Smith & Nephew Plc. (Smith & Nephew), a UK-based medical devices company, reported revenue of $865 million for the first quarter of 2009, up 4 %, compared with the revenue of $911 million in the year-ago quarter. It reported profit attributable to equity holders of $98 million, or $11.1 cents per share, for the first quarter of 2009, compared with the profit attributable to equity holders of $83 million, or $9.3 cents per share, in the year-ago quarter.
Reported trading profit $183 million, up 12% underlying
EPSA increased to 13.1 cents
Orthopaedics grew revenues by 4% in slower markets
Endoscopy delivered flat revenues due to anticipated weak markets for capital products
Advanced Wound Management grew revenues by 9%, with a balanced contribution by product and geography
Trading margin improved 120 basis points to 21.2%
End of Deferred Prosecution Agreement, continued investment in global compliance programme
Commenting on the first quarter, David Illingworth, chief executive of Smith & Nephew, said:
“Our businesses are proving resilient, but not immune to the weak global economy. We grew underlying sales for the quarter by 4%, with a strong performance in Advanced Wound Management. We achieved growth in trading profit of 12% at constant currency and an increase in trading margin of over 1% through a combination of our Earnings Improvement Programme and prudent cost control.
Economic conditions continue to be difficult creating a mixed back drop, but our businesses are well positioned. We are fully engaged in our Earnings Improvement Programme and our strategy to deliver continued earnings growth for our shareholders is working.”
Smith & Nephew has delivered a good performance this quarter in slower markets.
We generated revenues of $865 million, compared to $911 million in 2008. This represents an underlying growth of 4% on the same period last year, after adjusting for movements in currency of 9%. In addition, there was one less sales day than in the comparative period in 2008, which if corrected for, our underlying revenue growth would have been about 1% higher.
In Orthopaedics the recent market growth numbers point to a slowing of the market. Endoscopy, as expected, has proved to be most exposed to the economic slowdown, particularly for capital product sales, while Advanced Wound Management has been the most resilient.
Trading profit in the quarter was $183 million, representing strong underlying growth of 12%. The Group trading margin increased by 120 basis points to 21.2%. The margin reflects prudent cost control and continued progress in our Earnings Improvement Programme (“EIP”).
The net interest charge was $10 million. The average interest rate for the period was approximately 3.5%.
The tax charge was at the estimated effective rate for the full year of 31.8% on profit before restructuring and rationalisation costs, acquisition related costs and amortisation of acquisition intangibles. Attributable profit before the costs of restructuring and rationalisation, acquisition related costs and amortisation of acquisition intangibles and taxation thereon was $116 million.
Adjusted earnings per share was 13.1¢ (65.5¢ per American Depositary Share, “ADS”). Basic earnings per share was 11.1¢ (55.5¢ per ADS) compared with 9.3¢ (46.5¢ per ADS) in 2008.
Trading cash flow (defined as cash generated from operations less capital expenditure but before the costs of macrotextured settlements, acquisition related costs and restructuring and rationalisation costs) was $128 million in the quarter reflecting a trading profit to cash conversion rate of 70%.
Net debt decreased by $228 million in the quarter to $1,104 million. During the quarter we received CHF159 million in cash settlement following the agreement with the vendors of Plus.
Orthopaedics (consisting of Reconstruction, Trauma and Clinical Therapies) grew revenues by 4% in the quarter to $508 million. Geographically, Orthopaedics grew by 3% in the US, fell by 2% in Europe and grew by 16% in the rest of the world.
Orthopaedic Reconstruction revenues grew at 3%. We estimate that the market grew at 4%, reflecting some softening in volumes over 2008. In the US our growth was 3%, in Europe growth fell by 1% and in rest of the world growth remained strong at 13%.
We saw the end of the Deferred Prosecution Agreement and have successfully implemented a more robust compliance programme which we have been rolling out globally across all our businesses.
Global knee growth was 5%, with a solid performance from our newer products, particularly in Japan where OXINIUM Oxidised Zirconium was recently introduced.
Global hip growth was 2%. This was largely due to the US, where we experienced a weaker BIRMINGHAM HIP Resurfacing System performance. The progress in our other hip products was encouraging, including the launch of our R3 Acetabular System.
Orthopaedic Trauma revenues grew by 6% to $100 million in the quarter, with growth of 7% in the US, where our advanced products, such as PERI-LOC? Peri-Articular Locked Plating System and TRIGEN? INTERTAN? Nail, have continued to sell well, although our exterior fixation products have been weaker. In Europe a large UK order in the first quarter of 2008 was not repeated this year.
Clinical Therapies grew revenues by 2% as economic conditions impacted the sales of some products.
In Europe, we announced the rationalisation of our premises in Switzerland with the closure of one site.
The trading margin for Orthopaedics in the quarter was 23.4%, a reduction of 30 basis points.
Endoscopy revenues were flat on the prior year at $179 million. As anticipated, our Endoscopy business, particularly capital-related sales, were affected by the macro economic impact on hospitals and patients.
US revenues fell by 4%, Europe grew by 2% and the rest of the world grew by 8%.
By business segment, Arthroscopy grew by 3% and Visualisation fell by 12%. Within Arthroscopy we have maintained good growth in repair products with the launch of new products such as the bioabsorbable OSTEORAPTOR Anchor for use in the shoulder and hip, although resection has experienced continued weakness. In the US, and increasingly in other regions, hospitals continue to reduce or defer capital purchases.
Endoscopy achieved a trading margin of 21.3%, an increase of 70 basis points.
Advanced Wound Management
Advanced Wound Management grew revenues by 9% to $178 million, compared to the market rate of 5%. US revenues grew by 8%, with growth in both our advanced wound care and NPWT segments, supported by some US wholesaler re-stocking. European revenues grew at 6% to $95 million, with some macro economic weakness evident in eastern Europe. Our revenues in the rest of the world increased by 15%.
Our Infection Management product range revenues grew by 31%, with an improved ACTICOAT performance, and Exudate Management grew by 9%.
Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (“NPWT”) contributed approximately 2% to the overall Advanced Wound Management growth in revenues. We continued our drive to expand customer choice by launching our RENASYS enhanced pump range and new disposable products at the end of the quarter. We have continued to demonstrate the strength of our intellectual property position with progress in the US and Germany.
We announced in the quarter the consolidation of our UK wholesale distribution arrangements in order to reduce cost and enhance customer service levels. In our second quarter there will be some net de-stocking in the UK supply chain as a result of this consolidation.
Advanced Wound Management significantly increased its trading margin to 14.6% from 9.0% in the comparable quarter. The comparative quarter included significant NPWT launch costs.