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VWR Corporation Reports Fourth Quarter 2016 Financial Results
Date:2/24/2017

RADNOR, Pa., Feb. 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- VWR Corporation (NASDAQ: VWR), the leading global independent provider of product and service solutions to laboratory and production customers, today reported its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2016.

Highlights:

  • 4Q16 record quarterly net sales of $1.13 billion, up 1.6% year-over-year, and up 1.0% on an organic basis.
  • 4Q16 EMEA-APAC segment net sales increased 0.4%, up 3.6% on an organic basis, while the Americas net sales increased 2.5%, or down 0.9% on an organic basis, driven by the difficult prior year comparison.
  • 4Q16 GAAP diluted EPS was $0.20 compared to $0.41 in 4Q15. 4Q16 Adjusted EPS of $0.45 compared to $0.47 in the prior year.
  • FY16 net sales increased 4.5% to $4.51 billion, up 3.2% on an organic basis. FY16 GAAP diluted EPS was $1.12, down compared to $1.17 in FY15. FY16 Adjusted EPS of $1.72 increased 13.2% compared to $1.52 in FY15.
  • 2016 cash flow from operating activities of $266.2 million, up 18.3% vs. $225.0 million in 2015.
  • Acquired Seastar, a manufacturer of high purity reagents used in the global research and laboratory industries on January 11, 2017.
  • 2017 guidance: 2017 net sales of $4.56 billion to $4.61 billion, up 1% to 2%, and up 3% to 4% on a constant-currency basis. 2017 Adjusted EPS of $1.79 to $1.87, up 4% to 9%, and up 6% to 11% on a constant-currency basis.
  • Manuel Brocke-Benz, President and Chief Executive Officer of VWR, commented: "In 2016 we reported strong financial results, with organic revenue growth of 3.2%, comfortably within our long-term revenue expectation. Our solid revenues drove the robust earnings and cash flows for the fiscal year. In 2016, it is clear that VWR executed, delivered, and set the table for continued growth in 2017 and beyond."

    Mr. Brocke-Benz continued: "VWR plays a significant role in enhancing the business performance of both our suppliers and our customers. Suppliers value VWR's global sales and service infrastructure and our deep, direct ties into the market. Meanwhile, customers value VWR because we offer them a broad product and service portfolio, manage the supply chain for them, assist with their regulatory compliance, and give them integrated IT connectivity and advanced reporting capabilities. As we move forward, we will continue to add even more value for global customers, suppliers and by extension, for our shareholders."

    Fourth Quarter 2016 – Consolidated ResultsNet sales were $1.13 billion, up $17.8 million, or 1.6% compared to prior year. The foreign exchange impact of the strengthening of the U.S. dollar compared to the British pound, the euro, and other major currencies reduced net sales by $17.3 million, or 1.6%. On an organic basis, net sales increased $10.8 million, or 1.0%, while recent acquisitions increased net sales by an additional $24.3 million, or 2.2%.

    Operating income was $68.1 million, compared to $87.7 million in the prior year quarter. Results for the fourth quarter of 2016 included $20.3 million of restructuring expense, a $1.2 million charge for an earn-out adjustment, and a $0.5 million acquisition related inventory revaluation adjustment. The fourth quarter of 2015 included a $0.5 million non-cash earn-out benefit and secondary offering expenses of $0.6 million.

    Fourth Quarter 2016 – Segment ResultsAmericas

    Net sales were $668.4 million, up $16.1 million, or 2.5% compared to prior year. On an organic basis, net sales declined 0.9% year-over-year. The reduction in organic net sales was due to a challenging prior year comparison and an extra billing day in the fourth quarter of 2015.

    Operating income was $40.7 million, up $2.3 million compared to prior year. Fourth quarter 2016 operating income included $1.8 million of restructuring expense and a $0.5 million acquisition related inventory revaluation adjustment. The prior year quarters' results included a $0.5 million non-cash earn-out benefit and secondary offering expenses of $0.6 million.

    EMEA-APAC

    Net sales were $461.9 million, up $1.7 million, or up 0.4% year-over-year. The strengthening of the U.S. dollar as compared to the British pound, the euro, and other currencies reduced net sales by $17.4 million, or 3.8%, while acquisitions added $2.7 million, or 0.6%. On an organic basis, net sales increased 3.6%.

    Operating income was $27.4 million, down from $49.3 million in the prior year quarter. Fourth quarter 2016 operating income included $18.5 million of restructuring expense and a $1.2 million charge for an earn-out adjustment.

    Full Year 2016 – Consolidated ResultsNet sales were $4.51 billion, up $195.4 million compared to prior year, as currency reduced reported net sales by $48.2 million, or 1.1%, while acquisitions added $106.4 million, or 2.5%. Excluding acquisitions and currency, on an organic basis, net sales increased $137.2 million, or 3.2%.

    Operating income was $315.6 million, down $4.6 million compared to prior year. 2016 operating income includes restructuring expense of $20.3 million, charges for earn-out adjustments of $4.9 million, secondary offering expenses of $1.2 million and a $0.5 million acquisition related inventory revaluation adjustment. In 2015, operating income included a $3.2 million impairment charge, a $2.8 million facility exit charge, secondary offering expenses of $1.5 million and an earn-out benefit of $1.1 million.

    Greg Cowan, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer commented: "VWR had another strong year for cash flow generation, with operating cash flows of $266.2 million, up 18.3% as compared to 2015. We utilized this cash flow to execute on our acquisition strategy and delever the balance sheet, further strengthening our financial position and increasing our financial flexibility for the future."

    Mr. Cowan continued: "Despite a challenging first quarter comparison, we are experiencing an improvement in our revenue pacing, and expect to move back to our normalized revenue growth rates as we exit the first quarter of 2017. These improving revenue trends, coupled with the ongoing benefit from completed acquisitions, along with savings from our restructuring initiatives, are anticipated to drive another year of solid revenue and earnings growth for VWR."

    Full Year 2017 OutlookManagement projects 2017 net sales of $4.56 billion to $4.61 billion, up 1% to 2%, and up 3% to 4% on a constant-currency basis. 2017 Adjusted EPS of $1.79 to $1.87, up 4% to 9%, and up 6% to 11% on a constant-currency basis.

    Our full year 2017 outlook assumes:

  • Currency exchange rates for 2017 remain consistent with current rates.
  • Interest expense of about $81 to $82 million.
  • Adjusted diluted shares outstanding of approximately 133 million.
  • The income tax rate to calculate full-year 2017 Adjusted EPS of 34.5%.
  • Stock-based compensation expense of approximately $14 million before tax.
  • No impact from acquisitions closed after February 24, 2017.
  • Balance Sheet & Cash FlowsAt December 31, 2016, total debt was $2.02 billion compared to total debt of $1.99 billion as of December 31, 2015. 2016 cash generated by operating activities was $266.2 million compared to $225.0 million in 2015. Capital expenditures in 2016 were $59.9 million compared to $40.9 million in 2015.

    Conference CallAs previously announced, VWR Corporation will hold a conference call today, February 24, 2017, to discuss its fourth quarter and full year 2016 financial results beginning at 8:00 a.m. ET. The conference call can be accessed live over the phone by dialing (877) 845-1003, or for international callers, (760) 298-5093. Callers will need to request to join the VWR Corporation fourth quarter 2016 earnings conference call. A replay will be available two hours after the conclusion of the live call and can be accessed by dialing (855) 859-2056, or for international callers, (404) 537-3406. The conference ID number for both the live call and replay will be 46421878. The replay will be available through March 2, 2017. A presentation relating to the conference call will be available at http://investors.vwr.com.

    Interested investors and other parties may also listen to a simultaneous webcast of the conference call by logging onto the Investor Relations section of our website at http://investors.vwr.com. The online replay will remain available for a limited time beginning immediately following the call. To learn more about VWR, please visit our website at www.vwr.com.

    Use of Non-GAAP Financial MeasuresAs appropriate, we supplement our results of operations determined in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") with certain non-GAAP financial measurements that are used by management, and which we believe are useful to investors, as supplemental operational measurements to evaluate our financial performance. These measurements should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for reported GAAP results because they may include or exclude certain items as compared to similar GAAP-based measurements, and such measurements may not be comparable to similarly-titled measurements reported by other companies. Rather, these measurements should be considered as an additional way of viewing aspects of our operations that provide a more complete understanding of our business. We strongly encourage investors to review our consolidated financial statements included in publicly filed reports in their entirety and not rely solely on any one, single financial measurement or communication.

    The non-GAAP measurements used in this press release are Adjusted EPS and organic net sales:

  • Adjusted EPS is a non-GAAP financial measurement that eliminates the effect of the amortization of acquired intangible assets, restructuring charges, impairment charges, changes in foreign currency exchange rates related to financing decisions and certain other items. We then add or subtract an estimated incremental income tax effect applicable to those items. We believe that this measurement is useful to investors as an additional way to analyze the underlying trends in our business consistently across the periods presented. This measurement is used by our management for the same reason.
  • Organic net sales is a non-GAAP financial measurement that eliminates the contribution from recently acquired businesses and the impact of changes in foreign currency exchange rates from our reported net sales. We believe that this measurement is useful to investors as a way to measure and evaluate our underlying commercial operating performance consistently across the periods presented. This measurement is used by our management for the same reason.
  • Reconciliations of our non-GAAP measurements to their most directly comparable GAAP-based financial measurements are included at the end of this press release.

    About VWR CorporationVWR (NASDAQ: VWR), headquartered in Radnor, Pennsylvania, is the leading global independent provider of product and service solutions to laboratory and production customers. With sales in excess of $4.5 billion in 2016, VWR enables science for customers in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, industrial, education, government and healthcare industries. With more than 160 years of experience, VWR has cultivated a value proposition delivering product choice, operational excellence and differentiated services to improve our customers' productivity from research to production. VWR's differentiated services provide innovative, flexible and customized solutions from scientific research services to custom-manufactured chemical blends. Our dedicated team of more than 10,200 associates is focused on supporting scientists, medical professionals and production engineers to achieve their goals.

    Forward-Looking StatementsThis press release contains forward-looking statements. All statements other than statements of historical fact included in this press release are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements discuss our current expectations and projections relating to our financial condition, results of operations, plans, objectives, future performance and business. These statements may be preceded by, followed by or include the words "aim," "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "expect," "forecast," "intend," "likely," "outlook," "plan," "potential," "project," "projection," "seek," "can," "could," "may," "should," "would," "will," the negatives thereof and other words and terms of similar meaning.

    Forward-looking statements are inherently subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions; they are not guarantees of performance. You should not place undue reliance on these statements. We have based these forward-looking statements on our current expectations and projections about future events. Although we believe that our assumptions made in connection with the forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot assure you that the assumptions and expectations will prove to be correct. Factors that could contribute to these risks, uncertainties and assumptions include, but are not limited to, the factors described in "Risk Factors" in our Annual Report on Form 10-K that will be filed later today.

    All forward-looking statements attributable to us or persons acting on our behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the foregoing cautionary statements. In addition, all forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release. We undertake no obligations to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise other than as required under the federal securities laws.

    VWR Corporation and Subsidiaries
    Consolidated Income StatementsThree months ended December 31,Year ended December 31,(in millions, except per share data)2016201520162015Net sales

    $

    1,130.3$

    1,112.5$

    4,514.2$

    4,318.8Cost of goods sold

    816.0804.63,252.43,121.7Gross profit

    314.3307.91,261.81,197.1Selling, general and administrative expenses

    246.2220.2946.2876.9Operating income

    68.187.7315.6320.2Interest expense

    (19.2)(19.1)(79.7)(102.8)Other income (expense), net

    (0.2)(1.5)(1.1)45.4Loss on extinguishment of debt

    (0.5)—(0.5)(32.7)Income before income taxes

    48.267.1234.3230.1Income tax provision

    (21.2)(13.6)(86.1)(75.8)Net income

    $

    27.0$

    53.5$

    148.2$

    154.3Earnings per share:Basic

    $

    0.21$

    0.41$

    1.13$

    1.17Diluted

    0.200.411.121.17Weighted average shares outstanding:Basic

    131.6131.4131.5131.4Diluted

    131.9131.6131.8131.8


    VWR Corporation and Subsidiaries
    Consolidated Balance SheetsDecember 31,(in millions, except per share data)20162015AssetsCurrent assets:Cash and cash equivalents

    $

    168.7$

    136.3Trade accounts receivable, net of reserves of $10.5 and $12.0

    607.2583.2Inventories

    483.1424.0Other current assets

    93.189.5Total current assets

    1,352.11,233.0Property and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation of $248.9 and $216.2

    253.8228.2Goodwill

    1,844.01,791.4Other intangible assets, net

    1,407.81,455.6Other assets

    104.885.6Total assets

    $

    4,962.5$

    4,793.8Liabilities, Redeemable Equity and Stockholders' EquityCurrent liabilities:Current portion of debt

    $

    250.1$

    92.8Accounts payable

    476.3474.5Employee-related liabilities

    79.361.4Current amount due to Varietal — ITRA

    27.778.1Other current liabilities

    152.7112.3Total current liabilities

    986.1819.1Debt, net of current portion

    1,766.91,896.2Amount due to Varietal — ITRA, net of current portion

    57.385.0Deferred income tax liabilities

    477.2459.5Other liabilities

    159.4158.8Total liabilities

    3,446.93,418.6Redeemable equity, at redemption value

    21.238.8Stockholders' equity:Preferred stock, $0.01 par value; 50.0 shares authorized, no shares issued or outstanding

    ——Common stock, $0.01 par value; 750.0 shares authorized, 131.6 and 131.4 shares issued and outstanding

    1.31.3Additional paid-in capital

    1,766.01,735.1Retained earnings

    154.56.3Accumulated other comprehensive loss

    (427.4)(406.3)Total stockholders' equity

    1,494.41,336.4Total liabilities, redeemable equity and stockholders' equity

    $

    4,962.5$

    4,793.8


    VWR Corporation and Subsidiaries
    Consolidated Statements of Cash FlowsYear ended December 31,(in millions)20162015Cash flows from operating activities:Net income

    $

    148.2$

    154.3Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:Depreciation and amortization

    130.1124.5Net foreign currency remeasurement loss (gain)

    2.3(45.1)Deferred income tax provision

    3.427.3Loss on extinguishment of debt

    0.532.7Other, net

    23.317.9Changes in working capital, net of business acquisitions:Trade accounts receivable

    (25.8)(30.2)Inventories

    (63.1)(43.8)Accounts payable

    15.025.1Other assets and liabilities

    32.3(37.7)Net cash provided by operating activities

    266.2225.0Cash flows from investing activities:Acquisitions of businesses, net of cash acquired

    (142.8)(59.1)Capital expenditures

    (59.9)(40.9)Other investing activities

    —2.1Net cash used in investing activities

    (202.7)(97.9)Cash flows from financing activities:Proceeds from issuance of common stock

    4.71.3Proceeds from debt

    674.42,767.0Repayment of debt

    (623.8)(2,810.2)Payment to Varietal under ITRA

    (78.1)(9.8)Payment of debt issuance costs and redemption premium

    (0.9)(41.9)Other financing activities

    (3.1)(2.5)Net cash used in financing activities

    (26.8)(96.1)Effect of exchange rate changes on cash

    (4.3)(12.7)Net increase in cash and cash equivalents

    32.418.3Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

    136.3118.0Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

    $

    168.7$

    136.3Supplemental disclosures of cash flow information:Cash paid for interest

    $

    79.2$

    104.9Cash paid for income taxes, net

    78.348.0


    VWR Corporation and Subsidiaries
    Supplemental Financial Information (Unaudited)Three months ended December 31,Reported change(dollars in millions)20162015Amount%Net sales:Americas

    $

    668.4$

    652.3$

    16.12.5

    %EMEA-APAC

    461.9460.21.70.4

    %Total

    1,130.31,112.517.81.6

    %Gross profit

    314.3307.96.42.1

    %Gross margin

    27.8

    %27.7

    %10basis pointsSG&A expenses

    $

    246.2$

    220.2$

    26.011.8

    %% of net sales

    21.8

    %19.8

    %200basis pointsOperating income:Americas

    $

    40.7$

    38.4$

    2.36.0

    %EMEA-APAC

    27.449.3(21.9)(44.4)

    %Total

    $

    68.1$

    87.7$

    (19.6)(22.3)

    %Operating income margin:Americas

    6.1

    %5.9

    %20basis pointsEMEA-APAC

    5.9

    %10.7

    %(480)basis pointsTotal

    6.0

    %7.9

    %(190)basis points

    VWR Corporation and Subsidiaries
    Reconciliation of Adjusted EPS (Unaudited)Three months ended December 31,20162015Adjustments in millionsPer shareAdjustments in millionsPer shareDiluted earnings per share (GAAP)$

    0.20$

    0.41Adjustments to reconcile diluted earnings per share to
      Adjusted EPS:Amortization of acquired intangible assets

    $

    21.70.16$

    21.30.16Net foreign currency remeasurement loss from financing
       activities

    0.3—1.50.01Restructuring

    20.30.15——Loss on extinguishment of debt

    0.5———Secondary equity offering costs

    ——0.6—Loss (income) from changes to estimated fair value of
       contingent consideration

    1.20.01(0.5)—Purchase accounting adjustments

    0.5———Income tax benefit applicable to adjustments, net*

    (12.6)(0.10)(9.7)(0.07)Deferred tax rate change related to amortizable intangible
       assets

    ——(4.5)(0.03)Adjusted EPS (non-GAAP)**$

    0.45$

    0.47


    VWR Corporation and Subsidiaries
    Reconciliation of Adjusted EPS (Unaudited)Year ended December 31,20162015Adjustments in millionsPer shareAdjustments in millionsPer shareDiluted earnings per share (GAAP)$

    1.12$

    1.17Adjustments to reconcile diluted earnings per share to
       Adjusted EPS:Amortization of acquired intangible assets

    $

    85.40.65$

    83.40.63Net foreign currency remeasurement loss (gain) from
       financing activities

    1.20.01(45.4)(0.34)Restructuring

    20.30.15——Impairment charges

    ——3.20.02Loss on extinguishment of debt

    0.5—32.70.25Secondary equity offering costs

    1.20.011.50.01Loss (income) from changes to estimated fair value of
       contingent consideration

    4.90.04(1.1)(0.01)Purchase accounting adjustments

    0.5———Legacy facility exit charges

    ——2.80.02Income tax benefit applicable to adjustments, net*

    (36.1)(0.27)(26.7)(0.20)Deferred tax rate change related to amortizable intangible
       assets

    ——(4.5)(0.03)Adjusted EPS (non-GAAP)**$

    1.72$

    1.52*   Represents the estimated income tax effect on the reconciling items, using weighted-average statutory tax 
        rates between 0% and 39%, depending upon the applicable jurisdiction.** Calculated result does not foot due to rounding.

    VWR Corporation and Subsidiaries
    Reconciliation of Organic Net Sales Growth (Unaudited)December 31,Non-GAAP reconciliationReported changeCurrency translationAcquisitionsOrganic net salesgrowth(dollars in millions)20162015Amount%Amount%Three months ended:Americas

    $

    668.4$

    652.3$

    16.12.5

    %$

    0.1$

    21.6$

    (5.6)(0.9)%EMEA-APAC

    461.9460.21.70.4

    %(17.4)2.716.43.6

    %Net sales

    $

    1,130.3$

    1,112.5$

    17.81.6

    %$

    (17.3)$

    24.3$

    10.81.0

    %Year ended:Americas

    $

    2,737.7$

    2,577.3$

    160.46.2

    %$

    (10.0)$

    92.7$

    77.73.0

    %EMEA-APAC

    1,776.51,741.535.02.0

    %(38.2)13.759.53.4

    %Net sales

    $

    4,514.2$

    4,318.8$

    195.44.5

    %$

    (48.2)$

    106.4$

    137.23.2

    %

    Media Contact:
    Valerie Collado
    Director, Corporate Communications
    VWR Corporation
    Phone: +484.885.9338
    valerie_collado@vwr.com

    Investor Contact:
    John Sweeney, CFA
    VP, Investor Relations
    VWR Corporation
    Phone: +610.386.1483
    ir@vwr.com

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