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Cyberonics Inc. (CYBX) Reports Fiscal 2013 First Quarter Results



8/28/2012 11:01:16 AM

HOUSTON, Aug. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Cyberonics, Inc. (NASDAQ: CYBX) today announced results for the quarter ended July 27, 2012.

Quarterly highlights

Operating results and other achievements for the first quarter of fiscal 2013 compared to the first quarter of fiscal 2012 include:

  • Net sales of $60.3 million, an increase of 15% from $52.7 million;
  • Record worldwide unit sales of 3,056, an increase of 9%;
  • U.S. epilepsy unit sales increased by an estimated 13%;
  • Income from operations of $17.3 million, an increase of 35% from an adjusted non-GAAP income from operations of $12.8 million(1);
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $22.8 million, an increase of 39% from an adjusted EBITDA of $16.5 million(1); and
  • Adjusted non-GAAP income per diluted share of $0.38 compared with adjusted non-GAAP income per diluted share of $0.27, an increase of 40% (1).

(1) The financial and operating results reported for the fiscal quarter ended July 27, 2012 include a $2.5 million (net of tax) write-down associated with an impaired investment. The financial and operating results reported for the fiscal quarter ended July 29, 2011 included an estimated $0.8 million (net of tax) charge associated with the product withdrawal announced on August 15, 2011. The impacts of these costs have been excluded for the purposes of non-GAAP comparisons between the fiscal quarter ended July 27, 2012 and the fiscal quarter ended July 29, 2011. An analysis of the impact on the Consolidated Statement of Operations appears on the last page of this release.

As discussed below under "Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures," the company presents in this release certain non-GAAP financial measures: adjusted non-GAAP income from operations, adjusted non-GAAP net income, adjusted non-GAAP income per diluted share and adjusted EBITDA. Investors should consider non-GAAP measures in addition to, and not as a substitute for, or superior to, financial performance measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. Please refer to the attached reconciliation between GAAP and non-GAAP financial measures.

Results and objectives

"The first quarter of fiscal 2013 began with another record quarter for sales, the sixth consecutive quarter that revenues have reached a new level," commented Dan Moore, Cyberonics' President and Chief Executive Officer. "Our U.S. sales team delivered excellent results, with unit sales increasing by 13% to a record of more than 2,300 units and U.S. sales revenue totaling more than $50 million for the first time, an increase of 17%. Growth in both new patients and replacement activity was consistent with our expectations for the quarter and provides a solid platform from which to achieve our full-year fiscal 2013 plans. Unit sales of our latest generator, AspireHC, reached a notable 15% of U.S. unit sales for the quarter.

"European unit sales growth was in double digits over the first quarter of fiscal 2012, although overall international unit growth was impacted by slower-than-planned activity in Japan and other international markets. Europe and Japan remain our international priorities. We expect international sales to increase throughout fiscal 2013.

"Overall, international net sales increased to $9.1 million from the $8.9 million recorded in the comparable quarter of fiscal 2012, with foreign exchange movements negatively impacting revenue for the first quarter of fiscal 2013 by approximately $750,000. On a constant currency basis, the increase in international sales was 9.8%.

"Adjusted EBITDA for the first quarter was $22.8 million, and our available cash balance at July 27, 2012 exceeded $102 million. Our balance sheet strength provides flexibility as we strive to increase shareholder value. During the quarter, we repurchased approximately 185,000 shares of common stock on the open market, and 115,000 shares pursuant to a program to permit employees to meet statutory withholding tax obligations on vesting of restricted stock.

"The reported results for the first quarter of fiscal 2013 include a $2.5 million after-tax write-down of our convertible debt investment in NeuroVista Corporation. This investment from 2010 accompanied our acquisition of technology that accelerated our internal product development efforts in several areas including wireless communication and rechargeable battery capabilities. Unfortunately, the financing and regulatory environment is particularly challenging at present for NeuroVista, and this resulted in an impairment of the asset. This write-down is included in other expenses on our income statement. We intend to continue to invest in companies involved in developing medical devices to treat patients with epilepsy.

"Our goals for fiscal 2013 as outlined on the last call in June remain unchanged:

  • Continued market penetration in the U.S.;
  • Ongoing improvement in international markets; and
  • Continued product development execution including focus on clinical trial enrollments.

"As the company celebrates the 25th anniversary of its founding, the Cyberonics team is committed to achieving these goals and making fiscal 2013 a successful year in all areas."

Fiscal 2013 guidance

Cyberonics is reaffirming guidance for fiscal 2013 as follows:

  • Net sales guidance in the range from $241 million to $244 million.
  • Income from operations for fiscal year 2013 in the range from $70 million to $72 million.
  • Net income for fiscal year 2013 in the range of $41.5 million to $43.5 million.
  • Diluted earnings per share (EPS) in the range from $1.49 to $1.59.

Guidance for net income and diluted earnings per share (EPS) has been adjusted by $2.5 million (net of tax), and $0.09 cents per share respectively, for our investment write-down.

The anticipated amount of the medical device tax, scheduled to be implemented on January 1, 2013, is excluded from income from operations guidance, but included in net income and diluted earnings per share guidance.

Additional details will be provided during today's conference call and in an investor presentation summarizing the company's first quarter fiscal year 2013 results, which is available in the investor relations section of Cyberonics' corporate website at http://www.cyberonics.com.

Use of non-GAAP financial measures

In this press announcement, management has disclosed financial measurements that present financial information not in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). These measurements are not a substitute for GAAP measurements, although company management uses these measurements as aids in monitoring the company's ongoing financial performance from quarter to quarter and year to year on a regular basis and for benchmarking against other medical technology companies. Adjusted non-GAAP income from operations, adjusted non-GAAP net income and adjusted non-GAAP income per diluted share measure the income from operations, net income and income per share of the company excluding for fiscal 2013 the financial impact of the write-down of our investment in NeuroVista, and for fiscal 2012, the financial impact of the product withdrawal, which management considers relevant for an investor's understanding of the company's financial performance. Management uses and presents adjusted non-GAAP income from operations, adjusted non-GAAP net income and adjusted non-GAAP income per diluted share because management believes they facilitate an understanding of the financial impact of such unusual items on the company's short- and long-term financial trends. Management also uses such adjusted non-GAAP items to forecast and to evaluate the operational performance of the company as well as to compare results of current periods to prior periods on a consistent basis. Adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization ("EBITDA") measures the income from operations of the company and excludes the aforementioned items, as well as non-cash equity compensation and other income (expense) items and the financial impact of the product withdrawal.

Non-GAAP financial measures used by the company may be calculated differently from, and therefore may not be comparable to, similarly titled measures used by other companies. Investors should consider non-GAAP measures in addition to, and not as a substitute for, or superior to, financial performance measures prepared in accordance with GAAP.

Please refer to the attached reconciliation between GAAP and non-GAAP financial measures.

Fiscal Year 2013 first quarter results conference call instructions

Cyberonics will host a conference call today, August 28, 2012, beginning at 8:00 a.m. Central Time (9:00 a.m. Eastern Time) to review its results of operations for the fiscal year 2013 first quarter, followed by a question and answer session.

The conference call will be available to interested parties through a live audio webcast in the investor relations section of Cyberonics' corporate website at http://www.cyberonics.com, where it will be archived and accessible for approximately 12 months. To listen to the conference call live by telephone dial 877-638-4557 (if dialing from within the U.S.) or 914-495-8522 (if dialing from outside the U.S.). The conference ID is 10497932.

A replay of the conference call will be available approximately two hours after the completion of the conference call by dialing 855-859-2056 (if dialing from within the U.S.) or 404-537-3406 (if dialing from outside the U.S.). The replay conference ID access code is 10497932. The replay will be available for one week on the above number.

About Cyberonics, Inc. and the VNS Therapy® System

Cyberonics, Inc. is a medical technology company with core expertise in neuromodulation. The company developed and markets the VNS Therapy System, which is FDA-approved for the treatment of refractory epilepsy and treatment-resistant depression. The VNS Therapy System uses a surgically implanted medical device that delivers pulsed electrical signals to the vagus nerve. Cyberonics markets the VNS Therapy System in selected markets worldwide.

Additional information on Cyberonics and the VNS Therapy System is available at www.cyberonics.com.


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