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Boston Scientific Announces Results For Fourth Quarter And Full Year 2019

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. , Feb. 5, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX) generated sales of $2.905 billion during the fourth quarter of 2019. This represents growth of 13.4 percent on a reported basis, 14.1 percent on an operational 1 basis and 7.3 percent on an organic 2 basis, all compared to the prior year period. The company reported GAAP earnings of $3.996 billion or $2.83 per share (EPS), compared to GAAP earnings of $386 million or $0.27 per share a year ago and achieved adjusted earnings per share of $0.46 for the period, compared to $0.39 a year ago. Reported GAAP earnings include a significant net income tax benefit explained in the Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures section below.

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For the full year 2019, the company generated sales of $10.735 billion . This represents growth of 9.3 percent on a reported basis, 11.1 percent on an operational 1 basis and 7.3 percent on an organic 2 basis, all compared to the prior year period. The company reported GAAP earnings of $3.33 per share, inclusive of the net income tax benefit mentioned above, compared to $1.19 in 2018 and delivered full year adjusted earnings per share of $1.58 , compared to $1.47 in 2018. Full year 2018 GAAP and adjusted earnings per share included a $0.07 net tax benefit. 3

"We delivered strong revenue and adjusted EPS growth for the quarter and the year by developing innovative products, executing on our category leadership strategy and mitigating challenges," said Mike Mahoney , chairman and chief executive officer, Boston Scientific. "We're confident that we have the pipeline, leadership team and focused execution to deliver on our goals to address unmet clinical needs and work to improve the lives of millions of patients."

Fourth quarter financial results and recent developments:

  • Reported fourth quarter sales of $2.905 billion , representing an increase of 13.4 percent on a reported basis, compared to the company's guidance range of 13 to 15 percent; 14.1 percent on an operational basis; and 7.3 percent on an organic basis, compared to the company's guidance range of 8 to 9 percent, all compared to the prior year period.
  • Reported fourth quarter GAAP earnings of $2.83 per share, compared to the company's guidance range of $0.22 to $0.25 per share. Reported GAAP earnings include net litigation charges of $169 million , or $0.12 per share, primarily related to the previously disclosed Channel Medsystems, Inc. matter, and a net income tax benefit of $4.102 billion , or $2.90 per share, explained in the Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures section below. Achieved adjusted earnings per share of $0.46 per share, compared to the guidance range of $0.42 to $0.45 per share.
  • Achieved fourth quarter revenue growth in all segments 5 , compared to the prior year period:
  • Delivered fourth quarter Medical Device 5 revenue growth in all regions, compared to the prior year period:
  • Received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance and Breakthrough Device Designation, and CE Mark for the EXALT" Model D Duodenoscope , the first and only single-use duodenoscope. Initiated limited market release, including a successful first case in patient undergoing endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), a procedure performed more than 1.5 million times worldwide each year to diagnose and treat pancreatic and biliary conditions.
  • Positive 12-month data from the investigator-sponsored COMPARE trial, demonstrating non-inferiority of the low-dose paclitaxel-coated Ranger" Drug-Coated Balloon (DCB) (2.0 µg/mm2) compared to the higher dose IN.PACT" DCB (Medtronic) balloon (3.5 µg/mm2), was presented at the Leipzig Interventional Course (LINC) Congress. COMPARE is the first randomized controlled head-to-head trial comparing two drug-coated balloon technologies.
  • Presented at the 2020 Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium positive data on the impact of personalized radiation dosing using TheraSphere" Yttrium-90 Glass Microspheres from the investigator-sponsored DOSISPHERE-01 trial. Data demonstrated personalized dosing of radiation increased overall survival of patients with the most common type of liver cancer, when compared to patients who received a standardized dose.
  • Announced plans to initiate CHAMPION-AF--a randomized head-to-head trial of the WATCHMAN FLX" Left Atrial Appendage Closure Device vs. direct oral anticoagulants--in the second half of 2020. The global trial is designed to study stroke risk reduction efficacy and bleeding endpoints in lower-risk patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation.
  • Received Japanese Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA) approval and positive reimbursement in Japan for the LOTUS Edge " Aortic Valve System , a minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) technology for patients with severe aortic stenosis.
  • Received FDA approval for the INGEVITY"+ active fixation pacing lead for use with pacemakers and defibrillators. Built on the INGEVITY" platform with proven longevity, the new lead is designed to offer a more predictable implant experience for physicians.
  • Received CE Mark for the POLARx" Cryoablation System , which is indicated for the treatment of patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF), an intermittent form of AF which causes an irregular and often abnormally fast heart rate.
  • Announced at the North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS) Annual Meeting results of the COMBO randomized clinical trial showing that Combination Therapy delivered by the Spectra WaveWriter" Spinal Cord Stimulator (SCS) System achieved an 88% responder rate in treating chronic pain--much higher than monotherapy alone. Also at NANS, announced an exclusive partnership with IBM Research to develop AI-generated predictive algorithms for highly personalized chronic pain therapy.
  • Completed a public offering of ¬900 million aggregate principal amount of 0.625% Senior Notes due 2027, and completed cash tender offer for approximately $1.0 billion aggregate principal amount of certain outstanding senior notes.
  • Completed the sale of BTG's royalty revenue stream associated with Zytiga® for $256 million in cash, the proceeds from which were used to repay portions of outstanding debt.

 

1.  Operational revenue growth excludes the impact of foreign currency fluctuations.

2Organic revenue growth excludes the impact of foreign currency fluctuations and sales from the recent acquisitions of NxThera, Inc., Claret Medical, Inc., Augmenix, Inc., Vertiflex, Inc. and BTG plc (BTG), each with no prior year comparable sales. Organic revenue growth also excludes the impact of the divestiture of our global embolic microspheres portfolio, a transaction entered into in connection with obtaining the antitrust clearances required to complete the BTG transaction.

3. The full year 2018 net tax benefit of $0.07 includes our previously disclosed second quarter $0.06 benefit from settling the IRS Stipulation of Settled Issues for the 2001 through 2010 tax years, offset by a fourth quarter $0.05 charge for our previously announced tax reinvestment strategy. In addition, the net benefit includes a $0.06 benefit in the fourth quarter for the settlement with the IRS of our 2011 through 2013 tax years.

4.  We define Emerging Markets as the 20 countries that we believe have strong growth potential based on their economic conditions, healthcare sectors and our global capabilities in our Medical Devices business. Periodically, we assess our list of Emerging Markets; effective January 1, 2019, we updated our list of Emerging Market countries. We have revised prior year amounts to the current year's presentation. The revision had an immaterial impact on prior year Emerging Markets sales.

5. We have three historical reportable segments comprised of Medical Surgical (MedSurg), Rhythm and Neuro, and Cardiovascular, which represent an aggregation of our operating segments that generate revenues from the sale of medical devices (Medical Devices). As part of our acquisition of BTG on August 19, 2019, we acquired an Interventional Medicine business, which is now included in our Peripheral Interventions operating segment's 2019 revenues from the date of acquisition.

6. As part of our acquisition of BTG on August 19, 2019, we acquired a specialty pharmaceuticals business (Specialty Pharmaceuticals). Subsequent to acquisition, Specialty Pharmaceuticals is now a stand-alone operating segment presented alongside our Medical Device reportable segments. Specialty Pharmaceuticals net sales are substantially U.S. based. Our chief operating decision maker (CODM) reviews financial information of our globally managed Specialty Pharmaceuticals operating segment at the worldwide level without further disaggregation into regional results. As such, Specialty Pharmaceuticals net sales are presented globally, and our Medical Devices reportable segments regional net sales results do not include Specialty Pharmaceuticals.

 

Net sales for the fourth quarter by business and region:






Change




Three Months Ended
December 31,


Reported Basis


Less: Impact of Foreign Currency Fluctuations


Operational Basis


Less: Impact of Recent Acquisitions / Divestitures


Organic Basis

(in millions)

2019

2018







   Endoscopy

$

499


$

458



8.8%


(0.8)%


9.6%


0.0%


9.6%


   Urology and Pelvic Health

379


342



11.1%


(0.6)%


11.7%


0.0%


11.7%


MedSurg

878


800



9.8%


(0.8)%


10.6%


0.0%


10.6%


   Cardiac Rhythm Management

473


488



(3.3)%


(0.7)%


(2.6)%


0.0%


(2.6)%


   Electrophysiology

84


81



3.0%


(0.7)%


3.7%


0.0%


3.7%


   Neuromodulation

261


220



18.7%


(0.5)%


19.2%


11.4%


7.8%


Rhythm and Neuro

817


790



3.5%


(0.6)%


4.1%


3.1%


1.0%


   Interventional Cardiology

748


668



12.1%


(0.7)%


12.8%


0.0%


12.8%


   Peripheral Interventions

403


302



33.2%


(0.6)%


33.8%


30.2%


3.6%


Cardiovascular

1,151


970



18.7%


(0.6)%


19.3%


9.3%


10.0%


Medical Devices 5

2,847


2,561



11.2%


(0.7)%


11.9%


4.6%


7.3%


Specialty Pharmaceuticals 6

58


n/a



n/a


n/a


n/a


n/a


n/a

Net Sales

$

2,905


$

2,561



13.4%


(0.7)%


14.1%


6.8%


7.3%

 






Change



Three Months
Ended December 31,


Reported Basis


Less: Impact
of Foreign
Currency
Fluctuations


Operational
 Basis

(in millions)

2019

2018





U.S.

$

1,654


$

1,459



13.4%


0.0%


13.4%


EMEA

597


557



7.2%


(2.5)%


9.7%


APAC

495


445



11.3%


(0.2)%


11.5%


Latin America and Canada

101


101



0.6%


(2.3)%


2.9%


Medical Devices 5

2,847


2,561



11.2%


(0.7)%


11.9%


Specialty Pharmaceuticals 6

58


n/a



n/a


n/a


n/a


Net Sales

$

2,905


$

2,561



13.4%


(0.7)%


14.1%












Emerging Markets 4

$

325


$

285



14.1%


(2.1)%


16.2%












Amounts may not add due to rounding. Growth rates are based on actual, non-rounded amounts and may not recalculate precisely.




Sales growth rates that exclude the impact of foreign currency fluctuations and/or the impact of recent aforementioned acquisitions / divestitures are not prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP.

 

Net sales for the full year by business and region:

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Change



Year Ended
December 31,


Reported
Basis


Less:
Impact of
Foreign
Currency
Fluctuations


Operational
Basis


Less: Impact
of Recent
Acquisitions /
Divestitures


Organic
Basis

(in millions)

2019

2018







   Endoscopy

$

1,894


$

1,762



7.5%


(1.7)%


9.2%


0.0%


9.2%


   Urology and Pelvic Health

1,413


1,245



13.4%


(1.3)%


14.7%


6.3%


8.4%


MedSurg

3,307


3,007



10.0%


(1.5)%


11.5%


2.7%


8.8%


   Cardiac Rhythm Management

1,939


1,951



(0.6)%


(1.8)%


1.2%


0.0%


1.2%


   Electrophysiology

329


311



5.5%


(2.0)%


7.5%


0.0%


7.5%


   Neuromodulation

873


779



12.0%


(1.1)%


13.1%


6.3%


6.8%


Rhythm and Neuro

3,140


3,041



3.3%


(1.6)%


4.9%


1.6%


3.3%


   Interventional Cardiology

2,816


2,590



8.7%


(2.3)%


11.0%


1.0%


10.0%


   Peripheral Interventions

1,392


1,187



17.3%


(1.8)%


19.1%


11.3%


7.8%


Cardiovascular

4,208


3,777



11.4%


(2.1)%


13.5%


4.2%


9.3%


Medical Devices 5

10,654


9,823



8.5%


(1.7)%


10.2%


2.9%


7.3%