May 05, 2009 at 17:03 PM EDT
Court Enters Final Order Approving Aventine's DIP Financing

PEKIN, Ill., May 5, 2009 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Aventine Renewable Energy Holdings, Inc. (Pink Sheets:AVRNQ), a leading producer of ethanol in the U.S., today announced that the Bankruptcy Court in the District of Delaware has entered a final Order approving its debtor-in-possession ("DIP") financing. This final Order will allow the Company to access the remaining $15 million under its DIP financing when it is needed. As of May 5, 2009, Aventine had cash and cash equivalents totaling $22.3 million, not including the additional $15 million available to it as a result of the final DIP financing Order.

Aventine and its subsidiaries voluntarily filed to reorganize under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy code on April 7, 2009 in order to facilitate a restructuring of the Company's debts. A complete list of the filing entities and other information related to the Chapter 11 cases can be found through a link on the Company's website, www.aventinerei.com.

About Aventine

Aventine is a leading producer and marketer of ethanol to many leading energy companies in the United States. In addition to ethanol, Aventine also produces distillers grains, corn gluten meal, corn gluten feed, corn germ and brewers' yeast. Our internet address is www.aventinerei.com.

Forward Looking Statements

Certain information included in this press release may be deemed to be "forward looking statements" within the meaning of section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, included in this press release, are forward looking statements. Any forward looking statements are not guarantees of Aventine's future performance and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results, developments and business decisions to differ materially from those contemplated by such forward looking statements. Aventine disclaims any duty to update any forward looking statements. Some of the factors that may cause Aventine's actual results, developments and business decisions to differ materially from those contemplated by such forward looking statements include the following:



 * our ability to continue as a going concern;
 * our ability to operate pursuant to the terms and conditions of our
   DIP financing and the cash collateral order entered by the
   Bankruptcy Court in connection with our Bankruptcy Cases;
 * our ability to obtain Court approval with respect to motions in the
   Chapter 11 proceedings prosecuted by us from time to time;
 * our ability to develop, prosecute, confirm and consummate one or
   more plans of reorganization with respect to the Bankruptcy Cases;
 * risks associated with third parties seeking and obtaining court
   approval to terminate or shorten the exclusivity period that we have
   to propose and confirm one or more plans of reorganization, for the
   appointment of a Chapter 11 trustee or to convert the Bankruptcy
   Cases to cases under Chapter 7 of the Bankruptcy Code;
 * our ability to obtain and maintain normal terms with vendors and
   service providers;
 * our ability to maintain contracts that are critical to our
   operations;
 * the potential adverse impact of the Bankruptcy Cases on our
   liquidity or results of operations;
 * our ability to fund and execute our business plan;
 * our ability to attract, motivate and retain key executives and
   employees;
 * our ability to attract and retain customers;
 * Changes in or elimination of laws, tariffs, trade or other controls
   or enforcement practices such as:
   -- National, state or local energy policy;
   -- Federal ethanol and biodiesel tax incentives;
   -- Regulation currently proposed and/or under consideration which
      may increase the existing renewable fuel standard and other
      legislation mandating the usage of ethanol or biodiesel;
   -- State and federal regulation restricting or banning the use of
      Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether;
   -- Environmental laws and regulations applicable to Aventine's
      operations and the enforcement thereof;
 * Changes in weather and general economic conditions;
 * Overcapacity within the ethanol, biodiesel and petroleum refining
   industries;
 * Total United States consumption of gasoline;
 * Availability and costs of products and raw materials, particularly
   corn, coal and natural gas;
 * Labor relations;
 * Fluctuations in petroleum prices;
 * The impact on margins from a change in the relationship between
   prices received from the sale of co-products and the price paid for
   corn;
 * Aventine's or its employees' failure to comply with applicable laws
   and regulations;
 * Aventine's ability to generate free cash flow to invest in its
   business and service any indebtedness;
 * Limitations and restrictions contained in the instruments and
   agreements governing Aventine's indebtedness;
 * Aventine's ability to raise additional capital and secure additional
   financing, and our ability to service such debt, if obtained;
 * Liability resulting from actual or potential future litigation;
 * Competition;
 * Plant shutdowns or disruptions at our plant or plants whose products
   we market;
 * Availability of rail cars and barges;
 * Potential decreases in marketing alliance volumes resulting from the
   acquisition of marketing alliance partners by our competitors, the
   reduction of production capacity or abandonment of announced
   projects by marketing alliance partners for economic reasons, the
   creation of similar marketing alliances by our competitors and other
   failures to renew marketing alliance contracts;
 * Our ability to complete our ethanol plant expansion projects in a
   timely manner and at the expected cost;
 * Our ability to receive and/or renew permits to construct and/or
   commence operations of our proposed capacity additions in a timely
   manner, or at all; and
 * Fluctuations in earnings resulting from increases or decreases in
   the value of ethanol or biodiesel inventory
CONTACT:  Aventine
          Les Nelson, Director - Investor Relations
          (309) 347-9709
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