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Cal-Maine Foods Reports First Quarter Fiscal 2015 Results

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Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. (NASDAQ:CALM) today announced results for the first quarter of fiscal 2015 ended August 30, 2014.

For the first quarter of fiscal 2015, net sales were $356.9 million, an increase of 12 percent compared with net sales of $319.5 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2014. The Company reported net income of $27.7 million, or $1.15 per basic share and $1.14 per diluted share, for the first quarter of fiscal 2015 compared with net income of $8.8 million, or $0.36 per basic and diluted share, for the year-earlier period.

Dolph Baker, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Cal-Maine Foods, Inc., stated, “We are pleased with our financial and operating performance for the first quarter, marking a strong start to fiscal 2015. Our increased sales reflect higher volumes and higher average selling prices compared with the first quarter last year. Consumer demand for eggs has been very favorable and we experienced continued strong demand from all the major market segments including retail, egg product and exports. Sales of specialty eggs have continued to trend higher and accounted for 18.8 percent of our total number of shell eggs sold and 26.8 percent of our shell egg sales revenue for the first quarter of fiscal 2015.”

As previously announced on July 25, 2014, the Company entered into a new joint venture for specialty egg sales with Hickman’s Egg Ranch, Inc., based in Buckeye, Arizona. The new joint venture, known as Southwest Specialty Eggs, LLC, acquired the Egg-Land’s Best, Inc. franchise for the state of Arizona. On September 12, 2014, Southwest Specialty Eggs, LLC, announced the acquisition of the Egg-Land’s Best, Inc. franchise for the southern California market region that includes Clark County and Las Vegas, Nevada. As a result of these acquisitions, Southwest Specialty Eggs, LLC has licensing agreements for the sale of Egg-Land’s Best(R) and Land O’ Lakes(R) branded specialty eggs, as well as 4Grain(R), Farmhouse Eggs(R) and other premium brands in these market regions.

Baker added, “These transactions are commensurate with our growth strategy to expand our market reach in specialty egg sales. Consumer demand for specialty eggs has continued to grow and Cal-Maine Foods is well positioned to meet this demand with a variety of healthy choices for our customers. We will continue to focus on enhancing our product mix with a full complement of conventional, cage-free, organic and nutritionally enhanced eggs.

“Our operations have run well this summer and we were able to benefit from lower feed costs in the first quarter of fiscal 2015 compared with the same period last year. Our average feed costs were 48.4 cents per dozen, down 11 percent from the first quarter of fiscal 2014. However, we continue to pay relatively high basis levels for our primary feed ingredients, particularly soybean meal, and we expect this trend to continue until the fall harvest is in and supplies are replenished. Operating income was $41.2 million for the first quarter compared with $11.1 million a year ago. These results reflect our lower feed costs and our management team’s focused efforts throughout our operations to be an efficient, low-cost producer.

“Looking ahead to the remainder of the year, we are monitoring macroeconomic conditions that could have an impact on Cal-Maine Foods and the egg industry. The current USDA reports indicate the national laying flock is at a record high level, which could increase the future egg supply and put downward pressure on egg prices. Additionally, the pending implementation of Proposition 2 and Assembly Bill 1437 related to egg production standards and sales in California is expected to be effective January 1, 2015. While the final outcome is still uncertain, this legislation could have a significant impact on egg production throughout the country and is being closely watched by everyone in our industry.

“We are pleased with Cal-Maine Food’s performance to date, and we believe the fundamentals of our business support continued growth and profitability for fiscal 2015,” added Baker. “The expansion projects for our operations in Florida, Kansas, Kentucky and Texas are moving forward, and the additional capacity and improved efficiencies will result in less dependence on outside egg purchases. In addition, we will significantly expand our capacity for specialty eggs at both the Kansas and Kentucky facilities. The more favorable growing conditions this summer should improve the yield of this year’s corn and soybean crops and support lower feed costs for the remainder of this fiscal year once the harvest season is over. Additionally, we believe our focused marketing efforts to expand specialty egg sales will enhance our ability to meet the changing demands of our customers. Overall, we believe we have the right growth strategy in place and look forward to the opportunities ahead for Cal-Maine Foods in fiscal 2015.”

For the first quarter of fiscal 2015, Cal-Maine Foods will pay a cash dividend of approximately $0.381 per 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 November 13, 2014, to shareholders of record on October 29, 2014.

Selected operating statistics for the first quarter of fiscal 2015 compared with the prior year period are shown below:

13 Weeks Ended

August 30,
2014

August 31,
2013

Dozen Eggs Sold (000) 251,684 242,549
Dozen Eggs Produced (000) 192,216 179,727
% Specialty Sales (dozen) 18.8 % 16.2 %
Net Average Selling Price (dozen) $ 1.354 $ 1.253
Feed Cost (dozen) $ 0.484 $ 0.544
% Specialty Sales Dollars 26.8 % 24.6 %

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

August 30,
2014

August 31,
2013

Net sales $ 356,944 $ 319,528
Gross profit 81,101 44,911
Operating income 41,163 11,070
Other income 1,623 2,711
Income before income taxes and noncontrolling interest 42,786 13,781
Income before income taxes attributable to Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. 42,256 13,640
Net income $ 27,655 $ 8,756
Net income per share:
Basic $ 1.15 $ 0.36
Diluted $ 1.14 $ 0.36
Weighted average shares outstanding
Basic 24,065 24,039
Diluted 24,199 24,131

SUMMARY BALANCE SHEETS

August 30,
2014

May 31,
2014

ASSETS
Cash and short-term investments $ 210,979 $ 209,259
Receivables 89,762 87,516
Inventories 144,626 146,117
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 4,240 2,501
Current assets 449,607 445,393
Property, plant and equipment (net) 326,390 314,935
Other noncurrent assets 53,361 51,333
Total assets $ 829,358 $ 811,661

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

Accounts payable and accrued expenses $ 82,462 $ 80,434
Current maturities of long-term debt 10,116 10,216
Deferred income taxes 30,297 30,451
Current liabilities 122,875 121,101
Long-term debt, less current maturities 48,352 50,877
Deferred income taxes and other liabilities 44,335 44,938

Stockholders’ equity

613,796 594,745

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

$ 829,358 $ 811,661

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