The Company has adopted a hedging strategy intended to establish predictable prices for future supply of green coffee with futures contracts that it purchases for certain of its national customer accounts as well as for its own account, for longer periods of time than was done previously, because the cost of coffee significantly declined during the last 12 to 18 months, making these long-term futures contracts relatively less expensive than they had been previously. Since the coffee-related derivatives are not designated as accounting hedges, in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, the Company recognized these net unrealized and realized losses immediately in its consolidated statements of operations as the derivative contracts were re-valued to their market prices. The Company expects these losses will either be offset by future derivative gains as the coffee market changes or recovered through operating income as a result of the lower cost of goods assigned to the related coffee.
Chief Financial Officer Jeffrey Wahba stated, "Although the net realized and unrealized losses from coffee-related derivative contracts that we incurred in the second quarter of fiscal 2013 are expected to be eventually recovered as described above, we are currently planning to implement procedures following the guidelines of Accounting Standards Codification 815 "Derivatives and Hedging" by the end of the current fiscal year. These procedures are expected to enable us to account for the coffee-related derivatives as accounting hedges in order to minimize the volatility created in our quarterly results from utilizing these derivative contracts and to improve comparability between reporting periods."
Income tax benefit in the three months ended December 31, 2012 was $19,000 compared to income tax expense of $60,000 in the three months ended December 31, 2011.
As a result of the forgoing factors, net loss in the fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2012 was $7.3 million, or $0.47 per common share, as compared to net loss of $4.1 million, or $0.27 per common share, during the same period in the prior fiscal year. Second quarter fiscal 2013 EBITDAE increased $1.4 million, or 15%, to $10.4 million as compared to $9.0 million in the same period last year.