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Thoratec Reports Fourth Quarter And Full Year Fiscal 2012 Financial Results

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 4:02pm
PR Newswire

PLEASANTON, Calif., Feb. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Thoratec Corporation (NASDAQ: THOR), a world leader in device-based mechanical circulatory support therapies to save, support and restore failing hearts, today reported its financial results for the fourth quarter of 2012.

"Thoratec had an impressive year in 2012, with sales growth of 16 percent driven by our HeartMate II® and CentriMag® product lines, highlighting our leadership positions in chronic and acute mechanical circulatory support," said Gary F. Burbach, President and Chief Executive Officer.  "We were particularly pleased to finish the year with strong fourth quarter results, including 20 percent unit growth for HeartMate II on a worldwide basis, reflecting continued adoption in the U.S. Destination Therapy indication as well as in international markets."

For the quarter ended December 29, 2012, Thoratec reported revenues of $128.5 million, a 17 percent increase over revenues of $109.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. Net loss on a GAAP basis was $(14.4) million, or $(0.25) per diluted share, compared with GAAP net income of $15.3 million, or $0.25 per diluted share, in the same period a year ago. 2012 results include a pre-tax impairment charge of $50.2 million related to certain purchased intangible assets associated with the PVAD and IVAD product line. Non-GAAP net income, which is described later in this press release, was $22.6 million, or $0.38 per diluted share, compared with non-GAAP net income of $22.7 million, or $0.38 per diluted share, in the same period a year ago.

For the year ended December 29, 2012, revenues were $491.7 million, an increase of 16 percent over revenues of $422.7 million for fiscal year 2011. Net income from continuing operations on a GAAP basis was $56.2 million, or $0.94 per diluted share, compared with GAAP net income from continuing operations of $72.6 million, or $1.20 per diluted share, for fiscal year 2011. Non-GAAP net income from continuing operations was $109.2 million, or $1.83 per diluted share, compared with non-GAAP net income from continuing operations of $97.0 million, or $1.56 per diluted share, for fiscal year 2011.

"We look forward to driving continued market growth and solidifying our leadership position in chronic and acute mechanical circulatory support during 2013," Burbach commented.  "Additionally, we remain focused on investing in longer-term strategic initiatives, including late-stage development activities related to HeartMate III and HeartMate PHP, both of which we plan to bring into pivotal clinical trials later this year." 

Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2012 Financial Results

For the fourth quarter of 2012, Thoratec reported revenues of $128.5 million, an increase of 17 percent compared to the same quarter last year.  The HeartMate product line contributed $110.8 million, an increase of 18 percent, while the CentriMag product line contributed $11.5 million, an increase of 31 percent.  The PVAD and IVAD product line contributed $5.6 million, a decrease of 8 percent.

For the fiscal year ended December 29, 2012, Thoratec reported revenues of $491.7 million, an increase of 16 percent compared to fiscal year 2011. The HeartMate product line contributed $434.6 million to revenues, an increase of 19 percent, while the CentriMag product line contributed $35.7 million, an increase of 39 percent, including revenues of $6.1 million related to the acquisition of Levitronix Medical. The PVAD and IVAD product line contributed $19.0 million, a decrease of 33 percent.

For the fourth quarter of 2012, GAAP gross margin was 30.6 percent compared to 67.1 percent in the same quarter last year. The decrease in GAAP gross margin was due primarily to an impairment of purchased intangible assets related to the PVAD and IVAD product line.  Non-GAAP gross margin, described later in this press release, was 71.7 percent compared to 71.4 percent in the same quarter last year. The increase in non-GAAP gross margin was primarily driven by volume-based efficiencies and favorable product mix, offset in part by a volume-based tax on our VAD sales in France, which we recorded for the first time in the fourth quarter of 2012.

GAAP gross margin in 2012 was 59.3 percent versus 68.0 percent a year ago. The year-over-year decrease in GAAP gross margin was mainly attributable to the impairment of PVAD and IVAD intangible assets.  Non-GAAP gross margin was 71.7 percent versus 71.2 percent in 2011. The year-over-year increase in gross margin was due to volume-based efficiencies, favorable product mix, and the contribution from the acquisition of Levitronix Medical.

For the fourth quarter of 2012, GAAP operating expenses were $64.1 million compared to $48.3 million in the same quarter last year. Non-GAAP operating expenses, described later in this press release, were $57.6 million compared to $43.0 million in the same quarter last year. The increase in non-GAAP operating expenses was due primarily to product and market development initiatives, project-related payments, and incentive compensation. 

Operating expenses on a GAAP basis in 2012 were $215.7 million versus $173.5 million a year ago. On a non-GAAP basis, operating expenses in 2012 were $192.6 million versus $153.6 million in 2011. The year-over-year increase in operating expenses was due primarily to project-related payments, spending on product and market development initiatives, the addition of research and development personnel, and acquisition-related charges. Non-GAAP operating expenses are described later in this press release.

On a GAAP basis, other income was $1.7 million in 2012 versus other expense of $2.3 million in 2011. On a non-GAAP basis, other income totaled $1.7 million versus other income of $0.8 million a year ago. Other income and expense on a non-GAAP basis is described later in this press release.

The company's GAAP effective tax rate in 2012 was 27.4 percent versus 35.1 percent in 2011. The non-GAAP tax rate, which is described later in this press release, was 32.4 percent in 2012 compared with 34.5 percent in 2011. The decrease in the GAAP effective tax rate was primarily due to the impairment of purchased intangible assets related to the PVAD and IVAD product line, and a greater percentage of earnings generated in lower-tax jurisdictions. The decrease in the non-GAAP effective tax rate was primarily attributable to a greater percentage of earnings generated in lower-tax jurisdictions.

Cash and investments were $260.4 million as of December 29, 2012, compared to $307.9 million as of September 29, 2012 and $209.5 million as of December 31, 2011.  During the fourth quarter of 2012 the company used $75.0 million in cash to fund an accelerated share repurchase agreement as part of our stock repurchase program.

GUIDANCE FOR FISCAL YEAR 2013

The following statements are based on current expectations. These statements are forward-looking and actual results may differ materially. For a more detailed discussion of forward-looking statements, please see additional information below.

The company expects revenues will be in the range of $490 to $510 million, driven by growth of the HeartMate and CentriMag product lines, and partially offset by a continued decline in the PVAD and IVAD product line.

Gross margin is expected to be approximately 68.5 percent on a GAAP basis and approximately 70.5 percent on a non-GAAP basis.  Included in these estimates for gross margin is the impact of the U.S. medical device excise tax, which we estimate will contribute approximately $6 million to cost of goods sold in 2013.

We expect the effective tax rate to be approximately 30.5 to 31.0 percent on both a GAAP and non-GAAP basis.

GAAP net income per diluted share is expected to be in the range of $1.32 to $1.42 and non-GAAP net income per diluted share is expected to be in the range of $1.76 to $1.86.

CONFERENCE CALL/WEBCAST INFORMATION

Thoratec will hold a conference call to discuss its financial results and operating activities for all interested parties at 1:30 p.m., Pacific Standard Time (4:30 p.m., Eastern Standard Time), today. The teleconference can be accessed by calling (719) 457-2638, passcode 4837615. Please dial in 10-15 minutes prior to the beginning of the call. The webcast will be available via the Internet at http://www.thoratec.com.  A replay of the conference call will be available through Tuesday, February 12, via http://www.thoratec.com or by telephone at (719) 457-0820, passcode 4837615.

GAAP TO NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION

Thoratec management evaluates and makes operating decisions using various measures. These measures are generally based on revenues generated by the company's products and certain costs of producing those revenues, such as costs of product sales, research and development and selling, general and administrative expenses. We use the following measures, which are not calculated in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("GAAP"): non-GAAP gross profit, non-GAAP gross margin, non-GAAP operating expenses, non-GAAP other income and expense, non-GAAP tax rate, non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP net income per diluted share and non-GAAP shares used to compute diluted net income per share. These are non-GAAP financial measures under Section 101 of Regulation G under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These non-GAAP financial measures are calculated by excluding certain GAAP financial items that we believe have less significance to the day-to-day operation of our business.  The company has outlined below the type and scope of these exclusions and the limitations on the use of the non-GAAP financial measures as a result of these exclusions.

Management uses these non-GAAP financial measures for financial and operational decision making, including in the determination of employee annual cash incentive compensation, as a means to evaluate period-to-period comparisons, as well as comparisons to our competitors' operating results.  Management also uses this information internally for forecasting and budgeting, as it believes that the measures are indicative of Thoratec core operating results.  Management also believes that non-GAAP financial measures provide useful supplemental information to management and investors regarding the performance of the company's business operations, provide a greater transparency with respect to key metrics used by management in its decision making, facilitate comparisons of results for current periods and guidance for future periods with our historical operating results, and assist in analyzing future trends.

Non-GAAP net income consists of GAAP net income, excluding, as applicable, the tax effected impact of share-based compensation expense, the write-down and amortization of purchased intangible assets, expenses associated with the accounting for convertible debt instruments that may be settled in cash upon conversion, including partial settlements in accordance with Financial Accounting Standards Board ("FASB") issued Accounting Standards Codification ("ASC") 470-20, Debt, Levitronix Medical fair market value (FMV) inventory adjustments, and acquisition related charges.     

Non-GAAP net income per diluted share is defined as non-GAAP net income divided by the weighted average number of shares on a fully-diluted basis. 

Non-GAAP shares used to compute diluted net income per share consists of GAAP shares used to compute diluted net income per share adjusted for any inclusions made in conjunction with dilutive impact of Thoratec's convertible debt instruments and any exclusions made in conjunction with the application of the two-class method for calculating net income per share.

Non-GAAP gross profit and gross margin consist of GAAP gross profit and gross margin excluding share-based compensation expense, the write-down and amortization of purchased intangible assets, and Levitronix Medical FMV inventory adjustments related to the acquisition.   

Non-GAAP operating expenses consist of GAAP operating expenses excluding share-based compensation expense, amortization of purchased intangible assets, and acquisition-related transaction costs.

Non-GAAP other income and expense consists of GAAP other income and expenses excluding expenses related to the accounting for convertible debt instruments that may be settled in cash upon conversion, including partial settlements, in accordance with ASC 470-20, Debt.

Non-GAAP tax expense consists of the GAAP tax expense adjusted for the tax effect of the adjustments from GAAP net income to non-GAAP net income.

Management believes that it is useful in measuring Thoratec's operations to exclude the write-down and amortization of purchased intangible assets.  These costs are primarily fixed at the time of an acquisition and, unlike other fixed costs that result from ordinary operations, are the result of infrequent and irregular events.

Because of varying valuation methodologies, subjective assumptions and the variety of award types that companies can use, Thoratec management believes that providing non-GAAP financial measures that exclude share-based compensation allows investors to compare Thoratec's recurring core business operating results to those of other companies and over multiple periods.  The exclusion also enhances investors' ability to review Thoratec's business from the same perspective as Thoratec management, which believes that share-based compensation expense is not directly attributable to the underlying performance of the company's business operations.

Due to the subjective assumptions used to develop non-cash interest expense related to the accounting for convertible debt instruments that may be settled in cash upon conversion, including partial settlements, in accordance with ASC 470-20, Debt, Thoratec management believes that providing non-GAAP financial measures that exclude such expense allows investors to compare Thoratec's recurring core business operating results to those of other companies and over multiple periods.  The exclusion also enhances investors' ability to review Thoratec's business from the same perspective as Thoratec management.

To enable investors to compare Thoratec's recurring core business operating results to those of other companies and over multiple periods, Thoratec has excluded Levitronix Medical FMV inventory adjustments and acquisition-related costs as they are infrequent in nature.

There are a number of limitations related to the use of non-GAAP financial measures.  First, non-GAAP financial measures exclude some costs, namely share-based compensation, that are recurring expenses.  Second, share-based compensation is part of an employee's compensation package and as such may be useful for investors to consider.  Third, the components of costs that we exclude in our non-GAAP financial measures calculations may differ from components that our peer companies exclude when they report their results from operations.

Non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered as a substitute for measures of financial performance in accordance with GAAP. However, these measures may provide additional insight into Thoratec's financial results. Investors and potential investors are strongly encouraged to review the reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures contained within this press release with their most directly comparable GAAP financial results and not to rely on any single financial measure to evaluate our business.

The reconciliations of the forward looking non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures in the tables below include all information reasonably available to Thoratec at the date of this press release.  These tables include adjustments that we can reasonably predict.  Events that could cause the reconciliation to change include acquisitions and divestitures of business, goodwill and other asset impairments and sales of marketable equity securities.

 
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