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May 23, 2018 at 4:15 PM EDT

Universal Corporation Reports Annual Results

RICHMOND, Va., May 23, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- George C. Freeman, III, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Universal Corporation (NYSE: UVV), reported that net income for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2018, was $105.7 million, or $4.14 per diluted share, compared with $106.3 million, or $0.88 per diluted share for the same period of the prior fiscal year.  The fiscal year 2017 results included a one-time reduction of earnings available to common shareholders of $74.4 million, or $2.99 per diluted share, from the conversion for cash of the remaining outstanding shares of our Series B 6.75% Convertible Perpetual Preferred Stock under the mandatory conversion in January 2017. That reduction, the effect of a reduction in income tax expense from the enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in December 2017, and certain other non-recurring items are detailed in Other Items below. Excluding those items, diluted earnings per share for fiscal year 2018 of $3.96 decreased by $0.01 compared to the same period last year. Operating income of $171.5 million for the year ended March 31, 2018, decreased by $6.9 million compared to the year ended March 31, 2017.  Segment operating income was $180.6 million for the year ended March 31, 2018, a decrease of $7.9 million, compared to the year ended March 31, 2017, as improved results in our Other Regions and Other Tobacco Operations segments were offset by declines in our North America segment. Revenues of $2.0 billion for fiscal year 2018 were down only 1.8% compared to fiscal year 2017, as lower volumes, primarily in Africa, were largely offset by higher sales prices and processing revenues.

Net income for the fourth quarter ended March 31, 2018, was $30.5 million, or $1.20 per diluted share, compared with net income for the prior year's fourth fiscal quarter of $32.9 million, or a loss of $1.64 per diluted share. Results for the quarter ended March 31, 2017, also included the one-time reduction of earnings available to common shareholders of $74.4 million, or $2.90 per diluted share, discussed above. That one-time reduction and certain other non-recurring items are detailed in Other Items below. Excluding those items, diluted earnings per share for the quarter ended March 31, 2018, of $1.44 increased by $0.16 compared to the same period last year. Operating income of $60.3 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2018, was up $0.5 million compared to the quarter ended March 31, 2017. Segment operating income was $62.8 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2018, an increase of $2.3 million, compared to the same period last fiscal year, on modest improvements in the Other Regions and Other Tobacco Operations segments, partially offset by declines in the North America segment. Consolidated revenues decreased by $42.5 million to $607.5 million for the three months ended March 31, 2018, compared to the same period in the prior year, on lower sales volumes, partly offset by higher processing revenues and green leaf prices.

Mr. Freeman stated, "We are pleased with our good results for fiscal year 2018. Net income remained steady at about $106 million, despite modestly lower lamina volumes and a slight decline in operating income to $171 million, compared to fiscal year 2017. We also continued to grow our market share and expand the services we provide our customers, including gaining new multi-year processing commitments in Brazil. In addition, we rewarded our shareholders by increasing our dividend rate last November and returning almost $55 million through dividends and repurchasing about $22 million, or 2%, of our outstanding common stock. Fiscal year 2018 was not without its challenges as fewer carryover crop sales and shipment delays in North America, African burley crop sizes that were down more than 40% over the prior year, and a $10 million reduction in income from the timing of receipt of distributions of unconsolidated subsidiaries compared to the prior fiscal year, negatively impacted our results. However, we did benefit from a return to normal crop volumes in Brazil, and the resultant gains from higher volumes and lower factory unit costs there.

"Although our working capital requirements were higher in fiscal year 2018, we maintained our strong balance sheet. Our uncommitted inventory levels, at March 31, 2018, remained within our target range, and we are currently using some of our cash balances to fund the fiscal year 2019 crop. We expect our working capital requirements will be higher in fiscal year 2019 due to the recovery of the African burley crops and strong demand for wrapper tobacco, which has a longer life cycle.

"The next crop cycle, which will be reflected in our fiscal year 2019 results, has begun with green tobacco purchases in Brazil. Farmer deliveries there are a little slower this year, but the crop quality is very good. We are also seeing the recovery of African burley production volumes and improved North American shipments, and if the global leaf market remains stable, we expect higher total sales volumes for fiscal year 2019.

"We are celebrating the 100th anniversary of our company this year. For one hundred years, we have had a rich history of adapting to change, finding innovative solutions to serve our customers and meet their leaf tobacco needs, and achieving results that benefit all of our stakeholders. Although we operate in a mature industry, our mission is to remain the world's leading independent leaf tobacco supplier. In recent years, we have increased our market share and enhanced the range of services we provide to certain customers, including direct buying, agronomic support, and specialized processing services. We are continually exploring options to capitalize on the strengths of our core competencies and seek growth opportunities in and related to tobacco and our global operations. As we move into our next 100 years, we will continue our commitment to leadership in setting industry standards, operating with transparency, providing products that are responsibly-sourced, and investing in and strengthening the communities where we operate."

The Company also announced an enhanced capital allocation strategy and an increased dividend in a separate press release today.

FLUE-CURED AND BURLEY LEAF TOBACCO OPERATIONS:

OTHER REGIONS:

Operating income for the Other Regions segment improved by $3.9 million to $147.3 million for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2018, compared to the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017. The improvement was driven by lower selling, general, and administrative expenses and higher processing revenues, largely offset by lower sales volumes and other revenues from the receipt of distributions from unconsolidated affiliates. In South America, total lamina sales volumes were up for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2018, on higher current crop sales partly offset by reduced carryover crop sales. The higher current year crop volumes also increased processing revenues and improved margins from reduced factory unit costs there. Results for the Africa region for the year ended March 31, 2018, compared to the prior year, were down due to lower African burley production levels this year. Earnings improved for the Asia region primarily on stronger sales and for the Europe region on stronger sales and favorable exchange rates. Selling, general, and administrative costs for the segment were lower for fiscal year 2018, mostly from net foreign currency remeasurement gains compared with losses in fiscal year 2017, partially offset by an unfavorable comparison due to the reversal of value-added tax reserves in the second quarter of fiscal year 2017. Revenues for the Other Regions segment for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2018, were up $59.2 million to $1.5 billion compared to the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017, as higher sales prices and processing revenues as well as a better product mix offset lower sales volumes and other revenues from the receipt of distributions from unconsolidated affiliates.

Segment operating income for the Other Regions segment for the quarter ended March 31, 2018, increased by $1.7 million to $48.6 million, compared with the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2017, principally on higher volumes and better product mix in South America. Improvements in the South America region were largely offset by volume declines in the Africa region due to lower burley production in fiscal year 2018. Selling, general, and administrative costs were slightly lower in the quarter ended March 31, 2018, compared to quarter ended March 31, 2017, mainly on lower customer claims and an allowance on a value-added tax credit offset by net foreign currency remeasurement losses compared with gains in the prior year quarter. Revenues for the Other Regions segment increased by $11.8 million to $442.3 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2018, compared to the quarter ended March 31, 2017, as higher sales prices and a more favorable product mix outweighed volume declines.

NORTH AMERICA:

North America segment operating income of $23.2 million for the year, and $9.3 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2018, were down by $11.9 million and $4.4 million, respectively, compared with the same periods in the previous year. The decline for the fiscal year was driven by lower sales volumes. In the United States, volumes were down primarily due to large prior crop carryover sales last year and some delayed customer shipments in the fourth fiscal quarter due to reduced transportation availability, while results for Guatemala and Mexico were affected by lower volumes and less favorable margins. In the quarter ended March 31, 2018, sales volumes were down compared to the quarter ended March 31, 2017, largely on the delayed customer shipments. Selling, general and administrative costs were lower for both the year and quarter ended March 31, 2018, compared with the same periods in fiscal year 2017, on reduced compensation costs and lower customer claims. Segment revenues were down by $107.7 million to $308.7 million and by $72.5 million to $97.2 million, respectively, for the year and quarter ended March 31, 2018, compared with the same periods in the prior fiscal year, on the lower volumes.

OTHER TOBACCO OPERATIONS:

The Other Tobacco Operations segment operating income increased by $0.1 million to $10.1 million for the year and by $5.0 million to $4.8 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2018, compared with the same periods last fiscal year. For fiscal year 2018, earnings were lower for the dark tobacco operations, compared to the prior fiscal year, mostly driven by lower sales in Indonesia on the lack of wrapper tobacco availability from the weather damaged crop. Indonesian wrapper volumes and quality recovered in the subsequent crop, which will be available for sale in fiscal year 2019. Earnings were higher for the dark tobacco operations for the quarter ended March 31, 2018, compared to the quarter ended March 31, 2017, on higher sales volumes and better product mix. Earnings for the oriental joint venture increased for the fiscal year and quarter ended March 31, 2018, largely on higher sales volumes. Results for the joint venture for fiscal year 2018 also included gains on the sale of idle assets offset by higher currency remeasurement losses from the devaluation of the Turkish lira. Operating results for the Special Services group were up slightly for the year and quarter ended March 31, 2018, compared with the prior fiscal year periods. Selling, general, and administrative costs for the segment were up modestly for fiscal year 2018 compared to fiscal year 2017 on higher currency remeasurement losses, and were down marginally in the quarter ended March 31, 2018, compared to the same quarter in the prior fiscal year. Revenues for the Other Tobacco Operations segment increased by $11.3 million to $243.1 million for the year and by $18.1 million to $68.0 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2018, compared to the same periods in fiscal year 2017, mainly on higher sales prices in our dark tobacco operations.

OTHER ITEMS:

Cost of goods sold declined by about 1% to $1.7 billion and by about 8% to $491.0 million for the fiscal year and quarter ended March 31, 2018, respectively, compared with the same periods in fiscal year 2017. For both periods, the decrease was in line with similar percentage declines in revenues. Selling, general, and administrative costs decreased by $11.5 million to $200.5 million and by $2.6 million to $56.2 million for the year and quarter ended March 31, 2018, respectively, compared to the prior fiscal year periods. The decrease in fiscal year 2018 was largely on net foreign currency remeasurement gains compared with losses in fiscal year 2017, mainly in Africa, partly offset by an unfavorable comparison due to the reversal of value-added tax reserves in the second quarter of fiscal year 2017. In the quarter ended March 31, 2018, the decline primarily reflected a combination of lower customer claims and incentive compensation, largely offset by an allowance on a value-added tax credit and by net foreign currency remeasurement losses compared with gains in the prior year quarter.

The consolidated effective income tax rates for the quarter and year ended March 31, 2018, were approximately 42% and 30%, respectively. Those rates include the effects of the changes in U.S. corporate income tax law under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 that were recorded under the SEC's "provisional" classification upon enactment of the new law in the third fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2017, as well as adjustments made to the "provisional" accounting in the quarter ended March 31, 2018, due to the collection and analysis of additional information for certain foreign subsidiaries, as well as additional clarifying guidance issued with respect to the new law. The effects of the new law mainly represent changes to deferred tax assets and liabilities, as well as the reduction of the U.S. tax liability on undistributed foreign earnings. As a result of the adjustments to the earlier provisional accounting, our earnings for the quarter ended March 31, 2018, included a $6.0 million increase to income tax expense ($0.24 per share), while our earnings for the year ended March 31, 2018 included a $4.5 million ($0.18 per share) net reduction of income tax expense from the new law after those adjustments. The consolidated effective income tax rates for the quarter and fiscal year ended March 31, 2017 were approximately 35% and 34%, respectively. Income taxes for those periods were lower than the 35% federal statutory rate at that time, due to a combination of lower net effective tax rates on income from certain foreign subsidiaries, and effects of changes in local currency exchange rates on deferred income tax balances.

Going forward, our consolidated effective tax rate will be heavily dependent on the tax rates of the individual countries in which we operate, the mix of our pretax earnings from those countries, and the prevailing rates of exchange of their local currencies with the U.S. dollar. The mix of pretax earnings and local currency exchange rates in particular can change significantly between annual and quarterly reporting periods based on crop sizes, market conditions, and economic factors. We expect these changes will make our effective tax rate more volatile from year-to-year and quarter-to-quarter than it has been in the past. Based on our current mix of pretax earnings and current exchange rates, our average effective tax rate should generally be in the range of 28% to 32%. However, the actual effective tax rate could be above or below this level, with significant variations possible based on exchange rate changes.

In December 2016, 111,072 shares of the Series B 6.75% Convertible Perpetual Preferred Stock were converted into approximately 2.5 million shares of the Company's common stock. In January 2017, the Company completed a mandatory cash conversion of the remaining 107,418 outstanding shares of the preferred stock in accordance with the original terms of the preferred shares.  Although the conversions of the preferred stock did not impact the Company's net income, the cash conversions in January 2017 resulted in a one-time reduction of retained earnings of approximately $74.4 million during the fourth quarter ended March 31, 2017, and a corresponding one-time reduction of earnings available to common shareholders for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017 for purposes of determining the amounts reported for basic and diluted earnings per share. The effects of the conversions on diluted earnings per share for the fiscal year and three months ended March 31, 2017, were ($2.99) and ($2.90), respectively.

Results for the year ended March 31, 2017 included restructuring and impairment costs of $4.4 million ($0.10 per diluted share), and for the three months ended March 31, 2017, included restructuring costs of $0.5 million ($0.02 per diluted share).

Additional information

Amounts included in the previous discussion are attributable to Universal Corporation and exclude earnings related to non-controlling interests in subsidiaries. In addition, the total for segment operating income (loss) referred to in this discussion is a non-GAAP measure. This measure is not a financial measure calculated in accordance with GAAP and should not be considered as a substitute for net income (loss), operating income (loss), cash from operating activities or any other operating performance measure calculated in accordance with GAAP, and it may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies. A reconciliation of the total for segment operating income (loss) to consolidated operating income (loss) is provided in Note 3. Segment Information, included in this earnings release. The Company evaluates its segment performance excluding certain significant charges or credits. The Company believes this measure, which excludes items that it believes are not indicative of its core operating results, provides investors with important information that is useful in understanding its business results and trends.

This information includes "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The Company cautions readers that any statements contained herein regarding earnings and expectations for its performance are forward-looking statements based upon management's current knowledge and assumptions about future events, including anticipated levels of demand for and supply of its products and services; costs incurred in providing these products and services; timing of shipments to customers; changes in market structure; government regulation, including the impact of regulations on tobacco products; product taxation; changes in U.S. federal income tax rates and legislation; industry consolidation and evolution; changes in global supply and demand positions for tobacco products; and general economic, political, market, and weather conditions. Actual results, therefore, could vary from those expected. A further list and description of these risks, uncertainties, and other factors can be found in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017, and in other documents the Company files with the Securities and Exchange Commission. This information should be read in conjunction with the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal years ended March 31, 2017, and March 31, 2018, which is expected to be filed later this week.

At 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) on May 23, 2018, the Company will host a conference call to discuss these results. Those wishing to listen to the call may do so by visiting www.universalcorp.com at that time. A replay of the webcast will be available at that site through August 6, 2018. A taped replay of the call will be available through June 6, 2018, by dialing (855) 859-2056. The confirmation number to access the replay is 1754119.

Headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, Universal Corporation is the leading global leaf tobacco supplier and conducts business in more than 30 countries. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2018, were $2.0 billion. For more information on Universal Corporation, visit its website at www.universalcorp.com.

UNIVERSAL CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

(in thousands of dollars, except per share data)




















Three Months Ended
March 31,


Fiscal Year Ended
March 31,



2018


2017


2018


2017

Sales and other operating revenues


$

607,496



$

650,030



$

2,033,947



$

2,071,218

Costs and expenses









Cost of goods sold


490,999



530,845



1,661,999



1,676,539

Selling, general and administrative expenses


56,219



58,868



200,461



211,969

Restructuring and impairment costs


-



499



-



4,359

Operating income


60,278



59,818



171,487



178,351

Equity in pretax earnings of unconsolidated affiliates


2,489



149



9,125



5,774

Interest income


324



281



1,686



1,397

Interest expense


3,705



3,844



15,621



16,284

Income before income taxes


59,386



56,404



166,677



169,238

Income taxes


25,064



19,954



50,509



56,732

Net income


34,322



36,450



116,168



112,506

Less: net income attributable to noncontrolling interests in 
     subsidiaries


(3,804)



(3,581)



(10,506)



(6,202)

Net income attributable to Universal Corporation


30,518



32,869



105,662



106,304

Dividends on Universal Corporation convertible perpetual 
     preferred stock


-



-



-



(11,061)

Cost in excess of carrying value on conversion/repurchase of 
     convertible perpetual preferred stock


-



(74,353)



-



(74,353)

Earnings (loss) available to Universal Corporation common 
     shareholders


$

30,518



$

(41,484)



$

105,662



$

20,890










Earnings (loss) per share attributable to Universal Corporation 
     common shareholders:









Basic


$

1.21



$

(1.64)



$

4.18



$

0.89

Diluted


$

1.20



$

(1.64)



$

4.14



$

0.88


See accompanying notes.

 

UNIVERSAL CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(in thousands of dollars)













March 31,



2018


2017






ASSETS





Current assets





Cash and cash equivalents


$

234,128



$

283,993


Accounts receivable, net


377,119



439,288


Advances to suppliers, net


122,786



103,750


Accounts receivable-unconsolidated affiliates


2,040



2,373


Inventories-at lower of cost or market:





Tobacco


679,428



565,943


Other


69,301



68,087


Prepaid income taxes


16,032



16,713


Other current assets


88,209



81,252


Total current assets


1,589,043



1,561,399







Property, plant and equipment





Land


23,180



22,852


Buildings


271,757



266,802


Machinery and equipment


634,660



597,213




929,597



886,867


Less accumulated depreciation


(605,803)



(569,527)




323,794



317,340


Other assets





Goodwill and other intangibles


98,927



98,888


Investments in unconsolidated affiliates


89,302



78,457


Deferred income taxes


17,118



25,422


Other noncurrent assets


50,448



41,899




255,795



244,666







Total assets


$

2,168,632



$

2,123,405



See accompanying notes.

 

UNIVERSAL CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(in thousands of dollars)













March 31,



2018


2017






LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY





Current liabilities





Notes payable and overdrafts


$

45,421



$

59,133


Accounts payable and accrued expenses


163,763



153,515


Accounts payable-unconsolidated affiliates


16,072



7,231


Customer advances and deposits


7,021



11,007


Accrued compensation


27,886



32,007


Income taxes payable


7,557



5,103


Current portion of long-term debt


-



-


Total current liabilities


267,720



267,996







Long-term debt


369,086



368,733


Pensions and other postretirement benefits


64,843



80,689


Other long-term liabilities


45,955



31,424


Deferred income taxes


35,726



47,985


Total liabilities


783,330



796,827







Shareholders' equity





Universal Corporation:





Preferred stock:





  Series A Junior Participating Preferred Stock, no par value, 500,000 shares authorized,

     none issued or outstanding


-



-


  Common stock, no par value, 100,000,000 shares authorized, 24,930,725 shares issued

     and outstanding (25,274,506 at March 31, 2017)


321,559



321,207


Retained earnings


1,080,934



1,034,841


Accumulated other comprehensive loss


(60,064)



(69,559)


Total Universal Corporation shareholders' equity


1,342,429



1,286,489


Noncontrolling interests in subsidiaries


42,873



40,089


Total shareholders' equity


1,385,302



1,326,578







Total liabilities and shareholders' equity


$

2,168,632



$

2,123,405



See accompanying notes.

 

UNIVERSAL CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(in thousands of dollars)













Fiscal Year Ended March 31,



2018


2017




CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:





Net income


$

116,168



$

112,506


Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:





Depreciation


34,836



35,911


Provision for losses (recoveries) on advances and guaranteed loans to suppliers


3,730



(857)


Inventory write-downs


7,687



10,866


Stock-based compensation expense


7,610



6,475


Foreign currency remeasurement loss (gain), net


(184)



9,269


Deferred income taxes


(11,132)



16,626


Equity in net income of unconsolidated affiliates, net of dividends


(1,521)



396


Restructuring and impairment costs


-



4,359


Other, net


(6,167)



(4,463)


  Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net:


(67,782)



59,227


   Net cash provided by operating activities


83,245



250,315







Cash Flows From Investing Activities:





Purchase of property, plant and equipment


(34,037)



(35,630)


Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment


5,194



2,174


Other


(550)



(398)


  Net cash used by investing activities


(29,393)



(33,854)







Cash Flows From Financing Activities:





Issuance (repayment) of short-term debt, net


(18,159)



(5,349)


Dividends paid to noncontrolling interests in subsidiaries


(7,350)



(4,200)


Conversion of convertible perpetual preferred stock


-



(178,365)


Repurchase of common stock


(21,610)



-


Dividends paid on convertible perpetual preferred stock


-



(11,061)


Dividends paid on common stock


(54,699)



(49,828)


Other


(2,828)



(2,441)


  Net cash used by financing activities


(104,646)



(251,244)







Effect of exchange rate changes on cash


929



(671)


Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents


(49,865)



(35,454)


Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year


283,993



319,447


Cash and Cash Equivalents at End of Year


$

234,128



$

283,993



Non-cash Financing Transaction - The consolidated financial statements for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017 include a non-cash
reclassification of $107.6 million from preferred stock to common stock to reflect the conversion of 111,072 shares of the Company's
outstanding Series B 6.75% Convertible Perpetual Preferred Stock into common stock.


See accompanying notes.

NOTE 1. BASIS OF PRESENTATION

Universal Corporation, with its subsidiaries ("Universal" or the "Company"), is the leading global leaf supplier. Because of the seasonal nature of the Company's business, the results of operations for any fiscal quarter will not necessarily be indicative of results to be expected for other quarters or a full fiscal year. All adjustments necessary to state fairly the results for the period have been included and were of a normal recurring nature. These financial statements should be read in conjunction with the financial statements and notes thereto included in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017.

NOTE 2.   EARNINGS PER SHARE

The following table sets forth the computation of basic and diluted earnings (loss) per share:





















Three Months Ended
March 31,


Fiscal Year Ended
March 31,

(in thousands, except per share data)


2018


2017


2018


2017










Basic Earnings (Loss) Per Share









Numerator for basic earnings (loss) per share









Net income attributable to Universal Corporation


$

30,518



$

32,869



$

105,662



$

106,304


Less: Dividends on convertible perpetual preferred stock


-



-



-



(11,061)


Less: Cost in excess of carrying value on conversion or repurchase of 
     convertible perpetual preferred stock


-



(74,353)



-



(74,353)


Earnings (loss) available to Universal Corporation common shareholders for 
     calculation of basic earnings per share


$

30,518



$

(41,484)



$

105,662



$

20,890











Denominator for basic earnings (loss) per share









Weighted average shares outstanding


25,125,776



25,273,741



25,274,975



23,433,860











 Basic earnings (loss) per share


$

1.21



$

(1.64)



$

4.18



$

0.89











Diluted Earnings (Loss) Per Share









Numerator for diluted earnings (loss) per share









Earnings (loss) available to Universal Corporation common shareholders for 
     calculation of diluted earnings per share


$

30,518



$

(41,484)



$

105,662



$

20,890











Denominator for diluted earnings (loss) per share:









Weighted average shares outstanding


25,125,776



25,273,741



25,274,975



23,433,860


Effect of dilutive securities (if conversion or exercise assumed)









 Employee and outside director share-based awards


265,855



-



233,169



336,228


Denominator for diluted earnings (loss) per share


25,391,631



25,273,741



25,508,144



23,770,088











Diluted earnings (loss) per share


$

1.20



$

(1.64)



$

4.14



$

0.88


NOTE 3. SEGMENT INFORMATION

The principal approach used by management to evaluate the Company's performance is by geographic region, although the dark air-cured and oriental tobacco businesses are each evaluated on the basis of their worldwide operations. The Company evaluates the performance of its segments based on operating income (loss) after allocated overhead expenses, plus equity in the pretax earnings of unconsolidated affiliates.

Operating results for the Company's reportable segments for each period presented in the consolidated statements of income were as follows:





















Three Months Ended
March 31,


Fiscal Year Ended
March 31,

(in thousands of dollars)


2018


2017


2018


2017










SALES AND OTHER OPERATING REVENUES









Flue-Cured and Burley Leaf Tobacco Operations:









   North America


$

97,247



$

169,769



$

308,691



$

416,438


   Other Regions (1)


442,261



430,417



1,482,188



1,422,991


      Subtotal


539,508



600,186



1,790,879



1,839,429


Other Tobacco Operations (2) 


67,988



49,844



243,068



231,789


Consolidated sales and other operating revenues


$

607,496



$

650,030



$

2,033,947



$

2,071,218











OPERATING INCOME









Flue-Cured and Burley Leaf Tobacco Operations:









   North America


$

9,333



$

13,747



$

23,220



$

35,151


   Other Regions (1)


48,641



46,950



147,263



143,349


      Subtotal


57,974



60,697



170,483



178,500


Other Tobacco Operations (2) 


4,793



(231)



10,129



9,984


Segment operating income


62,767



60,466



180,612



188,484


   Deduct: Equity in pretax earnings of unconsolidated affiliates (3) 


(2,489)



(149)



(9,125)



(5,774)


Restructuring and impairment costs (4)  


-



(499)



-



(4,359)


Consolidated operating income


$

60,278



$

59,818



$

171,487



$

178,351




(1) 

Includes South America, Africa, Europe, and Asia regions, as well as inter-region eliminations.



(2) 

Includes Dark Air-Cured, Special Services, and Oriental, as well as intercompany eliminations. Sales and other operating revenues for this reportable segment include limited amounts for Oriental because the business is accounted for on the equity method and its financial results consist principally of equity in the pretax earnings of the unconsolidated affiliate.



(3) 

Equity in pretax earnings of unconsolidated affiliates is included in segment operating income (Other Tobacco Operations segment), but is reported below consolidated operating income and excluded from that total in the consolidated statements of income.



(4) 

Restructuring and impairment costs are excluded from segment operating income, but are included in consolidated operating income in the consolidated statements of income.

 

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