Cal-Maine enjoyed higher sales and profits in the first half of financial year

Cal-Maine enjoyed higher sales and profits in the first half of financial year

Shares in US egg supplier Cal-Maine Foods fell over the festive period despite higher profits after second-quarter earnings missed analyst forecasts.

Cal-Maine reported net income of US$36.6m, or $0.76 per basic and per diluted share, for the second quarter to 29 November. The result compared to $26.1m, or $0.54 per basic and per diluted share, for the second quarter of the previous year.

However, according to reports, analysts polled by FactSet had forecast second-quarter earnings per share of $0.85.

Second-quarter net sales increased 6.9% to $378.6m.

Looking ahead, Cal-Maine chairman, president and CEO Dolph Baker said the company expected "favourable" results for the full year. However, he repeated recent comments about the possible impact of new egg production standards in California.

"We are very pleased with our performance through the first half of fiscal 2015 and look forward to the new opportunities ahead for Cal-Maine Foods. However, along with the rest of the egg industry, we will be closely monitoring the pending implementation of Proposition 2 and Assembly Bill 1437 related to egg production standards and sales in California," Baker said on 23 December. "This legislation, scheduled to be effective January 1, 2015, could have a significant impact on egg production throughout the country."

In 2008, California ruled egg-laying hens, calves for veal and pregnant pigs be confined only in ways that allow these animals to lie down, stand up, fully extend their limbs and turn around freely.

He added: "While it is too early to determine the outcome for our operations, we will continue to manage the aspects of our business we can control. As such, we remain focused on the key elements of our growth strategy: identify value-added acquisition opportunities, provide the right product mix for our customers with expanded sales of specialty eggs, and maximise our operating efficiencies. We believe these efforts will continue to produce favourable results for our customers and shareholders in fiscal 2015."

In the first half of the company's financial year, net income reached $64.3m, up sharply from the $34.9m booked a year earlier. Net sales rose 9.2% to $735.6m.

Cal-Maine reported its half-year results after the market closed on 23 December. That day, its shares closed at $44.18. At the close of trading on New Year's Eve, Cal-Maine's shares stood at $39.03.

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Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. Reports Second Quarter Fiscal 2015 Results

JACKSON, Miss.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 23, 2014-- Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. (NASDAQ: CALM) today announced results for the second quarter and six months ended November 29, 2014.

Net sales for the second quarter of fiscal 2015 were $378.6 million, a 6.9 percent increase compared with net sales of $354.3 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2014. The Company reported net income of $36.6 million, or $0.76 per basic share and $0.76 per diluted share, for the second quarter of fiscal 2015 compared with $26.1 million, or $0.54 per basic and $0.54 diluted share, for the second quarter of fiscal 2014.

For the first six months of fiscal 2015, net sales were $735.6 million compared with net sales of $673.8 million for the prior-year period. The Company reported net income of $64.3 million, or $1.34 per basic share and $1.33 per diluted share, for the first half of fiscal 2015 compared with net income of $34.9 million, or $0.73 per basic share and $0.72 per diluted share, for the year-earlier period.

The net income per share numbers for the second quarter and six month periods for fiscal 2015 and fiscal 2014 reflect the two-for-one stock split for shares of the Company’s common stock and Class A common stock, effective October 31, 2014.

Dolph Baker, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Cal-Maine Foods, Inc., stated, “We are pleased with the continued growth in sales and improved operating performance for the second quarter of fiscal 2015. These results reflect both a 4.2 percent increase in total dozens of shell eggs sold and 2.9 percent higher average selling prices compared with the second quarter of fiscal 2014.

“Our specialty egg sales continued to trend higher and accounted for 19.0 percent of dozens sold and 26.8 percent of total shell egg sales revenue for the second quarter. Specialty eggs continue to be an important area of focus for Cal-Maine Food’s growth strategy. We have recently expanded our market reach through our latest joint venture, Southwest Specialty Eggs, LLC, with licensing agreements for the sale of Egg-Land’s Best®and Land O’ Lakes® branded specialty eggs, as well as 4Grain®, Farmhouse Eggs® and other premium brands in Arizona, southern California and Nevada. We will continue to identify ways to enhance our product mix and provide a variety of healthy choices for our customers.”

Baker added, “We experienced strong demand and favorable market conditions during the second quarter of fiscal 2015. Our feed costs were 11.0 percent lower than the same period a year ago, and 10.6 percent lower through the first half of this fiscal year. While corn and soybean meal basis prices are still at relatively high levels, we expect to benefit from more stable feed costs in fiscal 2015 compared to our last fiscal year.

“Overall, our operations have continued to perform very well this quarter and through the first half of this fiscal year. Operating income for the second quarter of fiscal 2015 was $55.6 million compared with $40.9 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2014. These results reflect our lower costs and our focused efforts to be an efficient, low-cost producer across all of the Company’s operations. We are pleased with our progress at our latest expansion projects in Florida, Kansas, Kentucky and Texas, and we believe the additional capacity and improved efficiencies will result in less dependence on outside egg purchases. We are also expanding our capacity for specialty eggs at both the Kansas and Kentucky facilities, which will enhance our ability to meet the needs of our customers.”

In closing, Baker added, “We are very pleased with our performance through the first half of fiscal 2015 and look forward to the new opportunities ahead for Cal-Maine Foods. However, along with the rest of the egg industry, we will be closely monitoring the pending implementation of Proposition 2 and Assembly Bill 1437 related to egg production standards and sales in California. This legislation, scheduled to be effective January 1, 2015, could have a significant impact on egg production throughout the country. While it is too early to determine the outcome for our operations, we will continue to manage the aspects of our business we can control. As such, we remain focused on the key elements of our growth strategy: identify value-added acquisition opportunities, provide the right product mix for our customers with expanded sales of specialty eggs, and maximize our operating efficiencies. We believe these efforts will continue to produce favorable results for our customers and shareholders in fiscal 2015.”

For the second quarter of fiscal 2015, Cal-Maine Foods will pay a cash dividend of approximately $0.252per share to holders of its common and Class A common stock. Pursuant to Cal-Maine Foods’ variable dividend policy, in each quarter for which the Company reports net income, the Company pays a cash dividend to shareholders in an amount equal to one-third of such quarterly income. No dividends are paid in a quarter for which the Company does not report net income. The amount paid could vary slightly based on the amount of outstanding shares on the record date. The dividend is payable February 12, 2015, to shareholders of record on January 28, 2015. Selected operating statistics for the second quarter and year to date periods of fiscal 2015 compared with the prior year periods are shown below:

             
      13 Weeks Ended     26 Weeks Ended
     

November 29,
2014

   

November 30,
2013

   

November 29,
2014

   

November 30,
2013

Dozen Eggs Sold (000)       263,448         252,766         515,171         495,315  
Dozen Eggs Produced (000)       201,283         185,538         393,498         365,265  
                         
% Specialty Sales (dozen)       19.0 %       16.4 %       18.9 %       16.3 %
                         
Net Average Selling Price (dozen)     $ 1.379       $ 1.340       $ 1.367       $ 1.297  
Feed Cost (dozen)     $ 0.432       $ 0.486       $ 0.457       $ 0.512  
                         
% Specialty Sales Dollars       26.8 %       23.7 %       26.8 %       24.1 %
                                         

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 May 31, 2014, 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     26 Weeks Ended
      November 29,

2014

    November 30,

2013

    November 29,

2014

    November 30,

2013

Net sales     $ 378,617     $ 354,275     $ 735,561     $ 673,803
Gross profit       92,709       74,667       173,810       119,578
Operating income       55,597       40,858       96,760       51,928
Other income       912       58       2,535       2,769
Income before income taxes and noncontrolling interest       56,509       40,916       99,295       54,697
Income before income taxes attributable to Cal-Maine Foods, Inc.       56,251       40,775       98,507       54,414
                         
Net income     $ 36,603     $ 26,106     $ 64,258     $ 34,862
                         
Net income per share:                        
Basic     $ 0.76     $ 0.54     $ 1.34     $ 0.73
Diluted     $ 0.76     $ 0.54     $ 1.33     $ 0.72
Weighted average shares outstanding                        
Basic       48,136       48,091       48,133       48,084
Diluted       48,404       48,275       48,400       48,268

Original source: Cal-Maine Foods