Commenting on the results, Chief Executive Officer, Ciaran Murray, said “I am encouraged with our performance in the quarter. Net new business awards were $308m, representing a book to bill of 1.3. This resulted in a year-end backlog of $2.3 billion up 19% on December 2010.” He continued “Earnings in the quarter increased to $0.07. With this level of backlog growth and continuing success in developing our strategic partnerships, we expect revenue to grow steadily through the remainder of 2012 and be in the range of $1.07 - $1.11 billion. As a result of this revenue growth and of improved leverage from our cost base we expect EPS in the range of $0.90 to $1.10.”
ICON today also announced the appointment of Mr. Brendan Brennan as Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Brennan has served as acting Chief Financial Officer since October 2011. Prior to this appointment he served as ICON’s Senior Vice President of Corporate Finance and he has been a senior member of the ICON finance team since January 2006. Prior to joining ICON, Mr. Brennan held a senior corporate finance position in CRH plc, a major international building materials group. Mr Brennan qualified as a chartered accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance from Dublin City University.
In addition to the financial measures prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), this press release contains certain non-GAAP financial measures, including non-GAAP operating and net income and non-GAAP diluted earnings per share. While non-GAAP financial measures are not superior to or a substitute for the comparable GAAP measures, ICON believes certain non-GAAP information is useful to investors for historical comparison purposes.
The company will hold its fourth quarter conference call today, February 16, 2012 at 9:00 EST [14:00 Ireland & UK]. This call and associated slide presentation can be accessed live from our website at http://www.iconplc.com. A recording will also be available on the website for 90 days following the call. In addition, a calendar of company events, including upcoming conference presentations, is available on our website under “Investors”. This calendar will be updated regularly.
The statements made in this press release may contain forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. In addition to the matters described in this Press Release, the ability to maintain large client contracts or enter into new contracts, maintain client relationships and the ability to manage the opening of new offices, the integration of new business mergers and acquisitions, as well as other risks and uncertainties detailed from time to time in SEC reports filed by ICON, including its Form 20-F, F-1, S-8 and F-3, may affect the actual results achieved by ICON. ICON disclaims any intent or obligation to update these forward-looking statements.