Robust revenue growth
On March 13, 2017, Bio-Rad Laboratories (BIO) provided a long-term, currency-neutral revenue growth target of around 3%–5%. The company has also projected currency-neutral YoY (year-over-year) revenue growth of around 4% for fiscal 2017.
For fiscal 2017, Wall Street analysts have projected that Bio-Rad Laboratories’ total revenues will be around $2.1 billion, which would represent a YoY growth of ~3.2%.
Revenue trends in 1Q17
In 1Q17, autoimmune products, blood typing, western blotting, and Droplet Digital PCR (polymerase chain reaction) products contributed significantly to Bio-Rad’s revenue growth. While the company’s sales were slightly lower in the US and Japan, the impact was partly offset by higher demand for Bio-Rad’s products in Europe, China, and Asia-Pacific.
Some orders from the European market were pulled forward ahead of the company’s deployment of its new SAP system. However, even after excluding this effect, the company witnessed a healthy YoY rise in sales from European markets on a currency neutral basis.
Bio-Rad’s gross margin
Despite the rise in revenues, Bio-Rad Laboratories witnessed a drop in gross margins in 1Q17, mainly due to a $10-million, one-time expense related to the acquisition of RainDance Technologies. The company’s gross margin also suffered due to the increasing costs associated with the set-up of its new supply chain model in Europe. These negative effects were partly offset by a favorable product mix and reduced amortization expenses.
Notably, the Vanguard Small-Cap ETF (VB) has about 0.14% of its total portfolio holdings in Bio-Rad Laboratories.
Continue to the next part for a closer look at Bio-Rad Laboratories’ margin projections.