Globus Medical, Inc. (GMED - Free Report) reported first-quarter 2020 adjusted earnings per share (EPS) of 29 cents, which missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 27.5%. The metric also declined 18.9% from the year-ago figure.
The adjusted EPS excludes certain non-recurring expenses like amortization of intangibles and acquisition-related costs.
Without the adjustments, the company registered GAAP earnings of 25 cents per share, reflecting 24.2% decline from the year-ago quarter.
First-quarter 2020 worldwide sales totaled $190.6 million, up 4.2% (up 4.4% at constant exchange rate or CER) year on year. The reported figure, however, missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 4.7%.
The company had estimated around $20 million of COVID-19-related adverse impact on the quarter’s sales.
Sales generated in the United States, including robotic, improved 7.4% year over year on continued growth in Musculoskeletal business.
Meanwhile, international sales declined 9.3% from the year-earlier quarter (down 8.3% at CER).
Moreover, Musculoskeletal Solutions products generated revenues of $182.5 million, up 3.8% year over year. Enabling Technologies product revenues of $8.04 million in the quarter reflect an 11.8% improvement from the prior-year figure.
Gross profit in the reported quarter edged up 0.4% year over year to $141.7 million. Gross margin however, contracted 277 basis points (bps) to 74.4% on a 16.8% rise in cost of goods sold to $48.9 million.
Selling, general and administrative expenses in the reported quarter were $93.5 million, up 9% from the year-ago quarter. Research and development expenses rose 7.5% to $15.4 million.
Operating profit declined 20% year over year to $32.8 million, while operating margin shrunk 522 bps to 17.2% in the quarter.
Globus Medical exited the first quarter with cash and cash equivalents, and short-term marketable securities of $276.9 million compared with $311.5 million at the end of 2019. First-quarter net cash provided by operating activities was $42.3 million compared with the year-ago period figure of $39.2 million.
Globus Medical is currently unable to predict the specific extent or duration of the pandemic’s impact on the company’s financial and operating results. Accordingly, on Apr 16, Globus Medical withdrew its previously announced 2020 guidance.
Globus Medical posted lower-than-expected results for the quarter ended March. COVID-19 impact dented the quarter’s sales by more than 10%. However, on a year-over-year basis, Musculoskeletal Solutions and Enabling Technologies both registered growth.
Margin contractions pose concern.
Zacks Rank & Key Picks
Currently, Globus Medical carries a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell).
Some better-ranked stocks in the broader medical space are Aphria Inc. (APHA - Free Report) , Biogen Inc. (BIIB - Free Report) and Eli Lilly and Company (LLY - Free Report) .
Aphria carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) at present. It reported third-quarter fiscal 2020 adjusted earnings per share (EPS) of 2 cents in contrast to the Zacks Consensus Estimate of a loss of 4 cents. Net revenues of $64.4 million outpaced the consensus estimate by 14.6%. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.
Biogen currently carries a Zacks Rank #2. It reported first-quarter 2020 adjusted EPS of $9.14, surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 18.1%. Revenues of $3.53 billion outpaced the consensus mark by 3.2%.
Eli Lilly sports a Zacks Rank #1. It delivered first-quarter 2020 EPS of $1.75, outpacing the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 12.9%. Revenues of $145.3 million surpassed the consensus estimate by 6.3%.
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