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QIAGEN Inc. (QGEN) Reports Second Quarter 2011 Results


7/26/2011 5:59:38 AM

VENLO, The Netherlands, July 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --


  • Improving results in second quarter of 2011: Net sales grow 7% (+1% CER) to $282.2 million, adjusted EPS rises to $0.23 and free cash flow jumps 31% to $37.8 million

  • Expansion strategy in 2011 achieves progress toward accelerating growth in 2012:

  • Strengthening leadership in Personalized Healthcare: First U.S. submission completed for KRAS biomarker as companion diagnostic; Ipsogen acquisition adds portfolio of blood cancer assays

  • Cellestis acquisition on track for completion in late August, provides access to novel "pre-molecular" technology commercialized with leading test for latent TB

  • QIAsymphony automation platform achieves installed base of more than 475 worldwide, driven by increasing adoption of full QIAsymphony RGQ system

  • QIAGEN updates 2011 expectations for acquisitions and challenging market conditions

QIAGEN N.V. (NASDAQ: QGEN; Frankfurt Prime Standard: QIA) today announced results of operations for the second quarter and first half of 2011, delivering improved performance and solid gains in free cash flow.

Net sales in the second quarter rose 7% (+1% at constant exchange rates, or CER) to $282.2 million from the second quarter of 2010. Adjusted operating income grew 8% to $78.7 million, as the adjusted operating income margin remained steady at 28% of net sales. Adjusted diluted earnings per share rose to $0.23 in the second quarter from $0.22 in the same period of 2010. Free cash flow in the second quarter improved 31% to $37.8 million over the year-ago period.

QIAGEN also updated its expectations for 2011 to incorporate the impact of acquisitions of Cellestis and Ipsogen as well as based on the adverse impact of continued challenging market conditions.

"We are making broad progress in our strategy to expand in 2011, a year that has proven to be more challenging than anticipated, in order to accelerate growth in 2012. We delivered improved results in the second quarter amid continued weak economic conditions. We have achieved key milestones, particularly the completion of our first U.S. submission for our therascreen KRAS RGQ assay for use as a companion diagnostic with an anticancer medicine. We expect a second, separate FDA submission to be done shortly for this assay for use with another anticancer medicine. The addition of Cellestis will expand our product range into latent disease detection, while Ipsogen's blood cancer test portfolio enhances our leadership in cancer profiling and companion diagnostics in personalized healthcare. The rollout of QIAsymphony has reached more than 475 installed systems, driven by growing customer appreciation of the QIAsymphony RGQ version launched in late 2010," said Peer Schatz, Chief Executive Officer of QIAGEN N.V. "Expectations for 2011 have been updated to include these acquisitions as well as moderate growth prospects in the second half. We expect growth to be above levels in the first half of 2011, but lower than initially anticipated due to ongoing challenging economic conditions in the U.S. and Europe. We are intensifying our focus on growth and innovation, and are confident that QIAGEN is well-positioned for sustained business expansion."

Second Quarter 2011 Results

                                                                   Change
    in $ millions, except per share
    information                               Q2 2011  Q2 2010    $     CER
    Net sales                                   282.2    262.7   7%      1%
    Operating income, adjusted                   78.7     73.1   8%
    Net income, adjusted                         55.0     52.5   5%
    EPS, adjusted ($)                            0.23     0.22

    For information on the adjusted figures, please refer to the
    reconciliation table accompanying this release.


Net sales rose 7% to $282.2 million in the second quarter of 2011 from $262.7 million in the 2010 quarter. Organic sales rose 1% CER, while favorable currency movements added an additional six percentage points to reported sales growth. Operating income of $46.5 million rose 8% from $42.9 million in the 2010 quarter. Net income fell 14% to $33.3 million from $38.5 million in the year-ago period. This year-ago period included a one-time benefit of $12.0 million (or $0.05 cents per share) from the restructuring of acquired foreign subsidiaries. Diluted earnings per share were $0.14 (based on 241.0 million diluted shares) in the 2011 quarter compared to $0.16 in the 2010 quarter (based on 241.6 million diluted shares). Free cash flow increased 31% to $37.8 million.

Adjusted operating income in the second quarter of 2011 rose 8% to $78.7 million from $73.1 million in the 2010 quarter, while the adjusted operating income margin maintained at 28% of net sales. Adjusted net income grew 5% to $55.0 million in the 2011 period from $52.5 million in 2010. Adjusted diluted earnings per share rose to $0.23 in the 2011 quarter from $0.22 in the second quarter of 2010.

Reconciliations of reported results in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) to adjusted results are included in the tables accompanying this release.

"Our results in the second quarter of 2011 showed our ability to deliver year-over-year growth while preserving our profitability and achieving our adjusted EPS targets amid continued challenging market conditions," said Roland Sackers, Chief Financial Officer of QIAGEN N.V. "Our strong financial position supported our M&A strategy, and we have maintained our strategic flexibility to strengthen our businesses through sustained R&D investments and further targeted acquisitions. Our cost controls and targeted investments in growth opportunities are driving QIAGEN toward stronger growth rates in the second half of 2011 and into 2012."


First half 2011 Results

                                                                   Change
    in $ millions, except per share
    information                               6M 2011  6M 2010    $     CER
    Net sales                                   546.4    527.1   4%     -1%
    Operating income, adjusted                  149.2    146.7   2%
    Net income, adjusted                        104.5    101.9   3%
    EPS, adjusted ($)                            0.43     0.42

    For information on the adjusted figures, please refer to the
    reconciliation table accompanying this release.


Net sales rose 4% to $546.4 million in the first half of 2011 from $527.1 million in the same period of 2010. Organic sales fell 1% CER, while favorable currency movements contributed five percentage points to reported sales growth. Operating income of $84.9 million declined 3% from $87.5 million in the first half of 2010. Net income fell 14% to $61.3 million in the first half of 2011 from $71.5 million in the year-ago period (including the one-time tax benefit in 2010). Diluted earnings per share were $0.25 (based on 240.7 million diluted shares) in the first half of 2011 compared to $0.30 in the first half of 2010 (based on 241.8 million diluted shares).

Adjusted operating income in the first half of 2011 rose 2% to $149.2 million from $146.7 million in the first half of 2010, with the adjusted operating income margin declining to 27% of net sales from 28% in the 2010 period. Adjusted net income was up 3% to $104.5 million in the 2011 period from $101.9 million in the first half of 2010. Adjusted diluted earnings per share rose to $0.43 in the first half of 2011 from $0.42 in the first half of 2010.

Reconciliations of reported results in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) to adjusted results are included in the tables accompanying this release.

Business Review

Consumable products delivered single-digit growth in the second quarter of 2011, but it was partially offset by lower sales of instruments. Acquisitions completed during the last 12 months did not provide any meaningful sales contributions in the 2011 period. However, fresh growth impulses are anticipated in the second half of the year from the integration of Ipsogen (full consolidation with a non-controlling interest as of July 12, 2011) and Cellestis (closing expected in late August). Both acquisitions were announced in the second quarter.

Among product categories, consumables and related revenues provided 88% of sales in the second quarter of 2011, rising 2% CER from the 2010 period. Instrumentation contributed 12% of sales, down 7% CER from the year-ago quarter, mainly due to reduced orders by life sciences customers. Reported instrument sales also reflect a shift toward greater use of "reagent rental agreements" and similar arrangements, in which an instrument is placed at the customer's site in return for a commitment to purchase consumables over a multi-year period or a regular leasing fee. Instrument sales from these types of agreements are recognized pro rata over the life of multi-year agreements.

Among the regions, the Americas (52% of sales) delivered 5% CER growth in net sales compared to the second quarter of 2010, while Europe / Middle East / Africa (31% of sales) declined 5% CER and Asia-Pacific / Japan (17% of sales) rose 8% CER.

The improving performance in the second quarter of 2011 was enabled by low-single-digit CER sales contributions in most customer classes:

Molecular Diagnostics (46% of net sales) rose 2% CER in the second quarter of 2011 as solid growth in consumable products was reduced by lower instrument sales (due mainly to the shift to reagent rental agreements). The comparison also was hampered by higher one-time contributions in the 2010 quarter, which included payments for companion diagnostic co-development projects with pharmaceutical companies. Increased sales of HPV tests in the U.S. drove growth in Prevention as the success of market conversion initiatives more than offset the negative impact of reduced patient visits to physicians, which have declined during 2011.

Applied Testing (7% of net sales) grew 1% CER on strong demand for consumable products used in implementing new forensic standards in Europe and other countries as well as human identification products needed to support disaster recovery efforts in Japan. Instrument sales were lower compared to the same period in 2010.

Pharma (21% of net sales) had largely unchanged CER sales, with growth seen in consumable products used for drug development, but soft demand in drug discovery and some impact from industry consolidation and cost-containment measures.

Academia (26% of net sales) rose 1% CER and faced increasing pressure in some key markets, including Europe and the U.S., from the impact of austerity measures and reduced government spending plans. Higher sales of consumables were offset by significantly lower instrument sales.

Expansion strategy in 2011 making strides toward accelerating growth in 2012

QIAGEN took important actions in the second quarter of 2011 to advance a strategy to expand its global leadership in Sample & Assay Technologies in order to accelerate growth in 2012 and beyond. Progress came from QIAGEN's continuing commitment to organic growth through innovation and geographic expansion, as well as from two targeted acquisitions announced in the 2011 quarter.

Significant achievements have been made during 2011 to strengthen QIAGEN´s leadership position in Personalized Healthcare, where QIAGEN's industry-leading presence is driven by more than 20 molecular diagnostic assays available in select regions of the world as well as more than 15 co-development projects under way with pharmaceutical companies.

  • The U.S. submission of the therascreen KRAS assay has been completed for use as a companion diagnostic paired with an anticancer medicine for the treatment of patients with metastatic colorectal cancer. This marks the first U.S. regulatory submission of a companion diagnostic by QIAGEN in the United States. A second U.S. regulatory submission (PMA) involving KRAS paired with another anticancer medicine for treatment of patients with metastatic colorectal cancer is planned to be completed by the end of July. Several other programs are under way, including a U.S. submission of an EGFR biomarker test paired for use with an anticancer medicine in patients with non-small cell lung cancer that is on track for completion in 2012.
  • QIAGEN significantly added to its portfolio of disease profiling tests and companion diagnostic candidates through the acquisition of Ipsogen S.A. (Alternext:ALIPS) in the second quarter of 2011, which added a global leader in detection and profiling of leukemia and other blood cancers to the QIAGEN portfolio. Ipsogen offers a range of assays covering 15 biomarkers, led by an exclusive worldwide license for detection of the key V617F mutation in the JAK2 gene (Janus kinase 2). In July, QIAGEN acquired approximately 62.5% of the common shares of Ipsogen from the founders and certain other shareholders. A public offer to acquire the remaining shares and gain full ownership is planned to be completed in 2011.

In addition to the acquisition of Ipsogen, the pending acquisition of Cellestis Limited (CST:AU) further supports the strategy of adding molecular content to QIAGEN's broad menu of tests. In July, key Cellestis shareholders issued public support for the transaction after QIAGEN amended its original offer, and the transaction is now expected to be completed in late August. QIAGEN announced an agreement in April 2011 to fully acquire Cellestis, which has created a breakthrough "pre-molecular" technology for diagnosing diseases earlier than is possible with other diagnostic methods. Cellestis currently markets QuantiFERON® tests for latent tuberculosis (TB) and the life-threatening cytomegalovirus (CMV). QIAGEN plans to migrate QuantiFERON® products onto its automated platforms and develop new pre-molecular tests that complement QIAGEN's DNA- and RNA-based molecular diagnostics portfolio.

The QIAsymphony instrumentation platform has now reached more than 475 installed systems around the world. Global rollout of QIAsymphony RGQ, the full version of this next-generation automated modular testing platform, continues to receive positive feedback from customers. The complete QIAsymphony RGQ version was launched in late 2010 and builds on the launch of other modules since 2008. It incorporates the Rotor-Gene Q (RGQ) real-time PCR detection platform with sample processing and assay setup units, becoming the first modular system that automates entire laboratory workflows from initial sample preparation to final result. QIAGEN believes continued expansion of the QIAsymphony installed base will drive future growth, particularly in Molecular Diagnostics.

QIAGEN also is expanding its geographic presence, particularly in emerging, high-growth regions. During the second quarter of 2011, QIAGEN began direct operations in Taiwan. The beginning of direct sales in India during the first quarter of 2011 also deepened QIAGEN's relationships with customers in the Indian life sciences and biotechnology market, one of the fastest growing in the region. QIAGEN entered China in 2004 and has expanded to more than 500 employees in Asia.

2011 outlook

(Barring unforeseen events)

QIAGEN has updated its expectations for 2011 based on acquisitions to be completed this year, as well as the ongoing challenging market conditions. For the second half of 2011, QIAGEN expects total sales growth of approximately 7% CER, of which approximately half is expected to come from organic growth. For the full year 2011, QIAGEN now expects total sales growth of approximately 3% CER with contributions from both organic growth and acquisitions. Adjusted diluted earnings per share (EPS) are expected to be approximately $0.96 for 2011, which includes previously announced expectations for dilution of approximately $0.03 per share related to planned investments and product migrations as part of the acquisitions of Cellestis and Ipsogen. (Net sales for 2010 were $1,087 million and adjusted diluted earnings per share were $0.93.)

Conference Call and Webcast Details

Information on QIAGEN's business and financial performance will be presented during a conference call on Tuesday, July 26, 2011, at 9:30 ET / 15:30 CET. The corresponding presentation slides will be available for download shortly before the conference call at http://www.qiagen.com/goto/ConferenceCall, and a webcast is available at this website. A replay will also be made available on this website.

Use of Adjusted Results

QIAGEN has regularly reported adjusted results, as well as results considered on a constant exchange rate basis, to give additional insight into its financial performance. Adjusted results should be considered in addition to the reported results prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, but should not be considered as a substitute. The company believes certain items should be excluded from adjusted results when they are outside of its ongoing core operations, vary significantly from period to period, or affect the comparability of results with the company's competitors and its own prior periods. Reconciliations of reported results to adjusted results are included in the tables accompanying this release.

Tables with detailed financial information can be downloaded in PDF format from: http://www.qiagen.com/about/investorrelation/aboupdf/Q211_e.pdf

About QIAGEN

QIAGEN N.V., a Netherlands holding company, is the leading global provider of sample and assay technologies. Sample technologies are used to isolate and process DNA, RNA and proteins from biological samples such as blood or tissue. Assay technologies are used to make these isolated biomolecules visible. QIAGEN has developed and markets more than 500 sample and assay products as well as automated solutions for such consumables. QIAGEN provides its products to molecular diagnostics laboratories, academic researchers, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, and applied testing customers for purposes such as forensics, animal or food testing and pharmaceutical process control. QIAGEN's assay technologies include one of the broadest panels of molecular diagnostic tests available worldwide. This panel includes the first FDA-approved test for human papillomavirus (HPV), the primary cause of cervical cancer. QIAGEN employs nearly 3,600 people in over 30 locations worldwide. Further information about QIAGEN can be found at http://www.qiagen.com/.

Certain of the statements contained in this news release may be considered forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. To the extent that any of the statements contained herein relating to QIAGEN's products, markets, strategy or operating results, including without limitation its expected operating results, are forward-looking, such statements are based on current expectations and assumptions that involve a number of uncertainties and risks. Such uncertainties and risks include, but are not limited to, risks associated with management of growth and international operations (including the effects of currency fluctuations, regulatory processes and dependence on logistics), variability of operating results and allocations between customer classes, the commercial development of markets for our products in applied testing, personalized healthcare, clinical research, proteomics, women's health/HPV testing and nucleic acid-based molecular diagnostics; changing relationships with customers, suppliers and strategic partners; competition; rapid or unexpected changes in technologies; fluctuations in demand for QIAGEN's products (including fluctuations due to general economic conditions, the level and timing of customers' funding, budgets and other factors); our ability to obtain regulatory approval of our products; difficulties in successfully adapting QIAGEN's products to integrated solutions and producing such products; the ability of QIAGEN to identify and develop new products and to differentiate and protect our products from competitors' products; market acceptance of QIAGEN's new products, the consummation of the Ipsogen and Cellestis acquisitions, and the integration of acquired technologies and businesses. For further information, please refer to the discussions in reports that QIAGEN has filed with, or furnished to, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Contacts:

    Investor Relations
    John Gilardi           +49-2103-29-11711
    Dr. Solveigh Mähler    +49-2103-29-11710
    Albert F. Fleury       +1-301-944-7028
    e-mail:                ir@qiagen.com

    Public Relations
    Dr. Thomas Theuringer  +49-2103-29-11826
    e-mail:                pr@qiagen.com



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