VWR Corporation Reports Second Quarter 2017 Financial Results

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RADNOR, Pa., July 31, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — VWR Corporation (NASDAQ: VWR), the leading global independent provider of product and service solutions to laboratory and production customers, today reported its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2017.

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Highlights:

  • Second quarter record quarterly net sales of $1.18 billion, up 2.2% year-over-year, and up 2.3% on an organic basis.
  • 2Q17 EMEA-APAC net sales declined 1.3%, but were up 2.7% on an organic basis.
  • 2Q17 Americas net sales increased 4.5%, up 2.1% on an organic basis.
  • GAAP diluted EPS was $0.28 in 2Q17 compared to $0.32 in 2Q16. 2Q17 quarterly Adjusted EPS of $0.49, up 16.7% compared to $0.42 in the prior year quarter.

Previously, VWR announced that it entered into a definitive agreement with Avantor, under which Avantor will acquire VWR for $33.25 per share in cash. In light of the agreement, VWR no longer provides or updates financial guidance and will not hold an investor conference call on second quarter 2017 results. Pending completion of the European Commission review, we now anticipate the deal to close in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Manuel Brocke-Benz, President and Chief Executive Officer of VWR, commented: “The second quarter highlights our ongoing solid execution. Despite the timing of the Easter holiday, which reduced EMEA-APAC by more than two billing days in the second quarter, total Company organic revenues still increased by 2.3%. Our financial results highlight how we have continued to benefit from ongoing R&D spend, consolidation and the globalization of our customers.”

Second Quarter 2017 – Consolidated Results

Net sales were $1.18 billion, up $25.8 million, or 2.2% compared to the prior year. Foreign exchange reduced net sales by $18.3 million, or 1.6%, while recent acquisitions, net of dispositions, increased net sales by an additional $17.5 million, or 1.5%. On an organic basis, net sales increased $26.6 million or 2.3%.

Operating income was $80.7 million, down $3.9 million compared to the prior year. GAAP diluted EPS was $0.28 compared to $0.32 in the prior year quarter, while Adjusted EPS increased 16.7% year-over-year to $0.49, up from $0.42 in the prior year quarter.

Second Quarter 2017 – Segment Results

Americas

Net sales were $726.4 million, up $31.5 million, or 4.5% compared to prior year, and up 2.1% on an organic basis. The increase in the Americas net sales was driven by strong sales of equipment and instrumentation.

Operating income was $42.2 million, down $1.4 million or 3.2% compared to prior year. Second quarter 2017 operating income includes $0.9 million of restructuring charges, $9.0 million of acquisition related costs, $2.5 million earn-out adjustment loss, and $0.5 million of purchase accounting adjustment charges.

EMEA-APAC

Net sales were $448.9 million, down $5.7 million, or 1.3% year-over-year. Foreign currency reduced net sales by $16.4 million, or 3.6%, while acquisitions less dispositions reduced revenues by $1.4 million, or 0.3%. On an organic basis, net sales increased 2.7%.

Operating income was $38.5 million, down $2.5 million compared to prior year. Second quarter 2017 operating income included $1.8 million of restructuring charges, $1.6 million earn-out adjustment gain, and $1.3 million of transaction costs.

Greg Cowan, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, commented: “The transaction with Avantor continues to progress. The combined company’s suite of products, services and solutions will enable us to generate a higher degree of relevance with Biopharma and Industrial customers. In addition, the move creates a robust product and service offering for production-scale biopharma and gives VWR access to an expanded geographic footprint, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region. Finally, the combination is anticipated to generate significant synergies over the next three years. We look forward to consummating the transaction, which we believe will drive significant value for our customers, shareholders and our employees.”

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

As appropriate, we supplement our results of operations determined in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) with certain non-GAAP financial measurements that are used by management, and which we believe are useful to investors, as supplemental operational measurements to evaluate our financial performance. These measurements should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for reported GAAP results because they may include or exclude certain items as compared to similar GAAP-based measurements, and such measurements may not be comparable to similarly-titled measurements reported by other companies. Rather, these measurements should be considered as an additional way of viewing aspects of our operations that provide a more complete understanding of our business. We strongly encourage investors to review our consolidated financial statements included in publicly filed reports in their entirety and not rely solely on any one, single financial measurement or communication.

The non-GAAP measurements used in this press release are Adjusted EPS and organic net sales:

  • Adjusted EPS is a non-GAAP financial measurement that eliminates the effect of the amortization of acquired intangible assets, restructuring charges, impairment charges, changes in foreign currency exchange rates related to financing decisions and certain other items. We then add or subtract an estimated incremental income tax effect applicable to those items. We believe that this measurement is useful to investors as an additional way to analyze the underlying trends in our business consistently across the periods presented. This measurement is used by our management for the same reason.
  • Organic net sales is a non-GAAP financial measurement that eliminates the contribution from recently acquired businesses and the impact of changes in foreign currency exchange rates from our reported net sales. We believe that this measurement is useful to investors as a way to measure and evaluate our underlying commercial operating performance consistently across the periods presented. This measurement is used by our management for the same reason.

Reconciliations of our non-GAAP measurements to their most directly comparable GAAP-based financial measurements are included at the end of this press release.

About VWR Corporation

VWR (NASDAQ: VWR), headquartered in Radnor, Pennsylvania, is the leading global independent provider of product and service solutions to laboratory and production customers. With sales in excess of $4.5 billion in 2016, VWR enables science for customers in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, industrial, education, government and healthcare industries. With more than 160 years of experience, VWR has cultivated a value proposition delivering product choice, operational excellence and differentiated services to improve our customers’ productivity from research to production. VWR’s differentiated services provide innovative, flexible and customized solutions from scientific research services to custom-manufactured chemical blends. Our dedicated team of more than 10,200 associates is focused on supporting scientists, medical professionals and production engineers to achieve their goals.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements. All statements other than statements of historical fact included in this press release are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements discuss our current expectations and projections relating to our financial condition, results of operations, plans, objectives, future performance and business. These statements may be preceded by, followed by or include the words “aim,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” “forecast,” “intend,” “likely,” “outlook,” “plan,” “potential,” “project,” “projection,” “seek,” “can,” “could,” “may,” “should,” “would,” “will,” the negatives thereof and other words and terms of similar meaning.

Forward-looking statements are inherently subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions; they are not guarantees of performance. You should not place undue reliance on these statements. We have based these forward-looking statements on our current expectations and projections about future events. Although we believe that our assumptions made in connection with the forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot assure you that the assumptions and expectations will prove to be correct. Factors that could contribute to these risks, uncertainties and assumptions include, but are not limited to, the factors described in “Risk Factors” in our most recently filed Annual Report on Form 10-K and our Form 10-Q that will be filed later today.

All forward-looking statements attributable to us or persons acting on our behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the foregoing cautionary statements. In addition, all forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release. We undertake no obligations to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise other than as required under the federal securities laws.

VWR Corporation and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Income Statements (Unaudited)

Three months ended June 30,

Six months ended June 30,

(in millions, except per share data)

2017

2016

2017

2016

Net sales

$

1,175.3

$

1,149.5

$

2,314.4

$

2,247.8

Cost of goods sold

844.8

826.1

1,664.2

1,613.8

Gross profit

330.5

323.4

650.2

634.0

Selling, general and administrative expenses

249.8

238.8

488.0

469.7

Operating income

80.7

84.6

162.2

164.3

Interest expense

(20.6)

(20.7)

(39.3)

(39.9)

Other income (expense), net

(2.8)

0.1

(3.5)

(0.5)

Income before income taxes

57.3

64.0

119.4

123.9

Income tax provision

(20.3)

(22.2)

(43.9)

(43.3)

Net income

$

37.0

$

41.8

$

75.5

$

80.6

Earnings per share:

Basic

$

0.28

$

0.32

$

0.57

$

0.61

Diluted

0.28

0.32

0.57

0.61

Weighted average shares outstanding:

Basic

131.7

131.4

131.7

131.4

Diluted

132.6

131.7

132.3

131.6

VWR Corporation and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)

(in millions, except per share data)

June 30,
2017

December 31,
 2016

Assets

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

112.2

$

168.7

Trade accounts receivable, net of reserves of $11.2 and $10.5

677.6

607.2

Inventories

503.1

483.1

Other current assets

82.2

93.1

Total current assets

1,375.1

1,352.1

Property and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation of $281.1 and $248.9

325.5

253.8

Goodwill

2,011.2

1,844.0

Other intangible assets, net

1,492.3

1,407.8

Other assets

124.4

104.8

Total assets

$

5,328.5

$

4,962.5

Liabilities, Redeemable Equity and Stockholders’ Equity

Current liabilities:

Current portion of debt

$

387.5

$

250.1

Accounts payable

505.7

476.3

Employee-related liabilities

81.7

79.3

Current amount due to Varietal — ITRA

26.0

27.7

Other current liabilities

152.4

152.7

Total current liabilities

1,153.3

986.1

Debt, net of current portion

1,841.3

1,766.9

Amount due to Varietal — ITRA, net of current portion

31.3

57.3

Deferred income tax liabilities

445.0

477.2

Other liabilities

193.3

159.4

Total liabilities

3,664.2

3,446.9

Redeemable equity, at redemption value

35.3

21.2

Stockholders’ equity:

Preferred stock, $0.01 par value; 50.0 shares authorized, no shares issued or outstanding

Common stock, $0.01 par value; 750.0 shares authorized, 131.8 and 131.6 shares issued and outstanding

1.3

1.3

Additional paid-in capital

1,762.4

1,766.0

Retained earnings

230.0

154.5

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(364.7)

(427.4)

Total stockholders’ equity

1,629.0

1,494.4

Total liabilities, redeemable equity and stockholders’ equity

$

5,328.5

$

4,962.5

VWR Corporation and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited)

Six months ended June 30,

(in millions)

2017

2016

Cash flows from operating activities:

Net income

$

75.5

$

80.6

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating
   activities:

Depreciation and amortization

71.2

63.4

Net foreign currency remeasurement loss

4.2

3.8

Deferred income tax (benefit) provision

(24.6)

11.9

Other, net

13.5

7.8

Changes in working capital, net of business acquisitions:

Trade accounts receivable

(34.5)

(40.7)

Inventories

(0.8)

(25.0)

Accounts payable

(5.6)

22.6

Other assets and liabilities

(11.9)

(4.8)

Net cash provided by operating activities

87.0

119.6

Cash flows from investing activities:

Acquisitions of businesses, net of cash acquired

(194.7)

(45.0)

Proceeds from disposition of business, net of cash disposed

6.1

Capital expenditures

(25.9)

(29.8)

Net cash used in investing activities

(214.5)

(74.8)

Cash flows from financing activities:

Proceeds from debt

572.8

363.7

Repayment of debt

(478.6)

(354.6)

Payment to Varietal under ITRA

(27.7)

(78.1)

Payment of contingent consideration

(19.1)

(2.5)

Net change in bank overdrafts

12.4

(0.5)

Other financing activities

4.3

1.3

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

64.1

(70.7)

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash

6.9

2.5

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

(56.5)

(23.4)

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

168.7

136.3

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

$

112.2

$

112.9

Supplemental disclosures of cash flow information:

Cash paid for interest

$

35.9

$

41.7

Cash paid for income taxes, net

53.5

33.5

VWR Corporation and Subsidiaries

Supplemental Financial Information (Unaudited)

Three months ended June 30,

Reported change

(dollars in millions)

2017

2016

Amount

%

Net sales:

Americas

$

726.4

$

694.9

$

31.5

4.5

%

EMEA-APAC

448.9

454.6

(5.7)

(1.3)

%

Total

1,175.3

1,149.5

25.8

2.2

%

Gross profit

330.5

323.4

7.1

2.2

%

Gross margin

28.1

%

28.1

%

basis points

SG&A expenses

$

249.8

$

238.8

$

11.0

4.6

%

% of net sales

21.3

%

20.8

%

50

basis points

Operating income:

Americas

$

42.2

$

43.6

$

(1.4)

(3.2)

%

EMEA-APAC

38.5

41.0

(2.5)

(6.1)

%

Total

$

80.7

$

84.6

$

(3.9)

(4.6)

%

Operating income margin:

Americas

5.8

%

6.3

%

(50)

basis points

EMEA-APAC

8.6

%

9.0

%

(40)

basis points

Total

6.9

%

7.4

%

(50)

basis points

VWR Corporation and Subsidiaries

Reconciliation of Adjusted EPS (Unaudited)

Three months ended June 30,

2017

2016

Adjustments in millions

Per share

Adjustments in millions

Per share

Diluted earnings per share (GAAP)

$

0.28

$

0.32

Adjustments to reconcile diluted earnings per share to
   Adjusted EPS:

Amortization of acquired intangible assets

$

23.1

0.17

$

21.3

0.16

Net foreign currency remeasurement loss (gain) from
   financing activities

2.8

0.02

(0.1)

Restructuring charges

2.7

0.02

Secondary equity offering costs

0.4

Loss from changes to estimated fair value of contingent
   consideration

0.9

0.01

Purchase accounting adjustment charges

0.5

Avantor transaction costs

10.3

0.08

Income tax benefit applicable to adjustments, net*

(12.4)

(0.09)

(7.5)

(0.06)

Adjusted EPS (non-GAAP)

$

0.49

$

0.42

*     Represents the estimated income tax effect on the reconciling items, using weighted-average statutory tax rates between 0% and 39%, depending upon the applicable jurisdiction.

VWR Corporation and Subsidiaries

Reconciliation of Organic Net Sales Growth (Unaudited)

June 30,

Non-GAAP reconciliation

Reported change

Currency translation

Acquisitions, net of dispositions

Organic net sales growth

(dollars in millions)

2017

2016

Amount

%

Amount

%

Three months ended:

Americas

$

726.4

$

694.9

$

31.5

4.5

%

$

(1.9)

$

18.9

$

14.5

2.1

%

EMEA-APAC

448.9

454.6

(5.7)

(1.3)

%

(16.4)

(1.4)

12.1

2.7

%

Total

$

1,175.3

$

1,149.5

$

25.8

2.2

%

$

(18.3)

$

17.5

$

26.6

2.3

%

Media Contact:
Valerie Collado
Director, Corporate Communications
VWR Corporation
Phone: +484.885.9338
valerie_collado@vwr.com

Investor Contact:
John Sweeney, CFA
VP, Investor Relations
VWR Corporation
Phone: +610.386.1483
ir@vwr.com

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