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 Varian Reports Results for Third Quarter of Fiscal Year 2018
   Wednesday, July 25, 2018 4:09:00 PM ET

PALO ALTO, Calif., July 25, 2018 /PRNewswire/ --†Varian (NYSE: VAR) today announced its third quarter fiscal year 2018 results.† All comparisons in this announcement are year-over-year unless noted otherwise.


"In the third quarter, the team continued to deliver robust results, and we strengthened our leadership in radiation therapy with strong orders and revenue performance," said Dow Wilson, Chief Executive Officer of Varian.† "Investment will continue to be a key driver of our long-term growth and value creation, and we made strategic investments in the quarter in R&D, Sales, and Marketing to support the company's future innovation and growth strategies."

The company ended the quarter with $536 million in cash and cash equivalents and $18 million of debt.† Net cash provided by operating activities was $102 million.† During the quarter, the company invested $39 million to repurchase 325,000 shares of common stock.

Oncology Systems Segment
In the fiscal third quarter, Oncology revenues totaled†$667 million, up 18 percent in dollars and 16 percent in constant currency.† Gross orders were†$763 million, up 11 percent in dollars and 9 percent in constant currency.† Gross orders in the Americas increased 9 percent in dollars and in constant currency, driven by North America at 9 percent.† In EMEA, gross orders rose 27 percent in dollars and 21 percent in constant currency; in APAC, gross orders decreased 7 percent in dollars and 9 percent in constant currency. †Operating earnings for the segment increased 20 percent.

Particle Therapy Segment
In the fiscal third quarter, Particle Therapy revenues totaled $42 million, down 39 percent.† The company did not book any new ProBeamô orders in the quarter.

Acquisition-Related Expenses and Impairment Charges in Q3
Varian's GAAP net earnings include acquisition-related expenses totaling $13 million for the quarter, primarily driven by acquisition costs and the loss related to hedging the Australian dollar purchase price of Sirtex, partially offset by the breakup fee received from Sirtex in connection with the termination of the acquisition.† Additionally, GAAP net earnings include an impairment charge of $11 million related to the expected refinancing of the Maryland Proton Treatment Center in Baltimore.† Together, these costs, and their associated tax effects, reduced Varian's net earnings in the third quarter of fiscal 2018 by $0.20 per diluted share on a GAAP basis, and were excluded from non-GAAP results.

FY18 Annual Guidance Updated
Considering the financial and operational performance year-to-date and the impact of currency and tariffs, fiscal year 2018 guidance is updated to the following:

  • Revenue growth range of 9 percent to 11 percent
  • Non-GAAP Operating earnings as a percentage of revenues range of 17.5 percent to 18.0 percent
  • Non-GAAP effective tax rate of 20 percent
  • Weighted average diluted shares of 93 million
  • Non-GAAP Net Earnings per diluted share range of $4.43 to $4.48
  • Cash flows from operations range of $475 million to $550 million

Please refer to "Discussion of Non-GAAP Financial Measures" below for a description of items excluded from expected non-GAAP earnings.

Investor Conference Call
Varian Medical Systems is scheduled to conduct its third quarter fiscal year 2018 conference call at† 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time today.† To access the live webcast or replay of the call, visit the Investor Relations page on our website at .† To access the call via telephone, dial 1-877-869-3847 from inside the U.S. or 1-201-689-8261 from outside the U.S.† The replay can be accessed by dialing 1-877-660-6853 from inside the U.S. or 1-201-612-7415 from outside the U.S. and entering conference ID 13680748. The teleconference replay will be available through 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time, Friday, July 27, 2018.

About Varian

Varian is a leader in developing and delivering cancer care solutions, and is focused on creating a world without fear of cancer. Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, Varian employs approximately 6,500 people around the world.†For more information, visit and follow @VarianMedSys on Twitter.

Forward-Looking Statements

Except for historical information, this news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements concerning industry or market outlook, including growth drivers; the company's future orders, revenues, operating expenses, tax rate, cash flows, earnings growth or other financial results and the expected charges relating to the refinancing of the Maryland Proton Treatment Center loan; and any statements using the terms "could," "believe," "expect," "promising," "outlook," "should," "will" or similar statements are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause the company's actual results to differ materially from those anticipated. Such risks and uncertainties include our ability to achieve expected synergies from acquisitions; global economic conditions and changes to trends for cancer treatment regionally; currency exchange rates and tax rates; the impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act; the impact of† the Affordable Health Care for America Act (including excise taxes on medical devices) and any further healthcare reforms (including changes to Medicare and Medicaid), and/or changes in third-party reimbursement levels; new and potential future tariffs or a global trade war; demand for and delays in delivery of the company's products; the company's ability to develop, commercialize and deploy new products; the company's ability to meet Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other regulatory requirements, regulations or procedures; changes in regulatory environments; the company's assessment of the goodwill associated with its particle therapy business, risks associated with the company providing financing for the construction and start-up operations of particle therapy centers, challenges associated with commercializing the company's particle therapy business; challenges to public tender awards and the loss of such awards or other orders; the effect of adverse publicity; the company's reliance on sole or limited-source suppliers; the company's ability to maintain or increase margins; the impact of competitive products and pricing; the company's assessment of the goodwill associated with its particle therapy business; the potential loss of key distributors or key personnel; and the other risks listed from time to time in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which by this reference are incorporated herein. The company assumes no obligation to update or revise the forward-looking statements in this release because of new information, future events, or otherwise.

Varian has not filed its Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 29, 2018.† As a result, all financial results described here should be considered preliminary, and are subject to change to reflect any necessary adjustments, or changes in accounting estimates, that are identified prior to the time the company files the Form 10-Q.

Discussion of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release includes the following non-GAAP financial measures derived from our Condensed Consolidated Statements of Earnings: non-GAAP operating earnings, non-GAAP net earnings and non-GAAP net earnings per diluted share. We define non-GAAP operating earnings from continuing operations as operating earnings from continuing operations excluding amortization of intangible assets, restructuring charges, legal costs, impairment charges and acquisition and integration related expenses and benefits. These measures are not presented in accordance with, nor are they a substitute for U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP. In addition, these measures may be different from non-GAAP measures used by other companies, limiting their usefulness for comparison purposes. The non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered in isolation from measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. Investors are cautioned that there are material limitations associated with the use of non-GAAP financial measures as an analytical tool. We have provided a reconciliation of each non-GAAP financial measure used in this earnings release to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure. We have not provided a reconciliation of non-GAAP guidance measures to the corresponding GAAP measures on a forward-looking basis due to the potential significant variability and limited visibility of the excluded items discussed below.

We utilize a number of different financial measures, both GAAP and non-GAAP, in analyzing and assessing the overall performance of our business, in making operating decisions, forecasting and planning for future periods, and determining payments under compensation programs. We consider the use of the non-GAAP measures to be helpful in assessing the performance of the ongoing operation of our business. We believe that disclosing non-GAAP financial measures provides useful supplemental data that, while not a substitute for financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP, allows for greater transparency in the review of our financial and operational performance. We also believe that disclosing non-GAAP financial measures provides useful information to investors and others in understanding and evaluating our operating results and future prospects in the same manner as management and in comparing financial results across accounting periods and to those of peer companies. Non-GAAP operating earnings and non-GAAP net earnings exclude the following items, except for significant effects of tax legislation, which are only excluded from non-GAAP net earnings:

Amortization of intangible assets: We do not acquire businesses and assets on a predictable cycle. The amount of purchase price allocated to intangible assets and the term of amortization can vary significantly and are unique to each acquisition or purchase. We believe that excluding amortization of intangible assets allows the users of our financial statements to better review and understand the historic and current results of our operations, and also facilitates comparisons to peer companies.

Acquisition and integration-related expenses and benefits: We incur expenses or benefits with respect to certain items associated with our acquisitions, such as transaction costs, hedging gains and losses, changes in the fair value of contingent consideration liabilities, gain or expense on settlement of pre-existing relationships, integration costs, breakup fees etc. We exclude such expenses or benefits as they are related to acquisitions and have no direct correlation to the operation of our on-going business.

Restructuring and impairment charges: We incur restructuring and impairment charges that result from events, which arise from unforeseen circumstances and/or often occur outside of the ordinary course of our on-going business. Although these events are reflected in our GAAP financials, these unique transactions may limit the comparability of our on-going operations with prior and future periods.

Significant effects of tax legislation: We may incur significant effects of tax legislation that are generally unrelated to the level of business activity in the period in which the effects of such legislation are reported. We exclude such expenses because we believe this does not accurately reflect the underlying performance of our continuing business operations. This exclusion is applicable to non-GAAP net earnings only.

Significant litigation charges or benefits and legal costs: We may incur charges or benefits as well as legal costs from time to time related to litigation and other contingencies. We exclude these charges or benefits, when significant, as well as legal costs associated with significant legal matters, because we do not believe they are reflective of on-going business and operating results.

We apply our GAAP consolidated effective tax rate to our non-GAAP financial measures, other than when the underlying item has a materially different tax treatment.

From time to time in the future, there may be other items that we may exclude if we believe that doing so is consistent with the goal of providing useful information to investors and management. Non-GAAP items are generally included in selling, general and administrative expenses, except for significant effects of tax legislation and unless otherwise specified.

The following table reconciles GAAP and non-GAAP financial measures for Varian's continuing operations:

Investor Relations Contact
J. Michael Bruff
Senior Vice President, Investor Relations
+1 (650) 424-5163

Press Contact
Mark Plungy
Director, Public Relations
+1 (650) 424-5630

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