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Merit Medical Reports Record Revenues, Up Nine Percent, For The Quarter And Six Months Ended June 30, 2013

Gross Margin Improvement of 140 Basis Points Compared to First Quarter 2013

SG&A Expense Down 220 Basis Points Compared to First Quarter 2013

R&D Expense Down 90 Basis Points Compared to First Quarter 2013

Inventory Reduction of $3.0 Million Year to Date

SOUTH JORDAN, Utah, July 31, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Merit Medical Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:MMSI), a leading manufacturer and marketer of proprietary disposable medical devices used in interventional and diagnostic procedures, particularly in cardiology, radiology and endoscopy, today announced record revenues of $109.9 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2013, an increase of 9% over revenues of $100.5 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2012. Revenues for the six-month period ended June 30, 2013 were a record $213.8 million, compared with $196.1 million for the corresponding period in 2012, a gain of 9%.

Merit's non-GAAP net income for the quarter ended June 30, 2013 was $6.3 million, or $0.15 per share, compared to $8.9 million, or $0.21 per share, for the quarter ended June 30, 2012.

Merit's non-GAAP net income for the six months ended June 30, 2013 was $10.5 million, or $0.25 per share, compared to $16.1 million, or $0.38 per share, for the corresponding period of 2012.

GAAP net income for the quarter ended June 30, 2013 was $3.8 million, or $0.09 per share, compared to $6.1 million, or $0.14 per share, for the comparable quarter of 2012.

GAAP net income for the six-month period ended June 30, 2013 was $4.4 million, or $0.10 per share, compared to $11.8 million, or $0.28 per share, for the corresponding period of 2012.

"The second quarter of 2013 was evidence of our plan for performance and profit improvement," said Fred P. Lampropoulos, Merit's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "During the quarter we started up our new advanced manufacturing facility and consolidated our former facility in Murray, Utah onto our South Jordan campus. Although we anticipate that some ongoing expenses and start-up costs will continue during the third quarter of 2013, we came in below cost estimates and five weeks ahead of our scheduled plan."

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