POMPANO BEACH, Fla., May 6, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- PetMed Express, Inc. (Nasdaq:PETS) today announced its financial results for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2013. Net income for the quarter ended March 31, 2013 was $4.6 million, or $0.23 diluted per share, compared to net income of $4.0 million, or $0.20 diluted per share, for the same quarter the prior year, an increase to earnings per share of 16.5%. Net income was $17.2 million, or $0.86 diluted per share, for the year ended March 31, 2013, compared to net income of $16.7 million, or $0.80 diluted per share, for the year ended March 31, 2012, an increase to earnings per share of 6.4%. Net sales for the quarter ended March 31, 2013 were $51.1 million, compared to $55.9 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2012, a decrease of 8.6%. For the year ended March 31, 2013 net sales were $227.8 million, compared to $238.3 million for the year ended March 31, 2012, a decrease of 4.4%. Online sales for the year ended March 31, 2013 were approximately 77% of all sales, compared to 75% for the prior year.
Menderes Akdag, President and CEO, commented: "We were able to increase our gross margins and decrease our operational expenses to improve our bottom line results for the quarter and fiscal year. For the quarter ended March 31, 2013 our gross profit increased 175 basis points, which can be attributed to a change in our product mix to higher margin items, including generics. For the quarter ended March 31, 2013 our operating expenses decreased by 124 basis points, mainly due to a reduction in advertising spending. Sales were negatively impacted during the quarter due to the colder than normal weather. The unavailability of Novartis brands, due to the manufacturer's suspended production, negatively impacted our sales for fiscal 2013; however recently this suspension was lifted for certain brands. Average order value was $73 for the fiscal year compared to $76 for the prior fiscal year, which was due to a change in product mix to lower priced items including generics and additional discounts given to customers. During the fiscal year, we maintained our quarterly dividend at $0.15 per share, while also paying a one-time special dividend of $1.00 in December 2012. In accordance with our share repurchase program, we repurchased approximately 397,000 shares paying approximately $3.9 million in fiscal 2013, with $10.2 million remaining as of March 31, 2013. For fiscal 2014 we are focusing on increasing our advertising spending to improve new order sales, shifting sales to higher margin items while continuing to expand our product offerings."