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      Limoneira (LMNR) Gained Momentum After Financial Results

      By Fahim Awan

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      December 26, 2023

      1:41 PM UTC

      Limoneira (LMNR) Gained Momentum After Financial Results

      Limoneira Company (NASDAQ: LMNR) stock saw a significant increase in the latest trading session, with a strong 6.88% rise to reach $20.51. This upturn in the LMNR stock price coincided with the release of its recent financial results.

      Limoneira (LMNR) unveiled its financial results for the fourth quarter of the fiscal year and the entire year ending on October 31, 2023. In Q4, there was a 4% increase in revenue, reaching $41.4 million, compared to the fourth quarter’s $39.7 million in the previous fiscal year. Annual revenues totaled $179.9 million, slightly below the $184.6 million recorded in fiscal year 2022. The net loss for Q4 was $3.6 million, while that for the fiscal year of 2023 was $7.6 million.

      Despite facing challenges from adverse weather conditions and subdued pricing for most of the year, LMNR’s performance in fiscal year 2023 remained commendable. It successfully met the annual avocado and revised lemon volume targets. Notably, fresh lemon pricing for Limoneira improved year-over-year in the traditionally slow fourth quarter, reaching its highest level since 2019.

      Furthermore, LMNR’s strategic transition towards an “asset-lighter” business model made significant strides this year, as evidenced by the growth in brokered lemons and other lemon sales year-over-year for the second consecutive quarter in the fourth quarter. The farm management revenue also approached $10 million for the fiscal year.

      Limoneira executed strategic moves to monetize or eliminate non-strategic assets, including the $98 million net cash proceeds from the sale of its Northern Properties, the extension of a water fallowing program in Yuma, AZ, expected to yield annual proceeds of $1.3 million, and the discontinuation of unprofitable farming operations in Cadiz.

      These initiatives have positioned Limoneira in a much more robust financial stance, with the balance sheet appropriately aligned and the year-end net debt position at its lowest level since the company went public. Consequently, LMNR has initiated an exploration of various strategic alternatives, as both the management and board believe this could optimize overall value.

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