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Alico, Inc. Announces Financial Results for the Third Quarter and Nine Months Ended June 30, 2019

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Alico achieves earnings of $2.85 per diluted common share for the nine months ended June 30, 2019

FORT MYERS, Fla., Aug. 06, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Alico, Inc. (“Alico” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq:ALCO) today announces financial results for the third quarter and nine months ended June 30, 2019. For the nine months ended June 30, 2019, the Company recorded net income attributable to Alico common stockholders of $21.3 million and earnings of $2.85 per diluted common share, compared to net income attributable to Alico common stockholders of $12.3 million and earnings of $1.48 per diluted common share in the same period in the prior year. The increase in net income attributable to Alico common stockholders is primarily due to increased processed box production in the current fiscal year, as compared to the prior fiscal year, and the impact of a valuation allowance resulting in tax expense for the nine months ended June 30, 2018. Partially offsetting this increase is (i) an increase in harvesting and hauling costs directly related to the increased processed box production; (ii) higher gain on sale of real estate, property and equipment and assets held for sale recorded in the nine months ended June 30, 2018, as compared to the same period in fiscal year 2019; and (iii) a one-time deferred tax benefit attributable to the federal corporate tax rate change enacted on December 22, 2017, that was recorded in the nine months ended June 30, 2018.

When both periods are adjusted for non-recurring items related to transaction costs, separation and consulting fees, gains on sale of real estate, property and equipment and assets held for sale, employee stock compensation expense, impairment of long-lived assets, tender offer expenses, professional fees related to corporate matters, insurance proceeds from Hurricane Irma, change in fair value of derivatives, forfeiture of stock options, net deferred tax and other valuation allowances, the Company had adjusted earnings of $3.26 per diluted common share for the nine months ended June 30, 2019, compared to an adjusted earnings of $0.13 per diluted common share for the nine months ended June 30, 2018. Adjusted EBITDA for the nine months ended June 30, 2019 and 2018 was $48.1 million and $19.6 million, respectively.

These financial results reflect the seasonal nature of Alico’s business and the impact of Hurricane Irma in fiscal year 2018. Historically, the second and third quarters of Alico's fiscal year produce the majority of the Company's annual revenue, and working capital requirements are typically greater in the first and fourth quarters. Due to Hurricane Irma, Alico harvested fruit earlier in fiscal year 2018 than in prior fiscal years and in fiscal year 2019.

The Company reported the following financial results:

(in thousands, except for per share amounts)                              
  Three Months Ended June 30,   Nine Months Ended June 30,
  2019   2018   Change   2019   2018   Change
                               
Net income attributable to Alico, Inc. common stockholders $ 16,244     $ 9,100     $ 7,144     78.5 %   $ 21,324     $ 12,332     $ 8,992     72.9 %
EBITDA (1) $ 26,962     $ 19,634     $ 7,328     37.3 %   $ 44,472     $ 30,015     $ 14,457     48.2 %
Earnings per diluted common share $ 2.17     $ 1.09     $ 1.08     99.1 %   $ 2.85     $ 1.48     $ 1.37     92.6 %
Net cash provided by operating activities $ 35,618     $ 16,370     $ 19,248     117.6 %   $ 41,686     $ 16,119     $ 25,567     158.6 %
 
(1) See “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” at the end of this earnings release for details regarding these measures.
 

Alico Citrus Division Results

During the nine months ended June 30, 2019, Alico Citrus harvested 8.1 million boxes of fruit, an increase of 68.1% from the same period in the prior fiscal year. The increase was directly related to the negative impact of Hurricane Irma on the prior fiscal year harvest. As a result of Hurricane Irma, the Company experienced a greater amount of fruit drop and consequently harvested a smaller number of boxes in fiscal year 2018. The Company also saw an overall increase in pound solids per box which was 5.91 for the nine months ended June 30, 2019, as compared to 5.64 for the nine months ended June 30, 2018. The Company experienced a reduction in the price per pound solids largely attributable to the Early and Mid-Season and Valencia crop being greater than initially anticipated throughout Florida.

The Company originally estimated its fiscal year 2019 processed boxes would increase by approximately 31-37% compared to processed boxes for fiscal year 2018. However, based on the harvesting of fruit for the 2019 harvesting season, the Company increased production for fiscal year 2019 by approximately 68% compared to processed boxes for fiscal year 2018. The improvement is the result of both the Early and Mid-season and Valencia variety fruit experiencing less fruit drop than originally anticipated.

Citrus production for the three and nine months ended June 30, 2019 and 2018 is summarized in the following table.

(in thousands, except per box and per pound solids data)                        
                           
  Three Months Ended           Nine Months Ended        
  June 30,   Change   June 30,   Change
  2019   2018   Unit   %   2019   2018   Unit   %
Boxes Harvested:                              
Early and Mid-Season             NM   3,114     1,811     1,303     71.9 %
Valencias 3,492     1,421     2,071     145.7 %   4,790     2,891     1,899     65.7 %
Total Processed 3,492     1,421     2,071     145.7 %   7,904     4,702     3,202     68.1 %
Fresh Fruit 74     27     47     174.1 %   210     124     86     69.4 %
Total 3,566     1,448     2,118     146.3 %   8,114     4,826     3,288     68.1 %
                               
Pound Solids Produced:                              
Early and Mid-Season             NM   16,873     9,194     7,679     83.5 %
Valencias 22,023     8,668     13,355     154.1 %   29,854     17,319     12,535     72.4 %
Total 22,023     8,668     13,355     154.1 %   46,727     26,513     20,214     76.2 %
                               
Average Pound Solids per Box:                              
Early and Mid-Season             NM   5.42     5.07     0.35     6.9 %
Valencias 6.31     6.10     0.21     3.4 %   6.23     5.99     0.24     4.0 %
                               
Price per Pound Solids:                              
Early and Mid-Season $     $     $     NM   $ 2.35     $ 2.64     $ (0.29 )   (11.0 )%
Valencias $ 2.49     $ 2.80     $ (0.31 )   (11.1 )%   $ 2.46     $ 2.82     $ (0.36 )   (12.8 )%
NM - Not meaningful
 

Water Resources and Other Operations Division Results

Operating results for the Water Resources and Other Operations Division for the nine months ended June 30, 2019 improved by $1.6 million from the nine months ended June 30, 2018, primarily due to the Company selling its cattle herd in late January 2018, and as such, are no longer incurring expenses relating to calves and culls.  As part of this transaction, the Company entered into a long-term arrangement with the purchaser for grazing rights on the ranch. The Company continues to own the property and conduct its long-term water dispersement program and wildlife management programs.

Other Corporate Financial Information

General and administrative expenses increased by $0.9 million to $10.8 million for the nine months ended June 30, 2019. The increase was primarily due to an increase in professional fees of $2.3 million during the nine months ended June 30, 2019 relating to a corporate litigation matter. This litigation has been resolved with a settlement being reached on February 11, 2019. The Company does not anticipate any further professional fees relating to this litigation. Additionally, as part of this settlement, the Company recorded consulting and separation fees of $0.8 million during the nine months ended June 30, 2019. These increases were partially offset by an adjustment to stock compensation expense, a reduction in rent and a decrease in payroll expenses. The Company recorded a reduction in stock compensation expense of $0.8 million as a result of a former senior executive forfeiting his stock options as part of the settled litigation. Rent expense was reduced by approximately $0.3 million as a result of the Company not renewing its lease for office space in New York City. The reduction in payroll costs of approximately $0.9 million was primarily from (i) a reduction in separation expenses of approximately $0.4 million; (ii) a reduction in accrual for paid time off of approximately $0.3 million; and (iii) a reduction in personnel and overtime costs of approximately $0.2 million.

Other (expense), income, which primarily consists of interest expense, change in fair value of derivatives and gain or loss on sale of real estate, property and equipment and assets held for sale, was $(6.5) million for the nine months ended June 30, 2019, as compared to other income of $2.6 million for the nine months ended June 30, 2018. The shift of other income to other (expense) of $9.0 million is primarily due to the Company recording gains on sale of real estate, property and equipment and assets held for sale of approximately $9.1 million during the nine months ended June 30, 2018.

The Company paid a third quarter cash dividend of $0.06 per share on its outstanding common stock on July 12, 2019 to shareholders of record as of June 28, 2019.

At June 30, 2019, the Company had working capital of $20.8 million, and had term debt, net of cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash of $155.7 million.

On August 1, 2019, the Company received $5.8 million under the Florida Citrus Recovery Block Grant (“CRBG”) relating to Hurricane Irma. This represents the Part 1 of reimbursement under a three part program. The timing and amount to be received under Part 2 and Part 3 of the program, if any, has not been finalized.

About Alico

Alico, Inc. primarily operates two divisions: Alico Citrus, one of the nation’s largest citrus producers, and Alico Water Resources and Other Operations, a leading water storage and environmental services division. Learn more about Alico (Nasdaq: "ALCO") at www.alicoinc.com.

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. These forward-looking statements are based on Alico’s current expectations about future events and can be identified by terms such as plans,” “expect,” “may,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “should be,” “will be,” “is likely to,” “believes, and similar expressions referring to future periods.

Alico believes the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable but cannot guarantee future results, level of activity, performance or achievements. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements. Therefore, Alico cautions you against relying on any of these forward-looking statements. Factors which may cause future outcomes to differ materially from those foreseen in forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: changes in laws, regulation and rules; changes in the political environment and agendas; weather conditions that affect production, transportation, storage, demand, import and export of fresh product and its by-products; increased pressure from diseases including citrus greening and citrus canker, as well as insects and other pests; disruption of water supplies or changes in water allocations; pricing and supply of raw materials and products; market responses to industry volume pressures; pricing and supply of energy; changes in interest rates; availability of financing for land development activities and other growth and corporate opportunities; onetime events; acquisitions and divestitures; seasonality; our ability to achieve the anticipated cost savings under the Alico 2.0 Modernization Program; customer concentration; labor disruptions; inability to pay debt obligations; inability to engage in certain transactions due to restrictive covenants in debt instruments; government restrictions on land use; changes in agricultural land values; and market and pricing risks due to concentrated ownership of stock. Other risks and uncertainties include those that are described in Alico’s SEC filings, which are available on the SEC’s website at http://www.sec.gov. Alico undertakes no obligation to subsequently update or revise the forward-looking statements made in this press release, except as required by law.

Investor Contact:

John Mills
ICR, Managing Partner
(646) 277-1254
InvestorRelations@alicoinc.com

Richard Rallo
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
(239) 226-2000
rrallo@alicoinc.com

 
 
ALICO, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands, except share amounts)
       
  June 30,   September 30,
  2019   2018
  (Unaudited)    
ASSETS      
Current assets:      
Cash and cash equivalents $ 3,519     $ 25,260  
Accounts receivable, net 6,285     2,544  
Inventories 30,706     41,033  
Assets held for sale 2,086     1,391  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 1,521     833  
Total current assets 44,117     71,061  
       
Restricted cash 7,006     7,000  
Property and equipment, net 343,604     340,403  
Goodwill 2,246     2,246  
Deferred financing costs, net of accumulated amortization 21     136  
Other non-current assets 2,525     2,576  
Total assets $ 399,519     $ 423,422  
       
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY      
Current liabilities:      
Accounts payable $ 4,318     $ 3,764  
Accrued liabilities 6,097     9,226  
Long-term debt, current portion 5,325     5,275  
Income taxes payable 6,570     2,320  
Other current liabilities 1,043     913  
Total current liabilities 23,353     21,498  
       
Long-term debt:      
Principal amount, net of current portion 160,855     169,074  
Less: deferred financing costs, net (1,416 )   (1,563 )
Long-term debt less current portion and deferred financing costs, net 159,439     167,511  
Lines of credit     2,685  
Deferred income tax liabilities 29,311     25,153  
Deferred gain on sale     24,928  
Deferred retirement obligations 3,887     4,052  
Other liabilities 246      
Total liabilities 216,236     245,827  
       
Stockholders' equity:      
Preferred stock, no par value, 1,000,000 shares authorized; none issued      
Common stock, $1.00 par value, 15,000,000 shares authorized; 8,416,145 and 8,416,145 shares issued and 7,470,031 and 8,199,957 shares outstanding at June 30, 2019 and September 30, 2018, respectively 8,416     8,416  
Additional paid in capital 19,756     20,126  
Treasury stock, at cost, 946,114 and 216,188 shares held at June 30, 2019 and September 30, 2018, respectively (32,205 )   (7,536 )
Retained earnings 181,989     151,111  
Total Alico stockholders' equity 177,956     172,117  
Noncontrolling interest 5,327     5,478  
Total stockholders' equity 183,283     177,595  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 399,519     $ 423,422  
 


       
ALICO, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (UNAUDITED)
(in thousands, except per share amounts)
 
  Three Months Ended June 30,   Nine Months Ended June 30,
  2019   2018   2019   2018
Operating revenues:              
Alico Citrus $ 56,819     $ 25,711     $ 118,539     $ 77,499  
Water Resources and Other Operations 746     806     2,326     2,151  
Total operating revenues 57,565     26,517     120,865     79,650  
               
Operating expenses:              
Alico Citrus 31,141     13,697     73,597     56,102  
Water Resources and Other Operations 420     906     1,768     3,219  
Total operating expenses 31,561     14,603     75,365     59,321  
Gross profit: 26,004     11,914     45,500     20,329  
General and administrative expenses 2,682     2,955     10,786     9,914  
               
Income from operations 23,322     8,959     34,714     10,415  
               
Other (expense) income:              
Interest expense (1,745 )   (2,188 )   (5,625 )   (6,682 )
Gain on sale of real estate, property and equipment and assets held for sale 114     7,248     137     9,083  
Change in fair value of derivatives         (989 )    
Other income, net 8     14     18     158  
Total other (expense), income (1,623 )   5,074     (6,459 )   2,559  
               
Income before income taxes 21,699     14,033     28,255     12,974  
Income tax provision 5,483     4,941     7,082     674  
               
Net income 16,216     9,092     21,173     12,300  
Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interests 28     8     151     32  
Net income attributable to Alico, Inc. common stockholders $ 16,244     $ 9,100     $ 21,324     $ 12,332  
Per share information attributable to Alico, Inc. common stockholders:              
Earnings per common share:              
Basic $ 2.17     $ 1.11     $ 2.85     $ 1.50  
Diluted $ 2.17     $ 1.09     $ 2.85     $ 1.48  
Weighted-average number of common shares outstanding:              
Basic 7,470     8,228     7,470     8,243  
Diluted 7,471     8,324     7,494     8,314  
               
Cash dividends declared per common share $ 0.06     $ 0.06     $ 0.18     $ 0.18  
                               


   
ALICO, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (UNAUDITED)
(in thousands)
   
  Nine Months Ended June 30,
  2019   2018
       
Net cash provided by operating activities:      
Net income $ 21,173     $ 12,300  
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:      
Deferred gain on sale of sugarcane land     (767 )
Depreciation, depletion and amortization 10,441     10,327  
Deferred income tax provision 454     649  
Gain on sale of real estate, property and equipment and assets held for sale (137 )   (8,315 )
Change in fair value of derivatives 989      
Impairment of long-lived assets 244     1,855  
Non-cash interest expense on deferred gain on sugarcane land     1,021  
Stock-based compensation expense 537     1,337  
Other (160 )   (285 )
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:      
Accounts receivable (3,741 )   (4,510 )
Inventories 10,327     6,478  
Prepaid expenses and other assets (480 )   (892 )
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities (2,587 )   (594 )
Income tax payable 4,250      
Other liabilities 376     (2,485 )
Net cash provided by operating activities 41,686     16,119  
       
Cash flows from investing activities:      
Purchases of property and equipment (14,567 )   (12,129 )
Net proceeds from sale of property and equipment and assets held for sale 419     31,671  
Change in deposits on purchase of citrus trees (256 )    
Notes receivables 56     (379 )
Net cash (used in) provided by investing activities (14,348 )   19,163  
       
Cash flows from financing activities:      
Repayments on revolving lines of credit (86,123 )   (21,424 )
Borrowings on revolving lines of credit 83,438     21,424  
Principal payments on term loans (8,169 )   (9,421 )
Treasury stock purchases (25,576 )   (2,215 )
Payment on termination of Global Ag agreement (11,300 )    
Dividends paid (1,343 )   (1,480 )
Capital contribution received from noncontrolling interest     1,000  
Capital lease obligation payments     (8 )
Net cash used in financing activities (49,073 )   (12,124 )
       
Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash (21,735 )   23,158  
Cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of the period 32,260     3,395  
       
Cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of the period $ 10,525     $ 26,553  
 


Non-GAAP Financial Measures              
               
               
Adjusted EBITDA              
(in thousands)              
  Three Months Ended June 30,   Nine Months Ended June 30,
  2019   2018   2019   2018
               
Net income attributable to common stockholders $ 16,244     $ 9,100     $ 21,324     $ 12,332  
Interest expense 1,745     2,188     5,625     6,682  
Income tax provision 5,483     4,941     7,082     674  
Depreciation, depletion and amortization 3,490     3,405     10,441     10,327  
EBITDA 26,962     19,634     44,472     30,015  
               
Transaction costs     10         98  
Impairment of long-lived assets 244     1,855     244     1,855  
Stock compensation expense (1) 114     242     684     715  
Separation and consulting agreement expense (2)         800     188  
Tender offer expense         32      
Professional fees relating to corporate matters         2,283      
Change in fair value of derivatives         989      
Forfeiture of stock options (3)         (823 )    
Insurance proceeds - Hurricane Irma (486 )   (4,185 )   (486 )   (4,185 )
Gains on sale of real estate and property and equipment and assets held for sale (114 )   (7,248 )   (137 )   (9,083 )
               
Adjusted EBITDA $ 26,720     $ 10,308     $ 48,058     $ 19,603  
       
(1) Includes stock compensation expense for current and former executives.
(2) Includes consulting and compensation fees for former CEO.
(3) Includes forfeitures of stock options by former CEO, resulting in the reversal of previously recorded stock compensation expense.    
               
               
               
Adjusted Earnings Per Diluted Common Share            
(in thousands)              
  Three Months Ended June 30,   Nine Months Ended June 30,
  2019   2018   2019   2018
               
Net income attributable to common stockholders $ 16,244     $ 9,100     $ 21,324     $ 12,332  
Impairment of long-lived assets 244     1,855     244     1,855  
One-time deferred tax adjustment due to new tax legislation     106         (9,971 )
Valuation allowance on capital loss carryforward             6,060  
Transaction costs     10         98  
Stock compensation expense (1) 114     242     684     715  
Separation and consulting agreement expense (2)         800     188  
Tender offer expense         32      
Professional fees relating to corporate matters         2,283      
Change in fair value of derivatives         989      
Forfeiture of stock options (3)         (823 )    
Insurance proceeds - Hurricane Irma (486 )   (4,185 )   (486 )   (4,185 )
Gains on sale of real estate and property and equipment and assets held for sale (114 )   (7,248 )   (137 )   (9,083 )
Tax impact 64     2,677     (468 )   3,065  
               
Adjusted net income attributable to common stockholders $ 16,066     $ 2,557     $ 24,442     $ 1,074  
               
Diluted common shares 7,471     8,324     7,494     8,314  
               
Adjusted earnings per diluted common share $ 2.15     $ 0.31     $ 3.26     $ 0.13  
               
(1) Includes stock compensation expense for current and former executives.
(2) Includes consulting and compensation fees for former CEO.
(3) Includes forfeitures of stock options by former CEO, resulting in the reversal of previously recorded stock compensation expense.    
               
               
               
Adjusted Free Cash Flow              
(in thousands)              
               
  Three Months Ended June 30,   Nine Months Ended June 30,
  2019   2018   2019   2018
Net cash provided by operating activities $ 35,618     $ 16,370     $ 41,686     $ 16,119  
Adjustments for non-recurring items:              
Transaction costs     10         98  
Separation and consulting agreement expense (1)         800     188  
Tender offer expense         32      
Professional fees relating to corporate matters         2,283      
Insurance proceeds - Hurricane Irma (486 )   (4,185 )   (486 )   (4,185 )
Tax impact 129     690     (476 )   622  
Capital expenditures (5,043 )   (4,691 )   (14,567 )   (12,129 )
Adjusted Free Cash Flow $ 30,218     $ 8,194     $ 29,272     $ 713  
               
(1) Includes consulting and compensation fees for former CEO.
 

Alico utilizes the non-GAAP measures EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Earnings per Diluted Common Share and Adjusted Free Cash Flow among other measures, to evaluate the performance of its business. Due to significant depreciable assets associated with the nature of our operations and, to a lesser extent, interest costs associated with our capital structure, management believes that EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Earnings per Diluted Common Share, and Adjusted Free Cash Flow are important measures to evaluate our results of operations between periods on a more comparable basis and to help investors analyze underlying trends in our business, evaluate the performance of our business both on an absolute basis and relative to our peers and the broader market, provide useful information to both management and investors by excluding certain items that may not be indicative of our core operating results and operational strength of our business and help investors evaluate our ability to service our debt. Such measurements are not prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (“U.S. GAAP”) and should not be construed as an alternative to reported results determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP. The non-GAAP information provided is unique to Alico and may not be consistent with methodologies used by other companies. EBITDA is defined as net income before interest expense, provision for income taxes, depreciation and amortization. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income before interest expense, provision for income taxes, depreciation and amortization and adjustments for non-recurring transactions or transactions that are not indicative of our core operating results, such as gains or losses on sales of real estate, property and equipment and assets held for sale. Adjusted Income per Diluted Common Share is defined as net income adjusted for non-recurring transactions divided by diluted common shares. Adjusted Free Cash Flow is defined as cash provided by operating activities adjusted for non-recurring transactions less capital expenditures. The Company uses Adjusted Free Cash Flow to evaluate its business and this measure is considered an important indicator of the Company's liquidity, including its ability to reduce net debt, make strategic investments, and pay dividends to common stockholders. The Company’s definition of Adjusted Free Cash Flow does not represent residual cash flows available for discretionary spending. 

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