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Abaxis, Inc. (ABAX) Reports Financial Performance for the Fourth Quarter And Fiscal 2012  
4/27/2012 10:02:51 AM

UNION CITY, Calif., April 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Abaxis, Inc. (NasdaqGS: ABAX), a medical products company manufacturing point-of-care blood analysis systems, today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended March 31, 2012.

Record fourth quarter and fiscal 2012 results include:

  • Revenues of $42.7 million, up 14% over last year's comparable quarter, and $156.6 million for fiscal 2012, up 9% year-over-year.
  • North America revenues of $35.4 million, up 16% over last year's comparable quarter, and $129.0 million for fiscal 2012, up 9% year-over-year.
  • Veterinary market sales of $34.1 million, up 19% over last year's comparable quarter, and $121.8 million for fiscal 2012, up 12% year-over-year.
  • Total medical and veterinary instrument sales of $9.8 million, up 25% over last year's comparable quarter, and $35.2 million for fiscal 2012, up 10% year-over-year.
  • Total medical and veterinary instrument sales of 1,312 units, up 22% over last year's comparable quarter, and 4,751 units for fiscal 2012, up 9% year-over-year.
  • Operating income of $6.4 million for the quarter, up 22% over last year's comparable quarter.
  • Net income of $4.7 million for the quarter, up 40% over last year's comparable quarter.

Other fourth quarter and fiscal 2012 key results include:

  • International revenues of $7.3 million, up 5% over last year's comparable quarter, and $27.6 million for fiscal 2012, up 8% year-over-year.
  • Total medical and veterinary reagent disc sales of $23.8 million, up 6% over last year's comparable quarter, and $87.7 million for fiscal 2012, up 8% year-over-year.
  • Total medical and veterinary reagent disc sales of 1.8 million units, same as last year's comparable quarter, and 6.8 million units for fiscal 2012, up 5% year-over-year.
  • Operating income of $19.5 million for fiscal 2012, down 13% year-over-year.
  • Net income of $13.1 million for fiscal 2012, down 10% year-over-year.

Quarterly Results: For the fiscal quarter ended March 31, 2012, Abaxis reported revenues of $42.7 million, as compared with revenues of $37.5 million for the comparable period last year, an increase of 14 percent. Revenues from sales of instruments, which include chemistry analyzers, hematology instruments, VSpro coagulation and specialty analyzers and i-STAT analyzers, increased by an aggregate of $2.0 million or 25 percent, over the same period last year. Revenues from sales of consumables, which include reagent discs, hematology reagent kits, VSpro coagulation and specialty cartridges, i-STAT cartridges and rapid tests, increased by an aggregate of $3.0 million, or 11 percent, over the same period last year. Abaxis reported net income of $4.7 million for the fiscal quarter ended March 31, 2012, compared to $3.4 million for the same period last year, an increase of 40 percent. Abaxis' effective tax rate in the quarter ended March 31, 2012 was 32 percent, compared to 41 percent for the same period last year. Abaxis reported diluted net income per share of $0.21 (calculated based on 22,070,000 shares) for the three-month period ended March 31, 2012, compared to $0.15 per share (calculated based on 23,013,000 shares) for the same period last year.

Fiscal 2012 Results: For the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012, Abaxis reported revenues of $156.6 million, as compared with revenues of $143.7 million for the prior year, an increase of 9 percent. Revenues from instrument sales increased by an aggregate of $3.1 million, or 10 percent, over the prior year. Revenues from consumables sales increased by an aggregate of $10.9 million, or 11 percent, over the prior year. Total medical and veterinary instrument sales were 4,751 units, up 9 percent over the prior year. Abaxis reported net income of $13.1 million, compared to $14.5 million for the prior year. Abaxis' effective tax rate in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012, was 35 percent, compared to 38 percent for the prior year. Abaxis reported diluted net income per share of $0.58 (calculated based on 22,462,000 shares) for fiscal 2012, compared to $0.64 per share (calculated based on 22,858,000 shares) for fiscal 2011.

Other Reported Information: Total sales in the medical market for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 were $7.6 million, which were flat, compared to the same period last year. Medical sales worldwide, excluding sales to the U.S. government, during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 were $7.2 million, an increase of 3 percent, compared to the same period last year. Total sales in the veterinary market for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 were $34.1 million, an increase of 19 percent, compared to the same period last year. Veterinary reagent disc sales for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 were $18.9 million, an increase of 11 percent compared to the same period last year. Non-cash compensation expense recognized for share-based awards during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 was $1.5 million, compared to $1.3 million for the same period last year.

Clint Severson, chairman and chief executive officer of Abaxis, commented, "We are very pleased with the operational and financial results of the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2012. We achieved at a very high level and set records across the board on a number of critical metrics including revenues and instrument and reagent disc sales. For the fourth quarter we achieved double-digit total revenue increases, driven in large part by strong increases in North American revenues. Unit sales of medical and veterinary instruments increased 22%, which in turn drove a 25% increase in medical and veterinary instrument revenues for the quarter. These are all record levels for the company."

"On the expense side of the ledger, we continue to make investments in expanding our direct sales and marketing capabilities as well as maintaining our commitment to research and development in improving our existing product lines and developing new products for the future. We remain committed to the successful operation of our Abaxis Veterinary Reference Laboratories (AVRL), as they become more fully established and able to support operations from their internal cash flow. Additionally, we have established a new distribution center in Europe, allowing us to better serve our customers. These investments had an impact on the amount we were able to bring to the bottom line for the full 2012 fiscal year, and position us for continued strong growth in the years ahead."

Mr. Severson concluded, "The results of the year are a testament to the focus and dedication of the entire Abaxis team. Although global economic conditions continue to pose challenges on a day-to-day basis, our team continues to execute at the highest levels and produce record results. As a result of this focus on execution, consumables sales, the recurring component of our revenue stream, now stands at 73% of total revenues which is an all-time high for Abaxis. This is a strong validation of our business model and bodes well for the future. Clearly, we closed fiscal year 2012 on a strong note, but more importantly, we have set the stage for continued growth in the coming years. A key contributor to this growth and an integral part of the executive management team at Abaxis, has been Martin Mulroy, Vice President of Animal Health Sales and Marketing, since May 2006. I am pleased to announce the Board of Directors have approved the promotion of Martin to Chief Commercial Officer effective April 25, 2012. I would like to congratulate Martin on his new position and we expect even greater contributions going forward."

Conference Call

Abaxis has scheduled a conference call to discuss its results at 4:15 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, April 26, 2012. Participants can dial (877) 317-6789 or (412) 317-6759 to access the conference call, or can listen via a live Internet web cast, 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 10012997, through May 4, 2012. 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 develops, manufactures, markets and sells portable blood analysis systems for use in any veterinary or human patient-care setting to provide clinicians with rapid blood constituent measurements. The system consists of a compact, 5.1 kilogram (11.2 pounds), portable analyzer and a series of single-use plastic discs, called reagent discs that contain all the chemicals required to perform a panel of up to 13 tests on veterinary patients and 14 tests on human patients. The system can be operated with minimal training and performs multiple routine tests on whole blood, serum or plasma samples. The system provides test results in less than 12 minutes with the precision and accuracy equivalent to a clinical laboratory analyzer. The veterinary business also provides to the animal health and research market a line of hematology instruments for point-of-care complete blood counts (CBC), a specialty instrument to screen for and detect clotting disorders and to measure equine fibrinogen levels, a handheld instrument for the rapid assessment of certain critical care tests and rapid point-of-care tests for Heartworm infections, Parvovirus, Giardia and Lyme disease. Abaxis, through its AVRL division, provides routine laboratory testing as well as specialty testing for veterinarians nationwide.


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