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Baxter Achieves Its First Quarter Expectations and Confirms 2013 Full-Year Guidance  

DEERFIELD, Ill., April 18, 2013 - Baxter International Inc. (NYSE:BAX) today reported first quarter financial results in line with the company's previously issued guidance and confirmed its full-year 2013 financial outlook.

For the first quarter, Baxter reported net income of $552 million and earnings per diluted share of $1.00, compared to net income of $588 million and earnings per diluted share of $1.04 in the same period last year. First quarter 2013 results include after-tax special items totaling $29 million (or $0.05 per diluted share) primarily for deal-related costs associated with Baxter's planned acquisition of Gambro AB, a global medical technology company focused on developing, manufacturing and supplying dialysis products and therapies for patients with acute or chronic kidney disease. First quarter 2012 results included a net after-tax benefit from special items totaling $19 million of income (or $0.03 per diluted share) for payments and adjustments pertaining to business development transactions.

On an adjusted basis, excluding special items in both periods, Baxter's first quarter net income of $581 million increased 2 percent from $569 million reported in 2012. Adjusted earnings per diluted share of $1.05 rose 4 percent from $1.01 per diluted share last year, in line with the company's previously issued earnings guidance of $1.03 to $1.05 per diluted share.

Worldwide sales of $3.45 billion increased 2 percent compared to
$3.39 billion reported in the first quarter of 2012. Sales within the United States increased 1 percent, totaling $1.48 billion, while international sales of
$1.97 billion increased 2 percent. The impact of foreign currency on sales growth in the quarter was immaterial.

By business, BioScience revenues of $1.53 billion rose 5 percent, driven primarily by strong demand for ADVATE [Antihemophilic Factor (Recombinant), Plasma/Albumin-Free Method] for the treatment of hemophilia, as well as certain plasma-based therapeutics and vaccines. Medical Products sales of $1.92 billion were comparable to the prior-year period as growth for intravenous therapies was more than offset by lower sales in the company's pharma-partnering business.

Baxter continued to make investments to support geographic expansion initiatives and new product introductions, and continued to advance a number of programs that improve the quality of care and address key, high-potential areas of unmet medical need. Recent achievements include:

"Baxter's global portfolio remains strong as we benefit from our focus on lifesaving therapies, achieve important new product milestones and make select investments to position our company for future success and accelerated growth," said Robert L. Parkinson, Jr., chairman and chief executive officer. 

Second Quarter and Full-Year 2013 Outlook
Baxter also announced today its guidance for the second quarter of 2013 and confirmed its guidance for the full year.

For the second quarter of 2013, Baxter expects sales growth, excluding the impact of foreign currency, of approximately 4 percent and earnings per diluted share of $1.12 to $1.14, before any special items.

For full-year 2013, Baxter continues to expect sales growth, excluding the impact of foreign exchange, of approximately 10 percent.  In addition, the company expects earnings of $4.60 to $4.70 per diluted share, before any special items, and cash flows from operations of approximately
$3.3 billion. The company's full-year guidance includes the impact of the Gambro AB acquisition, which is projected to be dilutive to full-year 2013 earnings by $0.10 to $0.15 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 18, 2013. Please visit Baxter's website for more information regarding this and future investor events and webcasts, including the company's Annual Meeting of Shareholders on May 7, 2013.

Baxter International Inc., through its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures and markets products that save and sustain the lives of people with hemophilia, immune disorders, infectious diseases, kidney disease, trauma, and other chronic and acute medical conditions. As a global, diversified healthcare company, Baxter applies a unique combination of expertise in medical devices, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology to create products that advance patient care worldwide.

This release includes forward-looking statements concerning the company's financial results, business development activities including with respect to the pending Gambro AB acquisition, R&D pipeline and outlook for 2013. 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 risks for new and existing products, such as ADVATE, and other technologies; future actions of regulatory bodies and other governmental authorities that could delay, limit or suspend product development, manufacturing or sales or result in sanctions; product quality or patient safety concerns leading to product recalls, withdrawals, launch delays, litigation, or declining sales; the ability of the company to obtain required regulatory approvals including multiple antitrust approvals, satisfy closing conditions and close the Gambro AB transaction in a timely manner; future actions of governmental authorities and other third parties as U.S. healthcare reform legislation and other austerity measures are implemented globally; additional legislation, regulation and other governmental pressures, which may affect pricing, taxation, reimbursement and rebate policies of government agencies and private payers or other elements of the company's business; product development risks, including satisfactory clinical performance; the company's ability to realize the anticipated benefits from its business development and R&D activities; inventory reductions or fluctuations in buying patterns by wholesalers or distributors; the impact of geographic and product mix on the company's sales; the impact of competitive products and pricing, including generic competition, drug reimportation and disruptive technologies; the availability of acceptable raw materials and component supply; fluctuations in supply and demand and the pricing of plasma-based therapies; the ability to enforce company patents; patents of third parties preventing or restricting the company's manufacture, sale or use of affected products or technology; the impact of global economic conditions on Baxter and its customers, including foreign governments in certain countries in which the company operates; foreign currency fluctuations and other risks identified in the company's most recent filing on Form 10-K and other Securities and Exchange Commission filings, all of which are available on the company's website. The company does not undertake to update its forward-looking statements. Financial schedules are attached to this release and available on the company's website.