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LANSING, Mich., Dec. 22, 2011 – Neogen Corporation (NASDAQ: NEOG) announced today that its revenues for the second quarter of FY 2012, which ended Nov. 30, increased 2.2% from the previous year’s second quarter to $44,891,000. Net income for the quarter was $5,237,000, or $0.22 per share, compared to the prior year’s second quarter net earnings of $6,110,000, or $0.26 per share.

Year-to-date revenues for the first six months of fiscal year 2012 increased to $90,588,000 from FY 2011’s $86,853,000, an increase of 4.3%. Year-to-date net income for the same six-month period was $11,241,000, or $0.47 per share, compared to $11,935,000, or $0.51 per share, in FY 2011.

“While I am pleased to report that we remain solidly profitable, I am not pleased to report that we did not meet the high expectations we expect from ourselves,” said James Herbert, Neogen’s chief executive officer and chairman. “Going forward, our higher growth should return. Despite the results we are reporting today, the company made solid progress in several fundamental areas during the quarter that we expect to drive future growth.”

The second quarter was the 75th consecutive profitable quarter from operations for the company, and the 79th quarter of the past 84 quarters when Neogen reported revenue increases as compared with the previous year.

“Although we made good progress in our efforts to expand our sales and marketing organizations to spur future growth, we fell short of our revenue and income goals for the quarter,” said Lon Bohannon, Neogen’s chief operating officer. “Significant future opportunities should be realized in the quarters ahead to return Neogen to the growth levels we have come to expect. From growing global markets to expanding worldwide regulations pertaining to food safety, the fundamentals for our business remain solid.”

For the second quarter of its 2012 fiscal year, Neogen’s percentage of revenues from international sources represented 42% of its total revenues, compared to 43% in last year’s second quarter.

“Our balance sheet remains strong, giving us the ability to seize opportunities as the business climate improves and pursue a wide variety of growth strategies,” said Steve Quinlan, Neogen’s chief financial officer.

Neogen’s Animal Safety Division second quarter FY 2012 revenues increased to $22,849,000 from $22,590,000 in the same period last year. For FY 2012’s first six months, the Animal Safety Division’s sales increased 4.6% over FY 2011 year-to-date to $45,264,000. Strong quarterly revenue growth in the division’s animal care lines were offset by decreases in revenues from the company’s rodenticide and disinfectant product lines as well as a decline in GeneSeek agricultural genetic test service business.

Strong divisional performers for the quarter included a double-digit increase in sales of veterinary biologics, including a proprietary equine botulism vaccine, and significant sales increases in companion animal products sold through key veterinary distribution channels. Neogen’s forensic test kit revenues were up 12% in the second quarter compared with the prior year quarter and the launch of an improved substrate product led to an increase in sales of test reagents.

Neogen’s Food Safety Division’s second quarter revenues increased 3.3% to $22,042,000 in FY 2012 from $21,341,000 in FY 2011. Year-to-date, the Food Safety Division’s revenues increased 4.0% to $45,324,000 from $43,593,000 in FY 2011. Second quarter increases in sales of Soleris® test systems used to detect spoilage organisms and Neogen’s AccuPoint® general sanitation test systems were partially offset by a decline in sales of dehydrated culture media. For both the quarter and year-to-date period, Neogen also achieved high double-digit increases in sales of both food and animal safety products from its Mexican and Brazilian subsidiaries.

Gross margins were 50.5% in the second quarter of FY 2012 compared to 51.2% in the same period a year ago, and were 50.4% for the year-to-date, from 52.1% for the same period a year ago. The change in gross margins for both periods was due to changes in product mix and increases in manufacturing expenses. Operating expenses increased by $1,655,000, or 12.9%, in the second quarter of FY 2012 compared to FY 2011, due primarily to an increase of $1,127,000 in sales and marketing expenses. Neogen previously announced an investment in sales and marketing personnel in order to increase future organic sales growth. On a year-to-date basis, operating expenses were 8.1% over the same period from last year, principally for the same reason.

Neogen’s recently released fully quantitative testing methodology for natural toxins is beginning to build sales momentum. The first test launched in the line, Reveal® Q+ for Aflatoxin, is a fully quantitative lateral flow screening test. Aflatoxin is a by-product of mold growth in a wide range of commodities, including corn, and is considered by many to be the most potent, naturally-occurring carcinogen. Because it is a known severe threat to human and animal health, more than 100 countries have established regulatory limits for aflatoxin in commodities intended as human food or animal feed. Follow-up tests in the new testing methodology for two other important natural toxins, deoxynivalenol (DON) and zearalenone, will be launched in Neogen’s third quarter.

Neogen also recently launched an even faster method to rapidly and accurately detect yeast and mold in food products. Neogen’s new Soleris test detects yeast and mold in 48 hours or less — conventional methods take up to 5 days. Tests for yeast and mold comprise approximately 15% of all microbiological tests performed worldwide.

In the third quarter, Neogen also plans to debut the next generation of molecular diagnostics for foodborne pathogens. The innovative testing platform, to be marketed under the trade name ANSR, offers many advantages over existing rapid testing methodologies, including polymerase chain reaction (PCR), by utilizing a unique isothermal reaction test system that is fast, simple and inexpensive. The single-temperature reaction requires only 10 minutes after incubation to deliver DNA-RNA definitive results.

Neogen Corporation develops and markets products dedicated to food and animal safety. The company’s Food Safety Division markets dehydrated culture media, and diagnostic test kits to detect foodborne bacteria, natural toxins, genetic modifications, food allergens, drug residues, plant diseases and sanitation concerns. Neogen’s Animal Safety Division markets a complete line of diagnostics, veterinary instruments, veterinary pharmaceuticals, nutritional supplements, disinfectants, and rodenticides.

NEOGEN CORPORATION UNAUDITED SUMMARIZED CONSOLIDATED OPERATING DATA
(In thousands, except for per share and percentages)
  Quarter ended Nov. 30 Six months ended Nov. 30
  2011 2010 2011 2010
Revenue
 Food Safety $22,042 $21,341 $45,324 $43,593
 Animal Safety 22,849 22,590 45,264 43,260
Total revenue 44,891 43,931 90,588 86,853
Cost of sales 22,234 21,443 44,954 41,598
Gross margin 22,657 22,488 45,634 45,255
Operating expenses
 Sales & Marketing 8,631 7,504 16,734 15,016
 Administrative 4,173 3,714 8,185 7,576
 Research & Development 1,710 1,641 3,221 3,438
Total operating expenses 14,514 12,859 28,140 26,030
Operating income 8,143 9,629 17,494 19,225
Other income (expense) (6) (119) (53) (490)
Income before tax 8,137 9,510 17,441 18,735
Income tax 2,900 3,400 6,200 6,800
Net income $5,237 $6,110 $11,241 $11,935
Net income attributable to Neogen Corp per diluted share $0.22 $0.26 $0.47 $0.51
Other information
 Shares to calculate per share 23,974 23,729 24,001 23,599
 Deprecation & amortization $1,532 1,325 $2,911 $2,584
 Interest income 26 28 48 57
 Gross margin (% of sales) 50.5% 51.2% 50.4% 52.1%
 Operating income (% of sales) 18.1% 21.9% 19.3% 22.1%
 Revenue increase vs. FY 2011 2.2%   1.3%  
 Net income increase vs. FY 2011 -14.3%   -5.8%  
NEOGEN CORPORATION SUMMARIZED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET DATA
(In thousands)
  Nov. 31
2011
May 31
2011
  (Unaudited) (Audited)
Assets
Current Assets
 Cash & investments $55,606 $56,083
 Accounts receivable 31,869 28,634
 Inventory 36,425 31,994
 Other current assets 6,518 5,791
Total current assets 130,418 122,502
Property & equipment 28,888 22,340
Goodwill & other assets 75,012 74,820
Total assets $234,318 $219,662
 
Liabilities & Equity
Current liabilities $18,409 $17,797
Other long-term liabilities 12,783 12,887
Equity: Shares outstanding
 23,862 in Nov. & 23,620 in May 203,126 188,978
Total liabilities & equity $234,318 $219,662

Certain portions of this news release that do not relate to historical financial information constitute forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties. Actual future results and trends may differ materially from historical results or those expected depending on a variety of factors listed in Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations in the Company's most recently filed Form 10-K.