Heska Reports Second Quarter Results


LOVELAND, Colo., Aug. 7, 2018 /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, 2018. The Company reports results in two segments: Core Companion Animal ("CCA") and Other Vaccines & Pharmaceuticals ("OVP"). The Company forecast provided during the May 15, 2018 Analyst Day in New York is referred to in this release as "Outlook"(1).

Second Quarter 2018 Highlights with Second Quarter Prior Year and Outlook Comparisons:

  • Net revenue down 11.2% to $29.7 million (Outlook $30.0 million)
    • CCA segment revenue up 2.1% to $26.6 million
      Point of Care Laboratory Consumables revenue up 16.0%
      Point of Care Imaging revenue down 8.2%
    • OVP segment revenue down 58.7% to $3.0 million
  • Consolidated gross margin down 70 basis points (bps) to 44.0% (Outlook 43%) due to OVP plant utilization charges and product mix (impact of approximately 390 bps)
    • CCA segment gross margin up 190 bps to 49.5%
    • OVP segment gross margin down 3,800 bps to -3.7%
  • Operating income down 51.7% to $2.2 million (Outlook $1.7 million)
  • Operating margin down 630 bps to 7.4% (Outlook 5.7%)
  • Net income attributable to Heska down 43.1% to $1.9 million
  • Diluted earnings per share down 45.8% to $0.24

Kevin Wilson, Heska's Chief Executive Officer and President, commented, "I am pleased with this quarter's results, which are in line with our quarter and full year Outlook. The second quarter exceeded our Outlook for gross margin by 100 bps and operating margin by 170 bps, while coming in lower by 1% for revenues. We continue to focus on growing our highest quality revenue streams and are having success in key areas such as Point of Care Laboratory Consumables, which rose 16% to overcome short term and expected declines in Point of Care Imaging, which we indicated would be volatile as it normalizes to deliver 10% to 12% growth for the full year. Gross margin in our key Point of Care Laboratory business line rose a healthy 240 bps, leading our CCA segment gross margins up 190 bps to 49.5%. Emphasis on these higher quality revenues improved company-wide operating profitability while offsetting an expected 3,800 basis point decrease to -3.7% in the OVP segment gross margins primarily from anticipated OVP product mix and plant utilization factors."

"For the full year, we continue to anticipate (i) OVP segment achieving our Outlook for approximately 22% gross margins, with higher margin shipments skewed to the fourth quarter, (ii) consolidated gross margin expansion from healthy sales growth and margins in key CCA segment business lines, and (iii) 15-20% in Point of Care Laboratory Consumables and 10-12% in Imaging sales growth," added Mr. Wilson.

"In mid-May, Heska was selected to partner with Pathway Vet Alliance, which provides state of the art pet healthcare in the United States in over 150 full-service hospitals staffed by over 3,000 dedicated employees. When combined with Heska's Pet Vet Care Centers agreement win as the new year began, we have largely secured the corporately owned group hospital commitments to meet Heska's market share goals from this class of customer for 2018. Entering the second half of the year, we are focused on installing and delighting these large, multi-year customers, even as we continue to track additional opportunities with other groups."

Mr. Wilson continued, "The new Element DC5x dry chemistry analyzer began shipping in quantity to large volume domestic hospitals late in the period; the DC5x launch has gone well and these higher volume customers are responding favorably. Product development projects and geographic expansion initiatives announced in our Outlook continue on pace with my expectations. In addition to these previously announced projects, after many years of effort, Heska is excited to announce today our plans to release in the coming few months what we believe is the world's most advanced rotor style chemistry solution for global animal health and veterinary markets. In anticipation of these launches, our North American field commercial team expansion from 85 to 105 customer focused professionals is on schedule and we continue work on our limited 2018 international launches and broad 2019 international launches."

"The global animal and pet healthcare industry continues to see favorable, broad-based trends that are increasingly driving meaningful investment and strategic consolidation activity," concluded Mr. Wilson. "As a leading provider and innovator in the space, Heska's customer base, product portfolio, product pipeline, expertise, and growth opportunities are company-specific strengths that point towards an important and rapidly scalable role for Heska in the race to serve animals and pets of all types and nationalities. As we enter the second half of 2018 and prepare for a very exciting 2019, we are focused on enhancing this important role and we remain convinced that the value creation opportunities ahead of Heska far outstrip our past successes."

Financial Results

2018 second quarter revenue was $29.7 million, an 11.2% decrease from $33.4 million in the second quarter of 2017. CCA segment revenue increased 2.1% to $26.6 million, up from $26.1 million in the second quarter of 2017, driven primarily by strong Point of Care Laboratory Consumables revenue increase of 16%, offset by a decrease in Instrument revenue of 10%, largely due to lower levels of non-core, lower margin infusion pump sales and a moderation of Imaging instrument sales in the current period as compared to the prior year period. For the first half of 2018, Imaging diagnostics are in-line with full year expectations of 12% growth over the prior year first half. OVP segment revenue decreased 59% to $3.0 million in the second quarter of 2018, from $7.3 million in the second quarter of 2017. The decrease is due to lower production and shipments related to contract manufacturing agreements.

Cost of Revenues
Second quarter 2018 gross profit declined 12.5% to $13.1 million, compared to $14.9 million in the prior year. Second quarter 2018 gross margin was 44.0%, a decline of 70 bps from the 44.7% gross margin in the second quarter of 2017. This decline is due to a decline in gross margin in the OVP segment to -3.7% in the second quarter of 2018, from 34.3% in the second quarter of 2017, resulting from plant utilization charges and unfavorable product mix in this year's second quarter period. Offsetting results in the OVP segment were rising margins in the CCA segment to 49.5%, up 190 bps over the prior year period, due primarily to sales of higher margin recurring Point of Care Laboratory Consumables under the Heska Reset program.

Total operating expenses in the second quarter of 2018 were $10.9 million (36.6% of sales), compared to $10.4 million (31.0% of sales), in the prior year. The increase in operating expenses is primarily due to an increase in stock compensation expense. Operating income decreased 51.7% to $2.2 million during the second quarter of 2018, compared to $4.6 million in the second quarter of 2017. Operating margin of 7.4% for the second quarter of 2018 was negatively impacted by OVP segment volume and product mix. Net income attributable to Heska Corporation decreased to $1.9 million, or $0.24 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2018, compared to $3.3 million, or $0.44 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2017.

Cash Flow
Cash flow from operations was $0.3 million for the second quarter of 2018 and $4.5 million for the first six months of 2018, as compared to $2.9 million for the second quarter of 2017 and $4.9 million for the six months ended 2017.

Income Taxes
The Company's effective income tax rate for the second quarter of 2018 was 10.2%, including 19.2% of tax rate benefit from stock-based compensation activity, compared to 32.9% for the second quarter of 2017. The Company estimates the discrete tax benefits associated with this activity was $0.5 million for the second quarter of 2018, or $0.05 of diluted earnings per share, which is comparable to the prior year period.

Balance Sheet
At June 30, 2018, Heska had $13.7 million in cash and cash equivalents, compared to $9.7 million as of December 31, 2017, and working capital of $42.5 million. Stockholders' equity increased to $109.9 million as of June 30, 2018, up from $100.4 million as of December 31, 2017.

Updated Consolidated Outlook for 2018(1)
Veterinary market indicators continue to point towards broad based industry growth, led by strong veterinary hospital pet visits, diagnostics utilization, industry earnings, and pricing. For the full year 2018, Heska continues to anticipate Point of Care Laboratory Consumables growth of between 15% and 20%, Point of Care Imaging growth of between 10% and 12%, and 1.5 to 2.0 competitive accounts share point gains in Point of Care Laboratory. Due to potentially (i) lower revenues from OVP segment contract manufacturing customers, (ii) lower CCA segment non-core infusion pumps and single use heartworm test sales, and (iii) higher ratios of operating versus capital lease treatment and extended installation schedules from corporate group customers in the second half, Heska's updated Outlook is for approximately $31.0 million of consolidated revenues for the third quarter, down from the prior forecast of $34.6 million, and approximately $135 million of consolidated revenues for the full year, down from the prior forecast of $139 million. Due to focus and strength in higher margin revenue lines, the Outlook full year operating margins is revised to be higher by 30-35 bps to approximately 11.8%, and operating income is expected to be unchanged at approximately $16.0 million. Heska continues to anticipate capital investments towards major product line extensions, research and development, licensing agreements, and geographic expansion.

(1) In addition to other statements, all Outlook and Updated Consolidated Outlook statements are forward-looking; See "Forward-Looking Statements".

Investor Conference Call
Management will conduct a conference call on August 7, 2018 at 9 a.m. MDT (11 a.m. EDT) to discuss the second quarter 2018 financial results. To participate, dial 1-888-394-8218 (domestic) or 1-323-701-0225 (international) and reference conference call access number 9053418. 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 until August 14, 2018. The telephone replay may be accessed by dialing 1- 844-512-2921 (domestic) or 1-412-317-6671 (international). The replay access number is 9053418. The webcast will also be archived on www.heska.com for 90 days.

About Heska
Heska Corporation (NASDAQ: HSKA - News) manufactures, develops and sells advanced veterinary diagnostic and specialty healthcare products. Heska's business is composed of Core Companion Animal Health ("CCA") segment, which represents approximately 80% of revenues, and Other Vaccines, Pharmaceuticals and Products ("OVP") segment. CCA segment includes, primarily for canine and feline use, Point of Care Laboratory testing instruments and consumables under a unique multi-year Reset Subscription model, digital imaging products, software and services, local and cloud-based data services, allergy testing and immunotherapy, and single use offerings such as in-clinic diagnostic tests and heartworm preventive products. OVP segment includes, primarily for herd animal health, private label vaccine and pharmaceutical production under third party agreements and channels. For further information on Heska and its products, visit www.heska.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
This announcement contains forward-looking statements regarding Heska's future financial and operating results. These statements are based on current expectations and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties. Investors should note that there is an inherent risk in using past results, including trends, to predict future outcomes, including financial results and perceived customer behavior. Factors that could affect the business and financial results of Heska generally include, but are not limited to, the following: risks related to reliance on third parties to develop and manufacture products for Heska; risks related to the commercialization of new products; uncertainties related to attempts to expand into international markets, including, but not limited to, uncertainties related to timing, profitability and currency effects; uncertainties related to Heska's ability to measure and predict trends in the veterinary market; uncertainties related to Heska's ability to measure and predict the effectiveness of commercial relationships; uncertainties related to the future impact of recent business development activity; risks related to Heska's reliance on third-party suppliers, which is substantial; competition; and other risks set forth in Heska's filings and future filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including those set forth in Heska's Annual Report on Form 10-K/A for the year ended December 31, 2017.

Financial Table Follows:

                                                                  HESKA CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

                                                             CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

                                                               (in thousands, except per share amounts)


                                                Three Months Ended                                   Six Months Ended
                                                   June 30,                                       June 30,

                                           2018                          2017                     2018                2017
                                           ----                          ----                     ----                ----


    Core companion animal health                   $26,644                                      $26,090                    $53,463  $49,875

    Other vaccines, pharmaceuticals and
     products                             3,018                           7,315                                8,964         13,089
                                          -----                           -----                                -----         ------

    Total revenue, net                   29,662                          33,405                               62,427         62,964

    Cost of revenue                      16,597                          18,476                               36,055         34,826
                                         ------                          ------                               ------         ------

    Gross profit                         13,065                          14,929                               26,372         28,138
                                         ------                          ------                               ------         ------

    Operating expenses:

    Selling and marketing                 5,944                           5,993                               12,084         12,093

    Research and development                559                             445                                1,229            975

    General and administrative            4,358                           3,931                                8,984          7,722
                                          -----                           -----                                -----          -----

    Total operating expenses             10,861                          10,369                               22,297         20,790
                                         ------                          ------                               ------         ------

    Operating income                      2,204                           4,560                                4,075          7,348

    Interest and other expense (income),
     net                                     92                           (118)                                  88          (180)
                                            ---                            ----                                  ---           ----

    Income before income taxes            2,112                           4,678                                3,987          7,528

    Income tax expense (benefit):

    Current income tax expense               12                              10                                   29             17

    Deferred income tax expense
     (benefit)                              203                           1,529                                 (94)            69
                                            ---                           -----                                  ---            ---

    Total income tax expense (benefit)      215                           1,539                                 (65)            86
                                            ---                           -----                                  ---            ---

    Net income                            1,897                           3,139                                4,052          7,442
                                          -----                           -----                                -----          -----

    Net loss attributable to non-
     controlling interest                     -                          (194)                                   -         (498)
                                            ---                           ----                                  ---          ----

    Net income attributable to Heska
     Corporation                                    $1,897                                       $3,333                     $4,052   $7,940
                                                    ======                                       ======                     ======   ======

    Basic earnings per share
     attributable to Heska Corporation               $0.26                                        $0.47                      $0.57    $1.14
                                                     =====                                        =====                      =====    =====

    Diluted earnings per share
     attributable to Heska Corporation               $0.24                                        $0.44                      $0.52    $1.05
                                                     =====                                        =====                      =====    =====

    Weighted average outstanding shares
     used to compute basic earnings per
     share attributable to Heska
     Corporation                          7,226                           7,069                                7,146          6,967
                                          =====                           =====                                =====          =====

    Weighted average outstanding shares
     used to compute diluted earnings
     per share attributable to Heska
     Corporation                          7,850                           7,632                                7,781          7,570
                                          =====                           =====                                =====          =====


                                                                      HESKA CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

                                                                     CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

                                                                                (in thousands)

                                                                                                           June 30,           December 31,

                                                                                                                2018               2017*
                                                                                                                ----              ----



    Current Assets:

    Cash and cash equivalents                                                                                         $13,675                   $9,659

    Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $219 and $215,
     respectively                                                                                             12,999                   15,710

    Due from - related parties                                                                                     -                       1

    Inventories, net                                                                                          28,873                   32,596

    Lease receivable, current, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $36 and $0,
     respectively                                                                                              2,593                    2,069

    Contract acquisition costs, current                                                                          865                       30

    Other current assets                                                                                       3,073                    3,066
                                                                                                               -----                    -----

    Total current assets                                                                                      62,078                   63,131

    Property and equipment, net                                                                               16,587                   17,331

    Goodwill                                                                                                  26,673                   26,687

    Other intangible assets, net                                                                               1,764                    1,958

    Deferred tax asset, net                                                                                   11,970                   11,877

    Lease receivable, non-current                                                                             11,141                    9,615

    Contract acquisition costs, non-current                                                                    1,623                        3

    Other non-current assets                                                                                   6,191                    5,185

    Total assets                                                                                                     $138,027                 $135,787
                                                                                                                     ========                 ========


    Current liabilities:

    Accounts payable                                                                                                   $7,038                   $9,489

    Due to - related parties                                                                                     367                    1,828

    Accrued liabilities                                                                                        3,143                    4,417

    Current portion of deferred revenue                                                                        3,008                    3,992

    Line of credit and other short-term borrowings                                                             6,019                    6,000

    Total current liabilities                                                                                 19,575                   25,726

    Long-term liabilities                                                                                      8,530                    9,621
                                                                                                               -----                    -----

    Total liabilities                                                                                         28,105                   35,347

    Stockholders' equity                                                                                     109,922                  100,440

    Total liabilities and stockholders' equity                                                                       $138,027                 $135,787
                                                                                                                     ========                 ========

    * December 31, 2017 amounts are
     derived from the December 31,
     2017 audited Consolidated
     Financial Statements,
     reclassified to conform to
     current year presentation.


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