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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

FORM 8-K

CURRENT REPORT

Pursuant to Section 13 OR 15(d) of the

Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported)

March 22, 2021

GREEN PLAINS INC.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

Iowa

(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation)

001-32924

84-1652107

(Commission file number)

(IRS employer identification no.)

 

 

1811 Aksarben Drive, Omaha, Nebraska

68106

(Address of principal executive offices)

(Zip code)

(402) 884-8700

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

Title of each class

Trading Symbol

Name of each exchange on which registered

Common Stock, par value $0.001 per share

GPRE

The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:

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Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter). Emerging growth company

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.


Item 1.01Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.

Amendment No. 5 to Rail Transportation Services Agreement

Effective March 22, 2021, in connection with the Partnership Transaction (as defined below), Green Plains Logistics LLC (“Green Plains Logistics”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Green Plains Partners LP (the “Partnership”), entered into Amendment No. 5 to the Rail Transportation Services Agreement (the “Rail Transportation Services Agreement Amendment”) with Green Plains Trade Group LLC (“Green Plains Trade”). Pursuant to the Rail Transportation Services Agreement Amendment, Green Plains Logistics agreed to a minimum capacity commitment of 68.22 million gallons with Green Plains Trade. The Rail Transportation Services Agreement Amendment is filed as Exhibit 10.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K.

Amendment No. 5 to Ethanol Storage and Throughput Agreement

Effective March 22, 2021, in connection with the Partnership Transaction, Green Plains Ethanol Storage LLC (“Green Plains Storage”), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Partnership, entered into Amendment No. 5 to the Ethanol Storage and Throughput Agreement (the “Storage and Throughput Agreement Amendment”) with Green Plains Trade. Pursuant to the Storage and Throughput Agreement Amendment, Green Plains Trade is obligated to throughput a minimum of 217.7 million gallons per calendar quarter (previously 232.45 million gallons per calendar quarter) of product at the Partnership’s facilities. The Storage and Throughput Agreement Amendment is filed as Exhibit 10.2 to this Current Report on Form 8-K.

Amendment No. 5 to Operational Services and Secondment Agreement



Effective March 22, 2021, in connection with the Partnership Transaction, Green Plains Holdings LLC (“Green Plains Holdings”), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Partnership, entered into Amendment No. 5 to the Operational Services and Secondment Agreement (the “Operational Services and Secondment Agreement Amendment”) with the Company. Pursuant to the Operational Services and Secondment Agreement Amendment, the two parties agreed to the removal of the location no longer served. The Operational Services and Secondment Agreement Amendment is filed as Exhibit 10.3 to this Current Report on Form 8-K.

Item 2.01Completion of Acquisition or Disposition of Assets.

Closing of Asset Purchase Agreements

As previously announced, on January 25, 2021, Green Plains Ord LLC (“Green Plains Ord”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Green Plains Inc. (the “Company”) entered into an Asset Purchase Agreement to sell the ethanol plant located in Ord, Nebraska to GreenAmerica Biofuels Ord LLC (the “Ord Transaction”). Correspondingly, the Company entered into a separate asset purchase agreement with the Partnership to acquire the storage assets and assign the rail transportation assets to be disposed of in the Ord Transaction for $27.0 million (the “Partnership Transaction”). On March 22, 2021, the Company closed on both the Partnership Transaction and Ord Transaction. The $27.0 million proceeds from the Partnership Transaction were used to repay debt.

Item 7.01. Regulation FD Disclosure.

On March 23, 2021, the Company issued a press release announcing the closure of the Partnership Transaction and the Ord Transaction. A copy of the press release is being furnished hereto as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated herein by reference.


Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d) Exhibits. The following exhibits are filed as part of this report.

Exhibit No.

Description of Exhibit

10.1

Amendment No. 5 to Rail Transportation Services Agreement, dated March 22, 2021, by and between Green Plains Logistics LLC and Green Plains Trade Group LLC.

10.2

Amendment No. 5 to Ethanol Storage and Throughput Agreement, dated March 22, 2021, by and between Green Plains Ethanol Storage LLC and Green Plains Trade Group LLC. (The exhibits to Amendment No. 5 have been omitted. The Company will furnish such schedules to the SEC upon request).

10.3

Amendment No. 5 to Operational Services and Secondment Agreement, dated March 22, 2021, between Green Plains Inc. and Green Plains Holdings LLC.

99.1

Press Release, dated March 23, 2021.

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SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

Date: March 23, 2021

Green Plains Inc.

By: /s/ G. Patrich Simpkins Jr. .

G. Patrich Simpkins Jr.

Chief Financial Officer

(Principal Financial Officer)