QIAGEN reports results for third quarter and first nine months of 2015
Oct 28 2015

QIAGEN reports results for third quarter and first nine months of 2015

  • Q3 2015: Adjusted net sales $315 million (+2% CER, -7% reported); adjusted operating income $78 million; adjusted EPS $0.27 ($0.29 CER)
    • Adjusted net sales rise about 5% CER excluding approximately three percentage points of headwind from reduced U.S. HPV test sales
  • First nine months 2015: Adjusted net sales $933 million (+3% CER, -5% reported); adjusted operating income $225 million; adjusted EPS $0.74 ($0.81 CER)
    • Free cash flow rises 10% to $163 million
  • Growth drivers continue to lead solid underlying performance in 2015, providing about one-third of sales and advancing at a double-digit CER pace
  • QIAGEN reaffirms full-year 2015 expectations for higher adjusted net sales and earnings at CER; adverse impact on reported results from currency movements

Venlo, The Netherlands, October 28, 2015 – QIAGEN N.V. (NASDAQ: QGEN; Frankfurt Prime Standard: QIA) announced results of operations for the third quarter and first nine months of 2015, delivering higher adjusted net sales and earnings at constant exchange rates (CER) while moving ahead on initiatives to deliver a strong and sustained underlying business expansion.

“QIAGEN continues to move ahead on initiatives during 2015 to accelerate growth in 2016 and beyond, building up our portfolio of differentiated products and services designed to enable access to valuable molecular insights,” said Peer M. Schatz, Chief Executive Officer of QIAGEN N.V. “Results for the third quarter showed solid developments in our Academia, Pharma and Applied Testing customer classes leading our performance. Softer results were seen in Molecular Diagnostics, in part due to the timing of national tenders, while overall sales growth was also dampened by challenges in Japan and China.”

“The strategy of investing in growth drivers with sustainable momentum is paying off. These are already generating about one-third of net sales, and improving demand for other products complemented our performance as well. Highlights among the growth drivers in the third quarter include the performance of QuantiFERON-TB, the modern standard in testing for latent tuberculosis infection that continues to advance at a 20% CER growth pace as health organizations worldwide adopt more accurate screening approaches to help control tuberculosis. Also, we are seeing record expansion of our portfolio of pharma partnerships in the area of companion diagnostics. We are also excited about opportunities in next-generation sequencing and our expanding portfolio of instrument, consumable and bioinformatics solutions designed to help customers gain valuable insights using this technology. We are on track to introduce our GeneReader NGS System during the fourth quarter of 2015. We believe the continuing growth of our differentiated Sample to Insight portfolio puts QIAGEN on track to achieve our full-year goals for higher adjusted net sales and earnings in 2015 and prepares us for an even better performance in 2016.”

Third quarter 2015 results

 

 

 

Change

In $ millions, except per share information

Q3 2015

Q3 2014

$

CER

Net sales, adjusted

314.6

336.8

-7%

2%

Operating income, adjusted

78.3

84.8

-8%

 

Net income, adjusted

63.2

66.0

-4%

 

Diluted EPS, adjusted

$0.27

$0.27

 

 

Diluted EPS CER, adjusted

$0.29

$0.27

 

 

For information on adjusted figures, please refer to the reconciliation table accompanying this release. Adjusted net sales is a non-GAAP measure that includes all revenue contributions from bioinformatics acquisitions.


Adjusted net sales grew 2% at constant exchange rates (CER) in the third quarter of 2015, but declined 7% at actual rates due to approximately nine percentage points of adverse currency movements. Total CER growth reflected a moderation in instrument sales growth (+4% CER / 13% of sales) following robust growth in the first two quarters of 2015 compared to the same periods in 2014 as well as ongoing single-digit growth in consumables and related revenues (+1% CER / 87% of sales). About two percentage points came from the acquisition of the Enzymatics NGS technology and consumables portfolio (acquired in December 2014), while the rest of the business was largely stable compared to the third quarter of 2014. Excluding the expected impact of sharply lower U.S. sales of HPV (human papillomavirus) tests for cervical cancer screening, which created approximately three percentage points of headwind, adjusted net sales rose approximately 5% CER in the third quarter of 2015.

Operating income was $46.2 million in the third quarter of 2015, a decline of 8% from $50.3 million in the same period of 2014. Adjusted operating income, which excludes items such as business integration, acquisition-related costs and the amortization of intangible assets acquired in business combinations, fell 8% to $78.3 million from $84.8 million a year ago. The adjusted operating income margin remained steady at 25% of sales. Higher investments for new product launches and expansion of e-commerce channels in Sales and Marketing as well as a decline in the adjusted gross margin to 71% of sales were largely offset by reduced Research & Development investments and efficiency gains in General & Administration. Currency movements had a slightly positive impact on the adjusted operating income margin in the third quarter of 2015.

Net income attributable to owners of QIAGEN N.V. was $33.9 million, or $0.14 per diluted share (based on 237.1 million diluted shares) compared to $34.7 million, or $0.14 per share (based on 241.4 million diluted shares) a year ago. Adjusted net income was $63.2 million, or $0.27 per share ($0.29 CER), a decline from $66.0 million, or $0.27 per share, in the third quarter of 2014.

“Our performance for the first nine months of 2015 has been largely in line with our expectations and has prompted us to reaffirm our full-year goal for adjusted net sales growth of approximately 4% CER. We have also tightened our full-year adjusted EPS target to $1.16 CER per share, within our existing target range,” said Roland Sackers, Chief Financial Officer of QIAGEN N.V. “As expected, our results continue to face adverse currency movements against the U.S. dollar, our reporting currency, but the impact on the adjusted operating income margin remains limited due to the global distribution of our cost base. Even in light of the adverse currency trends, we have been able to generate double-digit gains in free cash flow. We have decided to make some incremental investments to support our business expansion, especially in the growth drivers and e-commerce activities, while seeking to improve efficiency and effectiveness. We will continue to use our healthy financial position for targeted value-creating acquisitions through disciplined capital allocation as well as to complete our third $100 million share repurchase program.” 

First nine months 2015 results

 

 

 

Change

In $ millions, except per share information

9M 2015

9M 2014

$

CER

Net sales, adjusted

932.7

985.4

-5%

3%

Operating income, adjusted

224.6

240.8

-7%

 

Net income, adjusted

175.6

180.6

-3%

 

Diluted EPS, adjusted

$0.74

$0.75

 

 

Diluted EPS CER, adjusted

$0.81

$0.75

 

 

For information on adjusted figures, please refer to the reconciliation table accompanying this release. Adjusted net sales is a non-GAAP measure that includes all revenue contributions from bioinformatics acquisitions.


Adjusted net sales rose 3% at constant exchange rates (CER) in the first nine months of 2015, but declined 5% on a reported basis due to approximately eight percentage points of adverse currency movements. All customer classes contributed to total growth of 3% CER based on double-digit gains in instruments (+10% CER / 12% of sales) and higher contributions from consumables and related revenues (+2% CER / 88% of sales). About two percentage points of total CER growth came from the acquisitions of the Enzymatics NGS technology and consumables portfolio (acquired in December 2014) and the BIOBASE bioinformatics business (acquired in April 2014), while sales in the rest of the business provided approximately one percentage point. Excluding the expected impact of sharply lower U.S. sales of HPV tests, which created approximately four percentage points of headwind, adjusted net sales rose approximately 7% CER in the first nine months of 2015.

Operating income was $121.3 million in the first nine months of 2015, down from $140.2 million in the same period of 2014. Adjusted operating income, which excludes items such as business integration, acquisition-related costs and the amortization of intangible assets acquired in business combinations, fell 7% to $224.6 million from $240.8 million in the year-ago period. The adjusted operating income margin was steady at 24% of net sales compared to the first nine months of 2014. Higher commercialization investments during 2015 into Sales & Marketing activities for new product launches, geographic expansion and e-commerce initiatives and a decline in the adjusted gross margin to 71% of sales were largely offset by reduced Research & Development spending and administration efficiencies. Currency movements in the first nine months of 2015 had a modestly positive impact on the adjusted operating income margin.

Net income attributable to owners of QIAGEN N.V. for the first nine months of 2015 was $78.5 million, or $0.33 per diluted share (based on 237.2 million diluted shares), compared to $90.8 million, or $0.38 per share (based on 241.7 million diluted shares) in the first nine months of 2014. Adjusted net income declined 3% to $175.6 million, or $0.74 per share ($0.81 CER) from $180.6 million, or $0.75 per share, in the year-ago period.

At September 30, 2015, cash and cash equivalents declined to $331.0 million from $392.7 million at December 31, 2014. Net cash provided by operating activities rose to $230.7 million in the first nine months of 2015 from $208.9 million in the same period of 2014, with free cash flow increasing 10% to $163.1 million from $148.7 million. Net cash used in investing activities was $17.1 million compared to $280.8 million in the same period of last year, which included purchases of short-term investments and payments for acquisitions in 2014. Net cash used in financing activities in the first nine months of 2015 was $262.2 million, primarily due to the repurchase of the 2024 convertible bond in early 2015, compared to cash provided by financing activities of $230.5 million in the year-ago period, which included proceeds from the issuance of the 2019 and 2021 convertible bonds.

Business review

An overview of adjusted net sales for the third quarter and first nine months of 2015 (growth rates in CER and sales contributions at actual rates), with the Enzymatics product portfolio acquisition (completed in December 2014) contributing to underlying performances in all customer classes:

Customer classes

Molecular Diagnostics (Q3 2015: -3% CER / 49% of sales) had a softer performance in the third quarter of 2015, delivering approximately 3% CER growth from the core portfolio while absorbing the ongoing expected decline in sales of U.S. HPV test products (-44% / 3% of sales). Instrument sales rose at a low-single-digit pace as strong revenue growth for the QIAsymphony and QIAcube automation systems was partially offset by weaker trends for other products and instrument services, while consumables and related revenues declined at a modest single-digit rate. The QuantiFERON-TB test, the modern gold standard for latent tuberculosis (TB) testing, maintained a 20% CER growth pace during the third quarter. The Personalized Healthcare portfolio posted higher sales on revenues from Pharma co-development agreements, but showed slower trends for companion diagnostic assays. Consumables sales related to the QIAsymphony automation platform advanced at a solid double-digit pace, while sales in other product areas of the portfolio faced a tough comparison to results in the year-ago quarter that included national tenders related to outbreaks. In the first nine months of 2015, Molecular Diagnostics sales rose 1% CER (+8% excluding U.S. HPV sales) and provided 49% of sales.

Applied Testing (Q3 2015: +6% CER / 9% of sales) delivered ongoing growth at a high-single-digit pace in consumables and related revenues, but faced a shift to lower instrument sales in the third quarter of 2015. All regions contributed to growth, which was led by business volume expansion in Human ID / forensics and veterinary diagnostics applications. In the first nine months of 2015, Applied Testing sales rose 7% CER and provided 9% of sales.

Pharma (Q3 2015: +6% CER / 20% of sales) maintained a solid year-on-year performance, advancing on similar single-digit gains in instrument sales and consumables and related revenues. The Americas and Europe / Middle East / Africa regions more than offset reduced contributions from Asia-Pacific / Japan. In the first nine months of 2015, Pharma sales rose 5% CER and provided 20% of sales.

Academia (Q3 2015: +6% CER / 22% of sales) benefited from solid single-digit sales growth in consumables and related revenues as well double-digit growth from instruments. Europe contributed double-digit sales growth, and the U.S. continued to see better customer funding sentiment, while results in Asia-Pacific / Japan were unchanged from the same period in 2014. In the first nine months of 2015, Academia sales rose 5% CER and provided 22% of sales.

Geographic regions

The Europe / Middle East / Africa region (Q3 2015: +6% CER / 32% of sales) led the geographic performance in the third quarter of 2015 on solid gains across the region, including Switzerland, Turkey and some Nordic countries. The Americas (Q3 2015: -1% CER / 48% of sales) was up 5% CER excluding U.S. HPV sales, led by the U.S. more than offsetting weaker results in Latin America. Asia-Pacific / Japan (Q3 2015: +1% CER / 18% of sales) was restrained by a significant double-digit CER sales decline in Japan and largely unchanged sales in China against the backdrop of robust growth in Korea and improving trends in Australia. The top seven emerging markets (Q3 2015: +3% CER / 14% of sales) achieved an 11% CER growth pace through the first nine months of 2015, but faced a slowdown during the third quarter of 2015 due to weaker trends in China, Mexico and Russia against gains in Turkey, India and South Korea.

Strategic transformation building momentum

QIAGEN is transforming its portfolio to build momentum and deliver more rapid, sustainable sales growth. These expansion efforts have more than offset the sharp decline of HPV test sales in the U.S. in recent years, with 2015 expected to be the final year of significant headwinds. A portfolio of growth drivers has been continually expanding at a double-digit CER sales pace in recent years, and also in the third quarter of 2015 while contributing about 32% of total sales compared to 29% a year earlier.

Among recent developments:

QIAsymphony extends its reach as content menu expands

Placements of the modular QIAsymphony platform, which offers customers Sample to Insight automation for medium-throughput molecular testing workflows, are on track for the 2015 goal of over 1,500 total cumulative placements, up from 1,250 at the end of 2014.

The first multiplex assay to run on the QIAsymphony platform, the RespiFast RG Panel, was launched in Europe with CE-IVD marking for detection and differentiation of 18 viruses and four bacteria that cause acute upper respiratory tract infections. QIAGEN also reached an agreement for Seegene Inc. to develop a pipeline of multiplex assay panels for QIAsymphony. The menu on QIAsymphony is considered the broadest in Europe and spans several disease areas.

Personalized Healthcare partnerships add to leadership

QIAGEN’s industry-leading portfolio of collaborations with pharmaceutical and biotech companies continued to grow at a record pace. Two new master collaboration agreements were signed in the third quarter of 2015, expanding the total to 12 publicly announced master collaboration agreements with pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical companies. QIAGEN also signed collaborations for co-development of tests based on several cancer-related biomarkers including IDH1/2, FGFR, BRAF and PI3K and for a range of different detection technologies that currently involves PCR, ModaPlex, QuantiFERON and next-generation sequencing (NGS).

A U.S. regulatory submission was completed for the therascreen® EGFR RGQ PCR Kit as a companion diagnostic, this time to guide the use of Clovis Oncology’s targeted therapy rociletinib, which was submitted for U.S. regulatory approval for the treatment of patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) harboring a T790M mutation in the EGFR gene. This kit also received U.S. regulatory approval during the third quarter of 2015 to guide the use of AstraZeneca’s IRESSA® (gefitinib) in patients with advanced or metastatic NSCLC.

QuantiFERON-TB grows with global fight against tuberculosis

The QuantiFERON-TB Gold test for latent tuberculosis, the modern alternative to the century-old tuberculin skin test, has been delivering the fastest growth momentum in Europe and North America, and complemented by expansion activities in the Asia-Pacific / Japan region. Adoption of the fourth-generation QuantiFERON-TB Gold Plus test accelerated during the third quarter in Europe and other markets where the CE-IVD version has been introduced, while development and regulatory efforts for the U.S. submission are moving ahead as planned.

Bioinformatics grows amid explosion in NGS data generation

The QIAGEN Clinical Insight (QCI) portfolio has been expanded to include QCI Analyze for secondary analysis of genomic data after sequencing in addition to QCI Interpret for understanding and interpreting the results. This evidence-based clinical decision support solution platform can be used by clinical labs for the interpretation and reporting of complex genomic variants from any NGS data.

QIAGEN has launched a new hereditary disease solution for research labs to accelerate solve rates in diagnostic odyssey cases while freeing up time and resources by enabling researchers to directly focus on the right causal candidates. The offering includes QIAGEN’s Biomedical Genomics Workbench, Biomedical Genomics Server Solution, Ingenuity® Variant Analysis and HGMD® Human Gene Mutation Database.

Next-generation sequencing solutions aim to drive clinical adoption

QIAGEN is preparing to introduce the GeneReader NGS System in the fourth quarter of 2015 with the ambition of addressing existing needs of lab customers for a simpler, more cost-effective and efficient way to take advantage of NGS technology and improve outcomes.

Final year of material headwinds from U.S. HPV franchise

QIAGEN’s digene HC2 HPV Test maintains the leading U.S. market share in cervical cancer screening despite aggressive price competition that has reduced sales in recent years. Pressure on HPV test sales in the U.S. (9M 2015: -48%, approximately 4% of sales) has continued. QIAGEN expects U.S. HPV sales to create 3-4 percentage points of headwind on total full-year 2015 adjusted net sales growth and represent approximately 3% of total sales on a full-year basis.

Increasing returns in third $100 million share repurchase

QIAGEN is committed to disciplined capital allocation that includes targeted acquisitions and increasing returns to shareholders. The third $100 million share repurchase program has been underway since August 2014. As of October 27, 2015, approximately 3.0 million shares have been repurchased on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange at a volume-weighted average price of EUR 19.33 per share for EUR 57 million (approximately $70 million). Repurchased shares are held in treasury to satisfy obligations for exchangeable debt instruments and employee share-based remuneration plans. Further information is available on the QIAGEN website (www.qiagen.com).

2015 outlook

QIAGEN reaffirms its previously communicated expectations to deliver higher CER adjusted net sales and adjusted earnings in 2015, as above-market growth from the current portfolio well exceeds the adverse impact of the final year of significant headwinds from reduced U.S. sales of HPV products. These expectations do not take into account any further acquisitions that could be completed in 2015.

For the full year, QIAGEN continues to expect adjusted net sales to rise approximately 4% CER in 2015, as growth of about 7-8% CER from the current portfolio (including contributions from the Enzymatics acquisition in late December 2014) exceeds the adverse impact of approximately 3-4 percentage points from lower U.S. HPV sales. Adjusted diluted earnings per share (EPS) are now expected to be approximately $1.16 CER (previously $1.16-1.18) compared to $1.00 in 2014. Based on exchange rates as of September 30, 2015, QIAGEN continues to expect the movements of the U.S. dollar, its reporting currency, against various currencies to have an adverse impact on full-year adjusted sales and EPS results.

For the fourth quarter of 2015, adjusted net sales are expected to rise approximately 5% CER, which includes about two percentage points of headwind from lower U.S. sales of HPV test products compared to the same period in 2014, and adjusted EPS of approximately $0.35 CER. Based on exchange rates as of September 30, 2015, QIAGEN expects currency movements to have an adverse impact for the fourth quarter of 2015 of approximately 5-6 percentage points on reported sales growth and approximately $0.02 per share on adjusted EPS.

Use of adjusted results

QIAGEN reports adjusted results, as well as results on a constant exchange rate (CER) basis, and other non-U.S. GAAP figures, to provide additional insight into its performance. These results include adjusted net sales, adjusted gross profit, adjusted operating income, adjusted net income attributable to owners of QIAGEN N.V., adjusted diluted EPS and free cash flow. Adjusted results are non-GAAP (generally accepted accounting principles) financial measures that QIAGEN believes should be considered in addition to reported results prepared in accordance with GAAP, but should not be considered as a substitute. Free cash flow is calculated by deducting capital expenditures for Property, Plant & Equipment from cash flow from operating activities.

QIAGEN believes certain items should be excluded from adjusted results when they are outside of its ongoing core operations, vary significantly from period to period, or affect the comparability of results with its competitors and its own prior periods. Reconciliations of reported results to adjusted results are included in the tables accompanying this release.

Conference call and webcast details

Information on QIAGEN’s performance will be presented during a conference call on Thursday, October 29, 2015, at 9:30 ET / 13:30 GMT / 14:30 CET. (Note time change for GMT and CET due to different end dates of Daylight Saving Time in Europe and the U.S.) The corresponding presentation slides will be available for download shortly before the event at http://www.qiagen.com/de/about-us/investors/corporate-calendar/. A live webcast will also be made available at this website, and a replay will also be made available after the event.

About QIAGEN

QIAGEN N.V., a Netherlands-based holding company, is the leading global provider of Sample to Insight solutions to transform biological materials into valuable molecular insights. QIAGEN sample technologies isolate and process DNA, RNA and proteins from blood, tissue and other materials. Assay technologies make these biomolecules visible and ready for analysis. Bioinformatics software and knowledge bases interpret data to report relevant, actionable insights. Automation solutions tie these together in seamless and cost-effective molecular testing workflows. QIAGEN provides these workflows to more than 500,000 customers around the world in Molecular Diagnostics (human healthcare), Applied Testing (forensics, veterinary testing and food safety), Pharma (pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies) and Academia (life sciences research). As of September 30, 2015, QIAGEN employed approximately 4,500 people in over 35 locations worldwide. Further information can be found at http://www.qiagen.com.

Certain of the statements contained in this news release may be considered forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. To the extent that any of the statements contained herein relating to QIAGEN's products, markets, strategy or operating results, including without limitation its expected operating results, new product developments, new product launches, regulatory submissions, and financing plans are forward-looking, such statements are based on current expectations and assumptions that involve a number of uncertainties and risks. Such uncertainties and risks include, but are not limited to, risks associated with management of growth and international operations (including the effects of currency fluctuations, regulatory processes and dependence on logistics), variability of operating results and allocations between customer classes, the commercial development of markets for our products in applied testing, personalized healthcare, clinical research, proteomics, women's health/HPV testing and nucleic acid-based molecular diagnostics; changing relationships with customers, suppliers and strategic partners; competition; rapid or unexpected changes in technologies; fluctuations in demand for QIAGEN's products (including fluctuations due to general economic conditions, the level and timing of customers' funding, budgets and other factors); our ability to obtain regulatory approval of our products; difficulties in successfully adapting QIAGEN's products to integrated solutions and producing such products; the ability of QIAGEN to identify and develop new products and to differentiate and protect our products from competitors' products; market acceptance of QIAGEN's new products, the consummation of acquisitions, and the integration of acquired technologies and businesses. For further information, please refer to the discussions in reports that QIAGEN has filed with, or furnished to, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

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