PETMED EXPRESS, INC. D/B/A 1-800-PETMEDS ANNOUNCES ITS FINANCIAL RESULTS FOR FISCAL 2016 AND ITS QUARTERLY DIVIDEND RAISED TO $0.19 PER SHAREFourth Quarter New Order Sales Increased 24%
Fourth Quarter Sales Increased 11%
Fourth Quarter Net Income Increased 9.4%
Pompano Beach, Florida, May 9, 2016 - PetMed Express, Inc. (NASDAQ: PETS) today announced its financial results for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016. Net sales for the quarter ended March 31, 2016 were $55.4 million, compared to $50.0 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2015, an increase of 11%. For the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016 net sales were $234.7 million, compared to $229.4 million for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015, an increase of 2.3%. The increase in sales for the quarter ended March 31, 2016 can be attributed to a 24% increase in new order sales, and an 8.4% increase in reorder sales. Net income for the quarter ended March 31, 2016 was $5.4 million, or $0.27 diluted per share, compared to net income of $5.0 million, or $0.25 diluted per share, for the same quarter the prior year, an increase to net income of 9.4%. Excluding a one-time charge for an IT-related discontinued project in the quarter ended September 30, 2014, net income for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016 was $20.6 million, or $1.02 diluted per share, compared to net income of $18.5 million, or $0.92 diluted per share, for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015, an increase to net income of 11%. The one-time IT-related discontinued project cost of $1.7 million was expensed in fiscal 2015, and the after tax net impact of this charge was $1.1 million, or $0.05 diluted per share. The Company's online sales for the quarter ended March 31, 2016 were approximately 82% of all sales, compared to 81% for the same quarter the prior year.
Menderes Akdag, President and CEO, commented: "We saw sharp increases in both new order and reorder sales, helped in part by the unseasonably warmer weather in the March quarter. We were encouraged with our advertising efficiency in the quarter, as our new customer acquisition costs were reduced to $32 for the quarter ended March 31, 2016 compared to $42 for the same quarter the prior year. During the March quarter we acquired approximately 116,000 new customers, compared to 97,000 new customers acquired in the same quarter the prior year. Average order value was $83 for the March quarter compared to $81 for the same quarter the prior year. For the quarter ended March 31, 2016 our operating expenses decreased by about 185 basis points, which can be attributed to a reduction in advertising spending and the leveraging of our general and administrative expenses. In fiscal 2017, we will be preparing to move into our new corporate headquarters and distribution facility, which is expected to occur in our third fiscal quarter."
The Board of Directors declared an increased quarterly dividend of $0.19 per share on its common stock. The dividend will be payable on May 27, 2016, to shareholders of record at the close of business on May 20, 2016. The Company intends to continue to pay regular quarterly dividends; however the declaration and payment of future dividends is discretionary and will be subject to a determination by the Board of Directors each quarter following its review of the Company's financial performance.
This morning at 8:30 A.M. Eastern Time, Mr. Akdag will host a conference call to review the year-end financial results. To access the call which is open to the public, dial (888) 455-1758 (toll free) or (203) 827-7025. Callers will be required to supply PETMEDS as the passcode. For those unable to participate in the live event, the call will be available for replay from 10:00 A.M. on May 9, 2016 until May 23, 2016 at 11:59 P.M. To access the replay, call (800) 879-6405 (toll free) or (402) 220-4745 and enter passcode 5500.
Founded in 1996, PetMed Express is America's Largest Pet Pharmacy, delivering prescription and non-prescription pet medications and other health products for dogs and cats at competitive prices direct to the consumer through its 1-800-PetMeds toll free number and on the Internet through its website at www.1800petmeds.com. This press release may contain "forward-looking" statements, as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 or by the Securities and Exchange Commission, that involve a number of risks and uncertainties, including the Company's ability to meet the objectives included in its business plan. Important factors that could cause results to differ materially from those indicated by such "forward-looking" statements are set forth in Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations in the PetMed Express Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended March 31, 2015. The Company's future results may also be impacted by other risk factors listed from time to time in its SEC filings, including, but not limited to, the Company's Form 10-Q and its Annual Report on Form 10-K.
For investment relations contact PetMed Express, Inc., Bruce S. Rosenbloom, CFO, 954-979-5995.