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Stryker Corporation SYK reported first-quarter 2021 adjusted earnings per share (EPS) of $1.93, which missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.98 by 2.5%. However, the bottom line improved 4.9% year over year.
The Michigan-based medical device company reported revenues of $3.95 billion, which lagged the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 0.2%. Nonetheless, the top line increased 10.2% on a year-over-year basis and 8% at constant currency (cc).
Revenues by Geography
Revenues in United States were $2.78 billion, up 5.3% year over year. International sales were up 23.7% to $1.17 billion.
Orthopaedics: In the quarter under review, revenues in the segment totaled $1.48 billion, up 21.4% year over year. The segment’s revenues rose 18.7% at cc. The upside can be attributed to strong performance at the Trauma and Extremities and Other sub segments, and growth in Mako.
MedSurg: This segment reported sales of $1.62 billion, which remained flat on year-over-year basis. Sales at the segment declined 1.6% at cc. Per management, the segment decreased 1.6% organically in the reported quarter.
Stryker Corporation Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise
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Neurotechnology and Spine: Sales in the segment amounted to $848 million, up 14% year over year and 11.3% at cc. Organically, the segment witnessed a rise of 11.3%. Per management, the upside can be attributed to double-digit growth in the company’s Interventional spine, neurosurgical and ENT businesses. Also, growth (27%) in Stryker’s neurovascular business contributed to the improvement.
In the first quarter, adjusted gross profit totaled $2.59 billion, up 10.5% from the year-ago quarter. Adjusted gross margin was 65.4%, up 10 basis points (bps).
Adjusted operating income amounted to $928 million, up 7.7% from the prior-year quarter. Adjusted operating margin was 23.5%, down 50 bps.
The company exited the first quarter with cash and cash equivalents of $2.24 billion, compared with $2.94 billion in the prior quarter.
Net cash provided by operating activities in the first quarter were $452 million, reflecting a decrease of 23.5% from the year-ago period.
The company will continue to track and evaluate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on its operations and financial results. With the ongoing recovery from the pandemic, Stryker anticipates organic net sales growth between 8% and 10% from that of 2019 (since 2019 reflects a more normal baseline compared to the variability witnessed throughout 2020).
Adjusted EPS is projected in the band of $9.05 to $9.30 (which includes impact of the buyout of Wright Medical for the full year). The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the same is pegged at $9.05.
Stryker exited first-quarter 2021 on a weak note, wherein both earnings and revenues missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate. Nonetheless, the company witnessed strong performance across Orthopaedics and Neurotechnology and Spine segments. Growth in international sales is also a positive. Further, expansion in gross margin in the reported quarter buoys optimism.
The company remains committed to continued advancement of its new product pipelines. Per management, it anticipates the momentum gained during the first quarter to sustain and is optimistic about the Wright Medical buyout that is progressing ahead of its expectations.
However, Stryker continues to grapple with pricing pressure. Also, contraction in operating margin is a negative. Stiff competition in the MedTech space also remains a concern.
Stryker currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
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The Zacks Consensus Estimate for Omnicell’s first-quarter 2021 EPS is currently pegged at 67 cents, indicating growth of 1.5% from the year-ago reported figure. The same for revenues stands at $245.4 million, indicating growth of 6.8% from the year-ago reported figure.
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