Illumina, Inc. (NASDAQ:ILMN) announced its financial results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2015.

First quarter 2015 results:

  • Revenue of $539 million, a 28% increase compared to $421 million in the first quarter of 2014, and an increase of 33% on a constant currency basis
  • GAAP net income for the quarter of $137 million, or $0.92 per diluted share, compared to $60 million, or $0.40 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2014
  • Non-GAAP net income for the quarter of $135 million, or $0.91 per diluted share, compared to $80 million, or $0.53 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2014 (see the table entitled “Itemized Reconciliation Between GAAP and Non-GAAP Net Income” for a reconciliation of these GAAP and non-GAAP financial measures)
  • Cash flow from operations of $67 million and free cash flow of $30 million for the quarter

Gross margin in the first quarter of 2015 was 69.6% compared to 66.1% in the prior year period. Excluding the effect of non-cash stock compensation expense, amortization of acquired intangible assets and legal contingencies, non-GAAP gross margin was 72.2% for the first quarter of 2015 compared to 70.4% in the prior year period.

Research and development (R&D) expenses for the first quarter of 2015 were $91.8 million compared to $77.0 million in the prior year period. R&D expenses included $11.3 million and $11.7 million of non-cash stock compensation expense in the first quarters of 2015 and 2014, respectively. Excluding these charges and contingent compensation, R&D expenses as a percentage of revenue were 14.9% compared to 15.5% in the prior year period.

Selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses for the first quarter of 2015 were $116.3 million compared to $109.6 million in the prior year period. SG&A expenses included $18.0 million and $19.4 million of non-cash stock compensation expense in the first quarters of 2015 and 2014, respectively. Excluding these charges, amortization of acquired intangible assets, and contingent compensation, SG&A expenses as a percentage of revenue were 18.0% compared to 19.9% in the prior year period.

Depreciation and amortization expenses were $30.1 million and capital expenditures were $36.6 million during the first quarter of 2015. The Company ended the quarter with $1.37 billion in cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments, compared to $1.34 billion as of December 28, 2014.

“In the first quarter we delivered significant earnings growth as a result of strong demand for products across our sequencing portfolio,” stated Jay Flatley, CEO. “While the genomics market remains nascent, our best-in-class product offerings are accelerating adoption, setting the stage for a robust 2015.”

Updates since our last earnings release:

  • Launched TruSight® HLA, a complete, end-to-end solution that produces a comprehensive view of the HLA region for accurate HLA typing
  • Launched the NeoPrep™ Library Prep System, which greatly simplifies library preparation and delivers high-quality sequencing-ready libraries for next-generation sequencing
  • Announced that Berry Genomics has received premarket clearance from the Chinese Food and Drug Administration for the NextSeq CN500, a high throughput sequencing instrument based on the NextSeq® 500, as well as premarket clearance for its non-invasive prenatal testing detection kit for trisomies 13, 18 and 21
  • Entered into a strategic collaboration with Merck Serono to develop a universal NGS-based oncology diagnostic
  • Announced that the new Illumina Accelerator Boost Capital had secured an initial capital commitment of $40 million from Viking Global Investors, a privately owned, global investment firm
  • Repurchased $35 million of common stock under our previously announced share repurchase program

Financial outlook and guidance

The non-GAAP financial guidance discussed below reflects certain pro forma adjustments to assist in analyzing and assessing our core operational performance. Please see our Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Guidance included in this release for a reconciliation of the GAAP and non-GAAP financial measures.

For fiscal 2015, the Company continues to project approximately 20% total revenue growth, which now includes a 3% negative impact from foreign exchange assuming current currency exchange rates. The Company has increased its projections for non-GAAP earnings per diluted share to $3.36 to $3.42. These projections assume a pro forma tax rate of approximately 27%. (Original Source)

Shares of Illumina closed today at $199.31, up $6.13 or 3.17%. ILMN has a 1-year high of $213.33 and a 1-year low of $128.38. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $190.26 and its 200-day moving average is $187.67.

On the ratings front, Illumina has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. In a report issued on March 31, BTIG analyst Dane Leone maintained a Buy rating on ILMN, with a price target of $240, which represents a potential upside of 23.4% from where the stock is currently trading. Separately, on February 2, Cantor Fitzgerald’s Sung Ji Nam maintained a Hold rating on the stock and has a price target of $166.

According to TipRanks.com, which ranks over 7,500 financial analysts and bloggers to gauge the performance of their past recommendations, Dane Leone and Sung Ji Nam have a total average return of 10.1% and 16.6% respectively. Leone has a success rate of 72.0% and is ranked #1018 out of 3575 analysts, while Nam has a success rate of 91.4% and is ranked #373.

The street is mostly Bullish on ILMN stock. Out of 18 analysts who cover the stock, 14 suggest a Buy rating and 4 recommend to Hold the stock. The 12-month average price target assigned to the stock is $213.90, which represents a potential upside of 10.0% from where the stock is currently trading.

Illumina Inc providessequencing-and array-based solutions for genetic analysis. Itsproducts enabled researchers to explore DNA, helping them create the first map of gene variations associated with health, disease, and drug response.