Press Release . November 06, 2019

Perrigo Company plc Reports Third Quarter 2019 Financial Results

Earnings

DUBLIN, Nov. 6, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Perrigo Company plc (NYSE; TASE: PRGO), a leading global provider of "Quality, Affordable Self-Care ProductsTM", today announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 28, 2019.

President and CEO Murray S. Kessler commented, "Our transformation to a consumer self-care company gained significant momentum during the third quarter as a number of our strategic initiatives began to take effect. Through both organic and inorganic growth, our global consumer net sales increased more than 3% and our adjusted net sales increased nearly 10% versus the prior year, excluding exited businesses and currency, helping Perrigo deliver its fourth consecutive quarter of meeting or exceeding adjusted EPS expectations."

Kessler continued, "While we are still in the early stages of our transformation, announced at our Investor Day in May, our organization is energized by the progress that has been made this year, and we are confident in our ability to recapture the Perrigo Advantage."

Key Financial Highlights

  • GAAP ("reported") consolidated net sales of $1.2 billion in the third quarter increased 5.1% versus the third quarter 2018.
  • Worldwide Consumer reported net sales were $961 million for the third quarter, up 3.3% versus the third quarter 2018. Excluding exited businesses and currency from the prior year comparison, Worldwide Consumer adjusted net sales increased 9.5%.
  • Third quarter 2019 reported diluted earnings per share ("EPS") was $0.67, as compared to a loss of $0.49 per diluted share in the third quarter 2018.
  • Adjusted diluted EPS was $1.04 per diluted share versus $1.09 a year ago. Refer to Table I at the end of this press release for a complete description of non-GAAP adjustments to diluted EPS, which includes $0.11 per share for the voluntary global recall of ranitidine.
  • The Company expects 2019 reported diluted EPS to be in the range of $2.01 - $2.21 per share. The Company is raising its 2019 adjusted diluted EPS range to $3.85 - $4.05 from $3.75 - $4.05.

Third Quarter Reporting Segments Updated to Include Ranir

The Company has finalized operational reporting lines where the U.S. operations of Ranir will be included in the Consumer Self-Care Americas ("CSCA") segment and Ranir's non-U.S. operations will be included in the Consumer Self-Care International ("CSCI") segment. These businesses will comprise the newly formed 'oral self-care category' in each segment.  This update is reflected in this quarter's financial statements and had no impact on the Company's historical consolidated results of operations.

Refer to Tables I - V at the end of this press release for a reconciliation of non-GAAP adjustments to the current year and prior year periods and additional non-GAAP information. The Company's reported results are included in the attached Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations, Balance Sheets and Statements of Cash Flows.

Consolidated Third Quarter 2019 Results Versus Third Quarter 2018

Reported consolidated net sales increased 5.1% to $1.2 billion. Adjusted net sales increased 10.2% compared to last year, when exited businesses are excluded from the prior year comparison and currency rates are kept constant.   This increase was driven by the addition of Ranir, new product sales of $52 million and increased demand for existing products. Discontinued products were $9 million.

Reported net income was $92 million, or $0.67 per diluted share, versus a loss of $68 million, or a loss of $0.49 per diluted share, in the prior period. Excluding certain charges as outlined in Table I, third quarter 2019 adjusted net income was $142 million, or $1.04 per diluted share versus $150 million, or $1.09 per diluted share, for the same period last year. The adjusted diluted EPS was lower due primarily to a one- time tax-depreciation benefit in the prior year of $0.05 per diluted share.

Worldwide Consumer Self-Care Third Quarter 2019 Results Versus Third Quarter 2018

Worldwide Consumer reported net sales for the third quarter of 2019 were $961 million, an increase of 3.3%. Adjusted net sales of $968 million were 9.5% higher, excluding exited businesses and unfavorable currency movements from the prior year comparison.

Third quarter reported gross profit margin was 35.5%. Adjusted gross profit margin of 40.4% was 40 basis points lower as favorable product mix was more than offset by the addition of Ranir oral self-care products, which have a lower gross margin profile than the existing portfolio.

Reported operating margin was 3.6%. Adjusted operating margin was 15.8%, or 40 basis points lower due primarily to gross margin flow-through.

CSCA Third Quarter 2019 Results Versus Third Quarter 2018

Consumer Self-Care Americas reported net sales of $613 million increased 2.9%. Excluding $28 million from exited businesses and currency changes from the prior year comparison, CSCA adjusted net sales increased 9.1% to $619 million, which included the addition of $54 million of net sales from the acquisition of Ranir.

Sales growth was driven primarily by 1) the acquisition of Ranir, 2) increased consumer demand for store brand allergy products, 3) higher sales in the smoking cessation category, and 4) new product sales of $6 million in the quarter.

This sales growth was partially offset by 1) purposefully exited businesses, 2) lower infant formula contract pack sales, and 3) lower net sales in the segments Mexican business.

Third quarter reported gross profit margin was 30.2%. Adjusted gross profit margin of 34.0% was 40 basis points higher due primarily to favorable OTC product mix.

Reported operating margin was 13.3%. Adjusted operating margin was flat at 19.8%, as gross margin flow-through and lower administration expenses were offset by operational inefficiencies and increased investments to drive innovation.

CSCI Third Quarter 2019 Results Versus Third Quarter 2018

Consumer Self-Care International reported net sales increased 4.0% to $348 million.  Excluding unfavorable currency movements of $19 million, from the prior year comparison, adjusted net sales were higher by 10.1%.  Excluding currency and Ranir, CSCI organic adjusted net sales grew 3.3%.

This sales growth was due primarily to 1) strong new product sales of $28 million driven by the launch of XLS Forte 5, a next generation weight loss product, and new products in the Phytosun naturals portfolio, 2) $23 million of net sales from Ranir, and 3) higher net sales in the cough/cold/allergy/sinus category.

Reported gross margin was 45.0%.  Adjusted gross margin of 51.9% declined 190 basis points due primarily to the addition of Ranir oral self-care products, which have a relatively lower gross margin than the overall portfolio.

Reported operating margin was 3.8% while the adjusted operating margin was 18.2%.

Prescription Pharmaceuticals ("RX") Third Quarter 2019 Results Versus Third Quarter 2018

RX reported net sales increased 13.6% to $230 million due primarily to higher volumes of existing products and new product sales of $18 million. Discontinued products were $6 million.

Reported gross margin was 31.0% and adjusted gross margin was 40.9%. The 720 basis point decline in adjusted gross margin was due primarily to pricing pressure, higher cost of goods and adverse product mix.

Reported operating margin was 8.5% and adjusted operating margin was 24.0%.

Outlook

The Company expects 2019 reported diluted EPS to be in the range of $2.01 - $2.21 per share. With strong performance in the Worldwide Consumer businesses, the Company raised its 2019 adjusted diluted EPS guidance to $3.85 - $4.05 from $3.75 - $4.05.

About Perrigo

Perrigo Company plc (NYSE; TASE: PRGO) is dedicated to making lives better by bringing "Quality, Affordable Self-Care Products™"  that consumers trust everywhere they are sold. The Company is a leading provider of over-the-counter health and wellness solutions that enhance individual well-being by empowering consumers to proactively prevent or treat conditions that can be self-managed. Visit Perrigo online at (http://www.perrigo.com).

Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call at 8:00 a.m. EDT (1:00 p.m. PDT), November 6, 2019.  The conference call will be available live via webcast to interested parties in the investor relations section of the Perrigo website at http://perrigo.investorroom.com/events-webcasts or by phone at 888-317-6003, International 412-317-6061, and reference ID # 9864625. A taped replay of the call will be available beginning at approximately 12:00 p.m. (EDT) Wednesday, November 6, 2019, until midnight November 13, 2019. To listen to the replay, dial 877-344-7529, International 412-317-0088, and use access code 10135743.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this press release are "forward-looking statements." These statements relate to future events or the Company's future financial performance and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements of the Company or its industry to be materially different from those expressed or implied by any forward-looking statements. In some cases, forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as "may," "will," "could," "would," "should," "expect," "forecast," "plan," "anticipate," "intend," "believe," "estimate," "predict," "potential" or the negative of those terms or other comparable terminology. The Company has based these forward-looking statements on its current expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections. While the Company believes these expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections are reasonable, such forward-looking statements are only predictions and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the Company's control, including: the timing, amount and cost of any share repurchases; future impairment charges; the success of management transition; customer acceptance of new products; competition from other industry participants, some of whom have greater marketing resources or larger market shares in certain product categories than the Company does; pricing pressures from customers and consumers; resolution of uncertain tax positions, including the Company's appeal of the Notice of Assessment (the "NoA") issued by the Irish tax authority and the draft and final Notices of Proposed Assessment ("NOPAs") issued by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service and the impact that an adverse result in any such proceedings would have on operating results, cash flows, and liquidity; potential third-party claims and litigation, including litigation relating to the Company's restatement of previously-filed financial information and litigation relating to uncertain tax positions, including the NoA and the NOPAs; potential impacts of ongoing or future government investigations and regulatory initiatives; potential costs and reputational impact of product recalls or sales halts; the impact of tax reform legislation and healthcare policy; general economic conditions; fluctuations in currency exchange rates and interest rates; the consummation of announced acquisitions or dispositions and the success of such transactions, and the Company's ability to realize the desired benefits thereof; and the Company's ability to execute and achieve the desired benefits of announced cost-reduction efforts and strategic and other initiatives.  Statements regarding the separation of the RX business, including the expected benefits, anticipated timing, form of any such separation and whether  the separation ultimately occurs, are all subject to various risks and uncertainties, including future financial and operating results, our ability to separate the business, the effect of existing interdependencies with our manufacturing and shared service operations, and the tax consequences of the planned separation to the Company or its shareholders. Furthermore, the Company may incur additional tax liabilities in respect of 2016 and prior years or be found to have breached certain provisions of Irish company law in connection with the Company's restatement of previously-filed financial statements, which may result in additional expenses and penalties. These and other important factors, including those discussed under "Risk Factors" in the Company's Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018, as well as the Company's subsequent filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, may cause actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements in this press release are made only as of the date hereof, and unless otherwise required by applicable securities laws, the Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Non-GAAP Measures

This press release contains certain non-GAAP measures. A "non-GAAP financial measure" is defined as a numerical measure of a company's financial performance that excludes or includes amounts different from the most directly comparable measure calculated and presented in accordance with U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) in the statements of operations, balance sheets or statements of cash flows of the Company. Pursuant to the requirements of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the Company has provided reconciliations for net sales on a constant currency basis, net sales excluding sales attributable to the animal health business and the infant foods product line as well as adjusted gross profit, adjusted operating income, adjusted net income, adjusted diluted earnings per share, adjusted gross margin, and adjusted operating margin, within this press release to the most directly comparable U.S. GAAP measures for these non-GAAP measures. These non-GAAP financial measures should be considered as supplements to the GAAP reported measures, should not be considered replacements for, or superior to the GAAP measures and may not be comparable to similarly named measures used by other companies.

The Company provides non-GAAP financial measures as additional information that it believes is useful to investors and analysts in evaluating the performance of the Company's ongoing operating trends, facilitating comparability between periods and companies in similar industries and assessing the Company's prospects for future performance. These non-GAAP financial measures exclude items, such as impairment charges, restructuring charges, and acquisition and integration-related charges, that by their nature affect comparability of operational performance or that we believe obscure underlying business operational trends. The non-GAAP measures the Company provides are consistent with how management analyzes and assesses the operating performance of the Company, and disclosing them provides investor insight into management's view of the business. Management uses these adjusted financial measures for planning and forecasting in future periods, and evaluating segment and overall operating performance. In addition, management uses certain of the profit measures as factors in determining compensation.

Non-GAAP measures related to profit measurements, which include adjusted gross profit, adjusted operating income, adjusted net income, and adjusted diluted EPS are useful to investors as they provide them with supplemental information to enhance their understanding of the Company's underlying business performance and trends, and enhance the ability of investors and analysts to compare the Company's period-to-period financial results. Management believes that adjusted gross margin and adjusted operating margin are useful to investors, in addition to the reasons discussed above, by allowing them to more easily compare and analyze trends in the Company's peer business group and assisting them in comparing the Company's overall performance to that of its competitors. The Company discloses adjusted net sales, which excludes operating results attributable to the exited animal health business and the infant foods product line as well as milestone income related to royalty rights, in order to provide information about sales of the Company's continuing business.  In addition, this quarter we made adjustments for the impact of the ranitidine market withdrawal,  which included the reversal of returns and inventory write-downs and other costs, which increased adjusted net sales and related profit measures. Management believes that these adjustments are useful to investors and improve the comparability of operational performance between periods because the withdrawal relates to an industry-wide event not associated with any particular manufacturer and the company continues to manufacture and sell other products that treat the same conditions for randitine products. In addition, the Company discloses net sales growth and adjusted net sales growth on a constant currency basis to provide information about sales of the Company's continuing business excluding the exogenous impact of foreign exchange. The Company believes these supplemental financial measures provide investors with consistency in financial reporting, enabling meaningful comparisons of past, present and future underlying operating results, and also facilitate comparison of the Company's operating performance to the operating performance of its competitors.

In addition, this quarter we made adjustments for the impact of the ranitidine market withdrawal, which included the reversal of returns and inventory write-downs and other costs, which increased adjusted net sales and related profit measures. Product recalls occur from time-to-time in our industry and we have experienced them in the past and they may recur in the future.  However, we do not view the impact of the ranitidine recall as reflective of our operating performance, in particular given the industry-wide nature of this action.  Management believes that these adjustments are useful to investors and improve the comparability of operational performance between periods, and the company continues to manufacture and sell other products that treat the same conditions as ranitidine products.

A copy of this press release, including the reconciliations, is available on the Company's website at www.perrigo.com.

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