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Universal Corporation Reports First Quarter Results

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Universal Corporation Reports First Quarter Results

14:15 EDT Tuesday, August 06, 2013

RICHMOND, Va., Aug. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

HIGHLIGHTS

Non-recurring pretax gain from excise tax case of $81.6 million.Diluted earnings per share increased $1.24, to $2.05. Net income up $35.2 million, to $58.3 million. Lower carryover shipments reduced operating results.Segment operating income decreased by $37.8 million, to $6.4 million.Revenues down $27.9 million, to $433.5 million.

George C. Freeman, III, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Universal Corporation (NYSE: UVV), announced that net income for the first quarter of fiscal year 2014, which ended on June 30, 2013, was $58.3 million, or $2.05 per diluted share. Those results 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 by the Company's operating subsidiary in Brazil related to previous years' excise tax credits. Excluding that non-recurring gain, which is discussed further below, first quarter net income decreased $17.9 million compared to the same period last year, when net income was $23.1 million, or $0.81 per diluted share. As expected, carryover shipments of tobacco were considerably lower in the first quarter of this fiscal year as shipments of the smaller crops grown in fiscal year 2013 were substantially completed by March 31, 2013. Conversely, last year's first quarter results benefited significantly from carryover shipments of large African crops. Segment operating results, which exclude unusual items, declined by $37.8 million, reflecting the reduced carryover shipments of African tobaccos this year and unfavorable currency remeasurement and exchange comparisons in the Company's Other Regions segment. Those results were partially offset by improved performance in the Company's North America and Other Tobacco Operations segments. Revenues for the first quarter of fiscal year 2014 of $433.5 million were down $27.9 million on a combination of the lower volumes at higher average prices.

The $81.6 million gain resulted from the favorable conclusion during the quarter of a longstanding lawsuit challenging the Brazilian government's denial of the Company's rights to claim certain excise tax credits generated in previous years. The outcome of the case entitles the Company to the previously denied excise tax credits, as well as additional credits for interest from the dates the tax credits should have been available (approximately $104 million at the June 30, 2013 exchange rate). All avenues of appeal by either party have been exhausted, and the Company is now permitted to utilize the total amount of the credits to offset future federal tax obligations for a period of up to five years. The amount of the gain, which is reported in Other Income, reflects the Company's current estimate of the actual tax credits that are likely to be realized in current and future periods, after deducting attorneys' fees and credits used to satisfy certain federal taxes due immediately on the interest portion of the award.

Mr. Freeman stated, "Our results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2014 benefited from the favorable outcome of a Brazilian tax case. The related gain that we recorded in this quarter increased diluted earnings per share by $1.98, although the cash flow benefits are expected to be realized across current and future fiscal years. However, as we indicated last quarter, sales volumes in the first quarter of fiscal year 2014 were substantially lower than in the first quarter of the prior year due to the unusually low level of carryover shipments, which reduced our operating results for the quarter ended June 30, 2013. As the larger South American and African current year crops shipments ramp up in the second and third quarters, our sales volumes will increase, although our uncommitted inventories remain at extremely low levels, limiting additional sales from that source. We are still expecting a reduction in overall volumes shipped during fiscal year 2014 compared to fiscal year 2013.

"We are also watching crop development as the seasons unfold, particularly in the United States where crop sizes have been negatively impacted by recent high levels of rainfall. Burley crop levels are down from earlier projections in some origins, exacerbating the undersupply conditions expected for that type of tobacco this year. In addition, global demand is strong, and we are seeing volatile green tobacco prices in Brazil that have disrupted markets and pressured margins there. Changes in shipment timing, crop sizes, and market pricing are not unusual in our business, and we still expect fiscal year 2014 to be a solid year.

"We remain committed to being a leader in our industry and continually evaluate opportunities to meet the evolving needs of our customers and our industry. To this end, we have announced today that one of our subsidiaries has formed a business with a premier botanical extraction company to produce liquid nicotine for use in electronic cigarettes. This new business is still in its initial stages, and it is too early to predict future results. The electronic cigarette industry is developing rapidly, and as a leader in leaf tobacco sourcing and agronomic research, we are pleased to bring our expertise to this dynamic market."

FLUE-CURED AND BURLEY LEAF TOBACCO OPERATIONS:Operating income for the Company's flue-cured and burley tobacco operations, which includes the North America and Other Regions segments, decreased by about $38.6 million, to an operating loss of $2.8 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2013, while revenues for those operations declined by about 9%, to $360.4 million, compared to the same quarter last year. In the Other Regions segment, operating income decreased by $40.0 million to an operating loss of $5.2 million primarily due to the absence of large carryover shipments of African crops which benefited results in the prior year. The lower carryover shipment volumes were partly offset by higher current crop shipments from the larger crops this year. The segment's results were also affected by margin pressures in South America from a rapid escalation of green leaf prices there. Selling, general, and administrative costs were up for the quarter, as net currency remeasurement and exchange losses, mostly in Africa and Asia, compared with gains last year. Revenues for the Other Regions segment fell by about 12% to $296.3 million on the African volume declines, mitigated somewhat by higher green leaf tobacco prices in most origins.

Operating income for the North America segment improved by $1.4 million in the quarter ended June 30, 2013, compared to last year's first quarter as a less favorable product mix in the United States was offset by higher volumes in Central America and lower factory overhead. Selling, general, and administrative costs for the North America segment were flat. Revenues for the segment increased by about 6% to $64.2 million on increased volumes and green leaf prices.

OTHER TOBACCO OPERATIONS:The Other Tobacco Operations segment operating income for the first fiscal quarter of $9.2 million was up 10% compared with the same period last year, on improved performance in the dark tobacco business. The dark tobacco earnings increase was driven mainly by a more favorable product mix despite slightly lower volumes. Results for the oriental joint venture declined for the first quarter on currency remeasurement losses, which outweighed benefits from higher sales. Revenues for this segment increased by about 15% to $73.1 million due to higher green tobacco prices and the more favorable product mix in the dark tobacco operations, as well as the timing of shipments of oriental tobaccos into the United States. Selling, general, and administrative costs for the segment were flat compared with the prior year.

OTHER ITEMS:Cost of goods sold decreased by about 2% to $362.1 million in the quarter, due to reduced volumes partially offset by higher overall leaf costs. Selling, general, and administrative costs for the first fiscal quarter increased by $17.4 million, with $12.5 million of this increase resulting from net currency remeasurement and exchange losses in the current fiscal year compared with gains in the previous year.

Interest expense was down $0.9 million reflecting lower average debt balances during the first quarter compared with last year. The effective income tax rate for the first fiscal quarter of 2014 was about 35% compared to 34% last year. Those rates approximate the 35% U.S. federal statutory rate.

Additional information

Amounts included in the previous discussion are attributable to Universal Corporation and exclude earnings related to non-controlling interests in subsidiaries.

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, 2013, 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, 2013.

At 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) on August 6, 2013, 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 5, 2013. A taped replay of the call will be available through August 20, 2013, by dialing (855) 859-2056. The confirmation number to access the replay is 27518030.

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, 2013, were $2.5 billion. For more information on Universal Corporation, visit its website at www.universalcorp.com.

 

UNIVERSAL CORPORATIONCONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME (in thousands of dollars, except per share data)

Three Months Ended June 30,

2013

2012

(Unaudited)

Sales and other operating revenues

$

433,528

$

461,391

Costs and expenses

Cost of goods sold

362,060

369,361

Selling, general and administrative expenses

66,619

49,203

Other income

(81,619)

--

Operating income

86,468

42,827

Equity in pretax earnings of unconsolidated affiliates

1,529

1,369

Interest income

261

157

Interest expense

5,306

6,170

Income before income taxes and other items

82,952

38,183

Income taxes

29,039

12,950

Net income

53,913

25,233

Less: net (income) loss attributable to noncontrolling interests in subsidiaries

4,396

(2,108)

Net income attributable to Universal Corporation

58,309

23,125

Dividends on Universal Corporation convertible perpetual preferred stock

(3,712)

(3,712)

Earnings available to Universal Corporation common shareholders

$

54,597

$

19,413

Earnings per share attributable to Universal Corporation common shareholders:

Basic

$

2.34

$

0.83

Diluted

$

2.05

$

0.81

See accompanying notes.

 

UNIVERSAL CORPORATIONCONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS(in thousands of dollars)

June 30,

June 30,

March 31,

2013

2012

2013

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

ASSETS

Current assets

Cash and cash equivalents

$

124,469

$

207,393

$

367,864

Accounts receivable, net

259,613

292,633

401,747

Advances to suppliers, net

64,721

78,260

132,100

Accounts receivable--unconsolidated affiliates

62,040

59,858

555

Inventories--at lower of cost or market:

Tobacco

1,078,040

962,347

623,377

Other

63,425

61,162

57,745

Prepaid income taxes

18,649

17,921

6,245

Deferred income taxes

37,494

51,967

32,127

Other current assets

126,202

65,610

124,213

Total current assets

1,834,653

1,797,151

1,745,973

Property, plant and equipment

Land

17,187

17,059

17,125

Buildings

235,506

228,191

234,694

Machinery and equipment

553,752

539,310

545,478

806,445

784,560

797,297

Less: accumulated depreciation

(519,103)

(486,925)

(509,829)

287,342

297,635

287,468

Other assets

Goodwill and other intangibles

99,738

99,211

99,048

Investments in unconsolidated affiliates

96,992

89,189

94,405

Deferred income taxes

29,482

21,219

23,783

Other noncurrent assets

88,443

50,097

55,478

314,655

259,716

272,714

Total assets

$

2,436,650

$

2,354,502

$

2,306,155

See accompanying notes.

 

UNIVERSAL CORPORATIONCONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS(in thousands of dollars)

June 30,

June 30,

March 31,

2013

2012

2013

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

  LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY 

Current liabilities

Notes payable and overdrafts

$

133,109

$

149,855

$

105,318

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

275,677

207,526

225,648

Accounts payable--unconsolidated affiliates

21

54

4,739

Customer advances and deposits

64,071

69,371

24,914

Accrued compensation

29,627

29,843

36,694

Income taxes payable

18,965

17,459

14,034

Current portion of long-term obligations

212,500

17,500

211,250

  Total current liabilities

733,970

491,608

622,597

Long-term obligations

177,500

390,000

181,250

Pensions and other postretirement benefits

132,331

140,820

135,629

Other long-term liabilities

36,261

85,454

36,838

Deferred income taxes

42,083

40,200

42,184

  Total liabilities

1,122,145

1,148,082

1,018,498

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, 2012 and March 31, 2013)

213,023

213,023

213,023

Common stock, no par value, 100,000,000 shares authorized, 23,192,039 shares issued and outstanding (23,356,713 at June 30, 2012, and 23,343,973 at March 31, 2013)

201,557

196,410

202,579

Retained earnings

949,271

862,480

918,509

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(73,710)

(90,229)

(75,540)

  Total Universal Corporation shareholders' equity

1,290,141

1,181,684

1,258,571

Noncontrolling interests in subsidiaries

24,364

24,736

29,086

  Total shareholders' equity

1,314,505

1,206,420

1,287,657

  Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$

2,436,650

$

2,354,502

$

2,306,155

See accompanying notes.

 

UNIVERSAL CORPORATION CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (in thousands of dollars)

Three Months Ended June 30,

2013

2012

(Unaudited)

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:

Net income

$

53,913

$

25,233

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

Depreciation

10,587

10,803

Amortization

415

434

Provision for losses on advances and guaranteed loans to suppliers

2,946

1,459

Foreign currency remeasurement loss (gain), net

2,534

(8,790)

Equity in net loss (income) of unconsolidated affiliates, net of dividends

(1,014)

(1,237)

Gain on favorable outcome of excise tax case in Brazil

(81,619)

--

  Other, net

(11,717)

(2,258)

  Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net

(209,035)

(83,580)

Net cash used by operating activities

(232,990)

(57,936)

CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:

Purchase of property, plant and equipment

(10,368)

(8,726)

Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment

145

1,965

Net cash used by investing activities

(10,223)

(6,761)

CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:

Issuance (repayment) of short-term debt, net

31,739

26,958

Repayment of long-term obligations

(2,500)

(1,250)

Issuance of common stock

457

--

Repurchase of common stock

(14,145)

--

Dividends paid on convertible perpetual preferred stock

(3,712)

(3,712)

Dividends paid on common stock

(11,676)

(11,396)

Net cash provided by financing activities

163

10,600

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash

(345)

(209)

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

(243,395)

(54,306)

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year

367,864

261,699

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

$

124,469

$

207,393

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. 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, 2013.

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)

2013

2012

Basic Earnings Per Share

Numerator for basic earnings per share

Net income attributable to Universal Corporation

$

58,309

$

23,125

Less: Dividends on convertible perpetual preferred stock

(3,712)

(3,712)

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

$

54,597

$

19,413

 Denominator for basic earnings per share

Weighted average shares outstanding

23,317

23,297

 Basic earnings per share

$

2.34

$

0.83

Diluted Earnings Per Share

Numerator for diluted earnings per share

Earnings available to Universal Corporation common shareholders

$

54,597

$

19,413

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

3,712

3,712

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

$

58,309

$

23,125

Denominator for diluted earnings per share

Weighted average shares outstanding

23,317

23,297

Effect of dilutive securities (if conversion or exercise assumed)

  Convertible perpetual preferred stock

4,812

4,788

  Employee share-based awards

336

306

Denominator for diluted earnings per share

28,465

28,391

Diluted earnings per share

$

2.05

$

0.81

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)

2013

2012

SALES AND OTHER OPERATING REVENUES

Flue-cured and burley leaf tobacco operations:

  North America

$

64,151

$

60,486

  Other regions (1)

296,260

337,533

Subtotal

360,411

398,019

Other tobacco operations (2)

73,117

63,372

Consolidated sales and other operating revenues

$

433,528

$

461,391

OPERATING INCOME

Flue-cured and burley leaf tobacco operations:

  North America

$

2,355

$

978

  Other regions (1)

(5,184)

34,841

Subtotal

(2,829)

35,819

Other tobacco operations (2)

9,207

8,377

Segment operating income

6,378

44,196

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

(1,529)

(1,369)

  Add: Other income (4)

81,619

--

Consolidated operating income

$

86,468

$

42,827

(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)

Item is included in segment operating income, but is not included in consolidated operating income.

(4)

Item is not included in segment operating income, but is included in consolidated operating income.

SOURCE Universal Corporation

For further information: Candace C. Formacek, Phone: (804) 359-9311, Fax: (804) 254-3584, Email: investor@universalleaf.com

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