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Calavo Growers, Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2020 Financial Results

December 21, 2020

SANTA PAULA, Calif., Dec. 21, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Calavo Growers, Inc. (Nasdaq-GS: CVGW), a global avocado-industry leader and provider of value-added fresh food, today reported its financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended October 31, 2020.

Fourth Quarter Highlights

  • Total revenue of $234.4 million, a 20% decrease year over year, reflecting 3% growth in avocado volume offset by 22% lower avocado prices and lower revenue in the Renaissance Food Group (“RFG”) and Foods segments.
  • Gross profit of $21.2 million, or 9.0% of revenue, compared to $24.6 million, or 8.4% of revenue, for the comparable period last year. The increase in gross profit margin percentage was attributable to improvements in the RFG and Foods segments.
  • Net income of $6.2 million, or $0.35 per diluted share, compared to $5.2 million, or $0.30 per diluted share. Adjusted net income was $6.0 million, or $0.34 per diluted share.
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $13.4 million, compared to $14.8 million for the same period last year. The year-over-year decline in adjusted EBITDA was primarily due to $2.5 million of non-recurring charges related to various legacy items mostly in the international operations of the Company’s Fresh segment.
  • On December 4, 2020, Calavo paid an annual cash dividend on its common stock of $1.15 per share, a 4.5% increase over the prior year’s annual dividend.

Adjusted net income and adjusted EBITDA are non-GAAP financial measures. See “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” below.

Fiscal Year 2020 Highlights

  • Total revenue of $1.1 billion, an 11% decrease year-over-year.
  • Gross profit of $89.9 million, or 8.5% of revenue, compared to $128.1 million, or 10.7% of revenue, for fiscal year 2019.
  • Net loss of $13.6 million, or $(0.78) per diluted share. Adjusted net income was $27.6 million, or $1.57 per diluted share.
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $54.4 million, compared to $87.3 million for fiscal year 2019.
  • Maintained supply chain and business continuity despite the impact of the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic.

Management Commentary
“Avocado volumes increased due to rising popularity in the U.S. and abroad,” said James E. Gibson, CEO of Calavo Growers. “Our fourth quarter results reflect a continuation of trends from the third quarter. With strong crops out of both Mexico and California, supply in the fourth quarter was plentiful, lowering the average selling price by 22% versus the year-ago quarter, when supply was very constrained. Many foodservice outlets remained unavailable to absorb the crop size and quality dispersion, which has historically helped to maintain margins. As a result, revenue and gross margin declined year-over-year.

“Our RFG segment continued to be impacted by the closure of our co-packing partner in the Midwest in April 2020. When excluding the impact of this closure, sales in our RFG segment rose 3% year-over-year, overcoming the impact from the pandemic. Our RFG segment has also continued to see margin improvement as we achieve greater efficiencies in facilities we operate. Our Foods segment continued to be adversely affected by lower foodservice demand resulting from the pandemic, offset slightly by favorable input commodity prices.

“As many businesses experienced, fiscal 2020 presented unprecedented challenges and our team faced them with resilience and resolve. We continue to move forward implementing strategic initiatives designed to improve our long-term growth prospects. We are capitalizing on the immediate opportunities to increase operating leverage and tap into synergies across our entire organization. We are thankful to our many stakeholders, from our employees to the many communities we serve, and of course our shareholders. To that end we were pleased to raise our annual dividend for the ninth consecutive year,” said Gibson.

Fourth Quarter 2020 Consolidated Financial Review
Total revenue for the fourth quarter of 2020 was $234.4 million compared to $292.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2019, representing a 20% decrease. While avocado volumes were higher, increasing 3% over the prior year period, total revenue was impacted by the lower average selling price of avocados in the Company’s Fresh segment, reflecting increased supply from Mexico and California, and lower sales volumes in the RFG and Foods segments as a result of the closure of RFG’s Midwest co-packing partner in April 2020 and the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic.

Gross profit for the fourth quarter was $21.2 million, or 9.0% of revenue, compared to $24.6 million, or 8.4% of revenue, for the same period last year. The increase in gross profit margin percentage was attributable to improvements in the RFG and Foods business segments, partially offset by lower gross profit margin percentage in the Fresh segment.

Selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expense for the fourth quarter totaled $13.7 million, or 5.9% of revenue, compared to $14.9 million, or 5.1% of revenue, for the same period last year. The decline in SG&A expense was primarily due to a decrease in performance-based compensation, lower marketing and travel expenses due to COVID-19, and a reduction in headcount implemented at the end of the second quarter of 2020.

Net income for the fourth quarter of 2020 was $6.2 million, or $0.35 per diluted share. This compares to net income of $5.2 million, or $0.30 per diluted share, for the same period last year.

Adjusted net income, which is a non-GAAP measure that excludes certain items such as equity in results from unconsolidated subsidiaries and unrealized gains/losses on Limoneira shares, was $6.0 million, or $0.34 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2020, compared to adjusted net income of $7.9 million, or $0.45 per diluted share, for the same period last year. Adjusted EBITDA, which is a non-GAAP financial measure, was $13.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2020, compared to $14.8 million for the same period last year. The year-over-year decline in adjusted EBITDA was primarily due to $2.5 million of non-recurring charges related to various legacy items mostly in the international operations of the Company’s Fresh segment.  

Balance Sheet and Liquidity
Cash and cash equivalents totaled $4.1 million as of October 31, 2020. Total liquidity at quarter end was approximately $137 million, including cash, investments, and borrowings available under its line of credit.

The Company ended the quarter with $27.6 million of total debt, which included $20.5 million in short-term borrowings and $7.1 million of long-term obligations and finance leases.

Fourth Quarter Business Segment Performance
Fresh
Fourth quarter 2020 sales in Calavo’s Fresh business segment decreased 18% to $118.9 million from $144.5 million in the same period last year. Avocado imports from Mexico combined with a strong harvest in California drove the average selling price of avocados down 22% from the same period last year. Lower selling prices were offset by increased sales volume, which improved 3% from the year ago period. Fresh segment gross profit for the fourth quarter of 2020 was $8.8 million, or 7.4% of segment sales, compared to $12.5 million, or 8.7% of segment sales, for the same period last year. The decline in gross profit was due to the decrease in the average selling price of avocados.

Renaissance Food Group (RFG)
RFG business segment sales in the fourth quarter 2020 were $99.3 million, down 21% from $125.5 million in the same period last year. The decline in sales was principally due to the closure of the Company’s Midwest co-packing partner in April 2020, partially offset by increased sales in the Company’s existing production facilities. When excluding the impact of the closure, sales in the RFG segment rose 3% year-over-year. Segment gross profit reached $7.7 million, or 7.8% of segment sales, compared to $7.3 million, or 5.8% of segment sales in the same period last year. This margin improvement was primarily due to continued increases in manufacturing efficiencies at company-operated facilities.

Foods
Sales in the Foods business segment totaled $17.9 million in the fourth quarter, down 25% from $23.8 million in the same period last year due to lower demand from foodservice customers during the prolonged pandemic. Segment gross profit was $4.6 million, or 25.7% of sales, compared to $4.9 million, or 20.4% of sales, in the same period last year. The year-over-year increase in gross profit was primarily due to a decrease in avocado costs.

Outlook
Due to the impact of the pandemic, Calavo previously suspended its practice of providing annual guidance. The Company is providing the following expectations solely for the first fiscal quarter of 2021:

  • Revenue in a range of $215 million to $225 million; and
  • Adjusted EBITDA in a range of $7 million to $10 million.

The Company is not able to provide a reconciliation of expected adjusted EBITDA to the most directly comparable expected GAAP measure due to the unknown effect, timing and potential significance of the effects of non-cash income and losses associated with unconsolidated entities, among others. These items have in the past, and may in the future, significantly affect GAAP results in a particular period.

“As we enter 2021, we expect more of the same across our three segments. For Fresh, the Mexican crop is expected to be larger than it was in 2020, which will continue to pressure selling prices. We expect foodservice outlets will remain unavailable to take sizes and quality of avocados that are not desired by our retail customers until the latter half of 2021. Our RFG segment will be impacted by the Midwest closure comparatively through April 2021, and Foods will still be dependent on recovery of the foodservice category.

“Regardless of these near-term trends, we expect to emerge from the pandemic a stronger organization from top to bottom. We believe that the steps we are taking today will not only create value in the near term but will also strengthen our foundation to accelerate growth in the years ahead,” concluded Gibson.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures
This press release includes non-GAAP measures such as EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted net income and adjusted diluted EPS, which are not prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, or “GAAP.”

EBITDA is defined as net income (loss) attributable to Calavo Growers, Inc. excluding (1) interest income and expense, (2) income taxes (benefit) provision, (3) depreciation and amortization and (4) stock-based compensation expense. Adjusted EBITDA is EBITDA with further adjustments for (1) non-cash net losses recognized from unconsolidated entities, (2) goodwill impairment, (3) write-off of long-lived assets, (4) acquisition-related costs, (5) restructuring and certain severance costs, (6) certain litigation and other related costs, and (7) one-time items. Adjusted EBITDA is a primary metric by which management evaluates the operating performance of the business, on which certain operating expenditures and internal budgets are based and by which, in addition to other factors, the Company’s senior management is compensated. The adjustments to calculate EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA are items recognized and recorded under GAAP in particular periods but might be viewed as not necessarily coinciding with the underlying business operations for the periods in which they are so recognized and recorded.

Adjusted net income is defined as net income (loss) attributable to Calavo Growers, Inc. excluding (1) non-cash net losses recognized from unconsolidated entities, (2) goodwill impairment, (3) write-off of long-lived assets, (4) acquisition-related costs, (5) restructuring and certain severance costs, (6) certain litigation and other related costs, and (7) one-time items. Adjusted net income and the related measure of adjusted diluted EPS exclude certain items that are recognized and recorded under GAAP in particular periods but might be viewed as not necessarily coinciding with the underlying business operations for the periods in which they are so recognized and recorded. We believe adjusted net income affords investors a different view of the overall financial performance of the Company than adjusted EBITDA and the GAAP measure of net income (loss) attributable to Calavo Growers, Inc.

Reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures are provided in the financial tables that accompany this release.

Items are considered one-time in nature if they are non-recurring, infrequent or unusual and have not occurred in the past two years or are not expected to recur in the next two years, in accordance with SEC rules. One-time items are identified in the notes to the reconciliations in the financial tables that accompany this release.

Non-GAAP information should be considered as supplemental in nature and not as a substitute for, or superior to, any measure of performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. None of these metrics are presented as measures of liquidity. The way the Company measures EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted net income and adjusted diluted EPS may not be comparable to similarly titled measures presented by other companies and may not be identical to corresponding measures used in Company agreements.

Conference Call and Webcast
Calavo will host a conference call on Monday, December 21, 2020 at 5:00 pm ET/2:00 pm PT to discuss its financial results for the fourth quarter ended October 31, 2020. The conference call may be accessed by dialing 877-407-3982 (Domestic) or 201-493-6780 (International) with conference ID: 13713975. A live audio webcast of the call will also be available on the Investor Relations section of Calavo’s website at http://ir.calavo.com and will be archived for replay.

About Calavo Growers, Inc.
Calavo Growers, Inc. is a global avocado-industry leader and provider of value-added fresh food serving retail grocery, foodservice, club stores, mass merchandisers, food distributors and wholesalers worldwide. The Company’s Fresh segment procures and markets fresh avocados and select other fresh produce, including tomatoes and papayas. The Renaissance Food Group (RFG) segment creates, markets and distributes a portfolio of healthy, fresh foods, including fresh-cut fruit, fresh-cut vegetables and prepared foods. The Foods segment manufactures and distributes guacamole and salsa. Founded in 1924, Calavo’s fresh food products are sold under the respected Calavo brand name as well as Garden Highway, Chef Essentials and a variety of private label and store brands.

Safe Harbor Statement
This press release contains statements relating to future events and results of Calavo (including certain projections and business trends) that are "forward-looking statements," as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, that involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions. These statements are based on our current expectations and are not promises or guarantees. If any of the risks or uncertainties ever materialize or the assumptions prove incorrect, the results of Calavo may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements and assumptions. The use of words such as "anticipates," "estimates," "expects," "projects," "intends," "plans" and "believes," among others, generally identify forward-looking statements.

Risks and uncertainties that may cause our actual results to be materially different from any future results expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the following: the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our business, results of operations, and financial condition, including, but not limited to, disruptions in the manufacturing of our products and the operations of the related supply chains supporting our ability to deliver our products to consumers, impacts on our employees and uncertainty regarding our ability to implement health and safety measures for our employees, uncertainties regarding consumer demand for our products in light of COVID-19, impact on our food service customers, increased costs that we must incur as a result of COVID-19, the impact of governmental trade restrictions imposed as a result of COVID-19 and the possible adverse impact of COVID-19 on our goodwill and other intangible assets; seasonality of our business; sensitivity of our business to changes in market prices of avocados and other agricultural products and other raw materials including fuel, packaging and paper; potential disruptions to our supply chain; risks associated with potential future acquisitions, including integration; potential exposure to data breaches and other cyber-attacks on our systems or those of our suppliers or customers; dependence on large customers; dependence on key personnel and the ability of our new management team to work together successfully; potential for labor disputes; reliance on co-packers for a portion of our production needs; competitive pressures, including from foreign growers; risks of recalls and food-related injuries to our customers; changing consumer preferences; the impact of environmental regulations, including those related to climate change; our ability to develop and transition new products and services and enhance existing products and services to meet customer needs; risks associated with doing business internationally (including possible restrictive U.S. and foreign governmental actions, such as restrictions on transfers of funds and COVID-19 and trade protection measures such as import/export/customs duties, tariffs and/or quotas and currency fluctuations); risks associated with receivables from, loans to and/or equity investments in unconsolidated entities, including FreshRealm; volatility in the value of our common stock; the impact of macroeconomic trends and events; and the resolution of pending investigations, legal claims and tax disputes.

For a further discussion of these risks and uncertainties and other risks and uncertainties that we face, please see the risk factors described in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and any subsequent updates that may be contained in our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made only as of the date of this press release, and we undertake no obligation to update or revise the forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Contact: Financial Profiles, Inc.
Lisa Mueller, Senior Vice President
310-622-8231
calavo@finprofiles.com         


CALAVO GROWERS, INC.
CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED BALANCE SHEETS (UNAUDITED)
(in thousands)

               
       October 31,      October 31,  
    2020    2019   
Assets              
Current assets:              
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 4,055   $ 7,973  
Accounts receivable, net of allowances of $3,498 (2020) and $3,366 (2019)     63,668     63,423  
Inventories, net     41,787     36,889  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     10,733     9,027  
Advances to suppliers     5,061     7,338  
Income taxes receivable     10,591     2,865  
Total current assets     135,895     127,515  
Property, plant, and equipment, net     130,270     132,098  
Operating lease right-of-use assets     60,262      
Investment in Limoneira Company     23,197     31,734  
Investment in unconsolidated entities     6,065     10,722  
Deferred income taxes     2,486     3,447  
Goodwill     28,568     18,262  
Notes receivable from FreshRealm         35,241  
Intangibles, net     10,323     435  
Other assets     32,558     30,906  
    $ 429,624   $ 390,360  
Liabilities and shareholders’ equity              
Current liabilities:              
Payable to growers   $ 11,346   $ 13,463  
Trade accounts payable     9,384     17,421  
Accrued expenses     36,922     39,629  
Short-term borrowings     20,550      
Dividend payable     20,343     19,354  
Current portion of operating leases     6,443      
Current portion of long-term obligations and finance leases     1,343     762  
Total current liabilities     106,331     90,629  
Long-term liabilities:              
Long-term operating leases, less current portion     58,273      
Long-term obligations and finance leases, less current portion     5,716     5,412  
Deferred rent         3,681  
Other long-term liabilities     3,302     4,769  
Total long-term liabilities     67,291     13,862  
Commitments and contingencies              
Total shareholders’ equity     256,002     285,869  
    $ 429,624   $ 390,360  

Note: Beginning on November 1, 2019 we adopted ASU 842, Leases. Under this new standard both finance leases and operating leases result in the lessee recognizing a right of use asset and a corresponding lease liability on the balance sheet. Previously, operating leases were expensed through the income statement and did not require recognition of a right-of-use asset or corresponding liability on the balance sheet.


CALAVO GROWERS, INC.
CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (UNAUDITED)
(in thousands, except per share amounts)

                           
       Three months ended      Year ended  
    October 31,   October 31,  
    2020         2019      2020         2019     
                   
Net sales   $ 234,430     $ 292,175     $ 1,059,371     $ 1,195,777    
Cost of sales     213,250       267,542       969,473       1,067,695    
Gross profit     21,180       24,633       89,898       128,082    
Selling, general and administrative     13,726       14,885       57,952       59,113    
Gain on sale of Temecula packinghouse     54       75       216       2,077    
Operating income     7,508       9,823       32,162       71,046    

Interest expense
    (145 )     (101 )     (877 )     (948 )  
Other income, net     301       842       2,551       3,174    
Loss on reserve for FreshRealm note receivable and impairment of investment     (130 )            (37,322 )        
Unrealized and realized net gain (loss) on Limoneira shares     588       (1,460 )     (8,537 )     (9,722 )  
Income (loss) before benefit (provision) for income taxes and loss (income) from unconsolidated entities     8,122       9,104       (12,023 )     63,550    
Income taxes benefit (provision)     (2,248 )     (1,789 )     4,292       (12,882 )  

Net (loss) income from unconsolidated entities
    265       (2,138 )     (6,110 )     (14,082 )  

Net income (loss)
    6,139       5,177        (13,841 )     36,586    
Less: Net loss (income) attributable to noncontrolling interest     88       34       216       60    
Net income (loss) attributable to Calavo Growers, Inc.   $ 6,227     $ 5,211     $ (13,625 )   $ 36,646    
                           
Calavo Growers, Inc.’s net income (loss) per share:                          
Basic   $ 0.35     $ 0.30     $ (0.78 )   $ 2.09    
Diluted   $  0.35     $ 0.30     $ (0.78 )   $ 2.08    
                           
Number of shares used in per share computation:                          
Basic     17,586       17,525       17,564       17,519    
Diluted     17,666       17,604       17,564       17,593    

 

CALAVO GROWERS, INC.
NET SALES AND GROSS PROFIT BY BUSINESS SEGMENT (UNAUDITED)
(in thousands)

                                 
       Fresh                 Interco.      
    products   RFG   Calavo Foods   Elimins.   Total  
       
Three months ended October 31, 2020                      
Net sales   $ 118,855   $ 99,337   $ 17,916   $ (1,678 )   $ 234,430  
Cost of sales     110,013     91,611     13,304     (1,678 )     213,250  
Gross profit   $ 8,842   $ 7,726   $ 4,612   $     $ 21,180  
                                 
Three months ended October 31, 2019                                
Net sales   $ 144,494   $ 125,499   $ 23,822   $ (1,640 )   $ 292,175  
Cost of sales     131,976     118,246     18,960     (1,640 )     267,542  
Gross profit   $ 12,518   $ 7,253   $ 4,862   $     $ 24,633  
                                 
Year ended October 31, 2020                                
Net sales   $ 585,052   $ 404,723   $ 75,220   $ (5,624 )   $ 1,059,371  
Cost of sales     537,489     383,331     54,277     (5,624 )     969,473  
Gross profit   $ 47,563   $ 21,392   $ 20,943   $     $ 89,898  
                                 
Year ended October 31, 2019                                
Net sales   $ 621,183   $ 486,063   $ 94,734   $ (6,203 )   $ 1,195,777  
Cost of sales     534,600     465,563     73,735     (6,203 )     1,067,695  
Gross profit   $ 86,583   $ 20,500   $ 20,999   $     $ 128,082  

For the three months ended October 31, 2020 and 2019, intercompany sales and cost of sales of $0.6 million and $0.3 million between Fresh products and RFG were eliminated. For the year ended October 31, 2020 and 2019, intercompany sales and cost of sales of $1.7 million and $1.8 million between Fresh products and RFG were eliminated. For the three months ended October 31, 2020 and 2019, intercompany sales and cost of sales of $1.1 million and $1.3 million between Calavo Foods and RFG were eliminated. For the year ended October 31, 2020 and 2019, intercompany sales and cost of sales of $4.0 million and $4.0 million between Calavo Foods and RFG were eliminated.


CALAVO GROWERS, INC.
RECONCILIATION OF ADJUSTED NET INCOME AND EPS (UNAUDITED)
(in thousands, except per share amounts)

The following table presents adjusted net income and adjusted diluted EPS, each a non-GAAP measure, and reconciles them to net income (loss) attributable to Calavo Growers, Inc., and Diluted EPS, which are the most directly comparable GAAP measures. See “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” earlier in this release.

                           
       Three months ended      Year ended  
    October 31,   October 31,  
    2020      2019   2020      2019  
                   
Net income (loss) attributable to Calavo Growers, Inc.   $ 6,227     $ 5,211     $ (13,625 )   $ 36,646    
Non-GAAP adjustments:                          
Non-cash net losses (income) recognized from unconsolidated entities (a)     (265 )     2,138       6,110       14,082    
Loss on reserve for FreshRealm note receivable and impairment of investment (b)     130             37,322          
Gain on sale-Temecula packinghouse, net of sales commission (c)                       (1,572 )  
Management transition expenses (d)                 1,119          
Professional expenses related to FreshRealm (e)     255             255          
Acquisition costs - SFFI, Inc. (f)                 510          
RFG Rent expense add back (g)     108             108          
Net loss (gain) on Limoneira shares (h)     (588 )     1,460       8,537       9,722    
Tax impact of adjustments (i)     96                 (955 )          (12,773 )     (5,803 )  
Adjusted net income attributed to Calavo Growers, Inc.   $ 5,963     $ 7,854     $ 27,563     $ 53,075    
                           
Calavo Growers, Inc.’s net income (loss) per share:                          
Diluted EPS (GAAP)   $ 0.35     $ 0.30     $ (0.78 )   $ 2.08    
Adjusted Diluted EPS   $ 0.34     $ 0.45     $ 1.57     $ 3.02    
                           
Number of shares used in per share computation:                          
Diluted     17,666       17,604       17,564       17,593    


   

(a)  For the three months ended October 31, 2019, FreshRealm incurred losses totaling $5.6 million, of which we recorded $2.3 million of non-cash losses during our fourth fiscal quarter of 2019. For the year ended October 31, 2020 and 2019, FreshRealm incurred losses totaling $24.1 million and $30.6 million, of which we recorded $7.2 million and $14.1 million of non-cash losses during the year ended October 31, 2020 and 2019. For the three months ended October 31, 2020 and 2019, we recorded income from Agricola Don Memo totaling $0.3 million and $0.1 million. For the year ended October 31, 2020 and 2019, we recorded income from Agricola Don Memo totaling $1.1 million and $0.1 million.

(b)  During the third quarter of fiscal 2020, the results of operations of FreshRealm deteriorated significantly from our expectations of three months earlier, with declining sales and continuing losses. FreshRealm will likely require additional capital in order to continue as a going concern. We do not plan to invest or loan any additional capital to FreshRealm. Therefore, we have recorded an impairment of 100% of our equity investment of $2.8 million, and we have recorded a reserve for collectability of 100% of our note receivable of $34.2 million (which includes accrued interest of $4.1 million), and $0.3 million in trade accounts receivable as of October 31, 2020, which resulted in a loss of $37.3 million.

(c)  During the second quarter of fiscal 2019, we sold our Temecula, Calif., packinghouse for $7.1 million in cash and, concurrently, leased back a portion of the facility representing approximately one-third of the total square footage. This generated a gain of $6.4 million. Since our leaseback of the building is classified as a capital lease and covers substantially all of the leased property, the gain recognized currently is the amount of the gain in excess of the recorded amount of the leased asset. As a result, we recognized a gain of approximately $1.6 million ($1.9 million, net of transaction costs (primarily sales commissions) totaling $0.3 million) in the second quarter of fiscal 2019 and recorded a deferred gain of $4.5 million, which will be recognized over the life of the lease (i.e. straight-line over 15 years).

(d)  Year ended October 31, 2020 results include higher stock-based compensation expense related to senior management transitions, which does not impact the underlying cost structure of the company.

(e)  For the three months and year ended October 31, 2020, we incurred $0.3 million of professional fees related to FreshRealm and to the Loss on reserve for FreshRealm note receivable and impairment of investment.

(f)  In fiscal 2020, we incurred expenses related to the acquisition of SFFI Company, Inc. doing business as Simply Fresh Fruit (SFFI). SFFI is a processor and supplier of a broad line of fresh-cut fruit, principally serving the foodservice and hospitality markets. The acquisition closed on February 14, 2020.

(g)  For the three months and year ended October 31, 2020, we incurred $0.1 million related to rent paid for RFG corporate office space that we have vacated and plan to sublease.

(h)  In the fourth quarter of 2020 and 2019, we recorded a $0.6 million unrealized gain and a $1.5 million unrealized loss related to mark-to-market adjustments in the fair value of our investment in Limoneira (LMNR) common stock. For the year ended October 31, 2020 and 2019, we recorded $8.5 million and $9.7 million in unrealized losses related to these mark-to-market adjustments.

(i)  Tax impact of non-GAAP adjustments are based on the prevailing year-to-date tax rates in each period and adjusted for any one-time discreet items.


CALAVO GROWERS, INC.
RECONCILIATION OF EBITDA AND ADJUSTED EBITDA (UNAUDITED)
(in thousands except per share amounts)

The following table presents EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA, each a non-GAAP measure, and reconciles them to net income (loss) attributable to Calavo Growers, Inc., which is the most directly comparable GAAP measure. See “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” earlier in this release.

                         
       Three months ended      Year ended
    October 31,   October 31,
    2020      2019    2020       2019
                 
Net income (loss) attributable to Calavo Growers, Inc.   $ 6,227     $ 5,211     $
     (13,625


)
  $ 36,646  
Interest Income     (65 )     (874 )    
      (1,998


)
    (2,675 )
Interest Expense     145       101       877       948  
Income taxes (benefit) provision     2,248       1,788      
      (4,292


)
    12,881  
Depreciation & Amortization     4,243       4,113       16,093       13,633  
Stock-Based Compensation (d)     918       885       4,487       3,593  
EBITDA   $ 13,716     $ 11,224     $
        1,542
    $ 65,026  
                         
Adjustments:                        
Non-cash net losses (income) recognized from unconsolidated entities (a)     (265 )     2,138       6,110       14,082  
Loss on reserve for FreshRealm note receivable and impairment of investment (b)     130             37,322        

Net loss (gain) on Limoneira shares (f)
    (588 )     1,460       8,537       9,722  
Professional expenses related to FreshRealm (e)     255             255        
Gain on sale-Temecula packinghouse, net of sales commission (c)                       (1,572 )

RFG rent expense add back (g)
    108             108        

Acquisition costs - SFFI, Inc. (e)
                510        

Adjusted EBITDA
  $ 13,356     $ 14,822     $ 54,384     $ 87,258  

Adjusted EBITDA per share
  $ 0.76     $ 0.84     $ 3.10     $ 4.96  


   

See prior page for footnote references



CALAVO GROWERS, INC.

OTHER INFORMATION (UNAUDITED)
(in thousands, except per pound amounts)

       Three months ended      Year ended
    October 31,   October 31,
    2020      2019    2020       2019 

Pounds of avocados sold
    87,868     85,648     379,910     354,754
Pounds of processed avocado products sold     6,064     7,513     25,480     32,016
Average sales price per pound - avocados   $ 1.23   $ 1.57   $ 1.37   $ 1.60
Gross profit per pound - avocados   $ 0.10   $ 0.14   $ 0.11   $ 0.23
Average sales price per pound – processed avocado products   $ 2.85   $ 2.90   $ 2.84   $ 2.85
Gross profit per pound – processed avocado products   $ 0.77   $ 0.64   $ 0.82   $ 0.66

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