Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)


3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2015
Pacific Ethanol Plants  

Consolidation of PE Op Co. – The Company concluded that since PE Op Co.’s inception, through the point the Company became a 91% owner in December 2013, PE Op Co. was a variable interest entity because the other owners of PE Op Co., due to the Company’s involvement through its contractual arrangements, at all times lacked the power to direct the activities that most significantly impacted its economic performance. Since December 2013, as a result of owning 91% of PE Op Co., the Company, with its significant majority position, has the ability to make most all decisions on its own, and has therefore determined that PE Op Co. is no longer considered a variable interest entity. The Company currently is a 96% owner and continues to consolidate PE Op Co.’s financial results, however, now under the voting rights model. Consequently, since the Company does not wholly-own PE Op Co., it must adjust its consolidated net income (loss) for the income (loss) attributed to PE Op Co.’s other owners. The remaining amount after this adjustment results in net income (loss) attributed to Pacific Ethanol, Inc.


Noncontrolling interest decreased from $4,475,000 at December 31, 2014 to $4,346,000 at March 31, 2015 due to net loss attributed to noncontrolling interest of $129,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2015.


The Company’s acquisition of its ownership interest in PE Op Co. does not impact the Company’s rights or obligations under any of its contractual arrangements. Further, creditors of PE Op Co. do not have recourse to Pacific Ethanol, Inc. Since its acquisition, the Company has not provided any additional support to PE Op Co. beyond the terms of its contractual arrangements.