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Abaxis CEO Discusses F2Q2011 Results - Earnings Call Transcript

Clint Severson

Great, thank you Joe, and good afternoon everybody. I will review the accomplishments and the challenges for Q2 2011 and some of the goals for Q3. After my short presentation, I’ll ask Marty Mulroy, our VP of North American Vet Sales and Marketing and Brenton Hanlon, our VP of North American Medical Sales and Marketing to give an update on their respective businesses, and then we’ll take questions.

Q2 was not only another record sales quarter but also a quarter where we have made significant progress in completing some of our manufacturing improvements with the goal of hitting $2 disc cost. Our first and four new automation lines is in production and we’ll now enter the optimization phase in Q3. The end result will be lower disc cost due to improved quality, due to less handling of the discs and some of the key steps we’re fully automating our priming, staking and deep bidding (ph). Once this is completed, we’ll be fully automated which will lead to reduced costs going forward.

We also completed the design for adding a new larger (inaudible) which will allow us to more than double our capacity for bead production to about $150 million beads per quarter. And due to a surge in our shipping of direct orders, we are adding an automated bar code and freight selection system to only the low cost shipper will be selected for a particular order.

While disinvestment in factory improvements and increased shipping cost was a drag on total gross margins, gross margins on instruments we manufacture the VS2 and the Piccolo Xpress finished Q2 at near – at a near record 61% versus 57% last quarter and this gross margins finished at 68.1% up 13 basis points versus Q1. These improvements are a result of both good cost control and an increase in average selling prices. As I mentioned before, we finished Q2 with record total sales of $35.3 million, up 17% year-over-year and up 1% quarter-over-quarter.

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