STEWARTVILLE, Minn., Jan. 26 Rochester Medical Corporation (Nasdaq: ROCM) today announced operating results for its first quarter ended December 31, 2009.
The Company reported record sales of $10,232,000 for the current quarter compared to $8,436,000 for the first quarter of last year. It also reported net loss of $169,000 or ($.01) per diluted share compared to net income of $54,000 or $.00 per diluted share for the first quarter of last year.
The approximate 21% increase in sales (20% on a constant currency basis) resulted from a 21% increase in Rochester Medical Branded Sales (19% on a constant currency basis), and a 22% increase in Private Label Sales (22% on a constant currency basis). Constant currency basis assumes current exchange rates for all periods in order to exclude the impact of foreign exchange variations. In the first quarter of 2010 the U.S. dollar was somewhat weaker versus the pound sterling thus having a small positive effect on Rochester Medical Branded Sales levels in translated U.S. dollars given the significant volume of branded sales in the United Kingdom.
Net income adjusted for certain non-recurring unusual items and certain recurring non-cash expenses, or "Non-GAAP Net Income" for the current quarter was $148,000 or $.01 per diluted share compared to Non-GAAP Net Income of $358,000 or $.03 per diluted share for the first quarter of last year. The decrease for the current quarter is primarily attributable to increased investment in sales and marketing.
Commenting on today's announcement Rochester Medical CEO and President Anthony J. Conway said, "We had a very solid quarter. The overall sales growth is strong, and I am particularly pleased that combined sales of Rochester Medical Branded products in the U.S. and U.K. markets grew at a 25% pace, and combined Intermittent Catheter sales in this market increased 61% over last year. These are the two markets in which we have our own direct sales force. Also noteworthy is the fact that U.S. Foley catheter sales for the first quarter increased 73% over the first quarter of last year. The new StrataSI(TM) and StrataNF(TM) Foley Catheters are being very well received for their latex-free comfort and anti-infection properties."
He added "We have just rolled out our FemSoftŪ Insert Introduction in the U.K., and we will be launching significant Direct to Consumer FemSoft pilot programs in North Carolina and Southern Florida in February. This campaign will include television and print advertising and clinician based education efforts sponsored both by Rochester Medical and Homecare Distributors/Providers. In addition to our other sales and marketing activities we are investing significantly in the FemSoft opportunity while maintaining our solid cash position."
Conway concluded, "We are off to a good start for fiscal 2010, and we expect to have a good year."
Rochester Medical has provided Non-GAAP Net Income in addition to earnings calculated in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) because management believes Non-GAAP Net Income provides a more consistent basis for comparisons that are not influenced by certain charges and non-cash expenses and are therefore helpful in understanding Rochester Medical's underlying operating results. Similarly, constant currency represents reported sales with the cost/benefit of currency movements removed. Management uses the measure to understand the growth of the business on a constant dollar basis, as fluctuations in exchange rates can distort the underlying growth of the business both positively and negatively. While we recognize that foreign exchange volatility is a reality for a global company, we routinely review our company performance on a constant dollar basis, and we believe this also allows our shareholders to understand better our Company's growth trends.
Non-GAAP Net Income and constant currency are not measures of financial performance under GAAP, and should not be considered an alternative to net income or any other measure of performance or liquidity under GAAP. Non-GAAP Net Income and constant currency are not comparable to information provided by other companies. Non-GAAP Net Income and constant currency have limitations as analytical tools and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitution for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP. Reconciliations of Net Income and Non-GAAP Net Income, and reconciliations of sales under GAAP and sales on a constant currency basis, are presented at the end of this press release.
This press release contains "forward-looking statements" that are based on currently available information, operating plans and management's expectations about future events and trends. They inherently involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those predicted in such forward-looking statements, including the uncertainty of estimated revenues and profits, the uncertainty of current domestic and international economic conditions that could adversely affect the level of demand for the Company's products and increased volatility in foreign exchange rates, the uncertainty of market acceptance of new product introductions, the uncertainty of gaining new strategic relationships or locating and capitalizing on strategic opportunities, the uncertainty of timing of private label sales revenues (particularly international customers), FDA and other regulatory review and response times, and other risk factors listed from time to time in the Company's SEC reports and filings, including, without limitation, the section entitled "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 30, 2009 and reports on Forms 10-Q and 8-K. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they are made. The Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
The Company will hold a quarterly conference call to discuss its earnings report. The call will begin at 3:30 p.m. central time (4:30 p.m. eastern time).
This call is being webcast by Thomson/CCBN and can be accessed at Rochester Medical's website at www.rocm.com. To listen live to the conference call via telephone, call:
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Rochester Medical Corporation develops, manufactures, and markets disposable medical catheters and devices for urological and continence care applications. The Company markets under its own Rochester MedicalŪ brand and under existing private label arrangements.
For further information, please contact Anthony J. Conway, President and Chief Executive Officer or David A. Jonas, Chief Financial Officer of Rochester Medical Corporation at (507) 533-9600. More information about Rochester Medical is available on its website at http://www.rocm.com.
Domestic: 888.680.0890 International: 617.213.4857 Pass code: 42439180 Pre Registration: https://www.theconferencingservice.com/prereg/key.process?key=PQHYHBLEU Replay will be available for seven days at www.rocm.com or via Telephone at: Domestic: 888-286-8010 International: 617-801-6888 Pass code: 11347827
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