VCA Antech, Inc. (NASDAQ: WOOF), a leading animal healthcare company in the United States and Canada, today reported financial results for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2012, as follows: revenue increased 13.3% to $418.2 million; gross profit increased 14.1% to $81.8 million; loss per common share of $0.66; and adjusted diluted earnings per common share of $0.24.
Bob Antin, Chairman and CEO, stated, “We are pleased that we are experiencing improving revenue growth in both our core Animal Hospital and Laboratory segments. We are also encouraged that we were able to increase our same-store gross profit margins in each of those segments. We are seeing steady improvement and growth in the veterinary market which bolsters our optimism for our overall growth prospects.
"Our results also included a non-cash impairment charge of $123.6 million, or $79.2 million net of tax, primarily related to the write-down of goodwill and other long-lived assets in our Vetstreet business, included in our All Other segments category. As a result of our 2012 impairment review, we determined that the write-down of goodwill and long-lived assets was necessary as our fiscal 2012 actual operating results and cash flow, and projections of future operating results and cash flow, were significantly lower than previously forecasted. We do not expect this accounting write-down to affect our ongoing business or financial performance.
"Vetstreet continues to provide us with an array of product and service offerings that complement our core business. As well, this business provides its animal hospital clients valuable services to improve communication with pet owners which contributes to higher patient traffic. We are committed to building on our leadership position in the industry by continuing to offer innovative services to our animal hospital clients."Excluding this charge of $0.90 per common share, adjusted diluted earnings per common share for the fourth quarter of 2012 was $0.24, a $0.03 per common share or 14.3% increase over the same period in 2011.