Limoneira (LMNR) Tops Q4 EPS by 1c, Revenues Miss; Reiterates FY19 EPS Outlook

January 14, 2019 4:15 PM

Limoneira (NASDAQ: LMNR) reported Q4 EPS of ($0.30), $0.01 better than the analyst estimate of ($0.31). Revenue for the quarter came in at $14.7 million versus the consensus estimate of $16.5 million.

Management Comments

Harold Edwards, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "We achieved record revenue and earnings in fiscal 2018, closed on two strategic acquisitions and improved our balance sheet with a successful equity offering. We expect the positive pricing environment for lemons experienced in 2018 to continue throughout fiscal 2019, along with increased production and operating efficiencies in all areas of our business.”

Mr. Edwards continued, "In fiscal 2019, we expect our two recent strategic acquisitions, San Pablo in Chile and Oxnard Lemon in California, to be meaningfully accretive and combined with other organic growth opportunities throughout our agribusiness, we believe we are well positioned to achieve record revenue, EBITDA and earnings. Looking beyond 2019, we have an additional 1,200 acres currently of non-bearing lemons that are estimated to become full-bearing over the next four years, which will enable us to achieve strong organic growth for many years to come. Lastly, the successful $69 million equity raise completed in 2018 will enable us to add to our organic growth with additional strategic acquisitions in the United States and throughout the world, driving our One World of Citrus™ platform.”

Alex Teague, Senior Vice President, stated, "The two strategic acquisitions completed in fiscal 2018 expand our global client reach and enable us to provide our customers a year-round supply of citrus. The leading global agribusiness platform we have built has us well positioned to expand our agribusiness for many years to come. In addition, our real estate development, Harvest at Limoneira has attracted two leading homebuilders to command the first phase of development and we expect to close on our first lot sales during the first quarter of calendar 2019.”

GUIDANCE:

Limoneira sees FY2019 EPS of $0.75-$0.85, versus the consensus of $0.80.

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