Alico, Inc. Announces Financial Results for the First Quarter Ended December 31, 2018

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FORT MYERS, Fla., Feb. 11, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Alico, Inc. (“Alico” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq:"ALCO") today announces financial results for the first quarter ended December 31, 2018. For the quarter ended, the Company recorded a net loss attributable to Alico common stockholders of $2.5 million and a loss of $0.33 per diluted common share, compared to net income attributable to Alico common stockholders of $8.7 million and earnings of $1.05 per diluted common share in the prior year. Net loss attributable to Alico common stockholders for the quarter ended December 31, 2018 is attributed to seasonality of when citrus is harvested. The majority of our citrus crop is harvested in the second and third quarters of the fiscal year; consequently, most of the Company's revenues and cash flows from operating activities is typically recognized in those quarters while our working capital requirements are greater in the first and fourth quarters. Net income attributable to Alico common stockholders in the first quarter of fiscal year 2018 also included higher gains from sales of real estate, property and equipment and assets held for sale and a one-time deferred tax benefit of approximately $11.3 million due to the federal corporate tax rate reduction enacted on December 22, 2017.

When both periods are adjusted for non-recurring items related to transaction costs, separation and consulting arrangements, gains on sale of real estate, property and equipment, assets held for sale, employee stock compensation expense, tender offer, professional fees related to corporate matters and one-time deferred tax adjustments, the Company had an adjusted net loss attributable to Alico common stockholders of $0.8 million, or a net loss of $0.10 per diluted common share, for the fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2018, compared to adjusted net loss attributable to Alico common stockholders of $3.5 million, or a net loss of $0.42 per diluted common share, for the fiscal quarter ended December 30, 2017. Adjusted EBITDA for the fiscal quarters ended December 31, 2018 and 2017 was $4.1 million and $0.8 million, respectively.

The Company reported the following financial results:

(1) See "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" at the end of this earnings release for details regarding these measures.

For the quarter ended December 31, 2018, Alico Citrus’s Early and Mid-season boxes processed decreased by 18.1%, as a result of harvesting beginning approximately one month later than in the prior year. Harvesting will be completed later this season for the Early and Mid-season crop and we anticipate an overall increase in the number of boxes harvested and operating revenues to be greater for the fiscal year 2019 for the Early and Mid-season crop, as compared to the prior year.

The Company also experienced a reduction in the price per pound solid of $0.27 in the three months ended December 31, 2018, compared to the same period in the prior year. This decrease is attributable to the industry-wide inventory of the Early and Mid-season crop being greater than initially anticipated.

Citrus production for the quarters ended December 31, 2018 and 2017 is summarized in the following table.

Alico Citrus operating expenses decreased to $10.9 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2018, compared to $16.3 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2017. The decrease primarily relates to the later timing of the harvesting of the Early and Mid-Season fruit in fiscal year 2019, coupled with the effect of the costs incurred in the three months ended December 31, 2017 for clean-up and repairs as a result of Hurricane Irma, which were not incurred in the quarter ended December 31, 2018.

The operating results for the Water Resources and Other Operations Division for the three months ended December 31, 2018 improved by approximately $0.4 million, primarily as a result of the Company, upon the sale of its cattle herd in January 2018, entering into a long-term leasing arrangement with the cattle herd purchaser of grazing rights on the Ranch, providing an annual revenue stream of approximately $1.2 million. The Company continues to own the property and conduct its long-term water dispersement program and wildlife management programs.

General and Administrative expenses were $3.5 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2018, as compared to $3.9 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2017. The decrease was driven by a decrease in overall payroll and payroll related expenses of approximately $0.6 million, resulting from a reduction in (i) separation expenses, (ii) accruals for paid time-off, and (iii) personnel and overtime costs. Additionally, audit and tax fees and consulting fees were reduced by approximately $0.3 million. These decreases were partially offset by an increase in professional fees of approximately $0.5 million relating to corporate matters.

Other expense, net was $2.9 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2018, as compared to $0.4 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2017. The increase in other expense, net is primarily attributable to the fact that during the three months ended December 31, 2018 the Company recorded a fair value adjustment of approximately $1.0 million relating to the change in fair value of the derivative asset and liabilities. Additionally, during the three months ended December 31, 2017, the Company recorded a gain on the sale of its office building in Fort Myers, Florida, of approximately $1.8 million.  No significant gain on the sale of assets was recorded for the three months ended December 31, 2018.

The Company paid a first quarter cash dividend of $0.06 per share on its outstanding common stock on January 11, 2019 to stockholders of record at December 28, 2018.

At December 31, 2018 the Company had working capital of $27.5 million and had net long-term debt, net of cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash, of $186.7 million.

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 .

John E. KiernanExecutive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer(239) 226-2000JKiernan@alicoinc.com

Alico utilizes the non-GAAP measures EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Earnings (Loss) 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 and other factors, management believes that EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Earnings (Loss) 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 (loss) before interest expense, provision (benefit) for income taxes, depreciation and amortization. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income (loss) before interest expense, provision (benefit) 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 Earnings (Loss) per Diluted Common Share is defined as earnings adjusted for non-recurring transactions divided by diluted common shares. Adjusted Free Cash Flow is defined as cash provided by (used in) 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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Globe Newswire: 21:01 GMT Monday 11th February 2019

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