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Limoneira Co  (LMNR)
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LMNR Sales vs. its Competitors Q4 2018

Comparing the results to its competitors, Limoneira Co reported Total Revenue increase in the 4 quarter 2018 by 33 % year on year.
The sales growth was above Limoneira Co's competitors average revenue growth of 8.79 %, recorded in the same quarter.

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Limoneira Co recorded net loss , as well as most of its competitors.

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Limoneira Co's Comment on Competitors and Industry Peers

Agribusiness Division

With agricultural operations dating back to 1893, we are one of California’s oldest citrus growers and one of the largest growers of lemons and avocados in the United States. Consequently, we have developed significant experience with a variety of crops, mainly lemons, avocados and oranges. The following is a brief list of what we believe are our significant competitive strengths with respect to our agribusiness division, which includes our lemon operations and other agribusiness reportable segments unless otherwise noted:

Our agricultural properties in Ventura County are located near the Pacific Ocean, which provides an ideal environment for growing lemons, avocados and row crops. Our agricultural properties in Tulare County, which is in the San Joaquin Valley in Central California, and in Yuma, Arizona, are also located in areas that are well-suited for growing citrus crops.

Historically, a higher percentage of our crops go to the fresh market, which is commonly referred to as fresh utilization, than that of other growers and packers with which we compete.

We have contiguous and nearby land resources that permit us to efficiently use our agricultural land and resources.

In all but one of our properties, we are not dependent on State or Federal water projects to support our agribusiness or real estate development operations.

We own approximately 90% of our agricultural land and take a long view on our fruit production practices.

A significant amount of our agribusiness property was acquired many years ago, which results in a low cost basis and associated expenses.

We have a well-trained and retentive labor force with many employees remaining with us for more than 30 years.

In our lemon operations segment, our integrated business model with respect to growing, packing, marketing and selling lemons allows us to better serve our customers.

Our lemon packing operations provide marketing opportunities with other citrus companies and their respective products.

Since 2010, we have achieved and maintained GLOBALGAP Certification by successfully demonstrating our adherence to specific GLOBALGAP standards. GLOBALGAP is an internationally recognized set of farm standards dedicated to “Good Agricultural Practices” or GAP. We believe that GLOBALGAP Certification differentiates us from our competitors and serves as reassurance to consumers and retailers that food reaches acceptable levels of safety and quality, and has been produced sustainably, respecting the health, safety and welfare of workers and the environment, and in consideration of animal welfare issues.

We have made investments in ground-based solar projects that provide us with tangible and intangible non-revenue generating benefits. The electricity generated by these investments provides us with a significant portion of the electricity required to operate our packinghouse and cold storage facilities located in Santa Paula, California and provides a significant portion of the electricity required to operate four deep-water well pumps at one of our ranches in Tulare County. Additionally, these investments support our sustainable agricultural practices, reduce our dependence on fossil-based electricity generation and lower our carbon footprint. Moreover, electricity that we generate and do not use is conveyed seamlessly back to the investor-owned utilities operating in these two markets. Finally, over time, we expect that our customers and the end consumers of our fruit will value the investments that we have made in renewable energy as a part of our farming and packing operations, which we believe may help us differentiate our products from similar commodities.

· We have made various other investments in water rights and mutual water companies. We own shares in the following mutual water companies: Farmers Irrigation Co., Canyon Irrigation Co., San Cayetano Mutual Water Co., Middle Road Mutual Water Co. and Pioneer Water Company, Inc. In 2007, we acquired additional water rights in the adjudicated Santa Paula Basin (aquifer) and in September 2013 we acquired water rights in the YMIDD with our acquisition of Associated Citrus Packers, Inc. (“Associated”).

Rental Operations Division

With respect to our rental operations division, we believe our competitive advantages are as follows:

Our housing and land rentals provide a consistent, dependable source of cash flow that helps to counter the volatility typically associated with an agricultural business.

Our housing rental business allows us to offer a unique benefit to our employees, which in turn helps to provide us with a dependable, long-term employee base.

Our leased land business allows us to partner with other agricultural producers that can serve as a profitable alternative to under-producing tree crop acreage.

Our organic recycling tenant provides us with a low cost, environmentally friendly solution to weed and erosion control.

Real Estate Development Division

With respect to our real estate development division, we believe our competitive advantages are as follows:

Our real estate development activities are primarily focused in coastal areas north of Los Angeles and south of Santa Maria, which we believe have desirable climates for lifestyle families, retirees and athletic and sports enthusiasts.

We have entitlements to build approximately 1,500 residential units in our East Area I (Santa Paula Gateway) development and approximately 300 residential units in our Santa Maria properties.

We have partnered with an experienced and financially strong land developer for our East Area I residential master plan development.

Several of our agricultural and real estate investment properties are unique and carry longer term development potential.

Our East Area II property has approximately 30 acres of land commercially zoned, which is adjacent to our East Area I property. Our Santa Maria properties have approximately 3 acres zoned for mixed use retail, commercial and light manufacturing.

The agribusiness division crop markets, including those in which our lemon operations and other agribusiness segments operate, are intensely competitive, but no single producer has any significant market power over any market segments, as is consistent with the production of most agricultural commodities. Generally, there are a large number of global producers that sell through joint marketing organizations and cooperatives. Fruit is also sold to independent packers, both public and private, who then sell to their own customer base. Customers are typically large retail chains, food service companies, industrial manufacturers and distributors who sell and deliver to smaller customers in local markets throughout the world. In the purest sense, our largest competitors in our agribusiness division are other citrus and avocado producers in California, Mexico, Chile, Argentina and Florida, a number of which are members of cooperatives such as Sunkist or have selling relationships with Calavo similar to that of Limoneira. We also compete with other fruits and vegetables for the share of consumer expenditures devoted to fresh fruit and vegetables: apples, pears, melons, pineapples and other tropical fruit.


Total Segment Market Share Q4 2018

Due to strong revenue growth of 33 % in Total Limoneira Co improved its market share, to approximate 3.09 %.

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*Market share is not actual measurement, only performance comparison of companies which report and operate within the same segment.

LMNR's vs. Competition, Data

(Revenue and Income for Trailing 12 Months, in Millions of $, except Employees)

Limoneira Co LMNR 347 129 20 276
Alico Inc ALCO 192 91 15 333
Calavo Growers Inc CVGW 1,644 1,089 32 2,096
Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc FDP 1,213 4,542 -22 47,000
Royal Hawaiian Orchards, L.p. NNUTU 92 29 5 262
SUBTOTAL 3,488 5,881 49 49,967


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