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Waters Reports First Quarter 2014 Financial Results

MILFORD, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr. 29, 2014-- Waters Corporation (NYSE/WAT) reported today first quarter 2014 sales of $431 million, essentially flat versus sales of $430 million in the first quarter of 2013. In the quarter, the effect of foreign currency translation was neutral to sales growth. On a GAAP basis, earnings per diluted share (E.P.S.) for the first quarter of 2014 were $0.82 compared to $1.39 for the first quarter of 2013. On a non-GAAP basis, including the adjustments in the attached reconciliation, E.P.S. were down 14% to $0.92 compared to $1.07 in the prior year quarter. A description and reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP E.P.S. is attached and can be found on the Company’s website at http://www.waters.com under the caption Investors.

Commenting on the quarter, Douglas A. Berthiaume, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer, said, “Sales in the quarter were below our expectations due primarily to a combination of slower growth in Asia and delays in the release of capital budgets, most significantly in the United States. Foreign currency translation and a higher operating tax rate negatively affected E.P.S in comparison to the 2013 first quarter’s results.”

As communicated in a prior press release, Waters Corporation will webcast its first quarter 2014 financial results conference call this morning, April 29, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. eastern time. To listen to the call, connect to www.waters.com, choose “Investor Relations” and click on the “Live Webcast”. A replay will be available through May 6, 2014 at midnight eastern time, similarly by webcast and also by phone at 402-220-9786.

About Waters Corporation

For over 50 years, Waters Corporation (NYSE:WAT) has created business advantages for laboratory-dependent organizations by delivering practical and sustainable innovation to enable significant advancements in such areas as healthcare delivery, environmental management, food safety, and water quality worldwide.

Pioneering a connected portfolio of separations science, laboratory information management, mass spectrometry and thermal analysis, Waters technology breakthroughs and laboratory solutions provide an enduring platform for customer success.

With revenue of $1.9 billion in 2013, Waters is driving scientific discovery and operational excellence for customers worldwide.

CAUTIONARY STATEMENT

This release may contain “forward-looking” statements regarding future results and events. For this purpose, any statements that are not statements of historical fact may be deemed forward-looking statements. Without limiting the foregoing, the words, “feels”, “believes”, “anticipates”, “plans”, “expects”, “intends”, “suggests”, “appears”, “estimates”, “projects”, and similar expressions, whether in the negative or affirmative, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. The Company’s actual future results may differ significantly from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements within this release for a variety of reasons, including and without limitation, uncertainties relating to organizational/leadership transition plans; the impact on demand among the Company’s various market sectors from economic, sovereign and political uncertainties; fluctuations in expenditures by the Company’s customers, in particular large pharmaceutical companies; introduction of competing products by other companies and loss of market share; pressures on prices from competitors and/or customers; regulatory, economic and competitive obstacles to new product introductions; other changes in demand from the effect of mergers and acquisitions by the Company’s customers; increased regulatory burdens as the Company’s business evolves, especially with respect to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, among others; shifts in taxable income in jurisdictions with different effective tax rates; the outcome of tax examinations or changes in respective country legislation affecting the Company’s effective tax rate; the ability to access capital, maintain liquidity and service our debt in volatile market conditions, particularly in the U.S., as a large portion of the Company’s cash is held and operating cash flows are generated outside the U.S.; environmental and logistical obstacles affecting the distribution of products; risks associated with lawsuits and other legal actions, particularly involving claims for infringement of patents and other intellectual property rights; and foreign exchange rate fluctuations potentially affecting translation of the Company’s future non-U.S. operating results. Such factors and others are discussed more fully in the sections entitled “Forward-Looking Statements” and “Risk Factors” of the Company’s annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013 as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which “Forward-Looking Statements” and “Risk Factors” discussions are incorporated by reference in this release. The forward-looking statements included in this release represent the Company’s estimates or views as of the date of this release report and should not be relied upon as representing the Company’s estimates or views as of any date subsequent to the date of this release.

 
Waters Corporation and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(In thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
           
(Unaudited)
Three Months Ended
March 29, 2014 March 30, 2013
 
Net sales $ 430,508 $ 430,338
Cost of sales 187,719 174,568
 
Gross profit 242,789 255,770
 
Selling and administrative expenses 126,635 118,660
Research and development expenses 24,746 25,312
Purchased intangibles amortization 2,647 2,393
 
Operating income 88,761 109,405
 
Interest expense, net (6,031 ) (5,998 )
 
Income from operations before income taxes 82,730 103,407
 
Provision for income tax expense (benefit) 12,428 (17,652 )
 
Net income $ 70,302 $ 121,059
 
 
Net income per basic common share $ 0.83 $ 1.41
 
Weighted-average number of basic common shares 84,977 86,049
 
 
Net income per diluted common share $ 0.82 $ 1.39
 
Weighted-average number of diluted common shares and equivalents 85,873 87,215
 
 
Waters Corporation and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands and unaudited)
             
 
March 29, 2014 December 31, 2013
 
 
Cash, cash equivalents and investments 1,853,195 1,803,670
Accounts receivable 401,406 430,985
Inventories 266,629 242,800
Other current assets 86,479 78,800
Total current assets 2,607,709 2,556,255
 
Property, plant and equipment, net 329,880 324,932
Other assets 712,146 701,442
Total assets 3,649,735 3,582,629
 
 
Notes payable and debt 232,104 133,346
Accounts payable and accrued expenses 352,344 354,186
Total current liabilities 584,448 487,532
 
Long-term debt 1,100,000 1,190,000
Other long-term liabilities 145,915 141,924
Total liabilities 1,830,363 1,819,456
 
Total equity 1,819,372 1,763,173
Total liabilities and equity 3,649,735 3,582,629
 
 
Waters Corporation and Subsidiaries
Quarterly Reconciliation of GAAP to Adjusted Non-GAAP Financials
(in thousands, except per share data)
         
The 2014 and 2013 adjusted amounts presented below are used by the management of the Company to measure operating performance with prior periods and forecasts and are not in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). The Company believes that the use of Non-GAAP measures, such as Non-GAAP Earnings Per Share (EPS) and Non-GAAP Operating Income, help management and investors gain a better understanding of our core operating results and future trends, and is consistent with how management measures performance for purposes of executive compensation and forecasts the Company’s performance. The reconciliation identifies items management has excluded as non-operational transactions. Management has excluded the following items:
 
* Purchased Intangibles Amortization was excluded to allow for comparisons of operating results that are consistent over periods of time.
 
* Restructuring Costs, Asset Impairments, Acquisition-Related Costs and Other One-Time Costs were excluded as the Company believes that costs to consolidate operations, reduce overhead and complete acquisitions are infrequent or unusual and are not indicative of normal operating costs.
 
* Infrequent Income Tax Items were excluded as these costs and benefits are typically the result of audit examination settlements, updates in management's assessment of ongoing examinations or other unusual tax items and are not indicative of the Company’s normal or future income tax expense.
 
(Unaudited)
Three Months Ended
March 29, 2014       March 30, 2013
 
GAAP Selling and Administrative Expenses (including Purchased Intangibles Amortization) $ (129,282 ) $ (121,053 )
Purchased Intangibles Amortization 2,647 2,439
  Restructuring Costs, Asset Impairments, Acquisitions & Other One-Time Costs         8,318           1,027  
Adjusted Non-GAAP Selling & Administrative Expenses (including Purchased Intangibles Amortization) $ (118,317 )       $ (117,587 )
 
 
GAAP Operating Income $ 88,761 $ 109,405
Purchased Intangibles Amortization 2,647 2,439
  Restructuring Costs, Asset Impairments, Acquisitions & Other One-Time Costs         8,318           1,027  
Adjusted Non-GAAP Operating Income       $ 99,726         $ 112,871  
 
 
GAAP Provision for Income Tax (Expense) Benefit $ (12,428 ) $ 17,652
Purchased Intangibles Amortization (743 ) (706 )
Restructuring Costs, Asset Impairments, Acquisitions & Other One-Time Costs (2,760 ) (362 )
  Infrequent Income Tax Items         857           (30,040 )
Adjusted Non-GAAP Provision for Income Tax Expense       $ (15,074 )       $ (13,456 )
 
 
GAAP Net Income $ 70,302 $ 121,059
Purchased Intangibles Amortization 1,904 1,733
Restructuring Costs, Asset Impairments, Acquisitions & Other One-Time Costs 5,558 665
  Infrequent Income Tax Items

 

      857           (30,040 )
Adjusted Non-GAAP Net Income       $ 78,621         $ 93,417  
 
 
GAAP EPS $ 0.82 $ 1.39
Purchased Intangibles Amortization 0.02 0.02
Restructuring Costs, Asset Impairments, Acquisitions & Other One-Time Costs 0.06 0.01
  Infrequent Income Tax Items         0.01           (0.34 )
Adjusted Non-GAAP EPS       $ 0.92         $ 1.07  
 

Source: Waters Corporation

Waters Corporation
John Lynch, 508-482-2314
Vice President of Investor Relations