Covance Reports Earnings Growth of 30% to $0.52 Per Share
- 21.7% Growth in Net Orders; Backlog up 17.4%; Record Margins of 14.3% -
PRINCETON, N.J., April 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Covance Inc. (NYSE: CVD) today reported earnings for its first quarter ended March 31, 2006 of $0.52/diluted share, including stock-based compensation expense of $0.04 per diluted share related to SFAS 123(R). This represents year-over-year EPS growth of 30.0% with both periods including stock-based compensation expense.
"Covance began 2006 with another strong, balanced financial performance, including top-line growth of 14.0% and record operating margins of 14.3% (including the impact of SFAS 123R). We also continued to win significant and strategic new business orders," said Joe Herring, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "Early Development reported another quarter of strong operating margins of 24.9%, despite incremental expenses associated with opening new toxicology capacity, and revenue growth of 8.8%. In Late-Stage Development, revenue growth accelerated to 18.5% and operating margins increased to 18.0%, primarily driven by very strong performance in our central laboratory services."
"Covance also delivered another quarter of strong new business flow, as net orders grew 21.7% to $375 million and backlog increased 17.4% to $1.72 billion. During the first quarter, we were awarded a $29 million extension and expansion of a dedicated space toxicology contract from a top ten pharmaceutical client who has decided to contract its in-house GLP testing. Coupled with the expansion we announced last quarter, this contract further validates our strategic approach to drug development as a winning solution for our clients and Covance. With the phased opening of our large toxicology expansion in Madison, WI last month and our recent agreement to acquire eight early clinical development sites from Radiant Research, Covance has strengthened our position to accommodate the continued strong demand for our integrated early development service offerings."
"Reflecting the estimated impact of expensing stock-based compensation under SFAS 123(R) of $0.17 per diluted share, Covance has modified our 2006 earnings target to be at least $2.16 per diluted share."
Consolidated Results ($ in millions 1Q06 1Q05 1Q05 1Q05 Change except EPS) as reported SFAS 123 Pro Forma Expense Net Revenues $320.5 $281.3 $281.3 14.0% Reimbursable Out-of-Pockets $13.1 $11.5 $11.5 Total Revenues $333.6 $292.8 $292.8 Costs and Expenses $274.7 $240.4 $4.9 $245.3 12.0% Reimbursable Out-of-Pockets $13.1 $11.5 $11.5 Total Costs and Expenses $287.8 $251.9 $4.9 $256.8 Operating Income $45.8 $40.9 ($4.9) $36.0 27.2% Operating Margin % 14.3% 14.5% (1.7%) 12.8% Net Income $33.4 $28.9 ($3.4) $25.5 31.0% Diluted EPS $0.52 $0.45 ($0.05) $0.40 30.0% Operating Segment Results Early Development
The Company's Early Development segment includes preclinical toxicology, analytical chemistry, clinical pharmacology services, and research products. Early Development net revenues for the first quarter of 2006 grew 8.8% to $142.4 million compared to $131.0 million in the first quarter of 2005. Excluding the impact of exchange rate differences between both periods, revenue growth would have been 11.4%. Revenue was down sequentially following an exceptionally strong fourth quarter, which included significant year-end customer purchases of research products and a very high level of large animal study starts. Although year-on-year growth was constrained by limited North American toxicology capacity, we expect the recent addition of new capacity to enable low- to mid-teen revenue growth in this segment beginning in the second quarter.
Operating income for the first quarter of 2006 increased 11.0% to $35.5 million compared to $32.0 million for the first quarter of last year. Operating margins for the first quarter of 2006 were 24.9% versus 24.4% in the first quarter of the prior year. The primary drivers of the year-on-year operating margin expansion were toxicology services and research products.
($ in millions) 1Q06 1Q05 Change Net Revenues $142.4 $131.0 8.8% Operating Income $35.5 $32.0 11.0% Margin % 24.9% 24.4% Late-Stage Development
The Late-Stage Development segment includes central laboratory, Phase II- III clinical development, commercialization services (periapproval services and market access services), and cardiac safety services. Late-Stage Development net revenue growth for the first quarter of 2006 accelerated to 18.5% with net revenues of $178.1 million compared to $150.3 million in the first quarter of 2005. Central laboratory services was the strongest contributor to this quarter's year-on-year growth.
Operating income for the first quarter of 2006 increased 24.7% to $32.0 million compared to $25.6 million in the first quarter of the prior year. Operating margins for the first quarter of 2006 were 18.0% versus 17.1% in the first quarter of the prior year and 16.2% in the fourth quarter of 2005. The primary driver of the year-on-year and sequential expansion in operating margins was the very strong performance in central laboratory services. Although clinical development contributed to revenue and margin growth in the first quarter, we anticipate a slower conversion of backlog to revenue in the second and third quarters due to the delay of three large studies.
($ in millions) 1Q06 1Q05 Change Net Revenues $178.1 $150.3 18.5% Operating Income $32.0 $25.6 24.7% Margin % 18.0% 17.1% Corporate Information
The Company's backlog at March 31, 2006 grew 17.4% year-over-year to $1.72 billion compared to $1.46 billion at March 31, 2005. Net orders in the first quarter of 2006 were $374.7 million, up 21.7% over the $308.0 million reported in the first quarter of 2005.
Corporate expenses, which totaled $21.6 million in the first quarter of 2006, includes $4.0 million of incremental expenses relating to the expensing of stock-based compensation under SFAS 123(R).
The Company reported an increase of $30.4 million in cash and cash equivalents in the first quarter of 2006 to $191.1 million at March 31, 2006 from $160.7 million at December 31, 2005.
Capital expenditures for the first quarter of 2006 were $19.2 million. Free cash flow (cash from operations less capital spending) was $13.4 million. We continue to expect 2006 capital spending to be approximately $125 million and 2006 free cash flow to be approximately $90 million.
Net Days Sales Outstanding (DSO) were 56 days at both March 31, 2006 and December 31, 2005 and 55 days at March 31, 2005.
The Company's investor conference call will be webcast on April 27 at 9:00 am EDT. Management's commentary and presentation slides will be available through http://www.covance.com.
Covance, with headquarters in Princeton, New Jersey, is one of the world's largest and most comprehensive drug development services companies with annual revenues greater than $1 billion, global operations in more than 20 countries, and more than 7,400 employees worldwide. Information on Covance's products and services, recent press releases, and SEC filings can be obtained through its website at http://www.covance.com.
Statements contained in this press release, which are not historical facts, such as statements about prospective earnings, savings, revenue, operations, revenue and earnings growth and other financial results are forward-looking statements pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All such forward-looking statements including the statements contained herein regarding anticipated trends in the Company's business are based largely on management's expectations and are subject to and qualified by risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements. These risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, competitive factors, outsourcing trends in the pharmaceutical industry, levels of industry research and development spending, the Company's ability to continue to attract and retain qualified personnel, the fixed price nature of contracts or the loss of large contracts, risks associated with acquisitions and investments, the Company's ability to increase order volume, the pace of translation of orders into revenue in late-stage development services, our ability to obtain necessary regulatory approval on a timely basis and close the Radiant transaction, difficulties or delays in integrating the business of Radiant and achieving anticipated efficiencies and synergies, and other factors described in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission including its Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. The Company undertakes no duty to update any forward- looking statement to conform the statement to actual results or changes in the Company's expectations.
Statement Regarding Adoption of SFAS 123(R)
Prior to 2006, Covance followed the disclosure-only provisions of SFAS 123 as it related to expensing of stock options. Accordingly, the Company had accounted for stock awards granted under its equity plans under the recognition and measurement principles of APB25, which provide that no expense is recorded for stock options issued with an exercise price equal to the fair market value of the underlying stock on the date of grant. Covance reflected the expense associated with the fair value of stock option grants in its required pro forma footnote disclosure under SFAS 123 in its SEC filings. Beginning January 1, 2006, Covance adopted SFAS 123(R). Under SFAS 123(R), all share-based payments to employees, including grants of employee stock options, are recognized in the financial statements based upon their fair values. Management believes that it may be useful for investors in evaluating current period financial performance to compare to 2005 results that include stock option expense computed in accordance with SFAS 123. Management does not assert that such pro forma numbers are superior to the 2005 "as reported" results; however, the pro forma numbers may help investors compare results including stock option expense across both periods. Although the Company has begun to use the Lattice-Binomial valuation method for valuing stock options granted beginning in 2006 (whereas previously the Company had used the Black- Scholes Merton valuation method), management believes that the Lattice- Binomial and the Black-Scholes Merton valuation methods, with the assumptions used by the Company, result in fair values which are substantially similar in all material respects. As a result, the Company believes that the 2006 "as reported" amounts under SFAS 123(R) are comparable to the 2005 "pro forma" amounts as previously disclosed under SFAS 123.
COVANCE INC. CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENTS FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2006 AND 2005 (Dollars in thousands, except per share data) (UNAUDITED) Three Months Ended March 31 2006 (1) 2005 (2) Net revenues $320,509 $281,265 Reimbursable out-of-pockets 13,129 11,518 Total revenues 333,638 292,783 Costs and expenses: Cost of revenue 213,660 186,772 Reimbursed out-of-pocket expenses 13,129 11,518 Selling, general and administrative 48,286 42,136 Depreciation and amortization 12,719 11,501 Total costs and expenses 287,794 251,927 Income from operations 45,844 40,856 Other (income) expense, net: Interest income, net (1,813) (1,012) Foreign exchange transaction loss, net 262 582 Other income, net (1,551) (430) Income before taxes and equity investee earnings 47,395 41,286 Taxes on income 14,256 12,718 Equity investee earnings 250 296 Net income $33,389 $28,864 Basic earnings per share $0.53 $0.46 Weighted average shares outstanding - basic 63,172,374 62,755,085 Diluted earnings per share $0.52 $0.45 Weighted average shares outstanding - diluted 64,446,222 63,990,948 (1) 2006 financial results include stock-based compensation expense as measured under SFAS 123R. (2) 2005 financial results reflect stock-based compensation expense as measured under APB 25 and, accordingly, do not include stock-based compensation expense as measured under SFAS 123. COVANCE INC. CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS MARCH 31, 2006 and DECEMBER 31, 2005 (Dollars in thousands) March 31 December 31 2006 2005 (UNAUDITED) ASSETS Current Assets: Cash & cash equivalents $191,097 $160,717 Accounts receivable, net 193,736 206,098 Unbilled services 96,207 88,297 Inventory 40,520 40,293 Deferred income taxes 2,085 2,062 Prepaid expenses and other current assets 58,651 49,243 Total Current Assets 582,296 546,710 Property and equipment, net 416,697 410,665 Goodwill, net 61,262 61,262 Other assets 38,335 37,966 Total Assets $1,098,590 $1,056,603 LIABILITIES and STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY Current Liabilities: Accounts payable $24,679 $26,975 Accrued payroll and benefits 50,875 64,226 Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 49,408 48,298 Unearned revenue 90,655 96,987 Income taxes payable 18,450 16,242 Total Current Liabilities 234,067 252,728 Deferred income taxes 44,365 45,545 Other liabilities 28,385 26,559 Total Liabilities 306,817 324,832 Stockholders' Equity: Common stock 725 718 Paid-in capital 377,980 350,678 Retained earnings 646,200 612,811 Cumulative translation adjustment 13,234 13,367 Treasury stock (246,366) (245,803) Total Stockholders' Equity 791,773 731,771 Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity $1,098,590 $1,056,603 COVANCE INC. CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2006 AND 2005 (Dollars in thousands) (UNAUDITED) Three Months Ended March 31 2006 2005 Cash flows from operating activities: Net income $ 33,389 $ 28,864 Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities: Depreciation and amortization 12,719 11,501 Non-cash compensation expense associated with employee benefit and stock compensation plans 6,697 3,478 Deferred income tax provision (1,203) (1,052) Other (195) 145 Changes in operating assets and liabilities: Accounts receivable 12,362 (4,451) Unbilled services (7,910) (10,392) Inventory (227) 1,926 Accounts payable (2,296) (2,043) Accrued liabilities (12,241) (19,582) Unearned revenue (6,332) (2,008) Income taxes payable 5,260 15,044 Other assets and liabilities, net (7,462) (15,079) Net cash provided by operating activities 32,561 6,351 Cash flows from investing activities: Capital expenditures (19,158) (23,659) Other, net 22 - Net cash used in investing activities (19,136) (23,659) Cash flows from financing activities: Stock issued under employee stock purchase and option plans 17,560 19,035 Purchase of treasury stock (563) (12,072) Net cash provided by financing activities 16,997 6,963 Effect of exchange rate changes on cash (42) (4,657) Net change in cash and cash equivalents 30,380 (15,002) Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period 160,717 177,712 Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $191,097 $162,710