Henry Schein Reports Record Third Quarter Results EPS up 9.1% to $1.08

Company raises low end of 2012 financial guidance range, expects 2013 EPS growth of 10-12%

MELVILLE, N.Y., Nov. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSIC), the world's largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, medical and animal health practitioners, today reported record financial results for the quarter ended September 29, 2012.

Net sales for the third quarter of 2012 were $2.2 billion, an increase of 5.7% compared with the third quarter of 2011.  This consists of 8.9% growth in local currencies and a 3.2% decline related to foreign currency exchange.  In local currencies, internally generated sales increased 4.4% and acquisition growth was 4.5% (see Exhibit A for details of sales growth).

The Company noted that seasonal influenza vaccine sales were lower this quarter than in the prior-year quarter, although profitability was higher.  In order to provide more meaningful commentary the Company will be discussing sales results including and excluding this impact.  Excluding sales of seasonal influenza vaccines from both periods, net sales increased 6.4%, with 9.8% growth in local currencies including 5.1% internal sales growth.

Net income attributable to Henry Schein, Inc. for the third quarter of 2012 was $96.8 million or $1.08 per diluted share, an increase of 5.2% and 9.1%, respectively, compared with the third quarter of 2011.

"We gained market share in each of our four business groups during the third quarter and each group also reported accelerated internal sales growth in local currencies compared with the second quarter, after excluding sales of seasonal influenza vaccines from our Global Medical business.  We also are pleased to raise the low end of our 2012 EPS guidance range and to introduce guidance for 2013 that represents growth in EPS of approximately 10% to 12% compared with the mid-point of our 2012 guidance range," commented Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Henry Schein.  "Through two strategic acquisitions we recently enhanced our dental software offering, in particular to dental schools, and expanded our veterinary footprint to include Ireland.  These transactions illustrate our commitment to advanced technology and to geographic expansion – two key initiatives of our strategic plan."

Global Dental sales of $1.1 billion declined 0.3%, consisting of 3.4% growth in local currencies and a 3.7% decline related to foreign currency exchange.  In local currencies, internally generated sales increased 2.3% and acquisition growth was 1.1%.  The 2.3% internal growth in local currencies included 3.1% growth in North America and 1.0% International growth.

"We believe we gained market share in our Global Dental business despite a challenging environment for dental equipment in many of our markets.  There was also a difficult comparison in Germany due to the timing of the IDS trade show in the prior year.  We remain confident in our Dental strategy and look forward to continue to gain market share in this arena.  Once again, North America dental equipment sales growth was particularly strong," commented Mr. Bergman. 

Global Animal Health sales of $598.1 million increased 19.2%, including 23.9% growth in local currencies and a 4.7% decline related to foreign currency exchange.  In local currencies, internally generated sales increased 9.1% and acquisition growth was 14.8%.  The 9.1% internal growth in local currencies included 12.2% growth in North America and 6.2% International growth.

"During the quarter we continued to gain market share in our Global Animal Health business, with particular strength in North America," commented Mr. Bergman.  "After the close of the third quarter we announced the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire C&M Vetlink.  This acquisition makes Henry Schein a leading veterinary distributor in Ireland and reinforces the established Henry Schein Animal Health UK base in the United Kingdom.  Our veterinary business now has a presence in 11 countries worldwide."

Global Medical sales of $442.5 million increased 4.2%, including 4.8% growth in local currencies and a 0.6% decline related to foreign currency exchange.  In local currencies, internally generated sales increased 3.5% and acquisition growth was 1.3%.  The 3.5% internal growth in local currencies included 3.8% growth in North America and a 2.1% decline in International.  Excluding sales of seasonal influenza vaccines from both periods, Global Medical sales increased 8.4%, with 9.1% growth in local currencies including 7.6% internal sales growth.

"We are very pleased with third quarter growth in our Global Medical business.  We sold approximately 6.8 million doses of influenza vaccine during the quarter, and as of today we have sold approximately 8 million doses, representing essentially all of this season's sales," remarked Mr. Bergman.  "Our continued gains in market share in North America reflect increased penetration of integrated delivery networks, larger group practices and ambulatory surgery centers, as well as solid growth in sales of pharmaceutical products and medical equipment."

Global Technology and Value-Added Services sales of $71.0 million increased 14.1%, including 14.7% growth in local currencies and a 0.6% decline related to foreign currency exchange.  In local currencies, internally generated sales increased 11.2% and acquisition growth was 3.5%.  The 11.2% internal growth in local currencies included 12.3% growth in North America and 4.7% International growth.

"Late in the third quarter we acquired a majority interest in The Exan Group, a Canadian dental software company serving dental schools and general practice dentists in the U.S. and Canada.  We are optimistic about the growth opportunities for the Exan line, as it complements our enterprise business and provides access to dental schools for our special markets merchandise," commented Mr. Bergman. "More than 85% of revenue from our Technology and Value-Added Services business is derived from North America, and quarterly results included particular strength in recurring revenue streams on both the technology and financial services sides of the business."

Stock Repurchase Plan

The Company announced that it repurchased approximately 760,000 shares of its common stock during the third quarter at an average price of $77.52 per share, or approximately $58.8 million.  The impact of the repurchase of shares on third quarter diluted EPS was immaterial.  At the close of the third quarter, Henry Schein had $84.3 million authorized for future repurchases of its common stock.

Year-to-Date Results

For the first nine months of 2012, net sales of $6.5 billion increased 5.5% compared with the first nine months of 2011.  This increase includes 7.9% growth in local currencies and a 2.4% decline related to foreign currency exchange.  In local currencies, internally generated sales increased 5.6% and acquisition growth was 2.3%.

Net income attributable to Henry Schein, Inc. for the first nine months of 2012 was $275.6 million or $3.06 per diluted share.  Excluding restructuring costs of $15.2 million pre-tax or $0.12 per diluted share, net income attributable to Henry Schein, Inc. for the first nine months of 2012 was $286.1 million or $3.18 per diluted share, an increase of 8.8% and 12.8%, respectively, compared with the first nine months of 2011 (see Exhibit B for reconciliation of GAAP net income and EPS to non-GAAP adjusted net income and EPS).

2012 EPS Guidance

Henry Schein today raised the low end of its 2012 financial guidance range, as follows:

  • For 2012 the Company expects diluted EPS attributable to Henry Schein, Inc. to be $4.35 to $4.40, which represents growth of 10% to 11% compared with 2011 results and compares with previous guidance of $4.30 to $4.40.
  • The Company notes that the fourth quarter of 2012 has one less week compared with the fourth quarter of 2011.
  • Guidance for 2012 diluted EPS attributable to Henry Schein, Inc. excludes restructuring costs.
  • Guidance for 2012 diluted EPS attributable to Henry Schein, Inc. is for current continuing operations as well as completed or previously announced acquisitions, and does not include the impact of potential future acquisitions, if any.

2013 EPS Guidance

Henry Schein today introduced 2013 financial guidance, as follows:

  • For 2013 the Company expects diluted EPS attributable to Henry Schein, Inc. to be $4.81 to $4.91, which represents growth of approximately 10% to 12% compared with the midpoint of the 2012 guidance range.
  • Guidance for 2013 diluted EPS attributable to Henry Schein, Inc. is for current continuing operations as well as completed or previously announced acquisitions, and does not include the impact of potential future acquisitions, if any.

Third Quarter Conference Call Webcast

The Company will hold a conference call to discuss third quarter financial results today, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time.  Individual investors are invited to listen to the conference call over the Internet through Henry Schein's Web site at www.henryschein.com.  In addition, a replay will be available beginning shortly after the call has ended.

About Henry Schein, Inc.

Henry Schein, Inc. is the world's largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, medical and animal health practitioners.  The Company also serves dental laboratories, government and institutional health care clinics, and other alternate care sites.  A Fortune 500® Company and a member of the NASDAQ 100® Index, Henry Schein employs more than 15,000 Team Schein Members and serves approximately 775,000 customers.

The Company offers a comprehensive selection of products and services, including value-added solutions for operating efficient practices and delivering high-quality care.  Henry Schein operates through a centralized and automated distribution network, with a selection of more than 90,000 national and Henry Schein private-brand products in stock, as well as more than 100,000 additional products available as special-order items. The Company also offers its customers exclusive, innovative technology solutions, including practice management software and e-commerce solutions, as well as a broad range of financial services.

Headquartered in Melville, N.Y., Henry Schein has operations or affiliates in 25 countries.  The Company's sales reached a record $8.5 billion in 2011, and have grown at a compound annual rate of 18 percent since Henry Schein became a public company in 1995.  For more information, visit the Henry Schein Web site at www.henryschein.com.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

In accordance with the "Safe Harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, we provide the following cautionary remarks regarding important factors that, among others, could cause future results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements, expectations and assumptions expressed or implied herein.  All forward-looking statements made by us are subject to risks and uncertainties and are not guarantees of future performance.  These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual results, performance and achievements or industry results to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.  These statements are identified by the use of such terms as "may," "could," "expect," "intend," "believe," "plan," "estimate," "forecast," "project," "anticipate" or other comparable terms.  A full discussion of our operations and financial condition, including factors that may affect our business and future prospects, is contained in documents we have filed with the SEC and will be contained in all subsequent periodic filings we make with the SEC. These documents identify in detail important risk factors that could cause our actual performance to differ materially from current expectations.

Risk factors and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from current and historical results include, but are not limited to: effects of a highly competitive market; our dependence on third parties for the manufacture and supply of our products; our dependence upon sales personnel, customers, suppliers and manufacturers; our dependence on our senior management; fluctuations in quarterly earnings; risks from expansion of customer purchasing power and multi-tiered costing structures; possible increases in the cost of shipping our products or other service issues with our third-party shippers; general global macro-economic conditions; disruptions in financial markets; possible volatility of the market price of our common stock; changes in the health care industry; implementation of health care laws; failure to comply with regulatory requirements and data privacy laws; risks associated with our international operations; transitional challenges associated with acquisitions and joint ventures, including the failure to achieve anticipated synergies; financial risks associated with acquisitions and joint ventures; litigation risks; the dependence on our continued product development, technical support and successful marketing in the technology segment; risks from rapid technological change; risks from disruption to our information systems; certain provisions in our governing documents that may discourage third-party acquisitions of us; and changes in tax legislation. The order in which these factors appear should not be construed to indicate their relative importance or priority. 

We caution that these factors may not be exhaustive and that many of these factors are beyond our ability to control or predict.  Accordingly, any forward-looking statements contained herein should not be relied upon as a prediction of actual results.  We undertake no duty and have no obligation to update forward-looking statements.

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HENRY SCHEIN, INC.


CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME


(in thousands, except per share data)


(unaudited)

























Three Months Ended



Nine Months Ended







September 29,


September 24,


September 29,


September 24,







2012


2011


2012


2011



















Net sales


$

2,231,058


$

2,111,693


$

6,531,529


$

6,190,094


Cost of sales



1,622,014



1,524,273



4,687,511



4,424,628




Gross profit



609,044



587,420



1,844,018



1,765,466


Operating expenses:















Selling, general and administrative



459,422



444,159



1,391,207



1,346,690



Restructuring costs



-



-



15,192



-




Operating income



149,622



143,261



437,619



418,776


Other income (expense):















Interest income



3,283



3,830



10,222



11,955



Interest expense



(7,308)



(6,813)



(22,659)



(22,800)



Other, net



988



232



2,343



1,313




Income before taxes and equity in earnings

















of affiliates



146,585



140,510



427,525



409,244


Income taxes



(44,709)



(44,261)



(133,750)



(130,754)


Equity in earnings of affiliates



3,434



4,559



7,898



10,345


Net income



105,310



100,808



301,673



288,835



Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests



(8,539)



(8,847)



(26,064)



(25,904)


Net income attributable to Henry Schein, Inc.


$

96,771


$

91,961


$

275,609


$

262,931



















Earnings per share attributable to Henry Schein, Inc.:
































Basic


$

1.11


$

1.02


$

3.14


$

2.90



Diluted


$

1.08


$

0.99


$

3.06


$

2.82



















Weighted-average common shares outstanding:















Basic



87,465



90,251



87,802



90,582



Diluted



89,647



92,869



90,075



93,195



































HENRY SCHEIN, INC.


CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS


(in thousands, except share and per share data)


















September 29,


December 31,







2012


2011








(unaudited)





ASSETS








Current assets:









Cash and cash equivalents


$

89,336


$

147,284



Accounts receivable, net of reserves of $65,679 and $65,853



1,035,529



888,248



Inventories, net



1,070,854



947,849



Deferred income taxes



59,429



54,970



Prepaid expenses and other



257,031



234,157





Total current assets



2,512,179



2,272,508


Property and equipment, net



258,683



262,088


Goodwill



1,591,482



1,497,108


Other intangibles, net



471,143