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SOURCE Techne Corporation

MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Techne Corporation's (NASDAQ:TECH) financial results for the second quarter and six months ended December 31, 2013 include the following highlights:

Second quarter earnings were $25.1 million or $0.68 per diluted share.  Adjusted earnings for the quarter were $27.8 million (an increase of 2.4% from the prior fiscal year period) or $0.75 per diluted share.  Adjusted earnings and adjusted earnings per share exclude intangible asset amortization and costs recognized upon the sale of inventory that was written-up to fair value as part of acquisitions.

Earnings for the six-month period ended December 31, 2013 were $52.5 million or $1.42 per diluted share.  Adjusted earnings for the six-month period ended December 31, 2013 were $58.5 million (an increase of 7.0% from the prior fiscal year period) or $1.58 per diluted share.  Adjusted earnings and adjusted earnings per share for the six-month period exclude the acquisition-related items noted above and professional fees related to an acquisition completed in fiscal 2014.  

Net sales as reported increased 11.9% to $84.0 million for the quarter ended December 31 2013. Organic sales increased 0.4% in the quarter.  Organic sales exclude sales by Bionostics Holding Limited, which was acquired on July 22, 2013 for net cash of $103 million, and the impact of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations. 

Net sales as reported increased 13.0% to $169.7 million for the six months ended December 31 2013. Organic sales, excluding the sales by Bionostics Holdings Limited and the impact of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations, increased 2.8% in the six-month period.   

"I am very pleased with the progress made in the development of the company," said Charles Kummeth, President and Chief Executive Officer of Techne.  "Changes made in operations have improved efficiencies in our Biotech division, allowing us to focus more on growth. Gross margins have remained strong and expenses are within our plans as we invest in new people, leaders, technologies, and regions. While growth in the second quarter was less than in the first quarter, our progress is steady, especially considering the difficult market situation in the academic and government sector."

The Biotechnology segment includes sales made through R&D Systems' Biotechnology Division, R&D Europe, Tocris, R&D China, BiosPacific and Boston Biochem.  Biotechnology segment net sales were $70.6 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2013, an increase of 1.3% from $69.6 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2012. Biotechnology sales were $143.7 million for the six-month period ended December 31, 2013, an increase of 3.3% from $139.1 million for the six-month period ended December 31, 2012.  Biotechnology sales increased 0.4% and 2.4% for the quarter and six months ended December 31, 2013, respectively, excluding the impact of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations.  

The table below shows changes to the components of organic sales for the Biotechnology segment, from the same prior-year period.


Quarter Ended

Six Months Ended


12/31/13

12/31/13




U.S. industrial, pharmaceutical and biotechnology

2.6%

4.5%

U.S. academic

(4.6%)

(8.5%)

Europe

(2.0%)

(0.3%)

China

31.7%

34.7%

Pacific Rim

7.5%

10.5%

The Clinical Controls segment includes sales made through R&D Systems' Clinical Controls Division and Bionostics.  Clinical Controls net sales for the quarter and six months ended December 31, 2013 were $13.5 million and $25.9 million, respectively. Excluding sales by Bionostics subsequent to the acquisition, Clinical Controls sales growth for the quarter and six months ended December 31, 2013 were 0.5% and 7.0%, respectively.  The increases were mainly the result of the timing of shipments at the beginning and end of the first fiscal quarter and volume increases.  

The consolidated gross margin percentage was 69.7% and 73.6% for the quarters ended December 31, 2013 and 2012, and 70.5% and 73.8% for the six months ended December 31, 2013 and 2012, respectively.  Gross margins adjusted for costs recognized upon sale of acquired inventory and amortization of intangible assets were 72.7% and 76.2% for the quarters ended December 31, 2013 and 2012, and 73.6% and 76.4% for the six months ended December 31, 2013 and 2012, respectively.  The decrease in adjusted gross margins for the quarter was primarily caused by a change in product mix from higher margin Biotechnology segment sales to Clinical Controls segment sales as a result of the Bionostics acquisition. 

Selling, general and administrative expenses for the quarter and six months ended December 31, 2013 increased $4.0 million and $7.7 million from the quarter and six months ended December 31, 2012. Selling, general and administrative expenses for the quarter ended December 31, 2013 included $1.0 million of selling, general and administrative expenses by Bionostics which was acquired in July 2013 and an increase in intangible asset amortization of $1.1 million related to the acquisition.  Selling, general and administrative expenses included a $541,000 increase in stock compensation expense for the quarter ended December 31, 2013 compared to the same prior-year period. The remaining increase in selling, general and administrative expense for the quarter ended December 31, 2013 was mainly the result of increased executive compensation and additional sales staff added since the second quarter of fiscal 2013.   

Selling, general and administrative expenses for the six months ended December 31, 2013 included $532,000 of professional fees related to the acquisition of Bionostics on July 22, 2013, $2.1 million of selling, general and administrative expenses by Bionostics after the acquisition date and an increase in intangible asset amortization of $1.5 million related to the acquisition.  Selling, general and administrative expenses included an $807,000 increase in stock compensation expense for the six months ended December 31, 2013 compared to the same prior-year period. The remaining increase in selling, general and administrative expense for the six months ended December 31, 2013 was mainly the result of increased executive compensation and additional sales staff added since the first half of fiscal 2013.  

Research and development expenses for the quarter and six months ended December 31, 2013 increased $520,000 (7.0%) and $770,000 (5.2%) from the quarter and six months ended December 31, 2012.  Included in research and development expenses for the quarter and six months ended December 31, 2013 were $192,000 and $386,000, respectively of expenses by Bionostics.  The remainder of the increase in research and development for the quarter and six months was due to personnel and supply costs associated with the continuous development and release of new high-quality biotechnology products.

The effective tax rate for both the quarter and six months ended December 31, 2013, 2013 was 30.8% compared to 32.3% for the same prior-year periods.  The decrease in the effective tax rate was primarily the result of decreased tax rates in the U.K. and the increased percentage of pretax income from foreign operations which have lower income tax rates than the U.S.    

The Company's investment in ChemoCentryx, Inc. (CCXI) is included in short-term available for sale investments at December 31, 2013 and June 30, 2013 at fair-values of $36.7 million and $89.6 million, respectively.  The Company's unrealized gain on the investment at December 31, 2013 and June 30, 2013 of $7.2 million and $60.2 million, respectively, net of income tax effect, are included in accumulated other comprehensive income.

Cash generated from operations for the quarter and six months ended December 31, 2013 were $31.3 million and $63.9 million, respectively.  Capital expenditures for the quarter and six months ended December 31, 2013 were $3.7 million and $7.5 million, respectively.

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 introduction and acceptance of new biotechnology and clinical control products, the levels and particular directions 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.

Use of Adjusted Financial Measures:

The adjusted financial measures used in this press release quantify the impact the following events had on reported net sales, gross margin percentages, selling, general and administrative expenses, net earnings and earnings per share for the quarter and six months ended December 31, 2013 as compared to the reported amounts for the same prior-year period:

- fluctuations in exchange rates used to convert transactions in foreign currencies (primarily the Euro, British pound sterling and Chinese yuan) to U.S. dollars;

- the acquisitions of Bionostics on July 22, 2013,  Boston Biochem, Inc. in fiscal 2011 and Tocris Holdings Ltd. in fiscal 2011, including the impact of amortizing intangible assets and the recognition of costs upon the sale of inventory written-up to fair value;

- professional fees related to the acquisition of Bionostics which closed in July 2013.

These adjusted financial measures are not prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and may be different from adjusted financial measures used by other companies.  Adjusted financial measures should not be considered as a substitute for, or superior to, measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP.  We view these adjusted financial measures to be helpful in assessing the Company's ongoing operating results.  In addition, these adjusted financial measures facilitate our internal comparisons to historical operating results and comparisons to competitors' operating results.  We include these adjusted financial measures in our earnings announcement because we believe they are useful to investors in allowing for greater transparency related to supplemental information we use in our financial and operational analysis.

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.

Techne Corporation and Subsidiaries (the Company) are engaged in the development, manufacture and sale of biotechnology products and hematology calibrators and controls. These activities are conducted through the Company's two operating subsidiaries: Research and Diagnostic Systems, Inc. (R&D Systems) of Minneapolis, Minnesota and R&D Systems Europe, Ltd. (R&D Europe) of Abingdon, England.

R&D Systems is a specialty manufacturer of biological products. R&D Systems has four subsidiaries: BiosPacific, Inc. (BiosPacific), located in Emeryville, California, Boston Biochem, Inc., located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Bionostics Holdings Limited (Bionostics), operating in Devens, Massachusetts, and R&D Systems China Co. Ltd., (R&D China), located in Shanghai, China. BiosPacific is a worldwide supplier of biologics to manufacturers of in vitro diagnostic systems and immunodiagnostic kits. Boston Biochem is a leading developer and manufacturer of ubiquitin-related research products.  Bionostics is a leading supplier of control solutions used in point of care blood glucose and blood gas testing.

R&D China and R&D Europe distribute the Company's biotechnology products. R&D Europe has two subsidiaries: Tocris Holdings Ltd. (Tocris) of Bristol, England and R&D Systems GmbH, a German sales operation. Tocris is a leading supplier of chemical reagents for non-clinical life science research.

 

TECHNE CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS

(In thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)


QUARTER ENDED

SIX MONTHS ENDED


12/31/13

12/31/12

12/31/13

12/31/12

Net sales

$84,017

$75,083

$169,685

$150,108

Cost of sales

25,424

19,820

49,978

39,262

Gross margin

58,593

55,263

119,707

110,846

Operating expenses:





   Selling, general and administrative

14,926

10,956

28,947

21,284

   Research and development

7,923

7,403

15,625

14,855

      Total operating expenses

22,849

18,359

44,572

36,139

Operating income

35,744

36,904

75,135

74,707

Other income (expense):





   Interest income

545

677

1,112

1,338

   Other non-operating expense, net

(71)

(135)

(375)

(613)

       Total other income (expense)

474

542

737

725

Earnings before income taxes

36,218

37,446

75,872

75,432

Income taxes

11,163

12,082

23,389

24,400

Net earnings

$25,055

$25,364

$52,483

$51,032

Earnings per share:





 Basic

$   0.68

$    0.69

$   1.42

$    1.39

 Diluted

$   0.68

$    0.69

$   1.42

$    1.38

Weighted average common shares outstanding:





  Basic

36,882

36,834

36,862

36,831

  Diluted

37,015

36,900

36,968

36,897

 

TECHNE CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED BALANCE SHEETS

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)

ASSETS

12/31/13

6/30/13

Cash and equivalents

$98,402

$163,786

Short-term available-for-sale investments

88,454

169,151

Trade accounts receivable

38,306

38,183

Inventory

39,992

34,877

Deferred income taxes

9,878

0

Other current assets

4,109

3,519

  Current assets

279,141

409,516

Available-for-sale investments

162,590

132,376

Property and equipment, net

115,159

108,756

Goodwill and intangible assets, net

242,907

124,888

Other non-current assets

2,368

2,562

  Total assets

$802,165

$778,098

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY



Accounts payable and accrued expenses

$16,272

$  13,385

Payable for pending available-for-sale investment purchases

4,019

6,479

Income taxes payable

1,818

2,276

Deferred income taxes

0

9,944

  Current liabilities

22,109

32,084

Deferred taxes

31,528

8,473

Stockholders' equity

748,528

737,541

  Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$802,165

$778,098

 

TECHNE CORPORATION

RECONCILIATION of ORGANIC SALES (In thousands)

(Unaudited)


QUARTER ENDED

SIX MONTHS ENDED


12/31/13

12/31/12

12/31/13

12/31/12

Net sales

$84,017

$75,083

$169,685

$150,108

Organic sales adjustments:





      Acquisition

(7,975)

0

(14,195)

0

      Impact of foreign currency fluctuations

(643)

0

(1,253)

0

Organic sales 

$75,399

$75,083

$154,237

$150,108






Organic sales growth

0.4%

1.3%

2.8%

0.2%

 

TECHNE CORPORATION

RECONCILIATION of GROSS MARGIN PERCENTAGES

(Unaudited)


QUARTER ENDED

SIX MONTHS ENDED


12/31/13

12/31/12

12/31/13

12/31/12

Gross margin percentage

69.7%

73.6%

70.5%

73.8%

Identified adjustments:





     Costs recognized upon sale of acquired inventory

1.7%

1.6%

1.9%

1.6%

     Amortization of intangibles

1.3%

1.0%

1.2%

1.0%

Gross margin percentage - adjusted

72.7%

76.2%

73.6%

76.4%

 

TECHNE CORPORATION

RECONCILIATION of SELLING, GENERAL and ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)


QUARTER ENDED

SIX MONTHS ENDED


12/31/13

12/31/12

12/31/13

12/31/12

Selling, general and administrative expenses

$14,926

$10,956

$28,947

$21,284

Identified adjustments:





     Acquired company expense, excluding intangible amortization

(1,010)

0

(2,100)

0

     Acquisition related professional fees

0

0

(532)

0

     Amortization of intangibles

(1,528)

(521)

(2,783)

(1,040)

Selling, general and administrative expenses - adjusted 

$12,388

$10,435

$23,532

$20,244

 

TECHNE CORPORATION

RECONCILIATION of NET EARNINGS and EARNINGS per SHARE

(In thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)


QUARTER ENDED

SIX MONTHS ENDED


12/31/13

12/31/12

12/31/13

12/31/12

Net earnings

$25,055

$25,364

$52,483

$51,032

Identified adjustments:





     Costs recognized upon sale of acquired inventory

1,404

1,196

3,135

2,464

     Amortization of intangibles

2,587

1,282

4,775

2,554

     Acquisition related professional fees

0

0

532

0

     Tax impact of above adjustments

(1,210)

(667)

(2,383)

(1,346)

Net earnings - adjusted 

$27,836

$27,175

$58,542

$54,704






Adjusted growth

2.4%


7.0%







Earnings per share - diluted – adjusted

$   0.75

$    0.74

$  1.58

$    1.48

 

TECHNE CORPORATION

RECONCILIATION of INTANGIBLE AMORTIZATION

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)


QUARTER ENDED

SIX MONTHS ENDED


12/31/13

12/31/12

12/31/13

12/31/12

Amortization of intangible assets included in:





     Cost of goods sold

$ 1,059

$  761

$ 1,992

$  1,514

     Selling, general and administrative expenses

1,528

521

2,783

1,040

Total amortization of intangible assets

$2,587

$1,282

$4,775

$2,554

 

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