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Aceto Announces Fiscal 2012 Third Quarter Results of Operations

FISCAL 2012 THIRD QUARTER HIGHLIGHTS (Comparisons to FY 2011 3Q):

  • Net sales increased 3.0% to $121.4 million, a record level
  • Gross profit increased 14.0% to $22.2 million
  • Net income increased 39.9% to $5.4 million

PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y., May 3, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Aceto Corporation (Nasdaq:ACET), a global leader in the marketing, sales and distribution of pharmaceutical active ingredients and intermediates, finished dosage form generic pharmaceuticals, nutraceutical products, agricultural protection products and specialty chemicals today announced results of operations for its fiscal 2012 third quarter and nine months ended March 31, 2012.

Commenting on the results, Albert Eilender, Chairman and CEO of Aceto, stated, "We are very pleased with our fiscal 2012 third quarter results, with all of our business segments performing at or above our expectations. Sales in our Health Sciences segment were up 10.5% compared to last year, largely driven by new products launched in fiscal 2012. As previously announced, Rising Pharmaceuticals launched two new generics in the fiscal third quarter, for a total of six new products in the fiscal year to date.   Our product pipeline remains strong and we are well positioned for continued growth in this business." 

"Sales in our Specialty Chemicals segment increased 8.9% in the fiscal third quarter, partially due to continued demand for agricultural intermediates, dye, pigment and miscellaneous industrial additives in our domestic operations. Agricultural Protection sales declined, as expected, due to the planned phase out of glyphosate sales. Additionally, drought conditions in the Southern U.S. resulted in fewer orders for certain agricultural protection products. Looking forward, we remain optimistic about our long-term growth prospects; however, we continue to expect sales fluctuations on a quarterly basis due to the nature of our sales cycle and the markets we serve," Mr. Eilender concluded.

FINANCIAL REVIEW

Net sales for the fiscal 2012 third quarter were $121.4 million, an increase of 3.0% from $117.9 million reported in the fiscal 2011 third quarter.  Gross profit increased 14.0% to $22.2 million in the 2012 fiscal third quarter, compared to $19.4 million in the 2011 fiscal third quarter.  Net income increased 39.9% to $5.4 million, or $0.20 per diluted share, for the 2012 fiscal third quarter, compared to net income of $3.8 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, for the comparable quarter of fiscal 2011.  Net income and earnings per share for the fiscal 2012 third quarter included a benefit of $0.5 million, or $0.02 per share, respectively due to a favorable tax adjustment.

Net sales for the nine months ended March 31, 2012 were $333.4 million, a 14.5% increase from $291.2 million for the comparable period in fiscal 2011. Gross profit for the first nine months of fiscal 2012 was $61.3 million, an increase of 33.8% from $45.8 million in the first nine months of fiscal 2011. For the first nine months of fiscal 2012, the Company reported net income of $13.0 million, or $0.49 per diluted share, compared to $5.5 million, or $0.21 per diluted share in comparable period of fiscal 2011.  The fiscal 2012 period was negatively impacted by a one-time charge relating to the separation of certain executive management employees, while the fiscal 2011 period was impacted by two one-time charges relating to the December 31, 2010 acquisition of assets of Rising Pharmaceuticals, Inc.  After adjusting for the one-time charges in both periods and a favorable tax adjustment in the first nine months of fiscal 2012, Aceto's net income was $13.0 million, or $0.49 per diluted share, for the first nine months of fiscal 2012, compared to $8.8 million, or $0.34 per diluted share, for the 2011 comparable period.

CONFERENCE CALL

Albert Eilender, Salvatore Guccione, Ronald Gold and Douglas Roth will conduct a conference call at 9:00 a.m. ET on Friday, May 4, 2012 to discuss the operating results for the fiscal 2012 third quarter. Interested parties may participate in the call by dialing 800-446-2782 (847-413-3235 for international callers) – please call in 10 minutes before the call is scheduled to begin, and ask for the Aceto call (conference ID # 32291731). The conference call will also be webcast live via the Investor Relations section of our website, www.aceto.com. To listen to the live call please go to the website at least 15 minutes early to register, download and install any necessary audio software. The conference call will be archived on the Company's website, and a recorded phone replay will also be available from 1:00 p.m. ET on Friday May 4, 2012 until 5:00 p.m. ET on Monday May 7, 2012. Dial 888-843-7419 (630-652-3042 for international callers) and enter the code 32291731 for the phone replay.

ABOUT ACETO

Aceto Corporation, incorporated in 1947, is a global leader in the marketing, sales and distribution of pharmaceutical active ingredients and intermediates, finished dosage form generic pharmaceuticals, nutraceutical products, agricultural protection products and specialty chemicals. With business operations in nine countries, Aceto distributes over 1,100 chemical compounds used principally as finished products or raw materials in the pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, agricultural, coatings and industrial chemical consuming industries. Aceto's global operations, including a staff of 26 in China and 12 in India are distinctive in the industry and enable its worldwide sourcing and regulatory capabilities. (ACET-F)

FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS

This news release contains forward-looking statements as that term is defined in the federal securities laws. The events described in forward-looking statements contained in this news release may not occur. Generally, these statements relate to our business plans or strategies, projected or anticipated benefits or other consequences of Aceto's plans or strategies, financing plans, projected or anticipated benefits from acquisitions that Aceto may make, or projections involving anticipated revenues, earnings or other aspects of Aceto's operating results or financial position, and the outcome of any contingencies. Any such forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, estimates and projections of management. Aceto intends for these forward-looking statements to be covered by the safe-harbor provisions for forward-looking statements. Words such as "may," "will," "expect," "believe," "anticipate," "project," "plan," "intend," "estimate," and "continue," and their opposites and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements.  The forward-looking statements contained in this press release include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the Company's strategic initiatives including selling finished dosage form generic drugs, and statements regarding the prospects for long-term growth.  Aceto cautions you that these statements are not guarantees of future performance or events and are subject to a number of uncertainties, risks and other influences, many of which are beyond Aceto's control, which may influence the accuracy of the statements and the projections upon which the statements are based.  Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those set forth or implied by any forward-looking statement include, but are not limited to, risks and uncertainties discussed in Aceto's reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, but not limited to, Aceto's Annual Report or Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2011 and other filings. Copies of these filings are available at www.sec.gov.   

Any one or more of these uncertainties, risks and other influences could materially affect Aceto's results of operations and whether forward-looking statements made by Aceto ultimately prove to be accurate.  Aceto's actual results, performance and achievements could differ materially from those expressed or implied in these forward-looking statements.  Aceto undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether from new information, future events or otherwise.

Aceto Corporation and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income
(in thousands, except per share amounts)
(unaudited)(unaudited)
Three Months Ended
March 31,
Nine Months Ended
March 31,
2012201120122011
Net sales  $ 121,415  $ 117,881  $ 333,439  $ 291,224
Cost of sales  99,260  98,449  272,121  245,382
Gross profit  22,155  19,432  61,318  45,842
Gross profit % 18.25% 16.48% 18.39% 15.74%
Selling, general and administrative expenses  14,581  13,281  41,678  34,305
Operating income   7,574  6,151  19,640  11,537
Other (expense) income, net of interest expense  (26)  (197)  (189)  962
Income before income taxes  7,548  5,954  19,451  12,499
Income tax provision   2,169  2,108  6,451  7,025
Net income   $ 5,379  $ 3,846  $ 13,000  $ 5,474
Net income per common share  $ 0.20  $ 0.15  $ 0.49  $ 0.21
Diluted net income per common share  $ 0.20  $ 0.14  $ 0.49  $ 0.21
Weighted average shares outstanding:
 Basic  26,634  26,468  26,558  25,718
 Diluted  26,870  26,663  26,747  25,918
Aceto Corporation and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands, except per-share amounts)
March 31, 2012
(unaudited)
June 30, 2011 
Assets
Current Assets:
Cash and cash equivalents  $ 26,611  $ 28,664
Investments  1,539  943
Trade receivables: less allowances for doubtful accounts: Mar. 31, 2012 $808; and June 30, 2011 $682  84,381  83,735
Other receivables  2,900  5,373
Inventory  82,628  77,433
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  2,333  1,720
Deferred income tax asset, net  626  747
Total current assets  201,018  198,615
Property and equipment, net   11,717  12,095
Property held for sale  3,752  3,752
Goodwill  33,549  33,625
Intangible assets, net  46,698  50,658
Deferred income tax asset, net  2,768  3,477
Other assets  10,302  9,443
Total Assets  $ 309,804  $ 311,665
Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity
Current liabilities:
Current portion of long-term debt  $ 6,447  $ 6,247
Accounts payable  47,078  44,614
Accrued expenses  25,925  32,019
Deferred income tax liability  --   306
Total current liabilities  79,450  83,186
Long-term debt  43,852  48,750
Long-term liabilities  12,136  12,859
Environmental remediation liability  5,688  5,998
Deferred income tax liability  29  51
Total liabilities  141,155  150,844
Commitments and contingencies
Shareholders' equity:
Common stock, $.01 par value: (40,000 shares authorized; 26,817 and 26,644 shares issued; 26,817 and 26,620 shares outstanding at Mar. 31, 2012 and June 30, 2011, respectively)  268  266
Capital in excess of par value  63,210  62,329
Retained earnings  101,044  90,713
Treasury stock, at cost: (0 and 24 shares at Mar. 31, 2012 and June 30, 2011, respectively)  --   (230)
Accumulated other comprehensive income  4,127  7,743
Total shareholders' equity  168,649  160,821
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity  $ 309,804  $ 311,665
Aceto Corporation and Subsidiaries
Diluted Net Income Per Common Share Excluding Charges (Non-GAAP Reconciliation)
(in thousands, except per share amounts)
(unaudited)
Three Months
Ended March
31, 2012
(unaudited)
Diluted Net
Income Per
Common Share
Three Months
Ended March 31,
2012
(unaudited)
Three Months
Ended March 31,
2011
(unaudited)
Diluted Net
Income Per
Common Share
Three Months
Ended March 31,
2011
(unaudited)
Nine Months
Ended March
31, 2012
(unaudited)
Diluted Net
Income Per
Common Share
Nine Months
Ended March 31,
2012
(unaudited)
Nine Months
Ended March
31, 2011
(unaudited)
Diluted Net
Income Per
Common Share
Nine Months
Ended March 31,
2011
Net income, as reported $5,379  $ 0.20 $3,846  $ 0.14 $13,000  $ 0.49 $5,474  $ 0.21
Adjustments:
Separation charges  --   --   --   --   884 0.03  --   -- 
Transaction costs related to Rising acquisition  --   --   --   --   --   --   1,060 0.04
Adjusted income excluding charges  5,379 0.20  3,846 0.14  13,884 0.52  6,534 0.25
Adjustments to provision (benefit) for income taxes  529 0.02  --   --  874 0.03  (2,225) (0.09)
Adjusted net income (Non-GAAP)  $ 4,850  $ 0.18  $ 3,846  $ 0.14  $ 13,010  $ 0.49  $ 8,759  $ 0.34
Diluted weighted average shares outstanding 26,870 26,870 26,663 26,663 26,747 26,747 25,918 25,918
NOTE: Items identified in the above table are not in accordance with, or an alternative method for, generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) in the United States. These items should not be reviewed in isolation or considered substitutes of the Company's financial results as reported in accordance with GAAP. Due to the nature of these items, it is important to identify these items and to review them in conjunction with the Company's financial results reported in accordance with GAAP. The exclusion of these items also allows investors to compare results of operations in the current period to prior period's results based on the Company's fundamental business performance and analyze the operating trends of the business. The exclusion of these items also allows management to evaluate performance of its business units.
CONTACT: Investor Relations Contact:
         Amy Glynn
         The Ruth Group
         (646) 536-7023
         aglynn@theruthgroup.com
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