Fulgent Genetics, Inc. :FLGT-US: Earnings Analysis: Q4, 2016 By the Numbers : March 27, 2017

Fulgent Genetics, Inc. reports financial results for the quarter ended December 31, 2016.

We analyze the earnings along side the following peers of Fulgent Genetics, Inc. – Invitae Corp., OncoSec Medical Incorporated and Natera, Inc. (NVTA-US, ONCS-US and NTRA-US) that have also reported for this period.


  • Summary numbers: Revenues of USD 5.85 million, Net Earnings of USD 0.81 million.
  • Gross margins widened from 6.03% to 68.18% compared to the same period last year, operating (EBITDA) margins now 28.68% from -253.15%.
  • 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:

2016-12-31 2016-09-30 2016-06-30 2016-03-31 2015-12-31
Relevant Numbers (Quarterly)
Revenues (mil) 5.85 5.01 3.97 3.44 2.9
Revenue Growth (%YOY) 101.79 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Earnings (mil) 0.81 -1.11 -4.49 -0.6 -7.34
Earnings Growth (%YOY) 111.08 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Net Margin (%) 13.89 -22.09 -113.12 -17.5 -252.91
EPS 0.05 -0.44 -0.25 -0.03 -0.42
Return on Equity (%) 9.07 -117.06 -82.79 -46.79 -570.31
Return on Assets (%) 8.05 -17.88 -67.1 -41.29 -503.22

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Market Share Versus Profits

Revenues History
Earnings History

FLGT-US‘s change in revenue this period compared to the same period last year of 101.79% is almost the same as its change in earnings, and is about average among the announced results thus far in its peer group, suggesting that FLGT-US is holding onto its market share. Also, for comparison purposes, revenues changed by 16.82% and earnings by 173.44% compared to the immediate last period.

Revenues Growth Versus Earnings Growth

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Leader, Earnings Focus, Laggard, Revenues Focus

Earnings Growth Analysis

The company’s earnings growth was influenced by year-on-year improvement in gross margins from 6.03% to 68.18% as well as better cost controls. As a result, operating margins (EBITDA margins) rose from -253.15% to 28.68% compared to the same period last year. For comparison, gross margins were 57.23% and EBITDA margins were -7.80% in the last reporting period.

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

FLGT-US‘s gross margin improvement has not produced any big difference in its working capital. Working capital days are currently 242.01, compared to last year’s level of 70.39 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.

Gross Margin Versus Working Capital Days

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Customer Financed, Cash Starved, Supplier Financed, Cash Rich


The company’s earnings growth has also been influenced by the following factors: (1) Improvements in operating (EBIT) margins from -253.15% to 21.51% and (2) one-time items. The company’s pretax margins are now 22.48% compared to -252.91% for the same period last year.

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

Fulgent Genetics, Inc. is a technology company, which focus on offering comprehensive genetic testing to provide physicians with clinically actionable diagnostic information they can use to improve the overall quality of patient care. Its technology platform includes proprietary gene probes, advanced database algorithms, adaptive learning software, and proprietary laboratory information management systems. The company was founded on May 13, 2016 and is headquartered in Temple City, CA.

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