Waters Corporation (NYSE: WAT) reported second quarter 2016 sales of $537 million, an 8% increase versus sales of $495 million in the second quarter of 2015. Foreign currency translation did not materially impact sales growth. On a GAAP basis, earnings per diluted share (EPS) for the second quarter were up 24% to $1.57 compared to $1.27 for the second quarter of 2015. On a non-GAAP basis, including the adjustments in the attached reconciliation, EPS increased 20% to $1.58 from $1.32 in the second quarter of 2015. A description and reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP EPS is attached and can be found on the Company's website at http://www.waters.com under the caption "Investors".

Through the first six months of 2016, sales for the Company were $1,012 million, up 6% compared with sales of $955 million in the first six months of 2015. Foreign currency translation decreased sales growth during the first half of 2016 by 1%. On a GAAP basis, EPS for the first six months of 2016 were up 13% to $2.72 compared to $2.41 for the comparable period in 2015. On a non-GAAP basis and including adjustments in the attached reconciliation, EPS increased 13% to $2.85 in the first six months of 2016 as compared to $2.52 in 2015.

Commenting on the Company's performance, Christopher J. O'Connell, President and Chief Executive Officer said, "Continued strength in bio/pharmaceutical end markets and improvement in industrial end markets, as well as relatively balanced instrument and recurring revenue growth, highlighted our second quarter results. Disciplined execution of our business plan contributed to operating leverage and strong earnings per share growth, while we continued to invest in innovation to drive future growth."

The sales growth percentages below are on an as reported basis and are the same as the sales growth percentages on a constant currency basis, as detailed in the attached reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP sales.

Results from the Company's end markets in the quarter were highlighted by 12% sales growth from the broadly defined bio/pharmaceutical market and 7% sales growth from the industrial market, offset by a 4% decline in sales within the government and academic market.

The Company's recurring revenues, the combination of service and consumables, posted 10% sales growth in comparison to a strong prior year's result, while instrument system sales grew about 7% in the quarter.

Geographically, the Company's sales growth rate in Asia was 9%, with continued strong demand from China. Sales in Europe increased by 12%, while sales in the U.S. increased by 5% in the quarter.

As communicated in a prior press release, Waters Corporation will webcast its second quarter 2016 financial results conference call this morning, July 26, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. eastern time. To listen to the call, connect to www.waters.com, choose "Investors" and click on the "Live Webcast". A replay will be available through August 2, 2016 at midnight eastern time, similarly by webcast and also by phone at 402-998-0509.

About Waters Corporation

Waters Corporation (NYSE: WAT) develops and manufactures advanced analytical science technologies for laboratory-dependent organizations. For more than 50 years, the Company has pioneered a connected portfolio of separations science, laboratory information management, mass spectrometry and thermal analysis systems.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release contains financial measures, such as constant currency growth rate, adjusted operating income, adjusted earnings per share and adjusted operating margin, among others, which are considered "non-GAAP" financial measures under applicable U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rules and regulations. These non-GAAP financial measures should be considered supplemental to and not a substitute for financial information prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). The Company's definition of these non-GAAP measures may differ from similarly titled measures used by others. The non-GAAP financial measures used in this press release adjust for specified items that can be highly variable or difficult to predict. The Company generally uses these non-GAAP financial measures to facilitate management's financial and operational decision-making, including evaluation of Waters Corporation's historical operating results, comparison to competitors' operating results and determination of management incentive compensation. These non-GAAP financial measures reflect an additional way of viewing aspects of the Company's operations that, when viewed with GAAP results and the reconciliations to corresponding GAAP financial measures, may provide a more complete understanding of factors and trends affecting Waters Corporation's business. Because non-GAAP financial measures exclude the effect of items that will increase or decrease the Company's reported results of operations, management strongly encourages investors to review the Company's consolidated financial statements and publicly filed reports in their entirety. Reconciliations of the non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures are included in the tables accompanying this release.

CAUTIONARY STATEMENT

This release may contain "forward-looking" statements regarding future results and events. For this purpose, any statements that are not statements of historical fact may be deemed forward-looking statements. Without limiting the foregoing, the words, "feels", "believes", "anticipates", "plans", "expects", "intends", "suggests", "appears", "estimates", "projects", and similar expressions, whether in the negative or affirmative, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. The Company's actual future results may differ significantly from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements within this release for a variety of reasons, including and without limitation, the affect on the Company's financial results from the United Kingdom voting to exit the European Union; foreign exchange rate fluctuations potentially affecting translation of the Company's future non-U.S. operating results; the impact on demand among the Company's various market sectors from economic, sovereign and political uncertainties; fluctuations in expenditures by the Company's customers, in particular large pharmaceutical companies; introduction of competing products by other companies and loss of market share; pressures on prices from competitors and/or customers; regulatory, economic and competitive obstacles to new product introductions; other changes in demand from the effect of mergers and acquisitions by the Company's customers; increased regulatory burdens as the Company's business evolves, especially with respect to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, among others; shifts in taxable income in jurisdictions with different effective tax rates; the outcome of tax examinations or changes in respective country legislation affecting the Company's effective tax rate; the ability to access capital, maintain liquidity and service our debt in volatile market conditions, particularly in the U.S., as a large portion of the Company's cash is held and operating cash flows are generated outside the U.S.; environmental and logistical obstacles affecting the distribution of products and risks associated with lawsuits and other legal actions, particularly involving claims for infringement of patents and other intellectual property rights. Such factors and others are discussed more fully in the sections entitled "Forward-Looking Statements" and "Risk Factors" of the Company's annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015 as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which "Forward-Looking Statements" and "Risk Factors" discussions are incorporated by reference in this release. The forward-looking statements included in this release represent the Company's estimates or views as of the date of this release report and should not be relied upon as representing the Company's estimates or views as of any date subsequent to the date of this release.
 
Waters Corporation and Subsidiaries
Condensed Preliminary Unclassified Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands and unaudited)
   
 
 
July 2, 2016 December 31, 2015
 
 
Cash, cash equivalents and investments 2,599,786 2,399,263
Accounts receivable 445,953 468,315
Inventories 286,447 263,415
Property, plant and equipment, net 330,235 333,355
Intangible assets, net 217,393 218,022
Goodwill 352,987 356,864
Other assets 215,272 229,443
Total assets 4,448,073 4,268,677
 
 
Notes payable and debt 1,756,958 1,668,336
Other liabilities 541,771 541,490
Total liabilities 2,298,729 2,209,826
 
Total equity 2,149,344 2,058,851
Total liabilities and equity 4,448,073 4,268,677
 
 
Waters Corporation and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(In thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
       
 
Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
July 2, 2016 July 4, 2015 July 2, 2016 July 4, 2015
 
Net sales $ 536,560 $ 494,740 $ 1,011,806 $ 955,144
Cost of sales 220,379 208,707 421,530 397,953
 
Gross profit 316,181 286,033 590,276 557,191
 
Selling and administrative expenses 129,581 122,660 258,932 242,411
Research and development expenses 32,578 30,555 62,016 59,506
Purchased intangibles amortization 2,411 2,500 5,055 4,974
 
Operating income 151,611 130,318 264,273 250,300
 
Interest expense, net (6,156 ) (6,546 ) (12,188 ) (13,181 )
 
Income from operations before income taxes 145,455 123,772 252,085 237,119
 
Provision for income taxes 17,238 18,115 29,816 35,401
 
Net income $ 128,217 $ 105,657 $ 222,269 $ 201,718
 
 
Net income per basic common share $ 1.59 $ 1.28 $ 2.74 $ 2.44
 
Weighted-average number of basic common shares 80,804 82,564 81,043 82,798
 
 
Net income per diluted common share $ 1.57 $ 1.27 $ 2.72 $ 2.41
 
Weighted-average number of diluted common shares and equivalents 81,455 83,332 81,663 83,551
 
                   
Waters Corporation and Subsidiaries
Quarterly Reconciliation of GAAP to Adjusted Non-GAAP
Net Sales by Operating Segment, Products & Services, Geography and Markets
Quarters Ended July 2, 2016 and July 4, 2015
(in thousands)
 
 
Constant
Three Months Ended Percent Currency Currency
July 2, 2016 July 4, 2015 Change Impact Growth Rate (a)
 
NET SALES - OPERATING SEGMENT
 
Waters $ 478,731 $ 442,232 8% $ 497 8%
TA 57,829 52,508 10% (167) 10%
           
Total $ 536,560 $ 494,740 8% $ 330 8%
 
 
NET SALES - PRODUCTS & SERVICES
 
Instruments $ 272,639 $ 254,297 7% $ (460) 7%
 
Service 176,873 162,704 9% (358) 9%
Chemistry   87,048   77,739 12%   1,148 11%
Total Recurring 263,921 240,443 10% 790 10%
           
Total $ 536,560 $ 494,740 8% $ 330 8%
 
 
NET SALES - GEOGRAPHY
 
Americas $ 202,895 $ 192,652 5% $ (1,850) 6%
Europe 143,317 127,414 12% 2,188 12%
Asia 190,348 174,674 9% (8) 9%
           
Total $ 536,560 $ 494,740 8% $ 330 8%
 
 
NET SALES - MARKETS
 
Pharmaceutical $ 310,009 $ 276,851 12% $ (191) 12%
Industrial 166,686 155,379 7% 939 7%
Government & Academic 59,865 62,510 (4%) (418) (4%)
           
Total $ 536,560 $ 494,740 8% $ 330 8%
 
       
 

(a) The Company believes that referring to comparable, constant currency growth rates is a useful way to evaluate the underlying performance of Waters Corporation's net sales. Constant currency growth rate, a non-GAAP financial measure, measures the change in net sales between current and prior year periods ignoring the impact of foreign currency exchange rates during the current period. See description of non-GAAP financial measures contained in this release.
                   
Waters Corporation and Subsidiaries
Quarterly Reconciliation of GAAP to Adjusted Non-GAAP
Net Sales by Operating Segment, Products & Services, Geography and Markets
Six Months Ended July 2, 2016 and July 4, 2015
(in thousands)
 
 
Constant
Six Months Ended Percent Currency Currency
July 2, 2016 July 4, 2015 Change Impact Growth Rate (a)
 
NET SALES - OPERATING SEGMENT
 
Waters $ 902,924 $ 851,900 6% $ (5,824) 7%
TA 108,882 103,244 5% (318) 6%
           
Total $ 1,011,806 $ 955,144 6% $ (6,142) 7%
 
 
NET SALES - PRODUCTS & SERVICES
 
Instruments $ 496,346 $ 478,987 4% $ (4,891) 5%
 
Service 344,262 320,235 8% (2,210) 8%
Chemistry   171,198   155,922 10%   959 9%
Total Recurring 515,460 476,157 8% (1,251) 9%
           
Total $ 1,011,806 $ 955,144 6% $ (6,142) 7%
 
 
NET SALES - GEOGRAPHY
 
Americas $ 381,636 $ 370,232 3% $ (2,616) 4%
Europe 268,349 251,815 7% 671 7%
Asia 361,821 333,097 9% (4,197) 10%
           
Total $ 1,011,806 $ 955,144 6% $ (6,142) 7%
 
 
NET SALES - MARKETS
 
Pharmaceutical $ 569,095 $ 518,154 10% $ (4,627) 11%
Industrial 320,207 310,389 3% (250) 3%
Government & Academic 122,504 126,601 (3%) (1,265) (2%)
           
Total $ 1,011,806 $ 955,144 6% $ (6,142) 7%
 
       
 

(a) The Company believes that referring to comparable, constant currency growth rates is a useful way to evaluate the underlying performance of Waters Corporation's net sales. Constant currency growth rate, a non-GAAP financial measure, measures the change in net sales between current and prior year periods ignoring the impact of foreign currency exchange rates during the current period. See description of non-GAAP financial measures contained in this release.
Waters Corporation and Subsidiaries
Reconciliation of GAAP to Adjusted Non-GAAP Financials
Quarters and Six Months Ended July 2, 2016 and July 4, 2015
(in thousands, except per share data)
                             

Income from Operations before Income Taxes
 
Gross Selling & Research & Operating Interest

Provision for Income Taxes

Diluted Earnings per Share
Net Gross Profit Administrative Development Operating Income Expense, Net
Sales   Profit   Percentage Expenses Expenses Income Percentage Net Income
Quarter Ended July 2, 2016
GAAP $ 536,560 $ 316,181 58.9% $ 131,992 $ 32,578 $ 151,611 28.3% $ (6,156) $ 145,455 $ 17,238 $ 128,217 $ 1.57
Adjustments:
Purchased intangibles

amortization (a)
- - - (2,411) - 2,411 0.4% - 2,411 721 1,690 0.02
Restructuring costs,

asset impairments,

acquisition-related costs

& certain other items (c)
- - - (1,980) - 1,980 0.4% - 1,980 519 1,461 0.02
Certain income

tax items (d)
-     -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   2,367   (2,367)   (0.03)
Adjusted Non-GAAP $ 536,560   $ 316,181   58.9% $ 127,601 $ 32,578 $ 156,002   29.1% $ (6,156) $ 149,846 $ 20,845 $ 129,001 $ 1.58
 
Quarter Ended July 4, 2015
GAAP $ 494,740 $ 286,033 57.8% $ 125,160 $ 30,555 $ 130,318 26.3% $ (6,546) $ 123,772 $ 18,115 $ 105,657 $ 1.27
Adjustments:
Purchased intangibles

amortization (a)
- - - (2,500) - 2,500 0.5% - 2,500 717 1,783 0.02
Restructuring costs,

asset impairments,

acquisition-related costs

& certain other items (c)
- - - (2,016) - 2,016 0.4% - 2,016 636 1,380 0.02
Certain income

tax items (d)
-     -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   (793)   793   0.01
Adjusted Non-GAAP $ 494,740   $ 286,033   57.8% $ 120,644 $ 30,555 $ 134,834   27.3% $ (6,546) $ 128,288 $ 18,675 $ 109,613 $ 1.32
 
Six Months Ended July 2, 2016
GAAP $ 1,011,806 $ 590,276 58.3% $ 263,987 $ 62,016 $ 264,273 26.1% $ (12,188) $ 252,085 $ 29,816 $ 222,269 $ 2.72
Adjustments:
Purchased intangibles

amortization (a)
- - - (5,055) - 5,055 0.5% - 5,055 1,471 3,584 0.04
Stock award

modification (b)
- - - (7,085) - 7,085 0.7% - 7,085 2,657 4,428 0.05
Restructuring costs,

asset impairments,

acquisition-related costs

& certain other items (c)
- - - (5,588) - 5,588 0.6% - 5,588 1,661 3,927 0.05
Certain income

tax items (d)
-     -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   1,630   (1,630)   (0.02)
Adjusted Non-GAAP $ 1,011,806   $ 590,276   58.3% $ 246,259 $ 62,016 $ 282,001   27.9% $ (12,188) $ 269,813 $ 37,235 $ 232,578 $ 2.85
 
Six Months Ended July 4, 2015
GAAP $ 955,144 $ 557,191 58.3% $ 247,385 $ 59,506 $ 250,300 26.2% $ (13,181) $ 237,119 $ 35,401 $ 201,718 $ 2.41
Adjustments:
Purchased intangibles

amortization (a)
- - - (4,974) - 4,974 0.5% - 4,974 1,421 3,553 0.04
Restructuring costs,

asset impairments,

acquisition-related costs

& certain other items (c)
- - - (3,288) - 3,288 0.3% - 3,288 999 2,289 0.03
Certain income

tax items (d)
-     -   -   -   -   -   -   -   -   (3,199)   3,199   0.04
Adjusted Non-GAAP $ 955,144   $ 557,191   58.3% $ 239,123 $ 59,506 $ 258,562   27.1% $ (13,181) $ 245,381 $ 34,622 $ 210,759 $ 2.52
 

(a) The Purchased intangibles amortization, a non-cash expense, was excluded to be consistent with how our management evaluates the performance of our core business against our historical operating results and the operating results of our competitors over periods of time.(b) The non-cash expense associated with accelerating the vesting of certain stock awards was excluded as the Company believes these expenses are not indicative of normal operating costs.(c) Restructuring costs, asset impairments, acquisition-related costs and certain other items were excluded as the Company believes that the cost to consolidate operations and reduce overhead; the cost to complete acquisitions; the non-cash expense to record asset impairments and certain other income or expense items are not normal and do not represent future ongoing business expenses of a specific function or geographic location of the Company.(d) Certain income tax items were excluded as these non-cash expenses and benefits represent updates in management's assessment of ongoing examinations or other tax items that are not indicative of the Company's normal or future income tax expense.

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