First nine months 2012 results
Nine months to September 30 Change In $ millions, except per share information 9M 2012 9M 2011 $ CER Net sales 907.9 835.3 9% 12% Operating income, adjusted 250.4 224.0 12% Net income, adjusted 177.9 160.8 11% Diluted EPS, adjusted $0.74 $0.67 For information on the adjusted figures, please refer to the reconciliation table accompanying this release. Adjusted net income and adjusted diluted EPS results represent amounts attributable to the owners of QIAGEN N.V.
Net sales advanced at a double-digit pace in constant exchange rates (+12% CER) in the first nine months of 2012, driven by steady growth year-to-date in all customer classes - particularly Molecular Diagnostics and Applied Testing - and geographic regions. The acquisitions of Cellestis, Ipsogen and AmniSure contributed seven percentage points of total CER growth, and the rest of the QIAGEN portfolio provided five percentage points. Currency movements had a negative impact of three percentage points on reported growth.
Operating income rose 1% to $120.9 million in the first nine months of 2012 from $119.2 million in the same period of 2011. Adjusted operating income, which excludes items such as restructuring and acquisition-related costs, share-based compensation and amortization of intangible assets, rose 12% to $250.4 million from $224.0 million in the first nine months of 2011. The adjusted operating income margin improved to 28% of net sales from 27% a year earlier, with an adjusted gross margin of 71% in the 2012 period compared to 72% in the first nine months of 2011.
Net income attributable to owners of QIAGEN N.V. declined 6% to $91.1 million in the first nine months of 2012 from $96.4 million in the same period of 2011, while diluted EPS was $0.38 (based on 240.4 million diluted shares) compared to $0.40 (239.9 million diluted shares) in the year-ago period. Adjusted net income attributable to owners of QIAGEN N.V. grew 11% to $177.9 million in the first nine months of 2012, up from $160.8 million in the same period of 2011, as adjusted diluted EPS rose to $0.74 from $0.67.Cash and cash equivalents at September 30, 2012, rose to $258.2 million from $221.1 million at December 31, 2011. Net cash provided by operating activities rose to $175.0 million in the first nine months of 2012 from $165.1 million in the same period of 2011. Net cash used in investing activities was $222.7 million (including cash payments of $132.0 million for acquisitions), down from $503.6 million in the 2011 period. Net cash provided by financing activities was $81.6 million in the first nine months of 2012 compared to cash used in financing activities of $66.7 million in the year-ago period. "Our results so far in 2012 show that QIAGEN is creating a foundation for future growth and delivering greater value to shareholders," said Roland Sackers, Chief Financial Officer of QIAGEN N.V. "We have further strengthened our healthy financial position while improving returns to shareholders. In October, we launched our program to repurchase up to $100 million of common stock and also completed a $400 million U.S. private debt placement on very favorable terms, which provides longer-term flexibility for growth initiatives." Business review