The Cooper Companies, Inc.
Mar 6, 2008

The Cooper Companies Reports First Quarter Results

PLEASANTON, Calif., Mar 6, 2008 (PrimeNewswire via COMTEX News Network) -- The Cooper Companies, Inc. (NYSE:COO) today reported first quarter results for fiscal 2008.

Highlights

Commenting on the results, Robert S. Weiss, Cooper's chief executive officer said, "This was a solid quarter as we continue to experience strong revenue growth, significant manufacturing improvements and earnings stabilization. At CVI, revenues were strong in all geographic markets and we outpaced market growth. We are clearly seeing a revival of CVI's historic revenue growth and share gain patterns.

"With respect to manufacturing, we are now producing our two-week silicone hydrogel sphere Avaira on a Gen II platform, which will support its upcoming launch in April. Biofinity® production reached an all time high of 3.8 million units in February, and a new line began production this month. We continue to anticipate $160 million to $170 million in capital expenditures this year primarily to support capacity expansion, but we now expect 2009 capital expenditures to decrease to $125 million to $140 million. This is due to yield improvements in several processes and the expected completion of the plant expansion in Puerto Rico during fiscal 2008."

2008 Revenue and Earnings Guidance

Cooper now expects fiscal 2008 revenue of $1,060 million to $1,100 million, up from previous guidance of $1,040 million to $1,090 million, due to strong growth of core contact lens products and anticipated sales of Avaira. Reflecting the increased sales, Non-GAAP EPS guidance is increased to $2.10 to $2.35 and GAAP EPS guidance to $1.40 to $1.85 from previous guidance of Non-GAAP EPS $2.00 to $2.30 and GAAP EPS $1.30 to $1.80. Non-GAAP EPS guidance excludes costs considered unrelated to core operating performance as shown below in "Unaudited Reconciliation and Explanation of Non-GAAP to GAAP Operating Results."

CVI expects fiscal 2008 revenue of $895 million to $930 million, previously $875 million to $920 million, and CSI expects fiscal 2008 revenue of $165 million to $170 million, unchanged from previous guidance.

First Quarter Operating Highlights

CVI First Quarter Operating Highlights

Note: Please see the "Quick Links" section of Cooper's Website www.coopercos.com/investor for Supplemental Market and Revenue Data tables.

CSI First Quarter Operating Highlights

Management Changes

Conference Call

The Cooper Companies will hold a conference call to discuss its fiscal first quarter 2008 results today at 5pm Eastern time. The dial in number in the United States is +1-866-383-8119. The dial in number outside the United States is +1-617-597-5344. The passcode is 62123846.

A replay will be available approximately one hour after the call ends and will be available for five days. The dial in number for the replay in the United States is +1-888-286-8010. The dial in number for the replay outside the United States is +1-617-801-6888. The replay passcode is 44356818.

This call will also be broadcast live on The Cooper Companies' Web site, www.coopercos.com and at www.streetevents.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains "forward-looking statements" as defined by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These include statements relating to plans, prospects, goals, strategies, future actions, events or performance and other statements which are other than statements of historical fact. In addition, all statements regarding anticipated growth in our revenue, anticipated market conditions, planned product launches and expected results of operations and integration of any acquisition are forward-looking. To identify these statements look for words like "believes," "expects," "may," "will," "should," "could," "seeks," "intends," "plans," "estimates" or "anticipates" and similar words or phrases. Forward-looking statements necessarily depend on assumptions, data or methods that may be incorrect or imprecise and are subject to risks and uncertainties.

Among the factors that could cause our actual results and future actions to differ materially from those described in forward-looking statements are: failures to launch, or significant delays in introducing, new products, or limitations on sales following introduction due to manufacturing constraints or poor market acceptance; failures to receive or delays in receiving U.S. or foreign regulatory approvals for products; compliance costs and potential liability in connection with U.S. and foreign healthcare regulations, including product recalls, and potential losses resulting from sales of counterfeit and other infringing products; the success of research and development activities and other start-up projects; new competitors, product innovations or technologies; failure to develop new manufacturing processes, or delays in implementation of such processes; a major disruption in the operations of our manufacturing, research and development or distribution facilities, due to technological problems, natural disasters or other causes; disruptions in supplies of raw materials, particularly components used to manufacture our silicone hydrogel lenses; legal costs, insurance expenses, settlement costs and the risk of an adverse decision or settlement related to claims involving product liability or patent protection (including risks with respect to the ultimate validity and enforceability of the Company's patent applications and patents and the possible infringement of the intellectual property of others); the impact of acquisitions and divestitures on revenues, earnings and margins, including any failure by the Company to successfully integrate acquired businesses into CVI and CSI, any failure to continue to realize anticipated benefits from the Company's cost-cutting measures and risks inherent in accounting assumptions made regarding the acquisitions; changes in business, political and economic conditions, including the adverse effects of natural disasters on patients, practitioners and product distribution; interest rate and foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations; changes in U.S. and foreign government regulation of the retail optical industry and of the healthcare industry generally; dilution to earnings per share from acquisitions or issuing stock; changes in tax laws or their interpretation and changes in effective tax rates, including by reason of changes in the Company's geographic profit mix; changes in the Company's expected utilization of recognized net operating loss carry forwards; the requirement to provide for a significant liability or to write off a significant asset, including impaired goodwill; changes in accounting principles or estimates; disruptions or delays related to implementation of information technology systems covering the Company's businesses, or other events which could result in management having to report a material weakness in the effectiveness of the Company's internal control over financial reporting in its Form 10-Q and Form 10-K filings; environmental risks including significant environmental cleanup costs above those already accrued; and other events described in our Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including the "Business" and "Risk Factors" sections in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2007, as such Risk Factors may be updated in quarterly filings.

We caution investors that forward-looking statements reflect our analysis only on their stated date. We disclaim any intent to update them except as required by law.

Corporate Information

The Cooper Companies, Inc. (www.coopercos.com) manufactures and markets specialty healthcare products through its CooperVision and CooperSurgical units. Corporate offices are in Pleasanton, Calif. A toll free interactive telephone system at 1-800-334-1986 provides stock quotes, recent press releases and financial data.

CooperVision (www.coopervision.com) develops, manufactures and markets a broad range of contact lenses for the worldwide vision correction market. Headquartered in Pleasanton, Calif., it manufactures in Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico, Norfolk, Va., Rochester, N.Y., Adelaide, Australia, Hamble and Hampshire, England and Madrid, Spain.

CooperSurgical (www.coopersurgical.com) develops, manufactures and markets medical devices, diagnostic products and surgical instruments and accessories used primarily by gynecologists and obstetricians. Its major manufacturing and distribution facilities are in Trumbull, CT.

The Cooper Companies, Inc. and its subsidiaries and/or affiliates own, license or distribute the following trademarks or registered trademarks: Avaira, Biofinity® and Proclear®.

The information on Cooper's Web sites and its interactive telephone system are not part of this news release.

              THE COOPER COMPANIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
                 Consolidated Condensed Balance Sheets
                 -------------------------------------
                            (In thousands)
                              (Unaudited)

                                              January 31,   October 31,
                                                 2008          2007
                                              ----------    ----------

                     ASSETS

 Current assets:
   Cash and cash equivalents                  $    2,586    $    3,226
   Trade receivables, net                        164,167       164,493
   Inventories                                   279,007       267,914
   Deferred tax asset                             20,445        23,395
   Other current assets                           60,135        58,494
                                              ----------    ----------
     Total current assets                        526,340       517,522
                                              ----------    ----------
 Property, plant and equipment, net              619,280       604,530
 Goodwill                                      1,253,951     1,253,686
 Other intangibles, net                          141,891       145,833
 Deferred tax asset                               29,575        20,015
 Other assets                                     13,905        18,685
                                              ----------    ----------
                                              $2,584,942    $2,560,271
                                              ==========    ==========

      LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

 Current liabilities:
 Short-term debt                              $   46,858    $   46,514
 Other current liabilities                       193,218       239,966
                                              ----------    ----------
     Total current liabilities                   240,076       286,480
                                              ----------    ----------
 Long-term debt                                  878,251       830,116
 Other liabilities                                40,971         9,408
 Deferred tax liabilities                         12,110        10,678
                                              ----------    ----------
     Total liabilities                         1,171,408     1,136,682
                                              ----------    ----------
 Stockholders' equity                          1,413,534     1,423,589
                                              ----------    ----------
                                              $2,584,942    $2,560,271
                                              ==========    ==========


              THE COOPER COMPANIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
              Consolidated Condensed Statements of Income
                              (Unaudited)

                         Three Months Ended               %        %
                            January 31,            %   Revenue  Revenue
                         2008        2007      Increase  2008     2007
                       --------    --------    -----------------------

 Net sales             $245,033    $219,420        12%    100%    100%
 Cost of sales          102,151      89,508        14%     42%     41%
                       --------    --------
 Gross profit           142,882     129,912        10%     58%     59%
 Selling, general and
  administrative
  expense               109,880      97,523        13%     45%     44%
 Research and
  development             8,131      11,111       -27%      3%      5%
 Restructuring costs        823       1,865       -56%      0%      1%
 Amortization of
  intangibles             4,097       3,651        12%      2%      2%
                       --------    --------
 Operating income        19,951      15,762        27%      8%      7%
 Interest expense        11,106       9,792        13%      5%      4%
 Other income, net          642         819
                       --------    --------
 Income before income
  taxes                   9,487       6,789
 Provision for income
  taxes                   2,610       1,441
                       --------    --------
 Net income            $  6,877    $  5,348
                       ========    ========

 Diluted earnings
  per share            $   0.15    $   0.12
                       ========    ========

 Number of shares used
  to compute earnings
  per share              45,129      44,984
                       ========    ========

Unaudited Reconciliation and Explanation of Non-GAAP to GAAP Operating Results ($ in thousands, except per share amounts)

Listed below are the items included in net income that management excludes in computing non-GAAP financial measures as described below the table.

              THE COOPER COMPANIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
        Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Earnings to GAAP Net Income

                                                    Three Months Ended
                                                        January 31,
                                                     2008       2007
                                                    -------    -------

 GAAP net income                                    $ 6,877    $ 5,348
 Non-GAAP adjustments:
 Production start-up and restructuring costs in
  cost of sales                                       9,303      6,028
 Distribution center rationalization costs in SGA       409      3,556
 Intellectual property litigation expenses in SGA     3,364      1,785
 Production start-up costs in SGA                       900         --
 Acquired in-process R&D                                 --      4,157
 Other restructuring costs in operating expenses      1,525      2,530
 Write-off of deferred financing costs                   --        882
 Income tax effect                                   (1,311)    (2,286)
                                                    -------    -------
                                                     14,190     16,652
                                                    -------    -------

 Non-GAAP net income                                $21,067    $22,000
                                                    =======    =======

 Add interest charge applicable to convertible
  debt                                                  523        523
                                                    -------    -------

 Non-GAAP income for calculating diluted
  earnings per share                                $21,590    $22,523
                                                    =======    =======

 Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share                $  0.45    $  0.47
                                                    =======    =======

 Number of shares used to
  compute non-GAAP earnings per share                47,719     47,574
                                                    =======    =======

Explanation of Non-GAAP Measures

In addition to results in accordance with GAAP, Cooper management also considers non-GAAP operating results as important supplemental financial measures in evaluating its ongoing core operating results and in making operating decisions.

Non-GAAP operating results and guidance exclude from GAAP operating items that management does not consider part of core operating performance. Management uses these non-GAAP operating results to compare actual operating results to its business plans, calculate debt compliance covenants, allocate resources and evaluate potential acquisitions. Management believes that presenting these non-GAAP operating results allows investors, as well as management, to evaluate operating results from one period to another on a comparable basis.

Specific items that Cooper excludes from its GAAP results when evaluating core operational performance are:

Not all the items listed occurred in the fiscal first quarter of 2008 or 2007. Specific amounts for the items in the fiscal first quarter of 2008 and 2007 are set forth in the table above. For fiscal 2008, the Company no longer excludes share-based compensation expense in its non-GAAP operating results as share-based compensation is now comparable over a three-year period.

Operating results adjusted for these items should not be considered alternatives to any performance measures derived in accordance with GAAP. We present them because we consider their disclosure an important supplemental measure of performance. In evaluating Cooper's non-GAAP operating results and guidance, investors are cautioned that in future periods Cooper expects to incur expenses similar to those for which adjustments are made in the presentation of non-GAAP operating results. Presentation of non-GAAP operating results and guidance should not be construed as an implication that future results will be unaffected by similar items or nonrecurring or unusual charges.

Cooper's non-GAAP operating results have limitations as an analytical tool, including that they do not reflect the cost of:

In addition, non-GAAP operating results may not be useful when comparing Cooper to other companies that may calculate these measures differently. Moreover, the impact of many of the items excluded (particularly litigation and restructuring) on guidance is difficult to quantify because of significant uncertainty in timing and the range of possible outcomes. These items could be material.

Cooper compensates for these limitations by relying primarily on GAAP operating results and supplementing these with non-GAAP operating results.

Contact Lens Industry Revenue Update: Fourth Calendar Quarter and Full Year 2007 in Constant Currency

The data below is from a compilation of industry participants' revenue by an independent market research firm.

Health Product Research, which reports on a statistical sampling of practitioners each quarter, calculated that silicone hydrogel lenses accounted for 50% of new patient visits to contact lens practitioners in the United States during the fourth calendar quarter of 2007, the same as in the third quarter. Silicone hydrogel toric lenses accounted for 44% of new toric contact lens fits in the United States in the fourth calendar quarter of 2007, the same as in the third quarter.

Note: Please see the "Quick Links" section of Cooper's Website www.coopercos.com/investor for Supplemental Market and Revenue Data tables.

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SOURCE: The Cooper Companies, Inc.

The Cooper Companies, Inc.
Albert G. White, III
925-460-3663
ir@coopercompanies.com
www.coopercos.com