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RENEWABLE ENERGY GROUP ACQUIRES DYNAMIC FUEL FROM TYSON FOODS
Source: Renewable Energy Group

Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: REGI), Ames, IA, has reached an agreement with Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN) to acquire Tyson's 50% ownership position in Dynamic Fuels, LLC, the companies announced today.

Completion of the transaction with Tyson Foods, which is contingent upon the closing of REG's December 2013 announced agreement to acquire substantially all of the assets of Syntroleum Corporation (NASDAQ: SYNM), would give REG full ownership of Dynamic Fuels and its 75-million gallon per year nameplate capacity renewable diesel biorefinery in Geismar, Louisiana.

Tyson and Syntroleum formed Dynamic Fuels in 2007 as a 50/50 joint venture. The Geismar facility, completed in 2010, was the first large scale renewable diesel biorefinery built in the U.S.

"Upon closing, this is another milestone for REG in growing our core advanced biofuels business," said Daniel J. Oh, REG President & CEO. "It gives us the opportunity to further expand our production capacity into new product lines, while growing our overall advanced biofuel manufacturing capability, and bringing on other renewable chemical applications."

"Selling our interest in Dynamic Fuels to REG provides capital for Tyson to redeploy into other opportunities," said Andrew Rojeski, Vice President-Renewable Energy for Tyson Foods. "REG is a long-term customer of ours, buying fats, oils and greases to make renewable fuel, and we hope to continue that relationship."

Under the terms of the agreement, an REG subsidiary would acquire Tyson Foods' 50% membership interest in Dynamic Fuels by paying Tyson approximately $18 million in cash at closing and up to $35 million in future payments tied to production volume at the Geismar biorefinery over a period of up to eleven and a half years. REG will also fund repayment of approximately $12 million of Dynamic Fuels' indebtedness to Tyson at closing.

A portion of the development and construction of the Geismar biorefinery was funded by $100 million in Gulf Opportunity Zone Bonds, issued through the Louisiana Public Facilities Authority. Closing of the acquisition from Tyson Foods is conditioned on REG's replacement of the letter of credit Tyson Foods obtained to support issuance of the bonds or completion of a financing sufficient to refinance the bonds prior to December 31, 2014 on terms acceptable to REG. REG may seek to use existing cash on hand and/or one or more financing vehicles, including public or private debt or equity, to satisfy this condition. Closing is also subject to satisfaction of other customary closing conditions.

REG currently owns eight operating biodiesel refineries in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota and Texas that have a combined annual nameplate production capacity of 257 million gallons. With the addition of the Geismar facility, the company's total advanced biofuel annual nameplate production capacity would increase to 332 million gallons.

About Renewable Energy Group

Renewable Energy Group, Inc. is a leading North American biodiesel producer with a nationwide distribution and logistics system. Utilizing an integrated value chain model, Renewable Energy Group is focused on converting natural fats, oils and greases into advanced biofuels and on converting diverse feedstocks into renewable chemicals. With 257 million gallons of annual nameplate production capacity at biorefineries across the country, REG is a proven biodiesel partner in the distillate marketplace.

For more than a decade, REG has been a reliable supplier of biodiesel which meets or exceeds ASTM quality specifications. REG sells REG-9000 biodiesel to distributors so Americans can have cleaner burning fuels that help diversify the energy complex and increase energy security. REG-9000 biodiesel is distributed in most states in the U.S.

About Tyson Foods

Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE TSN), with headquarters in Springdale, Arkansas, is one of the world's largest processors and marketers of chicken, beef and pork, the second-largest food production company in the Fortune 500 and a member of the S&P 500. The company was founded in 1935 by John W. Tyson, whose family has continued to be involved with son Don Tyson leading the company for many years and grandson John H. Tyson serving as the current Chairman of the Board of Directors. Tyson Foods produces a wide variety of protein-based and prepared food products and is the recognized market leader in the retail and foodservice markets it serves. The company provides products and services to customers throughout the United States and approximately 130 countries. It has approximately 115,000 Team Members employed at more than 400 facilities and offices in the United States and around the world. Through its Core Values, Code of Conduct and Team Member Bill of Rights, Tyson Foods strives to operate with integrity and trust and is committed to creating value for its shareholders, customers and Team Members. The company also strives to be faith-friendly, provide a safe work environment and serve as stewards of the animals, land and environment entrusted to it.


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