DECLARES 67th CONSECUTIVE QUARTERLY DIVIDEND
ACTON, Mass., May 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Psychemedics Corporation (NASDAQ: PMD) today announced first quarter financial results for the period ended March 31, 2013. The Company also announced a quarterly dividend of $0.15 per share payable to shareholders of record as of May 17, 2013 to be paid on May 30, 2013. This will be the Company’s 67th consecutive quarterly dividend.
The Company’s revenue for the quarter ended March 31, 2013 was $6.4 million versus $6.2 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2012, an increase of 3%. Net income for the quarter ended March 31, 2013 was $822 thousand or $0.16 per diluted share, versus $827 thousand or $0.16 per diluted share, for the comparable period last year.
Raymond C. Kubacki , Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said,
“We are very pleased to report record sales for any first quarter in the Company’s history. This is also in comparison to our highest growth quarter last year. Our investment in sales and marketing continues to pay off as our new business growth accounted for the entire gain in the quarter, as well as offsetting the decline in our base business due to the weak hiring/jobs environment.
During the quarter, we also completed the majority of the transition to our new patented screening process. While we are expecting many benefits from this new patented technology, including an increase in capacity, the ability to expedite new tests to market, and reduced operating costs, there was a negative impact on profits for the quarter. However, this negative impact was offset by a one-time insurance reimbursement for legal expenditures (in other income) and a positive tax impact from a 2012 R&D tax credit. Our pre-tax profit margin was still 20%.
“We continue to have a strong balance sheet with more than $2.5 million in cash and cash equivalents as of March 31, 2013 with no long term debt, despite heavy investment in new equipment and software.
“Our directors share our confidence in the long-term future of Psychemedics and remain committed to rewarding shareholders and sharing the financial success of the Company with them as we move forward.
“Therefore, the Board has declared a $0.15 dividend for the quarter. This is our 67th consecutive quarterly dividend.”
Psychemedics Corporation is the world’s largest provider of hair testing for the detection of drugs of abuse. The Company’s patented process is used by thousands of U.S. and international clients, including over 10% of the Fortune 500 companies, for pre-employment and random drug testing. Major police departments, Federal Reserve Banks, schools, and other public entities also rely on our unique patented drug testing process. We strongly believe our drug testing method to be superior to any other product currently in use, including traditional urine testing and other hair testing methods.
Cautionary Statement for purposes of the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: From time to time, information provided by Psychemedics may contain forward-looking information that involves risks and uncertainties. In particular, statements contained in this release that are not historical facts (including but not limited to statements concerning earnings, earnings per share, revenues, dividends, future business, growth opportunities, new accounts, customer base, market share, test volume and sales and marketing strategies) may be “forward looking” statements. Actual results may differ from those stated in any forward-looking statements. Factors that may cause such differences include but are not limited to risks associated with the development of markets for new products and services offered, government regulation, including but not limited to FDA regulations, competition and general economic conditions and other factors disclosed in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.