AgroFresh Solutions Reports Results for Second Quarter and First Half of 2019

  • Net sales increased 15% to $21.2 million in the second quarter of 2019 and increased 6% to $60.1 million in the first half of 2019 versus the prior year periods.
  • Year to date 2019 selling, general and administrative expense was flat versus the prior year period, and decreased 7% versus the prior year period when excluding nonrecurring items related to litigation, severance and M&A.
  • Net loss of $22.3 million for the second quarter of 2019; compared to net loss of $18.4 million for the second quarter of 2018. Excluding the $2.5 million loss on foreign currency exchange in the second quarter of 2019 and the $3.3 million gain in the prior year period, net loss on a year over year basis improved 9% for the second quarter.
  • Adjusted EBITDA(1) improved $1.9 million from the prior year period to $(1.4) million in the second quarter and increased 41% in the first half of 2019.

PHILADELPHIA--()--AgroFresh Solutions, Inc. ("AgroFresh" or the "Company") (Nasdaq: AGFS), a global leader in produce freshness solutions, today announced its financial results for the second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2019.

“Our second quarter marked the conclusion of a strong southern hemisphere season. We were able to generate a 15% increase in net sales for the second quarter, which was positively impacted by the delay in the southern hemisphere harvest that muted our first quarter growth of 1.5%. Net sales were driven by diversification initiatives to expand our Tecnidex platform, which grew 29% during the second quarter versus the prior year period due to targeted expansion into new southern hemisphere markets, and new sales of Harvista following regulatory approvals. We were pleased with the performance of SmartFresh, which experienced slight growth in spite of the smaller apple crop in the southern hemisphere versus the prior year,” commented Jordi Ferre, Chief Executive Officer. “Looking forward, we will accelerate our cost optimization measures in support of our broader efforts to demonstrate improved financial execution and enhance our ability to reduce debt. Notably, we anticipate a meaningful reduction in our non-recurring expenses, such as those related to litigation, with trial in our largest litigation matter scheduled for October. The resiliency of our business model is only enhanced by the greater diversification of our platform and we intend to leverage our new product pipeline to expand our presence in new and existing markets and drive organic growth.”

Financial Highlights for the Second Quarter of 2019

Net sales for the second quarter of 2019 increased 15%, to $21.2 million, compared to $18.4 million in the second quarter of 2018. Excluding the impact of foreign currency exchange, which reduced revenue by $0.5 million compared to the second quarter of 2018, revenue grew approximately 17%.

Within the Company’s core business, the increase in net sales was primarily driven by growth of Harvista in North America and Latin America, followed by growth of SmartFresh in Latin America due to a delayed harvest which shifted sales from the first quarter to the second. Tecnidex, the Company’s growing fungicides, waxes and coatings platform, realized 29% growth, with an emphasis in Europe. Additionally, the Company also experienced growth in its EthylBloc product and traction within its new FreshCloud analytics platform during the second quarter.

In the second quarter of 2019, gross profit increased 14.4% to $14.9 million compared to $13.0 million in the prior year period. Gross profit margin was 70.3% in the second quarter of 2019 versus 70.7% in the second quarter of 2018. The lower gross margin was primarily a function of sales mix shift with growth of Harvista and Tecnidex during the quarter.

Research and development costs were $3.3 million in the second quarter of 2019, compared to $3.7 million in the prior year period. This decrease was driven primarily by timing of projects.

Selling, general and administrative expenses were $16.1 million in the second quarter of 2019 as compared to $15.6 million in the prior year period. Included in selling, general and administrative expenses were $2.0 million in the current quarter and $0.9 million in the prior year quarter of costs associated with non-recurring items that included M&A and litigation along with severance. Excluding these items, selling general and administrative expenses decreased approximately 3.7% in the second quarter which reflects the Company's ongoing cost optimization initiatives.

Second quarter of 2019 net loss was $22.3 million, compared to net loss of $18.4 million in the prior year period. Excluding the $2.5 million loss on foreign currency exchange in the second quarter of 2019 and the $3.3 million gain in the prior year period, net loss on a year over year basis improved 9% for the second quarter.

Adjusted EBITDA(1) improved $1.9 million to $(1.4) million in the second quarter of 2019 as compared to $(3.3) million in the prior year period. The increase was driven by higher sales coupled with lower operating expenses, after adjusting for non-recurring items.

As of June 30, 2019, cash and cash equivalents were $35.9 million.

Financial Highlights for the First Half of 2019

Net sales for the first half of 2019 were $60.1 million, an increase of 6% versus the prior year period. Foreign currency exchange reduced revenue by $1.1 million for the first half of 2019; excluding this impact, revenue increased approximately 8%.

Gross profit margin was 70.7% for the year-to-date period, which compares to 71.4% in the year-ago period, which was in line with the Company’s expectation. The year over year change was a function of sales mix shift with growth of Harvista and Tecnidex.

Research and development expenses increased $0.4 million to $7.2 million in the first half of 2019 as a result of $0.5 million of severance costs associated with ongoing cost optimization initiatives.

Selling, general and administrative expenses were essentially flat at $32.0 million for the six months ended June 30. There were non-recurring costs associated with M&A, litigation and severance in the amount of $5.2 million in the current year and $3.0 million in the prior year period. Excluding these items, selling general and administrative expenses decreased approximately 7.4% over the same period last year driven by ongoing cost optimization initiatives.

Net loss was $34.9 million in the first half of 2019 as compared to net loss of $31.4 million in the same period prior year, primarily due to changes in foreign currency exchange. There was a negative impact on foreign exchange of $2.9 million in the first half of 2019 versus a gain of $5.2 million on foreign exchange in the prior year period.

Adjusted EBITDA(1) improved by $3.2 million, or 41%, to $11.1 million in the first half of 2019 as compared to the prior year period. The increase was driven by higher sales coupled with lower operating expenses, after adjusting for non-recurring items.

(1) Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure. Please see the information under “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” below for a description of Adjusted EBITDA and the table at the end of this press release for a reconciliation of this non-GAAP financial measure to GAAP results.

Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call and webcast where members of the executive management team will discuss these results with additional comments and details today, August 8, 2019 at 8:00 am E.T. The conference call and supplemental earnings presentation will be available live over the internet through the “Events & Presentations” page of the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website at www.agrofresh.com. To participate on the live call, listeners in the United States may dial 877-407-4018 and international listeners may dial 201-689-8471.

A replay of the conference call will be archived on the Company's website and telephonic playback will be available from 11:00 pm. ET, August 8, 2019 through August 22, 2019. Listeners in the United States may dial 844-512-2921 and international listeners may dial 412-317-6671. The passcode is 13691854.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release contains non-GAAP financial measures, including EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA. The Company believes these non-GAAP financial measures provide meaningful supplemental information as they are used by the Company's management to evaluate the Company's performance, including incentive bonuses and for bank covenant reporting. Management believes that these measures enhance a reader's understanding of the operating and financial performance of the Company and facilitate a better comparison between fiscal periods. EBITDA excludes income taxes, interest expense and depreciation and amortization, whereas Adjusted EBITDA further excludes items that are non-cash, infrequent, or non-recurring, such as share-based compensation, severance, litigation and M&A related costs, to provide further meaningful information for evaluation of the Company’s performance.

The Company does not intend for the non-GAAP financial measures contained in this release to be a substitute for any GAAP financial information. Readers of this press release should use these non-GAAP financial measures only in conjunction with the comparable GAAP financial measures. Reconciliations of the non-GAAP financial measures EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA to the most comparable GAAP measure are provided in the table at the end of this press release.

About AgroFresh

AgroFresh (Nasdaq: AGFS) is a leading global innovator and provider of science-based solutions, data-driven technologies and experience-backed services to enhance the quality and extend the shelf life of fresh produce. For more than 20 years, AgroFresh has been revolutionizing the apple industry and has launched new innovative solutions in a variety of fresh produce categories from bananas to cherries and citrus to pears. AgroFresh supports growers, packers and retailers by supplying post-harvest solutions across the industry that enhance crop values while conserving our planet’s resources and reducing global food waste.

Visit www.agrofresh.com to learn more.

™Trademark of AgroFresh Inc.

Forward-Looking Statements

In addition to historical information, this release may contain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, included in this release that address activities, events or developments that the Company expects or anticipates will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements and are identified with, but not limited to, words such as "anticipate", "believe", "expect", "estimate", "plan", "outlook", and "project" and other similar expressions (or the negative versions of such words or expressions). Forward-looking statements include, without limitation, information concerning the Company's possible or assumed future results of operations, including all statements regarding financial guidance, anticipated future growth, business strategies, competitive position, industry environment, potential growth opportunities and the effects of regulation. These statements are based on management's current expectations and beliefs, as well as a number of assumptions concerning future events. Such forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other important factors, many of which are outside the Company's management's control that could cause actual results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements. These risks include, without limitation, the risk of increased competition, the ability of the business to grow and manage growth profitably, risks associated with acquisitions and investments, changes in applicable laws or regulations, and the possibility that the Company may be adversely affected by other economic, business, and/or competitive factors. Additional risks and uncertainties are identified and discussed in the Company's filings with the SEC, which are available at the SEC's website at www.sec.gov.

 

AgroFresh Solutions, Inc.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Unaudited)
(In thousands, except share and per share data)

 

 

June 30,
2019

December 31,
2018

 

 

 

ASSETS

 

 

Current Assets:

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

$

35,866

$

34,852

Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $2,603 and $2,336,
respectively

49,054

67,942

Inventories

24,914

24,807

Other current assets

15,316

15,608

Total current assets

125,150

143,209

Property and equipment, net

14,453

13,289

Goodwill

6,322

6,670

Intangible assets, net

688,452

711,967

Deferred income tax assets

9,193

7,332

Other assets

23,218

16,820

TOTAL ASSETS

$

866,788

$

899,287

 

 

 

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

 

Current Liabilities:

 

 

Accounts payable

$

11,528

$

7,530

Current portion of long-term debt

5,860

6,419

Income taxes payable

4,331

4,815

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

41,646

45,340

Total current liabilities

63,365

64,104

Long-term debt

399,272

400,309

Other noncurrent liabilities

39,607

32,066

Deferred income tax liabilities

23,110

30,232

Total liabilities

525,354

526,711

 

 

 

Commitments and contingencies (see Note 19)

 

 

Stockholders’ equity:

 

 

Common stock, par value $0.0001; 400,000,000 shares authorized, 51,620,770 and
51,071,573 shares issued and 50,959,389 and 50,410,192 outstanding at June 30, 2019
and December 31, 2018, respectively

5

5

Preferred stock; par value $0.0001, 1 share authorized and outstanding

Treasury stock; par value $0.0001, 661,381 shares at June 30, 2019 and December 31,
2018, respectively

(3,885)

(3,885)

Additional paid-in capital

537,259

535,819

Accumulated deficit

(173,677)

(138,789)

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(26,473)

(28,837)

Total AgroFresh stockholders’ equity

333,229

364,313

Noncontrolling Interest

8,205

8,263

Total equity

341,434

372,576

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

$

866,788

$

899,287

 
 

AgroFresh Solutions, Inc.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(Unaudited)
(In thousands, except share and per share data)

 

 

Three Months Ended
June 30, 2019

Three Months Ended
June 30, 2018

Six Months Ended
June 30, 2019

Six Months Ended
June 30, 2018

Net sales

$

21,183

$

18,420

$

60,123

$

56,771

Cost of sales (excluding amortization of
intangibles, shown separately below)

6,289

5,402

17,624

16,248

Gross profit

14,894

13,018

42,499

40,523

Research and development expenses

3,257

3,733

7,154

6,802

Selling, general, and administrative expenses

16,148

15,609

32,046

31,920

Amortization of intangibles

11,766

11,402

23,382

22,341

Impairment of long lived assets

992

992

Change in fair value of contingent
consideration

167

98

357

236

Operating loss

(17,436)

(17,824)

(21,432)

(20,776)

Other (expense) income

(26)

538

(38)

608

(Loss) gain on foreign currency exchange

(2,519)

3,272

(2,938)

5,203

Interest expense, net

(8,670)

(8,763)

(17,415)

(17,118)

Loss before income taxes

(28,651)

(22,777)

(41,823)

(32,083)

Benefit for income taxes

(6,290)

(4,375)

(6,877)

(805)

Net loss including non-controlling interests

$

(22,361)

$

(18,402)

$

(34,946)

$

(31,278)

Less: Net (loss) income attributable to non-
controlling interests

(92)

(18)

(58)

73

Net loss attributable to AgroFresh Solutions, Inc

$

(22,269)

$

(18,384)

$

(34,888)

$

(31,351)

 

 

 

 

 

Net loss per share:

 

 

 

 

Basic

$

(0.45)

$

(0.37)

$

(0.70)

$

(0.63)

Diluted

$

(0.45)

$

(0.37)

$

(0.70)

$

(0.63)

Weighted average shares outstanding:

 

 

 

 

Basic

50,146,513

49,864,822

50,094,822

49,814,744

Diluted

50,146,513

49,864,822

50,094,822

49,814,744

 

Non-GAAP Measure

The following table sets forth the non-GAAP financial measures of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA. The Company believes these non-GAAP financial measures provide meaningful supplemental information as they are used by the Company’s management to evaluate the Company’s performance (including incentive bonuses and for bank covenant reporting), are more indicative of future operating performance of the Company, and facilitate a better comparison among fiscal periods. These non-GAAP results are presented for supplemental informational purposes only and should not be considered a substitute for the financial information presented in accordance with GAAP.

The following is reconciliation between the non-GAAP financial measures of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA to their most directly comparable GAAP financial measure, net loss:

 

(in thousands)

Three Months Ended
June 30, 2019

Three Months Ended
June 30, 2018

Six Months Ended
June 30, 2019

Six Months Ended
June 30, 2018

GAAP Net loss

$

(22,361)

$

(18,402)

$

(34,946)

$

(31,278)

Benefit for income taxes

(6,290)

(4,375)

(6,877)

(805)

Interest expense(1)

8,670

8,763

17,415

17,118

Depreciation and amortization

12,275

11,680

24,336

22,953

Non-GAAP EBITDA

$

(7,706)

$

(2,334)

$

(72)

$

7,988

Share-based compensation

595

1,284

1,152

1,900

Severance related costs(2)

207

696

335

Other non-recurring costs(3)

1,815

940

5,008

2,620

Loss (gain) on foreign currency
exchange(4)

2,519

(3,272)

2,938

(5,203)

Mark-to-market adjustments, net(5)

167

98

357

236

Impairment of intangible assets(6)

992

992

Non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA

$

(1,411)

$

(3,284)

$

11,071

$

7,876

 

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(1) Interest on the term loan and accretion for debt discounts, debt issuance costs and contingent consideration

(2) Severance costs related to ongoing cost optimization initiatives

(3) Costs related to certain professional and other infrequent or non-recurring fees, including those associated with transition service agreement, litigation and M&A related fees

(4) Loss (gain) on foreign currency exchange relates to net losses and gains resulting from transactions denominated in a currency other than the entity's functional currency

(5) Non-cash adjustment to the fair value of contingent consideration

(6) Impairment of intangible assets related to software

Contacts

For AgroFresh Solutions, Inc.
Jeff Sonnek - Investor Relations
ICR Inc.
Jeff.Sonnek@icrinc.com
646-277-1263

Contacts

For AgroFresh Solutions, Inc.
Jeff Sonnek - Investor Relations
ICR Inc.
Jeff.Sonnek@icrinc.com
646-277-1263