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George C. Freeman
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7 Aug 19
23 Oct 19
31 Mar 20


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Quarter (USD) Jun 19 Mar 19 Dec 18 Sep 18
Revenue 295.9M 666.54M 634.07M 537.55M
Net income 2.07M 31.36M 28.14M 31.45M
Diluted EPS 0.08 1.24 1.11 1.24
Net profit margin 0.70% 4.71% 4.44% 5.85%
Operating income 7.51M 60.75M 37.68M 54.37M
Net change in cash -129.56M 159.2M 70.48M 1.87M
Cash on hand 168M 297.56M 138.36M 67.88M
Cost of revenue 238.27M 552.24M 520.68M 440.14M
Annual (USD) Mar 19 Mar 18 Mar 17 Mar 16
Revenue 2.21B 2.03B 2.07B 2.12B
Net income 104.12M 105.66M 106.3M 109.02M
Diluted EPS 4.11 4.14 0.88 3.92
Net profit margin 4.70% 5.19% 5.13% 5.14%
Operating income 161.17M 170.83M 178.4M 181.65M
Net change in cash 63.43M -49.87M -35.45M 70.66M
Cash on hand 297.56M 234.13M 283.99M 319.45M
Cost of revenue 1.82B 1.66B 1.68B 1.71B

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Management Discussion
  • Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations
  • We are the leading global leaf tobacco supplier. We derive most of our revenues from sales of processed tobacco to manufacturers of tobacco products throughout the world and from fees and commissions for specific services. We hold a strategic position in the world leaf markets where we work closely with both our customers and farmers to ensure that we deliver a compliant product that meets our customers' needs while promoting a strong supplier base. We adapt to meet changes in customer requirements as well as broader changes in the leaf markets, while continuing to provide the stability of supply and high level of service that distinguishes us in the marketplace. We believe that we have successfully met the needs of both our customers and suppliers while adapting to changes in leaf markets. Over the last three fiscal years, we have generated almost $500 million in net cash flow from operations, invested over $100 million in our businesses, settled the mandatory conversion of our Series B 6.75% Convertible Perpetual Preferred Stock for about $178 million in cash, and returned over $200 million to our shareholders through a combination of dividends and share repurchases.
  • We delivered solid results in fiscal year 2017 despite supply headwinds, most notably from the weather-reduced crop sizes in Brazil and ongoing challenging market conditions in Tanzania. Although we had anticipated ending fiscal year 2017 with slightly lower volumes, earlier shipment timing as well as attractive green prices in some origins resulting in some additional purchases by our customers boosted shipments later in our fiscal year, allowing us to improve our market share and achieve lamina sales volumes that were slightly above those of fiscal year 2016. Our segment operating income for the 2017 fiscal year was also improved, primarily attributable to a reduction in selling, general, and administrative costs and earlier receipt of distributions from unconsolidated subsidiaries.
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