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Central Garden & Pet Company Announces Fourth Quarter & Fiscal 2012 Results

Central Garden & Pet Company (NASDAQ: CENT) (NASDAQ: CENTA), a leading innovator, marketer and producer of quality branded products for the lawn and garden and pet supplies markets, today reported financial results for the fourteen and fifty-three week periods ended September 29, 2012.

The Company reported net sales of $397.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2012, a 5 percent increase over the comparable fiscal 2011 period. Sales benefitted from the inclusion of an extra week in the quarter versus the prior year, as well as strength in the Company’s Pet segment. The Company’s fourth quarter operating loss for 2012 was $8.5 million compared to an operating loss of $4.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. The net loss for the fourth quarter of 2012 was $10.1 million or $0.21 per fully diluted share compared with a loss of $10.9 million or $0.21 per fully diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2011.

Gus Halas, President & CEO of Central Operating Companies commented, “Our fourth quarter bottom line was impacted by several factors, including declines in our décor business, higher marketing and innovation expenditures, and investments related to our transformation. With the first year of the transformation behind us and much work still to do, we remain committed to delivering a more integrated company which delivers greater innovation and value to our customers and improved profitability to our shareholders.”

The Company also announced today that it believes its sales and earnings for the first quarter will be below the results of the prior year.

Fourth Quarter 2012 Details

Reported net sales for the Pet segment for the quarter were $237.6 million, a gain of 12 percent over the fourth quarter of 2011, benefitting from higher animal health sales and strength in its pet distribution business as well as the inclusion of an extra week in the quarter versus the prior year. The Pet segment’s branded product sales for the quarter increased $19.9 million, or 12 percent, to $191.7 million while sales of other manufacturers’ products were $45.9 million, an increase of 15 percent compared with the fourth quarter of 2011. The Pet segment’s operating margin declined during the quarter, impacted by higher marketing and innovation expenses. For the fourth quarter, the Pet segment’s operating income was $16.3 million, up from $15.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2011.

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