ALLEN, TX--(Marketwire - Feb 19, 2013) - Atrion Corporation (
Commenting on the Company's performance, David A. Battat, President & CEO, said, "I am pleased that all our major product categories exhibited higher revenues in the recently concluded quarter, with overall sales up 12% compared to the same period in the prior year." Mr. Battat cautioned that, "A proper evaluation of our earnings requires consideration of two tax anomalies. Our 2011 earnings were positively impacted by R&D tax credits earned that year. Legislation authorizing 2012 R&D tax credits was enacted too late to allow the benefits of these credits to be reflected in our 2012 results. In addition, as previously reported, an IRS arbitration panel ruled in our favor in 2012 and granted us 100% of the R&D tax credits for 2006-2008 that had been disallowed by the regional IRS office, resulting in a substantial one-time tax credit in 2012. These anomalies distort the 2012 to 2011 comparisons of GAAP after tax earnings and diluted EPS. As a result, we have chosen to highlight operating income in our review as it excludes tax considerations."
Mr. Battat continued, "Operating income declined 8% for the quarter compared to last year's period. As forecasted in our February 2012 press release, operating income for the first two quarters in 2012 showed double-digit declines compared to the prior year, and then tapered to single-digit declines in the final two quarters of 2012. For the full year, revenues were essentially flat, with operating income down 12%. This decline, in part, reflects an increase of over 30% in R&D expenditures and an additional $1.1 million in depreciation and amortization charges. We anticipate similar increases in 2013 to bolster the development of new products and platform technologies. Even after factoring in these expenditures, we expect to grow our operating income in 2013." Mr. Battat concluded, "I am happy to report that we finished the year with cash and long and short term securities of $44.6 million, after returning to stockholders $24.5 million in regular and special dividends and an additional $5.3 million in the repurchases of 26,562 shares of our common stock."
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 efforts to bolster the development of new products and platform technologies, research and development and depreciation charges in 2013 and the Company's operating income in 2013. 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||15,754||12,815||62,922||57,697|
|Income before income taxes||7,426||7,942||35,075||39,475|
|Income tax provision||(2,532||)||(2,554||)||(11,446||)||(13,437||)|
|Income per basic share||$||2.42||$||2.67||$||11.72||$||12.90|
|Weighted average basic shares outstanding||2,019||2,016||2,016||2,019|
|Income per diluted share||$||2.42||$||2.65||$||11.66||$||12.82|
|Weighted average diluted shares outstanding||2,022||2,030||2,027||2,031|
|CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS|
|Dec. 31,||Dec. 31,|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||7,999||$||24,590|
|Total cash and short-term investments||16,181||44,869|
|Prepaid expenses and other||3,110||2,313|
|Deferred income taxes||623||755|
|Total current assets||56,747||83,742|
|Property, plant and equipment, net||59,268||56,370|
|LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY|
|Line of credit||--||--|
|Other non-current liabilities||13,774||13,338|