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SOURCE S&W Seed Company
FIVE POINTS, Calif., Feb. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- S&W Seed Company (Nasdaq: SANW) today announced financial results for its second quarter of fiscal 2014 ended December 31, 2013.
Second Quarter Overview:
Second quarter revenues were within management's range at $11.5 million, compared to $13.7 million in the comparable quarter of fiscal 2013;
Gross margins improved to 20.7% during the second quarter compared to 11.6% for the second quarter of the prior fiscal year, and also improved quarter over quarter from 18.6% in the first quarter of fiscal 2014;
3rd consecutive quarter of year-over-year improvement in gross margins;
Second quarter Adjusted EBITDA (see Table A) totaled $883,000, an improvement of $366,000 compared to the second quarter of last year;
Net income per basic and diluted share of $0.01 for the second quarter compared to $0.02 per basic and diluted share in the period a year ago
Quarterly Results For the second fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2013, S&W reported revenues of $11.5 million versus $13.7 million in the comparable period of the prior year. Revenues during the quarter were within the company's stated range and primarily driven by growth in Northern Africa and Mexico.
Gross margins improved to 20.7% during the second quarter compared to 11.6% in last year's second quarter. In the second quarter of last year, the company recorded a $0.3 million inventory valuation reserve for stevia due to the company's evaluation of its projected yields and agronomic practices. Gross margins improved for the third consecutive quarter as a result of success the company is achieving in trying to capture the most value possible for its seed inventory through a series of initiatives, including its optimization program.
Selling, general and administrative expenses ("SG&A") for the first quarter totaled $1,471,000 compared to $1,065,000 for the comparable period of the prior year, and decreased 8% from the $1,594,000 incurred in the most recent first quarter of fiscal 2014. The increase in SG&A expense versus the prior year was primarily due to the acquisition of SGI which closed on April 1, 2013 and therefore was not included in the second quarter results in the comparable period of the prior year. Non-cash stock-based compensation totaled $222,000 in the current quarter versus $99,000 in the comparable period in the prior year.
Net income for the second quarter of fiscal 2014 was $110,000, or $0.01 per basic and diluted common share, compared to net income of $147,000, or $0.02 per basic and diluted common share during the second quarter of last year.
Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP metric (see Table A), for the second quarter of fiscal 2014 improved to $883,000 compared to $516,000 in the second quarter of fiscal 2013.
Outlook Based upon the evaluation of information currently available to management, the company is narrowing its estimates of annual revenues to be in the range of $52 to $58 million as the company focuses its operations on improving gross margins, as well as a shift of anticipated shipments to the following year. Revenues for the third quarter of fiscal year 2014 are expected to be approximately $7 million.
Management Discussion Mark Grewal, president and chief executive officer of S&W Seed Company, commented, "We continue to focus on our strategy of improving gross margins, which resulted in our third consecutive quarter of gross margin improvement when compared to the year ago period. While we are pleased with the near term improvements, we are very focused on our long-term gross margin expansion initiatives by: increasing acreage of S&W varieties in Australia where the cost of production is lower than California; increasing our optimization program whereby we are creating unique proprietary blends and product offerings; converting fields in the Imperial Valley away from non-proprietary varieties to S&W's elite varieties; and continuing to communicate the value capture opportunity of our elite proprietary varieties."
Mr. Grewal expanded, "Revenues during the quarter were within the company's stated range and were driven by growth in Northern Africa and Mexico, offset by decreased sales to Saudi Arabia. We continue to evaluate the market conditions in Saudi Arabia, and believe that inventories are being diminished in the channel heading into the fall planting season. We will continue to be striving to obtain the most value for our seed possible and believe we are uniquely positioned with our seed inventories."
Matthew Szot, chief financial officer of S&W Seed Company, commented, "A number of the opportunities for growth and gross margin expansion are being made possible due to our recent strategic acquisitions. In particular, we believe that our strategy to move into Australia will be one that has the ability to dramatically transform the capabilities of S&W over the next number of years due to the decreased cost of production. We are already benefitting from the synergies of optimizing our group inventory, and look forward to the coming years as we increase our proprietary S&W seed production in Australia."
Mr. Grewal concluded, "My 30+ years of experience, and conversations with a number of folks in the industry, leads me to believe that we are appropriately positioned to take advantage of opportunities in the marketplace over the next number of quarters, but more importantly the next number of years. The fourth quarter of this year should be a record quarter for S&W due to the strength of our seed inventories heading into the all important fall planting period. Overall, we have assembled a great set of alfalfa seed assets and believe there is a great opportunity to expand upon them in the future with a strong development pipeline."
Conference Call S&W Seed Company has scheduled a conference call for today, Thursday, February 13, 2014, at 4:30pm ET (1:30pm PT) to review the results of its most recent quarter. Interested parties can access the conference call by dialing (877) 317-6789 or (412) 317-6789 or can listen via a live Internet webcast, which is available in the Investor Relations section of the Company's website at http://www.swseedco.com/investors. A teleconference replay of the call will be available for three days at (877) 344-7529 or (412) 317-0088, confirmation # 10040684. A webcast replay will be available in the Investor Relations section of the Company's website at http://www.swseedco.com/investors for 30 days.
Non-GAAP Measurements This press release includes certain financial information which constitutes "non-GAAP financial measures" as defined by the SEC. A full reconciliation of the non-GAAP measures to GAAP can be found in the tables of today's press release. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are supplemental to results presented under accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America ("GAAP") and may not be comparable to similarly titled measures presented by other companies. These non-GAAP measures are used by management to facilitate period-to-period comparisons and analysis of S&W's operating performance and liquidity. Management believes these non-GAAP measures are useful to investors in trending, analyzing and benchmarking the performance and value of S&W's business. These non-GAAP measures should be considered in addition to, but not as a substitute for, other similar measures reported in accordance with GAAP.
About S&W Seed Company Founded in 1980, S&W Seed Company is a global agricultural company, headquartered in the Central Valley of California. The company is the largest producer of non-dormant, alfalfa seed varieties in the world, with production operations in the San Joaquin and Imperial Valley's of California, as well as in Southern Australia. The company has worldwide sales and distribution through both a direct sales force as well as dealer-distributors. The company's proprietary varieties are designed to meet the shifting needs of farmers that require high performance in poor and highly saline soil conditions and have been verified over decades of university-sponsored trials. Additionally, the company is utilizing its research and breeding expertise to develop and produce U.S.-based stevia leaf. Stevia is an all-natural, zero calorie sweetener from the food and beverage industry. For more information, please visit www.swseedco.com.
Safe Harbor Statement This release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended and such forward-looking statements are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. "Forward-looking statements" describe future expectations, plans, results, or strategies and are generally preceded by words such as "may," "future," "plan" or "planned," "will" or "should," "expected," "anticipates," "draft," "eventually" or "projected." You are cautioned that such statements are subject to a multitude of risks and uncertainties that could cause future circumstances, events, or results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements, including the risks that actual results may differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements as a result of various factors and other risks identified in the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013, and in other filings made by the company with the Securities and Exchange Commission.