Nordion Reports Second Quarter Fiscal 2013 Financial Results

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Nordion Reports Second Quarter Fiscal 2013 Financial Results

OTTAWA, Ontario--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Nordion Inc.(TSX: NDN) (NYS: NDZ) :

  • Revenue of $56.1 million in Q2 2013, an increase of 12% over Q2 2012
  • Adjusted loss per share, excluding specified items, of $0.03 in Q2 2013, down from adjusted earnings per share of $0.08 in Q2 2012. GAAP EPS of $0.01 in Q2 2013 versus $0.05 EPS in Q2 2012
  • Agreement signed on May 23, 2013 to divest the Targeted Therapies business to BTG plc (BTG) for a cash purchase price of $200 million

Nordion reports in U.S. dollars unless otherwise specified

Nordion Inc. (TSX: NDN) (NYS: NDZ) , a leading provider of products and services to the global health science market, today reported results for the second quarter of fiscal 2013. The Company generated $56.1million in revenue for the second quarter fiscal 2013, an increase of $6.1 million, or 12%, over revenue of $50.0 million for the same period in fiscal 2012.

Excluding the specified items shown on the attached non-GAAP reconciliation table, adjusted net loss for the second quarter decreased to $1.8 million from adjusted net income of $4.8 million during the same period in the previous fiscal year. Nordion had GAAP net income of $0.7million in second quarter fiscal 2013, which decreased by $2.5million from GAAP net income of $3.2million in the second quarter fiscal 2012.

Second quarter fiscal 2013 adjusted non-GAAP loss per share decreased to $0.03 compared with $0.08 non-GAAP earnings per share (EPS) in the second quarter of 2012. GAAP EPS was $0.01in the second quarter of 2013 versus $0.05EPS in the same period last year.

"Nordion's second quarter results were within our expectations across all three businesses," said Mr. Steve West, Chief Executive Officer, Nordion Inc. "We also made progress on our strategic review, reaching an agreement to divest the Targeted Therapies business to BTG, which we believe unlocks value for our shareholders and leaves us with a focused specialty isotopes business going forward."

Consolidated Financial Results


  Three months ended April 30     Six months ended April 30

(thousands of U.S. dollars,
except when noted)

    2013   2012  


      2013   2012  


Revenues   $ 56,089   50,013   12%     $ 109,753   103,028   7%
Gross margin 53% 51% 2% 53% 51% 2%
Net income $ 731 3,221 (77%) $ 462 2,334 (80%)
Diluted earnings per share $ 0.01 0.05 (80%) $ 0.01 0.04 (75%)
Cash and cash equivalents $ 81,534 77,800 5% $ 81,534 77,800 5%

Weighted average number of
Common shares outstanding
diluted (thousands of shares)

    61,909   61,981   -       61,909   62,114   -

Non-GAAP 1

  Three months ended April 30   Six months ended April 30

(thousands of U.S. dollars,
except when noted)

    2013   2012  


    2013     2012  


Adjusted net (loss) income   $ (1,755) 4,793   (137%)   $ 2,345   11,918   (80%)
Adjusted diluted (loss) earnings per share   $












1 See Non-GAAP reconciliation table at the end of this release

Agreement to Divest Targeted Therapies Business to BTG plc
In May 2013, subsequent to the company's second fiscal quarter, Nordion announced that it had entered into an agreement to divest its Targeted Therapies business to BTG, an international specialist healthcare company based in London, United Kingdom, for a cash purchase price of $200 million. Net of cash taxes and transaction costs, Nordion expects to realize approximately $185 million in cash on closing. Under the terms of the transaction agreements, BTG is expected to acquire the Targeted Therapies business and Nordion has agreed to continue manufacturing TheraSphere® under a Manufacturing and Support Agreement with a contract term of three years, plus up to a two-year extension at BTG's option. Approximately 40 Nordion employees are expected to join BTG following the completion of this transaction. Subsequent to second fiscal quarter, the company sought consent from our credit facility lenders for the divestiture of the Targeted Therapies business to BTG. The closing of this transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and approval by BTG's shareholders. The transaction is anticipated to be completed by the end of June 2013.

The decision to divest Targeted Therapies was made as part of Nordion's ongoing strategic review with the assistance of the Company's financial advisor, Jefferies LLC, as announced on January 28, 2013.

Second Quarter Fiscal 2013 Segment Results

Targeted Therapies
TheraSphere® revenue for second quarter fiscal 2013 of $13.2 million increased by $0.8 million or 6%, compared with second quarter fiscal 2012.

TheraSphere segment earnings of $1.1 million in second quarter fiscal 2013 decreased $2.8 million or 72%, compared with second quarter fiscal 2012 primarily as a result of the Company's increased expenses on TheraSpheresales and marketing, increased clinical trial expenses, and an increase in general and administrative costs required to support the growth of the TheraSphere product.

Sterilization Technologies
Sterilization Technologies revenue for second quarter fiscal 2013 of $20.2 million increased by $5.4 million or 36%, compared with second quarter fiscal 2012. Revenue from Cobalt of $20.1 million in second quarter fiscal 2013 increased by $6.2 million or 45% due to quarterly variability of timing of shipments to our customers and the relative difference in mix of customers in each respective period.

Sterilization-Other revenue of $0.1 million decreased by $0.9 million or 90% in second quarter fiscal 2013, compared with second quarter fiscal 2012 primarily due to a decrease in production irradiator refurbishments.

Sterilization Technologies segment earnings of $6.4 million increased $2.9 million or 83% in second quarter fiscal 2013 compared with second quarter fiscal 2012 mainly due to higher Cobalt revenue, partially offset by higher selling, general and administrative costs.

Medical Isotopes
Medical Isotopes revenue for second quarter fiscal 2013 of $22.7 million was unchanged compared with second quarter fiscal 2012. Reactor isotopes revenue of $17.2 million was relatively flat compared with the same period in fiscal 2012.

The primary reactor in Europe, used to supply certain of the Company's segment competitors, has been shut down since November 2012 with a restart planned during June 2013, as indicated by the reactor's operator. Based on potential additional orders resulting from this shutdown, the Company forecasts a mitigated decline in fiscal 2013 Medical Isotopes revenue of approximately 10%, excluding the potential impact of TheraSphere contract manufacturing, compared with an original annual forecast decline of 20% from fiscal 2012 revenue.

On May 16, 2013, Nordion's primary supplier of medical isotopes, AECL, reported that the NRU reactor at Chalk River, Ontario, returned to service from its planned maintenance shutdown. Initiated on April 14, 2013, the one month shutdown resulted in an interruption in Nordion's supply of medical isotopes during the second and third quarters in fiscal 2013. Nordion's production and sales resumed as expected and planned Molybdenum-99 shipments began the week of May 19, 2013.

Cyclotron isotopes revenues were higher by 6% for second quarter fiscal 2013 compared to the same period in fiscal 2012 primarily due to Strontium-82 sales, which began in April 2013. Contract manufacturing revenues decreased 11% in second quarter fiscal 2013, compared with the same period in the prior year.

Medical Isotopes segment earnings of $5.2 million in second quarter fiscal 2013 decreased $0.7 million or 12%, compared with second quarter fiscal 2012 mainly due to an increase in selling, general and administrative costs, which included an increase in annual incentive costs and pension expense.

Corporate and Other
The Corporate and Other segment incurred a loss of $2.2 million in second quarter fiscal 2013, representing a decrease of $0.6 million or 21%, compared with the second quarter fiscal 2012 primarily due to foreign exchange gains.

A full copy of Nordion's second quarter fiscal 2013 Management's Discussion and Analysis and the financial statements and notes can be downloaded at

Conference Call
Nordion will hold a conference call on Thursday, June 6, 2013 at 10:00 am ET to discuss its second quarter fiscal 2013 results. This call will be webcast live at, and will be available after the call in archived format at Interested parties may access the live webcast of the conference call from the Nordion website at Participants will need to register for this call and provide their full name, company name, phone number and email address to obtain the conference call coordinates. Registered participants will join the call using the coordinates (phone number, passcode, & personal PIN) provided during the registration process. Please advise your participants to print the coordinates when registering. The Self Registration URL link is as follows:

About Nordion Inc.
Nordion Inc. (TSX: NDN) (NYS: NDZ) is a global health science company that provides market-leading products used for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease. We are a leading provider of targeted therapies, sterilization technologies, and medical isotopes that benefit the lives of millions of people in more than 60 countries around the world. Our products are used daily by pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, medical-device manufacturers, hospitals, clinics and research laboratories. Nordion has approximately 500 highly skilled employees worldwide. Find out more at and follow us at

Caution Concerning Forward-Looking Statements
This releasecontains forward-looking statements, within the meaning of applicable securities laws, including under applicable Canadian securities laws and the "safe harbour" provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements can be identified by expressions of belief, expectation or intention, as well as those statements that are not historical fact. The words "may", "will", "could", "should", "would", "outlook", "believe", "plan", "anticipate", "estimate", "project", "expect", "intend", "indicate", "forecast", "objective", "optimistic", and similar words and expressions are also intended to identify forward-looking statements. In addition, this release contains "forward-looking statements" relating to a proposed transaction. The timing and completion of the proposed transaction is subject to many conditions, risks and uncertainties, including without limitation closing conditions, and there can be no assurance that the proposed transaction will occur, or that it will occur on the terms and conditions currently contemplated by the Nordion and its management. The proposed transaction could be modified, restructured or terminated. Forward-looking statements are necessarily based on estimates and assumptions made by us in light of our experience and our perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other factors that we believe are appropriate in the circumstances, but which are inherently subject to significant business, political, economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies. Known and unknown factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. Accordingly, this release is subject to the disclaimer and qualified by the assumptions, qualifications and risk factors referred to in our 2012 Annual Information Form (AIF). Factors that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from current expectations include, but are not limited to, fluctuations in supply and demand, pricing pressures and rising costs, changes in currency and exchange rates and potential adverse developments in new and pending legal proceedings or regulatory investigations,as well asthe risk factors which are described in section 5 of our 2012 AIF and in our other filings with the Canadian provincial securities commissions and the US Securities and Exchange Commission, and our success in anticipating and managing those risks. We caution readers not to place undue reliance on the Company's forward-looking statements, as a number of factors could cause our actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from the beliefs, plans, objectives, expectations, anticipations, estimates and intentions expressed in such forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements contained in this news release are made as of the date of this release and, accordingly, are subject to change after such date. The Company does not assume any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether written or oral, that may be made from time to time by us or on our behalf, except as required by applicable law. Additionally, we undertake no obligation to comment on expectations of, or statements made by, third parties in respect of the proposed transaction.

Non-GAAP Information
To supplement the financial measures prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), the company uses non-GAAP financial measures such as adjusted net income and adjusted earnings per share. Non-GAAP financial measures exclude certain items, such as restructuring charges and recovery, change in fair value of embedded derivatives, AECL arbitration and legal fees, loss and gains on sales of investments, loss or gains on discontinued operations, and tax effects on adjusted items. Management uses non-GAAP financial measures internally for strategic decision making, forecasting future results and evaluating current performance. By disclosing non-GAAP financial measures, management intends to provide investors with a meaningful, consistent comparison of the company's core operating results and trends for the periods presented. Non-GAAP financial measures are not prepared in accordance with GAAP. Therefore, the information is not necessarily comparable to other companies and should be considered as a supplement to, not a substitute for, or superior to, the corresponding measures calculated in accordance with GAAP.

Segment Financial Results (with reconciliation to net income)

  Three months ended April 30  

Six month ended April 30

(thousands of U.S. dollars, except per share amounts)     2013       2012  


      2013       2012  


Targeted Therapies $   13,150   $   12,392   6%   $   25,188   $   23,404   8%
Sterilization Technologies 20,194 14,842 36% 36,624 30,978 18%
Medical Isotopes     22,745       22,779   -       47,941       48,646   (1%)

Consolidated segment
revenues from
continuing operations

$   56,089   $   50,013   12%   $   109,753   $   103,028   7%
Segment earnings (loss)
Targeted Therapies $ 1,062 $ 3,820 (72%) $ 2,492 $ 6,933 (64%)
Sterilization Technologies 6,415 3,504 83% 9,931 7,958 25%
Medical Isotopes 5,174 5,905 (12%) 12,113 13,616 (11%)
Corporate and Other     (2,210)       (2,815)   (21%)       (5,027)       (4,730)   6%
Total segment earnings $   10,441   $   10,414   -   $   19,509   $   23,777   (18%)
Depreciation and amortization 3,054 5,158 (41%) 6,334 10,338 (39%)
Restructuring charges, net 41 (5) 920% 52 (653) 108%
AECL arbitration and legal


131 1,941 (93%) 633 3,819 (83%)
Litigation settlement loss 1,300 - 100% 1,300 - 100%
Pension settlement loss - - - 7,003 - 100%
Loss on Celerion note








Recovery from previously

written off investments







Internal investigation costs 4,510 - 100% 8,634 - 100%
Strategic review costs 616 - 100% 616 - 100%
Change in fair value of

embedded derivatives













Operating income (loss) $   1,110   $   3,149   (65%)   $   (4,673)   $   1,437   (425%)
Net interest income 110 376 (71%) 638 983 (35%)
Income tax (expense) recovery     (489)       (304)   61%       4,497       (86)   5329%
Net income $   731   $   3,221   (77%)   $   462   $  
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