NTIC's total operating expenses increased 9.9% to $3,727,684 during the first quarter of fiscal 2013 compared to $3,393,068 for the first quarter of fiscal 2012 primarily as a result of an increase in expenses incurred in support of joint ventures and research and development expenses, which NTIC consider critical to pursuing various new business opportunities around the world.
Net income attributable to NTIC decreased 59.4% to $389,622, or $0.09 per diluted common share, for the three months ended November 30, 2012 compared to $958,757, or $0.22 per diluted common share, for the three months ended November 30, 2011. This decrease was primarily the result of decreases in gross profits of NTIC's North American businesses as well as decreases in sales and earnings of NTIC's subsidiary in Brazil. NTIC anticipates that its quarterly net income will remain subject to significant volatility primarily due to the financial performance of its joint ventures and sales of its ZERUST® products and services into the oil and gas industry and Natur-Tec® bioplastics products, which sales fluctuate more on a quarterly basis than the traditional ZERUST® business.
As of November 30, 2012, NTIC's working capital was $15,306,871, including $6,819,036 in cash and cash equivalents, compared to working capital of $10,060,081, including $4,137,547 in cash and cash equivalents, at August 31, 2012.
OutlookFor the fiscal year ending August 31, 2013, NTIC has not changed its previous guidance and expects its net sales to range between $27.0 million and $28 million, and expects net income of between $4.4 million to $4.7 million, or between $1.00 and $1.05 per diluted share. Conference Call and Webcast NTIC will host a conference call today at 8:00 a.m. Central Standard Time to review its results of operations for first quarter of fiscal 2013 and its future outlook, followed by a question and answer session. The conference call will be available to interested parties through a live audio webcast available through NTIC's website at www.ntic.com or http://ir.ntic.com/events.cfm where the webcast will be archived and accessible for at least 12 months. The dial-in number for the conference call is (877) 670-9779 and the confirmation code is 86517226. A bout Northern Technologies International Corporation Northern Technologies International Corporation develops and markets proprietary environmentally beneficial products and services in over 55 countries either directly or via a network of joint ventures, independent distributors and agents. NTIC's primary business is corrosion prevention marketed primarily under the ZERUST® brand. NTIC has been selling its proprietary ZERUST® rust and corrosion inhibiting products and services to the automotive, electronics, electrical, mechanical, military and retail consumer markets, for over 35 years, and in recent years has targeted and expanded into the oil and gas industry. NTIC offers worldwide on-site technical consulting for rust and corrosion prevention issues. NTIC's technical service consultants work directly with the end users of NTIC's products to analyze their specific needs and develop systems to meet their technical requirements. NTIC also markets and sells a portfolio of bio-based and biodegradable polymer resin compounds and finished products marketed under the Natur-Tec® brand.