Waters Reports Fourth Quarter 2012 Financial Results

Waters Reports Fourth Quarter 2012 Financial Results

MILFORD, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Waters Corporation (NYS: WAT) reported fourth quarter 2012 sales of $522 million, slightly ahead of $521 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. In the quarter, constant currency sales growth was approximately 1.5%. On a GAAP basis, earnings per diluted share (E.P.S.) for the fourth quarter were $2.00 compared to $1.51 for the fourth quarter of 2011. On a non-GAAP basis, including the adjustments in the attached reconciliation, E.P.S. grew 2% to $1.59 from $1.56 in the fourth quarter of 2011.

For the full year, sales for the Company were $1.84 billion, compared to sales of $1.85 billion in 2011, with foreign currency translation reducing sales growth by about 2%. E.P.S. for 2012 were $5.19 compared to $4.69 in 2011. On a non-GAAP basis, including adjustments in the attached reconciliation, E.P.S. grew 2% to $4.93 from $4.81 in 2011.

Commenting on the Company's 2012 performance, Douglas Berthiaume, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer said, "Demand trends in the fourth quarter were generally consistent with those observed throughout 2012. Our recurring revenues and business in Asia contributed to overall constant currency growth during a challenging period for the Company. For the full year, the combination of a stable pricing environment and prudent cost control allowed us to maintain our operating income level and grow our E.P.S. principally by reducing our share count through share repurchases."

As communicated in a prior press release, Waters Corporation will webcast its fourth quarter 2012 financial results conference call this morning, January 22, 2013 at 8:30 a.m. eastern time. To listen to the call, connect to www.waters.com, choose "Investor Relations" and click on the "Live Webcast". A replay will be available through January 29 at midnight eastern time, similarly by webcast and also by phone at 402-220-9829.


This release may contain "forward-looking" statements regarding future results and events. For this purpose, any statements that are not statements of historical fact may be deemed forward-looking statements. Without limiting the foregoing, the words, "believes", "anticipates", "plans", "expects", "intends", "suggests", "appears", "estimates", "projects", and similar expressions, whether in the negative or affirmative, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. The Company's actual future results may differ significantly from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements within this release for a variety of reasons, including and without limitation, the impact on demand among the Company's various market sectors from economic, sovereign and political uncertainties; increased regulatory burdens as the Company's business evolves, especially with respect to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, among others; shifts in taxable income in jurisdictions with different effective tax rates; the outcome of tax examinations or changes in respective country legislation affecting the Company's effective tax rate; the ability to access capital, maintain liquidity and service our debt in volatile market conditions, particularly in the U.S., as a large portion of the Company's cash is held and operating cash flows are generated outside the U.S.; fluctuations in expenditures by the Company's customers, in particular large pharmaceutical companies; introduction of competing products by other companies and loss of market share; pressures on prices from competitors and/or customers; regulatory, economic and competitive obstacles to new product introductions; other changes in demand from the effect of mergers and acquisitions by the Company's customers; environmental and logistical obstacles affecting the distribution of products; risks associated with lawsuits and other legal actions, particularly involving claims for infringement of patents and other intellectual property rights; and foreign exchange rate fluctuations potentially affecting translation of the Company's future non-U.S. operating results. Such factors and others are discussed more fully in the section entitled "Risk Factors" of the Company's annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 and Form 10-Q for the period ended September 29, 2012 as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which "Risk Factors" discussion is incorporated by reference in this release. The forward-looking statements included in this release represent the Company's estimates or views as of the date of this release report and should not be relied upon as representing the Company's estimates or views as of any date subsequent to the date of this release.

Waters Corporation and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(In thousands, except per share data)
Three Months EndedTwelve Months Ended
December 31, 2012December 31, 2011December 31, 2012December 31, 2011
Net sales$521,766$521,420$1,843,641$1,851,184
Cost of sales208,363204,243737,614730,493
Gross profit313,403317,1771,106,0271,120,691
Selling and administrative expenses122,147126,237477,270490,011
Research and development expenses24,95823,70796,00492,347
Purchased intangibles amortization2,4592,35913,8299,733
Litigation provisions4,434-7,434-
Operating income159,405164,874511,490528,600
Interest expense, net(6,373)(6,193)(23,865)(19,348)
Income from operations before income taxes153,032158,681487,625509,252
Provision for income tax (benefit) expense(22,912)21,53426,18276,284
Net income$175,944$137,147$461,443$432,968
Net income per basic common share$2.03$1.54$5.25$4.77
Weighted-average number of basic common shares86,71289,32487,84190,833
Net income per diluted common share$2.00$1.51$5.19$4.69
Weighted-average number of diluted common shares and equivalents87,85190,56688,97992,325

Waters Corporation and Subsidiaries
Quarterly Reconciliation of GAAP to Adjusted Non-GAAP Financials
(in thousands, except per share data)

The 2012 and 2011 adjusted amounts presented below are used by the management of the Company to measure operating performance with prior periods and forecasts and are not in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). The Company believes that the use of Non-GAAP measures, such as Non-GAAP Earnings Per Share (E.P.S.) and Non-GAAP Operating Income, help management and investors gain a better understanding of our core operating results and future trends, and is consistent with how management measures compensation and forecasts the Company's performance.  The reconciliation identifies items management has excluded as non-operational transactions.  Management has excluded the following items:

  • Purchased Intangibles Amortization and Step-Up Expenses were excluded to allow for comparisons of operating results that are consistent over periods of time.  
  • Restructuring Costs, Asset Impairments, Acquisition-Related Costs and Other One-Time Costs were excluded as the Company believes that costs to consolidate operations, reduce overhead and complete acquisitions are infrequent or unusual and are not indicative of normal operating costs.  
  • Litigation Provisions and Non‐Income Tax Audit Settlement Provisions were excluded as these costs are isolated, unpredictable and not expected to recur regularly.
  • Net Operating Loss Tax Benefit was excluded as this was a one-time tax benefit recognized in 2012 as a result of a refinancing of inter-company debt that allowed the recognition of certain previously reserved deferred tax assets.
  • One‐Time Income Tax Benefits were excluded as these costs and benefits are typically the result of audit examination settlements or updates in management's assessment of ongoing examinations and are not indicative of the Company's normal or future income tax expense.
Three Months Ended  Twelve Months Ended
December 31, 2012  December 31, 2011  December 31, 2012  December 31, 2011
GAAP Gross Profit$313,403$317,177$1,106,027$1,120,691
Asset Impairments   -    -    1,903    - 
Adjusted Non-GAAP Gross Profit  $313,403   $317,177   $1,107,930   $1,120,691 
GAAP Selling and Administrative Expenses (including
Purchased Intangibles Amortization and Litigation Provisions)$(129,040)$(128,596)$(498,533)$(499,744)
Purchased Intangibles Amortization & Step-Up Expenses2,5922,81314,42010,583
Restructuring Costs, Asset Impairments, Acquisitions & Other One-Time Costs1,5821,6515,8436,291
Litigation Provisions4,434-7,434-
Non-Income Tax Audit Settlement Provisions   -    2,050    484    2,050 
Adjusted Non-GAAP Selling & Administrative Expenses  $(120,432)  $(122,082)  $(470,352)  $(480,820)
GAAP Operating Income$159,405$164,874$511,490$528,600
Purchased Intangibles Amortization & Step-Up Expenses2,5922,81314,42010,583
Restructuring Costs, Asset Impairments, Acquisitions & Other One-Time Costs1,5821,6517,7466,291
Litigation Provisions4,434-7,434-
Non-Income Tax Audit Settlement Provisions   -    2,050    484    2,050 
Adjusted Non-GAAP Operating Income  $168,013   $171,388   $541,574   $547,524 
GAAP Provision for Income Tax Benefit (Expense)$22,912$(21,534)$(26,182)$(76,284)
Purchased Intangibles Amortization & Step-Up Expenses(630)(910)(4,601)(3,409)
Restructuring Costs, Asset Impairments, Acquisitions & Other One-Time Costs(567)(567)(2,864)(1,984)
Litigation Provisions(1,663)-(2,788)-
Non-Income Tax Audit Settlement Provisions-(759)(182)(759)
Net Operating Loss Tax Benefit(36,250)-(36,250)-
One-Time Income Tax Benefits   (6,035)   -    (6,035)   (1,617)
Adjusted Non-GAAP Provision for Income Tax Benefit (Expense)  $(22,233)  $(23,770)  $(78,902)  $(84,053)
GAAP Net Income$175,944$137,147$461,443$432,968
Purchased Intangibles Amortization & Step-Up Expenses1,9621,9039,8197,174
Restructuring Costs, Asset Impairments, Acquisitions & Other One-Time Costs1,0151,0844,8824,307
Litigation Provisions2,771-4,646-
Non-Income Tax Audit Settlement Provisions-1,2913021,291
Net Operating Loss Tax Benefit(36,250)-(36,250)-
One-Time Income Tax Benefits   (6,035) Read Full Story

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