Medtronic rises on better-than-expected 4Q results

Medtronic reports better-than-expected fourth quarter earnings as defibrillator sales rebound

Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Medtronic shares rose 5 percent Tuesday after the company reported better-than-expected fourth quarter earnings on sales of implantable heart defibrillators and pacemakers.

The world's largest medical device maker reported net income of $969 million, or 95 cents per share, a decrease of 2 percent from $991 million in the prior-year period. Excluding one-time events and gains the company would have earned $1.12 billion, or $1.10 per share. Revenue rose 4 percent to $4.46 billion for the period ended April 26.

That was better than estimates of analysts polled by FactSet who predicted earnings per share of $1.03 on revenue of $4.38 billion.

"With our scale and breadth of innovative technology, Medtronic is clearly outperforming the market," said CEO Omar Ishrak, in a statement.

Shares of Medtronic Inc. rose $2.58 to $52.47 in afternoon trading.

Sales of the company's pacemakers and implantable defibrillators increased 3 percent to $1.33 billion, driven by international sales. Sales of spinal treatments slipped 1 percent to $811 million while neuromodulation devices increased 6 percent to $492 million.

The results suggest Medtronic may be regaining momentum after years of sluggish sales of its two leading products: implantable heart devices and spinal implants. The company's defibrillators have been hurt by safety recalls and reduced medical spending.

The Minneapolis company's spinal business has been hurt by revelations about the company's handling of studies and marketing of its protein bone graft Infuse. Last year a Senate investigation concluded that the company helped write and edit medical journal articles about the graft that downplayed its risks. InFuse contains a genetically engineered protein that can stimulate bone growth.

For fiscal year 2014 Medtronic said it expects earnings per share between $3.80 and $3.85 on revenue of $17 billion to $17.2 billion.

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