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PetMed Express D/B/A 1-800-PetMeds Announces Its Third Fiscal Quarter Financial Results

POMPANO BEACH, Fla., Jan. 22, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- PetMed Express, Inc. (Nasdaq:PETS) today announced its financial results for the quarter ended December 31, 2012. Net income was $4.6 million, or $0.23 diluted per share, for the quarter ended December 31, 2012, compared to net income of $3.9 million, or $0.19 diluted per share, for the quarter ended December 31, 2011, a 19% increase to EPS. Net income was $12.6 million, or $0.63 diluted per share, for the nine months ended December 31, 2012, compared to net income of $12.7 million, or $0.61 diluted per share, for the nine months ended December 31, 2011, a 3.2% increase to EPS. Net sales for the quarter ended December 31, 2012 were $49.6 million, compared to $50.5 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2011, a decrease of 1.8%. Net sales for the nine months ended December 31, 2012 were $176.7 million, compared to $182.3 million for the nine months ended December 31, 2011, a decrease of 3.1%. Online sales increased slightly for the quarter ended December 31, 2012, with approximately 78% of all sales being generated via the Internet, compared to 77% for the same period the prior year.

Menderes Akdag, President & CEO, commented: "We were able to increase our gross margins and decrease our operating expenses to improve our bottom line results this quarter. For the quarter ending December 31, 2012 our gross profit increased by 75 basis points, this increase can be attributed to a change in our product mix to higher margin items, including generics. For the quarter ending December 31, 2012 our operating expenses decreased by 170 basis points, mainly due to a reduction in advertising spending. The advertising costs of acquiring a new customer were reduced to $35 for the quarter ended December 31, 2012, compared to $36 for the same quarter the prior year. Cash from operation for the nine months ended December 31, 2012 increased 59% to $21.8 million, compared to $13.7 million for the same period the prior year. Although sales were slightly down during the quarter ended December 31, 2012, reorder sales increased by 1.2%. The unavailability of Novartis brands, due to the manufacturer's suspended production, continued to negatively impact our sales. Looking to the future, we will continue to focus on advertising efficiency to improve new order sales and shift sales to higher margin items, including generics, while continuing to expand our product offerings."

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