Bio-Techne Releases Third Quarter Fiscal 2019 Results

MINNEAPOLIS, April 30, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Bio-Techne Corporation (NASDAQ:TECH) today reported its financial results for the third quarter ended March 31, 2019.

Third Quarter FY2019 Snapshot

  • Third quarter organic growth of 14% (13% reported) with revenue of $184.9 million.
  • GAAP EPS was $1.15 vs. $0.52 one year ago. Delivered adjusted earnings per share (EPS) of $1.21, consistent with the prior year despite foreign currency exchange headwinds negatively impacting results by $0.10 or 8% in the third quarter.
  • Excellent commercial execution in all major regions, with North America, Europe, and China all achieving double digit organic growth.
  • Protein Sciences Segment delivered 15% organic growth. The segment has achieved mid-double digit organic growth in each quarter of fiscal 2019.
  • Diagnostics and Genomics Segment delivered 13% organic growth, highlighted by growth in RNAscope products.

The company's consolidated financial statements are prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (GAAP). Adjusted dilutive EPS, adjusted net 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 recent fiscal third quarter was a record quarter for Bio-Techne. Just a few years ago we were envisioning a time with results we are now reporting," said Chuck Kummeth, President and Chief Executive Officer of Bio-Techne. "Our businesses, led by our antibody portfolio and Simple Western instruments, all performed well. Our Genomics division also recovered, just as we said it would, with strong double-digit growth in the quarter. Our results all year have shown that our acquisitions are integrating well, and providing increased organic growth now on top of an ever improving core reagent business."

Kummeth concluded, "I am extremely pleased with the execution of our plan this quarter.  I am delighted with the results so far this year, which sets us up for the potential of the first full fiscal year of double-digit organic growth as Bio-Techne. We have an outstanding team!"

Third Quarter Fiscal 2019

Revenue

Net sales for the third quarter increased 13% to $184.9 million. Organic growth was 14%, with currency translation having an unfavorable impact of 2% and acquisitions contributing 1% to revenue growth.

GAAP Earnings Results

GAAP EPS increased to $1.15 per diluted share, versus $0.52 in the same quarter last year. GAAP operating income for the third quarter of fiscal 2019 increased 2% to $44.1 million, compared with $43.1 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2018. GAAP operating margin was 23.9%, compared to 26.3% in the third quarter of fiscal 2018. GAAP operating margin compared to prior year was impacted by unfavorable foreign currency exchange rates and acquisitions, namely ExosomeDx.

Non-GAAP Earnings Results

Adjusted EPS was $1.21 per diluted share, consistent with this quarter last year. Adjusted operating margin for the third quarter of fiscal 2019 decreased to 35.2%, compared with 38.1% in the third quarter of fiscal 2018. Adjusted operating margin compared to prior year was impacted by unfavorable foreign currency exchange rates and acquisitions, namely ExosomeDx.

Segment Results

Management uses adjusted operating results to monitor and evaluate performance of the Company's business segments, as highlighted below. Since these results are used for this purpose, they are also considered to be prepared in accordance with GAAP.

Protein Sciences Segment

The Company's Protein Sciences segment is one of the world's leading suppliers of specialized proteins, such as cytokines and growth factors, immunoassays, antibodies and reagents, to the biotechnology community. Additionally, the segment provides an array of platforms useful in various areas of protein analysis. Protein Sciences segment's third quarter fiscal 2019 net sales were $137.9 million, an increase of 12% from $123.2 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2018. Organic growth for the segment was 15%, with currency translation having an unfavorable impact of 3% on revenue growth. Protein Sciences segment's operating margin was 45.1% in the third quarter of fiscal 2019 compared to 43.7% in the third quarter of fiscal 2018. Segment operating margin compared to the prior year was positively impacted by volume leverage and operational productivity.

Diagnostics and Genomics Segment

The Company's Diagnostics and Genomics segment provides blood chemistry and blood gas quality controls, hematology instrument controls, diagnostics immunoassays and other bulk and custom reagents for the in vitro diagnostic market. The Diagnostics and Genomics segment also develops and commercializes in situ hybridization products, as well as exosome-based diagnostics for various pathologies including prostate cancer. The Diagnostics and Genomics segment's third quarter fiscal 2019 net sales were $47.1 million, an increase of 15% from $40.9 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2018.  Organic growth for the segment was 13%, with currency translation having an unfavorable impact of 1% on revenue growth and acquisitions contributing 3% to revenue growth. The Diagnostics and Genomics segment operating margin was 7.6% in the third quarter of fiscal 2019 compared to 23.6% in the third quarter of fiscal 2018. Segment operating margin compared to the prior year was impacted by negative operating margins for acquisitions made in the segment, namely ExosomeDx.

Conference Call

Bio-Techne will host an earnings conference call today, April 30, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. CDT. To listen, please dial 1-866-548-4713 or 1-323-794-2093 for international callers, and reference conference ID 9482573. 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 9482573. The replay can also be accessed by going to: http://audio.viavid.com/20190430-133952-bio-techne.mp3

The replay will be available from 11:00 a.m. CDT on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 until 11:00 p.m. CDT on Thursday, May 30, 2019.

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:

  • Organic growth
  • 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 measure of organic growth represents revenue growth excluding revenue from acquisitions within the preceeding 12 months, as well as the impact of foreign currency. Excluding these measures provides more useful period-to-period comparison of revenue results as it excludes the impact of foreign currency exchange rates, which can vary significantly from period to period, and revenue from acquisitions that would not be included in the comparable prior period.

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, restructuring, impairments of equity method investments, gain and losses from investments, and certain adjustments to income tax expense. Stock-based compensation is excluded from non-GAAP adjusted net earnings because of the nature of this charge, specifically the varying available valuation methodologies, subjective assumptions, and the variety of award types. Impairments of equity investments are excluded as they are not part of our day-to-day operating decisions. Additionally, gains and losses from other investments that are either isolated or cannot be expected to occur again with any predictability are excluded.   Costs related to restructuring activities, including reducing overhead and consolidating facilities, are excluded because we believe they are not indicative of our normal operating costs. 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 global life sciences company providing innovative tools and bioactive reagents for the research and clinical diagnostic communities. Bio-Techne products assist scientific investigations into biological processes and the nature and progress of specific diseases. They aid in drug discovery efforts and provide the means for accurate clinical tests and diagnoses. With thousands of products in its portfolio, Bio-Techne generated approximately $643 million in net sales in fiscal 2018 and has over 2,100 employees worldwide. For more information on Bio-Techne and its brands, please visit www.bio-techne.com.

Contact:

David Clair, Investor Relations


ir@bio-techne.com


646-277-1266  

 

BIO-TECHNE CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS

(In thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)



QUARTER

ENDED

NINE MONTHS

ENDED


03/31/19

03/31/18

03/31/19

03/31/18

Net sales

$184,861

$163,973

$522,341

$462,739

Cost of sales

60,251

 

53,712

177,110

152,777

Gross margin

124,610

110,261

345,231

309,962

Operating expenses:





   Selling, general and administrative

64,968

53,285

195,622

175,349

   Research and development

15,552

13,892

46,154

41,350

      Total operating expenses

80,520

67,177

241,776

216,699

Operating income

44,090

43,084

103,455

93,263

Other income (expense)

5,787

(18,102)

(14,226)

(23,581)

Earnings before income taxes

49,877

24,982

89,229

69,682

Income taxes (benefit)

5,223

5,244

9,617

(14,767)

Net earnings

$44,654

$19,738

$79,612

$84,449

Earnings per share:





   Basic

$1.18

$0.53

$2.11

$2.25

   Diluted

$1.15

$0.52

$2.05

$2.22

Weighted average common shares outstanding:





   Basic

37,772

37,503

37,745

37,450

   Diluted

38,861

38,142

38,813

37,933

 

BIO-TECHNE CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED BALANCE SHEETS

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)


ASSETS

03/31/19

6/30/18

Cash and equivalents

$95,561

$121,990

Short-term available-for-sale investments

83,229

59,764

Accounts receivable, net

133,927

120,296

Inventory

93,839

85,648

Other current assets

16,877

10,668

     Total current assets

423,433

398,366




Property and equipment, net

145,319

145,348

Goodwill and intangible assets, net

1,298,750

1,044,222

Other assets

5,116

5,266

     Total assets

$1,872,618

$1,593,202

 

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY



Trade accounts payable and accrued expense

$66,717

$62,523

Short-term contingent consideration payable

3,400

-

Contract liabilities

10,112

8,109

Income taxes payable

5,318

8,878

Current portion of long-term debt obligations

12,500

-

     Total current liabilities

98,047

79,510




Deferred income taxes

96,844

86,293

Long-term debt obligations, net

509,765

339,000

Long-term contingent consideration payable

2,200

-

Other long-term liabilities

19,496

9,338

Shareholders' equity

1,146,266

1,079,061

     Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$1,872,618

$1,593,202


 

BIO-TECHNE CORPORATION

RECONCILIATION OF GROSS MARGIN PERCENTAGE

(Unaudited)



QUARTER

ENDED

NINE MONTHS

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03/31/19

03/31/18

03/31/19

03/31/18

Gross margin percentage – GAAP

67.4%

67.2%

66.1%

67.0%

Identified adjustments:





     Costs recognized upon sale of acquired inventory

0.5%

0.9%

0.5%

0.4%

     Amortization of intangibles

3.4%

3.9%

4.7%

4.0%

Gross margin percentage - Adjusted

71.3%

72.0%

71.3%

71.4%

 

BIO-TECHNE CORPORATION

RECONCILIATION OF OPERATING MARGIN PERCENTAGE

(Unaudited)



QUARTER

ENDED

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03/31/19

03/31/18

03/31/19

03/31/18

Operating margin percentage – GAAP

23.9%

26.3%

19.8%

20.2%

Identified adjustments:





     Costs recognized upon sale of acquired inventory

0.5%

0.9%

0.5%

0.4%

     Amortization of intangibles

7.7%

7.2%

8.4%

7.5%

     Acquisition related expenses

0.0%

0.8%

0.6%

5.2%

     Stock-based compensation

3.1%

2.9%

4.6%

2.9%

Operating margin percentage - Adjusted 

35.2%

38.1%

33.9%

36.2%

 

BIO-TECHNE CORPORATION

RECONCILIATION OF NET EARNINGS and EARNINGS per SHARE

(In thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)



QUARTER

ENDED

NINE MONTHS

ENDED


03/31/19

03/31/18

03/31/19

03/31/18

Net earnings – GAAP

$44,654

$19,738

$79,612

$84,449

Identified adjustments:





     Costs recognized upon sale of acquired inventory

935

1,431

2,804

2,013

     Amortization of intangibles

14,400

11,872

43,678

34,547

     Acquisition related expenses

100

1,398

3,263

24,253

     Stock-based compensation

5,725

4,748

24,151

13,587

     Realized and unrealized loss (gain) on investments

(12,279)

16,246

(2,907)

16,246

     Tax impact of above adjustments

(323)

(8,565)

(12,683)

(17,210)

     Tax impact of discrete items and other adjustments

(6,152)

(726)

(11,439)

(36,667)

Net earnings - Adjusted 

$47,060

$46,142

$126,479

$121,218






Earnings per share - diluted – Adjusted

$1.21

$1.21

$3.26

$3.20

 

BIO-TECHNE CORPORATION

SEGMENT REVENUE

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)



QUARTER

ENDED

NINE MONTHS

ENDED


03/31/19

03/31/18

03/31/19

03/31/18

Protein Sciences segment revenue

$137,935

$123,187

$399,787

$348,442

Diagnostics and Genomics segment revenue

47,134

40,929

123,144

114,604

Intersegment revenue

(208)

(143)

(590)

(307)

   Consolidated revenue

$184,861

$163,973

$522,341

$462,739

 

BIO-TECHNE CORPORATION

SEGMENT OPERATING INCOME

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)



QUARTER

ENDED

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ENDED


03/31/19

03/31/18

03/31/19

03/31/18

Protein Sciences segment operating income

$62,256

$53,813

$175,821

$150,240

Diagnostics and Genomics segment operating income

3,579

9,649

5,061

22,816

   Segment operating income

65,835

63,462

180,882

173,056

     Costs recognized upon sale of acquired inventory

(935)

(1,431)

(2,804)

(2,013)

     Amortization of intangibles

(14,400)

(11,872)

(43,678)

(34,547)

     Acquisition related expenses

-

(1,312)

(2,973)

(23,994)

     Stock-based compensation

(5,725)

(4,748)

(24,151)

(13,587)

     Corporate general, selling, and administrative

(685)

(1,015)

(3,821)

(5,652)

Operating income  

$44,090

$43,084

$103,455

$93,263






 

Bio-Techne

 

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