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Mesa Labs Reports 50% Increase in Annual Revenues

LAKEWOOD, Colo., June 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Mesa Laboratories, Inc. (NASDAQ: MLAB) today reported a 50 percent increase in revenue and a 30 percent increase in GAAP net income for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2011.

Highlights:

  • Fourth quarter revenues increased 60% compared to the same period last fiscal year
  • Fourth quarter net income increased 62% to $2,176,000
  • All major product lines posted organic growth in the fourth quarter
  • Quarterly non-GAAP adjusted net income increased 68% to $2,417,000(1)
  • Annual non-GAAP earnings per share increased 36% to $2.08(1)

For the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011, net sales increased 60 percent to $9,965,000 from $6,227,000 in the same quarter last year.  GAAP net income for the quarter increased 62 percent to $2,176,000 or $.64 per diluted share compared to $1,345,000 or $.40 per diluted share one year ago.

For the full fiscal year ended March 31, 2011, net sales increased 50 percent to $32,826,000 from $21,929,000 in the same period last fiscal year.  Net income for the full fiscal year increased 30 percent to $6,183,000 or $1.86 per diluted share compared to $4,769,000 or $1.45 per share in the past fiscal year.

On a non-GAAP basis (which excludes acquisition related intangible amortization, net of tax effects), adjusted net income for the fourth quarter ended March 31, 2011 increased 68% to $2,417,000 or $.71 per diluted share of common stock compared to $1,440,000 or $.43 per diluted share of common stock last year.  For the 12 months of fiscal 2011, adjusted net income increased 37% to $6,940,000 or $2.08 per diluted share of common stock compared to $5,051,000 or $1.53 per diluted share of common stock during the same period last year.  See the note below for an explanation of the calculation of adjusted net income and adjusted net income per share.

"The fourth fiscal quarter is generally Mesa's strongest, but this year it was exceptional," said John J. Sullivan, President and Chief Executive Officer.  "All of Mesa's major product lines posted organic growth, and this, combined with the positive impact of Mesa's three recent acquisitions, contributed to the 60% year-over-year revenue growth for the quarter.  The strong fourth quarter was an excellent finish to the fiscal year in which Mesa's revenues grew 50% to nearly 33 million dollars.  Mesa's profitability improved significantly this quarter also, with gross margins at 62%, operating income at 33%, and net income of 22%.  Margin improvement was due to a variety of factors, including higher sales volume, in-house manufacturing of the Torqo product line, synergies between the Biological Indicators (BI) business segments, and the acquisition of the high margin Apex BI products."

"I am happy to report that non-GAAP adjusted earnings per share exceeded $2.00 per diluted share of common stock for the year, which is a real milestone for Mesa that is a result of the hard work and dedication of everyone in our organization.  Going forward, we expect to see continuation of the positive sales momentum experienced in the fourth quarter," continued John Sullivan.  "For the first half of fiscal 2012, we should see revenues significantly higher than last year, due mainly to the acquisition of the Apex biological indicators line.  Profitability should also improve over fiscal 2011, due to the reasons cited above.  Going forward, we will continue to strike a balance between delivering profits to the bottom line and investing for future growth, including seeking out companies or product lines to add to our portfolio."

During the fourth quarter and 12 month period of fiscal 2011, sales of the Company's instrumentation products and services increased seven percent and 11 percent, respectively, compared to the prior year period.  The revenue increase in the fourth quarter was due to organic growth of the three major products that make up the instruments segment, while growth during the twelve month period was primarily a result of the Torqo acquisition in December, 2009.

During the fourth quarter and 12 month period of fiscal 2011, sales of the Company's Biological Indicator products increased 176 percent and 130 percent, respectively, compared to the same period last fiscal year.  The increase in Biological Indicator sales during the quarter and 12 month period was due to revenue added as a result of the acquisitions of SGM Biotech in April, 2010 and the Apex products in December, 2010 and organic growth.

Mesa Laboratories develops, acquires, manufactures and markets electronic instruments and disposables for industrial, pharmaceutical and medical applications.

This news release contains forward-looking statements which involve risks and uncertainties.  The Company's actual results could differ materially from those in any such forward-looking statements.  Additional information concerning important factors that could cause results to differ materially from those in any such forward-looking statement is contained in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended March 31, 2010 as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and from time to time in the Company's other reports on file with the Commission.

(1) The non-GAAP measures of adjusted net income and adjusted earnings per share are defined to exclude the impacts of non-cash intangibles amortization, net of its tax effects. A reconciliation between these non-GAAP measures and their GAAP counterparts is set forth in the table below, along with additional information regarding their use.

FINANCIAL SUMMARY - PRELIMINARY






STATEMENT OF EARNINGS (Unaudited)





Quarter Ended March 31

12 Months Ended March 31


2011

2010

2011

2010

Net Sales

$9,965,000

$6,227,000

$32,826,000

$21,929,000

Cost of Goods

3,770,000

2,626,000

13,258,000

8,735,000

Gross Profit

6,195,000

3,601,000

19,568,000

13,194,000

Operating Expense

2,869,000

1,633,000

9,704,000

5,826,000

Operating Income

3,326,000

1,968,000

9,864,000

7,368,000

Other Expense & (Income)

34,000

(10,000)

113,000

(36,000)

Earnings Before Taxes

3,292,000

1,978,000

9,751,000

7,404,000

Income Taxes

1,116,000

633,000

3,568,000

2,635,000

Net Income

$2,176,000

$1,345,000

$6,183,000

$4,769,000






Earnings Per Share (Basic)

$ .67

$ .42

$1.91

$1.49

Earnings Per Share (Diluted)

$ .64

$ .40

$1.86

$1.45






Average Shares (Basic)

3,248,000

3,203,000

3,231,000

3,194,000

Average Shares (Diluted)

3,385,000

3,337,000

3,330,000

3,293,000






BALANCE SHEETS (Unaudited)






March 31

March 31




2011

2010



Cash and Cash Equivalents

$3,546,000

$10,471,000



Other Current Assets

13,716,000

10,003,000



Total Current Assets

17,262,000

20,474,000



Property and Equipment

7,308,000

4,239,000



Other Assets

26,414,000

8,926,000








Total Assets

$50,984,000

$33,639,000













Liabilities

$14,567,000

$2,442,000



Stockholders' Equity

36,417,000

31,197,000








Total Liabilities and Equity

$50,984,000

$33,639,000





NON-GAAP ADJUSTED NET INCOME AND NON-GAAP

DILUTED EPS RECONCILIATIONS

(Unaudited)



Quarter Ended March 31

12 Months Ended March 31


2011

2010.

2011

2010

Net Income

$2,176,000

$1,345,000

$6,183,000

$4,769,000

Intangibles Amortization, net of





 tax effect

241,000

95,000

757,000

282,000

Adjusted Net Income

$2,417,000

$1,440,000

$6,940,000

$5,051,000

Fully Diluted Shares Outstanding

3,385,000

3,337,000

3,330,000

3,293,000

Adjusted EPS

$0.71

$0.43

$2.08

$1.53



The non-GAAP measures of adjusted net income and adjusted earnings per share presented in the reconciliation above are defined to exclude the impacts of non-cash intangibles amortization, net of their tax effects.  The tax effect is calculated using the average corporate rate for that period multiplied by the elimination.  We believe that excluding these acquisition related expenses provides the ability to understand the benefits of acquisitions based on their cash return.

We provide non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP earnings per share amounts in order to provide meaningful supplemental information regarding our operational performance.  Our management uses non-GAAP measures to evaluate the performance of our business and to compensate employees.  This information facilitates our management's internal comparisons to our historical operating results as well as to the operating results of our competitors.  Since management finds this measure to be useful, we believe that our investors can benefit by evaluating both our non-GAAP and our GAAP results.

Our management recognizes that items such as amortization of intangibles can have a material impact on our net income.  To gain a complete picture of all effects on the company's profit and loss from any and all events, management does (and investors should) rely upon the GAAP income statement.  The non-GAAP numbers focus instead upon the core operating business of the company.

Readers are reminded that non-GAAP measures are merely a supplement to, and not a replacement for, or superior to our financial measures prepared according to GAAP.  They should be evaluated in conjunction with the GAAP financial measures.  It should be noted as well that our non-GAAP information may be different from the non-GAAP information provided by other companies.

SOURCE Mesa Laboratories, Inc.



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