Limoneira Company Announces Fiscal Year 2019 Financial Results and Reiterates Fiscal Year 2020 Guidance
-Achieves Record Revenue in FY 2019 of $171.4 Million, an increase of 32% Compares to Prior Year-
- Company Reiterates Previous Fiscal Year 2020 Guidance Metrics -
SANTA PAULA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE) -- January 13, 2020 -- Limoneira Company (the “Company” or “Limoneira”) (Nasdaq:LMNR), a diversified citrus growing, packing, selling and marketing company with related agribusiness activities and real estate development operations, today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full fiscal year ended October 31, 2019.
Harold Edwards, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, stated, “We achieved record revenue and expanded our market share in fiscal year 2019. However, the uncontrollable weather aspect of our business affected lemon and orange pricing throughout the year and dramatically reduced our avocado crop. Even with these temporary challenges, we generated positive EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA, closed a strategic acquisition and are very well positioned to continue our market share growth and return to strong EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA results in fiscal 2020.”
Mr. Edwards continued, “As we enter fiscal year 2020, we expect a meaningful improvement in our operational efficiencies during the year, increase in bottom line contributions from lemons, oranges and avocados and additional equity earnings from our real estate development, Harvest at Limoneira.”
Alex Teague, Senior Vice President, stated, "Our strategic joint venture and land acquisition in Argentina with FGF Trapani completed in fiscal 2019 expands our global client reach and enables us to provide our customers with a year-round supply of citrus. This new relationship is a perfect fit with our One World of Citrus™ initiative and is instrumental in growing our international and domestic customer base.”
Fiscal Year 2019 Fourth Quarter Results
For the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2019, total net revenue was $36.5 million, compared to total net revenue of $14.7 million in the fourth quarter of the previous fiscal year. Agribusiness revenue was $35.3 million, compared to $13.5 million in the fourth quarter last year. The increase was primarily due to higher lemon volume offset by lower fresh lemon prices and lower fresh utilization. Rental operations revenue was $1.2 million in fiscal year 2019, similar to the fourth quarter of last year.
Agribusiness revenue for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2019 includes $17.0 million in fresh lemon sales, compared to $7.1 million of fresh lemon sales during the same period of fiscal year 2018, with the increase the result of higher lemon volume offset by lower fresh lemon prices and lower fresh utilization. Approximately 793,000 cartons of fresh lemons were sold during the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2019 at a $21.46 average price per carton compared to approximately 239,000 cartons sold at a $29.71 average price per carton during the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2018. Additionally, brokered and other lemon sales increased approximately $7.0 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2019 primarily as a result of adopting new revenue recognition standards. As anticipated, the Company recognized $2.3 million of avocado revenue from crop insurance payment related to the excessive heat in the summer of 2018 that dramatically affected avocado production in fiscal 2019 compared to minimal revenue in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2018. The Company recognized $2.1 million of orange revenue in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2019, compared to $0.3 million in the same period of fiscal year 2018, primarily attributable to a $1.4 million increase in brokered oranges sold under the new revenue recognition standards. Specialty citrus and other crop revenues were $2.1 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2019, compared to $1.4 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2018. The increase was primarily due to increased wine grape and pistachio revenues.