Thermo Electron Reports 16% Revenue Growth in 2004


For the full year, Thermo Electron reported a revenue increase of 16 percent in 2004 to $2.2 billion, up from $1.9 billion in 2003. GAAP diluted EPS in 2004 rose to $2.17, versus $1.20 a year ago, principally driven by tax benefits, large gains from the sale of discontinued operations, and improved operating performance. GAAP operating income grew 27 percent over 2003, and GAAP operating margin for the year increased to 10.8 percent, versus 9.9 percent in 2003.

Full-year adjusted EPS grew 15 percent to $1.25 in 2004, compared with $1.09 in 2003. Adjusted operating income was up 16 percent year to year, and adjusted operating margin was 12.7 percent. Organic revenues grew 4 percent. Currency translation increased revenues by 5 percent, and the net effect of acquisitions/divestitures increased revenues by 7 percent for the year.

Adjusted EPS, adjusted operating income, adjusted operating margin and organic revenues are non-GAAP measures that exclude certain items detailed at the end of this press release under the heading, "Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures."

"We made great strides during 2004 in changing our business mix to better serve our laboratory customers and reinforce our position as the world leader in analytical instruments. We sold Spectra-Physics, our only non-Thermo brand. We made a number of strategic acquisitions -- Jouan, USCS, InnaPhase, and the recently announced agreement to acquire Kendro -- to augment our offerings of laboratory equipment, software and services. And, we continue to make significant internal investments that allow us to strengthen our competitive position worldwide, such as new state-of-the-art manufacturing centers we recently opened in Shanghai, China, and Bremen, Germany."

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