Heska Reports Record Results

Mar 03, 2016, 09:00 ET from Heska Corporation

LOVELAND, Colo., March 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Heska Corporation (NASDAQ: HSKA - News; "Heska" or the "Company"), a provider of advanced veterinary diagnostic and specialty products, today reported financial results for its fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2015.

Fourth Quarter 2015 Highlights with Prior Year Comparison:

  • Revenue up 22%.
  • Gross profit up 22%.
  • Operating income up 103%.
  • Net income attributable to Heska up 144% to 28 cents per diluted share, from 12 cents.

Full Year 2015 Highlights with Prior Year Comparison:

  • Consolidated 2015 revenue rose 16% to a record of $104.6 million, from $89.8 million in 2014.
  • Gross profit increased 24% and Gross Margin increased 2.5 percentage points.
  • Operating income increased 194%.
  • Net income attributable to Heska doubled from $2.6 million to $5.2 million.
  • Net income attributable to Heska rose to 74 cents per diluted share from 41 cents.
  • Stockholders' equity in 2015 increased $10.4 million to $63.5 million.

Kevin Wilson, Heska's Chief Executive Officer and President, commented that, "Heska delivered for customers and shareholders in a big way during the fourth quarter and for all of 2015. The hard working people of Heska have brilliantly reworked Heska's products, teams, cost structure, business model, and narratives to lead the competition and set the pace. And customers have responded by rewarding Heska with net customer gains in all key segments, including the highly competitive blood analyzer space where roughly 80% of 2015 customers for key analyzers upgraded to Heska from a competitor or were new users. Heska is executing well, our new products pipeline is rich, our prospects pipeline is at record levels, our re-investment in Heska is expanding, and our team is winning with an unwavering focus on customer needs. As we enter 2016, I'd like to congratulate the people of Heska on their most recent great results. Heska's blood diagnostics team out-executed the competition in 2015. I am excited to see it continue. Heska's single use products posted a fantastic 2015 performance and that team is preparing 2016 for quantum leaps in the near future. Heska Imaging impressed in 2015 and is readying products to again set the table for outsized gains. And Heska's internal teams have been world-class in their support of these performances, our customers, our distribution partners, and Heska's infrastructure strengthening initiatives. Because of these winning efforts and a continuing, healthy market for veterinary diagnostics, treatments, and preventatives, Heska enters 2016 in a better position to win than at any other time."

Financial Results

2015 fourth quarter revenue was $29.8 million, up 22% when compared to 2014. Fourth quarter Core Companion Animal Health revenue increased approximately 9% to $22.9 million in 2015, up from $21.1 million in 2014. Other Vaccines, Pharmaceuticals and Products revenue rose approximately 114% to $6.8 million during the period, up from $3.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2014. Gross profit in the quarter rose nearly 22%, from $10 million last year to $12.2 million this year. Gross margin in the quarter declined slightly from 41.3% in the fourth quarter of 2014 to 41.1% in the fourth quarter of 2015 due to product mix. Total operating expenses in the fourth quarter of 2015 were $8.7 million, or 29.1% of sales, a favorable comparison to total operating expenses of $8.3 million, or 34.1% of sales, in the prior year period. The Company reported fourth quarter 2015 operating income of $3.6 million, compared to operating income of $1.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2014. Income before income taxes was $3.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2015, compared to income before income taxes of $1.8 million in the prior year period. In the fourth quarter of 2015, net income attributable to Heska Corporation was $2.0 million, or 28 cents per diluted share, compared to $829 thousand, or 12 cents per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2014.

Full year 2015 revenue was $104.6 million, an increase of 16% compared to revenue of $89.8 million in 2014. In 2015, Core Companion Animal Health revenue grew 16% to $84.2 million from $72.4 million in 2014. Other Vaccines, Pharmaceuticals and Products revenue increased 16% to $20.3 million from $17.5 million in 2014. 2015 gross profit was $44.2 million, or 42.3% gross margin, compared with gross profit of $35.7 million, or 39.8% gross margin in 2014. Total 2015 operating expenses were $35.7 million, or 34.1% of sales, compared with total operating expenses of $32.8 million, or 36.5% of sales in 2014. The Company reported 2015 operating income of $8.6 million, up from operating income of $2.9 million in 2014. Income before income taxes was $8.4 million in 2015, compared to income before income taxes of $3.0 million in the prior year period. 2015 net income attributable to Heska Corporation, inclusive of a $1.3 million deferred tax expense, was $5.2 million, or 74 cents per diluted share, compared with $2.6 million, inclusive of a $1.3 million deferred tax expense, or 41cents per diluted share in the same period of 2014.

Balance Sheet

As of December 31, 2015, Heska had $6.9 million in cash and working capital of $22.4 million. Stockholders' equity increased to $63.5 million, up from $53.1 million as of December 31, 2014.

Investor Conference Call

Management will conduct a conference call on Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 9 a.m. MST (11 a.m. EST) to discuss the fourth quarter and year-end 2015 financial results. To participate, dial 800‑227‑9428 (domestic) or 785-830-1925 (international) and reference conference call access number: 7804959. The conference call will also be broadcast live over the Internet at http://www.heska.com. To listen, simply log on to the web at this address at least ten minutes prior to the start of the call to register, download and install any necessary audio software. Telephone replays of the conference call will be available for playback on Heska's home page at www.heska.com until March 17, 2016. The telephone replay may be accessed by dialing 888-203-1112 (domestic) or 719-457-0820 (international). The replay access number is 7804959.

About Heska

Heska Corporation (NASDAQ: HSKA - News) sells advanced veterinary diagnostic and other specialty veterinary products. Heska's state-of-the-art offerings to its customers include blood testing instruments and supplies, digital imaging products, software and services, and single use products and services such as in-clinic heartworm diagnostic tests, heartworm preventive products, allergy immunotherapy products and allergy testing. The Company's core focus is on the canine and feline markets where it strives to provide high value products and unparalleled customer support to veterinarians. For further information on Heska and its products, visit the company's website at www.heska.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This announcement contains forward-looking statements regarding Heska's future financial and operating results. These statements are based on current expectations and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties. Investors should note that there is an inherent risk in using past results, including trends, to predict future outcomes, including using customer trends to predict future success with customers. Factors that could affect the business and financial results of Heska generally include, but are not limited to, the following: competition; uncertainties related to Heska's reliance on key personnel; uncertainties related to product development, including the ability to obtain required regulatory approvals; risks related to Heska's ability to successfully commercialize products; uncertainties related to Heska's reliance on third parties to develop products for sale by Heska; risks related to Heska's reliance on third-party suppliers, which is substantial; uncertainties related to Heska's ability to effectively market and sell its products in the future; uncertainties related to Heska's ability to maintain existing customer relationships; and the risks set forth in Heska's filings and future filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including those set forth in Heska's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2015.

Financial Table Follows:

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

(in thousands, except per share amounts)




Three Months Ended December 31,


Twelve Months Ended December 31,



2014


2015


2014


2015

Revenue:









Core companion animal health


$

21,131


$

22,937


$

72,354


$

84,249

Other vaccines, pharmaceuticals and products


3,192


6,822


17,483


20,348

Total revenue, net


24,323


29,759


89,837


104,597










Cost of revenue


14,281


17,524


54,122


60,384










Gross profit


10,042


12,235


35,715


44,213










Operating expenses:









Selling and marketing


4,746


5,467


19,159


21,339

Research and development


330


354


1,414


1,658

General and administrative


3,212


2,849


12,231


12,659

Total operating expenses


8,288


8,670


32,804


35,656

Operating income


1,754


3,565


2,911


8,557

Interest and other (income) expense, net


(8)


25


(39)


130

Income before income taxes


1,762


3,540


2,950


8,427

Income tax expense (benefit):









Current income tax expense (benefit)


(66)


1,343


47


1,581

Deferred income tax expense (benefit)


749


(178)


1,304


1,327

Total income tax expense


683


1,165


1,351


2,908










Net income


$

1,079


$

2,375


$

1,599


$

5,519

Net income (loss) attributable to non-controlling interest


250


346


(1,004)


280

Net income attributable to Heska Corporation


829


2,029


2,603


5,239










Basic earnings per share attributable to Heska Corporation


$

0.14


$

0.29


$

0.44


$

0.80

Diluted earnings per share attributable to Heska Corporation


$

0.12


$

0.28


$

0.41


$

0.74










Weighted average outstanding shares used to compute basic earnings per share attributable to Heska Corporation


6,016


6,590


5,951


6,509

Weighted average outstanding shares used to compute earnings per share attributable to Heska Corporation


6,668


7,154


6,409


7,074

 

Balance Sheet Data

(in thousands)




December 31,

2014


December 31,

2015

Cash and cash equivalents


$

5,855


$

6,890

Total current assets


32,911


41,262

Note receivable - related party


1,466


1,516

Total assets


96,844


109,719

Line of credit


48


143

Other short-term borrowings, including current portion of long-term note payable


141


159

Total current liabilities


15,052


18,803

Long-term note payable, net of current portion


227


69

Non-controlling interest


15,679


15,747

Stockholders' equity


53,132


63,528

 

 

SOURCE Heska Corporation



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