Omega Protein Corporation
OMEGA PROTEIN CORP (Form: 10-K, Received: 03/12/2008 16:19:37)
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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

 

Form 10-K

 

 

 

x ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2007

OR

 

¨ TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the transition period from              to

Commission file number: 001-14003

 

 

OMEGA PROTEIN CORPORATION

(Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

 

State of Nevada   76-0562134

(State or other jurisdiction of

incorporation or organization)

 

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)

2105 City West Blvd, Suite 500

Houston, Texas

  77042
(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (713) 623-0060

 

 

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

 

Title of each class

 

Name of each exchange on which registered

Common Stock, $0.01 par value   New York Stock Exchange

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act:    None.

 

 

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act.    Yes   ¨     No   x

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Exchange Act.    Yes   ¨     No   x

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the Registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.    Yes   x     No   ¨

Indicate by check mark if disclosure of delinquent filers pursuant to Item 405 of Regulation S-K is not contained herein, and will not be contained, to the best of registrant’s knowledge, in definitive proxy or information statements incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form 10-K or any amendment to this Form 10-K.   ¨

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company. See definition of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act. (Check one):

Large accelerated filer   ¨             Accelerated filer   x             Non-accelerated filer   ¨             Small reporting company   ¨

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).    Yes   ¨     No   x

The aggregate market value of the voting and non-voting common equity held by non-affiliates of the registrant was approximately $98,035,314 as of June 30, 2007 (computed by reference to the quoted closing price of the registrant’s common stock on the New York Stock Exchange on June 30, 2007). Shares of common stock held by each officer and director and by each person who owns 10% or more of the outstanding stock have been excluded from this computation in that such persons may be deemed to be affiliates. This determination of affiliate status is not necessarily a conclusive determination for other purposes.

On March 6, 2008, there were outstanding 17,625,253 shares of the Company’s common stock, $0.01 par value.

Documents incorporated by reference: Portions of the registrant’s definitive proxy statement for its 2008 annual meeting of stockholders, which will be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission within 120 days after December 31, 2007, are incorporated by reference to the extent set forth in Part III of this Form 10-K.

 

 

 


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Forward-looking statements in this Annual Report on Form 10-K, future filings by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”), the Company’s press releases and oral statements by authorized officers of the Company are intended to be subject to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Investors are cautioned that all forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainty, including without limitation, the risks set forth under Item 1A “Risk Factors.” The Company believes that forward-looking statements made by it are based on reasonable expectations; however, no assurances can be given that actual results will not differ materially from those contained in such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve statements that are predictive in nature, which depend upon or refer to future events or conditions, or which include the words “estimate,” “project,” “anticipate,” “expect,” “predict,” “believe,” “could,” “hope,” “would,” “may” and similar expressions.

PART I

Item 1. and 2.     Business and Properties .

General

Omega Protein Corporation is the largest processor, marketer and distributor of fish meal and fish oil products in the United States. As used herein, the term “Omega” or the “Company” refers to Omega Protein Corporation or to Omega Protein Corporation and its consolidated subsidiaries, as applicable. The Company’s principal executive offices are located at 2105 City West Boulevard, Suite 500, Houston, Texas 77042 (Telephone: (713) 623-0060).

The Company produces and sells a variety of protein and oil products derived from menhaden, a species of wild herring-like fish found along the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic coasts. The fish are not genetically modified or genetically enhanced. The Company processes several grades of fish meal, as well as fish oil and fish solubles. The Company’s fish meal products are primarily used as a protein ingredient in animal feed for swine, cattle, aquaculture and household pets. Fish oil is utilized for animal and aquaculture feeds, industrial applications, additives to human food products and as dietary supplements. The Company’s fish solubles are sold primarily to livestock feed manufacturers, aquaculture feed manufacturers and for use as an organic fertilizer. See “Company Overview—Products—Fish Meal” and “—Fish Oil.”

The Company operates four menhaden processing plants: two in Louisiana, one in Mississippi and one in Virginia. The Company also operates a Health and Science Center in Reedville, Virginia, which provides 100-metric tons per day fish oil processing capacity for the Company’s food, industrial and feed grade oils. In January 2007, the Company opened its new technical center in Houston, Texas—The OmegaPure Technology and Innovation Center. The technical center has food science application labs as well as analytical, sensory, lipids research and pilot plant capabilities. See “Company Overview—Meal and Oil Processing Plants” and “—Health and Science Center.”

In late 2005, the Company sustained damage to property, plant and equipment at each of its Gulf of Mexico facilities due to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The Moss Point and Abbeville facilities were fully operational at the start of the 2006 season and the Cameron facility became fully operational towards the end of the 2006 season. Total processing capacity, post-hurricanes, was reduced from 950,000 tons to 850,000 tons. The decrease in annual processing capacity will have no effect on the Company’s ability to process in the future because the Company has historically operated at levels substantially below maximum capacity.

All of the Company’s products contain healthy long-chain Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are commonly referred to as “essential fatty acids” because the human and animal bodies do not produce them. Instead, essential fatty acids must be obtained from outside sources, such as food or special supplements. Long-chain Omega-3s are also commonly referred to as a “good fat” for their health benefits, as opposed to the “bad fats” that create or aggravate health conditions through long-term consumption. Scientific research suggests that long-chain Omega-3s as part of a balanced diet may provide significant benefits for health issues such as cardiovascular disease, inflammatory conditions and other ailments.

 

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Under its production process, the Company produces OmegaPure ® , a taste-free, odorless refined fish oil which is the only marine source of long-chain Omega-3’s directly affirmed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) as a food ingredient that is Generally Recognized as Safe (“GRAS”). See “Company Overview—Products—Refined Fish Oil—Food Grade Oils.”

The Company operates through two primary subsidiaries: Omega Protein, Inc. and Omega Shipyard, Inc. Omega Protein, Inc. is the Company’s principal operating subsidiary for its menhaden processing business and is the successor to a business conducted since 1913. Omega Shipyard, Inc. owns a drydock facility in Moss Point, Mississippi, which is used to provide shoreside maintenance for the Company’s fishing fleet and, subject to outside demand and excess capacity, occasionally for third-party vessels. Revenues from shipyard work for third-party vessels in 2007 were not material. The Company also has a number of other immaterial direct and indirect subsidiaries.

Until April 1998, the Company, including its predecessors, was a wholly-owned subsidiary of Zapata Corporation (“Zapata”). In April 1998, the Company completed an initial public offering of its common stock. Immediately following the initial public offering, Zapata owned approximately 60% of the Company’s outstanding common stock. On December 8, 2005, Zapata announced that its Board of Directors had authorized Zapata’s management to seek a buyer for its then 58% equity ownership interest in the Company.

On November 28, 2006, the Company purchased 9,268,292 shares of the Company’s common stock from Zapata at a purchase price of $5.125 per share, or an aggregate purchase price of $47.5 million. The Company financed the purchase of the shares from Zapata with a senior secured financing facility from Ableco Finance LLC, an affiliate of Cerberus Capital Management, L.P. Concurrent with the purchase, Zapata’s two representatives, Avram A. Glazer and Leonard DiSalvo, resigned from Omega’s Board of Directors. Immediately following the purchase by the Company, Zapata owned approximately 33% of the Company’s outstanding common stock. For a more detailed description of the terms of the purchase by the Company, see the Company’s Current Reports on Form 8-K filed with the SEC on September 12, 2006 and December 1, 2006.

On December 4, 2006, Zapata sold the remaining 5,232,708 shares of the Company’s common stock held by Zapata to certain purchasers in a private transaction. As a result of the sale by Zapata, Zapata no longer owns any shares of the Company’s common stock. For a more detailed description of the terms of the sale by Zapata, see the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the SEC on December 5, 2006.

Available Information

The Company files annual, quarterly and current reports and other information with the SEC. The Company’s annual reports on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K and amendments to these reports filed under the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934 (“Exchange Act”), as well as Section 16 filings by officers and directors, are available free of charge at the Company’s website at www.omegaproteininc.com or at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov and are posted as soon as reasonably practicable after they are filed with the SEC. The Company will provide a copy of these documents to stockholders upon request. Information on the Company’s website or any other website is not incorporated by reference into this report and does not constitute part of this report.

In addition, the public may read and copy any materials filed by the Company with the SEC at the SEC’s Public Reference Room at 100 F. Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549. The public may obtain information on the operation of the Public Reference Room by calling the SEC at 1-800-SEC-0330. The SEC maintains a website that contains reports, proxy and information statements, and other information regarding issuers that file electronically with the SEC at www.sec.gov.

The Company’s Corporate Governance Guidelines, Code of Business Conduct and Ethics, Code of Ethics for Financial Professionals, as well as the Charters for the Board’s Audit Committee, Compensation Committee,

 

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Corporate Governance Committee and Scientific Committee, are available at the Company’s website. These Guidelines, Codes and Charters are not incorporated by reference into this report and do not constitute part of this report. The Company will provide a copy of these documents to stockholders upon request.

Geographic Information

The Company operates within one industry segment, menhaden fishing, for the production and sale of fish meal, fish solubles and fish oil. Export sales of fish oil and fish meal were approximately $66 million, $56 million, and $33 million in 2007, 2006, and 2005, respectively. Such sales were made primarily to Asian, European and Canadian markets. In 2007, 2006 and 2005, sales to the top customer was approximately $12.6 million, $12.3 million and $8.1 million, respectively. This customer differed from 2005 to 2006 but was the same in 2006 and 2007.

The following table shows the geographical distribution of revenues (in thousands) based on location of customers:

 

     Years Ended December 31,  
     2007     2006     2005  
     Revenues    Percent     Revenues    Percent     Revenues    Percent  

U.S.

   $ 91,461    58.2 %   $ 83,341    59.6 %   $ 77,257    70.3 %

Mexico

     8,643    5.5       8,530    6.1       9,781    8.9  

Europe

     12,258    7.8       14,403    10.3       2,418    2.2  

Canada

     11,315    7.2       9,928    7.1       7,033    6.4  

Asia

     24,358    15.5       16,500    11.8       11,429    10.4  

South & Central America

     9,114    5.8       7,132    5.1       1,978    1.8  
                                       

Total

   $ 157,149    100.0 %   $ 139,834    100.0 %   $ 109,896    100.0 %
                                       

Company Overview

Business . Omega is the largest U.S. producer of protein-rich meal and oil derived from marine sources. The Company’s products are produced from menhaden (a herring-like fish found in commercial quantities), and includes regular grade and value-added specialty fish meals, crude and refined fish oils and fish solubles.

Fishing . During 2007, the Company owned a fleet of 59 fishing vessels and 32 spotter aircraft for use in its fishing operations and also leased additional aircraft where necessary to facilitate operations. During the 2007 fishing season in the Gulf of Mexico, which runs from mid-April through October, the Company operated 31 fishing and carry vessels and 28 spotter aircraft. The fishing area in the Gulf is generally located along the Gulf Coast, with a concentration off the Louisiana and Mississippi coasts. The fishing season along the Atlantic coast begins in early May and usually extends into December. During the 2007 season, the Company operated 10 fishing vessels and 8 spotter aircraft along the Mid-Atlantic coast, concentrated primarily in and around Virginia and North Carolina. The remaining fleet of fishing vessels and spotter aircraft are not routinely operated during the fishing season and are back-up to the active fleet, used for other transportation purposes, inactive or in the process of refurbishment in the Company’s shipyard.

Menhaden usually school in large, tight clusters and are commonly found in warm, shallow waters. Spotter aircraft locate the schools and direct the fishing vessels to them. The principal fishing vessels transport two 40-foot purse boats, each carrying several fishermen and one end of a 1,500-foot net. The purse boats encircle the school and capture the fish in the net. The fish are then pumped from the net into refrigerated holds of the fishing vessel or onto a carry vessel, and then are unloaded at the Company’s processing plants. “Carry vessels” do not engage in active fishing but instead carry fish from the Company’s offshore fishing vessels to its plants. Utilization of carry vessels increases the amount of time that certain of the Company’s fishing vessels remain

 

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offshore fishing productive waters and therefore increases the Company’s fish catch per vessel employed. The carry vessels have reduced crews and crew expenses and incur less maintenance cost than the actual fishing vessels.

The Company’s principal raw material is menhaden, a species of fish that inhabits coastal and inland tidal waters in the United States. Menhaden are undesirable for direct human consumption due to their small size, prominent bones and high oil content. Certain state agencies, as well as interstate compacts, impose resource depletion restrictions on menhaden pursuant to fisheries management legislation or regulations and may impose additional legislation or regulations in the future. For example, in February 2007, the Commonwealth of Virginia established an annual cap for a five year period beginning in 2006 on the Company’s menhaden landings from the Chesapeake Bay in an amount equal to the Company’s average annual landings over a five year period from 2001 to 2005 (approximately 109,020 metric tons). The Virginia restrictions also allow the Company a credit whereby any under-harvest in a particular year below the 109,020 metric ton cap would be added to increase the cap for the following year, up to a maximum of 122,740 metric tons per year. The State of Texas has proposed public hearings on regulations which would limit the annual menhaden catch to a five year average of 31.5 million pounds. In addition, two bills have been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives, which the Company believes have very little chance of passage, but which would ban menhaden fishing in Atlantic waters. See “Item 1 and 2. Business and Properties—Company Overview—Regulation”. To date, the Company has not experienced any material adverse impact on its fish catch or results of operations as a result of these restrictions.

Meal and Oil Processing Plants . The Company operates four meal and oil processing plants, two in Louisiana, one in Mississippi and one in Virginia, where the menhaden are processed into three general products types: fish meal, fish oil and fish solubles. The Company’s processing plants are located in coastal areas near the Company’s fishing fleet. Annual volume processed varies depending upon menhaden catch. Each plant maintains a dedicated dock to unload fish, fish processing equipment and storage facility. The fish are unloaded from the fishing vessels into storage boxes and then conveyed into steam cookers. The fish are then passed through presses to remove most of the oil and water. The solid portions of the fish are dried and ground into fish meal. The liquid that is produced in the cooking and pressing operations contains oil, water, dissolved protein and some fish solids. This liquid is decanted to remove the solids and is put through a centrifugal oil and water separation process. The separated fish oil is a finished product called crude oil. The separated water and protein mixture is further processed through evaporators to recover the soluble protein, which can be sold as a finished product or added to the solid portions of the fish for processing into fish meal.

Shipyard. The Company owns a 49.4 acre shipyard facility in Moss Point, Mississippi which includes two dry docks, each with a capacity of 1,300 tons. The shipyard is used for routine maintenance and vessel refurbishment on the Company’s fishing vessels and occasionally for shoreside maintenance services to third-party vessels if excess capacity exists.

Health and Science Center . In October 2004, the Company completed construction and commenced operation of a Health and Science Center that provides 100-metric tons per day fish oil processing capacity. The center is located adjacent to the Company’s Reedville, Virginia processing plant. The food-grade facility includes state-of-the-art processing equipment and controls that allows the Company to refine, bleach, fractionate and deodorize its menhaden fish oil and has more than tripled the Company’s previous refined fish oil production capacity for food, industrial and feed grade oils. The facility also provides the Company with automated packaging and on-site frozen storage capacity and has a lipids analytical laboratory to enhance the development of Omega-3 oils and food products.

OmegaPure Technology and Innovation Center. In January 2007, the Company opened its new OmegaPure Technology and Innovation Center located in Houston, Texas to further develop its OmegaPure ® food grade Omega-3 product line. The new facility has food science application labs, as well as analytical, sensory and pilot plant capabilities. The new facility also has a lipids research lab where the Company plans to continue to develop new Omega-3 products that have improved functionality and technical characteristics.

 

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Hurricane Damages . In August 2005, the Company’s Moss Point, Mississippi fish processing facility and adjacent shipyard were severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina. In September 2005, the Company’s Cameron, Louisiana and Abbeville, Louisiana fish processing facilities were also severely damaged by Hurricane Rita. Each of these facilities was non-operational immediately after these weather events. The Moss Point, Abbeville and Cameron facilities accounted for approximately 16%, 31% and 22%, respectively, of the Company’s full year 2004 production tonnage, so as an immediate result of the two hurricanes, approximately 70% of the Company’s operating capacity was impaired and the Company’s business, results of operations and financial condition were materially adversely affected.

Operations at the Moss Point and Abbeville fish processing facilities and the shipyard were re-established in mid-October 2005, but at reduced processing capabilities. These two facilities were returned to full operational status prior to the beginning of the Gulf fishing season in April 2006. Operations at the Cameron fish processing facility were re-established in June 2006, but at reduced processing capabilities. The Cameron plant became fully operational in September 2006.

The Company maintains insurance coverage for a variety of these damages, most notably property, inventory and vessel insurance. The nature and extent of the insurance coverage varies by line of policy and the Company has recorded insurance recoveries as an account receivable based on the preliminary discussions with insurers and adjusters.

The direct impact of the two hurricanes upon the Company was a loss of physical inventories and physical damage to the plants. As of December 31, 2007, the Company estimated its cumulative hurricane damages at approximately $29.3 million, of which $12.0 million was recorded as a receivable under insurance policies as of September 30, 2005 and was fully received as of September 30, 2007. In addition to the $12.0 million receivable recorded as of September 30, 2005, the Company realized additional insurance recoveries of $5.2 million and $5.5 million during the third and fourth quarters of 2007, respectively. The Company has recognized a cumulative $6.6 million net loss through December 31, 2007 due to estimated damages in excess of recognized insurance recoveries.

In order to facilitate the insurance recovery process, on July 28, 2006, the Company filed a lawsuit against its property insurance carriers, Lexington Insurance Company and RSUI Indemnity Company, in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, alleging breach of contract and bad faith based on the insurance carriers’ failure to pay amounts due to the Company under its property insurance policies for damages sustained from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in the third quarter of 2005. The Company settled its lawsuit with its primary property insurance carrier, Lexington Insurance Company, for a total of $19.8 million during the third quarter of 2007. Of the $19.8 million, $12.0 million was previously recorded as a receivable and was fully received as of September 30, 2007, $3.3 million was paid to outside legal counsel in connection with the settlement and $4.5 million was recognized during the third quarter of 2007 as insurance recoveries relating to natural disaster and was received as of December 31, 2007. In addition, the Company settled its lawsuit with its secondary property insurance carrier, RSUI Indemnity Company, for a total of $9.2 million during the fourth quarter of 2007. Of the $9.2 million, $0.7 million was advanced during the third quarter of 2007 and recognized as insurance recoveries relating to natural disaster, $3.0 million was paid to outside legal counsel in connection with the settlement during the fourth quarter of 2007 and $5.5 million was recognized and received during the fourth quarter of 2007 as insurance recoveries relating to natural disaster. The Company still has a pending lawsuit against its insurance broker alleging negligent procurement, negligent misrepresentation, breach of contract and violations of Texas Insurance and Consumer laws. See “Part I, Item 3. Legal Proceedings” for additional information.

As of December 31, 2005, the Company’s four active processing plants, assuming that no hurricane damages had occurred, would have had an aggregate annual capacity to process approximately 950,000 tons of fish . The previously described hurricane damages reduced the annual aggregate processing capacity to approximately 850,000 tons as of December 31, 2007. The Company anticipates that the decrease in annual

 

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processing capacity will have no effect on the Company’s ability to process in the future because the Company has historically operated at processing levels substantially below maximum capacity. Operations at the Cameron fish processing facility were re-established in June 2006, but at reduced processing capabilities. The Cameron facility became fully operational in September 2006.

Because of the damages to the Company’s Cameron, Louisiana facility caused by Hurricane Rita, the Company began its 2006 fishing season by operating its full contingent of 30 Gulf of Mexico fishing and carry vessels out of its two operating facilities in Abbeville, Louisiana and Moss Point, Mississippi. These activities substantially increased the number of vessels at the Abbeville and Moss Point plants to a level that the Company had not operated previously. Although these two facilities had adequate processing capacity, the Company’s fishing efforts were diminished because increased unloading time due to additional vessels reduced the number of vessels on the fishing grounds during the most optimal fishing times. During June 2006, 10 vessels were shifted to the Cameron facility when it became operational.

Products . The Company sells three general types of products: fish meal, fish oil and fish solubles.

Fish Meal . Fish meal, the principal product made from menhaden, is sold primarily as a high-protein feed ingredient. It is used as a feed ingredient in feed formulated for pigs and other livestock, aquaculture and household pets. Each use requires certain standards to be met regarding quality and protein content, which are determined by the freshness of the fish and by processing conditions such as speed and temperatures. The Company produces fish meal of several different types:

Special Select . Special Select is a premium grade low temperature processed fish meal. The quality control guidelines are very stringent, producing a higher protein level and higher digestibility and a lower total volatile nitrogen (“TVN”) and histamine content. These guidelines require that only the freshest fish and the most gentle drying process be used. Special Select is targeted for monogastrics, including baby pigs, turkey poults, pets, shrimp and fish.

SeaLac . SeaLac is similar to Special Select in its freshness (low TVN) and gentle drying (high digestibility). During the processing however, the Company removes some of the soluble protein. This step allows the amount of rumen undegradable protein to be maximized while still maintaining excellent digestibility. This product is made specifically for dairy and beef cattle, sheep, goats and other ruminants requiring bypass protein.

FAQ Meal.  FAQ (Fair Average Quality) Meal, the Company’s commodity grade fish meal, guarantees a protein content of at least 60%. This product typically is used in protein blends for poultry, catfish, pets and other animals.

Fish Oil . The Company produces crude unrefined fish oil, refined fish oil and food grade oils.

Unrefined Fish Oil . Unrefined fish oil (also referred to as crude fish oil) is the Company’s basic fish oil product. This grade of fish oil has not undergone any portion of the refining process. The Company’s markets for crude fish oil have changed over the past decade. In the early 1990’s, the Company’s main crude fish oil market, which accounted for greater than 90% of the Company’s production, was the manufacturers of hydrogenated oils for human consumption such as margarine and shortening. In 2006 and 2007, the Company estimates that approximately 73% and 67% of its crude fish oil was sold as a feed ingredient to the aquaculture industry, respectively. The growth of the worldwide aquaculture industry has resulted in increasing demand for fish oils in order to improve feed efficiency, nutritional value, survivability and health of farm-raised fish species.

Refined Fish Oil . The Company’s refined fish oils come in three basic grades and also includes crude fish oils of special quality or that may require custom packaging or special additives. Refined oils also include industrial grade oils which are used in a variety of industrial applications.

Feed Grade Oils . Feed grade menhaden oil is processed and refined to offer a high Omega-3 oil for use in premium pet, aquaculture and livestock feeds, as well as agricultural and attractant applications. The processing

 

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reduces free fatty acids, color and oxidative precursors while enhancing Omega-3 fatty acids for incorporation in the final feed to enhance skin and coat conditioning, reproductive performance, and immunity. Kosher products are available. The Company’s refined feed grade fish oils are sold in three basic grades under the name Virginia Prime . Virginia Prime Silver is fish oil that has been fractionated. Virginia Prime Gold fish oil is fractionated, alkali refined and then bleached. Virginia Prime Platinum fish oil is fractionated, alkali refined, bleached and then deodorized.

SeaCide . SeaCide is a unique blend of refined menhaden oil, cottonseed oil and an organic emulsifier developed for use against target pests and fungal diseases that occur in a variety of field crops, orchards, vineyards and greenhouse operations. SeaCide is an all natural organic alternative to chemical insecticides and fungicides, is less phytotoxic than petroleum based oils, is compatible with most fertilizers, and is versatile enough for use on virtually any crop.

OmegaEquis. OmegaEquis is a specialty feed additive product for the equine market that supplies omega-3 fatty acids to horses. OmegaEquis is Virginia Prime Gold that has been fractionated, alkali refined, bleached and then flavored in order to enhance palatability.

Industrial Grade Oils. The Company’s industrial grade menhaden oils are refined and processed to enhance the unique fatty acid range, making them desirable for a number of drying and lubricating applications including coolant transfer, chemical raw material, drying and rustproofing paints, drilling fluids and leather treatment chemicals. The industrial grade oils are sold under the names Virginia Prime Silver and Virginia Prime Gold .

Food Grade Oils . The Company has developed a process to fully refine menhaden oil to remove flavor, odor, color and pro-oxidants and offer a naturally high, long-chain Omega-3 content. The Company’s product in this grade is OmegaPure ® . Food applications for OmegaPure ® are designed to deliver a stable, odorless, flavorless source of Omega-3 fatty acids to enhance human nutrition. These applications include mainstream consumer foods, medical care foods and dietary supplements. OmegaPure ® is also kosher-certified.

Omega-3 fatty acids exist in two forms: long-chain and short-chain. Short-chain Omega-3’s (or alpha-linolenic acid (“ALA”)), are generally found in canola oil, soy beans and flaxseed, and generally require ten to twenty times as much concentration in the diet to approach the same benefit levels as long-chain Omega-3’s. Long-chain Omega-3 fatty acids are found in marine sources and consist of two main types: eicosapentaenoic acid (“EPA”) and docosahexaenoic acid (“DHA”). EPA is a fatty acid that generally reduces inflammatory responses and has been linked to the alleviation of symptoms from asthma, arthritis, psoriasis and other inflammatory conditions. DHA is a major structural fatty acid in the brain and the eye’s retina. DHA is important for proper brain and eye development in infants and both EPA and DHA have been shown to support cardiovascular health in adults.

As a result of the completion of its Health and Science Center in Reedville, Virginia, in October 2004, the Company is the only fully-integrated fish oil processing operation in the United States that both directly conducts fishing operations and also manufactures highly refined EPA and DHA from these marine resources. With the completion of this new facility, the Company can control the purity and quality of its product from harvesting all the way through manufacturing and shipment.

Various scientific studies have linked consumption of Omega-3 fatty acids to a number of nutritional and health benefits, such as heart health, alleviation of arthritis and other inflammatory diseases, improving brain and eye function and minimization of depression. For example, in September 2004, the FDA announced that scientific evidence indicates that long-chain Omega-3 fatty acids may be beneficial in reducing coronary heart disease.

In addition, the American Heart Association (“AHA”) issued a Scientific Statement in November 2002, entitled “Fish Consumption, Fish Oil, Omega-3 Fatty Acids, and Cardiovascular Disease.” The Scientific

 

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Statement outlines the findings of a comprehensive report that examined the cardiovascular health benefit of Omega-3 fatty acids from fish sources, specifically DHA and EPA. The report concluded that consumption of such Omega-3 fatty acids, either through diet or supplements, may reduce the incidence of cardiovascular disease. The statement referred to studies that have indicated the following to be associated with the intake of Omega-3 fatty acids: decreased risk of sudden death and arrhythmia, decreased thrombosis (blood clot), decreased triglyceride levels, decreased growth of atherosclerotic plaque, improved arterial health and lower blood pressure. The Scientific Statement concludes that Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown in epidemiological and clinical trials to reduce the incidence of heart disease.

Menhaden oil currently is the only marine source of long-chain Omega-3’s directly affirmed by the FDA as a Generally Recognized As Safe (or “GRAS”) food ingredient for direct human consumption. The FDA has approved menhaden oil use in 29 different food categories such as margarine, salad dressings, condiments, yogurt, ice cream, cheese, prepared meats, sauces, soups, crackers, cookies, cereals and bakery products.

In 2005, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services released the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The Guidelines, which are issued every five years, represent the federal government’s most current science-based advice to promote human health and reduce the risk of chronic diseases through nutrition and physical activity. The previous Dietary Guidelines issued in 2000 recognized that certain fish contain Omega-3 fatty acids that are being studied to determine if they offer protection against heart disease, but did not specifically identify these Omega-3 fatty acids as EPA and DHA. The 2005 Dietary Guidelines specifically mentioned EPA and DHA and stated the “limited evidence suggests an association between consumption of fatty acids in fish and reduced risks of mortality from cardiovascular disease for the general population.”

In 2007, the Company opened its new technical center in Houston, Texas—The OmegaPure Technology and Innovation Center. The technical center has food science application labs, as well as analytical, sensory and pilot plant capabilities. The technical center also has a lipids research lab where the Company plans to continue to develop new Omega-3 products that have improved functionality and technical characteristics.

Fish Solubles . Fish solubles are a liquid protein product used as an additive in fish meal and are also marketed as an independent product to animal feed formulators and the fertilizer industry. The Company’s soluble-based products are:

Neptune Fish Concentrate . This aqua grade liquid protein is composed of low molecular weight, water-soluble compounds such as free amino acids, peptides and nucleotides that are attractants for a variety of aquaculture feeds. The product is utilized in both shrimp and finfish diets to improve attractability and thus consumption and conversion. Neptune Fish Concentrate also can be added directly to grow-out ponds as a fertilizer to help feed plankton and other natural food sources.

OmegaGrow . OmegaGrow is a liquid soil or foliar-applied fertilizer for plant nutrition. OmegaGrow is approved for organic uses by the Organic Materials Review Institute (“OMRI”). OmegaGrow is a free-flowing product that has been filtered through an 80-mesh screen and can be applied by sprayers or through irrigation systems.

OmegaGrow Plus . OmegaGrow Plus is a liquid foliar-applied fertilizer for plant nutrition that also helps to control insect and fungus problems. This product has additional oil content of 25% to 30% which is greater than the 7% to 10% oil content typically found in OmegaGrow . These higher levels are detrimental to soft-bodied insects, as well as fungal diseases in citrus and vegetable crops. OmegaGrow Plus can be used as a replacement for petroleum-based oil sprays.

Distribution System . The Company’s distribution system of warehouses, tank storage facilities, vessel loading facilities, trucks, barges and railcars allows the Company to service customers throughout the United States and also foreign locations. The Company owns and leases warehouses and tank storage space for storage

 

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of its products, generally at terminals along the Mississippi River. The Company generally contracts with third- party trucking, vessel, barge and railcar companies to transport its products to and from warehouses and tank storage facilities and directly to its customers.

Historically, approximately 35% to 40% of Omega’s FAQ grade fish meal was sold on a two-to-twelve-month forward contract basis. The balance of FAQ grade fish meal and other products was substantially sold on a spot basis through purchase orders. In 2002, the Company began a similar forward sales program for its specialty grade meals and crude fish oil due to increasing demand for these products. During 2005, 2006 and 2007 approximately 70%, 70% and 50%, respectively, of the Company’s specialty meals and crude fish oil had been sold on a forward contract basis. Prior to the beginning of the Company’s 2007 fishing season, approximately 51% and 49% of the Company’s 2007 forecasted fish meal and crude fish oil, respectively, had either been sold or sold forward on a contract basis. The percentage of fish meal and crude fish oil sold on a forward contract basis will fluctuate from year to year based upon perceived market availability.

The Company’s annual revenues are highly dependent on annual fish catch, production yields and inventories and, in addition, inventory is generally carried over from one year to the next year. The Company determines the level of inventory to be carried over based on prevailing market prices of the products and anticipated customer usage and demand during the off-season. Thus, production volume does not necessarily correlate with sales volume in the same year and sales volumes will fluctuate from quarter to quarter. The Company’s fish meal products have a useable life of approximately one year from date of production. Practically, however, the Company attempts to empty its warehouses of the previous season’s products by the second or third month of the new fishing season. The Company’s crude fish oil products do not lose efficacy unless exposed to oxygen and, therefore, their storage life typically is longer than that of fish meal.

Customers and Marketing.  Most of the Company’s marine protein products are sold directly to approximately 600 customers by the Company’s agriproducts sales department, while a smaller amount is sold through independent sales agents. Product inventory was $58.0 million as of December 31, 2007 versus $48.9 million as of December 31, 2006.

The Company’s fish meal is sold primarily to domestic feed producers for utilization as a high-protein ingredient for the swine, aquaculture, dairy and pet food industries. Crude fish oil sales primarily involve export markets where the fish oil is used for aquaculture feeds and is refined for use as a hydrogenated edible oil. Over the past decade, increasing percentages of the Company’s fish meal and oil products have been sold into the aquaculture industry. The growth of the worldwide aquaculture industry has resulted in increasing demand for fish oils and meals to improve feed efficiency, nutritional value and health of farm-raised fish species.

The Company’s products are sold both in the U.S. and internationally. International sales consist mainly of fish oil sales to Norway, Canada, Chile and Japan. The Company’s sales in these foreign markets are denominated in U.S. dollars and are not directly affected by currency fluctuations. Such sales could be adversely affected by changes in demand resulting from fluctuations in currency exchange rates.

A number of countries in which the Company currently sells products impose various tariffs and duties, none of which have a significant impact on the Company’s foreign sales. Certain of these duties have been reduced in recent years for certain countries under the North American Free Trade Agreement and the Uruguay Round Agreement of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade. In all cases, the Company’s products are shipped to its customers either by FOB shipping point or CIF terms, and therefore, the customer is responsible for any tariffs, duties or other levies imposed on the Company’s products sold into these markets.

During the off season, the Company fills purchase orders from the inventory it has accumulated during the fishing season or in some cases, by re-selling meal purchased from other suppliers. Prices for the Company’s products tend to be lower during the fishing season when product is more abundant than in the off season.

 

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Throughout the entire year, prices are often significantly influenced by supply and demand in world markets for competing products, primarily other global sources of fish meal and oil, and also soybean meal for its fish meal products, and vegetable oils for its fish oil products when used as an alternative.

Quality Control . The Company believes that maintaining high standards of quality in all aspects of its manufacturing operations play an important part in its ability to attract and retain customers and maintain its competitive position. To that end, the Company has adopted strict quality control systems and procedures designed to test the quality aspects of its products, such as protein content and digestibility. The Company regularly reviews, updates and modifies these systems and procedures as appropriate.

Purchases and Sales of Third-Party Meal and Oils . Omega has from time to time purchased fish meal and fish oil from other domestic and international manufacturers. These purchase and resale transactions have to date been ancillary to the Company’s base manufacturing and sales business.

During 2005 and 2006, the Company’s fish catch and resultant product inventories were reduced, primarily due to adverse weather conditions, and the Company further expanded its purchase and resale of other fish meals and oils (primarily Panamanian, Peruvian and Mexican fish meal and U.S. menhaden oil). Although operating margins from these activities are less than the margins typically generated from the Company’s base domestic production, these operations provide the Company with a source of fish meal and oil to sell into other markets, some of which, the Company has not historically had a presence. During 2005, the Company purchased products totaling approximately 16,600 tons, or approximately 8% of total volume 2005 sales. During 2006, the Company purchased products totaling approximately 14,600 tons, or approximately 7% of total volume 2006 sales. During 2007, the Company purchased fish oil totaling approximately 5,500 tons, or approximately 9.1% of fish oil sales volumes for 2007.

Insurance.  The Company maintains insurance against physical loss and damage to its assets, coverage against liabilities to third parties it may incur in the course of its operations, as well as workers’ compensation, United States Longshoremen’s and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act and Jones Act coverage. Assets are insured at replacement cost, market value or assessed earning power. The Company’s limits for liability coverage are statutory or $50 million. The $50 million limit is comprised of several excess liability policies, which are subject to deductibles, underlying limits, annual aggregates and exclusions. The Company believes its insurance coverage to be in such form, against such risks, for such amounts and subject to such deductibles and self-retentions as are prudent and normal for its operations. Over recent years, the Company has elected to increase its deductibles and self-retentions in order to achieve lower insurance premium costs. These higher deductibles and self-retentions have resulted in greater costs to the Company in the cases of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and will expose the Company to greater risk of loss if additional future claims occur. In addition, the Company’s cost of insurance for property damage has increased materially and may further increase materially in future years as insurers recoup losses paid and to be paid out in connection with Hurricanes Katrina and Rita by charging higher premiums.

Competition.  The Company competes with a smaller domestic privately-owned menhaden fishing company and with international marine protein and oil producers, including Mexican sardine processors and South American anchovy and mackerel processors. In addition, but to a lesser extent, the Company’s marine protein and oil business is also subject to significant competition from producers of vegetable and other animal protein products and oil products such as Archer Daniels Midland and Cargill. Many of these competitors have significantly greater financial resources and more extensive and diversified operations than those of the Company.

Omega competes on price, quality and performance characteristics of its products, such as protein level and amino acid profile in the case of fish meal. The principal competition for the Company’s fish meal and fish solubles is from other global production of marine proteins as well as other protein sources such as soybean meal and other vegetable or animal protein products. The Company believes, however, that these other non-marine

 

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sources are not complete substitutes because fish meal offers nutritional values not contained in such other sources. Other globally produced fish oils provide the primary market competition for the Company’s fish oil, as well as soybean and rapeseed oil, from time to time.

Fish meal prices have historically borne a relationship to prevailing soybean meal prices (more weakly correlated in recent years), while prices for fish oil are generally influenced by prices for vegetable fats and oils, such as rapeseed, soybean and palm oils. Thus, the prices for the Company’s products are established by worldwide supply and demand relationships over which the Company has no control and tend to fluctuate significantly over the course of a year and from year to year. For example, during 2007, the Company experienced fish oil price increases of approximately 18% when compared to 2006, whereas palm oil and soy oil prices rose 53% and 66%, respectively. During January 2008, the spot price for fish oil increased 95% above the Company’s average price received during 2007, although few trades were made at these levels.

Price List. The Company posts its latest internally generated price list for its various products on its Company website, omegaproteininc.com. The Company expects to post updates to the price list as they become available, which may occur as frequently as weekly. The Company may elect to discontinue this disclosure at any time without prior notice. Pricing and product availability information disclosed in the price list are subject to change without prior notice, and the Company undertakes no obligation to update such information.

Regulation.  The Company’s operations are subject to federal, state and local laws and regulations relating to the locations and periods in which fishing may be conducted as well as environmental and safety matters. At the state and local level, certain state and local government agencies have enacted legislation or regulations which prohibit, restrict or regulate menhaden fishing within their jurisdictional waters.

The Company’s menhaden fishing operations are also subject to regulation by two interstate compact commissions created by federal law: the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (“ASMFC”) which consists of 15 states along the Atlantic Coast, and the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission which consists of 5 states along the Gulf of Mexico. In 2005, the ASMFC recommended precautionary restrictions on the Chesapeake Bay menhaden harvest, despite its finding that menhaden are not overfished and that overfishing is not occurring on a coast wide basis, in order to determine whether localized depletion was occurring in Chesapeake Bay.

In February 2007 the Commonwealth of Virginia declined to adopt an ASMFC recommended plan but instead adopted its own restrictions whereby the Company’s Chesapeake Bay menhaden harvest was capped for a five year period at a recent five-year average (2001 to 2005) of 109,020 metric tons per year. The Virginia restrictions also allow for a credit whereby any under-harvest in a particular year below the 109,020 metric ton cap would be added to increase the cap for the following year, up to a maximum of 122,740 metric tons per year. The Company supported Virginia’s proposal and voluntarily complied with its limitations in 2006. This compliance had no effect on the Company’s Chesapeake Bay harvest in 2007 and is not expected to have any material adverse effect on its Chesapeake Bay harvest in 2008. As a result of the underharvest in 2007, the 2008 Chesapeake Bay catch limit will be 122,740 metric tons.

On February 22, 2008, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department issued a proposed rule for public comment in the Texas Public Register. The proposed rule, if adopted, would impose on the menhaden fishery in Texas waters a Total Allowable Catch of 31.5 million pounds annually (the five year average menhaden catch in Texas waters from 2002 through 2006). The Company’s menhaden fish catch in Texas in 2007 is tentatively and preliminarily estimated by the National Marine Fisheries Service to be 35.3 million pounds (approximately 16,000 metric tons), or approximately 2.5% of the Company’s total 2007 fish catch.

The public benefit cited by the Department for the proposed rule were: 1) protection of the menhaden population, and 2) protection of by-catch species. The Company believes that the proposed rule adds no material benefit to these objectives because the 2007 Stock Assessment for the Gulf menhaden available from the

 

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National Marine Fisheries Service concludes that the gulf menhaden is healthy and not overfished. In addition, the by-catch rate in the menhaden fishery is extremely low. The Company believes that the proposed catch limit also bears no relationship to any species-related biological markers traditionally used to manage fisheries.

Public hearings are scheduled to take place in Texas on the matter in March 2008. The Company intends to participate in the public hearing process, as well as submit written comments to contest the necessity of the proposed rule. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission is scheduled to hold its next hearing on the matter on March 27, 2008.

In October 2007, two bills were introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives (H.R. 3840 and H.R. 3841) by two congressmen representing portions of New Jersey and Maryland, areas where the Company has no operations. The New Jersey Congressman has announced his intention not to seek re-election to Congress in November in November 2008 and the Maryland Congressman lost the Republican Party primary election for his Congressional district in February 2008, and therefore will not be the Republican nominee for that district in November 2008. The bills, if enacted, would effectively prohibit commercial fishing for Atlantic menhaden for reduction purposes in inland, state and federal waters along the Atlantic coast. The Company believes that the bills are premised on inaccurate assumptions and depictions of facts about the menhaden resource which the National Marine Fisheries Service continues to classify as healthy and not overfished. The bills would also supplant decades of fisheries management previously undertaken by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and the National Marine Fisheries Service. The Company believes that the passage of these bills is highly unlikely; however the enactment of either of the bills, or any restrictions similar to those described in the bills, would have a material adverse effect on the Company’s business, results of operations and financial condition.

The Company, through its operation of fishing vessels, is subject to the jurisdiction of the U.S. Coast Guard, the National Transportation Safety Board and the U.S. Customs Service. The U.S. Coast Guard and the National Transportation Safety Board set safety standards and are authorized to investigate vessel accidents and recommend improved safety standards. The U.S. Customs Service is authorized to inspect vessels at will.

The Company’s operations are subject to federal, state and local laws and regulations relating to the protection of the environment, including the federal Clean Water Act, which imposes strict controls against the discharge of pollutants in reportable quantities, and along with the Oil Pollution Act, imposes substantial liability for the costs of oil removal, remediation and damages. The Company’s operations also are subject to the federal Clean Air Act, as amended; the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, which imposes liability, without regard to fault, on certain classes of persons that contributed to the release of any “hazardous substances” into the environment; and the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (“OSHA”). The implementation of continuing safety and environmental regulations from these authorities could result in additional requirements and procedures for the Company, and it is possible that the costs of these requirements and procedures could be material.

The OSHA hazard communications standard, the Environmental Protection Agency community right-to-know regulations under Title III of the federal Superfund Amendment and Reauthorization Act and similar state statutes require the Company to organize information about hazardous materials used or produced in its operations. Certain of this information must be provided to employees, state and local governmental authorities and local citizens. Numerous other environmental laws and regulations, along with similar state laws, also apply to the operations of the Company, and all such laws and regulations are subject to change.

The Company has made, and anticipates that it will make in the future, expenditures in the ordinary course of its business in connection with environmental matters. Such expenditures have not been material in the past, and while they are expected to increase in the future, such increases are not expected to be material to the Company’s overall business. However, there is no assurance that environmental laws and regulations enacted in the future will not require material expenditures or otherwise adversely affect the Company’s operations.

 

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The Company continually monitors regulations which affect fish meal and fish oil in the United States and in those foreign jurisdictions where it sells its products. In some cases, particularly in Europe, regulators have mandated various environmental contaminant levels which, on occasion, certain of the Company’s products do not meet. In those instances, the Company has either negotiated a lower price with the customer for that product lot or has sold the product lot in another market where the regulatory standards are met. To date, such regulations have not had a material adverse effect on the Company’s business, but it is possible they may do so in the future.

The Company’s harvesting operations are subject to the Shipping Act of 1916 and the regulations promulgated thereunder by the Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration which require, among other things, that the Company be incorporated under the laws of the U.S. or a state, the Company’s chief executive officer be a U.S. citizen, no more of the Company’s directors be non-citizens than a minority of the number necessary to constitute a quorum and at least 75% of the Company’s outstanding capital stock (including a majority of the Company’s voting capital stock) be owned by U.S. citizens. If the Company fails to observe any of these requirements, it will not be eligible to conduct its harvesting activities in U.S. jurisdictional waters. Such a loss of eligibility would have a material adverse effect on the Company’s business, results of operations and financial condition.

To protect against such loss of eligibility, the Company’s Articles of Incorporation (i) contain provisions limiting the aggregate percentage ownership by non-citizens of each class of the Company’s capital stock to no more than 25% of the outstanding shares of each such class (the “Permitted Percentage”) so that any purported transfer to non-citizens of shares in excess of the Permitted Percentage will be ineffective as against the Company for all purposes (including for purposes of voting, dividends and any other distribution, upon liquidation or otherwise), (ii) provide for a dual stock certificate system to determine such ownership pursuant to which certificates representing shares of Company Common Stock bear legends that designate such certificates as either “citizen” or “non-citizen” depending on the citizenship of the owner, and (iii) permit the Company’s Board of Directors to make such determinations as may reasonably be necessary to ascertain such ownership and implement restrictive limitations on those shares that exceed the Permitted Percentage (the “Excess Shares”). For example, the Company’s Board is authorized, among other things, to redeem for cash (upon written notice) any Excess Shares in order to reduce the aggregate ownership by non-citizens to the Permitted Percentage.

Employees

At December 31, 2007, during the Company’s off-season, the Company employed approximately 571 persons. At August 31, 2007, during the peak of the Company’s 2007 fishing season, the Company employed approximately 1044 persons. Approximately 170 employees at the Company’s Reedville, Virginia plant are represented by an affiliate of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union. The union agreement for the Reedville employees has a three-year term which expires in April 2008. During the past five years Omega has not experienced any strike or work stoppage which has had a material impact on its operations. The Company considers its employee relations to be generally satisfactory.

The Company has historically utilized workers in the United States H2B Visa Program whereby foreign nationals are permitted to enter the United States temporarily and engage in seasonal, non-agricultural employment. The U.S. Congress has to date failed to re-authorize the Save Our Small and Seasonal Business Act amendment to the H2B visa program which would allow returning H2B workers from certain prior years from being counted against the H2B visa program’s annual 66,000 visa cap. Because of the relatively low visa cap number, the Company believes that it is extremely unlikely that it will receive its historical allotment of H2B workers for the 2008 fishing season commencing in April. The Company has instituted changes to its recruiting programs to increase the number of domestic workers to replace H2B workers, including raising of certain wage scales, implementation of sign-on bonuses for certain positions, offering of referral fees for qualified workers, and other benefits. However, the Company’s inability to secure sufficient domestic workers for its vessels or plants could have an adverse effect on the Company’s business, results of operation and financial condition. In addition, the Company will bear the increased costs of these additional benefits.

 

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Executive Officers of the Company

The names, ages and current offices of the executive officers of the Company are set forth below. Also indicated is the date when each such person commenced serving as an executive officer of the Company.

 

Name and Age

  

Office

  

Date Became
  Executive Officer  

Joseph L. von Rosenberg III (49)

  

Chief Executive Officer, President and Director

   July 1997

Robert W. Stockton (57)

  

Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

   July 1997

John D. Held (45)

  

Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

   January 2002

J. Scott Herbert (42)

  

Senior Vice President—Sales and Marketing

   September 2002

Thomas R. Wittmann (58)

  

Vice President—Operations

   October 2002

Michael E. Wilson (57)

  

Vice President—Marine Operations and President of Omega Shipyard, Inc.

   July 1998

A description of the business experience during the past five years for each of the executive officers of Omega is set forth below.

Joseph L. von Rosenberg III has served as President, Chief Executive Officer and a Director of the Company since July 1997.

Robert W. Stockton has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Company since July 1997. He has also served as Secretary from January 2000 to September 2002.

John D. Held has served as the Company’s General Counsel since March 2000, as Vice President of the Company from April 2002 to September 2002, as Senior Vice President and Secretary since September 2002 and as Executive Vice President since June 2005. Prior thereto, Mr. Held was Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of American Residential Services, Inc., a then public company engaged in the consolidation of the air-conditioning, plumbing and electrical service industries. Prior thereto, Mr. Held practiced law for several years with a large law firm in Houston, Texas.

J. Scott Herbert has served as Senior Vice President–Sales and Marketing of the Company since May 2007. Prior thereto, Mr. Herbert served as Vice President–Agriproducts since September 2002, Vice President–Feed Ingredient Marketing of the Company’s principal subsidiary, Omega Protein, Inc., since March 1998, and as Director of Fish Meal Sales and in various other sales capacities with the Company since 1992.

Thomas R. Wittmann has served as Vice President—Operations since October 2002. Prior thereto, Mr. Wittmann served as the General Manager of the Company’s Abbeville, Louisiana facility since 1997 and served in various other Company positions since 1985.

Michael E. Wilson has served as President of the Company’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Omega Shipyard, Inc., since June 1997. Since July 1998, he has also served as the Company’s Vice President—Marine Operations and prior thereto, served as the Company’s Coordinator of Marine Engineering & Maintenance. Mr. Wilson joined the Company in 1985 and served in various operating capacities until 1996.

Properties

The Company’s material properties are described below. The Company believes its facilities are adequate and suitable for its current level of operations.

Plants.  The Company owns its plants in Reedville, Virginia, Moss Point, Mississippi and Abbeville, Louisiana (except for certain portions of the Abbeville facility which are leased from unaffiliated third parties).

 

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The Company also owns its Health and Science Center in Reedville, Virginia, as well as its Morgan City, Louisiana property which was formerly operated as a plant. The Company leases from unaffiliated third parties the real estate on which its Cameron, Louisiana plant is located.

The Company’s Moss Point, Abbeville and Cameron plants were severely damaged in the third quarter 2005 by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. See “Company Overview—Hurricane Damages.”

Warehouse and Storage.  The Company owns, as well as leases from unaffiliated third parties, warehouses and tank space for storage of its products, generally at terminals located along the Mississippi River and Tennessee River. Information regarding the Company’s material storage facilities is set forth below:

 

Location

   Approximate Fish Meal
and Fish Oil Storage Capacity
   Owned/
Lease

Reedville, Virginia

   42,000 tons    Owned

Abbeville, Louisiana

   14,700 tons    Owned

Moss Point, Mississippi

   13,000 tons    Owned

Morgan City, Louisiana

   15,000 tons    Owned

St. Louis, Missouri

   10,000 tons    Owned

Avondale, Louisiana

   23,000 tons    Leased

Cameron, Louisiana

   15,300 tons    Leased

East Dubuque, Illinois

   11,000 tons    Leased

Port Arthur, Texas

   10,000 tons    Leased

Norfolk, Virginia

   2,600 tons    Leased

Shipyard.  The Company owns a 49.4 acre shipyard facility in Moss Point, Mississippi which includes two dry docks, each with a capacity of 1,300 tons. The shipyard is used for routine maintenance and vessel refurbishment on the Company’s fishing vessels and occasionally for shoreside maintenance services to third-party vessels if excess capacity exists.

The shipyard facility was severely damaged in the third quarter 2005 by Hurricane Katrina. See “Company Overview—Hurricane Damages.”

Administrative and Executive Offices.  The Company leases administrative and executive office space from an unaffiliated third party in Houston, Texas. The Company also leases the property for its Omega Pure Technology and Innovation Center from an unaffiliated third party in Houston, Texas.

 

Item 1A. Risk Factors

The Company cautions investors that the following risk factors, and those factors described elsewhere in this report, other filings by the Company with the SEC from time to time and press releases issued by the Company, could affect the Company’s actual results which could differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements made by or on behalf of the Company.

The risks described below are not the only ones facing the Company. The Company’s business is also subject to other risks and uncertainties that affect many other companies, such as competition, technological obsolescence, labor relations (including risks of strikes), general economic conditions and geopolitical events. Additional risks not currently known to the Company or risks that the Company currently believes are immaterial may also impair the Company’s business, results of operations and financial results.

Risks Relating to the Company’s Business and Industry:

The Company is dependent on a single natural resource and may not be able to catch the amount of menhaden that it requires to operate profitably. The Company’s primary raw material is menhaden. The Company’s business is totally dependent on its annual menhaden harvest in ocean waters along the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf coasts. The Company’s ability to meet its raw material requirements through its annual

 

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menhaden harvest fluctuates from year to year and month to month, due to natural conditions over which the Company has no control. These natural conditions, which include varying fish population, adverse weather conditions and fish disease, may prevent the Company from catching the amount of menhaden required to operate profitably.

The Company’s operations are geographically concentrated in the Gulf of Mexico where they are susceptible to regional adverse weather patterns such as hurricanes. Three of the Company’s four operating plants are located in the Gulf of Mexico (two in Louisiana and one in Mississippi), a region which has historically been subject to a late summer/early fall hurricane season. The Company’s Virginia facility has in the past also at times been adversely affected by hurricanes. All three of the Company’s Gulf of Mexico plants were severely damaged within a one-month span by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in August and September 2005. Immediately after the second hurricane, approximately 70% of the Company’s 2004 production capacity was impaired and the Company’s business, results of operations and financial condition were materially adversely affected. Additional future weather related disruptions could, if they occur, also have a material adverse effect on the Company’s business, results of operations and financial condition. In addition, the Company’s costs of insurance for property damage have increased as insurers recoup losses paid and to be paid out in connection with the Katrina and Rita hurricanes by charging higher premiums.

The costs of energy may materially impact the Company’s business. The Company has experienced substantially higher costs for energy in recent years. The Company’s business is materially dependent on diesel fuel for its vessels and natural gas for its operating facilities. The costs of these commodities, which are beyond the Company’s control, may have an adverse material impact on the Company’s business, results of operations and financial condition.

Fluctuation in “oil yields” derived from the Company’s fish catch could impact the Company’s ability to operate profitably. The “oil yield,” or the percentage of oil derived from the menhaden fish, while it is relatively high compared to many species of fish, has fluctuated over the years and from month to month due to natural conditions relating to fish biology over which the Company has no control. The oil yield has at times materially impacted the amount of fish oil that the Company has been able to produce from its available fish catch and it is possible that oil yields in the future could also adversely impact the Company’s ability to operate profitably.

The Company’s 2006 oil yield results were the poorest in its recent history. For illustrative purposes, the Company’s oil yields for the 2006 fishing season were lower by 28% compared to those in the 2005 fishing season and were lower by 24% compared to the Company’s 10 year oil yield average. The Company believes that the causes of lower fish oil yields relate to fish diet, weather and water temperature but such causes are not generally well understood. The impact of these poor oil yields have resulted in significantly higher per unit inventory costs and fewer volumes available for future sale. These higher unit costs and fewer volumes available for sale have adversely impacted financial results for the fourth quarter of 2006, first quarter of 2007 and second quarter of 2007. There was no material impact in the third and fourth quarters of 2007.

Laws or regulations that restrict or prohibit menhaden or purse seine fishing operations could adversely affect the Company’s ability to operate. The adoption of new laws or regulations at federal, regional, state or local levels that restrict or prohibit menhaden or purse seine fishing operations, or stricter interpretations of existing laws or regulations, could materially adversely affect the Company’s business, results of operations and financial condition. In addition, the impact of a violation by the Company of federal, regional, state or local law or regulation relating to its fishing operations, the protection of the environment or the health and safety of its employees could have a material adverse affect on the Company’s business, results of operations and financial condition.

One example of potentially restrictive regulation is an addendum to a fisheries management plan recommended by a regional regulatory commission in August 2005. The Commonwealth of Virginia has declined to adopt the regulatory commission’s recommended plan but has instead adopted its own restrictions whereby the Company’s Chesapeake Bay menhaden harvest would be capped for a five year

 

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period at a recent five-year average (2001 to 2005) of 109,020 metric tons per year. The Virginia restrictions also allow for a credit whereby any under-harvest in a particular year below the 109,020 metric ton cap would be added to increase the cap for the following year, up to a maximum of 122,740 metric tons per year. The Company supported Virginia’s proposal and voluntarily complied with its limitations in 2006. This compliance had no effect on the Company’s Chesapeake Bay harvest in 2007 and is not expected to have a material adverse effect on the Chesapeake Bay harvest in 2008. As a result of the 2007 Chesapeake Bay’s underharvest, the 2008 Chesapeake Bay catch limit will be 122,740 metric tons.

On February 22, 2008, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department issued a proposed rule for public comment in the Texas Public Register. The proposed rule, if adopted, would impose on the menhaden fishery in Texas waters a Total Allowable Catch of 31.5 million pounds annually (the five year average menhaden catch in Texas waters from 2002 through 2006). The Company’s menhaden fish catch in Texas in 2007 is tentatively and preliminarily estimated by the National Marine Fisheries Service to be 35.3 million pounds (approximately 16,000 metric tons), or approximately 2.5% of the Company’s total 2007 fish catch.

The public benefit cited by the Department for the proposed rule were: 1) protection of the menhaden population, and 2) protection of by-catch species. The Company believes that the proposed rule adds no material benefit to these objectives because the 2007 Stock Assessment for the Gulf menhaden available from the National Marine Fisheries Service concludes that the gulf menhaden is healthy and not overfished. In addition, the by-catch rate in the menhaden fishery is extremely low. The Company believes that the proposed catch limit also bears no relationship to any species-related biological markers traditionally used to manage fisheries.

Public hearings are scheduled to take place in Texas on the matter in March 2008. The Company intends to participate in the public hearing process, as well as submit written comments to contest the necessity of the proposed rule. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission is scheduled to hold its next hearing on the matter on March 27, 2008.

In October 2007, two bills were introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives (H.R. 3840 and H.R. 3841) by two congressmen representing portions of New Jersey and Maryland, areas where the Company has no operations. The New Jersey Congressman has announced his intention not to seek re-election to Congress in November in November 2008 and the Maryland Congressman lost the Republican Party primary election for his Congressional district in February 2008, and therefore will not be the Republican nominee for that district in November 2008. The bills, if enacted, would effectively prohibit commercial fishing for Atlantic menhaden for reduction purposes in inland, state and federal waters along the Atlantic coast. The Company believes that the bills are premised on inaccurate assumptions and depictions of facts about the menhaden resource which the National Marine Fisheries Service continues to classify as healthy and not overfished. The bills would also supplant decades of fisheries management previously undertaken by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and the National Marine Fisheries Service. The Company believes that the passage of these bills is highly unlikely; however the enactment of either of the bills, or any restrictions similar to those described in the bills, would have a material adverse effect on the Company’s business, results of operations and financial condition.

The Company’s fish catch may be impacted by restrictions on its spotter aircraft. If the Company’s spotter aircraft are prohibited or restricted from operating in their normal manner during the Company’s fishing season, the Company’s business, results of operations and financial condition could be adversely affected. For example, as a direct result of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the Secretary of Transportation issued a federal ground stop order that grounded certain aircraft (including the Company’s fish-spotting aircraft) for approximately nine days. This loss of spotter aircraft coverage severely hampered the Company’s ability to locate menhaden fish during this nine-day period and thereby reduced its amount of saleable product.

Worldwide supply and demand relationships, which are beyond the Company’s control, influence the prices that the Company receives for many of its products and may from time to time result in low prices for many of the Company’s products. Prices for many of the Company’s products are subject to, or influenced by, worldwide supply and demand relationships over which the Company has no

 

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control and which tend to fluctuate to a significant extent over the course of a year and from year to year. The factors that influence these supply and demand relationships are world supplies of fish meal made from other fish species, animal proteins and fats, palm oil, rapeseed oil, soy meal and oil, and other edible oils.

New laws or regulation regarding contaminants in fish oil or fish meal may increase the Company’s cost of production or cause the Company to lose business. It is possible that future enactment of increasingly stringent regulations regarding contaminants in fish meal or fish oil by foreign countries or the United States may adversely affect the Company’s business, results of operations and financial condition. More stringent regulations could result in: (i) the Company’s incurrence of additional capital expenditures on contaminant reduction technology in order to meet the requirements of those jurisdictions, and possibly higher production costs for Company’s products, or (ii) the Company’s withdrawal from marketing its products in those jurisdictions.

Risks Relating to the Company’s Ongoing Operations:

The Company has a substantial amount of indebtedness, which may adversely affect its ability to operate its business, remain in compliance with debt covenants and make payments on its debt. As of December 31, 2007, the aggregate amount of the Company’s outstanding indebtedness under its Senior Credit Facility and its loan agreements under the Title XI Fisheries Finance Program was approximately $65.3 million. The Company’s outstanding indebtedness could have important consequences for you, including the following:

 

   

it may be more difficult for the Company to satisfy its obligations with respect to its Senior Credit Facility and its loan agreements under the Title XI Fisheries Finance Program, and any failure to comply with the obligations of any of the agreements governing such indebtedness, including financial and other restrictive covenants, could result in an event of default under such agreements;

 

   

the covenants contained in the Company’s debt agreements limit its ability to borrow money in the future for acquisitions, capital expenditures or to meet its operating expenses or other general corporate obligations;

 

   

the amount of the Company’s interest expense may increase because certain of its borrowings are at variable rates of interest, which, if interest rates increase, could result in higher interest expense;

 

   

the Company will need to use a portion of its cash flows to pay principal and interest on its debt, which will reduce the amount of money the Company has for operations, working capital, capital expenditures, expansion, acquisitions or general corporate or other business activities;

 

   

the Company may have a higher level of debt than some of its competitors, which could put it at a competitive disadvantage;

 

   

the Company may be more vulnerable to economic downturns and adverse developments in its industry or the economy in general; and

 

   

the Company’s debt level could limit its flexibility in planning for, or reacting to, changes in its business and the industry in which it operates.

The Company’s ability to meet its expenses and debt obligations will depend on its future performance, which will be affected by financial, business, economic, regulatory and other factors. The Company will not be able to control many of these factors, such as economic conditions and governmental regulation. The Company cannot be certain that its earnings will be sufficient to allow it to pay the principal and interest on its existing or future debt and meet its other obligations. If the Company does not have enough money to service its existing or future debt, it may be required to refinance all or part of its existing or future debt, sell assets, borrow more money or raise equity. The Company may not be able to refinance its existing or future debt, sell assets, borrow more money or raise equity on terms acceptable to it, if at all.

 

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The Company’s strategy to expand into the functional food grade oils market may be unsuccessful. The Company’s attempts to expand its fish oil sales into the market for refined, functional food grade fish oils for human consumption may not be successful. The Company’s expectations regarding future demand for Omega-3 fatty acids may prove to be incorrect or, if future demand does meet the Company’s expectations, it is possible that purchasers could utilize Omega-3 sources other than the Company’s products.

The Company’s quarterly operating results will fluctuate as its business is seasonal in nature. The Company’s menhaden harvesting and processing business is seasonal in nature. The Company generally has higher sales during the menhaden harvesting season (which includes the second and third quarter of each fiscal year) due to increased product availability, but prices during the fishing season tend to be lower than during the off-season. As a result, the Company’s quarterly operating results have fluctuated in the past and may fluctuate in the future. In addition, from time to time the Company defers sales of inventory based on worldwide prices for competing products that affect prices for its products, which may affect comparable period comparisons.

The Company’s business is subject to significant competition, and some competitors have significantly greater financial resources and more extensive and diversified operations than the Company. The marine protein and oil business is subject to significant competition from producers of vegetable and other animal protein products and oil products such as Archer Daniels Midland and Cargill. In addition the Company competes with a smaller domestic privately-owned menhaden fishing company and international marine protein and oil producers, including Scandinavian herring processors and South American anchovy and sardine processors. Many of these competitors have significantly greater financial resources and more extensive and diversified operations than the Company.

The Company’s foreign customers are subject to disruption typical to foreign countries. The Company’s sales of its products in foreign countries are subject to risks associated with foreign countries such as changes in social, political and economic conditions inherent in foreign operations, including:

 

   

Changes in the law and policies that govern foreign investment and international trade in foreign countries;

 

   

Changes in U.S. laws and regulations relating to foreign investment and trade;

 

   

Changes in tax or other laws;

 

   

Partial or total expropriation;

 

   

Current exchange rate fluctuations;

 

   

Restrictions on current repatriation; or

 

   

Political disturbances, insurrection or war.

In addition, it is possible that the Company, at any one time, could have a significant amount of its revenues generated by sales in a particular country which would concentrate the Company’s susceptibility to adverse events in that country.

The Company may undertake acquisitions that are unsuccessful and the Company’s inability to control the inherent risks of acquiring businesses could adversely affect its business, results of operations and financial condition operations. In the future the Company may undertake acquisitions of other businesses, located either in the United States or in other countries, although there can be no assurances that this will occur. There can be no assurance that the Company will be able (i) to identify and acquire acceptable acquisition candidates on favorable terms, (ii) to profitably manage future businesses it may acquire, or (iii) to successfully integrate future businesses it may acquire without substantial costs, delays or other problems. Any of these outcomes could have a material adverse effect on the Company’s business, results of operations and financial condition.

The Company’s failure to comply with federal U.S. citizenship ownership requirements may prevent it from harvesting menhaden in the U.S. jurisdictional waters. The Company’s harvesting

 

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operations are subject to the Shipping Act of 1916 and the regulations promulgated thereunder by the Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration which require, among other things, that the Company be incorporated under the laws of the U.S. or a state, the Company’s chief executive officer be a U.S. citizen, no more of the Company’s directors be non-citizens than a minority of a number necessary to constitute a quorum and at least 75% of the Company’s outstanding capital stock (including a majority of its voting capital stock) be owned by U.S. citizens. If the Company fails to observe any of these requirements, the Company will not be eligible to conduct its harvesting activities in U.S. jurisdictional waters which would have a material adverse effect on the Company’s business, results of operations and financial condition.

The Company may not be able to recruit, train and retain qualified marine personnel in sufficient numbers. The Company’s business is dependent on its ability to recruit, train and retain qualified marine personnel in sufficient numbers such as vessel captains, vessel engineers and other crewmembers. The Company has experienced difficulty in recent years in recruiting its optimal number of employees. To the extent that the Company is not successful in recruiting, training and retaining employees in sufficient numbers, its productivity may suffer. If the Company were unable to secure a sufficient number of workers during periods of peak employment, the lack of personnel could have an adverse effect on the Company’s business, results of operations and financial condition. The impact of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita has exacerbated the difficulties of recruiting and retaining qualified marine personnel in the Gulf Coast area.

The Company has historically participated in the United States H2B Visa Program whereby foreign nationals are permitted to enter the United States temporarily and engage in seasonal, non-agricultural employment. The Company utilizes its H2B Visa workers for a portion of its fishing vessel crews and plant personnel. Changes in the H2B Visa Program, the termination of that program, or caps on the number of workers available under that program, could have a material adverse effect upon the Company’s ability to secure a sufficient number of workers during periods of peak employment. In April 2007, the Company’s Moss Point, Mississippi facility was adversely affected for approximately a two week period due to paperwork delays in the H2B Visa Program caused by the federal government which did not allow the Company a full allocation of H2B Visa workers at the start of its 2007 fishing season.

The U.S. Congress has to date failed to re-authorize the Save Our Small and Seasonal Business Act amendment to the H2B visa program which would allow returning H2B workers from certain prior years from being counted against the H2B visa program’s annual 66,000 visa cap. Because of the relatively low visa cap number, the Company believes that it is extremely unlikely that it will receive its historical allotment of H2B workers for the 2008 fishing season commencing in April. The Company has instituted changes to its recruiting programs to increase the number of domestic workers to replace H2B workers, including raising of certain wage scales, implementation of sign-on bonuses for certain positions, offering of referral fees for qualified workers, and other benefits. However, the Company’s inability to secure sufficient domestic workers for its vessels or plants could have an adverse effect on the Company’s business, results of operation and financial condition. In addition, the Company will bear the increased costs of these additional benefits.

The Company’s Senior Credit Facility and other Fisheries Finance Program loan agreements contain covenants and restrictions that may limit the Company’s financial flexibility. The Company’s Senior Credit Facility and the Company’s loan agreements under the Title XI Fisheries Finance Program contain various covenants and restrictions such as prohibitions on dividends and stock repurchases without the lender’s consent. The Senior Credit Facility also contains various financial covenants that the Company must comply with.

Investment Risks. Investment risks specifically related to the Company’s common stock include:

The limited liquidity for the Company’s common stock could affect your ability to sell your shares at a satisfactory price. The Company’s common stock is relatively illiquid. As of December 31, 2007, the Company had approximately 17.5 million shares of common stock outstanding. The average daily trading volume in the common stock during the prior 60 calendar days ending on that date was

 

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approximately 66,100 shares. A more active public market for the Company’s common stock, however, may not develop, which would continue to adversely affect the trading price and liquidity of the common stock. Moreover, a thin trading market for the common stock causes the market price for the common stock to fluctuate significantly more than the stock market as a whole. Without a large float, the Company’s common stock is less liquid than the stock of companies with broader public ownership and, as a result, the trading prices of the common stock may be more volatile. In addition, in the absence of an active public trading market, you may be unable to liquidate your investment in the Company at a satisfactory price.

Issuance of shares in connection with financing transactions or under stock incentive plans will dilute current stockholders. Pursuant to the Company’s stock incentive plans, the Company’s management is authorized to grant stock awards to its employees, directors and consultants. You will incur dilution upon exercise of any outstanding stock awards. In addition, if the Company raises additional funds by issuing additional common stock, or securities convertible into or exchangeable or exercisable for common stock, further dilution to its existing stockholders will result, and new investors could have rights superior to existing stockholders.

The number of shares of the Company’s common stock eligible for future sale could adversely affect the market price of its stock. The Company had outstanding options to purchase approximately 2.8 million shares of its common stock with a weighted average exercise price of $9.22 per share as of December 31, 2007. These shares of common stock are registered for resale on currently effective registration statements. In addition, the Company has registered the resale of 5,232,708 shares of common stock that were sold by Zapata to certain purchasers in a private transaction on a currently effective registration statement. Certain of the Company’s officers and directors have also entered into Rule 10b5-1 sales plans with brokers unaffiliated with the Company whereby they have committed to sell automatically and without discretion a predetermined number of shares of the Company’s common stock over a period of time according to their own individual criteria. The Company may issue additional restricted securities or register additional shares of common stock under the Securities Act in the future. The issuance of a significant number of shares of common stock upon the exercise of stock options, or the availability for sale, or sale, of a substantial number of the shares of common stock eligible for future sale under effective registration statements, under Rule 144 or otherwise, could adversely affect the market price of the common stock.

The Company’s Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws have provisions that discourage corporate takeovers and could prevent stockholders from realizing a premium on their investment. Certain provisions of the Company’s Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws, as well as the Nevada Corporation Law, to which the Company is subject, could delay or frustrate the removal of incumbent directors and could make difficult a merger, tender offer or proxy contest involvement the Company, even if such events could be viewed as beneficial by its stockholders. The Company’s Board of Directors is empowered to issue preferred stock in one or more series without stockholder action. Any issuance of this blank-check preferred stock could materially limit the rights of holders of the Company’s common stock and render more difficult or discourage an attempt to obtain control of the Company by means of a tender offer, merger, proxy contest or otherwise. In additional, the Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws contain a number of provisions which could impede a takeover or change in control of the Company, including, among other things, staggered terms for members of its Board of Directors, the requiring of two-thirds vote of stockholders to amend certain provisions of the Articles of Incorporation or the inability to take action by written consent or to call special stockholder meetings. Certain provisions of the Nevada Corporation Law could also discourage takeover attempts that have not been approved by the Company’s Board of Directors. In addition, federal law requires that at least 75% of the Company’s outstanding capital stock be owned by U.S. citizens which will discourage takeover attempts by potential foreign purchasers.

The Company has not paid dividends and does not expect to pay dividends in the near future. The Company has never declared or paid any cash dividends on its common stock since it became a public company in April 1998 and has no intention to do so in the near future. Any determination as to payment of dividends will be made at the discretion of the Company’s Board of Directors and will depend upon the

 

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Company’s operating results, financial condition, capital requirements, general business conditions and such other factors that the Board of Directors deems relevant. In addition, the payment of cash dividends is not permitted by the terms of the Company’s Senior Credit Facility.

Item 1B.     Unresolved Staff Comments.

None.

Item 3.     Legal Proceedings.

The Company is defending various claims and litigation arising from operations which arise in the ordinary course of the Company’s business. In the opinion of management, any losses resulting from these matters will not have a material adverse affect on the Company’s results of operations, cash flows or financial position.

On September 25, 2007, RSUI Indemnity Company (“RSUI”) paid the Company $1.0 million as a partial tender under the Company’s excess layer property insurance policy. In addition, on October 1, 2007, the Company and RSUI entered into a Settlement Agreement pursuant to which RSUI made an additional payment to the Company of $8.2 million on October 29, 2007. With the additional payment, in the aggregate the Company has received $9.2 million from RSUI. The net proceeds to the Company after legal fees were $6.2 million. In connection with the settlement, the Company and RSUI each waived and dismissed with prejudice any and all contractual and extra-contractual claims they may have had against each other in connection with all Company claims against RSUI emanating out of Hurricanes Rita and Katrina.

The above funds are in addition to the previously reported $19.8 million insurance settlement that the Company received from its primary property insurance carrier, Lexington Insurance Company.

The above settlement concludes the previously reported litigation filed by the Company against its two property insurance carriers in the United States District Court—Western District of Louisiana. Still pending is a lawsuit that the Company filed on August 31, 2007 in District Court of Harris County, Texas, 295th Judicial District, against its prior insurance broker, Aon Risk Services of Texas, who procured the Company’s insurance policies with Lexington and RSUI. The Company’s lawsuit against Aon alleges negligent procurement, negligent misrepresentation, breach of contract and violations of Texas insurance and consumer protection laws. No trial date has yet been assigned in this matter.

Item 4.     Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders.

No matter was submitted to a vote of Omega’s stockholders during the fourth quarter of 2007.

 

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PART II

 

Item 5. Market for the Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities.

The following performance graph compares the Company’s cumulative total stockholder return on its Common Stock with the cumulative total return on (i) the Russell 2000 Index, and (ii) a peer group stock index (the “Peer Group Index”) which consists of three publicly traded companies in the agriproducts industry. The companies that comprise the Peer Group Index are Archer Daniels Midland Company, ConAgra, Inc. and Tyson Foods, Inc.

The cumulative total return computations set forth in the Performance Graph assume the investment of $100 in Common Stock, the Russell 2000 Index, and the Peer Group Index on December 31, 2002. Any dividends are assumed to be reinvested.

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     12/31/02     12/31/03    12/31/04    12/31/05    12/31/06    12/31/07

Omega Protein Corporation

   $ 100.00 *   $ 195.44    $ 217.72    $ 169.87    $ 195.70    $ 235.19

Peer Group Index

   $ 100.00 *   $ 116.40    $ 152.65    $ 139.22    $ 177.58    $ 210.79

Russell 2000

   $ 100.00 *   $ 145.37    $ 170.81    $ 176.48    $ 206.61    $ 196.40

 

* $100 invested on December 31, 2002 including reinvestment of dividends

The Performance Graph and related description shall not be deemed incorporated by reference into any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), or under the Exchange Act, except to the extent that the Company specifically incorporates this information by reference. In addition the Performance Graph and the related description shall not be deemed “soliciting material” or to be “filed” with the SEC or subject to Regulation 14A or 14C.

 

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Omega’s common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) under the symbol “OME”. The daily high and low sales prices for the common stock, as reported in the consolidated transactions reporting system for each quarterly period ending on the date indicated, are shown in the following table. No dividends were paid during the period set forth in the table.

 

     Dec. 31,
2007
   Sep. 30,
2007
   Jun. 30,
2007
   Mar. 31,
2007
   Dec. 31,
2006
   Sep. 30,
2006
   Jun. 30,
2006
   Mar. 31,
2006

High sales price

   $ 10.54    $ 10.49    $ 9.38    $ 8.05    $ 7.91    $ 6.72    $ 6.54    $ 6.70

Low sales price

     6.68      8.15      6.75      6.00      6.30      5.06      5.41      5.43

On March 6, 2008, the closing price of Omega’s common stock, as reported by the NYSE, was $12.34 per share. As of March 6, 2008, there were approximately 32 holders of record of Omega’s common stock. This number does not include any beneficial owners for whom shares may be held in a “nominee” or “street” name.

Omega has never declared any dividends since it became a public company in April 1998. Omega intends to retain earnings, if any, and does not anticipate declaring or paying dividends on its common stock in the foreseeable future. Any future determination as to payment of dividends will be made at the discretion of the Board of Directors of Omega and will depend upon the Company’s operating results, financial condition, capital requirements, general business conditions and such other factors that the Board of Directors deems relevant. In addition, the payment of cash dividends is not permitted by the terms of the Company’s Senior Credit Facility. See “Item 7—Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Conditional and Results of Operations—Liquidity and Capital Resources.”

Information relating to compensation plans under which the Company’s equity securities are authorized for issuance are set forth in Part III, Item 12 of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

 

Item 6. Selected Financial Data.

The following table sets forth certain selected historical consolidated financial information for the periods presented and should be read in conjunction with the Consolidated Financial Statements of the Company included in Item 8 of this Report and the related notes thereto and with “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” included in Item 7 of this Report.

 

     Years Ended December 31,
     2007    2006    2005     2004    2003
     (in thousands, except per share amounts)

INCOME STATEMENT DATA:

             

Revenues

   $ 157,149    $ 139,834    $ 109,896     $ 119,645    $ 117,926

Operating income (loss)

     27,440      7,956      (10,887 )     5,288      9,529

Net income (loss)

     12,139      4,572      (7,186 )     3,202      5,798

Per share income (loss) basic

     0.72      0.19      (0.29 )     0.13      0.24

Per share income (loss) diluted

     0.70      0.18      (0.29 )     0.12      0.22

CASH FLOW DATA:

             

Capital expenditures

     8,331      20,318      17,590       22,907      14,930

BALANCE SHEET DATA (end of period):

             

Working capital

   $ 83,461    $ 71,076    $ 79,120     $ 73,137    $ 80,937

Property and equipment, net

     96,659      100,776      93,965       97,766      85,231

Total assets

     207,829      200,718      200,227       190,162      186,168

Current maturities of long-term debt

     6,283      2,467      2,443       1,661      1,566

Long-term debt

     58,976      72,693      27,658       15,943      17,605

Stockholders’ equity

     118,455      101,090      142,367       149,667      145,217

 

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Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.

The following is a discussion of the Company’s financial condition and results of operations. This discussion should be read in conjunction with the Consolidated Financial Statements of the Company appearing under Item 8 of this Report. Certain amounts applicable to the prior periods have been reclassified to conform to the classifications currently followed. Such reclassifications do not affect earnings or stockholders’ equity.

General

Business. Omega is the largest U.S. producer of protein-rich meal and oil derived from marine sources. The Company’s products are produced from menhaden (a herring-like fish found in commercial quantities), and include regular grade and value-added specialty fish meals, crude and refined fish oils and fish solubles. The Company’s fish meal products are used as nutritional feed additives by animal feed manufacturers and by commercial livestock producers. The Company’s crude fish oil is sold to food producers and feed manufacturers, and its refined fish oil products are used in food production and certain industrial applications. Fish solubles are sold as protein additives for animal feed and as fertilizers.

Fishing. The Company’s harvesting season generally extends from May through December on the mid-Atlantic coast and from April through October on the Gulf coast. During the off-season and the first few months of each fishing season, the Company fills purchase orders from the inventory it has accumulated during the previous fishing season or in some cases, by re-selling meal and oil purchased from other suppliers.

On August 29, 2005, the Company’s Moss Point, Mississippi fish processing facility and adjacent shipyard were severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina. On September 25, 2005, the Company’s Cameron, Louisiana and Abbeville, Louisiana fish processing facilities were also severely damaged by Hurricane Rita. Each of these facilities was non-operational immediately after these weather events. Operations at the Moss Point fish processing facility, the Abbeville fish processing facility and the shipyard were re-established in mid-October, 2005, but at reduced processing capabilities. These two facilities were returned to full operational status prior to the beginning of the Gulf fishing season in April 2006. Operations at the Cameron fish processing facility were re-established in June 2006, but at reduced processing capabilities. The Cameron facility became fully operational in September 2006.

The direct impact of the two hurricanes upon the Company was a loss of physical inventories and physical damage to the plants. The interruption of processing capabilities caused the Company to address the impact of abnormal downtime of its processing facilities, which resulted in the immediate recognition of costs which would ordinarily have been captured as inventory costs. The amounts of these losses are more fully described in Notes 4, 5 and 12 to the Consolidated Financial Statements.

The fish catch is processed into three general types of products; fish meal, fish oil and fish solubles at the Company’s four meal and oil processing plants, two in Louisiana, one in Mississippi and one in Virginia.

 

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Harvesting and Production. The following table summarizes the Company’s harvesting and production for the indicated periods:

 

     Years Ended December 31,
     2007    2006    2005

Fish catch (tons) (1)

   542,102    541,059    522,399

Production (tons):

        

Fish meal

        

Regular grade

   23,605    19,250    30,944

Special Select

   108,700    116,831    82,452

Sea-Lac

   10,821    10,864    22,751

Oil

        

Crude

   42,152    39,963    53,140

Refined

   13,997    9,907    6,335

Solubles

   6,617    5,962    6,439
              

Total Production

   205,892    202,777    202,061
              

 

(1) Fish catch has been converted to tons using the National Marine Fisheries Service (“NMFS”) fish catch conversion ratio of 670 pounds per 1,000 fish.

The Company’s harvesting and processing business is seasonal and fluctuates from year to year and month to month due to natural conditions over which the Company has no control. For example, the 2006 oil yield results were the poorest in recent Company history. For illustrative purposes, the Company’s oil yields for the 2006 fishing season were lower by 28% compared to those in the 2005 fishing season and were lower by 24% compared to the Company’s 10 year oil yield average. The causes of lower fish oil yields are believed to relate to fish diet, weather and water temperature but are not generally well understood. The impact of these poor oil yields have resulted in significantly higher per unit inventory costs and fewer volumes available for future sale. These higher unit costs and fewer volumes available for sale have adversely impacted financial results for the fourth quarter of 2006 and first and second quarter of 2007. There was no material impact in the third and fourth quarters of 2007.

In addition, in late 2005, the Company’s Gulf Coast facilities were rendered inoperable due to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Two of the three facilities regained operational status prior to the end of the 2005 fishing season and the other facility did not regain its operational status until the 2006 season. These hurricane damages adversely affected the Company’s business, results of operations and financial condition.

Markets. Pricing for the Company’s products has been volatile in the past several years and is attributable mainly to the international availability, or the perceived international availability, of fish meal and fish oil inventories. In an effort to reduce price volatility and to generate higher, more consistent profit margins, the Company has implemented a quality control program designed to increase its capability of producing higher quality fish meal products and, in conjunction therewith, enhanced it sales efforts to penetrate premium product markets. Since 2000, the Company’s sales volumes of specialty meal products have increased approximately 32%. Future volumetric growth in specialty meal sales will be dependant upon increased harvesting efforts and market demand. Additionally, the Company is attempting to introduce its refined fish oil into the food market. The Company has made sales, which to date have not been material, of its refined fish oil, trademarked OmegaPure ® , to food manufacturers in the United States and Canada at prices that provide substantially improved margins over the margins that can be obtained from selling non-refined crude fish oil. The Company cannot estimate, however, the size of the actual domestic or international markets for Omega Pure or how long it may take to develop these markets.

During 2002, the Company developed a business plan to expand its purchase and resale of other manufacturers’ fish meal and fish oil products which focused initially on the purchase and resale of Mexican fish

 

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meal and fish oil. In 2002, revenues generated from these types of transactions represented less than 2% of total Company revenues. During 2003, 2004 and again in 2005, the Company’s fish catch and resultant product inventories were reduced, primarily due to adverse weather conditions. The Company supplemented its inventories and subsequent sales by purchasing other fish meal and oil products. Although operating margins from these activities are less than the margins typically generated from the Company’s base domestic production, these operations provide the Company with a source of fish meal and oil to sell into other markets where the Company has not historically had a presence. The Company purchased products totaling approximately 5,500, 14,600 and 16,555 tons, or approximately 9.1%, 7% and 8% of total volume sales for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2007, 2006 and 2005, respectively.

Historically, approximately 35% to 40% of Omega’s FAQ fish meal was sold on a two-to-twelve-month forward contract basis. The balance of regular grade and other products was substantially sold on a spot basis through purchase orders. The Company began a similar forward sales program for its specialty grade meals and crude fish oil for 2002 due to increasing demand for these products. During 2005, 2006 and 2007 approximately 70%, 70% and 50% respectively, of its specialty meals and crude fish oil had been sold on a forward contract basis. The Company’s annual revenues are highly dependent on both annual fish catch and inventories and, in addition, inventory is generally carried over from one year to another year. The Company determines the level of inventory to be carried over based on prevailing market prices of the products and anticipated customer usage and demand during the off season. Thus, production volume does not necessarily correlate with sales volume in the same year and sales volumes will fluctuate from quarter to quarter and month to month. The Company’s fish meal products have a useable life of approximately one year from date of production. Practically, however, the Company typically attempts to empty its warehouses of the previous season’s products by the second or third month of the new fishing season. The Company’s crude fish oil products do not lose efficacy unless exposed to oxygen and therefore, their storage life typically is longer than that of fish meal.

The following table sets forth the Company’s revenues by product (in millions) and the approximate percentage of total revenues represented thereby, for the indicated periods:

 

     Years Ended December 31,  
     2007     2006     2005  
     Revenues    Percent     Revenues    Percent     Revenues    Percent  

Regular Grade

   $ 21.1    13.5 %   $ 17.0    12.1 %   $ 19.4    17.7 %

Special Select

     73.9    47.0       63.4    45.3       48.5    44.1  

SeaLac

     11.7    7.4       9.2    6.6       17.7    16.1  

Crude Oil

     33.9    21.6       38.3    27.4       17.3    15.7  

Refined Oil

     13.7    8.7       9.3    6.7       5.3    4.8  

Fish Solubles

     2.6    1.7       2.2    1.6       1.7    1.6  

Other

     0.2    0.1       0.4    0.3       —      —    
                                       

Total

   $ 157.1    100.0 %   $ 139.8    100.0 %   $ 109.9    100.0 %
                                       

Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates

For information on critical accounting policies and estimates, see Note 1 to the consolidated financial statements included in Item 8—Financial Statements and Supplementary Data.

 

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Results of Operations

The following table sets forth as a percentage of revenues, certain items of the Company’s operations for each of the indicated periods.

 

     Years Ended December 31,  
     2007     2006     2005  

Revenues

   100.0 %   100.0 %   100.0 %

Cost of sales

   77.9     83.4     83.7  
                  

Gross profit

   22.1     16.6     16.3  

Selling, general and administrative expenses

   10.4     9.8     11.7  

Research and development expenses

   0.8     —       —    

(Insurance recoveries) losses relating to natural disaster, net

   (6.8 )   1.1     14.3  

Loss on disposal of assets

   0.2     —       0.2  
                  

Operating income (loss)

   17.5     5.7     (9.9 )

Interest income

   0.2     0.4     0.6  

Interest expense

   (3.5 )   (1.8 )   (1.1 )

Loss resulting from debt refinancing

   (1.9 )   —       —    

Other income (expense)

   (0.2 )   (0.2 )   —    
                  

Income (loss) before income taxes

   12.1     4.1     (10.4 )

Provision (benefit) for income taxes

   4.4     0.8     (3.9 )
                  

Net income (loss)

   7.7     3.3     (6.5 )
                  

2007 – 2006

Revenues .  Revenues increased $17.3 million, or 12.4%, from $139.8 million in 2006 to $157.1 million in 2007. The increase in revenues was due to higher sales prices of 21.2% and 18.4% for the Company’s fish meal and fish oil, respectively, which was partially offset by lower sales volumes of 1.6% and 15.6% for the Company’s fish meal and fish oil, respectively. Considering fish meal, fish oil and fish solubles sales activities in total, the Company experienced a $26.1 million increase in revenues due to increased sales prices and an $8.7 million decrease in revenue caused by decreased sales volumes, when comparing 2007 to 2006.

Cost of Sales .  Cost of sales, including depreciation and amortization, for 2007 was $122.5 million, a $5.8 million increase, or 5.0%, as compared to 2006. Cost of sales as a percentage of revenues was 77.9% for 2007 as compared to 83.4% for 2006. The 5.5% decrease in cost of sales as percentage of revenue was primarily due to increased sales prices, partially offset by increased per unit production costs due to increased labor and repair costs.

Gross Profit .  Gross profit increased $11.5 million, or 49.6%, from $23.2 million in 2006 to $34.7 million in 2007. As a percentage of revenues, the Company’s gross profit margin increased 5.5% in 2007 as compared to 2006. The increase in gross profit was primarily due to increased sales prices partially offset by increased per unit production costs as discussed above.

Selling, general and administrative expenses .  Selling, general and administrative expenses increased $2.7 million, or 19.8%, from $13.7 million in 2006 to $16.4 million in 2007. The increase was primarily due to increased employee bonuses incurred in 2007 that were not incurred in 2006. This increase was partially offset by costs incurred in 2006 related to the relocation of the administrative offices from Louisiana to Texas that were not incurred in 2007. As a percentage of revenue, selling, general and administrative expense increased 0.6% from 9.8% in 2006 to 10.4% in 2007.

 

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Research and development expenses. Research and development expenses were approximately $1.2 million in 2007. This balance represents costs incurred at the Company’s OmegaPure Technology and Innovation Center which commenced operations in January 2007. No such expenses were recognized in 2006.

(Insurance recoveries) losses relating to natural disaster, net. During 2007, the Company settled the lawsuits with its primary and secondary insurance carriers which resulted in the recognition of $10.7 million in net proceeds in excess of insurance recoveries previously recorded. The losses of approximately $1.5 million incurred in 2006 represent costs in excess of the original estimated involuntary conversion loss recorded at December 31, 2005.

Loss on disposal of assets .  Loss on disposal of assets increased $334,000 from a loss of $9,000 in 2006 to a loss of $343,000 in 2007. The increase was the result of disposal of miscellaneous assets in the ordinary course of business during 2007.

Operating income (loss) .  As a result of the factors discussed above, the Company’s operating income (loss) increased $19.4 million from $8.0 million in 2006 to $27.4 million in 2007. As a percentage of revenues, operating income (loss) increased 11.8% from 5.7% in 2006 to 17.5% in 2007.

Interest income .  Interest income decreased by $272,000 from $622,000 in 2006 to $350,000 in 2007. The decrease was primarily due to decreased average cash balances.

Interest expense.  Interest expense increased $2.9 million from $2.6 million in 2006 to $5.5 million in 2007. The increase in interest expense is primarily due to additional debt the Company had outstanding during 2007 that was incurred in October 2006 and refinanced in March 2007.

Loss resulting from debt refinancing. Refinancing expenses were $3.0 million in 2007. The expenses relate to previously deferred debt issuance costs and other costs that became immediately recognized when the Company refinanced the financing facility with Ableco Finance LLC on March 26, 2007. No such expenses were recognized in 2006.

Other income (expense), net .  Other income (expense), net increased by $89,000 from $244,000 in 2006 to $333,000 in 2007. The increase was primarily due to increased fees paid to the Company’s bank and miscellaneous charges incurred during 2007 that were not incurred in 2006.

Provision (benefit) for income taxes.  The Company recorded a $6.8 million provision for income taxes in 2007 representing an effective tax rate of 36.0% for income taxes compared to 20.8% in 2006. This increase in the effective tax rate is primarily a result of factors experienced in 2006 that had less of an impact in 2007. These factors include the partial exclusion of income on foreign sales, income tax credits attributable to post-hurricane wages and a state income tax benefit. The Company believes that it is more probable than not that the recorded estimated deferred tax asset benefits and state operating loss carry-forwards will be realized except for the amount for which a valuation allowance has been provided. The statutory tax rate of 34% for U.S. federal taxes was in effect for the respective periods.

2006 – 2005

Revenues .  Revenues increased $29.9 million, or 27.2%, from $109.9 million in 2005 to $139.8 million in 2006. The increase in revenues was due to higher sales prices of 17.3% and 12.9% for the Company’s fish meal and fish oil, respectively, and higher sales volumes of 86.8% for the Company’s fish oil. The increase in revenues was partially offset by lower sales volumes of the Company’s fish meal, which decreased by 10.2% in 2006 as compared to 2005. Considering fish meal, fish oil and fish solubles sales activities in total, the Company experienced a $17.9 million increase in revenues due to increased sales prices and a $11.9 million increase in revenue caused by increased sales volumes, when comparing 2006 to 2005.

 

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Cost of Sales .  Cost of sales, including depreciation and amortization, for 2006 was $116.6 million, a $24.7 million increase, or 26.8%, as compared to 2005. Cost of sales as a percentage of revenues was 83.4% for 2006 as compared to 83.7% for 2005. The 0.3% decrease in cost of sales as percentage of revenue was primarily due to increased sales prices, as noted above, largely offset by increased per unit production costs due to higher energy prices, increased repair costs and decreased fish oil yields in 2006 as compared to 2005.

Gross Profit .  Gross profit increased $5.3 million, or 29.5%, from $17.9 million in 2005 to $23.2 million in 2006. As a percentage of revenues, the Company’s gross profit margin increased 0.3% in 2006 as compared to 2005. The slight increase in gross profit was primarily due to increased sales prices offset by increased per unit production costs as discussed above.

Selling, general and administrative expenses .  Selling, general and administrative expenses increased $0.8 million, or 5.9%, from $12.9 million in 2005 to $13.7 million in 2006. The increase was primarily due to costs incurred to relocate certain administrative offices from Louisiana to Texas, consulting costs and costs associated with the new Technical Center.

(Insurance recoveries) losses relating to natural disaster, net .  Loss resulting from natural disaster, resulting from damages incurred at the Company’s Moss Point, Mississippi fish processing facility and adjacent shipyard from Hurricane Katrina, and damages incurred at the Company’s Cameron and Abbeville, Louisiana fish processing facilities from Hurricane Rita, decreased $14.2 million from $15.7 million in 2005 to $1.5 million in 2006. The losses incurred in 2006 represent costs in excess of the original estimated involuntary conversion loss recorded at December 31, 2005

Loss on disposal of assets .  Loss on disposal of assets decreased $140,000 from a loss of $149,000 in 2005 to a loss of $9,000 in 2006. The decrease was the result of increased losses on the disposal of miscellaneous assets in 2005 compared to immaterial activity in 2006.

Operating income (loss) .  As a result of the factors discussed above, the Company’s operating income (loss) increased $18.9 million from $(10.9) million in 2005 to $8.0 million in 2006. As a percentage of revenues, operating income (loss) increased 15.6% from (9.9)% in 2005 to 5.7% in 2006.

Interest income .  Interest income increased by $7,000 from $615,000 in 2005 to $622,000 in 2006. The increase was primarily due to higher returns on the Company’s cash and cash equivalents offset by decreased average cash balances.

Interest expense .  Interest expense increased $1.3 million from $1.3 million in 2005 to $2.6 million in 2006. The increase in interest expense was primarily due to interest associated with the additional $14 million in debt which was incurred in October 2005 in connection with Fisheries Finance Program financing and the $47.5 million of debt incurred in October 2006 in connection with the Company’s common stock repurchase.

Other income (expense), net .  Other income (expense), net decreased by $317,000 from $73,000 in 2005 to ($244,000) in 2006. The decrease was primarily the result of a gain recognized in 2005 associated with the involuntary conversion of a piece of equipment resulting from a fire.

Provision (benefit) for income taxes .  The Company recorded a $1.2 million provision for income taxes in 2006 representing an effective tax rate of 20.8% for income taxes compared to 37.2% in 2005. This decrease in the effective tax rate is primarily a result of the partial exclusion of income on foreign sales, interest income exempt from income tax, income tax credits attributable to post-hurricane wages and a state income tax benefit on current year pre-tax income resulting from interest expense. The Company believes that it is more probable than not that the recorded estimated deferred tax asset benefits and state operating loss carry-forwards will be realized. The statutory tax rate of 34% for U.S. federal taxes was in effect for the respective periods.

 

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Liquidity and Capital Resources

Historically, the Company’s primary sources of liquidity and capital resources have been cash flows from operations, bank credit facilities and term loans from various lenders provided pursuant to the U.S. Maritime Administration’s Fisheries Finance Program (“FFP”), which is offered through National Marine Fisheries Services (“NMFS”) under Title XI of the Marine Act of 1936 (“Title XI”). These sources of cash flows have been used for operations, capital expenditures, payment of long-term debt and the purchase and retirement of shares of the Company’s common stock in 2006.

At December 31, 2007, the Company had an unrestricted cash balance of $19.3 million, up $11.3 million from December 31, 2006. This increase was primarily due to the receipt of insurance proceeds and increased gross profit resulting from increased profit margins. See “—Results of Operations”. The Company’s annual revenues and its resulting liquidity are highly dependent on annual fish catch, production yields, selling prices for its products and inventories available for sale.

The aggregate amount of the Company’s outstanding indebtedness at December 31, 2007 was approximately $65.3 million compared to approximately $75.2 million at December 31, 2006. The Company has a highly leveraged financial structure, limiting its financial flexibility. In particular, the Company will be required to use a portion of its cash flows to pay principal and interest on its debt, which will reduce the amount of money the Company has for operations, capital expenditures, expansion, acquisitions or general corporate or other business activities. In addition, the covenants contained in the Company’s debt agreements limit its ability to borrow money in the future for acquisitions, capital expenditures or to meet the Company’s operating expenses or other general corporate obligations. See “Risk Factors—The Company has a substantial amount of indebtedness, which may adversely affect its ability to operate its business, remain in compliance with debt covenants and make payments on its debt.”

Source of Capital: Operations

Net cash flow from operating activities increased to approximately $6.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2007 from $3.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2006. The increase in operating cash flow is primarily attributable to increases in revenue and gross profit margins.

Source of Capital: Debt

Net financing activities used cash of $5.1 million and $4.0 million during the years ended December 31, 2007 and 2006, respectively. The year 2007 included approximately $47.3 million in total borrowings, $47.5 million in principal payments with respect to the Company’s prior Financing Facility with Ableco Finance LLC in addition to $9.8 million used for payments of other debt obligations, $0.7 million in debt issuance costs associated with the new Senior Credit Facility and $5.6 million in proceeds received from stock options exercised. The year 2006 included approximately $48.6 million in borrowings, of which $47.5 million was used to purchase and retire 9,268,292 shares of the Company’s common stock held by Zapata (the “Zapata Shares”), $3.3 million in debt issuance and treasury stock acquisition costs, $3.6 million in principal repayments of debt and $1.8 million in proceeds from stock options exercised.

Under Title XI, as administered under the FFP, the Company has secured loans through lenders with terms generally ranging between 12 and 20 years at interest rates between 6% and 8% per annum which are enhanced with a government guaranty to the lender for up to 80% of the financing. The Company’s current Title XI borrowings are secured by liens on 17 fishing vessels and mortgages on the Company’s Reedville, Virginia and Abbeville, Louisiana plants. In 1996, Title XI borrowing was modified to permit use of proceeds from borrowings obtained through this program for shore-side construction.

In September 2004, the FFP approved the Company’s financing application in an amount not to exceed $14.0 million (the “Approval Letter”). Borrowings under the Approval Letter are required to be used to finance and/or refinance approximately 73% of the actual depreciable cost of the Company’s future fishing vessel

 

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refurbishments and capital expenditures relating to shore-side fishing assets for a term not to exceed 15 years from inception at interest rates determined by the U.S. Treasury. Final approval for all such future projects requires individual approval through the Secretary of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and NMFS. Borrowings under the FFP are required to be evidenced by security agreements, undertakings, and other documents deemed in the sole discretion of the NMFS as necessary to accomplish the intent and purpose of the Approval Letter. The Company is required to comply with customary NMFS covenants as well as certain special covenants. The Company closed on a $14.0 million FFP loan on October 17, 2005.

On December 1, 2005, pursuant to the Title XI program, the FFP approved a second financing application made by the Company in the amount of $16.4 million (the “Second Approval Letter”). In May 2006, the Company submitted a $6.3 million financing request under the Second Approval Letter. The Company closed on the $6.3 million FFP loan in the first quarter of 2007. As of December 31, 2007, the Company had approximately $31.1 million of borrowings outstanding under Title XI and was in compliance with all of the covenants contained therein.

On October 20, 2006, the Company, certain of its subsidiaries and Ableco Finance LLC (“Ableco”), A3 Fund Management LLC, an affiliate of Ableco, and Wachovia Bank, National Association entered into the financing agreement (the “Financing Agreement”) pursuant to which the Lenders agreed to provide the Company with a senior secured financing facility (“the “Financing Facility”) in the maximum amount of $65 million. The Financing Facility consisted of (a) a revolving credit facility of up to $30 million outstanding at any time, including a $5 million subfacility for the issuance of letters of credit, and (b) a term loan facility of $35 million. On October 20, 2006, the Company drew down the $35 million term loan and approximately $13.6 million of revolving loans, and approximately $3.3 million in letters of credit were issued pursuant to the letter of credit subfacility. The Financing Facility was secured by a first priority lien on all of the Company’s assets, other than vessels, real estate and other assets pledged to secure loans made to the Company under the FFP. For a more detailed description of the terms and conditions of the Financing Facility and Financing Agreement, see the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the SEC on October 24, 2006.

On March 26, 2007 (the “Closing Date”), the Company entered into a Credit Agreement (the “Credit Agreement”) with Bank of America, N.A., as administrative agent, lender, swing line lender and letter of credit issuer, Regions Bank, Compass Bank and Farm Credit Bank of Texas (collectively, the “Lenders”). The Credit Agreement provides the Company with a $55 million senior credit facility (the “Senior Credit Facility”) consisting of (i) a 5-year revolving credit facility (the “Revolving Credit Facility”) of up to $20 million, including a $7.5 million sub-limit for the issuance of standby letters of credit and a $2.5 million sub-limit for swing line loans and (ii) a 5-year term loan (the “Term Loan”) of $35 million. The Senior Credit Facility replaced the Company’s Financing Facility, under which, as of the Closing Date, $28.7 million in principal was outstanding under a term loan and $6.5 million in principal was outstanding under revolving loans, and approximately $3.3 million in letters of credit were issued, primarily in support of worker’s compensation insurance programs. On the Closing Date, the Company drew down $35 million under the Term Loan and approximately $2.0 million under the Revolving Credit Facility, and had approximately $3.1 million issued in standby letters of credit, primarily in support of worker’s compensation insurance programs. The Senior Credit Facility is secured by a first priority lien on all of the Company’s assets, other than vessels, real estate and other assets pledged to secure loans made to the Company under the FFP.

Aggregate amounts outstanding under the Revolving Credit Facility (including standby letters of credit and swing line loans) are limited to an amount not to exceed the lesser of (i) $20 million and (ii) an amount equal to the sum of (a) 80% of Eligible Accounts Receivable (as defined in the Credit Agreement) plus (b) 50% of net book value of Eligible Inventory (as defined in the Credit Agreement), provided that Eligible Inventory shall not comprise more than 50% of the total of (a) and (b). Standby letters of credit will be issued by, and swing line loans will be made available by, Bank of America, N.A. and each Lender will purchase an irrevocable and unconditional participation in each standby letters of credit and swing line loan, subject to certain conditions. Swing line loans will be made available on a same day basis in minimum amounts of $100,000, subject to certain conditions.

 

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Any loan (other than swing line loans) under the Senior Credit Facility bears interest at a rate equal to the Applicable Margin, as determined in accordance with the pricing grid set forth below, plus one of the following indexes: (i) Eurodollar and (ii) the Base Rate (defined as the higher of (a) the Federal Funds Rate plus 0.50% and (b) the rate of interest in effect for such day as publicly announced from time to time by Bank of America as its “prime rate”). Each swing line loan bears interest at the Base Rate plus the Applicable Margin for Base Rate loans.

 

Consolidated Leverage Ratio of the Company and its Subsidiaries

   Applicable
Commitment
Fee
    Letters of Credit
Fee
    Applicable
Margin for
Eurodollar
Loans
    Applicable
Margin for
Base Rate
Loans
 

Less than 2.0x

   0.40 %   2.00 %   2.00 %   0.50 %

Less than 2.50x but greater than or equal to 2.0x

   0.40 %   2.25 %   2.25 %   0.75 %

Less than 3.0x but greater than or equal to 2.5x

   0.40 %   2.38 %   2.38 %   1.00 %

Less than 3.5x but greater than or equal to 3.0x

   0.40 %   2.50 %   2.50 %   1.25 %

Greater than or equal to 3.5x

   0.50 %   2.75 %   2.75 %   1.50 %

All borrowings made on the Closing Date were made as Base Rate loans. These Base Rate loans were converted to Eurodollar loans three days after the Closing Date. On March 26, 2007, the Company entered into an interest rate swap agreement with Bank of America N.A for $19,950,000 of the Term Loan. The interest rate swap agreement effectively locks in the LIBOR portion of the interest rate for the $19,950,000 at 5.16% for the remaining term of the Term Loan. Subsequent to December 31, 2007, the Company entered into a second interest rate swap agreement with Bank of America N.A. for $10,237,500 of its $35,000,000 Term Loan. The agreement effectively locks in the LIBOR portion of the interest rate for that $10,237,500 principal amount at 3.36% for the remaining term of the agreement.

The Credit Agreement requires the Company comply with various affirmative and negative covenants affecting its business and operations. In addition, the Company is required to comply with the following financial covenants:

 

   

The Company is required to maintain Consolidated Net Worth (as defined in the Credit Agreement) of at least $85,000,000, which is increased on a cumulative basis as of the end of each fiscal quarter (commencing June 30, 2007) by an amount equal to 75% of Consolidated Net Income (as defined in the Credit Agreement) (to the extent positive) for the fiscal quarter then ended plus 100% of the amount of certain equity issuances after the Closing Date that increase consolidated shareholders’ equity.

 

   

The Company is required to maintain, as of the end of each fiscal quarter (commenced March 31, 2007), a Consolidated Leverage Ratio (as defined in the Credit Agreement) of 4.0 to 1.0, which will be reduced to (i) 3.75 to 1.0 on September 30, 2007, (ii) 3.25 to 1.0 on December 31, 2007, (iii) 3.0 to 1.0 on December 31, 2008, (iv) 2.75 to 1.0 on December 31, 2009 and (iv) 2.5 to 1.0 on December 31, 2010 for thereafter.

 

   

The Company is required to maintain, as of the end of each fiscal quarter (commenced March 31, 2007), a Consolidated Fixed Charge Coverage Ratio (as defined in the Credit Agreement) of at least 1.1 to 1.0.

 

   

The Company is required to maintain, at the end of each fiscal quarter (commenced March 31, 2007), a Consolidated Asset Coverage Ratio (as defined in the Credit Agreement) of 1.5 to 1.0, which will be increased to 2.0 to 1.0 on December 31, 2008 for thereafter.

 

   

The Company is not permitted to have Consolidated Capital Expenditures (as defined in the Credit Agreement) in excess of $15 million for any fiscal year.

As of December 31, 2007, the Company was in compliance with all applicable financial covenants.

 

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The Senior Credit Facility will terminate on March 26, 2012 (the “Maturity Date”). All loans and all other obligations outstanding under the Senior Credit Facility shall be payable in full on the Maturity Date. For a more detailed description of the terms and conditions of the Credit Agreement, see the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the SEC on March 30, 2007.

As of December 31, 2007, the Company had $34.1 million outstanding under the Term Loan and approximately $3.1 million in letters of credit issued primarily in support of worker’s compensation insurance programs. As of December 31, 2007, the Company had $14.4 million available under the Revolving Credit Facility and the Company was in compliance with all of the covenants under the Senior Credit Facility. The Company has no off-balance sheet arrangements other than normal operating leases and standby letters of credit.

Use of Capital: Operations

Net investing activities provided (used) cash of $10.3 million and ($18.2) million for the years ended December 31, 2007 and 2006, respectively. In addition to any future capital expenditures related to the hurricanes, the Company’s investing activities consist mainly of capital expenditures for equipment purchases, replacements, vessel refurbishments, and fish oil refining processes. The Company made capital expenditures of approximately $8.3 million and $20.3 million, for the years ended December 31, 2007 and 2006, respectively. The Company anticipates making approximately $14.0 million in capital expenditures in 2008 primarily for the refurbishment of vessels and plant assets. Investing activities also includes the net receipt of $18.7 million and $2.0 million from insurance companies relating to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita for the years ending December 31, 2007 and 2006, respectively.

The Company believes that the existing cash, cash equivalents, short-term investments and funds available through the Financing Facility and/or Title XI indebtedness described above will be sufficient to meet its working capital and capital expenditure requirements through at least the next twelve months.

Use of Capital: Acquisitions

The Company from time to time considers potential transactions including, but not limited to, enhancement of physical facilities to improve production capabilities and the acquisition of other businesses. Certain of the potential transactions reviewed by the Company would, if completed, result in its entering new lines of business (generally including certain businesses to which the Company sells its products such as pet food manufacturers, aquaculture feed manufacturers, fertilizer companies and organic foods manufacturers and distributors), although historically, reviewed opportunities have been generally related in some manner to the Company’s existing operations or which would have added new protein products to the Company’s product lines. Although the Company does not explicitly budget for acquisitions and, as of the date hereof, does not have any commitment with respect to a material acquisition, it could enter into such agreement in the future. Depending on the size of the acquisition, the Company would expect to finance the transaction using internally generated cash flows and its Senior Credit Facility, or, if necessary, equity or debt financings. The Company cannot assure you that such financings will be available on acceptable terms, if at all.

 

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Use of Capital: Contractual Obligations

The following tables aggregate information about the Company’s contractual cash obligations and other commercial commitments (in thousands) as of December 31, 2007:

 

     Payments Due by Period

Contractual Cash Obligations

   Total    Less than
1 year
   1 to 3
years
   4 to 5
years
   After 5
years

Long Term Debt

   $ 65,259    $ 6,283    $ 17,078    $ 23,463    $ 18,435

Interest on long term debt

     21,180      4,576      7,250      4,378      4,976

Operating Leases

     8,169      2,031      2,626      1,511      2,001

Pension Funding

     4,328      1,439      1,505      1,314      70

Standby Letters of Credit (1)

     3,100      3,100      —        —        —  
                                  

Total Contractual Cash Obligations

   $ 102,036    $ 17,429    $ 28,459    $ 30,666    $ 25,482
                                  

 

(1) As of December 31, 2007, the Company had $3.1 million in standby letters of credit under the Senior Credit Facility.

Recently Issued Accounting Standards

For additional information on changes in accounting principles and new accounting principles, see Note 1 to the consolidated financial statements included in Item 8—Financial Statements and Supplementary Data.

Seasonal and Quarterly Results

The Company’s menhaden harvesting and processing business is seasonal in nature. The Company generally has higher sales during the menhaden harvesting season (which includes the second and third quarter of each year) due to increased product availability, but prices during the fishing season tend to be lower than during the off-season. As a result, the Company’s quarterly operating results have fluctuated in the past and may fluctuate in the future. In addition, from time to time the Company defers sales of inventory based on worldwide prices for competing products that affect prices for the Company’s products which may affect comparable period comparisons. Quarterly financial data contained in Note 16 to the Company’s Consolidated Financial Statements included in Item 8 of this report are incorporated herein by reference.

 

Item 7A. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosure About Market Risk.

In the normal course of business, the financial condition of the Company is exposed to minimal market risk associated with interest rate movements on the Company’s borrowings. To further mitigate this minimal risk, the Company has entered into interest rate swap agreements to effectively lock-in the LIBOR component of certain debt instruments. A one percent increase or decrease in the levels of interest rates on variable rate debt would not result in a material change to the Company’s results of operations.

Although the Company sells products in foreign countries, all of the Company’s revenues are billed and paid for in US dollars. As a result, management does not believe that the Company is exposed to any significant foreign country currency exchange risk, and the Company does not utilize market risk sensitive instruments to manage its exposure to this risk.

 

Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data.

 

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Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

To the Board of Directors and Shareholders of Omega Protein Corporation:

In our opinion, the consolidated financial statements listed in the index appearing under item 15(a)(1) present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of Omega Protein Corporation and its subsidiaries at December 31, 2007 and 2006, and the results of their operations and their cash flows for each of the three years in the period ended December 31, 2007 in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. In addition, in our opinion, the financial statement schedule listed in the index appearing under Item 15(a)(2) presents fairly, in all material respects, the information set forth therein when read in conjunction with the related consolidated financial statements. Also in our opinion, the Company maintained, in all material respects, effective internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2007, based on criteria established in Internal Control—Integrated Framework issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO). The Company’s management is responsible for these financial statements and financial statement schedule, for maintaining effective internal control over financial reporting and for its assessment of the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting, included in Management’s Report on Internal Control over Financial Reporting under Item 9A. Our responsibility is to express opinions on these financial statements, on the financial statement schedule, and on the Company’s internal control over financial reporting based on our integrated audits. We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States). Those standards require that we plan and perform the audits to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement and whether effective internal control over financial reporting was maintained in all material respects. Our audits of the financial statements included examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements, assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, and evaluating the overall financial statement presentation. Our audit of internal control over financial reporting included obtaining an understanding of internal control over financial reporting, assessing the risk that a material weakness exists, and testing and evaluating the design and operating effectiveness of internal control based on the assessed risk. Our audits also included performing such other procedures as we considered necessary in the circumstances. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinions.

As discussed in Notes 1 and 8 to the consolidated financial statements, the Company adopted the provisions of FASB Interpretation No. 48, “Accounting for Uncertainty in Income Taxes—an interpretation of FASB Statement No. 109”, as of January 1, 2007. As discussed in Note 11 to the consolidated financial statements, the Company adopted the recognition and disclosure provisions of FASB Statement No. 158, “Employers’ Accounting for Defined Benefit Pension and Other Postretirement Plans—an amendment of FASB Statement No. 87, 88, 106 and 132(R)”, as of December 31, 2006.

A company’s internal control over financial reporting is a process designed to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. A company’s internal control over financial reporting includes those policies and procedures that (i) pertain to the maintenance of records that, in reasonable detail, accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of the assets of the company; (ii) provide reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and that receipts and expenditures of the company are being made only in accordance with authorizations of management and directors of the company; and (iii) provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection of unauthorized acquisition, use, or disposition of the company’s assets that could have a material effect on the financial statements.

Because of its inherent limitations, internal control over financial reporting may not prevent or detect misstatements. Also, projections of any evaluation of effectiveness to future periods are subject to the risk that controls may become inadequate because of changes in conditions, or that the degree of compliance with the policies or procedures may deteriorate.

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Houston, Texas

March 12, 2008

 

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CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

 

     December 31,
2007
    December 31,
2006
 
     (in thousands)  
ASSETS     

Current assets:

    

Cash and cash equivalents

   $ 19,292     $ 7,993  

Receivables, net

     16,051       19,632  

Inventories

     70,852       60,045  

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

     1,456       2,089  
                

Total current assets

     107,651       89,759  

Other assets, net

     3,344       6,080  

Deferred tax assets, net

     175       4,103  

Property, plant and equipment, net

     96,659       100,776  
                

Total assets

   $ 207,829     $ 200,718  
                
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY     

Current liabilities:

    

Current maturities of long-term debt

   $ 6,283     $ 2,467  

Accounts payable

     2,459       2,456  

Accrued liabilities

     15,067       13,760  

Deferred tax liabilities, net

     381       —    
                

Total current liabilities

     24,190       18,683  

Long-term debt, net of current maturities

     58,976       72,693  

Interest rate swap liability

     459       —    

Pension liabilities, net

     5,749       8,252  
                

Total liabilities

     89,374       99,628  
                

Commitments and contingencies

    

Stockholders’ equity:

    

Preferred stock, $0.01 par value; 10,000,000 authorized shares; none issued

     —         —    

Common Stock, $0.01 par value; 80,000,000 authorized shares; 17,453,702 and 16,209,527 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2007 and 2006, respectively

     175       162  

Capital in excess of par value

     101,865       95,961  

Retained earnings

     23,435       11,895  

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

     (7,020 )     (6,928 )
                

Total stockholders’ equity

     118,455       101,090  
                

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

   $ 207,829     $ 200,718  
                

The accompanying notes are an integral part of the consolidated financial statements.

 

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CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

 

     Years Ended December 31,  
           2007                 2006                 2005        
     (in thousands, except per share amounts)  

Revenues

   $ 157,149     $ 139,834     $ 109,896  

Cost of sales

     122,455       116,638       91,985  
                        

Gross profit

     34,694       23,196       17,911  

Selling, general and administrative expenses

     16,386       13,683       12,906  

Research and development

     1,194       —         —    

(Insurance recoveries) losses relating to natural disaster, net (see Notes 1 and 12)

     (10,669 )     1,548       15,743  

Loss on disposal of assets

     343       9       149  
                        

Operating income (loss)

     27,440       7,956       (10,887 )

Interest income

     350       622       615  

Interest expense

     (5,471 )     (2,560 )     (1,255 )

Loss resulting from debt refinancing

     (3,024 )     —         —    

Other income (expense), net

     (333 )     (244 )     73  
                        

Income (loss) before income taxes

     18,962       5,774       (11,454 )

Provision (benefit) for income taxes

     6,823       1,202       (4,268 )
                        

Net income (loss)

   $ 12,139     $ 4,572     $ (7,186 )
                        

Basic earnings (loss) per share

   $ 0.72     $ 0.19     $ (0.29 )
                        

Weighted average common shares outstanding

     16,830       24,322       24,974  
                        

Diluted earnings (loss) per share

   $ 0.70     $ 0.18     $ (0.29 )
                        

Weighted average common shares and potential common shares outstanding

     17,432       25,200       24,974  
                        

The accompanying notes are an integral part of the consolidated financial statements.

 

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CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

 

    Years Ended December 31,  
    2007     2006     2005  
    (in thousands)  

Cash flow (used in) provided by operating activities:

     

Net income (loss)

  $ 12,139     $ 4,572     $ (7,186 )

Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash (used in) provided by operating activities:

     

Depreciation and amortization

    13,279       13,069       13,301  

(Additional insurance recoveries) involuntary conversion from natural disasters

    (10,669 )     1,094       8,324  

Loss resulting from debt refinancing

    2,151       —         —    

Loss on disposal of assets, net

    343       9       149  

Provisions for losses on receivables

    117       10       30  

Share based compensation

    316       166       —    

Deferred income taxes

    4,340       655       (4,615 )

Changes in assets and liabilities:

     

Receivables

    (2,886 )     2,299       (11,946 )

Amounts due from former majority owner

    —         105       —    

Inventories

    (10,807 )     (13,185 )     (6,418 )

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

    231       (565 )     393  

Other assets

    (1,514 )     (2,990 )     (528 )

Accounts payable

    3       (1,393 )     1,320  

Accrued liabilities

    1,096       1,558       1,969  

Pension liability, net

    (2,161 )     (1,630 )     817  

Other, net

    41       (2 )     (61 )
                       

Total adjustments

    (6,120 )     (800 )     2,735  
                       

Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities

    6,019       3,772       (4,451 )
                       

Cash flow provided by (used in) investing activities:

     

Proceeds from disposition of assets

    —         166       364  

Proceeds from insurance companies, hurricanes

    18,667       2,000       2,000  

Capital expenditures

    (8,331 )     (20,318 )     (17,590 )
                       

Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities

    10,336       (18,152 )     (15,226 )
                       

Cash flow (used in) provided by financing activities:

     

Principal payments of long-term debt

    (57,250 )     (3,553 )     (1,503 )

Debt issuance costs

    (723 )     (2,342 )     —    

Proceeds from borrowings

    47,349       48,612       14,000  

Purchase and retirement of common stock

    —         (47,500 )     —    

Treasury stock acquisition costs

    —         (996 )     —    

Proceeds from stock options exercised

    2,897       1,247       425  

Tax effect of stock options exercised

    2,663       546       347  
                       

Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities

    (5,064 )     (3,986 )     13,269  
                       

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

    8       (3 )     13  
                       

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

    11,299       (18,369 )     (6,395 )

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year

    7,993       26,362       32,757  
                       

Cash and cash equivalents at end of year

  $ 19,292     $ 7,993     $ 26,362  
                       

Supplemental cash flow information:

     

Cash paid (received) during the year for:

     

Interest

  $ 4,854     $ 2,126     $ 1,153  

Income taxes

  $ 160     $ —       $ —    

In 2007, 2006 and 2005, approximately 5,200, 8,400 and 0 shares, respectively, of the Company’s common stock were issued to Directors in non cash transactions as payment in lieu of Board retainer and per diem fees. Expenses were recognized on these non cash transactions of $41,700, $51,000, and $0 for 2007, 2006, and 2005, respectively.

The accompanying notes are an integral part of the consolidated financial statements.

 

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CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

                            Accumulated
Other
Comprehensive
Income (Loss)
    Treasury
Stock
Amount
    Total
Stockholders’
Equity
 
                Capital in
Excess of
Par Value
    Retained
Earnings
       
    Common Stock            
    Shares     Amount            
    (in thousands)  

Balance at December 31, 2004

  25,259     $ 253     $ 115,803     $ 42,439     $ (6,793 )   $ (2,035 )   $ 149,667  

Issuance of common stock

  188       2       362       —         —         —         364  

Tax benefit from exercise of stock options

  —         —         347       —         —         —         347  

Comprehensive income (loss):

             

Net income

  —         —         —         (7,186 )     —         —         (7,186 )

Other comprehensive loss:

             

Minimum pension liability, net of tax benefit of $432

  —         —         —         —         (838 )     —         (838 )

Foreign translation adjustment, net of tax expense

  —         —         —         —         13       —         13  
                                     

Total comprehensive loss

          (7,186 )     (825 )     —         (8,011 )
                                     

Balance at December 31, 2005

  25,447     $ 255     $ 116,512     $ 35,253     $ (7,618 )   $ (2,035 )   $ 142,367  

Issuance of common stock

  444       4       1,407       —         —         —         1,411  

Purchase and retirement of common stock

  (9,681 )     (97 )     (22,504 )     (27,930 )     —         2,035       (48,496 )

Tax benefit from exercise of stock options

  —         —         546       —         —         —         546  

Comprehensive income (loss):

             

Net income

  —         —         —         4,572       —         —         4,572  

Other comprehensive income (loss):

             

Minimum pension liability, net of tax expense of $357

  —         —         —         —         693       —         693  

Foreign translation adjustment, net of tax benefit

  —         —         —         —         (3 )     —         (3 )
                                     

Total comprehensive income

          4,572       690       —         5,262  
                                     

Balance at December 31, 2006

  16,210     $ 162     $ 95,961     $ 11,895     $ (6,928 )     —       $ 101,090  

Issuance of common stock

  1,244       13       3,241       —         —         —         3,254  

Tax benefit from exercise of stock options

  —         —         2,663       —         —         —         2,663  

FIN 48 adoption, net of tax

  —         —         —         (599 )     —         —         (599 )

Comprehensive income (loss):

             

Net income

  —         —         —         12,139       —         —         12,139  

Other comprehensive income (loss):

             

Interest rate swap adjustment, net of tax benefit of $228

  —         —         —         —         (442 )     —         (442 )

Recognized actuarial loss, net of tax expense of $176

  —         —         —         —         342       —         342  

Foreign currency translation adjustment, net of tax expense of $4

  —         —         —         —         8       —         8  
                                     

Total comprehensive income (loss)

          12,139       (92 )     —         12,047  
                                     

Balance at December 31, 2007

  17,454     $ 175     $ 101,865     $ 23,435     $ (7,020 )     —       $ 118,455  
                                                     

The accompanying notes are in integral part of the consolidated financial statements.

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

NOTE 1. SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES SUMMARY OF OPERATIONS AND BASIS OF PRESENTATION

Business Description

Omega Protein Corporation (“Omega” or the “Company”) produces and markets a variety of products produced from menhaden (a herring-like species of fish found in commercial quantities in the U.S. coastal waters of the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico), including regular grade and value-added specialty fish meals, crude and refined fish oils and fish solubles. The Company’s fish meal products are primarily used as a protein ingredient in animal feed for swine, cattle, aquaculture and household pets. Fish oil is utilized for animal and aquaculture feeds, industrial applications, as well as for additives to human food products and dietary supplements. The Company’s fish solubles are sold primarily to livestock feed manufacturers, aquaculture feed manufacturers and for use as an organic fertilizer.

Consolidation

The consolidated financial statements include the accounts of Omega and its wholly owned subsidiaries. All significant intercompany accounts and transactions have been eliminated in consolidation.

Financial Statement Preparation

The preparation of financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the Company’s financial statements and the accompanying notes and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period. Actual amounts, when available, could differ from those estimates and those differences could have a material affect on the financial statements.

The Company has reclassified certain amounts previously reported to conform with the presentation at December 31, 2007.

Hurricane Losses and Insurance Recoveries

On August 29, 2005, the Company’s Moss Point, Mississippi fish processing facility and adjacent shipyard were severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina. On September 25, 2005, the Company’s Cameron, Louisiana and Abbeville, Louisiana fish processing facilities were also severely damaged by Hurricane Rita. Each of these facilities was non-operational immediately after these weather events. Operations at the Moss Point fish processing facility, the Abbeville fish processing facility and the shipyard were re-established in mid-October, 2005, but at reduced processing capabilities. These two plants became fully operational prior to the start of the 2006 Gulf fishing season. Operations at the Cameron fish processing facility were re-established in June 2006, but at reduced processing capabilities. The Cameron facility became fully operational in September 2006.

The direct impact of the two hurricanes upon the Company was a loss of physical inventories and physical damage to the plants. The interruption of processing capabilities caused the Company to address the impact of abnormal downtime of its processing facilities, which resulted in the immediate recognition of costs which would ordinarily have been captured as inventory costs. See Note 12 for the amounts of these losses.

The Company maintains insurance coverage for a variety of these damages, most notably property, inventory and vessel insurance. The nature and extent of the insurance coverage varies by line of policy and the Company has previously recorded insurance recoveries as long-term receivables within other assets based on estimates of probable recoveries.

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—(Continued)

 

In order to facilitate the insurance recovery process, on July 28, 2006, the Company filed a lawsuit against its property insurance carriers, Lexington Insurance Company and RSUI Indemnity Company, in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, alleging breach of contract and bad faith based on the insurance carriers’ failure to pay amounts due to the Company under its property insurance policies for damages sustained from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in the third quarter of 2005. The Company settled its lawsuit with its primary property insurance carrier, Lexington Insurance Company, for a total of $19.8 million during the third quarter of 2007. Of the $19.8 million, $12.0 million was previously recorded as a receivable and was fully received as of September 30, 2007, $3.3 million was paid to outside legal counsel in connection with the settlement and $4.5 million was recognized during the third quarter of 2007 as insurance recoveries relating to natural disaster in the statement of operations and comprehensive income and was received as of December 31, 2007. In addition, the Company settled its lawsuit with its secondary property insurance carrier, RSUI Indemnity Company, for a total of $9.2 million during the fourth quarter of 2007. Of the $9.2 million, $0.7 million was advanced during the third quarter of 2007 and recognized as insurance recoveries relating to natural disaster in the statement of operations and comprehensive income, $3.0 million was paid to outside legal counsel in connection with the settlement during the fourth quarter of 2007 and $5.5 million was recognized and received during the fourth quarter of 2007 as insurance recoveries relating to natural disaster in the statement of operations and comprehensive income. The Company still has a pending lawsuit against its insurance broker alleging negligent procurement, negligent misrepresentation, breach of contract and violations of Texas Insurance and Consumer laws.

Revenue Recognition

The Company derives revenue principally from the sales of a variety of protein and oil products derived from menhaden. The Company recognizes revenue for the sale of its products when title and rewards of ownership to its products are transferred to the customer.

Cash and Cash Equivalents

The Company considers cash in banks and short-term investments with original maturities of three months or less as cash and cash equivalents.

Allowances for Doubtful Accounts

The Company maintains allowances for doubtful accounts for estimated losses resulting from the inability of the Company’s customers to make required payments. The Company considers the following factors when determining if collection is reasonably assured: customer credit worthiness, past transaction history with the customer, and changes in customer payment terms. If the Company has no previous experience with the customer, the Company typically obtains reports from credit organizations to ensure that the customer has a history of paying its creditors. The Company may also request financial information, including financial statements or other documents (e.g., bank statements), or may obtain a letter of credit from the customer to ensure that the customer has the means of making payment. If the financial condition of the Company’s customers were to deteriorate, adversely affecting their ability to make payments, additional allowances would be required.

Inventories

Inventory is stated at the lower of cost or market. The Company’s fishing season runs from mid-April to the first of November in the Gulf of Mexico and from the beginning of May into December in the Atlantic. Government regulations generally preclude the Company from fishing during the off-seasons.

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—(Continued)

 

The Company’s inventory cost system considers all costs associated with an annual fish catch and its processing, both variable and fixed, including both costs incurred during the off-season and during the fishing season. The Company’s costing system allocates cost to inventory quantities on a per unit basis as calculated by a formula that considers total estimated inventoriable costs for a fishing season (including off-season costs) to total estimated fish catch and the relative fair market value of the individual products produced. The Company adjusts the cost of sales, off-season costs and inventory balances at the end of each quarter based on revised estimates of total inventoriable costs and fish catch. The Company’s lower-of-cost-or-market-value analyses at year-end and at interim periods compare the total estimated per unit production cost of the Company’s expected production to the projected per unit market prices of the products. The impairment analyses involve estimates of, among other things, future fish catches and related costs, and expected commodity prices for the fish products as well as projected purchase commitments from customers. These estimates, which management believes are reasonable and supportable, involve estimates of future activities and events which are inherently imprecise and from which actual results may differ materially.

Any costs incurred during abnormal downtime related to activity at the Company’s plants are charged to expense as incurred.

During the off-seasons, in connection with the upcoming fishing seasons, the Company incurs costs (i.e., plant and vessel related labor, utilities, rent, repairs, and depreciation) that are directly related to the Company’s infrastructure. These costs accumulate in inventory and are applied as elements of the cost of production of the Company’s products throughout the fishing season ratably based on the Company’s monthly fish catch and the expected total fish catch for the season.

Insurance

The Company carries insurance for certain losses relating to its vessels and Jones Act liabilities for employees aboard its vessels. The Company provides reserves for those portions of the annual aggregate deductible for which the Company remains responsible by using an estimation process that considers Company-specific and industry data as well as management’s experience, assumptions and consultation with counsel, as these reserves include estimated settlement costs. Management’s current estimated range of liabilities related to such cases is based on claims for which management can estimate the amount and range of loss. For those claims where there may be a range of loss, the Company has recorded an estimated liability inside that range, based on management’s experience, assumptions and consultation with counsel. The process of estimating and establishing reserves for these claims is inherently uncertain and the actual ultimate net cost of a claim may vary materially from the estimated amount reserved. There is some degree of inherent variability in assessing the ultimate amount of losses associated with these claims due to the extended period of time that transpires between when the claim might occur and the full settlement of such claims. This variability is generally greater for Jones Act claims by vessel employees. The Company continually evaluates loss estimates associated with claims and losses as additional information becomes available and revises its estimates. Although management believes estimated reserves related to these claims are adequately recorded, it is possible that actual results could significantly differ from the recorded reserves, which could materially impact the Company’s results of operations, financial position and cash flow.

The Company is primarily self-insured for health insurance. The Company purchases individual stop loss coverage with a large deductible. As a result, the Company is primarily self-insured for claims and associated costs up to the amount of the deductible, with claims in excess of the deductible amount being covered by insurance. Expected claims estimates are based on health care trend rates and historical claims data; actual claims may differ from those estimates. The Company evaluates its claims experience related to this coverage with information obtained from its risk management consultants.

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—(Continued)

 

Assumptions used in preparing these insurance estimates are based on factors such as claims settlement patterns, claim development trends, claim frequency and severity patterns, inflationary trends and data reasonableness. Together these factors will generally affect the analysis and determination of the “best estimate” of the projected ultimate claim losses. The results of these evaluations are used to both analyze and adjust the Company’s insurance loss reserves.

Advertising Costs

The costs of advertising are expensed as incurred in accordance with Statement of Position 93-7 “Reporting on Advertising Costs.”

Research and Development

Costs incurred in research and development activities are expensed as incurred.

Interest Rate Swap Agreements

The Company does not enter into financial instruments for trading or speculative purposes. The principal financial instrument used for cash flow hedging purposes is an interest rate swap described below. The Company entered into an interest rate swap agreement to manage its cash flow exposure to interest rate changes. The swap effectively converts a portion of the Company’s variable rate debt under the Revolving Credit Facility (as defined below) to a fixed rate, without exchanging the notional principal amounts.

In April 2007, the Company entered into an interest rate swap agreement with a notional amount of $19,950,000 that is scheduled to mature in March 2012. Under this agreement, the Company receives a floating rate based on the LIBOR interest rate, and pays a fixed rate of 5.16% on the notional amount of $19,950,000. The Company has recorded a long-term liability of $459,000, net of the current portion of $211,000, to recognize the fair value of interest derivatives, and has also recorded a deferred tax asset of $228,000 associated therewith. The change in fair value from inception to December 31, 2007 is recorded in “other comprehensive income” in the Company’s consolidated financial statements. The following table illustrates the changes recorded in other comprehensive income result from the interest rate swap agreement.

 

     (in thousands)  

Balance at January 1, 2007

   $ —    

Net gain/(loss) reclassified into earnings

     21  

Net change associated with current period swap transactions

     (463 )
        

Balance at December 31, 2007

   $ (442 )
        

The $442,000 reported for cash flow hedge effectiveness in accumulated other comprehensive loss as of December 31, 2007 will be reclassified to earnings on a quarterly basis through 2012, when the interest rate swap expires. The amount to be reclassified to earnings during the next 12 months is expected to be approximately $211,000.

Subsequent to December 31, 2007, the Company entered into a second interest rate swap agreement with Bank of America N.A. for $10,237,500 of its $35,000,000 Term Loan. The interest rate swap agreement effectively locks in the LIBOR portion of the interest rate for that $10,237,500 principal amount at 3.36% for the remaining term of the agreement.

 

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If, at any time, the swaps are determined to be ineffective, in whole or in part, due to changes in the interest rate swaps or underlying debt agreements, the fair value of the portion of the interest rate swaps determined to be ineffective will be recognized as gain or loss in “interest expense” in the statement of operations for the applicable period.

Accounting for the Impairment of Long-Lived Assets

The Company evaluates at each balance sheet date for continued appropriateness of the carrying value of its long-lived assets including its long-term receivables and property, plant and equipment in accordance with Statement of Financial Accounting Standards (“SFAS”) No. 144, “Accounting for the Impairment or Disposals of Long-Lived Assets.” The Company reviews long-lived assets for impairment when events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying amount of any such assets or grouping of assets may not be recoverable. The Company has grouped certain assets together (primarily marine vessels) for impairment testing on a fleet basis. If indicators of impairment are present, management evaluates the undiscounted cash flows estimated to be generated by those assets or grouping of assets compared to the carrying amount of those items. The net carrying value of assets or grouping of assets not recoverable is reduced to fair value. The Company considers continued operating losses, or significant and long-term changes in business conditions, to be its primary indicators of potential impairment.

Income Taxes

The Company utilizes the liability method to account for income taxes. This method requires the recognition of deferred tax assets and liabilities for the expected future tax consequences of existing temporary differences between the financial reporting and tax reporting basis of assets and liabilities, and operating loss and tax credits carryforwards for tax purposes. The Company records a valuation allowance to reduce the deferred tax assets to the amount that is more likely than not to be realized. The Company believes that the deferred tax assets recorded as of December 31, 2007 are realizable through future reversals of existing taxable temporary differences and future taxable income. If the Company were to subsequently determine that it would be able to realize deferred tax assets in the future in excess of the net recorded amount, an adjustment to deferred tax assets would increase earnings for the period in which such determination was made. The Company will continue to assess the adequacy of the valuation allowance on a quarterly basis. Any changes to the estimated valuation allowance could be material to the consolidated financial condition and results of operations.

Property, Equipment and Depreciation

Property and equipment additions are recorded at cost. Depreciation of property and equipment is computed by the straight-line method at rates expected to amortize the cost of property and equipment, net of salvage value, over their estimated useful lives. Estimated useful lives, determined at the date of acquisition, of new assets acquired are based primarily on the review of existing property and equipment. Estimated useful lives are as follows:

 

     Useful Lives
(years)

Fishing vessels and fish processing plants

   15 – 20

Machinery, equipment, furniture and fixtures and other

   3 – 10

Replacements and major improvements are capitalized and amortized over a period of 5 to 15 years, maintenance and repairs are charged to expense as incurred. Upon sale or retirement, the costs and related accumulated depreciation are eliminated from the accounts. Any resulting gains or losses are included in the statement of operations. The Company capitalizes interest as part of the acquisition cost of a qualifying asset.

 

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Interest is capitalized only during the period of time required to complete and prepare the asset for its intended use. For the years ended December 31, 2007, 2006 and 2005, the Company capitalized approximately $82,900, $0 and $180,000, respectively, of interest.

Pension Plans

As of December 31, 2006, the Company adopted SFAS No. 158, “Employers’ Accounting for Defined Benefit Pension and Other Postretirement Plans”. This statement requires the recognition of the overfunded or underfunded status of defined benefit pension and postretirement plans as an asset or liability in its statement of financial position and to recognize changes in that funded status in the year in which the changes occur through other comprehensive income. The statement also changes financial reporting by requiring an employer to measure the funded status of a plan as of the date of its year-end statement of financial position. The Company’s policy is to fund U.S. pension plans at amounts not less than the minimum requirements of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 and generally for obligations under its foreign plans to deposit funds with trustees under insurance policies.

In 2002, the Board of Directors authorized a plan to freeze the Company’s pension plan in accordance with ERISA rules and regulations so that new employees, hired after July 31, 2002, will not be eligible to participate in the pension plan and further benefits will no longer accrue for existing participants. The freezing of the pension plan had the effect of vesting all existing participants in their pension benefits in the plan.

Comprehensive Income ( Loss)

Comprehensive income (loss) is defined as change in equity of a business enterprise during a period from transactions and other events and circumstances from non-owner sources, including foreign currency translation adjustments and pension benefits adjustments, including recognition of actuarial losses. The Company presents comprehensive income (loss) in its consolidated statements of stockholders’ equity.

Accumulated Comprehensive Loss

The components of accumulated other comprehensive loss included in shareholder’s equity are as follows:

 

     December 31,
2007
    December 31,
2006
 
     (in thousands)  

Cumulative Translation Adjustments, net of tax benefit of $13 as of December 31, 2007 and $17 as of December 31, 2006

   $ (25 )   $ (33 )

Pension Benefits Adjustments, net of tax benefit of $3,377 as of December 31, 2007 and $3,552 as of December 31, 2006

     (6,553 )     (6,895 )

Fair Value of Interest Rate Swap, net of tax benefit of $228 as of December 31, 2007

     (442 )     —    
                

Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss

   $ (7,020 )   $ (6,928 )
                

Foreign Currency Translation

The Company’s Mexican operations use the local currency as the functional currency. Assets and liabilities of those operations are translated into U.S. dollars using period-end exchange rates; income and expenses are translated using the average exchange rates for the reporting period. Translation adjustments are deferred in accumulated other comprehensive income (loss), a separate component of stockholders’ equity.

 

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Concentrations of Credit Risk

Financial instruments that potentially subject the Company to concentrations of credit risk consist principally of cash and trade accounts receivable. The Company’s customer base generally remains consistent from year to year. The Company performs ongoing credit evaluations of its customers and generally does not require material collateral. The Company maintains reserves for potential credit losses and such losses have historically been within management’s expectations.

At December 31, 2007 and December 31, 2006, the Company had cash deposits concentrated primarily in one major bank. In addition, the Company had commercial quality grade investments A2P2 rated or better with companies and financial institutions. The Company believes that credit risk in such investments is minimal.

Earnings per Share

Basic earnings per common share (EPS) were computed by dividing net earnings by the weighted average number of common shares outstanding during the reporting period. Diluted EPS reflects the dilution that could occur if securities or contracts to issue common stock were exercised or converted into common stock or resulted in the issuance of common stock that then shared in the earnings of the Company. Diluted earnings per common share was computed by dividing net earnings by the sum of the weighted average number of common shares outstanding plus the number of additional common shares that would have been outstanding if the dilutive potential common shares (in this case, exercise of the Company’s employee stock options) had been issued during each period as discussed in Note 7.

Purchase and Retirement of Common Stock

The Company accounts for the retirement of treasury shares under the par value method. Under this method, the excess of the cost of treasury stock over its par value is charged to retained earnings.

Recently Issued Accounting Standards

In July 2006, the FASB issued FASB Interpretation No. 48, “Accounting for Uncertainty in Income Taxes—an Interpretation of FASB Statement No. 109” (“FIN 48”), which clarifies the accounting and disclosure for uncertain tax positions in accordance with SFAS No. 109, “Accounting for Income Taxes.” FIN 48 addresses the recognition, measurement, classification and disclosure issues related to the recording of financial statement benefits for income tax positions that have some degree of uncertainty. The Company adopted the provisions of FIN 48 on January 1, 2007. As a result of the implementation of FIN 48, the Company recognized a decrease of approximately $0.6 million in deferred tax assets, net, which was accounted for as a decrease to the January 1, 2007 balance of retained earnings.

In September 2006, the FASB issued Statement of Financial Accounting Standards (“SFAS”) No. 157, “Fair Value Measurements.” SFAS No. 157 defines fair value, establishes a framework for measuring fair value, and expands disclosure about fair value measurements. The statement is effective for financial statements issued for fiscal years beginning after November 15, 2007. In November 2007, the FASB issued a one-year deferral for non-financial assets and liabilities to comply with SFAS No. 157 which delayed the effective date for these items until November 15, 2008. The Company does not expect this statement to have a material impact on its consolidated financial statements.

In February 2007, the FASB issued SFAS No. 159, “The Fair Value Option for Financial Assets and Financial Liabilities—Including an Amendment of FASB Statement No. 115 (“SFAS No. 159”). This statement

 

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permits entities to choose to measure many financial assets and liabilities and certain other items at fair value. The objective is to improve financial reporting by providing entities with the opportunity to mitigate volatility in reported earnings caused by measuring related assets and liabilities differently without having to apply complex hedge accounting provisions. This statement is effective as of the beginning of the entity’s first fiscal year beginning after November 15, 2007. The Company does not expect this statement to have a material impact on its consolidated financial statements.

In December 2007, the FASB issued SFAS No. 141 (revised 2007), “Business Combinations (SFAS 141(R)).” SFAS 141(R) states that all business combinations, whether full, partial, or step acquisitions, will result in all assets and liabilities of an acquired business being recorded at their fair values at the acquisition date. In subsequent periods, contingent liabilities will be measured at the higher of their acquisition date fair value or the estimated amounts to be realized. SFAS 141(R) applies to all transactions or other events in which an entity obtains control of one or more businesses. This statement is effective as of the beginning of an entity’s first fiscal year beginning after December 15, 2008. The Company is currently evaluating the impact, if any, the adoption of SFAS No. 141(R) will have on its consolidated results of operations, financial position and related disclosures.

In December 2007, the FASB issued SFAS No. 160, “Noncontrolling Interests in Consolidated Financial Statement—amendments of ARB No. 51 (SFAS 160).” SFAS 160 states that accounting and reporting for minority interests will be recharacterized as noncontrolling interests and classified as a component of equity. SFAS 160 applies to all entities that prepare consolidated financial statements, except not-for-profit organizations, but will affect only those entities that have an outstanding noncontrolling interest in one or more subsidiaries or that deconsolidate a subsidiary. This statement is effective as of the beginning of an entity’s first fiscal year beginning after December 15, 2008. The Company is currently evaluating the impact, if any, the adoption of SFAS No. 160 will have on its consolidated results of operations, financial position and related disclosures.

Stock-Based Compensation

The Company has a stock-based compensation plan, which is described in more detail in Note 11.

NOTE 2. ACCOUNTS RECEIVABLE

Accounts receivable as of December 31, 2007 and 2006 are summarized as follows:

 

     2007     2006  
     (in thousands)  

Trade

   $ 14,767     $ 11,703  

Insurance

     727       1,090  

Insurance—2005 hurricanes

     —         6,352  

Employee

     21       39  

Income tax

     583       309  

Other

     73       339  
                

Total accounts receivable

     16,171       19,832  

Less allowance for doubtful accounts

     (120 )     (200 )
                

Receivables, net

   $ 16,051     $ 19,632  
                

 

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NOTE 3. INVENTORY

Inventory as of December 31, 2007 and 2006 is summarized as follows:

 

     2007    2006
     (in thousands)

Fish meal

   $ 42,937    $ 34,719

Fish oil

     13,590      13,490

Fish solubles

     1,461      680

Unallocated inventory cost pool (including off-season costs)

     6,848      5,882

Other materials & supplies

     6,016      5,274
             

Total inventory

   $ 70,852    $ 60,045
             

Inventory at December 31, 2007 and 2006 is stated at the lower of cost or market. The elements of unallocated inventory cost pool include plant and vessel related labor, utilities, rent, repairs and depreciation, to be allocated to inventories produced through the 2008 fishing season.

NOTE 4. OTHER ASSETS

Other assets as of December 31, 2007 and 2006 are summarized as follows:

 

     2007    2006
     (in thousands)

Fish nets, net of accumulated amortization of $2,008 and $1,871

   $ 1,093    $ 929

Insurance receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts

     1,082      768

Insurance receivable—2005 hurricanes

     —        1,648

Title XI debt issuance costs

     374      416

Other debt issuance costs

     736      2,270

Deposits and other

     59      49
             

Total other assets, net

   $ 3,344    $ 6,080
             

Amortization expense for fishing nets amounted to $845,000, $699,000 and $680,000 for the years ended December 31, 2007, 2006 and 2005, respectively.

As a result of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita (see Note 12—Hurricane Losses), the Company sustained damage to its three fish processing facilities and its shipyard located in the Gulf of Mexico region. Based on estimates, the Company believed its hurricane related insurance recoveries would total approximately $12 million and as a result, recorded related receivables as of September 30, 2005. During the fourth quarter of 2005 and the first quarter of 2006, the Company obtained two separate $2.0 million advances against the hurricane claims from its primary property insurance carrier. In February 2007 and May 2007, the Company received additional advances of $6.4 million and $0.2 million, respectively, against the hurricane claims from its primary property insurance carrier. In order to facilitate the insurance recovery process, on July 28, 2006, the Company filed a lawsuit against its property insurance carriers, Lexington Insurance Company and RSUI Indemnity Company, in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, alleging breach of contract and bad faith based on the insurance carriers’ failure to pay amounts due to the Company under its property insurance policies for damages sustained from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in the third quarter of 2005. The Company settled its lawsuit with its primary property insurance carrier, Lexington Insurance Company, for a total of $19.8 million during the third quarter of 2007. Of the $19.8 million, $12.0 million was previously recorded as a

 

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receivable and was fully received as of September 30, 2007, $3.3 million was paid to outside legal counsel in connection with the settlement and $4.5 million was recognized during the third quarter of 2007 as insurance recoveries relating to natural disaster in the statement of operations and comprehensive income. In addition, the Company settled its lawsuit with its secondary property insurance carrier, RSUI Indemnity Company, for a total of $9.2 million during the fourth quarter of 2007. Of the $9.2 million, $0.7 million was advanced during the third quarter of 2007 and recognized as insurance recoveries relating to natural disaster in the statement of operations and comprehensive income, $3.0 million was paid to outside legal counsel in connection with the settlement during the fourth quarter of 2007 and $5.5 million was received and recognized during the fourth quarter of 2007 as insurance recoveries relating to natural disaster in the statement of operations and comprehensive income. The Company still has a pending lawsuit against its insurance broker alleging negligent procurement, negligent misrepresentation, breach of contract and violations of Texas Insurance and Consumer laws.

The Company carries insurance for certain losses relating to its vessels and Jones Act liability for employees aboard its vessels (collectively, “Vessel Claims Insurance”). The typical Vessel Claims Insurance policy contains an annual aggregate deductible (“AAD”) for which the Company remains responsible, while the insurance carrier is responsible for all applicable amounts which exceed the AAD. It is the Company’s policy to accrue current amounts due and record amounts paid out on each claim. Once payments exceed the AAD, the Company records an insurance receivable for a given policy year, net of allowance for doubtful accounts. As of December 31, 2007 and 2006 the allowance for doubtful insurance receivable accounts was $2.0 million.

NOTE 5. PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT

Property, plant and equipment as of December 31, 2007 and 2006 are summarized as follows:

 

     2007     2006  
     (in thousands)  

Land

   $ 7,690     $ 7,630  

Plant assets

     101,171       100,963  

Fishing vessels

     95,193       94,268  

Furniture and fixtures

     5,049       3,135  

Construction in progress

     4,166       3,035  
                

Total property and equipment

     213,269       209,031  

Less accumulated depreciation and impairment

     (116,610 )     (108,255 )
                

Property, plant and equipment, net

   $ 96,659     $ 100,776  
                

Depreciation expense for the years ended December 31, 2007, 2006 and 2005 was approximately $12.1 million, $12.2 million and $12.6 million, respectively.

As a result of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the Company sustained damage to its property, plant and equipment at its Gulf of Mexico facilities. The Company recognized a $1.1 million involuntary conversion loss of property, plant and equipment for the year ended December 31, 2006 and is the result of costs incurred to repair property, plant and equipment in excess of the involuntary conversion loss previously recognized as of December 31, 2005. (See Note 12—Hurricane Losses).

 

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NOTE 6. NOTES PAYABLE AND LONG-TERM DEBT

At December 31, 2007 and 2006, the Company’s long-term debt consisted of the following:

 

     December 31,
2007
    December 31,
2006
 
     (in thousands)  

U.S. government guaranteed obligations (Title XI loans) collateralized by a first lien on certain vessels and certain plant assets:

    

Amounts due in installments through 2016, interest from 6.49% to 7.6%

   $ 30,858     $ 27,343  

Amounts due in installments through 2014, interest at Eurodollar rates plus 0.45% (5.68% and 5.82% at December 31, 2007 and December 31, 2006, respectively)

     276       317  

Bank of America term loan, quarterly principal payments beginning December 31, 2007, as defined, interest payable quarterly based on LIBOR plus 2.25% (7.45% as of December 31, 2007) maturing March 2012

     34,125       —    

Ableco revolving credit facility, annual principal payments based on defined calculation, interest payable monthly based on LIBOR plus 3.25 basis points (8.6% as of December 31, 2006) maturing in October 2011

     —         12,500  

Ableco term loan, annual principal payments based on defined calculation, interest payable monthly based on LIBOR plus 4.25 basis points (9.6% as of December 31, 2006) maturing in October 2011

     —         35,000  
                

Total debt

     65,259       75,160  

Less current maturities

     (6,283 )     (2,467 )
                

Long-term debt

   $ 58,976     $ 72,693  
                

The Title XI loans are secured by liens on certain of the Company’s fishing vessels and mortgages on the Company’s Reedville, Virginia and Abbeville, Louisiana plants. Loans are now available under similar terms pursuant to the Title XI program without intervening lenders.

In September 2004, pursuant to the Title XI program, the United States Department of Commerce Fisheries Finance Program (the “FFP”) approved the Company’s financing application in an amount not to exceed $14 million (the “Approval Letter”). Borrowings under the Approval Letter are to be used to finance and/or refinance approximately 73% of the actual depreciable cost of the Company’s future fishing vessel refurbishments and capital expenditures relating to shore-side fishing assets for a term not to exceed 15 years from inception at interest rates determined by the U.S. Treasury. Final approval for all such future projects requires individual approval through the Secretary of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and National Marine Fisheries Service (“National Marine Fisheries Service”). Borrowings under the FFP are required to be evidenced by security agreements, undertakings, and other documents deemed in the sole discretion of the National Marine Fisheries Service as necessary to accomplish the intent and purpose of the Approval Letter. The Company is required to comply with customary National Marine Fisheries Service covenants as well as certain special covenants. In December 2004, the Company submitted a $4.9 million financing request against the $14 million approval, and subsequently amended that request to include the entire $14 million. The Company closed on the $14 million FFP loan on October 17, 2005.

On December 1, 2005, pursuant to the Title XI program, the FFP approved a second financing application made by the Company in the amount of $16.4 million (the “Second Approval Letter”). In May 2006, the Company submitted a $6.3 million financing request under the Second Approval Letter. The Company closed on the $6.3 million FFP loan in the first quarter of 2007. As of December 31, 2007, the Company was in compliance with all of the covenants contained therein.

 

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On October 20, 2006, the Company, certain of its subsidiaries and Ableco Finance LLC (“Ableco”), A3 Fund Management LLC, an affiliate of Ableco, and Wachovia Bank, National Association entered into the financing agreement (the “Financing Agreement”) pursuant to which the lenders agreed to provide the Company with a senior secured financing facility (“the “Financing Facility”) in the maximum amount of $65 million. The Financing Facility consisted of (a) a revolving credit facility of up to $30 million outstanding at any time, including a $5 million subfacility for the issuance of letters of credit, and (b) a term loan facility of $35 million. On October 20, 2006, the Company drew down the $35 million term loan and approximately $13.6 million of revolving loans, and approximately $3.3 million in letters of credit were issued pursuant to the letter of credit subfacility. The Financing Facility was secured by a first priority lien on all of the Company’s assets, other than vessels, real estate and other assets pledged to secure loans made to the Company under the FFP.

On March 26, 2007 (the “Closing Date”), the Company entered into a Credit Agreement (the “Credit Agreement”) with Bank of America, N.A., as administrative agent, lender, swing line lender and letter of credit issuer, Regions Bank, Compass Bank and Farm Credit Bank of Texas (collectively, the “Lenders”). The Credit Agreement provides the Company with a $55 million senior credit facility (the “Senior Credit Facility”) consisting of (i) a 5-year revolving credit facility (the “Revolving Credit Facility”) of up to $20 million, including a $7.5 million sub-limit for the issuance of standby letters of credit and a $2.5 million sub-limit for swing line loans and (ii) a 5-year term loan (the “Term Loan”) of $35 million. The Senior Credit Facility replaced the Company’s Financing Facility, under which, as of the Closing Date, $28.7 million in principal was outstanding under a term loan and $6.5 million in principal was outstanding under revolving loans, and approximately $3.3 million in letters of credit were issued, primarily in support of worker’s compensation insurance programs. On the Closing Date, the Company drew down $35 million under the Term Loan and approximately $2.0 million under the Revolving Credit Facility, and had approximately $3.1 million issued in standby letters of credit, primarily in support of worker’s compensation insurance programs. The Senior Credit Facility is secured by a first priority lien on all of the Company’s assets, other than vessels, real estate and other assets pledged to secure loans made to the Company under the FFP.

For the year ended December 31, 2007, as a result of the above mentioned refinancing, the Company expensed approximately $2.2 million in deferred debt issuance costs and $0.8 million as a prepayment penalty related to the Financing Facility.

As of December 31, 2007, the Company had $34.1 million outstanding under the Term Loan and $3.1 million in letters of credit issued primarily in support of worker’s compensation insurance programs. As of December 31, 2007, the Company had $14.4 million available under the Revolving Credit Facility and the Company was in compliance with all of the covenants under the Senior Credit Facility. The Company has no off-balance sheet arrangements other than normal operating leases and standby letters of credit.

Annual Maturities

The annual maturities of long-term debt for the five years ending December 31, 2012 and thereafter are as follows (in thousands):

 

    2008    

  

    2009    

  

    2010    

  

    2011    

  

    2012    

  

  Thereafter  

$6,283    $7,684    $9,394    $9,558    $13,905    $  18,435

 

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NOTE 7. EARNINGS PER SHARE INFORMATION

The following is a reconciliation of the numerators and denominators of the basic and diluted earnings per share computations (in thousands except share and per share data) for the years ended December 31, 2007, 2006 and 2005.

 

    Years Ended
December 31, 2007
  Years Ended
December 31, 2006
  Years Ended
December 31, 2005
 
    Income
(Numerator)
  Shares
(Denominator)
  Amount   Income
(Numerator)
  Shares
(Denominator)
  Amount   Income
(Numerator)
    Shares
(Denominator)
  Amount  

Net income (loss)

  $ 12,139   —       $ 4,572   —       $ (7,186 )   —    
                                     

Basic EPS

                 

Income (loss) available to common stockholders’

    12,139   16,830   $ 0.72     4,572   24,322   $ 0.19     (7,186 )   24,974   $ (0.29 )
                               

Effect of Dilutive stock option grants

    —     602       —     878       —       —    
                                     

Diluted EPS

                 

Income (loss) available to common stockholders’

  $ 12,139   17,432   $ 0.70   $ 4,572   25,200   $ 0.18   $ (7,186 )   24,974   $ (0.29 )
                                                   

Options to purchase 2,482,000 shares of common stock at exercise prices ranging from $7.25 to $17.25 per share were outstanding during the year ended December 31, 2007, but were not included in the computation of diluted earnings per share because the exercise prices of the options were greater than the average market price of the shares during that year.

Options to purchase 2,510,000 shares of common stock at exercise prices ranging from $6.44 to $17.25 per share were outstanding during the year ended December 31, 2006, but were not included in the computation of diluted earnings per share because the exercise prices of the options were greater than the average market price of the shares during that year.

Options to purchase 4,748,852 shares of common stock at exercise prices ranging from $1.65 to $17.25 per share were outstanding during the year ended December 31, 2005, but were not included in the computation of diluted earnings per share because inclusion of these shares would have been antidilutive.

NOTE 8. INCOME TAXES

The Company’s provision (benefit) for income taxes consisted of the following:

 

       Years Ended December 31,  
       2007     2006     2005  
     (in thousands)  

Current:

      

State

   $ (70 )   $ —       $ —    

U.S.

     —         —         —    

Deferred:

      

State

     346       (140 )     (401 )

U.S.

     6,547       1,342       (3,867 )
                        

Provision (benefit) for income taxes

   $ 6,823     $ 1,202     $ (4,268 )
                        

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—(Continued)

 

As of December 31, 2007, for federal income tax purposes, the Company had $28.1 million in net operating losses expiring in 2008 through 2025, and approximately $1.2 million in alternative minimum tax credit carryforward.

The following table reconciles the income tax provisions (benefits) computed using the U.S. statutory rate of 34% to the provisions reflected in the financial statements.

 

       Years Ended December 31,  
       2007     2006     2005  
           (in thousands)        

Taxes at statutory rate

   $ 6,442     $ 1,969     $ (3,895 )

Foreign sales exempt income

     —         (271 )     (148 )

State taxes, net of federal benefit

     244       (97 )     (265 )

Excess executive compensation

     255       —         —    

Employment tax credits

     —         (379 )     —    

Other

     (118 )     (20 )     40  
                        

Provision (benefit) for income taxes

   $ 6,823     $ 1,202     $ (4,268 )
                        

A tax benefit of $2,663,000 and $546,000 for the exercise of stock options was not included in income for financial reporting purposes and was credited directly to additional paid in capital as of December 31, 2007, and 2006, respectively.

The American Jobs Creation Act of 2004 (the “Act”) provides a deduction for income from qualified domestic production activities, which will be phased in from 2005 through 2010. In return, the Act also provides for a two-year phase-out of the existing extra-territorial income exclusion (ETI) for foreign sales that was viewed to be inconsistent with international trade protocols by the European Union.

Under the guidance in FASB Staff Position No. FAS 109-1, Application of FASB Statement No. 109, “Accounting for Income Taxes,” to the Tax Deduction on Qualified Production Activities Provided by the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004, the deduction will be treated as a “special deduction” as described in FASB Statement No. 109. As such, the special deduction has no effect on deferred tax assets and liabilities existing at the enactment date. Rather, the impact of this deduction will be reported in the period in which the deduction is claimed on our tax return.

The Company has sufficient net operating loss carryforwards (NOLs) that will fully offset near term future taxable income. Because of the NOL carryforward the Company will not be entitled to the special deduction because the deduction is based on taxable income after taking into account NOLs. Therefore, the Company’s near term effective tax rate will not reflect any benefit for the special deduction.

 

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OMEGA PROTEIN CORPORATION

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—(Continued)

 

Temporary differences and tax credit carryforwards that gave rise to significant portions of deferred tax assets and liabilities as of December 31, 2007 and 2006 are as follows:

 

     2007     2006  
     (in thousands)  

Deferred tax assets:

    

Assets and accruals not yet deductible

   $ 2,922     $ 2,623  

Alternative minimum tax credit carryforwards

     1,205       1,205  

Equity in loss of unconsolidated affiliates

     122       122  

Net operating loss carryforward

     11,157       8,352  

Tax credit carryforward

     574       574  

Pension liability

     3,377       3,552  

State income tax

     951       1,298  

Other

     175       175  

Valuation allowance

     (856 )     (856 )
                

Total deferred tax assets

     19,627       17,045  
                

Deferred tax liabilities:

    

Property and equipment

     (16,083 )     (10,115 )

Pension and other retirement benefits

     (1,422 )     (747 )

Assets currently deductible

     (2,328 )     (1,678 )
                

Total deferred tax liabilities

     (19,833 )     (12,540 )
                

Net deferred tax (liability) asset

   $ (206 )   $ 4,505  
                

Deferred income tax assets non-current

   $ 175     $ 4,103  

Deferred income tax (liabilities) asset current

     (381 )     402  
                

Net deferred tax (liability) asset

   $ (206 )   $ 4,505  
                

The Company’s ability to realize the entire benefit of its deferred tax asset requires that the Company achieve certain future earning levels prior to the expiration of its NOL carryforwards. The Company could be required to record a valuation allowance for a portion or all of its deferred tax asset if market conditions deteriorate and future earnings are below, or projected to be below, its current estimates.

The Company or one of its subsidiaries files income tax returns in the U.S. federal jurisdiction and various states. With a few exceptions, the Company is no longer subject to U.S. federal, state and local or non-U.S. income tax examinations by tax authorities for years before 2004. The Company is not currently under examination by the Internal Revenue Service, the various states or foreign jurisdictions.

The Company adopted the provisions of FASB Interpretation No. 48 (FIN 48), Accounting for Uncertainty in Income Taxes, on January 1, 2007. As a result of the implementation of FIN 48, the Company recognized approximately a $599,000 decrease in its deferred tax asset, which was accounted for as a reduction of $599,000 to the January 1, 2007, balance of retained earnings.

A reconciliation of the beginning and ending amount of unrecognized tax benefits is as follows:

 

     (in thousands)  

Balance at January 1, 2007

   $ 991  

Reductions for tax positions of prior years

     (135 )

Settlements

     (18 )

Lapse of Statute of Limitations

     (17 )
        

Balance at December 31, 2007

   $ 821  
        

 

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OMEGA PROTEIN CORPORATION

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—(Continued)

 

Included in the balance at December 31, 2007, are $821,000 of tax positions for which the ultimate deductibility is highly certain but for which there is uncertainty about the timing of such deductibility. Because of the impact of deferred tax accounting, other than interest and penalties, the disallowance of the shorter deductibility period would not materially affect the annual effective tax rate but would accelerate the payment of cash to the taxing authority to an earlier period.

The Company recognizes interest accrued related to unrecognized tax benefits in interest expense and penalties in operating expenses. During the year ended December 31, 2007, the Company recognized an immaterial amount of interest and penalties which were subsequently reversed entirely in 2007 as the issues were settled or the statute of limitations expired. The Company did not have an accrual for payment of interest and penalties at December 31, 2007.

While the Company expects the amount of unrecognized tax positions to change in the next 12 months, the Company does not expect the change to have a significant impact on the results of operations or financial position.

 

NOTE 9. ACCRUED LIABILITIES

Accrued liabilities as of December 31, 2007 and 2006 are summarized as follows:

 

     2007    2006
     (in thousands)

Salaries and benefits

   $ 3,959    $ 4,023

Insurance

     4,611      4,186

Taxes, other than income tax

     33      130

Trade creditors

     5,106      4,664

Fair market value of interest rate swap, current portion

     211      —  

Other

     1,147      757
             

Total accrued liabilities

   $ 15,067    $ 13,760
             

 

NOTE 10. CERTAIN TRANSACTIONS AND ARRANGEMENTS BETWEEN THE COMPANY AND ZAPATA

Upon completion of the Company’s initial public offering in 1998, the Company and Zapata entered into certain agreements that included the Sublease, Registration Rights, Tax Indemnity and Administrative Services Agreements. The Sublease Agreement provided for the Company to lease its principal corporate offices in Houston, Texas from Zapata and provided the Company with the ability to utilize telephone equipment worth approximately $21,000 for no additional charge. In May 2003, the Company directly assumed Zapata’s obligations under the Sublease Agreement with the third party landlord and terminated the Sublease Agreement with Zapata. The lease obligations assumed by the Company were identical to its sublease obligations to Zapata, and the transaction had no material effect on the Company. The Registration Rights Agreement sets forth the rights and responsibilities of each party concerning certain registration filings and provides for the sharing of fees and expenses related to such filings. The Tax Indemnity Agreement requires the Company to be responsible for federal, state and local income taxes from its operations. The Administrative Services Agreement allows the Company to provide certain administrative services to Zapata at the Company’s estimated cost. In connection with its repurchase of 9,268,292 shares of common stock from Zapata in November 2006, any remaining obligations under the above agreements were terminated.

 

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OMEGA PROTEIN CORPORATION

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—(Continued)

 

On November 28, 2006, the Company repurchased and retired 9,268,292 shares of the Company’s common stock at a purchase price of $5.125 per share from Zapata. The result of this transaction reduced Zapata’s ownership in the Company from approximately 58% to approximately 33%. In December 2006, Zapata subsequently reduced its equity ownership in the Company to 0% through sales of its remaining shares to third parties.

The following represents intercompany activity for the periods presented (in thousands):

 

     Years Ended December 31,
         2007            2006             2005    

Beginning balance due from Zapata

   $ —      $ 105     $ 105

Administrative services provided by the Company to Zapata

     —        —         —  

Payments to the Company by Zapata

     —        (105 )     —  
                     

Ending balance due from Zapata

   $  —      $ —       $ 105
                     

 

NOTE 11. BENEFIT PLANS

Defined Contribution Plan

All qualified employees of the Company are covered under the Omega Protein 401(k) Savings and Retirement Plan (the “Plan”). The Company’s matching contributions to the Plan were approximately $818,000, $772,000 and $715,000 during 2007, 2006 and 2005, respectively.

Pension Plan

The Company has a pension plan covering substantially all employees. Plan benefits are generally based on an employee’s years of service and compensation level. The plan has adopted an excess benefit formula integrated with covered compensation. Participants are 100% vested in the accrued benefit after five years of service.

In 2002, the Board of Directors authorized a plan to freeze the Company’s pension plan in accordance with ERISA rules and regulations so that new employees, after July 31, 2002, will not be eligible to participate in the pension plan and further benefits will no longer accrue for existing participants. The freezing of the pension plan had the affect of vesting all existing participants in their pension benefits in the plan.

On September 29, 2006, SFAS No. 158, “Employers’ Accounting for Defined Benefit Pension and Other Postretirement Plans” was issued. SFAS 158 requires, among other things, the recognition of the funded status of the defined benefit pension plan. Each overfunded plan is recognized as an asset and each underfunded plan is recognized as a liability. The initial impact of the standard due to unrecognized prior service costs or credits and net actuarial gains or losses as well as subsequent changes in the funded status is recognized as a component of accumulated comprehensive loss in shareholders’ equity. Additional minimum pension liabilities (AML) and related intangible assets are also derecognized upon adoption of the new standard. SFAS 158 requires initial application for fiscal years ending after December 15, 2006. The Company’s adoption of SFAS 158, as of December 31, 2006, is described in the following table:

 

($000s)    December 31, 2006
Prior to AML and
SFAS 158
Adjustments
   AML
Adjustment
    SFAS 158
Adjustment
   December 31, 2006
Post AML and
SFAS 158
Adjustments
 

Prepaid pension costs

   $ 2,197    $ (2,197 )   $ 0    $ 0  

Pension liabilities

   $ 0    $ (8,252 )   $ 0    $ (8,252 )

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

   $ 0    $ 10,448     $ 0    $ 10,448  (1)

 

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OMEGA PROTEIN CORPORATION

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—(Continued)

 

 

(1) The above amount represents unrecognized actuarial losses yet to be recognized in the statement of financial position.

Amounts listed as recognized actuarial loss for 2007 and minimum pension liability adjustments for 2006 and 2005 under the caption “Comprehensive (Loss) Income” on the Consolidated Statements of Stockholders’ Equity of $0.3 million, $0.7 million and ($0.8) million for 2007, 2006 and 2005, respectively, represent the change, net of tax, in the portion of the additional pension liability recorded under “Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss” on the Consolidated Balance Sheet. During 2008, the Company expects total net periodic benefit cost to be approximately $674,000. The amounts in accumulated other comprehensive loss that are expected to be recognized as a component of net periodic benefit cost during the 2008 year are as follows (in thousands):

 

Net Actuarial Loss (Gain)

   $ 775

Prior Service Cost

   $ 0

The Company’s funding policy is to make contributions as required by applicable regulations. The Company uses a December 31 measurement date for its pension plan. The accumulated benefit obligation for the pension plan was $26.0 million and $26.7 million at December 31, 2007 and 2006, respectively.

 

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OMEGA PROTEIN CORPORATION

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—(Continued)

 

The following tables set forth the benefit obligations, fair value of plan assets, and the funded status of the Company’s pension plan, amounts recognized in the Company’s financial statements, and the principal weighted average assumptions used:

 

     Years Ended December 31,  
         2007             2006      
     (in thousands)  

Accumulated Benefit Obligations

   $ 25,960     $ 26,735  

Change in Benefit Obligation

    

Benefit Obligation at beginning of year

   $ 26,735     $ 27,000  

Service Cost

     —         —    

Interest Cost

     1,503       1,434  

Plan Amendments

     —         —    

Actuarial (Gain) / Loss

     (551 )     119  

Benefits Paid

     (1,727 )     (1,818 )
                

Benefit Obligation at end of year

   $ 25,960     $ 26,735  
                

Change in Plan Assets

    

Plan Assets at Fair Value at beginning of year

   $ 18,483     $ 16,068  

Actual Return on Plan Assets

     769       1,633  

Contributions

     2,686       2,600  

Benefits Paid

     (1,727 )     (1,818 )
                

Plan Assets at Fair Value at end of year

   $ 20,211     $ 18,483  
                

Funded Status of the Plan

   $ (5,749 )   $ (8,252 )

Additional Amounts Recognized in the Statement of Financial Position:

    

Noncurrent Liabilities

   $ (5,749 )   $ (8,252 )

Amounts Recognized in Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income:

    

Net Actuarial Loss

   $ 9,930     $ 10,448  

Other Changes in Plan Assets and Benefit Obligations Recognized in Other Comprehensive Income:

    

Net Actuarial Loss

   $ 296       N/A  

Reversal of Amortization Item:

    

Net Actuarial Gain

     (814 )     N/A  
          

Total Recognized in Other Comprehensive Income

   $ (518 )  
          

The Company, in consultations with its actuarial firm, employs a building block approach in determining the assumed long-term rate of return for plan assets. The Company reviews historical market data and long-term historical relationships between equities and fixed income in accordance with the widely-accepted capital market principle that assets with higher volatility generally generate greater returns over the long run. The Company also evaluates current market factors such as inflation and interest rates before it determines long-term capital market assumptions. After taking into account diversification of asset classes and the need to periodically re-balance asset classes, the Company establishes the assumed long-term portfolio rate of return by a building block approach. The Company also reviews peer data and historical returns to check its long-term rate of return for reasonability and appropriateness.

 

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OMEGA PROTEIN CORPORATION

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—(Continued)

 

A change in the assumed discount rate creates a deferred actuarial gain or loss. Generally, when the assumed discount rate decreases compared to the prior measurement date, a deferred actuarial loss is created. When the assumed discount rate increases compared to the prior measurement date, a deferred actuarial gain is created. Actuarial gains and losses also are created when actual results differ from assumptions. The net of the deferred gains and losses are amortized to pension expense over the average service life of the remaining plan participants, when it exceeds certain thresholds defined in SFAS No. 87. This approach to amortization of gains and losses has the effect of reducing the volatility of pension expense attributable to investment returns and liability experience. Over time, it is not expected to reduce or increase the pension expense relative to an approach that immediately recognizes losses and gains.

As a result of the annual review of assumptions, the Company’s expected return on plan assets remained consistent at 8.5% and the discount rate increased from 5.80% to 6.00%. The discount rate the Company chose is consistent with general movements in interest rates. Additionally, the Company performed a yield curve analysis which concluded that when the Citigroup Pension Discount Curve is applied to the Plan, it produces a discount rate of 6.30%. Given that Moody’s Aa Corporate Bond rate was 5.88% as of December 31, 2007, the selected discount rate falls between Moody’s Aa and the yield curve analysis.

 

           Years Ended December 31,  
           2007     2006  

Assumptions

      

Weighted average assumptions used to determine benefit obligations

      

Discount Rate

     6.00 %   5.80 %

Long-Term Rate of Return

     8.50 %   8.50 %

Salary Scale up to age 50

     N/A     N/A  

Salary Scale over age 50

     N/A     N/A  
     Years Ended December 31,  
     2007     2006     2005  

Weighted average assumptions used to determine net periodic benefit cost

      

Discount Rate

   5.80 %   5.50 %   5.75 %

Long-Term Rate of Return

   8.50 %   8.50 %   8.50 %

Salary Scale up to age 50

   N/A     N/A     N/A  

Salary Scale over age 50

   N/A     N/A     N/A  

Components of net periodic benefit cost:

 

     Years Ended December 31,  
         2007             2006             2005      
     (in thousands)  

Service cost

   $ —       $ —       $ —    

Interest cost

     1,503       1,434       1,454  

Expected return on plan assets

     (1,616 )     (1,371 )     (1,398 )

Amortization of transition asset and other deferrals

     814       906       761  
                        

Net periodic pension cost

   $ 701     $ 969     $ 817  
                        

 

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OMEGA PROTEIN CORPORATION

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—(Continued)

 

Plan Assets

The Company’s pension plan weighted-average asset allocations at December 31, 2007 and 2006, by asset category are as follows:

 

     Plan Assets at December 31,  

Asset Category

   2007     2006  
     Actual     Target     Actual     Target  

Equity

   61.3 %   60.0 %   57.9 %   60.0 %

Debt securities

   37.9     40.0     34.4     40.0  

Real estate

   0.0     —       6.9     —    

Other

   0.8     —       0.8     —    
                        

Total

   100.0 %   100.0 %   100.0 %   100.0 %
                        

Plan assets are well diversified and managed by independent investment advisors, who are in turn overseen and monitored by an investment advisor engaged by the Investment Committee. The Plan’s investment objective is long-term capital appreciation with a prudent level of risk. The Plan’s Investment Committee periodically completes asset performance studies with the goal of maintaining an optimal asset allocation in order to meet future Plan benefit obligations. The investment objectives of the Plan assets have a long-term focus and the Plan is invested in accordance with prudent investment practices that emphasize long-term investment fundamentals.

Equity securities do not include any of the Company’s common stock at December 31, 2007 and 2006, respectively.

Projected Benefit Payments for the years ending December 31, 2008 – 2017

 

    2008    

  

    2009    

  

    2010    

  

    2011    

  

    2012    

  

    2013 – 2017    

$1,752    $1,808    $1,826    $1,852    $1,837    $  9,339

Expected Contributions during 2008

The Company expects to make contributions of $1.4 million to the pension plan in 2008.

Stock Option Plans

On January 26, 1998, the 1998 Long-Term Incentive Plan of the Company (the “1998 Incentive Plan”) was approved by the Company’s Board. The 1998 Incentive Plan provided for the grant of any or all of the following types of awards: stock options, stock appreciation rights, stock awards and cash awards. These options generally vest ratably over three years from the date of grant and expire ten years from the date of grant.

On January 26, 1998, the Non-Management Director Stock Option Plan (the “Directors Plan”) was approved by the Board. The Directors Plan provided that the initial Chairman of the Board be granted options to purchase 568,200 shares of the Common Stock and each other initial non-employee director of the Company will be granted options to purchase 14,200 shares of Common Stock at a price determined by the Board.

On June 27, 2000, the 1998 Incentive Plan and the Director Plan were amended and restated in their entirety and renamed the 2000 Long-Term Incentive Plan (“2000 Incentive Plan”), and the 2000 Incentive Plan was approved by the Company’s stockholders. Under the 2000 Incentive Plan, the Company is authorized to issue

 

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OMEGA PROTEIN CORPORATION

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—(Continued)

 

shares of Common Stock pursuant to “Awards” granted in various forms, including incentive stock options (intended to qualify under Section 422 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended), non-qualified stock options, and other similar stock-based Awards. The substantive changes from the 1998 Incentive Plan and the Directors Plan in the amendment and restatement of the 2000 Incentive Plan were (a) the 2000 Incentive Plan allows annual option grant awards of 10,000 shares to each non-employee Director and (b) the 2000 Incentive Plan allows for the aggregate number of option shares available for issuance under the plan to equal 25% of the number of shares of common stock outstanding at any time with an absolute maximum of no more than 15 million shares available for awards at any time. Reference is made to the Company’s 2000 proxy statement for a complete summary of all the differences among the three plans.

On April 13, 2006, the Board of Directors approved the establishment of the Omega Protein Corporation 2006 Incentive Plan (“2006 Incentive Plan”) which was subsequently approved by the Company’s stockholders and became effective on June 7, 2006. Reference is made to the Company’s 2006 proxy statement for a complete summary of the Plans.

The Company granted stock options in 2005, 2006 and 2007 under the 2000 Incentive Plan and 2006 Incentive Plan in the form of non-qualified stock options. See “Stock-Based Compensation” regarding the method the Company utilizes to record compensation expense for employee stock options. The Company establishes the exercise price based on the fair market value of the Company’s stock (as defined in the relevant plan) at the date of grant. Each quarter, the Company reports the potential dilutive impact of stock option in its diluted earnings per common share using the treasury-stock method. Out-of-the-money stock options (i.e., the average stock price during the period is below the strike price of the stock option) are not included in diluted earnings per common share.

Stock-Based Compensation

Prior to January 1, 2006, the Company accounted for its stock option plans under the recognition and measurement principles of Accounting Principles Board (“APB”) Opinion No. 25, “Accounting for Stock Issued to Employees” and adopted the disclosure-only provisions of SFAS No. 123, “Accounting for Stock-Based Compensation” and SFAS No. 148, “Accounting for Stock-Based Compensation—Transition and Disclosure—an Amendment of FASB Statement No. 123.” No stock-based employee compensation cost related to stock options was reflected in net earnings, as all options granted under those plans had an exercise price equal to or greater than the market value of the underlying common stock on the grant date. Accordingly, share-based compensation related to stock options was only included as a pro forma disclosure in the financial statement footnotes.

Effective January 1, 2006, the Company adopted SFAS No. 123R, “Share-Based Payment,” using the modified prospective application transition method. Under this transition method, compensation cost in 2006 includes the portion vesting in the period for (1) all share-based payments granted prior to, but not vested as of January 1, 2006, based on the grant date fair value estimated in accordance with the original provisions of SFAS No. 123 and (2) all share-based payments granted subsequent to January 1, 2006, based on the grant date fair value estimated in accordance with the provisions of SFAS No. 123R. Under the modified prospective application transition method, no cumulative effect of change in accounting principle charge is required for the Company, and results for prior periods have not been restated. See below for the pro forma disclosures related to the year ended December 31, 2005. SFAS No. 123R also requires excess tax benefits be reported as a financing cash inflow rather than an operating cash inflow.

Net earnings for the years ended December 31, 2007 and 2006 includes approximately $480,000 and $166,000 ($316,000 and $109,000 after tax) of share-based compensation costs, which is included in selling,

 

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OMEGA PROTEIN CORPORATION

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—(Continued)

 

general and administrative expenses in the statement of operations for the years ended December 31, 2007 and 2006, respectively. As of December 31, 2007, there was approximately $391,000 of unrecognized compensation cost related to non-vested share-based compensation that is expected to be recognized over a weighted-average period of 2.1 years. Based on current grants, total before tax share-based compensation cost for fiscal year 2008 is expected to be approximately $203,000.

The following table shows options granted and outstanding under the 2006 Long-Term Incentive Plan to the Company’s independent directors and employees for the year ended December 31, 2007:

 

Date of Option Grant

   Exercise Price
on Grant Date
   Options Granted and
Outstanding
as of December 31, 2007
  

            Date of Vesting            

June 1, 2007    $ 8.73    5,000    June 1, 2008 – 2010 (1)
June 20, 2007    $ 8.61    50,000    December 20, 2007
July 9, 2007    $ 9.90    10,000    July 9, 2008 – 2010 (1)
December 20, 2007    $ 9.05    10,000    December 20, 2008 – 2010 (1)

 

(1) Options to employees vest in equal one-third portions in 2008, 2009, and 2010.

There were 1,238,989 stock option exercises during the year ended December 31, 2007. A summary of option activity under the plans for years 2007, 2006 and 2005 is as follows (options in thousands):

 

     2007    2006    2005
       Number of
Shares
Underlying
Options
    Weighted
Average
Exercise
Prices
   Number of
Shares
Underlying
Options
    Weighted
Average
Exercise
Prices
   Number of
Shares
Underlying
Options
    Weighted
Average
Exercise
Prices

Outstanding at beginning of year

   4,502     $ 7.78    4,750     $ 7.36    4,960     $ 7.13

Granted

   75     $ 8.85    212     $ 6.90    98     $ 6.86

Exercised

   (1,239 )   $ 2.34    (436 )   $ 2.88    (188 )   $ 2.20

Expired

   (568 )   $ 12.75    —       $ —      —       $ —  

Forfeited

   (17 )   $ 10.03    (24 )   $ 5.67    (120 )   $ 5.95
                          

Outstanding at end of year

   2,753     $ 9.22    4,502     $ 7.78    4,750     $ 7.36
                          

Exercisable at end of year

   2,629     $ 9.29    4,337     $ 7.80    4,731     $ 7.37
                          

Weighted-average fair value of options granted

     $ 4.92      $ 3.11      $ 4.95

 

     December 31, 2007
Aggregate Intrinsic Value
(in thousands)

Options outstanding as of December 31, 2007

   $ 4,529

Options exercisable as of December 31, 2007

   $ 4,329

Options exercised during 2007

   $ 7,817

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—(Continued)

 

The following table further describes the Company’s stock options outstanding as of December 31, 2007.

 

     Options Outstanding    Options Exercisable

Range of Exercise Prices

   Number
Outstanding
at 12/31/2007
   Weighted Average
Remaining
Contractual Life
   Weighted Average
Exercise Prices
   Number
Exercisable
at 12/31/2007
   Weighted
Average
Exercise Prices

$1.65 to $3.50

   445,050    2.5 years    $ 2.71    445,050    $ 2.71

$3.51 to $4.70

   83,379    4.7 years    $ 4.28    83,379    $ 4.28

$4.71 to $7.55

   267,700    8.3 years    $ 6.77    168,368    $ 6.43

$7.76 to $10.58

   849,200    4.4 years    $ 9.16    824,200    $ 9.15

$10.59 to $12.75

   1,069,200    0.1 years    $ 12.72    1,069,200    $ 12.72

$12.76 to $17.25

   38,400    0.4 years    $ 16.37    38,400    $ 16.37
                  
   2,752,929          2,628,597   
                  

 

     Year Ended
December 31, 2007
    Weighted Average
Grant-Date
Fair Value

Nonvested options as of January 1, 2007

   165,367     $ 3.28

Granted

   75,000     $ 4.92

Vested

   (116,033 )   $ 4.13

Forfeited

   —       $ —  
        

Nonvested options as of December 31, 2007

   124,334     $ 3.48
        

The fair value of the Company’s stock options is the estimated present value at grant date using the Black-Scholes option pricing model with the following weighted average assumptions for the year ended December 31, 2007, 2006 and 2005: expected dividend yield of 0%, 0% and 0%; expected volatility of 61.16%, 44.83% and 61.46%; risk-free interest rate of 4.83%, 4.76% and 4.23%; and an expected term of 5 years. The expected dividend yield is based on the Company’s annual dividend payout at grant date. Expected volatility is based on the historical volatility of the Company’s stock for a period approximating the expected life. The risk-free interest rate is based on the U.S. treasury yield in effect at the time of grant and has a term equal to the expected life. The expected term of the options represents the period of time the options are expected to be outstanding.

On May 5, 2005, the Company accelerated the vesting of all unvested, out-of-the-money, explicit service period stock options granted under the Company’s 2000 Long-Term Incentive Plan. The purpose of accelerating vesting was to eliminate future compensation expense that the Company would otherwise recognize in its Statement of Operations with respect to these accelerated stock options upon the adoption by the Company of SFAS No. 123R. A stock option was considered “out-of-the-money” if the stock option exercise price was greater than $6.04, which was the closing price of the Company’s common stock on the New York Stock Exchange on May 5, 2005. As a result of this action, stock options to purchase 390,000 shares of the Company’s common stock became immediately exercisable. The vesting created a modification of stock options; however, there was no impact on the fair value of the options. The weighted average exercise price of all the accelerated stock options was $9.98.

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—(Continued)

 

For purposes of pro forma disclosures, the estimated fair value of stock options is assumed to be amortized to expense over the stock options’ vesting periods. The pro forma effects of recognizing compensation expense under the fair value method on net income and net earnings per common share for the year ended December 31, 2005, were as follows (in thousands, except per share amounts):

 

     2005  

Net income (loss), as reported

   $ (7,186 )

Add: Stock-based employee compensation expense included in reported net income, net of related tax benefits

     —    

Deduct: Stock-based employee compensation expense determined under the fair value based method for all awards, net of related tax effects

     (1,261 )
        

Pro forma net earnings (loss)

   $ (8,477 )
        

Net earnings (loss) per common share:

  

Basic—as reported

   $ (0.29 )
        

Basic—pro forma

   $ (0.34 )
        

Diluted—as reported

   $ (0.29 )
        

Diluted—pro forma

   $ (0.34 )
        

NOTE 12. HURRICANE LOSSES AND INSURANCE RECOVERIES

On August 29, 2005, the Company’s Moss Point, Mississippi fish processing facility and adjacent shipyard were severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina. On September 24, 2005, the Company’s Cameron, Louisiana and the Abbeville, Louisiana fish processing facilities were also severely damaged by Hurricane Rita. For the years ended December 31, 2007, 2006 and 2005, the following amounts have been recognized in the Company’s statement of operations:

 

     Years Ended December 31,  
       2007     2006    2005  
     (in thousands)  

Damaged fish meal inventory

   $ —       $ —      $ 2,496  

Write-off of other materials and supplies

     —         —        1,648  

Write-off of unallocated inventory cost pool

     —         —        12,978  

Involuntary conversion of property and equipment

     —         1,094      8,324  

Idle plant costs incurred

     —         —        1,038  

Clean-up costs incurred

     —         454      1,259  

Insurance recoveries, net

     (10,669 )     —        (12,000 )
                       

(Insurance recoveries) losses relating to natural disasters

   ($ 10,669)     $ 1,548    $ 15,743  
                       

Not included in the amounts listed in the above table are the replacement capital costs of property and equipment, which did not have any book basis and were destroyed in the hurricanes.

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—(Continued)

 

NOTE 13. COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES

Operating Lease Payable

The Company has noncancellable operating leases, primarily for land and building, that expire over 1 to 11 years.

Future minimum payments under non-cancelable operating lease obligations for the five years ending December 31, 2012 and thereafter are as follows (in thousands):

 

    2008    

  

    2009    

  

    2010    

  

    2011    

  

    2012    

  

  Thereafter  

$2,031

   $1,512    $1,114    $787    $724    $  2,001

Rental expense for operating leases was $2.0 million, $1.9 million, and $0.5 million in 2007, 2006, and 2005, respectively.

Litigation

The Company is defending various claims and litigation arising from its operations which arise in the ordinary course of the Company’s business. In the opinion of management, and based on advice of legal counsel, it is believed that any existing litigation involving the Company will not materially affect its financial condition, cash flows or future results of operations.

Insurance

The Company carries insurance with coverages and coverage limits that it believes to be appropriate for the business. Although there can be no assurance that such insurance is sufficient to protect the Company against all contingencies, management believes that its insurance protection is reasonable in view of the nature and scope of the Company’s operations. Should the Company’s insurers become insolvent, the Company is responsible for payment of all outstanding claims associated with the insurer’s policies.

Environmental Matters

The Company is subject to various possible claims and lawsuits regarding environmental matters. Management believes that costs, if any, related to these matters will not have a material adverse effect on the results of operations, cash flows or financial position of the Company.

Indemnification

The Company’s Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws limit the liability of the Company’s officers and directors to the fullest extent permitted by Nevada law. Nevada provides that directors of Nevada coporations may be relieved of monetary liabilities for breach of their fiduciary duties as directors, except under certain circumstances, including (i) acts or omissions which involve intentional misconduct, fraud or a knowing violation of law or (ii) the willful or grossly negligent payment of unlawful distributions.

The Company’s Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws generally require the Company to indemnify its directors and officers to the fullest extent permitted by Nevada law. The Company’s Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws also require the Company to advance expenses to its directors and its officers to the fullest extent permitted by Nevada law upon reciept of an undertaking by or on behalf of such director or officer to repay such amount if it should be ultimately determined that they are not entitled to indemnification by the Company. The

 

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OMEGA PROTEIN CORPORATION

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—(Continued)

 

Company also has entered into indemnification agreements with all of its directors and certain of its officers which provides for the indemnification and advancement of expenses by the Company. The Company also maintains director and officer liability insurance with respect to liabilities arising out of certain matters, including matters arising under the securities laws. This insurance is subject to limitations, conditions and deductibles set forth in the respective insurance policy.

NOTE 14. INDUSTRY SEGMENT AND GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION

The Company operates within one industry segment, menhaden fishing, for the production and sale of fish meal, fish solubles and fish oil. Export sales of fish oil and fish meal were approximately $66 million, $56 million, and $33 million in 2007, 2006, and 2005, respectively. Such sales were made primarily to Asian, European and Canadian markets. In 2007, 2006 and 2005, sales to the largest customer was approximately $12.6 million, $12.3 million and $8.1 million, respectively. This customer differed from 2005 to 2006 but was the same in 2006 and 2007.

The following table shows the geographical distribution of revenues (in thousands) based on location of customers:

 

     Years Ended December 31,  
     2007     2006     2005  
     Revenues    Percent     Revenues    Percent     Revenues    Percent  

U.S.

   $ 91,461    58.2 %   $ 83,341    59.6 %   $ 77,257    70.3 %

Mexico

     8,643    5.5       8,530    6.1       9,781    8.9  

Europe

     12,258    7.8       14,403    10.3       2,418    2.2  

Canada

     11,315    7.2       9,928    7.1       7,033    6.4  

Asia

     24,358    15.5       16,500    11.8       11,429    10.4  

South & Central America

     9,114    5.8       7,132    5.1       1,978    1.8  
                                       

Total

   $ 157,149    100.0 %   $ 139,834    100.0 %   $ 109,896    100.0 %
                                       

NOTE 15. DISCLOSURES ABOUT FAIR VALUE OF FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTS

The following disclosures of the estimated fair value of financial instruments are made in accordance with the requirements of SFAS No. 107, Disclosure About Fair Value of Financial Instruments. The estimated fair value amounts have been determined by the Company using available market information and appropriate valuation methodologies and are described in the following paragraphs.

Fair value estimates are subject to certain inherent limitations. Estimates of fair value are made at a specific point in time, based on relevant market information and information about the financial instrument. The estimated fair values of financial instruments presented below are not necessarily indicative of amounts the Company might realize in actual market transactions. Estimates of fair value are subjective in nature and involve uncertainties and matters of significant judgment and, therefore, cannot be determined with precision. Changes in assumptions could significantly affect the estimates.

The carrying amounts of cash and cash equivalents, accounts receivables, accounts payable, and accrued expenses approximate fair value because of the short maturity of these items. The carrying amounts of notes payable outstanding under the Company’s credit facility approximate fair value because the interest rates on these instruments change with market interest rates. At December 31, 2007, the Company had no borrowings under its new credit facility except for $3.1 million in letters of credit support obligations.

 

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OMEGA PROTEIN CORPORATION

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—(Continued)

 

The carrying values and respective fair market values of the Company’s long-term debt are presented below (in thousands). The fair value of the Company’s long-term debt is estimated based on the quoted market prices available to the Company for issuance of similar debt with similar terms at year end 2007.

 

     Years Ended
December 31,
         2007            2006    

Long-term Debt:

     

Carrying Value

   $ 65,259    $ 75,160

Estimated Fair Market Value

   $ 66,732    $ 75,475

 

NOTE 16. QUARTERLY FINANCIAL DATA (UNAUDITED)

Seasonal and Quarterly Results

The following table presents certain unaudited operating results for each of the Company’s preceding eight quarters. The Company believes that the following information includes all adjustments (consisting only of normal recurring adjustments) that the Company considers necessary for a fair presentation, in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. The operating results for any interim period are not necessarily indicative of results for any other period.

 

     Quarters Ended 2007  
     March 31,
2007
    June 30,
2007
   September 30,
2007
   December 31,
2007
 
     (in thousands, except per share amounts)  

Revenues (1)

   $ 31,129     $ 37,094    $ 44,590    $ 44,336  

Gross profit (1)

     6,263       8,795      10,950      8,686  

Operating income (loss) (1)

     1,218       5,090      12,312      8,820  

Net income (loss) (1)

     (2,312 )     2,515      7,153      4,783  

Earnings (loss) per share (2):

          

Basic

     (0.14 )     0.15      0.42      0.27  

Diluted

     (0.14 )     0.14      0.41      0.27  
     Quarters Ended 2006  
     March 31,
2006
    June 30,
2006
   September 30,
2006
   December 31,
2006
 
     (in thousands, except per share amounts)  

Revenues (1)

   $ 28,303     $ 33,338    $ 52,089    $ 26,104  

Gross profit (1)

     6,992       5,336      7,341      3,527  

Operating income (loss) (1)

     3,416       1,473      2,956      111  

Net income (loss) (1)

     2,526       630      1,812      (396 )

Earnings (loss) per share (2):

          

Basic

     0.10       0.03      0.07      (0.02 )

Diluted

     0.10       0.02      0.07      (0.02 )

 

(1) Revenues, gross profit, operating income (loss), and net income (loss) are rounded to thousands each quarter. Therefore, the sum of the quarterly amounts may not equal the annual amounts reported.
(2) Earnings per share are computed independently for each quarter and the full year based upon respective average shares outstanding. Therefore, the sum of the quarterly earnings per share amounts may not equal the annual amounts reported.

 

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OMEGA PROTEIN CORPORATION

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—(Continued)

 

The Company’s menhaden harvesting and processing business is seasonal in nature. The Company generally has higher sales during the menhaden harvesting season (which includes the second and third quarter of each year) due to increased product availability, but prices during the fishing season tend to be lower than during the off-season. As a result, the Company’s quarterly operating results have fluctuated in the past and may fluctuate in the future. In addition, from time to time the Company’s defers sales of inventory based on worldwide prices for competing products that affect prices for the Company’s products which may affect comparable period comparisons.

 

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Item 9. Changes in and Disagreements with Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure.

None.

 

Item 9A. Controls and Procedures

(a) Evaluation of Disclosure Controls and Procedures

As of the end of the period covered by this report, the Company conducted an evaluation of the effectiveness of its “disclosure controls and procedures,” as that phrase is defined in Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The evaluation was carried out under the supervision and with the participation of management, including the Company’s Chief Executive Office (“CEO”) and Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”).

Based on and as of the date of that evaluation, the Company’s CEO and CFO have concluded that (i) the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures are designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed by the Company in the reports that the Company files or submits under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in the SEC’s rules and forms, and that such information is accumulated and communicated to the Company’s management, including the CEO and CFO, as appropriate to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure, and (ii) that the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures are effective.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, there can be no assurance that the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures will detect or uncover all failures of persons within the Company and its consolidated subsidiaries to disclose material information otherwise required to be set forth in the Company’s periodic reports. There are inherent limitations to the effectiveness of any system of disclosure controls and procedures, including the possibility of human error and the circumvention or overriding of the controls and procedures. Accordingly, even effective disclosure controls and procedures can only provide reasonable, not absolute, assurance of achieving their control objectives.

(b) Management’s Report on Internal Control Over Financial Reporting

Management is responsible for establishing and maintaining adequate internal control over financial reporting, and for performing an assessment of the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2007. Internal control over financial reporting is a process designed to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. The Company’s system of internal control over financial reporting includes those policies and procedures that (i) pertain to the maintenance of records that, in reasonable detail, accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of the assets of the Company; (ii) provide reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and that receipts and expenditures of the Company are being made only in accordance with authorizations of management and directors of the Company; and (iii) provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection of unauthorized acquisition, use, or disposition of the Company’s assets that could have a material affect on the financial statements.

Management performed an assessment of the effectiveness of the Company’s internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2007 based upon criteria in a report entitled “Internal Control—Integrated Framework” issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (“COSO”). Based on that assessment and those criteria, management concluded that the Company’s internal control over financial reporting was effective as of December 31, 2007.

 

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The effectiveness of the Company’s internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2007 has been audited by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, an independent registered public accounting firm, as stated in their report which appears herein. (See Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data.)

(c) Changes in Internal Control Over Financial Reporting

There were no changes in the Company’s internal control over financial reporting during the three-month period ended December 31, 2007 that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, the Company’s internal control over financial reporting.

 

Item 9B. Other Information .

In July 2007, the Company submitted its Section 303A Annual Written Affirmation to the New York Stock Exchange for the Company’s fiscal year ended December 31, 2006 and had no qualifications to that Certification.

The Certifications of the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2007 required under Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 are attached as exhibits to this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

PART III

 

Item 10. Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance .

Pursuant to General Instruction G of Form 10-K, the information called for by Item 10 of Part III of Form 10-K is incorporated by reference to the information set forth in the Company’s definitive proxy statement relating to its 2008 Annual Meeting of Stockholders (the “2008 Proxy Statement”) to be filed pursuant to Regulation 14A under the Exchange Act, in response to Items 401 of Regulation S-K under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Exchange Act (“Regulation S-K”). Reference is also made to the information appearing in Item 1 of Part I of this Annual Report on Form 10-K under the caption “Business and Properties—Executive Officers of the Registrant.”

The Company adopted a Code of Business Conduct and Ethics, which applies to all employees, officers and directors of the Company. The Code meets the requirements of a “code of ethics” as defined by Item 406 of Regulation S-K, and applies to the Company’s Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer (who is both the Company’s principal financial and principal accounting officer), Controller as well as all other employees, as indicated above. The Code of Business Conduct and Ethics also meets the requirements of a code of business conduct and ethics under NYSE listing standards.

In addition to the above Code, the Company has adopted a Code of Ethics for Financial Professionals which applies to the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Controller and all other Company professionals worldwide serving in a finance, accounting, treasury, tax or investor relations role.

Both the Code of Business Conduct and Ethics and the Code of Ethics for Financial Professionals are posted on the Company’s website at www.omegaproteininc.com. The Company will provide a copy of the Code of Business Conduct and Ethics and Code of Ethics for Financial Professionals to any person without charge upon request. Inquires should be sent to Omega Protein Corporation, 2105 City West Blvd, Suite 500, Houston, Texas 77042, Attn: Corporate Secretary. The Company intends to disclose any amendments to the Codes, as well as any waivers to the Codes for executive officers or directors, on its website.

None of these codes, nor the Company’s website, is incorporated by reference in this report or constitutes part of this report.