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Varian Reports Results for First Quarter of Fiscal Year 2018

PALO ALTO, Calif., Jan. 24, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- 

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First Quarter 2018 Summary

  • Revenues of $679 million grew 13 percent
  • Oncology gross orders grew 7 percent; booked 2 new Proton orders
  • GAAP operating earnings of 17.9 percent of revenues; Non-GAAP of 18.6 percent
  • GAAP net loss per diluted share from continuing operations of ($1.22), which reflects the impact of the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act; Non-GAAP net earnings per diluted share from continuing operations of $1.06

Varian (NYSE: VAR) today announced its first-quarter fiscal year 2018 results.  All comparisons in this announcement are year-over-year unless noted otherwise.  As a reminder, Varian adopted revenue Accounting Standard Codification 606 at the beginning of fiscal year 2018.  First quarter fiscal year 2018 also reflects the impact from the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.  As such the GAAP effective tax rate for the first quarter is 191.5 percent; Non-GAAP effective tax rate is 22.5 percent, which excludes the tax expense due to the mandatory deemed repatriation of foreign earnings and lower corporate tax rate's impact on our deferred tax assets.  The results that we disclose today, and any forward-looking statements, including guidance, reflect the new accounting standard and tax legislation.

Summary

($ in millions except EPS)

 

Q1 2018

 

Q1 2017

Revenues (from Continuing Operations)

 

$

678.5

   

$

601.5

 

Gross Margin

 

44.6

%

 

44.4

%

GAAP Net (Loss) Earnings (1)

 

$

(112.2)

   

$

8.0

 

GAAP Net (Loss) Earnings per Diluted Share (1)

 

$

(1.22)

   

$

0.08

 

Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities

 

$

179.0

   

$

82.2

 

Non-GAAP Net Earnings (1) (2)

 

$

98.4

   

$

47.5

 

Non-GAAP Net Earnings per Diluted Share (1) (2)

 

$

1.06

   

$

0.50

 
   

(1)

GAAP Net (Loss) Earnings and Net (Loss) Earnings Per Diluted Share and Non-GAAP Net Earnings and Non-GAAP Net Earnings Per Diluted Share refer only to continuing operations. For the quarter ended December 29, 2017, GAAP and Non-GAAP Net Earnings Per Diluted Share were calculated based on diluted shares of 91.6 million and 92.7 million, respectively. For the quarter ended December 30, 2016, the number of diluted shares was 94.2 million.

(2)

Non-GAAP Net Earnings and Non-GAAP Net Earnings Per Diluted Share are defined as GAAP Net (Loss) Earnings and GAAP Net (Loss) Earnings Per Diluted Share adjusted to exclude the amortization of intangible assets, acquisition-related expenses and benefits, restructuring and impairment charges, and significant litigation charges or benefits, legal costs and significant effects of the new tax legislation.

"We are very pleased with the strong start to the new fiscal year," said Dow Wilson, Chief Executive Officer of Varian.  "We generated healthy orders, revenues and operating earnings growth in our Oncology business, and added two more proton therapy orders."

The company ended the quarter with $823 million in cash and cash equivalents and $340 million of debt.  Net cash provided by operating activities was $179 million.  During the quarter, the company invested $57 million to repurchase 525,000 shares of common stock.

"I'm delighted with our operational focus and execution in delivering these strong financial results during the quarter" added Gary E. Bischoping Jr., Chief Financial Officer of Varian.

Oncology Systems Segment
In the fiscal first quarter, Oncology revenues for the segment totaled $649 million, up 14 percent in dollars and 12 percent in constant currency.  Gross orders were $620 million, up 7 percent in dollars and 6 percent in constant currency.  Gross orders in the Americas increased 2 percent in dollars and in constant currency.  In EMEA, gross orders rose 19 percent in dollars and 13 percent in constant currency, to $190 million; in APAC gross orders increased 6 percent in dollars and in constant currency with strong orders growth in Greater China and Japan.  Operating earnings for the segment increased 19 percent.

Particle Therapy Segment
Revenues in the first quarter were $29 million, down 4 percent.  In the quarter, the company booked ProBeam™ Compact orders from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami totaling $46 million.

FY18 Annual Guidance Updated
Considering the financial and operational performance in the first quarter, and the impact of the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, fiscal year 2018 guidance is updated and increased to the following:

  • Revenue growth range of 4 percent to 7 percent
  • Non-GAAP Operating earnings as a percentage of revenues range of 18 percent to 19 percent
  • Non-GAAP effective tax rate of 21 percent
  • Weighted average diluted shares of 93 million
  • Non-GAAP Earnings per diluted share range of $4.24 to $4.36
  • Cash flow from operations range of $475 million to $550 million

Please refer to "Discussion of Non-GAAP Financial Measures" below for a description of items excluded from expected non-GAAP earnings.

Investor Conference Call
Varian Medical Systems is scheduled to conduct its first quarter fiscal year 2018 conference call at 2 p.m. PT today.  To hear a live webcast or replay of the call, visit the investor relations page on our web site at www.varian.com/investor where it will be archived for a year.  To access the call via telephone, dial 1-877-869-3847 from inside the U.S. or 1-201-689-8261 from outside the U.S.  The replay can be accessed by dialing 1-877-660-6853 from inside the U.S. or 1-201-612-7415 from outside the U.S. and entering confirmation code 13674372. The telephone replay will be available through 5 p.m. PT, Friday, January 26, 2018.

About Varian
Varian is a leader in developing and delivering cancer care solutions, and is focused on creating a world without fear of cancer. Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, Varian employs approximately 6,500 people around the world. For more information, visit http://www.varian.com and follow @VarianMedSys on Twitter.

Forward-Looking Statements
Except for historical information, this news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements concerning industry or market outlook, including growth drivers; the company's future orders, revenues, or earnings growth or other financial results; and any statements using the terms "could," "believe," "expect," "promising," "outlook," "should," "will" or similar statements are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause the company's actual results to differ materially from those anticipated. Such risks and uncertainties include global economic conditions and changes to trends for cancer treatment regionally; currency exchange rates and tax rates; the impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act; the impact of  the Affordable Health Care for America Act (including excise taxes on medical devices) and any further healthcare reforms (including changes to Medicare and Medicaid), and/or changes in third-party reimbursement levels; demand for and delays in delivery of the company's products; the company's ability to develop, commercialize and deploy new products; the company's ability to meet Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other regulatory requirements, regulations or procedures; changes in regulatory environments; the company's assessment of the goodwill associated with its particle therapy business, risks associated with the company providing financing for the construction and start-up operations of particle therapy centers, challenges associated with commercializing the company's particle therapy business; challenges to public tender awards and the loss of such awards or other orders; the effect of adverse publicity; the company's reliance on sole or limited-source suppliers; the company's ability to maintain or increase margins; the impact of competitive products and pricing; the company's assessment of the goodwill associated with its particle therapy business; the potential loss of key distributors or key personnel; and the other risks listed from time to time in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which by this reference are incorporated herein. The company assumes no obligation to update or revise the forward-looking statements in this release because of new information, future events, or otherwise.

Varian has not filed the Form 10-Q for the quarter ended December 29, 2017.  As a result, all financial results described here should be considered preliminary, and are subject to change to reflect any necessary adjustments, or changes in accounting estimates, that are identified prior to the time the company completes these filings.

Varian Medical Systems, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Preliminary Condensed Consolidated Statements of Earnings

(Unaudited)

   

Q1

2018

 

Q1

2017

 

(Dollars and shares in millions, except per share amounts)

     

Gross orders

 

$

666.1

   

$

581.0

   

Oncology Systems

 

619.9

   

576.7

   

Particle Therapy

 

46.2

   

4.3

   

Order Backlog

 

3,020.8

   

2,736.8

   

Revenues

 

678.5

   

601.5

   

Oncology Systems

 

649.4

   

571.2

   

Particle Therapy

 

29.1

   

30.3

   

Cost of revenues

 

375.7

   

334.5

   

Gross margin

 

302.8

   

267.0

   

As a percent of revenues

 

44.6

%

 

44.4

%

 

Operating expenses

         

Research and development

 

55.9

   

49.9

   

Selling, general and administrative

 

125.5

   

161.4

   

Impairment charges

 

   

38.3

   

Operating earnings

 

121.4

   

17.4

   

As a percent of revenues

 

17.9

%

 

2.9

%

 

Interest income, net

 

1.1

   

1.9

   

Earnings from continuing operations before taxes

 

122.5

   

19.3

   

Taxes on earnings

 

234.7

   

11.3

   

Net (loss) earnings from continuing operations

 

(112.2)

   

8.0

   

Net earnings from discontinued operations

 

   

6.5

   

Net (loss) earnings

 

(112.2)

   

14.5

   

Less: Net earnings attributable to noncontrolling interests

 

0.1

   

0.6

   

Net (loss) earnings attributable to Varian

 

$

(112.3)

   

$

13.9

   
           

Net (loss) earnings per share - basic

         

Continuing operations

 

$

(1.22)

   

$

0.08

   

Discontinued operations

 

   

0.07

   

Net (loss) earnings per share - basic

 

$

(1.22)

   

$

0.15

   
           

Net (loss) earnings per share - diluted

         

Continuing operations

 

$

(1.22)

   

$

0.08

   

Discontinued operations

 

   

0.07

   

Net (loss) earnings per share - diluted

 

$

(1.22)

   

$

0.15

   
           

Shares used in the calculation of net earnings per share:

         

Weighted average shares outstanding - basic

 

91.6

   

93.5

   

Weighted average shares outstanding - diluted

 

91.6

   

94.2

   

 

Varian Medical Systems, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Preliminary Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Unaudited)

         

(In millions)

 

December 29,

2017

 

September 29,

2017(1)

Assets

       

Current assets:

       

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

822.6

   

$

716.2

 

Trade and unbilled receivable, net

 

854.3

   

883.0

 

Inventories

 

431.4

   

417.7

 

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

206.2

   

190.3

 

Current assets of discontinued operations

 

11.3

   

11.1

 

Total current assets

 

2,325.8

   

2,218.3

 
         

Property, plant and equipment, net

 

250.4

   

255.3

 

Goodwill

 

223.4

   

222.6

 

Intangible assets

 

65.6

   

71.6

 

Deferred tax assets

 

112.8

   

147.3

 

Other assets

 

296.0

   

300.8

 

Total assets

 

$

3,274.0

   

$

3,215.9

 
         

Liabilities and Equity

       

Current liabilities:

       

Accounts payable

 

$

152.0

   

$

162.3

 

Accrued liabilities

 

350.0

   

374.9

 

Deferred revenues

 

746.5

   

676.9

 

Short-term borrowings

 

340.0

   

350.0

 

Current liabilities of discontinued operations

 

2.1

   

2.5

 

Total current liabilities

 

1,590.6

   

1,566.6

 

Other long-term liabilities

 

292.4

   

127.4

 

Total liabilities

 

1,883.0

   

1,694.0

 
         

Equity:

       

Varian stockholders' equity:

       

Common stock

 

91.6

   

91.7

 

Capital in excess of par value

 

740.5

   

716.1

 

Retained earnings

 

620.2

   

778.6

 

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

 

(65.7)

   

(68.8)

 

Total Varian stockholders' equity

 

1,386.6

   

1,517.6

 

Noncontrolling interests

 

4.4

   

4.3

 

Total equity

 

1,391.0

   

1,521.9

 

Total liabilities and equity

 

$

3,274.0

   

$

3,215.9

 
                 
   

(1)

Certain prior year balances have been reclassified to conform to the current year presentation. Such reclassifications primarily relate to the adoption of Accounting Standard Codification 606.

 

Discussion of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

 

This press release includes the following non-GAAP financial measures derived from our Condensed Consolidated Statements of Earnings: non-GAAP operating earnings, non-GAAP net earnings and non-GAAP net earnings per diluted share. We define non-GAAP operating earnings from continuing operations as operating earnings from continuing operations excluding amortization of intangible assets, restructuring charges, legal costs, impairment charges and acquisition-related expenses and benefits. These measures are not presented in accordance with, nor are they a substitute for U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP. In addition, these measures may be different from non-GAAP measures used by other companies, limiting their usefulness for comparison purposes. The non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered in isolation from measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. Investors are cautioned that there are material limitations associated with the use of non-GAAP financial measures as an analytical tool. We have provided a reconciliation of each non-GAAP financial measure used in this earnings release to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure. We have not provided a reconciliation of non-GAAP guidance measures to the corresponding GAAP measures on a forward-looking basis due to the potential significant variability and limited visibility of the excluded items discussed below.

We utilize a number of different financial measures, both GAAP and non-GAAP, in analyzing and assessing the overall performance of our business, in making operating decisions, forecasting and planning for future periods, and determining payments under compensation programs. We consider the use of the non-GAAP measures to be helpful in assessing the performance of the ongoing operation of our business. We believe that disclosing non-GAAP financial measures provides useful supplemental data that, while not a substitute for financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP, allows for greater transparency in the review of our financial and operational performance. We also believe that disclosing non-GAAP financial measures provides useful information to investors and others in understanding and evaluating our operating results and future prospects in the same manner as management and in comparing financial results across accounting periods and to those of peer companies. Non-GAAP operating earnings and non-GAAP net earnings exclude the following items, except for significant effects of tax legislation, which are only excluded from non-GAAP net earnings:

Amortization of intangible assets: We do not acquire businesses and assets on a predictable cycle. The amount of purchase price allocated to intangible assets and the term of amortization can vary significantly and are unique to each acquisition or purchase. We believe that excluding amortization of intangible assets allows the users of our financial statements to better review and understand the historic and current results of our operations, and also facilitates comparisons to peer companies.

Acquisition-related expenses and benefits: We incur expenses or benefits with respect to certain items associated with our acquisitions, such as transaction costs, changes in the fair value of contingent consideration liabilities, gain or expense on settlement of pre-existing relationships, etc. We exclude such expenses or benefits as they are related to acquisitions and have no direct correlation to the operation of our on-going business.

Restructuring and impairment charges: We incur restructuring and impairment charges that result from events, which arise from unforeseen circumstances and/or often occur outside of the ordinary course of our on-going business. Although these events are reflected in our GAAP financials, these unique transactions may limit the comparability of our on-going operations with prior and future periods.

Significant effects of tax legislation: We may incur significant effects of tax legislation that are generally unrelated to the level of business activity in the period in which the effects of such legislation are reported. We exclude such expenses, because we believe this does not accurately reflect the underlying performance of our continuing business operations.  This exclusion is applicable to non-GAAP net earnings only.

Significant litigation charges or benefits and legal costs: We may incur charges or benefits as well as legal costs from time to time related to litigation and other contingencies. We exclude these charges or benefits, when significant, as well as legal costs associated with significant legal matters, because we do not believe they are reflective of on-going business and operating results.

We apply our GAAP consolidated effective tax rate to our non-GAAP financial measures, other than when the underlying item has a materially different tax treatment.

From time to time in the future, there may be other items that we may exclude if we believe that doing so is consistent with the goal of providing useful information to investors and management. Non-GAAP items are generally included in selling, general and administrative expenses, except for significant effects of tax legislation and unless otherwise specified.

The following table reconciles GAAP and non-GAAP financial measures for Varian's continuing operations:

Varian Medical Systems, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Reconciliation of Preliminary GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measures

(Unaudited)

 

(Dollars and shares in millions, except per share amounts)

 

Q1

2018

 

Q1

2017

Non-GAAP adjustments

       

Amortization of intangible assets (1)

 

$

3.1

   

$

2.8

 

Restructuring charges

 

   

3.6

 

Legal costs

 

   

6.2

 

Impairment charges

 

   

38.3

 

Other (2)

 

1.5

   

0.3

 

Total non-GAAP adjustments to operating earnings

 

4.6

   

51.2

 

Tax effects of non-GAAP adjustments

 

(1.0)

   

(11.3)

 

Significant effects of tax legislation (3)

 

207.1

   

 

Total net earnings from continuing operations impact from non-GAAP adjustments

 

$

210.7

   

$

39.9

 

Operating earnings reconciliation

       

GAAP operating earnings from continuing operations

 

$

121.4

   

$

17.4

 

Total operating earnings from continuing operations impact from non-GAAP adjustments

 

4.6

   

51.2

 

Non-GAAP operating earnings from continuing operations

 

$

126.0

   

$

68.6

 

Net (loss) earnings and net (loss) earnings per diluted share reconciliation

       

GAAP net (loss) earnings from continuing operations attributable to Varian (4)

 

$

(112.3)

   

$

7.6

 

Total net earnings from continuing operations impact from non-GAAP adjustments

 

210.7

   

39.9

 

Non-GAAP net earnings from continuing operations attributable to Varian

 

$

98.4

   

$

47.5

 

GAAP net (loss) earnings per diluted share from continuing operations

 

$

(1.22)

   

$

0.08

 

Non-GAAP net earnings per diluted share from continuing operations

 

$

1.06

   

$

0.50

 

Shares used in computing GAAP net earnings per diluted share

 

91.6

   

94.2

 

Shares used in computing non-GAAP net earnings per diluted share

 

92.7

   

94.2

 
   

(1)

Includes $1.2 million and $1.3 million, respectively in cost of revenues for the periods presented.

(2)

Other includes acquisition-related expenses and benefits.

(3)

Represents the tax effect of a change in law related to the U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The corporate rate reduction results in a remeasurement of our Deferred Tax Assets of $37.8 million. The mandatory deemed repatriation of unremitted foreign earnings results in an estimated charge of $169.3 million.

(4)

Excludes immaterial net earnings (loss) from continuing operations attributable to noncontrolling interests for the periods presented.

Investor Relations Contact
J. Michael Bruff
Vice President, Investor Relations
+1 (650) 424-5163
mike.bruff@varian.com

Press Contact
Mark Plungy
Director, Public Relations
+1 (650) 424-5630
mark.plungy@varian.com

 

 

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