AMCON Distributing Company (“AMCON”) (NYSE AMEX:DIT), an Omaha, Nebraska based consumer products company is pleased to announce fully diluted earnings per share of $2.05 on net income available to common stockholders of $1.5 million for the second fiscal quarter ended March 31, 2011. In addition, the Company has extended and expanded its revolving credit agreement with its bank group. The new facility is expandable to $80.0 million and has improved terms.
“Our management team did a good job this quarter, especially given the challenging environment our customers faced because of the higher level of energy prices. We are delighted to have an enhanced credit facility that we believe will give us additional flexibility to take advantage of potential acquisitions and merchant opportunities,” said Christopher H. Atayan, AMCON’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
Each of AMCON’s business segments had solid quarters. The wholesale distribution segment reported revenues of $206.7 million and operating income before depreciation and amortization of $3.6 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2011. The retail health food segment reported revenues of $9.9 million and operating income before depreciation and amortization of $1.2 million for the same period.
“We are taking a long range view as we continue to make investments in foodservice, technology and related value added propositions designed to increase our customers’ bottom line. Our customers appreciate this partnership approach as they build their businesses,” said Kathleen Evans, President of AMCON’s Wholesale segment.“We are carefully evaluating new store locations in both of the regions we operate in. Our recent store opening in Tulsa, Oklahoma has met our expectations. Our niche in the retail market is well defined and we believe there is room to prudently expand,” said Eric Hinkefent, President of AMCON’s Retail Health Food segment. “Our stockholders’ equity grew to $36.9 million and consolidated debt decreased to $20.6 million. Our focused strategy of maintaining high liquidity levels has allowed us to successfully renew our credit agreement with significantly enhanced terms. We continue to carefully evaluate growth opportunities including a number of capital projects related to information technology and foodservice that are designed to enhance our competitive position in the markets we serve,” said Andrew Plummer, AMCON’s Chief Financial Officer.
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