Baxter Reports Strong Second Quarter Financial Results Exceeding Guidance

Press Release


Deerfield, Ill. - July 29, 2015

Company Achieves Significant Milestone with Successful Completion of Baxalta Incorporated Spin-Off, Poised for Profitable Growth

Baxter International Inc. (NYSE:BAX) today reported second quarter financial results that exceeded the company’s previously issued guidance, and provided its complete financial outlook for the second half of 2015. The results for the second quarter of 2015 include the company’s BioScience business, which was officially spun-off on July 1st and is now operating as a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company, Baxalta Incorporated (NYSE: BXLT). Starting in the third quarter of 2015, the BioScience business will be presented as a discontinued operation in Baxter’s results.

For the second quarter, Baxter posted net income of $332 million and earnings of $0.60 per diluted share. Second quarter 2015 results included net after-tax special items totaling $218 million (or $0.40 per diluted share) primarily related to costs associated with the company’s spin-off of Baxalta, select business development initiatives and intangible asset amortization, partially offset by a benefit from a litigation settlement in which Baxter was the beneficiary. Second quarter 2014 results included net after-tax charges totaling $172 million or ($0.31 per diluted share).

On an adjusted basis, excluding special items, Baxter’s second quarter net income totaled $550 million, or $1.00 per diluted share, exceeding the guidance the company previously provided of $0.92 to $0.96 per diluted share.

Worldwide sales totaled $3.9 billion, a decline of 6 percent from the same period last year. Excluding the impact of foreign currency, Baxter’s worldwide sales grew 3 percent exceeding the company’s guidance of 1 percent. Sales within the United States grew 1 percent to $1.8 billion, and international sales of $2.1 billion declined 12 percent.  Excluding the impact of foreign currency, Baxter’s international sales grew 4 percent in the quarter.

By business, sales within Medical Products totaled $2.5 billion, a decline of 9 percent. Excluding the impact of foreign currency, Medical Products sales were comparable to the prior year. Growth in the quarter was negatively impacted by approximately 3 percent due to increased competition in the United States for the company’s generic oncology injectable, cyclophosphamide.  Medical Products performance in the quarter benefited from strong sales of inhaled anesthetics, infusion pumps and peritoneal dialysis products as well as increased demand for the company’s injectable drug compounding services.

On a reported basis, BioScience sales of $1.4 billion declined 2 percent compared to the prior-year period. Excluding the impact of foreign currency, BioScience sales increased 7 percent driven by solid growth across the portfolio.  Additional details on Baxalta’s performance in the second quarter will be provided by Baxalta in a press release and investor webcast to be held on July 30th. See for more information.

“The spin-off of Baxalta was a historic event for the company, and we are excited to embark on this new chapter for Baxter with a newfound focus and vision that furthers our mission to help save and sustain lives,” said Robert L. Parkinson, Jr., chairman and chief executive officer.  “As the new Baxter evolves, we are intensely focused on accelerating profitable growth and expanding margins through disciplined portfolio management, implementation of cost reduction initiatives and the near-term launches of innovative new products.  These efforts will drive meaningful value, both in the near and long terms, for our shareholders, partners, employees, and the patients and healthcare providers we serve.”

Six-Month Results
For the first six months of 2015, Baxter reported net income of $762 million, or $1.39 per diluted share. Excluding special items, Baxter’s adjusted net income for the six-month period totaled $1.1 billion, or $2.01 per diluted share.

Baxter’s worldwide sales for the six-month period totaled approximately $7.7 billion, declining 4 percent from the prior-year period. Excluding the impact of foreign currency, Baxter’s sales increased 3 percent during the first six months of the 2015.

Medical Products sales of $4.9 billion declined 7 percent from the prior-year period, and increased 3 percent after adjusting for the impact of foreign currency and increased competition for cyclophosphamide.

BioScience sales of $2.8 billion through June 30, 2015 were comparable to the prior-year period on a reported basis, and advanced 8 percent excluding the impact of foreign currency.

Recent Highlights
In addition to completing its spin-off of Baxalta during the quarter, Baxter achieved a number of additional milestones, including:

  • Completion of 510K submission with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for AMIA with SHARESOURCE, Baxter’s next generation peritoneal dialysis cycler which incorporates several benefits designed to improve the patient experience and increase the adoption of peritoneal dialysis. In addition, the SHARESOURCE functionality provides secure two-way connectivity so healthcare professionals can effectively monitor their patients’ home treatments. 
  • Successful launch of Baxter’s next-generation SIGMA SPECTRUM infusion pump in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada. The SPECTRUM platform has been honored with the Best in KLAS customer satisfaction award for four consecutive years, and the latest generation pump includes several innovative features, including an enhanced Master Drug Library, which helps to reduce pump-related adverse drug events and improve patient safety. Customer response has been very positive, and the SIGMA SPECTRUM is currently being used or in the process of being placed in six of the top seven hospital systems in the U.S. as ranked by U.S. News & World Report.
  • FDA acceptance of Baxter’s Investigational Device Exemption, or IDE, for VIVIA, a home-based hemodialysis (HD) system. This milestone allows Baxter to initiate its final U.S. study in the coming months. VIVIA has the potential to transform home hemodialysis and allow more patients to benefit from high-dose HD in their homes.
  • Launch of the AK98 in-center hemodialysis monitor in several markets in Eastern and Central Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The AK98 is the latest monitor in the AK series and improves the usability, reliability and total cost of operation for customers.
  • Baxter's BioPharma Solutions contract manufacturing business was recognized as Best Contract Manufacturer at the annual Vaccine Industry Excellence (ViE) Awards, held at the World Vaccine Congress in Washington, D.C. This is the fourth time that Baxter’s BioPharma Solutions business has been recognized for this honor.

Outlook for Third Quarter and Second Half 2015
Baxter also announced today its outlook for the third quarter and second half of 2015. 

For both the third quarter and second half of the year, the company expects sales to be comparable to the prior year periods, excluding the impact of foreign currency. Including the impact of foreign currency, the company expects sales to decline approximately 9 percent in both periods. After adjusting for the impact of foreign currency and increased competition in the U.S. for cyclophosphamide, Baxter expects sales growth of approximately 3 percent in both the third quarter and second half of 2015.

Baxter also expects earnings from continuing operations, before special items, of $0.29 to $0.31 per diluted share for the third quarter and $0.58 to $0.62 per diluted share for second half of 2015.

The third quarter and second half of 2015 earnings guidance excludes approximately $0.29 per diluted share and $0.35 per diluted share, respectively, of projected intangible amortization expense and a loss on extinguishment of debt, net of gains from the unwinding of interest rate swaps related to the company’s debt tender offers. Reconciling for the inclusion of intangible asset amortization and the loss on extinguishment of debt results in expected GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) earnings of $0.00 to $0.02 per diluted share and $0.23 to $0.27 per diluted share, before other special items, for the third quarter and second half periods.

A webcast of Baxter's second quarter conference call for investors can be accessed live from a link on the company's website at beginning at 4:00 p.m. CDT on July 29, 2015.  Please visit Baxter's website 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, R&D pipeline including results of clinical trials and planned product launches, and outlook for 2015. 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; product development risks; product quality or patient safety concerns; future actions of regulatory bodies and other governmental authorities, including the FDA and foreign counterparts; failures with respect to compliance programs; future actions of third-parties, including payers; US 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; 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 recent 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.