WALNUT CREEK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Central Garden & Pet Company (NASDAQ: CENT) (NASDAQ: CENTA), a leading innovator, marketer and producer of quality branded products for the lawn and garden and pet supplies markets, today announced financial results for its fiscal third quarter ended June 27, 2015.
Fiscal 2015 Third Quarter Financial Highlights
- Third quarter sales increased to $459.4 million compared to $438.0 million for the third quarter of 2014. Adjusted sales for the third quarter of 2014 were $445.0 million;
- Gross margin for the third quarter improved to 30.9% compared to 27.2% for the third quarter of 2014. Adjusted gross margin for the third quarter of 2014 was 30.6%;
- Operating income for the third quarter increased to $39.0 million compared to $18.4 million for the third quarter of 2014. Adjusted operating income for the third quarter of 2014 was $33.3 million;
- SG&A expenses as a percentage of sales improved to 22.4% compared to 23.0% for the third quarter of 2014. Adjusted SG&A as a percentage of sales for the third quarter of 2014 was 23.1%;
- Operating margin for the third quarter improved to 8.5% compared to 4.2% for the third quarter of 2014. Adjusted operating margin for the third quarter of 2014 was 7.5%;
- Net income for the third quarter increased to $18.8 million compared to $4.7 million for the third quarter of 2014. Adjusted net income for the third quarter of 2014 was $14.1 million; and
- Earnings per fully-diluted share for the third quarter increased to $0.38 compared to $0.09 for the third quarter of 2014. Adjusted earnings per fully-diluted share for the third quarter of 2014 was $0.28
On an adjusted basis, net sales improved 3 percent, gross margin improved by 30 basis points, and SG&A as a percentage of sales improved by 70 basis points. The combination of these improvements generated an operating margin of 8.5%, a 100 basis point improvement over the prior year.
“The positive impact of the actions we have taken over the past two years to increase revenue, lower SG&A expenses and improve operating margins are clearly reflected in our third quarter financial results, which came in significantly above last year’s reported and adjusted results, as well as above our earlier expectations,” said John Ranelli, President & CEO of Central Garden & Pet. “The trend in Pet revenues continues to be on the upswing, and both our Garden and Pet segments showed solid gains in operating income. We are focused on continuing to drive earnings growth in the years ahead through our initiatives to increase revenues and lower costs.”
While it is still early in the quarter, and there are a number of variables that could impact the Company’s fourth quarter results, an improvement in earnings is expected. The Company currently expects fiscal 2015 earnings per share of $0.63 or higher, well ahead of adjusted earnings per share of $0.33 in the prior year.
Garden Segment Third Quarter Details
Sales for the Garden segment were $221.3 million, an increase of $10.4 million or 4.9 percent compared to reported GAAP numbers from the third quarter of 2014 and up 1.6 percent over adjusted third quarter 2014 results. The increase in sales was primarily due to higher control product revenues and increased sales of other manufacturers’ products, partially offset by declines in wild bird feed sales. The Garden segment’s branded product sales were $180.4 million in the third quarter of 2015, and sales of other manufacturers’ products were $40.9 million.
The Garden segment’s operating income in the quarter improved by $19.5 million, to $23.5 million, compared to reported GAAP operating income of $4.0 million. Adjusted operating income for the third quarter of 2014 was $18.9 million. The Garden segment’s operating margin improved 870 basis points compared to reported GAAP operating margin and 190 basis points compared to adjusted operating margin in the prior year period. Higher profitability in the grass seed and private label controls and fertilizers businesses drove the increase, more than offsetting lower profitability in the décor and wild bird feed businesses.
Pet Segment Third Quarter Details
Third quarter sales for the Pet segment increased $11.0 million, or 4.8 percent, from the same period a year ago to $238.1 million, due in large part to higher professional revenues and higher sales of other manufacturers’ products. Professional sales benefitted from increased sales of the Company’s active ingredient products, including higher sales from its Envincio division, which was acquired last year. Sales of other manufacturers’ products also increased, primarily due to higher sales in the e-commerce channel. Partially offsetting the revenue gains were lower revenues in the flea and tick and wild bird feed categories. The Pet segment’s branded product sales were $183.3 million in the third quarter of 2015, and sales of other manufacturers’ products were $54.8 million.
The Pet segment’s operating income was $32.9 million compared to $28.4 million in the third quarter of 2014. The increase in operating income was largely due to the increase in sales. The Pet segment’s operating margin increased 130 basis points, benefitting from increased efficiencies due to higher volume in the Company’s professional business, a favorable mix shift inclusive of more professional sales, lower marketing expenditures in its flea & tick business, and a higher gross margin in its dog & cat business. The aquatics and equine businesses experienced lower operating margins during the quarter, partially offsetting the gains.
Year-to-Date Fiscal 2015 Financial Highlights
- Sales increased to $1.26 billion compared to $1.23 billion for the same period a year ago. Adjusted sales for the year-ago period were $1.24 billion;
- Branded product sales increased 1% to $1.01 billion. Sales of other manufacturers’ products increased 13% to $258.7 million;
- Operating income increased to $90.1 million compared to $54.8 million for the same period a year ago. Adjusted operating income for the year-ago period was $69.8 million;
- Reported operating margin improved to 7.1% compared to 4.5% for the same period a year ago. Adjusted operating margin for the year-ago period was 5.6%; and
- Reported earnings per fully-diluted share increased to $0.73 compared to $0.26 for the same period a year ago. Adjusted earnings per fully-diluted share for the period was $0.45
At June 27, 2015, the Company’s cash and short-term investments balance was $43.8 million, compared to $46.1 million a year ago. Cash flow from operations for the third quarter of 2015 was $155.1 million, compared to $128.9 million in the third quarter of 2014. The Company reduced its inventory balance by $24.8 million during the quarter compared to the same period a year ago, in addition to a $48.1 million inventory reduction in the third quarter of 2014 compared to the prior year.
The Company’s long term debt was $400.2 million compared to $450.3 million at June 28, 2014. Net interest expense was $9.0 million for the period compared to $10.4 million in the prior-year period. The lower debt and interest expense is reflective of lower average borrowings including the redemption of $50 million of the Company’s 8.25% senior subordinated notes due March 2018 earlier this year.
Depreciation and amortization expense was $8.3 million, compared with $9.2 million in the prior-year period. The Company’s effective tax rate for the third quarter of 2015 was 37.5 percent, compared with 37.0 percent for the third quarter of 2014.
The Company will host a conference call today at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time / 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time to discuss its third quarter results. The conference call will be accessible via the internet through Central’s website, http://ir.central.com.
Alternatively, to listen to the call by telephone, dial (201) 689-8345 (domestic and international) using confirmation # 13615304. A replay of the call will be available for ten days by dialing (201) 612-7415 and entering confirmation #13615304.
About Central Garden & Pet
Central Garden & Pet Company is a leading innovator, marketer and producer of quality branded products for the lawn & garden and pet supplies markets. Committed to new product innovation, our products are sold to specialty independent and mass retailers. Participating categories in Lawn & Garden include: Grass seed and the brands PENNINGTON®, SMART SEED® and THE REBELS®; wild bird feed and the brand PENNINGTON®; weed and insect control and the brands AMDRO®, SEVIN®, IRONITE® and OVER-N-OUT®; and decorative outdoor patio products under the PENNINGTON® brand. We also provide a host of other regional and application-specific garden brands and supplies. Participating categories in Pet include: Animal health and the brands ADAMS™ and ZODIAC®; aquatics and reptile and the brands OCEANIC®, AQUEON® and ZILLA®; bird & small animal and the brands KAYTEE®, SUPER PET® and CRITTER TRAIL®; dog & cat and the brands TFH™, NYLABONE®, FOUR PAWS®, PINNACLE® and AVODERM®; and equine and the brands FARNAM®, BRONCO® and SUPER MASK®. We also provide a host of other application-specific pet brands and supplies. Central Garden & Pet Company is based in Walnut Creek, California, and has approximately 3,300 employees, primarily in North America. For additional information on Central Garden & Pet Company, including access to the Company's SEC filings, please visit the Company’s website at www.central.com.
“Safe Harbor” Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: The statements contained in this release which are not historical facts, including earnings guidance for the fourth quarter and fiscal 2015 and expectations for future favorable results are forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those set forth in or implied by forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements are based upon the Company’s current expectations and various assumptions. There are a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements contained in this release including, but not limited to, the following factors:
- seasonality and fluctuations in the Company’s operating results and cash flow;
- fluctuations in market prices for seeds and grains and other raw materials and the Company’s ability to pass through cost increases in a timely manner;
- adverse weather conditions;
- dependence on a small number of customers for a significant portion of our business;
- uncertainty about new product innovations and marketing programs;
- dependence on management and the ability to execute on our succession plan; and
- competition in our industries
These risks and others are described in the Company’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update these forward-looking statements to reflect new information, subsequent events or otherwise.
CENTRAL GARDEN & PET COMPANY
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)
|June 27,||June 28,||
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||43,841||$||31,846||$||78,676|
|Short term investments||0||14,220||9,990|
|Accounts receivable (less allowance for doubtful accounts of $18,573, $29,221 and $25,212)||223,149||214,120||193,729|
|Prepaid expenses and other||54,558||53,689||48,488|
|Total current assets||674,371||678,910||671,552|
|Land, buildings, improvements and equipment—net||162,969||177,660||166,849|
|Other intangible assets—net||83,841||76,923||87,997|
|Deferred income taxes and other assets||28,951||26,689||14,096|
|LIABILITIES AND EQUITY|
|Current portion of long-term debt||290||296||291|
|Total current liabilities||200,783||179,776||173,098|
|Other long-term obligations||47,147||43,236||39,228|
|Common stock, $.01 par value: 11,908,317, 12,308,802, and 12,437,307 shares outstanding at June 27, 2015, June 28, 2014 and September 27, 2014||119||123||124|
|Class A common stock, $.01 par value: 35,970,174, 36,479,590 and 36,887,311 shares outstanding at June 27, 2015, June 28, 2014 and September 27, 2014||360||365||369|
|Class B stock, $.01 par value: 1,652,262 shares outstanding||16||16||16|
|Additional paid-in capital||388,762||398,244||396,586|
|Accumulated other comprehensive income||679||1,868||1,232|
|Total Central Garden & Pet Company shareholders’ equity||510,292||491,082||484,723|
CENTRAL GARDEN & PET COMPANY
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(in thousands, except per share amounts)
|Three Months Ended||Nine Months Ended|
|June 27, 2015||June 28, 2014|
|Cost of goods sold and occupancy||317,409||318,856||884,288||883,651|
|Selling, general and administrative expenses||103,044||100,705||289,978||291,628|
|Income from operations||38,993||18,426||90,102||54,840|
|Income before income taxes and noncontrolling interest||30,607||8,467||58,937||22,228|
|Income including noncontrolling interest||19,123||5,334||37,410||14,011|
|Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest||323||647||1,070||1,137|
|Net income attributable to Central Garden & Pet Company||$||18,800||$||4,687||$||36,340||$||12,874|
|Net income per share attributable to Central Garden & Pet Company:|
|Weighted average shares used in the computation of net income per share:|
Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
The Company reports its financial results in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). However, management believes that certain non-GAAP financial measures that exclude the impact of the garden charge and a gain recognized during the quarter ended June 28, 2014 in the garden segment related to the sale of plant assets may be useful in certain instances to provide additional meaningful comparisons between current results and results in prior operating periods that should be considered when assessing our ongoing performance and providing consistency with our prior year disclosure. The Company believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide useful information to investors and other users of its financial statements, such as lenders. Management also uses these non-GAAP financial measures in making financial, operating and planning decisions and in evaluating the Company's performance. While the Company's management believes that non-GAAP measurements are useful supplemental information, such adjusted results are not intended to replace the Company's GAAP financial results and should be read in conjunction with those GAAP results.
GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliation
(unaudited, in thousands, except per share amounts)
|For the Three Months Ended|
June 28, 2014
|Garden Charge (A)||
Gain on Sale
Fixed Assets (B)
|June 28, 2014 As Adjusted||
June 27, 2015
|Cost of goods sold and occupancy||318,856||(9,873||)||-||308,983||317,409|
|Selling, general and administrative expenses||100,705||-||1,996||102,701||103,044|
|Income from operations||18,426||16,908||(1,996||)||33,338||38,993|
|Earnings per share - Diluted||$||0.09||$||0.21||$||(0.02||)||$||0.28||$||0.38|
|Weighted Shares Outstanding||49,841||49,841||49,841||49,841||49,290|
|Selling, general and administrative expenses as a percentage of sales||23.0||%||23.1||%||22.4||%|
|For the Nine Months Ended|
June 28, 2014
|Garden Charge (A)||
Gain on Sale
Fixed Assets (B)
|June 28, 2014 As Adjusted||
June 27, 2015
|Cost of goods sold and occupancy||883,651||(9,873||)||-||873,778||884,288|
|Selling, general and administrative expenses||291,628||-||1,996||293,624||289,978|
|Income from operations||54,840||16,908||(1,996||)||69,752||90,102|
|Earnings per share - Diluted||$||0.26||$||0.22||$||(0.03||)||$||0.45||$||0.73|
|Weighted Shares Outstanding||49,201||49,201||49,201||49,201||49,496|
|Selling, general and administrative expenses as a percentage of sales||23.7||%||23.7||%||22.9||%|
|For the Three Months Ended||For the Nine Months Ended|
|Net Sales||Net Sales|
|June 28, 2014 as reported (GAAP)||$||210,905||$||601,688|
|Garden charge (A)||7,035||7,035|
|June 28, 2014 as adjusted||$||217,940||$||608,723|
|June 27, 2015 as reported (GAAP)||$||221,320||$||605,437|
|Income from Operations||Operating Margin||Income from Operations||Operating Margin|
|June 28, 2014 as reported (GAAP)||$||4,011||1.9||%||$||34,579||5.7||%|
|Garden charge (A)||16,908||16,908|
|Gain on sale of fixed assets (B)||(1,996||)||(1,996||)|
|June 28, 2014 as adjusted||$||18,923||8.7||%||$||49,491||8.1||%|
|June 27, 2015 as reported (GAAP)||$||23,458||10.6||%||$||59,248||9.8||%|
(A) The Non-GAAP financial information excludes the impact of a garden segment charge to write off inventory, account for product returns and promotional allowances and other costs related to the discontinuance of certain products introduced in 2013.
(B) The gain on sale of fixed assets correlates to the sale of plant assets during the quarter ended June 28, 2014 related to a product the garden segment will now purchase rather than produce.