Central Garden & Pet Company Announces Fiscal 2010 First Quarter Results
Improved Gross Margins and Lower Interest Expense Offset Sales Decline
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Central Garden & Pet Company (NASDAQ: CENT)(NASDAQ: CENTA) today announced results for its first quarter ended December 26, 2009.
"We continued to make progress on our core initiatives of reducing working capital, improving gross margins and controlling costs," noted William Brown, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "We reduced our investment in working capital by $98 million compared to this time last year and lowered debt by $84 million. Gross margins improved by 3.4 percentage points and in our seasonally slow garden quarter, we reduced our per share loss to less than half of year ago levels. With a stronger balance sheet, we are beginning to accelerate new product introductions and once again explore potential acquisitions."
The Company reported net sales of $269 million in the quarter, a decline of eight percent compared to $293 million in the comparable fiscal 2009 period. The Company reported operating income of $0.5 million compared to a loss of $2.7 million in the year ago period. Net interest expense was $4.9 million compared to $6.6 million a year ago. The net loss for the quarter was $2.9 million, or $0.04 per share compared to a net loss of $6.2 million or $0.09 per share in the year ago period. Branded product sales decreased 9% percent to $220 million. Sales of other manufacturers' products declined 2% percent to $49.2 million. Depreciation and amortization was $7.2 million compared to $7.5 million in the year ago period. The quarter ending leverage ratio was 2.6x.
Net sales for the Garden Products segment in its seasonally slow quarter were $88 million, a decrease of 18 percent from $107 million in the comparable fiscal 2009 period. The Garden Products operating loss was $6.3 million compared to a loss of $7.8 million in the year ago period. Branded product sales declined $20 million to $74 million. Sales of other manufacturers' products increased $1 million to $14 million. Net sales for the Pet Products segment were $182 million, a decrease of two percent compared to $186 million in the year ago period. Operating income for the Pet Products segment was $17.6 million, compared to $12.9 million in the year ago period. Branded product sales were $146 million, a decrease of $2 million compared to last year. Sales of other manufacturers' products were $36 million compared to $38 million 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 1-888-713-4216 and passcode 7630 9971 (domestic) or 1-617-213-4868 and passcode 7630 9971 (international). The conference call will be simultaneously broadcast over the Internet through Central's website, http://www.central.com/ or you may link directly to the webcast on our website at http://ir.central.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=93879&p=irol-calendar. 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: https://www.theconferencingservice.com/prereg/key.process?key=PEVBRKRLU . 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. We are committed to new product innovation and our products are sold to specialty independent and mass retailers in the following categories: In Lawn & Garden: grass seed including the brands PENNINGTON(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), IRONITE(R) and Over 'N Out(R); and decorative outdoor patio products and the brands NORCAL(R), NEW ENGLAND POTTERY(R) and MATTHEWS FOUR SEASONS(TM). We also provide a host of other regional and application-specific garden brands and supplies. Pet categories include: animal health and the brands ADAMS(TM) and ZODIAC(R); aquatics and reptile and the brands OCEANIC(R), AQUEON(TM) and ZILLA(TM); bird & small animal and the brands KAYTEE(R), SUPER PET(R) and CRITTER TRAIL(R); dog & cat and the brands TFH(R), NYLABONE(R), FOUR PAWS(R), PINNACLE(R) and Avoderm(R); and equine and the brands FARNAM(R), BRONCO(R) and SUPER MASK(R). Central Garden & Pet Company is based in Walnut Creek, California, and has approximately 4,000 employees, primarily in North America and Europe. For additional information on Central Garden & Pet Company, including access to the Company's SEC filings, please visit the Company's website at http://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 those relating to the new product introductions and potential acquisitions 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 20, 2009, 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 (Unaudited) (In thousands, except per share amounts) Three Months Ended December 27, December 26, 2008 2009 Net Sales $ 292,542 $ 269,236 Cost of Goods Sold and Occupancy 207,061 181,467 Gross Profit 85,481 87,769 Selling, General and Administrative Expenses 88,147 87,248 Income (Loss) from Operations (2,666 ) 521 Interest Expense (6,884 ) (4,944 ) Interest Income 332 10 Other Income (Expense) (950 ) 592 Loss Before Income Tax Benefit (10,168 ) (3,821 ) Income Tax Benefit (3,853 ) (1,402 ) Loss Including Non Controlling Interest (6,315 ) (2,419 ) Net Income (Loss) Attributable Non Controlling Interest (131 ) 475 Net Loss Attributable to Central Garden & Pet $ (6,184 ) $ (2,894 ) Basic and Diluted Loss Per Common Share: $ (.09 ) $ (0.04 ) Weighted Average Shares Outstanding: Basic and Diluted 70,519 66,828
Central Garden & Pet Company Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited) (In thousands) December 27, December 26, September 26, 2008 2009 2009 Assets Current Assets: Cash and Cash Equivalents $ 8,862 $ 91,791 $ 85,668 Accounts Receivable 165,681 128,991 206,565 Inventories 393,702 327,403 284,834 Other Current Assets 41,207 48,023 44,425 Total Current Assets 609,452 596,208 621,492 Property and Equipment - Net 171,616 162,336 164,734 Goodwill 201,499 207,749 207,749 Other Intangible Assets - Net 106,493 102,236 103,366 Deferred Income Taxes and 105,301 53,448 53,584 Other Assets Total $ 1,194,361 $ 1,121,977 $ 1,150,925 Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity Current Liabilities: Accounts Payable $ 120,936 $ 117,635 $ 108,836 Accrued Expenses 78,268 83,091 82,143 Current Portion of Long-Term 3,332 3,256 3,270 Debt Total Current Liabilities 202,536 203,982 194,249 Long-Term Debt 487,721 404,007 404,815 Other Long-Term Obligations 6,663 4,405 4,526 Total Central Garden & Pet Company Shareholders' Equity 496,982 509,623 545,085 Non Controlling Interest 459 (40 ) 2,250 Total Shareholders' Equity 497,441 509,583 547,335 Total $ 1,194,361 $ 1,121,977 $ 1,150,925
Source: Central Garden & Pet Company
Released February 3, 2010