• Q4 worldwide revenue of $138.4 million ($141.0 million constant currency), up 4.2% as reported, up 6.2% on a comparable, constant currency basis
  • Q4 non-GAAP diluted EPS were $0.24; GAAP EPS were $0.14
  • FY15 revenue of $542.1 million ($553.4 million in constant currency), up 6.4% as reported, up 8.6% on a comparable, constant currency basis
  • FY15 non-GAAP diluted EPS were $0.87; GAAP EPS were $0.53
  • Merit generated $69.5 million in cash from operations for the year ended December 31, 2015, compared to $53.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2014

SOUTH JORDAN, Utah, Feb. 22, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Merit Medical Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:MMSI), a leading manufacturer and marketer of proprietary disposable devices used primarily in cardiology, radiology and endoscopy, today announced fourth quarter revenues of $138.4 million ($141.0 million in constant currency), an increase of 4.2% over reported revenues and 6.2% on a comparable, constant currency basis over $132.8 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2014.  Fourth quarter non-GAAP earnings were $10.8 million, or $0.24 per share, down 4.4% compared to $11.3 million, or $0.26 per share, for the quarter ended December 31, 2014.  As reported, net income for the quarter ended December 31, 2015 was $6.4 million or $0.14 per diluted share. 

Revenues for the year ended December 31, 2015 were a record $542.1 million ($553.4 million in constant currency), an increase of 6.4% over reported revenues and 8.6% on a comparable, constant currency basis over $509.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2014.  Merit's non-GAAP net income and diluted earnings per share for the year ended December 31, 2015 were a record $38.5 million, or $0.87 per share, an increase of 14.1% and 11.5%, respectively, compared to $33.8 million, or $0.78 per share, for the year ended December 31, 2014.  GAAP net income for the year ended December 31, 2015 was $23.8 million, or $0.53 per diluted share, an increase of 3.6% and 0.0%, respectively, compared to $23.0 million or $0.53 per diluted share for the year ended December 31, 2014.

Revenues from Merit's core business grew 3.5% and 5.9% for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2015, respectively, compared to the corresponding periods of 2014.

For the quarter ended December 31, 2015, compared to the quarter ended December 31, 2014, Endotek sales increased 24%; stand-alone device sales rose 11%; catheter sales were up 6%; inflation device sales increased 2%; Malvern sales fell 1%; custom kit and tray sales declined 2%; and BioSphere sales decreased 4%.

For the year ended December 31, 2015, compared to the year ended December 31, 2014, Endotek sales were up 18%; catheter sales increased 11%; stand-alone device sales were up 8%; custom kit and tray sales increased 5%; BioSphere sales grew 3%; Malvern sales rose 3%; and inflation device sales rose 1%.

RECENT DEVELOPMENTSMerit recently announced the receipt of regulatory approvals for four new products:

Merit's Centros® Dialysis Catheter has received CE Marking.  The device has been available in the United States since 2014 and can now be marketed in European territories.

Merit also received CE Marking for HepaSphere™ Microspheres with irinotecan indication, which is expected to complement the doxorubicin indication.

In the United States, Merit received FDA approval for the Elation® Wireguided Balloon Dilation Catheter with biliary indication, which is expected to complement the company's esophageal indication.

Additionally, Merit's Prelude SNAP™ Splittable Hydrophilic Sheath gained approval from the FDA and is expected to complement Merit's existing uncoated sheath.

Management believes these four new approvals will considerably strengthen Merit's product portfolio and that upon successful launch of these products, Merit will be able to achieve greater market penetration, which, in turn, is expected to drive top-line growth.  Merit also boasts an encouraging product pipeline, which includes a safety centesis catheter, the PAL™ Planner and the 40 atm. BasixTouch™ Inflation Device.             "We are pleased we accomplished our forecasted top-line and non-GAAP results for the year," said Fred P. Lampropoulos, Merit's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.  "Not every aspect of our plan was on point, but we believe the important parameters were met and will propel us into year two of our three-year plan.  Despite a slow second half of 2015, we hit our revenue expectation at the midpoint.  We believe that transitioning to direct sales from distributors in Canada and Australia; the momentum of product introductions in the second half of 2015 such as our Elation™ balloon line, the Prelude SNAP™ splittable sheath, the AEROmini® tracheobronchial stent, and our global distribution agreement for the SwiftNINJA® steerable microcatheter; and new product introductions early this year, will accelerate our growth in 2016.  We also believe that our introduction of the HeRO® Graft and the opportunities in vascular surgery will contribute to growth as well."

MERIT NAMES NEW CHIEF LEGAL OFFICERManagement today announced that it has named Brian G. Lloyd Merit's new Chief Legal Officer effective April 1, 2016.  Lloyd has been a member of the business transactions group at Parr Brown Gee & Loveless for more than 20 years.  His experience includes advising public and private companies, as well as investors, on corporate governance, securities regulation, mergers, acquisitions, and financing transactions, including public offering, private equity and venture capital transactions. He has represented a number of Utah's leading publicly held companies, including Merit, counseling clients on financing transactions, corporate governance issues and regulatory matters. Lloyd has been recognized as one of the top corporate/mergers and acquisitions lawyers in Utah in the 2003-2015 editions of Chambers USA -America's Leading Business Lawyers and has been honored by Best Lawyers in America from 2007-2016, including recognition in Utah as "Lawyer of the Year" in Corporate Compliance in 2015.  He earned a B.A. from Brigham Young University and a J.D. from Columbia University.

2016 GUIDANCEBased upon information currently available to Merit's management, Merit estimates that for the year ending December 31, 2016, absent non-recurring transactions, Merit's revenues will be in the range of $587-$597 million, an increase of approximately 8-10%, compared to revenues of $542.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2015.  Also, based on information currently available to Merit's management, Merit estimates that, absent non-recurring transactions, Merit's GAAP earnings per share for 2016 will be in the range of $0.74-$0.80 and non-GAAP earnings per share will be in the range of $0.97-$1.03.

CONFERENCE CALL TODAYMerit invites all interested parties to participate in its fourth quarter and year-end conference call (conference ID 42311430) today, February 22, 2016, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern (4:00 p.m. Central, 3:00 p.m. Mountain, and 2:00 p.m. Pacific).  The telephone numbers to call are (domestic) 877-313-5341; and (international) 253-336-8671.  A live webcast will also be available at merit.com.
(In thousands)   
  December 31,   December 31,  
    2015       2014    
Current Assets        
Cash and cash equivalents $     4,177     $     7,355    
Trade receivables, net     70,292         72,717    
Employee receivables     217         173    
Other receivables     6,799         7,507    
Inventories     105,999         91,773    
Prepaid expenses      5,634         5,012    
Prepaid income taxes     2,955         1,273    
Deferred income tax assets     7,025         6,375    
Income tax refunds receivable     905         155    
Total Current Assets     204,003         192,340    
Property and equipment, net     267,778         244,171    
Other intangibles, net     109,354         110,308    
Goodwill     184,472         184,464    
Deferred income tax assets         9    
Other assets     13,121         15,873    
Total Assets $     778,728     $     747,165    
Current Liabilities        
Trade payables     37,977         29,810    
Accrued expenses     37,846         33,826    
Current portion of long-term debt     10,000         10,000    
Advances from employees     589         381    
Income taxes payable     1,498         1,413    
Total Current Liabilities     87,910         75,430    
Deferred income tax liabilities     10,985         6,385    
Liabilities related to unrecognized tax benefits     768         1,353    
Deferred compensation payable     8,500         8,635    
Deferred credits     2,721         2,891    
Long-term debt     197,593         214,490    
Other long-term obligation     4,148         2,722    
Total Liabilities     312,625         311,906    
Stockholders' Equity        
Common stock     197,826         187,709    
Retained earnings     273,764         249,962    
Accumulated other comprehensive income      (5,487 )       (2,412 )  
Total stockholders' equity     466,103         435,259    
Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity $     778,728     $     747,165    

(Unaudited, in thousands except per share amounts)  
  Three Months Ended   Twelve Months Ended  
  December 31,     December 31,    
    2015       2014       2015       2014    
SALES $     138,404     $     132,780     $     542,149     $     509,689    
COST OF SALES     78,097         72,646         306,368         284,467    
GROSS PROFIT     60,307         60,134         235,781         225,222    
OPERATING EXPENSES                
Selling, general and administrative     40,941         36,212         156,348         147,894    
Research and development     11,421         9,523         40,810         36,632    
Intangible asset impairment charge                 1,102    
Contingent consideration benefit     (105 )       182         80         (572 )  
Acquired in-process research and development               1,000        
Total     52,257         45,917         198,238         185,056    
INCOME FROM OPERATIONS     8,050         14,217         37,543         40,166    
OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE)                
Interest income     62         30         272         217    
Interest (expense)     (1,453 )       (1,862 )       (6,229 )       (8,829 )  
Other income (expense)     (105 )       (34 )       (386 )       18    
Total other (expense) - net     (1,496 )       (1,866 )       (6,343 )       (8,594 )  
INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAX EXPENSE     6,554         12,351         31,200         31,572    
INCOME TAX EXPENSE     145         3,680         7,398         8,598    
NET INCOME $     6,409     $     8,671     $     23,802     $     22,974    
EARNINGS PER SHARE-                
Basic $     0.14     $     0.20     $     0.54     $     0.53    
Diluted $     0.14     $     0.20     $     0.53     $     0.53    
AVERAGE COMMON SHARES-                
Basic   44,216       43,411       44,036         43,143    
Diluted   44,642       43,690       44,511         43,409    

Although Merit's financial statements are prepared in accordance with accounting principles which are generally accepted in the United States of America ("GAAP"), Merit's management believes that certain non-GAAP financial measures provide investors with useful information regarding the underlying business trends and performance of Merit's ongoing operations and can be useful for period-over-period comparisons of such operations.  The following table sets forth supplemental financial data and corresponding reconciliations to GAAP financial statements for the three- and twelve-month periods ended December 31, 2015 and 2014.  Readers should consider these non-GAAP measures in addition to, not as a substitute for, financial reporting measures prepared in accordance with GAAP.  These non-GAAP financial measures exclude some, but not all, items that affect Merit's net income. Additionally, these calculations may not be comparable with similarly titled measures of other companies. The non-GAAP income adjustments referenced in the subsequent table do not reflect stock-based compensation expense of approximately $600,000 and $455,000 for the three-month periods ended December 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively, and stock-based compensation of approximately $2.2 million and $1.5 million for the years ended December 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively.  The constant currency revenue adjustments of $2.6 million and $11.3 million for the three- and twelve-month periods ended December 31, 2015, respectively, were calculated using the average foreign exchange rates for 2014.
(Unaudited, in thousands except per share amounts)   
  Three Months Ended   Twelve Months Ended  
  December 31,     December 31,    
    2015       2014       2015       2014    
Non-GAAP ADJUSTMENTS                  
GAAP net income  $     6,409     $     8,671     $     23,802     $     22,974    
Acquisition costs     1,841         9         2,305         98    
Severance     1,217             2,934         149    
Termination Fee (a)             800        
Long-term asset impairment charges (b)     42         (27 )       141         690     
Intangible asset impairment charge (c)                 1,102     
Long-term debt issuance charges     246         248         987         989     
Acquired in-process research and development             1,000        
Amortization of intangible assets                
Cost of sales     2,857         2,785         11,255         11,096    
SG&A expense     910         991         3,563         3,842    
FV adjustment to contingent consideration (d)     (105 )       182         80         (572 )  
Income tax effect of reconciling items (e)     (2,649 )       (1,592 )       (8,346 )       (6,610 )  
Non-GAAP net income  $     10,768     $     11,267     $     38,521     $     33,758    
Non-GAAP net income per share $ 0.24     $ 0.26     $ 0.87     $ 0.78    
Diluted shares used to compute Non-GAAP net income per share       44,642         43,690         44,511         43,409    


(a) Costs associated with the termination of our agreement with a third-party contract manufacturer in Tijuana, Mexico.(b) Represents abandoned patents and some property and equipment.(c) Represents impairment charges of certain intangible assets.(d) Represents changes in the fair value of contingent consideration liabilities for recent acquisitions.(e) Tax effect of the non-GAAP adjustments.


Founded in 1987, Merit Medical Systems, Inc. is engaged in the development, manufacture and distribution of proprietary disposable medical devices used in interventional and diagnostic procedures, particularly in cardiology, radiology and endoscopy.  Merit serves client hospitals worldwide with a domestic and international sales force totaling approximately 200 individuals.  Merit employs approximately 3,850 people worldwide with facilities in South Jordan, Utah; Pearland, Texas; Richmond, Virginia; Malvern, Pennsylvania; Rockland, Massachusetts; Maastricht and Venlo, The Netherlands; Paris, France; Galway, Ireland; Beijing, China; Tijuana, Mexico; Joinville, Brazil; Markham, Ontario, Canada; and Melbourne, Australia.

Statements contained in this release which are not purely historical, including, without limitation, statements regarding our future performance, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and are subject to risks and uncertainties such as those described in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014. Such risks and uncertainties include risks relating to our potential inability to successfully manage growth through acquisitions, including the inability to commercialize technology acquired through recent, proposed or future acquisitions; costs and expenses associated with our pursuit of a strategic plan to grow through acquisitions; product recalls and product liability claims; potential restrictions on our liquidity or our ability to operate our business by our current credit agreement, and the consequences of any default under that agreement; possible infringement of our technology or the assertion that our technology infringes the rights of other parties; the potential imposition of fines, penalties, or other adverse consequences if our employees or agents violate the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act or other laws or regulations; expenditures relating to research, development, testing and regulatory approval or clearance of our products and the risk that such products may not be developed successfully or approved for commercial use; greater governmental scrutiny and regulation of the medical device industry; reforms to the 510(k) process administered by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration; laws targeting fraud and abuse in the healthcare industry; potential for significant adverse changes in, or our failure to comply with, governing regulations; availability and pricing of commodity components; negative changes in economic and industry conditions in the United States and other countries; termination, modification or interruption of our relationships with our suppliers, or failure of such suppliers to perform; fluctuations in Euro and GBP exchange rates; our need to generate sufficient cash flow to fund our debt obligations, capital expenditures, and ongoing operations; concentration of our revenues among a few products and procedures; development of new products and technology that could render our existing products obsolete; market acceptance of new products; volatility in the market price of our common stock; modification or limitation of governmental or private insurance reimbursement policies; changes in health care markets related to health care reform initiatives; failures to comply with applicable environmental laws; changes in key personnel; work stoppage or transportation risks; uncertainties associated with potential healthcare policy changes which may have a material adverse effect on Merit; introduction of products in a timely fashion; price and product competition; availability of labor and materials; cost increases; fluctuations in and obsolescence of inventory; and other factors referred to in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014, and other materials filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  All subsequent forward-looking statements attributable to our company or persons acting on our behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by these cautionary statements. Actual results will likely differ, and may differ materially, from anticipated results. Financial estimates are subject to change and are not intended to be relied upon as predictions of future operating results, and we assume no obligation to update or disclose revisions to those estimates. 
Contact: Anne-Marie Wright, Vice President, Corporate CommunicationsPhone: (801) 208-4167  e-mail: awright@merit.com  Fax: (801) 253-1688

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