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VeraSun Receives Non-Binding Indication of Interest For Purchase of Substantially All of Its Assets

(EMAILWIRE.COM, November 26, 2008 ) Sioux Falls, S.D. - VeraSun Energy Corporation (VSUNQ), one of the nation’s largest ethanol producers, today announced that it recently received a non-binding unsolicited indication of interest with respect to the purchase of substantially all of its assets. The Company intends to pursue this indication of interest to its conclusion and evaluate other proposals it may receive in accordance with its obligations as a debtor in possession under chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code. The indication of interest received by the Company is subject to significant conditions, and there can be no assurance that it will result in the consummation of a transaction, that the Company will receive any other offers or indications of interest, that the Company will be able to complete any alternative transaction or that any transaction or transactions would generate proceeds sufficient to satisfy the claims of all of the Company’s stakeholders.

Due to confidentiality considerations, the identity of the third party and the terms of its indication of interest were not disclosed.
About VeraSun Energy Corporation
VeraSun Energy Corporation (VSUNQ), headquartered in Sioux Falls, S.D., is a leading producer and marketer of ethanol and distillers grains. Founded in 2001, the company has a fleet of 16 production facilities in eight states. VeraSun Energy currently has an annual production capacity potential of approximately 1.64 billion gallons of ethanol and 5 million tons of distillers grains.

VeraSun also markets E85, a blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline for use in Flexible Fuel Vehicles (FFVs), directly to fuel retailers under the brand VE85®. For more information, please visit VeraSun Energy’s websites at or

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. In particular, statements by the Company regarding its chapter 11 reorganization process, as well as other statements of management’s expectations, anticipations, beliefs, plans, intentions, targets, estimates, or projections and similar expressions relating to the future, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of these laws. Forward-looking statements in some cases can be identified by their being preceded by, followed by or containing words such as “estimate,” “plan,” “project,” “forecast,” “intend,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “seek,” “target” and other similar expressions. Forward-looking statements are based on assumptions and assessments made by the Company’s management in light of their experience and their perception of historical trends, current conditions, expected future developments and other factors they believe to be appropriate. Any forward-looking statements are not guarantees of the Company’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 any forward-looking statements. Except as required by law, the Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements.

Some of the factors that may cause actual results, developments and business decisions to differ materially from those contemplated by any forward-looking statements include the following: the ability of the Company (which term, unless otherwise specified or the context otherwise requires, refers in this paragraph to VeraSun Energy Corporation and its subsidiaries) to continue as a going concern; the ability of the Company to obtain additional debtor-in-possession financing on an interim or final basis; the ability of the Company to operate pursuant to the terms and conditions of any debtor-in-possession financing and any cash collateral order entered by the bankruptcy court in connection with the Company’s chapter 11 cases; the ability of the Company to obtain a binding offer for the sale of its business or assets to a third party; the ability of the Company to consummate a sale of its business or its assets to a third party; the Company’s ability to obtain court approval with respect to motions in the chapter 11 proceedings prosecuted by the Company from time to time, including approval of motions relating to the priority of the lender’s security interest under any debtor-in-possession financing; the ability of the Company to develop, prosecute, confirm and consummate one or more plans of reorganization with respect to the chapter 11 cases; risks associated with third parties seeking and obtaining court approval to terminate or shorten the exclusivity period for the Company 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 chapter 7 cases; the ability of the Company to obtain and maintain normal terms with vendors and service providers; the Company’s ability to maintain contracts that are critical to its operations; the potential adverse impact of the chapter 11 cases on the Company’s liquidity or results of operations; the ability of the Company to fund and execute its business plan; the ability of the Company to attract, motivate and/or retain key executives and employees; the ability of the Company to attract and retain customers; the volatility and uncertainty of corn, natural gas, ethanol, unleaded gasoline and other commodities prices; the Company’s ability to generate sufficient liquidity to fund its operations and capital expenditures; the results of the Company’s hedging transactions and other risk mitigation strategies; risk of further potential long-lived asset impairment; operational disruptions at the Company’s facilities; the effects of vigorous competition and excess capacity in the industry in which the Company operates; the development of infrastructure related to the sale and distribution of ethanol; the effects of other mergers and consolidations in the biofuels industry and unexpected announcements or developments from others in the biofuels industry; the uncertainties related to the Company’s acquisitions of US BioEnergy Corporation, ASA OpCo Holdings, LLC and other businesses, including the Company’s ability to achieve the expected benefits from these acquisitions; the impact of new, emerging and competing technologies on the Company’s business; the possibility of one or more of the markets in which the Company competes being impacted by political, legal and regulatory changes or other external factors over which the Company has no control; changes in or elimination of governmental laws, credits, tariffs, trade or other controls or enforcement practices; the impact of any potential Renewable Fuel Standards waiver; the Company’s ability to comply with various environmental, health, and safety laws and regulations; the success of the Company’s marketing and sales efforts; the Company’s reliance on key management personnel; the Company’s ability to secure additional financing; deficiencies in the Company’s internal control over financial reporting constituting a material weakness to be remediated; and other risks referenced from time to time in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the risk factors listed in Part II, Item 1A, “Risk Factors” in the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended September 30, 2008, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on November 19, 2008. Similarly, these and other factors, including the terms of any reorganization plan ultimately confirmed, can affect the value of the Company’s various pre-petition liabilities and VeraSun Energy Corporation’s common stock. No assurance can be given as to what values, if any, will be ascribed in the chapter 11 proceeding to each of these constituencies. Accordingly, the Company urges that the appropriate caution be exercised with respect to existing and future investments in any of these liabilities and/or securities.


VeraSun Contacts:
Patty Dickerson

Mike Lockrem


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