April 01, 2013 at 06:30 AM EDT
Cal-Maine Foods Reports Third Quarter Fiscal 2013 Results

Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. (NASDAQ: CALM) today reported results for the third quarter and nine months ended March 2, 2013.

Net sales for the third quarter of fiscal 2013 were $360.4 million compared with net sales of $303.7 million for the same quarter of fiscal 2012. The Company reported net income of $30.6 million, or $1.27 per basic share, for the third quarter of fiscal 2013 compared with net income of $26.1 million, or $1.09 per basic share, for the third quarter of fiscal 2012.

For the first nine months of fiscal 2013, net sales were $962.2 million compared with net sales of $837.9 million for the prior-year period. The Company reported net income of $54.3 million, or $2.26 per basic share, for the first nine months of fiscal 2013 compared with net income of $52.5 million, or $2.20 per basic share, for the prior-year period.

Dolph Baker, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Cal-Maine Foods, Inc., stated, “Cal-Maine Foods delivered a solid performance for the third quarter of fiscal 2013 with our net sales up 19 percent over the same period last year. The higher sales reflect both improved volumes from our recent acquisitions and higher average selling prices compared with the third quarter of fiscal 2012. Specialty egg sales have been steadily increasing throughout this fiscal year and accounted for 16.7 percent of dozen eggs sold and 23.6 percent of total shell egg sales revenue for the third quarter of fiscal 2013, compared to 16.4 percent of dozen eggs sold and 23.4 percent of total shell egg sales revenue for the third quarter of fiscal 2012. We remain focused on identifying additional opportunities to market and sell specialty eggs and meet the increasing demand from our customers. We believe the performance of specialty eggs will be a key driver of our future growth.

“Our feed costs have experienced significant price increases during fiscal 2013 and the higher input costs have continued to adversely affect our gross profit margins,” added Baker. “For the third quarter, our feed costs were up 22 percent over the same period in fiscal 2012. However, our management team has continued to focus on running efficient operations and we are pleased with our profitable performance in a challenging environment. Looking ahead, we expect the extremely tight national corn supply will continue to be a concern through the summer months and keep pressure on our feed costs.”

“We believe Cal-Maine Foods is on track for another successful year in fiscal 2013. In spite of higher feed costs, our operations continue to run well. We have worked hard to integrate the two acquisitions completed this fiscal year and to leverage our capabilities in these additional locations. We expect to realize further operating synergies with the expanded capacity and we look forward to new market opportunities for Cal-Maine Foods,” Baker concluded.

For the third quarter of fiscal 2013, Cal-Maine Foods will pay a cash dividend of approximately $0.423 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 May 16, 2013, to shareholders of record on May 1, 2013.

Selected operating statistics for the third quarter and first nine months of fiscal 2013 compared with the prior-year periods are shown below:

13 Weeks Ended 39 Weeks Ended
March 2, 2013 February 25, 2012 March 2, 2013 February 25, 2012
Dozen Eggs Sold (000) 257,051 229,235 705,176 655,463
Dozen Eggs Produced (000) 185,632 166,109 523,383 491,785
% Specialty Sales (dozen) 16.7 % 16.8 % 16.4 % 16.3 %
Net Average Selling Price (dozen) $ 1.351 $ 1.275 $ 1.308 $ 1.224
Feed Cost (dozen) $ 0.547 $ 0.449 $ 0.545 $ 0.466
% Specialty Sales Dollars 23.6 % 23.8 % 23.4 % 23.4 %

As previously disclosed, on August 10, 2012, and November 15, 2012, the Company purchased the commercial egg assets of Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation and Maxim Production Co., Inc., respectively. On a comparable basis, excluding the acquisitions, for the thirteen-week period ended March 2, 2013, net sales were $318.1 million and dozens sold were 223.5 million, and for the thirty-nine week period ended March 2, 2013, net sales were $897.9 million and dozens sold were 653.8 million.

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 Item 1A of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended June 2, 2012, as updated by our subsequent 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, 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 Ended

39 Weeks Ended

March 2,

2013

February 25,

2012

March 2,

2013

February 25,

2012

Net sales $ 360,373 $ 303,660 $ 962,171 $ 837,871
Gross profit 67,047 65,149 163,060 160,427
Operating income 30,911 34,939 66,874 76,569
Other income 14,971 5,636 16,106 4,747
Income before income taxes 45,882 40,575 82,980 81,316
Net income $ 30,551 $ 26,102 $ 54,256 $ 52,479
Net income per common share:
Basic $ 1.27 $ 1.09 $ 2.26 $ 2.20
Diluted $ 1.27 $ 1.09 $ 2.26 $ 2.19
Weighted average shares outstanding:
Basic 24,035 23,874 23,966 23,871
Diluted 24,104 23,949 24,013 23,948

SUMMARY BALANCE SHEETS

March 2,

2013

June 2,

2012

ASSETS
Cash and short-term investments $ 187,165 $ 260,751
Receivables 85,100 62,768
Inventories 146,898 117,158
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 1,360 1,525
Current assets 420,523 442,202
Property, plant and equipment (net) 269,395 222,615
Other noncurrent assets 64,772 61,499
Total assets $ 754,690 $ 726,316
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Accounts payable and accrued expenses $ 91,452 $ 103,724
Current maturities of long-term debt 10,868 11,458
Deferred income taxes 29,201 25,474
Current liabilities 131,521 140,656
Long-term debt, less current maturities 56,878 64,762
Deferred income taxes and other liabilities 44,966 41,570
Stockholders' equity 521,325 479,328
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 754,690 $ 726,316

Contacts:

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