Omega Protein Corporation Reports 2010 Results

March 4, 2011 14:46

 with reference to Omega Protein.

Revenues for the year ended December 31, 2010 were $167.7 million compared with revenues of $164.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2009. Revenue composition by product was 69% fish meal, 28% fish oil and 3% other nutritional ingredients.

Omega Protein Corporation recorded operating income of $31.1 million, an 18.5% operating margin, for the year ended December 31, 2010, versus operating loss of $4.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2009.

The Company's 2010 gross profit results, in comparison to 2009, primarily reflect increased fish meal sales pricing of 40% in 2010 primarily related to the global tightening of fish meal availability. The increase in 2010 revenue relating to the increase in fish meal sales pricing was partially offset by a 29% decrease in fish meal sales volumes attributable to lower production level and inventory available to sell partially as a result of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster.

During 2010, the Company received two emergency payments from the GCCF totaling $18.7 million, net of fees and expenses, as partial reimbursement for damages suffered from the oil spill. The two emergency payments were credited to the unallocated inventory cost pool and included in the cost per unit of production calculation for the 2010 fishing season. As a result, cost of sales was partially reduced by 9%, or $10.5 million, for the year ended December 31, 2010 and will continue to be partially reduced through June 30, 2011.

The Company is in discussions with the GCCF regarding additional payments for damages. If such discussions do not result in an acceptable settlement proposal, the Company will pursue its claims against the Deepwater Horizon defendants in the multidistrict litigation already commenced in U.S. Federal District Court in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Joe von Rosenberg, the Company's Chief Executive Officer, commented, "The fundamentals behind our base business continue to remain very attractive. In addition, we are well positioned to grow through acquisitions, with $20 million of cash on the balance sheet as of December 31, 2010, excess debt capacity, an untapped $32 million credit line, and the expectation that we should generate additional cash in 2011."

For the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2010, the Company recognized revenues of $43.1 million, compared with $43.0 million in revenues for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2009. Omega Protein Corporation recorded operating income of $13.1 million for the 2010 fourth quarter, versus operating loss of $2.4 million for the 2009 fourth quarter. The Company had net income of $8.3 million ($0.44 per share) for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2010, compared with net loss of $2.2 million ($0.12 per share) for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2009.

Gross profit for the quarter ended December 31, 2010, includes an approximate $4 million adjustment attributed to a decrease in the Company's cost per unit of production for 2010 inventory sold prior to the beginning of the quarter. The decrease in cost per unit of production is the result of higher than anticipated fish catch and resultant production during the fourth quarter 2010 which decreased the cost structure of the 2010 production.

Included in the Company's 2010 statement of operation is approximately $209,000 of revenue and $13,000 of operating loss related to Cyvex Nutrition Inc. The Company purchased Cyvex, which operates as an ingredient provider in the nutraceutical industry, for approximately $12.3 million, net of cash received, on December 16, 2010. Although substantially not included in the Company's 2010 operating results, Cyvex's unaudited 2010 operating results included revenues of $11.5 million and operating income of $1.3 million.

The Company has sold or forward sold 124,100 tons of fish meal and 55,300 metric tons of fish oil from its anticipated 2011 sales volume at prices marginally better than the prices realized by the Company in 2010.

In addition, the Company announced that it will no longer post its fish meal and fish oil prices on the Company's website. The majority of the Company's sales are large-volume contracts, so spot pricing, which typically is higher, does not apply to most sales situations.

About Omega Protein Corporation
Omega Protein Corporation is a nutritional ingredient company and the nation's largest manufacturer of heart-healthy fish oils containing Omega-3 fatty acids for human consumption, as well as specialty fish meals and fish oil used as value-added ingredients in aquaculture, swine and other livestock feeds. Omega Protein makes its products from menhaden, an Omega-3 rich fish that is not utilized as seafood, but which is abundantly available along the U.S. Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Coasts.

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