ALLEN, Texas, Feb. 23, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Atrion Corporation (NASDAQ:ATRI) announced today that for the fourth quarter of 2016 revenues were $33.3 million compared to $32.4 million in the same period of 2015, while net income decreased to $5.6 million from $6.1 million, and diluted earnings per share were down to $3.00 from $3.27 in the prior-year period. For the full year 2016, Atrion’s revenues decreased to $143.5 million from $145.7 million in 2015, net income was down to $27.6 million from $28.9 million and diluted earnings per share decreased to $14.85 from $15.47 in 2015.
David Battat, CEO, commenting on the results for the fourth quarter and the full year 2016 as compared to the prior year periods said, "Revenues in our fourth quarter were higher by 3%, while operating income was down 9%. For the full year, revenues were down 2% with operating income lower by 8%." Mr. Battat added, "We are never pleased when year-over-year comparisons are lower. In prior statements, we cautioned about the impact of a strong dollar and the lapse of certain ophthalmic patents. To manage these forces, we focused on growing revenues in our primary activities in Fluid Delivery and Cardiovascular. These efforts resulted in positive revenue comparisons in both the third and fourth quarters.”
Mr. Battat stated, "We have recently been advised that certain ophthalmic customers are experiencing quality problems unrelated to the products we supply them. Shipments to these customers will likely remain on hold until such time as these issues are resolved. We expect deferred shipments to be made up in subsequent periods.”
Mr. Battat continued, "For the third consecutive quarter in 2016, we did not engage in share buybacks. Our cash and long and short term investments increased by $5.4 million in the quarter and $15.8 million during the year to a total of $54.0 million at year end."
Mr. Battat concluded, "Economic forecasts for 2017 suggest higher domestic growth and tighter monetary policy, potentially leading to higher inflation and an even stronger dollar. Because all of our manufacturing facilities are based in the U.S., we could experience higher operating costs while netting lower prices on the one-third of our sales destined to foreign markets. To counter these headwinds, we are continuing to focus on sales growth and investments in manufacturing that add capacity and increase efficiency. Although we may see uneven quarterly comparisons to 2016 periods, we are confident that we will end this year with a strong after-tax return on equity."
Atrion Corporation develops and manufactures products primarily for medical applications. The Company’s website is www.atrioncorp.com.
Statements in this press release that are forward looking are based upon current expectations and actual results or future events may differ materially. Such statements include, but are not limited to, Atrion’s expectations regarding the Company’s shipments to ophthalmic customers, operating costs in 2017, prices on sales to foreign markets and after-tax return on equity. Words such as “expects,” “believes,” “anticipates,” “intends,” "should", "plans," "will" and variations of such words and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties. The following are some of the factors that could cause actual results or future events to differ materially from those expressed in or underlying our forward-looking statements: changing economic, market and business conditions; acts of war or terrorism; the effects of governmental regulation; competition and new technologies; slower-than-anticipated introduction of new products or implementation of marketing strategies; the Company’s ability to protect its intellectual property; changes in the prices of raw materials; changes in product mix; and intellectual property and product liability claims and product recalls. The foregoing list of factors is not exclusive, and other factors are set forth in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
|CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME|
|(In thousands, except per share data)|
|Three Months Ended||Twelve Months Ended|
|December 31,||December 31,|
|Cost of goods sold||18,067||17,084||75,857||74,752|
|Other income (expense)||--||(2,411||)||(308||)||(2,411||)|
|Income before income taxes||7,745||6,054||39,266||40,870|
|Income tax provision||(2,174||)||(4||)||(11,685||)||(11,945||)|
|Income per basic share||$||3.05||$||3.32||$||15.12||$||15.67|
|Weighted average basic shares|
|Income per diluted share|
|Weighted average diluted shares|
|CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS|
|Dec. 31,||Dec. 31,|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||20,022||$||28,346|
|Total cash and short-term investments||44,102||28,390|
|Prepaid expenses and other||3,181||2,934|
|Deferred income taxes||651||580|
|Total current assets||94,115||78,295|
|Property, plant and equipment, net||65,265||63,314|
|LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY|
|Line of credit||--||--|
|Other non-current liabilities||10,532||10,922|
Contact: Jeffery Strickland Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (972) 390-9800