CVS Health Reports Record Third Quarter Results

Friday, October 30, 2015

WOONSOCKET, R.I., Oct. 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --

Third Quarter Year-over-year Highlights:

  • Net revenues increased 10.3% to $38.6 billion
  • Operating profit increased 3.8% to $2.3 billion, including the effect of acquisition-related transaction and integration costs of $127 million
  • GAAP diluted EPS from continuing operations of $1.10
  • Adjusted EPS of $1.29, excluding any acquisition-related items, at higher end of $1.27-$1.30 guidance range
  • Adjusted EPS of $1.28, an increase of 11.5%, including 1 cent of acquisition-related dilution from the net effect of the July 2015 debt financing and the inclusion of Omnicare's operations; excluding acquisition-related transaction and integration costs

Year-to-date Highlights:

  • Generated free cash flow of approximately $3.4 billion 
  • Cash flow from operations of approximately $4.8 billion

Narrowed 2015 Guidance by raising low end of range:

  • Full year Adjusted EPS of $5.14 to $5.18, including Omnicare operations and the debt financing and excluding acquisition-related bridge financing, transaction and integration costs; GAAP diluted EPS from continuing operations of $4.69 to $4.73
  • Fourth quarter Adjusted EPS guidance of $1.51 to $1.55, including Omnicare operations and the debt financing and excluding acquisition-related transaction and integration costs; GAAP diluted EPS from continuing operations of $1.41 to $1.45
  • Confirmed full year free cash flow of $5.9 to $6.2 billion; cash flow from operations of $7.6 to $7.9 billion

2016 Preliminary Outlook:

  • Full year 2016 preliminary Adjusted EPS expected to increase 10% to 14% to $5.68 to $5.88, in line with the Company's five-year growth targets

CVS Health Corporation (NYSE: CVS) today announced operating results for the three months ended September30, 2015.

Changes in Segment Definition

As a result of the acquisition of Omnicare, Inc. ("Omnicare"), which closed August 18, 2015, the segments of CVS Health Corporation (the "Company") have been expanded. The Company's Pharmacy Services Segment now also includes the specialty pharmacy operations of Omnicare. The Company's Retail Pharmacy Segment now also includes the long-term care ("LTC") operations, as well as the commercialization services, supply chain solutions and patient support services of Omnicare, and has been renamed the "Retail/LTC Segment." The LTC operations include providing the distribution of pharmaceuticals, related pharmacy consulting and other ancillary services to chronic care facilities and other care settings. The Company's Corporate Segment now also includes certain aspects of Omnicare's corporate expenses.

Revenues

Net revenues for the three months ended September 30, 2015, increased 10.3%, or $3.6 billion, to $38.6 billion compared to the three months ended September 30, 2014. Revenues in the Pharmacy Services Segment increased 13.3%, or $3.0 billion, to $25.5 billion in the three months ended September 30, 2015. The increase was primarily driven by growth in specialty pharmacy and pharmacy network claims. Pharmacy network claims processed during the three months ended September 30, 2015, increased 9.3% to 229 million, compared to 210 million in the prior year. The increase in pharmacy network claim volume was primarily due to net new business as well as growth in Managed Medicaid. Mail choice claims processed during the three months ended September 30, 2015, increased 5.6% to 21.9 million, compared to 20.7 million in the prior year. The increase in mail choice claims was driven by specialty and continued adoption of our Maintenance Choice offerings.

Revenues in the Retail/LTC Segment increased 6.9%, or $1.2 billion, to $17.9 billion in the three months ended September 30, 2015. Approximately half of the increase was driven by the addition of LTC operations acquired as part of the Omnicare acquisition in August 2015. Same store sales for the retail drugstores increased 1.7% versus the third quarter of last year, with pharmacy same store sales up 4.6% and pharmacy same store prescription volumes up 4.4% on a 30-day equivalent basis. Pharmacy same store sales were negatively affected by approximately 450 basis points from recent generic drug introductions. Front store same store sales declined 5.8%. Front store same store sales would have been approximately 490 basis points higher if tobacco and the estimated associated basket sales were excluded from the three months ended September 30, 2014. Front store same store sales were negatively affected by softer customer traffic, partially offset by an increase in basket size.

For the three months ended September30, 2015, the generic dispensing rate increased approximately 130 basis points to 83.8% in the Pharmacy Services Segment and increased approximately 140 basis points to 84.8% in the Retail/LTC Segment.

Operating Profit and Income from Continuing Operations

For the three months ended September 30, 2015, operating profit increased by $75 million in the Pharmacy Services Segment and by $116 million in the Retail/LTC Segment. Excluding acquisition-related transaction and integration costs, the Pharmacy Services Segment grew 7.0% and the Retail/LTC Segment grew 8.4%(1). Both segments benefited from the Omnicare acquisition, increased generic drugs dispensed and favorable purchasing economics. The Pharmacy Services Segment was also positively affected by growth in specialty pharmacy and pharmacy network volume, partially offset by price compression. The Retail/LTC Segment was also positively affected by increased sales and an improved front store margin rate, partially offset by continued reimbursement pressure. The Corporate Segment includes $115 million of acquisition-related transaction and integration costs for the three months ended September 30, 2015, related to the acquisition of Omnicare and the proposed acquisition of the pharmacies and clinics of Target Corporation ("Target").

Income from continuing operations for the three months ended September 30, 2015 was $1.2 billion, including the effect of $16 million of pre-tax acquisition-related bridge financing costs as well as the transaction and integration costs discussed above (an aggregate of $0.10 per diluted share). Income from continuing operations for the three months ended September 30, 2014 was $0.9 billion, including a $521 million pre-tax loss ($0.27 per diluted share) on the early extinguishment of debt.

GAAP diluted earnings per share ("EPS") from continuing operations for the three months ended September 30, 2015 and 2014 was $1.10 and $0.81, respectively, which includes the acquisition-related bridge financing, transaction and integration costs in 2015 and the loss on early extinguishment of debt in 2014.

Adjusted EPS for the three months ended September 30, 2015 and 2014, was $1.18 and $0.88, respectively. Adjusted EPS in the three months ended September 30 excludes $160 million and $126 million in 2015 and 2014, respectively, of intangible asset amortization related to acquisition activity. Adjusting for any acquisition-related items and the loss on early extinguishment of debt in 2014, Adjusted EPS was $1.29, at the higher end of the Company's $1.27 to $1.30 guidance range. The inclusion of Omnicare's operations midway through the third quarter, which nearly offset the dilution from the July 2015 debt financing, resulted in one cent of net dilution in the quarter. Neither of these items were included in prior guidance given the uncertainty around the timing of the close of the acquisition of Omnicare. Including the one cent of net dilution, Adjusted EPS increased 11.5% to $1.28 for the three months ended September 30, 2015.

President and Chief Executive Officer Larry Merlo stated, "I'm very pleased to report third quarter results that are at the higher end of our expectations. We delivered solid revenue and operating profit growth across our businesses, and we continue to expect significant growth in the fourth quarter, rounding out another terrific year for our company. Year to date, we generated $3.4 billion of free cash, and we are on pace to return more than $6 billion to our shareholders through dividends and share repurchases in 2015."

Mr. Merlo continued, "The third quarter included the closing of the Omnicare acquisition in mid-August, and we are very optimistic about the potential that this long-term care business creates for us. It provides a new pharmacy dispensing channel, enhancing our ability to provide continuity of care for patients as they transition through the health care system. At the same time, we look forward to closing the Target pharmacy acquisition, which will enable us to reach more patients, add a new retail channel for our unique offerings, and expand convenient options for consumers. These acquisitions reinforce our progress on our established long-term targets."

Guidance

Given the solid performance this quarter and the closing of the acquisition of Omnicare, the Company narrowed guidance for the full year 2015 by raising the low end, and now expects to deliver Adjusted EPS of $5.14 to $5.18, up from $5.11 to $5.18 and GAAP diluted EPS of $4.69 to $4.73, up from $4.64 to $4.71. This Adjusted EPS guidance includes Omnicare's operations and the July 2015 debt financing and excludes the affect of acquisition-related bridge financing, transaction and integration costs that have been recorded and that are expected in the fourth quarter.The Company continues to expect to deliver 2015 free cash flow of $5.9 billion to $6.2 billion, and 2015 cash flow from operations of $7.6 billion to $7.9 billion.

For the fourth quarter of 2015, the Company expects to deliver Adjusted EPS of $1.51 to $1.55, excluding any acquisition-related transaction and integration costs, and GAAP diluted EPS from continuing operations of $1.41 to $1.45.

2016 Preliminary Outlook

For the year ending 2016, the Company provided a preliminary outlook that reflects 10% to 14% growth in Adjusted EPS to a range of $5.68 to $5.88. This range is in line with the five-year growth targets the Company provided at its Analyst Day in December of 2013 for the years 2013 through 2018. At that time, the Company stated and has since re-iterated that it expects to grow its Adjusted EPS at a compounded annual rate of 10% to 14% for the five-year period. This outlook for 2016 reflects growth from 2013 through 2016 at a compounded annual rate of 13% to 14%, at the higher end of the five-year targets.

Retail Drugstore Real Estate Program

During the three months ended September 30, 2015, the Company opened 43 new retail drugstores and closed two retail drugstores. In addition, the Company relocated 11 retail drugstores. As of September 30, 2015, the Company operated 7,911 retail drugstores in 44 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Brazil.

Teleconference and Webcast

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 call will be broadcast simultaneously for all interested parties through the Investor Relations section of the CVS Health website at http://investors.cvshealth.com. This webcast will be archived and available on the website for a one-year period following the conference call.

About the Company

CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its more than 7,900 retail drugstores, more than 1,000 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with more than 70 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, and expanding specialty pharmacy services, the Company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable, effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. By their nature, all forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements for a number of reasons as described in our Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including those set forth in the Risk Factors section and under the section entitled "Cautionary Statement Concerning Forward-Looking Statements" in our most recently filed Annual Report on Form10-K and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q.

(1)Excluding $12 million of acquisition-related integration costs, operating profit for the Retail/LTC Segment increased $128 million, or 8.4%, from $1,527 million for the three months ended September 30, 2014 to $1,655 million for the three months ended September 30, 2015.

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