Waters Corporation (NYSE/WAT) reported today first quarter 2014 sales of $431 million, essentially flat versus sales of $430 million in the first quarter of 2013. In the quarter, the effect of foreign currency translation was neutral to sales growth. On a GAAP basis, earnings per diluted share (E.P.S.) for the first quarter of 2014 were $0.82 compared to $1.39 for the first quarter of 2013. On a non-GAAP basis, including the adjustments in the attached reconciliation, E.P.S. were down 14% to $0.92 compared to $1.07 in the prior year quarter. A description and reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP E.P.S. is attached and can be found on the Company’s website at http://www.waters.com under the caption Investors.
Commenting on the quarter, Douglas A. Berthiaume, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer, said, “Sales in the quarter were below our expectations due primarily to a combination of slower growth in Asia and delays in the release of capital budgets, most significantly in the United States. Foreign currency translation and a higher operating tax rate negatively affected E.P.S in comparison to the 2013 first quarter’s results.”
As communicated in a prior press release, Waters Corporation will webcast its first quarter 2014 financial results conference call this morning, April 29, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. eastern time. To listen to the call, connect to www.waters.com, choose “Investor Relations” and click on the “Live Webcast”. A replay will be available through May 6, 2014 at midnight eastern time, similarly by webcast and also by phone at 402-220-9786.
About Waters CorporationFor over 50 years, Waters Corporation (NYSE: WAT) has created business advantages for laboratory-dependent organizations by delivering practical and sustainable innovation to enable significant advancements in such areas as healthcare delivery, environmental management, food safety, and water quality worldwide. Pioneering a connected portfolio of separations science, laboratory information management, mass spectrometry and thermal analysis, Waters technology breakthroughs and laboratory solutions provide an enduring platform for customer success.
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