In light of the current competitive fresh produce market conditions, Dole has assessed its ongoing capital requirements and possible near-term funding resources for the new Dole, including Dole’s Hawaii land holdings, and is actively marketing the approximately 21,800 acres of land that it is not currently farming in Hawaii on the Island of Oahu. Dole is seeking to sell as much of this land as it possibly can each year, expecting that it will take a few years to sell such a large quantity of farm land. Targeted proceeds are in the $175 – $200 million range, which would exceed current book value. Potential proceeds may be used to invest in both increasing the number of fresh fruit farms owned and operated by the new Dole and in updating Dole’s owned vessel fleet.
Dole has provided earnings guidance to give investors general information on the overall direction of its remaining businesses following the sale transaction. The guidance provided is subject to numerous uncertainties, including, among others, the timing and ultimate consummation of the sale transaction, overall economic and capital-market conditions and the markets for fresh fruits and vegetables. Dole does not intend, and undertakes no obligation, to update its forward-looking statements, including projections and future prospects.
This release contains “forward-looking statements,” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements, which are based on management’s current expectations, are generally identifiable by the use of terms such as “may,” “will,” “expects,” “believes,” “intends,” “anticipates” and similar expressions. The potential risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied herein include the timing and whether the sale transaction is consummated, weather-related phenomena; market responses to industry volume pressures; product and raw materials supplies and pricing; energy supply and pricing; changes in interest and currency exchange rates; economic crises and security risks in developing countries; international conflict; and quotas, tariffs and other governmental actions. Further information on the factors that could affect Dole’s financial results is included in its filings with the SEC.