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Bio-Rad Reports Second-Quarter 2016 Financial Results

20:00 EDT 2 Aug 2016 | Marketwired

HERCULES, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 08/03/16 -- Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE: BIO) and (NYSE: BIO.B), a global provider of life science research and clinical diagnostic products, today announced financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2016.

Second-quarter reported revenues were $516.8 million, an increase of 2.1 percent compared to $506.1 million reported for the second quarter of 2015. On a currency-neutral basis, quarterly revenues increased 2.8 percent compared to the same period last year. Second-quarter gross margin was 54.2 percent compared to 55.2 percent reported during the same quarter in 2015. The decrease in gross margin during the second quarter of 2016 was primarily the result of sales mix and higher manufacturing costs compared to the same period last year.

Net income for the second quarter of 2016 was $18.0 million, or $0.61 per share on a fully diluted basis, compared to $28.4 million, or $0.97 per share, respectively, during the same period last year.

The lower net income for the second quarter of 2016 versus the second quarter of 2015 was primarily due to several discrete items that increased expenses approximately $18 million and include the planned restructuring of our European operations, the termination of a research and development project, and costs associated with various legal matters. The effective tax rate for the second quarter of 2016 was 33%, compared to the 28% tax rate for the same quarter in 2015. The lower tax rate in 2015 was primarily due to a decrease in tax reserves as a result of the expiration of statutes of limitations.

On a reported basis, revenues for the first half of 2016 increased 0.9 percent to $988.0 million compared to $978.9 million for the same period in 2015. On a currency-neutral basis, revenues grew 3.3 percent.

Year-to-date net income for 2016 was $30.3 million, or $1.03 per share on a fully diluted basis, compared to $46.2 million, or $1.58 per share, respectively, during the same period in 2015.

"We are encouraged by sales performance in the first half of the year reflecting strength in many of our markets," said Norman Schwartz, Bio-Rad President and Chief Executive Officer. "Although investments in acquired technologies and systems have tempered profitability for the first half of the year, these investments in our operation are necessary to support our growth in the future."

Life Science
Life Science segment net sales for the second quarter of 2016 were $180.0 million, an increase of 5.5 percent, when compared to the same period last year. On a currency-neutral basis, sales increased 6.0 percent compared to the same period last year. Results from the second quarter benefitted from increased sales of the Company's Droplet Digital™ PCR and process chromatography products. Sales increased primarily in North America, China, and Asia. In April, Bio-Rad announced the launch of five Droplet Digital™ PCR (ddPCR) Multiplex Mutation Screening Kits for detecting multiple cancer mutations. The combination of ddPCR and multiplexing technologies increases the throughput of genetic analysis to give clinical researchers more information per patient sample.

Clinical Diagnostics
Reported net sales for the Clinical Diagnostics segment in the second quarter of 2016 were $333.7 million, an increase of 0.5 percent compared to the same quarter last year. On a currency-neutral basis, sales increased 1.3 percent compared to the same period in 2015. The Clinical Diagnostics segment sales performance reflected modest growth across most product lines, most notably clinical immunology, blood typing, and quality control products. Sales growth increased across most regions, driven by North America, Eastern Europe, and China. During the quarter Bio-Rad announced the launch of Amplichek™ II quality control, the first in a series of infectious disease controls that the Company plans to introduce for the molecular diagnostic testing market.

Management will discuss these results in a conference call at 2 PM Pacific Daylight Time (5 PM Eastern Time) August 3, 2016. Interested parties may access the call at 855-779-9068 within the U.S. or 631-485-4862 outside the U.S., Conference ID: 46148478. 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) and (NYSE: BIO.B) 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 7,800 people worldwide and had revenues exceeding $2 billion in 2015. 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 the growth of our business, our release of new products and future financial performance. Forward-looking statements generally can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as, "plan," "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, foreign currency exchange fluctuations, difficulties in implementing our global enterprise resource planning system, recent and planned changes to our global organizational structure and executive management team, our ability to integrate acquired companies, products or technologies into our company successfully, our ability to compete effectively, reductions in government funding or capital spending of our customers, international legal and regulatory risks, product quality and liability issues, supply chain issues, 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 Operations" 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, 2015, and its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2016 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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