Cantel Medical Corp. (NYSE:CMN) posted first-quarter sales of $71 million for the three months ended Oct. 31, up 10.2 percent compared with $64.4 million during the same period last year. Net income rose 85 percent to $6.2 million, compared with $3.3 million during Q3 2008:
Cantel Medical Reports 85% Increase in Net Income – EPS of $0.37 vs. $0.20 – for Quarter Ended October 31, 2009 on 10% Sales Increase
LITTLE FALLS, N.J., Dec. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — CANTEL MEDICAL CORP. (NYSE: CMN) reported an 85% increase in net income to $6,168,000, or $0.37 per diluted share, on a 10% increase in sales to a record $70,995,000 for the first quarter ended October 31, 2009. This compares with net income of $3,333,000, or $0.20 per diluted share, on sales of $64,406,000 for the first quarter ended October 31, 2008.
According to Andrew Krakauer, Cantel’s President and CEO, “This record performance reflects our eighth sequential quarter of improved results. Cantel continued to benefit from the growth of higher margin consumables and service revenue, which now comprise 75% of our overall sales.”
Krakauer added, “All of Cantel’s businesses performed well during this quarter. Every operating segment reported higher gross margins and increased operating income, compared with the same quarter in the prior year. The strongest performance was in our Healthcare Disposables segment where operating profit more than doubled, driven by atypically high demand for our U.S.-manufactured, FDA-cleared face masks in response to the H1N1 flu outbreak. Our unusually high shipments of face masks are now returning to more normal levels. Additionally, in our Endoscope Reprocessing segment, proactive sales and marketing investments helped achieve strong revenue growth in both disinfectants and capital equipment.”
The Company also reported that its balance sheet at October 31, 2009 included current assets of $92,552,000, including cash of $23,105,000, a current ratio of 1.53:1, gross debt of $38,000,000 and stockholders’ equity of $193,332,000. Krakauer stated, “We continue to strengthen our balance sheet and generate substantial cash flow. Our cash provided by operating activities was $6,456,000 for the quarter, and our net debt position of $14,895,000 at the end of this first quarter was 25% lower than the previous quarter.”
Cantel Medical Corp. is a leading provider of infection prevention and control products in the healthcare market. Our products include specialized medical device reprocessing systems for renal dialysis and endoscopy, dialysate concentrates and other dialysis supplies, disposable infection control products primarily for the dental industry, water purification equipment, sterilants, disinfectants and cleaners, hollow fiber membrane filtration and separation products for medical and non-medical applications, and specialty packaging for infectious and biological specimens. We also provide technical maintenance for our products and offer compliance training services for the transport of infectious and biological specimens.
The Company will hold a conference call to discuss the results for the first quarter ended October 31, 2009 on Wednesday, December 9, 2009 at 11:00 AM Eastern time. To participate in the conference call, dial 1-877-407-8035 approximately 5 to 10 minutes before the beginning of the call. If you are unable to participate, a digital replay of the call will be available from Wednesday, December 9, 2009 at 2:00 PM through midnight on December 16, 2009 by dialing 1-877-660-6853 and using passcode #286 and conference ID #338712.
The call will be simultaneously broadcast live over the Internet on vcall.com at http://www.investorcalendar.com/IC/CEPage.asp?ID=152915. A replay of the webcast will be available on Vcall for 30 days.
For further information, visit the Cantel website at www.cantelmedical.com.
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, the risks detailed in Cantel’s filings and reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Such forward-looking statements are only predictions, and actual events or results may differ materially from those projected or anticipated.
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