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Quest Diagnostics Reports First Quarter 2017 Financial Results, Raises 2017 Financial Outlook
- First quarter revenues of $1.90 billion, up 1.9% on a reported basis and up 3.0% on an equivalent basis versus 2016
- First quarter diluted EPS of $1.16 on a reported basis, up 63.4% from 2016; and $1.33 on an adjusted basis excluding amortization, up 17.7% from 2016. Excess tax benefit associated with stock-based compensation increased diluted earnings per share by $0.11 in the quarter.
- Raises outlook for full year 2017 diluted EPS. Reported diluted EPS now expected to be between $4.73 and $4.88; and adjusted diluted EPS excluding amortization expense now expected to be between $5.45 and $5.60

MADISON, N.J., April 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Quest Diagnostics Incorporated (NYSE: DGX), the world's leading provider of diagnostic information services, announced today financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017 and raised its full year 2017 diluted EPS outlook.

"We delivered strong growth across the board in the first quarter with gains in revenues, EPS, operating income, margins and operating cash flow," said Steve Rusckowski, Chairman, President and CEO. "Growth in the quarter was driven by expanding relationships with hospital health systems.  Our agreement with PeaceHealth in the Pacific Northwest announced in the first quarter will further bolster growth later in the year."

 


Three Months Ended March 31,


2017


2016


Change


(dollars in millions, except per share data)

Reported:






Net revenues (a) (b)

$

1,899



$

1,863



1.9

%

Diagnostic Information Services revenues

$

1,812



$

1,756



3.2

%

Revenue per requisition





(0.2)

%

Requisition volume





3.5

%

Operating income (a) (b)

$

279



$

257



8.7

%

Operating income as a percentage of net revenues (b)

14.7

%


13.8

%


90 bps

Net income attributable to Quest Diagnostics (b) (c)

$

164



$

103



58.8

%

Diluted EPS (b) (c)

$

1.16



$

0.71



63.4

%

Cash provided by operations (d)

$

196



$

153



28.2

%

Capital expenditures

$

42



$

47



(11.6)

%







Adjusted:






Revenues on an equivalent basis

$

1,899



$

1,845



3.0

%

Operating income (a)

$

297



$

281



5.7

%

Operating income as a percentage of net revenues

15.6

%


15.1

%


50 bps

Net income attributable to Quest Diagnostics (c)

$

175



$

148



17.7

%

Diluted EPS excluding amortization (c)

$

1.33



$

1.13



17.7

%

 

(a)

For the three months ended March 31, 2016, net revenues and operating income include $18 million and $8 million, respectively, related to the Focus Diagnostics products business, which was sold on May 13, 2016. 

(b)

For further details impacting the year-over-year comparisons related to net revenues, operating income, operating income as a percentage of net revenues, net income attributable to Quest Diagnostics, and diluted EPS, see note 2 of the financial tables attached below.

(c)

Excess tax benefit associated with stock-based compensation arrangements impacted income tax expense and diluted EPS as follows:

 


Three Months Ended
March 31,


2017


2016


(dollars in millions, except
per share data)

Income tax benefit

$

16



$

2


Diluted EPS

$

0.11



$

0.01


 

(d)

For details impacting the year-over-year comparisons related to cash provided by operations, see note 4 of the financial tables attached below.

 

Updated Outlook for Full Year 2017

The company revises diluted EPS estimates for full year 2017 results, reflecting higher than expected excess tax benefit related to stock-based compensation in the first quarter of 2017, and reaffirms the balance of its 2017 outlook, as follows:

 


Current Outlook


Previous Outlook


Low


High


Low


High

Revenues

$7.64 billion


$7.72 billion


$7.64 billion


$7.72 billion

Revenue increase on a reported basis

1.7%


2.7%


1.7%


2.7%

Revenue increase on an equivalent basis (e)

2%


3%


2%


3%

Reported diluted EPS

$4.73


$4.88


$4.65


$4.80

Adjusted diluted EPS excluding amortization

$5.45


$5.60


$5.37


$5.52

Cash provided by operations

Approximately $1.1 billion


Approximately $1.1 billion

Capital expenditures

$250 million


$300 million


$250 million


$300 million

 

(e)  

Reported revenues for full year 2016 were $7.52 billion.  Revenues on an equivalent basis for full year 2016 were $7.49 billion which represents the company's reported revenues, excluding all Focus Diagnostics products revenue.    

 

Note on Non-GAAP Financial Measures

As used in this press release the term "reported" refers to measures under the accounting principles generally accepted in the United States ("GAAP").  The term "adjusted" refers to non-GAAP  measures as follows: (i) for the purpose of income measures the term "adjusted" refers to operating performance measures that exclude special items such as the retirement of debt and related refinancing charges, restructuring and integration charges, and other items; (ii) the term "adjusted diluted EPS excluding amortization" represents the company's diluted EPS before the impact of special items and amortization; (iii) reference to "revenues on an equivalent basis" when comparing 2017 to 2016 represents 2016 reported revenues excluding all Focus Diagnostics products revenues.

Non-GAAP "adjusted" measures are presented because management believes those measures are useful adjuncts to GAAP results.  Non-GAAP "adjusted" measures should not be considered as an alternative to the corresponding measures determined under GAAP.  Management may use these non-GAAP measures to evaluate our performance period over period and relative to competitors, to analyze the underlying trends in our business, to establish operational budgets and forecasts or for incentive compensation purposes.  We believe that these non-GAAP measures are useful to investors and analysts to evaluate our performance period over period and relative to competitors, as well as to analyze the underlying trends in our business and to assess our performance.  The additional tables attached below include reconciliations of adjusted measures to GAAP measures.

Conference Call Information

Quest Diagnostics will hold its quarterly conference call to discuss financial results beginning at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time today.  The conference call can be accessed in listen-only mode by dialing 888-300-0211 for domestic callers or 719-325-2017 for international callers, passcode 7180587. The company suggests participants dial in approximately 10 minutes before the call.

A replay of the call may be accessed online at www.QuestDiagnostics.com/investor or by phone at 888-203-1112 for domestic callers or 719-457-0820 for international callers, passcode 7180587. Telephone replays will be available from approximately 11:30 a.m. Eastern Time on April 20, 2017 until 11:30 a.m. Eastern Time on April 25, 2017. Anyone listening to the call is encouraged to read the company's periodic reports, on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the discussion of risk factors and historical results of operations and financial condition in those reports.

About Quest Diagnostics

Quest Diagnostics empowers people to take action to improve health outcomes.  Derived from the world's largest database of clinical lab results, our diagnostic insights reveal new avenues to identify and treat disease, inspire healthy behaviors and improve health care management.  Quest annually serves one in three adult Americans and half the physicians and hospitals in the United States, and our 43,000 employees understand that, in the right hands and with the right context, our diagnostic insights can inspire actions that transform lives. www.QuestDiagnostics.com.

The statements in this press release which are not historical facts may be forward-looking statements.  Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date that they are made and which reflect management's current estimates, projections, expectations or beliefs and which involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and outcomes to be materially different. Risks and uncertainties that may affect the future results of the company include, but are not limited to, adverse results from pending or future government investigations, lawsuits or private actions, the competitive environment, changes in government regulations, changing relationships with customers, payers, suppliers or strategic partners and other factors discussed in the company's most recently filed Annual Report on Form 10-K and in any of the company's subsequently filed Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and  Current Reports on Form 8-K, including those discussed in the "Business," "Risk Factors," "Cautionary Factors that May Affect Future Results" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" sections of those reports.

This earnings release, including the attached financial tables, is available online in the Newsroom section at www.QuestDiagnostics.com.

ADDITIONAL TABLES FOLLOW

 

 

Quest Diagnostics Incorporated and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Statements of Operations

For the Three Months Ended March 31, 2017 and 2016

(in millions, except per share data)

(unaudited)




Three Months Ended
March 31,


2017


2016

Net revenues

$

1,899



$

1,863






Operating costs and expenses and other operating income:




Cost of services

1,165



1,144


Selling, general and administrative

437



442


Amortization of intangible assets

17



19


Other operating expense, net

1



1


Total operating costs and expenses, net

1,620



1,606






Operating income

279



257






Other income (expense):




Interest expense, net

(36)



(36)


Other income (expense), net

3



(49)


Total non-operating expenses, net

(33)



(85)






Income before income taxes and equity in earnings of equity method investees

246



172


Income tax expense

(78)



(67)


Equity in earnings of equity method investees, net of taxes

7



10


Net income

175



115


Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests

11



12


Net income attributable to Quest Diagnostics

$

164



$

103










Earnings per share attributable to Quest Diagnostics' common stockholders:




Basic

$

1.19



$

0.72






Diluted

$

1.16



$

0.71










Weighted average common shares outstanding:




Basic

137



143


Diluted

141



144







 

 

Quest Diagnostics Incorporated and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Balance Sheets

March 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016

(in millions, except per share data)

(unaudited)






March 31,
 2017


December 31,
 2016

Assets




Current assets:




Cash and cash equivalents

$

367



$

359


Accounts receivable, net

960



926


Inventories

77



82


Prepaid expenses and other current assets

154



164


Total current assets

1,558



1,531


Property, plant and equipment, net

1,027



1,029


Goodwill

6,001



6,000


Intangible assets, net

933



949


Investment in equity method investees

443



443


Other assets

147



148


Total assets

$

10,109



$

10,100






Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity




Current liabilities:




Accounts payable and accrued expenses

$

979



$

975


Current portion of long-term debt

6



6


Total current liabilities

985



981


Long-term debt

3,725



3,728


Other liabilities

658



654


Redeemable noncontrolling interest

78



77


Stockholders' equity:




Quest Diagnostics stockholders' equity:




Common stock, par value $0.01 per share; 600 shares authorized as of both March 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016; 216 shares issued as of both March 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016

2



2


Additional paid-in capital

2,542



2,545


Retained earnings

6,715



6,613


Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(68)



(72)


Treasury stock, at cost; 79 shares as of both March 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016

(4,561)



(4,460)


Total Quest Diagnostics stockholders' equity

4,630



4,628


Noncontrolling interests

33



32


Total stockholders' equity

4,663



4,660


Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

10,109



$

10,100


 

 

Quest Diagnostics Incorporated and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

For the Three Months Ended March 31, 2017 and 2016

(in millions)

(unaudited)




Three Months Ended
March 31,


2017


2016

Cash flows from operating activities:




Net income

$

175



$

115


Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:




Depreciation and amortization

62



62


Provision for doubtful accounts

84



86


Deferred income tax provision

11



8


Stock-based compensation expense

17



18


Other, net

1



1


Changes in operating assets and liabilities:




Accounts receivable

(117)



(145)


Accounts payable and accrued expenses

(95)



(69)


Income taxes payable

63



62


Other assets and liabilities, net

(5)



15


Net cash provided by operating activities

196



153






Cash flows from investing activities:




Business acquisitions, net of cash acquired

(1)



(135)


Escrow proceeds associated with disposition of business

25




Capital expenditures

(42)



(47)


Increase in investments and other assets

(4)



(8)


Net cash used in investing activities

(22)



(190)






Cash flows from financing activities:




Proceeds from borrowings



665


Repayments of debt

(2)



(453)


Purchases of treasury stock

(150)



(115)


Exercise of stock options

46



7


Employee payroll tax withholdings on stock issued under stock-based compensation plans

(22)



(8)


Dividends paid

(62)



(55)


Distributions to noncontrolling interests

(9)



(9)


Other financing activities, net

33




Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities

(166)



32






Net change in cash and cash equivalents

8



(5)


Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

359



133


Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

$

367



$

128






Cash paid during the period for:




Interest

$

46



$

53


Income taxes

$

8



$

4



 

 

Notes to Financial Tables

1)

The computation of basic and diluted earnings per common share is as follows:

 


Three Months Ended
March 31,


2017


2016


(in millions, except per
share data)

Amounts attributable to Quest Diagnostics' common stockholders:




Net income attributable to Quest Diagnostics

$

164



$

103


Less: earnings allocated to participating securities

1




Earnings available to Quest Diagnostics' common stockholders - basic and diluted

$

163



$

103






Weighted average common shares outstanding - basic

137



143


Effect of dilutive securities:




Stock options and performance share units

4



1


Weighted average common shares outstanding - diluted

141



144






Earnings per share attributable to Quest Diagnostics' common stockholders:




Basic

$

1.19



$

0.72






Diluted

$

1.16



$

0.71


 

2)

The following tables reconcile reported GAAP results to non-GAAP adjusted results:

 


Three Months Ended
March 31,


2017


2016


(dollars in millions, except
per share data)

Adjusted operating income:




Operating income

$

279



$

257


Restructuring and integration charges (a)

18



19


Other (b)



5


Adjusted operating income

$

297



$

281






Adjusted operating income as a percentage of net revenues:




Operating income as a percentage of net revenues

14.7

%


13.8

%

Restructuring and integration charges (a)

0.9



1.0


Other (b)



0.3


Adjusted operating income as a percentage of net revenues

15.6

%


15.1

%





Adjusted net income:




Net income attributable to Quest Diagnostics

$

164



$

103


Retirement of debt and related refinancing charges (c)



48


Restructuring and integration charges (a)

18



21


Other (b)



6


Income tax expense (benefit) associated with the special items above (d)

(7)



(30)


Adjusted net income

$

175



$

148






Adjusted diluted EPS excluding amortization expense:




Diluted earnings per common share

$

1.16



$

0.71


Retirement of debt and related refinancing charges (c) (d)



0.21


Restructuring and integration charges (a) (d)

0.08



0.09


Other (b) (d)



0.02


Amortization expense (e)

0.09



0.10


Adjusted diluted EPS excluding amortization expense

$

1.33



$

1.13






Revenue on an equivalent basis:




Net revenues

$

1,899



$

1,863


Excluded revenue (f)



(18)


Revenue on an equivalent basis

$

1,899



$

1,845


 

(a)

For the three months ended March 31, 2017 and 2016, represents costs primarily associated with systems conversions and integration incurred in connection with further restructuring and integrating our business.  The following table summarizes the pre-tax impact of restructuring and integration charges on the company's consolidated statements of operations:       

 


Three Months Ended
March 31,


2017


2016


(dollars in millions)

Cost of services

$

10



$

7


Selling, general and administrative

8



12


Operating income

$

18



$

19






Equity in earnings of equity method investees, net of taxes

$



$

2


 

(b)

For the three months ended March 31, 2016, primarily represents costs associated with winding down subsidiaries, non-cash asset impairment charges and costs incurred related to certain legal matters.  The following table summarizes the pre-tax impact of these other items on the company's consolidated statements of operations:   

 


Three Months Ended
March 31,


2017


2016


(dollars in millions)

Selling, general and administrative

$



$

3


Other operating expense, net



2


Operating income

$



$

5






Other non-operating expense, net

$



$

1


 

(c) 

For the three months ended March 31, 2016, represents charges associated with the March 2016 cash tender offer where the company purchased $200 million of its 6.95% Senior Notes due July 2037 and 5.75% Senior Notes due January 2040.  The following table summarizes the pre-tax impact of retirement of debt and related refinancing charges on the company's consolidated statements of operations:    

 


Three Months Ended
March 31,


2017


2016


(dollars in millions)

Other non-operating expense, net



48


 

(d)    

For the retirement of debt and related refinancing charges, income tax benefits were calculated using a combined tax rate of 38.9%.  For the restructuring and integration charges and other items, income tax impacts, where recorded, were calculated using combined tax rates of 38.7% and 38.9% for 2017 and 2016, respectively.  The following table summarizes the income tax expense (benefit) associated with the special items: 

 


Three Months Ended
March 31,


2017


2016


(dollars in millions)

Retirement of debt and related refinancing charges

$



$

(18)


Restructuring and integration charges

(7)



(9)


Other



(3)



$

(7)



$

(30)


 

(e)

Represents the impact of amortization expense on diluted earnings per common share, net of the income tax benefit.  The income tax benefit was primarily calculated using a combined tax rates of 38.7% and 38.9% for 2017 and 2016, respectively.  The pre-tax amortization expense that is excluded from the calculation of adjusted diluted EPS excluding amortization expense is recorded in the company's statements of operations as follows:

 


Three Months Ended
March 31,


2017


2016


(dollars in millions)

Amortization of intangible assets

$

17



$

19


Equity in earnings of equity method investees, net of taxes

4



4



$

21



$

23


 

(f)

For the three months ended March 31, 2016, excluded revenue represents reported revenues from the Focus Diagnostics products business, which was sold on May 13, 2016.

 

3)

For the three months ended March 31, 2017, the company repurchased 1.6 million shares of its common stock for $150 million.  At March 31, 2017, $1.2 billion remained available under the company's share repurchase authorizations.         



4)

For the three months ended March 31, 2016, net cash provided by operations included $47 million of pre-tax cash charges related to the retirement of debt in connection with the March 2016 cash tender offer.



5)

The outlook for adjusted diluted EPS excluding amortization expense represents management's estimates for the full year 2017 before the impact of special items and amortization expense.  Further impacts to earnings related to special items may be incurred throughout the remainder of the year.  The following table reconciles our 2017 outlook for adjusted diluted EPS excluding amortization expense to the corresponding amounts determined under GAAP:

 


Low


High

Adjusted diluted EPS excluding amortization expense:




Diluted earnings per common share

$

4.73



$

4.88


Restructuring and integration charges (a)

0.35



0.35


Amortization expense (b)

0.37



0.37


Adjusted diluted EPS excluding amortization expense

$

5.45



$

5.60


 

(a)

Represents estimated full year pre-tax charges of $80 million primarily associated with systems conversions and integration costs incurred in connection with further restructuring and integrating our business.  Income tax benefits were calculated using a combined tax rate of 38.7%.



(b)

Represents the full year impact of amortization expense on the calculation of adjusted diluted EPS excluding amortization expense.  Amortization expense used in the calculation is as follows (dollars in millions):

 

Amortization of intangible assets

$

69


Amortization expense included in equity in earnings of equity method investees

16


Total pre-tax amortization expense

$

85




Total amortization expense, net of an estimated tax benefit

$

53


 

6)

The outlook for 2% to 3% revenue growth on an equivalent basis in 2017 represents management's estimates for 2017 versus reported 2016 revenues adjusted to exclude the 2016 revenues from the Focus Diagnostics products business.  The company completed its exit from the products business as a result of the sale of Focus Diagnostics products on May 13, 2016.  Consequently, our 2017 revenues will not include revenues associated with that business.  The following table reconciles our 2016 net revenues determined under GAAP with equivalent revenue for 2016:

 


Three Months Ended


Year Ended


March 31,
 2016


June 30,
 2016


September 30,
 2016


December 31,
 2016


December 31,
 2016


(dollars in millions)

2016 Revenue on an equivalent basis:










Net revenues

$

1,863



$

1,906



$

1,885



$

1,861



$

7,515


Excluded revenue (a)

(18)



(8)







(26)


2016 Revenue on an equivalent basis

$

1,845



$

1,898



$

1,885



$

1,861



$

7,489












2017 Revenue outlook:





Low


High

2016 Revenue on an equivalent basis







$

7,489



$

7,489


2017 Equivalent revenue growth







2

%


3

%

2017 Revenue outlook







$

7,640



$

7,720


 

(a) 

The 2016 excluded revenue is comprised of all of Focus Diagnostics products revenues reported in 2016.

 

Quest Diagnostics
Denny Moynihan, Quest Diagnostics (Media): 973-520-2800
Shawn Bevec, Quest Diagnostics (Investors): 973-520-2900

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