Perrigo (PRGO) Beats on Q1 Earnings and Sales, Stock Up – May 9, 2019

Perrigo (PRGO) Beats on Q1 Earnings and Sales, Stock Up – May 9, 2019

May 9, 2019 Off By administrator

Perrigo Company plc (PRGO Free Report) reported first-quarter 2019 adjusted earnings of $1.07 per share, which beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 94 cents. However, the bottom line decreased 15.2% year over year.

Net sales declined 3.5% year over year to $1.18 billion but outpaced the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.15 billion. The year-over-year decline was mainly due to poor performance of the Consumer Health segment globally. Sales of $55 million from new products were partially offset by a loss of $23 million in sales from discontinued products. Currency movement had an unfavorable impact of $36 million. Sales declined 0.6% excluding impact of foreign currency movement.

Shares of Perrigo were up 2.1% in pre-market trading on May 9, following the earnings release. The company’s shares have rallied 26.8% so far this year compared with the industry’s rise of 9.8%.

Segment Discussion

Perrigo updated its reporting segments as part of its self-care strategy. The updated segments are Consumer Self Care Americas (“CSCA”), Consumer Self Care International (“CSCI”) and Prescription Pharmaceuticals (“RX”). During the quarter, the company initiated a process to transform itself from a healthcare to consumer self-care company.

CSCA: Net sales of the segment in the first quarter of 2019 came in at $582 million, down 3.3% year over year. Weak performance of cough and cold and analgesics categories and loss of sales due to exited infant foods product line and loss of partnered product in animal health business were partially offset by higher sales in gastrointestinal category, especially omeprazole, stored brand OTC equivalent ofProcter & Gamble’s (PG Free Report) Prilosec OTC. Similar performance of Johnson & Johnson’s (JNJ Free Report) multi-symptom relief drug, Imodium, and Merck’s allergy drug, Nasonex nasal spray will likely boost the top line going forward.

Excluding net sales from the animal health and exited infant foods products and the effect of unfavorable currency movements, net sales at CSCA declined 1.5%.

The company decided to exit the infant foods product line in 2018. The product line added $5 million to net sales in the first quarter. However, the product line is not expected to generate revenues anymore for the CSCA segment.

New product sales of $7 million were completely offset by lost sales from discontinued products of $11 million.

Concurrent with the earnings release, the company announced that it has agreed to divest its animal health segment for $185 million in cash to pet medication and wellness company, PetIQ (PETQ Free Report) .

CSCI: The segment reported net sales of $351 million, down 7.1% from the year-ago period. However, on a constant-currency basis, the metric increased 1.7%. Net sales of dermatological category and new product sales of $26 million, mainly driven by the launch of the weight loss product XLS Forte 5, were partially offset by lower sales in lifestyle…

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