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AGI Announces Record Third Quarter Revenue and Sustained Uptick in Margin Performance; Full Year Outlook for Adjusted EBITDA Margins Increased

WINNIPEG, Manitoba--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Ag Growth International Inc. (TSX: AFN) (“AGI”, the “Company”, “we” or “our”) today announced its financial results for the three-months ended September 30, 2023.



Third Quarter 2023 Highlights

  • Revenue1 of $410 million increased by 2% on a year-over-year (‘YOY’) basis; 5% sequentially from Q2 2023
  • Adjusted EBITDA2 of $85 million increased by 11% on a YOY basis
  • Adjusted EBITDA margin %3 increased by roughly 165 basis points to 20.6% from 19.0% on a YOY basis
  • Net debt leverage ratio3 of 3.2x at September 30, 2023 vs 4.1x at September 30, 2022 or 3.3x at June 30, 2023

Nine Months Year-To-Date 2023 Highlights

  • Revenue1 of $1,147 million increased by 6% on a YOY basis
  • Adjusted EBITDA2 of $221 million increased by 20% on a YOY basis
  • Adjusted EBITDA margin % 3 increased by roughly 230 basis points to 19.2% from 16.9% on a YOY basis

Outlook

  • Management is reiterating full year 2023 Adjusted EBITDA guidance to be at least $290 million1
  • Full year 2023 Adjusted EBITDA margin %2 guidance is increased to be at least 18.5%, up from 18.0% prior
  • Order book4 continues to be strong and is up 3% YOY as of September 30, 2023

Our third quarter performance again delivered strong margins and continued progress against our stated strategic priorities,” noted Paul Householder, President & CEO of AGI. “Our company-wide operational excellence initiatives gained additional traction and have steadily translated into a clear positive trend in our margin performance. As our new business management processes become further ingrained in our teams and culture, we expect this new level of margin performance to be sustained and expanded upon over the long-term. As a result, we have again raised our full year Adjusted EBITDA margin guidance to 18.5% from 18.0%, up notably from our originally stated 2023 objective of 17.0%. Heading into the fourth quarter and early 2024, we are committed to complementing our new margin levels with continued revenue growth which will unlock significant value for all stakeholders.”

Our sustained focus on balance sheet priorities continued to deliver solid progress in the quarter,” added Jim Rudyk, CFO of AGI. “Our net debt leverage ratio again notched downward, now at 3.2x which decreased from 4.1x year-over-year and 3.3x quarter-over-quarter. In addition, our working capital metrics continue to make significant improvements across the organization, particularly with regard to inventory levels. As progress on inventory is solidified, we can turn our collective attention to other elements of working capital for a similar program of sustained focus and improvement.”

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1

See “BASIS OF PRESENTATION”.

2

Historical or forward-looking non-IFRS financial measure. See "Non-IFRS and Other Financial Measures".
   

-

Third quarter 2023 profit before income taxes of $35.8 million vs third quarter 2022 profit before income taxes of $12.9 million.

   

-

Nine months ended September 30, 2023 profit before income taxes of $75.5 million vs nine months ended September 30, 2022 profit before income taxes of $31.2 million.

   

-

Full year 2022 Adjusted EBITDA was $234.7 million.

3

Historical or forward-looking non-IFRS ratio. See "Non-IFRS and Other Financial Measures".

4

Supplementary financial measure. See "Non-IFRS and Other Financial Measures".

SUMMARY OF THIRD QUARTER 2023 RESULTS

Revenue by Operating Segment

Three-months ended September 30

 

2023

2022

Change

Change

[thousands of dollars except percentages]

$

$

$

%

Revenue [1] [2]

Farm

227,276

219,663

7,613

3%

Commercial

182,791

182,411

380

0%

Total

410,067

402,074

7,993

2%

 

Three-months ended September 30

 

2023

2022

Change

Change

[thousands of dollars except percentages]

$

$

$

%

Adjusted EBITDA [2] ]3]

Farm

61,923

50,637

11,286

22%

Commercial

34,352

32,473

1,879

6%

Other [4]

(11,743)

(6,823)

(4,920)

72%

Total

84,532

76,287

8,245

11%

 

Three-months ended September 30

 

2023

2022

Change

Change

%

%

basis points

%

Adjusted EBITDA Margin % [2] [3]

Farm

27.2%

23.1%

419 bps

18%

Commercial

18.8%

17.8%

99 bps

6%

Other [4]

(2.9%)

(1.7%)

(117) bps

69%

Consolidated

20.6%

19.0%

164 bps

9%

Revenue by Geography [1] [2]

Three-months ended September 30

[thousands of dollars except percentages]

2023

2022

Change

Change

$

$

$

%

Canada

85,797

88,585

(2,788)

(3%)

U.S.

184,481

187,815

(3,334)

(2%)

International

EMEA

26,838

27,673

(835)

(3%)

Asia Pacific

44,195

43,981

214

0%

South America

68,756

54,020

14,736

27%

Total International

139,789

125,674

14,115

11%

Total Revenue

410,067

402,074

7,993

2%

[1]

Supplementary financial measure. See "Non-IFRS and Other Financial Measures".

[2]

See “BASIS OF PRESENTATION”.

[3]

Non-IFRS financial measure or non-IFRS ratio. See "Non-IFRS and Other Financial Measures".

[4]

Included in Other is the corporate office, which is not a reportable segment, and which provides finance, treasury, legal, human resources and other administrative support to the segments. The Adjusted EBITDA Margin % for Other is calculated based on total revenue since it does not generate revenue without the segments.

Farm Segment 
Farm segment revenue and Adjusted EBITDA grew by 3% and 22% YOY, respectively, continuing the favourable trends from the first half of the year. Growth in the Farm segment was supported by activity in our international regions, with an all-time record result in Brazil. Demand in North America was stable with revenue in Canada driven by resilient portable equipment demand as well as higher U.S. revenues of permanent equipment. Farm segment Adjusted EBITDA margin % increased to 27.2% from 23.1% YOY, primarily on the benefits of operational excellence initiatives targeted at manufacturing efficiency, a favourable mix of portable equipment, and progress made in the Digital reorganization. Looking ahead, Farm segment demand continues to increase with the overall order book up 22% as significant strength in demand for portable equipment in Canada was offset by some softness in the U.S. and internationally. In the U.S. and internationally, a robust pipeline of potential projects provides optimism for the end of 2023 and early 2024 results.

Commercial Segment 
Commercial segment revenue was flat and Adjusted EBITDA increased by 6% YOY. Similar to the Farm segment, strength in international regions, particularly Brazil, helped to generate the result. In North America, the Commercial segment was able to generate strong results from grain-related project work, though these results were tempered by the ongoing turnaround of the Food platform. Internationally, Commercial revenue was driven by our Brazilian operation which posted a particularly strong quarter. Similar to the Farm segment, the Company’s operational excellence initiatives including effective management of manufacturing expenses contributed to the Adjusted EBITDA margin % increase to 18.8% from 17.8% YOY. Looking ahead, the overall Commercial segment order book decreased 4%, largely attributable to the ongoing reset within the Food platform, recent execution of large projects, and softness in the fertilizer market. However, the broader overall pipeline of grain handling and storage projects remains strong which, in addition to our diversified and resilient overall business model, provides optimism for our results heading into 2024.

OUTLOOK 
Our third quarter results continue to demonstrate the strength of our balanced and diversified business strategy. In addition to our revenue and business mix diversification strategies, we have layered-in significant operational excellence initiatives to help strengthen margins across AGI. As a result, we are reiterating our full year guidance for 2023 Adjusted EBITDA to be at least $290 million and increasing our full year guidance for Adjusted EBITDA margin % to be at least 18.5%, up from 18.0% previously.

Order book

The following table presents YOY changes in the Company’s order book as at September 30, 2023[1]:

 

Region

Segments

Canada

United States

International

Overall

%

%

%

%

Farm

129%

(6%)

(50%)

22%

Commercial

(30%)

(14%)

4%

(4%)

Overall

63%

(11%)

(3%)

3%

The following table presents YOY changes in the Company’s international order book[1] segmented by region as at September 30, 2023:

Farm and Commercial Segments [1]

EMEA[2]

Asia Pacific[2]

South America[2]

%

%

%

International by region

17%

(1%)

(21%)

[1]

Supplementary financial measure. See "Non-IFRS and Other Financial Measures".

[2]

"EMEA" is composed of Europe, Middle East and Africa. "Asia Pacific" is composed of Southeast Asia, Australia, India and the rest of the world (other than Canada, the United States, EMEA and South America). "South America" is composed of Brazil and the rest of Latin America.

Director Resignation 
The Company also announced that Claudia Roessler has resigned as a Director of the Company. "On behalf of our management and Board of Directors I want to thank Claudia for her significant contributions to AGI and wish her the best in her current and future endeavors," said Janet Giesselman, Chair of the Board. "With her extensive digital and ag-technologies knowledge and international experience, Claudia brought valuable insight and perspectives to the Board and provided important input on AGI’s developing digital strategy". Claudia Roessler joined the Board of Directors in March 2020 and has served as a valuable member of the Environmental, Health, and Safety Committee (formerly the Environmental, Health, Safety, and Sustainability Committee).

MD&A and Financial Statements 
AGI's unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements ("consolidated financial statements") and management’s discussion and analysis (the “MD&A”) for the three-months ended September 30, 2023 can be obtained electronically on SEDAR+ (www.sedarplus.ca) and on AGI's website (www.aggrowth.com).

Conference Call 
AGI management will hold a conference call on Wednesday, November 8, 2023, at 8:00am ET to discuss the Company's results for the three-months ending September 30, 2023. To participate in the conference call, please pre-register by clicking on the AGI Q3 2023 Conference Call Registration Link and following the instructions. Dial-in details will be provided on-screen and by email in the form of a calendar booking. Registration will remain open until the call has concluded. An audio replay of the call will be available for seven days. To access the audio replay, please dial 1-800-319-6413 if calling from Canada or the U.S. and 1-604-638-9010 internationally. Please quote passcode 0442 for the audio replay.

AGI Company Profile 
AGI is a provider of the equipment and solutions required to support the efficient storage, transport, and processing of food globally. AGI has manufacturing facilities in Canada, the United States, Brazil, India, France, and Italy and distributes its product worldwide.

Further information can be found in the disclosure documents filed by AGI with the securities regulatory authorities, available at www.sedarplus.ca and on AGI's website www.aggrowth.com.

BASIS OF PRESENTATION

On December 29, 2022, the Company announced that it would be reorganizing its Digital business to better reflect changes in its operations and management structure. As a result of this change, the Company has identified its reportable segments as Farm and Commercial, each of which are supported by the corporate office. The previously identified Digital segment is now included within the Farm segment, and the Food platform which was a sub-segment of the Commercial segment is now amalgamated into the Commercial segment. These segments are strategic business units that offer specific products and services to their respective markets. Certain corporate overheads are allocated to each segment based on revenue as well as applicable cost drivers. Taxes and certain other expenses are managed at a consolidated level and are not allocated to the reportable operating segments. Financial information for the comparative period has been restated to reflect the new presentation. During the three-month period ended September 30, 2023, AGI replaced the term "sales" with "revenue"; however there has been no change to the underlying calculation. Revenue is the sale of goods primarily recognized at a point in time when the Company satisfies a performance obligation and control of the goods is transferred from AGI to its customer. Revenue from contracts with customers is recognized at an amount that reflects the consideration to which the Company is entitled to in exchange for those goods.

NON-IFRS AND OTHER FINANCIAL MEASURES

This press release makes reference to certain specified financial measures, including non-IFRS financial measures, non-IFRS ratios and supplementary financial measures. Management uses these financial measures for purposes of comparison to prior periods and development of future projections and earnings growth prospects. This information is also used by management to measure the profitability of ongoing operations and in analyzing our business performance and trends. These specified financial measures are not recognized measures under International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS"), do not have a standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS and are therefore unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. Rather, these measures are provided as additional information to complement our financial information reported under IFRS by providing further understanding of our results of operations from management's perspective. Accordingly, they should not be considered in isolation nor as a substitute for analysis of our financial information reported under IFRS.

We use the following (i) non-IFRS financial measures: “adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (“Adjusted EBITDA”)” and "net debt"; (ii) non-IFRS ratios: “Adjusted EBITDA margin %” and “net debt leverage ratio”; and (iii) supplementary financial measures: “order book”, “revenue by operating segment” and “revenue by geography”; to provide supplemental measures of our operating performance and thus highlight trends in our core business that may not otherwise be apparent when relying solely on IFRS financial measures. Management also uses non-IFRS financial measures, non-IFRS ratios and supplementary financial measures in order to prepare annual operating budgets and to determine components of management compensation. We strongly encourage investors to review our consolidated financial statements and publicly filed reports in their entirety and not to rely on any single financial measure or ratio.

We use these specified financial measures in addition to, and in conjunction with, results presented in accordance with IFRS. These specified financial measures reflect an additional way of viewing aspects of our operations that, when viewed with our IFRS results and, in the case of non-IFRS financial measures, the accompanying reconciliations to the most directly comparable IFRS financial measures, may provide a more complete understanding of factors and trends affecting our business.

In this press release, we discuss the specified financial measures, including the reasons that we believe that these measures provide useful information regarding our financial condition, results of operations, cash flows and financial position, as applicable, and, to the extent material, the additional purposes, if any, for which these measures are used. Reconciliations of non-IFRS financial measures to the most directly comparable IFRS financial measures are contained in this press release.

The following is a list of non-IFRS financial measures, non-IFRS ratios and supplementary financial measures that are referenced throughout this press release:

“Adjusted EBITDA” is defined as profit (loss) before income taxes before finance costs, depreciation and amortization, gain or loss on foreign exchange, non-cash share -based compensation expenses, gain or loss on financial instruments, M&A recovery or expenses, transaction, transitional and other costs, net gain or loss on the sale of property, plant & equipment, equipment rework, remediation, accounts receivable reserve for the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, non-cash expenses related to the sale of inventory that acquisition accounting required be recorded at a value higher than manufacturing cost and impairment charge. Adjusted EBITDA is a non-IFRS financial measure and its most directly comparable financial measure that is disclosed in our consolidated financial statements is profit (loss) before income taxes. Management believes Adjusted EBITDA is a useful measure to assess the performance and cash flow of the Company as it excludes the effects of interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization and expenses that management believes are not reflective of the Company’s underlying business performance. Management cautions investors that Adjusted EBITDA should not replace profit or loss as indicators of performance, or cash flows from operating, investing, and financing activities as a measure of the Company’s liquidity and cash flows. [See “Profit (loss) before income taxes and Adjusted EBITDA”, "Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to profit (loss) before income taxes for the years ended December 31, 2022 and 2021" and “Profit (loss) before income taxes and Adjusted EBITDA by Segment” below for the reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to profit (loss) before income taxes for the current periods, the year ended December 31, 2022, and the comparative periods]. Adjusted EBITDA guidance is a forward-looking non-IFRS financial measure. We do not provide a reconciliation of such forward-looking measure to the most directly comparable financial measure calculated and presented in accordance with IFRS due to unknown variables and the uncertainty related to future results. These unknown variables may include unpredictable transactions of significant value that may be inherently difficult to determine without unreasonable efforts. Guidance for Adjusted EBITDA is calculated in the same manner as described above for historical Adjusted EBITDA, as applicable.

“Adjusted EBITDA margin %” is defined as Adjusted EBITDA divided by revenue. Adjusted EBITDA margin % is a non-IFRS ratio because one of its components, Adjusted EBITDA, is a non-IFRS financial measure. Management believes Adjusted EBITDA margin % is a useful measure to assess the performance and cash flow of the Company.

“Order book” is defined as the total value of committed sales orders that have not yet been fulfilled that: (a) have a high certainty of being performed as a result of the existence of a purchase order, an executed contract or work order specifying job scope, value and timing; or (b) has been awarded to the Company or its divisions, as evidenced by an executed binding letter of intent or agreement, describing the general job scope, value and timing of such work, and where the finalization of a formal contract in respect of such work is reasonably assured. Order book is a supplementary financial measure. AGI previously used the term "backlogs" instead of "order book", however there has been no change to the definition or underlying calculation.

"Revenue by Operating Segment" and "Revenue by Geography": The revenue information presented under "Revenue by Operating Segment" and "Revenue by Geography" are supplementary financial measures used to present the Company's revenue by segment and geography.

“Net Debt Leverage Ratio” is a non-IFRS ratio and is defined as net debt divided by Adjusted EBITDA for the last twelve month ("LTM") period. Net debt leverage ratio is a non-IFRS ratio because its components, net debt and Adjusted EBITDA, are non-IFRS financial measures. Management believes net debt leverage ratio is a useful measure to assess AGI’s leverage position.

“Net Debt” is a non-IFRS financial measure and its most directly comparable financial measure that is disclosed in our consolidated financial statements is long-term debt. Net debt is defined as the sum of long-term debt, convertible unsecured subordinated debentures, senior unsecured subordinated debentures, and lease liabilities less cash and cash equivalents. Management believes that net debt is a useful measure to evaluate AGI's capital structure and to provide a measurement of AGI's total indebtedness. See "Net Debt" below for a reconciliation of long-term debt to net debt as at September 30, 2023, June 30, 2023, and September 30, 2022.

Profit (loss) before income taxes and Adjusted EBITDA

The following table reconciles profit (loss) before income taxes to Adjusted EBITDA.

 

Three-months ended
September 30

Nine-months ended
September 30

 

[thousands of dollars]

2023

2022

2023

2022

$

$

$

$

Profit before income taxes

35,844

12,885

75,538

31,213

Finance costs

19,353

16,195

55,371

43,870

Depreciation and amortization

16,603

19,338

49,074

57,921

Loss (gain) on foreign exchange [1]

6,269

9,515

(2,881)

11,152

Share-based compensation [2]

3,057

5,095

9,363

10,710

Gain on financial instruments [3]

(1,466)

(2,173)

(6,486)

(1,418)

Mergers and acquisition expense (recovery) [4]

(786)

50

(119)

Transaction, transitional and other costs [5]

3,475

15,695

16,149

28,906

Net loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment [6]

89

56

300

352

Equipment rework [7]

4,900

Remediation [7]

15,608

Accounts receivable reserve for the conflict between Russian and Ukraine ("RUK")

1,733

Fair value of inventory from acquisition [8]

609

Impairment charge [9]

1,308

467

2,099

490

Adjusted EBITDA [10]

84,532

76,287

220,818

183,686

[1]

See “Note 10[e] - Other expenses (income)” in our consolidated financial statements.

[2]

The Company’s share-based compensation expense pertains to our equity incentive award plan (“EIAP”) and directors’ deferred compensation plan (“DDCP”). See “Note 9 – Share-based compensation plans” in our consolidated financial statements.

[3]

See “Equity swap” in our MD&A and consolidated financial statements.

[4]

Transaction (recoveries) costs associated with completed and ongoing mergers and acquisitions activities.

[5]

Includes legal expense, legal provision, transitional costs related to reorganizations and other acquisition related transition costs, as well as the accretion and other movement in amounts due to vendors.

[6]

Includes loss (gain) on settlement of lease liabilities and assets held for sale. See “Note 5 – Assets held for sale” in our consolidated financial statements.

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