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QIAGEN Reports Full-Year and Fourth Quarter 2010 Results

/ Source: GlobeNewswire

    VENLO, Netherlands, Jan. 31, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- QIAGEN N.V. (Nasdaq:QGEN) (Frankfurt:QIA) today announced results of operations for the fourth quarter and the 12-month period ended December 31, 2010. Net sales and adjusted earnings per share for both periods were in line with expectations provided by QIAGEN on November 8, 2010.

    "QIAGEN delivered solid results in a changing environment in 2010 and made significant progress in further expanding our position in our customer classes, particularly molecular diagnostics, by leveraging our global leadership in sample and assay technologies," said Peer Schatz, Chief Executive Officer of QIAGEN N.V.

    "Key milestones in 2010 included the successful launch of QIAsymphony RGQ, a highly versatile automated platform with potential to drive the dissemination of molecular diagnostics. Our technology portfolio to analyze valuable molecular content increased significantly, particularly in companion diagnostics that guide the use of medicines. Sales grew across all of our customer classes. Strong growth in personalized healthcare and profiling more than offset lower prevention sales in the fourth quarter, where successful HPV market conversion initiatives were hampered by economic conditions that caused a sharp decline in doctors' office visits.

    "We are focused in 2011 on expanding our strategic position and positioning QIAGEN to further accelerate growth in 2012. QIAGEN expects adjusted earnings to improve at a faster pace than sales due to the benefits of operational excellence initiatives. We are broadening and strengthening our product offering with a number of important regulatory submissions, including the first of several new assays in the U.S. for use on QIAsymphony RGQ. We are also expanding into fast-growing markets, particularly in Asia, and have begun operations in India. As the molecular biology revolution shapes the future of healthcare and the life sciences, QIAGEN is playing a critical role in making improvements in life possible and is well-positioned for sales and earnings growth."

    Full-Year 2010 Results

    Net sales rose 8% (+8% at constant exchange rates, or CER) to $1,087 million in 2010 from $1,010 million in 2009, and rose 12% CER when excluding swine flu-related products. Operating income of $188.5 million rose 5% from $180.2 million in 2009. Net income grew 5% to $144.3 million from $137.8 million in 2009, while diluted earnings per share were $0.60 (based on 240.5 million weighted average shares and share equivalents outstanding) in 2010 compared to $0.64 in 2009 (based on 213.6 million weighted average shares and share equivalents outstanding).

    Adjusted operating income in 2010 rose 4% to $308.2 million from $296.1 million in 2009, with the adjusted operating income margin steady at 29% CER in 2010 compared to the previous year. Adjusted net income advanced 12% to $222.7 million in 2010 from $199.6 million in 2009. Adjusted diluted earnings per share were unchanged at $0.93 in both years.

    Results for the fourth quarter and full-year 2010 include the results of operations from recent acquisitions, notably SABiosciences Corporation (acquired in December 2009) and DxS Ltd. (acquired in September 2009). Reconciliations of reported results determined in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) to adjusted results are included in the tables accompanying this release.

    "QIAGEN maintained its position of delivering growth with improved profitability in 2010, and we achieved our financial targets for the fourth quarter," said Roland Sackers, Chief Financial Officer of QIAGEN N.V. "We believe our adjusted earnings growth will continue to advance faster than sales as a result of operational excellence initiatives. Our strong financial position, underpinned by our healthy balance sheet and increasing free cash flow, provides us with strategic flexibility to strengthen our businesses through double-digit investments in R&D as well as through targeted acquisitions."

    Fourth Quarter 2010 Results

    Net sales in the fourth quarter of 2010 declined 1% to $286.0 million, but were unchanged at constant exchange rates (CER), and rose 7% CER when excluding swine flu-related products. Operating income rose 18% to $50.8 million from $42.9 million in the same quarter of 2009. Net income declined 18% to $36.3 million from $44.5 million in the 2009 quarter, which included a one-time tax-free gain of $11 million from the sale of an investment. Diluted earnings per share in the 2010 quarter were $0.15 (based on 239.4 million weighted average shares and share equivalents outstanding) compared to $0.18 in the fourth quarter of 2009 (based on 241.0 million weighted average shares and share equivalents outstanding).

    Adjusted operating income declined 1% to $82.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2010 from $83.4 million in the 2009 quarter, while adjusted net income rose 8% to $62.0 million in the 2010 period from $57.6 million in the comparable 2009 period. Adjusted diluted earnings per share rose to $0.26 from $0.24 in the fourth quarter of 2009. Reconciliations of reported results to adjusted results are included in the tables accompanying this release.

    Business Review

    Improved performances in all customer classes in 2010 drove organic sales growth of 8% CER when excluding significant one-time contributions from swine flu-related products in 2009. Acquisitions within the last 12 months provided an additional four percentage points, resulting in 12% CER total sales growth.

    Among product categories (excluding swine flu-related sales), consumables and related revenues in 2010 represented 85% of net sales and grew 12% CER over 2009. Instrumentation represented 15% of net sales in 2010 and rose 12% CER.

    At constant exchange rates, the Americas (48% of sales), Europe (38% of sales) and Asia/Japan (12% of sales) all advanced at solid growth rates in 2010 compared to 2009.

    For the fourth quarter (excluding swine flu-related products), organic sales were up 4% CER, with acquisitions providing three percentage points and resulting in 7% CER total sales growth compared to the particularly strong year-ago performance. Consumables and related revenues rose 8% CER from the 2009 period, while instrument sales rose 2% CER.

    Total CER growth rates and customer class contributions below are shown excluding swine flu-related sales:

    Molecular diagnostics (48% of total sales) increased on solid demand in several areas of healthcare, particularly the profiling portfolio used primarily for infectious disease testing. Full-year sales rose 14% CER over 2009, while sales in the fourth quarter grew 7% CER over the 2009 period. In prevention, sales of HPV screening tests and genotyping solutions declined as expected in the fourth quarter of 2010, as successful U.S. market adoption initiatives – which have increased penetration to more than 40% in 2010 – were offset by the economically induced, significant decline in patient visits to doctors. Dynamic growth in personalized healthcare was underpinned by the more than 15 projects under way with pharmaceutical companies to develop companion diagnostics.

    Applied testing (6% of total sales) benefited from major portfolio expansion initiatives that added more than 80 new tests during 2010 to address new European standards in forensic testing and food safety. Full-year sales rose 22% CER, while sales grew 5% CER in the fourth quarter over the 2009 quarter, and were supported by double-digit CER sales growth in consumables.

    Pharma (21% of total sales) gained on contributions from products used in drug development, while demand in drug discovery remained soft, mainly hampered by pharmaceutical industry consolidation. Full-year sales rose 9% CER, while sales growth in the fourth quarter was 11% over the 2009 period.

    Academia (25% of total sales) achieved 10% CER total sales growth in 2010, reaffirming indications for a solid longer-term outlook and more than compensating for a slower performance in the second half of the year. Sales in the fourth quarter rose 5% CER compared to the year-ago period.

    Focus on expansion in 2011 to further accelerate growth in 2012

    QIAGEN is making rapid progress on strategic initiatives to leverage its global leadership in sample and assay technologies to expand its position in all customer classes. A key focus is molecular diagnostics, which is transforming human healthcare through the increasing use of technologies to unlock and analyze valuable molecular content from biological materials. Molecular diagnostics currently provides approximately half of QIAGEN's sales, and this contribution is expected to grow rapidly in these four pillars: prevention, profiling, personalized healthcare and point of need testing.

    Capitalizing on industry-leading R&D activities, QIAGEN continues to build its product portfolio across its customer classes – with 86 new product launches in 2010 – and expand in high-growth geographic markets, particularly in Asia.

    A key 2010 milestone was the successful European launch of QIAsymphony RGQ, a next-generation automated modular testing platform that addresses customer demands for a versatile mid-throughput system and is expected to drive the global expansion of QIAGEN's molecular tests for profiling and personalized healthcare. QIAsymphony RGQ is the first modular system that automates entire laboratory workflows from initial sample preparation to final result. It also allows customers to run commercial assays as well as to develop and conduct their own PCR-based tests. The European launch began in late 2010 with a broad range of molecular tests, including virology assays such as HIV, HCV and HBV (hepatitis C and B) as well as tests related to organ transplantation and other advanced tests.

    The U.S. introduction of QIAsymphony RGQ will be accompanied by an extensive development program involving over 10 molecular assays that are expected to increasingly improve the value of this instrument to customers, particularly hospital laboratories that are only now starting to adopt molecular technologies. Regulatory submissions planned for 2011 include assays involving the infectious diseases CMV (cytomegalovirus) and EBV (Epstein-Barr virus) as well as for influenza. Assay development programs are also set to begin in 2011 involving the infectious diseases HIV-1, HBV and HCV. QIAGEN gained access to HIV-1 and HCV, which are among the most frequently performed molecular diagnostic tests in the U.S., through an agreement with Abbott in October 2010.

    As an important future growth driver in molecular diagnostics, QIAGEN is positioned as a global leader in personalized healthcare with more than 15 projects to develop companion diagnostics for leading pharmaceutical companies. These molecular assays, which are used on QIAsymphony RGQ, provide information to guide treatment decisions, particularly in cancer patients. In Europe, a series of QIAGEN companion diagnostics have received regulatory approvals. In the U.S., the modular submission of the therascreen KRAS assay, which determines the gene mutation status in patients with metastatic colon cancer, began in late 2010 and is expected to be completed in the first half of 2011. Approval of the KRAS assay would mark another milestone in creating this business, which benefited greatly from the September 2009 acquisition of DxS and subsequent integration in 2010. In addition to KRAS, development programs are under way involving biomarkers including those targeting BRAF, EGFR as well as PI3K, for which QIAGEN acquired a global and co-exclusive license in 2009, and also for several other proprietary biomarkers.

    Building on the acquisitions of SABiosciences and DxS, QIAGEN continues to strengthen its capabilities in analyzing molecular content. In January 2011, QIAGEN has agreed to acquire a strategic stake in Alacris Theranostics GmbH, a German company using proprietary technologies to develop individualized therapy approaches based upon a patient's genomic profile. QIAGEN gained an exclusive option to access all biomarkers emerging from this discovery program.

    Alacris uses a proprietary modeling system to analyze clinical sample data based on next-generation and other whole genome, transcriptome, epigenome and other analyte sequencing technologies. Biomarkers selected from this research can be formatted into targeted real-time PCR -based assays that QIAGEN can commercialize in its pharmaceutical development assay portfolio or its therascreen molecular diagnostics portfolio for use on the QIAsymphony RGQ platform.

    In prevention, which at this point primarily involves HPV tests in the U.S. to screen women for risk of cervical cancer, market conversion initiatives are being expanded to include major hospital networks and managed care organizations, building on the 40% market conversion level achieved in 2010. The sharp decline in patient visits to physicians for prevention screening tests in the U.S. during 2010, which was driven by challenging economic conditions, is expected to moderate slightly during 2011. QIAGEN expects higher HPV sales in 2011 based on further success in U.S. market conversion initiatives, while also taking into account factors that include the anticipated entry of competitors during the year. Initiatives are also continuing in key European markets to drive adoption of HPV testing.

    Expansion into new high-potential geographic markets is a core priority. In China, which has become the company's third-largest geographic market, QIAGEN has established a presence with about 350 employees in sales, marketing and manufacturing. In India, a new organization was created in January 2011, marking the direct entry into another of the world's fastest-growing healthcare markets. Expansion initiatives targeting other markets are being developed.

    QIAGEN is considering various targeted acquisitions in line with its focused, consistent and value-creating strategy. Acquisitions in the past have provided access to complementary technologies, commercial capabilities and new geographic markets. Among examples of the success of this strategy are the integrations of SABiosciences and DxS, which were both completed ahead of schedule in 2010 following acquisitions in 2009. Both have significantly contributed to the expansion of QIAGEN's positions in molecular content and personalized healthcare.

    2011 outlook

    QIAGEN aims to expand faster than its markets in 2011, delivering earnings growth at a faster pace than net sales. Full-year net sales are expected to rise approximately 5-7% CER, reflecting organic growth and no meaningful contributions from acquisitions completed in 2010. Adjusted earnings per share are expected to grow approximately 7-13% CER. Results are expected to be soft in the first quarter of 2011, but to move toward substantially higher growth rates later in the year, driven by a combination of increased sales volumes and new product launches. These expectations do not take into account any acquisitions that could be completed during the year and an improving economic environment, which could provide additional growth contributions.

    Conference Call and Webcast Details

    Detailed information on QIAGEN's business and financial performance will be presented during a conference call on Tuesday, February 1, 2011, at 9:30 ET / 15:30 CET. The corresponding presentation slides will be available for download shortly before the conference call at , and a webcast is available at this website. A replay will also be made available on this website.

    Use of Adjusted Results

    QIAGEN has regularly reported adjusted results, as well as results considered on a constant exchange rate basis, to give additional insight into its financial performance. Adjusted results should be considered in addition to the reported results prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, but should not be considered as a substitute. The company believes certain items should be excluded from adjusted results when they are outside of its ongoing core operations, vary significantly from period to period, or affect the comparability of results with the company's competitors and its own prior periods. Reconciliations of reported results to adjusted results are included in the tables accompanying this release.

    About QIAGEN

    QIAGEN N.V., a Netherlands holding company, is the leading global provider of sample and assay technologies. Sample technologies are used to isolate and process DNA, RNA and proteins from biological samples such as blood or tissue. Assay technologies are used to make these isolated biomolecules visible. QIAGEN has developed and markets more than 500 sample and assay products as well as automated solutions for such consumables. QIAGEN provides its products to molecular diagnostics laboratories, academic researchers, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, and applied testing customers for purposes such as forensics, animal or food testing and pharmaceutical process control. QIAGEN's assay technologies include one of the broadest panels of molecular diagnostic tests available worldwide. This panel includes the first FDA-approved test for human papillomavirus (HPV), the primary cause of cervical cancer. QIAGEN employs nearly 3,600 people in over 30 locations worldwide. Further information about QIAGEN can be found at

    Certain of the statements contained in this news release may be considered forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. To the extent that any of the statements contained herein relating to QIAGEN's products, markets, strategy or operating results, including without limitation its expected operating results, are forward-looking, such statements are based on current expectations and assumptions that involve a number of uncertainties and risks. Such uncertainties and risks include, but are not limited to, risks associated with management of growth and international operations (including the effects of currency fluctuations, regulatory processes and dependence on logistics), variability of operating results and allocations between business segments, the commercial development of markets for our products in applied testing, personalized healthcare, clinical research, proteomics, women's health/HPV testing and nucleic acid-based molecular diagnostics; changing relationships with customers, suppliers and strategic partners; competition; rapid or unexpected changes in technologies; fluctuations in demand for QIAGEN's products (including fluctuations due to general economic conditions, the level and timing of customers' funding, budgets and other factors); our ability to obtain regulatory approval of our products; difficulties in successfully adapting QIAGEN's products to integrated solutions and producing such products; the ability of QIAGEN to identify and develop new products and to differentiate and protect our products from competitors' products; market acceptance of QIAGEN's new products and the integration of acquired technologies and businesses. For further information, please refer to the discussions in reports that QIAGEN has filed with, or furnished to, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). 


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