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Charles River »08/05/2007 [Company watch]
Charles River announces 1st Quarter 2007 results

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Charles River Laboratories Announces First-Quarter 2007 Results from Continuing Operations

- First-Quarter Sales Increase 14.6% to $291 Million -

- First-Quarter GAAP EPS Increase 41% to $0.55 -

- First-Quarter Non-GAAP EPS Increase 33.3% to $0.64 -

- Reaffirms Guidance for 2007 -

WILMINGTON, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 8, 2007--Charles River Laboratories International, Inc. (NYSE: CRL) today reported first-quarter 2007 financial results. For the first quarter, net sales from continuing operations increased 14.6% to $291.2 million from $254.1 million in the first quarter of 2006. Strong sales growth in both the Research Models and Services and Preclinical Services business segments drove the increase, as pharmaceutical and biotechnology customers increased their purchases of research models and continued to outsource services. Foreign exchange contributed 2.7% to the net sales growth.

On a GAAP basis, net income from continuing operations for the first quarter of 2007 was $37.2 million, or $0.55 per diluted share, compared to $28.5 million, or $0.39 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2006. The 40.7% increase in earnings per share resulted primarily from higher sales, as well as the benefit of cost savings initiatives implemented in 2006, a lower share count due to the Company's stock repurchase program, lower amortization of intangible assets and reduced net interest expense.

On a non-GAAP basis, net income from continuing operations was $43.2 million for the first quarter of 2007, compared to $34.8 million for the same period in 2006. First-quarter diluted earnings per share on a non-GAAP basis were $0.64, compared to $0.48 per share in the first quarter of 2006. Non-GAAP earnings per share in the first quarter of 2007 excluded $7.9 million of amortization of intangible assets and stock-based compensation related to acquisitions and a charge of $0.8 million related to the decision to accelerate the exit of the Company's Preclinical Services facility in Worcester, Massachusetts. The Company now expects to complete the transition to the new Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, facility by the end of 2007, and as a result, expects to record total related charges in 2007 of approximately $0.03 to $0.05, including the first-quarter charge.

James C. Foster, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "We were very pleased by the strong start to this year. The actions we took last year to focus on our core businesses and improve our operating efficiency are reflected in our stronger sales and earnings growth. The continuing robust demand for our products and services confirms our confidence in the outlook for the year, and we are reaffirming our sales and earnings guidance for 2007."

The Company reports results from continuing operations, which exclude results of the Interventional and Surgical Services (ISS) business. The Company is in the process of closing that business and as a result, reports it as discontinued operations. Historical comparisons have been reclassified accordingly. The net loss from discontinued operations was $0.5 million in the first quarter of 2007. Including discontinued operations, net income for the first quarter of 2007 was $36.8 million, or $0.54 per diluted share, compared to a consolidated net loss of $100.1 million, or $1.37 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2006. Discontinued operations in 2006 included both ISS and the Phase II - IV clinical services business, which the Company sold in August 2006.

Research Models and Services (RMS)

Sales for the RMS segment were $143.1 million in the first quarter of 2007, an increase of 10.9% from $129.0 million in the first quarter of 2006. Sales benefited from strong demand for research models from large pharmaceutical customers in North America, increased demand for Transgenic Services, and higher sales of in vitro products. As expected, sales of large research models increased significantly as shipments which had been delayed from the fourth quarter of 2006 due to an extended quarantine were released.

In the first quarter of 2007, the RMS segment's GAAP operating margin increased to 32.9% from 31.4%, primarily due to increased Transgenic Services revenue and large research model sales. On a non-GAAP basis, which excluded charges of $0.4 million for acquisition-related amortization, the operating margin was 33.1%, compared to 31.4% for the same period in the prior year.

Preclinical Services (PCS)

First-quarter net sales for the PCS segment were $148.1 million, an increase of 18.3% from $125.2 million in the first quarter of 2006. Sales were driven by continuing strong demand for general and specialty toxicology services by pharmaceutical and biotechnology customers, and the addition on October 30, 2006, of the Northwest Kinetics Phase I clinical services business.

The PCS segment's GAAP operating margin improved to 15.8% from 11.0%, as a result of higher sales, improved operating efficiencies and lower amortization of intangible assets related to acquisitions. On a non-GAAP basis, which excludes $7.5 million of acquisition-related amortization and the $0.8 million charge for the accelerated exit from the Worcester facility, the first-quarter operating margin improved to 21.4% compared to 18.2% for the first quarter of 2006.

2007 Guidance

The Company reaffirms its forward-looking guidance based on continuing operations for 2007, which was originally provided on December 13, 2006. This forward-looking guidance is based on current foreign exchange rates. In addition to a net charge in a range of $0.03 - $0.05 per diluted share as a result of the accelerated exit from the Worcester facility, the Company expects to report a one-time gain of approximately $0.02 per diluted share on the sale of real estate in Scotland. Both of these items will be reported as non-GAAP adjustments.

2007 GUIDANCE (from continuing operations)

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Net sales growth (in %) 9% - 12%

Sales ($ in millions) $1,160 - $1,190

GAAP EPS estimate $2.11 - $2.21

Acquisition-related amortization $0.32

Charge to exit Worcester facility and gain on sale of

building, net $0.01 - $0.03

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Non-GAAP EPS estimate $2.43 - $2.53

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