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HBIO Reports First Quarter 2013 Results

Gross profit as a percentage of revenues decreased to 47.0% for the three months ended March 31, 2013 compared with 47.3% for the same period in 2012. The decrease in gross profit as a percentage of revenues was primarily due to a lower sales volume and a less favorable sales mix in the first quarter of 2013 compared with the first quarter of 2012.

Sales and marketing expenses were flat at $4.8 million for the three months ended March 31, 2013 and 2012. In LSRT, sales and marketing expenses decreased $0.1 million, or 1.3% to $4.5 million, compared to $4.6 million for the three months ended March 31, 2012. In RMD, sales and marketing expenses increased $0.1 million primarily due to an increase in business development efforts.

General and administrative expenses increased $0.2 million, or 4.3%, to $5.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2013 compared with $4.9 million for the three months ended March 31, 2012. In LSRT, general and administrative expenses decreased $0.5 million, or 10.9%, to $4.0 million, compared to $4.5 million for the three months ended March 31, 2012, primarily due to lower administrative costs across our core LSRT businesses and the recovery of $0.1 million of Hurricane Sandy business interruption costs at our Denville Scientific business. In RMD, general and administrative expenses increased $0.7 million due to increased activity in our regenerative medicine device initiative. 

Research and development expenses increased $0.2 million, or 13.2%, to $1.9 million for the three months ended March 31, 2013 compared with $1.7 million for the same period in 2012. In LSRT, research and development expenses remained flat at $1.0 million for the three months ended March 31, 2013 and 2012. In RMD, research and development expenses increased $0.3 million due to increased activity in our bioreactor development initiatives.

Income tax (benefit) expense was $169,000 benefit and $315,000 expense for the three months ended March 31, 2013 and 2012, respectively. The effective income tax rate for continuing operations was 66.8% benefit for the three months ended March 31, 2013, compared with 37.3% expense for the same period in 2012. The effective tax rate for the first quarter of 2013 included benefits related to foreign tax rate differential, research and development tax credits and stock compensation exercises, as well as offsetting discrete expense items related to certain non-deductible costs.

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