Owens & Minor, Inc. (NYSE:OMI) today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2012, including quarterly revenue of $2.22 billion, an increase of 4.4%, when compared to revenue of $2.12 billion in the first quarter of last year. For the first quarter of 2012, net income was $29.4 million, or $0.46 per diluted share, compared to $28.7 million, or $0.45 per diluted share, for the same period last year. “During the first quarter of 2012, we saw solid revenue growth and strong improvement in asset management and cash flows,” said Craig R. Smith, president & chief executive officer of Owens & Minor. “Looking to the year ahead, our priorities include optimization of our large new account relationships, continued expense control, cash generation and achievement of milestones in our strategic initiatives.” Operating earnings for the first quarter of 2012 were $51.9 million, or 2.34% of revenues, increased 1.7% when compared to operating earnings of $51.0 million, or 2.40% of revenues, in the same period of 2011. The increase resulted primarily from a $3.6 million increase in gross margin, offset by additional expenses necessary to serve business growth. Asset Management The balance of cash and cash equivalents was $214 million at March 31, 2012, increased by $78 million from $136 million at December 31, 2011. For the first quarter of 2012, the company reported cash provided by operating activities of approximately $102 million compared to $45 million for the same period last year. Asset management metrics were strong with days sales outstanding (DSO) of 19.9 as of March 31, 2012, improved when compared to 21.1 days as of March 31, 2011. Inventory turns were 10.5, compared to inventory turns of 10.7 for the same period last year, and improved sequentially from turns of 10.0 for the fourth quarter of 2011, as the company worked successfully to decrease levels of inventory previously built to accommodate conversions of large new customer accounts during the fourth quarter of 2011 and the first quarter of 2012.