SOURCE: Oil-Dri Corporation of America

Oil-Dri Corporation of America

October 07, 2016 16:04 ET

Oil-Dri Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2016 Results

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - Oct 7, 2016) -  Oil-Dri Corporation of America (NYSE: ODC) today announced net income for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016 of $5,261,000 or $0.72 of earnings per diluted share. This compared to net income of $5,066,000 or $0.71 of earnings per diluted share in the same quarter of the prior year. Net sales of $64,916,000 in the quarter decreased by 1% compared to net sales of $65,519,000 in the same quarter of the prior year.

Net income for the fiscal year of $13,613,000 or $1.87 of earnings per diluted share was an 18% increase compared to net income of $11,368,000 or $1.59 of earnings per diluted share in the prior year. Net sales in fiscal 2016 were $262,313,000, which was higher than the net sales of $261,402,000 reported in fiscal 2015.

Net income and earnings per share for both the quarter and the fiscal year benefited from an improved gross profit margin and a lower effective tax rate. The effective tax rate of 5.2% in fiscal year 2016, compared to 19.8% in fiscal year 2015, was driven by the release of the valuation allowance that had been historically accumulated and associated with approximately $1,680,000 of domestic Alternative Minimum Tax ("AMT") credits.

BUSINESS REVIEW

President and Chief Executive Officer Daniel S. Jaffee said, "Fiscal-year 2016's results are a great way to mark our seventy-fifth year of business. The year brought about a transformation that is apparent in the continued increase in our gross margins. Over the past five years we have increased our gross profit by 54%.

"Despite the significant increase in gross profit, net income is affected from period to period by advertising and marketing costs. The high-value products we are focused on promoting require innovative support which comes at a premium. A key component of our marketing support is advertising. Total advertising costs for the company were $18.1 million in fiscal 2016, an increase of $12.9 million compared to fiscal 2015.

"While the increase in sales of our Business-to-Business products was relatively small, segment income was extremely strong, increasing 12% in the fourth-quarter and 14% for the full year. High-value products within each of the B2B application groups have played a significant role in improving our overall profit margins. We witnessed continued growth of agricultural products throughout the year, exciting progress in the registration and sales of our newest animal health products, Varium and NeoPrime, and steady growth of Pure-Flo B80 in the palm oil refining market.

"In fiscal 2016, we made a conscious decision to focus on more viable growth opportunities and to change the revenue base within the Retail and Wholesale group. In doing so, we stepped away from two major low margin accounts which represented an approximate $8 million sales impact in fiscal 2016.

"Instead, we focused on selling our new lightweight products. In the latest 24-week period (ending September 11, 2016), third-party market research data indicates that lightweight scoopable litter is the fastest growing segment of the overall cat litter category. Our integrated marketing campaign featuring Katherine Heigl and partnership with The Jason Debus Heigl Foundation has driven trial and brand awareness for Cat's Pride Fresh & Light Ultimate Care cat litter products. Data indicates that scanned sales of Ultimate Care products have increased 29% compared to the same 24-week period in 2015.

"In addition, the lightweight litter revolution has had a strong, positive impact on our private label business. Net sales of our private label lightweight products increased 131% over fiscal 2015 and continue to grow."

 
SEGMENT REVIEW
 
BUSINESS TO BUSINESS
 
Fourth Quarter Results
  Three-Month Period    
  May 1 - July 31   Change
  Fiscal 2016   Fiscal 2015    
  Net Sales $ 25,525,000   $ 23,777,000   7%
  Segment Income $ 9,415,000   $ 8,416,000   12%
               
Fiscal Year Results
  Twelve-Month Period    
  August 1 - July 31   Change
  Fiscal 2016   Fiscal 2015    
  Net Sales $ 96,444,000   $ 92,326,000   4%
  Segment Income $ 33,464,000   $ 29,406,000   14%
                 

Sales of our fluids purification, agricultural and animal health products were all higher in both the fourth quarter and full fiscal year compared to the same periods in the prior year. Increased sales of our fluids purification products were driven by global growth of the vegetable oil refining market. Total sales of our Agsorb and Verge agricultural carrier products were up approximately 20% for both the quarter and the fiscal year. Sales of Amlan International animal health products were higher in Asian markets, including sales by our subsidiary in China.

Segment income improved in both periods due to the product mix and lower costs associated with natural gas, packaging and freight. These factors more than offset increased marketing costs during the year to support the international launch of Amlan's non-antibiotic growth promotion products, Varium and NeoPrime.

 
RETAIL AND WHOLESALE
 
Fourth Quarter Results
    Three-Month Period    
    May 1 - July 31   Change
    Fiscal 2016     Fiscal 2015    
  Net Sales   $ 39,391,000     $ 41,742,000   -6%
  Segment (Loss) Income   $ (673,000 )   $ 2,685,000   -125%
                   
Fiscal Year Results
    Twelve-Month Period    
    August 1 - July 31   Change
    Fiscal 2016     Fiscal 2015    
  Net Sales   $ 165,869,000     $ 169,076,000   -2%
  Segment Income   $ 5,009,000     $ 5,206,000   -4%
                   

Net sales of our Cat's Pride Fresh & Light lightweight scoopable litters increased approximately 13% compared to the prior year; however, strong competition in this market segment resulted in lower sales during the fourth quarter. Less emphasis was placed on selling our lower margin products during fiscal 2016, which resulted in lower sales of our coarse and core Cat's Pride scoopable cat litters.

The costs associated with our integrated marketing campaign for our Cat's Pride Fresh & Light Ultimate Care products resulted in a segment loss in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016 and lower segment income for the year. Trade spending was lower for the year. The costs associated with our marketing campaign are reflected in selling, general and administrative expenses, while trade spending impacts net sales.

FINANCIAL REVIEW

Cash, cash equivalents, and short-term investments at July 31, 2016 totaled $28,813,000, compared to $22,328,000 a year ago.

Cash provided by operating activities was the third highest in company history, at $25,171,000 for the twelve months ended July 31, 2016, which was $1,805,000 lower than the $26,976,000 for the same period last year.

Capital expenditures for the twelve months ended July 31, 2016 totaled $10,684,000, which was $1,508,000 less than depreciation and amortization of $12,192,000. By comparison, capital expenditures totaled $15,859,000 in the same period of last year.

On June 9, 2016, Oil-Dri's Board of Directors declared quarterly cash dividends of $0.22 per share of outstanding Common Stock and $0.165 per share of outstanding Class B Stock. The dividends were paid on September 2, 2016, to stockholders of record at the close of business on August 19, 2016. At the end of the fourth quarter, the annualized dividend yield on the Company's Common Stock was 2.3%, based on the closing stock price on July 29, 2016 of $37.45 per share and the latest quarterly cash dividend of $0.22 per share.

LOOKING FORWARD

President and Chief Executive Officer Daniel Jaffee continued, "While fiscal 2016 was a very good year, we are focused on the future of our business and our mission to Create Value from Sorbent Minerals.

"Within the Business-to-Business products group, we will pursue further sales opportunities of Varium and NeoPrime as registrations are obtained throughout target markets. We will continue expanding our global reach in the fluids purification market and will work to advance the position of Verge engineered granules in the agricultural market.

"On the Consumer front, we see the lightweight litter revolution as a great opportunity and plan to continue to spend heavily on the promotion of Cat's Pride Fresh & Light Ultimate Care. We expect advertising expenditures to be higher in fiscal year 2017 than they were in fiscal 2016. However, we do not anticipate the planned spend will dramatically reduce our current cash position. As stated during last quarter's teleconference, we anticipate maintaining or growing our cash throughout fiscal 2017 and come June, recommending the Board raise the dividend for the 14th consecutive year."

   
FIVE-YEAR SUMMARY  
   
Key Metrics as of July 31,  
  Fiscal 2016   Fiscal 2015   Fiscal 2014     Fiscal 2013   Fiscal 2012  
Cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash and short-term investments $ 28,813,000   $ 22,328,000   $ 18,999,000     $ 42,494,000   $ 36,256,000  
Net cash provided by operations $ 25,171,000   $ 26,976,000   $ 16,296,000     $ 23,366,000   $ 23,339,000  
Cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash and short-term investments less notes payable $ 13,397,000   $ 3,428,000   $ (3,401,000 )   $ 16,594,000   $ 6,556,000  
Net Income $ 13,613,000   $ 11,368,000   $ 8,356,000     $ 14,586,000   $ 6,098,000  
Net income per diluted share $ 1.87   $ 1.59   $ 1.17     $ 2.07   $ 0.85  
Return on average stockholders' equity   12.0 %   10.6 %   8.1 %     15.5 %   6.8 %
Capital expenditures $ 10,684,000   $ 15,859,000   $ 18,566,000     $ 9,795,000   $ 6,960,000  
Dividends paid $ 5,600,000   $ 5,247,000   $ 4,965,000     $ 4,630,000   $ 4,486,000  
Dividends paid per Common Stock share $ 0.84   $ 0.80   $ 0.76     $ 0.72   $ 0.68  
   
   

Oil-Dri Corporation of America is a leading supplier of specialty sorbent products for crop and horticultural, fluids purification, animal health, sports field, industrial and automotive markets and is a leading manufacturer of cat litter.

The Company will offer a live webcast of the fourth quarter earnings teleconference on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 from 10:00 am to 10:30 am, Central Time. To listen via the web, visit www.streetevents.com or www.oildri.com.

"Oil-Dri," "Cat's Pride," "Fresh & Light," "Fresh & Light Ultimate Care," "Agsorb," "Pure-Flo," "Verge," and "Amlan" are registered trademarks of Oil-Dri Corporation of America. "Varium," and "NeoPrime" are trademarks of Oil-Dri Corporation of America. "The Jason Debus Heigl Foundation" is a trademark of The Jason Debus Heigl Foundation.

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Such statements are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause actual results to differ materially including, but not limited to, the dependence of our future growth and financial performance on successful new product introductions, intense competition in our markets, volatility of our quarterly results, risks associated with acquisitions, our dependence on a limited number of customers for a large portion of our net sales and other risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are described in Item 1A (Risk Factors) of our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and other reports we file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Should one or more of these or other risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, our actual results may vary materially from those anticipated, intended, expected, believed, estimated, projected or planned. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. Except to the extent required by law, we do not have any intention or obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements after the distribution of this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events, changes in assumptions, or otherwise.

   
   
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME  
(in thousands, except for per share amounts)  
(unaudited)  
     
  Fourth Quarter Ended July 31,  
  2016     % of Sales     2015     % of Sales  
Net Sales $ 64,916     100.0 %   $ 65,519     100.0 %
Cost of Sales   (46,050 )   70.9 %     (48,797 )   74.5 %
Gross Profit   18,866     29.1 %     16,722     25.5 %
Selling, General and Administrative Expenses   (15,394 )   23.7 %     (10,919 )   16.7 %
Operating Income   3,472     5.3 %     5,803     8.9 %
Interest Expense   (267 )   0.4 %     (309 )   0.5 %
Other (Expense) Income   (224 )   (0.3 )%     22     -- %
Income Before Income Taxes   2,981     4.6 %     5,516     8.4 %
Income Tax Benefit (Expense)   2,280     (3.5 )%     (450 )   0.7 %
Net Income $ 5,261     8.1 %   $ 5,066     7.7 %
Net Income Per Share:                          
  Basic Common $ 0.78           $ 0.77        
  Basic Class B Common $ 0.59           $ 0.58        
  Diluted $ 0.72           $ 0.71        
Average Shares Outstanding:                          
  Basic Common   4,999             4,963        
  Basic Class B Common   2,050             2,023        
  Diluted   7,122             7,050        
                       
  Twelve Months Ended July 31,  
  2016     % of Sales     2015     % of Sales  
Net Sales $ 262,313     100.0 %   $ 261,402     100.0 %
Cost of Sales   (185,164 )   70.6 %     (201,245 )   77.0 %
Gross Profit   77,149     29.4 %     60,157     23.0 %
Selling, General and Administrative Expenses   (61,736 )   23.5 %     (45,004 )   17.2 %
Operating Income   15,413     5.9 %     15,153     5.8 %
Interest Expense   (1,035 )   0.4 %     (1,327 )   0.5 %
Other (Expense) Income   (21 )   -- %     343     0.1 %
Income Before Income Taxes   14,357     5.5 %     14,169     5.4 %
Income Tax Expense   (744 )   0.3 %     (2,801 )   1.1 %
Net Income $ 13,613     5.2 %   $ 11,368     4.3 %
Net Income Per Share:                          
  Basic Common $ 2.04           $ 1.73        
  Basic Class B Common $ 1.53           $ 1.30        
  Diluted $ 1.87           $ 1.59        
Average Shares Outstanding:                          
  Basic Common   4,986             4,955        
  Basic Class B Common   2,050             2,019        
  Diluted   7,094             7,037        
                           
                           
                           
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands, except for per share amounts)
(unaudited)
 
      As of July 31,
      2016   2015
Current Assets          
  Cash and Cash Equivalents     $ 18,629   $ 20,138
  Short-term Investments       10,184     2,190
  Accounts Receivable, Net       30,386     31,466
  Inventories       23,251     21,369
  Prepaid Expenses       8,723     7,480
    Total Current Assets       91,173     82,643
Property, Plant and Equipment, Net       80,711     79,655
Other Assets       33,049     27,733
Total Assets     $ 204,933   $ 190,031
               
Current Liabilities              
Current Maturities of Notes Payable     $ 3,083   $ 3,483
  Accounts Payable       6,635     7,428
  Dividends Payable       1,477     1,376
  Accrued Expenses       19,545     16,601
    Total Current Liabilities       30,740     28,888
Noncurrent Liabilities              
  Notes Payable       12,333     15,417
  Other Noncurrent Liabilities       46,309     35,198
    Total Noncurrent Liabilities       58,642     50,615
Stockholders' Equity       115,551     110,528
Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity     $ 204,933   $ 190,031
               
Book Value Per Share Outstanding     $ 16.42   $ 15.85
               
Acquisitions of:              
Property, Plant and Equipment Fourth Quarter   $ 3,632   $ 1,914
  Year To Date   $ 10,684   $ 15,859
Depreciation and Amortization Charges Fourth Quarter   $ 3,201   $ 3,039
  Year To Date   $ 12,192   $ 11,994
               
               
               
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS  
(in thousands)  
(unaudited)  
   
    For the Twelve Months Ended  
    July 31,  
    2016     2015  
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES                
Net Income   $ 13,613     $ 11,368  
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities, net of acquisition:                
  Depreciation and Amortization     12,192       11,994  
Decrease (Increase) in Accounts Receivable     942       (646 )
(Increase) Decrease in Inventories     (1,954 )     3,114  
(Decrease) Increase in Accounts Payable     (931 )     571  
Increase (Decrease) in Accrued Expenses     2,746       (697 )
Increase in Pension and Postretirement Benefits     4,171       814  
  Other     (5,608 )     458  
    Total Adjustments     11,558       15,608  
Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities     25,171       26,976  
                 
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES                
  Capital Expenditures     (10,684 )     (15,859 )
  Restricted Cash     --       129  
  Net (Purchase) Dispositions of Investment Securities     (7,984 )     451  
  Other     261       1,033  
Net Cash Used in Investing Activities     (18,407 )     (14,246 )
                 
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES                
  Principal Payments on Long-Term Debt     (3,484 )     (3,500 )
  Dividends Paid     (5,600 )     (5,247 )
  Purchase of Treasury Stock     (18 )     (122 )
  Other     660       126  
Net Cash Used in Financing Activities     (8,442 )     (8,743 )
                 
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents     169       (79 )
                 
Net (Decrease) Increase in Cash and Cash Equivalents     (1,509 )     3,908  
Cash and Cash Equivalents, Beginning of Period     20,138       16,230  
Cash and Cash Equivalents, End of Period   $ 18,629     $ 20,138  

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