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Arabian American Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2011 Financial Results

March 8, 2012

SUGAR LAND, Texas, March 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Arabian American Development Co. (Nasdaq: ARSD) today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2011.

Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2011 Highlights

  • Revenue for the fourth quarter increased 83.4%
  • Revenue for the full year increased 43.4%
  • Gross profit for the fourth quarter was $10.2 million
  • Gross profit for the full year was $25.9 million
  • EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure, for the fourth quarter increased 233% to $7.2 million
  • EBITDA for the full year increased 105.3% to $16.9 million
  • Net income attributable to ARSD for the fourth quarter was up 569% to $4.1 million, or $0.17 per basic and diluted share
  • Net income attributable to ARSD for the full year was up 213% to $8.4 million or $0.35 per basic and diluted share
  • Shipments of commercial quantities of a previously announced contract expected to add approximately $20 million in annual revenue began
  • Construction of the demonstration unit was completed and startup operations commenced – delivered initial targeted volume of bio-based jet fuel from unit

Subsequent to Fourth Quarter End

  • Signed a two year contract extension with an existing Fortune 500 customer effective January 1, 2012
  • Accompanied a group of investors to the AMAK (Al Masane Al Kobra Mining Company) mine in February 2012 to review operations and meet with key Saudi investors and mine personnel.

Al Masane Al Kobra Mine Update

  • The AMAK mine in Saudi Arabia, which is 37% owned by Arabian American, was officially transferred to the surface facility operator, China National Geological & Mining Corporation and officially began operations on November 28, 2011, after successfully completing construction.
  • Ocean Partners was appointed as the exclusive sales and marketing agent to handle logistics and marketing.
  • Initial concentrate production began at the mine and will be sold on a spot basis for the first several months possibly moving toward establishing longer term contracts in the future. Interested parties will be informed once sufficient concentrates are available to fulfill a spot sale.
  • The start up of AMAK’s ore processing mill is underway and has produced approximately 500 metric tons of ore to date. Typical adjustments and modifications are being made as needed.

Fourth Quarter 2011 Financial Results

Revenue for the fourth quarter increased 83.4% to $61.5 million from $33.5 million in the same period last year and was comparable sequentially to the record quarterly results of $61.5 million reported in third quarter of 2011. Revenue increased during the fourth quarter of 2011 from 2010 due to an increase in average selling price of 13.8% and volume of 63.3%. Petrochemical product sales (predominantly C5 and C6 hydrocarbons and related products) represented $60.2 million, or 97.9%, of total revenue for the fourth quarter of 2011 and $32.4 million, or 96.6%, of total revenue, for the fourth quarter last year. Petrochemical product sales increased by 85.8% from the fourth quarter of 2010 to the fourth quarter of 2011. The Company reported $1.3 million in toll processing fees during the fourth quarter of 2011 up 14.8% compared to $1.1 million for the prior year’s fourth quarter due to an increase in run volumes by one of the tolling customers.

During the fourth quarter of 2011, the cost of petrochemical sales and processing (including depreciation) increased approximately $22.1 million, or 75.9%, to $51.3 million as compared to $29.2 million in the same period in 2010 due to higher feedstock prices and volume processed. Average feedstock price per gallon increased 20.9% from 2010 to 2011 while volume processed increased 66.8%. Gross profit on revenue for the fourth quarter of 2011 increased approximately $5.8 million, or 133.4%, to $10.2 million as compared to $4.4 million in the same period in 2010 and compared sequentially to $9.2 million in the third quarter of 2011. The cost of petrochemical product sales and processing and gross profit for the three months ended December 31, 2011 includes a net gain of approximately $512,000 from derivative transactions. For the same period of 2010, there was a net gain of approximately $179,000.

Nick Carter, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “Our strong fourth quarter revenue gains reflect our increased volume levels which we indicated on our third quarter conference call. We have established a new base supported by both retention and expansion within our existing customer base and new contracts and applications for our products. As a result, full year revenues increased to a record $199.5 million. We are seeing the success of our strategy to increase volumes due to our facility expansion in 2008 which has allowed us to increase revenues and expand margins with a more diverse product mix including capturing more business in emerging technologies. We are also leveraging our operating infrastructure more efficiently as the increased volume decreases the per unit operating costs.”

Mr. Carter continued, “Recently, we signed a new contract with an existing customer that is expected to generate $10.4 million in annual revenue for 2012. The pricing structure for this contract extension was changed to a formula basis to create additional margin stability. Over the course of 2011, we successfully moved some of our existing and added new customers to this pricing formula. This has reduced margin volatility and stabilized gross profits. In addition, we began shipping commercial quantities of product to a customer that will add approximately $20 million to annual revenues. We also began shipping test product for Gevo from our demonstration plant. Both of these involve product being used in emerging technologies.”

General and Administrative costs for the fourth quarter of 2011 increased $941,000, or 34.8%, to $3.6 million from $2.7 million in the same period last year primarily due to increases in officer and administrative compensation, travel expense, group health insurance premium, investor relations’ expenses, and administrative expenses in Saudi Arabia. These increases were offset by decreases in directors’ fees, post retirement expense, legal fees, consulting fees and accounting fees.

The Company reported net income attributable to Arabian American Development Company in the fourth quarter of 2011 of approximately $4.1 million or $0.17 per basic and diluted share (based on 24.0 million basic and 24.5 million diluted weighted average shares outstanding, respectively). This compares to net income attributable to Arabian American Development Company of approximately $610,000, or $0.03 per basic and diluted share for the fourth quarter of 2010 (based on 23.9 million basic and diluted weighted average shares outstanding, respectively). This compare sequentially to $3.9 million, or $0.16 per basic and diluted share in the third quarter of 2011.

The Company reported EBITDA for the fourth quarter of 2011 up 233% to approximately $7.2 million compared to $2.2 million for the same period in 2010 and compared sequentially to $6.8 million in the third quarter of 2011.

Full Year 2011 Financial Results

Consolidated revenue for the full year ended December 31, 2011, increased 43.4% to a record $199.5 million compared to revenue of $139.1 million in the same period in 2010 primarily due to an increase in the average selling price of 24.7% and total sales volume of 16.1%. Petrochemical product sales represented $194.6 million or 97.5%, of total revenue for the full year of 2011 compared to $133.6 million, or 96.0% of total revenue, for the same period last year. There were no transloading sales for the full year ended December 31, 2011 compared to $854,000 in the same period last year. The Company generated $4.9 million in toll processing fees, up 4.7%, during the full year ended December 31, 2011, compared with $4.7 million for the same period last year.

During the full year ended December 31, 2011, the cost of petrochemical sales and processing (including depreciation) increased approximately $51.7 million, or 42.4%, as compared to the same period in 2010 due to higher feedstock prices and a 17.7% increase in gallons processed. Average feedstock price per gallon increased 30.7% from 2010 to 2011.

Total gross profit on revenue for the full year ended December 31, 2011, increased approximately $8.7 million, or 50.5%, to $25.9 million, as compared to $17.2 million for the same period in 2010. The cost of petrochemical product sales and processing and gross profit for the full year ended December 31, 2011, includes a net gain of approximately $403,000 from derivative transactions. For the same period of 2010, the net gain was approximately $205,000.

Year-to-date General and Administrative costs increased approximately $847,000, or 7.8%, to $11.8 million from $10.9 million in the same period in 2010.

For the full year ended December 31, 2011, the Company reported net income attributable to Arabian American Development of approximately $8.4 million, or $0.35 per basic and diluted share (based on 24.0 million basic and 24.3 million diluted weighted average shares outstanding, respectively), compared to net income of approximately $2.7 million, or $0.11 per basic and diluted share (based on 23.8 million basic and diluted weighted average shares outstanding) for the year-ago period.

EBITDA for the full year ended December 31, 2011, was $16.9 million as compared to $8.2 million for the same period in 2010.

The Company completed the quarter with $6.7 million in cash and cash equivalents compared to $7.6 million as of December 31, 2010. Trade receivables increased by $12.0 million, 107%, to $23.2 million compared to $11.2 million at December 31, 2010, due to an increase in the average selling price per gallon and an increase in volume sold. The average collection period remains normal for the business. Inventory increased approximately $3.5 million (due to a 17.7% increase in volume and a 30.7% increase in cost per gallon).

The Company had $29.7 million in working capital compared to $19.0 million in working capital as of December 31, 2010, and ended the quarter with a current ratio of 3.5 to 1. Shareholders’ equity increased to $65.9 million as of December 31, 2011, from $56.6 million as of December 31, 2010.

Mr. Carter concluded, “Subsequent to the year end, we took a small group of investors to Saudi Arabia for a first-hand look at the AMAK mining operation as it moves further into commericialization. I am delighted to say that the outcome of this visit for them was a more thorough understanding of the potential of the joint venture as they had an opportunity to meet with key Saudi investors and the operations staff. Operationally, the AMAK staff continues to make progress on the startup issues which have arisen, and we remain confident that full production will develop as we move through the process. We’ve not had any issues arise which would not be typical for a startup situation.”

About Arabian American Development Company (ARSD)

ARSD owns and operates a petrochemical facility located in southeast Texas, just north of Beaumont, which specializes in high purity petrochemical solvents and other solvent type manufacturing. The Company is also the original developer and now a 37% owner of AMAK, a Saudi Arabian joint stock mining company.

Safe Harbor

Statements in this release that are not historical facts are forward looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward looking statements are based upon management’s belief as well as assumptions made by and information currently available to management. Because such statements are based upon expectations as to future economic performance and are not statements of fact, actual results may differ from those projected. These risks, as well as others, are discussed in greater detail in Arabian American’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including Arabian American’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010, and the Company’s subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.

- Tables follow -


    ARABIAN AMERICAN DEVELOPMENT COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES
    CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

                                                                 December 31,
                                                                 ------------
                                                                 2011          2010
                                                                 ----          ----
    ASSETS
    ------
    CURRENT ASSETS
      Cash and cash equivalents                            $6,673,987    $7,609,943
      Financial contracts                                     392,864       177,446
       Trade receivables, net of allowance for
        doubtful accounts                                  23,198,132    11,212,290
         of $210,000 and $155,000, respectively
       Current portion of notes receivable, net
        of discount of $0                                           -        34,427
         and $684,  respectively
       Prepaid expenses and other assets                      681,168       669,367
       Contractual based intangible assets                    250,422       250,422
       Inventories                                          9,456,365     5,917,283
       Deferred income taxes                                1,169,124       487,513
       Taxes receivable                                             -       216,461
                                                                  ---       -------

              Total current assets                         41,822,062    26,575,152

      PLANT, PIPELINE, AND EQUIPMENT - AT COST             60,624,093    54,703,710
        LESS ACCUMULATED DEPRECIATION                    (23,671,722)  (20,839,442)
                                                          -----------   -----------

      PLANT, PIPELINE, AND EQUIPMENT, NET                  36,952,371    33,864,268

      INVESTMENT IN AMAK                                   30,883,657    30,883,657
      MINERAL PROPERTIES IN THE UNITED STATES                 588,311       588,311
                                                              354,764       605,185
    CONTRACTUAL BASED INTANGIBLE ASSETS, net
     of current portion
      OTHER ASSETS                                             10,938        10,938
                                                               ------        ------

      TOTAL ASSETS                                       $110,612,103   $92,527,511
                                                         ============   ===========


    ARABIAN AMERICAN DEVELOPMENT COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES
    CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS - Continued

                                                                 December 31,
                                                                 ------------
                                                                 2011          2010
                                                                 ----          ----

    LIABILITIES
    -----------
      CURRENT LIABILITIES
        Accounts payable                                   $5,857,498    $2,778,161
        Accrued interest                                      115,865       120,533
        Current portion of derivative
         instruments                                          344,531       396,527
        Accrued liabilities                                 2,944,470     1,777,642
        Accrued liabilities in Saudi Arabia                   139,731       184,593
        Notes payable                                          12,000        12,000
        Current portion of post retirement
         benefit                                              258,055       246,605
        Current portion of long-term debt                   1,500,000     1,864,770
        Current portion of other liabilities                  936,891       199,939
                                                              -------       -------

              Total current liabilities                    12,109,041     7,580,770

      LONG-TERM DEBT, net of current
       portion                                             22,739,488    20,836,098
      POST RETIREMENT BENEFIT, net of
       current portion                                        648,696       680,196

      DERIVATIVE INSTRUMENTS, net of
       current portion                                        789,453       719,693
      OTHER LIABILITIES, net of current
       portion                                              1,071,115       390,232
      DEFERRED INCOME TAXES                                 7,015,898     5,480,683
                                                            ---------     ---------

              Total liabilities                            44,373,691    35,687,672

    COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES
    -----------------------------

    EQUITY
    ------
      Common Stock -authorized 40,000,000
       shares of $.10 par value;                            2,373,142     2,368,291
          issued and outstanding, 23,731,415
           and 23,682,915 shares
          in 2011 and 2010, respectively
      Additional Paid-in Capital                           44,137,773    43,162,641
      Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss                   (748,430)     (736,706)
      Retained Earnings                                    20,186,704    11,756,390
                                                           ----------    ----------
       Total Arabian American Development
        Company Stockholders'                              65,949,189    56,550,616
          Equity
       Noncontrolling interest                                289,223       289,223
                                                              -------       -------
             Total equity                                  66,238,412    56,839,839
                                                           ----------    ----------

           TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY                  $110,612,103   $92,527,511
                                                         ============   ===========


    ARABIAN AMERICAN DEVELOPMENT COMPANY AND
     SUBSIDIARIES
            ----------------------------------------
    CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
                                                          ---------------------------------

                                           THREE MONTHS ENDED            12 MONTHS ENDED
                                           ------------------            ---------------
                                                 31-Dec                      31-Dec
                                                 ------                      ------
                                               2011          2010           2011           2010
                                               ----          ----           ----           ----
    REVENUES
    --------
       Petrochemical
       Product
       Sales                            $60,182,443   $32,394,750   $194,619,696   $133,579,088
       -------------                    -----------   -----------   ------------   ------------
      Processing
       Fees                               1,294,995     1,128,440      4,896,828      4,677,470
      ----------                          ---------     ---------      ---------      ---------
      Transloading                                -             -              -        853,636
      ------------                              ---           ---            ---        -------
                                         61,477,438    33,523,190    199,516,524    139,110,194
                                         ----------    ----------    -----------    -----------
    OPERATING COSTS AND
     EXPENSES
    -------------------
      Cost of
       Petrochemical
       Product
      --------------
        Sales and
         Processing                      51,316,909    29,169,093    173,600,205    121,894,912
        -----------                      ----------    ----------    -----------    -----------

       GROSS
        PROFIT                           10,160,529     4,354,097     25,916,319     17,215,282
       -------                           ----------     ---------     ----------     ----------

    GENERAL AND
     ADMINISTRATIVE
     EXPENSES
    ---------------
      General
       and
       Administrative                     3,642,153     2,701,525     11,777,058     10,930,141
      ---------------                     ---------     ---------     ----------     ----------
      Depreciation                          120,081       104,974        475,526        433,372
      ------------                          -------       -------        -------        -------
                                          3,762,234     2,806,499     12,252,584     11,363,513
                                          ---------     ---------     ----------     ----------

    OPERATING
     INCOME                               6,398,295     1,547,598     13,663,735      5,851,769
    ---------                             ---------     ---------     ----------      ---------

    OTHER INCOME
     (EXPENSE)
    ------------
      Interest
       Income                                     -           962          3,576         16,184
      --------                                  ---           ---          -----         ------
      Interest
       Expense                             (283,656)     (275,577)    (1,113,292)    (1,132,968)
      --------                             --------      --------     ----------     ----------
      Equity in Loss from
       AMAK                                                                    -       (262,500)
      -------------------                                                    ---       --------
       Miscellaneous
       Income
       (Expense)                            (11,007)      (58,374)         3,203        (84,015)
       -------------                        -------       -------          -----        -------
                                           (294,663)     (332,989)    (1,106,513)    (1,463,299)
                                           --------      --------     ----------     ----------

     INCOME
      BEFORE
      INCOME
      TAX
      EXPENSE                             6,103,632     1,214,609     12,557,222      4,388,470
     --------                             ---------     ---------     ----------      ---------

    INCOME
     TAXES                                2,026,262       604,809      4,126,908      1,702,816
    ------                                ---------       -------      ---------      ---------

      NET INCOME                          4,077,370       609,800      8,430,314      2,685,654
      ----------                          ---------       -------      ---------      ---------

    NET LOSS
     ATTRIBUTABLE
     TO
     NONCONTROLLING
     INTEREST                                     -             -              -              -
    ---------------                             ---           ---            ---            ---

    NET INCOME
     ATTRIBUTABLE
     TO
     ARABIAN
     AMERICAN
     DEVELOPMENT
     CO.                                 $4,077,370      $609,800     $8,430,314     $2,685,654
    -------------                        ==========      ========     ==========     ==========

    Net income per
     common share
      Basic
       earnings
       per share                              $0.17         $0.03          $0.35          $0.11
      ----------                              -----         -----          -----          -----
      Basic weighted
       average number
      ---------------
      of common
       shares
       outstanding                       24,001,241    23,828,976     23,992,538     23,769,047
      ------------                       ==========    ==========     ==========     ==========

      Diluted
       earnings
       per share                              $0.17         $0.03          $0.35          $0.11
      ----------                              -----         -----          -----          -----
      Diluted weighted
       average number
      ----------------
      of common
       shares
       outstanding                       24,523,147    23,874,000     24,267,289     23,780,303
      ------------                       ==========    ==========     ==========     ==========


    ARABIAN AMERICAN DEVELOPMENT COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES
     RECONCILIATION OF SELECTED GAAP MEASURES TO NON-GAAP
     MEASURES(1)

                               THREE MONTHS ENDED               12 MONTHS ENDED
                                     31-Dec                         31-Dec
                                     ------                         ------
                                  2011          2010           2011           2010
                                  ----          ----           ----           ----
                                                (in thousands)
                                                --------------

    NET
     INCOME
     (LOSS)                     $4,077          $610         $8,430         $2,686

    Add back:
      Interest                     284           276          1,113          1,133
      Taxes                      2,026           605          4,127          1,703
      Depreciation                 120           105            476            433
       Depreciation
       in cost
       of sales                    695           568          2,744          2,271

    EBITDA                      $7,202        $2,164        $16,890         $8,226
                                ======        ======        =======         ======


                                              12/31/2011
                                              ----------
                                         (in thousands
                                         except ratio)
                                        --------------

    Current assets                               $41,822

    Current liabilities                          $12,109

    Working capital                              $29,713
                                                 =======
    (current assets less current
     liabilities)
    Current ratio                                    3.5
                                                     ===
     (current assets divided by
      current liabilities)

(1)This press release includes non-GAAP measures. Our non-GAAP measures are not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for comparable GAAP measures and should be read only in conjunction with our consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP.


    Company         Nick Carter, President and Chief
     Contact:       Executive Officer
                    (409) 385-8300
                   ncarter@southhamptonr.com

    Investor
     Contact:      Cameron Donahue
                   Hayden IR
                    (651) 653-1854
                   Cameron@haydenir.com

SOURCE Arabian American Development Co.


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