Oil-Dri Announces First Quarter Fiscal 2018 Results

CHICAGO, Dec. 08, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Oil-Dri Corporation of America (NYSE:ODC), producer and marketer of sorbent mineral products supplying pet care, animal health, fluids purification, agricultural ingredient, sports field, industrial and automotive markets, today announced its first quarter fiscal 2018 earnings.

Oil-Dri reported the following key metrics (As of October 31, 2017, compared to the same period of the prior year):

  • Net sales of $66,646,000, flat
  • Net income of $3,050,000, up 52%
  • Earnings per diluted share of $0.41, up 46%
  • Business-to-Business Products Group
    • Net sales of $27,087,000, down 1%
    • Segment operating income of $ 8,876,000, down 6%
  • Retail and Wholesale Products Group
    • Net sales of $39,559,000, up 1%
    • Segment operating income of $2,365,000, compared to a loss

President and Chief Executive Officer, Daniel S. Jaffee stated, “We are pleased that sales of our private label lightweight scoopable litter products continued to see strong growth compared to the first quarter of last year. This gain can be directly attributed to both new distribution and increased sales to existing retail customers. First quarter results were notably impacted by an approximate $3,200,000 reduction in advertising expenses. As we hone our focus on the promotion of all lightweight litter products in the balance of fiscal 2018, we expect advertising expense levels similar to that of fiscal year 2017. For more detailed information on our first quarter 2018 results, please review our Form 10-Q that was filed today and join us for our next earnings teleconference on December 11th. Call details are available on our website’s ‘Events’ page.”

While Oil-Dri’s founding product was granular clay floor absorbents, it has since greatly diversified its portfolio. The Company’s mission to “Create Value from Sorbent Minerals” is supported by its wide array of consumer and business to business product offerings. In 2016, Oil-Dri celebrated its seventy-fifth year of business and looks forward to the next milestone.

The Company will host its first quarter fiscal 2018 earnings teleconference on Monday, December 11, 2017 and its second quarter teleconference on Monday, March 12, 2018. Both teleconferences will commence at 10:00 am, Central Time. Dial-in details will be communicated via web alert approximately one week prior to the calls.

Oil-Dri will host its Annual Meeting of Stockholders on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 starting at 9:30 am, Central Time. The meeting will be held at The Standard Club, 320 South Plymouth Court, Chicago, Illinois 60604. The record date for voting eligibility at the Annual Meeting was October 16, 2017.

“Oil-Dri” is a registered trademark of Oil-Dri Corporation of America.

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Such statements are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause actual results to differ materially including, but not limited to, the dependence of our future growth and financial performance on successful new product introductions, intense competition in our markets, volatility of our quarterly results, risks associated with acquisitions, our dependence on a limited number of customers for a large portion of our net sales and other risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are described in Item 1A (Risk Factors) of our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and other reports we file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Should one or more of these or other risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, our actual results may vary materially from those anticipated, intended, expected, believed, estimated, projected or planned. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. Except to the extent required by law, we do not have any intention or obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements after the distribution of this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events, changes in assumptions, or otherwise.

(in thousands, except per share amounts)
First Quarter Ended October 31
2017 % of Sales 2016 % of Sales
Net Sales$66,646 100.0% $66,612 100.0%
Cost of Sales(47,677) (71.5)% (45,887) (68.9)%
Gross Profit18,969 28.5% 20,725 31.1%
Selling, General and Administrative Expenses(15,053) (22.6)% (17,679) (26.5)%
Operating Income3,916 5.9% 3,046 4.6%
Interest Expense(201) (0.3)% (251) (0.4)%
Other Income (Loss)124 0.2% (116) (0.2)%
Income Before Income Taxes3,839 5.8% 2,679 4.0%
Income Tax (Expense) Benefit(789) (1.2)% (670) (1.0)%
Net Income$3,050 4.6% $2,009 3.0%
Net Income Per Share:
Basic Common$0.45 $0.30
Basic Class B Common$0.34 $0.23
Diluted Common$0.41 $0.28
Average Shares Outstanding:
Basic Common5,025 5,004
Basic Class B Common2,090 2,067
Diluted Common7,211 7,138

(in thousands, except per share amounts)
As of October 31
2017 2016
Current Assets
Cash and Cash Equivalents $8,401 $15,991
Short-term Investments 18,133 5,359
Accounts Receivable, Net 32,054 30,971
Inventories 22,759 23,567
Prepaid Expenses (1) 7,554 6,227
Total Current Assets 88,901 82,115
Property, Plant and Equipment, Net 84,251 81,688
Other Assets (1) 33,765 36,264
Total Assets $206,917 $200,067
Current Liabilities
Current Maturities of Notes Payable $3,083 $3,083
Accounts Payable 7,828 6,910
Dividends Payable 1,559 1,479
Accrued Expenses 15,277 15,855
Total Current Liabilities 27,747 27,327
Noncurrent Liabilities
Notes Payable 6,085 9,140
Other Noncurrent Liabilities 44,975 46,826
Total Noncurrent Liabilities 51,060 55,966
Stockholders' Equity 128,110 116,774
Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity $206,917 $200,067
Book Value Per Share Outstanding $18.01 $16.51
Acquisitions of:
Property, Plant and EquipmentFirst Quarter$4,045 $4,295
Year To Date$4,045 $4,295
Depreciation and Amortization ChargesFirst Quarter$3,192 $3,159
Year To Date$3,192 $3,159

(1) Prior year amounts have been retrospectively adjusted to conform to the current year presentation of current deferred income taxes required by new guidance under Accounting Standards Codification ( ASC ) 740, Balance Sheet Classification of Deferred Taxes.

(in thousands)
For the Three Months Ended
October 31
2017 2016
Net Income$3,050 $2,009
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash
provided by operating activities, net of acquisition:
Depreciation and Amortization3,192 3,159
Decrease (Increase) in Accounts Receivable718 (688)
Increase in Inventories(154) (367)
(Decrease) Increase in Accounts Payable(825) 476
Decrease in Accrued Expenses(3,275) (3,592)
Increase in Pension and Postretirement Benefits334 464
Other(472) (136)
Total Adjustments(482) (684)
Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities2,568 1,325
Capital Expenditures(4,045) (4,295)
Net Purchase of Investment Securities5,468 4,827
Other8 1
Net Cash Provided by Investing Activities1,431 533
Principal Payments on Long-Term Debt(3,083) (3,083)
Dividends Paid(1,553) (1,477)
Purchase of Treasury Stock(27) (122)
Other0 128
Net Cash Used in Financing Activities(4,663) (4,554)
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents(30) 58
Net Decrease in Cash and Cash Equivalents(694) (2,638)
Cash and Cash Equivalents, Beginning of Period9,095 18,629
Cash and Cash Equivalents, End of Period$8,401 $15,991

Source:Oil-Dri Corporation Of America