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PPD Reports First Quarter 2011 Financial Results

26 Apr. 2011

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Highlights:

  • Net book-to-bill ratio of 1.31
  • Net revenue growth of 10.5% over Q1 2010
  • Significant year-over-year decrease in SG&A expense
  • Retired 6.5 million shares of common stock

WILMINGTON, N.C., (April 26, 2011) - PPD, Inc. (Nasdaq: PPDI) today reported its financial and operating results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2011.

PPD recorded net revenue of $383.2 million for the first quarter of 2011, an increase of 10.5 percent over net revenue of $346.8 million for the first quarter of 2010. First quarter 2011 income from operations was $52.4 million, compared to $27.7 million for the first quarter of 2010. Income from operations for the first quarter of 2011 was higher than the same period last year due primarily to higher net revenue, lower SG&A expense, and a decrease in research and development and operating expenses due to the June 2010 spin-off of Furiex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Diluted earnings per share for the first quarter of 2011 were $0.32, compared to $0.14 for the first quarter of 2010.

"We were pleased to deliver solid gross and net authorizations in the first quarter of 2011, enhancing the future outlook of PPD," said David Grange, chief executive officer of PPD. "Clinical Development Services segment margins remained strong for the quarter, while Laboratory Services segment results were impacted by higher than normal project cancellations and postponements and increased investment in research and development to support the future growth of our drug discovery services business. Productivity improvement, cost control, and operational excellence remain top priorities for our global leadership team in the year ahead."

Clinical Development Services

Clinical Development Services segment net revenue for the first quarter of 2011 was $279.7 million, compared to $249.3 million for the first quarter of 2010. First quarter 2011 income from operations for this segment was $46.5 million, compared to $27.0 million for the first quarter of 2010.

Laboratory Services

Laboratory Services segment net revenue for the first quarter of 2011 was $76.5 million, compared to $74.5 million for the first quarter of 2010. First quarter 2011 income from operations for this segment was $6.0 million, compared to $9.5 million for the first quarter of 2010.

Other Financial Information

Gross authorizations for the first quarter of 2011 totaled $639.5 million. Backlog at March 31, 2011, was $3.6 billion. Contract cancellations and adjustments for the first quarter of 2011 were $174.1 million.

Cash flow from operations for the first quarter of 2011 was $41.9 million. At March 31, 2011, PPD had $452.6 million in cash and investments, after the payment of $200 million to repurchase shares of the company's common stock under its accelerated share repurchase program and $19.0 million for its first quarter dividend. During the first quarter of 2011, PPD retired 6.5 million shares of its common stock under its accelerated share repurchase program. The effective tax rate for continuing operations in the first quarter of 2011 was 32.0 percent.

"We continued to make progress executing our strategic initiatives during the first quarter, as evidenced by a net book-to-bill ratio of 1.31, double-digit net revenue growth year-over-year, and a significant year-over-year decrease in SG&A expense," said Fred Eshelman, executive chairman of PPD. "We remain committed to improving our operational execution, controlling costs, and differentiating our global service offerings to drive value for our clients and shareholders."

PPD will conduct a live conference call and webcast tomorrow, April 27, 2011, at 9:00 a.m. ET to discuss its first quarter 2011 results. A Q&A session will follow. All interested parties can access the webcast through the Presentations & Events link in the Investors section of the PPD Web site at www.ppdi.com. The webcast will be archived shortly after the call for on-demand replay. The conference call will be broadcast live over the Internet, and the live call may be accessed via the following direct dial numbers:

Participant dial-in:
+1 877 644 0692 (U.S./Canada)
+1 973 200 3387 (International)
Conference ID: 53359936

Except for historical information, all of the statements, expectations and assumptions, including those relating to PPD's first quarter 2011 financial results and the rest of 2011, contained in this news release are forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Although PPD attempts to be accurate in making these forward-looking statements, it is possible that future circumstances might differ from the assumptions on which such statements are based and could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements. Other important factors which could cause future results to differ materially include the following: economic conditions, R&D spending levels and outsourcing trends in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and government-sponsored research sectors; overall global economic conditions; competition in the outsourcing industry; PPD's ability to win new business; the rate of conversion of backlog into revenue; loss, delay or modification of large contracts; higher-than-expected cancellation rates; actual operating performance; fluctuations in currency exchange rates; risks associated with and dependence on strategic relationships; our ability to implement and risks associated with stock repurchases; rapid technological advances that make our services less competitive; risks associated with acquisitions and investments, such as impairments and integration, including PPD's investment in Celtic Therapeutics; the ability to attract, integrate and retain key personnel, including a new CEO; our ability to control SG&A spending; risks associated with fixed price contracts and cost overruns; consolidation in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries; and risks that we may increase, reduce or discontinue our dividend policy.  These and other PPD risk factors are set forth in more detail from time to time in our SEC filings, copies of which are available free of charge upon request from PPD's investor relations department.  PPD assumes no obligation and expressly disclaims any duty to update these forward-looking statements in the future, except as required by applicable securities laws.  These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing PPD's estimates or views as of any date subsequent to the date hereof.

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