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Mesa Labs (MLAB) Reports 58 Percent Increase in Third Quarter Net Income


2/8/2012 11:10:29 AM

LAKEWOOD, Colo., Feb. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Mesa Laboratories, Inc. (NASDAQ: MLAB) today reported a 21 percent increase in revenue and a 58 percent increase in GAAP net income for the fiscal third quarter ended December 31, 2011.

Highlights:

  • Quarterly GAAP net income increased 58% year over year to $1,987 ,000
  • Quarterly revenues increased 21% year over year to $9,259,000
  • Achieved 13% organic year over year sales growth in the fiscal third quarter
  • Quarterly non-GAAP diluted earnings per share increased to $0.63 (1)
  • Nine-month non-GAAP diluted earnings per share increased to $1.86(1)

For the third quarter of fiscal 2012, net sales increased 21 percent to $9,259,000 from $7,652,000 in the same quarter last year. GAAP net income for the quarter increased 58 percent to $1,987,000, or $0.57 per diluted share, compared to $1,258,000, or $0.37 per diluted share one year ago.

For the first nine months of fiscal 2012, net sales increased 20 percent to $27,438,000 from $22,861,000 in the same period last year. Net income for the first nine months increased 43 percent to $5,720,000, or $1.66 per diluted share, compared to $4,006,000, or $1.21 per share one year ago.

On a non-GAAP basis, adjusted net income for the third quarter of fiscal 2012 increased 53 percent to $2,217,000, or $0.63 per diluted share of common stock, compared to $1,446,000, or $0.43 per diluted share of common stock last year. For the first nine months of fiscal 2012, adjusted net income increased 42 percent to $6,427,000, or $1.86 per diluted share of common stock, compared to $4,515,000, or $1.36 per diluted share of common stock during the same period last year. See the note below for an explanation of the calculation of adjusted net income and adjusted net income per share.

"Mesa posted another quarter of excellent financial performance," said John J. Sullivan, President and Chief Executive Officer. "It is hard to single out any one factor that was responsible for our revenue growth and increased profitability. However, I am especially pleased that Mesa posted its second consecutive quarter of 13% organic growth. Coupling this organic growth with the increased revenue from the Apex acquisition drove our revenue and profitability up significantly. I am also pleased that our profit margins are holding up very well, near Mesa's long term averages. This quarter, our gross margins reached 64%, while operating income and net income were a healthy 34% and 21%, respectively. All of these profitability measures were significantly above the third quarter last fiscal year. We expected to see improved profitability this year, due to the addition of the Apex products, increased production efficiency, and elimination of certain acquisition expenses, and I applaud the entire Mesa team for helping make this expectation become a reality."

"Going forward, we have good momentum entering our important fourth quarter and we expect that we will be able to report increased sales and profits," continued John Sullivan. "Mesa's fourth quarter last fiscal year was unusually strong and our growth, on a percentage basis, will likely be somewhat lower than our previous three quarters. Also, this will be the first full quarter in which there is a direct comparison for the Apex business. Nevertheless, we expect to finish strong and report record revenue and profits for the full fiscal year."

The Company's instrumentation product sales and service revenues increased 18 percent during the third quarter and 12 percent during the first nine month period of fiscal 2012, compared to the prior year periods. The revenue increase in the third quarter was due primarily to organic growth of the DataTrace products, while the revenue increase in the nine month period was due to increased sales of DataTrace and Medical products.

Sales of the Company's Biological Indicator products increased 25 percent during the third quarter and 29 percent during the first nine month period of fiscal 2012, compared to the same periods last year. The increase in Biological Indicator sales during the quarter and nine month period was due to 9 percent and 13 percent organic growth, respectively, plus the revenue added as a result of the acquisition of the Apex products in December, 2010.

Mesa Laboratories develops, acquires, manufactures and markets electronic instruments and disposables for industrial, pharmaceutical and medical applications.

This news release contains forward-looking statements which involve risks and uncertainties. The Company's actual results could differ materially from those in any such forward-looking statements. Additional information concerning important factors that could cause results to differ materially from those in any such forward-looking statement is contained in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended March 31, 2011 as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and from time to time in the Company's other reports on file with the Commission.

(1) The non-GAAP measures of adjusted net income and adjusted earnings per share are defined to exclude the impacts of non-cash intangibles amortization, net of its tax effects. A reconciliation between these non-GAAP measures and their GAAP counterparts is set forth in the table below, along with additional information regarding their use.


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