• Q1 worldwide revenue of $171.1 million ($172.3 million on a comparable, constant currency* basis), up 23.9% as reported (up 24.8% on a comparable, constant currency* basis) over Q1 2016
  • Q1 2017 core revenue* up 11.7% over Q1 2016 core revenue* (core revenue* up 12.6% on a comparable, constant currency* basis)
  • Q1 2017 GAAP EPS was $0.32, compared to $0.10 in Q1 2016; Q1 2017 non-GAAP EPS* was $0.28, compared to $0.19 in Q1 2016
  • Q1 2017 GAAP gross margin was 44.4%, compared to 43.5% in Q1 2016; Q1 2017 non-GAAP gross margin* was 48.3%, compared to 45.9% for Q1 2016

* Constant currency revenue, core revenue, non-GAAP EPS, non-GAAP gross margin and non-GAAP net income (referenced below) are non-GAAP financial measures. A reconciliation of these and other non-GAAP financial measures used in this release to their most directly comparable GAAP financial measure is included under the heading "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" below.

SOUTH JORDAN, Utah, April 27, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Merit Medical Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:MMSI), a leading manufacturer and marketer of proprietary disposable devices used in interventional, diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, particularly in cardiology, radiology and endoscopy, today announced sales of $171.1 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2017, an increase of 23.9% over sales of $138.1 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2016.  On a constant currency basis, sales for the first quarter of 2017 would have been up 24.8% over sales for the comparable quarter of 2016.

Merit's GAAP net income for the first quarter of 2017 was $14.8 million, or $0.32 per share, compared to $4.4 million, or $0.10 per share, for the first quarter of 2016. GAAP net income for the first quarter of 2017 included a bargain purchase gain of approximately $12.2 million, or $0.27 per share pre-tax, which Merit recognized as a result of its acquisition of the critical care division of Argon Medical Devices, Inc., and approximately $(4.8) million, or $(0.11) per share pre-tax, of legal expenses Merit incurred in responding to the pending subpoena from the Department of Justice.  Merit's non-GAAP net income* for the quarter ended March 31, 2017 was $12.7 million, or $0.28 per share, compared to $8.3 million, or $0.19 per share, for the quarter ended March 31, 2016. Given the circumstances of the Argon acquisition, which closed during the first quarter of 2017, and the complexity of the transaction, the entire purchase price allocation for the transaction (as well as the gain on bargain purchase) is considered provisional at this time and is subject to adjustment to reflect new information obtained about factors and circumstances that existed as of the acquisition date that, if known, would have affected the measurement of the amounts recognized as of that date, while the measurement period remains open.

Merit's sales by category for the three months ended March 31, 2017, compared to the corresponding period in 2016, were as follows:

      Three Months Ended  
      March 31,  
  % Change     2017     2016  
Cardiovascular            
Stand-alone devices 47.9 %   $ 64,108   $ 43,331  
Custom kits and procedure trays     0.0 %     28,875     28,879  
Inflation devices 4.5 %     18,507     17,712  
Catheters 24.5 %     29,753     23,899  
Embolization devices 16.2 %     12,527     10,783  
CRM/EP 38.8 %     11,017     7,940  
Total 24.3 %     164,787     132,544  
             
Endoscopy            
Endoscopy devices 13.5 %     6,282     5,533  
             
Total 23.9 %   $ 171,069   $ 138,077  
             

"Our management team is pleased with our performance during the first quarter, especially with the activities involved in the integration of the acquisitions of DFINE, the critical care division of Argon and the assets of Catheter Connections," said Fred P. Lampropoulos, Merit's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.  "We delivered strong revenue growth across all sales divisions in the first quarter."

"We continue to focus on our promised deliverables, revenue growth, gross margin expansion, our R&D pipeline, and discipline in controlling our SG&A expenses," Lampropoulos said.

"We plan to deliver a two-year extension of our three-year plan following the second quarter of 2017," Lampropoulos added.  "We reaffirm our revenue guidance of $713-$723 million and non-GAAP earnings of $1.15-$1.20 per share for the year ending December 31, 2017, without reduction due to our recent public stock offering.  Our guidance on GAAP EPS for the year ending December 31, 2017 is updated from $0.54-$0.60 to $0.80-$0.86 to reflect the bargain purchase gain recognized from the Argon acquisition."

2017 GUIDANCEBased upon information currently available to Merit's management, Merit estimates that for the year ending December 31, 2017, absent material acquisitions or non-recurring transactions, Merit's revenues will be in the range of $713-$723 million, an increase of approximately 18-20%, compared to revenues of $603.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2016.  Also, based on information currently available to Merit's management, Merit estimates that, absent material acquisitions or non-recurring transactions, Merit's GAAP earnings per share for 2017 will be in the range of $0.80-$0.86 and non-GAAP* earnings per share for 2017 will be in the range of $1.15-$1.20. Merit's financial guidance for the year ending December 31, 2017 is subject to risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, potential accounting adjustments attributable to Merit's ongoing valuation of intangibles and other financial assets acquired from Argon Medical Devices, Inc. and Catheter Connections, Inc., as well as risks and uncertainties identified in Merit's public filings.

CONFERENCE CALLMerit will hold its investor conference call (conference ID 1848749) today, Thursday, April 27, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern (4:00 p.m. Central, 3:00 p.m. Mountain, and 2:00 p.m. Pacific).  The domestic telephone number is (844) 578-9672, and the international number is (508) 637-5656.  A live webcast will also be available for the conference call at www.merit.com/investors.
 
  BALANCE SHEET
(In thousands)
  March 31,   December 31,
    2017       2016  
  (Unaudited)    
ASSETS      
Current Assets      
  Cash and cash equivalents $     26,464      $     19,171   
  Trade receivables, net     95,252          80,521   
  Employee receivables     161          198   
  Other receivables     4,902          5,445   
  Inventories     134,310          120,695   
  Prepaid expenses and other assets     7,778          6,226   
  Prepaid income taxes     2,604          2,525   
  Deferred income tax assets     -          8,219   
  Income tax refunds receivable     680          423   
       Total Current Assets     272,151          243,423   
       
 Property and equipment, net     283,384          276,573   
 Intangibles, net     208,590          182,697   
 Goodwill     219,911          211,927   
 Deferred income tax assets     2,047          171   
 Other assets     29,098          28,012   
Total Assets $     1,015,181      $     942,803   
       
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY      
Current Liabilities      
  Trade payables     32,625          30,619   
  Accrued expenses     52,875          44,947   
  Current portion of long-term debt     16,998          10,000   
  Advances from employees     479          572   
  Income taxes payable     2,120          2,193   
       Total Current Liabilities     105,097          88,331   
       
Deferred income tax liabilities     20,482          25,981   
Liabilities related to unrecognized tax benefits     438          438   
Deferred compensation payable     9,399          9,211   
Deferred credits     2,510          2,550   
Long-term debt     220,408          314,373   
Other long-term obligations     4,505          3,730   
  Total Liabilities     362,839          444,614   
       
Stockholders' Equity      
  Common stock     344,498          206,186   
  Retained earnings     308,687          293,885   
  Accumulated other comprehensive loss      (843 )       (1,882 )
  Total stockholders' equity     652,342          498,189   
Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity $     1,015,181      $     942,803   
       

INCOME STATEMENT  
(Unaudited, in thousands except per share amounts)
       
  Three Months Ended
  March 31,
    2017       2016  
       
SALES $     171,069      $     138,077   
       
COST OF SALES     95,127          77,977   
       
GROSS PROFIT     75,942          60,100   
       
OPERATING EXPENSES      
  Selling, general and administrative     57,771          41,704   
  Research and development     12,525          10,588   
  Contingent consideration expense     37          102   
    Total     70,333          52,394   
       
INCOME FROM OPERATIONS     5,609          7,706   
       
OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE)      
  Interest income     83          9   
  Interest (expense)     (2,706 )       (1,329 )
  Bargain purchase gain     12,243          -   
  Other income (expense)     264          (480 )
    Total other income (expense) - net     9,884          (1,800 )
       
INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES     15,493          5,906   
       
INCOME TAX EXPENSE     690          1,555   
       
NET INCOME $     14,803      $     4,351   
       
EARNINGS PER COMMON SHARE-                
  Basic $     0.33      $     0.10   
       
  Diluted $     0.32      $     0.10   
       
AVERAGE COMMON SHARES-      
  Basic     44,830          44,275   
       
  Diluted     45,820          44,579   
       

Non-GAAP Financial MeasuresAlthough 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 referred to in this release 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.  Non-GAAP financial measures used in this release include:
  • constant currency revenue;
  • core revenue;
  • non-GAAP earnings per share;
  • non-GAAP gross margin; and
  • non-GAAP net income.

Merit's management team uses these non-GAAP financial measures to evaluate Merit's profitability and efficiency, to compare operating results to prior periods, to evaluate changes in the operating results of its operating segments, and to measure and allocate financial resources internally. However, Merit's management does not consider such non-GAAP measures in isolation or as an alternative to such measures determined in accordance with GAAP.

Readers should consider non-GAAP measures used in this release 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 may affect Merit's net income. In addition, they are subject to inherent limitations as they reflect the exercise of judgment by management about which items are excluded. Merit believes it is useful to exclude such expenses in the calculation of non-GAAP earnings per share, non-GAAP gross margin and non-GAAP net income (in each case, as further illustrated in the reconciliation table below) because such amounts in any specific period may not directly correlate to the underlying performance of Merit's business operations and can vary significantly between periods as a result of factors such as new acquisitions, non-cash expense related to amortization of previously acquired tangible and intangible assets, unusual compensation expenses or expense resulting from litigation or governmental proceedings.  Merit may incur similar types of expenses in the future, and the non-GAAP financial information included in this release should not be viewed as a statement or indication that these types of expenses will not recur.  Additionally, the non-GAAP financial measures used in this release may not be comparable with similarly titled measures of other companies.  Merit urges investors and potential investors to review the reconciliations of its non-GAAP financial measures to the comparable GAAP financial measures, and not to rely on any single financial measure to evaluate Merit's business or results of operations.  

Constant Currency ReconciliationMerit's revenue on a constant currency basis is prepared by translating the current-period reported sales of subsidiaries whose functional currency is other than the U.S. dollar at the applicable foreign exchange rates in effect during the comparable prior-year period.  The constant currency revenue adjustment of $1.3 million for the three-month period ended March 31, 2017 was calculated using the applicable average foreign exchange rates for the three-month period ended March 31, 2016.

Core RevenueMerit's core revenue is defined as reported revenue excluding revenues from the acquisitions of the HeRO® Graft (excluded January 2017 only) and DFINE, Inc. in 2016 and Catheter Connections, Inc. and the critical care division of Argon Medical Devices, Inc. in 2017.

Other Non-GAAP Financial Measure ReconciliationThe following table sets forth supplemental financial data and corresponding reconciliations of non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP earnings per share to Merit's net income and earnings per share prepared in accordance with GAAP for the three-month periods ended March 31, 2017 and 2016.  Non-GAAP gross margin is calculated by reducing GAAP cost of sales by amounts recorded for amortization of intangible assets and inventory mark-up related to acquisitions. The non-GAAP income adjustments referenced in the following table do not reflect stock-based compensation expense of approximately $577,000 and $624,000 for the three-month periods ended March 31, 2017 and 2016, respectively.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS - NON-GAAP
FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2017 AND 2016 (Unaudited)
In thousands, except per share data
         
  Three Months Ended
  March 31, 2017
  Pre-Tax Tax Impact (a) After-Tax Per Share Impact
GAAP net income  $   15,493   $   (690 ) $   14,803   $   0.32  
         
Non-GAAP adjustments:        
  Cost of Sales        
    Amortization of intangibles     4,826       (1,805 )     3,021       0.07  
    Inventory mark-up related to acquisitions     1,893       (736 )     1,157       0.03  
  Selling, General & Administrative        
    Severance     1,216       (473 )     743       0.02  
    Acquisition-related (c)     1,552       (282 )     1,270       0.03  
    Fair value adjustment to contingent consideration (d)         37       (15 )     22       0.00  
    Long-term asset impairment charge (b)     18       (7 )     11       0.00  
    Amortization of intangibles     1,343       (518 )     825       0.02  
    Special legal expense (e)     4,840       (1,883 )     2,957       0.06  
  Other (Income) Expense        
    Gain from bargain purchase (f)     (12,243 )     -       (12,243 )     (0.27 )
    Amortization of long-term debt issuance costs     172       (67 )     105       0.00  
         
Adjusted net income $   19,147   $   (6,476 ) $   12,671   $   0.28  
         
Diluted shares         45,820  
         
  Three Months Ended
  March 31, 2016
  Pre-Tax Tax Impact (a) After-Tax Per Share Impact
GAAP net income  $   5,906   $   (1,555 ) $   4,351   $   0.10  
         
Non-GAAP adjustments:        
  Cost of Sales        
    Amortization of intangibles     3,220       (1,181 )     2,039       0.05  
  Selling, General & Administrative        
    Severance     1,219       (474 )     745       0.02  
    Acquisition-related (c)     736       (286 )     450       0.01  
    Fair value adjustment to contingent consideration (d)     101       (40 )     61       0.00  
    Amortization of intangibles     799       (304 )     495       0.01  
  Other (Income) Expense        
    Amortization of long-term debt issuance costs     257       (100 )     157       0.00  
         
Adjusted net income $   12,238   $   (3,940 ) $   8,298   $   0.19  
         
Diluted shares           44,579  
         

(a) Reflects the tax effect of the non-GAAP adjustments

(b) Represents abandoned patents

(c) Represents costs related to acquisitions

(d) Represents changes in the fair value of contingent consideration liabilities and contingent receivables as a result of acquisitions

(e) Costs incurred in responding to an inquiry from the U.S. Department of Justice

(f) Represents the bargain purchase gain realized from the acquisition of the critical care division of Argon Medical Devices, Inc.
 
Reconciliation of Reported Revenue to Core Revenue (Non-GAAP), Constant Currency Revenue (Non-GAAP)
For the three months ended March 31, 2017
(Unaudited, in thousands)
 
  Three months ended
  March 31,
  % Change   2017   2016
Reported Revenue 23.9 % $   171,069 $   138,077
       
LESS Sales from:      
Certain acquisitions*       16,773     - 
     
Core Revenue 11.7 % $     154,296 $     138,077
 
  Three months ended
  March 31,
  % Change   2017   2016
Reported Revenue 23.9 % $   171,069 $   138,077
       
Add: Impact of foreign exchange**       1,265     - 
       
Constant Currency Revenue 24.8 % $     172,334 $     138,077
       

*Represents sales from the acquisitions of Hero in February 2016; DFINE in July 2016; Catheter Connections in 2017; and the critical care division of Argon Medical Devices in 2017

**The constant currency revenue adjustment of $1.3 million for the three-month period ended March 31, 2017 was calculated using the applicable average foreign exchange rates for the three-month period ended March 31, 2016.

ABOUT MERITFounded in 1987, Merit Medical Systems, Inc. is engaged in the development, manufacture and distribution of proprietary disposable medical devices used in interventional, diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, particularly in cardiology, radiology and endoscopy. Merit serves client hospitals worldwide with a domestic and international sales force totaling approximately 290 individuals.  Merit employs approximately 4,500 people worldwide with facilities in South Jordan, Utah; Pearland, Texas; Richmond, Virginia; Malvern, Pennsylvania; Rockland, Massachusetts; San Jose, California; Maastricht and Venlo, The Netherlands; Paris, France; Galway, Ireland; Beijing, China; Tijuana, Mexico; Joinville, Brazil; Markham, Ontario, Canada; Melbourne, Australia; Tokyo, Japan; and Singapore.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTSStatements contained in this release which are not purely historical, including, without limitation, statements regarding Merit's forecasted plans, revenues, net income, financial results or anticipated or completed acquisitions, 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 Merit's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016 and subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  Such risks and uncertainties include risks relating to Merit's potential inability to successfully manage growth through acquisitions, including the inability to commercialize technology acquired through completed, proposed or future transactions; product recalls and product liability claims; expenditures relating to research, development, testing and regulatory approval or clearance of Merit's products and risks that such products may not be developed successfully or approved for commercial use; governmental scrutiny and regulation of the medical device industry, including governmental inquiries, investigations and proceedings involving Merit; reforms to the 510(k) process administered by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration; restrictions on Merit's liquidity or business operations resulting from its current debt agreements; infringement of Merit's technology or the assertion that Merit's technology infringes the rights of other parties; the potential of fines, penalties or other adverse consequences if Merit's employees or agents violate the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act or other laws or regulations; laws and regulations targeting fraud and abuse in the healthcare industry; potential for significant adverse changes in governing regulations; changes in tax laws and regulations in the United States or other countries; increases in the prices of commodity components; negative changes in economic and industry conditions in the United States or other countries; termination or interruption of relationships with Merit's suppliers, or failure of such suppliers to perform; fluctuations in exchange rates;  concentration of a substantial portion of Merit's revenues among a few products and procedures; development of new products and technology that could render Merit's existing products obsolete; market acceptance of new products; volatility in the market price of Merit's common stock; modification or limitation of governmental or private insurance reimbursement policies; changes in healthcare policies or markets related to healthcare reform initiatives; failure to comply with applicable environmental laws; changes in key personnel; work stoppage or transportation risks; introduction of products in a timely fashion; price and product competition; availability of labor and materials; fluctuations in and obsolescence of inventory; and other factors referred to in Merit's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016 and other materials filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All subsequent forward-looking statements attributable to Merit or persons acting on its 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 Merit assumes no obligation to update or disclose revisions to those estimates.

TRADEMARKSUnless noted otherwise, trademarks and registered trademarks used in this release are the property of Merit Medical Services, Inc., in the United States and other jurisdictions.
Contact: Anne-Marie Wright, Vice President, Corporate CommunicationsPhone: (801) 208-4167  e-mail: awright@merit.com  Fax: (801) 253-1688

Primary Logo