Central Garden & Pet Company Announces Fiscal 2013 Third Quarter Results
Third quarter sales decreased 7% to $494.1 million; Diluted EPS of $0.28 per share
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Central Garden & Pet Company (NASDAQ: CENT) (NASDAQ: CENTA), a leading innovator, marketer and producer of quality branded products for the lawn and garden and pet supplies markets, today reported financial results for the third quarter ended June 29, 2013.
The Company reported net sales of $494.1 million, a 7 percent decrease from the comparable fiscal 2012 period. Revenues declined in both the Company’s Pet and Garden segments. The Company’s third quarter operating income was $32.9 million, compared to operating income of $49.0 million in the third quarter of 2012. Net income was $13.7 million, or $0.28 per fully diluted share, compared with net income of $22.7 million or $0.47 per fully diluted share in the third quarter of 2012.
“We anticipated lower results this quarter compared to strong sales and earnings gains a year ago; and although Pet performed in-line with our expectations, our Garden business did not,” said John Ranelli, President and CEO of Central Garden & Pet. “While our results for the quarter were disappointing, we are taking the right steps to strengthen our business for the future, including improving customer service and innovation, and identifying additional ways to take costs out of the business. In addition, we are leveraging a new matrix operating structure to bring decision making closer to the customer.” Mr. Ranelli continued, “There is much work to be done. Much of the recent progress we have made is not yet visible in our financial statements. Our business remains fundamentally strong with many opportunities ahead.”
Third Quarter and Year-to-Date Details
Net sales for the Garden segment for the quarter were $256.3 million, a decline of 2 percent from the third quarter of 2012, due in part to lower sales of controls products. In the prior year quarter, controls and fertilizers benefitted from the shipment of delayed orders. The Garden segment’s branded product sales for the quarter decreased $5.8 million, or 3 percent, to $215.5 million while sales of other manufacturers’ products decreased $0.4 million, to $40.8 million, a decrease of 1 percent compared with the third quarter of 2012. The Garden segment’s operating margin declined during the quarter, reflecting lower profitability in the company’s controls, fertilizer and decor businesses, due in part to higher promotion and marketing expenses. For the third quarter, the Garden segment’s operating income was $13.7 million, down from $22.6 million in the third quarter of 2012.
Net sales for the Pet segment for the quarter were $237.8 million, a decline of 12 percent from the third quarter of 2012, which included the benefit of the initial sell-in of high-margin flea and tick products to a new channel. The Pet segment’s branded product sales for the quarter decreased $34.4 million, or 15 percent, to $194.5 million while sales of other manufacturers’ products were $43.3 million, an increase of 2 percent compared with the third quarter of 2012. The Pet segment’s operating margin fell during the quarter due in part to lower flea & tick sales than a year ago partially offset by lower selling, general and administrative expenses. For the third quarter, the Pet segment’s operating income was $33.1 million, down from $40.4 million in the prior year period.
For the nine months ending June 29, 2013, the Company reported net sales of $1.28 billion, down from $1.30 billion in the comparable 2012 period. Branded products sales were $1.07 billion, down 2 percent from the comparable 2012 period. Sales of other manufacturers' products decreased 1 percent to $213.1 million. Operating income for the period was $66.5 million compared to $82.9 million in the prior year. Net income for the nine months ended June 29, 2013 was $20.7 million compared to $31.2 million in the comparable 2012 period. Earnings per fully diluted share were $0.42 compared to $0.65 per fully diluted share in the year ago period.
At June 29, 2013, the Company’s cash and short term investments balance totaled $38.3 million. Net interest expense was $11.3 million for the quarter and $10.7 million in the prior year period. Depreciation and amortization expense was $7.8 million, a decrease from $8.0 million in the third quarter of 2012. The Company’s effective tax rate for the third quarter was 34 percent compared to 38 percent in the prior year period.
Total debt at June 29, 2013 was $509.6 million compared to $449.9 million at June 23, 2012. The quarter ending total leverage ratio, as defined in the Company’s senior credit facility, was 4.9x. The Company was in compliance with all debt covenants at June 29, 2013. On August 1, 2013, the Company amended its Credit Facility to reduce the Minimum Interest Coverage ratio from 2.50x to 2.25x, and to add a minimum asset coverage ratio at 1.10x. Both covenant modifications are effectitive through the fiscal quarter ending March 29, 2014.
The Company will host a conference call today at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time / 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time to discuss its fiscal third quarter results. The conference call will be accessible via the internet through Central’s website, http://ir.central.com.
Alternatively, to listen to the call by telephone, dial 412-317-6062. A replay of the call will be available for three weeks by dialing 858-384-5517 and entering passcode 105408.
About Central Garden & Pet
Central Garden & Pet Company is a leading innovator, marketer and producer of quality branded products for the lawn & garden and pet supplies markets. Committed to new product innovation, our products are sold to specialty independent and mass retailers. Participating categories in Lawn & Garden include: Grass seed and the brands PENNINGTON®, SMART SEED® and THE REBELS®; wild bird feed and the brand PENNINGTON®; weed and insect control and the brands AMDRO®, SEVIN®, IRONITE® and OVER-N-OUT®; and decorative outdoor patio products and the brands NORCAL POTTERY®, NEW ENGLAND POTTERY® and MATTHEWS FOUR SEASONS™. We also provide a host of other regional and application-specific garden brands and supplies. Participating categories in Pet include: Animal health and the brands ADAMS™ and ZODIAC®; aquatics and reptile and the brands OCEANIC SYSTEMS®, AQUEON® and ZILLA®; bird & small animal and the brands KAYTEE®, SUPER PET® and CRITTER TRAIL®; dog & cat and the brands TFH™, NYLABONE®, FOUR PAWS®, PINNACLE® and AVODERM®; and equine and the brands FARNAM®, VITA FLEX® and HORSE HEALTHTM PRODUCTS. We also provide a host of other application-specific pet brands and supplies. Central Garden & Pet Company is based in Walnut Creek, California, and has approximately 3,500 employees, primarily in North America. For additional information on Central Garden & Pet Company, including access to the Company's SEC filings, please visit the Company’s website at www.central.com.
“Safe Harbor” Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: The statements contained in this release which are not historical facts, including expectations for future growth and cost reduction opportunities, are forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those set forth in or implied by forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements are based upon the Company’s current expectations and various assumptions. There are a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements contained in this release including, but not limited to, the following factors:
- the success of and costs and expenses associated with the Company’s transformational change initiatives;
- seasonality and fluctuations in the Company’s operating results and cash flow;
- fluctuations in market prices for seeds and grains and other raw materials and the Company’s ability to pass through cost increases in a timely manner;
- adverse weather conditions;
- dependence on a small number of customers for a significant portion of our business;
- uncertainty about new product innovations and marketing programs; and
- implementation of a new enterprise resource planning information technology system.
These risks and others are described in Central’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings. Central undertakes no obligation to publicly update these forward-looking statements to reflect new information, subsequent events or otherwise.
CENTRAL GARDEN & PET COMPANY
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||20,482||$||40,699||$||48,475|
|Short term investments||17,820||17,820||22,705|
|Accounts receivable (less allowance for doubtful accounts of $23,355, $18,297 and $18,574)||243,650||245,780||202,422|
|Prepaid expenses and other||53,751||46,107||48,149|
|Total current assets||748,773||685,202||651,783|
|Land, buildings, improvements and equipment—net||190,921||185,225||191,163|
|Other intangible assets—net||75,670||80,529||78,853|
|Deferred income taxes and other assets||19,049||18,539||17,525|
|LIABILITIES AND EQUITY|
|Current portion of long-term debt||205||347||331|
|Total current liabilities||205,731||232,276||206,484|
|Other long-term obligations||37,845||23,478||28,697|
|Common stock, $.01 par value: 12,246,751, 12,247,571, and 12,247,571 shares outstanding at June 29, 2013, June 23, 2012 and September 29, 2012||122||122||122|
|Class A common stock, $.01 par value: 35,240,576, 34,506,329 and 34,706,902 shares outstanding at June 29, 2013, June 23, 2012 and September 29, 2012||352||345||347|
|Class B stock, $.01 par value: 1,652,262 shares outstanding||16||16||16|
|Additional paid-in capital||388,443||381,751||382,195|
|Accumulated other comprehensive income||840||1,127||1,539|
|Total Central Garden & Pet Company shareholders’ equity||489,946||473,138||463,937|
CENTRAL GARDEN & PET COMPANY
(in thousands, except per share amounts)
|Three Months Ended||Nine Months Ended|
|Cost of goods sold and occupancy||341,664||353,156||902,201||893,691|
|Selling, general and administrative expenses||119,574||131,683||316,051||326,175|
|Income from operations||32,892||48,969||66,544||82,911|
|Other income (expense)||353||102||(676||)||(19||)|
|Income before income taxes and noncontrolling interest||21,926||38,376||33,389||52,238|
|Income including noncontrolling interest||14,406||23,822||22,019||32,522|
|Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest||681||1,123||1,367||1,290|
|Net income attributable to Central Garden & Pet Company||$||13,725||$||22,699||$||20,652||$||31,232|
|Net income per share attributable to Central Garden & Pet Company:|
|Weighted average shares used in the computation of net income per share:|
Central Garden & Pet Company
Steve Zenker, 925-948-3657
Source: Central Garden & Pet Company
Released August 7, 2013