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ArthroCare Reports First Quarter 2012 Financial Results

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Gross product margin was 69.8 percent for the first quarter of 2012 compared to 70.4 percent for the first quarter of 2011.


Income from operations for the first quarter of 2012 was $17.4 million compared to $16.6 million for the same period in 2011. Operating margin for the first quarter of 2012 was 18.7 percent compared to 18.9 percent for the same period in 2011.

Under the short-term incentive plan for 2012 approved by the Board of Directors, Adjusted Operating Margin is a key metric for purposes of evaluating business performance. Adjusted Operating Margin is Operating Margin adjusted for investigation and restatement related costs. Investigation and restatement related costs were 1.2 percent and 2.5 percent of total revenue for the first quarters of 2012 and 2011, respectively, and Adjusted Operating Margin was 19.9 percent and 21.4 percent for these same periods. Adjusted Operating Margin is a non-GAAP measure of profitability and it should not be considered as a substitute for measures prepared in accordance with GAAP.

Total operating expenses were $48.9 million in the first quarter of 2012 compared to $46.6 million in the first quarter of 2011. Research and development expense increased $0.8 million and sales and marketing expense increased $2.1 million, partially offset by a decrease of $1.1 million in investigation and restatement-related costs.


Net income available to common stockholders was $12.1 million or $0.36 per diluted share in the first quarter of 2012, compared to $11.9 million, or $0.36 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2011. Net income available to common stockholders in the first quarter of 2011 included income from discontinued operations of $0.3 million, or $0.01 per diluted share.


Cash and cash equivalents was $162.0 million as of March 31, 2012 compared to $219.6 at December 31, 2011. In the first quarter of 2012, the Company paid $74 million as required under the proposed settlement of the private securities class actions. Excluding this payment, cash and cash equivalents increased $16.4 million in the first quarter of 2012. Cash flows used in operating activities for the three months ended March 31, 2012 was $55.6 million compared to cash flows provided by operating activities of $15.2 million for the three months ended March 31, 2011.

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