Management Comments and Guidance for Fiscal Year 2013
“As reflected in our financial results, we had a very good fiscal year 2012 with revenue growth of 15% and net income growth of 46%, after excluding the $4.8 million goodwill write off in fiscal year 2011, and we plan to continue our growth path into fiscal year 2013. For fiscal year 2013, we plan to grow Landec revenues by approximately 30% and net income by 25% to 35% compared to fiscal year 2012. Landec’s strategy, as evidenced by the growth in revenues, gross profit and net income during fiscal year 2012, is to focus on our core food and biomaterial businesses and also to capitalize on our unique polymer technology and on our strong channels of distribution to drive growth across our businesses,” concluded Mr. Steele.
Ron Midyett, Apio’s CEO stated, “The acquisition of GreenLine and our investment in Windset have significantly contributed to the year-over-year growth in both revenues and pre-tax income for Apio. In addition, our non-GreenLine value-added businesses realized very good growth as a result of the addition of new customers, increased sales to existing customers, and new product introductions. Our Cal-Ex export business also had a very good year achieving record revenues and pre-tax income during fiscal year 2012.”
Dennis Allingham, Lifecore’s CEO, said, “Lifecore has recently been notified by two of its customers that they have received product clearances by the FDA. Lifecore expects that these new products recently approved by the FDA, combined with anticipated increases in sales of existing products, will result in Lifecore growing revenues by approximately 15% in fiscal year 2013, while maintaining historical margins.”Landec Fourth Quarter 2012 Earnings Conference Call A conference call will follow this release at 8:00 a.m. Pacific Time on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 during which senior management of Landec will present an overview of results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year 2012. Interested parties have the opportunity to listen to the conference call live on the Internet at www.landec.com by selecting Investors and the Financial Releases & Events page. A replay of the webcast will be available for 30 days. Additionally, investors can listen to the call by dialing (866) 871-4460 or (703) 639-1468 at least 5 minutes prior to the start. A replay of the call will be available through Wednesday, August 8, 2012 by calling (888) 266-2081 or (703) 925-2533, code #1583900. Landec Corporation is a materials science company that leverages its proprietary polymer technologies, application development and innovation capabilities to develop and commercialize new products in food and biomaterials markets. Landec has two proprietary polymer technology platforms: Intelimer Polymers ® and Hyaluronan (“HA”) that are the foundation for its business. Landec’s subsidiary, Apio, has become the leader in US fresh-cut specialty packaged vegetables sold in North America by combining Landec’s proprietary food packaging technology, and the strength of two major national brands Eat Smart ® and GreenLine ®, with the capabilities of a large national food supplier, processor and distributor. Through its subsidiary, Lifecore Biomedical, Landec is a premium supplier of hyaluronan-based materials and medical products to ophthalmic, orthopedic and veterinary markets worldwide. Landec’s Licensing Partnerships work closely with market-leading companies to develop and commercialize differentiated polymer-based products. For more information about the Company, visit Landec’s website at www.landec.com. 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, the severity of the current economic slowdown, the ability to integrate GreenLine’s operations into the Company, 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 29, 2011 (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.