Universal Corporation
Aug 4, 2016

Universal Corporation Reports First Quarter Results

RICHMOND, Va., Aug. 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- George C. Freeman, III, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Universal Corporation (NYSE: UVV), reported a net loss of $5.5 million, or $0.40 per diluted share, for the first quarter of fiscal year 2017, which ended on June 30, 2016. Those results were relatively flat compared with a net loss of $5.9 million, or a $0.43 per diluted share, for the first quarter of fiscal year 2016. Results for the first fiscal quarter of 2016 included restructuring costs of $2.4 million ($1.6 million after-tax or $0.07 per diluted share). Operating loss of $8.0 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2016, was down $2.7 million compared to the quarter ended June 30, 2015. Segment operating loss, which excludes restructuring costs, was $8.1 million for the first fiscal quarter of 2017, down $4.6 million compared to the same period last year, mainly as a result of larger losses in the Other Regions segment, partially offset by earnings improvements in the North America segment. Gross margin percentages were flat for the comparative quarters with higher selling, general, and administrative costs, primarily from larger currency remeasurement and exchange losses, contributing to the earnings decline. Revenues of $295.5 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2016, increased by $20.1 million on modestly higher total volumes, mostly driven by the change in leaf supply arrangements in the North America region announced last year.

Mr. Freeman stated, "Our seasonally weak first quarter results were in line with our expectations, as we anticipate that fiscal year 2017 will develop similarly to the past several fiscal years, with volumes weighted to the second half of the fiscal year. Results for our North America segment improved on increased volumes, largely due to carryover shipments from changes in the business model there. However, higher currency remeasurement and exchange losses, primarily in our Other Regions segment, negatively impacted our results. Lower crop levels in Brazil from El Nino weather patterns, coupled with our decision to reduce our buying program there due to escalating and unsustainable green leaf prices, reduced our Brazilian purchasing and processing volumes in the first fiscal quarter. We expect decreased volumes from that origin to continue to affect our results throughout the fiscal year. Our global leaf production estimates indicate a return to historical crop levels in Brazil's 2017 growing season, for which plantings are currently underway.

"With the lower 2016 crop levels, we believe that supply of flue-cured and burley tobaccos is largely in line with demand on a global basis. However, inventories held by our customers and the leaf quality and pricing of crops yet to come to market may influence near-term demand for leaf tobacco and the desirability of certain types and styles. It is still early in the season, but customer orders and indications to date remain consistent with our expectations. We currently anticipate that our volumes sold in fiscal year 2017 will be lower than those in the prior fiscal year mainly due to reduced Brazilian volumes, and that shipment timing will again be weighted to the second half of the fiscal year. We are continuing to carefully monitor crop purchases this season, and our uncommitted inventories remain within our normal range.

"We also recently announced that we have discontinued processing in our factory in Hungary and will concentrate the future processing of Hungarian tobaccos in our facilities in Italy. The decision was not taken lightly, and we are grateful to our hardworking employees who have supported us in that operation for many years. This change will yield economies of scale for our Europe region and is another example of our continual drive to achieve supply chain efficiencies that deliver value to the industry."

FLUE-CURED AND BURLEY LEAF TOBACCO OPERATIONS:

OTHER REGIONS:

The Other Regions segment reported an operating loss of $17.0 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2016, compared with the prior year's first fiscal quarter loss of $7.8 million. The decline was primarily a result of higher selling, general and administrative costs, mostly from larger foreign currency remeasurement and exchange losses in Africa and South America. Although sales volumes increased in South America from sales of prior crops, margins were pressured by higher factory unit costs resulting from significantly lower total volumes handled in Brazil. Sales volumes were down in Africa, in its seasonally low first fiscal quarter, on comparisons to larger carryover crop sales in Tanzania last year. Results were weaker in Asia on customer shipment timing comparisons and a less favorable product mix, while Europe saw improved volumes in its sheet tobacco operations. Revenues for the Other Regions segment of $178.0 million were relatively flat compared to the same period last year, as higher volumes in most regions were offset by reduced volumes in Africa, as well as lower processing revenues in Brazil.

NORTH AMERICA:

Operating income of $6.8 million for the North America segment in the quarter ended June 30, 2016, was up $3.4 million compared to last year's first fiscal quarter. Earnings were buoyed by stronger sales volumes, due in part to carryover crop sales from the previously announced changes in leaf supply arrangements, as well as positive comparisons from the earlier timing of earnings recognition as a result of acquiring full ownership of our processing facility in Guatemala in the third fiscal quarter of 2016. Selling, general, and administrative costs for the North America segment were higher, moderating those benefits. Revenues for this segment similarly increased by $24.1 million to $72.7 million on the higher volumes, partly reduced by lower green leaf prices.

OTHER TOBACCO OPERATIONS:

The Other Tobacco Operations segment operating income for the first quarter of fiscal year 2017 of $2.0 million improved $1.1 million compared with the same period last year. Results for the dark tobacco operations improved for the quarter, on completion of previously delayed shipments in Indonesia and an absence of inventory writedowns in Nicaragua this year compared with the prior year. The oriental joint venture reported better results for the quarter mainly from favorable comparisons to the prior year's currency remeasurement losses. Operating results for the Special Services group were flat compared with the prior year's first fiscal quarter. Revenues for this segment in the quarter ended June 30, 2016, decreased by about 9% to $44.8 million mostly due to the volume declines in the dark tobacco business, and lower overall lamina and wrapper prices. Selling, general, and administrative costs for the segment were flat compared with the prior year quarter.

OTHER ITEMS:

Cost of goods sold was up by about 7% to $243.3 million in the quarter ended June 30, 2016, compared with the same period last year, in line with the similar percentage increase in revenues for the period. Selling, general, and administrative costs for the first fiscal quarter increased by $8.9 million to $60.2 million on higher foreign currency remeasurement and exchange losses in the current fiscal period compared with the prior year, largely in the Africa and South America regions, and unfavorable comparisons to reversals of provisions for suppliers and customers made in last year's first fiscal quarter.

A recently-issued accounting change adopted in the first fiscal quarter of 2017 affected our long-term debt balances, which are now recorded on the balance sheet net of the remaining unamortized debt issuance costs. Interest expense of $4.1 million for the first fiscal quarter of 2017 was up slightly from $3.9 million in the same period last year. The consolidated income tax rate was about 37% and 36% for the first quarters of fiscal years 2017 and 2016, respectively, which is comparable to the U.S. federal statutory rate of 35%.

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; 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, 2016, 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 year ended March 31, 2016.

At 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) on August 4, 2016, 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 November 4, 2016. A taped replay of the call will be available through August 17, 2016, by dialing (855) 859-2056. The confirmation number to access the replay is 57523398.

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, 2016, were $2.1 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 June 30,



2016


2015



(Unaudited)

Sales and other operating revenues


$

295,475



$

275,419


Costs and expenses





Cost of goods sold


243,278



227,030


Selling, general and administrative expenses


60,199



51,296


Restructuring and impairment costs




2,389


Operating income (loss)


(8,002)



(5,296)


Equity in pretax earnings (loss) of unconsolidated affiliates


(130)



(616)


Interest income


363



239


Interest expense


4,054



3,884


Income (loss) before income taxes


(11,823)



(9,557)


Income tax expense (benefit)


(4,319)



(3,432)


Net income (loss)


(7,504)



(6,125)


Less: net loss attributable to noncontrolling interests in subsidiaries


2,028



178


Net income (loss) attributable to Universal Corporation


(5,476)



(5,947)


Dividends on Universal Corporation convertible perpetual preferred stock


(3,687)



(3,687)


Earnings (loss) available to Universal Corporation common shareholders


$

(9,163)



$

(9,634)







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





  Basic


$

(0.40)



$

(0.43)


  Diluted


$

(0.40)



$

(0.43)











See accompanying notes.









 

 

 

UNIVERSAL CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(in thousands of dollars)
















June 30,


June 30,


March 31,



2016


2015


2016



(Unaudited)


(Unaudited)



ASSETS







Current assets







Cash and cash equivalents


$

316,087



$

130,439



$

319,447


Accounts receivable, net


218,665



257,349



428,659


Advances to suppliers, net


69,044



58,041



101,890


Accounts receivable—unconsolidated affiliates


46,794



65,821



2,316


Inventories—at lower of cost or market:







Tobacco


846,356



921,920



637,132


Other


66,080



69,851



60,888


Prepaid income taxes


19,948



28,828



17,814


Other current assets


50,772



72,898



70,400


Total current assets


1,633,746



1,605,147



1,638,546









Property, plant and equipment







Land


22,927



16,853



22,987


Buildings


264,438



239,218



264,838


Machinery and equipment


593,507



590,470



591,327




880,872



846,541



879,152


Less: accumulated depreciation


(557,856)



(534,461)



(553,265)




323,016



312,080



325,887


Other assets







Goodwill and other intangibles


99,059



99,120



99,071


Investments in unconsolidated affiliates


79,510



78,450



82,441


Deferred income taxes


20,860



33,725



23,853


Other noncurrent assets


57,693



72,336



61,379




257,122



283,631



266,744









Total assets


$

2,213,884



$

2,200,858



$

2,231,177















          See accompanying notes.

 













 

 

 

UNIVERSAL CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(in thousands of dollars)
















June 30,


June 30,


March 31,



2016


2015


2016



(Unaudited)


(Unaudited)



LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY







Current liabilities







Notes payable and overdrafts


$

70,753



$

86,553



$

66,179


Accounts payable and accrued expenses


165,651



171,963



120,527


Accounts payable—unconsolidated affiliates


2,730



4,650



8,343


Customer advances and deposits


8,406



4,328



16,438


Accrued compensation


22,863



24,597



27,593


Income taxes payable


4,057



4,033



7,190


Current portion of long-term debt







Total current liabilities


274,460



296,124



246,270









Long-term debt


368,468



368,115



368,380


Pensions and other postretirement benefits


88,782



95,985



92,177


Other long-term liabilities


45,480



34,091



41,794


Deferred income taxes


11,778



22,701



29,494


Total liabilities


788,968



817,016



778,115









Shareholders' equity







Universal Corporation:







Preferred stock:







Series A Junior Participating Preferred Stock, no par value, 500,000 shares
authorized, none issued or outstanding







Series B 6.75% Convertible Perpetual Preferred Stock, no par value,
220,000 shares authorized, 218,490 shares issued and outstanding
(218,490 at June 30, 2015 and March 31, 2016)


211,562



211,562



211,562


   Common stock, no par value, 100,000,000 shares authorized, 22,766,040 shares issued and outstanding (22,668,025 at June 30, 2015, and 22,717,735 at March 31, 2016)


209,044



206,018



208,946


Retained earnings


1,044,674



998,560



1,066,064


Accumulated other comprehensive loss


(76,959)



(66,403)



(72,350)


Total Universal Corporation shareholders' equity


1,388,321



1,349,737



1,414,222


Noncontrolling interests in subsidiaries


36,595



34,105



38,840


Total shareholders' equity


1,424,916



1,383,842



1,453,062









Total liabilities and shareholders' equity


$

2,213,884



$

2,200,858



$

2,231,177















     See accompanying notes.













 

 

UNIVERSAL CORPORATION     

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(in thousands of dollars)












Three Months Ended June 30,



2016


2015



(Unaudited)

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:





Net loss


$

(7,504)



$

(6,125)


Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided (used) by operating activities:





Depreciation


8,642



9,145


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


(113)



(2,037)


Foreign currency remeasurement loss (gain), net


9,642



2,806


Restructuring and impairment costs




2,389


Other, net


8,079



8,680


Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net


(2,690)



(127,756)


Net cash provided (used )by operating activities


16,056



(112,898)







CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:





Purchase of property, plant and equipment


(7,303)



(14,900)


Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment


252



613


Net cash used by investing activities


(7,051)



(14,287)







CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:





Issuance (repayment) of short-term debt, net


5,782



26,306


Dividends paid on convertible perpetual preferred stock


(3,687)



(3,687)


Dividends paid on common stock


(12,040)



(11,749)


Other


(2,250)



(2,037)


Net cash provided (used) by financing activities


(12,195)



8,833







Effect of exchange rate changes on cash


(170)



8


Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents


(3,360)



(118,344)


Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year


319,447



248,783







Cash and cash equivalents at end of period


$

316,087



$

130,439











See accompanying notes.









 

NOTE 1. BASIS OF PRESENTATION

Universal Corporation, which together with its subsidiaries is referred to herein as "Universal" or the "Company," is the leading global leaf tobacco 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. Certain amounts in prior year statements have been reclassified to conform to the current year presentation. This Form 10-Q 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, 2016.

NOTE 2.   EARNINGS PER SHARE

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













Three Months Ended June 30,

(in thousands, except share and per share data)


2016


2015






Basic Earnings (Loss) Per Share





Numerator for basic earnings (loss) per share





Net income (loss) attributable to Universal Corporation


$

(5,476)



$

(5,947)


Less: Dividends on convertible perpetual preferred stock


(3,687)



(3,687)


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


(9,163)



(9,634)







Denominator for basic earnings (loss) per share





Weighted average shares outstanding


22,734,225



22,622,930







Basic earnings (loss) per share


$

(0.40)



$

(0.43)







Diluted Earnings (Loss) Per Share





Numerator for diluted earnings (loss) per share





Earnings (loss) available to Universal Corporation common shareholders


$

(9,163)



$

(9,634)


Add: Dividends on convertible perpetual preferred stock (if conversion assumed)





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


(9,163)



(9,634)







Denominator for diluted earnings (loss) per share





Weighted average shares outstanding


22,734,225



22,622,930


Effect of dilutive securities (if conversion or exercise assumed)





Convertible perpetual preferred stock





Employee share-based awards





Denominator for diluted earnings (loss) per share


22,734,225



22,622,930







Diluted earnings (loss) per share


$

(0.40)



$

(0.43)


 

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 after allocated overhead expenses (excluding significant non-recurring charges or credits), 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 June 30,

(in thousands of dollars)


2016


2015






SALES AND OTHER OPERATING REVENUES





Flue-cured and burley leaf tobacco operations:





  North America


$

72,682



$

48,572


  Other regions (1)


178,016



177,401


    Subtotal


250,698



225,973


Other tobacco operations (2)


44,777



49,446


Consolidated sales and other operating revenues


$

295,475



$

275,419







OPERATING INCOME (LOSS)





Flue-cured and burley leaf tobacco operations:





  North America


$

6,848



$

3,416


  Other regions (1)


(17,017)



(7,847)


     Subtotal


(10,169)



(4,431)


Other tobacco operations (2)


2,037



908


Segment operating income (loss)


(8,132)



(3,523)


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


130



616


Restructuring and impairment costs (4)




(2,389)


Consolidated operating income (loss)


$

(8,002)



$

(5,296)


 

(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 inter-company eliminations. Sales and other operating revenues for this reportable segment include limited amounts for Oriental because its financial results consist principally of equity in the pretax earnings (loss) of an unconsolidated affiliate.



(3) 

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



(4) 

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

 

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