PAREXEL REPORTS THIRD QUARTER FISCAL 2003
BOSTON, MA, April 23, 2003 — PAREXEL International Corporation (Nasdaq: PRXL) today announced its financial results for the third quarter and nine months ended March 31, 2003.
For the three months ended March 31, 2003, PAREXEL’s consolidated service revenue grew approximately 18.1% to $132.3 million compared with consolidated service revenue of $112.0 million in the prior year quarter. Operating income was $8.3 million, or 6.3% of consolidated service revenue, versus operating income of $4.6 million, or 4.1% of consolidated service revenue in the comparable quarter of the prior year. Net income for the quarter was $4.4 million or $0.17 per diluted share, compared with net income of $3.7 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, for the quarter ended March 31, 2002.
Service revenue for the third quarter was $81.5 million in Clinical Research Services, $26.3 million in the PAREXEL Consulting Group, $17.9 million in Medical Marketing Services, and $6.6 million in Perceptive Informatics, Inc.
For the nine months ended March 31, 2003, consolidated service revenue was $374.0 million versus consolidated service revenue of $320.7 million in the prior year period, an increase of approximately 16.6%. Operating income for the current nine-month period was $17.0 million compared with $11.3 million in the prior year nine-month period. Net income for the nine months was $7.8 million or $0.30 per diluted share, compared with $9.2 million, or $0.36 per diluted share in the prior year nine-month period. On a proforma basis, operating income for the current nine-month period was $22.9 million, net income was $11.5 million, and earnings per diluted share were $0.45. The proforma results do not include a $5.9 million facilities-related restructuring charge recorded in the second quarter of FY 2003 as a result of changes in prior assumptions regarding certain previously abandoned leased facilities. The Company believes that presenting the preceding proforma information, and the proforma earnings per diluted share information discussed below, gives investors a better indication of the Company’s expectations for earnings going forward. Management uses this proforma information internally to evaluate the Company’s performance and manage its operations because management believes that this proforma information facilitates period-to-period comparisons. A reconciliation of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) results to the proforma results may be found in the attached financial tables.
Mr. Josef H. von Rickenbach, PAREXEL’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer stated, “This quarter PAREXEL achieved strong year-over-year revenue growth of more than 18%, and improved operating margin by 220 basis points. We believe that the relentless dedication and focus that our employees and management team have had on improving profitability have enabled us to achieve these results.”
The Company reconfirmed the forward-looking guidance regarding revenue and earnings per share estimates that it had issued in a press release on April 8, 2003, as follows. For the fourth quarter of Fiscal 2003, the Company anticipates reporting service revenue in the range of $133 to $136 million and earnings per diluted share of approximately $0.19 to $0.21. Achieving those objectives would result in consolidated service revenue for Fiscal 2003 (ending June 30, 2003), in the range of $505 to $510 million, and earnings per diluted share as defined by GAAP in the range of $0.50 to $0.52, and on a proforma basis in the range of $0.64 to $0.66 (excluding the restructuring charge reported in the second quarter of FY 2003). On a GAAP basis for Calendar 2003, the Company anticipates reporting consolidated service revenue of between $520 and $540 million, and earnings per diluted share of between $0.76 and $0.79.
PAREXEL’s Third Quarter Fiscal 2003 Earnings Conference Call will begin at 10 a.m. ET on Wednesday, April 23rd and will be broadcast live over the internet via webcast. The webcast may be accessed in the “Webcasts” portion of the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website at http://www.parexel.com. Users should follow the instructions provided to assure that the necessary audio applications are downloaded and installed. A replay of this webcast will be archived on the website approximately two hours after the call and will continue to be accessible for approximately one year following the live event. To participate via telephone, dial (212) 676-5376 and ask to join the PAREXEL quarterly conference call.
PAREXEL is one of the largest biopharmaceutical outsourcing organizations in the world, providing a broad range of knowledge-based contract research, medical marketing and consulting services to the worldwide pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries. With a commitment to providing solutions that expedite time-to-market and peak market penetration, PAREXEL has developed significant expertise in clinical trials management, data management, biostatistical analysis, medical marketing, clinical pharmacology, regulatory and medical consulting, industry training and publishing and other drug development consulting services. Its information technology subsidiary, Perceptive Informatics, Inc., develops and offers a portfolio of sophisticated and innovative technology-based products and services that facilitate clinical drug development and are designed to decrease time to peak sales. The technology portfolio includes web-based portal solutions and tracking tools, Interactive Voice Response Systems (IVRS), Clinical Trial Management Systems (CTMS), electronic data capture (EDC), and electronic diary solutions. Perceptive also offers advanced medical diagnostics services to assess rapidly and objectively the safety and efficacy of new drugs, biologics, and medical devices in clinical trials. PAREXEL’s integrated services, therapeutic area depth and sophisticated information technology, along with its experience in global drug development and product launch services, represent key competitive strengths. Headquartered near Boston, MA, PAREXEL operates in 58 locations throughout 36 countries around the world, and has approximately 5,100 employees.
This release contains "forward-looking" statements regarding future results and events, including statements regarding the Company’s existing capital resources and future cash flows from operations, and statements regarding expected financial results, future growth and customer demand that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. For this purpose, any statements contained herein that are not statements of historical fact may be deemed forward-looking statements. Without limiting the foregoing, the words "believes", "anticipates", "plans", "expects", "intends", "appears", “estimates”, “projects” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. The Company's actual future results may differ significantly from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements contained in this release. Important factors that might cause such a difference include, but are not limited to, risks associated with: actual operating performance; actual expense savings and other operating improvements resulting from recent restructurings; the loss, modification, or delay of contracts; the Company's dependence on certain industries and clients; the Company's ability to win new business, manage growth, and attract and retain employees; the Company's ability to complete additional acquisitions and to integrate newly acquired businesses or enter into new lines of business; government regulation of the drug, medical device and biotechnology industry; consolidation within the pharmaceutical industry; competition within the biopharmaceutical services industry; the potential for significant liability to clients and third parties; the potential adverse impact of health care reform; and the effects of exchange rate fluctuations and other international economic, political, and other risks. Such factors and others are discussed more fully in the section entitled "Risk Factors" of the Company's Registration Statement on Form S-3, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on February 28, 2003, which “Risk Factors” discussion is incorporated by reference in this press release. The forward-looking statements included in this press release represent the Company’s estimates as of the date of this release. The Company specifically disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements in the future. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing the Company’s estimates or views as of any date subsequent to the date of this press release.