Trinity Biotech, a leading developer and manufacturer of diagnostic products for the point-of-care and clinical laboratory markets, today announced results for the quarter ended September 30, 2016.

Trinity Biotech plc (Nasdaq:TRIB), a leading developer and manufacturer of diagnostic products for the point-of-care and clinical laboratory markets, today announced results for the quarter ended September 30, 2016.

Quarter 3 Results
Total revenues for Q3, 2016 were $26.1m which compares to $25.8m in Q3, 2015, an increase of 1.4%.

Point-of-Care revenues for Q3, 2016 decreased from $5.4m to $4.9m when compared to Q3, 2015, a decline of 9.5%. This is within the normal quarterly fluctuation range of HIV sales in Africa.

Clinical Laboratory revenues increased to $21.2m, which represents an increase of 4.3% compared to Q3, 2015. This increase was primarily attributable to increased Premier and autoimmune revenues.

Unlike in previous quarters, the impact of foreign exchange on revenues was not significant when compared to the equivalent quarter last year.  When calculated, its impact was to reduce this quarter’s revenues by less than 0.5% with the weakness in Sterling being the biggest single factor.

Revenues for Q3, 2016 were as follows:

   Quarter 3    
   Quarter 3  
Clinical Laboratory20,34321,2244.3%

Gross profit for Q3, 2016 amounted to $11.7m representing a gross margin of 44.7%, which is lower than the 46.5% achieved in Q3, 2015. This decrease is largely due to lower sales of higher margin point-of-care products and the knock-on impact of past currency movements – primarily the impact of the stronger dollar on distributor pricing.

Research and Development expenses have remained in line with the equivalent quarter last year at $1.3m. Meanwhile, Selling, General and Administrative (SG&A) expenses have remained at $7.5m for the quarter.

Operating profit for the quarter was $2.7m, which is lower than the $3.0m achieved in Q3, 2015, and this is attributable to the impact of higher revenues and lower indirect costs being more than offset by the lower gross margin.

The net financing expense for the quarter was $3.1m versus income of $9.6m in the equivalent quarter of 2015. This financing income/expense can be broken down into its component parts as follows:

Net financing income / (expense)   Q3 2016     Q3 2015  
Financial income212204
Financial expense – Exchangeable note(1,150)(1,064)
Other financial expenses(29)(21)
Financial expense (cash)(1,179)(1,085)
Non-cash financial income / (expense)(1,940)10,720
Non-cash financial expense – accretion interest(180)(208)
Non-cash financial income / (expense)(2,120)10,512
Net financial income / (expense)(3,087)9,631

Financial income increased to $212,000 from $204,000 in the equivalent quarter last year. This was primarily due to improved interest rates.

Financial expenses primarily consist of the cash interest payable on the company’s Exchangeable Notes, which amounts to $1.15m per quarter.

Non-cash financial income represents adjustments required to the fair value of the derivatives embedded in the exchangeable notes along with an amount to accrete the fair value of the debt liability back to its nominal value ($115 million) over the term of the debt using an effective interest rate methodology. For Q3, 2016, the fair value adjustment to the value of the embedded derivatives was a charge to the income statement of $1.9m.

The loss before tax for the period was $0.4m, though this was largely impacted by non-cash charges related to the Exchangeable Notes.  Excluding these non-cash items, the profit before tax for the quarter was $1.8m.

The tax charge for Q3, 2016 was $0.1m, an effective tax rate of 8.5% on the profit for the quarter excluding non-cash charges.

The loss after tax for the period was $0.5m. However, excluding the non-cash elements of the Exchangeable Notes, this would have been a profit of $1.6m, which equates to an adjusted EPS of 7.0 cents. This compares to $1.8m and an adjusted EPS of 7.5 cents in Q3, 2015. Diluted EPS for the quarter amounted to 9.7 cents, which is consistent with the equivalent quarter in 2015.

The above results do not reflect the impact of the decisions to withdraw the Meritas Troponin submission from the FDA and to close the company’s facility in Uppsala, Sweden as both of these events occurred after the quarter end. It is expected that the company will record an impairment charge of in excess of $50m in relation to the costs incurred on the Meritas project as well as a provision for closure costs associated with the Swedish facility. Both of these will be reflected in the company’s Q4 income statement.

Cash generated from operations during the quarter was $5.6m, though this was offset by capital expenditure of $5.6m and interest and tax payments of $0.2m, resulting in a net cash outflow for the quarter of under $0.2m. This resulted in a cash balance at the end of the quarter of $84.8m.

Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, amortisation and share option expense for the quarter was $4.6m.

Meritas – withdrawal of FDA submission

On October 4, 2016 Trinity Biotech announced that it was withdrawing its 510(k) premarket notification submission for the Meritas Troponin-I Test and Meritas Point-of-Care Analyzer. This followed a meeting with the FDA, where they asked Trinity to consider withdrawing its submission due to their concerns about clinical performance. These concerns focussed on the analyzer’s operating temperature range and the inconsistency of the test’s performance with the most recently cleared laboratory Troponin test.

Given these concerns, the company decided to withdraw the submission and to cease development of its Troponin product for the U.S. market.  It was felt that, even after carrying out additional development work on the product, which would be both lengthy and likely to cost an additional $20-30m, there was insufficient certainty that its performance could ever match a recently approved laboratory Troponin test.  As a consequence of this, the company also decided not to submit its Meritas BNP test for heart failure to the FDA, as this was being developed as a sister product for Troponin.

The Meritas platform has many potential applications in the point-of-care arena, and thus the company has embarked on an internal review process to determine the best future opportunity for this technically excellent platform. This process is expected to take between 9 and 12 months. In conjunction with this, the Company will close its facility in Uppsala, Sweden and transfer the technology to its headquarters in Bray, Ireland.

In its Q4 income statement, the company expects to recognise an impairment charge in excess of $50m reflecting the costs incurred on the Meritas platform to date plus an additional provision for closure costs in relation to the Swedish facility.


Commenting on the results, Kevin Tansley, Chief Financial Officer, said “Operating profit this quarter was $2.7m, which whilst lower than the equivalent quarter last year, did represent an improvement compared to our more recent quarters.  This was driven by improved top line performance.  Whilst our gross margin remains under pressure, mainly due to product mix and carry over currency factors, higher revenues combined with control over indirect costs has resulted in an operating margin of over 10%. Meanwhile, our diluted EPS for the quarter remained consistent at 9.7 cents per ADR.”

Ronan O’Caoimh, CEO of Trinity said “The last few weeks have been difficult for the company.  We had invested considerable time and effort in developing our Troponin test on the Meritas platform and it was extremely frustrating that, even with its clear performance advantages over its competitors, FDA approval was not forthcoming. Following this we have taken decisive action. We are closing our facility in Sweden, resulting in 40 redundancies and transferring the technology to our Bray facility. Once all closure costs have been incurred, this will result in a reduction in expenditure on the platform from $9m p.a. to $1.5m p.a. thus returning the company to a near break-even cash flow position.

We also believe that the excellent technical performance of Meritas still makes this a valuable platform. In the months ahead we will look closely at a wide range of alternatives with a view to maximising this value. This will include looking at alternative menus and/or collaborations with third parties.

In the meantime, we will focus on expanding our core business which has a number of growth drivers. In particular, we will continue to place large numbers of Premier instruments in an ever increasing number of countries, thus building market share. We will also increase our penetration of the haemoglobin variant market with our newly launched Premier Resolution instrument. We will continue to grow our autoimmune business, building on our growth of product sales and reference laboratory services. We are also determined to expand our HIV franchise in Africa.  Having already conquered the confirmatory market, we will now look to enter the higher volume screening market.

Whilst we will continue to look for highly synergistic and earnings accretive acquisitions, I believe that at our current share price, buying back our own shares represents the best deployment of capital at this juncture.  This, coupled with the growth opportunities inherent in our existing business, will enhance our earnings capacity and drive shareholder value.”

Forward-looking statements in this release are made pursuant to the “safe harbor” provision of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Investors are cautioned that such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to, the results of research and development efforts, the effect of regulation by the United States Food and Drug Administration and other agencies, the impact of competitive products, product development commercialisation and technological difficulties, and other0 risks detailed in the Company’s periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Trinity Biotech develops, acquires, manufactures and markets diagnostic systems, including both reagents and instrumentation, for the point-of-care and clinical laboratory segments of the diagnostic market. The products are used to detect infectious diseases and to quantify the level of Haemoglobin A1c and other chemistry parameters in serum, plasma and whole blood. Trinity Biotech sells direct in the United States, Germany, France and the U.K. and through a network of international distributors and strategic partners in over 75 countries worldwide. For further information please see the Company’s website:

Trinity Biotech plc
Consolidated Income Statements
(US$000’s  except share data) Three Months
September 30,
Three Months
September 30,
Nine Months
September 30,
Nine Months
September 30,
Revenues 26,12725,76175,93175,258
Cost of sales(14,460)(13,776)(42,316)(39,780)
Gross profit 11,66711,98533,61535,478
Gross profit %44.7%46.5%44.3%47.1%
Other operating income7073211222
Research & development expenses(1,296)(1,293)(3,711)(3,560)
Selling, general and administrative expenses(7,487)(7,467)(22,245)(20,467)
Indirect share based payments(236)(327)(971)(1,357)
Operating profit  2,7182,9716,89910,316
Financial income212204657299
Financial expenses(1,179)(1,085)(3,545)(2,279)
Non-cash financial income / (expense)(2,120)10,512(3,308)11,490
Net financing income / (expense)(3,087)9,631(6,196)9,510
Profit / (loss) before tax  (369)12,60270319,826
Income tax expense(148)(339)(462)(858)
 Profit / (loss) for the period
  (517) 12,263 241 18,968
Earnings per ADR (US cents)(2.3)
Earnings per ADR excluding non-cash financial income (US cents)7.07.515.432.3
Diluted earnings per ADR (US cents)9.7*9.724.6*35.7
Weighted average no. of ADRs used in computing basic earnings per ADR22,797,20823,202,22823,032,88523,128,287
Weighted average no. of ADRs used in computing diluted earnings per ADR28,379,44428,766,69128,452,58027,059,058

* Under IAS 33 Earnings per Share, diluted earnings per share cannot be anti-dilutive. Therefore, diluted earnings per ADR in accordance with IFRS would be 1.0 cents for the year to date, and a loss of 2.3 cents for the quarter (i.e. equal to basic earnings per ADR).
The above financial statements have been prepared in accordance with the principles of International Financial Reporting Standards and the Company’s accounting policies but do not constitute an interim financial report as defined in IAS 34 (Interim Financial Reporting).

Trinity Biotech plc
Consolidated Balance Sheets
 September 30,
US$ ‘000
June 30,
US$ ‘000
March 31,
US$ ‘000
Dec 31,
US$ ‘000
Non-current assets  
Property, plant and equipment21,49521,76021,46020,659
Goodwill and intangible assets173,240169,049165,157161,324
Deferred tax assets13,53113,31213,09612,792
Other assets849932860954
Total non-current assets209,115205,053200,573195,729
Current assets
Trade and other receivables25,80227,83226,26025,602
Income tax receivable811712664550
Cash and cash equivalents84,75184,92096,829101,953
Total current assets151,353152,717159,462163,230
TOTAL ASSETS360,468357,770360,035358,959
Equity attributable to the equity holders of the parent
Share capital1,2221,2211,2201,220
Share premium15,80115,57515,52115,526
Accumulated surplus197,379197,588199,453201,951
Other reserves(4,002)(3,721)(3,723)(4,809)
Total equity210,400210,663212,471213,888
Current liabilities
Income tax payable7726571,0261,163
Trade and other payables19,97619,38419,19518,874
Total current liabilities20,82320,11620,29620,112
Non-current liabilities
Exchangeable senior note payable101,35199,232100,07398,044
Other payables1,9391,9862,0572,096
Deferred tax liabilities25,95525,77325,13824,819
Total non-current liabilities129,245126,991127,268124,959
TOTAL LIABILITIES150,068147,107147,564145,071
TOTAL EQUITY AND LIABILITIES360,468357,770360,035358,959

The above financial statements have been prepared in accordance with the principles of International Financial Reporting Standards and the Company’s accounting policies but do not constitute an interim financial report as defined in IAS 34 (Interim Financial Reporting).

Trinity Biotech plc
Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows
(US$000’s)Three Months
September 30,
Three Months
September 30,
Nine Months
September 30,
Nine Months
September 30,
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period84,920110,257101,9539,102
Operating cash flows before changes in working capital5,1643,85112,95014,279
Changes in working capital393(166)(3,469)(8,504)
Cash generated from operations5,5573,6859,4815,775
Net Interest and Income taxes paid(171)(108)(263)(440)
Capital Expenditure & Financing (net)(5,555)(4,290)(16,982)(15,623)
Free cash flow(169)(713)(7,764)(10,288)
Share buyback(6,026)
Payment of HIV-2 licence fee(1,112)
30 year Convertible Note interest payment(2,300)
30 year Convertible Note proceeds, net of fees(156)110,574
Dividend payment(5,099)(5,099)
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period84,751104,28984,751104,289

The above financial statements have been prepared in accordance with the principles of International Financial Reporting Standards and the Company’s accounting policies but do not constitute an interim financial report as defined in IAS 34 (Interim Financial Reporting).

Trinity Biotech plc
Kevin Tansley
Lytham Partners LLC
Joe Diaz, Joe Dorame & Robert Blum


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