Company Provides New 2016 Guidance
LAVAL, Quebec, March 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. (NYSE: VRX) (TSX: VRX) (the "Company") today announced preliminary unaudited financial information for the fourth quarter 2015.
As a result of the ongoing work of the Company's Ad Hoc Committee of the Board of Directors appointed to review the Company's relationship with Philidor and related matters, and the Company's ongoing assessment of the impact of the committee's findings on financial reporting and internal controls, the unaudited fourth quarter 2015 results are preliminary and, as previously announced, the Company has delayed the filing of its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015. The Company is working diligently and intends to file the Form 10-K as promptly as reasonably practicable.
Fourth Quarter 2015 Preliminary Highlights:
Unaudited Revenue of $2.8 billion
Unaudited GAAP EPS ($0.98); Adjusted EPS (non-GAAP) $2.50
Unaudited GAAP Cash Flow from Operations $562 million; Adjusted Cash Flow from Operations (non-GAAP) $838 million
Preliminary unaudited fourth quarter results were impacted by softer-than-expected sales of the gastrointestinal business, as compared to previous guidance issued in December, driven by reductions in the wholesale and retail channel in reaction to Valeant's announcement of an agreement with Walgreens.
First Quarter 2016 Guidance Update
Total Revenue expected to be $2.3 - $2.4 billion from previous guidance of $2.8 - $3.1 billion
Adjusted EPS (non-GAAP) expected to be $1.30 - $1.55 from previous guidance of $2.35 - $2.55
First quarter 2016 results have been impacted by continued inventory destocking in dermatology and GI, revenue shortfalls in several business such as Ophthalmology Rx, Commonwealth, Western Europe, Women's Health, Solta and Obagi, and little to no corresponding cost reductions to compensate. In addition, management transition issues and continued organizational distractions are expected to negatively impact operations during the quarter.
2016 Guidance Update
Total Revenue expected to be $11.0 - $11.2 billion from previous guidance of $12.5 - $12.7 billion
Adjusted EPS (non-GAAP) expected to be $9.50 - $10.50 from previous guidance of $13.25 -$13.75
Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP) expected to be $5.6 - $5.8 billion from previous guidance of $6.9 -$7.1 billion
Financial guidance for 2016 reflects reduced revenue assumptions for certain businesses, new managed care contracts and increased investment in key functions, such as financial reporting, public and government relations and compliance, as well as the impact of the weak first quarter of 2016.
To get a better sense of our business on a go forward basis, we are also providing guidance for the next four quarters – Second Quarter 2016 through First Quarter 2017.
Next Four Quarters (Second Quarter 2016 – First Quarter 2017) Guidance
Total Revenue expected to be $11.6 - $11.8 billion
Adjusted EPS (non-GAAP) expected to be $10.75 - $11.25
Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP) expected to be ~$6.0 billion
"The challenges of the past few months are not yet behind us and our goal for 2016 is to better balance our priorities across all of our constituencies - physicians, patients, employees, payors, debt holders and shareholders," said J. Michael Pearson, chief executive officer. "I want to again thank all our dedicated employees, as well as the entire management team, for their diligence throughout this difficult time to ensure that the business remains solid."
Pearson continued, "In discussion with the Board, we have assumed lower growth in our U.S.dermatology, gastrointestinal, and woman's health portfolios, as well as certain geographies likeWestern Europe, while keeping our expenses largely unchanged. We plan to work hard to improve these metrics by delivering higher revenues and reducing our costs and, if successful, we hope to beat this guidance in the quarters to come. In the meantime, we are comfortable with our current liquidity position and cash flow generation for the rest of the year, and remain well positioned to meet our obligations."
Note About Preliminary Results
The financial results presented in this release are preliminary and may change. This preliminary financial information includes calculations or figures that have been prepared internally by management and have not been reviewed or audited by our independent registered public accounting firm. There can be no assurance that the Company's actual results for the period presented herein will not differ from the preliminary financial data presented herein and such changes could be material. This preliminary financial data should not be viewed as a substitute for full financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP and is not necessarily indicative of the results to be achieved for any future periods. This preliminary financial information, and previously reported amounts, could be impacted by the effects of the pending review of the Ad Hoc Committee of the Board of Directors.
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Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. (NYSE/TSX:VRX) is a multinational specialty pharmaceutical company that develops, manufactures and markets a broad range of pharmaceutical products primarily in the areas of dermatology, gastrointestinal disorder, eye health, neurology and branded generics. More information about Valeant can be found at www.valeant.com.
This press release may contain forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, statements regarding our expected future performance, including guidance with respect to total revenue, adjusted EPS and adjusted EBITDA, revenue and growth assumptions, our goals for 2016 and our ability to achieve such goals (including delivery of higher revenues and cost reduction), the sufficiency of our current liquidity position and cash flow generation and our ability to meet our obligations, the ongoing review by the Company's Ad Hoc Committee and the ongoing assessment by the Company of the impact of the committee's findings on financial reporting and internal controls, the timing of the filing of the Company's Form 10-K, expected investments in key functions, expected management transition issues and continued organizational distractions. Forward-looking statements may generally be identified by the use of the words "anticipates," "expects," "intends," "plans," "should," "could," "would," "may," "will," "believes," "estimates," "potential," "target," or "continue" and variations or similar expressions. These statements are based upon the current expectations and beliefs of management and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, risks and uncertainties discussed in the Company's most recent annual or quarterly report and detailed from time to time in Valeant's other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Canadian Securities Administrators, which factors are incorporated herein by reference. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any of these forward-looking statements. Valeant has not completed its review procedures with respect to 2015 financial information and the information herein may be subject to change based on such review, including the subsequent identification of other adjustments. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof. Valeant undertakes no obligation to update any of these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this press release or to reflect actual outcomes, unless required by law.
To supplement the financial measures prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), the Company uses certain non-GAAP financial measures including (i) Adjusted net income attributable to Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc., (ii) Adjusted earnings per share ("EPS"), (iii) Revenue excluding currency impact, (iv) Cost of goods sold excluding fair value step-up adjustment in inventory and other, (v) Adjusted cash flow from operations, and (vi) Adjusted EBITDA. The reconciliations of these non-GAAP measures to the most directly comparable financial measures calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP are shown in the tables below. However, other than with respect to total revenue, the Company only provides guidance on a non-GAAP basis and does not provide reconciliations of such forward-looking non-GAAP measures to GAAP, due to the inherent difficulty in forecasting and quantifying certain amounts that are necessary for such reconciliations.
Management uses these non-GAAP measures as key metrics in the evaluation of Company performance and the consolidated financial results and, in part, in the determination of cash bonuses for its executive officers. The Company believes these non-GAAP measures are useful to investors in their assessment of our operating performance and the valuation of our company. In addition, these non-GAAP measures address questions the Company routinely receives from analysts and investors and, in order to assure that all investors have access to similar data, the Company has determined that it is appropriate to make this data available to all investors. However, non-GAAP financial measures are not prepared in accordance with GAAP, as they exclude certain items as described below. Therefore, the information is not necessarily comparable to other companies and should be considered as a supplement to, not a substitute for, or superior to, the corresponding measures calculated in accordance with GAAP.
(i) Adjusted net income attributable to Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. and (ii) Adjusted EPS
Management uses Adjusted net income attributable to Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. and Adjusted EPS for strategic decision making, forecasting future results and evaluating current performance. In addition, cash bonuses for the Company's executive officers are based, in part, on the achievement of certain Adjusted EPS targets. Such non-GAAP measures exclude the impact of certain items (as further described below) that may obscure trends in the Company's underlying performance. By disclosing these non-GAAP measures, management intends to provide investors with a meaningful, consistent comparison of the Company's operating results and trends for the periods presented. Management believes these measures are also useful to investors as such measures allow investors to evaluate the Company's performance using the same tools that management uses to evaluate past performance and prospects for future performance.
Adjusted net income attributable to Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. and Adjusted EPS reflect adjustments based on the following items:
Inventory step-up and property, plant and equipment (PP&E) step-up/down: The Company has excluded the impact of fair value step-up/down adjustments to inventory and PP&E in connection with business combinations as such adjustments represent non-cash items, and the amount and frequency is not consistent and is significantly impacted by the timing and size of our acquisitions.
Stock-based compensation: The Company has excluded the impact of previously accelerated vesting of certain stock-based equity instruments as such impact is not reflective of the ongoing and planned pattern of recognition for such expense.
Acquisition-related contingent consideration: The Company has excluded the impact of acquisition-related contingent consideration non-cash adjustments due to the inherent uncertainty and volatility associated with such amounts based on changes in assumptions with respect to fair value estimates, and the amount and frequency of such adjustments is not consistent and is significantly impacted by the timing and size of our acquisitions, as well as the nature of the agreed-upon consideration.
In-Process research and development impairments and other charges: The Company has excluded expenses associated with acquired in-process research and development (including any impairment charges), as these amounts are inconsistent in amount and frequency and are significantly impacted by the timing, size and nature of acquisitions. Although expenses associated with acquired in-process research and development are generally not recurring with respect to past acquisitions, the Company may incur these expenses in connection with any future acquisitions.
Philidor Rx Services wind down costs – The Company has excluded certain costs associated with the wind down of the arrangement with Philidor Rx Services, primarily including write-downs of fixed assets and bad debt expenses. The Company believes it is useful to understand the effect of excluding this item when evaluating ongoing performance.
Other (income) expense: The Company has excluded certain other expenses that are the result of other, unplanned events to measure operating performance, primarily including costs associated with the termination of certain supply and distribution agreements, legal settlements and related fees,Philidor-related and pricing-related investigation and litigation costs, post-combination expenses associated with business combinations for the acceleration of employee stock awards and/or cash bonuses, and gains/losses from the sale of assets and businesses. These events are unplanned and arise outside of the ordinary course of continuing operations. The Company believes the exclusion of such amounts allows management and the users of the financial statements to better understand the financial results of the Company.
Restructuring, integration, and acquisition-related expenses: In recent years, the Company has completed a number of acquisitions, which result in operating expenses which would not otherwise have been incurred, and the Company may incur such expenses in connection with any future acquisitions. The Company has excluded certain restructuring, integration and other acquisition-related expense items resulting from acquisitions (including legal and due diligence costs) to allow more accurate comparisons of the financial results to historical operations and forward-looking guidance. Such costs are generally not relevant to assessing or estimating the long-term performance of the acquired assets as part of the Company, and are not factored into management's evaluation of potential acquisitions or its performance after completion of acquisitions. In addition, the frequency and amount of such charges vary significantly based on the size and timing of the acquisitions and the maturities of the businesses being acquired. Also, the size, complexity and/or volume of past acquisitions, which often drives the magnitude of such expenses, may not be indicative of the size, complexity and/or volume of future acquisitions. By excluding the above referenced expenses from our non-GAAP measures, management is better able to evaluate the Company's ability to utilize its existing assets and estimate the long-term value that acquired assets will generate for the Company. Furthermore, the Company believes that the adjustments of these items more closely correlate with the sustainability of the Company's operating performance.
Amortization and impairments of finite-lived intangible assets: The Company has excluded the impact of amortization and impairments of finite-lived intangible assets (including impairments of intangible assets related to Philidor Rx Services), as such non-cash amounts are inconsistent in amount and frequency and are significantly impacted by the timing and/or size of acquisitions. The Company believes that the adjustments of these items more closely correlate with the sustainability of the Company's operating performance. Although the Company excludes amortization of intangible assets from its non-GAAP expenses, the Company believes that it is important for investors to understand that such intangible assets contribute to revenue generation. Amortization of intangible assets that relate to past acquisitions will recur in future periods until such intangible assets have been fully amortized. Future acquisitions may result in the amortization of additional intangible assets and potential impairment charges.
Amortization of deferred financing costs and debt discounts: The Company has excluded amortization of deferred financing costs and debt discounts as this represents a non-cash component of interest expense.
Foreign exchange and other: The Company has excluded foreign exchange and other to eliminate the impact of foreign currency fluctuations primarily related to intercompany financing arrangements in evaluating company performance.
Tax: The Company has (i) excluded the tax impact of the non-GAAP adjustments and (ii) recorded adjustments for the use of tax attributes and other deferred tax items plus any payments made for settlement of tax audits, in order to reflect an expected tax rate for the current period.
(iii) Revenue excluding currency impact
Management uses this non-GAAP measure to calculate organic growth and assess performance of its business units, and the Company in total, without the impact of foreign currency exchange fluctuations. In the fourth quarter of 2015, the Company also excluded revenue related to Philidor Rx Services for November and December of 2015. Such measure is useful to investors as it allows for a more consistent period-to-period comparison of our revenue.
(iv) Cost of goods sold excluding fair value step-up adjustment to inventory and other
Management uses this non-GAAP measure to assess cost of goods sold as a percentage of sales for its reportable segments, and the Company in total, without the impact of fair-value adjustments to inventory and PP&E in connection with business combinations, and integration-related inventory charges and technology transfer costs. In the fourth quarter of 2015, the Company also excluded costs related to Philidor Rx Services for November and December of 2015. Such measure is useful to investors as it allows for a more consistent period-to-period comparison of costs.
(v) Adjusted cash flow from operations
Management uses this non-GAAP measure for strategic decision making and evaluating the ability of our businesses to generate cash. Management believes this measure is useful to investors because it is an indication of the amount of cash flow that may be available for future repayment of debt, future investment in growth initiatives and other future discretionary and non-discretionary expenditures.
Adjusted cash flow from operations reflects adjustments primarily based on the following items:
Restructuring, integration, and acquisition-related amounts: The Company has excluded cash flows related to restructuring, integration, and acquisition-related costs as the size, complexity and/or volume of past acquisitions, which often drives the magnitude of such cash flows, may not be indicative of the size, complexity and/or volume of future acquisitions, as further described above. The Company may have such cash outflows in connection with any future acquisitions.
Acquired in-process research and development: The Company has excluded cash flows related to acquired in-process research and development as these amounts are inconsistent in amount and frequency and are significantly impacted by the timing, size and nature of acquisitions. Although cash flows associated with acquired in-process research and development are generally not recurring with respect to past acquisitions, the Company may have such cash outflows in connection with any future acquisitions.
Excess tax benefit from share-based compensation: Company has included an add-back for tax benefits for share-based compensation, which represents the benefits arising from the difference between the fair value of the awards at the date of grant and the fair value at the exercise/settlement date. The benefit is added-back to reflect the cash benefits (in the form of reduced tax payments) from the tax deductions.
Working capital changes related to certain business combinations: The Company has excluded certain working capital impacts resulting from post-combination bonus payments to acquire employees.
(vi) Adjusted EBITDA
Adjusted EBITDA is net income (its most directly comparable GAAP financial measure) adjusted for certain items, as further described below. Management uses this non-GAAP measure as part of its guidance and to forecast future results. Management also believes Adjusted EBITDA is a useful measure to evaluate current performance. Adjusted EBITDA is intended to show our unleveraged, pre-tax operating results and therefore reflects our financial performance based on operational factors, excluding anticipated non-operational, non-cash or non-recurring losses or gains.
Adjusted EBITDA reflects, as applicable, the adjustments reflected in Adjusted EPS (see disclosure above). In addition, the Company excludes the impact of costs relating to stock-based compensation. Due to subjective assumptions and a variety of award types, the Company believes that the exclusion of stock-based compensation expense, which is typically non-cash, allows for more meaningful comparisons of operating results to peer companies. Stock-based compensation expense can vary significantly based on the timing, size and nature of awards granted. Finally, to the extent not already adjusted for, Adjusted EBITDA reflects adjustments for interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA represents earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization).
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