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Volcano Corporation Reports 13 Percent Growth in Second Quarter Revenues; FFR Disposable Revenues Increase 38 Percent


8/6/2012 10:11:30 AM

SAN DIEGO, Aug. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Volcano Corporation (NASDAQ: VOLC), a leading developer and manufacturer of precision guided therapy tools designed to enhance the diagnosis and treatment of coronary and peripheral vascular disease, today said revenues for the second quarter of 2012 increased 13 percent over second quarter revenues a year ago.

For the quarter ended June 30, 2012, Volcano reported revenues of $95.4 million versus revenues of $84.0 million in the second quarter a year ago. Medical segment revenues increased 13 percent versus the second quarter a year ago.

The company reported net income of $3.3 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2012, versus net income of $4.9 million, or $0.09 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2011.

For the first six months of 2012, Volcano reported revenues of $185.7 million, an increase of 13 percent versus $165.0 million in the same period a year ago. Medical segment revenues increased 14 percent year-over year. The company reported net income of $3.6 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, compared with net income of $6.0 million, or $0.11 per diluted share, in the first six months of 2011.

"Volcano continued to advance its Functional PCI message among both clinicians and hospital administrators while capitalizing on the macroeconomic trends impacting the sectorincluding the growing need for evidence and documentation of medical necessity," said Scott Huennekens, president and chief executive officer.

"Our multi-modality platform and technology innovation are driving our market share gains. We are achieving growth greater than the overall growth of the FFR (Fractional Flow Reserve) and IVUS (Intravascular Ultrasound) markets, particularly in FFR where quarterly disposable revenues increased 38 percent versus a year ago. Our gains in FFR and IVUS were offset in part by softness in Southern Europe, and at Axsun Industrial as the telecom market is not yet demonstrating signs of a recovery," he added.

"Also during the quarter, we saw the release of favorable data on Volcano's Instant Wave-Free Ratio Functionality, or iFR Functionality, our adenosine-free FFR technology. Data presented at EuroPCR showed a high level of diagnostic correlation versus FFR," he noted.

Guidance for 2012

The company provided updated guidance for 2012. It now expects revenues for the year will be in the range of $384-$390 million. This compares with prior expectations for revenues of $392-$399 million. The company said the updated expectations for revenues include a $2 million impact from foreign currency exchange rates, a $2 million impact due to slowing of activity in certain Southern European countries and a $4 million impact from Axsun Industrial reflecting continued softness in the telecom sector.

The company now expects gross margins will be 65-66 percent compared with prior expectations of 64-65 percent, and operating expenses will be 58-59 percent of revenues versus prior expectations 57-58 percent.

The company said that it continues to expect a tax rate of approximately 40 percent for the full year, and earnings per diluted share of $0.18-$0.21, compared with prior expectations of $0.21-$0.24 per diluted share. Weighted average shares on a fully diluted basis at the end of 2012 are expected to be 55.5 million.

Conference Call Information

The company will hold a conference call at 2 p.m., Pacific Daylight Time (5 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time), today. The teleconference can be accessed by calling (631) 291-4555, passcode 94938684, or via the company's website at http://www.volcanocorp.com. Please dial in or access the webcast 10-15 minutes prior to the beginning of the call. A replay of the conference call will be available through August 9 at (404) 537-3406, passcode 94938684, and via the company's website at http://www.volcanocorp.com.

About Volcano

Volcano Corporation is revolutionizing the medical device industry with a broad suite of technologies that make imaging and therapy simpler, more informative and less invasive. Our products empower physicians around the world with a new generation of analytical tools that deliver more meaningful informationusing sound and light as the guiding elements. Founded in cardiovascular care and expanding into other specialties, Volcano is changing the assumption about what is possible in improving patient outcomes by combining imaging and therapy together. For more information, visit the company's website at www.volcanocorp.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Any statements in this press release regarding Volcano's business that are not historical facts may be considered "forward-looking statements." Forward-looking statements are based on management's current expectations and are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause Volcano's actual results to differ materially and adversely from statements contained herein. Some of the potential risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ include the risk that Volcano's revenue, expense, earnings, earnings per share, margin or tax rate projections may turn out to be inaccurate or Volcano may encounter unanticipated difficulty in achieving those projections, global and regional macroeconomic conditions, generally, and in the medical device and telecom industries, currency exchange rate fluctuations, the effect of competitive factors and the company's reactions to those factors, purchasing decisions with respect to the company's products, the pace and extent of market adoption of the company's products and technologies, the inherent uncertainty in the process of obtaining regulatory approval or clearance for Volcano's products or devices, the success of Volcano's growth strategies, risks associated with Volcano's international operations, timing and achievement of product development milestones, outcome of ongoing litigation, the impact and benefits of market development, our ability to protect our intellectual property, dependence upon third parties, product introductions, unexpected new data, safety and technical issues, market conditions and other risks inherent to medical and/or telecom device development and commercialization. These and additional risks and uncertainties are more fully described in Volcano's filings made with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our most recent quarterly report on Form 10-Q, and other filings made with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Undue reliance should not be placed on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they are made. Volcano disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect new information, events or circumstances after the date they are made, or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.


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