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Danaher Reports First Quarter 2023 Results

WASHINGTON, April 25, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Danaher Corporation (NYSE: DHR) (the "Company") today announced results for the first quarter 2023.  Net earnings refer to net earnings attributable to common shareholders.

For the quarter ended March 31, 2023 net earnings were $1.4 billion, or $1.94 per diluted common share and non-GAAP adjusted diluted net earnings per common share were $2.36.

Revenues decreased 7.0% year-over-year to $7.2 billion, with a 4.0% non-GAAP core revenue decrease, due to the impact of lower COVID-19 revenue, and 6.0% non-GAAP base business core revenue growth.

Operating cash flow was $1.9 billion and non-GAAP free cash flow was $1.7 billion.

The Company provides forecasted sales only on a non-GAAP basis because of the difficulty in estimating the other components of GAAP revenue, such as currency translation, acquisitions and divested product lines.

For the second quarter and full year 2023, the Company anticipates that non-GAAP base business core revenue growth will be up mid-single digits year-over-year.

Rainer M. Blair, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "We had a good start to the year in the first quarter.  Our team's focused execution in a challenging operating environment helped deliver better-than-expected revenue, earnings and cash flow. We are especially pleased with the performance of our base business, which grew 6.0% in the first quarter."

Blair continued, "Looking ahead, we believe the combination of our leading businesses, the power of the Danaher Business System and the strength of our balance sheet differentiates Danaher and positions us to continue delivering sustainable, long-term shareholder value."

Danaher will discuss its first quarter results and financial guidance for the second quarter and full year during its quarterly investor conference call today starting at 8:00 a.m. ET.  The call and an accompanying slide presentation will be webcast on the "Investors" section of Danaher's website, www.danaher.com, under the subheading "Events & Presentations" and additional materials will be posted to the same section of Danaher's website.  A replay of the webcast will be available in the same section of Danaher's website shortly after the conclusion of the presentation and will remain available until the next quarterly earnings call.

The conference call can be accessed by dialing 800-245-3047 within the U.S. or by dialing +1 203-518-9765 outside the U.S. a few minutes before the 8:00 a.m. ET start and telling the operator that you are dialing in for Danaher's earnings conference call (Conference ID: DHRQ123).  A replay of the conference call will be available shortly after the conclusion of the call and until May 9, 2023.  You can access the replay dial-in information on the "Investors" section of Danaher's website under the subheading "Events & Presentations."

ABOUT DANAHER

Danaher is a global science and technology innovator committed to helping its customers solve complex challenges and improving quality of life around the world.  Its family of world class brands has leadership positions in the demanding and attractive health care, environmental and applied end-markets.  With more than 20 operating companies, Danaher's globally diverse team of approximately 81,000 associates is united by a common culture and operating system, the Danaher Business System, and its Shared Purpose, Helping Realize Life's Potential. For more information, please visit www.danaher.com.

NON-GAAP MEASURES AND SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS

In addition to the financial measures prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), this earnings release also contains non-GAAP financial measures.  Calculations of these measures, the reasons why we believe these measures provide useful information to investors, a reconciliation of these measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measures, as applicable, and other information relating to these non-GAAP measures are included in the supplemental reconciliation schedule attached.

In addition, this earnings release, our Form 10-Q, the slide presentation accompanying the related earnings call, non-GAAP reconciliations and a note containing details of historical and anticipated, future financial performance have been posted to the "Investors" section of Danaher's website (www.danaher.com) under the subheading "Quarterly Earnings."

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

Statements in this release that are not strictly historical, including the statement regarding the Company's anticipated second quarter and full year 2023 non-GAAP base business core revenue growth, the Company's differentiation and positioning to continue delivering sustainable, long-term shareholder value and any other statements regarding events or developments that we believe or anticipate will or may occur in the future are "forward-looking" statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws.  There are a number of important factors that could cause actual results, developments and business decisions to differ materially from those suggested or indicated by such forward-looking statements and you should not place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements.  These factors include, among other things, potential future, adverse impacts on our business, results of operations and financial condition related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the impact of our debt obligations on our operations and liquidity, deterioration of or instability in the economy, the markets we serve and the financial markets, uncertainties relating to national laws or policies, including laws or policies to protect or promote domestic interests and/or address foreign competition, contractions or growth rates and cyclicality of markets we serve, competition, our ability to develop and successfully market new products and technologies and expand into new markets, the potential for improper conduct by our employees, agents or business partners, our compliance with applicable laws and regulations (including rules relating to off-label marketing and other regulations relating to medical devices and the health care industry), the results of our clinical trials and perceptions thereof, our ability to effectively address cost reductions and other changes in the health care industry, our ability to successfully identify and consummate appropriate acquisitions and strategic investments and successfully complete divestitures and other dispositions, our ability to integrate the businesses we acquire and achieve the anticipated growth, synergies and other benefits of such acquisitions, contingent liabilities and other risks relating to acquisitions, investments, strategic relationships and divestitures (including tax-related and other contingent liabilities relating to past and future IPOs, split-offs or spin-offs), security breaches or other disruptions of our information technology systems or violations of data privacy laws, the impact of our restructuring activities on our ability to grow, risks relating to potential impairment of goodwill and other intangible assets, currency exchange rates, tax audits and changes in our tax rate and income tax liabilities, changes in tax laws applicable to multinational companies, litigation and other contingent liabilities including intellectual property and environmental, health and safety matters, the rights of the United States government with respect to our production capacity in times of national emergency or with respect to intellectual property/production capacity developed using government funding, risks relating to product, service or software defects, product liability and recalls, risks relating to fluctuations in the cost and availability of the supplies we use (including commodities) and labor we need for our operations, our relationships with and the performance of our channel partners, uncertainties relating to collaboration arrangements with third-parties, the impact of deregulation on demand for our products and services, the impact of climate change, legal or regulatory measures to address climate change and our ability to address stakeholder expectations relating to climate change, labor matters and our ability to recruit, retain and motivate talented employees representing diverse backgrounds, experiences and skill sets, non-U.S. economic, political, legal, compliance, social and business factors (including the impact of the military conflict between Russia and Ukraine), disruptions relating to man-made and natural disasters, pension plan and healthcare costs, inflation and the impact of our By-law exclusive forum provisions.  Additional information regarding the factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements is available in our SEC filings, including our 2022 Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the first quarter of 2023.  These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this release and except to the extent required by applicable law, the Company does not assume any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events and developments or otherwise.

DANAHER CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS

($ and shares in millions, except per share amounts)

(unaudited)



Three-Month Period Ended


March 31, 2023


April 1, 2022

Sales

$              7,167


$              7,688

Cost of sales

(2,797)


(2,983)

Gross profit

4,370


4,705

Operating costs:




Selling, general and administrative expenses

(2,147)


(2,092)

Research and development expenses

(429)


(441)

Operating profit

1,794


2,172

Nonoperating income (expense):




Other income (expense), net

24


(20)

Interest expense

(68)


(54)

Interest income

48


1

Earnings before income taxes

1,798


2,099

Income taxes

(348)


(374)

Net earnings

1,450


1,725

Mandatory convertible preferred stock dividends

(21)


(41)

Net earnings attributable to common stockholders

$              1,429


$              1,684

Net earnings per common share:




Basic

$                1.96


$                2.35

Diluted

$                1.94


$                2.31

Average common stock and common equivalent shares outstanding:




Basic

729.4


716.3

Diluted

737.2


737.7


This information is presented for reference only.  A complete copy of Danaher's Form 10-Q financial statements is available
on the Company's website (www.danaher.com).

 

DANAHER CORPORATION
RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

 

Diluted Net Earnings Per Common Share and Adjusted Diluted Net Earnings Per Common Share 1



Three-Month Period Ended


March 31, 2023


April 1, 2022

Diluted Net Earnings Per Common Share (GAAP)

$                1.94


$                2.31

Amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets A

0.52


0.52

Fair value net (gains) losses on investments B

(0.03)


0.03

Separation costs C

0.04


Loss on partial settlement of a defined benefit plan D


0.01

Impairments and other charges E


0.06

Tax effect of the above adjustments F

(0.10)


(0.11)

Discrete tax adjustments G

(0.01)


(0.06)

Adjusted Diluted Net Earnings Per Common Share (Non-GAAP)

$                2.36


$                2.76



1

Each of the per share adjustment amounts above have been calculated assuming the Mandatory Convertible Preferred Stock ("MCPS") had been converted into shares of common stock.

 

Notes to Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measures


A

Amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets in the following historical periods (only the pretax amounts set forth below are reflected in the amortization line item above):




Three-Month Period Ended


March 31, 2023


April 1, 2022

Pretax

$                 384


$                 386

After-tax

310


311



B

Net (gains) losses on the Company's equity and limited partnership investments recorded in the following historical periods (only the pretax amounts set forth below are reflected in the fair value net (gains) losses on investments line above):




Three-Month Period Ended


March 31, 2023


April 1, 2022

Pretax

$                  (22)


$                    24

After-tax

(17)


18



C

Costs incurred in the three-month period ended March 31, 2023 related to preparation for the anticipated separation of the Company's Environmental & Applied Solutions business primarily related to professional fees for legal, tax, finance and information technology services and duplicative general and administrative costs ($28 million pretax as reported in this line item, $25 million after-tax).



D

Loss on a partial settlement of a defined benefit plan as a result of the transfer of a portion of the Company's non-U.S. pension liabilities related to one defined benefit plan to a third-party in the three-month period ended April 1, 2022 ($10 million pretax as reported in this line item, $9 million after-tax).



E

Charges incurred primarily related to impairments of accounts receivable and inventory as well as accruals for contractual obligations in Russia incurred in the three-month period ended April 1, 2022 ($43 million pretax as reported in this line item, $40 million after-tax).



F

This line item reflects the aggregate tax effect of all nontax adjustments reflected in the preceding line items of the table.  In addition, the footnotes above indicate the after-tax amount of each individual adjustment item.  Danaher estimates the tax effect of each adjustment item by applying Danaher's overall estimated effective tax rate to the pretax amount, unless the nature of the item and/or the tax jurisdiction in which the item has been recorded requires application of a specific tax rate or tax treatment, in which case the tax effect of such item is estimated by applying such specific tax rate or tax treatment.  The MCPS dividends are not tax deductible and therefore the tax effect of the adjustments does not include any tax impact of the MCPS dividends.



G

Discrete tax adjustments and other tax-related adjustments for the three-month period ended March 31, 2023, include the impact of net discrete tax benefits of $5 million related primarily to excess tax benefits from stock-based compensation and the release of reserves for uncertain tax positions due to the expiration of statutes of limitation, partially offset by tax costs related to the separation of the Environmental & Applied Solutions business and changes in estimates associated with prior period uncertain tax positions.  Discrete tax adjustments and other tax-related adjustments for the three-month period ended April 1, 2022, include the impact of net discrete tax benefits of $41 million related primarily to excess tax benefits from stock-based compensation and the changes in estimates associated with prior period uncertain tax positions.

 

Average and Adjusted Average Common Stock and Common Equivalent Diluted Shares Outstanding

(shares in millions)



Three-Month Period Ended


March 31, 2023


April 1, 2022

Average common stock and common equivalent shares outstanding - diluted (GAAP) 2

737.2


737.7

Converted shares 3

8.6


8.6

Adjusted average common stock and common equivalent shares outstanding - diluted (non-GAAP)

745.8


746.3



2

The impact of the MCPS Series B calculated under the if-converted method was anti-dilutive for the three-month periods ended March 31, 2023 and April 1, 2022, and as such 8.6 million shares underlying the MCPS Series B were excluded from the calculation of diluted EPS in both periods and the related MCPS Series B dividends of $21 million were included in the calculation of net earnings for diluted EPS for the periods.




The impact of the MCPS Series A calculated under the if-converted method was dilutive for the three-month period ended April 1, 2022, and as such 11.0 million shares underlying the MCPS Series A were included in the calculation of diluted EPS in the three-month period and the related MCPS Series A dividends of $20 million were excluded from the calculation of net earnings for diluted EPS. 



3

The number of converted shares assumes the conversion of all MCPS and issuance of the underlying shares applying the "if-converted" method of accounting and using an average 20 trading-day trailing Volume Weighted Average Price ("VWAP") of $246.26 and $281.28 as of March 31, 2023 and April 1, 2022, respectively.

 

Sales (Decline) Growth by Segment, Core Sales (Decline) Growth by Segment and Base Business Core Sales Growth by Segment



% Change Three-Month Period Ended March 31, 2023 vs. Comparable 2022 Period




Segments


Total Company


Biotechnology


Life Sciences


Diagnostics


Environmental &
Applied Solutions

Total sales (decline) growth (GAAP)

(7.0) %


(16.0) %


2.5 %


(10.0) %


5.0 %

Impact of:










Acquisitions/divestitures

— %


— %


(1.0) %


— %


(0.5) %

Currency exchange rates

3.0 %


3.0 %


3.5 %


2.5 %


2.0 %

Core sales (decline) growth (non-GAAP)

(4.0) %


(13.0) %


5.0 %


(7.5) %


6.5 %

Impact of COVID-19 related testing, vaccines and therapeutics

10.0 %


+Low-teens


+Low-single digit


+High-teens


— %

Base business core sales growth (non-GAAP)

6.0 %


Flat


+High-single digit


+Low-double digit


6.5 %


Note:  We expect overall demand for the Company's COVID-19 related products to continue moderating as the pandemic subsides and evolves toward endemic status.  We believe certain demand for the Company's products that support COVID-19 related vaccines and therapeutics (including initiatives that seek to prevent or mitigate similar, future pandemics) and COVID-19 testing will continue, though that demand will likely be uncertain and will vary from period to period.  At the beginning of 2022, the Company believed that on a relative basis, the level of ongoing demand for products supporting COVID-19 testing would be subject to more fluctuations in demand than the level of demand for products supporting COVID-19 related vaccines and therapeutics, due in part to expected COVID-19 case levels, vaccination rates and use of therapies.  However, as a result of lower vaccination rates and the spread of less severe variants of the virus, 2022 demand for the Company's products supporting COVID-19 related vaccines and therapeutics fluctuated and declined more than anticipated at the beginning of the year.  Therefore, beginning with the first quarter of 2023, we have revised the definition of "base business core sales growth" on a basis that not only excludes revenues related to COVID-19 testing but also excludes revenues from products that support COVID-19 related vaccines and therapeutics.  We believe this adjusted definition of "base business core sales growth" will provide more useful information to investors by facilitating period-to-period comparisons of our financial performance and identifying underlying growth trends in the Company's business that otherwise may be obscured by fluctuations in demand for COVID-19 related products. 

 

Forecasted Core Sales (Decline) Growth and Base Business Core Sales Growth


The Company provides forecasted sales only on a non-GAAP basis because of the difficulty in estimating the other components of GAAP revenue, such as currency translation, acquisitions and divested product lines.



% Change Three-Month
Period Ending June 30,
2023 vs. Comparable
2022 Period


% Change Year Ending
December 31, 2023 vs.
Comparable 2022
Period

Core sales (decline) growth (non-GAAP)

-High-single digit


-High-single digit

Impact of COVID-19 related testing, vaccines and therapeutics

+Low-double digit


+Low-double digit

Base business core sales growth (non-GAAP)

+Mid-single digit


+Mid-single digit

 

Operating Profit Margins and Year-Over-Year Core Operating Margin Changes






Segments



Total Company


Biotechnology


Life Sciences


Diagnostics


Environmental
& Applied
Solutions

Three-Month Period Ended April 1, 2022
Operating Profit Margins (GAAP)

28.30 %


36.10 %


19.10 %


33.50 %


20.30 %


First quarter 2023 impact from operating
profit margins of businesses that have been
owned for less than one year

(0.15)


(0.15)


(0.45)



0.15


First quarter 2022 impairments of accounts
receivable and inventory as well as
accruals for contractual obligations in Russia

0.55


0.60


1.45


0.10


0.10


First quarter 2023 costs incurred related to
preparation for the anticipated separation
of the Company's Environmental &
Applied Solutions business

(0.40)





Year-over-year core operating profit margin
changes for the first quarter 2023 (defined
as all year-over-year operating profit
margin changes other than the changes
identified in the line items above) (non-GAAP)

(3.30)


(4.55)


(1.30)


(5.10)


3.95

Three-Month Period Ended March 31, 2023
Operating Profit Margins (GAAP)

25.00 %


32.00 %


18.80 %


28.50 %


24.50 %


Note: The Company deems acquisition-related transaction costs incurred in a given period to be significant (generally relating to the Company's larger acquisitions) if it determines that such costs exceed the range of acquisition-related transaction costs typical for Danaher in a given period.

 

Cash Flow and Free Cash Flow

($ in millions) 



Three-Month Period Ended


Year-over-Year
Change


March 31, 2023


April 1, 2022


Total Cash Flows:






Net cash provided by operating activities (GAAP)

$              1,947


$              1,968



Total cash used in investing activities (GAAP)

$               (304)


$               (503)



Total cash used in financing activities (GAAP)

$               (262)


$               (274)









Free Cash Flow:






Net cash provided by operating activities (GAAP)

$              1,947


$              1,968


            ~ (1.0)%

Less: payments for additions to property, plant & equipment (capital expenditures) (GAAP)

(275)


(250)



Plus: proceeds from sales of property, plant & equipment (capital disposals) (GAAP)


2



Free cash flow (non-GAAP)

$              1,672


$              1,720


            ~ (3.0)%


We define free cash flow as operating cash flows, less payments for additions to property, plant and equipment ("capital expenditures") plus the proceeds from sales of plant, property and equipment ("capital disposals").   

Statement Regarding Non-GAAP Measures

Each of the non-GAAP measures set forth above should be considered in addition to, and not as a replacement for or superior to, the comparable GAAP measure, and may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies.  Management believes that these measures provide useful information to investors by offering additional ways of viewing Danaher Corporation's ("Danaher" or the "Company") results that, when reconciled to the corresponding GAAP measure, help our investors:

  • with respect to Adjusted Diluted Net Earnings Per Common Share, understand the long-term profitability trends of our business and compare our profitability to prior and future periods and to our peers;

  • with respect to core sales and related non-GAAP sales measures, identify underlying growth trends in our business and compare our sales performance with prior and future periods and to our peers; and

  • with respect to free cash flow and related non-GAAP cash flow measures (the "FCF Measure"), understand Danaher's ability to generate cash without external financings, strengthen its balance sheet, invest in its business and grow its business through acquisitions and other strategic opportunities (although a limitation of free cash flow is that it does not take into account the Company's debt service requirements and other non-discretionary expenditures, and as a result the entire free cash flow amount is not necessarily available for discretionary expenditures).

We expect overall demand for the Company's COVID-19 related products to continue moderating as the pandemic subsides and evolves toward endemic status.  We believe certain demand for the Company's products that support COVID-19 related vaccines and therapeutics (including initiatives that seek to prevent or mitigate similar, future pandemics) and COVID-19 testing will continue, though that demand will likely be uncertain and will vary from period to period.  At the beginning of 2022, the Company believed that on a relative basis, the level of ongoing demand for products supporting COVID-19 testing would be subject to more fluctuations in demand than the level of demand for products supporting COVID-19 related vaccines and therapeutics, due in part to expected COVID-19 case levels, vaccination rates and use of therapies.  However, as a result of lower vaccination rates and the spread of less severe variants of the virus, 2022 demand for the Company's products supporting COVID-19 related vaccines and therapeutics fluctuated and declined more than anticipated at the beginning of the year.  Therefore, beginning with the first quarter of 2023, we have revised the definition of "base business core sales growth" on a basis that not only excludes revenues related to COVID-19 testing but also excludes revenues from products that support COVID-19 related vaccines and therapeutics.  We believe this adjusted definition of "base business core sales growth" will provide more useful information to investors by facilitating period-to-period comparisons of our financial performance and identifying underlying growth trends in the Company's business that otherwise may be obscured by fluctuations in demand for COVID-19 related products.

Management uses the non-GAAP measures referenced above to measure the Company's operating and financial performance, and uses core sales and non-GAAP measures similar to Adjusted Diluted Net Earnings Per Common Share and the FCF Measure in the Company's executive compensation program.

The items excluded from the non-GAAP measures set forth above have been excluded for the following reasons:

  • With respect to Adjusted Diluted Net Earnings Per Common Share:

  • With respect to adjusted average common stock and common equivalent shares outstanding, Danaher's Mandatory Convertible Preferred Stock ("MCPS") Series A converted into Danaher common stock on April 15, 2022 and the MCPS Series B mandatorily converted into Danaher common stock on the mandatory conversion date of April 17, 2023 (unless converted or redeemed earlier in accordance with the terms of the applicable certificate of designations). With respect to the calculation of Adjusted Diluted Net Earnings Per Common Share, we apply the "if converted" method of share dilution to the MCPS Series A and B in all applicable periods irrespective of whether such preferred shares would be dilutive or anti-dilutive in the period. We believe this presentation provides useful information to investors by helping them understand what the net impact will be on Danaher's earnings per share-related measures once the MCPS convert into Danaher common stock.

  • With respect to core sales related measures, (1) we exclude the impact of currency translation because it is not under management's control, is subject to volatility and can obscure underlying business trends, and (2) we exclude the effect of acquisitions and divested product lines because the timing, size, number and nature of such transactions can vary significantly from period-to-period and between us and our peers, which we believe may obscure underlying business trends and make comparisons of long-term performance difficult.

  • With respect to the FCF Measure, we exclude payments for additions to property, plant and equipment (net of the proceeds from capital disposals) to demonstrate the amount of operating cash flow for the period that remains after accounting for the Company's capital expenditure requirements.

The Company provides forecasted sales only on a non-GAAP basis because of the difficulty in estimating the other components of GAAP revenue, such as currency translation, acquisitions and divested product lines. Additionally, we do not reconcile adjusted operating profit margin (or components thereof) to the comparable GAAP measures because of the difficulty in estimating the other unknown components such as investment gains and losses, impairments and separation costs, which would be reflected in any forecasted GAAP operating profit.

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