SOURCE: Oil-Dri Corporation of America

Oil-Dri Corporation of America

June 08, 2015 16:08 ET

Oil-Dri Announces Results for Third Quarter and First Nine Months of Fiscal 2015

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - Jun 8, 2015) - Oil-Dri Corporation of America (NYSE: ODC) today announced net sales of $65,196,000 for the third quarter of fiscal 2015 ended April 30, 2015, a 3% decrease compared with net sales of $67,417,000 for the same quarter one year ago. Net income for the third quarter was $1,385,000, or $0.19 per diluted share, up 92% from net income of $722,000, or $0.10 per diluted share, in the third quarter of fiscal 2014.

Net sales for the nine-month period ended April 30, 2015 were $195,883,000, a 2% decrease compared with net sales of $200,268,000 in the same period one year ago. Net income for the nine-month period was $6,302,000, or $0.88 per diluted share, down 21% from net income of $7,890,000, or $1.11 per diluted share, in the same period of fiscal 2014.

BUSINESS REVIEW

President and Chief Executive Officer Daniel S. Jaffee said, "The quarter and nine month results reflect continuing headwinds. Overall net sales for the quarter were slightly lower than the previous year, but net income was up; showing the effect of moderating cost pressures and reduced promotional consumer market spending. Gross margins for the quarter were higher than for the third quarter of fiscal 2014.

"Sales of our cat litter products in our Retail and Wholesale segment and our fluids purification products in our Business to Business segment were down, but sales of our industrial, sports turf, agricultural and animal health products were up.

"In the consumer market, continued competitive activity supporting new product offerings by our major competitors put pressure on our cat litter sales. According to the most recent 12 week data available from an independent market reporting service, the lightweight scoopable litter segment of the cat litter category continues to grow and now represents 18.4% of the scoopable segment, while other sub-segments, including coarse litter, continue to decline. Although we did not benefit overall from the growth in the lightweight scoopable litter segment during the quarter, we believe we are well-positioned for the long term given the relatively low density of our clay reserves as the trend toward lightweight litter continues.

"Our industrial and sports turf products generated increases in unit shipments and net sales.

"In the Business to Business segment, the decrease in the sales of our fluid purification products was the key driver in the reduced sales for the segment. Our agricultural and animal health businesses contributed to our performance with increased sales and profitability for the quarter. Amlan Trading (Shenzhen) Company, Ltd., our subsidiary in China, continued to make progress in the quarter and nine months.

"Export sales of our products, including our fluid purification products, have been impacted by the increase in the value of the U.S. dollar versus currencies in many of our foreign markets. According to currency information published by the Federal Reserve System, the dollar has increased in value against a group of major currencies by 17% since the beginning of fiscal 2015.

"The increase in the value of the dollar impacts our sales and income. We estimate that on a direct and indirect basis, the increase in the value of the dollar has reduced our before tax income by over $900,000 in the first nine months of fiscal 2015 compared to the same period a year ago. The increase in the value of the dollar effectively increases our prices compared to the prices of our foreign competitors making our products less competitive in international markets."

SEGMENT REVIEW

BUSINESS TO BUSINESS

Third Quarter Results

         
    Three Month Period
February 1 - April 30
  Change
    Fiscal 2015   Fiscal 2014    
Net Sales   $21,854,000   $22,470,000   -3%
Segment Income   $6,676,000   $5,336,000   25%
             

Nine-Month Results

         
    Nine-Month Period
August 1 - April 30
  Change
    Fiscal 2015   Fiscal 2014    
Net Sales   $68,549,000   $71,649,000   -4%
Segment Income   $20,990,000   $20,980,000   -%
             

The reduced sales in the Business to Business segment were driven by similar factors in both the third quarter and nine-month periods.

As described above, net sales of our fluid purification products were down. In addition, net sales of our co-packaged coarse cat litter were down compared to the same periods of the prior year.

Partially offsetting these declines was an increase in the net sales of our granular products used by agricultural and horticultural chemical producers. Net sales of our animal health products also increased primarily due to sales by our subsidiary in China.

The operating income for the third quarter increased by 25% and was relatively flat for the nine-month period compared to the same periods of fiscal 2014. The lower cost for natural gas used to operate our kilns to dry our clay positively impacted the operating income.

RETAIL AND WHOLESALE

Third Quarter Results

         
    Three Month Period
February 1 - April 30
  Change
    Fiscal 2015   Fiscal 2014    
Net Sales   $43,342,000   $44,947,000   -4%
Segment Income   $373,000   ($694,000)   -%
             

Nine-Month Results

         
    Nine-Month Period
August 1 - April 30
  Change
    Fiscal 2015   Fiscal 2014    
Net Sales   $127,334,000   $128,619,000   -1%
Segment Income   $2,521,000   $3,563,000   -29%
             

The reduced sales in the Retail and Wholesale Products segment were also driven by similar factors in both the third quarter and nine-month periods.

Net sales of our branded cat litter products declined as they continued to face pressure from our competitors' launches of new products, advertising campaigns and aggressive price discounts. Conversely, our private label cat litter sales increased due to the acquisition of MFM in the second quarter of fiscal 2014 (additional MFM-related sales are included in nine months of fiscal 2015 but only six months of fiscal 2014), sales to new customers and sales of our new lightweight private label cat litter products. Finally, sales of our industrial floor absorbents increased as the result of both increased volume and a higher average selling price.

Operating income for the nine month period was down compared to the prior year due to lower tonnage, unfavorable product mix and higher non-fuel manufacturing and packaging costs. As anticipated, the costs of various purchased materials have moderated, but these savings were offset by increased labor and other costs associated with the manufacturing of new products, including the costs of intercompany plant shipments. We anticipate relief in the cost of resin, which is used in the packaging of many of our cat litter products, during the fourth quarter. Operating income for the third quarter was up compared to the third quarter of fiscal 2014 due to significantly lower advertising costs and the lower cost of natural gas.

FINANCIAL REVIEW

Cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash and short-term investments at April 30, 2015, totaled $14,859,000 compared to $19,867,000 a year ago. Significant uses of cash in the nine-month period included capital expenditures and regularly scheduled debt and dividend payments.

Capital expenditures for the nine-month period totaled $13,945,000 which was $4,990,000 more than depreciation and amortization of $8,955,000. By comparison, capital expenditures totaled $13,291,000 in the first nine 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 $16,268,000 for the period, which was $5,558,000 higher than the $10,710,000 in the first nine months of fiscal 2014.

On March 17, 2015, 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 May 29, 2015 to stockholders of record at the close of business on May 15, 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 third quarter, the annualized dividend yield on the Company's Common Stock was 2.4%, based on the quarter's closing stock price of $32.82 per share and the latest quarterly cash dividend of $0.20.

LOOKING FORWARD

President and Chief Executive Officer Daniel Jaffee continued, "As the inventors of scoopable lightweight cat litter, we are particularly gratified by the rapid market acceptance of lightweight cat litters. Retailers will continue to dedicate more and more of their shelf space to lightweight litters and therefore drive category growth. We anticipate an increased number of consumers will try private label lightweight products as they become comfortable with the concept. We believe that if both of these trends continue, Oil-Dri will benefit as we have a large quantity and the best quality of lightweight clay reserves available at all of our plants from coast to coast.

"While we are frustrated with our short term results, we continue to be confident in the long term prospects in all of our businesses. Our China business is growing, albeit at a slower pace than we had hoped for. However, we remain bullish on that initiative as all of the market forces leading us to make that investment are still evident."

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

The Company will offer a live webcast of the third quarter earnings teleconference on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 from 10:00 am to 10:30 am, Central Time. To listen via the web, visit www.streetevents.com or www.oildri.com. An archived recording of the call and written transcripts of all teleconferences are posted on the Oil-Dri website.

"Oil-Dri" is a registered 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.

               
               
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME  
(in thousands, except for per share amounts)  
(unaudited)  
    Third Quarter Ended April 30,  
    2015     % of Sales     2014     % of Sales  
Net Sales   $ 65,196     100.0 %   $ 67,417     100.0 %
Cost of Sales     (50,763 )   77.9 %     (53,533 )   79.4 %
Gross Profit     14,433     22.1 %     13,884     20.6 %
Operating Expenses     12,524     19.2 %     (12,894 )   19.1 %
Operating Income     1,909     2.9 %     990     1.5 %
Interest Expense     (329 )   0.5 %     (377 )   0.6 %
Other Income     322     0.5 %     250     0.4 %
Income Before Income Taxes     1,902     2.9 %     863     1.3 %
Income Taxes     (517 )   0.8 %     (141 )   0.2 %
Net Income   $ 1,385     2.1 %   $ 722     1.1 %
Net Income Per Share:                            
  Basic Common   $ 0.21           $ 0.11        
  Basic Class B Common   $ 0.16           $ 0.08        
  Diluted   $ 0.19           $ 0.10        
Average Shares Outstanding:                            
  Basic Common     4,957             4,987        
  Basic Class B Common     2,022             2,004        
  Diluted     7,046             7,013        
                               
    Nine Months Ended April 30,  
    2015     % of Sales     2014     % of Sales  
Net Sales   $ 195,883     100.0 %   $ 200,268     100.0 %
Cost of Sales     (152,448 )   77.8 %     (152,991 )   76.4 %
Gross Profit     43,435     22.2 %     47,277     23.6 %
Operating Expenses     (34,085 )   17.4 %     (36,211 )   18.1 %
Operating Income     9,350     4.8 %     11,066     5.5 %
Interest Expense     (1,018 )   0.5 %     (1,186 )   0.6 %
Other Income     321     0.2 %     406     0.2 %
Income Before Income Taxes     8,653     4.4 %     10,286     5.1 %
Income Taxes     (2,351 )   1.2 %     (2,396 )   1.2 %
Net Income   $ 6,302     3.2 %   $ 7,890     3.9 %
Net Income Per Share:                            
  Basic Common   $ 0.96           $ 1.20        
  Basic Class B Common   $ 0.72           $ 0.90        
  Diluted   $ 0.88           $ 1.11        
Average Shares Outstanding:                            
  Basic Common     4,953             4,974        
  Basic Class B Common     2,018             2,000        
  Diluted     7,034             6,998        
                               
             
             
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands, except for per share amounts)
(unaudited)
 
        As of April 30,
        2015   2014
Current Assets            
  Cash and Cash Equivalents       $ 14,379   $ 16,436
  Restricted Cash         -     191
  Short-term Investments         480     3,240
  Accounts Receivable, Net         31,965     32,854
  Inventories         24,285     24,401
  Prepaid Expenses         7,382     10,635
    Total Current Assets         78,491     87,757
Property, Plant and Equipment, Net         80,547     71,969
Other Assets         26,388     24,911
Total Assets       $ 185,426   $ 184,637
                 
Current Liabilities                
  Current Maturities of Notes Payable       $ 3,483   $ 3,500
  Accounts Payable         6,165     7,102
  Dividends Payable         1,310     1,243
  Accrued Expenses         17,771     17,949
    Total Current Liabilities         28,729     29,794
Noncurrent Liabilities                
  Notes Payable         15,417     18,900
  Other Noncurrent Liabilities         33,910     27,951
    Total Noncurrent Liabilities         49,327     46,851
Stockholders' Equity         107,370     107,992
Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity       $ 185,426   $ 184,637
                 
Book Value Per Share Outstanding       $ 15.40   $ 15.48
                 
Acquisitions of:                
Property, Plant and Equipment   Third Quarter   $ 4,025   $ 6,509
    Year To Date   $ 13,945   $ 13,291
Depreciation and Amortization Charges   Third Quarter   $ 3,019   $ 2,747
    Year To Date   $ 8,955   $ 7,607
                 
             
   
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS  
(in thousands)  
(unaudited)  
             
    For the Nine Months Ended  
    April 30,  
    2015     2014  
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES                
Net Income   $ 6,302     $ 7,890  
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash                
provided by operating activities, net of acquisition:                
  Depreciation and Amortization     8,955       7,607  
  Increase in Accounts Receivable     (1,183 )     (1,742 )
  Decrease (Increase) in Inventories     198       (2,884 )
  (Decrease) Increase in Accounts Payable     (691 )     415  
  Increase (Decrease) in Accrued Expenses     348       (1,981 )
  Increase in Pension and Postretirement Benefits     144       638  
  Other     2,195       767  
    Total Adjustments     9,966       2,820  
Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities     16,268       10,710  
                 
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES                
  Capital Expenditures     (13,945 )     (13,291 )
  Acquisition of Business     -       (12,814 )
  Restricted Cash     129       (191 )
  Net Dispositions of Investment Securities     2,161       15,221  
  Other     1,033       91  
Net Cash Used in Investing Activities     (10,622 )     (10,984 )
                 
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES                
  Principal Payments on Long-Term Debt     (3,500 )     (3,500 )
  Dividends Paid     (3,937 )     (3,719 )
  Purchase of Treasury Stock     (122 )     (63 )
  Other     83       116  
Net Cash Used in Financing Activities     (7,476 )     (7,166 )
                 
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents     (21 )     (159 )
                 
Net Decrease in Cash and Cash Equivalents     (1,851 )     (7,599 )
Cash and Cash Equivalents, Beginning of Period     16,230       24,035  
Cash and Cash Equivalents, End of Period   $ 14,379     $ 16,436  
                 

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