The Female Health Company Reports First Quarter Operating Results and Confirms Annual Guidance

Monday, February 8, 2010 General News
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CHICAGO, Feb. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Female Health Company (Nasdaq: FHCO), which

manufactures and markets the FC2 Female Condom®, today reported its operating results for the first quarter of FY2010.

During the three months ended December 31, 2009, the Company's net revenues increased

3% to approximately $5.5 million, compared with approximately $5.3 million in the first quarter of the previous fiscal year.  The modest increase in revenues reflects the transition by the Company's customers from the first-generation FC1 Female Condom to the lower-priced FC2 Female Condom®.  The final FC1 orders were shipped in October 2009.  

The Company recorded a net loss attributable to common stockholders of $(698,351), or $(0.03) per diluted share, in the first quarter of FY2010 compared with net income attributable to common stockholders of $1,608,816, or $0.06 per diluted share, in the first quarter of FY2009.  The net loss in the most recent quarter resulted entirely from a previously announced one-time restructuring charge of $1,896,353, along with a foreign currency loss of $48,689 in the first quarter of FY2010, versus a foreign currency gain of $1,194,107 in the first quarter of FY2009.  The Company expects the impact of foreign currency fluctuations in the future to be modest, reflecting its U.K. and Malaysian subsidiaries' adoption of the US dollar as their functional currency effective October 1, 2009.  

Cost of sales decreased 21% to $2,285,813 in the first quarter of FY2010 compared with $2,903,644 in the first quarter of FY2009, on the 20% increase in unit sales, reflecting the transition to FC2.  As a result, gross profit increased 31% to $3,202,861 in the most recent quarter, compared with $2,441,194 in the first quarter of FY2009.  Gross profit as a percentage of net revenues increased to 58.4% in the quarter ended December 31, 2009, compared with 45.7% in the prior-year quarter.  

Recognition of the one-time restructuring expense of $1,896,353 resulted in an operating loss of $(624,132) in the three months ended December 31, 2009, compared with operating income of $438,935, in the three months ended December 31, 2008.  Exclusive of the restructuring expense, operating income rose 190% to $1,272,221, versus $438,935 in the same period last year, reflecting customers' transition to the more profitable second generation product, FC2.

Earnings Guidance

"We maintain our FY2010 guidance that unit sales should increase by 20% to 25%, and operating earnings should increase 35% to 40% over FY2009 results, exclusive of restructuring charges," noted O.B. Parrish, Chief Executive Officer of The Female Health Company. "The transition to our second-generation FC2 Female Condom® and its favorable impact on our profitability is particularly encouraging.  We ended the first quarter with a strong, debt-free balance sheet, approximately $3.3 million of cash in the bank, and a current ratio of 4.0 to 1.0."

As noted in previous news releases, the Company expects significant quarter-to-quarter variations in its operating results, due to the timing of large order receipts, production scheduling, and shipping of products.

FC1 to FC2 Transition Restructuring Expenses

The UK employee redundancy charges relating to the FC1 to FC2 transition were recorded in the fourth quarter of FY2009.  In connection with the evaluation of its leased U.K. FC1 manufacturing facility, the Company entered into new lease and related agreements (collectively, the "New Lease") with the new owner of the U.K. facility in November 2009. The New Lease replaces the Company's previous lease for its U.K. facility, which had an expiration date of December 10, 2016 and required rental payments of $484,049 per year.  The New Lease expires on the earlier of (1) November 1, 2010 or (2) at least three months after the Landlord provides a notice of termination, but in any event not before May 2, 2010.  The annual rent remains $484,049 per year, which the Company was required to deposit upon execution of the New Lease.  In connection with the New Lease, the Company also made a lease surrender payment of $975,746 to the Landlord on November 2, 2009.  A second and final lease surrender payment of $477,859 was made to the landlord on February 1, 2010.  As of this date, the landlord has not yet provided a notice of termination.

From a cash flow perspective, replacing the previous lease eliminates future payments of approximately $4.3 million (for rent and related expenses) over the remaining term of the previous lease, producing a positive net impact of approximately $2.8 million, after deducting the surrender payments.  

The restructuring costs relating to the lease of approximately $1.9 million, net of the recognition of a deferred gain on sale of the facility, are recorded as a one-time charge in the first quarter of FY2010. The Company expects to incur up to $200,000 in additional restructuring costs, which will be expensed in the period in which they occur.  Per the lease terms, the owner has the right to ask the Company to exit the facility prior to the November 1, 2010 lease expiration date. As the actual lease term is uncertain, there is the potential that part of the charge taken in the first quarter of FY2010 would be reversed if the lease term ends before November 1, 2010.  The potential reversal of part of the charge could be as much as $246,000 if the lease is terminated as of May 15, 2010.  The potential reversal of part of the charge diminishes proportionately over time as the number of months between the early termination date and November 1, 2010 decreases.  In addition to the impact on income, if the lease terminates prior to November 1, 2010, the Company would receive a proportionate refund of its rent deposit.  Such a refund has a positive cash effect but no income statement impact.  

The exit from the new facility lease will complete the FC1 to FC2 transition and related one-time restructuring charges.  While FC1 production has ceased, the Company continues to maintain a significant operating presence in the U.K.

Investor Conference Call

As previously announced, the Female Health Company will host an investor conference call at 11:00 a.m. EST today, February 8, 2010.  Shareholders and other interested parties may participate in the conference call by dialing 800-860-2442 (international participants dial 412-858-4600) and asking to be connected to "The Female Health Company Conference Call", a few minutes before 11:00 a.m. EST on February 8, 2010.  A replay of the call will be available one hour after the call through 5:00 p.m. EST on Monday, February 22, 2010 by dialing 877-344-7529 (international callers dial 412-317-0088) and entering the conference ID 437017.  

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information

In addition to the results reported in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") included in this release, the Company has provided certain non-GAAP financial information, specifically operating income exclusive of the $1.9 million restructuring charge relating to the U.K. lease. Management believes that the presentation of this non-GAAP financial measure provides useful information to investors because this information may allow investors to better evaluate ongoing business performance and certain components of the Company's results. In addition, because the restructuring charge related to a non-recurring event in the first quarter of FY2010, the Company believes that the presentation of this non-GAAP financial measure enhances an investor's ability to make period-to-period comparisons of the Company's operating results. This information should be considered in addition to the results presented in accordance with GAAP, and should not be considered a substitute for the GAAP results. The Company has reconciled the non-GAAP financial information included in this release in a table below.

About The Female Health Company

The Female Health Company, based in Chicago, Illinois, manufactures and markets the FC2 Female Condom® (FC2), which is primarily distributed by public health organizations and donor groups in about 100 countries around the world. The Company owns certain worldwide rights to the FC2 Female Condom®, including patents that have been issued in Europe, Canada, Australia, South Africa and the Japan and are pending in various other countries.   FC2 Female Condom® is the only available FDA-approved product controlled by a woman that offers dual protection against sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS, and unintended pregnancy. The World Health Organization has cleared FC2 for purchase by U.N. agencies.

For more information about the Female Health Company visit the Company's website at and If you would like to be added to the Company's e-mail alert list, please send an e-mail to .

"Safe Harbor" statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  –

The statements in this release which are not historical fact are "forward-looking statements" as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Forward-looking statements in this release include the Company's financial guidance for fiscal 2010, the amount of any additional restructuring costs relating to the Company's UK lease, and the termination date relating to the U.K. lease and any potential reversal of the restructuring charge. These statements are based upon the Company's current plans and strategies, and reflect the Company's current assessment of the risks and uncertainties related to its business, and are made as of the date of this release.  The Company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained in this release as a result of new information or future events, developments or circumstances.  Such forward-looking statements are inherently subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties.  The Company's actual results and future developments could differ materially from the results or developments expressed in, or implied by, these forward-looking statements.  Factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated by such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the following:  product demand and market acceptance;  competition in the Company's markets and the risk of new competitors and new competitive product introductions;  the Company's reliance on its international partners in the consumer sector and on the level of spending on the female condom by country governments;  global donors and other public health organizations in the global public sector;  payment of dividends is in the discretion of the Board of Directors and the Company may not have sufficient cash flows to  continue to pay dividends; the economic and business environment and the impact of government pressures; risks involved in doing business on an international level, including currency risks, regulatory requirements, political risks, export restrictions and other trade barriers;  the Company's production capacity, efficiency and supply constraints; and other risks detailed in the Company's press releases, shareholder communications and Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including the Company's Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2009.  Actual events affecting the Company and the impact of such events on the Company's operations may vary from those currently anticipated.  

(Financial Highlights Follow)

                             The Female Health Company
                  Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet
                                               December 31, December 31,
                                                      2009        2008
                                                      ----        ----
    Cash                                        $3,183,776  $3,190,841
    Restricted cash                                105,074     173,970
    Accounts receivable, net                     4,086,204   3,444,439
    Income tax recoverable                          69,259           -
    Inventory                                    1,743,964   1,817,324
    Prepaid and other current assets               298,773     282,884
    Deferred income taxes                        2,181,000   1,600,000
                                                 ---------   ---------
    Total current assets                        11,668,050  10,509,458
    Other non-current assets                        88,826      56,000
    Net property, plant & equipment              2,708,390   1,446,858
    Deferred income tax                          1,028,149           -
                                                 ---------         ---
    Total assets                               $15,493,415 $12,012,316
                                               =========== ===========
    Accounts payable                              $624,747  $1,047,221
    Accrued expenses                               591,127   1,037,671
    Accrued compensation                           370,716     336,578
    Restructuring accrual                        1,364,105           -
    Preferred dividends payable                          -      24,575
                                                       ---      ------
    Total current liabilities                    2,950,695   2,446,045
    Obligations under capital leases                27,406      30,573
    Deferred gain on sale of facility                    -     666,233
    Deferred grant income                          150,935     161,382
                                                   -------     -------
    Total liabilities                            3,129,036   3,304,233
    Total stockholders' equity                  12,364,379   8,708,083
                                                ----------   ---------
    Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $15,493,415 $12,012,316
                                               =========== ===========
                             The Female Health Company
            Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
                                                   Three Months Ended
                                                       December 31,
                                                     2009        2008
                                                     ----        ----
    Net revenues                               $5,488,674  $5,344,838
    Cost of sales                               2,285,813   2,903,644
                                                ---------   ---------
    Gross profit                                3,202,861   2,441,194
    Advertising and promotion                      69,851      70,794
    Selling, general and administrative         1,860,408   1,861,045
    Research and development                          381      70,420
    Restructuring costs, net                    1,896,353           -
    Total operating expenses                    3,826,993   2,002,259
                                                ---------   ---------
    Operating (loss) income                      (624,132)    438,935
                                                 --------     -------
    Non-operating loss (income):
    Interest, net and other income                (12,331)     (8,889)
    Foreign currency transaction loss (gain)       48,689  (1,194,107)
                                                   ------  ----------
    (Loss) income before income taxes            (660,490)  1,641,931
    Income tax expense                             37,861       8,540
                                                   ------       -----
    Net (loss) income                            (698,351)  1,633,391
    Preferred dividends                                 -      24,575
                                                      ---      ------
    Net (loss) income attributable to common
     stockholders                               $(698,351) $1,608,816
                                                =========  ==========
    Net (loss) income per basic common share
     outstanding                                   $(0.03)      $0.06
    Basic weighted average common shares
     outstanding                               26,300,571  25,820,224
    Net (loss) income per diluted common share
     outstanding                                   $(0.03)      $0.06
    Diluted weighted average common shares
     outstanding                               26,300,571  27,984,633

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Information

Following is a reconciliation of the Non-GAAP financial measure of operating income exclusive of restructuring charge to the nearest GAAP financial measure of operating income for the three months ended December 31, 2009 and 2008.

                                    For the Three Months Ended
                                            December 31,
                                        2009           2008
                                        ---            ----
    Operating income exclusive of
     restructuring charge         $1,272,221       $438,935
    Less:  Restructuring charge   $1,896,353              -
                                  ----------            ---
    Operating (loss) income        $(624,132)      $438,935

SOURCE The Female Health Company


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