HOLLISTON, Mass.–Harvard Bioscience, Inc. (Nasdaq: HBIO – News), today announced it had completed the purchase of Panlab s.l. of Barcelona Spain for approximately $5.0 million in cash. Panlab distributes, manufactures and develops products and software for life science researchers primarily in the neuroscience research market.
“With the acquisition of Panlab, we are able to expand our distribution channels by establishing a subsidiary in Spain. In addition, the acquisition provides us access into a segment of the neuroscience research market which we estimate to be between $35 million and $70 million,” commented Chane Graziano CEO of Harvard Bioscience.
Mr. Graziano continued, “The acquisition also strengthens our Harvard Apparatus franchise for specialty products within the life science research market. We expect annualized revenues of this acquisition to be between $8 and $10 million at current exchange rates and the full year impact for 2008 on our non-GAAP adjusted earnings per diluted share to be between $0.03 and $0.04(1). We also expect the acquisition will be accretive to our non-GAAP earnings per diluted share for the fourth quarter of 2007.”
About Harvard Bioscience
Harvard Bioscience is a global developer, manufacturer, and marketer of a broad range of specialized products, primarily scientific instruments and apparatus, used to advance life science research at pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, universities and government laboratories worldwide. HBIO sells its products to thousands of researchers in over 100 countries, through its 1,100 page catalog (and various other specialty catalogs), its website and through its distributors, including GE Healthcare, Thermo Fisher Scientific and VWR. HBIO has sales and manufacturing operations in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Austria with additional facilities in France and Canada. For more information, please visit www.harvardbioscience.com.
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(1) We estimate that GAAP earnings per diluted share from continuing operations will be between $0.01 and $0.03. Our actual results may differ materially due to the risks, uncertainties and other factors outlined above. A reconciliation of Non-GAAP to GAAP is as follows:
Reconciliation of Guidance for Estimated Impact of Panlab s.l.
Acquisition on 2008 Financial Results
Non-GAAP adjusted earnings per common diluted
share from continuing operations $ 0.03 $ 0.04
Purchase accounting and other adjustments (0.02) (0.01)
GAAP diluted earnings per common share from
continuing operations $ 0.01 $ 0.03