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HESKA ANIMAL HEALTH ANNOUNCES RECORD FOURTH QUARTER REVENUE, EXECUTIVE CHANGES
Source: Heska Corporation news release

Heska Corporation (NASDAQ:HSKA - News; "Heska" or the "Company"), a provider of advanced veterinary diagnostic and other specialty veterinary products, today reported financial results for its fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2013.

The Company previously announced the acquisition of 54.6% of Cuattro Veterinary USA, LLC ("Cuattro Vet USA"), which was subsequently renamed Heska Imaging US, LLC; this acquisition is reflected in Heska's consolidated financial results for the fourth quarter of 2013 with no corresponding contribution in the fourth quarter of 2012 and in Heska's consolidated results for 2013 after February 24, 2013 with no corresponding contribution in 2012.

The Company also announced a management transition. Effective immediately upon filing the 10-K for 2013 Robert Grieve will transition to Executive Chair, and Kevin Wilson will become Chief Executive Officer and President.

Fourth Quarter 2013 Highlights:

Consolidated revenue for the fourth quarter of 2013 was up 27.4% to a record $23.5 million from $18.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2012.
Core Companion Animal Health revenue increased approximately 29.9%, while Other Vaccines, Pharmaceuticals and Products revenue increased 12.8% as compared to the fourth quarter of 2012.
Gross profit was $10.4 million and gross margin was 44.3% compared to gross profit of $7.4 million and gross margin of 40.1% in the fourth quarter of 2012.
The Company reported record operating income of $2.8 million compared to operating income of $720 thousand in the fourth quarter of 2012.
The Company reported net income attributable to Heska Corporation of $1.2 million, or $0.20 per share, compared to net income of $389 thousand, or $0.07 per share, in the fourth quarter of 2012.
Heska completed the quarter with $6.0 million in cash, $4.9 million in short-term debt and $16.2 million in working capital.

"This was a tremendous conclusion to a solid year of transformation, providing momentum as we enter 2014 and demonstrating the progress we have made in the last year to strategically reposition Heska," commented Robert Grieve, Heska's Chairman and CEO.

"Our strong financial results, including record quarterly revenue and operating income, were driven by the success of our President and Chief Operating Officer, Kevin Wilson, and the new commercial leadership he has put into place, along with the commercial approach, strategies and sales programs he has instituted, which led to the placement of 366 analyzers during the fourth quarter. This progress sets the stage for continued growth in 2014 and beyond as Heska benefits from sales of consumables affiliated with those placements."

Dr. Grieve continued, "In the fourth quarter, we delivered sequential and year-over-year revenue growth, improved gross margin and improved operating margin. Our top-line growth is especially encouraging, considering that the fourth quarter of 2013 did not have the benefit of the non-recurring stocking order of over $3 million to MWI which boosted revenue in the fourth quarter of the prior year.

Our focus on controlling expenses and improving productivity has helped our efficiency, as demonstrated by our accelerating placements of analyzers through smaller, more disciplined field sales teams. Our rental reset strategy has been exceptionally well received by customers, and initial reaction to our Element POC handheld wireless analyzer bolsters our optimism for 2014 and beyond."

"As we expected, the Cuattro Vet US transaction indeed served as a powerful catalyst to reshape Heska and put us on the pathway to profitable growth," concluded Dr. Grieve. "We now have differentiated and attractive products, a sales strategy which matches the needs of our customers, and a sales organization in place to expand our market share.

Accordingly, we believe it is the optimal time for me to transition to the role of Executive Chair. Kevin Wilson, currently our President and Chief Operating Officer, will take over as our CEO and I am excited to support him over the next few years."

Mr. Wilson added, "Heska has a remarkable business foundation, exceptional people, and a great reputation in the animal health industry. I couldn't be more honored than to lead Heska. As we add products, new features and compelling narratives of value, performance and savings, Heska is positioned to grow and thrive. I look forward to leading the Company into an exciting future of customer satisfaction, market share gains, healthy profits, and shareholder value creation."

Financial Results
Fourth quarter 2013 revenue was a record $23.5 million, up 27.4% as compared to the fourth quarter of 2012. In the fourth quarter of 2013, Core Companion Animal Health revenue increased approximately 29.9% to $20.4 million from $15.7 million in the prior year period.

The fourth quarter last year included a non-recurring stocking order of approximately $3 million. Other Vaccines, Pharmaceuticals and Products revenue increased approximately 12.8% to $3.1 million from $2.8 million in the fourth quarter last year. Gross profit was $10.4 million, or a 44.3% gross margin, in the fourth quarter of 2013 compared with gross profit of $7.4 million, or 40.1% gross margin, in the fourth quarter of 2012.

Total operating expenses were $7.6 million, or 32.5% of sales, in the fourth quarter of 2013 compared with total operating expenses of $6.7 million, or 36.2% of sales, in the prior year period. The Company reported operating income of $2.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2013, compared to operating income of $720 thousand in the fourth quarter of 2012.

Income before income taxes was $2.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2013, compared to income before taxes of $654 thousand in the prior year period. In the fourth quarter of 2013, net income attributable to Heska Corporation was $1.2 million, or $0.20 per diluted share, compared to a net income attributable to Heska Corporation of $389 thousand, or $0.07 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2012.

Full year 2013 revenue was $78.3 million, an increase of 7.6% compared to revenue of $72.8 million in 2012. In 2013, Core Companion Animal Health revenue grew 8.0% to $66.4 million from $61.5 million in 2012 and Other Vaccines, Pharmaceuticals and Products revenue increased 5.6% to $11.9 million from $11.3 million in 2012.

2013 Gross profit was $30.6 million, or 39.1% gross margin, compared with gross profit of $31.1 million, or 42.7% gross margin in 2012. Total operating expenses were $32.1 million, or 40.9% of sales, in 2013 compared with total operating expenses of $28.9 million, or 39.8% of sales in 2012.

The Company reported 2013 operating loss of $1.4 million, down from operating income of $2.2 million in 2012. Loss before income taxes was $1.4 million in 2013, compared to income before taxes of $2.0 million in the prior year period.

2013 net loss attributable to Heska Corporation, inclusive of a $637 thousand deferred tax benefit, was $1.2 million, or $0.21 per diluted share, compared with 2012 net income attributable to Heska Corporation of $1.2 million, inclusive of a $606 thousand deferred tax expense, or $0.22 per diluted share.

Balance Sheet
As of December 31, 2013, Heska had $6.0 million in cash and working capital of $16.2 million. Stockholders' equity decreased to $47.1 million compared to $48.9 million as of December 31, 2012.


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