Company Achieves Record Cash Flow Exceeding $3.0 Billion in 2010 Baxter Provides Financial Outlook For 2011
DEERFIELD, Ill., January 27, 2011 - Baxter International Inc. (NYSE:BAX) today
announced its financial results for the fourth quarter of 2010, and provided its
financial outlook for the first quarter and full-year 2011.
Baxter reported net income in the fourth quarter of $423 million, which
declined 26 percent from $572 million reported in the prior-year period. Earnings
per diluted share of $0.72 compares to $0.94 per diluted share reported in the
fourth quarter of 2009. These results included special after-tax charges totaling
$227 million (or $0.39 per diluted share) for costs and asset impairments primarily
associated with the company's business optimization initiatives, increased
litigation reserves, as well as in-process research and development charges
associated with recent transactions. The company also recorded an after-tax
special charge in the fourth quarter of 2009 of $56 million (or $0.09 per diluted
On an adjusted basis, excluding special items in both years, Baxter's net
income of $650 million increased 4 percent in the fourth quarter from $628 million
in the prior-year period. Adjusted earnings per diluted share increased 8 percent
to $1.11 per diluted share from $1.03 reported in the fourth quarter of 2009.
These results were in line with the company's previously issued earnings
guidance of $1.09 to $1.11 per diluted share.
Worldwide sales in the fourth quarter totaled $3.5 billion and increased
1 percent over the same period last year. Excluding the impact of foreign
currency, worldwide sales advanced 3 percent. Sales within the United States
increased by more than 1 percent to $1.4 billion and international sales of
$2.1 billion were comparable to the prior-year period. Excluding the impact of
foreign currency, international sales increased 3 percent.
By business, BioScience revenues exceeded $1.5 billion and increased
1 percent from the comparable prior-year period. Excluding the impact of foreign
currency, BioScience sales increased 4 percent. Contributing to this performance
was strong demand for GAMMAGARD LIQUID [Immune Globulin Intravenous
(Human)] (marketed as KIOVIG outside of the United States), several specialty
plasma-based therapeutics, and biosurgery products, resulting in double-digit
sales growth across these product categories. This strength was partially offset
by the expected decline in recombinant protein and vaccine revenues.
Medication Delivery sales also increased 1 percent to $1.3 billion (or
3 percent excluding the impact of foreign currency), driven primarily by growth of
intravenous therapies (including the company's parenteral nutrition products),
injectable drugs and anesthesia products. Renal sales of $626 million were
comparable to the prior-year period (and increased 1 percent excluding the
impact of foreign currency), as the company continued to post solid gains in
peritoneal dialysis patients, particularly in the United States, Latin America and
Full-Year 2010 Results
For the full year, Baxter reported net income of $1.4 billion or $2.39 per
diluted share, compared to net income of $2.2 billion or $3.59 per diluted share
last year. On an adjusted basis, excluding special charges in both years, Baxter's
net income in 2010 was $2.4 billion which represents an increase of 2 percent,
over the prior-year period, while earnings per diluted share of $3.98 increased
5 percent from $3.80 reported in 2009.
Baxter's worldwide sales increased 2 percent and totaled $12.8 billion for
full-year 2010, including a first-quarter revenue adjustment of $213 million
associated with the COLLEAGUE infusion pump recall. On an adjusted basis,
excluding the COLLEAGUE charge, Baxter's worldwide sales totaled $13.1 billion
in 2010, an increase of 4 percent over the prior year revenues of $12.6 billion
(and increased 3 percent excluding the impact of foreign currency). Sales within
the United States (excluding the COLLEAGUE adjustment) increased 3 percent to
$5.5 billion in 2010, and international sales grew 5 percent to $7.6 billion.
Excluding the impact of foreign currency, international sales rose 3 percent.
"2010 was an unusually challenging year for our company; however, we
continue to benefit from the diversified and medically-necessary nature of our
portfolio, broad geographic reach and strong financial position," said Robert L.
Parkinson, Jr., chairman and chief executive officer. "We also executed on our
key commercial, operational and organizational strategies intended to enhance
our effectiveness, competitive position, and growth profile with emphasis on
creating sustained value for our shareholders over the long-term."
In 2010, Baxter delivered record cash flow and returned significant value to
shareholders in the form of dividends and share repurchases. Cash flow from
operations totaled $3.0 billion (including pension contributions of $350 million to
the company's U.S. pension fund during the year). Excluding pension
contributions from both years, cash flow from operations increased
11 percent versus the prior-year period. In addition, Baxter returned
approximately $2.1 billion to shareholders through dividends totaling $688 million
and share repurchases of approximately $1.5 billion (or 30 million shares).
Fourth Quarter Highlights
Baxter continued to enhance its portfolio and new product pipeline in 2010
with investments in research and development that reflected funding of all key
R&D initiatives, including 14 programs that progressed in Phase III clinical
development throughout the year. Recent commercial and pipeline achievements
include the following:
o The acquisition of the hemophilia-related assets from Archemix, and an
exclusive license agreement for certain related intellectual property assets.
The lead product associated with the acquisition and license agreement is
ARC19499, a synthetic, subcutaneously-administered hemophilia therapy
currently in a Phase I clinical trial in the UK. ARC19499 blocks Tissue
Factor Pathway Inhibitor (TFPI) activity, thereby augmenting and improving
blood clotting, potentially reducing replacement factor therapy for patients
with hemophilia A and B.
o Presentation of interim data from Baxter's Phase I, multicenter clinical
study at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Hematology in
December, suggest that recombinant von Willebrand factor (rVWF) may be
safe and well tolerated in patients with type 3 and severe type 1 von
Willebrand disease. The data also suggest that rVWF has a
pharmacokinetic profile comparable to plasma-derived von Willebrand
factor. Currently available treatments for von Willebrand disease are
derived from plasma. Baxter's rVWF is the only recombinant replacement
protein in clinical development for von Willebrand disease and has
received orphan designation from the European Medicines Agency's
Committee for Orphan Medical Products and the U.S. Food and Drug
o FDA approval to market GAMMAGARD LIQUID 10% in a 30-gram vial for
patients with primary immunodeficiency disorders (PID). Baxter will be the
first immune globulin manufacturer to offer a 10% product in a 30-gram vial
size, which is designed to provide greater convenience to customers and
will reduce the number of vials needed to fulfill dosing requirements.
Baxter is preparing to make the product available to the market within the
next several months.
o Completion of the Phase III clinical trial of HyQ, an immune globulin (IG)
therapy facilitated subcutaneously by recombinant human hyaluronidase, a
dispersion and permeation enhancer. Interim analyses presented in 2010
showed that 28 out of 29 HyQ treated study participants with primary
immune deficiency were able to infuse immune globulin under the skin,
using a single injection site, at infusion volumes, intervals and rates
equivalent to their previous IV administration of immune globulin.
o Completion of a Phase III study evaluating TISSEEL fibrin sealant as a
hemostatic agent in vascular surgery. This trial included 140 patients in
the U.S. and is intended to support the approval of a broad hemostasis
indication. The company expects to file for approval with the FDA in 2011.
o The launch of GLASSIA(TM) [Alpha1-Proteinase Inhibitor (Human)] in the
U.S. GLASSIA(TM) is the first available ready-to-use liquid alpha1-
proteinase inhibitor (Alpha1-PI) and is indicated as a chronic augmentation
and maintenance therapy in adults with emphysema due to congenital
deficiency of alpha-1 antitrypsin (AAT), an under-diagnosed hereditary
condition characterized by a low level of alpha-1 antitrypsin protein in the
blood and lungs. GLASSIA(TM) is administered intravenously once a week
and augments the levels of AAT in the blood and lungs. Through a
definitive agreement with Kamada Ltd., Baxter is the exclusive distributor
for GLASSIA(TM) in the U.S. and other select markets.
Outlook for First Quarter and Full-Year 2011
Baxter also announced today its outlook for the first quarter and full-year
2011. For full-year 2011, Baxter expects sales growth of 2 to 3 percent, excluding
the impact of foreign exchange. This guidance reflects the previously announced
divestiture of the generic injectables business, with 2010 annual sales of
approximately $200 million, that is anticipated to close during the first quarter
2011. Excluding the proposed divestiture and the impact of foreign exchange,
sales growth is expected to be in the 4 to 5 percent range. Also, for the full-year,
Baxter expects earnings of $4.15 to $4.25 per diluted share, before any special
items, and cash flows from operations of approximately $2.8 billion.
For the first quarter of 2011, the company expects sales growth of 2 to 3
percent, excluding the impact of foreign currency, and earnings of $0.92 to $0.94
per diluted share, before any special items.
A webcast of Baxter's fourth quarter conference call for investors can be
accessed live from a link on the company's website at www.baxter.com beginning
at 7:30 a.m. CST on January 27, 2011. Please visit www.baxter.com for more
information regarding this and future investor events and webcasts.
Baxter International Inc., through its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures
and markets products that save and sustain the lives of people with hemophilia,
immune disorders, infectious diseases, kidney disease, trauma, and other chronic
and acute medical conditions. As a global, diversified healthcare company,
Baxter applies a unique combination of expertise in medical devices,
pharmaceuticals and biotechnology to create products that advance patient care
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