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Lannett (LCI) Reports Fiscal 2017 First-Quarter Financial Results



11/4/2016 8:50:31 AM

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PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Lannett Company, Inc. (NYSE: LCI) today reported financial results for its fiscal 2017 first quarter ended September 30, 2016.  The company completed the acquisition of Kremers Urban Pharmaceuticals Inc. (KU) on November 25, 2015; accordingly, fiscal 2017 first-quarter financial results include the operations of KU.

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"We are pleased to report in our fiscal 2017 first quarter a topline increase of 52 percent, which was largely due to the addition of KU's operations," said Arthur Bedrosian, chief executive officer of Lannett.  "Net sales were approximately $162 million compared with $106 million in the same period last year.  Our first quarter performance includes strong sales on certain products, offset by the effect of competitive pressure on a number of our other products.  In addition, contract manufacturing revenues were lower than anticipated due to timing of product shipments.

"Looking ahead, we recently announced positive results of a Phase III clinical trial of our proprietary product, as well as successful FDA inspections of three of our facilities and FDA approval of our Buprenorphine and Naloxone sublingual tablets product.  These milestones, in conjunction with our ongoing progress to reduce costs and integrate KU, are important steps toward achieving our near-term goals and executing our long-term strategy."

Commenting on the company's revised guidance for fiscal 2017, Bedrosian added, "We have a deep product pipeline, including a significant number of ANDAs currently pending at the FDA, which has the potential to add considerable upside to our updated forecasts.  We expect the remaining quarters of the current fiscal year to be stronger than our first quarter performance, and our adjusted full-year profitability to be higher than last year."

For the fiscal 2017 first quarter, net sales increased 52% to $161.6 million from $106.4 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2016.  Gross profit was $81.9 million compared with $77.4 million.  Gross profit as a percentage of net sales was 51% compared with 73% in last year's first quarter, primarily due to the inclusion of KU's lower-margin business, as well as amortization of acquired intangible assets and other purchase accounting related expenses.  Research and development (R&D) expenses increased to $12.4 million from $6.5 million for the fiscal 2016 first quarter.  Selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses were $21.3 million compared with $15.5 million.  Acquisition and integration-related expenses were $1.4 million compared with $3.9 million in the prior-year first quarter.  In the first quarter of fiscal 2017, the company recorded restructuring expenses of $2.1 million related to a cost reduction plan implemented in February 2016.  Also in the first quarter of fiscal 2017, the company recorded an impairment charge of $65.1 million related to the intangible asset value attributable to Methylphenidate Hydrochloride Extended-Release tablets.  Operating loss was $20.3 million versus operating income of $51.4 million.  Income tax benefit was $12.9 million compared to income tax expense of $17.1 million in the prior-year first quarter.  Interest expense was $23.0 million compared with $60 thousand for the first quarter of fiscal 2016.  Net loss attributable to Lannett was $29.4 million, or $0.80 per share, compared to net income attributable to Lannett of $33.2 million, or $0.89 per diluted share, for the fiscal 2016 first quarter. 

For the fiscal 2017 first quarter reported on a Non-GAAP basis, adjusted net sales increased to $161.6 million from $106.4 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2016.  Adjusted gross profit was $94.0 million, or 58% of adjusted net sales, compared with $77.8 million, or 73% of adjusted net sales, for the fiscal 2016 first quarter.  Adjusted R&D expenses increased to $12.4 million from $6.5 million.  Adjusted SG&A expenses were $20.9 million compared with $13.9 million.  Adjusted operating income increased to $60.7 million from $57.3 million for the prior-year first quarter.  Adjusted net income attributable to Lannett was $29.0 million, or $0.77 per diluted share, compared with $37.1 million, or $0.99 per diluted share, for the fiscal 2016 first quarter.

Guidance for Fiscal 2017
The company has revised its GAAP guidance to reflect, among other things, the non-cash impairment charge of approximately $65 million.  On an adjusted basis, the company expects profitability to modestly improve.  Based on its current outlook, the company revised financial guidance for the 2017 fiscal year as follows:


GAAP

Adjusted

Net sales

$675 million to $685 million; down from $690 million to $700 million

$675 million to $685 million; down from $690 million to $700 million

Gross margin %

51.5% to 52.5%, up from 50% to 51%

57.5% to 58.5%; up from 55% to 56%

R&D expense

$49 million to $51 million; unchanged

$49 million to $51 million; unchanged

SG&A expense

$72 million to $74 million, up from $68 million to $70 million;

$70 million to $72 million; up from $67 million to $69 million

Acquisition related, integration and restructuring expense

$10 million to $11 million; unchanged

$0; unchanged

Impairment charge

$65 million

$0

Interest expense

$90 million to $91 million; down from $93 million to $94 million

$71 million to $72 million; unchanged

Effective tax rate

Approximately 34%; unchanged

Approximately 34%, unchanged

Capital expenditures

$55 million to $65 million; unchanged

$55 million to $65 million; unchanged

 

Conference Call Information and Forward-Looking Statements
Later today, the company will host a conference call at 4:30 p.m. ET to review its results of operations for the fiscal 2017 first quarter ended September 30, 2016.  The conference call will be available to interested parties by dialing 888-771-4371 from the U.S. or Canada, or 847-585-4405 from international locations, passcode 43660920.  The call will be broadcast via the Internet at www.lannett.com.  Listeners are encouraged to visit the website at least 10 minutes prior to the start of the scheduled presentation to register, download and install any necessary audio software.  A playback of the call will be archived and accessible on the same website for at least three months.

Discussion during the conference call may include forward-looking statements regarding such topics as, but not limited to, the company's financial status and performance, regulatory and operational developments, and any comments the company may make about its future plans or prospects in response to questions from participants on the conference call.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
This news release contains references to Non-GAAP financial measures, including Adjusted net income attributable to the Company, and its components, as well as Adjusted earnings per diluted share, which are financial measures that are not prepared in conformity with United States generally accepted accounting principles (U.S. GAAP).  Management uses these measures internally for evaluating its operating performance.  The Company's management believes that the presentation of Non-GAAP financial measures provides useful supplementary information regarding operational performance, because it enhances an investor's overall understanding of the financial results for the Company's core business.  Additionally, it provides a basis for the comparison of the financial results for the Company's core business between current, past and future periods.  Non-GAAP financial measures should be considered only as a supplement to, and not as a substitute for or as a superior measure to, financial measures prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP.  Detailed reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures are included with this release.

Adjusted net income and Adjusted earnings per diluted share exclude, among others, the effects of (1) amortization of purchased intangibles and other purchase accounting entries, (2) acquisition and integration-related expenses, (3) impairment charge, (4) non-cash interest expense, as well as (5) certain other items considered unusual or non-recurring in nature. 

About Lannett Company, Inc.:
Lannett Company, founded in 1942, develops, manufactures, packages, markets and distributes generic pharmaceutical products for a wide range of medical indications see financial schedule below for net sales by medical indication.  For more information, visit the company's website at www.lannett.com.

This news release contains certain statements of a forward-looking nature relating to future events or future business performance.  Any such statements, including, but not limited to, realizing the expected benefits of optimizing operations, enhancing efficiencies, significantly reducing costs, expanding the pipeline, receiving approval and successfully commercializing the company's proprietary product, commercializing product approvals including Buprenorphine and Naloxone sublingual tablets, and achieving the financial metrics stated in the company's guidance for fiscal 2017, whether expressed or implied, are subject to risks and uncertainties which can cause actual results to differ materially from those currently anticipated due to a number of factors which include, but are not limited to, the difficulty in predicting the timing or outcome of FDA or other regulatory approvals or actions, the ability to successfully commercialize products upon approval, including acquired products, and Lannett's estimated or anticipated future financial results, future inventory levels, future competition or pricing, future levels of operating expenses, product development efforts or performance, and other risk factors discussed in the company's Form 10-K and other documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time.  These forward-looking statements represent the company's judgment as of the date of this news release.  The company disclaims any intent or obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

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