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Edwards Lifesciences Reports First Quarter Results

Posted: April 27, 2016 12:15 am (UTC)

IRVINE, Calif., April 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Edwards Lifesciences Corporation (NYSE: EW), the global leader in patient-focused innovations for structural heart disease and critical care monitoring, today reported financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2016.

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First Quarter Highlights:

     --  Sales grew 18.1% to $697.3 million, and underlying(1) sales were up         19.7%     --  THVT sales grew 37.0%, and underlying sales were up 38.3%     --  GAAP EPS was $0.66, an increase of 17.9%, and adjusted(2) EPS grew 24.6%         to $0.71     --  2016 sales guidance raised to $2.7 - $3.0 billion from $2.6 - $2.85         billion     --  2016 THVT sales guidance raised to $1.4 - $1.6 billion; underlying         growth >25%     --  2016 adjusted EPS guidance increased to $2.67 - $2.77 

"We are very pleased to report a strong start to 2016," said Michael A. Mussallem, chairman and CEO. "Significant transcatheter heart valve sales once again drove the majority of this quarter's growth, with solid performance in our core businesses, in particular Critical Care. We are also pleased to report strong bottom line results while aggressively investing in new therapies that can have a meaningful future impact. And, most importantly, even more patients are benefiting from our life saving technologies than ever before."

First Quarter 2016 Results

Sales for the quarter ended March 31, 2016 were $697.3 million. U.S. and international segment sales for the first quarter were $375.6 million and $321.7 million, respectively. On an underlying basis, sales grew 19.7 percent over the first quarter last year. Net income for the quarter ended March 31, 2016 was $143.0 million, or $0.66 per diluted share.

For the first quarter, the company reported Transcatheter Heart Valve Therapy (THVT) sales of $367.8 million, a 37.0 percent growth rate over the first quarter last year, or $366.1 million and 38.3 percent growth on an underlying basis. Growth was led by continued strong therapy adoption in the U.S.

In the U.S., THVT sales for the quarter were $216.4 million. On an underlying basis, sales were $214.7 million and grew 64.1 percent compared to the prior year period.

"Our THVT performance was driven primarily by strong procedure growth, which continued to exceed our expectations, and was aided by the recent U.S. launch of our SAPIEN 3 valve," said Mussallem.

Surgical Heart Valve Therapy product group sales for the quarter were $195.9 million. Reported sales decreased 0.5 percent compared to the first quarter last year, and were up slightly over the prior year on an underlying basis. Globally, sales were lifted by an increase in surgical heart valve units, which the company believes was primarily driven by greater aortic disease awareness that prompted a larger number of surgical procedures, but were offset by the ongoing exit of non-strategic cannula products.

Critical Care product group sales were $133.6 million for the quarter, representing an increase of 7.0 percent versus last year, or 9.1 percent on an underlying basis. Overall growth for the quarter was strong in the company's core products and its Enhanced Surgical Recovery program.

For the quarter, the company's gross profit margin was 74.1 percent, compared to 77.0 percent in the same period last year. This expected decrease was driven primarily by the foreign exchange impact from inventories sold internationally and higher spending in global manufacturing operations, partially offset by a more favorable product mix.

Selling, general and administrative expenses increased to $212.7 million for the quarter, or 30.5 percent of sales. This increase was driven primarily by sales and marketing expenses related to transcatheter valves. This was partially offset by the suspension of the Medical Device Excise Tax (MDET), as well as the favorable foreign exchange impact on expenses outside the U.S.

Research and development investments for the quarter increased to $102.4 million compared to $86.4 million in the prior year period. This increase was primarily the result of continued investments in the company's transcatheter mitral and aortic valve programs. The suspension of the MDET provided additional flexibility to accelerate investments in structural heart initiatives.

Cash flow from operating activities for the quarter was $107.1 million. After capital spending of $27.7 million, free cash flow was $79.4 million.

Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments totaled $951.8 million at March 31, 2016. Total debt was $602.2 million.

Outlook

For the full year 2016, the company now expects sales to be between $2.7 and $3.0 billion due to the strong first quarter momentum, a planned earlier U.S. indication expansion for the SAPIEN 3 valve, and an anticipated positive impact from foreign exchange. With this increase in sales guidance, the company now expects adjusted earnings per share to be between $2.67 and $2.77.

For the second quarter of 2016, at current foreign exchange rates, the company projects sales to be between $700 and $740 million, and adjusted earnings per share to be between $0.67 and $0.73.

"Our strong start to 2016 positions us well for another successful year," said Mussallem. "We are enthusiastic about the continued expansion of transcatheter-based therapies for the many structural heart patients still in need. We are confident in our outlook for strong sales growth, and we remain passionate about developing impactful therapies to help more patients around the world."

About Edwards Lifesciences

Edwards Lifesciences, based in Irvine, Calif., is the global leader in patient-focused medical innovations for structural heart disease, as well as critical care and surgical monitoring. Driven by a passion to help patients, the company collaborates with the world's leading clinicians and researchers to address unmet healthcare needs, working to improve patient outcomes and enhance lives. For more information, visit www.Edwards.com and follow us on Twitter at @EdwardsLifesci.

Conference Call and Webcast Information

Edwards Lifesciences will be hosting a conference call today at 2:00 p.m. PT to discuss its first quarter results. To participate in the conference call, dial (877) 407-8037 or (201) 689-8037. For 72 hours following the call, an audio replay can be accessed by dialing (877) 660-6853 or (201) 612-7415 and using conference number 13633520. The call will also be available via live or archived webcast on the "Investor Relations" section of the Edwards web site at ir.edwards.com or www.edwards.com. A live stream and archived replay can also be accessed via mobile devices by downloading Edwards' IR App for iPhone and iPad or Android.

This news release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These forward-looking statements can sometimes be identified by the use of words such as "may," "will," "should," "anticipate," "believe," "plan," "project," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "guidance," "outlook," "optimistic," "aspire," "confident" or other forms of these words or similar expressions and include, but are not limited to, statements made by Mr. Mussallem and information in the Outlook section, including the company's financial guidance, and expectations for trends in therapy adoption. Forward-looking statements are based on estimates and assumptions made by management of the company and are believed to be reasonable, though they are inherently uncertain and difficult to predict. Our forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made and we do not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date of the statement. If the company does update or correct one or more of these statements, investors and others should not conclude that the company will make additional updates or corrections.

Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results or experience to differ materially from that expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results or experience to differ materially from that expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements include uncertainties associated with new product launches, competitive dynamics and therapy expansion, particularly for THV; the timing and extent of regulatory approvals and reimbursement levels for our products; the company's success in developing new products and avoiding manufacturing and quality issues; the impact of currency exchange rates and related currency hedge contracts; the timing or results of pending or future clinical trials; actions by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and other regulatory agencies; unexpected litigation results or expenses; and other risks detailed in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015. These filings, along with important safety information about our products, may be found at edwards.com.

Edwards, Edwards Lifesciences, the stylized E logo, Edwards SAPIEN, Edwards SAPIEN 3, Enhanced Surgical Recovery Program, SAPIEN and SAPIEN 3 are trademarks of Edwards Lifesciences Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

[1] "Underlying" amounts are non-GAAP items and in this press release exclude foreign exchange fluctuations and the THVT sales return reserve. See the Non-GAAP Financial Information page and reconciliation tables below.

[2] Adjusted earnings per share is a non-GAAP item and excludes the impact of the THVT product exchange, amortization expense, and gains and losses from special items, such as significant investments, impairments, litigation and business development transactions.

      EDWARDS LIFESCIENCES CORPORATION      Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Operations      (in millions, except per share data)                                                    Three Months Ended                                                       March 31,                                                       ---------                                                 2016                 2015                                                ----                 ----      Net sales                                          $697.3                   $590.3      Cost of sales                             180.3                       136.0                                               -----                       -----       Gross profit                              517.0                       454.3       Selling, general, and      administrative      expenses                                 212.7                       202.5      Research and      development expenses                     102.4                        86.4      Intellectual property      litigation expenses                       12.2                         0.3      Interest expense, net                       2.4                         2.4      Other expense, net                          4.0                         0.2                                                 ---                         ---       Income before      provision for income      taxes                                    183.3                       162.5       Provision for income      taxes                                     40.3                        39.1                                                ----                        ----       Net income                                         $143.0                   $123.4                                                        ======                   ======       Earnings per share: (A)     ----------------------      Basic                                               $0.67                    $0.57      Diluted                                             $0.66                    $0.56       Weighted-average common shares      outstanding:(A)     ------------------------------      Basic                                     213.1                       215.5      Diluted                                   217.8                       220.6       Operating Statistics     --------------------      As a percentage of net sales:      Gross profit                              74.1%                      77.0%      Selling, general, and      administrative      expenses                                 30.5%                      34.3%      Research and      development expenses                     14.7%                      14.6%      Income before      provision for income      taxes                                    26.3%                      27.5%      Net income                                20.5%                      20.9%       Effective tax rate                        22.0%                      24.1% 
       Note: Numbers may not      calculate due to      rounding.       (A) All share and per      share amounts for the      prior year were adjusted      for the December 11, 2015      two-for-one stock      split. 

      EDWARDS LIFESCIENCES CORPORATION      Unaudited Balance Sheets      (in millions)                                            March 31, 2016          December 31, 2015                                          --------------          -----------------      ASSETS       Current assets      Cash and cash equivalents                             $501.4                                $718.4      Short-term investments                        450.4                                 506.3      Accounts and other      receivables, net                             388.5                                 344.1      Inventories, net                              356.6                                 339.9      Prepaid expenses                               48.8                                  45.1      Other current assets                           73.6                                  94.1                                                    ----                                  ----      Total current assets                        1,819.3                               2,047.9       Long-term accounts      receivable, net                                5.8                                   3.6      Long-term investments                         369.2                                 379.9      Property, plant, and      equipment, net                               497.3                                 482.5      Goodwill                                      630.9                                 628.3      Other intangible assets,      net                                          203.7                                 205.4      Deferred income taxes                         196.5                                 180.5      Other assets                                  131.1                                 131.2                                                   -----                                 -----       Total assets                                        $3,853.8                              $4,059.3                                                         ========                              ========       LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY       Current liabilities      Accounts payable and      accrued liabilities                                  $458.3                                $476.2                                                           ------                                ------       Long-term debt                                602.2                                 599.9                                                   -----                                 -----      Other long-term liabilities                   494.0                                 480.1                                                   -----                                 -----       Stockholders' equity      Common stock                                  239.8                                 239.1      Additional paid-in capital                    933.4                                 946.8      Retained earnings                           3,479.8                               3,336.8      Accumulated other      comprehensive loss                         (172.6)                              (182.6)      Treasury stock, at cost                   (2,181.1)                            (1,837.0)                                                --------                              --------      Total stockholders' equity                  2,299.3                               2,503.1                                                 -------                               -------       Total liabilities and      stockholders' equity                               $3,853.8                              $4,059.3                                                         ========                              ======== 

EDWARDS LIFESCIENCES CORPORATION
Non-GAAP Financial Information

To supplement the consolidated financial results prepared in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("GAAP"), the Company uses non-GAAP historical financial measures. The Company uses the term "underlying" when referring to non-GAAP sales information, which excludes foreign exchange fluctuations, adjustments for discontinued and acquired products, and sales return reserves associated with transcatheter heart valve therapy ("THV") product upgrades, and "adjusted" or "excluding special items" to also exclude amortization of intellectual property and gains and losses from special items such as significant investments, impairments, litigation, and business development transactions. Guidance for sales and sales growth rates is provided on an "underlying basis," and projections for diluted earnings per share, net income and growth, gross profit margin, taxes, and free cash flow are also provided on the same non-GAAP (or "excluding special items") basis due to the inherent difficulty in forecasting such items. The Company is not able to provide a reconciliation of these non-GAAP items to expected reported results due to the unknown effect, timing, and potential significance of special charges or gains, and management's inability to forecast charges associated with future transactions and initiatives. Management does not consider the excluded items or adjustments as part of day-to-day business or reflective of the core operational activities of the Company as they result from transactions outside the ordinary course of business.

Management uses non-GAAP financial measures internally for strategic decision making, forecasting future results, and evaluating current performance. These non-GAAP financial measures are used in addition to and in conjunction with results presented in accordance with GAAP and reflect an additional way of viewing aspects of the Company's core operations that, when viewed with its GAAP results, provide a more complete understanding of factors and trends affecting the Company's business. Non-GAAP financial measures are not prepared in accordance with GAAP; therefore, the information is not necessarily comparable to other companies and should be considered as a supplement to, and not as a substitute for, or superior to, the corresponding measures calculated in accordance with GAAP. A reconciliation of non-GAAP historical financial measures to the most comparable GAAP measure is provided in the tables below.

The items described below are adjustments to the GAAP financial results in the reconciliations that follow:

THV Sales Return Reserve and Related Costs – In the first quarter of 2016, the Company recorded a $1.7 million reversal of the sales return reserve ($1.5 million net of related costs) upon delivery of the next-generation THV products in the United States. In addition, in the first quarter of 2016, the Company recorded inventory reserves of $1.6 million related to estimated excess THV inventory expected upon introduction of next-generation THV products in Japan.

Intellectual Property Litigation Expenses – The Company incurred intellectual property litigation expenses of $12.2 million and $0.3 million in the first quarter of 2016 and 2015, respectively.

Amortization of Intellectual Property – The Company recorded $1.7 million and $1.8 million of amortization expense in the first quarter of 2016 and 2015, respectively, related to intellectual property.

Foreign Exchange – Fluctuations in exchange rates impact the comparative results and sales growth rates of the Company's underlying business. Management believes that excluding the impact of foreign exchange rate fluctuations from its sales growth provides investors a more meaningful comparison to historical financial results. The impact of foreign exchange rate fluctuations has been detailed in the "Reconciliation of Sales by Product Group and Region."

      EDWARDS LIFESCIENCES CORPORATION      Unaudited Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Information      (in millions, except per share data)       RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO ADJUSTED NET INCOME     ---------------------------------------------                                                                       Three Months Ended                                                                         March 31,                                                                         ---------                                                                     2016                2015                                                                    ----                ----      GAAP Net Income                                                        $143.0                  $123.4      Growth Rate %                                               15.9%       Non-GAAP      adjustments: (A)     -----------------      THV sales return      reserve and related      costs                                                          0.1                          -      Intellectual property      litigation expenses                                           12.2                        0.3      Amortization of      intellectual      property                                                       1.7                        1.8       Provision for income      taxes      Tax effect on      reconciling items      (B)                                                          (3.4)                     (0.5)      Adjusted Net Income                                                    $153.6                  $125.0                                                                            ======                  ======      Growth Rate %                                               22.9%       RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO ADJUSTED DILUTED EARNINGS PER SHARE     -------------------------------------------------------------       GAAP Diluted Earnings      Per Share (C)                                                          $0.66                   $0.56      Growth Rate %                                               17.9%       Non-GAAP      adjustments: (A),      (D)     ------------------      Intellectual property      litigation expenses                                           0.04                          -      Amortization of      intellectual      property                                                      0.01                       0.01      Adjusted Diluted      Earnings Per Share                                                     $0.71                   $0.57                                                                             =====                   =====      Growth Rate %                                               24.6% 
       Note: Numbers may not      calculate due to rounding.       (A) See description of non-      GAAP adjustments on the "Non-      GAAP Financial Information"      page.       (B) The tax effect on non-      GAAP adjustments is      calculated based upon the      impact of the relevant tax      jurisdictions' statutory tax      rates on the Company's      estimated annual effective      tax rate, or discrete rate in      the quarter, as applicable.       (C) All per share amounts for      the prior year were adjusted      for the December 11, 2015      two-for-one stock split.       (D) All amounts are tax      effected, calculated based      upon the impact of the      relevant tax jurisdictions'      statutory tax rates on the      Company's estimated annual      effective tax rate, or      discrete rate in the quarter,      as applicable. 

      EDWARDS LIFESCIENCES CORPORATION      Unaudited Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Information      ($ in millions)       THV UNITED STATES UNDERLYING SALES GROWTH     -----------------------------------------                                                         Three Months Ended                                                            March 31,                                                            ---------                                                       2016                2015                                                      ----                ----      THV United States GAAP      Sales                                                    $216.4              $130.8      Adjustment for THV sales      return reserve                                 (1.7)                      -                                                      ----                     ---      THV United States      Underlying Sales                                         $214.7              $130.8                                                               ======              ======      Underlying Growth Rate %                      64.1% 

      EDWARDS LIFESCIENCES CORPORATION      Unaudited Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Information      ($ in millions)       RECONCILIATION OF SALES BY PRODUCT GROUP AND REGION     ---------------------------------------------------                                                                                                                                                   2016 Adjusted                                     2015 Adjusted                                                                                                                                                 -------------                                     -------------      Sales by Product Group (QTD)                                       1Q 2016          1Q 2015       Change            GAAP       Sales Return              1Q 2016 Underlying Sales Return             FX Impact        1Q 2015 Underlying                                                                                                                                                                     Sales                                                       Sales            Underlying                                                                                                                         Growth         Reserve                                      Reserve                                                          Growth                                                                                                                          Rate*                                                                                                                       Rate *     ---                                                                                                                 ----                                                                                                                        -----      Transcatheter Heart Valve Therapy                                            $367.8                      $268.5                                   $99.3                                37.0%                                         $(1.7)                 $366.1           $        -           $(3.8)   $264.7    38.3%      Surgical Heart Valve Therapy                                           195.9                196.9                        (1.0)                   (0.5)%                                   -                    195.9                                    -            (2.8)       194.1    0.9%      Critical Care                                                          133.6                124.9                          8.7                      7.0%                                   -                    133.6                                    -            (2.4)       122.5    9.1%                                                                            -----                -----                          ---                       ---                                  ---                    -----                                  ---             ----        -----     ---      Total                                                                        $697.3                      $590.3                                  $107.0                                18.1%                                         $(1.7)                 $695.6           $        -           $(9.0)   $581.3    19.7%                                                                                  ------                      ------                                  ------                                 ----                                           -----                  ------         ---      ---            -----    ------     ----                                                                                                                                                   2016 Adjusted                                     2015 Adjusted                                                                                                                                                 -------------                                     -------------      Sales by Region (QTD)                                              1Q 2016          1Q 2015       Change            GAAP       Sales Return              1Q 2016 Underlying  Sales Return            FX Impact        1Q 2015 Underlying                                                                                                                                                                     Sales           Reserve                                     Sales            Underlying                                                                                                                      Growth Rate*      Reserve                                                                                                       Growth                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Rate *     ---                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             -----      United States                                                                $375.6                      $283.5                                   $92.1                                32.5%                                         $(1.7)                 $373.9           $        -      $         -   $283.5    31.9%                                                                                  ------                      ------                                   -----                                 ----                                           -----                  ------         ---      ---    ---       ---   ------     ----      Europe                                                                 188.5                185.3                          3.2                      1.7%                                   -                    188.5                                    -            (4.5)       180.8    4.3%      Japan                                                                   66.6                 58.1                          8.5                     14.6%                                   -                     66.6                                    -              1.5         59.6   11.7%      Rest of World                                                           66.6                 63.4                          3.2                      5.1%                                   -                     66.6                                    -            (6.0)        57.4   16.0%                                                                             ----                 ----                          ---                       ---                                  ---                     ----                                  ---             ----         ----    ----      International                                                          321.7                306.8                         14.9                      4.9%                                   -                    321.7                                    -            (9.0)       297.8    8.0%                                                                            -----                -----                         ----                       ---                                  ---                    -----                                  ---             ----        -----     ---      Total                                                                        $697.3                      $590.3                                  $107.0                                18.1%                                         $(1.7)                 $695.6           $        -           $(9.0)   $581.3    19.7%                                                                                  ------                      ------                                  ------                                 ----                                           -----                  ------         ---      ---            -----    ------     ---- 
       * Numbers may not      calculate due to      rounding. 

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