SHANGHAI, May 13, 2013 -- WuXi PharmaTech (Cayman) Inc. (NYSE: WX), a leading research and development outsourcing company serving the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device industries, with operations in China andthe United States, today announced its financial results for the first quarter of 2013.
- Net Revenues Increased 11.7% Year Over Year to $131.9 Million
- Laboratory Services Net Revenues Grew 12.5% Year Over Year to $97.5 Million
- China-Based Laboratory Services Net Revenues Increased 15.5% Year Over Year to $74.5 Million
- U.S.-Based Laboratory Services Net Revenues Increased 3.8% Year Over Year to $23.0 Million
- Manufacturing Services Net Revenues Grew 9.6% Year Over Year to $34.4 Million
- GAAP Diluted Earnings Per ADS Grew 7.2% Year Over Year to $0.30
- Non-GAAP Diluted Earnings Per ADS Increased 7.5% Year Over Year to $0.35
- Company Reconfirms Full-Year 2013 Guidance
"I am pleased to announce that WuXi began 2013 with a solid first quarter," said Dr. Ge Li, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "We achieved 11.7% year-over-year revenue growth, 7.2% GAAP diluted EPS growth, and 7.5% non-GAAP diluted EPS growth in the quarter, exceeding our previous guidance in all three measures. This result gives us confidence to reconfirm our guidance for full-year 2013.
"WuXi is succeeding on several fronts at once," Dr. Li continued. "We are achieving double-digit, broad-based revenue growth, while effectively improving operating efficiency and controlling our costs to maintain stable margins. We are investing in capabilities and capacity to sustain strong revenue and earnings growth for years to come. In so doing, WuXi is making progress toward the goal of building an open-access technology platform and integrated services offerings that will enable anyone and any company to discover and develop medicines efficiently and cost-effectively. And we are returning capital to shareholders through share purchases."
First-Quarter 2013 GAAP Results
First-quarter 2013 net revenues increased 11.7% year over year to $131.9 million. Revenue growth in Laboratory Services of 12.5% was driven by our comprehensive and integrated discovery and development services, primarily in China. Revenue growth of 9.6% in Manufacturing Services was driven by increased demand for clinical-trial materials in our small molecule research manufacturing business and process-chemistry services. We also began biologics manufacturing in the first quarter.
First-quarter 2013 GAAP gross profit increased 13.2% year over year to $47.4 million due to 11.7% revenue growth, improved operating efficiency, and effective cost control. Gross margin increased year over year to 36.0% from 35.5%. Gross margin in Laboratory Services increased year over year to 37.6% from 37.1% mainly due to improved productivity, partially offset by the effects of increasing labor costs in China, appreciation of the RMB versus the U.S. dollar, investments in new businesses, and lower pricing in synthetic chemistry services. Gross margin in Manufacturing Services increased year over year to 31.4% from 31.0%.
First-quarter 2013 GAAP operating income increased 11.4% year over year to $23.0 million due to the 13.2% increase in gross profit, offset by a 14.8% increase in operating expenses, particularly selling and marketing expenses and research and development expenses. Operating margin decreased slightly to 17.4% from 17.5% due to the increase in operating expenses, partially offset by higher gross margin.
First-quarter 2013 GAAP net income increased 3.4% year over year to $21.7 million due to the 11.4% year-over-year increase in operating income, offset by a 39.9% increase in income tax expense primarily due to the increase in taxable income and the one-time benefit of reversal of an uncertain tax provision in the first quarter of 2012.
First-quarter 2013 GAAP diluted earnings per ADS increased 7.2% to $0.30 due to the 3.4% increase in net income and a lower number of outstanding ADSs as a result of the company's purchase of about 5 million ADSs in 2012. First-quarter 2013 GAAP comprehensive income increased 8.8% year over year to $23.3 million due to the increase in currency translation adjustments and the 3.4% increase in GAAP net income.
First-Quarter 2013 Non-GAAP Results
Non-GAAP financial results exclude the impact of share-based compensation expenses and the amortization of acquired intangible assets and the associated deferred tax impact.
First-quarter 2013 non-GAAP gross profit increased 11.6% year over year to $48.5 million, mainly due to the broad-based revenue growth discussed above. Non-GAAP gross margin was flat year-over-year at 36.8%, as the benefits of improved productivity were fully offset by the effects of increasing labor costs in China, appreciation of the RMB versus the U.S. dollar, investments in new businesses, and lower pricing in synthetic chemistry services.
First-quarter 2013 non-GAAP operating income increased 9.8% year over year to $26.7 million, primarily due to the 11.6% increase in non-GAAP gross profit, partially offset by higher operating expenses, particularly selling and marketing expenses and research and development expenses. Operating margin decreased slightly to 20.2% from 20.6% due to this increase in operating expenses.
First-quarter 2013 non-GAAP net income grew 3.7% year over year to $25.4 million due to the 9.8% increase in non-GAAP operating income, offset by higher income tax expense primarily due to the increase in taxable income and the reversal of an uncertain tax provision in the first quarter of 2012.
First-quarter 2013 non-GAAP diluted earnings per ADS grew 7.5% year over year to $0.35 due to the 3.7% increase in net income and a lower number of outstanding ADSs as a result of share buybacks in 2012.
Full-Year 2013 Financial Guidance
The company reconfirms the following full-year 2013 financial guidance:
- Total net revenues of $565-575 million, or 13-15% year-over-year growth
- GAAP diluted earnings per ADS of $1.26-$1.30
- Non-GAAP diluted earnings per ADS of $1.49-$1.53
- Capital expenditures of about $60 million
The company provides the following new full-year 2013 financial guidance:
- GAAP and non-GAAP gross margin and operating margin comparable to those in 2012
Second-Quarter 2013 Financial Guidance
The company provides the following second-quarter 2013 financial guidance:
- Total net revenues of $138-140 million
- GAAP diluted earnings per ADS of $0.34-$0.35
- Non-GAAP diluted earnings per ADS of $0.39-$0.40
WuXi PharmaTech senior management will host a conference call at 8:00 am (U.S. Eastern) / 5:00 am (U.S. Pacific) / 8:00 pm(Beijing/Shanghai/Hong Kong) on Tuesday, May 14, 2013, to discuss its first-quarter 2013 financial results and future prospects. The conference call may be accessed by calling:
A telephone replay will be available two hours after the call's completion at:
A live webcast of the conference call and replay will be available on the investor relations page of WuXi PharmaTech's website at http://www.wuxiapptec.com.
About WuXi PharmaTech
WuXi PharmaTech is a leading pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device R&D outsourcing company, with operations in China and the United States. As a research-driven and customer-focused company, WuXi PharmaTech provides a broad and integrated portfolio of laboratory and manufacturing services throughout the drug and medical device R&D process. WuXi PharmaTech's services are designed to assist its global partners in shortening the cycle and lowering the cost of drug and medical device R&D. WuXi PharmaTech's operating subsidiaries are known as WuXi AppTec. For more information, please visit: http://www.wuxiapptec.com.
This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are not historical facts, but instead are predictions about future events. Examples of forward-looking statements in this press release include statements about our second-quarter and full-year 2013 guidance and our goal of building an open-access technology platform. Although we believe that our predictions are reasonable, future events are inherently uncertain and our forward-looking statements may turn out to be incorrect. Our forward-looking statements are subject to risks relating to, among other things, our ability to control our costs and sustain revenue growth, to realize the anticipated benefits of our investments, to protect our clients' intellectual property and to compete effectively. Additional information about these and other relevant risks can be found in our Annual Report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2012. The forward-looking statements in this press release speak only on the date that they are made, and we assume no obligation to update any forward-looking statements except as required by law.
Use of Non-GAAP and Pro-Forma Financial Measures
We have provided the first-quarter 2012 and 2013 gross profit, gross margin, operating income, operating margin, net income, net margin, and earnings per ADS on a non-GAAP basis, which excludes share-based compensation expenses, the amortization and deferred tax impact of acquired intangible assets. We believe both management and investors benefit from referring to these non-GAAP financial measures in assessing our financial performance and liquidity and when planning and forecasting future periods. These non-GAAP operating measures are useful for understanding and assessing underlying business performance and operating trends. We expect to continue to provide net income and earnings per ADS on a non-GAAP basis using a consistent method on a quarterly basis. You should not view non-GAAP results on a stand-alone basis or as a substitute for results under GAAP, or as being comparable to results reported or forecasted by other companies, and should refer to the reconciliation of GAAP measures to non-GAAP measures for the indicated periods attached hereto.
Statement Regarding Unaudited Financial Information
The financial information set forth above is unaudited and subject to adjustments. Adjustments to the financial statements may be identified when our annual financial statements are prepared and audit work is performed for the yearend audit, which could result in significant differences from this unaudited financial information.