ICON Reports Q3 Revenue of $286 Million, EPS of 29c and Net New Business of $450 Million.

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Highlights – Third Quarter Fiscal 2012

ICON, a global provider of outsourced development services to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries, today reported its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2012.

Net revenues for the quarter grew 19% to $286 million compared to $241 million in the same quarter last year.

Income from operations, before restructuring and other non-recurring charges, for the quarter was $20.9 million or 7.3% of net revenue, compared with $1.1 million or 0.5% of net revenue for the same period last year. Net income before restructuring and other non-recurring charges was $17.7 million or 29 cents per share compared to $1.5 million or 2 cents per share in Q3 2011.

US GAAP income from operations for the quarter was $20.9 million or 7.3% of net revenue, compared with US GAAP losses from operations of $3.7 million or 1.5% of net revenue in the same period last year. US GAAP net income for the quarter was $17.7 million or 29 cents per share compared to a loss of $2.7 million or 4 cents per share last year.

Year-to-date net revenues were $815 million representing a 16% increase over the same period last year.

Year to date income from operations, before restructuring and other non-recurring charges recorded in the second quarter, was $49.3 million or 6.0% of net revenue compared to $32.6 million or 4.6% of net revenue in the same period last year. Net income year to date, excluding restructuring and other non-recurring charges recorded in the second quarter, was $39.6 million or 66 cents per share. In the same period last year, net income year to date, before restructuring and other non-recurring charges was $27.4 million or 45 cents per share.

Year to date US GAAP income from operations was $43.6 million or 5.3% of net revenue, compared to $22.8 million or 3.2% of net revenue for the same period last year. US GAAP net income year to date was $34.7 million or 57 cents per share compared to $18.8 million or 31 cents per share last year.

Days sales outstanding, comprising accounts receivable and unbilled revenue less payments on account, were 38 days at September 30, 2012, compared to 52 days at September 30, 2011.

For the quarter ended September 30, 2012, cash generated from operating activities was $29.3 million and capital expenditure was $6.6 million. Cash paid in respect of acquisitions was $17.4 million for the quarter. The company's net cash amounted to $180 million at September 30, 2012 compared with net cash of $168 million at June 30, 2012.

In our for 2011 it was noted that ICON has been considering the structure of its share listings due to its international operations and profile. ICON now plans, subject to finalising the necessary details and arrangements, to proceed with a full listing of shares on NASDAQ and terminate the current NASDAQ ADR programme. It is the company's view that this change will provide benefits to shareholders, including removing some barriers to ownerships and also the potential for further index inclusion for the stock. As a result of this change, ICON believes the Irish Stock Exchange listing will no longer be necessary and accordingly it is the company's plan to withdraw from the Irish Stock Exchange. Once the necessary details and arrangements are finalised, we will announce a date for a shareholder meeting to vote on the resolutions required to implement these listing changes.

CEO Ciaran Murray commented,

In addition to the financial measures prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), this press release contains certain non-GAAP financial measures, including non-GAAP operating and net income and non-GAAP diluted earnings per share. While non-GAAP financial measures are not superior to or a substitute for the comparable GAAP measures, ICON believes certain non-GAAP information is useful to investors for historical comparison purposes.

ICON will hold its third quarter conference call today, November 1, 2012 at 9:00 EST [13:00 Ireland & UK]. This call and linked slide presentation can be accessed live from our website at . A recording will also be available on the website for 90 days following the call. In addition, a , including upcoming conference presentations, is available on our website, under "Investors". This calendar will be updated regularly.

The statements made in this press release may contain forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. In addition to the matters described in this press release, the ability to maintain large client contracts or enter into new contracts, maintain client relationships and the ability to manage the opening of new offices, the integration of new business mergers and acquisitions, as well as other risks and uncertainties detailed from time to time in SEC reports filed by ICON, including its Form 20-F, F-1, S-8 and F-3, may affect the actual results achieved by ICON. ICON disclaims any intent or obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

ICON plc is a global provider of outsourced development to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries. The company specialises in the strategic development, management and analysis of programs that support clinical development - from compound selection to Phase I-IV clinical studies. With headquarters in Dublin, Ireland, ICON currently, operates from 82 locations in 40 countries and has approximately 9,280 employees. Further information is available at .

Source: ICON plc