SunOpta Provides Update on Performance Expectations
Q1 2020 Adjusted EBITDA expected to double YOY excluding disposed operations
Revenue in a range of
$320to $340 million, compared with $305.3 millionin the first quarter of 2019, or $295.0 millionadjusted for disposed operations
Net income (loss) attributable to common shareholders in a range of (
$2.0) - $ 2.0 million, compared with $23.7 millionin the first quarter of 2019. Net income in the first quarter of 2019 included a pre-tax gain on the sale of the specialty and organic soy and corn business of $45.6 million.
Adjusted EBITDA in a range of
$21to $25 million, compared with $10.9 millionin the first quarter of 2019, or $11.1 millionadjusted for disposed operations.
We attribute approximately
$5- $10 millionof revenue growth and approximately ( $.0.5) - $(1.5) millionof Adjusted EBITDA to the impact of COVID-19. The positive margin impact of the revenue growth is being more than offset by an approximately $2.5 millionunrealized loss on Mexican inventory revaluation as a result of the Peso devaluation.
“I am pleased to report that
The performance expectations disclosed in this press release are preliminary estimates and unaudited. All preliminary performance expectations provided in this release are subject to change pending the completion of the Company's fiscal quarter and the Company’s financial reporting procedures. The Company does not currently intend to provide preliminary financial information with respect to future periods. The Company expects to report full first quarter financial results in early
All amounts are expressed in
¹ See discussion of non-GAAP measures
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In order to evaluate its results of operations, the Company uses certain other non-GAAP measures that it believes enhance an investor’s ability to derive meaningful period-over-period comparisons and trends from the results of operations. In particular, the Company evaluates its revenues on a basis that excludes the effects of fluctuations in commodity pricing and foreign exchange rates, and the impacts of acquired or disposed operations and changes in contractual relationships with customers. In addition, the Company excludes specific items from its reported results that due to their nature or size, it does not expect to occur as part of its normal business on a regular basis. These items are identified in the table below. These non-GAAP measures are presented solely to allow investors to more fully assess the Company’s results of operations and should not be considered in isolation of, or as substitutes for an analysis of the Company’s results as reported under
The Company defines adjusted EBITDA as segment operating income/loss plus depreciation, amortization, non-cash stock-based compensation, and other unusual items that affect the comparability of operating performance. The following is a tabular presentation of adjusted EBITDA, including a reconciliation to net earnings/loss, which the Company believes to be the most directly comparable