Abaxis Reports Financial Performance for the Third Quarter of Fiscal 2016, Declares Quarterly Cash Dividend
UNION CITY, Calif., Jan. 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Abaxis, Inc. (NasdaqGS: ABAX), a global diagnostics company manufacturing point-of-care blood analysis instruments and consumables for the medical and veterinary markets worldwide, today reported financial results for the third fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2015.
Third quarter highlights include:
Total medical and veterinary reagent disc sales of 2.3 million units, up 12% over last year's comparable quarter.
International revenues of $11.8 million, up 12% over last year's comparable quarter.
Gross profit from continuing operations of $29.6 million, up 3% over last year's comparable quarter.
Income from operations of $11.3 million, up 16% over last year's comparable quarter.
Diluted EPS from continuing operations of $0.35, up 30% over last year's comparable quarter.
Cash, cash equivalents and investments of $155.4 million as of December 31, 2015.
Abaxis paid dividends of $2.5 million, or $0.11 per share, during the third quarter of fiscal 2016.
"Revenues in the third quarter of fiscal 2016 reflected strong growth in consumable sales," said Clint Severson, chairman and chief executive officer of Abaxis. "Unit sales of our higher margin medical and veterinary reagent discs increased by 12% over last year's third quarter. In particular, our medical reagent disc sales were strong, increasing by 23% over last year's third quarter. These results reflect continued strength in our portfolio of consumable products."
Mr. Severson continued, "We are targeting continued momentum in the medical market, both domestically and internationally. We believe the medical market represents a significant opportunity for Abaxis in the coming years. We have made consistent progress in building our medical business through our partnership with Abbott Point of Care, Inc. and expect it to become an even larger contributor to our results going forward. Furthermore, during the third quarter of fiscal 2016, we sold 200 Piccolo Xpress instruments to a leading medical device distributor in the People's Republic of China and we look forward to continuing to provide our Piccolo medical products through our distribution partnership."
Mr. Severson continued, "We also expanded our growth opportunities in the veterinary market. In the third quarter of fiscal 2016, we entered into a five-year supply agreement with Banfield Pet Hospitals to provide our VetScan hematology analyzers and associated consumables to all of Banfield's more than 900 pet hospital locations, with installation and training to begin late in our fourth quarter of fiscal 2016. We are excited about the possibilities these new relationships offer. Our solid earnings results reflect continued strength in our operating margins and were also supported by a lower effective tax rate for the third quarter of fiscal 2016 due to the reinstatement of the federal research and development tax credit."
Mr. Severson concluded, "All in all, we are pleased with the results of the quarter. While the results for last year's comparable quarter was very strong due to the Ebola crisis and the impact of our new distributor partners in the veterinary market, we remain focused on continuing to grow our business in a cost efficient manner. "
Abaxis today announced that its Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.11 per common share, to be paid on March 17, 2016, to all shareholders of record as of the close of business on March 3, 2016.
Results of Continuing Operations
For the fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2015, Abaxis reported revenues from continuing operations of $52.9 million, as compared with revenues of $56.1 million for the comparable period last year, a decrease of 6 percent. Revenues from sales of instruments, which include chemistry analyzers, hematology instruments, VSpro specialty analyzers and i‑STAT analyzers, decreased by $7.6 million, or 40 percent, compared to the same period last year. Revenues from sales of consumables, which include reagent discs, hematology reagent kits, VSpro specialty cartridges, i‑STAT cartridges and rapid tests, increased by $4.2 million, or 12 percent, over the same period last year. Abaxis reported net income from continuing operations of $8.0 million for the fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2015, compared to $6.2 million for the fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2014. Abaxis' effective tax rate in the fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2015 was 31 percent, compared to 35 percent for the same period last year. Abaxis reported diluted net income per share from continuing operations of $0.35 (calculated based on 22,889,000 shares) for the fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2015, compared to $0.27 per share (calculated based on 22,756,000 shares) for the same period last year.
For the nine-month period ended December 31, 2015, Abaxis reported revenues from continuing operations of$161.9 million, as compared with revenues of $150.6 million for the comparable period last year, an increase of 8 percent. Revenues from instrument sales decreased by $5.0 million, or 14 percent, compared to the same period last year. Revenues from consumables sales increased by $15.3 million, or 14 percent, over the same period last year. Abaxis reported net income from continuing operations of $22.8 million for the nine-month period endedDecember 31, 2015, compared to $17.0 million for the same period last year. Abaxis' effective tax rate in the nine-month period ended December 31, 2015 was 34 percent, compared to 36 percent for the same period last year. Abaxis reported diluted net income per share from continuing operations of $1.00 (calculated based on 22,884,000 shares) for the nine-month period ended December 31, 2015, compared to $0.75 per share (calculated based on 22,717,000 shares) for the same period last year.
Other Reported Information
Non-cash compensation expense recognized for share-based awards during the third quarter of fiscal 2016 was$2.4 million, compared to $2.7 million for the same period last year. Abaxis paid $2.5 million in cash dividends to shareholders during the third quarter of fiscal 2016.
Abaxis has scheduled a conference call to discuss its financial results at 4:15 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, January 28, 2016. Participants can dial (844) 855-9498 or (412) 317-5496 to access the conference call, or can listen via a live Internet webcast, which is available in the Investor Relations section of the company's website athttp://www.abaxis.com. A replay of the call will be available by visiting http://www.abaxis.com for the next 30 days or by calling (877) 344-7529 or (412) 317-0088, confirmation code 10079319, through February 4, 2016. This press release is also available prior to and after the call via Abaxis' website or the Securities and Exchange Commission's website at http://www.sec.gov.
Abaxis, Inc. is a worldwide developer, manufacturer and marketer of portable blood analysis systems that are used in a broad range of medical specialties in human or veterinary patient care to provide clinicians with rapid blood constituent measurements. Our mission is to improve the efficiency of care delivery to and the quality of life of patients in the medical and veterinary markets. We provide leading edge technology and tools that support best medical practices, enabling physicians and veterinarians to respond to the health needs of their clients at the point of care while operating economical and profitable practices. For more information, visit http://www.abaxis.com.
Forward Looking Statements
This press release includes, and our conference call will include, statements that constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the "Reform Act"), including but not limited to statements related to Abaxis' goals for continued momentum in the medical market, estimates regarding the medical market size and opportunities, expectations regarding the contributions of its partnership with Abbott Point of Care, Inc. to Abaxis' results going forward, expectations regarding its distribution partnership in the People's Republic of China, the possibilities that the Banfield Pet Hospitals relationship may offer, payment of future cash dividends, financial resources and potential for future growth, market acceptance and penetration of product offerings, and future revenues, income and results of operations. Abaxis claims the protection of the safe-harbor for forward-looking statements contained in the Reform Act. These forward-looking statements are often characterized by the terms "may," "believes," "projects," "expects," "anticipates," or words of similar import, and do not reflect historical facts. Specific forward-looking statements contained in this press release or in Abaxis' conference call may be affected by risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, those related to risks related to Abaxis' manufacturing operations, including the vulnerability of its manufacturing operations to potential interruptions and delays and its ability to manufacture products free of defects, the effect of exchange rate fluctuations on international operations, fluctuations in quarterly operating results and difficulty in predicting future results, Abaxis' dependence on Abbott Point of Care, Inc. for its U.S. medical sales, the performance of Abaxis' independent distributors and Abaxis' ability to manage their inventory levels effectively, dependence on sole or limited source suppliers, the market acceptance of Abaxis' products, expansion of Abaxis' sales and marketing and distribution efforts, dependence on key personnel, the continuing development of its products, required United States Food and Drug Administration clearance and other government approvals, risks related to the introduction of new instruments manufactured by third parties, risks associated with competing in the human diagnostic market, risks related to the protection of Abaxis' intellectual property or claims of infringement of intellectual property asserted by third parties. Readers should also refer to the section entitled "Risk Factors" in Abaxis' annual report on Form 10‑K, and subsequently filed quarterly reports on Form 10‑Q filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date the statements were made. Abaxis does not undertake and specifically disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements.