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Abaxis (ABAX) Reports Financial Performance For The First Quarter Of Fiscal 2018 And Declares Quarterly Cash Dividend



7/28/2017 7:49:33 AM

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UNION CITY, Calif., July 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Abaxis, Inc. (Nasdaq: ABAX), a global diagnostics company manufacturing point-of-care blood analysis instruments and consumables for the medical and veterinary markets worldwide, today reported financial results for the first quarter ended June 30, 2017.

First quarter results include:

  • Revenues of $58.3 million, up 1% from last year's comparable quarter.
  • Veterinary market revenues of $48.4 million, up 1% over last year's comparable quarter.
  • International revenues of $11.3 million, up 3% over last year's comparable quarter.
  • Revenues from sales of consumables, which include reagent discs, hematology reagent kits, VSpro specialty cartridges, i-STAT cartridges and rapid tests, of $46.0 million, up 3% over last year's comparable quarter.
  • Gross profit of $31.9 million, compared to $32.0 million, in last year's comparable quarter.
  • Cash, cash equivalents and investments as of June 30, 2017 of $170.5 million.
  • Abaxis paid dividends of $3.2 million, or $0.14 per share, during the first quarter of fiscal 2018.

Management Discussion

Clint Severson, chairman and chief executive officer of Abaxis, said, "Revenues were $58.3 million, an increase of 1%, over last year's first quarter.  Our worldwide veterinary reagent discs unit sales increased by 1%, over last year's first quarter, driven by an increase in North America of 3%.  This growth in unit sales of veterinary reagent discs in North America is an acceleration from recent quarters and an indicator that our sales and marketing strategies within North America are yielding benefits.  Our VetScan rapid tests revenues increased by 12% in the first quarter of fiscal 2018, compared to last year's first quarter.  The rapid tests sales were driven by strength in multiple products, including our new test for canine specific lipase, which we launched in early June 2017."

"Our Piccolo instrument revenues increased by 18% in the first quarter of fiscal 2018, compared to last year's first quarter.  Although unit sales of our medical reagent discs decreased worldwide by 6%, from last year's first quarter, due to the reduction of inventory during the quarter by one of our large customers, we believe the underlying demand for medical reagent discs at the end-customer level remains strong, and the long-term growth opportunity for the medical market is still excellent.  Total consumables sales for the first fiscal quarter were solid, increasing by 3%, over last year's first quarter, to $46.0 million.  Overall consumables and other recurring revenues represented 85% of our total sales for the first fiscal quarter.  We continue to gain traction with our sales and marketing strategies and are optimistic that our investments will help our top-line growth going forward."

"Following the recent launches of our VetScan Phenobarbital Profile and our VetScan Canine Pancreatic Lipase Rapid Test, we expect to introduce additional new products during fiscal 2018, including two urinalysis diagnostic products and the broader commercial launch of our VetScan FUSE.  We believe these new products, along with our sales and marketing strategies, will make significant contributions to future operational results."

Mr. Severson concluded, "We remain committed to rewarding our shareholders with a quarterly cash dividend, while maintaining a strong balance sheet with $170.5 million in cash, cash equivalents and short- and long-term investments as of June 30, 2017."

Dividend Declared

Abaxis today announced that its Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.14 per share of common stock, to be paid on September 15, 2017, to all shareholders of record as of the close of business on September 1, 2017. 

Results of Operations

Quarterly Results

For the fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2017, Abaxis reported revenues of $58.3 million, as compared with revenues of $57.7 million for the comparable period last year.  Revenues from sales of instruments, which include chemistry analyzers, hematology instruments, VSpro specialty analyzers and iSTAT analyzers, decreased by $1.3 million, or 13%, compared to the same period last year.  Revenues from sales of consumables, which include reagent discs, hematology reagent kits, VSpro specialty cartridges, iSTAT cartridges and rapid tests, increased by $1.4 million, or 3%, over the same period last year.  Abaxis reported income from operations of $8.5 million and net income of $6.3 million for the fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2017, compared to $10.7 million and $6.9 million for the fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2016, respectively.  Abaxis' effective tax rate in the fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2017 was 35%, compared to 36% for the same period last year.  Abaxis reported diluted net income per share of $0.28 (calculated based on 22,968,000 shares) for the fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2017, compared to $0.30 per share (calculated based on 22,685,000 shares) for the same period last year. 

Other Reported Information

Non-cash compensation expense recognized for share-based awards during the three months ended June 30, 2017 and 2016 was $3.1 million and $2.8 million, respectively.  Abaxis paid $3.2 million in cash dividends to shareholders during the first quarter of fiscal 2018.   

Conference Call

Abaxis has scheduled a conference call to discuss its financial results at 4:15 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, July 27, 2017.  Participants can dial (844) 855-9498 or (412) 317-5496 to access the conference call, or can listen via a live Internet webcast, which is available in the Investor Relations section of the company's website at http://www.abaxis.com.  A replay of the call will be available by visiting http://www.abaxis.com for the next 30 days or by calling (877) 344-7529 or (412) 317-0088, confirmation code 10110686, through August 3, 2017.  This press release is also available prior to and after the call via Abaxis' website or the Securities and Exchange Commission's website at http://www.sec.gov

About Abaxis

Abaxis, Inc. is a worldwide developer, manufacturer and marketer of portable blood analysis systems that are used in a broad range of medical specialties in human or veterinary patient care to provide clinicians with rapid blood constituent measurements.  Our mission is to improve the efficiency of care delivery to and the quality of life of patients in the medical and veterinary markets.  We provide leading edge technology and tools that support best medical practices, enabling physicians and veterinarians to respond to the health needs of their clients at the point of care while operating economical and profitable practices.  For more information, visit http://www.abaxis.com.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release includes statements that constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the "Reform Act"), including but not limited to statements related to the long-term growth opportunities in the medical market, the effects of Abaxis' investments in sales and marketing, Abaxis' expansion of its product portfolio and its effect on Abaxis' revenue growth, the expected launch timing for new products, the ability of new products to benefit Abaxis' long-term growth and payment of future cash dividends.  Abaxis claims the protection of the safe-harbor for forward-looking statements contained in the Reform Act.  These forward-looking statements are often characterized by the terms "may," "believes," "projects," "expects," "anticipates," or words of similar import, and do not reflect historical facts. 

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