CVS Caremark Announces Record First Quarter Results

Thursday, May 1, 2008

DILUTED EPS GROWTH AT HIGH END OF COMPANY EXPECTATIONS

First Quarter Year-Over-Year Highlights:

  • Adjusted EPS of $0.55, which excludes $0.04 in amortization of intangible assets, up 18.3%
  • GAAP diluted EPS of $0.51, up 17.4%
  • Net revenues of $21.3 billion, up 61.7%

WOONSOCKET, R.I.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 1, 2008--CVS Caremark Corporation (NYSE: CVS), today announced record first quarter revenue and earnings for the quarter ended March 29, 2008.

Net revenues for the thirteen-week period ended March 29, 2008, increased $8.1 billion to $21.3 billion, up from $13.2 billion during the thirteen-week period ended March 31, 2007. Same store sales (sales from stores open more than one year) in the Company's CVS/pharmacy division for the first quarter rose 3.9% over the prior year period. Pharmacy same store sales rose 3.7% and were negatively impacted by approximately 450 basis points due to recent generic introductions, while front-end same store sales increased 4.3%. Same store sales for the first quarter benefited from an earlier Easter (March 23rd this year versus April 8th last year), which shifted more holiday sales into March. The Company estimates the Easter shift had a positive impact of approximately 115 basis points on front-end same store sales for the quarter ended March 29, 2008.

Net earnings for the first quarter ended March 29, 2008, increased 83.1% to $748.5 million or $0.51 per diluted share on a GAAP basis, compared with net earnings of $408.9 million or $0.43 per diluted share in the comparable 2007 period. Adjusted earnings per share, which excludes $0.04 in amortization of intangible assets primarily related to acquisition activity, for the first quarter were $0.55, compared with $0.46 per share in the comparable 2007 period.

Tom Ryan, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of CVS Caremark, stated, "I'm very pleased with our results for the quarter. We delivered strong revenue and margin growth across our businesses that led to earnings at the high end of our expectations. I'm most excited about the substantial progress we have made on our new integrated PBM/retail model, which is resonating strongly in the marketplace."

For the quarter, CVS Caremark opened 41 new retail pharmacy stores; closed 19 retail pharmacy stores, 2 mail order pharmacies and 1 specialty mail order pharmacy. In addition, the Company relocated 53 retail pharmacy stores and 1 specialty pharmacy store. As of March 29, 2008 the Company operated 6,267 retail pharmacy stores, 56 specialty pharmacy stores, 19 specialty mail order pharmacies and 7 mail order pharmacies in 44 states and the District of Columbia.

The Company will be holding a conference call today for the investment community at 8:30 am (EDT) to discuss its quarterly results. An audio webcast of the conference call will be broadcast simultaneously through the Investor Relations portion of the CVS website for all interested parties. To access the webcast, visit http://investors.cvshealth.com. This webcast will be archived and available on the web site for a one-month period following the conference call.

CVS Caremark is the largest provider of prescriptions in the nation. The Company fills or manages more than 1 billion prescriptions annually. Through its unmatched breadth of service offerings, CVS Caremark is transforming the delivery of healthcare services in the U.S. The Company is uniquely positioned to effectively manage costs and improve healthcare outcomes through its approximately 6,300 CVS/pharmacy stores; its pharmacy benefit management, mail order and specialty pharmacy division, Caremark Pharmacy Services; its retail-based health clinic subsidiary, MinuteClinic; and its online pharmacy, CVS.com. General information about CVS Caremark is available through the Investor Relations portion of the Company's website, at http://investors.cvshealth.com, as well as through the press room portion of the Company's website, at https://cvshealth.com/newsroom.

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially. For these statements, the Company claims the protection of the safe harbor for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The Company strongly recommends that you become familiar with the specific risks and uncertainties outlined under the caption "Cautionary Statement Concerning Forward-Looking Statements" in its Annual on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 29, 2007.

CVS CAREMARK CORPORATION Consolidated Condensed Statements of Operations (Unaudited)

Consolidated Condensed Statements of Operations (Unaudited)

(1) On March 22, 2007, pursuant to the Agreement and Plan of Merger dated as of November 1, 2006 as amended (the "Merger Agreement"), Caremark Rx, Inc. ("Caremark") was merged with and into a newly formed subsidiary of CVS Corporation, with the CVS subsidiary continuing as the surviving entity. Under the terms of the Merger Agreement, Caremark shareholders received 1.67 shares of common stock, par value $0.01 per share of the Company for each share of common stock of Caremark, par value $0.001 per share, issued and outstanding immediately prior to the effective time of the merger. Further, the results of operations for the thirteen weeks ended March 31, 2007 include 10 days of results of the operations of Caremark.

(2) Diluted earnings per common share is computed by dividing (i) net earnings, after accounting for the difference between the dividends on the ESOP preference stock and common stock and after making adjustments for the incentive compensation plans, by (ii) Basic shares plus the additional shares that would be issued assuming that all dilutive stock options and restricted stock awards are exercised and the ESOP preference stock is converted into common stock. The dilutive earnings adjustment was $0.9 million and $1.1 million for the thirteen weeks ended March 29, 2008 and March 31, 2007, respectively.

CVS CAREMARK CORPORATION Consolidated Condensed Balance Sheets (Unaudited)

Consolidated Condensed Balance Sheets (Unaudited)

CVS CAREMARK CORPORATION Consolidated Condensed Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited)

Consolidated Condensed Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited)

Adjusted Earnings Per Share

For internal comparisons, management finds it useful to assess year-to-year performance by adjusting diluted earnings per share for amortization, which primarily relates to acquisition activities.

The Company defines adjusted earnings per share as earnings before income tax provision plus amortization, less income tax provision and dilutive earnings adjustment, divided by the weighted average diluted common shares outstanding.

Following is a reconciliation of earnings before income tax provision to adjusted earnings per share:

Income tax provision to adjusted earnings per share

Free Cash Flow

The Company defines free cash flow as net cash provided by operating activities less net additions to properties and equipment (additions to property and equipment plus proceeds from sale-leaseback transactions).

Following is a reconciliation of net cash provided by operating activities to free cash flow:

Operating activities to free cash flow

Supplemental Unaudited Information

The Company evaluates segment performance based on net revenue, gross profit and operating profit before the effect of non-recurring charges and gains and certain intersegment activities and charges.

Following is a reconciliation of the Company's business segments to the accompanying consolidated financial statements:

Operating activities to free cash flow

(1) Net revenues of the Pharmacy Services Segment include approximately $1,664.9 million and $156.0 million of Retail Co-payments for the thirteen weeks ended March 29, 2008 and March 31, 2007, respectively.

(2) Intersegment eliminations relate to intersegment revenues that occur when a Pharmacy Services Segment customer uses a Retail Pharmacy Segment store to purchase covered products. When this occurs, both segments record the revenue on a standalone basis.

Supplemental Information
Preliminary and Unaudited

Retail Pharmacy Segment

The following table summarizes the Retail Pharmacy Segment's performance for the respective periods:

Retail Pharmacy Segment's performance

(1) Operating expenses include merger and integration cost associated with the Caremark Merger of $0.4 million and $4.5 million for the thirteen weeks ended March 29, 2008 and March 31, 2007, respectively.

(2) On June 2, 2006, we acquired certain assets and assumed certain liabilities from Albertson's, Inc. for $4.0 billion. The assets acquired and the liabilities assumed included approximately 700 standalone drugstores and a distribution center located in La Habra, California (collectively, the "Standalone Drug Business"). During the thirteen weeks ended March 31, 2007, total net revenues were significantly affected by the acquisition of the Standalone Drug Business, which increased total net revenues by approximately 14.0%. The sales results of the Standalone Drug Business were not included in same store sales revenue until July 1, 2007.

Supplemental Information
Preliminary and Unaudited

Pharmacy Services Segment

The following table summarizes the Pharmacy Services Segment's performance for the respective periods:

Pharmacy Services Segment's performance

(1) Effective September 1, 2007, we converted a number of the PharmaCare retail pharmacy network contracts to the Caremark contract structure, which resulted in those contracts being accounted for using the gross method. This change caused total net revenues to increase by approximately $710.5 million during the thirteen weeks ended March 29, 2008.

(2) The Comparable Financial Information combines the historical Pharmacy Services Segment results of CVS and Caremark assuming the Caremark Merger and any adjustments to the estimated assets acquired and liabilities assumed as of March 22, 2007 occurred at the beginning of the period ended March 31, 2007. Accordingly, the comparable results include incremental depreciation and amortization resulting from the fixed and intangible assets recorded in connection with the Caremark Merger and exclude merger-related expenses and integration costs. The comparable financial information, which is used by management to assess year-to-year performance, has been provided for illustrative purposes only and does not purport to be indicative of the actual results that would have been achieved by the combined business segment for the periods presented or that will be achieved by the combined business segment in the future.

(3) Merger and integration costs for the thirteen weeks ended March 29, 2008 primarily consist of severance and retention costs. Merger and integration costs for the thirteen weeks ended March 31, 2007, include $80.3 million of stock option expense associated with the accelerated vesting of certain Caremark stock options, which vested upon consummation of the merger due to change in control provisions of the underlying Caremark stock option plans, $42.9 million of change in control payments due upon the consummation of the merger due to change in control provisions in certain Caremark employment agreements and merger-related costs of $92.1 million. Merger-related costs include $43.8 million of investment banker fees, $32.8 million of legal and accounting fees and $15.5 million of other merger-related costs incurred by Caremark.

EBITDA and EBITDA per Adjusted Claim

We define EBITDA as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (and excluding merger and integration related costs). We define EBITDA per adjusted claim as EBITDA divided by adjusted pharmacy claims. Adjusted pharmacy claims normalize the claims volume statistic for the difference in average days' supply for mail and retail claims. Adjusted pharmacy claims are calculated by multiplying 90-day claims (the majority of total mail claims) by 3 and adding the 30-day claims. EBITDA can be reconciled to operating profit, which we believe to be the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure.

Following is a reconciliation of operating profit to EBITDA:

Operating profit to EBITDA

(1) The Comparable Financial Information combines the historical Pharmacy Services Segment results of CVS and Caremark assuming the Caremark Merger and any adjustments to the estimated assets acquired and liabilities assumed as of March 22, 2007 occurred at the beginning of the period ended March 31, 2007. Accordingly, the comparable results include incremental depreciation and amortization resulting from the fixed and intangible assets recorded in connection with the Caremark Merger and exclude merger-related expenses and integration costs. The comparable financial information, which is used by management to assess year-to-year performance, has been provided for illustrative purposes only and does not purport to be indicative of the actual results that would have been achieved by the combined business segment for the periods presented or that will be achieved by the combined business segment in the future.

(2) Merger and integration costs for the thirteen weeks ended March 29, 2008 primarily consist of severance and retention costs. Merger and integration costs for the thirteen weeks ended March 31, 2007, include $80.3 million of stock option expense associated with the accelerated vesting of certain Caremark stock options, which vested upon consummation of the merger due to change in control provisions of the underlying Caremark stock option plans, $42.9 million of change in control payments due upon the consummation of the merger due to change in control provisions in certain Caremark employment agreements and merger-related costs of $92.1 million. Merger-related costs include $43.8 million of investment banker fees, $32.8 million of legal and accounting fees and $15.5 million of other merger-related costs incurred by Caremark.

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