Pacific Ethanol Closes Bill Gates Deal, Files Annual Report (PEIX)

| About: Pacific Ethanol, (PEIX)
This article is now exclusive for PRO subscribers.

Pacific Ethanol Inc. (NASDAQ: PEIX) filed its annual report, and also closed the financing deal with Bill Gates' private equity firm Cascade Investments.

Following is from the SEC filing:

On April 13, 2006, we issued to one investor, Cascade Investment, L.L.C., or Cascade, 5,250,000 shares of our Series A Cumulative Redeemable Convertible Preferred Stock, or Series A Preferred Stock, at a price of $16.00 per share, for an aggregate purchase price of $84.0 million. Of the $84.0 million aggregate purchase price, $4.0 million was paid to us at closing and $80.0 million was deposited into a restricted cash account and will be disbursed in accordance with the Deposit Agreement described below. We are entitled to use the initial $4.0 million of proceeds for general working capital purposes and must use the remaining $80.0 million for the construction or acquisition of one or more ethanol production facilities.

The $34 Million debt financing deal with Hudson and Comerica bank closed as well:

On April 13, 2006, PEI California’s second-tier subsidiary, Pacific Ethanol Madera LLC, or PEI Madera, entered into a Construction and Term Loan Agreement, or Construction Loan, with Hudson United Capital, or Hudson, and Comerica Bank, or Comerica. This debt financing, or Debt Financing, is in the aggregate amount of up to approximately $34.0 million and will provide a portion of the total financing necessary for the completion of our ethanol production facility in Madera County, or Project. The Project cost is not to exceed
approximately $65.1 million, or Project Cost.