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Cepheid (CPHD) Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2012 Results  
1/25/2013 6:38:52 AM

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Jan. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Cepheid (Nasdaq: CPHD) today reported revenue for the fourth quarter of 2012 of $92.4 million. Net income was $5.6 million, or $0.08 per share, which compares to revenue of $80.1 million and net loss of $1.6 million, or $(0.03) per share, in the fourth quarter of 2011. 2011 fourth quarter results reflected a one-time, non-cash charge to cost of sales of $5.4 million, or $0.08 per share, associated with the termination of a patent license.

Excluding stock compensation expenses, impairment of intangible assets and licensesand amortization of acquired intangibles, non-GAAP net income for the fourth quarter of 2012 was $14.2 million, or $0.20 per share. This compares to a non-GAAP net income of $9.4 million, or $0.14 per share, in the fourth quarter of 2011.

Fiscal 2012 Overview

For the year ended December 31, 2012, Cepheid reported revenue of $331.2 million which compares to revenue of $277.6 million in 2011. Net loss for the year was $20.0 million, or $(0.30) per share, which compares to net income of $2.6 million, or $0.04 per share, in 2011. 2012 full year net loss reflected a charge of $15.1 million, or $0.23 per share, associated with a litigation settlement.

Excluding stock compensation expenses, a litigation settlement charge, impairment of intangible assets and licenses,amortization of acquired intangibles and a tax benefit related to an intercompany intellectual property transaction, non-GAAP net income for the year was $21.8 million, or $0.31 per share. This compares to a non-GAAP net income of $29.6 million, or $0.44 per share, for the full year 2011.

"2012 was a challenging year for Cepheid as we worked through growing pains associated with the scale-up of our manufacturing operations and adapted to the incremental variability associated with our HBDC program," said John Bishop, Cepheid's Chief Executive Officer. "Despite these distractions, we were able to grow our clinical test revenue by 32%, including 25% growth in our commercial business."

Continued Bishop, "We are proud of our commitment to innovation, and our investment in R&D continues to be among the most aggressive in the industry. As we move into 2013 and beyond, Cepheid is entering a pivotal period of Xpert test menu expansion with a number of high volume, high value tests that substantially extend our opportunities in new and existing markets. We fully expect this product cycle to drive both market expansion and menu consolidation within accounts thereby benefiting continued, industry-leading revenue growth and improving profitability."

Operational Overview

Fourth quarter of 2012 Clinical sales of $82.2 million grew 19% from $68.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2011, and total fourth quarter of 2012 product sales of $89.7 million grew 17% from the same quarter a year ago. For the year ended December 31, 2012, total Clinical sales of $286.3 million grew 21% from $236.0 million reported for 2011.

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