NIAGARA FALLS, NY -- (Marketwire) -- 02/11/13 -- JBI, Inc. (OTCQB: JBII)
•Fuel production increases in 4th quarter •Successful stack test on 2nd processor •Fabrication supply delay causes delay in completion of 3rd processor •Revised positive cash flow timing
JBI, Inc. (the "Company" or "JBI") (OTCQB: JBII) today announced an update on its Plastic2Oil® ("P2O®") business operations, reflecting increased fuel production, a successful stack test on processor two, fabrication supplier delays, and revised expectations for achieving positive operating cash flow.
Based on preliminary results, total fuel production in the fourth quarter of 2012 increased over total amounts produced in the third quarter of 2012, and was greater than any other fiscal quarter in the Company's history. The Company believes that production would have been higher if it had not experienced significant downtime in December associated with a planned stack test on the Company's second processor. This stack test was performed to procure permits that would allow JBI the option of processing heat transfer fluid in conjunction with its plastic feedstock to optimize the yield per hour of the processors. This test was successful, producing data that confirmed extremely low emission levels at high feed rates. Performance of the stack test adversely affected fuel production during December 2012 due to the time necessary to prepare for and conduct the test.
JBI's Chief Operating Officer Tony Bogolin stated, "While we had an improved quarter in terms of total production, we continue to pursue methods to further increase production. We're focusing our efforts on achieving consistent production from our processors." He continued, "The technology is sound, our goal is to achieve these results day in and day out, which is a direct function of achieving satisfactory processor uptime. We are making continued headway in regards to processor uptime and we expect in the near future we will achieve targeted uptimes."
As previously disclosed, the Company's third processor is currently being assembled at its Niagara Falls plant, however, due to recent fabrication delays, the Company anticipates that this processor will not produce fuel until sometime in the second quarter of 2013. The Company had previously expected to have this processor online during the first quarter of 2013. These delays will preclude the Company from achieving cash-flow positive results during the first quarter of 2013, as previously communicated. The Company intends to provide updated guidance in its upcoming annual report.
In addition to the progress at the Niagara Falls location, the Company continues to work on development of its second plant to be located in Jacksonville, Florida. Currently, the Company is evaluating engineering options to maximize feedstock throughput for processors that will be located at that site, in addition to site design and construction activities related to plant infrastructure.
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