MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Bio-Techne Corporation (NASDAQ:TECH) today reported its financial results for the second quarter ended December 31, 2017.
Second Quarter FY2018 Snapshot
Second quarter organic revenue increased by 14% (17% reported) to $154.2 million.
GAAP EPS was $1.29 vs. $0.20 one year ago. GAAP EPS saw a one-time benefit of $0.94 from tax reform, largely due to the revaluation of deferred tax liabilities. Delivered adjusted earnings per share (EPS) of $1.02, an increase of 26% over the prior year. The impact of recently passed tax reform positively impacted adjusted EPS by $0.08, or 10% over last year.
Excellent commercial execution with all major regions and life science end-markets experiencing double-digit growth.
Biotechnology Segment delivered 14% organic growth with Advanced Cell Diagnostics (ACD) growth over 40% and the remaining segment's core products organically growing over 10%.
Protein Platforms segment delivered 33% organic growth in the second quarter, representing the eighth consecutive quarter with double-digit organic growth for the segment, seven of those with growth at 20% or better.
The company's financial statements are prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (GAAP). Adjusted EPS, adjusted earnings, adjusted gross margin, adjusted operating income, and adjusted operating margin are non-GAAP measures that exclude certain items detailed later in this press release under the heading "Use of non-GAAP Adjusted Financial Measures." A reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP financial measures is included in this press release.
"Our company had extraordinary performance in the second quarter on both the top and bottom-line," said Chuck Kummeth, President and Chief Executive Officer of Bio-Techne. "These were the best results since we started to transform the Company nearly five years ago. The investments made in the core company and the synergies with our strategic acquisitions are beginning to display nice leverage and upside."
Kummeth added, "The growth rate in Protein Platforms this quarter was the largest ever, even with the division being twice as big as it was when we acquired ProteinSimple. ACD's revenue is also on a run-rate that is twice as large as when we bought the company 18 months ago, and its growth rate is still very strong. Finally, the investments we have made in our core Biotech division, including commercial expansion, digital marketing, and new product innovation, are rejuvenating our combined proteins/antibody/assay business with double-digit growth not seen in a long time."
Kummeth concluded, "None of this would be possible without our people and the EPIC culture they have created here at Bio-Techne. I'm very proud of how the team has worked together across divisions and regions to show double digit growth in every major life science market."
Second Quarter Fiscal 2018
Net sales for the second quarter increased 17% to $154.2 million. Organic growth was 14% compared to the prior year, with currency translation having a positive impact of 2% and acquisitions contributing 1% to revenue growth.
GAAP Earnings Results
GAAP EPS increased to $1.29 per diluted share, versus $0.20 in the same quarter last year. GAAP operating income for the second quarter of fiscal 2018 increased 35% to $24.1 million, compared with $17.9 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2017. GAAP operating margin was 15.7%, compared to 13.6% in the second quarter of fiscal 2017. GAAP operating margin compared to prior year was positively impacted by strong volume leverage on amortization of acquisition-related intangibles.
Non-GAAP Earnings Results
Adjusted EPS increased to $1.02 per diluted share, versus $0.81 in the same quarter last year. Adjusted operating income for the second quarter of fiscal 2018 increased 16% compared to the same quarter last year. Adjusted operating margin was 35.0%, compared with 35.3% in the second quarter of fiscal 2017. Adjusted operating margin compared to prior year was negatively impacted by product mix, which was mostly offset by strong volume leverage.
Management uses adjusted operating results to monitor and evaluate performance of the Company's three business segments, as highlighted below. Since these results are used for this purpose, they are also considered to be prepared in accordance with GAAP.
The Company's Biotechnology segment develops, manufactures and sells proteins, antibodies, immunoassays, flow cytometry products, intracellular signaling products, assays to study cell growth and behavior, as well as biologically active chemical compounds used in biological research and ACD's in situ hybridization detection products. Biotechnology segment's second quarter fiscal 2018 net sales were $101.4 million, an increase of 18% from $86.0 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2017. Organic growth for the segment was 14%, with currency translation having a favorable impact of 3% on revenue growth and acquisitions contributing 1% to revenue growth. Biotechnology segment's adjusted operating margin was 45.6% in the second quarter of fiscal 2018 compared to 45.9% in the second quarter of fiscal 2017. The lower adjusted operating margin was driven by product mix as well as additional investments in global commercial resources and administrative infrastructure, especially in support of ACD's revenue growth.
Protein Platforms Segment
The Company's Protein Platforms segment develops and commercializes proprietary systems and consumables for protein analysis. Protein Platforms segment's second quarter fiscal 2018 net sales were $29.4 million, an increase of 36% from $21.5 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2017. Organic growth for the segment was 33% with currency translation having a favorable impact of 3% on revenue growth. The Protein Platforms segment's adjusted operating margin was 20.8% in the second quarter of fiscal 2018 compared to 8.6% in the second quarter of fiscal 2017. The higher adjusted operating margin was driven by strong volume leverage and productivity gains in operations.
The Company's Diagnostics segment develops and manufactures a range of controls and calibrators for various blood chemistry and blood gas clinical instruments, hematology instruments controls as well as quality controls, diagnostic immunoassays and other bulk and custom reagents for the in vitro diagnostic market. Additionally, the Diagnostics segment develops and manufactures bulk purified proteins, enzymes, disease-state plasmas, infectious disease antigens and processed sera to the clinical diagnostic industry. The Diagnostics segment's second quarter fiscal 2018 net sales were $23.4 million, a decrease of 4% compared to the second quarter of fiscal 2017. Volume was negatively affect by continued OEM order push-outs in a very cost conscience diagnostics industry. The Diagnostics segment's adjusted operating margin was 16.1% in the second quarter of fiscal 2018 compared to 23.8% in the second quarter of fiscal 2017. The lower adjusted operating margin was driven by decreased volume leverage and margin mix of OEM product sales.
Bio-Techne will host an earnings conference call today, February 6, 2018 at 8:00 a.m. CST. To listen, please dial 1-800-289-0438 or 1-323-794-2423 for international callers, and reference conference ID 7451743. A recorded rebroadcast will be available for interested parties unable to participate in the live conference call. To access the replay, U.S. callers should dial 1-844-512-2921 or international callers should dial 1-412-317-6671, and enter the replay access code 7451743. The replay can also be accessed by going to: http://audio.viavid.com/20180206-127991-bio-techne.mp3
The replay will be available from 11:00 a.m. CST on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 until 11:00 p.m. CST on Tuesday, March 6, 2018.
Use of non-GAAP Adjusted Financial Measures:
This press release contains financial measures that have not been calculated in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the U.S. (GAAP). These non-GAAP measures include:
Adjusted diluted earnings per share
Adjusted net earnings
Adjusted gross margin
Adjusted operating income
Adjusted operating margin
We provide these measures as additional information regarding our operating results. We use these non-GAAP measures internally to evaluate our performance and in making financial and operational decisions, including with respect to incentive compensation. We believe that our presentation of these measures provides investors with greater transparency with respect to our results of operations and that these measures are useful for period-to-period comparison of results.
Our non-GAAP financial measures for adjusted gross margin, adjusted operating margin, and adjusted net earnings, in total and on a per share basis, exclude the costs recognized upon the sale of acquired inventory, amortization of acquisition intangibles, and acquisition related expenses. The Company excludes amortization of purchased intangible assets and purchase accounting adjustments, including costs recognized upon the sale of acquired inventory and acquisition-related expenses, from this measure because they occur as a result of specific events, and are not reflective of our internal investments, the costs of developing, producing, supporting and selling our products, and the other ongoing costs to support our operating structure. Additionally, these amounts can vary significantly from period to period based on current activity.
The Company's non-GAAP adjusted operating margin and adjusted net earnings, in total and on a per share basis, also excludes stock based compensation expense and certain adjustments to income tax expense. Stock based compensation is excluded from non-GAAP adjusted earnings because of the nature of this charge, specifically the varying available valuation methodologies, subjective assumptions, and the variety of award types. The Company independently calculates a non-GAAP adjusted tax rate to be applied to the identified non-GAAP adjustments considering the impact of discrete items on these adjustments and the jurisdictional mix of the adjustments. In addition, the tax impact of other discrete and non-recurring charges which impact our reported GAAP tax rate are adjusted from net earnings. We believe these tax items can significantly affect the period-over-period assessment of operating results and not necessarily reflect costs and/or income associated with historical trends and future results.
Investors are encouraged to review the reconciliations of adjusted financial measures used in this press release to their most directly comparable GAAP financial measures as provided with the financial statements attached to this press release.
Forward Looking Statements:
Our press releases may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act. Such statements involve risks and uncertainties that may affect the actual results of operations. The following important factors, among others, have affected and, in the future, could affect the Company's actual results: the effect of new branding and marketing initiatives, the integration of new businesses and leadership, the introduction and acceptance of new products, the funding and focus of the types of research by the Company's customers, the impact of the growing number of producers of biotechnology research products and related price competition, general economic conditions, the impact of currency exchange rate fluctuations, and the costs and results of research and product development efforts of the Company and of companies in which the Company has invested or with which it has formed strategic relationships.
For additional information concerning such factors, see the section titled "Risk Factors" in the Company's annual report on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements we make in our press releases due to new information or future events. Investors are cautioned not to place undue emphasis on these statements.
Bio-Techne Corporation (NASDAQ: TECH) is a leading developer and manufacturer of high quality purified proteins––notably cytokines and growth factors, antibodies, immunoassays, as well as biologically active small molecule compounds and ACD's in situ hybridization detection products --- which are sold to biomedical researchers and clinical research laboratories; these operations constitute the core Biotechnology Division, headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Protein Platforms Division manufactures innovative protein analysis tools under the ProteinSimple brand name that greatly automate western blotting and immunoassay practices. The Diagnostics Division manufactures FDA-regulated controls, calibrators, blood gas and clinical chemistry controls and other reagents for OEM customer and clinical customers. Bio-Techne products are integral components of scientific investigations into biological processes and the nature, etiology and progression of specific diseases. They aid in drug discovery efforts and provide the means to develop accurate clinical tests and diagnoses. With thousands of products in its portfolio, Bio-Techne generated approximately $563 million in net sales in fiscal 2017 and has approximately 1,800 employees worldwide. For more information on Bio-Techne and its brands, please visit www.bio-techne.com.
RECONCILIATION OF NET EARNINGS and EARNINGS per SHARE
(In thousands, except per share data)
Net earnings – GAAP
Costs recognized upon sale of acquired inventory
Amortization of intangibles
Acquisition related expenses
Stock based compensation
Tax impact of above adjustments
Tax impact of discrete items and other adjustments
Net earnings - Adjusted
Earnings per share - diluted – Adjusted
Biotechnology segment revenue
Protein Platforms segment revenue
Diagnostics segment revenue
SEGMENT OPERATING INCOME
Biotechnology segment operating income
Protein Platforms segment operating income
Diagnostics segment operating income
Segment operating income
Costs recognized upon sale of acquired inventory
Amortization of intangibles
Acquisition related expenses
Stock based compensation
Corporate general, selling, and administrative
GAAP PURCHASE ACCOUNTING ITEMS
As disclosed in in the June 30, 2017 Form 10-K, during the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2017, management identified certain errors related to purchase accounting items for the ACD acquisition recorded during the second quarter of fiscal year 2017. We concluded that these errors were not material to each of the respective periods; however, we elected to report the corrected amount for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2017 and revise the previously reported 2017 quarterly information in future filings to reflect the properly stated amounts. These items impact the cost recognized upon the sale of acquired inventory, other acquisition related costs recorded within selling, general and administrative costs, interest expense and income taxes and resulted in a favorable impact to previously reported quarterly results as outlined in the table below.
Cost of sales
Selling, general and administrative
Incremental net earnings
The fiscal year 2017 results in this release have been updated to reflect the adjustments in the table above. There was no impact to quarterly or year-to-date reported non-GAAP results.