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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

 

FORM 10-Q

 

 

(Mark One)

x QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 or 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the quarterly period ended March 30, 2013

or

 

¨ TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT OF SECTION 13 or 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the transition period from                      to                     

Commission File Number: 001-33268

 

 

CENTRAL GARDEN & PET COMPANY

 

 

 

Delaware   68-0275553

(State or other jurisdiction of

incorporation or organization)

 

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)

1340 Treat Blvd., Suite 600, Walnut Creek, California 94597

(Address of principle executive offices)

(925) 948-4000

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

(Former name, former address and former fiscal year, if changed since last report)

 

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.    x  Yes    ¨  No

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§ 232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).    x  Yes    ¨  No

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company. See definition of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act. (Check one):

 

Large accelerated filer   ¨    Accelerated filer   x
Non-accelerated filer   ¨    Smaller reporting company   ¨

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).    ¨  Yes    x  No

Indicate the number of shares outstanding of each of the issuer’s classes of common stock, as of the latest practicable date.

 

Common Stock Outstanding as of April 30, 2013

     12,246,751   

Class A Common Stock Outstanding as of April 30, 2013

     35,279,202   

Class B Stock Outstanding as of April 30, 2013

     1,652,262   

 

 

 


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PART I. FINANCIAL INFORMATION

 

Item 1.   Financial Statements      4   
 

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets as of March 30, 2013, March 24, 2012 and September 29,  2012

     4   
 

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations Three and Six Months Ended March 30, 2013 and March  24, 2012

     5   
 

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income Three and Six Months Ended March 30, 2013 and March 24, 2012

     6   
 

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows Six Months Ended March 30, 2013 and March 24, 2012

     7   
 

Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements

     8   
Item 2.  

Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

     27   
Item 3.  

Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

     33   
Item 4.   Controls and Procedures      34   
PART II. OTHER INFORMATION   
Item 1.   Legal Proceedings      34   
Item 1A.   Risk Factors      34   
Item 2.   Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds      34   
Item 3.   Defaults Upon Senior Securities      34   
Item 4.   Mine Safety Disclosures      34   
Item 5.   Other Information      35   
Item 6.   Exhibits      35   

Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

This Form 10-Q includes ‘‘forward-looking statements.’’ Forward-looking statements include statements concerning our plans, objectives, goals, strategies, future events, future revenues or performance, projected cost savings, capital expenditures, financing needs, plans or intentions relating to acquisitions, our competitive strengths and weaknesses, our business strategy and the trends we anticipate in the industry and economies in which we operate and other information that is not historical information. When used in this Form 10-Q, the words ‘‘estimates,’’ ‘‘expects,’’ ‘‘anticipates,’’ ‘‘projects,’’ ‘‘plans,’’ ‘‘intends,’’ ‘‘believes’’ and variations of such words or similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, our examination of historical operating trends, are based upon our current expectations and various assumptions. Our expectations, beliefs and projections are expressed in good faith, and we believe there is a reasonable basis for them, but we cannot assure you that our expectations, beliefs and projections will be realized.

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 Form 10-Q. Important factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements we make in this Form 10-Q are set forth in the Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 29, 2012, including the factors described in the section entitled ‘‘Item 1A – Risk Factors.’’ If any of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or if any of our underlying assumptions are incorrect, our actual results may differ significantly from the results that we express in or imply by any of our forward-looking statements. We do not undertake any obligation to revise these forward-looking statements to reflect future events or circumstances. Presently known risk factors include, but are not limited to, the following factors:

 

   

the success of our transformational change initiatives;

 

   

disruptions in our business as we implement our transformational change initiatives and the resulting consequences to our business and results of operations;

 

   

increased costs and expenses associated with our transformational change initiatives;

 

   

seasonality and fluctuations in our operating results and cash flow;

 

   

fluctuations in market prices for seeds and grains and other raw materials;

 

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our ability to pass through cost increases in a timely manner;

 

   

declines in consumer spending during economic downturns;

 

   

inflation, deflation and other adverse macro-economic conditions;

 

   

supply shortages in small animals and pet birds;

 

   

adverse weather conditions;

 

   

fluctuations in energy prices, fuel and related petrochemical costs;

 

   

access to and cost of additional capital;

 

   

dependence on a small number of customers for a significant portion of our business;

 

   

consolidation trends in the retail industry;

 

   

uncertainty about new product innovations and marketing programs;

 

   

competition in our industries;

 

   

risks associated with our acquisition strategy;

 

   

dependence upon our key executives;

 

   

implementation of a new enterprise resource planning information technology system;

 

   

our ability to protect our intellectual property rights;

 

   

potential environmental liabilities;

 

   

risk associated with international sourcing;

 

   

litigation and product liability claims;

 

   

regulatory issues;

 

   

the impact of product recalls;

 

   

potential costs and risks associated with actual or anticipated cyber attacks;

 

   

the voting power associated with our Class B stock; and

 

   

potential dilution from issuance of authorized shares.

 

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PART I. FINANCIAL INFORMATION

 

Item 1. Financial Statements

CENTRAL GARDEN & PET COMPANY

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)

Unaudited

 

     March  30,
2013
     March  24,
2012
     (See Note 1)
September 29,
2012
 
        
        
ASSETS         

Current assets:

        

Cash and cash equivalents

   $ 11,284       $ 10,281       $ 48,475   

Short term investments

     17,820         17,820         22,705   

Accounts receivable (less allowance for doubtful accounts of $21,201, $15,580 and $18,574)

     322,190         309,299         202,422   

Inventories

     435,883         380,812         330,032   

Prepaid expenses and other

     59,408         47,727         48,149   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total current assets

     846,585         765,939         651,783   

Land, buildings, improvements and equipment—net

     193,673         182,569         191,163   

Goodwill

     210,223         210,223         210,223   

Other intangible assets—net

     76,762         82,100         78,853   

Deferred income taxes and other assets

     19,338         19,243         17,525   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total

   $ 1,346,581       $ 1,260,074       $ 1,149,547   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY         

Current liabilities:

        

Accounts payable

   $ 165,691       $ 150,605       $ 126,662   

Accrued expenses

     76,915         75,004         79,491   

Current portion of long-term debt

     271         339         331   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total current liabilities

     242,877         225,948         206,484   

Long-term debt

     593,424         566,603         449,483   

Other long-term obligations

     34,651         18,576         28,697   

Equity:

        

Common stock, $.01 par value: 12,246,751, 12,252,443, and 12,247,571 shares outstanding at March 30, 2013, March 24, 2012 and September 29, 2012

     122         123         122   

Class A common stock, $.01 par value: 35,206,896, 34,325,662 and 34,706,902 shares outstanding at March 30, 2013, March 24, 2012 and September 29, 2012

     352         343         347   

Class B stock, $.01 par value: 1,652,262 shares outstanding

     16         16         16   

Additional paid-in capital

     386,756         379,902         382,195   

Accumulated earnings

     86,448         67,078         79,718   

Accumulated other comprehensive income

     932         1,312         1,539   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total Central Garden & Pet Company shareholders’ equity

     474,626         448,774         463,937   

Noncontrolling interest

     1,003         173         946   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total equity

     475,629         448,947         464,883   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total

   $ 1,346,581       $ 1,260,074       $ 1,149,547   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

See notes to condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

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CENTRAL GARDEN & PET COMPANY

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

(unaudited)

 

     Three Months Ended     Six Months Ended  
     March 30,
2013
    March 24,
2012
    March 30,
2013
    March 24,
2012
 

Net sales

   $ 498,169      $ 466,903      $ 790,666      $ 768,969   

Cost of goods sold and occupancy

     344,999        319,207        560,537        540,535   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Gross profit

     153,170        147,696        230,129        228,434   

Selling, general and administrative expenses

     106,424        102,474        196,477        194,492   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income from operations

     46,746        45,222        33,652        33,942   

Interest expense

     (10,937     (10,468     (21,252     (20,015

Interest income

     27        28        92        56   

Other income (expense)

     (48     (7     (1,029     (121
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income before income taxes and noncontrolling interest

     35,788        34,775        11,463        13,862   

Income taxes

     12,828        12,808        3,850        5,162   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income including noncontrolling interest

     22,960        21,967        7,613        8,700   

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest

     764        344        686        167   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income attributable to Central Garden & Pet Company

   $ 22,196      $ 21,623      $ 6,927      $ 8,533   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income per share attributable to Central Garden & Pet Company:

        

Basic

   $ 0.46      $ 0.46      $ 0.14      $ 0.18   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Diluted

   $ 0.46      $ 0.45      $ 0.14      $ 0.18   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Weighted average shares used in the computation of net income per share:

        

Basic

     48,064        47,343        47,968        47,576   

Diluted

     48,740        48,036        48,766        48,191   

See notes to condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

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CENTRAL GARDEN & PET COMPANY

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

(unaudited)

 

     Three Months Ended      Six Months Ended  
     March 30,
2013
    March 24,
2012
     March 30,
2013
    March 24,
2012
 

Net income

   $ 22,960      $ 21,967       $ 7,613      $ 8,700   

Other comprehensive income (loss):

         

Foreign currency translation

     (566     203         (607     293   
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total comprehensive income

     22,394        22,170         7,006        8,993   

Comprehensive income attributable to noncontrolling interests

     764        344         686        167   
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Comprehensive income attributable to Central Garden & Pet Company

   $ 21,630      $ 21,826       $ 6,320      $ 8,826   
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

See notes to condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

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CENTRAL GARDEN & PET COMPANY

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(in thousands)

(unaudited)

 

     Six Months Ended  
     March 30,
2013
    March 24,
2012
 

Cash flows from operating activities:

    

Net income

   $ 7,613      $ 8,700   

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by operating activities:

    

Depreciation and amortization

     16,347        15,052   

Stock-based compensation

     7,774        3,664   

Excess tax benefits from stock-based awards

     (289     (199

Deferred income taxes

     6,152        8,618   

Unrealized losses on derivative financial instruments

     581        1   

Loss on sale of property and equipment

     417        2   

Change in assets and liabilities:

    

Accounts receivable

     (120,065     (113,758

Inventories

     (106,081     (51,060

Prepaid expenses and other assets

     (6,100     2,706   

Accounts payable

     38,404        32,653   

Accrued expenses

     (4,843     157   

Other long-term obligations

     (2,074     18   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash used in operating activities

     (162,164     (93,446
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cash flows from investing activities:

    

Additions to property and equipment

     (16,164     (16,968

Payments to acquire companies, net of cash acquired

     (4,835     0   

Proceeds from short term investments

     4,885        0   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash used in investing activities

     (16,114     (16,968
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cash flows from financing activities:

    

Repayments of long-term debt

     (170     (177

Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt, net of discount

     0        49,264   

Proceeds from issuance of common stock

     475        396   

Borrowings under revolving line of credit

     186,000        254,000   

Repayments under revolving line of credit

     (42,000     (172,000

Repurchase of common stock

     (2,454     (21,689

Distribution to noncontrolling interest

     (629     0   

Payment of financing costs

     0        (1,488

Excess tax benefits from stock-based awards

     289        199   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash provided by financing activities

     141,511        108,505   

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

     (424     159   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

     (37,191     (1,750

Cash and equivalents at beginning of period

     48,475        12,031   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cash and equivalents at end of period

   $ 11,284      $ 10,281   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Supplemental information:

    

Cash paid for interest

   $ 20,664      $ 19,632   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

See notes to condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

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CENTRAL GARDEN & PET COMPANY

NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

Three and Six Months Ended March 30, 2013

(unaudited)

 

1. Basis of Presentation

The condensed consolidated balance sheets of Central Garden & Pet Company and subsidiaries (the “Company” or “Central”) as of March 30, 2013 and March 24, 2012, the condensed consolidated statements of operations and the condensed consolidated statements of comprehensive income for the three and six months ended March 30, 2013 and March 24, 2012, and the condensed consolidated statements of cash flows for the six months ended March 30, 2013 and March 24, 2012 have been prepared by the Company, without audit. In the opinion of management, all adjustments (which include only normal recurring adjustments) considered necessary to present fairly the financial position, results of operations and cash flows of the Company for the periods mentioned above, have been made.

For the Company’s foreign business in the UK, the local currency is the functional currency. Assets and liabilities are translated using the exchange rate in effect at the balance sheet date. Income and expenses are translated at the average exchange rate for the period. Deferred taxes are not provided on translation gains and losses, because the Company expects earnings of its foreign subsidiary to be permanently reinvested. Transaction gains and losses are included in results of operations. See Note 8, Supplemental Equity Information, for further detail.

Due to the seasonal nature of the Company’s garden business, the results of operations for the three and six month periods ended March 30, 2013 are not indicative of the operating results that may be expected for the entire fiscal year. These interim financial statements should be read in conjunction with the annual audited financial statements, accounting policies and financial notes thereto, included in the Company’s 2012 Annual Report on Form 10-K, which has previously been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The September 29, 2012 balance sheet presented herein was derived from the audited statements.

Acquisition

In December 2012, the Company acquired the remaining majority interest in FourStar Microbial Products, LLC (Four Star Microbial) for approximately $4.8 million in cash with possible contingent future performance-based payments. The Company has not yet finalized its allocation of the purchase price to the fair value of the net assets acquired. The operating results of FourStar Microbial had no impact on the consolidated financial statements and the purchase price paid is included in other assets on the condensed consolidated balance sheets. While the acquisition is not expected to have a material impact on the Company’s 2013 financial results, it will enhance the Company’s capability to service professional providers of mosquito abatement.

Noncontrolling Interest

Noncontrolling interest in the Company’s condensed consolidated financial statements represents the 20% interest not owned by Central in a consolidated subsidiary. Since the Company controls this subsidiary, its financial statements are fully consolidated with those of the Company, and the noncontrolling owner’s 20% share of the subsidiary’s net assets and results of operations is deducted and reported as noncontrolling interest on the consolidated balance sheets and as net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interest in the consolidated statements of operations. See Note 8, Supplemental Equity Information, for additional information.

Derivative Instruments

The Company principally uses a combination of purchase orders and various short and long-term supply arrangements in connection with the purchase of raw materials, including certain commodities. The Company also enters into commodity futures, options and swap contracts to reduce the volatility of price fluctuations of corn, which impacts the cost of raw materials. The Company’s primary objective when entering into these derivative contracts is to achieve greater certainty with regard to the future price of commodities purchased for use in its supply chain. These derivative contracts are entered into for periods consistent with the related underlying exposures and do not constitute positions independent of those exposures. The Company does not enter into derivative contracts for speculative purposes and does not use leveraged instruments.

The Company does not perform the assessments required to achieve hedge accounting for commodity derivative positions. Accordingly, the changes in the values of these derivatives are recorded currently in other income (expense) in its condensed consolidated statements of operations. See Note 3, Derivative Instruments, for additional information.

 

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For tax purposes, these derivative positions are entered into as a hedge, as defined in Treasury Regulation Secion 1.221-2, in the normal course of business to manage risk of price changes of raw material inventory components and are treated as ordinary income property.

Recent Accounting Pronouncements

Comprehensive Income

In June 2011, the FASB issued ASU No. 2011-05, “Comprehensive Income (Topic 220): Presentation of Comprehensive Income.” ASU No. 2011-05 requires that all nonowner changes in stockholders’ equity be presented either in a single continuous statement of comprehensive income or in two separate but consecutive statements, eliminating the option to present other comprehensive income in the statement of changes in equity. Under either choice, items that are reclassified from other comprehensive income to net income are required to be presented on the face of the financial statements where the components of net income and the components of other comprehensive income are presented. In December 2011, the FASB issued an update to ASU No. 2011-05, ASU No. 2011-12, which was issued to defer the effective date for amendments to the reclassifications of items out of accumulated other comprehensive income in ASU No. 2011-05. ASU 2011-05 and the amendments in ASU No. 2011-12 are effective for fiscal years and interim periods within those years, beginning after December 15, 2011 and became effective for the Company on September 30, 2012. The Company elected to report other comprehensive income and its components in a separate statement of comprehensive income. While the new guidance changed the presentation of comprehensive income, there were no changes to the components that are recognized in net income or other comprehensive income as determined under previous accounting guidance. The amended guidance did not have a material effect on the Company’s condensed consolidated financial statements.

In February 2013, the FASB issued Accounting Standards Update No. 2013-02, Comprehensive Income (Topic 220)—Reporting of Amounts Reclassified Out of Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income (ASU 2013-02). This guidance requires entities to disclose, either in the notes to the consolidated financial statements or parenthetically on the face of the statement that reports comprehensive income (loss), items reclassified out of Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) and into net earnings in their entirety and the effect of the reclassification on each affected Statement of Operations line item. In addition, for Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) reclassification items that are not reclassified in their entirety into net earnings, a cross reference to other required accounting standard disclosures is required. This guidance is effective for the Company on September 29, 2013. The Company believes that the adoption of this guidance will not have a material impact on its condensed consolidated financial statements.

Goodwill

In September 2011, the FASB issued ASU No. 2011-08, “Intangibles – Goodwill and Other (Topic 350): Testing Goodwill for Impairment, which amended the guidance on the annual testing of goodwill for impairment. The amended guidance will allow companies to assess qualitative factors to determine if it is more-likely-than-not that goodwill might be impaired and whether it is necessary to perform the two-step goodwill impairment test required under current accounting standards. The guidance is effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2011, and became effective for the Company on September 30, 2012. This new guidance did not have a material impact on the Company’s condensed consolidated financial statements.

Intangible Assets

In July 2012, the FASB issued an ASU No. 2012-02, “Intangibles – Goodwill and Other (Topic 350): Testing Indefinite-Lived Intangible Assets for Impairment, which simplifies the manner in which companies test indefinite-lived intangible assets for impairment. The ASU permits companies to first assess qualitative factors to determine whether events and circumstances indicate that it is more likely than not that the indefinite-lived intangible asset is impaired as a basis for determining whether it is necessary to perform a quantitative impairment test. The ASU is effective for annual and interim impairment tests performed for fiscal years beginning after September 15, 2012, with early adoption permitted. The guidance became effective for the Company on September 30, 2012. This new guidance did not have a material impact on the Company’s condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

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2. Fair Value Measurements

ASC 820 establishes a single authoritative definition of fair value, a framework for measuring fair value and expands disclosure of fair value measurements. ASC 820 requires financial assets and liabilities to be categorized based on the inputs used to calculate their fair values as follows:

Level 1 - Quoted prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities.

Level 2 - Inputs other than quoted prices included within Level 1 that are observable for the asset or liability, either directly or indirectly.

Level 3 - Unobservable inputs for the asset or liability, which reflect the Company’s own assumptions about the assumptions that market participants would use in pricing the asset or liability (including assumptions about risk).

The Company’s financial instruments include cash and equivalents, short term investments consisting of bank certificates of deposit, accounts receivable and payable, derivative instruments, short-term borrowings, and accrued liabilities. The carrying amount of these instruments approximates fair value because of their short-term nature.

Assets and Liabilities Measured at Fair Value on a Recurring Basis

The following table presents the Company’s financial assets and liabilities measured at fair value on a recurring basis based upon the level within the fair value hierarchy in which the fair value measurements fall, as of March 30, 2013 (in thousands):

 

     Level 1      Level 2      Level 3      Total  

Assets:

           

Certificates of deposit

   $ 0       $ 17,820       $ 0       $ 17,820   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total assets

   $ 0       $ 17,820       $ 0       $ 17,820   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Liabilities:

           

Derivative liabilities

   $ 0       $ 451       $ 0       $ 451   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total liabilities

   $ 0       $ 451       $ 0       $ 451   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

The following table presents our financial assets and liabilities at fair value on a recurring basis based upon the level within the fair value hierarchy in which the fair value measurements fall, as of March 24, 2012 (in thousands):

 

     Level 1      Level 2      Level 3      Total  

Assets:

           

Certificates of deposit

   $ 0       $ 17,820       $ 0       $ 17,820   

Derivative assets

     0         61         0         61   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total assets

   $ 0       $ 17,881       $ 0       $ 17,881   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Liabilities:

           

Derivative liabilities

   $ 0       $ 26       $ 0       $ 26   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total liabilities

   $ 0       $ 26       $ 0       $ 26   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

The following table presents our financial assets and liabilities at fair value on a recurring basis based upon the level within the fair value hierarchy in which the fair value measurements fall, as of September 29, 2012 (in thousands):

 

     Level 1      Level 2      Level 3      Total  

Assets:

           

Certificates of deposit

   $ 0       $ 17,820       $ 0       $ 17,820   

Derivative assets

     0         334         0         334   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total assets

   $ 0       $ 18,154       $ 0       $ 18,154   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Liabilities:

           

Derivative liabilities

   $ 0       $ 206       $ 0       $ 206   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total liabilities

   $ 0       $ 206       $ 0       $ 206   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

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Assets and Liabilities Measured at Fair Value on a Non-Recurring Basis

The Company measures certain non-financial assets and liabilities, including long-lived assets, goodwill and intangible assets, at fair value on a non-recurring basis. Fair value measurements of non-financial assets and non-financial liabilities are used primarily in the impairment analyses of long-lived assets, goodwill and other intangible assets. During the period ended March 30, 2013, the Company was not required to measure any significant non-financial assets and liabilities at fair value.

Fair Value of Other Financial Instruments

The estimated fair value of the Company’s $450 million 8.25 % senior subordinated notes due 2018 as of March 30, 2013 was $463.7 million, compared to a carrying value of $449.4 million. The estimated fair value is based on quoted market prices for these notes.

 

3. Derivative Instruments

Our operations are exposed to market risks from adverse changes in commodity prices affecting the cost of raw materials. In the normal course of business, these risks are managed through a variety of strategies, including the use of derivatives. The utilization of these financial transactions is governed by policies covering acceptable counterparty exposure, instrument types and other practices. The Company does not enter into derivative contracts for speculative purposes. The Company performs assessments of its counterparty credit risk regularly, including a review of credit ratings and potential nonperformance of the counterparty, and minimizes counterparty concentrations.

Commodity and commodity index futures, swaps and option contracts are used to economically hedge commodity input prices on grains and proteins. These derivative contracts are entered into for periods consistent with the related underlying exposures and do not constitute positions independent of those exposures. Generally, the Company economically hedges a portion of its anticipated consumption of commodity inputs for periods of up to 12 months. As of March 30, 2013, the Company had economically hedged certain portions of its anticipated consumption of commodity inputs using derivative instruments with expiration dates through July 2013.

The Company recognizes all derivative instruments as either assets or liabilities at fair value in the condensed consolidated balance sheets, with the exception of normal purchases and normal sales expected to result in physical delivery. The Company’s derivative financial instruments have not been designated as hedging instruments for accounting purposes. The Company recognizes realized and unrealized gains and losses from derivatives used to economically hedge anticipated commodity consumption in other income (expense) on the condensed consolidated statement of operations.

The following table presents the fair value of all derivative instruments outstanding in the condensed consolidated balance sheets (in thousands):

 

     March 30, 2013      March 24, 2012      September 29, 2012  
     Other Current
Assets
     Other Current
Liabilities
     Other Current
Assets
     Other Current
Liabilities
     Other Current
Assets
     Other Current
Liabilities
 

Derivatives not designated as hedging instruments:

                 

Commodity contracts

   $ 0       $ 451       $ 61       $ 26       $ 334       $ 206   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total derivative instruments

   $ 0       $ 451       $ 61       $ 26       $ 334       $ 206   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

The following table presents the effect of derivative instruments recorded in other income (expense) on the condensed consolidated statements of operations (in thousands):

 

     Three months ended     Six months ended  

Derivatives Not Designated as Hedging Instruments

   March 30,
2013
     March 24,
2012
    March 30,
2013
    March 24,
2012
 

Commodity contracts

   $ 68       $ (10   $ (738   $ (41
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total derivative instruments

   $ 68       $ (10   $ (738   $ (41
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

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The following table presents the gross contract notional volume of outstanding derivative contracts:

 

Commodity

   Metric    March 30, 2013      March 24, 2012      September 29, 2012  

Corn

   Bushels      915,000         300,000         400,000   

Soy Meal

   Tons      0         1,000         2,000   

 

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4. Inventories, net

Inventories, net of allowance for obsolescence, consist of the following (in thousands):

 

     March 30, 2013      March 24, 2012      September 29, 2012  

Raw materials

   $ 130,718       $ 112,707       $ 94,387   

Work in progress

     17,918         17,424         13,587   

Finished goods

     286,924         243,291         209,888   

Supplies

     323         7,390         12,170   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total inventories, net

   $ 435,883       $ 380,812       $ 330,032   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

5. Goodwill

The Company accounts for goodwill in accordance with ASC 350, “Intangibles – Goodwill and Other,” and tests goodwill for impairment annually, or whenever events occur or circumstances change that would more likely than not reduce the fair value of a reporting unit below its carrying amount. This assessment involves the use of significant accounting judgments and estimates as to future operating results and discount rates. Changes in estimates or use of different assumptions could produce significantly different results. An impairment loss is generally recognized when the carrying amount of the reporting unit’s net assets exceeds the estimated fair value of the reporting unit. The Company uses discounted cash flow analysis to estimate the fair value of our reporting units. The Company’s goodwill impairment analysis also includes a comparison of the aggregate estimated fair value of all four reporting units to the Company’s total market capitalization. Based on the Company’s annual analysis of goodwill performed during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012, it concluded there was no impairment of goodwill during fiscal 2012.

 

6. Other Intangible Assets

The following table summarizes the components of gross and net acquired intangible assets:

 

     Gross      Accumulated
Amortization
    Impairment     Net
Carrying
Value
 
            (in millions)              

March 30, 2013

         

Marketing-related intangible assets – amortizable

   $ 12.3       $ (7.9   $ 0      $ 4.4   

Marketing-related intangible assets – nonamortizable

     59.6         0        (16.9     42.7   
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total

     71.9         (7.9     (16.9     47.1   
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Customer-related intangible assets – amortizable

     42.7         (16.6     0        26.1   
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Other acquired intangible assets – amortizable

     10.8         (7.2     0        3.6   

Other acquired intangible assets – nonamortizable

     1.2         0        (1.2     0   
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total

     12.0         (7.2     (1.2     3.6   
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total other intangible assets

   $ 126.6       $ (31.7   $ (18.1   $ 76.8   
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 
     Gross      Accumulated
Amortization
    Impairment     Net
Carrying
Value
 
            (in millions)              

March 24, 2012

         

Marketing-related intangible assets – amortizable

   $ 12.3       $ (6.9   $ 0      $ 5.4   

Marketing-related intangible assets – nonamortizable

     59.6         0        (16.9     42.7   
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total

     71.9         (6.9     (16.9     48.1   
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Customer-related intangible assets – amortizable

     42.7         (14.2     0        28.5   
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Other acquired intangible assets – amortizable

     10.8         (5.3     0        5.5   

Other acquired intangible assets – nonamortizable

     1.2         0        (1.2     0   
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total

     12.0         (5.3     (1.2     5.5   
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total other intangible assets

   $ 126.6       $ (26.4   $ (18.1   $ 82.1   
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

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     Gross      Accumulated
Amortization
    Impairment     Net
Carrying
Value
 
            (in millions)              

September 29, 2012

         

Marketing-related intangible assets – amortizable

   $ 12.3       $ (7.5   $ 0      $ 4.8   

Marketing-related intangible assets – nonamortizable

     59.6         0        (16.9     42.7   
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total

     71.9         (7.5     (16.9     47.5   
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Customer-related intangible assets – amortizable

     42.7         (15.4     0        27.3   
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Other acquired intangible assets – amortizable

     10.8         (6.7     0        4.1   

Other acquired intangible assets – nonamortizable

     1.2         0        (1.2     0   
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total

     12.0         (6.7     (1.2     4.1   
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total other intangible assets

   $ 126.6       $ (29.6   $ (18.1   $ 78.9   
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Other intangible assets acquired include contract-based and technology-based intangible assets.

The Company evaluates long-lived assets, including amortizable and indefinite-lived intangible assets, for impairment whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate the carrying value may not be recoverable. The Company evaluates indefinite-lived intangible assets on an annual basis. In fiscal 2012, the Company tested its indefinite-lived intangible assets and no impairment was indicated. Other factors indicating the carrying value of the Company’s amortizable intangible assets may not be recoverable were not present in fiscal 2012 or during the six months ended March 30, 2013, and accordingly, no impairment testing was performed on these assets.

The Company is currently amortizing its acquired intangible assets with definite lives over periods ranging from 1 to 25 years; over weighted average remaining lives of seven years for marketing-related intangibles, 17 years for customer-related intangibles and five years for other acquired intangibles. Amortization expense for intangibles subject to amortization was approximately $1.0 million and $1.4 million for the three months ended March 30, 2013 and March 24, 2012, respectively, and $2.1 million and $2.4 million for the six months ended March 30, 2013 and March 24, 2012, respectively, and is classified within operating expenses in the condensed consolidated statements of operations. Estimated annual amortization expense related to acquired intangible assets in each of the succeeding five years is estimated to be approximately $5 million per year from fiscal 2013 through fiscal 2017.

 

7. Long-Term Debt

Long-term debt consists of the following:

 

     March 30, 2013     March 24, 2012     September 29, 2012  
     (in thousands)  

Senior subordinated notes, net of unamortized discount (1), interest at 8.25%, payable semi-annually, principal due March 2018

   $ 449,363      $ 449,263      $ 449,312   

Revolving credit facility, interest at Alternate Base Rate plus a margin of 0.75% to 1.75%, or LIBOR plus a margin of 1.75% to 2.75%, final maturity June 2016

     144,000        117,000        0   

Other notes payable

     332        679        502   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total

     593,695        566,942        449,814   

Less current portion

     (271     (339     (331
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Long-term portion

   $ 593,424      $ 566,603      $ 449,483   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

(1) Represents unamortized original issue discount of $637, $737 and $688 as of March 30, 2013, March 24, 2012 and September 29, 2012, respectively.

Senior Credit Facility

On June 8, 2011, the Company amended its $275 million, five-year senior secured revolving credit facility (the “Credit Facility”) included in its Amended and Restated Credit Agreement (the “Credit Agreement”). Under the modified terms, the Credit Facility has a borrowing capacity of $375 million, an increase of $100 million, and an extension of maturity date by approximately one year, to June 2016. The Credit Facility bears lower interest rates and commitment fees and requires less interest coverage. The Company continues to have the option to increase the size of the Credit Facility by an additional $200 million of incremental term loans and/or revolving loans

 

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should it exercise its option and one or more lenders are willing to make such increased amounts available to it. There was $144.0 million outstanding as of March 30, 2013 under the Credit Facility. There were no letters of credit outstanding under the Credit Facility as of March 30, 2013. There were other letters of credit of $16.9 million outstanding as of March 30, 2013. As of March 30, 2013, there were $231.0 million of unused commitments under the Credit Facility or, after giving effect to the financial covenants in the Credit Agreement, $89.9 million of available unused commitments.

Interest on the amended Credit Facility is based, at the Company’s option, on a rate equal to the Alternate Base Rate (ABR), which is the greatest of the prime rate, the Federal Funds rate plus  1/2 of 1% or one month LIBOR plus 1%, plus a margin, which fluctuates from 0.75% to 1.75%, or LIBOR plus a margin, which fluctuates from 1.75% to 2.75% and commitment fees that range from 0.30% to 0.50%, determined quarterly based on consolidated total debt to consolidated EBITDA for the most recent trailing 12-month period. As of March 30, 2013, the applicable interest rate on the Credit Facility related to alternate base rate borrowings was 5.0%, and the applicable interest rate related to LIBOR rate borrowings was 3.0%.

The Credit Facility is guaranteed by the Company’s material subsidiaries and is secured by the Company’s assets, excluding real property but including substantially all of the capital stock of the Company’s subsidiaries. The Credit Agreement contains certain financial and other covenants which require the Company to maintain minimum levels of interest coverage and maximum levels of senior debt to EBITDA and that restrict the Company’s ability to repurchase its stock, make investments in or acquisitions of other businesses and pay dividends above certain levels over the life of the Credit Facility. Under the terms of the Company’s Credit Facility, it may make restricted payments, including cash dividends and stock repurchases, in an aggregate amount initially not to exceed $200 million over the life of the Credit Facility, subject to qualifications and baskets as defined in the Credit Agreement. As of March 30, 2013, the Company’s Total Leverage Ratio, as defined in the Credit Agreement, was 5.1 to 1.0, and the Company’s Senior Secured Leverage Ratio, as defined in the Credit Agreement with a maximum of 2.0 to 1.0, was 1.2 to 1.0. The Company’s minimum Interest Coverage Ratio was reduced to 2.50 times, from 2.75 times as part of the modification of the Credit Facility. As of March 30, 2013, the Company’s Interest Coverage ratio was 3.0 times. Apart from the covenants limiting restricted payments and capital expenditures, the Credit Facility does not restrict the use of retained earnings or net income. The Company was in compliance with all financial covenants as of March 30, 2013.

Senior Subordinated Notes and Debt Refinancing

On March 8, 2010, the Company issued $400 million aggregate principal amount of 8.25% senior subordinated notes due March 1, 2018 (the “2018 Notes”).

On February 8, 2012, the Company issued an additional $50 million aggregate principal amount of its 2018 Notes at a price of 98.501%, plus accrued interest from September 1, 2011, in a private placement. The Company used the net proceeds from the offering to pay a portion of the outstanding balance under its Credit Facility.

The estimated fair value of our $450 million of 2018 Notes as of March 30, 2013 was approximately $463.7 million. The estimated fair value is based on quoted market prices for these notes.

The 2018 Notes require semiannual interest payments, which commenced on September 1, 2010. The 2018 Notes are unsecured senior subordinated obligations and are subordinated to all of our existing and future senior debt, including our Credit Facility. The obligations under the 2018 Notes are fully and unconditionally guaranteed on a senior subordinated basis by each of our existing and future domestic restricted subsidiaries with certain exceptions. The guarantees are general unsecured senior subordinated obligations of the guarantors and are subordinated to all existing and future senior debt of the guarantors.

The Company may redeem some or all of the 2018 Notes at any time prior to March 1, 2014 at the principal amount plus a “make whole” premium. The Company may redeem some or all of the 2018 Notes at any time on or after March 1, 2014 for 104.125%, after March 1, 2015 for 102.063% and after March 1, 2016 for 100%, plus accrued and unpaid interest. Additionally, at any time prior to March 1, 2013, the Company may redeem up to 35% of the 2018 Notes with any proceeds it received from certain equity offerings at a redemption price of 108.25% of the principal amount, plus accrued and unpaid interest. The holders of the 2018 Notes have the right to require the Company to repurchase all or a portion of the 2018 Notes at a purchase price equal to 101% of the principal amount of the notes repurchased, plus accrued and unpaid interest upon the occurrence of a change of control.

The 2018 Notes contain customary high yield covenants, including covenants limiting debt incurrence and restricted payments, subject to certain baskets and exceptions. The Company was in compliance with all financial covenants as of March 30, 2013.

 

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8. Supplemental Equity Information

The following table provides a summary of the changes in the carrying amounts of equity attributable to controlling interest and noncontrolling interest for the six months ended March 30, 2013 and March 24, 2012:

 

     Controlling Interest              
(in thousands)    Common
Stock
     Class A
Common
Stock
     Class
B

Stock
     Aditional
Paid In
Capital
    Retained
Earnings
    Accumulated
Other
Comprehensive
Income
    Total     Noncontrolling
Interest
    Total  

Balance September 29, 2012

   $ 122       $ 347       $ 16       $ 382,195      $ 79,718      $ 1,539      $ 463,937      $ 946      $ 464,883   

Comprehensive loss

                6,927        (607     6,320        686        7,006   

Stock based compensation

              2,441            2,441          2,441   

Restricted share activity

        5            2,498            2,503          2,503   

Issuance of common stock

              638            638          638   

Repurchase of common stock

              (1,305     (197       (1,502       (1,502

Tax benefit on stock option exercise

              289            289          289   

Distribution to Noncontrolling interest

                      (629     (629
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Balance March 30, 2013

   $ 122       $ 352       $ 16       $ 386,756      $ 86,448      $ 932      $ 474,626      $ 1,003      $ 475,629   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

     Controlling Interest              
(in thousands)    Common
Stock
    Class A
Common
Stock
    Class
B

Stock
     Aditional
Paid In
Capital
    Retained
Earnings
    Accumulated
Other
Comprehensive
Income
     Total     Noncontrolling
Interest
    Total  

Balance September 24, 2011

   $ 129      $ 359      $ 16       $ 396,208      $ 59,045      $ 1,019       $ 456,776      $ 6      $ 456,782   

Comprehensive loss

              8,533        293         8,826        167        8,993   

Stock based compensation

            2,656             2,656          2,656   

Restricted share activity

       1           398             399          399   

Issuance of common stock

       2           799             801          801   

Repurchase of common stock

     (6     (19        (20,358     (500        (20,883       (20,883

Tax benefit on stock option exercise

            199             199          199   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Balance March 24, 2012

   $ 123      $ 343      $ 16       $ 379,902      $ 67,078      $ 1,312       $ 448,774      $ (173   $ 448,947   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

9. Stock-Based Compensation

The Company recognized share-based compensation expense of $7.8 million and $3.7 million for the six month periods ended March 30, 2013 and March 24, 2012, respectively, as a component of selling, general and administrative expenses. The tax benefit associated with share-based compensation expense for the six month periods ended March 30, 2013 and March 24, 2012 was $2.9 million and $1.4 million, respectively.

 

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10. Earnings Per Share

The following is a reconciliation of the numerators and denominators of the basic and diluted per share computations for income from continuing operations.

 

     Three Months Ended
March 30, 2013
    Six Months Ended
March 30, 2013
 
     Income      Shares      Per Share     Income      Shares      Per Share  
     (in thousands, except per share amounts)  

Basic EPS:

                

Net income available to common shareholders

   $ 22,196         48,064       $ 0.46      $ 6,927         47,968       $ 0.14   

Effect of dilutive securities:

                

Options to purchase common stock

        410         (0.00        390         (0.00

Restricted shares

        266         (0.00        408         (0.00

Diluted EPS:

                
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Net income available to common shareholders

   $ 22,196         48,740       $ 0.46      $ 6,927         48,766       $ 0.14   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

     Three Months Ended
March 24, 2012
    Six Months Ended
March 24, 2012
 
     Income      Shares      Per Share     Income      Shares      Per Share  
     (in thousands, except per share amounts)  

Basic EPS:

                

Net income available to common shareholders

   $ 21,623         47,343       $ 0.46      $ 8,533         47,576       $ 0.18   

Effect of dilutive securities:

                

Options to purchase common stock

        463         (0.01        408         (0.00

Restricted shares

        230         (0.00        207         (0.00

Diluted EPS:

                
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Net income available to common shareholders

   $ 21,623         48,036       $ 0.45      $ 8,533         48,191       $ 0.18   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Options to purchase 12.0 million shares of common stock at prices ranging from $4.60 to $16.23 per share were outstanding at March 30, 2013 and options to purchase 11.5 million shares of common stock at prices ranging from $4.60 to $17.99 per share were outstanding at March 24, 2012.

For the three month periods ended March 30, 2013 and March 24, 2012, options to purchase 9.1 and 9.2 million shares of common stock, respectively, were outstanding but were not included in the computation of diluted earnings per share because the option exercise prices were greater than the average market price of the common shares and, therefore, the effect would be anti-dilutive.

For the six month period ended March 30, 2013 and March 24, 2012, options to purchase 4.6 and 9.7 million shares of common stock, respectively, were outstanding but were not included in the computation of diluted earnings per share because the option exercise prices were greater than the average market price of the common shares and, therefore, the effect would be anti-dilutive.

 

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11. Segment Information

Management has determined that the Company has two operating segments which are also reportable segments based on the level at which the Chief Operating Decision Maker reviews the results of operations to make decisions regarding performance assessment and resource allocation. These operating segments are Pet segment and Garden segment and are presented in the table below (in thousands).

 

     Three Months Ended     Six Months Ended  
     March 30,
2013
    March 24,
2012
    March 30,
2013
    March 24,
2012
 

Net sales:

        

Pet segment

   $ 234,750      $ 222,487      $ 429,930      $ 421,769   

Garden segment

     263,419        244,416        360,736        347,200   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total net sales

   $ 498,169      $ 466,903      $ 790,666      $ 768,969   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income (loss) from operations:

        

Pet segment

     27,465        21,010        37,638        30,699   

Garden segment

     33,958        36,615        25,422        25,530   

Corporate

     (14,677     (12,403     (29,408     (22,287
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total income (loss) from operations

     46,746        45,222        33,652        33,942   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Interest expense - net

     (10,910     (10,440     (21,160     (19,959

Other expense

     (48     (7     (1,029     (121

Income tax benefit

     12,828        12,808        3,850        5,162   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income (Loss) including noncontrolling interest

     22,960        21,967        7,613        8,700   

Net Income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interest

     764        344        686        167   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net loss attributable to Central Garden & Pet Company

   $ 22,196      $ 21,623      $ 6,927      $ 8,533   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Depreciation and amortization:

        

Pet segment

     4,024        3,616        7,719        7,202   

Garden segment

     1,622        1,590        3,278        3,138   

Corporate

     2,685        2,402        5,350        4,712   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total depreciation and amortization

   $ 8,331      $ 7,608      $ 16,347      $ 15,052   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

     March 30,
2013
     March 24,
2012
     September 29,
2012
 

Assets:

        

Pet segment

     447,082         422,035         411,059   

Garden segment

     542,764         496,003         341,716   

Corporate

     356,735         342,036         396,772   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total assets

   $ 1,346,581       $ 1,260,074       $ 1,149,547   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Goodwill (included in corporate assets above):

        

Pet segment

   $ 202,514       $ 202,514       $ 202,514   

Garden segment

     7,709         7,709         7,709   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total goodwill

   $ 210,223       $ 210,223       $ 210,223   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

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12. Consolidating Condensed Financial Information of Guarantor Subsidiaries

Certain 100% wholly-owned subsidiaries of the Company (as listed below, collectively the “Guarantor Subsidiaries”) have guaranteed fully and unconditionally, on a joint and several basis, the obligation to pay principal and interest on the Company’s $450 million 8.25% Senior Subordinated Notes (the “Notes”) due March 1, 2018. Certain subsidiaries and operating divisions are not guarantors of the Notes and have been included in the financial results of the Parent in the information below. These Non-Guarantor entities are not material to the Parent. Those subsidiaries that are guarantors and co-obligors of the Notes are as follows:

Farnam Companies, Inc.

Four Paws Products Ltd.

Gulfstream Home & Garden, Inc.

Kaytee Products, Inc.

Matson, LLC

New England Pottery, LLC

Pennington Seed, Inc. (including Gro Tec, Inc. and All-Glass Aquarium Co., Inc.)

Pets International, Ltd.

T.F.H. Publications, Inc.

Wellmark International (including B2E Corporation and B2E Biotech LLC)

During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012, the Company merged certain subsidiaries into the Parent. In the first three quarters of fiscal 2012, the following were included as Guarantor Subsidiaries because they were separate legal entities at that time:

Grant Laboratories, Inc.

Interpet USA, LLC

Matthews Redwood & Nursery Supply, Inc.

Fiscal 2013 financial results reflect these entities as part of the Parent. Fiscal 2012 financial results presented herein have been restated to reflect the current Guarantor Subsidiaries.

In lieu of providing separate audited financial statements for the Guarantor Subsidiaries, the Company has included the accompanying consolidating condensed financial statements based on the Company’s understanding of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s interpretation and application of Rule 3-10 of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Regulation S-X.

 

     CONSOLIDATING CONDENSED STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS
Three Months Ended March 30, 2013
(in thousands)
(unaudited)
 
       Parent       Guarantor
  Subsidiaries  
       Eliminations         Consolidated    

Net sales

   $ 158,939      $ 351,581       $ (12,351   $ 498,169   

Cost of products sold and occupancy

     116,559        240,791         (12,351     344,999   
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Gross profit

     42,380        110,790         0        153,170   

Selling, general and administrative expenses

     36,927        69,497         0        106,424   
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income from operations

     5,453        41,293         0        46,746   

Interest – net

     (10,922     12         0        (10,910

Other income (loss )

     (3,065     3,017         0        (48
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income (loss) before income taxes

     (8,534     44,322         0        35,788   

Income taxes (tax benefit)

     (2,605     15,433         0        12,828   
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income (loss) including noncontrolling interest

     (5,929     28,889           22,960   

Income attributable to noncontrolling interest

     764        0         0        764   
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income (loss) attributable to Central Garden & Pet Co. before equity in undistributed income of guarantor subsidiaries

     (6,693     28,889         0        22,196   

Equity in undistributed income of guarantor subsidiaries

     28,889        0         (28,889     0   
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income attributable to Central Garden & Pet Co.

   $ 22,196      $ 28,889       $ (28,889   $ 22,196   
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

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     CONSOLIDATING CONDENSED STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS
Three Months Ended March 24, 2012
(in thousands)
(unaudited)
 
         Parent         Guarantor
     Subsidiaries    
         Eliminations             Consolidated      

Net sales

   $ 152,381      $ 335,477       $ (20,955   $ 466,903   

Cost of products sold and occupancy

     106,241        233,921         (20,955     319,207   
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Gross profit

     46,140        101,556         0        147,696   

Selling, general and administrative expenses

     34,402        68,072         0        102,474   
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income from operations

     11,738        33,484         0        45,222   

Interest – net

     (10,440     0         0        (10,440

Other income (loss )

     (1,376     1,369         0        (7
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income (loss) before income taxes

     (78     34,853         0        34,775   

Income taxes (tax benefit)

     (48     12,856         0        12,808   
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income (loss) including noncontrolling interest

     (30     21,997         0        21,967   

Income attributable to noncontrolling interest

     344        0         0        344   
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income (loss) attributable to Central Garden & Pet Co. before equity in undistributed income of guarantor subsidiaries

     (374     21,997         0        21,623   

Equity in undistributed income of guarantor subsidiaries

     21,997        0         (21,997     0   
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income attributable to Central Garden & Pet Co.

   $ 21,623      $ 21,997       $ (21,997   $ 21,623   
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

     CONSOLIDATING CONDENSED STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS
Six Months Ended March 30, 2013
(in thousands)
(unaudited)
 
         Parent         Guarantor
     Subsidiaries    
         Eliminations             Consolidated      

Net sales

   $ 254,942      $ 560,626       $ (24,902   $ 790,666   

Cost of products sold and occupancy

     191,402        394,037         (24,902     560,537   
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Gross profit

     63,540        166,589         0        230,129   

Selling, general and administrative expenses

     65,446        131,031         0        196,477   
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income (loss) from operations

     (1,906     35,558         0        33,652   

Interest – net

     (21,221     61         0        (21,160

Other income (loss )

     (2,817     1,788         0        (1,029
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income (loss) before income taxes

     (25,944     37,407         0        11,463   

Income taxes (tax benefit)

     (8,988     12,838         0        3,850   
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income (loss) including noncontrolling interest

     (16,956     24,569           7,613   

Income attributable to noncontrolling interest

     686        0         0        686   
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income (loss) attributable to Central Garden & Pet Co. before equity in undistributed income of guarantor subsidiaries

     (17,642     24,569         0        6,927   

Equity in undistributed income of guarantor subsidiaries

     24,569        0         (24,569     0   
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income attributable to Central Garden & Pet Co.

   $ 6,927      $ 24,569       $ (24,569   $ 6,927   
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

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     CONSOLIDATING CONDENSED STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS
Six Months Ended March 24, 2012

(in thousands)
(unaudited)
 
         Parent         Guarantor
     Subsidiaries    
         Eliminations             Consolidated      

Net sales

   $ 254,294      $ 549,901       $ (35,226   $ 768,969   

Cost of products sold and occupancy

     184,976        390,785         (35,226     540,535   
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Gross profit

     69,318        159,116         0        228,434   

Selling, general and administrative expenses

     63,603        130,889         0        194,492   
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income from operations

     5,715        28,227         0        33,942   

Interest – net

     (20,042     83         0        (19,959

Other income (expense)

     (667     546         0        (121
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income (loss) before income taxes

     (14,994     28,856         0        13,862   

Income tax (tax benefit)

     (5,492     10,654         0        5,162   
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income (loss) including noncontrolling interest

     (9,502     18,202         0        8,700   

Income attributable to noncontrolling interest

     167        0         0        167   
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income (loss) attributable to Central Garden & Pet Co. before equity in undistributed income of guarantor subsidiaries

     (9,669     18,202         0        8,533   

Equity in undistributed income of guarantor subsidiaries

     18,202        0         (18,202     0   
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income attributable to Central Garden & Pet Co.

   $ 8,533      $ 18,202       $ (18,202   $ 8,533   
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

     CONSOLIDATING CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE
INCOME

Three Months Ended March 30, 2013
(in thousands)
(unaudited)
 
         Parent         Guarantor
     Subsidiaries    
         Eliminations              Consolidated      

Net income (loss)

   $ (5,929   $ 28,889       $ 0       $ 22,960   

Other comprehensive loss:

          

Foreign currency translation

     (566     0         0         (566
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total comprehensive income (loss)

     (6,495     28,889         0         22,394   

Comprehensive income attributable to noncontrolling interests

     764        0         0         764   
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Comprehensive income (loss) attributable to Central Garden & Pet Company

   $ (7,259   $ 28,889       $ 0       $ 21,630   
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

     CONSOLIDATING CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE
INCOME

Three Months Ended March 24, 2012
(in thousands)
(unaudited)
 
         Parent         Guarantor
     Subsidiaries    
         Eliminations              Consolidated      

Net income (loss)

   $ (30   $ 21,997       $ 0       $ 21,967   

Other comprehensive income:

          

Foreign currency translation

     203        0         0         203   
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total comprehensive income

     173        21,997         0         22,170   

Comprehensive income attributable to noncontrolling interests

     344        0         0         344   
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Comprehensive income (loss) attributable to Central Garden & Pet Company

   $ (171   $ 21,997       $ 0       $ 21,826   
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

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     CONSOLIDATING CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE
INCOME

Six Months Ended March 30, 2013
(in thousands)
(unaudited)
 
         Parent         Guarantor
     Subsidiaries    
         Eliminations              Consolidated      

Net income (loss)

   $ (16,956   $ 24,569       $ 0       $ 7,613   

Other comprehensive loss:

          

Foreign currency translation

     (607     0         0         (607
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total comprehensive income (loss)

     (17,563     24,569         0         7,006   

Comprehensive income attributable to noncontrolling interests

     686        0         0         686   
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Comprehensive income (loss) attributable to Central Garden & Pet Company

   $ (18,249   $ 24,569       $ 0       $ 6,320   
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

     CONSOLIDATING CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE
INCOME

Six Months Ended March 24, 2012
(in thousands)
(unaudited)
 
         Parent         Guarantor
     Subsidiaries    
         Eliminations              Consolidated      

Net income (loss)

   $ (9,502   $ 18,202       $ 0       $ 8,700   

Other comprehensive income:

          

Foreign currency translation

     293        0         0         293   
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total comprehensive income (loss)

     (9,209     18,202         0         8,993   

Comprehensive income attributable to noncontrolling interests

     167        0         0         167   
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Comprehensive income (loss) attributable to Central Garden & Pet Company

   $ (9,376   $ 18,202       $ 0       $ 8,826   
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

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     CONSOLIDATING CONDENSED BALANCE SHEET
March 30, 2013
(in thousands)

(unaudited)
 
     Parent      Guarantor
Subsidiaries
     Eliminations     Consolidated  
ASSETS           

Cash and cash equivalents

   $ 8,906       $ 2,378       $ —        $ 11,284   

Short term investments

     17,820         —           —          17,820   

Accounts receivable, net

     108,938         224,199         (10,947     322,190   

Inventories

     145,781         290,102         —          435,883   

Prepaid expenses and other assets

     30,013         29,395         —          59,408   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total current assets

     311,458         546,074         (10,947     846,585   

Land, buildings, improvements and equipment, net

     82,948         110,725         —          193,673   

Goodwill

     —           210,223         —          210,223   

Investment in guarantors

     772,514         —           (772,514     —     

Deferred income taxes and other assets

     53,747         42,353         —          96,100   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total

   $ 1,220,667       $ 909,375       $ (783,461   $ 1,346,581   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY           

Accounts payable

   $ 79,227       $ 97,411       $ (10,947   $ 165,691   

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

     39,520         37,666         —          77,186   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total current liabilities

     118,747         135,077         (10,947     242,877   

Long-term debt

     593,376         48         —          593,424   

Other long-term obligations

     32,915         1,736         —          34,651   

Shareholders’ equity attributable to Central Garden & Pet Co.

     474,626         772,514         (772,514     474,626   

Noncontrolling interest

     1,003         —           —          1,003   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total equity

     475,629         772,514         (772,514     475,629   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total

   $ 1,220,667       $ 909,375       $ (783,461   $ 1,346,581   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

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     CONSOLIDATING CONDENSED BALANCE SHEET
March 24, 2012
(in thousands)
(unaudited)
 
     Parent      Guarantor
Subsidiaries
     Eliminations     Consolidated  
ASSETS           

Cash and cash equivalents

   $ 7,960       $ 2,321       $ 0      $ 10,281   

Short term investments

     17,820         0         0        17,820   

Accounts receivable, net

     103,146         217,032         (10,879     309,299   

Inventories

     124,095         256,717         0        380,812   

Prepaid expenses and other assets

     26,325         21,402         0        47,727   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total current assets

     279,346         497,472         (10,879     765,939   

Land, buildings, improvements and equipment, net

     76,292         106,277         0        182,569   

Goodwill

     0         210,223         0        210,223   

Investment in guarantors

     730,048         0         (730,048     0   

Deferred income taxes and other assets

     44,589         56,754         0        101,343   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total

   $ 1,130,275       $ 870,726       $ (740,927   $ 1,260,074   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY           

Accounts payable

   $ 59,656       $ 101,828       $ (10,879   $ 150,605   

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

     38,366         36,977         0        75,343   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total current liabilities

     98,022         138,805         (10,879     225,948   

Long-term debt

     566,434         169         0        566,603   

Other long-term obligations

     16,872         1,704         0        18,576   

Shareholders’ equity attributable to Central Garden & Pet Co.

     448,774         730,048         (730,048     448,774   

Noncontrolling interest

     173         0         0        173   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total equity

     448,947         730,048         (730,048     448,947   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total

   $ 1,130,275       $ 870,726       $ (740,927   $ 1,260,074   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

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     CONSOLIDATING CONDENSED BALANCE SHEET
September 29, 2012
(in thousands)
 
     Parent      Guarantor
Subsidiaries
     Eliminations     Consolidated  
ASSETS   

Cash and cash equivalents

   $ 44,662       $ 3,813       $ 0      $ 48,475   

Short term investments

     22,705         0         0        22,705   

Accounts receivable, net

     48,339         159,328         (5,245     202,422   

Inventories

     97,017         233,015         0        330,032   

Prepaid expenses and other assets

     25,242         22,907         0        48,149   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total current assets

     237,965         419,063         (5,245     651,783   

Land, buildings, improvements and equipment, net

     81,727         109,436         0        191,163   

Goodwill

     0         210,223         0        210,223   

Investment in guarantors

     654,362         0         (654,362     0   

Other assets

     54,910         41,468         0        96,378   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total

   $ 1,028,964       $ 780,190       $ (659,607   $ 1,149,547   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY           

Accounts payable

   $ 49,894       $ 82,013       $ (5,245   $ 126,662   

Accrued expenses and other liabilities

     38,673         41,149         0        79,822   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total current liabilities

     88,567         123,162         (5,245     206,484   

Long-term debt

     449,387         96         0        449,483   

Other long-term obligations

     26,127         2,570         0        28,697   

Shareholders’ equity attributable to Central Garden & Pet

     463,937         654,362         (654,362     463,937   

Noncontrolling interest

     946         0         0        946   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total equity

     464,883         654,362         (654,362     464,883   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total

   $ 1,028,964       $ 780,190       $ (659,607   $ 1,149,547   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

    

CONSOLIDATING CONDENSED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS
Six Months Ended March 30, 2013

( in thousands)

(unaudited)

 
         Parent         Guarantor
    Subsidiaries    
        Eliminations              Consolidated      

Net cash used by operating activities

   $  (56,490   $  (81,105)      $  (24,569)       $  (162,164
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

 

Additions to property and equipment

     (7,000     (9,164     —           (16,164

Proceeds from short term investments

     4,885        —          —           4,885   

Payment to acquire companies

     —          (4,835     —           (4,835

Investment in guarantor subsidiaries

     (118,152     93,583        24,569         —     
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

 

Net cash provided (used) by investing activities

     (120,267     79,584        24,569         (16,114
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

 

Repayments of long-term debt

     (111     (59     —           (170

Borrowings under revolving line of credit

     186,000        —          —           186,000   

Repayments under revolving line of credit

     (42,000     —          —           (42,000

Repurchase of common stock

     (2,454     —          —           (2,454

Proceeds from issuance of common stock

     475        —          —           475   

Distribution to minority interest

     (629     —          —           (629

Excess tax benefits from stock-based awards

     289        —          —           289   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

 

Net cash provided (used) by financing activities

     141,570        (59     —           141,511   

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash

     (569     145        —           (424
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

 

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

     (35,756     (1,435     —           (37,191

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

     44,662        3,813        —           48,475   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

   $ 8,906        2,378        —         $ 11,284   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

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CONSOLIDATING CONDENSED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS
Six Months Ended March 24, 2012

( in thousands)

(unaudited)

 
         Parent         Guarantor
    Subsidiaries    
        Eliminations             Consolidated      

Net cash used by operating activities

   $ (20,879   $ (54,364   $ (18,203   $ (93,446
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Additions to property and equipment

     (8,158     (8,810     0        (16,968

Investment in guarantor subsidiaries

     (82,422     64,219        18,203        0   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash provided (used) by investing activities

     (90,580     55,409        18,203        (16,968
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Repayments of long-term debt

     (117     (60     0        (177

Borrowings under revolving line of credit

     254,000        0        0        254,000   

Repayments under revolving line of credit

     (172,000     0        0        (172,000

Issuance of long-term debt

     49,264        0        0        49,264   

Repurchase of common stock

     (21,689     0        0        (21,689

Payment of financing costs

     (1,488     0        0        (1,488

Proceeds from issuance of common stock

     396        0        0        396   

Excess tax benefits from stock-based awards

     199        0        0        199   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash provided (used by) financing activities

     108,565        (60     0        108,505   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash

     221        (62     0        159   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

     (2,673     923        0        (1,750

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

     10,633        1,398        0        12,031   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

   $ 7,960      $ 2,321      $ 0      $ 10,281   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

13. Contingencies

The Company may from time to time become involved in certain legal proceedings in the ordinary course of business. Currently, the Company is not a party to any legal proceedings that management believes would have a material effect on the Company’s financial position or results of operations.

The Company has experienced, and may in the future experience, issues with products that may lead to product liability, recalls, withdrawls, replacements of products, or regulatory actions by governmental authorities. Currently, the Company has not experienced any product liability, recalls, withdrawls or replacements of products that management believes would have a material adverse effect on the Company’s financial position or results of operation.

 

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Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

Our Company

Central Garden & Pet Company (“Central”) is a leading innovator, marketer and producer of quality branded products. We are one of the largest suppliers in the pet and lawn and garden supplies industries in the United States. The total pet food and supplies industry is estimated to be approximately $30 billion in annual retail sales. We estimate the annual retail sales of the pet supplies and super premium pet food markets in the categories in which we participate to be approximately $15 billion. The total lawn and garden industry in the United States, which includes equipment, supplies and services, is estimated to be approximately $21 billion in annual retail sales. We estimate the annual retail sales of the lawn and garden supplies markets in the categories in which we participate to be approximately $6 billion. In addition, we participate in the pottery and seasonal décor markets.

Our pet supplies products include products for dogs and cats, including edible bones, premium healthy edible and non-edible chews, super premium dog and cat food and treats, toys, pet carriers, grooming supplies and other accessories; products for birds, small animals and specialty pets, including food, cages and habitats, toys, chews and related accessories; animal and household health and insect control products; products for fish, reptiles and other aquarium-based pets, including aquariums, furniture and lighting fixtures, pumps, filters, water conditioners, food and supplements, and information and knowledge resources; and products for horses and livestock. These products are sold under a number of brand names including AdamsTM, Altosid, Aqueon®, Avoderm®, BioSpot®, Coralife®, Farnam®, Four Paws®, Interpet, Kaytee®, Kent Marine®, Nylabone®, Oceanic Systems®, Pet Select®, Pre-Strike®, Pinnacle®, Super Pet®, TFHTM, Zilla® and Zodiac®.

Our lawn and garden supplies products include proprietary and non-proprietary grass seed; wild bird feed, bird feeders, bird houses and other birding accessories; weed, grass, ant and other herbicide, insecticide and pesticide products; and decorative outdoor lifestyle and lighting products including pottery, trellises and other wood products and holiday lighting. These products are sold under a number of brand names including AMDRO®, GKI/Bethlehem Lighting®, Grant’s®, Ironite®, Lilly Miller®, Matthews Four SeasonsTM, New England Pottery®, Norcal Pottery®, Pennington®, Over-N-Out®, Sevin®, Smart Seed® and The Rebels®.

In fiscal 2012, our consolidated net sales were $1.7 billion, of which our Pet segment, or Pet, accounted for approximately $931 million and our lawn and Garden segment, or Garden, accounted for approximately $769 million. In fiscal 2012, our income from operations was $74 million, of which the Pet segment accounted for $88 million and the Garden segment accounted for $40 million, before corporate expenses and eliminations of $54 million. Fiscal 2013 will include one less week as compared to fiscal 2012. See Note 11 to our consolidated financial statements for financial information about our two operating segments.

We were incorporated in Delaware in June 1992 as the successor to a California corporation that was formed in 1955. Our executive offices are located at 1340 Treat Boulevard, Suite 600, Walnut Creek, California 94597, and our telephone number is (925) 948-4000. Our website is www.central.com. The information on our website is not incorporated by reference in this annual report.

Recent Developments

John Ranelli named President and CEO:

Effective February 11, 2013, John R. Ranelli was named President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Ranelli has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2010.

Fiscal 2013 Second Quarter Financial Performance:

 

   

Our net sales increased $31.3 million, or 6.7%, to $498.2 million with both segments contributing to the increase.

 

   

Gross margin declined 90 basis points to 30.7% due to the margin decline in our garden segment.

 

   

Selling, general & administrative expenses decreased as a percentage of net sales to 21.4% from 21.9% in the prior year quarter.

 

   

Operating income increased $1.5 million to $46.7 million due to the increase in our Pet segment.

 

   

Our effective income tax rate was 35.8% in the second quarter of fiscal 2013, compared to 36.8% in the second quarter of fiscal 2012.

 

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Our net income in the second quarter of fiscal 2013 was $22.2 million, or $0.46 per share, compared to $21.6 million, or $0.45 per share, in the second quarter of fiscal 2012.

Fiscal 2013 Third Quarter:

The Company believes it is likely that its fiscal third quarter 2013 results will be lower than the prior year. In fiscal 2012, the Company’s third quarter results included the shipment of orders deferred from the second quarter due to supply chain disruptions and the initial sell-in of flea and tick products to a new channel. These events will not recur in the third quarter of 2013.

Results of Operations

Three Months Ended March 30, 2013

Compared with Three Months Ended March 24, 2012

Net Sales

Net sales for the three months ended March 30, 2013 increased $31.3 million, or 6.7%, to $498.2 million from $466.9 million for the three months ended March 24, 2012. Our branded product sales increased $30.8 million and sales of other manufacturers’ products increased $0.5 million. Net sales increased, in spite of the late spring weather impacting garden product sales, due to the launch of new products and the nonrecurrence of operational disruptions related to our transformation initiative which adversely affected sales in the second quarter of the prior year.

Pet segment net sales increased $12.3 million, or 5.5%, to $234.8 million for the three months ended March 30, 2013 from $222.5 million for the three months ended March 24, 2012. Pet branded product sales increased $13.3 million, due primarily to a $6.6 million increase in our dog and cat category, a $4.6 million increase in professional and a $3.7 million increase in wild bird feed, partially offset by a $1.0 million decrease of sales of other manufacturers’ products. The sales increase in our dog & cat and our professional categories was primarily volume driven while the sales increase of wild bird feed was primarily price driven.

Garden segment net sales increased $19.0 million, or 7.8%, to $263.4 million for the three months ended March 30, 2013 from $244.4 million for the three months ended March 24, 2012. Garden branded product sales increased $17.5 million and sales of other manufacturers’ products increased $1.5 million. The sales increase in our garden branded products was due primarily to a $14.3 million increase in controls and fertilizers and a $7.5 million increase in wild bird feed, partially offset by a $6.9 million decrease in grass seed. The increase in sales in controls and fertilizers, which was primarily volume driven, reflects the launch of new products in controls and fertilizers. The increase in sales in wild bird feed was volume and price driven. Grass seed sales were particularly impacted by the cold spring weather which delayed the start of the garden season.

Gross Profit

Gross profit for the three months ended March 30, 2013 increased $5.5 million, or 3.7%, to $153.2 million from $147.7 million for the three months ended March 24, 2012. Gross margin declined from 31.6% for the three months ended March 24, 2012 to 30.7% for the three months ended March 30, 2013. Gross profit increased in both segments as a result of our sales increases.

Gross margin in the pet segment was relatively consistent with the prior year quarter. Our gross margin in the pet segment benefitted from increased sales in our dog and cat and our professional categories but was adversely affected by increased costs related to facility consolidation transition. Gross margin declined in the garden segment due primarily to product launch expenses in our décor products and controls and fertilizers products. Additionally, the garden segment gross margin was impacted by lower margins in our fertilizer business.

Selling, General and Administrative Expenses

Selling, general and administrative expenses increased $3.9 million, or 3.9%, to $106.4 million for the three months ended March 30, 2013 from $102.5 million for the three months ended March 24, 2012. As a percentage of net sales, selling, general and administrative expenses decreased to 21.4% for the three months ended March 30, 2013, compared to 21.9% in the comparable prior year quarter. Selling and delivery expense increased $2.1 million, or 3.7%, to $59.6 million for the three months ended March 30, 2013 from $57.5 million for the three months ended March 24, 2012. The increase was due primarily to increased advertising and marketing program expense in our garden segment which was partially related to timing and the launch of new products. Warehouse and administrative expense increased $1.8 million, or 4.0%, to $46.8 million for the quarter ended March 30, 2013 from $45.0 million in the quarter ended March 24, 2012 due primarily to an increase in medical program insurance costs at corporate. Corporate expenses are included within administrative expense and relate to the costs of unallocated executive, administrative, finance, legal, human resource, and informational technology functions.

Operating Income

Operating income increased $1.5 million, or 3.4%, to $46.7 million for the three months ended March 30, 2013 from $45.2 million for the three months ended March 24, 2012. Operating income increased due to increased sales and gross profit which was partially offset by increased selling, general and administrative costs. Operating income as a percentage of net sales declined due to the decrease in gross margin, which was partially offset by an improvement in selling, general and administrative expenses as a percentage of sales. Operating income increased in our Pet segment, partially offset by a decrease in our Garden segment and an increase in operating expense in Corporate.

 

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Pet operating income increased $6.5 million, or 30.7% to $27.5 million for the three months ended March 30, 2013 from $21.0 million for the three months ended March 24, 2012. The increase was due primarily to increased sales and decreased selling, general and administrative costs, primarily decreased selling and delivery costs. Garden operating income declined $2.6 million, or 7.3%, to $34.0 million from $36.6 million in fiscal 2011 due primarily to a gross margin decline and increased selling and delivery costs. Corporate operating expense increased $2.3 million, or 18.3%, due primarily to an increase in medical program insurance costs.

Net Interest Expense

Net interest expense for the three months ended March 30, 2013 increased $0.5 million, or 4.5%, to $10.9 million from $10.4 million for the three months ended March 24, 2012. Interest expense increased due primarily to our higher average debt outstanding in the quarter ended March 30, 2013. Debt outstanding on March 30, 2013 was $593.7 million compared to $566.9 million as of March 24, 2012. Our average borrowing rate for the current quarter increased to 7.8% compared to 7.6% for the prior year quarter.

Other Expense

Other expense was the same in both the quarter ended March 30, 2013, and the quarter ended March 24, 2012. Other expense is comprised of income from investments accounted for under the equity method of accounting, foreign currency exchange gains and losses, and realized and unrealized gains and losses from derivative contracts used to economically hedge anticipated commodity purchases for use in our products.

Income Taxes

Our effective income tax rate was 35.8% for the quarter ended March 30, 2013 and 36.8% for the quarter ended March 24, 2012. The income tax rate decrease was due primarily to additional tax credits available in the quarter ended March 30, 2013. We expect our effective income tax rate for fiscal 2013 to be similar to the fiscal 2012 rate.

Six Months Ended March 30, 2013

Compared with Six Months Ended March 24, 2012

Net Sales

Net sales for the six months ended March 30, 2013 increased $21.7 million, or 2.8%, to $790.7 million from $769.0 million for the six months ended March 24, 2012. Our branded product sales increased $23.8 million and sales of other manufacturers’ products declined $2.1 million.

Pet Products’ net sales increased $8.1 million, or 1.9%, to $429.9 million for the six months ended March 30, 2013 from $421.8 million in the comparable fiscal 2012 period. Pet branded product sales increased $10.9 million from the prior year period, due primarily to a $5.9 million increase in our dog and cat category and a $5.1 million increase in professional; both of these increases were primarily volume driven. Sales of other manufacturers’ products decreased approximately $2.8 million compared to the prior year six month period.

Garden Products’ net sales increased $13.6 million, or 3.9%, to $360.8 million for the six months ended March 30, 2013 from $347.2 million in the comparable fiscal 2012 period. Garden branded product sales increased $12.9 million due primarily to a $14.6 million increase in controls and fertilizers and a $7.2 million increase in wild bird feed, partially offset by an $8.2 million decrease in grass seed. Our grass seed sales, and garden products in general, have been impacted by poor early season weather as spring began late in most of the country. Sales of other manufacturers’ products increased approximately $0.7 million compared to the comparable prior year period.

Gross Profit

Gross profit for the six months ended March 30, 2013 increased $1.7 million, or 0.7%, to $230.1 million from $228.4 million for the six months ended March 24, 2012. Gross profit as a percentage of net sales declined from 29.7% for the six months ended March 24, 2012 to 29.1% for the six months ended March 30, 2013.

Gross profit increased in the Pet Segment for the six months ended March 30, 2013 due to increased sales and a gross margin that was consistent with the prior year period. Gross profit declined slightly in the Garden Segment for the six months ended March 30, 2013 as increased sales were offset by a lower gross margin. Gross margin declined in the garden segment due primarily to sales returns and additional product launch and other expenses in décor products and product launch expense and margin decline in our fertilizer business.

 

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Selling, General and Administrative Expenses

Selling, general and administrative expenses increased $2.0 million, or 1.0%, to $196.5 million for the six months ended March 30, 2013 from $194.5 million for the six months ended March 24, 2012. As a percentage of net sales, selling, general and administrative expenses decreased to 24.9% for the six months ended March 30, 2013, compared to 25.3% in the comparable prior year six month period.

Selling and delivery expense increased $1.1 million, or 1.0%, from $105.8 million for the six months ended March 24, 2012 to $106.9 million for the six months ended March 30, 2013. The increased expense was due primarily to increased advertising expense in our garden segment associated with a new product launch, partially offset by a decrease in advertising expense in our pet segment.

Warehouse and administrative expense increased $0.9 million to $89.6 million for the six months ended March 30, 2013 from $88.7 million in the six months ended March 24, 2012 due primarily to insurance program costs and shared service center start-up expenses at corporate, partially offset by decreased payroll related expenses within our operating segments.

Operating Income

Operating income decreased $0.3 million, or 0.9%, to $33.6 million for the six months ended March 30, 2013 from $33.9 million for the six months ended March 24, 2012. Operating income decreased as increased sales were offset by a lower gross margin and increased selling, general and administrative expenses. Increased operating expense in Corporate was partially offset by increased operating income in our Pet segment.

Pet operating income increased $6.9 million, or 22.6%, due primarily to increased sales and decreased selling, general and administrative costs, primarily decreased selling and delivery costs. Garden operating income declined $0.1 million to $25.4 million from $25.5 million in fiscal 2011 due primarily to a gross margin decline which was partially offset by decreased selling, general and administrative costs. Corporate operating expense increased $7.1 million, or 32.0%, due primarily to an increase in insurance program costs and shared service center start-up expenses at corporate.

Net Interest Expense

Net interest expense for the six months ended March 30, 2013 increased $1.2 million or 6.0%, to $21.2 million from $20.0 million for the six months ended March 24, 2012. The increase in interest expense resulted from both increased average debt outstanding and an increased average borrowing rate. The borrowing rate was impacted by additional fixed rate debt as compared to the prior year six month period. In February 2012, we issued an additional $50 million aggregate principal amount of 8.25% senior subordinated notes due 2018. The notes are part of a series of 8.25% senior subordinated notes due 2018 issued by the Company on March 8, 2010. Debt outstanding on March 30, 2013 was $593.7 million compared to $566.9 million as of March 24, 2012. Our average borrowing rate for the six months ended March 30, 2013 was 8.2% compared to 7.9% for the prior year six month period.

Other Expense

Other expense increased $0.9 million from an expense of $0.1 million for the six months ended March 24, 2012, to a $1.0 million expense for the six months ended March 30, 2013. The increase was due primarily to realized and unrealized gains and losses from derivative contracts used to economically hedge anticipated commodity purchases for use in our products.

Income Taxes

Our effective income tax rate was 33.6% for the six months ended March 30, 2013 and 37.2% for the six months ended March 24, 2012. Our 2013 tax rate benefited primarily from additional tax credits made available in the current year.

Inflation

Our revenues and margins are dependent on various economic factors, including rates of inflation, energy costs, consumer attitudes toward discretionary spending, currency fluctuations, and other macro-economic factors which may impact levels of consumer spending. Historically, in certain fiscal periods, we have been adversely impacted by rising input costs related to domestic inflation, particularly relating to grain and seed prices, fuel prices and the ingredients used in our garden controls and fertilizers. Rising costs have made it difficult for us to increase prices to our retail customers at a pace sufficient to enable us to maintain margins.

In recent years, our business was negatively impacted by low consumer confidence, as well as other macro-economic factors. In fiscal 2012 and 2013-to-date, commodity costs continued to increase. We continue to monitor commodity prices in order to take action to mitigate the impact of increasing raw material costs.

 

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Weather and Seasonality

Our sales of lawn and garden products are influenced by weather and climate conditions in the different markets we serve. Additionally, our garden segment’s business is highly seasonal. In fiscal 2012, approximately 66% of our garden segment’s net sales and 59% of our total net sales occurred during our second and third fiscal quarters. Substantially all of our garden segment’s operating income is typically generated in this period, which has historically offset the operating loss incurred during the first fiscal quarter of the year.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

We have financed our growth through a combination of internally generated funds, bank borrowings, supplier credit and sales of equity and debt securities to the public.

Our business is seasonal and our working capital requirements and capital resources have tracked closely to this seasonal pattern. During the first fiscal quarter, accounts receivable reach their lowest level while inventory, accounts payable and short-term borrowings begin to increase. During the second fiscal quarter, receivables, accounts payable and short-term borrowings increase, reflecting the build-up of inventory and related payables in anticipation of the peak lawn and garden selling season. During the third fiscal quarter, inventory levels remain relatively constant while accounts receivable peak and short-term borrowings start to decline as cash collections are received during the peak selling season. During the fourth fiscal quarter, inventory levels are at their lowest, and accounts receivable and payables are substantially reduced through conversion of receivables to cash.

We service two broad markets: pet supplies and lawn and garden supplies. Our pet supplies businesses involve products that have a year round selling cycle with a slight degree of seasonality. As a result, it is not necessary to maintain large quantities of inventory to meet peak demands. On the other hand, our lawn and garden businesses are highly seasonal with approximately 66% of our garden segment’s net sales occurring during the second and third fiscal quarters. This seasonality requires them to ship large quantities of their product well ahead of the peak consumer buying periods. To encourage retailers and distributors to stock large quantities of inventory, industry practice has been for manufacturers to give extended credit terms and/or promotional discounts.

Net cash used in operating activities increased $68.8 million, from $93.4 million of cash used by operating activities for the six months ended March 24, 2012, to $162.2 million of cash used in operating activities for the six months ended March 30, 2013. The increase in cash used in operating activities was due primarily to increases in our working capital accounts, specifically inventory. Inventory balances increased over the prior year as we built safety stock in anticipation of the launch of new product innovations in our garden business during the garden season to ensure we could meet the needs of our customers. Additionally, with the late break in the garden season, we held more inventory at the end of the second quarter than we held in the comparable prior year quarter.

Net cash used in investing activities decreased $0.9 million, from $17.0 million for the six months ended March 24, 2012 to $16.1 million during the six months ended March 30, 2013. The decrease in cash used in investing activities was due primarily to a slight decrease in capital expenditures in the current year relating to the conversion of our legacy systems to an enterprise-wide information technology platform. During the six months ended March 30, 2013, we received proceeds from the maturity of short term investments, which were offset by payments made related to the acquisition of FourStar Microbial Products, LLC (Four Star Microbial). In December 2012, the Company acquired the remaining majority interest in FourStar Microbial for approximately $4.8 million in cash with possible contingent future performance-based payments. The Company has not yet finalized its allocation of the purchase price to the fair value of the net assets acquired. The operating results of FourStar Microbial had no impact on the consolidated financial statements and the purchase price paid is included in other assets on the condensed consolidated balance sheets. While the acquisition is not expected to have a material impact on the Company’s 2013 financial results, it will enhance the Company’s capability to service professional providers of mosquito abatement.

Net cash provided by financing activities increased $33.0 million, from $108.5 million of cash provided by financing activities for the six months ended March 24, 2012, to $141.5 million of cash provided by financing activities for the six months ended March 30, 2013. The increase in cash provided was due to increased net borrowings under our revolving credit facility during the six months ended March 30, 2013, as compared to the six months ended March 24, 2012. The higher net borrowings during the six months ended March 30, 2013 were partially offset by lower share repurchases in the current year period. The aggregate cost of our share repurchases during the six months ended March 30, 2013 was $1.5 million, compared to $20.9 million for the six months ended March 24, 2012.

We expect that our principal sources of funds will be cash generated from our operations and, if necessary, borrowings under our $375 million revolving credit facility. Based on our anticipated cash needs, availability under our revolving credit facility and the scheduled maturity of our debt, we believe that our sources of liquidity should be adequate to meet our working capital, capital spending and other cash needs for at least the next 12 months. However, we cannot assure you that these sources will continue to provide us with sufficient liquidity and, should we require it, that we will be able to obtain financing on terms satisfactory to us, or at all.

 

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We believe that cash flows from operating activities, funds available under our revolving credit facility, and arrangements with suppliers will be adequate to fund our presently anticipated working capital requirements for the foreseeable future. We anticipate that our capital expenditures will not exceed $40 million during fiscal 2013, which are related primarily to replacements and upgrades to plant and equipment and investment in our implementation of a scalable enterprise-wide information technology platform. We are investing in this information technology platform to improve existing operations, support future growth and enable us to take advantage of new applications and technologies. We have invested approximately $78.5 million from fiscal 2005 through fiscal 2012 in this initiative and plan to invest up to an additional $11.0 million in fiscal 2013 for planned implementations. Capital expenditures for 2013 and beyond will depend upon the pace of conversion of those remaining legacy systems. This initiative, when complete, will combine our numerous information systems into one enterprise system and create a common business model and common data, which should create greater efficiency and effectiveness.

As part of our growth strategy, we have acquired a number of companies in the past, and we anticipate that we will continue to evaluate potential acquisition candidates in the future. If one or more potential acquisition opportunities, including those that would be material, become available in the near future, we may require additional external capital. In addition, such acquisitions would subject us to the general risks associated with acquiring companies, particularly if the acquisitions are relatively large.

Stock Repurchases

During the three months ended March 30, 2013, we repurchased approximately 0.2 million shares of our Class A common stock for an aggregate cost of $1.5 million. During the third quarter of fiscal 2011, our Board of Directors authorized a new $100 million share repurchase program, under which approximately $50 million is available for repurchases in fiscal 2013 and thereafter.

Senior Credit Facility

On June 8, 2011, we amended our $275 million, five-year senior secured revolving credit facility (the “Credit Facility”) included in our Amended and Restated Credit Agreement (the “Credit Agreement”). Under the modified terms, the Credit Facility has a borrowing capacity of $375 million, an increase of $100 million, and a maturity date of June 2016. The Credit Facility bears lower interest rates and commitment fees and requires less interest coverage. We continue to have the option to increase the size of the Credit Facility by an additional $200 million of incremental term loans and/or revolving loans should we exercise our option and one or more lenders are willing to make such increased amounts available to us. There was $144.0 million outstanding as of March 30, 2013 under the Credit Facility. There were no letters of credit outstanding under the Credit Facility as of March 30, 2013. There were other letters of credit of $16.9 million outstanding as of March 30, 2013. As of March 30, 2013, there were $231.0 million of unused commitments under the Credit Facility or, after giving effect to the financial covenants in the Credit Agreement, $89.9 million of available unused commitments.

Interest on the amended Credit Facility is based, at our option, on a rate equal to the Alternate Base Rate (ABR), which is the greatest of the prime rate, the Federal Funds rate plus 1/2 of 1% or one month LIBOR plus 1%, plus a margin, which fluctuates from 0.75% to 1.75%, or LIBOR plus a margin, which fluctuates from 1.75% to 2.75% and commitment fees that range from 0.30% to 0.50%, determined quarterly based on consolidated total debt to consolidated EBITDA for the most recent trailing 12-month period. As of March 30, 2013, the applicable interest rate on the Credit Facility related to alternate base rate borrowings was 5.0%, and the applicable interest rate related to LIBOR rate borrowings was 3.0%.

The Credit Facility is guaranteed by our material subsidiaries and is secured by our assets, excluding real property but including substantially all of the capital stock of our subsidiaries. The Credit Agreement contains certain financial and other covenants which require us to maintain minimum levels of interest coverage and maximum levels of senior debt to EBITDA and that restrict our ability to repurchase our stock, make investments in or acquisitions of other businesses and pay dividends above certain levels over the life of the Credit Facility. Under the terms of our Credit Facility, we may make restricted payments, including cash dividends and stock repurchases, in an aggregate amount initially not to exceed $200 million over the life of the Credit Facility, subject to qualifications and baskets as defined in the Credit Agreement. As of March 30, 2013, our Total Leverage Ratio, as defined in the Credit Agreement, was 5.1 to 1.0, and our Senior Secured Leverage Ratio, as defined in the Credit Agreement with a maximum of 2.0 to 1.0, was 1.2 to 1.0. Our minimum Interest Coverage Ratio was reduced to 2.50 times, from 2.75 times as part of the modification of the Credit Facility. As of March 30, 2013, our Interest Coverage ratio was 3.0 times. Apart from the covenants limiting restricted payments and capital expenditures, the Credit Facility does not restrict the use of retained earnings or net income. We were in compliance with all financial covenants as of March 30, 2013.

Senior Subordinated Notes

On March 8, 2010, we issued $400 million aggregate principal amount of 8.25% senior subordinated notes due March 1, 2018 (the “2018 Notes”).

 

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On February 13, 2012, we issued an additional $50 million aggregate principal amount of our 2018 Notes at a price of 98.501%, plus accrued interest from September 1, 2011, in a private placement. We used the net proceeds from the offering to pay a portion of the outstanding balance under our Credit Facility.

The estimated fair value of our $450 million of 2018 Notes as of March 30, 2013 was approximately $463.7 million. The estimated fair value is based on quoted market prices for these notes.

The 2018 Notes require semiannual interest payments, which commenced on September 1, 2010. The 2018 Notes are unsecured senior subordinated obligations and are subordinated to all of our existing and future senior debt, including our Credit Facility. The obligations under the 2018 Notes are fully and unconditionally guaranteed on a senior subordinated basis by each of our existing and future domestic restricted subsidiaries with certain exceptions. The guarantees are general unsecured senior subordinated obligations of the guarantors and are subordinated to all existing and future senior debt of the guarantors.

We may redeem some or all of the 2018 Notes at any time prior to March 1, 2014 at the principal amount plus a “make whole” premium. We may redeem some or all of the 2018 Notes at any time on or after March 1, 2014 for 104.125%, after March 1, 2015 for 102.063% and after March 1, 2016 for 100%, plus accrued and unpaid interest. Additionally, at any time prior to March 1, 2013, we may redeem up to 35% of the 2018 Notes with any proceeds we receive from certain equity offerings at a redemption price of 108.25% of the principal amount, plus accrued and unpaid interest. The holders of the 2018 Notes have the right to require us to repurchase all or a portion of the 2018 Notes at a purchase price equal to 101% of the principal amount of the notes repurchased, plus accrued and unpaid interest upon the occurrence of a change of control.

The 2018 Notes contain customary high yield covenants, including covenants limiting debt incurrence and restricted payments, subject to certain baskets and exceptions. We were in compliance with all financial covenants as of March 30, 2013.

At March 30, 2013, our total debt outstanding was $593.7 million, as compared with $566.9 million at March 24, 2012.

Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements

There have been no material changes to the information provided in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 29, 2012 regarding off-balance sheet arrangements.

Contractual Obligations

There have been no material changes outside the ordinary course of business in our contractual obligations set forth in the Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations - Liquidity and Capital Resources in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 29, 2012.

New Accounting Pronouncements

Refer to Footnote 1 in the notes to the condensed consolidated financial statements for new accounting pronouncements.

Critical Accounting Policies, Estimates and Judgments

There have been no material changes to our critical accounting policies, estimates and assumptions or the judgments affecting the application of those accounting policies since our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 29, 2012.

 

Item 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

There has been no material change in our exposure to market risk from that discussed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 29, 2012.

 

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Item 4. Controls and Procedures

(a) Evaluation of Disclosure Controls and Procedures. Our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer have reviewed, as of the end of the period covered by this report, the “disclosure controls and procedures” (as defined in the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e)) that ensure that information relating to the Company required to be disclosed by us in the reports that we file or submit under the Exchange Act is recorded, processed, summarized and reported in a timely and proper manner and that such information is accumulated and communicated to our management, including our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, as appropriate to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure. Based upon this review, such officers concluded that our disclosure controls and procedures were effective as of March 30, 2013.

(b) Changes in Internal Control Over Financial Reporting. Our management, with the participation of our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, has evaluated whether any change in our internal control over financial reporting occurred during the second quarter of fiscal 2013. Based on that evaluation, management concluded that there has been no change in our internal control over financial reporting during the second quarter of fiscal 2013 that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting.

 

PART II. OTHER INFORMATION

 

Item 1. Legal Proceedings

From time to time, we are involved in certain legal proceedings in the ordinary course of business. Currently, we are not a party to any legal proceedings that management believes would have a material effect on our financial position or results of operations.

 

Item 1A. Risk Factors

There have been no material changes from the risk factors previously disclosed in Item 1A to Part I of our Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 29, 2012.

 

Item 2. Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds

The following table sets forth the repurchases of any equity securities during the fiscal quarter ended March 30, 2013 and the dollar amount of authorized share repurchases remaining under our stock repurchase program.

 

Period

   Total Number
of Shares
(or Units)
Purchased
    Average
Price Paid
per Share
(or Units)
     Total Number
of Shares
(or Units)
Purchased as
Part of Publicly
Announced
Plans or
Programs
     Maximum Number (or
Approximate Dollar Value)
of Shares
(or Units)
that
May Yet Be Purchased
Under the Plans or
Programs (1)
 

December 30, 2012 – February 2, 2013

     4,376 (2)    $ 10.29         0       $ 51,595,000   

February 3, 2013 – March 2, 2013

     168,699 (2)    $ 9.06         165,900       $ 50,093,000   

March 3, 2013 – March 30, 2013

     17,049 (2)    $ 8.81         0       $ 50,093,000   
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total

     190,124      $ 9.07         165,900       $ 50,093,000   

 

(1) During the third quarter of fiscal 2011, our Board of Directors authorized a new $100 million share repurchase program. The program has no expiration date and expires when the amount authorized has been used or the Board withdraws its authorization. The repurchase of shares may be limited by certain financial covenants in our credit facility and indenture that restrict our ability to repurchase our stock.
(2) Shares purchased during the period indicated represent withholding of a portion of shares to cover taxes in connection with the vesting of restricted stock and the exercise of stock options.

 

Item 3. Defaults Upon Senior Securities

Not applicable

 

Item 4. Mine Safety Disclosures

Not applicable

 

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Item 5. Other Information

Not applicable

 

Item 6. Exhibits

 

  10.1*   Consulting Services Agreement made and entered as of March 7, 2013, by and between Central Garden & Pet Company and Frank Palantoni (Incorporated by reference from Exhibit 10.1 to the Company Form 8-K filed March 8, 2013).
  10.2*   Consulting Services Agreement between the Company and Gus Halas, dated January 15, 2013 (Incorporated by reference from Exhibit 10.2 to the Company Form 10-Q filed February 7, 2013).
  10.3*   Employment Agreement between the Company and John Ranelli, dated January 9, 2013 (Incorporated by reference from Exhibit 10.3 to the Company Form 10-Q filed February 7, 2013).
  31.1   Certification of Principal Executive Officer Pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
  31.2   Certification of Principal Financial Officer Pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
  32.1   Certification of Principal Executive Officer Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350.
  32.2   Certification of Principal Financial Officer Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350.
101.INS**   XBRL Instance Document
101.SCH**   XBRL Taxonomy Extension Schema Document
101.CAL**   XBRL Taxonomy Extension Calculation Linkbase Document
101.DEF**   XBRL Taxonomy Extension Definition Linkbase Document
101.LAB**   XBRL Taxonomy Extension Label Linkbase Document
101.PRE**   XBRL Taxonomy Extension Presentation Linkbase Document

 

* Management contract or compensatory plan or arrangement.

 

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SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunder duly authorized.

 

CENTRAL GARDEN & PET COMPANY
Registrant
Dated: May 9, 2013

  /s/ JOHN R. RANELLI

John R. Ranelli

President and Chief Executive Officer

(Principal Executive Officer)

/s/ LORI A. VARLAS

Lori A. Varlas
Chief Financial Officer
(Principal Financial Officer)

 

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