PETMED EXPRESS, INC. D/B/A 1-800-PETMEDS ANNOUNCES ITS FINANCIAL RESULTS FOR FISCAL 2014 AND ITS $0.17 PER SHARE QUARTERLY DIVIDEND
Pompano Beach, Florida, May 5, 2014 - PetMed Express, Inc. (NASDAQ: PETS) today announced its financial results for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2014. Net income was $18.0 million, or $0.90 diluted per share, for the year ended March 31, 2014, compared to net income of $17.2 million, or $0.86 diluted per share, for the year ended March 31, 2013, an increase to earnings per share of 4.7%. Net income for the quarter ended March 31, 2014 was relatively flat at $4.5 million, or $0.23 diluted per share, compared to net income of $4.6 million, or $0.23 diluted per share, for the same quarter the prior year. For the year ended March 31, 2014 net sales were $233.4 million, compared to $227.8 million for the year ended March 31, 2013, an increase of 2.4%. Net sales for the quarter ended March 31, 2014 were $48.6 million, compared to $51.1 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2013, a decrease of 4.9%. Online sales for the year ended March 31, 2014 were approximately 79% of all sales, compared to 77% for the prior year.
Menderes Akdag, President and CEO, commented: â€œWe were able to increase our gross margins for the quarter and decrease our operational expenses to improve our bottom line results for the fiscal year. For the quarter ended March 31, 2014 our gross profit increased 24 basis points, which can be attributed to a cost reduction in certain brands. For the fiscal year ended March 31, 2014 our operating expenses decreased by 83 basis points, mainly due to a reduction in advertising spending and the leveraging of our general and administrative expenses. Sales were negatively impacted during the quarter due to the colder-than-normal weather. Average order value was $75 for the fiscal year compared to $73 for the prior fiscal year, which was due mainly to a change in product mix to higher priced items. For fiscal 2015 we are focusing on improving our new order sales.â€
The Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.17 per share on its common stock. The dividend will be payable on May 23, 2014, to shareholders of record at the close of business on May 16, 2014. 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 Companyâ€™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 5, 2014 until May 19, 2014 at 11:59 P.M. To access the replay, call (866) 448-5648 (toll free) or (203) 369-1190 and enter passcode 5500.
Founded in 1996, PetMed Express is Americaâ€™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 â€œforward-lookingâ€ 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 Companyâ€™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 â€œforward-lookingâ€ statements are set forth in Managementâ€™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, 2013. The Companyâ€™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.