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FutureFuel Releases Third Quarter 2013 Results

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Net income increased from $12,549,000 for the three months ended September 30, 2012 to $15,297,000 for the three months ended September 30, 2013. This increase was the net result of several factors including improved market conditions in the biodiesel industry, take or pay fees collected from other custom chemicals which were partially offset by the net impairment on fixed assets, the increased cost incurred from adjustments in our inventory carrying value as determined utilizing the LIFO method of inventory accounting and the change in product mix. Both the $1.00 biodiesel blenders credit and agri-biodiesel production credits are set to expire at December 31, 2013.

Nine Month Financial and Business Summary

Revenues for the nine months ended September 30, 2013 were $319,347,000 as compared to revenues for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 of $277,240,000, an increase of 15%. Revenues from biofuels increased 23% and accounted for 61% of total revenues in the first nine months of 2013 as compared to 57% in the first nine months of 2012. Revenues from chemicals increased 5% and accounted for 39% of total revenues in the first nine months of 2013 as compared to 43% in the first nine months of 2012. Within the chemicals segment, revenues for the first nine months of 2013 changed as follows compared to the first nine months of 2012: (i) revenue from the industrial intermediate utilized in the antimicrobial industry increased 44%; (ii) revenues from other custom products increased 34%; (iii) revenues from the proprietary herbicide and intermediates decreased 16%; (iv)  revenues from DIPB decreased 15%; and (v) revenues from the bleach activator decreased 4%.

Revenues from biofuels increased from $157,612,000 in the nine months ended September 30, 2012 to $193,500,000 in the nine months ended September 30, 2013. The reinstatement of the $1.00 per gallon federal blenders credit in January 2013 along with the government mandated renewable fuel standard for biodiesel combined to improve the economics of biodiesel in 2013. The blenders' credit had expired on December 31, 2011 and was reinstated in January 2013 retroactive to January 1, 2012 and extended through December 31, 2013. We have continued to debottleneck and increase our production capacity to make use of the improved economics of biodiesel. Revenues from biofuels have also been impacted by our sales of refined petroleum products as a supplier on a common carrier pipeline. Such gross sales totaled $8,881,000 in the first nine months of 2012 compared to $9,213,000 in the first nine of 2013. A substantial portion of our biodiesel sold in the first nine months of 2012 was to a major refiner in the United States and no assurances can be given that we will continue to sell to this major refiner or, if we do sell, the volume what will be sold or the profit margin that will be realized. We continue to develop our regional fuel distribution business.

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