IDEXX revenues increase 11% to $390M in second quarter 2014

IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. (NASDAQ: IDXX) today reported that revenues for the second quarter of 2014 increased 11% versus the prior year period to $390 million. Organic revenue growth1 for the second quarter of 2014 versus the prior year period was 9%, or 10% normalized for changes in distributor inventory2. Earnings per diluted share ("EPS") for the quarter ended June 30, 2014 increased 11% from the prior year period to $1.10. 

"In the second quarter, we continued to accelerate our growth momentum. Companion Animal Group Diagnostics recurring normalized organic revenues expanded at double-digit rates in both North America and international markets. Instrument placements were very strong, supported by nearly 800 Catalyst placements globally. The Catalyst One™ introductory offer in North America is resonating with veterinarians, where over 60% of Catalyst placements are going to competitive customer accounts. We are seeing clear benefits from our investments in innovation and enhanced commercial capability globally, including our transformation of the North American diagnostic sales and marketing organization in 2013," said Jonathan Ayers, the Company's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

"Building on this progress, we are announcing today plans to move from a hybrid to an all-direct product distribution model in the US for Companion Animal Group diagnostics in 2015. Under this approach, we intend to take orders, ship product, invoice and receive payment, and recognize revenue for all rapid assay test kits and instrument consumables in the US, aligning with our direct model for instruments, reference lab services, and other CAG products and services," Ayers commented.

"Moving to an all-direct product distribution in the US is a natural evolution of our business model. It aligns with both our strategy to provide an integrated diagnostic solution with world class in-house and reference lab modalities and our US sales transformation to a Veterinary Diagnostic Consultant sales role that serves our customers for our full diagnostic offering. Our new customer-centric sales model, implemented in 2013, has been highly effective and is gaining momentum each new quarter. The change to an all-direct product distribution approach will allow a significant expansion in our direct sales coverage and capacity, including an estimated 40% increase in the Veterinary Diagnostic Consultant field sales role and a 60% increase in customer field call frequency. With this increase, we will be much better equipped to support our US veterinary customers' growth in the use of IDEXX diagnostics to provide the best medical care for their patients and clients. The change will result in an incremental annual $50 million to $55 million, or 5%, increase in our fast growing recurring diagnostic revenue, with accretive profit benefits that will scale over time, following the transition to the new model."

Second Quarter Financial Performance Highlights

Second quarter revenues reached $390 million, an 11% increase compared to the prior year period, reflecting strong performance across regions and business segments.

  • Companion Animal Group ("CAG") organic revenue growth was nearly 10% for the second quarter of 2014 compared to the prior year period. Normalized CAG Diagnostics recurring organic revenue growth was nearly 12%, primarily driven by 13% gains in IDEXX VetLab® consumables and 11% growth in reference lab services.
  • Catalyst and hematology instrument placements increased 34% and 13%, respectively, in the second quarter of 2014, compared to the prior year period. Instrument revenues in the second quarter of 2014 declined 10% organically, compared to the prior year period, reflecting approximately $3 million in deferred revenue from placements associated with the Catalyst One introductory offer.
  • Livestock, Poultry and Dairy ("LPD") organic revenues grew 6% for the second quarter of 2014, compared to the prior year period, benefitting mainly from increased sales in China and New Zealand.
  • Organic revenues for Water in the second quarter of 2014 grew over 7%, compared to the prior year period, supported by strong gains in North America and Asia.

Operating margins for the second quarter of 2014 were consistent with expectations. Gross margins were basically flat compared to the prior year period, with improvements from price offset in part by the absence of prior year foreign exchange hedging gains and higher freight and distribution costs. Operating expenses for the second quarter of 2014 increased 14%, compared to the prior year period, reflecting planned increases in global commercial resources.

The accompanying financial tables provide more information concerning our revenue and other operating results for the three months and six months ended June 30, 2014.

Long Term Debt Expansion

On July 21, 2014, the Company issued and sold to accredited institutional investors through a private placement an aggregate principal amount of $125 million of its senior notes consisting of $50 million of seven-year notes at an interest rate of 3.32% and $75 million of ten-year notes at an interest rate of 3.76%. On July 22, 2014, the Company also executed an agreement for a private placement of an additional $75 million of its twelve-year senior notes at an interest rate of 3.72% with funding anticipated to occur in September 2014. The proceeds from the offerings will be used to reduce outstanding amounts under our recently expanded $700 million revolving credit facility.

Increase in Share Repurchase Program

The IDEXX Board of Directors has authorized the repurchase by the Company of up to an additional five million shares of its common stock under its ongoing share repurchase program. Repurchases may be made in the open market (including through Rule 10b5-1 plans) or in negotiated transactions. These shares are in addition to the 1,412,333 shares remaining under the Company's share repurchase program as of June 30, 2014, pursuant to previous Board authorization.

Transition to an All-Direct Product Distribution Model in the US

The Company plans to transition to an all-direct product distribution model in the US effective January 1, 2015 for rapid assay test kits and instrument consumables, upon completion and expiration of our current annual contracts with our US distribution partners.

The Company will significantly enhance its go-to-market capability as a part of this change through the addition of Veterinary Diagnostic Consultants and sales specialists, inside sales and customer support resources, field service representatives, as well as a new regionally-based Professional Service Veterinarian capability. The Company will also expand its US warehouse and distribution capabilities primarily through use of third-party logistics providers.

Consistent with a direct sales approach, the Company will recognize revenue at the veterinary practice level on rapid assay test kits and instrument consumables, instead of at distribution, capturing an additional $50 million to $55 million in annual revenue beginning in 2015. The Company estimates that annual operating profit associated with this growing revenue stream will increase approximately $5 million to $8 million in 2015, before transitional impacts, with accretive benefits that will scale over time.

The Company will incur transition costs in implementing the all-direct product distribution approach in the US. For 2014, this will include approximately $8 million in incremental expense as the Company ramps up sales and operating resources ahead of the planned January 1, 2015 introduction of the new model. The Company also expects to incur approximately $10 million to $12 million in non-recurring expenses in the second half of 2014 associated with project management and other one-time costs required to implement the new model. Combined, the Company estimates these transition costs will reduce reported EPS by approximately $0.23-$0.25 in 2014.

In 2015, transitional impacts will be primarily related to the drawdown of inventory held by distributors at the end of the year. The Company's financial outlook assumes that distributors will hold approximately 3.5 weeks of inventory at the end of 2014, consistent with prior trends. The Company estimates that the drawdown of this inventory will occur primarily in the first quarter of 2015 and will result in a one-time reduction in projected revenue and operating profit of $30 million to $35 million, and $23 million to $27 million, respectively. Additionally, the Company expects to incur $2 million to $3 million in remaining project management expenses in early 2015.

Outlook for 2014

GAAP and Non-GAAP Outlook

Management believes that including the following non-GAAP financial measures of EPS (As Adjusted) in the Company's outlook for the year ending December 31, 2014 is useful to provide supplemental information regarding the performance of our business and to facilitate period-over-period comparisons of the performance of our business.

The following guidance reflects performance before financial impacts from the transition to an all-direct product distribution model, which management believes helps investors understand the Company's fundamental operating performance.

The Company has increased the top end of its organic revenue growth guidance by 50 basis points reflecting the strong momentum in the Company's CAG Diagnostics recurring revenues and better than expected year-to-date performance in LPD. Operating margin is expected to be in line with the Company's previous guidance of relatively consistent operating margins for the full year compared to 2013. The operating profit increase associated with higher revenue is partially offset by higher interest expense of approximately $0.02 per share associated with the expansion of long-term debt. The following table summarizes this guidance:

As noted above, the Company expects to incur transitional costs in 2014 associated with the change to an all-direct product distribution model in the US. These expenses are expected to reduce 2014 operating profit and EPS by approximately $18 million to $20 million and $0.23-$0.25, respectively. The following table reconciles EPS to EPS (As Adjusted) for these transitional items and other adjustments to the 2013 base year that management believes facilitate period-over-period comparisons of the performance of the Company's business:

The above guidance reflects the assumptions that the value of the US dollar relative to other currencies will remain at our current assumptions of the euro at $1.35, the British pound at $1.69, the Canadian dollar at $0.94, the Australian dollar at $0.94 and the Japanese yen at ¥102 to the US dollar for the balance of 2014, and that the Federal R&D tax credit is not renewed for 2014.

2015 Preliminary Outlook

The baseline preliminary outlook for 2015, before the impact of the transition to an all-direct product distribution model, is for 9% to 10% organic revenue growth reflecting our accelerating momentum in the Company's business. Operating margins, excluding previously described transitional impacts in both 2014 and 2015, are expected to be relatively flat next year.

Conference Call and Webcast Information

IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. will be hosting a conference call today at 8:30 a.m. (Eastern) to discuss its second quarter results and management's outlook. To participate in the conference call, dial 1-800-230-1059 or 1-612-332-0107 and reference confirmation code 331727. An audio replay will be available through Friday, August 1, 2014 by dialing 1-320-365-3844 and referencing replay code 331727.

The call will also be available via live or archived webcast on the IDEXX Laboratories' website at and will be available for one year.

SOURCE IDEXX Laboratories, Inc.



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