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Trinity Biotech Announces Quarter 1 Results - EPS of 20 Cents, Premier Regulatory Approval in China and 33% Increase in Dividend to 20 Cents

DUBLIN, Ireland, April 25, 2013 (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, 2013.

Quarter 1 Results

Total revenues for Q1, 2013 were $20.3m which compares to $20m in Q1, 2012, an increase of 1.5%.

Point-Of-Care revenues for Q1, 2013 decreased by 7% when compared to Q1, 2012. This decrease was due to lower HIV sales in Africa. This reflects the fact that African sales fluctuate significantly quarter on quarter and that in the equivalent quarter last year these revenues were exceptionally strong. However, this was partly offset by HIV sales in the USA which increased by 5% during the period.

Clinical Laboratory revenues increased from $14.9m to $15.6m, which represents an increase of 4.4% compared to Q1, 2012. However, if Lyme sales, which have been adversely impacted by the recent cold winter, were excluded the increase would have been 8%. The main factor contributing to this increase has been the continued growth in Premier instrument and related reagent revenues.

Revenues for Q1, 2013 by key product area were as follows:

2012 2013 Increase/
Quarter 1 Quarter 1 (decrease)
US$'000 US$'000 %
Point-of-Care 5,121 4,765 (7.0%)
Clinical Laboratory 14,905 15,563 4.4%
Total 20,026 20,328 1.5%

Gross profit for Q1, 2013 amounted to $10.3m representing a gross margin of 50.9%, which compares to 51.6% for the same period in 2012. This reduction is due to lower point-of-care and Lyme sales, both of which attract higher gross margins.

Research and Development expenses remained constant at $0.9m whilst Selling, General and Administrative (SG&A) expenses fell from $5.2m in Q1, 2012 to $5.0m this quarter. This decrease was mainly due to professional fees related to the acquisition of Fiomi Diagnostics AB incurred during the comparative quarter.

Operating Profit for the quarter was $4.1m, which is broadly in line with Q1, 2012 whilst the operating margin for the quarter was 20%. Net financial income decreased by $0.1m to $0.5m this quarter.

Profit After Tax for the quarter increased from $4.1m to $4.3m (excluding the Medical Device Excise Tax) – an increase of 6%. Meanwhile, EPS (excluding MDET) for Q1, 2013 increased by 3% from 19.4 cents to 20 cents.

Other Developments

Premier

The company has just received approval from the Chinese Regulatory authority, the SFDA, to commence selling its haemoglobin A1c test in China. According to the International Diabetes Federation there are 92 million diabetics in China, of which 54 million are currently undiagnosed. This number is expected to increase to 130 million by 2030. In order to address this critical issue, the Chinese Health Authorities have launched a multi-year education campaign on diabetes, whilst concurrently embarking on programs to improve the glycemic control of diabetics, increase diagnosis levels and to identify those at risk of developing diabetes. Increased haemoglobin A1c testing has been identified as the key diagnostic test for each of these programs.

The Premier is particularly well suited to the Chinese market as it uses boronate affinity technology which avoids interference from the abnormal haemoglobins that are present in a large segment of the Chinese population. This, in conjunction with its analytical and processing efficiencies, will provide Chinese laboratories with the best possible solution for A1c testing.

Trinity will distribute the Premier in China through its long-time distribution partner PGI. As has been indicated previously the company expects to achieve an initial run rate of 100 instruments per year, with further growth potential thereafter. As a first step, the company expects to ship an initial order of 20 instruments to China in Q2, 2013. The formal launch of the test has already commenced with a series of events designed to showcase the Premier to both medical and clinical laboratory professionals.

Sales of Premier instruments in other markets remained strong in Quarter 1, 2013 with a total of 67 units sold compared to 65 units in Quarter 4, 2012.

Fiomi

We have made significant advances in the development of our new cardiac point-of-care tests. We are able to announce that our high sensitivity Troponin I test is now demonstrating performance characteristics which fully meet the FDA guidelines for Troponin I. Consequently, we have declared design freeze on both the Troponin I assay and related instrument.

We have now commenced the clinical trials to CE mark the product in Europe and these trials will continue throughout Q2 and Q3, 2013. CE marking for the Troponin I product remains on target for Q4, 2013 and will enable us to sell the product throughout the European Union.

With regard to US FDA clinical trials, the company has engaged Dr. Fred Apple, Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology and Director of Clinical Laboratories at Hennepin Medical Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, as Principle Investigator of our US clinical trials. Dr Apple is widely acknowledged as one of the key opinion leaders in the area of Cardiac Biomarkers. We believe his assistance will be invaluable in steering the company successfully through the FDA process. US clinical trial sites are currently being recruited with the trials on target to commence in Q3, 2013 followed by FDA submission in Q1, 2014.

Meanwhile, development of the company's BNP test is progressing according to plan. The product is already exhibiting market leading performance characteristics. CE marking for this product remains on target for early 2014 with FDA approval expected in early 2015.

Annual Dividend

The company is proposing a dividend of 20 cents per ADR, representing an increase of 33% on the dividend paid in 2012. The payment of this dividend is subject to shareholder approval, which will be sought at the company's forthcoming AGM to be held on May 24, 2013. Subject to this approval being granted, the record date will be June 10, 2013 and payment will follow approximately 3 weeks later.

Comments

Commenting on the results, Kevin Tansley, Chief Financial Officer, said, "Revenues this quarter increased by 1.5%. However, if the impact of Lyme sales, which were adversely affected by the recent cold winter, and African HIV sales, which tend to vary significantly quarter on quarter, were excluded, the growth rate would have been 8%. Meanwhile, profit after tax grew by 6% to over $4.3m for the quarter (excluding the impact of the new Medical Device Excise Tax)."

Ronan O'Caoimh, CEO, stated that, "As well as continuing revenue and earnings growth this quarter the company achieved some important key milestones. Approval of our haemoglobin A1c test in China is a very significant event for the company. With over 90 million diabetics, China represents a huge and growing market for A1c testing. The competitive advantages of interference free and high speed testing make our test ideally suited for the Chinese laboratory market. We are thus very confident that in China we will replicate the success the Premier has had in other markets and will quickly reach a run rate of at least 100 instruments per year.

Meanwhile, the development of our new cardiac tests continues to make excellent progress. Our Troponin I test, which has now reached design freeze stage, we believe meets the new stringent FDA guidelines for Troponin testing. As a result we have now commenced the clinical trials to CE mark the product with FDA clinical trials due to commence later this year. Similarly, our BNP test for heart failure is also progressing very well and remains on target for CE marking in early 2014 and FDA approval in 2015.

Finally, we are announcing an annual dividend of 20 cents this year. This represents an increase of 33% over last year. This is just the third year of our dividend program and in that time the amount of the dividend has doubled in size."

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: www.trinitybiotech.com

Trinity Biotech plc
Consolidated Income Statements
(US$000's except share data) Three Months Three Months
Ended Ended
March 31, March 31,
2013 2012
(unaudited) (unaudited)
Revenues 20,328 20,026
Cost of sales (9,990) (9,683)
Gross profit 10,338 10,343
Gross profit % 50.9% 51.6%
Other operating income 110 175
Research & development expenses (855) (845)
Selling, general and administrative expenses (5,033) (5,204)
Indirect share based payments (498) (337)
Operating profit 4,062 4,132
Financial income 477 546
Financial expenses (26) (1)
Net financing income 451 545
Profit before tax 4,513 4,677
Income tax expense (174) (567)
Profit for the period before MDET 4,339 4,110
Medical devices excise tax (MDET) (171) --
Profit for the period after MDET 4,168 4,110
Earnings per ADR (US cents) 19.3 19.4
Diluted earnings per ADR (US cents) 18.3 18.6
Earnings per ADR excluding MDET (US cents) 20.0 19.4
Diluted earnings per ADR excluding MDET (US cents) 19.0 18.6
Weighted average no. of ADRs used in computing basic earnings per ADR 21,631,713 21,217,683
Weighted average no. of ADRs used in computing diluted earnings per ADR 22,809,958 22,154,641

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
March 31, Dec 31,
2013 2012
US$ '000 US$ '000
(unaudited) (audited)
ASSETS
Non-current assets
Property, plant and equipment 9,331 8,883
Goodwill and intangible assets 76,748 73,046
Deferred tax assets 4,533 4,073
Other assets 945 908
Total non-current assets 91,557 86,910
Current assets
Inventories 23,110 20,757
Trade and other receivables 15,299 14,457
Income tax receivable 322 336
Cash and cash equivalents 73,095 74,947
Total current assets 111,826 110,497
TOTAL ASSETS 203,383 197,407
EQUITY AND LIABILITIES
Equity attributable to the equity holders of the parent
Share capital 1,143 1,134
Share premium 5,449 5,138
Accumulated surplus 163,886 158,973
Other reserves 4,128 4,135
Total equity 174,606 169,380
Current liabilities
Income tax payable 1,261 1,092
Trade and other payables 12,955 11,824
Provisions 50 50
Total current liabilities 14,266 13,966
Non-current liabilities
Other payables 3,344 4,318
Deferred tax liabilities 11,167 10,743
Total non-current liabilities 14,511 14,061
TOTAL LIABILITIES 28,777 28,027
TOTAL EQUITY AND LIABILITIES 203,383 197,407

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 Three Months
Ended Ended
March 31, March 31,
2013 2012
(unaudited) (unaudited)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 74,947 71,085
Operating cash flows before changes in working capital 5,177 5,115
Changes in working capital (2,551) (1,821)
Cash generated from operations 2,626 3,294
Net Interest and Income taxes received 432 475
Capital Expenditure & Financing (net) (4,910) (2,387)
Free cash flow (1,852) 1,382
Cash paid to acquire Phoenix Bio-tech -- (333)
Cash paid to acquire Fiomi Diagnostics -- (5,624)
Repurchase of own company shares -- (1,011)
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period 73,095 65,499

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: kevin.tansley@trinitybiotech.com Lytham Partners LLC Joe Diaz, Joe Dorame & Robert Blum 602-889-9700

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