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OSIS earnings call for the period ending September 30, 2021.

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OSI Systems, inc (OSIS -1.51%)
Q1 2022 Earnings Call
Oct 28, 2021, 12:00 p.m. ET

Contents:

  • Prepared Remarks
  • Questions and Answers
  • Call Participants

Prepared Remarks:

Operator

Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by, and welcome to the OSI Systems, Inc. First Quarter 2022 Conference Call. [Operator Instructions] I would now like to turn the conference over to your speaker for today, Alan Edrick, Chief Financial Officer. Sir, you may begin.

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Alan Edrick -- Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Well, thank you. Good morning, and thank you for joining us. I'm Alan Edrick, Executive Vice President and CFO of OSI Systems, and I'm here today with Deepak Chopra, our President and CEO. Welcome to the OSI Systems' Fiscal 2022 First Quarter Conference Call. We are pleased that you can join us as we review our financial and our operational results. Earlier today, we issued a press release announcing our first quarter fiscal year 2022 financial results. Before we discuss these results,

I would like to remind everyone that today's discussion will include forward-looking statements, and the company wishes to take advantage of the Safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 with respect to such forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements made on this call are based on currently available information, and the company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement based on subsequent events or new information or otherwise.

During today's call, we will refer to both GAAP and non-GAAP financial measures when describing the company's results. For information regarding non-GAAP measures and GAAP measures of the company's results and a quantitative reconciliation of those figures, please refer to today's earnings release. I will begin with a discussion of our financial performance for the first quarter of fiscal 2022 and then turn the call over to Deepak for an overview of the business. I will then finish with more detail regarding our financial results and a discussion of the outlook for fiscal 2022.

Despite the continuing impacts from COVID as well as supply chain and logistics challenges, the company performed well during our first quarter. Our priority at OSI Systems remains to deliver on commitments to our customers and our partners and position the company for long-term success while preserving the safety of our employees. Now let's cover some highlights. First, Q1 revenues increased 10% year-over-year, all organically, driven by strength in our Security and Optoelectronics and Manufacturing divisions.

Second, we achieved record Q1 non-GAAP earnings per share of $1.16, up 9% from Q1 of fiscal 2021, despite a volatile backdrop of travel restrictions, short-term plant closures and supply chain constraints; and third, bookings were strong in the first quarter. The Q1 book-to-bill ratio was 1.6, leading to a 15% increase in backlog since the beginning of the quarter. Our backlog exceeded $1.2 billion for the first time. Before diving more deeply into our financial results, let me turn the call over to Deepak.

Deepak Chopra -- Chief Executive Officer & President

Thank you, Alan, and good morning to all of you. We are pleased with our fiscal 2022 first quarter performance, which showed strong revenues, bookings and earnings. We delivered a strong first quarter despite an environment that included overseas plant partial shutdowns due to the pandemic and the ongoing supply chain disruption. I am pleased with our disciplined execution, which enabled us to navigate these challenges and capitalize on the ongoing recovery in certain of our end markets.

As Alan mentioned, with a record backlog of over $1.2 billion, we are well positioned for the future. Talking about each division's performance in the quarter. Starting with the Security division, where the first quarter revenues grew 11% year-over-year. The division had significant bookings, resulting in a book-to-bill ratio of 1.9. Shortly after the quarter end, we announced key wins that we achieved during Q1 with one of our major customers, U.S. Customer Border and Protection CBP to enhance border security infrastructure.

Under the contract for the LEP, low energy scanners and MEP, medium energy scanners, IDIQs with CBP, we received out of that the largest orders to date totaling approximately $200 million. As you know that the September quarter is also the government end here, and we are very, very excited about this huge win. We have the potential to receive another $65 million under these orders if the CBP exercises its options. We expect to fulfill these orders over the next couple of years commencing in late fiscal 2022.

We look forward to providing our CarView In-Lane scanner, the Z Portal Backscatter scanners and our Eagle P60 ZBx inspection systems to support the CBP's target of achieving 100% screening at border crossings. In addition, a meaningful portion of our order values are also for our proprietary CertScan integration platform software for image analysis, data integration and inspection. We believe that the CertScan software, as we mentioned before, has potential to become a stand-alone platform-agnostic offering in the marketplace.

Besides CBP, other customers around the globe are also looking at CBP of looking at the CertScan software. Our turnkey service operations in Puerto Rico, Albania and Guatemala continue to do well as our customers rely on these programs to reinforce trade and tariff requirements. During the quarter, we successfully won orders with a number of key aviation and critical infrastructure customers and grew revenues from the prior year for baggage and parcel inspection systems and explosive trace detection systems.

During the quarter, we announced an order for approximately $13 million to provide multiple units of our RTT 110 Real Time Tomography explosive detection systems for an Asia Pacific international airport. The air passenger traffic levels are improving but have not returned to pre pandemic levels, as you know, and thus the demand for related products, service and spares is recovering, though slowly. I should also note that the pandemic related travel restrictions continue to complicate the process for scheduling site acceptance testing for new product installations in certain parts of the globe.

We expect to continue dealing with these challenges in Q2 and going forward, but expect the environment to improve thereafter, although some unpredictability remains. The increasing security backlog demonstrates sustained and growing demand for our products and services, setting up well as we continue through fiscal 2022 and move into fiscal 2023, and we look forward to serving our global customer base in aviation, air cargo logistics, port border and critical infrastructure.

One of the comments I've made in the previous calls, I want to emphasize again that during this period, one of the areas in security that has been very successfully growing for us is the logistics and air cargo. Customers like DHL, Federal Express, and these people are very much expanding, as you know, their ability to deliver product and we are very much integrated with our products. Moving to the Optoelectronic and Manufacturing division. Opto again delivered strong results with record Q1 revenues, representing growth exceeding 15% over the prior year and maintained double-digit adjusted operating margins, which is impressive given that we face supply chain shortages and cost increases in this pandemic environment.

The division achieved record bookings and ended with a record backlog. Opto's original equipment manufacturing customer base has exposure in multiple markets of healthcare, defense, space and automotive among others. As we now have a proven ability to deliver in a pandemic challenge environment, these customers serving critical markets have remained loyal and in many cases, collaborated with us to manage lead time and delivery schedules. Our team is working diligently to manage the other cost elements with our control and remain focused on execution.

Finally, moving to the Healthcare division. We finished Q1 with a sales down slightly about 2% lower than prior year. This was expected. We had said that before as some of the COVID related tailwinds that we experienced a year ago have somewhat dissipated. Although demand in America, our largest revenue region continues to be strong and growing, but we did see some demand softening in the EMEA region. During the quarter, we announced an order valued at approximately $3 million to provide patient monitoring solutions and related accessories to a Midwestern U.S.-based hospital, where we expect to provide Xhibit Central Stations,

Xprezzon patient monitors and Qube patient monitors. As information connectivity, ease of access and portability become increasingly important in caring for patients, we continue to invest in advancing our key product platforms in patient monitoring and cardiology to take advantage of these trends. Going forward, we have said before that cardiology is a focus for us to grow as it's the highest margin business in Spacelabs in the Healthcare group. We are encouraged by the performance of the Healthcare team as it has delivered consecutive quarters of double-digit adjusted operating margins.

Overall, I'm pleased with our Q1 performance. Despite the continued challenges related to the pandemic, our team remains focused on serving its global customer base. We have a significant backlog in Security, a record backlog in Opto, and the Healthcare division has been critical in continuing to serve the hospital customer base that is at the forefront of fighting the global pandemic. We are hopeful that the industrywide supply chain disruptions and cost increases will normalize in the near future.

However, we are prepared to continue operating in this environment and remain vigilant in finding opportunities to grow the top line and leveraging our operations and global presence in the marketplace. We look forward to the rest of fiscal 2022. With that, I will hand the call back over to Alan to talk in more detail about our financial performance before opening the call for questions. Thank you.

Alan Edrick -- Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Thank you, Deepak. Now I will review the financial results for our fiscal first quarter in some greater detail. As we mentioned earlier, Q1 revenues were up 10% over the prior year, driven by solid growth in each of the Security and Opto divisions. Security revenues were up 11% year-over-year, driven by our cargo and vehicle inspection products and our checkpoint systems. The Security division Q1 book-to-bill, as Deepak mentioned, was 1.9, leading to significant backlog growth in the Security division.

Opto sales, including intercompany sales, increased 16% year-over-year, continuing the momentum that we saw throughout fiscal 2021. Third-party Opto sales in the first quarter were up 15%, while intercompany sales in the quarter were up 17% year-over-year. The Opto book-to-bill was 1.4, resulting in record backlog for the division. The growth in Security and Opto sales was partially offset by a 2% reduction in year-over-year revenues in the Healthcare division, which was anticipated, as Deepak mentioned.

While patient monitoring sales are expected to be a bit more challenged this fiscal year, several initiatives surrounding our cardiology product line, including new product releases and building out the U.S. sales team are beginning to pay off. For Q1, cardiology related sales increased significantly year-over-year. The Q1 gross margin was 35.6% compared to 37.6% reported in Q1 of last year. This was driven primarily by the mix of revenues among and within our divisions and increasing component costs.

Stronger revenue growth in our Opto division, which inherently carries a lower gross margin than our other two divisions, places downward pressure on the consolidated gross margin. The mix of products and sales within the Security and Opto divisions were also less favorable than the prior year's comparable quarter. Partially offsetting these reductions was an increase in the gross margin in the Healthcare division, driven by the growth in cardiology sales, which tends to carry a higher contribution margin.

Like many companies, we experienced increases in certain component and freight costs, which impacted gross margin on a division and consolidated basis as well. As mentioned on previous calls, our gross margin will fluctuate from period-to-period based on revenue mix and volume, among other factors. Moving to operating expenses. We continue to work diligently across each of our divisions to improve efficiencies and prudently manage our SG&A cost structure. This quarter's results demonstrate the success of these efforts.

Q1 SG&A expenses were $57 million or 20.5% of sales compared to $59 million or 23% of sales in the prior year Q1. Research and development expenses in Q1 were $14.8 million, representing a year-over-year increase of 23%. We continue to dedicate considerable resources to R&D, particularly in Security and Healthcare. We remain focused on innovative product development, which we view as vital to the long-term success of our businesses. In Q1 of fiscal 2022, we recorded a $2.5 million of impairment, restructuring and other charges as compared to $8.4 million in Q1 of the prior fiscal year.

Moving to interest and taxes. Net interest and other expense in Q1 of fiscal 2022 decreased to $2 million from $4.2 million in the same prior year period, primarily due to the adoption of the new accounting standard ASU 2020-06, which eliminates the noncash interest expense associated with our convertible debt. It also increases the debt on the balance sheet by eliminating the unamortized discount, which was approximately $10 million prior to adoption. On the tax side, excluding the impact of discrete tax items, our effective tax rate in Q1 fiscal 2022 was 25.4% compared to 27.5% in Q1 of fiscal 2021.

We recognized discrete tax benefits of $2.1 million in Q1 of fiscal year 2022 compared to $0.3 million in the comparable prior year period. As a result, the reported effective tax rate was 15.9% in Q1 of fiscal 2022 compared to 25.3% in Q1 of fiscal 2021 under GAAP. I will now turn to a discussion of our non-GAAP adjusted operating margin. Overall, our adjusted operating margin decreased to 10.9% in Q1 of fiscal 2022 from 11.3% in Q1 of last year, driven by the previously discussed factors related to the gross margin, increased investment in research and development and the previously discussed changes in Healthcare.

We were pleased with the increase in the adjusted operating margin in our Security division, which expanded to a record 16.2% in Q1 this year as compared to 14.8% in the prior year first quarter. This Q1 record margin in Security was offset by reductions in the other two divisions. Our Healthcare division adjusted operating margin was 12.1% in Q1 of this year compared to 17.8% in Q1 of last year. The variance was driven by economies of scale associated with a higher level of sales in the prior year toward the beginning of the pandemic that boosted the fiscal 2021 margin as well as increased R&D in the fiscal 2022 first quarter to support new product development, higher component costs in this challenging supply chain environment and increased investments in infrastructure to support future growth that put downward pressure on the fiscal 2022 margin for Healthcare.

Aside from last year, the adjusted Healthcare division operating margin for Q1 of fiscal 2022 was the strongest on record for Q1. Similarly, our Opto division's adjusted operating margin decreased to 11.4% in Q1 of fiscal 2022 from 12.1% in Q1 of the last fiscal year, primarily due to a less favorable mix of customer revenues and rising costs in the supply chain. Moving to cash flow. In Q1, cash used by operations was $11 million. This was driven in part by a decision to increase inventory levels to mitigate certain supply chain challenges and the timing of payments to vendors and collections from customers as some parties have been delaying payments in the current business environment. capex in the first fiscal quarter was $3.5 million, while depreciation and amortization expense in Q1 was $9.7 million.

We were active in our stock buyback program. During Q1 of fiscal 2022, we deployed approximately $16 million to repurchase 168,506 shares at an average price of approximately $96, leaving approximately 2.4 million shares available to repurchase under the current program. Our balance sheet is solid, with significant capacity for acquisitions and additional stock buybacks. Our convertible notes mature in September of 2022, and thus are now reflected as a current liability.

Given the general strength of the balance sheet and liquidity through our credit facilities, we believe there are various favorable options available to us to satisfy our obligations under the convertible notes. And finally, turning to guidance. As Deepak describes, although we are pursuing a number of opportunities that could potentially bolster our fiscal 2022 results, we are simultaneously cognizant of the current environment, which we have seen, among other things, timing challenges associated with product installation and acceptance testing in our Security division, and headwinds in the supply chain.

As such, we are reiterating the fiscal 2022 sales and non-GAAP EPS guidance previously provided, while we managed through the pandemic and supply chain challenges. Based upon our projected backlog delivery schedule, we anticipate the second half of the fiscal year to be stronger than the first half. We currently believe this revenue and non-GAAP earnings guidance reflect reasonable estimates, and we have included the anticipated impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and supply chain challenges in our guidance.

Given uncertainties as to the duration and scope of each as well as other variables, however, the extent to which COVID-19 and the supply chain may impact the company's financial results is difficult to predict and could vary significantly from the anticipated impact currently reflected in our estimates and guidance. Actual revenues and non-GAAP earnings per diluted shares could also vary from the anticipated ranges due to other risks and uncertainties discussed in our SEC filings.

In the face of these challenging times, we continue to remain steadfastly focused on the growth of our businesses through investment in product development and potential strategic acquisitions and continued management of our cost structure. We believe our efforts in these areas will enable OSI to continue our leadership in providing innovative products and solutions. We delivered strong first quarter results and continue to navigate effectively through uncertainty, while gaining traction in key strategic growth areas and positioning the company to capitalize on improving end markets.

Finally, we would like to take this opportunity to thank the global OSI Systems' team for its continued dedication in supporting our customers and contributing to the creation of value for our stakeholders while maintaining a firm commitment to safety. And at this time, we'd like to open the call to questions.

Questions and Answers:

Operator

[Operator Instructions] Our first question comes from the line of Brian Ruttenbur with Imperial Capital. Your line is open.

Brian Ruttenbur -- Imperial Capital -- Analyst

Yes, thank you very much. The first question on the big order with CBP. Can you -- you talk about the timing. I think Deepak, you mentioned that most of this is going to start shipping kind of the end of fiscal 2022. Should we expect then the majority of that $200 million will get shipped in fiscal 2023?

Deepak Chopra -- Chief Executive Officer & President

This is Deepak here. Yes, I said that, we expect that by the fourth quarter of this year, they'll start shipping. Majority of it, we'll ship next year, and might just going to go into the next year following that too. But again, I want to emphasize that it could be a little earlier. It might have a little push to the right. It really depends upon the customer readiness and the ability to install and sign off. Alan, do you want to add something?

Alan Edrick -- Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Yes, Brian, I would echo what Deepak said, a very exciting order for us. Large order for us sets us up well as we move into fiscal 2023 and even 2024, we anticipate there could be a just a modest amount of revenues toward the end of our fiscal 2022.

Deepak Chopra -- Chief Executive Officer & President

Brian, this is Deepak here. I just want to add on to that, since you know a lot about that marketplace. I did say that. But I want to emphasize that out of all the various people who got orders on the NII system at that time, we got the largest order. Our products are very well received. It's a very broad-based. And not only it's the products, but it also has a CertScan proprietary software integration with it. So we are very excited about that, and we want to look forward to it. As you can imagine, that as this goes forward, it has much more potential to become bigger and bigger on not only just for CBP, but other places in the world will be watching how this progresses.

Brian Ruttenbur -- Imperial Capital -- Analyst

Great. In the -- in your backlog numbers, is that $200 million in that backlog that you just [Indecipherable]

Alan Edrick -- Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Yes, it is, Brian. It's part of the September 30 backlog.

Brian Ruttenbur -- Imperial Capital -- Analyst

Okay. Great. And then you already talked about maybe a little bit of mix shift on the gross margins in the period just because of the revenue mix, where it was stronger on the Opto. Can you -- I mean, Opto came in really strong for first quarter. Is that sustainable at those levels?

Alan Edrick -- Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Brian, it's a good question. Although we don't provide guidance by division, we believe the outlook for Opto is extremely strong. Record backlog. So even though we had record revenues with a very strong book-to-bill ratio, it provides great visibility going forward. Now of course, we'll have more difficult comps going forward in Opto as well because Opto had such a fantastic fiscal 2021 in each and every quarter. But on an absolute dollar basis, we feel very, very good about where Opto will be through the rest of the year. We won't see -- we don't anticipate seeing 15%, 16% type year-over-year growth. But on an absolute dollar basis, very strong revenues going forward as well.

Brian Ruttenbur -- Imperial Capital -- Analyst

Great. And then just a couple of other little things on SG&A and R&D. SG&A was down year-over-year. Is that a good number to look at? Or is there any aberrations because travel, it appears is coming back in this fourth quarter going into first quarter calendar? Is it travel-related that is down? Or is it headcount reduction? Why is SG&A down?

Alan Edrick -- Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Yes. So we're really trying to -- this is Alan. We're really trying to manage our cost structure nicely, and our team has done a great job in that regard. There was nothing particularly unusual of a significant nature in Q1. We did start to see travel begin to tick up in our first quarter in all three of our divisions, and we expect it'll probably tick up even a little bit further as the year progresses as travel begins to open up even a little bit more. So we'll see that SG&A fluctuate from period to period, but there wasn't anything of a material nature that was super unusual in Q1.

Brian Ruttenbur -- Imperial Capital -- Analyst

Okay. And then R&D was up -- it appears pretty dramatically year-over-year and even sequentially. Is there new projects going on? Is this something that just seasonally happened? I'm just looking back at your historicals, it just that $14.8 million looks historically pretty high for a first quarter.

Alan Edrick -- Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Brian, this is Alan again. You're right. It is high for a typical first quarter, but we felt those investments were quite prudent to make. In both our Security divisions and in our Healthcare division, we invested significantly in R&D in the first quarter for a number of new exciting projects coming out to fill demand in the global marketplace. And we really think this can make a difference for us going forward in the future. We'll continue to focus on R&D. We think it will be at a more elevated level than it was last year because we think that's so important to driving shareholder value going forward, but we wouldn't look for it to accelerate to any significant degree on a sequential basis.

Deepak Chopra -- Chief Executive Officer & President

Just to add on to it, Brian, the example is, for example, with this $200 million order from CBP. And I mentioned some of the products, the CarView the In-Lane, the Z Portal systems, the P60s, these are some of them are new systems. So the focus has been that as you go into a new platform, new products, it increases the R&D. Similarly, in Healthcare, as Alan has mentioned, we basically are investing quite a lot into the new platform in patient monitoring and cardiology is a big focus for us because it's the highest margin product, and we want to go forward to grow that business. The second thing is that people have to understand when they compare it to the year before. Obviously, with the pandemic and the disruptions, interruptions, the travel restriction, the people working remote. Last year was relatively, if we look at it, unusually low. And then when we come back into it, these are new products, new platforms, and we are an innovation company. We're a technology company. And we're going to continue to focus on and the rewards will come in the years later.

Brian Ruttenbur -- Imperial Capital -- Analyst

That's good. Last question, just real quick on working capital and cash flows. Obviously, you took inventory up. You already highlighted that. Do you expect a positive cash flows for second quarter, third quarter? When do you see that's going to turn?

Alan Edrick -- Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Brian, this is Alan. Good question. And although we don't provide guidance for cash flow generally, let me kind of give you kind of directional. We expect that we'll have a good, strong positive free cash flow for fiscal 2022, as we've shown in past years. Kind of in the near-term with some of the supply chain items, we'll continue to invest prudently in inventory and manage our vendors appropriately too, some of which require a little bit more timely payments than pre pandemic. So we -- the nice thing is we're -- we have such a strong balance sheet, and we have such a strong credit facility that affords us the luxury and the opportunity to do what's best for the business on an overall basis. But we've always been a good, strong free cash flow generating company, and we expect will continue to be just a few things from a timing perspective that could vary from a quarter-to-quarter basis.

Brian Ruttenbur -- Imperial Capital -- Analyst

Great. Thank you.

Operator

Thank you. Our next question comes from the line of Jeff Martin with ROTH Capital Partners. Your line is open.

Jeff Martin -- ROTH Capital Partners -- Analyst

Thanks, good morning. How are you? Great, great. I was curious if you could elaborate on your comment that the opportunities are in front of you that could bolster 2022? I assume you're referring largely to the CBP contract. But are you alluding to other things that maybe we haven't heard much about yet? What specifically are those maybe by segment or by end market would be helpful?

Deepak Chopra -- Chief Executive Officer & President

Good question, Jeff. This is Deepak here. Definitely. One is our products are very well entrenched in both Healthcare and Security globally, including U.S. and other places. And there's uncertainty. One of the things that Alan has mentioned in the previous calls, we have some products already built, but we have to just deliver them. So when we say there were -- there's opportunities in the fiscal 2022, as the things open up, as travel opens up, as our ability to install units and sign off and stuff, it can increase the revenue, but we just want to be cautious. We want to be conservative. Same way as a supply chain, we all think it's going to get better, but it's going to be a challenge, and we have to manage it right. And our backlog in Opto, our backlog in Security. Customers are dying for product.

They want to get the product. As a matter of fact, I mentioned that in my call, some of the customers are even helping us collaborating with us to get more material in. And in some places, we've been able to parse even the cost. So I look at this not just as the CBP opportunity. But as things open up, as logistics open up, air cargo opens up, people want more product. Automotive, you should hear it every day. We are very much involved in the automotive industry, and they're begging us to get the product.

Jeff Martin -- ROTH Capital Partners -- Analyst

Sounds encouraging. I wanted to ask a question around CertScan. Alluding to, you could sell it as a stand-alone product. I assume that's to your fairly large installed base, existing installed base, but would this retrofit into non Rapiscan equipment that's already out in the marketplace? Help us kind of shape how you're going about this opportunity. And how should we as an outside group think about it?

Deepak Chopra -- Chief Executive Officer & President

Good question. Good observation. I did make the statement. The platform we are developing CertScan is agnostic to the equipment. That's very important. Yes, obviously, we are focused on to get the installed base of the Rapiscan and new products, which has the integration of the software. But this software is agnostic. It can be used and is being used and tested by third party, other people's products, so that can be integrated into a central program for image analysis or inspection, data integration and stuff. And we are focused on that and developing it as fast as possible and doing education to the customers to think about it this as a stand-alone software.

Jeff Martin -- ROTH Capital Partners -- Analyst

Great. And then just wanted to ask a question around component and freight costs. What's your overlying spot process behind conceding some margin versus raising pricing or setting higher pricing? I would assume some of your existing contracts have the pricing already fixed in there where you can't necessarily go back and ask for adjustments on components and freight. But how should we think about when those pressures might ease? And what strategically you may do to offset some of those pressures?

Deepak Chopra -- Chief Executive Officer & President

So let me take a broader answer, and then Alan, we can get comment on it. There is no fixed time that this problem is going to go away. This is a challenge. We've been saying it. We are addressing it. The team is working well. We look at this compared to our competitors, we are in a better position. And what I mean by that is, one, we are multination manufacturing plants. We are all over the world, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, U.S., England, everywhere. So we have a little bit better control of the freight and the ability to get components in that -- those parts of the world depending on the customers' needs. But two, we also, as Alan has mentioned, increasing the inventory, buying product that we know we need, and we can take some risk into it because if you -- when the customer wants it, the person who can deliver gets the order and gets that.

Yes, in some cases, we've been able to pass on the material cost, if the customers can understand it. In some cases, you said it very right. It's a fixed-price contract from before, it's difficult to do that. Freight is a big challenge. And it's not just the price, but the unpredictability of freight of receiving when is a big problem. There are lots of challenges in that. Again, we think we are better positioned than our competitors that we have a broader, vertically integrated company, intercompany between Opto and Security and Healthcare. So we can handle it better. Alan?

Alan Edrick -- Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Yes. Deepak said it well, Jeff. But many of our customers, particularly our OEM customers certainly understand the component cost increases. And in many of those cases, we're able to pass on the increased cost to them. In other cases, particularly end customers, where there's been an order on the books for a long time in backlog, those would be more difficult. So it's a balancing act. We think we do what's most prudent for the company and the customer, but it's a balancing act.

Jeff Martin -- ROTH Capital Partners -- Analyst

Great, much appreciate the in fact. Good luck and thank you.

Operator

Thank you. Our next question comes from the line of Larry Solow with CJS Securities. Your line is open.

Larry Solow -- CJS Securities -- Analyst

Great, good morning. Just a couple of follow-ups. The first one is just on the, obviously, the large order from Customs and Border Protection. Deepak, if I'm not mistaken, so this is for screening of vehicles, right. Not there is a much screening today on the Board, right? I believe it's like below 5%. And I think the ultimate goal. I don't know how many years that's over is to sort of get this to like 75%. So it seems like there's a lot more opportunity just within the U.S. and the CBP. Is that a fair statement? I know you mentioned that hopefully other countries will adopt as well. But just within on the U.S. borders, it seems like there's a much larger opportunity, multiyear opportunity. Is that fair?

Deepak Chopra -- Chief Executive Officer & President

Very well said. I think you answered it. Yes, there is a need for it. There's a lot of, what I call, wishful expectations of 100% inspection. I don't think it's just 5%. I think it's more than that. But definitely, there is much more opportunity. But I want to emphasize even on that. Besides just the equipment, just think about it, that the integration of all these systems to a central station makes it more efficient. And that we think is important besides the new equipment, besides the state of the art products is the integration. That's where we come back to the CertScan. And all the nations, all the border patrol, all the countries ultimately for tariff reporting right, for security purposes, they all need these kind of products. And the more that one can centralize it, make it more efficient, it's better. And we think we are well positioned.

Larry Solow -- CJS Securities -- Analyst

Right. Okay. And just switching gears on the Healthcare side. So the sort of the product investment and rollout seems more focused on cardiology. Is it more? Is it, I guess, it's a combination of new products within cardiology? And it sounds like, if I'm not mistaken, most of the sales historically have been overseas or I think a lot of them where business was in the U.K. and maybe some partially in Europe too. So is it -- are you -- is it a product expansion and also a geographical expansion? Is that a good way to think of it on the cardiology side?

Deepak Chopra -- Chief Executive Officer & President

Well, number one, just to emphasize it, our development for new products, and as we said it, is also focused on patient monitoring, which is our majority of our sales. Brand, they're also doing cardiology, which is a smaller portion of it, but we think that has better growth opportunity. So we're investing in both. Regarding the geographic thing, obviously, we look at all of it. Monitoring being significant in U.S. is 70% plus. We're going to continue to look at that. And I did mention in my call, we're looking at connectivity, remote monitoring, home care, all kinds of stuff, that is what everybody is looking at. Especially during the pandemic, the development and research we are doing is to make our products more suitable to it. On the cardiology front, definitely, originally, it was more into the European sector, but we are also focused in growth in U.S. and we have already started it. And we believe that it'll continue both in Europe, but primarily also U.S. is a bigger market, but we continue to look at it. So it's in both. Alan, do you want to comment on something?

Alan Edrick -- Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Yes. Well said, Deepak. But you're right, Larry. Historically, the strength of our cardiology business has been Germany and the U.K. and some other select international markets. We've been building out the U.S. sales and marketing team and infrastructure. We saw tremendous growth year-over-year in the U.S. in Q1 and expect that will continue to be a nice part of our growth through the balance of this year and for many years going forward. The increased R&D investment is in both cardiology and patient monitoring, but principally in patient monitoring for some new platforms that will have coming out in the future.

Larry Solow -- CJS Securities -- Analyst

Okay. And then just switching gears on to the Opto side and the book-to-bill. The order trends seem to have improved sequentially over the last couple of quarters. Can you -- I know it seems to be coming from a lot of areas, but has anything changed over the last year or so? Are you seeing strength in any particular one or two areas more than others? I know you've guys have called out automotive before recently. Is that where you're seeing a lot of the strength?

Alan Edrick -- Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Yes. So Larry, this is Alan. You're right. I mean, I think we've now had seven straight quarters of tremendous book-to-bill ratios for the Opto division. And while we're seeing broad-based strength in our Opto business, really what we think we've seen dominate a lot of those bookings has really been our Asian operations. And within our Asian operations, we sell to a real diversified customer mix. Yes, automotive is part of it, which has been great, but also to a number of other type of industrial customers, medical customers, aerospace and defense and even technology. So it's been a broad-based strong demand led by our Asian operations, but our North American and U.K. operations have done extraordinarily well in bookings simultaneously.

Deepak Chopra -- Chief Executive Officer & President

Just to add on to it, Larry, just what Alan said. Besides automotive, defense, aerospace, Healthcare. We've always been in that. Frankly, if we could have supplied more, that demand would have -- that revenue would have been even higher. So in anticipation of that growth, which we think is going to continue, we are expanding our Asian operation by a new factory in India. We believe that long term in the Opto business, in the OEM space, in Healthcare and automotive and aerospace, defense and stuff, it will continue to grow. But at the same time, we want to caution, supply chain becomes and freight and logistics is a challenging point.

Larry Solow -- CJS Securities -- Analyst

Right. And then if I may just finish on that note. Supply chain, obviously sounds like seemingly worse for -- certainly on a macro level, and it does seem like it's gotten a little bit worse for you guys too. With that said, Alan, it sounds like you expect free cash flow to sort of to certainly reaccelerate perhaps this quarter. Do you still think -- I know you don't guide on a full year basis, but fair to say like free cash flow may be down some year-over-year. Last year, you had an amazing year and benefit, I think, even from some working capital stuff. So it does seem like with the negative working capital, at least in the beginning of the year and some excess inventory, just to offset some of these supply chain issues. We will be down this year, year-over-year, but it doesn't sound like long term, anything has really changed in terms of your free cash flow generation capabilities?

Alan Edrick -- Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Larry, this is Alan. Yes, I think you said that well. Long-term cash flow generation continues to be quite strong for us on looking at fiscal 2022. Specifically with some of the growth in the top line and the investments that we're making in inventory in this sort of unique situation that we're in today, I think your overall assessment for cash flow this year is correct. And of course, as the situation improves going forward, there could be a real nice bonus of cash flow as some of the working capital metrics on inventory turns, DSOs and NAP revert more back to regress to the mean. So some great opportunities there.

Larry Solow -- CJS Securities -- Analyst

Great, appreciate the color.

Operator

Thank you. Our next question comes from the line of Christopher Glynn with Oppenheimer. Your line is open.

Christopher Glynn -- Oppenheimer -- Analyst

Hey good morning guys. I wanted to spend a little bit of time on Healthcare and the margin opportunity. A couple of questions. If you as diagnostic cardiology kind of continues to ramp, we see a mixed tailwind as the year goes on and start to leverage higher investment. And -- or is that more in the out years? How do you think about the kind of range of run rate expansion really for the Healthcare segment over the next couple of years as you're now live with cardiology and inching closer on monitoring?

Alan Edrick -- Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Chris, this is Alan. Good question. The diagnostic cardiology and remote cardiology products for us do provide the highest contribution margin within the Healthcare division. That being said, patient monitoring had nice contribution margins as well. But as we experience a greater growth rate in the near term in cardiology relative to patient monitoring, we do think that provides some winded or tail for -- on the gross margin side and leveraging that down to the bottom line. But -- so we're excited about those growth opportunities in the near term in cardiology and in the medium-term and longer-term for patient monitoring.

Christopher Glynn -- Oppenheimer -- Analyst

Okay. And are your -- some of your GPOs, like you highlighted Premier last quarter with patient monitoring. Are those nice channel opportunities for the cardiology too? Or is it really different?

Alan Edrick -- Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

No, those represent real nice opportunities as well. And the team that manages our GPO relationships is in contact with each of those GPOs we're on. We're on contract with some of them in cardiology and looking to expand further with the rest as the new products come out.

Deepak Chopra -- Chief Executive Officer & President

Chris, this a Deepak here. I just want to again emphasize to say that the ratio between patient monitoring and cardiology is very much focused toward the patient monitoring side. Cardiology is relatively small. So it might take some time for a significant impact to happen. We look at that area growth wise. And at the same time, we have to focus on the platform and enhancement to the features in the patient monitoring, which will continue. So I just want to make sure that one realizes that the ratio between the two product lines is quite a lot. 70% of our revenue is for monitoring.

Christopher Glynn -- Oppenheimer -- Analyst

Yes. I appreciate you highlighting those dynamics. And curious on Security. There's been some real high-profile stuff there. But how would you characterize the sort of smaller project activity to kind of grab bag of venues, things like that?

Deepak Chopra -- Chief Executive Officer & President

Well, good question, again. I think most of the questions have been on the large order. But our -- we have more than 20,000 installed base all over the world. So we sell many, many products in the $15,000 range, in $5,000 range to a multimillion dollar ranges. So we haven't given up or there is not just focus on one big contract. Our pipeline of our activity remains very robust and strong globally. And as we have mentioned, and I'm sure you read about it, there is slow travel growth. Passenger counts are slowly increasing, but there is still unpredictability. All the airports around it, they have to change their products. So they still have to go get to the new ones. They're trying to. There's all kinds of courthouses, prisons, carnival cruises, all that stuff is there, and we have a very broad product line, which caters to all of it.

Christopher Glynn -- Oppenheimer -- Analyst

Thanks again.

Operator

Thank you. Our next question comes from the line of Sheila Kahyaoglu with Jefferies. Your line is open.

Sheila Kahyaoglu -- Jefferies -- Analyst

Hi, good morning guys. Thanks for taking my question. Can we go back to the CBP order of $200 million? Was that competitive? And how could we think about that? Does it -- do we include $200 million over the next two years? Is there any -- are there any offsets to that?

Deepak Chopra -- Chief Executive Officer & President

Well, good question, Sheila, and different parts, I'll answer it. Number one, all these thing bids, these large ones, they're all competitive. It's not like uniqueness. We are very proud of it that we got -- and multiple companies got what is called IDIQs, Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity orders. And then came the real orders. We are very proud to say we got the largest share. We think our product is superior. We think our product is good. The answer to your second question is $200 million. This is a great win, and it's going to be spread over between little bit start, as we said, in the fourth quarter, hopefully, in this year, goes into 2023 and 2024. But this is not the end. There's more. There are real scanners we are developing, and we've had some input in that. There are products all over. And then the other thing is, we are also very proud to say that we're also looking at software integration, which is what we call it agnostic, and we continue to go back and make that a point. So that we think is a new endeavor new area for us to grow with a good margin product.

Sheila Kahyaoglu -- Jefferies -- Analyst

Okay. Cool. No, that's helpful, Deepak. And is there anything that offsets that that was lost in the quarter? Or this is all new wins?

Deepak Chopra -- Chief Executive Officer & President

Well, it's all add on. Nothing is lost. Some of the other orders internationally got pushed out. We have not lost any, and we continue to look at in the air passenger area, in borders and patrol. And I want to emphasize again and again, I say that in many calls, air cargo, a logistics area, all this what you hear about, increased shipments and stuff, that has benefit for us because our products are used by these logistics companies and air cargo companies.

Sheila Kahyaoglu -- Jefferies -- Analyst

That makes sense. And then you guys talked extensively about R&D being higher, given your investment in cardiology. Margins have been around 12% for the last two quarters. How long is the R&D cycle? How should we think about that investment relying on profitability?

Alan Edrick -- Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Sure. Sheila, this is Alan. And again, the investment in Healthcare and R&D is primarily on patient monitoring, cardiology as well, but the majority of it is in patient monitoring as we come out with a new platform. So the heightened R&D spending for Healthcare will certainly be with us through the balance of this fiscal year and into next as we look to roll out these exciting new products.

Deepak Chopra -- Chief Executive Officer & President

Hold on. Sheila, just to add on to it, emphasize it because everybody want to talks about cardiology, patient monitoring. I did say we also have R&D in Security. All these new products that we are coming up with, all the new innovations we are doing, that also has R&D on it, and we continue to focus on that too.

Sheila Kahyaoglu -- Jefferies -- Analyst

Yes. Okay. That makes sense. And then maybe last one on Opto. You guys talked a lot about pricing and supply chain or a lot of that supply chain. I think Opto is the most price sensitive segment. Are you guys actually benefiting from prices as inflation has hit and there's shortages?

Deepak Chopra -- Chief Executive Officer & President

Well, I don't think so that I can say it in a positive way. I wouldn't say it's a benefit. It's a challenge. And what I want to say that is that this whole thing, everybody is addressing it. Everybody is going to look at it. Everybody is going to have some impact on it on the negative side. And we are just monitoring it. And we think that we are better positioned than some of our competitors across the product lines. But nobody is going to benefit from it. We are all looking at how we can minimize the impact.

Sheila Kahyaoglu -- Jefferies -- Analyst

Okay, that is helpful. Thank you so much.

Operator

Thank you. [Operator Instructions] Our next question comes from the line of Josh Nichols with B. Riley. Your line is open.

Josh Nichols -- B. Riley -- Analyst

Yeah, hi. I just wanted to get a little bit of clarification. You mentioned a little bit of gross margin impact, but overall, the company has been navigating that pretty well. Given that 1Q is seasonally slower, how should we be thinking about that for the remainder of the year? You have some Opto expenses, but also, I would assume like the higher revenue base as we work through the year should potentially help offset some of that. Is there expectation that the company's kind of gross margin gets back to like the 36 plus percent range? Or what's the thoughts there?

Alan Edrick -- Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Josh, this is Alan. Good question. It will certainly vary from quarter-to-quarter depending upon the mix between the three divisions and the products within those three divisions. But you're absolutely right. As we get the economies of scale, particularly weighted a bit more to the second half, where we indicated that we expect a higher second half revenues than first half revenues, there's opportunities to take the gross margins to those levels that you're talking about. And then as we begin to experience Healthcare growth again, in future periods, Healthcare carries the highest gross margin among the three divisions. So when you wait that all together, it can have a favorable impact on our consolidated gross margin.

Josh Nichols -- B. Riley -- Analyst

And then just hitting on the CBP awards, right? So $200 million, another $65 million follow-on opportunity. But I mean, those two IDIQs were like close to $900 million in aggregate. Is there opportunity that like later this fiscal year, we could -- you could secure like another $100 million or so out of those orders? Or what's the upside opportunity beyond the $200 million and the $65 million that we're at today?

Deepak Chopra -- Chief Executive Officer & President

Very good question and very good data that you got. That's true. The two IDIQs for the LEPs and MEPs, about close to eight or $850 million, $900 million. They have not released all that. We got the biggest share. And there is more opportunity. As the years go by, they look at the products, they look at it. And we keep talking about CBP. There's DoD. There's state department. There are other areas in the government also who use the similar kind of equipment. So there is a lot more opportunity into it. And what I emphasize was that as these units get deployed, as they look at and they fine-tune it, and I'm sure they're going to ask for some changes and fine-tuning them. Ultimately, this just basically says that the companies who got these orders, they will continue to grow their installed base as they progress to what CBP and DoD and other people want. So there's more opportunity.

Josh Nichols -- B. Riley -- Analyst

Got it. And then last question for me. You've talked about M&A and like the company's leverage has continued to decrease. You're deploying capital to buy back stock. But it's been a while since there's been a large acquisition. I think you guys now have the balance sheet to be able to do it at least once you do a refi of the convertible notes. But what's your thought process as far as key criteria that you're looking to do? Like does the acquisition have to accelerate the company's growth, recurring revenue, profitability? And I guess, I'd also ask like what's your thoughts on like valuation framework, considering that, right, a lot of assets are probably priced a little bit higher than they might have been like a year or two ago?

Deepak Chopra -- Chief Executive Officer & President

My god, you've said it. You already answered yourself. Exactly. I mean, it couldn't be put in better words. All of the above. We are very focused. A, we have done our acquisitions. We've said it many times. But at the same time, we just don't do an acquisition just for the sake of an acquisition. It must make strategic sense. It should either be a strategic to our product portfolio or its innovation technology that's out there. We are looking at all the aspects there are. But you're also right what you said, we are not going to do anything stupid to buy something at an overpriced asset, which makes no sense just to do an acquisition. Alan, you want to add on?

Alan Edrick -- Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Yes. I mean, you're absolutely right, Josh. We have a lot of dry powder available at our disposal with a strong balance sheet. We're always looking to do acquisitions that could fill a channel need or a technology need or take us in a new technology direction. We look for stuff that will accelerate our growth and will be accretive to our earnings. And as you rightly point out too, valuations and multiples are at different levels than they historically were. So we balance all that and are hopeful of being able to deploy some of our strong cash flow and balance sheet, not just a stock buyback, but to supplementing good organic growth with some acquisition growth.

Josh Nichols -- B. Riley -- Analyst

Great. Thank you so much.

Operator

Thank you. I'm showing no further questions in the queue. I would now like to turn the call back over to Deepak for closing remarks.

Deepak Chopra -- Chief Executive Officer & President

Thank you very much. And again, I want to thank all of you for your support. And I want to again thank and emphasize to the employees of OSI Systems globally. During all these challenging times, they have worked exceptionally for the betterment of the company and at the same time, satisfying our customers' needs. I want to thank them, thank them very much. Looking forward to the rest of the year, and we'll talk to you in late January on the Q2. Thank you very much.

Operator

[Operator Closing Remarks]

Duration: 61 minutes

Call participants:

Alan Edrick -- Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Deepak Chopra -- Chief Executive Officer & President

Brian Ruttenbur -- Imperial Capital -- Analyst

Jeff Martin -- ROTH Capital Partners -- Analyst

Larry Solow -- CJS Securities -- Analyst

Christopher Glynn -- Oppenheimer -- Analyst

Sheila Kahyaoglu -- Jefferies -- Analyst

Josh Nichols -- B. Riley -- Analyst

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