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Pyxus International, Inc. Reports Fiscal Year 2023 First Quarter Results

PYYX

MORRISVILLE, N.C., Aug. 11, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Pyxus International, Inc. (OTC Pink: PYYX) ("Pyxus" or the "Company"), a global value-added agricultural company, today announced results for its fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2022.

Pyxus International, Inc. logo (PRNewsfoto/Pyxus International, Inc.)

Highlights (comparisons are to the relevant prior-year period):

  • Sales and other operating revenues increased $10.6 million, or 3.2%, to $343.9 million for the three months ended June 30, 2022.
  • Net loss attributable to Pyxus International, Inc. increased $3.2 million, or 27.8%, to $14.7 million for the three months ended June 30, 2022 primarily due to a $7.6 million decrease in income tax benefit.
  • Adjusted EBITDA* increased $2.5 million, or 17.1%, to $17.3 million for the three months ended June 30, 2022.
  • Cash and cash equivalents was $165.4 million, an increase of $85.8 million, as of June 30, 2022.
  • Inventories, net was $980.1 million, an increase of $126.0 million as of June 30, 2022 with more than 90% of processed tobacco inventory committed to specific customers to meet near-term forecasted demand.
  • Foreign seasonal lines of credit were $545.2 million, an increase of $141.4 million as of June 30, 2022.

Pieter Sikkel, Pyxus' President and CEO said, "We have experienced strong demand thus far in fiscal 2023. As expected, our first quarter was consistent with the prior fiscal year, with increased demand and more normalized timing of shipments from Asia, partially offset by the timing of shipments from Africa and South America.

"As of June 30, 2022, our inventory increased $126.0 million compared to the prior year primarily due to higher new crop green tobacco prices and processing costs in South America, and accelerated new crop buying activities in certain key markets. In addition, our processed tobacco inventory continues to be more than 90% committed to specific customers. The overall increase in inventory and our committed inventory levels for processed tobacco position us to meet near-term demand and we expect to see stronger shipments in subsequent quarters in fiscal 2023, consistent with historical trends. Despite higher green tobacco prices and processing costs in South America, we were able to effectively manage our working capital to meet our purchasing goals for the current crop cycle.

"Crop sizes in certain markets in Africa, Asia, and South America are below expectations due to the adverse impacts of prevailing La Nina weather patterns during the growing season, which has exacerbated supply shortages. We continue to engage with customers in transparent dialogue regarding the impacts of La Nina and inflation on our business. In response to these and other market dynamics, we accelerated buying activities in certain key markets, and continue to invest in research trials, local programs, and additional training for our global agronomy team to further support our efforts to maximize grower efficiencies and yield despite unpredictable weather patterns.

"We continue to expect fiscal 2023 sales to be between $1.75 billion and $1.95 billion and adjusted EBITDA* to be between $130 million and $160 million. Moving forward, we are committed to recovering crop sizes, and aligning volumes in future years with customer expectations, as we work to deliver stakeholder value, and together, grow a better world."

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*Adjusted Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, and Amortization ("Adjusted EBITDA") is not a measure of results under generally accepted accounting principles in the United States. Adjusted EBITDA expected for fiscal 2023 is calculated in a manner consistent with Adjusted EBITDA presented for historical periods as presented in the reconciliation tables included in this press release.
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Performance Summary for Three Months Ended June 30, 2022
Sales and other operating revenues increased $10.6 million, or 3.2%, to $343.9 million for the three months ended June 30, 2022 from $333.3 million for the three months ended June 30, 2021. This increase was primarily due to a 4.3% increase in leaf volume driven by greater demand and more normalized timing of shipments from Asia. This increase was partially offset by the timing of shipments from Africa and South America.

Cost of goods and services sold increased $12.0 million, or 4.1%, to $303.2 million for the three months ended June 30, 2022 from $291.2 million for the three months ended June 30, 2021. This increase was mainly due to the increase in sales and other operating revenues.

Gross profit decreased $1.3 million, or 3.1%, to $40.8 million for the three months ended June 30, 2022 from $42.1 million for the three months ended June 30, 2021. Gross profit as a percent of sales decreased to 11.9% for the three months ended June 30, 2022 from 12.6% for the three months ended June 30, 2021. These decreases were driven by delayed shipments from Africa and South America and were partially offset by accelerated shipments from Asia.

Income tax benefit decreased $7.5 million, or 89.3%, to $0.9 million for the three months ended June 30, 2022 from $8.4 million for the three months ended June 30, 2021. The decrease was driven by the Company utilizing a different method for estimating tax expense (benefit) for the period ended June 30, 2022. Using the discrete method for the period ended June 30, 2022, the Company determined current and deferred income tax expense (benefit) as if the interim three-month period was a year-end period, which resulted in the recognition of the fiscal 2023 year-to-date benefit in the quarter.

Liquidity and Capital Resources
The Company's liquidity requirements are affected by various factors including crop seasonality, foreign currency and interest rates, green tobacco prices, customer mix, crop size and quality. In line with our strategy, the increase in green tobacco prices and processing costs in South America required additional working capital that was primarily sourced from increased seasonal lines and more efficient cash management. The following summarizes the Company's available credit lines and cash, including availability under foreign seasonal lines of credit:

(in millions)

June 30, 2022

June 30, 2021

Availability under foreign seasonal lines of credit

$ 171.9

$ 224.5

All available credit lines and cash

$ 351.2

$ 314.4

Financial Results Investor Call
The Company will hold a conference call to report financial results for the period ended June 30, 2022, on August 11, 2022 at 5:30 P.M. ET. The dial in number for the call is (646) 960-0369 or (888) 350-3452 and the conference ID is 2624736. Those seeking to listen to the call may access a live broadcast on the Pyxus International website. Please visit www.pyxus.com 15 minutes in advance to register.

For those who are unable to listen to the live event, a replay will be available for five days by dialing (647) 362-9199 or (800) 770-2030 and entering the access code 2624736. Any replay, rebroadcast, transcript, or other reproduction of this conference call, other than the replay accessible by calling the number above, has not been authorized by Pyxus International and is strictly prohibited. Investors should be aware that any unauthorized reproduction of this conference call may not be an accurate reflection of its contents.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
Readers are cautioned that the statements contained in this report regarding expectations of the Company's performance or other matters that may affect its business, results of operations, or financial condition are "forward-looking statements" as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements, which are based on current expectations of future events, may be identified by the use of words such as "strategy," "expects," "continues," "plans," "anticipates," "believes," "will," "estimates," "intends," "projects," "goals," "targets," and other words of similar meaning. These statements also may be identified by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historical or current facts. If underlying assumptions prove inaccurate, or if known or unknown risks or uncertainties materialize, actual results could vary materially from those anticipated, estimated, or projected. Some of these risks and uncertainties include:

  • risks related to the Company's indebtedness, including that the Company has substantial debt which may adversely affect it by limiting future sources of financing, interfering with its ability to pay interest, and principal on its indebtedness and subjecting it to additional risks, the Company requires a significant amount of cash to service indebtedness and its ability to generate cash depends on many factors beyond its control, the Company may not be able to refinance or renew its indebtedness, which may have a material adverse effect on its financial condition, the Company may not be able to satisfy the covenants included in its financing arrangements, which could result in the default of its outstanding debt obligations, and despite current indebtedness levels, the Company may still be able to incur substantially more debt, which could exacerbate further the risks associated with its significant leverage;
  • risks and uncertainties relating to the Company's liquidity, including but not limited to: whether foreign lenders that have provided short-term operating credit lines to fund leaf tobacco operations at the local level cease to provide such funding, uncertainty and continuing risks associated with the Company's ability to achieve its goals and continue as a going concern, and unanticipated developments with respect to liquidity needs and sources of liquidity could result in a deficiency in liquidity;
  • risk and uncertainties related to the Company's leaf tobacco operations, including changes in the timing of anticipated shipments, changes in anticipated geographic product sourcing, changes in relevant capital markets affecting the terms and availability of short-term seasonal financing, political instability, currency and interest rate fluctuations, the impact of high inflation, shifts in the global supply and demand position for tobacco products, changes in tax laws and regulations or the interpretation of tax laws and regulations, resolution of tax matters, adverse weather conditions, the impact of climate change on weather patterns in tobacco-growing regions, the impact of disasters or other unusual events affecting international commerce, the impacts of potential international sanctions on the Company's ability to sell or source tobacco in certain regions, potential changes in governmental regulations applicable to tobacco products, and changes in costs incurred in supplying products and related services; and
  • risks and uncertainties related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including possible delays in shipments of leaf tobacco, including from the closure or restricted activities at ports or other channels, disruptions to the Company's operations or the operations of suppliers and customers resulting from restrictions on the ability of employees and others in the supply chain to travel and work, border closures, determinations by Pyxus or shippers to temporarily suspend operations in affected areas, whether the Company's operations that have been classified as "essential" under various governmental orders restricting business activities will continue to be so classified or, even if so classified, whether site-specific health and safety concerns related to COVID-19 might otherwise require operations at any of the Company's facilities to be halted for some period of time, negative consumer purchasing behavior with respect to the Company's products or the products of its leaf tobacco customers during periods of government mandates restricting activities imposed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the extent to which the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Company's operations and the demand for its products may not coincide with impacts experienced in the United States due to the international scope of its operations, including in emerging and other markets in which the Company operates where the timing and severity of COVID-19 outbreaks and the pace of COVID-19 vaccinations may differ from those in the United States.

A further list and description of these risks, uncertainties, and other factors can be found in Part I, Item 1A "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the period ended March 31, 2022 and in its other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company does not undertake to update any forward-looking statements that it may make from time to time except to the extent required by law.

Non-GAAP Financial Information
This press release contains financial measures that have not been prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States ("GAAP"). They include EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Free Cash Flow, Adjusted Free Cash Flow, and Net Debt. Tables showing the reconciliation of historical non-GAAP financial measures are attached to the release. The range of Adjusted EBITDA anticipated for fiscal year ending March 31, 2022 is calculated in a manner consistent with the presentation of Adjusted EBITDA in the attached tables. Because of the forward-looking nature of the estimated range of Adjusted EBITDA, it is impractical to present a quantitative reconciliation of such measure to a comparable GAAP measure, and accordingly no such GAAP measure is being presented.

About Pyxus International, Inc.
Pyxus International, Inc. is a global agricultural company with almost 150 years' experience delivering value-added products and services to businesses and customers. Driven by a united purpose—to transform people's lives, so that together we can grow a better world—Pyxus International, its subsidiaries and affiliates, are trusted providers of responsibly sourced, independently verified, sustainable and traceable products and ingredients. For more information, visit www.pyxus.com.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations




(in thousands, except per share data)

Three months ended
June 30, 2022

Three months ended
June 30, 2021

Sales and other operating revenues

$ 343,905

$ 333,290

Cost of goods and services sold

303,150

291,170

Gross profit

40,755

42,120

Selling, general, and administrative expenses

34,588

33,845

Other income, net

1,085

162

Restructuring and asset impairment charges

300

233

Operating income

6,952

8,204

Loss on deconsolidation/disposition of subsidiaries

599

Interest expense, net

25,474

26,840

Loss before income taxes and other items

(19,121)

(18,636)

Income tax benefit

867

8,439

Income (loss) from unconsolidated affiliates

3,749

(1,431)

Net loss

(14,505)

(11,628)

Net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests

158

(120)

Net loss attributable to Pyxus International, Inc.

$ (14,663)

$ (11,508)




Loss per share:



Basic and diluted

$ (0.59)

$ (0.46)




Weighted average number of shares outstanding:



Basic and diluted

25,000

25,000

Results of Operations








Change

(in thousands, except per share data)

Three months ended
June 30, 2022

Three months ended
June 30, 2021

$

%

Leaf:





Sales and other operating revenues

$ 322,884

$ 311,741

11,143

3.6

Tobacco costs

265,989

251,781

14,208

5.6

Transportation, storage, and other period costs

20,627

21,501

(874)

(4.1)

Total cost of goods sold

286,617

273,282

13,335

4.9

Product revenue gross profit

36,267

38,459

(2,191)

(5.7)

Product revenue gross profit as a percent of sales

11.2 %

12.3 %








Kilos sold

72,059

69,059

3,000

4.3

Average price per kilo

$ 4.48

$ 4.51

(0.03)

(0.7)

Average cost per kilo

3.98

3.96

0.02

0.5

Average gross profit per kilo

0.50

0.55

(0.05)

(9.1)






Processing and other revenues

$ 17,743

$ 18,117

(374)

(2.1)

Processing and other revenues costs of services sold

12,547

12,394

153

1.2

Processing and other gross profit

5,196

5,723

(527)

(9.2)

Processing and other gross profit as a percent of
sales

29.3 %

31.6 %








All Other:





Sales and other operating revenues

$ 3,279

$ 3,433

(154)

(4.5)

Cost of goods and services sold

3,986

5,498

(1,512)

(27.5)

Gross loss

(708)

(2,065)

1,358

65.7

Gross loss as a percent of sales

(21.6) %

(60.2) %



Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets




(in thousands)

June 30, 2022

June 30, 2021

Assets



Current assets



Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash

$ 174,936

$ 82,131

Trade and other receivables, net

182,835

231,952

Inventories and advances to tobacco suppliers

1,024,140

890,748

Recoverable income taxes

8,747

10,894

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

61,185

54,930

Total current assets

1,451,843

1,270,655

Restricted cash

389

Investments in unconsolidated affiliates

87,139

85,651

Goodwill and other intangible assets, net

42,052

86,788

Long-term tax assets

13,442

14,346

Other noncurrent assets

46,456

42,127

Right-of-use assets

35,636

41,540

Property, plant, and equipment, net

135,878

140,332

Total assets

$ 1,812,446

$ 1,681,828







Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity



Current liabilities



Notes payable to banks

$ 545,224

$ 403,792

Accounts payable

144,915

88,807

Advances from customers

46,071

29,631

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

91,054

91,426

Income taxes payable

6,729

4,110

Operating leases payable

8,535

8,961

Current portion of long-term debt

13,781

2,686

Total current liabilities

856,309

629,413

Long-term debt

678,777

669,793

Long-term leases

26,473

31,843

Long-term tax liabilities

42,181

52,800

Pension, postretirement, and other long-term liabilities

59,748

66,610

Total liabilities

1,649,188

1,434,499

Commitments and contingencies



Stockholders' equity



Common Stock

390,290

391,089

Retained deficit

(233,476)

(148,202)

Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)

3,248

(1,716)

Total stockholders' equity of Pyxus International, Inc.

160,062

241,171

Noncontrolling interests

3,196

6,158

Total stockholders' equity

163,258

247,329

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$ 1,812,446

$ 1,681,828







Reconciliation of Adjusted Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization ("Adjusted EBITDA")(1)(Unaudited)



Three Months Ended

Fiscal Year Ended

Last Twelve Months (7)

(in thousands)

June 30, 2022

June 30, 2021

March 31, 2022

March 31, 2021*

June 30, 2022

June 30, 2021*

Net loss attributable to Pyxus International, Inc.

$ (14,663)

$ (11,508)

$ (82,119)

$ (117,649)

(85,274)

$ (36,996)

Plus: Interest expense

27,527

27,427

111,043

103,340

111,143

99,505

Less: Income tax benefit (expense)

867

8,439

(12,640)

(13,507)

(20,212)

(13,236)

Plus: Depreciation and amortization expense

5,929

4,066

16,676

28,419

18,539

22,459

EBITDA (1)

17,926

11,546

58,240

27,617

64,620

98,204

Plus: Reserves for doubtful customer receivables

(830)

218

4,404

4,663

3,356

5,918

Less: Other income (expense), net

1,085

162

(3,349)

(10,154)

(2,426)

(7,600)

Plus: Restructuring and asset impairment charges

300

233

8,031

12,383

8,098

12,543

Plus: Goodwill impairment

32,186

1,082

32,186

1,082

Plus: Reorganization Items (2)

(105,984)

(132,850)

Plus: Debt Restructuring (3)

1,215

3,550

23,590

2,335

7,569

Plus: Development of and exit from non-leaf-tobacco businesses (4)

619

1,355

13,589

113,954

12,853

97,397

Plus: Other adjustments (5)

351

347

3,347

6,065

3,351

3,127

Adjusted EBITDA (1)

$ 17,281

$ 14,752

$ 126,696

$ 93,524

$ 129,225

$ 100,590








Total debt



$ 1,066,945

$ 925,531

$ 1,237,782

$ 1,076,271

Less: Cash



198,777

92,705

165,441

79,593

Net debt



$ 868,168

$ 832,826

$ 1,072,341

$ 996,678

Net debt /Adjusted EBITDA (1)



6.85x

8.90x

8.30x

9.91x








Adjusted EBITDA (1)



$ 126,696

$ 93,524

$ 129,225

$ 100,590

Interest expense



111,043

103,340

111,143

99,505

Interest coverage



1.14x

0.91x

1.16x

1.01x








Net cash used by operating activities

(242,490)

(185,957)

(198,765)

(226,536)

(255,298)

(312,207)

Capital expenditures

(2,210)

(3,815)

(14,827)

(24,385)

(13,222)

(23,198)

Collections on beneficial interest on securitized trade receivables (6)

45,468

37,681

189,440

168,390

197,227

152,122

Free Cash Flow

$ (199,232)

$ (152,091)

$ (24,152)

$ (82,531)

$ (71,293)

$ (183,283)

Plus: Interest expense

27,527

27,427

111,043

103,340

111,143

99,505

Less: Income tax benefit (expense)

867

8,439

(12,640)

(13,507)

(20,212)

(13,236)

Adjusted Free Cash Flow

$ (172,572)

$ (133,103)

$ 99,531

$ 34,316

$ 60,062

$ (70,542)

*Combined (Non-GAAP) for the five months ended August 31, 2020 (Predecessor period) and the seven months ended March 31, 2021 (Successor period), which periods were presented separately in light of the resolution of the Chapter 11 cases (the "Chapter 11 Cases") of the Company's predecessor and certain of its subsidiaries commenced in June 2020. A presentation of these combined results for the twelve-month period ended March 31, 2021 is included in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2021 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

  1. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization ("EBITDA"), adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization ("Adjusted EBITDA"), Free Cash Flow, Adjusted Free Cash Flow, and Net Debt are not measures of results of operations, cash flows from operations or indebtedness under generally accepted accounting principles in the United States ("U.S. GAAP") and should not be considered as an alternative to other U.S. GAAP measurements. We have presented EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Free Cash Flow, Adjusted Free Cash Flow, and Net Debt to adjust for the items identified above because we believe that it would be helpful to the readers of our financial information to understand the impact of these items on our reported amounts. This presentation enables readers to better compare our results to similar companies that may not incur the impact of various items identified above. Management acknowledges that there are many items that impact a company's reported results or operating cash flows and these lists are not intended to present all items that may have impacted these items. EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Free Cash Flow, Adjusted Free Cash Flow, Net Debt, and any ratios calculated based on these measures are not necessarily comparable to similarly-titled measures used by other companies or appearing in our debt obligations or agreements. EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Free Cash Flow and Adjusted Free Cash Flow as presented may not equal column or row totals due to rounding.
  2. Represents expenditures, gains, and losses that were realized or incurred subsequent to the commencement of the Chapter 11 Cases and as a direct result of the Chapter 11 Cases, which are reported as reorganization items in the condensed consolidated statements of operations, and are primarily composed of write-off of unamortized debt issuance costs and discount, fresh start reporting adjustments, legal, valuation, and consulting professional fees pertaining to the Chapter 11 Cases, United States trustee fees, and debtor-in-possession financing fees.
  3. Legal and professional fees incurred in connection with the Chapter 11 Cases, including in preparation for the commencement of the Chapter 11 Cases, not otherwise included in "Reorganization items" and, for the three and twelve months ended June 30, 2021 and March 31, 2022, also includes consulting fees incurred in connection with the implementation of process improvements required in connection with the Company's delayed-draw term loan credit facility established in the current fiscal year.
  4. Includes the aggregate amount of certain items related to the Company's development of and subsequent exits from its non-leaf-tobacco businesses (that is, the production and sale of legal cannabis in Canada, the production and sale of industrial hemp products, including CBD extracted from industrial hemp, and the production and sale of tobacco e-liquids) to the extent such items are included in the Company's consolidated results of operations, which includes all items separately reported for such businesses in the presentation by the Company of its adjusted EBITDA in prior periods. Such items include, to the extent reflected in consolidated results, the adjusted EBITDA of the Canadian cannabis and industrial hemp operations otherwise calculated on the same basis as Adjusted EBITDA is presented in this table, loss incurred on the deconsolidation or disposition of certain of these non leaf-tobacco businesses, as applicable, and write-offs of inventory and equipment related to certain of these businesses.
  5. Includes the following items: (i) the addition of unrecovered amounts expensed directly to cost of goods and services sold in the income statement for abnormal yield adjustments or unrecovered amounts from prior crops (normal yield adjustments are capitalized into the cost of the current crop and are expensed as cost of goods and services sold as that crop is sold), (ii) the addition of non-cash employee stock-based compensation, (iii) the addition of amortization of basis difference related to a former Brazilian subsidiary that is now deconsolidated following the completion of a joint venture in March 2014, (iv) the subtraction of the Adjusted EBITDA of the Company's former green leaf sourcing operation in Kenya, which is calculated on the same basis as Adjusted EBITDA presented in this table (in fiscal year 2016 the Company decided to exit green leaf sourcing in the Kenyan market as part of our restructuring program), (v) debt retirement expense, and (vi) income (included in Other (expense) income, net) from cash received in the period presented from the sale of Brazilian intrastate trade tax credits that had been generated by intrastate purchases of tobacco primarily in prior crop years. The Brazilian states of Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina permit the sale or transfer of excess credits to third parties subject to approval by the related tax authorities. The Company has long-term agreements with these Brazilian state governments regarding the amounts and timing of credits that can be sold. Intrastate trade tax credits that are not able to be sold under existing agreements are capitalized into the cost of the current crop and are expensed as cost of goods and services sold as that crop is sold.
  6. Represents cash receipts from the beneficial interest on sold receivables under the Company's the accounts receivable securitization programs and were classified as investing activities within the consolidated statements of cash flows.
  7. Items for the twelve months ended June 30, 2022 are derived by adding the items for the three months ended June 30, 2022 as presented in the table and the fiscal year ended March 31, 2022 and subtracting the items for the three months ended June 30, 2021. Items for the twelve months ended June 30, 2021 are derived by adding the items for the three months ended June 30, 2021 and the combined fiscal year ended March 31, 2021 and subtracting the items for the three months ended June 30, 2020.

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