SOURCE: Oil-Dri Corporation of America

Oil-Dri Corporation of America

March 10, 2015 16:04 ET

Oil-Dri Announces Results for Second Quarter and First Six-Months of Fiscal 2015

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - Mar 10, 2015) - Oil-Dri Corporation of America (NYSE: ODC) today announced net sales of $64,643,000 for the second quarter ended January 31, 2015, a 7% decrease compared with net sales of $69,305,000 in the same quarter one year ago. Net income for the second quarter was $2,797,000, or $0.39 per diluted share, down from $4,281,000, or $0.60 per diluted share, in the second quarter of fiscal 2014.

Net sales for the six-month period were $130,687,000, a 2% decrease compared with net sales of $132,851,000 in the same period one year ago. Net income for the six-month period was $4,917,000, or $0.69 per diluted share, down from net income of $7,168,000 or $1.01 per diluted share, in the same period of fiscal 2014.


President and Chief Executive Officer Daniel S. Jaffee said, "Results for the second quarter and first half of fiscal 2015 are down compared to the strong sales and income of the same periods in fiscal 2014 but were better than the results of the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014 and the first quarter of fiscal 2015. New product start-up costs and intense competition in the branded cat litter market impacted the Retail and Wholesale segment results. This was partially offset by a strong year over year performance in industrial absorbent products, which are also included in the Retail and Wholesale segment.

"The trend in the cat litter category toward lightweight scoopable litter continued. All of our major branded competitors have developed lightweight products and supported their launches of these products with increased promotional and marketing activity along with price incentives.

"Lightweight litters have captured approximately 9.5% of the category, and represented approximately 225% of the year over year category growth for the six months ending January 31st, according to an independent market reporting service, as other sub-segments, primarily coarse litter, continued to decline.

"In the Business to Business segment, demand for our agricultural and fluid purification products was down in the second quarter and flat or down for the first six months, while net sales of our animal health products increased compared to the same periods a year ago.

"Our manufacturing and supply chain units made good progress incorporating the additional volume from the MFM asset purchase in November of 2013. Overall higher manufacturing and packaging costs per ton were partially offset by lower energy prices. We have yet to see lower packaging costs as a result of the drop in resin prices due to existing contractual obligations, but we expect some relief later in the year.

"Looking towards the second half of the year, we believe that sales of our new Cat's Pride Fresh & Light Ultimate Care lightweight and lightweight private label litters will gain momentum. These sales combined with projected reductions in energy costs should be positive drivers in the second half of the year."

Second Quarter Results
Business to Business Products   Three Month Period
November 1 - January 31
    Fiscal 2015   Fiscal 2014    
Net Sales   $23,047,000   $25,264,000   -9%
Segment Income   $7,443,000   $7,993,000   -7%
Six-Month Results
Business to Business Products   Six-Month Period
August 1 - January 31
    Fiscal 2015   Fiscal 2014    
Net Sales   $46,695,000   $49,179,000   -5%
Segment Income   $14,314,000   $15,644,000   -9%

The reduced sales and income in the Business to Business segment was driven by the same factors in both the second quarter and six-month periods.

There was reduced domestic demand for Pure-Flo bleaching earth product as the soybean crop was of significantly better quality than last year. This cyclical change required lower usage of Pure-Flo to achieve the desired color and clarity in the edible oil produced.

The continued trend toward the growing of crops using genetically modified seeds reduced the demand for Agsorb carriers, particularly for control of corn rootworm. However, the Business to Business segment did see increased demand for Verge engineered granules for agricultural needs.

The animal health business experienced increases in both the second quarter and six-month periods. Amlan Trading (Shenzhen) Company Ltd, our recently formed Chinese subsidiary, continued to build its sales and administrative team to position it for future growth.

Second Quarter Results
Retail and Wholesale
  Three Month Period
November 1 - January 31
    Fiscal 2015   Fiscal 2014    
Net Sales   $41,596,000   $44,041,000   -6%
Segment Income   $1,262,000   $2,982,000   -58%
Six-Month Results
Retail and Wholesale
  Six-Month Period
August 1 - January 31
    Fiscal 2015   Fiscal 2014    
Net Sales   $83,992,000   $83,672,000   0.4%
Segment Income   $2,148,000   $4,257,000   -50%

The results of the Retail and Wholesale segment were also driven by similar factors in both the second quarter and six-month periods.

All of our major competitors have introduced their own lightweight scoopable litters, further validating the strength of the innovation that Oil-Dri was first to market three years ago. In each case, the competitive new products were introduced with robust advertising and marketing programs accompanied by trade and consumer focused price incentives. This resulted in a fight for retail shelf space that we expect to continue through the remainder of the fiscal year.

As the lightweight sub-segment continues to develop, we are seeing increased opportunity to provide high quality, lightweight private label litters for existing and new retail partners.

Some elements of our cost structure experienced favorable trends, namely natural gas cost. However, our manufacturing costs were up due to lower fixed cost absorption and increased labor, benefits and depreciation costs. We expect these increased costs to continue, but they should be better offset by revenues in the second half of the year.

A pleasant development during the quarter and half year periods was the substantial increase in both the net sales and income achieved by our nearly 75 year-old Oil-Dri industrial absorbent products.


Cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash and short-term investments at January 31, 2015, totaled $13,703,000 compared to $19,682,000 a year ago. Significant uses of cash in the six-month period included capital expenditures and regularly scheduled debt and dividend payments.

Capital expenditures for the six-month period totaled $9,920,000 which was $3,984,000 more than depreciation and amortization of $5,936,000. By comparison, capital expenditures totaled $6,782,000 in the first six months of fiscal 2014. Capital expenditures were made for new processing and packaging equipment as well as replacements for existing plant and equipment that has exceeded its useful life. Cash provided by operating activities was $10,607,000 for the period, which was $8,207,000 higher than the $2,400,000 in the first six months of fiscal 2014. The primary reason for the change between years was the decrease in working capital.

On December 9, 2014, Oil-Dri's Board of Directors declared quarterly cash dividends of $0.20 per share of outstanding Common Stock and $0.15 per share of outstanding Class B Stock. The dividends were paid on March 6, 2015 to stockholders of record at the close of business on February 20, 2015. The Company has paid cash dividends continuously since 1974 and has increased dividends annually for the past eleven years. At the end of the second quarter, the annualized dividend yield on the Company's Common Stock was 2.6%, based on the quarter's closing stock price of $30.62 per share and the latest quarterly cash dividend of $0.20.


Jaffee continued, "The results for the balance of fiscal 2015 will be heavily dependent on the market response to the launch of our Cat's Pride Fresh & Light Ultimate Care lightweight litter and lightweight private label products.

"On the cost side, we anticipate continued lower processing fuel costs brought on by the drop in natural gas prices. Packaging cost increases should be moderated by lower resin prices.

"In the Business to Business segment, the continued rise in the value of the US Dollar has put additional competitive pressure on export sales of our bleaching earth and animal health products.

"All-in-all, we are cautiously optimistic that the second half of fiscal 2015 will build on the steady improvement of the past three quarters and deliver increases in net sales and earnings compared to the same periods last year."

Oil-Dri Corporation of America is a leading supplier of specialty sorbent products for agricultural, horticultural, fluids purification, specialty markets, industrial and automotive, and is the world's largest manufacturer of cat litter.

The Company will offer a live webcast of the second quarter earnings teleconference on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 from 10:00 am to 10:30 am, Central Time. To listen via the web, visit or An archived recording of the call and written transcripts of all teleconferences are posted on the Oil-Dri website.

"Cat's Pride," "Fresh & Light," "Pure-Flo," "Agsorb," "Verge," "Oil-Dri" are registered trademarks of Oil-Dri Corporation of America. "Fresh & Light Ultimate Care" is a trademark of Oil-Dri Corporation of America.

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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.

(in thousands, except for per share amounts)  
    Second Quarter Ended January 31,  
    2015     % of Sales     2014     % of Sales  
Net Sales   $ 64,643     100.0 %   $ 69,305     100.0 %
Cost of Sales     (49,410 )   76.4 %     (52,412 )   75.6 %
Gross Profit     15,233     23.6 %     16,893     24.4 %
Operating Expenses     (10,952 )   17.0 %     (11,159 )   16.1 %
Operating Income     4,281     6.6 %     5,734     8.3 %
Interest Expense     (307 )   0.5 %     (385 )   0.6 %
Other Income     (88 )   -0.1 %     181     0.3 %
Income Before Income Taxes     3,886     6.0 %     5,530     8.0 %
Income Taxes     (1,089 )   1.7 %     (1,249 )   1.8 %
Net Income   $ 2,797     4.3 %   $ 4,281     6.2 %
Net Income Per Share:                            
  Basic Common   $ 0.43           $ 0.65        
  Basic Class B Common   $ 0.32           $ 0.49        
  Diluted   $ 0.39           $ 0.60        
Average Shares Outstanding:                            
  Basic Common     4,953             4,979        
  Basic Class B Common     2,022             2,005        
  Diluted     7,030             7,007        
    Six Months Ended January 31,  
    2015     % of Sales     2014     % of Sales  
Net Sales   $ 130,687     100.0 %   $ 132,851     100.0 %
Cost of Sales     (101,685 )   77.8 %     (99,458 )   74.9 %
Gross Profit     29,002     22.2 %     33,393     25.1 %
Operating Expenses     (21,561 )   16.5 %     (23,317 )   17.5 %
Operating Income     7,441     5.7 %     10,076     7.6 %
Interest Expense     (689 )   0.5 %     (809 )   0.6 %
Other Income     (1 )   0.0 %     156     0.1 %
Income Before Income Taxes     6,751     5.2 %     9,423     7.1 %
Income Taxes     (1,834 )   1.4 %     (2,255 )   1.7 %
Net Income   $ 4,917     3.8 %   $ 7,168     5.4 %
Net Income Per Share:                            
  Basic Common   $ 0.75           $ 1.09        
  Basic Class B Common   $ 0.56           $ 0.82        
  Diluted   $ 0.69           $ 1.01        
Average Shares Outstanding:                            
  Basic Common     4,951             4,967        
  Basic Class B Common     2,016             1,999        
  Diluted     7,023             6,991        
(in thousands, except for per share amounts)
        As of January 31,
        2015   2014
Current Assets            
  Cash and Cash Equivalents       $ 12,763   $ 12,082
  Restricted Cash         --     500
  Short-term Investments         940     7,100
  Accounts Receivable, Net         32,255     37,022
  Inventories         23,661     22,734
  Prepaid Expenses         7,409     9,915
    Total Current Assets         77,028     89,353
Property, Plant and Equipment, Net         79,702     68,959
Other Assets         27,584     25,548
Total Assets       $ 184,314   $ 183,860
Current Liabilities                
  Current Maturities of Notes Payable       $ 3,483   $ 3,500
  Accounts Payable         6,191     7,699
  Dividends Payable         1,313     1,242
  Accrued Expenses         16,733     16,686
    Total Current Liabilities         27,720     29,127
Noncurrent Liabilities                
  Notes Payable         15,417     18,900
  Other Noncurrent Liabilities         34,250     27,775
    Total Noncurrent Liabilities         49,667     46,675
Stockholders' Equity         106,927     108,058
Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity       $ 184,314   $ 183,860
Book Value Per Share Outstanding       $ 15.33   $ 15.47
Acquisitions of                
Property, Plant and Equipment   Second Quarter   $ 4,203   $ 3,400
    Year To Date   $ 9,920   $ 6,782
Depreciation and Amortization Charges   Second Quarter   $ 3,016   $ 2,629
    Year To Date   $ 5,936   $ 4,860
(in thousands)            
    For the Six Months Ended  
    January 31,  
    2015     2014  
Net Income   $ 4,917     $ 7,168  
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities, net of acquisition:                
  Depreciation and Amortization     5,936       4,860  
  Increase in Accounts Receivable     (1,431 )     (5,919 )
  Decrease (Increase) in Inventories     822       (1,347 )
  (Decrease) Increase in Accounts Payable     (1,232 )     381  
  Decrease in Accrued Expenses     (867 )     (3,558 )
  Increase in Pension and Postretirement Benefits     519       528  
  Other     1,943       287  
    Total Adjustments     5,690       (4,768 )
  Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities     10,607       2,400  
  Capital Expenditures     (9,920 )     (6,782 )
  Acquisition of Business     --       (12,505 )
  Restricted Cash     129       (500 )
  Net Dispositions of Investment Securities     1,701       11,361  
  Other     123       16  
  Net Cash Used in Investing Activities     (7,967 )     (8,410 )
  Principal Payments on Long-Term Debt     (3,500 )     (3,500 )
  Dividends Paid     (2,623 )     (2,478 )
  Other     31       59  
  Net Cash Used in Financing Activities     (6,092 )     (5,919 )
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents     (15 )     (24 )
Net Decrease in Cash and Cash Equivalents     (3,467 )     (11,953 )
Cash and Cash Equivalents, Beginning of Period     16,230       24,035  
Cash and Cash Equivalents, End of Period   $ 12,763     $ 12,082  

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