Trinity Biotech Announces Results for Q1, 2017

DUBLIN, Ireland, April 27, 2017 (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 the quarter ended March 31, 2017.

Quarter 1 Results

Total revenues for Q1, 2017 were $23.5m which was marginally higher than that recorded in Q1, 2016.

Quarter 1
Quarter 1
Clinical Laboratory20,24819,526(3.6%)

Point-of-Care revenues for Q1, 2017 increased by $0.7m compared to Q1, 2016. This was attributable to higher HIV sales in Africa. This is reflective of the fluctuating nature of this market particularly in the context of Q1, 2016 revenues being unusually low.

Meanwhile, Clinical Laboratory revenues decreased from $20.2m to $19.5m, a decrease of 3.6% compared to Q1, 2016. This decrease was attributable to the impact of culling a range of older declining product at the end of 2016.

Gross margin for the quarter was 42%. This was a decrease when compared to the gross margin reported in Q1, 2016 of 43.1% though higher than the 40% reported in Q4, 2016. This decrease was partly due to lower production levels in the immediate aftermath of our recent product cull.

Research and Development expenses increased from $1.1m to $1.3m. Meanwhile Selling, General and Administrative (SG&A) remained constant at $7.0m.

Operating profit for the quarter decreased from $1.8m to $1.3m – due to the combined impact of the lower gross margin and slightly higher indirect costs.

Financing income for the quarter was marginally lower at $0.2m reflecting lower deposit levels and interest rates. Meanwhile, interest payable, mainly arising on the Company’s exchangeable notes, was static at $1.2m. Further non-cash income of $1m was recognised in the quarter. This was due to a gain of $1.2m arising on a decrease in the fair value of the embedded derivatives associated with the exchangeable notes and was partly offset by non-cash interest of $0.2m.

The Company recorded a profit of $1.2m for the quarter which equated to earnings per share of 5.6 cents. However, excluding non-cash items the profit for the quarter was $0.2m or an EPS of 1.0 cents. Fully diluted EPS for the quarter was 5.0 cents compared to 6.4 cents in Q1, 2016.

EBITDA before share option expense for the quarter was $2.7m.

Share Buyback

During the quarter, the Company repurchased 181,000 ADRs at an average price of $6.40 and with a total value of $1.2m. A further 134,000 ADRs at an average price of $5.63 have been repurchased since quarter end. This brings the total purchased since the beginning of the program to over 1.4m shares with a total value of $11.9m.


Commenting on the results, Kevin Tansley, Chief Financial Officer, said “Our operating profit of $1.3m this quarter was lower than the $1.8m recorded in the equivalent quarter last year due to slightly lower gross margins and marginally higher indirect costs. However, it represents a significant increase on Q4, 2016’s operating profit of $0.6m. Margins have started to rebound towards more normal levels and this will continue with revenue growth in the future, whilst indirect costs are being kept under control.”

Ronan O’Caoimh, CEO of Trinity said “We were pleased to see an improvement in profitability from the last quarter of 2016, particularly as we are now seeing the impact of culling some of our older products at the end of last year. Quarter 1 typically represents our lowest revenue quarter and we believe that future profitability growth can be achieved by concentrating on growing our key business lines with a particular emphasis on Diabetes, Autoimmunity and HIV. At the same time we will continue our share buyback program which is now approaching $12m since being initiated in 2016.”

Forward-looking statements in this release are made pursuant to the "safe harbor" provision of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Investors are cautioned that such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to, the results of research and development efforts, the effect of regulation by the United States Food and Drug Administration and other agencies, the impact of competitive products, product development commercialisation and technological difficulties, and other risks detailed in the Company's periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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:

Trinity Biotech plc
Consolidated Income Statements
(US$000’s except share data) Three Months Ended Mar 31, 2017
Three Months Ended Mar 31, 2016
Three Months Ended Dec 31, 2016 (unaudited)
Revenues 23,536 23,516 23,681
Cost of sales (13,645)(13,385)(14,202)
Gross profit 9,891 10,131 9,479
Gross margin % 42.0%43.1%40.0%
Other operating income 23 69 28
Research & development expenses (1,328)(1,147)(1,330)
Selling, general and administrative expenses (7,028)(6,961)(7,206)
Indirect share based payments (250)(267)(378)
Operating profit 1,308 1,825 593
Financial income 177 220 221
Financial expenses (1,170)(1,181)(1,182)
Net financing (expense) (993)(961)(850)
Profit / (loss) before tax & non-cash financial income / (expense) 315 864 (368)
Income tax (expense) / credit (99)(182)421
Profit for the period before once-off items & non-cash financial income / (expense) 216 682 53
Non-cash financial income / (expense) 1,030 (2,029) 4,860
Once-off charges (net of tax) -
- (105,779)
Profit / (loss) after tax and once-off items 1,246 (1,347)(100,866)
Earnings / (loss) per ADR (US cents)
5.6 (5.8)(443.1)
Earnings per ADR excluding non-cash financial income (US cents)** 1.0 2.9 0.2
Diluted earnings per ADR (US cents) 5.0 6.4* (373.1)
Diluted earnings per ADR (US cents)** 5.0 6.4* 4.3
Weighted average no. Of ADRs used in computing basic earnings per ADR 22,102,620 23,287,867 22,761,641
Weighted average no. Of ADRs used in computing diluted earnings per ADR 27,362,174 28,656,394 28,031,122

* Under IAS 33 Earnings per Share, diluted earnings per share cannot be anti-dilutive. Therefore, diluted earnings per ADR in quarter 1, 2016 in accordance with IFRS would be a loss of 5.8 cents (i.e. equal to basic earnings per ADR).
** Excluding once-off charges

The above financial statements have been prepared in accordance with the principles of International Financial Reporting Standards and the Company’s accounting policies but do not constitute an interim financial report as defined in IAS 34 (Interim Financial Reporting).

Trinity Biotech plc
Consolidated Balance Sheets
Mar 31,
US$ ‘000
Dec 31,
US$ ‘000
Non-current assets
Property, plant and equipment14,163 13,403
Goodwill and intangible assets88,996 87,275
Deferred tax assets14,669 14,556
Other assets828 870
Total non-current assets118,656 116,104
Current assets
Inventories32,659 32,589
Trade and other receivables22,683 22,586
Income tax receivable1,290 1,205
Cash and cash equivalents69,851 77,108
Total current assets126,483 133,488
TOTAL ASSETS245,139 249,592
Equity attributable to the equity holders of the parent
Share capital1,176 1,224
Share premium16,122 16,187
Accumulated surplus93,171 93,004
Other reserves(1,193)(1,688)
Total equity109,276 108,727
Current liabilities
Income tax payable181 175
Trade and other payables20,893 25,028
Provisions75 75
Total current liabilities21,149 25,278
Non-current liabilities
Exchangeable senior note payable95,462 96,491
Other payables698 735
Deferred tax liabilities18,554 18,361
Total non-current liabilities114,714 115,587
TOTAL LIABILITIES135,863 140,865

The above financial statements have been prepared in accordance with the principles of International Financial Reporting Standards and the Company’s accounting policies but do not constitute an interim financial report as defined in IAS 34 (Interim Financial Reporting).

Trinity Biotech plc
Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows
(US$000’s)Three Months Ended March 31, 2017
Three Months Ended March 31, 2016
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period77,108 101,953
Operating cash flows before changes in working capital2,267 2,503
Changes in working capital(2,208)(628)
Cash generated from operations59 1,875
Net Interest and Income taxes (paid)/received177 (241)
Capital Expenditure & Financing (net)(3,646)(5,431)
Free cash flow(3,410)(3,797)
Payment of HIV-2 licence fee(1,112)-
Share buyback(1,833)(1,327)
Once-off items(902)
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period69,851 96,829

The above financial statements have been prepared in accordance with the principles of International Financial Reporting Standards and the Company’s accounting policies but do not constitute an interim financial report as defined in IAS 34 (Interim Financial Reporting).

Contact: Trinity Biotech plc Kevin Tansley (353)-1-2769800 E-mail: Lytham Partners LLC Joe Diaz, Joe Dorame & Robert Blum 602-889-9700

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