- Company reports strong fourth quarter and full year sales and profit growth; continued growth expected in 2013
- Company to host conference call at 8:30 a.m. ET on February 7, 2013
East Rutherford, NJ – February 6, 2013 – Cambrex Corporation (NYSE: CBM, “Cambrex”) reports results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2012.
- Fourth quarter sales increased by 4.8% and excluding the impact of foreign currency, sales increased 5.7% compared to the fourth quarter of 2011. Full year sales increased by 9.2% and increased 12.6% excluding the impact of foreign currency.
- Fourth quarter EBITDA increased 12.4% to $13.1 million compared to $11.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. Full year EBITDA increased 22.4% to $57.5 million compared to $46.9 million in 2011.
- Debt, net of cash was $40.4 million at the end of the fourth quarter, an increase of $6.0 million during the quarter. Debt, net of cash, improved $25.6 million for the full year 2012.
- 2013 sales are expected to increase 8% to 12% compared to 2012, excluding the impact of foreign currency, and EBITDA is expected to increase 8% to 18% to between $62 and $68 million.
“We are pleased with our strong financial results for both the fourth quarter and full year 2012, and look forward to an even stronger 2013,” commented Steven M. Klosk, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cambrex. “Sales increased across all key product categories and EBITDA and cash generation improved significantly year over year.
“We expect 2013 to be our third consecutive year of increased sales and EBITDA and we will be making important capital investments to support continued growth, including a large Phase 3 supply agreement signed during 2012 as well as initiatives in other important product categories. We continue to be positive about the overall market trends and momentum we see for the business in the current year.”
Fourth Quarter 2012 Operating Results – Continuing Operations
Sales of $70.4 million were 4.8% higher compared to the same period last year, including the unfavorable impact of foreign exchange of 0.9%. This increase was primarily due to increased demand for certain custom manufacturing products partially offset by lower pricing of certain products.
Gross margins increased to 30.0% from 29.4%, including an unfavorable impact of foreign exchange of 0.2% compared to the same period last year. This increase is due to higher volumes and favorable product mix partially offset by lower pricing.
Selling, general and administrative expenses were $11.4 million compared to $11.1 million in the same period last year.
Research and development (“R&D”) expenses were $2.2 million compared to $2.8 million in the same period last year. The decrease was primarily due to increased absorption of R&D expenses into inventory and cost of goods sold due to higher custom development activity.
Operating profit was $7.4 million compared to $5.8 million in the same period last year. The increase was primarily the result of higher gross profit. EBITDA was $13.1 million, compared to $11.6 million in the same period last year.
Net interest expense was $0.5 compared to $0.6 million in the same period last year. Higher interest rates were offset by lower average debt. The average interest rate on debt was 2.4% compared to 1.8% in the same period last year.
Equity in losses of partially-owned affiliates was flat at $0.5 million compared to the same period last year for the Company’s 51% share in Zenara Pharma (“Zenara”), a pharmaceutical company focused on the formulation of finished dosage form products. The Company’s share of Zenara’s losses includes $0.2 million and $0.3 million of non-cash amortization expense in the fourth quarters of 2012 and 2011, respectively.
The provision for income taxes for the quarter was a benefit of $37.9 million. Fourth quarter tax expense includes a benefit of $36.3 million related to a reversal of valuation allowances previously recorded against domestic deferred tax assets. This reversal is a result of the Company’s expectation of future profitability in the U.S., among other factors. Tax expense for the quarter was also positively impacted by $1.3 million related to the impact on deferred taxes of a statutory rate change at one of our sites, $0.6 million related to the reversal of certain tax reserves and $1.2 million resulting primarily from changes in the geographic mix of income versus earlier estimates.
Income from continuing operations for the fourth quarter of 2012 was $44.2 million or $1.44 per share compared to $3.0 million or $0.10 per share in the same period last year. Fourth quarter 2012 results include a tax benefit of $36.3 million, or $1.18 per share, resulting from the release of a valuation allowance on deferred tax assets discussed above.
Capital expenditures and depreciation for the fourth quarter of 2012 were $17.2 million and $5.6 million, respectively, compared to $5.6 million and $5.7 million in the same period last year, respectively. The increase in capital expenditures in the quarter was primarily driven by a previously announced expansion of the Company’s large scale manufacturing capacity to support an agreement signed during 2012 to provide Phase 3 and commercial launch materials for a customer and expected growth in the business.
Financial Expectations – Continuing Operations
The Company currently expects that full year 2013 sales, excluding the impact of foreign currency, will increase between 8% and 12% over 2012, and that full year 2013 EBITDA will be between $62 and $68 million, an increase of 8% to 18% over 2012. While the Company does not expect to pay cash taxes in the U.S. for the next few years, the Company will record tax expense on U.S. income for the first time in several years beginning in 2013. The Company estimates that its 2013 consolidated effective tax rate will be between 32% and 38%. The tax rate will be sensitive to the geographic mix of income and quarterly effective tax rates may be volatile.
Capital expenditures are expected to be approximately $36 to $40 million and depreciation is expected to be $22 to $24 million in 2013.
These financial expectations are for continuing operations and exclude the impact of any potential M&A, restructuring activities and outcomes of tax disputes, and do not reflect the Company’s stake in Zenara, which is accounted for using the equity method, and as such is not consolidated into the Company’s results.
The financial information contained in this press release is unaudited, subject to revision and should not be considered final until the Company’s 2012 Form 10-K is filed with the SEC.
Conference Call and Webcast
A conference call to discuss the Company’s fourth quarter and full year 2012 results will begin at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, February 7, 2013 and last approximately 45 minutes. Those wishing to participate should call 1-800-723-6604 for domestic and +785-830-7977 for international. Please use the pass code 6398974 and call approximately 10 minutes prior to start time. A webcast will be available on the Investors section on the Cambrex website. A telephone replay of the conference call will be available through Thursday, February 14, 2013 by calling 1-888-203-1112 for domestic and +1-719-457-0820 for international. Please use the pass code 6398974 to access the replay.
Forward Looking Statements
This document contains “forward-looking statements,” including statements regarding expected performance, especially those set forth under the heading “Financial Expectations – Continuing Operations,” including the Company’s expectation that full year 2013 sales, excluding the impact of foreign currency, will increase between 8% and 12% versus 2012, that full year 2013 EBITDA will be between $62 and $68 million, that capital expenditures will be approximately $36 to $40 million and that depreciation will be $22 to $24 million in 2013. These and other forward looking statements may be identified by the fact that they use words such as “expects,” “anticipates,” “intends,” “estimates,” “believes” or similar expressions. Any forward-looking statements contained herein are based on current plans and expectations and involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual outcomes and results to differ materially from current expectations. The factors described in Item 1A of Part I of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the period ended December 31, 2011, captioned “Risk Factors,” or otherwise described in the Company’s filings with the SEC, as well as any cautionary language in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the period ended December 31, 2011, provide examples of such risks and uncertainties that may cause the Company’s actual results to differ materially from the expectations the Company describes in its forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, pharmaceutical outsourcing trends, competitive pricing or product developments, governmental legislation and regulations (particularly environmental issues), tax rate, interest rate, technology, manufacturing and legal issues, including the outcome of outstanding litigation disclosed in the Company’s public filings, changes in foreign exchange rates, uncollectible receivables, loss on disposition of assets, cancellations or delays in renewal of contracts, lack of suitable raw materials or packaging materials, and the Company’s ability to receive regulatory approvals for its products, as well as risks relating to a Phase 3 supply agreement signed during the third quarter of 2012 including that the Company will expend significant resources to expand its manufacturing facilities without any assurance that the new agreement will generate any revenue beyond revenue that would be earned under termination provisions within the agreement, that the customer’s product candidate will be successful in Phase 3 trials or obtain the necessary regulatory approvals to commercialize the product candidate, that the customer’s Phase 3 program will not be terminated early, that anticipated quantities will not be meaningfully reduced, that the planned Phase 3 and pre-launch activities will proceed on the timeline anticipated, if at all, that the Company’s expansion will proceed on the anticipated timeline without disruption to existing customers or our new customer and without disruption to the Company’s and its customers’ ability to meet key product delivery milestones.
For further details and a discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties, investors are encouraged to review the Cambrex Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011 and when it becomes available, for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012, including the Forward-Looking Statement sections therein, and other filings with the SEC. We caution investors and potential investors not to place significant reliance on the forward-looking statements contained in this press release and to give careful consideration to the risks and uncertainties listed above and contained in our SEC filings. The forward-looking statements in this press release speak only as of the date of this document, and we undertake no obligation to update or revise any of these statements.
Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure, which the Company defines as operating profit plus depreciation and amortization expense. Other companies may have a different definition of EBITDA and, therefore, EBITDA may not be comparable with non-GAAP financial measures provided by other companies. EBITDA should not be considered an alternative to measurements required by U.S. GAAP, such as net income or operating profit, and should not be considered a measure of Cambrex’s liquidity. Cambrex uses EBITDA as one of several metrics to assess and analyze its operational results and trends. Cambrex also believes it is useful to investors because it is a common operating performance metric as well as a metric routinely used to assess potential enterprise value. Cambrex has provided a reconciliation from U.S. GAAP amounts to non-GAAP amounts at the end of this press release.