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BioTelemetry, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2017 Financial Results
Company Reports Record Quarterly Revenue and Patient Volume

MALVERN, Pa., May 03, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BioTelemetry, Inc. (NASDAQ:BEAT), the leading wireless medical technology company focused on the delivery of health information to improve quality of life and reduce cost of care, today reported results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017.

Company Highlights

  • Recognized highest quarterly revenue in Company’s history of $55.9 million, a 14.9% increase over the prior year
  • Achieved 19th consecutive quarter of year over year revenue growth
  • Serviced the highest quarterly patient volume in the Company’s history
  • Recorded GAAP net income of $0.2 million and adjusted net income of $4.9 million
  • Realized quarterly adjusted EBITDA $10.8 million, a 19.4% return and in line with expectations
  • Announced $260 million offer to acquire LifeWatch AG

President and CEO Commentary

Joseph H. Capper, President and Chief Executive Officer of BioTelemetry, Inc., commented: “The first quarter was a great start to what we expect will be a very successful year for BioTelemetry.  We once again recognized record quarterly revenue and patient volume, realizing our 19th consecutive quarter of year over year revenue growth and achieving the high end of our first quarter guidance.  Additionally, we realized adjusted EBITDA of $10.8 million, a 19.4% return, which is in line with our expectations, and includes the impact of targeted investments we are making aimed at driving future growth.

“Looking forward, we are excited about our recently announced offer to acquire LifeWatch AG, a leading supplier of remote cardiac monitoring solutions.  Pending shareholder acceptance and regulatory approval, we anticipate closing the transaction early in the third quarter of 2017.  This acquisition clearly accelerates our strategic initiative to expand our leadership position in the cardiac monitoring space, taking several years off of our growth plan.  While we await the necessary approvals, we will continue to execute on all facets of our strategic plan, including leveraging our recently acquired imaging capability to build a leading research services business and developing a robust digital population health management (“dPHM”) business through the Telcare investment.  We expect the dPHM business to play an important role in the coming years.

“For the remainder of 2017, we expect continued growth across the business and to finalize the integration of the 2016 acquisitions, helping to drive additional efficiencies.  Finally, we are focused on making strategic investments to accelerate our long-term plan and sustain revenue growth.  We are extremely excited about the future prospects for BioTelemetry and are confident our best days are ahead.”      
      
First Quarter Financial Results

Revenue for the first quarter 2017 was $55.9 million compared to $48.6 million for the first quarter 2016, an increase of $7.3 million, or 14.9%.  Healthcare revenue increased $1.4 million due to increased patient volumes and a favorable product mix, partially offset by the impact of a reduction in the MCT Medicare pricing.  Research revenue increased $3.9 million due to the acquisition of VirtualScopics which occurred during the second quarter of 2016.  Technology revenue increased $2.0 million due to the acquisition of Telcare during the fourth quarter of 2016. 

On a GAAP basis, net income for the first quarter 2017 was $0.2 million, or $0.01 per diluted share, compared to $4.1 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, for the first quarter 2016.  Without the valuation allowance, which was released in 2016, the first quarter 2017 effective tax rate is a benefit of 129.3%.  This benefit is partially a result of the adoption of ASU 2016-09: Improvements to Employee Share‑Based Payment Accounting.  While the new standard creates rate variability between the quarters, the Company expects its 2017 annual effective tax rate to be approximately 38%.  Due to the utilization of net operating loss carryforwards, the Company expects its 2017 actual cash tax payments to remain in the range of 3% to 4%.

On an adjusted basis1, net income for the first quarter 2017 was $4.9 million, or $0.16 per diluted share.  This compares to adjusted net income of $5.9 million, or $0.20 per diluted share, for the first quarter 2016.  Adjusted net income for the first quarter 2017 excludes $1.7 million of other charges primarily related to deal costs associated with the current offer to acquire LifeWatch AG, partially offset by a reduction in the fair value of contingent consideration, $1.5 million for the second half of a one-time performance bonus paid to a third party in the form of stock-based compensation, a $2.5 million non-operating charge recorded for a settlement with the Department of Health and Human Services related to the theft of two unencrypted laptops in 2011, as well as the tax effect of the aforementioned adjustments.  Adjusted net income for the first quarter 2017 also includes an adjustment to reflect the utilization of our net operating loss carryforwards.  Adjusted net income for the first quarter 2016 excludes $1.8 million related to patent litigation and costs associated with the Company’s 2016 acquisitions.

1 The Company believes that providing non-GAAP financial measures offers a meaningful representation of the Company’s performance as they exclude expenses that are not necessary to support the Company’s ongoing business.  Please refer to the Company’s “Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures” and “Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures” in this release for additional information.

Conference Call       
BioTelemetry, Inc. will host an earnings conference call on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 5:00 PM Eastern Time.  The call will be simultaneously webcast on the investor information page of our website, www.gobio.com.  The call will be archived on our website for two weeks. 

About BioTelemetry
BioTelemetry, Inc., formerly known as CardioNet, Inc., is the leading wireless medical technology company focused on the delivery of health information to improve quality of life and reduce cost of care.  The Company currently provides cardiac monitoring services, original equipment manufacturing with a primary focus on cardiac monitoring devices and centralized core laboratory services.  More information can be found at www.gobio.com.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This document includes certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the “Safe Harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  These statements may be identified by words such as “expect,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “intend,” “plan,” “believe,” “promises” and other words and terms of similar meaning.  Such forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and involve inherent risks and uncertainties, including important factors that could delay, divert, or change any of these expectations, and could cause actual outcomes and results to differ materially from current expectations.  These factors include, among other things, BioTelemetry’s ability to successfully complete the tender offer for LifeWatch’s shares or realize the anticipated benefits of the transaction, the failure of any of the conditions to BioTelemetry’s tender offer to be satisfied, our ability to successfully integrate acquisitions into our business and the effect such acquisitions will have on our results of operation, effectiveness of our cost savings initiatives, relationships with our government and commercial payors, changes to insurance coverage and reimbursement levels for our products, the success of our sales and marketing initiatives, our ability to attract and retain talented executive management and sales personnel, our ability to identify acquisition candidates, acquire them on attractive terms and integrate their operations into our business, the commercialization of new products, market factors, internal research and development initiatives, partnered research and development initiatives, competitive product development, changes in governmental regulations and legislation, the continued consolidation of payors, acceptance of our new products and services, patent protection, adverse regulatory action, and litigation success.  For further details and a discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties, please see our public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our latest periodic report on Form 10-K.  Readers are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which reflect only opinions as of the date of this press release.  We do not undertake, and specifically disclaim, any obligation to publicly update or amend any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

         
        (unaudited)
Consolidated Statements of Operations       Three Months Ended
(In Thousands, Except Per Share Amounts)       March 31,
          2017         2016  
Revenues       $ 55,881       $ 48,640  
Cost of revenues         22,972         18,013  
Gross profit         32,909         30,627  
Gross profit %         58.9 %       63.0 %
               
Operating expenses:              
General and administrative         15,917         12,336  
Sales and marketing         7,701         7,545  
Bad debt expense         2,791         2,638  
Research and development         2,433         1,786  
Other charges         1,739         1,788  
Total operating expenses         30,581         26,093  
               
Income from operations         2,328         4,534  
Interest and other loss, net         (2,998 )       (423 )
               
(Loss) income before income taxes         (670 )       4,111  
Benefit from (provision for) income taxes         866         (14 )
Net income       $ 196       $ 4,097  
               
Net income per share:              
Basic       $ 0.01       $ 0.15  
Diluted       $ 0.01       $ 0.14  
               
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding:      
Basic         28,429         27,371  
Diluted         31,315         29,521  
               

 

Summary Financial Data      
(In Thousands, except days sales outstanding)    
       
  March 31,   December 31,
    2017       2016  
  (unaudited)   (unaudited)
       
Cash and cash equivalents $ 25,098     $ 23,052  
Healthcare accounts receivable, net   17,717       14,594  
Other accounts receivable, net   13,633       12,261  
Days sales outstanding   50       45  
Working capital   30,188       28,053  
Total assets   204,575       198,984  
Total indebtedness   25,127       25,449  
Total shareholders’ equity   142,905       138,914  
       
       
       
Summary Cash Flow Data      
(In Thousands)      
  (unaudited)
  Three Months Ended
  March 31,
    2017       2016  
Cash provided by operating activities $ 4,653     $ 8,182  
Capital expenditures   (2,967 )     (3,513 )

 

                   
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
(In Thousands, Except Per Share Amounts)
 
                   
2017   Three Months Ended March 31, 2017  
  (unaudited)  
    Income from
Operations
  (Loss) Income before
Income Taxes
  Net Income   Net income per
diluted share
 
GAAP   $    2,328     $    (670 )   $    196     $    0.01    
Non-GAAP Adjustments:                  
Other charges (a)     1,739       1,739       1,739       0.06    
Performance bonus (stock-based comp) (b)     1,533       1,533       1,533       0.05    
Dept. of Health and Human Services settlement (c)     -       2,500       2,500       0.08    
Income tax effect of adjustments (d)     -       -       (2,193 )     (0.07 )  
NOL utilization (e)     -       -       1,164       0.03    
Adjusted   $    5,600     $    5,102     $    4,939     $    0.16    
                   
                   
2016   Three Months Ended March 31, 2016  
  (unaudited)  
    Income from
Operations
  Income before
Income Taxes
  Net Income   Net income per
diluted share
 
GAAP   $    4,534     $    4,111     $    4,097     $    0.14    
Non-GAAP Adjustments:                  
Other charges (a)     1,788       1,788       1,788       0.06    
Adjusted   $    6,322     $    5,899     $    5,885     $    0.20    
                   
                   
                   
    (unaudited)          
    Three Months Ended March 31,          
      2017       2016            
Net income – GAAP   $    196     $    4,097            
(Benefit from) provision for income taxes     (866 )     14            
Interest other loss, net (c)     2,998       423            
Other charges (a)     1,739       1,788            
Depreciation and amortization expense     3,715       3,266            
Stock compensation expense (b)     3,058       1,178            
Adjusted EBITDA    $    10,840     $    10,766            
                   
Adjusted EBITDA margin     19.4 %     22.1 %          
                           

(a) In the first quarter 2017, the Company incurred $1.7 million of other charges primarily related to deal costs associated with the offer to acquire LifeWatch AG partially offset by a reduction in the fair value of contingent consideration.  In the first quarter 2016, the Company incurred $1.8 million related to patent litigation and costs associated with the Company’s 2016 acquisitions.

(b) In the first quarter 2017, the Company incurred $1.5 million for the second half of a one-time performance bonus paid to a third party in the form of stock-based compensation.  The first of two performance measures was achieved in the fourth quarter 2016, resulting in $1.3 million of expense at that time.  The second performance measure was achieved in the first quarter 2017, resulting in $1.5 million of expense.  This is a nonrecurring expense for the Company and is the only time in the Company’s history when such a bonus was awarded.  There are no additional agreements outstanding of this nature. 

(c) During the first quarter 2017, the Company reached a $2.5 million settlement with the United States Department of Health and Human Services.  This was related to the conclusion of an investigation into the theft of two unencrypted laptop computers that occurred in 2011.  This was recorded as a non-operating charge to Interest and other loss, net in the consolidated statement of operations.

(d) Represents the tax effect of the non-GAAP adjustments based on the estimated annual effective tax rate of 38%.

(e) During the fourth quarter 2016, the Company released the tax valuation allowance on its net deferred tax assets.  The benefit from this release was excluded from the Company’s 2016 adjusted results.  Without a valuation allowance in place and due to the timing of discrete items, for GAAP financial reporting purposes the Company is reporting a tax benefit of 129.3% for the first quarter 2017.  After giving effect to taxes at the estimated annual effective tax rate of 38% on the other adjustments, the utilization of net operating loss carryforwards had a $1.2 million positive impact on the first quarter 2017.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to the results prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States, or GAAP, this press release also includes certain financial measures which have been adjusted and are not in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (“Non-GAAP financial measures”).  These Non-GAAP financial measures include adjusted income from operations, adjusted net income, adjusted net income per diluted share and adjusted EBITDA.  In accordance with Regulation G of the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Company has provided a reconciliation of these Non-GAAP financial measures with the most directly comparable financial measure calculated in accordance with GAAP. 

These Non-GAAP financial measures are not intended to replace GAAP financial measures.  They are presented as supplemental measures of our performance in an effort to provide our stakeholders better visibility into the Company’s ongoing operating results and to allow for comparability to prior periods as well as to other companies’ results.  Management uses these Non-GAAP financial measures to assess the financial health of the Company’s ongoing operating performance.  Management encourages our stakeholders to consider all of our financial measures and to not rely on any single financial measure to evaluate our performance.

Adjusted net income for the first quarter 2017 excludes Other charges, a one-time performance bonus paid to a third party in the form of stock-based compensation, a $2.5 million non-operating charge recorded for a settlement with the Department of Health and Human Services related to the theft of two unencrypted laptops in 2011, the tax effect of these adjustments as well as the impact from the utilization of our net operating loss carryforwards.  By excluding expenses that are considered not necessary to support the ongoing business or which are nonrecurring in nature, the Company believes that these Non-GAAP financial measures offer a meaningful representation of the Company’s ongoing operating performance.  Included in Other charges are transaction related expenses, primarily legal and professional fees, which are being partially offset by a reduction in the fair value of contingent consideration.   These Other charges are not part of the ongoing operations, and therefore, not reflective of the Company’s core operations.  The Company also excluded the second half of a one-time performance bonus paid to a third party in the form of stock-based compensation.  The first of two performance measures was achieved in the fourth quarter 2016, resulting in $1.3 million of expense at that time.  The second performance measure was achieved in the first quarter 2017, resulting in $1.5 million of expense.  This is the first time in the Company’s history that such a bonus was offered and issued and the expense is nonrecurring.  There are no additional agreements outstanding of this nature.  The Company also included the income tax effect of these adjustments based on the Company’s estimated annual effective tax rate of 38%.  During the fourth quarter 2016, the Company released the tax valuation allowance on its net deferred tax assets.  The benefit from this release was excluded from the Company’s 2016 adjusted results.  Without a valuation allowance in place and due to the timing of discrete items, for GAAP financial reporting purposes the Company is reporting a tax benefit of 129.3% for the first quarter 2017.  After giving effect to taxes at the estimated annual effective tax rate of 38% on the other adjustments, the utilization of net operating loss carryforwards had a $1.2 million positive impact on the first quarter 2017. 

Adjusted net income for the first quarter 2016 excludes $1.8 million related to patent litigation and costs associated with the Company’s 2016 acquisitions.  Patent litigation expense is a component of Other charges.  We view patent litigation as an extreme measure not typically required in our industry to protect a company’s intellectual property and which has not been common practice for the Company.  The Company commenced patent litigation proceedings after the Company uncovered specific evidence of four distinct cases of misappropriation and infringement.  The Company can choose to resolve the outstanding matters and terminate the expense at any time.

In addition to adjusted income from operations, adjusted net income and adjusted net income per diluted share, we also present adjusted EBITDA.  This Non-GAAP financial measure excludes income taxes, interest, Other charges, depreciation and amortization and stock compensation expense.  EBITDA is a widely accepted financial measure which we believe our stakeholders use to compare our ongoing financial performance to that of other companies.  Adjusting our EBITDA for Other charges and other one-time items is a meaningful financial measure as we believe it is an indication of our ongoing operations.  In addition, we also add back stock compensation expense because it is non-cash in nature.  Other companies in our industry may calculate adjusted EBITDA in a different manner.

Contact:
BioTelemetry, Inc.
Heather C. Getz
Investor Relations
800-908-7103
investorrelations@biotelinc.com

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