rentech

   $ (3,264   $ (7,565
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Basic net loss per common share attributable to Rentech

   $ (0.01   $ (0.03
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Diluted net loss per common share attributable to Rentech

   $ (0.01   $ (0.03
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Weighted-average shares used to compute net loss per common share:

    

Basic and diluted

     225,865        222,218   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

See Accompanying Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.

 

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RENTECH, INC.

Consolidated Statement of Stockholders’ Equity

(Amounts in thousands)

 

            Additional
Paid-in
    Accumulated     Total Rentech
Stockholders’
    Noncontrolling      Total
Stockholders’
 
     Common Stock              
     Shares      Amount      Capital     Deficit     Equity     Interests      Equity  
     (Unaudited)  

Balance, December 31, 2011

     225,231       $ 2,252       $ 576,403      $ (369,807   $ 208,848      $ 39,425       $ 248,273   

Issuance of common stock

     25         —           —          —          —          —           —     

Common stock issued for acquisition

     2,000         20         (20     —          —          —           —     

Common stock issued for stock options exercised

     120         1         139        —          140        —           140   

Common stock issued for warrants exercised

     943         9         (9     —          —          —           —     

Payment of stock issuance costs

     —           —           (40     —          (40     —           (40

Stock-based compensation expense

     —           —           2,642        —          2,642        174         2,816   

Restricted stock units

     70         1         (61     —          (60     —           (60

Net income (loss)

     —           —           —          (3,264     (3,264     7,590         4,326   

Other

     —           —           19        —          19        —           19   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

 

Balance, March 31, 2012

     228,389       $ 2,283       $ 579,073      $ (373,071   $ 208,285      $ 47,189       $ 255,474   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

 

See Accompanying Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.

 

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RENTECH, INC.

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(Amounts in thousands)

 

     For the Three Months
Ended March 31,
 
     2012     2011  
     (Unaudited)  

Cash flows from operating activities

    

Net income (loss)

   $ 4,326      $ (8,087

Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by operating activities:

    

Depreciation and amortization

     3,051        1,924   

Utilization of spare parts

     242        207   

Non-cash interest expense

     1,680        1,523   

Stock-based compensation

     2,816        992   

Other

     (507     173   

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

    

Accounts receivable

     (2,824     13,269   

Other receivables

     628        (945

Receivables from insurance related to litigation

     —          (1,969

Litigation settlement payable

     —          1,954   

Inventories

     (5,578     (13,413

Deposits on gas contracts

     1,121        1,051   

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

     (614     (1,364

Accounts payable

     99        167   

Deferred revenue

     18,417        11,998   

Accrued interest

     625        572   

Accrued liabilities, accrued payroll and other

     (6,363     454   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash provided by operating activities

     17,119        8,506   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cash flows from investing activities

    

Purchase of property, plant, equipment and construction in progress

     (13,476     (7,544

Other items

     868        (120
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash used in investing activities

     (12,608     (7,664
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cash flows from financing activities

    

Proceeds from credit facilities

     8,490        —     

Payments on capital lease

     —          (135

Payments on term loan

     —          (7,386

Payment of debt issuance costs

     (2,670     —     

Payments on notes payable for financed insurance premiums

     (527     (507

Payment of stock issuance costs

     (40     —     

Payment of initial public offering costs

     (245     (80

Proceeds from options and warrants exercised

     140        —     
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

     5,148        (8,108
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Increase (decrease) in cash

     9,659        (7,266

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

     237,478        84,586   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

   $ 247,137      $ 77,320   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

See Accompanying Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.

 

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RENTECH, INC.

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(Amounts in thousands)

 

(Continued from previous page)

 

The following effects of certain non-cash investing and financing activities were excluded from the statements of cash flows for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011:

 

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
     For the Three  Months
Ended March 31,
 
         2012              2011      
     (Unaudited)  

Cashless exercise of warrants

   $ 9       $ —     

Restricted stock units surrendered for withholding taxes payable

     60         —     

Purchase of property, plant, equipment and construction in progress in accounts payable and accrued liabilities

     7,947         3,563   

Common stock issued for acquisition

     20         —     

Non-cash interest capitalized into construction in progress

     46         —     

Debt issuance costs in accrued liabilities

     108         —     

See Accompanying Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.

 

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RENTECH, INC.

Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

(Unaudited)

Note 1 — Basis of Presentation

The accompanying unaudited consolidated financial statements of Rentech, Inc. (“Rentech”) and its consolidated subsidiaries (collectively, the “Company”) have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”) and in compliance with the instructions to Form 10-Q and Article 10 of Regulation S-X, neither of which requires all of the information and footnotes required by GAAP for complete financial statements. Accordingly, the accompanying financial statements do not include all of the information and footnotes required by GAAP for complete financial statements. In the opinion of management, the unaudited consolidated financial statements reflect all adjustments, consisting only of normal recurring adjustments, considered necessary for a fair statement of the Company’s financial position as of March 31, 2012, and the results of operations and cash flows for the periods presented. The accompanying consolidated financial statements include the accounts of Rentech, its wholly owned subsidiaries and all subsidiaries in which Rentech directly or indirectly owns a controlling financial interest. All significant intercompany accounts and transactions have been eliminated in consolidation. Operating results for the three months ended March 31, 2012 are not necessarily indicative of the results that may be expected for the year ending December 31, 2012 or any other reporting period. The information included in this Form 10-Q should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and notes thereto included in the Company’s Transition Report on Form 10-K for the transition period from October 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on March 15, 2012 (the “Transition Report”).

The Company’s nitrogen products manufacturing segment is operated through Rentech’s indirect majority-owned subsidiary, Rentech Nitrogen, LLC (“RNLLC”), which owns a nitrogen fertilizer manufacturing plant located in East Dubuque, Illinois (the “East Dubuque Facility”).

In 2011, Rentech Nitrogen Partners, L.P. (“RNP”) completed its initial public offering (the “Offering”) of 15,000,000 common units representing limited partner interests at a public offering price of $20.00 per common unit. The common units sold to the public in the Offering represent 39.2% of RNP common units outstanding as of the closing of the Offering. Rentech Nitrogen Holdings, Inc. (“RNHI”), Rentech’s indirect wholly-owned subsidiary, owns the remaining 60.8% of RNP common units and Rentech Nitrogen GP, LLC (the “General Partner”), RNHI’s wholly-owned subsidiary, owns 100% of the non-economic general partner interest in RNP. RNP’s assets consist of all of the equity interests of RNLLC.

The preparation of financial statements in conformity with GAAP requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities, the disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities as of the date of the financial statements, and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period. Actual results could differ from those estimates.

Fair values of cash, receivables, deposits, other current assets, accounts payable, accrued liabilities and other current liabilities were assumed to approximate carrying values for these financial instruments since they are short term in nature or they are receivable or payable on demand.

The Company has evaluated events occurring between March 31, 2012 and the date of these financial statements to ensure that such events are properly reflected in these statements.

Note 2 — Recent Accounting Pronouncements

In May 2011, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (the “FASB”) issued guidance clarifying previous guidance related to fair value measurement. This guidance became effective during interim and annual periods beginning after December 15, 2011, and thus became effective for the Company’s reporting periods beginning on January 1, 2012. The adoption of this guidance did not have a material impact on the Company’s consolidated financial position, results of operations or disclosures.

In September 2011, the FASB issued guidance amending previous guidance on testing goodwill for impairment. The guidance permits an entity to first assess qualitative factors to determine whether it is more likely than not that the fair value of a reporting unit is less than its carrying amount as a basis for determining whether it is necessary to perform the two-step goodwill impairment test. The “more-likely-than-not” threshold is defined as having a likelihood of more than 50 percent. The guidance became effective for annual and interim goodwill impairment tests performed for reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2011, and thus became effective for the Company’s reporting periods beginning on January 1, 2012. The adoption of this guidance did not have a material impact on the Company’s consolidated financial position, results of operations or disclosures.

 

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RENTECH, INC.

Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements (Continued)

(Unaudited)

 

Note 3 — Revisions

The Company has revised its December 31, 2011 balance sheet and statement of stockholders’ equity to correct an error for an understatement of income taxes payable on the increase in equity from the sale of RNP. The impact on the previously issued three-month ended December 31, 2011 financial statements is an understatement of accrued liabilities and overstatement of additional paid in capital of approximately $7.1 million. These adjustments were not considered to be material individually or in the aggregate to previously issued financial statements. However, because of the significance of these adjustments, the Company revised its December 31, 2011 balance sheet and statement of stockholders’ equity. The adjustments had no impact on the results of operations, cash flows or assets.

 

     As Previously
Filed
     As Revised         
     December 31, 2011      Difference  
     (in thousands)  

Accrued liabilities

   $ 19,808       $ 26,863       $ 7,055   

Total current liabilities

   $ 51,725       $ 58,780       $ 7,055   

Total liabilities

   $ 105,200       $ 112,255       $ 7,055   

Additional paid-in capital

   $ 583,458       $ 576,403       $ (7,055

Total Rentech stockholders’ equity

   $ 215,903       $ 208,848       $ (7,055

Total equity

   $ 255,328       $ 248,273       $ (7,055

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

   $ 360,528       $ 360,528       $ —     

Note 4 — Fair Value

Fair value is defined as the price that would be received to sell an asset or paid to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date in a principal or most advantageous market. Fair value is a market-based measurement that is determined based on inputs, which refer broadly to assumptions that market participants use in pricing assets or liabilities. These inputs can be readily observable, market corroborated or generally unobservable inputs. The Company makes certain assumptions it believes that market participants would use in pricing assets or liabilities, including assumptions about risk, and the risks inherent in the inputs to valuation techniques. Credit risk of the Company and its counterparties is incorporated in the valuation of assets and liabilities. The Company believes it uses valuation techniques that maximize the use of observable market-based inputs and minimize the use of unobservable inputs.

A fair value hierarchy has been established that prioritizes the inputs to valuation techniques used to measure fair value in three broad levels. The fair value hierarchy gives the highest priority to quoted prices (unadjusted) in active markets for identical assets or liabilities (Level 1) and the lowest priority to unobservable inputs (Level 3). In some cases, the inputs used to measure fair value might fall in different levels of the fair value hierarchy. All assets and liabilities are required to be classified in their entirety based on the lowest level of input that is significant to the fair value measurement in its entirety. Assessing the significance of a particular input may require judgment considering factors specific to the asset or liability, and may affect the valuation of the asset or liability and its placement within the fair value hierarchy. The Company classifies fair value balances based on the fair value hierarchy, defined as follows:

 

   

Level 1 — Consists of unadjusted quoted prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities that the Company has the ability to access as of the reporting date.

 

   

Level 2 — Consists of inputs other than quoted prices included within Level 1 that are directly observable for the asset or liability or indirectly observable through corroboration with observable market data.

 

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RENTECH, INC.

Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements (Continued)

(Unaudited)

 

   

Level 3 — Consists of unobservable inputs for assets or liabilities whose fair value is estimated based on internally developed models or methodologies using inputs that are generally less readily observable and supported by little, if any, market activity at the measurement date. Unobservable inputs are developed based on the best available information and subject to cost-benefit constraints.

The following table presents the financial instruments that require fair value disclosure as of March 31, 2012.

 

     Fair Value      Carrying Value  
     (in thousands)  
     Level 1      Level 2      Level 3         

Long-term liabilities

           

Credit facilities

   $ —         $ 8,490       $ —         $ 8,490   

Long-term convertible debt to stockholders

   $ 56,638       $ —         $ —         $ 50,411   

The following table presents the financial instruments that require fair value disclosure as of December 31, 2011.

 

     Fair Value      Carrying Value  
     (in thousands)  
     Level 1      Level 2      Level 3         

Long-term liabilities

           

Credit facilities

   $ —         $ —         $ —         $ —     

Long-term convertible debt to stockholders

   $ 56,063       $ —         $ —         $ 48,887   

Credit Facilities

The credit facilities available under the credit agreement (the “2012 Credit Agreement”) among RNLLC, RNP, as guarantor, General Electric Capital Corporation, as administrative agent and swingline lender, GE Capital Markets, Inc., as sole lead arranger and bookrunner, BMO Harris Bank, N.A. as syndication agent, and the lenders party thereto (the “Lenders”) are deemed to be Level 2 financial instruments because of the observable market data. To determine the fair value, the Company reviewed current market interest rates and terms of similar debt. It was concluded that the carrying values of the credit facilities approximate the fair values of such facilities as of March 31, 2012 because the interest rates on the credit facilities approximate the interest rates on debt with similar terms available to the Company.

Long-Term Convertible Debt to Stockholders

The Company’s outstanding long-term convertible debt to stockholders is deemed to be a Level 1 financial instrument because there is an active market for such debt. As of March 31, 2012, the fair value of such debt has been determined based on market prices.

There are no financial instruments that are split across the levels and there have been no financial instruments that moved between the levels during the three months ended March 31, 2012.

Note 5 — Accounts Receivable

Accounts receivable consisted of the following:

 

     As of  
     March 31,
2012
    December 31,
2011
 
     (in thousands)  

Trade receivables from nitrogen products

   $ 10,188      $ 7,428   

Trade receivables from alternative energy

     164        100   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total accounts receivable, gross

     10,352        7,528   

Allowance for doubtful accounts on trade accounts receivable

     (100     (100
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total accounts receivable, net

   $ 10,252      $ 7,428   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

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RENTECH, INC.

Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements (Continued)

(Unaudited)

 

Note 6 — Inventories

Inventories consisted of the following:

 

     As of  
     March 31,
2012
     December 31,
2011
 
     (in thousands)  

Finished goods

   $ 11,218       $ 4,567   

Raw materials

     430         424   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total inventory

   $ 11,648       $ 4,991   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Note 7 — Property, Plant and Equipment and Construction in Progress

Property, plant and equipment consisted of the following:

 

     As of  
     March 31,
2012
    December 31,
2011
 
     (in thousands)  

Land and land improvements

   $ 1,883      $ 1,883   

Buildings and building improvements

     10,110        10,110   

Machinery and equipment

     96,944        95,547   

Furniture, fixtures and office equipment

     875        874   

Computer equipment and computer software

     5,563        5,434   

Vehicles

     228        201   

Leasehold improvements

     80        80   

Conditional asset (asbestos removal)

     210        210   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 
     115,893        114,339   

Less accumulated depreciation

     (52,442     (48,782
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total property, plant and equipment, net

   $ 63,451      $ 65,557   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Construction in progress consisted of the following:

 

     As of  
     March 31,
2012
     December 31,
2011
 
     (in thousands)  

Natchez Site

   $ 2,450       $ 2,450   

Construction in progress for East Dubuque Facility

     22,896         6,862   

Software in progress

     470         470   

Conditional asset (asbestos removal)

     27         27   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total construction in progress

   $ 25,843       $ 9,809   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

The Company has a legal obligation to handle and dispose of asbestos at the East Dubuque Facility and property located near Natchez, Mississippi (the “Natchez Site”) in a special manner when undergoing major or minor renovations or when buildings at these locations are demolished, even though the timing and method of settlement are conditional on future events that may or may not be in its control. As a result, the Company has developed an estimate for a conditional obligation for this disposal. In addition, the Company, through its normal repair and maintenance program, may encounter situations in which it is required to remove asbestos in order to complete other work. The Company applied the expected present value technique to calculate the fair value of the asset retirement obligation for each property and, accordingly, the asset and related obligation for each property have been recorded. In accordance with the applicable guidance, the liability is increased over time and such increase is recorded as accretion expense. The liability at March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011 was $321,000 and $311,000, respectively. The accretion expense for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011 was $10,000 and $8,000, respectively.

 

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RENTECH, INC.

Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements (Continued)

(Unaudited)

 

Note 8 — Debt

On February 28, 2012, RNLLC entered into the 2012 Credit Agreement. The 2012 Credit Agreement amended, restated and replaced the credit agreement entered into on November 10, 2011, which provided for a $25.0 million senior secured revolving credit facility. Rentech is neither an obligor nor a guarantor under the 2012 Credit Agreement.

The 2012 Credit Agreement consists of (i) a $100.0 million multiple draw term loan (the “CapEx Facility”) that can be used to pay for capital expenditures related to RNP’s ammonia production and storage capacity expansion and for fees and expenses due to the Lenders, and (ii) a $35.0 million revolving facility (the “2012 Revolving Credit Facility”) that can be used for seasonal working capital needs, letters of credit and for general purposes.

The 2012 Credit Agreement has a maturity date of February 27, 2017. Borrowings under the 2012 Credit Agreement bear interest at a rate equal to an applicable margin plus, at RNLLC’s option, either (a) in the case of base rate borrowings, a rate equal to the highest of (1) the prime rate, (2) the federal funds rate plus 0.5% or (3) LIBOR for an interest period of three months plus 1.00% or (b) in the case of LIBOR borrowings, the offered rate per annum for deposits of dollars for the applicable interest period on the day that is two business days prior to the first day of such interest period. The applicable margin for borrowings under the 2012 Credit Agreement is 2.75% with respect to base rate borrowings and 3.75% with respect to LIBOR borrowings. Additionally, RNLLC is required to pay a fee to the lenders under the CapEx Facility on the undrawn available portion at a rate of 0.75% per annum and a fee to the lenders under the 2012 Revolving Credit Facility on the undrawn available portion at a rate of 0.50% per annum. RNLLC also is required to pay customary letter of credit fees on issued letters of credit. In the event RNLLC reduces or terminates the 2012 Credit Agreement prior to its third anniversary, RNLLC will be required to pay a prepayment premium of 1.0% of the principal amount reduced or terminated, subject to certain exceptions.

The 2012 Revolving Credit Facility includes a letter of credit sublimit of $10.0 million, and it can be drawn on, or letters of credit can be issued through, the day that is seven days prior to the maturity date. The amounts outstanding under the 2012 Revolving Credit Facility will be required to be reduced to zero (other than outstanding letters of credit) for three periods of ten consecutive business days during each year with each period not less than 60 days apart, with one of those periods to begin each April.

The CapEx Facility is available for borrowing until February 27, 2014 and requires amortization payments expected to begin in the spring of 2014. In the first two years of amortization, RNLLC must make amortization payments of 10% per year, or 2.5% per quarter, and thereafter, 25% per year, or 6.25% per quarter, of the aggregate amount drawn, in each case, with the final principal payment due upon maturity.

Upon entry into the 2012 Credit Agreement, RNLLC borrowed approximately $8.5 million under the CapEx Facility (i) to repay in full outstanding borrowings under the credit agreement it had entered into on December 28, 2011, with Rentech as lender and RNP as guarantor (the “Bridge Loan Agreement”), of approximately $5.9 million and (ii) to pay fees associated with the 2012 Credit Agreement of approximately $2.6 million. RNLLC also terminated the Bridge Loan Agreement upon entry into the 2012 Credit Agreement.

Note 9 — Convertible Debt

In April 2006, Rentech issued $57.5 million in aggregate principal amount of 4.00% Convertible Senior Notes due April 15, 2013 (the “Notes”) with net proceeds to the Company of $53.7 million after deducting $3.8 million of underwriting discounts, commissions, fees and other expenses. The Company recognized these deductions as prepaid debt issuance costs, which is a component of deposits and other assets on the consolidated balance sheets.

Upon achievement of the conversion criteria, the Notes may be converted into 14,332,002 shares of common stock, subject to adjustment.

 

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RENTECH, INC.

Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements (Continued)

(Unaudited)

 

Note 10 — Commitments and Contingencies

Natural Gas Forward Purchase Contracts

The Company’s policy and practice are to enter into fixed-price forward purchase contracts for natural gas in conjunction with contracted product sales in order to substantially fix gross margin on those product sales contracts. The Company may enter into a limited amount of additional fixed-price forward purchase contracts for natural gas in order to minimize monthly and seasonal gas price volatility. Occasionally the Company enters into index-price contracts. As of March 31, 2012, the Company had entered into multiple natural gas forward purchase contracts for various delivery dates through September 30, 2012. Commitments for natural gas purchases consist of the following:

 

     As of  
     March 31,
2012
     December 31,
2011
 
     (in thousands, except weighted
average rate)
 

MMBtus under fixed-price contracts

     2,900         3,040   

MMBtus under index-price contracts

     360         —     
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total MMBtus under contracts

     3,260         3,040   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Commitments to purchase natural gas

   $ 9,695       $ 12,337   

Weighted average rate per MMBtu based on the fixed rates and the indexes applicable to each contract

   $ 2.97       $ 4.06   

Subsequent to March 31, 2012 through April 30, 2012, the Company entered into additional fixed-quantity forward purchase contracts at fixed and indexed prices for various delivery dates through September 30, 2012. The total MMBtus associated with these additional forward purchase contracts are approximately 1.1 million and the total amount of the purchase commitments are approximately $2.5 million, resulting in a weighted average rate per MMBtu of approximately $2.24. The Company is required to make additional prepayments under these forward purchase contracts in the event that market prices fall below the purchase prices in the contracts. These payments are recorded as deposits on gas contracts in the accompanying balance sheets.

Litigation

The Company is party to litigation from time to time in the normal course of business. While the outcome of the Company’s current matters cannot be predicted with certainty, the Company maintains insurance to cover certain actions and believes that resolution of its current litigation matters will not have a material adverse effect on the Company.

Note 11 — Stockholders’ Equity

In February 2012, the board of directors (the “Board”) of Rentech authorized the repurchase of up to $25.0 million of outstanding shares of its common stock over the subsequent 12-month period. The share repurchase program took effect in March of 2012, but as of March 31, 2012, Rentech had not repurchased any shares of its common stock under the program. Any share repurchases under this program would be funded by Rentech’s available cash. Rentech may buy shares in the open market or through privately negotiated transactions from time to time over the 12-month period as permitted by federal securities laws and other legal requirements. The timing, manner, price and amount of any repurchases will be determined by Rentech in its discretion and will be subject to economic and market conditions, stock price and other factors and compliance with applicable legal requirements. The share repurchase program does not obligate Rentech to acquire any particular amount of its common stock, and can be implemented, suspended or discontinued at any time, without prior notice, at Rentech’s sole discretion.

Note 12 — Income Taxes

The provision for income taxes is based on earnings reported in the consolidated financial statements. A deferred income tax asset or liability is determined by applying currently enacted tax laws and relates to the expected reversal of the cumulative temporary differences between the carrying value of the assets and liabilities for financial statement and income tax purposes. Deferred income tax expense is measured by the change in the deferred income tax asset or liability during the year. Due to historical operating losses, the Company has recorded a full valuation allowance against its deferred tax assets to reflect the uncertainty of realization and expects no benefit from tax losses due to the full valuation allowance. The Company had no provision or benefit for income taxes for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011.

 

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RENTECH, INC.

Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements (Continued)

(Unaudited)

 

Note 13 — Segment Information

The Company operates in the following two business segments:

 

   

Nitrogen products manufacturing: The Company, through RNP, manufactures a variety of nitrogen-based fertilizer and industrial products.

 

   

Alternative energy: The Company develops and markets processes for conversion of low-value, carbon-bearing solids or gases into valuable hydrocarbons and electric power.

The Company’s reportable operating segments have been determined in accordance with the Company’s internal management structure, which is organized based on operating activities. The Company evaluates performance based upon several factors, of which the primary financial measure is segment-operating income.

 

     For the Three Months
Ended March 31,
 
     2012     2011  
     (in thousands)  

Revenues

    

Nitrogen products manufacturing

   $ 38,473      $ 23,943   

Alternative energy

     115        51   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total revenues

   $ 38,588      $ 23,994   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Selling, general and administrative expense

    

Nitrogen products manufacturing

   $ 2,590      $ 1,126   

Alternative energy

     7,823        6,621   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total selling, general and administrative expense

   $ 10,413      $ 7,747   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Research and development

    

Nitrogen products manufacturing

   $ —        $ —     

Alternative energy

     5,022        6,372   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total research and development

   $ 5,022      $ 6,372   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Depreciation and amortization

    

Nitrogen products manufacturing

   $ 553      $ 109   

Alternative energy

     586        450   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total depreciation and amortization recorded in operating expenses

   $ 1,139      $ 559   

Nitrogen products manufacturing – expense recorded in cost of sales

     1,912        1,365   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total depreciation and amortization

   $ 3,051      $ 1,924   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Other operating (income) expenses

    

Nitrogen products manufacturing

   $ (28   $ (46

Alternative energy

     20        2   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total other operating (income) expenses

   $ (8   $ (44
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Operating income (loss)

    

Nitrogen products manufacturing

   $ 19,457      $ 9,012   

Alternative energy

     (12,879     (13,444
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total operating income (loss)

   $ 6,578      $ (4,432
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Interest expense

    

Nitrogen products manufacturing

   $ (100   $ (3,039

Alternative energy

     (2,214     (673
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total interest expense

   $ (2,314   $ (3,712
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income (loss) from continuing operations

    

Nitrogen products manufacturing

   $ 19,373      $ 3,533   

Alternative energy

     (15,047     (11,620
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total income (loss) from continuing operations

   $ 4,326      $ (8,087
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

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RENTECH, INC.

Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements (Continued)

(Unaudited)

 

     As of  
     March 31,
2012
     December 31,
2011
 
     (in thousands)  

Total assets

     

Nitrogen products manufacturing

   $ 182,648       $ 130,443   

Alternative energy

     211,221         230,085   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total assets

   $ 393,869       $ 360,528   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Note 14 — Net Loss Per Common Share Attributable to Rentech

Basic loss per common share attributable to Rentech is calculated by dividing net loss attributable to Rentech by the weighted average number of common shares outstanding for the period. Diluted net loss per common share attributable to Rentech is calculated by dividing net loss attributable to Rentech by the weighted average number of common shares outstanding plus the dilutive effect, calculated using the “treasury stock” method for the unvested restricted stock units, outstanding stock options and warrants and using the “if converted” method for the convertible debt.

For the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011, approximately 38.5 million and 39.9 million shares, respectively, of Rentech’s common stock issuable pursuant to stock options, stock warrants, restricted stock units and convertible debt were excluded from the calculation of diluted loss per share because their inclusion would have been anti-dilutive.

Note 15 — Subsequent Events

On April 25, 2012, the Board of the General Partner declared a cash distribution to RNP’s common unitholders for the period November 9, 2011 through and including March 31, 2012 of $1.06 per unit which will result in total distributions in the amount of approximately $40.5 million. RNHI will receive a distribution of approximately $24.6 million, representing its share of distributions based on its ownership of common units. The cash distribution will be paid on May 15, 2012 to unitholders of record at the close of business on May 8, 2012.

 

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ITEM 2. MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

You should read the following discussion and analysis of our financial condition, results of operations and cash flows in conjunction with our consolidated financial statements and the related notes presented in this report and in our Transition Report.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

Certain information included in this report contains, and other reports or materials filed or to be filed by us with the SEC (as well as information included in oral statements or other written statements made or to be made by us or our management) contain or will contain, “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or the Exchange Act, Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and pursuant to the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The forward-looking statements may relate to financial results and plans for future business activities, and are thus prospective. The forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. They can be identified by the use of terminology such as “may,” “will,” “expect,” “believe,” “intend,” “plan,” “estimate,” “anticipate,” “should” and other comparable terms or the negative of them. You are cautioned that, while forward-looking statements reflect management’s good faith belief and best judgment based upon current information, they are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties. Factors that could affect our results include the risk factors detailed in “Part I—Item 1A. Risk Factors” in the Transition Report and from time to time in our periodic reports and registration statements filed with the SEC. Such risks and uncertainties include, among other things:

 

   

our ability to implement the Rentech Process, the Rentech-SilvaGas Technology or Rentech-ClearFuels Technology at commercial-scale synthetic fuels or power plants;

 

   

the economic feasibility of projects using our technology;

 

   

our ability to successfully implement our revised project development strategy for the commercialization of our alternative energy technologies;

 

   

our pursuit of alternative energy projects that involve substantial expense and risk;

 

   

our ability to protect our intellectual property rights;

 

   

the ability of our technology to compete successfully against technologies developed by our competitors;

 

   

risks arising from changes in existing laws or regulations, or their interpretation, or the imposition of new restrictions relating to emissions of greenhouse gases or carbon dioxide;

 

   

the volatile nature of the nitrogen fertilizer business and its ability to remain profitable;

 

   

a decline in demand for corn or corn prices or the use of nitrogen fertilizer for agricultural purposes;

 

   

adverse weather conditions, which can affect demand for, and delivery and production of, our nitrogen fertilizer products;

 

   

any interruption in the supply, or rise in the price levels, of natural gas and other essential raw materials;

 

   

our lack of asset or geographic diversification;

 

   

planned or unplanned shutdowns, or any operational difficulties, at the East Dubuque Facility;

 

   

intense competition from other nitrogen fertilizer producers;

 

   

any loss of Agrium Inc., or Agrium, as a distributor or customer of our nitrogen fertilizer products, loss of storage rights at Agrium’s terminal in Niota, Illinois or decline in sales of products through or to Agrium; and

 

   

potential operating hazards of the East Dubuque Facility from accidents, fire, severe weather, floods or other natural disasters.

 

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You should not place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements. Although forward-looking statements reflect our good faith beliefs, forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, which may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from anticipated future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events, changed circumstances or otherwise, unless required by law.

As used in this report, references to “Rentech” refer to Rentech, Inc., a Colorado corporation, and the terms “we,” “our,” “us” and “the Company” mean Rentech and its consolidated subsidiaries, unless the context indicates otherwise.

OVERVIEW OF OUR BUSINESSES

Our vision is to be a provider of clean energy solutions. We own and develop technologies that enable the production of certified synthetic fuels and renewable power when integrated with certain other third-party technologies. Our clean energy technology portfolio includes the Rentech-SilvaGas biomass gasification technology, or the Rentech-SilvaGas Technology, and the Rentech-ClearFuels biomass gasification technology, or the Rentech-ClearFuels Technology, which can produce synthesis gas, or syngas, from biomass and waste materials for production of renewable power and fuels. Renewable hydrogen may also economically be separated out of the syngas produced using the Rentech-ClearFuels Technology. We also own the patented Rentech Process, which is based on Fischer-Tropsch chemistry. The Rentech Process can convert syngas from our or others’ gasification technologies into complex hydrocarbons that then can be upgraded into fuels or chemicals using refining technology that we license.

RNHI, one of Rentech’s indirect wholly owned subsidiaries, owns the general partner interest and 60.8% of the common units representing limited partner interests in RNP, a publicly traded limited partnership. Through its wholly owned subsidiary, RNLLC, RNP manufactures natural-gas based nitrogen fertilizer products at its East Dubuque Facility and sells such products to customers located in the Mid Corn Belt region of the United States. Our ownership interest in RNP currently entitles us to 60.8% of all distributions made by RNP to its common unit holders, which distributions can be used for general corporate purposes. However, Rentech’s ownership interest may be reduced over time if it elects to cause RNHI to sell any of its common units or if additional common units are issued by RNP in a manner that dilutes Rentech’s ownership interest in RNP.

CRITICAL ACCOUNTING POLICIES AND ESTIMATES

Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations are based upon our consolidated financial statements, which have been prepared in accordance with GAAP. The preparation of our consolidated financial statements requires us to make estimates and judgments that affect the reported amounts of assets, liabilities, revenues, and expenses, and related disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities. The most significant estimates and judgments relate to: revenue recognition, inventories, and the valuation of long-lived assets and intangible assets. Actual amounts could differ significantly from these estimates. There has been no material change to our critical accounting policies and estimates from the information provided in the Transition Report.

RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

More detailed information about our consolidated financial statements is provided in the following portions of this section. The following discussion should be read in conjunction with our consolidated financial statements and the notes thereto as presented in this report and in the Transition Report.

Seasonality

Results of operations for the interim periods are not necessarily indicative of results to be expected for the year primarily due to the impact of seasonality on the sales at RNLLC. Our nitrogen products manufacturing segment and our customers’ businesses are seasonal, based on planting, growing and harvesting cycles. The following table shows product tonnage (in thousands) shipped by quarter for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and the years ended December 31, 2011, 2010 and 2009.

 

     2012      2011      2010      2009  

Quarter ended March 31

     92         89         86         65   

Quarter ended June 30

     n/a         213         206         203   

Quarter ended September 30

     n/a         125         181         150   

Quarter ended December 31

     n/a         145         167         124   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total Tons Shipped

     92         572         640         542   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

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RNLLC typically ships the highest volume of tons during the spring planting season, which occurs during the quarter ended June 30, and the next highest volume of tons after the fall harvest during the quarter ended December 31. However, as reflected in the table above, the seasonal patterns may change substantially from year-to-year due to various circumstances, including timing of or changes in the weather. These seasonal increases and decreases in demand also can cause fluctuations in sales prices. In more mild winter seasons with warmer weather, farmers prepare the soil with earlier application of ammonia fertilizer which may shift significant spring ammonia sales into the quarter ended March 31, as was the case during the three months ended March 31, 2012.

As a result of the seasonality of shipments and sales, we experience significant fluctuations in our revenues, income, net working capital levels and cash available for distribution from quarter to quarter. Weather conditions can significantly impact quarterly results by affecting the timing and amount of product deliveries. Our receivables and deferred revenues are seasonal and relatively unpredictable. Significant amounts of our products are typically sold for later shipment under product prepayment contracts, and the timing of these sales and the amount of down payment as a percentage of the total contract price may vary with market conditions. The variation in the timing of these sales and contract terms may add to the seasonality of our cash flows and working capital.

THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2012 COMPARED TO THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2011:

Continuing Operations

Revenues

 

     For the Three Months
Ended March 31,
 
     2012      2011  
     (in thousands)  

Revenues:

     

Product shipments – nitrogen products manufacturing

   $ 38,473       $ 23,943   

Alternative energy

     115         51   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total revenues

   $ 38,588       $ 23,994   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

     For the Three  Months
Ended March 31, 2012
     For the Three  Months
Ended March 31, 2011
 
         Tons          Revenue          Tons          Revenue  
     (in thousands)      (in thousands)  

Product shipments:

           

Ammonia

     30       $ 20,051         20       $ 11,967   

Urea ammonium nitrate (UAN)

     34         11,156         30         6,156   

Urea (liquid and granular)

     10         5,624         9         4,134   

Carbon dioxide (CO2)

     15         477         27         725   

Nitric acid

     3         1,165         3         961   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total

     92       $ 38,473         89       $ 23,943   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Nitrogen products manufacturing. Our nitrogen products manufacturing segment provides revenue from sales of various nitrogen fertilizer products manufactured at the East Dubuque Facility and used primarily in corn production. The East Dubuque Facility is designed to produce ammonia, urea ammonium nitrate solution, liquid and granular urea, nitric acid and carbon dioxide using natural gas as a feedstock. Revenues are seasonal based on the planting, growing, and harvesting cycles of customers utilizing nitrogen fertilizer.

The increase in revenue for the three months ended March 31, 2012 compared to the three months ended March 31, 2011 was primarily due to increased sales prices and sales volume for all products, except for sales volume for CO2, which decreased, and nitric acid, which remained unchanged.

The average sales price per ton for the three months ended March 31, 2012 as compared with that of the three months ended March 31, 2011 increased by approximately 11% for ammonia and by approximately 59% for urea ammonium nitrate solution. These two products comprised approximately 81% and 76% of the product sales for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively. Average sales prices per ton increased due to higher demand for the products caused by a combination of low levels of corn and fertilizer inventories and expectations of higher corn acreage in 2012. The Midwestern region of the United States experienced warmer weather than typical in March of 2012, which enabled farmers to prepare the soil with earlier application of ammonia fertilizer and shifted significant spring ammonia sales into the quarter ended March 31, 2012. The sales volume for CO2 decreased during this period due to reduced production as a result of one of the CO2 plants being idled in connection with the ammonia production and storage capacity expansion project. The decrease in sales volume was partially offset by a 22% higher sales price per ton.

 

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Alternative Energy. This segment generates revenues for technical services and licensing activities related to our technologies. We enter into technical services contracts from time-to-time on a non-recurring basis which causes fluctuations in revenue from this segment. During the three months ended March 31, 2012, we also generated revenue from the sale of fuel from the Product Demonstration Unit, or the PDU.

Cost of Sales

 

     For the Three Months
Ended March 31,
 
     2012      2011  
     (in thousands)  

Cost of sales:

     

Product shipments – nitrogen products manufacturing

   $ 15,901       $ 13,742   

Alternative energy

     52         50   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total cost of sales

   $ 15,953       $ 13,792   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Nitrogen Products Manufacturing. The cost of sales for product shipments for the three months ended March 31, 2012 increased from the prior comparable period primarily due to higher sales volume of all products, except for CO2, which decreased, and nitric acid, which remained unchanged, partially offset by lower natural gas prices. Natural gas and labor costs comprised approximately 52% and 14%, respectively, of cost of sales on product shipments for the three months ended March 31, 2012, and approximately 52% and 12%, respectively, of cost of sales on product shipments for the three months ended March 31, 2011.

Depreciation expense included in cost of sales from our nitrogen products manufacturing segment was approximately $1.9 million and $1.4 million for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively.

Alternative Energy. The cost of sales in our alternative energy segment was for costs incurred for work performed under technical services contracts. The sale of fuel from the PDU had no cost of sales since it is a by-product of our research and development efforts in developing and proving our technologies.

Gross Profit

 

     For the Three Months
Ended March 31,
 
     2012      2011  
     (in thousands)  

Gross profit:

     

Product shipments – nitrogen products manufacturing

   $ 22,572       $ 10,201   

Alternative energy

     63         1   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total gross profit

   $ 22,635       $ 10,202   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Nitrogen Products Manufacturing. The gross profit for product shipments for the three months ended March 31, 2012 increased compared to the prior comparable period primarily due to increased sales prices and sales volume for all products, except for sales volume for CO2, which decreased, and nitric acid, which remained unchanged, and lower natural gas prices.

Operating Expenses

 

     For the Three Months
Ended March 31,
 
     2012     2011  
     (in thousands)  

Operating expenses:

    

Selling, general and administrative

   $ 10,413      $ 7,747   

Research and development

     5,022        6,372   

Depreciation and amortization

     1,139        559   

Vendor settlement

     (509     —     

Other

     (8     (44
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total operating expenses

   $ 16,057      $ 14,634   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Selling, General and Administrative Expenses. During the three months ended March 31, 2012, as compared to the three months ended March 31, 2011, selling, general and administrative expenses increased by approximately $2.7 million, or 34%.

For the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011, the nitrogen products manufacturing segment incurred selling, general and administrative expenses of approximately $2.6 million and $1.1 million, respectively. The increase for the three months ended March 31,

 

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2012 was primarily due to RNP becoming a publicly traded limited partnership which resulted in increases in payroll costs of approximately $0.5 million, non-cash unit-based compensation of approximately $0.4 million, accounting, internal audit, and tax service expenses of approximately $0.2 million, and legal, investor relations, insurance and travel expenses.

For the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011, the alternative energy segment incurred selling, general and administrative expenses of approximately $7.8 million and $6.6 million, respectively. The increase for the three months ended March 31, 2012 was primarily due to an increase in non-cash stock-based compensation of approximately $1.4 million and an increase in business development expenses of approximately $0.8 million partially offset by a decrease in payroll costs of approximately $0.7 million and consulting expenses of approximately $0.4 million. During the three months ended March 31, 2011, business development costs related primarily to projects in feasibility stage and such costs were capitalized to the projects.

Research and Development. These expenses are included in our alternative energy segment. We incur research and development expenses at our technology center in Commerce City, Colorado, where we operate the PDU and actively conduct work to further improve our technologies and to perform services for our customers. Research and development expenses decreased by approximately $1.4 million, or 21%, during the three months ended March 31, 2012 compared to the three months ended March 31, 2011. During the three months ended March 31, 2012, there was an increase in the reimbursement accrual from the Department of Energy of approximately $1.1 million partially offset by an increase in contract labor related to the Rentech-ClearFuels Gasifier of approximately $0.2 million and consulting services of approximately $0.2 million. During the three months ended March 31, 2011, costs related to the PDU for plant modifications and repairs were approximately $0.8 million greater than during the three months ended March 31, 2012. During the three months ended March 31, 2012, we incurred research and development expenses associated with the commissioning and startup of the Rentech-ClearFuels Gasifier.

Depreciation and Amortization. A portion of depreciation and amortization expense is associated with assets that support general and administrative functions, and such expense is recorded as an operating expense. The amount of depreciation and amortization expense within operating expenses increased by $0.6 million for the three months ended March 31, 2012 compared to the three months ended March 31, 2011 primarily due to the acceleration of depreciation of an asset the anticipated economic life of which shortened.

The majority of depreciation originates in our nitrogen products manufacturing segment and, as a manufacturing cost, is distributed between cost of sales and finished goods inventory, based on product volumes.

Vendor Settlement. This item is included in our alternative energy segment. We resolved a dispute with a vendor for less than what we originally estimated. During the three months ended March 31, 2012, the matter was resolved which resulted in the reduction to the amount owed of approximately $0.5 million.

Operating Income (Loss)

 

     For the Three Months
Ended March 31,
 
     2012     2011  
     (in thousands)  

Income (loss) from operations:

    

Nitrogen products manufacturing

   $ 19,457      $ 9,012   

Alternative energy

     (12,879     (13,444
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total income (loss) from operations

   $ 6,578      $ (4,432
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Nitrogen Products Manufacturing. The increase in income from operations for product shipments for the three months ended March 31, 2012, as compared to the prior comparable period, was primarily due to (i) increased sales prices and sales volume for all products, except for sales volume for CO2, which decreased, and nitric acid, which remained unchanged, and (ii) lower natural gas prices, partially offset by higher selling, general and administrative expenses.

Alternative Energy. Loss from operations primarily consists of operating expenses, such as selling, general and administrative expenses, depreciation and amortization, and research and development expenses.

Nitrogen Products Manufacturing EBITDA

EBITDA is a presentation of earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization. EBITDA is used as a supplemental financial measure by management and by external users of our financial statements, such as investors and commercial banks, to assess:

the financial performance of our assets without regard to financing methods, capital structure or historical cost basis; and

our operating performance and return on invested capital compared to those of other public companies, without regard to financing methods and capital structure.

EBITDA should not be considered an alternative to net income, operating income, net cash provided by operating activities or any other measure of financial performance or liquidity presented in accordance with GAAP. EBITDA may have material limitations as a performance measure because it excludes items that are necessary elements of our costs and operations. In addition, EBITDA presented by other companies may not be comparable to our presentation, since each company may define these terms differently.

The table below reconciles EBITDA to operating income for our nitrogen products manufacturing segment for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011.

 

     Three Months Ended March 31,  
     2012      2011  
     (in thousands)  

Operating income

   $ 19,457       $ 9,012   

Depreciation and amortization

     2,465         1,474   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

EBITDA

   $ 21,922       $ 10,486   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

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ANALYSIS OF CASH FLOW

The following table summarizes our Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows:

 

     For the Three Months
Ended March 31,
 
     2012     2011  
     (in thousands)  

Net cash provided by (used in):

    

Operating activities

   $ 17,119      $ 8,506   

Investing activities

     (12,608     (7,664

Financing activities

     5,148        (8,108
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

   $ 9,659      $ (7,266
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cash Flows from Operating Activities

Net Income (Loss). We had net income of approximately $4.3 million for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and a net loss of approximately $8.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2011. The cash flows provided by operations during these periods primarily resulted from the following operating activities:

Accounts Receivable. During the three months ended March 31, 2012, accounts receivable increased by approximately $2.8 million, as compared to a decrease in accounts receivable of approximately $13.3 million for the three months ended March 31, 2011. Accounts receivable balances typically decrease during these three months of the year due to seasonality. Accounts receivable balances are typically higher at December 31 of each year due to a higher volume of sales during the fall application period and lower at March 31 due to the lower volume of sales during the winter months. However, towards the end of the three months ended March 31, 2012, the weather was warm and dry, allowing farmers to apply ammonia to their fields earlier in the season than they typically have in the past, which increased our sales volume significantly for the period.

Inventories. During the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011, inventories increased by approximately $5.6 million and $13.4 million, respectively. The increase in both periods was due to seasonality. During the winter months, we typically build inventory balances for the high volume spring planting season. The increase during the three months ended March 31, 2012 was smaller than the increase during the three months ended March 31, 2011 due to increased sales in March 2012 as compared to March 2011 because of the warm, dry weather in March 2012, and due to lower natural gas costs in the three months ended March 31, 2012.

Deferred Revenue. We record deferred revenue on product prepayment contracts prior to delivery of the product to the extent we receive cash payments under those contracts. During the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011, deferred revenue increased by approximately $18.4 million and $12.0 million, respectively. The increase during both periods was due to seasonality as cash is typically received from customers on spring product prepayment contracts during this quarter of the year. The increase during the three months ended March 31, 2012 was larger than the increase during the three months ended March 31, 2011 due to higher sales prices in the three months ended March 31, 2012 and the timing of cash received on spring product prepayment contracts.

Accrued Liabilities, Accrued Payroll and Other. Accrued liabilities, accrued payroll and other liabilities decreased during the three months ended March 31, 2012 primarily due to the payment of income taxes of approximately $8.1 million relating to the sale of the 39.2% of RNP.

Cash Flows from Investing Activities

Purchase of Property, Plant, Equipment and Construction in Progress. The increase in net additions of approximately $5.9 million for the three months ended March 31, 2012 compared to the three months ended March 31, 2011 was primarily due to an increase in capital spending at RNP related to the various expansion projects, including the ammonia production and storage capacity expansion project, of approximately $11.4 million which was partially offset by a reduction in capital projects in the alternative energy segment of approximately $5.5 million.

Cash Flows from Financing Activities

Proceeds from credit facilities. Upon entry into the 2012 Credit Agreement, RNLLC borrowed approximately $8.5 million under the CapEx Facility to (i) to repay in full outstanding borrowings under the Bridge Loan Agreement of approximately $5.9 million, and (ii) to pay fees associated with the 2012 Credit Agreement of approximately $2.6 million.

Payment on term loan. During the three months ended March 31, 2011, in addition to $2.4 million of scheduled principal payments under RNLLC’s credit agreement, RNLLC paid $5.0 million as a mandatory prepayment in connection with the $5.0 million dividend paid to Rentech.

 

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LIQUIDITY AND CAPITAL RESOURCES

At March 31, 2012, our current assets totaled approximately $282.6 million, including cash and cash equivalents of approximately $247.1 million, of which approximately $72.9 million was held at RNP, and accounts receivable of approximately $10.3 million. At March 31, 2012, our current liabilities were approximately $74.9 million, and we had long-term liabilities of approximately $63.5 million, comprised primarily of the Notes and outstanding borrowings under the 2012 Credit Agreement. Our income relating to our nitrogen products manufacturing segment for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011 was approximately $19.4 million and $3.5 million, respectively. Our loss relating to our alternative energy segment for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011 was approximately $15.0 million and $11.6 million, respectively. Our consolidated income for the three months ended March 31, 2012 was approximately $4.3 million and our consolidated loss for the three months ended March 31, 2011 was approximately $8.1 million.

Nitrogen Products Manufacturing

During the next 12 months, based on current market conditions, we expect RNP’s principal liquidity needs, other than those associated with the ammonia production and storage capacity expansion project, to be met from cash on hand at RNP and cash forecasted to be generated by RNLLC’s operations. These liquidity needs include costs to operate and maintain the East Dubuque Facility, working capital, debt service requirements coming due within the next year, capital expenditures for maintenance improvements and capital expenditures for the urea expansion and DEF build-out. Maintenance capital expenditures for the year ending December 31, 2012 are expected to be approximately $9.9 million. RNP currently estimates that it will incur approximately $57.0 million in expansion capital expenditures for the year ending December 31, 2012, comprised primarily of expenditures related to its urea expansion project and DEF build-out and its ammonia production and storage capacity expansion project. RNP expects that its urea expansion project and DEF build-out project could be completed by the end of 2012, and to collectively cost approximately $6.0 million to complete. This project is being funded with a portion of the net proceeds from the Offering, currently held as cash. RNP expects that the ammonia production and storage capacity expansion project could cost approximately $100.0 million to complete, with approximately half of that amount expected to be spent during the year ending December 31, 2012. With the exception of front end engineering and design, which was funded using a portion of the net proceeds from the Offering, RNP currently intends to finance the cost of this project using borrowings under the CapEx Facility.

The nitrogen fertilizer business is seasonal, based upon the planting, growing and harvesting cycles. Inventories must be accumulated to allow for customer shipments during the spring and fall fertilizer application seasons. The accumulation of inventory to be available for seasonal sales requires that working capital be available at RNLLC. RNLLC’s practice of selling substantial amounts of fertilizer products through prepayment contracts also contributes to its significant working capital fluctuations. Working capital available at RNLLC is also affected by changes in commodity prices for natural gas and nitrogen fertilizers, which are the East Dubuque Facility’s principal feedstock and products.

On April 2, 2012, RNLLC entered into two interest rate swaps in notional amounts designed to cover a portion of the borrowings under its CapEx Facility. The initial interest rate swap, or the Construction Period Swap, is based on a notional amount beginning at approximately $21.8 million and increasing, as specified in the swap agreement, to approximately $45.8 million. The increases in the notional amounts are designed to mirror a proportion of the expected increases in outstanding borrowings under the CapEx Facility as RNLLC continues its ammonia production and storage capacity expansion project. The Construction Period Swap will start on September 1, 2012 and will terminate on September 1, 2013. Under the Construction Period Swap, RNLLC will receive one-month LIBOR, to be determined at the time the Construction Period Swap becomes effective and the rate will be reset at the end of each month, on the notional amount; RNLLC will also pay a fixed rate of 48.8 basis points on the same notional amount. The second interest rate swap, or the Term Swap, is based on a notional amount beginning at $50.0 million and decreasing, as specified in the swap agreement, to $40.0 million. The decreases in the notional amounts are designed to mirror a proportion of the decrease in outstanding borrowings under the CapEx Facility as RNLLC begins to make principal payments. The Term Swap will start on September 30, 2013 and will terminate on December 31, 2015. Under the Term Swap, RNLLC will receive three-month LIBOR, to be determined at the time the Term Swap becomes effective and the rate will be reset at the end of each calendar quarter, on the notional amount; RNLLC will also pay a fixed rate of 129.5 basis points on the same notional amount. The objective of the two swaps is to reduce our exposure to interest rate changes under the CapEx Facility and limit the impact of interest rate volatility on earnings and cash flows. Through the two interest rate swaps, RNLLC is essentially fixing the variable interest rate to be paid on a portion of the borrowings under its CapEx Facility.

The 2012 Credit Agreement expires on February 27, 2017 and requires RNLLC to meet the following financial covenants (and failure to meet such covenants could result in acceleration of the outstanding loans):

 

   

Maximum Total Leverage Ratio (defined as total debt of RNP and its subsidiaries on a consolidated basis, divided by Adjusted EBITDA (as defined in the 2012 Credit Agreement)) of not greater than 2.5 to 1.0 as of the end of each fiscal quarter for the 12 month period then ending. As of March 31, 2012, RNP’s actual Total Leverage Ratio was 0.1 to 1.0.

 

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Maintenance of a Minimum Fixed Charge Coverage Ratio (defined as (a) Adjusted EBITDA (as defined in the 2012 Credit Agreement) minus unfinanced capital expenditures of RNP and its subsidiaries on a consolidated basis, divided by (b) the sum of (i) interest expense paid or accrued, (ii) scheduled principal payments and (iii) taxes paid or payable of RNP and its subsidiaries in each case) of not less than 1.0 to 1.0 as of the end of each fiscal quarter for the 12 month period then ending. As of March 31, 2012, RNP’s actual Fixed Charge Coverage Ratio was 5.0 to 1.0.

We believe we have sufficient liquidity for our expected funding requirements in our nitrogen products manufacturing segment through the next 12 months.

Alternative Energy

During the three months ended March 31, 2012, we funded our operations in our alternative energy segment primarily through cash on hand. We expect quarterly distributions from RNP to be a major source of liquidity for our alternative energy segment. Any distributions made by RNP to its unitholders will be done on a pro rata basis. We will receive 60.8% of RNP’s quarterly distributions to common unitholders based on our current ownership interest in RNP. However, our ownership interest may be reduced over time if we elect to sell any of our common units or if additional common units are issued by RNP. On April 25, 2012, the Board of the General Partner declared a cash distribution to RNP’s common unitholders for the period November 9, 2011 through and including March 31, 2012 of $1.06 per unit which will result in total distributions in the amount of approximately $40.5 million. We will receive a distribution of approximately $24.6 million, representing our share of distributions based on our ownership of common units. The cash distribution will be paid on May 15, 2012, to unitholders of record at the close of business on May 8, 2012.

During the next 12 months, we expect the liquidity needs of our alternative energy segment to be met from cash on hand. For the alternative energy segment, our short-term expected requirements include (i) operating costs of the PDU, and the Rentech-ClearFuels Gasifier; (ii) continued research and development of our technologies; (iii) debt service requirements coming due within the next year; (iv) continued development costs of projects; (v) costs for the repurchase of shares of our common stock under the share repurchase program discussed below and (vi) general operating and working capital uses. We may also have short-term requirements for development and acquisition activities that are not currently expected.

Our principal needs for liquidity beyond the next 12 months in our alternative energy segment could include funding project development, detailed engineering, procurement, construction and operation of commercial projects, ongoing research and development expenses, including operation of the PDU and Rentech-ClearFuels Gasifier, corporate administrative expenses, acquisitions and investments with partners. The continued development of existing and future projects beyond the next 12 months could require substantial amounts of additional new capital. As we have previously disclosed, we have adopted a revised strategy for the commercialization of our alternative energy technologies. The new strategy includes reduced spending on research and development and pursuit of projects that are smaller and require less capital to be invested by us than those recently under our development. Our strategy for the first deployment of a particular technology at scale is to develop or participate in projects for which our investment would be well within our expected liquidity.

The full $57.5 million principal amount of the Notes is due in April 2013. During the remainder of the term of the Notes, the required annual cash interest payments are $2.3 million. At any time, we may redeem the Notes, in whole or in part, at a redemption price payable in cash equal to 100% of the principal amount of the Notes to be redeemed, plus any accrued and unpaid interest to, but not including, the redemption date. On or before the maturity date, we expect to either exchange the Notes for new debt or equity securities, or pay off the Notes through some combination of cash holdings, proceeds from debt or equity incurred or issued by us and asset sales. Such exchanges and capital raising transactions, if any, will depend on prevailing market conditions and other factors. There is no assurance that such exchanges can be completed or that capital will be available to us in amounts sufficient to pay the principal amount of the Notes. Our cash on hand at March 31, 2012 was sufficient to pay off all of the Notes.

Depending on conditions in the capital markets, we may seek external funding for our alternative energy segment during the next 12 months, including financing from the issuance of equity or equity-linked securities, project debt, project equity and the sale of common units of RNP. However, there is no assurance that these sources of capital would be available to us. As of March 31, 2012, approximately $94.3 million aggregate offering price of securities was available to be sold under our shelf registration statement. Capital markets have experienced periods of extreme uncertainty in the recent past, and access to those markets has been difficult. If we need to access capital markets, we cannot assure you that we will be able to do so on acceptable terms, or at all. This report shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction.

 

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We believe we have sufficient liquidity for our expected funding requirements in our alternative energy segment through the next 12 months.

CONTRACTUAL OBLIGATIONS

We have entered into various contractual obligations as detailed in the Transition Report. During the normal course of business in the three months ended March 31, 2012, the amount of our contractual obligations changed, as we made scheduled payments and entered into new contracts. During the three months ended March 31, 2012, the following material changes occurred to our contractual obligations:

 

   

RNLLC entered into the 2012 Credit Agreement and paid associated financing costs of approximately $2.6 million. The 2012 Credit Agreement replaced and upsized the 2011 credit agreement. As of March 31, 2012, there is approximately $8.5 million outstanding under the 2012 Credit Agreement.

 

   

Our obligations under natural gas forward purchase contracts decreased by approximately $2.6 million to approximately $9.7 million. We are required to make additional prepayments under these purchase contracts in the event that market prices fall below the purchase prices in the contracts. As of March 31, 2012, the natural gas forward purchase contracts included delivery dates through September 30, 2012. Subsequent to March 31, 2012 through April 30, 2012, we entered into additional fixed quantity natural gas forward purchase contracts at fixed prices and indexed prices for various delivery dates through September 30, 2012. The total MMBtus associated with these additional contracts was 1.1 million and the total amount of the commitments under contract was $2.5 million, resulting in a weighted average rate per MMBtu of $2.24.

 

   

Purchase obligations increased by approximately $36.8 million to approximately $51.6 million as measured by the total amount of open purchase orders. The increase is primarily due to the ammonia production and storage capacity expansion project.

 

   

Gas and electric fixed charges decreased by approximately $0.2 million to approximately $2.2 million.

OFF-BALANCE SHEET ARRANGEMENTS

We have no off-balance sheet arrangements.

RECENTLY ISSUED ACCOUNTING STANDARDS

Refer to Note 2 to the consolidated financial statements, “Recent Accounting Pronouncements,” included in Part I of this report.

 

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ITEM 3. QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK

Interest Rate Risk. We are exposed to interest rate risks related to the 2012 Credit Agreement. The borrowings under the 2012 Credit Agreement bear interest at a rate equal to an applicable margin, plus at RNLLC’s option, either (a) in the case of base rate borrowings, a rate equal to the highest of (1) the prime rate, (2) the federal funds rate plus 0.5% and (3) the LIBOR for an interest period of three months plus 1.00% or (b) in the case of LIBOR borrowings, the offered rate per annum for deposits of dollars for the applicable interest period. The applicable margin for borrowings under the 2012 Credit Agreement is 2.75% with respect to base rate borrowings and 3.75% with respect to LIBOR borrowings. As of March 31, 2012, we had outstanding borrowings under the 2012 Credit Agreement of $8.5 million. Based upon this outstanding balance, and assuming interest rates are above the applicable minimum, an increase or decrease by 100 basis points of interest would result in an increase or decrease in annual interest expense of approximately $0.1 million. Historically, we did not use interest rate derivative instruments to manage exposure to interest rate changes. On April 2, 2012, RNLLC entered into two interest rate swaps in notional amounts designed to cover a portion of the borrowings under its CapEx Facility. The Construction Period Swap will start on September 1, 2012 and terminate on September 1, 2013. The Term Swap will start on September 30, 2013 and terminate on December 31, 2015. Through the two interest rate swaps, RNLLC is essentially fixing the variable interest rate to be paid on a portion of the borrowings under its CapEx Facility.

Commodity Price Risk. We are exposed to significant market risk due to potential changes in prices for fertilizer products and natural gas. Natural gas is the primary raw material used in the production of various nitrogen-based products manufactured at the East Dubuque Facility. Market prices of nitrogen-based products are affected by changes in natural gas prices as well as by supply and demand and other factors. Currently, RNLLC purchases natural gas for use in the East Dubuque Facility on the spot market, and through short-term, fixed supply, fixed price and index price purchase contracts. Natural gas prices have fluctuated during the last several years, increasing in 2008 and subsequently declining to the current lower levels. A hypothetical increase of $0.10 per MMBtu of natural gas would increase the cost to produce one ton of ammonia by approximately $3.50.

In the normal course of business, RNLLC currently produces nitrogen fertilizer products throughout the year to supply the needs of its customers during the high-delivery-volume spring and fall seasons. Fertilizer product inventory is subject to market risk due to fluctuations in the relevant commodity prices. We believe that market prices of nitrogen products are affected by changes in grain prices and demand, natural gas prices and other factors.

RNLLC enters into product prepayment contracts committing its customers to purchase its nitrogen fertilizer products at a later date. By using fixed-price forward contracts, RNLLC purchases approximately enough natural gas to manufacture the products that have been sold under product prepayment contracts for later delivery. We believe that entering into such fixed-price forward and pre-sale contracts effectively allows RNLLC to fix most of the gross margin on pre-sold product and mitigate risk of increasing market prices of natural gas or decreasing market prices of nitrogen products. However, this practice also subjects us to the risk of decreasing natural gas prices and increasing nitrogen fertilizer commodity prices after RNLLC has entered into the relevant fix-priced forward and product prepayment contracts. In addition, RNLLC occasionally makes forward purchases of natural gas that are not directly linked to specific product prepayment contracts. To the extent RNLLC makes such purchases, we also are exposed to fluctuations in natural gas prices.

Alternative Energy. The future success of our alternative energy business depends to a great extent on the levels and volatility of certain commodities such as petroleum-based fuels and electricity, as well as the cost of potential feedstocks such as biomass, natural gas or other feedstocks. It may also depend on the level and volatility of prices or taxes placed on emissions of carbon or other pollutants. The cost of feedstocks for our projects could also materially affect prospective profitability of those projects. We expect that our projects will be designed to produce fuels and power that may compete with conventional fuels and power as well as with fuels and power produced from non-traditional sources. The prices of our products may be influenced by the prices of those traditional or alternative fuels and power. Fluctuations in the price of construction commodities such as concrete, steel and other materials could have a material effect on the construction cost, and therefore of the projected returns to investors, on such projects. Significant fluctuations in such prices may materially affect the business prospects of our alternative energy business.

 

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ITEM 4. CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES

Evaluation of Disclosure Controls and Procedures. We have established and currently maintain disclosure controls and procedures designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed by us in our reports filed or submitted under the Exchange Act is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified by the SEC’s rules and forms, and that such information is accumulated and communicated to our management, including our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, as appropriate to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure.

As of the end of the period covered by this report, we carried out an evaluation, under the supervision and with the participation of our management, including our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, of the effectiveness of the design and operation of our disclosure controls and procedures. Based on that evaluation, our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer have concluded that our disclosure controls and procedures were effective as of March 31, 2012.

Changes in Internal Control over Financial Reporting. There were no significant changes in our internal control over financial reporting during the quarter ended March 31, 2012 that materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting.

PART II. OTHER INFORMATION

ITEM 1. LEGAL PROCEEDINGS

A description of the legal proceedings to which the Company and its subsidiaries are a party is contained in Note 10 to the consolidated financial statements, “Commitments and Contingencies,” included in Part I of this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q.

ITEM 6. EXHIBITS.

 

   Exhibit Index
  31.1    Certification of President and Chief Executive Officer pursuant to Rule 13a-14(a) or Rule 15d-14(a) under the Exchange Act.
  31.2    Certification of Chief Financial Officer pursuant to Rule 13a-14(a) or Rule 15d-14(a) under the Exchange Act.
  32.1    Certification of President and Chief Executive Officer pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes Oxley Act of 2002.
  32.2    Certification of Chief Financial Officer pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes Oxley Act of 2002.
   101    The following financial information from the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2012 formatted in Extensible Business Reporting Language (“XBRL”) includes: (i) the Consolidated Balance Sheets, (ii) the Consolidated Statements of Operations, (iii) the Consolidated Statement of Stockholders’ Equity, (iv) the Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows and (v) the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements (Unaudited), tagged as blocks of text.

 

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SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.

 

    RENTECH, INC.
Dated: May 10, 2012  

/s/ D. Hunt Ramsbottom

  D. Hunt Ramsbottom,
  President and Chief Executive Officer
Dated: May 10, 2012  

/s/ Dan J. Cohrs

  Dan J. Cohrs
  Chief Financial Officer

 

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