Haemonetics net revenue increases 8% to $235.8 million in Q2 fiscal 2014

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Haemonetics Corporation (NYSE: HAE) today reported second quarter fiscal 2014 net revenue of $235.8 million, up 8%, GAAP net income of $16.5 million and earnings per share of $0.32. Adjusted net income, exclusive of transformation, integration and deal amortization expenses detailed below, was $34.4 million, up 24%, and adjusted earnings per share were $0.66, up 24%. Excluding currency impact, net revenue was up 11% in the quarter. The Company's base revenue, exclusive of the recently-acquired whole blood business, declined 1% in the second quarter and increased 2% on a constant currency basis.

Brian Concannon, Haemonetics' President and CEO, commented: "This quarter's revenue performance included a 12% increase in identified growth drivers representing over half our base revenue, offset by continued evidence of a weak U.S. market being driven by improved blood management practices. Our focus on productivity and expense management drove solid profitability gains. We are making excellent progress advancing our Value Creation & Capture initiatives, providing us the necessary flexibility to compete in this new environment."

STRATEGIC AND PRODUCT GROWTH HIGHLIGHTS

Haemonetics cited the following highlights in its second fiscal 2014 quarter:

  • 8% total revenue growth
  • 12% organic growth in identified growth drivers
    • 10% growth in plasma disposables revenue
    • 15% growth in diagnostics disposables revenue
    • 28% organic growth in China disposables revenue
    • 18% organic growth in Russia disposables revenue
  • $47 million of revenue from the acquired whole blood business
  • Improvement of 120 basis points in adjusted gross margin
  • Improvement of 260 basis points in adjusted operating margin

REVENUE BREAKDOWN

Plasma

Plasma disposables revenue was $75.7 million for the quarter, up $7.1 million or 10% overall and up 13% in constant currency, fueled by North America disposables growth of 14%.  In addition, a recent change to a direct business model in Australia and New Zealand led to $1.7 million of increased revenue as compared with the second quarter a year ago.    

Blood Center

Platelet disposables revenue was $39.9 million, down $3.3 million or 8%, due to continued weakness in currency and reductions in distributor inventory levels. On a constant currency basis, platelet revenue declined 5% despite 25% growth in China. 

Red cell disposables revenue was $10.2 million for the quarter, down $1.7 million or 14% below the prior year quarter, attributable principally to continued weakness in U.S. blood collections.

Whole blood revenue was $47.3 million in the second quarter. In the prior year quarter, revenue was $28.6 million for the two months of the quarter following the acquisition. Whole blood revenue was lower than in the first quarter fiscal 2014 due to normal seasonality, the impact of the previously announced loss of a European tender, and the weakening U.S. collection market.

Hospital

Surgical disposables revenue was $16.4 million for the quarter, down $2.5 million or 13%, and down 9% on a constant currency basis. Revenue was negatively impacted in Europe and Japan by the return to the market of a competitor whose production operations were limited by a natural disaster in the prior year. Additionally, protocol changes resulting from patient blood management advances continued to mute demand.

Disposables revenue from the OrthoPAT® orthopedic perioperative autotransfusion system was $6.3 million for the quarter, down $1.4 million or 18%. Recent market trends toward the adoption of tranexamic acid to treat and prevent post-operative blood loss continued to lessen hospital use of OrthoPAT disposables.

Diagnostics revenue was $8.0 million for the quarter, up $1.0 million or 15%.  On the strength of a TEG® Thromboelastograph® Hemostasis Analyzer installed base that is up 22% from a year ago, prospects for near term future disposables revenue growth continue to be robust.

Software and Equipment

Software Solutions revenue was $17.1 million for the quarter, down $0.9 million or 5%. The pipeline of BloodTrack® and other blood management software opportunities is robust and expected to drive revenue growth in the back half of the year.

Equipment and other revenue was $14.9 million for the quarter, up $0.6 million or 4%. Equipment revenue is influenced by the timing of tenders and capital budgets.

Geographic

Haemonetics reported second quarter organic revenue growth of 4% in North America and 26% in Asia Pacific, with declines of 9% in Europe and 16% in Japan.  Growth in North America was driven by strength in the Plasma business and growth in Asia Pacific was attributable to the change to a direct business model in Australia and New Zealand, as well as strength in China and other emerging markets. The decline in Europe was due primarily to the aggressive return of the surgical competitor to the market.  Weakness in the Yen exchange rate contributed 9% of the 16% decline in second quarter Japan revenue.

OPERATING RESULTS

Adjusted gross profit was $123.4 million, up $11.8 million or 11% in the quarter. Adjusted gross margin was 52.3%, up 120 basis points. Gross margin improvement in the base business, driven by productivity programs yielding cost efficiencies, more than offset the impact of revenue mix toward lower margin whole blood and plasma disposables.

Adjusted operating expenses were $74.4 million in the quarter, up $2.5 million or 4%. Operating expense increases included a full quarter of the whole blood business. Additionally, planned investments were made in emerging markets and R&D to continue to drive anticipated revenue growth. Ongoing spending discipline and variable compensation reductions offset investments, leaving operating expenses at 31.5% of revenue. Increased R&D spending planned for the second half of fiscal 2014 is vital to the introduction of planned new products and, accordingly, operating expenses are expected to increase in the back half of the fiscal year.

Adjusted operating income was $49.0 million in the second quarter, up $9.3 million or 23%, and included a full quarter's whole blood profits. Adjusted operating margin was 20.8%, up 260 basis points. Productivity gains and operating expense management resulted in improved operating margin. However, the Company expects to increase spending for key research and development projects in the second half of fiscal 2014, resulting in an adjusted operating margin of approximately 19% for the full fiscal year.

The income tax rate was 26.2% compared with 27.6% in the prior year second quarter, reflecting the ongoing implementation of a global tax strategy. Interest expense on loans was $2.5 million in the quarter.

VALUE CREATION & CAPTURE ACTIVITIES

Haemonetics indicated that the integration of its whole blood business, acquired in August 2012, was substantially completed in the second quarter, ahead of its original schedule.  Plans to pursue identified Value Creation & Capture ("VCC") opportunities, including transformation of the Company's manufacturing footprint, are progressing according to schedule and expected to deliver benefits previously indicated.  Such benefits include substantial savings, beginning in fiscal 2015 with $21 million, and ramping up to approximately $40-$45 million of annual cost savings by fiscal 2018. There is no net impact expected in fiscal 2014 as redundant capacity designed to mitigate the risk of the technology transfers will offset savings.

FISCAL 2014 GUIDANCE

Plasma collections are strong and the Company continues to expect 7-9% growth in Plasma disposables in fiscal 2014.

Blood center revenue in the U.S. continues to be pressured by diminishing red cell demand, as hospitals focus on improving blood management and decreasing the frequency of allogeneic transfusions. Available data indicates that transfusion reductions previously expected to occur over the next 5-10 years are now anticipated to accelerate in less than two years.

Specifically, best demonstrated practices globally indicate that average red cell transfusions are likely to decline from the current level of about 40 transfusions per 1,000 in the U.S. population to a new level of approximately 33 transfusions per 1,000 by the end of fiscal year 2015. This means that blood collections in the U.S. are now expected to decline by about 8% in each of fiscal years 2014 and 2015. 

The Company now expects blood center revenue to decline 5-8% on an organic basis. Hospital products are still expected to grow 0-3%, but in light of first half results and an expected continued weak market for OrthoPAT disposables, there is a bias toward the lower end of that range. Software Solutions is still expected to grow 5-7%. 

Overall fiscal 2014 organic revenue is expected to grow 2-4% in constant currency and 0-2% on a reported basis, which includes the impact of Yen weakness upon expected Japanese revenue.  Whole blood revenue is expected to be approximately $190 million for fiscal 2014, reflecting an expectation for reduced collections in the near term.  Thus, total revenue growth is estimated in the range of 5-7%.   

Adjusted gross margin is expected to approximate 52%. Acquisition related amortization is expected to approximate $27 million or $0.37 per share, and is excluded from adjusted operating income and adjusted earnings per share.

Adjusted operating income of $175-$180 million is expected in fiscal 2014 driving an operating margin of approximately 19%, up approximately 200 basis points over fiscal 2013.  Income taxes are expected to approximate 26% of pre-tax adjusted income.

Adjusted earnings per share, excluding acquisition related amortization, are reaffirmed in the previously-provided range of $2.30 to $2.40, up approximately 15-20% over fiscal 2013 presented on a consistent basis. Cost efficiencies and expense management are expected to offset the impact of lower volume, unfavorable mix and increased R&D spending throughout the fiscal year. 

Mr. Concannon added:  "Patient blood management programs are being adopted by U.S. hospitals at a greatly accelerated pace. This rapid adoption and the downstream effect on blood collections demonstrate clearly the new environment in the U.S. blood center market, an environment characterized by intensifying competitive pressure that will demand change.  This bodes well for our suite of blood management products and services which provide our customers with competitive advantages.

"We remain confident in our business fundamentals, our opportunities to drive meaningful growth, and our strong cash generating business model to realize planned returns on the investments we are making."

Fiscal 2014 free cash flow is expected to approximate $120 million before funding restructuring and capital investment for transformation activities.  The Company anticipates investing approximately $109 million of free cash flow to fund $37 million of additional capital expenditures and $72 million of cash transformation expenditures associated with its VCC initiatives in fiscal 2014. Additionally, the Company repaid $20 million of outstanding debt in the second quarter and anticipates $17 million will be utilized for scheduled repayments in the second half of fiscal 2014.

In total $82 million, comprised of the $72 million of cash transformation expenditures plus up to $10 million of non-cash asset write-offs associated with planned plant closures, will be excluded from adjusted earnings in fiscal 2014.  More information on fiscal year 2014 guidance, including income statement scenarios underlying the lower and upper ends of the adjusted earnings per share guidance range, can be found in the Investor Relations section of our web site at http://www.haemonetics.com.

ADJUSTMENTS TO SECOND QUARTER REPORTED EARNINGS

In total $19 million of charges, comprised of the $16 million of VCC transformation and $3 million of integration activities, were excluded from adjusted earnings in the second quarter of fiscal 2014.  Approximately 31% of such charges established reserves that did not require the current disbursement of cash. The Company excluded $23.7 million of pre-tax restructuring, transformation and transaction costs from adjusted earnings in the second quarter of fiscal 2013.

The Company excludes acquisition related amortization expenses from its adjusted earnings and EPS, beginning in fiscal 2014, and prior period amounts have been conformed to permit comparison.  Excluded from second quarter adjusted earnings were $6.9 million in fiscal 2014 and $6.1 million in fiscal 2013, or $0.09 and $0.08 per share, respectively. 

On a year-to-date basis, $13.6 million in fiscal 2014 and $8.8 million in fiscal 2013, or $0.18 and $0.12 per share, respectively, of such costs were excluded.

BALANCE SHEET AND CASH FLOW

Cash on hand was $159 million, a decrease of $7 million during the second quarter. The Company reported first half fiscal 2014 free cash flow, before transformation and integration costs, of $49 million, an increased level over the prior year due to increases in adjusted earnings and capital expenditure management.  During the first half, the Company utilized $23 million of cash to complete the acquisition of Hemerus Medical and $20 million to repay debt. 

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