Baxter Reports First-Quarter 2017 Results and Increases Financial Outlook for Full-Year 2017

Press Release
  • First-Quarter Revenue of $2.5 Billion Increased 4 Percent on a Reported Basis and 7 Percent on an Operational Basis

  • First-Quarter GAAP Earnings Per Share of $0.50; Adjusted Earnings of $0.58 per Share Increased 61 Percent

  • Company Increases Full-Year 2017 Sales Growth Outlook to 1 to 2 Percent on a Reported Basis and 4 to 5 Percent on an Operational Basis

  • Raises Full-Year 2017 GAAP EPS to $1.66 to $1.80; Adjusted EPS to $2.20 to $2.28


Deerfield, Ill. -

Baxter International Inc. (NYSE:BAX) today reported results for the first quarter of 2017 and increased its full-year 2017 guidance.

“Encouraged by a solid start to 2017 and the on-going momentum of our business transformation initiatives, we are raising our full-year sales and earnings outlook,” said José (Joe) E. Almeida, chairman and chief executive officer. “We are driving growth through disciplined execution and particular strength across our U.S. businesses. We will continue to invest in evolving our portfolio through the introduction of innovative products and technologies along with geographic expansion to deliver future growth.”

First-Quarter Financial Results

In the first quarter, worldwide sales totaled $2.5 billion, an increase of 4 percent on a reported basis and 5 percent on a constant currency basis as compared to the prior-year period. Operationally, Baxter’s sales rose 7 percent, which excludes the impact of foreign exchange, generic competition for U.S. cyclophosphamide and the previously communicated select strategic product exits the company is undertaking.

Sales within the U.S. were $1.1 billion, advancing 11 percent on a reported basis. International sales of $1.4 billion declined 1 percent on a reported basis and were comparable to the prior year on a constant currency basis. Baxter’s operational sales increased 13 percent in the U.S. and 2 percent internationally.

Global sales for Hospital Products totaled $1.6 billion in the first quarter, increasing 7 percent on both a reported and constant currency basis and advancing 10 percent operationally as compared to the prior-year period. Contributing to performance in the quarter were strong U.S. sales of IV therapies, IV access sets, and select anesthesia and critical care products along with favorable demand for parenteral nutrition therapies and international biosurgery products.

Baxter’s Renal sales totaled $896 million, comparable to the prior year on a reported basis and grew 1 percent globally on a constant currency basis. Operationally, global Renal sales advanced 2 percent benefitting from increased sales of peritoneal dialysis therapies driven by the continued adoption of the company’s newest Automated Peritoneal Dialysis (APD) cyclers - AMIA in the U.S. and HOMECHOICE CLARIA in international markets. Additionally, sales of Baxter’s acute renal care products advanced globally, reflecting growing demand for continuous renal replacement therapies (CRRT).

Baxter reported income from continuing operations of $273 million, or $0.50 per diluted share, on a GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) basis for the first quarter. These results included special items totaling $62 million ($45 million net after-tax), primarily related to business optimization and intangible asset amortization.

On an adjusted basis, excluding special items, Baxter’s first quarter income from continuing operations totaled $318 million, or $0.58 per diluted share, exceeding the company’s previously issued guidance of $0.50 to $0.52 per diluted share.

Business Highlights

Baxter has recently achieved a number of operational, pipeline and commercial milestones in support of its strategy to drive accelerated growth and deliver meaningful innovation for patients and healthcare professionals around the world.

  • In Surgical Care:
    • Introduced customer-centric enhancements to Baxter’s leading hemostatic agents, FLOSEAL and TISSEEL, designed to enhance patient safety and ease of use for clinicians.
    • Published two health economic data analyses in the Journal of Medical Economicssupporting FLOSEAL as a cost-effective hemostat that may contribute to broader cost savings at hospitals as compared to other options.
    • Acquired Wound Care Technologies Incorporated, manufacturer of the DERMACLOSE Continuous Tissue Expander, an innovative wound closure technology that is complementary to Baxter’s surgical portfolio and directly leverages its existing expertise and channel strength.
  • In Integrated Pharmacy Solutions:
    • Entered into an exclusive strategic partnership with Scinopharm, one of the world’s leading active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) manufacturers, to bring to market five generic injectables used in cancer treatments, with an option to add up to 15 additional injectable molecules.
  • In Renal:
    • Surpassed 500,000 patient treatments administered globally utilizing Baxter’s SHARESOURCE Connectivity Platform. SHARESOURCE is the first and only two-way remote patient management system for home dialysis therapy and is available on both AMIA and HOMECHOICE CLARIA APD cyclers.
    • Successful deployment of PRISMAX, Baxter’s next generation continuous renal replacement therapy platform, in several European locations as part of an initial limited distribution prior to the planned full-scale launch in 2018.
  • Financial Outlook
    • For full-year 2017: Based on the company’s strong first quarter, Baxter is raising its financial outlook for the year. The company now expects sales growth of approximately 1 to 2 percent on a reported basis or 2 to 3 percent on a constant currency basis, and earnings from continuing operations, before special items, of $2.20 to $2.28 per diluted share for the full year. Adjusting for the impact of generic cyclophosphamide competition (an estimated one percent) and selected strategic product exits (an estimated one percent), Baxter expects underlying constant currency sales growth of approximately 4 to 5 percent. This guidance does not include any impact from the company’s proposed acquisition of Claris Injectables, which is expected to close in the second half of 2017.
    • For the second quarter: The company expects flat sales growth on a reported basis, or approximately 2 percent on a constant currency basis. Adjusting for the impact of generic cyclophosphamide competition (less than an estimated one-half percent) and selected strategic product exits (less than an estimated 1 percent), Baxter expects underlying constant currency sales growth of approximately 3 percent. The company expects earnings from continuing operations, before special items, of $0.55 to $0.57 per diluted share.

Please see the schedules accompanying this press release for a reconciliation between the projected 2017 adjusted earnings per diluted share and projected GAAP earnings per diluted share.

A webcast of Baxter's first quarter conference call for investors can be accessed live from a link on the company's website at beginning at 7:30 a.m. CDT on April 26, 2017. Please see for more information regarding this and future investor events and webcasts.

Baxter provides a broad portfolio of essential renal and hospital products, including home, acute and in-center dialysis; sterile IV solutions; infusion systems and devices; parenteral nutrition; biosurgery products and anesthetics; and pharmacy automation, software and services. The company’s global footprint and the critical nature of its products and services play a key role in expanding access to healthcare in emerging and developed countries. Baxter’s employees worldwide are building upon the company’s rich heritage of medical breakthroughs to advance the next generation of healthcare innovations that enable patient care.

This release includes forward-looking statements concerning the company’s financial results, business development activities, capital structure, cost savings initiatives, R&D pipeline including results of clinical trials and planned product launches, and outlook for 2017. The statements are based on assumptions about many important factors, including the following, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements: demand for and market acceptance of risks for new and existing products, and the impact of those products on quality or patient safety concerns; product development risks; product quality or patient safety concerns; future actions of regulatory bodies and other governmental authorities, including the FDA, the Department of Justice, the New York Attorney General and foreign counterparts; failures with respect to compliance programs; future actions of third parties, including payers; U.S. healthcare reform and other global austerity measures; pricing, reimbursement, taxation and rebate policies of government agencies and private payers; the impact of competitive products and pricing, including generic competition, drug reimportation and disruptive technologies; global, trade and tax policies; accurate identification of and execution on business development and R&D opportunities and realization of anticipated benefits (including the proposed acquisition of Claris Injectables); fluctuations in supply and demand; the availability of acceptable raw materials and component supply; the inability to create timely production capacity or other manufacturing supply difficulties; the ability to achieve the intended results associated with the separation of the biopharmaceutical and medical products businesses; the ability to enforce owned or in-licensed patents or the patents of third parties preventing or restricting manufacture, sale or use of affected products or technology; the impact of global economic conditions; fluctuations in foreign exchange and interest rates; any change in law concerning the taxation of income, including income earned outside the United States; actions taken by tax authorities in connection with ongoing tax audits; breaches or failures of the company’s information technology systems; loss of key employees or inability to identify and recruit new employees; the outcome of pending or future litigation; the adequacy of the company’s cash flows from operations to meet its ongoing cash obligations and fund its investment program; and other risks identified in Baxter’s most recent filing on Form 10-K and other Securities and Exchange Commission filings, all of which are available on Baxter’s website. Baxter does not undertake to update its forward-looking statements.