Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA
(FMS - Free Report
) posted adjusted earnings of 54 cents per share, which missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 10%. Earnings improved 6% year over year at constant currency (cc).
In the quarter under review, revenues climbed 2% at cc to $5.03 billion, which lagged the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $5.33 billion. Per management, the company’s revenues were partially impacted by foreign currency. Furthermore, management stated that revenues saw stable growth in the first half of 2018.
The stock carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). Fresenius Medical has outperformed its industry
in the past year. The company’s shares have returned 5.5% against the industry's decline of 8.2%.
In the second quarter, Fresenius Medical reported through two segments — Health Care Services and Health Care Products.
Health Care Services revenues improved 1% at cc on a year-over-year basis and 3% organically. Growth in the segment was driven by rise in same-market treatments and synergies from acquisitions.
Health Care Products revenues increased 6% at cc and organically. Per management, the rise was driven by higher sales of hemodialysis products and renal pharmaceuticals. Dialysis treatments increased 3%.
Per management, this region accounted for 71% of revenues in the reported quarter. Revenues in the region rose 4% at cc and 3% organically. The growth was mainly driven by an increase in organic revenue per treatment, same market treatment growth and contributions from acquisitions.
It is encouraging to note that Health Care Products revenues registered a strong increase of 10% at cc in the United States. The upside can be attributed to higher sales of renal pharmaceuticals, machines and hemodialysis concentrates. However, a decline in external sales of peritoneal dialysis products marred the overall positive development.
Revenues in this zone improved 5% at cc in the quarter. Per management, the upside was driven by improvement in Health Care Services revenue and Health Care Products revenues, which increased 5% and 4%, respectively at cc. Moreover, dialysis Products revenues grew 5% at cc on higher sales of dialyzers, machines, bloodlines, products for acute care treatments and renal pharmaceuticals.
In the first half of 2018, EMEA revenues climbed 5% at cc.
Revenues grew 7% at cc in the quarter. The region saw a revenue improvement in Health Care Services of 7% at cc and strong Care Coordination activities. Care Coordination growth was mainly backed by acquisitions. Health Care Products also put up solid performance, growing 6% at cc. Per management, this growth was mainly driven by higher sales of hemodialysis products. However, this was partially affected by lower sales of products for acute care treatment. The company also saw solid growth in China.
Revenues in this region saw an improvement of 11% at cc on the back of strong growth in Health Care Services. Health Care Products revenues in the region increased 2% at cc buoyed by higher sales of machines and peritoneal dialysis products. However, the growth was partially offset by lower dialyzer sales.
Gross profit declined 12.8% in the quarter and 6.8% at cc.
As a percentage of revenues, gross margin was 30.9%, down 250 basis points (bps) in the second quarter.
For 2018, Fresenius Medical expects revenue growth in the range of 5-7% at cc. Notably, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for revenues is pegged at $21.32 billion.
Adjusted net income is expected to grow 7-9% at cc.
Fresenius Medical saw a tepid second quarter, with both earnings and revenues missing estimates. Solid performance by the core Health Care Services and Health Care Product units buoy optimism. Higher sales of the company’s dialysis and hemodialysis products are a positive. Care Coordination margin improved significantly on synergies from the Cura acquisition. In fact, management is optimistic about the recent buyouts of Sound Physicians and NxStage Medical. Furthermore, strong sales in the North America, EMEA, Asia-Pacific and Latin America regions paint a bright picture.
On the flip side, peritoneal dialysis product sales declined in the quarter. A significant contraction in gross margin is another negative. Another matter of concern for Fresenius Medical is the stringent regulations it faces in almost every country in which it operates.
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) , Intuitive Surgical, Inc (ISRG - Free Report
) and Illumina, Inc (ILMN - Free Report
Intuitive Surgical reported adjusted earnings of $2.76 per share in the second quarter of 2018, which beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $2.48. Adjusted earnings improved 38% year over year.
Stryker reported second-quarter 2018 adjusted earnings per share of $1.76, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 1.7%. Earnings improved 15% year over year and also exceeded the high end of the company’s guidance.
Illumina reported adjusted earnings of $1.43 per share, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.11.
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