Charles River Laboratories International, Inc. reported its results for the first quarter of 2013. For the quarter, net sales from continuing operations were $291.2 million, an increase of 1.8% from $286.0 million in the first quarter of 2012. Foreign currency translation reduced the reported sales by 1.0%. On a segment basis, sales increased in the Preclinical Services (PCS) segment, but declined slightly in the Research Models and Services (RMS) segment.
On a GAAP basis, net income from continuing operations for the first quarter of 2013 was $25.9 million, or $0.53 per diluted share, compared to $26.5 million, or $0.54 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2012.
On a non-GAAP basis, net income from continuing operations was $33.2 million for the first quarter of 2013, a decline of 2.0% from $33.9 million for the same period in 2012. First-quarter diluted earnings per share on a non-GAAP basis were $0.69, a decrease of 1.4% compared to $0.70 per share in the first quarter of 2012. Lower operating income in the RMS segment was the primary driver of the decline.
James C. Foster, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “Our first-quarter operating results were affected by restrained spending on research models and associated services, primarily by large biopharmaceutical clients. We believe the slower than expected spending at the beginning of the year was principally due to these clients’ budget prioritization and the continued rationalization of their early-stage infrastructures and pipelines. As our clients further endeavor to enhance the efficiency of their research and development efforts, they are increasingly seeking more flexible outsourcing solutions for their essential, early-stage services. As the in vivo biology partner of choice, Charles River is uniquely positioned to benefit from this inflection point in biopharmaceutical outsourcing. We believe this outsourcing trend, coupled with our continued market share gains, was evident in the first-quarter performance of our Preclinical Services segment, which reported 6% constant-currency sales growth.”
Mr. Foster continued, “While demand for research models was slower than expected at the beginning of the year, we believe that trends will improve as we progress through 2013. As a result, we continue to expect to achieve our 2013 guidance of 4% to 6% constant-currency sales growth, and non-GAAP earnings per share in a range between $2.80 and $2.90.”