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Abbott Reports Fourth-Quarter 2015 Results

- FOURTH-QUARTER ADJUSTED EPS FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS OF $0.62; GAAP EPS FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS OF $0.46

- FULL-YEAR OPERATIONAL SALES GROWTH OF 9.1 PERCENT, INCLUDING 17.1 PERCENT GROWTH IN EMERGING MARKETS; FULL-YEAR REPORTED SALES GROWTH OF 0.8 PERCENT

- FULL-YEAR ADJUSTED EPS GROWTH FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS OF 8.6 PERCENT AND GAAP EPS GROWTH FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS OF 53.6 PERCENT

- SIGNIFICANT EXPANSION OF FULL-YEAR GROSS AND OPERATING MARGIN RATIOS

- ISSUES EARNINGS OUTLOOK FOR 2016, REFLECTING DOUBLE-DIGIT UNDERLYING GROWTH OFFSET BY FOREIGN EXCHANGE AND A SIGNIFICANTLY LOWER CONTRIBUTION FROM VENEZUELAN OPERATIONS

ABBOTT PARK, Ill., Jan. 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Abbott (NYSE: ABT) today announced financial results for the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, 2015.

Abbott 2015 results at a glance.

 

  • Adjusted diluted EPS from continuing operations, which excludes specified items, was $0.62 in the fourth quarter and $2.15 for the full year, at the midpoint of Abbott's previous guidance range and reflecting 8.6 percent growth for the full year. Reported diluted EPS from continuing operations under GAAP was $0.46 in the fourth quarter and $1.72 for the full year.
  • Fourth-quarter worldwide sales of $5.2 billion increased 4.9 percent on an operational basis and decreased 3.1 percent on a reported basis.
  • Full-year sales increased 9.1 percent on an operational basis and 0.8 percent on a reported basis. Full-year sales in emerging markets increased double digits excluding the impact of 2014 acquisitions and foreign exchange.
  • For the full year 2015, Abbott expanded its adjusted gross and operating margin ratios by 260 and 90 basis points over the prior year, respectively. The gross and operating margin ratios under GAAP improved by 250 and 120 basis points over the prior year, respectively.
  • Abbott issues full-year 2016 adjusted EPS guidance range of $2.10 to $2.20. Projected full-year 2016 EPS under GAAP is $1.55 to $1.65. Abbott's 2016 forecast assumes a significantly lower contribution from Venezuelan operations as a result of challenging market conditions in that country. Excluding the impact of foreign exchange and Venezuela, the midpoint of Abbott's 2016 adjusted EPS guidance range would reflect strong double-digit growth.

"In 2015, we achieved top-tier sales and earnings growth despite a challenging currency environment," said Miles D. White, chairman and chief executive officer, Abbott. "Our underlying performance continues to be strong."

FOURTH-QUARTER BUSINESS OVERVIEW

Note: Prior year financial results have been adjusted to exclude the sales from Abbott's developed markets branded generics pharmaceuticals and animal health businesses that were sold to Mylan and Zoetis, respectively, in the first quarter 2015. Therefore, sales and growth rates shown in the following charts represent continuing operations.

Following are sales by business segment and commentary for the fourth quarter and the full year:

Total Company
($ in millions)

             

% Change vs. 4Q14

 

Sales 4Q15

     

Int'l

 

Total

 

U.S.

 

Int'l

 

Total

 

U.S.

 

Operational

 

Reported

 

Operational

 

Reported

Total *

1,603

 

3,585

 

5,188

 

3.2

 

5.6

 

(5.7)

 

4.9

 

(3.1)

Nutrition

725

 

1,075

 

1,800

 

5.5

 

5.4

 

(3.7)

 

5.5

 

(0.2)

Diagnostics

367

 

853

 

1,220

 

5.1

 

7.7

 

(3.6)

 

7.0

 

(1.1)

Established Pharmaceuticals

--

 

885

 

885

 

 n/a 

 

10.9

 

(4.0)

 

10.9

 

(4.0)

Medical Devices

503

 

794

 

1,297

 

(0.7)

 

1.5

 

(9.0)

 

0.7

 

(5.9)

 

* Total Abbott Sales from continuing operations include adjustments in Other Sales of $14 million.

 

             

% Change vs. 12M14

 

Sales 12M15

     

Int'l

 

Total

 

U.S.

 

Int'l

 

Total

 

U.S.

 

Operational

 

Reported

 

Operational

 

Reported

Total *

6,271

 

14,134

 

20,405

 

2.2

 

12.1

 

0.2

 

9.1

 

0.8

Nutrition

2,868

 

4,107

 

6,975

 

1.2

 

8.5

 

(0.3)

 

5.5

 

0.3

Diagnostics

1,392

 

3,254

 

4,646

 

6.2

 

7.8

 

(4.6)

 

7.3

 

(1.6)

Established Pharmaceuticals

--

 

3,720

 

3,720

 

 n/a 

 

34.1

 

19.3

 

34.1

 

19.3

Medical Devices

1,982

 

3,060

 

5,042

 

1.2

 

1.7

 

(10.9)

 

1.5

 

(6.5)

 

* Total Abbott Sales from continuing operations include Other Sales of $22 million.

n/a = Not Applicable.

Note: Operational growth reflects percentage change over the prior year excluding the impact of exchange rates.

Fourth-quarter 2015 worldwide sales of $5.2 billion increased 4.9 percent on an operational basis and decreased 3.1 percent on a reported basis, including an unfavorable 8.0 percent effect of foreign exchange.

International sales increased 5.6 percent on an operational basis and decreased 5.7 percent on a reported basis in the fourth quarter.

Full-year 2015 worldwide sales of $20.4 billion increased 9.1 percent on an operational basis and 0.8 percent on a reported basis, including an unfavorable 8.3 percent effect of foreign exchange. Full-year sales in emerging markets increased double digits excluding the impact of 2014 acquisitions and foreign exchange, driven by double-digit growth in Established Pharmaceuticals, Diagnostics and Nutrition.

Nutrition
($ in millions)         

             

% Change vs. 4Q14

 

Sales 4Q15

     

Int'l

 

Total

 

U.S.

 

Int'l

 

Total

 

U.S.

 

Operational

 

Reported

 

Operational

 

Reported

Total

725

 

1,075

 

1,800

 

5.5

 

5.4

 

(3.7)

 

5.5

 

(0.2)

Pediatric

409

 

625

 

1,034

 

6.0

 

2.3

 

(5.6)

 

3.7

 

(1.3)

Adult

316

 

450

 

766

 

4.8

 

9.9

 

(1.1)

 

7.9

 

1.3

 

 

             

% Change vs. 12M14

 

Sales 12M15

     

Int'l

 

Total

 

U.S.

 

Int'l

 

Total

 

U.S.

 

Operational

 

Reported

 

Operational

 

Reported

Total

2,868

 

4,107

 

6,975

 

1.2

 

8.5

 

(0.3)

 

5.5

 

0.3

Pediatric

1,592

 

2,378

 

3,970

 

3.9

 

8.1

 

0.7

 

6.4

 

2.0

Adult

1,276

 

1,729

 

3,005

 

(2.1)

 

9.1

 

(1.5)

 

4.3

 

(1.8)

 

Worldwide Nutrition sales increased 5.5 percent in the fourth quarter on an operational basis and decreased 0.2 percent on a reported basis, including an unfavorable 5.7 percent effect of foreign exchange.

Worldwide Pediatric Nutrition sales increased 3.7 percent on an operational basis and decreased 1.3 percent on a reported basis in the quarter, including an unfavorable 5.0 percent effect of foreign exchange. In the U.S., sales growth in the quarter was led by continued consumer uptake of several recently launched non-GMO products. International growth was led by share expansion of ElevaTM in the premium segment of the Chinese market and double-digit operational growth across several Latin American countries, partially offset by a difficult comparison to the fourth quarter 2014, when sales increased strong double digits.

Worldwide Adult Nutrition sales increased 7.9 percent on an operational basis and 1.3 percent on a reported basis in the quarter, including an unfavorable 6.6 percent effect of foreign exchange. International growth was led by continued category expansion in Latin America and other priority international markets. U.S. adult nutrition sales increased 4.8 percent led by growth of Ensure® in the retail and institutional segments of the market.   

Diagnostics
($ in millions)

             

% Change vs. 4Q14

 

Sales 4Q15

     

Int'l

 

Total

 

U.S.

 

Int'l

 

Total

 

U.S.

 

Operational

 

Reported

 

Operational

 

Reported

Total 

367

 

853

 

1,220

 

5.1

 

7.7

 

(3.6)

 

7.0

 

(1.1)

Core Laboratory

217

 

752

 

969

 

6.3

 

7.7

 

(3.9)

 

7.4

 

(1.8)

Molecular

46

 

80

 

126

 

(7.1)

 

8.6

 

(1.8)

 

2.6

 

(3.9)

Point of Care

104

 

21

 

125

 

9.0

 

6.5

 

(0.4)

 

8.6

 

7.3

 

 

             

% Change vs. 12M14

 

Sales 12M15

     

Int'l

 

Total

 

U.S.

 

Int'l

 

Total

 

U.S.

 

Operational

 

Reported

 

Operational

 

Reported

Total 

1,392

 

3,254

 

4,646

 

6.2

 

7.8

 

(4.6)

 

7.3

 

(1.6)

Core Laboratory

813

 

2,894

 

3,707

 

6.3

 

7.4

 

(5.1)

 

7.2

 

(2.8)

Molecular

191

 

275

 

466

 

(3.9)

 

11.6

 

(1.1)

 

5.2

 

(2.2)

Point of Care

388

 

85

 

473

 

12.0

 

10.7

 

2.6

 

11.7

 

10.2

 

Worldwide Diagnostics sales increased 7.0 percent in the fourth quarter on an operational basis, driven by continued above-market growth in both emerging and developed markets. Sales decreased 1.1 percent on a reported basis, including an unfavorable 8.1 percent effect of foreign exchange.

Core Laboratory Diagnostics sales increased 7.4 percent in the quarter on an operational basis and decreased 1.8 percent on a reported basis, including an unfavorable 9.2 percent effect of foreign exchange. Operational sales growth in the quarter was driven by double-digit growth in emerging markets and continued share gains in the U.S. and internationally.

Molecular Diagnostics sales increased 2.6 percent in the quarter on an operational basis and decreased 3.9 percent on a reported basis, including an unfavorable 6.5 percent effect of foreign exchange. Strong growth in the infectious disease testing business, which remains Abbott's core focus area in Molecular Diagnostics, led operational growth in the quarter. As expected, U.S. growth was impacted by the planned scale down of the genetics business.

Point of Care Diagnostics sales increased 8.6 percent in the quarter on an operational basis as this business continues to expand its product offering and geographic presence in targeted developed and emerging markets. Sales increased 7.3 percent on a reported basis, including an unfavorable 1.3 percent effect of foreign exchange.

Established Pharmaceuticals
($ in millions)

Note: Prior year financial results have been adjusted to exclude the sales from the developed markets branded generics pharmaceuticals business, which was sold to Mylan on Feb. 27, 2015. Therefore, sales and growth rates shown in the following charts represent continuing operations.

             

% Change vs. 4Q14

 

Sales 4Q15

     

Int'l

 

Total

 

U.S.

 

Int'l

 

Total

 

U.S.

 

Operational

 

Reported

 

Operational

 

Reported

Total

--

 

885

 

885

 

n/a

 

10.9

 

(4.0)

 

10.9

 

(4.0)

Key Emerging Markets

--

 

703

 

703

 

n/a

 

12.1

 

(4.3)

 

12.1

 

(4.3)

Other

--

 

182

 

182

 

n/a

 

6.2

 

(3.1)

 

6.2

 

(3.1)

 

 

             

% Change vs. 12M14

 

Sales 12M15

     

Int'l

 

Total

 

U.S.

 

Int'l

 

Total

 

U.S.

 

Operational

 

Reported

 

Operational

 

Reported

Total

--

 

3,720

 

3,720

 

n/a

 

34.1

 

19.3

 

34.1

 

19.3

Key Emerging Markets

--

 

2,781

 

2,781

 

n/a

 

32.4

 

16.7

 

32.4

 

16.7

Other

--

 

939

 

939

 

n/a

 

39.6

 

27.8

 

39.6

 

27.8

 

Established Pharmaceuticals sales increased 10.9 percent in the fourth quarter on an operational basis and decreased 4.0 percent on a reported basis, including an unfavorable 14.9 percent effect of foreign exchange.

Sales in Key Emerging Markets increased 12.1 percent on an operational basis, driven by continued double-digit growth in India, China, and Russia. Sales decreased 4.3 percent on a reported basis, including an unfavorable 16.4 percent effect of foreign exchange.

For the full year 2015, Established Pharmaceutical sales increased double digits excluding the impact of acquisitions and foreign exchange. Growth was driven by commercial initiatives and locally-relevant portfolio expansion in key geographies.

During the year, Abbott successfully integrated the acquisitions of CFR Pharmaceuticals in Latin America and Veropharm in Russia. These businesses strengthened Abbott's capabilities, relevant product portfolios, and leadership in key geographies. 

Medical Devices
($ in millions)

             

% Change vs. 4Q14

 

Sales 4Q15

     

Int'l

 

Total

 

U.S.

 

Int'l

 

Total

 

U.S.

 

Operational

 

Reported

 

Operational

 

Reported

Total

503

 

794

 

1,297

 

(0.7)

 

1.5

 

(9.0)

 

0.7

 

(5.9)

Vascular

286

 

414

 

700

 

(0.8)

 

(0.3)

 

(10.8)

 

(0.5)

 

(7.0)

Diabetes Care

101

 

196

 

297

 

(7.1)

 

7.5

 

(4.3)

 

2.4

 

(5.2)

Medical Optics

116

 

184

 

300

 

5.7

 

(0.2)

 

(9.4)

 

1.9

 

(4.1)

                               

Vascular Product Lines:

                             

Coronary Devicesa)

197

 

353

 

550

 

3.5

 

(1.4)

 

(11.6)

 

0.2

 

(6.8)

Endovascularb)

72

 

60

 

132

 

1.3

 

5.8

 

(6.2)

 

3.4

 

(2.3)

 

a)Includes DES / BVS product portfolio, structural heart, guidewires, balloon catheters, and other coronary products.

b)Includes vessel closure, carotid stents and other peripheral products.

 

 

             

% Change vs. 12M14

 

Sales 12M15

     

Int'l

 

Total

 

U.S.

 

Int'l

 

Total

 

U.S.

 

Operational

 

Reported

 

Operational

 

Reported

Total

1,982

 

3,060

 

5,042

 

1.2

 

1.7

 

(10.9)

 

1.5

 

(6.5)

Vascular

1,145

 

1,647

 

2,792

 

2.6

 

0.6

 

(11.9)

 

1.3

 

(6.5)

Diabetes Care

394

 

723

 

1,117

 

(2.7)

 

5.8

 

(7.9)

 

2.9

 

(6.1)

Medical Optics

443

 

690

 

1,133

 

1.3

 

0.2

 

(11.5)

 

0.6

 

(6.9)

                               

Vascular Product Lines:

                             

Coronary Devicesa)

768

 

1,408

 

2,176

 

4.7

 

(0.3)

 

(12.5)

 

1.3

 

(7.1)

Endovascularb)

282

 

238

 

520

 

5.7

 

5.5

 

(8.3)

 

5.6

 

(1.2)

   

a)Includes DES / BVS product portfolio, structural heart, guidewires, balloon catheters, and other coronary products.

b)Includes vessel closure, carotid stents and other peripheral products.

Worldwide Medical Devices sales increased 0.7 percent in the fourth quarter on an operational basis and decreased 5.9 percent on a reported basis, including an unfavorable 6.6 percent effect of foreign exchange.

Worldwide sales of Vascular products decreased 0.5 percent in the quarter on an operational basis and 7.0 percent on a reported basis, including an unfavorable 6.5 percent effect of foreign exchange. Sales of Abbott's MitraClip® device for the treatment of mitral regurgitation increased double digits globally, as Abbott continues to build the market for this first-in-class device. In October, at the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics conference, Abbott presented trial results for AbsorbTM, its first-of-its-kind fully dissolving stent, showing comparable outcomes to XIENCETM, its highly successful drug-eluting stent. In 2015, Abbott completed submissions for regulatory approval of Absorb in Japan and the U.S.

Worldwide Diabetes Care sales increased 2.4 percent in the quarter on an operational basis and decreased 5.2 percent on a reported basis, including an unfavorable 7.6 percent effect of foreign exchange.  Internationally, operational sales growth was driven by continued uptake of Abbott's FreeStyle® Libre Flash Glucose Monitoring System. Abbott recently completed a significant expansion of its manufacturing capacity for FreeStyle Libre to meet strong customer demand.

Worldwide Medical Optics sales increased 1.9 percent in the quarter on an operational basis and decreased 4.1 percent on a reported basis, including an unfavorable 6.0 percent effect of foreign exchange. Operational sales growth was driven by uptake of new cataract products in the premium intraocular lens segment. This growth was partially offset by market dynamics in the refractive business.

ABBOTT ISSUES EARNINGS-PER-SHARE OUTLOOK FOR 2016

Abbott is issuing full-year 2016 guidance for earnings per share, excluding specified items, of $2.10 to $2.20. Abbott's 2016 forecast assumes a significantly lower contribution from Venezuelan operations as a result of challenging market conditions in that country. Excluding the impact of foreign exchange and Venezuela, the midpoint of Abbott's 2016 adjusted EPS guidance range would reflect strong double-digit growth. 

Abbott forecasts net specified items for the full year 2016 of approximately $0.55 per share.  Specified items include intangible amortization expense, charges associated with cost reduction initiatives and deal and other expenses.

Including net specified items, projected earnings per share under Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) would be $1.55 to $1.65 for the full year 2016.

Abbott is issuing first-quarter 2016 guidance for earnings per share, excluding specified items, of $0.38 to $0.40.  Abbott forecasts specified items for the first quarter 2016 of $0.15 related to the same items discussed above for the full year 2016.  Including specified items, projected earnings per share under GAAP would be $0.23 to $0.25 for the first quarter.

ABBOTT ANNOUNCES INCREASE IN QUARTERLY DIVIDEND

On Dec. 11, 2015, the board of directors of Abbott increased the company's quarterly dividend to $0.26 per share from $0.24 per share. Abbott's cash dividend is payable Feb. 16, 2016, to shareholders of record at the close of business on Jan. 15, 2016. This marks the 368th consecutive quarterly dividend paid by Abbott.

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

About Abbott:

Abbott is a global healthcare company devoted to improving life through the development of products and technologies that span the breadth of healthcare. With a portfolio of leading, science-based offerings in diagnostics, medical devices, nutritionals and branded generic pharmaceuticals, Abbott serves people in more than 150 countries and employs approximately 74,000 people.

Visit Abbott at www.abbott.com and connect with us on Twitter at @AbbottNews.

Abbott will webcast its live fourth-quarter earnings conference call through its Investor Relations website at www.abbottinvestor.com at 8 a.m. Central time today. An archived edition of the call will be available after 11 a.m. Central time.

- Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 -

A Caution Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

Some statements in this news release may be forward-looking statements for purposes of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Abbott cautions that these forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements. Economic, competitive, governmental, technological and other factors that may affect Abbott's operations are discussed in Item 1A, "Risk Factors,'' to our Annual Report on Securities and Exchange Commission Form 10-K for the year ended Dec. 31, 2014, and are incorporated by reference. Abbott undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to forward-looking statements as a result of subsequent events or developments, except as required by law.

Abbott Laboratories and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Statement of Earnings

Fourth Quarter Ended December 31, 2015 and 2014

(in millions, except per share data)

(unaudited)

 
 

4Q15

 

4Q14

 

% Change

 

Net Sales

$5,188

 

$5,356

 

(3.1)

 
             

Cost of products sold, excluding amortization expense

2,206

 

2,337

 

(5.6)

 

Amortization of intangible assets

143

 

163

 

(12.7)

 

Research and development

369

 

361

 

2.4

 

Selling, general, and administrative

1,655

 

1,666

 

(0.6)

 

Total Operating Cost and Expenses

4,373

 

4,527

 

(3.4)

 
             

Operating earnings

815

 

829

 

(1.7)

 
             

Interest expense, net

9

 

19

 

(54.7)

 

Net loss on extinguishment of debt

--

 

18

 

n/m

 

Net foreign exchange (gain) loss

(30)

 

(24)

 

21.6

 

Other (income) expense, net

6

 

12

 

(55.0)

 

Earnings from Continuing Operations before taxes

830

 

804

 

3.4

 
             

Taxes on Earnings from Continuing Operations

135

 

170

 

(20.6)

 

Earnings from Continuing Operations

695

 

634

 

9.8

 
             

Earnings from Discontinued Operations, net of taxes

72

 

271

 

(73.5)

1)

Gain on Sale of Discontinued Operations, net of taxes

--

 

--

 

n/m

 

Net Earnings from Discontinued Operations, net of taxes

72

 

271

 

(73.5)

1)

             

Net Earnings

$767

 

$905

 

(15.2)

 
             

Net Earnings from Continuing Operations, excluding 

           

Specified Items, as described below

$932

 

$943

 

(1.2)

2)

             

Diluted Earnings per Common Share from:

           

Continuing Operations

$0.46

 

$0.41

 

12.2

 

Discontinued Operations

0.05

 

0.18

 

(72.2)

1)

Total

$0.51

 

$0.59

 

(13.6)

 
             

Diluted Earnings per Common Share from Continuing Operations, excluding Specified Items, as described below

$0.62

 

$0.62

 

--

2)

             

Average Number of Common Shares Outstanding Plus Dilutive Common Stock Options 

 

1,498

 

 

1,522

     
 

NOTES:

 

See tables below for an explanation of certain non-GAAP financial information.

n/m = Percent change is not meaningful.

See footnotes below.

   

1)

2015 Earnings and Diluted Earnings per Common Share from Discontinued Operations primarily reflect net favorable adjustments to tax expense as a result of the resolution of various tax positions from previous years related to discontinued operations.

   
 

2014 Earnings and Diluted Earnings per Common Share from Discontinued Operations reflect financial results from the developed markets branded generics pharmaceuticals and animal health businesses, and a net favorable adjustment to tax expense as a result of the resolution of various tax positions from previous years related to AbbVie operations.

   

2)

2015 Net Earnings from Continuing Operations, excluding Specified Items, excludes net after-tax charges of $237 million, or $0.16 per share, for intangible amortization expense, expenses associated with cost reduction initiatives and other expenses related to acquisitions.

   
 

2014 Net Earnings from Continuing Operations, excluding Specified Items, excludes net after-tax charges of $309 million, or $0.21 per share, for intangible amortization expense, expenses associated with cost reduction initiatives and deal and other expenses related to the acquisitions, as well as the tax expense associated with a one-time repatriation of 2014 ex-U.S. earnings, partially offset by favorability as a result of the resolution of various tax positions and adjustment of tax uncertainties from prior years.

 

Abbott Laboratories and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Statement of Earnings

Fiscal Year Ended December 31, 2015 and 2014

(in millions, except per share data)

(unaudited)

 
 

12M15

 

12M14

 

% Change

 

Net Sales

$20,405

 

$20,247

 

0.8

 
             

Cost of products sold, excluding amortization expense

8,747

 

9,218

 

(5.1)

 

Amortization of intangible assets

601

 

555

 

8.2

 

Research and development

1,405

 

1,345

 

4.5

 

Selling, general, and administrative

6,785

 

6,530

 

3.9

 

Total Operating Cost and Expenses

17,538

 

17,648

 

(0.6)

 
             

Operating earnings

2,867

 

2,599

 

10.3

 
             

Interest expense, net

58

 

73

 

(21.2)

 

Net loss on extinguishment of debt

--

 

18

 

n/m

 

Net foreign exchange (gain) loss

(93)

 

(24)

 

n/m

 

Other (income) expense, net

(281)

 

14

 

n/m

1)

Earnings from Continuing Operations before taxes

3,183

 

2,518

 

26.4

 
             

Taxes on Earnings from Continuing Operations

577

 

797

 

(27.6)

 

Earnings from Continuing Operations

2,606

 

1,721

 

51.4

 
             

Earnings from Discontinued Operations, net of taxes

65

 

563

 

(88.5)

 

Gain on Sale of Discontinued Operations, net of taxes

1,752

 

--

 

n/m

 

Net Earnings from Discontinued Operations, net of taxes

1,817

 

563

 

n/m

2)

             

Net Earnings

$4,423

 

$2,284

 

93.6

 
             

Net Earnings from Continuing Operations, excluding 

           

Specified Items, as described below

$3,258

 

$3,038

 

7.2

3)

             

Diluted Earnings per Common Share from:

           

Continuing Operations

$1.72

 

$1.12

 

53.6

 

Discontinued Operations

1.20

 

0.37

 

n/m

2)

Total

$2.92

 

$1.49

 

96.0

 
             

Diluted Earnings per Common Share from Continuing Operations, excluding Specified Items, as described below

 

$2.15

 

 

$1.98

 

 

8.6

 

3)

             

Average Number of Common Shares Outstanding Plus Dilutive Common Stock Options 

 

1,506

 

 

1,527

     
 

NOTES:

 

See tables below for an explanation of certain non-GAAP financial information.

n/m = Percent change is not meaningful.

See footnotes below.

 

1)

2015 Other (income) expense includes a gain on the sale of a portion of Abbott's position in Mylan stock and a decrease in the fair value of contingent consideration related to a business acquisition, both reported as specified items.

   

2)

2015 Earnings and Diluted Earnings per Common Share from Discontinued Operations reflect the after-tax gain of $1.752 billion on the sale of the developed markets branded generics pharmaceuticals and animal health businesses to Mylan on Feb. 27, 2015 and Zoetis on Feb. 10, 2015, respectively; the first-quarter financial results from these businesses up to the date of sale; and a favorable adjustment to tax expense as a result of the resolution of various tax positions from previous years related to discontinued operations.  

   
 

2014 Earnings and Diluted Earnings per Common Share from Discontinued Operations reflect financial results from the developed markets branded generics pharmaceuticals and animal health businesses, and a net favorable adjustment to tax expense as a result of the resolution of various tax positions from previous years related to AbbVie operations.

   

3)

2015 Net Earnings from Continuing Operations, excluding Specified Items, excludes net after-tax charges of $652 million, or $0.43 per share, for intangible amortization expense, expenses associated with cost reduction initiatives and other expenses related to acquisitions, partially offset by a gain on the sale of a portion of Abbott's position in Mylan stock and a decrease in the fair value of contingent consideration related to a business acquisition.

   
 

2014 Net Earnings from Continuing Operations, excluding Specified Items, excludes net after-tax charges of $1.317 billion, or $0.86 per share, for intangible amortization expense, expenses associated with cost reduction initiatives and deal and other expenses related to acquisitions, as well as the tax expense associated with a one-time repatriation of 2014 ex-U.S. earnings, partially offset by favorability as a result of the resolution of various tax positions and adjustment of tax uncertainties from prior years.

 

NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION OF FINANCIAL INFORMATION FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS

 

Abbott Laboratories and Subsidiaries

Non-GAAP Reconciliation of Financial Information From Continuing Operations

Fourth Quarter Ended December 31, 2015 and 2014

(in millions, except per share data) 

(unaudited)

 
 

4Q15

 

As
Reported
(GAAP) 

 

Specified
Items

 

As
Adjusted

 

% to
Sales

               

Intangible Amortization

$143

 

($143)

 

--

   

Gross Margin

2,839

 

178

 

$3,017

 

58.2%

R&D

369

 

(4)

 

365

 

7.0%

SG&A

1,655

 

(117)

 

1,538

 

29.6%

Other (Income) Expense, Net

6

 

(6)

 

--

   

Earnings from Continuing Operations before taxes 

830

 

305

 

1,135

   

Taxes on Earnings from Continuing Operations

135

 

68

 

203

   

Net Earnings from Continuing Operations

695

 

237

 

932

   

Diluted Earnings per Share from Continuing Operations

$0.46

 

$0.16

 

$0.62

   

 

Specified items reflect intangible amortization expense of $143 million and other expenses of $162 million, primarily associated with cost reduction initiatives and acquisitions.

 

4Q14

 

As
Reported
(GAAP)

 

Specified
Items

 

As
Adjusted 

 

% to
Sales

               

Intangible Amortization

$163

 

($163)

 

--

   

Gross Margin

2,856

 

191

 

$3,047

 

56.9%

R&D

361

 

(19)

 

342

 

6.4%

SG&A

1,666

 

(86)

 

1,580

 

29.5%

Net loss on extinguishment of debt

18

 

(18)

 

--

   

Other (Income) Expense, Net

12

 

(1)

 

11

   

Earnings from Continuing Operations before taxes

804

 

315

 

1,119

   

Taxes on Earnings from Continuing Operations

170

 

6

 

176

   

Net Earnings from Continuing Operations

634

 

309

 

943

   

Diluted Earnings per Share from Continuing Operations

$0.41

 

$0.21

 

$0.62

   

 

Specified items reflect intangible amortization expense of $163 million and other expenses of $152 million, primarily associated with cost reduction initiatives and deal and other expenses related to acquisitions, as well as tax expense of $175 million associated with a one-time repatriation of 2014 ex-U.S. earnings, partially offset by favorability as a result of the resolution of various tax positions and adjustment of tax uncertainties from prior years.  

Abbott Laboratories and Subsidiaries

Non-GAAP Reconciliation of Financial Information From Continuing Operations

Fiscal Year Ended December 31, 2015 and 2014

(in millions, except per share data) 

(unaudited)

 
 

12M15

 

As
Reported
(GAAP) 

 

Specified
Items

 

As
Adjusted

 

% to
Sales

               

Intangible Amortization

$601

 

($601)

 

--

   

Gross Margin

11,057

 

755

 

$11,812

 

57.9%

R&D

1,405

 

(85)

 

1,320

 

6.5%

SG&A

6,785

 

(272)

 

6,513

 

31.9%

Other (Income) Expense, Net

(281)

 

288

 

7

   

Earnings from Continuing Operations before taxes 

3,183

 

824

 

4,007

   

Taxes on Earnings from Continuing Operations

577

 

172

 

749

   

Net Earnings from Continuing Operations

2,606

 

652

 

3,258

   

Diluted Earnings per Share from Continuing Operations

$1.72

 

$0.43

 

$2.15

   

 

Specified items reflect intangible amortization expense of $601 million and other expenses of $510 million, primarily associated with cost reduction initiatives and acquisitions, partially offset by a gain on the sale of a portion of Abbott's position in Mylan stock of $207 million and a decrease in the fair value of contingent consideration related to a business acquisition.

 

12M14

 

As
Reported
(GAAP)

 

Specified
Items

 

As
Adjusted 

 

% to
Sales

               

Intangible Amortization

$555

 

($555)

 

--

   

Gross Margin

10,474

 

721

 

$11,195

 

55.3%

R&D

1,345

 

(72)

 

1,273

 

6.3%

SG&A

6,530

 

(367)

 

6,163

 

30.4%

Net loss on extinguishment of debt

18

 

(18)

 

--

   

Other (Income) Expense, Net

14

 

(9)

 

5

   

Earnings from Continuing Operations before taxes

2,518

 

1,187

 

3,705

   

Taxes on Earnings from Continuing Operations

797

 

(130)

 

667

   

Net Earnings from Continuing Operations

1,721

 

1,317

 

3,038

   

Diluted Earnings per Share from Continuing Operations

$1.12

 

$0.86

 

$1.98

   

 

Specified items reflect intangible amortization expense of $555 million and other expenses of $632 million, primarily associated with cost reduction initiatives and deal and other expenses related to acquisitions, as well as tax expense of $440 million associated with a one-time repatriation of 2014 ex-U.S. earnings, partially offset by favorability as a result of the resolution of various tax positions and adjustment of tax uncertainties from prior years.  

RECONCILIATION OF TAX RATE FOR CONTINUING OPERATIONS

A reconciliation of the fourth-quarter tax rates for continuing operations for 2015 and 2014 is shown below:

 

4Q15

 

($ in millions)

Pre-Tax
Income

 

Taxes on
Earnings

 

Tax
Rate

 

As reported (GAAP)

$830

 

$135

 

16.3%

 

Specified items

305

 

68

     

Excluding specified items

$1,135

 

$203

 

17.9%

1)

             
 

4Q14

 

($ in millions)

Pre-Tax
Income

 

Taxes on
Earnings

 

Tax
Rate

 

As reported (GAAP)

$804

 

$170

 

21.1%

2)

Specified items

315

 

6

     

Excluding specified items

$1,119

 

$176

 

15.7%

1)

 

   

1)

Fourth-quarter 2014 and 2015 tax rates include the year-to-date impact of U.S. tax legislation passed in Dec. 2014 and 2015, respectively, including the R&D tax credit.

   

2)

Reported tax rate on a GAAP basis includes the impact of tax expense of $175 million associated with a one-time repatriation of 2014 ex-U.S. earnings, partially offset by favorability of $133 million as a result of the resolution of various tax positions and adjustment of tax uncertainties from prior years.  

A reconciliation of the full-year tax rates for continuing operations for 2015 and 2014 is shown below:

 

12M15

 

($ in millions)

Pre-Tax
Income

 

Taxes on
Earnings

 

Tax
Rate

 

As reported (GAAP)

$3,183

 

$577

 

18.1%

 

Specified items

824

 

172

     

Excluding specified items

$4,007

 

$749

 

18.7%

3)

             
 

12M14

 

($ in millions)

Pre-Tax
Income

 

Taxes on
Earnings

 

Tax
Rate

 

As reported (GAAP)

$2,518

 

$797

 

31.7%

4)

Specified items

1,187

 

(130)

     

Excluding specified items

$3,705

 

$667

 

18.0%

3)

 

   

3)

Full-year 2014 and 2015 tax rates include the impact of U.S. tax legislation passed in Dec. 2014 and 2015, respectively, including the R&D tax credit.

   

4)

Reported tax rate on a GAAP basis includes the impact of tax expense of $440 million associated with a one-time repatriation of 2014 ex-U.S. earnings, partially offset by favorability of $126 million as a result of the resolution of various tax positions and adjustment of tax uncertainties from prior years.  

 

 

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