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Smith & Nephew Fourth Quarter Trading and Full Year 2016 Results

2016 revenue growth up 1% reported and 2% underlying; stronger performance expected in 2017

9 February 2017

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Smith & Nephew plc (LSE:SN, NYSE:SNN) Fourth Quarter and Full Year to 31 December 2016 results:

Reported   Trading

31 Dec
2016
$m
31
Dec
2015
$m
Reported
growth

%
  31 Dec
2016
$m
31
Dec
2015
$m
Underlying
growth
%

Fourth Quarter Resultsi




 
 

Revenue

 1,222
1,257 
 3
  1,222 
1,257
-1 
               
Full Year Resultsi              
Revenue 4,669 4,634 1
4,669 4,634 2
Operating profit  801 628



 
Trading profit         1,020 1,099  
Trading/operating profit margin   17.2% 13.6%

21.8% 23.7%  
EPSA/ EPS (cents) 88.1 45.9

82.6 85.1  


Fourth Quarter Highlightsi

  • Q4 reported revenue down -3% including -1% FX and -1% disposal headwinds
  • Q4 underlying revenue down -1% including impact of four fewer selling days over Q4 2015viii

2016 Full Year Highlightsi

  • Reported revenue growth up 1%, including -1% FX impact. Underlying revenue growth up 2%
  • Operating profit margin of 17.2% is before one-off $326 million gain from Gynaecology disposal
  • Trading profit margin of 21.8% reflects previously disclosed transactional FX headwind, loss of leverage from lower sales growth and investment in Blue Belt, offset by efficiencies
  • Tax rate of 26.2% reported and 23.8% on Trading results includes benefit of one-off US tax settlement
  • Proposed Full Year dividend of 30.8¢ per share, maintained in-line with prior year. Equates to 24.8p per share, up around 20% in sterling at current exchange rates

2017 Guidancei 

  • Stronger revenue growth expected in 2017, with reported revenue increasing by 1.2%-2.2% (at prevailing exchange rates) and underlying revenue increasing by 3%-4%
  • Improvement in 2017 Trading profit margin expected in the 20-70bps range

Olivier Bohuon, Chief Executive Officer of Smith & Nephew, said:

“Whilst we still delivered growth in 2016 it was not at the level we had wanted. However, I was pleased with our 2016 performance in areas such as Sports Medicine and Knee Implants, where we maintained strong momentum. Market conditions in China and the Gulf States together shaved more than a percentage point of growth off the Group in 2016. China returned to growth in the second half, as did the Emerging Markets as a whole.

“I am confident we now have the right structure and capability in place and are focused on improving execution across the Group, with a clear set of actions underway. Beyond this, with our innovative products and deep customer relationships, we are well set to deliver a stronger performance generating higher revenue growth and a better trading profit margin in the future.”

Analyst conference call

An analyst meeting and conference call to discuss Smith & Nephew’s results will be held at 9.00am GMT / 4.00am EST today, Thursday 9 February. This can be heard live through the Smith & Nephew website at http://www.smith-nephew.com/results and a recording will be available on the site shortly afterwards. For those who wish to dial in to the call, details can be accessed on our website using the same link.

Enquiries

Investors

 

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Smith & Nephew

 

 

Media

 

Charles Reynolds

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Smith & Nephew

 

 

 

Ben Atwell / Matthew Cole

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FTI Consulting

 

Notes

i.        Certain items included in ‘Trading results’, such as trading profit, trading profit margin, trading cash flow, EPSA and underlying growth are non-IFRS financial measures.  The non-IFRS financial measures reported in this announcement are explained in Note 9 and are reconciled to the most directly comparable financial measure prepared in accordance with IFRS.

ii.        All numbers given are for the Fourth Quarter or Full Year ended 31 December 2016 unless stated otherwise.

iii.        Unless otherwise specified as ‘reported’ all revenue growths throughout this document are underlying increases/decreases after adjusting for the effects of currency translation and including the comparative impact of acquisitions and excluding disposals. All percentages compare to the equivalent 2015 period.

iv.        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.

v.        The effect of acquisitions and disposals measures the impact on revenue from newly acquired material business combinations 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.

vi.        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.

vii.        References to market growth rates are estimates generated by Smith & Nephew based on a variety of sources.

viii.        Q4 2016 comprised 60 trading days (2015: 64 trading days). The full year of 2016 comprised 251 trading days (2015: 251 trading days).

Smith & Nephew Fourth Quarter Trading and Full Year 2016 Results

Group revenue for the Full Year 2016 was $4,669 million (FY2015: $4,634 million), an increase of 1% on a reported basis and 2% on an underlying basis. As previously guided, reported growth includes a foreign exchange headwind of -1%, whilst acquisitions added 1% and disposals -1%.

Unless otherwise specified as ‘reported’ all revenue growth rates throughout this document are underlying increases/decreases after adjusting for the effects of currency translation and including the comparative impact of acquisitions and excluding disposals. All percentages compare to the equivalent 2015 period. Reconciliations of underlying revenue growth to reported revenue growth by franchise and geography are provided on page 5 for the Fourth Quarter and page 10 for the Full Year.

Review of 2016

In our Established Markets for the Full Year 2016 we delivered 3% growth in the United States, our largest market. Growth was flat across our other Established Markets, although Japan and France delivered strong performances.

Emerging Markets revenue growth was flat in 2016. Within this, most of our Emerging Markets businesses generated double-digit growth which was offset by weakness in China and the Gulf States as previously indicated. In China, the slow-down in end-markets seen since mid-2015 was compounded by destocking in the distributor channel during 2016. By the end of the year most franchises in China had returned to growth as the level of stock in the channel was adjusted, although we expect Advanced Wound Management to continue to be impacted in the first half of 2017. As previously highlighted, in the oil-dependent Gulf States we saw very difficult trading conditions, particularly in our tender business, which are likely to persist. As a matter of course we expect to see some volatility in the Emerging Markets, but we continue to see significant long-term growth potential and are very well positioned in our chosen markets.

Global product franchise highlights in 2016 included our strong performance across Sports Medicine, where we continue to reap the benefits of the acquisition of ArthroCare. PICO?, our novel single-use negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) system, is transforming the use of this therapy option. Our world class Knee Implant portfolio was further strengthened by the acquisition of NAVIO?, an exciting robotics platform, from which we delivered more than 50% revenue growth in 2016, in-line with previous guidance.

Delivering innovation

We continue to innovate for value with new product launches and disruptive business models. A number of important new platforms were introduced in 2016. In Sports Medicine we successfully launched our new LENS? Surgical Imaging System and the WEREWOLF? COBLATION System for resecting soft tissue. We also introduced the ULTRABUTTON? Adjustable Fixation Device which provides advanced fixation strength for soft tissue to bone fixation in ACL/PCL repair and reconstruction.

In Knee Implants we began limited market release of our JOURNEY? II XR, an innovative bi-cruciate retaining knee and the newest addition to the JOURNEY II Active Knee family. We are also augmenting our own work with acquisitions, such as NAVIO, and conducted the first total knee procedures on this platform in 2016. In Hip Implants we added to the REDAPT? Revision System with a new Acetabular Fully Porous Cup designed for cases where compromised bone makes implant fixation and stability more difficult.

Increased efficiency & operational excellence

In 2016 we continued to simplify and improve our operating model and delivered significant efficiencies. In Manufacturing, our Global Operations leadership team is focused on supporting the Group’s strategic priorities by ensuring our footprint and expertise are ready to respond to geographical growth, new product development, greater external regulatory scrutiny and the commercial pressure to be ever more efficient. We made good progress across these areas in the year. Highlights included the opening of a new state-of-the-art facility in Costa Rica, which will provide a more efficient operation for current products as well as valuable capacity for future growth. We also created more than 100 positions for newly qualified graduate engineers across facilities in the US and elsewhere.

Quality has always been paramount to Smith & Nephew. We have a unified Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs team to ensure consistency across divisions and geographies. Requirements of global regulatory agencies have become more stringent in recent years and we expect them to continue to do so. We are continuing to expand our portfolio globally through new product development and by registering our existing products in new markets. In order to meet the expectations of regulators and support this added complexity we continued to invest in our Quality and Regulatory expertise in 2016.

The Group Optimisation Plan was announced in May 2014 with a stated savings target of annualised benefits of $120 million by the end of 2017. We delivered ahead of plan and reached our target at the end of 2016. These savings have been driven by our focus on efficient procurement, the greater agility of the single country managing director model and rationalisation of our facility footprint in a number of countries.

Successful acquisition track record

In recent years we have undertaken a number of acquisitions, strengthening both our technology and product portfolio, and our Emerging Markets business. We have delivered good returns, establishing a strong track record in M&A. With Healthpoint, acquired in 2012 for $782 million, our third year return on capital exceeded our expectations. ArthroCare, acquired in 2014 for $1.5 billion, is performing well. We have achieved our targeted cost savings and are ahead of our plan to deliver $85 million of synergies by the end of 2017.

In 2016, we continued to invest in acquisitions such as Blue Belt Technologies with its NAVIO robotics surgical platform. In addition, we created compelling value by selling our Gynaecology business for $350 million (2015 revenue: $56 million). We had built this business rapidly on the back of Smith & Nephew’s resection technology and expertise. We completed the associated $300 million share buy-back programme in December 2016, returning the value created directly to shareholders.

2017 priorities – improved execution

We now have the appropriate structure to succeed. Over the last few years we have undertaken a fundamental restructuring of Smith & Nephew to improve both our ability to serve our customers in market and our efficiency. This has included changing the management structure and teams in every market to bring them under a single country managing director, a process we completed in 2016. This has not been without disruption, partly caused by some office re-locations, but now the new teams are bedding into their new roles, and are focused on serving our customers without any distractions in 2017.

We are developing the tools to support better execution. In 2016 we strengthened our commercial platform by creating a global commercial organisation under a newly created role of Chief Commercial Officer. Tasked with driving commercial performance across the Group, this organisation includes our commercial regions and the global marketing teams for our product franchises. It also includes a Commercial Excellence team which is focused on bringing material improvements in areas such as pricing strategy and sales force excellence across the Group, starting in 2017.

We will increase our innovation. We recently took a significant step to increase our disruptive innovation, appointing a President of Research and Development to lead a newly formed single global R&D organisation. In addition to executing our technology pipeline, this leader will be responsible for driving breakthrough innovation and defining a clear path from concept to market. In 2017 the team is focused on increasing productivity, improving processes and better leveraging our resources and expertise. A more aligned organisation has also allowed us to centralise our approach to developing evidence that demonstrates the clinical and economic benefits of our products, supporting our commercial teams in positioning our products more effectively.

We are also continuing to drive efficiency, with programmes underway to optimise global manufacturing, strengthen our supply chain, upgrade our IT infrastructure and deliver shared business services across the Group.

Fourth Quarter Consolidated Revenue Analysis

Consolidated revenue by franchise 

 31 December
2016
$m

31 December
2015

$m

 Reported
growth
%

Underlying
growth 
a
%

Acquisitions/
disposals % 

Currency
impact %

Sports Medicine, Trauma & Other

495

511

-3

1

-3

-1

Sports Medicine Joint Repair

159

152

4

5

-

-1

Arthroscopic Enabling Technologies

168

176

-4

-3

-

-1

Trauma & Extremities

120

127

-5

-4

-

-1

Other Surgical Businesses

48

56

-13

15

-27

-1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reconstruction

400

411

-3

-2

-

-1

Knee Implants c

247

248

-1

-

-

-1

Hip Implants c

153

163

-6

-6

-

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Advanced Wound Management

327

335

-2

-1

-

-1

Advanced Wound Care

186

196

-5

-3

-

-2

Advanced Wound Bioactives

97

96

1

1

-

-

Advanced Wound Devices

44

43

1

2

-

-1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

1,222

1,257

-3

-1

-1

-1

             

Consolidated revenue by geography

US

614

626 -2 - -2   -
Other Established Markets d 428 454 -6 -3 -1  -2 
Emerging Markets 180 177 2 3 -2 
             
Total 1,222  1,257 -3 -1 -1  -1 

a Underlying growth is defined in note iii on page 2 
b Included within the Q4 2015 analysis is a reclassification of $17 million of product sales formerly included in the Sports Medicine Joint Repair franchise which have now been included in the Arthroscopic Enabling Technologies franchise in order to present consistent analysis to the Q4 2016 results 
Other Established Markets are Europe, Canada, Japan, Australia and New Zealand

Fourth Quarter 2016 Trading Update

Our Q4 revenue was $1,222 million (2015: $1,257 million), an underlying decrease of -1%. This reflects four fewer selling days than the comparative quarter of 2015 (2016: 60 days and 2015: 64 days), which typically impacts our surgical businesses more than our Advanced Wound Management businesses, and the Established Markets more than the Emerging Markets.

The revenue growth numbers below have not been adjusted to reflect the significant impact of the four fewer sales days.

Fourth Quarter 2016 Franchise Highlights

Sports Medicine Joint Repair maintained its recent strong momentum, delivering 5% revenue growth in the quarter. Our strength in shoulder repair continues to underpin our performance. In Arthroscopic Enabling Technologies revenue was down -3%, with some softness in mechanical resection. Our new LENS visualisation platform has been well received and the WEREWOLF COBLATION roll-out is underway, starting in Europe. 

Trauma & Extremities revenue was down -4%, reflecting both the effect of fewer sales days in the quarter and the continuing impact of trading conditions in the Gulf States, as previously announced. In the US we performed strongly, with new clinical evidence supporting increased uptake of our TRIGEN? INTERTAN? hip fracture system.

Other Surgical Businesses franchise delivered revenue growth of 15%, with another quarter of strong performance from the Ear, Nose & Throat (‘ENT’) business. This franchise also includes the NAVIO robotic surgical business, which completed a strong first year within Smith & Nephew, delivering more than 50% revenue growth in 2016. During the quarter we sold our first NAVIO system in India.

Knee Implants revenue was flat and Hip Implants was down -6%, with both franchises impacted by the four fewer sales days in the quarter over the comparative quarter. Our ANTHEM? Total Knee System, developed specifically to address the needs of patients and surgeons across Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America, is moving into broader launch and helped support a good quarter in the Emerging Markets. The unique design of ANTHEM creates a knee offering fit for all ethnicities and the associated ORTHOMATCH? instrumentation platform offers reduced weight, footprint and cost. In Hip Implants we expect to see the benefits of our investments in the REDAPT Revision System and POLARSTEM? Cementless Stem System come through more clearly in 2017.

Advanced Wound Care revenue was down -3%. Solid growth in the US, led by our ALLEVYN? range of foam dressings, was tempered by continued weakness in China and Europe.

Advanced Wound Bioactives delivered 1% revenue growth, in-line with our expectations as announced last quarter. The reimbursement headwinds seen across the year continued to significantly affect OASIS?. SANTYL? prescription volumes have been broadly consistent across the year. We are starting to roll-out new clinical data that highlights the health economic value of SANTYL in wound debridement.

Advanced Wound Devices revenue growth was 2%. PICO continued to deliver strong growth as the market increasingly adopts disposable negative pressure devices. We expect the improved home setting reimbursement for PICO in the US to drive continued momentum for this product in 2017.

Fourth Quarter Regional Performance

In the US revenue growth for the quarter was flat, reflecting the four fewer sales days. Revenue fell -3% across our Other Established Markets, with continued softness in Advanced Wound Care, particularly in certain European countries.

Revenue growth was 3% across the Emerging Markets, with double-digit growth across most countries.  The freeze in tender activity in the Gulf States remained a drag to growth, in-line with recent quarters. We continued to make progress in China, where we delivered growth for the second consecutive quarter following the contraction seen in late 2015 and the first half of 2016. However, we expect the destocking seen in Advanced Wound Care to continue into the first half of 2017.

Full Year 2016 Consolidated Trading Analysis

Smith & Nephew results for the full year ended 31 December 2016:

  2016
$m
2015
$m
Percentage change year on year % 

Revenue

4,669

4,634

+1

 

 

Operating profit

801

628

+28

Aquisition and disposal related items

9

12

 

Restructuring and rationalisation costs 62  65  
Amortisation and impairment of acquisition intangibles 178  204   
Legal and other (30)  190   
Trading profit (non-GAAP)  1,020
 1,099  -7

 
 
Earnings per share "EPS" 88.1  45.9  +92
Acquisition and disposal related items (22.2) 1.8  
Restructuring and rationalisation costs  5.4 5.3   
Amortisation and impairment of acquisition intangibles 13.4 15.4  
 Legal and other  (2.1)  16.7  
Adjusted earnings per share "EPSA" 82.6 85.1  -3

 

Full year 2016 highlights

Reported operating profit of $801 million (FY2015: $628 million) includes acquisition and disposal related items, as well as restructuring and rationalisation costs, amortisation and impairment of acquisition intangibles and legal and other items incurred in the year (see Note 9 to the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements). The 2016 operating profit is before a one-off $326 million gain from the disposal on the Gynaecology business in August 2016.

Trading profit was $1,020 million (FY2015: $1,099 million). The Trading profit margin was 21.8% (FY2015: 23.7%), down 190bps year-on-year. This reduction primarily reflects the significant transactional currency headwind seen in 2016 resulting from the sustained strength of the US dollar.  Additionally, we lost some operational leverage from the lower than anticipated sales growth and our investment in Blue Belt Technologies was dilutive as previously guided. These factors were somewhat offset by the Group Optimisation programme.

The net interest charge for 2016 was $46 million (FY2015: $38 million). Net debt was $1,550 million at year end, an increase of $189 million from $1,361 million at 31 December 2015, mainly reflecting the acquisition of Blue Belt Technologies and disposal of the Gynaecology business and associated share buy-back during the year (see Note 7 for a reconciliation of net debt).

The tax rate on reported results was 26.2% compared to 26.7% in 2015, reflecting the lower tax rate on Trading results offset by the tax rate on the disposal of the predominantly US Gynaecology business (see Note 9 for a reconciliation between tax rate on Trading and reported results). The tax rate on Trading results was 23.8% (2015: 26.8%) which includes a one-off benefit from the settlement of a US tax issue, as flagged last quarter. We expect the 2017 tax rate on Trading results to be around 26%, barring any changes to tax legislation.

Basic earnings per share (‘EPS’) was 88.1¢ (176.2¢ per American Depositary Share,’ADS’) (FY2015: 45.9¢) with the increase from the prior period mainly due to benefit from the 2016 Gynaecology disposal and the absence of a 2015 legal metal-on-metal charge. Adjusted earnings per share (‘EPSA’) was 82.6¢ (165.2¢ per ADS) compared to 85.1¢ for the same period last year, with the reduction from the prior period reflecting the reduction in adjusted attributable profit (see Note 9 for a reconciliation between EPS and EPSA).

Cash generated from operating activities was $1,035 million in 2016, a decrease from $1,203 million in 2015. Trading cash flow was $765 million for the Full Year (see Note 9 for a reconciliation between cash generated from operating activities and Trading cash flow). The Trading profit to cash conversion ratio was 75% (FY2015: 85%).

Dividend

The Board is pleased to recommend a Final Dividend of 18.5¢ per share (37.0¢ per ADS). This, together with an Interim Dividend of 12.3¢ per share (24.6¢ per ADS), will give a Full Year distribution of 30.8¢ per share (61.6¢ per ADS). In-line with our dividend policy, the declared dividend is flat year-on-year despite the decline in adjusted earnings. For our UK shareholders, at current exchange rates, this translates to 24.8p per share, representing around 20% growth as a result of the weaker Sterling. The Final Dividend will be paid on 10 May 2017 to shareholders on the register at the close of business on 31 March 2017.

Outlook

We expect the dynamics in our markets to be similar in 2017 to those seen in 2016. Against this backdrop, the Group expects to deliver higher revenue growth and an improved trading profit margin in 2017.

Our reported revenue growth is a combination of underlying revenue growth, the impact of acquisitions and disposals and foreign exchange. We expect 2017 reported revenue growth to be up year-on-year, in the range of 1.2%-2.2% at prevailing exchange rates, with underlying revenue growth in the 3%-4% range. Underlying growth is expected to reflect not only the dissipation of the headwinds we faced in China and the Gulf States but also, most importantly, our improving execution. In 2017, based on exchange rates prevailing at the end of January, we expect the foreign exchange headwind to be around one percentage point and the disposal of the Gynaecology business to be an 80bps headwind.

We expect Trading profit margin to improve by 20-70bps in 2017. Within this, as previously indicated, Blue Belt Technologies will remain dilutive as we invest behind the roll-out of new products. The divestment of the Gynaecology business is a 10bps headwind to 2017 Trading profit margin.

We now have the right structure and capability in place and are focused on improving our execution across the Group, with a clear set of actions underway. Beyond this, with our innovative products and deep customer relationships, we are well set to deliver a stronger performance generating higher revenue growth and a better trading profit margin in the future.

Forward calendar

The Group’s reporting calendar for 2017 can be found on the website http://www.smith-nephew.com/investor-centre/events/key-financial-dates/

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 more than 15,000 employees and a presence in more than 100 countries. Annual sales in 2016 were almost $4.7 billion. Smith & Nephew is a member of the FTSE100 (LSE:SN, NYSE:SNN).

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