Omega Protein Announces Third Quarter Fiscal 2012 Financial Results

HOUSTON, Nov. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Omega Protein Corporation (NYSE: OME), a nutritional ingredient company and the nation's leading vertically integrated producer of omega-3 fish oil and specialty fish meal products, today reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2012.

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Third Quarter 2012 Highlights:

  • Revenues:  $77.8 million for the quarter, the highest quarterly revenues in Company history and a 73% sequential increase compared to the second quarter of 2012
  • Gross profit margin:  17.2% for the quarter, compared to 15.2% in the second quarter of 2012
  • U.S. Attorney investigation charge: Recorded $4.1 million for the quarter, compared to $0.1 million in the second quarter of 2012
  • Net income:  $0.2 million ($0.01 per diluted share), or $4.3 million ($0.21 per diluted share) excluding the investigation charge, for the quarter, compared to $2.5 million ($0.13 per diluted share) in the second quarter of 2012, or $0.3 million ($0.02 per diluted share) excluding the net gain on disposal of assets and investigation charge
  • Adjusted EBITDA:  $11.6 million for the quarter, compared to $5.2 million in the second quarter of 2012

"We are pleased to report the highest quarterly revenues in the Company's history, a result of strong fish catch, improved pricing and continued growth in our human nutrition business," commented Bret Scholtes, Omega Protein's President and Chief Executive Officer.  "Our team has achieved these results in spite of experiencing fish oil yields this season that are the poorest in recent history.  Additionally, revenues for our human nutrition business are up 40% year-to-date."

Mr. Scholtes continued, "Despite these accomplishments, financial results for the quarter were below our expectations due to the previously disclosed accrual related to the ongoing U.S. Attorney's office investigation.  We look forward to bringing this investigation to a final resolution and have taken a number of steps this year to enhance our readiness to comply with the ever-increasing regulatory requirements of our business.  These actions include the development of an enhanced and more rigorous compliance program in consultation with outside experts, as well as the hiring of additional experienced personnel with maritime and environmental compliance expertise."

Third Quarter 2012 Results

The Company's revenues increased 73% from the second quarter of 2012 to $77.8 million in the third quarter.  The increase in revenues was primarily due to 124% higher fish meal sales volumes and 6% higher fish oil and fish meal sales prices, partially offset by 13% lower fish oil volumes.  The increase in fish meal sales volumes was primarily due to higher export volumes.  The increases in sales prices were primarily due to sales under newer, higher-priced contracts.  Fish oil sales volumes decreased as a result of lower available inventory due to the Company's low fish oil yields.  The composition of revenue by nutritional product line was 75% fish meal, 16% fish oil, 6% specialty nutraceutical ingredients, and 3% fish solubles and other.  Cyvex, the Company's human nutritional ingredient subsidiary, contributed $4.4 million of revenues to the third quarter of 2012 compared to $4.2 million in the previous quarter. 

Third quarter of 2012 revenues increased 8% from $71.7 million in the same period last year.  The increase in revenues was primarily due to higher sales volumes of 30% for the Company's fish meal and higher sales prices of 16% for the Company's fish oil, partially offset by lower volumes of 49% for the Company's fish oil.  The increase in fish meal sales volumes in the third quarter of 2012 was primarily due to higher export volumes.  The increase in fish oil sales prices was primarily due to an increased percentage of higher priced refined oil sales relative to lower priced crude oil sales for the same period last year.  Third quarter 2012 fish oil sales volumes were negatively impacted by the lack of available inventory due to low fish oil yields.  Cyvex's revenues increased 27% from $3.4 million in the same period last year.   

The Company reported gross profit of $13.4 million, or 17.2% as a percentage of revenues, for the third quarter of 2012, versus gross profit of $6.8 million, or 15.2% as a percentage of revenues, for the second quarter of 2012.  The increase in gross profit as a percentage of revenues was primarily due to higher fish oil and fish meal sales prices, partially offset by higher expected 2012 cost per unit of sales, which was largely the result of low yields.  The Company's total yields were 3% lower than the same period in the 2011 fishing season and were 10% lower than the five-year average.   These decreases were driven largely by fish oil yields, which were lower by 19% compared to those in the same period in the 2011 fishing season and were lower by 41% compared to the Company's five-year average.  The third quarter of 2012 also included $2.0 million of gross profit from Cyvex, or 44.6% as a percentage of Cyvex's revenues, compared to $1.7 million of gross profit, or 40.1% as a percentage of Cyvex's revenues, in the second quarter of 2012. 

Third quarter gross profit was consistent with the same period a year ago at $13.4 million, and declined as a percentage of revenues from 18.7%, primarily due to the higher expected 2012 cost per unit of sales, which was partially offset by higher fish oil sales prices.  Cyvex's gross profit increased from $1.7 million, and declined from 48.4% as a percentage of revenues, in the third quarter of 2011.     

Selling, general and administrative expenses for the third quarter increased $0.2 million to $5.6 million compared to the second quarter of 2012.  Compared to the same period a year ago, selling, general and administrative expenses were consistent at $5.6 million.   

The Company recorded an investigation charge of $4.1 million in the third quarter of 2012.  This relates to a previously disclosed ongoing investigation by the U.S. Attorney's office.  This compares to $0.1 million in the second quarter of 2012 and no charge in the third quarter of 2011.

The third quarter of 2012 effective tax rate was 90.8% compared to 34.0% in the second quarter of 2012 and 28.3% in the same period last year.  The increase in the effective tax rate is primarily a result of the investigation charge, as such payments if made are expected to be primarily non-deductible for tax purposes.

Net income for the third quarter of 2012 was $0.2 million ($0.01 per diluted share) compared to $2.5 million ($0.13 per diluted share) for the second quarter of 2012 and $4.7 million ($0.24 per diluted share) for the same period last year.  Excluding the impact of the investigation charge, net income for the third quarter of 2012 would have been $4.3 million ($0.21 per diluted share), and excluding the impact of the net gain on disposal of assets and impact of the investigation charge, net income for the second quarter of 2012 would have been $0.3 million ($0.02 per diluted share). 

Adjusted EBITDA, which excludes the investigation charge and net loss/gain of disposal of assets, among other adjustments, totaled $11.6 million for the third quarter of 2012, compared to $5.2 million for the second quarter of 2012 and $11.3 million for the same period last year.

Nine Month 2012 Results

Revenues in the current period decreased 6% to $162.5 million compared to revenues of $172.4 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2011. The decrease in revenues was primarily due to lower sales prices of 7% and lower sales volumes of 2% for the Company's fish meal and lower sales volumes of 22% for the Company's fish oil, partially offset by higher sales prices of 8% for the Company's fish oil.  In addition, Cyvex contributed $14.6 million of revenues to the nine months ended September 30, 2012 as compared to $10.4 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2011. 

The Company recorded gross profit of $29.1 million, 17.9% as a percentage of revenues, for the first nine months of 2012, versus gross profit of $43.9 million, 25.4% as a percentage of revenues, for the first nine months of 2011.  The declines were primarily due to decreases in fish meal sales prices and sales volumes of fish meal and oil as well as an increase in cost per unit of sales.

Net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 was $4.6 million ($0.23 per diluted share) compared to $33.6 million ($1.69 per diluted share) for the same period last year.  Excluding the impact of the investigation charge and net gain on disposal of assets, net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 would have been $6.4 million ($0.32 per diluted share).  Excluding the impact of two settlements totaling $27.0 million, the Company's net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2011 would have been approximately $16.1 million ($0.81 per diluted share).

Adjusted EBITDA, which excludes the investigation charge, net loss/gain of disposal of assets and two settlements in 2011, among other adjustments, totaled $24.0 million for nine months ended September 30, 2012, as compared to $39.0 million for the same period last year.

Balance Sheet

The Company's balance sheet remains strong, and stockholders' equity increased to $205.9 million as of September 30, 2012.  Total debt decreased from $30.3 million on December 31, 2011 to $28.1 million on September 30, 2012.  The Company's September 30, 2012 cash balance decreased $10.8 million from December 31, 2011 to $40.6 million, due primarily to expenditures made for the 2012 fishing season, capital spending, taxes and debt payments, partially offset by the sale of inventory.   

Conference Call Information

Omega Protein will host a conference call on its third quarter of fiscal 2012 financial results at 8:30 a.m., Eastern Time, on Tuesday, November 6, 2012. The Company's senior management team will be available to discuss recent financial results and current business trends as well as respond to questions.

Please dial (877) 407-3982 domestically or (201) 493-6780 internationally to join the call. Interested parties may also listen to the webcast live over the Internet at www.omegaproteininc.com.

A webcast replay of the conference call will be available beginning shortly after the conclusion of the call at www.omegaproteininc.com and will be available for 90 days. A telephonic replay of the conference call will be available through November 20, 2012. Domestic listeners can dial (877) 870-5176, and international listeners may dial (858) 384-5517. The replay access code 401976.

About Omega Protein

Omega Protein Corporation is a nutritional ingredient company that serves the human and animal nutrition markets.  Omega Protein is the nation's leading vertically integrated producer of omega-3 fish oil and specialty fish meal products, which are made from menhaden, an omega-3 rich fish which is abundantly available along the U.S. Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Coasts.  The Company also sells a variety of non-marine ingredients to the dietary supplement industry.

Forward Looking Statements

SPECIAL NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS: The statements contained in this press release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking information may be based on projections, predictions and estimates. Some statements in this press release may be forward-looking and use words like "may," "may not," "believes," "do not believe," "expects," "do not expect," "anticipates," "do not anticipate," "see," "do not see," or other similar expressions. The actual results of future events described in any of these forward-looking statements could differ materially from those stated in the forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to be materially different from those forward-looking statements include, among others: (1) the Company's ability to meet its raw material requirements through its annual menhaden harvest, which is subject to fluctuations due to natural conditions over which the Company has no control, such as varying fish population, fish oil yields, adverse weather conditions, natural and other disasters and disease; (2) the impact of laws and regulations that may be enacted that may restrict the Company's operations or the sale of the Company's products; (3) the impact of worldwide supply and demand relationships on prices for the Company's products; (4) the Company's expectations regarding demand and pricing for its products proving to be incorrect; (5) fluctuations in the Company's quarterly operating results due to the seasonality of the Company's business and its deferral of inventory sales based on worldwide prices for competing products; (6) the long-term effect of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on the Company's business, operations and fish catch; (7) the business, operations, potential or prospects for the Company's subsidiaries, Cyvex Nutrition, Inc. and InCon Processing, LLC, the dietary supplement market or the human health and wellness segment generally; (8) the cost of compliance with existing and future government regulations and (9) the ultimate disposition of the ongoing U.S. Attorney's office investigation and the resulting impact on the Company's operations and financial results. Other factors are described in further detail in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its reports on Form 10-K, Form 10-Q and Form 8-K.

 

OMEGA PROTEIN CORPORATION

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET

(Dollars in thousands)






September 30,

2012


December 31,

2011

ASSETS







 Current assets:







          Cash and cash equivalents


$

40,617


$

51,391

          Receivables, net



29,883



16,788

          Inventories



78,741



64,893

          Deferred tax asset, net



238



1,784

          Prepaid expenses and other current assets



5,516



2,238








                Total current assets



154,995



137,094

Other assets, net



8,728



5,423

Energy swap asset, net of current portion



95



Property, plant and equipment, net



128,768



122,512

Goodwill and other intangible assets, net



12,429



12,801

                Total assets


$

305,015


$

277,830








LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY














Current liabilities:







         Current maturities of long-term debt


$

3,080


$

2,992

         Current portion of capital lease obligation



407



517

         Accounts payable



2,199



3,779

         Accrued liabilities



44,659



19,818

              Total current liabilities



50,345



27,106

Long-term debt, net of current maturities



24,991



27,302

Capital lease obligation, net of current portion





268

Energy swap liability, net of current portion





113

Deferred tax liability, net



13,180



13,900

Pension liabilities, net



8,904



10,868

Other long-term liabilities



1,742



1,712

                Total liabilities



99,162



81,269








Commitments and contingencies







Stockholders' equity:







        Preferred stock, $0.01 par value; 10,000,000 authorized shares; none issued                                    





        Common Stock, $0.01 par value; 80,000,000 authorized shares; 19,682,635 and 19,568,851 shares issued and outstanding at September 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively



195



194

        Capital in excess of par value



128,086



124,817

        Retained earnings



86,800



82,229

        Accumulated other comprehensive loss



(9,228)



(10,679)

                Total stockholders' equity



205,853



196,561

                    Total liabilities and stockholders' equity


$

305,015


$

277,830








 

 

OMEGA PROTEIN CORPORATION

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS AND
COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

(In thousands, except per share amounts)








Three Months Ended


Nine Months Ended



September 30,


September 30,



2012


2011


2012


2011

Revenues

$

77,778

$

71,741

$

162,499

$

172,373

Cost of sales


64,380


58,315


133,362


128,511

Gross profit


13,398


13,426


29,137


43,862










Selling, general, and administrative expense


5,645


5,613


16,373


15,231

Research and development expense


553


466


1,672


1,450

Charges related to U.S. Attorney investigation


4,137



4,440


Impairment of intangible assets


129



129


Proceeds/gains resulting from Gulf of Mexico oil spill





(26,177)

Other proceeds/gains resulting from natural disaster, net – 2005 storms





(787)

(Gain) loss on disposal of assets


30


199


(3,752)


649

Operating income


2,904


7,148


10,275


53,496

Interest income


11


6


21


34

Interest expense


(299)


(496)


(996)


(1,638)

Other expense, net


(94)


(50)


(282)


(164)

Income before income taxes


2,522


6,608


9,018


51,728










Provision for income taxes


2,291


1,873


4,447


18,134

Net income


231


4,735


4,571


33,594










Other comprehensive income (loss):









Energy swap adjustment, net of tax expense (benefit) of $545, ($864), $383 and ($395), respectively


1,011


(1,605)


711


(756)

Pension benefits adjustment, net of tax expense of $133, $105, $398 and $123, respectively


248


194


740


583

Comprehensive income

$

1,490

$

3,324

$

6,022

$

33,421










Basic earnings per share

$

0.01

$

0.24

$

0.23

$

1.75










Weighted average common shares outstanding


19,683


19,374


19,630


19,200










Diluted earnings per share

$

0.01

$

0.24

$

0.23

$

1.69










Weighted average common shares and potential common share equivalents outstanding


20,239


20,073


20,102


19,931










 

                                                                                                       

                                                                                                              

OMEGA PROTEIN CORPORATION

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS

(Dollars in thousands)








Nine Months Ended



September 30,



2012


2011

Cash flows from operating activities:





       Net income

$

4,571

$

33,594

       Adjustments to reconcile net income to net

          cash provided by operating activities:





        Depreciation and amortization


13,308


12,072

        Other proceeds/gains resulting from natural disaster, net – 2005 storms



(787)

        (Gain) loss on disposal of assets


(3,752)


649

        Impairment of intangible assets


129


        Provisions for losses on receivables


36


36

        Stock-based compensation


2,777


2,408

        Deferred income taxes


443


4,703

        Changes in assets and liabilities:





                 Receivables


(13,312)


(14,557)

                 Inventories


(13,848)


(8,075)

                 Prepaid expenses and other current assets


(2,392)


(2,088)

                 Other assets


(3,958)


(4,524)

                 Accounts payable


(1,580)


252

                 Accrued liabilities


24,954


28,124

                 Pension liability, net


(1,224)


(639)

                 Other long term liabilities


30


                         Net cash provided by operating activities


6,182


51,168

Cash flows from investing activities:





        Proceeds from disposition of assets


5,930


2,232

        Acquisition of InCon, purchase price adjustment


181


(9,028)

        Acquisition of Cyvex, net of cash acquired



(2,086)

        Capital expenditures


(20,570)


(13,248)

                         Net cash used in investing activities


(14,459)


(22,130)

Cash flows from financing activities:





        Principal payments of long-term debt


(2,223)


(2,238)

        Principal payments of capital lease obligation


(378)


(356)

        Debt issuance costs


(389)


        Proceeds from stock options exercised


459


2,879

        Excess tax benefit of stock options exercised


34


1,913

                        Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities


(2,497)


2,198

Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents


(10,774)


31,236

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year


51,391


19,784

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

$

40,617

$

51,020






 

Adjusted EBITDA to Net Income Reconciliation
The following table provides a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) financial measure, to net income, the most directly comparable financial measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP, for the three months ended September 30, 2012, June 30, 2012 and September 30, 2011 and nine months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011: 



Three Months Ended



September 30,
2012


June 30, 2012


September 30,
2011

Net Income

$

231

$

2,510

$

4,735

Reconciling items:







     Interest expense


268


270


496

     Income tax provision


2,291


1,291


1,873

     Depreciation and amortization


4,510


4,471


4,022

     Charge related to U.S. Attorney investigation


4,137


70


     Impairment of intangible assets


129



     GCCF and 2005 hurricane litigation settlement




     Net (gain) loss on disposal of assets


30


(3,385)


199

Adjusted EBITDA

$

11,596

$

5,227

$

11,325








                                  



Nine Months Ended



September 30,
2012



September 30,
2011

Net Income

$

4,571


$

33,594

Reconciling items:






     Interest expense


892



1,638

     Income tax provision


4,447



18,134

     Depreciation and amortization


13,308



11,942

     Charge related to U.S. Attorney investigation


4,440



     Impairment of intangible assets


129



     GCCF and 2005 hurricane litigation settlement




(26,964)

     Net (gain) loss on disposal of assets


(3,752)



649

Adjusted EBITDA

$

24,035


$

38,993







Adjusted EBITDA represents net income before interest expense, income tax, depreciation and amortization, charge related to U.S. Attorney investigation, GCCF and 2005 hurricane litigation settlements and net (gain) loss on disposal of assets. The Company has reported Adjusted EBITDA because it believes Adjusted EBITDA is a measure commonly reported and widely used by investors as an indicator of a company's operating performance. The Company believes Adjusted EBITDA assists such investors in comparing a company's performance on a consistent basis. Adjusted EBITDA is not a calculation based on GAAP and should not be considered an alternative to net income in measuring our performance or used as an exclusive measure of cash flow because it does not consider the impact of working capital growth, capital expenditures, debt principal reductions and other sources and uses of cash which are disclosed in our consolidated statements of cash flows. Investors should carefully consider the specific items included in our computation of Adjusted EBITDA. While Adjusted EBITDA has been disclosed herein to permit a more complete comparative analysis of our operating performance relative to other companies, investors should be cautioned that Adjusted EBITDA as reported by us may not be comparable in all instances to Adjusted EBITDA as reported by us or by other companies. Adjusted EBITDA amounts may not be fully available for management's discretionary use, due to certain requirements to conserve funds for capital expenditures, debt service and other commitments, and therefore management relies primarily on our GAAP results. Adjusted EBITDA is not intended to represent net income as defined by GAAP and such information should not be considered as an alternative to net income, cash flow from operations or any other measure of performance prescribed by GAAP in the United States.

SOURCE Omega Protein Corporation



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