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02.26.15 – The OurPet’s Company Reports Record 2014 Fourth Quarter Net Revenue and Net Income

FAIRPORT HARBOR, Ohio – February 26, 2014 – The OurPet’s Company (OTCQX:OPCO www.ourpets.com), a leading proprietary pet supply company, today reported net revenue increased 9% to a record $6,594,870 for the three months ended December 31, 2014 versus the same period in the prior year.  Net income increased by 9% to a quarterly record $409,341 from $375,355 for the fourth quarter 2013.  Net income per diluted share was $0.02 for both periods.

Dr. Steven Tsengas commented, “Our solid results for the final three months of 2014 were achieved in a difficult operating environment, especially for the retail sector, and represent the Company’s strongest quarterly performance of the year.  The top-line growth particularly benefited from further market penetration in the E-Commerce and Food/Drug/Mass retail channels as we continue to implement our dual-brand strategy.  Following the re-launch of our SmartScoop® automatic litter box product in the first quarter of 2014, we continue to gain strong market acceptance for this product which contributed to a sales increase of 35% in the waste and odor category compared to the 2013 fourth quarter.  Sales in the Company’s core business of cat toys and dog bowls continue to increase and are benefiting from our growing product lines.”

Dr. Tsengas added, “We are off to a solid start in the first two months of 2015 as a result of increased momentum across our business portfolio.  There are several exciting sales channel opportunities we are pursuing in addition to last week’s announcement regarding plans to acquire certain assets of Molor Products Company that complement our product lines.  The Company’s product pipeline continues to emphasize multiple forms of innovation and some of these products will be displayed at the upcoming Global Pet Expo early next month in Orlando, Florida.  Following a year of sluggish performance, we are solidly positioned to accelerate our sales and profitability in 2015.”

2014 Fourth Quarter Results

Net revenue was $6,594,870 for the 2014 fourth quarter versus $6,027,389 for the same period a year ago with increased sales in all product categories.  E-Commerce sales increased 20% while Pet Specialty sales increased 8% and sales in the Food/Drug/Mass retail channel increased 9% over the same period a year ago.  Sales of dog products increased 18% over the same period last year led by increased sales of hybrid stainless steel bowls and sales of cat products increased  6% over 2013 fourth quarter.

Gross profit was $2,097,861 for the 2014 fourth quarter versus $1,966,007 for the same period last year.  The 7% improvement compared to the 2013 fourth quarter was due to increased sales and higher selling prices, partially offset by increased costs of components and increased allowances for excess and slow moving inventory.  Gross profit margin for the 2014 fourth quarter was 31.8%, the highest quarterly gross profit margin in 2014, compared to 32.6% for the same period a year ago.

Selling, general & administrative (SG&A) expenses increased to $1,482,299 for the 2014 fourth quarter from $1,394,321 last year.  A majority of this increase was related to customer specific selling expenses as well as approximately $34,000 in stock option expenses.

Income from operations increased to $615,562 for the 2014 fourth quarter from $571,686 a year ago.  The $131,854 year-over-year increase in gross profit was partially offset by increased SG&A expenses of $87,978 compared to the 2013 fourth quarter.

Income before taxes decreased to $575,625 for the 2014 fourth quarter from $625,089 for the same period in 2013 due to $88,000 of income in the 2013 fourth quarter related to favorable patent litigation and insurance settlements.

Income tax expense for the 2014 fourth quarter was $166,284 versus $249,734 a year ago.  The decrease was principally due to lower pre-tax income and adjustments to previous estimates of tax owed.

Net income was $409,341 for the 2014 fourth quarter compared to $375,355 for the same period last year. Net income per diluted share was $0.02 for the 2014 and 2013 fourth quarter.

EBITDA was $766,337 for the 2014 fourth quarter compared to $813,237 a year ago primarily due to lower tax expense versus the same period in 2013.  A reconciliation of EBITDA to GAAP net income is provided in an attachment to the summary financial statements.

Full-Year 2014 Results

Net revenue increased to $22,770,562 for the twelve months ended December 31, 2014, from $21,554,106 for the prior year.  The 6% increase in 2014 net revenue was attributable to sales increases of 8% and the new Pet Zone brand launch in the Food/Drug/Mass retail channel and 19% in the E-Commerce channel.  Sales of cat products increased approximately 8% compared to 2013 led by increases in catnip consumables and catnip toys/accessories while sales of dog products increased 4% over 2013 principally due to increased sales of hybrid stainless steel bowls.  International sales grew approximately 5% for the full-year 2014 compared to 2013.

Gross profit increased to $6,810,959 for 2014 compared to $6,678,607 the prior year.  The year-over-year increase of $132,352 was principally due to higher sales partially offset by cost of goods sold.  Gross profit margin decreased to 29.9% for 2014 from 31.0% a year ago.  The decrease in gross profit margin was principally due to higher costs of components, which is  currently being addressed through increased selling prices and product mix.

SG&A expenses were $5,608,934 for 2014 versus $4,960,802 a year ago.  The $648,132 increase was attributable to product investments related to the launch of the company’s dual-brand strategy, business and product development, e-commerce initiatives and targeted marketing and sales plans to increase penetration in key sales channels within domestic and international markets.

Income from operations decreased to $1,202,025 for the twelve months ended December 31, 2014, from $1,717,805 for the same period last year due to higher SG&A expenses including increases in customer allowances, payroll and marketing costs.

Income before taxes was $1,142,282 for the full-year 2014 versus $1,731,888 in 2013.  The year-over-year increase in gross profit was offset by higher SG&A expenses and lower other income compared to the full-year 2013.

Income tax expense decreased to $373,007 for 2014 from $660,893 the prior year primarily due to lower pre-tax income.

Net income was $769,275 for 2014 compared to $1,070,995 for 2013.  Net income per diluted share was $0.04 for the twelve months ended December 31, 2014, versus $.06 per share a year ago.

EBITDA was $1,919,993 for the twelve months ended December 31, 2014, versus $2,517,063 for 2013 due to lower net income and lower tax expense versus 2013.  A reconciliation of EBITDA to GAAP Net Income is provided in an attachment to the summary financial statements.

Investor Conference Call

OurPet’s Company has scheduled an investor conference call for Thursday, February 26, 2015, at 4:30 pm. Eastern Time (ET).  Dr. Steve Tsengas, Chairman and CEO, and Scott Mendes, Chief Financial Officer, will discuss the company’s growth strategy and financial results followed by a question and answer session.  To participate in the conference call, individuals should dial (877) 485-3107.  Phone lines will open at 4:20 p.m. ET.  A digital replay of the investor conference call will be available following the call on the company’s website: www.ourpets.com/investors.

About OurPet’s Company

OurPet’s Company designs, produces and markets a broad line of innovative, high-quality accessory and consumable pet products in the U.S. and overseas. Investors and customers may visit www.ourpets.com for more information about the Company and its products. The Company’s websites include www.ourpets.com and www.petzonebrand.com.  Certain of the matters set forth in this press release are forward-looking and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Among the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially are the following: business conditions growth in the industry; general economic conditions; addition or loss of significant customers; the loss of key personnel; product development; competition; risks of doing business abroad; foreign government regulations; fluctuations in foreign currency rates; rising costs for raw materials and  sources of supply that may be limited or unavailable from time to time; the timing of orders booked; and the other risks that are described from time to time in OurPet’s SEC reports.

CONTACT:

OurPet’s Company
Dr. Steven Tsengas, CEO
(440) 354-6500 (Ext. 111)

INVESTOR RELATIONS:

Invest Quest, Inc.
Robert Lentz
(614) 876-1900

 

OURPET’S COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES
  CONSOLIDATED OPERATING RESULTS

 For the Years Ended

 For the Quarter Ended

 December 31,

 December 31,

2014                 2013

      2014                2013
 Net revenue  $ 22,770,562  $ 21,554,106  $  6,594,870  $  6,027,389
 Cost of goods sold     15,959,603     14,875,499      4,497,009      4,061,382
           Gross profit on sales       6,810,959       6,678,607      2,097,861      1,966,007
 Selling, general and administrative expenses       5,608,934       4,960,802      1,482,299      1,394,321
           Income from operations       1,202,025       1,717,805         615,562         571,686
 Other (income) and expense, net           (67,028)         (174,655)           10,685          (87,997)
 Interest expense          126,771          160,572           29,252           34,594
 Income before taxes       1,142,282       1,731,888         575,625         625,089
 Income tax expense          373,007          660,893         166,284         249,734
 Net Income  $      769,275  $   1,070,995  $     409,341  $     375,355
   Basic and Diluted Net Income Per Common
   Share After Dividend Requirements For Preferred
   Stock  $            0.04  $            0.06  $           0.02  $           0.02
 Weighted average number of common shares
     outstanding used to calculate
     basic earnings per share     17,046,577     16,149,942    17,527,282    16,524,706
 Weighted average number of common and
   equivalent shares outstanding used to calculate
   diluted earnings per share     18,159,204     18,256,177    19,856,402    18,951,857