Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)


9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2015
Pacific Ethanol West Plants  

As of September 30, 2015, the Company owned 100% of its four Pacific Ethanol West Plants located in the Western United States through its holding company, PE Op Co., namely, Pacific Ethanol Madera LLC, Pacific Ethanol Columbia, LLC, Pacific Ethanol Stockton LLC and Pacific Ethanol Magic Valley, LLC, and their holding company, Pacific Ethanol Holding Co. LLC (together with the Pacific Ethanol West Plants, the “Plant Owners”).


Prior to December 2013, PE Op Co. was consolidated as a variable interest entity because the Company, through its contractual arrangements with PE Op Co., had the power to direct the activities that most significantly impacted PE Op Co.’s economic performance. Since December 2013, as a result of owning 91% of PE Op Co., the Company continued to consolidate PE Op Co.’s financial results under the voting rights model.


In May 2015, the Company purchased the remaining 4% ownership interest in PE Op Co. that it did not own, giving it 100% ownership of PE Op Co.


For the prior periods in which the Company did not wholly-own PE Op Co., it adjusted its consolidated net income (loss) for the income (loss) attributed to PE Op Co.’s other owners. The remaining amount after this adjustment resulted in net income (loss) attributed to Pacific Ethanol.


Noncontrolling interest decreased from $4,475,000 at December 31, 2014 to $0 at September 30, 2015 due to the Company’s purchase of the remaining 4% ownership interest in PE Op Co. for $3,828,000, resulting in a reduction of noncontrolling interest of $4,388,000, and loss attributed to noncontrolling interest of $87,000 for the nine months ended September 30, 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.