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Alico, Inc. Announces Second Quarter and Six Months of Fiscal Year 2012 Financial Results

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Second Quarter Gross Profit Increased 76.5% Compared to Second Quarter Last Fiscal Year

FORT MYERS, Fla., May 10, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Alico, Inc. (Nasdaq:ALCO) ("Alico"), a land management company, today announced financial results for the second quarter and six months ended March 31, 2012.

Fiscal Year 2012 Second Quarter Results

For the second quarter of fiscal year 2012, total operating revenue was $54.1 million as compared to $36.5 million for the second quarter of fiscal year 2011, an increase of 48.2%. Agricultural revenue was $53.4 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2012 as compared to $35.7 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2011, an increase of 49.6%.

Historically, the Company's agricultural operations have been seasonal in nature with the second and third quarters generally producing the majority of our annual revenues and the first and fourth quarters producing less revenue. Second quarter fiscal year 2012 agricultural revenue included $45.4 million in citrus revenues compared to $31.6 million in the same period of fiscal year 2011; the increase of $13.8 million or 43.7% was primarily due to increases in citrus sales resulting from increases in production of citrus, an earlier start to our Valencia harvest season than the previous fiscal year, increases in harvest and haul revenues and, to a lesser extent, favorable pricing. Sugarcane revenue was $7.6 million for the second quarter of fiscal year 2012 as compared to $3.7 million during the same period of fiscal year 2011, an increase of $3.9 million or 105.4%, primarily due to 4,000 additional acres harvested in fiscal year 2012 and favorable pricing.

Total operating expenses for the second quarter of fiscal year 2012 were $39.9 million compared to $28.4 million for the second quarter of fiscal year 2011. Operating expenses increased as a result of increases in the purchases of citrus fruit, harvesting costs of our sugarcane due to the additional acres planted in 2011 and an earlier start to our Valencia harvest season than the previous fiscal year. Gross profit for the second quarter of fiscal year 2012 was $14.3 million compared to $8.1 million for the second quarter of fiscal year 2011, an increase of 76.5%.

EBITDA (defined as net income excluding interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization) for the second quarter of fiscal year 2012 was $14.6 million as compared to EBITDA of $6.8 million for the second quarter of fiscal year 2011. A reconciliation of EBITDA to the GAAP measure net income is provided at the end of this release. The increase of $7.8 million in EBITDA quarter-over-quarter is primarily due to pre-tax income of $11.9 million generated in the second quarter of fiscal year of 2012 as compared to a pre-tax income of $4.4 million in the same period of fiscal year 2011.

Net income applicable to common stock for the second quarter of fiscal 2012 was $7.4 million, or $1.01 per share, compared to net income of $2.7 million, or $0.37 per share, in the second quarter of fiscal 2011. On February 17, 2012, the Board of Directors of Alico declared a cash dividend of $0.04 per share on its outstanding common stock, which was paid on April 16, 2012, to shareholders of record as of March 30, 2012.

JD Alexander, Alico's President and Chief Executive Officer, stated "We continued to make significant progress in the second quarter of fiscal year 2012 as we increased our operating revenues by $17.6 million, net income by $4.7 million and generated EBITDA of $14.6 million for the quarter."

Mr. Alexander continued, "Our second quarter results from citrus operations were exceptional. We finished harvesting our early and mid-season crop in the second quarter and, effective today, have substantially completed the harvest of our Valencia crop. We anticipate the overall citrus crop production of all varieties for the 2012 fiscal year to be approximately 13% greater than the prior year. In comparison, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is forecasting the State of Florida citrus production to increase by approximately 3.3% over the prior year harvest season. We are particularly proud of the efforts of our citrus operations management and employees as this is the second consecutive year they have significantly outperformed the statewide increases in production."

Mr. Alexander concluded, "Over recent weeks, there has been a significant decline in the citrus and sugar commodity prices. These short term commodity price fluctuations underscore the importance of our preference for multiyear delivery contracts. These contracts are with financially strong organizations that have downside price protections that mitigate the impact of short term commodity fluctuations in our revenue streams. Because of these multiyear contracts and our improved production results, we continue to be confident about our future outlook."

Fiscal Year 2012 Six Months Results

Net income for the six months ended March 31, 2012 was $9.3 million, or $1.27 per share, compared to $2.6 million, or $0.36 per share, for the same period of fiscal 2011, an increase of 257.7%. For the six months ended March 31, 2012, total operating revenue was $80.2 million, compared to $53.0 million for the same period of fiscal year 2011, an increase of 51.3%. Income from operations for the six months of fiscal 2012 was $16.0 million as compared to $7.0 million for the same period of fiscal 2011, an increase of 128.6%.

EBITDA in the first six months of fiscal year 2012 was $20.1 million as compared to $8.8 million in the first six months of fiscal year 2011. The increase of $11.3 million in EBITDA for the six months ended March 31, 2012, compared to the six months ended March 31, 2011 is primarily due to pre-tax income of $15.1 million generated in the first six months of fiscal year 2012 as compared to a pre-tax income of $4.2 million in the same period of fiscal year 2011. A reconciliation of EBITDA to the GAAP measure net income is provided at the end of this release.

Balance Sheet and Liquidity

The Company had working capital of approximately $17.3 million at March 31, 2012 and $17.4 million at September 30, 2011. Cash provided by operating activities was $13.6 million for the first six months of fiscal year 2012 as compared to $8.9 million during the first six months of fiscal year 2011. Availability under the revolving line of credit was $51.8 million at March 31, 2012, as compared to $37.3 million at March 31, 2011. Due to the seasonal nature of our business, working capital requirements are typically greater in the first and fourth quarter of our fiscal year coinciding with our planting cycles. Cash flows from operating activities typically improve in our second and third fiscal quarters as we harvest our crops. As operating cash flows typically improve during the fiscal year, the Company plans to apply such cash flows towards reducing debt and other strategic capital expenditures.

About Alico, Inc.

Alico, headquartered in Fort Myers, FL, is a land management company operating in Central and Southwest Florida. Alico owns approximately 139,600 acres of land located in Collier, Glades, Hendry, Lee and Polk counties, Florida. Alico is involved in citrus, sugarcane, cattle and other agricultural operations and real estate activities. Alico's mission is to grow its asset values through its agricultural and real estate activities to produce superior long-term returns for its shareholders. For more about Alico, Inc., visit 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," "strive to," 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; weather conditions that affect production, transportation, storage, import and export of fresh product;

increased pressure from disease, 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 exchange rates; availability of financing for land development activities; political changes and economic crises; international conflict; acts of terrorism; 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; 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.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Due to significant depreciable assets associated with the nature of the Company's operations and, to a lesser extent, interest costs associated with its capital structure, management believes that earnings before interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization ("EBITDA") is an important measure to evaluate the Company's results of operations between periods on a more comparable basis. Such measurements are not prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States ("GAAP"), and should not be construed as an alternative to reported results determined in accordance with GAAP. The non-GAAP information provided is unique to the Company and may not be consistent with methodologies used by other companies. Unaudited EBITDA is summarized and reconciled to net income, which management considers being the most directly comparable financial measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP as follows:

   Quarter ended March 31, Six Months March 31,
  2012 2011 2012 2011
Net income $ 7,414 $ 2,712 $ 9,347 $ 2,619
Total interest expense, net 467 566 936 1,070
Income taxes 4,515 1,664 5,746 1,607
Depreciation and amortization 2,211 1,847 4,107 3,473
EBITDA $ 14,607 $ 6,789 $ 20,136 $ 8,769
     
     
ALICO INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(dollars in thousands, except for share data)
  March 31,
 2012
September 30, 2011
ASSETS (unaudited)  
Current assets:    
Cash and cash equivalents $ 768 $ 1,336
Investments 254 989
Accounts receivable, net 13,514 2,928
Federal income tax receivable 699
Inventories 17,818 22,373
Assets held for sale 640
Other current assets 278 856
Total current assets 33,272 29,181
     
Mortgages and notes receivable, net of current portion 52 75
Investment in Magnolia Fund 8,952 10,283
Investments, deposits and other non-current assets 2,143 2,220
Deferred tax asset, net of current portion 8,672 8,672
Cash surrender value of life insurance 819 824
Property, buildings and equipment, net 131,567 128,780
Total assets $ 185,477 $ 180,035
     
LIABILITIES & STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY    
Current liabilities:    
Accounts payable $ 7,055 $ 2,946
Long-term debt, current portion 3,271 3,279
Income taxes payable 2,132
Accrued expenses 1,584 1,719
Dividend payable 295 882
Accrued ad valorem taxes 597 1,938
Other current liabilities 1,009 1,063
Total current liabilities 15,943 11,827
     
Long-term debt, net of current portion 46,429 53,879
Deferred retirement benefits, net of current portion 3,730 3,667
Total liabilities 66,102 69,373
     
Commitments and contingencies    
     
Stockholders' equity:    
Common stock, $1 par value; 15,000,000 shares authorized; 7,377,106 and 7,377,106 shares issued and 7,344,232 and 7,342,513 shares outstanding at March 31, 2012 and September 30, 2011, respectively 7,377 7,377
Additional paid in capital 9,097 9,212
Treasury stock at cost, 32,874 and 34,593 shares held at March 31, 2012 and September 30, 2011, respectively (793) (862)
Retained earnings 103,694 94,935
     
Total stockholders' equity 119,375 110,662
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 185,477 $ 180,035
         
         
ALICO, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (UNAUDITED)
(dollars in thousands, except for per share data)
         
  Three months ended March 31,  Six months ended March 31, 
  2012 2011 2012 2011
Operating revenues:        
Agricultural operations $53,438 $35,690 $78,820 $51,593
Non-agricultural operations 694 800 1,388 1,452
Real estate operations
         
Total operating revenue 54,132 36,490 80,208 53,045
         
Operating expenses:        
Agricultural operations 39,463 27,977 59,604 41,564
Non-agricultural operations 279 321 546 646
Real estate operations 117 124 242 274
         
Total operating expenses 39,859 28,422 60,392 42,484
         
Gross profit 14,273 8,068 19,816 10,561
Corporate general and administrative 1,842 1,597 3,861 3,608
         
Income from operations 12,431 6,471 15,955 6,953
Other (expense) income:        
Interest and investment income, net  (66)  (1,572) 42  (1,714)
Interest expense  (467)  (566)  (936)  (1,070)
Other 31 43 32 57
         
Total other expense, net  (502)  (2,095)  (862)  (2,727)
         
Income before income taxes 11,929 4,376 15,093 4,226
Income tax expense  4,515 1,664 5,746 1,607
         
Net income  $7,414 $2,712 $9,347 $2,619
         
Weighted-average number of shares outstanding        
Basic 7,355 7,364 7,354 7,367
Diluted 7,355 7,364 7,354 7,367
Earnings per common share amounts:        
Basic $1.01 $0.37 $1.27 $0.36
Diluted $1.01 $0.37 $1.27 $0.36
Cash dividends declared per common share $0.04 $0.00 $0.08 $0.00
         
CONTACT: Investor Contact:
         Mark Humphrey
         Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President
         239-226-2000
Source: Alico, Inc.