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Bio-Rad Reports Second-Quarter 2015 Financial Results

20:00 EDT 5 Aug 2015 | Marketwired

HERCULES, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 08/06/15 -- Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE: BIO) (NYSE: BIOb), a global provider of life science research and clinical diagnostic products, today announced financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2015.

Second-quarter reported revenues were $506.1 million, down 5.7 percent compared to $536.8 million reported for the second quarter of 2014. On a currency-neutral basis, quarterly revenues increased 4.2 percent compared to the same period last year. Second-quarter gross margin was 55.2 percent compared to 55.4 percent reported during the same quarter in 2014.

Net income for the second quarter of 2015 was $28.4 million, or $0.97 per share on a fully diluted basis, compared to $31.6 million, or $1.09 per share, respectively, during the same period last year.

The year-over-year decrease of net income for the second quarter of 2015 was primarily due to the impact of currency as well as several discrete items including an increase of $2.6 million of bad debt expense, a one-time distributor termination expense of $1.9 million, and a change of $1.7 million of expense reflecting the revaluation of contingent consideration for certain acquisitions. The effective income tax rate for the second quarter of 2015 was 28 percent compared to the tax rate for the second quarter of 2014 of 35 percent. The lower tax rate in 2015 was due to a decrease in tax reserves as a result of the expiration of statutes of limitation.

On a reported basis, revenues for the first half of 2015 were down 6.4 percent to $978.9 million compared to $1.05 billion for the same period in 2014. On a currency-neutral basis, revenues grew 2.9 percent.

Year-to-date net income for 2015 was $46.2 million, or $1.58 per share on a fully diluted basis, compared to $38.3 million, or $1.32 per share, respectively, during the same period in 2014.

Life Science
Life Science segment net sales for the second quarter of 2015 were $170.6 million, essentially flat, when compared to the same period last year. On a currency-neutral basis, Life Science segment net sales increased by 8.6 percent compared to the same quarter last year. Results from the second quarter benefitted from currency-neutral increased sales of the Company's Droplet Digital™ PCR products, western blotting instruments and reagents, and cell biology products. Currency-neutral sales increased primarily in the U.S., Europe, and China during the second quarter of 2015 and were partially offset by slowness in Eastern Europe and Asia Pacific. In April, Bio-Rad introduced the S3e™ Cell Sorter (488/640 nm), the latest addition to the Company's series of S3e Cell Sorters. The new Cell Sorter incorporates the fluorescence wavelengths commonly used by immunologists. Also during the quarter Bio-Rad released a new product line of PrecisonAb™ Antibodies that are validated specifically for use in western blotting and offer improved sensitivity, specificity, and reliability.

Clinical Diagnostics
Reported net sales for the Clinical Diagnostics segment in the second quarter of 2015 were $332.1 million, a decrease of 8.5 percent compared to the same quarter last year. On a currency-neutral basis, sales increased 2.2 percent compared to the same period last year. The Clinical Diagnostics segment sales performance on a currency-neutral basis reflected growth of diabetes, immunology, and quality controls products. Sales growth in North America, Latin America, and Asia Pacific was offset by European markets, which are still experiencing consolidation and pricing pressures. During the quarter, Bio-Rad announced the availability in U.S. markets of its BioPlex® 2200 25-OH Vitamin D kit for use on the company's BioPlex® 2200 system. The assay offers an automated method for the quantitative measurement of total 25-hydroxyvitamin D in human serum. In June, Bio-Rad announced that its VARIANT™ II TURBO HbA1c Kit - 2.0 had obtained clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use as an aid in diagnosing diabetes and identifying people who may be at risk for developing the disease.

Management will discuss these results in a conference call at 2 PM Pacific Daylight Time (5 PM Eastern Daylight Time) August 6, 2015. Interested parties may access the call at 877-311-4349 within the U.S. or 720-634-9933 outside the U.S., passcode: 78772878. You may also listen to the conference call live via a webcast that is available on the "Investor Relations" section of our website under "Quarterly Results" at www.bio-rad.com. The webcast will be available for up to a year.

About Bio-Rad
Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE: BIO) (NYSE: BIOb) develops, manufactures, and markets a broad range of innovative products and solutions for the life science research and clinical diagnostic markets. The company is renowned for its commitment to quality and customer service among university and research institutions, hospitals, public health and commercial laboratories, as well as the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and food safety industries. Founded in 1952, Bio-Rad is based in Hercules, California, and serves more than 100,000 research and healthcare industry customers through its global network of operations. The company employs more than 7,600 people worldwide and had revenues exceeding $2.1 billion in 2014. For more information, please visit www.bio-rad.com.

This release may be deemed to contain certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include, without limitation, statements we make regarding our release of new products, sales by region and future financial performance. Forward-looking statements generally can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as, "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "may," "will," "intend," "estimate," "continue," or similar expressions or the negative of those terms or expressions, although not all forward-looking statements contain these words. Such statements involve risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to vary materially from those expressed in or indicated by the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include our ability to develop and market new or improved products, our ability to compete effectively, product quality and liability issues, supply chain issues, reductions in government funding or capital spending of our customers, international legal and regulatory risks, foreign currency exchange fluctuations, difficulties in implementing our global enterprise resource planning system, recent changes to our global organizational structure and executive management team, changes in the healthcare industry, global economic conditions, and natural disasters and other catastrophic events beyond our control. For further information regarding the Company's risks and uncertainties, please refer to the "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operation" in the Company's public reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), including the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2014 and its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2015 to be filed with the SEC. The Company cautions you not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which reflect an analysis only and speak only as of the date hereof. Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. Christine Tsingos Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Ron Hutton Vice President and Treasurer 510-724-7000 NEXT ARTICLE

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