PETMED EXPRESS D/B/A 1-800-PETMEDS ANNOUNCES ITS SECOND QUARTER FINANCIAL RESULTS AND ITS $0.18 PER SHARE QUARTERLY DIVIDEND Second Quarter Net Income Increased 18%
Pompano Beach, Florida, October 19, 2015 - PetMed Express, Inc. (NASDAQ: PETS) today announced its financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2015. Excluding a one-time charge for an IT-related discontinued project in the quarter and six months ended September 30, 2014, net income for the quarter ended September 30, 2015 was $4.5 million, or $0.22 diluted per share, compared to net income of $3.8 million, or $0.19 diluted per share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2014, an 18% increase to net income, and net income for the six months ended September 30, 2015 was $10.3 million, or $0.51 diluted per share, compared to net income of $8.8 million, or $0.44 diluted per share, for the six months ended September 30, 2014, a 17% increase to net income. This one-time IT-related discontinued project cost of $1.7 million was expensed in the quarter ended September 30, 2014. The after tax net impact of this charge was $1.1 million, or $0.05 diluted per share. Net sales for the quarter ended September 30, 2015 were $56.7 million, compared to $57.6 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2014, a decrease of 1.5%. Net sales for the six months ended September 30, 2015 were $128.4 million, compared to $130.1 million for the six months ended September 30, 2014, a decrease of 1.4%. The Companyâ€™s online sales for the quarter ended September 30, 2015 were approximately 81% of all sales, compared to 80% for the same quarter the prior year.
Menderes Akdag, CEO and President, commented: "Despite sales being down slightly we were able to increase both gross profit margins and average order size during the quarter. For the quarter ended September 30, 2015 our gross profit increased 128 basis points, which can be attributed to a shift in sales to higher margin items. Our average order size increased to $80 for the quarter ended September 30, 2015, compared to $75 for the same quarter in the prior year. Excluding the one-time charge in the quarter ended September 30, 2014, for the quarter ended September 30, 2015 our operating expenses decreased by about 79 basis points, which can be attributed to a reduction in advertising spending. For the remainder of Fiscal 2016 we are focusing on improving our marketing efforts to increase sales and profitability."
The Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.18 per share on the Companyâ€™s common stock. The dividend will be payable on November 13, 2015, to shareholders of record at the close of business on November 2, 2015. 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 quarterâ€™s financial results. To access the call, which is open to the public, please 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 October 19, 2015 until November 3, 2015 at 11:59 P.M. To access the replay, call (800) 688-2794 (toll free) or (203) 369-3685 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 "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 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 "forward-looking" 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, 2015. 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.