MILFORD, Mass., Jun 3, 2002 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Waters Corporation (NYSE:WAT) today reported that its technology partnership with GeneProt(TM) Inc. (GPI) announced in December 2001 has been revised to accommodate the delayed completion of GPI's proteomics facility in North Brunswick, NJ. The December 2001 agreement involved a $10 million increase in Waters' minority equity position in GPI to a total position of $14 million and the future purchase by GPI of approximately $20 million in instrument systems and services from Waters.
GPI has cancelled shipment of products and services as described in the December agreement and has agreed to pay a termination fee. This termination fee will not likely have an impact on diluted earnings per share (E.P.S.) in the quarter as the Company will also have to assess the valuation of its GPI equity investment.
Previous guidance from Waters anticipated $17 million in sales to the GPI North Brunswick facility in 2002 with approximately half expected in the second quarter and the remainder in the second half of this year. The purchase contract termination will result in an E.P.S. reduction in the current quarter of $0.03 and an additional E.P.S. reduction of $0.03 in the second half. At today's exchange rates, we expect that currency will be favorable to our previous guidance by $0.01 per quarter, or $0.03 for the remainder of the year. Therefore, our updated guidance incorporating these two factors results in an E.P.S of $0.29 per diluted share with the normal 1 to 2 cents per share tolerance for the quarter, and full year E.P.S. of between $1.32 and $1.37 per diluted share.
Waters plans to retain its minority equity position in GPI and continue to collaborate with researchers at GPI's site in Geneva, Switzerland. In addition, GPI has selected Waters as its preferred supplier for mass spectrometry and separations instruments when expansion plans are resumed.
Waters Corporation holds worldwide leading positions in three complementary analytical technologies - high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), mass spectrometry (MS) and thermal analysis (TA). These account for $4.2 billion of the overall $19 billion analytical instrumentation market.
Most statements contained herein are forward looking. All such statements reflect only current expectations and actual results may differ materially. The Company does not obligate or commit itself, by providing the guidance above, to update predictions. Many factors could cause results to differ from these statements including further adverse developments affecting GeneProt(TM) Inc. or its expansion plans, actual results of the Company for the balance of the quarter, loss of market share through competition, introduction of competing products by other companies, changes in the healthcare market and the pharmaceutical industry, changes in distribution of the Company's products and foreign exchange fluctuations. Many of these factors, as well as additional risk factors are set forth in the Company's Securities and Exchange Commission filings, in particular, the Company's Form 10-K for its fiscal year end December 31, 2001
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