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Symmetry Medical Reports Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results

Second Quarter Highlights:

  • Revenue of $101.3 million, up 2.3% year-over-year
  • Loss from continuing operations of $(2.6) million; as adjusted income from continuing operations of $6.4 million
  • Loss per share from continuing operations of $(0.07); as adjusted earnings per share from continuing operations of $0.17
  • Debt leverage at 3.01 times as adjusted LTM EBITDA

WARSAW, Ind., Aug. 4, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Symmetry Medical Inc. (NYSE:SMA), a leading global source of innovative medical device solutions, including surgical instruments, orthopedic implants, and sterilization cases and trays, announced second quarter 2014 financial results for the period ended June 28, 2014. The Clamonta Ltd. subsidiary business, which was sold on May 22, 2014, is reported in discontinued operations.

Second Quarter Vs Prior Quarter
(in millions, except per share data) 2014 2013 Change 2Q'14 1Q'14 Change
Revenue $ 101.3 $ 99.0 2% $ 101.3 $ 96.9 5%
Operating income (loss) (2.6) 7.1 -137% (2.6) 5.0 -152%
Income (loss) from continuing operations (2.6) 1.5 -273% (2.6) 1.4 -286%
EPS from continuing operations $ (0.07) $ 0.04 -275% $ (0.07) $ 0.04 -275%
As Adjusted Non-GAAP*
Operating income* $ 11.9 $ 10.0 19% $ 11.9 $ 7.6 57%
Income from continuing operations** 6.4 3.8 68% 6.4 3.4 88%
EPS from continuing operations** $ 0.17 $ 0.10 70% $ 0.17 $ 0.09 89%
* Operating income excludes charges for amortization of intangible assets, stock compensation expense, transaction related costs, asset impairment charges, facility closure and severance, product recall costs and net gain on insurance proceeds received. See "As Adjusted Financial Measures" below.
** Income from continuing operations represents Operating Income excluding unrealized foreign currency impact on an intercompany debt, amortization of debt issuance costs and loss on debt extinguishment. See "As Adjusted Financial Measures" below.
(in millions) Second Quarter Vs Prior Quarter
Revenue by Product: by Segment 2014 2013 Change 2Q'14 1Q'14 Change
OEM Solutions Revenue
Instruments $ 29.8 $ 28.1 6% $ 29.8 $ 28.9 3%
Implants 29.4 28.1 5% 29.4 28.4 4%
Cases 17.3 17.1 1% 17.3 15.7 10%
Other 4.4 3.4 29% 4.4 3.2 38%
Total OEM Solutions Revenue $ 80.9 $ 76.7 5% $ 80.9 $ 76.2 6%
Symmetry Surgical Revenue 20.4 22.3 -9% 20.4 20.7 -1%
Total Revenue $ 101.3 $ 99.0 2% $ 101.3 $ 96.9 5%

Revenue for the second quarter 2014 was $101.3 million, up 2.3% compared to $99.0 million in the same period last year. The current quarter revenue was primarily driven by higher sales in the Company's OEM Solutions segment, partially offset by a decrease in the Symmetry Surgical segment.

OEM Solutions segment revenue was $80.9 million in the second quarter 2014, a 5.5% increase from $76.7 million in the second quarter 2013. The increase was driven by higher revenue in all OEM segments. Second quarter 2014 OEM Solutions segment revenue included a benefit of $1.4 million, or 1.9%, due to the favorable impact of foreign currency exchange rates. On a sequential basis, second quarter 2014 OEM Solutions revenue was up 6.1% compared to the first quarter 2014, reflecting higher sales in all OEM segments. Overall, the OEM Solutions segment continues to experience steady end market demand with procedural growth consistent with Company guidance assumptions.

Symmetry Surgical segment revenue was $20.4 million in the second quarter 2014, an 8.7% decrease from $22.3 million in the second quarter 2013, or a 4.9% decrease neutralized for the loss of distribution rights for the alliance New Wave product line. First quarter 2014 Symmetry Surgical segment revenue included a benefit of $0.1 million, or 0.4%, due to the favorable impact of foreign currency exchange rates. On a sequential basis, second quarter 2014 Symmetry Surgical segment revenue was down 1.3% compared to the first quarter 2014, but increased 4.5% sequentially neutralized for the loss of distribution rights for the alliance New Wave product line. For the second quarter 2014, Symmetry Surgical encountered a continued sluggish hospital spending environment.

Earlier today, Symmetry Medical announced that it has entered a definitive agreement to sell its OEM Solutions business and concurrently transfer to Symmetry Medical, Inc.'s shareholders ownership in a new company holding its Symmetry Surgical business.

Gross profit for the second quarter 2014 was $28.2 million, compared to $26.6 million in the same period last year. Gross margin percentage for the second quarter 2014 was 27.8%, compared to 26.9% in the second quarter 2013. Gross margin was driven by improved efficiency in the OEM Solutions segment, partially offset by a lower percentage of revenue from the Company's higher margin Symmetry Surgical segment as compared to the same period last year. Second quarter gross margin also benefitted from a one-time supplier payment for the early cessation of New Wave distribution rights, along with product recall favorability of $0.1 million.

Sales, marketing, general and administrative expenses in the second quarter 2014 were $18.5 million, compared to $17.5 million in the same period last year. The increase in the second quarter 2014 was primarily due to $1.5 million in higher general and administrative expenses, partially offset by cost controls in sales and marketing expenses. The increase in general and administrative expenses was also due to increases of $0.9 million in transaction related costs, $0.7 million in stock based compensation expenses, and $0.2 million in amortization expense. This was partially offset by a decrease in specific healthcare related expenses as well as a net gain on insurance proceeds received of $0.2 million.

Operating loss for the second quarter 2014 was $(2.6) million, compared to $7.1 million in the second quarter 2013. Operating margin was (2.5)% in the second quarter 2014, compared to 7.2% in the same period last year. Excluding charges for asset impairment, stock compensation expense, amortization of intangible assets, and transaction related costs, as well as charges for facility closure and severance costs, product recall favorability, and net gain on insurance proceeds received (referred to collectively as "operating income adjustments"), operating income for the second quarter 2014 was $11.9 million, compared to $10.0 million in the same period last year. The increase was primarily driven by higher OEM Solutions gross margin, partially offset by higher operating expenses and lower revenue in the Symmetry Surgical segment.

Interest expense for the second quarter 2014 was $2.1 million, compared to interest expense of $4.6 million in the same period last year. This decrease was driven by the Company's focus on using free cash flow to reduce debt and the amendment of the Company's credit facility at the end of 2013, which allowed the Company to eliminate its higher rate mezzanine debt.

Income tax benefit for the second quarter 2014 was $1.9 million, compared to income tax expense of $0.6 million in the same period last year, due to the loss from continuing operations in the second quarter 2014 and income from continuing operations before income taxes in the second quarter 2013.

Net loss from continuing operations for the second quarter 2014 was $(6.6) million, or $(0.07) per diluted share, compared to income from continuing operations of $1.5 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, in the same period last year. Excluding the operating income adjustments noted above, as well as unrealized foreign currency impact on an intercompany loan, legal entity restructuring, amortization of debt issuance costs and loss on debt extinguishment, net income from continuing operations for the second quarter 2014 was $6.4 million, or $0.17 per diluted share, compared to $3.8 million, or $0.10 per diluted share in the same period last year.

The weighted average number of diluted shares outstanding during the second quarter of 2014 was 36,583,860.

Thomas J. Sullivan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Symmetry Medical, stated, "We achieved solid second quarter results, with increased revenue in all of our OEM solutions categories. We are pleased that the revenue growth and our efficiency initiatives, including the Symmetry Business System, contributed to improved gross margin. We achieved this despite a lower percentage of revenue from our higher margin Symmetry Surgical segment, which, neutralized for the loss of New Wave, experienced sequential growth in both the U.S. and International markets but was down year-over-year."

Mr. Sullivan added, "This morning we announced a proposed transaction to sell our OEM Solutions business and concurrently transfer to Symmetry Medical, Inc.'s shareholders ownership in a new company holding our Symmetry Surgical business. We believe it will maximize shareholder value by providing a premium valuation for the OEM Solutions business along with the upside potential of Symmetry Surgical in the large global market for surgical instruments."

Conference Call

Symmetry Medical will host a conference call to discuss second quarter 2014 financial results and the definitive agreement to sell its OEM Solutions business and concurrently transfer to Symmetry Medical, Inc.'s shareholders ownership in a new company holding its Symmetry Surgical business at 8:00 a.m. ET on August 4, 2014.A live webcast of the conference call will be available online from the investor relations page of the Company's corporate website at www.symmetrymedical.com. The dial-in numbers are (800) 708-4540 for domestic callers and (847) 619-6397 for international. The reservation number for both is 37838715 (please reference "Zack Kubow" as host and "Symmetry Medical" as the Company).After the live webcast, the call will remain available on Symmetry Medical's website through November 4, 2014. In addition, a telephonic replay of the call will be available until September 3, 2014. The replay numbers are (888) 843-7419 for domestic callers and (630) 652-3042 for international callers. Please use reservation code 3783 8715#.

About Symmetry Medical Inc.

Symmetry Medical Inc. is a leading global source of innovative medical device solutions, including surgical instruments, orthopedic implants, and sterilization cases and trays. The Company's thousands of Teammates provide design, development and worldwide production capabilities for these products to customers in the orthopedic industry, other medical device markets, and specialized non-healthcare markets. Symmetry's trusted reputation and brands, broad Intellectual Property portfolio and commitment to innovation enable it to collaborate with hundreds of global medical device manufacturers as well as thousands of hospitals to provide solutions for today's needs and tomorrow's growth.

As Adjusted Non-GAAP Measures

The as adjusted* measures, including adjusted operating income, net income and EPS, shown in this release exclude the impact of amortization of intangible assets and debt issuance costs, asset impairment charges, the net gain on insurance proceeds received, unrealized foreign currency impact on an intercompany loan, stock compensation expense, transaction related costs, facility closure and severance costs, product recall costs and loss on debt extinguishment.

Reconciliations of these non-GAAP measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measure are included after the financial information included in this press release. These measures are not in accordance with, or an alternative for, GAAP and may be different from non-GAAP measures used by other companies. Management believes these non-GAAP measures improve management's and investors' ability to better compare the company's ongoing financial performance between periods and with other companies.

Forward Looking Statements

Statements in this press release regarding Symmetry Medical Inc.'s business and the planned separation of the Symmetry Surgical business, which are not historical facts may be "forward-looking statements" that involve risks and uncertainties, within the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are predictive in nature and are frequently identified by the use of terms such as "may," "might," "will," "should," "expect," "believe," "anticipate," "plan," "estimate," "intend," and similar words indicating possible future expectations, events or actions. Such predictive statements are not guarantees of future performance, and actual outcomes and results could differ materially from our current expectations. We refer you to the "Risk Factors" and "Forward Looking-Statements" sections in Symmetry Medical Inc.'s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission as well as the Company's other filings with the SEC, which are available on the SEC's Web site at www.sec.gov. In addition to the risks discussed in those filings, the separation of the Symmetry Surgical business into an independent company could present additional risks that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements, including the risk of disruption to the management and operations of the Symmetry Surgical business, the risk that the Symmetry Surgical business will be unsuccessful in finding, executing, integrating and managing acquisition opportunities, the risks associated with Symmetry Surgical being required to negotiate and maintain arms-length supply arrangements with the Symmetry Medical Inc. OEM business after the OEM business has been divested, the risk of increased costs and expenses associated by the reduced scale of the Symmetry Surgical business compared to Symmetry Medical Inc.'s current OEM/Symmetry Surgical integrated platform, and the risk that the stand-alone Symmetry Surgical business will not enjoy the benefits of business diversification afforded by Symmetry Medical Inc.'s current integrated OEM/Symmetry Surgical platform.

Additional Information and Where To Find It

This communication does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities or a solicitation of any vote or approval. The proposed merger transaction between Symmetry Medical, Inc. and Tecomet Inc. will be submitted to the stockholders of Symmetry Medical, inc. for their consideration. Symmetry Medical, Inc. expects to file a preliminary proxy statement with the SEC and a definitive proxy statement on Schedule 14A, and Symmetry Medical, Inc. and Symmetry Surgical plan to file other documents with the SEC regarding the proposed transaction. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS OF SYMMETRY MEDICAL, INC. ARE URGED TO READ THE PRELIMINARY PROXY STATEMENT/ PROSEPCTUS AND OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS THAT WILL BE FILED WITH THE SEC (INCLUDING THE DEFINITIVE PROXY STATEMENT/PROSEPCTUS) CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION. Investors and security holders may obtain free copies of the preliminary proxy statement and other documents containing important information about Symmetry Medical, Inc., Symmetry Surgical and Tecomet (including the definitive proxy statement), once such documents are filed with the SEC, through the website maintained by the SEC at http://www.sec.gov. Copies of the documents filed with the SEC by Symmetry Medical, Inc. and Symmetry Surgical, when and if available, can be obtained free of charge on Symmetry Medical's website at www.symmetrymedical.com or by directing a written request to Symmetry Medical, Inc., 3724 North State Road 15, Warsaw, Indiana 46582, Attention: Investor Relations.

Symmetry Medical, Inc. and certain of its directors, executive officers and certain members of management may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the stockholders of Symmetry Medical, Inc. in connection with the proposed transaction. Information about the directors and executive officers of Symmetry Medical, Inc. is set forth in its Annual Report on Form 10-K, which was filed with the SEC on March 10, 2014 and the definitive proxy statement filed with the SEC on March 14, 2014. These documents can be obtained free of charge from the sources indicated above. Other information regarding the participants in the proxy solicitation may also be included in the definitive proxy statement and other relevant materials when and if filed with the SEC in connection with the proposed transaction.

No Offer or Solicitation

This communication is not intended to and does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to subscribe for or buy or an invitation to purchase or subscribe for any securities or the solicitation of any vote or approval in any jurisdiction in connection with the merger or otherwise, nor shall there be any sale, issuance or transfer of securities in any jurisdiction in contravention of applicable law. No offer of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933.

Symmetry Medical Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Operations
In Thousands, Except Per Share Data
Three Months Ended Year to Date
June 28, June 29, June 28, June 29,
2014 2013 2014 2013
(unaudited) (unaudited) (unaudited) (unaudited)
Revenue $ 101,251 $ 99,015 $ 198,152 $ 194,826
Cost of revenue 73,086 72,368 146,253 143,293
Gross profit 28,165 26,647 51,899 51,533
Research and development expenses 1,277 1,174 2,399 2,338
Sales and marketing expenses 6,268 6,807 12,943 13,919
General and administrative expenses 12,268 10,730 22,892 23,264
Asset impairment 10,500 -- 10,500 --
Facility closure and severance 428 794 767 907
Operating income (loss) (2,576) 7,142 2,398 11,105
Other (income) expense:
Interest expense 2,109 4,554 4,332 9,171
Loss on debt extinguishment -- -- 503 --
Derivatives valuation (gain) loss -- 44 -- 237
Other (160) 419 (96) 101
Income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes (4,525) 2,125 (2,341) 1,596
Income tax expense (benefit) (1,911) 630 (1,122) 337
Income (loss) from continuing operations (2,614) 1,495 (1,219) 1,259
Loss from discontinued operations, net of taxes (3,937) (318) (4,078) (376)
Net income (loss) $ (6,551) $ 1,177 $ (5,297) $ 883
Income (loss) per share from continuing operations:
Basic $ (0.07) $ 0.04 $ (0.03) $ 0.03
Diluted $ (0.07) $ 0.04 $ (0.03) $ 0.03
Weighted average common shares and equivalent shares outstanding:
Basic 36,584 36,314 36,576 36,295
Diluted 36,584 36,843 36,576 36,803
Symmetry Medical Inc.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
In Thousands
June 28, December 28,
2014 2013
ASSETS: (unaudited)
Current Assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 17,307 $ 7,362
Accounts receivable, net 57,961 51,813
Inventories 58,386 58,879
Refundable income taxes 3,917 5,784
Deferred income taxes 5,975 5,439
Other current assets 5,906 4,900
Total current assets 149,452 134,177
Property and equipment, net 88,485 89,993
Goodwill 171,563 182,178
Intangible assets, net of accumulated amortization 101,249 105,004
Other assets 3,395 4,484
Total Assets $ 514,144 $ 515,836
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY:
Current Liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 32,143 $ 28,837
Accrued wages and benefits 10,896 9,656
Other accrued expenses 7,117 7,138
Accrued income taxes 293 53
Derivative valuation liability 434 283
Revolving line of credit 953 --
Current portion of capital lease obligations 500 465
Current portion of long-term debt -- 6,531
Total current liabilities 52,336 52,963
Accrued income taxes 1,524 2,126
Deferred income taxes 4,491 7,536
Derivative valuation liability 2,499 1,104
Other liabilities 948 886
Capital lease obligations, less current portion 708 974
Long-term debt, less current portion 170,000 165,450
Total Liabilities 232,506 231,039
Commitments and contingencies
Shareholders' Equity:
Common Stock, $.0001 par value; 75,000 shares authorized; shares issued June 28, 2014-- 37,555; December 28, 2013-- 37,209 4 4
Additional paid-in capital 290,994 289,257
Retained deficit (14,828) (9,531)
Accumulated other comprehensive income 5,468 5,067
Total Shareholders' Equity 281,638 284,797
Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity $ 514,144 $ 515,836
Reconciliation of As Adjusted Financial Measures
Three Months Ended
June 28, March 29, June 29,
2014 2014 2013
(In Thousands, Except Per Share Data)
(unaudited)
Operating income (loss), as reported $ (2,576) $ 4,974 $ 7,142
Adjustments:
Amortization of intangible assets 1,894 1,899 1,720
Stock compensation expense 960 834 292
Net gain on insurance proceeds received (1) (152) (402) --
Transaction related costs 998 -- 73
Asset impairment 10,500 -- --
Facility closure and severance 428 339 794
Product recall costs (118) -- --
Operating income, as adjusted $ 11,934 $ 7,644 $ 10,021
Income (loss) from continuing operations, as reported $ (2,614) $ 1,395 $ 1,495
Adjustments:
Amortization of intangible assets 1,231 1,234 1,118
Stock compensation expense 624 542 190
Net gain on insurance proceeds received (1) (152) (402) --
Transaction related costs 649 -- 47
Asset impairment 6,550 -- --
Facility closure and severance 278 220 516
Product recall costs (77) -- --
Unrealized foreign currency impact on intercompany loan (275) (74) --
Amortization of debt issuance costs 147 188 409
Loss on debt extinguishment -- 327 --
Income from continuing operations, as adjusted $ 6,361 $ 3,430 $ 3,775
Earning per diluted share from continuing operations, as reported $ (0.07) $ 0.04 $ 0.04
Impact of adjustments 0.24 0.05 0.06
Earning per diluted share from continuing operations, as adjusted $ 0.17 $ 0.09 $ 0.10
(1) Represents insurance proceeds received in excess of losses incurred

CONTACT: Symmetry Medical Inc. Fred L. Hite Senior Vice President Chief Financial Officer (574) 371-2218 Investors and Media: The Ruth Group Zack Kubow (646) 536-7020 zkubow@theruthgroup.comSource:Symmetry Medical Inc.