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BioFuel Energy Reports Third Quarter Results

DENVER, Nov. 10, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- BIOFUEL ENERGY CORP. (Nasdaq: BIOF), an ethanol production company, today announced its third quarter 2010 results.  For the quarter ended September 30, 2010, revenues totaled $114.7 million, resulting in a net loss of $1.8 million, compared to revenues of $91.1 million and a net loss of $8.4 million for the same period in 2009.  Net loss attributable to common shareholders was $1.4 million, or $.05 per share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2010, compared to a net loss attributable to common shareholders of $6.2 million, or $.26 per share, for the same period in 2009.

Operating income for the third quarter of 2010 was $1.0 million, which resulted from $110.1 million in cost of goods sold, including $78.2 million for corn, and $3.6 million in general and administrative expenses. The Company also had $2.8 million of interest expense in the third quarter of 2010.  For the same period of 2009, our operating loss was $3.8 million, which resulted from $89.0 million in cost of goods sold, including $60.5 million for corn, and $5.9 million in general and administrative expenses.  During the third quarter of 2009, the Company had $4.6 million in interest expense.  Depreciation expense for the third quarter of 2010 was $6.8 million, compared to $6.7 million for the same period in 2009.

Scott H. Pearce, the Company's President and Chief Executive Officer, stated: "Overall, margins showed steady improvement during the quarter, as ethanol prices more than kept up with rising corn prices.  In addition, our plants performed well and our production cost improvements showed through in our results, as we continue to focus on achieving profitability.  We were also able to repay our maturing working capital facility with the proceeds of the bridge loan, which we consider a significant step towards resolving our liquidity issues.  Finally, we view the long anticipated ruling from the EPA approving the move to E-15 on newer model cars as supportive to the industry in the mid to long term."

On October 18, 2010, the Company filed a registration statement with the SEC for a rights offering, the proceeds of which it intends to use to repay its bridge loan facility and subordinated debt and to make certain other payments.  The Company entered into the bridge loan on September 24, 2010 in order to repay in full the working capital loans under its senior debt facility.  The bridge loan facility matures on March 24, 2011. At September 30, 2010, the Company had $192.5 million in term loans outstanding under its senior debt facility and $19.4 million borrowed under its bridge loan facility. At September 30, 2010, the Company held $10.9 million of cash and equivalents and equity totaled $55.1 million, including $.3 million of noncontrolling interest.

The Company plans to host a conference call on Thursday, November 11, 2010 beginning at 1:00 p.m. (EST) to discuss the results.  To participate, please dial (800) 944-8766.  The participant code for the call is 13119.  Approximately 90 minutes following the call, a phone playback will be available for 30 days by dialing (866) 281-6782.  The access code for the replay is 153871.

This release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Federal securities laws.  Such statements are based on management's current expectations, estimates and projections, which are subject to a wide range of uncertainties and business risks.  Forward-looking statements should not be read as a guarantee of future performance or results, and will not necessarily be accurate indications of whether, or the times by which, our performance or results may be achieved.  Factors that could cause actual results to differ from those anticipated are discussed in our Exchange Act filings and our Annual Report on Form 10-K.  Readers are directed in particular to the Company's disclosures concerning liquidity matters and going concern considerations contained in our most recent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q.

BioFuel Energy currently has two 115 million gallons per year ethanol plants in the Midwestern corn belt.  The Company's goal is to become a leading ethanol producer in the United States by acquiring, developing, owning and operating ethanol production facilities. Contact:

Kelly G. Maguire

For more information:Executive Vice President &

www.bfenergy.comChief Financial Officer(303) 640.6500kmaguire@bfenergy.comBioFuel Energy Corp.  (in thousands, except per share amounts)Three Months Ended September 30,Nine Months Ended September 30, Summary Income Statement  2010200920102009Net sales



295,096Cost of goods sold



298,911Gross profit (loss)



(3,815)General and administrative expenses:   Compensation expense



4,551   Other



8,210 Operating income (loss)



(16,576) Interest income



74 Interest expense



(12,036) Other non-operating expense



(1) Net loss



(28,539) Less: Net loss attributable to the noncontrolling interest



8,061 Net loss attributable to BioFuel Energy Corp. common shareholders



(20,478) Loss per share - basic and diluted attributable to BioFuel Energy Corp. common shareholders



(0.87)Weighted average shares outstanding-basic and diluted



23,418 Additional operational data  Ethanol sold (gallons, in thousands)



162,568Dry distillers grain sold (tons, in thousands)



360.8Wet distillers grain sold (tons, in thousands)



283.1Average FOB price of ethanol sold (per gallon)



.54Average FOB price of dry distillers grain sold (per ton)



8.05Average FOB price of wet distillers grain sold (per ton)



34.34Average corn cost (per bushel)



3.58September 30,December 31, Summary Balance Sheet  20102009 Cash and equivalents


,109 Accounts receivable


23,745 Inventories


20,885 Prepaid expenses


2,529 Other current assets


325 Property, plant and equipment, net


284,362 Debt issuance costs, net


6,472 Other non-current assets


2,348 Total assets


346,775 Total current liabilities


40,830 Long-term debt, net of current portion


220,754 Tax increment financing, net of current portion


5,591 Other non-current liabilities


1,705 Total liabilities


268,880 BioFuel Energy Corp. stockholders' equity


72,235 Noncontrolling interest


5,660 Total equity


77,895 Total liabilities and equity  


346,775 Total shares outstanding at November 8, 2010 (a)

32,577,713  (a) Includes common shares and class B common shares, net of 809,606 shares held in treasury.  

SOURCE BioFuel Energy Corp.
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