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Heska Reports Second Quarter Results

04:12 EDT 31 Jul 2017 | PR Newswire

LOVELAND, Colo., July 31, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Heska Corporation (NASDAQ: HSKA - News; "Heska" or the "Company"), a provider of advanced veterinary diagnostic and specialty products, today reported financial results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2017.

Second Quarter 2017 Highlights with Prior Year Comparison:

  • Revenue up 15% to $34.3 million.
  • Net income attributable to Heska up 32% to $3.3 million.
  • Earnings per share up 26% to $0.44 per diluted share.

Kevin Wilson, Heska's Chief Executive Officer and President, commented, "The second quarter of 2017 was another strong period for Heska. Multi-year subscriber gains again led to growth in Heska's market share as blood diagnostics revenue accelerated by 33% in the second quarter, driven by testing supplies sales and equipment capital lease recognition of our longer 72 month programs. Digital imaging sales and rentals were in line with our expectations and sales growth of 33% in our Other Vaccines, Pharmaceuticals and Products segment came in a bit ahead of schedule. We enter the second half with good subscriptions visibility, solid price realization, and healthy end user markets clearly in our sights. We continue to anticipate full year revenue between $140 million and $144 million and diluted earnings per share of $2.00 to $2.05."

Mr. Wilson added, "Last week, our sustained and strong financial results enabled us to improve our capital management by partnering with JPMorgan Chase for a new $30 million revolving credit facility with an additional $20 million accordion feature. I am proud of our finance team's good work in this area and pleased with the confidence shown by JPMorgan Chase in Heska's consistent performance and growth plans, both of which are exciting indicators of our strong capability."

"Our 2017 focus continues to be on increasing profitability as we expand our geography, product lines, and sales force," added Mr. Wilson. "In the face of large and motivated competitors, Heska teams are competing effectively for new market share, adding to our test menu, benefiting from end user prosperity, increasing and extended multi-year testing subscriptions, broadening our North American sales reach, and continuing to lay the foundations for an international diagnostics subscription model launch. I am encouraged by the broad strength of veterinary market trends and by the progress of Heska specifically."

Financial Results

2017 second quarter revenue was $34.3 million, a 15% increase from $30.0 million in the second quarter of 2016. Core blood diagnostics rose 33%, partially offset by an expected 8% reduction in imaging revenue. Total second quarter Core Companion Animal Health segment revenue increased 10% to $27.0 million, up from $24.5 million in the second quarter of 2016.  Our Other Vaccines, Pharmaceuticals and Products segment revenue increased 33% to $7.3 million, up from $5.5 million in the second quarter of 2016, driven by another strong broad-based performance, including an increase in sales from our contract with Elanco.

Second quarter gross profit rose 18% to $14.9 million, compared to $12.7 million in the prior year.  First quarter gross margin was 43.5%, up 120 basis points over the 42.3% gross margin in the second quarter of 2016. Total operating expenses in the second quarter of 2017 were $10.4 million (30.2% of sales), compared to $9.1 million (30.5% of sales), in the prior year period. Second quarter operating margins improved 140 basis points to 13.3%, compared to 11.9% in the prior year. Operating income grew 28% to $4.6 million during the second quarter of 2017, compared to $3.6 million in the second quarter of 2016.  Net income attributable to Heska Corporation rose 32% to $3.3 million, or $0.44 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2017, compared to $2.5 million, or $0.35 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2016.

Income Taxes

The Company's effective income tax rate was 32.9% for the second quarter of 2017. The effective tax rate for this quarter included a partial valuation allowance of $1.8 million to offset larger benefits created by stock option exercises and vesting of restricted stock and the excess tax benefits resulting, in part, from the application of ASU 2016-09. Management believes that these benefits could affect the Company's ability to use its deferred tax assets in the future and will closely monitor ASU 2016-09 impacts in each subsequent period.

Balance Sheet

At June 30, 2017, Heska had $3.7 million in cash and cash equivalents, compared to $6.7 million in the prior year period, and working capital of $28.5 million, compared to $27.1 million in the prior year period. On May 31, 2017, Heska paid $13.8 million in cash to acquire the remaining minority portion to obtain 100% ownership of Heska Imaging US, LLC.

Stockholders' equity increased to $96.6 million as of June 30, 2017, up from $87.0 million as of December 31, 2016.

Investor Conference Call

Management will conduct a conference call on July 31, 2017 at 9 a.m. MDT (11 a.m. EDT) to discuss the second quarter 2017 financial results. To participate, dial 1-888-539-3624 (domestic) or 1-719-325-2468 (international) and reference conference call access number 9569010. The conference call will also be broadcast live over the Internet at www.heska.com. To listen, simply log on to the web at this address at least ten minutes prior to the start of the call to register, and download and install any necessary audio software. Telephone replays of the conference call will be available for playback through August 7, 2017. The telephone replay may be accessed by dialing 1- 844-512-2921 (domestic) or 1-412-317-6671 (international). The replay access number is 9569010. The webcast will also be archived on www.heska.com for 90 days.

About Heska

Heska Corporation (NASDAQ: HSKA - News) sells advanced veterinary diagnostic and specialty products. Heska's state-of-the-art offerings include blood testing instruments and supplies, digital imaging products, software and services, vaccines, local and cloud-based data services, allergy testing and immunotherapy, and single-use offerings such as in-clinic diagnostic tests and heartworm preventive products. The Company's core focus is on supporting veterinarians in the canine and feline healthcare space. For further information on Heska and its products, visit www.heska.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This announcement contains forward-looking statements regarding Heska's future financial and operating results. These statements are based on current expectations and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties. Investors should note that there is an inherent risk in using past results, including trends, to predict future outcomes, including financial results and perceived customer behavior. Factors that could affect the business and financial results of Heska generally include, but are not limited to, the following: risks related to reliance on third parties to develop and manufacture products for Heska; risks related to the commercialization of new products; uncertainties related to attempts to expand into international markets, including, but not limited to, uncertainties related to timing, profitability and currency effects; uncertainties related to Heska's ability to measure and predict trends in the veterinary market; uncertainties related to Heska's ability to measure and predict the effectiveness of commercial relationships; uncertainties related to the future impact of recent business development activity; risks related to Heska's reliance on third-party suppliers, which is substantial; competition; and the risks set forth in Heska's filings and future filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including those set forth in Heska's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended March 31, 2017.

Financial Table Follows:

HESKA CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

(unaudited)

Three Months Ended
June 30,

Six Months Ended
June 30,

2017

2016

2017

2016

Revenue:

Core companion animal health

$

27,021

$

24,464

$

51,629

$

47,898

Other vaccines, pharmaceuticals and products

7,315

5,501

13,089

9,213

Total revenue, net

34,336

29,965

64,718

57,111

Cost of revenue

19,407

17,283

36,580

32,987

Gross profit

14,929

12,682

28,138

24,124

Operating expenses:

Selling and marketing

5,993

5,386

12,093

11,005

Research and development

445

523

975

1,098

General and administrative

3,931

3,217

7,722

6,495

Total operating expenses

10,369

9,126

20,790

18,598

Operating income

4,560

3,556

7,348

5,526

Interest and other expense (income), net

(118)

34

(180)

(99)

Income before income taxes

4,678

3,522

7,528

5,625

Income tax expense:

Current income tax expense

10

87

17

161

Deferred income tax expense

1,529

693

69

1,275

Total income tax expense

1,539

780

86

1,436

Net income

3,139

2,742

7,442

4,189

Net income (loss) attributable to non-controlling interest

(194)

220

(498)

482

Net income attributable to Heska Corporation

$

3,333

$

2,522

$

7,940

$

3,707

Basic earnings per share attributable to Heska Corporation

$

0.47

$

0.38

$

1.14

$

0.56

Diluted earnings per share attributable to Heska Corporation

$

0.44

$

0.35

$

1.05

$

0.51

Weighted average outstanding shares used to compute basic earnings per share attributable to Heska Corporation

7,069

6,695

6,969

6,641

Weighted average outstanding shares used to compute diluted earnings per share attributable to Heska Corporation

7,632

7,249

7,570

7,206


HESKA CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(in thousands)

June 30,

December 31,

2017

2016*

UNAUDITED

ASSETS

Current Assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

3,727

$

10,794

Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of

$267 and $237, respectively

14,459

20,857

Due from – related parties

21

100

Inventories, net

26,068

20,395

Other current assets

3,713

3,127

Total current assets

47,988

55,273

Property and equipment, net

16,159

16,581

Goodwill

26,706

26,647

Other intangible assets, net

2,152

2,346

Deferred tax asset, net

21,052

21,122

Other non-current assets

12,352

8,875

Total assets

$

126,409

$

130,844

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

Current liabilities:

Accounts payable

$

7,410

$

7,154

Accrued liabilities

4,668

6,469

Current portion of deferred revenue

3,424

3,439

Obligation to purchase minority interest

14,602

Line of credit and other short-term borrowings

4,033

750

Total current liabilities

19,535

32,414

Long-term liabilities

10,299

11,455

Total liabilities

29,834

43,869

Stockholders' equity

96,575

86,975

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

126,409

$

130,844

*

December 31, 2016 amounts are derived from the December 31, 2016 audited Consolidated Financial Statements

 

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