QIAGEN Reports Solid Second Quarter 2010 Results

QIAGEN Reports Solid Second Quarter 2010 Results
Aug 9, 2010 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) --

  --  11% Revenue growth at constant exchange rates
  --  10% Organic growth excluding H1N1 related effects
  --  25% Net income growth
  --  $0.22 Adjusted EPS

 VENLO, Netherlands, Aug. 9, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- QIAGEN N.V. /quotes/comstock/15*!qgen/quotes/nls/qgen (QGEN 18.60, -0.94, -4.81%) (Frankfurt:QIA) today announced the results of operations for the second quarter and the six-month period ended June 30, 2010.

The reported net sales for the second quarter 2010 were in line with, and adjusted earnings per share were at the high end of, the Company's quarterly expectations as provided on May 4, 2010.

Second Quarter 2010 Results


  QIAGEN's Second Quarter 2010

  in US$ millions, except per share
   information                       Q2 2010  Q2 2009  Growth
  ---------------------------------  -------  -------  ------

  Net sales                            262.7    240.2      9%
  Net sales at constant exchange
   rates                               265.9    240.2     11%
  Net income                            38.5     30.9     25%
  Net income, adjusted                  52.5     48.3      9%
  EPS, adjusted (US$)                   0.22     0.24
  For information on the adjusted figures, please refer to
   the reconciliation table accompanying this release.

The Company reported that consolidated net sales for its second quarter 2010 increased 9% to $262.7 million from $240.2 million in the same quarter of 2009. Excluding the unfavorable impact from foreign currency exchange rates, net sales for the second quarter 2010 would have increased 11% from the second quarter 2009. Reported operating income for the quarter decreased 9% to $42.8 million from $46.9 million in the same quarter of 2009, and net income for the quarter increased 25% to $38.5 million from $30.9 million in the same quarter of 2009. Diluted earnings per share for the second quarter increased to $0.16 in 2010 (based on 241.6 million weighted average shares and share equivalents outstanding) from $0.15 in 2009 (based on 203.8 million weighted average shares and share equivalents outstanding).

Second quarter adjusted operating income increased 2% to $73.1 million in 2010 from $71.8 million in 2009, and second quarter 2010 adjusted net income increased 9% to $52.5 million from $48.3 million in 2009. Adjusted diluted earnings per share decreased to $0.22 in 2010 from $0.24 in 2009. These figures are adjusted for business integration, acquisition related and restructuring costs, a one-time tax benefit, purchased intangibles amortization and share based compensation.

Six-Month Period 2010 Results

For the six-month period ended June 30, 2010, net sales increased 14% to $527.1 million compared to $461.1 million in the respective period of 2009. Operating income as reported for the six months ended June 30, 2010 increased 4% to $87.5 million from $83.9 million for the same period in 2009. Net income increased 29% to $71.5 million from $55.6 million in 2009, and diluted earnings per share increased to $0.30 in 2010 from $0.27 in 2009.

On an adjusted basis, operating income for the six-month period ended June 30, 2010 increased 12% to $146.7 million in 2010 from $130.9 million in 2009, and adjusted net income increased 15% to $101.9 million from $88.5 million. Adjusted diluted earnings per share in the six months ended June 30, 2010 decreased to $0.42 per share from $0.44 per share in the same period of 2009.

QIAGEN's second quarter and six-month period 2010 results include the results of operations from the Company's recent acquisitions, the most significant of which were SABiosciences Corporation, acquired in December 2009 and DxS Ltd., acquired in September 2009. Reconciliations of reported results determined in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) to adjusted results are included in the tables accompanying this release.

"QIAGEN experienced a successful second quarter," said Peer Schatz, QIAGEN's Chief Executive Officer. "We met our quarterly revenue expectations as communicated in our previous quarterly conference call and came in on the high end of our adjusted EPS expectations. Our markets remain stable across our customer segments and show promising growth opportunities.

"We achieved a substantial increase in product sales to our customers in molecular diagnostics, applied markets, the pharmaceutical industry and in academia and remain very well prepared to exploit further growth opportunities in our target markets.

"Molecular diagnostics remains our strongest revenue driver even when considering the impacts related to swine flu testing in 2009. The market for our profiling assays and solutions remains very solid. The market for our prevention assays (primarily HPV screening), continues to benefit from our market adoption initiatives in the United States despite what is believed to be a temporary extension of doctor visit intervals. Anticipated future healthcare policies and reimbursement schemes world-wide promise a healthy outlook for this market segment. The applied testing markets show excellent growth opportunities. Our recent addition of more than 70 new food safety tests to our assay technologies portfolio and the addition of a portfolio of forensic assays position QIAGEN for further strong growth in the applied testing customer class. In the pharmaceutical industry we observed a continuing trend to focus on our sample and assay solutions that enable molecular selection, guidance, progression and recurrence during the drug development process. With our portfolio of sample and assay technologies and our broad portfolio of instrument platforms we believe we are well positioned to address the needs coming with molecular based drug development. In addition we recently launched our new SABiosciences portfolio through our QIAGEN sales channels, thereby enabling pharmaceutical and academic partners to advance biomarker discovery and research.

"We feel very well prepared to take advantage of the growth opportunities in our target markets and are on track to achieve our annual targets."

"We are pleased with our financial performance in this second quarter of 2010. Reported revenues met, and adjusted earnings per share were at the high end of, our expectations for the second quarter of 2010 as set in our most recent quarterly conference call in early May," said Roland Sackers, QIAGEN's Chief Financial Officer. "Revenue growth for the second quarter was 9% (11% under constant exchange rates). Organic growth excluding H1N1 related revenues was strong at 10% and we realized a positive contribution from acquisitions of 7%.

"Our consumable portfolio represented approximately 85% of our total net sales and contributed approximately 10% growth at constant exchange rates. QIAGEN's instrumentation products represented approximately 14% of our total net sales and grew with approximately 10% at constant exchange rates. The largest revenue share we recorded in the second quarter 2010 was in sales to customers in molecular diagnostics (approximately 47% of total revenues) followed by sales to customers in academia (approximately 24% of total revenues), in the pharmaceutical industry (approximately 22% of total revenues) and in applied testing markets (approximately 7% of total revenues).

"We are reiterating our guidance for the fiscal year 2010. Based on foreign currency exchange rates as of January 31, 2010, this guidance targets revenues between $1,120 and $1,170 million and adjusted diluted earnings per share between $0.90 and $0.96. The guidance on EPS, adjusted does not include a negative contribution for 2010 of approximately US$0.01 from the acquisition of all rights to a portfolio of molecular food safety tests developed by the Institute for Product Quality (ifp) in May 2010."

QIAGEN -- Sample and Assay Technologies Highlights

  --  QIAGEN extended its development agreement with Genome Diagnostics
      targeting the development and commercialization of a series of new
      assays to detect genetic variations in the so called Human Leukocyte
      Antigen (HLA) complex. These assays are increasingly used in
      personalized healthcare (PHC). The assays will include tests based on
      QIAGEN's proprietary "Pyrosequencing" technology which enables fast,
      cost effective and accurate analysis of HLA sequences, and allows for
      direct detection of previously unknown polymorphisms. QIAGEN believes
      that this collaboration will further expand the Company's testing
      portfolio for the early detection of diseases and individualized
      treatment of patients -- thereby strengthening QIAGEN's molecular
      diagnostics offering for applications in prevention and personalized
      healthcare (PHC).

  --  QIAGEN acquired all rights to a portfolio of 70 molecular food safety
      tests developed by the Institute for Product Quality (ifp). The tests
      are based on real-time PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) technology and
      cover a broad range of molecular targets including genetic, bacterial,
      viral and other contaminants of food products. The tests can be fully
      automated using QIAGEN's instrument platforms such as the QIAsymphony
      and the Rotor-Gene Q. The transaction enables QIAGEN to offer complete
      solutions for all major applications in the food safety testing segment,
      covering entire workflows from the processing of primary samples to the
      final testing result. The first test kits are expected to be available
      through QIAGEN in the fourth quarter of 2010.

  --  QIAGEN added a range of Human Identity (HID) PCR assays for human
      identity testing applications in forensics to its assay technologies
      portfolio through the acquisition of various assets from a leading
      forensics assay supplier in Europe. Our new human ID assay portfolio
      includes IP, know-how and co-exclusive rights to innovative software
      suites for analysis of STR genotyping data. The assay portfolio features
      comprehensive coverage of international STR (short tandem repeat) marker
      standards, including the new European Standard Set (ESS) as defined by
      the Council of the European Union in the effort to harmonize Europe's
      national DNA databases.

  --  QIAGEN announced a donation of one million HPV tests to low-income
      countries over five years, following the April 2009 publication of study
      results in The New England Journal of Medicine. The control group in the
      study had no screening, which is the standard of care in many parts of
      India. From the company's "one million test" donation program, QIAGEN
      allocated first grants, including a donation of approximately 26,000
      human papillomavirus (HPV) tests to the Nargis Dutt Memorial Cancer
      Hospital in India for cervical cancer screening.

  --  QIAGEN completed the European certification of its careHPV(TM) Test to
      bring human papillomavirus (HPV) testing to public-health programs in
      low-resource, developing countries. The CE conformity marking
      ("Conformite Europeenne") certifies that the careHPV Test has met
      European Union consumer safety and health requirements, allowing the
      test to be distributed in developing countries that recognize the CE

  --  QIAGEN launched 19 new products/product groups in the area of Sample &
      Assay Technologies including the SABiosciences portfolio for gene and
      pathway analysis as well as a number of molecular diagnostic assays
      including a CE-labeled artus real time PCR assay for the detection of
      the Herpes-Simplex virus and the EASYartus PCR assay for the detection
      of the Cytomegalus virus.

Conference Call and Webcast Details

Detailed information on QIAGEN's business and financial performance will be presented during its conference call on August 10, 2010 at 9:30am ET. The corresponding presentation slides will be available for download on the Company's website at www.qiagen.com/goto/ConferenceCall. A webcast of the conference call will also be available at www.qiagen.com/goto/ConferenceCall.

Use of Adjusted Results

QIAGEN has regularly reported adjusted results to give additional insight into its financial performance as well as considered results on a constant currencies basis. Adjusted results should be considered in addition to the reported results prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, but should not be considered as a substitute. The Company believes certain items should be excluded from adjusted results when they are outside of its ongoing core operations, vary significantly from period to period, or affect the comparability of results with the Company's competitors and its own prior periods. Reconciliations of reported results to adjusted results are included in the tables accompanying this release.


QIAGEN N.V., a Netherlands holding company, is the leading global provider of sample and assay technologies. Sample technologies are used to isolate and process DNA, RNA and proteins from biological samples such as blood or tissue. Assay technologies are used to make these isolated biomolecules visible. QIAGEN has developed and markets more than 500 sample and assay products as well as automated solutions for such consumables. The Company provides its products to molecular diagnostics laboratories, academic researchers, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, and applied testing customers for purposes such as forensics, animal or food testing and pharmaceutical process control. QIAGEN's assay technologies include one of the broadest panels of molecular diagnostic tests available worldwide. This panel includes the first FDA-approved test for human papillomavirus (HPV), the primary cause of cervical cancer. QIAGEN employs more than 3,500 people in over 30 locations worldwide. Further information about QIAGEN can be found at http://www.qiagen.com/.