- Second quarter revenue growth of 12% as reported and 8% constant currency organic
- As reported diluted earnings per share increased to $1.16; adjusted earnings increased to $2.03
- Fiscal 2024 outlook maintained
DUBLIN, IRELAND, Nov. 07, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- STERIS plc (NYSE: STE) (“STERIS” or the “Company”) today announced financial results for its fiscal 2024 second quarter ended September 30, 2023. Revenue as reported for the quarter increased 12% to $1.34 billion compared with $1.20 billion in the second quarter of fiscal 2023. Constant currency organic revenue (see Non-GAAP Financial Measures) increased 8% for the second quarter of fiscal 2024 as compared to the second quarter of fiscal 2023.
“We are pleased to see the momentum in our Healthcare segment continue in the second quarter,” said Dan Carestio, President and Chief Executive Officer of STERIS. “In addition, the integration of the surgical instrumentation business purchased from BD during the quarter is progressing as planned. Our Healthcare segment is anticipated to outperform our original expectations for the fiscal year, offsetting macro challenges impacting demand in our other segments.”
Second Quarter Operating and Segment Results
As reported, net income for the second quarter was $115.3 million or $1.16 per share, compared with net loss of $315.3 million or ($3.15) per diluted share in the second quarter of fiscal 2023. The second quarter of fiscal 2023 was impacted by an impairment charge. Adjusted net income (see Non-GAAP Financial Measures) for the second quarter of fiscal 2024 was $202.2 million or $2.03 per diluted share, compared with the previous year’s second quarter of $199.6 million or $1.99 per diluted share.
Healthcare revenue as reported grew 19% in the quarter to $870.1 million compared with $732.8 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2023. This performance reflected a 20% improvement in capital equipment revenue, a 24% increase in consumable revenue and a 13% increase in service revenue. Constant currency organic revenue increased 14% for the quarter compared with the prior year quarter. Healthcare operating income was $204.1 million compared with $165.3 million in last year’s second quarter. This improvement was primarily attributable to the increase in volume along with favorable pricing.
Fiscal 2024 second quarter revenue for Applied Sterilization Technologies (AST) increased 1% as reported to $235.1 million compared with $232.4 million in the same period last year. This performance reflected 5% growth in service revenue, offset by a decline in capital equipment, which was primarily due to timing. Underlying service growth continues to be impacted by Medtech Customer inventory management and the reduction in demand from bioprocessing Customers. Constant currency organic revenue in the quarter decreased 1%. Segment operating income was $110.8 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2024, somewhat limited by lower volumes, compared with operating income of $110.4 million in the same period last year.
Life Sciences second quarter revenue as reported increased 6% to $133.1 million compared with $125.8 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2023. This performance reflected an 18% increase in capital equipment revenue and a 3% increase in consumable revenue, while service revenue was flat as compared with second quarter last year. Constant currency organic revenue increased 5% in the quarter compared with the prior year quarter. Reflecting the improvement in volume and price, operating income increased to $50.3 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2024 compared with $48.6 million in the prior year’s second quarter.
Dental second quarter revenue as reported declined 5% to $104.2 million compared with $109.6 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2023. Constant currency organic revenue declined 6% in the quarter compared with the prior year quarter. Reflecting lower volume, operating income was $24.5 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2024 compared with $28.1 million in the prior year’s second quarter.
Net cash provided by operations for the first half of fiscal 2024 was $427.2 million, compared with $335.6 million in the same period during fiscal 2023. Free cash flow (see Non-GAAP Financial Measures) for the first half of fiscal 2024 was $284.7 million compared with $138.2 million in the prior year period. The increase in free cash flow during the period was primarily driven by lower capital spending and a decline in cash used for tax and compensation related payments.
Fiscal 2024 Outlook
The company is confirming its outlook for fiscal 2024 of as reported revenue growth of 9-10% and constant currency organic revenue growth of 6-7%. Adjusted earnings per diluted share are anticipated to be in the range of $8.60 to $8.80. Free cash flow for fiscal 2024 is anticipated to be approximately $685 million.
As previously announced, STERIS management will host a conference call tomorrow, November 8, 2023 at 9:00 a.m. ET. The conference call can be heard at www.steris-ir.com or via phone by dialing 1-833-535-2199 in the United States or 1-412-902-6776 internationally, then asking to join the conference call for STERIS plc.
For those unable to listen to the conference call live, a replay will be available beginning at 12:00 p.m. ET tomorrow either at www.steris-ir.com or via phone. To access the replay of the call, please use the access code 5252669 and dial 1-877-344-7529 in the United States or 1-412-317-0088 internationally.
STERIS is a leading global provider of products and services that support patient care with an emphasis on infection prevention. WE HELP OUR CUSTOMERS CREATE A HEALTHIER AND SAFER WORLD by providing innovative healthcare, life sciences and dental products and services. For more information, visit www.steris.com.
Julie Winter, Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Adjusted net income, adjusted income from operations, free cash flow and constant currency organic revenue are non-GAAP measures that may be used from time to time and should not be considered replacements for GAAP results. Non-GAAP financial measures are presented in this release with the intent of providing greater transparency to supplemental financial information used by management and the Board of Directors in their financial analysis and operational decision making. These amounts are disclosed so that the reader has the same financial data that management uses with the belief that it will assist investors and other readers in making comparisons to our historical operating results and analyzing the underlying performance of our operations for the periods presented. The Company believes that the presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures, when considered along with our GAAP financial measures, provides a more complete understanding of the factors and trends affecting our business than could be obtained absent this disclosure.
Adjusted net income and adjusted income from operations exclude the amortization of intangible assets acquired in business combinations, acquisition and divestiture related transaction costs, integration costs related to acquisitions, tax restructuring costs, and certain other unusual or non-recurring items. STERIS believes this measure is useful because it excludes items that may not be indicative of or are unrelated to our core operating results and provides a baseline for analyzing trends in our underlying businesses.
The Company defines free cash flow as cash flows from operating activities less purchases of property, plant, equipment and intangibles, plus proceeds from the sale of property, plant, equipment, and intangibles. STERIS believes that free cash flow is a useful measure of the Company’s ability to fund future principal debt repayments and growth outside of core operations, pay cash dividends, and repurchase ordinary shares.
To measure the percentage organic revenue growth, the Company removes the impact of significant acquisitions and divestitures that affect the comparability and trends in revenue. To measure the percentage constant currency organic revenue growth, the impact of changes in currency exchange rates and acquisitions and divestitures that affect the comparability and trends in revenue are removed. The impact of changes in currency exchange rates is calculated by translating current year results at prior year average currency exchange rates.
Because non-GAAP financial measures are not standardized, it may not be possible to compare these financial measures with other companies’ non-GAAP financial measures having the same or similar names. These adjusted financial measures should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for reported sales, gross profit, operating income, net earnings and net earnings per diluted share, the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures. These non-GAAP financial measures are an additional way of viewing aspects of the Company’s operations that, when viewed with GAAP results and the reconciliations to corresponding GAAP financial measures below, provide a more complete understanding of the business. The Company strongly encourages investors and shareholders to review its financial statements and publicly-filed reports in their entirety and not to rely on any single financial measure.
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Other potential risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include, without limitation, (a) the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic or similar public health crises on STERIS’s operations, supply chain, material and labor costs, performance, results, prospects, or value, (b) STERIS's ability to achieve the expected benefits regarding the accounting and tax treatments of the redomiciliation to Ireland (“Redomiciliation”), (c) operating costs, Customer loss and business disruption (including, without limitation, difficulties in maintaining relationships with employees, Customers, clients or suppliers) being greater than expected, (d) STERIS’s ability to successfully integrate the businesses of Cantel Medical into our existing businesses, including unknown or inestimable liabilities, impairments, or increases in expected integration costs or difficulties in connection with the integration of Cantel Medical, (e) uncertainties related to tax treatments under the TCJA and the IRA, (f) the possibility that Pillar Two Model Rules could increase tax uncertainty and adversely impact STERIS's provision for income taxes and effective tax rate and subject STERIS to additional income tax in jurisdictions who adopt Pillar Two Model Rules, (g) STERIS's ability to continue to qualify for benefits under certain income tax treaties in light of ratification of more strict income tax treaty rules (through the MLI) in many jurisdictions where STERIS has operations, (h) changes in tax laws or interpretations that could increase our consolidated tax liabilities, including changes in tax laws that would result in STERIS being treated as a domestic corporation for United States federal tax purposes, (i) the potential for increased pressure on pricing or costs that leads to erosion of profit margins, including as a result of inflation, (j) the possibility that market demand will not develop for new technologies, products or applications or services, or business initiatives will take longer, cost more or produce lower benefits than anticipated, (k) the possibility that application of or compliance with laws, court rulings, certifications, regulations, or regulatory actions, including without limitation any of the same relating to FDA, EPA or other regulatory authorities, government investigations, the outcome of any pending or threatened FDA, EPA or other regulatory warning notices, actions, requests, inspections or submissions, the outcome of any pending or threatened litigation brought by private parties, or other requirements or standards may delay, limit or prevent new product or service introductions, affect the production, supply and/or marketing of existing products or services, result in costs to STERIS that may not be covered by insurance, or otherwise affect STERIS’s performance, results, prospects or value, (l) the potential of international unrest, including the Russia-Ukraine or Israel-Hamas military conflicts, economic downturn or effects of currencies, tax assessments, tariffs and/or other trade barriers, adjustments or anticipated rates, raw material costs or availability, benefit or retirement plan costs, or other regulatory compliance costs, (m) the possibility of reduced demand, or reductions in the rate of growth in demand, for STERIS’s products and services, (n) the possibility of delays in receipt of orders, order cancellations, or delays in the manufacture or shipment of ordered products, due to supply chain issues or otherwise, or in the provision of services, (o) the possibility that anticipated growth, cost savings, new product acceptance, performance or approvals, or other results may not be achieved, or that transition, labor, competition, timing, execution, impairments, regulatory, governmental, or other issues or risks associated with STERIS’s businesses, industry or initiatives including, without limitation, those matters described in STERIS's various securities filings, may adversely impact STERIS’s performance, results, prospects or value, (p) the impact on STERIS and its operations, or tax liabilities, of Brexit or the exit of other member countries from the EU, and the Company’s ability to respond to such impacts, (q) the impact on STERIS and its operations of any legislation, regulations or orders, including but not limited to any new trade or tax legislation (including CAMT and excise tax on stock buybacks), regulations or orders, that may be implemented by the U.S. administration or Congress, or of any responses thereto, (r) the possibility that anticipated financial results or benefits of recent acquisitions, including the acquisition of Cantel Medical and Key Surgical and the acquisition of certain BD assets, or of STERIS’s restructuring efforts, or of recent divestitures, including anticipated revenue, productivity improvement, cost savings, growth synergies and other anticipated benefits, will not be realized or will be other than anticipated, (s) the increased level of STERIS’s indebtedness incurred in connection with the acquisition of Cantel Medical limiting financial flexibility or increasing future borrowing costs, (t) rating agency actions or other occurrences that could affect STERIS’s existing debt or future ability to borrow funds at rates favorable to STERIS or at all, (u) the effects of changes in credit availability and pricing, as well as the ability of STERIS’s Customers and suppliers to adequately access the credit markets, on favorable terms or at all, when needed, and (v) STERIS’s ability to complete any announced transactions, including the fulfillment of related closing conditions.