- Consolidated revenues increased 191 percent to $92.4 million driven by a nearly four-fold increase in Ingredients segment revenues.
- Dynamic market conditions further support the expected growth of the proprietary soy ingredients portfolio.
- Cash and marketable securities on hand were in line with the Company’s plan to fund the business into 2024.
- Management maintains its full-year 2022 guidance.
ST. LOUIS, MO – May 16, 2022 – Benson Hill, Inc. (NYSE: BHIL, the “Company” or “Benson Hill”), a food tech company unlocking the natural genetic diversity of plants, today announced operating and financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2022.
“We continued the momentum of last year with a solid first quarter, meeting or exceeding our revenue and margin expectations, due to continued strong performance by our team. The financial results reinforce our confidence in our full-year guidance,” said Matt Crisp, Chief Executive Officer of Benson Hill. “Meeting the needs of our customers is paramount during a time of historic macro-economic and geopolitical forces impacting global food security and affordability. The urgency to evolve the food system is intensifying, and we believe our innovations play a key role in delivering more sustainable and affordable food choices to consumers.”
First Quarter Results Compared to The Same Period of 2021
The impact of the mark-to-market timing differences on the profit and loss statement and reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures can be found on pages 5 and 9, respectively.
- Revenues were $92.4 million, an increase of $60.6 million, or 191 percent led by robust growth in both the Ingredients and Fresh segments.
- Gross loss was $5.2 million, a decline in profitability of $5.8 million, which includes the net loss of $13.2 million from mark-to-market adjustments related to soybean and soybean product hedge contracts for purchases and sales. The impact in the first quarter resulted in a net realized loss of $5.0 million offsetting higher realized prices in the quarter. The remaining unrealized $8.2 million represents mark-to-market timing differences for expected future sales and purchases. When considering the effect of the timing of the mark-to-market adjustments, gross profit was $3.0 million.
- Operating expenses were $35.4 million, an increase of $14.6 million, which included higher costs to operate as a public company as well as $6.4 million for non-cash stock compensation and non-recurring costs including the recent PIPE transaction.
- Inclusive of the mark-to-market timing differences, the reported net loss was $16.6 million compared to a net loss of $22.3 million. Adjusted EBITDA was a loss of $28.8 million compared to a loss of $14.8 million.
- Cash and marketable securities on hand were $209.9 million as of March 31, 2022, which included gross proceeds of $85 million from the PIPE raise completed on March 25, 2022.
- Revenues for the segment were $66.1 million, an increase of $51.9 million, or 365 percent. Proprietary soy revenues were $14 million, an increase of 161%, due to increased availability of ingredients, meal, and oil products.
- Gross loss was $8.9 million, which includes the loss related to timing differences in the settlement of soybean future contracts and expected future sales. Excluding the economic hedge timing differences, performance in the quarter was in line with expectations driven by an increase in soy volume resulting from the acquisition of the Creston, Iowa and Seymour, IND., crush facilities in the prior year, growth in the proprietary soy portfolio, and an increase in market prices.
- Inclusive of the mark-to-market timing differences, adjusted EBITDA for the segment was a loss of $14.8 million, an increase in loss of $8.0 million.
- Revenues for the segment were $26.3 million, an increase of $8.8 million, or 50 percent. The current inflationary environment for food and supply chain constraints contributed to better-than-expected pricing along with expected volume increases from the planned fresh produce production expansion.
- Gross profit was $3.7 million driven by higher volume and prices for fresh produce.
- Adjusted EBITDA was $2.2 million, which was an increase in segment profitability of $2.6 million.
Management Maintains 2022 Outlook
Management reaffirms the outlook for 2022, with consolidated revenues expected to be $315 million to $350 million, which includes Ingredients segment revenues of $250 million to $275 million and Fresh segment revenues of $65 million to $75 million. The drivers of the expected Ingredient segment revenues include proprietary soy ingredient portfolio revenues of $70 million to $80 million and legacy activity at the Creston facility between $90 million to $100 million.
Consolidated gross profit is expected to be in the range of $9 million to $13 million with gross margin improvement over 2021 as a result of expected sales of a broader soy portfolio and a reduction of high-cost third-party tolling expense. The Company expects high-single digit gross margins for the Fresh segment.
The Company expects a net loss of $148 million to $153 million and adjusted EBITDA to be a loss of $80 million to $85 million, which is a slightly greater loss than in 2021.
Finally, the Company expects use of cash to moderate in 2022 due to higher gross margins, lower Capex requirements, and cost management efforts.
A webcast of the earnings conference call will begin at 8:30 a.m. ET today. The link to participate is available on the Investor Relations page of the Company’s website.
About Benson Hill
Benson Hill moves food forward with the CropOS® platform, a cutting-edge food innovation engine that combines data science and machine learning with biology and genetics. Benson Hill empowers innovators to unlock nature’s genetic diversity from plant to plate, with the purpose of creating nutritious, great-tasting food and ingredient options that are both widely accessible and sustainable. More information can be found at bensonhill.com or on Twitter at @bensonhillinc.
Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
In this press release, the Company includes non-GAAP performance measures. The Company uses these non-GAAP financial measures to facilitate management’s financial and operational decision-making, including evaluation of the Company’s historical operating results. The Company’s management believes these non-GAAP measures are useful in evaluating the Company’s operating performance and are similar measures reported by publicly listed U.S. competitors, and regularly used by securities analysts, institutional investors, and other interested parties in analyzing operating performance and prospects. These non-GAAP financial measures reflect an additional way of viewing aspects of the Company’s operations that, when viewed with GAAP results and the reconciliations to corresponding GAAP financial measures, may provide a more complete understanding of factors and trends affecting the Company’s business. By providing these non-GAAP measures, the Company’s management intends to provide investors with a meaningful, consistent comparison of the Company’s performance for the periods presented. These non-GAAP financial measures should be considered supplemental to, and not a substitute for, financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP. The Company’s definition of these non-GAAP measures may differ from similarly titled measures of performance used by other companies in other industries or within the same industry.
Because non-GAAP financial measures exclude the effect of items that will increase or decrease the Company’s reported results of operations, management strongly encourages investors to review the Company’s consolidated financial statements and publicly filed reports in their entirety. A reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures and the Company’s definition of these non-GAAP measures is included in the tables accompanying this release.
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
Certain statements in this press release may be considered “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements relate to future events or the Company’s future financial or operating performance. These forward-looking statements include, among other things, statements regarding: the Company’s currently expected guidance regarding its full-year 2022 consolidated revenues, revenues for its proprietary soy portfolio, revenues from legacy activity at the Creston facility, segment revenues, gross profit, gross margins, net loss, Adjusted EBITDA, and cash usage; the anticipated benefits of the Company’s March 2022 PIPE transaction and the capital raised thereby; financial or other information based upon or otherwise incorporating judgments or estimates relating to future performance, events or expectations; expectations regarding the Company’s hedging and other risk management strategies, including expectations about future sales and purchases that relate to the Company’s mark-to-market adjustments; the Company’s strategies and plans for growth; the Company’s, positioning, resources, capabilities, and expectations for future performance; estimates and forecasts of financial and other performance metrics; projections of market opportunity; the Company’s outlook and financial and other guidance; and management’s strategy and plans for growth. In some cases, the reader can identify forward-looking statements by words such as “may,” “should,” “expect,” “intend,” “will,” “estimate,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “predict,” or similar words. Such forward-looking statements are based upon assumptions made by Benson Hill as of the date hereof and are subject to risks, uncertainties, and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations include, but are not limited to, the Company’s ability to achieve anticipated benefits of recent business combinations, which may be affected by, among other things, competition, the ability of the combined company to grow and achieve growth profitably, maintain relationships with customers and suppliers, and retain its management and key employees; the ability to deploy capital, including capital raised in the PIPE transaction, in a manner that furthers Benson Hill’s growth strategy, as well as the general ability to execute the Company’s business plans; industry conditions, including fluctuations in supply, demand and prices for agricultural commodities; the effects of weather conditions and the outbreak of crop disease on our business; global and regional economic, agricultural, financial and commodities market, political, social and health conditions; the effectiveness of our risk management strategies; the transition to becoming a public company; and other risks and uncertainties set forth in the sections entitled “Risk Factors” and “Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements” in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), which are available on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. Forward-looking statements are also subject to the risks and other issues described above under “Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures,” which could cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations included in the Company’s forward-looking statements included in this press release. Nothing in this press release should be regarded as a representation by any person that the forward-looking statements set forth herein will be achieved or that any of the contemplated results of such forward-looking statements will be achieved, including without limitation any expectations about our operational and financial performance or achievements through and including 2024. There may be additional risks about which the Company is presently unaware or that the Company currently believes are immaterial that could also cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements. The reader should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they are made. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause its assessments to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, it expressly disclaims any duty to update these forward-looking statements, except as otherwise required by law.
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