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Calavo Growers, Inc. Announces First Quarter 2021 Financial Results

March 10, 2021

SANTA PAULA, Calif., March 10, 2021 (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 first quarter ended January 31, 2021.

First Quarter Highlights

  • Total revenue of $220.6 million, a 19% decrease year over year, reflecting 2% growth in avocado volume offset by lower avocado prices and lower revenue in the Renaissance Food Group (“RFG”) and Foods segments.
  • Gross profit of $17.8 million, or 8.1% of revenue, compared to $15.8 million, or 5.8% of revenue, for the comparable period last year. The increase in gross profit margin percentage was attributable to improvements in the Fresh segment.
  • Net income of $5.3 million, or $0.30 per diluted share, compared to net loss of $0.9 million, or ($0.05) per diluted share for the comparable period last year. Adjusted net income was $3.0 million, or $0.17 per diluted share, compared to $0.8 million, or $0.04 per share last year.
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $9.4 million, compared to $4.5 million for the same period last year.
  • Renewed credit agreement adding $20 million of availability and five years to its term. The facility is now a $100 million, syndicated senior unsecured revolving credit facility (with a total facility size of $150 million when including the exercise of its $50 million accordion feature).
  • Paid $1.15 per share dividend ($20.3 million in total), which is an increase of 4.5% over prior year and is the 9th consecutive year of increasing dividends, and representing an approximate 1.5% yield to Calavo’s shareholders.

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

Management Commentary
“Our first quarter results reflect a continuation of trends that we experienced in the fourth quarter of last year,” said James E. Gibson, CEO of Calavo Growers. “Market demand for avocados is increasing, albeit at a slower pace due to the pandemic, and supply remains plentiful, given the strong crop out of Mexico. These dynamics weighed on prices, which on average, were down 14% year-over-year. However, we delivered higher avocado gross margins in the quarter, as we did a good job of managing our pricing spread and sales mix.

“Our RFG segment was impacted by a number of factors, including industry-wide delivery delays at most U.S. ports due to the implementation of additional safety measures related to the pandemic, which caused increased spoilage of fresh fruit and vegetables. In addition, we continued to be impacted comparatively by the closure in April 2020 of our Midwest co-packing partner. Our Foods segment continued to be adversely affected by lower foodservice demand resulting from the pandemic, offset slightly by favorable input commodity prices.

“We are optimistic about the remainder of 2021, particularly the second half. While the pandemic is still having a substantial impact on many of our foodservice customers, we believe that they will be able to bridge from this challenging environment to what we anticipate will be a strong economic rebound once we as a country achieve widespread vaccination and herd immunity. In the meantime, we are moving ahead with the implementation of our strategic initiatives designed to enhance our long-term growth prospects, capitalizing on opportunities to increase operating leverage, further our sustainability initiatives, and realize synergies across our entire organization, with the goal of improving profitability, sustainability, and shareholder value,” concluded Gibson.

First Quarter 2021 Consolidated Financial Review
Total revenue for the first quarter of 2021 was $220.6 million compared to $273.3 million for the first quarter of 2020, representing a 19% decrease. While avocado volumes were higher, increasing 2% 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 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 first quarter was $17.8 million, or 8.1% of revenue, compared to $15.8 million, or 5.8% of revenue, for the same period last year. The increase in gross profit margin percentage was attributable to improvements in the Fresh segment, partially offset by lower gross profit margin percentages in the RFG and Foods segments.

Selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expense for the first quarter totaled $14.2 million, or 6.4% of revenue, compared to $16.3 million, or 6.0% of revenue, for the same period last year. The decline in SG&A expense was primarily due to a decrease in salary and benefit expense as a result of our consolidation initiatives.

Net income for the first quarter of 2021 was $5.3 million, or $0.30 per diluted share. This compares to net loss of $0.9 million, or $(0.05) per diluted share, for the same period last year.

Adjusted net income, which is a non-GAAP measure that excludes certain items such as non-cash gains or losses from unconsolidated subsidiaries and unrealized gains/losses on Limoneira shares, was $3.0 million, or $0.17 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2021, compared to adjusted net income of $0.8 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, for the same period last year.

Adjusted EBITDA, which is a non-GAAP financial measure, was $9.4 million for the first quarter of 2021, compared to $4.5 million for the same period last year.

Balance Sheet and Liquidity
During the first quarter, the Company entered into an amendment to its existing credit facility, which, among other things, increased the size of the revolving commitment by $20 million to $100 million (for a total facility size of $150 million with the accordion, which is up from a total facility size of $130 million) and extended the maturity of the agreement by five years to 2026.

Total liquidity at quarter end was approximately $148 million, including cash, investments, and borrowings available under its line of credit.

The Company ended the quarter with $44.6 million of total debt, which included $37.2 million in borrowings under the line of credit and $7.4 million of long-term obligations and finance leases.

First Quarter Business Segment Performance
Fresh
First quarter 2021 sales in Calavo’s Fresh business segment decreased 13% to $115.5 million from $133.2 million in the same period last year. Avocado imports from Mexico negatively impacted the average selling price of avocados, which was down 14% from the same period last year. Lower selling prices were offset by increased sales volume, which improved 2% from the year-ago period. Fresh segment gross profit for the first quarter of 2021 was $13.1 million, or 11.4% of segment sales, compared to $6.6 million, or 4.9% of segment sales, for the same period last year. The increase in gross profit was primarily due to better management of the pricing spread and sales mix to customers. The Company’s gross profit per carton for avocados was in line with historical averages and higher than the year-ago quarter, which was impacted by poor fruit quality across the industry.

Renaissance Food Group (RFG)
RFG business segment sales in the first quarter 2021 were $90.3 million, down 25% from $120.9 million in the same period last year. The decline in sales was principally due to the previously announced closure of the Company’s Midwest co-packing partner in April 2020. Segment gross profit was approximately breakeven compared to a gross profit of $2.9 million, or 2.4% of segment sales in the same period last year. Gross margin was adversely impacted by higher labor costs and supply chain disruptions resulting from major port delays, combined with poor quality and yield due to weather events in Florida and Central America. In addition, lower overall volumes negatively impacted the gross margin due to unabsorbed overhead.

Foods
Sales in the Foods business segment totaled $16.5 million in the first quarter, down 20% from $20.5 million in the same period last year due to lower demand from foodservice customers during the prolonged pandemic. Segment gross profit was $4.7 million, or 28.7% of sales, compared to $6.4 million, or 31.0% of sales, in the same period last year. The year-over-year decrease in gross profit was primarily due to the lower foodservice volumes, partially offset by a decrease in avocado costs.

Outlook
The Company is providing the following expectations for the second fiscal quarter of 2021:

  • Revenue in a range of $255 million to $275 million; and
  • Adjusted EBITDA in a range of $14 million to $18 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.

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 tax (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. 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.   Additionally, the Company’s senior management is compensated in part on the basis of Adjusted Net Income.

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, today at 5:00 pm ET/2:00 pm PT to discuss its financial results. The conference call may be accessed by dialing 877-407-3982 (Domestic) or 201-493-6780 (International) with conference ID: 13716483. 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)

               
    January 31,    October 31,   
    2021   2020  
             
Assets                          
Current assets:              
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 8,168   $ 4,055  
Accounts receivable, net of allowances of $3,791 (2021) and $3,498 (2020)     71,603     63,668  
Inventories, net     41,706     41,787  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     12,031     10,733  
Advances to suppliers     4,909     5,061  
Income taxes receivable     6,703     10,591  
Total current assets     145,120     135,895  
Property, plant, and equipment, net     131,888     130,270  
Operating lease right-of-use assets     59,565     60,262  
Investment in Limoneira Company     26,786     23,197  
Investments in unconsolidated entities     5,909     6,065  
Deferred income taxes     2,486     2,486  
Goodwill     28,568     28,568  
Intangibles, net     9,925     10,323  
Other assets     36,205     32,558  
    $ 446,452   $ 429,624  
Liabilities and shareholders' equity              
Current liabilities:              
Payable to growers   $ 11,556   $ 11,346  
Trade accounts payable     14,417     9,384  
Accrued expenses     46,961     36,922  
Borrowings pursuant to credit facilities, current         20,550  
Dividend payable         20,343  
Current portion of operating leases     6,674     6,443  
Current portion of long-term obligations and finance leases     1,529     1,343  
Total current liabilities     81,137     106,331  
Long-term liabilities:              
Borrowings pursuant to credit facilities, long-term     37,150      
Long-term operating leases, less current portion     57,357     58,273  
Long-term obligations and finance leases, less current portion     5,835     5,716  
Other long-term liabilities     3,247     3,302  
Total long-term liabilities     103,589     67,291  
Commitments and contingencies              
Shareholders' equity:              
Total shareholders' equity     261,726     256,002  
    $ 446,452   $ 429,624  


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

               
    Three months ended  
    January 31,   
    2021     2020    
             
Net sales      $ 220,578        $ 273,348    
Cost of sales     202,739       257,540    
Gross profit     17,839       15,808    
Selling, general and administrative     14,174       16,298    
Gain on sale of Temecula packinghouse     54       54    
Operating income (loss)     3,719       (436 )  
Interest expense     (174 )     (187 )  
Other income, net     201       994    
Unrealized net gain on Limoneira shares     3,589       1,006    
Income before income taxes and loss from unconsolidated entities     7,335       1,377    
Income tax (provision) benefit     (1,943 )     650    
Net loss from unconsolidated entities     (155 )     (3,028 )  
Net income (loss)     5,237       (1,001 )  
Less: Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest     40       63    
Net income (loss) attributable to Calavo Growers, Inc.   $ 5,277     $ (938 )  
               
Calavo Growers, Inc.’s net income (loss) per share:              
Basic   $ 0.30     $ (0.05 )  
Diluted   $ 0.30     $ (0.05 )  
               
Number of shares used in per share computation:              
Basic     17,599       17,536    
Diluted     17,669       17,536    


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

       Fresh              Calavo      Interco.           
    products   RFG   Foods   Elimins.   Total  
       
Three months ended January 31, 2021                                
Net sales   $ 115,459   $ 90,306     $ 16,458   $ (1,645 )   $ 220,578  
Cost of sales     102,314     90,329       11,741     (1,645 )     202,739  
Gross profit   $ 13,145   $ (23 )   $ 4,717   $     $ 17,839  
                                 
Three months ended January 31, 2020                                
Net sales   $ 133,189   $ 120,935     $ 20,483   $ (1,259 )   $ 273,348  
Cost of sales     126,607     118,059       14,133     (1,259 )     257,540  
Gross profit   $ 6,582   $ 2,876     $ 6,350   $     $ 15,808  
                                 

For the three months ended January 31, 2021 and 2020, intercompany sales and cost of sales of $0.5 million and $0.3 million between Fresh products and RFG were eliminated. For the three months ended January 31, 2021 and 2020, intercompany sales and cost of sales of $1.1 million and $0.9 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   January   31,
       2021        2020  
Net income (loss) attributable to Calavo Growers, Inc.   $ 5,277     $ (938 )
Non-GAAP adjustments:              
Non-cash losses recognized from unconsolidated entities (a)     155       3,028  
Income from FreshRealm Recovery (b)     (130 )      
Acquisition costs (c)     262       290  
Net gain on Limoneira shares (d)     (3,589 )     (1,006 )
RFG rent expense add back (e)     108        
Professional expenses related to FreshRealm     91        
Tax impact of adjustments (f)     840       (602 )
Adjusted net income attributed to Calavo Growers, Inc.   $ 3,014     $ 772  
             
Calavo Growers, Inc.’s net income (loss) per share:              
Diluted EPS (GAAP)   $ 0.30     $ (0.05 )
Adjusted Diluted EPS   $ 0.17     $ 0.04  
             
Number of shares used in per share computation:              
Diluted     17,669       17,536  


(a) For the three months ended January 31, 2020, FreshRealm incurred losses totaling $9.3 million, of which we recorded $3.5 million of non-cash losses during the first quarter of fiscal 2020.  For the three months ended January 31, 2021, we incurred losses from Agricola Don Memo totaling $0.2 million. For the three months ended January 31, 2020, we realized income from Agricola Don Memo totaling $0.5 million.

(b) As part of the FreshRealm Separation Agreement, we received $0.1 million for previously reserved receivables.

(c) In the first quarter of 2021, these are professional service costs related to a considered and subsequently cancelled acquisition. In the first quarter of 2020, we incurred transaction expenses related to the acquisition of SFFI Company, Inc. doing business as Simply Fresh Fruit.

(d) For the three months ended January 31, 2021 and 2020, we recorded $3.6 million and $1.0 million in unrealized gains related to these mark-to-market adjustments.  

(e) For the three months ended January 31, 2021, we incurred $0.1 million related to rent paid for RFG corporate office space that we have vacated and plan to sublease.

(f) Tax impact of non-GAAP adjustments are based on the prevailing year-to-date tax rates.


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   January   31,
       2021        2020  
Net income (loss) attributable to Calavo Growers, Inc.   $ 5,277     $ (938 )
Interest Income     (72 )     (946 )
Interest Expense     174       187  
Provision (benefit) for Income Taxes     1,943       (650 )
Depreciation & Amortization     4,294       3,567  
Stock-Based Compensation     907       931  
EBITDA   $ 12,523     $ 2,151  
             
Adjustments:              
Non-cash losses recognized from unconsolidated entities (a)     155       3,028  
Net gain on Limoneira shares (d)     (3,589 )     (1,006 )
Income from FreshRealm recovery (b)     (130 )      
Professional expenses related to FreshRealm     91        
RFG rent expense add back (e)     108        
Acquisition costs (c)     262       290  
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 9,420     $ 4,463  
Adjusted EBITDA per diluted share   $ 0.53     $ 0.25  

         

See prior page for footnote references


CALAVO GROWERS, INC.
OTHER INFORMATION (UNAUDITED)
(in thousands, except per pound amounts)

    Three months ended  
    January 31,   
    2021   2020  
           
Pounds of avocados sold                                           97,388                                          95,632  
Pounds of processed avocado products sold     5,448     6,951  
Average sales price per pound - avocados   $ 1.06   $ 1.23  
Gross profit per pound - avocados   $ 0.12   $ 0.05  
Average sales price per pound – processed avocado products   $ 2.89   $ 2.84  
Gross profit per pound – processed avocado products   $ 0.86   $ 0.91  

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