Washington, D.C. 20549






Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934


Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): November 6, 2020




(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)


Delaware   000-21467   41-2170618

(State or Other Jurisdiction

of Incorporation)

  (Commission File Number)  

(IRS Employer

Identification No.)


400 Capitol Mall, Suite 2060
Sacramento, California
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)   (Zip Code)


Registrant’s Telephone Number, Including Area Code: (916) 403-2123



(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)


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


Title of each class  Trading Symbol(s)  Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock, $0.001 par value  PEIX  The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC
(Nasdaq Capital Market)


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 ☐


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Item 1.01Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.


On November 6, 2020, Pacific Ethanol Magic Valley, LLC (“PE Magic Valley”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Pacific Ethanol, Inc. (the “Company”), entered into a Real Estate Purchase and Sale Agreement (the “Purchase Agreement”) dated November 6, 2020 by and between PE Magic Valley and Liberty Basin, LLC (“Purchaser”) to sell 134 acres of real property (the “Land”), the rail loop, and grain handling assets at the Company’s facility in Burley, Idaho for $10 million in cash. PE Magic Valley will retain 25 acres of real property and its renewable fuel plant. The sale includes all buildings, fixtures and other improvements located on the Land, together with certain personal property appurtenant to the Land and improvements and all easements, rights-of-way and privileges appertaining to or otherwise benefitting or used in connection with the Land, improvements and personal property (the “Transaction”).


The Transaction is expected to close on or before November 30, 2020, subject to customary closing conditions for transactions of this type. There can be no assurance that the Transaction will be consummated.


The Purchase Agreement also contains customary representations, warranties and covenants, and other terms and conditions.


The description of the Purchase Agreement does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the Purchase Agreement, which is filed as Exhibit 10.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and is incorporated herein by this reference.


Item 9.01Financial Statements and Exhibits.


(d) Exhibits.


Number   Description
10.1   Real Estate Purchase and Sale Agreement dated November 6, 2020 by and between Pacific Ethanol Magic Valley, LLC and Liberty Basin, LLC (*)


(*)All of the agreements filed as exhibits to this report contain representations and warranties made by the parties thereto. The assertions embodied in such representations and warranties are not necessarily assertions of fact, but a mechanism for the parties to allocate risk. Accordingly, investors should not rely on the representations and warranties as characterizations of the actual state of facts or for any other purpose at the time they were made or otherwise.







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:  November 9, 2020 PACIFIC ETHANOL, INC.
    Christopher W. Wright,
    Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary