by Jim Lane
The Top Line. In Colorado, Gevo (GEVO) reported Q2 revenues of $9.4 million compared with $7.5 million in the same period in 2017. During the second quarter of 2018, revenues derived at the Luverne Facility related to ethanol sales and related products were $8.8 million, an increase of approximately $2.0 million from the same period in 2017. This was primarily a result of increased ethanol production and distiller grain prices in the second quarter of 2018 versus the same period in 2017. Non-GAAP cash EBITDA loss in the three months ended June 30, 2018 was $2.6 million, compared with a $4.4 million non-GAAP cash EBITDA loss in the same period in 2017.
The Big Highlights. In Q2, Gevo sold 6,281,409 shares of common stock (after giving effect to the one-for-twenty reverse stock split effected on June 1, 2018) under its at-the-market offering program, for gross proceeds of approximately $37.4 million, restructuring its balance sheet, and secured its first commercial off-take agreement for our renewable alcohol to jet fuel. Specifically, a long-term agreement to supply its renewable alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ) to Avfuel Corporation, effective July 1, 2018. And, the Environmental Protection Agency announced the approval of isobutanol at a 16% blend level in gasoline for on-road use in automobiles. Previously, isobutanol had been approved for on-road use up to a 12.5% blend. A 16% isobutanol blend in gasoline provides the same oxygen content in gasoline as an E10 gasoline, and provides other value-added benefits such as low Reid Vapor Pressure or RVP, higher energy density, high octane, and low water solubility.