PRINCETON, N.J., Jan. 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Covance Inc. (NYSE: CVD) today reported GAAP earnings for its fourth quarter ended December 31, 2011 of $0.35 per diluted share. Included in fourth quarter results is approximately $0.41 per diluted share in charges, approximately $0.10 of which relates to the completion of the previously-announced restructuring actions, approximately $0.11 of which relates to the termination of a research products inventory supply agreement and inventory write down, and approximately $0.20 for the impairment of a related equity investment, partially offset by a gain of approximately $0.03 from favorable income tax developments in the quarter. Excluding these items, diluted earnings per share for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2011 was $0.73. For the full year, diluted earnings per share were $2.16 inclusive of $0.58 per share in charges, partially offset by a gain of approximately $0.04 from favorable income tax developments during the year. Excluding these items, diluted earnings per share for the year ended December 31, 2011 was $2.70.
"During 2011, Covance increased revenue by 8.8% to $2.1 billion, improved pro forma operating margin by 70 basis points (when excluding charges in both periods), and drove pro forma EPS growth of 26% to $2.70 per diluted share. In addition, adjusted net orders for the year were a record $2.53 billion, a year-on-year increase of 13.5%, resulting in a strong adjusted net book-to-bill of 1.21 to 1 for the year," said Joe Herring, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "For the fourth quarter, consolidated revenues grew 8.3% and pro forma operating margin expanded by 130 basis points year-on-year and 50 basis points sequentially to 10.9%.
"In Early Development, fourth quarter net revenues grew 6.3% year-on-year, but declined $5.7 million sequentially due to lower demand in
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