Lannett Company, Inc. (NYSE: LCI) today reported financial results for its fiscal 2014 second quarter and six months ended December 31, 2013.
For the fiscal 2014 second quarter, net sales rose 84% to $67.3 million from $36.6 million in last year’s second quarter. Gross profit more than tripled to $41.0 million, or 61% of net sales, from $13.4 million, or 37% of net sales, for the fiscal 2013 second quarter. Research and development (R&D) expenses increased to $5.8 million from $3.6 million for the fiscal 2013 second quarter. Selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses were $9.9 million, compared with $5.2 million in the same quarter of the prior year. Operating income grew substantially to $25.4 million from $4.7 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2013. Net income attributable to Lannett Company grew nearly six-fold to $16.6 million, or $0.46 per diluted share, from $2.9 million, or $0.10 per diluted share.
“For the fiscal 2014 second quarter, we recorded the highest net sales, gross margin and net income in our company’s history,” said Arthur Bedrosian, president and chief executive officer of Lannett. “Our excellent financial performance was driven by price increases, strong sales of existing products and favorable product mix. The successful recent stock offering and newly established $50 million credit facility provide liquidity to fund our future growth, which includes the development of our deep pipeline as well as potential acquisitions. We continue to believe our company’s future is very bright.”
Bedrosian added, “We have now recorded five consecutive quarters of record sales, crossed the billion dollar market cap threshold and, in December, began trading on the New York Stock Exchange.”For the first six months of fiscal 2014, net sales rose 57% to $113.2 million from $71.9 million for the first six months of fiscal 2013. Cost of sales for the first six months of fiscal 2014 included a non-recurring, pre-tax charge of $20.1 million related to the previously announced contract extension with Jerome Stevens Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (JSP) to continue as the exclusive distributor in the United States of three JSP products. Accordingly, gross profit was $42.3 million, or 37% of net sales. Excluding the JSP contract renewal charge, gross profit was $62.4 million, or 55% of net sales, compared with $27.0 million, or 38% of net sales, for the first six months of fiscal 2013. R&D expenses increased to $10.5 million, compared with $7.3 million for the fiscal 2013 period. SG&A expenses increased to $17.1 million, compared with $11.3 million in the same period of the prior year. Operating income was $14.7 million. Excluding the JSP contract renewal charge, operating income grew to $34.8 million from $8.4 million in the first half of fiscal 2013.
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