Fourth quarter as reported revenue increased 14%; 16% constant currency organic revenue growth
Fourth quarter as reported earnings per share of $1.88; adjusted EPS of $2.30
Fiscal 2024 Outlook Provided
DUBLIN, IRELAND , May 10, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- STERIS plc (NYSE: STE) (“STERIS” or the “Company”) today announced financial results for its fiscal 2023 fourth quarter and full year ended March 31, 2023. Revenue as reported for the quarter increased 14% to $1.38 billion compared with $1.21 billion in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2022. Constant currency organic revenue (see Non-GAAP Financial Measures) increased 16% for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2023 as compared to the fourth quarter of fiscal 2022.
“We are pleased to end the year with strong performance,” said Dan Carestio, President and Chief Executive Officer of STERIS. “Our teams worked diligently to meet Customer demand in the fourth quarter. Heading into fiscal 2024, we are optimistic that many of the challenges we faced in fiscal 2023 are abating, including procedure volumes and supply chain constraints. As a result, we look forward to another year of record performance.”
Fourth Quarter and Full Year Operating Results
As reported, net income for the fourth quarter was $187.2 million or $1.88 per share, compared with net income of $52.3 million or $0.52 per diluted share in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2022. Adjusted net income (see Non-GAAP Financial Measures) for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2023 was $229.2 million or $2.30 per diluted share, compared with the previous year’s fourth quarter of $205.4 million or $2.04 per diluted share.
As reported, full year net income was $107.0 million, or $1.07 per diluted share, compared with $243.9 million, or $2.48 per diluted share in fiscal 2022. Fiscal 2023 net income was impacted by a $490.6 million pre-tax, non-cash impairment charge recorded in the second quarter related to the goodwill associated with the Dental segment acquired in the June 2021 acquisition of Cantel. Adjusted net income for fiscal 2023 was $822.2 million, or $8.20 per diluted share, compared with adjusted net income of $778.9 million, or $7.92 per diluted share in fiscal 2022.
Fourth Quarter Segment Results
Healthcare revenue as reported grew 20% in the quarter to $884.6 million compared with $738.8 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2022. This performance reflected a 31% improvement in capital equipment revenue, a 15% increase in consumable revenue and a 15% increase in service revenue. Constant currency organic revenue increased 21% for the quarter compared with the prior year quarter. Healthcare operating income was $208.8 million compared with $167.2 million in last year’s fourth quarter. This improvement was primarily attributable to the increase in volume.
Fiscal 2023 fourth quarter revenue for Applied Sterilization Technologies (AST) increased 7% as reported to $239.1 million compared with $222.9 million in the same period last year. This performance was driven primarily by increased demand from core medical device Customers, partially offset by continued reduction in demand from single use bioprocessing Customers. Constant currency organic revenue in the quarter increased 10%. Segment operating income decreased to $105.8 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2023 compared with operating income of $107.0 million in the same period last year primarily due to higher labor and energy costs and negative foreign currency.
Life Sciences fourth quarter revenue as reported increased 10% to $157.5 million compared with $143.3 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2022. This performance reflected a 14% increase in consumable revenue, an 8% improvement in capital equipment revenue and a 6% increase in service revenue. Constant currency organic revenue grew 11% in the quarter compared with the prior year quarter. Operating income increased to $61.1 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2023 compared with $57.5 million in the prior year’s fourth quarter. This improvement was primarily due to improved volume.
Dental fourth quarter revenue as reported declined 2% to $103.6 million compared with $105.7 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2022. Constant currency organic revenue declined 1% in the quarter compared with the prior year quarter. Operating income improved to $21.5 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2023 compared with $18.8 million in the prior year’s fourth quarter. This increase was primarily due to favorable pricing and improved operating efficiencies.
Net cash provided by operations for fiscal 2023 was $756.9 million, compared with $684.8 million in fiscal 2022. Free cash flow (see Non-GAAP Financial Measures) for fiscal 2023 was $409.6 million compared with $399.0 million in the prior year period. Cash flow was limited during fiscal 2023 by higher working capital requirements, in particular accounts receivable and inventory, as well as approximately $75 million in increased capital spending.
Fiscal 2024 Outlook
For fiscal 2024, as reported revenue is expected to increase 7-8%, reflecting the anticipated positive impact of foreign currency fluctuations based on forward rates through March 31, 2024. Constant currency organic revenue growth is anticipated to increase 6-7%. Adjusted earnings per diluted share are anticipated to be in the range of $8.55 to $8.75, with an effective tax rate of approximately 23%. Capital expenditures are anticipated to be approximately $375 million and free cash flow is expected to be approximately $700 million.
As previously announced, STERIS management will host a conference call tomorrow, May 11, 2023 at 9:00 a.m. ET. The conference call can be heard at www.steris-ir.com or via phone by dialing 1-833-535-2199 in the United States or 1-412-902-6776 internationally, then asking to join the conference call for STERIS plc.
For those unable to listen to the conference call live, a replay will be available beginning at 12:00 p.m. ET tomorrow either at www.steris-ir.com or via phone. To access the replay of the call, please use the access code 1246295 and dial 1-877-344-7529 in the United States or 1-412-317-0088 internationally.
STERIS is a leading global provider of products and services that support patient care with an emphasis on infection prevention. WE HELP OUR CUSTOMERS CREATE A HEALTHIER AND SAFER WORLD by providing innovative healthcare, life sciences and dental products and services. For more information, visit www.steris.com.
Julie Winter, Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Adjusted net income, adjusted income from operations, free cash flow and constant currency organic revenue are non-GAAP measures that may be used from time to time and should not be considered replacements for GAAP results. Non-GAAP financial measures are presented in this release with the intent of providing greater transparency to supplemental financial information used by management and the Board of Directors in their financial analysis and operational decision making. These amounts are disclosed so that the reader has the same financial data that management uses with the belief that it will assist investors and other readers in making comparisons to our historical operating results and analyzing the underlying performance of our operations for the periods presented. The Company believes that the presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures, when considered along with our GAAP financial measures, provides a more complete understanding of the factors and trends affecting our business than could be obtained absent this disclosure.
Adjusted net income and adjusted income from operations exclude the amortization of intangible assets acquired in business combinations, acquisition and divestiture related transaction costs, integration costs related to acquisitions, tax restructuring costs, and certain other unusual or non-recurring items. STERIS believes this measure is useful because it excludes items that may not be indicative of or are unrelated to our core operating results and provides a baseline for analyzing trends in our underlying businesses.
The Company defines free cash flow as cash flows from operating activities less purchases of property, plant, equipment and intangibles, plus proceeds from the sale of property, plant, equipment, and intangibles. STERIS believes that free cash flow is a useful measure of the Company’s ability to fund future principal debt repayments and growth outside of core operations, pay cash dividends, and repurchase ordinary shares.
To measure the percentage organic revenue growth, the Company removes the impact of significant acquisitions and divestitures that affect the comparability and trends in revenue. To measure the percentage constant currency organic revenue growth, the impact of changes in currency exchange rates and acquisitions and divestitures that affect the comparability and trends in revenue are removed. The impact of changes in currency exchange rates is calculated by translating current year results at prior year average currency exchange rates.
Because non-GAAP financial measures are not standardized, it may not be possible to compare these financial measures with other companies’ non-GAAP financial measures having the same or similar names. These adjusted financial measures should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for reported sales, gross profit, operating income, net earnings and net earnings per diluted share, the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures. These non-GAAP financial measures are an additional way of viewing aspects of the Company’s operations that, when viewed with GAAP results and the reconciliations to corresponding GAAP financial measures below, provide a more complete understanding of the business. The Company strongly encourages investors and shareholders to review its financial statements and publicly-filed reports in their entirety and not to rely on any single financial measure.
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Other potential risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include, without limitation, (a) the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic or similar public health crises on STERIS’s operations, supply chain, material and labor costs, performance, results, prospects, or value, (b) STERIS's ability to achieve the expected benefits regarding the accounting and tax treatments of the redomiciliation to Ireland (“Redomiciliation”), (c) operating costs, Customer loss and business disruption (including, without limitation, difficulties in maintaining relationships with employees, Customers, clients or suppliers) being greater than expected, (d) STERIS’s ability to successfully integrate the businesses of Cantel Medical into our existing businesses, including unknown or inestimable liabilities, or increases in expected integration costs or difficulties in connection with the integration of Cantel Medical, (e) STERIS’s ability to meet expectations regarding the accounting and tax treatment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“TCJA”) or the possibility that anticipated benefits resulting from the TCJA will be less than estimated, (f) changes in tax laws or interpretations that could increase our consolidated tax liabilities, including changes in tax laws that would result in STERIS being treated as a domestic corporation for United States federal tax purposes, (g) the potential for increased pressure on pricing or costs that leads to erosion of profit margins, including as a result of inflation, (h) the possibility that market demand will not develop for new technologies, products or applications or services, or business initiatives will take longer, cost more or produce lower benefits than anticipated, (i) the possibility that application of or compliance with laws, court rulings, certifications, regulations or regulatory actions, including without limitation any of the same relating to FDA, EPA or other regulatory authorities, government investigations, the outcome of any pending or threatened FDA, EPA or other regulatory warning notices, actions, requests, inspections or submissions, the outcome of any pending or threatened litigation brought by private parties, or other requirements or standards may delay, limit or prevent new product or service introductions, affect the production, supply and/or marketing of existing products or services, result in costs to STERIS that may not be covered by insurance or otherwise affect STERIS’s performance, results, prospects or value, (j) the potential of international unrest, including the Russia-Ukraine military conflict, economic downturn or effects of currencies, tax assessments, tariffs and/or other trade barriers, adjustments or anticipated rates, raw material costs or availability, benefit or retirement plan costs, or other regulatory compliance costs, (k) the possibility of reduced demand, or reductions in the rate of growth in demand, for STERIS’s products and services, (l) the possibility of delays in receipt of orders, order cancellations, or delays in the manufacture or shipment of ordered products, due to supply chain issues or otherwise, or in the provision of services, (m) the possibility that anticipated growth, cost savings, new product acceptance, performance or approvals, or other results may not be achieved, or that transition, labor, competition, timing, execution, regulatory, governmental, or other issues or risks associated with STERIS’s businesses, industry or initiatives including, without limitation, those matters described in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended March 31, 2022, and other securities filings, may adversely impact STERIS’s performance, results, prospects or value, (n) the impact on STERIS and its operations, or tax liabilities, of Brexit or the exit of other member countries from the EU, and the Company’s ability to respond to such impacts, (o) the impact on STERIS and its operations of any legislation, regulations or orders, including but not limited to any new trade or tax legislation, regulations or orders, that may be implemented by the U.S. administration or Congress, or of any responses thereto, (p) the possibility that anticipated financial results or benefits of recent acquisitions, including the acquisition of Cantel Medical and Key Surgical, or of STERIS’s restructuring efforts, or of recent divestitures, including anticipated revenue, productivity improvement, cost savings, growth synergies and other anticipated benefits, will not be realized or will be other than anticipated, (q) the increased level of STERIS’s indebtedness incurred in connection with the acquisition of Cantel Medical limiting financial flexibility or increasing future borrowing costs, (r) rating agency actions or other occurrences that could affect STERIS’s existing debt or future ability to borrow funds at rates favorable to STERIS or at all, (s) the potential impact of the acquisition of Cantel Medical on relationships, including with suppliers, Customers, employees and regulators, and (t) the effects of changes in credit availability and pricing, as well as the ability of STERIS’s Customers and suppliers to adequately access the credit markets, on favorable terms or at all, when needed.