Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT) today announced financial results for the third quarter ended Sept. 30, 2016.
- Third-quarter worldwide sales of $5.3 billion increased 2.9 percent on a reported basis and 4.0 percent on an operational basis.
- Reported diluted EPS from continuing operations under GAAP was a $(0.24) loss in the third quarter, primarily due to an adjustment of $(0.66) per share associated with Abbott’s equity investment in Mylan to reflect Mylan’s share price as of Sept. 30, 2016. Excluding specified items, adjusted diluted EPS from continuing operations was $0.59 in the third quarter, at the high end of the previous guidance range.
- Abbott adjusted its full-year 2016 EPS guidance for continuing operations under GAAP to $0.59 to $0.61, and narrowed and raised at the mid-point its full-year 2016 adjusted EPS for continuing operations to $2.19 to $2.21, exceeding its initial guidance for the year.
- In the third quarter, Abbott received U.S. FDA approval for its FreeStyle® Libre Pro system, a revolutionary continuous glucose monitoring system for healthcare professionals to use with their patients with diabetes; submitted for U.S. regulatory approval a consumer version of FreeStyle Libre, to be used by people with diabetes to self-monitor glucose levels; received U.S. FDA approval for AbsorbTM, the only fully dissolving heart stent; and received U.S. FDA approval for TECNIS® Symfony intraocular lenses for the treatment of cataracts, the first and only extended depth of focus lenses for people with cataracts.
- On Sept. 16, 2016, Abbott announced the sale of Abbott Medical Optics, its vision care business, to Johnson & Johnson for $4.325 billion. This transaction aligns with Abbott’s shaping of its portfolio, which has recently focused on developing leadership positions in cardiovascular devices and expanding diagnostics. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2017 and is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals.
“Strong performance in Established Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices led our sales growth this quarter,” said Miles D. White, chairman and chief executive officer, Abbott. “We’re on track to deliver the financial commitments we set at the beginning of the year. We also had several key product launches and continued to take strategic actions to shape our business for long-term growth.”