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MARKET DATA Company Introduction


Universal Bioenergy Inc. (UBRG) is poised to commence production
of renewable fuels with a particular focus on biodiesel production.
Symbol UBRG UBRG owns a biodiesel fuel refinery in Mississippi that provides
Exchanges OTCPK
the Company with strategic access to major inland ports, railway
Current Price $1.25
Price Target $3.30 hubs, highway intersections, and trucking destinations. The Com-
Rating Speculative Buy pany also benefits from the small footprint of its refinery, which
Outstanding Shares 21.5 Million provides UBRG with potentially lower energy costs than similar
Market Cap. $28.1 Million biodiesel producers.
Average 50-day Volume 7,576
UBRG is working to obtain the necessary permits to begin operating
Source: Yahoo Finance, Analyst Estimates its refinery and expects to commence production at 20,000 gallons
every three to four days within the next 90 to 120 days, pending ac-
quisition of sufficient working capital to make minor but necessary
final plant upgrades. Following these modest capital expenditures,
the Company expects to ramp up biodiesel production to 30,000
gallons per day, or approximately 11 million gallons annually. With
biodiesel (B100 variant) currently selling from refineries (rack price)
at around $4 per gallon on average, this would imply annualized
revenues quickly rising to a $44 million range. At full capacity, the
refinery could be producing 120,000 gallons per day, or 35 million
gallons annually, and generating annualized revenues from biod-
iesel sales exceeding $140 million annually, assuming $4 per gallon
biodiesel prices.

Universal Bioenergy uses a proprietary production process called


Dynamic Vibration Fusion Process (DVFP), which could cut pro-
cessing time by 40%-50%, potentially resulting in huge production
cost savings compared to similar-sized competitors. In addition, the
Company anticipates soon signing an agreement for one of two new

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second-generation technologies which could enable UBRG to produce biodiesel at temperatures of 110 degrees
versus the industry norm of 145 degrees Fahrenheit, resulting in sizable energy cost savings.

Investment Highlights
Sizable, growing domestic biodiesel market

Global biofuel sales were $20.5 billion in 2006 and are forecast to reach $80.9 billion by 2016. The U.S. is expected
to emerge as the world’s largest biodiesel market, accounting for 19% of global consumption by 2012. Domestic
biodiesel production is growing rapidly, rising from 28 million gallons in 2004 to 490 million gallons in 2007. U.S.
demand for biodiesel is expected to exceed 800 million gallons by 2010. EPA regulations, tax incentives and en-
vironmental concerns about diesel fuel exhausts are encouraging biodiesel use in North America. Biodiesel pro-
vides fuel efficiency, power, torque and haulage rates comparable to conventional diesel with better lubrication
that extends engine life. Biodiesel can be blended with diesel in any concentration, from 0 to 100% (B100), and
used without major diesel engine modification. Rising crude prices, combined with tax incentives for biofuels,
are helping biodiesel emerge as an affordable, eco-friendly alternative to conventional diesel fuel.

Strategically located refinery

UBRG’s processing facility is located in the south central region of the U.S. and is strategically located for easy
access to feedstock supplies and fuel distributors. The facility is located in northeastern Mississippi, 125 miles
southeast of Memphis, and is readily accessible via water, air, road, and rail transport. The area, known as
“America’s Distribution Center,” hosts the world’s largest cargo airport, the nation’s second largest inland port,
is a major rail hub, and is at the crossroads of major highways. In addition, the refinery’s proximity to large ma-
rinas is a sales advantage for UBRG since marine biodiesel is typically priced $1 higher than truck biodiesel.

Production gains boost revenue visibility

The biodiesel refinery is located on a 4.3-acre site and


offers ample space for expansion and diversification.
The Company expects to commence production at
20,000 gallons every three to four days within the next
90 to 120 days. Following modest capital expenditures,
the Company expects to ramp up production to 30,000
gallons per day. UBRG has four jacketed reactors, each
with a capacity of 50,000 gallons, allowing the produc-
tion of 30,000 gallons of biodiesel per batch per reactor.
Once all four reactors are online, the Company antici-
pates increasing production to 120,000 gallons per day
or about 35 million gallons annually, within 24 months.
Following the implementation of this plan and assum-
ing $4 per gallon biodiesel prices, UBRG’s revenues
could rapidly expand from our anticipated level of $44
million in its first full year of operation to an annualized
rate of $140 million within two years.

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Efficient production process provides cost savings and competitive advantage

UBRG will use an efficient biodiesel production method called Dynamic Vibration Fusion Process (DVFP), which
could cut production time by 40%-50% and produce high-grade biodiesel that meets or exceeds ASTM standards
at much lower cost than similar-sized competitors. In addition, the Company expects to soon sign an agreement
for one of two new second-generation technologies which could enable UBRG to produce biodiesel at tempera-
tures of 110 degrees versus 145 degrees Fahrenheit which is the current industry norm. The new technology
should result in significant energy cost savings. The Company’s long-term goal is to further reduce energy costs
by going completely off-grid by using wind, solar, and/or other alternative energy sources to power its plant and
production process and also reducing the plant’s carbon footprint.

Secure feedstock supply

The Company’s refinery will have the ability to process a wide variety of feedstock, including used vegetable oil,
animal fats, and non-edible plant oils, in addition to virgin plant oils, without requiring major technical changes to
the plant. UBRG is sourcing non-edible vegetable feedstock from suppliers in Africa, Columbia and Malaysia, and
is negotiating with a large rendering plant to provide it with animal fat feedstock at a 20% price savings. Over the
longer-term, the Company plans to contract with farmers to cultivate oil-producing seed crops from non-edible
plant sources on fallow land. Plans would entail cultivating a shrub called Jatropha, the seeds of which produce
four times as much feedstock oil per acre as soybeans annually.

Skilled management team

The Company’s CEO, Dr. Richard Craven, has more than 14 years of high-level business management experience
and more than nine years of marketing experience. He also taught at the university level for nearly two decades.
Through much of his career, Dr. Craven has focused on developing environmentally-friendly fuels and alternative
energy sources.

Dr. Craven worked as the lead chemical researcher and developer at Antek Research Inc., an environmentally
focused nonprofit research firm. His research efforts focused on optimizing and improving biodiesel reactions
and production, the use of reaction by-products, waste-to-fuel conversion, and waste conversion to other useful
products.

By purchasing an existing production facility that was in bankruptcy proceedings, UBRG was able to acquire a
nearly ready-to-operate plant at a fraction of Greenfield costs and gain access to a labor pool of experienced man-
agers and technical staff.

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Biodiesel Industry Outlook

Biodiesel is a liquid biofuel that can be substituted for diesel as a stand-alone fuel (also known as B100 or 100%
biodiesel) or used as an additive or extender by blending it with petroleum diesel. B20, a combination of 80%
petroleum diesel and 20% biodiesel, is the most popular blended product qualifying for fleet compliance under
the Energy Policy Act of 1992. Other variants such as B5 (5% biodiesel, 95% petroleum diesel), and B2 (2% biodie-
sel, 98% petroleum diesel) are also available. Both B5 and B6-B20 blends have recently received ASTM standards
approval for quality assurance.

Typical biodiesel feedstocks include vegetable oils from soybeans, rapeseed, Jatropha, and animal tallow. Soy-
bean oil and yellow grease (cooking oil recycled from restaurants) are the most common feedstocks used in the
United States.

The U.S. will become the world’s largest biodiesel market

Crude oil prices have fluctuated wildly in 2008 and are projected to average $115 per barrel in 2008 and $126 per
barrel in 2009. Rising oil prices, combined with environmental concerns and increased regulation of greenhouse
gases, are encouraging businesses and consumers to explore alternative fuel sources, including biodiesel. Ac-
cording to SRI Consulting, the U.S. is on track to become the world’s largest biodiesel consumer, accounting for
roughly 19% of the world’s biodiesel consumption by 2012. The U.S. currently accounts for approximately 13%
of world biodiesel production.

According to the National Biodiesel Board (NBB), increased demand for biodiesel will come from four major
segments - urban transit, government/regulated fleets, marine, and underground mining. These markets will
use biodiesel mainly as a fuel additive to meet EPA regulations requiring the use of Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel
(ULSD) in diesel-powered vehicles. Due to low lubricity, ULSD has the potential to damage diesel engines. Op-
erators can avoid potential damage by using biodiesel as an additive and as a cetane booster as biodiesel has
exceptional lubricity characteristics and typically higher cetane values than diesel.

Biodiesel as an alternative to petroleum diesel

There is a wide gap between crude oil supply and


demand in the U.S. Only about one-quarter of
the petroleum consumed in the U.S. is produced
in this country. The U.S. currently relies on oil im-
ported from other countries to meet domestic de-
mand. Last year, crude oil imports averaged more
than 5.1 million barrels per day. Biodiesel offers an
attractive alternative fuel that can ease America’s
dependence on foreign oil, reduce pollutants and
generate carbon credits.

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Exhibit 1: U.S. Production & Consumption of Petroleum

25
Million Barrels per Day

20

15

10

0
1Q-2007

2Q-2007

3Q-2007

4Q-2007

1Q-2008

2Q-2008

3Q-2008

4Q-2008

1Q-2009

2Q-2009

3Q-2009

4Q-2009
Consumption Crude Oil Production

Source: EIA

“Go Green” initiatives encourage biodiesel acceptance

Growing concerns about global warming are encouraging “go green” initiatives and heightening acceptance of
biodiesel as an affordable alternative to petroleum diesel. Stricter emissions standards are also increasing biodie-
sel demand.

Exhibit 2: Average emission impacts of biodiesel for various blending mixes

Note: HC=Hydrocarbon; CO=Carbon monoxide; PM=Particulate matter; NOx=Oxides of Nitrogen


Source: United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), October 2002 Report

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An analysis performed by the Environmental Protection Agency indicates that the B100 variant of biodiesel
could reduces carbon dioxide emissions by more than 75% as compared with petroleum diesel. The highly
popular B20 variant reduces carbon dioxide emissions by 15%, particulate matter (PM) by 10%, carbon monox-
ide (CO) by 11% and unburned hydrocarbon (HC) by 21%. In addition to improving the environment, reducing
emissions extends engine life and creates an indirect benefit for businesses and consumers.

Government regulation is a major biodiesel growth driver

• Energy Policy Act: Amendments to the 1992 Energy Policy Act in 1998, cash support from the USDA Com-
modity Credit Corporation’s Bio-energy Program, the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004, and the Energy
Policy Act of 2005 have all helped to fuel growth in the biodiesel industry. The Energy Policy Act stimulates
demand by including biodiesel and B20 grade biodiesel in the alternative fuel bracket. In addition, the En-
ergy Policy Act mandates the purchase of alternative fuel vehicles for vehicle fleets owned by federal and
state government agencies.

• Jobs Act of 2004: The Jobs Act of 2004 provides fuel blenders with financial incentives of $1 per gallon for
biodiesel made from virgin vegetable oils or animal fats and $0.50 per gallon for biodiesel made from re-
cycled oils and fats.

• Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007: This legislation mandates that renewable fuels be phased
into the domestic fuel supply and requires fuel producers to blend a percentage of biofuel into conventional
fuel. Fuel producers are required to include 500 million gallons of biodiesel in their total diesel production
by 2009. The amount increases to 1.0 billion gallons of blended fuel by 2012.

Tax incentives for biodiesel production

The CCC Bioenergy Program provided a huge boost to biodiesel production by reimbursing one bushel (1
bushel = 0.0272 tons) of feedstock for every 2.5 bushel used for biodiesel production. This program expired in
2006. The Energy Policy Act of 2005 helped reduce biodiesel production costs by providing a 10 cent per gallon
tax credit for the first 15 million gallons of biodiesel produced. The tax credit was available to refiners producing
less than 60 million gallons annually. Although the tax credit was scheduled to expire at year-end 2008, Congress
is considering an extension.
Exhibit 3: Production of Biodiesel in the U.S.

800
Million Gallons

600

400

200

0
1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 (E)

Source: The National Biodiesel Board (NBB); EIA

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As a result of tax incentives and other factors, domestic biodiesel production has risen from 0.5 million gallons in
1999 to 491 million gallons in 2007, and is estimated to reach 650 million gallons in 2008.

Biodiesel capacity additions

Attracted by a robust growth outlook, many new producers have entered the biodiesel market. The number of
biodiesel production facilities has risen from nine plants in 2001 to 171 plants in early 2008.

Exhibit 4: Number of Plants Engaged in Biodiesel Production

Exhibit 5: Production Capacity of Biodiesel in the US.

Note: Number of Plants data for 2008 is till January 2008.


Source: The National Biodiesel Board (NBB); Global Energy & Utility Market Research

Biodiesel production capacity estimated at 2.3 billion gallons in early 2008 is forecast to rise to 3.3 billion gallons
by year-end. Production capacity for the average biodiesel facility has more than doubled since 2001 from about
5.5 million gallons that year to 13.5 million gallons in early 2008. Most of the capacity growth has come in the last
two years.

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Subsidies make biodiesel price-competitive

Exhibit 6: Average U.S. Retail Fuel Prices per Gasoline Gallon Equivalent (GGE)

Note: Gallon of gasoline equivalent. is the amount of energy in one gallon of gasoline regardless of the actual volume of fuel.
Source: U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Website

At present, biodiesel is more expensive to produce than petroleum diesel and relies on government support and
tax exemptions to be competitive. As a result, the biodiesel industry is greatly affected by government legislation
and regulation.

Governments are willing to provide these incentives because of the environmental benefits and reduced reliance
on oil imports biodiesel can provide. Because it is a cleaner burning fuel, biodiesel also extends engine life while
providing mileage rates, power and torque comparable to conventional diesel.

Competitive Advantages/Business Strategy


Processing advantage

UBRG has a unique processing system based on its efficient DVFP process which could reduce processing time
by 40%-50% compared to similar-sized competitors and potentially enable considerable cost saving.

The process is described below:

Feed stock is pre heated at required temperature in double wall jacketed reactors.

Methoxide pre-mixture is added to the pre-heated feed stock formulated to meet various feed stocks chemical
reaction requirements.

IInline boiler keeps the feed stock at required temperature throughout the reaction process.

Reaction process continues for about three hours as four giant 50 horsepower pumps mix the product at high
pressure, creating a vibration/fusion reaction. Universal’s unique reaction could save processing time and heat-

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ing costs while creating a clean, quality fuel.

The product moves to separation tanks where biodiesel and glycerin are separated.

Glycerin is moved to storage tank.

Biodiesel is moved to Universal’s intense bubble wash system. This is a unique system because it employs intense
vibration powered by air. The air is injected into the fuel by a 4” pipe which is turned down at the bottom of a coni-
cal bottom tank and deflected upward, which pushes air and water through a large diameter plate that contains
thousands of tiny holes. The air bubbles entrain water and these little bubbles rise through the biodiesel removing
impurities and excess methanol. They then burst at the surface, expelling the methanol into the vapor recovery
system. The water and impurities then fall back to the bottom when the system is turned off. This system scrubs
the fuel, removing the excess methanol, soap, and other impurities, leaving a very clear, light in color biodiesel.
Biodiesel is then moved to biodiesel storage tanks.

The whole process is should be completed in 10 to 12 hours, which is 40%-50% faster than other similar biodiesel
refiners. The Company also anticipates signing an agreement for one of two new second-generation technologies
which could enable UBRG to produce biodiesel at temperatures of 110 degrees versus the industry norm of 145
degrees Fahrenheit. The ability to process fuel at lower temperatures should create huge energy cost savings for
the Company and reduce the plant’s carbon footprint.

Plant size and location advantage

The small footprint of its facility is a key competitive advantage for UBRG since the Company’s energy costs for
producing biodiesel should be less than its competitor’s cost. Another advantage is this facility’s location, about
125 miles southeast of Memphis, the center of America’s distribution center.

This location gives the Company important transportation and logistics resources including water, air, road and
rail transportation, and telecommunications. Memphis is home to the world’s largest cargo airport (Memphis
International Airport), four north-south runways, a Northwest Airlines hub, and the FedEx headquarters/global
operations center. In addition, the second-largest
inland port in the country and a series of water
ports (including Helena, W. Memphis, N. Mem-
phis and Blytheville Ports) are found nearby along
the Mississippi River. The I-40 and I-55 interstates
and the soon-to-be-finished I-22 interstate, ex-
tending east-west and north-south, respectively,
position the region at a key crossroads in the in-
terstate highway system. The Memphis region is
a major trucking hub and, with five Class-I rail-
roads (BNSF, UP, CN/IC, CSX and NS), is also an
important rail hub.

Toyota is building a plant near New Albany, Mis-


sissippi, about 40 miles northwest of the plant,
and is a potential customer for UBRG’s biodiesel.
In addition, Universal’s refinery is located in the

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middle of one of the highest truck traffic areas and furniture industry centers in America and near the South’s
largest automotive parts manufacturing facility. This area potentially represents one of the largest diesel con-
sumption markets in the United States.

There is a railway line in close proximity to the facility, and a previously-existed railway spur could be recon-
structed for an estimated cost of $1.0 million. Rail is a cost-effective way to move biodiesel by tank car from a
gathering location or single origin to a single destination since pipeline use is not possible at present for biodie-
sel.

The Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway is located just six miles away from the facility, which can barge about
500,000 gallons of biodiesel at a time. In addition, the facility’s close proximity to marinas gives UBRG a sales
advantage since marine diesel typically sells for $1 more than truck diesel.

Exhibit 7: Business Strategy Components

Business Strategy

Procurement Strategy Production Strategy Distribution Strategy Personnel Strategy

• Non Vegetable Oil - To • Stage 1 - 20,000 Gallons • Selling to customer’s of • Hiring & Retaining
be sourced from Africa, per 3 days previous owner of the qualified personnel
Columbia & Malaysia • Stage 2 - Upgrade to facility having knowledge and
• Yellow Grease (Waste 30,000 Gallons per day • Targeting Truck Stops, experience about bio-
Oil) - To be sourced from • Stage 3 - Producing Local Distributors energy market
the local market 120,000 Gallons per day • Export to European
• Each upgrade requires markets once stage 3 is
additional capital expen- reached
diture
• Sale of By products

• Go off-grid and use renewable energy sources (wind, solar, and other alternative fuels)

• Procurement of new technology for production that will enable the Company to produce
biodiesel at 110 degrees instead of conventional 145 degrees Fahrenheit.

• The new technology also should allow producing biodiesel at a rate of about 40%-50%
faster than other producers.

Cost Saving • Continuous search for alternative feedstock that will reduce production cost

Source: Company information

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The Company acquired its refinery at below market costs through a bankruptcy sale and has made the necessary
investments in repairs, maintenance, and cleaning to return the facility to near operating mode. An experienced
workforce has been hired to operate the plant.

Feedstock sourced and customers identified

UBRG will be purchasing feedstock and reagents for its current production needs. Feedstocks consist of low
cost waste vegetable oils, and non-edible vegetable oils sourced from Africa, Columbia, and Malaysia, as well as
from rendered animal fats sourced locally. UBRG is negotiating a supply agreement for animal fats from a large,
regionally located rendering plant that could save the Company up to 20% in feedstock costs. Initial sales efforts
will focus on the customers of the refinery’s previous owner. These include local and regional truck stops and
distributors.

Value added through processing byproducts

Glycerin is a byproduct formed during the manufacture of biodiesel. UBRG plans to sell this byproduct (10% of
the production volume), which will eliminate disposal costs and reduce overall expenses. Crude glycerin can fetch
prices between $0.20 to $0.60 per gallon depending on the quality of glycerin produced and used. Pharmaceutical-
grade glycerin fetches a high price but refining crude glycerin into pharmaceutical grade is a technical and costly
challenge. Additionally, the increase in biodiesel production nationally is resulting in a glut of crude glycerin on
the market and driving down prices. UBRG is considering multiple strategies to deal with this problem. One of
the strategies UBRG is considering is to convert the glycerin into methanol on-site; methanol is an ingredient used
in the manufacture of biodiesel. If this can be done economically, it will likely reduce the Company’s production
costs further. While the process will require an additional glycerin-to-methanol converter, UBRG expects these
costs to be offset by savings on methanol purchases. The previously mentioned second-generation processing
technologies under negotiation do not produce glycerin but do produce other value-added byproducts that are
expected to sell for a higher price than glycerin, thus adding to the Company’s potential profits.

Export market tapped as production ramps up

With modest capital investments, UBRG plans to quickly ramp up production to 30,000 gallons per day. The
Company is already working with vendors to establish credit for feedstock materials. As production volume
expands, the Company plans to pursue sales opportunities in the European market where biodiesel demand is
already firmly established. Distribution agreements will
be sought with well-known distributors of biodiesel and
other biofuel products.

Technology enhancements

The Company plans to eventually put all four of its


50,000 gallon reactors online which will increase pro-
duction capacity to more than 35 million gallons annu-
ally. UBRG believes it has an innovative, efficient pro-
duction process based on its DVFP technology, which
could potentially reduce processing times by 40%-50%.
The Company also expects to sign an agreement for new
second-generation processing technologies which could

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enable lower processing temperatures and energy cost savings.

Competitive Analysis
Most of America’s biofuel producers have production capacities of less than 50 million gallons per year. The
competitive landscape has become significantly more crowded in recent years and the number of domestic re-
fineries has increased to more than 170 currently. UBRG’s competitive advantages include the small footprint of
its plant and potentially lower energy costs, its innovative technology that could produce biodiesel 40-50% faster
than similar-sized competitors, and its central location close to waterways, rail hubs, and major truck routes. A
few of the Company’s competitors are profiled below:

AE Biofuels Inc. (OTCBB: AEBF)

AE Biofuels Inc., based in Colorado, is developing ethanol and biodiesel plants. The company has permits for
two plants together representing 110 million gallons of production, through its subsidiaries Sutton Ethanol LLC
in Nebraska, and Danville Ethanol Inc. in Illinois. Additionally, the company has rights to acquire four etha-
nol plant sites in Illinois, three of which are fully permitted for 110 million gallons of annual production. The
company is also constructing an integrated cellulose/starch ethanol demonstration plant in Butte, Montana. AE
Biofuels has also constructed a 50 million gallon biodiesel facility on the east coast of India.

Allegro Biodiesel Corp. (OTCBB: ABDS)

Allegro Biodiesel Corp. is a Louisiana-based producer and distributor of biodiesel fuels. The company com-
menced production in April 2006 and was the first operators to produce biodiesel in Louisiana. Its facility uses
agricultural feedstock, primarily soybean oil, for biodiesel production and has a production capacity of 12 mil-
lion gallons per year. During 2007, biodiesel sales contributed $7.4 million to revenues and included tax credits
of $1.9 million. In February 2008, the company began using Jatropha oil as a feedstock. Future plans include
increasing annual production capacity to 20 million gallons.

Renew Energy Resources Inc. (OTCBB: VTBD)

Renew Energy Resources Inc. commenced operations in 2007. It plans to produce renewable energy from biodie-
sel, ethanol, solar and wind. The company plans to produce biodiesel from animal fat for domestic distribution
and to export blended biodiesel to Europe and Southeast Asia. Renew Energy Resources has unexecuted con-
tracts with 3B Biofuels, an operating division of Babcock and Brown, in Germany to export between 36 million
and 72 million gallons of biodiesel per year.

Earth Biofuels Inc. (OTCBB: EBOF)

Earth Biofuels Inc., incorporated in Nevada, produces and distributes alternative fuels, primarily biodiesel, LNG
and ethanol. The company’s operations are located in Oklahoma and Texas. It sold its natural gas subsidiary in
the second quarter of 2008. Its LNG production facility, located in Topock, Arizona, has a maximum capacity of
95,000 gallons per day and is currently running at approximately 94% efficiency. Revenues for the six months
ended June 30, 2008, increased $1.4 million, or 11%, primarily due to increased LNG sales.

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Nova Biosource Fuels Inc. (AMEX: NBF)

Nova Biosource Fuels Inc. refines and markets biodiesel that meets the quality standards and specifications of
ASTM D6751. The company owns commercial-scale biodiesel refineries in Illinois and Iowa, and a third smaller
facility in Montana used primarily for research, development and technology demonstration purposes. The Il-
linois refinery is designed with 60 million gallons of annual production capacity and is expected to come online
in 2008. The Iowa refinery is already operating and has production capacity of 10 million gallons per year. The
company has also identified a site at Muskogee, Oklahoma, where it plans to construct a 120 million gallon per
year biodiesel refinery.

Financial Analysis
Income statement

UBRG is in an early development stage and has yet to commence biodiesel production. Since its January 2007 in-
ception, the Company has been focused primarily on raising capital to acquire and upgrade its refinery, establish
infrastructure and recruit skilled managers and workers.

Exhibit 8: Selected income statement data

3 months ended 3 months ended Year ended


March 2008 March 2007 December 2007

Total Operating Expenses $254,621 $76,542 $524,304


Operating Profit/ (Loss) ($254,621) ($76,542) ($524,304)
Net Interest Income/(Expense) ($38,890) ($24,272) ($103,988)
Net Loss ($293,511) ($100,814) ($628,292)

Source: Company’s press releases

Operating expenses increased during the three months ended March 2008 because of professional fees and ex-
penses incurred in promotional activities. The breakdown of operating expenses was as follows: consulting fees
(13.9%), contract labor (2.7%), salary expenses (15.4%), professional fees (28.2%), advertising expenses (19.8%) and
general and administration spending (20%). Operating losses rose 233% year-over-year in the March quarter to
$254,621 from $76,542 in the same quarter one year earlier.

Going forward, UBRG plans to minimize energy costs and position itself as an eco-friendly producer by powering
its plant with renewable energy sources and going completely off-grid for its energy needs. The Energy Informa-
tion Administration (EIA) estimated energy costs for biodiesel production averaged 16 cents per gallon in 2005
and 2006. By using renewable energy sources, UBRG expects to save millions of dollars in energy costs annually.

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Liquidity and capital requirements

Exhibit 9: Selected balance sheet data

March 31, December 31,


2008 2007

Current Assets $125,977 $311,253


Deposits 3,100 3,100
Total fixed assets $1,946,878 $1,945,972
Total current liabilities $789,707 $709,231
Long Term Liabilities $1,781,750 $1,781,750
Stock holders’ Equity ($495,502) ($230,656)
( deficit )

Source: Company Reports

As of March 31, 2008, the Company had a working capital deficit of $663,730, stockholders’ equity deficit of
$495,502, and an accumulated deficit during its development stage of $921,803. UBRG expects to ramp up pro-
duction from its refinery to 30,000 gallons per day (11 million gallons annually) without making significant
capital expenditures but will likely need to raise additional capital to fund improvements and increase the plant
to full capacity. Management estimates spending of $4.0 million will be needed to achieve the Company’s near-
term business goals.

Revenue outlook

The Company plans to commence biodiesel production at 20,000 gallons every three days within the next 90 to
120 days. With modest capital expenditures, we expect the Company to quickly ramp up production to 30,000
gallons per day, equivalent to 11 million gallons of biodiesel annually. Assuming biodiesel prices of approxi-
mately $4 per gallon, the value of this production would exceed $44 million.

Projected Revenues $ in millions

Year

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At full production levels with all four reactors online, the Company would be producing 120,000 gallons of biodie-
sel per day, or approximately 35 million gallons annually. At $4 per gallon biodiesel prices, the value of production
would rise to $140 million.

Valuation

Alternative energy stocks have not been immune to the impact of recent stock market volatility. In fact, year-to-
date through October 17, the Market Vectors Global Alternative Energy ETF (GEX), from Van Eck Securities Corp.
of New York, has fallen 37%, mirroring the 37% drop in the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index.

Stock Mkt TTM


Company Ticker Price Cap Revs P/S

Ballard BLDP 2.51 207 66 3.4


Cypress CY 4.29 652 2,100 0.3
Energy Conversion
Devices ENER 41.56 1,900 256 8.0
Evergreen Solar ESLR 3.57 578 90 7.0
FuelCell Energy FCEL 5.13 353 91 3.4
Hoku HOKU 4.76 97 4 22
Hydrogenics HYGS 0.63 58 42 1.3
Maxwell Technologies MXWL 8.90 188 68 2.8
Plug Power PLUG 1.01 89 18 5.0
Peer Average 5.9

Despite this sizable price decline, renewable power stocks continue to trade at a premium to the overall market.
These stocks were recently trading at P/E multiples averaging 20 times earnings, versus 15 times P/E multiples for
the S&P 500.

To derive a value for UBRG shares, we looked at a peer group of alternative energy stocks that are already produc-
ing revenues. Price/Sales multiples for the group ranged from a high of 22 times revenues for Hoku to a low of 0.3
times revenues for Cypress. The average Price/Sales multiple for the peer group was 5.9 times revenues. We value
UBRG shares at a 3.0 times Price/Sales multiple. The discount to the peer group reflects the Company’s earlier
development stage and the fact that our valuation is based on estimates of future revenues. By multiplying our 3.0
times Price/Sales multiple by a $44 million 2009 revenue estimate, we obtain a $132 million market capitalization
target for the Company. We also assume future equity sales will increase the fully diluted share count to 40 mil-
lion and thus derive a $3.30 price target for UBRG by dividing our $132 million market capitalization target by 40
million fully diluted shares outstanding.

We are initiating coverage of Universal Bioenergy with a Speculative Buy rating and a $3.30 price target. While we
believe the Company has significant competitive advantages in the alternative fuels market, we caution investors
to consider UBRG’s early development stage as a significant risk factor. We also encourage readers to consider the
additional risk factors described below if they are considering an investment in these shares.

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Risk Factors

Access to capital

UBRG has operating and net losses and a shareholders’ equity deficit. The Company anticipates at least $4.0 mil-
lion in additional financing will be needed to implement its 2008/2009 business plan. There is no guarantee that
financing will be available to the Company on favorable terms or on a timely basis, if at all.

Volatile feedstock prices

Prices for vegetable oils, waste oils and animal fats are volatile, and supplies vary. If feedstock prices rise signifi-
cantly or if the Company is unable to lock in reliable feedstock supplies, UBRG’s production and revenues could
be negatively impacted.

Weather conditions and other factors affecting crop yields, farmer planting decisions and general economic,
market and regulatory factors all influence feedstock prices. Government policies and subsidies with respect to
agriculture and international trade also impact feedstock prices.

Infrastructure changes needed to support biodiesel growth

Substantial infrastructure changes will be needed to support the growth of the biodiesel industry. These include
additional biodiesel storage facilities, refineries and retail service stations. Delays could impede delivery of the
Company’s products, increase its costs or reduce demand. All of these factors are beyond the Company’s con-
trol.

Competitive threats

In the U.S., the Company competes with other biodiesel producers and refineries, some of which are divisions
of substantially larger enterprises with greater financial resources. Smaller competitors also pose a threat since
smaller facilities don’t affect the local price of soybeans grown in the proximity as much as larger facilities. In
addition, institutional investors and high net worth individuals could heavily invest in biodiesel production
facilities and oversupply the market, resulting in lower biodiesel prices.

Regulatory effect

The U.S. renewable fuel industry is highly dependent on federal and state legislation. The cost of producing
biodiesel is made significantly more competitive by federal tax incentives. The elimination or reduction of fed-
eral tax incentives could adversely impact the Company and other biodiesel manufacturers.

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Management Team

Richard Craven Dr. Craven has more than 14 years of high-level business management experience and more than nine years
marketing experience. In addition, he has taught at the university level for nearly two decades. Through
CEO much of his career, Dr. Craven has focused on developing environmentally-friendly fuels and alternative
energy sources.

Dr. Craven worked as the lead chemical researcher and developer at Antek Research Inc., an environmen-
tally focused nonprofit research firm. His research efforts focused on optimizing and improving biodiesel
reactions and production, using reaction byproducts for waste-to-fuel conversion and waste conversion to
other useful products.

Traci Plaxico Ms. Plaxico has devoted her career to mastering the economics of alternative energy and building financial
models to help these businesses succeed. She brings to Universal Bioenergy more than 10 years of execu-
Chief Accountant tive level management, corporate finance and strategic planning experience, including deep experience in
the alternative fuel industry, with a particular focus on biodiesel. Ms. Plaxico’s expertise includes logistics
as well as compliance with ever-changing government regulations – two critical skills for managing a suc-
cessful biodiesel refinery. Her expertise also extends to inventory management, procurement, material flow
and recordkeeping. She has a background in accounting and finance.

Mr. Perry has more than 30 years of hands-on oil field experience. He began his career working on drilling
Dean Perry rigs and testing pipe pressures to prevent blowouts. Mr. Perry rapidly rose to the position of drilling fluid
Production and Maintenance engineer before becoming an independent consultant to several oil and gas concerns. His experience with
Manager material flows and the construction of piping, pumps, and valves is an asset to Universal Bioenergy. A keen
observer of the biodiesel industry, Mr. Perry has witnessed this industry’s evolution from low expectations
a few years ago to great expectations today. Mr. Perry attended South Western Louisiana Petroleum Train-
ing Service.

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