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Heska Corporation (HSKA) Reports Second Quarter Results



7/31/2017 1:32:31 PM

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LOVELAND, Colo., July 31, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Heska Corporation (NASDAQ: HSKA - News; "Heska" or the "Company"), a provider of advanced veterinary diagnostic and specialty products, today reported financial results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2017.

Second Quarter 2017 Highlights with Prior Year Comparison:

  • Revenue up 15% to $34.3 million.
  • Net income attributable to Heska up 32% to $3.3 million.
  • Earnings per share up 26% to $0.44 per diluted share.

Kevin Wilson, Heska's Chief Executive Officer and President, commented, "The second quarter of 2017 was another strong period for Heska. Multi-year subscriber gains again led to growth in Heska's market share as blood diagnostics revenue accelerated by 33% in the second quarter, driven by testing supplies sales and equipment capital lease recognition of our longer 72 month programs. Digital imaging sales and rentals were in line with our expectations and sales growth of 33% in our Other Vaccines, Pharmaceuticals and Products segment came in a bit ahead of schedule. We enter the second half with good subscriptions visibility, solid price realization, and healthy end user markets clearly in our sights. We continue to anticipate full year revenue between $140 million and $144 million and diluted earnings per share of $2.00 to $2.05."

Mr. Wilson added, "Last week, our sustained and strong financial results enabled us to improve our capital management by partnering with JPMorgan Chase for a new $30 million revolving credit facility with an additional $20 million accordion feature. I am proud of our finance team's good work in this area and pleased with the confidence shown by JPMorgan Chase in Heska's consistent performance and growth plans, both of which are exciting indicators of our strong capability."

"Our 2017 focus continues to be on increasing profitability as we expand our geography, product lines, and sales force," added Mr. Wilson. "In the face of large and motivated competitors, Heska teams are competing effectively for new market share, adding to our test menu, benefiting from end user prosperity, increasing and extended multi-year testing subscriptions, broadening our North American sales reach, and continuing to lay the foundations for an international diagnostics subscription model launch. I am encouraged by the broad strength of veterinary market trends and by the progress of Heska specifically."

Financial Results

2017 second quarter revenue was $34.3 million, a 15% increase from $30.0 million in the second quarter of 2016. Core blood diagnostics rose 33%, partially offset by an expected 8% reduction in imaging revenue. Total second quarter Core Companion Animal Health segment revenue increased 10% to $27.0 million, up from $24.5 million in the second quarter of 2016. Our Other Vaccines, Pharmaceuticals and Products segment revenue increased 33% to $7.3 million, up from $5.5 million in the second quarter of 2016, driven by another strong broad-based performance, including an increase in sales from our contract with Elanco.

Second quarter gross profit rose 18% to $14.9 million, compared to $12.7 million in the prior year. First quarter gross margin was 43.5%, up 120 basis points over the 42.3% gross margin in the second quarter of 2016. Total operating expenses in the second quarter of 2017 were $10.4 million (30.2% of sales), compared to $9.1 million (30.5% of sales), in the prior year period. Second quarter operating margins improved 140 basis points to 13.3%, compared to 11.9% in the prior year. Operating income grew 28% to $4.6 million during the second quarter of 2017, compared to $3.6 million in the second quarter of 2016. Net income attributable to Heska Corporation rose 32% to $3.3 million, or $0.44 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2017, compared to $2.5 million, or $0.35 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2016.

Income Taxes

The Company's effective income tax rate was 32.9% for the second quarter of 2017. The effective tax rate for this quarter included a partial valuation allowance of $1.8 million to offset larger benefits created by stock option exercises and vesting of restricted stock and the excess tax benefits resulting, in part, from the application of ASU 2016-09. Management believes that these benefits could affect the Company's ability to use its deferred tax assets in the future and will closely monitor ASU 2016-09 impacts in each subsequent period.

Balance Sheet

At June 30, 2017, Heska had $3.7 million in cash and cash equivalents, compared to $6.7 million in the prior year period, and working capital of $28.5 million, compared to $27.1 million in the prior year period. On May 31, 2017, Heska paid $13.8 million in cash to acquire the remaining minority portion to obtain 100% ownership of Heska Imaging US, LLC.

Stockholders' equity increased to $96.6 million as of June 30, 2017, up from $87.0 million as of December 31, 2016.

Investor Conference Call

Management will conduct a conference call on July 31, 2017 at 9 a.m. MDT (11 a.m. EDT) to discuss the second quarter 2017 financial results. To participate, dial 1-888-539-3624 (domestic) or 1-719-325-2468 (international) and reference conference call access number 9569010. The conference call will also be broadcast live over the Internet at www.heska.com. To listen, simply log on to the web at this address at least ten minutes prior to the start of the call to register, and download and install any necessary audio software. Telephone replays of the conference call will be available for playback through August 7, 2017. The telephone replay may be accessed by dialing 1- 844-512-2921 (domestic) or 1-412-317-6671 (international). The replay access number is 9569010. The webcast will also be archived on www.heska.com for 90 days.

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