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Oil-Dri Announces Third Quarter and First Nine-Months of Fiscal 2019 Results

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
  F19 F18 Change F19 F18 Change
 Consolidated Results            
 Net Sales $70,885,000 $64,847,000 9 % $206,908,000 $200,387,000 3 %
 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            
 Net Sales $26,041,000 $24,784,000 5 % $77,825,000 $79,226,000 (2 )%
 Segment Operating Income $7,454,000 $7,556,000 (1 )% $21,758,000 $26,191,000 (17 )%
 Retail and Wholesale            
 Net Sales $44,844,000 $40,063,000 12 % $129,083,000 $121,161,000 7 %
 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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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        
(unaudited) Third Quarter Ended April 30
(in thousands, except per share amounts)  2019   % of Sales   2018   % of Sales
Net Sales $ 70,885         100.0  %   $ 64,847         100.0  %
Cost of Sales (1) (54,051 )   (76.3 )%   (47,187 )   (72.8 )%
Gross Profit 16,834     23.7  %   17,660     27.2  %
Selling, General and Administrative Expenses (1) (14,507 )   (20.5 )%   (14,366 )   (22.2 )%
Operating Income 2,327     3.3  %   3,294     5.1  %
Interest Expense (141 )   (0.2 )%   (149 )   (0.2 )%
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 Income 5,561     7.8  %   3,585     5.5  %
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      
                                    Diluted Common $ 0.74         $ 0.48      
Avg Shares Outstanding: Basic Common 5,126         5,037      
                                        Basic Class B Common 2,068         2,102      
                                        Diluted Common 7,253         7,222      
  Nine Months Ended April 30
  2019   % of Sales   2018   % of Sales
Net Sales $ 206,908     100.0  %   $ 200,387     100.0  %
Cost of Sales (1) (158,660 )   (76.7 )%   (144,095 )   (71.9 )%
Gross Profit 48,248     23.3  %   56,292     28.1  %
Selling, General and Administrative Expenses (1) (42,091 )   (20.3 )%   (43,600 )   (21.8 )%
Operating Income 6,157     3.0  %   12,692     6.3  %
Interest Expense (434 )   (0.2 )%   (549 )   (0.3 )%
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 Income 8,777     4.2  %   5,539     2.8  %
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      
                                    Diluted Common $ 1.17         $ 0.75      
Avg Shares Outstanding: Basic Common 5,108         5,032      
                                        Basic Class B Common 2,068         2,099      
                                        Diluted Common 7,245         7,217      

(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)        
(unaudited)        
         
    As of April 30
    2019   2018
Current Assets        
Cash and Cash Equivalents   $ 16,224     $ 10,613  
Short-term Investments   730     14,297  
Accounts Receivable, Net   35,906     32,566  
Inventories   26,738     23,415  
Prepaid Expenses   7,210     6,241  
     Total Current Assets   86,808     87,132  
Property, Plant and Equipment, Net   87,086     84,807  
Other Assets   24,584     26,071  
Total Assets   $ 198,478     $ 198,010  
         
Current Liabilities        
Current Maturities of Notes Payable   $ 3,083     $ 3,083  
Short-term borrowing       6,000  
Accounts Payable   8,608     7,747  
Dividends Payable   1,689     1,559  
Accrued Expenses   18,121     17,330  
     Total Current Liabilities   31,501     35,719  
Noncurrent Liabilities        
Notes Payable   3,045     6,099  
Other Noncurrent Liabilities   26,417     27,179  
     Total Noncurrent Liabilities   29,462     33,278  
Stockholders' Equity   137,515     129,013  
Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity   $ 198,478     $ 198,010  
         
Book Value Per Share Outstanding   $ 19.16     $ 18.09  
         
Acquisitions of:        
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      
(in thousands)      
(unaudited)      
       
  For the Nine Months Ended
  April 30
  2019   2018
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES      
Net Income $ 8,777     $ 5,539  
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 )
Other 773     1,730  
Total Adjustments 6,587     (2,750 )
Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities 15,364     2,789  
       
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES      
Capital Expenditures (10,162 )   (10,533 )
Net Dispositions of Investment Securities 6,404     9,375  
Other     1,766  
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 )
Dividends Paid (4,967 )   (4,671 )
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
InvestorRelations@oildri.com
(312) 321-1515