Friday, November 6, 2015

News: Smith & Nephew 2015 Third Quarter Trading Report

Smith & Nephew plc (LSE:SN, NYSE:SNN) trading report for the third quarter ended 26 September 2015.
Highlights
  • Revenue $1,105 million, up 4% on an underlying basis. Reported revenue down -4% reflecting  effects of -9% currency headwind offset by a 1% benefit from acquisitions
  • Sustained strong revenue growth in Advanced Wound Care, up 6%
  • Advanced Wound Devices revenue up 17%, reflecting strong PICOsales and annualisation of the US RENASYS hold
  • JOURNEY II Total Knee System continues to perform well, contributing to 6% revenue growth in our Knee Implant franchise
  • Emerging Markets revenue growth of 8% despite slower sales in China
  • Agreement to acquire Blue Belt Technologies, a leader in the fast-growing area of robotics-assisted surgical technologies, for $275m, announced today
Commenting on Q3, Olivier Bohuon, Chief Executive Officer of Smith & Nephew, said:
“We are pleased with our progress in 2015, with the third quarter again demonstrating that our actions are delivering a strong performance, such as our above-market revenue growth in Knee Implants and the sustained improvement in Advanced Wound Care. We had a good quarter in the United States, our largest market, and are successfully stabilising our European business which delivered a second consecutive quarter of revenue growth against a market backdrop that remains challenging.”
“Our experience working with Blue Belt Technologies and our customer insight has convinced us that robotics will become mainstream across orthopaedic reconstruction in the foreseeable future. This acquisition is a compelling strategic move, with the combination of complementary products and R&D programmes creating a platform from which we can shape this exciting new area of surgery.”

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Analyst conference call
A conference call to discuss Smith & Nephew’s third quarter results will be held at 8.30am GMT / 4.30am EDT on Thursday 29 October, details of which can be found on the Smith & Nephew website at http://www.smith-nephew.com/results.
Third quarter trading update
Our third quarter revenue was $1,105 million (2014: $1,148 million), an increase of 4% on an underlying basis and a decrease of -4% on a reported basis. Foreign exchange was a headwind of -9% and acquisitions added 1% to the reported growth rate.
There were 63 trading days in the quarter, in-line with Q3 2014.

Consolidated revenue analysis

Consolidated revenue analysis for the third quarter 


 26 September2015$m
27 September
2014

$m
 Reported
growth
%
Underlying
growth 
a
%
Acquisitions/
disposals 
Currency
impact 
Consolidated revenue
1,1051,148-4%4%1%-9%

Consolidated revenue by franchise


26 September2015$m
27 September2014$m
Reported
growth
%
Underlying
growth a

%
Underlying growth a
%




Global
US
OUS b
Sports Medicine, Trauma & Other
447
466
-4%
2%
3%
1%
Sports Medicine Joint Repair
143
152
-6%
4%


Arthroscopic Enabling Technologies
132
144
-8%
-2%


Trauma & Extremities
122
124
-2%
2%


Other Surgical Businesses
50
46
6%
10%









Reconstruction
342
350
-2%
3%
3%
3%
Knee Implants c
205
198
3%
6%


Hip Implants c
137
152
-9%
-2%









Advanced Wound Management
316
332
-4%
6%
8%
6%
Advanced Wound Care
188
207
-8%
6%


Advanced Wound Bioactives
84
82
2%
2%


Advanced Wound Devices
44
43
3%
17%









Total
1,105
1,148
-4%
4%
4%
3%

Consolidated revenue by geography 


 26 September2015$m
 27 September2014$m
 Reported
growth
%
Underlying
growth a

%








 
US5325055%4%  
Other Established Markets d400470-15%1%  
Emerging Markets1731730%8%  
       
Total1,1051,148-4%4%  

a Unless otherwise specified as 'reported' all revenue growth is 'underlying' after adjusting for the effects of currency translation and including the comparative impact of acquisitions and excluding disposals. See Note 2
b Outside United States
c US knees 5%, OUSb knees 8%, US hips -1%, OUSb hips -2%
d Australia, Canada, Europe, Japan and New Zealand


Franchise highlights

Sports Medicine Joint Repair delivered revenue growth of 4%. We produced double-digit growth in Sports Medicine Joint Repair in the US, driven by the benefits of our combined portfolio following the acquisition of ArthroCare. However, overall performance was held back by conditions in China, where we saw a slowdown in capital and consumable sales compounded by de-stocking in our distribution channel. Revenue inArthroscopic Enabling Technologies was down -2%, with weakness in mechanical resection and capital sales offsetting strong revenue growth from COBLATION.
Trauma & Extremities delivered growth of 2%. The EVOS MINI Plating System is showing good momentum. In October we launched the TRIGENMETA-TAN System, expanding the clinically proven TRIGEN Nail portfolio with a versatile design that addresses a wide range of femoral fractures.
In the Other Surgical Businesses franchise our Ear, Nose & Throat (‘ENT’) and Gynaecology businesses both performed well, with overall revenue up by 10%. In September we launched the NASASTENTDissolvable Nasal Dressing, a splint used to minimise bleeding and prevent adhesions after sinus surgery.
In Reconstruction, our Knee Implants franchise again delivered strong growth, with global revenue up 6%. The JOURNEY II Total Knee System continues to perform well. Hip Implants revenue was down-2%. Performance would have been flat without the renewed BHR headwind following changes in the indications for use announced this year.
Advanced Wound Care is delivering sustained improvement, with 6% revenue growth in the quarter.  This is the third consecutive quarter of above market growth as we realise the benefits of our actions to improve performance in this franchise, including a refocused US sales force.
Revenue in Advanced Wound Devices was up 17%. In addition to a strong quarter of sales from our unique, disposable negative pressure wound therapy (‘NPWT’) device PICO, comparatives from Q3 2014 and subsequent quarters no longer include the impact from the US distribution hold on RENASYS.
Advanced Wound Bioactives growth was 2%, with revenue growth from SANTYL being partially offset by the continuing reimbursement headwinds affecting OASIS. We anticipate a stronger franchise performance in the fourth quarter and now expect to deliver high single-digit growth for the full year.

Regional performance

We delivered 4% revenue growth in the US for the quarter, reflecting in particular our strong performance in Knee Implants, Sports Medicine Joint Repair and Advanced Wound Care. Growth across our Other Established Markets was 1%. Within this, we continue to successfully stabilise our European business against a market backdrop that remains challenging.
We delivered 8% revenue growth across the Emerging Markets. Growth in most markets remains strong, although China slowed in the quarter, principally affecting Sports Medicine, as mentioned above.
During the quarter we completed the acquisition of the trauma and orthopaedics business of our Russian distributor DeOst LLC, and DC LLC, a Russian mid-tier trauma manufacturing company, significantly boosting our local presence and giving us a manufacturing and distribution platform to take advantage of local market dynamics.

Acquisition of Blue Belt Technologies

Today we announced an agreement to acquire Blue Belt Technologies for $275 million, securing a leading position in the fast-growing area of robotics-assisted orthopaedic surgery.
A separate announcement was issued today giving further details of this acquisition.

Foreign exchange

As previously guided, we expect a significant currency headwind in 2015 on our reported numbers.  If current exchange rates prevail to the end of 2015 we would expect a full year translation impact of -8% on reported revenue.
The continued strength of the US dollar against most other currencies, particularly those of the Emerging Markets, and the geographic locations of our manufacturing compared to our sales, is resulting in a significant and unusual transactional currency impact on Smith & Nephew. For 2015, as we have said previously, the headwind to gross margin is largely mitigated by our currency hedging strategy. For 2016, assuming current rates prevail, we expect the adverse impact of the high US dollar to be more material, resulting in an up to 100bps headwind to gross margin. We would expect to partially mitigate this through actions to manage gross margin including COGS efficiencies. We will provide further guidance on 2016 as normal with our Q4 Results in February next year.

2015 outlook

Our guidance for the full year 2015 is maintained. We continue to expect to deliver higher underlying revenue growth in 2015 than in 2014 and an improvement in trading profit margin.
We are pleased with our progress in 2015, with the third quarter again demonstrating that our actions are delivering a strong performance.

Consolidated revenue analysisnine months to 26 September 2015


 26 September2015$m
 27 September 2014
$m
 Reported
growth
%
Underlying
growth 
a
%
Acquisitions/
disposals 
Currency
impact 
Consolidated revenue
3,3773,3680%4%4%-8%

Consolidated revenue by franchise


26 September2015$m
27 September2014$m
Reported
growth
%
Underlying
growth a

%
Underlying growth a
%




Global
US
OUS b
Sports Medicine, Trauma & Other
1,370
1,262
9%
3%
4%
3%
Sports Medicine Joint Repair
437
417
5%
7%


Arthroscopic Enabling Technologies
414
373
11%
-1%


Trauma & Extremities
370
377
-2%
3%


Other Surgical Businesses
149
95
56%
9%









Reconstruction
1,076
1,122
-4%
3%
3%
2%
Knee Implants c
635
638
-1%
5%


Hip Implants c
441
484
-9%
-1%









Advanced Wound Management
931
984
-5%
5%
1%
7%
Advanced Wound Care
559
595
-6%
9%


Advanced Wound Bioactives
248
239
4%
4%


Advanced Wound Devices
124
150
-17%
-8%









Total
3,377
3,368
0%
4%
3%
4%

Consolidated revenue by geography 


 28 September2015$m
 27 September2014$m
 Reported
growth
%
Underlying
growth
*
%








 
US1.5911,44910%3%  
Other Established Markets d1,2481,429-13%0%  
Emerging Markets53849010%14%  
       
Total3,3773,3680%4%  

a Unless otherwise specified as 'reported' all revenue growth is 'underlying' after adjusting for the effects of currency translation and including the comparative impact of acquisitions and excluding disposals. See Note 2
b Outside United States
c US knees 5%, OUSb knees 8%, US hips -1%, OUSb hips -2%
d Australia, Canada, Europe, Japan and New Zealand

Notes

  1. All numbers given are for the quarter and nine months ended 26 September 2015 unless stated otherwise.
  2. Unless otherwise specified as ‘reported’ all revenue growth throughout this document is ‘underlying’ after adjusting for the effects of currency translation and including the comparative impact of acquisitions and excluding disposals. All percentages compare to the equivalent 2014 period.
Underlying revenue growth is used to compare the revenue in a given period to the comparative period on a like-for-like basis. Underlying revenue growth reconciles to reported revenue growth, the most directly comparable financial measure calculated in accordance with IFRS, by making adjustments for the effect of acquisitions and disposals and the impact of movements in exchange rates (currency impact), as described below.
The effect of acquisitions and disposals measures the impact on revenue from newly acquired material business combinations, technologies and recent material business disposals. This is calculated by comparing the current year, constant currency actual revenue (which include acquisitions and exclude disposals from the relevant date of completion) with prior year, constant currency actual revenue, adjusted to include the results of acquisitions and exclude disposals for the commensurate period in the prior year.
Currency impact measures the increase/decrease in revenue resulting from currency movements on non-US Dollar sales and is measured as the difference between: 1) the increase/decrease in current year revenue translated into US Dollars at the current year average rate and the prior year revenue translated at the prior year average rate; and 2) the increase/decrease being measured by translating current and prior year revenue into US Dollars using a constant fixed rate.

UK Financial Reporting Notification

The accounting framework used for the Smith & Nephew plc company has been UK GAAP up to 31 December 2014. For the year ended 31 December 2015, the company is required by FRS 100 “Application of Financial reporting Requirements” to change its accounting framework. The Group intends to apply FRS 101 “Reduced Disclosure Framework” to the company accounts for the year ended 31 December 2015, which is not expected to give rise to any changes in disclosures. Shareholders holding more than 5% of the allotted shares of the company are entitled to object to the adoption of FRS 101. Objections should be made to the Company’s registered office by 30 November 2015.
The Group’s consolidated financial statements are unaffected by this change, and will continue to be prepared in accordance with IFRS as adopted by the EU.

Forward calendar

Advanced Wound Management Capital Markets Event will be held on 10 November 2015 in London, UK.
The full year results will be released on 4 February 2016.

About Smith & Nephew

Smith & Nephew is a global medical technology business dedicated to supporting healthcare professionals in their daily efforts to improve the lives of their patients. With leadership positions in Orthopaedic Reconstruction, Advanced Wound Management, Sports Medicine and Trauma & Extremities, Smith & Nephew has around 14,000 employees and a presence in more than 100 countries. Annual sales in 2014 were more than $4.6 billion. Smith & Nephew is a member of the FTSE100 (LSE:SN, NYSE:SNN).

Forward-looking Statements

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