Fiscal year-to-date earnings totaled $2,106,034, or $0.56 per diluted common share, an increase of 2 percent versus net income of $2,066,227 or $0.56 per diluted common share, in the comparable period in fiscal 2007. This slight increase was primarily the result of a one-time gain on the sale of a building of $724,495 during the prior year period. Excluding that item, net income increased 57 percent during the first nine months of fiscal 2008 compared to the same period of fiscal 2007 primarily as a result of increased income from the company's corporate joint ventures and holding companies.
Consolidated net sales in North America for the third quarter of fiscal 2008 totaled approximately $3.3 million compared to $4.4 million in the same period in fiscal 2007, a decrease of approximately 25.8 percent. Consolidated net sales in North America for the fiscal 2008 year-to-date period totaled approximately $9.5 million compared to $12.9 million in the same period in fiscal 2007, a decrease of approximately 26.3 percent. The decline in net sales for both periods was primarily the result of the anticipated loss of a significant customer of the company's React-NTI, LLC subsidiary. This development, however, had a minimal impact on the company's net income. The company anticipates that its net sales will continue to decrease significantly during the remainder of fiscal 2008 relative to fiscal 2007 as a result of the loss of its React-NTI customer. However, NTIC does not expect that the decrease will have a material adverse effect on NTIC's future net income.
In addition to Zerust® products and services, NTIC's consolidated net sales in North America for the nine months ended May 31, 2008 included $204,998 in sales of NTIC's Natur-Tec™ products, which are part of NTIC's new biodegradable and compostable plastics line. These sales represent the first sales of this new product line, most of which were initial sales to new customers.
Sales of NTIC's Zerust® and Natur-Tec™ products increased 4.5 percent or $393,211 to $9,226,494 during the nine months ended May 31, 2008 compared to $8,833,283 during the nine months ended May 31, 2007.
"Our strong quarterly and year-to-date earnings represent robust momentum in our international core corrosion protection business," said G. Patrick Lynch, NTIC president and chief executive officer. "It is our goal over the next few quarters to compensate for any future decline in our North American sales through market demand for our new Natur-Tec™ (biodegradable plastics) products and continued increased international sales of our Zerust® products."
NTIC's international business continues to significantly expand as total net sales of all of NTIC's joint ventures increased 34.8 percent to $79,893,753 during the nine months ended May 31, 2008 compared to $59,265,028 during the nine months ended May 31, 2007. NTIC's income from its corporate joint ventures and holding companies increased 87.1 percent to $3,880,352 for the nine months ended May 31, 2008 compared to $2,073,994 for the nine months ended May 31, 2007.
NTIC's working capital was $5,398,182 at May 31, 2008, including $418,994
in cash and cash equivalents. As of May 31, 2008, NTIC did not have any
borrowings under its $2,300,000 demand line of credit.
NORTHERN TECHNOLOGIES INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended May 31, May 31, May 31, May 31, 2008 2007 2008 2007 NORTH AMERICAN OPERATIONS: Sales $3,269,721 $4,407,798 $9,518,162 $12,910,067 Cost of goods sold 2,059,855 2,876,012 5,763,500 8,280,131 Gross profit 1,209,866 1,531,786 3,754,662 4,629,936 Operating expenses 1,535,172 1,542,059 5,102,684 4,878,810
NORTH AMERICAN OPERATING LOSS (325,306) (10,273) (1,348,022) (248,874)
INCOME FROM ALL CORPORATE JOINT VENTURES AND HOLDING COMPANIES 1,243,986 755,558 3,880,352 2,073,994
INTEREST INCOME 22,277 667 23,196 2,368 INTEREST EXPENSE (21,757) (41,139) (93,872) (131,503) OTHER INCOME 6,825 6,281 21,582 14,655 GAIN ON SALE OF ASSETS - 100 5,529 726,295 MINORITY INTEREST 10,123 7,606 32,269 292
INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAX EXPENSE 936,148 718,800 2,521,034 2,437,227 INCOME TAX EXPENSE 148,000 91,000 415,000 371,000 NET INCOME $788,148 $627,800 $2,106,034 $2,066,227
NET INCOME PER COMMON SHARE: Basic $0.21 $0.17 $0.57 $0.56 Diluted $0.21 $0.17 $0.56 $0.56
WEIGHTED AVERAGE COMMON SHARES ASSUMED OUTSTANDING: Basic 3,723,166 3,679,016 3,704,673 3,674,635 Diluted 3,758,646 3,708,626 3,741,558 3,707,772
Composite financial information from the audited and unaudited financial
statements of the Company's joint ventures carried on the equity basis is
summarized as follows:
May 31, 2008 August 31, 2007 Current assets $52,535,155 $42,767,569 Total assets 60,071,889 49,312,491 Current liabilities 20,807,784 14,939,496 Noncurrent liabilities 5,088,937 4,971,199 Joint ventures' equity 34,175,168 29,401,796 Northern Technologies International Corporation's share of Corporate Joint Ventures' equity $16,193,141 $13,602,842
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended May 31, May 31, May 31, May 31, 2008 2007 2008 2007 Net sales $30,802,632 $19,992,979 $79,893,753 $59,265,028 Gross profit 13,840,622 9,780,323 36,383,556 28,705,348 Net income 2,174,841 $1,769,563 5,434,476 4,903,342 NTIC's share of equity in income of Corporate Joint Ventures $1,139,140 $754,286 $3,006,996 $2,384,020
Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
In addition to financial measures prepared in accordance with U.S.
generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), NTIC uses certain non-GAAP
financial measures. In this release, NTIC uses the non-GAAP financial measure,
net income, excluding the one-time gain on sale of assets during the first
nine months of fiscal 2007. NTIC uses non-GAAP financial measures as
supplemental measures of performance and believes these measures facilitate
operating performance comparisons from period to period and company to company
by factoring out potential differences caused by non-recurring, unusual or
infrequent charges not related to NTIC's regular, ongoing business, variations
in capital structure, tax positions, depreciation, non-cash charges and
certain large and unpredictable charges. NTIC also believes that the
presentation of certain non-GAAP financial measures provides useful
information to investors in evaluating the company's operations, period over
period. Non-GAAP measures have limitations as analytical tools, and should not
be considered in isolation, or as a substitute for analysis of the company's
results as reported under GAAP. When analyzing NTIC's operating performance,
investors should not consider NTIC's net income, excluding the one-time gain
on sale of assets during the first nine months of fiscal 2007, as a substitute
for NTIC's net income prepared in accordance with GAAP. In addition, investors
should note that any non-GAAP financial measures used by NTIC may not be the
same non-GAAP financial measures, and may not be calculated in the same
manner, as that of other companies. Whenever NTIC uses historical non-GAAP
financial measures, it provides a reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial
measure to the most closely applicable GAAP financial measure. Investors are
encouraged to review the related GAAP financial measures and the
reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to their most directly
comparable GAAP financial measure. A reconciliation of NTIC's net income,
excluding the one-time gain on sale of assets during the first nine months of
fiscal 2007, to NTIC's net income is as follows.
Reconciliation between Reported Net Income and Adjusted Net Income
Nine Months Ended May 31, 2008 May 31, 2007 Reported net income $2,106,034 $2,066,227 Gain on sale of building - 724,495 Adjusted net income (non-GAAP financial measure) $2,106,034 $1,341,732
About Northern Technologies International Corporation
Northern Technologies International Corporation focuses on developing, marketing and selling proprietary environmentally responsible materials science based products and technical services directly and via a network of independent distributors, manufacturers' representatives and joint ventures in over 50 countries. NTIC manufactures, markets and sells primarily rust and corrosion inhibiting products and services for automotive, electronics, electrical, mechanical and military applications, sold under the brand names Zerust® and EXCOR®. NTIC also offers direct, worldwide on-site technical support on rust and corrosion issues. NTIC's technical service representatives work directly with the end users of NTIC's products to analyze their specific needs and develop systems to meet their technical requirements. In addition to Zerust® products and services, NTIC's consolidated net sales in North America for the nine months ended May 31, 2008 included sales of NTIC's Natur-Tec™ products, which are part of NTIC's new biodegradable and compostable plastics line.
Statements contained in this press release that are not historical information are forward-looking statements as defined within the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements include, but are not limited to, statements about the effects of the loss of a customer on NTIC's consolidated net sales and net income for fiscal 2008, future market demand for NTIC's Natur-Tec™ (biodegradable plastics) products and continued increased international sales of NTIC's Zerust® products, NTIC's effort to increase net sales by expanding the application of its corrosion inhibiting technology into the oil and gas industry and new bioplastics product line including biodegradable and compostable plastics and process technology that converts waste plastics back into diesel, gasoline and mid-distillates, and such other statements which can be identified by words such as "expect," "anticipate," "estimate," "will," "would," or words of similar meaning and any other statements that are not historical facts. Such forward-looking statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of NTIC's management and are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected or implied.
Such potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, in no particular order: the contraction of the U.S. automobile industry and its adverse effect on the demand for NTIC's Zerust® products, the failure of NTIC to realize any benefits, financial or otherwise, from its efforts to expand the application of its corrosion inhibiting technology into the oil and gas industry and its product line, the difficulties and risks associated with NTIC's international operations and its corporate joint ventures, and NTIC's reliance on its joint ventures for distributions and fees for technical services. More detailed information on these and additional factors which could affect NTIC's operating and financial results is described in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its most recent annual report on Form 10-KSB and subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-QSB. NTIC urges all interested parties to read these reports to gain a better understanding of the many business and other risks that the company faces. Additionally, NTIC undertakes no obligation to publicly release the results of any revisions to these forward-looking statements, which may be made to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.