Oil-Dri Announces Third Quarter and First Nine-Months of Fiscal 2020 Results

Chicago, Illinois, UNITED STATES

CHICAGO, June 08, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Oil-Dri Corporation of America (NYSE: ODC), producer and marketer of sorbent mineral products, today announced results for its third quarter and first nine-months of fiscal 2020.

 Three Months EndedNine Months Ended
 Ended April 30Ended April 30
Consolidated Results      
Net Sales$76,256,000$70,885,0008%$218,383,000$206,908,0006%
Net Income Attributable to Oil-Dri$4,648,000$5,619,000(17)%$13,014,000$8,812,00048%
Earnings per Diluted Share$0.61$0.74(18)%$1.69$1.1744%
Business to Business      
Net Sales$26,683,000$26,041,0002%$77,632,000$77,825,000—%
Segment Operating Income$8,198,000$7,454,00010%$24,046,000$21,758,00011%
Retail and Wholesale      
Net Sales$49,573,000$44,844,00011%$140,751,000$129,083,0009%
Segment Operating Income$6,412,000$4,161,00054%$15,380,000$6,823,000125%

Daniel S. Jaffee, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “With the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (“COVID-19”), Oil-Dri’s top priority has been to protect the health and safety of our teammates. We have transitioned to a remote work environment, where appropriate, and implemented CDC recommended safety measures and sanitation procedures at our plants.  We have successfully managed our supply chain and manufacturing operations to ensure that our essential products reach our customers.  Furthermore, our company has been able to support several local hospitals, clinics and nursing homes with the donation of much needed N-95 respirator masks.  I am incredibly proud of our team and their efforts to respond to this crisis.  Oil-Dri will continue to adapt to this evolving situation and will work hard to keep our business running to meet the changing needs of our customers.  We feel very fortunate that, so far, our teammates are healthy and most of our products are deemed “essential.”  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the millions and probably billions of people negatively impacted, both physically and financially, by the global pandemic.

During the third quarter, all the Company’s manufacturing facilities remained open, and we continue to operate to keep pace with demand.  We achieved record quarterly consolidated net sales of $76.3 million, reflecting an 8% increase over the third quarter last year.  Cat litter, in particular, was in high demand during the months of March and April as consumers stocked up on our products in response to state mandated shelter-in-place orders due to COVID-19.  Our Business to Business Group’s diversified product portfolio proved to be resilient during this unprecedented time, as we experienced sales growth within our agricultural, animal health and nutrition, and co-packaging businesses.  Consolidated gross margins rose to 28% during the third quarter from 24% in the same period last year, due to lower freight and natural gas costs which more than offset temporary wage increases given to our front-line teammates.  These gains were further offset by an 8% increase in Selling, General and Administrative (“SG&A”) expenses over the prior year.  Higher incentive bonus accruals and other compensation and benefits costs accounted for the increase.  Third quarter consolidated operating income was $5.7 million compared to $2.3 million a year ago, demonstrating exceptional growth of 145%.

Our Business to Business Products Group’s third quarter sales reached $26.7 million.  Revenues increased for three of our four principal products within the group.  Sales of our agricultural products rose 11% in the quarter versus the prior year, primarily driven by higher demand of our traditional granules from a large customer.  Our animal health and nutrition products delivered topline growth of 25% in the third quarter compared to the same period last year, mainly due to increased sales of feed additives in foreign markets, including Latin America and Asia, excluding China.  After being closed for several months due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, our sales office in China is now open.  However, business operations were negatively impacted by COVID-19 during the third quarter as Chinese government restrictions delayed product shipments.  Furthermore, sales to pork producers within China remained soft as a result of the continued spread of the African swine fever within some areas of the country.  Revenues from fluid purification products declined 8% in the third quarter compared to the prior year.  Lower demand from edible oil producers due to worldwide COVID-19 closures of restaurants and schools impacted sales.  Local pricing competition in foreign markets caused by unfavorable exchange rates and the closure of a domestic biodiesel processing plant also contributed to the decline.  Our co-packaging coarse cat litter business realized sales gains of almost 10% in the quarter over the same period last year as consumers loaded up on pet care items due to the current pandemic.

Operating Income in the Business to Business Group was up 10% in the third quarter versus the prior year.  Higher sales combined with lower freight and natural gas costs offset a 17% increase in SG&A expenses over the prior year.  These increased SG&A costs reflect greater compensation related expenses and other costs to support the business.

The Retail and Wholesale Products Group experienced record quarterly sales of $49.6 million, representing an 11% gain over the third quarter last year.  This growth was driven by a 20% increase in domestic cat litter revenues primarily due to unprecedented demand caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Inventory loading by retailers resulted in double digit sales growth for both branded and private label cat litter products.  Increases were led by scoopable litter items, followed by gains in coarse litter and accessories.  Our e-commerce business experienced a triple digit percentage increase in sales for the quarter compared to last year, as more people shopped online while sheltering-in-place.  Revenue from our subsidiary in Canada also rose within the quarter as a result of higher cat litter sales.  Decreased demand of our industrial and sports products due to COVID-19 offset some of the sales gains within the Retail and Wholesale Products Group.  These markets were negatively impacted by customer closures and the national shutdown of sports fields. 

Operating Income for the Retail and Wholesale Products Group reached a record $6.4 million in the third quarter reflecting a 54% gain over the prior year.  Increased sales and lower freight and natural gas costs helped to offset higher SG&A costs. These elevated SG&A costs include employee compensation, advertising and other costs to support the business.  Due to a shift in program timing, our advertising spending increased in the third quarter when compared to the same period last year.  We expect adverting costs for the full fiscal year to be higher than last year.”

The Company will host its third quarter of fiscal 2020 earnings teleconference on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. Central Time. Participation 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.

“Oil-Dri” and “Cat’s Pride” are registered trademarks of Oil-Dri Corporation of America.

Certain statements in this press release may contain forward-looking statements that are based on our current expectations, estimates, forecasts and projections about our future performance, our business, our beliefs, and our management’s assumptions. In addition, we, or others on our behalf, may make forward-looking statements in other press releases or written statements, or in our communications and discussions with investors and analysts in the normal course of business through meetings, webcasts, phone calls, and conference calls. Words such as “expect,” “outlook,” “forecast,” “would,” “could,” “should,” “project,” “intend,” “plan,” “continue,” “believe,” “seek,” “estimate,” “anticipate,” “may,” “assume,” or variations of such words and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements, which are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

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.

Category: Earnings

Leslie A. Garber
Manager of Investor Relations
Oil-Dri Corporation of America
(312) 321-1515

Three Months Ended April 30
(in thousands, except per share amounts)
2020 % of Sales 2019 % of Sales
Net Sales
$76,256  100.0% $70,885  100.0%
Cost of Sales
(54,871) (72.0)% (54,051) (76.3)%
Gross Profit
21,385  28.0% 16,834  23.7%
Selling, General and Administrative Expenses
(15,685) (20.6)% (14,507) (20.5)%
Operating Income
5,700  7.5% 2,327  3.3%
Interest Expense
(108) (0.1)% (141) (0.2)%
Other Income (1)
5  % 4,518  6.4%
Income Before Income Taxes
5,597  7.3% 6,704  9.5%
Income Tax Expense
(947) (1.2)% (1,143) (1.6)%
Net Income
4,650  6.1% 5,561  7.8%
Net Income (Loss) Attributable to Noncontrolling Interest
2  % (58) (0.1)%
Net Income Attributable to Oil-Dri
$4,648  6.1% $5,619  7.9%
Net Income Per Share: Basic Common$0.66    $0.81   
 Basic Class B Common$0.50    $0.61   
 Diluted Common$0.61    $0.74   
Avg Shares Outstanding: Basic Common5,126    5,126   
 Basic Class B Common2,036    2,068   
 Diluted Common7,288    7,253   
  Nine Months Ended April 30
  2020 % of Sales 2019 % of Sales
Net Sales
$218,383  100.0% $206,908  100.0%
Cost of Sales
(158,105) (72.4)% (158,660) (76.7)%
Gross Profit
60,278  27.6% 48,248  23.3%
Selling, General and Administrative Expenses
(44,584) (20.4)% (42,091) (20.3)%
Operating Income
15,694  7.2% 6,157  3.0%
Interest Expense
(314) (0.1)% (434) (0.2)%
Other Income (1)
52  % 4,653  2.2%
Income Before Income Taxes
15,432  7.1% 10,376  5.0%
Income Tax Expense
(2,573) (1.2)% (1,599) (0.8)%
Net Income
12,859  5.9% 8,777  4.2%
Net Loss Attributable to Noncontrolling Interest
(155) (0.1)% (35) %
Net Income Attributable to Oil-Dri
$13,014  6.0% $8,812  4.2%
Net Income Per Share:Basic Common$1.85    $1.27   
 Basic Class B Common$1.39    $0.95   
 Diluted Common$1.69    $1.17   
Avg Shares Outstanding: Basic Common5,152    5,108   
 Basic Class B Common2,042    2,068   
 Diluted Common7,310    7,245   

(1) See Note 8 of the Notes to the Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ending April 30, 2020 for further information about amounts included in this line item for the years presented.

(in thousands, except per share amounts)    
  As of April 30
  2020 2019
Current Assets   
Cash and Cash Equivalents$20,548  $16,224 
Short-term Investments  730 
Accounts Receivable, Net41,846  35,906 
Inventories24,096  26,738 
Prepaid Expenses and Other7,623  7,210 
Total Current Assets94,113  86,808 
Property, Plant and Equipment, Net90,133  87,086 
Other Noncurrent Assets (1)31,735  24,584 
Total Assets$215,981  $198,478 
Current Liabilities   
Current Maturities of Notes Payable$3,074  $3,083 
Accounts Payable10,524  8,608 
Dividends Payable1,735  1,689 
Other Current Liabilities25,614  18,121 
Total Current Liabilities40,947  31,501 
Noncurrent Liabilities   
Notes Payable  3,045 
Other Noncurrent Liabilities (1)28,379  26,417 
Total Noncurrent Liabilities28,379  29,462 
Stockholders' Equity146,655  137,515 
Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity$215,981  $198,478 
Book Value Per Share Outstanding$20.39  $19.16 
Acquisitions of:   
Property, Plant and EquipmentThird Quarter$3,584  $3,963 
 Year To Date$10,870  $10,162 
Depreciation and Amortization ChargesThird Quarter$3,470  $3,310 
 Year To Date$10,399  $9,849 

(1) Amounts as of April 30, 2020 include right-of-use operating lease assets and related liabilities required by adoption of Accounting Standards Codification 842, Leases.

(in thousands)   
 For the Nine Months Ended
 April 30
 2020 2019
Net Income$12,859  $8,777 
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash   
provided by operating activities:   
Depreciation and Amortization10,399  9,849 
Increase in Accounts Receivable(7,296) (2,185)
Increase in Inventories(72) (4,248)
Increase in Accounts Payable3,859  2,873 
Increase (Decrease) in Accrued Expenses4,612  (1,762)
(Decrease) Increase in Pension and Postretirement Benefits(5,482) 1,287 
Other3,390  773 
Total Adjustments9,410  6,587 
Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities22,269  15,364 
Capital Expenditures(10,870) (10,162)
Net Dispositions of Investment Securities  6,404 
Net Cash Used in Investing Activities(10,758) (3,758)
Principal Payments on  Notes Payable(3,082) (3,083)
Dividends Paid(5,292) (4,967)
Purchase of Treasury Stock(4,620) (141)
Net Cash Used in Financing Activities(12,852) (8,191)
Effect of exchange rate changes on Cash and Cash Equivalents27  52 
Net (Decrease) Increase in Cash and Cash Equivalents(1,314) 3,467 
Cash and Cash Equivalents, Beginning of Period21,862  12,757 
Cash and Cash Equivalents, End of Period$20,548  $16,224