Biomerica, Inc. :BMRA-US: Earnings Analysis: 2017 By the Numbers : August 30, 2017

Biomerica, Inc. reports financial results for the year ended May 31, 2017.

We analyze the earnings along side the following peers of Biomerica, Inc. – DENTSPLY SIRONA, Inc., Align Technology, Inc., BIOLASE, Inc. and Milestone Scientific Inc. (XRAY-US, ALGN-US, BIOL-US and MLSS-US) that have also reported for this period.


  • Gross margins widened from 29.65% to 34.91% compared to the same period last year, operating (EBITDA) margins now -12.70% from -11.57%.
  • Year-on-year change in operating cash flow of -246.23% is about the same as the change in earnings, likely no significant movement in accruals or reserves.
  • Earnings rose compared to same period last year, despite decline in operating and pretax margins.

The table below shows the preliminary results and recent trends for key metrics such as revenues and net income growth:

2017 2016 2015 2014 2013
Relevant Numbers (Annual)
Revenues 5.79 5.14 4.96 5.12 6.47
Revenue Growth (YOY) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Earnings -0.91 -1.5 -0.33 -0.22 0.54
Earnings Growth (YOY) 39.42 -352.55 -53.67 -140.16 -2.09
Net Margin -15.69 -29.18 -6.68 -4.21 8.3
EPS -0.11 -0.2 -0.04 -0.03 0.07
Return on Equity -18.71 -27.72 -5.76 -3.67 9.93
Return on Assets -16.9 -25.31 -5.19 -3.27 8.85

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Earnings Growth Analysis

The company’s earnings growth has been influenced by the year-on-year improvement in gross margins from 29.65% to 34.91%. However the company’s overhead costs have prevented it from fully capitalizing on these gross margin improvements. In fact, the company’s operating margins (EBITDA margins) showed no improvement over the same period last year.

Gross Margin Versus EBITDA Margin

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Differentiated; Low Cost, Commodity; Low Cost, Commodity; High Cost, Differentiated; High Cost

Gross Margin Trend

Companies sometimes sacrifice improvements in revenues and margins in order to extend friendlier terms to customers and vendors. Capital Cube probes for such activity by comparing the changes in gross margins with any changes in working capital. If the gross margins improved without a worsening of working capital, it is possible that the company’s performance is a result of truly delivering in the marketplace and not simply an accounting prop-up using the balance sheet.

Gross Margin History
Working Capital Days History

BMRA-US‘s improvement in gross margin has been accompanied by an improvement in its balance sheet as well. This suggests that gross margin improvements are likely from operating decisions and not accounting gimmicks. Its working capital days have declined to 252.42 days from 293.67 days for the same period last year.

Gross Margin Versus Working Capital Days

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Customer Financed, Cash Starved, Supplier Financed, Cash Rich

Cash Versus Earnings – Sustainable Performance?

It is important to examine a company�s cash versus earnings numbers to gauge whether its performance is sustainable.

BMRA-US‘s change in operating cash flow of -246.23% compared to the same period last year is about the same as its change in earnings this period. Additionally, this change in operating cash flow is about average among its peer group. This suggests that the company did not use accruals or reserves to manage earnings this period, and that, all else being equal, the earnings number is sustainable.

Operating Cash Flow Growth Versus Earnings Growth

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Cash Flow based Earnings, Likely Non-cash Earnings, Low Cash Flow Base, Likely Undeclared Earnings


Despite a decline in operating (EBIT) margins as well as a decline in pretax margins, the company’s earnings rose.

EBIT Margin Versus PreTax Margin

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Operation driven Earnings, One-time Favorables, Low Earnings Base, One-time Unfavorables
EBIT Margin History
PreTax Margin History

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Company Profile

Biomerica, Inc. is a biomedical company, which develops, designs, manufactures, and markets medical diagnostic products designed for the early detection and monitoring of chronic diseases and medical conditions. The firm focuses on products for gastrointestinal, food intolerances, diabetes, and esoteric tests. Its medical diagnostic products are sold worldwide in clinical laboratories and point of care markets. The company was founded in September 1971 and is headquartered in Irvine, CA.

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