Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter And Fiscal 2012 Results

Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. (NASDAQ:CALM) today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended June 2, 2012.

For the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012, net sales were $275.2 million compared with net sales of $242.4 million for the fourth quarter a year ago. The Company reported net earnings of $37.3 million, or $1.56 per basic share, for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 compared with net earnings of $7.3 million, or $0.30 per basic share, for the same period last year. Results for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 include a one-time gain of approximately $27.0 million, or $1.12 per share, after tax, as a result of a distribution from Eggland’s Best, Inc. related to the new joint venture between Eggland’s Best, Inc. and Land O’Lakes, Inc., announced on May 1, 2012. The fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 had 14 weeks compared with 13 weeks in the prior year period.

For the fiscal year 2012, net sales were $1.1 billion compared with net sales of $942.0 million for fiscal 2011. The Company reported net income of $89.7 million, or $3.76 per basic share, for fiscal 2012 compared with net income of $60.8 million, or $2.55 per basic share, in fiscal 2011. Fiscal 2012 had 53 weeks compared with 52 weeks in fiscal 2011.

Commenting on the results, Dolph Baker, president and chief executive officer of Cal-Maine Foods, Inc., stated, “Our financial and operating results for the fourth quarter marked a strong finish to fiscal 2012. These results reflect higher volumes with an 8.6 percent increase in eggs produced and 11.0 percent increase in eggs sold compared with the same period a year ago. While we had an extra week of sales compared with the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011, we also had less Easter-related business fall in the fourth quarter due to the earlier holiday schedule in 2012.

“For the year, we were pleased to exceed $1.0 billion in sales for the first time in our history,” Baker noted. “Retail demand was strong and helped the market absorb a slightly higher egg supply than we experienced in fiscal 2011. Sales of specialty eggs have continued to rise, accounting for 16.3 percent of our total number of eggs sold and over 24.0 percent of sales revenue for the year. Specialty eggs generally have a higher and more stable average retail selling price and the 9.1 percent increase in specialty egg volume helped push our average selling prices up 9.7 percent for the year. We expect specialty eggs will continue to gain market share over regular eggs as consumer demand trends shift toward the perceived health benefits of organic and natural food alternatives.

“Our operations have continued to run well in fiscal 2012. While our feed costs were high and volatile during the year, our management team has remained focused on executing our strategy of being an efficient, low cost producer. We expect feed costs will continue to rise for the near term, especially in light of the severe drought this summer and the damage to the national corn crop.

“Overall, we are very pleased with Cal-Maine’s performance in fiscal 2012 and believe we have opportunities for continued growth in the year ahead. Our strong balance sheet provides us with the flexibility to pursue our strategic initiatives. We believe we will continue to improve our product mix and expand our sales of specialty eggs, both in our current markets and through the new joint venture with Eggland’s Best, Inc. and Land O’Lakes. Our recent acquisition of the Pilgrim’s Pride egg operations is expected to further enhance our sales efforts in the important Texas markets. We will continue to look for additional strategic acquisition opportunities and pursue a growth strategy that we believe will reward both our customers and shareholders,” Baker concluded.

For the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012, Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. will pay a cash dividend of approximately $0.520 per share to holders of its common and Class A common stock. The amount paid could vary slightly based on the amount of outstanding shares on the record date. The dividend is payable on August 26, 2012, to shareholders of record on August 11, 2012.

Selected operating statistics for the fourth quarter and fiscal 2012 compared with the prior-year periods are shown below:
  14 & 13 Weeks Ended   53 & 52 Weeks Ended
  June 2, 2012         May 28, 2011   June 2, 2012         May 28, 2011
Dozens eggs sold (000) 228,811   206,163 884,274   821,420
Dozens egg produced (000) 171,190 157,621 662,975 634,009
% Specialty sales (dozen) 16.5% 16.5% 16.3% 16.1%
Net average selling price (dozen) $ 1.152 $ 1.124 $ 1.205 $ 1.098
Feed cost (dozen) $ 0.480 $ 0.447 $ 0.469 $ 0.394
% Specialty sales (dollars) 25.8% 24.5% 24.0% 24.0%

Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. is primarily engaged in the production, grading, packing and sale of fresh shell eggs, including conventional, cage-free, organic and nutritionally-enhanced eggs. The Company, which is headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, is the largest producer and distributor of fresh shell eggs in the United States and sells the majority of its shell eggs in approximately 29 states across the southwestern, southeastern, mid-western and mid-Atlantic regions of the United States.

Statements contained in this press release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The forward-looking statements are based on management’s current intent, belief, expectations, estimates and projections regarding our company and our industry. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors that are difficult to predict and may be beyond our control. The factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements include, among others, (i) the risk factors set forth in the Company’s SEC filings (including its Annual Reports on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K), (ii) the risks and hazards inherent in the shell egg business (including disease, pests, weather conditions and potential for recall), (iii) changes in the demand for and market prices of shell eggs and feed costs, (iv) risks, changes or obligations that could result from our future acquisition of new flocks or businesses, and (v) adverse results in pending litigation matters. SEC filings may be obtained from the SEC or the Company’s website, . Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements because, while we believe the assumptions on which the forward-looking statements are based are reasonable, there can be no assurance that these forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate. Further, the forward-looking statements included herein are only made as of the respective dates thereof, or if no date is stated, as of the date hereof. Except as otherwise required by law, we disclaim any intent or obligation to update publicly these forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

14 and 13 Weeks Ended
        53 and 52 Weeks Ended
  June 2,

      May 28,

  June 2,

      May 28,

Net sales   $ 275,245 $ 242,381   $ 1,113,116   $ 941,981
Gross profit 41,355 41,400 201,782 184,931
Operating income 12,083 13,698 88,652 83,483
Income before income taxes 57,761 11,654 139,077 91,671
Net income $ 37,256 $ 7,271   $ 89,735   $ 60,839
Net income per share:
Basic $ 1.56 $ 0.30   $ 3.76   $ 2.55
Diluted $ 1.56 $ 0.30   $ 3.75   $ 2.54
Weighted average shares outstanding
Basic   23,888   23,865     23,875     23,855
Diluted   23,925   23,946     23,942     23,942


June 2,

              May 28,


Cash and short-term investments
$ 260,751 $ 176,429
Receivables 62,768 62,790
Inventories 117,158 110,021
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     1,525     5,801
Current assets 442,202 355,041
Property, plant and equipment (net) 222,615 224,887
Other noncurrent assets     61,499     60,915
Total assets   $ 726,316   $ 640,843
Accounts payable and accrued expenses $ 103,724 $ 71,969
Current maturities of long-term debt 11,458 11,743
Deferred income taxes     25,474     23,770
Current liabilities 140,656 107,482
Long-term debt, less current maturities 64,762 76,418
Deferred income taxes and other liabilities 41,570 38,066
Stockholders' equity     479,328     418,877
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $ 726,316   $ 640,843

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