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Hill-Rom Reports First Quarter Revenue Growth of 3.0 Percent to $352 Million and Earnings Per Fully Diluted Share From Continuing Operations of $0.23, an Increase of 15.0 Percent From the Prior Year
Date:2/4/2009

ance of capital sales in Europe and Latin America. Constant currency growth was 28.0 percent, with approximately half related to the Liko acquisition. Capital sales increased $16.4 million, or 23.7 percent, while rental revenue declined by $1.0 million, or 7.2 percent.

-- North America Post-Acute Care. Hill-Rom North America Post-Acute Care revenue increased $2.3 million, or 4.8 percent, to $50.4 million. Capital sales revenue increased by $2.3 million, or 26.7 percent, primarily due to the Liko acquisition, sales channel initiatives and new product sales. Rental revenue was equivalent to the prior year at $39.5 million, with strong respiratory and home care performance offset by continued softness in extended care.


    Other Fourth Quarter Financial and Operational Highlights

    Gross Profit and Operating Expenses:

-- Hill-Rom gross profit was up slightly from the prior year to $152.5 million, although gross margin declined 110 basis points to 43.4 percent. Capital gross profit declined by 3.8 percent, and gross margin was down 260 basis points versus the prior year due to the reduced volume of North America acute patient support products along with higher growth of lower margin International sales. Capital margins were also negatively impacted by $1.9 million related to the valuation of acquired Liko inventories and a union ratification bonus of $0.9 million incurred in the quarter. Rental gross profit grew by 6.8 percent and associated gross margin improved 180 basis points, due primarily to increased revenue and cost improvement actions within the field service network.

-- Operating expenses as a percent of sales declined 20 basis points to 36.8 percent. General and administrative expenses declined by upper-single- digits, excluding Liko.

-- Cash flow from operations was $34.9 million for the first quarter. Strong collections of our receivables were
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