Natus Medical Announces First Quarter Financial Results

  • Reports record first quarter revenue of $128.6 million
  • Reports first quarter GAAP loss per share of $0.10 and non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.24

PLEASANTON, Calif., April 25, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Natus Medical Incorporated (NASDAQ:BABY) today announced financial results for the three months and full year ended March 31, 2018.

For the first quarter ended March 31, 2018, the Company reported revenue of $128.6 million, an increase of 3.1% compared to $124.7 million reported for the first quarter 2017. Revenue for the first quarter of 2017 included $9.0 million from our contract with the government of Venezuela which did not reoccur in 2018. GAAP gross profit margin was 55.7% vs. 53.5% in the first quarter 2017. GAAP net loss was $3.1 million, or $0.10 per share, compared with GAAP net income of $0.3 million, or $0.01 per diluted share in the first quarter 2017.

Non-GAAP earnings per diluted share was $0.24 for the first quarter 2018, compared to $0.30 in the first quarter 2017. Non-GAAP net income was $8.0 million for the first quarter 2018 compared to the prior year's first quarter non-GAAP net income of $9.8 million. Non-GAAP gross profit margin was 59.0% vs. 57.8% reported for the first quarter of 2017. 

The Company repurchased $4.7 million of its stock and repaid $25.0 million of outstanding debt during the first quarter of 2018.

“I am very pleased with our first quarter revenue and non-GAAP earnings per share that came in at the high end of our guidance.  We achieved organic revenue growth of 3% during the quarter, driven by revenue strength in our Otometrics business.  Our Neuro and Newborn Care business units reported solid revenue and profitability during the quarter as well,” said Jim Hawkins, President and Chief Executive Officer of Natus.

“As planned, we invested during the first quarter in Otoscan®, our breakthrough 3D digital ear scanning solution. Otoscan® was introduced last week at the American Academy of Audiology, the world's largest gathering of audiologists.  We will continue this investment throughout 2018 and anticipate Otoscan® revenues in the second half of the year,” Hawkins continued.

Financial Guidance

For the second quarter of 2018, the Company provided revenue guidance of $129.0 million to $131.0 million and non-GAAP earnings per share guidance of $0.25 to $0.27.

For the full year 2018, the Company retained revenue guidance of $535.0 million to $540.0 million and non-GAAP earnings per share to $1.60 to $1.65.

The Company's non-GAAP earnings per share guidance excludes charges for amortization expense associated with intangible assets from prior acquisitions, certain other expenses, and related tax effects, which the Company expects to be approximately $8.4 million and $38.1 million for the second quarter 2018 and full year, respectively, and which the Company expects will reduce GAAP earnings per share by approximately $0.21 and $0.92 for the respective periods.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The Company presents in this release its non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP earnings per share, non-GAAP gross margin and non-GAAP operating margin results which exclude amortization expense associated with certain acquisition-related intangibles, restructuring charges, certain discrete items, direct costs of acquisitions, and the related tax effects. A reconciliation between non-GAAP and GAAP financial measures is included in this press release.

The Company believes that the presentation of results excluding these charges or gains provides meaningful supplemental information to both management and investors that is indicative of the Company's core operating results and better reflects the ongoing economics of the Company's operations. The Company believes these non-GAAP financial measures facilitate comparison of operating results across reporting periods.

Specifically, the Company excludes the following charges, gains, and their related tax effects in the calculation of non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP earnings per share and non-GAAP operating expense and excludes all but restructuring charges from the calculation of non-GAAP gross margin: 1) Non-cash amortization expense associated with certain acquisition-related intangibles. The charges reflect an estimate of the cost of acquired intangible assets over their estimated useful lives. 2) Restructuring charges. The Company has over time completed multiple acquisitions of other companies and businesses. Following an acquisition the Company will, as it determines appropriate, initiate restructuring events to eliminate redundant costs. Restructuring expenses, which are excluded in the non-GAAP items, are exclusively related to permanent reductions in our workforce and redundant facility closures. 3) Certain discrete items. These items represent significant infrequent charges or gains that management believes should be viewed outside of normal operating results, and each significant discrete transaction is evaluated to determine whether it should be excluded from non-GAAP reporting. These items are specifically identified when they occur. 4) Direct costs of acquisitions.  These are direct acquisition-related costs that occur when the Company makes an acquisition, such as professional fees, due diligence costs, and earn-out adjustments.

The Company applies GAAP methodologies in computing its non-GAAP tax provision by determining the annual expected effective tax rate after taking into account items excluded for non-GAAP financial reporting purposes.  The Company’s non-GAAP tax expense and its non-GAAP effective tax rate are generally higher than its GAAP tax expense and GAAP effective tax rate because the income subject to taxes would be higher due to the effect of the expenses excluded from non-GAAP financial reporting. The nature of each quarterly discrete transaction will be evaluated to determine whether it should be excluded from non-GAAP reporting.

The Company's management uses these non-GAAP financial measures in assessing the Company's performance and when planning, forecasting, and analyzing future periods and the Company believes that investors also benefit from being able to refer to these non-GAAP financial measures along with the GAAP operating results. These non-GAAP financial measures also facilitate management's internal comparisons to the Company's historical performance. The non-GAAP financial measures disclosed by the Company should not be considered a substitute for or superior to financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP, and the financial results calculated in accordance with GAAP and reconciliations to those financial statements should be carefully evaluated.

Conference Call

Natus has scheduled an investment-community conference call to discuss this announcement beginning at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time (8:00 a.m. Pacific Time) today, April 25, 2018. Individuals interested in listening to the conference call may do so by dialing 1-844-634-1441 for domestic callers, or 1-508-637-5658 for international callers, and entering reservation code 3261649. A telephone replay will be available for 48 hours following the conclusion of the call by dialing 1-855-859-2056 for domestic callers, or 1-404-537-3406 for international callers, and entering reservation code 3261649. The conference call also will be available real-time via the Internet at, and a recording of the call will be available on the Company’s Web site for 90 days following the completion of the call.

About Natus Medical Incorporated

Natus is a leading provider of healthcare products and services used for the screening, detection, treatment, monitoring and tracking of common medical ailments in newborn care, hearing impairment, neurological dysfunction, neurosurgery, epilepsy, sleep disorders, and balance and mobility disorders.

Additional information about Natus Medical can be found at

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, particularly statements regarding the expectations, beliefs, plans, intentions and strategies of Natus. These forward-looking statements include statements regarding Otoscan® revenues in the second half of 2018 and our investment in the Otoscan® product, the anticipated revenue and GAAP and non-GAAP earnings per share for the second quarter and full year 2018 and the impact of amortization expense associated with acquisition-related intangible assets. These statements relate to current estimates and assumptions of our management as of the date of this press release and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results, levels of activity, performance, or achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are only predictions and the actual events or results may differ materially. Natus cannot provide any assurance that its future results or the results implied by the forward-looking statements will meet expectations. Our future results could differ materially due to a number of factors, including the effects of competition, our ability to successfully integrate and achieve our profitability goals from recent acquisitions, the demand for our products and services, the impact of adverse global economic conditions and changing governmental regulations, including foreign exchange rate changes, on our target markets, our ability to expand our sales in international markets, our ability to maintain current sales levels in a mature domestic market, our ability to control costs, risks associated with bringing new products to market, and our ability to fulfill product orders on a timely basis. Natus disclaims any obligation to update information contained in any forward looking statement.

More information about potential risk factors that could affect the business and financial results of Natus is included in Natus' annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017, and its subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and in other reports filed from time to time by Natus with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Natus Medical Incorporated
Jonathan A. Kennedy
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
(925) 223-6700

(in thousands, except per share amounts)
  Quarter Ended
  March 31,
  March 31,
Revenue $ 128,609     $ 124,660  
Cost of revenue 55,369     56,913  
Intangibles amortization 1,587     1,000  
  Gross profit 71,653     66,747  
Gross profit margin 55.7 %   53.5 %
Operating expenses:      
  Marketing and selling 35,872     32,215  
  Research and development 15,443     12,753  
  General and administrative 17,448     16,016  
  Intangibles amortization 4,806     4,074  
  Restructuring 812     286  
     Total operating expenses 74,381     65,344  
Income from operations (2,728 )   1,403  
Interest expense (1,949 )   (980 )
Other income/(expense), net 128     (59 )
Income before tax (4,549 )   364  
Provision for income tax expense (1,401 )   16  
Net (loss) income $ (3,148 )   $ 348  
Earnings (loss) per share:      
  Basic $ (0.10 )   $ 0.01  
  Diluted $ (0.10 )   $ 0.01  
Weighted-average shares:      
  Basic 32,760     32,485  
  Diluted 32,760     33,040  

(in thousands)
  March 31,   December 31,
  2018   2017
Current assets:      
Cash and investments $ 64,471     $ 88,950  
Accounts receivable, net 128,056     126,809  
Inventories 74,543     71,529  
Other current assets 23,863     18,340  
Total current assets 290,933     305,628  
Property and equipment, net 22,618     22,071  
Goodwill and intangible assets 340,786     345,580  
Deferred income tax 10,632     10,709  
Other assets 17,949     25,931  
Total assets $ 682,918     $ 709,919  
Current liabilities:      
Accounts payable $ 24,388     $ 25,242  
Accrued liabilities 54,066     51,738  
Deferred revenue 16,615     15,157  
Total current liabilities 95,069     92,137  
Long-term liabilities:      
Long-term debt, net 129,331     154,283  
Deferred income tax 19,763     19,407  
Other long-term liabilities 21,925     21,995  
Total liabilities 266,088     287,822  
Total stockholders’ equity 416,830     422,097  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 682,918     $ 709,919  

(in thousands)
   Quarter Ended
  March 31,
  March 31,
Operating activities:      
Net income (loss) $ (3,148 )   $ 348  
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by operating activities:      
   Provision for losses on accounts receivable 918     1,719  
   Depreciation and amortization 7,915     6,744  
   Loss on disposal of property and equipment 52     5  
   Warranty reserve (1,125 )   2,806  
   Share-based compensation 2,362     2,756  
   Changes in operating assets and liabilities:      
     Accounts receivable (2,242 )   (2,366 )
     Inventories 2,885     4,622  
     Prepaid expenses and other assets (5,390 )   2,386  
     Accounts payable (622 )   (1,148 )
     Accrued liabilities 3,319     (8,259 )
     Deferred revenue 1,314     (9,329 )
     Deferred income tax 87     992  
       Net cash provided by operating activities 6,325     1,276  
Investing activities:      
Acquisition of businesses, net of cash acquired     (141,705 )
Purchases of property and equipment (2,473 )   (971 )
Sale of short-term investments     24,935  
       Net cash used in investing activities (2,473 )   (117,741 )
Financing activities:      
Proceeds from stock option exercises and Employee Stock Purchase Program purchases 577     248  
Repurchase of common stock (4,736 )   (1,308 )
Taxes paid related to net share settlement of equity awards (19 )   (2,597 )
Deferred debt issuance costs     (38 )
Contingent consideration earn-out (147 )   (2,000 )
Proceeds from borrowings     10,000  
Payments on borrowings (25,000 )    
       Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities (29,325 )   4,305  
Exchange rate changes effect on cash and cash equivalents 994     2,387  
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents (24,479 )   (109,773 )
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period 88,950     213,551  
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 64,471     $ 103,778  

(in thousands, except per share amounts)
   Quarter Ended
  March 31,
  March 31,
GAAP based results:      
Income before provision for income tax $ (4,549 )   $ 364  
Non-GAAP adjustments:      
Intangibles Amortization - Cost of revenue 1,587     1,000  
Intangibles Amortization - Operating expense 4,806     4,074  
Recall Accrual and Remediation Efforts (COGS) 268     2,277  
Recall Accrual and Remediation Efforts (R&D) 1,846     2,697  
Restructuring and other non-recurring costs (G&A) 967     286  
Restructuring and other non-recurring costs (OI&E) 368      
Litigation 242     586  
Direct costs of acquisitions (COGS) 2,408     1,969  
Direct costs of acquisitions (M&S) 22     (5 )
Direct costs of acquisitions (G&A) 2,391     6  
Direct costs of acquisitions (R&D) 46      
Direct costs of acquisitions (OI&E)     24  
Non-GAAP income before provision for income tax 10,402     13,278  
Income tax expense, as adjusted $ 2,375     $ 3,450  
Non-GAAP net income $ 8,027     $ 9,828  
 Non-GAAP earnings per share:      
  Basic $ 0.25     $ 0.30  
  Diluted $ 0.24     $ 0.30  
 Weighted-average shares used to compute      
  Basic non-GAAP earnings per share 32,760     32,485  
  Diluted non-GAAP earnings per share 33,149     33,040  

(in thousands, except per share amounts)
   Quarter Ended
  March 31,
  March 31,
GAAP Gross Profit 71,653     66,747  
Amortization of intangibles 1,587     1,000  
Acquisition charges 2,408     1,969  
Recall accrual and remediation efforts 268     2,277  
Non-GAAP Gross Profit 75,916     71,993  
Non-GAAP Gross Margin 59.0 %   57.8 %
GAAP Operating Profit (2,728 )   1,403  
Amortization of intangibles 6,393     5,074  
Recall accrual and remediation efforts 2,114     4,974  
Litigation 242     586  
Restructuring and other non-recurring costs 967     2,256  
Acquisition charges 4,867      
Non-GAAP Operating Profit 11,855     14,293  
Non-GAAP Operating Margin 9.2 %   11.5 %
GAAP Provision for income tax expense (benefit) (1,401 )   16  
Effect of accumulated change of pretax income 3,721     3,249  
Effect of change in annual expected tax rate (53 )   185  
Repatriation tax adjustment 188      
Stock-based compensation adjustment (80 )    
Non-GAAP Income tax expense, as adjusted 2,375     3,450  
   Quarter Ended   Year Ended
  June 30,
  December 31,
GAAP EPS Guidance $0.04 - $0.06   $0.68 - $0.73
Amortization of Intangibles 0.21   0.82
Restructuring and other non-recurring costs   0.04
Litigation 0.01   0.01
Recall Accrual and Remediation Efforts 0.04   0.14
Direct cost of acquisitions   0.15
Tax effect (0.05)   (0.24)
Non-GAAP EPS Guidance $0.25 - $0.27   $1.60 - $1.65


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