Investor Contact:  Exhibit 99.1

 

Mark Humphrey

Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President

239-226-2000

 

 

 

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

Financial Results 

 

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

 

 

Fort Myers, FL, May 10, 2012 – 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