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May 26, 2021 at 4:16 PM EDT

Universal Corporation Reports Annual Results

RICHMOND, Va., May 26, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- George C. Freeman, III, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Universal Corporation (NYSE:UVV), stated, "I am pleased to report that our net income and diluted earnings per share, and our non-GAAP adjusted operating income for fiscal year 2021, are all up over 20% compared to fiscal year 2020. Strong leaf tobacco shipments in the second half of fiscal year 2021, the addition of our plant-based ingredients acquisitions, and favorable foreign currency comparisons all contributed to this improvement in our results. I am especially proud that we were able to deliver these results in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, and would like to thank our employees, growers, customers, and other partners for their support, adaptability, and hard work that made this a successful year.

"Leaf tobacco shipments, which started slowly in fiscal year 2021, accelerated in the second half of the fiscal year. We ended the year with leaf tobacco volumes that were just slightly below those in fiscal year 2020, in part due to some tobacco shipments that were delayed and will ship in fiscal year 2022. Despite global challenges including increased safety protocols, work-from-home mandates, and travel restrictions that necessitated adjustment to how we conduct our leaf tobacco business, we successfully delivered the leaf tobacco desired by our customers.

"We also delivered on our capital allocation strategy objective to build and enhance our plant-based ingredients platform through the acquisition of Silva International in the third quarter of fiscal year 2021. We are excited about the prospects for our plant-based ingredients platform and continue to progress on our integration process. In the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2021, our Ingredients Operations segment performed well against its objectives in both the human and pet food categories.

"In the quarter and year ended March 31, 2021, we benefited from positive net foreign currency comparisons, mostly non-cash currency remeasurement, of $21 million and $26 million, respectively, compared to the same periods in fiscal year 2020. Certain currencies weakened significantly in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2020, largely due to uncertain market conditions related to the burgeoning COVID-19 pandemic. We ended our fiscal year 2021 with a strong balance sheet and uncommitted leaf tobacco inventory levels just over our target range, at 22%. In addition to our investments in growth opportunities, we are also pleased to have announced our 51st annual dividend increase today, continuing our commitment to delivering shareholder value.

"As we move into fiscal year 2022, we currently expect global supply for flue-cured leaf tobacco to be in line with anticipated demand and for burley leaf tobacco to be in a slight undersupply position. We are continuing to monitor freight costs as the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted shipping patterns, which has resulted in cost increases due to limited container availability.

"We published our second annual Sustainability Report in fiscal year 2021 on our website. The report showcases our strong commitment to our sustainability programs and initiatives which stems from our belief that sustainability is a key component of our past and future success. In fiscal year 2022, we will continue to deliver on our fundamental responsibility to our stakeholders to set high standards of social and environmental performance to support a sustainable supply chain."

 

























FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS









Fiscal Year Ended March 31,


Change

(in millions of dollars, except per share data)

2021



2020



$



%










Consolidated Results








Sales and other operating revenue

$

1,983.4



$

1,910.0



$

73.4



4

%

Cost of goods sold

1,597.4



1,553.2



44.2



3

%

Gross Profit Margin

19.5

%


18.7

%



80 bps

Selling, general and administrative expenses

219.8



222.9



(3.1)



(1)

%

Restructuring and impairment costs

22.6



7.5



15.0



199

%

Operating income (as reported)

147.8



126.4



21.4



17

%

Adjusted operating income (non-GAAP)*

172.9



141.3



31.7



22

%

Diluted earnings per share (as reported)

3.53



2.86



0.67



24

%

Adjusted diluted earnings per share (non-GAAP)*

4.25



3.49



0.76



22

%

Segment Results








Tobacco operations sales and other operating revenues

$

1,841.8



$

1,887.1



$

(45.2)



(2)

%

Tobacco operations operating income

168.8



146.6



22.2



15

%

Ingredients operations sales and other operating revenues

141.5



22.9



118.6



518

%

Ingredient operations operating income

0.4



(8.5)



8.9



(104)

%













*See Reconciliation of Certain Non-GAAP Financial Measures in Other Items below








 

Net income for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2021, was $87.4 million, or $3.53 per diluted share, compared with $71.7 million, or $2.86 per diluted share, for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2020. Excluding restructuring and impairment costs and certain other non-recurring items, detailed in Other Items below, net income and diluted earnings per share increased by $17.6 million and $0.76, respectively, for fiscal year 2021, compared to fiscal year 2020. Operating income of $147.8 million for the year ended March 31, 2021, increased by $21.4 million, compared to operating income of $126.4 million for the year ended March 31, 2020. Adjusted operating income, detailed in Other Items below, of $172.9 million increased by $31.7 million for fiscal year 2021, compared to adjusted operating income of $141.3 million for fiscal year 2020.

Net income for the quarter ended March 31, 2021, was $39.4 million, or $1.58 per diluted share, compared with net income of $15.6 million, or $0.63 per diluted share, for the quarter ended March 31, 2020. Excluding restructuring and impairment costs and certain other non-recurring items, detailed in Other Items below, net income and diluted earnings per share increased by $14.3 million and $0.57, respectively, for the quarter ended March 31, 2021, compared to the quarter ended March 31, 2020. Operating income for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2021 increased by $31.2 million to $62.7 million compared to $31.5 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020.

Consolidated revenues increased by $73.4 million to $2.0 billion for the year ended March 31, 2021, and decreased by $14.5 million to $617.6 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021, compared to the same periods in fiscal year 2020, on the addition of businesses acquired in calendar year 2020 in the Ingredients Operations segment, offset in part by lower comparative leaf tobacco shipment volumes.

TOBACCO OPERATIONS

Operating income for the Tobacco Operations segment increased by $22.2 million to $168.8 million for the fiscal year and by $16.1 million to $61.2 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2021, compared with the same periods for fiscal year 2020. Favorable foreign currency remeasurement comparisons and strong tobacco shipment volumes benefited Tobacco Operations segment results for both the quarter and year ended March 31, 2021. Tobacco shipment volumes for fiscal year 2021, which were heavily weighted to the second half of the fiscal year, ended up just slightly below tobacco shipment volumes for fiscal year 2020.

In fiscal year 2021, compared to fiscal year 2020, sales volumes were up in Brazil and the United States on higher sales of carryover crop tobacco, while volumes decreased in Africa in part on weather reduced crop sizes as well as some delayed shipments that will occur in fiscal year 2022. Selling, general, and administrative costs for the segment were lower for fiscal year 2021, compared to fiscal year 2020, largely on favorable net foreign currency remeasurement comparisons, mainly in Indonesia and Brazil. A favorable product mix and continued strong wrapper demand also benefited Tobacco Operations results in fiscal year 2021. Revenues for the Tobacco Operations segment of $1.8 billion for fiscal year 2021 were down $45.2 million, compared to fiscal year 2020, on slightly lower leaf tobacco shipment volumes and sales prices.

In the quarter ended March 31, 2021, results for the Tobacco Operations segment were up largely on favorable currency remeasurement comparisons, mainly in Indonesia, Brazil, Mozambique, and Mexico compared to the quarter ended March 31, 2020, when certain currencies drastically weakened mainly due to market uncertainties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Leaf tobacco shipments were modestly lower in the quarter ended March 31, 2021, compared to the same quarter in the prior fiscal year, largely due to reduced African volumes, including some volumes that will ship in fiscal year 2022. An improved product mix and continued strong wrapper demand benefited Tobacco Operations segment results in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2021, compared to the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2020. Revenues for the Tobacco Operations segment of $563.0 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2021, were down $49.2 million, compared to the same period in the prior fiscal year, on lower tobacco shipment volumes.

INGREDIENTS OPERATIONS

As part of our capital allocation strategy to build and enhance our plant-based ingredients platform, we acquired two companies, FruitSmart on January 1, 2020, and Silva on October 1, 2020. We also made the strategic decision to wind down our Carolina Innovative Food Ingredients business in the quarter ended December 31, 2020.

Operating income for the Ingredients Operations segment was $0.4 million and $5.1 million, respectively, for the fiscal year and quarter ended March 31, 2021, compared to an operating loss of $8.5 million and $4.1 million, respectively, for the fiscal year and quarter ended March 31, 2020. Results for the segment included costs from amortization of intangibles related to the acquisitions, which totaled $6.4 million and $2.4 million, respectively, in the fiscal year and quarter ended March 31, 2021, as well as purchase accounting adjustments of $2.8 million in year ended March 31, 2021, and $2.7 million in the year and quarter ended March 31, 2020, that also reduced our results for the segment. Our Ingredients Operations saw some changes in product mix during fiscal year 2021 due to changes in customer demand resulting from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. While demand for ingredients used in products for restaurants and social venues declined, we saw demand increase for ingredients used in grocery items and pet foods. In the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2021, we began to see demand for our products recover from certain sectors, such as food service, which were negatively impacted by COVID-19. Selling, general, and administrative expenses increased in the fiscal year and quarter ended March 31, 2021, on the addition of the acquired businesses. Revenues for the Ingredients Operations segment of $141.5 million for the fiscal year and $54.6 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2021, were up $118.6 million and $34.7 million, respectively, compared to the same periods in the prior fiscal year, on the addition of the revenues for the acquired businesses.

COVID-19 PANDEMIC IMPACT

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus ("COVID-19") a pandemic. Foreign governmental organizations and governmental organizations in the United States have taken various actions to combat the spread of COVID-19, including imposing stay-at-home orders and closing "non-essential" businesses and their operations. We continue to closely monitor developments related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and have taken and continue to take steps intended to mitigate the potential risks to us. It is paramount that our employees who operate our businesses are safe and informed. We have assessed and regularly update our existing business continuity plans for our business in the context of this pandemic. For example, we have taken precautions with regard to employee and facility hygiene, imposed travel limitations on our employees, implemented work-from-home procedures, and we continue to assess and reevaluate protocols designed to protect our employees, customers and the public.

We continue to work with our suppliers to mitigate the impacts to our supply chain due to the ongoing pandemic. To date, we have not experienced a material impact to our supply chain, although the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic resulted in delays in certain operations during fiscal year 2021. In addition, our plant-based ingredients platform has seen some shifts in product mix due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic related to changes in customer demand. Since March 2020, we have at times also experienced increased volatility in foreign currency exchange rates, which we believe is in part related to the continued uncertainties from COVID-19, as well as actions taken by governments and central banks in response to COVID-19.

We continue to monitor the impacts of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We believe we currently have sufficient liquidity to meet our current obligations and our business operations remain fundamentally unchanged other than shipping delays, which could continue to impact quarterly comparisons. This is, however, a rapidly evolving situation, and we cannot predict the extent, resurgence, or duration of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the effects of it on the global, national or local economy, including the impacts on our ability to access capital, or its effects on our business, financial position, results of operations, and cash flows. We continue to monitor developments affecting our employees, customers and operations. We will take additional steps and reevaluate current protocols to address the spread of COVID-19 and its impacts, as necessary, and remain thankful for the hard work of our employees and the continued support of our customers, growers, and other partners during these challenging times.

OTHER ITEMS

Cost of goods sold in the fiscal year and quarter ended March 31, 2021, increased by 3% to $1.6 billion and declined by 6% to $493.6 million, respectively, both compared with the same periods in the prior fiscal year, as a result of variances in tobacco shipment volumes and green tobacco prices as well as the acquisition of businesses in the Ingredients Operations segment. Selling, general, and administrative costs for the fiscal year and quarter ended March 31, 2021, decreased by $3.1 million to $219.8 million and by $11.4 million to $58.6 million, respectively, compared to the same periods in the prior fiscal year, as positive comparisons on foreign currency remeasurement and exchange variances more than offset additional costs from the business acquisitions in the Ingredients Operations segment. The positive foreign currency remeasurement and exchange variances, primarily in Indonesia, Brazil, Mozambique, and Mexico, totaled approximately $26 million and $21 million in the fiscal year and quarter ended March 31, 2021, respectively.

For the fiscal year and quarter ended March 31, 2021, our consolidated effective tax rates were 23% and 29%, respectively. For the fiscal year ended March 31, 2021, income tax expense included a $4.4 million benefit for final tax regulations regarding the treatment of dividends paid by foreign subsidiaries and a $3.4 million benefit due to amending and finalizing prior year returns. Without these benefits, the consolidated effective tax rate for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2021, would have been approximately 30%.

Our consolidated effective tax rates for the fiscal year and quarter ended March 31, 2020, were approximately 34% and 31%, respectively. Income tax expense for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2020 included a $2.8 million net tax accrual for an unresolved tax matter at a foreign subsidiary and a $1.5 million benefit due to amending and finalizing prior year returns. Without the effect of these items, the consolidated effective tax rate for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2020, would have been approximately 30%.

Reconciliation of Certain Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The following tables set forth certain non-recurring items included in reported results to reconcile adjusted operating income to consolidated operating income and adjusted net income to net income attributable to Universal Corporation:






















Adjusted Operating Income Reconciliation














Fiscal Year Ended March 31,

(in thousands)






2021


2020

As Reported: Consolidated operating income






$

147,810



$

126,367


Purchase accounting adjustments(1)






2,800



2,700


Transaction costs for acquisitions(2)






3,915



4,668


Fair value adjustment to contingent consideration for FruitSmart acquisition(3)






(4,173)




Restructuring and impairment costs(4)






22,577



7,543


Adjusted operating income






$

172,929



$

141,278











Adjusted Net Income and Diluted Earnings Per Share Reconciliation









(in thousands except for per share amounts)





Fiscal Year Ended March 31,

(all amounts reported net of income taxes)






2021


2020

As Reported: Net income attributable to Universal Corporation






$

87,410



$

71,680


Purchase accounting adjustments(1)






2,800



2,133


Transaction costs for acquisitions(2)






3,915



4,668


Fair value adjustment to contingent consideration for FruitSmart acquisition(3)






(4,173)




Restructuring and impairment costs(4)






17,800



6,283


Interest expense related to an uncertain tax matter at a foreign subsidiary






1,849




Income tax benefit from dividend withholding tax liability reversal(5)






(4,421)




Income tax settlement for foreign subsidiary(6)








2,766


Adjusted Net income attributable to Universal Corporation






$

105,180



$

87,530











As reported: Diluted earnings per share






$

3.53



$

2.86


Adjusted: Diluted earnings per share






$

3.49



$

3.49




(1) 

The Company recognized an increase in cost of goods sold in fiscal year 2021 and 2020, relating to the expensing of a fair value adjustments to inventory associated with the initial acquisition accounting for Silva (effective October 1, 2020) and FruitSmart (effective January 1, 2020).

(2) 

The Company incurred selling, general, and administrative expenses for due diligence and other transaction costs associated with the acquisitions of Silva and FruitSmart. These costs are not deductible for U.S. income tax purposes.

(3) 

The Company reversed a portion of the contingent consideration liability for the FruitSmart acquisition, as a result of certain performance metrics that did not meet the required threshold stipulated in the purchase agreement.

(4) 

Restructuring and impairment costs are included in Consolidated operating income in the consolidated statements of income, but excluded for purposes of Adjusted operating income, Adjusted net income attributable to Universal Corporation, and Adjusted diluted earnings per share. See Note 4 for additional information.

(5) 

The Company recognized an income tax benefit for final U.S. tax regulations on certain dividends paid by foreign subsidiaries in a prior fiscal year.

(6) 

The Company recognized an income tax settlement charge related to operations at a foreign subsidiary.

 

Additional information

Amounts described as net income (loss) and earnings (loss) per diluted share in the previous discussion are attributable to Universal Corporation and exclude earnings related to non-controlling interests in subsidiaries. Adjusted operating income (loss), adjusted net income (loss) attributable to Universal Corporation, adjusted diluted earnings (loss) per share, and the total for segment operating income (loss) referred to in this discussion are non-GAAP financial measures. These measures are not financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP and should not be considered as substitutes for operating income (loss), net income (loss) attributable to Universal Corporation, diluted earnings (loss) per share, cash from operating activities or any other operating or financial performance measure calculated in accordance with GAAP, and may not be comparable to similarly-titled measures reported by other companies. A reconciliation of adjusted operating income (loss) to consolidated operating (income), adjusted net income (loss) attributable to Universal Corporation to consolidated net income (loss) attributable to Universal Corporation and adjusted diluted earnings (loss) per share to diluted earnings (loss) per share are provided in Other Items above. In addition, we have provided a reconciliation of the total for segment operating income (loss) to consolidated operating income (loss) in Note 3 "Segment Information" to the consolidated financial statements. Management evaluates the consolidated Company and segment performance excluding certain significant charges or credits. We believe these non-GAAP financial measures, which exclude items that we believe are not indicative of our core operating results, provide investors with important information that is useful in understanding our business results and trends.

This release 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 financial condition, results of operation, and future business plans, operations, opportunities, and prospects for its performance are forward-looking statements based upon management's current knowledge and assumptions about future events, and involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results, performance, or achievements to be materially different from any anticipated results, prospects, performance, or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, impacts of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic; success in pursuing strategic investments or acquisitions and integration of new businesses and the impact of these new businesses on future results; product purchased not meeting quality and quantity requirements; reliance on a few large customers; its ability to maintain effective information technology systems and safeguard confidential information; 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 and other stakeholder expectations; product taxation; industry consolidation and evolution; changes in exchange rates and interest rates; impacts of regulation and litigation on its customers; industry-specific risks related to its plant-based ingredient businesses; exposure to certain regulatory and financial risks related to climate change; changes in estimates and assumptions underlying its critical accounting policies; the promulgation and adoption of new accounting standards, new government regulations and interpretation of existing standards and regulations; 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, 2020, 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 years ended March 31, 2020 and March 31, 2021, which is expected to be filed later this week. The Company cautions investors not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements as these statements speak only as of the date when made, and it undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements made.

At 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) on May 26, 2021, 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 26, 2021. A taped replay of the call will be available through June 9, 2021, by dialing (855) 859-2056. The confirmation number to access the replay is 7935248.

Universal Corporation (NYSE: UVV), headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, is a global business-to-business agri-products supplier to consumer product manufacturers, operating in over 30 countries on five continents, that sources and processes leaf tobacco and plant-based ingredients. Tobacco has been the Company's principal focus since its founding in 1918, and Universal is the leading global leaf tobacco supplier. Through the Company's plant-based ingredients platform, it provides a variety of value-added manufacturing processes to produce high-quality, specialty vegetable- and fruit-based ingredients for the food and beverage end markets. Universal has been finding innovative solutions to serve its customers and meet their agri-product needs for more than 100 years. The Company's revenues for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2021, were $2.0 billion. Visit www.universalcorp.com for more information on Universal Corporation and the latest Company news.

 




























 

UNIVERSAL CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

(in thousands of dollars, except per share data)

 








Three Months Ended March 31,


Fiscal Year Ended March 31,



2021


2020


2021


2020



(Unaudited)


(Unaudited)

Sales and other operating revenues


$

617,590



$

632,094



$

1,983,357



$

1,909,979


Costs and expenses









Cost of goods sold


493,610



522,934



1,597,354



1,553,167


Selling, general and administrative expenses


58,637



70,078



219,789



222,902


Other income






(4,173)




Restructuring and impairment costs


2,598



7,543



22,577



7,543











Operating income


62,745



31,539



147,810



126,367


Equity in pretax earnings of unconsolidated affiliates


896



1,930



2,985



4,211


Other non-operating income (expense)


(432)



(907)



(440)



986


Interest income


63



169



325



1,581


Interest expense


5,814



5,493



24,954



19,854


Income before income taxes


57,458



27,238



125,726



113,291


Income taxes


16,734



9,195



29,412



35,288


Net income


40,724



18,043



96,314



78,003


Less: net income attributable to noncontrolling interests in subsidiaries


(1,363)



(2,478)



(8,904)



(6,323)


Net income attributable to Universal Corporation


$

39,361



$

15,565



$

87,410



$

71,680











Earnings per share:









Basic


$

1.59



$

0.63



$

3.55



$

2.87


Diluted


$

1.58



$

0.63



$

3.53



$

2.86



See accompanying notes.

 


















 

UNIVERSAL CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(in thousands of dollars)

 



















March 31,




2021




2020








ASSETS







Current assets







Cash and cash equivalents


$

197,221





$

107,430


Accounts receivable, net


367,482





340,711


Advances to suppliers, net


121,618





133,778


Accounts receivable—unconsolidated affiliates


584





11,483


Inventories—at lower of cost or net realizable value:







Tobacco


640,653





707,298


Other


145,965





99,275


Prepaid income taxes


15,029





12,144









Other current assets


66,806





67,498


Total current assets


1,555,358





1,479,617









Property, plant and equipment







Land


22,400





21,376


Buildings


284,430





256,488


Machinery and equipment


658,826





634,395




965,656





912,259


Less accumulated depreciation


(616,146)





(597,106)




349,510





315,153


Other assets







Operating lease right-of-use assets


31,230





39,256


Goodwill, net


173,051





126,826


Other intangibles, net


72,304





17,861


Investments in unconsolidated affiliates


84,218





77,543


Deferred income taxes


12,149





20,954


Pension asset


11,950






Other noncurrent assets


52,154





43,711




437,056





326,151









Total assets


$

2,341,924





$

2,120,921



See accompanying notes.




















 

UNIVERSAL CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(in thousands of dollars)
































March 31,



2021




2020








LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY







Current liabilities







Notes payable and overdrafts


$

101,294





$

78,033


Accounts payable and accrued expenses


139,484





140,202


Accounts payable—unconsolidated affiliates


1,282





55


Customer advances and deposits


8,765





10,242


Accrued compensation


29,918





23,710


Income taxes payable


4,516





5,334


Current portion of operating lease liabilities


7,898





9,823


Current portion of long-term debt







Total current liabilities


293,157





267,399









Long-term debt


518,172





368,764


Pensions and other postretirement benefits


57,637





70,680


Long-term operating lease liabilities


19,725





25,893


Other long-term liabilities


59,814





69,427


Deferred income taxes


44,994





29,474


Total liabilities


993,499





831,637









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, 24,514,867 shares issued
and outstanding (24,421,835 at March 31, 2020)


326,673





321,502


Retained earnings


1,087,663





1,076,760


Accumulated other comprehensive loss


(107,037)





(151,597)


Total Universal Corporation shareholders' equity


1,307,299





1,246,665


Noncontrolling interests in subsidiaries


41,126





42,619


Total shareholders' equity


1,348,425





1,289,284









Total liabilities and shareholders' equity


$

2,341,924





$

2,120,921



See accompanying notes.

 
















 

UNIVERSAL CORPORATION     

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(in thousands of dollars)

 




Fiscal Year Ended March 31,



2021


2020




CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:





Net income


$

96,314



$

78,003


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





Depreciation and amortization


44,733



38,379







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


5,534



937


Inventory write-downs


13,463



10,319


Stock-based compensation expense


6,106



5,631


Foreign currency remeasurement loss (gain), net


(8,475)



16,422


Foreign currency exchange contracts


(1,567)



499


Deferred income taxes


(2,335)



(8,697)


Equity in net income of unconsolidated affiliates, net of dividends


(296)



1,101


Restructuring and impairment costs


22,577



7,543


Restructuring payments


(8,283)



(2,787)


Change in estimated fair value of contingent consideration for FruitSmart acquisition


(4,173)




Other, net


(1,373)



(9,271)


Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net:


58,189



(127,182)


  Net cash provided by operating activities


220,414



10,897







Cash Flows From Investing Activities:





Purchase of property, plant and equipment


(66,154)



(35,227)


Purchase of business, net of cash held by the business


(161,751)



(80,180)


Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment


11,436



8,547


Other


(800)



495


  Net cash used by investing activities


(217,269)



(106,365)







Cash Flows From Financing Activities:





Issuance (repayment) of short-term debt, net


29,396



24,114


Issuance of long-term debt


150,000




Dividends paid to noncontrolling interests in subsidiaries


(10,881)



(6,251)


Repurchase of common stock




(33,457)


Dividends paid on common stock


(75,177)



(75,368)


Debt issuance costs and other


(1,949)



(3,184)


  Net cash provided/(used) by financing activities


91,389



(94,146)







Effect of exchange rate changes on cash


1,257



(512)


Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents


95,791



(190,126)


Cash, restricted cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year


107,430



297,556


Cash, Restricted Cash and Cash Equivalents at End of Year


$

203,221



$

107,430







Supplemental Information:





Cash and cash equivalents


$

197,221



$

107,430


Restricted cash (Other noncurrent assets)


6,000




Total cash, restricted cash and cash equivalents


$

203,221



$

107,430



See accompanying notes.

 

NOTE 1. BASIS OF PRESENTATION

Universal Corporation, with its subsidiaries ("Universal" or the "Company"), is a global business-to-business agri-products supplier to consumer product manufacturers. The Company is the leading global leaf tobacco supplier and provides high-quality plant-based ingredients to food and beverage end markets. 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, 2020.

NOTE 2.   EARNINGS PER SHARE

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






























Three Months Ended March 31,


Fiscal Year Ended March 31,

(in thousands, except per share data)


2021


2020


2021


2020










Basic Earnings Per Share









Numerator for basic earnings per share









Net income attributable to Universal Corporation


$

39,361



$

15,565



$

87,410



$

71,680











Denominator for basic earnings per share









Weighted average shares outstanding


24,685,343



24,751,819



24,656,009



24,982,259











 Basic earnings per share


$

1.59



$

0.63



$

3.55



$

2.87











Diluted Earnings Per Share









Numerator for diluted earnings per share









Net income attributable to Universal Corporation


$

39,361



$

15,565



$

87,410



$

71,680











Denominator for diluted earnings per share:









Weighted average shares outstanding


24,685,343



24,751,819



24,656,009



24,982,259


Effect of dilutive securities









 Employee and outside director share-based awards


175,935



136,392



132,557



124,092


Denominator for diluted earnings per share


24,861,278



24,888,211



24,788,566



25,106,351











Diluted earnings per share


$

1.58



$

0.63



$

3.53



$

2.86


 

NOTE 3. SEGMENT INFORMATION

As a result of recent acquisitions of plant-based ingredients companies in fiscal year 2020 and 2021, during the fiscal year ended March 31, 2021 management evaluated the Company's global business activities, including product and service offerings to its customers, as well as senior management's operational and financial responsibilities. This assessment included an analysis of how its chief operating decision maker measures business performance and allocates resources. As a result of this analysis, senior management determined the Company conducts operations across two reportable operating segments, Tobacco Operations and Ingredients Operations.

Universal incurs overhead expenses related to senior management, sales, finance, legal, and other functions that are centralized at its corporate headquarters, as well as functions performed at several sales and administrative offices around the world. These overhead expenses are currently allocated to the reportable operating segments, generally on the basis of volumes planned to be purchased and/or processed. Management believes this method of allocation is currently representative of the value of the related services provided to the operating segments. The Company currently evaluates the performance of its segments based on operating income 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)


2021


2020


2021


2020










SALES AND OTHER OPERATING REVENUES


















Tobacco Operations


$

562,993



$

612,231



$

1,841,837



$

1,887,084


Ingredients Operations


54,597



19,863



141,520



22,895


Consolidated sales and other operating revenues


$

617,590



$

632,094



$

1,983,357



$

1,909,979











OPERATING INCOME


















Tobacco Operations


$

61,174



$

45,069



$

168,832



$

146,637


Ingredients Operations


5,065



(4,057)



367



(8,516)


Subtotal


66,239



41,012



169,199



138,121


Deduct: Equity in pretax earnings of unconsolidated affiliates (1) 


(896)



(1,930)



(2,985)



(4,211)


Restructuring and impairment costs (2) 


(2,598)



(7,543)



(22,577)



(7,543)











Add: Other income (3) 






4,173




Consolidated operating income


$

62,745



$

31,539



$

147,810



$

126,367


 

(1) 

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

(2) 

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

(3) 

Other income represents the reversal of a portion of the contingent consideration liability associated with the acquisition of FruitSmart.

 

NOTE 4. RESTRUCTURING AND IMPAIRMENT COSTS

During the fiscal years ended March 31, 2021 and 2020 Universal recorded restructuring and impairment costs related to business changes and various initiatives to adjust certain operations and reduce costs.

Fiscal Year Ended March 31, 2021

Tobacco Operations

In fiscal year 2021, the Company incurred $4.4 million of termination and impairment costs associated with restructuring of tobacco buying and administrative operations in Africa, $1.2 million of combined termination costs in other regions, and a $0.9 million charge for the liquidation of an idled service entity in Tanzania. Total restructuring and impairments costs related to the Tobacco Operations segment were $6.5 million for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2021.

Ingredients Operations

In fiscal year 2021, the Company committed to a plan to wind-down its subsidiary, Carolina Innovative Food Ingredients, Inc. ("CIFI"), a sweet potato processing operation located in Nashville, North Carolina. The CIFI operation was a start-up project initially undertaken by the Company in fiscal year 2015. The decision to wind down CIFI is consistent with the Company's capital allocation strategy to focus on delivering shareholder value through building and enhancing a plant-based ingredients platform, which includes integrating and exploring the synergies of recently acquired businesses, FruitSmart and Silva. The Company determined that CIFI was not a strategic fit for the platform's long-term objectives. CIFI's single-product focused processing facility and ongoing international pricing pressures, among other factors, created challenges that proved insurmountable. Sales of existing inventory and certain administrative activities at CIFI will continue into fiscal year 2022, but no manufacturing occurred subsequent to December 31, 2020. As a result of the decision to wind down the CIFI operations, the Company incurred termination costs totaling approximately $0.6 million for employees whose permanent positions were eliminated. In addition to the termination costs, the Company recognized various other costs associated with the wind-down of the CIFI facility. These costs include impairments of property, plant, and equipment (including the factory building), as well as inventory and supply write-downs. The total restructuring and impairment charge incurred for the CIFI wind-down was $16.1 million for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2021.

Fiscal Year Ended March 31, 2020

Tobacco Operations

In fiscal year 2020, the Company recorded restructuring and impairment costs totaling $7.5 million, primarily related to $3.4 million of employee termination benefits for a voluntary workforce reduction at the Company's tobacco facilities in North Carolina, $1.8 million of employee termination benefits for the Company's operations in Africa, and a $2.2 million impairment charge for machinery used by the Company's operations in Africa. Restructuring and impairment costs were also incurred in connection with downsizing efforts at several other locations around the Company.

A summary of the restructuring and impairment costs incurred during the fiscal years ended March 31, 2021, and 2020 is as follows:




















Fiscal Years Ended
March 31,









2021


2020



Restructuring Costs:







   Employee termination benefits


$

5,237



$

5,356




   Other restructuring costs


3,468








8,705



5,356




Impairment Costs:







   Property, plant, and equipment and other noncurrent assets


13,872



2,187













$

13,872



$

2,187




     Total restructuring and impairment costs


$

22,577



$

7,543

























 

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