Harvard Bioscience Announces Fourth Quarter 2023 Financial Results

  • Q4 Revenues of $28.2 million
  • Q4 Gross Margin of 58.0% (230 bps year-over-year improvement)
  • Q4 operating income of $0.3 million, adjusted operating income of $3.3 million
  • Strong operating cash flow enabled 2023 debt reduction of $10.5 million and a significant decrease in net leverage

HOLLISTON, Mass., March 07, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Harvard Bioscience, Inc. (Nasdaq: HBIO) (the “Company”) today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2023.

Jim Green, Chairman and CEO said, “Our fourth quarter revenue was down a modest 1% compared to the prior year quarter in a challenging APAC marketplace. Revenue included a net reduction of approximately $0.9 million of remaining discontinued products from prior year. We saw significant gross margin expansion and continued our relentless focus on enhancing the product portfolio. At the same time, we introduced exciting new products which we expect to lead to future growth.”

Green continued, “We remain focused on solidifying our base business and expanding recurring revenue by introducing new products, services, and consumables. Our latest product introductions are penetrating exciting high growth adjacencies in bioproduction and advanced cell and organoid applications where we expect to see adoption in research, pharma, and biotech, in addition to high volume industrial applications.”

Financial Results SummaryThree Months Ended December 31, Year Ended December 31,
(unaudited, $ in millions except per share data) 2023   2022   2023   2022 
Revenues$28.2  $28.4  $112.3  $113.3 
Gross margin 58.0%  55.7%  58.9%  53.7%
Operating income (loss) (GAAP)$0.3  $(0.5) $1.9  $(6.9)
Adjusted operating income$3.3  $3.4  $13.1  $9.5 
Net loss (GAAP)$(1.8) $(1.7) $(3.4) $(9.5)
Diluted loss per share (GAAP)$(0.04) $(0.04) $(0.08) $(0.23)
Diluted adjusted earnings per share$0.04  $0.04  $0.14  $0.12 
Adjusted EBITDA$3.6  $3.7  $14.6  $10.8 
Adjusted EBITDA margin 13.0%  13.0%  13.0%  9.6%
Cash flow provided by operations$4.3  $2.7  $14.0  $1.2 
Debt, including unamortized deferred financing costs    $36.6  $46.8 
Net debt (non-GAAP)    $32.8  $43.2 
Net leverage ratio (non-GAAP) (1)     2.3   4.0 

(1) Net leverage ratio is defined as our net debt divided by our trailing twelve-month adjusted EBITDA as defined in our credit agreement. For more information, please refer to the reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP financial measures included in the appendix to this press release.

Fourth Quarter 2023 Highlights

For the fourth quarter of fiscal 2023, the Company reported revenues of $28.2 million compared to $28.4 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2022 and included a net reduction of $0.9 million from discontinued products from the fourth quarter of 2022. Gross margin for the three months ended December 31, 2023 was 58.0% compared with 55.7% in the comparable quarter of the prior year.

Net loss for the fourth quarter of 2023 was $(1.8) million and included an unfavorable impact of a $(0.3) million unrealized loss on marketable securities. This compares to net loss of $(1.7) million in the fourth quarter of 2022. Adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter of 2023 was $3.6 million, compared to $3.7 million in the fourth quarter of the prior year.

Cash provided by operations for the fourth quarter of 2023 was $4.3 million compared to $2.7 million in the same period last year. Debt was reduced by $2.3 million during the quarter.

Year Ended December 31, 2023 Highlights

For the year ended December 31, 2023, revenues were $112.3 million, compared to $113.3 million in the same period a year ago. Revenues for the year include a net reduction of $5.0 million from discontinued products compared to 2022. Gross margin was 58.9% compared to 53.7% in the prior year. Gross margins in the prior year included the impact of a $1.5 million inventory charge related to the discontinued products.

Full year net loss was $(3.4) million, including an unfavorable $(0.6) million unrealized loss on marketable securities, compared to a net loss of $(9.5) million in the prior year, which included the aforementioned inventory charges. Adjusted EBITDA was $14.6 million, compared to $10.8 million in 2022.

Cash provided by operations in the year was $14.0 million compared to $1.2 million in the prior year. Debt was reduced by $10.5 million during the year.

2024 Guidance

For the full year 2024 we expect flat to modest revenue growth. We expect weakness in the first half versus a strong prior year comparison. We also expect strong second half growth versus both first half of 2024 and second half of 2023, supported by new product commercializations and expected improvements in Chinese market conditions. In addition, we expect further gross margin expansion in the full year 2024 to approximately 60% compared to 59% in 2023 and adjusted EBITDA margin improving to the mid-teens compared to 13% in 2023.

This press release includes certain financial information presented on an adjusted, or non-GAAP, basis. For additional information on the non-GAAP financial measures included in this press release, please see “Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information” and “Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measures” below.

Webcast and Conference Call Details

In conjunction with this announcement, Harvard Bioscience will be hosting a conference call and webcast today at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time. A presentation that will be referenced during the webcast will be posted to our Investor Relations website shortly before the webcast begins.

Analysts who want to join the call and ask a question must register here. Once registered, you will receive the dial-in numbers and a unique PIN number.

Participants who want to join the audio-only webcast should go to our events and presentations on the investor website here.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information

In this press release, we have included non-GAAP financial information, including one or more of adjusted operating income (loss), adjusted net income (loss), adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin, diluted adjusted earnings (loss) per share, net debt and net leverage ratio. We believe that this non- GAAP financial information provides investors with an enhanced understanding of the underlying operations of the business. For the periods presented, these non-GAAP financial measures have excluded certain expenses and income resulting from items that we do not believe are representative of the underlying operations of the business. Items excluded include stock-based compensation, amortization of intangibles related to acquisitions, litigation settlement, restructuring and other costs, unrealized gain/loss on equity securities, income taxes, and. the tax impact of the reconciling items. Management believes that this non-GAAP financial information is important in comparing current results with prior period results and is useful to investors and financial analysts in assessing the Company’s operating performance.

Non-GAAP historical financial statement information included herein is accompanied by a reconciliation to the nearest corresponding GAAP measure which is included as exhibits below in this press release.

With respect to non-GAAP forward-looking measures, we provide an outlook for adjusted EBITDA margin. Many of the items that we exclude from this forward-looking measure calculation are less capable of being controlled or reliably predicted by management. These items could cause the forward-looking measures presented in our outlook statements to vary materially from our GAAP results.

The non-GAAP financial information provided in this press release should be considered in addition to, not as a substitute for, the financial information provided and presented in accordance with GAAP and may be different than other companies’ non-GAAP financial information.

About Harvard Bioscience

Harvard Bioscience, Inc. is a leading developer, manufacturer and seller of technologies, products and services that enable fundamental advances in life science applications, including research, pharmaceutical and therapy discovery, bio-production and preclinical testing for pharmaceutical and therapy development. Our customers range from renowned academic institutions and government laboratories to the world’s leading pharmaceutical, biotechnology and contract research organizations. With operations in the United States, Europe, and China, we sell through a combination of direct and distribution channels to customers around the world.
For more information, please visit our website at www.harvardbioscience.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This document contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws, including the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements may be identified by the use of words such as “may,” “will,” “expect,” “plan,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “intend” and similar expressions or statements that do not relate to historical matters. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, information concerning expected future financial and operational performance including revenues, gross margins, earnings, cash and debt position, growth and the introduction of new products, and the strength of the Company’s market position and business model. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve known and unknown uncertainties, risks, assumptions, and contingencies, many of which are outside the Company’s control. Risks and other factors that could cause the Company’s actual results to differ materially from those described its forward-looking statements include those described in the “Risk Factors” section of the Company’s most recently filed Annual Report on Form 10-K as well as in the Company’s other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Forward-looking statements are based on the Company’s expectations and assumptions as of the date of this document. Except as required by law, the Company assumes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect any change in expectations, even as new information becomes available.

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Consolidated Statements of Operations
(unaudited, in thousands, except per share data)
  Three Months Ended Year Ended 
   December 31, 2023  December 31, 2022  December 31, 2023  December 31, 2022 
 Revenues$28,153  $28,427  $112,250  $113,335  
 Cost of revenues 11,828   12,594   46,179   52,516  
 Gross profit 16,325   15,833   66,071   60,819  
 Operating expenses:            
 Sales and marketing expenses 6,220   5,948   24,108   25,041  
 General and administrative expenses 5,286   5,863   22,780   24,493  
 Research and development expenses 3,150   2,849   11,764   12,329  
 Amortization of intangible assets 1,387   1,630   5,525   6,122  
 Litigation settlement -   -   -   (233) 
 Total operating expenses 16,043   16,290   64,177   67,752  
 Operating income (loss) 282   (457)  1,894   (6,933) 
 Other (expense) income:            
 Interest expense (794)  (900)  (3,591)  (2,548) 
 Unrealized loss on equity securities (259)  -   (632)  -  
 Other (expense) income, net (332)  465   (227)  302  
 Total other expense (1,385)  (435)  (4,450)  (2,246) 
 Loss before income taxes (1,103)  (892)  (2,556)  (9,179) 
 Income tax expense 715   774   859   337  
 Net loss$(1,818) $(1,666) $(3,415) $(9,516) 
 Loss per common share:            
 Basic and diluted$(0.04) $(0.04) $(0.08) $(0.23) 
 Weighted-average common shares:            
 Basic and diluted 42,710   42,102   42,420   41,413  

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(unaudited, in thousands)
  December 31, 
  2023 2022 
 Cash and cash equivalents$4,283  $4,508  
 Accounts receivable, net 16,099   16,705  
 Inventories 24,716   26,439  
 Other current assets 3,940   3,472  
 Total current assets 49,038   51,124  
 Property, plant and equipment 3,981   3,366  
 Goodwill and other intangibles 73,101   77,274  
 Other long-term assets 11,246   13,596  
 Total assets$137,366  $145,360  
 Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity        
 Current portion, long-term debt$5,859  $3,811  
 Other current liabilities 20,683   19,438  
 Total current liabilities 26,542   23,249  
 Long-term debt, net 30,704   43,013  
 Other long-term liabilities 7,046   6,878  
 Stockholders’ equity 73,074   72,220  
 Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity$137,366  $145,360  

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows 
(unaudited, in thousands)  
  Three Months Ended Year Ended 
  December 31, 2023 December 31, 2022 December 31, 2023 December 31, 2022 
 Cash flows from operating activities:            
 Net loss$(1,818) $(1,666) $(3,415) $(9,516) 
 Adjustments to operating cash flows 3,732   2,787   12,843   7,952  
 Changes in operating assets and liabilities 2,389   1,558   4,600   2,716  
 Net cash provided by operating activities 4,303   2,679   14,028   1,152  
 Cash flows from investing activities:            
 Additions to property, plant and equipment (830)  (235)  (1,788)  (1,590) 
 Acquisition of intangible assets (231)  -   (523)  -  
 Proceeds from sale of product line -   -   512   -  
 Net cash used in investing activities (1,061)  (235)  (1,799)  (1,590) 
 Cash flows from financing activities:            
 Borrowing from revolving line of credit 1,000   -   4,500   7,800  
 Repayment of revolving line of credit (2,500)  (1,750)  (10,950)  (6,400) 
 Repayment of term debt (750)  (750)  (4,091)  (3,186) 
 Proceeds from exercise of employee stock options and purchases 206   231   930   577  
 Taxes paid related to net share settlement of equity awards (2,072)  (461)  (2,523)  (1,628) 
 Net cash used in financing activities (4,116)  (2,730)  (12,134)  (2,837) 
 Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents (183)  (350)  (320)  (38) 
 Decrease in cash and cash equivalents (1,057)  (636)  (225)  (3,313) 
 Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of period 5,340   5,144   4,508   7,821  
 Cash and cash equivalents at the end of period$4,283  $4,508  $4,283  $4,508  

 Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measures (unaudited)
 (in thousands, except per share data)
  Three Months Ended Year Ended 
  December 31, 2023 December 31, 2022 December 31, 2023 December 31, 2022 
 GAAP operating income (loss)$ 282   $ (457) $ 1,894   $ (6,933) 
 Stock-based compensation 1,382   1,010   5,000   4,411  
 Acquired asset amortization 1,394   1,648   5,561   6,236  
 Restructuring & other 207   1,168   656   6,016  
 Litigation settlement -   -   -   (233) 
 Adjusted operating income $ 3,265   $ 3,369   $ 13,111   $ 9,497   
 Operating margin 1.0%  -1.6%  1.7%  -6.1% 
 Adjusted operating margin 11.6%  11.9%  11.7%  8.4% 
 GAAP net loss$ (1,818) $ (1,666) $ (3,415) $ (9,516) 
 Stock-based compensation 1,382   1,010   5,000   4,411  
 Acquired asset amortization 1,394   1,648   5,561   6,236  
 Restructuring & other 207   1,068   253   5,836  
 Litigation settlement -   -   -   (233) 
 Unrealized loss on equity securities 258   -   632   -  
 Income taxes 315   (281)  (1,604)  (1,689) 
 Adjusted net income  1,738     1,779     6,427     5,045   
 Depreciation 386   314   1,440   1,338  
 Interest and other expense, net 1,126   536   4,221   2,426  
 Adjusted income taxes (1) 400   1,054   2,463   2,026  
 Adjusted EBITDA$ 3,650   $ 3,683   $ 14,551   $ 10,835   
 Adjusted EBITDA margin 13.0%  13.0%  13.0%  9.6% 
 Diluted loss per share (GAAP)$ (0.04) $ (0.04) $ (0.08) $ (0.23) 
 Diluted adjusted earnings per share$ 0.04   $ 0.04   $ 0.14   $ 0.12   
 Weighted-average common shares:        
 Diluted GAAP 42,710   42,102   42,420   41,413  
 Diluted Adjusted 44,819   42,740   44,361   42,682  
      December 31, 2023 December 31, 2022 
 Debt, including unamortized deferred financing costs     $ 36,563   $ 46,824   
 Unamortized deferred financing costs     560   840  
 Cash and cash equivalents     (4,283)  (4,508) 
 Net debt     $ 32,840   $ 43,156   
 Net leverage ratio (2)     2.3    4.0   
 (1) Adjusted income taxes includes the tax effect of adjusting for the reconciling items using the tax rates in the jurisdictions in which the reconciling items arise. 
 (2) Net leverage ratio is defined herein as net debt divided by our trailing twelve months adjusted EBITDA as defined in our credit agreement and as shown above.