PAREXEL REPORTS THIRD QUARTER FISCAL 2005 FINANCIAL RESULTS
BOSTON, MA, April 21, 2005 — PAREXEL International Corporation (Nasdaq: PRXL) today announced its financial results for the third quarter and nine months ended March 31, 2005.
For the three months ended March 31, 2005, PAREXEL’s consolidated service revenue decreased 2.0% to $137.1 million compared with $139.9 million in the prior year period. Operating income was $9.7 million, or 7.1% of consolidated service revenue in the third quarter of Fiscal 2005 versus an operating loss of $1.7 million, or 1.2% of consolidated service revenue, in the comparable quarter of the prior year. Net income for the quarter was $4.6 million, or $0.17 per diluted share, compared with a net loss of $2.5 million, or a loss of $0.10 per diluted share, for the quarter ended March 31, 2004.
On a segment basis, consolidated service revenue for the third quarter of Fiscal 2005 was $96.7 million in Clinical Research Services, $29.0 million in PAREXEL Consulting and Marketing Services, and $11.4 million in Perceptive Informatics, Inc.
For the nine months ended March 31, 2005, consolidated service revenue was $406.5 million versus $406.1 million in the prior year period. Operating income for the current nine-month period was $28.9 million, or 7.1% of consolidated service revenue, compared with operating income of $14.4 million, or 3.5% of consolidated service revenue in the prior year period. Net income for the nine months ended March 31, 2005 was $16.3 million or $0.61 per diluted share, compared with net income of $7.3 million, or $0.27 per diluted share in the prior year period.
For the three-month period from January 1 to March 31, 2005, PAREXEL reported net new business (gross new business less cancellations) of $163.1 million. Backlog at March 31, 2005 was $747.0 million, a sequential increase of 3.6% from the December 31, 2004 backlog which was $721.0 million, and an increase of 13.2% over the backlog on March 31, 2004 which was $660.0 million.
Mr. Josef H. von Rickenbach, PAREXEL’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer stated, “We were disappointed with the Company’s third quarter revenue and earnings shortfall. In the press release we issued on Monday of this week, we outlined the specific reasons we did not achieve our third quarter forecast. From a broader perspective, however, we are being challenged by the low level of net new business wins early in this fiscal year. We also have an increasing revenue imbalance between the Company’s U.S. and non-U.S. operations which has created profitability challenges within the U.S. We have taken a number of steps to address these issues and are encouraged by the recent growth in new business and backlog which we expect to translate into higher revenue levels as we go forward.”
The Company issued forward-looking guidance for the fourth quarter of Fiscal 2005 (ending June 30, 2005), for Fiscal 2005, and for Calendar 2005. For the fourth quarter, the Company anticipates reporting consolidated service revenue in the range of $143 to $148 million and earnings per diluted share in the range of $0.18 to $0.23. For Fiscal 2005, consolidated service revenue is expected to be in the range of $550 to $555 million and earnings per diluted share are projected to be in the range of $0.79 and $0.84 (versus previously issued revenue guidance of $570 to $580 million, and earnings per diluted share of $0.99 to $1.05). For Calendar 2005, expectations are for consolidated service revenue in the range of $575 to $590 million (versus previously issued revenue guidance of $600 to $620 million).
A conference call to discuss PAREXEL’s third quarter earnings, business, and financial outlook will begin at 10 a.m. ET on Friday, April 22nd 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 (612) 332-0932 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 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 diary and investigator database 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 53 locations throughout 37 countries around the world, and has 5,070 employees.
The Company believes that presenting the proforma information contained in the financial tables in this press release assists investors and others in gaining a better understanding of its core operating results and future prospects, especially when comparing such results to previous periods or forecasts. Management uses this proforma information, in addition to the GAAP information, as the basis for measuring the Company’s core operating performance and comparing such performance to that of prior periods and to the performance of its competitors. Such measures are also used by management in its financial and operating decision-making. Proforma information is not meant to be considered superior to or a substitute for the Company’s results of operations prepared in accordance with GAAP. A reconciliation of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) results with proforma results may be found in the attached financial tables.
This release contains "forward-looking" statements regarding future results and events, including, without limitation, statements regarding expected financial results, future growth and customer demand, such as the guidance provided by the Company with respect to the fourth quarter, Fiscal Year 2005, and Calendar 2005. 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”, “targets” and similar expressions are also intended to identify forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements in this release involve a number of risks and uncertainties. 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 which would, among other things, adversely impact the Company’s recognition of revenue included in backlog; the Company's dependence on certain industries and clients; the Company's ability to win new business, manage growth and costs, 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 Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the Quarter ended December 31, 2004 as filed with the SEC on February 8, 2005, 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.
PAREXEL is a registered trademark of PAREXEL International Corporation, and Perceptive Informatics is a trademark of Perceptive Informatics, Inc. All other names or marks may be registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective business and are hereby acknowledged.