CHICAGO, June 07, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Oil-Dri Corporation of America (ODC), producer and marketer of sorbent mineral products, today announced results for its third quarter and first nine-months of fiscal 2019.
|Third Quarter||Year to Date|
|Ended April 30||Ended April 30|
|Net Income Attributable to Oil-Dri||$5,619,000||$3,585,000||57||%||$8,812,000||$5,539,000||59||%|
|Earnings per Diluted Share||$0.74||$0.48||54||%||$1.17||$0.75||56||%|
|Business to Business|
|Segment Operating Income||$7,454,000||$7,556,000||(1||)%||$21,758,000||$26,191,000||(17||)%|
|Retail and Wholesale|
|Segment Operating Income||$4,161,000||$2,223,000||87||%||$6,823,000||$7,010,000||(3||)%|
Daniel S. Jaffee, President and CEO, stated, “Our third quarter results demonstrate progress in executing our long-term growth strategies. I am pleased with the strong revenue momentum in our Retail & Wholesale Group and the gains in our Business to Business Group. Although we continue to experience challenges caused by market conditions and increased costs, we remain focused on improving operational efficiencies and continue to lay the groundwork to capture the full value of our investments.
The Business to Business Group experienced an increase in sales of 5% in the third quarter over the prior year, led by a 13% gain of fluid purification products, mainly in our North American and Latin American markets. Other revenue increases were due to growth of engineered granules within the Agricultural sector, and coarse cat litter in the Co-Packaging division. Sales of our animal health and nutrition products declined 27% in the quarter versus the prior year. Our business in Asia, including our subsidiary in China, continues to be negatively impacted by the African Swine Fever.
Operating Income in the Business to Business sector was down 1% in the third quarter versus the prior year. Despite modest sales gains and a 12% reduction in SG&A expenses, higher manufacturing, freight and packaging costs continued to erode margins.
In the third quarter of fiscal 2019, sales in the Retail & Wholesale Group increased by 12% over the prior year. Total cat litter sales increased 15%, driven by strong demand for our Cat’s Pride Scoopable branded litter at many of our large-scale retail accounts. Both scoopable and coarse private label litter revenue rose as well, due to organic growth and the addition of several new customers. According to third-party market research data for retail sales1, our combined branded and private label unit share of the overall cat litter segment continued to climb to 15.3%, compared to 13.3% in the same period of 2018.
Operating Income in the Retail & Wholesale segment for the third quarter increased 87% over the same period last year. Increased revenues and a $2 million reduction in advertising expenses offset higher manufacturing, freight and packaging costs. To counteract ongoing cost pressures, we increased our prices on all cat litter products, effective May 1st. We expect to see the effect of this change in pricing with improved margins in our fiscal fourth quarter.
The Retail & Wholesale group continues to strategically allocate advertising dollars to enhance product sales. In addition to our ongoing digital media plan, we are improving the efficiency of promotional spending by targeting regional markets. With the recent launch of our new packaging design in May, all branded cat litter products will bear the newly designed Cat’s Pride logo. This change will provide more visual consistency throughout our product line.
Overall, I feel that we delivered solid third quarter results. I am optimistic about the future of Oil-Dri and our ability to drive enhanced returns for our shareholders.”
While Oil-Dri’s founding product was granular clay floor absorbents, it has since greatly diversified its portfolio. The Company’s mission to “Create Value from Sorbent Minerals” is supported by its wide array of consumer and business to business product offerings. In 2016, Oil-Dri celebrated its seventy-fifth year of business and looks forward to the next milestone.
The Company will host its third quarter teleconference on Monday, June 10, 2019 at 10:00am Central Time. Participation details are available on our website’s Events page.
1Based in part on data reported by Nielsen through its Nielsen Answers Core Service for the Pet Care Category for the 12 week period ended April 20, 2019, for the U.S. market. Copyright © 2019 Nielsen.
“Oil-Dri”, and “Cat’s Pride” are registered trademarks of Oil-Dri Corporation of America.
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|CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME|
|(unaudited)||Third Quarter Ended April 30|
|(in thousands, except per share amounts)||2019||% of Sales||2018||% of Sales|
|Cost of Sales (1)||(54,051||)||(76.3||)%||(47,187||)||(72.8||)%|
|Selling, General and Administrative Expenses (1)||(14,507||)||(20.5||)%||(14,366||)||(22.2||)%|
|Other Income (1) (2)||4,518||6.4||%||150||0.2||%|
|Income Before Income Taxes||6,704||9.5||%||3,295||5.1||%|
|Income Tax (Expense) Benefit||(1,143||)||(1.6||)%||290||0.4||%|
|Net Loss Attributable to Noncontrolling Interest||(58||)||—||—||—|
|Net Income Attributable to Oil-Dri||$||5,619||7.9||%||$||3,585||5.5||%|
|Net Income Per Share: Basic Common||$||0.81||$||0.53|
|Basic Class B Common||$||0.61||$||0.40|
|Avg Shares Outstanding: Basic Common||5,126||5,037|
|Basic Class B Common||2,068||2,102|
|Nine Months Ended April 30|
|2019||% of Sales||2018||% of Sales|
|Cost of Sales (1)||(158,660||)||(76.7||)%||(144,095||)||(71.9||)%|
|Selling, General and Administrative Expenses (1)||(42,091||)||(20.3||)%||(43,600||)||(21.8||)%|
|Other Income (1) (2)||4,653||2.2||%||62||—||%|
|Income Before Income Taxes||10,376||5.0||%||12,205||6.1||%|
|Income Tax Expense||(1,599||)||(0.8||)%||(6,666||)||(3.3||)%|
|Net Loss Attributable to Noncontrolling Interest||(35||)||—||%||—||—||%|
|Net Income Attributable to Oil-Dri||$||8,812||4.3||%||$||5,539||2.8||%|
|Net Income Per Share: Basic Common||$||1.27||$||0.82|
|Basic Class B Common||$||0.95||$||0.62|
|Avg Shares Outstanding: Basic Common||5,108||5,032|
|Basic Class B Common||2,068||2,099|
(1) Prior year amounts have been retrospectively adjusted to conform to the current year presentation of the non-service cost components of net periodic benefit cost required by new guidance under Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) 715, Improving the Presentation of Net Periodic Pension Cost and Net Periodic Postretirement Benefit Cost.
(2) For further information about amounts included in this line item, please refer to Note 7 of the Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended April 30, 2019.
|CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS|
|(in thousands, except per share amounts)|
|As of April 30|
|Cash and Cash Equivalents||$||16,224||$||10,613|
|Accounts Receivable, Net||35,906||32,566|
|Total Current Assets||86,808||87,132|
|Property, Plant and Equipment, Net||87,086||84,807|
|Current Maturities of Notes Payable||$||3,083||$||3,083|
|Total Current Liabilities||31,501||35,719|
|Other Noncurrent Liabilities||26,417||27,179|
|Total Noncurrent Liabilities||29,462||33,278|
|Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity||$||198,478||$||198,010|
|Book Value Per Share Outstanding||$||19.16||$||18.09|
|Property, Plant and Equipment||Third Quarter||$||3,963||$||3,683|
|Year To Date||$||10,162||$||10,533|
|Depreciation and Amortization Charges||Third Quarter||$||3,310||$||3,164|
|Year To Date||$||9,849||$||9,577|
|CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS|
|For the Nine Months Ended|
|CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES|
|Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash|
|provided by operating activities:|
|Depreciation and Amortization||9,849||9,577|
|(Increase) Decrease in Accounts Receivable||(2,185||)||35|
|Increase in Inventories||(4,248||)||(783||)|
|Increase (Decrease) in Accounts Payable||2,873||(888||)|
|Decrease in Accrued Expenses||(1,762||)||(1,198||)|
|Increase (Decrease) in Pension and Postretirement Benefits||1,287||(11,223||)|
|Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities||15,364||2,789|
|CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES|
|Net Dispositions of Investment Securities||6,404||9,375|
|Net Cash (Used in) Provided by Investing Activities||(3,758||)||608|
|CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES|
|Principal Payments on Long-Term Debt||(3,083||)||(3,083||)|
|Purchase of Treasury Stock||(141||)||(27||)|
|Proceeds from Short-Term Borrowing||—||6,000|
|Net Cash Used in Financing Activities||(8,191||)||(1,781||)|
|Effect of exchange rate changes on Cash and Cash Equivalents||52||(98||)|
|Net Increase in Cash and Cash Equivalents||3,467||1,518|
|Cash and Cash Equivalents, Beginning of Period||12,757||9,095|
|Cash and Cash Equivalents, End of Period||$||16,224||$||10,613|
Leslie A. Garber
Investor Relations Manager
Oil-Dri Corporation of America