SOURCE: Oil-Dri Corporation of America

Oil-Dri Corporation of America

March 09, 2016 16:03 ET

Oil-Dri Announces Second Quarter and First Six Months of Fiscal 2016 Results

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - Mar 9, 2016) -  Oil-Dri Corporation of America (NYSE: ODC) today announced income for the second quarter of fiscal 2016 of $3,821,000, or $0.53 of diluted earnings per share, compared to net income of $2,797,000, or $0.39 of diluted earnings per share, in the same quarter of the prior year. Net sales of $65,367,000 in the quarter increased by 1% compared to net sales of $64,643,000 in the same quarter of the prior year.

Net income for the first six months was $9,244,000, or $1.28 of diluted earnings per share, up from net income of $4,917,000, or $0.69 of diluted earnings per share, in the same period of fiscal 2015. Net sales for the six-month period were $133,162,000, a 2% increase compared to net sales of $130,687,000 in the same period one year ago.

BUSINESS REVIEW

President and Chief Executive Officer Daniel S. Jaffee said, "The substantial increase in net income was generated by the Retail and Wholesale segment despite only a small increase in sales. Sales for the segment were up 1% in the first six months, while the bottom line increased by 351%.

Net sales of our Fresh & Light and private label lightweight litters increased slightly despite a reduction in promotional spending compared to the second quarter of last year. Our new and improved Fresh & Light Ultimate Care products started shipping in January.

Overall, the quarter and year-to-date results benefited from a favorable product mix and lower energy, packaging and freight costs. Our gross margins continue to increase as our commitment to selling higher value products intensifies."

SEGMENT REVIEW
 
BUSINESS TO BUSINESS
 
Second Quarter Results
    Three Month Period    
    November 1 - January 31   Change
    Fiscal 2016   Fiscal 2015    
Net Sales   $ 22,625,000   $ 23,047,000   -2%
Segment Income   $ 7,576,000   $ 7,443,000   2%
                 
Six Month Results
    Six Month Period    
    August 1 - January 31   Change
    Fiscal 2016   Fiscal 2015    
Net Sales   $ 48,446,000   $ 46,695,000   4%
Segment Income   $ 16,745,000   $ 14,314,000   17%

Verge engineered granules and Agsorb agricultural carriers performed exceptionally well due to growth from both existing and new customers. Agricultural product sales increased 13% in the quarter and 27% in the six-month period.

Net sales of Pure-Flo fluids purification products and Amlan animal health products were down in both periods. Amlan's expenses increased due to the launch of two new intestinal health products, Varium and NeoPrime.

Segment income improved in both periods due to lower natural gas, freight and packaging costs.

RETAIL AND WHOLESALE
 
Second Quarter Results
    Three Month Period    
    November 1 - January 31   Change
    Fiscal 2016   Fiscal 2015    
Net Sales   $ 42,742,000   $ 41,596,000   3%
Segment Income   $ 4,295,000   $ 1,262,000   240%
                 
Six Month Results
    Six Month Period    
    August 1 - January 31   Change
    Fiscal 2016   Fiscal 2015    
Net Sales   $ 84,716,000   $ 83,992,000   1%
Segment Income   $ 9,697,000   $ 2,148,000   351%

The net sales increase in both the second quarter and six-month periods was driven by our branded and private label lightweight cat litters, including the recently introduced Fresh & Light Ultimate Care products.

Segment income improved in both the second quarter and the six-month periods due to a favorable product mix, reduced trade spending and lower costs for natural gas, freight and packaging.

FINANCIAL REVIEW

Cash, cash equivalents, and short-term investments at January 31, 2016 totaled $28,919,000, compared to $13,703,000 a year ago.

Cash provided by operating activities was $17,051,000 for the six months ended January 31, 2016, which was $6,444,000 higher than the $10,607,000 for the same period of last year, due to higher net income and overall positive changes in working capital.

Capital expenditures for the six months ended January 31, 2016 totaled $4,795,000, which was $1,119,000 less than depreciation and amortization of $5,914,000. By comparison, capital expenditures totaled $9,920,000 in the same period of last year.

On December 8, 2015, Oil-Dri's Board of Directors declared quarterly cash dividends of $0.21 per share of outstanding Common Stock and $0.1575 per share of outstanding Class B Stock. The dividends were paid on March 4, 2016, to stockholders of record at the close of business on February 19, 2016. The Company has paid cash dividends continuously since 1974 and has increased dividends annually for the past twelve years. At the end of the second quarter, the annualized dividend yield on the Company's Common Stock was 2.2%, based on the closing stock price on January 29, 2016 of $37.50 per share and the latest quarterly cash dividend of $0.21 per share.

LOOKING FORWARD

President and Chief Executive Officer Daniel Jaffee continued, "We are very excited to have announced the new and improved Cat's Pride Fresh & Light Ultimate Care. We believe in our high value products and early results indicate that our customers do too.

According to third party market research, the overall cat litter category has grown by 4.4% in the latest 12-week period, ending January 31, 2016. Sales of lightweight scoopable litters grew 44%, and reported retail sales of our lightweight scoopable litters grew 11.4% in the period.

We plan to enhance the presence of our brand on a national level by rolling out our largest media effort to date. We have developed a national campaign featuring actress Katherine Heigl which includes TV, print, digital and radio advertising. The campaign
highlights Fresh & Light Ultimate Care's superior performance. Concurrently, we are very proud to have announced a partnership with the Jason Debus Heigl Foundation. A portion of every Ultimate Care sale will support the Foundation's animal advocacy work.

While we believe this campaign is a terrific investment for the long term, it will substantially add to expenses for the remainder of the year, and thus reduce earnings in the third and fourth quarters. We anticipate expenses associated with the promotion of our new and improved Ultimate Care products will substantially exceed those similarly incurred when our team created and launched the lightweight litter category."

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 second quarter earnings teleconference on Thursday, March 10, 2016 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," "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 trademark of Oil-Dri Corporation of America.

Certain statements in this press release may contain forward-looking statements that are based on our current expectations, estimates, forecasts and projections about our future performance, our business, our beliefs, and our management's assumptions. In addition, we, or others on our behalf, may make forward-looking statements in other press releases or written statements, or in our communications and discussions with investors and analysts in the normal course of business through meetings, webcasts, phone calls, and conference calls. Words such as "expect," "outlook," "forecast," "would", "could," "should," "project," "intend," "plan," "continue," "believe," "seek," "estimate," "anticipate, "may," "assume," variations of such words and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements, which are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

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)  
     
  Second Quarter Ended January 31,  
  2016     % of Sales     2015     % of Sales  
Net Sales $ 65,367     100.0 %   $ 64,643     100.0 %
Cost of Sales   (46,305 )   70.8 %     (49,410 )   76.4 %
Gross Profit   19,062     29.2 %     15,233     23.6 %
Operating Expenses   (13,662 )   20.9 %     (10,952 )   16.9 %
Operating Income   5,400     8.3 %     4,281     6.6 %
Interest Expense   (252 )   0.4 %     (307 )   0.5 %
Other Expenses   (79 )   0.1 %     (88 )   0.1 %
Income Before Income Taxes   5,069     7.8 %     3,886     6.0 %
Income Taxes   (1,248 )   1.9 %     (1,089 )   1.7 %
Net Income $ 3,821     5.8 %   $ 2,797     4.3 %
Net Income Per Share:                          
  Basic Common $ 0.57           $ 0.43        
  Basic Class B Common $ 0.43           $ 0.32        
  Diluted $ 0.53           $ 0.39        
Average Shares Outstanding:                          
  Basic Common   4,982             4,953        
  Basic Class B Common   2,055             2,022        
  Diluted   7,096             7,030        
                       
  Six Months Ended January 31,  
  2016     % of Sales     2015     % of Sales  
Net Sales $ 133,162     100.0 %   $ 130,687     100.0 %
Cost of Sales   (93,447 )   70.2 %     (101,685 )   77.8 %
Gross Profit   39,715     29.8 %     29,002     22.2 %
Operating Expenses   (26,539 )   19.9 %     (21,561 )   16.5 %
Operating Income   13,176     9.9 %     7,441     5.7 %
Interest Expense   (511 )   0.4 %     (689 )   0.5 %
Other Expenses   (56 )   -- %     (1 )   -- %
Income Before Income Taxes   12,609     9.5 %     6,751     5.2 %
Income Taxes   (3,365 )   2.5 %     (1,834 )   1.4 %
Net Income $ 9,244     6.9 %   $ 4,917     3.8 %
Net Income Per Share:                          
  Basic Common $ 1.39           $ 0.75        
  Basic Class B Common $ 1.04           $ 0.56        
  Diluted $ 1.28           $ 0.69        
Average Shares Outstanding:                          
  Basic Common   4,978             4,951        
  Basic Class B Common   2,046             2,016        
  Diluted   7,074             7,023        
                             
                             
                             
 
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands, except for per share amounts)
(unaudited)
 
    As of January 31,
    2016   2015
Current Assets            
  Cash and Cash Equivalents   $ 13,827   $ 12,763
  Short-term Investments     15,092     940
  Accounts Receivable, Net     30,708     32,255
  Inventories     22,949     23,661
  Prepaid Expenses     10,144     7,409
    Total Current Assets     92,720     77,028
Property, Plant and Equipment, Net     79,449     79,702
Other Assets     26,886     27,584
Total Assets   $ 199,055   $ 184,314
             
Current Liabilities            
  Current Maturities of Notes Payable   $ 3,083   $ 3,483
  Accounts Payable     7,704     6,191
  Dividends Payable     1,407     1,313
  Accrued Expenses     19,960     16,733
    Total Current Liabilities     32,154     27,720
Noncurrent Liabilities            
  Notes Payable     12,333     15,417
  Other Noncurrent Liabilities     36,497     34,250
    Total Noncurrent Liabilities     48,830     49,667
Stockholders' Equity     118,071     106,927
Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity   $ 199,055   $ 184,314
             
Book Value Per Share Outstanding   $ 16.81   $ 15.35
             
Acquisitions of:            
Property, Plant and Equipment Second Quarter $ 3,030   $ 4,203
  Year To Date $ 4,795   $ 9,920
Depreciation and Amortization Charges Second Quarter $ 2,975   $ 3,016
  Year To Date $ 5,914   $ 5,936
             
             
             
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS  
(in thousands)  
(unaudited)  
   
    For the Six Months Ended  
    January 31,  
    2016     2015  
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES                
Net Income   $ 9,244     $ 4,917  
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities, net of acquisition:                
    Depreciation and Amortization     5,914       5,936  
  Decrease (Increase) in Accounts Receivable     521       (1,431 )
  (Increase) Decrease in Inventories     (1,674 )     822  
  Decrease in Accounts Payable     (201 )     (1,232 )
  Increase (Decrease) in Accrued Expenses     3,295       (867 )
  Increase in Pension and Postretirement Benefits     554       519  
    Other     (602 )     1,943  
      Total Adjustments     7,807       5,690  
Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities     17,051       10,607  
                 
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES                
  Capital Expenditures     (4,795 )     (9,920 )
  Restricted Cash     --       129  
  Net (Purchase) Dispositions of Investment Securities     (12,900 )     1,701  
  Other     249       123  
Net Cash Used in Investing Activities     (17,446 )     (7,967 )
                 
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES                
  Principal Payments on Long-Term Debt     (3,484 )     (3,500 )
  Dividends Paid     (2,783 )     (2,623 )
  Purchase of Treasury Stock     (18 )     --  
  Other     336       31  
Net Cash Used in Financing Activities     (5,949 )     (6,092 )
                 
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents     33       (15 )
                 
Net Decrease in Cash and Cash Equivalents     (6,311 )     (3,467 )
Cash and Cash Equivalents, Beginning of Period     20,138       16,230  
Cash and Cash Equivalents, End of Period   $ 13,827     $ 12,763  
                 

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