Mesa Labs Reports Record Third Quarter Revenues and Adjusted Net Income

LAKEWOOD, Colo., Feb. 02, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mesa Laboratories, Inc. (NASDAQ:MLAB) (we, us, our, “Mesa” or the “Company”) today reported record revenues and adjusted net income for the third quarter ended December 31, 2016.

/EIN News/ -- Highlights for the current quarter ended December 31, 2016 as compared to the same period last year:  

  • Revenues increased 20 percent
  • Adjusted net income1 increased 21 percent
  • Operating income increased 14 percent
  • Net income increased 25 percent

Revenues for the third quarter increased 20 percent to $23,843,000 as compared to $19,913,000 for the same quarter last year.  Operating income for the third quarter increased 14 percent to $4,386,000 as compared to $3,832,000 for the same quarter last year. Net income for the third quarter increased 25 percent to $3,252,000 or $0.84 per diluted share of common stock as compared to $2,597,000 or $0.69 per diluted share of common stock for the same quarter last year. Operating and net income for the third quarter ended December 31, 2016 were impacted by an unusual item consisting of a $237,000 expense (included in operating expenses), before tax, related to restructuring costs associated with the consolidation of our current Biological Indicator facilities in Omaha, Nebraska, Bozeman, Montana and Traverse City, Michigan into our new building in Bozeman, Montana. 

Revenues for the nine months ended December 31, 2016 increased 16 percent to $69,366,000 as compared to $59,847,000 for the same period last year.  Operating income for the nine months ended December 31, 2016 increased five percent to $10,973,000 as compared to $10,480,000 for the same period last year. Net income for the nine months ended December 31, 2016 increased five percent to $7,540,000 or $1.97 per diluted share of common stock as compared to $7,178,000 or $1.91 per diluted share of common stock for the same period last year. Operating and net income for the nine months ended December 31, 2016 were impacted by an unusual item consisting of a $457,000 expense (included in operating expenses), before tax, related to restructuring costs, as discussed above. Net income for the nine months ended December 31, 2016 was also impacted by an unusual item consisting of a $450,000 expense (included in other expense, net), before tax, related to an increase in the PCD earn-out liability which resulted from higher revenues in the product line than were originally forecasted at the time the earn-out liability was booked in purchase accounting. Operating income and net income for the nine months ended December 31, 2015 were impacted by an unusual item consisting of a $1,709,000 expense (included in operating expenses), before tax, related to a litigation settlement associated with the Amega Acquisition.

On a non-GAAP basis, adjusted net income (which excludes the non-cash impact of amortization of intangible assets, net of tax) for the third quarter increased 21 percent to $4,618,000 or $1.19 per diluted share of common stock as compared to $3,804,00 or $1.00 per diluted share of common stock for the same quarter last year. Adjusted net income for the nine months ended December 31, 2016 increased 11 percent to $11,490,000 or $3.00 per diluted share of common stock as compared to $10,351,000 or $2.75 per diluted share of common stock for the same period last year. Adjusted net income for the three and nine months ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, were impacted by the same items noted above.

“Mesa posted excellent results for the third quarter of fiscal 2017, with all four of our divisions exhibiting significant growth over the same quarter last year,” said John J. Sullivan, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Combined, our two largest divisions, Instruments and Biological Indicators (BI), grew by 14 percent, although this is a somewhat unfair comparison, as we reported approximately $500,000 in delayed shipments during the third quarter last year. Even accounting for last year’s delayed shipments, these two divisions combined were still up more than 10 percent over last year.  The weakness we reported earlier in the year for these two businesses seems to have abated somewhat and revenues for these two divisions were four percent higher, on a combined basis, over our second quarter of fiscal 2017. For the total company, quarterly organic growth was excellent at 18 percent, and was still 15 percent, accounting for last year’s delayed shipments. Through the first three quarters this year, our revenues are up 16 percent, which includes nine percent organic growth.”

“Increased revenues and gross margin drove higher profitability, with adjusted net income (“ANI”) increasing 21 percent over this quarter last fiscal year and 31 percent over last quarter,” continued John Sullivan. “Third quarter profitability and a lower effective tax rate made up for some of the profit weakness earlier in the year and pushed ANI growth to 11 percent for the year-to-date.”

“A highlight of the third quarter was the acquisition of the FreshLoc continuous monitoring (“CM”) business on November 7, 2016. This business, which was integrated into our existing Cold Chain Monitoring Division, represents a great opportunity to add unique products to our offering, expand our market share in hospitals and become more competitive in the lower price portion of the CM market. Mesa can now offer CM systems across the entire range of price and capability. This wide product portfolio, coupled with Mesa’s first class sales and support network will increase Mesa’s competitiveness in the broad CM market, whether being offered to FreshLoc’s current hospital customer base or other price sensitive portions of the CM market, such as food processing or retail.”

1 The non-GAAP measures of adjusted net income and adjusted net income per diluted share are defined to exclude the non-cash impact of amortization of intangible assets, net of tax. A reconciliation between these non-GAAP measures and their GAAP counterparts is set forth in the table below, along with additional information regarding their use.

Financial Summary

Consolidated Condensed Statements of Income

(Unaudited)

(Amounts in thousands, except per share data) Three Months Ended
December 31,
Nine Months Ended December 31,
    2016   2015    2016   2015
Revenues $ 23,843 $ 19,913  $ 69,366  $ 59,847 
Cost of revenues   10,306   7,704   30,091   23,430
Gross profit   13,537   12,209   39,275   36,417
Operating expenses   9,151   8,377   28,302   25,937
Operating income   4,386   3,832   10,973   10,480
Other expense, net   506   381   1,712   710
Earnings before income taxes   3,880   3,451   9,261   9,770
Income taxes   628   854   1,721   2,592
Net income $ 3,252 $ 2,597 $ 7,540 $ 7,178
         
Net income per share (basic) $  0.88 $   0.72 $    2.06  $ 2.00
Net income per share (diluted)   0.84   0.69   1.97   1.91
         
Weighted average common shares outstanding:        
Basic   3,688   3,614   3,668   3,596
Diluted   3,868   3,786   3,835   3,758
                 


Consolidated Condensed Balance Sheets
  December 31, 2016
March 31, 2016
(Amounts in thousands) (Unaudited)  
Cash and cash equivalents $ 5,405 $   5,695
Other current assets   29,559   31,491
Total current assets   34,964   37,186
Property, plant and equipment, net   24,273   16,628
Other assets   111,216   106,934
Total assets $ 170,453   $ 160,748
     
Liabilities $ 76,728 $    76,070
Stockholders’ equity   93,725   84,678
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 170,453 $ 160,748
         


Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures
(Unaudited)
(Amounts in thousands, except per share data) Three Months Ended December 31, Nine Months Ended December 31,
    2016   2015   2016   2015
Net income $ 3,252 $ 2,597 $    7,540 $   7,178
Amortization of intangible assets, net of tax   1,366    1,207   3,950   3,173
Adjusted net income $ 4,618   $ 3,804 $ 11,490 $ 10,351
         
Adjusted net income per share (basic) $   1.25 $   1.05 $   3.13 $   2.88
Adjusted net income per share (diluted)   1.19   1.00   3.00   2.75
         
Weighted average common shares outstanding:        
Basic   3,688   3,614   3,668   3,596
Diluted   3,868   3,786   3,835   3,758
                 

The non-GAAP measures of adjusted net income and adjusted net income per share presented in the reconciliation above are defined to exclude the non-cash impact of amortization of intangible assets, net of tax. The tax effect is calculated using the average corporate rate for that period multiplied by the amortization. We believe that excluding these acquisition related expenses provides the ability to understand the benefits of acquisitions based on their cash return.

We provide non-GAAP adjusted net income and non-GAAP adjusted net income per share amounts in order to provide meaningful supplemental information regarding our operational performance. Our management uses non-GAAP measures to evaluate the performance of our business and to compensate employees. This information facilitates management's internal comparisons to our historical operating results as well as to the operating results of our competitors. Since management finds this measure to be useful, we believe that our investors can benefit by evaluating both non-GAAP and GAAP results.

Our management recognizes that items such as amortization of intangible assets can have a material impact on our net income. To gain a complete picture of all effects on our profit and loss from any and all events, management does (and investors should) rely upon the GAAP consolidated statements of income. The non-GAAP numbers focus instead upon our core operating business.

Readers are reminded that non-GAAP measures are merely a supplement to, and not a replacement for, or superior to financial measures prepared according to GAAP. They should be evaluated in conjunction with the GAAP financial measures. It should be noted as well that our non-GAAP information may be different from the non-GAAP information provided by other companies.

About Mesa Laboratories, Inc.

We pursue a strategy of focusing primarily on quality control products and services, which are sold into niche markets that are driven by regulatory requirements. We prefer markets that have limited competition where we can establish a commanding presence and achieve high gross margins. We are organized into four divisions across eight physical locations. Our Instruments Division designs, manufactures and markets quality control instruments and disposable products utilized in connection with the healthcare, pharmaceutical, food and beverage, medical device, industrial hygiene, environmental air sampling and semiconductor industries. Our Biological Indicators Division provides testing services, along with the manufacturing and marketing of biological indicators and distribution of chemical indicators used to assess the effectiveness of sterilization processes, including steam, hydrogen peroxide, ethylene oxide and radiation, in the hospital, dental, medical device and pharmaceutical industries. Our Cold Chain Monitoring Division designs, develops and markets systems which are used to monitor various environmental parameters such as temperature, humidity and differential pressure to ensure that critical storage and processing conditions are maintained in hospitals, pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, blood banks, pharmacies and a number of other laboratory and industrial environments. Our Cold Chain Monitoring Division also provides parameter (primarily temperature) monitoring of products during transport in a cold chain and consulting services such as compliance monitoring and validation or mapping of transport and storage containers. Our Cold Chain Packaging Division provides packaging development consulting services and thermal packaging products such as coolers, boxes, insulation materials and phase-change products to control temperature during transport.

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CONTACT: John J. Sullivan, Ph.D.; President and CEO, or John Sakys; CFO, both of Mesa Laboratories, Inc., +1-303-987-8000
                    
                    For more information about the Company, please visit its website at www.mesalabs.com

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