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MERIDIAN BIOSCIENCE REPORTS FOURTH QUARTER AND FULL YEAR FISCAL 2022 OPERATING RESULTS

Nov 22, 2022 8:00 AM

CINCINNATI, Nov. 22, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Meridian Bioscience, Inc. (NASDAQ: VIVO) today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended September 30, 2022.

Fourth Quarter 2022 Highlights (Comparison to Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2021):

  • Consolidated net revenues totaled $65.7 million, a decrease of 14% year-over-year
  • Diagnostics segment net revenues increased 14% year-over-year to $39.2 million
  • Life Science segment delivered net revenues of $26.5 million, a decrease of 37%
  • Submitted 510(k) for Curian® Shiga Toxin assay

Full Fiscal Year 2022 Highlights (Comparison to Full Year Fiscal 2021):

  • Consolidated net revenues of $333.0 million, up 5% year-over-year
  • Diagnostics segment net revenues increased 22% year-over-year to $155.9 million
  • Life Science segment delivered net revenues of $177.1 million, a decrease of 7%
  • Established new Life Science recombinant protein R&D facility in New Jersey with assets acquired from EUPROTEIN, Inc.
  • Diagnostics segment launched two new products: Curian® Campy and Revogene® SARS-CoV-2 EUA
  • Life Science segment launched 17 new molecular products, which completed a full line of sample-specific master mixes for qPCR and LAMP with sensitivity suitable for oncology applications
  • Entered into agreement to be acquired by a Korean Consortium for $34.00 per share, which is expected to close before the end of calendar year 2022

Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2022 Results (Comparison to Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2021)
Consolidated net revenues for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2022 decreased 14% to $65.7 million, compared to $76.2 million last year.  Diagnostics segment net revenues increased 14% year-over-year, while Life Science segment net revenues decreased 37%.  Growth in the Diagnostics segment was driven by our non-molecular assay products which increased 22%.  Key contributors to the non-molecular assay year-over-year increase include organic growth in our BreathID® product line, the addition of the BreathTek® product line acquired in July 2021 and the increase in sales of LeadCare® products that were not shipping for a portion of the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021 due to a product recall.  The Life Science segment decline was driven by lower overall demand, primarily from reductions in COVID-19 testing, though more so for molecular reagents (53% decrease) than immunological reagents (8% decrease).

Reported consolidated operating income for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2022 was $4.6 million (7% margin), compared to $8.5 million (11% margin) in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021.  The decrease in consolidated operating income primarily results from the decreased level of net revenues and gross margins within the Life Science segment, which resulted from the overall decline in COVID-19 related net revenues and the significant shift in product mix from the high margin molecular reagents to lower margin immunological reagents (approximately 46% molecular in fiscal 2022 versus approximately 63% in 2021).  The effect of these factors was partially offset by the decrease in overall operating expense, most notably due to the $5.6 million of product recall costs in fiscal 2021.  On an adjusted basis, consolidated operating income was $9.1 million, reflecting a margin of 14%, down from the prior year quarter's $13.3 million and 17% margin (see non-GAAP financial measure reconciliation below), reflecting the factors noted above.

Full Fiscal Year 2022 Results (Comparison to Full Year Fiscal 2021)
Consolidated net revenues for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2022 increased 5% to $333.0 million, compared to $317.9 million in fiscal 2021.  Diagnostics segment net revenues were up 22%, while Life Science segment net revenues were down 7%.  Our Diagnostics segment experienced a 5% decrease in net revenues from our molecular products, and net revenues from our non-molecular assay products increased 27%, significantly impacted by the current year contributions of the BreathTek product line acquired in July 2021, as well as organic growth of our BreathID products.  The Life Science segment experienced a significant shift in net revenues product mix from molecular reagents (30% decrease) to immunological products (43% increase).  This shift resulted from lower overall demand for our molecular reagents in fiscal 2022, particularly the second half of the year, relative to the strong demand experienced in fiscal 2021 driven largely by reductions in COVID-19 testing, as well as the shift from molecular testing to rapid antigen testing.

Reported consolidated operating income for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2022 was $54.4 million (16% margin), compared to $93.0 million (29% margin) in fiscal 2021.  The decrease in consolidated operating income reflects the impact of decreased level of net revenues and gross margins within the Life Science segment, which resulted from the overall decline in COVID-19 related net revenues and the significant shift in product mix mentioned above (approximately 52% molecular in fiscal 2022 versus approximately 69% in 2021), and increased operating expenses.  The increase in operating expenses primarily results from:  (i) a $10.0 million estimated expense related to the possible resolution of the previously disclosed and ongoing U.S. Department of Justice legal matter; (ii) higher acquisition and transaction related expenses in connection with the definitive merger agreement signed in July 2022; (iii) increased selling and marketing costs in both the Diagnostics and Life Science segments, due, in part, to filling certain open positions and easing of COVID-19 related travel and meeting restrictions; and (iv) increased general and administrative costs due, in part, to increased incentive compensation expenses and increased intangible amortization resulting from the July 2021 BreathTek acquisition.  The effect of these factors was partially offset by a decrease in product recall expenses during fiscal 2022, following the recording of a $5.6 million LeadCare product recall reserve recorded in fiscal 2021.  On an adjusted basis, consolidated operating income was $76.0 million, reflecting a margin of 23%, down from the prior year quarter's $95.3 million and 30% margin (see non-GAAP financial measure reconciliation below), reflecting the factors noted above.

Jack Kenny, Chief Executive Officer, commented, "Meridian delivered strong financial performance for the third straight year, yet again exceeding our expectations going into the year.  Our Diagnostics and Life Science segments both performed well, generating positive Operating Income, and I am excited for the future prospects of both businesses."

Financial Condition
In fiscal year 2022, the Company generated Cash from Operations of $82.4 million, a 23% increase from $66.9 million in fiscal 2021.  This contributed to a cash and cash equivalents balance of $81.5 million at September 30, 2022.  The Company's obligations under its commercial bank credit facility totaled $25.0 million as of September 30, 2022, leaving $175.0 million of available borrowing capacity under the facility. 

Andy Kitzmiller, Chief Financial Officer, commented, "Meridian continued its track record of significant cash generation, even on lower operating profit, through its focus on the efficiency of the cash conversion cycle throughout the year.  Our strong balance sheet and operating fundamentals position the Company well as we navigate the current macroeconomic uncertainty and establish a new baseline for the Life Science segment in the endemic phase of the COVID-19 pandemic."

Subsequent Event
On October 26, 2022, Meridian acquired select assets from Estel Biosciences, Inc., as part of Meridian's continued investment in its immunological research and development capabilities.  Among other assets, the Company acquired intellectual property that will be incorporated into the Life Science operations in North Brunswick, New Jersey and Memphis, Tennessee for the design and manufacture of recombinant proteins using an insect cell expression system.

Update on the Pending Transaction, Fiscal 2023 Guidance, and Conference Call
As announced on July 7, 2022, the Company entered into a definitive merger agreement (the "Merger Agreement") whereby a newly formed affiliate vehicle of a Consortium, consisting of SD Biosensor, Inc. ("SDB") (KOSE: A137310) and SJL Partners LLC ("SJL") (collectively, the "Consortium"), will acquire Meridian (the "Merger").  The closing of the transaction is subject to receipt of required regulatory approvals, the absence of specified material adverse outcomes of the Company's previously disclosed and ongoing investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice, and other customary closing conditions.  

On October 10, 2022, Meridian held a special meeting of its shareholders, at which the Company's shareholders approved the transaction.  As of November 22, 2022, Meridian or the appropriate parties to the Merger Agreement have obtained approval or clearances, as applicable, for all relevant antitrust and foreign direct investment filings, including the filing related to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States ("CFIUS") which was obtained on November 21, 2022.  Meridian has not yet reached a resolution with the DOJ with respect to the DOJ legal matter; Meridian continues to actively work with the DOJ to find a resolution to the DOJ legal matter.

As of November 22, 2022, Meridian continues to expect to complete the Merger before the end of calendar year 2022.

Due to the pending transaction, Meridian is no longer holding conference calls to discuss its quarterly financial results and has issued no financial guidance for fiscal year 2023.

 

FOURTH QUARTER AND FISCAL 2022 OPERATING RESULTS

(In Thousands, Except per Share Data)


The following table sets forth the comparative results of Meridian on a U.S. GAAP basis for the interim and
annual periods of fiscal 2022 and fiscal 2021.





(Unaudited)






Three Months Ended


Twelve Months Ended




September 30,


September 30,




2022


2021


2022


2021

Net revenues

$

65,675


$

76,204


$

333,018


$

317,896

Cost of sales


31,683



31,487



144,662



116,748



Gross profit


33,992



44,717



188,356



201,148















Operating expenses













Research and development


6,407



6,112



24,335



23,911


Selling and marketing


7,840



7,010



31,273



26,780


General and administrative


10,982



12,714



57,148



49,541


Product recall costs (adjustment)


(350)



5,596



(350)



5,596


Acquisition and transaction related costs


2,645



92



6,940



392


Litigation and select legal costs


909



108



13,510



2,803


Restructuring costs


911



-



1,109



-


Change in fair value of acquisition













   consideration and settlement


-



4,596



-



(909)



Total operating expenses


29,344



36,228



133,965



108,114















Operating income


4,648



8,489



54,391



93,034

Other income (expense), net


(15)



(633)



(74)



(2,583)


Earnings before income taxes


4,633



7,856



54,317



90,451


Income tax provision (benefit)


(1,072)



1,199



11,858



19,044


Net earnings

$

5,705


$

6,657


$

42,459


$

71,407















Net earnings per basic common share

$

0.13


$

0.15


$

0.97


$

1.65

Basic common shares outstanding


43,749



43,356



43,583



43,259















Net earnings per diluted common share

$

0.13


$

0.15


$

0.96


$

1.62

Diluted common shares outstanding


44,732



44,094



44,375



44,012

 

Adjusted Financial Measures (in thousands, except per share data)

(see non-GAAP financial measure reconciliation below)






Three Months Ended


Twelve Months Ended





September 30,


September 30,



2022


2021


2022


2021


Adjusted operating income

$

9,113


$

13,285


$

75,950


$

95,320



Adjusted net earnings


9,090



10,258



61,172



73,123



Adjusted net earnings per diluted

     common share

$

0.20


$

0.23


$

1.38


$

1.66






























 

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet Data (in thousands)




September 30,


2022



2021

Cash and equivalents

$

81,453


$

49,771

Working capital  


152,646



145,650

Long-term debt


25,000



60,000

Shareholders' equity


368,061



328,302

Total assets


463,097



449,722

 

Segment Data

The following table sets forth the revenue and segment data for the interim and annual periods in fiscal 2022
and fiscal 2021 (in thousands).




(Unaudited)






Three Months Ended


Twelve Months Ended




September 30,


September 30,




2022


2021


2022


2021


 

Net Revenues - By Product Platform/Type













Diagnostics














Molecular assays

$

4,138


$

5,671


$

18,177


$

19,037



Non-molecular assays


35,049



28,630



137,726



108,723



     Total Diagnostics


39,187



34,301



155,903



127,760


Life Science














Molecular reagents


12,285



26,399



91,816



130,537



Immunological reagents


14,203



15,504



85,299



59,599



     Total Life Science


26,488



41,903



177,115



190,136



          Total Net Revenues

$

65,675


$

76,204


$

333,018


$

317,896





































 



(Unaudited)





Three Months Ended


Twelve Months Ended



September 30,


September 30,



2022


2021


2022


2021

 

Net Revenues - By Disease State/Geography












Diagnostics













Gastrointestinal assays

$

22,864


$

19,838


$

87,568


$

68,890


Respiratory illness assays


5,273



5,375



26,632



17,608


Blood chemistry assays


4,430



2,391



14,189



15,398


Other


6,620



6,697



27,514



25,864


     Total Diagnostics


39,187



34,301



155,903



127,760

Life Science













Americas


7,465



6,356



33,062



46,063


EMEA


10,982



23,965



81,305



93,655


ROW


8,041



11,582



62,748



50,418


     Total Life Science


26,488



41,903



177,115



190,136


          Total Net Revenues

$

65,675


$

76,204


$

333,018


$

317,896














OPERATING INCOME (LOSS)













Diagnostics

$

(122)


$

(11,680)


$

2,982


$

(7,280)


Life Science


10,064



23,182



86,040



115,014


Corporate


(5,300)



(3,034)



(34,707)



(14,788)


Eliminations


6



21



76



88


   Total Operating Income

$

4,648


$

8,489


$

54,391


$

93,034















Geographic Regions

Americas = North and Latin America

EMEA = Europe, Middle East and Africa

ROW = Rest of World























 

NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

In this press release, we have supplemented our reported GAAP financial information with information on operating expenses, operating income, operating margin, net earnings, basic net earnings per share and diluted net earnings per share, each on an adjusted basis excluding the effects of acquisition and transaction related costs, litigation and select legal costs, and changes in fair value of acquisition consideration, each of which is a non-GAAP measure.  We have provided in the tables below reconciliations to the operating expenses, operating income, net earnings, basic net earnings per share and diluted net earnings per share amounts reported under GAAP for the three- and twelve-month periods ended September 30, 2022 and 2021. 

We believe this information is useful to an investor in evaluating our performance because:

  1. These measures help investors to more meaningfully evaluate and compare the results of operations from period to period by removing the impacts of these non-routine items; and

  2. These measures are used by our management for various purposes, including evaluating performance against incentive bonus achievement targets, comparing performance from period to period in presentations to our board of directors, and as a basis for strategic planning and forecasting.

These non-GAAP measures may be different from non-GAAP measures used by other companies.  In addition, the non-GAAP measures are not based on any comprehensive set of accounting rules or principles.  Non-GAAP measures have limitations, in that they do not reflect all amounts associated with our results as determined in accordance with GAAP.  Therefore, these measures should only be used to evaluate our results in conjunction with corresponding GAAP measures.

 

FOURTH QUARTER AND FISCAL YEAR

GAAP TO NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION TABLES

(In Thousands, Except per Share Data)





Three Months


Twelve Months




Ended September 30,


Ended September 30,




2022


2021


2022


2021

Operating Expenses -













GAAP basis

$

29,344


$

36,228


$

133,965


$

108,114


Acquisition and transaction related costs


(2,645)



(92)



(6,940)



(392)


Litigation and select legal costs


(909)



(108)



(13,510)



(2,803)


Restructuring costs


(911)



-



(1,109)



-


Change in fair value of acquisition

    consideration and settlement


-



(4,596)



-



909


    Adjusted Operating Expenses

$

24,879


$

31,432


$

112,406


$

105,828















Operating Income -













GAAP basis

$

4,648


$

8,489


$

54,391


$

93,034


Acquisition and transaction related costs


2,645



92



6,940



392


Litigation and select legal costs


909



108



13,510



2,803


Restructuring costs


911



-



1,109



-


Change in fair value of acquisition

    consideration and settlement


-



4,596



-



(909)


    Adjusted Operating Income

$

9,113


$

13,285


$

75,950


$

95,320















Net Earnings -













GAAP basis

$

5,705


$

6,657


$

42,459


$

71,407


Acquisition and transaction related costs *


1,986



69



5,212



294


Litigation and select legal costs *


683



81



12,636



2,105


Restructuring costs *


716



-



865



-


Change in fair value of acquisition

    consideration and settlement *


-



3,451



-



(683)


    Adjusted Net Earnings

$

9,090


$

10,258


$

61,172


$

73,123















Basic Earnings per Common Share -













GAAP basis

$

0.13


$

0.15


$

0.97


$

1.65


Acquisition and transaction related costs


0.05



-



0.12



0.01


Litigation and select legal costs


0.02



-



0.29



0.05


Restructuring costs


0.02



-



0.02



-


Change in fair value of acquisition

    consideration and settlement


-



0.08



-



(0.02)


    Adjusted Basic EPS **

$

0.21


$

0.24


$

1.40


$

1.69















 




Three Months


Twelve Months




Ended September 30,


Ended September 30,




2022


2021


2022


2021

Diluted Earnings per Common Share -













GAAP basis

$

0.13


$

0.15


$

0.96


$

1.62


Acquisition and transaction related costs


0.04



-



0.12



0.01


Litigation and select legal costs


0.02



-



0.28



0.05


Restructuring costs


0.02



-



0.02



-


Change in fair value of acquisition

    consideration and settlement


-



0.08



-



(0.02)


    Adjusted Diluted EPS ***

$

0.20


$

0.23


$

1.38


$

1.66
















*

Net of tax, as applicable. 

**

Three months ended September 30, 2022 and 2021 do not sum to total due to rounding.

***

Three months ended September 30, 2022 does not sum to total due to rounding.

 

REVOGENE® SARS-COV-2 ASSAY DISCLAIMER
The Revogene® SARS-CoV-2 product has not been FDA cleared or approved but has been authorized for emergency use by FDA under an EUA for use by authorized laboratories.  This product has been authorized only for the detection of nucleic acid from SARS-CoV-2, not for any other viruses or pathogens.  The emergency use of this product is only authorized for the duration of the declaration that circumstances exist justifying the authorization of emergency use of in vitro diagnostics for detection and/or diagnosis of COVID-19 under Section 564(b)(1) of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, 21 U.S.C. § 360bbb-3 (b)(1), unless the declaration is terminated, or authorization is revoked sooner.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS 
The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides a safe harbor from civil litigation for forward-looking statements accompanied by meaningful cautionary statements. Except for historical information, this press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, which may be identified by words such as "continues", "estimates", "anticipates", "projects", "plans", "seeks", "may", "will", "expects", "intends", "believes", "signals", "should", "can", "guidance" and similar expressions or the negative versions thereof and which also may be identified by their context. All statements that address operating performance or events or developments that Meridian Bioscience, Inc. ("Meridian" or "the Company") expects or anticipates will occur in the future, including, but not limited to, statements relating to per share diluted net earnings, sales, product demand, net revenues, operating margin, other guidance and the impact of COVID-19 on its business and prospects, are forward-looking statements. Such statements, whether expressed or implied, are based upon current expectations of the Company and speak only as of the date made. Specifically, Meridian's forward-looking statements are, and will be, based on management's then-current views and assumptions regarding future events and operating performance. Meridian assumes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements even if experience or future changes make it clear that any projected results expressed or implied therein will not be realized.  These statements are subject to various risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially, including, without limitation, the following:

Meridian's operating results, financial condition and continued growth depends, in part, on its ability to introduce into the marketplace enhancements of existing products or new products that incorporate technological advances, meet customer requirements and respond to products developed by Meridian's competition, its ability to effectively sell such products and its ability to successfully expand and effectively manage increased sales and marketing operations. While Meridian has introduced a number of internally developed products and acquired products, there can be no assurance that it will be successful in the future in introducing such products on a timely basis or in protecting its intellectual property, and unexpected or costly manufacturing costs associated with its introduction of new products or acquired products could cause actual results to differ from expectations. Meridian relies on proprietary, patented and licensed technologies. As such, the Company's ability to protect its intellectual property rights, as well as the potential for intellectual property litigation, would impact its results. Ongoing consolidations of reference laboratories and formation of multi-hospital alliances may cause adverse changes to pricing and distribution. Recessionary pressures on the economy and the markets in which the Company's customers operate, as well as adverse trends in buying patterns from customers, can change expected results. Costs and difficulties in complying with laws and regulations, including those administered by the United States Food and Drug Administration, and in complying with the ongoing investigation of the Department of Justice described in Meridian's reports filed with the SEC, can result in unanticipated expenses and delays and interruptions to the sale of new and existing products, as can the uncertainty of regulatory approvals and the regulatory process. The international scope of Meridian's operations, including changes in the relative strength or weakness of the U.S. dollar and general economic conditions in foreign countries, can impact results and make them difficult to predict. One of Meridian's growth strategies is the acquisition of companies and product lines. There can be no assurance that additional acquisitions will be consummated or that, if consummated, will be successful and that the acquired businesses will be successfully integrated into Meridian's operations. There may be risks that acquisitions may disrupt operations and may pose potential difficulties in employee retention, and there may be additional risks with respect to Meridian's ability to recognize the benefits of acquisitions, including potential synergies and cost savings or the failure of acquisitions to achieve their plans and objectives. Meridian cannot predict the outcome of future goodwill impairment testing and the impact of possible goodwill impairments on Meridian's earnings and financial results. Meridian cannot predict the possible impact of any modification or repeal of any of the provisions of current U.S. health care legislation, and any similar initiatives in other countries on Meridian's results of operations. Efforts to reduce the U.S. federal deficit, breaches of Meridian's information technology systems, trade wars, increased tariffs, and natural disasters and other events could have a materially adverse effect on Meridian's results of operations and net revenues. The Company can make no assurances that a material weakness in its internal control over financial reporting will not be identified in the future, which if identified and not properly corrected, could materially and adversely affect its operations and result in material misstatements in its consolidated financial statements. Meridian also is subject to risks and uncertainties related to the proposed acquisition by SD Biosensor, Inc., as well as disruptions to or reductions in business operations or prospects due to pandemics, epidemics, widespread health emergencies, or outbreaks of infectious diseases such as COVID-19, including, without limitation, related supply chain interruptions.  In addition to the factors described in this paragraph, as well as those factors identified from time to time in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Part I, Item 1A Risk Factors of the Company's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K contains a list and description of uncertainties, risks and other matters that may affect the Company. Readers should carefully review these forward-looking statements and risk factors, and not place undue reliance on the Company's forward-looking statements.

About Meridian Bioscience, Inc.
Meridian is a fully integrated life science company that develops, manufactures, markets and distributes a broad range of innovative diagnostic products. We are dedicated to developing and delivering better solutions that give answers with speed, accuracy and simplicity that are redefining the possibilities of life from discovery to diagnosis. Through discovery and development, we provide critical life science raw materials used in immunological and molecular tests for human, animal, plant, and environmental applications. Through diagnosis, we provide diagnostic solutions in areas including gastrointestinal and upper respiratory infections and blood lead level testing. We build relationships and provide solutions to hospitals, reference laboratories, research centers, veterinary testing centers, physician offices, diagnostics manufacturers, and biotech companies in more than 70 countries around the world.

Meridian's shares are traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market, symbol VIVO. Meridian's website address is www.meridianbioscience.com.

Contact: 
Charlie Wood
Vice President – Investor Relations
Meridian Bioscience, Inc.
Phone:  +1 513.271.3700
Email:  mbi@meridianbioscience.com

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