MENLO PARK, Calif., March 29, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Landec Corporation (NASDAQ:LNDC), a leading developer and marketer of innovative and proprietary products for healthy living applications in the food and biomedical markets, reported results for the third quarter of fiscal 2016 and nine months ended February 28, 2016. 

“During the third quarter, Apio continued to experience severe produce shortages and increased costs for many of its key vegetables due to the weather-related effects from El Nino, specifically very poor yields and quality,” said Molly Hemmeter, Landec’s President and CEO. “Although weather conditions have recently improved, we are still managing the lingering effects from this year’s El Nino, which has matched the strongest El Nino in recorded history, with significant increases in Pacific Ocean temperatures that correspondingly resulted in a rise in land temperatures. Throughout most of our second and third fiscal quarters, we experienced significant deviations in both daytime and nighttime average temperatures in our growing regions. These deviations affected plant health and growth rates resulting in significant crop yield losses, poor quality, and changes in the timing of harvesting outside of planned harvesting schedules, all of which drove up the cost for sourcing quality produce items. Despite our best efforts to meet the increasing demand for our products, there was simply not enough supply from our contracted growers, or for purchase on the open market, to meet this demand.  However, we were able to fill all orders for our higher margin Eat Smart® salad kits, which continue to grow at double-digit rates.  Eat Smart salad kit revenues grew 20% in the third quarter of fiscal 2016  and grew 31% in the first nine months of fiscal 2016 compared to the same periods last year.

“Notably, our Lifecore biomaterials business is continuing to have a record year. Lifecore revenues increased 6% during the third quarter and 16% during the first nine months of fiscal 2016 compared to the same periods last year. Lifecore achieved this revenue growth despite several shipments scheduled for the third fiscal quarter being rescheduled at the request of several customers to our fourth fiscal quarter of 2016. More impressively, Lifecore’s operating income increased 26% during the third quarter and 151% during the first nine months of fiscal 2016 compared to the year ago periods.

“In addition to the results from operations, the third quarter and nine month results include a one-time, non-cash $34 million ($21.5 million after taxes) write down of our GreenLine® tradename. The Company’s strategic decision to convert its GreenLine branded bean products to its more nationally recognized Eat Smart® brand in retail stores is being driven by both favorable results from our online marketing and social networking programs and requests from our retail customers to deliver all our products under the Eat Smart brand (see our press release dated February 26, 2016 for more details). By consolidating Apio’s retail products under a single consumer brand, Apio’s sales and marketing resources will be able to focus on supporting the Eat Smart brand to drive greater consumer awareness and spending efficiencies.”

Fiscal Third Quarter 2016 Results
Revenues in the third quarter of fiscal 2016 decreased 6% to $130.0 million from $138.5 million in the year-ago quarter. The decrease was primarily due to a 7% decrease in revenues in Apio’s packaged fresh vegetable business due to a 12% reduction in sales volume and a 22% decrease in revenues in Apio’s export business due to a 21% reduction in sales volume. The decrease in revenues in both of Apio’s businesses were due to severe produce shortages which resulted in Apio being unable to fulfill all the demand from its customers for its core vegetable line of packaged products, although Apio was able to meet all of the demand for its salad kit products.  The decrease in Apio revenues was partially offset by a 6% increase in revenues at Lifecore.

Primarily due to the GreenLine tradename impairment charge, Landec recorded a net loss in the third quarter of fiscal 2016 of $21.2 million, or $0.78 per share, compared to a net income of $3.8 million or $0.14 per share in the year-ago quarter. Excluding the impact from the GreenLine tradename write down, the Company generated net income of $0.01 per share during the quarter.

In addition to the GreenLine tradename write down, operating income was significantly impacted by the decrease in revenues but more importantly by $6.6 million of excess costs related to the severe produce shortages at Apio. Additionally, the increase in the fair market value of the Company’s Windset investment was $2.1 million lower than the increase in the year ago quarter as a result of delays in Windset’s expansion plans due to permitting delays. The loss in the third quarter was partially offset by: (1) a $1.0 million increase in pre-tax income at Lifecore due to higher revenues, as well as an increase in its gross margin to 49% from 42% due to a favorable sales mix change compared to the third quarter of fiscal 2015, and (2) from a $2.3 million decrease in income taxes, excluding the tax benefit from the GreenLine tradename impairment charge.

Fiscal Nine Months 2016 Results
Revenues in the first nine months of fiscal 2016 increased $1.0 million to $405.8 million compared to $404.8 million in the same period last year. Excluding the extra week during the first nine months of fiscal 2015, which resulted in approximately $9.0 million in additional revenues last fiscal year, revenues for the first nine months of fiscal 2016 increased 3% compared to the same period last year. The $1.0 million increase in revenue was primarily due to (1) a 16%, or $4.8 million, increase in revenues at Lifecore, (2) a $1.5 million increase in licensing revenues at Corporate, and (3) a $641,000 increase in revenues in Apio’s packaged fresh vegetable business.  These increases were partially offset by an 11%, or $6.0 million, decrease in revenues in Apio’s export business.

Primarily due to the GreenLine tradename impairment charge, Landec recorded a net loss during the first nine months of fiscal 2016 of $16.4 million, or $0.61 per share, compared to a net income of $9.3 million, or $0.34 per share, in the first nine months of fiscal 2015. The net loss was due to the impairment charge from the phasing out of our GreenLine tradename for retail products. Excluding the impact from the GreenLine tradename write down, the Company generated net income of $0.19 per share during the first nine months of fiscal 2016.

In addition to the GreenLine tradename write down, operating income was significantly impacted by $12.6 million of excess costs related to the severe produce shortages at Apio. The year over year change in operating income was also due to: (1) a $3.9 million increase in operating expenses at Apio to drive the growth of our existing and new salad kit products, and from additional headcount hired over the past year, and (2) a $2.5 million reduction in the increase in the fair market value of the Company’s Windset investment as a result of delays in its expansion plans. The loss during the first nine months of fiscal 2016 was partially offset by: (1) a $4.8 million increase in pre-tax income at Lifecore due to higher revenues, as well as an increase in gross margin to 45% from 34% due to a favorable sales mix change compared to the first nine months of last year, and (2) from a $2.6 million decrease in income taxes, excluding the tax benefit from the GreenLine tradename impairment charge.

See “Non-GAAP Financial Information” below and the tables at the end of this release for more information and for reconciliations of certain financial information for the third quarter and nine months ended February, 28, 2016 and fiscal 2015 results to the most directly comparable financial measures calculated in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the U.S. (GAAP).

Management Comments and Guidance for Fiscal 2016
“We have developed future plans and strategies that we believe are exciting, innovative and achievable; however, this fiscal year continues to be challenging. The severe produce shortages that began in the second fiscal quarter have had a significant negative impact on our financial results,” continued Hemmeter. “Despite these short-term setbacks, we are very encouraged about the progress in, and future prospects for, both of our businesses. Lifecore is having a record year, with projected revenue growth of approximately 25% and operating income growth of 130-140%. We expect Lifecore to average double-digit revenue and operating income growth over the next several years. Our Apio salad kit business continues to increase with revenue growth of 31% during the nine months ended February 2016 compared to the same period last year and we expect to introduce several more vegetable salads over the next year. We are also exploring the addition of innovative and convenient new products outside of produce, particularly in the natural foods space, through both internal development programs and strategic acquisitions.

“The strategy in our food business is to shift our portfolio of products over time to include a higher percentage of innovative, high margin products versus the lower margin commodity-like products in order to drive increased profitability. Thus far, we have been successful in this strategy as we have significantly grown our vegetable salad kit product revenues on an average annual compounded growth rate of approximately 80% from $26 million in fiscal 2013 to an estimated $145 million to $150 million in fiscal 2016. A portion of Apio’s historical business consists of commodity-like items that carry a very high cost of service, especially in times of severe weather challenges. Even after incurring these costs to service our customers to the best of our ability, several of our customers have chosen to leave or diversify their sourcing strategy by moving away from a sole supplier relationship for certain produce items.  The result of these changes will be an acceleration of our product mix change, as we see the size of our lower margin business declining this fiscal year and next fiscal year while our innovative higher margin product offerings continue to grow.

“As a result of severe produce shortages and the loss of some commodity-like business, revenues decreased this quarter in our packaged fresh vegetable business and we expect them to be down in the fourth quarter compared to the fourth quarter of last fiscal year. However, excluding the excess costs from produce shortages and the related higher cost of servicing our customers, which amounted to $6.6 million and $12.6 million, respectively, for our third quarter and first nine of months of fiscal 2016, our gross margin in our packaged fresh vegetable business would have been 10.2% for the quarter and 12.6% for the nine months.  This compares to 8.4% and 10.3% for the same periods last year and demonstrates that our fundamental strategy to shift our product mix to increase profitability is working. We continue to focus on delivering innovative, on-trend products that make it easy and convenient for consumers to eat healthy, in order to advance and create value for consumers, our customers and our shareholders.

“For all of fiscal 2016, we now expect revenues to be slightly down compared to last year primarily due to not having an adequate supply of produce through most of the second and third quarters and the loss of some customer business.  We now expect net income for the year, excluding the GreenLine tradename impairment charge, will be $0.33 to $0.37 per share. We are currently estimating that for all of fiscal 2016 the impact on operating income of the excess costs from produce shortages and the related higher cost of servicing our customers caused by this year’s El Nino will approximate $14 million to $15 million, or $0.33 to $0.35 per share after taxes.

“We are currently developing our budget for fiscal 2017. On a preliminary basis, we expect double-digit revenue growth in Apio’s Eat Smart salad kits and we expect Lifecore to continue to deliver double-digit revenue and operating income growth in fiscal 2017. We see further revenue declines in Apio’s lower margin commodity-like vegetable business. We also expect net income to increase substantially year over year assuming that produce sourcing returns to more normal levels and as we continue to focus our sales efforts on higher margin products. We will provide more specific annual guidance for fiscal 2017 when we report our fiscal 2016 year end results,” concluded Hemmeter.

Conference Call
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Date: Wednesday, March 30, 2016
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About Landec Corporation 
Landec Corporation is a company that leverages its proprietary polymer technologies, application development and innovation capabilities to develop and commercialize new products in food and biomaterials markets. Landec’s subsidiary, Apio, has become the leader in US fresh-cut specialty packaged vegetables sold in North America based on combining Landec’s proprietary food packaging technology and the strength of two major national brands, Eat Smart® and GreenLine®, with the capabilities of large scale processing and national distribution. Lifecore Biomedical, a subsidiary of Landec, is a premium supplier of hyaluronan-based materials and medical products to ophthalmic, orthopedic and veterinary markets worldwide. In addition, Lifecore Biomedical provides specialized aseptic fill and finish services in a cGMP (current good manufacturing practices) validated manufacturing facility for supplying commercial, clinical and pre-clinical products. Landec will also periodically work with market-leading companies to develop and commercialize differentiated polymer-based products under R&D and royalty agreements.  For more information about the company, visit Landec’s website at www.landec.com.

Non-GAAP Financial Information

This press release contains non-GAAP financial information relating to sales growth, gross margin, income taxes and diluted earnings per share (EPS). The Company has included reconciliations of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable financial measure calculated in accordance with GAAP.  See the end of this release for these reconciliations. 

The Company has disclosed these non-GAAP financial measures to supplement its consolidated financial statements presented in accordance with GAAP.  These non-GAAP financial measures exclude certain items that are included in the Company’s results reported in accordance with GAAP, including the extra week of revenue during fiscal 2015 and the impact from the GreenLine impairment charge. Management believes these non-GAAP financial measures provide useful additional information to investors about trends in the Company’s operations and are useful for period-over-period comparisons. These non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the comparable GAAP measures. In addition, these non-GAAP financial measures may not be the same as similar measures provided by other companies due to the potential differences in methods of calculation and items being excluded. They should be read in conjunction with the Company’s consolidated financial statements presented in accordance with GAAP.

Important Cautions Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters discussed in this news release are forward-looking statements that involve certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially, including such factors among others, as the timing and expenses associated with operations, the ability to achieve acceptance of the Company's new products in the market place, weather conditions that can affect the supply and price of produce, the amount and timing of research and development funding and license fees from the Company's collaborative partners, the timing of regulatory approvals, the mix between domestic and international sales, and the risk factors listed in the Company’s Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended May 31, 2015 (See item 1A: Risk Factors) which may be updated in Part II, Item 1A Risk Factors in the Company’s Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. As a result of these and other factors, the Company expects to continue to experience significant fluctuations in quarterly operating results and there can be no assurance that the Company will remain consistently profitable. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new developments or otherwise.

 
LANDEC CORPORATION
CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands)
 
 February 28, 2016 May 31, 2015
  (unaudited)  
ASSETS   
Current Assets:   
Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities$ 8,214  $14,127 
Accounts receivable, net 42,924   46,479 
Inventories, net 27,161   25,027 
Deferred taxes        2,111 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 5,606   5,458 
Total Current Assets 83,905   93,202 
        
Investments in non-public companies 62,500    61,500 
Property and equipment, net 108,719   84,465 
Intangible assets, net 71,237   105,883 
Other assets 2,316   1,415 
Total Assets$328,677  $346,465 
        
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY       
Current Liabilities:       
Accounts payable$25,091  $35,009 
Income taxes payable 79   1,229 
Accrued compensation 4,206   6,742 
Other accrued liabilities 7,282   3,983 
Deferred revenue 1,152   843 
Current portion of long-term debt 8,546   8,353 
Total Current Liabilities 46,356   56,159 
        
Long-term debt, less current portion 48,607   34,166 
Long-term lease obligation 3,711    
Deferred taxes 21,669   34,340 
Other non-current liabilities 1,728   1,691 
        
Stockholders' Equity       
Common stock 27   27 
Additional paid-in capital 136,303   133,307 
Retained earnings 68,728   85,098 
Total Stockholders' Equity 205,058   218,432 
Non-controlling interest 1,548   1,677 
Total Equity 206,606   220,109 
Total Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity$328,677  $346,465 


LANDEC CORPORATION
CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(In thousands, except per-share data)
(unaudited)
 
    Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
   February 28, March 1, February 28, March 1,
    2016   2015   2016   2015 
Product Sales$129,990  $138,530  $405,786  $404,809 
          
Cost of product sales 117,059   121,645   357,613   358,071 
          
Gross profit 12,931   16,885   48,173   46,738 
          
Operating costs and expenses:       
  Research and development 1,895   1,755   5,413   5,375 
  Selling, general and administrative 10,659   10,298   35,638   29,106 
  Impairment of GreenLine tradename 34,000      34,000    
   Total operating costs and expenses 46,554   12,053   75,051   34,481 
Operating (loss) income (33,623)  4,832   (26,878)  12,257 
          
Dividend income 413   413   1,238   1,015 
Interest income 17   85   64   269 
Interest expense (484)  (510)  (1,425)  (1,365)
Other income    1,307   1,000   2,707 
Net (loss) income before taxes (33,677)  6,127   (26,001)  14,883 
Income taxes 12,510   (2,324)  9,750   (5,409)
Consolidated net (loss) income (21,167)  3,803   (16,251)  9,474 
Non controlling interest (23)  (31)  (119)  (126)
Net (loss) income available to common stockholders$(21,190) $3,772  $(16,370) $9,348 
          
Diluted net (loss) income per share$(0.78) $0.14  $(0.61) $0.34 
        
Shares used in diluted per share computations 27,054   27,363   27,026   27,314 
                

LANDEC CORPORATION
THIRD QUARTER ENDED FEBRUARY 28, 2016
QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

1) Are the produce sourcing issues improving?

We now have an adequate supply of broccoli, cauliflower and most all of our California grown crops. However, the supply of green beans was very tight in March due to heavy rains in southern Florida in February that completely wiped out many of our fields. We are just recently attaining an adequate supply of green beans to meet all of our customer demands. We currently do not foresee any sourcing issues over and above what we normally plan for in the months of April and May.

2) Have you lost any customers as a result of the produce shortages?

We have lost some business with several customers. As mentioned above, a large majority of the business we have lost, or anticipate losing, is low margin business that carries a very high cost to service. Although this will result in a loss of revenue, much of this lost revenue will be from lower margin products. As a result, the revenues in our packaged fresh vegetables business for this year’s third quarter were lower than the third quarter last year and we expect that the revenues in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016 will be lower than the fourth quarter of last year for the same reason. We expect that the shift in product mix to a higher percentage of innovative products will continue through the first half of fiscal 2017, resulting in higher margins in Apio’s packaged fresh vegetable business in fiscal 2017.

3) Why did the Company set up a $100 million shelf registration? 

We want to be prepared if an ideal opportunity presents itself and we need capital over and above what we can comfortably borrow.  For any potential acquisition we will first and foremost maximize debt and cash before we use equity, but this shelf allows us to do a significant transaction or several small transactions and be able to move quickly if necessary to close the deal. We recently hired a new VP of Strategy and Business Development whose focus is on new product development and strategic acquisitions. This shelf will give us flexibility and allow us to broaden our target range.

4) Your Windset investment did not change in the third quarter, do you expect an increase during the fourth quarter?

We currently do not expect a change in our Windset investment during the fourth quarter. Windset has continued to realize double-digit annual growth in revenues and net income. However, the impact of the lengthy permitting process and timeline required by the County of Santa Barbara has delayed Windset’s expansion plans.

During the last few months of calendar year 2015, El Nino affected production from Windset’s Mexican grower partners. Lower than anticipated production volumes and higher costs associated with purchased product required to meet Windset’s committed sales programs, resulted in operating results lower than plan.

Despite the lower than originally projected change in the fair market value of Windset in fiscal 2016, we project that as of fiscal year end 2016 we will have realized a 24% annual return since our original investment in Windset in February 2011.

5) What is the status of Windset’s expansion plans and the permitting issues?

Windset recently completed the construction of a four-acre test facility and a four-acre propagation facility on land Windset owns in the City of Santa Maria using a new type of greenhouse structure that Windset intends to use for trials for new crops.  Windset is in the permitting process to build a commercial scale structure adjacent to its Santa Maria facility on lands located in the County of Santa Barbara.

Windset is also in the permitting process with the City of Santa Maria to construct additional glass greenhouse facilities on lands in the City of Santa Maria. 

Windset still expects that it will begin commercially harvesting crops in the fall of 2016 from the new site expansions.

6) How are the Hanover, PA and Lifecore expansions progressing?

The Hanover building expansion will be completed in mid-April.  It will be completed on schedule and under budget. Production of bagged vegetables began last month and production of salad kit products will commence in early May.

The Lifecore expansion is going well and proceeding as planned.  We expect the expansion to be completed during the second quarter of fiscal 2017. Upon completion, Lifecore will have sufficient aseptic filling capacity to meet its growth plans for commercialized development opportunities and its long term aseptic filling plans.

7) Why is Landec well positioned for future growth?

We have positioned ourselves for growth and improved profitability in all of our lines of business by being market leaders and focusing on innovation.
(a) Our Apio packaged fresh vegetable products are on trend within the fast growing healthy living space and we are the market leader in this category which continues to grow by double digits annually.
(b) Our Lifecore biomaterials business is growing at double-digit rates with new capacity that will come online in the next few months and with a deep pipeline of development programs along with continuing growth from its existing business.
(c) Our BreatheWay® packaging technology is increasingly being tested by new and existing partners for extending the shelf life of produce outside of our packaged fresh vegetable business.
(d) We are a significant shareholder in Windset Farms which continues to grow rapidly based on growing produce hydroponically in state of the art greenhouse facilities where yields, depending on crops, can exceed 30 times the productive capability per acre of field grown crops. Additionally, Windset will be expanding its capacity over the next twelve months.  

8) What are Landec’s top priorities for the next 12 to 24 months?

Our continuing priorities are:

(a) Shifting our product mix to high margin products at both Apio and Lifecore.
(b) Developing innovative new salad kits to broaden and strengthen our product line.
(c) Focusing our new VP of Strategy and Business Development on evaluating the natural food product segment to identify areas where Landec can enter through new product development and/or strategic acquisitions or investments.
(d) Advancing our Lifecore programs with key customers and development partners.
(e) Investing in facility expansion and equipment to meet future anticipated demand at both Apio and Lifecore.
(f) Supporting Windset in its expansion plans to build new hydroponic controlled atmosphere structures using new growing methods for new crops.

9) How do the results by line of business for the three and nine months ended February 28, 2016 compare with the same periods last year?

The results are as follows (unaudited and in thousands and excludes the impact from the GreenLine tradename impairment charge for comparability):

 Three months
Three months
Nine months
Nine months
 ended 2/28/16ended 3/1/15ended 2/28/16ended 3/1/15
Revenues:    
Apio Packaged Fresh Vegetables (a)$ 107,348 $115,392 $318,218 $317,577 
Apio Export    6,389  8,199  50,873  56,902 
Total Apio 113,737  123,591  369,091  374,479 
Lifecore 15,701  14,799  34,748  29,928 
Corporate (b) 552  140  1,947  402 
Total Revenues 129,990  138,530  405,786  404,809 
     
Gross Profit:    
Apio Packaged Fresh Vegetables  4,334  9,735   27,565  32,739 
Apio Export 521  771  3,200  3,507 
Total Apio 4,855  10,506  30,765  36,246 
Lifecore 7,618  6,258  15,713  10,110 
Corporate 458  121  1,695  382 
Total Gross Profit 12,931  16,885  48,173  46,738
 
     
R&D:    
Apio 272  188  731  542 
Lifecore 1,217  1,235  3,529  3,768 
Corporate 406  332  1,153  1,065 
Total R&D 1,895  1,755  5,413  5,375 
     
S,G&A:    
Apio   7,021  7,116  23,866  20,169 
Lifecore 1,271  954  3,841  3,013 
Corporate 2,367  2,228  7,931  5,924 
Total S,G&A 10,659  10,298  35,638  29,106 
     
Other (c):    
Apio (20) 2,020  853  3,191 
Lifecore (57) 30  (96) 77 
Corporate (29) (3,110) (2,789) (6,177)
Total Other (106) (1,060) (2,032) (2,909)
     
Net Income (Loss):    
Apio (2,458) 5,222  7,021  18,726 
Lifecore 5,073  4,099  8,247  3,406 
Corporate (2,344) (5,549) (10,178) (12,784)
Net Income$271 $3,772 $5,090 $9,348 

a) Apio’s packaged fresh vegetables business includes revenues and gross profit from Apio Cooling LP. and Apio Packaging.
b) Included in Corporate are the non-Apio and non-Lifecore royalties and profit sharing.
c) Included in Other are other operating income/(expense), net interest income/(expense), dividend income, change in the FMV of Windset, non-operating income/(expense) and income tax expense.

Non-GAAP Financial Information and Reconciliations

The tables below present the reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP and other supplemental information. See “Non-GAAP Financial Information” above for further information regarding the Company’s use of non-GAAP financial measures.

(1) Nine months ended February 28, 2016 revenue growth (in thousands):

Revenues for the nine months ended February 28, 2016 – GAAP (a)$   405,786 
    
Revenues for the nine months ended March 1, 2015 - GAAP$  404,809 
Less: estimated revenue for the one extra week in fiscal 2015   (9,000)
Adjusted revenue for the nine months ended March 1, 2015 – Non-GAAP (b)  $   395,809 
    
Adjusted increase in revenue – Non-GAAP (c) = (a)-(b)$   9,977 
Adjusted increase in revenue percent – Non-GAAP (c)/(b)   2.52%
    

(2) Gross margin for the Packaged Fresh Vegetables (PFV) business excluding the excess costs from produce shortages (in thousands):

 Three months endedNine months ended
 February 28, 2016February 28, 2016
Gross profit for PFV - GAAP$   4,334 $  27,565 
Add: excess costs from produce shortages   6,600    12,600 
Adjusted gross profit for PFV – Non-GAAP (a)$  10,934 $  40,165 
Revenues for PFV – GAAP (b)$  107,348 $   318,218 
Adjusted gross margin for PFV – Non-GAAP (a)/(b) 10.2% 12.6%
       

(3) Income taxes excluding the GreenLine tradename impairment charge (in thousands):

 Three months endedNine months ended
 February 28, 2016February 28, 2016
Income taxes benefit - GAAP$12,510 $     9,750 
Less: income tax benefit from GreenLine tradename impairment charge - GAAP (12,539) (12,539)
Adjusted income taxes – Non-GAAP (a)    (29)    (2,789)
Income taxes for same periods in fiscal 2015 - GAAP (b) (2,324) (5,409)
Adjusted decrease in income taxes – Non-GAAP(b)–(a)$(2,295)$(2,620)
       

(4) EPS excluding the GreenLine tradename impairment charge (in thousands, except per-share data):

 Three months endedNine months ended
 February 28, 2016February 28, 2016
EPS – GAAP (a)$(0.78)$(0.61)
GreenLine tradename impairment charge net of income taxes – GAAP (b)$21,500 $21,500 
Shares used in diluted per share computation (c) 27,054  27,026 
Per share reduction in EPS from GreenLine impairment charge – Non GAAP (b)/(c)  $0.79 $0.80 
Adjusted EPS – Non GAAP (c)+(a)$0.01 $0.19 
       

(5) EPS impact for estimated excess costs from produce sourcing for fiscal 2016 (in thousands, except per-share data):

   Low end of range  High end of range
Estimated excess costs from produce sourcing$14,000 $15,000 
Estimated income taxes at 36% (5,040) (5.400)
After tax impact (a)$8,960 $9,600 
Estimated diluted shares outstanding at end of fiscal 2016 (b) 27,100  27,100 
Estimated EPS impact for excess costs from produce sourcing for fiscal 2016 – Non-GAAP (a)/(b)  $0.33 $0.35 

 

Contact Information:
At the Company: 
Gregory S. Skinner
Vice President Finance and CFO
(650) 261-3677

Investor Relations:
Matt Glover
949-574-3860
LNDC@liolios.com