Second quarter FY 2023 financial results

Limoneira successfully shifts to “asset-lighter” business model

Limoneira Company, a diversified citrus growing, packing, selling and marketing company with related agribusiness activities and real estate development operations, today reported financial results for the second quarter ended April 30, 2023.

Harold Edwards, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, stated, “We decreased our net debt position by 70% since the beginning of fiscal 2023, driven by our strategic shift towards our higher margin, “asset-lighter” business model. We now expect total proceeds of $180 million from the sale of our identified six non-strategic assets and have successfully closed on the sale of four of these assets for a total of $130 million over the past nine months. We have made tremendous progress in a short time, advancing our strategy to monetize certain non-strategic assets, expand our One World of Citrus initiative and execute on Harvest at Limoneira. We expect the transition to an “asset-lighter” business model to be completed in the next 12 months.”

Mr. Edwards continued, “Results for the second quarter were impacted in a few of our growth areas by the highly publicized heavy rains in California delaying a portion of the lemon harvest into the third quarter, as well as softer pricing for lemons and avocados as markets continue to work through surplus inventory. Even with the recent rains, we continue to expect to achieve our full year fiscal 2023 lemon volume guidance. In addition, we are seeing increased interest in home sales for the residential development of our East Area I real estate development project, Harvest at Limoneira.”

Fiscal Year 2023 Second Quarter Results
For the second quarter of fiscal year 2023, total net revenue was $48.1 million, compared to total net revenue of $46.8 million in the second quarter of the previous fiscal year. Agribusiness revenue increased to $46.7 million, compared to $45.4 million in the second quarter of last fiscal year.

In April 2023, the Company entered into a settlement agreement with Southern California Edison Company and Edison International to formally resolve any and all claims related to the Thomas Fire in fiscal year 2018. Under the terms of the settlement agreement, the Company was awarded a total settlement of $9.0 million. In May 2023, the Company received approximately $6.1 million, net of legal and related costs, of which $3.8 million was recorded in agribusiness revenues and $2.3 million was recorded in gain on legal settlement in the second quarter of fiscal year 2023. Other operations revenue was $1.4 million in both the second quarters of fiscal years 2023 and 2022.

Agribusiness revenue for the second quarter of fiscal year 2023 includes $26.6 million in fresh lemon sales, compared to $27.3 million of fresh lemon sales during the same period of fiscal year 2022.

View the full press release here.

For more information:
John Mills
Limoneira Company
ICR 646-277-1254

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