Universal Corporation Reports First Quarter Results

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RICHMOND, Va., Aug. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

HIGHLIGHTS

Revenues down 37%, to $271.5 million due to later timing of customer shipments
Fiscal year volumes expected to be comparable to prior year
Improved gross margin
Net income of $0.7 million
Segment operating income declined by $14.0 million

George C. Freeman, III, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Universal Corporation (UVV), announced that net income for the first quarter of fiscal year 2015, which ended on June 30, 2014, was $0.7 million, or a loss of $0.13 per diluted share. Those results were down from net income of $58.3 million, or $2.05 per diluted share for the first quarter of fiscal year 2014. Results for last year's first quarter included a gain of $81.6 million before tax ($53.1 million after tax, or $1.98 per diluted share), which resulted from the favorable outcome of litigation in Brazil related to excise tax credits. Excluding that non-recurring gain, first quarter net income was down $4.5 million compared to the same period last year. Results for the quarter ended June 30, 2014, also included an income tax benefit of $8.0 million (or $0.34 per diluted share) arising from a subsidiary's payment of a portion of a fine following the unsuccessful appeal of a long-running court case. Segment operating income declined by $14.0 million compared to the same period last year. Revenues for the first quarter of fiscal year 2015 of $271.5 million were down 37.4% on a combination of lower volumes due to later timing of receipt of shipment instructions from customers and lower average prices.

Mr. Freeman stated, "Our first quarter of fiscal year 2015 has been heavily influenced by lower volumes that are a result of typical oversupply market patterns, including a slow start in Brazil and later timing of customer orders and current crop shipments. In recent years, we have completed most of our shipments by the end of our fiscal year, reducing first quarter volumes from carryover crop shipments. Given this shift and the oversupply conditions, our reduced volumes in the first fiscal quarter were expected this year. A predominance of our shipments should occur in the second half of the fiscal year. Overall, customer orders are in line with our expectations, and based upon the current backlog of shipments, we anticipate that volumes for fiscal year 2015 will not be materially different from those of last year, barring any unexpected logistical challenges.

"Due to the current season's production oversupply, we continue to take a measured approach to the remainder of fiscal year 2015. Markets have been developing slowly in some origins as customers have been monitoring market conditions while evaluating their leaf needs and inventory durations, and shipping has been progressing at a slower pace than normal. At the same time, we have been very deliberate in our purchases, making reductions where possible, and we are working to minimize uncommitted inventories, which at the end of June 2014 were within our normal range. We are not seeing the market pricing volatility that depressed margins in South America last year, and green leaf prices have declined this year in most origins. Although it is very early, the current production outlook for next year's crops indicates that leaf production will also decline, consistent with market correction patterns."

FLUE-CURED AND BURLEY LEAF TOBACCO OPERATIONS

OTHER REGIONS:

The Other Regions segment reported an operating loss of $10.6 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2014, driven by reduced shipment volumes in all regions, reflecting a decline of $5.4 million compared with the prior year's first quarter loss of $5.2 million. The lower volumes were mainly attributable to a slower pace of customer orders and delivery of shipping instructions typical in a market oversupply situation. In Brazil, the impact from the volume reduction was somewhat mitigated by an improved mix and better margins from a return to orderly green leaf purchase markets compared with the volatile situation there last year that pressured margins. In Africa, the normally low first quarter volumes were further reduced by delayed shipment timing, compared with the prior year. In Asia, volume declines from delayed shipments were more than offset by benefits from favorable currency remeasurement and exchange comparisons. Selling, general, and administrative costs for this segment were down for the quarter, as foreign currency remeasurement and exchange improvements, mostly in Asia and South America, and lower supplier provisions, were partly offset by a large value-added tax valuation allowance in South America. Revenues for the Other Regions segment of $197.6 million were down by about 33% compared to the same period last year, on reduced volumes and slightly lower green leaf tobacco prices.

NORTH AMERICA:

Operating income for the North America segment was down $0.7 million in the quarter ended June 30, 2014, compared to last year's first quarter, as lower volumes from carryover crop sales due to delayed shipment timing were partly offset by better margins. Selling, general, and administrative costs for the North America segment were flat. Revenues for this segment decreased by $32.5 million to $31.7 million on those lower volumes.

OTHER TOBACCO OPERATIONS

The Other Tobacco Operations segment operating income for the first quarter of fiscal year 2015 of $1.3 million was down by $7.9 million compared with the same period last year. The decline was attributable mainly to the dark tobacco operations, on reduced volumes from a lower quality Indonesian wrapper crop compared with the prior year. Results for the oriental joint venture were affected by lower volumes as well, due to shipment timing, but those effects were mitigated by the beneficial currency remeasurement and exchange impact from the relative strengthening of the Turkish lira compared with the same period last year. Revenues for this segment decreased by about 42% to $42.2 million primarily due to the volume declines in the dark tobacco business, partly offset by higher green tobacco prices. Selling, general, and administrative costs for the segment were flat compared with the prior year quarter.

OTHER ITEMS

Cost of goods sold decreased by about 40% to $215.9 million in the quarter ended June 30, 2014, compared with the same period last year, mainly attributable to the reduced volumes and slightly lower green leaf costs. Selling, general, and administrative costs for the first fiscal quarter declined by $2.8 million on a combination of foreign currency remeasurement and exchange gains compared with losses in the prior year, lower provisions for suppliers, offset by higher accruals for value-added tax reserves.

Interest expense of $4.0 million was down $1.3 million, reflecting lower average debt balances and interest rates during the first fiscal quarter compared with the prior year.

Income taxes for the first quarter of fiscal year 2015 were impacted by a non-recurring benefit of $8.0 million arising from the partial payment of the European Commission fine by our Italian subsidiary in June. Excluding that item, the consolidated income tax rate for the quarter was approximately 35%, which was comparable to the effective rate in last year's first fiscal quarter and to the statutory federal U.S. tax rate.

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 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, operating income, 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 to consolidated operating income is 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 these 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; product taxation; industry consolidation and evolution; 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, 2014, 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, 2014.

At 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) on August 7, 2014, 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 6, 2014. A taped replay of the call will be available through August 20, 2014, by dialing (855) 859-2056. The confirmation number to access the replay is 76784375.

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, 2014, were $2.5 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,




2014


2013




(Unaudited)


Sales and other operating revenues


$

271,472



$

433,528



Costs and expenses






Cost of goods sold


215,932



362,060



Selling, general and administrative expenses


63,777



66,619



Other income


--



(81,619)



Operating income (loss)


(8,237)



86,468



Equity in pretax earnings of unconsolidated affiliates


601



1,529



Interest income


143



261



Interest expense


4,020



5,306



Income (loss) before income taxes


(11,513)



82,952



Income tax expense (benefit)


(12,038)



29,039



Net income


525



53,913



Less: net loss attributable to noncontrolling interests in subsidiaries


192



4,396



Net income attributable to Universal Corporation


717



58,309



Dividends on Universal Corporation convertible perpetual preferred stock


(3,712)



(3,712)



Earnings (loss) available to Universal Corporation common shareholders


$

(2,995)



$

54,597









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






 Basic


$

(0.13)



$

2.34



 Diluted


$

(0.13)



$

2.05




See accompanying notes.

 


UNIVERSAL CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(in thousands of dollars)
















June 30,


June 30,


March 31,



2014


2013


2014



(Unaudited)


(Unaudited)



ASSETS







Current assets







Cash and cash equivalents


$

148,457



$

124,469



$

163,532


Accounts receivable, net


238,900



259,613



468,015


Advances to suppliers, net


77,273



64,721



134,621


Accounts receivable-unconsolidated affiliates


82,196



62,040



7,375


Inventories-at lower of cost or market:










Tobacco


1,047,613



1,078,040



639,812


Other


83,484



63,425



67,219


Prepaid income taxes


30,688



18,649



27,866


Deferred income taxes


20,431



37,494



22,052


Other current assets


78,186



126,202



142,755


Total current assets


1,807,228



1,834,653



1,673,247









Property, plant and equipment







Land


17,239



17,187



17,275


Buildings


241,909



235,506



239,913


Machinery and equipment


574,178



553,752



562,597




833,326



806,445



819,785


Less: accumulated depreciation


(528,596)



(519,103)



(523,239)




304,730



287,342



296,546


Other assets







Goodwill and other intangibles


99,429



99,738



99,453


Investments in unconsolidated affiliates


94,802



96,992



95,305


Deferred income taxes


18,616



29,482



14,562


Other noncurrent assets


76,599



88,443



91,794




289,446



314,655



301,114









Total assets


$

2,401,404



$

2,436,650



$

2,270,907



See accompanying notes.

 


UNIVERSAL CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(in thousands of dollars)
















June 30,


June 30,


March 31,



2014


2013


2014



(Unaudited)


(Unaudited)



LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY







Current liabilities







Notes payable and overdrafts


$

205,370



$

133,109



$

62,905


Accounts payable and accrued expenses


198,085



275,677



212,422


Accounts payable-unconsolidated affiliates


42



21



65


Customer advances and deposits


61,147



64,071



15,869


Accrued compensation


26,213



29,627



31,772


Income taxes payable


12,072



18,965



15,694


Current portion of long-term obligations


117,500



212,500



116,250


Total current liabilities


620,429



733,970



454,977









Long-term obligations


235,000



177,500



240,000


Pensions and other postretirement benefits


82,759



132,331



85,081


Other long-term liabilities


36,279



36,261



34,457


Deferred income taxes


36,346



42,083



45,500


Total liabilities


1,010,813



1,122,145



860,015









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, 219,999
    shares issued and outstanding (219,999 at June 30,2013
    and March 31, 2014)


213,023



213,023



213,023


Common stock, no par value, 100,000,000 shares authorized,
     23,169,976 shares issued and outstanding (23,192,039 at
     June 30, 2013 and 23,216,312 at March 31, 2014)


206,538



201,557



206,446


Retained earnings


972,068



949,271



993,093


Accumulated other comprehensive loss


(33,752)



(73,710)



(34,332)


Total Universal Corporation shareholders' equity


1,357,877



1,290,141



1,378,230


Noncontrolling interests in subsidiaries


32,714



24,364



32,662


Total shareholders' equity


1,390,591



1,314,505



1,410,892









Total liabilities and shareholders' equity


$

2,401,404



$

2,436,650



$

2,270,907



See accompanying notes.

 

UNIVERSAL CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(in thousands of dollars)












Three Months Ended June 30,



2014


2013




CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:





Net income


$

525



$

53,913


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







Depreciation


8,653



10,587


Amortization


409



415


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


(516)



2,946


Foreign currency remeasurement loss (gain), net


(1,283)



2,534


 Gain on favorable outcome of excise tax case in Brazil


--



(81,619)


  Other, net


(4,395)



(12,731)


  Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net


(118,286)



(209,035)


 Net cash (used) provided by operating activities


(114,893)



(232,990)












Purchase of property, plant and equipment


(16,808)



(10,368)


Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment


393



145


Net cash used by investing activities


(16,415)



(10,223)







CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:





Issuance (repayment) of short-term debt, net


142,489



31,739


Repayment of long-term obligations


(3,750)



(2,500)


Issuance of common stock


187



457


Repurchase of common stock


(7,202)



(14,145)


Dividends paid on convertible perpetual preferred stock


(3,712)



(3,712)


Dividends paid on common stock


(11,844)



(11,676)


Net cash used by financing activities


116,168



163







Effect of exchange rate changes on cash


65



(345)


Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents


(15,075)



(243,395)


Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year


163,532



367,864


Cash and cash equivalents at end of period


$

148,457



$

124,469



See accompanying notes.

 

NOTE 1. BASIS OF PRESENTATION

Universal Corporation, with its subsidiaries ("Universal" or the "Company"), is the leading global leaf tobacco merchant and processor. 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. 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, 2014.

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 per share data)


2014


2013








Basic Earnings Per Share






Numerator for basic earnings (loss) per share






Net income attributable to Universal Corporation


$

717



$

58,309



Less: Dividends on convertible perpetual preferred stock


(3,712)



(3,712)



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


$

(2,995)



$

54,597









Denominator for basic earnings (loss) per share






Weighted average shares outstanding


23,223,343



23,316,764









 Basic earnings (loss) per share


$

(0.13)



$

2.34









Diluted Earnings Per Share






Numerator for diluted earnings (loss) per share






Earnings (loss) available to Universal Corporation common shareholders


$

(2,995)



$

54,597



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


--



3,712



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


$

(2,995)



$

58,309









Denominator for diluted earnings (loss) per share






Weighted average shares outstanding


23,223,343



23,316,764



Effect of dilutive securities (if conversion or exercise assumed)






Convertible perpetual preferred stock


--



4,812,279



Employee share-based awards


--



336,311



Denominator for diluted earnings (loss) per share


23,223,343



28,465,354









Diluted earnings (loss) per share


$

(0.13)



$

2.05



 

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, 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)


2014


2013






SALES AND OTHER OPERATING REVENUES





Flue-cured and burley leaf tobacco operations:





  North America


$

31,698



$

64,151


  Other regions (1)


197,572



296,260


    Subtotal


229,270



360,411


Other tobacco operations (2)


42,202



73,117


Consolidated sales and other operating revenues


$

271,472



$

433,528







OPERATING INCOME (LOSS)





Flue-cured and burley leaf tobacco operations:





  North America


$

1,679



$

2,355


  Other regions (1)


(10,575)



(5,184)


    Subtotal


(8,896)



(2,829)


Other tobacco operations (2)


1,260



9,207


Segment operating income (loss)


(7,636)



6,378


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


(601)



(1,529)


  Add: Other income (4)


--



81,619


Consolidated operating income (loss)


$

(8,237)



$

86,468




(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 of an 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)

Other income represents the gain on the favorable outcome of the IPI tax credit case in Brazil. This item is excluded from segment operating income, but is included in consolidated operating income in the consolidated statements of income and comprehensive income.

 

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