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Trinity Biotech Announces Results for Q3, 2020


DUBLIN, Ireland, Nov. 17, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- 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, 2020.

Quarter 3 Results

Total revenues for Q3, 2020 were $32.0m, which is broken down as follows:

Quarter 3
Quarter 3

  US$'000 US$'000 %
Point-of-Care 3,880 2,065 (46.8)%
Clinical Laboratory 20,714 29,949 44.6%
Total 24,594 32,014 30.2%

Point-of-Care revenues for Q3, 2020 decreased from $3.9m to $2.1m. Whilst $2.1m represents a 63% increase compared to Q2, 2020, HIV revenues continue to be impacted by logistical and testing constraints arising from Covid-19. The reduction compared with last year also reflects that Q3, 2019 was an unusually high quarter for point-of-care revenues.

Meanwhile, Clinical Laboratory sales for the quarter increased from $20.7m to $29.9m, an increase of 45%. During the quarter, all of the Company's product lines recovered significantly from Q2, 2020 levels which had reflected the most severe impact of Covid-19. However, as expected revenues in Q3, 2020 did not return fully to pre-Covid levels mainly due to the temporary deferral of Diabetes instrument purchases and lower testing volumes at our Autoimmunity laboratory in Buffalo. Meanwhile, this was more than offset by strong sales of Covid-19 related products which includes our FDA approved PCR Viral Transport Media product, Covid-19 IgG ELISA antibody test, monoclonal antibodies (through our life science supply business, Fitzgerald) in addition to the boost in demand for the Company's rapid respiratory products, Strep Pneumoniae and Legionella Urinary Antigen.

The gross margin for the quarter was 52.4%, which compares to 41.0% in Q3, 2019. This increase was largely due to the impact of Covid-19 related sales, fewer instrument placements and lower depreciation.

Research and Development expenses increased slightly from $1.2m in Q3, 2019 to $1.3m in Q3, 2020. Meanwhile, Selling, General and Administrative (SG&A) expenses decreased from $7.3m to $6.3m in Q3, 2020. The decrease in SG&A expenses was due to cost saving measures which were implemented in response to the pandemic, and included reduced travel costs and cancellation of trade shows and other marketing activities.

Operating profit increased from $1.3m to $9.1m for the quarter, representing close to a sevenfold increase compared to the same period last year. This was due to the impact of higher revenues and improved gross margin combined with the reduction in indirect expenses during the quarter.

Financial income for the quarter showed a reduction reflecting the lower level of cash deposits and reduced interest rates. Meanwhile, Financial Expenses amounted to $1.2m, which was in line with Q3, 2019. Of this, $1.0m related to interest payable on the Company's Exchangeable Notes, with the remaining $0.2m representing notional financing charges arising on leased assets (IFRS 16). Meanwhile, a non-cash expense of $0.2m was recognised in this quarter's income statement, in relation to a non-cash interest charge on the Exchangeable Notes.

Overall, the Company recorded a profit of $7.3m for the quarter, which equates to an earnings per share of 35.0 cents. Fully diluted EPS for the quarter was 32.2 cents compared to 4.3 cents in Q3, 2019.

EBITDA before share option expense (EBITDASO) for the quarter was $10m.

Operating Profit 9.1
Depreciation 0.4
Amortisation 0.3
Share Option Expense 0.2

Covid-19 Update

ELISA Antibody Test

During the quarter the Company filed its submission to the FDA for an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for its Covid-19 IgG ELISA antibody test and is currently awaiting authorisation. However, as permitted under EUA regulations the Company has already launched this product for sale in the USA pending authorisation being granted. Meanwhile, the Company expects to obtain a CE Mark for the product during November thus allowing sales to commence in the European Union.

This test determines which individuals within the population have been exposed to the SARS-CoV-2 virus (Covid-19) and demonstrates impressive performance with specificity in excess of 98% and sensitivity in excess of 95%, in samples of 14 days or more from symptom onset.

The product is being manufactured at our ELISA production facility in Jamestown, New York and is capable of being run on a wide range of instrumentation platforms allowing access to virtually every testing laboratory in the world.

Rapid Antibody Test

The Company is continuing to develop a rapid Point-of-Care Covid-19 test to detect antibodies to the virus that can be run in 12 minutes using one drop of blood procured by finger prick. Development of this product is expected to be completed by the middle of Q1, 2021 at which point it is intended to avail of the FDA's EUA pathway in order allow its sale in the USA. As in the case of the ELISA antibody test this will be followed by seeking a CE mark for the product in order to provide access to EU markets.

Viral Transport Media

Sales of the Company's Viral Transport Media product, Flextrans, which is used in the Covid-19 sample collection process for PCR molecular testing, remains very strong. Demand for this product is expected to continue for the remainder of 2020 and into 2021 as PCR testing volumes remain significant. Consequently, the Company has scaled up the manufacturing of this product at a number of its facilities.

Cost Saving Measures

As demand for the Company's products is now returning towards pre-Covid levels, the vast majority of the Company's employees have returned to work following extensive furloughing during Q2, 2020 and all plants are now operating normally. In the light of the continuation of the pandemic, the Company is keeping in place a range of cost-cutting measures designed to minimize discretionary expenditure. Meanwhile, the Company has commenced the process of seeking forgiveness for the $4.5m of loans received under the U.S. government's Paycheck Protection Program. This process is expected to take a number of weeks and be finalized in late 2020 or early 2021. Whilst the Company expects that the loans will be forgiven in full, this has not yet been recognized in the financial statements pending completion of the forgiveness process.

Appointment of Chief Financial Officer

The Company is pleased to announce the appointment of John Gillard as Chief Financial Officer of the Company. John qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PWC and has since gained a wealth of financial experience across a number of industry sectors including senior positions in Alphabet Inc./Google, SSE Plc and ION Investment Group.

Kevin Tansley will remain with the Company until the end of the year in order to allow for an effective transition.


Commenting on the results, Kevin Tansley, Chief Financial Officer, said "Very strong revenues and higher gross margins combined to deliver a sevenfold increase in operating profit this quarter. Whilst sales of Covid related products were the principal driving force behind this increase, we are also seeing the impact of the closure of our Carlsbad facility as well as the benefit of lower indirect costs due to cost control measures. Meanwhile EBITDASO also increased strongly to $10m for the quarter. This resulted in an increase of $4.3m in our cash balances though cash inflows were partly impacted by adverse working capital movements associated with the step change in our revenues."

Ronan O'Caoimh, CEO said "Revenues were very strong this quarter, particularly our Clinical Laboratory revenues which grew by 45%. This was driven by strong demand for our Covid-19 related products which includes our Viral Transport Media product, ELISA antibody test, monoclonal antibodies sold by Fitzgerald as well as our rapid respiratory products, demand for which have increased during the pandemic.

In addition to the strong growth in Covid related products, our remaining business rebounded strongly from Q2, 2020 levels which had been severely impacted by the first wave of the pandemic. However, during Q3, 2020 we still experienced the continuation of some these adverse impacts particularly in relation to fewer Diabetes instrument sales and lower levels of Autoimmunity testing. In addition, whilst HIV testing in Africa continues to be affected by the pandemic, the decrease in HIV revenues this quarter was more attributable to the particularly strong sales in Q3, 2019.

We expect that Q4, 2020 revenues will show a further return towards pre-Covid levels combined with continued strong demand for Covid related products, demand for which is anticipated to continue well into 2021 and potentially beyond."

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 other 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   32,014   24,594   69,215   69,117  
Cost of sales   (15,238)   (14,523)   (36,292)   (40,270)  
Gross profit   16,776   10,071   32,923   28,847  
Gross margin %   52.4%   41.0%   47.6%   41.7%  
Other operating income   3   21   20   67  
Research & development expenses   (1,265)   (1,233)   (3,796)   (3,994)  
Selling, general and administrative expenses   (6,273)   (7,274)   (17,364)   (20,455)  
Indirect share based payments   (156)   (252)   (504)   (609)  
Operating profit   9,085   1,333   11,279   3,856  
Financial income   3   104   37   376  
Financial expenses   (1,215)   (1,226)   (3,668)   (3,703)  
Net financing expense   (1,212)   (1,122)   (3,631)   (3,327)  
Profit before tax & non-cash financial income / (expense)   7,873   211   7,648   529  
Income tax expense   (387)   (114)   (549)   (5,875)  
Profit/(Loss) for the period before non-cash financial income / (expense)   7,486   97   7,099   (5,346)  
Non-cash financial (expense)/income   (161)   (72)   (1,038)   (245)  
Once-off items – plant closure costs   -   -   (2,425)   -  
Profit/(Loss) after tax and once-off items   7,325   25   3,636   (5,591)  
Earnings/(Loss) per ADR (US cents)
  35.0   0.1   17.4   (26.8)  
Earnings/(Loss) per ADR excluding once-off charges & non-cash financial items (US cents)   35.8   0.5   34.0   (25.6)  
Diluted earnings per ADR (US cents)*   32.2   4.3   39.0   (9.2)  
Weighted average no. of ADRs used in computing basic earnings per ADR   20,901,703   20,901,703   20,901,703   20,901,703  
Weighted average no. of ADRs used in computing diluted earnings per ADR   26,321,307   25,467,517   25,894,218   25,467,517  

* Under IAS 33 Earnings per Share, diluted earnings per share cannot be anti-dilutive. In a reporting period where it is anti-dilutive, diluted earnings per ADR should be constrained to equal basic earnings per ADR. Diluted EPS is calculated excluding once-off charges & non-cash financial items.

 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
  Mar 31,
US$ ‘000
  Dec 31,
US$ ‘000
Non-current assets        
Property, plant and equipment 9,462   9,297   9,210   9,290  
Goodwill and intangible assets 47,876   46,751   45,498   43,654  
Deferred tax assets 5,981   6,613   6,465   6,252  
Other assets 387   378   485   485  
Total non-current assets 63,706   63,039   61,658   59,681  
Current assets        
Inventories 29,607   31,473   32,671   32,021  
Trade and other receivables 21,658   17,048   19,982   20,987  
Income tax receivable 1,194   1,598   1,572   1,982  
Cash and cash equivalents 19,910   15,570   13,244   16,400  
Total current assets 72,369   65,689   67,469   71,390  
TOTAL ASSETS 136,075   128,728   129,127   131,071  
Equity attributable to the equity holders of the parent        
Share capital 1,213   1,224   1,224   1,224  
Share premium 16,187   16,187   16,187   16,187  
Accumulated surplus 15,665   8,194   9,431   11,514  
Other reserves (25,994)   (26,317)   (26,074)   (24,212)  
Total equity 7,071   (712)   768   4,713  
Current liabilities        
Income tax payable 765   373   374   48  
Trade and other payables 22,281   22,327   21,639   19,351  
Provisions 50   50   50   50  
Total current liabilities 23,096   22,750   22,063   19,449  
Non-current liabilities        
Exchangeable senior note payable 83,063   82,902   82,185   82,025  
Other payables 16,786   16,531   17,039   17,745  
Deferred tax liabilities 6,059   7,257   7,072   7,139  
Total non-current liabilities 105,908   106,690   106,296   106,909  
TOTAL LIABILITIES 129,004   129,440   128,359   126,358  
TOTAL EQUITY AND LIABILITIES 136,075   128,728   129,127   131,071  

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 period 15,570   24,990   16,400   30,277  
Operating cash flows before changes in working capital 9,722   3,184   13,501   9,495  
Changes in working capital (2,551)   1,631   (2,476)   (475)  
Cash generated from operations 7,171   4,815   11,025   9,020  
Net Interest and Income taxes (paid)/received (141)   (181)   256   34  
Capital Expenditure & Financing (net) (1,900)   (3,776)   (6,820)   (9,970)  
Payments for leases (IFRS 16) (790)   (758)   (2,361)   (2,273)  
Free cash flow 4,340   100   2,100   (3,189)  
Payment of HIV/2 License Fee -   -   (1,112)   -  
30 year Exchangeable Note interest payment -   -   (1,998)   (1,998)  
Proceeds received under Paycheck Protection Program -   -   4,520   -  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period 19,910   25,090   19,910   25,090  

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 

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