Abbott Reports Second-Quarter 2018 Results

Abbott Reports Second-Quarter 2018 Results

Abbott Reports Second-Quarter 2018 Results

ABBOTT PARK, Ill., July 18, 2018 -- Abbott announced financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2018.

Second-quarter worldwide sales of $7.8 billion increased 17.0 percent on a reported basis and 8.0 percent on an organic basis.

Reported diluted EPS from continuing operations under GAAP was $0.40 in the second quarter.

Adjusted diluted EPS from continuing operations, which excludes specified items, was $0.73, above Abbott's previous guidance range.

Abbott is raising its full-year 2018 EPS guidance range, which continues to reflect strong double-digit growth. Abbott projects full-year diluted EPS from continuing operations on a GAAP basis of $1.34 to $1.40. Projected full-year adjusted diluted EPS from continuing operations is now $2.85 to $2.91.

In May, Abbott received approval from the U.S. FDA for XIENCE Sierra™, the newest generation of its gold-standard coronary stent system, which offers design and technology advances to provide an easier implant and greater ability to treat complex blockages. During the second quarter, XIENCE Sierra also received national reimbursement in Japan to treat people with coronary artery disease, according to Abbott.

In May, Abbott announced U.S. FDA clearance of Advisor™ HD Grid Mapping Catheter, Sensor Enabled™, which creates highly detailed maps of the heart and expands Abbott's leading electrophysiology product portfolio.

In July, Abbott received U.S. FDA approval for a next-generation version of its leading MitraClip® heart valve repair device. This new version includes design advancements that simplify the minimally invasive procedure and enable more patients to be treated with MitraClip.

"All four of our businesses exceeded expectations and contributed to strong growth overall," said Miles D. White, chairman and chief executive officer, Abbott. "We forecast continued strong performance and are raising our full-year outlook despite recent currency shifts."

SECOND-QUARTER BUSINESS OVERVIEW

Note: Management believes that measuring sales growth rates on an organic basis is an appropriate way for investors to best understand the underlying performance of the business.

Organic sales growth:

Excludes prior year results for the Abbott Medical Optics (AMO) and St. Jude Medical vascular closure businesses, which were divested during the first quarter 2017;

Excludes the current and prior year results for Rapid Diagnostics, which reflect results for Alere Inc., which was acquired on Oct. 3, 2017; and
Excludes the impact of foreign exchange.

In order to compute results excluding the impact of exchange rates, current year U.S. dollar sales are multiplied or divided, as appropriate, by the current year average foreign exchange rates and then those amounts are multiplied or divided, as appropriate, by the prior year average foreign exchange rates, according to Abbott.

Second-quarter 2018 worldwide sales of $7.8 billion increased 17.0 percent on a reported basis. On an organic basis, worldwide sales increased 8.0 percent. Refer to tables titled "Non-GAAP Reconciliation of Adjusted Historical Revenue" for a reconciliation of adjusted historical revenue.

Worldwide Nutrition sales increased 7.3 percent on a reported basis in the second quarter, including a favorable 0.9 percent effect of foreign exchange, and increased 6.4 percent on an organic basis.

Worldwide Pediatric Nutrition sales increased 6.4 percent on a reported basis in the second quarter, including a favorable 1.1 percent effect of foreign exchange, and increased 5.3 percent on an organic basis. International sales increased 10.2 percent on a reported basis, including a favorable 2.1 percent effect of foreign exchange, and increased 8.1 percent on an organic basis. Strong performance in the quarter was led by growth in several countries across Asia, including Greater China, and Latin America.

Worldwide Adult Nutrition sales increased 8.5 percent on a reported basis in the second quarter, including a favorable 0.7 percent effect of foreign exchange, and increased 7.8 percent on an organic basis. International sales increased 15.2 percent on a reported basis, including a favorable 1.3 percent effect of foreign exchange, and increased 13.9 percent on an organic basis. Sales performance was led by strong growth of Ensure®, Abbott's market-leading complete and balanced nutrition brand, and Glucerna®, Abbott's market-leading diabetes-specific nutrition brand.

Rapid Diagnostics reflects sales from Alere Inc., which was acquired on Oct. 3, 2017. Organic growth rates above exclude results from the Rapid Diagnostics business.

Worldwide Diagnostics sales increased 47.2 percent on a reported basis in the second quarter. On an organic basis, sales increased 6.6 percent. Refer to tables titled "Non-GAAP Reconciliation of Adjusted Historical Revenue" for a reconciliation of adjusted historical revenue.

Core Laboratory Diagnostics sales increased 10.6 percent on a reported basis in the second quarter, including a favorable 2.9 percent effect of foreign exchange, and increased 7.7 percent on an organic basis. Growth in the quarter was driven by continued share gains globally.

Molecular Diagnostics sales increased 7.9 percent on a reported basis in the second quarter, including a favorable 1.9 percent effect of foreign exchange, and increased 6.0 percent on an organic basis. Worldwide sales were led by strong growth in infectious disease testing, Abbott's core area of focus in the molecular diagnostics market, which was partially offset by a planned scale down in other testing areas, primarily in the U.S.

Point of Care Diagnostics sales decreased 0.8 percent on a reported basis in the second quarter, including a favorable 0.5 percent effect of foreign exchange, and decreased 1.3 percent on an organic basis.

Rapid Diagnostics worldwide sales of $484 million were led by infectious disease and cardiometabolic testing.

Established Pharmaceuticals sales increased 10.5 percent on a reported basis in the second quarter, including an unfavorable 1.8 percent effect of foreign exchange, and increased 12.3 percent on an organic basis.

Key Emerging Markets comprise several countries that represent the most attractive long-term growth opportunities for Abbott's branded generics product portfolio. Sales in these geographies increased 8.4 percent on a reported basis in the second quarter, including an unfavorable 3.6 percent effect of foreign exchange, and increased 12.0 percent on an organic basis. Sales growth was led by double-digit growth across several geographies, including India and China, according to Abbott.

Worldwide Medical Devices sales increased 11.3 percent on a reported basis in the second quarter. On an organic basis, sales increased 8.2 percent. Refer to tables titled "Non-GAAP Reconciliation of Adjusted Historical Revenue" for a reconciliation of adjusted historical revenue.

Cardiovascular and Neuromodulation sales growth in the quarter was led by double-digit growth in Electrophysiology and Structural Heart.

In Electrophysiology, growth was led by strong performance in cardiac mapping and ablation as well as share gains from the recent U.S. launch of Abbott's Confirm Rx™ Insertable Cardiac Monitor (ICM), the world's first and only smartphone-compatible ICM designed to help physicians remotely identify cardiac arrhythmias. In May, Abbott announced U.S. FDA clearance of Advisor HD Grid Mapping Catheter, Sensor Enabled, which creates highly detailed maps of the heart and expands Abbott's leading electrophysiology product portfolio.

In Vascular, during the second quarter, Abbott received approval from the U.S. FDA for XIENCE Sierra, the newest generation of its gold-standard coronary stent system, which offers design and technology advances to provide an easier implant and greater ability to treat complex blockages. During the quarter, XIENCE Sierra also received national reimbursement in Japan to treat people with coronary artery disease.

Growth in Structural Heart was driven by several product areas across Abbott's broad portfolio, including AMPLATZER™ PFO Occluder and MitraClip, Abbott's market-leading device for the minimally invasive treatment of mitral regurgitation. In July, Abbott announced U.S. FDA approval for a next-generation version of MitraClip, with an enhanced design that provides even greater precision and accuracy.

In Diabetes Care, where sales increased 39.8 percent on a reported basis and 33.6 percent on an organic basis, growth was led by continued rapid market uptake of FreeStyle Libre, Abbott's revolutionary sensor-based continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) system, which removes the need for routine fingersticks1 for people with diabetes.

ABBOTT'S FULL-YEAR EARNINGS-PER-SHARE GUIDANCE

Abbott projects 2018 diluted earnings per share from continuing operations under Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) of $1.34 to $1.40.

Abbott forecasts net specified items for the full year 2018 of approximately $1.51 per share. Specified items include intangible amortization expense, acquisition-related expenses, charges associated with cost reduction initiatives and other expenses.

Excluding specified items, projected adjusted diluted earnings per share from continuing operations would be $2.85 to $2.91 for the full year 2018.

Abbott is issuing third-quarter 2018 guidance for diluted earnings per share from continuing operations under GAAP of $0.32 to $0.34. Abbott forecasts specified items for the third quarter 2018 of $0.41 primarily related to intangible amortization, acquisition-related expenses, cost reduction initiatives and other expenses. Excluding specified items, projected adjusted diluted earnings per share from continuing operations would be $0.73 to $0.75 for the third quarter.

ABBOTT DECLARES 378TH CONSECUTIVE QUARTERLY DIVIDEND

On June 8, 2018, the board of directors of Abbott declared the company's quarterly dividend of $0.28 per share. Abbott's cash dividend is payable Aug. 15, 2018, to shareholders of record at the close of business on July 13, 2018.

Abbott has increased its dividend payout for 46 consecutive years and is a member of the S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats Index, which tracks companies that have annually increased their dividend for at least 25 consecutive years.