Waters Corporation (NYSE: WAT) reported third quarter 2016 sales of $527 million, a 5% increase versus sales of $501 million in the third quarter of 2015. Foreign currency translation did not materially impact sales growth. On a GAAP basis, earnings per diluted share (EPS) for the third quarter were up 9% to $1.53 compared to $1.40 for the third quarter of 2015. On a non-GAAP basis, including the adjustments in the attached reconciliation, EPS increased 11% to $1.57 from $1.42 in the third 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 nine months of 2016, sales for the Company were $1,539 million, up 6% compared with sales of $1,456 million in the first nine months of 2015. Foreign currency translation did not materially impact sales growth. On a GAAP basis, EPS for the first nine months of 2016 were up 12% to $4.26 compared to $3.82 for the comparable period in 2015. On a non-GAAP basis and including adjustments in the attached reconciliation, EPS increased 12% to $4.41 in the first nine months of 2016 as compared to $3.94 in 2015.

Commenting on the Company's performance, Christopher J. O'Connell, President and Chief Executive Officer said, "Our third quarter sales performance was highlighted by continued strength in our core bio/pharmaceutical business, impressive growth in Asia, particularly China, and ongoing contribution from our recurring revenues. These drivers offset softer demand from our industrial, governmental and academic customers, and combined with disciplined expense management enabled us to deliver strong EPS growth."

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

Results from the Company's markets in the quarter were highlighted by 13% sales growth from the broadly defined bio/pharmaceutical market and 2% sales growth (or 1% in constant currency) from the industrial market, offset by a 15% decline in sales within the governmental and academic markets.

Geographically, the Company's sales growth in Asia was 16% (or 13% in constant currency), with continued strong demand from China. Sales in Europe decreased by 3% (or 1% in constant currency), with stronger Western European results, offset by weaker demand from Eastern Europe. Sales in the U.S. decreased by 1% in the quarter, with pharmaceutical sector growth offset by weaker governmental and academic demand.

The Company's recurring revenues, the combination of service and chemistry consumables, posted 8% (or 7% in constant currency) sales growth, while instrument system sales grew approximately 3% in the quarter.

As communicated in a prior press release, Waters Corporation will webcast its third quarter 2016 financial results conference call this morning, October 25, 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 November 1, 2016 at midnight eastern time, similarly by webcast and also by phone at 203-369-1050.

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)
         
 
 
October 1, 2016 December 31, 2015
 
 
Cash, cash equivalents and investments 2,713,015 2,399,263
Accounts receivable 441,768 468,315
Inventories 303,183 263,415
Property, plant and equipment, net 329,721 333,355
Intangible assets, net 221,619 218,022
Goodwill 356,446 356,864
Other assets 211,030 229,443
Total assets 4,576,782 4,268,677
 
 
Notes payable and debt 1,782,008 1,668,336
Other liabilities 535,634 541,490
Total liabilities 2,317,642 2,209,826
 
Total equity 2,259,140 2,058,851
Total liabilities and equity 4,576,782 4,268,677
 
 
Waters Corporation and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(In thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
             
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
October 1, 2016 October 3, 2015 October 1, 2016 October 3, 2015
 
Net sales $ 526,830 $ 500,578 $ 1,538,636 $ 1,455,722
 
Costs and operating expenses:
Cost of sales 218,344 206,804 639,874 604,757
Selling and administrative expenses 123,861 124,655 382,793 367,066
Research and development expenses 30,418 30,703 92,434 90,209
Purchased intangibles amortization 2,476 2,573 7,531 7,547
 
Operating income 151,731 135,843 416,004 386,143
 
Interest expense, net (6,281 ) (6,281 ) (18,469 ) (19,462 )
 
Income from operations before income taxes 145,450 129,562 397,535 366,681
 
Provision for income taxes 20,594 13,281 50,410 48,682
 
Net income $ 124,856 $ 116,281 $ 347,125 $ 317,999
 
 
Net income per basic common share $ 1.55 $ 1.42 $ 4.29 $ 3.85
 
Weighted-average number of basic common shares 80,677 82,036 80,923 82,552
 
 
Net income per diluted common share $ 1.53 $ 1.40 $ 4.26 $ 3.82
 
Weighted-average number of diluted common shares and equivalents 81,388 82,784 81,573 83,305
 
 
Waters Corporation and Subsidiaries
Reconciliation of GAAP to Adjusted Non-GAAP
Net Sales by Operating Segment, Products & Services, Geography and Markets
Three Months Ended October 1, 2016 and October 3, 2015
(in thousands)
                           
Constant
Three Months Ended Percent Currency Currency
October 1, 2016 October 3, 2015 Change Impact Growth Rate (a)
 
NET SALES - OPERATING SEGMENT
 
Waters $ 470,913 $ 445,575 6 % $ 1,148 5 %
TA 55,917 55,003 2 % 227 1 %
           
Total $ 526,830 $ 500,578 5 % $ 1,375   5 %
 
 
NET SALES - PRODUCTS & SERVICES
 
Instruments $ 265,820 $ 258,760 3 % $ (393 ) 3 %
 
Service 176,896 163,645 8 % 361 8 %
Chemistry   84,114   78,173 8 %   1,407   6 %
Total Recurring 261,010 241,818 8 % 1,768 7 %
           
Total $ 526,830 $ 500,578 5 % $ 1,375   5 %
 
 
NET SALES - GEOGRAPHY
 
Americas $ 203,124 $ 200,575 1 % $ (482 ) 2 %
Europe 128,191 132,104 (3 %) (3,111 ) (1 %)
Asia 195,515 167,899 16 % 4,968 13 %
           
Total $ 526,830 $ 500,578 5 % $ 1,375   5 %
 
 
NET SALES - MARKETS
 
Pharmaceutical $ 302,146 $ 267,311 13 % $ 74 13 %
Industrial 159,013 156,116 2 % 1,373 1 %
Government & Academic 65,671 77,151 (15 %) (72 ) (15 %)
           
Total $ 526,830 $ 500,578 5 % $ 1,375   5 %
     
 

(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
Net Sales by Operating Segment, Products & Services, Geography and Markets
Nine Months Ended October 1, 2016 and October 3, 2015
(in thousands)
                           
 
Constant
Nine Months Ended Percent Currency Currency
October 1, 2016 October 3, 2015 Change Impact Growth Rate (a)
 
NET SALES - OPERATING SEGMENT
 
Waters $ 1,373,837 $ 1,297,475 6 % $ (4,676 ) 6 %
TA 164,799 158,247 4 % (91 ) 4 %
           
Total $ 1,538,636 $ 1,455,722 6 % $ (4,767 ) 6 %
 
 
NET SALES - PRODUCTS & SERVICES
 
Instruments $ 762,166 $ 737,747 3 % $ (5,284 ) 4 %
 
Service 521,158 483,880 8 % (1,849 ) 8 %
Chemistry   255,312   234,095 9 %   2,366   8 %
Total Recurring 776,470 717,975 8 % 517 8 %
           
Total $ 1,538,636 $ 1,455,722 6 % $ (4,767 ) 6 %
 
 
NET SALES - GEOGRAPHY
 
Americas $ 584,760 $ 570,807 2 % $ (3,098 ) 3 %
Europe 396,540 383,919 3 % (2,440 ) 4 %
Asia 557,336 500,996 11 % 771 11 %
           
Total $ 1,538,636 $ 1,455,722 6 % $ (4,767 ) 6 %
 
 
NET SALES - MARKETS
 
Pharmaceutical $ 871,241 $ 785,465 11 % $ (4,553 ) 12 %
Industrial 479,220 466,505 3 % 1,123 2 %
Government & Academic 188,175 203,752 (8 %) (1,337 ) (7 %)
           
Total $ 1,538,636 $ 1,455,722 6 % $ (4,767 ) 6 %
       

 

 

(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 Nine Months Ended October 1, 2016 and October 3, 2015
(in thousands, except per share data)
                                                   
Income from
Operations
Selling & Research & Operating Interest before Provision for Diluted
Net Cost of Administrative Development Operating Income Expense, Income Income Net Earnings
  Sales   Sales   Expenses (e) Expenses Income Percentage Net   Taxes   Taxes Income per Share
Quarter Ended October 1, 2016
GAAP $ 526,830 $ 218,344 $ 126,337 $ 30,418 $ 151,731 28.8 % $ (6,281 ) $ 145,450 $ 20,594 $ 124,856 $ 1.53
Adjustments:

Purchased intangiblesamortization (a)
- - (2,476 ) - 2,476 0.5 % - 2,476 732 1,744 0.02

Restructuring costs,asset impairments,acquisition-related costs& certain other items (c)
- - (964 ) - 964 0.2 % - 964 839 125 -

Certain incometax items (d)
  -   -   -     -   -   -     -     -   (756 )   756     0.01  
Adjusted Non-GAAP $ 526,830 $ 218,344 $ 122,897   $ 30,418 $ 155,171   29.5 % $ (6,281 ) $ 148,890 $ 21,409   $ 127,481   $ 1.57  
 
Quarter Ended October 3, 2015
GAAP $ 500,578 $ 206,804 $ 127,228 $ 30,703 $ 135,843 27.1 % $ (6,281 ) $ 129,562 $ 13,281 $ 116,281 $ 1.40
Adjustments:

Purchased intangiblesamortization (a)
- - (2,573 ) - 2,573 0.5 % - 2,573 738 1,835 0.02

Restructuring costs,asset impairments,acquisition-related costs& certain other items (c)
- - (1,732 ) - 1,732 0.3 % - 1,732 772 960 0.01

Certain incometax items (d)
  -   -   -     -   -   -     -     -   1,832     (1,832 )   (0.02 )
Adjusted Non-GAAP $ 500,578 $ 206,804 $ 122,923   $ 30,703 $ 140,148   28.0 % $ (6,281 ) $ 133,867 $ 16,623   $ 117,244   $ 1.42  
 
Nine Months Ended October 1, 2016
GAAP $ 1,538,636 $ 639,874 $ 390,324 $ 92,434 $ 416,004 27.0 % $ (18,469 ) $ 397,535 $ 50,410 $ 347,125 $ 4.26
Adjustments:

Purchased intangiblesamortization (a)
- - (7,531 ) - 7,531 0.5 % - 7,531 2,203 5,328 0.07

Stock awardmodification (b)
- - (7,085 ) - 7,085 0.5 % - 7,085 2,657 4,428 0.05

Restructuring costs,asset impairments,acquisition-related costs& certain other items (c)

 
- - (6,552 ) - 6,552 0.4 % - 6,552 2,500 4,052 0.05
Certain income

tax items (d)
  -   -   -     -   -   -     -     -   874     (874 )   (0.01 )
Adjusted Non-GAAP $ 1,538,636 $ 639,874 $ 369,156   $ 92,434 $ 437,172   28.4 % $ (18,469 ) $ 418,703 $ 58,644   $ 360,059   $ 4.41  
 
Nine Months Ended October 3, 2015
GAAP $ 1,455,722 $ 604,757 $ 374,613 $ 90,209 $ 386,143 26.5 % $ (19,462 ) $ 366,681 $ 48,682 $ 317,999 $ 3.82
Adjustments:

Purchased intangiblesamortization (a)
- - (7,547 ) - 7,547 0.5 % - 7,547 2,159 5,388 0.06

Restructuring costs,asset impairments,acquisition-related costs& certain other items (c)
- - (5,020 ) - 5,020 0.3 % - 5,020 1,771 3,249 0.04

Certain incometax items (d)
  -   -   -     -   -   -     -     -   (1,367 )   1,367     0.02  
Adjusted Non-GAAP $ 1,455,722 $ 604,757 $ 362,046   $ 90,209 $ 398,710   27.4 % $ (19,462 ) $ 379,248 $ 51,245   $ 328,003   $ 3.94  

 
 

(a) The Purchased intangibles amortization, a non-cash expense, was excluded to be consistent with how management evaluates the performance of its core business against historical operating results and the operating results of 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.

(e) Includes purchased intangibles amortization.

View source version on businesswire.com: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20161025005404/en/

Copyright Business Wire 2010