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McKesson Corp (NYSE: MCK)
Q1 2020 Earnings Call
Jul 31, 2019, 5:00 p.m. ET

Contents:

  • Prepared Remarks
  • Questions and Answers
  • Call Participants

Prepared Remarks:

Operator

Good day, and welcome to the McKesson Q1 Earnings call. Today's conference is being recorded. At this time, I'd like to turn the conference over to Holly Weiss, please go ahead.

Holly Weiss -- Senior Vice President, Investor Relations

Thank you, Justin. Good afternoon and welcome everyone to McKesson's First Quarter Fiscal 2020 Earnings Call. Today, I'm joined by Brian Tyler, our Chief Executive Officer and Britt Vitalone, our Chief Financial Officer. Brian will lead off, followed by Bret and then we will move to a question-and-answer session.

Today's discussion will include forward-looking statements, such as forecast about McKesson's operations and future results. Please refer to the cautionary statements in today's press release and our slide presentation, and to the risk factors section of our periodic SEC filings for additional information concerning risk factors that could cause our actual results to materially differ from those in our forward-looking statements.

During this call, we will discuss non-GAAP financial measures. Additional information about our non-GAAP financial measures, including a reconciliation of those measures to GAAP results is included in today's press release and presentation slides, which are available on our website at investor.mckesson.com.

With that, let me turn it over to Brian.

Brian Tyler -- McKesson Corporation

Thank you, Holly. And thanks to everyone for joining us on our call today. We're pleased today to be able to report a strong start to our fiscal year 2020. For the first quarter, we achieved total company revenues in excess of $55 billion and adjusted earnings per diluted share of $3.31 ahead of our original expectations. On our fourth quarter call in May, I discussed that we are entering the fiscal year with positive momentum and I feel really good about this underpinning our first quarter results. We're seeing healthy growth across many parts of our business, which is a direct result of the actions we have been and are taking to execute on our strategic imperatives, which are enabling us to become a more focused and efficient company and our balance sheet remains strong, giving us the flexibility to deploy capital that can differentiate McKesson and create shareholder value. As a result of our first quarter performance combined with our confidence in the business as we look ahead, we are raising our fiscal 2020 adjusted EPS guidance range to $14 to $14.60. This is from our previous range of $13.85 to $14.45.

Now turning to the business. I'll summarize our first quarter results and then turn the call over to Britt to elaborate. The US pharmaceutical and Specialty Solutions had a good start to the year, driven by our broad set of specialty biopharmaceutical capabilities focused on both providers and manufacturers. I'm particularly pleased as this demonstrates the progress we're making on one of our three key strategic imperatives. We continue to see biopharma dynamics that are trending in line with our annual guide of mid single-digit price increases on branded drugs, in addition given our but provider space and particularly oncology where we are well positioned as biosimilars continue to become prevalent.

Talking about generics for a moment. Similar to the last few quarters, our ClarusONE sourcing platform continues to deliver yield in line with our expectations, with its scale we're able to buy at prices that are competitive with our peers. On the sales side, we continue to see a market that is competitive, but stable. A few comments on Europe. Our UK retail business performance was impacted primarily by temporary wide NHS underfunding, which we believe should improve in the second half until a lesser extent volume weakness. Performance in the other European countries was not enough to fully offset these challenges. Britt will speak to the expected full-year impact.

Before I address the NHS more specifically, let me remind you of the actions we have previously taken in the UK and across Europe to reposition the business for long-term profitability. We have new leadership at the helm[Phonetic], we're making solid progress toward further rationalizing our store footprint and streamlining our back office functions. And we continue to evaluate our cost structure as we do in all our businesses.

Turning back to the NHS. We are pleased by recent announcements. First, to increase the retail tariff beginning in August and we would expect to see further upward revisions and tariff later in the year, which should make up partially for any underfunding. The NHS also announced a new five-year Community Pharmacy contractual framework. This framework brings a greater clarity and long-term certainty by maintaining the current level of industry funding for community pharmacies for the next five years. While certain elements of the funding allocation are yet to be fully defined and could evolve over the five year time horizon. We view this as an incrementally positive development for our European business.

McKesson remains active in its support of and direct discussions with the UK government on the future of community pharmacy and healthcare in the UK. Turning to MedSurg. Our Medical-Surgical business continues to generate above market strong organic growth with its focus on delivering care and low cost patient settings and we have now lapped the medical specialties distributor or MSD acquisition, which is delivering results in-line with our expectations.

We saw good growth across multiple markets and product categories including lab, pharmaceutical and McKesson private label. And non-acute space continues to be an encouraging area for us. Like others in healthcare, we continue to seek their shift to these non-acute settings where we currently operate. With investments such as MSD and our new technology in our distribution centers, we're continuing to expand our services to these providers and to their patients.

Turning to the other segment which primarily consist of Canada, McKesson Prescription Technology Solutions or MRxTS and our investment in Change Healthcare. We see improving prescription trends in our owned Canadian retail business, which reflects our focus on the retail customer experience. We've made investments in people and in reconfigured pharmacy format with strengthening fundamentals, we believe this can reinforce the role that community pharmacy plays in Canadian healthcare. Within MRxTS, we continue to see good growth in CoverMyMeds and the RelayHealth Pharmacy driven by unique technology offerings that resonate with both our retail and biopharma partners.

We continue to make investments in this business to position us for future growth. Change Healthcare achieved an important milestone with the completion of its initial public offering in June. Britt will speak more about this and what we can expect going forward . We are also investing in platforms that enhance our data and analytics capabilities . We realized benefits across the enterprise in the first quarter and we expect to see expanding benefit in the future.

Now I want to touch upon drug pricing reform and the policy landscape. I had the opportunity recently to spend a few days in Washington DC, McKesson continues to engage as a key stakeholder in educating policymakers to address issues that may impact patients, our industry and community-based pharmacies and medical practices. And helping to drive the necessary change to support, access, quality and affordability for a sustainable healthcare system. These objectives align with the administration's goals and we're committed to continuing the dialog with policymakers and industry partners on sound sustainable and pragmatic solutions. It remains a dynamic environment.

Yeah, we remain confident in McKesson's path forward. The critical role of the services we provide to the healthcare industry today and our ability to identify and apply solutions to address the most pressing challenges to the healthcare system globally. Let me address two of the most recent developments. The Senate Finance Committee published a package of measures last week. We anticipate there might be further modifications as the package makes its way through the legislative process. So at this point we're not in a position to go into great detail on specific provision.

However, we will continue to engage with policymakers and industry partners to ensure that these reforms support the efficiency, sustainability and security of the supply chain as we seek to improve cost, quality and access. Finally, earlier today, the US Department of Health and Human Services or HHS and the US Food and Drug Administration or FDA announced a safe importation action plan, given how recent this announcement is, we haven't yet had the full-time, we'd like to digest this or study of this plan. But maybe a few just quick preliminary thoughts.

Obviously McKesson's presence in both US and Canada, gives us a unique perspective on supply chain considerations and the impacts to stakeholders and patients as we navigate this complex question of importation. There are legitimate concerns that importation could potentially introduce counterfeit or fraudulent products into the US. Importantly, we have a primary responsibility to maintain a safe secure and efficient supply chain and to ensure that we can form to FDA safety and efficacy standards. In addition to the safeguards put in place by the 2013 passage of the Drug Supply Chain Security Act. These objectives are paramount as we evaluate the two pathways announced in today's plan.

Before I wrap up, I'd like to spend a couple of minutes on the opioid epidemic. We continue to believe distributors are being disproportionately targeted given our important but limited role in the supply chain. Filling orders from license pharmacies who are in turn filling prescriptions written by license healthcare providers, any suggestion that McKesson drove demand for opioids in this country would reflect a fundamental misunderstanding and miss characterization of our role as a distributor.

We will continue to fight that misscharacterization in the multiple venues both state and federal lawsuits have been filed by thousands of plaintiffs. These are clearly novel complex and unprecedented claims that must be navigated. And we remain deeply concerned about the impact of this crisis is having on families and communities across the US and are passionately committed to using McKesson's capability to be part of the solution.

This includes partnering with government industry social institutions and other players to help bring this prices to an end. I've spoken about it before, but let me remind you of the investments we've made and continue to make in our programs, our processes, our technologies dedicated to preventing diversion and in our corporate initiatives announced last spring to help address the epidemic.

Those include educating the pharmacies and hospitals to whom we deliver about the importance of compliance with the EA regulation. Creating a nationwide clinical alerts system that uses patient prescription history to identify patients at risk of opioid overuse, abuse, addiction or misuse and actively advocating for public policies that will help address the opioid epidemic. In addition, we contributed $100 million to establish the foundation for opioid response efforts, a foundation dedicated solely to driving solutions to the epidemic.

I'm proud of our teams and our team members who ensure the safety and security of our supply chain day-in, day-out.

With that, let me turn the call over to Britt.

Britt Vitalone -- Chief Financial Officer

Thanks, Brian, and good afternoon. McKesson posted another solid quarter and strong start to fiscal '20. Slides on reviewing with you this afternoon are posted to the Investors section of our website and include our full-year fiscal 2020 guidance assumption. Today we reported first quarter adjusted earnings of $3.31 per diluted share ahead of our original expectations and we're raising the full-year fiscal '20 outlook by $0.15 to a range of $14 to $40.60 per diluted share from our previous outlook of $30.85 to $14.45 per diluted share.

Let's move right to our first quarter results. Our first quarter adjusted earnings of $3.31 per diluted share were up 14% year-over-year, driven by strong performance in the US pharmaceutical and Specialty Solutions business, Medical-Surgical Solutions and our MRxTS businesses, a lower share count higher contribution from our equity investment in Change Healthcare, a one-time gain from investment activities and expense timing. These items were partially offset by the anticipated year-over-year increase in opioid litigation and technology costs, which we outlined with our initial outlook in May.

Also had a lower profit contribution from the Europe segment and a higher adjusted tax rate. Let me start with the details of our consolidated results, which can be found on slide 4. Consolidated revenues for the quarter increased 6% year-over-year, primarily driven by growth in our US Pharmaceutical and Specialty Solutions segment. Adjusted gross profit increased 2% year-over-year mainly driven by a few key operational items. Within our Medical-Surgical business, the contribution from the MSD acquisition, which we have now lapped and above market growth in pharmaceutical products. Volume growth across our MRxTS offerings and growth in our specialty provider solutions business within the US pharmaceutical and Specialty Solutions segment. These items were partially offset by foreign currency effects and lower retail pharmacy margins in the UK.

First quarter adjusted operating expenses increased 1% year-over-year. Partially driven by the acquisition of MSD in the prior year. Adjusted income from operations was $933 million for the quarter, 9% above the prior year. Interest expense was $56 million for the quarter, a decrease of 8% compared to the prior year, primarily due to lower commercial paper balances.

our adjusted tax rate was 22.6% for the quarter, mainly driven by our mix of business. We continue to assume a full-year adjusted tax rate of approximately 18% to 19%, which may vary from quarter to quarter and includes anticipated discrete tax items that we expect to realize during the course of the year. Income attributable to non-controlling interests was $54 million for the quarter, a decrease of 7% compared to the prior year and in line with our expectation. Our adjusted net income from continuing operations totaled $625 million and our diluted weighted average shares outstanding were $189 million for the quarter, a decrease of 7% year-over-year.

Next, I'll discuss our segment results, which can be found on Slides 5 through 8. I'd like to start with US pharmaceutical and Specialty Solutions. First quarter revenues were $44.2 billion, up 8% year-over-year driven by solid contributions from our largest retail national pharmacy customers, growth across our specialty businesses and continued solid performance within our health systems segment, partially offset by branded to generic conversions.

Segment adjusted operating profit for the quarter increased 11% to $600 million, primarily due to strong growth in our specialty businesses continued strong performance by our sourcing operations and the lapping of prior year opioid-related expenses. As a reminder, the state of New York adopted the opioid stewardship Act in the first quarter of McKesson's fiscal 2019. Although the act was being challenged in court, we recorded an accrual in both our GAAP and adjusted results of $15 million in the first quarter of fiscal '19 in our US Pharmaceutical and Specialty Solutions segment, which accounted for the estimated portion of the annual assessment. This legislation was later ruled unconstitutional and the accrual was reversed in the third quarter of fiscal '19. The segment adjusted operating margin rate was 136 basis points, an increase of four basis points.

Next European pharmaceutical solutions. First quarter revenues were down 3% year-over-year to $6.7 billion on an FX adjusted basis, revenues were up 3% driven by market growth in the distribution wholesale business. Segment adjusted operating profit was down 50% to $37 million on an FX adjusted basis mainly due to the weak retail pharmacy environment in the UK. The segment adjusted operating margin rate was 52 basis points on an FX adjusted basis, a decrease of 55 basis points.

Our first quarter results were lower than expectations resulting from weak retail pharmacy margins in the UK due to industry wide underfunding by the NHS. We anticipate this underfunding will modestly improve in the second half of fiscal '20. As Brian discussed earlier in fiscal '19, we took actions in the UK and across Europe to reposition the business for long-term profitability. These actions included further store rationalization and cost actions. And we continue to execute against these restructuring actions as we further evaluate our cost position. As a result of the UK outlook, we now expect European segment adjusted operating profit growth to be on the low end of our original assumption of low to mid single-digit percent growth.

Moving now to Medical-Surgical Solutions. First quarter revenues were $1.9 billion, up 12% year-over-year. Excluding the MSD acquisition, which closed on June 1 of 2018, segment revenue increased 4% driven by growth in our primary care and extended care business, including strength in pharmaceutical products and our home delivery business. Segment adjusted operating profit for the quarter increased 27% to $159 million driven by organic growth in contribution from the MSD acquisition. The segment adjusted operating margin rate was 836 basis points, an increase of 102 basis points due to market growth and cost management.

Finishing our business review with other, revenues were $3 billion for the quarter, down 1% year-over-year. On an FX adjusted basis, revenues grew 2% driven primarily by growth in our MRxTS business. Other adjusted operating profit increased 31% to $279 million on an FX adjusted basis mainly driven by increased equity income from our investment in Change Healthcare and continued strength in our MRxTS business.

Included in other adjusted equity income from Change Healthcare was $108 million for the quarter as compared to $64 million in the prior period. Let me take a minute and update you on our equity investment in Change Healthcare. On June 27 of 2019, Change Healthcare began trading on the NASDAQ. This was an important milestone for Change Healthcare, while Change Healthcare is now a publicly traded company, but customer will continue to report the equity income from our interest in Change Healthcare based on our equity ownership percentage and we will continue to report Change Healthcare results on a one-month lag.

As a result of the IPO, McKesson's equity ownership and Change Healthcare is approximately 58.5% effective beginning with McKesson's second quarter. When taking into account McKesson's new equity ownership percentage as well as Change Healthcare repayment of long-term debt following the completion of its IPO. We anticipate the adjusted equity income attributable to our interest in Change healthcare in fiscal '20 to be unchanged from the prior range of $250 million to $270 million which had assumed 70% ownership throughout fiscal '20. I would point out that our adjusted equity interest assumption for Change Healthcare as well as our future results and commentary on Change Healthcare will be specific to McKesson's ownership interest based on the McKesson definition of adjusted earnings, our equity ownership percentage and Change Healthcare and the period for which we are reporting, which again will be on a one-month lag.

Any questions related to the operating performance or the outlook for Change Healthcare will be addressed by the Change Management Team. The IPO was an important next step in McKesson's efforts to unlock value for our shareholders as we progress toward exiting our investment in Change Healthcare in a tax efficient manner. As we detailed in the past, there are lot of periods and other milestones which must be met prior to our exit, which include first the customary six month lockup period following the IPO then Blackstone, our equity partner, and Change Healthcare has the opportunity to do a secondary offering covering up to a three-month period, following that there would be a three-month lockup period.

Given all of these factors, our exit could extend to a period of 12 to 18 months. However, depending on the necessity of certain milestones, we may have the opportunity to exit by the end of our 2020. We will provide updates as we progress through the respective lock-up periods and milestone as we move closer to our eventual exit.

Moving now to corporate expenses. The customer recorded $137 million in adjusted corporate expenses in the first quarter, an increase of 44% compared to the prior year. The year-over-year growth was primarily driven by the increase in opioid-related litigation costs and the overall timing of technology investments in the fiscal year, partially offset by a one-time benefit recorded in the first quarter of approximately $0.10. As it relates to opioid related litigation costs, McKesson recorded $36 million in expenses in the first quarter. We continue to assume opioid related litigation costs will be approximately $150 million in fiscal 2020. Based on the one-time benefit recorded in the first quarter, we now anticipate corporate expenses to be on the low end of the original assumption of $725 million to $775 million.

Turning now to cash, which can be found on Slide 9. We ended the quarter with a cash balance of $1.9 billion. During the quarter, we had negative free cash flow of $162 million. This performance was ahead of our expectations. I would remind you, the cash flow will vary from quarter to quarter, impacted by timing, including the day of the week that marks the close of the quarter. We continue to expect free cash flow of approximately $2.8 billion to $3 billion for fiscal 2020.

Investment in growth opportunities remains a key priority for McKesson. During the quarter, we made $111 million of capital expenditures and spent $46 million on acquisition and we continue to focus on internal investments in areas such as data analytics and information security. We used cash in the quarter to continue returning value to our shareholders. We repurchased $684 million in common stock and have $2.8 billion remaining on our share repurchase authorization. We also paid $75 million in dividends in the quarter. And yesterday, the Board approved an increase to our quarterly dividend of $0.02 so $0.41, an increase of 5% which we payable to shareholders in October.

In closing, we are pleased with the strong start to the year. In the first quarter, we had growth across the majority of our businesses, which more than offset the weakness in the retail pharmacy market in the UK. Our results for the first quarter, which include an unplanned one-time benefit of $0.10 have given us confidence in our full-year fiscal '20 outlook. As a result, we are increasing our adjusted earnings guidance by $0.15 to range of $14 to $14.60 per diluted share, which represents solid growth of approximately 5% at the midpoint versus fiscal 2019.

I would remind you that we do not provide quarterly guidance. However, to better inform your modeling, we continue to expect the percentage of adjusted earnings per diluted share in the first half of the year as compared to the second half to be similar to fiscal '19. Overall, we're pleased with the focus, the execution of the performance across the company. We're off to a great start in fiscal 2020.

And with that, Brian and I are happy to take your questions.

Questions and Answers:

Operator

Thank you. [Operator Instructions] And our first question comes from Lisa Gill with JPMorgan.

Lisa Gill -- JPMorgan.

Thanks very much and good afternoon, congratulations on a nice start to the year. Brian, I know that it just came out this new save importation action plan. But just seeing in Canada, how realistic is this that the manufacturers are going to allow product to go to Canada and then come back to the US and just given the size of the Canadian market? And what role do you think that McKesson can play as the largest distributor in Canada to make sure that one product that is meant for Canada, stays in Canada and two anything that does potentially come back to the states is face[Phonetic]?

Brian Tyler -- McKesson Corporation

Thank you, Lisa for the question. We do think McKesson is in a uniquely informed position given our business in Canada and our presence here in the US obviously. There were two tracks discussed in the plan that came out today. I will say -- I was encouraged by the fact that it was a invitation for industry and industry participants to bring their perspectives and knowledge into the discussion and we will plan to be actively engaged in that. Our first and foremost responsibility and priority will be the safety and security of the supply chain, both in the US and in Canada. Now you rightly point out the Canadian market from a population standpoint is less than a tenth of the US. And I suppose that various manufacturers will adopt various perspectives on what they may or may not do, we will carefully evaluate with various industry partners what the opportunity may be. But the overarching goal will be safety and security for citizens, both north and south of the Canadian US border.

Lisa Gill -- JPMorgan.

And then just as a follow-up clearly what they're trying to solve for here is overall drug pricing. You or Britt, can you talk about what we saw in the quarter around drug price inflation on the branded side as well as the generic side, clearly quarterly results coming better and better, especially on the drive distribution US component of the business. So just wondering, some of the key drivers there as well what you're seeing on both inflation deflation and generics branded?

Britt Vitalone -- Chief Financial Officer

Thanks for that question, Lisa. I'll start and Brian can add, as we talked about and Brian remarks on the branded side. What we saw from an inflation perspective was right along in line with our expectations. As you know the first quarter is generally a softer quarter for brand inflation historically and what we saw this quarter was really in line with our expectations. And as we think about the full year, we are reaffirming our guidance of mid single-digit inflation on the branded side.

On the generic side, we continue to be very pleased with the performance of our sourcing operation for S1. What we've seen thus far in terms of our sourcing performance is right in line with our expectations. And on the sell side as Brian mentioned, we continue to see a competitive market, but we continue to see a stable market. And so we're pleased with our ability to continue to source very competitively, which is certainly benefiting our customers and we're certainly pleased with the ability to bring that to the sell side, and our customers.

Lisa Gill -- JPMorgan.

Great, thanks for the comments.

Operator

And next will be Michael Cherny with Bank of America.

Michael Cherny -- Bank of America

Thanks for all the comments so far. Britt I want to dive in a little bit more into the US Pharma performance maybe as a microcosm for the rest of the business, it seems like just given the sheer magnitude of the performance and the outperformance on revenue relative [Indecipherable]your guidance that a lot of it has to be driven by pharma. That being said, we didn't see a ton of gross margin pull through that might be splitting hairs a little bit here. But can you talk a little bit about the dynamics in terms of what was the rationale for the slower gross profit growth relative to the revenue growth?

Britt Vitalone -- Chief Financial Officer

Sure. Thanks for the question. As I mentioned in my comments, some of the revenue growth that we saw came from some of our largest national retail customers. And as you might expect, they don't generate as greater contribution to gross profit. We did see broad based strong performance across the segment not only with our largest national retail customers, but we saw a good performance in our health systems segment and we continue to see very strong performance in our specialty business, so we're quite pleased with that.

The overall in the segment while our gross profit was lower on a consolidated basis within our US Specialty Solutions segment, we saw very good performance at the adjusted operating profit line. So we're very pleased with the performance, we saw a very broad-based performance across that segment and we think that we're well positioned to continue and achieve our guidance for the rest of the year.

Michael Cherny -- Bank of America

And just on the contribution from change, is the way to think about the fact that the numbers didn't change despite the fact that you had lower ownership stake versus guidance, simply driven by the outperformance contribution for 1Q or is there anything else that changed in terms of just the methodology aside from just a pure less ownership stake?

Britt Vitalone -- Chief Financial Officer

I would say that it's a combination of that lower ownership stake being offset by the deleveraging that changed it as a result of raising the funds from the IPO.

Michael Cherny -- Bank of America

Okay. Great, thanks so much.

Operator

And next will be Kevin Caliendo with UBS.

Kevin Caliendo -- UBS

Great, thanks for taking my call. Question around the guidance, you beat by a $0.30, you're only guided up by $0.15. I know you mentioned the EU business is now expected to be at the lower end of the range. You also mentioned corporate expenses are going to be lower. Is there any other delta there is this conservatism, how should we think about the guidance relative to the beat in the quarter?

Brian Tyler -- McKesson Corporation

Sure. So I think there's a couple of things that are Kevin. First of all, we had good performance. We also called out a one-time gain from investment activities that is in within our corporate expenses, that was about $0.10. So while we had strong performance across, really a broad base of our businesses. We did see weaker performance in our European business and we did lower the range for the full year's result of that. We had the one-time unplanned benefit. We had some favorable timing in our corporate expense line, again as we called out beginning of the year, we intend to continue to make investments in our business both on a data & analytics side and in a technology side. So we had strong broad-based performance across the business, we had a one-time gain within our corporate expense line and I think it's early in the year, but we feel very confident and confident enough to raise by $0.15.

Kevin Caliendo -- UBS

Okay. Just a quick follow-up on the medical segment. You gave us the revenues ex MSD, they would have been up 4%. What would be EBIT growth have been ex MSD in medical as soon as we are now lapping it just to give us a little bit of a better view of sort of what that business might look like going forward?

Brian Tyler -- McKesson Corporation

We don't, we don't break that down specifically Kevin. But what I would tell you is, we had strong organic performance within that business. And as I mentioned, we had strong pharmaceutical sales performance as well as continued strong performance in our home delivery business so. And we're pleased with the overall performance of the segment. We're pleased with the execution against the MSD acquisition. And as I mentioned, across the broad base of that business, we had growth in pharmaceuticals, we had growth in our primary care business as well as our home delivery business. So good organic growth as well as the MSD contribution.

Kevin Caliendo -- UBS

Great, thanks so much.

Operator

Next will be Ricky Goldwasser with Morgan Stanley.

Ricky Goldwasser -- Morgan Stanley

Yeah, hi, good evening. So some thought questions here on the guidance, so obviously you had a very good performance on the top line, but when we look at your US Pharmaceutical and Specialty Solutions guidance for the remainder of the year, it would suggest that revenues are going to normalize where we are getting to around four plus four to negative 1% on the revenue and on the operating profit as well can affect negative to about 3.3% growth. So was there any kind of like a pull forward of revenues this quarter, that's going to normalize for the remainder of the year or what kind of like drove that strength, I understand that it's your largest customers, but if you can give us some more color behind that?

Britt Vitalone -- Chief Financial Officer

Sure. Thanks. Ricky. There is nothing unusual about the revenue development in the quarter is nothing that I would call out as a pull-forward to use your terminology. And we had very strong performance, it was primarily in our largest retail national accounts. But again as I mentioned, we had broad base of revenue growth across the business. But one thing I would point out about our adjusted operating profit for the quarter as as I talked about in my opening remarks. Last year, we did have the opioid litigation costs that were included in that segment's results. And as I mentioned, we recorded $15 million last year for the New York State assessment. So I think you should factor that in. We're very pleased with the performance. We continue to expect to see growth in this segment for the remainder of the year and we're very pleased with the revenue development.

Ricky Goldwasser -- Morgan Stanley

Okay. So let me ask a follow-up on Specialty. I think this is kind of like the third quarter as both you and your peers are highlighting the strength in specialty is benefiting results. So can you just share with us a little bit more color on, especially in whether you've seen any contractual changes in the last year that would explain the improvement in benefit because I'm assuming that it's not coming from branded inflation, so how should we think about that benefit and how should we think about the sustainability of that benefit? And I think that historically you talked about specialty margin is being below traditional branded drugs. Is that still the case or should we would assume that margins has rerated higher?

Brian Tyler -- McKesson Corporation

I'll take this one and Birtt can jump in if he'd like. So when you think about the specialty as a segment, and it's obviously the pipeline of innovation continues to be heavily slanted toward these types of products. In the old legacy core US pharma business, the margin profiles and structures, you'd be accustomed to. I would characterize is still being in place and so while we do benefit from that specialty growth through good volumes and it is beneficial for us on the gross profit line. It does continue to be modestly dilutive to the rate. I would remind you though, we also have a very good business in the community setting related to specialty products and that's both our US Oncology network and our unaffiliated community provider business and those are the businesses where we continue to see really good momentum really good growth and benefit from the pipeline of both innovative products and frankly biosimilars as they emerge and come to market. And we have a very robust value proposition, obviously a complete value proposition in the case of US Oncology and then a wide assortment of tools and services we offer to the unaffiliated community providers. And we think that that value proposition continues to earn us the right and the ability to grow and to benefit from the specialty pharmaceutical pipeline in general.

Operator

And next will be Ross Muken with Evercore ISI.

Ross Muken -- Evercore ISI

Good afternoon, guys. So I just wanted to go back to kind of the change in other math again because I don't think I have it straight. So in terms of the $108 million versus the prior year and then, and that's for change, and then sort of the full year guide. I'm not sure I understand sort of what caused up step in cadence and then sort of the notable down. So I know the ownership percentage is changing, but it's still seem like a big delta. And I'm guessing that's essentially what caused the spike in the other segment profit. So I'm just trying to figure out sort of why that cadence was kind of funkier then what I think one would have expected?

Britt Vitalone -- Chief Financial Officer

Sure. Thanks for the question. Ross. So let me start with just the other segment just generally. Within that segment, we have our Canadian business, we have our MRxTS businesses which are very strong businesses and growing very well for us and we have our change our equity investment in change. At first I'd I'd point out that our Canadian business continued to perform well, we certainly talked about the impact from the generic legislation at the beginning of the year and that team really did a great job of mitigating and we're pleased with the performance of Canada.

Our MRxTS businesses continue to grow very well and we're continue to make investments in those businesses. Within our change asset, we did have the ownership change from 70% to 58.5% effective in our second quarter. And in that second quarter you will also see the impact from the de-levering. Within the first quarter, though there are a couple of things that I would point out, first of all change had as most companies had the implementation of the revenue recognition standard and that created a timing element for the year. For the full year it's not going to have an impact on McKesson. But it does have an impact earlier favorable impact earlier in the year and then that reversed out as the year goes on. And then of course as you think about that business, there is a mix of of income between taxable and non-taxable depending on the legal entity. So, what I would say is primarily for the first quarter, you see some timing impact from the revenue recognition standard and you see a mix of income between the entities of taxable and non-taxable.

Ross Muken -- Evercore ISI

Got it. And then maybe just thinking about sort of maybe business development activity or the M&A side of things. A lot of things and services including your own asset obviously have challenging multiples. There's a lot of political wins going on. I guess how do you sort of frame, what's the right time to be more active again on sort of tuck-in M&A and how the risk reward sort of is there versus just continuing to buy your own equity which given its cash flow yield, it seems like a reasonable investment?

Brian Tyler -- McKesson Corporation

Yeah, thanks for the question. And I think we would characterize our M&A activity in recent quarters of being relatively light that doesn't mean that we're out of that space. I mean, I think when you think about capital allocation, we're always very focused on one of the opportunities to deploy capital to build platforms and businesses and services for sustainable growth over the long-term. We are being very diligent to make sure that as we look at this process that is guided by our strategy, that's guided by our focal areas, that's guided by the markets and segments where we think we have good businesses, strong teams, the right to win and anywhere in those segments, we can find assets that are complementary and accelerate and an accelerant to our business, we're quite interested in those. We obviously consider alternative uses of capital and returns of the capital in making those calculations and final determinations of what's the best way to deploy that capital on behalf of our shareholders. So we continue to be active. We continue to be in deal flow. We continue to look carefully at the landscape with an eye to make sure it's aligned strategically that it's an investment that an accelerant and that is the smartest way to deploy capital across the various uses of capital, we have.

Ross Muken -- Evercore ISI

Thanks guys.

Operator

And moving on to Stephen Baxter with Wolfe Research.

Stephen Baxter -- Wolfe Research -- Analyst

Hi, thanks for the question. I wanted to ask about the sell side environment. You've said in the past and in general your contracts last about three years. So it appears you would be coming up against some of the independent pharmacy contracts that renewed during 2016. Can you give us -- it would be helpful if you could give us a sense of what proportion of those contracts have been addressed at this point and also any color you can provide on with the discussions look like in terms of helping your pharmacy partners deal with the pressure they are under would be very helpful? Thanks.

Brian Tyler -- McKesson Corporation

Yeah. So typically as we've talked about, we would renew roughly a third of our contracts in any one given year. We recently got through to big retail national account renewals successfully which was great news. And I'd say, I'd characterize this year is having a fairly normal portfolio of of renewals and renewal activity. So I wouldn't point to anything particularly unusual in that regard. So we work with our partners over the life of these contracts, we're typically engaging in day-to-day discussions. We begin conversations well in advance of any sort of sudden renewal activity. So we really view it as kind of an ongoing dialogue and an ongoing partnership over the course of these contracts and you'd be well familiar with our track record of renewing these particularly larger deals. As it relates to independents in general and what are we doing to help independents, I would say independent is probably long been at the core of McKesson as a company, it's key part of our commitment to community practices, we think being central to addressing the access cost and quality issues this country faces the independent, continue to benefit from the programs and services that we invest in, they can choose to consume that and a sort of all encompassing way through a relationship with Health Mart and and our Access reimbursement services that come along with that. But we are constantly looking at how we innovate for them both and how they interact with their patients, how they attract patients and draw footfall to their stores, how they monetize that footfall both in front and behind the counter. And we work with them day in day out and just efficiency of the operation of their business. Community Pharmacy today feels reimbursement pressure, it felt that pressure every year. I've been in the business and that's almost 23 years now. So we partner with them very closely to help ensure their position to survive and adapt and innovate, and independent community pharmacies do tend to be creative individual business folks who find ways to meet unmet needs in the communities they serve.

Stephen Baxter -- Wolfe Research

Okay, thanks. I appreciate the color. And then just one quickly on capital deployment and the pacing of share repurchase. So it looks like if you carry this magnitude of share repurchase through the balance of the year, you'd end up with something a few million shares below where your guidance is which looks like 185 million shares unchanged versus previous. So I was wondering if you could help us understand the progression of share repurchase and how you guys approach the balance between opportunism and planned activity throughout the year? Thanks.

Britt Vitalone -- Chief Financial Officer

Yeah, thanks for the question. I would just reaffirm that we've not changed our assumption on our diluted shares for the end of the year. We don't have a set amount that you should think about for modeling to take it from quarter to quarter. We think about capital deployment and as Brian mentioned, we think about it opportunities on strategy and where we have opportunities to invest on strategy or invest internally, we do that. And certainly, we've had an opportunity this quarter to return more to our shareholders. So we make those decisions on a regular basis. But in terms of our guide on shares for the end of the year, we've not changed that.

Operator

And our next question comes from Eric Percher with Nephron Research.

Eric Percher -- Nephron Research

Thank you. I'd like to go back to the gross margin question and maybe given the comments around independents. I know that was one segment that hasn't been driving the same contribution that some of the other areas, the retail nationals and other less profitable accounts maybe, as you think about the growth in revenue and what that translates into at a gross profit growth level at a period of time where independents aren't driving it and a period of time where generic contributions aren't as high, what do you see as a natural growth rate?

Britt Vitalone -- Chief Financial Officer

Well, Eric, what I would point to is if you look at our consolidated gross margin, there is multiple factors to consider in here. And one of the things that impacted our gross margin in the quarter was the weak retail results in our UK business within Europe. And clearly, we had a large proportion of revenue being driven by our largest retail national account. We had a very broad base of revenue growth across our business. And overall I would just say that one of the things that impacted to the negative side was not only the mix of revenue, but the impact from a weak retail environment in the UK. We think about our independent customers within US Pharma. We haven't seen anything different this quarter from the previous couple of quarters, because I don't know that there's anything really to call out specific about that.

Brian Tyler -- McKesson Corporation

Yeah, when we look at the kind of reimbursement environment that retail independents are facing, I think we talked last quarter about the fact that if we look at our data, we really see an aggregate a very normal headwind that has been established something that's kind of been consistent with prior years. And on average, that's a true statement. Now within that average, there are based on patient mix and contracts, the government, private, commercial, product mix and really the patient population in your in catchment area, you can see some winners and some losers. But on a blended way it really feels like a steady, the same steady reimbursement headwind we've been accustomed to.

Eric Percher -- Nephron Research

So I think we see that and certainly the headwind in international and gross margin is evident. But my question is really where we don't see in at a distribution and Specialty segment level, what are your thoughts on the ability to drive gross profit growth relative to revenue growth, that's really the question I was getting at?

Britt Vitalone -- Chief Financial Officer

Well, as we've talked about previously, Eric. The growth of specialty products is going to have a dilutive impact on the rate. It's certainly very good for us from a margin dollars perspective. As I think about that the US Pharma and Specialty Solutions business, again, it's a business that is broad based from a distribution perspective, both in the nature of the products in the customers, but also the specialty businesses that Brian talked about our US oncology asset, our provider base that we have and also the manufacturing life capabilities, the services that we provide to the manufacture those also add to our gross margin profile. So I think about our distribution business is very scale, certainly is impacted by the product mix. But the fact that it's broad-based in terms of our US Oncology asset or other specialty assets and then our manufacturer services assets, I think that really does give us the opportunity to develop that gross profit overtime.

Eric Percher -- Nephron Research

Thank you.

Operator

And our next question will come from Brian Tanquilut,with Jefferies.

Brian Tanquilut -- Jefferies

Hey, good afternoon, guys. Congratulations. Britt just want to follow-up on Ricky's question from earlier clarify that question again. So you put up an 8% growth number in the US for Q1 and yet you're maintaining the guidance calling low to mid single digits. So is there anything we should be thinking about that could drive a deceleration in growth. I mean you've talked about specialty being strong or is there anything to call out there?

Britt Vitalone -- Chief Financial Officer

Yes, I would the thing that I would point out is I think we saw a larger proportion of revenue from our largest retail national accounts in the quarter. We still expect to see very strong revenue growth in the mid single digit range for the year. I think as you just think about the quarterization of that, we saw it a larger proportion of that coming from our largest accounts and that had obviously a very favorable impact in the quarter.

Brian Tanquilut -- Jefferies

All right. Got it. Thanks guys.

Britt Vitalone -- Chief Financial Officer

Thanks, Brian.

Operator

Our next question will come from Robert Jones with Goldman Sachs.

Robert Jones -- Goldman Sachs

Great, thanks for the questions. I guess similar one Britt on the corporate expense side. You're pointing toward the lower end but just looking at where you ended up in the quarter, it still seems like quite a big ramp through the year to get there. Anything you know of or that you anticipate on the corporate expense side that it would be terribly different than what we saw in the quarter. And then I guess Brian just I'll throw my follow-up out there. I'm sorry if I missed this in the prepared remarks, but large proposed generic merger out there. Curious if or how impactful that would be on not only ClarusONE but on McKesson in general if you had a view that would be great? Thanks.

Britt Vitalone -- Chief Financial Officer

Thanks for the question. I'll start and then I'll turn it over to Brian as we think of our corporate expenses at the beginning of the year, we talked about the things that are driving the higher corporate expense year-over-year. We talked about the increase in opioid litigation costs. We talked about the increased investments that we were making in technology particularly infrastructure and data and analytics. We still intend to make those investments throughout the year. We had a favorable timing related impact in the first quarter but our intention is to continue to invest in those

capabilities as we go throughout the rest of the year. We also in my remarks, I talked about our opioid litigation cost projection for the full-year still remaining at $150 million. And then the thing that I did talk about that is included on our corporate expenses was the one-time benefit we had from investing activities which reduced our corporate expenses in the quarter and that allowed us to take our guide corporate expenses down to the low end of the range that we provided at the beginning of the year.

Brian Tyler -- McKesson Corporation

Robert to your second question, we actually did not comment on this, I think in our opening remarks. So thank you for the question on the Pfizer-Mylan merger. So I would start by saying that these we have strong relationships with both of these organizations and they've been important partners for us. And if McKesson and in ClarusONE, the rationale for the merger as I understand it is broadening of the portfolio, there is some cost synergy, some efficiency. And frankly at the scale that we operate and by being partners with large scale healthy organizations that are capable of continuity of supply and competitive pricing can be a good thing. So we'll evaluate how this merger comes together. We'll continue to be a dialog with them, but it wouldn't say it poses any M&A concerns from our perspective.

Operator

And our next question will come from Charles Rhyee with Cowen and Company.

Charles Rhyee -- Cowen and Company

Yes, hey thanks for taking questions. And I think you touched on biosimilars being a benefit particularly in the oncology network. Can you talk about sort of your outlook here? I think there's some talks about I think insulin moving over to jurisdiction by the -- I guess with the biologics group and FDA, CIBR and that could pave the way for interchangeability on at least with biosimilars insulin. Maybe your thoughts on where you're seeing sort of that regulatory landscape right now and how you think about that opportunity and what it means further down the road for you?

Brian Tyler -- McKesson Corporation

Well, I mean the biosimilar landscape in general, we feel pretty positive about more choices, more substitute ability or interchangeability that gives clinician, the more choices, hopefully gives, it helps addressed cost challenges we see in the marketplace. And we think with the footprint of providers that we have in the community, we're particularly well positioned to take advantage of those trends. So we also continue to work with innovators, first and foremost, as we think about these if the patient outcome is a clinical-oriented decision is what product is best in the formulary to meet the clinical needs to the extent, there are a variety of choices and interchangeability that tends to be good for a company like us with the markets and channels that we serve that choice tends to be a positive thing for us.

Charles Rhyee -- Cowen and Company

Is that something that you think is coming close in that you're trying to plan ahead of that or is that you feel there is still a ways off?

Brian Tyler -- McKesson Corporation

That's really hard to comment on what the regulatory pathways will be and timing and our recent experience in policy arena tells us anything, it's very difficult to forecast. What may come out, there's lots of discussion, what they come out ultimately and what it may look like in its final form, it would be -- it would probably not be in my best judgement to try to predict that for you.

Charles Rhyee -- Cowen and Company

Okay, fair enough. And just one last question, you talked about the FX impact being sort of net neutral. But if I look, it seems like, particularly the pound and the euro have been getting weaker relative to the dollar, how are you guys thinking about that or sort of what's your expectations around that? Thanks.

Britt Vitalone -- Chief Financial Officer

Yes, I don't want to predict the direction of the pound. On a consolidated basis, it doesn't have a material impact. But as I called out, it did have an impact on revenues within the Europe segment for the quarter. So obviously we'll watch that very carefully, but as we think about it on a consolidated basis, we don't see an impact.

Charles Rhyee -- Cowen and Company

Great, thank you.

Holly Weiss -- Senior Vice President, Investor Relations

Operator, we have time for one more question.

Operator

Certainly that question will come from Eric Coldwell with Robert W. Baird.

Eric Coldwell -- Robert W. Baird

Hey, thanks very much and good evening. Most of my main ones recovered but I'll shift gears a bit, I would like your thoughts on generic introductions for the rest of the year if possible, expected to be a good guy or a bad guy to profitability on a year-over-year basis and then specifically if I dare ask Lyrica comes out with roughly 10 manufacturer is a very low initial price. How did that impact pretty big product, how did that impact your thinking on generic profitability in trends in that market seeing so many manufacturers launch it such a deep discount to the brand?

Brian Tyler -- McKesson Corporation

Yes, thanks for that question. Generic launches as we've talked about do not have the size of impact that they used to have -- they have a modest impact on our profitability. So we don't see that having any change from our previous views on that. In terms of Lyrica, we are very fortunate to have a strong sourcing organization like ClarusONE where we can partner with multiple manufacturers. We don't see that Lyrica is going to change the direction of our generics profitability will certainly be a benefit for us and it will certainly be a benefit from our customers, but it will have a modest impact at most.

Eric Coldwell -- Robert W. Baird

Great.

Brian Tyler -- McKesson Corporation

Well, thank you, everyone for your questions, and thank you, Justin for facilitating this call. I want to thank everyone on the call today for your time. McKesson is off to a strong start for our fiscal 2020 and I'm really excited about the opportunities ahead of us. I do want to take a minute to recognize the outstanding performance of really all of the McKesson employees and team members and their contributions to help our customers improve lives and deliver opportunities to make better health possible. So thank you team McKesson. Have a good evening everyone.

Operator

[Operator Closing Remarks]

Duration: 61 minutes

Call participants:

Holly Weiss -- Senior Vice President, Investor Relations

Brian Tyler -- McKesson Corporation

Britt Vitalone -- Chief Financial Officer

Lisa Gill -- JPMorgan.

Michael Cherny -- Bank of America

Kevin Caliendo -- UBS

Ricky Goldwasser -- Morgan Stanley

Ross Muken -- Evercore ISI

Stephen Baxter -- Wolfe Research -- Analyst

Stephen Baxter -- Wolfe Research

Eric Percher -- Nephron Research

Brian Tanquilut -- Jefferies

Robert Jones -- Goldman Sachs

Charles Rhyee -- Cowen and Company

Eric Coldwell -- Robert W. Baird

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