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LANSING, Mich., March 26, 2019 — Neogen Corporation (NASDAQ: NEOG) announced today that its revenues for the third quarter of its 2019 fiscal year, which ended Feb. 28, were $97,700,000, up 3%, from the previous year’s third quarter revenues of $94,903,000. Current year-to-date revenues were $304,424,000, up 5% compared to $289,811,000 for the same period a year ago.
Third quarter net income was $13,073,000, compared to the prior year’s $16,586,000. Earnings per share in the current quarter were $0.25, compared to $0.32 a year ago. Last year’s third quarter included favorable tax adjustments totaling $2.9 million resulting from corporate tax reform enacted in December 2017. Current year-to-date net income was $44,361,000, or $0.85 per share, compared to $45,600,000, or $0.88 per share, for the same period a year ago.
“The quarterly results we are reporting today reflect a number of challenges in the quarter, including continued weakness in the global animal protein market and currency translation headwinds,” said John Adent, Neogen’s president and chief executive officer. “While the results were disappointing in our animal safety operations, we did have strong performances in a number of core food safety and genomic product lines. Going forward, we are continuing to execute the proven strategies that have enabled us to achieve our historical record of growth, while also implementing a number of programs to address weakness in some Animal Safety end markets.”
The third quarter was the 108th of the past 113 quarters that Neogen reported revenue increases as compared with the previous year — including all consecutive quarters in the past 13 years.
“International revenues and earnings continued to show good growth for the quarter. This was even despite a strong negative currency conversion,” said James Herbert, Neogen’s chairman. “For the quarter, international revenues are 9% higher than last year, and increased to 41.2% of overall revenues, compared to 39.1% in the prior year.”
Neogen’s gross margin was 45.7% of sales in the third quarter of the current year, compared to 47.0% in the same quarter of the prior fiscal year. The gross margin percentage decrease was primarily the result of mix shifts within both the Food Safety and Animal Safety segments towards products that have gross margins lower than the segment’s historical average, and adverse effects from the strengthening U.S. dollar. Expressed as a percentage of sales, operating income was 15.0% for the current quarter, compared to 16.8% in the third quarter of the 2018 fiscal year.
“If you compare the current quarter to the prior year’s third quarter in a neutral currency environment, we would have reported $2.5 million more in revenues in the current quarter. This negative currency translation effect is primarily due to weakening currencies against the dollar in Brazil and the United Kingdom. Year-to-date, comparative revenues were approximately $5.8 million less due to currency translations,” said Steve Quinlan, Neogen’s chief financial officer. “Our net income comparison to the prior year quarter was adversely affected by the prior year’s unusually low 4% effective tax rate, which was the result of corporate tax reform in that period. The current quarter’s effective tax rate of 21% is representative of the ‘new normal’.”
Revenues for the company’s Food Safety segment increased 8% during the third quarter compared to the prior year quarter. Sales of Neogen’s rapid diagnostics to detect natural toxins increased 17% in the current quarter, including a 35% increase in sales to detect the mycotoxin deoxynivalenol (DON) in grain. The improvement in sales of DON test kits was boosted by the increasing adoption of Neogen’s new Raptor? testing platform, which automatically analyzes up to three samples independently and simultaneously. A 26% increase in sales of the company’s rapid tests for histamine also contributed to the increase in sales of natural toxin tests for the quarter. Histamine is a spoilage toxin produced when certain species of fish, especially tuna, are improperly stored following harvest.
Compared to the prior year quarter, sales of Neogen’s foodborne pathogen detection tests increased 16% — including a 45% increase in sales of tests to detect Listeria. This growth was largely the result of a nearly five-fold increase in sales of the company’s innovative Listeria Right Now? test system, which detects Listeria in environmental samples in under 60 minutes — without the need to enrich samples.
Sales of the company’s general sanitation products, including its AccuPoint? Advanced product line, increased 11% in the third quarter of the 2019 fiscal year, compared to prior year. Sales of its rapid diagnostics to detect food allergens, including gluten, milk, soy and peanuts, increased 7% in the current quarter.
Despite the adverse currency translations in the current quarter, Neogen’s European operations revenues rose 11%, aided by growth in genomics services and stronger sales of DON test kits. Revenues from the company’s food safety operations in Brazil rose 40%, and its Mexico-based operations grew 19%. Neogen India’s sales increased 94%, albeit from a small base, and Neogen China’s revenues increased 9%, each on increases across their product offerings. Revenues from Neogen Australasia, which Neogen acquired in September 2017, more than doubled in the current quarter compared to the prior year.
Neogen’s Animal Safety segment reported a 2% revenue decrease for the third quarter, largely the result of lower sales of products to distributor partners into the animal protein market, including rodent and insect control products. End markets have been affected by difficult economic conditions in the production animal markets, exacerbated by tariff disputes between the U.S. and China. However, sales of the company’s detectable needles rose 17% while cleaners and disinfectants increased 18% and vaccines rose 13%.
Neogen’s worldwide animal genomics business recorded an increase of 15% in the third quarter of fiscal 2019 compared to the prior year. This broad-based increase was aided in part by strong revenue increases from its genomics laboratories in Scotland, Australia, and Brazil, and included revenue increases from genomic testing of beef and dairy cattle, swine, poultry, and companion animals around the world.
Neogen Corporation develops and markets products dedicated to food and animal safety. The company’s Food Safety Division markets dehydrated culture media and diagnostic test kits to detect foodborne bacteria, natural toxins, food allergens, drug residues, plant diseases and sanitation concerns. Neogen’s Animal Safety Division is a leader in worldwide biosecurity products, animal genomics testing, and the manufacturing and distribution of a variety of animal healthcare products, including diagnostics, pharmaceuticals and veterinary instruments.
Certain portions of this news release that do not relate to historical financial information constitute forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties. Actual future results and trends may differ materially from historical results or those expected depending on a variety of factors listed in Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations in the Company’s most recently filed Form 10-K.
|NEOGEN CORPORATION UNAUDITED SUMMARIZED CONSOLIDATED OPERATING DATA|
|(In thousands, except for per share and percentages)|
|Quarter ended Feb. 28||Nine months ended Feb. 28|
|Cost of sales||53,072||50,302||163,034||152,037|
|?Sales & marketing||16,722||16,572||52,545||49,442|
|?Research & development||3,249||2,836||9,235||8,901|
|Total operating expenses||29,989||28,688||92,026||87,439|
|Income before tax||16,623||17,281||53,461||53,570|
|Net loss (income) attributable to non-controlling interest||0||5||0||(70)|
|Net income attributable to Neogen Corp||$13,073||$16,586||$44,361||$45,600|
|Net income attributable to Neogen Corp per diluted share||$0.25||$0.32||$0.85||$0.88|
|?Shares to calculate per share||52,472||52,237||52,448||52,014|
|?Depreciation & amortization||$4,431||$4,414||$13,028||$12,682|
|?Gross margin (% of sales)||45.7%||47.0%||46.4%||47.5%|
|?Operating income (% of sales)||15.0%||16.8%||16.2%||17.4%|
|?Revenue vs. FY 2018||2.9%||5.0%|
|?Net income vs. FY 2018||-21.2%||-2.7%|
|NEOGEN CORPORATION UNAUDITED SUMMARIZED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET DATA|
|?Cash & investments||$246,680||$210,810|
|?Other current assets||11,041||9,888|
|Total current assets||422,602||375,789|
|Property & equipment, net||76,453||73,069|
|Goodwill & other assets||173,530||169,151|
|Liabilities & Equity|
|Equity: Shares outstanding|
|?52,120 in Feb. & 51,736 in May||619,916||560,175|
|Total liabilities & equity||$672,585||$618,009|