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inVentiv Health (VTIV) (Formerly Ventiv Health, Inc. (VTIV)) Reports Record Financial Results For Fourth Quarter And Full Year 2005


3/14/2006 11:59:10 AM

SOMERSET, N.J., March 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- inVentiv Health , a leading provider of commercialization services to the global pharmaceutical and life sciences industries, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full year of 2005 and updated its 2006 guidance.

Fourth Quarter 2005 results from continuing operations: * Total revenues increased 49% to $175.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2005, compared to $117.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2004. * Earnings before income taxes(1) increased 61% to $15.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2005, compared to $9.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2004. * Income from continuing operations was $9.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2005, compared to $6.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2004, excluding tax benefits of $9.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2004 (as detailed in Table II). * Diluted net earnings per share after income taxes were $0.34 for the fourth quarter of 2005, compared to $0.23 for the fourth quarter of 2004, excluding tax benefits of $0.34 in the fourth quarter of 2004 (as detailed in Table II). Full Year 2005 results from continuing operations: * Total revenues increased 58% to $556.3 million for 2005, compared to $352.2 million for 2004. * Earnings before income taxes(1) increased 69% to $57.4 million for 2005, compared to $33.9 million for 2004. * Income from continuing operations was $34.8 million for 2005, compared to $21.0 million for 2004, excluding tax benefits of $8.3 million in 2005 and $9.1 million in 2004 (as detailed in Table II). * Diluted net earnings per share after income taxes were $1.24 for 2005, compared to $0.83 for 2004, excluding tax benefits of $0.29 in 2005 and $0.35 in 2004 (as detailed in Table II). (1) Excludes $0.1 million of minority interest and equity earnings in investments.

Eran Broshy, Chief Executive Officer of inVentiv Health, commented, "I am extremely pleased with inVentiv's record fourth quarter and full year results, which have substantially exceeded our expectations. These results were driven by strong performance in each of our divisions, underscoring our strong market positioning and effective execution across all of our businesses.

"As announced today in a separate press release, we have made the decision to change our corporate name to inVentiv Health. This change reflects our new capabilities and broad range of bundled and integrated solutions to accelerate our clients' vision from clinical development through market success."

2005 Highlights / Key Accomplishments * Strong annual growth at inVentiv Commercial: Annual revenue and profitability increased 19% and 34%, respectively, at inVentiv Commercial. This growth was driven primarily by strong revenue and earnings increases in sales teams and patient assistance business. * Strong sequential quarterly growth at inVentiv Clinical: Quarterly revenue and profitability increased 25% and 37% from the first to the fourth quarter of 2005, driven by strong management focus on margin management in staff augmentation and increasing traction in functional outsourcing. * Established inVentiv Communications with acquisition of inChord: The accretive acquisition of inChord Communications, previously the world's largest independently-held global healthcare marketing and communications company, has added a comprehensive pharmaceutical advertising, branding and marketing business to inVentiv's top tier sales team, planning and analytics, compliance management and clinical staffing and data management businesses. * Broadened inVentiv Communications with acquisition of Adheris: More recently, inVentiv announced the acquisition of Adheris, Inc., a Massachusetts-based industry leader in the area of patient compliance and persistency programs. The acquisition adds a unique patient education component to inVentiv Communications, with a proven history of improving medication adherence across nearly every chronic therapeutic category. * Business strengthened with bolt-on acquisitions of PRS, JSAI and Synergos: The acquisition in August 2005 of PRS, a leading provider of regulatory compliance management and marketing support services, further strengthened inVentiv Commercial's regulatory compliance offerings. The acquisition announced yesterday of JSAI, Canada's leading healthcare marketing and communications company, further strengthens inVentiv Communications' presence in the important Canadian healthcare marketplace. In addition, the acquisition announced yesterday of Synergos, a focused clinical services provider with expertise in clinical trial management services, enhances inVentiv Clinical's offerings in project management and monitoring as well as investigator and patient recruitment services. * Reduced business and client concentration: The contribution of sales teams to inVentiv's total operating profit has decreased from approximately 80% in the first half of 2004 to less than 30% expected for 2006. Furthermore, inVentiv's five largest client contracts have decreased from two-thirds of total company revenues in the first half of 2004 to less than one quarter expected for 2006. * Cash generation: Ventiv generated $55 million of cash flow from operations during the year and ended the year with $77 million of cash on hand. 2006 Guidance

inVentiv is increasing its 2006 revenue guidance from $685-$705 million to $705-$725 million and its 2006 earnings per share guidance from $1.39-$1.44 to $1.43-$1.48. Both the previous and updated earnings per share guidance exclude potential tax benefits and expense related to equity-based compensation.

Conference Call Information: Tuesday, March 14, 2006, 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time Call in number: 877-336-9182 (Domestic) or 706-634-1065 (International) Live and archived webcast: http://www.ventiv.com

A replay of the call will be available immediately following the call through March 21, 2006 at 800-642-1687. The conference ID number for the replay is 5181917.

About inVentiv Health

inVentiv Health is the leading provider of commercialization and complementary services to the global pharmaceutical, life sciences and biotechnology industries. inVentiv delivers its customized clinical, sales, marketing and communications solutions through its three core business segments: inVentiv Clinical, inVentiv Communications, and inVentiv Commercial. inVentiv Health works with over 150 pharmaceutical and life sciences clients, including 18 of the top 20 global pharmaceutical companies. For more information, visit http://www.inventivhealth.com.

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks that may cause Ventiv Health's performance to differ materially. Such risks include, without limitation: changes in trends in the pharmaceutical industry or in pharmaceutical outsourcing; our ability to compete successfully with other services in the market; our ability to maintain large client contracts or to enter into new contracts; and, our ability to operate successfully in new lines of business. Readers of this press release are referred to documents filed from time to time by Ventiv Health, Inc. with the Securities and Exchange Commission for further discussion of these and other factors.

Table I Ventiv Health, Inc. Consolidated Statements of Operations (in 000's, except per share data) Three Months Ended Year Ended December 31, December 31, 2005 2004 2005 2004 Revenues $175,307 $117,449 $556,312 $352,184 Operating expenses: Cost of services 125,788 91,104 417,025 279,733 Selling, general and administrative expenses 31,232 16,365 79,313 38,539 Other operating income -- -- -- (264) Total operating expenses 157,020 107,469 496,338 318,008 Operating income 18,287 9,980 59,974 34,176 Interest expense (2,913) (314) (3,955) (922) Interest income 568 250 1,409 678 Income from continuing operations before income tax provision, minority interest in income of subsidiary and income from equity investments 15,942 9,916 57,428 33,932 Income tax (provision) benefit (6,000) 5,324 (14,229) (3,802) Income from continuing operations before minority interest in income of subsidiary and income from equity investments 9,942 15,240 43,199 30,130 Minority interest (224) -- (224) -- Equity earnings in investments 107 -- 107 -- Income from continuing operations 9,825 15,240 43,082 30,130 (Losses) gains on disposals of discontinued operations (859) (1,130) 781 1,002 Net income 8,966 14,110 $43,863 $31,132 Earnings (losses) per share: Continuing operations: Basic $0.35 $0.60 $1.60 $1.26 Diluted $0.34 $0.57 $1.53 $1.18 Discontinued operations: Basic (0.03) (0.04) $0.03 $0.04 Diluted (0.03) (0.05) $0.03 $0.04 Net income: Basic $0.32 $0.56 $1.63 $1.30 Diluted $0.31 $0.52 $1.56 $1.22 Weighted average common shares outstanding: Basic 27,680 25,233 26,875 23,951 Diluted 28,941 26,929 28,165 25,437 Table II Ventiv Health, Inc. Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Information (in 000's, except per share data) Three Months Ended Year Ended December 31, December 31, 2005 2004 2005 2004 Income from continuing operations, as reported $9,825 $15,240 $43,082 $30,130 Deduct: Tax benefits included in reported income -- (9,100)(1) (8,282)(2) (9,100) Income from continuing operations without tax benefits $9,825 $6,140 $34,800 $21,030 Diluted shares 28,941 26,929 28,165 25,437 EPS: Income from continuing operations, as reported $0.34 $0.57 $1.53 $1.18 Subtract: Tax benefits -- (0.34) (0.29) (0.35) Income from continuing operations without tax benefits $0.34 $0.23 $1.24 $0.83 (1) Difference of $9.1 million is due to a tax benefit recorded during the fourth quarter of 2004 relating to the utilization of net operating losses of divested entities and one-time tax adjustments. (2) Difference of $8.3 million is primarily related to the divestiture and shutdown of certain former subsidiaries and prior period tax contingencies. Table III Ventiv Health, Inc. Selected Financial Data ($'s in 000's) December 31, December 31, 2005 2004 Cash (1) $76,980 $53,297 Account Receivable, Net $112,782 $56,534 Unbilled Services $41,206 $36,130 Client Advances & Unearned Revenue $29,393 $9,184 Working Capital (2) $113,557 $67,565 Long-term debt (3) $174,563 -- Capital Lease Obligations (3) $28,554 $36,902 Depreciation (4) $15,491 $15,602 Amortization (4) $1,934 $306 Days Sales Outstanding (5) 79 71 (1) Cash includes restricted cash of $3.9 million at December 31, 2005 and $2.5 million at December 31, 2004. (2) Working Capital is defined as total current assets less total current liabilities. (3) Liabilities are both current and noncurrent. (4) Depreciation and amortization are reported on a year-to-date basis. (5) Days Sales Outstanding is measured using the combined amounts of Accounts Receivable and Unbilled Services outstanding as of the Balance Sheet date, against Revenues for the trailing 3-month period then ended.

Ventiv Health, Inc.

CONTACT: Investors-Corporate, John Emery, CFO, +1-732-537-4804,investor@inventivhealth.com, or Media, Felicia Vonella, +1-212-308-7155,fvonella@inventivhealth.com, both of inVentiv Health, Inc.


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