Omega Protein third quarter revenues increase to $77.8 million

Published on November 6, 2012 at 12:20 AM · No Comments

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.

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.

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