Research and product development costs for the three months ended July 31, 2012 increased to $4,472,000, compared to $3,399,000 for the same period ended July 31, 2011. The Company has increased spending on internal projects for the generic division, which include four projects that require clinical trials. Three of these projects requiring clinical trials were undertaken in partnership with other companies. Spending included licensing fees and expenses paid to third parties for the new product requiring clinical trials.Selling, general and administrative expense increased to $10,631,000 from $8,796,000 for the three months ended July 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively. This increase is primarily related to the cost of contract sales representatives hired during fiscal 2012 in the ECR subsidiary to expand its presence in new areas in the country. These contracts were terminated at the end of July 2012. Increased advertising in the Health Care Products division also contributed to the increase in selling, general and administrative expense. Amortization expense for the quarter ended July 31, 2012 increased to $1,757,000 from $775,000, a 127% increase compared to the same fiscal 2011 period. The increase was due to intangible asset purchases over the last year which includes acquisitions of Tussicaps ® and Sinus Buster ®. For the three months ended July 31, 2012, the Company recorded net income of $6,004,000, or $0.44 per diluted share, compared to net income of $13,773,000, or $1.05 per diluted share, for the same period in the prior year. David Seltzer, President and CEO, commented on the results: "This quarter was weaker than recent quarters for Hi-Tech, but we still anticipate growth in all of our businesses this year. Our investment in additional R&D projects is helping to build the strongest pipeline in the Company’s history." Conference call informationTo access the conference call, dial toll free 866-383-8008, or 617-597-5341 for international callers, five minutes before the conference. The passcode of the conference call is 61614295. A replay of the conference call will be available after 12:00 p.m. on September 5, 2012, for one week by calling toll free 888-286-8010, or 617-801-6888 for international callers. The passcode for the replay is 12823717. The call can also be accessed on the Investor Relations page on the Company’s website www.hitechpharm.com. Other InformationHi-Tech currently has fourteen products awaiting approval at the FDA, targeting brand and generic sales of over $1.5 billion, including one product for which the Company has a financial interest which was filed by another company. In addition, Hi-Tech has approximately twenty products in active development targeting brand sales of over $3 billion, including sterile ophthalmic products, oral solutions and suspensions and solid dosage forms. Hi-Tech is a specialty pharmaceutical company developing, manufacturing and marketing generic and branded prescription and OTC products. The Company specializes in difficult to manufacture liquid and semi-solid dosage forms and produces a range of sterile ophthalmic, otic and inhalation products. The Company’s Health Care Products Division is a leading developer and marketer of OTC products for the diabetes marketplace. Hi-Tech’s ECR Pharmaceuticals subsidiary markets branded prescription products.
This press release contains certain future projections and forward-looking statements (statements which are not historical facts) with respect to the anticipated future performance of Hi-Tech made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such future projections and forward-looking statements are not assurances, promises or guarantees and investors are cautioned that all future projections and forward-looking statements involve significant business, economic and competitive risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond Hi-Tech's ability to control or estimate precisely, including, but not limited to, the impact of competitive products and pricing, product demand and market acceptance, new product development, the regulatory environment, including without limitation, reliance on key strategic alliances, availability of raw materials, fluctuations in operating results, loss of customers or employees, the possibility that legal proceedings may be instituted against Hi-Tech and other results and other risks detailed from time to time in Hi-Tech’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The actual results will vary from the projected results and such variations may be material. These statements are based on management's current expectations and assumptions concerning the future performance of Hi-Tech and are naturally subject to uncertainty and changes in circumstances. No representations or warranties are made as to the accuracy or completeness of any of the information contained herein, including, but not limited to, any assumptions or projections contained herein or forward-looking statements based thereon. We caution you not to place undue reliance upon any such forward-looking statements which speak only as of the date made, except to the extent specifically dated as of an earlier date. Hi-Tech is under no obligation, and expressly disclaims any such obligation, to update, alter or correct any inaccuracies herein, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
|Three Months Ended|
|Cost of goods sold||26,722,000||22,975,000|
|Selling, general and administrative expenses||10,631,000||8,796,000|
|Research and product development costs||4,472,000||3,399,000|
|Contract research income||—||(27,000)|
|Interest income and other||(46,000)||(24,000)|
|Income before income taxes||8,986,000||20,868,000|
|Provision for income taxes||2,982,000||7,095,000|
|Basic earnings per share||$0.46||$1.08|
|Diluted earnings per share||$0.44||$1.05|
|Weighted average common shares outstanding – basic||13,069,000||12,726,000|
|Effect of potential common shares||481,000||423,000|
|Weighted average common shares outstanding – diluted||13,550,000||13,149,000|