PAREXEL REPORTS THIRD QUARTER FISCAL YEAR 2008 FINANCIAL RESULTS
BOSTON, MA, April 23, 2008 – PAREXEL International Corporation (NASDAQ: PRXL) today announced its financial results for the third quarter and nine months ended March 31, 2008. The past and current period results reflect a two-for-one stock split which occurred on March 3, 2008.
For the three months ended March 31, 2008, PAREXEL’s consolidated service revenue increased 28.3% to a record $245.3 million, compared with $191.2 million in the prior year period. The Company reported operating income of $22.7 million, or 9.3% of consolidated service revenue, in the third quarter of Fiscal Year 2008, versus operating income of $15.5 million, or 8.1% of consolidated service revenue, in the comparable quarter of the prior year. This represented a year-over-year increase of 46.8%. Included in these results was a favorable pre-tax restructuring benefit of $860,000 in the third quarter of Fiscal Year 2008, as noted in the financial charts contained within this press release. Net income for the quarter totaled $14.2 million, or $0.25 per diluted share, compared with net income of $10.8 million, or $0.19 per diluted share for the quarter ended March 31, 2007, an increase of 31.6%.
On a segment basis, consolidated service revenue for the third quarter of Fiscal Year 2008 consisted of $191.5 million in Clinical Research Services (CRS), $33.5 million in PAREXEL Consulting and Medical Communications (PCMS), and $20.3 million in Perceptive Informatics, Inc.
For the nine months ended March 31, 2008, consolidated service revenue was $692.1 million, versus $536.7 million in the prior year period, an increase of 29.0%. Operating income for the current nine-month period was $59.7 million, or 8.6% of consolidated service revenue, compared with operating income of $40.7 million, or 7.6% of consolidated service revenue in the comparable prior year period. Net income for the nine months ended March 31, 2008 was $39.6 million or $0.69 per diluted share, compared with net income of $26.9 million, or $0.48 per diluted share in the prior year period.
PAREXEL’s backlog increased approximately 37% year-over-year, and 7% sequentially from the December 31, 2007 quarter, to $1.9 billion at the end of the March quarter. As of December 31, 2007, PAREXEL’s backlog totaled $1.778 billion. Adding the March quarter’s gross new business wins of $423.5 million to that amount, and subtracting $245.3 million in current quarter service revenue and $49.5 million in cancellations, resulted in a record backlog of $1.91 billion as of March 31, 2008. These results equate to a net book-to-burn ratio of 1.52.
Mr. Josef H. von Rickenbach, PAREXEL’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer stated, “The Company’s financial results marked another quarter of significant growth in revenue, operating income, and earnings per share. From our perspective, industry dynamics remain positive. Our backlog is within reach of the $2 billion mark, with healthy levels of new business wins from all three of our business segments contributing to this quarter’s results. The new business proposal pipeline is robust, and the strength of our competitive position gives us confidence that we will continue to win significant levels of new business, helping us to achieve the goals that we have established for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2008 and beyond.”
The Company issued forward-looking guidance for the fourth quarter of Fiscal Year 2008 (ending June 30, 2008), for Fiscal Year 2008, and for Calendar Year 2008, using recent exchange rates. For the fourth quarter, the Company anticipates reporting consolidated service revenue in the range of $255 to $265 million and earnings per diluted share in the range of $0.25 to $0.26. For Fiscal Year 2008,consolidated service revenue is expected to be in the range of $947 to $957 million and earnings per diluted share are projected to be in the range of $0.94 to $0.96. (Previously issued guidance for Fiscal Year 2008 included service revenue of between $935 and $955million and earnings per diluted share of $0.89 to $0.92). For Calendar Year 2008, expectations are for consolidated service revenue to be in the range of $1.02to $1.05 billion, and earnings per diluted share to be in the range of $0.98 to $1.02. (Previously issued Calendar Year 2008 guidance projected service revenue of $1.0 billion to $1.04 billion and earnings per diluted share in the range of $0.92to $0.97).
The Company believes that presenting the proforma information contained 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 forecasted guidance. 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 conference call to discuss PAREXEL’s third quarter earnings, business, and financial outlook will begin at 10:00 a.m. ET on Thursday, April 24th 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) 234-9960 and ask to join the PAREXEL quarterly conference call.
About the Company
PAREXEL International Corporation is a leading global bio/pharmaceutical services organization, providing a broad range of knowledge-based contract research, medical communications and consulting services to the worldwide pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries. Committed to providing solutions that expedite time-to-market and peak-market penetration, PAREXEL has developed significant expertise across the development and commercialization continuum, from drug development and regulatory consulting to clinical pharmacology, clinical trials management, medical education and reimbursement. Perceptive Informatics, Inc., a subsidiary of PAREXEL, provides advanced technology solutions, including medical imaging, to facilitate the clinical development process. Headquartered near Boston, Massachusetts, PAREXEL operates in 63locations throughout 52 countries around the world, and has over 7,680 employees. For more information about PAREXEL International visit www.PAREXEL.com.
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 of Fiscal Year 2008, Fiscal Year 2008, and Calendar Year 2008. 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; the impact on the Company’s business of government regulation of the drug, medical device and biotechnology industry; consolidation within the pharmaceutical industry and 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 period ended December 31, 2007 as filed with the SEC on February 7, 2008, 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.