TORONTO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov 6, 2019--

SunOpta Inc. (“SunOpta” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq:STKL) (TSX:SOY), a leading global company focused on organic, non-genetically modified and specialty foods, today announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 28, 2019.

“In the third quarter, we delivered consolidated revenue growth, adjusted for changes in our business of 6.6% and adjusted EBITDA¹ of $9.9 million. This was led by outstanding performance in our plant-based beverage and broth business, as a direct result of the investments we have made and our enhanced focus on optimizing our product portfolio,” said Joe Ennen, Chief Executive Officer at SunOpta. “Our Healthy Beverage platform reported 31% adjusted revenue growth and a 390 basis-point increase in margins, supported by the addition of new capacity to the aseptic network in 2019. We continue to see strong demand across channels and product categories within Healthy Beverage, supporting the capacity expansion that was brought online this summer. Heading into the fourth quarter, our beverage capacity and capabilities are meaningfully improved when compared to last year, which should allow us to more efficiently meet higher demand for broth during this seasonally strong period.”

“Revenue and margins in our Healthy Fruit platform were consistent with our expectations. While Healthy Fruit was unprofitable in the third quarter, the impact of this year’s weather-related strawberry crop shortfall was in-line with our second quarter outlook. We believe the third quarter will represent the low point for frozen fruit margins, and we anticipate sequential improvement in the fourth quarter and into 2020. We are making progress on the fruit margin optimization plan, including the installation of further automation to lower variable labor costs, building rational customer pricing structures, and enhancing business planning and leadership. We remain flexible and nimble in our response to the crop shortfalls in Mexico and California, leveraging our global sourcing capabilities to service our customers through the procurement of additional supply from South America. While progress against our fruit margin optimization plan will continue to be masked in the near-term by the 2019 crop shortfall, we remain confident that the structural improvements we have made to date are building a strong foundation for future profitability.”

“In the third quarter, we also completed a reorganization of our corporate and CPG organizational structure. The goal of this action was to delayer the top of the organization, create more direct accountability by fully aligning all commercial functions under general managers, and to increase our speed and decisiveness. While these changes resulted in minimal savings for the quarter, the annualized benefit of these changes is expected to be $8 to $10 million. This reorganization has the dual benefit of both improving SunOpta’s profitability and accelerating SunOpta’s transformation to a more nimble and entrepreneurial company,” concluded Mr. Ennen.

All amounts are expressed in U.S. dollars and results are reported in accordance with U.S. GAAP, except where specifically noted.

Third Quarter 2019 Highlights:

  • Revenues of $295.9 million for the third quarter of 2019, compared to $308.4 million in the third quarter of 2018, a decrease of 4.0%. Adjusted for disposed operations, foreign exchange, commodity prices, a new contract manufacturing arrangement and the acquisition of Sanmark, revenues grew 6.6% during the third quarter.
  • Loss attributable to common shareholders of $13.8 million or $0.16 per common share in the third quarter of 2019, compared to a loss attributable to common shareholders of $6.6 million or $0.08 per common share in the third quarter of 2018.
  • Adjusted loss¹ of $9.9 million or $0.11 per common share during the third quarter of 2019, compared to an adjusted loss of $3.8 million or $0.04 per common share during the third quarter of 2018.
  • Adjusted EBITDA¹ excluding disposed operations of $9.9 million or 3.4% of revenues for the third quarter of 2019, versus $16.3 million or 5.3% of adjusted revenues in the third quarter of 2018.

Third Quarter 2019 Results

Revenues for the third quarter of 2019 were $295.9 million, a decrease of 4.0% compared to $308.4 million in the third quarter of 2018. Excluding the impact on reported revenues of disposed business, including the soy and corn business (sold in February 2019) and exit from flexible resealable pouch product lines (exited in fiscal 2018), changes in commodity-related pricing and foreign exchange rates, a profit-neutral change to a co-manufacturing agreement, and excluding the impact of the acquisition of Sanmark in April 2019, revenues in the third quarter of 2019 increased by 6.6% compared with the third quarter of 2018.

The Consumer Products segment generated revenues of $188.1 million during the third quarter of 2019, an increase of 9.6% compared to $171.6 million in the third quarter of 2018. Excluding the impact of commodity-related pricing, sales of resealable pouch products in the third quarter of 2018, and a profit-neutral change to a co-manufacturing agreement, Consumer Products revenue in the third quarter increased by 10.7%. The growth primarily reflects a 31.0% increase in the Healthy Beverage platform due to higher sales of plant-based beverages, broth and plant-based ingredients, partially offset by a 23.4% revenue decrease in the Healthy Snack platform which levels off the 21.2% increase in the second quarter of 2019, and a 2.4% decline in the Healthy Fruit platform as a result of modest declines in volumes, slightly offset by increased pricing for frozen fruit.

The Global Ingredients segment generated revenues of $107.9 million, a decrease of 21.1% compared to $136.8 million in the third quarter of 2018. Excluding the impact on revenues from the divested soy and corn business, changes in commodity-related pricing and foreign exchange rates, and the acquisition of Sanmark, Global Ingredients revenue in the third quarter increased 0.3%. Adjusting for the items noted above, sales of internationally sourced organic ingredients grew 1.0% during the quarter, driven mainly by increased volumes of sugars, grains and cocoa, offset by the timing of sales of organic fruits and vegetables, coffee and nuts, together with lower volumes of sunflower inshell and kernel. Sales of domestically sourced ingredients declined 5.3% during the quarter, reflecting lower sunflower volumes.

Gross profit was $26.3 million for the quarter ended September 28, 2019, a decrease of $7.8 million compared to $34.1 million for the quarter ended September 29, 2018. Consumer Products accounted for $3.4 million of the decrease in gross profit, mainly reflecting the impact of a significant shortfall in strawberries from central Mexico and California due to poor weather conditions, which resulted in commodity price inflation and unfavorable production variances within the frozen fruit operations due to lower plant utilization and rework of bulk inventories to meet customer demand. The negative impact to gross profit from the strawberry shortage during the third quarter of 2019 was approximately $8.1 million. The unfavorability in Healthy Fruit was partially offset by favorable impacts within the Healthy Beverage platform from higher beverage volumes and productivity-driven cost savings for aseptic beverages and fruit snacks. Global Ingredients accounted for $4.4 million of the decrease in gross profit mainly due to the sale of the soy and corn business and lower commodity hedging gains within the international organic ingredients operations.

As a percentage of revenues, gross profit for the quarter ended September 28, 2019 was 8.9% compared to 11.1% for the quarter ended September 29, 2018, a decrease of 2.2%. On a pro forma basis, which excludes the gross profit from disposed businesses and equipment start-up and product introduction costs of $1.9 million, the gross profit percentage for the third quarter of 2018 would have been approximately 12.4%.

Segment operating loss¹ was $3.5 million, or 1.2% of revenues in the third quarter of 2019, compared to operating income of $4.5 million, or 1.5% of revenues in the third quarter of 2018. The decrease in operating income year-over-year was primarily attributable to $7.8 million lower gross profit and a $0.5 million increase in SG&A due to higher employee-related compensation costs, partially offset by to the sale of the soy and corn business and rationalized overhead, together with other cost reduction measures. Excluding the operating results of disposed businesses, as well as non-structural SG&A expenses related to the quarter, segment operating loss would have been $1.9 million for the third quarter of 2019, compared with income of $6.2 million for the third quarter of 2018.

Other expense for the third quarter of 2019 reflected employee termination and recruitment costs of $4.0 million, including costs related to the transition of the Company’s Chief Financial Officer in the third quarter of 2019, and post-closing adjustments of $1.1 million related to the sale of the soy and corn business, offset by a legal settlement gain of $1.3 million and the reversal of $0.8 million of previously recognized stock-based compensation related to forfeited awards previously granted to terminated employees.

Adjusted EBITDA¹ was $9.9 million or 3.4% of revenues in the third quarter of 2019, compared to $16.7 million or 5.4% of revenues in the third quarter of 2018. Excluding disposed operations, adjusted EBITDA for the quarter ended September 29, 2018 was $16.3 million.

The Company reported a loss attributable to common shareholders for the third quarter of 2019 of $13.8 million, or $0.16 per common share, compared to a loss of $6.6 million, or $0.08 per common share during the third quarter of 2018. Adjusted loss¹ in the third quarter of 2019 was $9.9 million or $0.11 per common share, compared to $3.8 million or $0.04 per common share in the third quarter of 2018. Please refer to the discussion and table below under “Non-GAAP Measures - Adjusted Earnings/Loss”.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow

At September 28, 2019, SunOpta’s balance sheet reflected total assets of $958.6 million and total debt of $514.9 million. During the third quarter of 2019, cash provided by operating activities was $4.3 million, compared to $10.5 million during the third quarter of 2018. The $6.2 million decrease in cash provided by operating activities primarily reflects a year over year increase in consolidated net loss due primarily to lower profitability in the Company’s Healthy Fruit platform. Cash used in investing activities was $7.6 million in the third quarter of 2019, compared with $6.0 million in the third quarter of 2018, an increase in cash used of $1.6 million due mainly to lower proceeds from sales of businesses and assets.

Conference Call

SunOpta plans to host a conference call at 9:00 A.M. Eastern time on Wednesday, November 6, 2019, to discuss the third quarter financial results. After opening remarks, there will be a question and answer period. This conference call can be accessed via a link on SunOpta’s website at www.sunopta.com under the “Investors” section. To listen to the live call over the Internet, please go to SunOpta’s website at least 15 minutes early to register, download and install any necessary audio software. Additionally, the call may be accessed with the toll-free dial-in number 1 (877) 312-9198 or International dial-in number 1 (631) 291-4622. If you are unable to listen live, the conference call will be archived and can be accessed for approximately 90 days on the Company’s website.

¹ See discussion of non-GAAP measures

About SunOpta Inc.

SunOpta Inc. is a leading global company focused on organic, non-genetically modified ("non-GMO") and specialty foods. SunOpta specializes in the sourcing, processing and packaging of organic and non-GMO food products, integrated from seed through packaged products; with a focus on strategic vertically integrated business models. SunOpta's organic and non-GMO food operations revolve around value-added grain, seed, fruit and vegetable-based product offerings, supported by a global sourcing and supply infrastructure.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements included in this press release may be considered "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and applicable Canadian securities legislation, which are based on information available to us on the date of this release. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, our belief that frozen fruit margins will improve following the third quarter, our anticipated sequential improvement in the fourth quarter, our expectation that our structural improvements will lead to future profitability and the estimated annualized benefit of the reorganization of our corporate and CPG organizational structure. Generally, forward-looking statements do not relate strictly to historical or current facts and are typically accompanied by words such as “believe”, “anticipate”, “continue”, “expected”, “estimates”, “can”, “will”, “targeting”, "should", "would", "plans", "becoming", "intend", "confident", "may", "project", "potential", "intention", "might", "predict", “budget”, “forecast” or other similar terms and phrases intended to identify these forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on information available to the Company on the date of this release and are based on estimates and assumptions made by the Company in light of its experience and its perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments including, but not limited to, unexpected issues or delays with the Company’s structural improvements and automation investments, portfolio optimization and productivity efforts, the sustainability of the Company’s sales pipeline, the Company’s expectations regarding commodity pricing, margins and hedging results, improved availability and field prices for fruit, procurement and logistics savings, freight lane cost reductions, yield and throughput enhancements, and labor cost reductions, as well as other factors the Company believes are appropriate in the circumstances including, but not limited to, general economic conditions, continued consumer interest in health and wellness, ability to maintain product pricing levels, current customer demand, planned facility and operational expansions, closures and divestitures, competitive intensity, cost rationalization, product development initiatives, and alternative potential uses for the Company’s capital resources. Whether actual timing and results will agree with expectations and predications of the Company is subject to many risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to, failure or inability to implement portfolio changes, process improvements, go-to-market improvements and process sustainability strategies in a timely manner; changes in the level of capital investment; local and global political and economic conditions; consumer spending patterns and changes in market trends; decreases in customer demand; delayed or unsuccessful product development efforts; potential product recalls; working capital management; availability and pricing of raw materials and supplies; potential covenant breaches under the Company’s credit facilities; and other risks described from time to time under "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K and its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q (available at www.sec.gov ). Consequently, all forward-looking statements made herein are qualified by these cautionary statements and there can be no assurance that the actual results or developments anticipated by the Company will be realized. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly correct or update the forward-looking statements in this document, in other documents, or on its website to reflect future events or circumstances, except as may be required under applicable securities laws.

Source: SunOpta Inc.

SunOpta Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Operations

For the quarters and three quarters ended September 28, 2019 and September 29, 2018

(Unaudited)

(All dollar amounts expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars, except per share amounts)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quarter ended

 

Three quarters ended

 

September 28,
2019

 

September 29,
2018

 

September 28,
2019

 

September 29,
2018

 

$

 

$

 

$

 

$

 

 

 

 

 

Revenues

295,941

 

308,371

 

894,220

 

940,331

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost of goods sold

269,616

 

274,243

 

812,362

 

838,173

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gross profit

26,325

 

34,128

 

81,858

 

102,158

 

 

 

 

 

 

Selling, general and administrative expenses

27,674

 

27,220

 

81,184

 

82,456

 

Intangible asset amortization

2,768

 

2,754

 

8,202

 

8,293

 

Other expense (income), net

3,323

 

1,136

 

(39,744

)

1,317

 

Foreign exchange loss (gain)

(590

)

(368

)

(1,784

)

583

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings (loss) before the following

(6,850

)

3,386

 

34,000

 

9,509

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest expense, net

8,864

 

8,792

 

25,857

 

25,486

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings (loss) before income taxes

(15,714

)

(5,406

)

8,143

 

(15,977

)

 

 

 

 

 

Provision for (recovery of) income taxes

(3,935

)

(870

)

3,239

 

(3,853

)

 

 

 

 

 

Net earnings (loss)

(11,779

)

(4,536

)

4,904

 

(12,124

)

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings (loss) attributable to non-controlling interests

(30

)

70

 

59

 

19

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings (loss) attributable to SunOpta Inc.

(11,749

)

(4,606

)

4,845

 

(12,143

)

 

 

 

 

 

Dividends and accretion on Series A Preferred Stock

(2,009

)

(1,981

)

(6,005

)

(5,922

)

 

 

 

 

 

Loss attributable to common shareholders

(13,758

)

(6,587

)

(1,160

)

(18,065

)

 

 

 

 

 

Loss per share

 

 

 

 

Basic

(0.16

)

(0.08

)

(0.01

)

(0.21

)

Diluted

(0.16

)

(0.08

)

(0.01

)

(0.21

)

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted-average common shares outstanding (000s)

 

 

 

 

Basic

87,928

 

87,168

 

87,695

 

86,982

 

Diluted

87,928

 

87,168

 

87,695

 

86,982

 

SunOpta Inc.

Consolidated Balance Sheets

As at September 28, 2019 and December 29, 2018

(Unaudited)

(All dollar amounts expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars)

 

 

 

 

September 28,
2019

 

December 29,
2018

 

$

 

$

 

 

 

ASSETS

 

 

Current assets

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

2,209

 

3,280

 

Accounts receivable

128,047

 

132,131

 

Inventories

345,685

 

361,957

 

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

36,015

 

29,024

 

Income taxes recoverable

8,324

 

7,029

 

Total current assets

520,280

 

533,421

 

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment

182,129

 

171,032

 

Operating lease right-of-use assets

71,672

 

-

 

Goodwill

28,131

 

27,959

 

Intangible assets

152,742

 

160,975

 

Deferred income taxes

1,294

 

182

 

Other assets

2,362

 

3,169

 

 

 

 

Total assets

958,610

 

896,738

 

 

 

 

LIABILITIES

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

Bank indebtedness

270,145

 

280,334

 

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

134,353

 

155,371

 

Customer and other deposits

237

 

1,445

 

Income taxes payable

1,692

 

2,208

 

Other current liabilities

310

 

862

 

Current portion of long-term debt

2,809

 

1,840

 

Current portion of operating lease liabilities

17,709

 

-

 

Current portion of long-term liabilities

4,286

 

4,286

 

Total current liabilities

431,541

 

446,346

 

 

 

 

Long-term debt

241,896

 

227,023

 

Operating lease liabilities

54,663

 

-

 

Long-term liabilities

2,107

 

2,079

 

Deferred income taxes

11,500

 

8,149

 

Total liabilities

741,707

 

683,597

 

 

 

 

Series A Preferred Stock

82,207

 

81,302

 

 

 

 

EQUITY

 

 

SunOpta Inc. shareholders’ equity

 

 

Common shares

318,196

 

314,357

 

Additional paid-in capital

33,779

 

31,796

 

Accumulated deficit

(207,311

)

(206,151

)

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(11,783

)

(9,667

)

 

132,881

 

130,335

 

Non-controlling interests

1,815

 

1,504

 

Total equity

134,696

 

131,839

 

 

 

 

Total equity and liabilities

958,610

 

896,738

 

SunOpta Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

For the quarters and three quarters ended September 28, 2019 and September 29, 2018

(Unaudited)

(Expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quarter ended

 

Three quarters ended

 

September 28
2019

 

September 29,
2018

 

September 28,
2019

 

September 29,
2018

 

$

 

$

 

$

 

$

 

 

 

 

 

CASH PROVIDED BY (USED IN)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating activities

 

 

 

 

Net earnings (loss)

(11,779

)

(4,536

)

4,904

 

(12,124

)

Items not affecting cash:

 

 

 

 

Depreciation and amortization

8,517

 

8,171

 

25,005

 

24,501

 

Amortization of debt issuance costs

683

 

598

 

2,022

 

1,806

 

Deferred income taxes

(2,732

)

(1,706

)

2,239

 

(3,857

)

Stock-based compensation

2,558

 

2,120

 

5,393

 

6,395

 

Unrealized loss on derivative contracts

865

 

2,110

 

577

 

867

 

Loss (gain) on sale of business

1,109

 

-

 

(44,269

)

-

 

Fair value of contingent consideration

-

 

25

 

-

 

(2,348

)

Impairment of long-lived assets

-

 

-

 

-

 

409

 

Other

26

 

36

 

(108

)

(111

)

Changes in non-cash working capital, net of businesses acquired or sold

5,042

 

3,664

 

(22,146

)

(31,771

)

Net cash flows from operations

4,289

 

10,482

 

(26,383

)

(16,233

)

 

 

 

 

 

Investing activities

 

 

 

 

Net proceeds from sale of business

(3

)

1,006

 

64,672

 

1,236

 

Purchases of property, plant and equipment

(7,592

)

(7,758

)

(24,907

)

(24,921

)

Acquisition of business, net of cash acquired

-

 

-

 

(3,341

)

-

 

Proceeds from sale of assets

-

 

707

 

-

 

1,437

 

Other

-

 

-

 

-

 

159

 

Net cash flows from investing activities

(7,595

)

(6,045

)

36,424

 

(22,089

)

 

 

 

 

 

Financing activities

 

 

 

 

Increase (decrease) under line of credit facilities

4,603

 

(2,716

)

(6,691

)

47,478

 

Borrowings under long-term debt

565

 

-

 

2,441

 

-

 

Repayment of long-term debt

(556

)

(557

)

(1,913

)

(1,494

)

Payment of cash dividends on Series A Preferred Stock

(1,700

)

(1,700

)

(5,100

)

(5,100

)

Proceeds from the exercise of stock options and employee share purchases

164

 

359

 

429

 

599

 

Payment of debt issuance costs

-

 

-

 

(395

)

-

 

Dividend paid by subsidiary to non-controlling interest

(31

)

-

 

(31

)

-

 

Payment of contingent consideration

-

 

-

 

-

 

(4,399

)

Other

(5

)

(44

)

211

 

(89

)

Net cash flows from financing activities

3,040

 

(4,658

)

(11,049

)

36,995

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foreign exchange loss on cash held in a foreign currency

(55

)

(9

)

(63

)

(44

)

 

 

 

 

 

Decrease in cash and cash equivalents in the period

(321

)

(230

)

(1,071

)

(1,371

)

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents - beginning of the period

2,530

 

2,087

 

3,280

 

3,228

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents - end of the period

2,209

 

1,857

 

2,209

 

1,857

 

SunOpta Inc.

Segmented Information

For the quarters and three quarters ended September 28, 2019 and September 29, 2018

Unaudited

(Expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quarter ended

 

Three quarters ended

 

September 28,
2019

 

September 29,
2018

 

September 28,
2019

 

September 29,
2018

 

$

 

$

 

$

 

$

Segment revenues from external customers:

 

 

 

 

Global Ingredients

107,853

 

136,754

 

352,903

 

419,770

 

Consumer Products

188,088

 

171,617

 

541,317

 

520,561

 

Total segment revenues from external customers

295,941

 

308,371

 

894,220

 

940,331

 

 

 

 

 

 

Segment gross profit:

 

 

 

 

Global Ingredients

10,101

 

14,477

 

34,735

 

42,576

 

Consumer Products

16,224

 

19,651

 

47,123

 

59,582

 

Total segment gross profit

26,325

 

34,128

 

81,858

 

102,158

 

 

 

 

 

 

Segment operating income (loss):

 

 

 

 

Global Ingredients

1,543

 

5,304

 

9,611

 

11,371

 

Consumer Products

(147

)

3,319

 

(2,698

)

11,397

 

Corporate Services

(4,923

)

(4,101

)

(12,657

)

(11,942

)

Total segment operating income (loss)

(3,527

)

4,522

 

(5,744

)

10,826

 

 

 

 

 

 

Segment gross profit percentage:

 

 

 

 

Global Ingredients

9.4

%

10.6

%

9.8

%

10.1

%

Consumer Products

8.6

%

11.5

%

8.7

%

11.4

%

Total segment gross profit percentage

8.9

%

11.1

%

9.2

%

10.9

%

 

 

 

 

 

Segment operating income (loss) percentage:

 

 

 

 

Global Ingredients

1.4

%

3.9

%

2.7

%

2.7

%

Consumer Products

-0.1

%

1.9

%

-0.5

%

2.2

%

Total segment operating income (loss)

-1.2

%

1.5

%

-0.6

%

1.2

%

Non-GAAP Measures

In addition to reporting financial results in accordance with U.S. GAAP, the Company provides additional information about its operating results regarding segment operating income, adjusted earnings and adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“Adjusted EBITDA”), which are not measures in accordance with U.S. GAAP. The Company believes that segment operating income, adjusted earnings and adjusted EBITDA assist investors in comparing performance across reporting periods on a consistent basis by excluding items that are not indicative of its operating performance. The non-GAAP measures of segment operating income, adjusted earnings and adjusted EBITDA should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for performance measures calculated in accordance with U.S. GAAP.

In order to evaluate its results of operations, the Company uses certain other non-GAAP measures that it believes enhance an investor’s ability to derive meaningful period-over-period comparisons and trends from the results of operations. In particular, the Company evaluates its revenues on a basis that excludes the effects of fluctuations in commodity pricing and foreign exchange rates, and the impacts of acquired or disposed operations and changes in contractual relationships with customers. In addition, the Company excludes specific items from its reported results that due to their nature or size, it does not expect to occur as part of its normal business on a regular basis. These items are identified in the tables below. These non-GAAP measures are presented solely to allow investors to more fully assess the Company’s results of operations and should not be considered in isolation of, or as substitutes for an analysis of the Company’s results as reported under U.S. GAAP.

Adjusted Earnings/Loss

When assessing its financial performance, the Company uses an internal measure that excludes charges and gains that it believes are not reflective of normal operations. This information is provided to allow investors to make meaningful comparisons of the Company’s operating performance between periods and to view the Company’s business from the same perspective as the Company’s management. Adjusted earnings/loss and adjusted earnings/loss per diluted share should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for performance measures calculated in accordance with U.S. GAAP.

The following is a tabular presentation of adjusted earnings/loss and adjusted earnings/loss per diluted share, including a reconciliation from net earnings/loss, which the Company believes to be the most directly comparable U.S. GAAP financial measure. In addition, in recognition of the sale of the soy and corn business in the first quarter of 2019, and the previous exit from flexible resealable pouch and nutrition bar product lines and operations, the Company has prepared these tables in a columnar format to present the effect of the disposal of these operations on the Company’s consolidated results for the current and comparative periods. The Company believes this presentation assists investors in assessing the results of the operations the Company has disposed and the effect of those operations on its financial performance.

 

Excluding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

disposed operations

 

Disposed operations

 

Consolidated

 

 

 

Per Diluted
Share

 

 

 

Per Diluted
Share

 

 

 

Per Diluted
Share

For the quarter ended

$

 

$

 

$

 

$

 

$

 

$

September 28, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net loss

(10,974

)

 

(805

)

 

(11,779

)

 

Loss attributable to non-controlling interests

30

 

 

-

 

 

30

 

 

Dividends and accretion of Series A Preferred Stock

(2,009

)

 

-

 

 

(2,009

)

 

Loss attributable to common shareholders

(12,953

)

(0.15

)

(805

)

(0.01

)

(13,758

)

(0.16

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted for:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Costs related to the Value Creation Plan (a)

4,837

 

 

-

 

 

4,837

 

 

Post-closing adjustments and other costs related to sale of soy and corn business (b)

-

 

 

1,109

 

 

1,109

 

 

Contract manufacturer transition costs (c)

159

 

 

-

 

 

159

 

 

Other (d)

(1,166

)

 

-

 

 

(1,166

)

 

Net income tax effect (e)

(764

)

 

(304

)

 

(1,068

)

 

Adjusted loss

(9,887

)

(0.11

)

-

 

-

 

(9,887

)

(0.11

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 29, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net earnings (loss)

(4,620

)

 

84

 

 

(4,536

)

 

Earnings attributable to non-controlling interests

(70

)

 

-

 

 

(70

)

 

Dividends and accretion of Series A Preferred Stock

(1,981

)

 

-

 

 

(1,981

)

 

Earnings (loss) attributable to common shareholders

(6,671

)

(0.08

)

84

 

-

 

(6,587

)

(0.08

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted for:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equipment start-up costs (f)

1,500

 

 

-

 

 

1,500

 

 

Product withdrawal and recall costs (g)

1,011

 

 

-

 

 

1,011

 

 

New product commercialization costs (h)

360

 

 

-

 

 

360

 

 

Costs related to Value Creation Plan (i)

43

 

 

-

 

 

43

 

 

Other (j)

83

 

 

-

 

 

83

 

 

Net income tax effect (e)

(243

)

 

-

 

 

(243

)

 

Adjusted earnings (loss)

(3,917

)

(0.05

)

84

 

-

 

(3,833

)

(0.04

)

(a)

Reflects employee retention and relocation costs of $0.9 million, and professional fees of $0.7 million recorded in SG&A expenses; and employee termination costs of $3.4 million (net of the reversal of $0.8 million of previously recognized stock-based compensation related to forfeited awards previously granted to terminated employees), and CFO recruitment costs of $0.6 million recorded in other expense.

(b)

Reflects post-closing adjustments and transaction costs incurred in connection with the sale of the soy and corn business, which reduced the gain on sale recorded in other income.

(c)

Reflects the write-down of assets related to the transition of premium juice production activities to new contract manufacturers, which was recorded in other expense.

(d)

Other includes a legal settlement gain of $1.3 million, offset by losses on disposal of assets, which were recorded in other income/expense.

(e)

Reflects the tax effect of the preceding adjustments to earnings and reflects an overall estimated annual effective tax rate of approximately 27% for the quarter ended September 28, 2019 (September 29, 2018 – 26%) on adjusted earnings/loss before tax.

(f)

Reflects costs related to the start-up of new roasting equipment for grains, seeds and legumes at our Crookston, Minnesota, facility, which were recorded in cost of goods sold.

(g)

Reflects product withdrawal and recall costs that were not eligible for reimbursement under insurance policies or exceeded the limits of those policies, including costs related to the recall of certain sunflower kernel products initiated in the second quarter of 2016, which were recorded in other expense.

(h)

Reflects costs of production trials and employee training related to the commercialization of new consumer products, which were recorded in cost of goods sold.

(i)

Reflects employee termination costs related to the Value Creation Plan, which were recorded in other expense.

(j)

Other includes the accretion of contingent consideration obligations, gain/loss on the disposal of assets, and settlement of a legal matter, which were recorded in other expense/income.

Excluding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

disposed operations

 

Disposed operations

 

Consolidated

 

 

 

Per Diluted
Share

 

 

 

Per Diluted
Share

 

 

 

Per Diluted
Share

For the three quarters ended

$

 

$

 

$

 

$

 

$

 

$

September 28, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net earnings (loss)

(26,941

)

 

31,845

 

 

4,904

 

 

Earnings attributable to non-controlling interests

(59

)

 

-

 

 

(59

)

 

Dividends and accretion of Series A Preferred Stock

(6,005

)

 

-

 

 

(6,005

)

 

Earnings (loss) attributable to common shareholders

(33,005

)

(0.38

)

31,845

 

0.36

(1,160

)

(0.01

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted for:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gain on sale of soy and corn business (a)

-

 

 

(44,269

)

 

(44,269

)

 

Costs related to the Value Creation Plan (b)

8,370

 

 

-

 

 

8,370

 

 

Contract manufacturer transition costs (c)

448

 

 

-

 

 

448

 

 

Plant expansion costs (d)

311

 

 

-

 

 

311

 

 

Product withdrawal and recall costs (e)

260

 

 

-

 

 

260

 

 

Other (f)

(1,491

)

 

-

 

 

(1,491

)

 

Net income tax effect (g)

(1,379

)

 

12,130

 

 

10,751

 

 

Adjusted loss

(26,486

)

(0.30

)

(294

)

-

(26,780

)

(0.31

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 29, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net earnings (loss)

(13,557

)

 

1,433

 

 

(12,124

)

 

Earnings attributable to non-controlling interests

(19

)

 

-

 

 

(19

)

 

Dividends and accretion of Series A Preferred Stock

(5,922

)

 

-

 

 

(5,922

)

 

Earnings (loss) attributable to common shareholders

(19,498

)

(0.22

)

1,433

 

0.02

(18,065

)

(0.21

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted for:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Costs related to Value Creation Plan (h)

1,696

 

 

1,181

 

 

2,877

 

 

Equipment start-up costs (i)

2,230

 

 

-

 

 

2,230

 

 

Product withdrawal and recall costs (j)

1,456

 

 

-

 

 

1,456

 

 

New product commercialization costs (k)

360

 

 

-

 

 

360

 

 

Other (l)

198

 

 

-

 

 

198

 

 

Fair value adjustment on contingent consideration (m)

(2,500

)

 

-

 

 

(2,500

)

 

Recovery of product withdrawal costs (n)

(1,200

)

 

-

 

 

(1,200

)

 

Net income tax effect (g)

(280

)

 

(307

)

 

(587

)

 

Adjusted earnings (loss)

(17,538

)

(0.20

)

2,307

 

0.03

(15,231

)

(0.18

)

(a)

Reflects the gain on sale of the soy and corn business, net of transaction costs and post-closing adjustments, which was recorded in other income.

(b)

Reflects employee retention and relocation costs of $1.8 million, and professional fees of $1.0 million recorded in SG&A expenses; and employee termination costs of $6.9 million (net of the reversal of $2.9 million of previously recognized stock-based compensation related to forfeited awards previously granted to terminated employees), CEO and CFO recruitment costs of $1.2 million, and facility closure costs of $0.3 million, all recorded in other expense.

(c)

Reflects costs to transition premium juice production activities to new contract manufacturers, which were recorded in cost of goods sold and other expense.

(d)

Reflects costs related to the expansion of our Allentown, Pennsylvania, aseptic beverage facility, which were recorded in cost of goods sold.

(e)

Reflects product withdrawal and recall costs that were not eligible for reimbursement under insurance policies or exceeded the limits of those policies, including costs related to the recall of certain sunflower kernel products initiated in the second quarter of 2016, which were recorded in other expense.

(f)

Other includes settlement gains resulting from a legal matter and a project cancellation, offset by losses on disposal of assets, insurance deductibles, and business development costs, which were recorded in other income/expense.

(g)

Reflects the tax effect of the preceding adjustments to earnings and reflects an overall estimated annual effective tax rate of approximately 27% for the three quarters ended September 28, 2019 (September 29, 2018 – 26%) on adjusted earnings/loss before tax.

(h)

Reflects the write-down of remaining flexible resealable pouch and nutrition bar inventories of $0.1 million recorded in cost of goods sold; professional and consulting fees, and employee recruitment and relocation costs of $0.6 million recorded in SG&A expenses; and asset impairment, facility closure and employee termination costs of $2.2 million recorded in other expense, all related to the Value Creation Plan.

(i)

Reflects costs related to the start-up of new roasting equipment for grains, seeds and legumes at our Crookston, Minnesota, facility, which were recorded in cost of goods sold.

(j)

Reflects product withdrawal and recall costs that were not eligible for reimbursement under insurance policies or exceeded the limits of those policies, including costs related to the recall of certain sunflower kernel products initiated in the second quarter of 2016, which were recorded in other expense.

(k)

Reflects costs of production trials and employee training related to the commercialization of new consumer products, which were recorded in cost of goods sold.

(l)

Other included the accretion of contingent consideration obligations, gain/loss on the disposal of assets, severance costs unrelated to the Value Creation Plan, and settlement of a legal matter, which were recorded in other expense/income.

(m)

Reflects a fair value adjustment of $2.5 million to reduce the contingent consideration obligation related to a prior business acquisition, based on the results for the business in fiscal 2018, which was recorded in other income.

(n)

Reflects the recovery from a third-party supplier of $1.2 million of costs we incurred relating to the withdrawal of certain consumer-packaged products due to quality-related issues, which was recorded in cost of goods sold. Costs incurred related to this withdrawal were recognized in cost of goods sold in the fourth quarter of 2016.

Segment Operating Income/Loss and Adjusted EBITDA

The Company defines segment operating income/loss as net earnings/loss before income taxes, interest expense and other income/expense items, and adjusted EBITDA as segment operating income/loss plus depreciation, amortization, non-cash stock-based compensation, and other unusual items that affect the comparability of operating performance as identified above in the determination of adjusted earnings/loss. The following is a tabular presentation of segment operating income/loss and adjusted EBITDA, including a reconciliation to net earnings/loss, which the Company believes to be the most directly comparable U.S. GAAP financial measure. In addition, as with adjusted earnings/loss presented above, the Company has prepared these tables in a columnar format to present the effect of the disposals of the soy and corn business, and flexible resealable pouch and nutrition bar operations on the Company’s consolidated results for the current and comparative periods. The Company believes this presentation assists investors in assessing the results of the operations the Company has disposed and the effect of those operations on its financial performance.

 

 

Excluding

 

 

 

 

 

 

disposed operations

 

Disposed operations

 

Consolidated

For the quarter ended

 

$

 

$

 

$

September 28, 2019

 

 

 

 

Net loss

 

(10,974

)

(805

)

(11,779

)

Recovery of income taxes

 

(3,631

)

(304

)

(3,935

)

Interest expense, net

 

8,864

 

-

 

8,864

 

Other expense, net

 

2,214

 

1,109

 

3,323

 

Total segment operating loss

 

(3,527

)

-

 

(3,527

)

Depreciation and amortization

 

8,517

 

-

 

8,517

 

Stock-based compensation (a)

 

3,327

 

-

 

3,327

 

Costs related to Value Creation Plan (b)

 

1,615

 

-

 

1,615

 

Adjusted EBITDA

 

9,932

 

-

 

9,932

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 29, 2018

 

 

 

 

Net earnings (loss)

 

(4,620

)

84

 

(4,536

)

Provision for (recovery of) income taxes

 

(903

)

33

 

(870

)

Interest expense (income), net

 

8,831

 

(39

)

8,792

 

Other expense (income), net

 

1,045

 

91

 

1,136

 

Total segment operating income

 

4,353

 

169

 

4,522

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

7,959

 

212

 

8,171

 

Stock-based compensation

 

2,120

 

-

 

2,120

 

Equipment start-up costs (c)

 

1,500

 

-

 

1,500

 

New product commercialization costs (d)

 

360

 

-

 

360

 

Adjusted EBITDA

 

16,292

 

381

 

16,673

 

 
  1. For the third quarter of 2019, stock-based compensation of $3.3 million was recorded in SG&A expenses, and the reversal of $0.8 million of previously recognized stock-based compensation related to forfeited awards previously granted to terminated employees was recognized in other income.
  2. Reflects employee retention and relocation costs of $0.9 million, and professional fees of $0.7 million recorded in SG&A expenses.
  3. Reflects costs related to the start-up of new roasting equipment for grains, seeds and legumes at our Crookston, Minnesota, facility, which were recorded in cost of goods sold.
  4. Reflects costs of production trials and employee training related to the commercialization of new consumer products, which were recorded in cost of goods sold.

 

 

Excluding

 

 

 

 

 

 

disposed operations

 

Disposed operations

 

Consolidated

For the three quarters ended

 

$

 

$

 

$

September 28, 2019

 

 

 

 

Net earnings (loss)

 

(26,941

)

31,845

 

4,904

 

Provision for (recovery of) income taxes

 

(8,779

)

12,018

 

3,239

 

Interest expense, net

 

25,857

 

-

 

25,857

 

Other expense (income), net

 

4,525

 

(44,269

)

(39,744

)

Total segment operating loss

 

(5,338

)

(406

)

(5,744

)

Depreciation and amortization

 

24,876

 

129

 

25,005

 

Stock-based compensation (a)

 

8,265

 

-

 

8,265

 

Costs related to Value Creation Plan (b)

 

2,772

 

-

 

2,772

 

Plant expansion costs (c)

 

311

 

-

 

311

 

Contract manufacturer transition costs (d)

 

289

 

-

 

289

 

Adjusted EBITDA

 

31,175

 

(277

)

30,898

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 29, 2018

 

 

 

 

Net earnings (loss)

 

(13,557

)

1,433

 

(12,124

)

Provision for (recovery of) income taxes

 

(4,413

)

560

 

(3,853

)

Interest expense (income), net

 

25,567

 

(81

)

25,486

 

Other expense (income), net

 

47

 

1,270

 

1,317

 

Total segment operating income

 

7,644

 

3,182

 

10,826

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

23,859

 

642

 

24,501

 

Stock-based compensation

 

6,395

 

-

 

6,395

 

Equipment start-up costs (e)

 

2,230

 

-

 

2,230

 

Costs related to Value Creation Plan (b)

 

713

 

-

 

713

 

New product commercialization costs (f)

 

360

 

-

 

360

 

Recovery of product withdrawal costs (g)

 

(1,200

)

-

 

(1,200

)

Adjusted EBITDA

 

40,001

 

3,824

 

43,825

 

 
  1. For the first three quarters of 2019, stock-based compensation of $8.3 million was recorded in SG&A expenses, and the reversal of $2.9 million of previously recognized stock-based compensation related to forfeited awards previously granted to terminated employees was recognized in other income.
  2. For the first three quarters of 2019, reflects employee retention and relocation costs of $1.8 million, and professional fees of $1.0 million recorded in SG&A expenses. For the first three quarters of 2018, reflects the write-down of remaining flexible resealable pouch and nutrition bar inventories of $0.1 million recorded in cost of goods sold; and professional and consulting fees, and employee recruitment and relocation costs of $0.6 million recorded in SG&A expenses.
  3. Reflects costs related to the expansion of our Allentown, Pennsylvania, aseptic beverage facility, which were recorded in cost of goods sold.
  4. Reflects costs to transition premium juice production activities to new contract manufacturers, which were recorded in cost of goods sold.
  5. Reflects costs related to the start-up of new roasting equipment for grains, seeds and legumes at our Crookston, Minnesota, facility, which were recorded in cost of goods sold.
  6. Reflects costs of production trials and employee training related to the commercialization of new consumer products, which were recorded in cost of goods sold.
  7. Reflects the recovery from a third-party supplier of $1.2 million of costs we incurred relating to the withdrawal of certain consumer-packaged products due to quality-related issues, which was recorded in cost of goods sold. Costs incurred related to this withdrawal were recognized in cost of goods sold in the fourth quarter of 2016.

Sale of Specialty and Organic Soy and Corn Business - Selected Financial Information

The following table presents for period ended February 22, 2019, and for the quarter and three quarters ended September 29, 2018, a summary of the results of operations of the soy and corn business, consisting of revenues, gross profit, segment operating income/loss and earnings/loss before income taxes. These results exclude management fees charged by Corporate Services. The following table also presents a reconciliation of adjusted EBITDA in connection with this transaction from earnings/loss before income taxes of the soy and corn business, which we consider in this case to be the most directly comparable U.S. GAAP financial measure.

 

 

Period ended

 

Quarter ended

Three quarters ended

 

February 22, 2019

 

September 29, 2018

September 29, 2018

 

$

 

$

$

Revenues

10,346

 

 

27,002

 

77,944

 

Gross profit

192

 

 

1,251

 

6,687

 

Segment operating income (loss)

(187

)

 

868

 

5,538

 

Earnings (loss) before income taxes

(187

)

 

817

 

5,531

 

Depreciation

129

 

 

212

 

642

 

Interest income

-

 

 

(39

)

(81

)

Other expense

-

 

 

91

 

89

 

Less rationalized costs and expenses

(169

)

 

(652

)

(2,548

)

Adjusted EBITDA

(227

)

 

429

 

3,633

 

Segment operating income/loss and adjusted EBITDA are non-GAAP measures. See discussion above under the heading “Segment Operating Income/Loss and Adjusted EBITDA” on the use of these non-GAAP measures.

CONTACT: Scott Van Winkle

ICR

617-956-6736

KEYWORD: MINNESOTA UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA CANADA

INDUSTRY KEYWORD: FOOD/BEVERAGE AGRICULTURE NATURAL RESOURCES RETAIL SUPERMARKET

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