Bio-Techne Releases Second Quarter Fiscal 2021 Results

 

 

MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 2, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Bio-Techne Corporation (NASDAQ:TECH) today reported its financial results for the second quarter ended December 31, 2020.

Second Quarter FY2021 Snapshot

  • Second quarter organic revenue increased by 19% (21% reported) to $224.3 million and 15% (16% reported) in the first half of fiscal 2021 to $428.5 million.  
  • GAAP EPS was $1.15 versus $3.02 one year ago primarily relating to a non-recurring gain of approximately $121 million in our ChemoCentryx investment in the second quarter of fiscal 2020. Delivered record adjusted earnings per share (EPS) of $1.62 versus $1.08 one year ago.  
  • Adjusted Operating Margin increased to 38.7% in the second quarter of fiscal 2021 compared to 33.4% in the second quarter of fiscal 2020.
  • Excellent commercial execution in both the Protein Sciences and Diagnostics and Genomics segments, with each delivering record organic growth of 19%.
  • Delivered record operating cash flows in the first half of fiscal 2021 while paying down approximately $125 million in outstanding debt.

The Company's financial statements are prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (GAAP). Adjusted EPS, adjusted earnings, adjusted gross margin, adjusted operating income, organic growth, and adjusted operating margin are non-GAAP measures that exclude certain items detailed later in this press release under the heading "Use of non-GAAP Adjusted Financial Measures." A reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP financial measures is included in this press release.

"I would like to thank the entire global Bio-Techne team for delivering such a stellar quarter," said Chuck Kummeth, President and Chief Executive Officer of Bio-Techne. "To achieve 19% organic growth, with only 3% attributed to Covid tailwinds, attests to the strong execution of our strategy we have implemented in recent years.  It's great to see this planning succeed in virtually all areas of our business.  We delivered this organic growth with a continued focus on profitability, as our adjusted operating margin improved over 500 basis points year over year to 38.7%."

Kummeth added, "The continued ramp of our high-growth platforms including Exosome Dx, Cell and Gene Therapy, GMP Proteins, proteomics instrumentation and genomics will be exciting to watch as we strive for continued double-digit organic growth.  Our expanded digital platform, increased global brand presence, and world class customer relationships has brought our renowned protein and antibody products (as well as our new platforms) to the forefront of the life science tools and diagnostics industry."

Second Quarter Fiscal 2021

Revenue

Net sales for the second quarter increased 21% to $224.3 million. Organic growth was 19% compared to the prior year, with foreign currency exchange having a favorable impact of 2% and acquisitions contributing an immaterial amount to revenue growth.

GAAP Earnings Results

GAAP EPS decreased to $1.15 per diluted share, versus $3.02 in the same quarter last year. GAAP EPS was favorably impacted by a non-recurring gain of approximately $121 million on our ChemoCentryx investment in the second quarter of fiscal 2020. GAAP operating income for the second quarter of fiscal 2021 increased 37.9% to $51.0 million, compared to $37.0 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2020. GAAP operating margin was 22.7%, compared to 20.0% in the second quarter of fiscal 2020. GAAP operating margin compared to prior year was positively impacted by volume leverage and cost management.

Non-GAAP Earnings Results

Adjusted EPS increased to $1.62 per diluted share, versus $1.08 in the same quarter last year, an increase of 50%. Adjusted EPS increased due to revenue growth and operating margin expansion. Adjusted operating income for the second quarter of fiscal 2021 increased 40% compared to the second quarter of fiscal 2020. Adjusted operating margin was 38.7%, compared to 33.4% in the second quarter of fiscal 2020. Adjusted operating margin compared to the prior year was favorably impacted by volume leverage and cost management.

Segment Results

Management uses adjusted operating results to monitor and evaluate performance of the Company's business segments, as highlighted below.

Protein Sciences Segment

The Company's Protein Sciences segment is one of the world's leading suppliers of specialized proteins such as cytokines and growth factors, immunoassays, antibodies and reagents, to the biotechnology and academic research communities. Additionally, the segment provides an array of platforms useful in various areas of protein analysis. Protein Sciences segment's second quarter fiscal 2021 net sales were $172.2 million, an increase of 22% from $141.5 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2020. Organic growth for the segment was 19%, with foreign currency exchange having a favorable impact of 3% on revenue growth and acquisitions contributing an immaterial amount to revenue growth. Protein Sciences segment's operating margin was 46.6% in the second quarter of fiscal 2021 compared to 43.0% in the second quarter of fiscal 2020. The segment's operating margin compared to the prior year was positively impacted by volume leverage and cost management.

Diagnostics and Genomics Segment

The Company's Diagnostics and Genomics segment provides blood chemistry and blood gas quality controls, hematology instrument controls, immunoassays and other bulk and custom reagents for the in vitro diagnostic market. The Diagnostics and Genomics segment also develops and provides in situ hybridization products as well as exosome-based diagnostics for various pathologies, including prostate cancer. The Diagnostics and Genomics segment's second quarter fiscal 2021 net sales were $52.5 million, an increase of 20% from $43.8 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2020. Organic growth for the segment was 19% with foreign currency exchange having a 1% impact on revenue. The Diagnostics and Genomics segment's operating margin was 15.5% in the second quarter of fiscal 2021 compared to 2.2% in the second quarter of fiscal 2020. The segment's operating margin was favorably impacted by volume leverage and cost management.

Conference Call

Bio-Techne will host an earnings conference call today, February 2, 2021 at 8:00 a.m. CST. To listen, please dial 1-877-407-9208 or 1-201-493-6784 for international callers, and reference conference ID 13715028. The earnings call can also be accessed via webcast through the following link http://public.viavid.com/index.php?id=143031.

A recorded rebroadcast will be available for interested parties unable to participate in the live conference call by dialing 1-844-512-2921 or 1-412-317-6671 (for international callers) and referencing Conference ID 13715028. The replay will be available from 11:00 a.m. CST on Tuesday, February 2, 2021 until 11:00 p.m. CST on Tuesday, March 2, 2021.

Use of non-GAAP Adjusted Financial Measures:

This press release contains financial measures that have not been calculated in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the U.S. (GAAP). These non-GAAP measures include:

  • Organic growth
  • Adjusted diluted earnings per share
  • Adjusted net earnings
  • Adjusted gross margin
  • Adjusted operating income
  • Adjusted operating margin

We provide these measures as additional information regarding our operating results. We use these non-GAAP measures internally to evaluate our performance and in making financial and operational decisions, including with respect to incentive compensation. We believe that our presentation of these measures provides investors with greater transparency with respect to our results of operations and that these measures are useful for period-to-period comparison of results.

Our non-GAAP financial measure of organic growth represents revenue growth excluding revenue from acquisitions within the preceding 12 months as well as the impact of foreign currency. Excluding these measures provides more useful period-to-period comparison of revenue results as it excludes the impact of foreign currency exchange rates, which can vary significantly from period to period, and revenue from acquisitions that would not be included in the comparable prior period.

Our non-GAAP financial measures for adjusted gross margin, adjusted operating margin, and adjusted net earnings, in total and on a per share basis, exclude the costs recognized upon the sale of acquired inventory, amortization of acquisition intangibles, acquisition related expenses inclusive of the changes in fair value of contingent consideration, and other non-recurring items including non-recurring costs and gains. The Company excludes amortization of purchased intangible assets, purchase accounting adjustments, including costs recognized upon the sale of acquired inventory and acquisition-related expenses inclusive of the changes in fair value contingent consideration, and other non-recurring items including gains or losses on legal settlements and one-time assessments from this measure because they occur as a result of specific events, and are not reflective of our internal investments, the costs of developing, producing, supporting and selling our products, and the other ongoing costs to support our operating structure. Additionally, these amounts can vary significantly from period to period based on current activity.

The Company's non-GAAP adjusted operating margin and adjusted net earnings, in total and on a per share basis, also excludes stock-based compensation expense, which is inclusive of the employer portion of payroll taxes on those stock awards, restructuring, impairments of equity method investments, gain and losses from investments, and certain adjustments to income tax expense. Stock-based compensation is excluded from non-GAAP adjusted net earnings because of the nature of this charge, specifically the varying available valuation methodologies, subjective assumptions, variety of award types, and unpredictability of amount and timing of employer related tax obligations. Impairments of equity investments are excluded as they are not part of our day-to-day operating decisions. Additionally, gains and losses from other investments that are either isolated or cannot be expected to occur again with any predictability are excluded. Costs related to restructuring activities, including reducing overhead and consolidating facilities, are excluded because we believe they are not indicative of our normal operating costs. For the Eminence acquisition, amortization expense and costs of acquired inventory were adjusted in the net earnings calculation based on the Company's ownership percentage to calculate the adjusted net earnings per share attributable to Bio-Techne. The Company independently calculates a non-GAAP adjusted tax rate to be applied to the identified non-GAAP adjustments considering the impact of discrete items on these adjustments and the jurisdictional mix of the adjustments. In addition, the tax impact of other discrete and non-recurring charges which impact our reported GAAP tax rate are adjusted from net earnings. We believe these tax items can significantly affect the period-over-period assessment of operating results and not necessarily reflect costs and/or income associated with historical trends and future results.

Investors are encouraged to review the reconciliations of adjusted financial measures used in this press release to their most directly comparable GAAP financial measures as provided with the financial statements attached to this press release.

Forward Looking Statements:

Our press releases may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act. Such statements involve risks and uncertainties that may affect the actual results of operations. The following important factors, among others, have affected and, in the future, could affect the Company's actual results: the effect of new branding and marketing initiatives, the integration of new businesses and leadership, the introduction and acceptance of new products, the funding and focus of the types of research by the Company's customers, the impact of the growing number of producers of biotechnology research products and related price competition, general economic conditions, customer site closures or supply chain issues resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the impact of currency exchange rate fluctuations, and the costs and results of research and product development efforts of the Company and of companies in which the Company has invested or with which it has formed strategic relationships.

For additional information concerning such factors, see the section titled "Risk Factors" in the Company's annual report on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements we make in our press releases due to new information or future events. Investors are cautioned not to place undue emphasis on these statements.

Bio-Techne Corporation (NASDAQ: TECH) is a global life sciences company providing innovative tools and bioactive reagents for the research and clinical diagnostic communities. Bio-Techne products assist scientific investigations into biological processes and the nature and progress of specific diseases. They aid in drug discovery efforts and provide the means for accurate clinical tests and diagnoses. With thousands of products in its portfolio, Bio-Techne generated approximately $739 million in net sales in fiscal 2020 and has over 2,300 employees worldwide. For more information on Bio-Techne and its brands, please visit www.bio-techne.com.

Contact:

David Clair, Senior Director, Investor Relations & Corporate Development

 

David.Clair@bio-techne.com

 

612-656-4416 

 

BIO-TECHNE CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS

(In thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)

 
   

QUARTER

ENDED

   

SIX MONTHS

ENDED

 
   

12/31/20

   

12/31/19

   

12/31/20

   

12/31/19

 

Net sales

 

$

224,253

   

$

184,934

   

$

428,452

   

$

368,177

 

Cost of sales

   

73,353

     

63,531

     

139,821

     

128,361

 

Gross margin

   

150,900

     

121,403

     

288,631

     

239,816

 

Operating expenses:

                               

Selling, general and administrative

   

83,116

     

68,030

     

155,714

     

137,040

 

Research and development

   

16,789

     

16,381

     

32,830

     

32,459

 

Total operating expenses

   

99,905

     

84,411

     

188,544

     

169,499

 

Operating income

   

50,995

     

36,992

     

100,087

     

70,317

 

Other income (expense)

   

5,373

     

113,334

     

(4,381)

     

97,812

 

Earnings before income taxes

   

56,368

     

150,326

     

95,706

     

168,129

 

Income taxes

   

10,224

     

30,704

     

16,168

     

34,111

 

Net earnings, including noncontrolling interest

 

$

46,144

   

$

119,622

   

$

79,538

   

$

134,018

 

Net earnings attributable to noncontrolling interest

   

(130)

     

-

     

(130)

     

-

 

Net earnings attributable to Bio-Techne

   

46,274

     

119,622

     

79,668

     

134,018

 

Earnings per share:

                               

Basic

 

$

1.20

   

$

3.13

   

$

2.06

   

$

3.51

 

Diluted

 

$

1.15

   

$

3.02

   

$

1.98

   

$

3.40

 

Weighted average common shares outstanding:

                               

Basic

   

38,691

     

38,167

     

38,614

     

38,100

 

Diluted

   

40,257

     

39,550

     

40,135

     

39,370

 

 

BIO-TECHNE CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED BALANCE SHEETS

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)

 

ASSETS

 

12/31/20

   

6/30/20

 

Cash and equivalents

 

$

165,526

   

$

146,625

 

Short-term available-for-sale investments

   

117,426

     

124,268

 

Accounts receivable, net

   

128,243

     

122,534

 

Inventories

   

106,590

     

103,152

 

Other current assets

   

24,148

     

24,341

 

Total current assets

   

541,933

     

520,920

 
                 

Property and equipment, net

   

195,602

     

176,829

 

Right of use asset

   

68,154

     

71,465

 

Goodwill and intangible assets, net

   

1,250,838

     

1,244,853

 

Other assets

   

11,339

     

13,522

 

Total assets

 

$

2,067,866

   

$

2,027,589

 
                 

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

               

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

 

$

70,132

   

$

63,270

 

Contract liabilities

   

13,217

     

13,049

 

Income taxes payable

   

3,658

     

2,376

 

Contingent consideration payable

   

4,983

     

5,938

 

Operating lease liabilities – current

   

9,912

     

9,535

 

Current portion of long-term debt obligations

   

12,500

     

12,500

 

Other current liabilities

   

3,166

     

-

 

Total current liabilities

   

117,568

     

106,668

 
                 

Deferred income taxes

   

105,342

     

101,090

 

Long-term debt obligations

   

219,035

     

344,243

 

Operating lease liabilities

   

63,672

     

67,248

 

Long-term contingent consideration payable

   

5,599

     

199

 

Other long-term liabilities

   

25,796

     

26,949

 

Stockholders' equity

   

1,530,854

     

1,381,192

 

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

 

$

2,067,866

   

$

2,027,589

 

 

BIO-TECHNE CORPORATION

RECONCILIATION OF ADJUSTED GROSS MARGIN PERCENTAGE

(Unaudited)

 
   

QUARTER

ENDED

   

SIX MONTHS

ENDED

 
   

12/31/20

   

12/31/19

   

12/31/20

   

12/31/19

 

Gross margin percentage – GAAP

   

67.3

%

   

65.6

%

   

67.4

%

   

65.1

%

Identified adjustments:

                               

Costs recognized upon sale of acquired inventory

   

-

     

-

%

   

-

     

-

%

Amortization of intangibles

   

3.9

%

   

4.7

%

   

4.0

%

   

4.7

%

Stock compensation expense - COGS

   

0.3

%

   

0.3

     

0.3

%

   

0.2

 

Gross margin percentage - Adjusted

   

71.5

%

   

70.6

%

   

71.7

%

   

70.0

%

 

BIO-TECHNE CORPORATION

RECONCILIATION OF ADJUSTED OPERATING MARGIN PERCENTAGE

(Unaudited)

 
   

QUARTER

ENDED

   

SIX MONTHS

ENDED

 
   

12/31/20

   

12/31/19

   

12/31/20

   

12/31/19

 

Operating margin percentage – GAAP

   

22.7

%

   

20.0

%

   

23.4

%

   

19.1

%

Identified adjustments:

                               

Costs recognized upon sale of acquired inventory

   

-

     

-

%

   

-

     

-

%

Amortization of intangibles

   

6.8

%

   

8.2

%

   

7.1

%

   

8.2

%

Acquisition related expenses

   

2.0

%

   

-0.5

%

   

1.1

%

   

0.1

%

Stock-based compensation

   

7.2

%

   

5.7

%

   

6.9

%

   

5.3

%

Operating margin percentage - Adjusted

   

38.7

%

   

33.4

%

   

38.5

%

   

32.7

%

 

 

BIO-TECHNE CORPORATION

RECONCILIATION OF ADJUSTED NET EARNINGS and EARNINGS per SHARE

(In thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)

 
   

QUARTER

ENDED

   

SIX MONTHS

ENDED

 
   

12/31/20

   

12/31/19

   

12/31/20

   

12/31/19

 

Net earnings – GAAP attributable to Bio-Techne

 

$

46,274

   

$

119,622

   

$

79,668

   

$

134,018

 

Identified adjustments attributable to Bio-Techne:

                               

Costs recognized upon sale of acquired inventory

   

11

     

-

     

11

     

-

 

Amortization of intangibles

   

14,994

     

15,108

     

30,495

     

30,008

 

Acquisition related expenses

   

4,514

     

(787)

     

4,746

     

617

 

Stock-based compensation

   

16,225

     

10,618

     

29,558

     

19,418

 

Restructuring costs

   

142

     

-

     

142

     

-

 

Realized and unrealized loss (gain) on investments and Other

   

(10,197)

     

(120,449)

     

(5,846)

     

(110,048)

 

Tax impact of above adjustments

   

(3,041)

     

24,132

     

(7,936)

     

17,151

 

Tax impact of discrete items

   

(3,674)

     

(5,384)

     

(7,826)

     

(6,655)

 

Net earnings - Adjusted

 

$

65,248

   

$

42,860

   

$

123,012

   

$

84,510

 
                                 

Earnings per share - diluted – Adjusted

 

$

1.62

   

$

1.08

   

$

3.06

   

$

2.15

 

 

BIO-TECHNE CORPORATION

SEGMENT REVENUE

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)

 
   

QUARTER

ENDED

   

SIX MONTHS

ENDED

 
   

12/31/20

   

12/31/19

   

12/31/20

   

12/31/19

 

Protein Sciences segment revenue

 

$

172,179

   

$

141,517

   

$

326,625

   

$

282,512

 

Diagnostics and Genomics segment revenue

   

52,469

     

43,846

     

102,595

     

86,397

 

Intersegment revenue

   

(395)

     

(429)

     

(768)

     

(732)

 

Consolidated revenue

 

$

224,253

   

$

184,934

   

$

428,452

   

$

368,177

 

 

BIO-TECHNE CORPORATION

SEGMENT OPERATING INCOME

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)

 
   

QUARTER

ENDED

   

SIX MONTHS

ENDED

 
   

12/31/20

   

12/31/19

   

12/31/20

   

12/31/19

 

Protein Sciences segment operating income

 

$

80,246

   

$

60,872

   

$

150,598

   

$

120,410

 

Diagnostics and Genomics segment operating income

   

8,107

     

975

     

16,781

     

1,875

 

Segment operating income

   

88,353

     

61,847

     

167,379

     

122,285

 

Corporate general, selling, and administrative

   

(1,520)

     

(12)

     

(2,482)

     

(2,113)

 

Adjusted operating income

   

86,833

     

61,835

     

164,897

     

120,172

 

Cost recognized upon sale of acquired inventory

   

(23)

     

-

     

(23)

     

-

 

Amortization of intangibles

   

(15,027)

     

(15,108)

     

(30,528)

     

(30,008)

 

Acquisition related expenses

   

(4,421)

     

881

     

(4,558)

     

(429)

 

Stock-based compensation

   

(16,225)

     

(10,618)

     

(29,557)

     

(19,418)

 

Restructure costs

   

(142)

     

-

     

(142)

     

-

 

Operating income

 

$

50,995

   

$

36,990

   

$

100,087

   

$

70,317

 

 

Bio-Techne

 

 

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