CASH DIVIDEND MATTERS
On December 4, 2012, the Board of Directors declared an accelerated cash dividend of $0.19 per share for the first quarter ended December 31, 2012. The dividend was of record December 14, 2012 and paid December 24, 2012. This annual indicated dividend rate of $0.76 per share remains the same as the rate in fiscal 2012. Guided by the Company’s policy of setting a payout ratio of between 75% and 85% of each fiscal year’s expected net earnings, the actual declaration and amount of dividends will be determined by the Board of Directors in its discretion based upon its evaluation of earnings, cash flow requirements and future business developments, including acquisitions.
FISCAL 2013 GUIDANCE REAFFIRMED
For the fiscal year ending September 30, 2013, management expects net sales to be in the range of $190 million to $195 million and per share diluted earnings to be between $0.86 and $0.91. The per share estimates assume an increase in average diluted shares outstanding from approximately 41.6 million at fiscal 2012 year end to approximately 41.8 million at fiscal 2013 year end. The per share estimates include a $0.03 charge to earnings for the Medical Device Tax effective January 1, 2013 and a $0.03 charge to earnings representing the incremental cost of clinical trials for its important new illumigene Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae tests over and above the cost of clinical trials for past illumigene products. The sales and earnings guidance provided in this press release is from expected internal growth and does not include the impact of any additional acquisitions the Company might complete during fiscal 2013.FINANCIAL CONDITION The Company’s financial condition is sound. At December 31, 2012, current assets were $93.3 million compared to current liabilities of $19.0 million, resulting in working capital of $74.3 million and a current ratio of 4.9. Cash and equivalents were $33.1 million and the Company had 100% borrowing capacity under its $30.0 million commercial bank credit facility. The Company has no bank-debt obligations outstanding.