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Rentech, Inc. (NYSE MKT: RTK) today announced its results for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2012 and provided financial guidance for 2013. Rentech owns the general partner and approximately 60% of the common units representing limited partner interests in Rentech Nitrogen Partners, L.P. (NYSE: RNF). Rentech Nitrogen manufactures and sells nitrogen fertilizer products. Rentech also owns the intellectual property including patents, pilot and demonstration data, and engineering designs for a number of clean energy technologies designed to produce certified synthetic fuels and renewable power when integrated with third-party technologies.
Rentech’s financial results reflect the consolidated results of Rentech, Inc. and its subsidiaries, including Rentech Nitrogen. The results of Rentech Nitrogen are reported as the nitrogen products manufacturing subsidiary of Rentech, which includes two operating segments: the East Dubuque Facility and the Pasadena Facility.
Commenting on results for the period, D. Hunt Ramsbottom, President and CEO of Rentech, said, “We reported solid results for the year as we re-position the Company, reflecting reduced R&D expenses and strong nitrogen prices and demand. We are confident about our future, with Rentech Nitrogen positioned to expand as it benefits from strong nitrogen fundamentals, and Rentech benefiting from reduced corporate spending and potentially entering a new business line with immediate global growth opportunities and attractive returns.”
Mr. Ramsbottom continued, “Beginning with the successful IPO of Rentech Nitrogen in late 2011, we have taken deliberate, thoughtful actions which have resulted in significant shareholder returns. We continue to focus on further value creation, recently announcing the elimination of R&D activities and pursuing a new business line with immediate or near-term profitability. We are excited about the potential for growth and returns from a new business and are optimistic about announcing our entry into the new business line in the coming months.”
Special Cash Distribution and Share Repurchases
As a result of Rentech's successful execution of its strategy and the Board's ongoing evaluation of the best steps to utilize its capital and create shareholder value, Rentech returned $58.6 million of cash to shareholders in 2012. Rentech paid a special cash distribution to shareholders of $0.19 per common share, which represented approximately $42.2 million in payments to holders, on December 27, 2012. Approximately 75% of the distribution was a return of capital. In addition to this cash distribution, Rentech repurchased approximately 9.1 million shares in 2012, at an average price of $1.81 per share.