Patterson Companies, Inc. (Nasdaq: PDCO) today reported that consolidated sales totaled $1.1 billion in its fiscal fourth quarter ended April 26, 2014, an increase of 14.2 percent from $964.9 million in the year-earlier period. Net income was $61.4 million, or $0.61 per diluted share (excluding costs related to the Medical unit restructuring), versus net income of $63.6 million, or $0.62 per diluted share, in the year-ago period.
Fiscal 2014 fourth quarter results included $156.0 million of consolidated sales and an earnings contribution of $0.01 per diluted share from the acquisition of NVS, which closed on August 16, 2013. Fiscal 2014 fourth quarter results reflect the second full-quarter contribution from NVS.
“We were challenged by a tough macro environment in the fiscal fourth quarter,” said Scott Anderson, chairman and chief executive officer. “The impact of the severe winter weather and currency fluctuations combined to constrain our performance. However, as we entered the spring months, activity has normalized.”
As previously disclosed, the company is implementing a global information technology initiative in order to enable Patterson to accommodate future growth, assist in securing future productivity gains and enhance the customer experience. Investments in this initiative reduced the fiscal 2014 fourth quarter earnings by approximately $0.02 per share.
Sales for Patterson Dental, representing approximately 60 percent of total sales and the largest of Patterson’s businesses, decreased approximately 1.5 percent on a constant currency basis, from the year-earlier period, to $622.8 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014. By category, again on a constant currency basis, versus the year-ago quarter, sales of:
- Consumable dental supplies were up 0.4 percent to $337.7 million;
- Dental equipment and software declined 4.7 percent, with basic equipment categories, however, posting strong gains; and
- Other services and products, consisting primarily of technical service, parts and labor, software support services and artificial teeth, were up modestly from prior year levels.
Commented Anderson, “We saw slight gains in consumable product sales and solid growth in basic equipment sales in the fiscal fourth quarter. While technology sales were down during the period, this comparison is against a strong quarter in fiscal 2013, and we remain confident in the underlying strength of our technology and services platform. Fourth quarter results were also impacted by unfavorable Canadian currency fluctuations and their effect on pricing in that geography.”