Ocean Bio-Chem, Inc. Reports on Fourth Quarter 2012 Sales

Ocean Bio-Chem, Inc. Reports on Fourth Quarter 2012 Sales 
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL -- (Marketwire) -- 01/22/13 --  Ocean Bio-Chem,
Inc. (NASDAQ: OBCI) 


 
--  All-Time Record Fourth Quarter Sales
--  Fifth Consecutive Fourth Quarter Record Sales
--  All-Time Record Sales for Second Half of the Year

  
Ocean Bio-Chem, Inc. (NASDAQ: OBCI), a leading manufacturer and
distributor of appearance, performance, and maintenance products
serving the marine, automotive, power sports, recreational vehicle
and outdoor power equipment markets, today is pleased to announce all
time record fourth quarter sales were posted in 2012, achieved all
time six month record sales in the final six months of the year, and
seven years of continuous record sales for the last six months of the
year. It is also the fifth consecutive record sales for the fourth
quarter for Ocean Bio-Chem. 
"The strong finish to 2012, including the growth of sales outside our
core marine markets, bodes well for our business outlook for 2013,"
said Ocean Bio-Chem, Inc. CEO Peter Dornau. "We are seeing strong
sales growth in our automotive, power sports and outdoor power
equipment sectors. Our significant increase in our advertising and
promotional budget is paying sales dividends and opening new sectors
and customers for our products." 
"We are especially pleased that our fourth quarter sales record of
approximately $6.9 million, compared to approximately $6.8 million in
2011, was made despite the fact, as previously announced, that a
major customer significantly cut back on orders, to put in place
'just in time' or 'same day' inventory," said Jeffrey S. Barocas,
CFO.  
The strong second half year's sales was a combination of an all time
company record in the third quarter and record quarterly sales for
the 4th quarter. Sales for the year topped $31 million, down slightly
from 2011 because of a decrease in sales to a major customer in 2012.
We still fully expect this customer's sales to increase in 2013 as
their inventory carrying levels have now been adjusted. The sales
decrease in this customer's purchasing was fully offset with
increased sales to other customers in the second half of 2012. We are
a stronger company today with a sales concentration less dependent on
one major customer," Mr. Dornau
 said. 
"The sales growth in the fourth quarter was led by continuing
increased sales of our fuel additive, StarTron(R). As consumers are
educated of the ill effects of ethanol (E-10 fuels) and how
StarTron(R) cures fuel related problems, sales continue to be strong.
In addition, we saw an increase in our MDG Mold Odor Control System
products. We believe the increase was useful in combating the effects
from Hurricane Sandy. 
The complete Form 10-K filing for fiscal year 2012 will be available
at www.sec.gov no later than April 1, 2013.  
About Ocean Bio-Chem, Inc.: 
Ocean Bio-Chem, Inc. is principally engaged in the manufacturing,
marketing and distribution of a broad line of appearance and
maintenance products for boats, recreational vehicles, automobiles,
power sports, outdoor power equipment and motorcycle markets under
the Star brite(R) StarTron(R) and other trademarks within the United
States of America and Canada. In addition, the Company produces
private label formulations of many of its products for various
customers and provides custom blending and packaging services for
these and other products.  
The Company trades publicly under NASDAQ Capital Markets, Ticker
Symbol: OBCI.  
The Company's web sites are: www.oceanbiochem.com, www.starbrite.com
and www.startron.com.  
Forward-looking Statements: 
 Certain statements contained in this
Press Release including without limitation expectations as to future
sales and operating results, constitute forward-looking statements.
For this purpose, any statements contained in this report that are
not statements of historical fact may be deemed forward-looking
statements. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, words
such as "believe," "may," "will," "expect," "anticipate," "intend,"
"could" including the negative or other variations thereof or
comparable terminology are intended to identify forward-looking
statements. These statements involve known and unknown risks,
uncertainties and other factors which may cause our actual results,
performance or achievements to be materially different from any
future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by
such forward-looking statements. Factors that may affect these
results include, but are not limited to, the highly competitive
nature of our industry, reliance on certain key customers, changes in
consumer demand for marine, recreational vehicle and automotive
products, advertising and promotional efforts, exposure to market
risks for changes in interest rates and in foreign exchange rates,
and other factors.  
Contact: 
Peter Dornau 
CEO and President 
pdornau@starbrite.com
 954-587-6280  
Jeff Barocas
Vice President & CFO
Jbarocas@starbrite.com
954-587-6280  
Paul Knopick
E & E Communications
pknopick@eandecommunications.com
940.262.3584 
 
 
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