The Cooper Companies Inc COO
Q2 2013 Earnings Call Transcript
Transcript Call Date 06/06/2013

Operator: Good day ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the Second Quarter 2013 The Cooper Companies Earnings Conference Call. My name is Fulton, and I will be your operator for today. At this time, all participants are in a listen-only mode. Later we will be conducting a question-and-answer session. As a reminder this conference is being recorded for replay purposes.

I would now like to turn the conference over to your host for today, Ms. Kim Duncan. Please proceed, ma'am.

Kim Duncan - Senior Director, IR: Good afternoon, and welcome to The Cooper Companies' second quarter 2013 earnings conference call. I'm Kim Duncan, Senior Director of Investor Relations, and joining me on today's call are Bob Weiss, Chief Executive Officer; Greg Matz, Chief Financial Officer, and Al White, Chief Strategic Officer.

Before we get started, I'd like to remind you that this conference call contains forward-looking statements as defined by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including all revenue and earnings per share guidance, and other statements regarding anticipated results of operations, market conditions, and integration of any acquisitions.

Forward-looking statements depend on assumptions, data or methods that may be incorrect or imprecise, and are subject to risks and uncertainties. Events that could cause our actual results and future actions of the Company to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements are set forth under the caption, Forward-Looking Statements, in today's earnings release, and are described in our SEC filings, including business section of Cooper's Annual Report on Form 10-K. These are publicly available and on request from the Company's Investor Relations department.

Before I turn the call over to Bob, please let me comment on the agenda for the call. Bob will begin by providing some highlights on the quarter, followed by Greg, who will then discuss the second quarter financial results. We will keep the formal presentation to roughly 30 minutes and then open up the call for questions. We expect the call to last approximately one hour.

We request that anyone asking questions please limit yourself to one question. Should you have any additional questions, please call our Investor line at 925-460-3663 or email As a reminder, this call is being webcast and a copy of the earnings release is available through the Investor Relations section of the Cooper Companies' website.

With that, I'll turn the call over to Bob for his opening remarks.

Robert S. Weiss - President and CEO: Thank you, Kim, and good afternoon everyone. A few second quarter financial highlights, another solid quarter, I'm very pleased with the results. Top line growth of 11%, GAAP earnings per share of $1.52 up 36% versus the prior year, non-GAAP earnings per share of $1.50 is up $0.38 or 34% and financial free cash flow was $77.4 million, which means our trailing 12-month free cash flow is $243 million. Some highlights and key events are silicone hydrogel family of soft contact lenses continues to show strong growth and our recently announced launch of MyDay, our branded single-use silicone hydrogel lens should continue our momentum for many years to come.

We recently announced our planned exit from Aime, our non-core lens and lens care business in Japan. Aime came with our purchase of worldwide supply control of raw materials for silicone hydrogel family of products and the selling rights for Biofinity in Japan. Biofinity has been a stellar success in Japan, up 2.5 times above the prior year's second quarter in constant currency. Overall, our silicone hydrogel family worldwide is up 31% in constant currency and accounts for 43% of CooperVision's revenue.

For the most recent calendar quarter, we grew three times the market growth of 4%. Our gross margin percent for the quarter achieved over 66% driving operating income margin of 21%. Strong free cash flow during the quarter allowed us to delever our debt-to-total cap to only 12%.

On sales results, during the second quarter, our silicone hydrogel family continued to drive our top line and our bottom line results. Silicone hydrogel revenues were $134 million. The halo effect of Biofinity Toric in Japan continues. In Japan, Biofinity constant currency sales are up over 2.5 times the prior year second quarter. The relaunch of Avaira Toric is also continuing its halo effect on Avaira two-weeks family of products, where during the second quarter they were up over 50% versus the prior year in constant currency. Following our successful private label rollout of single use silicon we have now recently announced our launch of MyDay our branded single use silicone hydrogel lens. We expect this newest addition to our silicone hydrogel family of soft contact lenses to help continue our silicone hydrogel revenue growth momentum for many years to come. Geographically foreign exchange headwinds continue reducing our CooperVision revenues by 4% in the quarter, excluding foreign exchange CooperVision constant currency growth was 11%. Last year with the euro and this year it's the yen, which at recent exchange rates is down almost 30% from the high of 77 yen to dollar.

With over $200 million of revenue in Japan this is not only impacting our revenue but also negatively impacting our gross margin percent as well as our operating income margins. But even with this new on the strength of our product lines. We are putting up solid numbers.

From a revenue perspective recently we have put up solid constant currency growth in all locations. Americas up 12%, Europe up 8% constant currency and Asia Pacific up 13% and overall as I mentioned 11%.

Our growth drivers are in the Americans trading up to Biofinity including Hallo effect of Biofinity multifocal with the entire family doing well, also while off a much smaller base Proclear 1 day and the Avaira Toric, and family are significant contributors. In Europe right now currency isn’t a big factor, driving our 8% constant currency growth in this region is the entire Biofinity family and 1 Day including single-use silicone.

In Asia Pac, while foreign exchange took its toll on revenues, our constant currency revenue was up 13%, drivers of the tremendous success of Biofinity family in Japan with a Halo effect of Biofinity Toric as well as Proclear 1 Day and single-use torics.

The worldwide soft contact lens market in the first quarter of 2013 was up 4% in constant currency while CooperVision was up 12% during the same time period. For the trailing 12 months ended March 31, the soft contact lens market now $7.2 billion worldwide was up 4% in constant currency. CooperVision was up 11% on the strength of Biofinity, Proclear 1 Day and Avaira.

For the calendar quarter, the market growth was sponsored by 1 Day while CLI or contact lens has stopped reporting the growth of silicone hydrogel material. Most likely this trade up material remains solid growth material. CooperVision was up 31% in constant currency in the fiscal second quarter of 2013 and that CooperVision silicone hydrogel now represents 43% of our revenues.

The soft contact lens market continues to be a trade up market. This includes two premium products, silicone hydrogel lenses, torics and multifocals. A trade up to 1 Day disposables expands patient revenue by 400% to 600%, even more important the 1 Day wear generates 300% to 500% more profit. Also, it's important to understand that toric and multifocal have a long way to go in capturing the market opportunity, especially outside the United States.

Geographically the strength of the Americas plus 6% and trading up to one days has been driving the market. Overall the market was up 4% for the quarter and trailing 12 months our expectations remain that the market growth 4% to 6% continuing – and CooperVision continuing to gain market share.

CooperSurgical, our worldwide franchise turned – well, our women's healthcare franchise trend in $75 million in revenue, up 32% versus the prior year's second quarter on the strength of $20 million revenue contribution from Origio, or IVF acquisition a year ago. We are pleased with our IVF integration activities. Our IVF or global fertility products were up over 10% organically versus the prior year period. Overall, the medical device market including OB/GYN offices are in transition with considerable consolidation of office practices and in the United States in new medical device tax.

During the quarter CooperSurgical on an organic constant currency basis was essentially flat, even so we believe we continue to gain share. Longer term we expect to continue to leverage our CooperSurgical infrastructure or critical mass expanding outside the United States by growing IVF and channeling new products through this franchise. With our women's healthcare franchise products such as IVF products for fertility presents the greatest opportunity for truly global reach.

Couple of comments on guidance, we updated our guidance in late December following the amendment of our CIBA Alcon royalty agreement and again, when we released our first quarter earnings results. Given the strength of our second quarter results on the bottom line, we brought about – we (brought) about a strong gross margin trend and favorable effective tax rate, we have again upped our new GAAP earnings-per-share guidance in spite of a worsening trend on foreign exchange rates or more specifically the yen which is down 8% since our March earnings call.

While constant currency revenue is doing great, we have moderated our revenue guidance to reflect a yen weakening given we have over $200 million in revenue or about 17% of our sales at CooperVision that are yen based. Our new guidance on non-GAAP earnings-per-share this year of $6.15 to $6.25 versus previous guidance of $5.95 to $6.10 reflects the strength and progress of our product portfolio, including Biofinity, acceleration of market share gains, favorable second quarter results and the lowered effective tax rate for this fiscal year.

In spite of increasing our bottom line results and guidance we continue to invest in geographic expansion in R&D with emphasis on D or product development. This D is what has accelerated our lot of new products like MyDay , our new branded 1 Day silicone hydrogel lens.

On strategy, we are continuing with our successful strategy which I frequently have articulated in the past. We believe it is solid and has delivered results. CooperSurgical is putting up solid results and is leveraging its infrastructure. The franchise was built with a solid understanding of the value of critical mass in the women's healthcare market targeting OB/GYN.

We follow the professional wherever they go, office, surgery center, hospital or IVF centers. Although the call points are different for each, the leverage is considerable. CooperSurgical's second quarter of '13, gross profit was 65%, operating margins were 17% and due to minimal capital requirements, CooperSurgical is a significant contributor to free cash flow. We are dedicated to the strategy and will continue to tuck-in in non-U.S. acquisitions to leverage the CooperSurgical structure and products.

At CooperVision, the strategy is more complex and it is much more global in nature. The $7.2 billion soft contact lens industry, because of the uniqueness of our manufacturing platform and product portfolio, we are the only participant that could aggressively promote silicone and non-silicone hydrogel lenses, that is the Proclear family emphasize branded and non-branded products. Note, private-label does not mean lowering our operating margins.

We actively promote and specialize in custom lenses with a high gross profit of course. We support all modalities that eye care physicians prescribe; 1 day, two week and monthly modalities and we support all types of lenses; spheres, torics, and multifocals.

With close to 30% share in the high-growth specialty categories, torics and multifocals, it is acknowledged by eye care professionals that we're pretty good at specialty contact lenses. Few eye care professionals would challenge why the success of Biofinity Toric for astigmatism. Put a great design together with a great material and great things can happen. We have seen similar successes for the same reason with Biofinity Multifocal, which shipped the market in the middle of 2011. On the capacity front, with the exception of Avaira Toric, we are ahead of plan to deliver considerably more product, where we had been previously supply constrained, the Biofinity family, Proclear 1 Day are all in good capacity shape. Our newest challenge will be to ramp up 1 Day silicone hydrogel as yet a niche market.

On pricing, we like the rest of the soft contact lens industry have a trade-up strategy. Our new wears and existing wears are targeted for silicone hydrogel lenses, the Proclear family and the 1 Day or single-use lenses. Each creates more revenue per patient. A 1 Day modality, for example, results in a four to six times more revenue per wear.

While this strategy sacrifices the gross profit margin or percent, it generally creates three to five times more profit per wearer. Of course, this strategy competes head on with the lens care space, since we are shifting the wearer resources from lens care to contact lenses only.

Competing for lens care dollars is more a problem for some of our competitors. In my opinion, we continue to be the most focused Company in the industry lacking many of the distractions that some of our competitors are now going through. I might add with Biofinity, Avaira and Proclear we have a lot to talk about with the eye care professionals all around the globe.

As we look down the road, over the next several years, we expect to continue improving operating margins and delivering above average shareholder returns. We expect to continue to average double digit earnings per share growth while investing in geographic expansion and new product development.

In today's market, we have a solid product portfolio to leverage in all modalities, multiple materials, all lens types, and we retain our expertise to emphasize customizing lenses for the 10% to 20% of those lens wearers requiring other than standard lens sizes and/or designs.

We have a lot of work to do before we come anywhere close to having exploited our number one contact lens family, Biofinity. This is particularly true when it comes to geographic expansion and fully developing the lens family of torics and multifocals around the globe.

The same applies to Avaira where the Avaira Sphere has been anxiously awaiting the relaunch of Avaira Toric. The combination has put us in a much better position to exploit the U.S. two-week space owned by Johnson & Johnson and to also exploit our private label strategy more aggressively with this family.

While we already have pretty respectable gross profit and operating margins from a cost perspective, we have considerable upside yet to be fully developed. Upsides include the complete elimination of silicone hydrogel royalty, the expiration of patents in September 2014 in the United States and March 2016 in the rest of the world. The reduction of our manufacturing costs by among other things, improving molding cycle times, increasing capacity utilization and improving yields in general, each of these are key goals for us.

Also, given the considerable amount of free cash flow we generate, we'll continue to look for tuck-in acquisitions and geographic expansion opportunities like Origio in our two businesses. The key requirements however is that each must exceed our minimal investment hurdle rates. Each must achieve over time a hurdle rate that exceeds 10% return on invested capital. Additionally, the markets for both women's healthcare and soft contact lenses are much less developed outside the United States. And we generate a considerable amount of cash flow offshore due in part to our level manufacturing outside of United States. As such, we will continue to aggressively invest in global expansion opportunities with over 95% of people on the planet outside of United States. We believe we will find opportunities to invest in other countries for decades to come thereby sustaining our low effective tax rate indefinitely.

Finally we again this year demonstrated we are opportunistically willing to buy some of our own stock to maximize total shareholder return.

In summary, before I turn it over to Greg let me say how pleased I am with ongoing progress we continue to outperform the marketplace, most recently growing two to three times market rate of growth.

Our topline growth in a skittish global economy remains solid and I am very pleased that our double-digit organic constant currency growth at CooperVision during the quarter and year-to-date our family of products Biofinity, Avaira, Proclear 1 Day and now 1 Day single use silicone.

As well as in women's healthcare our global fertility products are all promising growth going forward. We continue to execute well and invest in geographic expansion into new product pipeline.

While we're still early with our expansion program in each of the BRIC countries and there are challenges in each I'm very pleased with our progress to-date. Our wellness healthcare franchise has now become more global with the Origio acquisition made one year ago.

We remain keenly focused on delivering consistently improving results mindful of our desire to invest in leverage prudently, thereby delivering a respectable total shareholder return and lastly as always, reminder that at Cooper our number one asset is our employees, to them, a big thank you for consistently delivering great results, and now, here's Greg.

Gregory W. Matz - VP and CFO: Thanks Bob and good afternoon everyone. Bob shared with you a pretty thorough review of the market and our revenue picture. Let me start with gross margins.

Looking at gross margins in Q2, consolidated GAAP and non-GAAP gross margins were 66.2% compared with 64% for GAAP and non-GAAP in Q2 last year. We continue to see strong headwinds due to the impact of foreign exchange predominately the yen on our revenue and the related direct impact on gross margins, which had just over a 100 basis point impact on the quarter. In addition, Avaira is successfully relaunching and as we've discussed in prior quarters, Avaira does have a lower than Company average gross margin. Also, our new single-use silicone lens creates some margin pressure as we start to bring it to market.

Finally, we also continue to see a mixed impact due to Origio which we acquired in July 2012. Despite these headwinds, we continue to run favorable margins well above 60% due to a reduced CIBA royalty, strong product mix led by Biofinity and increased manufacturing efficiencies.

CooperVision on a GAAP and a non-GAAP basis reported a gross margin of 66.6% versus 63.3% for GAAP and non-GAAP in Q2 last year. As I just mentioned, CooperVision's gross margin was negatively impacted by FX, largely the weakening of the yen as well as on a much smaller scale, the success of Avaira as it relaunches into the market. We continue to be excited about Avaira as it opens up the two-week silicone market especially in the U.S. which we were not addressing effectively last year at this time.

As Bob mentioned, the Avaira family continues to grow above 50% year-over-year. Factors driving the year-over-year gross margin improvement were the reduction of our royalty expense, product mix and manufacturing efficiencies.

CooperSurgical had a gross margin of 64.5% which compares to Q2 '12 of 68%. Excluding Origio, gross margin would have been 66.7%. CooperSurgical continues to experience the same industry headwinds of lower office visits and fewer procedures being done that other medical device companies have recently reported.

Now looking at operating expenses; SG&A in the quarter – SG&A expenses increased by 10% from Q2 last year to $150.7 million and were 39% of revenue versus 40% of revenue in the prior year. Majority of this growth was Origio since we had in Origio SG&A in the prior year. We had about $700,000 of medical device excise tax the quarter that hit SG&A. We expect about $2.6 million in 2013. Our SG&A was basically flat sequentially.

Now looking at R&D. In Q2 R&D increased by approximately 11% year-over-year to $14.5 million or up about $1.5 million. Excluding Origio, R&D would've increased approximately 3%. R&D was 3.8% of revenue comparable to Q2 '12 and up from 3.6% sequentially. As we discussed in the prior quarter we would expect that R&D will continue to grow slightly faster than sales during the fiscal year.

Depreciation and amortization; Q2 depreciation was $23.4 million, up $1.9 million or 9% year-over-year, and amortization was $7.5 million, up $2.2 million or 43% year-over-year for a total of $30.9 million. Origio amortization for the quarter was approximately $2 million.

Moving to operating margins, for Q2 consolidated GAAP and non-GAAP operating income and margin were $81.5 million or 21.2% of revenue versus $65.4 million or 19% of revenue in Q2 '12. This represents a 24.5% increase in operating income over Q2 '12. The increase in operating margin is primarily due to the overall gross margin improvement I mentioned earlier.

Interest expense was $2.4 million for the quarter down 20% year-over-year. In looking at the effective tax rate, in Q2 the GAAP and non-GAAP effective tax rate was 4.4% and 5.5%, respectively versus Q2 '12 GAAP and non-GAAP effective tax rate of 12.4%. As we have discussed before the effective tax rate continues to be below the U.S. statutory rate as the majority of our income is earned in foreign jurisdictions with lower tax rates. In Q2 the single biggest factor impacting our effective tax rate was the favorable settlement of a multiyear foreign tax authority audit which reduced the quarterly rates by about 400 basis points. So our 5.5% non-GAAP rate would have been 9.5% without this.

We now expect the full year GAAP effective tax rate to be in the range of 6% to 8% and the non-GAAP effective tax rate to be in the range of 7% to 9%. When thinking about these ranges, our future effective tax rate, remember there were some non-recurring items so far this year including the settlement I just mentioned and the multiple years of R&D tax credit which was renewed in Q1. These will amount to roughly 150 basis points improvement in the effective tax rate this year. The other driver in the lower effective tax rate is the reduction of the CIBA royalty, which increased offshore profits, which we will continue to see going forward.

Turning to earnings per share; our Q2 earnings per share on a GAAP and non-GAAP basis was $1.52 and $1.50, respectively, versus $1.12 on a GAAP and non-GAAP basis in Q2 '12. EPS is up 36% and 34% on a GAAP and non-GAAP basis, respectively, versus the prior year. On share repurchases, there was no share repurchase activity in Q2.

Turning to FX; while currencies continue to be volatile, the primary impact to us, as Bob had mentioned has been the yen movement. We have seen the yen decrease 18% year-over-year and over 5% from our Q1 earnings call. On a year-over-year basis, we absorbed a negative FX impact in Q2 of $0.18. As we look at the remainder of the year, we continue to see headwinds with the yen. Assuming today's rates, we see an additional $5.5 million negative impact on revenues from the last earnings call.

Although we have operating expense offsets from our overseas operations, and eventually offsets in cost of goods sold for pound-based inventory, to a much lesser extent yen-based raw material purchases, we estimate that this negative revenue impact will amount to approximately $0.07 impact on EPS for the second half. Just FYI, the FX rates we are using, because the yen has been all over the place just today alone is the euro at $1.32 and the yen at JPY98.

Balance sheet and liquidity items in Q2, we had cash provided by operations of $114.9 million, capital expenditures of $38.2 million and an insurance recovery at $700,000 resulting in $77.4 million of free cash flow, which included approximately $11 million from the payment for a business interruption insurance. Total debt decreased within the quarter by $87.5 million to $320.5 million. Debt as a percent of total capitalization is now 12%.

Inventories increased by $13.9 million to $339.3 million from last quarter. For the quarter, we are seeing months on hand at 7.8 months, up from a months on hand of 6.9 months last year and up from 7 months last quarter. The increase is primarily due to the increase in inventory per silicone and daily products, as well as the reduction of the CIBA royalty, which reduces cost of goods sold and has the effect of raising months on hand.

Accounts receivable continues to be well managed with DSOs of 54 days, up slightly from 53 days last year, but down from 58 days at the end of last quarter.

Now turning to guidance, as Bob mentioned, we revised fiscal 2013 guidance. Total Company revenue is now expected to be in the range of $1.575 billion to $1.605 billion or a year-over-year growth of 9% to 11%. We expect, CooperVision revenue in the range of $1.26 to $1.28 billion or a year-over-year growth of 6% to 8%. This equates to a constant currency growth of 9% to 11%.

For the second half, we expect , CooperVision to grow 7% to 10% on a constant currency basis. We expect CooperSurgical revenue in the range of $315 million to $325 million with a year-over-year growth of 23% to 27%. We expect non-GAAP gross margin to be in the range of 65% to 65.5% and non-GAAP operating margin to be in the range of 21% to 22%.

We expect interest expense of $9.5 million to $10.5 million, and as previously mentioned non-GAAP effective tax rate of 7% to 9%. Our GAAP earnings per share is estimated in the range of $6.42 to $6.52 and excludes the impact of the potential Aime transaction, our non-GAAP earnings per share is estimated in the range of $6.15 to $6.25. This being based on a diluted share count of 49.6 million shares.

Finally, we expect capital expenditures for year of $200 million to $250 million and free cash flow of $170 million to $200 million.

With that, let me turn it back to Kim for the Q&A session.

Kim Duncan - Senior Director, IR: Operator, we are ready to take some questions.

Transcript Call Date 06/06/2013

Operator: Kim Gailun, JPMorgan.

Kimberly Gailun - JPMorgan: I guess, the first question maybe just on Biofinity. You had another really solid quarter and you're out of place now, where silicon hydrogels as a percentage of CooperVision sales is pretty close to on par with where we think the industry is. I've always thought that Cooper, because you're under-indexed in dailies should actually be able to go higher than the industry, but I think it'll be helpful just to kind of walk through what you see as the runway for Biofinity from here and maybe Avaira, so silicon hydrogel as a family and then as you bring in the daily?

Robert S. Weiss - President and CEO: Kim, as far as we're concerned, Biofinity which is approaching $500 million run rate product line with solid double-digit growth, it still has a lot of runway left. As I mentioned in my comments, a lot of that runway still has to do with Japan and the rest of the world, where this product obviously is viewed in a very special league within silicon hydrogel lenses, and I think there's no reason to think that it won't continue to perform very well, albeit off of a much higher base going forward, particularly in the monthly modality. Avaira of course is just really getting going. It took a couple of years to get Avaira Toric aligned, so we can see the halo effect of Avaira Toric with the Avaira Sphere line. I mentioned that it grew as a family off of a granted a much smaller base more than 50% on a year-over-year basis. So, we're pleased with the momentum it starting to develop. So, I kind of look at each, how are they going to do in each modality. We have a good entre in monthly with Biofinity and that will continue to do well, probably the non-growth factor globally or the one that will grow the least is the two-week modality, but it is a huge opportunity where we are under-indexed. Then of course the real growth right now from the point of view of the overall lens industry is the 1 Day modality, sponsored partly by the U.S. where it's doing extremely well. In that area revenue has gone and the industry's slump 11% three years ago to well over 20% now, we think between Proclear 1 Day and now MyDay, we have good entres in that area. So, when I think about it, I kind of think of the way we present the CLI data in the back of our release. We're gaining share on all fronts right now. I don't care if you look at modality. I don't care if you look at geographic areas. I don't care if you look at types of lenses, which unfortunately, we weren't able to present (this go around) because the Contact Lens Institute is kind of suppressed some data which doesn't allow us to be able to tell you what the industry did, but ourself, we did very well as you can see, can't really tell you how, but we think we're covering all fronts pretty effectively and we'll gain share pretty effectively, and that translates to expecting good growth out of Biofinity in the monthly, Avaira in the two-week and Proclear 1 day and MyDay in the 1 day.

Operator: Jeff Johnson, Robert Baird.

Jeff Johnson - Robert Baird: Bob, I was wondering if I can start with a couple of margin questions. I guess, first on MyDay, from your press release on MyDay, today, it sounds like it's going to have a lower silicone content, it sounds like the dk is going to be 80 on that lens. Wondering what that means from your ability to reduce the alcohol content, how that might help margins scale a little faster in that product if you can get some of the alcohol out quicker, and just maybe an update on what gross margin for that product has been doing here over the last few months since you last updated?

Robert S. Weiss - President and CEO: Well, you are right in your focus on that and gross margins, MyDay, initially, like many of our new launched products will have marginal products, we have moved into a profit mode, but we have a long way to go. We have, as a matter of now being seven or eight years into silicone hydrogel production, gotten better and better with even products that include the alcohol in the manufacturing process. While that's not an endpoint in the sense that we expect some day to have alcohol, potentially alcohol removed from certain silicone hydrogel products that may be different families of products, but for now these products Biofinity, Avaira and MyDay do use alcohol in production, and will likely do so in the future for at least the indefinite future. As far as expectation, we were able to move the needle real far with Biofinity since we did a startup and when we started up Biofinity, it in fact had zero gross margins. Today, it has gross margins well in excess of the top-end of our – let's say, well into the 70s and that obviously plays well from the point of view of our gross margin mix given it's growing off of a high base. 1 Day has a long way to go in terms of weighting being a significant weighting factor, and in our case the startup process with lead time on equipment is fairly extensive 12 to 18 months and that's not only us, but our competitors that are ramping up over the next several years. So, by the time we get to where it's meaningful, we would expect to have improved gross margins for MyDay similar to what we've done with our other 1 Day, which is Proclear 1 Day.

Jeff Johnson - Robert Baird: If I can just ask a quick follow-up on the margin front. Greg, I guess for you, CVI gross margin, it sounds like if I ex-out the currency, the yen weakness and what have you, gross margins for CVI would have been up 400 to 500 basis points this quarter year-over-year. Obviously, the lower royalty has the biggest contribution there or a big contribution that I'd assume, but even back of the envelope. I know you won't tell us what the royalty came down to, but back of the envelope it seems like to me that was maybe 150, 200 basis points where is that other 200 to 300 basis points of gross margin improvement coming on a constant currency basis for CVI.

Robert S. Weiss - President and CEO: Let me jump on part of that, with Biofinity being the magnitude of product it is in our portfolio and with it having the very attractive gross margins that I mentioned with or without the royalty no matter how you view that calculation, it is a driver of our gross margins. Number one it’s the multimodality, so it easier to have high gross margins in the monthly multimodality it's good to have a product of that caliber that I mentioned is annualizing close to $500 million a year. So by far it is driving a lot of what we're seeing in CooperVision in terms of gross margins. Incrementally when you look across all the other lines and even considering mix we are lowering morning cost on pretty much all fronts whether it's the 1 Day modality, the two week modality or the monthly modality costs are coming down in parallel with that balancing mix if you will of products. Greg.

Gregory W. Matz - VP and CFO: Bob that’s a good summary I mean Jeff you obviously know our sensitivity of protecting confidentiality agreement that we have. I think I covered the key factors that are really driving it. One is a strong product mix led by Biofinity, manufacturing efficiencies as you know, Fernando is our Manufacturing Vice President who handles all our operations. Has done a fabulous job over the last five years of improving – his team improving the efficiency in the factory and that’s helped drive up margins, and obviously then the other big piece is the royalty which we can't really go into more detail on.

Operator: Chris Cooley, Stephens.

Chris Cooley - Stephens: Bob, I was just wondering if you could talk to us a little bit about how you see the single-use silicone market evolving going forward, in particular with the Company's decision to go with the lower content – or I should say a lower retail version versus many of your competitive offerings, just how do you see the U.S. market shaping up for that over time.

Robert S. Weiss - President and CEO: I think I've frequently said that the market today is a niche market. It's probably in the neighborhood of $300 million, $300 million to $350 million, maybe as high as $400 million, but certainly not above that or wide, with the dominant portion of that coming out of Japan where J&J has TruEye. In the U.S., it's been hitting its head somewhat on the ceiling of the type of wears because of the current price points of 1 Day silicone hydrogel lenses. As long as the price points are where they are, there is some limitation in many of the markets around the world. So that's a factor. Having said that, you have all the three majors, if you will, spending a lot of energy developing that market wide because number one, trading into a 1 Day is worth 400% to 600% more revenue per patient. The U.S. is right for that. And so, theirs is a want to solve the 1 Day riddle in the U.S. and concurrently why you're migrating people into the 1 Day modality gives them the option of a silicone hydrogel since so much of the market today, I'd say it's about half and half now. Almost half the market in revenue dollars is silicone hydrogel, half is non-silicone – is hydrogel. So we have got a market split and there is a lot of eye care professionals that want a silicone hydrogel 1 Day option and they'll try to move the mark with that. We're going to be there. We're going to be a meaningful player there. I think with the energy of the industry, the three majors in that area, they'll move the needle and this will not be a niche product three years, four years, five years, down the road.

Operator: Larry Biegelsen, Wells Fargo.

Larry Biegelsen - Wells Fargo: So on guidance, can you help me tease out the reduction by $10 million for CooperVision and CooperSurgical and how much of that was FX, how much of that was operational? On the gross margin, I heard the guidance for the full year, but can you talk a bit about what you expect for the third and fourth quarter from here, 66.2% I think in the second quarter. I guess my question is do you think it will improve sequentially from here throughout the year? Lastly Bob, did you see the same effect this quarter as you saw last year where April was soft, but May bounced back? Thanks.

Robert S. Weiss - President and CEO: All right, the first one, and I'll let Greg amplify anything I miss. On the reduction on the top end of the range by $10 million the majority, clearly for Vision was FX. For Surgical there is, as depicted by the second quarter results, some softness being experienced. I think that's consistent with what we've seen in the industry, be it, all of the competitors in the space have commented on the softness on the office side of equipment and instrument side now. So there is some of that built, the experience of the second quarter rolling into the full year results on the surgical side. As far as gross margins where they are, do we expect sequential, where it can go directionally, generally all (parked) the same. So that would kind of (weigh) out to the guidance that Greg gave you. As far as the last year event, which you are absolutely correct, was a very weak last week – last two weeks of April and a lot of that slipping into May. We didn't see that phenomena develop this year. It's a more normalized cycle, if you will with May starting out, which is built into our guidance line not having any windfall compared to the prior year, which was kind of a flip-flop between the second – the second two weeks and the last two weeks of April slipping somewhat into May. Greg I don’t know if there was anything you wanted to add to that.

Gregory W. Matz - VP and CFO: No Bob, I think you did it.

Operator: Joanne Wuensch, BMO Capital Markets.

Joanne Wuensch - BMO Capital Markets: For some clarification, does your lower revenue include or exclude Aime at this stage?

Robert S. Weiss - President and CEO: Great, question. The answer is Aime is built into those revenue numbers.

Joanne Wuensch - BMO Capital Markets: Built in meaning you have pulled it out or is still included?

Robert S. Weiss - President and CEO: No. It's included.

Joanne Wuensch - BMO Capital Markets: I thought you were selling portions of it and therefore we should be taking that out, no?

Robert S. Weiss - President and CEO: I'll let Greg talk to the technical accounting discussion in that area.

Gregory W. Matz - VP and CFO: I think right now our intent is to sell it. We have been – we have somebody that we have signed an agreement with. There are still some closing conditions that are still to be achieved and once we have cleared those closing conditions at that point we would treat that, we would treat it as a sale on the accounting side. So, at this point because those closing conditions are still open, we have not – we are still treating it as usual going forward.

Joanne Wuensch - BMO Capital Markets: My second question is, could you please comment on the price point for the MyDay lens and remind us, is this a Sphere lens coming out and then when we should expect a Toric? Thank you.

Robert S. Weiss - President and CEO: It is a – from a price point, point of view, we are not really going to get into that. Particularly, there is going to be want for an element of supplies if you will on what we are ultimately going to do there in the U.S. market. It is not shortly near term going to be in the U.S. market, that's more 2014 sometime calendar year. As far as when we expect a Toric in that space, I think given the manufacturing constraints that the industry will have in many of the areas anyway, it's a ways down the road, nothing imminent. It's initially going to be here for at least the next several years.

Operator: Matthew O'Brien, William Blair.

Matthew O'Brien - William Blair: I was hoping to just tease out the gross margin a little bit more. I know, you guys don't want to talk about the royalty, but can you just give us a sense for – you still have some headwinds out there on Avaira. When do you anticipate that headwind will dissipate somewhat? Aime, can you just quantify what the benefit of selling that business will do to the gross margin line and then Bob, you made a bunch of comments on manufacturing going forward in some areas that you think you can benefit as well. Just what do you think the opportunity is with those programs? Then Greg, just to clarify on the tax rate side, I think historically you've been around 10% of an effective tax rate. Are you saying that with the royalty lessening that, you think that tax rate may decrease, something around the 100 basis points going forward? How should we frame that?

Robert S. Weiss - President and CEO: All right, that was a lot. Avaira, going forward, we continue to improve the platform we're manufacturing on. I might say there's somewhat a game of musical equipment going on right now in the Avaira family and in the MyDay family if you will, all of which is kind of pointed in a direction that will improve the end point together with the equipment that is on order that let's say similar to Biofinity where we had the first generation of equipment that, in the case of Biofinity was put in the museum, the first two pieces of equipment. We're not going to be there with Avaira, but I would say, we clearly know there are improvements we can make to modification to future equipment we're buying that will reduce cost of goods. So, both on the Avaira front as well as on the MyDay front, that platform is similar if you will. In terms of Aime, I'll defer to Greg on the implications of gross margins will improve without it. I don't know if you have any specifics.

Gregory W. Matz - VP and CFO: No. it's pretty small. They will improve, because it was definitely below our average gross margin, but again, Aime is a relatively small piece of our overall business. So, you'll see an uptick, I don't know if it'd be that notable.

Robert S. Weiss - President and CEO: As far as manufacturing going forward, I mentioned among other things cycle times. I mentioned in the past that we do have a desire to get alcohol out of a lot of production. In the area of silicone hydrogel lenses, that is, when I talk about R&D, that clearly the work that we continue to work on in terms of getting alcohol either diminished and/or removed in certain silicone hydrogel products in the future. In the area of other cost reductions over time, we did announce that I mentioned last quarter that we are expanding our third site into Costa Rica. Costa Rica is an area where the platform there would allow for lower-cost manufacturing, so certain products would be more conducive to lower labor rates if you will. Right now, we're in locations that are far from a lower labor rate compared to a global perspective. So factors like that as we grow our business will come into play that will help future gross margin trends, effective, if you would comment on taxes Greg?

Gregory W. Matz - VP and CFO: Yeah, so, Matt, we're a little early for guidance, but I think it's a fair question. Looking at the guidance we gave for the rest of this year, we set 7% to 9% in that range and also mentioned there's probably 150 basis points or a little more of what I'd consider non-current kind of expenses. So, we obviously don't expect to run next year at the 7% or 9% range. The guidance will be higher than that, but if you take that 150 plus basis points and add it to our guidance range, it probably gets you in the right direction. Again, we'll determine guidance as we get farther in the year. The other big thing we didn't mention real specifically is, it really does have an impact on your geographic distribution of income and that changes and revolves over time. So, when we go to do guidance for next year that will be the thing that we'll be looking at to help – that also will impact the rate for next year.

Operator: Steve Willoughby, Cleveland Research.

Steve Willoughby - Cleveland Research: Question on the impact from currency. Greg, I think you said for the back half of the year, you think your currency is going to negatively impact EPS by an incremental $0.07. For the second quarter, you just reported, how much of a negative impact was it relative to what you guys were thinking three months ago?

Gregory W. Matz - VP and CFO: Three months ago, it was about $0.035.

Steve Willoughby - Cleveland Research: So about a $0.10 headwind altogether then for the year. Is that right?

Gregory W. Matz - VP and CFO: I'm sorry say it again Steve I missed that.

Steve Willoughby - Cleveland Research: I guess, so you are now expecting an incremental $0.07 from FX?

Gregory W. Matz - VP and CFO: From 1 Day guidance.

Steve Willoughby - Cleveland Research: So, I guess you know how much of a negative impact was there from FX just on the second quarter relative to your guidance three months ago?

Robert S. Weiss - President and CEO: March, it'd be right, its $0.035 plus the $0.07, yeah $0.105.

Steve Willoughby - Cleveland Research: Then just my second question was, you were able to hold your SG&A dollars relatively flat despite an increase in revenue. How likely you guys are going to be able to do that over the rest of the year?

Robert S. Weiss - President and CEO: I think to some degree foreign exchange just like it hit our top line certainly hit operating cost and minimizes operating costs somewhat we are continuing our venture of geographic expansion so that’s kind of push. Suffice it to say that I think in the guidance we giving 21% to 22% that we're expecting some improving ratios at the back six.

Gregory W. Matz - VP and CFO: And also remember until we purchased Origio in July last year so once you start hitting July you'll have a more even apples-to-apples comparison year-over-year.

Operator: Larry Keusch, Raymond James.

Larry Keusch - Raymond James: I guess two questions for Greg. First on the free cash flow obviously you maintained the guidance $170 million, 200 million yet you brought up your EPS guidance. If you could just help me understand why that guidance is staying the same. And then the second question is you indicated that you did not buyback any stock in the quarter. So if you could remind us again what you've got outstanding under the share repurchase authorization and really how you're thinking about how you tackle that share repurchase?

Gregory W. Matz - VP and CFO: Okay, on the share repurchase, let me just – we have currently outstanding on that, is approximately $185 million on the program. And again, I think we will continue to kind of run that program like we've run it over the last year or so. There will be opportunities where we believe that it makes sense based on where the stock is at. From the other question you were asking.....

Larry Keusch - Raymond James: Free cash flow.

Gregory W. Matz - VP and CFO: On the free cash flow.

Larry Keusch - Raymond James: Why was (indiscernible) maintained?

Gregory W. Matz - VP and CFO: Yeah. I think there is still – from our perspective, there's a lot happening with the equipment purchases that we're talking about, the CapEx number is a big number. We're looking at the opportunity of moving capital purchases up in order to get the key equipment that we want for our growth in the future. And so at this point in time, when we felt comfortable just leaving the range where it was at as we watched some of that, some of that CapEx start to be processed.

Robert S. Weiss - President and CEO: And I think the incremental earnings, if you will, in the context of the size of that number is more rounding. It wouldn’t move the needle that much and some of those items that have caused the incremental earnings specifically in the tax area are more non-cash events.

Larry Keusch - Raymond James: And just so we're calibrated, CapEx for the year, how are we thinking about that?

Gregory W. Matz - VP and CFO: $200 million to $250 million is the range we are giving.

Operator: Amit Bhalla, Citi.

Amit Bhalla - Citi: Greg, two questions, first on the gross margin. As you look to the remainder of the year, I think you said, or Bob may have said that you expect the gross margin to stay kind at the current level of 66%. Help me understand why that's not improving? I think from what you are saying so far, it does sound like there should be gross margin improvement into – in the second half of the year. Secondly on the tax in the quarter, I think I – if I heard you right, you said there was kind of a one-time impact. Why wasn't that excluded, why did you take the benefit which we calculate at about $0.09 in the quarter? Thanks.

Robert S. Weiss - President and CEO: Let me take both of those. First of all on the gross margin going forward, the 66.2% that we had in the second quarter, as you look forward with our expectation of the rollout of MyDay and a more robust Avaira family, those are factors that will, in both cases work against on mix. So it's as much as anything has to do with mix as opposed to our cost of goods headed down or any other factor. Having said that, we continue to expect Biofinity to be doing well, but there's going to be a lot of growth in let's say that 1 day modality in our estimation. As far as the tax, the reason it's not called out is quite frankly – if you look at us over the last 10, 15 years, we have had those events fairly routinely and in our effective tax rate, we continue to set up these reserves. These reserves are coming out of ordinary effective tax rate. They are set up there where we think it's appropriate. Then the ultimate determination is made when either there is a settlement or discussion with our tax jurisdiction or a statute is barred or removed after a period of time. So that plays part of our operating business and our operating model and we have never quoted nor would we the portion of what we're accruing at that instance and our effective tax rate that we are giving you.

Robert S. Weiss - President and CEO: Just to add to that too. In that settlement we actually had two years. One thing that was unusual and what caused that number to be as big as it was, was the fact (indiscernible) to close down one year last year and what happened is that at the end of their audit they held the year open and went onto the next year, which was a little unusual. So they waited to close out both years together. So we got kind of a double hit so to speak in the current year. The other thing on the gross margin also still – the yen is still moving against us, so we continue to have that. So keeping the margins relatively flat over the next couple of quarters is still absorbing extra yen based impact.

Operator: Ladies and gentlemen this will conclude our question-and-answer session for today's conference. I would now like to turn the call over to Bob Weiss for closing remarks.

Robert S. Weiss - President and CEO: Thank you and I want to thank everyone for joining us today. Hopefully, you were as pleased with our quarter as I was in delivering the results and I look forward to updating everyone on progress we are making on our next call, which is on September 5th, right after the Labor Day weekend. So, until then, have a pleasant summer. Thank you.

Operator: Ladies and gentlemen, that concludes today’s conference. Thank you for your participation. You may now disconnect. Have a good day.