• Consolidated revenues increased 307 percent year-over-year to $130 million driven by a 429 percent increase in Ingredients segment revenues.
• Management raised 2022 guidance with consolidated revenues in the range of $430 million to $455 million and gross profit of $14 million to $17 million.
• Management has taken actions intended to fully fund the business to expected positive EBITDA and free cash flow in 2025.
ST. LOUIS, MO – Nov. 10, 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 Sept. 30, 2022.
“Our team members delivered another quarter of impressive results, which positions Benson Hill to end 2022 with better than expected financial performance. We have also taken recent actions that, when combined with strong execution and prudent cash management, are intended to fully fund the business to profitability,” said Matt Crisp, Chief Executive Officer of Benson Hill. “Macro factors and the current economic environment are underscoring the need for seed-to-fork innovation across our food system, and position Benson Hill for further growth.”
Third Quarter Results Compared to the Same Period of 2021
The impact of mark-to-market timing differences on the profit and loss statement and reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures can be found on pages 7 and 12, respectively.
- Revenues were $130.2 million, an increase of $98.2 million, or 307 percent, led by rapid growth in the Ingredients segment, which was partially offset by a decline in revenues in the Fresh segment.
- Gross profit was $4.4 million, an increase in profitability of $4.0 million due to profit contribution in the Ingredients segment, which was partially offset by a gross loss in the Fresh segment. The results included a $1.4 million gain related to unrealized mark-to-market timing differences.
- Operating expenses were $32.5 million, a decrease of $6.1 million, which included $8.1 million for non-cash items. The decline was primarily driven by one-time public company expenses incurred in 2021, which were partially offset by increased staffing and related expenses in the current quarter to support Benson Hill’s rapid growth.
- Inclusive of the mark-to-market timing differences, the reported net loss and Adjusted EBITDA were $30.2 million and $17.5 million, respectively.
- Cash and marketable securities on hand were $192.9 million as of Sept. 30, 2022.
- Revenues for the segment were $122.3 million, an increase of $99.1 million, or 429 percent. Proprietary soy revenues were $26.0 million, an increase of approximately 300 percent. The increase in revenues was mostly driven by the enablement of the closed-loop business model for sales of proprietary and non-proprietary soy and yellow pea ingredient and achievement of better-than-expected throughput capacity at the Creston, Iowa and Seymour, Indiana soy facilities acquired in the prior year.
- Gross profit was $5.9 million, which includes $1.4 million for unrealized gains related to mark-to-market timing differences to offset unrealized losses incurred in the first quarter. Robust operating performance in the quarter was the result of top line growth of proprietary and non-proprietary products as well as recognition of modest, high-margin revenue contribution from the strategic partnership with ADM.
- Inclusive of the mark-to-market timing differences, Adjusted EBITDA for the segment was a loss of $0.3 million, a $5.0 million improvement.
- Revenues for the segment were $7.9 million, a decrease of $0.9 million, or 11 percent due to adverse weather conditions in Florida and Georgia during the quarter.
- Gross loss was $1.6 million as a result of weather-related challenges that required high cost purchases of fresh produce to meet contract obligations.
- Adjusted EBITDA was a loss of $2.9 million, which was a decrease of $0.5 million.
First Nine-Months Results Compared to the Same Period of 2021
- Revenues were $333.4 million, an increase of $229.9 million, or 222 percent, led by robust growth in the Ingredients segment.
- Ingredients segment revenues were $281.9 million, an increase of $221.8 million, or 369 percent. Proprietary revenues were $52.2 million, an increase of 158 percent.
- Fresh segment revenues were $51.3 million, an increase of $8.0 million, or 18 percent.
- Gross profit was $4.7 million, an increase in profitability of $3.8 million, which includes $1.6 million related to the remaining unrealized losses from mark-to-market timing differences in the first quarter. Performance year-to-date was favorably impacted by top line growth, proprietary revenue mix, and contributions from partnership and licensing, which was partially offset by cost pressures in the Ingredients segment supply chain, the second quarter write-down of inventory in the Fresh segment, as well as the impact from adverse weather during the third quarter. When considering the effect of the timing of the mark-to-market adjustments, year-to-date gross profit was $6.3 million.
- Operating expenses were $102.4 million, an increase of $18.4 million due to higher costs to operate a fast-growing public company. Operating expense includes $26.7 million for non-cash items.
- Inclusive of the mark-to-market timing differences, the reported net loss was $74.3 million compared to a net loss of $83.6 million. Adjusted EBITDA was a loss of $60.8 million compared to a loss of $50.8 million.
- Ingredients segment Adjusted EBITDA was a loss of $16.3 million.
- Fresh segment Adjusted EBITDA was loss of $1.0 million.
Planned revenue growth and gross margin expansion over the next three years will be the primary means to source the Company’s liquidity. The strategic and operating milestones achieved over the last 12 months validate Benson Hill’s mission and planned objectives in support of its previously stated 2025 financial targets:
- Consolidated revenue in excess of $500 million, including $350 million or more of proprietary Ingredients revenue;
- Gross profit margin greater than 25 percent; and
- Positive EBITDA and free cash flow.
Management has taken proactive actions intended to fully fund the business, inclusive of debt repayments, to achieve its 2025 strategic and financial objectives. This includes an upfront technology access fee from ADM, a 12-month extension of the interest-only period for the current debt facility and the benefits from faster than expected business growth as well as operational efficiency gains. The Company also filed a registration statement to put in place an At-The-Market (“ATM”) facility for up to $100 million. Once effective, the ATM facility is expected to provide additional flexibility to supplement the Company’s cash position over the next two to three years.
As previously announced, the Company initiated a strategic review of the Fresh business earlier this year. As a result, interested parties are in discussions with management to acquire the business and related assets. The Company cannot assure that it will be able to consummate any strategic transaction on favorable or timely terms, if at all. If a transaction or transactions were to occur, the likely result will be a non-cash write-off of up to approximately 50 percent of the book value of the business. Management expects to use the net proceeds from a possible divestiture to further enhance the Company’s liquidity position.
Revised 2022 Outlook
As a result of the continued strong demand for non-proprietary ingredient soy and yellow pea products, management increased the Ingredient segment full-year revenue guidance to $370 million to $390 million, above the previous guidance of $275 million to $325 million. Full-year expectations for proprietary revenues remain in the range of $70 million to $80 million. Revenue guidance for the Fresh segment is now $60 million to $65 million versus the prior guidance of $65 million to $75 million. On a consolidated basis, the revised 2022 revenue guidance is now $430 million to $455 million.
Management raised its gross profit guidance to $14 million to $17 million compared to the prior forecast of $9 million to $13 million. The improvement is the result of the accelerated top-line growth, improved operating efficiencies anticipated in the fourth quarter, and the recognition of a portion of the expected revenue and profit contribution from the ADM strategic partnership. For the Fresh segment, the current forecast for annual gross margins is low single digits compared to the original guidance of high single digits.
The Company improved its guidance to a net loss of $106 million to $111 million, Adjusted EBITDA loss of $75 million to $80 million, and negative free cash flow of $95 million to $105 million.
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.
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 certain full year 2022 and projected 2025 financial results, including consolidated revenues, gross profit, gross profit margin, revenues for its proprietary soy portfolio, segment revenues, operating expense, capital expenditures, net loss, EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, cash usage, and free cash flow; expectations regarding actions intended to fully fund the business, inclusive of debt repayments, to achieve the Company’s 2025 strategic and financial objectives; the sufficiency of the Company’s cash position and planned capital generating activities to fund the business in future periods; the anticipated benefits of the Company’s ATM facility; the anticipated benefits and other aspects of the Company’s strategic partnership with ADM and the revenue expected to be generated thereby; the markets expected to be served by the Company’s strategic partnership with ADM; the potential divestiture and financial impact of the Company’s Fresh business segment; 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, including with respect to market opportunity expected to result from the Company’s strategic partnership with ADM; 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, risks that the Company’s actions intended to fully fund the business, inclusive of debt repayments, to achieve the Company’s 2025 strategic and financial objectives may be insufficient to achieve such objectives; risks relating 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 risk that the anticipated benefits and results of the Company’s strategic partnership with ADM will not be realized, including the risk that certain related milestones and performance objectives will not be achieved; the risk that the anticipated benefits of the Company’s ATM facility will not be achieved, including risks relating to the timing of effectiveness of the ATM facility and risks that the facility’s overall potential contribution to the Company may be less than anticipated; risks relating to the dilutive impact of the ATM facility; risks related to the potential divestiture of the Company’s Fresh business segment on the Company’s business relationships, operating results, stock price and business generally; the ability to generate and deploy capital, including capital from operations, capital drawn from the Company’s debt facility, capital expected to be raised through the Company’s ATM facility, and capital expected to result from the Company’s strategic partnership with ADM, in a manner that furthers the Company’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 2025. 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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