Mission Produce (AVO -2.53%) shareholders lost ground to the market on Tuesday, with shares falling 11% by 11:00 a.m. EDT. The slump was due to some disappointing news in the avocado producer's latest earnings report.
Mission Produce just reported that sales rose 4% year over year to $247 million in the period that ended in late July. The company also noted only a modest 2% increase in average selling prices, while most investors were looking for a better balance between rising volumes and increased prices. Gross profit margin dropped as well.
Executives in a press release explained the shortfall by noting production delays in Mexico that had hurt overall supply and pricing. But Mission Produce's larger sourcing footprint helped minimize the impact. "Our team did an excellent job navigating this complex period," CEO Steve Barnard said.
Barnard and his team changed their tune slightly on the second half of the year, with sales volumes and adjusted earnings each receiving downgrades thanks in part to smaller individual fruits being harvested in Mexico today. The company is confident that its wider sourcing model and vertical integration will allow it to continue posting stronger results over the long term. That prediction helps explain why the stock is still outpacing the market so far this year.
However, volatility around farming yields, supply, and pricing will pressure earnings through the rest of 2021.