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UPDATE: VWR Tops Q4 Expectations


VWR Corp. (NYSE: VWR) reported stronger-than-expected earnings for the fourth quarter on Wednesday.

The Radnor, Pennsylvania-based company posted quarterly net income of $48.8 million, or $0.38 per share. Excluding one-time items, the company's adjusted earnings surged 16.2% to $0.43 per share.

Its revenue gained 4% to $1.1 billion, while revenue climbed 5.9% on an organic basis. However, analysts were expecting earnings of $0.37 per share on revenue of $1.08 billion.

Revenue in Americas segment surged 8.9% y/y to $611.4 million in the fourth quarter, while revenue in EMEA-APAC segment dropped 1.5% to $490.2 million.

Adjusted EBITDA gained 0.9% to $119.5 million in the quarter.

As of December 31, 2014, the company had total debt of $2.11 billion and cash and cash equivalents of $120.5 million.

"Our fourth quarter saw acceleration in our growth trend in the Americas segment, with 7.2% organic revenue growth, fueled by strong sales to Biopharma customers and robust private label product sales. In addition, our EMEA-APAC segment continued its track-record, delivering yet another quarter of above-market organic growth," said Manuel Brocke-Benz, President and Chief Executive Officer of VWR.

For the full year, VWR projects adjusted earnings of $1.42 to $1.50 per share, on revenue of $4.24 billion to $4.31 billion.

VWR shares fell 0.76% to close at $24.80 yesterday.

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