ArthroCare Reports Second Quarter 2012 Financial Results

ArthroCare Corp. (NASDAQ: ARTC), a leader in developing state-of-the-art, minimally invasive surgical products, announced its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2012.

SECOND QUARTER 2012 HIGHLIGHTS

  • Total revenue of $91.7 million.
  • Income from operations of $17.9 million, or operating margin of 19.6 percent.
  • Net income available to common stockholders of $11.4 million, or $0.34 per diluted share.

REVENUE

Total revenue from continuing operations for the second quarter of 2012 was $91.7 million, compared to $91.3 million for the second quarter of 2011, an increase of 0.5 percent.

Product sales for the second quarter of 2012 were $87.5 million compared to $86.9 million in the second quarter of 2011, an increase of 0.6 percent. Product sales increased 2.7 percent in constant currency over the prior year.

Worldwide sales of Sports Medicine products increased $0.6 million or 1.0 percent. In constant currency, Sports Medicine product sales increased 3.4 percent this quarter when compared to the same quarter in 2011. In the Americas, Sports Medicine product sales increased $1.7 million which consisted of an increase in proprietary Sports Medicine product sales of $0.6 million, or 1.8 percent, and an increase in contract manufactured product sales of $1.1 million, or 20.8 percent. The increase in Americas Sports Medicine proprietary product sales is related to increases in our average selling prices due to distribution changes initiated in 2011. International Sports Medicine product sales decreased $1.1 million, or 5.5 percent, in the second quarter of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011 primarily as a result of the U.S. dollar strengthening against the euro, British pound, and Australian dollar.

Worldwide ENT product sales decreased $0.5 million, or 1.9 percent. In constant currency, ENT sales remained flat in the second quarter of 2012 as compared to the same quarter of 2011. Americas ENT product sales decreased $1.1 million or 4.9 percent primarily as a result of a decrease in product volume sold partially offset by an increase in average selling prices. International ENT product sales increased $0.6 million or 12.6 percent, primarily due to higher sales volumes in Asia Pacific markets partially offset by the effect of the U.S. dollar strengthening against the euro, British pound, and Australian dollar.

Other product sales increased $0.5 million in the second quarter of 2012 compared to the same quarter of 2011.

Across all product areas International product sales increased $0.4 million, or 1.5 percent in the second quarter of 2012 as compared to the same quarter of 2011. Had the same foreign currency rates been in effect in the quarter ended June 30, 2012 as were in effect in the second quarter in 2011, the U.S. dollar reported value of product sales would have been higher by $1.8 million for this quarter.

Management believes percentage sales growth in constant currency is an important metric for evaluating our operations because the impact of changing foreign currency exchange rates may not provide an accurate baseline for analyzing trends in our business. Percentage sales growth in constant currency is calculated by translating current year sales at prior year average foreign currency exchange rates. Constant currency is a non-GAAP measure and it should not be considered as a substitute for measures prepared in accordance with GAAP.

GROSS PRODUCT MARGIN

Gross product margin was 68.7 percent for the second quarter of 2012 compared to 70.2 percent for the second quarter of 2011. The decrease in gross product margin in this quarter is due to lower reported product sales from International markets due to the weakening euro, British pound and Australian dollar against the U.S. dollar. Gross product margin was also lower due to the increasing proportion of Ambient® products to overall Sports Medicine Coblation® product sales. Ambient products have a lower yield and higher production cost compared to non-Ambient products.

INCOME FROM OPERATIONS

Income from operations for the second quarter of 2012 was $17.9 million compared to $15.0 million for the same period in 2011. Operating margin for the second quarter of 2012 was 19.6 percent compared to 16.4 percent for the same period in 2011.

Under the short-term incentive plan for 2012 approved by the Board of Directors, Adjusted Operating Margin is a key metric for purposes of evaluating business performance. Adjusted Operating Margin is Operating Margin adjusted for investigation and restatement related costs. Investigation and restatement related costs were 1.2 percent and 4.3 percent of total revenue for the second quarters of 2012 and 2011, respectively, and Adjusted Operating Margin was 20.8 percent and 20.7 percent for these same periods. Adjusted Operating Margin is a non-GAAP measure of profitability and it should not be considered as a substitute for measures prepared in accordance with GAAP.

Total operating expenses were $46.4 million in the second quarter of 2012 compared to $50.4 million in the second quarter of 2011. Research and development expense increased $1.3 million and sales and marketing expense increased $1.6 million, offset by a decrease of $3.4 million in exit costs and a decrease of $2.8 million in investigation and restatement-related costs.

NET INCOME AVAILABLE TO COMMON STOCKHOLDERS

Earnings per share from continuing operations applicable to common stockholders was $0.34 per diluted share in the second quarter of 2012 compared to $0.29 per diluted share in the second quarter of 2011.

Net income available to common stockholders in the second quarter of 2011 included income from discontinued operations of $1.6 million and earnings per share applicable to common stockholders was $11.4 million or $0.34 per diluted share in the second quarter of 2012, compared to $11.5 million, or $0.34 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2011.

BALANCE SHEET AND CASH FLOWS

Cash and cash equivalents was $181.2 million as of June 30, 2012 compared to $219.6 at December 31, 2011. In the first quarter of 2012, the Company paid $74 million as required under the proposed settlement of the private securities class actions. Excluding this payment, cash and cash equivalents increased $35.6 million during the six-months ended June 30, 2012. Cash used in operating activities for the six months ended June 30, 2012 was $33.0 million compared to cash flows provided by operating activities of $44.0 million for the six months ended June 30, 2011. Adjusting for the funding of the $74 million settlement of the private securities class actions, cash provided by operating activities in the first six months of 2012 would have been $41.0 million.

CONFERENCE CALL

ArthroCare will hold a conference call with the financial community to present these results at 8:30 a.m. ET/5:30 a.m. PT on Thursday, August 2, 2012. To participate in the live conference call dial 855-724-2350. A live and on-demand webcast of the call will be available on ArthroCare’s Web site at www.arthrocare.com. A telephonic replay of the conference call can be accessed by dialing 800-633-8284 and entering pass code number 21600260. The replay will remain available through August 16, 2012.

ABOUT ARTHROCARE

ArthroCare develops and manufactures surgical devices, instruments, and implants that strive to enhance surgical techniques as well as improve patient outcomes. Its devices improve many existing surgical procedures and enable new minimally invasive procedures. Many of ArthroCare’s devices use its internationally patented Coblation® technology. This technology precisely dissolves target tissue and limits damage to surrounding healthy tissue. ArthroCare also develops surgical devices utilizing other patented technology including its OPUS® line of fixation products as well as re-usable surgical instruments. ArthroCare is leveraging these technologies in order to offer a comprehensive line of surgical devices to capitalize on a multi-billion dollar market opportunity across several surgical specialties, including its two core product areas consisting of Sports Medicine and Ear, Nose, and Throat as well as other areas such as spine, wound care, urology and gynecology.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

The information provided herein includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Statements that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on beliefs and assumptions by management and on information currently available to management. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and the Company undertakes no obligation to update any of them publicly in light of new information or future events. Additional factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement include, without limitation: the resolution of litigation pending against the Company; the impact upon the Company’s operations of legal compliance matters which may require improvement and remediation; the ability of the Company to control expenses relating to legal or compliance matters; the Company’s ability to remain current in its periodic reporting requirements under the Exchange Act and to file required reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission on a timely basis; the results of the investigation being conducted by the United States Department of Justice; the impact on the Company of additional civil and criminal investigations by state and federal agencies and civil suits by private third parties involving the Company’s financial reporting and its previously announced restatement and its insurance billing and healthcare fraud-and-abuse compliance practices; the results of the civil investigation by the Department of Justice related to the Civil Investigative Demand we received arising under the False Claims Act; the possibility that the Department of Justice could institute civil proceedings against us, based on the results of the investigation related to the Civil Investigative Demand; the risk that we could be subject to qui tam suits involving the False Claims Act; the possibility that the Department of Justice could institute a criminal enforcement action against us based on the results of the civil investigation related to the Civil Investigative Demand; the resolution of any litigation related to the civil investigation; the ability of the Company to attract and retain qualified senior management and to prepare and implement appropriate succession planning for its Chief Executive Officer; general business, economic and political conditions; competitive developments in the medical devices market; changes in applicable legislative or regulatory requirements; the Company’s ability to effectively and successfully implement its business strategies, and manage the risks in its business; and the reactions of the marketplace to the foregoing.

ARTHROCARE CORPORATION
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets - Unaudited
(in thousands, except par value data)
June 30,December 31,
20122011
ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 181,246 $ 219,605
Accounts receivable, net of allowances of $2,149 and $2,251 at June 30, 2012
and December 31, 2011, respectively 45,718 51,350

Inventories, net

42,849 35,761
Deferred tax assets 31,332 40,622
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 6,283 5,532
Total current assets 307,428 352,870
Property and equipment, net 32,873 35,769
Intangible assets, net 4,007 5,457
Goodwill 119,398 119,159
Deferred tax assets 18,156 18,159
Other assets 1,634 1,587
Total assets $ 483,496 $ 533,001
LIABILITIES, REDEEMABLE CONVERTIBLE PREFERRED STOCK AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 14,077 $ 15,258
Accrued liabilities 34,691 112,586
Deferred Revenue 489 742
Deferred tax liabilities 74 -
Income tax payable - 1,542
Total current liabilities 49,331 130,128
Deferred tax liabilities 286 29
Other non-current liabilities 19,110 18,922
Total liabilities 68,727 149,079
Commitments and contingencies (Notes 8 and 9)
Series A 3% Redeemable Convertible Preferred Stock, par value $0.001; Authorized: 100 shares;
Issued and outstanding: 75 shares at June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011; Redemption
value: $87,089 78,951 77,184
Stockholders' equity:
Preferred stock, par value $0.001; Authorized: 4,900 shares; Issued and outstanding: none - -
Common stock, par value $0.001; Authorized: 75,000 shares; Issued: 31,678 and 31,523 shares
Outstanding: 27,720 and 27,562 shares at June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively 28 28
Treasury stock: 3,955 and 3,968 shares at June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively (106,781 ) (107,126 )
Additional paid-in capital 406,246 400,580
Accumulated other comprehensive income 4,229 4,615
Retained earnings 32,096 8,641
Total stockholders' equity 335,818 306,738
Total liabilities, redeemable convertible preferred stock and stockholders' equity $ 483,496 $ 533,001
ARTHROCARE CORPORATION
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations - Unaudited
(in thousands, except per share data)

Three Months Ended

Six Months Ended

June 30,June 30,
2012201120122011
Revenues:
Product sales $ 87,471 $ 86,925 $ 175,846 $ 170,432
Royalties, fees and other 4,235 4,349 8,732 8,774
Total revenues 91,706 91,274 184,578 179,206
Cost of product sales 27,355 25,897 54,006 50,641
Gross profit 64,351 65,377 130,572 128,565
Operating expenses:
Research and development 7,899 6,613 15,493 13,423
Sales and marketing 28,842 27,274 59,042 55,372
General and administrative 8,154 8,713 16,642 16,893
Amortization of intangible assets 1,316 1,323 2,637 2,634
Exit costs (938 ) 2,490 (778 ) 2,490
Investigation and restatement-related costs 1,131 3,970 2,224 6,182
Total operating expenses 46,404 50,383 95,260 96,994
Income from operations 17,947 14,994 35,312 31,571

Non-operating gains (losses)

(1,147 ) (123 ) (761 ) 367
Income from continuing operations before income taxes 16,800 14,871 34,551 31,938
Income tax provision 4,536 4,171 9,329 8,779
Net income from continuing operations 12,264 10,700 25,222 23,159
Income from discontinued operations, net of taxes - 1,600 - 1,911
Net income 12,264 12,300 25,222 25,070
Accrued dividend and accretion charges on Series A
3% Redeemable Convertible Preferred Stock (887 ) (849 ) (1,766 ) (1,689 )
Net income available to common stockholders 11,377 11,451 23,456 23,381
Other comprehensive income
Foreign currency translation adjustments (778 ) 135 (386 ) 1,034
Total comprehensive income 11,486 12,435 24,836 26,104

Weighted average shares outstanding:

Basic 27,639 27,338 27,648 27,267
Diluted 27,934 27,789 28,003 27,702

Earnings per share from continuing operations:

Basic $ 0.34 $ 0.30 $ 0.70 $ 0.65
Diluted $ 0.34 $ 0.29 $ 0.69 $ 0.64
Earnings per share applicable to common stockholders:
Basic $ 0.34 $ 0.35 $ 0.70 $ 0.71
Diluted $ 0.34 $ 0.34 $ 0.69 $ 0.70
ARTHROCARE CORPORATION
Supplemental Schedule of Product Sales - Unaudited
(in thousands)
Three Months EndedThree Months Ended
June 30, 2012June 30, 2011
AmericasInternationalTotal Product Sales% Net Product SalesAmericasInternationalTotal Product Sales% Net Product Sales
Sports medicine $ 38,051 $ 19,661 $ 57,712 66.0 % $ 36,348 $ 20,808 $ 57,156 65.7 %
ENT 21,532 5,390 26,922 30.8 % 22,650 4,785 27,435 31.6 %
Other 411 2,426 2,837 3.2 % 859 1,475 2,334 2.7 %
Total product sales $ 59,994 $ 27,477 $ 87,471 100.0 % $ 59,857 $ 27,068 $ 86,925 100.0 %
Six Months EndedSix Months Ended
June 30, 2012June 30, 2011
AmericasInternationalTotal Product Sales% Net Product SalesAmericasInternationalTotal Product Sales% Net Product Sales
Sports medicine $ 77,081 $ 39,943 $ 117,024 66.5 % $ 73,729 $ 40,136 $ 113,865 66.8 %
ENT 43,308 10,783 54,091 30.8 % 42,687 9,052 51,739 30.4 %
Other 1,000 3,731 4,731 2.7 % 1,545 3,283 4,828 2.8 %
Total product sales $ 121,389 $ 54,457 $ 175,846 100.0 % $ 117,961 $ 52,471 $ 170,432 100.0 %

Contacts:

ArthroCare Corp.
Misty Romines, 512-391-3902
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