Psychemedics' Q2 revenue increases 12% to $7.7 million

Psychemedics Corporation (NASDAQ: PMD) today announced second quarter financial results for the period ended June 30, 2014. The Company also announced a quarterly dividend of $0.15 per share payable to shareholders of record as of August 7, 2014 to be paid on August 18, 2014. This will be the Company's 72nd consecutive quarterly dividend.

The Company's revenue for the quarter ended June 30, 2014 was $7.7 million versus $6.9 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2013, an increase of 12%. Net income for the quarter ended June 30, 2014 was $857 thousand or $0.16 per diluted share, versus $1.1 million or $0.20 per diluted share, for the comparable period last year, a decrease of 19%. The Company's revenue for the six months ended June 30, 2014 was $14.7 million versus $13.3 million for the six months ended June 30, 2013, an increase of 11%. Net income for the six months ended June 30, 2014 was $1.6 million or $0.30 per diluted share, versus $1.9 million or $0.36 per diluted share, for the comparable period last year, a decrease of 14%.

Raymond C. Kubacki, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said,

"We are very pleased to report record sales for any quarter in the Company's history. Our new business growth continues to be strong and accounted for the entire gain in the quarter, as well as offsetting the continued softness in our business due to the less-than-robust hiring/jobs environment.

"As we previously noted, the Company will be competing for hair testing business in Brazil. The Brazilian Federal Government had announced new regulations that will require professional drivers in the transportation industry to pass a hair drug test when obtaining or renewing their driver's license. The testing was slated to begin July 1, 2014. We now understand the government will be moving the start date for testing.

"However, the more important significant news is that the Brazilian Congress has included in a broader transportation bill, a requirement that professional drivers be drug tested on a more rigorous basis than the requirements under the prior regulation, utilizing technology that is favorable to hair testing. Once the bill becomes law, it would go into effect 90 days after the President's signature and official publication. It appears that the implementation of the existing regulation has been delayed to coordinate with the new proposed law. If the bill does not become law, the existing regulation would remain in effect, and would be implemented on a time table to be determined.

"Because of the Brazil opportunity, we also noted that we expected earnings in the first half of 2014 to be unfavorably impacted by additional costs required to increase capacity related to this significant opportunity, with the greater proportion coming in the second quarter. We estimate that the impact on second quarter earnings was about $0.08 per share. This is less than expected as we adjusted our hiring schedule. However, due to the change in timing of this opportunity, we now expect the ramp-up of our hiring to have some impact on our third and fourth quarter earnings.

"This is an exciting opportunity. In addressing the capital requirements for this opportunity, in the second quarter of 2014, the Company borrowed $4.9 million of equipment financing as part of a financing arrangement made in the first quarter. This brings the total amount borrowed to $6.0 million at a very favorable interest rate of 2.15%. With the additional leased space and over $6 million spent on equipment and leasehold improvements, the Company has significantly increased its production capacity to handle future growth.

"Our directors share our confidence in the long-term future of Psychemedics and remain committed to rewarding shareholders and sharing the financial success of the Company with them as we move forward. Therefore, the Board has declared a $0.15 dividend for the quarter. This is our 72nd consecutive quarterly dividend."


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