DUBLIN, March 03, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Trinity Biotech plc (Nasdaq:TRIB), a leading developer and manufacturer of diagnostic products for the point-of-care and clinical laboratory markets, today announced results for fiscal year 2015 and the quarter ended December 31, 2015. The Company also announced that it is suspending its annual dividend and initiating a share buyback program.
Fiscal Year 2015 Results
Total revenues for fiscal year 2015 were $100.2m versus $104.9m in 2014, a decrease of 4.5% year on year. This was due to the impact of the strengthening US dollar on the Company’s foreign currency denominated revenues. Other factors included lower Lyme sales due to weather related factors and unusually low HIV sales in Q2. These were partly offset by underlying growth in Premier and Immco revenues for the year.
2015 vs 2014
Point-of-care revenues decreased from $20.0m in 2014 to $18.8m in 2015, which represents a decrease of 6.1%. This was due to lower HIV sales in Africa in Q2, due to unusual ordering patterns. These revenues immediately rebounded in Q3 and Q4 to normal levels.
Meanwhile, Clinical Laboratory revenues were $81.4m, a decrease of 4.1% versus 2014. The impact of the abovementioned strengthening of the dollar was largely confined to Clinical Laboratory revenues. In particular, the weakness of the Euro, Brazilian Real, Canadian dollar and Sterling, all of which represent significant currencies in which the Company invoices sales, resulted in a reduction in our US dollar denominated revenues. This was accentuated by weakness in the currencies of other countries such as Turkey, Russia and a number of South American countries where the Company invoices in US dollars. In such countries the dollar’s strength served to erode our competitiveness, which had a detrimental effect on our revenues.
The other key financial results for 2015 were as follows:
- Operating profit for the year was $13.4m which represents an operating margin of 13.4%.
- Profit after tax for the year was $21.8m though this includes non-cash financial income of $12.5m recognised in relation to the Company’s convertible loan notes. Excluding this, profit after tax would have been $9.3m compared with $17.2m in 2014.
- Basic EPS for the year was 94.1 cents (40.2 cents excluding the impact of non-cash financial income) versus 75.7 cents in 2014.
- Diluted EPS was 46.2 cents compared to 72.6 cents in 2014.
The effective tax charge for the year (which excludes the impact of non-cash financial income) was 10.4%. This low effective rate of tax is due to the competitive corporation tax rate in Ireland and the availability of research and development tax credits in a number of jurisdictions.
EBITDA before share option expense for the year was $20.7m.
Quarter 4 Results
Total revenues for Q4, 2015 were $24.9m which compares to $26.7m in Q4, 2014, a decrease of 6.5%.
Point-of-Care revenues for Q4, 2015 were broadly flat compared to Q4, 2014.
Clinical Laboratory revenues decreased from $21.2m to $19.5m, a decrease of 8.1% compared to Q4, 2014, a decrease which is largely due to the impact of exchange rate movements.
Gross margins for the quarter were 43.2%, and this is consistent with Q4 having the lowest gross margin in the year, due to seasonality of certain products. This is lower than the gross margin noted in Q4, 2014 of 47.5%, largely reflecting the impact of foreign currency movements.
Research and Development expenses were $1.5m. Selling, General and Administrative (SG&A) expenses decreased from $7.2m to $6.0m also partly due to foreign currency movements.
The combination of lower revenues and gross margins resulted in a reduction in operating profit from $4.3m to $3.1m. Meanwhile, profit after tax for the quarter was $2.8m, which represents an EPS for the quarter of 12.1 cents or 10.5 cents on a fully diluted basis. EBITDA before share option expense for the quarter was $4.8m.
In December, 2015 we submitted our 510(k) application for our high sensitivity cardiac Troponin-I assay and Meritas Point-of-Care Analyzer to the FDA. The application was supported by three clinical studies:
- determination of the 99th percentile Upper Reference Limit;
- point-of-care precision performance; and
- the validation of clinical performance of the Meritas system with subjects presenting to Emergency Departments with symptoms suggestive of Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS).
In the ACS clinical study, we enrolled subjects at 14 different sites in the USA. Results were adjudicated by a panel of cardiologists according to the Third Universal Definition of Myocardial Infarction (MI), which includes both Type-I and Type-II MI subjects. We were pleased to report sensitivity at admission of 78% for plasma and 66% for whole blood. These results are better than we obtained with the clinical studies supporting the test’s CE Mark. The 510(k) application is currently under FDA review.
Clinical trials are currently in progress for our second cardiac marker assay, B-type Natriuretic Protein (BNP). We have 10 clinical sites that are actively enrolling and to date we have obtained approximately 50% of the patient samples we require. Enrollment is expected to be completed in Q2, 2016, and we are anticipating submission of our BNP 510(k) application to the FDA in Q3, 2016.
Share Buyback and Suspension of Dividend
The Company’s Board of Directors has authorized the commencement of a share repurchase program. Based on a resolution passed at its most recent AGM, the Company is currently authorized to repurchase up to 10% of its own shares (approximately 2.3m ADRs). The Company’s ability to buy back shares will be determined by available liquidity and general market conditions and will be carried out in accordance with applicable securities laws and regulations.
In conjunction with its initiation of a share repurchase program, the Company has decided to suspend the payment of annual dividends. It is felt that given the Company’s current share price, share repurchases represent a better deployment of capital.
Commenting on the results, Kevin Tansley, Chief Financial Officer, said “Revenues for Q4, 2015 were $24.9m, which resulted in an operating profit of $3.1m and profit after tax of $2.8m. This equates to a basic EPS of 12.1 cents or 10.5 cents on a fully diluted basis.
Total revenues in 2015 decreased from $104.9m to $100.2m and this decrease was effectively driven by exchange rate movements. These exchange rate movements also contributed to a 2% reduction in gross margins. As a direct result, operating profits for the year were $13.4m, $4.6m lower than in 2014. In addition, we incurred interest charges of $3.5m on our convertible loan notes which were issued during the year. Overall profit for the year was $21.8m, though if we were to exclude the non-cash income recognized on the convertible loan notes the profit for the year would have been $9.3m.”
Ronan O’Caoimh, CEO of Trinity said “During 2015 we operated in a very challenging economic environment. The strength of the US dollar against a range of currencies had a very significant adverse impact on our foreign currency denominated revenues. Meanwhile, in many of the countries where we actually sell in US dollars, the strength of the dollar negatively impacted on our competitiveness resulting in a knock-on effect on both revenues and margins.
We announced the submission of our high sensitivity cardiac Troponin-I assay and Meritas Point-of-Care Analyzer to the FDA in December, 2015. This is the culmination of over three years work completing the development of both the test and associated analyzer as well as running extensive clinical trials in the USA. We were very pleased with the data that was submitted and the FDA is currently reviewing the submission. We expect to be liaising with them closely in the months ahead as the review process continues. Meanwhile, the trials for the second test on the Meritas platform, BNP, are progressing well and we expect to submit this to the FDA in Q3, 2016.
Today, we are also announcing that we are initiating a share buyback program. At our current share price and in the absence of suitable acquisition targets at present, we believe that buying Trinity’s shares constitutes a sensible use of capital. At the same time, we have decided to suspend our annual dividend payment. We feel that given our size, level of R&D expenditure and the stage of the Company’s development it is not appropriate to be paying dividends.”
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Trinity Biotech develops, acquires, manufactures and markets diagnostic systems, including both reagents and instrumentation, for the point-of-care and clinical laboratory segments of the diagnostic market. The products are used to detect infectious diseases and to quantify the level of Haemoglobin A1c and other chemistry parameters in serum, plasma and whole blood. Trinity Biotech sells direct in the United States, Germany, France and the U.K. and through a network of international distributors and strategic partners in over 75 countries worldwide. For further information please see the Company's website: www.trinitybiotech.com.
|Trinity Biotech plc|
|Consolidated Income Statements|
|(US$000’s except share data)||Three Months|
|Cost of sales||(14,170||)||(14,014||)||(53,950||)||(54,524||)|
|Gross profit %||43.2||%||47.5||%||46.2||%||48.0||%|
|Other operating income||65||85||288||424|
|Research & development expenses||(1,508||)||(961||)||(5,068||)||(4,290||)|
|Selling, general and administrative expenses||(6,009||)||(7,238||)||(26,475||)||(26,964||)|
|Indirect share based payments||(184||)||(255||)||(1,541||)||(1,478||)|
|Non-cash financial income||975||-||12,480||-|
|Net financing (expense) / income||(82||)||14||9,428||27|
|Profit before tax||3,049||4,311||22,877||18,066|
|Income tax expense||(223||)||(187||)||(1,081||)||(853||)|
|Profit for the period||2,826||4,124||21,796||17,213|
|Earnings per ADR (US cents)||12.1||18.0||94.1||75.7|
|Earnings per ADR excluding non-cash financial income (US cents)||8.0||18.0||40.2||75.7|
|Diluted earnings per ADR (US cents)||10.5||17.6||46.2||72.6|
|Weighted average no. of ADRs used in computing basic earnings per ADR||23,259,669||22,916,417||23,161,773||22,749,726|
|Weighted average no. of ADRs used in computing diluted earnings per ADR||28,690,599||23,482,268||27,407,793||23,717,747|
|Trinity Biotech plc|
|Consolidated Balance Sheets|
|Property, plant and equipment||20,659||19,198||17,877|
|Goodwill and intangible assets||161,324||156,326||145,024|
|Deferred tax assets||12,792||10,370||9,798|
|Total non-current assets||195,729||186,934||173,790|
|Trade and other receivables||25,602||27,153||26,080|
|Income tax receivable||550||119||351|
|Cash and cash equivalents||101,953||104,289||9,102|
|Total current assets||163,230||168,443||69,050|
|EQUITY AND LIABILITIES|
|Equity attributable to the equity holders of the parent|
|Income tax payable||1,163||951||785|
|Trade and other payables||18,874||18,694||21,196|
|Total current liabilities||20,112||19,720||22,056|
|Exchangeable senior note payable||98,044||99,069||-|
|Deferred tax liabilities||24,819||22,022||21,439|
|Total non-current liabilities||124,959||124,660||23,809|
|TOTAL EQUITY AND LIABILITIES||358,959||355,377||242,840|
|Trinity Biotech plc|
|Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows|
|Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period||104,289||8,949||9,102||22,317|
|Operating cash flows before changes in working capital||5,574||5,048||19,853||22,027|
|Changes in working capital||234||3,596||(7,157||)||(6,512||)|
|Cash generated from operations||5,808||8,644||12,696||15,515|
|Net Interest and Income taxes received/(paid)||79||(53||)||(361||)||237|
|Capital Expenditure & Financing (net)||(5,980||)||(8,438||)||(21,604||)||(23,937||)|
|Free cash flow||(93||)||153||(9,269||)||(8,185||)|
|Payment of HIV-2 licence fee||-||-||(1,112||)||-|
|30 year Convertible Note proceeds, net of fees||(45||)||-||110,529||-|
|30 year Convertible Note interest payment||(2,198||)||-||(2,198||)||-|
|Cash and cash equivalents at end of period||101,953||9,102||101,953||9,102|
Contact: Trinity Biotech plc Kevin Tansley (353)-1-2769800 E-mail: email@example.com Lytham Partners LLC Joe Diaz, Joe Dorame & Robert Blum 602-889-9700
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