Baxter International Inc. (BAX - Free Report) reported fourth-quarter 2019 adjusted earnings of 97 cents per share, which surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 88 cents by 10.2%. The bottom line also improved 36.6% from the year-ago quarter.
For the full-year 2019, adjusted EPS came in at $3.31, up 13.7% from that of 2018. However, the figure missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 2.4%.
Revenues in Detail
Revenues of $3.04 billion matched the Zacks Consensus Estimate. The top line improved 7.3% year over year on a reported basis and 9% on operational basis.
For the full-year 2019, revenues totaled $11.36 billion, up 2.4% on a reported basis and 5% on an operational basis. The metric came in line with the Zacks Consensus Estimate.
Baxter reports operating results through three geographic segments — Americas (North and South America), EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) and APAC (Asia Pacific).
In Americas, Baxter reported revenues of $1.63 billion, up 9.4% on a year-over-year basis and 10% at constant currency (cc).
In EMEA, revenues totaled $789 million, up 3% from the year-ago quarter and 5% at cc.
In APAC, revenues of $618 million increased 7.5% from the prior-year quarter and 9% at cc.
This segment reported revenues of $960 million in the quarter under review, up 0.9% year over year. Revenues at the segment increased 2% at cc.
Revenues at the segment grossed $775 million, up 17.8% from the year-ago quarter and 19% at cc.
Revenues at the segment amounted to $580 million, up 7.6% from the year-ago quarter and 9% at cc.
Revenues at the segment were $233 million, up 8.4% from the year-ago quarter and 10% at cc.
Revenues at the segment totaled $231 million, up 8.5% from the year-ago quarter and 10% at cc.
This segment reported revenues of $144 million, up 5.9% from the prior-year quarter and increased 7% at cc.
Revenues in the segment grossed $122 million, down 4.1% on a year-over-year basis and 3% at cc.
Baxter registered gross profit of $1.29 billion in the fourth quarter, up 9.7% year over year. As a percentage of revenues, gross margin expanded 90 bps on a year-over-year basis at 42.7% in the fourth quarter.
Operating income surged 37.1% year over year to $536 million in the quarter under review. As a percentage of revenues, operating margin expanded 380 bps to 17.6% in the fourth quarter.
Due to the high-degree of uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 and any potential negative financial impacts from the same, Baxter is not issuing any guidance for full-year 2020. The company projects to provide an update in its first quarter 2020 earnings announcement on Apr 30, 2020.
For first-quarter 2020, the company anticipates sales growth in the range of 4-5% on a reported basis, and 5-6% on both cc and operational basis.
Adjusted earnings are projected to be in the range of 72-74 cents per diluted share. The Zacks Consensus Estimate is pegged at 81 cents.
Baxter ended fourth-quarter 2019 on a mixed note, with earnings beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate while revenues matching the same. The stock continues to benefit from its core Renal Care, Medication Delivery, Clinical Nutrition, Advanced Surgery, Pharmaceuticals and Acute Therapies units.
Growth in APAC buoys optimism. The company introduced the Sharesource 2.0 clinical portal that will offer the healthcare providers better insights to patients’ home PD treatments while offering improved clinic workflow. Further, the company acquired Cheetah Medical that will help in the expansion of Baxter’s presence in the specialized patient monitoring space. The company witnessed expansion in both gross and operating margins in the quarter under review.
Moreover, Baxter initiated the U.S. and Canadian launches of its next-generation PrisMax system for continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) and therapeutic plasma exchange (TPE). Additionally, the company received FDA approval for faster preparation of Floseal Hemostatic Matrix. Additionally, the company introduced Clinolipid (20% Lipid Injectable Emulsion), which is Baxter’s proprietary olive oil-based lipid emulsion, in the United States.
Meanwhile, Baxter’s Other unit witnessed sluggishness in the quarter under review. Also, cut-throat competition in the MedTech markets is indicative of dull prospects.
Baxter currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
Earnings of Other MedTech Majors at a Glance
Some better-ranked stocks that reported solid results this earning season are Stryker Corporation (SYK - Free Report) , Accuray Incorporated (ARAY - Free Report) and IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. (IDXX - 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 fourth-quarter 2019 adjusted EPS of $2.49, outpacing the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 1.2%. Fourth-quarter reported revenues of $4.13 billion surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 0.7%.
Accuray reported second-quarter fiscal 2020 adjusted earnings per share (EPS) of a penny, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of a loss of 7 cents. Net revenues of $98.8 million outpaced the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 0.3%.
IDEXX Laboratories reported fourth-quarter 2019 adjusted EPS of $1.04, which beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 91 cents by 14.3%. Revenues were $605.4 million, surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 0.9%.
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