CORRECTING and REPLACING Central Garden & Pet Company Announces Fiscal 2011 First Quarter Results

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Central Garden & Pet Company (NASDAQ: CENT/CENTA), a leading innovator, marketer and producer of quality branded products for the lawn and garden and pet supplies markets, today announced results for its first quarter ended December 25, 2010.

The Company reported first quarter net sales of $282 million, an increase of 5 percent over the same period a year ago. Net sales increased in both its Garden and Pet segments. The Company reported an operating loss of $6.5 million compared to operating income of $0.5 million in the comparable prior year period due primarily to rising grain and other raw material prices and increased marketing and brand building expenditures. The net loss for the quarter was $9.6 million, or $0.16 per share compared to a net loss of $2.9 million or $0.04 per share in the year ago period. The Company historically reports a loss in its first fiscal quarter given the seasonal nature of the lawn and garden category.

Branded product sales increased 5 percent to $231 million. Sales of other manufacturers' products increased 4 percent to $51 million. Depreciation and amortization expense was $7 million in the first quarter of 2011, consistent with the first quarter of the prior year. Net interest expense was $8.9 million compared to $4.9 million a year ago. The quarter ending total leverage ratio, as defined in the Company's credit agreement, was 2.7x. At December 25, 2010, the Company's cash and short term investment balance was $91 million. The Company repurchased $15 million of its common stock during the quarter under its $100 million stock repurchase program announced in July 2010.

"Our revenues grew for both our Garden and Pet segments in a quarter which is seasonally a slow period for the garden category," said Bill Brown, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "We were pleased with the first quarter revenue growth, although our quarterly results were impacted by rising input costs and our strategic investment in brand building. Going forward, we will continue to pursue growth opportunities and operating efficiencies while investing in innovation and marketing. We intend to leverage the strength of our product portfolio, our distribution network, and the strong relationships we have with our customers in order to deliver consistent profitable growth."

Net sales for the Garden Products segment in the first quarter were $95 million, an increase of 8 percent from $88 million in the comparable fiscal 2010 period. The Garden Product segment's operating loss was $8.0 million compared to a loss of $6.3 million in the first quarter of 2010. Branded product sales increased $6 million to $80 million. Sales of other manufacturers' products increased 10 percent to $15 million. Net sales for the Pet Products segment were $187 million, an increase of 3 percent compared to $182 million in the year ago period. Operating income for the Pet Products segment was $11.4 million, compared to $17.6 million in the comparable prior year period. Branded product sales were $151 million, an increase of $5 million compared to last year. The Pet segment's sales of other manufacturers' products were $36 million and remained flat compared to last year.

The Company will discuss its first quarter results on a conference call today at 4:30 p.m. EST / 1:30 p.m. PST. Individuals may access the call by dialing 1-888-679-8038 and passcode 153202907 (domestic) or 1-617-213-4850 and passcode 153202907 (international). The conference call will be simultaneously broadcast over the Internet through Central's website, To listen to the webcast, please log on to the website prior to the scheduled call time to register and download any necessary audio software.

In order to simplify your registration process, you may pre-register at the following link: By pre-registering, you may bypass the operator and go directly to the teleconference with a unique PIN number as soon as the call begins. At the time of the call, after dialing the number and passcode mentioned above, enter your PIN for immediate access to the teleconference.

Re-play dial-in numbers for the call will be available for three weeks: 1-888-286-8010 and passcode 1504 3145 (domestic) and 1-617-801-6888 and passcode 1504 3145 (international).

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 including the brands PENNINGTON(R), SMART SEED(R) and THE REBELS(TM); wild bird feed and the brands PENNINGTON(R) and KAYTEE(R); weed and insect control and the brands AMDRO(R), SEVIN(R), and Over 'N Out(R); and decorative outdoor patio products and the brands NORCAL(R), NEW ENGLAND POTTERY(R), CEDAR WORKS(R) and MATTHEWS FOUR SEASONS(TM). 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(TM) and ZODIAC(R); aquatics and reptile and the brands OCEANIC(R), AQUEON(R) and ZILLA(R); bird & small animal and the brands KAYTEE(R), SUPER PET(R) and CRITTER TRAIL(R); dog & cat and the brands TFH(TM), NYLABONE(R), FOUR PAWS(R), PINNACLE(R) and AVODERM(R); and equine and the brands FARNAM(R), BRONCO(R) and SUPER MASK(R). 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 4,300 employees, primarily in North America and Europe. For additional information on Central Garden & Pet Company, including access to Central's SEC filings, please visit Central's website at

"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: The statements contained in this release which are not historical facts, including those relating to potential operating efficiencies, new product introductions and potential growth 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. These risks are described in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K, filed November 19, 2010, and other 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 Statements of Income


(In thousands, except per share amounts)

                                               Three Months Ended

                                               December 26,  December 25,

                                                 2009          2010

Net Sales                                      $ 269,236     $ 281,719

Cost of Goods Sold and Occupancy                 181,467       198,662

Gross Profit                                     87,769        83,057

Selling, General and Administrative

Expenses                                         87,248        89,540

Income (Loss) from Operations                    521           (6,483  )

Interest Expense                                 (4,944  )     (9,039  )

Interest Income                                  10            133

Other Income (Expense)                           592           (406    )

Loss Before Income Tax Benefit                   (3,821  )     (15,795 )

Income Tax Benefit                               (1,402  )     (6,117  )

Loss Including Non Controlling Interest          (2,419  )     (9,678  )

Net Income (Loss) Attributable

Non Controlling Interest                         475           (86     )

Net Loss Attributable to Central Garden & Pet  $ (2,894  )   $ (9,592  )

Basic and Diluted Loss Per Common Share:       $ (0.04   )   $ (0.16   )

Weighted Average Shares Outstanding:

Basic and Diluted                                66,828        60,941

Central Garden & Pet Company

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets


(In thousands)

                                    December 26,   December 25,   September 25,
                                    2009           2010           2010


Current Assets:

Cash and Cash Equivalents           $ 91,791       $ 75,317       $ 91,460

Short Term Investments                -              15,320         15,320

Accounts Receivable                   128,991        130,618        192,422

Inventories                           327,403        341,621        285,964

Other Current Assets                  48,023         52,610         42,733

Total Current Assets                  596,208        615,486        627,899

Property and Equipment - Net          162,336        165,959        165,281

Goodwill                              207,749        208,348        207,319

Other Intangible Assets - Net         102,236        85,768         86,798

Deferred Income Taxes and Other       53,448         37,419         43,587

Total                               $ 1,121,977    $ 1,112,980    $ 1,130,884

Liabilities and Equity

Current Liabilities:

Accounts Payable                    $ 117,635      $ 115,651      $ 112,611

Accrued Expenses                      83,091         84,931         81,418

Current Portion of Long-Term Debt     3,256          147            165

Total Current Liabilities             203,982        200,729        194,194

Long-Term Debt                        404,007        400,141        400,106

Other Long-Term Obligations           4,405          4,462          4,441

Total Central Garden & Pet Company    509,623        507,787        530,696
Shareholders' Equity

Non Controlling Interest              (40       )    (139      )    1,447

Total Equity                          509,583        507,648        532,143

Total                               $ 1,121,977    $ 1,112,980    $ 1,130,884

    Source: Central Garden & Pet Company