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March 7, 2005
LSR ANNOUNCES 2004 RESULTS
Millstone, New Jersey, March 7, 2005 – Life Sciences Research, Inc.
("LSR") announced today that net revenues in the year ended
December 31, 2004 were $157.6 million, an increase of 19% on net
revenues of $132.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2003.
The underlying increase, after adjusting for the impact of the
movement in exchange rates, was 8.6%.
income for the year ended December 31, 2004 was $15.8 million, compared
to $3.2 million in the year ended December 31, 2003. Operating
income for the year ended December 31, 2003 included other operating
expenses of $3.5 million, which mainly comprised restructuring costs
arising from a consolidation of certain duplicate facilities in the UK
in order to improve the efficiency of our facilities and staffing.
Excluding these other operating expenses in 2003, operating margin for
2004 improved to 10% from 5% in the prior year.
Net income for the year ended December 31, 2004 was $17.6 million compared with a net income of $3.7 million the previous year. This included other income of $2.9 million in 2004 and $5.4 million in 2003. In 2004, other income included two foreign exchange related items; a non-cash foreign exchange transaction gain of $3.3 million on accounting for the Company’s dollar denominated bonds converted into UK pound sterling, offset by a charge of $0.4 million relating to a currency hedge contract. Other income in 2003 included non-cash foreign exchange transaction gains of $4.8 million on accounting for the Company’s dollar denominated bonds converted into UK pound sterling, and a gain of $0.6 million associated with the repurchase of $1.4 million principal amount of the Company’s outstanding convertible capital bonds. There was an income tax benefit for the year ended December 31, 2004 of $5.4 million compared with a benefit of $1.1 million the previous year. This benefit arises from tax allowances for research and development expenditure in the UK. Earnings for the year ended December 31, 2004 were $1.29 per share on a diluted basis, compared with $0.29 in the year ended December 31, 2003.
before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”),
exclusive of the other income described above and the other operating
expenses in 2003, were $25.4 million for full year 2004, or 16.1% of
sales, compared to $14.6 million, or 11.0% of sales, for the prior year.
Pre-tax income excluding the same items was $9.3 million in 2004,
compared to $779 thousand in 2003.
the quarter ended December 31, 2004, revenues were $41.1 million,
compared to $35.1 million during the same period last year. That
represented the 12th consecutive quarter of revenue increases, and a
year over year increase of 17%, or 9.4% exclusive of the impact of
foreign exchange. Operating income for the quarter ended December 31,
2004 was $5.0 million, or 12%, compared to an operating loss of $1.8
million in the quarter ended December 31, 2003. The quarter ended
December 31, 2003 included other operating expenses of $3.8 million,
which mainly comprised the restructuring costs referred to above.
income for the quarter ended December 31, 2004 was $13.2 million
compared with a net income of $1.8 million for the same period last
year. Fourth quarter earnings were $0.93 per share on a diluted basis,
compared with $0.15 in the quarter ended December 31, 2003. Excluding
other income and other operating expenses (from 2003) as earlier
described, and assuming a normalized 34% tax rate instead of the
reported tax benefits as earlier described, the fourth quarter of 2004
reflected fully diluted earnings per common share of $0.15 compared to
$0.03 per common share in the prior year.
cash provided by operating activities totaled $27.0 million in 2004,
compared to cash provided of $10.0 million in 2003. Capital expenditures
totaled $11.1 million in 2004 compared with $8.7 million in 2003.
Year-end cash and cash equivalents were $33.3 million compared to $17.3
million in the prior year, and total long term debt was $89.7 million,
an increase of $2.1 million from December 31, 2003 of $87.6 million.
This increase in long-term debt comprised a $2.8 million increase due to
exchange rate movements related to the company’s UK pound sterling
based debt, offset by net repayments of $0.7 million. In the fourth
quarter the Company determined to increase its pension plan liability by
$15.2 million reflecting, primarily, more conservative actuarial
assumptions related to the projected lives of individuals in the plan.
This UK pension plan, which was closed to new participants in 1997 and
was terminated at the end of 2002, covers certain UK past and present
Net new business signings totaled $43.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2004, and $179.4 million for the full year, an increase of 11.0% and 24.0% respectively from the prior year, exclusive of the impact of the movement in exchange rates.. At December 31, 2004 backlog (booked-on work) amounted to approximately $119 million, an increase of 27% above the level at December 31, 2003 (14% net of foreign currency effect). Net days sales outstanding were 4 days at year end.
Baker, LSR’s Chairman and CEO, said “2004 was a year of substantial
progress for LSR with revenues, operating margins and net income higher
than 2003. Cash management continues to be a priority and I am
pleased to report that cash balances at the year-end, a traditionally
high collection period, were $16 million ahead of last year reflecting
solid operating improvements and receivables management. We continue to
make modestly higher levels of investment in new capital projects to
strengthen our facilities and capabilities, and believe that with this
incremental investment our available capacity can continue to be
leveraged for at least the next few years to support the robust demand
Cass, LSR’s President and Managing Director, added, “Our results for
2004 were driven by the rapid growth in business from the pharmaceutical
industry, particularly in the area of toxicology testing. This
reflected strong demand in the industry as companies invested in their
early stage pipelines, together with LSR’s success in winning new
studies due to its scientific expertise and focus on customer service.
As a result of the growth in orders, booked on work is at record levels
and with the level of new business enquiries remaining strong this gives
us confidence as we move into 2005.”
will hold an investor conference call to discuss 2004 results on
Tuesday morning, March 8, 2005 at 9:00 Eastern time. That call can
be listened to by dialing (212) 547-0201 (within U.S.) or (001) 212-547-0201
(outside U.S.); pass code 39138. We suggest calling five minutes
prior to the scheduled call.
Sciences Research, Inc. is a global Contract Research Organization
providing product development services to the pharmaceutical,
agrochemical and biotechnology industries. LSR brings leading
technology and capability to support its clients in non-clinical safety
testing of new compounds in early stage development and assessment.
The purpose of this work is to identify risks to humans, animals or the
environment resulting from the use or manufacture of a wide range of
chemicals which are essential components of LSR's clients' products.
The Company's services are designed to meet the regulatory requirements
of governments around the world. LSR operates research facilities
in the United States (the Princeton Research Center, New Jersey) and the
United Kingdom (Huntingdon and Eye, England). Information on LSR’s
business, recent press releases, and SEC filings can be obtained through
its website at www.lsrinc.net.
This announcement contains statements that may be forward-looking as defined by the USA’s Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based largely on LSR’s expectations and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, certain of which are beyond LSR’s control, as more fully described in the Company's SEC filings, including its Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2003.
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