NEWS: Agribusiness company Limoneira reported a loss in its fiscal fourth quarter as expenses rose and avocado revenue declined. Its stock dropped in afternoon trading on Monday. DETAILS: Limoneira said that quarterly agribusiness revenue fell to $12.9 million from $13.6 million in the prior-year period mostly because of lower avocado volume and revenue. Rental operations revenue was flat, while real estate development revenue more than tripled to $316,000 . Avocado revenue declined to $1.2 million from $3.3 million as the avocado harvest was completed earlier in fiscal 2013 than in the previous fiscal year. Fourth-quarter lemon sales climbed to $9.5 million from $8.5 million on higher prices per carton due to better market conditions, which was somewhat offset by a lower number of cartons of fresh lemons sold. Total costs and expenses climbed to $15.9 million from $14.3 million . NUMBERS: For the three months ended Oct. 31 , Limoneira Co. reported a loss after preferred dividends of $1.1 million , or 8 cents per share. That compares with a profit after preferred dividends of $76,000 , or 1 cent per share, a year ago. Revenue fell 3 percent to $14.3 million from $14.8 million . The Santa Paula, Calif. company's full-year earnings rose to $4.6 million , or 36 cents per share, from $2.9 million , or 26 cents per share. Annual revenue increased 29 percent to $84.9 million from $65.8 million . FUTURE: Limoneira anticipates selling between 3 million and 3.3 million cartons of fresh lemons in fiscal 2014 and about 6 million pounds of avocados. The company said the avocado crop usually has alternating years of high and low production due to plant physiology. Fiscal 2013 was a high avocado production year, so fiscal 2014 is expected to be a low avocado production year. Lemon and avocado prices are expected to be higher in fiscal 2014 than the prior year due to lower industry production. STOCK: Shares of Limoneira fell $2.03 , or 7.4 percent, to $25.38 in afternoon trading. Over the past year, the stock is up 25 percent.
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