First quarter sales to the North American market were $75.5 million, an increase of 15% compared to $65.7 million for the prior-year period. Sales to the North American hospital market, including $2.7 million related to our newly acquired Temperature Management business, increased 22% to $24.8 million, compared to $20.3 million for the same period last year. North American hospital revenues included US Military/Big Government sales of $6.5 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2010 compared to $5.6 million for the same period in the prior year. Sales to the North American pre-hospital market increased 14% to $44.6 million, compared to $39.1 million in the prior year. International sales, including $1.9 million related to Temperature Management, increased 25% to $29.8 million, compared to $23.8 million last year. LifeVest® revenues increased 73% to $14.9 million. Total AutoPulse® sales decreased 13% to $3.9 million, compared to $4.5 million in the first quarter of last year.
Gross margin for the first quarter was 53%, compared to 52% in the first quarter of fiscal 2009. The increase reflected an increased mix of sales from the LifeVest product and the positive impact from foreign exchange on foreign sales, partially offset by inclusion of our early-stage temperature management product sales.
Richard A. Packer, Chief Executive Officer of ZOLL, commented, “We are pleased to have achieved such strong growth, even with some parts of our business still awaiting a resumption of buying. Our revenue growth in Q1 was primarily driven by growth in the LifeVest, Temperature Management and International businesses. However, the North American Hospital and Pre-hospital businesses continue to face spending constraints within the capital equipment market.”
Commenting further on the year, Mr. Packer stated, “While the North American Hospital and EMS environments continue to be challenging, revenues for those markets in total were consistent with the first quarter of 2009. We did receive a modest benefit from sales of Welch Allyn AED products in AED sales. The military business also had a good quarter and was consistent with the prior year. As we outlined going into this year, if the core business simply remains flat while we await a spending rebound, we expect the growth businesses would be strong enough to achieve this year’s plans. This is what occurred in Q1.”
Mr. Packer concluded, “Overall, North American Hospital sales were a small step in the right direction, and the LifeVest and Temperature Management are continuing to gain momentum, and perform impressively. Moving through the year, we expect to increase our level of profitability as we gain leverage in these high growth businesses. We believe we are on track for the year and our outlook for 2010 is unchanged.”
About ZOLL Medical Corporation
ZOLL Medical Corporation develops and markets medical devices and software solutions that help advance emergency care and save lives, while increasing clinical and operational efficiencies. With products for defibrillation and monitoring, circulation and CPR feedback, data management, fluid resuscitation, and therapeutic temperature management, ZOLL provides a comprehensive set of technologies which help clinicians, EMS and fire professionals, and lay rescuers treat victims needing resuscitation and critical care.
A NASDAQ Global Select company and a Forbes 100 Most Trustworthy Company for the past three years, ZOLL develops and manufactures its products in the United States, in California, Colorado, Illinois, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island. More than 400 direct sales and service representatives, 1,100 business partners, and 200 independent representatives serve our customers in over 140 countries around the globe. For more information, visit www.zoll.com .