Harvard Bioscience, Inc.
Feb 26, 2015

Harvard Bioscience Fourth Quarter 2014 Non-GAAP EPS Increases 100% Versus Fourth Quarter 2013 on Record Quarterly Revenues of $30.4 Million

Acquisitions, Operational Improvements and Organic Growth Drive Results

Conference Call To Be Held at 11:00 AM ET Today

HOLLISTON, Mass., Feb. 26, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Harvard Bioscience, Inc. (Nasdaq:HBIO), a global developer, manufacturer and marketer of a broad range of solutions to advance life science, reported financial highlights for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2014. The Company reported record quarterly revenues with other increases including operating income, operating margins, gross margins, income from continuing operations and net income.

Jeffrey A. Duchemin, President and Chief Executive Officer of Harvard Bioscience, said, "We continued to make significant progress in all of our key operating metrics. Of particular note this quarter, we grew non-GAAP earnings per diluted share by 100% to $0.10, revenues increased 11.0%, excluding the impact of currency translation, and we significantly improved our operating margins, which increased by 580 basis points to 15.5% on a non-GAAP basis. Bookings remained strong this quarter, increasing almost 7% to $30.4 million, compared with bookings of $28.5 million during last year's fourth quarter, and backlog improved 41% to $7.2 million compared with last year's fourth quarter backlog of $5.1 million."

He continued, "The fourth quarter wrapped up a very fulfilling and exciting year for our Company. Fourth quarter results were driven by organic growth, operational improvements and contributions from the Multi Channel Systems MCS GmbH and Triangle BioSystems, Inc. acquisitions we completed during the quarter. These successes were all made possible by our new strategy and new management philosophy that we began to put into place toward the end of 2013, under which our talented employees are executing on a global basis.

"We expect these newly acquired companies, combined with our recent acquisition of HEKA Electronik during the first quarter 2015, to further contribute toward our organic growth as our sales team offers a complete set of electrophysiology solutions to our customers."

He concluded, "In 2014, we put together the building blocks of a solid foundation that we believe will continue to deliver value for our shareholders. We look forward to another great year."

Fourth Quarter Reported Results

Revenues for the three months ended December 31, 2014 were $30.4 million, an increase of approximately 9.0%, or $2.5 million compared to revenues of $27.9 million for the three months ended December 31, 2013. Excluding currency translation, revenues increased 11.0% or $3.1 million. The increase was the result of revenues from the newly acquired Multi Channel Systems MCS GmbH ("MCS") and Triangle BioSystems, Inc. ("TBSI") and organic growth. For a reconciliation of changes in revenues, refer to Exhibit 8 below.

Income from continuing operations, as measured under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"), was a loss of $19,000, or $0.00 per diluted share, for the three months ended December 31, 2014 compared to a loss of $255,000, or $0.01 per diluted share, for the same quarter in 2013. Overall, the favorable year-to-year quarterly GAAP earnings comparison was due primarily to an increase in revenues and gross profit, and lower operating expenses, partially offset by acquisition costs and higher income tax expense. Included within operating expenses is a gain of approximately $760,000 on the sale of one of our manufacturing facilities for which related operations were consolidated into one of our other manufacturing facilities earlier in 2014. Additionally, included within income tax expense was the recording of a $1.3 million valuation allowance for certain tax credit carry-forwards.

Income from continuing operations, on a non-GAAP basis, increased 97% to $3.3 million for the fourth quarter 2014, and increased 100% to $0.10 per diluted share, compared to $1.7 million, and $0.05 per diluted share, for the three months ended December 31, 2013. For a reconciliation between the GAAP and non-GAAP income from continuing operations, refer to Exhibit 5 and 6 below. Overall, the favorable year-to-year quarterly non-GAAP earnings comparison was due primarily to an increase in revenues and gross profit. Included within operating expenses is a gain of approximately $760,000 on the sale of one of our manufacturing facilities for which related operations were consolidated into one of our other manufacturing facilities earlier in 2014.

Year-to-Date Reported Results

Revenues for the year ended December 31, 2014 were $108.7 million, an increase of approximately 3.3%, or $3.5 million compared to revenues of $105.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2013. Excluding currency translation, revenues increased 2.4%, or $2.5 million. The increase was the result of revenues from the newly acquired MCS and TBSI and organic growth. For a reconciliation of changes in revenues, refer to Exhibit 8 below.

Income from continuing operations, as measured under GAAP, was $2.4 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, for the year ended December 31, 2014 compared to $0.7 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, for the same period in 2013. Overall, the favorable year-to-year GAAP earnings comparison was due primarily to an increase in revenues and gross profit, and lower operating expenses, partially offset by acquisition costs and higher income tax expense. Included within operating expenses is a gain of approximately $760,000 on the sale of one of our manufacturing facilities for which related operations were consolidated into one of our other manufacturing facilities earlier in 2014. Additionally, included within income tax expense was the recording of a $1.3 million valuation allowance for certain tax credit carry-forwards.

Income from continuing operations, on a non-GAAP basis, increased 26% to $8.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2014, and increased 21% to $0.27 per diluted share, compared to $7.1 million, and $0.22 per diluted share, for the year ended December 31, 2013. For a reconciliation between the GAAP and non-GAAP income from continuing operations, refer to Exhibit 5 and 6 below. Overall, the favorable year-to-year non-GAAP earnings comparison was due primarily to an increase in revenues and gross profit, and lower operating expenses. Included within operating expenses is a gain of approximately $760,000 on the sale of one of our manufacturing facilities for which related operations were consolidated into one of our other manufacturing facilities earlier in 2014.

Financial Guidance

The Company is providing financial guidance for the full year 2015. The guidance includes the expected negative impact of currency translation due to the strengthening of the U.S. dollar, expected costs of relocation and consolidation of certain facilities, and contributions from its recent acquisitions.

The Company expects revenues to be approximately $114 million to $116 million. Included in this guidance is the Company's expectation that currency translation will lower revenues by between $6 million and $7 million, based on current foreign currency exchange rates. On a constant currency basis, the Company expects revenues to be approximately $120 million to $123 million, or a 10% to 13% increase compared to 2014 revenues.

The Company expects to report full-year 2015 non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.27 to $0.28, based upon its forecasted weighted shares outstanding of 34.5 million. This translates to GAAP diluted earnings per share of approximately $0.16 to $0.17. Included in this guidance is the Company's expectation that currency translation will lower non-GAAP EPS by approximately $0.02 per diluted share. On a constant currency basis, the Company expects non-GAAP EPS to be approximately $0.29 to $0.30 per diluted share, or a 7% to 11% increase compared to 2014 non-GAAP EPS.

Included in the above guidance is the Company's expectation that it will incur costs of approximately $750,000 to $1 million, or approximately $0.02 per diluted share, on a non-GAAP basis to relocate and consolidate certain manufacturing and distribution facilities in 2015. The Company expects that its actions to relocate and consolidate these facilities will result in savings of approximately $750,000 to $1 million annually beginning in 2016.

The Company may incur charges, realize gains or experience other events in 2015 that could cause actual results to vary from this guidance. Refer to Exhibit 7 below for a reconciliation between the GAAP and non-GAAP diluted earnings per share guidance.

Conference Call Details

As previously announced, management will host a conference call to discuss fourth quarter and full-year 2014 results and business highlights and outlook, which will be simultaneously webcast and can be accessed through the Harvard Bioscience, Inc. website. The conference call will begin at 11:00 a.m. ET today, February 26, 2015. To listen to the conference call, log on to our website at www.harvardbioscience.com and click on the Earnings Call icon.

The live conference call is also accessible by dialing the following phone numbers: toll-free 877-303-7611, or international: 970-315-0445, and referencing the pass code 71470115.

Financial information presented on the call, including the earnings release, will also be available on the investor relations section of the website.

If you are unable to listen to the live conference call, the webcast will be available on the Company's website through March 5, 2015. The press release and any related financial or statistical information will be archived on our website.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information

In this press release, we have included non-GAAP financial information including revenues, adjusted operating income, adjusted income from continuing operations and adjusted earnings from continuing operations per diluted share. We believe that this non-GAAP financial information provides investors with an enhanced understanding of the underlying operations of the business. For the periods presented, these non-GAAP financial measures of revenues and income have excluded certain revenues and expenses and income primarily resulting from purchase accounting or events that we do not believe are related to the underlying operations of the business such as currency translation, amortization of intangibles related to acquisitions, costs related to acquisition initiatives, transaction costs, severance and restructuring expenses and stock-based compensation expense. They also exclude the tax impact of the reconciling items. This non-GAAP financial information approximates information used by our management to internally evaluate the operating results of the Company. Tabular reconciliations of our non-GAAP adjusted operating income, non-GAAP adjusted income from continuing operations and non-GAAP adjusted earnings from continuing operations per diluted share for the three months and years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013 are included as exhibits below in this press release.

The non-GAAP financial information provided in this press release should be considered in addition to, not as a substitute for, the financial information provided and presented in accordance with GAAP.

About Harvard Bioscience

Harvard Bioscience is a global developer, manufacturer and marketer of a broad range of solutions to advance life science. Our products are sold to thousands of researchers in over 100 countries through our global sales organization, websites, catalogs, and through distributors including Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., VWR GE Healthcare, and other specialized distributors. We have sales and manufacturing operations in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Sweden, Spain, France, Canada and China. For more information, please visit our website at www.harvardbioscience.com.

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Exhibit 1
HARVARD BIOSCIENCE, INC.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet Information
(unaudited, in thousands)
 
 December 31,December 31,
 20142013
Assets    
     
Cash and cash equivalents $14,134 $25,771
Trade receivables 16,141 13,884
Inventories 20,531 15,777
Property, plant and equipment 5,190 4,375
Goodwill and other intangibles 62,227 56,903
Other assets 17,693 18,750
Total assets $135,916 $135,460
     
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity    
     
Total current liabilities $18,099 $16,085
Total liabilities 40,448 40,975
Stockholders' equity 95,468 94,485
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $135,916 $135,460
     
Exhibit 2
HARVARD BIOSCIENCE, INC.
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(In thousands, except per share data)
(unaudited)
 
 Three Months EndedYear Ended
 December 31,December 31,
 2014201320142013
         
Revenues  $ 30,364  $ 27,854  $ 108,663  $ 105,171
Cost of revenues 16,501 15,806 59,319 57,475
Gross profit 13,863 12,048 49,344 47,696
         
Sales and marketing expenses 5,123 4,224 18,225 17,330
General and administrative expenses 4,381 4,660 16,826 17,887
Research and development expenses 1,564 1,118 4,880 4,154
Restructuring charges 678 2,100 1,027 2,150
Amortization of intangible assets 739 635 2,578 2,590
HART transaction costs -- 260 -- 2,048
(Gain) loss on sale of assets  (743)  --   (810)  -- 
Total operating expenses  11,742  12,997  42,726  46,159
         
Operating income (loss)  2,121  (949)  6,618  1,537
         
Other (expense) income:        
Foreign exchange  (2)  (65)  (150)  (139)
Interest expense  (238)  (305)  (990)  (955)
Interest income  29  14  74  43
Other (expense) income, net  (738)  37  (1,135)  (51)
Other expense, net  (949)  (319)  (2,201)  (1,102)
         
Income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes  1,172  (1,268)  4,417  435
Income tax expense (benefit)  1,191  (1,013)  2,062  (288)
(Loss) income from continuing operations  (19)  (255)  2,355  723
Discontinued operations        
Loss from discontinued operations, net of tax  --   (501)  --   (2,553)
Net (loss) income  $ (19)  $ (756)  $ 2,355  $ (1,830)
         
Earnings (loss) per share:        
Basic (loss) earnings per common share from continuing operations $--  $ (0.01)  $ 0.07  $ 0.02
Discontinued operations --  (0.01)  --   (0.08)
Basic (loss) earnings per common share $--  $ (0.02)  $ 0.07  $ (0.06)
         
Diluted (loss) earnings per common share from continuing operations $--  $ (0.01)  $ 0.07  $ 0.02
Discontinued operations --  (0.01)  --   (0.08)
Diluted (loss) earnings per common share $--  $ (0.02)  $ 0.07  $ (0.06)
         
Weighted average common shares:        
Basic 32,441 31,064 32,171 30,384
Diluted 32,441 31,064 33,237 31,914
         
Exhibit 3
HARVARD BIOSCIENCE, INC.
Condensed Cash Flow Information
(unaudited, in thousands) 
 
 Year Ended
 December 31,
 20142013
     
Cash flows from operations:    
Net income (loss)  $ 2,355  $ (1,830)
Changes in assets and liabilities  (4,514)  1,940
Other adjustments to operating cash flows  6,510  3,950
Net cash provided by operating activities  4,351  4,060
     
Investing activities:    
Acquisitions, net of cash acquired  (12,653)  -- 
Other investing activities  (864)  171
Net cash (used in) provided by investing activities  (13,517)  171
     
Financing activities:    
Proceeds from issuance of debt  2,200  14,550
Repayments of debt  (5,500)  (2,750)
Transfer of cash and cash equivalents to HART  --   (15,041)
Other financing activities  2,066  3,309
Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities  (1,234)  68
     
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash  (1,237)  791
     
(Decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents  $ (11,637)  $ 5,090
     
Exhibit 4
HARVARD BIOSCIENCE, INC.
Reconciliation of GAAP Operating Income (Loss) to Non-GAAP Adjusted Operating Income (Continuing Operations)
(unaudited, in thousands)
         
 Three Months EndedYear Ended
 December 31,December 31,
 2014201320142013
         
GAAP operating income (loss)  $ 2,121  $ (949)  $ 6,618  $ 1,537
Adjustments:        
Amortization of intangible assets 739 635 2,578 2,590
Inventory valuation step-up charges on acquisition 263 -- 263 --
HART transaction costs -- 260 -- 2,048
Severance and restructuring charges 957 2,100 1,647 2,150
Stock-based compensation expense 622 660 2,156 2,599
Non-GAAP adjusted operating income  $ 4,702  $ 2,706  $ 13,262  $ 10,924
         
Exhibit 5
HARVARD BIOSCIENCE, INC.
Reconciliation of GAAP (Loss) Income from Continuing Operations to Non-GAAP Adjusted Income from Continuing Operations
(unaudited, in thousands)
         
         
 Three Months EndedYear Ended
 December 31,December 31,
 2014201320142013
         
GAAP (loss) income from continuing operations  $ (19)  $ (255)  $ 2,355  $ 723
Adjustments:        
Amortization of intangible assets  739  635  2,578  2,590
Inventory valuation step-up charges on acquisition  263  --   263  -- 
HART transaction costs  --   260  --   2,048
Severance and restructuring charges  957  2,100  1,647  2,150
Acquisition costs  729  (22)  1,144  5
Stock-based compensation expense  622  660  2,156  2,599
Income taxes (A)  57  (1,675)  (1,250)  (3,053)
Non-GAAP adjusted income from continuing operations   $ 3,348  $ 1,703  $ 8,893  $ 7,062
         
(A)  Income taxes includes the tax effect of adjusting for the reconciling items and excludes changes in valuation allowances recorded on certain deferred tax assets.
         
Exhibit 6
HARVARD BIOSCIENCE, INC.
Reconciliation of GAAP Diluted (Loss) Earnings Per Common Share from Continuing Operations to Non-GAAP Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Common Share from Continuing Operations
(unaudited)
         
 Three Months EndedYear Ended
 December 31,December 31,
 2014201320142013
         
GAAP diluted (loss) earnings per common share from continuing operations $--  $ (0.01)  $ 0.07  $ 0.02
Adjustments:        
Amortization of intangible assets 0.02 0.02 0.08 0.08
Inventory valuation step-up charges on acquisition 0.01 -- 0.01 --
HART transaction costs -- 0.01 -- 0.06
Severance and restructuring charges 0.03 0.07 0.05 0.07
Acquisition costs 0.02 -- 0.03 --
Stock-based compensation expense 0.02 0.02 0.06 0.08
Income taxes (A)  --  (0.06)  (0.03)  (0.09)
Non-GAAP adjusted diluted earnings per common share from continuing operations  $ 0.10  $ 0.05  $ 0.27  $ 0.22
         
(A) Income taxes includes the tax effect of adjusting for the reconciling items and excludes changes in valuation allowances recorded on certain deferred tax assets.
         
Exhibit 7
HARVARD BIOSCIENCE, INC.
Reconciliation of Guidance for 2015 GAAP Diluted Earnings per Common Share to Non-GAAP Adjusted Diluted Earnings per Common Share 
(unaudited)
   
GAAP diluted earnings per common share from continuing operations (A) $ 0.16 - 0.17
Adjustments:  
Amortization of intangible assets 0.08
Inventory valuation step-up charges on acquisition 0.01
Stock-based compensation expense 0.07
Income taxes (B) (0.05)
Non-GAAP adjusted diluted earnings per common share from continuing operations (A) $ 0.27 - 0.28
   
(A) This guidance excludes the impact of future acquisitions, acquisition costs or restructuring charges.
(B) Income taxes includes the tax effect of adjusting for the reconciling items.
   
Exhibit 8
HARVARD BIOSCIENCE, INC.
Reconciliation of Changes In Revenues Compared to the Same Period of the Prior Year
(unaudited)
 
 For the Year
Ended

Three Months Ended
For the Year
Ended

Three Months Ended
For the Year
Ended
 Dec. 31,Mar. 31,Jun. 30,Sept. 30,Dec. 31,Dec. 31,Mar. 31,Jun. 30,Sept. 30,Dec. 31,Dec. 31,
 20122013201320132013201320142014201420142014
                       
Growth 3.2% -7.6% -8.3% -3.8% -2.2% -5.6% -2.7% 0.7% 0.0% 11.0% 2.4%
Foreign exchange effect -1.1% -0.3% -0.1% 0.1% 0.8% 0.2% 2.0% 2.6% 1.2% -2.0% 0.9%
Total revenue growth 2.1% -7.9% -8.4% -3.7% -1.4% -5.4% -0.7% 3.3% 1.2% 9.0% 3.3%
CONTACT: Jeffrey A. Duchemin

         CEO and President

         jduchemin@harvardbioscience.com

         

         Robert E. Gagnon

         CFO

         rgagnon@harvardbioscience.com

         

         Tel: 508 893 8999

         Fax: 508 429 8478

         

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