Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2011 Results

Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. (NASDAQ:CALM) today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended May 28, 2011.

For the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011, net sales were $242.4 million compared with net sales of $222.1 million for the fourth quarter a year ago. The Company reported net earnings of $7.3 million, or $0.30 per basic share, for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011 compared with net earnings of $21.0 million, or $0.88 per basic share, for the same period last year.

For the fiscal year 2011, net sales were $942.0 million compared with net sales of $910.1 million for fiscal 2010. The Company reported net income of $60.8 million, or $2.55 per basic share, for fiscal 2011 compared with net income of $67.8 million, or $2.85 per basic share, in fiscal 2010.

Commenting on the results, Dolph Baker, president and chief executive officer of Cal-Maine Foods, Inc., stated, “Our results for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011 reflect a more challenging environment compared with the previous year period. The higher retail demand associated with a late Easter holiday and a slightly smaller national flock helped boost egg prices by an average of five cents per dozen for the quarter. However, feed costs have continued to escalate and were up 12 cents per dozen compared with the same period a year ago, which affected our profitability for the fourth quarter.

“For fiscal 2011, we were pleased with our overall higher sales compared with fiscal 2010,” Baker added. “Specialty egg sales, which carry a higher selling price, have continued to grow and accounted for approximately 24 percent of shell egg revenue and 16 percent of total dozens sold for the year. We are encouraged with the strong retail demand trends; however, we anticipate feed costs will remain very high and volatile.

“Our operations have continued to run well and we believe our recent management changes will enhance our ability to execute our growth strategy with the goal of further improving our operating performance in fiscal 2012,” Baker concluded.

For the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011, Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. will pay a cash dividend of approximately $0.102 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 22, 2011, to shareholders of record on August 6, 2011.

Selected operating statistics for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011 compared with the prior-year period are shown below:

13 Weeks Ended52 Weeks Ended
May 28, 2011May 29, 2010May 28, 2011May 29, 2010
Dozen Eggs Sold (000) 206,163 195,180 821,420 805,399
Dozen Eggs Produced (000) 157,621 157,207 634,009 640,174
Dozens Eggs Purchased (000)* 48,542 37,973 187,411 165,225
% Specialty Sales (dozen) 16.5 % 15.4 % 16.1 % 14.4 %
Net Average Selling Price (dozen) $ 1.124 $ 1.086 $ 1.098 $ 1.079
Feed Cost (dozen) $ 0.447 $ 0.327 $ 0.394 $ 0.349
% Specialty Sales (dollars) 24.5 % 22.6 % 24.0 % 21.4 %

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* Net of processing loss and inventory adjustments

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 and weather conditions), (iii) changes in the market prices of shell eggs and feed costs, and (iv) changes that could result from our future acquisition of new flocks or businesses. SEC filings may be obtained from the SEC or the Company’s website, www.calmainefoods.com.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.

CAL-MAINE FOODS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

SUMMARY STATEMENTS OF INCOME

(Unaudited)

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

13 Weeks Ended52 Weeks Ended
May 28,

2011

May 29,

2010

May 28,

2011

May 29,

2010

Net sales $ 242,381 $ 222,088 $ 941,981 $ 910,143
Gross profit 41,400 54,676 184,931 194,644
Operating income 13,698 32,533 83,483 102,604
Income before income taxes 11,654 32,353 91,671 103,493
Net income $ 7,271 $ 21,027 60,839

$

67,823
Net income per share:
Basic $ 0.30 $ 0.88 $ 2.55 $ 2.85
Diluted $ 0.30 $ 0.88 $ 2.54 $ 2.84
Weighted average shares outstanding
Basic 23,865 23,833 23,855 23,812
Diluted 23,946 23,882 23,942 23,877

SUMMARY BALANCE SHEETS

May 28,

2011

May 29,

2010

ASSETS
Cash and short-term investments $ 176,429 $ 199,055
Receivables 62,790 43,587
Inventories 110,021 93,968
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 5,801 1,550
Current assets 355,041 383,160
Property, plant and equipment (net) 224,887 234,111
Other assets 60,915 59,013
Total assets $ 640,843 $ 631,284
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Accounts payable and accrued expenses $ 71,969 $ 68,020
Current maturities of long-term debt 11,743 29,974
Deferred income taxes 23,770 19,980
Current liabilities 107,482 117,974
Long-term debt, less current maturities 76,418 104,699
Deferred income taxes and other liabilities 38,066 31,655
Stockholders' equity 418,877 376,956
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 640,843 $ 631,284

Contacts:

Cal-Maine Foods, Inc.
Dolph Baker, 601-948-6813
President and CEO
or
Timothy A. Dawson, 601-948-6813
Vice President and CFO
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