Biomerica, Inc. :BMRA-US: Earnings Analysis: Q1, 2017 By the Numbers : October 19, 2016

Biomerica, Inc. reports financial results for the quarter ended August 31, 2016.

Highlights

  • Summary numbers: Revenues of USD 1.41 million, Net Earnings of USD -0.06 million.
  • Gross margins widened from 32.74% to 40.92% compared to the same period last year, operating (EBITDA) margins now -0.90% from -1.35%.
  • Change in operating cash flow of 63.23% compared to same period last year is about the same as change in earnings, likely no significant movement in accruals or reserves.
  • Earnings growth from operating margin improvements as well as one-time items.

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

2015-08-31 2015-11-30 2016-02-29 2016-05-31 2016-08-31
Relevant Numbers (Quarterly)
Revenues (mil) 1.29 1.17 1.36 1.33 1.41
Revenue Growth (%YOY) 24.41 2.78 4.79 -11.29 9.57
Earnings (mil) -0.07 -0.07 -0.14 -1.23 -0.06
Earnings Growth (%YOY) 67.01 71.95 -15.2 -604.24 23.39
Net Margin (%) -5.62 -5.73 -9.91 -92.43 -3.93
EPS -0.01 -0.01 -0.02 -0.16 -0.01
Return on Equity (%) -5.2 -4.85 -9.94 -92.42 -4.27
Return on Assets (%) -4.74 -4.44 -9.14 -84.51 -3.91

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Market Share Versus Profits

Revenues History
Earnings History

Compared to the same period last year, BMRA-US‘s change in revenue was close to the amount of its change in earnings. It remains to be seen how the rest of its peer group’s results will turn out and if BMRA-US‘s performance is a sign of any major shift in the composition of market share in this sector. Also, for comparison purposes, revenues changed by 6.33% and earnings by 95.48% compared to the previous period.

Earnings Growth Analysis

The company’s earnings growth was influenced by year-on-year improvement in gross margins from 32.74% to 40.92% as well as better cost controls. As a result, operating margins (EBITDA margins) rose from -1.35% to -0.90% compared to the same period last year. For comparison, gross margins were 26.10% and EBITDA margins were -16.13% in the last reporting period.

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 gross margin improvement has not produced any big difference in its working capital. Working capital days are currently 279.20, compared to last year’s level of 278.12 days. This leads Capital Cube to conclude that the improvements in gross margins are likely from operating decisions and not trade-offs with the balance sheet.

Cash Versus Earnings – Sustainable Performance?

BMRA-US‘s year-on-year change in operating cash flow of 63.23% is around its change in earnings. This suggests that there are likely no significant movement in accruals or reserves for managing earnings this period.

Margins

The company’s earnings growth has also been influenced by the following factors: (1) Improvements in operating (EBIT) margins from -5.92% to -4.65% and (2) one-time items. The company’s pretax margins are now -3.93% compared to -5.62% for the same period last year.

EBIT Margin History
PreTax Margin History

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Company Profile

Biomerica, Inc. is a global biomedical company, which develops, manufactures, and markets medical diagnostic products designed for the early detection and monitoring of chronic diseases and medical conditions. The company’s medical diagnostic products are sold worldwide in two markets: clinical laboratories and point of care. Its diagnostic test kits are used to analyze blood, urine, or fecal specimens from patients in the diagnosis of various diseases and other medical complications, and to measure the level of specific hormones, antibodies, antigens or other substances, which may exist in the human body in extremely small concentrations. Biomerica was founded in September 1971 and is headquartered in Irvine, CA.

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