BURLINGTON, Mass., Feb. 28, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- LeMaitre Vascular, Inc. (Nasdaq:LMAT), a provider of peripheral vascular devices and implants, today announced Q4 2010 financial results. The Company posted record quarterly sales of $14.4mm and adjusted operating income of $938,000. During Q4 2010 the company acquired the LifeSpan ePTFE graft business and agreed to buy out its distributors in Spain and Denmark. The Company also declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.02 per share of its common stock.
Q4 2010 sales increased 6% (+9% organic) versus Q4 2009, driven by 14% growth in the Americas. Full-year 2010 sales increased 10% (+12% organic) versus 2009, driven by a 17% increase in sales of products in the Vascular category and an 18% increase in the Americas. Vascular accounted for 71% of revenues in 2010 while the Americas accounted for 62%.
The Company reported a gross margin of 71.7% in Q4 2010, versus 74.9% in Q4 2009. The decrease was largely due to costs related to the closure and relocation of the Company's Italian graft manufacturing facility. Full year 2010 gross margin increased to 74.4% from 73.3% in 2009, due to increased manufacturing efficiencies and higher average selling prices.Excluding restructuring and impairment charges, Q4 2010 operating income was $938,000. Reported Q4 2010 operating loss was $1.0mm versus an operating profit of $1.2mm in Q4 2009. The loss was driven by $1.6mm in restructuring charges from the closure of the Italian factory, $0.4mm of TAArget/UniFit impairment charges, and increased operating expenses. Full-year 2010 operating profit was a record $4.3mm versus $1.9mm in 2009. Sales growth and an expanded gross margin drove the improvement. Net income in Q4 2010 was $2.1mm, or $0.13 per diluted share, versus $1.3mm in Q4 2009, or $0.08 per diluted share. Q4 2010 net income benefited from a $2.3mm one-time, non-cash, credit to the tax provision. Net income for 2010 was $6.2mm, or $0.38 per diluted share, versus $1.6mm, or $0.10 per diluted share, in 2009.