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AbbVie beats views, raises guidance midpoint

April 28, 2017

AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV) reported Q1 EPS of $1.28, $0.02 better than the analyst estimate of $1.26. Revenue for the quarter came in at $6.54 billion versus the consensus estimate of $6.48 billion.

GUIDANCE:

AbbVie sees Q2 2017 EPS of $5.44-$5.54, versus the consensus of $5.50.

Full-Year 2017 Outlook

AbbVie is confirming its GAAP diluted EPS guidance for the full-year 2017 of $4.55 to $4.65. AbbVie expects to deliver adjusted diluted EPS for the full-year 2017 of $5.44 to $5.54, representing growth of 13.9 percent at the mid-point. The company\’s 2017 adjusted diluted EPS guidance excludes $0.89 per share of intangible asset amortization expense and other specified items.

First-Quarter Results

  • Worldwide GAAP net revenues were $6.538 billion in the first quarter, increasing 10.1 percent, excluding a 0.4 percent unfavorable impact from foreign exchange.
  • Global HUMIRA sales increased 15.1 percent on a reported basis, or 15.8 percent operationally, excluding a 0.7 percent unfavorable impact from foreign exchange. In the U.S., HUMIRA sales grew 22.8 percent in the quarter. Internationally, HUMIRA sales grew 4.6 percent, excluding a 1.7 percent unfavorable impact from foreign exchange.
  • First-quarter global IMBRUVICA net revenues were $551 million, with U.S. sales of $457 million and international profit sharing of $94 million for the quarter, reflecting growth of 44.7 percent.
  • On a GAAP basis, the gross margin ratio in the first quarter was 75.3 percent. The adjusted gross margin ratio was 79.9 percent.
  • On a GAAP basis, selling, general and administrative expense was 20.9 percent of net revenues. The adjusted SG&A expense was 20.7 percent of net revenues.
  • On a GAAP basis, research and development expense was 17.4 percent of net revenues. The adjusted R&D expense was 16.9 percent, reflecting funding actions supporting all stages of our pipeline.
  • On a GAAP basis, the operating margin in the first quarter was 37.0 percent. The adjusted operating margin was 42.3 percent.
  • On a GAAP basis, net interest expense was $247 million. On a GAAP basis, the tax rate in the quarter was 18.0 percent. The adjusted tax rate was 18.2 percent.
  • Diluted EPS in the first quarter was $1.06 on a GAAP basis. Adjusted diluted EPS, excluding intangible asset amortization expense and other specified items, was $1.28, up 11.3 percent.

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