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ABIOMED (ABMD) Q4 Earnings Meet Estimates, Sales Rise in Japan

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ABIOMED, Inc. (ABMD - Free Report) reported fourth-quarter fiscal 2019 earnings per share (EPS) of $1.07, which were in line with the Zacks Consensus Estimate. The bottom line rose 33.8% from the figure registered in the year-ago quarter.
 
The Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) company’s revenues came in at $207.1 million, missing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $217.7 million. However, the metric improved 18.7% from the prior-year quarter.
 
FY19 at a Glance
 
Fiscal 2019 EPS came in at $5.61, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $5.05. The figure skyrocketed 129% year over year.
 
Revenues totaled $769.4 million, falling short of the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $779.7 million. The metric shot up 29.6% from fiscal 2018.

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Q4 in Detail
 
Worldwide Impella heart pump revenues in the reported quarter totaled $199.5 million, reflecting an increase of 19% year over year.
 
U.S. Impella product revenues totaled $169.7 million, an increase of 16% year over year. Per management, U.S. patient usage of the Impella heart pumps rose 14% in the quarter.
 
Outside the United States, Impella product revenues totaled $29.8 million, highlighting an increase of 35% year over year. Japan revenues were $5.4 million in the quarter, up a substantial 212% year over year.
 
Margin Trend
 
In the quarter under review, gross margin was 83.2% of net revenues, up 50 basis points (bps) year over year. Research & Development (R&D) costs grossed $25.5 million, up 20.1% year over year.
 
Operating income totaled $65.4 million, up 37.4% on a year-over-year basis. Operating margin was 31.6%, up 430 bps.
 
Financial Condition
 
ABIOMED’s balance sheet remains debt free. The company ended the fiscal fourth quarter with $513.4 million of cash and marketable securities.
 
Guidance
 
For fiscal 2020, ABIOMED expects total revenues within $900-$945 million, suggesting an increase of 17-23% from fiscal 2019. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the same stands at $983.6 million, much above the projected range.
 
Summing Up
 
ABIOMED wrapped up the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019 on a mixed note. The company continues to gain from its flagship Impella, which saw a strong quarter. Impella’s patient success stories and increasing global adoptions are added positives. Revenues from Japan also skyrocketed in the quarter. Considerable expansion in the operating margin buoys optimism. Meanwhile, surging R&D expenses show increasing focus on innovation. In fact, the company continues to invest in training and education. The recent CE Mark of the Impella Connect is also encouraging. The company’s balance sheet is debt free.
 
However, competition in the MedTech industry is intense.
 
Earnings of MedTech Majors at a Glance
 
Some better-ranked stocks which posted solid results this earning season are Stryker Corporation (SYK - Free Report) , Abbott Laboratories (ABT - Free Report) and CONMED Corporation (CNMD - Free Report) , each carrying a Zacks Rank of 2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.
 
Stryker delivered first-quarter 2019 adjusted EPS of $1.88, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 2.2%. Revenues of $3.52 billion were in line with the Zacks Consensus Estimate.
 
Abbott reported first-quarter 2019 adjusted EPS of 63 cents, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 3.3%. First-quarter worldwide sales came in at $7.54 billion, above the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $7.47 billion.
 
CONMED posted first-quarter 2019 adjusted EPS of 57 cents, which beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 54 cents. Revenues were $218.4 million, surpassing the consensus estimate of $213 million.
 
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