Waters Corporation (NYSE: WAT) Reports Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2019 Financial Results

Fourth Quarter 2019 Highlights


  • Sales of $716 million were flat as reported and grew 1% in constant currency
  • Strong recurring revenue, partially offset by a decline in instrument sales
  • Growth in Europe and India, somewhat offset by softness in other geographies
  • GAAP EPS of $3.12; non-GAAP EPS of $3.20 increased 11% from prior year

MILFORD, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Waters Corporation (NYSE: WAT) today announced fourth quarter 2019 sales of $716 million, which were flat as reported, compared to sales of $715 million for the fourth quarter of 2018. Foreign currency translation negatively impacted sales growth by approximately 1% for the quarter.

On a GAAP basis, diluted earnings per share (EPS) for the fourth quarter of 2019 increased to $3.12, compared to $2.46 for the fourth quarter of 2018. On a non-GAAP basis, EPS increased to $3.20, compared to $2.87 for the fourth quarter of 2018. A description and reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP results appear in the tables below and can be found on the Company’s website at http://www.waters.com under the caption “Investors.”

On a GAAP basis, net cash provided by operating activities was $192 million for the fourth quarter of 2019, compared to $182 million for the fourth quarter of 2018. On a non-GAAP basis, adjusted free cash flow for the fourth quarter of 2019 was $158 million versus $160 million for the fourth quarter of 2018.

For fiscal year 2019, the Company’s sales were $2,407 million, a decline of 1% as reported, compared to sales of $2,420 million for fiscal year 2018. Foreign currency translation negatively impacted sales growth by approximately 2% during fiscal year 2019.

On a GAAP basis, EPS for fiscal year 2019 increased to $8.69, compared to $7.65 for fiscal year 2018. On a non-GAAP basis, EPS increased to $8.99, compared to $8.29 for fiscal year 2018.

On a GAAP basis, net cash provided by operating activities was $643 million for fiscal year 2019, compared to $604 million for fiscal year 2018. On a non-GAAP basis, adjusted free cash flow for fiscal year 2019 was $576 million versus $600 million for fiscal year 2018.

“Fourth quarter revenues were in-line with our expectations, as we faced similar macro headwinds to what we experienced during the first three quarters of the year,” commented Chris O’Connell, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Waters Corporation. “We were encouraged by the increasing impact in the fourth quarter of our new products launched during 2019. Increasing R&D productivity has placed us at the front end of an exciting new product cycle and positioned Waters for a more sustainable new product cadence.”

Unless otherwise noted, sales growth and decline percentages are presented on an as-reported basis and are the same as the sales growth and decline percentages presented on a constant-currency basis as compared with the same period in the prior year, each of which is detailed in the reconciliation of sales growth rates to constant-currency growth rates in the tables below.

During the fourth quarter of 2019, sales into the pharmaceutical market declined 1% as reported and were flat in constant currency, sales into the industrial market declined 1% as reported and in constant currency, and sales into the academic and governmental markets grew 8% as reported and 10% in constant currency. For fiscal year 2019, sales into the pharmaceutical market were flat as reported and grew 2% in constant currency, sales into the industrial market declined 2% as reported and in constant currency, and sales into the academic and governmental markets grew 2% as reported and 3% in constant currency.

During the fourth quarter, recurring revenues, which represent the combination of service and precision chemistries revenues, grew 5% as reported and 6% in constant currency, while instrument system sales declined 4% as reported and 3% in constant currency. For fiscal year 2019, recurring revenues grew 3% as reported and 5% in constant currency, while instrument system sales declined 4% as reported and 3% in constant currency.

Geographically, sales in Asia during the quarter were flat as reported and in constant currency, sales in the Americas declined 1% (with flat U.S. sales), and sales in Europe grew 3% as reported and 5% in constant currency. For fiscal year 2019, sales in Asia grew 2% as reported and 3% in constant currency, sales in the Americas declined 1% as reported and were flat in constant currency (with U.S. sales growing 1%), and sales in Europe declined 4% as reported and were flat in constant currency.

First Quarter and Fiscal Year 2020 Financial Outlook

The Company expects full-year 2020 constant-currency sales growth in the range of 1% to 3%. Currency translation is expected to decrease full-year sales growth by less than one percentage point. The Company also expects full-year 2020 non-GAAP EPS in the range of $9.15 to $9.40. Please refer to the tables below for a reconciliation of the projected GAAP to non-GAAP financial outlook for the full-year.

The Company expects first quarter 2020 constant-currency sales growth in the range of 0% to 2%. Currency translation is expected to decrease first quarter sales growth by less than one percentage point. The Company also expects first quarter 2020 non-GAAP EPS in the range of $1.55 to $1.65. Please refer to the tables below for a reconciliation of the projected GAAP to non-GAAP financial outlook for the first quarter.

The potential impact from the coronavirus on our business cannot be reasonably estimated at this time, and as a result, is not reflected in the Company’s first quarter and fiscal year 2020 guidance.

Conference Call

Waters Corporation will webcast its fourth quarter 2019 financial results conference call today, February 4, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time. To listen to the call, please visit www.waters.com, choose “Investors,” and click on the “Live Webcast.” A replay will be available through February 11, 2020 at midnight Eastern Time on the same website by webcast and also by phone at 800-568-4850.

About Waters Corporation

Waters Corporation (NYSE: WAT), the world's leading specialty measurement company, has pioneered chromatography, mass spectrometry and thermal analysis innovations serving the life, materials and food sciences for more than 60 years. With approximately 7,500 employees worldwide, Waters operates directly in 35 countries, including 13 manufacturing facilities, and with products available in more than 100 countries. For more information, visit www.waters.com.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release contains financial measures, such as constant-currency growth rate, adjusted operating income, adjusted net income, adjusted earnings per diluted share and free cash flow, among others, which are considered “non-GAAP” financial measures under applicable U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rules and regulations. These non-GAAP financial measures should be considered supplemental to, and not a substitute for, financial information prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). The Company’s definitions of these non-GAAP measures may differ from similarly titled measures used by others. The non-GAAP financial measures used in this press release adjust for specified items that can be highly variable or difficult to predict. The Company generally uses these non-GAAP financial measures to facilitate management’s financial and operational decision-making, including evaluation of Waters Corporation’s historical operating results, comparison to competitors’ operating results and determination of management incentive compensation. These non-GAAP financial measures reflect an additional way of viewing aspects of the Company’s operations that, when viewed with GAAP results and the reconciliations to corresponding GAAP financial measures, may provide a more complete understanding of factors and trends affecting Waters Corporation’s business. Because non-GAAP financial measures exclude the effect of items that will increase or decrease the Company’s reported results of operations, management strongly encourages investors to review the Company’s consolidated financial statements and publicly filed reports in their entirety. Reconciliations of the non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures are included in the tables accompanying this release.

Cautionary Statement

This release contains “forward-looking” statements regarding future results and events. For this purpose, any statements that are not statements of historical fact may be deemed forward-looking statements. Without limiting the foregoing, the words “feels”, “believes”, “anticipates”, “plans”, “expects”, “intends”, “suggests”, “appears”, “estimates”, “projects”, and similar expressions, whether in the negative or affirmative, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. The Company’s actual future results may differ significantly from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements within this release for a variety of reasons, including and without limitation, foreign exchange rate fluctuations potentially affecting translation of the Company’s future non-U.S. operating results; the impact on demand for the Company’s products among the Company’s various market sectors or geographies from economic, sovereign and political uncertainties, particularly regarding the effect of new or proposed tariff or trade regulations or changes in the interpretation or enforcement of existing regulations; the effect on the Company’s financial results from the United Kingdom voting to exit the European Union; fluctuations in expenditures by the Company’s customers, in particular large pharmaceutical companies; introduction of competing products by other companies and loss of market share; pressures on prices from competitors and/or customers; regulatory, economic and competitive obstacles to new product introductions; other changes in demand for the Company’s products from the effect of mergers and acquisitions by the Company’s customers; increased regulatory burdens as the Company’s business evolves, especially with respect to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, among others; the impact of the newly enacted tax reform legislation in the U.S.; shifts in taxable income in jurisdictions with different effective tax rates; the outcome of tax examinations or changes in respective country legislation affecting the Company’s effective tax rate; the effect of the adoption of new accounting standards; the ability to access capital, maintain liquidity and service the Company’s debt in volatile market conditions, particularly in the U.S., as a large portion of the Company’s cash is held and operating cash flows are generated outside the U.S.; environmental and logistical obstacles affecting the distribution of products, including the impact, if any, of the coronavirus in China or elsewhere, and risks associated with lawsuits and other legal actions, particularly involving claims for infringement of patents and other intellectual property rights. Such factors and others are discussed more fully in the sections entitled “Forward-Looking Statements” and “Risk Factors” of the Company’s annual report on Form 10-K/A for the year ended December 31, 2018 as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which “Forward-Looking Statements” and “Risk Factors” discussions are incorporated by reference in this release. The forward-looking statements included in this release represent the Company’s estimates or views as of the date of this release and should not be relied upon as representing the Company’s estimates or views as of any date subsequent to the date of this release. Except as required by law, the Company does not assume any obligation to update any forward-looking statements.

Waters Corporation and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(In thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
 
 
Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
December 31,
2019
December 31,
2018
December 31,
2019
December 31,
2018
 
Net sales

$

716,294

 

$

715,019

 

$

2,406,596

 

$

2,419,929

 

 
Costs and operating expenses:
Cost of sales

 

299,068

 

 

286,869

 

 

1,010,700

 

 

992,564

 

Selling and administrative expenses

 

141,208

 

 

142,853

 

 

534,791

 

 

536,902

 

Research and development expenses

 

37,072

 

 

38,106

 

 

142,955

 

 

143,403

 

Purchased intangibles amortization

 

2,529

 

 

2,337

 

 

9,693

 

 

7,712

 

Litigation provision (settlement)

 

-

 

 

322

 

 

-

 

 

(426

)

 
Operating income

 

236,417

 

 

244,532

 

 

708,457

 

 

739,774

 

 
Other expense(a)

 

(2,223

)

 

(45,501

)

 

(3,586

)

 

(47,794

)

Interest expense, net

 

(9,806

)

 

(1,225

)

 

(26,632

)

 

(9,834

)

 
Income from operations before income taxes

 

224,388

 

 

197,806

 

 

678,239

 

 

682,146

 

 
Provision for income taxes(b)

 

23,719

 

 

12,654

 

 

86,041

 

 

88,352

 

 
Net income

$

200,669

 

$

185,152

 

$

592,198

 

$

593,794

 

 
 
Net income per basic common share

$

3.15

 

$

2.48

 

$

8.76

 

$

7.71

 

 
Weighted-average number of basic common shares

 

63,795

 

 

74,802

 

 

67,627

 

 

76,992

 

 
 
Net income per diluted common share

$

3.12

 

$

2.46

 

$

8.69

 

$

7.65

 

 
Weighted-average number of diluted common shares and equivalents

 

64,348

 

 

75,345

 

 

68,166

 

 

77,618

 

 
(a) In May 2018, the Company’s board of directors approved the termination of its frozen U.S. defined benefit pension plans. In December 2018, the Company settled a pension plan obligation by making lump-sum cash payments and purchasing annuity contracts for participants to permanently extinguish the pension plan’s obligations. As a result, the Company recorded a $46 million charge, which consisted of a $6 million cash contribution to the plan and a $40 million non-cash charge related to the reversal of unrecognized actuarial losses recorded in accumulated other comprehensive income in the stockholders’ equity.
 
(b) The provision for income taxes for the twelve months ended December 31, 2019 included a $3 million benefit related to the finalization of tax regulations under tax reform during the first quarter of 2019. The provision for income taxes for the three and twelve months December 31, 2018 included a $5 million benefit and a $1 million expense, respectively, related to the tax on the change in foreign currency exchange rates on the earnings taxed in December 31, 2017 under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The difference is due to the change from the foreign currency exchange rates required by the U.S. Department of the Treasury on December 31, 2017 to the foreign currency exchange rates on either the date of distribution of assets into the U.S. or the foreign currency exchange rates as of December 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively.

Waters Corporation and Subsidiaries

Reconciliation of GAAP to Adjusted Non-GAAP

Net Sales by Operating Segment, Products & Services, Geography and Markets

Three Months Ended December 31, 2019 and 2018

(In thousands)

 

 

Current

 

 

Period

Constant

Three Months Ended

Percent

Currency

Currency

December 31, 2019 December 31, 2018

Change

Impact

Growth Rate (a)

 

 

NET SALES - OPERATING SEGMENT

 

 

 

 

Waters

$

634,306

$

625,099

1%

$

(5,136)

2%

TA

81,988

89,920

(9%)

(488)

(8%)

 

 

Total

$

716,294

$

715,019

-

$

(5,624)

1%

 

 

 

 

NET SALES - PRODUCTS & SERVICES

 

 

 

 

Instruments

$

376,631

$

392,016

(4%)

$

(3,766)

(3%)

 

 

Service

227,446

216,534

5%

(1,386)

6%

Chemistry

112,217

106,469

5%

(472)

6%

Total Recurring

339,663

323,003

5%

(1,858)

6%

 

 

Total

$

716,294

$

715,019

-

$

(5,624)

1%

 

 

 

 

NET SALES - GEOGRAPHY

 

 

 

 

Asia

$

261,990

$

262,910

-

$

(804)

-

Americas

245,140

248,538

(1%)

85

(1%)

Europe

209,164

203,571

3%

(4,905)

5%

 

 

Total

$

716,294

$

715,019

-

$

(5,624)

1%

 

 

 

 

NET SALES - MARKETS

 

 

 

 

Pharmaceutical

$

392,391

$

396,883

(1%)

$

(4,214)

-

Industrial

216,698

219,165

(1%)

(129)

(1%)

Academic & Governmental

107,205

98,971

8%

(1,281)

10%

 

 

Total

$

716,294

$

715,019

-

$

(5,624)

1%

 

 

 

 

 

 

(a)

The Company believes that referring to comparable constant-currency growth rates is a useful way to evaluate the underlying performance of Waters Corporation's net sales. Constant-currency growth rate, a non-GAAP financial measure, measures the change in net sales between current and prior year periods, ignoring the impact of foreign currency exchange rates during the current period. See description of non-GAAP financial measures contained in this release.

 

 

Waters Corporation and Subsidiaries

Reconciliation of GAAP to Adjusted Non-GAAP

Net Sales by Operating Segment, Products & Services, Geography and Markets

Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018

(In thousands)

 

 

Current

 

 

Period

Constant

Twelve Months Ended

Percent

Currency

Currency

December 31, 2019 December 31, 2018

Change

Impact

Growth Rate (a)

 

 

NET SALES - OPERATING SEGMENT

 

 

 

 

Waters

$

2,137,483

$

2,139,345

-

$

(34,801)

2%

TA

269,113

280,584

(4%)

(2,532)

(3%)

 

 

Total

$

2,406,596

$

2,419,929

(1%)

$

(37,333)

1%

 

 

 

 

NET SALES - PRODUCTS & SERVICES

 

 

 

 

Instruments

$

1,155,171

$

1,204,706

(4%)

$

(15,459)

(3%)

 

 

Service

839,407

814,936

3%

(14,527)

5%

Chemistry

412,018

400,287

3%

(7,347)

5%

Total Recurring

1,251,425

1,215,223

3%

(21,874)

5%

 

 

Total

$

2,406,596

$

2,419,929

(1%)

$

(37,333)

1%

 

 

 

 

NET SALES - GEOGRAPHY

 

 

 

 

Asia

$

939,112

$

922,291

2%

$

(10,107)

3%

Americas

830,241

835,177

(1%)

(930)

-

Europe

637,243

662,461

(4%)

(26,296)

-

 

 

Total

$

2,406,596

$

2,419,929

(1%)

$

(37,333)

1%

 

 

 

 

NET SALES - MARKETS

 

 

 

 

Pharmaceutical

$

1,365,275

$

1,365,731

-

$

(27,681)

2%

Industrial

719,377

737,144

(2%)

(5,448)

(2%)

Academic & Governmental

321,944

317,054

2%

(4,204)

3%

 

 

Total

$

2,406,596

$

2,419,929

(1%)

$

(37,333)

1%

 

 

 

 

 

 

(a)

The Company believes that referring to comparable constant-currency growth rates is a useful way to evaluate the underlying performance of Waters Corporation's net sales. Constant-currency growth rate, a non-GAAP financial measure, measures the change in net sales between current and prior year periods, ignoring the impact of foreign currency exchange rates during the current period. See description of non-GAAP financial measures contained in this release.

Waters Corporation and Subsidiaries
Reconciliation of GAAP to Adjusted Non-GAAP Financials
Three & Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018
(In thousands, except per share data)
 
Income from
Operations
Selling & Operating Other before Provision for Diluted
Administrative Operating Income (Expense) Income Income Net Earnings
Expenses(a) Income Percentage Income Taxes Taxes Income per Share
Three Months Ended December 31, 2019
GAAP

$

 

143,737

 

$

 

236,417

 

33.0

%

$

 

(2,223

)

$

 

224,388

 

$

 

23,719

 

$

 

200,669

 

$

 

3.12

 

Adjustments:
Purchased intangibles amortization (b)

(2,529

)

2,529

 

0.4

%

-

 

2,529

 

512

 

2,017

 

0.03

 

Restructuring costs and certain other items (c)

(1,810

)

1,810

 

0.3

%

-

 

1,810

 

483

 

1,327

 

0.02

 

Pension expenses (d)

-

 

-

 

1,602

 

1,602

 

385

 

1,217

 

0.02

 

Certain income tax items (e)

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

(714

)

714

 

0.01

 

Adjusted Non-GAAP

$

 

139,398

 

$

 

240,756

 

33.6

%

$

 

(621

)

$

 

230,329

 

$

 

24,385

 

$

 

205,944

 

$

 

3.20

 

 
Three Months Ended December 31, 2018
GAAP

$

 

145,512

 

$

 

244,532

 

34.2

%

$

 

(45,501

)

$

 

197,806

 

$

 

12,654

 

$

 

185,152

 

$

 

2.46

 

Adjustments:
Purchased intangibles amortization (b)

(2,337

)

2,337

 

0.3

%

-

 

2,337

 

674

 

1,663

 

0.02

 

Restructuring costs and certain other items (c)

194

 

(194

)

-

 

-

 

(194

)

1

 

(195

)

-

 

Pension termination (f)

-

 

-

 

-

 

45,891

 

45,891

 

15,879

 

30,012

 

0.40

 

Litigation provision (g)

(322

)

322

 

-

 

-

 

322

 

77

 

245

 

-

 

Tax reform (h)

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

1,073

 

(1,073

)

(0.01

)

Certain income tax items (e)

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

(726

)

726

 

0.01

 

Adjusted Non-GAAP

$

 

143,047

 

$

 

246,997

 

34.5

%

$

 

390

 

$

 

246,162

 

$

 

29,632

 

$

 

216,530

 

$

 

2.87

 

 
Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2019
GAAP

$

 

544,484

 

$

 

708,457

 

29.4

%

$

 

(3,586

)

$

 

678,239

 

$

 

86,041

 

$

 

592,198

 

$

 

8.69

 

Adjustments:
Purchased intangibles amortization (b)

(9,693

)

9,693

 

0.4

%

-

 

9,693

 

2,032

 

7,661

 

0.11

 

Restructuring costs and certain other items (c)

(16,192

)

16,192

 

0.7

%

-

 

16,192

 

4,106

 

12,086

 

0.18

 

Pension expenses (d)

-

 

-

 

-

 

1,602

 

1,602

 

385

 

1,217

 

0.02

 

Tax reform (h)

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

3,229

 

(3,229

)

(0.05

)

Certain income tax items (e)

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

(2,622

)

2,622

 

0.04

 

Adjusted Non-GAAP

$

 

518,599

 

$

 

734,342

 

30.5

%

$

 

(1,984

)

$

 

705,726

 

$

 

93,171

 

$

 

612,555

 

$

 

8.99

 

 
Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2018
GAAP

$

 

544,188

 

$

 

739,774

 

30.6

%

$

 

(47,794

)

$

 

682,146

 

$

 

88,352

 

$

 

593,794

 

$

 

7.65

 

Adjustments:
Purchased intangibles amortization (b)

(7,712

)

7,712

 

0.3

%

-

 

7,712

 

1,609

 

6,103

 

0.08

 

Restructuring costs and certain other items (c)

(2,244

)

2,244

 

0.1

%

-

 

2,244

 

550

 

1,694

 

0.02

 

Pension termination (f)

-

 

-

 

-

 

49,138

 

49,138

 

16,659

 

32,479

 

0.42

 

Litigation settlement (g)

426

 

(426

)

-

 

-

 

(426

)

(102

)

(324

)

-

 

Stock award modification (i)

(1,014

)

1,014

 

-

 

-

 

1,014

 

243

 

771

 

0.01

 

Tax reform (h)

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

(5,157

)

5,157

 

0.07

 

Certain income tax items (e)

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

(4,111

)

4,111

 

0.05

 

Adjusted Non-GAAP

$

 

533,644

 

$

 

750,318

 

31.0

%

$

 

1,344

 

$

 

741,828

 

$

 

98,043

 

$

 

643,785

 

$

 

8.29

 

 
 
(a) Selling & administrative expenses include purchased intangibles amortization and litigation provisions and settlements.
(b) The purchased intangibles amortization, a non-cash expense, was excluded to be consistent with how management evaluates the performance of its core business against historical operating results and the operating results of competitors over periods of time.
(c) Restructuring costs, mergers and acquisition costs and certain other items were excluded as the Company believes that the cost to consolidate operations, reduce overhead, acquire companies and certain other income or expense items are not normal and do not represent future ongoing business expenses of a specific function or geographic location of the Company.
(d) The pension settlement and curtailment expenses associated with certain define benefit pension plans was excluded as the Company believes these expenses are not indicative of normal operating costs.
(e) Certain income tax items were excluded as these non-cash expenses and benefits represent updates in management's assessment of ongoing examinations or other tax items that are not indicative of the Company’s normal or future income tax expense.
(f) The pension expense associated with terminating a frozen defined benefit pension plan was excluded as the Company believes these expenses are not indicative of normal operating costs.
(g) Litigation provisions and settlement gains were excluded as these items are isolated, unpredictable and not expected to recur regularly.
(h) The provision for income taxes for the twelve months ended December 31, 2019 included a $3 million benefit related to the finalization of tax regulations under tax reform during the first quarter of 2019. The provision for income taxes for the three and twelve months December 31, 2018 included a $5 million benefit and a $1 million expense, respectively, related to the tax on the change in foreign currency exchange rates on the earnings taxed in December 31, 2017 under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The difference is due to the change from the foreign currency exchange rates required by the U.S. Department of the Treasury on December 31, 2017 to the foreign currency exchange rates on either the date of distribution of assets into the U.S. or the foreign currency exchange rates as of December 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively.
(i) The non-cash expense associated with accelerating the vesting of certain stock awards was excluded as the Company believes these expenses are not indicative of normal operating costs.

Contacts

Bryan Brokmeier, CFA, Senior Director, Investor Relations, 508-482-3448


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Waters Corporation (NYSE: WAT) Reports Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2019 Financial Results

Fourth Quarter 2019 Highlights


  • Sales of $716 million were flat as reported and grew 1% in constant currency
  • Strong recurring revenue, partially offset by a decline in instrument sales
  • Growth in Europe and India, somewhat offset by softness in other geographies
  • GAAP EPS of $3.12; non-GAAP EPS of $3.20 increased 11% from prior year

MILFORD, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Waters Corporation (NYSE: WAT) today announced fourth quarter 2019 sales of $716 million, which were flat as reported, compared to sales of $715 million for the fourth quarter of 2018. Foreign currency translation negatively impacted sales growth by approximately 1% for the quarter.

On a GAAP basis, diluted earnings per share (EPS) for the fourth quarter of 2019 increased to $3.12, compared to $2.46 for the fourth quarter of 2018. On a non-GAAP basis, EPS increased to $3.20, compared to $2.87 for the fourth quarter of 2018. A description and reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP results appear in the tables below and can be found on the Company’s website at http://www.waters.com under the caption “Investors.”

On a GAAP basis, net cash provided by operating activities was $192 million for the fourth quarter of 2019, compared to $182 million for the fourth quarter of 2018. On a non-GAAP basis, adjusted free cash flow for the fourth quarter of 2019 was $158 million versus $160 million for the fourth quarter of 2018.

For fiscal year 2019, the Company’s sales were $2,407 million, a decline of 1% as reported, compared to sales of $2,420 million for fiscal year 2018. Foreign currency translation negatively impacted sales growth by approximately 2% during fiscal year 2019.

On a GAAP basis, EPS for fiscal year 2019 increased to $8.69, compared to $7.65 for fiscal year 2018. On a non-GAAP basis, EPS increased to $8.99, compared to $8.29 for fiscal year 2018.

On a GAAP basis, net cash provided by operating activities was $643 million for fiscal year 2019, compared to $604 million for fiscal year 2018. On a non-GAAP basis, adjusted free cash flow for fiscal year 2019 was $576 million versus $600 million for fiscal year 2018.

“Fourth quarter revenues were in-line with our expectations, as we faced similar macro headwinds to what we experienced during the first three quarters of the year,” commented Chris O’Connell, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Waters Corporation. “We were encouraged by the increasing impact in the fourth quarter of our new products launched during 2019. Increasing R&D productivity has placed us at the front end of an exciting new product cycle and positioned Waters for a more sustainable new product cadence.”

Unless otherwise noted, sales growth and decline percentages are presented on an as-reported basis and are the same as the sales growth and decline percentages presented on a constant-currency basis as compared with the same period in the prior year, each of which is detailed in the reconciliation of sales growth rates to constant-currency growth rates in the tables below.

During the fourth quarter of 2019, sales into the pharmaceutical market declined 1% as reported and were flat in constant currency, sales into the industrial market declined 1% as reported and in constant currency, and sales into the academic and governmental markets grew 8% as reported and 10% in constant currency. For fiscal year 2019, sales into the pharmaceutical market were flat as reported and grew 2% in constant currency, sales into the industrial market declined 2% as reported and in constant currency, and sales into the academic and governmental markets grew 2% as reported and 3% in constant currency.

During the fourth quarter, recurring revenues, which represent the combination of service and precision chemistries revenues, grew 5% as reported and 6% in constant currency, while instrument system sales declined 4% as reported and 3% in constant currency. For fiscal year 2019, recurring revenues grew 3% as reported and 5% in constant currency, while instrument system sales declined 4% as reported and 3% in constant currency.

Geographically, sales in Asia during the quarter were flat as reported and in constant currency, sales in the Americas declined 1% (with flat U.S. sales), and sales in Europe grew 3% as reported and 5% in constant currency. For fiscal year 2019, sales in Asia grew 2% as reported and 3% in constant currency, sales in the Americas declined 1% as reported and were flat in constant currency (with U.S. sales growing 1%), and sales in Europe declined 4% as reported and were flat in constant currency.

First Quarter and Fiscal Year 2020 Financial Outlook

The Company expects full-year 2020 constant-currency sales growth in the range of 1% to 3%. Currency translation is expected to decrease full-year sales growth by less than one percentage point. The Company also expects full-year 2020 non-GAAP EPS in the range of $9.15 to $9.40. Please refer to the tables below for a reconciliation of the projected GAAP to non-GAAP financial outlook for the full-year.

The Company expects first quarter 2020 constant-currency sales growth in the range of 0% to 2%. Currency translation is expected to decrease first quarter sales growth by less than one percentage point. The Company also expects first quarter 2020 non-GAAP EPS in the range of $1.55 to $1.65. Please refer to the tables below for a reconciliation of the projected GAAP to non-GAAP financial outlook for the first quarter.

The potential impact from the coronavirus on our business cannot be reasonably estimated at this time, and as a result, is not reflected in the Company’s first quarter and fiscal year 2020 guidance.

Conference Call

Waters Corporation will webcast its fourth quarter 2019 financial results conference call today, February 4, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time. To listen to the call, please visit www.waters.com, choose “Investors,” and click on the “Live Webcast.” A replay will be available through February 11, 2020 at midnight Eastern Time on the same website by webcast and also by phone at 800-568-4850.

About Waters Corporation

Waters Corporation (NYSE: WAT), the world's leading specialty measurement company, has pioneered chromatography, mass spectrometry and thermal analysis innovations serving the life, materials and food sciences for more than 60 years. With approximately 7,500 employees worldwide, Waters operates directly in 35 countries, including 13 manufacturing facilities, and with products available in more than 100 countries. For more information, visit www.waters.com.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release contains financial measures, such as constant-currency growth rate, adjusted operating income, adjusted net income, adjusted earnings per diluted share and free cash flow, among others, which are considered “non-GAAP” financial measures under applicable U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rules and regulations. These non-GAAP financial measures should be considered supplemental to, and not a substitute for, financial information prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). The Company’s definitions of these non-GAAP measures may differ from similarly titled measures used by others. The non-GAAP financial measures used in this press release adjust for specified items that can be highly variable or difficult to predict. The Company generally uses these non-GAAP financial measures to facilitate management’s financial and operational decision-making, including evaluation of Waters Corporation’s historical operating results, comparison to competitors’ operating results and determination of management incentive compensation. These non-GAAP financial measures reflect an additional way of viewing aspects of the Company’s operations that, when viewed with GAAP results and the reconciliations to corresponding GAAP financial measures, may provide a more complete understanding of factors and trends affecting Waters Corporation’s business. Because non-GAAP financial measures exclude the effect of items that will increase or decrease the Company’s reported results of operations, management strongly encourages investors to review the Company’s consolidated financial statements and publicly filed reports in their entirety. Reconciliations of the non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures are included in the tables accompanying this release.

Cautionary Statement

This release contains “forward-looking” statements regarding future results and events. For this purpose, any statements that are not statements of historical fact may be deemed forward-looking statements. Without limiting the foregoing, the words “feels”, “believes”, “anticipates”, “plans”, “expects”, “intends”, “suggests”, “appears”, “estimates”, “projects”, and similar expressions, whether in the negative or affirmative, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. The Company’s actual future results may differ significantly from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements within this release for a variety of reasons, including and without limitation, foreign exchange rate fluctuations potentially affecting translation of the Company’s future non-U.S. operating results; the impact on demand for the Company’s products among the Company’s various market sectors or geographies from economic, sovereign and political uncertainties, particularly regarding the effect of new or proposed tariff or trade regulations or changes in the interpretation or enforcement of existing regulations; the effect on the Company’s financial results from the United Kingdom voting to exit the European Union; fluctuations in expenditures by the Company’s customers, in particular large pharmaceutical companies; introduction of competing products by other companies and loss of market share; pressures on prices from competitors and/or customers; regulatory, economic and competitive obstacles to new product introductions; other changes in demand for the Company’s products from the effect of mergers and acquisitions by the Company’s customers; increased regulatory burdens as the Company’s business evolves, especially with respect to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, among others; the impact of the newly enacted tax reform legislation in the U.S.; shifts in taxable income in jurisdictions with different effective tax rates; the outcome of tax examinations or changes in respective country legislation affecting the Company’s effective tax rate; the effect of the adoption of new accounting standards; the ability to access capital, maintain liquidity and service the Company’s debt in volatile market conditions, particularly in the U.S., as a large portion of the Company’s cash is held and operating cash flows are generated outside the U.S.; environmental and logistical obstacles affecting the distribution of products, including the impact, if any, of the coronavirus in China or elsewhere, and risks associated with lawsuits and other legal actions, particularly involving claims for infringement of patents and other intellectual property rights. Such factors and others are discussed more fully in the sections entitled “Forward-Looking Statements” and “Risk Factors” of the Company’s annual report on Form 10-K/A for the year ended December 31, 2018 as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which “Forward-Looking Statements” and “Risk Factors” discussions are incorporated by reference in this release. The forward-looking statements included in this release represent the Company’s estimates or views as of the date of this release and should not be relied upon as representing the Company’s estimates or views as of any date subsequent to the date of this release. Except as required by law, the Company does not assume any obligation to update any forward-looking statements.

Waters Corporation and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(In thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
 
 
Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
December 31,
2019
December 31,
2018
December 31,
2019
December 31,
2018
 
Net sales

$

716,294

 

$

715,019

 

$

2,406,596

 

$

2,419,929

 

 
Costs and operating expenses:
Cost of sales

 

299,068

 

 

286,869

 

 

1,010,700

 

 

992,564

 

Selling and administrative expenses

 

141,208

 

 

142,853

 

 

534,791

 

 

536,902

 

Research and development expenses

 

37,072

 

 

38,106

 

 

142,955

 

 

143,403

 

Purchased intangibles amortization

 

2,529

 

 

2,337

 

 

9,693

 

 

7,712

 

Litigation provision (settlement)

 

-

 

 

322

 

 

-

 

 

(426

)

 
Operating income

 

236,417

 

 

244,532

 

 

708,457

 

 

739,774

 

 
Other expense(a)

 

(2,223

)

 

(45,501

)

 

(3,586

)

 

(47,794

)

Interest expense, net

 

(9,806

)

 

(1,225

)

 

(26,632

)

 

(9,834

)

 
Income from operations before income taxes

 

224,388

 

 

197,806

 

 

678,239

 

 

682,146

 

 
Provision for income taxes(b)

 

23,719

 

 

12,654

 

 

86,041

 

 

88,352

 

 
Net income

$

200,669

 

$

185,152

 

$

592,198

 

$

593,794

 

 
 
Net income per basic common share

$

3.15

 

$

2.48

 

$

8.76

 

$

7.71

 

 
Weighted-average number of basic common shares

 

63,795

 

 

74,802

 

 

67,627

 

 

76,992

 

 
 
Net income per diluted common share

$

3.12

 

$

2.46

 

$

8.69

 

$

7.65

 

 
Weighted-average number of diluted common shares and equivalents

 

64,348

 

 

75,345

 

 

68,166

 

 

77,618

 

 
(a) In May 2018, the Company’s board of directors approved the termination of its frozen U.S. defined benefit pension plans. In December 2018, the Company settled a pension plan obligation by making lump-sum cash payments and purchasing annuity contracts for participants to permanently extinguish the pension plan’s obligations. As a result, the Company recorded a $46 million charge, which consisted of a $6 million cash contribution to the plan and a $40 million non-cash charge related to the reversal of unrecognized actuarial losses recorded in accumulated other comprehensive income in the stockholders’ equity.
 
(b) The provision for income taxes for the twelve months ended December 31, 2019 included a $3 million benefit related to the finalization of tax regulations under tax reform during the first quarter of 2019. The provision for income taxes for the three and twelve months December 31, 2018 included a $5 million benefit and a $1 million expense, respectively, related to the tax on the change in foreign currency exchange rates on the earnings taxed in December 31, 2017 under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The difference is due to the change from the foreign currency exchange rates required by the U.S. Department of the Treasury on December 31, 2017 to the foreign currency exchange rates on either the date of distribution of assets into the U.S. or the foreign currency exchange rates as of December 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively.

Waters Corporation and Subsidiaries

Reconciliation of GAAP to Adjusted Non-GAAP

Net Sales by Operating Segment, Products & Services, Geography and Markets

Three Months Ended December 31, 2019 and 2018

(In thousands)

 

 

Current

 

 

Period

Constant

Three Months Ended

Percent

Currency

Currency

December 31, 2019 December 31, 2018

Change

Impact

Growth Rate (a)

 

 

NET SALES - OPERATING SEGMENT

 

 

 

 

Waters

$

634,306

$

625,099

1%

$

(5,136)

2%

TA

81,988

89,920

(9%)

(488)

(8%)

 

 

Total

$

716,294

$

715,019

-

$

(5,624)

1%

 

 

 

 

NET SALES - PRODUCTS & SERVICES

 

 

 

 

Instruments

$

376,631

$

392,016

(4%)

$

(3,766)

(3%)

 

 

Service

227,446

216,534

5%

(1,386)

6%

Chemistry

112,217

106,469

5%

(472)

6%

Total Recurring

339,663

323,003

5%

(1,858)

6%

 

 

Total

$

716,294

$

715,019

-

$

(5,624)

1%

 

 

 

 

NET SALES - GEOGRAPHY

 

 

 

 

Asia

$

261,990

$

262,910

-

$

(804)

-

Americas

245,140

248,538

(1%)

85

(1%)

Europe

209,164

203,571

3%

(4,905)

5%

 

 

Total

$

716,294

$

715,019

-

$

(5,624)

1%

 

 

 

 

NET SALES - MARKETS

 

 

 

 

Pharmaceutical

$

392,391

$

396,883

(1%)

$

(4,214)

-

Industrial

216,698

219,165

(1%)

(129)

(1%)

Academic & Governmental

107,205

98,971

8%

(1,281)

10%

 

 

Total

$

716,294

$

715,019

-

$

(5,624)

1%

 

 

 

 

 

 

(a)

The Company believes that referring to comparable constant-currency growth rates is a useful way to evaluate the underlying performance of Waters Corporation's net sales. Constant-currency growth rate, a non-GAAP financial measure, measures the change in net sales between current and prior year periods, ignoring the impact of foreign currency exchange rates during the current period. See description of non-GAAP financial measures contained in this release.

 

 

Waters Corporation and Subsidiaries

Reconciliation of GAAP to Adjusted Non-GAAP

Net Sales by Operating Segment, Products & Services, Geography and Markets

Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018

(In thousands)

 

 

Current

 

 

Period

Constant

Twelve Months Ended

Percent

Currency

Currency

December 31, 2019 December 31, 2018

Change

Impact

Growth Rate (a)

 

 

NET SALES - OPERATING SEGMENT

 

 

 

 

Waters

$

2,137,483

$

2,139,345

-

$

(34,801)

2%

TA

269,113

280,584

(4%)

(2,532)

(3%)

 

 

Total

$

2,406,596

$

2,419,929

(1%)

$

(37,333)

1%

 

 

 

 

NET SALES - PRODUCTS & SERVICES

 

 

 

 

Instruments

$

1,155,171

$

1,204,706

(4%)

$

(15,459)

(3%)

 

 

Service

839,407

814,936

3%

(14,527)

5%

Chemistry

412,018

400,287

3%

(7,347)

5%

Total Recurring

1,251,425

1,215,223

3%

(21,874)

5%

 

 

Total

$

2,406,596

$

2,419,929

(1%)

$

(37,333)

1%

 

 

 

 

NET SALES - GEOGRAPHY

 

 

 

 

Asia

$

939,112

$

922,291

2%

$

(10,107)

3%

Americas

830,241

835,177

(1%)

(930)

-

Europe

637,243

662,461

(4%)

(26,296)

-

 

 

Total

$

2,406,596

$

2,419,929

(1%)

$

(37,333)

1%

 

 

 

 

NET SALES - MARKETS

 

 

 

 

Pharmaceutical

$

1,365,275

$

1,365,731

-

$

(27,681)

2%

Industrial

719,377

737,144

(2%)

(5,448)

(2%)

Academic & Governmental

321,944

317,054

2%

(4,204)

3%

 

 

Total

$

2,406,596

$

2,419,929

(1%)

$

(37,333)

1%

 

 

 

 

 

 

(a)

The Company believes that referring to comparable constant-currency growth rates is a useful way to evaluate the underlying performance of Waters Corporation's net sales. Constant-currency growth rate, a non-GAAP financial measure, measures the change in net sales between current and prior year periods, ignoring the impact of foreign currency exchange rates during the current period. See description of non-GAAP financial measures contained in this release.

Waters Corporation and Subsidiaries
Reconciliation of GAAP to Adjusted Non-GAAP Financials
Three & Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018
(In thousands, except per share data)
 
Income from
Operations
Selling & Operating Other before Provision for Diluted
Administrative Operating Income (Expense) Income Income Net Earnings
Expenses(a) Income Percentage Income Taxes Taxes Income per Share
Three Months Ended December 31, 2019
GAAP

$

 

143,737

 

$

 

236,417

 

33.0

%

$

 

(2,223

)

$

 

224,388

 

$

 

23,719

 

$

 

200,669

 

$

 

3.12

 

Adjustments:
Purchased intangibles amortization (b)

(2,529

)

2,529

 

0.4

%

-

 

2,529

 

512

 

2,017

 

0.03

 

Restructuring costs and certain other items (c)

(1,810

)

1,810

 

0.3

%

-

 

1,810

 

483

 

1,327

 

0.02

 

Pension expenses (d)

-

 

-

 

1,602

 

1,602

 

385

 

1,217

 

0.02

 

Certain income tax items (e)

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

(714

)

714

 

0.01

 

Adjusted Non-GAAP

$

 

139,398

 

$

 

240,756

 

33.6

%

$

 

(621

)

$

 

230,329

 

$

 

24,385

 

$

 

205,944

 

$

 

3.20

 

 
Three Months Ended December 31, 2018
GAAP

$

 

145,512

 

$

 

244,532

 

34.2

%

$

 

(45,501

)

$

 

197,806

 

$

 

12,654

 

$

 

185,152

 

$

 

2.46

 

Adjustments:
Purchased intangibles amortization (b)

(2,337

)

2,337

 

0.3

%

-

 

2,337

 

674

 

1,663

 

0.02

 

Restructuring costs and certain other items (c)

194

 

(194

)

-

 

-

 

(194

)

1

 

(195

)

-

 

Pension termination (f)

-

 

-

 

-

 

45,891

 

45,891

 

15,879

 

30,012

 

0.40

 

Litigation provision (g)

(322

)

322

 

-

 

-

 

322

 

77

 

245

 

-

 

Tax reform (h)

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

1,073

 

(1,073

)

(0.01

)

Certain income tax items (e)

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

(726

)

726

 

0.01

 

Adjusted Non-GAAP

$

 

143,047

 

$

 

246,997

 

34.5

%

$

 

390

 

$

 

246,162

 

$

 

29,632

 

$

 

216,530

 

$

 

2.87

 

 
Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2019
GAAP

$

 

544,484

 

$

 

708,457

 

29.4

%

$

 

(3,586

)

$

 

678,239

 

$

 

86,041

 

$

 

592,198

 

$

 

8.69

 

Adjustments:
Purchased intangibles amortization (b)

(9,693

)

9,693

 

0.4

%

-

 

9,693

 

2,032

 

7,661

 

0.11

 

Restructuring costs and certain other items (c)

(16,192

)

16,192

 

0.7

%

-

 

16,192

 

4,106

 

12,086

 

0.18

 

Pension expenses (d)

-

 

-

 

-

 

1,602

 

1,602

 

385

 

1,217

 

0.02

 

Tax reform (h)

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

3,229

 

(3,229

)

(0.05

)

Certain income tax items (e)

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

(2,622

)

2,622

 

0.04

 

Adjusted Non-GAAP

$

 

518,599

 

$

 

734,342

 

30.5

%

$

 

(1,984

)

$

 

705,726

 

$

 

93,171

 

$

 

612,555

 

$

 

8.99

 

 
Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2018
GAAP

$

 

544,188

 

$

 

739,774

 

30.6

%

$

 

(47,794

)

$

 

682,146

 

$

 

88,352

 

$

 

593,794

 

$

 

7.65

 

Adjustments:
Purchased intangibles amortization (b)

(7,712

)

7,712

 

0.3

%

-

 

7,712

 

1,609

 

6,103

 

0.08

 

Restructuring costs and certain other items (c)

(2,244

)

2,244

 

0.1

%

-

 

2,244

 

550

 

1,694

 

0.02

 

Pension termination (f)

-

 

-

 

-

 

49,138

 

49,138

 

16,659

 

32,479

 

0.42

 

Litigation settlement (g)

426

 

(426

)

-

 

-

 

(426

)

(102

)

(324

)

-

 

Stock award modification (i)

(1,014

)

1,014

 

-

 

-

 

1,014

 

243

 

771

 

0.01

 

Tax reform (h)

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

(5,157

)

5,157

 

0.07

 

Certain income tax items (e)

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

(4,111

)

4,111

 

0.05

 

Adjusted Non-GAAP

$

 

533,644

 

$

 

750,318

 

31.0

%

$

 

1,344

 

$

 

741,828

 

$

 

98,043

 

$

 

643,785

 

$

 

8.29

 

 
 
(a) Selling & administrative expenses include purchased intangibles amortization and litigation provisions and settlements.
(b) The purchased intangibles amortization, a non-cash expense, was excluded to be consistent with how management evaluates the performance of its core business against historical operating results and the operating results of competitors over periods of time.
(c) Restructuring costs, mergers and acquisition costs and certain other items were excluded as the Company believes that the cost to consolidate operations, reduce overhead, acquire companies and certain other income or expense items are not normal and do not represent future ongoing business expenses of a specific function or geographic location of the Company.
(d) The pension settlement and curtailment expenses associated with certain define benefit pension plans was excluded as the Company believes these expenses are not indicative of normal operating costs.
(e) Certain income tax items were excluded as these non-cash expenses and benefits represent updates in management's assessment of ongoing examinations or other tax items that are not indicative of the Company’s normal or future income tax expense.
(f) The pension expense associated with terminating a frozen defined benefit pension plan was excluded as the Company believes these expenses are not indicative of normal operating costs.
(g) Litigation provisions and settlement gains were excluded as these items are isolated, unpredictable and not expected to recur regularly.
(h) The provision for income taxes for the twelve months ended December 31, 2019 included a $3 million benefit related to the finalization of tax regulations under tax reform during the first quarter of 2019. The provision for income taxes for the three and twelve months December 31, 2018 included a $5 million benefit and a $1 million expense, respectively, related to the tax on the change in foreign currency exchange rates on the earnings taxed in December 31, 2017 under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The difference is due to the change from the foreign currency exchange rates required by the U.S. Department of the Treasury on December 31, 2017 to the foreign currency exchange rates on either the date of distribution of assets into the U.S. or the foreign currency exchange rates as of December 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively.
(i) The non-cash expense associated with accelerating the vesting of certain stock awards was excluded as the Company believes these expenses are not indicative of normal operating costs.

Contacts

Bryan Brokmeier, CFA, Senior Director, Investor Relations, 508-482-3448


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