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Trinity Biotech Announces Results for Q1, 2019

DUBLIN, Ireland, May 07, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Trinity Biotech plc (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, 2019.

Quarter 1 Results
                                                                                          
Total revenues for Q1, 2019 were $22.0m which compares to $23.8m in Q1, 2018, a decrease of $1.8m and which were broken down as follows:

  2018
Quarter 1
2019
Quarter 1
Increase/
(decrease)
  US$’000 US$’000 %
Point-of-Care 3,776 3,195 (15.4%)
Clinical Laboratory 20,023 18,831 (6.0%)
Total 23,799 22,026 (7.4%)

Point-of-Care revenues for Q1, 2019 decreased from $3.8m to $3.2m when compared to Q1, 2018, a reduction of 15.4%. This was mainly due to a decrease in USA revenues due lower public health spending.

Clinical Laboratory revenues decreased from $20.0m to $18.8m, which represents a decrease of 6.0% compared to Q1, 2018. This decrease was primarily due to a reduction in infectious diseases revenues mainly arising in the USA.  This includes the impact of the previously announced loss of a significant Lyme contract, in addition to the underlying decrease in non-Lyme infectious diseases sales, due to their on-going migration to large scale instrumentation.  The strengthening of the US dollar against the basket of other currencies that we invoice in was also a factor, with the impact on our Brazilian Real revenues being the most significant element.    

Gross profit for Q1, 2019 amounted to $9.3m, representing a gross margin of 42.4%. This was lower than the 43.8% achieved in Q1, 2018 due to product mix whereby the abovementioned revenue decreases occurred in the company’s more profitable product lines. However, it should be noted it is higher than the gross margin reported in each of the last two quarters of 2018.

Research and Development expenses remained flat at $1.3m, whilst Selling, General and Administrative (SG&A) expenses fell by $0.4m to $6.6m during the quarter.  The latter was due to cost savings that were implemented mid-way through 2018.

Operating profit for the quarter was $1.3m, which is lower than the $1.8m achieved in Q1, 2018 and this was attributable to the combination of lower revenues and gross margin, though this was partially offset by lower indirect costs for the period. 

Financing income for the quarter showed a slight reduction, reflecting the lower levels of cash deposits. Meanwhile, interest payable amounted to $1.2m.  Of this, $1m related to interest payable on the Company’s exchangeable notes, with the remaining $0.2m representing financing charges arising on leased assets due to the introduction of the new accounting standard, IFRS 16 (see below).  A further non-cash expense of $0.3m has been recognised further down the income statement.  This was due to a loss of $0.1m arising on an increase in the fair value of the embedded derivatives associated with the exchangeable notes plus non-cash interest of $0.2m, also in relation to the notes.

The profit after tax, before non-cash financial expenses, for the quarter was $0.1m in comparison to $0.7m for the equivalent period last year.  This was primarily due to the lower operating profit this quarter.    

The basic EPS (excluding non-cash financial expenses) for the quarter was 0.5 cents versus 3.4 cents in Q1, 2018. Unconstrained diluted EPS for the quarter amounted to 4.4 cents, which compares to 7.1 cents in the equivalent quarter in 2018.

Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, amortisation and share option expense for the quarter was $3.1m, compared with $3.3m in Q1, 2018.

Impact of new Accounting Standard – IFRS 16 - Leases

The financial statements for Q1, 2019 (though not the comparatives for Q1, 2018) have been prepared in accordance with IFRS 16 - Leases which is a new accounting standard which became effective from January 1, 2019 and one which has very similar provisions to ASC 842 in US GAAP.  The new standard has a significant impact on how leases greater than one year are treated in financial statements. In Trinity’s case, such leases mainly concern leases for manufacturing and other premises used by the company which range in duration up to 15 years.

In the past any payments made under these leases would have been reflected in the income statement as an expense in the period to which they relate. Also the underlying assets would not have appeared as an asset on the lessee’s balance sheet as the lessee is not the legal owner of those assets.

However, under IFRS 16, from January 1, 2019 such leases (including those in existence at that date) will essentially be treated as financing instruments whereby the assets, even though not owned by the company, will now be recognised on the balance sheet as a fixed asset (with the carrying value being determined by the discounted cash flows of the remaining future lease payments) and then depreciated through the income statement over the remaining life of the lease.  In addition, there will also be an interest charge recognized in the income statement which will reflect the effective financing element of any lease payments. So in effect, from an accounting point of view, lease charges are being replaced by a combination of depreciation and interest. 

Whilst there is no cash flow impact of the new standard, there will be presentational differences as in the past, lease payments would have been reflected in Cash Generated from Operations.  Now instead such payments will be recorded separately as Lease Payments in the financing section of the Statement of Cash Flows.

The table below summarizes the differences in treatment brought about by the new standard:

  Pre IFRS 16 Post IFRS 16
Income Statement Lease payments expensed as incurred. Deprecation charge recognised over the life of the asset.
Interest charge recognised (shown after operating profit).
Balance Sheet No asset or lease liability recognised on the Balance Sheet. Fixed asset recognised on Balance Sheet – carrying amount based on discounted value of lease payments.  An equivalent lease liability is also recognised at the same time.
Statement of Cash Flows Lease payments reflected in Cash Generated from Operations as paid. Payments recorded as Lease Payments in the financing section of the Statement of Cash Flows. 

The impact on the new standard in the financial statements this quarter are as follows:

  • A reduction in profit before tax of $0.1m;
  • The recognition of additional fixed assets of $21.2m less accumulated depreciation of $0.6m
  • The recognition of higher payables of $20.7m of which $2.1m relates to Trade and Other Payables (less than one year) and $18.6m relates to Other Payables (greater than one year).
  • Separate Lease Payments of $0.8m which would previously have been recorded within Cash Generated from Operations in the Statement of Cash Flows. 

Comments

Commenting on the results Kevin Tansley, Chief Financial Officer stated “This quarter we saw our operating profit decrease from $1.8m to $1.3m due to the impact of lower revenues and gross margin – though gross margin was higher than our most recent two quarters.  We also had a positive impact of lower indirect costs due to the continued impact of the cost saving program which we announced last year.  Overall, the result was that quarter on quarter our unconstrained diluted EPS decreased from 7.1 cents to 4.4 cents whilst Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, amortisation and share option expense for the quarter was $3.1m.”

Ronan O’Caoimh, Chief Executive Officer stated “Point-of-care revenues were down this quarter – though this was mainly due to lower sales in the USA due to on-going public health budget constraints.  Meanwhile HIV sales in Africa held up well.  Clinical Laboratory revenues were also lower with the main factor being the reduction in USA infectious diseases revenues due to the loss of a Lyme contract and an underlying decline in non-Lyme sales in this market.”

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: www.trinitybiotech.com.

       
Trinity Biotech plc
Consolidated Income Statements
       
(US$000’s  except share data)   Three Months
Ended
Mar 31,
2019
(unaudited)
Three Months
Ended
Mar 31,
2018
(unaudited)
       
Revenues   22,026 23,799
       
Cost of sales   (12,688) (13,371)
       
Gross profit   9,338 10,428
Gross profit %   42.4% 43.8%
       
Other operating income   22 24
       
Research & development expenses   (1,311) (1,272)
Selling, general and administrative expenses   (6,553) (6,940)
Indirect share based payments   (176) (434)
       
Operating profit   1,320 1,806
       
Financial income   140 205
Financial expenses   (1,243) (1,159)
Net financing expense   (1,103) (954)
       
Profit before tax & non-cash items   217 852
       
Income tax expense   (105) (132)
Profit after tax before non-cash items   112 720
       
Non-cash financial (expense)   (323) (342)
       
(Loss)/Profit after tax and non-cash items    (211) 378
       
(Loss)/Earnings per ADR (US cents)   (1.0) 1.8
       
Earnings per ADR excluding non-cash financial expense/income (US cents)   0.5 3.4
       
Diluted earnings per ADR (US cents)*   4.4 7.1
       
Weighted average no. of ADRs used in computing basic earnings per ADR   20,901,703 20,907,885
       
Weighted average no. of ADRs used in computing diluted earnings per ADR   25,467,516 26,163,828

* Under IAS 33 Earnings per Share, diluted earnings per share cannot be anti-dilutive. In a reporting period where it is anti-dilutive, diluted earnings per ADR should be constrained to equal basic earnings per ADR.

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,
2019
US$ ‘000
(unaudited)
Dec 31,
2018
US$ ‘000
(unaudited)
ASSETS    
Non-current assets    
Property, plant and equipment 26,586 5,362
Goodwill and intangible assets 54,377 52,951
Deferred tax assets 5,996 5,703
Other assets 535 558
Total non-current assets 87,494 64,574
     
Current assets    
Inventories 30,942 30,359
Trade and other receivables 23,568 24,441
Income tax receivable 1,209 1,584
Cash, cash equivalents and deposits 29,433 30,277
Total current assets 85,152 86,661
     
TOTAL ASSETS 172,646 151,235
     
EQUITY AND LIABILITIES    
Equity attributable to the equity holders of the parent    
Share capital 1,213 1,213
Share premium 16,187 16,187
Accumulated surplus 55,341 55,342
Treasury shares and other reserves (28,573) (28,688)
Total equity* 44,168 44,054
     
Current liabilities    
Income tax payable 125 210
Trade and other payables 19,639 17,344
Provisions 50 50
Total current liabilities 19,814 17,604
     
Non-current liabilities    
Exchangeable senior note payable 81,942 81,620
Other payables 18,994 526
Deferred tax liabilities 7,728 7,431
Total non-current liabilities 108,664 89,577
     
TOTAL LIABILITIES 128,478 107,181
     
TOTAL EQUITY AND LIABILITIES 172,646 151,235

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).

*Some re-formatting of reserves completed in order to achieve consistency with formal financial statements.

     
Trinity Biotech plc
Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows
     
(US$000’s) Three Months
Ended
Mar 31,
2019
(unaudited)
Three Months
Ended
Mar 31,
2018
(unaudited)
     
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 30,277 57,607
     
Operating cash flows before changes in working capital 3,208 3,258
Changes in working capital (528) (2,679)
Cash generated from operations 2,680 579
     
Net Interest and Income taxes received/(paid) 348 204
     
Capital Expenditure & Financing (net)
(3,114)
(4,061)
     
Payments for Leases (IFRS 16) (758) -
     
Free cash flow (844) (3,278)
     
Share buyback - (434)
     
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period 29,433 53,895

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

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Joe Diaz, Joe Dorame & Robert Blum
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