AGTI's sales were
While sales and cost of sales in the third quarter of 2009 were dramatically lower than in the third quarter of 2008, EBITDA decreased only 23.4%. This compares favourably with the sales revenue decrease of 32% and a decline in cost of goods sold of 34.8%, further illustrating management's margin improvement. The decline in sales and cost of sales from 2008 to 2009 is attributed to two main factors: a significant decrease in global commodity prices and decreased volume of product sold due to the restriction in available supply of crops for processing. Margins improved due to management's strategy of diversifying markets, product mix and crop origins. When comparing the results for the third quarter of 2009 to those for the second quarter of 2009, sales were consistent, EBITDA increased by 62.5%, and cost of sales decreased by 5%. This improvement is directly attributable to Management's ability to increase dollar margins per metric tonne processed and sold.
The financial statements and management discussion and analysis for the three and nine months ended
"With a late harvest, volumes within this quarter were down but we continued to show the positive results of our efforts to diversify products, markets and origins. The new crop harvest of pulse crops is complete in
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AGTI, through its subsidiaries, Alliance Pulse Processors Inc. ("Alliance") and Arbel Group ("Arbel"), is engaged in the business of sourcing and processing (cleaning, splitting, sorting and bagging) specialty crops, primarily for export markets. Alliance and its subsidiaries in
EBITDA (Earnings Before Interest, Income Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization) is a financial measure used by many investors to compare companies on the basis of operating results, asset value and the ability to incur and service debt. EBITDA is used because AGTI's net income alone does not give an accurate picture of AGTI's cash-generating potential. Management believes that EBITDA is an important measure in evaluating the performance of AGTI and in determining whether to invest in AGTI. However EBITDA is not a recognized earnings measure under Canadian generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") and does not have a standardized meaning prescribed by GAAP. It is not intended to represent cash flow or results of operations in accordance with GAAP. Therefore, EBITDA may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers. Investors are cautioned that EBITDA should not be construed as an alternative to net income or loss determined in accordance with GAAP as an indicator of AGTI's performance or to cash flows from operating, investing and financing activities of liquidity and cash flows.
This discussion and analysis of financial position, results of operations, and cash flows of AGTI contains certain forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements include but are not limited to those with respect to the price of lentils and other crops, the estimated size and quality of future harvests of lentils and other crops, costs of production, currency fluctuations, and requirements for additional capital. In certain cases, forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of words such as "plans", "expects" or "does not expect", "is expected", "budget", "scheduled", "estimates", "forecasts", "intends", "anticipates" or "does not anticipate", or "believes" or variations of such words and phrases, or state that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "might" or "will" be taken, occur or be achieved. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of AGTI (including its operating subsidiaries) to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, among others, the actual results of harvests, fluctuations in the price of lentils and other crops, failure of plant, equipment or processes to operate as anticipated, accidents, or labour disputes, risks relating to the integration of acquisitions or to international operations, as well as those factors referred to in the section entitled "Risk Factors" in the Annual Information Form of AGTI's predecessor, Alliance Grain Traders Income Fund (the "Fund"), the Fund's prospectus dated
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